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Meet Your Army: Guard officer mentors future leaders

By Don Wagner March 23, 2017 FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (Army News Service) — Lt. Col. Tanya Renee Trout was abandoned at birth in Seoul, Korea, but adopted by a U.S. non-commissioned officer and his wife. She came to the states at 4 months old and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1977. Now […]

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National Guard sisters in service

By Sgt. 1st Class Whitney Hughes March 23, 2017 HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. — When Massachusetts Army National Guard’s newly promoted Maj. Molly Alesch spoke at her promotion ceremony, March 17, here, she echoed one of the most common stories, that her father had served in the U.S. Army. However, when it came to […]

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IMCOM-Europe announces 2017 Best Warrior Competition winners

By Mr. Stephen Baack (IMCOM) March 23, 2017 ANSBACH, Germany (March 23, 2017) — Today, Installation Management Command-Europe announced the winners of this year’s Best Warrior Competition during a ceremony at the Von Steuben Community Center here. Staff Sgt. Brendan Hagens of U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden earned the title of Best Warrior in the noncommissioned […]

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Army wives in the running for 2017 Military Spouse of the Year

By Sean KimmonsMarch 23, 2017 FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (Army News Service) — When Rhiannon Knutson found out a group of her friends and co-workers had nominated her for the National Guard’s military spouse of the year, she burst into tears of joy. “It made me cry to know that people took time out […]

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Women generals recall turning points in their careers

By David Vergun March 23, 2017 WASHINGTON (Army News Service) — Many in the Army can identify a turning point in their lives when service to country became deep and personal. For many, that moment was Sept. 11, 2001. For Brig. Gen. Patricia Frost, the moment came earlier in her Army career, during the fall […]

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Mattis urges congressional support for additional $30 billion for defense

By Lisa Ferdinando, DoD News, Defense Media Activity March 23, 2017 WASHINGTON — The $30 billion in requested additional defense funding for fiscal year 2017 would be used to strengthen the military and protect the nation against emerging global security challenges, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Capitol Hill Wednesday. At a hearing of the […]

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Dunford: Now is the time to address military readiness shortfalls

By Jim Garamone, DoD News, Defense Media ActivityMarch 23, 2017 WASHINGTON — Military readiness must be bolstered, Defense Department leaders told the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Wednesday. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the senators that sequestration gutted military readiness and asked […]

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Veteran credits VA festival for rekindling his spirit, allowing him to forgive, move forward

Courtesy of VAntage Point Contributor I know it’s been a while since Jackson and the Creative Arts Festival show, but I wanted to drop you a line and share with you some of my thoughts about the whole experience. First off, it was far more than just a music thing.The easiest way to describe how I feel […]

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VA chaplain shares where healing began for a fellow Vietnam Veteran’s family

Courtesy of VAntage Point Contributor I am a VA Chaplain, and serve as the Chief of Chaplain Service at VA Maine Healthcare System. I am also a Vietnam Combat Veteran, having served as a Combat Medic with B Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Armor of the 4th Infantry Division from 1968 -1969 in the Republic of South Vietnam. […]

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Social media misconduct won’t be tolerated, Army leader says

By C. Todd Lopez March 24, 2017 WASHINGTON (Army News Service) — Army policy states that hazing, bullying and other behaviors that undermine the dignity and respect of Soldiers and Army civilians are strictly prohibited. That policy doesn’t apply just to the way Soldiers conduct themselves in the real world, said Maj. Gen. Jason Evans. […]

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