Defense

Sexual assault rates decrease at military service academies

Posted February 13, 2015 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON – Rates of unwanted sexual contact at the military service academies declined in 2014, according to a report released today by the Defense Department. The annual report on sexual harassment and violence at the military service academies estimates that overall rates decreased for both men and women, indicating that nearly 200 fewer sexual assaults…

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Soldier ‘Filled with Gratitude’ at New Family Policies

Posted February 5, 2016 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON — One Army officer scheduled to give birth by cesarean section said today that the new 12-week maternity leave period and other family focused policies announced last week by Defense Secretary Ash Carter have left her “shocked.” “I am filled with gratitude,” Capt. Eileen Hernandez wrote in an email interview with DoD News. “I…

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Official provides update on combat jobs for women

Posted May 1, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – Since the Defense Department rescinded a 1994 policy that excluded women from serving in direct ground combat positions, the services have opened about 91,000 jobs to female service members, the Joint Staff’s vice director said here today. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost spoke at a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace…

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Russia naming U.S. as threat does not change Chairman’s perspective

Posted January 8, 2016 by Jim Garamone DoD News

STUTTGART, Germany — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters traveling with him here that a new Russian national security strategy document naming the United States as a threat does not change his perception of the threat posed by Russia. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. said the U.S. military “has…

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Commissaries continue rolling out in-store Wi-Fi

Posted May 21, 2015 by

FORT LEE, Va. – Sixteen more stores will offer Wi-Fi access for commissary patrons between June and September, according to the Defense Commissary Agency’s follow-up schedule. Through the Commissary Patron Internet Mobile System, DeCA is gradually opening customer Wi-Fi access at all stateside commissaries to include Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The latest schedule covers the…

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Military brain injury expert: Everyone’s ability to recover is different

Posted April 1, 2016 by Military Health System Communications Office

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Every brain is different. We know this because each person’s brain develops with a unique personality. But the brain as an organ even differs from person to person, and reacts uniquely to injury. “I know that if I examine a 28-year-old woman’s sprained ankle, it will look and function pretty…

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General Breedlove: Russia now taking ‘Different Path’

Posted May 8, 2015 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – The West assumed the best of Russia once the Cold War ended, but Russian President Vladimir Putin had other plans and NATO must remain strong in face of the threat from the East, Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove said here yesterday. Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and commander of U.S. European…

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Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special operations

Posted July 28, 2016 by

In a move to meet the high-demand signal for the Air Force’s Battlefield Airmen, the service announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum dated April 25, 2016.

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U.S. Military begins training Iraqi Forces to take on ISIL

Posted January 9, 2015 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON – The United States has begun training Iraqi army recruits, a central part of the strategy by the U.S.-led coalition that is working with the Iraqi government to retake territory and ultimately defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in the country. Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today that…

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DoD helps protect beneficiaries from deceptive pharmacy practices

Posted May 21, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis) WASHINGTON – In the face of recent aggressive and deceptive marketing practices of some compounding pharmacies targeting TRICARE, the Defense Health Agency is taking aggressive action to help TRICARE beneficiaries, DHA’s chief of pharmacy operations said in a recent interview. Dr. George Jones described compounding…

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