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  1. Air Force Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot, the the commander of the 67th Fighter Squadron, is seen at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, in 2013. Staff Sgt. Amber E. N. Jacobs / Air Force

    Pilot killed in Virginia F-15 crash had more than 2,300 flight hours

    Massachusetts Air National Guard Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., whose F-15C crashed Aug. 27 in rural western Virginia, never managed to eject from his aircraft.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  2. The Coast Guard cutter Monomoy is seen in 2012. Navy

    Iran confirms Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

    The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a 'clash.'

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  3. As the active Army transitions away from the Kiowa helicopter, replacing the fleet with the National Guard's Apaches, the service is encouraging soldiers in a number of Kiowa MOSs to reclassify. Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod/Army

    Advice for Kiowa soldiers: Reclass now

    Reclassification opportunities are available to certain aviation systems and aircraft maintenance enlisted soldiers affected by the Army's phased elimination of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior from its inventory of helicopters.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  4. Maj. Jason Brezler, shown as a captain during a 2009 deployment to Afghanistan, is facing discharge from the Corps for sending classified information by email. An attorney representing Brezler said the Marine Corps inspector general wrote false statements about the Reserve officer when emailing top Corps officials. Cpl. Albert F. Hunt/Marine Corps

    Lawyer: IG made false statements about Marine who warned of insider attack

    The lawyer for an officer facing discharge for negligently conveying classified information in an email which he admitted doing as an urgent warning of an imminent war-zone threat alleges 'false statements' and 'mischaracterizations' were included in

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  5. In this July 14, 1969, file photo, banners of appreciation from the Vietnamese decorate the dock at Danang, Vietnam, where a farewell ceremony was held by the Vietnamese Government for departing Marines of the 1st Battalion/9th Regiment. The Marine Corps is holding a deactivation ceremony on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, for the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, a battalion nicknamed the 'Walking Dead.' The Associated Press

    'Walking Dead' Marine battalion to be deactivated

    Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the 'Walking Dead.'

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  6. Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov was declared dead Dec. 14 after being found unresponsive in a vehicle. Screenshot

    More charges in sailor's death in Germany

    A soldier will stand trial Oct. 14 on charges he made a false official statement and helped conceal a crime in the December death of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  7. This undated file photo released by his family via FreeAmir.org shows Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati. AP

    Vigil marks Marine vet's 3rd year of imprisonment in Iran

    Rep. Dan Kildee has joined a Bay City vigil marking the third anniversary of the Iranian imprisonment of a Marine Corps veteran.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  8. The Mountain family. From left, Kira Mountain Yeary, Laura Mountain, Mike Mountain and Russell Mountain Special to the Democrat

    Returning airman, killed in a motorcycle accident, remembered fondly

    Russell R. Mountain survived a six-month deployment in Afghanistan.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  9. John A. Walker Jr., right, in chains, is escorted by a U.S. Marshal as he returns to the Montgomery County Detention Center on Aug. 15, 1985, in Rockville, Md., after a pretrial hearing in Baltimore. Ron Edmonds/The Associated Press

    John Walker, a former sailor who spied for the Soviets, dies in prison

    A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  10. An Air Force KC-135 refuels a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 213 over Iraq Aug. 21. US Defense Department

    U.S. operations in Iraq have cost $550 million since June

    Since June 16 when President Obama first sent several dozen troops to Iraq to begin assessing the state of the country's Army, the United States has spent around $500 million on operations there.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  11. Tricare Help: Tricare options for retirees living overseas

    Q. My husband and I recently decided that we want to move to Ireland. He's a medically retired soldier using Tricare for Life. My son and I have Tricare Prime. Are there U.S.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  12. French volunteers, supporters of pro-Russian rebels, walk along destroyed Ukrainian military machines at the Lenin square in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Thursday. Mstislav Chernov/The Associated Press

    Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  13. New murder trial for soldier who claims anti-smoking drug made him psychotic

    The military's top appeals court has ordered a new trial for a soldier who claims he was in a psychotic state caused by the anti-smoking drug Chantix when he viciously stabbed a fellow soldier to death.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  14. Judge adds another hurdle in 2-year-old rape case

    A military judge has ordered the disclosure of email correspondence among top Air Force officials in a rape case that was already dismissed once, Stars and Stripes reported.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  15. Company touts improvements to POV moving

    The logjam that's caused delays in getting troops' cars to and from overseas is starting to clear, said an official with the new contractor.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  16. Expert: Move pain management into 21st century

    Contrary to a popular military tenet, pain is not weakness leaving the body.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  17. Maj. Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death for the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage that killed 13 and left 30 wounded. AP

    Fort Hood shooter asks to be 'citizen' of Islamic State

    The man convicted in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009 that left 13 dead is asking to become a 'citizen' of the Islamic State in a letter to the militant group's leader.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  18. Brigadier General Timothy P. Williams, adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard, left, and Brigadier General Robert Brooks, component commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, answer questions from members of the media after announcing that the pilot who had been missing from an F-15 jet that crashed near Deerfield, Va. was found dead on Thursday. Griffin Moores/The Associated Press

    Pilot died in F-15 crash in Virginia mountains

    When investigators were finally able to safely enter the crash site of an F-15C 'Eagle' fighter jet on Thursday afternoon, they made a grim discovery that concluded more than 30 hours of searching the pilot never managed to eject from the aircraft.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  19. Mission Family: Free online resources for school year

    While you're getting back into school routines for your children, and perhaps even for yourself, consider some of the free resources the Defense Department provides that can help you with research and even free tutoring and homework help.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  20. Ask the Lawyer: Yes, sex with a minor is a crime

    A. When a service member has a sexual relationship with a child over age 12 but under age 16, the back story of the romance is largely irrelevant.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  21. A Lebanese army soldier inspects a rifle at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The United States has delivered the first shipment of weapons to Lebanon to help bolster its military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from neighboring Syria's civil war. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein) Bilal Hussein / AP

    U.S. delivers military aid to Lebanese army

    The United States has delivered its first emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon, officials said Friday, to help bolster military forces as part of a broader regional response to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  22. Flightlines blog: Al-Qaida pamphlet urges attack on Air Force Academy

    An al-Qaida propaganda pamphlet has listed the Air Force Academy and the company that makes Predator drones as potential targets for terrorist attacks.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  23. One of the B-52 bombers housed at the Minot Air Force Base in 2005. Beth Eide/The Associated Press

    Bomber crews in N.D., S.D. learn from one another

    RAPID CITY, S.D. Airman from Minot Air Force Base who fly and work on B-52 bombers say they've learned a lot from their counterparts at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota who fly B-1 bombers, during a summer of cooperation.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  24. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald speaks during a news conference a the Palo Alto VA Medical Center on Aug. 20 in Palo Alto, Calif. Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated Press

    VA wait times have decreased, new data show

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced by half the number of veterans waiting more than three months to see a doctor since a scandal erupted at the agency in spring over delays in health care, according to data released Thursday.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  25. A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter aircraft sits near a hangar at Barnes Air National Guard Base on Aug. 27 in Westfield, Mass. Steven Senne / AP

    Pilot died in F-15 crash in Virginia mountains

    The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed earlier this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials now say, bringing a sad end to an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
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