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  1. A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion prepares to land aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) on Aug. 4. A CH-53 crashed Sept. 1 in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land on the USS Mesa Verde. Officials report that there were no fatalities in the crash and all personnel were recovered. Cpl. Manuel Estrada / Marine Coprs

    USMC Super Stallion crashes in Gulf of Aden; all 25 personnel rescued

    A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit crashed at sea today in the Central Command area of operations, an official press release stated.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  2. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 13 attach an M777A2 Howitzer to an MV-22B Osprey during an exercise at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in August. All logistics Marines will soon take a new seminar to prepare them for small-unit missions around the world. Sgt. Sarah Fiocco / Marine Corps

    New seminar will prep logisticians for EF-21 mission types

    Coming soon: a seminar for all Marine logisticians to prepare them for their role in small-unit operations and joint missions around the globe.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  3. Recruiters who go by-the-book say they can spend several hours in the morning visiting a school in a rural location, grabbing a fast-food lunch during their drive back to their home office, and spend the afternoon interviewing potential recruits and shuttling recruits without cars to and from a testing location. Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault / Air Force

    Crushing demands of job lead some Air Force recruiters to falsify reports

    Air Force recruiting is plagued by a longstanding epidemic of falsifying records, according to multiple recruiters around the country.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  4. Cmdr. Patrick Foster, at right, told his crew Aug. 27 aboard the destroyer Barry they can wear ball caps with NWUs starting Sept. 1. Mark D. Faram / Staff

    New rules OK ball caps with blue cammies, on base and off

    You asked, pressed, urged and pleaded. And after six years, the Navy listened.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  5. The Army Irregular Warfare Center, which will close Oct. 1, helped rewrite the rules for future counterinsurgency efforts. Senior Airman Ryl / Air Force

    Irregular warfare center to close Oct. 1

    After eight years working to educate soldiers on counterinsurgency, one of the Army Irregular Warfare Center's last actions was similar to its first: Updating the field's bedrock document.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  6. Navy Diver 2nd Class (DSW) Ryan Harris of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, Company 2/4, inspects an oxygen mask aboard the amphibious assault ship Wasp. Harris, who died trying to save a dive buddy, will receive the Navy and Marine Corps Medal posthumously for his heroism. Seaman Jah'mai C.J. Stokes/Navy

    Deceased diver will receive heroism medal

    From the moment sailors enter training to become Navy divers, they're given one absolute commandment: Never leave their dive buddy.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  7. Marine overcomes amputation, becomes deputy

    Robert Smith was on foot patrol as a Marine in Fallujah in May 2008 suddenly, a roadside bomb exploded. It was a hasty ambush, followed by small arms fire.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  8. Retired Master Sgt. Kurt Carlson Jr., second from left, is shown with his three Air Force children, Kurt III, Natasha and Joshua. The occasion was son Kurt's 2011 graduation and commissioning at East Carolina University. Courtesy of Carlson family

    3 siblings follow their master sgt. dad into the Air Force

    When a football career didn't work out for 2nd Lt. Joshua Carlson, he decided to pursue the only other life he'd ever known the Air Force.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  9. Mazzone

    Diving legend Walter Mazzone dies at 96

    Retired Capt. Walter Mazzone, a decorated World War II submariner who later became legend as a pioneering medical officer in deep dive experiments that captured the nation's attention, died Aug. 7 in San Diego. He was 96.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  10. A view of the New Blance 950v2, an American-made shoe the company hopes could be adopted as standard-issue to recruits. New Balance

    New Balance pitches DoD on standard-issue shoe for recruits

    New Balance has unveiled a sneaker prototype that could become standard-issue in boot camp and spell an end to the cash allowances that let recruits buy foreign-made shoes.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  11. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences has purchased two of Lockheed Martin's FORTIS exoskeletons for testing and evaluation in the Navy. Courtesy of Lockheed Martin

    Coming up the gangway: Sailors in exoskeletons

    Anyone who saw Ripley defeat the alien queen in the 1986 film 'Aliens' knows how badass exoskeleton technology can be.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  12. Libyans hold placards during an Aug. 29 rally in support of 'Fajr Libya' (Libya Dawn), a mainly-Islamist alliance, and to protest against the new parliament and a military intervention in the country. Mahmud Turkia / AFP

    Militia says it 'secured' U.S. compound in Libya

    The Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital has 'secured' a U.S. Embassy residential compound there, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting, one of its commanders said Sunday.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  13. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Navy Times, ball caps are back, and new rules OK them with blue cammies, on base and off. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  14. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Marine Corps Times, a former JTAC's revealing account of tense special ops mission. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  15. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Army Times, how you can make the move to warrant officer. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  16. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Air Force Times, the crushing demands of recruiting lead some recruiters to falsify reports. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  17. Soldiers prepare slides with blood samples for testing during a training exercise. The Defense Department is closing in on a blood test to detect concussions. Dean Siemon / Army

    DoD makes advances toward blood test to diagnose concussions

    The Defense Department is closing in on a blood test to detect concussions.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  18. Air Force Museum restoring Titan rocket

    Restoration experts at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force are launching their largest restoration project yet at the museum in southwestern Ohio.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  19. Sailors direct an F/A-18C Hornet during flight operations Aug. 30 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    Iraqi forces break militant siege of town after U.S. airstrikes

    Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, following U.S.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  20. The Pentagon is stepping in to support research to combat the growing threat of 'superbugs'  bacteria that can't be stopped with current medications. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    DoD takes lead on finding drugs to fight superbugs

    With very few antibiotics in development at major pharmaceutical companies, the Pentagon is stepping in to support research to combat the growing threat of 'superbugs' bacteria that can't be stopped with current medications.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  21. American invasion troops of the 7th Infantry Division approach a landing area code-named Beach Red in the western arm of Holtz Bay, on Japanese-occupied Attu Island on May 11, 1943. Attu, the largest and westernmost of the Aleutian Islands in relation to Alaska, was then only a U.S. Territory. AP

    U.S. trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

    Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  22. Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang answers questions in Quezon City from reporters on Aug. 31 about Filipino peacekeepers escaping from two areas in the Golan Heights that came under attack by Syrian rebels. Aaron Favila / AP

    Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 44 Fijian troops.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  23. Senator: Obama may be too cautious with militants

    Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says President Obama may be too cautious in his approach to dealing with Islamic State militants.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  24. Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a globe presented to him as a gift during his Aug. 29 meeting with participants in the youth educational forum at the Seliger youth camp near Lake Seliger, Russia. Mikhail Klimentyev / AP

    Putin to Ukraine: Begin immediate talks on east

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

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

    New combat uniform pattern coming as early as April

    The Army plans to field its new combat uniform camouflage pattern as early as April, and deployed airmen will wear it when stationed with Army units in Afghanistan and Africa.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
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