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  1. Four F/A-22 Raptors fly on a test mission. Airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on Sept. 22 were carried out by F/A-22 Raptors, according to reports. Air Force

    U.S. begins airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria

    The U.S. military has begun its first airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria late Monday, as the war ordered by President Obama against the militant organization took on an urgent new phase.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  2. Adm. Harry Harris, the head of the Pacific Fleet, has been tapped to take charge of U.S. Pacific Command from Adm. Samuel Locklear, who has led PACOM since 2012. Here, Harris speaks at the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Veteran's Day in 2013. MC3 Diana Quinlan / U.S. Navy

    Harris tapped to lead PACOM

    Adm. Harry Harris is the president's pick for the next head of U.S. Pacific Command, according to a Monday release from the Defense Department.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  3. Retired Sgt. Maj. Louis Dinatale Lou Dinatale

    Retired sgt. maj. found not guilty of gun charges in Canada

    Retired Sgt. Maj. Louis DiNatale, charged with unauthorized possession of a weapon at the Canadian border last year, has been found not guilty by a Canadian court, his lawyer said Monday.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  4. The Marine Corps is in the process of transitioning several aviation squadrons to new aircraft. Pilots with CH-46E Sea Knight squadrons are learning to fly the Osprey, the Corps is standing up new F-35B squadrons and upgrades are being planned for several kinds of helicopters. Lance Cpl. Laura Raga/Marine Corps

    'Complete transformation' awaits Marine aviation in 2015

    ABOARD THE AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP AMERICA, South Pacific — Several generations of Marine aviation idled just yards apart aboard the Navy's newest warship during its recent cruise around South America toward its home port in California.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  5. The challenges facing Gen. Joe Dunford as commandant of the Marine Corps include an increasing array of missions and responsibilities amid budget pressures. Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press

    Dunford's battles: New missions, budget cuts, and a tough decision in 2015

    When Gen. Joe Dunford becomes commandant of the Marine Corps Oct.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  6. Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh says improving training and readiness will require 'consistent, persistent investment over time.' Mike Morones/Staff

    Interview: Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff

    The US Air Force represents the largest source of air power in the world, but finds itself at an inflection point in its history, facing dramatic choices in technology, manpower and mission areas. Gen. Mark Welsh took over as chief of staff two years ago.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  7. Omar Gonzalez, accused White House fence jumper, was previously arrested in Pulaski County, Va., in July. New River Regional Jail

    Prosecutor: White House fence jumper is 'a danger to the president'

    White House fence jumper Omar Gonzalez, arrested Saturday with a folding knife in his pocket, had a car packed with more than 800 rounds of ammunition parked a few blocks away, a prosecutor said Monday in federal court.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  8. Marines stand in formation during a transfer of authority ceremony on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. Manpower officials continue to deal with budgetary uncertainty as tens of thousands of Marines are shed from the ranks. Master Sgt. Brian Jones / Marine Corps

    Future in doubt: Uncertainty and smaller budgets plague the Corps

    The next few years will be rife with uncertainty for manpower planners and Marines in uniform. Current drawdown plans, which take across-the-board budget cuts into account, call for the service to shrink to 174,000 by the end of 2017.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  9. Michelle Monaghan's character faces estrangement from her young son after multiple deployments in 'Fort Bliss.' Entertainment One Films

    For single moms in uniform, 'Fort Bliss' movie shows costs and rewards

    Army Master Sgt. Kerensa Crum wasn't expecting much when she walked into an early screening of 'Fort Bliss,' a new movie about the struggles of a single mom in the military.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  10. The destroyer Mitscher departs Naval Station Norfolk on Monday for deployment to the 5th Fleet. Ensign Jessica Kellogg/Navy

    Mitscher deploys for 5th Fleet

    The destroyer Mitscher departed Monday morning on what's slated to be an eight-month deployment to 5th Fleet. There, the crew will provide security operations and ballistic missile defense along with the Carl Vinson carrier strike group.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  11. Vehicles are stopped by security personal on Sept. 22 as they enter a gate Camp Edwards, Mass., on Cape Cod. Police and military officials were searching for three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who went missing Saturday during a training exercise at the base. The Afghan soldiers were participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, at Camp Edwards, U.S. military officials said. Steven Senne / AP

    Reports: 3 missing Afghan soldiers detained at Canadian border

    Three senior Afghan military officers who failed to return to a U.S. training base in Cape Cod have been taken into custody while trying to cross into Canada, according to news reports.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  12. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, left, D-N.J., talks with ranking member Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on July 29 on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Menendez and Corker say they'll draft a bill in the lame-duck session repealing what they call outdated authorizations for the use of force and replace them with a new one. Susan Walsh / AP

    Syria vote isn't last word from Congress on war

    President Barack Obama's Mideast war strategy isn't in the clear yet as far as Congress is concerned.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  13. Sailors conduct flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf. They will qualify for Hardship Duty Pay–Tempo starting Sept. 24. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Cruise pay approved

    Over the past half-dozen years, sailors and Marines have borne the brunt of longer and longer deployments. Now, for the first time, they'll start getting paid for it after 220 deployed days.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  14. Verdicts in August courts-martial

    The Navy has published the results of special and general courts-martial tried in August — 23 verdicts in all. The cases, by the region in which they were tried:

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  15. The head of Syrian Coalition (SNC), Syria's main political opposition group, Hadi Bahra, meets with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby on Sept. 8 in Cairo, Egypt. Amr Nabil / AP

    Syrian opposition chief urges airstrikes in Syria

    The head of Syria's main Western-backed opposition group on Thursday called for immediate U.S. airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Syria, saying urgent action was required 'to avert catastrophe.'

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  16. Gen. Daniel Allyn, the Army's new vice chief, is warning soldiers that sequestration seems likely to return. Dave Chace / Army

    New Army vice chief expects worse manpower conditions

    The Army's new vice chief expects in 2016 that sequestration will once again rear its ugly head, and that means thousands more force-cuts in the service.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  17. Fort Leonard Wood drill sergeant pleads guilty to sex assaults

    A Missouri drill sergeant charged with sexually assaulting eight female soldiers pleaded guilty Monday to three charges at the outset of his court-martial.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  18. Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops

    A wave of suicide bombings by Islamic State militants in western Iraq has killed 40 soldiers amid waning efforts by security forces to retake territory from the Sunni extremist group, a senior Iraqi commander said Monday.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  19. Police: Bliss solider beat 2-year-old daughter to death

    A Fort Bliss soldier was charged with capital murder after he fatally beat his 2-year-old daughter with a belt because she soiled her diaper, according to West Texas police.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  20. The cruiser Vella Gulf returned to Norfolk Saturday after an eventful six-month cruise. Here, the Vella Gulf passed under the Bosphorus Bridge June 12 as it transited the Bosphorus Strait that leads to the Black Sea. MCSN Edward Guttierrez III / Navy

    Cruiser Vella Gulf returns from action-packed cruise

    The cruiser Vella Gulf returned to Norfolk, Va. Saturday with plenty of sea stories to share from their six-month deployment.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  21. The guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57). MC2 Jacob Sippel / Navy

    USS Mitscher to deploy to Middle East

    The USS Mitscher is preparing to leave Virginia on a deployment to the Middle East.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  22.  Getty Images/Fuse

    Tuition discount offered to lure adults back to college

    When you're 30, the first day of school can feel a lot like every other day.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  23. A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House on Sept. 22. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    White House security changes weighed

    President Obama is 'obviously concerned' about a weekend White House breach by an ex-soldier with a small knife who scaled a fence, sprinted across the lawn and entered the mansion before being arrested, a spokesman says.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  24. Two police officers from Afghanistan allegedly left their group to find a better life in the U.S. were found in the Buffalo area. DEA

    2 missing Afghan police officers found in Buffalo-area

    Two Afghan police officers who skipped out of a training mission in the Washington, D.C., area were caught by federal agents right here in the Buffalo area.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  25. Fighters from the Islamic State group march in Raqqa, Syria, in this undated photo. AP

    Islamic State appears to release chilling threat

    A spokesman for the Islamic State militant group has apparently released a new, chilling message threatening the U.S. and its allies.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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