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The map of the U.S. military footprint in Europe is shifting as post-Cold-War-era calm seems to be ending, with new threats originating from the Middle East and Africa. In addition, the deepening crisis in Ukraine is making NATO's newest members nervous and prompting U.S. European Command to push east to new locations; while a few long-standing bases in southern Europe are assuming new strategic importance. Some of the locations that are acquiring a higher profile and deeper importance, marked in red, and EUCOM's other principal installations, marked in yellow:

Map by: John Bretschneider

  1. Smoke billows following an Israeli military strike Friday east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. A Palestinian official says Israeli shelling has killed at least 27 Palestinians in southern Gaza as an Israel-Hamas truce unraveled less hours after coming into effect. Said Khatib / AFP via Getty Images

    35 Palestinians killed as Gaza truce unravels

    A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying one of its soldiers may have been abducted.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  2. An Army medic checks the eyes of a Marine during a medevac mission in Afghanistan. New research shows the shock waves of IED blasts can damage the eyes of nearby troops even if they are not injured by shrapnel. Army photo

    Study: Shock waves can damage eyes

    A decade ago, the Defense Department launched a combat eye protection program that contributed to a drop in war-related eye injuries.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  3. A South Korean army's K-55 A1 self-propelled howitzer fires during a military exercise in Yeoncheon near the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas, South Korea, on Wednesday. Lim Byung-shick/Yonhap via AP

    North Korea seeks UN meeting on U.S.-South Korea drills

    North Korea has asked for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to protest upcoming U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  4. Former President Bill Clinton delivers a speech in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2001. Kevork Djansezian/AP

    Clinton, in 2001, on bin Laden: 'I could have killed him'

    Former President Bill Clinton told an audience in Australia just hours before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that he passed on the chance to kill Osama bin Laden with a military strike, according to an audio tape just released.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  5. An Ukrainian government army soldier approaches to a damaged bridge near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, on Thursday. Dmitry Lovetsky/The Associated Press

    Obama, Putin discuss Ukraine, missile treaty

    President Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday that the United States remains deeply concerned that Russia is ramping up support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. It was the first conversation between the leaders since the U.S.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  6. New Tricare policy retains therapists

    A new Defense Health Agency policy allows Tricare patients to get therapy from certain mental health specialists who otherwise would have been dropped from the military's list of approved providers this year.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  7. Little Rock AFB welcomes new commander

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The Little Rock Air Force Base has welcomed a new commander to its 314th Airlift Wing.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  8. Post-9/11 vet unemployment rate jumps again in July

    The volatile unemployment rate for the youngest generation of veterans jumped again in July, reaching 9.2 percent, matching the highest monthly rate recorded so far this year, government data show.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  9. Death of N.Y. airman could bring higher charge

    A bar manager could face more serious charges following the death this week of a patron he is accused of pushing down a flight of stairs more than two months ago, a prosecutor said Friday.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  10. Volunteers award runners finishers medals at the finish line during the 3rd annual Bagram Marathon here Sept. 15, 2013. More than 700 people participated in either the full-marathon or the half-marathon. The Bagram Marathon is an extension of the Air Force Marathon held at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, Sept. 21. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade)

    Shadow runs let deployed service members participate in stateside races

    Shadow runs are as much about connecting troops to those back home as they are about racing in the sandbox.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  11. Arrest made after man sped into Naval Station Great Lakes

    Authorities say a man is in custody after he allegedly sped through the main gate of a Chicago-area naval station and slammed into two security cars during a police chase.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  12. A protester holds a picture of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a July 14 demonstration against the Japanese government's decision to change the nation's war-renouncing constitution to allow for a greater military role military. Koji Sasahara / AP

    Biden praises Japan's new military policy

    Vice President Joe Biden is welcoming Japan's decision to loosen restrictions on its military to allow greater use of force to defend other countries.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  13. CIA Director John O. Brennan Carolyn Kaster / AP

    CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying

    For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  14. Submarine Squadron 6 to get new commander

    A Norfolk-based submarine squadron is getting a new commanding officer.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  15. Army Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs

    Fort Knox commander being promoted

    Fort Knox's commander is being promoted.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  16. The back exterior of Blum's Landing in Ocqueoc Township, Mich, is visible. Terry and Jan Blumberg used benefits and insurance money from their son Trevor's 2003 death in Iraq to help build the two-story home. Now in its third year, Blum's Landing serves as a retreat for veterans. Mike Householder / AP

    Couple channel grief into retreat for veterans

    Before shipping out for Iraq, Army Sgt. Trevor Blumberg asked his father to do two things if he didn't return: Look after his puppy, Scrappy, and 'take care of my guys.'

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  17. Iraqi men clear the debris at the scene of a car bomb in the northern Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City on August Friday. At least 10 people were killed and 29 wounded in bomb blasts that struck two districts of Baghdad, police and hospital sources said. Ali al-Saadi / AFP via Getty Images

    U.N.: More than 1,700 killed in Iraq in July

    More than 1,700 people were killed in Iraq in July, the United Nations said Friday, making it one of the deadliest months of the year but marking a decline from the previous month, when Sunni militants swept across much of the country.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  18. Chiefs list coming next week

    The wait is nearly over for more than 16,000 first class petty officers eager to see if they made chief.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  19. A female lieutenant in the Infantry Officer Course hangs from the rope during the obstacle course portion of the initial Combat Endurance Test at Marine Corps Base Quantico in 2013. Thomas Brown/Staff

    Marines developing gender-neutral MOS tests as 11 new jobs open to women

    The Corps' top general said the service plans to adopt a gender-neutral screening test that would assess Marines' physical qualifications for various military specialties.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  20. Master Sgt. Benjamin Owens models the Army Combat Uniform using the new Operational Camouflage Pattern. Army

    UPDATE: New images show details of new Army camo

    Combat uniforms featuring the service's newest camo pattern will be available for sale starting in the summer of 2015, the Army announced Thursday.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  21. House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., right, and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., hold a news conference July 28 to announce that the two committees have struck a deal to reform the Veterans Affairs Department. The measure passed Wednesday 420-5 in the House and 91-3 in the Senate on Thursday. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    $16.3B VA reform bill passes Senate 91-3; Obama expected to sign

    The Senate overwhelmingly gave final approval to a $16.3 billion Veterans Affairs reform bill on Thursday night, sending the measure to the White House and giving Congress a legislative victory before the start of its summer break.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  22. Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr. Marine Corps

    Marine Corps responds to Gold Star family's allegations of 'misleading, offensive' information

    The Marine Corps responded in part to a 10-page letter from a Gold Star family that accused the Corps of misleading the public about events in the aftermath of their son's death.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  23. 'Now, more than ever, we need to make sure that we have a system that is able to document performance, first and foremost,' Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody said in describing plans to overhaul the enlisted promotion and evaluation system. Scott Ash / Air Force

    Numerical EPR scores gone; time-in-grade, service on way out

    Beginning next year, you won't get numerical ratings on your enlisted performance report.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  24. Laubenthal

    German officer to serve as U.S. Army Europe's chief of staff

    A German Army brigadier general who recently served with NATO forces in Afghanistan is assuming duties as the chief of staff of U. S. Army Europe, the first time a non-American officer has held that position.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  25. Senior Airman Joseph Tharp of Beale Air Force Base, California, hugs his wife, Sarah, in November after returning home from Afghanistan. The Air Force plans to offer up to three years off to airmen who want to start a family or pursue other interests. Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Air Force

    Up to 40 to be selected for personal, professional sabbaticals

    The Air Force will select up to 20 enlisted airmen and 20 officers to take one- to three-year sabbaticals to start families or pursue other personal or professional ambitions, the service announced Wednesday.

    • Jul. 31, 2014

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