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  1. 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
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    As tension with Russia flares, U.S. senators meet with Marines in Baltics

    United States Marines assigned to the Black Sea Rotational Force, based at Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in Romania, wrapped up a 10-day exercise called Summer Shield with Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian troops on April 17.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  2. Troops and and civilians enjoy American fast food at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center's food court in 2009. Army & Air Force Exchange Service PAO

    On-base fast food outlets get temporary reprieve from new wage rules

    The Labor Department has pulled back — at least temporarily — from new minimum wage rules that had led several fast-food restaurants to end their contracts on military installations and prompted others to possibly follow suit.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Marine to receive Navy Cross for heroism in Afghanistan

    Gunnery Sgt. Richard A. Jibson will receive the nation's second highest valor award on Tuesday at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., for bravery he exhibited during a five-hour firefight in Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  3. The Organizational Wear Guide app is designed as an alternative to the thick, 11-chapter handbook Marine Corps Uniform Regulations. Screen shot

    App allows you to check uniform regs on your smartphone

    Are my PT shorts too short? When can I wear my balaclava?

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    U.S. soldiers continue to work closely alongside partner nations in Europe and leaders say they are ready for 'any contingency.' Markus Rauchenberger/Army

    Army, National Guard ready to leverage, expand Eastern European alliances

    Pending any orders to ramp up its forces or engagements, U.S. Army Europe and the National Guard are focused on reassuring their allies and partners.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Court reinstates lawsuit over Marine's suicide

    The family of a Marine who killed himself after a tour of duty in Iraq has won a bid to reinstate a lawsuit against the federal government over his treatment by two Veterans Affairs facilities in Kentucky.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Marine vet not caught in Everest avalanche

    A Boise resident climbing Mount Everest with a film crew as part of a motivational project for injured veterans didn't get caught in an avalanche Friday that killed at least 12 Napalese guides.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  4. Maulana Abdul Aziz, left, head cleric of a Pakistani seminary, talks to visitors in a library named after slain al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on Friday. B.K. Bangash / AP

    Pakistani girl's seminary names library after OBL

    Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: 'Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr.'

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  5. N.C. community college rate break for vets proposed

    Gov. Pat McCrory says he wants to make it easier for new veterans to attend any of North Carolina's community colleges.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  6. U.S.: Forfeiture deal over Iran assets sets record

    A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever, a prosecutor said Thursday.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  7. Anger and dismay at stalled Guantanamo 9/11 trial

    Don Arias stormed out of the meeting with the defense lawyers at this U.S. Navy base after less than 15 minutes. He was soon followed by three others who also lost family members in the 9/11 terror attack.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Pro-Russia activists guard a barricade April 17 outside the police regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and four-star chief of U.S. European Command, said he rejects the Russians' claim that their military is not conducting operations in the towns of eastern Ukraine. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    4-star: Armed attackers in Ukraine are Russian troops in disguise

    The Russians aren't fooling anyone.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Military Religious Freedom Foundation Mikey Weinstein said senior Pentagon civilians and officers have complained to his group about military participation in a National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill. Courtesy of Mikey Weinstein

    Group calls for DoD to withdraw from Prayer Day event

    Longtime critics of Christian conservatives' influence in military culture are demanding the Pentagon back away from involvement in a National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill next month, saying it's a thinly veiled rally for far-right fundamentalists.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 7 listen to a convoy brief at Forward Operating Base Delaram II in Nimroz province, Afghanistan, on April 8 before heading to Camp Leatherneck with the last supplies, equipment and team members of Security Force Assistance Advisor Team 4-215. Sgt. Frances Johnson/Marine Corps

    Marines pull out of Afghanistan's Nimroz province

    Earlier this month, the Marine Corps quietly took leave of Nimroz province, consolidating its operations in Afghanistan to a single province and completing another chapter in its drawdown efforts.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft stand ready on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard on April 16 to aide in the rescue efforts for the Korean passenger ship Sewol. MC2 Adam D. Wainwright/Navy

    Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU search for missing ferry passengers

    The amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard is helping search for hundreds of passengers missing from the Sewol, a South Korean ferry that capsized and sank Wednesday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  8. President Obama gestures April 17 as he speaks in the White House briefing room in Washington. The president spoke about the health care overhaul, the situation in Ukraine and other topics. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions — for now

    In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  9. The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's 'dangerously irresponsible' efforts to destabilize the country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Susan Walsh / AP

    U.S. sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military

    The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's 'dangerously irresponsible' efforts to destabilize the country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  10. A pro-Russia activist guards a barricade April 17 outside the police regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    First deaths in Ukraine; Putin admits Crimea invaded

    A clash outside a military base ended with the first deaths so far in a Ukraine anti-militant operation as Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Thursday in a radio interview that Russian soldiers did secretly invade Crimea to help pro-Russian Ukrainians take over the province by force.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Vets group seeks Medal of Honor for Civil War Col. Robert Gould Shaw

    A veterans group will present a petition next week to the New York delegation of Congress asking that the Medal of Honor be awarded to Civil War Col. Robert Gould Shaw, who commanded the first unit of free African Americans recruited into the Union army.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    New company to handle shipping private vehicles

    Some troops will have to drive farther to drop off and pick up their vehicles under the Defense Department's privately owned vehicle shipping program, with the closure of seven vehicle processing centers May 1.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  11. U.S. troops in Afghanistan hosting 'shadow' marathon

    The Fort Drum-based 10th Mountain Division will host what will be the last Boston Marathon 'shadow run' to be held at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    4th Md. prison training veteran service dogs

    The medium-security Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown is becoming the fourth state prison where inmates who served in the military help train service dogs for disabled veterans.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  12. Army couple in documentary told from caregiver's point of view

    The timing couldn't be better: In a month dedicated to military and veteran caregivers, a documentary about an Army couple's struggles after devastating combat injuries will premier at one of the world's top film festivals.

    • Apr. 17, 2014

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