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  1. Top left: An F-15 deployed from Royal Air Force Lakenheath lands in Lithuania in preparation for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe to assume the NATO Baltic air policing mission. Top Right: The guided missile 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, March 20 at Lask Air Base, Poland. Bottom right: Six MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 arrived in Spain on April 27 in support of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF CR).

    NATO to ramp up in response to Russian aggression

    U.S. troops in Europe likely will ramp up operations and continue a historic shift eastward after the NATO alliance this week agreed to vastly expand its military readiness in response to Russian aggression.

  1. Aspiring pilot, recruited to be Navajo Code Talker, dies

    A Navajo man who aspired to be a pilot but was recruited to become a Code Talker during World War II has died.

  2. Official: Iran will not discuss missile program

    Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday.

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    Former Sgt. Kyle White will receive the Medal of Honor for heroism in 2007 while serving as a specialist in Afghanistan.

    Sergeant to receive Medal of Honor for 20-hour Afghanistan battle

    High in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, the enemy ambush was quick and deadly.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  1. 1st Lt. Kelly Requa is breaking new ground at Fort Bragg. She's one of a small number of female lieutenants brought into lead a cannon platoon at the North Carolina base. By January 2016, the U.S. military must open all combat jobs to women or explain why any must remain closed. Gerry Broome / AP

    First women move to Army platoon artillery jobs

    Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    A veteran patient recieves a vaccination. Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October. Stephanie McCrobie / U.S. Navy

    Tricare presents plan for re-enrolling some in Prime

    Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October, but by law, not all who were booted off Prime will be able to re-enroll.

    • Apr. 15, 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. Operators aboard Australian navy vessel Ocean Shield move the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 Artemis autonomous underwater vehicle into position for deployment. MCS 1st Class Peter D. Blair / Navy

    Navy's robot sub continues search for missing Malaysian jet

    A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet continued its second seabed search on Wednesday as up to 14 planes were to take to the skies for some of the final sweeps of the Indian Ocean for floating debris from the ill-fated airliner.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  4. A pro-Russian activist guards a barricade Tuesday outside the regional police building seized in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Ukraine's acting president accused Russia enacting 'brutal plans' to destabilize the southeast of his ex-Soviet country by backing separatist militants. Genya Savilov / AFP via Getty Images

    Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

    President Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations as the White House asserts that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Brad Pitt, right, will reportedly play Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the movie adaptation of a book written by the reporter who got McChrystal fired. Mark Lennihan / AP and Getty

    Report: Brad Pitt to play Gen. Stanley McChrystal in movie

    Brad Pitt will reportedly play Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the movie adaptation of a book written by the reporter who got McChrystal fired.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    First Lady Michelle Obama has stickers placed on her face by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt, as her parents, Amy and Army Sgt. Lucas Oppelt, far right, watch during Obama's April 14 visit to the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C. Associated Press

    Michelle Obama visits Walter Reed's Fisher House

    It's been a long road for Amy Oppelt and her family since she got the call informing her that her husband, Army Sgt. Lucas Oppelt, had been injured by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  5. FBI leak probe shuts down 9/11 case at Guantanamo

    A judge agreed Tuesday to look into how FBI questioning of a defense team member will affect the trial of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners in the Sept. 11 attack.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Your medical files may be at risk

    After veteran Aaron Alexis shot and killed a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard last September, the Air Force noted a spike in the number of personnel dipping into his electronic medical file.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    DoD told to quantify cost to victims of '09 Fort Hood shooting

    Congress wants to put a dollar figure on what victims of the first Fort Hood, Texas, shooting have lost because the tragedy was classified as workplace violence.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  7. This Monday July 22, 2013 photo provided by the Afghan Public Works Ministry, shows Deputy Minister of Public Works Ahmad Shah Wahid speaking during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen abducted Wahid in Kabul on Tuesday. Kidnappings for ransom by criminal gangs and abductions by Taliban insurgents are relatively common in Afghanistan, but Wahid is the highest-ranking government official abducted in years. AP

    Gunmen abduct Afghan deputy minister in Kabul

    Gunmen abducted the Afghan deputy public works minister in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, a grim reminder of the insecurity plaguing Afghanistan as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of the year.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    The destroyer USS Donald Cook is seen April 14 at the Constanta shipyard in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta. A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S. Navy destroyer while it was steaming in the Black Sea. Petrut Calinescu / Getty Images

    Pentagon condemns 'provocative' Russian military action against U.S. Navy ship

    A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Iran arrested Amir Hekmati, now 31, in August 2011 while he was on a trip to visit his grandmothers in Tehran. Marine Corps

    Family of former Marine in Iran sees hope of freedom

    The family of a former U.S.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  8. USAA veteran employees, from left, Charles A. Lane, Richard F. Katona, Jacqueline Vilches, Mary Theresa Perez and John DuQue IV. Courtesy of USAA

    Best for Vets: Employers 2014

    Troops transitioning out of the military often worry that the jobs they did in uniform will be irrelevant to the jobs they want out of uniform.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    President Obama congratulates 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Betterbed, top cadet in the Class of 2010 and a Rhodes Scholar, on a job well done during graduation ceremonies in Michie Stadium on May 22, 2010, at West Point, N.Y. Tommy Gillgan / U.S. Military Academy

    Obama to speak at West Point graduation

    President Obama will deliver this year's commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on May 28, the White House announced Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  9. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who now wishes to be known as Chelsea Manning, is escorted Agu. 20 to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md. Patrick Semansky / AP

    Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence upheld

    An Army general has upheld Pvt. Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Army said Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  10. Rep. Hunter hammers Army on social science project

    The Army program that sends social scientists to battlefields should be scrapped because it is 'plagued by instances of abuse and misconduct,' according to a letter to congressional appropriators from Rep. Duncan Hunter.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  11. For the first time in 10 years, Russia last year spent a bigger share of its overall economy on arms investments than the U.S. as it seeks to bolster its military capability, a Swedish arms watchdog said Monday. Alexei Nikolsky / AFP via Getty Images

    Russia boosts military spending

    For the first time in 10 years, Russia last year spent a bigger share of its overall economy on arms investments than the U.S. as it seeks to bolster its military capability, a Swedish arms watchdog said Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  12. Smaller sets of Army equipment, such as Bradley fighting vehicles, will be prepositioned around the world to speed time to deployment. Spc. Bryan Willis / Army

    Fast and light: Army overhauls its gear strategy

    The Army is putting the finishing touches on a bold new strategy for how it pre-positions stocks of critical equipment around the globe, how it uses those stocks to speed deployments and who pays for it.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    Members of the 23rd Bomb Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., pose with their bald heads. Courtesy photos

    Airmen shave their heads to support fallen pilot's ailing son

    The baldness began in February with 90 airmen deployed to Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  13. An Army AH-64D Apache attack helicopter lands aboard the afloat forward staging base Ponce in 5th Fleet in 2012. The Army is considering expanding operations off Navy ships. MC1 Jon Rasmussen / Navy

    Army explores sea-basing helos

    The Army is considering certifying some of its attack helicopters to operate from ships a mission historically conducted by the Marine Corps as the service looks to broaden the role it would play in an Asia-Pacific battle.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  14. Official: U.S. looking into Syria toxic gas reports

    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus were so far '

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  15. Window opens on secret camp within Guantanamo

    Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise the route on the scrub brush-and-cactus covered military base.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    Underwater combat school in Keys marks 50 years

    An underwater combat training school in Key West is marking its 50th anniversary.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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