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    Transgender former Navy SEAL Senior Chief Kristin Beck speaks at a conference in Washington on Oct. 20. Transgender military personnel from 18 countries who allow them to serve openly gathered to discuss whether the U.S. military could join them. Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images

    Transgender troops say they want to serve openly

    The landmark repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' in 2011 allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  1. The Pentagon is developing isolation pods for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft to carry up to 15 service members should they contract Ebola while supporting Operation United Assistance in Africa. Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin / Air Force

    Isolation pods will carry troops if they get Ebola

    The Pentagon is developing isolation pods for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft to carry up to 15 service members should they contract Ebola while supporting Operation United Assistance in Africa.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
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    Leadership is key to troops' tolerance of transgender persons, allied forces say

    Transgender persons are barred from serving openly in the U.S. military but can do so in the armed forces of 18 other nations worldwide, including NATO allies Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as Australia and New Zealand.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
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    Riders stand inside an L-Train subway car on Thursday in New York. Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who tested positive for the Ebola virus after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, had taken the train after visiting a bowling alley in Williamsburg. John Minchillo / AP

    After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined

    A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his il

    • Oct. 24, 2014
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    Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in U.S.

    The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, U.S. officials said Thursday.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  2. French president Francois Hollande, center, attends an Oct. 1 meeting focused on the Iraqi conflict with French Army Chief of Staff General Pierre de Villiers, left, and French President's chief of staff general, Benoit Puga, at the Elysee palace in Paris, France. Gen. de Villiers told Europe 1 radio that two French fighter jets dropped a total of 70 bombs, destroying a dozen buildings used for arms production and storage. 'We destroyed buildings in which Daesh produced their arms, their bombs to attack Iraqi forces. Alain Jocard / AP

    Overnight French raid destroys IS arms center

    France's military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  3. Saudi Arabia convicts 27 for plotting attack on U.S. forces

    A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced 27 people to prison for planning a series of attacks against U.S.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  4. Hackers face off this weekend to solve Air Force's cyber challenges

    Even as national cybersecurity awareness month comes to a close, the Air Force is producing an event that will bring all kinds of hackers together to test their best coding skills.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  5. U.S. and South Korean forces conduct a combined training exercise. The U.S. will continue to have operational control of forces in South Korea in the event of war. Cpl. Kim Young-ho / Army

    U.S., South Korea delay transfer of wartime control

    The U.S. and South Korea have delayed transferring wartime operational control of allied forces by taking on a 'conditions-based approach' and scrapping the previously set deadline of 2015.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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    Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. Richard Drew / AP

    Possible Ebola case in New York City

    The first case of Ebola may have arrived in New York City.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  6. Airman 1st Class Reece Zoller, left, 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew one load crew member, operates an MJ-1 lift truck carrying an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile as Staff Sgt Zachary Watts, center, 58th AMU crew one crew chief, and Airman 1st Class Robert Hughes, right, 58th AMU crew one crew member, guide him during a qualification load Oct. 10 on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.. The F-35 training program at Eglin currently serves as the primary source of F-35 expertise to new F-35A units across the Air Force. Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson/Air Force

    First weapons crew certified on F-35A

    The latest milestone in the F-35A program belongs to airmen on the ground.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  7. Iraqi volunteer soldiers march Sept. 1 after graduating from a training camp in the central Iraqi city of Kufa. Haidar Hamdani / Getty Images

    U.S. official: Iraq army not ready to repel Islamic State

    U.S. airstrikes and Iraqi ground forces have blunted an Islamic State offensive in Iraq, but it will be months before Iraq can mount a sustained counteroffensive to take terrain back, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  8. The flag atop the Canadian Parliament building is flown at half staff on Oct. 2, one day after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves was killed while standing guard in front of the National War Memorial by a lone gunman. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    U.S. officials worry about 'lone wolf' attacks

    After a pair of attacks in Canada this week that officials labeled as terrorism, counterparts in the USA are reacting with offers of cooperation — and a sense of apprehension.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  9. An aviation ordnanceman airman checks a missile on an F/A-18C Hornet on Oct. 16 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Coalition airstrikes in Syria killed more than 500

    U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria have killed more than 500 people since they began last month, mainly Islamic militants, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared yet again in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  10. Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in U.S.

    The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial near Washington, U.S. officials said Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  11. Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, shown here on May 3, is being held at Tijuana's La Mesa Penitentiary. His lawyer is relying on the argument to win his freedom in the shortest time possible: He needs to be release so he can go home to get treatment for his combat-related post-traumatic stress, which Mexican authorities don't treat, even in their own soldiers. Alejandro Tamayo / AP

    PTSD argued in case of Marine jailed in Mexico

    There's no dispute retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi drove with three loaded guns in his truck into Mexico where firearms are illegal.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  12. The Pentagon building in Washington, D.C. Getty Images

    Experts call for national debate on U.S. military priorities

    A prestigious defense review panel has warned that the U.S. government must 'sound an alarm' to build public support among the American people for increased defense spending.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  13. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, right, says the Military Health System Review released Oct. 1 by the Defense Department provided good feedback for military health officials. Staff Sgt. Ashley Bell / Army

    'We cannot accept average,' surgeons general say

    The message the Army, Navy and Air Force surgeons general have taken from the military health system review released earlier this month is that their hospitals and clinics are performing on par with the nation's top private systems.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  14. Asheville, N.C., failed to comply with federal law when it reprimanded police Lt. Bill Wilke for taking time off to serve in the Army Reserve, according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Labor. Special to the Citizen-Times

    N.C. police chief wrote lieutenant up for Army Reserve service

    The city failed to comply with a federal law that allows soldiers time off for military service, according to a letter from the Department of Labor.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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    In this March 29, 2010 photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, a Guantanamo guard keeps watch from a tower overlooking the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press

    Guantanamo prisoners protest use of female guards

    The use of female troops inside the highest-security unit at Guantanamo Bay is sparking protests by prisoners.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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    A Secret Service officer is seen with an attack dog outside the White House Sept. 25 in Washington, D.C. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    Meet the White House guard dogs

    You may be familiar with Sunny and Bo, the Obama's family pets. But meet Hurricane and Jordan, two of the White House's protectors.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  15. Iraqi troops stand in rows holding their weapons June 21 in Anbar province. AFP

    U.S.: Iraq says troops will go on offensive

    The U.S. Defense Department says Iraq's new defense minister says his troops will go on the offensive against Islamic State militants who have taken over large sections of the country.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  16. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., on June 11,. Susan Walsh/The Associated Press

    Lawmaker uses Canadian case to criticize Obama

    The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee used Canadian leaders' response to the Ottawa shootings to take his own swipe at President Obama on Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  17. Few vets use free credit monitoring after VA breaches

    Only about one in 25 veterans offered free credit monitoring in the wake of Veterans Affairs Department security breaches has signed up for the service, a figure that VA officials call disappointingly low.

    • Oct. 23, 2014

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