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  1. President Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins on Sept. 15 at the White House. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    'Truly extraordinary': Medal of Honor awarded to 2 soldiers for actions in Vietnam

    More than four decades later, two soldiers on Monday received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Vietnam War.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  2. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander of U.S. European Command, speaks Monday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Breedlove: Junior officers, NCOs a resource 'that NATO can't waste'

    NATO partners need to do a better job putting noncommissioned officers and junior officers in alliance leadership roles, Gen. Philip Breedlove, commander, U.S.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  3. Members of 2nd Marine Division participated in the range portion of the Super Squad competition at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Mike Morones / Staff

    Super Squad competitions are sweeping through the Corps

    For the first time in more than a decade, the Corps' top infantrymen are squaring off with each other at Super Squad competitions in which winners earn bragging rights and take home some rare, gold-plated swag in the form of a badge most Marines have neve

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  4. Midshipmen 1st Class Nikki Funkhauser and J.D. Kameen model the new track suit fast-tracked for the rest of the Navy. The moisture-wicking running suit sports reflective trim along the zipper, pockets and chest for high-visibility. Mike Morones / Staff

    Uniform overhaul: Warm-up suit, parka and lightweight NWUs are in the works

    Uniform changes are on the horizon.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  5. An F/A-18F Super Hornet takes off on Sept. 13 from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    U.S. would hit back against an Assad attack, sources say

    The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  6. Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia, command chief at Air Education and Training Command, speaks Monday during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Command chiefs: Eval and promotion system overhaul tackles long-standing problems

    The impending overhaul of the enlisted performance system dominated the chief master sergeant forum on the opening day of the 2014 Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference outside Washington, D.C.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  7. The U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2013 marches into Falcon Stadium for graduation in Colorado Springs, Colo. Mike Kaplan / Air Force

    Lawmakers follow different paths on service academy nominations

    New York high-school students face a number of challenges in seeking admission to one of the nation's prestigious service academies including geography.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  8. An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 10. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State in Iraq

    The United States launched airstrikes in Iraq on Monday in what defense officials said is the start of an expanded action against Islamic State extremists.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  9. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Obama's strategy against the Islam

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  10. Flexibility key for spouses, says AF secretary's husband

    In Frank Beatty's experience in the private sector, discussions about job losses and benefits cuts are not limited to the military community.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  11. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a Carnegie Europe think tank event Sept. 15 at the Bibliotheque Solvay in Brussels. Virginia Mayo / AP

    NATO head: Security threats from Russia, Islamic State

    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that members of the U.S.-led alliance must stand shoulder to shoulder to confront simultaneous security threats from Russia and the Islamic State extremist organization.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  12. 2nd Lt. Oliver Parsons, right, and 1st Lt. Andy Parthum check systems in the underground control room of a missile launch control facility. Incentive pay of up to $300 for missileers and some enlisted airmen will begin Oct. 1. Charlie Riedel/AP

    $300 incentive pay for officers, some enlisted assigned to nuclear mission begins Oct. 1

    Officers assigned to the Air Force's nuclear mission will receive $300 a month in incentive pay beginning Oct.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  13. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said the US Air Force is getting 'very close' to identifying 21 general officer billets to eliminate. Mike Morones/Staff

    Secretary James: 21 general officer billets to be cut in fiscal 2015

    The Air Force plans to eliminate 21 general officer billets in fiscal 2015, as part of a review directed by Secretary Deborah Lee James earlier this year.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  14. White House Fellowships are one of several fellowship and scholarship opportunities accepting applications from interested soldiers. Karen Bleier / AFP

    Scholarships, fellowships open to officers, NCOs

    It's that time of year when the Army announces application rules, deadlines and other information about several prestigious scholarship and fellowship programs for officers, warrant officers and noncommissioned officers.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  15. E-6 fed master chief during chiefs season training

    A command investigation has determined that a chief-selectee who spoonfed an E-9 during chiefs season training on the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson was not subjected to hazing.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  16. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah attends the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on June 2 in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / Getty Images

    Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

    Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  17. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 joint program office, expects the program to be given priority under possible tight budgets ahead. Andy Morataya / Air Force

    JSF program chief: F-35 likely protected in next budget

    The F-35 joint strike fighter will likely be protected regardless of whether the Pentagon is operating under limits imposed by the Budget Control Act in fiscal 2016, the program's top official said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  18. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody said the Air Force is working aggressively to implement major changes to the enlisted performance system. Mike Morones / Staff

    Revamped enlisted evals: Expect sweeping changes in 2015

    The ongoing overhaul of the enlisted performance system is one of the biggest changes in store for airmen in 2015 and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody is urging airmen to be patient as it kicks into gear.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  19. Lt. Gen. James Jackson says the Reserve helps the Air Force retain its 'big investment' in airmen. Mike Morones / Staff

    Reserve chief sees window to snag those leaving active duty

    The Air Force's planned cutbacks of thousands of active-duty members have prompted the reserve components to try to capture as many of the airmen as possible to beef up their ranks and keep the training and experience 'in blue.'

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  20. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, talks to state television reporters after being discharged from a hospital in Tehran on September 15. Khamenei, 75, successfully underwent prostate surgery, Iran announced. Khamenei said his government privately refused American requests for cooperation against the Islamic State group, warning that another U.S. incursion would result 'in the same problems they faced in Iraq in the past 10 years.' AFP via Getty Images

    U.S. won't rule out working with Iran against IS

    Diplomats from around the world pledged to fight Islamic State militants 'by any means necessary' as Iraq asked allies to thwart the extremists wherever they find sanctuary.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  21. Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins. Army

    Vietnam soldiers to receive Medal of Honor today

    President Obama on Monday will bestow the Medal of Honor on a pair of soldiers for their acts of bravery in the Vietnam War.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  22. Jill Kelley leaves her home in Nov. 2012 in Tampa, Fla. Chris O'Meara/AP

    Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

    A federal judge ruled Monday that a Tampa, Florida, woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging that the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  23. A memeber of Islamic State holds a knife and gestures as he speaks to a camera before beheading British aid worker David Haine. Iran has ruled out working with any international coalition against IS, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants. AFP

    Iran rejects global strategy against extremists

    As diplomats from around the world sought a global strategy to fight Islamic State extremists, Iran ruled out working with any international coalition, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  24. Maj. Gen. Gina Grosso, head of the Air Force sexual assault prevention and response office, says peer leaders are influential in discussions of sexual assault. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Combating sexual assault

    Reports of sexual assault in the Air Force continue to rise while the frequency of the crime remains stable a paradox that could signify growing trust in the military justice system, the two-star general in charge of the service's sexual assault prevent

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  25. Carlisle

    ACC, PACAF focused on Pacific pivot

    Two of the Air Force's largest major commands will see their leadership change in the coming months, as both train and prepare for the shifting focus toward the Pacific.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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