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  1. 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
  2. Militia leader pleads guilty to military ID theft

    A self-described militia commander from Minnesota who was charged with stealing identification information from members of his former Army unit at Fort Bragg in North Carolina has pleaded guilty to identity theft.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  3. Marines with 4th Tank Battalion, a Reserve unit out of Twentynine Palms, Calif., roll down a dirt road on their M1A1 Abrams tank during Exercise Africa Lion 2012. Under a policy change, female Marine reservists can assume support roles in combat units, including 4th Tanks, but are still withheld from direct combat roles. Tyler Main/Marine Corps

    Marine Corps Reserve opens more combat units to women

    The Marine Corps has opened more roles in combat units to women — this time in the Reserve.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  4. The Kaufman family disembarks the USS Vandegrift on April 9 at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego following their rescue at sea on April 6. Navy / via AP

    Sailors recall rough seas during rescue of family

    Six days after a family of four found themselves helpless and adrift in a sailboat far into the Pacific with a vomiting, feverish 1-year-old, a Navy warship delivered them safely Wednesday to San Diego, where they began their attempted around-the world vo

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    An AH-64 Apache assigned with the US Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade prepares for departure during a March 28 exercise. Gen. Frank Grass, the National Guard's top general, appeared resigned to a plan that moves all of the branch's AH-64 Apache helicopters into the active Army. Spc. Glenn M. Anderson / Army

    Guard chief: 'Decision made' on shifting Apaches to active Army

    The National Guard's top general on Tuesday appeared resigned to a plan that moves all of the branch's AH-64 Apache helicopters into the active Army.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  5. After guardsman son's suicide, parents work to save others

    Former Army National Guard Sgt. Daniel Somers served as a turret gunner and tactical human intelligence team member during two deployments to Iraq.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  6. Sailors from Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 49) assist in the rescue of a family with a sick infant via the ship's small boat as part of a joint U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and California Air National Guard rescue effort on April 6. U.S. Coast Guard / AP

    Family's misadventure at sea has public costs

    When would-be adventurers get more adventure than they bargained for, who should bear the blame — and the price for bailing them out?

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  7. Some 70 Guardsmen were activated to help with search and rescue efforts in Oso, Wash., where at least 45 people were killed in a mudslide. Spc. Matthew Sissel/Defense Department

    Fairchild Air Guard members help with recovery efforts after mudslide

    On Day 9 of the search for the missing, Lt. Col. Curtis Puckett watched as workers retrieved the remains of another victim buried in the deadly March 22 mudslide near Oso, Wash.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
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    Military drone crashes in Pa.

    Military officials say an unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, crashed near a central Pennsylvania school and a hotel.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
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    Army officer, Senate candidate vows to bring pig castration skills to D.C.

    Joni Ernst, an officer in the Iowa Army National Guard who is running for Senate, has received national attention after running an unconventional campaign commercial touting her farmhand experience.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  9. Marijuana off limits in Washington to military

    As Washington prepares to open its first retail marijuana stores in the next few months, tens of thousands of military service members have been warned not to shop in any of them.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  10. Army reservist due at Hawaii plea hearing

    A civilian defense contractor faces a court hearing Thursday on federal charges, accused of giving military secrets to a Chinese girlfriend.

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  11. Army reservist to plead guilty to giving secrets to Chinese girlfriend

    A civilian defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to a Chinese girlfriend half his age will be entering a guilty plea, his attorney said Tuesday.

    • Mar. 12, 2014
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    Ind. guardsman donates Purple Heart to family of WWII vet

    Monday was a special day of reflection, recognition, restoration and honor for Greene County-based Indiana Conservation Officer Greg Swanson.

    • Mar. 11, 2014
  12. DoD: Give reservists immediate retirement pay

    Reservists would be eligible to begin receiving military retirement pay immediately after completing 20 years of part-time service under a new Pentagon proposal for overhauling the retirement system.

    • Mar. 6, 2014
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    The Army's plans to cut the Guard and Reserves, including moving Guard AH-64 Apache helicopter battalions to the active Army, are reflected in the 2015 budget proposal, expected out on Tuesday. Army

    State governors fight back against National Guard cuts

    The nation's governors have banded together to oppose cuts to the Army National Guard as outlined in the Army's 2015 budget proposal.

    • Mar. 1, 2014
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    U.S. attorneys challenge Mo. National Guard policy

    U.S. attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the Missouri National Guard alleging it shortchanges civilian employees when they are called to active duty.

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  13. Federal prosecutors charged Kristen Rose Smith on Feb. 7 with kidnapping her half-sister's newborn boy from a Wisconsin home hours after police discovered the infant in a storage crate outside an Iowa gas station, alive and well. Tipton (Iowa) Sheriff / AP

    Army discharged suspect in Wis. newborn's kidnapping

    The woman charged with kidnapping her half sister's newborn this month had been discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve after about a year of service, military officials say.

    • Feb. 20, 2014
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    Staff Sgt. Robert McKevitt, left, was fired from his civilian job after reportedly using a forklift to get candy from a vending machine. Rodney White/Des Moines Register

    Guard member fired after using forklift to retrieve Twix from vending machine

    It's a familiar tableau: an overpriced vending-machine candy bar dangles on a spiral hook, tantalizingly out of reach and refusing to drop.

    • Feb. 20, 2014
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    This photo of soldiers posing comically alongside a flag-draped casket has gone viral and the Wisconsin National Guard is investigating. Instagram photo

    Another soldier suspended in casket photo controversy

    A second Wisconsin National Guard member has been suspended in an investigation stemming from a photograph showing soldiers clowning around by an empty flag-draped casket, a Guard spokesman said Wednesday.

    • Feb. 19, 2014
  14. This photo of soldiers posing comically alongside a flag-draped casket has gone viral and the Wisconsin National Guard is investigating. Instagram photo

    Soldiers suspended in funeral guard photo flap; investigation launched

    The Wisconsin National Guard has suspended a soldier from a funeral honors detail over two photos that sparked outrage and shock after the pictures were posted to social media.

    • Feb. 18, 2014
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    AUSA president Gordon R. Sullivan speaks at the AUSA Army Aviation Symposium and Exhibition last year. Mike Morones/Staff

    AUSA boss takes stand on Congress' push to protect Guard

    The Association of the United States Army is pushing back against legislation that would create a commission to determine the future makeup of the Army.

    • Feb. 13, 2014
  15. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., center, accompanied by his wife Janet, second from right, participates in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony Feb. 11 as Vice President Joe Biden reads the oath of office in Washington. Walsh daughter-in-law April Walsh holds his granddughter Kennedy at left. Lauren Victoria Burke / AP

    Former Mont. adjutant general sworn in as U.S. senator

    John Walsh became the newest member of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and faces the challenge of making his appointment more permanent.

    • Feb. 12, 2014
  16. The long battle between Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Panther Racing for Army National Guard sponsorship ended Thursday,with the coveted funding moving to Graham Rahal's car for the upcoming IndyCar season. Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP

    IndyCar's Rahal gets National Guard as sponsor

    The long battle between Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Panther Racing for Army National Guard sponsorship ended Thursday, with the coveted funding moving to Graham Rahal's car for the upcoming IndyCar season.

    • Feb. 6, 2014
  17. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., holds a hearing Feb. 4 about fraud in recruiting contracts in Washington, D.C. Mike Morones / Staff

    Senators blast Army over recruiting fraud scandal

    Senators blasted the Army Tuesday for a recruiting scandal that involves thousands of soldiers and tens of millions of dollars.

    • Feb. 4, 2014
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