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  1. A Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces type 90 tank fires Tuesday during an exercise at the Higashi-Fuji training ground in Gotemba. A total of 2,300 personnel, 80 tanks and armored vehicles, 20 aircraft and 600 vehicles are participating in the exercise. Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP via Getty Images

    Japan military holds drill as its role expands

    Japan's military is showcasing its ability to defend remote islands, as its role expands at home and abroad under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
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    An X-47B lands the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. MCSA Alex Millar/Navy

    Navy flies manned, unmanned carrier jets together for first time

    It was one small button push for man and one giant catapult launch for the Navy's unmanned air combat program Sunday as the X-47B flew its first takeoffs and landings with F/A-18s on the aircraft carrier Roosevelt.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  2. The carrier George H.W. Bush conducts a vertical replenishment with the dry cargo and ammunition ship Robert E. Peary. Sailors in the Bush carrier strike group may be eligible for a new allowance when their deployment exceeds 220 days. MC3 Lorelei Vander Griend/Navy

    More pay for longer deployments

    About 7,000 sailors with the Bush carrier strike group and the Bataan ampibious ready group likely will be about $1,000 richer than expected when they get back from deployment this fall.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  3. President Obama answers questions at an Aug. 18 press conference at the White House. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

    President Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a 'major step forward' as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  4. Pope Francis smiles as he meets the media during an airborne press conference on Aug. 18 on his journey back to Rome from Seoul, South Korea. Gregorio Borgia / AP

    Pope backs action to protect Iraq minorities if U.N. OKs

    Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  5. Ferguson, Mo., police wait to advance Sunday after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday. Charlie Riedel / AP

    Missouri governor orders National Guard to Ferguson

    Missouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  6. President Obama speaks on Aug. 18 at the White House. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

    Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept across the country this summer.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  7. Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

    President Obama says the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile marks an important achievement in the effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  8. DoD releases list of genetic tests covered by Tricare

    The Defense Health Agency has announced which genetic tests Tricare will cover starting in September.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  9. Report: VA employee took recovering vet to crack house

    Although a Veterans Affairs police officer determined that a Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System employee took a patient to a crack house and helped him buy illegal drugs, the worker is still employed more than a year after the incident.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  10. VA backlog grew despite online application program

    The number of backlogged veterans' health care applications grew despite an online program the Veterans Administration introduced in 2010 and touted as a quick, easy way for veterans to apply for benefits, according to a newspaper report.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  11. Almost 8,000 chiefs face the ax

    Almost 8,000 senior enlisted must go before a continuation board later this year, which will determine whether they can continue to serve or must retire.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  12. Female chiefs say they want more shoulder room in their khakis and a better fit in their trousers. Navy officials say they intend to give them what they want. MC3 Timothy A. Hazel / Navy

    Navy working on better fitting uniforms for female sailors

    Navy women were asked what they like — and don't like – about their uniforms, and their answers are driving a number of key changes.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  13. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand behind a sand barricade set-up close to the village of Bashir on Aug. 17 after the arrival of a new military supplies. Marwan Ibrahim / Getty Images

    Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq's largest dam from militants

    Kurdish forces took over parts of Iraq's largest dam on Sunday less than two weeks after it was captured by the Islamic State extremist group, Kurdish security officials said, as U.S.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
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    Rear Adm. Kenneth Perry, commander of all U.S. attack submarines based on the East Coast, is retiring on Aug. 22. Perry may be the last flag officer to be based at the country's original sub base due to a consolidation that eliminated his submarine group. The attack subs will remain in Groton, along with the Navy's sub school. Navy / via AP

    Top officer at Groton sub base is retiring

    The top officer at the oldest U.S. submarine base, an admiral whose ties to Groton date back to his birth, may become the last flag officer to serve here as his submarine group is eliminated in a Navy streamlining.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  14. A U.S. airstrike against an ISIL Humvee (armored truck) is seen in a screenshot made from video released by CENTCOM. CENTCOM

    New U.S. strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    The U.S. is expanding its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  15. Gen. Martin Dempsey tours a Vietnamese warship. Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today

    Former enemy Vietnam seeks U.S. help to counter China

    Army Gen. Martin Dempsey has served 40 years in the Army, fought in Iraq, traveled the world many times over.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  16. A National Guard vehicle drives through the flooded Metropolitan Trailer Park in Moonachie, N.J., on Oct. 30, 2012, in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Craig Ruttle / AP

    Military still recovering from Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey

    Two years after Hurricane Sandy pounded the New Jersey coast, the USCGC Sailfish has yet to return home.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  17. An Aug. 16 airstrike against an ISIL armed truck near Mosul Dam is seen in an image taken from video released by U.S. Central Command. CENTCOM

    CENTCOM releases video of U.S. airstrikes near Iraq's Mosul Dam

    U.S. Central Command released video on Sunday of American military airstrikes against extremist targets near Mosul Dam in Iraq.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
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    Mike Simester stands next to his tractor on his 10-acre farm in Muscatime, Iowa. Gannett

    Veterans look to farming to grow and heal

    Mike Simester had always dreamed of a being a career soldier.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
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    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prepares to be interviewed by Army investigators. The Army began questioning Bergdahl about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban, his attorney and an Army spokeswoman said Aug. 6. Eugene R. Fidell / AP

    More time given for Bergdahl disappearance probe

    A general investigating the disappearance of an Army sergeant in Afghanistan is getting several more weeks to complete his probe.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  18. Agency details proposed missile defense site in Maine

    Building a missile defense site in western Maine aimed at protecting the East Coast would mean upgrading some roads, building housing and a backup power plant, and scattering missile silos to accommodate hilly terrain, a defense official said.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  19. U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, a decorated World War II veteran, died in 2012. A C-17 Globemaster and a Navy destroyer will be named after late senator, according to reports. Marco Garcia / AP

    Military jet, destroyer to be named after late Sen. Daniel Inouye

    A military cargo jet will be named after the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
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    Information Systems Technicain (SS) 2nd Class Matthew Hindes shares a moment with his daughter, Kaylee. A judge has ordered Hindes to fly the girl from Washington state to Detroit for two weeks so she can stay with her mother. YouTube

    Deployed submariner loses a round in custody battle

    A Michigan judge who threatened to put a deployed sailor in jail and transfer custody of his daughter to his ex-wife when he didn't show for a custody hearing in court has ordered an unscheduled two-week visitation with the child's mother.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
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