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An A-10 flown by the Arkansas Air National Guard fires a Maverick missile during a training mission near Tucson in 2012.

The Air Force's A-10 attack jets will not be retired until at least 2022, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday, previewing the Obama administration's military budget. The planes, including those based in Tucson, had been on a path to an earlier retirement in favor of the F-35, with some already grounded. Read more»

A military policewoman from the U.S. Army's 284th Military Police Company mans an M-60 machine gun as other members of her company search for unexploded ordnance, in 2011. U.S. were in Iraqi Kurdistan as part of Operation Provide Comfort, a multinational effort to aid Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq and southern Turkey.

The announcement Thursday that the U.S. military will allow women to serve in all roles, including direct combat, was welcomed by U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, herself a former Air Force pilot. Another ex-pilot, U.S. Sen. John McCain, sounded a cautionary note. Read more»

Capt. Jennifer Peace in uniform, after coming out to her unit as a transgender female. Peace, who  has been stationed at Fort Huachuca, said she still loves being in the Army.

Last month when Defense Secretary Ash Carter declared the military’s regulations regarding transgender service members are “outdated,” and he ordered a Pentagon review of the policy. Read more» 1