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DOD: Secretary of Defense joins Facebook

Posted June 5, 2015 by DOD News Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter became the first secretary of defense to join Facebook May 29, Pentagon officials announced. In a statement released after Carter joined, officials said the secretary of defense will be able to personally communicate with nearly three million Service members and Civilians on the social media platform. The defense secretary’s…

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Program offers free museum visits to Service members Families

Posted May 29, 2015 by Shannon Collins

City of Sierra Vista Graphic The Henry F. Hauser Museum inside the Ethel Berger Center, 2950 E. Tacoma St., Sierra Vista, is one of the 26 Arizona museums participating in the Blue Star Museums Program running through Labor Day, Sept. 7. WASHINGTON — Through Labor Day, Service members and their families can visit more than…

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DOD: New peer-to-peer service aims to provide counseling support

Posted May 22, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — Starting this summer, the Defense Department will offer an additional counseling service to help military Service members, transitioning troops and family members deal with a host of issues before they become crises. Peer-to-peer support, which will be available through Military OneSource, will offer assistance from counselors who have at least a master’s degree…

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Air Force:F-35 pilot training begins at Luke

Posted May 22, 2015 by Senior Airman James Hensley

The first ever F-35 Lightning II pilot training class was held at Luke Air Force Base, Phoenix, May 4.

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DOD: Area flyover to commemorate World War II victory

Posted May 8, 2015 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON — America will remember the millions who helped make possible the European theater victory in World War II with a flyover of the Capitol and National Mall area by historic aircraft today. To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of fighting in Europe, or VE Day, aircraft from all periods of World War…

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Air Force: $2M prize offered for development of small, efficient turboshaft engine

Posted May 8, 2015 by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force graphic The Air Force Prize is designed to spark American ingenuity by inviting a wide audience to compete, and to encourage innovative solutions to Air Force mission requirements beyond typical acquisition programs. WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Registration is now open for the $2 million Air Force prize that will be…

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Air Force: 1,000th F-35 training sortie flown at Luke AFB

Posted April 3, 2015 by 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE (AFNS) — The 56th Fighter Wing flew its 1,000th F-35A Lightning II training sortie Tuesday, making it the fastest F-35 wing to reach the 1,000-sortie milestone in the Defense Department. This is the second historic milestone in the past two weeks. Last week, Luke’s first F-35 student sortie was flown marking…

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Disaster preparedness mirrors military readiness, official says

Posted April 3, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department takes pride in its readiness to defend the nation against military threats, and also in its role as a partner in emergency and disaster response, a DOD official said. In an interview with DOD News on the April observance of the “America’s PrepareAthon!” campaign, Robert Salesses, deputy assistant secretary of…

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DOD warns troops, families to be cyber crime smart

Posted March 27, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — Defense Department employees and their families should be vigilant when guarding personal and work information from expanding cyber-criminal activity, and to know how to recognize scammer tactics, according to DOD’s chief information officer. Terry Halvorsen issued a DOD-wide memorandum March 18 about the growing threat of cybercrime “phishing” and “spear phishing” in emails,…

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Navy: 86th Naval Academy commandant announced

Posted March 27, 2015 by U.S. Naval Academy Headquarters

Annapolis, Md. — Col. Stephen Liszewski was recently selected to be the 86th commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He is an alumni of the Naval Academy Class of 1990. Similar to the dean of students at a civilian university, the commandant is responsible for the day-to-day conduct, military training…

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