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Prince Harry, former President Bush stress importance of healing invisible wounds

Posted May 17, 2016 by Shannon Collins

ORLANDO, Fla.(AFNS) — Great Britain’s Prince Harry, former President George W. Bush, and service members from each of their nations led a discussion at the 2016 Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds presented May 8 by the George W. Bush Institute here. Former first lady Laura Bush said she and the Bush Institute leadership were…

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Del Toro inspires others during Invictus Games, earns gold at shot put

Posted May 12, 2016 by Shannon Collins

ORLANDO, Fla. (AFNS) — Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro is all about smiles and inspiring others as he competes at the Invictus Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. Throughout the week, more than 500 wounded, ill and injured service members from 15 nations have been competing in 10 sporting events…

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Pentagon spokesman: Up to 250 more U.S. forces to deploy to Syria

Posted May 6, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Up to 250 additional U.S. personnel are being deployed to Syria to support local forces on the ground and build on successes of U.S. forces already deployed there in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon’s press secretary said April 25. The additional personnel include special…

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DOD-wide Windows 10 rapid deployment to boost cybersecurity

Posted March 10, 2016 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department will deploy Windows 10 departmentwide by January to strengthen cybersecurity and streamline the information technology operating environment, according to a Feb. 26 memo by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work. Work addressed the memo to secretaries of the military departments, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defense under secretaries,…

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DoD plans benefit revision with ‘blended retirement’

Posted February 17, 2016 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON — Upon taking office almost a year ago, Defense Secretary Ash Carter promised reforms, saying “that a blended retirement system is a key step in modernizing the department’s ability to recruit, retain and maintain the talent we require of our future force.” An overhaul of the current military retirement system is slated to take effect…

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Sesame Street supports military families in transition

Posted February 5, 2016 by DoD News

WASHINGTON, January — Elmo, Big Bird, and Abby Cadabby are teaming up with the Defense Department to support thousands of military families as they transition to civilian life, according to Transition to Veterans Program Office officials. On Jan. 27, the Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, launched a website devoted to helping families…

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12 weeks paid military maternity leave, other benefits

Posted February 5, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is increasing military maternity leave and instituting other changes in an effort to support military families, improve retention and strengthen the force of the future, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today. Women across the joint force can now take 12 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, Carter told reporters at…

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James applauds DOD Force of the Future initiatives

Posted February 2, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James declared her support of department-wide reforms focused on improving quality of life for military parents, following Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s Jan. 28 announcement on the next round of Force of the Future initiatives. “I applaud Secretary Carter and welcome these announcements as a positive step forward…

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Services submit plans on integrating women into all military jobs

Posted January 8, 2016 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has received plans from each of the services for implementing plans to integrate women into all positions in the military, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said today. The office of the acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness received the plans, Cook said at a news conference. Defense Secretary…

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Face of Defense: Soldier spreads joy through love for piano

Posted December 28, 2015 by Kevin Walston

Among Army Spc. Anne Lee's earliest memories, she said, is being a young girl staring at the pianist during Sunday church services and wondering what it took to make that kind of music.

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