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Defense secretary says ‘goodbye’

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U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tours Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Tuesday. Hagel was on a three-day trip visiting members of all four service branches to thank them for their service. It was Hagel’s final domestic trip.

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Air Force: EOD keeps Airmen, community safe

Posted January 16, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Marie Brown

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — The motto, “initial success or total failure,” requires Airmen of the explosive ordnance disposal, EOD, flight here to think outside the box and accept nothing less than perfection when performing their duties. The EOD mission is to locate, identify and neutralize explosive devices. They are tasked with clearing explosive hazards and…

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DOD: Women in service review rollout due in 2016

Posted January 16, 2015 by Amaani Lyle DOD News,

WASHINGTON — Following the 2013 repeal of the Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the secretary of defense will announce final decisions to integrate remaining closed occupations and any approved exceptions to policy on or about Jan. 1, 2016, a Pentagon official reported. Juliet Beyler, the Defense Department’s director of officer and enlisted personnel…

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DOD: Services continue strong recruiting through November 2014

Posted January 9, 2015 by DOD News,

WASHINGTON — All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2015 through November 2014, Defense Department officials announced Tuesday. Here are the active-component recruiting numbers for fiscal year 2015 through November 2014: — Army: 10,036 accessions, 101.6 percent of its goal of 9,880; — Navy: 5,079 accessions, 100 percent…

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Active duty Service members must change Roth TSP contributions

Posted January 9, 2015 by Abigail Reid

Active duty Service members must change Roth TSP contributions by Jan. 31 or risk losing their deductions. GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Active duty members of the Army, Air Force or Navy making dollar-amount Roth contributions to a Thrift Savings Plan account should know that these deductions will stop on Jan. 31, unless action is taken. “The…

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NORAD Prepares to Track Santa’s Flight

Posted December 19, 2014 by North American Aerospace Defense Command News Release

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa website, http://www.noradsanta.org/, launched today featuring a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. Official NORAD Tracks Santa apps are…

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Navy: Joint Services Transcript request process streamlined

Posted December 12, 2014 by Susan Henson

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Sailors can expect their requests for Joint Services Transcript, JST, updates to take less time with a streamlined process that will begin Monday. The processing change removes the intermediate step of Sailors submitting JST requests to the Center for Personal and Professional Development’s, or CPPD, Virtual Education Center, VEC, in Virginia…

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Marines: Staff sergeant becomes first amputee to graduate from grueling swim school

Posted December 12, 2014 by Maj. Eve Baker

QUANTICO, Va. — The Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival course is a grueling training evolution that requires Marines to swim a total of 59 miles over three weeks. The course that graduated on Nov. 25 started with nine participants, but only six were able to complete the challenge. One of those six had the…

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Air Force: Band performs new holiday flash mob

Posted December 5, 2014 by Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Devon Suits

‘Tis the season where friends and family come together over a bountiful spread of food and drink — the time of year where gifts are exchanged and memories and traditions are made. But it is also the time of year when the U.S. Air Force Band surprises the world with another musical flash mob.

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Marines: Man overcomes tumor in spine and joins Corps

Posted December 5, 2014 by Sgt. Walter Marino

Recruit Esra Mullner, Platoon 3269, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, stands at the position of attention at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Calif., Nov. 21. Mullner is a Boise, Idaho native and was recruited out of Recruiting Substation Boise, Idaho. MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. — When Esra Mullner was taken…

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