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  1. 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
  2. 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
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    Aspiring pilot, recruited to be Navajo Code Talker, dies

    A Navajo man who aspired to be a pilot but was recruited to become a Code Talker during World War II has died.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  7. Cason Bryant Park, 25, of Gordo, Ala., was traveling west on U.S. 82 in Oktibbeha County early Sunday morning around 4 a.m. near the Center Grove Community when his car broke down. He was struck from behind by a vehicle about a quarter of a mile from where his car broke down. The vehicle fled the scene. Facebook

    Driver sought in crash that killed Marine

    The Mississippi Highway Patrol is looking for a vehicle that struck and killed a Marine from Alabama on Sunday morning.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Capt. Christopher Ashinhurst, center, commander of Delta Company, 1st Tanks, receives a Bronze Star with 'V' device from Maj. Gen. Larry Nicholson, commanding general of 1st Marine Division, in January. Cpl. D. J. Wu/Marine Corps

    Tank officer who led Marines in 5-day battle to receive Leftwich Trophy

    A tank officer who led his company to victory in a five-day battle against insurgents in Afghanistan last year will be honored with the prestigious Leftwich Trophy later this year.

    • 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
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    Marine officials are investigating a night landing that went awry involving an EA-6B Prowler stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., that resulted in at least $1 million in damage, according to a report from the Naval Safety Center. Airforce via Wikipedia

    Prowler aircraft damaged after leaving runway during landing at Cherry Point

    Marine officials are investigating a mishap involving an electronic warfare aircraft stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., that has resulted in at least $1 million in damage according to a report from the Naval Safety Center.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  8. 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
  9. FBI leak probe shuts down 9/11 case at Guantanamo

    A judge agreed Tuesday to look into how FBI questioning of a defense team member will affect the trial of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners in the Sept. 11 attack.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Your medical files may be at risk

    After veteran Aaron Alexis shot and killed a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard last September, the Air Force noted a spike in the number of personnel dipping into his electronic medical file.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    DoD told to quantify cost to victims of '09 Fort Hood shooting

    Congress wants to put a dollar figure on what victims of the first Fort Hood, Texas, shooting have lost because the tragedy was classified as workplace violence.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  11. This Monday July 22, 2013 photo provided by the Afghan Public Works Ministry, shows Deputy Minister of Public Works Ahmad Shah Wahid speaking during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen abducted Wahid in Kabul on Tuesday. Kidnappings for ransom by criminal gangs and abductions by Taliban insurgents are relatively common in Afghanistan, but Wahid is the highest-ranking government official abducted in years. AP

    Gunmen abduct Afghan deputy minister in Kabul

    Gunmen abducted the Afghan deputy public works minister in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, a grim reminder of the insecurity plaguing Afghanistan as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of the year.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Iran arrested Amir Hekmati, now 31, in August 2011 while he was on a trip to visit his grandmothers in Tehran. Marine Corps

    Family of former Marine in Iran sees hope of freedom

    The family of a former U.S.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  12. USAA veteran employees, from left, Charles A. Lane, Richard F. Katona, Jacqueline Vilches, Mary Theresa Perez and John DuQue IV. Courtesy of USAA

    Best for Vets: Employers 2014

    Troops transitioning out of the military often worry that the jobs they did in uniform will be irrelevant to the jobs they want out of uniform.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  13. The destroyer USS Donald Cook is seen April 14 at the Constanta shipyard in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta. A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S. Navy destroyer while it was steaming in the Black Sea. Petrut Calinescu / Getty Images

    Pentagon condemns 'provocative' Russian military action against U.S. Navy ship

    A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  14. For the first time in 10 years, Russia last year spent a bigger share of its overall economy on arms investments than the U.S. as it seeks to bolster its military capability, a Swedish arms watchdog said Monday. Alexei Nikolsky / AFP via Getty Images

    Russia boosts military spending

    For the first time in 10 years, Russia last year spent a bigger share of its overall economy on arms investments than the U.S. as it seeks to bolster its military capability, a Swedish arms watchdog said Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    New expectations, new training: EF-21 requires complete overhaul

    As the Corps rolls out its latest concept of operations — Expeditionary Force 21 — the service must overhaul predeployment training to prepare Marines for future challenges of unpredictable missions in parts unknown.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  15. Meeting with Legislative Affairs for Senator Crapo on Wed (1) Courtesy Kristine Schellhaas Courtesy photo

    Spouse calls out Barrett on Hill testimony

    Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett made it clear that he believed a Military Times report took out of context controversial remarks he made to a Senate Armed Services Committee panel, particularly his statement that budget tightening on pay a

    • Apr. 13, 2014

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