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Soldiers Conduct 'Flags In' at Arlington Cemetery Before Memorial Day

Posted by Rebecca on May 22, 2015 3:50:39 PM

By J.D. Leipold

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard Soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.

Since 1948, the Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, have conducted the tradition of Flags In a few days before Memorial Day to honor and remember those who served in the Armed Forces and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Topics: Military History, Military Heroes, Military Units

Clemson University Research Project Preserves Veterans' Stories

Posted by Rebecca on May 21, 2015 12:09:08 PM

By Sgt. Ken Scar, 10031

Expect to be impressed when you meet a Marine, but when that Marine is a 95 year-old Pearl Harbor survivor who challenges you to a pull-up contest, prepare to be blown away. 

This is one of many things Clemson University student Will Hines of Spartanburg has learned in conducting the Veterans Project, an ongoing undergraduate research project to collect and preserve the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations can hear those stories directly from the men and women who lived them.

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Topics: Military History, Military Heroes

The Department of the Navy Launches the "Hatch" Crowdsourcing

Posted by Rebecca on May 20, 2015 12:33:59 PM

From Department of the Navy Innovation Public Affairs

The Department of the Navy (DON) launched its crowdsourced ideation platform, the "Hatch," May 20.

The launch of the Hatch is part of the initiative to build a DON Naval Innovation Network (NIN).

The Hatch is an accessible, virtual collaboration forum where innovators can submit their creative ideas for improving the DON. In the Hatch, ideas can be refined through crowdsourcing and further developed by local innovators and subject matter experts.

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches

Reconnaissance Marines Compete for Their Fallen Brothers

Posted by Rebecca on May 19, 2015 12:32:00 PM

By Cpl. Eric Keenan, Defense Media Activity

Waves from an eight-foot swell slam the strip of rocks lining the beach. The darkness of the early morning Pacific Ocean is abruptly broken by the glimmer of scattered green glow sticks as reconnaissance Marines equipped with rifles, 45-pound packs and wet-suits begin to vigorously fight the surf as they make their way back ashore on San Onofre Beach.

Without hesitation, the Marines hit the beach, find their teammate and start running in two-man teams to their next objective. 

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Topics: Military Branches, Military Heroes

Guard Members Commemorate Liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp

Posted by Rebecca on May 18, 2015 11:48:43 AM

By Capt Kinder Blacke | 140th Wing Public Affairs

Senior leaders from the Colorado and Oklahoma National Guard travelled recently to Munich, Germany, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp at the end of World War II.

Dachau was the first concentration camp set up by the National Socialists, more commonly known as the Nazis, prior to World War II, and served as a model for all later concentration camps. In its 12 years of existence, more than 200,000 people from throughout Europe were imprisoned there and over 41,500 were murdered prior to its liberation on April 29, 1945.

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

Two World War I Soldiers to Receive Medal of Honor

Posted by Rebecca on May 15, 2015 12:57:00 PM

By Ms. Lisa Ferdinando

President Barack Obama announced today that he will award Medals of Honor to two World War I Soldiers, who were previously overlooked for the nation's highest military award for valor.

Then-Pvt. William Henry Johnson, of the 369th Infantry Regiment (known as the Harlem Hellfighters), and Sgt. William Shemin, of the 4th Infantry Division, will receive the award posthumously at a White House ceremony, June 2.

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Topics: Military History, Military News, Military Heroes

DoD Helps TRICARE Beneficiaries Recognize Deceptive Pharmacy Practices

Posted by Rebecca on May 14, 2015 12:57:15 PM

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

In the face of recent aggressive and deceptive marketing practices of some compounding pharmacies targeting TRICARE, the Defense Health Agency is taking aggressive action to help TRICARE beneficiaries, DHA’s chief of pharmacy operations said in a recent interview.

Dr. George Jones described compounding as a way that some pharmacies prepare medications for patients who need different kinds or strengths of medications than are available in commercially available products.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military News

Airman Returns Home to Nepal After Earthquake

Posted by Rebecca on May 13, 2015 10:30:00 AM

By Maj. Ashley Conner, Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs

When Senior Airman Manoj Khatiwada was asked to join a team of Pacific Air Forces Airmen traveling to Nepal to assist the government with relief operations following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, he was filled with mixed emotions.

"Returning to Nepal for this mission was an emotional moment for me. I didn't know how I would react seeing the city where I was born and raised destroyed," said Khatiwada, a 21st Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician. "Thousands of Nepalese died and thousands are injured. I am happy that I am here but I am sad to see this happen to Nepal."

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Topics: Deployment, Servicemember Spotlight

Eight Women in Ranger School Recycled

Posted by Rebecca on May 12, 2015 1:49:00 PM

By Army News Service

The remaining eight women in the first gender-integrated class of the Army's Ranger School were recycled, May 8, along with 101 men, to retake the Darby Phase of the course.

A total of 19 women and 381 male Soldiers began the two-month Ranger School, April 20. After the first four days, eight women and just under half of the original men remained. Another 71 male students, recycled from a previous class, joined the group following the physical assessment when the class moved to Camp Darby.

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches

Noncommissioned Officers Want More Clearly Defined Role

Posted by Rebecca on May 11, 2015 2:06:00 PM

By C. Todd Lopez

The role of noncommissioned officers, or NCOs, in mission command could be more clearly defined in Army doctrine and in the field, said Soldiers, who participated during the first-ever NCO Solarium.

Sgt. 1st Class Robert Rosales III, 4th Brigade Combat Team/1st Armored Division on Fort Bliss, Texas, said that the terms "NCO" and "noncommissioned officer" do not appear in Army Doctrine Reference Publication 6.0 or Army Doctrine Publication 6.0 - both of which define mission command.

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