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Referral service helping vets but needs more feedback, officials say


By Torsten Ove / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — A referral service for veterans started here last year has connected about 1,000 veterans and their families to housing, financial aide and family support but has more work to do to track their satisfaction and make the network more efficient. That was the conclusion Thursday of PAServes: Greater […]

Russia perturbed by US troops in Norway


Deployment of US troops takes place against backdrop of increasing tensions between Russia and the West Russia expressed surprise Friday about the mooted deployment of US troops in neighboring Norway. “Taking into account multiple statements made by Norwegian officials about the absence of threat from Russia to Norway, we would like to understand why Norway […]

Ducks in a Row: 7 Financial Planning Tips for Retirement


When Forrest Baumhover passed the  halfway point in his military career,  the Navy Supply Corps officer began planning for a second career — a decision that is setting the stage for a smooth financial transition to civilian life. Baumhover will retire from the military in 2017 and move seamlessly into a new career as a […]

NATO Continues to Prepare for War with Russia


By Peter Korzun NATO uses any pretext to accuse Russia of harboring aggressive intentions. It has raised ballyhoo over the recent deployment of Iskander short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missiles to the Kaliningrad region. Time and time again, the alliance reaffirms its bogus Russia narrative. “We see more assertive and stronger Russia that is willing to use […]

White House, DoD salute companies’ commitment to hire military spouses


By Lisa Ferdinando — DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON (AFNS) —Employers who hire military spouses are doing the right thing for their businesses —and for the country, speakers at a Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) event said this week. W h i t e H o u s e a n […]

Thousands of California soldiers forced to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after going to war


By David S. Cloud — Short of troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan a decade ago, the California National Guard enticed thousands of soldiers with bonuses of $15,000 or more to reenlist and go to war.  Now the Pentagon is demanding the money back Nearly 10,000 soldiers, many of whom served multiple combat tours, […]


By Al Jones — BATTLE CREEK, MI – The Air National Guard in Battle Creek is ramping up to conduct remotely piloted aircraft missions in 2017. The 110th Attack Wing in Battle Creek will become one of 12 U.S. military bases to fly unmanned, drone aircraft anywhere in the world, using satellite and datalink technology. […]

The Army’s 1st Space Battalion activates new company


By Ms. Dottie K. White — COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — The guidon of 8th Space Company, 1st Space Battalion, 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, was unfurled for the first time during an activation ceremony Oct. 16 here. Lt. Col. Bryan Shrank, 1st Space Battalion commander, passed the […]

A Look Ahead: What’s ahead for the Reserve Component and pitfalls to avoid


by COL (R) R. Brian Williams As we look to the next decade and what the military — particularly the Reserve Component — will look like and what it will do, it would help to have a crystal ball. Lacking that, we can instead look at where we’ve been to help predict where we are going and what needs to […]

What’s the Best Way to Say Thank You to Those Who Have Served? Turns Out, It’s By Serving


by Claire Henline Being the non-morning person I still am, back in grade school I was begrudgingly off to school one day in November. I made the turn to go downstairs and caught a glimpse of my dad still in bed. Highly unusual behavior for him. My dad was rarely sick and rarely missed work. I stopped stunned and rather impertinently asked, “Why aren’t […]