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September 18, 2017
Defense Secretary James Mattis at the commissioning ceremony for the USS Gerald R. Ford at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, July 22, 2017. Mattis said Aug. 20 that President Donald Trump, who had been accused by lawmakers of dragging his feet on Afghanistan, had settled on a new strategy after a “rigorous” review. (Hilary Swift/The New York Times)
U.S. to send over 3,000 troops to Afghanistan
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U.S. bombers combine with South Korean and Japanese aircraft in a show of force over the Korean Peninsula on Sept. 17.  Staff Sgt. Steven Schneider, Defense Department.
U.S. jets drop live bombs in a new, massive show of force aimed at North Korea
September 18, 2017 - 12:26pm
September 12, 2017
Another Hero Dog, Maverick, helps with grocery shopping.  Hero Dogs
Hero Dogs program enlists pups to help those who served
September 12, 2017 - 12:52pm
September 11, 2017
Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing load equipment into a C-130 Hercules aircraft Sunday, Sept. 10, in preparation for transport to the U.S. Virgin Islands where the Airmen will assist in recovery operations from Hurricane Irma. The airmen can support airports with skills and equipment to re-establish operations after disasters, secure aircraft and load and unload equipment. Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens / Minnesota National Guard
Minn. Air National Guard assisting in Irma efforts
September 11, 2017 - 2:47pm
September 6, 2017
Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit embark the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge in Norfolk, Va., in August. The Marines and sailors aboard were initially deployed to assist with Hurricane Harvey, but could instead help with Hurricane Irma relief. Photo by Mass Communication Spec. 1st Class Deven B. King-U.S. Navy
US military preparations for Hurricane Irma now include four Navy ships and thousands of troops
September 6, 2017 - 12:39pm
September 3, 2017
Jeff Roberts came up with the idea to add a new sign to help create awareness for their Memorial site and advertise paving stones that make up the walk of honor at the Memorial and had help from other members of the FDVMO who brought the project to completion. Submitted photo.
Veterans organization raises awareness for memorial site
September 3, 2017 - 8:15am
August 31, 2017
U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Division oversee training of the 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afg. on March 22, 2016. The U.S. has about 11,000 troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Aug. 30, 2017, acknowledging for the first time publicly that the total forces there are higher than formally disclosed in recent years. The new count includes covert as well as temporary units, defense officials said. Adam Ferguson/The New York Times
Pentagon admits thousands more troops in Afghanistan than previously reported
August 31, 2017 - 12:42pm
August 30, 2017
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., center, talks about legislation to improve benefits for National Guard and Reserve personnel. She is flanked by Col. Brian Melton, left, chief of staff for the Minnesota National Guard, and Col. Anthony Polashek, commander of the 934th Airlift Wing, based in the Twin Cities. (Helmut Schmidt/Forum News Service
Klobuchar seeks improved benefits for Guard, Reserve
August 30, 2017 - 6:00pm
August 25, 2017
President Donald Trump arrives at the White House in Washington, Aug. 23, 2017. Trump started his day on Thursday publicly criticizing leaders of his own party for not advancing his legislative agenda, which the president called “so easy.” (Al Drago/The New York Times
Trump directs Pentagon to implement ban on transgender service members, bans sex-reassignment surgery
August 25, 2017 - 8:19pm
August 21, 2017
A U.S. Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady takes part in a drill at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, August 21. Lee Sang-hak/Yonhap via REUTERS
North Korea tirade reignites missile threat against Guam
August 21, 2017 - 10:06am
August 20, 2017
The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain maneuvers alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard for a refueling-at-sea in the Philippine Sea June 14. Ten of the ship's sailors are missing after a collision Monday, Aug. 21. (Reuters)
Navy begins probe into collision of U.S. destroyer in Southeast Asia, 10 sailors missing, 5 injured
August 20, 2017 - 8:51pm
August 6, 2017
Little Falls artist Charles Kapsner sketches Marine Cory Engen from Browerville this week at his studio. Kapsner is working on the fourth mural for the committal hall at the State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley. The mural will depict the Marine Corps from it’s origin to present time.  Steve Kohls / Forum News Serviceplay button
Minn. artist uses talents to shed good light on armed forces
August 6, 2017 - 12:55pm
August 2, 2017
While at the memorial wall, the men all wore shirts identifying themselves as veterans. Many people stopped to ask questions and thank them for their service. (Contributed)
Visiting war memorial connects Minnesota veteran with men he served with
August 2, 2017 - 12:16pm
July 31, 2017
Nonprofit expands veterans housing to Northland
July 31, 2017 - 6:00am
July 27, 2017
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
No changes to military's transgender policy yet, top U.S. general says
July 27, 2017 - 10:35am
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