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  1. Air National Guard Col. James Keefe, commander of the 104th Fighter Wing, takes questions from reporters on Aug. 27 at Barnes Air National Guard Base, in Westfield, Mass. Steven Senne / AP

    Pilot's fate unknown in F-15 crash in Virginia

    An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  2. A mess hall aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., will be named for fallen Marines Cpl. Jonathan Yale, right, and Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter on Thursday. The two were awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for preventing a truck full of explosives from crashing into an area where dozens of Marines were sleeping in 2008.

    Lejeune mess hall dedicated to Marines who died stopping bomb truck

    Two Marines who earned posthumous Navy Crosses for standing in the way of a truck filled with explosives in Iraq will be honored in the renaming of a mess hall on the base they called home.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  3. Promotion board: Raters are fudging facts for senior NCOs

    A recent promotion board tasked with examining the files of first sergeants and master sergeants came upon a stunning realization: Not only were senior NCOs gaining weight to an alarming degree, they were miraculously getting taller.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  4. Spc. Paul Ieti sang a Backstreet Boys song on Tuesday's episode of 'America's Got Talent,' but failed to impress the judges. Chris Haston / NBC

    'America's Got Talent' judges slam soldier's Backstreet Boys rendition

    The 'America's Got Talent' judges were not very kind to Spc. Paul Ieti on Tuesday night's semifinals round.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  5. Christopher Lee, right, is escorted into the courtroom for a hearing on Tuesday in Joshua Tree, Calif. Lee is charged with murder in the death of Erin Corwin, a fellow Marine's pregnant wife. Richard Lui/AP

    Former Marine pleads not guilty in Erin Corwin's death

    A former Marine who is accused of killing his neighbor's wife, Erin Corwin, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  6. The Coast Guard cutter Monomoy, seen in this 2005 file photo, fired at an Iranian dhow in self-defense during an encounter Tuesday in the Persian Gulf, according to the Defense Department. JOSN Joseph Ebalo / Navy

    Coast Guard fires on Iranian sailing vessel

    A Coast Guard boat operating in the Persian Gulf fired in defense on an Iranian vessel Tuesday, according to a Defense Department statement.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  7. A massive runway refurbishment project at Dover Air Force Base will force the temporary relocation of the base's 18 C-5M cargo jets. Roland Balik/Air Force

    Dover Air Force Base to get major runway rebuild

    The runways at Dover Air Force Base will undergo a $98.3 million refurbishment over the next 22 months — a massive project that will force the temporary relocation of the base's 18 C-5M cargo jets beginning next summer.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  8. Airman Adam Wickham signals an MH-60S Sea Hawk with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 15 to land on the flight deck of aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. Carl Vinson left San Diego Friday for a Western Pacific deployment. MC2 Scott Fenaroli/Navy

    Vinson strike group heads to Middle East

    About 6,200 sailors with the Carl Vinson carrier strike group departed San Diego Friday for a scheduled nine-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  9. A fighter from the Islamic State group, armed with a knife and an automatic weapon, next to captured Syrian army soldiers and officers, following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. AP

    Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of base

    The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  10. Tobias Naegele, vice president and general manager of Defense News, announced Wednesday that he is leaving Gannett Government Media after more than 22 years. Mike Morones / Staff

    Longtime newsroom leader Tobias Naegele leaving Gannett Government Media

    Tobias Naegele, an award-winning editor who led Military Times and Defense News during two wars and spearheaded the newsroom's entrance into the digital age, announced his resignation Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  11. Fighters from the Islamic State group that captured the Tabqa air base from the Syrian government operate a captured tank, in Raqqa, Syria. AP

    Reports: 2nd U.S. Islamist fighter killed in Syria

    The Obama administration is investigating reports from Syria that a second American was killed over the weekend while fighting alongside Islamist State extremists.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  12. An F-15C assigned to Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., is seen in 2013. US Air Force

    Update: Air Guard F-15C crashes in Virginia, pilot's status unknown

    A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C crashed at about 9 a.m. in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The pilot's status is unknown.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  13. Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison Sr will retire as a one-star, the Army announced Wednesday. Dustin Perry/Army

    Two-star general demoted for lack of attention to sex assault case, Army says

    A two-star general has been demoted to one star and will retire after he received punishment for failing to pursue a sex assault claim in his command, the Army announced Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  14. Members of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, load an Antonov 124 cargo plane with food and other humanitarian aid destined for Erbil in northern Iraq at the airport Leipzig-Halle on Aug. 22 in Schkeuditz, Germany. Ronny Hartmann / Getty Images

    Sources: U.S. considering new relief mission in Iraq

    The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  15. Outgoing commander of ISAF, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, and incoming commander, Army Gen. John F. Campbell, right, salute during a change of command ceremony Aug. 26 at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. ISAF is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Gen. Dunford: Taliban will test Afghans in 2015

    Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  16. Sgt. Hasan Akbar, center, is led from the Staff Judge Advocate Building at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 2005 during the sentencing phase of his court-martial. Akbar, who was sentenced to death for killing two fellow service members and wounding 14 others in a grenade attack in Kuwait, will have an appeal in military court. Gerry Broome / AP

    Soldier convicted in '03 grenade attack vs. fellow troops will have appeal hearing

    A soldier sentenced to death for killing two fellow service members and wounding 14 others in a grenade attack in Kuwait will have an appeal in military court.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  17. Peter Theo Curtis reads a statement to reporters outside his mother's home on Aug. 27 in Cambridge, Mass. Curtis, a freelance reporter who wrote under the byline Theo Padnos and who was held hostage for about two years in Syria, returned to the U.S. Tuesday. Charles Krupa / AP

    U.S. journalist thankful for work to secure freedom

    A U.S. journalist speaking publicly for the first time since his release from a Syrian extremist group said Wednesday that he was overwhelmed to learn that so many 'brave, determined and big-hearted' people were behind efforts to secure his release.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  18. Engaging the Enemy: A Special Forces soldier fires a Carl Gustav after receiving small-arms fire in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on March 8. Spc. Sara Wakai/Army

    SOCOM orders more 84mm recoilless rifles

    Special Operations Command has signed a contract worth up to $187 million for the purchase of more Carl Gustav recoilless rifles and ammunition from Swedish defense firm Saab.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  19. A pro-Russian rebel walks in a passage at the local market damaged by shelling in Petrovskiy district in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday. Mstislav Chernov/The Associated Press

    U.S.: Russia directing new offensive in Ukraine

    The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities else

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  20. Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commanding general of Fort Lee, Va., speaks at a news conference on Monday after a female soldier shot and wounded herself inside of the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters. Patrick Kane/The Associated Press

    Army IDs soldier who shot herself at Fort Lee

    A soldier who barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia base and then fatally shot herself in the head earlier this week was a 33-year-old human resources specialist from New York, the Army said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  21. Concerns arise about opening online exchanges to veterans

    While giving all honorably discharged veterans online exchange shopping privileges would be an added benefit, there are questions within the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments about whether some of the profits should also go back to veterans' progra

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  22. The Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy sits in the Persian Gulf in 2007. Public Affairs Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Henise/

    U.S. Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf

    The U.S. Navy says a Coast Guard vessel has fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, and that no Americans were wounded in the encounter.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  23. Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds carries the ball against Army during last year's Army-Navy game. Mike Morones/Staff

    Military ethos vs. Individual honor: The Naval Academy's Heisman conundrum

    Allow Roger Staubach to, rather unofficially, carry the torch for Keenan Reynolds' 2014 Heisman campaign. From one Navy great to another.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  24. Airmen prepare to do an inspection on a TPS-75 radar in 2012. The 3DELRR program will replace the AN/TPS-75 system. Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/US Air Force

    3DELRR contract expected soon

    The Air Force could award the contract for its Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program as early as next week, sources tell Defense News.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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