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What I Miss Most About the Military

Posted by Erik Jensen on Apr 19, 2016 8:36:50 PM

I’ll admit it: there were times during my husband’s career in the military when I didn’t think we would miss our current lifestyle at all. Times like when we were woken up in the middle of the night with the scary sound of the phone ringing just for a surprise accountability check or to be informed about a 4 a.m. drug test, the second or third hour of sitting in the DEERS office waiting for our number to be called, whenever word of a deployment began to spread around post, and just about every overnight CQ shift.

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Military Tuition Assistance: Benefits and Limits

Posted by Erik Jensen on Apr 19, 2016 8:15:12 PM

Service members, veterans and military retirees have a number of financial aid options they may be qualified for beyond military service-provided tuition assistance, according to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Education Center offi cials. Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall PAO photo by Nell King

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Intra-Agency Partnership Assists Soldiers in Gaining Hands-On Contracting Experience

Posted by Erik Jensen on Apr 19, 2016 3:05:06 PM

A conversation between two Army Reserve Soldiers during physical fitness training was the beginning of a unique training idea to allow Soldiers the opportunity to gain real-world contracting experience during battle assembly weekends.

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Transition Time: Getting Ready for Your Next Big Adventure

Posted by Erik Jensen on Apr 19, 2016 2:40:44 PM

There’s a ton of information out there for service members leaving the service to retire or just to pursue other options, but how do you find the information that is right for you before you head into that next phase of your life?

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Best Apps to Help You in Your Move

Posted by Erik Jensen on Apr 13, 2016 1:20:35 PM

Sign up another helper on your moving list — technology. From game-changing packing apps to helpful tools that help make you feel right at home in a new place, this list is a must-have for anyone who’s ready to pack it up and move it out.

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Personalizing Your New Home

Posted by Erik Jensen on Apr 13, 2016 12:56:49 PM

A new home should be more than just carefully unpacking boxes and connecting utilities. It provides a chance to take a fresh new space and make it your own, something that speaks to the personal style of your family. Somewhere that feels like home — no matter where the military takes you.

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Coast Guard Reserve Marks 75 Years of Service

Posted by Erik Jensen on Mar 15, 2016 2:23:32 PM

The Coast Guard Reserve, with its 7,000 members, has been a critical component to national security in its
75 years, and will continue to meet challenges heading into the future.

After the terrorist-hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center buildings in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, Coast Guard reservist Marguerite DeMartino rushed out of her civilian workplace and headed to the Coast Guard office not far from Ground Zero.

“I actually worked in downtown Manhattan, right across the street from the World Trade Center and when it happened, of course we had to evacuate,” the senior chief petty officer recalled.

DeMartino, now the senior enlisted reserve rating force program manager for the public affairs rate, wanted to see how she could support Coast Guard efforts. From her apartment in Staten Island, she could see the “glowing fires in downtown Manhattan in the night,” the Brooklyn native said.

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Lean on Me - US Army Europe Commanding General Highlights USAR Assets in Region

Posted by Erik Jensen on Mar 15, 2016 2:11:30 PM

The U.S. Army is globally engaged, supporting Combatant Command missions in multiple countries.

As the complexity and number of security challenges in the world increases, new requirements are created, and
the U.S. Army Reserve continues to be in a position to provide some of these requirements.

A current example is highlighted in Europe, as U.S. Army Reserve assets provide capabilities to U.S. Army Europe and NATO allies, much of which is mitigated through Army Reserve Engagement Cells. ARECs provide direct reach back support into the Army Reserve, enabling commands to access the U.S. Army Reserve’s Regionally Aligned Forces and capabilities.

“I love the AREC concept,” said Lt. Gen. Frederick Hodges, commanding general, U.S. Army Europe.

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Building Better Communication With Your Family

Posted by Erik Jensen on Feb 22, 2016 12:52:50 PM

Family communication is more than just knowing who needs to be where and when, or a 30-second recap of the long work day. It’s about sharing feelings and making memories, and is a critical part of each and every family.

But, it’s never easy. Different personalities, hectic schedules and the sometimes complicated skills that make up effective communication can make it challenging more often than not.

With a little effort, planning and commitment, the hurdles can be cleared and the lines opened to create thoughtful, meaningful communication.

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Topics: Spouses Corner

It’s Travel Time!

Posted by Erik Jensen on Feb 22, 2016 12:28:36 PM

Buckle up — it’s almost time for a vacation! But while adventures are waiting, don’t head out without all the tools you need for a great trip. From the best ways to keep your travels affordable to kid-friendly road trips, a little information can go a long way.

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Topics: Military Travel

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