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Military Athletes Show Skills at 2015 DoD Warrior Games

Posted by Rebecca on Jun 30, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Karen Parrish
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The Defense Department’s 2015 Warrior Games, which concluded [June 28] at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, provided an Olympic-style spectacle of warrior-athletes competing in games of skill not too different from the “arts of war.”

Archery and shooting, cycling and swimming, track and field, volleyball and basketball events displayed the strength, stamina, balance, spatial awareness, muscular control and sheer will that power top professional athletes as well as successful service members.

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Topics: Military News, Military Heroes

SC Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team Saves Ill Hiker from Remote Area

Posted by Rebecca on Jun 29, 2015 2:40:00 PM

By Lt. Col. Cindi King | South Carolina National Guard

The South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team saved a hiker with a life-threatening emergency from a remote area in Oconee County, South Carolina, on June 25.

The SC-HART team was notified about 5:30 p.m. that medical authorities in Oconee had reached a hiker in a remote area who was in urgent need of further care, but was located miles away from roads in mountainous terrain. The SC-HART capabilities were requested, as they can reach remote areas quickly with a South Carolina National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk and team who conduct hoist operations.

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

2015 Employer Support Freedom Award Winners Announced

Posted by Rebecca on Jun 26, 2015 2:12:00 PM

By DoD News | Defense Media Activity
 

Pentagon officials announced Thursday the 15 recipients of the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

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

USAF Raptors Bring Intimidation to Exercise Northern Edge

Posted by Rebecca on Jun 25, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Staff Sgt. William Banton, Northern Edge 15 Joint Information Bureau Public Affairs

Its wide muzzle, short black broad nose with large nostrils and deep-set, dark eyes grimace intimidation across the patch on the right shoulder of the pilot boarding his aircraft while preparing to engage an enemy in the joint interoperability environment that is Northern Edge 2015.

The intimidation the 525th Fighter Squadron pilots bring to the fight is only matched by the powerful capabilities of an aircraft adept at ensuring lethality against all advanced air threats.

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Topics: Military News, Military Units

Marines, French Gendarmerie Quiet Riots

Posted by Rebecca on Jun 24, 2015 4:39:12 PM

By 1st Lt. Danielle Dixon, Marine Corps Forces Europe

Crisis-response Marines held their position alongside men and women from the Escadron de Gendarmerie Mobile, a unit with France’s national police force known as the Gendarmerie, while more than 50 rioters threw flaming Molotov cocktails, bricks, and tear gas at the National Gendarmerie Training Center in St. Astier, France, June 18-22.

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches, Military Units

First Female Enlisted Sailors Selected for Submarine Service

Posted by Rebecca on Jun 23, 2015 3:37:53 PM

From Enlisted Women in Submarines Task Force Public Affairs

With the release of NAVADMIN 142/15 "FY16 Enlisted Women in Submarines Selections", the first group of enlisted female Sailors from across the Navy has been chosen to serve in the U.S. Navy's submarine force.

Rear Adm. Charles "Chas" Richard, commander, Submarine Group 10 and Enlisted Women in Submarines Task Force Commander, said the interest to apply was impressive.

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches

Father, Son Spend Father’s Day in Deployed Location

Posted by Rebecca on Jun 22, 2015 3:52:23 PM

By Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

Deployed accommodations have changed drastically in the last 30 years. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, handwritten letters and rooms filled with pay phones were the only ways to communicate with loved ones from home. 

“When I went to Desert Storm the first time, we got our phone call home and we were in country (for) almost a week,” said Tech. Sgt. Michial Smith, a 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment technician. “It was a three-minute morale call and you waited in line for it. I actually got a letter home before that call.”

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Topics: Military Families, Deployment, Servicemember Spotlight

Army, Air Force Take Bomb Disposal to New Level with Lasers

Posted by Rebecca on Jun 19, 2015 1:21:22 PM

By Carlotta Maneice, AMRDEC Public Affairs

The U.S. Army and Air Force are working together to develop mine-resistant, ambush-protected, or MRAP, vehicles with laser technology. 

Before, when the military wanted to disable a bomb, highly-trained bomb disposal specialists wore body armor, protective suits or used robots to render an area safe.

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Topics: Military News

USCG Defending High-Seas from Driftnets: Destroyers of the Deep

Posted by Rebecca on Jun 18, 2015 4:58:00 PM

by Seaman Sarah Wilson

For nearly a year, the net has been forgotten. The fishermen who placed it there never located the radio beacon attached to it, so with a shrug of their shoulders they moved on. Not a single one of them has lost a moment of sleep or wondered what became of it; they didn’t see the dolphins flailing or hear the cries of the whales as the driftnet ensnared entire pods. As weeks passed, the commotion and the scent of prey drew in sharks and seals, and one by one they swam into the wall, where they would either suffocate or starve. Suspended across five miles, the hungry net continues to feed: tuna, turtles, salmon, squid, even birds, until…

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Topics: Deployment, Military Units

National Guard Soldiers Rehearse for Scouting Party's Worst Nightmare

Posted by Rebecca on Jun 17, 2015 5:28:00 PM

By Brandon Honig | California National Guard

You’ve been lying in a hole for days. It’s your turn to get 30 minutes sleep, so you roll over, using every last inch of space. Within moments, you get an elbow in the back — a teammate alerting you someone’s coming.

This is the “oh no” moment — the moment scouts hope never comes.

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Topics: Reserve/National Guard Members, Military Units

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