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  1. A handout photograph made available Oct. 30 by the British Ministry of Defence showing A Russian Bear bomber photographed from an intercepting British Royal Air Force Typhoon in international airspace off the coast of Britain on Oct. 29. Sac Robyn Stewart / British Ministry Of Defence

    NATO chief sees spike in Russian flights on border

    NATO is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe, the alliance's new chief said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
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    Lt. Col. Gerald H. Green III was fired Oct. 9 from his role as head of the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia. Courtesy photo

    Update: Ex-Warrior Training Center boss wore unearned Ranger, Sapper tabs

    A lieutenant colonel relieved of his post as head of the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia, was not authorized to wear the Ranger and Sapper tabs displayed on his uniform, base officials said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  2. An aerial view of the lava flow near the town of Pahoa is seen Oct. 29 on the Big Island of Hawaii. U.S. Geological Survey / AP

    Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow

    The National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber- and sugar-plantation heydey.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  3. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Chuck Hagel. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Pentagon defends decision to isolate troops

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended the Pentagon's decision to isolate troops for 21 days after they return from Ebola duty in West Africa.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
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    Virginians to vote on tax exemption proposal for spouses of troops killed in action

    Virginians were being asked to decide Tuesday whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would exempt the surviving spouses of U.S. military members killed in action from paying real estate taxes.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  4. Norway to send training troops to Iraq

    Norway's prime minister says her country will send 120 soldiers this year to join the international campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and help train local troops there.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  5. Troops' sleep problem may be new disorder

    A 39-year-old soldier arrived at the sleep clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center with symptoms not uncommon in combat soldiers: nightmares of his war experiences and thrashing in his sleep, at one point clocking his wife hard enough to leave bruises.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  6. Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers patrol an area in the recently recaptured town of Zumar, near Mosul, on Oct. 29. Human Rights Watch says some 600 male Shiite inmates from Badoosh prison outside Mosul were executed when the Islamic State group capture the city. EPA/STR via AFP

    Group says Islamic State killed 600 Iraqi prisoners during Mosul takeover

    An international rights group says Islamic State militants carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  7. 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
  8. Military athletes mingle at the 2014 Warrior Games. New advances in sensor technology are leading to prosthetic limbs with potential for better fit and greater comfort for wounded warriors. Mike Morones/Staff

    New prosthetic limb may prevent chafing, swelling

    Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the last few decades, offering state-of-the-art robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades and joints that contain microchips and processors.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  9. Pakistani protesters from the United Citizen Action group shout slogans and burn a U.S. flag as they demonstrate Oct. 8 against U.S drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region in Multan. S.S. Mirza / AFP via Getty Images

    Drone strike kills 2 militants in northwest Pakistan

    Suspected U.S. drone-fired missiles struck a house early on Thursday in a restive tribal region in northwest Pakistan, killing two militants, officials said.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  10. 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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    Fort Campbell officials removed this Halloween display Wednesday after receiving a complaint. Photo via clarksvillenow.com

    After complaints, soldier removes controversial Halloween hanging display

    A Halloween display in front of an active-duty soldier's Fort Campbell, Kentucky, residence that featured effigies with black trash bags as heads hanging by their necks from a tree was removed Tuesday, shortly after base officials were informed of the dec

    • Oct. 29, 2014
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     Credit: Clickhole

    Real Marine stars in satirical military homecoming video

    You don't have to look far to find a viral 'homecoming video' featuring heartwarming reunions between service members and their families after a long deployment. But a new video making the rounds on social media takes a fresh approach.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
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    A Liberian soldier and a U.S. Marine set up a landing zone next to an Ebola treatment center on Oct. 11 in Tubmanburg, Liberia. John Moore / Getty Images

    Hagel orders quarantine for troops returning from West Africa

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday ordered all U.S. service members returning from the Ebola response mission to undergo 'controlled monitoring,' meaning they will be isolated on military facilities and monitored for symptoms for 21 days.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  11. 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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    Firefighters extinguish the remaining flames of a military airplane that crashed in a field Oct. 29 near Naval Station Ventura County, Calif., killing the pilot. Karen Quincy Loberg / AP

    Jet crashes near Naval Station Ventura County, killing pilot

    A jet on a military training exercise crashed into an agricultural field near a Southern California Navy base Wednesday, killing the pilot, authorities said.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  12. 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
  13. Contribution from last year's #MyVeteran campaign: _mrsle: 'Happy Veterans Day to the Love of My Life. Thank you for serving our country, putting your life on the line, and for being such an impeccable husband!'

    Give your vet a shout-out

    Sixty years ago, the nation declared its first Veterans Day celebration.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  14. Alaska Guard members sue over leaked records

    Four Alaska National Guard members have sued the U.S. Army, saying investigative and other records pertaining to them were improperly leaked to reporters and state officials.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
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    $8K for former Schofield soldier's no-show in needle burger suit

    A federal magistrate judge says a retired soldier suing Burger King for swallowing needles in a sandwich should pay nearly $8,500 in attorneys' fees and costs to the defendants for not showing up at a settlement conference.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
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    In an image taken from video, Ethan Arguello, a former Marine drill instructor, and Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie, then the senior-enlisted adviser at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., get in a verbal argument. YouTube

    Marine drill instructors weigh in on viral video face-off

    Judging from their comments on Internet forums, Marines particularly current and former drill instructors appear to be evenly divided when it comes to Sgt. Maj.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
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    Darin Welker, 36, of West Lafayette, was found guilty Wednesday of violating a city ordinance prohibiting citizens from keeping ducks within city limits, at the Coshocton County Municipal Court in Coshocton. Shane Flanigan/Tribune

    Ohio Army veteran found guilty, fined over pet ducks

    A veteran who was cited for keeping farm animals within village limits was found guilty Wednesday in Coshocton County Municipal Court.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  15. OxyTherm Pro on sale at Fort Meyer, photographed at Gannett Government Media photo studio in Springfield, Va., on Thursday, October 9, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones

    DMBA workout stimulant pulled from base shelves

    Several dietary supplements touted as weight-loss or body sculpting aids have been pulled from the shelves of exchange and GNC stores on military installations.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  16. A member of the ground crew installs the protection pin onto a Canadian Air Force F-18 Hornet's missile at Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania on Oct. 20. Two Canadian F-18 Hornet jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft, which they shadowed for some 15 minutes, NATO said. Cpl. Gabrielle DesRochers / /Canadian Air Force-AP

    NATO reports spike in Russian military flights

    NATO on Wednesday reported an 'unusual' spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North seas and the Atlantic Ocean during the past two days.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
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