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North Carolina Guard Chaplain Fighting Breast Cancer on her Own Terms

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 25, 2014 7:00:00 AM

By Staff Sgt. Mary Junell
North Carolina National Guard

RALEIGH, N.C. – Two weeks ago in Franklinton, North Carolina, National Guard Chaplain Maj. Melissa Culbreth sat laughing and joking in a chair on the front porch of the farm where she works, while her signature red hair was done in five braids.

The porch was full of friends, family and fellow Soldiers watching and waiting for the braids to be cut off and collected.

Sgt. 1st Class John Setera, who had deployed to Iraq with Culbreth in 2009, draped a black, plastic hairdresser’s cape around her and grabbed the clippers.

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Topics: Reserve/National Guard Members

Army to Integrate Mobilization Training for Active, Guard, Reserve

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 24, 2014 12:13:00 PM

By Terri Moon Cronk, DOD News

First U.S. Army's "Bold Shift" initiative to integrate the Army's active duty, National Guard and Army Reserve is "the right thing to do" for readiness today and for the future, a Defense Department official said at the Association of the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition last week.

Paul D. Patrick, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (Readiness, Training and Mobilization), talked about First Army's program during a panel discussion on Army total force implementation.

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Topics: National Guard News, Military News, Military Branches

Obama, Hagel Offer Canada Assistance after Terrorist Attacks

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 23, 2014 12:04:59 PM

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 – President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have offered condolences, assistance and continuing close partnership to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the people of Canada and the family and friends of two soldiers killed in attacks there this week.

In remarks yesterday, Harper praised Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was killed in a hit-and-run attack “by an ISIL-inspired terrorist,” and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who was “murdered in cold blood” as he provided a ceremonial Honor Guard at Canada’s National War Memorial.

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Topics: Military News

Travel Regulation Changes Affect PCS Moves, Military Travelers

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 22, 2014 11:37:12 AM

By Claudette Roulo
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Big changes are happening with the Joint Travel Regulations, and they could affect your next permanent-change-of-station move or how you are reimbursed for temporary duty assignments.

As of July 25, Army uniformed and civilian travelers are directed to use their government travel credit cards for PCS moves, Harvey Johnson, the director of the Defense Travel Management Office said today.

The Air Force has a similar policy already in place, Johnson said, and the Marine Corps is preparing to implement its own administrative message regarding use of the government travel card for permanent changes of station. “The Navy is conducting a pilot [program] to use the card for PCS, so I believe it's imminent for all the services,” he noted.

The change applies to both uniformed and civilian personnel in each of the services, Johnson said.

“Ultimately, we want to extend this initiative to all federal civilians and uniformed members, because at the end of the day, we believe it's the right thing for our cardholders,” he said.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military Families, Military News

Upgrades 'New Normal' for Armor in Uncertain Military Budget Environment

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 21, 2014 11:11:00 AM

By David Vergun, Army News Service

If any journalists at the press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

"If you came today thinking we were going to describe the Future Fighting Vehicle, that we were going to tell you whether we were going to retain the nine-man squad in the back, or that we were going to have a manned or unmanned turret, or whether we'd discovered some new armor technology ... I apologize. You're not going to get any breaking news on that front," said Brig. Gen. David Bassett, program executive officer for ground combat systems.

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches

Officer Training School graduates first total force class

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 20, 2014 5:00:06 PM

By Phil Berube, 42nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) -- The Air Force Officer Training School moved one step closer to complete total force integration with its first simultaneous graduation of active-duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard officer trainees here, Oct. 10.

The first graduating class of fiscal year 2015, which consisted of 193 new second lieutenants, included 73 active duty and 12 reservist completing Basic Officer Training (BOT) and 108 ANG officers completing the Academy of Military Science (AMS).

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches, Reserve/National Guard Members

Guard Soldier Aids Comrades Beyond Battlefield

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 16, 2014 11:54:00 AM

By Niki Gentry
Tennessee National Guard

LOBELVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 16, 2014 – Army Staff Sgt. Pamela Pugh, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and 14-year member of the Tennessee National Guard, was contacted during the late summer by two of her fellow soldiers who found themselves homeless and in dire need of aid.

A platoon sergeant for her unit here, Pugh immediately took the initiative to help her comrades in arms, not only by her own actions, but also with help of numerous resources now available to military personnel, veterans and their families.

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Topics: National Guard News, Reserve/National Guard Members

What You Need to Know about Ebola

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 15, 2014 2:55:00 PM


Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).

Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. There are five identifiedEbolavirus species, four of which have caused disease in humans: Zaire ebolavirusSudan ebolavirusTaï Forest ebolavirus, formerlyCôte d’Ivoire ebolavirus; and Bundibugyo ebolavirus. The fifth, Reston ebolavirus, has caused disease in nonhuman primates but not in humans.

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Topics: Military News

Army Guard Soldier takes home second place in Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 14, 2014 2:48:00 PM

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

FORT LEE, Va. – Twenty eight enlisted Soldiers and noncommissioned officers, or NCOs, from across the Army’s 14 commands competed in a mentally and physically challenging competition here to see who among them was the best of the best during the Army’s 2014 Best Warrior Competition Oct. 6-9.

The competition recognizes Soldiers who have won at lower echelon competition levels by demonstrating their commitment to the Army values and the Warrior Ethos.

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Topics: National Guard News, Military Branches

USS America Joins the Fleet

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 13, 2014 2:44:00 PM

By MC1 John Scorza, USS America (LHA 6) Public Affairs

SAN FRANCISCO (NNS) -- USS America (LHA 6), the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced amphibious assault ship, was commissioned during a formal ceremony at Pier 30/32 during San Francisco Fleet Week, Oct. 11.

More than 8,000 friends, family members and invited guests gathered in front of the ship to witness its introduction to the fleet.

During the ceremony, Adm. Harry B. Harris, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, commended the crew for their performance during acceptance trials and sailing around South America. He said because conflict and crisis can arise at any time, warships like America will be needed as the nation conducts its strategic rebalance to the Pacific.

At the conclusion of his remarks, Harris introduced Secretary of the Navy the Honorable Ray Mabus, who spoke of the importance of having a ship named America join the fleet.

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches

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