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  • Republic of Congo: Ex-army chief to run for president 
    Updated: Feb-14-16 5:15 am

    BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo - The former chief of staff of Republic of Congo's army has announced he will be running as a candidate in the March 20 presidential election.

  • 10 Wisconsin reservists prepare to deploy to Afghanistan 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 4:03 pm

    APPLETON, Wisconsin - The families of 10 Wisconsin Army Reserve members are saying their good-byes this weekend as the soldiers prepare for a Valentine's Day deployment.

  • GOP congressman mulls run for governor in deep blue New York story has photos
    Updated: Feb-13-16 10:51 am

    KINDERHOOK, New York - He is a Republican former Army colonel with political positions diverse enough to support gun rights and gay marriage. He won re-election in a Hudson Valley district that favored President Barack Obama and captured a third term by crushing a deep-pocketed Democrat by almost 30 points.

  • Army looks to recruit more women, adapt physical testing 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 8:19 am

    WASHINGTON - Beginning this summer, a visit to a local Army recruiting office will include a new set of gymnastic tests to help determine what military jobs a recruit is physically capable of performing.

  • Military bases among winners of $720M in conservation grants 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 3:39 pm

    FORT STEWART, Georgia - Military bases in three U.S. states will share $17.5 million in conservation funding to protect longleaf pine forests used for training troops while assisting the recovery of threatened species, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday.

  • US Africa Command: Senior LRA rebel commander defects in CAR 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 2:41 pm

    DAKAR, Senegal - A senior commander with the rebel group Lord's Resistance Army has defected to villagers in Central African Republic, the U.S. Africa Command said Friday.

  • Nigerian army: 12 senior officers investigated for graft 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 10:43 am

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's army says 12 senior officers are being investigated for corruption.

  • Carter says UAE will put special forces in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 6:32 am

    BRUSSELS - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a key Persian Gulf ally has agreed to send special forces soldiers to Syria to assist in the development of local Sunni Arab fighters focused on recapturing Raqqa, the Islamic State group's capital.

  • US airstrikes target Islamic State in Afghanistan 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 4:36 pm

    WASHINGTON - The United States has expanded its fight against the Islamic State group in Afghanistan, launching 20 airstrikes in the eastern part of the country in the last three weeks, U.S. officials said Thursday.

  • Senators: Let female WWII pilots into Arlington Cemetery 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 12:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - Two dozen U.S. senators want the Army to reverse a policy change barring female World War II pilots from having their ashes placed at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Army Corps Engineers denies funding for Red River study 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 8:15 am

    SHREVEPORT, Louisiana - The U.S. Army Corps Engineers has denied funding for a study of Red River which was requested in response to flooding in June.

  • Ex-army chief's appointment as Sri Lanka lawmaker criticized 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 5:55 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - An international rights group said Thursday that the Sri Lankan government's decision to appoint the civil war-winning general to Parliament contradicts its pledges to investigate alleged abuses under his command.

  • Army pays woman $820,000 to settle sexual harassment case 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 8:01 pm

    SAN DIEGO - The Army has paid $820,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former military police trainee who says she was fired after she filed a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor, defense lawyers said Wednesday.

  • Chechen leader threatens foes in bid to gain Putin's support 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 1:07 pm

    MOSCOW - The Kremlin-backed strongman of Chechnya has issued a stream of threats against Russia's liberal opposition, but his primary audience appears to be the Russian president himself.

  • Tribe requesting the return of 3 deceased Arapaho children 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 10:03 am

    RIVERTON, Wyoming - The Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office is aware of three Arapaho students who remain buried at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania after more than a century. The site is the home of what was once the Carlisle Indian School from 1879 to 1918.

  • Proposed Navy solar project on Guam put on hold 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 9:57 am

    HAGATNA, Guam - The U.S. Navy's proposal to lease Guam property for a solar power project has been put on hold.

  • Deal says Obama's $42.7M Savannah harbor request falls short 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 6:47 pm

    SAVANNAH, Georgia - The Obama administration requested $42.7 million on Tuesday to fund a second year of work to deepen Savannah's busy shipping channel, though Georgia officials said the amount falls far short of what's needed to keep the project on schedule.

  • Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 3:44 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, but Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that Libyans must take the lead in eliminating the Islamic State threat in their country.

  • Putin's ex-bodyguard turned governor recalls facing bear 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 12:28 pm

    MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin's former bodyguard, who recently has been appointed regional governor, said he once confronted a bear outside of Putin's residence.

  • Ellmers to Air Force: Prove Ft. Bragg doesn't need air wing 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 9:51 am

    FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina - U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers wants the Air Force to prove it can cover Army airborne operations out of Fort Bragg without an airlift wing based there.

  • Stronger regional coordination can counter Africa extremism 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 7:01 pm

    THIES, Senegal - Violent extremist groups and their affiliates are collaborating more in northern Africa, and regional forces must be built up and supported with deeper intelligence sharing to counter the increasing threat of attacks, the head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command Africa said Monday.

  • US peacekeeping expert to coordinate sexual abuse response 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 6:25 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Jane Holl Lute, a U.S. security expert who has held top posts in U.N. peacekeeping, was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to coordinate improvements in the United Nations' response to allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.

  • Militants shoot down Libyan fighter jet 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 2:10 pm

    BENGHAZI, Libya - Libya's air force chief of staff says a fighter jet was shot down while carrying out airstrikes against Islamic militants.

  • Malmstrom Air Base wins top ICBM award 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 3:58 pm

    GREAT FALLS, Montana - The 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base has been recognized as the best missile wing within U.S. Strategic Command.

  • Senators decry decision downsizing Pope Field planes 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 5:37 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina's senators are decrying a decision that will leave Fort Bragg without any C-130s permanently based at the Army base.