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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. The Army Service Uniform. Army

    Good news for 5,900 staff sergeants moving up

    Nearly 5,900 staff sergeants have been recommended for promotion by the 2014 Regular Army and Active Guard and Reserve (Army Reserve) sergeant first class boards that met in February and March.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  2. Insurgents famously learned how to wire cell phone triggers to IEDs, which led coalition forces to use electronic jamming. Asymetrical warfare tactics have consistently been a game of cat and mouse. Defense Department

    To counter IEDs, EOD techs teach enemy mindset

    Red wire? Blue wire?

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  3. Retired Maj. Mick O'Donnell and his wife, Karin, seated, created Retirees on Call at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., after a conversation with base chaplain Lt. Col. Dwayne Keener, standing right. Other retirees quickly joined the effort, including retired Master Sgt. Larry Hoch and his wife, Thetis. Ross Tweten / Air Force

    Retirees create network to help active-duty families

    One airman couldn't fit an oil change into his busy schedule.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  4. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Navy Times, find out about the CNO's plan to reward sailors on long deployments — and the average sailor could see an additional $500 to $1,000 in his pocket for each overseas cruise.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  5. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Air Force Times, find out how tensions with Russia will drive missions in Europe — and what it can mean for your career.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  6. On newsstands this week

    This week's issue of Army Times has the details of the plan to shed even more soldiers, and staff sergeants are targeted.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  7. On newsstands this week

    It's hard to believe: Men who risked their lives to save Marines in Afghanistan have been all but ignored by the U.S. government, left to hide from death squads.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  8. Pat Tillman's widow, Marie, visits Pat Tillman Stadium at Leland High School in San Jose, Calif. The two met at Leland and were high-school sweethearts. Daniel Canepa / KXTV-TV, Sacramento

    10 years on, Pat Tillman's widow at peace with past

    Marie Tillman is sitting at her parents' dining-room table, waiting for a morning-coffee boost to kick in. She's surprised her baby is still asleep.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  9. Camp Lejeune Marines are searched for contraband during a March 4 health-and-comfort inspection at the 8th ESB barracks. Lance Cpl. Jackeline M. Perez Rivera / Marine Corp

    II MEF's no holds barred war on drugs

    Leaders at II Marine Expeditionary Force are ramping up counter-drug efforts after 450 Marines popped positive for drugs — including marijuana, spice, cocaine and ecstasy — during a seven month period in 2013.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  10. Soldiers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the U.K. and the U.S. conduct a convoy June 10 into the field-training portion of Exercise Saber Strike in Latvia. The U.S. is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. U.S. Army

    U.S. weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

    The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  11. Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results

    Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead slightly increased in partial results for Afghanistan's presidential election released Sunday, but he and rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai still seem to be heading for a runoff next month.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  12. Miss. Guard unit could be stripped of Apaches

    The Army wants to move all AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the National Guard to active units. Mississippi's 14 Apaches are based at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Tupelo.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  13. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Scranton returns to Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Scientists at the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory in Groton, Conn., concluded submarine sailors, who traditionally begin a new workday every 18 hours, show less fatigue on a 24-hour schedule. Shannon D. Barnwell / AP

    Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules

    With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the Navy for decades has staggered sailors' working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean's surface.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  14. Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial manager Ralph Nesenson looks over one the park's recently vandalized memorials. The 'Wall of Tears' monument was vandalized to the point where it will no longer weep, said Nesenson. Tony Giberson / Pensacola News Journal

    Fla. vets say vandalism of military memorials should stir revulsion

    The vandalizing of military veterans' memorials in Milton and Pensacola during the past year or so is prompting the stewards of those monuments to plan security measures, but they're saddened at the need to do so.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  15. An honor guard salutes Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Travis Obendorf from the deck of the Waesche during a Jan. 30 memorial ceremony in Alameda, Calif. Coast Guard

    Equipment changes coming after fatal mishap

    Dangerous conditions and complacency led to the death of a Coast Guardsman following a rescue mission north of Alaska last year, according to a recently released Coast Guard investigation.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  16. Royal Air Force pilots and squadron leaders Andy Bull, right, and Mark Faulds work the cockpit controls of a Navy P-8 during the Fleet Challenge competition. The British pilots serve as instructors in the U.S.; the U.K. doesn't fly maritime patrol aircraft. Mark D. Faram/Staff

    Crews hunt 'enemy' subs in latest patrol airplane

    Flying at less than 500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, the Navy P-8A Poseidon took a hard 180-degree turn to starboard, nearly standing the aircraft on it's wing as it doubled back along the search track.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  17. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer writes: 'I expect every airman to be committed to a culture of dignity and respect.' Thomas Brown

    Commentary: Every airman has role in preventing sex assaults

    Every April the Air Force recognizes Sexual Assault Prevention and Response month, using it as an opportunity to renew our commitment to treating each other with dignity and respect.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  18. The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine West Virginia. It is unclear whether female enlisted sailors might serve on ballistic-missile subs as well as attack boats. MC2 Ashley Hedrick/Navy

    Navy surveys female sailors for sub duty

    A survey meant to gauge interest among enlisted women for submarine service is going out to the fleet.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  19. Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 use a heavy roller to finish the ground work in March at Deveselu Air Base, Romania, home of the first of two European Aegis Ashore locations. Navy

    Navy's European missile sites move forward

    The military could speed up deployment of a land-based missile defense shield in Europe to hem in a resurgent Russia, the Navy 3-star in charge of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said in early April.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  20. A Marine moves a pallet of textbooks at a warehouse at the Washington Navy Yard in D.C. Many military occupational specialties, including warehouse clerk, are overloaded with staff sergeants. Cpl. Jacob H. Harrer/Marine Corps

    Staff sergeant rank due to get culled

    Marine Corps Times has obtained details of the upcoming Staff Sergeant Retention Board, which will be held for the first time this summer to cull hundreds of staff sergeants who were passed over twice for promotion and have served between 15 and 18 years.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  21. Cindy Graver from Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the Air Force's 2013 Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.

    Civilian named Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

    When Cindy Graver first went to work as the sexual assault response coordinator at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., in 2005, she was half of a two-member team in a job new to the military.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  22. The Corps' new R2C, based on an old Army robot, offers a suite of upgrades, including tracked flippers for better mobility, improved comm equipment and an upgraded, stronger arm. Lance Cpl. Joey Mendez/Marine Corps

    Marines happily recycle Army bots

    The Marine Corps is now fielding its next-generation counter-IED robot for route clearance.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  23. New Challenges: A US soldier participates in the Shared Accord military exercise with South African troops. US Army Africa

    In shift to Africa, U.S. troops find complicated relationships

    Lt. Col. Lee Magee had been on the ground in Africa for less than four days when the call came in to gather his troops and get on a plane to South Sudan.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  24. CG tuition assistance cap boosted to $4,500

    Coast Guardsmen pursuing degrees can take advantage of up to $4,500 in tuition assistance for the rest of this year, nearly doubling the previous $2,500 cap.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  25. Naval Academy breaks ground on new clinic

    The U.S. Naval Academy has broken ground on a new $41 million health clinic.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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