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FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo a member of the U.S. Army walks down the hall toward a monitor displaying COVID-19 safety information in Fort Meade, Md. As of last week, the Army had already exceeded its retention goal of 50,000 soldiers for the fiscal year ending in September, re-enlisting more than 52,000 so far. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Thousands defer plans to leave the military during crisis

May. 19, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Sgt. Antonio Gozikowski was planning to leave the military next month and head to college. After serving for six years, the dental assistant's goal was to become a dentist, and then return to the Army in a few years with his expanded medical skills. But now, with the coronavirus...

This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Mohammed Alshamrani. The Saudi student opened fire inside a classroom at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday before one of the deputies killed him. The FBI has found a link between the gunman in a deadly attack at a military base last December and an al-Qaida operative. That's according to a U.S. official who spoke to The Associated Press on Monday. (FBI via AP)

FBI: Shooter at Pensacola base coordinated with al-Qaida

May. 18, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The gunman who killed three U.S. sailors at a military base in Florida last year communicated with al-Qaida operatives about planning and tactics in the months leading up to the attack, U.S. officials said Monday, as they lashed out at Apple for failing to help them open the shooter's...

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds jets are seen in the background as a family pays their respects in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, May 18, 2020. Capt. Jenn Casey died Sunday after the Snowbirds jet she was in crashed shortly after takeoff. The pilot of the aircraft is in hospital with serious injuries. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Officer calls Snowbirds crash 'nightmare' as probe begins

May. 18, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A team of military investigators arrived in British Columbia on Monday to begin searching for answers into a deadly Snowbirds jet crash, which the aerobatic team’s commander described as a confluence of “worst-case scenarios, and it became our absolute worst...

Air Force commander found dead in home on Colorado base

May. 13, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The commander of a U.S. Air Force base in Colorado was found dead in his home on the base, officials said. Col. Thomas Falzarano was the commander of the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base outside Colorado Springs, The Gazette reports. The cause of his death was under...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks as President Donald Trump listens during press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House in Washington. The government’s $3 trillion effort to rescue the economy from the coronavirus crisis is stirring worry at the Pentagon. Bulging federal deficits may force a reversal of years of big defense spending gains and threaten prized projects like the rebuilding of the nation’s arsenal of nuclear weapons. Esper says the sudden burst of emergency spending to prop up a stalled economy is bringing the Pentagon closer to a point where it will have to shed older weapons faster and tighten its belt. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Bulging deficits may threaten prized Pentagon arms projects

May. 12, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's $3 trillion effort to rescue the economy from the coronavirus crisis is stirring worry at the Pentagon. Bulging federal deficits may force a reversal of years of big defense spending gains and threaten prized projects like the rebuilding of the nation's arsenal of nuclear...

A Croatian air force plane burns after crashing in Biljane, Croatia, Thursday, May 7, 2020. Croatia’s Defense Ministry says an air force training plane crashed and two crew members were killed during a routine training flight Thursday afternoon. (Diadora TV via AP)

Croatia's defense minister resigns after fatal plane crash

May. 7, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's defense minister resigned Thursday after an air force training plane crashed in the southwest of the country, killing both crew members. Damir Krsticevic said he is stepping down after another Croatian military aircraft, a helicopter, also crashed three months ago, killing...

Bolivia air force plane crashes, killing 2 crew, 4 Spaniards

May. 2, 2020 9:49 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A Bolivian air force plane flying a humanitarian mission crashed minutes after takeoff in the Amazonian region, killing all six occupants, including four Spaniards who were being ferried to catch a flight to their homeland, the Defense Ministry said Saturday. The Beechcraft Baron, a...

In this file photo taken Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic inspects arms at the Batajnica military airport outside Belgrade, Serbia. President Vucic says his country has taken delivery of a sophisticated anti-aircraft system from Russia, despite possible U.S. sanctions against the Balkan state that formally seeks European Union membership. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

Serb leader praises Russian arms 21 years after NATO bombing

May. 2, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president thanked Russia on Saturday for making the country’s military “10 times” stronger than when it was bombed by NATO in 1999. Aleksandar Vucic spoke Saturday while visiting an air defense unit near Belgrade that has recently been equipped...

U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flyover New York City skyline, Tuesday April 28, 2020, in New York. The flyover was in salute to first responders in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Military sexual assault reports rise, in Air Force above all

Apr. 30, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reports of sexual assaults across the military increased slightly last year, with the Air Force showing the biggest jump of all the services at 9%, according to a Defense Department report released Thursday. The annual report shows an overall increase of 3% in the number of reports filed...

In this April 7, 2020, photo released by the U.S. Navy, sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt move ready to eat meals for sailors who have tested negative for COVID-19 and are being taken to local hotels in an effort to implement social distancing at Naval Base Guam. People in Guam are used to a constant U.S. military presence on the strategic Pacific island, but some are nervous as hundreds of sailors from the coronavirus-stricken Navy aircraft carrier flood into hotels for quarantine. Officials insist they have enforced strict safety measures. (Mass Communication Specialist Julio Rivera/U.S. Navy via AP)

Pentagon focusing on most vital personnel for virus testing

Apr. 26, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With limited supplies of coronavirus tests available, the Pentagon is focusing first on testing those performing duties deemed most vital to national security. Atop the list are the men and women who operate the nation's nuclear forces, some counterterrorism forces, and the crew of a...