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  1. Gen. Joseph Dunford testifies July 17 on Capitol Hill. Lauren Victoria Burke/The Associated Press

    Dunford confirmed as 36th commandant of the Marine Corps

    It's official: Gen. Joseph 'Fighting Joe' Dunford will be the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  2. Army announces annual captains list

    These first lieutenants have been selected for promotion by the annual Army Competitive Category captain board that met in April, the Army announced Thursday:

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  3. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Brett McGurk testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    Official: Iraqi request for U.S. airstrikes 'under active consideration'

    The U.S. is still considering a request from the Iraqi government for airstrikes against Sunni militants in Iraq, a senior State Department official told lawmakers.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  4. Marine Corps Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun disappeared from his unit in Iraq's western desert in June 2004. The following month he turned up unharmed in Beirut, Lebanon and blamed his disappearance on Islamic extremist kidnappers. He was returned to Lejeune and was about to face the military equivalent of a grand jury hearing when he disappeared again. Dylan Moore/AP

    Marines file charges against corporal suspected of deserting twice

    A Marines suspected of deserting his unit on two occasions has had charges preferred by military authorities.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  5. Sgt., staff sgt. promotion list for August announced

    These soldiers have been selected for promotion to sergeant or staff sergeant in August, the Army has announced. The announcement includes soldiers selected in the Active Guard and Reserve.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  6. Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    A Democratic senator says he'll block arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  7. Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case

    Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subject to torture.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  8. An Iraqi man inspects a destroyed prisoner transport bus Thursday in the town of Taji, about 12 miles north of Baghdad. Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad earlier, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which scores of prisoners and several soldiers were killed. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    Iraq: Attack on prisoner convoy kills 60 people

    Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which scores of prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, brutally underscoring Iraq's instability as lawmakers convened to elect a new president.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  9. Veterans Affairs acting Secretary Sloan Gibson testifies July 16 on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the state of VA health care in the wake of revelations of neglect and delayed medical visits. He is accompanied by Assistant Deputy Undersecretary For Health For Administrative Operations Philip Matkowsky. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    Documents detail VA mistreatment of vets

    In 2003, a veteran who had served in the Vietnam War entered a Veterans Affairs live-in treatment facility after trying several times to kill himself including by stabbing himself in the stomach.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  10. Remains of soldier killed in '53 identified

    Lawrence Jock's surviving relatives in northern New York knew next to nothing about the Army combat veteran who was declared missing in action at the end of the Korean War more than 60 years ago.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  11. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks Wednesday to reporters in the Capitol about VA reform. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform VA

    With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman has offered to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  12. 2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two Finnish women aid workers in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid worke

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  13. Army: Thousands of patient IDs wrongly trashed at Rucker

    The military says as many as 2,300 patients are affected by a breach of personal information at the Lyster Army Health Clinic at Fort Rucker.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  14. Navy secretary visits LCS at RIMPAC

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is visiting one of the Navy's newest ships during the Rim of the Pacific naval exercises off Hawaii.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  15. Woman struck and killed at Kitsap-Bangor

    A civilian employee at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor was struck and killed Wednesday afternoon while walking on a sidewalk.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  16. The wreckage of the SS Robert E. Lee rests on the floor at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in this undated photo made available by the Ocean Exploration Trust. The U.S. vessel was sunk by a German submarine during World War II. AP Photo/Ocean Exploration Trust

    Surveys explore U-boat wreckage in Gulf of Mexico

    The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  17. Incoming Naval Academy superintendent Rear Adm. Ted Carter, left, takes the oath of office administered by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert at a Wednesday ceremony. Carter was promoted to vice admiral for his new post. MC2 Tyler Caswell / Navy

    Naval Academy welcomes new superintendent

    Back in 2010, the secretary of the Navy and the chief of naval operations made a $100 bet with then-Naval Academy superintendent Vice Adm. Mike Miller that he wouldn't survive a second four-year stint back on the yard.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  18. Members from 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are among those slated for an upcoming deployment. Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington / Army

    Deployments to Afghanistan announced for 3,600

    Three more units will deploy as part of the rotation of forces in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Wednesday.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  19. Few takers in first year of Marine career sabbatical program

    The Marine Corps' offer to troops to take three years off from active duty has found few volunteers so far.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  20. The ballistic-missile submarine Wyoming is one of seven subs with female officers. Starting in 2016, these subs will be the first to include female enlisted crew members. MC1 Rex Nelson/Navy

    Enlisted women to serve on attack submarines after 2020

    With female officers having served in the boomer force for nearly three years, the Navy is aiming for women to make up a significant portion of the ballistic-missile submarine force by 2020, one of the new waypoints in the silent service's historic integr

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  21. An Air Force F-16 flies away after refueling midflight from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a Red Flag exercise in February. AP

    Air Force refocuses on training as wars wind down

    After more than a dozen years fighting wars against unsophisticated opponents and technology in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air Force is refocusing its training on tests ripped from the headlines surface-to-air missiles, chemical weapons and cyber warfare.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  22. The Gereshk Storage and Distribution Center in Helmand province is a cold and dry storage facility designed to store, process and transport produce. The facility has stayed empty since it was completed in May 2013. Army

    Investigation: $3 million Helmand food storage facility never used

    The independent agency responsible for oversight of U.S.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  23. The Salute Battery of 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment renders honors during the re-flagging of 212th Fires Brigade to 1st Armored Division Artillery on Wednesday Fort Bliss, Texas. Army

    As 212th Fires Brigade re-flags, DIVARTYs begin a comeback

    The first step in the Army's revamped artillery organization one that will look familiar to some senior officers took place Wednesday at Fort Bliss, Texas, when the 212th Fires Brigade re-flagged to become the 1st Armored Division Artillery.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  24. Continuing to deal with results of his injuries, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry decided it was time to retire. Robert D. Ward / Army

    Medal of Honor recipient SFC Leroy Petry retires today

    One soldier's career: Ranger with eight deployments, lost his hand to a grenade while saving his buddies, pinned with the Medal of Honor, met presidents and celebrities, smiling in dress uniform as grand master at parades and speaker at university commenc

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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