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Thumbnail: Senior Chief Aviation Support Equipment Technician Augustine Ilomuanya conducts a dress white uniform inspection in March 2019 aboard the amphibious assault ship Makin Island. (MC2 Colby Mothershead//Navy)

Navy bans ‘faddish,’ ‘eccentric’ and other subjective terms from grooming regs

Diana Stancy Correll

The Navy is eradicating “subjective” terms like “outrageous” and “good taste” from its grooming and appearance policies.

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Thumbnail: Soldiers and Marines complete a company-sized field exercise in which they tested the new Integrated Visual Augmentation System. The IVAS is expected to begin production in 2021. (Army)

Army moves ahead on ‘mixed reality’ goggle with Microsoft in $21.8 billion contract

Todd South

The Army announced it has reached an agreement with Microsoft on a $21.88 billion, 10-year contract to produce its futuristic do-it-all goggle.

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Thumbnail: Imagery of the USS Johnston previously taken by the RV Petrel. (Screengrab, RV Petrel)

Wreck of USS Johnston discovered 77 years after its sinking at the Battle of Leyte Gulf

Claire Barrett

After nearly 77 years undisturbed on the floor of the Pacific, the USS Johnston — sunk during the Battle of Leyte Gulf — has been confirmed found. Resting more than 20,000 feet below surface, the shipwreck is the deepest ever discovered, the Naval History and Heritage Command first reported.

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Thumbnail: Hacksmith Industries is working on a real lightsaber. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Dear military, please invest in this dude’s lightsaber

Sarah Sicard

Is there any weapon more sophisticated and sought after than a lightsaber? It’s cool, compact, customizable and colorful. Not to mention it leaves absolutely no mess behind when slaying Sith lords or stacking up inept Stormtroopers.

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Thumbnail: Special Operation veterans Patrick Moltrup and Jason Lilley have teamed up to create a YouTube channel, which has quickly grown to more than 80,000 subscribers. (Savage Actual YouTube page)

Marine veterans’ YouTube channel gives civilians a taste of special ops

Philip Athey

After launching a YouTube channel focusing on video game reviews, two special operations veterans have found so much success that they’re fielding offers to work with video game companies.

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Thumbnail: Maryland Army National Guardsmen fill out medical paperwork to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the U.S. Capitol Complex in Washington on Jan. 14, 2021. (Sgt. Chazz Kibler/National Guard)

Army’s own vaccine that could fight COVID variants begins clinical trials

Kyle Rempfer

A unique vaccine produced by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research started clinical testing Tuesday, and Army researchers hope it will combat variants of SARS-COV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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Thumbnail: Navy Boilermaker 1st Class William E. Blanchard (DPAA)

Remains of USS Oklahoma sailor identified nearly 80 years after Pearl Harbor attack

The Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho — About 80 years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a sailor who died during the attacks has had his remains identified.

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Thumbnail: Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer Academy students at Officer Training Command Newport, Rhode Island, learn to perform proper uniform inspections with their classmates. (Darwin Lam/Navy)

Navy reveals schedule for next round of officer selection boards

Diana Stancy Correll

The Navy has announced dates for a new wave of officer selection boards this spring.

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Thumbnail: Kimberly DeFiori (Courtesy photo)

Her military career cut short inspires advocacy and nonprofit addressing epidemic facing veterans and first responders

Brandon Black

Kimberly DeFiori shares the trauma she experienced in Afghanistan so that other veterans and first responders aren’t afraid to ask for help. To dispel the notion of weakness in seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

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