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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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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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U.S. conducts b-52 bomber overflight in South Korea

Posted January 14, 2016 by DoD News

WASHINGTON — A U.S. B-52 bomber from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan, South Korea, in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, according to a U.S. Pacific Command news release issued yesterday. The B-52 was joined by South Korean F-15 fighter aircraft and U.S….

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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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Russia naming U.S. as threat does not change Chairman’s perspective

Posted January 8, 2016 by Jim Garamone DoD News

STUTTGART, Germany — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters traveling with him here that a new Russian national security strategy document naming the United States as a threat does not change his perception of the threat posed by Russia. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. said the U.S. military “has…

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2016 BAH rates announced

Posted December 21, 2015 by

The Department of Defense has released the 2016 Basic Allowance for Housing rates.  Basic Allowance for Housing rates will increase an average of 3.4 percent when the new rates take effect on January 1, 2016.  An estimated $21 billion will be paid to approximately one million Service members.  On average, Basic Allowance for Housing rates…

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Troop level decision continues to resonate

Posted December 10, 2015 by Jim GaramoneDoD News

BAGRAM AIRFIELD — President Barack Obama’s decision to keep 9,800 American forces in Afghanistan into 2016 has resonated through the region, the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission told reporters here today. Army Gen. John F. Campbell said that at this time last year the United States was headed toward 1,000 service members in Afghanistan by…

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Veteran unemployment rate lowest in nearly 8 years

Posted December 8, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — A concerted national effort to hire veterans, coupled with their sought-after essential skills training, likely had an effect on making October’s veteran unemployment rate the lowest since April 2008, a Defense Department official said Nov. 30. Susan S. Kelly, who leads DoD’s Transition to Veterans Program Office, spoke to DoD News about the October…

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Defense

Carter opens all military occupations, positions to women

Posted December 8, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception. For the first time in U.S. military history, as long as they qualify and meet specific standards, the secretary said women will be able to contribute to the Defense Department mission…

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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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