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  1. The Jack Daniels' Lounge opens Friday at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Monica Wood/Fort Sill MWR

    Jack Daniel's lounge opens Friday on Army base

    A handful of Jack Daniel's-branded gathering places draw whiskey drinkers and other patrons in sports arenas, stadiums like Wrigley Field, even in Dubai International Airport.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  2. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell was confirmed July 24 as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Vice chief Campbell confirmed for ISAF post; Votel goes to SOCOM

    The Army's vice chief of staff, Gen. John Campbell, was confirmed Wednesday as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  3. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Brett McGurk testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    Official: Iraqi request for U.S. airstrikes 'under active consideration'

    The U.S. is still considering a request from the Iraqi government for airstrikes against Sunni militants in Iraq, a senior State Department official told lawmakers.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  4. A Mexican boy looks at a member of the U.S. Border Patrol standing guard Tuesday on the border between El Paso in the United States and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. Jesus Alcazar / AFP via Getty Images

    Unaccompanied children could be housed at Maxwell

    Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, is now joining several other military bases as possible locations to house unaccompanied Central American minors, according to the state's governor's office.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  5. Gen. Joseph Dunford testifies July 17 on Capitol Hill. Lauren Victoria Burke/The Associated Press

    Dunford confirmed as 36th commandant of the Marine Corps

    It's official: Gen. Joseph 'Fighting Joe' Dunford will be the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  6. 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 was returned to Lejeune and was about to face the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing when he disappeared again. Dylan Moore/AP

    Marines file charges against corporal suspected of deserting twice

    A Marines suspected of deserting his unit on two occasions has had charges preferred by military authorities.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  7. Senior NCO promotions announced for August

    These NCOs have been chosen for promotion in August, the Army announced Thursday:

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  8. Members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 from Gulfport, Mississippi, work in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, on Oct 31, 2005. Achmad Ibrahim/The Associated Press

    Seabee battalion being decommissioned

    Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 is being decommissioned Friday during a ceremony at the Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  9. Civilian employees get first round of buyouts under headquarters reduction plan

    The Air Force is encouraging civilians to apply for voluntary early retirement or separation to help the service achieve planned headquarters staff reductions.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  10. Wilbur, a Marine Corps military working dog with a Marine special operations team, takes a break with his handler in 2013 after successfully searching a build site in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Sgt. Pete Thibodeau / DoD

    Military working dogs finding their way home

    When Marine Sgt. Deano Miller was preparing to return home from a deployment in Afghanistan, he desperately wanted to say goodbye to his best friend.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  11. Sen. John Walsh speaks to reporters Jan. 26 in Helena, Mont. The Democrat's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. Matt Volz / AP

    Walsh campaign: Senator won't withdraw from race over plagiarism allegations

    Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid allegations he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  12. Survey provides insight into newest generation of combat troops

    More than half of post-9/11 combat veterans say they have a mental health condition, but three-fourths report they are getting care, according to a new survey of young veterans conducted by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  13. Army announces annual captains list

    These first lieutenants have been selected for promotion by the annual Army Competitive Category captain board that met in April, the Army announced Thursday:

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  14. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks Wednesday to reporters in the Capitol about VA reform. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

    With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  15. Iraqi lawmakers elected veteran Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the nation's new president on July 24. Ali Al-Saadi / AFP

    Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

    Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  16. Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson testifies on Capitol Hill on Thursday, before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee to outline his actions for restoring trust to the beleaguered agency. The Associated Press

    VA reform bills stalled by partisan bickering

    Plans for a comprehensive Veterans Affairs Department reform bill that appeared all but finished a month ago devolved into partisan bickering and funding fights on Thursday, casting doubt on the future of a deal.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  17. Damage inflicted where a missile punched, two days before, a gaping hole in the wall of Alexander Litvinenko's ninth-floor apartment, in Donetsk, Ukraine. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to check the news online, barely escaping death. Others in the residential neighborhood in northwest Donetsk were less fortunate. Five civilians were killed and 12 injured in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels on Monday, according to the mayor's office. Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press

    U.S.: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military

    The Obama administration is accusing Russia of firing artillery to hit Ukrainian military sites and planning to send pro-Russian separatists more lethal weaponry.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  18. Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    A Democratic senator says he'll block arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  19. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who has previously held up the transfer of Apache helicopters to Iraq, threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants. Army

    Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  20. Sgt., staff sgt. promotion list for August announced

    These soldiers have been selected for promotion to sergeant or staff sergeant in August, the Army has announced. The announcement includes soldiers selected in the Active Guard and Reserve.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  21. Stash and carry: 6 hydration systems to keep you going in the heat

    Newsflash: It's hot. Summer's scorching weather may have you longing for last winter's polar vortex, but with the right gear you still can work up a sweat outside without being completely miserable.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  22. Woman struck and killed at Kitsap-Bangor

    A civilian employee at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor was struck and killed Wednesday afternoon while walking on a sidewalk.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  23. This Oct. 14, 2011, photo shows Jim Yost, the funeral director of Owens Funeral Home in Champaign, Ill. Authorities say Yost, 69, was killed Tuesday while taking part in a demonstration parachute jump in Frederick, Okla. An Oklahoma medical examiner's office spokesperson said Yost died from blunt force injuries after his parachute malfunctioned. Heather Coit/The News-Gazette via AP

    Skydiver dies during WWII-style jump in Oklahoma

    A skydiver from central Illinois was killed earlier this week while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers, authorities said.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  24. Veterans Affairs acting Secretary Sloan Gibson testifies July 16 on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the state of VA health care in the wake of revelations of neglect and delayed medical visits. He is accompanied by Assistant Deputy Undersecretary For Health For Administrative Operations Philip Matkowsky. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    Documents detail VA mistreatment of vets

    In 2003, a veteran who had served in the Vietnam War entered a Veterans Affairs live-in treatment facility after trying several times to kill himself including by stabbing himself in the stomach.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
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