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Arizona Air National Guard’s first deployment in 31 years

Posted September 17, 2018 by Staff Sgt. George Keck

Airmen from the 162nd Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, have wrapped up Exercise Ample Strike 2018 at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, after a 31-year hiatus since their last deployment overseas.

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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WASHINGTON – Since the Defense Department rescinded a 1994 policy that excluded women from serving in direct ground combat positions, the services have opened about 91,000 jobs to female service members, the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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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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Month of the Military Child recognizes young family members

Posted April 10, 2015 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON – To highlight the year-round contributions, courage and patriotism of the military community’s youngest members, the Defense Department observes April as the Month of the Military Child, a Pentagon official told DoD News. Established by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger in 1986, the month recognizes some 1.9 million U.S. military children ranging in age from…

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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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Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special operations

Posted July 28, 2016 by

In a move to meet the high-demand signal for the Air Force’s Battlefield Airmen, the service announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum dated April 25, 2016.

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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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Special Operations develops ‘Iron Man’ Suit

Posted January 30, 2015 by Jim Garamone

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit is cool. But it’s not real. The Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit is cool, too. But it is real and may soon be protecting America’s special operations forces going into harm’s way. The TALOS suit “was chartered to explore and catalyze a revolutionary integration…

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NATO-Russia Council to meet for first time since 2014

Posted April 19, 2016 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON — NATO and Russian officials have much to discuss during the NATO-Russia Council meeting in Brussels tomorrow. “We will address … the crisis in and around Ukraine, military activity, transparency, risk reductions and Afghanistan” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said today. The alliance kept open lines of communication at the ambassadorial level, but this will be the first…

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