Pentagon approves pay boost for long deployments

By Corinne Reilly The Virginian-Pilot Navy sailors who serve long deployments will soon have extra money in their pockets, starting with thousands who've been in the Middle East for months aboard Norfolk-based ships. The Pentagon on Wednesday approved a bonus for sailors and Marines deployed longer than 220 consecutive days. For each day they're away beyond that, service members will receive an additional $16.50. For sailors with the Bataan amphibious ready group, which passed the 220-day thresho ... More

Hagel seeks info on military relationship with NFL

By Lolita C. Baldor  Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is asking for information about the military's relationship with the National Football League, amid a number of high-profile domestic violence incidents involving players. The military routinely uses broadcast games as recruitment tools. The military spends millions of dollars a year advertising during NFL games, and there is an agreement allowing the Armed Forces Network to broadcast games ... More

Thousands of troops head to Africa

By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press  WASHINGTON — The top U.S. Army officer says thousands of promised American forces will be moving into Africa over the next 30 days to set up facilities and form training teams to help the Africans treat Ebola victims. Gen. Ray Odierno says the disease has accelerated faster than initially thought, so the U.S. needs to get people on the ground and ramp up numbers quickly. President Barack Obama has pledged 3,000 troops, and the U.S.military commander ... More