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  1. 'Now, more than ever, we need to make sure that we have a system that is able to document performance, first and foremost,' Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody said in describing plans to overhaul the enlisted promotion and evaluation system. Scott Ash / Air Force

    Numerical EPR scores gone; time-in-grade, service on way out

    Beginning next year, you won't get numerical ratings on your enlisted performance report.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  2. Chiefs list coming next week

    The wait is nearly over for more than 16,000 first class petty officers eager to see if they made chief.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  3. A female lieutenant in the Infantry Officer Course hangs from the rope during the obstacle course portion of the initial Combat Endurance Test at Marine Corps Base Quantico in 2013. Thomas Brown/Staff

    Marines developing gender-neutral MOS tests as 11 new jobs open to women

    The Corps' top general said the service plans to adopt a gender-neutral screening test that would assess Marines' physical qualifications for various military specialties.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  4. Gen. Markus Laubenthal is the first German officer to be assigned to U.S. Army Europe. He is the command's new chief of staff. U.S. Army Europe

    German officer to serve as U.S. Army Europe's chief of staff

    A German Army brigadier general who recently served with NATO forces in Afghanistan is assuming duties as the chief of staff of U. S. Army Europe, the first time a non-American officer has held that position.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  5. A Lockheed Martin proposal for an upgunned Littoral Combat Ship features an installed vertical launch system. Lockheed Martin

    No report expected just yet on LCS alternative

    For those of you with July 31 marked on your calendars as a red-letter day in the Navy's Small Surface Combatant (SSC) program hold that thought.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  6. Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr. Marine Corps

    Marine Corps responds to Gold Star family's allegations of 'misleading, offensive' information

    The Marine Corps responded in part to a 10-page letter from a Gold Star family that accused the Corps of misleading the public about events in the aftermath of their son's death.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  7. Senior Airman Joseph Tharp of Beale Air Force Base, California, hugs his wife, Sarah, in November after returning home from Afghanistan. The Air Force plans to offer up to three years off to airmen who want to start a family or pursue other interests. Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Air Force

    Up to 40 to be selected for personal, professional sabbaticals

    The Air Force will select up to 20 enlisted airmen and 20 officers to take one- to three-year sabbaticals to start families or pursue other personal or professional ambitions, the service announced Wednesday.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  8. Self portrait of then Pfc. Justin Watt in Iraq in 2005. Watt notified authorities when he belived members of his platoon had participated in the 2006 rape and murder of a teenage Iraqi girl and the killing of her family. Today his story is used as a teaching tool for NCOs. Courtesy of Justin Watt

    Soldiers recall Iraq murders, aftermath at Army ethics conference

    More than eight years ago, then-Pfc. Justin Watt reported members of his platoon who he believed had participated in the 2006 rape and murder of a teenage Iraqi girl in Yusufiyah and the killing of her family.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  9. CENTCOM: No base planned for Uzbekistan

    U.S. Central Command is disputing reports in Russian and Uzbek media that the U.S. government is negotiating to open a military base in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  10. The fast combat support ship Bridge transfers supplies to the German destroyer Hamburg and U.S. aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, while the cruiser Hue City waits its turn. The Bridge is scheduled to be taken out of service in September as an economy measure. Navy photo by MC2 Ryan McLearnon

    Future of fast supply ships questioned

    While lawmakers routinely question the Navy about aircraft carriers, submarines, cruisers and other warships, it's rare that the lowly combat logistics force comes into the congressional viewfinder.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  11. Army Sgt. Maj. Jon Robert Cavaiani, right, and retired Army Sgt. 1st Class James Shorten at the Special Operations Association Reunion in October 2012. Photo courtesy of James Shorten

    Medal of Honor recipient, POW Sgt. Maj. Jon Robert Cavaiani dies

    Medal of Honor recipient and prisoner-of-war Army Sgt. Maj. Jon Robert Cavaiani has died at age 70 after a battle with cancer, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  12. Former Army official guilty in bribery scheme

    A former Army contracting official has pleaded guilty to accepting cash and vacations in return for helping businesses get millions in federal contracts.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  13. U.S. seeks dismissal of Fort Detrick pollution suit

    The federal government asked a judge Thursday to dismiss a developer's lawsuit alleging that groundwater pollution from Fort Detrick in Frederick reduced the value of private land next door.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  14. First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, part of the Joining Forces initiative, on Thursday in Washington. Cliff Owen/The Associated Press

    First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

    Michelle Obama said the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is 'a stain on the soul of this nation,' as the federal government expands its initiative to provide stable and affordable housing for service members.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  15. A workman quickly slides a dustmop over the floor at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    State Dept.: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

    The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Con

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  16. Photograph of the gas mask, storage can, and collection tag from our eBay listing where the item was rediscovered. Photo courtesy Presidential Pawn Shop

    Stolen WWI gas mask found in pawn shop

    A World War I gas mask stolen from the Wyoming Capitol and missing for almost a century is on display in Cheyenne again after a South Dakota pawn shop donated it back to the state.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  17. A firearms instructor holds a handgun up as he teaches a concealed-weapons training class. Article 134 of the UCMJ prohibits the unlawful carrying of a concealed dangerous weapon 'on or about the accused's person.' George Frey / Getty Images

    Ask the Lawyer: 'Concealed weapon' has broad meaning

    A. The General Article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 134, prohibits service members from carrying concealed weapons.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  18. Police ID man shot in Fayetteville as Fort Bragg soldier

    Fayetteville police say the man shot and killed in the parking lot of an apartment complex was a Fort Bragg soldier.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  19. An Air Force C-130J Super Hercules sits on the flight line at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The body of an unidentified boy was discovered July 27 in the wheel well of C-130 assigend to the 86th Airlift Wing. Airman Kendra Alba / Air Force

    Boy found dead in C-130 may have been seen near other planes

    Investigators are looking into whether the boy found dead Sunday in a C-130J wheel well was seen earlier trying to reach aircraft at an airfield in Bamako, Mali, said Eberhard Bayer, a spokesman for the German prosecutor's office.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  20. Tricare specifics on infertility coverage

    A. Tricare is picky about what it will and will not cover in this area.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  21. Reserve medical officers named for promotion

    These Reserve component medical officers have been selected for promotion, the Army Reserve announced. They are shown with sequence numbers and branch. Asterisks indicate officer selected below the zone.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  22. IG: Services contribute to delays in processing VA claims

    Veterans wait months longer than necessary to have their veterans disability benefits processed because of delays in how military officials handle service medical records, according to an audit released Thursday by the Defense Department Inspector General

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  23. The so-called 'Woman in Black' is seen in Hillsboro, Ohio. Courtesy of Brice Cooper

    Mysterious 'Woman in Black' said to be an Army vet

    Some of the mystery of the traveling woman in black has been solved. Police say she intends to stay in Winchester, Va., and is from the area.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  24. Consumer Watch: Coalition offers financial tools, resources for vets

    Active-duty families enjoy many programs, services, laws and discounts designed to help strengthen their personal finances.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  25. Tricare Help: Preauthorization and 'medical necessity'

    Q. We're an active-duty family on Tricare Prime. Our dependent daughter received a referral for surgery.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
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