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    Marines jump out of an MV-22B Osprey while conducting parachute operations over Djibouti last year. At least 5,000 U.S. troops are operating on the African continent. Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone / Marine Corps

    DoD quietly expanding AFRICOM missions

    Just five years ago, the Pentagon considered Africa such a strategic backwater that the global map of combatant commands carved the massive continent into two chunks and placed most of it under control of the chief of U.S. European Command in Belgium.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  1. Secretary of State John Kerry is surrounded by security as he arrives April 16 in Geneva, where he is scheduled to participate in talks on the ongoing situation in Ukraine with representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the European Union. Jim Bourg / AP

    U.S. readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

    The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  2. The Bonhomme Richard has MH-60 Seahawk helicopters, the MV-22 Osprey and small boats that could be used to rescue survivors. Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ed

    Bonhomme Richard ready to aid South Korean ferry rescue

    The amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard is standing by to help find survivors from a South Korean ferry that capsized Wednesday in the Yellow Sea, 7th Fleet said.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  3. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, speaks April 7 in Washington. Susan Walsh / AP

    Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website

    Jill Biden is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  4. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says his country wants to host a larger NATO and U.S. presence. Mike Morones/Staff

    Poland wants larger U.S., NATO troop presence

    Poland's defense minister is calling for a larger U.S. and NATO military presence in his country to deter the type of Russian aggression occurring in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  5. Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent

    An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Aspiring pilot, recruited to be Navajo Code Talker, dies

    A Navajo man who aspired to be a pilot but was recruited to become a Code Talker during World War II has died.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  6. Official: Iran will not discuss missile program

    Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  7. Congress unhappy with DoD, VA health records progress

    House lawmakers plan to hold back millions in dollars of technology funding from Defense and Veterans Affairs department planners until Congress is convinced they are making progress on developing a way to share electronic medical records.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Afghan election workers carry ballot boxes and election materials on donkeys to deliver to polling stations in Dara-e-Noor district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 4, in advance of elections that took place the next day. Rahmat Gul/The Associated Press

    Afghanistan election results increase chance U.S. will stay

    The likelihood of a long-term U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan is growing after elections there in early April showed pro-American candidates winning at the polls.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  8. Patients rate VA medical centers high for satisfaction

    Patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers remain satisfied with the care they receive and complaints are down, a new survey released Wednesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index found.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Military hotline aids sexual assault victims

    One of the first things you notice about the Pentagon's sexual assault support hotline is its non-military look.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  10. Cason Bryant Park, 25, of Gordo, Ala., was traveling west on U.S. 82 in Oktibbeha County early Sunday morning around 4 a.m. near the Center Grove Community when his car broke down. He was struck from behind by a vehicle about a quarter of a mile from where his car broke down. The vehicle fled the scene. Facebook

    Driver sought in crash that killed Marine

    The Mississippi Highway Patrol is looking for a vehicle that struck and killed a Marine from Alabama on Sunday morning.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Capt. Christopher Ashinhurst, center, commander of Delta Company, 1st Tanks, receives a Bronze Star with 'V' device from Maj. Gen. Larry Nicholson, commanding general of 1st Marine Division, in January. Cpl. D. J. Wu/Marine Corps

    Tank officer who led Marines in 5-day battle to receive Leftwich Trophy

    A tank officer who led his company to victory in a five-day battle against insurgents in Afghanistan last year will be honored with the prestigious Leftwich Trophy later this year.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    A veteran patient recieves a vaccination. Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October. Stephanie McCrobie / U.S. Navy

    Tricare presents plan for re-enrolling some in Prime

    Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October, but by law, not all who were booted off Prime will be able to re-enroll.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Marine officials are investigating a night landing that went awry involving an EA-6B Prowler stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., that resulted in at least $1 million in damage, according to a report from the Naval Safety Center. Airforce via Wikipedia

    Prowler aircraft damaged after leaving runway during landing at Cherry Point

    Marine officials are investigating a mishap involving an electronic warfare aircraft stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., that has resulted in at least $1 million in damage according to a report from the Naval Safety Center.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  11. A pro-Russian activist guards a barricade Tuesday outside the regional police building seized in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Ukraine's acting president accused Russia enacting 'brutal plans' to destabilize the southeast of his ex-Soviet country by backing separatist militants. Genya Savilov / AFP via Getty Images

    Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

    President Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations as the White House asserts that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Brad Pitt, right, will reportedly play Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the movie adaptation of a book written by the reporter who got McChrystal fired. Mark Lennihan / AP and Getty

    Report: Brad Pitt to play Gen. Stanley McChrystal in movie

    Brad Pitt will reportedly play Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the movie adaptation of a book written by the reporter who got McChrystal fired.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    First Lady Michelle Obama has stickers placed on her face by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt, as her parents, Amy and Army Sgt. Lucas Oppelt, far right, watch during Obama's April 14 visit to the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C. Associated Press

    Michelle Obama visits Walter Reed's Fisher House

    It's been a long road for Amy Oppelt and her family since she got the call informing her that her husband, Army Sgt. Lucas Oppelt, had been injured by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  12. FBI leak probe shuts down 9/11 case at Guantanamo

    A judge agreed Tuesday to look into how FBI questioning of a defense team member will affect the trial of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners in the Sept. 11 attack.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Your medical files may be at risk

    After veteran Aaron Alexis shot and killed a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard last September, the Air Force noted a spike in the number of personnel dipping into his electronic medical file.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    DoD told to quantify cost to victims of '09 Fort Hood shooting

    Congress wants to put a dollar figure on what victims of the first Fort Hood, Texas, shooting have lost because the tragedy was classified as workplace violence.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  14. This Monday July 22, 2013 photo provided by the Afghan Public Works Ministry, shows Deputy Minister of Public Works Ahmad Shah Wahid speaking during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen abducted Wahid in Kabul on Tuesday. Kidnappings for ransom by criminal gangs and abductions by Taliban insurgents are relatively common in Afghanistan, but Wahid is the highest-ranking government official abducted in years. AP

    Gunmen abduct Afghan deputy minister in Kabul

    Gunmen abducted the Afghan deputy public works minister in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, a grim reminder of the insecurity plaguing Afghanistan as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of the year.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Iran arrested Amir Hekmati, now 31, in August 2011 while he was on a trip to visit his grandmothers in Tehran. Marine Corps

    Family of former Marine in Iran sees hope of freedom

    The family of a former U.S.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  15. USAA veteran employees, from left, Charles A. Lane, Richard F. Katona, Jacqueline Vilches, Mary Theresa Perez and John DuQue IV. Courtesy of USAA

    Best for Vets: Employers 2014

    Troops transitioning out of the military often worry that the jobs they did in uniform will be irrelevant to the jobs they want out of uniform.

    • Apr. 14, 2014

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