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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Afghan transition trends ‘positive,’ Campbell says

Posted February 20, 2015 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan delivered an upbeat assessment of progress in the nation, while also acknowledging there is much that needs to be done. Army Gen. John F. Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning that there is a new atmosphere in the Afghan capital of Kabul, and…

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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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