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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
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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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    The Corps' top enlisted Marine disagrees with the idea that tobacco products should be banned from base stores. Marti Gatlin / Marine Corps

    SMMC says tobacco ban is a 'shameful idea'

    The sergeant major of the Marine Corps will fight for Marines' right to buy and use tobacco products on base, despite Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's full support of a review of the product's use and sales aboard military installations.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  5. Official: U.S. looking into Syria toxic gas reports

    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus were so far '

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  6. Window opens on secret camp within Guantanamo

    Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise the route on the scrub brush-and-cactus covered military base.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    Underwater combat school in Keys marks 50 years

    An underwater combat training school in Key West is marking its 50th anniversary.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  7. Iran calls off plan to send warships to Atlantic

    Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that the country has temporarily called off a plan to dispatch warships to the Atlantic Ocean.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  8. Iraq: Bombings kill at least 16 people in north

    A car bomb went off in a commercial area of a restive northern Iraqi city on Sunday, killing at least 10 people, while a separate bombing killed 6 people, officials said.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  9. Senegalese marine commandos and U.S. Marines conduct training in September. Many African nations are open to a greater U.S. presence in their countries. Sgt. Marco Mancha/Marine Corps

    Corps wants crisis response unit in western Africa

    A move to relocate the Marine Corps' crisis response unit from Europe to a nation in western Africa may be completed within the next two years, Marine Corps brass said last week.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  10. Steven Henry crosses the finish line of the Marine Corps 17.75K. Marine Corps Marathon

    Former Army runner wins Marine Corps 17.75K

    It was a stimulating run through the twists and turns of Prince William Forest Park on Saturday for the 1,749 finishers in the Marine Corps 17.75K held in Prince William County, Va. Former Army runner Steven Henry of Odenton, Md., met the challenge while winning the Marine Corps-themed, 11.03-mile event in 1:04:25.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  11. Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett testifies April 9 on Capitol Hill. Listening to his right are Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael D. Stevens and Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler. Sgt. Marionne T. Mangrum/Marine Corps

    Barrett: Fiscal discipline good for both Corps and Marines

    Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett faced backlash for a comment he made at a Senate Armed Services subcommittee that appeared to imply that the reduced pay raise and possible cuts to Marines' benefits would serve to promote better discipline in the ranks.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett signs an open letter to Marines April 11. Hope Hodge Seck/Staff

    Sgt. Maj. Barrett writes open letter to Marines following backlash

    Following backlash from his statements in front of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on personnel April 9, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett is working to clarify his position in a written letter to Marines.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Marines and sailors go ashore in Florida during the 2012 Partnership of the Americas exercise. Marines embarked with the amphibious assault ship America will participate in this year's version of the multinational exercise in Chile. Cpl. Tyler Thornhill/Marine Corps

    Marines to set sail around South America

    Marines will help test a new Navy amphibious assault ship's capabilities on its maiden transit from the ship yard in Mississippi all the way around South America to its new home in the Pacific — and they'll make several stops to engage with military partn

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and Bret Michaels sing onstage during the Operation Homefront 6th Annual Military Child of the Year Awards Dinner Thursday at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. MC1 Daniel Hinton / DoD

    Video: Joint Chiefs chair sings with Poison frontman

    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff gave Poison lead singer Bret Michaels something to believe in when they sang a duet together on Thursday.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    White House unveils expanded support for military, vets' caregivers

    The White House continued its focus on veterans and military families by announcing new programs Friday to expand support and services available to those who care for injured or ill troops.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and singer-songwriter Bret Michaels spoke at the 2014 Military Child of the Year Awards in Arlington, Va., on Thursday. Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Army

    Rock star, top defense officials reward Military Children of the Year

    After Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey donned a bandana to sing Lee Greenwood's '

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  12. Homeless vets in rural areas lack options, advocates say

    Housing advocates worry that veterans in rural America may be getting left behind in the national push to end homelessness.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  13. An Iraqi lawmaker says the country's Deputy Prime Minister, Saleh al-Mutlaq, escaped an assassination attempt in which militants dressed as soldiers opened fire at his convoy west of Baghdad. Hadi Mizban / AP

    Iraq's deputy PM escapes assassination attempt

    Iraq's deputy prime minister escaped an assassination attempt in which militants dressed as soldiers opened fire on his convoy west of Baghdad on Friday, according to an Iraqi lawmaker and a statement from the deputy premier's office.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  14. Pro-Russian protesters reinforce their barricade Thursday outside the regional state administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Anatoliy Stepanov / AFP via Getty Images

    NATO's chief: Russia's actions are illegitimate

    NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has urged Russia to pull back its troops from Ukraine's borders and enter a dialogue respecting Ukraine's sovereignty.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    A Cherry Point Marine displays bedbug bites on his hand. Courtesy of a Cherry Point Marine sergeant

    Bedbug infestation confirmed at Cherry Point barracks

    Despite quiet attempts to eradicate the problem, a bed bugs infestation appears to be spreading at a North Carolina Marine Corps base.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit board an MV-22B Osprey during an exercise at King Faisal Air Base in Jordan in June. The Marine Corps plans to stand up a crisis reponse force in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in fiscal year 2015. Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone/Marine Corps

    Marine Corps to stand up crisis response unit in CENTCOM in 2015

    The Marine Corps will form a new land-based unit in the Middle East during fiscal year 2015 that is designed to respond to crises in the region, including emergencies at embassies, sources have told Marine Corps Times.

    • Apr. 10, 2014

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