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  1. Maj. Gen. James B. Laster has been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as director of Marine Corps Staff at the Pentagon, where he would serve as a top adviser to the incoming commandant, Gen. Joseph Dunford, if both are approved by Congress, as expected. Gunnery Sgt. Cindy Fisher/Marine Corps

    2-star nominated to advise CMC

    A Marine two-star has been tapped to receive a third star and serve as the next top adviser to the commandant, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Wednesday.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  2. Gen. Daniel Allyn, leader of FORSCOM, has been nominated to serve as the Army's next vice chief. Army

    FORSCOM head nominated to be new Army vice chief

    The top general at Forces Command has been nominated to be the next Army Vice Chief of Staff, according to information on the Senate Armed Services Committee website.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  3. Adms. Jon Greenert, left, and John Richardson are warning Congress that funding cuts have put the Navy in a 'position of being unable to provide for a safe and reliable nuclear fleet.' Here, they're addressing media in February about a cheating incident at the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Command. MCC(SW/EXW) Peter D. Lawlor/US Navy

    Navy to Congress: We can't guarantee a safe nuclear fleet

    Fighting back at repeated budget cuts to its nuclear power budget requests, two of the Navy's top leaders warned Congress on Monday that the cuts can't go on.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  4. Donald Jurewicz, Joint Task Force-Alaska deputy director for operations, explains details of the C-124 crash site to Tonja Anderson-Dell during her September 2012 visit to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Master Sgt. Mikal Canfield / Air Force

    Uncovering the losses in a 1952 C-124 crash

    Almost 50 years after her husband's death in a military transport plane crash in the mountains of Alaska, Dorothy Anderson was finally ready to accept his flag.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  5. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will soon issue recommendations after a review of nuclear forces. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Hagel: Navy nuclear reviews are done, reviewing recommendations

    The Pentagon is finishing up a major review of its nuclear forces and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will soon issue his recommendations.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  6. This July 3, 2014, file photo shows Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaking at the Pentagon. Hagel told naval submariners on Wednesday that the U.S. has let its focus on the military's nuclear responsibilities drift a bit, but two reviews are wrapping up and he will be looking at recommendations to strengthen the health of the force. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/The Associated Press

    Hagel says nuclear operation has drifted

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told naval submariners on Wednesday that the U.S.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  7. Marine vet Andrew Tahmooressi Screenshot

    Video: Marine held in Mexico gets day in court

    As Marine veteran Andrew Tahmooressi appeared in a Mexican courthouse in Tijuana today for an evidentiary hearing, a host of lawmakers and a movie star are voicing their support for him.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  8.  Staff

    CWO promotion selections announced

    These active-component soldiers have been recommended for promotion to the senior chief warrant officer grades by a selection board that met in April and May, the Army announced Wednesday:

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  9. Brig. Gen. Brian Kelly says two major factors threaten pilot retention: The high operations tempo of recent years and the lure of private- sector jobs. Rob Curtis/Staff

    AF fighting with cash to keep fighter pilots

    The Air Force is afraid the commercial airline industry's long-awaited hiring boom is right around the corner. And for the second year in a row, the service is planning to pay big to keep airlines from poaching their fighter pilots.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  10. This March 18, 2013, file photo shows Gen. John Campbell speaking at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. John Milburn/The Associated Press

    Army leaders defend flawed intelligence system

    Gen. John Campbell, the army's vice chief of staff and nominee to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan, cited his son's experiences as a soldier there to answer a senator's tough questions last year about a troubled intelligence technology system.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  11. The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) is seen underway on July 4. MCS3 Erik Foster / Navy

    Bataan ARG moved to Persian Gulf

    As the crisis in Iraq grows, so does the Navy fleet in the Persian Gulf.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  12.  Staff

    Active-duty O-4 promotions released

    The following active-duty line officers have been selected for promotion to lieutenant commander, according to a fleetwide message, ALNAV 055/14, released Tuesday:

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  13. In this image released by the Air Force, a Malmstrom Air Force Base missile maintenance team removes the upper section of an ICBM at a Montana missile site. John Parie/Air Force

    Air Force releases info on Malmstrom cheating punishments

    Of the officers implicated in the cheating investigation at Malmstrom Air Force Base, 14 of them received non-judicial punishment, known as an Article 15, consisting of reprimands and forfeitures of basic pay.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  14. Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. consulate's burned buildings Sept. 14, 2012, after a deadly attack on Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi. Mohammad Hannon / AP

    Different attackers in Benghazi?

    Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders involved in the U.S. response to the Benghazi attacks suggests that the perpetrators of a second, dawn assault on a CIA complex probably were different from those who penetrated the U.S.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  15. DoD could save $19 billion by replacing some military personnel with civilian employees, according to the CBO. Air Force

    CBO: Save $19B by replacing 70K troops with civilians

    DoD could save $19 billion over 10 years by doing so.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  16. Fred Demag, left, and Flora Bovat pose on Wednesday at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt., with a certificate and a purple heart awarded posthumously to their father for wounds he suffered during World War I. The award was presented by the head of the Vermont National Guard. Demag and Bovat said they asked for the award after learning about their father's service. Wilson Ring/The Associated Press

    Family of World War I vet gets dad's Purple Heart

    The son and daughter of a Vermont World War I veteran received a Purple Heart at the Statehouse on Wednesday, almost 95 years after he was wounded in battle.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  17. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks July 9 during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill . Saul Loeb / Getty Images

    Senate report blasts AF for $1.2B logistics system failure

    A Senate report lambastes the Air Force for poorly managing the acquisition of a logistics management system the service canceled after spending $1.2 million.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  18. The Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington. Getty Images

    VA official 'sickened' by whistleblower retaliation

    The Veterans Affairs Department's second-ranking health official offered a blunt, harsh assessment of his department to Congress on Tuesday night: 'We failed in the trust America placed in us.'

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  19. In this photo taken June 24, 2nd Lt. Oliver Parsons, right, and 1st Lt. Andy Parthum check systems in the underground control room where they work a 24-hour shift at an ICBM launch control facility at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. The crew is responsible for controlling and launching the 10 nuclear-tipped Minuteman 3 missiles located in remote launch sites under their command. Charlie Riedel / AP

    Nuke missile duty: 'It weighs on your mind'

    1st Lt. Andy Parthum spends his workday 60 feet below ground awaiting the order he hopes never arrives: to launch the most powerful weapon ever devised by man. He is a nuclear '

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  20. Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, right, is seen in the courthouse during the first day of jury selection in his defamation lawsuit against the Chris Kyle estate, claiming that the 'Amerian Sniper' author's account of a bar fight in a book he wrote was false. Elizabeth Flores / AP via The Star Tribune

    Testimony begins Jesse Ventura's defamation case against deceased SEAL's estate

    Jesse Ventura brought his defamation lawsuit before home-state jurors Tuesday in a bid to punish the estate of late '

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  21. Military caregiver webinar set for Thursday

    Military caregivers, who often need to find additional employment to support their families, may face the risk of job discrimination because of their family responsibilities in caring for their wounded, ill or injured service member.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  22. A U.S. military investigation says geese slammed into the windscreen of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, disabling the pilot and co-pilot and leading to the crash that killed four U.S. Air Force crewmembers. Getty Images

    Investigation blames birds for deadly Pave Hawk crash

    Geese penetrated the windscreen of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during evening training mission in January, disabling the pilot and co-pilot and leading to the crash that killed four Air Force crewmembers, a military investigation revealed Wednesday.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  23. Iraqi officials: 50 bodies found south of Baghdad

    Iraqi officials discovered 50 bodies, many of them blindfolded and with their hands bound, in an agricultural area outside a city south of Baghdad on Wednesday, raising concerns over a possible sectarian killing amid the battle against a Sunni insurgency.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  24. In this May 12, 2014 file photo, an injured boy sits on a bed following an attack, at a hospital in Ghazni city, Afghanistan. The number of Afghan civilians, including children, killed in violence rose by nearly 17 percent in the first half of this year, compared with the same period in 2013 as the fight is increasingly taking place closer to homes in populated areas, the U.N. said Wednesday. Rahmatullah Nikzad / AP

    U.N.: Afghan civilian death toll up so far this year

    The number of Afghan civilians, including children, killed in violence rose by nearly 17 percent in the first half of this year, compared with the same period in 2013 as the fight is increasingly taking place closer to homes in populated areas, the U.N. s

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  25. C-130H Hercules drop heavy equipment payloads April 18, 2014, over South Korea, during exercise Max Thunder. Rolls-Royce and the US Air Force are discussing engine upgrades for the aircraft. Capt. Raymond Geoffroy/ / US Air Force

    Air Force clears Rolls-Royce for C-130H engine upgrade

    The Air Force has certified engine maker Rolls-Royce and its Series 3.5 engine upgrade for use on the service's C-130H fleet, the company announced Wednesday.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
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