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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. Royal Air Force pilots and squadron leaders Andy Bull, right, and Mark Faulds work the cockpit controls of a Navy P-8 during the Fleet Challenge competition. The British pilots serve as instructors in the U.S.; the U.K. doesn't fly maritime patrol aircraft. Mark D. Faram/Staff

    Crews hunt 'enemy' subs in latest patrol airplane

    Flying at less than 500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, the Navy P-8A Poseidon took a hard 180-degree turn to starboard, nearly standing the aircraft on it's wing as it doubled back along the search track.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  2. The Corps' new R2C, based on an old Army robot, offers a suite of upgrades, including tracked flippers for better mobility, improved comm equipment and an upgraded, stronger arm. Lance Cpl. Joey Mendez/Marine Corps

    Marines happily recycle Army bots

    The Marine Corps is now fielding its next-generation counter-IED robot for route clearance.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  3. Cindy Graver from Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the Air Force's 2013 Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.

    Civilian named Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

    When Cindy Graver first went to work as the sexual assault response coordinator at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., in 2005, she was half of a two-member team in a job new to the military.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  4. The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine West Virginia. It is unclear whether female enlisted sailors might serve on ballistic-missile subs as well as attack boats. MC2 Ashley Hedrick/Navy

    Navy surveys female sailors for sub duty

    A survey meant to gauge interest among enlisted women for submarine service is going out to the fleet.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  5. A Marine moves a pallet of textbooks at a warehouse at the Washington Navy Yard in D.C. Many military occupational specialties, including warehouse clerk, are overloaded with staff sergeants. Cpl. Jacob H. Harrer/Marine Corps

    Staff sergeant rank due to get culled

    Marine Corps Times has obtained details of the upcoming Staff Sergeant Retention Board, which will be held for the first time this summer to cull hundreds of staff sergeants who were passed over twice for promotion and have served between 15 and 18 years.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  6. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer writes: 'I expect every airman to be committed to a culture of dignity and respect.' Thomas Brown

    Commentary: Every airman has role in preventing sex assaultsCOMMENTARY

    Every April the Air Force recognizes Sexual Assault Prevention and Response month, using it as an opportunity to renew our commitment to treating each other with dignity and respect.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  7. CG tuition assistance cap boosted to $4,500

    Coast Guardsmen pursuing degrees can take advantage of up to $4,500 in tuition assistance for the rest of this year, nearly doubling the previous $2,500 cap.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  8. New Challenges: A US soldier participates in the Shared Accord military exercise with South African troops. US Army Africa

    In Shift to Africa, US Troops Find Complicated Relationships

    Lt. Col. Lee Magee had been on the ground in Africa for less than four days when the call came in to gather his troops and get on a plane to South Sudan.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  9. Naval Academy breaks ground on new clinic

    The U.S. Naval Academy has broken ground on a new $41 million health clinic.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  10. Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 use a heavy roller to finish the ground work in March at Deveselu Air Base, Romania, home of the first of two European Aegis Ashore locations. Navy

    Navy's European missile sites move forward

    The military could speed up deployment of a land-based missile defense shield in Europe to hem in a resurgent Russia, the Navy 3-star in charge of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said in early April.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  11. Special report: Amid Russia's bluster, more U.S. forces rumble into Eastern Europe

    The footprint of U.S forces in Europe is poised for major change, with two decades of peace and calm seemingly headed toward a jarring end as NATO's perspective on Russia transforms from partner to adversary.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  12. Officers named for command and key billet posts

    The Regular Army officers on these lists have been selected for colonel-level command and key billet assignments in fiscal 2015.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  13. Sgt. Timothy Gilboe with the armor plate that saved him as he wrestled an AK47 away from the insurgent who shot him. Courtesy of Sgt. Timothy Gilboe

    Sergeant gets plate that saved his life in point-blank attack

    Sgt. Timothy Gilboe was given an armor plate three years after it saved his life when he charged an AK-47-toting insurgent and was shot point-blank in the belly.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  14. Capt. Greg McWherter is seen here in 2010 while serving as the commanding officer of the Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels MC2 Ron Trevino/Navy

    XO fired for issues while leading Blue Angels

    The Navy fired the No. 2 officer at Naval Base Coronado Friday after allegations arose into his conduct while in command of the Blue Angels.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  15. Sailors and Marines man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman as the ship returns to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk Friday after completing a 9-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. MCS Emily M. Blair / Navy

    Truman CSG returns home from 9-month cruise

    The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group on April 18 returned to unseasonably cold weather, but a warm welcome from thousands following a nine-month deployment.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  16.  Navy

    Marine to receive Navy Cross for heroism in Afghanistan

    Gunnery Sgt. Richard A. Jibson will receive the nation's second highest valor award on Tuesday at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., for bravery he exhibited during a five-hour firefight in Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  17. The Organizational Wear Guide app is designed as an alternative to the thick, 11-chapter handbook Marine Corps Uniform Regulations. Screen shot

    App allows you to check uniform regs on your smartphone

    Are my PT shorts too short? When can I wear my balaclava?

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  18. Sinbad surprised the 2014 Tops In Blue team with a visit to give them words of encouragement and advice for their upcoming tour. Sinbad was a former Air Force Talent Contest winner and Tops In Blue selectee. Courtesy photo

    Tops in Blue returns, gets visit from Sinbad

    Tops in Blue, the Air Force's traveling musical performance troupe, will kick off this year's 85-show tour May 17 — and earlier this month, got encouragement and advice from a surprise visitor.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  19. On-base fast food outlets get temporary reprieve from new wage rules

    The Labor Department has pulled back — at least temporarily — from new minimum wage rules that had led several fast-food restaurants to end their contracts on military installations and prompted others to possibly follow suit.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  20. Top left: An F-15 lands in Lithuania in preparation for the NATO Baltic air policing mission. Top right: The destroyer Donald Cook arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain, in February. Bottom left: A U.S. airman signals to the pilot during pre-flight checks at Lask Air Base, Poland. Bottom right: MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 in Spain in support of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF CR). Defense Department

    U.S. military shifting gears in Europe

    The footprint of U.S forces in Europe is poised for major change, with two decades of peace and calm seemingly headed toward a jarring end as NATO's perspective on Russia transforms from partner to adversary.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  21. Retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis served as commander of U.S. European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander-Europe. Army

    Ex-EUCOM chief suggests possible shifts in forces

    Retired Navy Admiral James Stavridis was the supreme allied commander in Europe and four-star chief of U.S. European Command from 2009 to 2013. Stavridis is now the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University outside Boston.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  22. Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, provides a staging area for air mobility operations and sustainment for forward-based air power. Senior Airman/Marissa Tucker

    Explainer: Air Force units in Europe postured for crisis response

    U.S. Air Force units in Europe are strategically located to respond to crises, said Col. Kevin Fox, the strategy division chief for the Directorate of Plans, Programs and Analyses for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  23. U.S. soldiers continue to work closely alongside partner nations in Europe and leaders say they are ready for 'any contingency.' Markus Rauchenberger/Army

    Army, National Guard ready to leverage, expand Eastern European alliances

    Pending any orders to ramp up its forces or engagements, U.S. Army Europe and the National Guard are focused on reassuring their allies and partners.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  24. Obama vows to continue focus on veterans issues

    In a pair of meetings this month with leaders from the two largest veterans service organizations, President Obama promised continued action on improving mental health treatment for veterans, boosting their employment opportunities and ending the disabili

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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