Defense

Carter announces sexual assault retaliation prevention strategy

Posted May 6, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today a sexual assault retaliation prevention and response strategy, saying both sexual assault and retaliation against those who report it are attacks against the values of the military. “Wherever sexual assault occurs — whether it’s on the front lines or here at home — it not only undermines…

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Torch lighting, honoring Vietnam vets kicks off 2016 Warrior Games

Posted June 16, 2016 by emmauribe

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AFNS) — The 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games began here when Army Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, with help from comedian Jon Stewart, lit the official torch during the event’s opening ceremonies at the U.S. Military Academy. “Being selected to light the torch is as much an honor and privilege as competing for Team…

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Website improves, simplifies military child care search

Posted May 8, 2015 by Shannon Carabajal

(Courtesy graphic) A new Defense Department website, www.militarychildcare.com, is helping ease those moving transitions by simplifying the search and registration process for child care. JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — With frequent moves, Air Force families face the challenging, and often frustrating task of making new child care arrangements every few years. A new…

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Sanctions having a mixed effect on Russia, officials say

Posted February 27, 2015 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON– U.S. and European sanctions imposed on Russia for its support of Ukrainian separatists and the annexation of Crimea are having a significant impact on Russia’s economy but have not curtailed Moscow’s continued intervention in the region, two senior Defense Department officials told Congress today. “We are hearing, for example, more dissatisfaction of the oligarchs,…

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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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Air Force seeks $10 billion over sequestration funding

Posted February 20, 2015 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON – The demand for Air Force capabilities is increasing, therefore the service is requesting $10 billion more than sequestration-level funding provides, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said today in Orlando, Florida. Speaking during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, James discussed why the Air Force is taking its strongest…

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Pentagon announces changes to military decorations, awards program

Posted January 12, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Pentagon has made a number of changes to the military decorations and awards program to ensure service members receive appropriate recognition of their actions, according to a statement released Jan. 7. The changes come after a long and deliberate review, a defense official told reporters in a Jan. 6 background briefing. Then-Defense Secretary…

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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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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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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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