AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Feodosia, the Black Sea resort town in Ukraine’s Russian-dominated Crimean Peninsula, is usually a peaceful place — far from the political power in Kiev, and far from worries for the tourists who stroll its promenades and laze under sun tents on its beaches.

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Photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade

On Wednesday, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno gave his final press conference as he prepares to step down from his position and retire after 39 years of service. During his tenure, Odierno faced budget challenges, troop reductions, the end of the war in Afghanistan and the rise of ISIS, as well as pressure to a modernize the Army.

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