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    The amphibious assault ship Kearsarge returns to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., in November 2013 after an eight-month deployment. The Navy needs to get deployment lengths down to seven months, said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert in an all-hands call aboard the Kearsarge today in Norfolk. MCSN Edward Guttierrez III / Navy

    CNO Greenert: 7-month deployments 'achievable and sustainable'

    The Navy's top admiral said he wants to bring deployments down to a seven-month standard — a call that stands in stark contrast to recent deployment lengths.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  1. Rear Adm. John Kirby, left, and Sen. John McCain. AP photos

    John McCain calls Navy 2-star an 'idiot' during interview

    Sen. John McCain, a retired naval aviator, has a history of confronting military leaders he feels have fallen short.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  2. Airmen spread out around the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Senior Airman Marissa Tucker/Air Force

    Kidnapping plot in Turkey raises new questions about U.S. troops' safety

    A bold yet ultimately unsuccessful kidnapping plot orchestrated by the Islamic State in Turkey raises new questions about the safety of U.S. troops and other American personnel stationed throughout the country.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  3. Bond set for Afghan soldiers who fled for Canada

    Three Afghan soldiers detained since abandoning a Massachusetts training exercise to avoid returning to Afghanistan are hoping financial help from supporters will allow them to go free as they challenge deportation and pursue asylum.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    The Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control and Palo Alto University in California are distributing this flier to attract gay, lesbian and bisexual sailors for a study of their experiences. NCCOSC

    Survey asks lesbian, gay, bi sailors about service experiences

    It's been three years since the Defense Department lifted its ban against gays, lesbians and bisexuals serving openly in the military, but the services have little research on their experiences and needs or how the repeal of don't ask, don't tell has affe

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Trainers from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases will work with a team of doctors from the Army, Air Force and Navy who are tasked with supporting hospitals in the U.S. respond to potential Ebola threats. Department of Defense

    Stateside Ebola team starts training today

    The 30-person medical team designed to provide short-notice help and support to civilian hospitals who may deal with Ebola cases at home began training Wednesday at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  4. Senior Airman Laura Quick places a mask over her face during an Oct. 22 infectious disease training exercise for the Ebola virus on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Nick Tomecek / AP

    Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in U.S.

    President Obama expressed confidence about the ability to contain Ebola in the U.S., taking special note of the ongoing recovery of two nurses who contracted the disease and of others who were declared Ebola free after being exposed to the deadly virus.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Tomb guards perform the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    U.S. increases security in wake of Canada shootings, though no threats cited

    The military increased security Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial and Parliament, even though the FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no specific threa

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  5. Attack submarines are seeing maintenance delays from budget cuts and staffing shortfalls that the service might never be able to make up, the Navy's top maintenance official said Tuesday. Here, attack sub La Jolla leaves Pearl Harbor in mid-October; it is to be decommissioned and converted into a moored training ship. MC1 Jason Swink / Navy

    3-star: Delays growing in fixing attack submarines

    The Navy's top maintenance official warned that the service is 'in a tail-chase' to get submarines and ships the overhauls they need, with some running much longer than foreseen.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  6. A C-27 Spartan transport fixed wing aircraft arrives at the Afghan Air Force base in Kabul, Afghanistan on in 2010. Sixteen of Afghanistan's fleet of 20 C-27s -- known as G222s -- has been scrapped. MC2 David Quillen / Navy

    Editorial: Who's kidding whom?

    The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week:

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  7. An exterior view of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen / Getty Images

    Internal investigation ID'd Phoenix VA fraud in 2008

    Inspectors at the Department of Veterans Affairs caught Phoenix VA managers falsifying patient appointment records during a probe six years ago, but agency officials did not divulge those findings at the time, according to documents obtained by The Arizon

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  8. Police officers move through the halls of the Parliament building Oct. 22 in Ottawa, Canada, after reports of shots being fired. AFP

    Chaos in Canada: Gunfire erupts in Parliament building

    A Canadian soldier was shot and killed Wednesday while standing guard at a war memorial in the nation's capital in Ottawa, and a gunman was killed after racing inside Parliament.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  9. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, a suspect in the killing of a transgender Filipino woman, is escorted to detention as he arrives Wednesday inside the compound of the Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. Aaron Favila / AP

    Marine suspected of murder in Philippine custody

    A US Marine suspected in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino was flown Wednesday from his warship to the Philippine military's main camp, where he will continue to be guarded by fellow Marines, in a compromise that eased a looming irritant over his custody.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  10. Jeffrey Fowle is greeted by his son and other family members upon his arrival Oct. 22 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Fowle was detained for nearly half a year in North Korea after leaving a Bible at a nightclub. Christian evangelism is considered a crime in North Korea. David Kohl / AP

    North Korean detainee reunites with family in Ohio

    An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub returned home to Ohio on Wednesday to tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Families watched as the destroyer Michael Murphy leaves Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on its first cruise, an independent Western Pacific deployment, on Monday. MC2 Tiarra Fulgham/Navy

    Destroyer Michael Murphy leaves on first cruise

    The destroyer Michael Murphy left Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Monday on its maiden cruise: an independent deployment to the Western Pacific that also marked a first for many of the ship's crew.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  11. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, says she is 'thrilled' that the Defense Department has proposed commonsense changes to the Military Lending Act that will protect service members and their families from predatory lenders. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Commentary: Breaking the cycle of debt for troops, families

    The spouse of a member of the Illinois National Guard took out a loan of $2,575 in Illinois. Due to triple-digit interest rates, the family spent more than $8,000 to repay the loan.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  12. In this June 11 file photo, former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas Slatten leaves federal court in Washington. A jury returned guilty verdicts for Slatten and three other former Blackwater guards charged in Iraq shootings. Cliff Owen / The Associated Press

    Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

    Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horri

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  13. A Russian Air Force Ilyushin IL-20. Wikimedia Commons

    Estonia: Russian military plane violated air space

    Estonia on Wednesday summoned Russia's ambassador over an airspace violation by a Russian military aircraft.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  14. Credit requirements loosened for student loan program

    The Education Department has loosened credit requirements for a federal student loan program used by parents and graduate students.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  15. 1.7 percent COLA increase starts in January

    Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  16. The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday. AP

    Pentagon confirms IS seized weapons bundle

    The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  17. A Kurdish Peshmerga fighters prepare to detonate a land mine laid by the Islamic State group fighters on the front line in the Gwer district, 40 kilometres south of Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, on Oct. 18. SAFIN HAMED / AFP/Getty Images

    Iraqi Kurds authorize sending fighters to Kobani

    Lawmakers in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdish region voted Wednesday to authorize sending Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga to help defend the embattled town of Kobani in Syria, where fellow Kurds are facing an onslaught by militants of the Islamic Sta

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  18. Editorial: Improving the PFA

    The sailors who run the Navy's fitness programs are about to get a boost they've long wanted: a Navy enlisted classification.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  19. The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to Omran al-Zoubi, the country's information minister who spoke on Syrian TV late Tuesday. He said the militants were able to hide a third jet, which the Syrian air force is now searching for. Misha Japaridze / AP

    Syria claims it destroyed jets seized by IS

    The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country's information minister.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Arkansas state VA seeks to change name

    The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs wants to change its name to differ from the federal agency to avoid confusion, department Director Cissy Rucker said.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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