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  1. Troops with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, and soldiers conduct training during and exercise in Romania, Oct. 6. The U.S. military is increasing its presence in Europe. Cpl. Alexandria Blanche/Marine Corps

    As tensions rise, Pentagon beefs up missions in Europe

    As the nation's eyes are on the Ebola outbreak and the fight with Islamic State militants, the situation in Europe is getting decidedly colder think Cold War.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  2. Sailors aboard the destroyer Cole observe the 6th Fleet command ship Mount Whitney during operations in the Black Sea on Oct. 13. MC2 John Herman/Navy

    As tensions rise, Pentagon beefs up missions in Europe

    As the nation's eyes are on the Ebola outbreak and the fight with Islamic State militants, the situation in Europe is getting decidedly colder think Cold War.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  3. Container delivery system bundles sit on a US Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft at an undisclosed location in the US Central Command area of responsibility in preparation for an operational resupply airdrop near Bayji, Iraq, Oct. 10. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/US Air Force

    Airdrops in Syria may strain U.S.-Turkish relations

    On Sunday night two U.S.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
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    Free financial checkup for active-duty families

    Wondering whether you're on the right track financially? Will you be able to meet your goal of buying your dream truck, putting your kids through college, living comfortably in retirement, or all of the above?

    • Oct. 21, 2014
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    Oklahoma Guard: No injuries after midair collision

    The Oklahoma Air National Guard says two of its fighter jets collided over southeast Kansas during a training exercise, with one ejecting from one of the aircraft.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  6. The Army is shaping its training efforts to try to make sure soldiers in the three components 'train as we're going to fight,' said the head of Forces Command. Capt. Michael Thompson/Army

    All three components 'critical' to facing global uncertainty

    All three Army components must be ready to respond to 'the entire range of military operations' in an uncertain, volatile world, the commanding general of Forces Command said.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  7. John Kousaie maneuvers a curve on his motorcycle during an Advanced Cornering Clinic at Camp Upshur aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The Marine Corps' Safety Division is developing a new class for novice riders that will emphasize maneuvering to avoid accidents. Lance Cpl. Samuel Ellis / Marine Corps

    Corps develops motorcycle training course for new riders

    The Marine Corps is working to develop a new motorcycle safety training course that would target inexperienced riders.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  8. Two B-52H Stratofortress bombers, assigned to U.S. Strategic Command, depart for a short-term deployment in June to the U.S. European Command area of operations. B-52s are participating in NATO Exercise Noble Justification this month in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. U.S. STRATCOM

    B-52s headed to Europe for second time this year

    U.S. Strategic Command will sendB-52 Stratofortress bombers to participate in Exercise Noble Justification this month in support of NATO allies and partners.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  9. The Swedish Navy minesweeper HMS Koster patrols in the Stockholm Archipelago on Oct. 19. Marko Saavala / AP

    Sweden's submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic

    Sweden's biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  10. Sharon Landsberry, wife of fallen Sparks Middle School math teacher Michael Landsberry, accepts an award from Brig. Gen. William Burks at the Airman's Medal ceremony on Oct. 19 in Reno, Nev. Marcella Corona / Reno Gazette-Journal

    Nevada guardsman killed in school shooting posthumously awarded 2 medals

    More than 500 supporters sat in silence with heads bowed and solemn expressions on their faces on Sunday as they remembered Sparks Middle School teacher Michael Landsberry.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  11. U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., an Iraq war veteran, is running for U.S. Senate. Danny Johnston / AP

    Fewer veterans running for congressional office

    The number of veterans in Congress has been steadily dropping in recent election cycles, but the legislative branch's meager military credentials could take a major hit this year.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  12. Marine Corps band members face off with members of the Republic of Korea Army Band. Screenshot via YouTube

    Marines face off against South Korean troops in epic drum battle

    It's a gutsy move to go into battle against U.S. Marines even if you're a band member and the weapon of choice is a snare drum.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  13. Relatives and supporters of Jennifer Laude display placards during a protest at Subic port in Olongapo City, north of Manila on October 18. Robert Gonzaga / AFP via Getty Images

    Philippine leader: Murder case won't harm U.S. ties

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that a murder investigation focused on a U.S. Marine should have no bearing on the two countries' relations, while Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington seeks no '

    • Oct. 20, 2014
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    Two deaths reported at Kadena over the weekend

    Two members assigned to Kadena Air Base, Japan, died Saturday in separate incidents.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  15. A Marine operates a forklift during a licensing course aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina. A new program aims to translate that type of on-the-job experience into civilian credentials like a commercial driver's license. Marine Corps

    Website matches Marines' skills with certifications

    The Marine Corps has rolled out a comprehensive new website to help Marines capitalize on their military training by earning equivalent civilian certifications that can lead to jobs in the civilian workforce.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  16. Fort Gordon soldiers to deploy to West Africa

    A group of soldiers from the Augusta area is being sent to West Africa to help officials working to contain the spread of the Ebola virus.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  17. The words 'Arbeit Macht Frei' (Work Sets You Free) at the main entrance of the Sachsenhausen Nazi concentration camp in Oranienburg, Germany. Markus Schreiber / AP

    Millions in Social Security for expelled Nazis

    Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  18. Container delivery system bundles sit on a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft at an undisclosed location in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility on Oct. 10 in preparation for an operational resupply airdrop near Bayji, Iraq. Air Force

    U.S. planes airdrop arms to besieged Syrian town

    The U.S. Air Force dropped military aid around the besieged Syrian town of Kobani overnight in an effort to resupply Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants there, U.S. Central Command in Tampa said.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  19. Trial begins over Navy silencer contract

    A Navy intelligence officer illegally diverted nearly $2 million in government funds to his boss's brother under a secret, illegitimate contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers, prosecutors said Monday.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  20. Tricare rules on compounded medicines should be reviewed, GAO says

    Tricare spends $259 million a year on medications it is not obligated to cover and should align its policies on compounded medications with existing regulations or change those rules, a federal watchdog agency says.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  21. Top 10 contributors to CFC campaigns

    Counting down federal agencies with the highest average donations per employee in 2013.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  22. Health, medical research most popular charity choices in 2013 CFC

    11 charities received more than $1 million in donations in 2013.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  23. Beginning in 2015, Marines conducting civil-military operations will have the ability to collect, process, analyze and share information using software from a smartphone. The mobile application, called MARCIMS, was developed by Marine Corps Systems Command and through science and technology funding from the Office of Naval Research. Marine Corps Systems Command

    Civil affairs Marines to get Android phones, new data collection app

    A new smartphone app for civil affairs Marines may make the next humanitarian aid mission a little bit smoother.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  24. Paper: Files allege misconduct within Alaska Guard

    Investigative files show years of alleged sexual and other misconduct among officers within the Alaska Army National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Battalion.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  25. Financial help possible for families of troops deployed on Ebola mission

    Families of troops deployed to West Africa on the Ebola mission are eligible for emergency financial assistance from the nonprofit Operation Homefront on the same basis as those of troops deployed to combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, officials an

    • Oct. 20, 2014
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