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  1. Soldiers chow down on some MRE pizza prototypes. David Kamm/Army

    What's new in your MRE 2015 and beyond

    About 200 soldiers at Fort Carson, Colorado, chowed down for science in September, participating in Army testing that could yield future Meal, Ready to Eat components like a burrito bowl, a chicken sandwich and what some might consider the Holy Grail of c

    • Nov. 1, 2014
  2. The MRE version of pizza could be topped with osmoroni, a pepperoni alternative that uses the same raw-meat material but presses it into a film that's run through an osmotic dehydration bath. Yum? David J Kamm/Army

    What is osmoroni, and do I want it on my pizza?

    How far will Army researchers go to develop an MRE-ready pizza? They're using a production process imported from Europe that will speed prep time and allow for the addition of critical nutrients.

    • Nov. 1, 2014
  3. New MRE menu

    Items that will be added to MRE issue 35, in production next year, according to officials at the Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center:

    • Nov. 1, 2014
  4. Andrew Tahmooressi was arrested by Mexican officials March 31 after driving across the California border with weapons and ammunition in his truck. Screenshot

    Mexico orders immediate release of Marine veteran

    A Mexican judge ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  5. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said Monday that the confusion over voluntary separation pay was 'on my radar big time.' The Air Force announced late Friday that the 1,000 airmen who incorrectly received medical benefits will get to keep them. Scott M. Ash / Air Force

    Airmen caught in VSP confusion will receive medical benefits

    The Air Force has made an exception for about 1,000 airmen who voluntarily separated and were incorrectly told they would receive Tricare medical benefits for 180 days. The airmen will receive the benefits, the Air Force announced late Friday afternoon.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  6. The F-35C is scheduled to make its first trap on the carrier Nimitz on Nov. 3. Layne Laughter/Navy

    Navy F-35 starts first sea trials with new tailhook

    If all goes according to plan, the F-35C Lightning II jet will roar into its first flattop trap Nov. 3 as news cameras roll, an event 17 years in the making.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  7. The promotion system changes emphasize an airman's most recent performance and establish minimum test scores for moving up. Mike Morones/Staff

    Air Force promotion system changes: Only recent EPRs will count

    Starting next year, enlisted airmen will start with a clean slate each time they come up for promotion.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  8.  Defense Department

    OIR troops to be eligible for GWOT-E medal

    Pentagon officials have decided that the thousands of service members deployed in support of the newly named Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria will be eligible for a service medal the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  9. Members of 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion practice boarding and searching ships. For the first time, MARSOC operators are participating in Exercise Bold Alligator, a large-scale amphibious exercise held in the Atlantic Ocean. Marine Corps

    MARSOC Marines embrace amphibious role during Bold Alligator

    A special operations company from MARSOC will launch from Navy ships and augment larger Marine missions at Bold Alligator this year as the Corps embraces a concept that has elite forces and fleet Marines working in tandem.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  10. Soldiers will be screened quarterly to ensure they meet the requirements of their MOS. Those who fail to meet these requirements will be reclassified or involuntarily separated. Sgt. William Tanner/Army

    Soldiers who don't meet MOS requirements will be reclassified or kicked out

    Regular Army enlisted soldiers who are not qualified in their MOS will be reclassified or involuntarily separated under a new quality control program launched by Human Resources Command.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  11. Vehicles leave Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, in 2013. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Possible Islamic State leaflets found near Marine Corps Base Quantico

    Officials have launched an investigation into leaflets found near Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., which 'may or may not be associated with the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State,' base spokesman Maj.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  12. Spring exam dates are set for March 2014. Here, Operations Specialist Seaman Justin Austin takes the 3rd class advancement exam aboard the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson on Sept. 18. MC2 Scott Fenaroli/Navy

    Spring petty officer exam dates set

    With the fall petty officer exam results about a month away, Navy personnel officials have announced the dates and requirements for the active-duty spring 2015 exams.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  13. The Community College of the Air Force processes transcripts and diplomas which are sent to the Maxwell Air Force Base mailing center. Over 8,000 transcripts were put on hold because of a contracting issue. Airman 1st Class Trevor Rhynes/Air Force

    Delayed CCAF transcripts going out to airmen today

    Airmen who've been waiting for their Community College of the Air Force transcripts can breathe easier soon.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  14. The Pentagon is seen from the air on August 25, 2013. Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images

    Military sexual assault survey draws complaints

    Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  15. An Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga soldier, backdropped by the Turkish flag, sits on a tanker truck at a gas station prior to their departure to the Syrian city of Kobani, outside a staging area on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border on Friday. Vadim Ghirda / The Associated Press

    Kurdish official blames Turkey for peshmerga delay

    The 10 peshmerga fighters from Iraq who entered the embattled northern Syrian town of Kobani one day earlier returned to Turkey Friday to prepare for their forces' full deployment, and a senior Kurdish official blamed Ankara for the delay.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  16. A soldier from a U.S. Army Fox Chemical Reconnaissance team of the Tenth Cavalry Division stands up wind at a distance determined safe by his superior officer, at a site containing suspicious drums full of unknown liquid, outside Baiji, Iraq, April 28, 2003. Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press

    DoD to monitor troops exposed to Iraqi chemical weapons

    The Defense Department will provide medical assessments and health surveillance for troops and veterans exposed to chemical agents during the 2003-2011 Iraq War who may not have received proper treatment, senior officials said.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  17. Pentagon gives defense civilians options on Ebola monitoring

    The Pentagon says its civilian employees who return from Ebola response missions in West Africa will not be required to undergo the same 21-day quarantine-like monitoring that is required of most returning U.S. military members.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  18. 3 sentenced for selling bad computer parts to Army

    A 71-year-old Missouri woman has been sentenced for her role in a conspiracy to sell counterfeit and modified computer equipment to the U.S. Army.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  19.  Staff Sgt. Benjamin German/Air Force

    Old vs. new

    Under the Air Force's new enlisted promotion system, enlisted performance report scores will carry a great deal more weight.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  20. Notre Dame safety Eilar Hardy slows down Navy wide receiver Shawn Lynch on the final play for Navy in the closing seconds of the second half of an NCAA college football game, Nov. 2, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 38-34. Joe Raymond / AP

    Football: Navy sets sights on upsetting No. 6 Notre Dame

    Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds can only imagine how sweet it would feel to beat No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  21. 2 Fort Campbell soldiers arrested in Nashville

    A pair of Fort Campbell soldiers have been arrested after police say they caused a disturbance at a downtown bar before returning to the business with a pistol.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  22. JBLM airmen monitored after Ebola missions, not quarantined

    Lewis-McChord airmen who fly Ebola aid missions to west Africa are being monitored but are not subject to quarantine.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  23. In this file photo taken July 28, a motorist passes by a flag of the Islamic State group at the entrance of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Iraq. The Islamic State group has accelerated killings of former policemen and army officers, apparently fearing they might join a potential internal Sunni uprising against its rule. Such killings have accelerated in recent days, as the extremists' opponents - Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes - have made some gains, taking back several towns that the militants had overrun. The Associated Press

    Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police

    The Islamic State group is conducting a purge, killing dozens of former policemen and soldiers living in areas of Iraq under its control, in a campaign apparently aimed at preventing any uprising against its extremist rule.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  24. Former SEAL, author of bin Laden book, is under criminal probe

    U.S. military officials say a former Navy SEAL who wrote a firsthand account of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly disclosing classified information. He could face criminal charges.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
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