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2-13th Avn. Regiment dedicates building to memory of UAS warrant officer

Video captures by Thom Williams Members of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Edward Balli’s family and other guests watch as Army officials unveil the plaque on Balli Hall during Tuesday’s memorialization ceremony. The building was named in the honor of the first unmanned aircraft system warrant officer lost to direct enemy action in Afghanistan. The 2-13th…

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Fort Hood shooting victim seeks to inspire others

Robert Shields Army 1st Lt. John Arroyo works on strengthening his right hand while his occupational therapist, Katie Korp, looks on at the Center for the Intrepid in Brooke Army Medical Center’s rehabilitation center at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Jan. 16. Arroyo, severely wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, last year,…

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New home opens for predator drones at Libby Airfield

Maci Hidalgo Brig. Gen. Edward Maxwell speaks to the attendees during the 214th Reconnaissance Group, 162d Wing, Air National Guard ribbon cutting ceremony at Libby Air Field on Fort Huachuca. Maxwell said the new facility will enhance the Air Guard’s ability to defend the state and the nation. The Arizona Air National Guard 214th Aviation…

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Military Intelligence – Moment in MI history

Army Intelligence played significant role in Vietnam Courtesy Photo U.S. Soldiers are shown on foot patrol in South Vietnam. The Vietnam War was complex in its origins and followed France’s unsuccessful attempts to restore its colonial dominion over Indochina after World War II. The Viet Minh, a Communist-dominated revolutionary movement led by Ho Chi Minh,…

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National Guard 29th ID Signal Company first to receive Army’ network upgrades

The Army National Guard’s C Signal Company, 29th Infantry Division (ID) Headquarters was one the first units to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day during World War II, and it’s also the first unit across the entire Army to receive new communications upgrades.


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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY SAFETY MESSAGE

Posted  January 16, 2015

On Monday January 19th America commemorates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. We must honor his memory by striving to end discrimination and hatred wherever it resides. The U.S. Military has always been a leader for social change in America. In 1948 President Harry Truman ended segregation in the military with Executive Order 9981….

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National Blood Donor Month celebrates donors, local collection scheduled

Posted  January 16, 2015

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — January is National Blood Donor Month, and this year, the Armed Services Blood Program, ASBP, would like to thank you for “giving to the red, white and blue.” “2014 was a great year for the Armed Services Blood Program,” said Navy Capt. Roland Fahie, ASBP director. “We have you — our…

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Obama unveils next steps in cybersecurity plan

Posted  January 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Continuing an effort to help defend the nation’s computer-connected systems, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday additional steps that call for more information sharing, modernized law enforcement and updated security data breach reporting. “Cyber threats pose an enormous challenge for our country,” the president said. “As long as I’m president, protecting America’s digital infrastructure…

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Defense secretary says ‘goodbye’

Posted  January 16, 2015

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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Army Community Service announces upcoming classes

Posted  January 16, 2015

Military Spouse 102 to be offered Army Community Service will host a Military Spouse 102 (Army Family Team Building Level II) Class, Jan. 27 – 28, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at ACS, for spouses who are new to the Army and those wanting to learn what the new curriculum has to offer. The AFTB…

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Retiree Council shares news you can use

Posted  January 16, 2015

Do retired Soldiers maintain healthier weights than Civilian retirees? Approximately half of the retired Soldiers whose height and weight were measured at medical appointments in military treatment facilities last year had a body mass index, BMI, that classified them as obese. Obesity rates for these retired Soldiers are significantly higher than the general population of…

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Sergeant cooks up a win at Culinary Arts of Quarter board

Posted  January 16, 2015

Staff Sgt. Kelvin Ringold After hearing a grader yell “hands up,” Sgt. Kory Bender, Alpha Company, 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 11th Signal Brigade, throws his hands up and steps away from his dishes. During the Culinary Arts NCO of the Year board at Fort Hood, Texas, on Jan. 8 – 9, Soldiers needed to have…

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Army & Air Force Exchange Service sets Martin Luther King Birthday hours

Posted  January 16, 2015

Launderette Always Open Main Exchange Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Furniture/Outdoor Living Monday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Main Store Barbershop, Flower Shop, General Nutrition Center, Mobile Center, Optical Shop, L&A Southern Style BBQ, Cox, Love/Hate/Kustoms Monday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Laundry/Dry Cleaners/Alterations – Military Clothing Sales, Main Store Beauty Shop, Main Gate…

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Air Force: EOD keeps Airmen, community safe

Posted  January 16, 2015

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

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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