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  1. 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
  2. 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
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    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
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    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
  3. President Obama speaks about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28 at the White House. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    Obama calls on other nations to fight Islamic State

    President Obama on Thursday shunted aside speculation that he will soon expand the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic extremists into Syria, saying the military mission for now will remain focused on Iraq.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  4. Officials say an engine fix is near at hand for the F-35, following a June fire. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    USAF chief: Pratt close to developing F-35 engine fix

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  5. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel greets Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of Joint Special Operations Command, on April 23. Votel assumed command of U.S. Special Operations Command during an Aug. 28 ceremony in Tampa, Fla. Carl Woog / Defense Department

    Votel takes helm of Special Operations Command

    Army Gen. Joseph Votel has taken the helm of U.S. Special Operations Command located at MacDill Air Force Base.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
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    Maj. Kari Fleming is a C-17 special operations instructor pilot and aircraft commander out of Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Courtesy

    C-17 pilot is selected White House Fellow

    Maj. Kari Fleming will be walking the halls of the White House — as one of 15 White House Fellows in the 2014-15 class.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  6. Troy Kastigar, left, and Douglas McAuthur McCain. Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff's Office / AP

    High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

    The two high school buddies loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends. They both converted to Islam in early adulthood. And both were recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist causes.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  7. An F/A-18C Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 25 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    U.S. warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq

    U.S. fighter planes conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Thursday, continuing a limited campaign aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake key territory and degrade the militants' capability.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  8. A resident physician at Scott Air Force Base checks a patient's eyes in this file photo. Scott and at least six other Air Force bases have enlisted the help of mystery patients to evaluate the care they receive at medical centers. Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane / Air Force

    'Mystery patients' evaluate medical staff

    When Col. Bret Burton took command of the 375th Medical Group at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, he put customer satisfaction near the top of his priority list.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  9. An image taken from a video uploaded on social networks on Aug. 28 shows men in underwear being marched barefoot along a desert road before being allegedly executed by Islamic State (IS) militants at an undisclosed location in Syria's Raqa Province. AFP

    Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

    The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  10. United States U.N. Representative Samantha Power speaks at an Aug. 28 United Nations Security Council meeting about the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian . Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    U.N. Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    Alarmed members of the U.N. Security Council demanded Thursday that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the Ukraine crisis, while the U.S. ambassador accused Moscow of having 'outright lied.'

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  11. Rep. Duncan Hunter: '[Islamic State] in Iraq is not an existential threat to us. They're not going to harm the United States. They're bad guys, yes. If you're there.' Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Rep. Hunter: Islamic State just 'guys in pajamas,' not an 'existential threat'

    A GOP House member who served in Iraq says the Islamic State is not an 'existential threat' to the United States, striking a different tone than other Republicans.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  12. President Obama speaks on the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine on Aug. 28 at the White House . Charles Dharapak / AP

    Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    President Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying 'we don't have a strategy yet' for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  13. China vows to respond to U.S. surveillance flights

    China said Thursday it will continue responding to U.S. military surveillance flights off its coast, rejecting American accusations that one of Beijing's fighter jets acted recklessly in intercepting a U.S. Navy plane last week.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  14. This handout picture from the Finnish Air Force taken Thursday shows a Russian AN-72 transport plane, taken by a Finnish aircraft pilot. Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such incident in six days. Ministry spokesman Max Arhippainen told The Associated Press that a Russian AN-72 transport plane is believed to have crossed into the Nordic country's airspace over the Gulf of Finland for a few minutes. Finnish Air Force/Lehtikuva via AP

    Finland suspects Russian airspace violation

    Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such incident in six days.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  15. Veterans Affairs Hospital in Montgomery. Montgomery Advertiser

    Alabama VA employee accused of sexually abusing patient

    A Veterans Affairs Southeast Network employee who works at the Tuskegee VA medical center and was charged with sexual abuse of a veteran patient in February is still receiving a paycheck.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
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    Tobias Naegele, vice president and general manager of Defense News, announced Wednesday that he is leaving Gannett Government Media after more than 22 years. Mike Morones/Staff

    Longtime newsroom leader Tobias Naegele leaving Gannett Government Media

    Tobias Naegele, an award-winning editor who led Military Times and Defense News during two wars and spearheaded the newsroom's entrance into the digital age, announced his resignation Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  16. A fighter from the Islamic State group, armed with a knife and an automatic weapon, next to captured Syrian army soldiers and officers, following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. AP

    Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of base

    The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  17. Members of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, load an Antonov 124 cargo plane with food and other humanitarian aid destined for Erbil in northern Iraq at the airport Leipzig-Halle on Aug. 22 in Schkeuditz, Germany. Ronny Hartmann / Getty Images

    Sources: U.S. considering new relief mission in Iraq

    The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  18. Outgoing commander of ISAF, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, and incoming commander, Army Gen. John F. Campbell, right, salute during a change of command ceremony Aug. 26 at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. ISAF is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Gen. Dunford: Taliban will test Afghans in 2015

    Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    A massive runway refurbishment project at Dover Air Force Base will force the temporary relocation of the base's 18 C-5M cargo jets. Roland Balik/Air Force

    Dover Air Force Base to get major runway rebuild

    The runways at Dover Air Force Base will undergo a $98.3 million refurbishment over the next 22 months — a massive project that will force the temporary relocation of the base's 18 C-5M cargo jets beginning next summer.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  19. Engaging the Enemy: A Special Forces soldier fires a Carl Gustav after receiving small-arms fire in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on March 8. Spc. Sara Wakai/Army

    SOCOM orders more 84mm recoilless rifles

    Special Operations Command has signed a contract worth up to $187 million for the purchase of more Carl Gustav recoilless rifles and ammunition from Swedish defense firm Saab.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  20. Fighters from the Islamic State group that captured the Tabqa air base from the Syrian government operate a captured tank, in Raqqa, Syria. AP

    Reports: 2nd U.S. Islamist fighter killed in Syria

    The Obama administration is investigating reports from Syria that a second American was killed over the weekend while fighting alongside Islamist State extremists.

    • Aug. 27, 2014

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