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  1. Top left: An F-15 deployed from Royal Air Force Lakenheath lands in Lithuania in preparation for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe to assume the NATO Baltic air policing mission. Top Right: The guided missile destroyer Donald Cook arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain, in February. Bottom left: A U.S. airman signals to the pilot during pre-flight checks, March 20 at Lask Air Base, Poland. Bottom right: Six MV-22B Ospreys assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 arrived in Spain on April 27 in support of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF CR).

    NATO to ramp up in response to Russian aggression

    U.S. troops in Europe likely will ramp up operations and continue a historic shift eastward after the NATO alliance this week agreed to vastly expand its military readiness in response to Russian aggression.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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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
  1. 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
  3. 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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    Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, would have lost most of its equipment and aircraft under the 2005 BRAC proposal. The proposal was rejected, and since then the Alaska congressional delegation has been sensitive to any movement on the base. Kevin Robertson/Air Force

    Too many bases: The plan to sidestep Congress' opposition to closures

    The Air Force is digging deep to achieve extensive budget cuts — cutting people, eliminating entire aircraft fleets and begging Congress for another round of base closures.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, has been nominated as the Air Force's top military acquisition official. Air Force

    Air Force names new acquisition, mobility leaders

    The Air Force is shuffling the command of several key programs, including missile systems and its new tanker plane, the service announced Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  4. 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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    Several decisions handed down by appeals courts in recent months demonstrate how military law is catching up to technological phenomena such as 'sexting' and text-stalking, say attorneys who specialize in military justice. Senior Airman Jessica Lockoski / Air Force

    Military appeals courts uphold sexting convictions

    Troops have gotten in trouble for years for sending sexually explicit photos and messages over text message — even without much legal precedent.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  5. The destroyer USS Donald Cook is seen April 14 at the Constanta shipyard in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta. A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S. Navy destroyer while it was steaming in the Black Sea. Petrut Calinescu / Getty Images

    Pentagon condemns 'provocative' Russian military action against U.S. Navy ship

    A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  6. Md. man pleads to no-show job at Penn. base

    A former civilian contractor who worked at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland has pleaded guilty to defrauding the government by helping the former vice commander of a base near Pittsburgh receive extra pay in exchange for getting the Maryland man a no-sh

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  7. Ala. National Guard unit renamed to suit mission

    An Alabama Air National Guard unit has a new name to fit its role supporting the military's special forces troops.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  8. For the first time in 10 years, Russia last year spent a bigger share of its overall economy on arms investments than the U.S. as it seeks to bolster its military capability, a Swedish arms watchdog said Monday. Alexei Nikolsky / AFP via Getty Images

    Russia boosts military spending

    For the first time in 10 years, Russia last year spent a bigger share of its overall economy on arms investments than the U.S. as it seeks to bolster its military capability, a Swedish arms watchdog said Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Members of the 23rd Bomb Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., pose with their bald heads. Courtesy photos

    Airmen shave their heads to support fallen pilot's ailing son

    The baldness began in February with 90 airmen deployed to Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  9. Official: U.S. looking into Syria toxic gas reports

    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus were so far '

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  10. Window opens on secret camp within Guantanamo

    Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise the route on the scrub brush-and-cactus covered military base.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    Underwater combat school in Keys marks 50 years

    An underwater combat training school in Key West is marking its 50th anniversary.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  11. Iran calls off plan to send warships to Atlantic

    Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that the country has temporarily called off a plan to dispatch warships to the Atlantic Ocean.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  12. Iraq: Bombings kill at least 16 people in north

    A car bomb went off in a commercial area of a restive northern Iraqi city on Sunday, killing at least 10 people, while a separate bombing killed 6 people, officials said.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    Unit Effectiveness Inspections going AF-wide

    Airmen can expect more short-notice reviews and a constant focus on readiness under the new Unit Effectiveness Inspection program scheduled to be in place throughout the Air Force by summer.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  13. An airman models the legacy physical training uniform, left, and the modified PT uniform, right. Tech. Sgt. Lionel Castellano/Air Force

    Improved warmups to become standard issue in October

    The Air Force's announcement in 2009 that improved PT warmups would soon be available was welcome news to airmen who complained about the 'swish' and discomfort of the standard-issue baggy warmups they had been wearing since 2005.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  14. 3 airmen convicted of sex offenses in February

    Two airmen were convicted of sexual assault and a third of sexual harassment at courts-martial in February, the Air Force said. All three received discharges as part of their sentences.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and Bret Michaels sing onstage during the Operation Homefront 6th Annual Military Child of the Year Awards Dinner Thursday at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. MC1 Daniel Hinton / DoD

    Video: Joint Chiefs chair sings with Poison frontman

    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff gave Poison lead singer Bret Michaels something to believe in when they sang a duet together on Thursday.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  15. New assignments for six Malmstrom commanders

    The officers relieved of command at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., following a cheating scandal are headed to new staff positions.

    • Apr. 11, 2014

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