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Over 2,650 National Guard Members Helping in South Carolina

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 8, 2015 11:57:17 AM

By 1st Lt. Jessica Donnelly | South Carolina National Guard

In the aftermath of record rainfall levels throughout the state, communities are faced with damaged roads, loss of power and an inability to obtain their basic needs such as clean water, food and medical attention. 

For this reason, the South Carolina National Guard is working with civilian authorities conducting health and welfare checks to ensure community members receive the help they need. As of Thursday morning, more than 2,650 Guard members were on duty in the hard-hit state, according to figures at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia. The death toll in North and South Carolina was at least 19, according to the Associated Press.

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Topics: National Guard News, Military News

Directive Signed Regarding Breastfeeding, Lactation Support in Army

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 7, 2015 10:56:00 AM

By Army News Service

Army Secretary John M. McHugh has approved Army Directive 2015-37 (Breastfeeding and Lactation Support Policy).

Soldiers who wish to continue breastfeeding upon return to duty will notify their chain of command as soon as possible to allow the command to determine how best to support them, McHugh said.

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military News, Military Branches

Opening Ceremonies at Military World Games Stress Peace

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 7, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Gary Sheftick

The 7,000 service members from 103 nations, who marched into the stadium for opening ceremonies of the Military World Games here Friday, included some who have recently been near conflict with each other.

Russia was there with the Ukraine; Israeli and Palestinian troops sat on the same side of the stadium; and Iran was there for friendly competition with western nations.

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Topics: Military News

Fire Prevention Week: ‘Hear the Beep Where You Sleep’

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 6, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By ess Echerri | Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs

The fire emergency services division at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center is leading the Air Force for National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-10, a national event hosted by the National Fire Protection Association.

This year's theme is "hear the beep where you sleep," a call to have a working smoke alarm in every room in the house.

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Topics: Military Families, Military News

SC Guard Rescue Team Conducts Multiple Hoist Rescues During Flood

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 5, 2015 4:22:55 PM

By Capt. Brian Hare | South Carolina National Guard

The South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (SC-HART) rescued about 26 stranded residents throughout flood-affected areas during unprecedented levels of rainfall in South Carolina, Oct. 4, 2015, after deploying from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in Eastover, South Carolina.

SC-HART is a collaborative effort between aviation units of the South Carolina Army National Guard and the South Carolina State Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.

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

Computer Saved Soldier's Back, Helmet Saved His Life

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 4, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Master Sgt. Michel Sauret

By the time Nicolas slammed on his motorcycle brakes, it was already too late. The Honda CBR 600 wobbled hard, fell over and he skidded across the road until he and the bike crunched against the pickup truck.

Nicolas Laboy doesn't remember the accident. He knows he was riding to work, but the entire memory of events has been lost in a sinkhole of his mind. For 10 days following, he lay in a hospital bed in a medically-induced coma.

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Topics: Reserve/National Guard Members, Servicemember Spotlight

SERE: The Drive to Survive

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 3, 2015 5:30:00 AM

By Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Baker | 374 Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The class of eight crew members sat in front of the instructor as he clicked through a slideshow that had images of edible plants, makeshift shelters and frostbitten fingers.

"Some of you guys are gonna see some gigantic insects today," said the tall, sandy-blonde instructor teaching survival, evasion, resistance and escape tactics. "Gigantic insects. It's like Indiana Jones stuff."

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Topics: Deployment, Military Units, Servicemember Spotlight

TRICARE Benefit Changes October 1

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 2, 2015 11:22:00 AM


As of October 1, 2015, a new law requires all TRICARE beneficiaries, except active duty service members, to get select brand name maintenance drugs through either TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or from a military pharmacy. Beneficiaries who keep using a retail pharmacy for these drugs will have to pay the full cost. 

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Topics: Military Benefits, Military Families, Military News, Military Finance

Kickstarter Campaign Launches for Restored B-29 'Doc'

Posted by Rebecca on Oct 1, 2015 5:30:00 AM

by Rebecca Jacobs | Doc's Friends

After a 17-year restoration, Doc, the historic warbird that will soon become the second operational B-29 Superfortress, has now entered the flight-test stage. All four engines were successfully fired up on Sept. 18 for the first time since 1956. But additional funding is needed to support this phase.

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Topics: Military History, Military Autos

National Preparedness Month: National PrepareAthon! Day

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 30, 2015 2:10:00 PM

by Charlotte Porter | U.S. Coast Guard

Members of the United States Coast Guard family live Semper Paratus away and at home, ready at a moment’s notice. But we all know that disasters, be they severe weather or man-made, have the potential to disrupt thousands of lives and affect our families. Maritime safety is the primary concern for the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants all members of our community to be prepared for the worst.

If a disaster struck today, would you and your family be prepared to act and stay safe? Do you know how you will communicate with your loved ones? Have you put together an emergency kit of supplies to help your family survive after the storm passes? Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today!

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Topics: Military Families, Military News

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