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  1. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jason Snider studies aboard the amphibious assault ship Nassau. Snider is taking a college level English course given by the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education. MCSN Jonathan Pankau/Navy

    TA rule changes: Tougher grade requirement, but more sailors eligible

    An estimated 39,000 more first-term sailors are now eligible for tuition assistance with their commanding officer's approval, under a tuition assistance overhaul unveiled Aug. 21.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  2. Honors are rendered as the remains of Army Pfc. Cecil Harris arrive at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tenn. on Wednesday. On Jan. 2, 1945, 19-year-old Harris went missing while serving with the 45th Infantry Division during World War II. His remains were returned home after a hiker found his burial site last year near Dambach, France. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP

    Soldier is back home nearly 70 years after death

    Helen Harris Cooke had her whole life ahead of her when her first husband, Cecil E. Harris, was lost in the fog of war and the mountains of northeastern France.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  3. James

    James calls for review of testing procedures

    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has directed the service to review its testing procedures following multiple high-profile incidents of cheating.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  4. Members of MARSOC attend the Advanced Sniper Training Course near Jacksboro, Texas. A recent Marine administrative message calls for reservists to consider joining Marine Corps Special Operations Command. Vance Jacobs/Marine Corps

    MARSOC offers operator spots to reservists

    Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command put out a call for enlisted reservists to join the ranks of critical skills operators.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  5. Sailors with Beachmaster Unit 2 guide a Marine driver onto an Improved Navy Lighterage System during a Aug. 27 loading exercise aboard in Virginia. The LOADEX was designed to simulate a Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission. Staff Sgt. Scott McAdam/Marine Corps

    Sailors prep for the next natural disaster

    More than 320 sailors and Marines put new gear and strategies to the test Wednesday in a bid to prepare for and reduce response times to natural disasters.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  6. Clemson receiver Daniel Rodriguez leaps around defenders after catching a pass during an Aug. 6 practice. Rodriguez, a 5-foot-8 walk-on in 2012, has 10 catches for 30 yards and a touchdown over two seasons. Mark Crammer/The Associated Press

    Combat vet turned Clemson star will soon get his own movie

    Nearly five years after earning a Bronze Star with 'V' and a Purple Heart for his actions in Afghanistan at the Battle of Kamdesh, former Army Sgt. Daniel Rodriguez will suit up Saturday to begin his senior football season with the Clemson Tigers.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  7. 2nd Lt. Oliver Parsons, left, and 1st Lt. Andy Parthum check systems in the underground control room where they work at an ICBM launch control facility near Minot, N.D. Now airmen can trade places with those on other bases. Charlie Riedel/The Associated Press

    Air Force to begin rotating launch officers

    The latest change in the nuclear missile career field will let airmen trade places with each other, opening up opportunities for officers to work on a different base for three months.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  8. City Wars: U.S. soldiers conduct urban training at Camp Blanding, Florida. Army planners believe future battles will be fought in 'megacities' of 20 million or more people. Sgt. 1st Class Mark Bell/ / Army

    Army sees 'megacities' as the future battlefield

    When the Army looks to the future, it sees cities.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  9. Master Sgt. Benjamin Owens models the Army Combat Uniform using the new Operational Camouflage Pattern. Army

    New combat uniform pattern coming as early as April

    The Army plans to field its new combat uniform camouflage pattern as early as April, and deployed airmen will wear it when stationed with Army units in Afghanistan and Africa.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  10. Ukrainian loyalist fighters from the Azov Battalion stand guard on a hill on the outskirts of Mariupol on Saturday. Pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine warned on Saturday that they will launch a fresh offensive against government troops, days after seizing swathes of territory. FRANCISCO LEONG / AFP/Getty Images

    Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains

    As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  11. A U.S. Air Force plane carrying weapons and equipment arrives at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday. The United States has delivered the first shipment of weapons to Lebanon to help bolster its military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from neighboring Syria's civil war. Bilal Hussein/The Associated Press

    Obama seeking allies for fight against extremists

    President Obama's acknowledgment the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  12. 5 U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State fighters near Iraqi dam

    The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  13. Visitors explore Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. All current troops get a free annual pass to the national parks, so it may be worth a longer drive to a spectacular spot. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    Here are some last-minute Labor Day staycations

    The end of summer draws near sigh but it's not over yet!

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  14. Pilot program to launch to help spouses earn college credit

    Defense officials are launching a pilot program in the fall that will help military spouses put together portfolios of education and work experience for possible college credit.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  15. Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, U.S.

    The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  16. California lawmakers vote to protect in-state tuition for veterans

    California lawmakers have approved legislation to offer in-state college tuition for veterans who were stationed in California immediately before being discharged.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  17. Clash kills 4 Yemeni troops, 13 suspected militants

    Clashes in Yemen between the army and al-Qaida's local branch there killed at least 13 suspected militants and four troops Saturday, military officials said.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  18. Ohio Army National Guard postpones drills to save money

    The Ohio Army National Guard is postponing most of its planned training in early September because of federal budget issues.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  19. Air Force Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot, the the commander of the 67th Fighter Squadron, is seen at Komatsu Air Base, Japan, in 2013. Staff Sgt. Amber E. N. Jacobs / Air Force

    Pilot killed in Virginia F-15 crash had more than 2,300 flight hours

    Massachusetts Air National Guard Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., whose F-15C crashed Aug. 27 in rural western Virginia, never managed to eject from his aircraft.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  20. As the active Army transitions away from the Kiowa helicopter, replacing the fleet with the National Guard's Apaches, the service is encouraging soldiers in a number of Kiowa MOSs to reclassify. Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod/Army

    Advice for Kiowa soldiers: Reclass now

    Reclassification opportunities are available to certain aviation systems and aircraft maintenance enlisted soldiers affected by the Army's phased elimination of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior from its inventory of helicopters.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  21. Maj. Jason Brezler, shown as a captain during a 2009 deployment to Afghanistan, is facing discharge from the Corps for sending classified information by email. An attorney representing Brezler said the Marine Corps inspector general wrote false statements about the Reserve officer when emailing top Corps officials. Cpl. Albert F. Hunt/Marine Corps

    Lawyer: IG made false statements about Marine who warned of insider attack

    The lawyer for an officer facing discharge for negligently conveying classified information in an email which he admitted doing as an urgent warning of an imminent war-zone threat alleges 'false statements' and 'mischaracterizations' were included in

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  22. In this July 14, 1969, file photo, banners of appreciation from the Vietnamese decorate the dock at Danang, Vietnam, where a farewell ceremony was held by the Vietnamese Government for departing Marines of the 1st Battalion/9th Regiment. The Marine Corps is holding a deactivation ceremony on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, for the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, a battalion nicknamed the 'Walking Dead.' The Associated Press

    'Walking Dead' Marine battalion to be deactivated

    Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the 'Walking Dead.'

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  23. Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov was declared dead Dec. 14 after being found unresponsive in a vehicle. Screenshot

    More charges in sailor's death in Germany

    A soldier will stand trial Oct. 14 on charges he made a false official statement and helped conceal a crime in the December death of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  24. This undated file photo released by his family via FreeAmir.org shows Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati. AP

    Vigil marks Marine vet's 3rd year of imprisonment in Iran

    Rep. Dan Kildee has joined a Bay City vigil marking the third anniversary of the Iranian imprisonment of a Marine Corps veteran.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  25. John A. Walker Jr., right, in chains, is escorted by a U.S. Marshal as he returns to the Montgomery County Detention Center on Aug. 15, 1985, in Rockville, Md., after a pretrial hearing in Baltimore. Ron Edmonds/The Associated Press

    John Walker, a former sailor who spied for the Soviets, dies in prison

    A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
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