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Army Training Network Now Accessible Without a CAC

Posted by Rebecca on May 5, 2015 2:16:00 PM

By By Mike Casey, Combined Arms Center -- Training

Soldiers can now use smart phones and computer tablets to access the Army's primary website for training information.

Previously, they needed a computer with a Common Access Card, or CAC, to find resources on the Army Training Network, or ATN. The Army recently began allowing users to access ATN with a username and password.

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches

Operation Shower Champions Military Families, Moms-to-be

Posted by Rebecca on May 4, 2015 11:15:00 AM

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

A nonprofit organization geared toward helping military families -- especially expectant mothers whose spouses are often away fulfilling their duties – got a boost from the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at a special event here yesterday.

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia lauded Operation Shower, which is sponsored by the PGA Tour, The Players Championship and fellow nonprofit initiative “Birdies for the Brave” and has helped more than 2,500 military families since 2010.

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Topics: Military Families

Navy to Escort U.S.-Flagged Ships in Strait of Hormuz

Posted by Rebecca on May 1, 2015 1:22:00 PM

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Ships from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain have begun accompanying U.S.-flagged maritime traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, Defense Department officials said.

Sufficient U.S. naval forces are assigned to the command to meet the requirements of the accompanying mission, officials said, adding that Navcent will coordinate with shipping-industry representatives to ensure the operations go smoothly and efficiently.

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Topics: Military News, Deployment

Building a Bond Like No Other

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 30, 2015 11:43:27 AM

By Senior Airman Malissa Lott, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Walking through the 366th Security Forces Squadron dog kennel, barking erupts from all directions. Staff Sgt. Benjamin Vanney makes his way to his new military working dog (MWD), Rony. He smiles at the sight of Rony jumping around in excitement, ready for a new day of training.

Having only been together for a week, the two are still getting to know each other. Developing a bond between handlers and their dogs is vital to the success of the military working dog team.

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Topics: Servicemember Spotlight

Air Force Provides Additional Support in Nepal

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 29, 2015 12:41:02 PM

By Master Sgt. Lesley Waters, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

The Air Force continues its support of the disaster relief operations in Nepal with the arrival of a second C-17 Globemaster III in response to an earthquake that rocked the country April 25.

“One of the U.S. Air Force's great strengths is our ability to provide rapid global mobility in support of humanitarian efforts around the world, and we are proud to be able to contribute our strengths to this recovery effort,” said Gen. Darren McDew, the Air Mobility Command commander.

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Topics: Military News, Military Branches, Deployment

Dailey Sets Sights on Military Education

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 28, 2015 6:00:00 AM

By Sgt. William F Smith (4th ID)

The importance of improving military education while continually improving the Army profession were two topics Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey shared with members of the Fort Carson community, April 20-21.

"As the Army gets smaller we have to invest in the people who will lead us into the future," Dailey said. "We are revamping the entire military education system. Our education system doesn't transfer well into the civilian sector. While we rebuild our courses force-wide, we are focusing on maximizing opportunity for two programs: credentialing and academic equivalency.

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Topics: Military Branches, Military Education

U.S., Japanese Officials Announce New Defense Guidelines

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 27, 2015 12:01:00 PM

By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The new U.S.-Japan defense guidelines will fundamentally change the way Japan and the United States cooperate on defense matters, a senior defense official said recently.

The official spoke on background in advance of today’s release, calling the guidelines “a big deal” for both countries. The guidelines are the foundation on which the United States and Japan base their cooperation as allies.

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Topics: Military News

Aircraft Maintainer Saves Air Force $5 million

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM

By By Air Force Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle
99th Air Base Wing

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Air Force Tech. Sgt. Dennis Hertlein is an avionics, electro-environmental and propulsions systems expert. But he’s not your average specialist flight expediter -- his expertise has saved the Air Force $5 million.

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Topics: Military News, Servicemember Spotlight

Carter Unveils New DoD Cyber Strategy in Silicon Valley

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 24, 2015 12:27:00 PM

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 – Defense Secretary Ash Carter today unveiled the Defense Department’s second cyber strategy to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces and to strengthen its cyber defenses and its posture on cyber deterrence.

Carter discussed the new strategy -- an update to the original strategy released in 2011 -- before an audience at Stanford University on the first day of a two-day trip to Silicon Valley in California.

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Topics: Military News

Soldiers and Airmen help keep Boston strong during Marathon

Posted by Rebecca on Apr 23, 2015 6:00:00 AM

By Massachusetts National Guard

Early on a cool, drizzly morning, runners, volunteers and spectators participated in the 119th Boston Marathon.

With a course that stretches from Hopkinton, Mass., to the well-known finish line in downtown Boston, thousands of people cheered on the many runners, walkers and mobility-impaired participants who endured the 26.2-mile course.

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Topics: Reserve/National Guard Members, Military Units

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