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    • NEWS /
    An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 15 lands on the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson during search and rescue operations for the pilot of one of two F/A-18 Hornets that crashed earlier in the day while operating from the ship. The other pilot was located and returned to Carl Vinson for medical care. He is listed in fair condition, according to the Navy. John Philip Wagner Jr/Navy via AP

    Rescuers end ocean search for Navy fighter pilot

    Rescuers on Saturday have called off their search of the Pacific Ocean for a Navy fighter pilot whose jet was one of two that crashed west of Wake Island.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  1. Fire Control Technician 1st Class Ryan Bibb, an instructor at Recruit Training Command, talks with recruits during a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) training session. More than 8,000 staff members and recruits at the Navy's only boot camp participated in the SAPR stand-down training. Brian Walsh/Navy

    Force-wide training consolidated

    The general military training plans for fiscal 2015 bear good and bad news for the fleet.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  2. This July 19 photo shows Abdullah Ahmed walking outside his home that was damaged in a bombing, in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of 'innocent victims' as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by fighters of the Islamic State extremist group this summer. The Associated Press

    Iraq prime minister orders halt to shelling of civilian areas

    Iraq's prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of 'innocent victims' as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  3. Al-Qaida's Syrian cell alarms U.S.

    While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  4. Secretary of State John Kerry boards his plane at Cairo International Airport on Saturday as he leaves the Egyptian capital. Kerry described Egypt as an 'important partner' during a short stop in Cairo to build support against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Brendan Smialowski/The Associated Press

    Kerry seeks Egypt aid in battle against extremists

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday hailed Egypt as an 'important partner' in the emerging coalition aimed at beating back the extremist Islamic State group, while stressing that the need for Cairo's support would not lead Washington to ignore human

    • Sep. 13, 2014
    • NEWS /
    An undated photo shows Navy SEAL Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Patrick D. Feeks who was killed in a helicopter crash northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Thursday Aug. 16, 2012. The 28-year-old Feeks was one of two Navy SEALS to die in the crash. Navy/The Associated Press

    Bridge near Md. State House to be dedicated to SEAL

    The Rowe Boulevard bridge over Weems Creek in Annapolis will be dedicated this month to Patrick Feeks, a Navy SEAL from Edgewater killed in Afghanistan two years ago.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  5. Retired Marine Gen. John Allen warned an audience in Washington on Sept. 10 that removing troops from the country too early could have dire results. Haraz N. Ghanbari / The Associated Press

    Retired Marine Gen. Allen: Timeline for Afghanistan pullout 'too short'

    A former Marine commander of all U.S. troops in Afghanistan warned a Washington, D.C. crowd this week that a rigid timeline for U.S. withdrawal might plunge Afghanistan back to a pre-9/11 reality.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  6. A vehicle inspector inspects an airman's vehicle in a garage at the vehicle processing center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in 2011. In a letter to TRANSCOM, Sen. Mark R. Warner said he was 'stunned to hear' the low performance rate for on-time delivery of troops' vehicles being shipped to and from overseas. Air Force

    Delays affect 80 percent of troops' overseas auto shipments

    The on-time delivery rate for troops' vehicles being shipped to and from overseas was about 20 percent in July, according to a senator who wants more information from U.S.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  7. David Petraeus speaks with moderator Andy Alexander at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, on Sept. 11. Petraeus said Islamic State militants do not have strong local support in Iraq and their strength should not be over-rated. Aaron Ontiveroz / AP

    Petraeus: Obama Iraq plan a good starting point

    President Obama's decision to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is a good starting point and could succeed, retired Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
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    The USS New York is seen during its commissioning on November 7, 2009, at Piers 86 and 88 in New York City. Michael Loccisano / Getty Images

    Sailor rescued off South Carolina coast

    A sailor from amphibious transport dock New York was rescued off the coast of South Carolina late Thursday night by an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter crew.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  8. Veterans Affair Medical Center shooting suspect, Neil Moore, is taken into custody by Dayton police on May 5 in Dayton, Ohio. Chuck Hamlin / The Associated Press

    Suspect in VA hospital shooting pleads guilty

    An Ohio man pleaded guilty Friday to assault with a dangerous weapon in a Veterans Affairs hospital shooting that wounded an employee.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  9. Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the end of a meeting in Ankara on Friday. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images

    Arab states worry about U.S. plan against militants

    The United States has made headway in winning international support to confront the Islamic State, but Arab countries have been reluctant to make specific commitments of help and remain worried about the level of American follow-through, analysts say.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  10. President Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington, on Wednesday. Saul Loeb/The Associated Press

    White House: New U.S. mission a war as with al-Qaida

    The White House is characterizing the U.S. mission against Islamic State militants as a war similar to the one waged against al-Qaida and its affiliates.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  11. This July 2, 2011, photo provided by the Coast Guard shows Richard Belisle, second from left, and Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins, second from right, with Jim Wells, left, and Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Beauford as they help erect a communications antenna on Shemya Island, Alaska. Wells was sentenced Tuesday to four life terms for the shooting deaths of Hopkins and Belisle, two co-workers at a Kodiak Island communication station in 2012. Coast Guard/The Associated Press

    Judge orders restitution in Coast Guard shootings

    The man convicted of killing two men at a Coast Guard communications station in Kodiak has been ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million to their estates.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  12. Navy sailors and officers bow their heads in prayer during a ceremony to honor people involved in the Washington Navy Yard shootings on June 23 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Navy Yard shooter's sister says guilt 'paralyzing'

    The sister of a gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard last year says she hopes the families of her brother's victims are healing.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  13. In this photo released by the Turkish Presidency Press Office, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speak before a meeting Friday in Ankara, Turkey. AP

    U.S., Turkey mull strategy against Islamic militants

    The United States on Friday pressed Turkey to harden its borders against fighters and funding flowing to the Islamic State militant group, and sought clarity on how far Ankara is willing to go to help a worldwide coalition destroy the insurgent threat.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  14. U.S. special operations forces will be needed on the ground in Syria to make the expanded air war against Isalmic State that President Obama has ordered there more effective, a senior Air Force commander said. AFP

    Syria airstrikes need boots on the ground, senior Air Force officer says

    U.S. special operations forces will be needed on the ground in Syria to make the expanded air war President Obama has ordered there more effective, a senior Air Force commander told USA Today.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  15. Veterans Affairs acting Inspector General Richard Griffin, left, testifies Aug. 24 on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Assistant Inspector General John Daigh is at right. AP

    Critics: VA influenced Inspector General to change Phoenix report for spin-control

    A Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general's report on delayed health care at the Phoenix VA medical center used a standard to evaluate patient deaths that would be virtually impossible to meet, according to medical experts.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  16. From left to right: Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster; retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark; retired Army Gen. David Petraeus; retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey; and retired Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry at the Sept. 8 premiere of 'American War Generals' in Washington, D.C. Ralph Alswang/National Geographic Channel

    'American War Generals,' sobering documentary on Iraq, airs tonight

    As the U.S. escalates its campaign against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, a new documentary offers a cautionary tale about putting too much faith in technology and forgetting hard-fought lessons from the past.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  17. Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Serices Committee, generally supports President Obama's new strategy for dealing with the Islamic State, but said more U.S. ground troops likely will be needed for that mission. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

    Congress expected to approve Obama's new ISIL strategy

    In between Sept. 11 remembrance speeches, lawmakers on Thursday promised quick action on the latest threat to American security: Islamic militants in the Middle East with familiar anti-Western rhetoric and brutal acts of violence.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  18. In this July 22, 2012 file photo, Gen. John Allen gestures during an interview with the Associated Press in Kabul, Afghanistan. US officials say that Allen will serve as coordinator for the broad international effort to battle the Islamic State group, as nations begin to determine what part each will play. Musadeq Sadeq/The Associated Press

    Former Afghanistan commander John Allen to coordinate Iraq, Syria effort

    Retired Marine Gen. John Allen will coordinate the broad international effort to battle the Islamic State militants, as the campaign against the extremist group ramps up and nations begin to determine what role each will play, U.S.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  19. 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. A Marine hearing officer has recommended a court martial for him. AP / Dylan Moore

    Court-martial eyed in Marine desertion case

    A Marine hearing officer has recommended a court martial for a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago and later winding up in Lebanon for eight years, a defense lawyer said Friday.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  20. This picture taken on December 28, 2012, shows the U.S. embassy in Bangui, Central African Republic. SIA KAMBOU / AFP/Getty Images

    U.S. force sent to Central African Republic to help reopen embassy

    President Obama has dispatched 20 U.S. military personnel to the Central African Republic to help reopen the American Embassy there.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
    • NEWS /
    Blinding smoke disoriented the crew of a MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter Jan. 8 off the Virginia coast, causing a crash that killed three, a Navy inquiry has concluded. Here, an MH-53E with Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 lifts off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman. MC2 Lyle H. Wilkie III/Navy

    Report: Blinding smoke caused helicopter crash that killed 3

    Loss of spatial awareness and disorientation due to dense smoke from a fire in the upper port wall caused the Jan. 8 MH-53E Sea Dragon crash that killed three, according to a Navy investigation released Sept. 11.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  21. US President Barack Obama outlined his plans Wednesday night to fight the Islamic State. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    Lawmakers rally around Obama, few insist on approving IS strikes

    Lawmakers are rallying around President Barack Obama's plan to increase US military operations against the Islamic State, with some wanting stronger steps and few demanding Congress authorize the strikes.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
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