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Obama, Military Hail Signing of U.S.-Afghan Agreement

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 30, 2014 2:57:16 PM

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 – Newly sworn-in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani today signed the bilateral security agreement between his government and the United States, as well as a status of forces agreement with NATO.

The agreements mark an historic day in the U.S.-Afghan partnership that will help advance our shared interests and the long-term security of Afghanistan,” President Barack Obama said in a statement released by the White House.

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U.S. Airmen Deploy to Deliver Ebola Treatment Facility

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 29, 2014 10:29:00 AM

By Air Force Senior Airman Kayla Newman
633rd Air Base Wing

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va., Sept. 29, 2014 – Airmen from the 633rd Medical Group here partnered with representatives from the U.S. Public Health Service on Sept. 26 to deliver a modular medical treatment center as part of the U.S. whole-of-government effort to support humanitarian relief operations in Ebola-stricken African nations.

Airmen from the 633rd Medical Group accompanied the Expeditionary Medical Support System, or EMEDS, to Africa. And while they will not be involved in treatment of patients exposed to the virus, they will be supporting the overall effort by setting up the facility and training international health care workers officials said.

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Topics: Military News, Deployment

DoD Announces Proposed Changes to Military Lending Act

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 26, 2014 11:14:50 AM

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Defense Department officials today announced a proposed overhaul of the Military Lending Act, which is designed to protect service members and their dependents during consumer credit transactions.

The proposed changes to the regulation would reduce predatory lending practices, expand protections provided to service members, close loopholes in current rules and help to ensure military families receive important consumer protections, officials said.

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Coalition Aircraft Disable ISIL Refineries in Syria

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 25, 2014 4:04:51 PM

By Claudette Roulo
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Ten fighter aircraft from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates joined six U.S. jets yesterday in attacks on oil refineries in eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon press secretary said today.

Initial assessments are that the strikes were successful in rendering all 12 of the targeted modular refineries inoperable, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said at a Pentagon news conference.

“These small-scale refineries provide fuel to run ISIL operations, money to finance their continued attacks throughout Iraq and Syria, and they are an economic asset to support future operations,” the admiral said. “Producing between 300 and 500 barrels of refined petroleum per day, ISIL is estimated by some regional organizations to generate millions of dollars of revenue from these refineries.”

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Topics: Military News, Iraq

U.S. Military Honors National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 24, 2014 10:21:00 AM

By Amaani Lyle
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Since 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson was in office, America has observed National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent.

[The] start of National Hispanic Heritage Month also mark[ed] the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, while independence days for Mexico and Chile are observed, respectively, Sept. 16 and Sept. 18.

In an interview with The Pentagon Channel, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Juan G. Ayala, Marine Corps Installations Command facilities service division commander, noted history shows Hispanics have made an impact in all walks of the military, government and industry.

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Topics: Military History, National Guard News, Military News

Brig. Gen. Michael Bobeck Urges Reduction of Guard Suicides to Zero

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 23, 2014 2:35:00 PM

By Lisa Ferdinando
Army News Service

Every suicide in the force is tragic, and the number of these deaths needs to be reduced to zero, a top National Guard leader said. 

Brig. Gen. Michael Bobeck, special assistant to the director, Army National Guard, spoke Friday at the Psychological Health and Resilience Summit at Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia. His topic was “Resilience and Psychological Efforts in the DOD.”

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Topics: National Guard News, Military Branches

Hagel: Nation Will Do ‘Whatever it Takes’ in POW/MIA Effort

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 19, 2014 3:01:00 PM

By Nick Simeone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

A solemn ceremony was held today on the Pentagon’s River Parade Field to mark POW/MIA Recognition Day, an annual event that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called a reminder that the nation will do whatever it takes to recover every service member and identify the remains of all those still missing from past conflicts.

“Today, we are thankful that there are no U.S. troops being held anywhere in captivity,” Hagel told an invited audience in the warmth of a late summer morning that included the families of former prisoners of war and those still listed as missing in action. “We know that there are still tens of thousands of fallen Americans who remain missing from many wars. We must continue to work hard to bring all of our missing Americans home.”

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Topics: Military History, Military Heroes

Defense Leader Praises Air Force as Backbone of Global Reach

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 18, 2014 5:26:20 PM

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 – The Air Force’s dominance in the skies, space and cyberspace is the backbone of the military's global reach and U.S. commitments around the world, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, delivered this morning's keynote address for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Air Force Association’s 2014 Air and Space Conference in Maryland. Hagel was scheduled to speak, but was called to attend a meeting with President Barack Obama and other administration officials at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

The undersecretary had read Hagel’s prepared speech before the event and said he was moved to pass the secretary’s message along. As he did so, at times he added his own thoughts.

And before beginning the presentation, Kendall told the audience that Hagel wanted to recognize the sacrifice and achievements of all airmen and women in ongoing and recent military operations.

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Obama Tells Central Command Troops America Will Lead Against Terrorism

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 18, 2014 11:18:00 AM

By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

In the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant, America will lead the right way, President Barack Obama told service members at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, today.

Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel received a briefing from U.S. Central Command commander Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III detailing the fight against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. The president also met with representatives of 40 countries allied in the fight against the militants.

The president thanked the service members for their contributions in 13 years of war, and told them he must call on them again to battle the newest menace in the Middle East. Still, the president stressed that American service members will lead the fight against ISIL, but will not shoulder the entire burden.

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Topics: Military News, Iraq

President Obama Awards Medals of Honor to 2 Vietnam Veterans

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 16, 2014 1:21:00 PM

By David Vergun
Army News Service

Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat were awarded Medals of Honor, the nation's highest award for military valor, for actions in Vietnam.

President Barack Obama presented the medals yesterday during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Adkins was present to receive his medal and Sloat’s was awarded posthumously. Dr. Bill Sloat, Donald's brother, accepted it on his behalf.

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Topics: Military History, Military News, Military Heroes

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