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First Brigade Commander Explains Mission in Iraq

Posted by Rebecca on May 26, 2015 12:14:00 PM

By David Vergun

It is not supposed to be easy, said a brigade commander, who returned two months ago from Iraq. The "Army Operating Concept," or AOC, even says so in the latter part of its title: "Win in a Complex World."

Describing how it is done was 1st Infantry Division's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, or 1st ABCT, commander, Col. John Reynolds III. He spoke during a media roundtable at the Pentagon, May 21.

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Topics: Military News, Iraq, Deployment, Military Units

Missing Soldiers Accounted For, Memorial Day Message

Posted by Rebecca on May 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Missing World War II Soldier Accounted For

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced [5/22/15] that the remains of a missing World War II U.S. serviceman have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, according to a DoD news release.

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Topics: Military History, Military Heroes

Soldiers Conduct 'Flags In' at Arlington Cemetery Before Memorial Day

Posted by Rebecca on May 22, 2015 3:50:39 PM

By J.D. Leipold

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard Soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.

Since 1948, the Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, have conducted the tradition of Flags In a few days before Memorial Day to honor and remember those who served in the Armed Forces and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Topics: Military History, Military Heroes, Military Units

Clemson University Research Project Preserves Veterans' Stories

Posted by Rebecca on May 21, 2015 12:09:08 PM

By Sgt. Ken Scar, 10031

Expect to be impressed when you meet a Marine, but when that Marine is a 95 year-old Pearl Harbor survivor who challenges you to a pull-up contest, prepare to be blown away. 

This is one of many things Clemson University student Will Hines of Spartanburg has learned in conducting the Veterans Project, an ongoing undergraduate research project to collect and preserve the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations can hear those stories directly from the men and women who lived them.

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Topics: Military History, Military Heroes

The Department of the Navy Launches the "Hatch" Crowdsourcing

Posted by Rebecca on May 20, 2015 12:33:59 PM

From Department of the Navy Innovation Public Affairs

The Department of the Navy (DON) launched its crowdsourced ideation platform, the "Hatch," May 20.

The launch of the Hatch is part of the initiative to build a DON Naval Innovation Network (NIN).

The Hatch is an accessible, virtual collaboration forum where innovators can submit their creative ideas for improving the DON. In the Hatch, ideas can be refined through crowdsourcing and further developed by local innovators and subject matter experts.

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches

Reconnaissance Marines Compete for Their Fallen Brothers

Posted by Rebecca on May 19, 2015 12:32:00 PM

By Cpl. Eric Keenan, Defense Media Activity

Waves from an eight-foot swell slam the strip of rocks lining the beach. The darkness of the early morning Pacific Ocean is abruptly broken by the glimmer of scattered green glow sticks as reconnaissance Marines equipped with rifles, 45-pound packs and wet-suits begin to vigorously fight the surf as they make their way back ashore on San Onofre Beach.

Without hesitation, the Marines hit the beach, find their teammate and start running in two-man teams to their next objective. 

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Topics: Military Branches, Military Heroes

Guard Members Commemorate Liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp

Posted by Rebecca on May 18, 2015 11:48:43 AM

By Capt Kinder Blacke | 140th Wing Public Affairs

Senior leaders from the Colorado and Oklahoma National Guard travelled recently to Munich, Germany, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp at the end of World War II.

Dachau was the first concentration camp set up by the National Socialists, more commonly known as the Nazis, prior to World War II, and served as a model for all later concentration camps. In its 12 years of existence, more than 200,000 people from throughout Europe were imprisoned there and over 41,500 were murdered prior to its liberation on April 29, 1945.

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

Two World War I Soldiers to Receive Medal of Honor

Posted by Rebecca on May 15, 2015 12:57:00 PM

By Ms. Lisa Ferdinando

President Barack Obama announced today that he will award Medals of Honor to two World War I Soldiers, who were previously overlooked for the nation's highest military award for valor.

Then-Pvt. William Henry Johnson, of the 369th Infantry Regiment (known as the Harlem Hellfighters), and Sgt. William Shemin, of the 4th Infantry Division, will receive the award posthumously at a White House ceremony, June 2.

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Topics: Military History, Military News, Military Heroes

DoD Helps TRICARE Beneficiaries Recognize Deceptive Pharmacy Practices

Posted by Rebecca on May 14, 2015 12:57:15 PM

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

In the face of recent aggressive and deceptive marketing practices of some compounding pharmacies targeting TRICARE, the Defense Health Agency is taking aggressive action to help TRICARE beneficiaries, DHA’s chief of pharmacy operations said in a recent interview.

Dr. George Jones described compounding as a way that some pharmacies prepare medications for patients who need different kinds or strengths of medications than are available in commercially available products.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military News

Airman Returns Home to Nepal After Earthquake

Posted by Rebecca on May 13, 2015 10:30:00 AM

By Maj. Ashley Conner, Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs

When Senior Airman Manoj Khatiwada was asked to join a team of Pacific Air Forces Airmen traveling to Nepal to assist the government with relief operations following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, he was filled with mixed emotions.

"Returning to Nepal for this mission was an emotional moment for me. I didn't know how I would react seeing the city where I was born and raised destroyed," said Khatiwada, a 21st Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician. "Thousands of Nepalese died and thousands are injured. I am happy that I am here but I am sad to see this happen to Nepal."

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Topics: Deployment, Servicemember Spotlight

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