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  1. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prepares to be interviewed by Army investigators. Eugene R. Fidell / AP

    GAO: Pentagon broke law in Bergdahl swap

    The Defense Department broke the law when it transferred five Taliban detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar in exchange for former prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  2. Erin Corwin's body was found seven weeks after her husband, a Marine stationed at the base in Twentynine Palms, reported her missing. Christopher Brandon Lee, who lived near the Corwins on the base, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in her death. The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun

    DA: Christopher Lee could face 2nd murder charge

    California law is very clear about the murder of an unborn child, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos told The Desert Sun on Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  3. Navy officials have decided to separate Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jessica Sims, a 12-year sailor, for failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle, according to a Wednesday statement from the chief of naval personnel's office. Courtesy of HM2 Jessica Sims

    Officials decide to boot HM2 for her locks

    Navy officials have decided to separate a 12-year African-American sailor for failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  4. Mark Paslavsky, a West Point grad and volunteer in the Ukraine army was killed in a street battle on Tuesday. Via Facebook

    West Point grad, Ukrainian private, dies in battle

    A U.S. Military Academy graduate who became a private in an all-volunteer Ukrainian army unit died Tuesday during a 'street battle' with pro-Russian forces, Ukraine's interior minister wrote in a Facebook message Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  5. Missouri National Guard troops are deployed Aug. 19 to provide protection for a police command center in Ferguson, Mo. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    Missouri governor orders National Guard to withdraw from Ferguson

    After a night of relative calm, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered National Guard troops to begin a '

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  6. Former commander in chief President George W. Bush may have accepted the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' but the DoD Office of General Counsel has issued an edict that current service members and Defense Department employees cannot have ice dumped on them while in uniform  including civilian uniforms. AP

    DoD throws cold water on 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    The Defense Department has declared war on the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' the Internet phenomenon in which people get doused with ice water to raise money to combat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  7. Marine Corps Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun disappeared from his unit in Iraq's western desert in June 2004. The following month he turned up unharmed in Beirut, Lebanon and blamed his disappearance on Islamic extremist kidnappers. He is scheduled to appear at Camp Lejeune Thursday in an Article 32 hearing. Dylan Moore/AP

    Article 32 decision delayed on Marine's Iraq vanishing

    A defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  8. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va, talks with media before entering a classified members-only briefing on Syria by senior administration officials on Capitol Hill, Sept. 1, 2013. Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press

    Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress on Iraq

    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  9. The US Air Force has issued a request for information, the first step to replacing the Russian-made RD-180 engine used for military launches. Patrick H. Corkery/ULA

    Air Force issues RFI for new rocket engine to replace Russian-made model

    The Air Force is officially looking into a replacement for the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  10. The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga has left its port in Rhode Island for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped. PH3 Bruce W. Moore / Navy

    USS Saratoga carrier heads off to be scrapped

    The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  11. Top officers at Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, are urging that the list of Islamic State targets be expanded, according to Pentagon officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans. MCSN Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Officials: Commanders want to expand Iraq airstrikes

    U.S. military commanders in the Middle East are urging the Pentagon to intensify the air war against Islamic State targets in Iraq, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  12. An F/A-18C hornet takes off for Iraq from the flight deck of the US navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on August 15, 2014, in the Persian Gulf. Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images

    U.S. launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  13. Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, an alumnus, does the Longhorns' Hook 'em Horns hand signal during his commencement keynote address in May at the University of Texas in Austin. Marsha Miller/The Associated Press

    McRaven confirmed as new UT system chancellor

    Navy Adm. William McRaven is the next chancellor of the University of Texas System.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  14. Marine's life sentence upheld in prostitute murder

    The commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces in the Pacific is upholding the life sentence and dishonorable discharge of a Marine convicted of murdering a Las Vegas prostitute in Hawaii.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  15. Soldier honored for saving life of girl in water

    The Army has honored a 25th Infantry Division soldier who saved the life of a 9-year-old girl at Pokai Bay.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  16. Interpol urges world response to Iraq extremists

    Interpol says the killing of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria shows the need for a coordinated international effort against the stream of foreign fighters joining extremists in the Middle East.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  17. Navy SEALs swim 13-plus miles for charity in Maine

    Four active-duty Navy SEALs are swimming more than 13 miles for charity in Maine.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  18. U.N. Council members reject North Korea meeting request

    United Nations Security Council members are rejecting North Korea's request for a meeting to protest joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  19. Mississippi Army National Guard soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conduct fast rope insertion training on April 30. Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann / Army National Guard

    Officials: U.S. rescue mission in Syria failed earlier this summer

    President Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  20. Pakistan Air Force F-16B models take part in a 2010 Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Pentagon has told international operators of the F-16B model to inspect their jets for cracks. Airman 1st Class Daniel Phelps / US Air Force

    Pentagon tells international partners to inspect F-16B fleet for cracks

    As the Pentagon works to analyze and repair widespread cracks in its F-16D fleet, it is recommending that partner nations closely inspect their F-16B and D models.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  21. More than 5.7 million Americans served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. Courtesy of the Democrat and Chronicle

    Website seeks to connect Korea vets with original wartime photos

    More than 5.7 million Americans served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. The U.S.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  22. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, left, and Adm. John Richardson, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, brief the press Feb. 4 at the Pentagon about alleged cheating among senior enlisted personnel in the Navy's nuclear propulsion program. Mike Morones / Staff

    Navy kicks out 34 for cheating at nuclear training site

    At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  23. Brennan Ching and mother, Sue Vicary, pose for a photo during his visit home to see his family in March 2013. Courtesy photo / The Coloradoan

    Fort Collins Marine dies en route to surprise little brother

    A Fort Collins Marine who died in a car crash in Utah on Friday was traveling home to surprise his little brother on the first day of school.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  24. Col. Peter Baumgarten, outgoing commanding officer of 1st Marine Regiment and Task Force Belleau Wood, at Camp Leatherneck in May. Hope Hodge Seck / Staff

    Last Marine regiment departs Afghanistan

    The last Marine Corps regimental headquarters will leave Afghanistan this month, handing off its responsibilities as drawdown efforts continue.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  25. An F/A-18C Hornet takes off for Iraq from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush on Aug. 14 in the Persian Gulf. Islamic State militants have shot at some Navy aircraft with small arms, but to little effect. Mohammed al-Shaikh / Getty Images

    Navy planes take small-arms fire during Iraq airstrikes

    Aircraft from the carrier George H.W. Bush have struck about 30 targets in Iraq since the U.S. military began pounding the insurgents who are destabilizing Iraq, Navy officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
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