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DoD Launches Child Care Website to Ease Moving Transitions

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 29, 2015 4:30:00 PM

By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity
 

As military families move frequently and face a host of concerns, finding child care can be one of the greatest challenges, Barbara Thompson, director of military community and policy's office of family policy/children and youth/special needs, said.

To streamline and standardize what can be a daunting search, the Defense Department unveiled MilitaryChildCare.com, an online resource to help military, DoD civilian and contractor families find an array of military-operated and military-subsidized child care options for children between the ages of 4 weeks and 12 years, Thompson said.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military Families

Post-blizzard, Airmen and Soldiers Packing Up in Northeast

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 28, 2015 3:00:00 PM

By Eric Durr
New York National Guard
 

About 390 New York Army National Guard Soldiers and Airmen called out as part of New York state’s response to the snow event dubbed Winter Storm Juno by the Weather Channel were heading back to their home stations this morning as the sun began to shine again.

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

Super Bowl Participants to Troops: ‘You’re the Real Heroes’

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 27, 2015 11:06:00 AM

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

With the National Football League’s all-star game in the rear-view mirror, anticipation for the league’s championship -- the final pro football game of the year -- begins.

The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, the teams preparing to square off Feb. 1 in Super Bowl XLIX, shared their appreciation for U.S. service members serving overseas during media availabilities here yesterday.

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Topics: Military News

Guard Soldiers and Airmen Responding to Northeast Snow Storm

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 26, 2015 1:30:00 PM

By Eric Durr
New York National Guard
 
LATHAM, N.Y. - As blizzard warnings were being issued for the Northeast this morning, the New York National Guard put 260 Soldiers and Airmen on duty to assist in New York’s response to the storm at the direction of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
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Topics: National Guard News, Reserve/National Guard Members, Military Units

Air Force Officer Trains for Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 23, 2015 2:06:28 PM

By Air Force Airman 1st Class Amber Carter
60th Air Mobility Wing

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Snow and trees are all that can be seen for miles. The bitter cold nips at any patch of exposed skin. He can almost taste the frost touching his warm breath as he yells "Mush," commanding his 16 dogs to trudge across the vast landscape and breaking the deafening silence of his surroundings.

Air Force Maj. Roger Lee, 60th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering operations officer here, is on a mission to achieve his dream of participating in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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Topics: Military Units, Servicemember Spotlight

Fearless: Father of Fallen Navy SEAL Speaks to Service Members

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 22, 2015 2:35:00 PM

by Maj. Heath Allen
188th Wing Executive Officer


EBBING AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ark. -- The father of fallen Navy SEAL Adam Brown spoke to service members at the 188th Wing at the Colonel Hugh B. Correll Headquarters Building here Jan. 9.

Larry Brown spoke to service members about his son, whose story was told in the New York Times bestseller book "Fearless" authored by Eric Blehm.

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Topics: Military Families, Military Heroes

Obama Seeks Authorization for Use of Force Against ISIL

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 21, 2015 1:27:00 PM

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

In his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama called on Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

In a speech largely focused on his domestic and economic agenda, Obama also touched on a myriad of topics related to the Defense Department, noting the start of the century “dawned with terror touching our shores.”

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Topics: Military News, Iraq, Deployment

Google Launches Virtual USS Constitution Tour Experience

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 20, 2015 2:29:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Victoria Kinney, USS Constitution Public Affairs

Google Maps published a complete 360-degree virtual experience of USS Constitution on Tuesday, Jan 20.

Using Street View technology, Google Maps photographed the ship in fall 2014 to create an online 360-degree virtual experience of touring Constitution in preparation for the ship's scheduled dry dock restoration period, which begins in March 2015.

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Topics: Military History, Military Units

Pentagon Salutes Dr. King’s Life, Legacy

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 19, 2015 6:30:00 AM

By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jake Richmond
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2015 – Defense Department members gathered today at the Pentagon’s annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, ahead of the federal holiday.

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work called King a “true, remarkable American patriot and hero” and said he was honored to help pay tribute to the late civil rights leader.

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Topics: Military History

Coast Guardsman Teaches Children to Find Opportunities

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 16, 2015 12:05:13 PM

By Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham
Coast Guard Compass Blog

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Danielle Wnek, a crewmember at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, attended 13 schools before graduating from high school in 2000.

Wnek was born in Cleveland, where she said she had a tough upbringing, surrounded by drug use and instability.

“I did not come from a career-oriented family,” said Wnek. “After high school I hung around for a while, but by the time I was 21 years old, I was tired of living with insecurity. I wanted to break the cycle I was stuck in, and do something better with my life.”

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Topics: Military Families, Reserve/National Guard Members

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