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USO Marks 75 Years of Service

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 5, 2016 2:27:30 PM

ByJulia LeDoux | Pentagram Staff Writer

Happy birthday to one of America's most enduring organizations, the USO.

The United Service Organizations celebrated three-quarters of a century of service to the nation's active duty service members and their families Feb. 4.

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Topics: Military History, Military News

Success Through Total Force Integration at Red Flag 16-1

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 4, 2016 2:28:07 PM

By Senior Airman Alex Fox Echols III | 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

It’s a given that no aircraft leaves the ground unless it is working properly. But that maintenance challenge has been multiplied here during the three-week Red Flag 16-1 exercise. 

With almost 80 aircraft taking off twice daily during Red Flag, hundreds of aircraft maintainers assigned to flying squadrons from around the world work long hours to ensure all training sorties are executed safely and efficiently.

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Topics: Military Units

3-time Super Bowl Champ, AF Pilot Reflects on America’s Game

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 4, 2016 1:41:34 PM

By Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross | Air Force News Service

Super Bowl 50 is just days away and it’s hard not to wonder how one of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s best all-time players fits into that history.

Chad Hennings won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys during the 1990s, and his first appearance was within a year’s time of flying his A-10 Thunderbolt II in a combat sortie in northern Iraq.

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Topics: Servicemember Spotlight

'See Something, Say Something' Can Save Lives

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 3, 2016 12:58:37 PM

By Brian Godette | U.S. Army Reserve Command

Turbulent times call for vigilance on the part of every Citizen, to ensure the safety of not only the ones they love, but the public in general.

In a time in our global society where terror attacks have become more frequent, and the wake of its damage threatens life, no matter whose life it is, every small measure to counter it is of significant importance. Most cases of proactive measures begin with “see something, say something.”

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Topics: Reserve/National Guard Members, Servicemember Spotlight

New Form Provided to Service Members for 2015 Federal Taxes

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 3, 2016 12:20:18 PM

By Terri Moon Cronk | DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Defense Department civilian and military personnel will begin receiving Internal Revenue Service Form 1095 to help them complete health coverage questions on their 2015 federal tax returns, DoD’s principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs recently told DoD News.

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Topics: Military News, Military Finance, Military Health

Active, Guard, Reserve Leaders Sign Landmark Charter

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 2, 2016 1:13:48 PM

By Master Sgt. Kap Kim | 10th Mountain Division

As a part of the Army Total Force Policy implementation, representatives from Reserve and National Guard units throughout the region gathered Jan. 22 at Fort Drum to sign a landmark charter during the Northeast Regional Partnership meeting.

The program will pair active Army units from Fort Drum with similar National Guard and Reserve units throughout New York, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Vermont and Virginia, to promote informal leader development, share training opportunities, develop staff functionality and communicate lessons learned.

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Topics: National Guard News, Military News, Military Units

Commission: Guard Should Retain Apaches, Force Must Stand at 980K

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 1, 2016 5:46:17 PM

ByC. Todd Lopez

The National Commission on the Future of the Army, or NCFA, made its recommendations public at the Hall of States in Washington, D.C. Chief among those recommendations, one of 63 in total, is that the Army National Guard should retain some of the AH-64 Apache helicopters it currently has.

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Topics: National Guard News, Military News, Military Branches, Military Gear/Gadgets

100 Years of Coast Guard Aviation: from Passion to Profession

Posted by Rebecca on Feb 1, 2016 4:37:08 PM


2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Coast Guard Aviation, which traces its roots to 1916 when Elmer Stone became the first Coast Guard aviator to attend Naval flight training. To celebrate, Coast Guard Compass reached out to those who carry out aviation missions every day and asked them – ‘Why did you choose to become a Coast Guard aviator?

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Topics: Military Branches, Servicemember Spotlight

Airman Helps Search for Vietnam War Remains

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 30, 2016 5:00:00 AM

By 2nd Lt. Geneva Croxton |  60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

When Tech. Sgt. Robin Bailon enlisted in Air Force in 2000, she didn't expect her career to place her in Vietnam, serving as a life science investigator.

But Bailon, an aircrew flight equipment specialist by trade, had the opportunity to venture far outside the scope of her traditional duties, recently returning from a trip working for the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency in Vietnam.

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Topics: Military History, Deployment, Servicemember Spotlight

Carter Announces 12 Weeks Paid Military Maternity Leave, Other Military Family Benefits

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 29, 2016 5:40:53 PM

By Lisa Ferdinando |DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The Defense Department is increasing military maternity leave and instituting other changes in an effort to support military families, improve retention and strengthen the force of the future, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today. 

Women across the joint force can now take 12 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, Carter told reporters at the Pentagon. The 12-week benefit is double the amount of time for paid maternity leave from when he became defense chief nearly a year ago, he noted.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military Families

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