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  1. Pro-Russia activists guard a barricade April 17 outside the police regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and four-star chief of U.S. European Command, said he rejects the Russians' claim that their military is not conducting operations in the towns of eastern Ukraine. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    4-star: Armed attackers in Ukraine are Russian troops in disguise

    The Russians aren't fooling anyone.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  2. MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft stand ready on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard on April 16 to aide in the rescue efforts for the Korean passenger ship Sewol. MC2 Adam D. Wainwright/Navy

    Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU search for missing ferry passengers

    The amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard is helping search for hundreds of passengers missing from the Sewol, a South Korean ferry that capsized and sank Wednesday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  3. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 7 listen to a convoy brief at Forward Operating Base Delaram II in Nimroz province, Afghanistan, on April 8 before heading to Camp Leatherneck with the last supplies, equipment and team members of Security Force Assistance Advisor Team 4-215. Sgt. Frances Johnson/Marine Corps

    Marines pull out of Afghanistan's Nimroz province

    Earlier this month, the Marine Corps quietly took leave of Nimroz province, consolidating its operations in Afghanistan to a single province and completing another chapter in its drawdown efforts.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  4. Military Religious Freedom Foundation Mikey Weinstein said senior Pentagon civilians and officers have complained to his group about military participation in a National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill. Courtesy of Mikey Weinstein

    Group calls for DoD to withdraw from Prayer Day event

    Longtime critics of Christian conservatives' influence in military culture are demanding the Pentagon back away from involvement in a National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill next month, saying it's a thinly veiled rally for far-right fundamentalists.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  5. Staff Sgt. Shareef Stokely is seen in an image made from video.

    Rapping medic dispenses care with a smile and a rhyme

    If you bust your leg, he busts a rhyme.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  6. 4th Navy official charged in bribery scheme

    A fourth member of the Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of providing cash, vacations, electronics and prostitutes in exchange for classified info

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  7. Ex-Calif. man convicted of Navy battery swindle

    A former Southern California man who fled the U.S. to live on his yacht has been convicted of selling the U.S. military more than $2.6 million in cheap, knock-off batteries that were used in aircraft carriers and submarines.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  8. President Obama gestures April 17 as he speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington. The president spoke about the health care overhaul, the situation in Ukraine and other topics. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions — for now

    In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  9.  U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division Faceb

    Fort Drum soldier dies from combat injuries

    An infantryman from Fort Drum, N.Y. has died from combat injuries after his unit was attacked by small-arms fire in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan, the Defense Department has reported.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  10. DoD to start living quarters allowance debt collections May 4

    Civilian employees assigned to U.S. Air Forces Europe-Africa and Pacific Air Forces who were overpaid for their housing allowance — some months, some years — must begin repaying the debt May 4, unless they have been granted a waiver.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  11. GI Bill helps military kid choose her college

    For months, Trinity High School senior Sydney Dydiw toyed with an important decision.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  12. The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's 'dangerously irresponsible' efforts to destabilize the country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Susan Walsh / AP

    U.S. sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military

    The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's 'dangerously irresponsible' efforts to destabilize the country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  13. A pro-Russia activist guards a barricade April 17 outside the police regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    First deaths in Ukraine; Putin admits Crimea invaded

    A clash outside a military base ended with the first deaths so far in a Ukraine anti-militant operation as Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Thursday in a radio interview that Russian soldiers did secretly invade Crimea to help pro-Russian Ukrainians take over the province by force.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  14. Vets group seeks Medal of Honor for Civil War Col. Robert Gould Shaw

    A veterans group will present a petition next week to the New York delegation of Congress asking that the Medal of Honor be awarded to Civil War Col. Robert Gould Shaw, who commanded the first unit of free African Americans recruited into the Union army.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  15. Kennedy beats Bisping to stay perfect in UFC

    Like many fighters before him, Tim Kennedy wanted to shut Michael Bisping up.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  16. New company to handle shipping private vehicles

    Some troops will have to drive farther to drop off and pick up their vehicles under the Defense Department's privately owned vehicle shipping program, with the closure of seven vehicle processing centers May 1.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  17. Bragg soldier accused of Philadelphia robbery

    An Army paratrooper at Fort Bragg has been arrested and charged with being involved in a robbery in Philadelphia in 2002.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  18. Six MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 arrived in Spain on April 27. Capt. Lauren Schulz/Marine Corps

    Spain: Moron Air Base

    LOCATION: A little over an hour’s drive north of Rota, and about 20 miles southeast of Seville.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  19. Sailors stationed aboard the frigate Stephen W. Groves toss their mooring lines to Naval Station Rota Port Operations personnel during a fuel stop last year. MC2 Joseph Ebalo/Navy

    Spain: Naval Base Rota

    LOCATION: A few miles up the west coast of Gibraltar, which forms Spain’s southernmost tip. Just across the Strait of Gibraltar is the fabled Moroccan city of Tangier.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  20. An airman establishes communications upon arrival at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, last year. Air Force

    Romania: Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base

    LOCATION: The base known to American troops as “M-K” is on Romania’s Black Sea coast, about 15 miles from a Romanian naval port and one of Europe’s largest shipyards in the city of Constanta.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  21. The Navy's joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead arrives in Souda Bay for a scheduled port visit in February. Paul Farley/Navy

    Greece: Naval Support Activity Souda Bay

    LOCATION: On the northwest coast of the rugged Greek island of Crete, smack in the warm, sunny Mediterranean Sea.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  22. An airman signals to the pilot during pre-flight checks March 20 at Lask Air Base, Poland. Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy/Air Force

    Poland: Lask Air Base

    LOCATION: Almost smack on the middle of Poland, just a short drive southwest of Lodz, that nation’s third-largest city.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  23. An airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, talks with a Polish air force member about C-130 Hercules procedures Jan. 28 at Powidz Air Base, Poland. Senior Airman Nathan Lipscomb/Air Force

    Poland: Powidz Air Base

    LOCATION: This vast military installation is also in rural central Poland, about 70 miles northwest of Lodz.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  24. A U.S. F-15C Eagle prepares for takeoff during a Lithuanian - NATO exercise at Siauliai airbase, Lithuania, on April 1. The Associated Press

    Lithuania: Siauliai Air Base

    LOCATION: The base is in north-central Lithuania, not far from the border with Latvia and about 100 miles east of the Baltic Sea.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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