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Minnesota Guardsman Helps Croatian Village

Posted by Rebecca on Jul 27, 2015 5:05:54 PM

By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lynette Olivares
Minnesota National Guard

The Minnesota National Guard's State Partnership Program with Croatia has been going on for decades. In conjunction with U.S. European Command, Minnesota units or teams take on logistics and labor-intensive projects in a village in Croatia.

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

Military Vacation Resorts Boast High Quality and Low Cost

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

Story by Ensign Peter Walz

Adam Bashaw knows a good deal. In 2002, he and his wife Miranda were given free airline vouchers from a family friend when they were living in Seattle. The former Enlisted Petty Officer who commissioned later in his career, juggled Navy Reserve and a new role as director of public affairs at the United Way. Like most military families, he said, “We needed to get away for a while.”

With tickets in hand and a tight budget, they chose to visit the military vacation resort in Hawaii. The resort is one of four Armed Forces Recreation Centers — two in the U.S. and two overseas — where service members and their families enjoy deep discounts on lodging and local attractions.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military Families, Military Travel

Mental Health: To Go Or Not To Go

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

By Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen, 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

The clinic buildings themselves aren't scary, but add the words ‘mental health,’ and most people will avoid them like they contain tigers on the loose. That's why the 432nd Wing Human Performance Team was stood up -- to alleviate that stigma, provide help and have easily accessible trained mental health professionals.

Some service members might have a false impression of the mental health clinic as a dark hole, where clearances are lost and careers are ruined. Capt. David, a 432nd Wing remotely piloted aircraft pilot, had this very concern as he prepared to make an appointment.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military Families, Military Units, Servicemember Spotlight

Greenert on Second Chances at Prison TEDx Talk

Posted by Rebecca on Jul 23, 2015 2:19:30 PM

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julianne Metzger, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert spoke at a TEDx Talk inside the grounds of a state prison in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Greenert, a native of Butler, Pennsylvania, discussed accountability and second chances with 250 audience members at State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh Riverside Corrections Center.

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Topics: Military News

Final Rule Puts More Teeth Into Military Lending Act

Posted by Rebecca on Jul 22, 2015 3:26:13 PM

By Terri Moon Cronk
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2015 – The Defense Department today closed loopholes to protect U.S. men and women in uniform from predatory lending practices, President Barack Obama said this morning at the 116th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The heightened level of financial and consumer-rights protection against unscrupulous practices, called the final rule of the Military Lending Act, covers all forms of payday loans, vehicle title loans, refund anticipation loans, deposit advance loans, installment loans, unsecured open-end lines of credit and credit cards, DoD officials explained.

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Topics: Military News, Military Finance

Soldiers Enroll at Newly-Opened 'ArmyU'

Posted by Rebecca on Jul 21, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By C. Todd Lopez

The Army is consolidating Soldier education under "one roof" as part of the "Army University" concept, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey said.

The Army University, officially abbreviated "ArmyU" for short, is administered by the Combined Arms Center, or CAC, on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches, Military Education

Campbell: Afghan President Seeks Partnership in Counterterror Fight

Posted by Rebecca on Jul 20, 2015 2:34:11 PM

By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

KABUL, Afghanistan – The commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani wants to be partner with the United States in a regional counterterrorism aspect, here today.

Army Gen. John F. Campbell said Ghani has suggested Afghanistan host a regional counterterrorism effort. Afghan counterterrorism forces are among the best in the region, the general said, but they still need training and equipment.

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Topics: Military News

5 Social Media Tips for Military Leaders with Personal Accounts

Posted by Rebecca on Jul 19, 2015 5:30:00 AM

by Capt. Tyler Mitchell | 120th Public Affairs Detachment

Five years ago an article like this probably wouldn’t exist because so many leaders in the military either didn’t understand social media or didn’t want to have anything to do with it. Times are changing. Facebook alone now has more than 1.44 billion active monthly users, many of which are leaders in the military community. Leaders are people too. They want to share information and communicate like anyone else. Leadership comes with responsibilities. As a leader, you need to consider what you post onto your personal account. Here are five tips to help you use social media on your personal time while being employed by the military.

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Topics: Military News

Comprehensive Airman Fitness On The Go

Posted by Rebecca on Jul 18, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Airman 1st Class Luke Hill, 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs

The Wingman Toolkit, an outreach and communication tool designed to ensure Airmen have quick and easy access to the latest Comprehensive Airman Fitness programs and resources, now has a mobile app available to download.

The app provides resources to improve mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness, all at the touch of a finger.

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches

SECNAV Statement on Shooting in Chattanooga, TN

Posted by Rebecca on Jul 17, 2015 9:44:00 AM

From Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

Today, the Navy and Marine Corps team collectively mourn the loss of four heroes. The tragedy in Chattanooga is both devastating and senseless. On behalf of the entire Department of the Navy family, I offer my deepest condolences to the families of those killed and wounded in service to our nation during this incident.

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Topics: Military News, Military Heroes

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