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A Deployment to Remember


by Janine Boldrin Mid-tour leave is a chance to relax during your deployment, but you can also use the time to re-establish bonds with your family and friends. “I think vacations are necessary for overall health and wellness, but specifically for families to reconnect when life gets in the way,” said Julie Lanham, Professional Travel Planner […]

Preparing for retirement ? – what you need to know for this military transition


by Colonel (Retired) North Charles Members of the reserve component who achieve 20 years of service and become eligible for a non-regular retirement have earned a wide variety of very valuable benefits. Like all aspects of your military career, it is important that you are familiar with the scope and the limitations of your non-regular retirement […]

Moody Move – Helping Your Teen Cope With Another PCS


Are you living with a stressed-out teen? Feeling the pressure of schedules packed with Advanced Placement classes, high-stakes standardized testing and activities picked with an eye toward college admissions applications, teenagers are feeling stress in so many areas of their lives. For teens in military families, the social and academic pressures are compounded by deployments […]

‘See Something, Say Something’ Can Save Lives


By Brian Godette | U.S. Army Reserve Command Turbulent times call for vigilance on the part of every Citizen, to ensure the safety of not only the ones they love, but the public in general. In a time in our global society where terror attacks have become more frequent, and the wake of its damage threatens […]

A Look Back at Desert Storm, 25 Years Later


By Senior Airman Hailey Haux | Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Twenty-five years ago, the Air Force participated in Operation Desert Storm, the largest air campaign since the conflict in Southeast Asia. The campaign’s purpose was to drive the Iraqi military out of Kuwait, release the country from Saddam Hussein’s invasion and reestablish […]

First Female Army Reserve Graduate of Army Ranger School


When Maj. Lisa Jaster walked across Victory Pond Friday at Fort Benning, she secured her role in history as the first female Army Reserve officer to earn the distinctive black-and-gold shoulder tab. However, the 37-year-old engineer and mother of two children, aged 7 and 3, is the third female to graduate the grueling combat leadership […]

Fallen Soldier Was Helping to Keep U.S., Afghanistan Safe


By Lisa Ferdinando | DoD News, Defense Media Activity The Special Forces soldier who was killed in Helmand province Jan. 5 was doing something important to help protect Americans and secure Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said today. Army Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock was with Afghan forces as part of a “train, advise and assist” […]

Girl Power – Women Soldiers thrive in unexpected roles


by Sgt. 1st Class Theanne Hermann You might not expect a hair stylist or a preschool teacher to operate or fix bulldozers, scrapers and dump trucks on their free time, but for several women serving in the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 842nd Engineer Company, it’s common. These female Soldiers are breaking the stereotypes of […]

Licenses From 5 States Banned at DoD Bases


By Jim Garamone | DoD News, Defense Media Activity Defense Department installations will no longer accept driver’s licenses from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington as proof of identity, DoD officials said. Federal Policy The ban, which also includes licenses from American Samoa, is a consequence of the REAL ID Act of 2005. The REAL […]

Be Prepared – Know the Tax Breaks for Military Families Before Starting Your Taxes This Year


by Andrea Downing Peck While “taxes” is not a four-letter word, the process of preparing and filing federal and state income taxes can make it seem like one. Taking advantage of tax breaks offered to the military, however, is one way to reduce the pain of tax season. Because of the potential complexity of their […]