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When Sonja St. John finishes making a violin, she includes a message inside. Each is different, but they are often a tribute to those who've given of themselves in some way, members of the military included. Her most recent one reads: "In honor of past, present and future souls of courage and wisdom."

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Staff Sgt. Cyndi Baltezore is the first woman to earn a spot in a front-line California National Guard infantry unit, a position that was open to men exclusively until last year.

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The deaths of 22 people at a concert hall in Manchester, England, this week shows the need for institutions like the U.S. Military Academy to produce soldiers willing to battle those who would commit terrorism, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday.

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Spc. Etienne J. Murphy was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia.

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Around Arlington National Cemetery, soldiers with The Old Guard and other visitors shared their personal reflections on lost friends and family members, and the meaning of Memorial Day.

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“The roll of honor reflected on this wall includes recipients of 12 Medals of Honor, over 100 Distinguished Service or Distinguished Flying Crosses, more than 800 Silver Stars and numerous other awards for valor and service,” said Lt. Gen. Kenneth E. Tovo, commander of USASOC. “Though there are many heroes on the wall. It is not a monument to heroism. It is a tribute to sacrifice.”

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Tyler Kaden Croke pleaded for his life before his throat was slashed.

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The North Koreans have not yet developed an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland of the United States, but some Pentagon officials have assessed their missile program is advancing.

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The Tomahawks, though financially costly, enable targeted attacks from a distance of up to 1,000 miles from the site and without endangering pilots.

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A jury of enlisted Marines and officers found Sgt. Riley R. Gress not guilty of charges of cruelty and maltreatment, failure to obey orders and making false statements following a three-day, misdemeanor-level special court-martial.
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