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Holiday Mailing Deadlines Fast Approaching for Deployed Troops

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 25, 2015 11:07:41 AM

Story by Gary Sheftick

Time is running out to send holiday packages to deployed Soldiers. In fact, Wednesday is the last day to send parcels by the affordable "Space-Available Mail," or SAM, to ensure they reach forward operating bases by Christmas.

The deadline for Parcel Airlift Mail, or PAL, is Dec. 3. For those willing to splurge, Dec. 10 is the deadline for sending packages to most areas by Priority Mail and also for sending letters or cards by First Class Mail.

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Topics: Military Families, Deployment

Service Member Donations Help Save More than 13,000 Lives

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 25, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Zach Mott | Training Support Center Great Lakes Public Affairs Office

Donating blood is a gift that can have an immediate impact on whether someone lives or dies. For service members at Naval Station Great Lakes, those donations during the past year were celebrated during a luncheon hosted by LifeSource, Nov. 18.

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Topics: Military Heroes, Military Units

New App for Guard Members to Connect with Mental Health Care

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 24, 2015 4:32:25 PM

By Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy | National Guard Bureau

For Guard members, getting connected with a mental health provider in their area is as easy as downloading an app. 

The Guard Ready app, which has listings for mental health providers and other specialists, was initially fielded in a limited capacity about a year ago but has been retooled over the past few months with listings in all 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia, said Army Capt. Brian Pennington, the Suicide Prevention Program coordinator with the National Guard Bureau.

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Topics: National Guard News

Program Helps Soldiers, Veterans Get Commercial Driver's License

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 24, 2015 11:40:03 AM

ByHarry Sarles

More than 10,000 Soldiers and veterans have been issued commercial driver's licenses, or CDLs, since a Department of Transportation program recognizing the driving experience the Soldiers received while in uniform began in 2011. 

"I am proud that so many have used this program to secure careers in the transportation sector," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. "Just as important, we want to put their valuable skills and experience to work driving the nations' economy."

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military Autos, Military Transition

Kansas National Guard Assists Motorists Stranded by Heavy Snow

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 23, 2015 4:32:11 PM

By Sgt. Zach Sheely | Kansas Adjutant General's Department

A late-autumn blizzard that dropped nearly two feet of snow left motorists stranded across areas of northwest Kansas, prompting Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to issue a state declaration of emergency for the areas affected by the storm. First responders were unable to respond to each of the large number of emergency calls.

Enter the Kansas National Guard.

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Topics: National Guard News, Military Units

Vietnam Recon Marine Seeks Help for PTSD After 50 Years

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 22, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Shannon Collins | Defense Media Activity

As he leaves his house, the Vietnam veteran straps on his bulletproof vest, puts his 9 mm pistol on his hip, his .22-caliber pistol in his back, his .380 pistol in his boot and loads his knives.

For former Marine James Alderman, this was his routine just to go to the store for 50 years because of his Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Topics: Military History, Military Heroes, Servicemember Spotlight

Army National Guard Director: Two Weeks Annually, Weekend per Month Enough?

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 21, 2015 5:30:00 AM

ByC. Todd Lopez

Army National Guard troops go on active duty for at least 39 days a year for training and drill - but that may not be enough for the Guard, said its director, who is contemplating the amount of training time needed by Guard Soldiers so that he may provide an answer to the Army's chief of staff.

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Topics: National Guard News

Marine Corps Harriers from USS Kearsarge Join Fight Against ISIL

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 20, 2015 4:45:40 PM

By USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group public affairs

Naval Aviation rejoined the fight against ISIL Nov. 19 when AV-8B Harriers from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM)162(Reinforced) launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to conduct their first missions over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).

The last Naval Aviation missions in support of OIR were Oct. 17, from USS Essex (LHD 2).

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Topics: Military News, Deployment, Military Units

Airman Achieves Dream of U.S. Citizenship

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 20, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Air Force Senior Airman Daniel Liddicoet | 446th Airlift Wing

Growing up in rural Tarlac province in the Philippines, Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Anne Venice Jalos, a finance manager with the 446th Airlift Wing here, never envisioned that at age 19 she would be serving the U.S. military as a naturalized citizen.

"Being raised in the Philippines was very traditional; we depended on our parents a lot. Women weren't encouraged to succeed; it sometimes felt like I was being drug down," Jalos said.

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Topics: Reserve/National Guard Members, Servicemember Spotlight

'Force of the Future' Update

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 19, 2015 6:13:06 PM

As a result of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and his team's research and planning for the long discussed "Force of the Future," an initial release of over 20 reform initiatives have been made public. Carter highlighted 12 of these his November 18, 2015 speech at George Washington University. During that speech, he said of the changes “Throughout all this, the one constant has been that our military’s people have always mastered change with excellence -- continuing to defend our country and help make a better world.” [Tweet this] The following are the "Force of the Future" initiatives (those in bold most affect current service members):

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military Families, National Guard News, Military News

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