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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

Wounded Veterans Get Spiritual Lift Skiing, Train with Wyoming Guard

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 15, 2015 1:46:00 PM

By Maj. Rebecca Walsh
Wyoming National Guard
 

Army veteran Bryan Price glides gracefully across the snow on Casper Mountain.

His ski poles dig into the deep powder and then, using nothing but his upper body strength, he quickly lifts them out of the snow and plants them firmly into the ground again. He repeats this cycle, building momentum as he flies down the cross-country ski trails at the Casper Mountain Nordic Center. Price is an elite athlete of world-class caliber.

But, Price cannot use his legs. The retired Army staff sergeant was wounded in Iraq in 2006 after being hit by a roadside bomb on a routine patrol.

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Topics: Military Heroes, Reserve/National Guard Members

Michigan Air Guard Firefighters Respond to 193-Vehicle Crash

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 14, 2015 1:28:00 PM

By Master Sgt. Denise Rankin
Michigan National Guard
 

The Air National Guard is always on mission, which is represented by the Air Guard’s ability to respond to homeland operations, security cooperation through partnerships nationwide with other countries, and its warfighting capability.

On Jan. 9, 2015, the homeland operations component was tested when whiteout weather conditions caused a 193-vehicle pileup and explosion on I-94 near Battle Creek, Michigan.

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

Free Tax Preparation, Advice Available to Military Families

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 13, 2015 3:48:35 PM

By Nick Simeone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

With the new year comes the annual dread of tax-filing season and the confusion and stress that can go along with it, especially for military families whose tax returns can be further complicated by frequent relocations, involvement of rental properties and other aspects of military life.

To ease the burden, the Defense Department, through Military OneSource, is teaming again this year with H&R Block to offer no-cost tax preparation to the military community with a promise of guaranteed accuracy, a service that otherwise could cost military families hundreds of dollars or more.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military Families, Military Finance

Women in Service Review Rollout Due in 2016

Posted by Rebecca on Jan 12, 2015 12:29:25 PM

By Amaani Lyle
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Following the 2013 repeal of the Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the secretary of defense will announce final decisions to integrate remaining closed occupations and any approved exceptions to policy on or about Jan. 1, 2016, a Pentagon official reported.

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Topics: Military News

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