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  1. Buying in winter with a VA Mortgage

    • March 4, 2014

    Home buyers and home sellers always want to get the best deal, right? Unless the seller of a property is facing foreclosure or some other …

  1. Top officers at Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, are urging that the list of Islamic State targets be expanded, according to Pentagon officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans. MCSN Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Officials: Commanders want to expand Iraq airstrikes

    U.S. military commanders in the Middle East are urging the Pentagon to intensify the air war against Islamic State targets in Iraq, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  2. Navy SEALs swim 13-plus miles for charity in Maine

    Four active-duty Navy SEALs are swimming more than 13 miles for charity in Maine.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  3. U.N. Council members reject North Korea meeting request

    United Nations Security Council members are rejecting North Korea's request for a meeting to protest joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  4. Mississippi Army National Guard soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conduct fast rope insertion training on April 30. Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann / Army National Guard

    Officials: U.S. rescue mission in Syria failed earlier this summer

    President Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  5. Col. Peter Baumgarten, outgoing commanding officer of 1st Marine Regiment and Task Force Belleau Wood, at Camp Leatherneck in May. Hope Hodge Seck / Staff

    Last Marine regiment departs Afghanistan

    The last Marine Corps regimental headquarters will leave Afghanistan this month, handing off its responsibilities as drawdown efforts continue.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  6. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, left, and Adm. John Richardson, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, brief the press Feb. 4 at the Pentagon about alleged cheating among senior enlisted personnel in the Navy's nuclear propulsion program. Mike Morones / Staff

    Navy kicks out 34 for cheating at nuclear training site

    At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  7. Pakistan Air Force F-16B models take part in a 2010 Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Pentagon has told international operators of the F-16B model to inspect their jets for cracks. Airman 1st Class Daniel Phelps / US Air Force

    Pentagon tells international partners to inspect F-16B fleet for cracks

    As the Pentagon works to analyze and repair widespread cracks in its F-16D fleet, it is recommending that partner nations closely inspect their F-16B and D models.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  8. More than 5.7 million Americans served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. Courtesy of the Democrat and Chronicle

    Website seeks to connect Korea vets with original wartime photos

    More than 5.7 million Americans served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. The U.S.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  9. Brennan Ching and mother, Sue Vicary, pose for a photo during his visit home to see his family in March 2013. Courtesy photo / The Coloradoan

    Fort Collins Marine dies en route to surprise little brother

    A Fort Collins Marine who died in a car crash in Utah on Friday was traveling home to surprise his little brother on the first day of school.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  10. An F/A-18C Hornet takes off for Iraq from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush on Aug. 14 in the Persian Gulf. Islamic State militants have shot at some Navy aircraft with small arms, but to little effect. Mohammed al-Shaikh / Getty Images

    Navy planes take small-arms fire during Iraq airstrikes

    Aircraft from the carrier George H.W. Bush have struck about 30 targets in Iraq since the U.S. military began pounding the insurgents who are destabilizing Iraq, Navy officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  11. A loadmaster counts halal meals inside a C-130 Hercules on Aug. 13 prior to a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq at a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. / Air Force

    U.S. officials: Military mulling more troops to Iraq

    American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  12. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley (shown)  and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. Nicole Tung

    Beheading spurs new U.S. airstrikes on Islamic militants

    The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  13. President Obama makes a statement to the press on the death of American journalist James Foley at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on Wednesday. NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP/Getty Images

    Obama: 'We will be relentless' against terrorists who beheaded American

    President Obama gave no indication that the U.S. will relent in its air campaign against the Islamic State following the brutal murder of American reporter James Foley.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  14. Gen. Rudy Ortiz, the joint chiefs of staff, gives a press conference in Guatemala City, on April 3. Interior Secretary Maurio Lopez says Gen. Rudy Ortiz died Wednesday along with four other military officials after their helicopter fell in a mountainous area of the province of Huehuetenango, near the border with Mexico. Moises Castillo/The Associated Press

    Head of Guatemalan military dies in chopper crash

    The head of the Guatemalan military's joint chiefs of staff died in a helicopter crash Wednesday near the border with Mexico.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  15. Army doctor promotes use of tourniquets among domestic first responders

    An Army Reserve doctor and nationally recognized trauma surgeon is pressing for broader availability of tourniquets in the pockets of every U.S. first responder and staged alongside portable defibrillators in offices, shopping malls and elsewhere.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  16. This photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl this month preparing to be interviewed by Army investigators. Eugene R. Fidell/The Associated Press

    Lawyer: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl wants to attend college

    An Army sergeant held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years wants to attend college once the investigation into how he was captured by the Taliban is finished, his attorney said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  17. Holding Pattern: US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of US Northern Command, said it's 'virtually impossible' to make strategic decisions due to budget uncertainty. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    After months on back burner, sequester fears return

    For the past three years, US military officials have frequently voiced opposition to defense budget caps that went into effect in 2013.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  18. Wife in Air Force husband killing to stand trial

    A woman who police say killed her Air Force officer husband during an Albuquerque party will stand trial for second-degree murder and manslaughter, a state judge ruled Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  19. Robert Work, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense, greets service members on Aug. 20 after speaking at Naval Base Guam. Rick Cruz / Pacific Daily News

    Deputy SecDef highlights Guam in U.S. military buildup plan

    The Pentagon's second-highest-ranking civilian official yesterday said there's momentum to move forward with plans for the military buildup on Guam.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  20. New school year, new home: Military families look to adjust

    Linh Narum knows what it means to be a part of a military family. Her father served in the Air Force for 27 years and she and her husband, Air Force Col. Jerry Narum, a communications officer, have two sons of their own.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  21. Commentary: Tech, vocational schools serve vital need

    By early 2015, tens of thousands of troops will have returned stateside after more than a decade of military engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  22. President Obama makes a statement to the press on the death of American journalist James Foley at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on Wednesday. Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images

    Obama: 'The entire world is appalled' by beheading

    President Obama said he spoke to the parents of beheaded freelance journalist James Foley Wednesday, and promised that 'justice will be done' to the Islamic State militants who beheaded him.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  23. Tricare Help: The many shades of Tricare eligibility

    A. Assuming your daughter's military sponsor remains eligible for Tricare, and assuming she remains unmarried, then the answer is yes. As long as she remains a legal military dependent and single, she remains eligible for Tricare.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  24. Consumer Watch: For vets, it pays to shop around for life insurance

    A 75-year-old veteran wrote in to express frustration that rates for Veterans' Group Life Insurance increased in July for those 70 and older, noting that it's hard to find comparable private-sector coverage at that age.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  25. Kevlar for the Mind: Anxiety can have big impact on quality of life

    Anxiety is as much a part of the American culture as cable TV, fast food and overpriced sneakers. The military, as a microcosm of the larger society, is certainly not immune.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
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