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Army Warns Soldiers and Families to Beware of Predatory Lenders

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 2, 2014 7:00:00 AM

By Lisa Ferdinando
Army News Service

“Need money fast? Need a new car? No problem! Instant approval for members of the military!” 

While advertisements for immediate cash and merchandise are appealing, service members can land in hot water if they are not careful.

Soldiers, especially junior-enlisted members, are targets for high-interest car loans, or payday loans with exorbitant rates, said Maj. Emma Parsons, Department of the Army banking officer. 

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military Finance

September is National Preparedness Month; Obama declared 30th America's PrepareAthon day

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 1, 2014 7:00:00 AM

By Claudette Roulo
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

September is National Preparedness Month, a time when people across the country are encouraged to prepare for emergencies and disasters, Todd M. Rosenblum, acting assistant Secretary of Defense for homeland defense and Americas’ security affairs, said yesterday.

“National Preparedness Month is essentially about the entire nation building its preparedness to have resiliency to respond to natural or manmade disasters,” Rosenblum said.

In addition, President Barack Obama has declared September 30th as America’s PrepareAthon day, a day of action for individuals, organizations and communities to prepare for six specific hazards -- earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and winter storms.

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Air Force & Army National Guard Searchers Seek Missing F-15C Pilot

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 28, 2014 10:48:00 AM

National Guard Bureau News Release

Aug. 28, 2014 – The search in Virginia for a missing 104th Fighter Wing pilot expanded today with Air Force resources.

An F-15C Eagle aircraft assigned to the Massachusetts Air National Guard’s 104th Fighter Wing here crashed in Deerfield, Virginia, at about 9:05 a.m. yesterday, about five minutes after radio contact with the pilot was lost.

Since yesterday morning, a search-and-rescue operation in the Washington National Forest area near Deerfield Valley in Virginia has been ongoing. The search efforts now include a specially equipped HC-130 aircraft assigned to Moody Air Force Base in Georgia that has specialized equipment designed for low-light/night-time search and rescue operations. The HC-130 has been conducting air operations since 3 a.m.

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Topics: National Guard News, Military News

Air Force F-15C Eagle Jet Crashes in Virginia

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 27, 2014 5:26:34 PM

By Amaani Lyle
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 – An F-15C Eagle aircraft crashed near Deerfield, Virginia, at approximately 9:05 a.m. today during a routine mission, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters.

"Air Force and civilian first responders are responding to the scene,” Army Col. Steve Warren said. The status of the pilot, he added, is thus far unknown.

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Topics: Military News

First Female Tank Mechanic in the Oregon Army National Guard

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 26, 2014 1:24:00 PM

By Army 1st Sgt. Kevin Hartman
115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 26, 2014 – Speckled with engine oil and coated with a layer of dust, 23-year-old Army Spc. Samantha Brumley rummages through a larger-than-life toolbox to begin work with her fellow tank mechanics on servicing an Abrams M1A2 System Enhancement Package Tank in the high desert area southeast from here.

Her team is at the Orchard Training Center conducting annual training in support of the 3rd Battalion, 116th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. While the service to the tank’s nuclear, biological and chemical filter system is routine, Brumley’s hands-on support is not. Brumley is the first woman to officially become a tank mechanic in the Oregon Army National Guard.

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Topics: National Guard News, Military News

Military History: 200-year anniversary of Battle of Bladensburg

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

By Bill Boehm
National Guard Bureau
 

ARLINGTON, Va. - On Aug. 24, 1814, the Battle of Bladensburg (Maryland) took place.  This campaign of the War of 1812 directly preceded the advance of the British army into Washington, D.C., that evening, where advancing forces burned the Capitol building, the White House and the Library of Congress.

Hurricane-force rains the following day helped extinguish the blazes around the nation’s capital.  Prior to the British incursion, State Department officials helped spirit documents of the Founding Fathers into hiding in Virginia. 

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Topics: Military History, National Guard News

Army & Air National Guard Enlisted Members Meet With Senior Leaders

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 23, 2014 7:00:00 AM

By Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker
National Guard Bureau

PHOENIX, Aug. 22, 2014 – Roughly 1,000 members of the National Guard gathered here Aug. 9-14 to attend the 43rd Annual National Conference and Expo of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States.

The primary mission of EANGUS is to provide a voice for issues facing the enlisted force of the National Guard.

At the conference, senior leaders of the National Guard spoke to attendees about the Guard and discussed topics that affect the rank and file.

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Topics: Military Benefits, National Guard News, Military News

Hagel: Joint Efforts Blunt ISIL’s Advance in Iraq

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 22, 2014 3:28:00 PM

By Claudette Roulo
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2014 – U.S. airstrikes and military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish security forces have stalled the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist forces around Irbil, Iraq, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today.

This assistance helped the Iraqis retake and hold the Mosul Dam, which, if breached, would have threatened the lives of thousands of Iraqis as well as American personnel and facilities, Hagel said during a joint news conference with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey.

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Topics: Military News, Iraq

U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL in Iraq near Mosul Dam

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 21, 2014 5:18:00 PM

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi Security Force operations, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct six airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam, according to a U.S. Central Command news release issued today.

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Topics: Military News, Iraq

Work Highlights Importance of U.S.-South Korea Alliance

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 20, 2014 10:46:50 AM

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 20, 2014 – On the first day of Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work’s first official visit here with military and political leaders, talks focused on the North Korean threat, the importance of cooperation between the U.S., South Korea and Japan, and key capabilities needed for the U.S.-South Korea bilateral relationship, a senior defense official said.

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