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  1. Filipino activists stage a rally Oct. 18 near the USS Peleliu at the Subic Bay free port after the killing transgender Jennifer Laude. Aaron Favila / AP

    Amid murder case, Philippines says U.S. pact stays

    A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is 'imperfect' but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a letter that a vote on the The Putting Veterans First Act was 'the right thing for our veterans.' The Associated Press

    Senate to vote on advance funding for VA

    When Congress returns next month, the Senate will vote on legislation to provide all Veterans Affairs Department funding a full year in advance, preventing government shutdowns or budget gridlock from interrupting veterans services.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
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    Comptroller Michael McCord said he does not expect Congress to soon reach a budget deal. Glenn Fawcett/ / Office of the Secretary of Defens

    Pentagon officials: No hope for budget soon; tech development vital

    The Pentagon's chief financial officer admitted on Wednesday that he is 'not super optimistic' about Congress reaching a budget deal once the current continuing resolution temporarily funding the federal government expires on Dec. 11.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
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    The Pentagon's internal security agency is warning military personnel and civilians who work in the building that they could be targeted by the Islamic State group or other terrorists. AFP

    Pentagon warns employees about Islamic State threats

    Military personnel and civilians who work in the Pentagon could be targeted by the Islamic State group or other terrorists, the building's internal security agency is warning employees in a new memo distributed late last week.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
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    President Obama gestures while speaking at an Oct. 29 event at the White House with American health care workers fighting the Ebola virus. Evan Vucci / AP

    Obama on Ebola fight: U.S. can't seal itself off

    Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their ret

    • Oct. 29, 2014
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    Philip Burdette, left, is seen testifying before Congress in 2011. Defense Department

    IG: Former chief of wounded warrior office broke law, DoD regs

    The Defense Department inspector general has recommended 'corrective action' against the former director of DoD's Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy Office.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
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    A health worker wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sets up a fence at the Ebola treatment center run by Doctors without Borders in Monrovia, Liberia, on October 27. AFP/Getty Images

    Hagel to decide if troops will be quarantined

    The military's top officers are recommending a sweeping rule imposing a 21-day quarantine on all troops returning from Ebola-stricken West Africa, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has made no final decision, defense officials said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
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    U.S. to increase security at some federal buildings

    Security will be increased at various federal government buildings in Washington and other major American cities, the Homeland Security Department announced Tuesday in what it described as a 'precautionary step.'

    • Oct. 28, 2014
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    This internal Army resume acquired by the Associated Press for Russell Richardson says he had a Ph.D. for Ohio State, which he acknowledges he does not have. Richardson says he didn't include the wrong information and doesn't know who did. J. David Ake / AP

    Army intel official allowed others to believe he had Ph.D.

    A key figure in a struggling Army intelligence program has for years allowed himself to be portrayed as a Ph.D. in engineering, even though he does not hold a doctoral degree, according to records and interviews.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
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    Ryan Zinke, Republican candidate for Montana's open seat in the U.S. House, speaks with attendees at a Sept. 28 Gold Star Mother's Day event in Ronan, Mont. Zinke produced his military records Monday. Brenda Ahearn / AP

    House candidate Zinke releases military record

    Republican U.S. House candidate Ryan Zinke produced a military record Monday that opponents have been calling for since this summer.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
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    A group of 30 U.S. military personnel, including Marines, airmen, and soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, board a C-17 Globemaster III on Oct. 19 at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal. The servicemembers were bound for Monrovia, Liberia, where troops will construct medical treatment units and train health care workers as part of the Operation United Assistance effort to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Maj. Dale Greer / Air National Guard

    Tennessee Republicans ask DoD for Ebola mission clarity

    Two days after a visit to 101st Airborne Division headquarters at Fort Campbell to discuss the unit's controversial Ebola mission in Liberia, Rep.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
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    This undated photo shows First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing. President Obama is bestowing the nation's highest military honor on the Union Army officer who was killed more than 150 years ago in the Battle of Gettysburg. AP via the Wisconsin Historical Society

    Obama to award Civil War Medal of Honor on Nov. 6

    After an act of Congress and years of lobbying by descendants and admirers, a Union Army officer who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Battle of Gettysburg more than 150 years ago will be recognized for his heroism Nov.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  2. Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, right, meets Gen. John Allen, left, a retired U.S. general in charge of coordinating the U.S.-led coalition's fight against Islamic State militants, on Monday in Kuwait city, Kuwait. Allen appealed for Western and Arab partners to do more to combat the group's extremist ideology during a meeting in Kuwait on Monday. AP

    U.S. official urges allies to combat IS ideology

    The retired American general in charge of coordinating the U.S.-led coalition's fight against Islamic State militants on Monday urged Arab nations and other allies to do more to combat the group's extremist ideology.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
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    Former Marine Capt. Seth Moulton, who served as an infantry officer and deployed to Iraq four times, is running for Congress. Moulton beat out a nine-term congressional incumbent during the Massachusetts Democratic Primary. Courtesy photo

    Marine grunt runs for Congress after four Iraq deployments

    A veteran Marine infantry officer bagged one of the biggest upsets in the election season this fall when he picked-off a 17-year incumbent in the Massachusetts Democratic primary for the 6th congressional district.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
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    U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kevin Baird practices donning personal protective equipment Oct. 15 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., while preparing for a deployment to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. Senior Airman Kayla Newman / Air Force

    Pentagon speeds up effort to find Ebola treatments

    The Pentagon, which is dispatching up to 4,000 troops to west Africa to fight Ebola, is seeking a series of new proposals to control the virus that has stricken about 10,000 people in the region.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  3. Phoenix Air is a company that uses a portable isolation unit the Pentagon says is similar to what it is developing. Phoenix Air

    Pentagon builds isolation units to transport Ebola patients

    As more U.S. troops head to West Africa, the Pentagon is developing portable isolation units that can carry up to 12 Ebola patients for transport on military planes.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  4. Former Lance Cpl. Matt Elhinney, who wrote a viral post about being shot in Afghanistan, is using social media to encourage Veterans Affairs reform. YouTube screengrab

    Injured Marine uses viral posts to promote VA reform

    Many are likely to view getting shot as the worst thing a person could experience, but former Lance Cpl. Matt McElhinney said getting turned over to Veterans Affairs care has been more painful than anything he experienced on the battlefield.

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  5. Iraqi security forces and gunmen rest on a sidewalk following clashes with jihadists in September in Anbar province. U.S. military officials are wrestling with how to calibrate their advise-and-assist mission with Iraqi forces in the fight against the Islamic State, which is growing especially heated in Anbar. AZHAR SHALLAL / AFP via Getty Images

    U.S. war planners focus on advisers in Anbar

    Top US military planners want to expand the limited advise-and-assist mission in Iraq and are talking to allied partner nations about potentially putting non-American troops on the ground to help support the fight against Islamic State militants, according to several military officials.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  6. Transgender former Navy SEAL Senior Chief Kristin Beck speaks at a conference in Washington on Oct. 20. Transgender military personnel from 18 countries who allow them to serve openly gathered to discuss whether the U.S. military could join them. Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images

    Transgender troops say they want to serve openly

    The landmark repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' in 2011 allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  7. Leadership is key to troops' tolerance of transgender persons, allied forces say

    Transgender persons are barred from serving openly in the U.S. military but can do so in the armed forces of 18 other nations worldwide, including NATO allies Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as Australia and New Zealand.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
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    U.S. and South Korean forces conduct a combined training exercise. The U.S. will continue to have operational control of forces in South Korea in the event of war. Cpl. Kim Young-ho / Army

    U.S., South Korea delay transfer of wartime control

    The U.S. and South Korea have delayed transferring wartime operational control of allied forces by taking on a 'conditions-based approach' and scrapping the previously set deadline of 2015.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  8. Iraqi volunteer soldiers march Sept. 1 after graduating from a training camp in the central Iraqi city of Kufa. Haidar Hamdani / Getty Images

    U.S. official: Iraq army not ready to repel Islamic State

    U.S. airstrikes and Iraqi ground forces have blunted an Islamic State offensive in Iraq, but it will be months before Iraq can mount a sustained counteroffensive to take terrain back, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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    Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in U.S.

    The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial near Washington, U.S. officials said Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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    The Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. Getty Images

    Experts call for national debate on U.S. military priorities

    A prestigious defense review panel has warned that the U.S. government must 'sound an alarm' to build public support among the American people for increased defense spending.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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