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  1. Buying in winter with a VA Mortgage

    • March 4, 2014

    Home buyers and home sellers always want to get the best deal, right? Unless the seller of a property is facing foreclosure or some other …

  1. Members of the Islamic State militant group raise their black and white flag July 25 over a building belonging to a Syrian army base in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa. AFP

    Armed with passports, IS fighters could threaten U.S.

    After U.S. planes bombed its forces in Iraq, the jihadist juggernaut that calls itself the Islamic State threatened to attack Americans 'in any place,'' adding for good measure: 'We will drown all of you in blood.''

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  2. September sergeant, staff sergeant names announced

    The Army announced on Friday the sergeant and staff sergeant list for September.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  3. September senior NCO promotions announced

    Congratulations to the Regular Army senior noncommissioned officers who will be promoted to sergeant major, master sergeant and sergeant first class in September.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  4. A Boeing P-8-A Poseidon is pictured during an air display on the second day of the Farnborough International Air show in Hampshire, England, on July 15. CARL COURT / AFP/Getty Images

    Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

    The Pentagon on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a 'dangerous intercept' of a U.S. Navy aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  5. A state senator has slammed Tyler Perry's plans to buy a portion of Fort McPherson, Georgia, to be used as a studio. Heidi Gutman/AP

    Tyler Perry's deal to buy Fort McPherson faces more controversy

    A Georgia state senator wants the Army's top civilian to 'carefully consider the ramifications' of selling part of the shuttered Fort McPherson to movie mogul Tyler Perry in a process he calls 'a terrible act of injustice.'

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  6. A pro-Russian gunman holds a piece of shrapnel from a rocket after shelling Friday in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine. Ukraine accused Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sent the first part of its mammoth aid convoy into eastern Ukraine on Friday, warning against any attacks on the trucks. Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP via Getty Images

    Pentagon condemns Russian movements into Ukraine

    A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. government 'strongly condemns' the unilateral movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  7. UPS data breach does not affect exchange customers

    Military shoppers who made purchases or shipped packages through The UPS Store locations operated through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service were not affected by the data breach involving about 1 percent of The UPS Store locations nationwide, AAFES o

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  8. At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    Obama faces tough options in Iraq and Syria

    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  9. 6 soldiers hurt by lightning strike at Fort Drum

    Army officials say six soldiers are recovering after lightning struck during a field exercise at Fort Drum in northern New York.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  10. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says the surging Islamic State group has an 'apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision' in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria. Kathy Willens / AP

    Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

    America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an 'apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision' in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  11. Moonlight illuminates the forecastle aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Cole on Oct. 10, 2009, as sailors conduct an early morning replenishment-at-sea. The USS Cole is leaving Virginia on a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding waters DoD

    USS Cole deploys to the Mediterranean

    The USS Cole is leaving Virginia on a six-month deployment.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  12. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says change at the VA is imminent amid Congress' oversight, media coverage and veteran outrage. Emmanuel Lozano/The Arizona Republic

    McCain: Why is Phoenix VA boss still employed?

    More than two months after Sharon Helman was suspended as director of Phoenix's VA Health Care System, she remains on the payroll collecting regular checks and benefits despite passage of a new federal statute targeting accountability in the Department of

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  13. Air Force: Airman found dead at Cannon AFB

    The Air Force says an airman has been found dead at Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  14. Tech. Sgt. Michael Lundell, 368th Recruiting Squadron recruiter, meets Oct. 13 with a possible delayed entry program candidate in West Valley, Utah. Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault / Air Force

    Air Force to consolidate recruiting offices, increase staffing

    Most Air Force recruiting offices are staffed by one person, and that doesn't sit well with the Air Force's top training officer.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  15. Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, talks to reporters on Aug. 21 in his office in Annapolis, Md. Brian Witte/AP

    Superintendent lays out vision for Naval Academy

    In his first wide-ranging interview since taking the helm at the U.S. Naval Academy a month ago, Vice Adm.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  16. Marines conduct mock raids at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam during Exercise Gauhan Shield. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work detailed plans to make Guam a hub for Marines in the Asia-Pacific region. Lance Cpl. Jeraco Jenkins / Marine Corps

    Deputy SecDef details plans to make Guam a hub for Marines

    Counter to an earlier plan to keep single Marines in Japan and send just those with dependents to Guam, single Marines will also rotate through the tiny island in the coming years, making it a major hub for the Corps' operations in the Asia-Pacific region

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  17. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died Aug. 20, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C. Army

    Fort Bragg-based SFC killed in Afghanistan combat

    Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Leggett was killed in combat Wednesday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department reported.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  18. Navy officials have decided to separate Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jessica Sims, a 12-year sailor, for failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle, according to a Wednesday statement from the chief of naval personnel's office. Courtesy of HM2 Jessica Sims

    Officials decide to boot HM2 for her locks

    Navy officials have decided to separate a 12-year African-American sailor for failing to obey an order to cut off her natural hairstyle.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  19. The Army is close to announcing changes to its tattoo policy as it pertains to enlisted soldiers hoping to go officer or make warrant. Staff Sgt. Xaime Hernandez/Army

    Tattoo policy changes are coming soon

    Tattooed soldiers seeking to trade in their sergeant's stripes for a lieutenant's bar may soon see some relief from one of the Army's most controversial regulations.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  20. The GAO has found that the Defense Department violated policy when officials exchanged five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's safe return. AP/Eugene R. Fidell

    GAO: Pentagon broke law in Bergdahl swap

    The Defense Department broke the law when it transferred five Taliban detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar in exchange for former prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  21. The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga has left its port in Rhode Island for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped. PH3 Bruce W. Moore / Navy

    USS Saratoga carrier heads off to be scrapped

    The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  22. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hold an Aug. 21 press briefing at the Pentagon. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  23. Erin Corwin's body was found seven weeks after her husband, a Marine stationed at the base in Twentynine Palms, reported her missing. Christopher Brandon Lee, who lived near the Corwins on the base, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in her death. The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun

    DA: Christopher Lee could face 2nd murder charge

    California law is very clear about the murder of an unborn child, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos told The Desert Sun on Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  24. Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak were found dead Oct. 15, 2008, in their California home. A judge on Friday sentenced one man to death and another to two life terms in prison for the murders. Courtesy photo

    Death recommended in slaying of Marine couple

    Jurors on Thursday recommended a death sentence for a former Marine convicted of killing another Marine and the man's wife in their Southern California home in 2008, the Riverside County district attorney's office said.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  25. Missouri National Guard troops are deployed Aug. 19 to provide protection for a police command center in Ferguson, Mo. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    Missouri governor orders National Guard to withdraw from Ferguson

    After a night of relative calm, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered National Guard troops to begin a '

    • Aug. 21, 2014
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