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Stars and Stripes  Russian-US calls to guarantee flight safety over Syria could stop.  The Pentagon said Thursday that the United States would protect coalition and U.S. aircraft over Syria, hours after Russia warned it might stop the flight-safety calls used to avoid incidents between U.S. and Russian pilots.

 

Defense News  Defense Innovation Board Lays Out First Concepts.  The Board came out with a series of rough recommendations for Secretary of Defense Ash Carter – or his successor – that they believe will lead to injecting a culture of innovation into the Pentagon.

 

Military Times Military Families May See More Financial Challenges, Petraeus Says.  As the large-scale combat deployments are coming to an end, military communities may see more financial problems in military families, said Holly Petraeus, assistant director, service member affairs, for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

 

Military Times   Carrier George Washington to deploy for Hurricane Matthew relief.  The carrier George Washington and the amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde put to sea Tuesday with Navy and Marine aircraft aboard and are headed to the Caribbean to provide relief from the storm if needed.

  

The Hill  Lawmakers push VA for evidence of suicide hotline fixes.  A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers is pushing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to outline what improvements it has made to a suicide hotline after a watchdog found that crisis calls were going to voicemail. “Troubling to us are recent reports showing that the [Veterans Crisis Line] has not served as the beacon of hope it was intended to be,” the lawmakers wrote to VA Secretary Robert McDonald…

 

Stars & Stripes  After a war wound and long wait, a quadruple amputee gets new arms — and a new life.  Retired Marine Corps Sgt. John Peck is crying as he lies on the operating table, the stumps of his arms anesthetized, the room filled with lights and figures in blue scrubs.