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First Lady: Mental Illness Should Carry No Stigma

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 5, 2015 12:24:40 PM

By Terri Moon Cronk
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The military reaches out to assist troubled service members, and helping people with mental health issues “is what we’ve got to do for every single person in our own lives,” First Lady Michelle Obama told attendees at a conference here today.

As part of the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, the first lady addressed mental-health professionals at the “Give An Hour” conference at the Newseum.

Give an Hour is a nonprofit organization that develops networks of volunteers to provide free counseling to troops, veterans and their families affected by the nation’s wars and works toward eliminating the stigma attached to seeking help for mental-health issues.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military News

Marine Serves in Father's Footsteps

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 4, 2015 1:17:00 PM

By Marine Corps Sgt. Devin Nichols
24th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Marine Corps Sgt. Cody L. Olson, an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank technician with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, emulated his father when he joined the Marines.

Olson, 26, followed in the footsteps of his father, Richard, who was also a Marine sergeant, and also has history with large Marine Corps vehicles.

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Topics: Military Families, Servicemember Spotlight

WWII Pilot Reunited with P-47

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 3, 2015 12:32:00 PM

By Senior Airman Jensen Stidham, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Sitting in a wheelchair with images of airplanes on his shirt and a U.S. Army Air Corps hat on his head, 92-year-old retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course here Feb. 28.

After being wheeled out to the flightline, Hertel was greeted by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command, Charles Hainline and Tom Gregory, both P-47 Thunderbolt Heritage Flight pilots.

Hertel flew the legendary Thunderbolt while stationed on Iwo Jima, Japan, during World War II and had not seen the aircraft since retiring from the military in the 1960's.

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Topics: Military Families, Military Heroes, Reserve/National Guard Members

U.S. Navy Celebrates Navy Reserve Centennial Anniversary

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 3, 2015 6:00:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Furey, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

For the past 100 years Reserve Sailors have served as a critical part of our Navy, providing a surge force in the event of a crisis, acting as a reliable source to augment existing staff for major exercises and operations. 

Together, Reserve and active duty Sailors are fully integrated, truly representing a one team one fight spirit. There's never a better time to recognize the need for Reservist in our force than now, the Navy Reserve Centennial celebration.

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Topics: Military History, Military Branches

Senior Enlisted Advisers Testify on Quality of Life on Capitol Hill

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 2, 2015 12:29:00 PM

By J.D. Leipold

The senior enlisted advisers from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force were on Capitol Hill, Feb. 25, to testify on quality of life concerns in the services.

The possible return of sequestration in fiscal year 2016 colored much of the discussion.

Uncertainty over possible deterioration of healthcare benefits, compensation and family programs as well as job security were uniform among the four top enlisted leaders speaking before the House Appropriations Committee, subcommittee on military construction, veterans affairs and related agencies.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military News

101st Airborne Departs Liberia After Successful Mission

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 27, 2015 12:50:00 PM

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

MONROVIA, Liberia, Feb. 27, 2015 – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) cased its colors during a ceremony yesterday at the Barclay Training Center here, marking the end of Operation United Assistance for the Joint Forces Command - United Assistance, or JFC-UA.

The ceremony signified the successful completion of a five-month deployment to Liberia in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission to fight the spread of the Ebola virus in western Africa.

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Topics: Deployment, Military Heroes, Military Units

Battaglia Explains Importance of Service Members' Financial Literacy

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 26, 2015 12:44:00 PM

By Amaani Lyle
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Service members and their families need to make informed investment decisions and avoid unnecessary risks to ensure financial readiness both during and after their service commitments, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Discussing the Feb. 23-28 observance of Military Saves Week in a DoD News broadcast interview, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia said structure is important in handling household financial transactions.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military Families, Military Finance

High Seas Must Remain Open to All, Navy Leader Says

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 25, 2015 12:21:27 PM

By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The world’s ocean trade routes must remain open to all to maintain global commerce, the vice chief of naval operations said here yesterday.

“The world [economy] depends on those high seas staying free,” Navy Adm. Michelle J. Howard told CNN’s Jim Sciutto during the NewAmerica Future of War Project conference.

Noting that China is building its blue-water navy, Sciutto asked Howard how that could affect the maritime situation. China, she replied, “refers to itself as maturing and is starting to stretch its muscles in terms of who they are and how they see themselves as a world power.”

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches

Ebola Mission Brings Unique Challenges, High Rewards for Engineer Team

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 24, 2015 3:27:31 PM

By Vince Little, USACE

After turning over the last of 10 Ebola treatment centers in January, U.S. military task force members have begun withdrawing from West Africa as new cases of the disease tail off to virtually zero in Liberia.

Nearly all troops and civilians supporting Operation United Assistance will be back at their home stations by the end of April, the Department of Defense recently announced. That includes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District's Forward Engineer Support Team-Advanced, or FEST-A, which, for the time being, remains an integral part of theater-closure planning and consolidation with the mission drawing to an end.

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Topics: Deployment, Military Units

Military Leave - Use It or Lose It

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 23, 2015 1:02:00 PM

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

Military service members' February leave and earning statement (LES) will carry a reminder that as of Oct. 1, any accrued leave more than 60 days will be lost.

Since 2008 Sailors have been allowed to carryover up to 75 days of leave each fiscal year as authorized by Congress. That authorization will end at the end of fiscal year 2015 after which leave carryover will revert to 60 days. In general, any leave balance in excess of 60 days on Sept. 30, 2015 will be lost. 

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military News

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