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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

Cancer Diagnosis Helps Airman Find Balance

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 22, 2015 7:00:00 AM

By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Vanessa Kilmer
92nd Air Refueling Wing

Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Daphne Soto never meets a stranger, because each encounter opens a door to a potential new friend or to someone who just needs to talk. And she'll keep the door open for both.

This 24-year Air Force veteran will weave a serpentine path through cubicles and offices just to say hello to every airman, regardless of rank. Her conversations are sprinkled with laughter and seasoned with southern flavor when she reveals her roots with the occasional use of the word "child."

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Topics: Servicemember Spotlight

First African American Tomb Guard Recalls ‘Walking the Mat’

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 21, 2015 6:00:00 AM

By Jacqueline M. Hames
Soldiers Magazine

Arlington National Cemetery rests on an expanse of rolling hills in northern Virginia. One of the busiest tourist spots in the cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which sits at one of the highest points in the cemetery.

Though there is a spectacular view of Washington, D.C., visitors don’t pay much attention to the scenery. They are focused on the white marble sarcophagus and the lone soldier who guards it, 21 steps at a time. While there has been a 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week military guard at the Tomb since July of 1937, the 4th Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) didn’t assume its watch until 1948. And it wasn’t until 1960 that the Tomb Guard selected its first African American soldier to “walk the mat.”

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Topics: Military History, Servicemember Spotlight

Dempsey: Russia, Terrorists, Cyber Among Top Threats

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 20, 2015 1:34:11 PM

By Lisa Ferdinando
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The global security environment contains a host of threats, including Russian aggression that threatens NATO allies, and the violent extremists network from western Pakistan to north Africa, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey spoke [Feb 19] at a student conference on national affairs at Texas A&M University, rounding out a two-day visit to the campus.

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Topics: Military News

Eight Ways to Boost Resilience Between Military Couples

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 19, 2015 2:53:00 PM

By Jenny Collins, Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control Public Affairs

The Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control (NCCOSC) facilitates research and develops evidence-based programs that provide Sailors and Marines with important tools to build and maintain resilience.

As service members build resilience, military couples can also take steps to boost their resilience as well. 

Military spouses and significant others play an important part in offering encouragement and support to today's service members.

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Topics: Military Families

Airborne Soldier Earns Distinguished Service Cross

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 18, 2015 3:55:28 PM

By Walter T. Ham IV
20th CBRNE Command

FORT BENNING, Ga., Feb. 18, 2015 – A soldier from the Army's only airborne explosive ordnance disposal company was presented with the nation's second-highest award for valor here yesterday.

Staff Sgt. Jeffery M. Dawson, a Coalville, Utah, native, earned the Distinguished Service Cross while deployed to Afghanistan with the 28th EOD Company (Airborne), in support of the U.S. Army's elite 75th Ranger Regiment.

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Topics: Military Heroes, Military Units, Servicemember Spotlight

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