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President Barack Obama listens to a question at the town hall meeting with future Chinese leaders at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum in Shanghai, China, Nov. 16, 2009.  Lawrence Jackson/The White House

In Beijing, Obama has one more chance to 'pivot' to Asia

BEIJING — When President Barack Obama made his first state visit to China in 2009, his party controlled Congress, his hair was less gray and he...

Veterans Day 2013 at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Joe Gromelski/Stsrs and Stripes

Veterans Day is one confusing holiday

Veterans Day has to be the most confusing holiday on the calendar.

And, yes, it is a holiday — unlike some of those quasi-holiday...

Soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division uncovered these munitions in a large weapons cache in Iraq on Sept. 28, 2005. (Kevin Bromley/U.S. Army)

Pentagon: Hundreds reported potential chemical weapons exposure

WASHINGTON — A review ordered by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has found that 734 U.S. troops who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan reported...

  A U.S. Public Health Service officer helps put the final touches on the administrative area of the Monrovia Medical Unit located 30 miles outside of Monrovia, Liberia, on Nov. 4, 2014.   Nathan Hoskins/U.S. Army

Dempsey: Ebola mission will probably last 18 months

WASHINGTON — The military mission to combat Ebola in West Africa will probably last until 2016, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of...

Staff Sgt. Ryan Frye displays the helmet that saved his life when he was struck during a 2012 attack in Afghanistan. Frye, now stationed in South Korea, was given back the helmet after it was inspected by Army researchers.

Soldier in Korea gets helmet that saved his life in Afghanistan

SEOUL, South Korea — The hit-and-run attack in an Afghan town left Staff Sgt. Ryan Frye with a concussion, a scratch on the left side of his head...

Jason Heap, an atheist who applied to become the military’s first humanist chaplain, learned in May the Navy had turned down his application. (Courtesy of Military Association)

Would-be atheist chaplain files suit over Navy's rejection of application

WASHINGTON — An atheist Navy chaplain candidate is going to court over the service’s rejection of his application.
Religion scholar...

U.S. Army / Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth

41 phrases only people in the military will understand

Every region of the US has its unique phrases, but they have nothing on the complex lexicon shared by people in the military.

Official U.S. Navy file photo.

5 things you need to know about flat rate per diem

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- To provide an incentive to Sailors and civilians on long-term temporary duty assignment (TDY) to seek out extended-stay...

An infrared light illuminates U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Bobby M. Scharton, a platoon sergeant with 17th Fires Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, during a sleep study at Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Nov. 22, 2013. Physicians use data from the studies to diagnose severe sleep disorders like sleep apnea and insomnia. (U.S. Army)

Soldiers lost a lot of sleep in Iraq, Afghanistan

SAN ANTONIO (MCT) — A new medical study has determined that the Army had the highest rate of chronic insomnia among the armed services over a long...

Local secrets for beating the blaggggghs

There’s no escaping alcohol in Japan. The spirited beverage—which since the dawn of time has acted as stimulus for many a celebration and...

Feds sue Ariz. community college alleging 'anti-military bias'

The Department of Justice is suing Pima Community College claiming school officials broke the law twice by denying a job promotion to an Army...

Army Capt. Danielle M. Diamond performs spay surgery on Miss Dusty, a German shepherd, on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at the Cherry Point Veterinary Treatment Facility, N.C.. The Defense Department has suspended most anesthetic procedures on privately owned pets. (Samuel A. Nasso/U.S. Marines)

Military veterinary facilities suspend most surgeries for pets

NEWMARKET, England — Military veterinary clinics around the world are scaling back the services they offer for privately owned pets in an effort...