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WWII Veteran Reunites with Former Aircraft

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 17, 2015 1:24:00 PM

By 2nd Lt. Shelley Gregory, 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

Reunions between old friends are typically full of joy, laughter and shared memories -- especially when more than 50 years have passed between meetings.

For World War II veteran, retired Lt. Col. Alston "Al" Daniels, the reunion with the aircraft he piloted for nearly 2,000 hours was no different. On April 7, Daniels gleefully walked up the steps to a Douglas C-47D Skytrain cockpit for the first time since 1962.

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Topics: Military History, Military Heroes, Servicemember Spotlight

Transition Programs Help Veterans Find Civil Service Work

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 16, 2015 1:54:00 PM

By Ryan Mattox, Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs Office

Leaving military service and job hunting can be overwhelming to some, but there are two transition programs that help veterans to ease into a civilian career.

The Vets to Feds Career Development Program and the Army Materiel Command, or AMC's, Always a Soldier Program is designed to recruit and support the development of veterans for careers within the federal government. The programs offer veterans the opportunity to gain on-the-job training and experience. After completion of training, candidates are placed into contract specialist positions.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military Transition

New Military Parent Program Supports Child Development Needs

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 15, 2015 12:10:00 PM

By Amaani Lyle
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

For many new or expecting parents, the stress of navigating the needs and developmental milestones of an infant or toddler can rival that of deployments.

But a well-established program not only provides many resources to help untangle the parental requirements of understanding the critical first three years of a child’s life, but also brings child care experts right into military families’ homes, Barbara Thompson, director of DoD’s Office of Family Readiness Policy, said in a recent DoD News interview. April is the Month of the Military Child.

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Topics: Military Families, Military News

Guard Your Health to Launch FitText on April 15

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 14, 2015 6:00:00 AM

By Guard Your Health, Army National Guard Chief Surgeon's Office

Guard Your Health, a health and wellness campaign out of the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon’s Office, will launch FitText on April 15. FitText is a text messaging initiative centered on maximizing physical training (PT), preparing for the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), and supporting ongoing fitness among Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers and their families. 

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Topics: National Guard News

Fort Hood Shooting Victims, Families Receive Medals

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 13, 2015 12:52:00 PM

By Heather Graham-­Ashley 
3rd Corps and Fort Hood

After nearly six years and a legislative wording change, shooting victims from the Nov. 5, 2009, attack at Fort Hood were recognized during a Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom medal award ceremony here yesterday.

“Hundreds of lives have been woven together by this single day of valor and loss,” Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, 3rd Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, told the soldiers, civilians and families gathered for the somber occasion.

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Topics: Military Families, Military News, Military Heroes

Air National Guard Introduces Mobile App

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 11, 2015 6:00:00 AM

By Senior Master Sgt. Adrianne Schulz, Air National Guard

The office of the Air National Guard Command Chief, along with the Safety Directorate and Community Action Information Board, Thursday announced the launch of the ANG CCM Mobile App.

This application is available in the iTunes App Store (for iOS devices) and on Google Play (for Android devices).

It is expected to connect more than 90,000 ANG enlisted members directly to critical news and information from the ANG Command Chief’s office.

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Topics: National Guard News

Carter Honors Military Children at Yokota Air Base

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 10, 2015 11:45:00 AM

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Behind those who make up the greatest fighting force the world has ever known are families, many including children who serve the nation around the world just as their parents do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday in Japan.

On his first official trip to Northeast Asia as defense secretary, Carter is visiting Japan and South Korea to focus on strengthening and modernizing U.S. alliances in that region.

In Japan the secretary held a military family town hall at Yokota Air Base to celebrate April as the Month of the Military Child, established in 1986 by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger.

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Topics: Military Families, Military News

Preventing Child Abuse is Everyone’s Responsibility

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 9, 2015 12:38:00 PM

By Amaani Lyle
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The Defense Department observes April as the Month of the Military Child, and also recognizes this time of year as it pertains to a more sobering topic: National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

In a recent DoD news interview, Barbara Thompson -- director of DoD’s Office of Family Readiness -- stressed that anyone aware of red flags and potential cases of abuse has an obligation to bring the concerns to light.

Learning how to support parents, identify risks and mitigate those risks are critical elements in child abuse prevention, she added.

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Topics: Military Families, Military News

New Jersey National Guard Soldier Realizes West Point Dream

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 8, 2015 3:11:00 PM

By Army Staff Sgt. Wayne Woolley
444th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Army Pfc. Nathaniel Okyere-Bour learned early in life that following a dream requires sacrifice.

When the New Jersey National Guard soldier was 3, his mother, Elizabeth, sent him to Ghana to live with her family while she followed her dream of becoming a nurse. She brought him back to New Jersey after she’d completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees and landed a job as an intensive care nurse at a Manhattan hospital.

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Topics: Reserve/National Guard Members, Servicemember Spotlight

Mission to Mars: Airman is Finalist for 4-person Mars Settlement Team

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 7, 2015 12:06:00 PM

By California National Guard

When an Airman sets a goal, and an obstacle appears in front of them, they find a way over or around it to achieve their objective. After years of trying, Tech. Sgt. Carmen Paul may have found her way over and around -- and then some -- in a most unexpected place.

“One day I’m watching some TED Talks,” Paul said, referring to a series of free video seminars available on the web, “and I ran across the CEO of Mars One. He was on there and gave his spiel, and I was like, ‘Holy crap, is this real?!'”

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Topics: Military News, Servicemember Spotlight

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