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New DOD agency focuses on improvised threats

Posted July 17, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — Because it takes a network to defeat a network, the Defense Department’s newest agency to stay at the forefront of improvised threats made its debut here July 13. DOD’s Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency, or JIDA, is built from what had been the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. It is a combat support…

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Test flight completed after F-35B modifications

Posted July 10, 2015 by Micah Garbarino

U.S. Air Force photo by Alex R. Lloyd A Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II takes off at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, June 18. The aircraft underwent a functional check flight following modifications at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex. HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The Ogden Air Logistics Complex completed an F-35B Lightning II…

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GWOT Expeditionary Medal

Posted June 26, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen who earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for more than one of the five Department of Defense approved GWOT-EM operations may now wear a service star device on the medal and service ribbon for the second and…

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Commissaries serve as Feds Feed Families collection sites

Posted June 19, 2015 by Jessica Rouse

FORT LEE, Va. — Commissaries are serving as collection points for the Feds Feed Families campaign, which began June 1 and ends Aug. 31 at participating stateside military installations. During the campaign, participating installations help collect items most needed by food pantries and then donate them to area food banks. “This marks our sixth consecutive…

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‘New Horizons’ readies U.S. to deploy, conduct joint operations

Posted June 5, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

About 100 Army, Air Force and Marine Corps engineering and medical personnel began exercise New Horizons in Honduras June 1, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters June 2.

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Obama nominates new chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Posted May 8, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

President Barack Obama nominated U.S. Marine Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. to serve as the nineteenth chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and U.S. Air Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva to serve as the 10th vice chairman May 5.

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Reaper deploys live weapons on maritime training target

Posted April 3, 2015 by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — On March 17 during a joint service training exercise over the Gulf of Mexico, an MQ-9 Reaper successfully hit a sea-going target with a Hellfire missile. This was the first time a remotely piloted aircraft hit a maritime target. “It was the first time we had put live weapons…

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Raptor demo team soars into sky

Posted November 21, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE Nev. — Just as they do at many airshows across the nation, the F-22 Raptor Demonstration and Heritage Team from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, showcased the capabilities of the F-22 in the skies over Nellis Air Force Base this past weekend at the 2014 Nellis Open House. During the two-day event, the demo…

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New school directory guides parents of special-needs kids

Posted July 11, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — A permanent-change-of-station move prompts its own challenges, but family members with special-needs children face another complexity when looking for the right schools at their new home, a Defense Department official said July 2. Ed Tyner, acting deputy director of DOD’s special needs program, told DOD News that service members and their families can find…

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Commission seeks service members’ compensation preferences

Posted June 6, 2014 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences. Alphonso Maldon Jr., chairman of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, said understanding service members’ compensation preferences is central to the commission’s effort to craft modernization recommendations. “Our primary…

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