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  1. This handout picture from the Finnish Air Force taken Thursday shows a Russian AN-72 transport plane, taken by a Finnish aircraft pilot. Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such incident in six days. Ministry spokesman Max Arhippainen told The Associated Press that a Russian AN-72 transport plane is believed to have crossed into the Nordic country's airspace over the Gulf of Finland for a few minutes. Finnish Air Force/Lehtikuva via AP

    Finland suspects Russian airspace violation

    Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such incident in six days.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
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    Fort Leavenworth to break ground on new center

    Fort Leavenworth is planning a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a $15.6 million battleground simulation training center.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  2. Veterans Affairs Hospital in Montgomery. Montgomery Advertiser

    Alabama VA employee accused of sexually abusing patient

    A Veterans Affairs Southeast Network employee who works at the Tuskegee VA medical center and was charged with sexual abuse of a veteran patient in February is still receiving a paycheck.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  3. A fighter from the Islamic State group, armed with a knife and an automatic weapon, next to captured Syrian army soldiers and officers, following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. AP

    Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of base

    The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  4. Members of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, load an Antonov 124 cargo plane with food and other humanitarian aid destined for Erbil in northern Iraq at the airport Leipzig-Halle on Aug. 22 in Schkeuditz, Germany. Ronny Hartmann / Getty Images

    Sources: U.S. considering new relief mission in Iraq

    The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  5. Outgoing commander of ISAF, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, and incoming commander, Army Gen. John F. Campbell, right, salute during a change of command ceremony Aug. 26 at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. ISAF is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Gen. Dunford: Taliban will test Afghans in 2015

    Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Promotion board: Raters are fudging facts for senior NCOs

    A recent promotion board tasked with examining the files of first sergeants and master sergeants came upon a stunning realization: Not only were senior NCOs gaining weight to an alarming degree, they were miraculously getting taller.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Tobias Naegele, vice president and general manager of Defense News, announced Wednesday that he is leaving Gannett Government Media after more than 22 years. Mike Morones / Staff

    Longtime newsroom leader Tobias Naegele leaving Gannett Government Media

    Tobias Naegele, an award-winning editor who led Military Times and Defense News during two wars and spearheaded the newsroom's entrance into the digital age, announced his resignation Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  6. Engaging the Enemy: A Special Forces soldier fires a Carl Gustav after receiving small-arms fire in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on March 8. Spc. Sara Wakai/Army

    SOCOM orders more 84mm recoilless rifles

    Special Operations Command has signed a contract worth up to $187 million for the purchase of more Carl Gustav recoilless rifles and ammunition from Swedish defense firm Saab.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  7. Spc. Paul Ieti sang a Backstreet Boys song on Tuesday's episode of 'America's Got Talent,' but failed to impress the judges. Chris Haston / NBC

    'America's Got Talent' judges slam soldier's Backstreet Boys rendition

    The 'America's Got Talent' judges were not very kind to Spc. Paul Ieti on Tuesday night's semifinals round.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  8. Fighters from the Islamic State group that captured the Tabqa air base from the Syrian government operate a captured tank, in Raqqa, Syria. AP

    Reports: 2nd U.S. Islamist fighter killed in Syria

    The Obama administration is investigating reports from Syria that a second American was killed over the weekend while fighting alongside Islamist State extremists.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison Sr will retire as a one-star, the Army announced Wednesday. Dustin Perry/Army

    Two-star general demoted for lack of attention to sex assault case, Army says

    A two-star general has been demoted to one star and will retire after he received punishment for failing to pursue a sex assault claim in his command, the Army announced Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  9. Sgt. Hasan Akbar, center, is led from the Staff Judge Advocate Building at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 2005 during the sentencing phase of his court-martial. Akbar, who was sentenced to death for killing two fellow service members and wounding 14 others in a grenade attack in Kuwait, will have an appeal in military court. Gerry Broome / AP

    Soldier convicted in '03 grenade attack vs. fellow troops will have appeal hearing

    A soldier sentenced to death for killing two fellow service members and wounding 14 others in a grenade attack in Kuwait will have an appeal in military court.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  10. Peter Theo Curtis reads a statement to reporters outside his mother's home on Aug. 27 in Cambridge, Mass. Curtis, a freelance reporter who wrote under the byline Theo Padnos and who was held hostage for about two years in Syria, returned to the U.S. Tuesday. Charles Krupa / AP

    U.S. journalist thankful for work to secure freedom

    A U.S. journalist speaking publicly for the first time since his release from a Syrian extremist group said Wednesday that he was overwhelmed to learn that so many 'brave, determined and big-hearted' people were behind efforts to secure his release.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  11. A pro-Russian rebel walks in a passage at the local market damaged by shelling in Petrovskiy district in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday. Mstislav Chernov/The Associated Press

    U.S.: Russia directing new offensive in Ukraine

    The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities else

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons, commanding general of Fort Lee, Va., speaks at a news conference on Monday after a female soldier shot and wounded herself inside of the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters. Patrick Kane/The Associated Press

    Army IDs soldier who shot herself at Fort Lee

    A soldier who barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia base and then fatally shot herself in the head earlier this week was a 33-year-old human resources specialist from New York, the Army said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  12. An Afghan election commission worker sort ballots for an audit of the presidential run-off votes at an election commission office in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday. Rahmat Gul/AP

    Afghan candidate pulls out of election audit

    One of two men vying to become the president of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled his observers Wednesday from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud in a move that throws the already contentious election into f

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    One-third of domestic violence victims in active-duty military families are men

    Army Special Forces Sgt. Casey Gray clearly recalls the day when his fiancée turned violent.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Selection board overviews

    The zone of consideration for the Regular Army Sergeant Major Selection, Training and Promotion Board in June included 4,238 first sergeants and master sergeants with dates of rank of June 4, 2012, and earlier; basic dates of June 4, 1988, through June 4,

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    It's getting harder for the Army to find recruits within the service's weight standards. Glenn Fawcett/Army

    Recruit command boss: Overweight youth a growing problem

    The obesity epidemic among young adults has become a weighty problem for Army Recruiting Command, leaving its commander, Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, to seek answers.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  13. A rocket carrying an experimental Army strike weapon exploded Aug. 25 after taking off from a launch pad in Alaska. Scott Wight / AP

    Cleanup begins after rocket carrying Army hypersonic weapon exploded

    A rocket carrying an experimental Army strike weapon that exploded during launch has damaged buildings at the Kodiak Launch Complex, but state officials will wait until after a cleanup to assess what it will cost to make repairs.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  14. This undated photo provided by the Wisconsin Historical Society shows First Lt. Alonzo Cushing. Wisconsin Historical Society / AP

    151 years after Gettysburg, a Medal of Honor recipient

    Of the 3,487 men and one woman who have received the Medal of Honor, 644 have been awarded the nation's highest military honor posthumously.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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    Two heroes from Vietnam will receive Medal of Honor

    Two soldiers who served in Vietnam will receive the Medal of Honor in a Sept. 15 ceremony, the White House announced Tuesday. A third soldier, who fought in Gettysburg during the Civil War, will also receive the top valor award.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
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    Write a tribute to your drill sergeant and it will appear in an upcoming issue of Army Times. Army

    SMA pays tribute to his drill sergeant — now it's your turn

    SMA remembers his drill sergeant.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  15. An E2-C Hawkeye launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on Aug. 16 in the Arabian Gulf. Spc. 3rd Class Brian Stephens/U.S. Navy

    Sources: U.S. surveillance planes over Syria

    The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Obama gave the OK, U.S. officials said, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets there.

    • Aug. 26, 2014

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