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Vice chief on leadership: Latch on to mentors

US Army - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:00pm
An important aspect of leader development not learned in a classroom setting is the importance of seeking out good mentors, explained the Army Vice Chief of Staff to a meeting of the Asian American Government Executives Network, June 5, 2014, in Arlington, Va.

Rangers among first leaders of America's Army

US Army - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:00pm
When Congress established the Continental Army on June 14, 1775, the original 10 Rifle Companies were composed heavily of frontiersmen and some leaders of the militia already fighting were veterans of a unit known as Roger's Rangers.

Washington takes command of Continental Army in 1775

US Army - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:00pm
Before the American colonies even made their declaration of independence, the Second Continental Congress gathered together in Philadelphia 238 years ago to create a standing Army and select a commander in chief.

Continental Congress authorizes Army

US Army - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:00pm
When the American Revolutionary War broke out in 1775, the original 13 colonies did not have a shared army, but instead, a collection of independent colonial militias.

Sailors Attend "The Last Ship" Premiere

US Navy News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 9:44pm
Sailors attended Michael Bay's "The Last Ship" premiere at the Newseum, June 4.

Naval District Washington Honors Battle of Midway Anniversary

US Navy News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 1:46pm
Hundreds of Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and a handful of World War II veterans commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Midway during a ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., June 4.

USS Ross to be Forward Deployed to Rota, Spain

US Navy News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 1:09pm
USS Ross (DDG 71) departed its Norfolk homeport June 3 on her way to Rota, Spain, as the second of four Arleigh Burke—class guided—missile destroyers to be forward deployed there.

Wounded Warriors Hit the Ground Running at Navy Trials

US Navy News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 8:00am
The Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials begin June 4 in Norfolk, Va., as seriously wounded, ill and injured service members face off in archery, shooting, swimming and wheelchair basketball.

13 Nations to Participate in 42nd Annual Exercise BALTOPS 2014

US Navy News - Wed, 06/04/2014 - 7:06am
Thirteen nations are scheduled to participate in the 42nd annual joint exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2014, set for June 6—21, in the Baltic Sea.

NFL wellness team, Army medicine leaders tour National Intrepid Center

US Army - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 11:00pm
Members from the National Football League's Health and Safety Policy team recently met with Army Medicine staffers in an effort to increase the momentum of the Army/NFL initiative on traumatic brain injury prevention and awareness, which began in 2012.

AF upgrades official website

US Air Force News - Thu, 08/01/2013 - 4:00pm
The official website of the U.S. Air Force is taking a step forward in the information age Aug. 2 with a new look and greater functionality for today's Internet user.

The latest version of Air Force Link boasts features that make it more accessible including mobile device and computer software compatibility, more interaction opportunities through social media and easier navigation.

"The redesigned sites will not only look better to the general public, they'll also be more powerful for website managers across the Air Force thanks to increased functionality on the back end of the new system," said Brig. Gen. Les A. Kodlick, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs director, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. "This is a huge undertaking for the Air Force Public Web team at the Air Force Public Affairs Agency that has been in the works for more than a year."
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A tribute to a warrior, patriot and hero to all Airmen

US Air Force News - Thu, 08/01/2013 - 9:44am
I am the very proud son of an American fighter pilot, one of that treasured group who served in three wars, built an Air Force, and gave it an enduring example of courage and mission success.

My dad was a hero. As a young man, I asked him who his combat heroes were; he gave me only two names. One was Major General Frederick "Boots" Blesse and the other was Colonel George E. "Bud" Day. My dad was not easily impressed, so I knew that if they were his heroes, they were very, very special men. I was right.
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Help is a good thing: colonel, sexual assault survivor recounts experience

US Air Force News - Mon, 07/29/2013 - 8:55am
The first in a video series of survivor stories, an Air Force colonel shared her graphic, first-hand experience with sexual assault in 1988.

After years of silence about the incident, Col. Pamela Lincoln voluntarily shared her experience with the hope that it might empower other survivors to come forward for the emotional, medical and legal support they need.

Interestingly, the path to her participation in this video was not sexual assault, but post-traumatic stress disorder. Lincoln was assigned to Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., when she learned a senior NCO in her unit had survived the July 2012 Aurora theater shooting that left 12 people dead and 70 others injured.
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Air Force Week in Photos

US Air Force News - Fri, 07/26/2013 - 11:26am
This week's photos feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.

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Officers, enlisted members offered early retirement

US Air Force News - Thu, 07/25/2013 - 12:43pm
Technical and master sergeants, captains, majors and lieutenant colonels in certain Air Force specialties may apply to retire with fewer than 20 years of active service under the Temporary Early Retirement Authority, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced.

Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA is one of several force management programs the Air Force will implement during fiscal 2014 to meet end-strength goals, said Lt. Col. John Barlett, the AFPC operations division chief.
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Air Force takes swift action against sexual assault

US Air Force News - Wed, 07/24/2013 - 2:26pm
It's not an overstatement to say that the past many years have been challenging for those in the military working to prevent sexual assault and sexual trauma. However, for those who've been victimized it has been much worse, and we should never forget that.

The harm in this crime is not just physical; it is emotional, scarring the mental health of our Airmen, often in enduring ways. As an institution, we must foster a culture that nourishes dignity and respect for fellow Airmen. The health of our Airmen and the readiness of our force demands it.
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Sexual assault prevention focus group visits begin at Wright-Patterson

US Air Force News - Wed, 07/24/2013 - 12:02pm
To better understand and deter sexual assault within the service, Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office director, kicked off the first in a series of visits to installations with a stop at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, July 22-23.

Woodward hosted focus groups with senior leaders, junior military members and survivors to get a pulse on Airmen's thoughts regarding sexual assault.

During the visit, Woodward challenged senior leaders to inspire and set the tone for change.
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Two special operations Airmen earn Silver Stars

US Air Force News - Tue, 07/23/2013 - 3:39pm
Two Air Force Special Operations Command combat controllers stationed in San Antonio were each presented a Silver Star for gallantry in combat during a ceremony here July 22.

The two combat controllers, Tech. Sgt. Ismael Villegas and Staff Sgt. Dale Young, were decorated by Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, the commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

The Silver Star is the third highest award exclusively for combat valor.

"Gentlemen, your bravery and tenacity epitomize what being a warrior is all about," Fiel said during the ceremony. "Your brave actions under hostile fire at great risk to your lives not only decimated the enemy, but also saved lives of your teammates. Your unwavering gallantry and devotion to duty are an example for all of us to follow."
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CSAF thanks Schriever AFB, addresses importance of every Airman

US Air Force News - Tue, 07/23/2013 - 1:08pm
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III visited Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., July 19 to thank the team as well as provide some insights on current Air Force issues.

As part of a two-day visit to Colorado, Welsh and his wife, Betty, met with Schriever AFB Airmen and their families at a key spouse meeting, hosted an Airman's call and had lunch with Airmen from across the wing.

"I am here to say thanks for who you are, for what you do, for how well you do it, for enabling the entire rest of our Air Force to do its job all (around) the world and enabling the entire joint team to get the job done all (around) the world," Welsh said.
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Stay connected with social media without sacrificing career

US Air Force News - Fri, 07/19/2013 - 11:47am
Engaging in social media can be a positive experience that entertains, keeps people connected and allows opinions to be expressed on a wide variety of topics.

In some cases though, social media can ruin personal reputations or careers, and create an open window for criminals to access personal information.

According to the Air Force's top social media expert, safe use of social-media outlets is simple -- use common sense.

Tanya Schusler is the chief of social media for the Air Force Public Affairs Agency, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. She said in many cases, problems arise when people are "too trusting" with their personally identifiable information.
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