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  1. Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde are to be among the first to receive a new deployment pay approved by the Navy Department. Cpl. Manuel A. Estrada / Marine Corps

    Navy, Marine Corps approve new pay for long deployments

    Sailors and Marines deployed longer than 220 days in a row are to start receiving a new op tempo pay intended to reward them for the hardships of serving through an extended deployment.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  2. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison / Army

    Odierno did not call for U.S. ground forces to fight Islamic State, spokeswoman says

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno believes that Iraqi ground forces, not U.S. troops, are needed to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq, according to his spokeswoman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  3. Former commander of the U.S. Central Command Gen. James Mattis, USMC (Ret.), testifies during a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Islamic State, al-Qaida, and other Islamic extremists Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    Mattis: Boots on the ground must remain an option in Iraq

    The former Marine head of US Central Command said Thursday that a refusal to consider putting boots on the ground could weaken the allied military commitment to fight the Islamic State.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  4. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, foreground, flanked by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, left, and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, announces the naming of a fast-attack submarine after the state of Vermont during a Sept. 17 ceremony in Burlington, Vt. The USS Vermont is the first U.S. Navy vessel to be named after the Green Mountain State in more than 100 years. Ryan Mercer / AP

    SECNAV Mabus: Submarine to be named USS Vermont

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus used Lake Champlain, with its history of a key naval battle in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as a backdrop Thursday to announce the naming of the USS Vermont, a nuclear attack submarine due to be built over the next several years.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  5. Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde are to be among the first to receive a new deployment pay approved by the Navy Department. Cpl. Manuel A. Estrada / Marine Corps

    Marine Corps, Navy approve new pay for long deployments

    Marines and sailors deployed longer than 220 days in a row are to start receiving a new op tempo pay intended to reward them for the hardships of serving through an extended deployment.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  6. Captive British journalist John Cantlie speaks into the camera on the first of what he says will be a series of lecture-like 'programs' in which he says he will reveal 'the truth' about the Islamic State group. The Arabic subtitle reads 'I am a prisoner and that is something I will not deny.' AP

    British hostage appears in new video by Islamic State

    The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  7. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks with reporters on Tuesday during a news conference on Capitol Hill. House Select Committee on Benghazi Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D- Md., is at the rear. The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels is proving a tough sell with some Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in Congress. Wariness of the plan crossed party lines in a House vote on Wednesday. Cliff Owen/The Associated Press

    House Iraq, Afghanistan veterans divided on Syria rebel training

    The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  8. Man shot by Lacey, Wash., police was JBLM soldier

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord officials identified a man fatally shot by Lacey police as a soldier.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  9. Gen. Paul Selva, TRANSCOM commander, said that with TRANSCOM's involvement and the company's voluntary corrective action plan, there have been improvements. Air Force

    TRANSCOM chief tells vehicle shipping company to shape up

    The four-star chief of U.S. Transportation Command has personally told contractor International Auto Logistics that he expects better performance in shipping troops' vehicles to and from overseas locations.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  10. NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said that military planners were now 'working seven days a week' to finalize details of the force. Yuri Kadobnov / AFP

    NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force

    NATO's new rapid-reaction 'spearhead' force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  11. Nevada congressman promoted to 1-star in Army Reserve

    Nevada congressman Joe Heck's promotion to one-star general now has the blessing of the U.S. Senate.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  12. North Korea unresponsive to U.S. envoy offer

    North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  13. Series of attacks kills at least 15 in Iraq

    A series of attacks, including several bombings in commercial areas of Baghdad, killed at least 15 people in Iraq on Thursday, officials said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  14. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel prepares to testify at the House Armed Services Committee on Sept. 18 on Capitol Hill. Cliff Owen / AP

    Senate voting on Syrian rebel aid after House backs Obama

    Leaders of both parties expected quick passage Thursday as the Senate neared a vote on President Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm Syrian rebels battling Islamic State militants.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  15. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, joined by Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, and Vice President Joe Biden, left, acknowledges lawmakers' applause on Sept. 18 after addressing a joint meeting of Congress. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from U.S. go unmet

    The United States will provide $46 million in new security assistance to the Ukraine's military but stop short of fulfilling an urgent request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for lethal aid to help his country fight Russian-backed separatists.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  16. Sgt. Jesse Phillips, inset, a mortarman with 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, hunted a 792-pound alligator, with two of his friends. It measured more than 13-feet from the tip of the nose to the tail, and broke a Mississippi state record. Courtesy of Jesse Phillips

    Marine sergeant and friends bag record-setting alligator

    The next time Sgt. Jesse Phillips has to train in the swamp, he'll be all too familiar with the type of beasts that might be slithering around his boots.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  17. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill Tuesday/ Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Dempsey: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months

    Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  18. James Clapper, director of national intelligence, denied Thursday that he lied to the U.S. Congress about government surveillance last year, and he rolled out a new national intelligence strategy that includes principles of ethics for intelligence officers. AP

    Intelligence director disputes allegations he lied

    The director of national intelligence denied Thursday that he lied to the U.S. Congress about government surveillance last year, and he rolled out a new national intelligence strategy that includes principles of ethics for intelligence officers.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  19. Tactical Veteran: Apprenticeships can be path to solid career

    In my last column, I talked a bit about 'blue-collar' occupations and broke down some of the pathways into those careers. This week I'd like to talk in a bit of detail about another such potential pathway: apprenticeships.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  20.  Jewel Samad / AFP

    Rare 'moment of stability' seen in 2015 budget

    No need for troops to worry about the beginning of the fiscal year approaching Oct. 1.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  21. CFC changes will make donating easier

    Troops who want to donate to a charity through the Combined Federal Campaign this season will see some improvements.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  22. A contract employee watches a crews excavate contaminated soil at a site where millions of gallons of jet fuel leaked underground over decades at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., on Aug. 7. Susan Montoya Bryan/The Associated Press

    Plan unveiled for Kirtland fuel-spill cleanup wells

    The Air Force has unveiled a proposal to start drilling wells next year to try to intercept groundwater contamination from a Kirtland Air Force Base fuel spill.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  23. Pfcs. Katie Gorz, Julia Carroll, Christina Fuentes Montenegro have become the first entry-level enlisted women to complete infantry training as part of the Marine CorpsÕ research effort toward integrating women into previously closed ground-combat assignments. A graduation ceremony Nov. 21, 2013 for the 224 students of Delta Company at the School of Infantry East, Camp Geiger, N.C., marked the occasion. (U. S. Marine Corps photos by Sgt. Tyler L. Main and CWO2 Paul S. Mancuso/Released) CWO2 Mancuso, Paul S.

    Marine essay winner shows why the Corps needs to be clear about women in combat roles

    This month's Marine Corps Gazette touts the essay by Capt. Lauren F. Serrano that won 1st Place in the Maj. Gen. Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest. The contest stipulated that entrants '

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  24. A group of US congressmen are urging President Obama to support funding to develop a rocket engine that can lift the Atlas V launch vehicle and replace the Russian-produced RD-180 engine. Roger McCann/United Launch Alliance

    Congressmen to Obama: Support new rocket engine

    A bipartisan group of congressmen have written a letter to President Obama asking him to back funding for a new American-made rocket engine.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  25. Police investigators work in a garage at a home at Guildford in suburban Sydney, Australia, after about 800 federal and state police officers raided more than two dozen properties as part of the operation Sept. 18 Australian police detained 15 people earlier on Thursday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil. Rick Rycroft / AP

    Australian police thwart IS beheading plot

    More than 800 Australian officers raided dozens of properties in the suburbs of Sydney on Thursday, in an operation to thwart an apparent Islamic State terror plot to carry out random attacks on the public, police said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
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