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NORAD celebrates 60 years tracking Santa

Posted December 3, 2015 by By North American Aerospace Defense Command

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 60th anniversary of tracking Santa’s Yuletide journey. The NORAD Tracks Santa website launched Dec. 1. It features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French,…

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VE Day marked end of long road for World War II troops

Posted May 8, 2015 by DoD News

WASHINGTON – When President Harry S Truman, British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin simultaneously announced that Nazi Germany had surrendered on May 8, 1945, the joy Americans felt was tempered by where they were. The war that began with Germany invading Poland Sept. 1, 1939, ended with the total defeat…

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Air dominance and the critical role of fifth generation fighters

Posted July 15, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Steve Stanley

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the Air Combat Command commander, discussed the importance of air superiority and the need to assure it by modernizing the combat air force during a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee in Washington, D.C., July 13. This is the second of two hearings…

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Peer-to-peer service aims to provide counseling support

Posted May 21, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – Starting this summer, the Defense Department will offer an additional counseling service to help military service members, transitioning troops and family members deal with a host of issues before they become crises. Peer-to-peer support, which will be available through Military OneSource, will offer assistance from counselors who have at least a master’s degree…

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Obama sends resolution for use of force against ISIL to Congress

Posted February 13, 2015 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has sent a draft resolution to Congress to authorize the use of force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The president spoke about the draft authorization during a White House announcement this afternoon. Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry…

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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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Official urges families to learn about Veteran burial honors

Posted January 15, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — Planning funerals for military veterans and retirees can be overwhelming for their families, and the Defense Department’s director of casualty and mortuary affairs wants family members to familiarize themselves in advance when possible to know what to expect with military funeral honors. Deborah S. Skillman said families should learn about military funeral honors eligibility ahead of…

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Mil-Leaders: Closing Guantanamo is security issue

Posted April 1, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — Significant numbers of Defense Department and senior military leaders say closing the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba is the single most important action the United States can take to counter terrorism, DoD’s special envoy for Guantanamo detention closure said on Capitol Hill today. Paul M. Lewis and the State Department’s…

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Iraqi Security Forces repel ISIL attack

Posted February 20, 2015 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON – An attempt by 20 to 25 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters to attack al Asad Air Base in Iraq was repulsed by “ready and able” Iraqi security forces, the Pentagon press secretary said today. “The attempted attack was led, we believe, by at least several … suicide attackers,” Navy Rear…

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New DoD cyber strategy nears release, official says

Posted April 17, 2015 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department will release a new cyber strategy next week to guide the way ahead for cyber in the foreseeable future, a senior Pentagon official told Congress today. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee, Eric Rosenbach explained how DoD plans to continue improvement to America’s cybersecurity…

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