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Ranger School Class With 8 Women Tackles Darby Queen Obstacle Course

U.S. Army Soldiers participate in combatives training during the Ranger Course on Ft. Benning, GA., April 20, 2015. Soldiers attend Ranger school to learn additional leadership and small unit skills. (U.S. Army/Spc. Nikayla Shodeen/Released)

The Darby Queen is one of the toughest obstacle courses in the U.S. Army. Over nearly a mile of rolling Chattahoochee County terrain on the far eastern reaches of Fort Benning, the course presents 26 obstacles for Ranger School students to navigate. There is nothing easy about it as they climb over obstacles as tall as three stories and crawl ... more

2nd Navy SEAL Dies After Accident in Little Creek Pool

Special warfare combatant-craft crewmen participate in a Basic Tactical Swimmer Course at the Naval Special Warfare Combat Swimmer Facility at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., on March 4, 2009. Joshua Rodriguez/Navy

VIRGINIA BEACH -- A second Navy SEAL involved in an accident at a Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek pool has died. Petty Officer 1st Class Brett Allen Marihugh, 34 of Livonia, Mich., died Sunday of his injuries, according to Lt. David Lloyd, a Naval Special Warfare Group 2 spokesman. On Friday, Marihugh and Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Cod... more

Pentagon: US Military Sending Aid to Quake-Ravaged Nepal

A dead body of a woman is seen after rescue workers recovered it from debris following Saturday's earthquake in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Niranjan Shrestha/AP

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says a U.S. military plane has departed from the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware bound for earthquake-stricken Nepal. Onboard are 70 personnel, including a U.S. Agency for International Development disaster assistance response team, a Virginia-based search and rescue team and 45 tons (40 metric tons) of cargo to prov... more

Drone Operator Mulled Dropping Radioactive Sand on US Tokyo Facility

A small drone, covered with cardboard, is seen on the roof of Prime Minister Shizo Abe's official residence in Tokyo Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Kyodo News via AP

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- A man who flew a drone carrying radioactive sand onto the roof of the Japanese prime minister's office considered targeting a U.S.-related facility in downtown Tokyo, according to local media. The unmanned aircraft's operator, Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, reportedly opposed the Japanese government's plans to restart nuclear rea... more

Report: US, Philippines Agree on Base Rotations Along South China Sea

Amphibious assault vehicles depart the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay during exercise Balikatan in the Philippine Sea on April 18, 2015. Edward Guttierrez III/Courtesy U.S. Navy

U.S. forces would have access to at least eight bases in the Philippines -- including two near a hotly contested island group claimed by China -- under a new bilateral defense agreement, according to a Philippine media report. Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gregorio Catapang told Manila's ABS-CBN News that during an October meeting, he and Pacific... more

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