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  1. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response take cover from debris blasted by an MV-22B Osprey. SPMAGTF-Crisis Response serves as a model for the new Middle East-based unit. Cpl. Michael Petersheim/Marine Corps

    Corps assembles next crisis response task force in Middle East

    The Marine Corps is preparing to dispatch its second task force designed specifically for crisis response this time to the Middle East in order to position for rapid response in that part of the world.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  2. Reductions in end strength have to equate to thinning the operating force, Army leadership explains. Army

    One retired colonel is campaigning for more cuts and Congress is listening

    The Army insists cutting the service down to 420,000 cannot be done.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  3. Spc. Bradley Darnell, an Army food service specialist, shaved a semester off his associate degree from Central Texas College with credit for his military training. Lance Rosenfield

    Top TA & GI Bill schools: Most popular colleges cater to troops by taking classes to them

    Schools known for their flexible learning options are by far the most popular among both active-duty service members using tuition assistance and veterans and their dependents using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, government data show.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  4. Gov. Rick Perry, center, speaks during a news conference July 21. Perry announced he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border. Eric Gay / AP

    Five Questions with Texas Gov. Rick Perry: U.S.-Mexico Border

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has accused the federal government of failing to provide enough resources on the U.S.-Mexico border to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants, including more than 57,000 children who have illegally crossed into the U.S.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  5. Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov was declared dead Dec. 14 in Kaiserslautern, Germany, after being found unresponsive in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver, according to police. Screenshot

    For Germans, death penalty is concern in U.S. airman's murder trial

    Nearly a week after German police discovered the lifeless body of a U.S. sailor inside a car in Kaiserslautern Dec. 14, the remains were turned over to the U.S. armed forces regional medical examiner.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  6. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks during a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. AP

    Deal on veterans' health care costs at least $15B

    A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  7. University of Maryland University College students participate in class discussion during their Sociology of Disasters class at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Most popular colleges for TA and GI Bill

    American Military University continued its dominance of the military tuition assistance market in fiscal 2013, while the University of Phoenix more than doubled the Post-9/11 GI Bill enrollment of its closest competitor.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
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    Army veteran Wayne Walden demonstrates exercises at his home in Washington, D.C., on Monday, July 14, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones/Gannett Government Media

    Military Muscle: 5 drills for a stronger back

    Here are some exercises that can be worked in both the strengthening phase as well as a treatment phase for people with back pain.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  8. A pro-Russian rebel touches the MH17 wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 22, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    U.N. rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

    The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  9. Most popular colleges methodology

    The tuition assistance chart shows the 50 institutions of higher education most popular with service members using that education benefit in fiscal 2013.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  10. Lucy Coffey and Queta Marquez, Bexar County veterans service officer, go through pictures taken while Coffey was in Japan. Coffey is the nation's oldest woman veteran, serving in the procurement office of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II. She is 108 years old. Helen L. Montoya / AP

    Oldest female WWII vet visits D.C. monuments

    The nation's oldest living female World War II veteran has finally made it to Washington to see the monuments and memorials.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  11. The Capital of Annapolis reported that former Naval Academy Superintendent Charles Larson died Saturday at his home in Annapolis, Maryland. He was 77.

    Former Naval Academy superintendent dies at 77

    Arizona Sen. John McCain is praising former Naval Academy Superintendent Charles Larson, who died over the weekend, as a great man.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  12. Washington Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica demonstrates a drill during practice Sunday at the team's NFL football training facility. Alex Brandon / AP

    War & games: Ex-helo pilot heads Redskins special teams

    After practice on Military Appreciation Day at Washington Redskins training camp, the special teams coordinator made a beeline to the people in uniform near the special VIP tent.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  13. Defense: Government suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Lawyers for Blackwater security guards accused the government on Monday of suppressing evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  14. An Army of 420K means involuntary separations

    If the Army has to drop to 420,000, you can expect the involuntary separations of enlisted and officers to continue.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  15. Tactical Veteran: Vets making move from battlefields to farm fields

    Some veterans are finding a new way to serve their country after separating from the military they're leaving battlefields for farm fields.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  16. A CID special agent uses a bright light in processing a crime scene. Jeffrey Castro / Army Criminal Investigation Comma

    CID looking for new special agents

    U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command is putting out a dragnet for new special agents.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  17. British Ambassador to Afghanistan, Sir Richard Stagg, meets the police chief of southern Helmand province, Maj. Gen. Abdul Qayum Baqizoi, aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on April 2. Baqizoi was later sacked following a deadly Taliban offensive. Lance Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal / Marine Corps

    Helmand police chief mentored by Marines is dismissed after Taliban violence

    Less than a month after Marines ended their mission advising Afghan National Police in Helmand province, the Afghan interior ministry has replaced the provincial police chief central to the Marines' final mentoring efforts.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  18. The destroyer Frank E. Evans, after it was cut in half in a 1969 collision with an Australian aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. The names of the 74 sailors killed in the incident do not appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Navy

    Effort advances to add names of 74 sailors to Vietnam Memorial

    The crew of the destroyer Frank E. Evans is fighting once again, 45 years after their ship sank in the South China Sea after a terrifying collision.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  19. A panel of three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the Federal Claims Court's decision to dismiss the legal challenge to the 2011 ERB by 300 former sailors. Navy

    Judges dismiss booted sailors' appeal

    Three hundred former sailors suing forcompensation from or reinstatement in the Navy after being booted by the deeply unpopular 2011 enlisted retention boards lost their appeal, likely closing the book on their challenge.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  20. Capt. Patrick McAfee Air Force

    2 USAF missileers to work with Navy in morale-improvement effort

    They're Air Force missileers, but their next assignments are with the Navy.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
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