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  1. Military commands and individual service members are tightening up on security amid the growing threat posed by the Islamic State. Tech. Sgt. Sandra Niedzwiecki / Air Force

    Islamic State threat prompts new security warnings across U.S. military

    Military facilities around the U.S. are on alert, urging troops and their families to take precautions amid continued threats of violence from the Islamic State group.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  2. Army personnel practice donning personal protective equipment on Oct. 15 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., while preparing for a deployment to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. Senior Airman Kayla Newman / Air Force

    U.S. military to train more Ebola response teams

    The U.S. military will train more medical personnel to respond to domestic cases of Ebola should they occur, a senior Defense Department official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  3. Staff Sgt. Ryan Frye, during an Oct. 30 ceremony at Camp Hovey, South Korea, received the helmet that successfully deflected an enemy round in 2012. Army

    Staff sgt. reunited with the helmet that saved his life

    More than two years after he was shot by the enemy in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Ryan Frye was reunited with the helmet that saved his life.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  4. An Iraqi military vehicle burns after an attack by the Islamic State group in western Anbar province, Iraq, on Oct. 5. The Associated Press

    Dempsey: Iraqi Shiites must back expanded mission

    U.S. military leaders want to expand the advise-and-assist mission into Iraq's Anbar province and put combat advisers on the ground to help support the fight against Islamic State militants.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  5. Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates criticized Congress for being unable to reach a budget compromise. D. Myles Cullen / Defense Department

    Former SecDef Gates blasts lawmakers over sequestration

    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates ripped Washington on Thursday over sequestration budget caps, saying Congress' inability to reach a budget compromise was causing 'grave damage' to the U.S.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  6. A South Korean prostitute steps out of a building in Seoul in 2004.. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

    USFK: Troops cannot pay for the companionship of 'juicy girls'

    The commander of U.S. troops in South Korea is dropping the hammer on that country's notorious 'juicy bars,' which use women as sex workers who cater to U.S. troops.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  7. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service's Summer 2014 catalog. AAFES

    Online shopping privileges for all vets is likely, official says

    Expanding online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans isn't a matter of 'if,' but 'when,' the chief executive officer of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service said at a meeting in Washington on Wednesday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  8. Filipino activists stage a rally Oct. 18 near the USS Peleliu at the Subic Bay free port after the killing transgender Jennifer Laude. Aaron Favila / AP

    Amid murder case, Philippines says U.S. pact stays

    A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is 'imperfect' but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  9. A handout photograph made available Oct. 30 by the British Ministry of Defence showing A Russian Bear bomber photographed from an intercepting British Royal Air Force Typhoon in international airspace off the coast of Britain on Oct. 29. Sac Robyn Stewart / British Ministry Of Defence

    NATO chief sees spike in Russian flights on border

    NATO is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe, the alliance's new chief said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  10. Lt. Col. Gerald H. Green III was fired Oct. 9 from his role as head of the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia. Courtesy photo

    Update: Ex-Warrior Training Center boss wore unearned Ranger, Sapper tabs

    A lieutenant colonel relieved of his post as head of the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia, was not authorized to wear the Ranger and Sapper tabs displayed on his uniform, base officials said Thursday.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  11. An aerial view of the lava flow near the town of Pahoa is seen Oct. 29 on the Big Island of Hawaii. U.S. Geological Survey / AP

    Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow

    The National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber- and sugar-plantation heydey.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  12. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Chuck Hagel. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Pentagon defends decision to isolate troops

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended the Pentagon's decision to isolate troops for 21 days after they return from Ebola duty in West Africa.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  13. Virginians to vote on tax exemption proposal for spouses of troops killed in action

    Virginians were being asked to decide Tuesday whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would exempt the surviving spouses of U.S. military members killed in action from paying real estate taxes.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  14. Norway to send training troops to Iraq

    Norway's prime minister says her country will send 120 soldiers this year to join the international campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and help train local troops there.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  15. Troops' sleep problem may be new disorder

    A 39-year-old soldier arrived at the sleep clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center with symptoms not uncommon in combat soldiers: nightmares of his war experiences and thrashing in his sleep, at one point clocking his wife hard enough to leave bruises.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  16. Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers patrol an area in the recently recaptured town of Zumar, near Mosul, on Oct. 29. Human Rights Watch says some 600 male Shiite inmates from Badoosh prison outside Mosul were executed when the Islamic State group capture the city. EPA/STR via AFP

    Group says Islamic State killed 600 Iraqi prisoners during Mosul takeover

    An international rights group says Islamic State militants carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  17. Fort Edward local Neal Orsini poses with a Rogers' Rangers memorial on Rogers Island on Wednesday in Fort Edward, N.Y. A cemetery on the island could hold the remains of hundreds of people, including some of the famous frontier fighters known as Rogers' Rangers. In 2006, a local couple who served as caretakers for the then-privately owned property uncovered seven human skeletons buried at the site, including one that was missing its skull. Mike Groll / AP

    A Headless Ranger? Mystery at a Rogers Island burial site

    Sleepy Hollow has the legend of the Headless Horseman. Does a community 150 miles farther up the Hudson River have a Headless Ranger buried in an unmarked cemetery from the 18th century?

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  18. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a letter that a vote on the The Putting Veterans First Act was 'the right thing for our veterans.' The Associated Press

    Senate to vote on advance funding for VA

    When Congress returns next month, the Senate will vote on legislation to provide all Veterans Affairs Department funding a full year in advance, preventing government shutdowns or budget gridlock from interrupting veterans services.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  19. Military athletes mingle at the 2014 Warrior Games. New advances in sensor technology are leading to prosthetic limbs with potential for better fit and greater comfort for wounded warriors. Mike Morones/Staff

    New prosthetic limb may prevent chafing, swelling

    Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the last few decades, offering state-of-the-art robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades and joints that contain microchips and processors.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  20. Pakistani protesters from the United Citizen Action group shout slogans and burn a U.S. flag as they demonstrate Oct. 8 against U.S drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region in Multan. S.S. Mirza / AFP via Getty Images

    Drone strike kills 2 militants in northwest Pakistan

    Suspected U.S. drone-fired missiles struck a house early on Thursday in a restive tribal region in northwest Pakistan, killing two militants, officials said.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  21. Comptroller Michael McCord said he does not expect Congress to soon reach a budget deal. Glenn Fawcett/ / Office of the Secretary of Defens

    Pentagon officials: No hope for budget soon; tech development vital

    The Pentagon's chief financial officer admitted on Wednesday that he is 'not super optimistic' about Congress reaching a budget deal once the current continuing resolution temporarily funding the federal government expires on Dec. 11.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  22. Fort Campbell officials removed this Halloween display Wednesday after receiving a complaint. Photo via clarksvillenow.com

    After complaints, soldier removes controversial Halloween hanging display

    A Halloween display in front of an active-duty soldier's Fort Campbell, Kentucky, residence that featured effigies with black trash bags as heads hanging by their necks from a tree was removed Tuesday, shortly after base officials were informed of the dec

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  23. A Liberian soldier and a U.S. Marine set up a landing zone next to an Ebola treatment center on Oct. 11 in Tubmanburg, Liberia. John Moore / Getty Images

    Hagel orders quarantine for troops returning from West Africa

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday ordered all U.S. service members returning from the Ebola response mission to undergo 'controlled monitoring,' meaning they will be isolated on military facilities and monitored for symptoms for 21 days.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  24. President Obama gestures while speaking at an Oct. 29 event at the White House with American health care workers fighting the Ebola virus. Evan Vucci / AP

    Obama on Ebola fight: U.S. can't seal itself off

    Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their ret

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  25. The Pentagon's internal security agency is warning military personnel and civilians who work in the building that they could be targeted by the Islamic State group or other terrorists. AFP

    Pentagon warns employees about Islamic State threats

    Military personnel and civilians who work in the Pentagon could be targeted by the Islamic State group or other terrorists, the building's internal security agency is warning employees in a new memo distributed late last week.

    • Oct. 29, 2014

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