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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. Under mounting world pressure, pro-Russian rebels handed over data-filled 'black boxes' from the Boeing 777 downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian officials who met the train in Donetsk early Tuesday. Damien Simonart / AFP

    Train carrying bodies from MH17 arrives in Kharkiv

    Four refrigerated rail cars carrying the bodies of 282 of the 298 victims of a downed Malaysian jetliner arrived in the city of Kharkiv, controlled by the Ukrainian national government, en route to Amsterdam.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  2. A Malaysian air crash investigator on July 22 takes pictures of wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    U.S.: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down

    Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for 'creating the conditions' that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  3. Study uses EEGs to guide treatment for depression

    Electroencephalograms, or EEGs, which measure electrical activity in the brain, show promise in improving treatment for depression and consequently lowering post-traumatic stress symptoms and suicidal tendencies, a new military medical study has found.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  4. President Obama shakes hands with former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald, his nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington. McDonald is going before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for a confirmation hearing as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job. Charles Dharapak / AP

    VA nominee McDonald to go before Congress

    President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department is going before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for a confirmation hearing as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  5. Happy Human symbol Wikimedia Commons

    Atheist group urges Congress to allow humanist military chaplains

    More than one in five service members do not identify with a particular religion, according to Defense Department statistics. To better serve them, an organization is working to expand the Chaplain Corps to include clergy who don't believe in a god.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  6. President Obama shakes hands with former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald, his nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington. McDonald is going before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for a confirmation hearing as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Nominee for VA secretary has confirmation hearing today

    Former Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald gets his first chance to publicly lay out his vision for fixing the embattled Veterans Affairs Department today, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  7. Six-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen smiles and gestures June 18 as she is transferred to her room after arriving at Craig Hospital, in Englewood, Colo. Brennan Linsley / AP

    Olympian credits surviving ATV accident to training with Marine vet

    Todd Honea discovered his calling, partly out of necessity, while in the Marines: to get fit and help others to do the same.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  8. Capt. David J. Lenzi II Courtesy Capt. David J. Lenzi II

    Opinion: No need to go back to Iraq the job may be done for us

    There seems to be an awful lot of people who think any excuse to travel to a foreign country and kill people is a good one.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  9. Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a July 21 news conference in Austin, Texas. Eric Gay / AP

    General: Texas Guard to take observation role at border

    Most of the 1,000 National Guard troops headed to the Texas-Mexico border will take up observational positions and detain people only if they interfere with their mission, a top general over the deployment said Tuesday.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    August 1st lt. promotions are out

    These soldiers have been selected for promotion to first lieutenant in August, the Army announced:

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  11. Taya Kyle, widow of late Navy SEAL and author Chris Kyle, arrives at court July 22 in St. Paul, Minn. Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle. Jim Gehrz/The Star Tribune via AP

    Attorney: Ventura deserves millions from Kyle

    An attorney for former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is asking a federal jury to award Ventura millions in damages for what he claims is a lie in a memoir by the late military sniper Chris Kyle.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  12. This undated photo provided by the Independence Seaport Museum shows the USS Olympia, a one-of-a-kind steel cruiser from the Spanish-American War, in Philadelphia. Hope Koseff Corse/Independence Seaport Museum via

    Olympia, Wash., group working to save USS Olympia

    The Washington State Friends of the USS Olympia want to assuage some guilt. They want to right a 120-year-old wrong.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  13. Military suicides declined slightly in 2013, Pentagon says

    Suicides in the military dropped by 6 percent last year, a decline that Pentagon officials hope signals a reversal in a tragic trend but that some advocates say does not reflect the true scope of the issue in the military and veterans' community.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  14. Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

    Suicides among active-duty military have increased a bit so far this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials say they are encouraged that more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid programs.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  15. Report: Open-air burn pits still in use in Afghanistan

    Two incinerators at a joint Afghan-U.S. airbase have been underused, needlessly exposing troops to toxic pollution generated from open-air burn pits still in operation, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has found.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  16. A brown bear attacked a National Guard soldier at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The guardsman was reported to be in stable condition. Don Emmert / AFP via Getty Images

    Update: Sgt. mauled by bear in Alaska in stable condition

    A safety briefing that included what to do during a brown bear encounter likely saved a guardsman's life Sunday in Alaska.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  17. Tyler Perry arrives at the world premiere of 'The Single Moms Club' on March 10 in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello / AP

    Lawsuit: Tyler Perry interfered with studio plan at former Ga. Army base

    A Georgia entertainment company is suing Tyler Perry, accusing the filmmaker of unfairly working with government officials to transform a former military base into a studio for Perry's company.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  18. Ground broken for Fort Hood shootings memorial

    Ground was broken Tuesday in Central Texas for a memorial to victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage that left 13 people dead and more than 30 wounded.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  19. Promotions to CW2 for August are out

    These soldiers have been selected for promotion to chief warrant officer 2 in August, the Army announced:

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  20. 5 yoga poses to complement your runs

    Whether you're tying on running shoes for one of the first times or training for a longer race, runners of all levels can benefit from incorporating yoga into a workout routine.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  21. California won't send troops to Mexican border

    California Gov. Jerry Brown won't be deploying National Guard troops to the Mexican border like Texas is doing in response to an influx of immigrants, a state military official said Monday.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  22. This Nov. 10, 2003, photo released by Tarshia Williams shows Williams' daughter Talia Williams in Orangeburg, S.C. Lawyers for Naeem Williams, who avoided a death sentence for his 5-year-old daughter's killing, want the ex-soldier to consult with an appellate attorney before deciding whether to appeal his murder conviction. Tarshia Williams/AP

    Ex-soldier in Hawaii mulls murder-conviction appeal

    Lawyers for a former Hawaii-based soldier who avoided a death sentence for his 5-year-old daughter's killing want him to consult with an appellate attorney before deciding whether to appeal his murder conviction.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  23. A non-Afghan soldier watches the site of a suicide attack on Tuesday on the deputy counter narcotic compound in Kabul. An Afghan official said that four security guards were killed and six others were wounded after a suicide bomber on a motorbike carried out the attack. Rahmat Gul / AP

    Suicide bomber kills 4 foreign guards in Kabul

    A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a police compound housing foreign advisers in Kabul on Tuesday, killing four foreign security guards and wounding six, Afghan officials said.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  24. Erin Corwin Provided photo

    Marine who knew missing California woman arrested

    High Desert law enforcement suspect that a pregnant Marine spouse who has been missing for weeks may have been harmed by a former Marine with whom she was romantically involved.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  25. Special Report: The top 5 best bases for airmen

    No matter the service, no matter the era, one of the favorite pastimes of troops has always been comparing duty stations griping about the lousy ones and singing the praises of the good ones.

    • Jul. 21, 2014

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