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    'Complex' report on allotments now 3 months late

    Defense officials are more than three months late on a report on the military allotment system, which will recommend steps to protect troops from unscrupulous businesses and lenders that use allotments to take advantage of them.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Marines jump out of an MV-22B Osprey while conducting parachute operations over Djibouti last year. At least 5,000 U.S. troops are operating on the African continent. Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone / Marine Corps

    DoD quietly expanding AFRICOM missions

    Just five years ago, the Pentagon considered Africa such a strategic backwater that the global map of combatant commands carved the massive continent into two chunks and placed most of it under control of the chief of U.S. European Command in Belgium.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  1. Family of Navy Yard shooting victim files suit

    The Florida family of a woman slain during the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Hillsborough County Court.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  2. Secretary of State John Kerry is surrounded by security as he arrives April 16 in Geneva, where he is scheduled to participate in talks on the ongoing situation in Ukraine with representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the European Union. Jim Bourg / AP

    U.S. readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

    The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  3. The Bonhomme Richard has MH-60 Seahawk helicopters, the MV-22 Osprey and small boats that could be used to rescue survivors. Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ed

    Bonhomme Richard ready to aid South Korean ferry rescue

    The amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard is standing by to help find survivors from a South Korean ferry that capsized Wednesday in the Yellow Sea, 7th Fleet said.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  4. Reserve, full-time support captain selections announced

    Congratulations to the following Reserve and full-time support officers selected for promotion to captain, announced by the Navy in a fleetwide message, ALNAV 023/14, released Monday:

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  5. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, speaks April 7 in Washington. Susan Walsh / AP

    Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website

    Jill Biden is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  6. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says his country wants to host a larger NATO and U.S. presence. Mike Morones/Staff

    Poland wants larger U.S., NATO troop presence

    Poland's defense minister is calling for a larger U.S. and NATO military presence in his country to deter the type of Russian aggression occurring in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  7. Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent

    An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  8. Official: Iran will not discuss missile program

    Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  9. Congress unhappy with DoD, VA health records progress

    House lawmakers plan to hold back millions in dollars of technology funding from Defense and Veterans Affairs department planners until Congress is convinced they are making progress on developing a way to share electronic medical records.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Afghan election workers carry ballot boxes and election materials on donkeys to deliver to polling stations in Dara-e-Noor district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 4, in advance of elections that took place the next day. Rahmat Gul/The Associated Press

    Afghanistan election results increase chance U.S. will stay

    The likelihood of a long-term U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan is growing after elections there in early April showed pro-American candidates winning at the polls.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  10. Patients rate VA medical centers high for satisfaction

    Patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers remain satisfied with the care they receive and complaints are down, a new survey released Wednesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index found.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Military hotline aids sexual assault victims

    One of the first things you notice about the Pentagon's sexual assault support hotline is its non-military look.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  12. Ex-San Diego Navy man sentenced for child sex

    A former San Diego Navy officer who sexually abused children while making child pornography has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  13. Navy releases March court-martial results

    Assault consummated by battery. Drug possession. Sexual assault. Violation of the Arms Export Control Act. Attempts to make child pornography.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Fire broke out onboard the cruiser Hue City Monday while the ship was crossing the Atlantic Ocean, but no sailors were injured, fleet officials said Tuesday. MC1 Nathanael Miller/Navy

    UPDATE: Hue City crew doused major fire at sea

    The crew of the cruiser Hue City fought and defeated a major fire in one of the main engineering spaces Monday evening without suffering any injuries, according to a new report obtained by Navy Times.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    A veteran patient recieves a vaccination. Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October. Stephanie McCrobie / U.S. Navy

    Tricare presents plan for re-enrolling some in Prime

    Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October, but by law, not all who were booted off Prime will be able to re-enroll.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  14. Reserve and FTS master chief, senior chief selectees announced

    Personnel officials released the names of Navy Reserve and full-time support sailors chosen for senior chief and master chief as part of the latest board on Monday.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  15. Expert testifies in USCG double homicide trial in Alaska

    Jurors in the trial of a man charged with gunning down two co-workers at a Coast Guard communications station on Kodiak Island repeatedly viewed blurry security-camera footage Tuesday showing a blue car passing the murder scene, then heading in the opposi

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  16. Operators aboard Australian navy vessel Ocean Shield move the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 Artemis autonomous underwater vehicle into position for deployment. MCS 1st Class Peter D. Blair / Navy

    Navy's robot sub continues search for missing Malaysian jet

    A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet continued its second seabed search on Wednesday as up to 14 planes were to take to the skies for some of the final sweeps of the Indian Ocean for floating debris from the ill-fated airliner.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  17. A pro-Russian activist guards a barricade Tuesday outside the regional police building seized in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Ukraine's acting president accused Russia enacting 'brutal plans' to destabilize the southeast of his ex-Soviet country by backing separatist militants. Genya Savilov / AFP via Getty Images

    Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

    President Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations as the White House asserts that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Brad Pitt, right, will reportedly play Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the movie adaptation of a book written by the reporter who got McChrystal fired. Mark Lennihan / AP and Getty

    Report: Brad Pitt to play Gen. Stanley McChrystal in movie

    Brad Pitt will reportedly play Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the movie adaptation of a book written by the reporter who got McChrystal fired.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    First Lady Michelle Obama has stickers placed on her face by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt, as her parents, Amy and Army Sgt. Lucas Oppelt, far right, watch during Obama's April 14 visit to the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C. Associated Press

    Michelle Obama visits Walter Reed's Fisher House

    It's been a long road for Amy Oppelt and her family since she got the call informing her that her husband, Army Sgt. Lucas Oppelt, had been injured by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  18. Coast Guardsman faces Article 32 in Wis. assault

    A member of the U.S. Coast Guard will face a military hearing on allegations that he had abusive sexual contact with a female colleague while stationed in Milwaukee, the Coast Guard said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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