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  1. This undated photo provided by the Wisconsin Historical Society shows First Lt. Alonzo Cushing. Wisconsin Historical Society / AP

    151 years after Gettysburg, a Medal of Honor recipient

    Of the 3,487 men and one woman who have received the Medal of Honor, 644 have been awarded the nation's highest military honor posthumously.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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    Two heroes from Vietnam will receive Medal of Honor

    Two soldiers who served in Vietnam will receive the Medal of Honor in a Sept. 15 ceremony, the White House announced Tuesday. A third soldier, who fought in Gettysburg during the Civil War, will also receive the top valor award.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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    Brig. Gen. Patrick Mordente, 86th Airlift Wing commander, has lifted a 17-month ban on alcohol in Ramstein Air Base, Germany, dormitories. Senior Airman Chris Willis/Air Force

    Alcohol ban in Ramstein dorms lifted

    Seventeen months after his predecessor banned alcohol in Ramstein Air Base, Germany, dormitories, 86th Airlift Wing commander Brig. Gen. Patrick Mordente has changed course.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  2. An E2-C Hawkeye launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on Aug. 16 in the Arabian Gulf. Spc. 3rd Class Brian Stephens/U.S. Navy

    Sources: U.S. surveillance planes over Syria

    The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Obama gave the OK, U.S. officials said, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets there.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  3. U.S. transfers 2 Yemenis held in Bagram prison to Yemen

    Yemeni security officials say that two prisoners held at a U.S. military prison in Afghanistan have been handed over to Yemen.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  4. President Obama speaks about veterans issues at the American Legion's 96th National Convention on Aug. 26 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Obama announces veterans mental health efforts, but most aren't new

    In his speech before the American Legion on Tuesday, President Obama touted new initiatives intended to improve mental health treatment and support for service members and veterans.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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    Tech. Sgt. Clayton Holcomb, third from left, works with members of the 35th Communications Squadron to inspect game consoles. Courtesy Clayton Holcomb

    Airman's charity wants gamers to play for a cause

    If you're done playing Halo 3, Tech. Sgt. Clayton Holcomb wants your game console for military kids to enjoy.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  5. Air Force aiding Florida police in sex stings

    Not only have Central Florida law enforcement officers violated federal rules in conducting

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  6. American woman is being held hostage in Syria

    The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  7. A screenshot of Douglas McAuthure McCain's Facebook profile picture. via Facebook

    Reports: American dies fighting for Islamic State

    A 33-year-old San Diego man was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State, NBC News and CNN are reporting.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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    Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson has asked coaches to take a bigger role in preventing sexual assaults by talking with athletes about the issue. Mike Morones/Staff

    Academy adopts strategy to prevent sexual assaults

    The sexual assault scandals that have rocked the military — and their academies, where officers are trained in a campus-like atmosphere — have challenged leaders to come up with new strategies to prevent sexual assault.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  8. U.S. giving extra $60M in military aid to Tunisia

    The U.S. has announced it will be giving Tunisia another $60 million in military aid next year.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  9. An Islamist fighter from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition flashes the V sign for victory on Aug. 24 at the entrance of Tripoli international airport. Mahmud Turkia / Getty Images

    Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with U.S.

    Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamic militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three years to stabilize Libya after dicta

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  10. President Obama speaks about veterans issues at the American Legion's 96th National Convention on Aug. 26 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Obama to announce VA initiatives today at American Legion convention

    The White House is unveiling a slate of executive actions Tuesday designed to ease troops' transition from military to civilian life and boost veterans medical-care options in the wake of scandals at the Veterans Affairs Department.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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    Air Force wife Adrianna Domingos-Lupher is being honored as a White House Champion of Change, but says she didn't become an entrepreneur for the recognition. Courtesy photo

    Spouse to receive White House entrepreneurship honor

    Air Force wife Adrianna Domingos-Lupher said she was 'floored' when she learned she is being honored as a White House Champion of Change, but she didn't become an entrepreneur for the recognition.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  11. The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Christian Petersen / Getty Images

    IG: Better training, new scheduling practices needed at Phoenix VA

    A scathing report looking into care delay problems at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health system recommends an overhaul in scheduling practices, better training and oversight for all employees, and possible firing of numerous system leaders as starting po

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  12. Gen. John E. Hyten is the 16th commander of Air Force Space Command. Air Force

    Hyten takes over at Air Force Space Command

    Gen. John E. Hyten has taken command of Air Force Space Command, replacing Gen. William L. Shelton to become the command's 16th commander.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  13. People walk past a homeless veteran in Hollywood, California, in 2012. Data from the Department Housing and Urban Development's annual point-in-time count of homeless Americans showed 8,000 fewer homeless vets since the 2013 count. Frederic J. Brown / AFP via Getty Images

    HUD: Number of homeless veterans continues to drop

    The number of homeless veterans dropped under 50,000 last year, the fourth consecutive year of decreases since White House officials refocused efforts on getting that population into stable housing.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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    SpaceX ready to launch from Cape Canaveral

    SpaceX early Wednesday hopes to launch its second satellite this month for the same international customer, Hong Kong-based communications satellite operator AsiaSat.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  14. VA Secretary Bob McDonald visits the Phoenix VA Medical Center on Aug. 9. Department of Veterans Affairs

    No proof deaths caused by delay in VA care, IG says

    Veterans Affairs leaders say they're relieved that investigators have found no evidence of patient deaths connected to serious medical appointment delay problems at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, but said the months-long review still points to numerou

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  15. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh stressed in his Aug. 23 speech at the General Conference of the National Guard Association of the United States that each component of the service has a important role to play and that all three arms of the Air Force should work together seamlessly. Tech. Sgt. JT May III/Air Force

    Welsh: Expect further integration of Guard, active duty

    The Air Force's top uniformed official expects to see the lines between the active, guard and reserve components continue to come down as the service looks for ways to operate effectively under limited budgets.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  16. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during an Aug. 25 press conference. AP

    Syrian official warns U.S.: No unilateral airstrikes

    Syria said Monday it was ready to help confront the rising threat from the Islamic State group, but warned the United States against carrying out airstrikes without Damascus' consent, saying any such attack would be considered an aggression.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
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    Cut uniform costs by adopting the MultiCam or the Airman Battle Uniform, but not both, some airmen say. Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane/Defense Department

    How airmen say the Air Force could save money

    The budget outlook for the Air Force — and the rest of the Defense Department — is nothing but grim: Sequestration. Grounded planes. Proposals to eliminate the A-10 and other fleets. Headquarters staffing and overseas facilities cutbacks.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  17. Iraqi premier-designate Haider al-Abadi speaks Aug. 25 at his first press conference since accepting the nomination to be Iraq's next prime minister in Baghdad, Iraq. Office of the Iraqi Prime Minister / AP

    Iraq premier-designate: Militias must follow state

    Iraq's prime minister-designate called Monday on the country's numerous Shiite militias and tribes to come under government control and stop acting independently, as violence killed at least 58 people in areas where the Muslim sect dominates.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  18. VA touts progress on suicides; data tell another story

    Seven years ago, the Veterans Affairs Department rejected allegations by media outlets and watchdog organizations that America faced a suicide epidemic among former military personnel.

    • Aug. 25, 2014

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