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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Turkish soldiers stand as Syrian refugees amass at the border in Suruc, Turkey, on Saturday. Several thousand Syrians, most of them Kurds, crossed into Turkey on Friday to find refuge from Islamic State militants who have barreled through dozens of Kurdish villages in northern Syria in the past 48 hours. The Associated Press

    Kurdish fighters head to Syria to fight militants

    Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Whitesell

    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
  9. A CF-18 Hornet from Canada's 4 Wing Cold Lake, far left, flies next to a Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber on Sept. 5, 2007. Canada National Defence Forces

    U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft

    Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  10. A sailor approaches an SH-60 Seahawk helicopter aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf in the Black Sea on July 24. MC3 Weston Jones/Navy

    USS Vella Gulf returns to Norfolk after deployment

    The USS Vella Gulf has returned to its home port in Virginia following a six-month deployment.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  11. Military court upholds soldier's rape conviction

    A military appeals court has upheld a Fort Campbell soldier's conviction on two charges of rape by force and his sentence demoting him and granting a dishonorable discharge from the service.

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  12. A Ukrainian attack helicopter patrols in Donetsk's surrounding areas on September 20, 2014. NATO's top military commanders are meeting in Lithuania today to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus. Russia has delivered today a third shipment of aid to rebel-controlled Ukraine, sending trucks carrying water and food across the border. AFP PHOTO/ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images) ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP/Getty Images

    Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks

    Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed early Saturday to create a buffer zone between government troops and pro-Russian militants by halting their advances, pulling back heavy weapons and withdrawing foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce

    • Sep. 20, 2014
  13. Another officer aboard the cruiser Cowpens has been reassigned. Navy

    Cowpens XO canned for drunken driving

    The second-in-command of the cruiser Cowpens has been fired for drunken driving, the latest sign of turmoil for the star-crossed cruiser.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  14. A World Health Organization worker, right rear, trains nurses to use Ebola protective gear in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Sept. 18. Michael Duff / AP

    U.S. troops to have no direct contact with Ebola victims

    The 3,000 U.S. troops who will deploy to West Africa to help contain the Ebola epidemic will not have direct exposure to patients infected with the potentially deadly virus, a top defense official said Friday.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  15. Jets do a flyover at Soldier Field before an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills on Sept. 7, 2014, in Chicago. Nam Y. Huh / AP

    Abuse scandals prompt Hagel to examine military's links to NFL

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is taking a close look at the military's ties to the National Football League amid a spate of domestic violence scandals involving high-profile athletes.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  16. Illinois Army National Guard provide covering fire for their fellow soldiers during training in 2012. Some states had been forced to cancel training due to budget shortfalls earlier this month. Jesse Houk/Army

    National Guard to resume September training

    September weekend drills for Army National Guard soldiers are back on track after a $101 million shortfall forced multiple states to postpone their training.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  17. French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants Friady in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced today, vowing that more operations would follow. France has six Rafale fighter jets and just under 1,000 soldiers based in the United Arab Emirates and could even mobilize an aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. Jean-Luc Brunet / AFP via Getty Images

    France strikes IS depot in Iraq

    Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, French fighter jets struck Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot, Iraqi and French officials said.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  18. Odierno: Airstrikes tougher as militants blend in

    The Army's top officer warned Friday that it will become increasingly difficult to target and launch precision airstrikes against Islamic State militants hiding among the Iraqi population.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  19. Bas-relief inscriptions are displayed at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad. Hadi Mizban / AP

    Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

    For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  20. Glen Doherty died in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 12, 2012. Doherty's heirs, led by his mother Barbara Doherty, filed a claim in September 2014 seeking damages from two government agencies, alleging inadequate security at the U.S. diplomatic post and nearby CIA compound. AP

    Family of former SEAL slain in Benghazi may sue

    BOSTON The family of a CIA contractor killed in Benghazi, Libya, has filed claims seeking $2 million in damages from the CIA and State Department, alleging there was inadequate security at the U.S.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  21. New commander takes helm at Undersea Warfare Center

    The Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Rhode Island has a new leader.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  22. Under the new service, troops will be able to get basic Internet with a data transfer speed of 128 kilobits per second, as well as TV services with local channels, for free. They'll also have the option to pay to upgrade to faster speeds and more channels. Army

    Bigger, better, cheaper Wi-Fi coming soon to barracks, dorms

    A new Wi-Fi service is being rolled out over the next year in barracks and dormitories for soldiers, airmen and Marines.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  23. Michelle Monaghan's character faces estrangement from her young son after multiple deployments in 'Fort Bliss.' Entertainment One Films

    For single moms in uniform, 'Fort Bliss' movie shows costs & rewards

    Army Master Sgt. Kerensa Crum wasn't expecting much when she walked into an early screening of 'Fort Bliss,' a new movie about the struggles of a single mom in the military.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  24. Eleven universities are coming together to share their programs for improving the graduation rates of low-income and first-generation college students, and develop a national playbook for what works. The ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Universities form group to improve low-income students' graduation rates

    Michigan State University has been graduating more low-income students since starting a program three years ago to bring advisers, tutors, health care and other services into clusters of residence halls to integrate the 'living and learning' experience.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  25. Aging Americans burdened by student debt

    Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
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