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  1. Under the new service, troops will be able to get basic Internet with a data transfer speed of 128 kilobits per second, as well as TV services with local channels, for free. They'll also have the option to pay to upgrade to faster speeds and more channels. Army

    Bigger, better, cheaper Wi-Fi coming soon to barracks, dorms

    A new Wi-Fi service is being rolled out over the next year in barracks and dormitories for soldiers, airmen and Marines.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  2. French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants Friady in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced today, vowing that more operations would follow. France has six Rafale fighter jets and just under 1,000 soldiers based in the United Arab Emirates and could even mobilize an aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. Jean-Luc Brunet / AFP via Getty Images

    France strikes IS depot in Iraq

    Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, France conducted its first airstrikes Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot that it controlled, Iraqi and French officials said.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  3. Bas-relief inscriptions are displayed at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad. Hadi Mizban / AP

    Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

    For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia — from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  4. Dr. Emanuel Diaz, a major stationed at Patrick Air Force Base practicing family medicine, recently helped some accident victims while off-duty. Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today

    Off-duty Patrick AFB doctor springs into action after highway wreck

    Maj. Emanuel Diaz, a medical doctor with the 45th Medical Group, attends to patients every day at the clinic at Patrick Air Force Base. As an Air Force doctor who can be deployed to treat battlefield wounds, he is also trained to handle trauma.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  5. Italian village honoring pilots of WWII US bomber

    Nearly 70 years after they died when their crippled bomber slammed into a northern Italian mountain, the two Americans at the controls of the ill-fated warplane are being honored by residents of a village near the crash site.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  6. WWII vet finally awarded Purple Heart

    After a 70-year wait, a World War II veteran from the Fox Valley received a long-overdue award.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  7. Vet aims to clean up bombs in Vietnam

    ATHENS, Ga. Chuck Searcy might one day return to Athens to stay.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  8. New commander takes helm at naval warfare center

    The Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island is getting a new leader.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  9. Online tools expected to ease absentee voting

    If you plan to vote in the Nov. 4 elections, now is the time to request an absentee ballot, said the defense official who runs the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  10. Mission Family: Transition help open to spouses, too

    When a service member leaves the military, it affects the entire family. How a family prepares for that transition can make a huge difference.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  11. Ask the Lawyer: Leaving child alone may be endangerment

    A. Quite a bit; that could lead to a charge of child endangerment, a violation of Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  12. Tricare Help: Tricare coverage on a vacation cruise

    Q. While my wife and I were on a vacation cruise, my wife fell during a shore excursion in Mexico. She was treated by the physician on the cruise ship for a hand fracture, a forehead laceration and a chest contusion.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  13. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldier fires at Islamic State militants near Mosul. JM Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

    Airstrike kills 40 Islamic State fighters

    A U.S. air strike near Mosul on Thursday killed 40 Islamic State militants near a terrorist training camp, according to a senior Defense Department official.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  14. WWII veteran gets high school diploma

    Dearborn High School has awarded a diploma to an 88-year-old man who left to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II before completing his senior year.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  15. A three-tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan has sued Gov. Rick Scott, pictured, and top officials at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, whom he claims stripped him of his job because of his military service. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Soldier sues Florida for discrimination

    A three-tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan has sued Gov. Rick Scott and top officials at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, whom he claims stripped him of his job because of his military service.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  16. Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks at a press conference Friday in Sydney. Australia stepped up an anti-terror crackdown after foiling a plot by Islamic State jihadists for 'demonstration executions.' Saeed Khan / AFP via Getty Images

    Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

    The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  17. President Obama delivers a statement from the White House on Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    Senate OKs plan to train Syrian rebels, avoid government shutdown

    Approval of a package that averts a government shutdown and green-lights a program to militarily prepare Syrian rebels netted a big win for several prominent politicians, including the president and the House Armed Services Committee chairman.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  18. The amphibious assault ship America arrived at its homeport in San Diego, Calif., following a two-month transit around South America. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Marines aboard the Navy's newest amphib arrive in San Diego

    About 250 Marines returned to California following two months at sea aboard the Navy's newest amphibious assault ship as it reached its homeport in San Diego.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  19. The Navy is opening forward air controller billets in the riverines to women. Sailors with Coastal Riverine Squadron 2 are seen here training with the Belize special boat unit in July. MC3 Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Navy opens more riverine jobs to women

    Twenty-one new jobs are open to women looking join the brown-water Navy, further diminishing the number of combat roles still closed to female sailors.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  20. 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.

    Editorial: 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
  21. 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
  22. Retired Gen. James Mattis, former head of U.S. Central Command, testifies during a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on the Islamic State group, al-Qaida and other Islamic extremists in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18. Manuel Balce Ceneta/The Associated Press

    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
  23. 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 / Burlington (Vt.) Free Press

    Newest attack sub named for Vermont

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has named the 19th Virginia-class attack sub after the 'Freedom and Unity' state.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  24. 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
  25. Consumer Watch: Being loyal customer may work against you

    If you need another reason to shop around for auto insurance, how about this: Some companies may charge higher rates if they believe you won't shop around.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
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