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  1. NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Philip M. Breedlove addresses the media April 16 at NATO headquarters in Brussels. NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday. Yves Logghe / AP

    NATO to ramp up in response to Russian aggression

    U.S. troops in Europe likely will ramp up operations and continue a historic shift eastward after the NATO alliance this week agreed to vastly expand its military readiness in response to Russian aggression.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  2. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, speaks April 7 in Washington. Susan Walsh / AP

    Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website

    Jill Biden is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  3. Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, appears at his arraignment April 15 in New Century, Kan. Cross is being charged for shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City on April 13. Veterans advocates are denouncing an opinion piece in the New York Times that draws links between veterans and white supremacist groups in attempting to explain the actions of the suspected gunman. David Eulitt / AP

    Veterans slam New York Times piece linking vets to hate groups

    Veterans advocates are denouncing an opinion piece in the New York Times that draws links between veterans and white supremacist groups in attempting to explain the actions of the suspected gunman in a recent and deadly shooting outside a Kansas Jewish ce

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  4. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says his country wants to host a larger NATO and U.S. presence. Mike Morones/Staff

    Poland wants larger U.S., NATO troop presence

    Poland's defense minister is calling for a larger U.S. and NATO military presence in his country to deter the type of Russian aggression occurring in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  5. Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent

    An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  6. Official: Iran will not discuss missile program

    Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  7. Congress unhappy with DoD, VA health records progress

    House lawmakers plan to hold back millions in dollars of technology funding from Defense and Veterans Affairs department planners until Congress is convinced they are making progress on developing a way to share electronic medical records.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  8. Afghan election workers carry ballot boxes and election materials on donkeys to deliver to polling stations in Dara-e-Noor district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 4, in advance of elections that took place the next day. Rahmat Gul/The Associated Press

    Afghanistan election results increase chance U.S. will stay

    The likelihood of a long-term U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan is growing after elections there in early April showed pro-American candidates winning at the polls.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  9. Patients rate VA medical centers high for satisfaction

    Patients at Veterans Affairs medical centers remain satisfied with the care they receive and complaints are down, a new survey released Wednesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index found.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  10. Marines jump out of an MV-22B Osprey while conducting parachute operations over Djibouti last year. At least 5,000 U.S. troops are operating on the African continent. Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone/Marine Corps

    DoD quietly expanding AFRICOM missions

    Just five years ago, the Pentagon considered Africa such a strategic backwater that the global map of combatant commands carved the massive continent into two chunks and placed most of it under control of the chief of U.S. European Command in Belgium.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Military hotline aids sexual assault victims

    One of the first things you notice about the Pentagon's sexual assault support hotline is its non-military look.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  12. Airmen return from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Air Force has opened a new round of 15-year retirement opportunities for airmen who were deployed, on a short-tour assignment or had an unwaiverable service commitment during the last application window. Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier/Air Force

    New early retirement window opens

    The Air Force on Tuesday opened a new window for select airmen to apply for early retirement.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  13. A veteran patient recieves a vaccination. Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October. Stephanie McCrobie / U.S. Navy

    Tricare presents plan for re-enrolling some in Prime

    Tricare announced Tuesday its plans for reinstating thousands of beneficiaries who lost eligibility for Tricare Prime last October, but by law, not all who were booted off Prime will be able to re-enroll.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  14. A pro-Russian activist guards a barricade Tuesday outside the regional police building seized in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Ukraine's acting president accused Russia enacting 'brutal plans' to destabilize the southeast of his ex-Soviet country by backing separatist militants. Genya Savilov / AFP via Getty Images

    Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

    President Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations as the White House asserts that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  15. Brad Pitt, right, will reportedly play Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the movie adaptation of a book written by the reporter who got McChrystal fired. Mark Lennihan / AP and Getty

    Report: Brad Pitt to play Gen. Stanley McChrystal in movie

    Brad Pitt will reportedly play Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal in the movie adaptation of a book written by the reporter who got McChrystal fired.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  16. First Lady Michelle Obama has stickers placed on her face by 20-month-old Lily Oppelt, as her parents, Amy and Army Sgt. Lucas Oppelt, far right, watch during Obama's April 14 visit to the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C. Associated Press

    Michelle Obama visits Walter Reed's Fisher House

    It's been a long road for Amy Oppelt and her family since she got the call informing her that her husband, Army Sgt. Lucas Oppelt, had been injured by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  17. FBI leak probe shuts down 9/11 case at Guantanamo

    A judge agreed Tuesday to look into how FBI questioning of a defense team member will affect the trial of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners in the Sept. 11 attack.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  18.  Getty Images / iStockphoto

    Your medical files may be at risk

    After veteran Aaron Alexis shot and killed a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard last September, the Air Force noted a spike in the number of personnel dipping into his electronic medical file.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  19. DoD told to quantify cost to victims of '09 Fort Hood shooting

    Congress wants to put a dollar figure on what victims of the first Fort Hood, Texas, shooting have lost because the tragedy was classified as workplace violence.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  20. This Monday July 22, 2013 photo provided by the Afghan Public Works Ministry, shows Deputy Minister of Public Works Ahmad Shah Wahid speaking during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen abducted Wahid in Kabul on Tuesday. Kidnappings for ransom by criminal gangs and abductions by Taliban insurgents are relatively common in Afghanistan, but Wahid is the highest-ranking government official abducted in years. AP

    Gunmen abduct Afghan deputy minister in Kabul

    Gunmen abducted the Afghan deputy public works minister in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, a grim reminder of the insecurity plaguing Afghanistan as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country at the end of the year.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  21. Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, would have lost most of its equipment and aircraft under the 2005 BRAC proposal. The proposal was rejected, and since then the Alaska congressional delegation has been sensitive to any movement on the base. Kevin Robertson/Air Force

    Too many bases: The plan to sidestep Congress' opposition to closures

    The Air Force is digging deep to achieve extensive budget cuts — cutting people, eliminating entire aircraft fleets and begging Congress for another round of base closures.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  22. Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, has been nominated as the Air Force's top military acquisition official. Air Force

    Air Force names new acquisition, mobility leaders

    The Air Force is shuffling the command of several key programs, including missile systems and its new tanker plane, the service announced Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  23. USAA veteran employees, from left, Charles A. Lane, Richard F. Katona, Jacqueline Vilches, Mary Theresa Perez and John DuQue IV. Courtesy of USAA

    Best for Vets: Employers 2014

    Troops transitioning out of the military often worry that the jobs they did in uniform will be irrelevant to the jobs they want out of uniform.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  24. Several decisions handed down by appeals courts in recent months demonstrate how military law is catching up to technological phenomena such as 'sexting' and text-stalking, say attorneys who specialize in military justice. Senior Airman Jessica Lockoski / Air Force

    Military appeals courts uphold sexting convictions

    Troops have gotten in trouble for years for sending sexually explicit photos and messages over text message — even without much legal precedent.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  25. The destroyer USS Donald Cook is seen April 14 at the Constanta shipyard in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta. A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S. Navy destroyer while it was steaming in the Black Sea. Petrut Calinescu / Getty Images

    Pentagon condemns 'provocative' Russian military action against U.S. Navy ship

    A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S.

    • Apr. 14, 2014

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