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  1. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says change at the VA is imminent amid Congress' oversight, media coverage and veteran outrage. Emmanuel Lozano/The Arizona Republic

    McCain: Why is Phoenix VA boss still employed?

    More than two months after Sharon Helman was suspended as director of Phoenix's VA Health Care System, she remains on the payroll collecting regular checks and benefits despite passage of a new federal statute targeting accountability in the Department of

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  2. Marines conduct mock raids at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam during Exercise Gauhan Shield. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work detailed plans to make Guam a hub for Marines in the Asia-Pacific region. Lance Cpl. Jeraco Jenkins / Marine Corps

    Deputy SecDef details plans to make Guam a hub for Marines

    Counter to an earlier plan to keep single Marines in Japan and send just those with dependents to Guam, single Marines will also rotate through the tiny island in the coming years, making it a major hub for the Corps' operations in the Asia-Pacific region

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  3. The GAO has found that the Defense Department violated policy when officials exchanged five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's safe return. Eugene R. Fidell/The Associated Press

    GAO: Pentagon broke law in Bergdahl swap

    The Defense Department broke the law when it transferred five Taliban detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar in exchange for former prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  4. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hold an Aug. 21 press briefing at the Pentagon. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  5. Erin Corwin's body was found seven weeks after her husband, a Marine stationed at the base in Twentynine Palms, reported her missing. Christopher Brandon Lee, who lived near the Corwins on the base, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in her death. The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun

    DA: Christopher Lee could face 2nd murder charge

    California law is very clear about the murder of an unborn child, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos told The Desert Sun on Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  6. Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak were found dead Oct. 15, 2008, in their California home. A judge on Friday sentenced one man to death and another to two life terms in prison for the murders. Courtesy photo

    Death recommended in slaying of Marine couple

    Jurors on Thursday recommended a death sentence for a former Marine convicted of killing another Marine and the man's wife in their Southern California home in 2008, the Riverside County district attorney's office said.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  7. Missouri National Guard troops are deployed Aug. 19 to provide protection for a police command center in Ferguson, Mo. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    Missouri governor orders National Guard to withdraw from Ferguson

    After a night of relative calm, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered National Guard troops to begin a '

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  8. Retired Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman Army

    Gowdy hires retired Army 3-star for Benghazi probe

    The former top lawyer for the Army will be chief counsel for Republicans on the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
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    Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, an alumnus, does the Longhorns' Hook 'em Horns hand signal during his commencement keynote address in May at the University of Texas in Austin. Marsha Miller/The Associated Press

    McRaven confirmed as new UT system chancellor

    Navy Adm. William McRaven is the next chancellor of the University of Texas System.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
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    Marine Corps Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun disappeared from his unit in Iraq's western desert in June 2004. The following month he turned up unharmed in Beirut, Lebanon and blamed his disappearance on Islamic extremist kidnappers. He is scheduled to appear at Camp Lejeune Thursday in an Article 32 hearing. Dylan Moore/AP

    Article 32 decision delayed on Marine's Iraq vanishing

    A defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  9. Former commander in chief President George W. Bush may have accepted the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' but the DoD Office of General Counsel has issued an edict that current service members and Defense Department employees cannot have ice dumped on them while in uniform — including civilian uniforms. AP

    DoD throws cold water on 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    The Defense Department has declared war on the ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge,' the Internet phenomenon in which people get doused with ice water to raise money to combat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  10. Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va, talks with media before entering a classified members-only briefing on Syria by senior administration officials on Capitol Hill, Sept. 1, 2013. Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press

    Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress on Iraq

    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  11. Marine's life sentence upheld in prostitute murder

    The commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces in the Pacific is upholding the life sentence and dishonorable discharge of a Marine convicted of murdering a Las Vegas prostitute in Hawaii.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  12. Interpol urges world response to Iraq extremists

    Interpol says the killing of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria shows the need for a coordinated international effort against the stream of foreign fighters joining extremists in the Middle East.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  13. U.N. Council members reject North Korea meeting request

    United Nations Security Council members are rejecting North Korea's request for a meeting to protest joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  14. Mississippi Army National Guard soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conduct fast rope insertion training on April 30. Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann / Army National Guard

    Officials: U.S. rescue mission in Syria failed earlier this summer

    President Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
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    More than 5.7 million Americans served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. Courtesy of the Democrat and Chronicle

    Website seeks to connect Korea vets with original wartime photos

    More than 5.7 million Americans served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. The U.S.

    • Aug. 20, 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 / The Coloradoan

    Fort Collins Marine dies en route to surprise little brother

    A Fort Collins Marine who died in a car crash in Utah on Friday was traveling home to surprise his little brother on the first day of school.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  15. Col. Peter Baumgarten, outgoing commanding officer of 1st Marine Regiment and Task Force Belleau Wood, at Camp Leatherneck in May. Hope Hodge Seck / Staff

    Last Marine regiment departs Afghanistan

    The last Marine Corps regimental headquarters will leave Afghanistan this month, handing off its responsibilities as drawdown efforts continue.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  16. A loadmaster counts halal meals inside a C-130 Hercules on Aug. 13 prior to a humanitarian airdrop over Iraq at a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. / Air Force

    U.S. officials: Military mulling more troops to Iraq

    American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  17. Gen. Rudy Ortiz, the joint chiefs of staff, gives a press conference in Guatemala City, on April 3. Interior Secretary Maurio Lopez says Gen. Rudy Ortiz died Wednesday along with four other military officials after their helicopter fell in a mountainous area of the province of Huehuetenango, near the border with Mexico. Moises Castillo/The Associated Press

    Head of Guatemalan military dies in chopper crash

    The head of the Guatemalan military's joint chiefs of staff died in a helicopter crash Wednesday near the border with Mexico.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
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    Army doctor promotes use of tourniquets among domestic first responders

    An Army Reserve doctor and nationally recognized trauma surgeon is pressing for broader availability of tourniquets — in the pockets of every U.S. first responder and staged alongside portable defibrillators in offices, shopping malls and elsewhere.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  18. Holding Pattern: US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of US Northern Command, said it's 'virtually impossible' to make strategic decisions due to budget uncertainty. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    After months on back burner, sequester fears return

    For the past three years, US military officials have frequently voiced opposition to defense budget caps that went into effect in 2013.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  19. Robert Work, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense, greets service members on Aug. 20 after speaking at Naval Base Guam. Rick Cruz / Pacific Daily News

    Deputy SecDef highlights Guam in U.S. military buildup plan

    The Pentagon's second-highest-ranking civilian official yesterday said there's momentum to move forward with plans for the military buildup on Guam.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  20. New school year, new home: Military families look to adjust

    Linh Narum knows what it means to be a part of a military family. Her father served in the Air Force for 27 years and she and her husband, Air Force Col. Jerry Narum, a communications officer, have two sons of their own.

    • Aug. 20, 2014

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