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Gen. Grass, Chief Brush visit Afghanistan on Thanksgiving Day

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 27, 2015 1:46:23 PM

By Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill | National Guard Bureau

The chief of the National Guard Bureau and his senior enlisted advisor agreed there was nowhere they would rather be on Thanksgiving Day than here, serving turkey and fixings to service members.

"Before we came here, one of my sons said, 'You won't be with your family on Thanksgiving'," Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell Brush said. "I told him, "No, that's not true – I'll be with my other family."

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Topics: National Guard News, Deployment, Reserve/National Guard Members

Defense Secretary Calls Service Members on Thanksgiving

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 27, 2015 1:21:50 PM

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Defense Secretary Ash Carter yesterday called several U.S. service members taking part in operations around the world to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving, according to a Defense Department news release.    

Carter expressed his appreciation for the troops’ service in defending the United States and in supporting America’s allies and partners, the release said.

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Topics: Deployment, Servicemember Spotlight

Sailor Rescues Man After High-Speed Crash

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 27, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Lieberknecht | Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Swain, a fire controlman aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Bulkeley, and his family were driving away from a Wells Fargo bank here when they heard police sirens, Nov. 15.

As the family watched, a car moving at approximately 100 mph collided with a truck during a chase involving two police cruisers. The truck flipped into the air and landed on its side, atop a nearby SUV.

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Topics: Military Heroes, Servicemember Spotlight

Ready for Black Friday at the Exchange?

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 26, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Story by Arthur Mondale

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Topics: Military News, Military Finance

Alaska Airmen Warm Up for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted by Rebecca on Nov 26, 2015 5:30:00 AM

Story by Senior Airman Racheal Watson

Often times Airmen and their families spend the holiday season away from their extended blood relatives.

To keep the sense of spending time with family alive, various groups within the 354th Fighter Wing gathered together across the base in Thanksgiving celebrations Nov. 20. 

"When we can't be with blood family, it is important to get together with our Air Force family," said Chief Master Sgt. Jason Petersen, the 354th Communications Squadron chief enlisted manager.

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Topics: Military Units

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

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