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SC Guard Rescue Team Conducts Multiple Hoist Rescues During Flood

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 5, 2015 4:22:55 PM

By Capt. Brian Hare | South Carolina National Guard

The South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (SC-HART) rescued about 26 stranded residents throughout flood-affected areas during unprecedented levels of rainfall in South Carolina, Oct. 4, 2015, after deploying from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, South Carolina.

SC-HART is a collaborative effort between aviation units of the South Carolina Army National Guard and the South Carolina State Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.

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

Computer Saved Soldier's Back, Helmet Saved His Life

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 4, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Master Sgt. Michel Sauret

By the time Nicolas slammed on his motorcycle brakes, it was already too late. The Honda CBR 600 wobbled hard, fell over and he skidded across the road until he and the bike crunched against the pickup truck.

Nicolas Laboy doesn't remember the accident. He knows he was riding to work, but the entire memory of events has been lost in a sinkhole of his mind. For 10 days following, he lay in a hospital bed in a medically-induced coma.

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Topics: Reserve/National Guard Members, Servicemember Spotlight

SERE: The Drive to Survive

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 3, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Baker | 374 Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The class of eight crew members sat in front of the instructor as he clicked through a slideshow that had images of edible plants, makeshift shelters and frostbitten fingers.

"Some of you guys are gonna see some gigantic insects today," said the tall, sandy-blonde instructor teaching survival, evasion, resistance and escape tactics. "Gigantic insects. It's like Indiana Jones stuff."

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Topics: Deployment, Military Units, Servicemember Spotlight

TRICARE Benefit Changes October 1

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 2, 2015 11:22:00 AM


As of October 1, 2015, a new law requires all TRICARE beneficiaries, except active duty service members, to get select brand name maintenance drugs through either TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or from a military pharmacy. Beneficiaries who keep using a retail pharmacy for these drugs will have to pay the full cost. 

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military Families, Military News, Military Finance

Kickstarter Campaign Launches for Restored B-29 'Doc'

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 1, 2015 5:30:00 AM

by Rebecca Jacobs | Doc's Friends

After a 17-year restoration, Doc, the historic warbird that will soon become the second operational B-29 Superfortress, has now entered the flight-test stage. All four engines were successfully fired up on Sept. 18 for the first time since 1956. But additional funding is needed to support this phase.

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Topics: Military History, Military Autos

National Preparedness Month: National PrepareAthon! Day

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 30, 2015 2:10:00 PM

by Charlotte Porter | U.S. Coast Guard

Members of the United States Coast Guard family live Semper Paratus away and at home, ready at a moment’s notice. But we all know that disasters, be they severe weather or man-made, have the potential to disrupt thousands of lives and affect our families. Maritime safety is the primary concern for the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants all members of our community to be prepared for the worst.

If a disaster struck today, would you and your family be prepared to act and stay safe? Do you know how you will communicate with your loved ones? Have you put together an emergency kit of supplies to help your family survive after the storm passes? Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today!

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Topics: Military Families, Military News

Rescuer reunites with ‘Katrina Girl’

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 29, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Senior Airman Callie McNary | 452nd Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

Ten years ago, Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney hovered over a maelstrom of water, debris and human suffering. New Orleans, a once vibrant mecca for revelers and tourists, was ground zero for impoverished refugees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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Topics: Deployment, Military Heroes, Servicemember Spotlight

Kentucky Guardsman Graduates OCS, Police Academy

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 28, 2015 12:02:35 PM

By Army Staff Sgt. David Bolton | 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

The rigors of the Army’s Officer Candidate School are not for the faint of heart. The same can be said for completing the stringent requirements of the Lexington Police Academy in Kentucky. For newly commissioned Kentucky Army National Guardsman 2nd Lt. Kevin Morris, successfully passing both at the same time required the utmost focus.

“You’re probably going to be putting in around 50 hours a week for the academy just in prep time and then you have to find time to get ready for OCS,” Morris said. “You can’t just show up; you have to have your uniforms laid out, pressed and prepped with your boots shined, believe it or not.”

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Topics: Reserve/National Guard Members, Servicemember Spotlight, Military Education

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 26, 2015 5:30:00 AM

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) by participating in National Take-Back Day, Sept. 26. 

The event offers Navy personnel and their families a safe venue to turn in expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to a local drop-off site anonymously and free of charge.

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Topics: Military Families, Military News, Military Branches

Army to Enlist Robots to Pull Soldiers off Battlefield

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 25, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By C. Todd Lopez

Most Americans have seen at least one war movie, where at some point a fresh-faced young private is hit with some shrapnel. From the ground, he calls out for the unit medic - another young guy, from another small town, whose quick reaction and skill just may save his life.

In the near future, however, it may no longer be another Soldier, who comes running to his side. Instead, it might be an Army-operated unmanned aerial or ground vehicle, said Maj. Gen. Steve Jones, commander of the Army Medical Department Center and School and chief of the Medical Corps.

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Topics: Military News, Deployment

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