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Navy Christens Submarine John Warner

US Navy News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 7:42pm
Pre—Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785), the first of the Virginia—class attack submarines to be homported in Naval Station Norfolk, was christened at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va., Sept. 6.

Aviation Command Retention Bonus is Back

US Navy News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 7:49am
After a year's worth of work and staffing, Navy leadership approved the restoration of the Aviation Command Retention Bonus (ACRB) this week. This will increase the pool of talented and qualified officers with command experience to fill critical commander and captain jobs.

Enlisted Leadership Training Review Asks Sailors: What Do You Need?

US Navy News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 7:25am
Sailors with opinions or ideas about how to best develop enlisted leaders are being asked to provide input on two Navy courses that are currently under review, said the review project's leader Sept. 4.

Fiscal Year 2015 General Military Training Requirements Announced

US Navy News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:20pm
The Navy's General Military Training (GMT) schedule for fiscal year 2015 (FY—15), announced Sept. 2, outlines significant changes for the program, according to Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN) 202/14.

Navy Families Get More Lead Time on Overseas Screening with a Letter of Intent

US Navy News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 8:22am
Life just got easier for Navy families going overseas with their Sailor with the release of a Navy message Sept. 3.

SECDEF to Hold Live Town Hall at Naval War College

US Navy News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:49am
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will visit the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) and hold a live town hall on the Defense Department's role in national security Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. Viewers can watch live on DoD News at http://www.defense.gov/live.

Update: Marine Helicopter Crashes in the Gulf of Aden

US Navy News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 1:03pm
A U.S. Marine Corps CH—53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) crashed at 2:00 p.m. (GMT), today, at sea in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land aboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).

Bataan ARG Deployment Extended in 5th Fleet

US Navy News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 8:20am
The Secretary of Defense ordered the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Aug. 30, to remain in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) until the beginning of October.

PCU North Dakota (SSN 784), First Block III Virginia Class Submarine Delivered

US Navy News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 5:22am
The Navy accepted delivery of PCU North Dakota (SSN 784), the 11th ship of the Virginia Class, on Aug. 29, two days prior to its contract delivery date.

We're in this Together: One Suicide is One Too Many

US Navy News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:55pm
Starting in September the Navy will be promoting the message "Every Sailor, Every Day," to encourage all Sailors, leaders, families and members of the Navy community to strengthen their connections with those around them in accordance with Suicide Prevention Month.

CNO Visits NAS Key West

US Navy News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:54am
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert visited Naval Air Station Key West for an all—hands call and tour of enlisted housing, Aug. 27.

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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