Defense

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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(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julianne Showalter)
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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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Defense Health Director: Budget request aligns with DoD strategy

Posted March 24, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department’s health care budget request for fiscal year 2017 fully aligns with DoD’s global commitments and strategic objectives, the Defense Health Agency director said in a House budget panel hearing today. Navy Vice Adm. (Dr.) Raquel C. Bono, appearing with the services’ surgeons general, outlined the military health care system’s priorities…

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(Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales)
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DoD Invites Vetted Specialists to ‘Hack’ the Pentagon

Posted March 15, 2016 by Cheryl PellerinDoD News

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is launching a pilot program in April to allow vetted computer security specialists to do their best to hack DoD public web pages, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said today. “Hack the Pentagon” is the first cyber bug bounty program in the history of the federal government, Cook said in a…

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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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(Photo by Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard)
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Officials announce winning design concept for National WWI Memorial

Posted January 27, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON — The United States World War One Centennial Commission yesterday announced the winning design concept for a national memorial for what was known at the time as “The Great War.” The incredible service and sacrifice of those who served in World War I a century ago finally will be honored in a memorial in the…

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(DoD photo by Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp)
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Vice Chairman: Military, Nation Need Dialogue About New Technologies

Posted January 27, 2016 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON — The military, the people of the United States and the people of the world need to understand the profound impacts of technologies on the horizon today, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Brookings Institution here this morning. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva told a packed room that…

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Service Members should register and request absentee ballots now

Posted January 26, 2016 by DoD News

WASHINGTON — Defense Department personnel and their families who plan to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming presidential primaries and the general election in November should complete a registration application and request their ballots now, according to a Federal Voting Assistance Program release. To register and request ballots, complete the Federal Post Card Application using…

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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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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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