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    Marine to receive Navy Cross for heroism in Afghanistan

    Gunnery Sgt. Richard A. Jibson will receive the nation's second highest valor award on Tuesday at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., for bravery he exhibited during a five-hour firefight in Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  2. 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

    XO fired for issues while leading Blue Angels

    The Navy fired the No. 2 officer at Naval Base Coronado Friday after allegations arose into his conduct while in command of the Blue Angels.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  3. Sgt. Timothy Gilboe with the armor plate that saved him as he wrestled an AK47 away from the insurgent who shot him. Courtesy of Sgt. Timothy Gilboe

    Sergeant gets plate that saved his life in point-blank attack

    Sgt. Timothy Gilboe was given an armor plate three years after it saved his life when he charged an AK-47-toting insurgent and was shot point-blank in the belly.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  4. On-base fast food outlets get temporary reprieve from new wage rules

    The Labor Department has pulled back — at least temporarily — from new minimum wage rules that had led several fast-food restaurants to end their contracts on military installations and prompted others to possibly follow suit.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  5. Top left: An F-15 lands in Lithuania in preparation for the NATO Baltic air policing mission. Top right: The 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 at Lask Air Base, Poland. Bottom right: MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 in Spain in support of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF CR). Defense Department

    U.S. military shifting gears in Europe

    The footprint of U.S forces in Europe is poised for major change, with two decades of peace and calm seemingly headed toward a jarring end as NATO's perspective on Russia transforms from partner to adversary.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Marine vet not caught in Everest avalanche

    A Boise resident climbing Mount Everest with a film crew as part of a motivational project for injured veterans didn't get caught in an avalanche Friday that killed at least 12 Napalese guides.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  8. A Slovenian soldier surveys a map as he and forces from U.S. Army plan an assault as part of a field training exercise in 2012. Despite the drawdown in Europe, there remain opportunities for NCOs, officers and their families. Spc. Lorenzo Ware/Army

    For U.S. troops, European tours come with career, quality-of-life perks

    Imagine going out to hunt wild boar in the forests of Germany, then celebrating with buddies at the local gasthaus, hoisting a brew that rivals any you can find in the States.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  9. Maulana Abdul Aziz, left, head cleric of a Pakistani seminary, talks to visitors in a library named after slain al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on Friday. B.K. Bangash / AP

    Pakistani girl's seminary names library after OBL

    Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: 'Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr.'

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  10. N.C. community college rate break for vets proposed

    Gov. Pat McCrory says he wants to make it easier for new veterans to attend any of North Carolina's community colleges.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  11. U.S.: Forfeiture deal over Iran assets sets record

    A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever, a prosecutor said Thursday.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  12. Anger and dismay at stalled Guantanamo 9/11 trial

    Don Arias stormed out of the meeting with the defense lawyers at this U.S. Navy base after less than 15 minutes. He was soon followed by three others who also lost family members in the 9/11 terror attack.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  13. Petty officer charged in 'Fat Leonard' bribery scandal

    A fourth member of the Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of providing cash, vacations, electronics and prostitutes in exchange for classified info

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  14. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 7 listen to a convoy brief at Forward Operating Base Delaram II in Nimroz province, Afghanistan, on April 8 before heading to Camp Leatherneck with the last supplies, equipment and team members of Security Force Assistance Advisor Team 4-215. Sgt. Frances Johnson/Marine Corps

    Marines pull out of Afghanistan's Nimroz province

    Earlier this month, the Marine Corps quietly took leave of Nimroz province, consolidating its operations in Afghanistan to a single province and completing another chapter in its drawdown efforts.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  15. Pro-Russia activists guard a barricade April 17 outside the police regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and four-star chief of U.S. European Command, said he rejects the Russians' claim that their military is not conducting operations in the towns of eastern Ukraine. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    4-star: Armed attackers in Ukraine are Russian troops in disguise

    The Russians aren't fooling anyone.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  16. Military Religious Freedom Foundation Mikey Weinstein said senior Pentagon civilians and officers have complained to his group about military participation in a National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill. Courtesy of Mikey Weinstein

    Group calls for DoD to withdraw from Prayer Day event

    Longtime critics of Christian conservatives' influence in military culture are demanding the Pentagon back away from involvement in a National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill next month, saying it's a thinly veiled rally for far-right fundamentalists.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  17. Staff Sgt. Shareef Stokely is seen in an image made from video.

    Rapping medic dispenses care with a smile and a rhyme

    If you bust your leg, he busts a rhyme.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  18. MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft stand ready on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard on April 16 to aide in the rescue efforts for the Korean passenger ship Sewol. MC2 Adam D. Wainwright/Navy

    Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU search for missing ferry passengers

    The amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard is helping search for hundreds of passengers missing from the Sewol, a South Korean ferry that capsized and sank Wednesday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  19. President Obama gestures April 17 as he speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington. The president spoke about the health care overhaul, the situation in Ukraine and other topics. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions — for now

    In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  20. The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's 'dangerously irresponsible' efforts to destabilize the country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Susan Walsh / AP

    U.S. sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military

    The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's 'dangerously irresponsible' efforts to destabilize the country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  21. Ex-Calif. man convicted of Navy battery swindle

    A former Southern California man who fled the U.S. to live on his yacht has been convicted of selling the U.S. military more than $2.6 million in cheap, knock-off batteries that were used in aircraft carriers and submarines.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  22. A pro-Russia activist guards a barricade April 17 outside the police regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    First deaths in Ukraine; Putin admits Crimea invaded

    A clash outside a military base ended with the first deaths so far in a Ukraine anti-militant operation as Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Thursday in a radio interview that Russian soldiers did secretly invade Crimea to help pro-Russian Ukrainians take over the province by force.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  23. Vets group seeks Medal of Honor for Civil War Col. Robert Gould Shaw

    A veterans group will present a petition next week to the New York delegation of Congress asking that the Medal of Honor be awarded to Civil War Col. Robert Gould Shaw, who commanded the first unit of free African Americans recruited into the Union army.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  24. Kennedy beats Bisping to stay perfect in UFC

    Like many fighters before him, Tim Kennedy wanted to shut Michael Bisping up.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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