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  1. The frigate Taylor leaves Mayport, Fla., in January for a seven-month deployment, scheduled to be its last. Experts say the Navy will have to scramble to find ships to fill all of the missions performed by the disappearing class. MC2 Marcus L. Stanley/Navy

    Retiring frigates may leave some missions unfilled

    The Navy may be shedding all its frigates by the end of next year, but the ships are still busy and in high demand creating a dilemma for the Navy over which ships will pick up their missions.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  2. In this July 13 file image made from video by The Associated Press, smoke rises from the direction of Tripoli airport in Tripoli, Libya. The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday, July 26, and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said. The Associated Press

    U.S. evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  3. From left to right: Marine Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley, Marine Cpl. Richard A. Rivera Jr. and Marine Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson.

    Family of murdered Marine 'betrayed' after Afghan killer gets 7-year sentence

    The family of a Marine killed during an insider attack in Afghanistan says they were outraged to discover this week that the attacker's trial took place recently in an Afghan court without their knowledge.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  4. DoD tightens tuition assistance rules

    Force-wide changes to the military's Tuition Assistance program may require troops to pay back their TA money if they perform poorly in class.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  5. This undated file photo released by his family via FreeAmir.org shows Amir Hekmati. AP

    Muslim group seeks pardon for Marine vet convicted in Iran

    A Muslim rights organization is asking Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for a pardon or re-trial for a former U.S. Marine convicted of criminal charges who was accused of working for the CIA.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  6. AFPC outlines options for senior airmen affected by lost promotion tests

    The Air Force is still trying to hunt down promotion test answer sheets for the most recent testing cycle that went MIA after they were mailed via FedEx from Pope Airfield, North Carolina, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Friday.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  7. You're invited: Participate in Military Times' annual reader survey

    How is morale in your unit? Are budget reductions affecting your op-tempo? Are you worried about cuts to your pay and benefits? And what do you think about the crisis in Iraq?

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  8. Gen. Mark Welsh gives his service top marks for personal behavior, saying he is 'very happy with the ethical fabric of the United States Air Force,' despite problems that include a cheating scandal at its nuclear missile sites and a general's drunken binge on an arms control mission. Mandel Ngan/AFP

    Welsh gives Air Force top ethics marks; Congresswomen say comments are 'troubling'

    The Air Force's top officer gives his service top marks for personal behavior, saying he is 'very happy with the ethical fabric of the United States Air Force,' despite problems that include a cheating scandal at its nuclear missile sites and a general's

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  9. Although the Navy has not asked for the ship, Congress is working to fund a 12th San Antonio-class amphibious ship. Here, the John P. Murtha, 10th ship in the class, is under construction at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    Money for new amphib falls far short

    Powerful forces in Congress are working to buy the Navy an extra amphibious ship, and lawmakers in both the House and Senate have added between $650 million and $800 million to the proposed 2015 shipbuilding budget to begin construction.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  10. 1,877 NCOs to move up in August

    The Army plans to promote 1,877 NCO to the ranks of sergeant though sergeant major in August, which is 82 more than in July.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  11. Wall Manor Navy/13News Now/WVEC.com

    Navy IDs sailor who died after fall from balcony

    The Navy has identified a 21-year-old sailor who fell to his death from a sixth-floor balcony of a barracks at Naval Station Norfolk.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  12. No verdict yet in Ventura case; jury back Monday

    The jury weighing whether former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura was defamed by the author of 'American Sniper' has ended the week without a verdict.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  13. Charges filed in stabbing at Navy barracks

    The Navy has filed charges against one of its sailors for repeatedly stabbing another in a barracks near a naval hospital.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  14. 2 options offered for lost staff sgt. tests

    Senior airmen at Pope Air Field, North Carolina, whose promotion test answer sheets for the most recent staff sergeant testing cycle were lost in the mail will be allowed to retake the professional development guide portion of their test this year, said a

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  15. A convoy of military vehicles of the Ukrainian forces drives towards the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, in the region of Lugansk, on Friday. GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images

    Pentagon: Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

    The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is 'imminent,' the Pentagon said Friday, saying Russia is escalating the military action there.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  16. Number of military suicides showing uptick

    The number of military suicides so far this year is running slightly higher than for the same time frame last year, but without the context of force reductions, the raw data say little about current suicide trends in the armed services.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  17. Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with U.S.

    The Taliban's reclusive leader is warning that a bilateral security pact allowing foreign troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  18. U.S. clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

    The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  19. House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a 'sustained combat role' without congressional approval.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  20. Texas family gives forgotten flag to Marine's mom

    A couple who discovered a tribute flag for a fallen Marine at a Texas flea market will return it to his mother this weekend, more than nine years after he was killed in Iraq.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  21. An armed Sunni militiaman wearing an Iraqi Army patch, left, and a U.S. Army soldier patrol in Samarra on Oct. 6, 2010. Over the past month, militants led by the extremist Islamic State group overpowered the military and the Sahwa, seizing control of most of the Sunni-dominated areas of Iraq. The jihadis have systematically killed dozens of former Sahwa leaders, forced others to flee and recruited the remaining foot soldiers through intimidation. Maya Alleruzzo / AP file

    Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

    Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  22. Group wants to dredge river for '56 bomber wreck

    A group that's spent nearly 20 years trying to find the wreckage of a World War II-era bomber that crashed into a Pittsburgh-area river is seeking permission to dredge the waterway for wreckage.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  23. Former astronaut Hank Hartsfield dies at 80

    Former astronaut Henry 'Hank' Hartsfield, who logged 483 hours during three trips into space and commanded two shuttle missions, has died.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  24. Central American leaders convening at White House

    President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
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