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Afghan Traffic

October 3, 2013, 9:58AM

U.S. Army Specialist Mimi Arceo guides her vehicle through a busy street and past an Afghan cart vendor in Kabul, Afghanistan. Guam Army National Guard photo by Sergeant Eddie SiguenzaU.S. Army Specialist Mimi Arceo guides her vehicle through a busy street and past an Afghan cart vendor in Kabul, Afghanistan. Guam Army National Guard photo by Sergeant Eddie Siguenza

Roof Watch

October 2, 2013, 2:26PM

Army First Sergeant Sean Allison, left, and Private First Class Ryan Skeffington provide security on the roof of the U.S. Consulate in Afghanistan’s Herat province. U.S. Army photo by Specialist Ryan D. GreenArmy First Sergeant Sean Allison, left, and Private First Class Ryan Skeffington provide security on the roof of the U.S. Consulate in Afghanistan’s Herat province. U.S. Army photo by Specialist Ryan D. Green

The Pentagon’s suspension this week of all collegiate athletics at the service academies may jeopardize Navy’s home football game against Air Force on Saturday in Annapolis, Maryland.

“At this time, travel for all intercollegiate athletics is cancelled — this includes the Air Force-Navy game on Saturday, 5 Oct.,” the Air Force Academy said in a news release.

Navy spokesman Scott Strasemeier told The Washington Post that a decision regarding the sold-out game would be made by Thursday.

Read more here.

UPDATE: According to ESPN, the Air Force-Navy and Army-Boston College football games will be played Saturday after receiving official approval from the secretary of defense Wednesday.

The Daily Grind

October 1, 2013, 5:13PM

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Decoteau grinds rough edges off a plate for shop renovation aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kory Alsberry Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Decoteau grinds rough edges off a plate for shop renovation aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in San Diego. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kory Alsberry

Seahawk Supplies

September 30, 2013, 12:33PM

An SH-60S Seahawk helicopter delivers supplies to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble during a replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew in the Philippine Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Kelly An SH-60S Seahawk helicopter delivers supplies to the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble during a replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew in the Philippine Sea. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Kelly

Low miles, only driven in one war

September 30, 2013, 12:26PM |

If you’ve ever wanted to own a pre-owned, carefully maintained Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicle, the Pentagon has a deal for you.

As U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan, the military has a few thousand armored vehicles to spare. So the Defense Department has given some of them away—75 so far, according to the Defense Logistics Agency—to local police departments.

MRAPs helped save the lives of thousands of troops from roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, they might be hitting the streets near you.

Read more here.