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  1. Three-quarters of Americans ages 17 to 24 are unfit for military duty in part because they are overweight, according to a 2010 report by a group of retired military leaders. Getty Images

    AF takes aim at obesity in dependents, retirees

    The Air Force is taking aim at obesity among dependents and retirees through two pilot programs that could eventually go servicewide.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
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    Sen. John Walsh speaks to reporters Jan. 26 in Helena, Mont. Matt Volz / The Associated Press

    Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

    The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  2. Jerzy Dyczynski and Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski whose daughter, 25-year-old Fatima, was a passenger on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, sit on part of the wreckage of the crashed aircraft in Hrabove, Ukraine, on Saturday. The couple who live in Perth, Australia, crossed territory held by pro-Russian rebels to reach the wreckage-strewn farm fields outside the village of Hrabove. They last spoke to Fatima shortly before she boarded the flight for Kuala Lumpur in Amsterdam on July 17. Rudhart-Dyczynski said, 'We have promised our daughter we will come here.' Nicholas Garriga/The Associated Press

    Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

    Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  3. North Korea fires short-range missile into sea

    North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, a South Korean defense official said.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
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    You're invited: Participate in Military Times' annual reader survey

    How is morale in your unit? Are budget reductions affecting your op-tempo? Are you worried about cuts to your pay and benefits? And what do you think about the crisis in Iraq?

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  4. DoD tightens tuition assistance rules

    Force-wide changes to the military's Tuition Assistance program may require troops to pay back their TA money if they perform poorly in class.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  5. AFPC outlines options for senior airmen affected by lost promotion tests

    The Air Force is still trying to hunt down promotion test answer sheets for the most recent testing cycle that went MIA after they were mailed via FedEx from Pope Airfield, North Carolina, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Friday.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  6. Gen. Mark Welsh gives his service top marks for personal behavior, saying he is 'very happy with the ethical fabric of the United States Air Force,' despite problems that include a cheating scandal at its nuclear missile sites and a general's drunken binge on an arms control mission. Mandel Ngan/AFP

    Welsh gives Air Force top ethics marks; Congresswomen say comments are 'troubling'

    The Air Force's top officer gives his service top marks for personal behavior, saying he is 'very happy with the ethical fabric of the United States Air Force,' despite problems that include a cheating scandal at its nuclear missile sites and a general's

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  7. A convoy of military vehicles of the Ukrainian forces drives towards the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, in the region of Lugansk, on Friday. GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images

    Pentagon: Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

    The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is 'imminent,' the Pentagon said Friday, saying Russia is escalating the military action there.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  8. Number of military suicides showing uptick

    The number of military suicides so far this year is running slightly higher than for the same time frame last year, but without the context of force reductions, the raw data say little about current suicide trends in the armed services.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  9. Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with U.S.

    The Taliban's reclusive leader is warning that a bilateral security pact allowing foreign troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  10. U.S. clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

    The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  11. House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a 'sustained combat role' without congressional approval.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  12. An armed Sunni militiaman wearing an Iraqi Army patch, left, and a U.S. Army soldier patrol in Samarra on Oct. 6, 2010. Over the past month, militants led by the extremist Islamic State group overpowered the military and the Sahwa, seizing control of most of the Sunni-dominated areas of Iraq. The jihadis have systematically killed dozens of former Sahwa leaders, forced others to flee and recruited the remaining foot soldiers through intimidation. Maya Alleruzzo / AP file

    Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

    Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
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    Group wants to dredge river for '56 bomber wreck

    A group that's spent nearly 20 years trying to find the wreckage of a World War II-era bomber that crashed into a Pittsburgh-area river is seeking permission to dredge the waterway for wreckage.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
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    Former astronaut Hank Hartsfield dies at 80

    Former astronaut Henry 'Hank' Hartsfield, who logged 483 hours during three trips into space and commanded two shuttle missions, has died.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  13. Central American leaders convening at White House

    President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
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    Wilbur, a Marine Corps military working dog with a Marine special operations team, takes a break with his handler in 2013 after successfully searching a build site in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Sgt. Pete Thibodeau / DoD

    Military working dogs finding their way home

    When Marine Sgt. Deano Miller was preparing to return home from a deployment in Afghanistan, he desperately wanted to say goodbye to his best friend.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
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    US Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell was confirmed July 24 as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and US Forces in Afghanistan. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Army vice chief Campbell confirmed for ISAF post; Votel goes to SOCOM

    The Army's vice chief of staff, Gen. John Campbell, was confirmed Wednesday as the next commander for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
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    A Mexican boy looks at a member of the U.S. Border Patrol standing guard Tuesday on the border between El Paso in the United States and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. Jesus Alcazar / AFP via Getty Images

    Unaccompanied children could be housed at Maxwell

    Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, is now joining several other military bases as possible locations to house unaccompanied Central American minors, according to the state's governor's office.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  14. Iraqi lawmakers elected veteran Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the nation's new president on July 24. Ali Al-Saadi / AFP

    Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

    Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  15. Civilians offered buyouts under HQ reduction plan

    The Air Force is encouraging civilians to apply for voluntary early retirement or separation to help the service achieve planned headquarters staff reductions.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  16. Florida National Guard recruiter charged with fraud

    A Tampa Bay area National Guard recruiter is facing federal charges after authorities say he falsified sign-up numbers to earn about $78,000 in bonuses.

    • Jul. 24, 2014

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