By Suzanna Brugler, NAVSUP GLS, Deputy, Office of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs


SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support (NAVSUP GLS) Household Goods (HHG) provided information and moving tips directed toward Sailors and their families who will be executing a HHG move during the current peak season May 17.

HHG peak season runs from the beginning of May through August.

Start the process early and be flexible.

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs


WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Following passage of the 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the Navy announced today that Sailors should continue to expect to receive permanent change of station (PCS) orders with approximately two months or less lead time through the end of the fiscal year.

While the Navy will make every effort to ensure PCS orders are released as expeditiously as possible, the service does not have sufficient funds to allow for longer PCS orders lead times.

By Mary Kay Gominger, GCVHCS Public Affairs Officer
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Air Force Veteran Christopher Bramblett has an appreciation for national parks and public lands that goes back to his youth. Members of his family were large National Park and public land supporters so he grew up hiking, camping, and spending time in the outdoors. Bramblett, resident of Ocean Springs, Miss., said his mom was also a seasonal park ranger and a Veteran (Air Force) as was his grandfather (WWII, Army), so in keeping with family tradition, he joined the armed forces.

Bramblett served 10 years in the Air Force. Using the GI bill, he started working toward his degree in U.S. history. The transition from military to civilian life wasn’t as smooth as he had hoped and soon Bramblett found himself in, as he describes it, a dark place.

By Mika Cross on May 30, 2017

Bradley served 10 years in the U.S. Army as a military police officer, but when he left, the civilian job market he found was less friendly than the one he remembered. Looking for a leg up, he visited an American Job Center in Las Vegas, where he received help updating his resume and determining how to present his military skills in a way that would appeal to potential employers. Soon, he was back to work as a regional representative in the Las Vegas office for Sen. Dean Heller.

Bradley is one of more than 800,000 veterans who get help at the Labor Department’s American Job Centers every year. One of the most important ways our Veterans’ Employment and Training Service supports transitioning military service members and their families is by ensuring a successful transition to a meaningful civilian career, once they have completed their time in service.

GENUINE is casting People with Limited Travel Experience

For example:
· Have you never traveled beyond your immediate community?
· Is the distance you have traveled limited to your state or just beyond?
· Have you only traveled to "tourist destinations"?
· Do you want to travel, but have not had the opportunity?

By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- For service members interested in pursuing or continuing their education while on active duty, Navy tuition assistance (TA) is designed to help.

"Two of the questions we get asked most often are 'How do I get started with my education?' and 'How do I pay for it?'," said Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Voluntary Education (VOLED) Program Director Ernest D'Antonio. "The answers are easy. 1) Start with the Navy College Program (NCP) website or Virtual Education Center (VEC), and 2) Talk with your Navy College Education Counselor to ensure TA eligibility, and 3) Apply."

From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNS) -- The Navy's 7th Annual Veteran and Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Summit will offer workshops, career resources, and hiring opportunities Wednesday May 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport in Seattle.

The summit will provide active duty, veterans and Wounded Warriors with an opportunity to speak with more than 65 employers from the Navy, government, and commercial hiring managers, offering jobs and careers in the Pacific Northwest and around the country.

By Staff Sgt. Peter Reft, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

ORMOC CITY, Leyte --

U.S. military and Philippine Army engineers at Don Carlos Elementary School have worked nonstop for the past month to build not only a new classroom for local children, but also friendships that will last for years to come.

Despite sweltering heat and torrential downpours, curious children and villagers passing by might not have been able to tell how tired and exhausted military engineers were when they gathered as friends to laugh and smile.

By Janay Powell Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) is partnering with the National Wildlife Federation to host its second annual Great Navy Campout June 24-Sept. 3.

Sailors and their family members are encouraged to take this fun, summer-long camping pledge and enjoy some of nature's most scenic campsites on Navy installations, which can offer soaring mountain views, pristine beaches, and crystal-clear lakes. The Great Navy Campout coincides with the National Wildlife Federation's Great American Campout, and aims to inspire participants of all levels to hit the trail and get active.

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to multiple schools. Now you need to determine which schools are most affordable so you can factor school cost into your decision. If you listed a school on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and have been offered admission by that school, the school’s financial aid office will send you a financial aid offer. The amounts and types of aid you’re offered will likely vary from school to school, so it’s important to compare your financial aid offers. Here are a few tips and resources to make understanding and comparing your financial aid offers easier.

The birth of a baby is a life-changing event that can trigger all kinds of emotions from happiness and joy to jitters and fear. It can also lead to something you might not expect - postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression - a depression that occurs after having a baby - is the most common complication of giving birth. It affects one in seven new mothers. Left untreated, postpartum depression can have long-lasting negative results, harming the health of new mothers, their babies, and their families.

By Ms. Argie Sarantinos-Perrin May 15, 2017

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's science, technology, engineering and mathematics outreach program reaches students from kindergarten to college.

Knocking down a stack of blocks, then backing up to switch directions, a robot effortlessly moves around a local school as a group of children watch and wait for their turn to operate the remote control. The children marvel at the hodgepodge of whirring motors, nuts and bolts, the culmination of their hard work in a STEM robotics competition.

By Col. Aaron Burgstein, Air Force Public Affairs

Editor’s Note: Air Force Col. Aaron “Chewy” Burgstein wrote this unpublished commentary in the fall of 2014 while undergoing medical treatment for a brain tumor. He unfortunately passed away on Jan. 27, 2015. In recognition of Military Spouses Appreciation Day on May 21 and Memorial Day on May 31, Air Force News is publishing Col. Burgstein’s commentary in remembrance of his contributions to Air Force Public Affairs and as a reminder of the timeless contributions made by military spouses every day around the world.

In my nearly 20 years of military service, I have moved 12 times. It is more frequent than most service members, but yet not that unusual. Along the way in my career, I picked up a spouse. She has moved a total of nine times in our 13 years of marriage. Our children are just breaking into double digits and they have moved six times.

By Senior Airman Sergio A. Gamboa 325th Fighter Wing

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., May 11, 2017 — The 325th Force Support Squadron and the base Family Readiness Center gave military children the opportunity to experience what their parents go through when they deploy overseas during the annual Jr. Raptor deployment experience event held May 6 at the Tyndall Youth Center and Silver Flag Field here.

Jr. Raptor is a program that has been going on for over a decade, benefiting military children by providing educational and hands-on activities with what some of their parents do to support the Tyndall mission.

By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2017 - With military children gathered around him, Vice President Mike Pence saluted military families at an event at the White House yesterday.

"We're grateful that you're here at the White House today," Pence said. "We hope you leave here today with your hearts full of the assurance that the American people are grateful for those who serve in uniform and just as grateful for the families who stand by their side."

DOD Announces Winners of the 2017 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence
Press Operations
Release No: NR-166-17  May 8, 2017

Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently announced the 2017 recipients of the Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence:

. U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, Germany
Commander: Colonel Glenn K. Dickenson

. Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Commander: Brigadier General Thomas D. Weidley

From the Office of the Chief of Information

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean J. Stackley released All Navy Message (ALNAV) 021/17, April 18, which updated Navy regulations, making it unlawful to share an intimate image of someone without his or her permission for personal gain or to humiliate, harm, harass, intimidate, threaten, or coerce the depicted person or with reckless disregard of harm to the victim.

The new regulation "serves to underscore leadership's commitment to eliminating degrading behaviors that erode trust and weaken the Navy and Marine Corps team," Chief of Information Rear Adm. Dawn Cutler said in a statement. "It provides commanders another tool to maintain good order and discipline by holding Sailors and Marines accountable for inappropriate conduct in the nonconsensual sharing of intimate imagery."

US Department of Labor to establish HIRE Vets Medallion Program

New program created to recognize employer efforts in supporting the veteran community

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced it will establish the HIRE Vets Medallion Program to recognize employers who recruit, retain, and employ veterans, and who offer charitable services in support of the veteran community. The department is establishing the program under the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act, or HIRE Vets Act. President Donald J. Trump signed the act into law today.

By Senior Airman Jordyn Fetter
11th Wing Public Affairs

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) -- For the first time, Gold Star Base Access ID cards were issued to three family members of fallen Airmen at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 1, 2017.

These cards are part of an Air Force initiative allowing Gold Star families unescorted access to Air Force installations to visit buried loved ones, attend base events and stop by Airmen and Family Readiness Centers for immediate and long-term emotional support.

By Suzanna Brugler, NAVSUP GLS

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support (NAVSUP GLS) Household Goods (HHG) explained specific benefits concerning authorization to ship household goods afforded to military retirees, May 3.

"Our military retirees are entitled to many HHG benefits that they might otherwise not be aware of, or might not even consider, as they contemplate how they will spend the next chapter of their lives after a career of honorable Naval service," said Deborah McGlennon, NAVSUP GLS HHG program manager.

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2017 — The Defense Department has rescinded its 2016 policy allowing military service academy and ROTC athletes to be recruited directly into professional sports, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White announced yesterday.

"Our military academies exist to develop future officers who enhance the readiness and the lethality of our military services," White said in a written statement. "Graduates enjoy the extraordinary benefit of a military academy education at taxpayer expense."

By Cheryl Pellerin, DoD News, Defense Media Activity May 2, 2017

WASHINGTON -- Heads of military centers and programs targeting post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury in service members and their families reported progress Friday in the timely recognition and treatment of these and related health conditions.

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee's military personnel subcommittee on Defense Department clinical research and program assessment for PTSD and TBI were Navy Capt. (Dr.) Mike Colston, director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, and Air Force Col. (Dr.) Steven Pflanz, deputy director of psychological health for the Air Force.

WASHINGTON — Nearly 800 Veterans of age 55 and older will join volunteers and rehabilitative professionals from across the country for the 31st National Veterans Golden Age Games, scheduled May 7-11 in Biloxi, Mississippi.

This annual competition organized by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and supported by national sponsor Veterans Canteen Service, is the only national multi-event sports and recreational senior competition aimed at improving the quality of life for all older Veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities as a senior adaptive rehabilitation program.

By Kat Bailey, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs April 27, 2017

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- Female Airmen now have up to 12 months after having a baby to request separation from the service under the Air Force's new Diversity and Inclusion initiative.

This policy change, effective April 26, 2017, gives female Airmen more time to better understand and assess how they can balance a military career and family needs, ensuring they have the opportunity to contribute to mission success.

By Staff Sgt. Michael Hughes, 180th Fighter Wing Ohio National Guard April 28, 2017

SWANTON, Ohio - The men and women who serve in America's armed forces have often been called heroes for their courageous acts and warrior ethos.

These men and women in uniform know that our nation's biggest heroes can come in the smallest sizes and make the biggest sacrifices -- our military children.

Happy Military Appreciation Month! All military personnel face tough challenges when readjusting to civilian life upon retirement, which, for the average officer, happens at age 47. Recognizing their brave sacrifices, especially those of our fallen heroes this coming Memorial Day, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2016’s Best & Worst States for Military Retirees (https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-military-retirees/3915/).

By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

ARLINGTON, Va., May 30, 2016 — It is peaceful at Arlington National Cemetery [ http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/?source=GovDelivery ] with impeccably cared-for grounds and row after row of headstones seeming to march down to the Potomac.

It is a shrine that Americans visit each day to see and touch and be moved -- by the precise steps of the sentry at the Tomb of the Unknowns or the sight of a horse-drawn caisson taking another fallen service member to rest.

By Shannon Collins
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

ORLANDO, Fla., May 12, 2016  For medically retired Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Ronnie Jeffrey Jimenez, competing in the hand cycle H4 disability category time trial and criterium cycling competition was more about finishing than medaling at the 2016 Invictus Games this week at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World here.

More than 500 wounded, ill and injured service members from 14 nations are competing in 10 sporting events, cheered on by family members, friends and other spectators.

By Shannon Collins
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

ORLANDO, Fla., May 11, 2016  Medically retired Army Sgt. Monica Mo Southall defended her title by earning gold medals in the womens shot put and discus at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World during the 2016 Invictus Games here.

I was defending my title, and they knew that. So they were coming for me, but I pulled it off again, so Im happy, she said.

By Shannon Collins
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

ORLANDO, Fla., May 12, 2016  USA Team captain medically retired Army Capt. Will Reynolds earned multiple medals during the 2016 Invictus Games held this week at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World here.

Throughout the week, more than 500 wounded, ill and injured service members from 14 nations have been competing in 10 sporting events as thousands of family members, friends and spectators cheered them on.

Carter Announces 2016s Top Military Installations
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, May. 10 2016  Defense Secretary Ash Carter today announced the 2016 recipients of the Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence:

This years award recipients are:

Army Nurse Takes Pride in Representing Team USA at Invictus Games
By Shannon Collins
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

ORLANDO, Fla., Ma. 10, 2016  Fierce competitor Army Capt. Kelly Elmlinger will participate in track and field, swimming and rowing at the 2016 Invictus Games being held this week at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World here.

During the 2014 Invictus Games, Elmlingers first foray into the competition, she earned gold medals in the 100-meter and 400-meter wheelchair races, the shot put, and in the cycling time trial; silver medals in discus during track and field, the cycling road race, and the 50-meter backstroke in swimming. She took fourth place in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle in swimming.

Prince Harry, Former President Bush Stress Importance of Healing Invisible Wounds
By Shannon Collins 
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

ORLANDO, Fla., May 10, 2016  Great Britains Prince Harry, former President George W. Bush, and service members from each of their nations led a discussion at the 2016 Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds presented May 8 by the George W. Bush Institute here.

Former First Lady Laura Bush said she and the Bush Institute leadership were grateful the symposium was addressing an issue that affects so many veterans, as well as their family members, many of whom become their caregivers.

Invictus Games Competition Kicks Off in Orlando
By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Charlotte Oliver Defense Media Activity

ORLANDO, Fla., May 9, 2016  Under sunny, clear-blue skies, more than 500 wounded, ill and injured athletes from 14 nations gathered for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Invictus Games here yesterday.

The Invictus Games are an international Paralympic-style, multisport event created by Great Britains Prince Harry in 2014 after he saw the Warrior Games in the United States. He wanted to demonstrate the power of sports to inspire recovery, support service members rehabilitation and to demonstrate that there is life beyond their disability. 

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

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., May 4, 2015 - 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, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to military mothers during an Operation Shower baby shower in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., May 3, 2015. The nonprofit organization provides baby showers to military mothers-to-be. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr." 

By Terri Moon Cronk 
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2014 - Military families using fitness centers and respite day care through the Armed Services YMCA will be able to continue their memberships until March of next year, a morale, welfare and recreation program official said yesterday.

MRW program analyst Chris Wright said the Military Outreach Initiative, a five-year contract between the Defense Department and the Armed Services YMCA, was set to expire recently, but it has been extended to March 17, 2015.

By Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2014 - A senior Pentagon leader highlighted the rights and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families in her keynote remarks at the American Military Partner Association's inaugural National Gala Dinner here yesterday.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Rosemary Freitas Williams described the Defense Department's efforts in maintaining the readiness and resilience of its military, which she said is "bolstered by the strength of its families."

By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2014 - To recognize military spouses' selfless service and sacrifice, First Lady Michelle Obama invited a group of military wives and family members to the annual Mother's Day Tea at the White House today.

Joined by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and as part of their Joining Forces initiative, Obama and Biden thanked the spouses and families for their service to the nation.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 - President Barack Obama has proclaimed May 9, 2014 as Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

The Presidential statement reads:

Our military spouses embody ideals we cherish: strength, loyalty, and commitment. They stand beside those who stand behind our flag, giving their all and making tremendous sacrifices. They shoulder the burdens of countless moves and stressful deployments, and they uphold their end of the bargain. On Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we celebrate the force behind the force and show these homefront heroes the full support of a grateful Nation.

My Administration is working to fulfill our sacred obligation to our veterans, service members, their spouses, and their families. We are helping military families avoid foreclosure and predatory lending, and we are investing in their education. We are easing burdens by supporting childcare and assisting with career training. And because our men and women in uniform and their spouses are partners not only in love, but also in law, we are doing everything we can to ensure all married couples receive the benefits they deserve -- regardless of their sexual orientation.

Through the Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are expanding employment opportunities for veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses while advocating for new legislation to bolster professional development services. And they are forging stronger connections between military and civilian families and engaging us all in the push to give military families the opportunities, resources, and support they have earned -- not only today, but every day. To learn more and get involved, visit www.JoiningForces.gov.

As service members board planes for deployments to foreign lands, they need to know their country will be there for their loved ones. As mothers and fathers take on the work of two, they need to know their neighbors will lend a hand. And if called to make the ultimate sacrifice, troops must know their Nation will honor their memory and care for their family. After everything military spouses have done for America, for one another, for our wounded warriors and the families of the fallen, we must stand beside them. We must make good on our debt of gratitude. May each of us serve our military spouses and their families as well as they serve us.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 9, 2014, as Military Spouse Appreciation Day. I call upon the people of the United States to honor military spouses with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 - The USO and the nonprofit organization Full Circle Home teamed up May 2 to assemble Mother's Day care packages for military moms and other sustainers on the homefront.

The service project, hosted by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, was held at the vice presidential residence, where Dr. Biden joined USO volunteers and staff members, congressional spouses and others to assemble the packages.

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by Debbie Gildea
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

"JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas" - Summer is just around the corner and it won't be long before the kids get bored. Head them off at the pass with adventures and activities hosted by your local library.

Air Force libraries have launched the summer reading program, "Have Book - Will Travel!" and are planning a host of activities for children, teens and adults designed to encourage the love of reading. Program participants can also win prizes for reaching their reading goals, said Margie Buchanan, Air Force Personnel Center libraries branch chief.

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I am looking for volunteers, over 18 years old, to complete surveys on their experiences with being the spouse of a National Guard or Reserve service member who deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn.

As a participant in this survey, you would be asked to recall some experiences related to your life while the service member was deployed and answer a few questions about them. You can also participate if your spouse is currently deployed.

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By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 22, 2013 - Students, teachers and parents of the Defense Department's schools can be confident that despite the department's upcoming civilian furloughs, the school year will start on time, the Department of Defense Education Activity's director said today.

DODEA operates schools overseas and at some U.S. locations for the children of military families.

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By Terri Moon CronkAmerican Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2013 - During the busy season of military transfers, adjusting to new communities and registering children for school, more than 2,000 museums across the nation will open their doors, free of charge, to service members and their families as a break from the summer challenges, a Defense Department official said today.

>From Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, Sept. 2, all active duty service members, National Guardsmen and reservists and their families can take advantage of this cultural and educational opportunity in all 50 states.

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American Forces Press Service

FORT MEADE, Md., May 21, 2013 - A "DOD Live" blog post compiled by Ian Phillips of Defense Media Activity social media operations here provides a wide range of resources for people affected directly or indirectly by the deadly tornado that struck Moore, Okla., yesterday.

Links in the blog post include information or help related to:

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From a National Guard Bureau News Release

ARLINGTON, Va., May 21, 2013 - Nearly 250 members of the Oklahoma National Guard are assisting with victim search and security today in Moore, Okla., where a monster tornado left at least 51 dead, including 20 children, authorities said.

The twister hit yesterday about 3:15 p.m. CDT, when children were still in two elementary schools in the Oklahoma City suburb.

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Good morning, My name is Carolyn Clark,

and I am a research specialist at the VA Medical Center in Memphis, TN.  We are currently recruiting spouses for our Spouse Deployed program which is funded by the Department of Defense and the Memphis VAMC.   We are trying to spread the word about our program and were wondering if you might be able to post our information or forward it on to any spouses you think might benefit from our study.  It's a year-long research study for military spouses or significant others from any military branch across the country.  The service member must currently be deployed for the spouse to participate. The purpose is to evaluate the benefits of a Telephone Support Group and Education Sessions designed to help with deployment concerns.  Spouses will be randomly assigned to one of the two groups.

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 IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 330-13
May 14, 2013

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, was recently accounted for and will be buried along with the 12 other servicemen who were lost in the same crash.

Marine Corps Pfc. Daniel A. Benedett of Seattle, Wash., will be buried May 15, at Arlington National Cemetery, along with Air Force 2nd Lt. Richard Vandegeer of Cleveland, Ohio; Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Bernard Gause Jr., of Birmingham, Ala.; Hospitalman Ronald J. Manning of Steubenville, Ohio; Marine Corps servicemen Lance Cpl. Gregory S. Copenhaver of Lewistown, Pa.; Lance Cpl. Andres Garcia of Carlsbad, N.M.; Pfc. Lynn Blessing of Lancaster, Pa.; Pfc. Walter Boyd of Portsmouth, Va.; Pfc. James J. Jacques of La Junta, Colo.; Pfc. James R. Maxwell of Memphis, Tenn.; Pfc. Richard W. Rivernburgh of Schenectady, N.Y.; Pfc. Antonio R. Sandoval of San Antonio, Texas; and Pfc. Kelton R. Turner of St. Louis, Mo.

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5/10/2013 - WASHINGTON -- Alicia Hinds Ward, wife of Tech. Sgt. Edwinston Ward, 113th Wing Logistics Readiness Squadron, Joint Base Andrews, Md., is the winner of the 2013 Military Spouse of the Year.

Representing the National Guard, Hinds Ward was chosen among six finalists, each one representing a branch of the U.S. armed forces. She was chosen as MSOY for her outstanding support helping military families with relocation and employment services, as well as her support of special needs resources and helping to build camaraderie among deployed members and their families.

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May 13, 2013

As summer approaches many service members and their families gear up for permanent change of station moves, and retirees head north after spending the winter in warmer climes. An important part of any move for TRICARE beneficiaries is updating their DEERS information to make sure their health care follows them to their new address.

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By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2013 - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, hosted 170 military mothers and their children at the White House today for a formal Mother's Day tea. The event was part of the Joining Forces campaign, which provides support and opportunities for military families. It brought military moms, their mothers and kids from around the country to the White HOuse, Obama said.

The guest list also included Lilibet Hagel, wife of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel; Patty Shinseki, wife of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki;the first lady'smother, Marian Robinson; and the military spouses of the year from each of the services, the National Guard and the Coast Guard. In addition, Britain's Prince Harry also made a surprise visit.

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American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2013 - President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation declaring May 10 as Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

Here is the text of the president's proclamation:

As long as there have been courageous men and women willing to protect our Union and our ideals, there have been extraordinary spouses at their side -- patriots in their own right who serve and sacrifice in ways many cannot fathom. They are moms and dads who take up the work of two during deployments, shuffling their careers and packing up their lives whenever our nation calls. They are dedicated employees at our businesses, committed volunteers in our communities, and essential caretakers for our wounded warriors. America's military spouses are at the core of our Armed Forces, and on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we celebrate their contributions to keeping our country safe.

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TRICARE Management Activity

FALLS CHURCH, Va., May 8, 2013 - TRICARE West Region Prime enrollees referred for specialty care from April 1 up to May 18 do not need authorization before seeking care.

The authorization requirement has been temporarily waived due to delays by UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans in processing referrals.

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By Terri Moon CronkAmerican Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2013 - When Fort Carson, Colo., reduced its identification card waiting time from 45 minutes to five minutes, it was a mile marker in the Defense Department's goal to cut the waiting process, a DOD official said.

Carson won a DOD award for its numerous successes in the ID card program, known as RAPIDS, short for Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System, said Mary Dixon, director of the Defense Manpower Data Center.

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By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2013 - Libraries across the Defense Department will begin offering the fourth annual Summer Reading Program to students on their installations to promote reading fun, a Navy General Library official said.

Nilya Carrato, program assistant for the Navy General Library Program, highlighted DOD's Summer Reading Program during an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel.

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By Nick Simeone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2013 - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, told a gathering of military wives today that the deployment of her son Beau to Iraq in 2008 made her realize the sacrifices military families repeatedly endure, a hardship she said most Americans will never know.

"I will never forget being at the deployment [ceremony] just trying to keep it together," Biden said in remarks to the 35th Annual Joint Armed Forces Officers' Wives' Luncheon in Arlington, Va. "My children were there, and I wanted to stay strong."

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By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013 - The Defense Department is committed to helping military spouses find jobs and offers resources for education, training and networking, the department's spouse employment and career opportunities program manager said.

With Military Spouse Appreciation Day coming up May 10, Meg O'Grady told American Forces Press Service, she wants spouses to know what the program offers.

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 286-13
April 30, 2013

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that a Navy pilot, missing from the Vietnam War, has been accounted for and will be buried with full military honors along with his crew.

Navy Lt. Dennis W. Peterson of Huntington Park, Calif., was the pilot of a SH-3A helicopter that crashed in Ha Nam Province, North Vietnam.  Peterson was accounted for on March 30, 2012.  Also, aboard the aircraft was Ensign Donald P. Frye of Los Angeles, Calif.; Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technicians William B. Jackson of Stockdale, Texas; and Donald P. McGrane of Waverly, Iowa.  The crew will be buried, as a group, on May 2 at Arlington National Cemetery.

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By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wants veterans to know about their benefits, from job and education opportunities to home loans and programs for those who are disabled, a VA official said yesterday.

Veterans caught in today's high rate of unemployment likely can find a job in one of the more than 200 high-demand careers that have been identified by the Department of Labor, said Curtis Coy, VA's deputy under secretary for economic opportunity. Those occupations are listed on the VA's Web site.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that it will collaborate with the "100,000 Homes" campaign and its 117 participating communities to help find permanent housing for 10,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless veterans this year.

"President [Barack] Obama and I are personally committed to ending homelessness among veterans," Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said in a VA news release. "Those who have served this nation as veterans should never find themselves on the streets, living without care and without hope."

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by Staff Sgt. Lorenzo Parnell
ANG Special Staff Public Affairs

5/23/2012 - 5/21/12 - JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md -- Brig. Gen. Brian Neal, the commander of the Air National Guard Readiness Center here, presented Col. Michael Ogle, the director of logistics for the ANG at the ANGRC, with the Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal from the state of Texas Tuesday at the ANGRC for his for exceptionally outstanding performance of duty while he was assigned to the 149th Fighter Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Ogle was awarded the Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal for his meritorious service as the commander of the 149th Maintenance Group from Sept. 5, 1999 to March 11, 2011 where his leadership and initiative increased the readiness and effectiveness of his unit while achieving substantial accomplishments for his organization.

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By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2012 - Service members and their families will have free entry into more than 1,600 of the nation's museums this summer through a joint venture between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families.

It is the third year for the summer admission-fee waivers, which representatives from the endowment and the military support organization announced yesterday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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PEACHTREE CORNERS, Georgia - May 23, 2012 - Ashworth College (http://www.ashworthcollege.edu), a leading online school, announced that military spouse Rhonda McMullen is the recipient of a 2012 ACCESS Scholarship. She is currently pursuing an online Bachelor's Degree program in Early Childhood Education.

With the family currently stationed in Landstuhl, Germany, this full-time mother of twin toddlers, full-time student, and full-time employee eventually plans to build a career in child and youth psychology.

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Military Heroes And Families To Saddle Up For Horses4Heroes Operation Free Ride - Sunday May 27, 2012

Horses4Heroes, one of the most successful equestrian support groups for the military is riding into Nashville, Sunday, May 27, from noon to 5:30 pm with a special Operation Free Ride open house for military heroes and their families. The event is being held at   A Cowboy Town in White's Creek. Owner Denise Reynolds, herself a member of the National Guard and home from a recent deployment, knows a thing or two about sacrifice and service!  "This is a great opportunity for our local military families to come out and enjoy not only a day with horses, but a fun-filled day of horseback riding, pony rides, panning for gold, canoeing, fishing, country western music and BBQ. Having been in the military I know family is important and this event goes a long way in helping the families come together," she states.  The event is free and open to anyone with Military ID.

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By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2012 - Exciting changes are underway for military spouses that could affect families who serve for generations to come.

It used to be, in the not-so-distant past, that a decision to marry into the military was a decision to not have a career of your own. Even if a spouse could juggle the demands of military home life plus a paid position, who would hire her (95 percent are female, according to Defense Department figures) knowing she would be gone in a couple of years due to a forced military relocation? And how would she even get to the point of applying for a job if she had to renew her professional license ? nurse, teacher, realtor, therapist, just to name a few with such requirements -- in every new state?

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By Cheryl Pellerin and Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.  
American Forces Press Service

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., May 21, 2012 - The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have joined in a unique effort to combine their health records in what will become the world's largest electronic system by 2017, the secretaries of both departments announced here today.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki briefed reporters after a tour of the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, the nation's first fully integrated DOD-VA medical facility treating service members, veterans, military retirees and dependents.

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The sixteen National Guard state units listed below also allow you to sign up to receive emails about issues relevant to that state unit. Topics range from unit newsletters and general unit updates to job vacancy announcements. You may sign up for one topic or many.

The links below will allow you to view each state's offerings and select areas of interest so you can receive emails from the states you choose about topics you care about.

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By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2012 - The Pentagon Channel has teamed up with the annual GI Film Festival to produce a movie night for its viewers in a two-hour block of feature and short films each week, Scott Howe, the channel's operations manager, announced.

The first feature film on "The GI Film Festival on the Pentagon Channel" will be "Flag of My Father," with William Devane and Tom Schneider, at 8 p.m. EDT tomorrow.

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By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2012 - President Barack Obama paid tribute today to a man who died defending his fellow soldiers 42 years and six days ago, and who the commander-in-chief said represents a generation's honorable and undervalued service.

During a White House ceremony, the president awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, recognizing Army Spc. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., a rifleman with the 101st Airborne Division who was killed in eastern Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Sabo's widow, Rose Mary Sabo-Brown, accepted the award. His brother, George Sabo, also attended the ceremony.

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By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2012 - Military spouses need only the focused attention of employers to improve hiring for the benefit of both sides, a military family advocate who works for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said today.

"This is all about finding those spouses and helping those spouses find you," Laura Dempsey, an Army wife and director of the Chamber's spouse employment programs, told dozens of business representatives who gathered here for two days of meetings as part of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.

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We want to give you a sneak peek into an amazing upcoming opportunity to share with your readers. The Military Appreciation Award has the potential to truly make a difference for someone in need. In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, we encourage you to share the below information on your website and via your social media channels when the news officially hits the public on May 25th!

"Do you know someone in the military that is lacking daily basics, a Veteran with a special need, or a relative of a fallen soldier going through hardships? Bodybuilding.com and BSN are teaming up to give back to those making the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and are accepting nominations from May 25th, 2012 to June 24th, 2012 to receive the Military Appreciation Award. This Award will be given to an active, reserve or veteran member of the U.S. military or their spouse, widow or child who is both inspirational and deserving."

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By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2012 - Unemployed veterans ages 35 to 60 can apply for up to 12 months of paid training through a new program sponsored by the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs.

VA officials said the population the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program will serve is particularly in need. Of about 900,000 U.S. veterans who are unemployed, nearly two-thirds are between 35 and 60, according to the Labor Department.

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By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2012 - New authority in this year's Defense Department authorization act allows the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps reserves to be called to duty in response to natural disasters or emergencies in the homeland, and also to be mobilized for extended periods to support theater security missions around the world.

Except for a crisis involving a weapon of mass destruction, the reserves historically have been prohibited from providing a homeland disaster response, Army Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, the Army Reserve chief, told reporters yesterday.

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By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2012 - Service members and their families will be able to enter all of America's national parks free of charge for a year under an initiative announced today.

The pass - the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass, which normally costs $80 - will become available to service members and their dependents on Armed Forces Day, May 19.

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By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2012 - Actor Gary Sinise's efforts to help wounded warriors were highlighted by journalist David Martin on last night's broadcast of the CBS program "60 Minutes."

In the 1994 film "Forrest Gump," Sinise portrayed "Lt. Dan," an Army officer who loses both legs while serving in the Vietnam War and overcomes adversity following his discharge.

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Military Wives, 

Thank you for your ongoing support of our service men and women. The work you do is commendable and greatly appreciated. As a leader committed to serving the needs of our service men and women, we need your help to Carry the Load and help us bring back the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Carry the Load is a non-profit founded former Navy Seals to raise funds and awareness for Veterans and their surviving families. We are currently "rucking", or walking, through Virginia on our 1,700-mile relay from West Point, New York to Dallas, Texas to help honor and highlight the sacrifices of America's heroes as we approach Memorial Day. Wednesday, May 2, we walked with many 9/11 families and the Iraqi & Afghanistan Veterans Association to ground zero for a memorial service and gathered in Arlington on Sunday, May 6th to pay our respect to the great American heroes that gave their last full measure of service for our nation.

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By Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012 - A husband who championed the progression of disability policy and the exceptional family member program received the 2012 Military Spouse of the Year Award here today.

Jeremy Hilton, spouse of Air Force Lt. Col. Renae Hilton, an Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent on Joint Base Andrews, Md., received the award during a luncheon at the Marine Barracks Washington.

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By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012 - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden welcomed military wives, mothers, grandmothers and children to the White House today for a tea to mark Military Spouse Appreciation Day tomorrow and Mother's Day on Sunday.

"Now is really the perfect time to thank all of you for your service to this country. Every single day, you all are an inspiration to Jill and to me,'" the first lady told more than a hundred people who sat down for afternoon tea in the White House East Room.

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by Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2012 - Military families regard the possible change of military retirement benefits as their top concern, according to the results of a major survey released today.

The 2012 Military Family Lifestyle Survey also shows that pay and benefits, the impact of deployments on children, operational tempo, spouse employment and education and combat stress and brain injuries are most on the minds of military family members.

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WASHINGTON -  The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers two courses that may qualify for insurance company discounts that are designed to enhance skills and knowledge for the recreational boat operator as well as personal watercraft, canoe and kayakers.  Students can enroll in a one day basic class or an advanced knowledge and seamanship course that covers 12 chapters of instruction.  Regardless of the course, a boater education certification card will be issued after successfully completing the test.

While taking a safe boating course, Gregory Deen of Jacksonville, Arkansas, was told that after successful completion of the final test his insurance company might offer a discount.  He checked and sure enough, Mr. Deen did receive a credit advantage on his premium.  He actually received two advantages.  The first with his insurance company and the second; but not least, he became a better and safer boater.

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By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2012 - It's that time of year again when so many military families are starting their relocation plans and dealing with the fallout from kids who would rather stay put.

As a parent of young children, I often think if I ever want a change of scenery, i.e., moving to a new area, I have a window of opportunity  before the kids become teenagers. That's because I remember vividly my own 14-year-old inner voice screaming "no way, not now, not ever" at the slightest hint that my parents might upend my comfort zone with a move. But I don't have the weight of the U.S. military behind me, and they didn't either.

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By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2012 - Beginning this month, some National Guard and reserve members will need to pay dental premiums directly rather than through payroll deduction, a senior official of the TRICARE military health plan said today.

A change to the TRICARE Dental Program means that payroll deduction for premiums is not currently available to about 8,000 reserve-component troops who are on orders to active duty for more than 30 days, Army Brig. Gen. W. Bryan Gamble, deputy director of TRICARE Management Activity, told American Forces Press Service.

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By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2012 - Education was front and center in Washington last week and at least two major events directly impact the education of military families' school-age children.

First, Angela Wilson a 7th grade language arts teacher at a Defense Department school in Vicenza, Italy, spent the week in the nation's capital representing DoD schools as one of four finalists in the annual National Teacher of the Year competition.

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 326-12
April 30, 2012

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Capt. Charles R. Barnes of Philadelphia, Pa., will be buried May 2, in Arlington National Cemetery.  On March 16, 1969, Barnes and four other service members departed Qui Nhon Airfields bound for Da Nang and Phu Bai, in a U-21A Ute aircraft.  As they approached Da Nang, they encountered low clouds and poor visibility.  Communications with the aircraft were lost, and they did not land as scheduled.  Immediate search efforts were limited due to hazardous weather conditions, and all five men were list as missing in action.

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From Society of Professional Locksmiths Blog Entry

I am not a Buddhist, and I hope others can help clarify what I am about to say.  I recall watching a documentary about Siddhartha Gautama and recall the idea that the path to enlightenment was simply a matter of "standing still" to see the world around you and to admire what it had to offer and to be in awe and wonder of every little thing you see around you.

There are times in life when you find yourself "standing still."  A moment of truth, a time of focus and admiration.  In todays world some would say these times are rare.  In Oceanside California however, the time is now for a Eagle Young Marine named Luke Austin Smith and a time for all those reading this.

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From an American Red Cross News Release

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2011 - As part of an ongoing effort to better serve the military community, the American Red Cross will move to a single telephone number for its emergency communication services next month.

Beginning June 13 at 8 a.m. EDT, service members and their families can use one toll-free number -- 877-272-7337 -- to send an urgent message to a service member.

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DO YOU HAVE 50-100lbs TO LOSE?

The Producers of The Biggest Loser have a new daytime talk show for ABC that will help you shed the weight and get your life back!

We are looking for inspirational and relatable WOMEN who are ready to drop the weight and regain control of their lives. On this show, we will provide you with a trainer and nutrition plan to help you lose the weight within your own environment.

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By Deborah Mullen 
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2011 - "Deborah Mullen, a Navy wife and mom and a military family advocate, has been married to Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for 40 years."

That's what a Mom -- a Gold Star mother -- said to my husband recently.

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By Terri Moon Cronk 
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 - Service members and their families can visit a wide array of museums free of charge from Memorial Day through Labor Day, courtesy of the second-annual Blue Star Museums program.

Kathy Roth-Douquet, Blue Star Families chairman, and Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, announced this year's program yesterday in San Diego.

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 Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever
Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - The Air Force Central Ticket Program provides discount tickets to Airmen, their families and authorized Morale, Welfare and Recreation program customers at nationwide attractions and recreational events.   Discount tickets are available for purchase at installation force support Information, Tickets and Travel offices.

Sandy Hillard, the Air Force Services Agency's community and leisure branch chief, said centralizing how the Air Force acquires tickets for attractions provides greater cost savings at ITT offices to eligible customers.

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The Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs is pleased to announce the results of a study by Ohio State University (OSU) to review access to and availability of evidence-based educational practices for military dependents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Through a partnership between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its Land Grant Universities, OSU reviewed public education services in the five states with the greatest numbers of assigned military personnel (California, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia).

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May 13, 2011
No. 11-30

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Starting now TRICARE beneficiaries who want to learn more about their health care plan and how it works can get short, relevant tips once a month with the launch of TRICARE TV.

TRICARE TV is an important addition to TRICARE's social media program.  The videos are short and easy to follow, ranging in length from two-to-four minutes. The first episode called "What Is TRICARE?" gives beneficiaries an overview of TRICARE health care plans and some of the special programs offered.

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 397-11 
May 11, 2011

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Cpl. Primo C. Carnabuci of Old Saybrook, Conn., will be buried May 12 in his hometown. On Nov. 1, 1950, Carnabuci's unit, the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, occupied a defensive position along the Kuryong River, near Unsan, North Korea. Chinese units attacked the area and forced a withdrawal. Almost 600 men, including Carnabuci, were reported missing or killed in action following the battle.

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By Army Sgt. Michael L. Owens 
241st Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

NEW ORLEANS, May 11, 2011 - Soldiers of the Louisiana National Guard's 769th Engineer Battalion are constructing sand-filled basket barriers in Morgan City, located about 70 miles east of here, as a precautionary measure against the rising Mississippi River.

About 15 soldiers assigned to the 927th and 928th Sapper Engineer Companies are adding three feet of height to a levee using Hesco baskets to help protect residential areas near Lake Palourde from flooding that could occur if the Morganza Spillway is opened later this week.

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Attention LA/San Diego/Ventura, CA Military Wives and/or Military Girlfriends!

A Major TV Network is now casting expecting military wives or girlfriends who need a makeover for their home. If you are between the  ages of 18-40, dating or married to someone in the military and  expecting a baby, we want to hear from you! Email us your story and  phone number to sundee@doronofircasting and we'll schedule an interview.

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American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2011 - President Barack Obama has declared today Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

In his proclamation issued yesterday, the president said:

"Military spouses serve as steady and supportive partners to the heroes in uniform who protect and defend our great Nation every day. Across America and around the world, military spouses serve our country in their own special way, helping families and friends through the stress of a deployment, caring for our wounded warriors, and supporting each other when a loved one has made the ultimate sacrifice.

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By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden 
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2011 - The Defense Department's proposal to reform the TRICARE health plan and the military health system would save at least $3.2 billion between 2012 and 2016, the Pentagon's chief financial officer told Congress yesterday.

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee's personnel subcommittee, Robert F. Hale said the initiatives would support President Barack Obama's debt-reduction plan, which calls for reducing the federal budget $4 trillion by 2023.

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 IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 381-11 
May 04, 2011

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Pfc. Robert B. Bayne, of Dundalk, Md., will be buried on May 7 in his hometown. On March 28, 1945, while patrolling the Rhine River in an inflatable raft, Bayne, a lieutenant and two other enlisted men were attacked near Schwegenheim, Germany. Bayne and the officer were wounded, forcing all four men into the swift waters of the river. The lieutenant was rescued but the enlisted men were not found.

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By Terri Moon Cronk American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2011 - The nation's two most recent Medal of Honor recipients were added to the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes roster today in what Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said is a tribute to their enduring valor.

The Hall of Heroes induction followed yesterday's White House ceremony in which President Barack Obama presented the nation's highest military honor posthumously to Anthony T. Kaho'ohanohano and Henry Svehla, both Army privates 1st class when they were killed in action in the Korean War.

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By Air Force Staff Sgt. Vanessa Young 
Defense Media Activity

SAN ANTONIO, May 2, 2011 - When Erin Hirvela was 2, her parents, Air Force Master Sgts. Gus and Danielle Hirvela, enlisted Sesame Street's Elmo to help their daughter understand why her daddy was going away for a while.

For service members and their families, preparing for an upcoming deployment is another of the many challenges unique to military life.

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By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2010 - From camps to golf clinics to acclaimed museums, military children have an abundance of free summer programs to choose from this year, a Defense Department official said.

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By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2010 - Caring for troops is the nation's "one truly sacred obligation," Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday during a dinner for wounded warriors.

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By Elaine Wilson

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, (5/24/10) -- Active duty servicemembers and their families will gain free access to hundreds of museums throughout the nation this summer, thanks to a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families.

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By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2010 - Army Spc. Sandie De Los Reyes steps over her threshold well after dark -- balancing baby in one hand and grocery bags in the other -- with her two sons following close behind.

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By Kathleen Flaherty
North Carolina National Guard

CHARLOTTE, N.C., (5/12/10) -- Dakota C. Johnson, the son of Air Force 2nd Lt. Eric Johnson and Capt. Stephanie Johnson who are members of the North Carolina Air National Guard's 145th Medical Group, was recently selected as the Air National Guard 2010 Youth of the Year.

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By Sarah Lifshin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2010 - As the United States' economic crisis lingers, returning veterans are finding it harder to translate the skills they have learned on the battlefields onto a resume, but some employers are working with the military to bridge the gap.

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By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2010 - First Lady Michelle Obama issued a national challenge today to all sectors of American society: mobilize and take action to support and engage military families.

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By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2010 - U.S. Strategic Command officials are urging renewed vigilance against Internet-based identity theft after detecting a widespread "phishing" expedition against servicemembers.

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WIN A $1000 BAKER'S DREAM SHOPPING SPREE FROM COOKING.COM

We're looking for a festive and healthy holiday cookie  recipe to appear in the Fall 2010 issue of Eat Healthy Your Way.

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I'm currently casting a new hit game show for NBC called "Minute To Win It" and we are doing a very special episode in the next few weeks for Military Wives in the Southern California area. Our show is a feel good show and will give a few lucky ladies the opportunity to win up to $1,000,000. We would love to offer the chance up to your readers and would appreciate it greatly if you would pass this information on to them.

"Minute to Win It" is a new family-friendly competition series, hosted by Guy Fieri, featuring 10 deceptively simple games that require savvy contestants to complete under pressure with a prize of $1 million awaiting the winner.nformation on to them.

By Army Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy
Special to American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, Va., May 29, 2009 - A new program that provides special pay for soldiers deploying past their end-of-service dates is set to take affect Sept. 1 for the National Guard.

By Sharon Foster
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2009 - Operation Gratitude will receive $232,948 from Target as part of the company's first online giving campaign.

By Army Sgt. Stephen Decatur
Special to American Forces Press Service

PORT O'CONNOR, Texas, May 21, 2009 - Because soldiers spend most of their time with other soldiers, their everyday lives seem completely normal to them. But every once in a while, they run into someone who tells them that what they do is extraordinary.

By Allison Perkins
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2009 - When Army Staff Sgt. Melissa K. Dion logged on to her computer to nominate her own mother for Operation Homefront's Military Motherhood Award, she found that her mother, Carol Dion, had nominated her first.

By Sharon Foster
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2009 - When Melissa Seligman's husband left for his second deployment to Iraq, she knew all too well what was expected of her.

American Forces Press Service

NESHANIK STATION, N.J., May 18, 2009 - Mike Corrado, the Marine recording artist whose 2005 hit song "On My Watch Tonight" was featured on ABC's "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and has become an anthem for servicemembers worldwide, is one of the headliners in Rolling Thunder's "Saluting the Troops" program in Washington, D.C., May 23.

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, Va., May 17, 2009 - Generals, congressmen and, in many cases, presidents of the United States have attended military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery here and given their condolences to children who have lost loved ones to war.

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2009 - The works screened at the GI Film Festival, the only American cinema expo dedicated to honoring U.S. troops, represent a wide-lens view of the military that goes beyond the narrative angles commonly pursued by Hollywood.

By Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class David L. Smart
Special to American Forces Press Service

NORTH ISLAND, Calif., May 15, 2009 - The wife of the vice president spoke with military family members and support group representatives at the Island Club on Naval Air Station North Island here yesterday.

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2009 - Vice President Joe Biden today announced the Defense Department's plan to expand its housing assistance program with $555 million devoted to servicemembers forced to sell their homes at a loss due to the country's struggling housing market.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2009 - Five military spouses received recognition for their valued service to the nation at an award ceremony here yesterday.

By Sharon Foster
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2009 - Surfs up! Military children of wounded or fallen servicemembers will be able to catch their first wave this summer, thanks to Freedom Is Not Free, a California-based troop-support group.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2009 - Tanya Queiro, a former Marine Corps noncommissioned officer, was named the 2009 Military Spouse of the Year at a ceremony held here today.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2009 - First Lady Michelle Obama was surprised to learn that the majority of military families feel their struggles often go unnoticed, she said during an interview today with The Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2009 - In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, JetBlue is offering active duty military personnel $1 fares for domestic, nonstop flights, for a limited time, departing from the two JetBlue cities nearest to the nation's capital: Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., and Richmond International Airport in Richmond, Va.

To whom it may concern,

My name is Donna Goodrow and I am currently casting Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Wives for an episode we are set to shoot on
June 5th 2009.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2009 - Servicemembers and veterans who enroll in the new Post-9/11 GI Bill will be able to attend some of the country's most prestigious - and high-cost - universities, thanks to a new program that's gaining momentum in academic circles.

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2009 - Walter Reed Army Medical Center opened its doors here 100 years ago today as an 80-bed facility at a time of U.S. peace.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2008 - The Army is deploying a multitude of prevention programs as part of efforts to stop soldiers from taking their own lives, senior Army officials said here today.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2008 - After stringent review by one of the country's premier charity watchdogs, a Massachusetts-based troop-support group has been added to a list of top-rated charities.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

BETHESDA, Md., May 28, 2008 - Professional golfer Tiger Woods understands the sacrifices military families make and the importance of acknowledging those sacrifices.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, Va., May 28, 2008 - Duty, courage, camaraderie and sacrifice are on display at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial here.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 447-08
May 27, 2008

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of four U.S. servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.   

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, VA., May 26, 2008 - A group of past and present military women gathered at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery here today to commemorate fallen comrades and celebrate women's contributions to the nation's defense.

By Jamie Findlater
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2008 - An entrepreneur who has moved around with her Marine Corps husband and now calls Camp Lejeune, N.C., home is using her small-business success to help other military spouses get started with businesses of their own.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2008 - The Chrysler Foundation announced the donation of $100,000 to the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation's 5 Star Campaign in Norfolk, Va., today.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2008 - Searching for a tangible way to help Americans express their deep gratitude to servicemembers for their sacrifices, a Tampa, Fla., couple has designed their own challenge coin.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2008 - Two of America's favorite siblings bestowed a very special honor on the founder of a grassroots troop-support group recently.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2008 - Neither rainy May skies nor unseasonably cool temperatures stopped cyclists from beginning the 480-mile "Road 2 Recovery" ride from Walter Reed Army Medical Center here to Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., today.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

LAUREL, Md., May 20, 2008 - A group of wounded U.S. military veterans gathered at a Maryland ice rink for some fun, camaraderie and exercise May 17.

By Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace
Special to American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, May 20, 2008 - Historically speaking, Vikings and Afghanistan don't have much in common, but all that changed yesterday when five cheerleaders from the National Football League's Minnesota Vikings pumped up a standing-room-only crowd of servicemembers here.

American Forces Press Service

WIESBADEN, Germany, May 20, 2008 - Hundreds of troops deployed from Europe will be able to see their children's high school graduation ceremonies via live webcasts, Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe officials announced.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2008 - The Defense Department today announced force rotations for Iraq and Afghanistan, including upcoming active-duty deployments later this year and alerts to Army National Guard units to deploy in spring 2009 and 2010.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2008 - The support Chrysler LLC offers its activated military employees is "an investment in freedom," the company's chief executive officer said today.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2008 - For the 38 grassroots groups who took up a temporary home in the Pentagon's center courtyard today, the mission was clear: show support for the troops and share information about just how they do that.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md., May 16, 2008 - Award-winning columnist and commentator Andy Rooney feted top Defense Department communicators here today, musing about his own days as a reporter for Stars and Stripes and the challenges and rewards of telling the story of a military at war.

By Navy Seaman William Selby
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2008 - The National Guards' 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in New York is part of a task force sent to Afghanistan to train and mentor the Afghan national security forces, a military official said yesterday. 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 424-08
May 16, 2008

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of two U.S. servicemen, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.            

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2008 - The Pentagon provided proposed legislation to Congress to make it easier for servicemembers to transfer GI Bill education benefits to their spouses or children and to increase the tuition ceiling amount paid by the program, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

By Barbara A. Goodno
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2008 - Career and training opportunities for military spouses just got better, as the Defense and Labor departments' career advancement demonstration project has been expanded to include all active-duty military spouses, along with four additional career fields.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2008 - For the rest of this year, sitting in Shamu the killer whale's "splash zone" or talking turkey with a big yellow bird are just two activities servicemembers and their families can enjoy for free at Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2008 - Servicemembers transiting through Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, near Washington, D.C., now have a new area to spend time between flights after the recent dedication of a new United Service Organizations lounge.

By Brooke Davis
Special to American Forces Press Service

ROME, N.Y., May 13, 2008 - While North American Aerospace Defense Command celebrates its rich and historic 50-year history, one unit will remain diligently watching the skies just as it did on Sept. 11, 2001.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2008 - Through three military conflicts, beginning with the Civil War, a group of women contributed to the war effort by making bandages for the troops.

By Annette Crawford
Special to American Forces Press Service

BROOKS CITY-BASE, Texas, May 14, 2008 - Starting your own business can be a daunting venture, even under the best of circumstances. But add to that the challenges of being a service-disabled veteran, and the experience can be overwhelming.

By Air Force Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2008 - National Guard members in four states were called out by their governors to assist civil authorities today after tornadoes crossed the southwestern United States on May 10 and flooding on the Delaware coast left communities in need of emergency assistance.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2008 - Two former Marines have set out to provide wounded veterans with a week's worth of rest and relaxation in luxury homes.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C., May 9, 2008 - They didn't have any lines, and if it weren't for their bright colors against the spartan background of a C-17 Globemaster's cargo bay, quilts produced by the South Carolina Quilts of Valor troop-support organization might have gone unnoticed.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2008 - The premier installations from each military service and the Defense Logistics Agency were recognized at a Pentagon award ceremony today.

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2008 - Army recruits who joined the ranks on conduct waivers are slightly more prone to misconduct, but also are promoted faster, re-enlist in higher numbers and represent higher-quality recruits than recruits who enlisted without needing a conduct waiver, an internal Army study revealed.

By Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Renee Cevey
Special to American Forces Press Service

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, May 8, 2008 - Wilford Hall Medical Center here has launched a new program emphasizing the importance of literacy to parents and children alike.

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2008 - The names of four U.S. servicemembers were etched into the glossy black walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial this week alongside more than 58,000 of their fallen comrades.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2008 - A 13-year-old patriot from New Jersey received the Defense Department's top award for public service at a Pentagon ceremony today.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C., May 6, 2008 - Drama can occasionally creep into the lives of military families, but since last season, it's been a sure thing for the military families portrayed on Lifetime Network's top-rated show.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2008 - President Bush presented six military spouses the Presidential Volunteer Service Award today for exceptional support to their communities and the nation.

By Guest Columnist Michael J. Astrue
Commissioner of Social Security

With Memorial Day approaching, I think it's important to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.  We at Social Security honor the heroism and courage of our military service members and mourn for those who have given their lives in defense of freedom.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2008 - Military spouses embody the courage, nobility of duty, and love of country that inspire every American. On Military Spouse Day, we pay tribute to the husbands and wives who support their spouses in America's Armed Forces during times of war and peace.

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

DETROIT, May 5, 2008 - Patriotism was in full gear at the Chrysler headquarters today, as hundreds gathered inside the star-spangled atrium of the automaker's main hub to honor America's men and women in uniform.

By Jamie Findlater
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2008 - As the reigning Miss Utah and as a combat medic who has deployed to Afghanistan with her National Guard unit, Sgt. Jill Stevens said her experiences as a soldier have helped her in her civilian life.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2008 - Starting in July, servicemembers can choose to whom a $100,000 death gratuity will be disbursed if they're killed in action.

By Margaret McKenzie
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2008 - The Defense Commissary Agency is taking the commissary benefit to National Guard and reserve members and their families living in remote areas.

American Forces Press Service

PLANO, Texas, May 1, 2008 - Servicemembers, veterans and military families across the country will have the chance to gain insight into life after combat through a series of seminars and appreciation dinners thanks to a Texas-based troop-support organization.

By Air Force Maj. Miki Gilloon
Special to American Forces Press Service

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., April 30, 2008 - One program on Phoenix's KFNX 1100 AM News-Talk Radio has a simple mission: give troops the world over a voice through a weekly show.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2007 - Operation Homefront, a military support group dedicated to providing emergency assistance and morale to servicemembers and their families, recently received a $5.9 million grant to expand its services.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2007 - The American Red Cross is warning military spouses about a new identity-theft scam that targets family members of deployed troops.

No. 672-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2007

 The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

BETHESDA, Md., May 30, 2007 - Thirty thousand active-duty servicemembers and guests will be able to attend the inaugural AT&T National invitational golf tournament July 3-8, professional golfer Tiger Woods announced here yesterday.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2007 - Girl Scouts in southern Nevada are preparing to ship more than 11,000 boxes of Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs and other Girl Scout cookies to servicemembers overseas.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2007 - A body found in Iraq May 23 is that of one of three U.S. soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division's 31st Infantry Regiment believed to have been abducted during a May 12 ambush, Defense Department officials confirmed late yesterday.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2007 - "The Early Show" on CBS took advantage of the New York's 20th annual Fleet Week to share its support and appreciation for the thousands of sailors and Marines enjoying the city, as well as for military members serving around the world.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2007 - The American public has sent more than 201,000 prepaid phone cards to servicemembers through the Army and Air Force Exchange Service's "Help Our Troops Call Home" program.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2007 - Professional golfer Corey Pavin hit a hole-in-one with Operation Homefront when he announced his support of the troop-support group May 22.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -  Andrew Jackson University, an accredited university whose courses are accessible online, announced that it is offering partial scholarships to spouses of serving military personnel.  Military spouses automatically qualify for the scholarships, which provide for a 25% reduction in the university's tuition rates.  The University has created a special web site to provide scholarship details to military spouses at http://www.aju.edu/militaryspouses.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2007 - Country music star Toby Keith again demonstrated red, white and blue patriotism mixed with down-home rhythm during his recent tour to entertain U.S. servicemembers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2007 - When employees at the Wings and Rotors Museum in Murrieta, Calif., noticed the 1965 Cessna Skyhawk sitting on the tarmac, it had seen better days.

By Fred W. Baker III
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2007 - More than 80 much-needed medical clinics are opening across Iraq in the next several months, part of the almost $376 million the U.S. has spent to jump-start health care initiatives there.

By Staff Sgt. Angela McKinzie, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, May 23, 2007 - It's a unit's worst nightmare: the uncertain fate of a fellow American soldier.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2007 - U.S. servicemembers are working overseas to build capable police forces, and a member organization of the Defense Department's America Supports You program is helping that cause.

By Tim Kilbride
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2007 - The Army spares no expense or effort to provide soldiers the top level of protection technology available, the officer in charge of outfitting and equipping Army soldiers said yesterday.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2007 - Ten airlines are stepping up to the plate for families of injured servicemembers and encouraging their passengers to do the same.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2007 - A national support group that helps family members cope with the loss of a loved one in the armed forces is hosting a series of grief seminars and workshops here through the Memorial Day weekend.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

INDIANAPOLIS, May 22, 2007 - Indiana citizen-soldiers and their families are enjoying copious reading material thanks to a partnership between bookseller Barnes and Noble, the United Service Organizations and America Supports You, an Indiana Army National Guard senior noncommissioned officer said here May 20.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2007 - The devil may have gone down to Georgia, but Charlie Daniels stopped off at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., to show his appreciation to the servicemembers stationed there May 16.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2007 - U.S. troops operating in Iraq and Afghanistan have the best body armor in the world, and the Army is constantly looking for ways to improve force protection, the general in charge of the program told reporters here today.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2007 - Academic scholarships are plentiful for servicemembers wanting to further their education, but for wounded troops, simply re-integrating into civilian life can be emotionally and financially costly.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

INDIANAPOLIS, May 21, 2007 - Amid the howl of revved-up racecars, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway yesterday showcased its 27th Armed Forces Day program with a group enlistment of recruits from all services and other military-themed events.

By Melinda L. Larson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2007 - More than 3,100 families and friends of servicemembers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan gathered on the grounds of the Washington Monument today to remember their loved ones during a "Time of Remembrance" tribute.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md., May 18, 2007 - Bookselling giant Barnes and Noble opened a new chapter in its history today by announcing a donation of 300,000 items to America Supports You home-front groups.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2007 - Collecting 50,000 DVDs to send to deployed troops is an ambitious goal, but that isn't stopping 7-year-old Katherine Toebes of Janesville, Wis., from trying.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2007 - As Memorial Day nears, so does the start of Operation Gratitude's fourth "Patriotic Drive" to send care packages to troops serving overseas.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2007 - "Operation Care and Comfort" is on a mission to provide support and comfort to military units deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other regions of conflict.

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2007 - National guardsmen in four states are helping to battle wildfires that have burned more than 300,000 acres, Defense Department officials said today.

By 1st Lt. Crystal Stiltner, USAF
Special to American Forces Press Service

BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 16, 2007 - Oklahoma Air National Guard members arrived here May 14 to participate in Operation Cherokee Angel, a medical humanitarian mission aimed at improving the health and welfare of the local population while training and working alongside Azeri medical personnel.

DoD Acts on 23 Recommendations Made by Commission on National Guard and Reserve
No. 597-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2007

 The Department of Defense announced today that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has acted on 23 of the recommendations made by the Commission on the the National Guard and Reserve in its recent report.
 

No. 591-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2007

 The Department of Defense announced today the identities of four soldiers listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.They have been unaccounted for since May 12 in Al Taqa, Iraq, when their patrol was attacked by enemy forces using automatic fire and explosives.They are assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2007 - National Guard troops are responding to wildfires in Florida, Georgia, Minnesota and California, using air assets to deliver water and providing logistics and communication support.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2007 - Servicemembers receiving care packages from A Soldier's Wish List or one of its thousands of "adopters" know that good things really do come in small packages.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2007 - Four servicemembers who recently returned from deployments to remote sites in Iraq and Afghanistan were recognized May 10 for their efforts in boosting their fellow troops' morale.

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2007 - The Washington Nationals baseball team saluted the U.S. military during an evening pre-game program May 11 that featured fireworks, a group enlistment and servicemembers tossing ceremonial pitches.

Airmen MIssing In Action From WWII is Identified
No. 574-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2007

 The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2007 - Troops serving at remote sites overseas can look forward to better connection with their loved ones at home, thanks to the success of a fundraising gala here last night by the SemperComm Foundation.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2007 - Elementary school students in Missouri are building their character through activities designed to salute the troops.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2007 - President Bush issued a proclamation yesterday commemorating today as Military Spouse Day and laid plans to observe the day honoring servicemembers and their spouses personally at the White House.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2007 - During the month of May we honor our Nation's men and women in uniform. You are quite simply the finest Armed Forces in the world, defending the United States against a ruthless enemy and demonstrating remarkable resolve on land, in the air, and on the seas.

By Sgt. Jessica Kent, USMC
Special to American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, May 10, 2007 - "I have a lot of trust and faith in the Marines I'm with. They will take care of me as much as I'll take care of them. But please try to not worry so much! I love you too much not to come home to see you."

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2007 - The Chrysler Group is driving home its support for the nation's military and the United Service Organizations this month with a sweepstakes designed to help servicemembers keep in touch with their families.

By Maj. DeAnn Barr, USAF
Special to American Forces Press Service

GREENSBURG, Kan., May 9, 2007 - Within four hours of the deadly tornado that struck this town under the cloak of darkness, Kansas National Guard servicemembers were called to duty to bring relief to their devastated neighbors.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2007 - While President Bush toured the site of a deadly tornado in Kansas today, the National Guard continues to demonstrate its readiness as it responds to natural disasters from coast to coast.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2007 - When Becky Mizener sends a care package to one of the more than 1,000 servicemembers on her list, they can be sure that it's "packed with pride."

No. 546-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 09, 2007
DoD Announces Units for Next Afghanistan Rotation

 The Department of Defense announced today major units scheduled to deploy as part of the next rotation operating in Afghanistan.This announcement involves a combat brigade and headquarters element totaling approximately 4,500 service members.The scheduled rotation for these forces will begin in early 2008.

No. 553-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 08, 2007
DoD Announces Pilot Language Corps

 The Department of Defense announces the implementation of a pilot "The Language Corps" over the next three years. The pilot Corps will include no fewer than 1,000 members drawn from all sectors of the U.S. population. Members will have the opportunity to join a dedicated pool or a national pool of linguists.

No. 552-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 08, 2007
Department of Defense Announces the ROTC Language and Culture Project

 The Department of Defense announced today the award of four grants totaling $2 million to Indiana University, San Diego State University, the University of Mississippi and the University of Texas at Austin as part of the new Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Language and Culture Project.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2007 - A national program is working to help make it easier for veterans to find meaningful jobs.

By Fred W. Baker III
American Forces Press Service

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 8, 2007 - NASCAR Nextel Cup points leader Jeff Gordon today unveiled a new design for his No. 24 Dupont-sponsored car sporting a Department of Defense color scheme and the America Supports You logo emblazoned on its hood.

No. 547-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 08, 2007
DoD Announces Force Adjustments

 The Department of Defense announced today additional major units scheduled to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.The announcement involves 10 brigade combat teams consisting of approximately 35,000 personnel.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2007 - More than 300 members of the Kansas National Guard have been activated in response to a powerful tornado that almost destroyed the town of Greensburg, Kan., May 4.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2007 - Operation Homefront takes its mission of caring for deployed servicemembers, the families they leave behind, and wounded troops very seriously.

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2007 - Far below their accustomed bird's-eye view of Afghanistan, about 240 U.S. airmen with boots on the ground there are working to build vital infrastructure as members of provincial reconstruction teams.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

DALLAS, May 3, 2007 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today expressed thanks to Americans who support the troops and urged people to check out the Defense Department's America Supports You program.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2007 - The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors paused May 1 to recognize those who help make their program possible during the TAPS 10th Annual Honor Guard Appreciation Luncheon here.

By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2007 - Marine entry-level training will reinvigorate its values-based approach, a top Marine official said here yesterday.

Five Missing WWII Airmen are Identified
No. 523-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 02, 2007

 The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of five U.S. servicemen, missing from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2007 - The Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team is using its May 6 game against the New York Mets to say thank you to the nation's troops.

By Carmen L. Gleason
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2007 - In an effort to draw attention to the personal sacrifices of the men and women of the armed forces and their families, Congress has designated May as National Military Appreciation Month.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2007 - Hundreds of musicians from across the country will pay tribute to the nation's fallen heroes on Armed Forces Day, May 19, in an event called "EchoTaps."

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2007 - More than 240 golfers, including 10 injured servicemembers, hit the links at Lansdowne Golf Club in Lansdowne, Va., yesterday for the 4th Annual Fisher House Golf Classic fundraiser.

By Steven Hoover
Special to American Forces Press Service

WERETH, Belgium, May 1, 2007 - During the early stages of World War II's Battle of the Bulge, 11 black U.S. soldiers assigned to the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion were tortured and executed by German SS officers. Though they have been gone for many years, their spirits live on in this tiny village located in eastern Belgium.

No. 510-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2007

 The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2007 - A major clearing operation that wrapped up last week in Baghdad succeeded in preventing 3,200 roadside bombs, jailing 42 terrorists, and seizing enough weapons and explosives to outfit an enemy infantry battalion, the commander of the 2nd Infantry Division's 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team reported today.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2007 - "Operation Give" is working to help the military win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people.

By Juan R. Meléndez Jr.
Special to American Forces Press Service

HEIDELBERG, Germany, April 30, 2007 - Soldiers here recently tested two new rations being fielded for servicemembers this year: an on-the-go compact ration based on pocket sandwiches, and a kind of kitchen-in-a-box that prepares hot meals for 18 people with just the pull of a tab.

By Megan Han
Special to American Forces Press Service

FORT DRUM, N.Y., April 30, 2007 - Being an Army wife can be difficult. Being an Army wife at the 10th Mountain Division's Fort Drum can be even more challenging, since the 10th is one of the Army's most deployed divisions.

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Cassandra Thompson, USN
Special to American Forces Press Service

KHAWR AL AMAYA OIL TERMINAL, Iraq, May 31, 2006 - The quick response of two USS Port Royal crew members saved the life of an Iraqi contract worker overcome by smoke inhalation while fighting a fire here May 26.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2006 - Iraqi and coalition forces captured eight terrorist leaders in recent operations in Baghdad neighborhoods. Also, the Iraqi-led Combined Review and Release Board released more than 200 detainees.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2006 - An act signed into law May 29 by President Bush solves a conflict in the tax code by allowing servicemembers who serve in a combat zone to still contribute to their individual retirement accounts, a Defense Department official said here today.

WIESBADEN, Germany  Deployed service members will be able to view their seniors crossing the stage and moving their tassels from right to left via live Web casts on graduation day.

The efforts of eight defense agencies throughout European Command and Central Command will allow at least 18 graduation ceremonies to be viewed by an estimated 179 deployed parents in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and other locations around the world.

By Steven Donald Smith
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2006 - About 1,500 U.S. soldiers are moving into Iraq's western Anbar province to support security operations there, U.S. military officials said today.

No. 487-06 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
President Signs New Tax Legislation for Military Personnel On May 29, President Bush signed the Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities (HERO) Act, which amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow service members to still exclude their military compensation from federal income tax, but also contribute to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) while serving in a combat zone tax exclusion area.

By Staff Sgt. Robert R. Ramon, USA
American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, May 28, 2006 - Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines stationed here remembered their fellow Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our nation, during a Memorial Day weekend ceremony today.

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2006 - There will be no backyard barbecues here to celebrate Memorial Day.

On this Memorial Day, we again pause to remember and to honor those who dedicated their lives to the service of others.

From the first citizen-soldiers who stood fast to defend their homes at Lexington and Concord, to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines securing our liberty and our way of life today, our country has been truly blessed by those who stepped forward to say, "Send me."

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va., May 26, 2006 - A new version of a postage stamp commemorating the Purple Heart and all those who have earned it was issued in a ceremony here today.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2006 - Every U.S. servicemember lost in the global war on terror is a tragedy, but as the United States honors them this Memorial Day, it's important to recognize that some things are worth fighting for, and even dying for, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said last night on CNN's "Larry King Live."

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2006 - The morale of U.S. soldiers in Baghdad is "absolutely tremendous," a U.S. Army commander there said today.

By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2006 - By a 78-15 vote, the Senate today confirmed Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden as CIA director.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2006 - It doesn't take much information for a determined identity thief to succeed, a certified financial planner with USAA Financial Planning Services told American Forces Press Service today.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2006 - The Department of Veterans Affairs has begun a thorough examination of policies and procedures after the loss of 26.5 million veterans' personal information, the VA's leader told the House Armed Services Committee today.

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2006 - A yearlong review of total military compensation could eventually result in streamlined allowances and a fundamental shift in thinking on how the uniformed services pay members and retirees.

By Paul X. Rutz
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2006 - On May 29, Americans will pause together to remember servicemembers from wars past and present who have given the ultimate sacrifice while defending the nation.

By Cheryl Harrison
Special to American Forces Press Service

SAN ANTONIO, May 25, 2006 - Their mission here accomplished, three Virginia businessmen are scheduled to arrive home today after completing their "Ride for America's Patriots," a 3,200-mile roundtrip motorcycle ride designed to raise money for wounded veterans.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2006 - More than 600 servicemembers representing the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Army National Guard veterans of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom will take part in the National Memorial Day Parade here May 29.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2006 - The United Service Organizations of Metropolitan Washington and Joint Employment Transition Services will present their first Military Spouse Career Expo at the Sosa Recreation Center at Fort Belvoir, Va., June 17, USO officials announced.

By Tech. Sgt. Elaine Wilson, USAF
American Forces Press Service

SAN ANTONIO, May 24, 2006 - "America Supports You" corporate partner USAA will honor military members and their sacrifices tomorrow during a Memorial Day observance at the company's headquarters in San Antonio.

DoD Office of Inspector General Issues BRAC Notification Regarding Naval Air Station Oceana

The Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has notified the President and Congress of its findings that the Commonwealth of Virginia and the municipal governments of Virginia Beach, Va. and Chesapeake, Va. have not met all the requirements of the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) law regarding Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2006 - The D.C. United Major League Soccer team will express its appreciation for the military June 3 with its 7th Annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2006 - Suicide rates within the military are about half those in the general military-aged population, but the Defense Department is reaching out to its members to help further reduce the incidence of suicide within the ranks, a top military doctor said.

By Steven Donald Smith
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2006 - Recognizing the need for a federal agency to take the lead in honoring U.S. servicemembers who died on foreign soil, Congress enacted legislation in 1923 to create the American Battle Monuments Commission.

The following information is from the Department of Veteran Affairs....

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently learned that an employee, a data analyst, took home electronic data from the VA, which he was not authorized to do. This behavior was in violation of our policies.  This data contained identifying information including names, social security numbers, and dates of birth for up to 26.5 million veterans and some spouses, as well as some disability ratings.  Importantly, the affected data did not include any of VA's electronic health records nor any financial information. The employee's home was burglarized and this data was stolen.  The employee has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2006 - It's still too soon for the Defense Department to announce troops withdrawals from Iraq, particularly with Iraq's defense and interior ministers yet to be named, a defense spokesman told Pentagon reporters today.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2006 - More than 1,000 families and friends of servicemembers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq gathered near the Washington Monument for "A Time of Remembrance" today.

By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2006 - One day after Iraq's unity government was sworn in, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said it's too soon to try to project when major U.S. troop withdrawals might occur.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2006 - Supporting nontraditional missions and humanitarian crises doesn't detract from the defense mission, but rather, builds important relationships around the world, strengthens capabilities and fills vital needs, top defense leaders said here today.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2006 - The Defense Department's top leaders today defended proposed changes in the Tricare fee system, telling a Pentagon town hall audience the increases are essential to keeping the system solvent and strong.

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, May 19, 2006 - Traumatic injuries are a tragic fact of life in war. But thanks to the efforts of military medical personnel here, wounded servicemembers have the best chance of surviving their injuries than in any previous conflict.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2006 - Military families are staying connected across the miles, thanks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2006 - National Guard troops are expected to begin assuming their border security mission as soon as early June, with about three-quarters of the force to come from the Army National Guard, top Guard officials told Pentagon reporters today.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2006 - It took running 26.2 miles for Lt. Cmdr. Richard Ryan, a Navy pilot, to decide how to spend his free time while preparing for his next assignment as an attache in the Middle East.

By Steven Donald Smith
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2006 - The new HBO documentary film "Baghdad ER" is much more than just a series of gruesome images flickering across a screen. It is a poignant testament to the sacrifice of American troops and the dedication of military medical personnel.

By Paul X. Rutz
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2006 - For the past six months, troops overseas have been getting a high dose of caffeine thanks to a partnership between a group dedicated to supporting combat troops and a family-owned coffee company.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2006 - The wife of a Marine from Camp Lejeune, N.C., got more than she bargained for as a contestant on NBC's game show "Deal or No Deal" last night.

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2006 - Southwestern border states will deploy up to 6,000 National Guardsmen to provide support to border patrol missions, President Bush said this evening in a nationally televised speech.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2006 - Inspired by a severely injured veteran of the war in Iraq, three men set out on a nearly 1,600-mile motorcycle ride today that will raise awareness and money to help injured servicemembers.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2006 - Three years after Libya renounced terrorism and abandoned its program to acquire weapons of mass destruction, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced today that the United States is restoring full diplomatic relations with the North African country and soon will open an embassy in Tripoli.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2006 - The governors of New Hampshire and Massachusetts activated the National Guard yesterday in response to flooding and road closures across both states.

By Steven Donald Smith
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2006 - Placing U.S. National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexican border will bolster the nation's security, the president's national security adviser said yesterday.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2006 - A group of wounded and active-duty servicemembers, retirees and family members launched the second leg of their cross-country bike trek from the Pentagon parking lot today.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2006 - Spending Mother's Day thousands of miles away from their kids is going to be no picnic for more than 7,400 military moms deployed in support of the war on terror.

NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense

Soldier MIA from the Korean War is Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2006 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to allow military forces to be used in border-security operations under certain circumstances.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2006 - The Defense Department has been working hard with Congress for the past several months and has reached some conclusions about how the fee system for military health care should be changed, a top DoD official said here yesterday.

American Forces Press Service

This month we honor the extraordinary contributions of the men and women who serve our country in the Armed Forces. I am proud to serve alongside 2.4 million Americans in the Active, Guard and Reserve Force who have chosen to take the oath to defend our Constitution. Whether deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan, or supporting humanitarian operations at home or abroad, today's military personnel continue to serve this Nation with honor and distinction.

By Lt. Chris Servello, USN
Special to American Forces Press Service

SPLIT, Croatia, May 11, 2006 - The Croatian family of a U.S. Navy enlisted man will accept a posthumous Medal of Honor here next week for the man's heroism during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

By Paul X. Rutz
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2006 - Boy Scouts, sorority groups, businessmen and veterans will come together for two fundraisers this spring to help a group of kayakers continue their river-borne rehabilitation effort for wounded troops.

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2006 - The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making it easy for anyone to honor America's troops with "Gifts from the Homefront" gift certificates. Anyone, even non-authorized exchange customers, can send these gift certificates to military servicemembers serving in operations Enduring Freedom or Iraqi Freedom.

By Sgt. Michael J. Taylor, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, May 11, 2006 - Losing a loved one to cancer is a hardship for anyone who goes through it, but one soldier deployed to Afghanistan learned how to turn his pain into motivation.

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2006 - Every day, officials at the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency track the status of efforts to find 20 Americans believed to still be alive but "isolated" outside the United States.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2006 - The police athletic leagues of Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie, Fla., have teamed with America Supports You member organization "Cell Phones for Soldiers" to help servicemembers and their families stay connected.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2006 - More than 5,000 U.S. and Canadian servicemembers are working with authorities in five U.S. states and two Canadian provinces to test their response capabilities to crises ranging from a major hurricane to a terrorist attack to a pandemic flu outbreak.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WOODBRIDGE, Virginia, May 10, 2006 - The people of Prince William County gathered here yesterday to dedicate a memorial that honors the 22 county residents who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, May 10, 2006  - It's the e-mails and calls from home that gave the soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division their first clue that something is becoming different about the will of the American people.

NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense
DoD Announces Increase in Foreign Language Pay

The Department of Defense announced today an increase in Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP) for military personnel who qualify effective June 1.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2006  - Spouses of the military's senior enlisted leaders gathered here today to learn about each service's program for wounded troops and to share ideas for the future.

By Capt. Steve Alvarez, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2006  - A nonprofit group founded and organized by a U.S. Navy veteran is protecting troops on the front lines against severe head trauma by mobilizing citizens to support deployed servicemembers.

By Capt. Steve Alvarez, USA
American Forces Press Service

ORLANDO, Fla., May 9, 2006  - More than 8,000 citizen-soldiers and airmen are ready to assist the state of Florida in fighting wildfires that have plagued the state for several weeks, Florida National Guard officials announced today.

By Staff Sgt. Melissa Koskovich, USAF
Special to American Forces Press Service

SOUTHWEST ASIA, May 9, 2006  - The French Navy Carrier Air Wing returned to the coalition fight last week, flying their first missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since November.

American Forces Press Service

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 8, 2006  - Even though the registration deadline is only a week away, there's still room for military children to attend an "Operation Purple" summer camp free of charge, according to National Military Family Association officials.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2006  - As the mother of a Marine on his first deployment in 2003, Donna Clemons didn't know where to turn for support. She didn't know anyone else with family members in the military who would understand what she was going through, she said.

NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense

Missing WWII Airmen are Identified

The Defense POW/Missing Personnel (DPMO) announced today that two members of a four-man Army Air Forces crew missing in action from World War II have been identified, and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2006  - About 3,500 active-duty soldiers who were slated to begin their deployment to Iraq in the coming days will remain at their base in Schweinfurt, Germany, until further notice, defense officials announced today.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 7, 2006  - Military Appreciation Month is under way, as millions of people have jammed the beach here this week for "Fleet Week USA - A National Salute to America's Heroes," sponsored by McDonald's.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 7, 2006  - Hitting the mark as they always do, members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team jumped into the middle of the 2006 McDonald's Air and Sea Show here yesterday.

By Sgt. Joe Lindsay, USMC
Special to American Forces Press Service

KORENGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan, May 8, 2006  - Afghan National Army and coalition forces have been taking the war on terrorism to their adversaries in this enemy safe haven in Afghanistan's Kunar province for the past month.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2006  - Over the past year, the National Guard has demonstrated not only its ability to be the nation's "minutemen" and respond to calls immediately, but also its ability to sustain several different missions at once, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said here yesterday.

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

UDAIRI RANGE, Kuwait, May 4, 2006  - For 20-year-old Army Pfc. Michael Torres, deployed here from Baumholder, Germany, a constant reminder that the American people are behind him comes in the form of a tiny folded U.S. flag he keeps in his pocket wherever he goes.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2006  - The National Guard and reserve components are key players in America's ability to fight the war on terror abroad, and respond to security threats and national disasters in the homeland, Defense Department leaders said here yesterday.

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

POMPANO BEACH, Fla., May 4, 2006  - Nearly 60 sailors worked to help take future homeowners' dreams one step closer to reality here yesterday.The sailors are assigned to various U.S. and Canadian military ships temporarily ported at Port Everglades, for Fleet Week USA. They began working with Habitat for Humanity of Broward County, Fla., May 1, and will complete their involvement today.

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2006  - When the USS James E. Williams sets sail from Norfolk, Va., tomorrow, it will be a special moment for the family of a top Army noncommissioned officer.

By Paul X. Rutz
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2006  - For the past two and a half years, veterans of wars past have been helping heal the latest generation of wounded troops every Friday in a basement steakhouse here.

NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense

Air Force Sergeants MIA from Vietnam War Identified

The Department of Defense POW/ Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of two servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified.

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

ABOARD THE USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN, May 1, 2006  - There's a "ring of steel" around one of the most important economic targets in the world.

That's the way Royal Navy Cmdr. Steve Dainton, the captain of HMS St. Albans, described the coalition maritime protection around Iraqi oil terminals in the Northern Arabian Gulf.

By Maj. Anna Friederich, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, May 1, 2006  - Iraq once supplied roughly 30 percent of the world's dates, an estimated 600,000 tons. But with fewer than 15 million date palm trees left in Iraq, production has dropped to only about 250,000 tons of the fruit annually.