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Arizona soldier killed in Somalia

A U.S. Army soldier from Chandler was killed Friday in an attack in Somalia. Flags throughout the state will fly at half-staff through Monday evening to honor Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad, 26.... Read more»

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Photos: Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944

It's been 74 years since "the Longest Day" — the landing of Allied troops from the United States, Britain, Canada and other nations as they stormed the beaches of Normandy to press the end of World War II in an attack on Nazi Germany. More than 9,000 Allied troops were killed or wounded, as were thousands of German soldiers.... Read more»

Raytheon to build Naval Strike Missile in Tucson

Working with a Norwegian company, defense contractor Raytheon will assemble anti-ship missiles for the Navy's littoral combat vessels, such as the USS Gabrielle Giffords, in what could be an $850 million deal. ... Read more»

Our Fallen: Tucsonans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars

In more than a decade of war, dozens from Tucson and Southern Arizona have died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Here is our brief tribute to them.... Read more»3

Tucson sailor marks Memorial Day with wreath-laying in Japan

U.S. Navy personnel in Japan held an early Memorial Day ceremony Wednesday, including the laying of a wreath by a sailor from Tucson. AWF 1st Class Alexander Coccio paid respects to a symbolic casket, commemorating the lives of U.S. servicemembers killed in the armed forces.... Read more»

Guest opinion

McSally: Asylum seekers 'enrich cartels'; vulnerable to MS-13 recruitment

Citing the same U.S. gang repeatedly referred to by the Trump administration, Rep. Martha McSally said Tuesday that "loopholes" in vetting asylum seekers must be ended, as the "daily border caravan" of migrants "enriches the cartel."... Read more»

Factchecking Trump on military pay raises

At an event honoring the mothers and spouses of military members, President Donald Trump mistakenly said that the recently approved budget raised military pay for the “first time in 10 years.” That isn’t true, as the White House admits.... Read more»

Quick take

McCain: Haspel's refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying

John McCain on CIA director nomination: "Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense. However, her role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying."... Read more»1

9 dead in crash of military cargo plane headed to Tucson Boneyard

A WC-130 cargo aircraft that crashed near Savannah, Ga., on Wednesday was being flown to be decommissioned in Tucson, reports said. Nine Puerto Rico Air National Guard crew members were killed.... Read more»

Ducey: Call for National Guard not border militarization

Citing a surge in apprehensions by Border Patrol agents, Gov. Doug Ducey praised the Trump administration for "finally taking action" to secure the border by calling on governors in southwestern states to deploy National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»2

What the Devil won't tell you

Stop making sense: Immigration debate devolving into word salad

The immigration debate, and for the moment the controversy about the National Guard on the border, is about an inevitable power shift – who's losing it, who's got it, and what they are going to do with it on the brink of massive cultural change. No wonder the facts are irrelevant.... Read more»

Napier: Arizona deploying 330 guardsmen to border

The Arizona National Guard will send more than double the number of guardsmen to assist with border enforcement than Gov. Ducey announced last week, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said Monday.... Read more»

Prior Guard deployments to border got lukewarm reviews by auditors

A GAO audit after National Guard deployments ordered by Presidents Bush and Obama said that while they did have some success in combating illegal border activity, the operations had numerous problems and were inefficient.... Read more»

Ducey sending 150 Az National Guard troops to border, but questions remain

Arizona plans to send “approximately 150 National Guard members” to the U.S.-Mexico border next week, but questions remain about the duties and duration of the deployment, as well as who will pay for it.... Read more»

Trump deploying troops to border, but crossings at historic lows

Homeland Security said a surge of apprehensions at the border justifies President Trump’s decision to deploy National Guard units, but critics of the plan argue that despite the increase, overall crossings are at historic lows.... Read more»

Ducey welcomes Trump plan to send National Guard troops to border

The Homeland Security secretary said her agency is working with governors to send National Guard troops to the southern border as quickly as possible. Despite the lack of details, Gov. Ducey tweeted out his support for the plan, saying that “Arizona welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border.”... Read more»

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