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  1. The Marine Corps is in the process of transitioning several aviation squadrons to new aircraft. Pilots with CH-46E Sea Knight squadrons are learning to fly the Osprey, the Corps is standing up new F-35B squadrons and upgrades are being planned for several kinds of helicopters. Lance Cpl. Laura Raga/Marine Corps

    'Complete transformation' awaits Marine aviation in 2015

    ABOARD THE AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP AMERICA, South Pacific — Several generations of Marine aviation idled just yards apart aboard the Navy's newest warship during its recent cruise around South America toward its home port in California.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  2. The challenges facing Gen. Joe Dunford as commandant of the Marine Corps include an increasing array of missions and responsibilities amid budget pressures. Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press

    Dunford's battles: New missions, budget cuts, and a tough decision in 2015

    When Gen. Joe Dunford becomes commandant of the Marine Corps Oct.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  3. Sailors conduct flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf. They will qualify for Hardship Duty Pay–Tempo starting Sept. 24. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Cruise pay approved

    Over the past half-dozen years, sailors and Marines have borne the brunt of longer and longer deployments. Now, for the first time, they'll start getting paid for it after 220 deployed days.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  4. Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh says improving training and readiness will require 'consistent, persistent investment over time.' Mike Morones/Staff

    Interview: Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff

    The US Air Force represents the largest source of air power in the world, but finds itself at an inflection point in its history, facing dramatic choices in technology, manpower and mission areas. Gen. Mark Welsh took over as chief of staff two years ago.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  5. Gen. Daniel Allyn, the Army's new vice chief, is warning soldiers that sequestration seems likely to return. Dave Chace / Army

    New Army vice chief expects worse manpower conditions

    The Army's new vice chief expects in 2016 that sequestration will once again rear its ugly head, and that means thousands more force-cuts in the service.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  6. Adm. Harry Harris, the head of the Pacific Fleet, has been tapped to take charge of U.S. Pacific Command from Adm. Samuel Locklear, who has led PACOM since 2012. Here, Harris speaks at the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Veteran's Day in 2013. MC3 Diana Quinlan / U.S. Navy

    Harris tapped to lead PACOM

    Adm. Harry Harris is the president's pick for the next head of U.S. Pacific Command, according to a Monday release from the Defense Department.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  7. This Sept. 21, 2009, photo provided by Jerry Murphy shows Omar Gonzalez, who was married to Murphy's mother, Samantha, until they divorced in 2012. Authorities have identified Gonzalez as the man who got into the White House after scaling a fence on Sept. 19. AP

    Prosecutor: White House fence jumper had 800 rounds in car

    A Texas man accused of scaling a security fence and getting into the White House with a knife had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car, according to a prosecutor.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  8. The destroyer Mitscher departs Naval Station Norfolk on Monday for deployment to the 5th Fleet. Ensign Jessica Kellogg/Navy

    Mitscher deploys for 5th Fleet

    The destroyer Mitscher departed Monday morning on what's slated to be an eight-month deployment to 5th Fleet. There, the crew will provide security operations and ballistic missile defense along with the Carl Vinson carrier strike group.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  9. Marines stand in formation during a transfer of authority ceremony on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. Manpower officials continue to deal with budgetary uncertainty as tens of thousands of Marines are shed from the ranks. Master Sgt. Brian Jones / Marine Corps

    Future in doubt: Uncertainty and smaller budgets plague the Corps

    The next few years will be rife with uncertainty for manpower planners and Marines in uniform. Current drawdown plans, which take across-the-board budget cuts into account, call for the service to shrink to 174,000 by the end of 2017.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  10. The cruiser Vella Gulf returned to Norfolk Saturday after an eventful six-month cruise. Here, the Vella Gulf passed under the Bosphorus Bridge June 12 as it transited the Bosphorus Strait that leads to the Black Sea. MCSN Edward Guttierrez III / Navy

    Cruiser Vella Gulf returns from action-packed cruise

    The cruiser Vella Gulf returned to Norfolk, Va. Saturday with plenty of sea stories to share from their six-month deployment.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  11. Vehicles are stopped by security personal on Sept. 22 as they enter a gate Camp Edwards, Mass., on Cape Cod. Police and military officials were searching for three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who went missing Saturday during a training exercise at the base. The Afghan soldiers were participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, at Camp Edwards, U.S. military officials said. Steven Senne / AP

    Reports: 3 missing Afghan soldiers detained at Canadian border

    Three senior Afghan military officers who failed to return to a U.S. training base in Cape Cod have been taken into custody while trying to cross into Canada, according to news reports.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  12. Verdicts in August courts-martial

    The Navy has published the results of special and general courts-martial tried in August — 23 verdicts in all. The cases, by the region in which they were tried:

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  13. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, left, D-N.J., talks with ranking member Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on July 29 on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Menendez and Corker say they'll draft a bill in the lame-duck session repealing what they call outdated authorizations for the use of force and replace them with a new one. Susan Walsh / AP

    Syria vote isn't last word from Congress on war

    President Barack Obama's Mideast war strategy isn't in the clear yet as far as Congress is concerned.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  14.  Getty Images/Fuse

    Tuition discount offered to lure adults back to college

    When you're 30, the first day of school can feel a lot like every other day.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  15. A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House on Sept. 22. Carolyn Kaster / AP

    White House security changes weighed

    President Obama is 'obviously concerned' about a weekend White House breach by an ex-soldier with a small knife who scaled a fence, sprinted across the lawn and entered the mansion before being arrested, a spokesman says.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  16. The guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57). MC2 Jacob Sippel / Navy

    USS Mitscher to deploy to Middle East

    The USS Mitscher is preparing to leave Virginia on a deployment to the Middle East.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  17. Two police officers from Afghanistan allegedly left their group to find a better life in the U.S. were found in the Buffalo area. DEA

    2 missing Afghan police officers found in Buffalo-area

    Two Afghan police officers who skipped out of a training mission in the Washington, D.C., area were caught by federal agents right here in the Buffalo area.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  18. Fighters from the Islamic State group march in Raqqa, Syria, in this undated photo. AP

    Islamic State appears to release chilling threat

    A spokesman for the Islamic State militant group has apparently released a new, chilling message threatening the U.S. and its allies.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  19. Wilbur 'Plum' Plumlee, left, and Jerry 'Bell' Bellamy reminisce about their days in the service during a brief reunion on Aug. 31 in Marion., Ill. The two met in 1951 in boot camp and served together for four years in the U.S. Navy. Mary Thomas Layton / AP

    Veteran buddies reunite after 40 years

    Forty years is probably too long to wait for the next reunion.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  20. ACT estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 students will take the computerized version of the test next spring. Photo illustration by David Scrivner/Iowa City (Io

    ACT experiments with electronic exams

    Nearly 4,000 students took the ACT test on a computer this past spring, marking the first time that a national college entrance exam was administered without a pencil and paper.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  21. The Mobile Landing Platform USNS Montford Point is moored pier side in San Diego during the ship's christening ceremony. Monford Point is the first ship of its a class that could serve to keep Marine amphibious hopes afloat. MC2 Dominique Pineiro / Navy

    Marine general: Two keys ships may keep Marines' amphibious hopes above water

    The top general in charge of Marine Corps Combat Development Command sees uncertainty in the road ahead.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  22. Kerry: U.S. looking for help from Turkey against IS

    The United States expects Turkey to step up in the fight against the Islamic State group now that Turkey has secured the release of 49 hostages held by the militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  23. The Defense Department plans to stand up 133 operational cyberwarfare teams, an initiative that is fueling a tug-of-war between the active and reserve components that both want significant roles in that mission. Staff Sgt. Tracy J. Smith / Army

    Active, reserve components spar over 'sexy' cyber mission

    After months of bureaucratic battles, the Pentagon is finalizing a plan to give reservists a limited role in the evolving cyber force.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  24. Police: Bliss solider beat 2-year-old daughter to death

    El Paso police have charged a Fort Bliss soldier with capital murder after they say he beat his 2-year-old daughter to death because she soiled her diaper.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  25. Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot

    Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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