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Two D-Day Veterans in one D-Day Anniversary

Posted June 8, 2017 by Dennis Anderson

Seated in my office at High Desert Medical Group on June 6, 73-years after D-Day, Henry Ochsner hardly looked to be 94. He could pass for a kid of 80 years.

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Ring of steel protected Oahu from invasion but not from attack by air

Posted December 8, 2017 by David Vergun

Shortly after 1898 when Hawaii became a U.S. territory, the Army began construction of defensive works on the island of Oahu. Seven forts were built around the island to contain the massive coastal artillery pieces and mortars, along with the hundreds of anti-aircraft guns — a so-called “ring of steel” — that had been put…

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Surviving the Holocaust: Former Soldier, AF civilian tells his story

Posted May 6, 2016 by SSgt. Christopher Gross

Fear. In one word, Bob Behr used fear to describe how he and most of the Jewish community in Germany lived their lives from 1933 until the mid-1940s. In that time, Behr would suffer persecution, work in forced labor, be arrested and sent to the Theresienstadt “camp-ghetto” with his family, and ultimately, survive the Holocaust.

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Retired general hoping to restore trust in Wounded Warrior

Posted May 2, 2016 by David Bauderlein

Retired Maj. Gen. Charles Fletcher’s military career brought him to Jacksonville to help manage a global network for moving military equipment to hot spots and bases. He’s back now on a new mission with a military angle, but his task is harder to quantify. The Wounded Warrior Project’s board picked Fletcher to step in as…

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Tuskegee Airman talks diversity, Army opportunities with high school students

Posted November 22, 2017 by Joe Lacdan

Photograph courtesy of Robert Friend Retired Lt. Col. Robert Friend (circled) pictured as a young captain serving the 332nd Fight Group. Friend, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen who served during World War II, spoke to groups of high school students in southern California earlier this month. Sporting a crimson “Red Tails” ball cap,…

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Remains of fighter pilot hero return home after 10 years

Posted October 5, 2016 by Mike Martin

This week, nearly 10 years after he was killed in combat operations in Iraq, U.S. forces brought home the remains of F-16 pilot Maj. Troy Gilbert, who died saving the lives of U.S. service members and coalition allies.  

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VA offering up to $8 million in grants for adaptive-sports programs that aid disabled veterans

Posted February 27, 2017 by

The Department of Veterans Affairs is providing up to $8 million in grants to fund adaptive-sports programs that offer activities for disabled Veterans and members of the armed forces who have disabilities, the VA announced Feb. 22. The application period for the fiscal 2018 Adaptive Sports Grant began Feb. 21, 2017, and will close at…

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Take Command: Changes to TRICARE disenrollment coming in 2018

Posted October 30, 2017 by

As part of the changes coming to TRICARE on Jan. 1, 2018, there will be new rules affecting disenrollment. Beginning in 2018, if you’re eligible for TRICARE and enrolled in a health plan, there are three ways you can be disenrolled: * If you no longer wish to continue TRICARE coverage, you can voluntarily disenroll. * If…

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Dog tags make final journey home to WWII veteran

Posted February 8, 2017 by Senior Airman Erin Trower

A gathering of friends, family and Mighty Eighth Airmen made way as the guest of honor slowly approached the front of the stage.

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Air Force General receives France’s highest honor

Posted November 10, 2016 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Retired Gen. Seth McKee, World War II veteran, speaks after receiving France’s highest honor Oct. 5, 2016, in Scottsdale, Ariz. McKee was also celebrating his 100th Birthday. The oldest living American four-star general was awarded the National Order of The Legion of Honor in the rank…

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