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  1. Two UH-60 Black Hawks assigned to U.S. Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade pick up 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) soldiers during an exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Germany on March 28. Spc. Glenn M. Anderson/Army

    4 Army units heading to Eastern Europe

    The U.S. military in Europe is sending four company-sized infantry units, a total of about 600 soldiers, to Eastern Europe, the latest effort to reassure NATO allies in light of Russian aggression in Ukraine, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  2. Staff Sgt. Aaron Driver with his wife, Jennifer. Courtesy of STAFF Sgt. Aaron Driver

    Letter: Why I won't re-enlist

    Tired of waiting for deployments to slow down and other hardships of military life, Staff Sgt.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  3. Spy vs. Spy: Former SecDef Gates talks Putin

    Before he became secretary of defense, Robert Gates spent a career at the CIA when U.S intelligence agents were pitted against the KGB.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    The Obama administration is reportedly considering options to leave far fewer troops in Afghanistan after this year than the top U.S. and NATO commander for Afghanistan has recommended. Munir Uz Zaman / AFP

    Report: U.S. may leave fewer troops in Afghanistan

    The Obama administration is reportedly considering options to leave far fewer troops in Afghanistan after this year than the top U.S. and NATO commander for Afghanistan has recommended.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    General officer assignments announced

    Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh announced the following general officer assignments April 21:

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  4. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, right, talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during an April 22 meeting in Kiev, Ukraine. Andrew Kravchenko / AP

    Ukraine orders offensive as Biden presses Russia

    Ukraine's president on Tuesday ordered the country's forces to renew a military operation against pro-Russian militants in East Ukraine after the killing of two men and a shooting at a plane.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  5. South Carolina's top military man begins re-election campaign

    Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston, South Carolina's adjutant general, lauded the state's Army and Air Force National Guard as one of the nation's top military organizations Tuesday and asked voters to re-elect him so he can work to keep it that way.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  6. This April 18, 2012, satellite image provided by GeoEye shows North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday. GeoEye / AP

    Activity at North Korea site hints at nuke test preps

    Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  7. Judge: Prosecutors must turn over info on secret CIA prisons

    Prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order released Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  8. Allison Hickey, VA's benefits chief, has questioned calls by health officials to use the phrase 'Gulf War illness' to describe the various health problems in veterans of the 1990-'91 conflict. Robert Turtil/Defense Department

    Top VA official questions use of term 'Gulf War illness'

    After the Institute of Medicine in March recommended using the term 'Gulf War illness' to describe symptoms affecting more than 200,000 Persian Gulf War veterans, a top Veterans Affairs Department official expressed concern that such a change would imply

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  9. Foreign troops now eligible for Defense Meritorious Service Medal

    President Obama has signed an executive order that allows foreign troops who work with the U.S. military to be eligible for the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    91-year-old World War II veteran gets honor

    A 91-year-old World War II veteran in suburban Detroit has received a long-overdue honor.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Vic Morris retired from the Air Force in 1961 as a lieutenant colonel. He was a flight engineer on the B-29 Superfortress 'Danny-Mite' that was shot down over Tokyo on May 24, 1945, during World War II. Derik Holtmann / Belleville News-Democrat via AP

    WWII vet overcomes survivor's guilt, tells story

    For nearly 69 years, Frances Corona has wondered how her brother met his fate in World War II.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  10. Airmen return from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Air Force's revised figures show 2,132 enlisted airmen and 323 officers have been approved for early retirement. Airman 1st Class Betty Chevalier/Air Force

    Air Force corrects figures on early retirement approvals

    The Air Force has corrected an error in the number of enlisted airmen it said had been approved for early retirement.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  11. U.S. seeks to navigate military-civilian power blocs in Pakistan

    It has been six years since the Pakistani military gave up direct control of that nation's government. But U.S.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  12. Pakistan says it's test-fired short-range missile

    Pakistan's military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  13. The warships of the standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE with, from front to back, Estonian minehunter Admiral Cowen, Dutch minehunter Makkum, Norwegian minesweeper Otra and Belgian minehunter Belis set sail Tuesday from Kiel, Germany. Gero Breloer / AP

    NATO minesweepers set off on Baltic deployment

    Five NATO mine-hunting ships set off Tuesday on a deployment in the Baltic Sea, part of the alliance's efforts to strengthen its presence in Europe's ex-communist east as members there worry about Russia's intentions in Ukraine.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  14. Election posters showing Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, right, and parliamentary candidate Faleh al-Khazali are seen Monday in the southern port city of Basra. Militants wearing military uniforms carried out an overnight attack against a balloting center in a remote area of the country's north and killed 10 guards, a senior police official said on Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images

    Militants attack balloting center in Iraq, kill 10

    Militants wearing military uniforms carried out an overnight attack against a balloting center in a remote area of the country's north and killed 10 guards, a senior police official said on Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Vice President Biden congratulates newly commissioned 2nd Lt. Kellen Curry during the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2009 graduation ceremony on May 27 at Falcon Stadium. Biden will be the guest speaker at the 2014 graduation ceremony in May. Mike Kaplan / Air Force

    Biden to speak at Air Force Academy graduation

    Vice President Biden will be the guest speaker at the Air Force Academy graduation in May.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Lt. Col. Grant Hargrove, who commanded a reconstruction team, sits with Abdul Ahad Fazli, the political aide to the governor of Nangarhar Province, and Mouhsen Habib, the State Department lead, during a meeting at the Provincial Governor's Palace. Courtesy photo

    4 standouts in Afghanistan honored with Sijan Award

    Lt. Col. Grant Hargrove helped Afghan leaders expand electric power and other essential services to 2.7 million citizens of Nangarhar Province, an area where Afghan forces and the Taliban often clash for control.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  15. Vice President Biden, left, is greeted upon arrival April 21 at Borispol airport outside Kiev, Ukraine. Sergei Chuzavkov / AP

    U.S.: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord

    Russia has 'days, not weeks' to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    'When I can be in a tranquil situation ... I forget about all my problems,' said Max Sanchez, a Vietnam veteran who finds nudity an effective way to treat his post-traumatic stress. WTSP.com

    Interview: 5 questions for the naked veteran

    Vietnam War veteran Max Sanchez struggles with controlling issues stemming from post-traumatic stress.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  16. Russians inspect Montana nuclear launch facilities

    Russian nuclear inspectors visited the U.S. amid heightened tensions between the two nations to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities had been demolished as part of a 2011 arms control treaty, Air Force officials said Monday.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  17. Soldiers pause for a moment of prayer during the National Day of Prayer breakfast at Torii Station, Japan, in 2013. Sgt. 1st Class Howard Reed/Army

    Army personnel to take part in prayer event

    Army officials say they will not back away from participating in a Capitol Hill prayer event next month despite complaints that the event amounts to an endorsement of evangelical Christians.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    North Dakota to begin drone tests for ag research

    North Dakota could begin flying a drone next month to test how the unmanned aircraft can check soil quality and the status of crops to help farmers improve agricultural management.

    • Apr. 21, 2014

This Week's Air Force Times

This Week's Air Force Times

U.S. military shifting gears in Europe
'Center of gravity' heads east amid new tensions

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