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  1. Iraqi soldiers brandish their weapons during a military training exercise Sunday in the mainly Shiite southern city of Basra. About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday. Haidar Mohammed Ali / AFP

    Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as U.S. partners

    About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  2. The dome of the US Capitol is seen March 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. As work continues on the dome restoration, the last chance for ?scaffold-free? views of the Capitol is approaching, with the best opportunity within the next two weeks. AFP PHOTO/ Karen BLEIER KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building

    The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  3. NATO and Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack Tuesday in Kabul, Afghanistan. Relatives of a U.S. Naval reservist from Ohio say he was among the three troops killed in the attack. Rahmat Gul / AP

    Family: Navy reservist killed in Afghan suicide bombing

    Relatives of a U.S. Navy reservist from Ohio say he was among the three troops killed when a suicide car bomber struck in Afghanistan.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  4. Wounded, injured soldiers biking from post to post

    About 20 soldiers from Fort Campbell and Fort Knox who have been wounded or injured or who are ill are riding bicycles from one post to the other this week.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  5. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, walks down the steps of the House of Representatives after final votes on May 30, at the Capitol in Washington. Gowdy holds the panel's first public hearing Wednesday to investigate the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where a violent mob killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    House panel holds 1st open Benghazi hearing

    A congressional committee on Benghazi gets its public debut Wednesday, two years after militants in the eastern Libyan city killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, and four months after Republicans launched their special investigation.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  6. Toddler ignores military protocol, greets mom

    Cooper Waldvogel loves his mom more than military protocol. And Facebook loves him for it.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  7. A CV-22 Osprey from the 8th Special Operations Squadron flies during an annual, joint exercise in Florida. Airman 1st Class Jasmonet Jackson/US Air Force

    Air Force special ops looks to add armor, firepower to Ospreys

    In response to two of its CV-22 Ospreys being shot up over Juba, South Sudan, in December, critically injuring two service members, the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has added optional armor to the flooring of the aircraft and may also incorporate forward-firing weapons.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  8. US Sen. Barbara Mikulski says Congress is moving in a positive direction toward adopting a continuing resolution. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Senior Senator: Both chambers should pass CR, Syrian rebels authorities before weekend

    A senior US Senate Democrat is hopeful both chambers can pass a stopgap spending measure and approve presidential authorities to train and equip Syrian rebels by this weekend.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  9. Cmdr. Curtis Calloway, left, CMC Travis Biswell and Cmdr. Ed Handley, former XO, (not pictured) of the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) have been reassigned amid an investigation, the Navy announced. Navy

    Destroyer Williams' commanding officer, CMC and former XO reassigned amid investigation

    The commanding officer, command master chief and former XO of the destroyer James E. Williams have been reassigned as Destroyer Squadron 2 investigates the command climate aboard the ship.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  10. A U.S. fighter jet refuels from an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during an Aug. 21 mission in northern Iraq. Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel / Air Force

    Air mobility crews have logged more than 1,000 sorties to support airstrikes in Iraq

    Air Mobility Command tankers have flown more than 1,000 missions in support of airstrikes against the Islamic State, AMC commander Gen. Darren McDew said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  11. It's easier for tattooed soldiers to earn a commission under the revised version of AR 670-1. AFP/Getty Images/Johannes Eisele

    Army releases new rules for tattoos and hair

    The Army on Tuesday unveiled its latest update to AR 670-1, its grooming and appearance regulation.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  12. A Boeing KC-46A prepares to refuel a B-1B bomber in flight in this artist's conception. The first flight of the KC-46 test aircraft has been pushed back to November. Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway / Air Force

    First flight delayed for KC-46A test aircraft

    The first flight of the KC-46A program's test aircraft has been pushed back until mid-to-late November, with the first next-generation tanker not expected to fly until April, the program's top officer said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  13. A convoy of Islamic State fighters is seen entering Iraq's Anbar province in January. AP

    5 things to know about Islamic State's military capabilities

    Members of the Islamic State are well-equipped with weapons and vehicles, but experts say they're more concerned about the group's professional-grade propaganda motivating new fighters to join their ranks.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  14. President Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sept. 16 in Atlanta. Obama traveled to the CDC, to address the Ebola crisis and announced that he is sending 3,000 American troops to West Africa nations fight the spread of the Ebola epidemic. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama: Ebola outbreak a threat to global security

    Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a potential threat to global security, President Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  15. Navy leaders recall the chiefs who shaped them

    On Sept. 16th, 3,794 sailors will don the coveted rank and anchors of a Navy chief petty officer a lifetime goal for many.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  16. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies Sept. 16 at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Obama will consider ground troops in Iraq on 'case-by-case basis,' Dempsey says

    President Obama is considering putting combat troops on the ground in Iraq on a 'case-by-case basis,' his top military adviser said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  17. A handwritten note saying 'Your Navy Yard Neighbors Send (Love) and Prayers' is taped to a post across the street from an entrance to the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 18, 2013. Survivors and families of those killed gathered Tuesday for a ceremony of remembrance on the first anniversary of the rampage. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    Service mourns 12 fallen one year after Navy Yard shootings

    Vice Adm. William Hilarides' voice broke as he read 12 names, each followed by a bell toll, at a ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of the shootings here that claimed the lives of those named.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  18. Vice President Joe Biden provided the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2012 graduation and commissioning ceremony at Michie Stadium. Mike Strasser / U.S. Military Academy

    As VP, Biden keeps academy nominations secret

    During his final year in Congress in 2008, then-Sen.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  19. Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, speaks Sept. 16 during the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference,. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    Space Command chief: SpaceX certification looming

    SpaceX is getting close to certification for military launches, perhaps as soon as the start of December, the new head of Air Force Space Command said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  20. In this Dec. 10, 2011, file photo, former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is featured in the South Charleston, W.Va. Christmas Parade. Lynch has landed a lead role in a Christian film. Morgantown-based JC Films is producing 'One Church,' being shot this month in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Bob Bird/The Associated Press

    Former POW Jessica Lynch starring in Christian film

    Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is enjoying her latest role, starring in a Christian movie currently in production.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  21. Lt. Gen. Stanley 'Sid' Clarke, director of the Air National Guard, said the Guard needs to know how many C-130 aircraft are required on the homefront. Scott M. Ash / Air Force

    Air National Guard head wants study for future C-130 path

    The head of the Air National Guard wants to launch a study on the path forward for the component's fleet of C-130 transport aircraft.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  22.  Army

    Soldier dies at Fort Polk; second fatal training incident in 2 months

    A specialist died Sept. 9 in a training accident at Fort Polk, Louisiana, becoming the second training fatality at the base in less than two months.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  23. The crew of the cutter Hamilton take part in a ceremony on the flight deck at the Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Miss., Monday. The Hamilton is the fourth of eight planned ships in the Coast Guard's Legend-class of technologically advanced multi-mission cutters. PO3 Carlos Vega/Coast Guard

    Hamilton crew excited to get maiden voyage underway

    The crew of the national security cutter Hamilton stood the ship's first watch Monday, following a ceremony and celebration for the ship's delivery to the Coast Guard.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  24. An F-15C Eagle takes off to do some training with the Bulgarian aircraft at Graf Ignatievo Air Base near Plovdiv, Bulgaria on Aug. 21. Senior Airman Hailey Haux/Air Force

    Air Force trying to protect F-15s in Europe

    Air Force leaders are crossing their fingers that F-15 fighters will stay at least another year in Europe through the '

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  25. President Obama chats with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed after arriving Sept. 16 at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport for a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a briefing on West Africa's Ebola out break. John Bazemore / AP

    U.S. to assign 3,000 military personnel to fight Ebola

    Under pressure to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, President Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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