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Coast Guard 225 years of Service: Living marine resources

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 2, 2015 5:30:00 AM

Written by Chris Havern with contributions from Steven Tucker

Aug. 4, 2015 marks the 225th birthday of the United States Coast Guard. 

When most people think about the Coast Guard’s living marine resources mission, they probably think about Coast Guard crews rescuing entangled turtles or transporting sick or injured sea mammals. Those activities are important and mark the Coast Guard’s support for recovery of protected species and a resilient ocean environment. However, in actuality, the living marine resources program is much broader.

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Topics: Military Branches

Military Family Overcomes Deployment, Education Challenges

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 1, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Shannon Collins
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Military families face the challenges of deployments and frequent moves and the impact they have on their children’s morale and education.

Air Force Senior Master Sgt. David Mason, a security forces first sergeant here, his wife, Jennifer, and their four daughters spoke with DoD News about the impact his deployments have had on their family.

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Topics: Military Families, Deployment, Servicemember Spotlight, Military Education

Soldier, Combat Dog Share PTSD Diagnosis, Road to Recovery

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 1, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Lora Strum

Up at 5 a.m., retired Staff Sgt. Matthew Bessler often speaks his first words of the day to his dog, Mike, who lives with him now in Powell, Wyoming, and who has deployed with him twice to Iraq.

Bessler served as an Army Ranger and former Special Forces Engineer with the canine tactical team from 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Carson, Colorado. Mike, a Belgian Malinois, served as a former Special Operations Forces, or SOF, multipurpose canine.

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Topics: Deployment, Military Heroes, Servicemember Spotlight, Military Transition

Marines: F-35B Squadron Ready for Worldwide Deployment

Posted by Rebecca on Jul 31, 2015 5:09:05 PM

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The Marine Corps today declared that a squadron of 10 F-35B Lightning II aircraft is ready for worldwide deployment.

The Marines’ declaration of initial operational capability for its squadron of F-35Bs “marks a significant milestone in the continued evolution of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program,” Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall said in a statement issued today.

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches, Deployment, Military Units

Picture of Heartbreak

Posted by Rebecca on Jul 30, 2015 5:47:36 PM

By Army National Guard Sgt. Ken Scar, Headquarters Marine Corps

I noticed her in my peripheral vision as I was lying in the grass trying to get a meaningful photograph of all the “60s” etched into the backs of the gravestones. She wore a wide-brimmed hat and khaki pants that made her look like a gardener, not a Gold star mother tending to her son’s grave. I kind of wanted to register the sight of her sitting on her knees gently fussing with her careful arrangement around his headstone as just that and move on. Section 60 is a holy place, after all, and the thought of approaching a stranger there is daunting. Should you, or shouldn’t you? This was my third time there and I never had - but something about her caught me.

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Topics: Military Families, Military Heroes, Servicemember Spotlight

Chaplain Corps Celebrates Birthday July 29

Posted by Rebecca on Jul 29, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Capt. Colleen Krepstekies | Headquarters, 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team

Since July 29, 1775, the Chaplain Corps’ mission has evolved from providing religious support to the warrior, often as warriors themselves, to taking on the additional functions of mental health support and advising the command. They’ve wept, they’ve soldiered and they’ve died in battle. Chaplains have taken on many positions from warrior-ministers to advisors. Chaplains, then and now, have shared the same experiences as the fighting Soldier – being wet, cold and war-weary.

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Topics: Military History

In Honor of Our Brother: Sgt Holmquist Laid to Rest by Family, Marines

Posted by Rebecca on Jul 28, 2015 3:19:39 PM

By Cpl. Tiffany Edwards, 4th Marine Division

Two flags fluttered in the wind as they traveled through the green fields of Wisconsin: the stars and stripes of the American flag, and the crimson and gold of the Marine Corps emblem. The flags traveled slowly along the winding country road on the back of a motorcycle, leading dozens of vehicles as they escorted the body of Sgt. Carson Holmquist, a fallen husband, father, son, brother and Marine, to his final resting place in Grantsburg, Wisconsin, July 25, 2015.

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

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

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