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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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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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“Month of the Military Child”

Posted April 10, 2015 by

(U.S. Air Force photo staff Sgt. Amanda Grabiec) During April’s Month of the Military Child, the Defense Department recognizes the support provided by and sacrifices made by military children, said Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office of family policy/children and youth. Since 1983, DOD has recognized military children for the support they provide to their…

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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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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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DoD eliminates renter’s insurance from BAH

Posted April 3, 2015 by Senior Airman R. Alex Durbin

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS. Va. — Following recent changes to Department of Defense Basic Housing Allowance policies, U.S. Service members living in privatized base housing will no longer automatically receive renter’s insurance through property management companies. Since privatization, Service members who live in military housing communities were automatically provided renter’s insurance through the terms of their lease agreement…

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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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DOD awards contract for electronic health records

Posted August 7, 2015 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The award of the new modernization contract for electronic health records is a great opportunity to “save money, save time, and most importantly, save lives,” said Christopher A. Miller, the Defense Healthcare Management Systems program executive officer. In a culmination of a more than two-year effort, the Defense Department today awarded a…

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Air Force, DoD switch HOMES

Posted January 16, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Natalie Stanley

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force members now have access to HOMES.mil, a new official Defense Department website designed to modernize the way all service members search for housing when relocating. Effective Dec. 29, 2014, HOMES.mil was launched for public access to provide service members seeking housing at their assigned location, and to landlords, owners and…

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DoD Sexual Assault Prevention certifications grow

Posted June 3, 2016 by Amaani Lyle

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 27, 2016 — The Defense Department’s campaign to combat sexual assault is moving forward as reflected in the steady submission of applications from sexual assault response coordinators and sexual assault prevention and response victim advocates for accreditation through the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program, Pentagon officials observed recently at the National…

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