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Education Roadmap: The First Step in a Mobile Military Education


by Willie Woolford Did you join the military to get an education? Many recruits who join the military list education as the main reason they joined. Yet, before they know it, civilian life is upon them, and they still don’t have a degree. It is challenging to make the choice to shift the status quo of your everyday life […]

The Road to Awesome: LTG Charles D. Luckey sees a bright future for the U.S. Army Reserve


by Jennifer G. Williams The new U.S. Army Reserve’s commanding general burst onto the scene in a video posted on YouTube just days after he assumed office on June 30. LTG Charles D. Luckey touts energyand enthusiasm in his direct message to the 200,000 Soldiers he now leads, and the North Carolina attorney has no shortage of those qualities himself. Luckey took some […]

Mississippi Army National Guard Names First Female Apache Helicopter Pilot


TUPELO, Miss. – Warrant Officer Jessica McCormick has a rich military career, now highlighted by becoming the first female Apache helicopter pilot in the Mississippi Army National Guard. ‪ McCormick graduated the Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Ala., on Sept. 29, 2016. “I never set out to be the first female to do something. […]

Inside Russia’s Military Training Schools for Teens


By Simon Shuster — One morning this spring, Sarah Blesener, an American documentary photographer, got a chance to visit a school in the Moscow suburb of Dmitrov, where lessons in basic military training are available to students a few times a week. She was expecting to see kids in uniforms, saluting the flag and doing […]

Young boy battling cancer becomes pilot for a day


By Erik Alexander — CNN – A Virginia boy put his cancer battle on hold to be a pilot — just for a day — at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Eight-year-old Kwami Penty of Falls Church, Virginia, has a rare malignant brain tumor, but on Thursday he took a break from chemotherapy for what […]

The First Step: Staying Healthy as a Military Spouse


by Bianca Strzalkowski There is a mantra for passengers on airplanes — in case of an emergency, put the oxygen mask on yourself first so that you are capable of helping others. The same principle can be applied to life. Military life can feel overwhelming, leaving little time for spouses to make themselves – and their health, a priority. Taking care of a […]

Realistic Ways to Craft a Holiday Budget for Any Military Family


by Bianca Strzalkowski ‘Tis the season to get a jumpstart on those holiday plans — and budget. The average American family estimates they spend roughly $900 each year on just the gift-buying portion of the holidays, according to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Research Group. Add in the cost of meals, travel plans, or festive gatherings and the dollars stack up quickly. For […]

Insurance coverage of breastfeeding counseling, supplies aids military mothers


By Natasha K. Sriraman, M.D., M.P.H., FABM, FAAP All branches of the U.S. military have taken steps to ensure that new moms are able to serve their country and provide their babies with the best possible nutrition. Each branch provides 12 weeks of maternity leave and has outlined in its policies the provision of time […]

Cobie Smulders Visits U.S. Army Base For Jack Reacher 2 Screening


By Tom Chipman The Jack Reacher franchise is about an all-American hero to whom America itself is an alien landscape. Born overseas to a military father, the title character visited the U.S. only to attend West Point then promptly re-entered the army himself, serving across the globe primarily as a Military Police investigator and earning multiple service medals before […]

Home at last: Family reunited after deployment


By David A. Bryant FORT HOOD — The journey with the Mowery family began in February as 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, headed to South Korea to begin its rotation to deter North Korean aggression. Nine long months later, the family reunited during a Tuesday homecoming at 1st Cavalry Division’s Cooper Field. Pfc. […]