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  1. Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell presents two medals to James Hayden, earned during the Korean War, including nearly three years in captivity. Army

    POW from Korea finally receives his decorations

    Nearly six years after earning a Silver Star during close combat in Germany at the close of World War II, James Hayden found himself surrounded by Chinese forces in Korea along with about 150 fellow soldiers.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  2. Marines will need to have two pairs of the Rugged All Terrain Boots by Oct. 1, 2015. Those who've deployed to Afghanistan have been required to buy RAT boots since 2009, and they've been optional for wear with utility uniforms. Courtesy of Danner

    Marine recruits, officer candidates to get new Rugged All Terrain boots

    Changes are afoot. Starting in October, recruits and officer candidates will get the new Rugged All Terrain boot, a familiar piece of footwear that will replace the Marine Corps Combat Boot.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  3. Replacing the U-2 Dragon Lady with the unmanned Global Hawk is not optimal, but 'we'll make it work,' Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Hostage said. Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / Air Force

    Air Combat Command chief reluctantly accepts Global Hawk over U-2

    While the plan to keep new, unmanned Global Hawks over the aging manned U-2 has support among top Defense Department officials, the top combat general in the Air Force says it is not the best military solution.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  4. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Marine Corps Times, the state of the Marine Corps. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  5. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Navy Times, who qualifies -- and who doesn't -- for the new deployment pay. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  6. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Air Force Times, what to expect from an evaluation and promotion system overhaul. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  7. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Army Times, what to expect in your new NCOERs. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  8. Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the fence on the north side of the White House on Sept. 20 in Washington. Susan Walsh / AP

    White House intruder identified as Army veteran

    The man accused of getting inside the White House after scaling a fence is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq and retired due to disability, the Army said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  9. Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Carter Sluyter attaches a socket terminal to an arresting gear cable aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier John C. Stennis at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on Sept. 10. MCSA Christopher Frost / Navy

    Ship crews face litany of maintenance problems

    The atmosphere was one of frustration shrouded in uncertainties as 1,100 Navy and industry leaders discussed ways to provide maintenance and modernization to a surface fleet burdened by growing demand and diminishing funds.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  10. Pfc. Nathan Currie, an EOD specialist for the 756th Explosive Ordnance Detachment, rescued a woman after her car went into a pond at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Army

    Soldier pulls woman from alligator-infested Fort Stewart pond

    Like many soldiers in his situation, Pfc. Nathan Currie credited his Army training for informing his actions when he saved a woman from drowning last month at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  11. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies Sept. 16 at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Joint Chiefs chairman: Arab nations needed in fight against Islamic State

    The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  12. View the Army's new NCOERs

    The new Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Reporting system, slated for a fall 2015 fielding, will feature separate forms for soldiers of different ranks, and new responsibilities for raters and senior raters will be fielded in the fall of 2015.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  13. Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on Sept. 20 on the north side of the White House in Washington. The Secret Service is coming under renewed scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence and made it all the way through the front door before he was apprehended. Susan Walsh / AP

    Fence jumper prompts more White House security

    The Secret Service is boosting security outside the White House following an embarrassing security breach in which an intruder with a knife scaled the White House fence, dashed across the lawn and made it all the way inside before agents managed to stop h

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  14. Chinese destroyer docks in Iran, first such visit

    A Chinese destroyer has docked in a southern Iranian port in the first such visit to the country by the Chinese navy, Iran's state television reported on Sunday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  15. Mountain Home airman sentenced in toddler's death

    A Mountain Home airman has been sentenced to life in prison for the March 2013 death of his 22-month-old stepson.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  16. Army quarterback Angel Santiago, right, runs past Wake Forest safety Josh Okonye on Sept. 20 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Chuck Burton / AP

    Wake Forest rallies to defeat Army, 24-21

    John Wolford threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter, and Wake Forest rallied to beat Army 24-21 on Saturday.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  17. Afghanistan's two presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, signed a power-sharing deal on Sept. 21, capped with a hug and a handshake, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. Massoud Hossaini / AP

    Afghan presidential candidates sign unity deal

    Afghanistan's two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal on Sunday that makes one president and the other chief executive, ending months of political wrangling following a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  18. Whitesell Navy

    New rules aim to better fill billets abroad

    The Navy has streamlined overseas screening to cut processing time and limit gaps from those who fail to qualify.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  19. Then-Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF/SW) Jonathan Kong, right, earned a Silver Star for rushing into heavy fire to save a Marine. Kong is seen here with former 5th Marines squad mate Lance Cpl. Marshall Kotchasak. Marine Corps

    Former HM3 receives Silver Star for saving Marine's life

    Former Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF/SW) Jonathan Kong waited nearly four years for his first firefight. When it finally happened, his actions that day led to a Silver Star.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  20. Alaska's Mount McKinley, North America's tallest mountain, is part of the Air Force's 50 Summits Challenge. Becky Bohrer/The Associated Press

    Airmen hike Colorado's Mount Elbert for nationwide challenge

    A group of cadets and airmen from the Air Force Academy are climbing Mount Elbert as part of a plan to fly the Air Force flag from the highest point in every state.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  21. Fontenot in a 2013 photo at Komatsu Air Base, Japan. Staff Sgt. Amber Jacobs/Air Force

    Fundraiser draws $50K to support family of pilot killed in F-15 crash

    When Lt. Col. Jeffry Blake got the news that it was Lt. Col. Morris 'Moose' Fontenot who died in the F-15C crash Aug.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  22. Cmdr. Gavin Duff, former commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 14, has been named a winner of the Stockdale Award. Navy

    Stockdale winners faced deployment challenges

    Two of the Navy's most outstanding officers faced tough challenges and led their crews through successful deployments keeping fighters in the air and an aging destroyer on station.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  23. Nearly 600 vehicles have been sunk to form the reef in a partnership effort by the South Carolina National Guard and the state. South Carolina Army National Guard

    Soldiers create offshore reef using old armored vehicles

    The South Carolina National Guard has found a good use for old M60 tanks and M113 armored personnel carriers.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  24. Pfc. Paul Ieti captivated judges with his version of 'Stay' by Rihanna. But he failed to gain support for his Backstreet Boys cover. He plans to exit the military and pursue his singing career. Screen shot from America's Got Talent

    Singer reflects on 'America's Got Talent' run, plans to leave service

    The singing soldier from 'America's Got Talent' didn't make the show's final round, but he's not about to stop singing.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  25. NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) U.S. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, left, U.S. Army Commander for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Gen. John F. Campbell, center, and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) Gen. Jean-Paul Palomeros, right, attend a NATO Military Committee Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis) Mindaugas Kulbis / AP

    NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire 'in name only'

    NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a 'cease-fire in name only,' and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has

    • Sep. 20, 2014
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