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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3.  Air Force

    Two deaths reported at Kadena over the weekend

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

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Trial begins over Navy silencer contract

    Federal prosecutors say a civilian Navy intelligence officer illegally diverted $2 million to his boss' brother under a secret, illegitimate contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  12. 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
  13. Top 10 contributors to CFC campaigns

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

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

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

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Iraqi security forces gather in front of a mosque after a suicide bomber blew himself up among Shiite worshippers after midday prayers, killing and wounding tens of people in a commercial area in the center of Baghdad on Oct. 20. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    U.S. advisory mission in Iraq remains limited in scope and impact

    More than one month after President Obama ordered U.S. troops to begin an advise-and-assist mission supporting the Iraqi military's fight against Islamic militants, that effort remains limited in its scope and effectiveness.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  19. Kurdish people watch the Syrian town of Kobani, at sunset from the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province. Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against IS jihadists. Bulent Kilic / AFP via Getty Images

    After arms drop, U.S. coalition strikes IS

    Syrian activists say the U.S.-led coalition has launched new airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Kobani, following overnight airdrops of weapons to Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  20. Smoke from a fire rises following a strike Sunday in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to 'valiant' Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be 'irresponsible' and

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  21. Attacks on Afghan checkpoints kill 4 troops

    Officials say insurgents have attacked several army checkpoints in eastern and southern Afghanistan, killing at least four troops and wounding several people.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  22. Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams John Moore/Getty Images

    Top U.S. commander in Ebola fight sees progress

    The first of 17 U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in West Africa will open in a few weeks, the top commander of U.S. troops in the region told USA Today on Sunday.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  23. A veteran walks through a 'Hiring our Heroes' Job Fair on March 27 in New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    These federal contractors are hiring vets now

    Companies that do business with the federal government employ a big chunk of the U.S. workforce — and if you're a veteran looking to join their ranks, federal law requires that they give you a leg up.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  24. Army officials are reminding soldiers who use thermal weapon sights and other high-battery-drain gear to power them with lithium batteries for top performance. Army

    PEO Soldier issues reminder to use lithium batteries in gear

    While on patrol during one of his four war-zone tours, Staff Sgt. José Salcedo experienced firsthand one of the problems that can come with using alkaline batteries instead of lithium ones in sophisticated military gear.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
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