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  1. Special report: Amid Russia's bluster, more U.S. forces rumble into Eastern Europe

    The footprint of U.S forces in Europe is poised for major change, with two decades of peace and calm seemingly headed toward a jarring end as NATO's perspective on Russia transforms from partner to adversary.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Marine to receive Navy Cross for heroism in Afghanistan

    Gunnery Sgt. Richard A. Jibson will receive the nation's second highest valor award on Tuesday at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., for bravery he exhibited during a five-hour firefight in Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  3. Sinbad surprised the 2014 Tops In Blue team with a visit to give them words of encouragement and advice for their upcoming tour. Sinbad was a former Air Force Talent Contest winner and Tops In Blue selectee. Courtesy photo

    Tops in Blue returns, gets visit from Sinbad

    Tops in Blue, the Air Force's traveling musical performance troupe, will kick off this year's 85-show tour May 17 and earlier this month, got encouragement and advice from a surprise visitor.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  4. Capt. Greg McWherter is seen here in 2010 while serving as the commanding officer of the Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels MC2 Ron Trevino/Navy

    XO fired for issues while leading Blue Angels

    The Navy fired the No. 2 officer at Naval Base Coronado Friday after allegations arose into his conduct while in command of the Blue Angels.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  5. Officers named for command and key billet posts

    The Regular Army officers on these lists have been selected for colonel-level command and key billet assignments in fiscal 2015.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  6. Sailors and Marines man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman as the ship returns to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk Friday after completing a 9-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. MCS Emily M. Blair / Navy

    Truman CSG returns home from 9-month cruise

    The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group on April 18 returned to unseasonably cold weather, but a warm welcome from thousands following a nine-month deployment.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  7. Sgt. Timothy Gilboe with the armor plate that saved him as he wrestled an AK47 away from the insurgent who shot him. Courtesy of Sgt. Timothy Gilboe

    Sergeant gets plate that saved his life in point-blank attack

    Sgt. Timothy Gilboe was given an armor plate three years after it saved his life when he charged an AK-47-toting insurgent and was shot point-blank in the belly.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  8. The Organizational Wear Guide app is designed as an alternative to the thick, 11-chapter handbook Marine Corps Uniform Regulations. Screen shot

    App allows you to check uniform regs on your smartphone

    Are my PT shorts too short? When can I wear my balaclava?

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  9. On-base fast food outlets get temporary reprieve from new wage rules

    The Labor Department has pulled back at least temporarily from new minimum wage rules that had led several fast-food restaurants to end their contracts on military installations and prompted others to possibly follow suit.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  10. Top left: An F-15 lands in Lithuania in preparation for the NATO Baltic air policing mission. Top right: The destroyer Donald Cook arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain, in February. Bottom left: A U.S. airman signals to the pilot during pre-flight checks at Lask Air Base, Poland. Bottom right: MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 in Spain in support of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF CR). Defense Department

    U.S. military shifting gears in Europe

    The footprint of U.S forces in Europe is poised for major change, with two decades of peace and calm seemingly headed toward a jarring end as NATO's perspective on Russia transforms from partner to adversary.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  11. Retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis served as commander of U.S. European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander-Europe. Army

    Ex-EUCOM chief suggests possible shifts in forces

    Retired Navy Admiral James Stavridis was the supreme allied commander in Europe and four-star chief of U.S. European Command from 2009 to 2013. Stavridis is now the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University outside Boston.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  12. Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, provides a staging area for air mobility operations and sustainment for forward-based air power. Senior Airman/Marissa Tucker

    Explainer: Air Force units in Europe postured for crisis response

    U.S. Air Force units in Europe are strategically located to respond to crises, said Col. Kevin Fox, the strategy division chief for the Directorate of Plans, Programs and Analyses for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  13. U.S. soldiers continue to work closely alongside partner nations in Europe and leaders say they are ready for 'any contingency.' Markus Rauchenberger/Army

    Army, National Guard ready to leverage, expand Eastern European alliances

    Pending any orders to ramp up its forces or engagements, U.S. Army Europe and the National Guard are focused on reassuring their allies and partners.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  14. Obama vows to continue focus on veterans issues

    In a pair of meetings this month with leaders from the two largest veterans service organizations, President Obama promised continued action on improving mental health treatment for veterans, boosting their employment opportunities and ending the disabili

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  15. Court reinstates lawsuit over Marine's suicide

    The family of a Marine who killed himself after a tour of duty in Iraq has won a bid to reinstate a lawsuit against the federal government over his treatment by two Veterans Affairs facilities in Kentucky.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  16. 599 officers selected for promotion

    The Air Force has selected 599 officers for promotion to major, lieutenant colonel and colonel.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  17. Marine vet not caught in Everest avalanche

    A Boise resident climbing Mount Everest with a film crew as part of a motivational project for injured veterans didn't get caught in an avalanche Friday that killed at least 12 Napalese guides.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  18. A Slovenian soldier surveys a map as he and forces from U.S. Army plan an assault as part of a field training exercise in 2012. Despite the drawdown in Europe, there remain opportunities for NCOs, officers and their families. Spc. Lorenzo Ware/Army

    For U.S. troops, European tours come with career, quality-of-life perks

    Imagine going out to hunt wild boar in the forests of Germany, then celebrating with buddies at the local gasthaus, hoisting a brew that rivals any you can find in the States.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  19. Kevlar for the Mind: Antidepressant works on chemical in brain

    A. Zoloft is a trade name of the medication sertraline. It's classified as an antidepressant, although it's used to treat not only depression but also PTSD and several other anxiety disorders.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  20. Tricare Help: Sorting out Medicare, Tricare before age 65

    A. No need to worry. The passage you cite is for the relatively small number of Tricare beneficiaries who become entitled to Medicare Part A earlier than the normal eligibility age of 65 due to certain medical conditions, such as end-stage renal disease.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  21. Consumer Watch: Short sale on a home can have unplanned consequences

    When Marine Corps spouse Charla Williams' husband got orders to Okinawa last summer, the couple did not want to go through a short sale on their Florida home, which was worth less than they paid for it in the depressed housing market there.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  22. Maulana Abdul Aziz, left, head cleric of a Pakistani seminary, talks to visitors in a library named after slain al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on Friday. B.K. Bangash / AP

    Pakistani girl's seminary names library after OBL

    Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: 'Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr.'

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  23. N.C. community college rate break for vets proposed

    Gov. Pat McCrory says he wants to make it easier for new veterans to attend any of North Carolina's community colleges.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  24. Coast Guard cutter heading home to Va. waters

    A Coast Guard cutter is heading back to Virginia waters after intercepting more than $100 million in cocaine in the Caribbean.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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