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  1. An American Flag waves in the breeze July 18 as a wildfire approaches in Malott, Wash. Tyler Tjomsland / AP

    Montana Guard helicopters, troops to help with Washington fires

    The Montana Army National Guard sent 17 soldiers and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters to Washington state to support wildfire fighting operations.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  2. A masked pro-Russian rebel stands as Peter Van Vilet, center left, team leader of Netherlands' National Forensic Investigations Team, speaks Monday to members of the OSCE's mission to Ukraine, while inspecting a refrigerated train loaded with the bodies of passengers in Torez, eastern Ukraine, 9 miles from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    U.N. to vote on crash resolution; Russia reluctant

    The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    Wes Welker takes flight with Thunderbirds

    Denver Bronco Wes Welker says he's glad he took flight with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in Cheyenne but he's not sure he'll do it again anytime soon.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    Base Operations at Scott Air Force Base. The area has low housing prices, a low crime rate and top on-base services. Karen Petitt / Air Force

    Special Report: The top 5 best bases for airmen

    No matter the service, no matter the era, one of the favorite pastimes of troops has always been comparing duty stations — griping about the lousy ones and singing the praises of the good ones.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    Readers' picks: From paradises to morale killers

    Air Force Times opened the floor to its readers to get their thoughts on the best and worst bases in the Air Force. More than 100 readers sent us their thoughts on our Flightlines blog, Facebook page, and via email.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    Average commute in the Washington area is roughly half an hour. Carolyn Kaster / The Associated Press

    Bringing up the rear: The 5 worst bases in the Air Force

    Based on Air Force Times research, these are the five least-popular bases — from fifth worst to worst — to be stationed in the Air Force:

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  3. Editorial: Surprises in base rankings

    Eight months ago, Air Force Times embarked on an ambitious project to rank Air Force bases across the U.S., measuring cost of living, housing, schools, traffic and amenities for each area.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  4. U.S. soldiers patrol the city of Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad, in May 2003. Ahmed Al-Rubaye/AFP

    Study: Indirect link between combat and suicide risk

    One of the first comprehensive efforts to explain record suicides among soldiers during and after their deployments in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan finds an indirect link between deployment, combat and self-destructive urges, according to a paper publ

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  5. This 2012 photo provided by Rabbi Asher Hecht, shows Nissim Sean Carmeli, left, with Hecht in Jerusalem. AP/Rabbi Asher Hecht via Chabad of the Rio Grande

    2 Americans killed in fighting in Gaza Strip

    Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  6. WWII vet gets surprise $1K check after robbery

    A 101-year-old veteran in Carson City who was the victim of a home invasion robbery over the Memorial Day weekend has received a $1,000 check during a surprise visit from supporters.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    Aircraft with U.S. personnel lands in Ugandan road

    A small aircraft carrying U.S. military personnel made an emergency landing in the middle of a highway after running out of fuel, Ugandan police said Friday.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  7. A member of Iraq's Special Weapons and Tactics Team stands guard as blindfolded suspected terrorists are displayed Sunday at the federal police headquarters in Basra, Iraq. Iraq's SWAT arrested 21 suspected terrorists during recent security operations in Basra, according to police. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani) Nabil al-Jurani / AP

    Overnight attacks in Iraq kill at least 16 people

    Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni militants' offensive that has left huge areas in northern and western Iraq outside of government control.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  8. Air Force Tech Sgt. Rhonda Stockstill and her husband, Lendle, in front of the home they bought with a VA loan. Scott Schaefer

    Use your VA loan benefit

    After a tornado ripped through Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rhonda Stockstill's house in Moore, Oklahoma, in May 2013, she and her husband began the hunt for a new home, thinking they would go through their previous lender to get another VA home loan.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  9. Ukrainian rescue servicemen inspect part of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 20 in Rassipnoye, Ukraine. Rob Stothard / Getty Images

    Kerry: Mounting evidence of Russian involvement in crash

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday there was mounting evidence Russia assisted separatists in Ukraine in shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
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    Air Force officials are expected to decide by next month whether to go forward with a huge expansion of a bomber training area over the Northern Plains for B-1 bombers, pictured, and B-52s. Staff Sgt. Cherie A. Thurlby / via AP

    Decision near on bomber training area expansion

    Air Force officials are expected to decide as soon as next month whether to go forward with an expansion of a bomber training area over the Northern Plains that would encompass an area larger than West Virginia.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
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    Iraq War veteran Darin Welker, 36, holds one of his ducks at his home in West Lafayette, Ohio. Trevor Jones / AP

    Iraq War vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks

    Darin Welker is facing a citation and a hearing in Coshocton Municipal Court for owning 14 ducks, as they are in violation of a village ordinance.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  10. Emergency workers load bodies of victims on a truck at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 19 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    Bodies of MH17 victims on train bound for rebel-held city

    All 196 bodies recovered from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have been loaded onto refrigerated trains headed for a rebel-held city, according to reports Sunday.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  11. Spc. Lynndie England is one of 13 people banned in response to the July 2 U.S. ban on Russian parliament member Adam Delimkhanov. England is a former soldier convicted of abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib, Iraq. AP

    Russia bans congressman, 12 other Americans

    Russia has placed a U.S. lawmaker and 12 other people connected with the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on its list of those banned from entering the country.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  12. German President Joachim Gauck, right, attends a July 20 wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler at the courtyard of the Bendler Block, a part of the German Defense Ministry, in Berlin. Markus Schreiber / AP

    Germany honors officers who tried to kill Hitler

    Germany on Sunday honored a group of Nazi-era officers who tried to kill Adolf Hitler 70 years ago. The plot — portrayed in films such as the 2008 Hollywood movie '

    • Jul. 20, 2014
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    Airmen new to Korea cannot buy or drink alcohol within 30 days of arrival — a requirement under a new orientation policy. 1st Lt. Kay Nissen/Air Force

    Alcohol ban in South Korea reflects 'fight tonight' readiness

    Airmen new to South Korea need to know what they're getting into.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  13. In this Aug. 27, 2013, file photo, a Russian air defense missile system SA-11 launcher is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow. Ivan Sekretarev/The Associated Press

    Without radar, missile may not have identified Malaysian jet

    If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
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    Fort Bragg airman killed in exercise identified

    Officials at Fort Bragg have identified the airman who died after he was run over by a government vehicle during an Air Force training exercise.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
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    In this Friday, June 27, 2014, file photo, an Iraqi nun, second from left, speaks with a Christian man who fled with his family from the Christian villages near Mosul, Iraq, at a school that was turned into a shelter for displaced Christian families, in Ainkawa, a suburb of Irbil, Iraq. The Islamic State group gave Mosul's Christians until midday Saturday to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. The vast majority of Christians fled. Hussein Malla/The Associated Press

    Under threat, Iraq's Christians flee city of Mosul

    BAGHDAD The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
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    Family of slain Ohio WWII Navy vet renews reward

    The family of a World War II veteran and great-great grandfather killed in his Ohio home nearly three years ago is renewing a $5,000 reward for information that helps solve the cold case, saying that justice is long overdue.

    • Jul. 19, 2014

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