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  1. Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle for Senate control. Charlie Neibergall / AP

    Pig-castrating Senate candidate returns from Guard duty

    Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle for Senate control.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  2. Wright-Patterson pressured to fill more hospital beds

    Ohio's largest military base is under pressure to fill more beds in its hospital.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  3. Calif. governor takes dig at Texas guard plan

    California Gov. Jerry Brown took a not-so-subtle dig at Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border, saying Monday that he expects it to be a short-lived measure and that 'wiser minds will prevail.'

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  4. Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy Costello, center, who lost his right leg while stationed in Afghanistan, helps transplant coral Monday in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. Costello is one of a dozen wounded veterans in the Keys helping transplant corals on a special section of the reef, permitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, and set aside as a remembrance area for fallen American service personnel. AP via Joe Berg/Florida Keys News Bureau

    Vets, teens transplant corals in Florida Keys

    A dozen wounded veterans submerged in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to help transplant corals on a special section of the reef set aside as a remembrance area for fallen American service personnel.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  5. House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., joined by Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, speaks during a news conference Monday on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Miller faces sales job on $17B VA bill in the House

    Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Jeff Miller was a real estate broker.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  6. A MARSOC Marine waits for a Marine Vessel-22B Osprey to land near Coloardo Springs, Colo. The Marine Corps just announce the creation of a new primary MOS for MARSOC officers. Lance Cpl. Coleman / Marine Corps

    Marines approve new primary MOS for MARSOC officers

    The commandant of the Marine Corps has approved a new primary military occupational specialty that will allow Marine officers the opportunity to spend a career in the Corps' special operations command.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  7. Reductions in end strength have to equate to thinning the operating force, Army leadership explains. Army

    One retired colonel is campaigning for more cuts and Congress is listening

    The Army insists cutting the service down to 420,000 cannot be done.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  8. Spc. Bradley Darnell, an Army food service specialist, shaved a semester off his associate degree from Central Texas College with credit for his military training. Lance Rosenfield

    Top TA & GI Bill schools: Most popular colleges cater to troops by taking classes to them

    Schools known for their flexible learning options are by far the most popular among both active-duty service members using tuition assistance and veterans and their dependents using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, government data show.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  9. Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Price Marine Corps

    MARSOC gunnery sergeant to receive posthumous Silver Star

    A MARSOC gunnery sergeant who was killed while fighting insurgents in Afghanistan, will be awarded the military's third-highest award for valor on Tuesday, MARSOC officials announced.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  10. Tamryn Klapheke Photo courtesy of Klapheke family

    CPS worker in 2012 Dyess toddler death charged with evidence tampering

    Abilene, Texas, police have charged a former state child protective services worker with tampering with evidence in the case of a toddler found dead at her Dyess Air Force Base home nearly two years ago.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  11. Boatswains Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco died on board the destroyer James E. Williams June 19. MC3 Lacordrick Wilson / Navy

    Sailor dies aboard destroyer Williams

    A Norfolk-based sailor died on deployment last month, the Defense Department announced Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  12. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken speaks about Russia, Ukraine as well as the Middle East conflict during a July 28 appearance at the daily press briefing at the White House. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    White House: EU, U.S. to impose new Russia sanctions

    The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  13. Senate Veterans' Affairs Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, accompanied by House Veterans' Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., speaks during a July 28 news conference on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    VA reform bill to get vote this week

    In a dramatic legislative turnaround, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees on Monday unveiled plans for a $17 billion compromise VA reform bill that funds the hiring of more clinicians, expands private care options and makes i

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  14. Gov. Rick Perr speaks at a news conference July 21. Perry announced he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border. Eric Gay/ / The Associated Press

    Five Questions with Texas Gov. Rick Perry: U.S.-Mexico Border

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has accused the federal government of failing to provide enough resources on the U.S.-Mexico border to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants, including more than 57,000 children who have illegally crossed into the U.S.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  15. U.S.: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach 'a very serious matter' and going public with allegations that have simmered for some tim

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  16. 2 military satellites launched on Delta 4 rocket

    A Delta 4 rocket has lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying two satellites for the U.S. Air Force.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  17. Camp Pendleton's 'Godfather' sentenced to two years

    The self-proclaimed 'Godfather' of Camp Pendleton, California, was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday after he pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for funneling construction projects to contractors.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  18. Jury says it is stuck in Ventura case after 5 days

    The jury weighing former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle told the judge Monday they didn't think they could reach a unanimous verdict, but he asked them to keep trying.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  19. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves after speaking at a July 28 news conference at the State Department in Washington. Cliff Owen / AP

    U.S. fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    Obama administration officials were fuming Monday over a torrent of Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  20. Study: Young military men report more sexual dysfunction than civilians

    Young troops suffer from erectile dysfunction at nearly three times the rate of civilians their own age, according to a new study out of the University of Southern California.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  21. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response take cover from debris blasted by an MV-22B Osprey. SPMAGTF-Crisis Response serves as a model for the new Middle East-based unit. Cpl. Michael Petersheim/Marine Corps

    Corps assembles next crisis response task force in Middle East

    The Marine Corps is preparing to dispatch its second task force designed specifically for crisis response this time to the Middle East in order to position for rapid response in that part of the world.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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