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    Family, friends, fellow Marines, community members, and search-and-rescue personnel hold hands as a prayer is said during a vigil to remember Erin Corwin, which was held at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms, Calif., on Monday. Crystal Chatham/The Desert Sun

    Erin Corwin's Marine husband says he now has 'closure'

    As the search dragged on and on, Jonathan Corwin clung to a dark kind of hope.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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    Marine Gen. Joe Dunford is transitioning back to the states where he will soon take over as the next Marine Corps Commandant. Staff Sgt. Dustin Payne/Air Force

    Dunford hands off command in Afghanistan

    Gen. John Campbell assumed command of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in a Tuesday ceremony.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  1. This undated photo provided by the Wisconsin Historical Society shows First Lt. Alonzo Cushing. Wisconsin Historical Society / AP

    151 years after Gettysburg, a Medal of Honor recipient

    Of the 3,487 men and one woman who have received the Medal of Honor, 644 have been awarded the nation's highest military honor posthumously.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  2. American woman is being held hostage in Syria

    The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  3. A screenshot of Douglas McAuthure McCain's Facebook profile picture. via Facebook

    Reports: American dies fighting for Islamic State

    A 33-year-old San Diego man was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State, NBC News and CNN are reporting.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  4. U.S. giving extra $60M in military aid to Tunisia

    The U.S. has announced it will be giving Tunisia another $60 million in military aid next year.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  5. An Islamist fighter from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition flashes the V sign for victory on Aug. 24 at the entrance of Tripoli international airport. Mahmud Turkia / Getty Images

    Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with U.S.

    Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamic militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three years to stabilize Libya after dicta

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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    Brennan Ching and mother, Sue Vicary, pose for a photo during his visit home to see his family in March 2013. Courtesy photo via The Coloradoan

    Fort Collins remembers Marine who died on trip to surprise little brother

    Around 200 people gathered at Faith Evangelical Free Church Tuesday to remember a 'son, a brother, a warrior and a friend.'

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  6. President Obama speaks about veterans issues at the American Legion's 96th National Convention on Aug. 26 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Obama to announce VA initiatives today at American Legion convention

    The White House is unveiling a slate of executive actions Tuesday designed to ease troops' transition from military to civilian life and boost veterans medical-care options in the wake of scandals at the Veterans Affairs Department.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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    Air Force wife Adrianna Domingos-Lupher is being honored as a White House Champion of Change, but says she didn't become an entrepreneur for the recognition. Courtesy photo

    Spouse to receive White House entrepreneurship honor

    Air Force wife Adrianna Domingos-Lupher said she was 'floored' when she learned she is being honored as a White House Champion of Change, but she didn't become an entrepreneur for the recognition.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  7. The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Christian Petersen / Getty Images

    IG: Better training, new scheduling practices needed at Phoenix VA

    A scathing report looking into care delay problems at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health system recommends an overhaul in scheduling practices, better training and oversight for all employees, and possible firing of numerous system leaders as starting po

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  8. People walk past a homeless veteran in Hollywood, California, in 2012. Data from the Department Housing and Urban Development's annual point-in-time count of homeless Americans showed 8,000 fewer homeless vets since the 2013 count. Frederic J. Brown / AFP via Getty Images

    HUD: Number of homeless veterans continues to drop

    The number of homeless veterans dropped under 50,000 last year, the fourth consecutive year of decreases since White House officials refocused efforts on getting that population into stable housing.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  9. VA Secretary Bob McDonald visits the Phoenix VA Medical Center on Aug. 9. Department of Veterans Affairs

    No proof deaths caused by delay in VA care, IG says

    Veterans Affairs leaders say they're relieved that investigators have found no evidence of patient deaths connected to serious medical appointment delay problems at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, but said the months-long review still points to numerou

    • Aug. 25, 2014
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    Cpl. Mark Rood, a cyber network operator with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, maintains network connectivity during a mission in Afghanistan in June. Marine officials are elevating the profile of cyber specialists in tactical operations. Cpl. Joseph Scanlan/Marine Corps

    Cyber steps up its role on the battlefield

    A platoon of Marines are on a pre-dawn Osprey raid to snatch a high-value target. But, as the crew chief leans out of the side hatch, he sees blazing lights in the town ahead.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  10. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during an Aug. 25 press conference. AP

    Syrian official warns U.S.: No unilateral airstrikes

    Syria said Monday it was ready to help confront the rising threat from the Islamic State group, but warned the United States against carrying out airstrikes without Damascus' consent, saying any such attack would be considered an aggression.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  11. Christopher Brandon Lee AP

    Former Marine suspected in Erin Corwin murder returned to California

    Christopher Lee, who is the suspect in the death of Marine wife Erin Corwin, has returned to California and is scheduled to appear in San Bernardino County Superior Court Tuesday, jail records show.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
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    About 1,800 new laser dazzlers are expected to be fielded as the Marine Corps revises its array of non-lethal weapons. The new dazzler, called the Ocular Interruption System, will replace older versions like this one, shown attached to a machine gun. Wikimedia Commons

    Corps to field new lighter, smaller warning lasers

    The Marine Corps has awarded a multimillion dollar contract to two companies for the production of the latest addition to its suite of non-lethal weapons — laser dazzlers called the Ocular Interruption System.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  12. Iraqi premier-designate Haider al-Abadi speaks Aug. 25 at his first press conference since accepting the nomination to be Iraq's next prime minister in Baghdad, Iraq. Office of the Iraqi Prime Minister / AP

    Iraq premier-designate: Militias must follow state

    Iraq's prime minister-designate called Monday on the country's numerous Shiite militias and tribes to come under government control and stop acting independently, as violence killed at least 58 people in areas where the Muslim sect dominates.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  13. VA touts progress on suicides; data tell another story

    Seven years ago, the Veterans Affairs Department rejected allegations by media outlets and watchdog organizations that America faced a suicide epidemic among former military personnel.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  14. Iran TV shows off allegedly downed Israeli drone

    Iran's state TV on Monday broadcast footage purported to show an Israeli drone the country's Revolutionary Guard claimed to have shot down over the weekend near an Iranian nuclear site.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
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    Officials: White House reviewing equipment program

    The White House is conducting a review of programs that have equipped local police departments with military gear from the Pentagon, urged by President Obama's call for more separation between the nation's armed forces and civilian law enforcement.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
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    How to become a Marine hacker

    Times are tough for Marines vying for a career in uniform. Even strong performers in overpopulated specialties can face an untimely end to their service during the current manpower drawdown.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
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    A prototype helmet with jaw protection and visor is undergoing testing. David Kamm / Natick Soldier Research

    Research raises concerns for new helmet design

    Tests by Navy researchers on a new Army and Marine helmet design, complete with a visor and a jaw protector, showed blast waves could bounce off the added components and produce unexpected pressure, according to a recent research paper.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
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    Marines with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion were deployed to Afghanistan when they found out 1st Lt. Amanda Mathew would be taking over as their platoon commander. Mathew was the first female Marine to command a combat arms platoon while deployed, and she won over her Marines with good leadership and mentoring. Marine Corps

    How one female officer won over her skeptical combat-arms Marines

    Lance Cpl. Eamonn Garber wasn't sure things would work out, and that was bad mostly because his unit was at war.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  15. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks to reporters July 8 after a closed meeting on Iraq and Afghanistan on Capitol Hill. Jim Watson / Getty Images

    Sen. Graham hints at future strikes against Islamic State

    As the Obama administration weighs further action against the Islamic State, one of the top defense voices on the Hill is sending clear signals he expects action soon.

    • Aug. 24, 2014

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