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  1. Robert Work, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense, greets service members on Aug. 20 after speaking at Naval Base Guam. Rick Cruz / Pacific Daily News

    Deputy SecDef highlights Guam in U.S. military buildup plan

    The Pentagon's second-highest-ranking civilian official yesterday said there's momentum to move forward with plans for the military buildup on Guam.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  2. New school year, new home: Military families look to adjust

    Linh Narum knows what it means to be a part of a military family. Her father served in the Air Force for 27 years and she and her husband, Air Force Col. Jerry Narum, a communications officer, have two sons of their own.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  3. Commentary: Tech, vocational schools serve vital need

    By early 2015, tens of thousands of troops will have returned stateside after more than a decade of military engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  4. Potential GOP candidates use beheading to hammer Obama over IS

    Republicans are using the beheading of an American journalist in Syria to mount new attacks on President Barack Obama, urging him to get tougher on a radical Sunni group.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
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    Mich. county considers missile defense system

    Kalamazoo County officials will decide whether to ask the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a ballistic missile defense system at Fort Custer Training Center.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
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    Image from video released by Islamic State militants that appears to show the beheading of James Foley, a U.S. photojournalist who was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012. Islamic State video

    British national may have beheaded U.S. journalist

    The apparent beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by an Islamic State militant may have been undertaken by a British national, the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  5. Iraqi Shiite fighters, loyal to Muslim Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, take part in military and first aid training on Tuesday, in the shrine city of Najaf, in central Iraq. Haidar Hamdani / AFP via Getty Images

    Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

    Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  6. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry points a finger as he arrives Aug. 11 in Sydney. In its latest personal attack on a prominent official, North Korea has called Kerry a wild dog with a 'hideous lantern jaw.' Peter Parks / AP

    North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

    In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a 'hideous lantern jaw.'

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  7. Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) sort through donated non-perishable food items during a community service project at the Bremerton Food Line food bank in Bremerton, Wash, in 2013. MC2 Lauren Howes / Navy

    DoD questions military data in food bank study

    The Pentagon's personnel chief is taking exception to statistics from a recent study that concluded 25 percent of military households use food banks.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
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    Jackie Chavis looks at the new USAF Security Forces Museum exhibit honoring the eight Security Forces Airmen killed in conflict since 2005. Mrs. Chavis's son, Airman 1st Class LeeBernard Chavis, is among the Airmen honored by the exhibit, 'Into the 21st Century.' Airman Chavis was killed Oct. 14, 2006, while on duty in Baghdad. Robbin Cresswell / Air Force

    Security Forces Museum, closed Friday, is already missed

    A plan to shutter the Security Forces Museum at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland this month — and reopen it as early as 2017 as part of a sprawling enlisted heritage and character development center — has left members of the Air Force's largest career fiel

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  8. Smoke rises on Aug. 18 during airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants at the Mosul Dam outside Mosul, Iraq. Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country's largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said, as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic facility. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    U.S. mission in Iraq could expand, Pentagon official says

    The mission for U.S. troops in Iraq to help Kurdish and Iraqi security forces in their fight against Islamic militants remains limited for now, but may expand after Iraqi leaders form a new government, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  9. A Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces type 90 tank fires Tuesday during an exercise at the Higashi-Fuji training ground in Gotemba. A total of 2,300 personnel, 80 tanks and armored vehicles, 20 aircraft and 600 vehicles are participating in the exercise. Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP via Getty Images

    Japan military holds drill as its role expands

    Japan's military is showcasing its ability to defend remote islands, as its role expands at home and abroad under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  10. American journalist James Foley, shown here in Syria in 2012. Manu Brabo

    Islamic State claims execution of American as retaliation for Iraq airstrikes

    A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  11. More than half of the US Air Force's F-16D fleet has been grounded after cracks were discovered in a routine inspection. Chad Bellay / Lockheed Martin

    Air Force grounds 82 F-16Ds after cracks discovered

    The Air Force has grounded over half of its F-16D Fighting Falcons, the service's Air Combat Command (ACC) announced Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  12. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov receives airwarfare specialist certification during his deployment on the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis in early 2012. Courtesy of the Chepusov family

    Sailor, allegedly strangled to death by airman, remembered as caring

    Shortly before his death, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov received a medal for helping save a soldier's life.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  13. USA Discounters seizes the pay of more troops than any company in the country, military records show. A reader proposes changes to adjudication of collection activity from military members. Mike Morones / Staff

    Letters to the editor

    The article concerning credit practices impacting some military members is instructive to all those who use newly acquired borrowing power ['Retired officer helps run easy-credit company,' Aug. 18].

    • Aug. 19, 2014
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    Ex-officer says she was discharged for reporting burn-pit danger

    An officer who says she was discharged from the Navy for alerting senior officials of the potential health dangers of open-air burn pits and improperly stored water at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, is suing to get her job back.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  14. Ukrainian soldiers load a Grad missile during fighting with pro-Russian separatists close to Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, on Monday. Dozens of civilians were killed Monday when separatist rebels shelled a convoy of refugees trying to flee war-torn eastern Ukraine, a top Ukrainian official said. A top rebel chief said no such attack had occurred. Petro Zadorozhnyy/The Associated Press

    Putin, Poroshenko to meet for talks on Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet next week in Minsk in their first face-to-face talks since June.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  15. F-15 Eagles from the 44th Fighter Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, fly over the Pacific Ocean Aug. 9 during Exercise Valiant Shield. Senior Airman Miranda Moorer/Air Force

    U.S. military stops identifying planes involved in Iraq airstrikes

    The U.S. military, at the request of host nations in the region, is no longer identifying the specific land-based aircraft carrying out airstrikes in Iraq, a defense official told Military Times on Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  16. A citizen peacekeeper tries to keep protesters back Monday as police advance, in Ferguson, Mo. Christian Gooden / AP

    Guard stays on sidelines as police, protesters collide in Ferguson

    The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  17. An helicopter sprays water on the flames burning the bush after two Italian air force fighter jets carrying a total of four crew members collided during a training mission over Italy and crashed into a hilly, wooded area that erupted in flames, Tuesday, near Venarotta some 20 kilometers from Ascoli Piceno in central Italy. It wasn't immediately known whether the two pilots and two navigators managed to eject from the Tornado jets. Sandro Perozzi/The Associated Press

    2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy

    Two Italian air force fighter jets carrying a total of four crew members collided during a training mission over Italy on Tuesday and crashed into a hilly, wooded area that erupted in flames, the force said.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
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    A screenshot of two cars being swept away in a flash flood shortly after a group of airmen pulled an elderly passenger to safety. YouTube

    Airmen to be honored for flash flood rescue

    Clark County commissioners are set to honor Air Force personnel who pulled a couple from their vehicle before flash floodwaters swept it away earlier this month.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
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    An F-15C Eagle from the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off March 6 from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. Staff Sgt. Emerson Nunez / Air Force

    12 Lakenheath F-15s participate in NATO joint exercise

    Twelve F-15 fighter jets and 180 personnel from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, are participating in a joint exercise with the Bulgarian military, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters Monday.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  18. Double EPRs: Move to fixed date for evals means some will get two this year

    Some technical sergeants will receive two enlisted performance reports this year, as the Air Force implements sweeping changes to the enlisted evaluation system that include fixed dates for each rank.

    • Aug. 18, 2014

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