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Defense

DANTES provides faster exam reimbursement

Posted September 2, 2016 by

The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support has changed to an online electronic reimbursement request system that will expedite the exams reimbursement process for all service members, according to Stacey Kirkpatrick, a DANTES education programs specialist. DANTES logo Paper-based reimbursement requests for Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support exams were retired March 1. DOD graphic…

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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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DOD announces pilot tutoring program for service members

Posted April 5, 2016 by Erin Roberts

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AFNS) — Officials with the Defense Department Voluntary Education Program and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) announced the launch of a pilot tutoring program that will provide service members with tutoring support at no cost, anytime, anywhere. “If a service member is struggling with a college course or simply needs…

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Free tax services available to military members, families

Posted January 20, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — With the holidays now over, service members and their families might start looking toward another annual event, albeit one that generally garners far less excitement — filing taxes. The Defense Department wants service members and their families to know they can get free tax consultations and tax-filing software through Military OneSource, according…

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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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(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan)
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F-35 program accelerating, at ‘pivot point,’ program chief tells Congress

Posted April 28, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The program executive officer of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft program said the rapidly changing, growing and accelerating program is at a “pivot point” as officials address a number of challenges. The F-35 program, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter program, is of vital importance to U.S. security, Lt. Gen. Christopher…

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(Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders)
Defense

U.S. personnel in Turkey safe, Pentagon spokesman says

Posted July 19, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — All U.S. service members and civilians in Turkey are safe in the wake of the July 15 attempted coup there, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters today. “We’ve taken appropriate steps to maintain the safety and security of our civilian and military personnel, their families and our facilities, and we will continue to…

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(DoD photo by EJ Hersom)
Defense

Admiral Tidd Takes Command of Southcom

Posted January 20, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

MIAMI, Fla. — Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd took command of U.S. Southern Command during a ceremony at Southcom’s headquarters here today, succeeding Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, who is retiring after four decades of service. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,…

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(Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amy M. Ressler)
Defense

Blue Star Museums launches free admission program for military, families

Posted June 3, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — In a celebratory launch at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, today, Blue Star Museums launches its seventh annual summer free-admission program for service members and their families to more than 2,000 museums and nature centers across the nation and two territories. From Memorial Day, May 30, to Labor Day, Sept….

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Raytheon completes first lot production of Small Diameter Bomb II

Posted December 13, 2017 by

Raytheon has completed Lot 1 production of the Small Diameter Bomb II, a new  weapon that will give fighter pilots the ability to destroy moving targets at any time and in all-weather conditions. The U.S. Air Force has also contracted with Raytheon to produce Lots 2 and 3. The SDB II™ bomb is a gliding…

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