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  1. Command Sgt. Maj. Robert 'Bob' Gallagher was at Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993 and in Baghdad for the U.S. invasion in 2003. When he retired, he worked to serve soldiers. He has died at age 52. 3rd Infantry Division/Facebook

    CSM who fought in Panama, Somalia and Iraq dies at 52

    A decorated soldier who participated in major military actions spanning three decades and spent the last few years of his career helping fellow wounded warriors was found dead in his Georgia home Oct. 13 of natural causes.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  2. The Orient Shield exercise will include E-model Apaches certified to make deck landings during the RIMPAC exercise, such as this Apache launching from the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu. MC3 Dustin Knight/ / Navy

    Army helos set for joint exercise in Japan

    The U.S. Army Stryker brigade set to begin exercises in Japan next week as part of its third stop in the Army's Pacific Pathways rotation brought its own aviation assets to the venerable exercise for the first time.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  3. Trainers from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases will work with a team of doctors from the Army, Air Force and Navy who are tasked with supporting hospitals in the U.S. respond to potential Ebola threats. Department of Defense

    Stateside Ebola team starts training today

    The 30-person medical team designed to provide short-notice help and support to civilian hospitals who may deal with Ebola cases at home began training Wednesday at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  4. Tomb guards perform the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    U.S. increases security in wake of Canada shootings, though no threats cited

    The military increased security Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial and Parliament, even though the FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no specific threa

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  5. Police officers move through the halls of the Parliament building Oct. 22 in Ottawa, Canada, after reports of shots being fired. AFP

    Chaos in Canada: Gunfire erupts in Parliament building

    A Canadian soldier was shot and killed Wednesday while standing guard at a war memorial in the nation's capital in Ottawa, and a gunman was killed after racing inside Parliament.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  6. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, a suspect in the killing of a transgender Filipino woman, is escorted to detention as he arrives Wednesday inside the compound of the Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines. Aaron Favila / AP

    Marine suspected of murder in Philippine custody

    A US Marine suspected in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino was flown Wednesday from his warship to the Philippine military's main camp, where he will continue to be guarded by fellow Marines, in a compromise that eased a looming irritant over his custody.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  7. Bond set for Afghan soldiers who fled for Canada

    Three Afghan soldiers detained since abandoning a Massachusetts training exercise to avoid returning to Afghanistan are hoping financial help from supporters will allow them to go free as they challenge deportation and pursue asylum.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  8. Jeffrey Fowle is greeted by his son and other family members upon his arrival Oct. 22 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Fowle was detained for nearly half a year in North Korea after leaving a Bible at a nightclub. Christian evangelism is considered a crime in North Korea. David Kohl / AP

    North Korean detainee reunites with family in Ohio

    An American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub returned home to Ohio on Wednesday to tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  9. JBLM soldier charged in wife's death

    The Pierce County prosecutor has charged a Lewis-McChord soldier with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife at their Lakewood apartment.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  10. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, says she is 'thrilled' that the Defense Department has proposed commonsense changes to the Military Lending Act that will protect service members and their families from predatory lenders. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Commentary: Breaking the cycle of debt for troops, families

    The spouse of a member of the Illinois National Guard took out a loan of $2,575 in Illinois. Due to triple-digit interest rates, the family spent more than $8,000 to repay the loan.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  11. In this June 11 file photo, former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas Slatten leaves federal court in Washington. A jury returned guilty verdicts for Slatten and three other former Blackwater guards charged in Iraq shootings. Cliff Owen / The Associated Press

    Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

    Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horri

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  12. A Russian Air Force Ilyushin IL-20. Wikimedia Commons

    Estonia: Russian military plane violated air space

    Estonia on Wednesday summoned Russia's ambassador over an airspace violation by a Russian military aircraft.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  13. Credit requirements loosened for student loan program

    The Education Department has loosened credit requirements for a federal student loan program used by parents and graduate students.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  14. 1.7 percent COLA increase starts in January

    Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  15. The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday. AP

    Pentagon confirms IS seized weapons bundle

    The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  16. A Kurdish Peshmerga fighters prepare to detonate a land mine laid by the Islamic State group fighters on the front line in the Gwer district, 40 kilometres south of Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, on Oct. 18. SAFIN HAMED / AFP/Getty Images

    Iraqi Kurds authorize sending fighters to Kobani

    Lawmakers in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdish region voted Wednesday to authorize sending Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga to help defend the embattled town of Kobani in Syria, where fellow Kurds are facing an onslaught by militants of the Islamic Sta

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  17. Valid Ebola concerns

    More than 500 U.S. troops are in Liberia, conducting humanitarian missions in response to the Ebola epidemic. Nearly 3,000 more are expected in the coming days.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  18. Editorial: Who's kidding whom?

    The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week:

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  19. The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to Omran al-Zoubi, the country's information minister who spoke on Syrian TV late Tuesday. He said the militants were able to hide a third jet, which the Syrian air force is now searching for. Misha Japaridze / AP

    Syria claims it destroyed jets seized by IS

    The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country's information minister.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  20. Arkansas state VA seeks to change name

    The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs wants to change its name to differ from the federal agency to avoid confusion, department Director Cissy Rucker said.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  21. FBI: Denver girls may have tried to join jihadis

    Three teenage girls from suburban Denver flew to Europe in a possible bid to join Islamic State militants in Syria, and now authorities are looking at their friends to see if any have similar intentions.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  22. Soldiers practice suiting up in advance of deployment to West Africa to fight Ebola virus. WVEC 13News Now, Norfolk, Va.

    Eustis soldiers leaving to battle Ebola outbreak

    HAMPTON ROADS -- A deployment ceremony will be held at Fort Eustis this morning for approximately 60 U.S. Army soldiers deploying to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. The soldiers are part of the 53rd Transportation Battalion.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  23. Carson soldiers to get Ebola training before Africa trip

    Fort Carson will train about 160 engineers on Thursday in advance of the company's deployment to West Africa to help fight the spread of Ebola.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  24. Even though defense firms prefer the GOP, for every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate or group, one of comparable size to a Democrat is not far behind. Johnny Bivera

    Defense firms prefer GOP, but spread campaign cash between political parties

    For every campaign contribution from a major arms manufacturer to a Republican candidate or group, one of comparable size to a Democrat is not far behind.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  25. Staff Sgt. Bryan Phillip Pitney, 33, whose home of record is listed as Deerfield, Mich., entered active duty service in June 1996, as an AH-64 attack helicopter repairer. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since June 2008. Army

    Soldier with six deployments killed in motorcycle accident

    Staff Sgt. Bryan Phillip Pitney of Fort Hood, Texas, who deployed six times during his Army career, has died from injuries after a motorcycle accident, post officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

    • Oct. 21, 2014

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