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  1. DoD quietly tightens tuition assistance rules

    Force-wide changes to the military's Tuition Assistance program may require troops to pay back their TA money if they perform poorly in class.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  2. This undated file photo released by his family via FreeAmir.org shows Amir Hekmati. AP

    Muslim group seeks pardon for Marine vet convicted in Iran

    A Muslim rights organization is asking Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for a pardon or re-trial for a former U.S. Marine convicted of criminal charges who was accused of working for the CIA.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  3. Gen. Mark Welsh gives his service top marks for personal behavior, saying he is 'very happy with the ethical fabric of the United States Air Force,' despite problems that include a cheating scandal at its nuclear missile sites and a general's drunken binge on an arms control mission. Mandel Ngan/AFP

    Welsh gives Air Force top ethics marks; Congresswomen say comments are 'troubling'

    The Air Force's top officer gives his service top marks for personal behavior, saying he is 'very happy with the ethical fabric of the United States Air Force,' despite problems that include a cheating scandal at its nuclear missile sites and a general's

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  4. 2 options offered for lost staff sgt. tests

    Senior airmen at Pope Air Field, North Carolina, whose promotion test answer sheets for the most recent staff sergeant testing cycle were lost in the mail will be allowed to retake the professional development guide portion of their test this year, said a

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  5. You're invited: Participate in Military Times' annual reader survey

    How is morale in your unit? Are budget reductions affecting your op-tempo? Are you worried about cuts to your pay and benefits? And what do you think about the crisis in Iraq?

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  6. U.S. clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

    The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  7. House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a 'sustained combat role' without congressional approval.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  8. Texas family gives forgotten flag to Marine's mom

    A couple who discovered a tribute flag for a fallen Marine at a Texas flea market will return it to his mother this weekend, more than nine years after he was killed in Iraq.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  9. An armed Sunni militiaman wearing an Iraqi Army patch, left, and a U.S. Army soldier patrol in Samarra on Oct. 6, 2010. Over the past month, militants led by the extremist Islamic State group overpowered the military and the Sahwa, seizing control of most of the Sunni-dominated areas of Iraq. The jihadis have systematically killed dozens of former Sahwa leaders, forced others to flee and recruited the remaining foot soldiers through intimidation. Maya Alleruzzo / AP file

    Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

    Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  10. Group wants to dredge river for '56 bomber wreck

    A group that's spent nearly 20 years trying to find the wreckage of a World War II-era bomber that crashed into a Pittsburgh-area river is seeking permission to dredge the waterway for wreckage.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  11. Former astronaut Hank Hartsfield dies at 80

    Former astronaut Henry 'Hank' Hartsfield, who logged 483 hours during three trips into space and commanded two shuttle missions, has died.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  12. Central American leaders convening at White House

    President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  13. Augusta sailor's actions in World War II recalled

    Of all the accolades Carl Clifford Wilson received during his service in the Navy, it was forgetting his hat that earned the Augusta native his highest honor.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  14. U.S. Marshals arrest soldier wanted for desertion

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. A Fort Campbell soldier wanted for 120 counts of sexual abuse of a person under the age of 12 and desertion has been arrested in Tennessee.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  15. Mabus: Cost for LCS will decline

    Operating costs for the U.S. Navy's newest ships will decline and 'become more normal' over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  16. The Jack Daniels' Lounge opens Friday at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Monica Wood/Fort Sill MWR

    Jack Daniel's lounge opens Friday on Army base

    A handful of Jack Daniel's-branded gathering places draw whiskey drinkers and other patrons in sports arenas, stadiums like Wrigley Field, even in Dubai International Airport.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  17. The Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen launched a Naval Strike Missile July 10 during a successful test near Hawaii. A US Navy littoral combat ship will conduct a test launch of the missile in September off California. Forsvaret

    LCS to conduct test of Norwegian missile

    The littoral combat ship USS Coronado will get a chance at an historic LCS first this fall when it launches a surface-to-surface missile in tests off Southern California.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  18. US Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell was confirmed July 24 as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and US Forces in Afghanistan. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Army vice chief Campbell confirmed for ISAF post; Votel goes to SOCOM

    The Army's vice chief of staff, Gen. John Campbell, was confirmed Wednesday as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  19. A Mexican boy looks at a member of the U.S. Border Patrol standing guard Tuesday on the border between El Paso in the United States and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. Jesus Alcazar / AFP via Getty Images

    Unaccompanied children could be housed at Maxwell

    Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, is now joining several other military bases as possible locations to house unaccompanied Central American minors, according to the state's governor's office.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  20. Marine Corps Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun disappeared from his unit in Iraq's western desert in June 2004. The following month he turned up unharmed in Beirut, Lebanon and blamed his disappearance on Islamic extremist kidnappers. He was returned to Lejeune and was about to face the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing when he disappeared again. Dylan Moore/AP

    Marines file charges against corporal suspected of deserting twice

    A Marines suspected of deserting his unit on two occasions has had charges preferred by military authorities.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  21. Iraqi lawmakers elected veteran Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the nation's new president on July 24. Ali Al-Saadi / AFP

    Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

    Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  22. Gen. Joseph Dunford has become the new commandant of the Marine Corps. Lauren Victoria Burke/The Associated Press

    Dunford confirmed as 36th commandant of the Marine Corps

    It's official: Gen. Joseph 'Fighting Joe' Dunford will be the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  23. Wilbur, a Marine Corps military working dog with a Marine special operations team, takes a break with his handler in 2013 after successfully searching a build site in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Sgt. Pete Thibodeau / DoD

    Military working dogs finding their way home

    When Marine Sgt. Deano Miller was preparing to return home from a deployment in Afghanistan, he desperately wanted to say goodbye to his best friend.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  24. Civilians offered buyouts under HQ reduction plan

    The Air Force is encouraging civilians to apply for voluntary early retirement or separation to help the service achieve planned headquarters staff reductions.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  25. Members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 from Gulfport, Mississippi, work in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, on Oct 31, 2005. Achmad Ibrahim/The Associated Press

    Seabee battalion being decommissioned

    Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 is being decommissioned Friday during a ceremony at the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
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