A bluejay sits on a headstone in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, June 24, 2019. (U.S. Army/Elizabeth Fraser)

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Arlington National Cemetery is tightening its security protocols and warning visitors to report suspicious activity in the wake of a U.S. strike that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds force.

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Sgt. 1st Class Michael James Goble. (U.S. Army)

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A seasoned Army noncommissioned officer was killed in Afghanistan Monday on his eighth deployment, the service announced.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael James Goble, 33, was killed in an attack for which the Taliban claimed credit, in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, to the north. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

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Outgoing Special Boat Team Cmdr. Gary Ryals departs official change of command ceremonies via a simulated hot extraction in a simulated hot extraction utilizing Special Operations Craft Riverine. The ceremony, held on Sept. 7, 2018, celebrated the change of command between Cmdr. Ryals and incoming Cmdr. Kurt J. Muhler. (U.S. Navy/Angela Fry)

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One of the Navy's smallest and most elite communities may soon have its first female members, Military.com has learned.

Three enlisted women are now in the training pipeline to become special warfare combatant-craft crewmen, small-boat operators frequently teamed with Navy SEALs for infiltration and exfiltration missions. They also conduct reconnaissance and other missions in shallow-water regions.

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PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 14, 2019) The United States Naval Academy Midshipmen face off against the U.S. Army Black Knights during the Army-Navy football game at Lincoln Financial Field (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dana D. Legg)

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Rapidly completed investigations by the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point have concluded that controversial on-camera gestures made by several cadets and midshipmen were not "white power" symbols.

In a Friday statement, the Naval Academy said it had completed its probe into hand gestures by two midshipmen during the Dec. 14 Army-Navy game.

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Lt. Gen. Aundre Piggee speaks during a ceremony in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Jan. 17, 2019. (U.S. Army/Sean Kimmons)

Editor's Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

An Army deputy chief of staff has been retired at a lower rank after a watchdog investigation found he had plagiarized work for his master's degree at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as a lieutenant colonel, Military.com has learned.

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A member assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group 2 conducts military dive operations off the East Coast of the United States September 18, 2019 (Navy photo/Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jayme Pastoric)

Editor's note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

The Navy marked a first earlier this year when a woman completed Navy SEAL officer assessment and selection, Military.com has learned.

At the quarterly meeting of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services in December, a Navy official disclosed that the woman had reached the end of the physically and mentally demanding two-week SOAS process in September. Ultimately, however, she was not selected for a SEAL contract, officials said.

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