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  1. Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force  Darwin, greet friends and family at a homecoming event aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Monday. Cpl. Scott Reel/Marine Corps

    Marines return from Australia following largest rotation to date

    The biggest Marine rotation to deploy to Australia returned to California on Monday after spending six months Down Under, paving the way to base a full Marine air-ground task force there in the future.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  2. Staff Sgt. Bryan Phillip Pitney, 33, whose home of record is listed as Seabeck Mich., entered active duty service in June 1996, as an AH-64 attack helicopter repairer. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since June 2008. Army

    Soldier with 5 deployments killed in motorcycle accident

    Staff Sgt. Bryan Phillip Pitney of Fort Hood, Texas, who deployed five times during his Army career, has died from injuries after a motorcycle accident, post officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  3. An Air Force passenger jet, right, is parked on the tarmac of Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Oct. 21. The State Department says Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released. Wong Maye-E / AP

    Air Force jet, crew lands in Pyongyang to pick up freed prisoner

    An Air Force executive jet and aircrew from Joint Base Pearl-Harbor, Hickam, was tasked with landing in North Korea today and picking up an American prisoner who was released by the Pyongyang regime.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  4. An AH-1W Super Cobra attached to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 sustained $2 million worth of damage during a rotor fire in North Carolina on Oct. 14. Cpl. Mary Carmona/Marine Corps

    Rotor fire damages Marine Corps helicopter

    A Marine Corps helicopter sustained at least $2 million in damages last week when a rotor brake caught fire following maintenance.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  5. The Army is authorized to use Temporary Early Retirement Authority through Aug. 17, 2016. Sgt. Kimberly Trumbull/Army

    2015 will mean more 15-year retirements for NCOs, officers

    The 15-year early retirement option will be available to certain categories of Regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserve officers, warrant officers and noncommissioned officers who are selected for involuntary separations because of promotion passover

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  6. Sailors aboard the destroyer Cole observe the 6th Fleet command ship Mount Whitney during operations in the Black Sea on Oct. 13. MC2 John Herman/Navy

    As tensions rise, Pentagon beefs up missions in Europe

    As the nation's eyes are on the Ebola outbreak and the fight with Islamic State militants, the situation in Europe is getting decidedly colder think Cold War.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  7. In this video frame grab provided by NewsOn6.com, the burning wreckage of an Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 fighter jet is seen in a pasture about three miles northeast of Moline, Kan., on Monday. The pilot ejected and wasn't believed to be seriously injured, but was taken to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita for evaluation, Col. Max Moss of the Oklahoma Guard said Monday. The Associated Press

    Military investigates scene of Kansas F-16 crash

    Military personnel are investigating the southeast Kansas site where an Oklahoma Air National Guard fighter jet crashed after a midair collision with another jet from the same unit during a training exercise.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  8. Smoke from fires rise over Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the Islamic State group, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, on Oct. 21. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    IS fighters seize airdropped weapons meant for Kurds

    Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to suppy Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  9. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, speaks in a video on the Ebola situation. YouTube.com

    Dempsey hits YouTube to address troops' Ebola concerns

    The nation's top military officer has taken to YouTube to soothe troops' concerns about deploying to the region of Africa being ravaged by Ebola.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  10. Riley Swearingen Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office

    Airman pleads guilty to giving police officer a 'wet Willy'

    A former Kiester man accused of licking his fingers and poking a Mankato police officer in both ears has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid a felony charge.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  11. Troops with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, and soldiers conduct training during and exercise in Romania, Oct. 6. The U.S. military is increasing its presence in Europe. Cpl. Alexandria Blanche/Marine Corps

    As tensions rise, Pentagon beefs up missions in Europe

    As the nation's eyes are on the Ebola outbreak and the fight with Islamic State militants, the situation in Europe is getting decidedly colder think Cold War.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  12. An Iraqi M1 Abrams tank participates in a joint US-Iraqi exercise. The US State Department has OK'd the sale of tank ammunition to Iraq. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/ / AFP

    State Department approves new tank ammo sale to Iraq

    The US State Department has cleared the sale of M1A1 Abrams tank ammunition to Iraq, according to an announcement by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  13.  Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    Some stereotypes stick to vets, survey shows

    All veterans aren't homeless washouts. But Got Your Six officials worry that many Americans see them that way.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  14. In this Oct. 20, 2014 photo, Chris Plank, right, husband of Marine Gunnery Sgt. Monica Plank, speaks to the court as Holly Fowler and her attorney Darrell Heckman, left, await sentencing in Logan County Common Pleas Court in Bellefontaine, Ohio Reuben Mees/Bellefontaine Examiner via AP

    Driver sentenced to 30 months after Marine's death

    An Ohio driver has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after a hit-and-run crash killed a Marine from Virginia.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  15. Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell AP

    Gov. Parnell replaces Alaska National Guard leaders

    Three leaders of the Alaska National Guard were removed from their positions in the wake of investigations of sexual abuse and other allegations of misconduct within the agency.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  16. Hawaii scientists return to ocean for chemical weapon study

    University of Hawaii scientists are embarking on an expedition to deep waters off Oahu to study how chemical weapons dumped in the ocean decades ago are affecting seawater, marine life and sediment.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  17. In a Monday photo, a sign for National Defense and Veterans Affairs is pictured next to a cordoned off area in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu where two soldiers were hit by a car on Monday. One of the soldiers died of his injuries early Tuesday, according to Quebec provincial police. Pascal Marchand / The Associated Press

    Terrorist ideology blamed in car attack on Canadian soldiers

    A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and had seized his passport, authorities said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  18. In this photo taken Friday, U.S. sailors conduct a drill on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf. Brian Stephen-Navy/The Associated Press

    Pentagon: Counter-IS campaign costs $424 million so far

    The U.S. military has spent $424 million so far in its military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  19. TBI rehabilitation program extended

    The Veterans Affairs Department is broadening a small program designed to help veterans with moderate to severe brain injuries live their lives to their fullest.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  20. Even little green Army men need a good workout. A new line of 'Yoga Joes' merges fun and fitness. Photo courtesy Dan Abramson

    'Yoga Joe' figurines aim to make yoga more manly

    Stretchy fitness fun is coming to backyard battlefields everywhere.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  21. A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper crashed early Monday at the Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, Niger, the Air Force confirmed. Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson/Air Force

    Air Force UAV crashes in Niger; no injuries

    A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper crashed early Monday at the Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, Niger, the Air Force confirmed.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  22. Two C-130E Hercules cargo aircraft assigned to the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, wait to taxi on the flight line during U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment rotation 15-1 on Monday at Powidz Air Base, Poland. Three C-130 aircraft are participating in the exercise hosted by the U.S. Aviation Detachment, 52nd Operations Group, Lask Air Base. Airman 1st Class Dylan Nuckolls/Air Force

    Guard C-130 crews conduct exercise in Poland

    The Air National Guard has landed its first C-130 aircraft rotation at the U.S. Aviation Detachment in Poland for a joint training exercise.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  23. Marine copter helps rescue lost Boy Scout boaters

    The Marine Corps helped rescue a Boy Scout troop that got lost while canoeing on the Colorado River.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  24. S.C. party chairs back change in picking state military head

    The chairmen of South Carolina's Republican and Democratic parties are urging voters to support a proposed change to the way the state's top military officer is selected.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
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