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NORAD Tracks Santa’s Christmas Eve Journey

Posted by Rebecca on Dec 24, 2014 7:00:00 AM

By Terri Moon Cronk
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Now a 59-year tradition, the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will follow Santa Claus’s Christmas Eve travels using radar, satellites, jet fighters and special cameras, said Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh, spokesman for the NORAD Tracks Santa program.

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Topics: Military Families, Military Units

Army family receives basement make-over for Christmas

Posted by Rebecca on Dec 23, 2014 4:54:42 PM

By J.D. Leipold
Army News Service

An Army staff sergeant, his wife and their seven children received a huge Christmas surprise when they arrived home yesterday morning, to find their basement was no longer a series of never-ending projects.

Standing at the bottom of the stairs, the kids and their parents took in their newly created 800-square foot study-play-lounge room with eyes wide and jaws dropped. The last time they'd seen their basement, it was just a disorderly, confused giant room that offered no real comfort or family warmth.

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Topics: Military Families

DoD Releases 2015 Military Pay and Compensation Rates

Posted by Rebecca on Dec 22, 2014 2:37:00 PM

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2014 – Today, the Department of Defense announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members, with most service members receiving a one percent increase in basic pay.

The new rates for basic pay, basic allowance for housing, basic allowance for subsistence, and the cost of living allowance rates for the contiguous United States will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

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Topics: Military News, Military Finance

Coalition Will Defeat ISIL, Task Force Commander Says

Posted by Rebecca on Dec 18, 2014 2:17:00 PM

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2014 – The strength of the 40-plus nation coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ultimately will defeat the terrorist group, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said here today.

Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry provided an operational update to Pentagon reporters.

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Topics: Military News, Iraq

California's Air National Guard Saves Man From Fishing Vessel

Posted by Rebecca on Dec 17, 2014 11:52:00 AM

By Public Affairs Office
129th Rescue Wing

Air National Guard members from the 129th Rescue Wing completed an overwater rescue mission on Monday, saving the life of a 24-year-old man on a commercial fishing vessel about 160 nautical miles off the coast of Monterey, California.

At approximately 3 p.m. the 129th RQW accepted a mission tasking from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center concerning an ill man onboard a 65-foot commercial fishing vessel, Temptation. The patient required treatment beyond the capabilities of those onboard.

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

Obama: Afghan Combat Mission Ends, But Commitment Endures

Posted by Rebecca on Dec 16, 2014 1:13:03 PM

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

While the combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, the U.S. commitment to the nation will continue, President Barack Obama told U.S. troops today during a visit to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

“In just two weeks, the transition that we’re making in Afghanistan will be complete,” he said. “Afghans will take full responsibility for their security.”

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Topics: Military News, Deployment

Fallen Veterans Honored During Arlington Wreath-Laying Event

Posted by Rebecca on Dec 15, 2014 2:02:00 PM

By Ensign Michelle Tucker, Defense Media Activity

Service members, veterans, and civilian volunteers placed more than 200,000 holiday wreaths on the graves of America's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery on National Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 13.

The holiday wreath-laying event was sponsored by Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization that coordinates similar ceremonies at veterans' cemeteries across the United States, at sea, and at national cemeteries on foreign soil.

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Topics: Military News, Military Heroes

Utah Soldier Honored for Rescuing Three From Crashed Plane

Posted by Rebecca on Dec 12, 2014 2:10:00 PM

By Lt. Col. Steven Fairbourn
Utah National Guard

A Utah National Guard Soldier who rescued three people from a crashed plane received the Soldier’s Medal for heroism from Gen. Frank Grass, chief of National Guard Bureau, in a Dec. 6 ceremony at Camp Williams.

Staff Sgt. Robert Kelley received the prestigious award because of his actions when he risked his life rescuing three injured people from the crash of a Piper aircraft in West Jordan on Aug. 10. According to news accounts, the plane never gained altitude after takeoff and crashed into a soccer field.

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Topics: Military Heroes, Reserve/National Guard Members

Marine Amputee Triumphs at Grueling Swim School

Posted by Rebecca on Dec 11, 2014 3:04:21 PM

By Marine Corps Maj. Eve Baker
Marine Corps Base Quantico

The Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival course is a grueling training evolution that requires Marines to swim a total of 59 miles over three weeks.

Just six of nine course students were able to complete the challenge and graduate Nov. 25. One of those six course students had the deck stacked against him from the beginning, but he overcame adversity and graduated with his classmates.

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Topics: Military Branches, Military Heroes

Army Officer Competes for Mars Arctic 365 Program

Posted by Rebecca on Dec 10, 2014 12:46:08 PM

By Walter T. Ham IV
20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives Command

MARS DESERT RESEARCH STATION, Utah, Dec. 10, 2014 – An Army officer is competing to spend a year on a Canadian island with the Mars Arctic 365 program.

First Lt. Heidi Beemer is taking part in a Mars simulation here this month.

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Topics: Military News

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