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Army Chaplain Credited With Inventing Basketball

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 26, 2015 1:39:00 PM

By Mark W. Johnson
U.S. Army Chaplain Corps

As "March Madness" makes its annual appearance on the American sports scene, fans who understand the history of basketball know Dr. James Naismith invented the game in 1891.

What many fans probably do not know about Naismith is that he served as a chaplain in the Army National Guard and as a volunteer chaplain in France during World War I.

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Topics: Military History, Servicemember Spotlight

Texas Guard Soldier Takes Top Honors during Army Competition

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 25, 2015 12:11:00 PM

By Sgt. Thomas Duval, Task Force Sinai

After being in the Sinai Desert supporting peace with the Multinational Force and Observers for less than a month, Spc. Tommy Ly has already taken the reins and set the standard for his peers.

Ly, a financial management technician assigned to the 1st Squadron, 112th Cavalry Regiment- currently operating as the Army’s U.S. Security Battalion in Sinai Egypt- won the Task Force Sinai Soldier of the Quarter Competition held here March 18, 2015.

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Topics: National Guard News, Reserve/National Guard Members, Servicemember Spotlight

Army Health Leaders Advocate for Importance of Nutrition

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 24, 2015 4:22:00 PM

By David Vergun

During National Nutrition Month in March, "we encourage each of you to renew a commitment to achieving your personal Performance Triad goals," said Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho.

This year's theme is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle," she said.

The Performance Triad focuses on the importance of sleep, activity and nutrition as a way to boost Soldier and Family performance and resilience, said Maj. Bethany A. Belanger, PhD and registered dietitian. She serves as the nutrition lead for the System for Health and Performance Triad at the Army Office of the Surgeon General.

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Topics: Military Families, Military News

Airman Helps Afghan Interpreter Start New Life

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 23, 2015 11:47:34 AM

By Amber Baillie
U.S. Air Force Academy

April 2011 marked the deadliest insider attack of the war in Afghanistan. Eight American airmen died after an Afghan colonel opened fire in a secure facility.

Just two months later, more airmen were deployed to the country to perform the duties of the fallen victims, including Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Simon, now a military trainer for Cadet Squadron 16 at the U.S. Air Force Academy here.

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Topics: Deployment, Servicemember Spotlight

DoD Moves Forward on Ukraine National Guard Training

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 20, 2015 12:15:45 PM

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The Defense Department is moving forward with plans to train members of the Ukraine National Guard beginning in late April, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said yesterday.

The department will use its authorities under the Global Security Contingency Fund as part of a joint DoD-State Department initiative to strengthen Ukraine's internal defense capabilities, Warren told reporters during a daily briefing.

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Topics: National Guard News, Military News, Military Units

Mother’s Ultimate Sacrifice Inspires Son’s Service

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 19, 2015 2:43:00 PM

By Air Force Senior Airman Kyle Gese
82nd Training Wing

An airman who is in technical training [at Sheppard Air Force Base] for aircraft electrical and environmental systems draws his inspiration from his mother, a soldier who was killed in Iraq.

Airman Treyton-Thomas Juopperi joined the Air Force a few months ago despite having lost his mother during her last tour in Iraq. He was shattered by her death, he said, but her memory inspired him to follow in her footsteps.

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Topics: Military Families, Military Heroes, Servicemember Spotlight

Destruction of WWII-era Chemical Stockpile Set to Begin

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 18, 2015 11:30:00 AM

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The process of destroying the chemical stockpile at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot is set to begin [March 17, 2015] in Colorado, defense officials said.

Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall granted final approval to begin destroying 2,611 tons of World War II-era mustard agent stored near Pueblo.

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Topics: Military History, Military News

First Air Force Female General Paves Way for Military Women

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 18, 2015 5:30:00 AM

From af.mil

Jeanne M. Holm was the first woman in the armed forces to be promoted to the rank of major general in 1973, and is credited as single driving force in achieving parity for military women and making them a viable part of the mainstream military.

Holm was born in 1921, in Portland, Ore., and enlisted in the Army in July 1942, soon after the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps was established by Congress. She attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and in January 1943 received a commission as a "third officer," the WAAC equivalent to second lieutenant.

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Topics: Military History, Servicemember Spotlight

Army Opens 4,100 Special Ops Positions to Women

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 17, 2015 6:00:00 AM

By David Vergun

A directive signed by Army Secretary John M. McHugh, Feb. 25, opened more than 4,100 positions to women in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, or USASOC.

Directive 2015-08 opened positions in the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, National Guard airborne battalions and tactical psychological teams. Although recent news has focused on female Soldiers attending the pre-Ranger course, USASOC officials said the directive is significant because it opens unit positions in direct operational roles.

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches

Military Working Dogs Participate in C-IED Training

Posted by Rebecca on Mar 16, 2015 12:05:00 PM

By Lance Cpl. Jenna Loofe, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Marines patrol the path led by military working dogs, trained to detect improvised explosive devices using scent bags that contain partial ingredients used in making IEDs. The dogs detect danger areas and the handlers halt the patrol before Marines enter the danger zone. Saber, a black lab, notifies his handler of explosive materials by lying flat in the grass alongside the device, and the patrol is halted. 

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Topics: Military Branches, Military Units

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