Military Minute: Making Sense of the Blended Retirement System

Take a minute (or two) to watch our newest video! The Military’s New Retirement system goes into effect January 1st, 2018. Today’s Military Minute, sponsored by Military Families Magazine, explores 5 things you may not know about the Blended Retirement System. Learn more!

Trump’s military affliction


By Michael A. Cohen, BostonBlobe.com In the four days since President Trump announced his selection of H.R McMaster as his national security adviser, the move has been met with practically universal praise. Writing in the Atlantic, Andrew Exum called McMaster “one of the most talented officers the US Army has ever produced.” “McMaster is the […]

Ruck march planned to help prevent military suicides


By ClacksvilleNow.com CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.- Carry The Fallen is a 3-day ruck-march relay event in which teams ruck-march while carrying weight that symbolizes the burden that many veterans carry post-trauma. The ultimate purpose of Carry The Fallen is to reduce veteran suicide and assist Military Families. Any money raised by Carry the Fallen benefits Active Heroes. […]

New York National Guardsmen test NASA space capsule recovery system


By Eric Durr, Defense.gov GABRESKI AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y., Feb. 24, 2017 — Forty-five members of the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing are heading to Hawaii, Feb. 27, to participate in a joint NASA and Defense Department mission to evaluate recovery techniques and gear that will be used to recover NASA’s […]

How Your Military Experience Prepares You for Entrepreneurship


Former Army Ranger Matthew “Griff” Griffin was touring a factory in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2009 when he looked to his left and saw a combat boot sole with a flip-flop thong punched through it. Griffin turned to the factory manager and asked, “Can I run with this?” He told Griffin, “Yeah, sure. Go ahead.”With those […]

Last Call: US Military Reserve Component


Almost 40 % of all members of the U.S. Military are in the Reserve Component. 84% of the Army National Guard serves in a Traditional Part-Time Status. SOURCE: NGB Statistically speaking, nearly 15,600 reserve component personnel are drilling on any given weekend during the year. Manpower By Component 342 – National Guard, Army 105.5  – […]

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Surprises Deserving Veteran on The Goodyear Blimp


  DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Paul Siverson is a 30-year Marine Corps veteran who now volunteers to help veterans in North Carolina. A week ago Goodyear noticed his service both during and after the military was “Blimp worthy” and Goodyear offered Paul a ride in the Goodyear blimp. However Siverson, humble like so many other veterans, […]

Vietnam POW’s escape from torture and deprivation


Tortured with razor-sharp bamboo and fed alive to ants: The story behind one PoW’s incredible escape from Vietnam By Zoe Brennan, Dailymail.co.uk Flying low over the dangerous and impenetrable Laotian jungle on a bombing mission against the Viet Cong, U.S. Air Force Colonel Eugene Deatrick saw a lone figure waving to him from a clearing […]

The Challenge of Accessing Birth Control in the Military


Many women want to stop their periods while in the field, but getting the means to do so can be difficult. By Leslie Nemo, TheAtlantic.com While she was deployed in Somalia and Iraq as a colonel in the army, Elspeth Cameron Ritchie handled her period with limited privacy, often in isolated or flooded bathrooms for […]

Former Navy special operations commander: Trump attacks on media ‘the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime’


By Christopher Woodly, BusinessInsider.com Retired Adm. William McRaven, who led the Joint Special Operations Command before becoming University of Texas System Chancellor, condemned President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the news media and the press during a speech Tuesday. “The president said the news media is the enemy of the American people,” McRaven said in […]

Pentagon to deliver plan to defeat ISIS to President Trump next week


By Carlo Muñoz – WashingtonTimes.com The long-awaited 30-day review of the U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamic State ordered by President Trump is nearly complete, with the final draft expected to be delivered to the White House early next week, according to the Pentagon. Looking to keep his campaign promise to initiate a plan to destroy […]