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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  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. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Mom pleads for release of U.S. journalist held hostage by Islamic State

    The mother of an American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video message aimed directly at his captors.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. An Afghan election commission worker sort ballots for an audit of the presidential run-off votes at an election commission office in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday. Rahmat Gul/AP

    Afghan candidate pulls out of election audit

    One of two men vying to become the president of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled his observers Wednesday from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud in a move that throws the already contentious election into f

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  21. Pay and benefits reform still in limbo

    In about five months, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will unveil its recommendations for a radical overhaul of troops' pay and benefits.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  22. One-third of domestic violence victims in active-duty military families are men

    Army Special Forces Sgt. Casey Gray clearly recalls the day when his fiancée turned violent.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  23. Selection board overviews

    The zone of consideration for the Regular Army Sergeant Major Selection, Training and Promotion Board in June included 4,238 first sergeants and master sergeants with dates of rank of June 4, 2012, and earlier; basic dates of June 4, 1988, through June 4,

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  24. It's getting harder for the Army to find recruits within the service's weight standards. Glenn Fawcett/Army

    Recruit command boss: Overweight youth a growing problem

    The obesity epidemic among young adults has become a weighty problem for Army Recruiting Command, leaving its commander, Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, to seek answers.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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