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  • Restrictions placed on U.S. service members in Japan

    11/19/2017 8:27:39 PM PST · by Ronin · 69 replies
    US Forces Japan ^ | Nov. 20, 1325 | USFM
    Effective immediately, U.S. service members on Okinawa are restricted to base and to their residences. Until further notice, alcohol consumption is prohibited. This includes in residences and public locations such as bars and clubs, and hotels. Additionally, U.S. service members on mainland Japan are prohibited from purchasing or consuming alcohol, on or off base. The new restrictions follow an accident Sunday morning in Naha in which a Okinawan man was killed when his vehicle was struck by a truck being driven by a U.S. service member. Alcohol may have been a factor. Commanders across Japan will immediately lead mandatory training...
  • Rumsfeld Says America is Servicemembers’ Gift to Future

    06/25/2010 12:54:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    WASHINGTON, June 25, 2010 – America exists and prospers because members of the U.S. armed forces step forward and protect it, former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today. "In a very real sense,” he said, “America is their gift to the future." Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, addresses the audience while former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld looks on during Rumsfeld's portrait unveiling ceremony at the Pentagon, June 25, 2010. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “This country – which has treated me so well – exists and prospers because the members...
  • Program Helps Servicemembers Transition to Civilian Life

    12/31/2009 3:39:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 245+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Christen N. McCluney
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2009 – The Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program is working to prepare servicemembers and their families for a successful transition to civilian life. "We are trying to ensure that [servicemembers] transition from active duty back to the civilian community is a smooth and seamless one," Ron Horne, deputy director for the Transition Assistance Program at the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy told listeners during a “Dot Mil Docs” interview today. The idea of the program is to make them aware of the support systems that are available to them, he said. The DoD...
  • Scouts Honor Servicemembers at Ceremony

    11/18/2009 3:56:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 427+ views
    ARLINGTON, Nov. 18, 2009 – Character was the focus as Scouting saluted the military yesterday. U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri told about 500 people from Boy Scouts’ National Capital Area Council that the values of Boy Scouts and the military are constant and that both organizations seek to serve something greater than themselves. This was the first Scout dinner saluting the military. Retired Navy Capt. Scott Gray, who now works with event sponsor General Dynamics, said he hopes to make the event an annual affair. The Crystal Gateway Marriott – a stone’s throw from the Pentagon – hosted the...
  • Face of Defense: Captain Brings Entertainment to Servicemembers

    08/01/2009 6:14:46 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 361+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Lance Cpl. Jason Hernandez, USMC
    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq, July 31, 2009 – When most servicemembers think of their concert experiences here, they recall punching their fists into the desert sky, rocking out to old favorites and meeting new friends. Air Force Capt. Joshua Daniels, on the other hand, remembers long hours, black coffee and some of the most rewarding days of his military career. Daniels, the base’s morale, welfare and recreation liaison, is in charge of arranging entertainment for servicemembers deployed to western Iraq. Though much of his time is spent organizing concerts, he also finds time to acquire computers for the MWR...
  • 'A home away from home' (Rotarians, others help to maintain hospitality house)

    06/21/2009 7:35:43 AM PDT · by SandRat · 198+ views
    HEREFORD — Nearly three decades ago, a two-story barracks on Fort Huachuca was carefully dismantled. There was no tearing the structure down without regard for ensuring the pieces couldn’t be used again. For 78-year-old Darl Goode, the object was to reassemble, with slight modifications, the structure on a piece of property off of Green Oak Lane in Stump Canyon. The old barracks, once part of what was called Splinter Village on the post, wooden structures constructed in the 1940s to house two black divisions that trained in Arizona during World War II, was put together on an acre of land...
  • Group Encourages Americans to Reach Out to Female Servicemembers

    03/23/2009 4:41:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 267+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 23, 2009 – During Women’s History Month, many Americans take time to salute the contributions of women. Manhattanville My Soldier, a New York-based troop-support group, is paying special attention this month to women serving in the U.S. armed forces. “The military women I met while serving in Iraq were courageous and kind,” My Soldier co-founder Juan Salas, an active-duty Army sergeant and Manhattanville College student, said. “We are asking civilians to pay respect to these brave women during Women’s History Month.” In observance of Women’s History Month, the group has created “My Soldier: Her Story,” a program that...
  • Program Addresses Wounded, Ill, Injured Servicemembers’ Needs

    11/20/2008 3:27:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 136+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2008 – More than 1,900 wounded servicemen and women have benefited from their enrollment in a specialized health program to meet their unique needs during their rehabilitative process. “As we began seeing more wounded servicemembers returning to our region, we identified some unique needs that they faced as they went on about the business of healing,” Thomas Carrato, program officer for Health Net Federal Services, said in a Nov. 18 “Dot Mil Docs” interview on This specialized care program was created in early 2007 when officials at Tricare, the Defense Department’s health care program, recognized...
  • Warrior Care: Pay Change Puts More Money in Injured Servicemembers’ Pockets

    11/04/2008 4:30:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 234+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2008 – A military compensation policy change provides more money for servicemembers injured during service in the global war on terrorism, a senior Defense Department official said here today. The Pay and Allowance Continuation program, known by the acronym PAC, is authorized by the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act, Tim Fowlkes, assistant director of military compensation, told Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service reporters. The new initiative enables wounded servicemembers undergoing medical treatment to continue to receive overseas-related per diem and hazardous and hardship duty pays, as well as other special-incentive monies such as special...
  • America Supports You: Game Show Honors Servicemembers

    10/23/2008 4:30:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 157+ views
    DALLAS, Oct. 23, 2008 – Despite having an air show the next day to prepare for, Air Force Master Sgt. Robin Brooks decided to play the odds of becoming the “next contestant on ‘The Price is Right,’” and it paid off. "Having my named called was music to my ears," said Brooks, first sergeant for the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s air demonstration squadron, based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Brooks was part of an audience made up of soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines, military retirees, disabled veterans and family members for a special taping of the CBS daytime game...
  • Bush Salutes U.S. Mission, Servicemembers in Afghanistan

    10/01/2008 5:25:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 223+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2008 – President Bush today cited the “incredible” progress that has been achieved in Afghanistan after he’d been briefed on the situation by U.S. Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, NATO’s top commander there. Bush told reporters after meeting with the four-star general at the White House that McKiernan, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, is “going to make sure that we continue helping this young democracy succeed.” Bush cited several examples of progress in Afghanistan, such as new and renovated schools, expanded education and health care, and the building of much-needed roads. “There’s been...
  • Pentagon Honors Exceptional Employers of Citizen-Servicemembers

    09/19/2008 4:47:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 135+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2008 – Fifteen employers accepted a Defense Department award last night for their exceptional financial and emotional support of National Guard and Reserve members on their payrolls. Thomas F. Hall, assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs; Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig R. McKinley, director of the Air National Guard; and David S.C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, prepare to present the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award at the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve ceremony Sept. 18, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Defens Dept. photo by John J. Kruzel  (Click photo for...
  • America Supports You: Mobile Memorial Honors Fallen Servicemembers

    08/05/2008 4:25:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 96+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2008 – A California troop-support group is paying tribute to servicemembers who died while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom with a mobile memorial. The Fueled by the Fallen Memorial Race Car Team -- a trio of cars bearing the names of Marines who died in Iraq -- makes appearances around the country to raise awareness of the sacrifices made in defense of the United States. Fueled by the Fallen also strives to provide support for the families of fallen heroes and to support and raise awareness for those who are afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder, Ken...
  • Petraeus Re-enlists 1,215 U.S. Troops July 4 in Iraq

    07/05/2008 7:23:07 AM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 449+ views
    Baghdad, July 5, 2008 – Servicemembers from all over Iraq gathered here today in the Al Faw Palace rotunda on Camp Victory, to re-enlist and celebrate America’s Independence Day. U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, commanding general, Multinational Force Iraq, reenlisted 1,215 U.S. servicemembers from all over Iraq July 4, 2008, during a ceremony in the Al Faw Palace rotunda at Camp Victrory in Baghdad. Photo by MNF-I Public Affairs  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. All 1,215 servicemembers celebrated by raising their right hand and pledging to continue defending the ‘land of the free’ in what is the largest...
  • Army Invention Saves Severely Injured Servicemembers’ Lives

    06/13/2008 4:18:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 190+ views
    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, June 13, 2008 – A new lifesaving standard of care has garnered the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research here a prestigious recognition: invention of the year. The innovation, called Damage Control Resuscitation of Severely Injured Soldiers, was named one of the Army’s “Top Ten Greatest Inventions of 2007.” “The American Association for Trauma Surgeons calls this one of the biggest improvements to trauma care in the last 10 years,” said Michael Dubick, senior research pharmacologist for the Institute of Surgical Research. The invention is aimed at saving severely injured soldiers with internal injuries that...
  • 15th generation rabbi: Helping servicemembers keep faith

    05/07/2008 5:09:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 140+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Airman Tong Duong, USAF
    5/7/2008 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- The candle flame danced a slow mesmerizing dance as it flickered from one side of the wick to the next. The light softly illuminated his face as his silhouette became a portion of the projection behind him -- images of Holocaust victims. Soft-spoken yet with a stern demeanor, Rabbi (Capt.) Raphael Berdugo's eyes glistened as he solemnly lead a prayer in Yiddish. More than 30 servicemembers bowed their heads to pay their respects during the Holocaust Remembrance Vigil held here May 2, to remember the more than 6 million lives lost during World War...
  • NCAA Final Four recognizes American servicemembers

    04/07/2008 5:34:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 123+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Ben Gonzales, USAF
    4/6/2008 - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- College basketball officials recognized the contributions of American servicemembers throughout the world during the men's NCAA Final Four weekend April 4 through 7 in San Antonio. Military members were present during college basketball's biggest weekend while singing the national anthem, presenting the colors, sitting in the stands and watching live from bases directly fighting the war on terrorism. The military was saluted throughout the weekend as officials of the NCAA saluted American warriors at festivities throughout the weekend. NCAA coaches and the public talked to and thanked troops serving on the front lines in...
  • Servicemembers Receive Invitations to State of Union Address

    01/28/2008 4:24:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 91+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2008 – A Marine who lost both legs in Iraq, a 61-year-old doctor who joined the Navy after his oldest son was killed in Iraq, a soldier and an airman wounded in Iraq, and a Marine whose unit was part of the troop surge in Iraq’s Anbar province will join first lady Laura Bush tonight during the president’s State of the Union address. The servicemembers were selected as special guests for the annual address to both houses of Congress, President Bush’s eighth, and the last before he leaves office. White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said today...
  • ‘Why We Serve’ Program Connects Servicemembers, Civilians

    01/07/2008 4:24:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 41+ views
    Why We Serve ^ | John J. Kruzel
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2008 – Media outlets portray a version of the U.S. military as seen from the outside, but Americans across the country can access the primary source: hearing the military experience described by a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who lives it. At universities, high schools and rotary clubs in scores of U.S. cities, “Why We Serve,” a Defense Department outreach program, is connecting men and women in uniform to the American public they serve. Started in July 2006, the program provides a platform for servicemembers recently returned from operations in Afghanistan, Iraq or the Horn of...
  • Hockey Telecast to Feature U.S. Servicemembers in Kosovo

    11/29/2007 4:17:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 186+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. Jason Smith, USAF
    PRISTINA, Kosovo, Nov. 29, 2007 – Versus, the U.S. cable television home of the National Hockey League, has partnered with some troops deployed to Kosovo to give an early Christmas present to the peacekeepers there and their families at home. At 7 p.m. EST on Dec. 11 , everyone watching the Pittsburgh Penguins battle the Philadelphia Flyers on Versus will get to see some pictures of the American soldiers, airmen and sailors who are serving at Camps Film City and Bondsteel, Kosovo. At the same time their pictures are being shown on television in the United States, the troops will...