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U.S. Begins Second Phase of Ukrainian Training, Equipping Mission

Posted November 24, 2015 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON — The United States has begun the second phase of its Fearless Guardian mission to train and equip Ukrainian forces, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said today. The United States has committed more than $265 million in equipment and training to the mission, Davis told reporters at the Pentagon. The effort, which Congress approved…

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DoD meets interoperability requirements for electronic health records

Posted November 23, 2015 by Lisa FerdinandoDoD News

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has met the interoperability requirements for electronic health records as called for in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, according to DoD officials. DoD and Veterans Affairs have two goals in integrating patients’ records and making the information accessible by both agencies, said Chris Miller, the program executive officer for…

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Reading connects troops, family members during deployments

Posted November 17, 2015 by Claudette Roulo

SAN DIEGO — No matter how far deployed service members are from their families, they still can take an active role in the care of their children, the military’s top noncommissioned officer said here yesterday. “United Through Reading has made it possible for every parent, teacher, mentor and leader in our all-volunteer force to instill a…

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US, Russia sign memorandum on air safety in Syria

Posted October 21, 2015 by Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Senior U.S. and Russian defense officials signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 20 on air safety in Syria, the Pentagon’s press secretary said. The MOU is aimed at minimizing the risk of in-flight incidents among coalition and Russian aircraft operating in Syrian airspace, Peter Cook said at a Pentagon’s news conference. The…

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DOD Safe Helpline gives sexual assault victims additional resource

Posted October 19, 2015 by Holly Logan-Arrington

OBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — The Defense Department has given sexual assault victims a resource that helps them take control of their recovery process. Established in 2011, the DOD Safe Helpline is a crisis support service for members of the DOD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one support and…

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Obama adjusts troop levels for continuing Afghanistan mission

Posted October 16, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — President Barack Obama announced at the White House Oct. 15, that he will keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan through 2016 and a lesser number into 2017 to sustain coalition efforts to train and strengthen Afghan forces. Joining Obama at the podium were Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine…

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Dempsey discusses unsettled, unpredictable world situation

Posted October 13, 2015 by Jim GaramoneDoD News

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said recently that the world is more unsettled and unpredictable than at any time during his 41-year military career. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey sat down with DoD News to discuss his four-year tenure as chairman. He retires at the end of the month. He said…

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Check health care compliance before tax season kicks off, official says

Posted October 13, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department wants its service members and civilian employees to know it’s not too early to make sure their 2015 health insurance paperwork is in order before filing their federal taxes, the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said in a recent interview with DoD News. Dr. Karen Guice said the…

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USDA Veteran Initiatives now part of DoD’s Transition Assistance Program

Posted October 13, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk DoD News

WASHINGTON — Agriculture and farm business opportunities became the newest career training choice for transitioning service members this week when the Agriculture Department announced it would ensure service members attending the Defense Department’s Transition Assistance Program, or TAP, would receive information on veteran training and counseling programs in agriculture. DoD’s Transition to Veterans Program Office…

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Air Force vice chief of staff discusses education, innovation

Posted August 7, 2015 by Shannon Collins

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer and Jack Buckley, the senior vice president of research for the College Board, spoke about innovation and education during the Military Child Education Coalition’s 17th National Training Seminar July 31. Spencer, who was a military child himself, spoke on the importance of…

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