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  1. Transgender former Navy SEAL Senior Chief Kristin Beck speaks at a conference in Washington on Oct. 20. Transgender military personnel from 18 countries who allow them to serve openly gathered to discuss whether the U.S. military could join them. Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images

    Transgender troops say they want to serve openly

    The landmark repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' in 2011 allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  2. Iraqi security forces and gunmen rest on a sidewalk following clashes with jihadists in September in Anbar province. U.S. military officials are wrestling with how to calibrate their advise-and-assist mission with Iraqi forces in the fight against the Islamic State, which is growing especially heated in Anbar. AZHAR SHALLAL / AFP via Getty Images

    U.S. war planners focus on advisers in Anbar

    Top US military planners want to expand the limited advise-and-assist mission in Iraq and are talking to allied partner nations about potentially putting non-American troops on the ground to help support the fight against Islamic State militants, according to several military officials.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  3. Four crewmembers have safely evacuated an Air Force KC-10 that reported smoke in the cockpit while at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Air Force

    Air Force jet in Houston reports smoke in cockpit

    A U.S. Air Force refueling jet returning to California has made a safe emergency landing in Houston after smoke was reported in the cockpit.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  4. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department has a number of existing programs and new initiatives in motion to help veterans in rural communities across the nation find careers and build small businesses in agriculture. Charlie Neibergall / AP

    Commentary: Opportunities for veterans abound in agriculture

    Veterans have sacrificed dearly to keep this country safe. Every day, they confront and triumph over those that threaten our national security.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  5. Leadership is key to troops' tolerance of transgender persons, allied forces say

    Transgender persons are barred from serving openly in the U.S. military but can do so in the armed forces of 18 other nations worldwide, including NATO allies Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as Australia and New Zealand.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  6. In this frame grab taken from video provided by the New York Police Department, a former sailor identified as Zale H. Thompson approaches New York City police officers with a hatchet on Thursday in the Queens borough of New York. The man injured two with the hatchet before the other officers shot and killed him, police said. AP

    Ex-sailor injures NYC policeman with hatchet

    A New York City police officer who suffered a serious head wound after being attacked by a former sailor wielding a hatchet remains in critical but stable condition, police said Friday.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  7. Riders stand inside an L-Train subway car on Thursday in New York. Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who tested positive for the Ebola virus after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, had taken the train after visiting a bowling alley in Williamsburg. John Minchillo / AP

    After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined

    A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his il

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  8. Prisoner in Afghanistan to be tried in U.S.

    The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, U.S. officials said Thursday.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  9. French president Francois Hollande, center, attends an Oct. 1 meeting focused on the Iraqi conflict with French Army Chief of Staff General Pierre de Villiers, left, and French President's chief of staff general, Benoit Puga, at the Elysee palace in Paris, France. Gen. de Villiers told Europe 1 radio that two French fighter jets dropped a total of 70 bombs, destroying a dozen buildings used for arms production and storage. 'We destroyed buildings in which Daesh produced their arms, their bombs to attack Iraqi forces. Alain Jocard / AP

    Overnight French raid destroys IS arms center

    France's military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  10. Saudi Arabia convicts 27 for plotting attack on U.S. forces

    A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced 27 people to prison for planning a series of attacks against U.S.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  11. Soldiers working with civilians from PEO C3T install commercial IP packages at the Army's Landstuhl, Germany, Regional Hub Node. The node will be the hub for the communications network in support of the Operational United Assistance, aiding the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. U.S. Army

    Army setting up comms for Ebola response in West Africa

    The Army is working to coordinate crisis response in Liberia

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  12. Members of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit depart the amphibious assault ship Peleliu to participate in Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 in the Philippines. The Marines and sailors aboard the Peleliu returned to Japan on Thursday following a delay after a murder investigation involving a Marine. Navy

    After delay in Philippines, 31st MEU heads back to Japan

    The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit is headed back to Okinawa, Japan, after the unit was ordered to stay in the Philippines while officials investigated the alleged slaying of a local transgender person.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  13. U.S. and South Korean forces conduct a combined training exercise. The U.S. will continue to have operational control of forces in South Korea in the event of war. Cpl. Kim Young-ho / Army

    U.S., South Korea delay transfer of wartime control

    The U.S. and South Korea have delayed transferring wartime operational control of allied forces by taking on a 'conditions-based approach' and scrapping the previously set deadline of 2015.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  14. Hackers face off this weekend to solve Air Force's cyber challenges

    Even as national cybersecurity awareness month comes to a close, the Air Force is producing an event that will bring all kinds of hackers together to test their best coding skills.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  15. A soldier stands in front of a Bradley fighting vehicle during an Oct. 14 demonstration in Latvia. NATO is working to form a brigade-sized force that will be able to respond to crises in the region of Europe. Sgt. Daniel Cole/Army

    New quick-reaction NATO force to stand up next year

    NATO is pushing forward with a new quick-reaction force that will combine the armies of multiple member nations and is intended to serve as a deterrent to Russian aggression.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  16. Soldiers from the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.-based 1st Area Medical Laboratory will set up laboratories to support Operation United Assistance, the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 20th CBRNE Command/Army

    Army medical lab joining Ebola fight in West Africa

    An Army medical laboratory designed to detect battlefield contaminants is joining the fight against Ebola in West Africa and will be deploying next week, according to an Army announcement.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  17. Berthings aboard Virginia-class attack submarines will be reconfigured to accommodate female sailors, an official said Thursday. Here, Electronics Technician 1st Class Kevin Watson conducts a roving security check aboard the attack sub North Carolina, one of the in-service subs to be retrofitted. MC3 Liam Kennedy/U.S. Navy

    Virginia subs to get berthing changes for female crew

    Sub designers are puzzling out how to fit enlisted women into the berthings on the Virginia-class attack submarines already in the force.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  18. Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients in New York. A doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus. Richard Drew / AP

    Possible Ebola case in New York City

    The first case of Ebola may have arrived in New York City.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  19. Airman 1st Class Reece Zoller, left, 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew one load crew member, operates an MJ-1 lift truck carrying an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile as Staff Sgt Zachary Watts, center, 58th AMU crew one crew chief, and Airman 1st Class Robert Hughes, right, 58th AMU crew one crew member, guide him during a qualification load Oct. 10 on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.. The F-35 training program at Eglin currently serves as the primary source of F-35 expertise to new F-35A units across the Air Force. Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson/Air Force

    First weapons crew certified on F-35A

    The latest milestone in the F-35A program belongs to airmen on the ground.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  20. Iraqi volunteer soldiers march Sept. 1 after graduating from a training camp in the central Iraqi city of Kufa. Haidar Hamdani / Getty Images

    U.S. official: Iraq army not ready to repel Islamic State

    U.S. airstrikes and Iraqi ground forces have blunted an Islamic State offensive in Iraq, but it will be months before Iraq can mount a sustained counteroffensive to take terrain back, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  21. The Zinger Double Down King, at 750 calories, includes a beef patty and a fried chicken bun.

    KFC touts new all-meat sandwich in South Korea

    This could be the best reason yet to be assigned to South Korea.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  22. The flag atop the Canadian Parliament building is flown at half staff on Oct. 2, one day after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves was killed while standing guard in front of the National War Memorial by a lone gunman. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    U.S. officials worry about 'lone wolf' attacks

    After a pair of attacks in Canada this week that officials labeled as terrorism, counterparts in the USA are reacting with offers of cooperation and a sense of apprehension.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  23. British soldiers give a hand in rescue operations at the site of the bomb-wrecked U.S. Marine barracks near the Beirut airport on Oct. 23, 1983. A bomb-laden truck detonated, collapsing the four-story building and killing 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. Bill Foley/AP

    Beirut mission renewed: Marines take pride in returning to guard embassy

    As of early September, Marine security guards are again manning Post One in Beirut. The post holds profound significance for Marines young and old.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  24. Sgt. Daniel Vasselian Associated Press

    Fallen Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroism in 'Operation Nightmare'

    The family of fallen Marine Sgt. Daniel Vasselian accepted his Bronze Star with combat 'V' device last week for heroism in Afghanistan.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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