WASHINGTON -- The United States is planning to send a large number of additional forces to Saudi Arabia following the Sept. 14 attack on its oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Iran, the Pentagon announced on Friday

Defense Secretary Mark Esper authorized the deployment of 3,000 additional U.S. forces to Saudi Arabia, Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman confirmed on Friday

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For 12 years, she was there for Fort Hood, Texas, troops going to and coming from deployments to combat zones with her engaging smile, words of comfort and, always, that great big hug -- maybe a half million of them.

Now, an online petition has been started requesting the Defense Department to rename the place that served as her second home -- the Fort Hood Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group terminal (A/DACG) -- for Elizabeth Corrine Laird, aka the "Hug Lady."

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About 18,000 sailors spent more than 60 percent of the year away from home during fiscal 2016, exceeding the Navy’s own guidelines for keeping its crews well-rested and reducing strains on sailors’ personal lives, according to a Congressional watchdog report. And the Navy says the actual figure is likely even higher.

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AP Photo/Steve Helber

WASHINGTON — As global threats to the United States escalate, Congress will need a new war authorization to remain relevant in current and future military engagements, a Senate panel said Wednesday.

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The U.S. military currently has over 1.3 million men and women on active duty, and more than 450,000 stationed around the globe.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes.

In September 2011, Army Sgt. 1st Class Crispen Hanson’s commander at Fort Bliss ordered him into a military treatment program for child abusers.

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