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  1. The family of Master at Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo will receive one of the Navy's highest distinctions on Friday for Mayo's heroism in for protecting his shipmates during the March 24 shooting at Naval Station Norfolk. Navy / AP

    Fallen sentry to receive rare heroism medal

    A sailor credited with saving the lives of watchstanders on board the destroyer Mahan in March will be posthumously awarded one of the Navy's highest honors.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  2. A sign cautions visitors outside a 'pump and treat' facility on the Marine base at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Allen Breed / AP

    Victims of Lejeune toxic water meet skepticism at Supreme Court

    A divided Supreme Court seemed mostly dubious Wednesday that federal claims for environmental damages can be brought after state deadlines have passed, signaling a potential setback for thousands of former Marines and their families exposed decades ago to

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  3. Airmen return from deploymenton July 28. The Air Force announced Wednesday it has approved early retirement for more than 2,100 enlisted members and more than 350 officers. Airman 1st Class Anthony Sanchelli/Air Force

    Final count: More than 2,100 enlisted members granted early retirement

    The Air Force has finished processing and approving enlisted airmen's early retirement applications and is nearly finished officers' applications.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  4. First soldiers from the 173rd arrive in Poland

    The first soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team have arrived in Poland as part of military exercises that are meant to reassure NATO members that border Russia of the alliance's commitment to defend them.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  5. Jasmine Jacobs, who started the White House petition to seek reconsideration of the Army's hairstyle rules, is not disappointed it didn't hit 100,000 signatures. The petition succeeded in generating debate. Courtesy

    Hair reg petition fails to force White House response

    A White House petition calling for the president to order the Army to reconsider its new grooming regulation fell short of its goal, but the female sergeant who started the petition still considers her effort a win.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  6. A promotional poster announces the MARSOC Strength Challenge at the command's headquarters at Stone Bay, part of Camp Lejeune, N.C., on April 26. Courtesy of MARSOC

    MARSOC debuts 'strength challenge' recruiting event

    Are you tough enough for MARSOC?

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  7. Pilots of a U.S.-contracted de Havilland DHC-8-202 'Prospector' are faulted in an Oct. 5 crash over Panama that killed an Air National Guardsman and three others. Air Force

    Pilots blamed in October crash that killed Guardsman

    The failure of contracted pilots to keep their aircraft over water during an Oct.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  8. An artist's rendering of a KC-46A refueling F-16 Fighting Falcons. Courtesy of Boeing Co.

    Altus selected for KC-46A training

    KC-46A Pegasus crews will train at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., when the tanker begins to enter the fleet in fiscal 2016, the Air Force announced Wednesday.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    Discharged Marine regrets crucifying himself in public

    Joshua Klohr felt that no one was paying attention to his claims of injustice.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  10. The Navy is working on updates to make mid-height black boots, known as boondockers, lighter and more comfortable. What other changes would you like to see to your footwear? Jennifer Milbrett/Staff

    Tell us: How would you improve your boots?

    Modifications to steel-toe boots are in the works, but are those changes enough?

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  11. In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Bradley Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. A northeast Kansas judge will make a final determination Wednesday on Manning's request to change her name from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. AP

    Judge grants Manning's name change request

    A Kansas judge has granted a request to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  12. Basic trainees are watched by a military training instructor as they pass over an algae-filled water obstacle on a cable and rope bridge. 'We can't lose sight of the fact that the overwhelming majority of our MTI corps ... give fully of themselves, their families sacrifice, and they train our newest airmen hard,' writes Chief Master Sgt. Gerardo Tapia. Michael Tolzmann/Air Force

    Today's MTIs, through the eyes of an old airman

    I normally don't jump into the fray of Internet social commentary, but as Air Education and Training Command's senior enlisted airman, I felt compelled after seeing many readers' comments stemming from a March 31 news article on the court-martial of a for

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  13. US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh says a continued US presence could help Afghanistan establish a self-sustaining aeronautical industry. Scott M. Ash / US Air Force

    Welsh: Afghanistan could create 'meaningful' aerospace industry

    Afghanistan is not a country known for its aeronautical industry, but at least one top-ranking U.S. official believes that could change.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  14. Sean Terry and wife Robyn 9NEWS

    Marine's family blames esophageal cancer on burn pits

    Sean Terry's family believes what Iraqi insurgents weren't able to accomplish near Fallujah in 2005, cancer was able to take care of in 2014.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  15. President Barack Obama steps from Air Force One Wednesday as he arrives at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    Obama: U.S.-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands

    President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  16. Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov was declared dead Dec. 14 after being found unresponsive in a vehicle. Screenshot

    Army specialist charged in strangling death of sailor

    A second service member has been charged in the death of a sailor in Germany, Stars and Stripes has reported.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  17. Soldier accused of killing teens in Iraq

    The two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago. But then-Staff Sgt.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  18. Making E-8 gets slightly tougher

    The latest E-8 selection board convened Monday with a mandate to select 1,445 of 12,010 eligible chief petty officers to pin a senior chief's star over their anchors.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  19. Soldier dies during exercise in Guatemala

    A soldier from the 56th Signal Battalion died Tuesday in Guatemala while participating in an exercise called Beyond the Horizon.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  20. A QF-4 Drone in flight as it is tracked by a missile at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The drones are used as moving targets to test weapons. (Courtesy photo) Courtesy photo

    Training aircraft overruns runway at Tyndall

    A QF-4 targeting aircraft overran a runway Tuesday at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., causing damage to the aircraft. Investigators say there was no danger to the public or a nearby highway.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  21. Soldiers with the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) stand in formation during a ceremony commemorating new exercises at Widwin Air Base, Poland, on April 23. Army

    Poland: Swidwin Air Base

    Location: Swidwin, in northwest Poland near the German border and the Baltic coast, was recently tapped to host a company of U.S. Army soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team out of Vicenza, Italy.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  22. Report: Seat-belt stop nabs private who went AWOL in 2008

    If you're thinking about deserting, remember: Safety first.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  23. The pre-workout supplement Craze, made by Driven Sports, was named 2012 New Supplement of the Year by bodybuilding.com. Driven Sports has posted statements on its website saying that Craze does not contain amphetamines. Alison Young/USA Today

    FDA warns maker of controversial workout supplement Craze

    Federal regulators have warned the maker of the once-popular sports supplement Craze about its proprietary blend of ingredients and tests showing an undisclosed methamphetamine-like compound in the product, records now made public show.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  24. This Oct. 12, 2008, file photo shows a U.S. U2 reconnaissance plane taking off at the U.S. airbase in Osan, south of Seoul, South Korea. The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and helped avert the world's nuclear annihilation a half century ago. Defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky. Lee Jin-man / AP

    Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

    The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  25. First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, April 11, during an event for caregivers of veterans. The first lady announced Wednesday the launch of a new website for veterans to help them connect with potential employers. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets

    Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for co

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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