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  1. Buying in winter with a VA Mortgage

    • March 4, 2014

    Home buyers and home sellers always want to get the best deal, right? Unless the seller of a property is facing foreclosure or some other …

  1. Members of MARSOC attend the Advanced Sniper Training Course near Jacksboro, Texas. A recent Marine administrative message calls for reservists to consider joining Marine Corps Special Operations Command. Vance Jacobs/Marine Corps

    MARSOC offers operator spots to reservists

    Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command put out a call for enlisted reservists to join the ranks of critical skills operators.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  2. Sailors with Beachmaster Unit 2 guide a Marine driver onto an Improved Navy Lighterage System during a Aug. 27 loading exercise aboard in Virginia. The LOADEX was designed to simulate a Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission. Staff Sgt. Scott McAdam/Marine Corps

    Sailors prep for the next natural disaster

    More than 320 sailors and Marines put new gear and strategies to the test Wednesday in a bid to prepare for and reduce response times to natural disasters.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  3. Clemson receiver Daniel Rodriguez leaps around defenders after catching a pass during an Aug. 6 practice. Rodriguez, a 5-foot-8 walk-on in 2012, has 10 catches for 30 yards and a touchdown over two seasons. Mark Crammer/The Associated Press

    Combat vet turned Clemson star will soon get his own movie

    Nearly five years after earning a Bronze Star with 'V' and a Purple Heart for his actions in Afghanistan at the Battle of Kamdesh, former Army Sgt. Daniel Rodriguez will suit up Saturday to begin his senior football season with the Clemson Tigers.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  4. Maj. Jason Brezler, shown as a captain during a 2009 deployment to Afghanistan, is facing discharge from the Corps for sending classified information by email. An attorney representing Brezler said the Marine Corps inspector general wrote false statements about the Reserve officer when emailing top Corps officials. Cpl. Albert F. Hunt/Marine Corps

    Lawyer: IG made false statements about Marine who warned of insider attack

    The lawyer for an officer facing discharge for negligently conveying classified information in an email which he admitted doing as an urgent warning of an imminent war-zone threat alleges 'false statements' and 'mischaracterizations' were included in

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  5. Air Force Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot, the the commander of the 67th Fighter Squadron, is seen at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, in 2013. Staff Sgt. Amber E. N. Jacobs / Air Force

    Pilot killed in Virginia F-15 crash had more than 2,300 flight hours

    Massachusetts Air National Guard Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., whose F-15C crashed Aug. 27 in rural western Virginia, never managed to eject from his aircraft.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  6. The Coast Guard cutter Monomoy is seen in 2012. Navy

    Iran confirms Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

    The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a 'clash.'

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  7. As the active Army transitions away from the Kiowa helicopter, replacing the fleet with the National Guard's Apaches, the service is encouraging soldiers in a number of Kiowa MOSs to reclassify. Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod/Army

    Advice for Kiowa soldiers: Reclass now

    Reclassification opportunities are available to certain aviation systems and aircraft maintenance enlisted soldiers affected by the Army's phased elimination of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior from its inventory of helicopters.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  8. In this July 14, 1969, file photo, banners of appreciation from the Vietnamese decorate the dock at Danang, Vietnam, where a farewell ceremony was held by the Vietnamese Government for departing Marines of the 1st Battalion/9th Regiment. The Marine Corps is holding a deactivation ceremony on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, for the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, a battalion nicknamed the 'Walking Dead.' The Associated Press

    'Walking Dead' Marine battalion to be deactivated

    Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the 'Walking Dead.'

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  9. Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov was declared dead Dec. 14 after being found unresponsive in a vehicle. Screenshot

    More charges in sailor's death in Germany

    A soldier will stand trial Oct. 14 on charges he made a false official statement and helped conceal a crime in the December death of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  10. This undated file photo released by his family via FreeAmir.org shows Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati. AP

    Vigil marks Marine vet's 3rd year of imprisonment in Iran

    Rep. Dan Kildee has joined a Bay City vigil marking the third anniversary of the Iranian imprisonment of a Marine Corps veteran.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  11. The Mountain family. From left, Kira Mountain Yeary, Laura Mountain, Mike Mountain and Russell Mountain Special to the Democrat

    Returning airman, killed in a motorcycle accident, remembered fondly

    Russell R. Mountain survived a six-month deployment in Afghanistan.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  12. John A. Walker Jr., right, in chains, is escorted by a U.S. Marshal as he returns to the Montgomery County Detention Center on Aug. 15, 1985, in Rockville, Md., after a pretrial hearing in Baltimore. Ron Edmonds/The Associated Press

    John Walker, a former sailor who spied for the Soviets, dies in prison

    A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  13. An Air Force KC-135 refuels a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 213 over Iraq Aug. 21. US Defense Department

    U.S. operations in Iraq have cost $550 million since June

    Since June 16 when President Obama first sent several dozen troops to Iraq to begin assessing the state of the country's Army, the United States has spent around $500 million on operations there.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  14. Tricare Help: Tricare options for retirees living overseas

    Q. My husband and I recently decided that we want to move to Ireland. He's a medically retired soldier using Tricare for Life. My son and I have Tricare Prime. Are there U.S.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  15. French volunteers, supporters of pro-Russian rebels, walk along destroyed Ukrainian military machines at the Lenin square in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Thursday. Mstislav Chernov/The Associated Press

    Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  16. New murder trial for soldier who claims anti-smoking drug made him psychotic

    The military's top appeals court has ordered a new trial for a soldier who claims he was in a psychotic state caused by the anti-smoking drug Chantix when he viciously stabbed a fellow soldier to death.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  17. Judge adds another hurdle in 2-year-old rape case

    A military judge has ordered the disclosure of email correspondence among top Air Force officials in a rape case that was already dismissed once, Stars and Stripes reported.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  18. Company touts improvements to POV moving

    The logjam that's caused delays in getting troops' cars to and from overseas is starting to clear, said an official with the new contractor.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  19. Expert: Move pain management into 21st century

    Contrary to a popular military tenet, pain is not weakness leaving the body.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  20. Maj. Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death for the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage that killed 13 and left 30 wounded. AP

    Fort Hood shooter asks to be 'citizen' of Islamic State

    The man convicted in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009 that left 13 dead is asking to become a 'citizen' of the Islamic State in a letter to the militant group's leader.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  21. Brigadier General Timothy P. Williams, adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard, left, and Brigadier General Robert Brooks, component commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, answer questions from members of the media after announcing that the pilot who had been missing from an F-15 jet that crashed near Deerfield, Va. was found dead on Thursday. Griffin Moores/The Associated Press

    Pilot died in F-15 crash in Virginia mountains

    When investigators were finally able to safely enter the crash site of an F-15C 'Eagle' fighter jet on Thursday afternoon, they made a grim discovery that concluded more than 30 hours of searching the pilot never managed to eject from the aircraft.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  22. Mission Family: Free online resources for school year

    While you're getting back into school routines for your children, and perhaps even for yourself, consider some of the free resources the Defense Department provides that can help you with research and even free tutoring and homework help.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  23. Ask the Lawyer: Yes, sex with a minor is a crime

    A. When a service member has a sexual relationship with a child over age 12 but under age 16, the back story of the romance is largely irrelevant.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  24. A Lebanese army soldier inspects a rifle at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The United States has delivered the first shipment of weapons to Lebanon to help bolster its military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from neighboring Syria's civil war. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein) Bilal Hussein / AP

    U.S. delivers military aid to Lebanese army

    The United States has delivered its first emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon, officials said Friday, to help bolster military forces as part of a broader regional response to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  25. Flightlines blog: Al-Qaida pamphlet urges attack on Air Force Academy

    An al-Qaida propaganda pamphlet has listed the Air Force Academy and the company that makes Predator drones as potential targets for terrorist attacks.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
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