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  1. COLA dropping for many troops in Germany

    Some service members in Germany could see their overseas cost of-living allowance drop by more than $200 per month under new COLA rates set to take effect on May 16, according to U.S. military officials in Europe.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  2. Chinese Navy helicopters and 528 warship attend an international fleet review to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy in 2009 in the water off Qingdao of Shandong Province, China. China's boosted defense spending this year grew 12.2 percent to $132 billion, continuing more than two decades of nearly unbroken double-digit percentage increases that have afforded Beijing the means to potentially alter the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific. Guang Niu / AP

    China splurging on military as U.S. pulls back

    China's navy commissioned 17 new warships last year, the most of any nation.

    • Apr. 24, 2014
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    The family of Master at Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo will receive one of the Navy's highest distinctions on Friday for Mayo's heroism in for protecting his shipmates during the March 24 shooting at Naval Station Norfolk. Navy / AP

    Fallen sentry to receive rare heroism medal

    A sailor credited with saving the lives of watchstanders on board the destroyer Mahan in March will be posthumously awarded one of the Navy's highest honors.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    A sign cautions visitors outside a 'pump and treat' facility aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., the site of one of the worst drinking water contaminations in U.S. history. Allen Breed/Associated Press

    Victims of Lejeune toxic water meet skepticism at Supreme Court

    A divided Supreme Court seemed mostly dubious Wednesday that federal claims for environmental damages can be brought after state deadlines have passed, signaling a potential setback for thousands of former Marines and their families exposed decades ago to

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Discharged Marine regrets crucifying himself in public

    Joshua Klohr felt that no one was paying attention to his claims of injustice.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Capt. Greg McWherter is seen here in 2010 while serving as the commanding officer of the Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels MC2 Ron Trevino / Navy

    Complaint says former Blue Angels CO allowed lewd behavior

    Allegations that 'sexually explicit humor' and the display of '

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  3. An artist's rendering of a KC-46A refueling F-16 Fighting Falcons. Courtesy of Boeing Co.

    Altus selected for KC-46A training

    KC-46A Pegasus crews will train at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., when the tanker begins to enter the fleet in fiscal 2016, the Air Force announced Wednesday.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  4. US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh says a continued US presence could help Afghanistan establish a self-sustaining aeronautical industry. Scott M. Ash / US Air Force

    Welsh: Afghanistan could create 'meaningful' aerospace industry

    Afghanistan is not a country known for its aeronautical industry, but at least one top-ranking U.S. official believes that could change.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  5. First soldiers from the 173rd arrive in Poland

    The first soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team have arrived in Poland as part of military exercises that are meant to reassure NATO members that border Russia of the alliance's commitment to defend them.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  6. In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Bradley Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. A northeast Kansas judge will make a final determination Wednesday on Manning's request to change her name from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. AP

    Judge grants Manning's name change request

    A Kansas judge has granted a request to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  7. State Dept. says Egypt cleared for U.S. military aid

    The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Piece of 'Band of Brothers' gets new commander

    The original 'Band of Brothers' has a new commander and will be getting a new home.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  8. Hagel seeking to deepen U.S.-Mexico ties

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday he is exploring ways to deepen U.S.-Mexican defense ties, including the possibility of training exercises with Mexican forces.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  9. President Barack Obama steps from Air Force One Wednesday as he arrives at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    Obama: U.S.-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands

    President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  10. Soldier accused of killing teens in Iraq

    The two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago. But then-Staff Sgt.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  11. The pre-workout supplement Craze, made by Driven Sports, was named 2012 New Supplement of the Year by bodybuilding.com. Driven Sports has posted statements on its website saying that Craze does not contain amphetamines. Alison Young/USA Today

    FDA warns maker of controversial workout supplement Craze

    Federal regulators have warned the maker of the once-popular sports supplement Craze about its proprietary blend of ingredients and tests showing an undisclosed methamphetamine-like compound in the product, records now made public show.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  12. This Oct. 12, 2008, file photo shows a U.S. U2 reconnaissance plane taking off at the U.S. airbase in Osan, south of Seoul, South Korea. The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and helped avert the world's nuclear annihilation a half century ago. Defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky. Lee Jin-man / AP

    Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

    The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  13. First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, April 11, during an event for caregivers of veterans. The first lady announced Wednesday the launch of a new website for veterans to help them connect with potential employers. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets

    Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for co

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    U.S. Sen. Jack Reed presented Navy vet Frank Poli with a number of awards, including the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the American Campaign Medal. Senate.gov

    Navy vet, 92, finally gets medals

    A 92-year-old military veteran has gotten long-overdue medals he earned for serving in the Navy during World War II.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  14. 2 years in jail for misusing money for homeless vets

    A Nashville, Tenn., woman who stole more than $364,000 earmarked to help homeless veterans will spend two years in jail for the crimes.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  15. Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China

    President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Recruits trending older in U.S. military

    New recruits in the U.S. military are getting slightly older, with more than half of Army enlistees age 20 or above compared with a few decades ago when only a third were in the older age group, according to a RAND Corp. study released Wednesday.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  16. Spy vs. Spy: Former SecDef Gates talks Putin

    Before he became secretary of defense, Robert Gates spent a career at the CIA when U.S intelligence agents were pitted against the KGB.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  17. Two UH-60 Black Hawks assigned to U.S. Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade pick up 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) soldiers during an exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Germany on March 28. Spc. Glenn M. Anderson/Army

    4 Army units heading to Eastern Europe

    The U.S. military in Europe is sending four company-sized infantry units, a total of about 600 soldiers, to Eastern Europe, the latest effort to reassure NATO allies in light of Russian aggression in Ukraine, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrsytal says he got hit in the head by a metaphorical curveball, but he managed to pick himself up, dust himself off and transition from being a soldier to running a business, McChrystal wrote for Linkedin's 'Career Curveballs' blog. Petty Officer 1st Class Mark O'Donald / DoD

    McChrystal tells of his recovery after getting hit with 'career curve ball'

    Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrsytal says he got hit in the head by a metaphorical curveball, but he managed to pick himself up, dust himself off and transition from being a soldier to running a business, McChrystal wrote for Linkedin's

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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