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Work Highlights Importance of U.S.-South Korea Alliance

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 20, 2014 10:46:50 AM

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 20, 2014 – On the first day of Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work’s first official visit here with military and political leaders, talks focused on the North Korean threat, the importance of cooperation between the U.S., South Korea and Japan, and key capabilities needed for the U.S.-South Korea bilateral relationship, a senior defense official said.

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Topics: Military News

Army General Dempsey Building Trust in Vietnam Visit

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 15, 2014 1:38:00 PM

By Jim Garamone

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Aug. 15, 2014 – Building trust and confidence is the theme for the first visit by a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Vietnam since 1971.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey met with his Vietnamese counterpart Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty in Hanoi. The two men discussed the future of the military-to-military relationship between their countries, but also the legacy of the Vietnam War. The chairman will also visit Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City during his visit.

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Topics: Military History, Military News

Israeli Defense Minister Updates Hagel on Cease-fire

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 14, 2014 2:55:00 PM

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel received an update by phone yesterday from Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on the cease-fire underway between Israel and the militant group Hamas, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

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Topics: Military News

Hagel Praises Robin Williams as ‘True Friend’ of Troops

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 12, 2014 9:41:00 AM

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel saluted actor and comedian Robin Williams, who’d passed away yesterday at age 63, for his steadfast support of U.S. troops and veterans over the years.
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Topics: Military News

California National Guard Deploys 20 Aircraft to Battle Wildfires

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 7, 2014 6:20:00 PM

By Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel and Brandon Honig, California National Guard

In what has become a near-annual mission for the California National Guard (CNG), Army and Air Force aviators are dousing wildfires across Northern California, where they soon may be joined by Army Guard firefighting hand crews on the ground.

Army Guard helicopter crews mobilized July 31 to support wildland firefighting efforts as dozens of fires threatened several Northern California communities. As of Tuesday, the crews had dropped about 430 buckets, or 2.5 million pounds, of water on the Day Fire in Modoc County and the Lodge Complex Fire in Mendocino County. 

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Topics: National Guard News, Military News

Face of Defense: An Airman for Now, a Marine Forever

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 6, 2014 1:34:00 PM

By Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathan Bass
20th Fighter Wing
One pilot in the 55th Fighter Squadron here looks like any other pilot in the Air Force, but with one exception: he’s not an airman.

Marine Corps Maj. Eric Hugg is an airman for now, but he’ll always be a Marine.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military News, Military Branches

Tech. Sgt. Amy Ough is Air National Guard's Honor Guard member of Year

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 5, 2014 5:09:00 PM

By Maj. Mary Harrington
Air National Guard Readiness Center

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - Setting the example is a way of life for Tech. Sgt. Amy Ough, the Air National Guard’s Honor Guard member of the Year. Ough takes to heart her influence as a role model, and is deeply committed to her family, her community and her unit.

“I think it’s important to show my children and the next generation that your gender, your age, your profession doesn’t matter. You can excel at anything, if you put your mind to it.” A mother of five in a blended family (ages six to 14), Ough is also a full-time member of the New York Air National Guard, assigned to the Eastern Air Defense Sector as a student registrar.

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Topics: National Guard News, Military News

Total Force Readiness Has Atrophied, Air Force Secretary Says

Posted by Jennifer on Jun 19, 2014 5:31:00 PM

by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

American Forces Press Service

While elements of the Air Force are always prepared to meet the country’s readiness needs, total force readiness has deteriorated, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the Defense Writers Group in Washington, D.C., June 18.

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Acting VA Secretary Announces Immediate Actions to Improve Service

Posted by Jennifer on Jun 7, 2014 5:26:00 PM

From a Department of Veterans Affairs News Release

Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibsonnnounced immediate steps to address recommendations made by VA’s Inspector General who found systemic problems have led to unusually long wait times for veterans seeking health care at facilities around the country.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military Families

Behavioral health: Army, Air Guard resources you should know about

Posted by Jennifer on Jun 4, 2014 5:18:00 PM

By Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Darron Salzer,
National Guard Bureau

 The area of behavioral health in the National Guard has changed significantly in the years since 9/11, according to the Army Guard’s top behavioral health officer, and continues to change to meet the needs of the force.

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Topics: Military Benefits

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