| Sep 6, 2014
| 4:01 PM
Before stepping aboard the military transport flight in Kandahar in late May, Maryland Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Luis Benitez Jr. turned around for one last glimpse of Afghanistan: mountains in the background, clear skies and a line of troops walking...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 5:57 PM
Army National Guard units in Maryland and across the country are postponing drills this month to help the National Guard Bureau close an unexpected budget shortfall, officials said Tuesday.
If Congress does not find the money to close the gap, they...
| Sep 1, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Addressing the annual American Legion convention in Charlotte last week, President Obama sugar-coated his defense of selective use of military force by reciting what's been done to cope with the Department of Veterans Affairs' failures to deliver promised...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 6:15 PM
Hundreds of mourners bid farewell Thursday to Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the highest-ranking Army officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War.
General Greene, a former leader at Aberdeen Proving Ground who was shot to death last week in Afghanistan,...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 6:25 PM
Imagine a life without smartphones, without Skype, without Wi-Fi-enabled laptops.
Now imagine being a soldier in Afghanistan, patrolling remote valleys with only the most basic form of communication: A radio that can transmit only to other soldiers...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 12:23 PM
Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to die in Afghanistan since 2001, spent about four years leading two major organizations at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
General Greene, 55, was shot and killed Tuesday in...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 4:57 PM
After nearly a dozen years of war and scores of deployments, the Maryland National Guard is sending its last soldiers to Afghanistan — even as the killing of a U.S. general this week underscores the continuing volatility of the country and the...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 6:38 PM
Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene had served more than three decades in uniform without a combat tour when he got the assignment last year: He was wanted in Kabul to help train the Afghan National Security Forces.
Jim Costigan, a former co-worker, golf partner...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 3:00 AM
There he goes again. At a press conference in Brussels Thursday, President Obama was asked if he was surprised by the controversy over his decision to trade Bowe Bergdahl for five high-ranking Taliban leaders.
His response was vintage Barack Obama: "I'm...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 1:16 PM
The release Saturday of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years as a prisoner of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan surely marked a jubilant moment for his family and friends in Boise, Idaho. Sgt. Bergdahl went missing from his unit in 2009 under...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 12:47 PM
The Middle East and Africa are a complex matrix of religious cultural, racial, ethnic, clan and tribal dynamics that have developed over 1,000 years of conflict. Scott Anderson wrote in his new book, "Lawrence in Arabia," that the first inept U.S....
| Jun 4, 2014
| 10:43 AM
The release of America's only prisoner of war in Afghanistan in a trade for five senior Taliban commanders from U.S. custody took only minutes Saturday. But it followed 31/2 years of secret on-and-off negotiations that produced far less than the White...