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Syria

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. A Marine operates a forklift during a licensing course aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina. A new program aims to translate that type of on-the-job experience into civilian credentials like a commercial driver's license. Marine Corps

    Website matches Marines' skills with certifications

    The Marine Corps has rolled out a comprehensive new website to help Marines capitalize on their military training by earning equivalent civilian certifications that can lead to jobs in the civilian workforce.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  2. Fort Gordon soldiers to deploy to West Africa

    A group of soldiers from the Augusta area is being sent to West Africa to help officials working to contain the spread of the Ebola virus.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  3. The words 'Arbeit Macht Frei' (Work Sets You Free) at the main entrance of the Sachsenhausen Nazi concentration camp in Oranienburg, Germany. Markus Schreiber / AP

    Millions in Social Security for expelled Nazis

    Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  4. Container delivery system bundles sit on a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft at an undisclosed location in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility on Oct. 10 in preparation for an operational resupply airdrop near Bayji, Iraq. Air Force

    U.S. planes airdrop arms to besieged Syrian town

    The U.S. Air Force dropped military aid around the besieged Syrian town of Kobani overnight in an effort to resupply Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants there, U.S. Central Command in Tampa said.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  5. Trial begins over Navy silencer contract

    A Navy intelligence officer illegally diverted nearly $2 million in government funds to his boss's brother under a secret, illegitimate contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers, prosecutors said Monday.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  6. Tricare rules on compounded medicines should be reviewed, GAO says

    Tricare spends $259 million a year on medications it is not obligated to cover and should align its policies on compounded medications with existing regulations or change those rules, a federal watchdog agency says.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  7. Top 10 contributors to CFC campaigns

    Counting down federal agencies with the highest average donations per employee in 2013.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  8. Health, medical research most popular charity choices in 2013 CFC

    11 charities received more than $1 million in donations in 2013.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  9. Beginning in 2015, Marines conducting civil-military operations will have the ability to collect, process, analyze and share information using software from a smartphone. The mobile application, called MARCIMS, was developed by Marine Corps Systems Command and through science and technology funding from the Office of Naval Research. Marine Corps Systems Command

    Civil affairs Marines to get Android phones, new data collection app

    A new smartphone app for civil affairs Marines may make the next humanitarian aid mission a little bit smoother.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  10. Paper: Files allege misconduct within Alaska Guard

    Investigative files show years of alleged sexual and other misconduct among officers within the Alaska Army National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Battalion.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  11. Financial help possible for families of troops deployed on Ebola mission

    Families of troops deployed to West Africa on the Ebola mission are eligible for emergency financial assistance from the nonprofit Operation Homefront on the same basis as those of troops deployed to combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, officials an

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  12. Iraqi security forces gather in front of a mosque after a suicide bomber blew himself up among Shiite worshippers after midday prayers, killing and wounding tens of people in a commercial area in the center of Baghdad on Oct. 20. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    U.S. advisory mission in Iraq remains limited in scope and impact

    More than one month after President Obama ordered U.S. troops to begin an advise-and-assist mission supporting the Iraqi military's fight against Islamic militants, that effort remains limited in its scope and effectiveness.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  13. Kurdish people watch the Syrian town of Kobani, at sunset from the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province. Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against IS jihadists. Bulent Kilic / AFP via Getty Images

    After arms drop, U.S. coalition strikes IS

    Syrian activists say the U.S.-led coalition has launched new airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Kobani, following overnight airdrops of weapons to Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  14. Smoke from a fire rises following a strike Sunday in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

    Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to 'valiant' Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be 'irresponsible' and

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  15. Attacks on Afghan checkpoints kill 4 troops

    Officials say insurgents have attacked several army checkpoints in eastern and southern Afghanistan, killing at least four troops and wounding several people.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  16. Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams John Moore/Getty Images

    Top U.S. commander in Ebola fight sees progress

    The first of 17 U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in West Africa will open in a few weeks, the top commander of U.S. troops in the region told USA Today on Sunday.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  17. A veteran walks through a 'Hiring our Heroes' Job Fair on March 27 in New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    These federal contractors are hiring vets now

    Companies that do business with the federal government employ a big chunk of the U.S. workforce — and if you're a veteran looking to join their ranks, federal law requires that they give you a leg up.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  18. Army officials are reminding soldiers who use thermal weapon sights and other high-battery-drain gear to power them with lithium batteries for top performance. Army

    PEO Soldier issues reminder to use lithium batteries in gear

    While on patrol during one of his four war-zone tours, Staff Sgt. José Salcedo experienced firsthand one of the problems that can come with using alkaline batteries instead of lithium ones in sophisticated military gear.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  19. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Army Times, the new re-up rules and what they might mean for you. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  20. Flying C-17s in formation — as seagulls fly — could result in fuel savings of up to $10 million a year, testing indicates. Staff Sgt. Mike Meares / Air Force

    Efficiency is watchword for Air Force energy chief

    The Air Force's new energy chief repeatedly uses one word to describe his mission: efficiency.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  21. Exercise Sea Breeze in September included ships from Ukraine and NATO allies. The destroyer Ross represented the U.S. in the Black Sea exercise. NATO's maritime boss wants to plan more large-scale exercises. MC2 John Herman / Navy

    NATO seeks more U.S. ships

    NATO's sea boss wants to see more of the U.S. Navy in Europe.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  22. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Navy Times, find out what are the top federal contractors for hiring vets. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  23. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Air Force Times, find out what are the top federal contractors for hiring vets. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  24. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Marine Corps Times, find out what are the top federal contractors for hiring vets. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Oct. 19, 2014

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