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  1. Members of the crowd view the ceramic poppy art installation by artist Paul Cummins titled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' in the dry moat of the Tower of London on Nov. 2. The installation is made up of 888,246 ceramic poppies, with the final poppy being placed today, Armistice Day. Tim Ireland / AP

    Commentary: How we remember

    Since August, the moat of the Tower of London has been filled with a blood-red blanket made from ceramic poppies.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  2. An AGM-86B/C/D air-launched cruise missile can carry a nuclear or conventional warhead. Air Force

    Foundation of U.S. nuclear system showing cracks

    The foundation of America's nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
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    Army vet killed after celebrating return from Afghanistan

    Officials say a 21-year-old Army veteran was shot to death after a dispute at a party to celebrate his return from Afghanistan.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  3. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, adresses Muslim worshippers July 5 at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Iraqi officials said Sunday that an airstrike wounded al-Baghdadi. AFP

    Iraqi officials say Islamic State leader wounded in airstrike

    Iraqi officials said Sunday that an airstrike wounded the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such a strike or al-Baghdadi being wounded.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  4. People gather for an open-air party at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall separating East and West Berlin. Michael Sohn / AP

    Germany marks 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall

    As Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Sunday, Elke Rosin recalled how lucky her family had been.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  5. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives Nov. 9 during the service of remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. The annual service is to remember those who have lost their lives serving in the armed forces. Tim Ireland / AP

    Queen Elizabeth II leads U.K. memorial ceremony

    Queen Elizabeth II honored fallen soldiers from Britain and the Commonwealth Sunday in a dignified ceremony at the heart of central London.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  6. The leader of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, adresses Muslim worshippers July 5 at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. AFP

    Hunted Islamic State leader the 'new Bin Laden'

    With a $10 million bounty on his head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would seem to have earned the moniker from French newspaper Le Monde as 'the new Bin Laden.'

    • Nov. 9, 2014
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    Members of Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright communities search the wreckage of a B-29 Superfortress on Aug. 1 in Alaska. Senior Airman Peter Reft / Air Force

    Eielson chips away at the mystery of a submerged WB-29 bomber

    The mystery of the Lady of the Lake, an abandoned B-29 bomber sitting at the bottom of a pond not far from the flight line here, has been partially solved, but officials are looking for more information on how the bomber mysteriously came to be in the wat

    • Nov. 9, 2014
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    The Personal Property directorate at Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command manages the Department of Defense's Privately Owned Vehicle shipping program. Army

    Shipping delays appear to be easing for troops' personal vehicles

    The backlog of troops' privately owned vehicles has almost been cleared, according to an analysis of numbers provided by the contractor responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  7. Afghan police officers stand guard Nov. 9 near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. Rahmat Gul / AP

    Kabul police chief survives assassination attempt

    Afghan authorities are investigating how a man wearing an explosives-packed vest was able to infiltrate the heavily guarded police headquarters in central Kabul on Sunday and attempt to assassinate the city's chief of police.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
  8. Kenneth Bae, second from left, who was held in North Korea since 2012, is greeted after arriving Nov. 8 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., after he was freed during a top-secret mission. Ted S. Warren / AP

    Last 2 U.S. captives in North Korea return home

    The last two Americans being held captive by North Korea have returned home.

    • Nov. 9, 2014
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    Cadet 1st Class Stefan Morell, who is now a second lieutenant, tests the airflow through a wing as part of his team's new engine design last semester at the Air Force Academy. Air Force Academy

    Air Force Academy cadets win DARPA contest

    A new fuel-efficient aircraft engine designed in part by Air Force Academy cadets has won an innovation contest sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

    • Nov. 8, 2014
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    Air Force Lt. Col. Deborah Rieflin, 315th Operation Support Squadron instructor pilot, smiles during her final flight in the C-17 Globemaster III conducted with an all female crew on Oct. 27 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. Photos by Senior Airman Sandra Welch / Air Force

    First female C-17 command pilot closes Air Force chapter

    — Lt. Col. Deborah Rieflin learned early that nothing was out of reach, even if the rest of the world said otherwise.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  9. Unemployment rate for post-9/11 vets at 7.2 percent

    The unemployment rate for the newest generation of veterans jumped by 1 full percentage point in October, according to new federal data, but the figure of 7.2 percent is about average for 2014 and actually a marked improvement from last year’s overall unemployment rate of 9 percent for that group.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  10. New Sheriff: Sen. John McCain, the expected next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has a reputation for being tough on late and over-budget arms programs. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Chairman McCain: Industry girds for a 'maverick' Armed Services panel

    'He's coming for all of us,' said the serious voice on the other end of a late-afternoon call.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
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    Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, left, commander of Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan, speaks with Afghan Maj. Gen. Sayed Maloukon Oct. 27. Yoo is confident Afghan forces can maintain security as Marines there depart. Staff Sgt. John Jackson/Marine Corps

    1-star has confidence in Afghan security after leaving Helmand

    Days after handing over all security duties to local forces, the head of the Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan said he believes that Afghans have good control of their country.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  11. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, right, speaks as U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, during a news conference on Oct. 1 after a visit to the James A. Haley Medical Center in Tampa, Fla. Chris O'Meara / AP

    Justice Department's influence in VA cases up for debate

    When Congress passed new rules for firing Veterans Affairs executives in July, the goal was to get rid of problem employees faster and without bureaucratic confusion. So far, it's done neither.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  12. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh outlined changes to education requirements for officers in a video released Thursday. Rob Curtis/Staff

    New education rules for Air Force officers begin Dec. 1

    Lieutenant colonels hoping to make colonel must have a master's degree beginning Dec. 1, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said in a video released Thursday.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
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    The total force team of the 509th Bomb Wing and the 131st Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., won the Fairchild Trophy for best bomb wing in the Air Force at the 2014 Global Strike Challenge score posting hosted at Barksdale AFB, La., on Wednesday. Senior Airman Benjamin Gonsier / Air Force

    Nuke units recover from scandals, find awards in Global Strike Challenge

    The Air Force this week ended the its fourth Global Strike Challenge event, a competition designed to highlight the best units across the nuclear command.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
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    Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presents the very first Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal to 1st Lt. Victoria Fort, a missile combat crew instructor from the 91st Missile Wing, on Wednesday at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, during Air Force Global Strike Command's 2014 Global Strike Challenge. Airman 1st Class Mozer O. Da Cunha / Air Force

    James presents first round of Air Force nuclear service medals

    The Air Force this week presented the first round of Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medals, with leadership using the award to highlight a group of airmen in the beleaguered nuclear missile community.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  13. President Obama and his family arrive back at the White House aboard Marine One after a weekend at Camp David in 2009. Three men are accused of involvement in a bid-rigging plot for Marine Helicopter Squadron One, though the maintenance bid ultimately lost. Pete Souza / White House

    3 charged in presidential helicopter bid-rigging scheme

    Three men face charges in a fraud scheme involving a helicopter fleet that transports the president and vice president, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  14. U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, in a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, alleges that Joint Special Operations Command unsuccessfully tried to make a payment in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release. AP

    Hunter: JSOC led botched ransom attempt for Bergdahl

    U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has accused Joint Special Operations Command of leading a botched effort to pay a ransom to bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  15. Austin

    CENTCOM chief: More troops not the answer in Iraq

    The four-star commander of war operations in Iraq and Syria said politics is the key to defeating the Islamic militants there — and more U.S. troops will not necessarily help resolve the complex sectarian conflict roiling the two nations.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  16. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53). MC3 Benjamin Crossley / Navy

    U.S. shoots down 3 missile targets in Hawaii test

    The U.S. military has shot down three missiles nearly simultaneously during a test off Hawaii.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
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    Marines don and clear their gas masks before entering a gas chamber. Lance Cpl. John McCall / Marine Corps

    Report: 600-plus U.S. troops say they were exposed to chemical weapons

    More than 600 U.S. service members told military medical staff that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, The New York Times reported Thursday.

    • Nov. 6, 2014

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