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When it comes to defending the country from cyber attacks, Defense officials have made abundantly clear that they plan to leverage the military’s National Guard and reserve components as much as possible, including, most recently, by tasking the Army Guard and Reserve to build 21 cyber teams on top of the 133 U.S. Cyber Command had planned as part of its Cyber Mission Force.
Cyber has been thought of as a strategic asset, used as an intelligence-gathering tool and later as a warfighting discipline — following the declaration of cyberspace a domain of warfare and the standup of Cyber Command. Now, the Army is looking to transition that capability to a tactical asset.
The Army is about halfway to its goal of adding 16,000 soldiers to the active-duty force by Sept. 30, but the service is still operating without a budget to match the millions of dollars in bonuses it has promised to current soldiers and potential recruits.
However, Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey said he is confident that Congress will come through with an appropriations bill that matches what it called for in this year's National Defense Authorization Act, he told Army Times on Tuesday.
U.S. President Donald Trump may be signing executive orders at a furious pace, but for defense spending, the White House and Congress are looking ahead to a thorny agenda and a shrinking schedule.
Top of the list is the overdue 2017 defense appropriations bill, which lawmakers punted with a continuing resolution last year that expires April 28. That deadline is likely to come sandwiched between a Trump budget amendment that favors defense and the White House’s 2018 budget request.
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The Defense Department has launched mandatory training for eligible service members about their options under the "Blended Retirement System" nearly a year before that new system goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, Defense Department officials said. The new military retirement system is "one of the most significant changes to military pay and benefits that we've had over the past 70 years," said Anthony Kurta, who is performing the duties of undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.
With the tax season upon us, service members and their families can access free tax-filing software and consultations to help them navigate the task of submitting their annual taxes.
Military members and their families can visit the Military OneSource website or call 1-800-342-9647 for the no-cost MilTax software, said Erika Slaton, a program analyst with Military OneSource.
President Donald Trump on Feb. 15 dismissed reports that his campaign was in frequent touch with senior Russian officials as “nonsense,” but his White House is facing a very real threat of growing calls for investigations into numerous controversies.
Trump has struggled to contain metastasizing crises, including sloppy executive orders, vicious infighting among his aides, combative calls with foreign allies, apparent ethics violations and a pile-up of evidence that Trump’s team has extensive ties with Russia that may have aided his victory.
The Deming Headlight via Stars and Stripes
Soldiers perpetuate a lifelong camaraderie that extends to all corners of the country, and Army Veteran Eli Smith has set out to make others aware of that connection. By hiking more than 13,000 miles to each corner of the United States, Smith will be raising awareness for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide within the veteran community. He will be marching for the next three years to do so.
The Ohio native began his journey in Pensacola, Florida, and stopped in Deming for the weekend on his way to California.
The California National Guard rescued an 81-year-old on Feb. 10 after he was swept from his car during a flood, according to an Army news release.
The Guard’s Company C/2-135 MEDEVAC was performing aerial reconnaissance during flooding in Greenville, California, when the Plumas County Sheriff’s Department diverted them to the rescue.
The Trump administration’s Pentagon team is slowly taking shape, with 27 non-career spots, including that of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, now being filled by new appointees — but a significant number of spots remain open.
In response to an inquiry from Defense News, Michael Rhodes, director of administration for the Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, said 27 empty jobs have been filled as of Feb. 13. In addition, there are 16 holdovers from the Obama administration, including Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work and the three acting secretaries of the military departments.
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University of Phoenix is pleased to collaborate with the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States We Care for America Foundation (EANGUS WCFA Foundation) to offer a scholarship program.
Through this scholarship program, three (3) full-tuition scholarships will be offered. Each scholarship will allow a prospective student the opportunity to complete an undergraduate or master’s degree program at University of Phoenix. Recipients may choose to attend a University of Phoenix campus or online.
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As service members, we’re ready to do whatever is needed, wherever it is needed. This means being deployment ready at any time, and it’s important that your family is ready too. With all the frenzy of getting yourself ready, sometimes family preparedness gets overlooked. After you deploy, your spouse could be left with some decisions to make about insurance and housing changes, which can be expensive and hard to navigate.
Often times, National Guard families may not feel connected to resources since they may not necessarily be surrounded by the daily military lifestyle. This can make it feel difficult to navigate some of the challenges you experience. Talking to a peer at Vets4Warriors can help.
Available to you and your family members, Vets4Warriors is a call center that’s open 24/7, and a Veteran peer support specialist will always answer your call. At Vets4Warriors, we are who we serve - Veterans serving other Veterans.
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Adulting 101: Make These Money Moves First When You're Out on Your Own
Being on your own for the first time and managing your money can be scary. Relax. You don’t have to be a Wall Street pro by the time you draw your first paycheck.
Even the smartest smartphone is susceptible to attack
Securing your mobile devices can reduce the likelihood of access to your personal and financial information, photos, texts and email if your device is lost or stolen. Learn ways to protect your devices and prevent threats from outside sources.
Know What You're Checking "No" for Next Time You Rent a Car
Know how well you are protected before you initial any boxes that say “declined coverage.”
Organize Hand Me Downs to Save Throughout the Year
Here are six ways to make the hand-me-down process more fun and effective.
Miss USA: She Proudly Wears a Uniform and a Crown
Miss USA Deshauna Barber is a U.S. Army reservist and the first service member to hold the title.
It's Prime Time to Review Your Interest Rates
Following sound money management principles can help reduce the impact and alleviate the stress associated with increasing rates.
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Platinum Partner Military Benefit Association is a proud sponsor of the Adaptive Training Foundation (ATF). ATF offers a 9-week intensive training program for the service member who experienced a life-altering injury i.e. loss of a limb(s) or lives with a significant disability.
In January of 2014 David Vobora, a 5-year veteran of the NFL, met US Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills. They started working out together, customizing and adapting to the unique challenges posed by Travis’ injuries. Through working with Travis and engaging the veteran community, specifically those that were severely injured, Vobora developed a passion for helping those with life-altering injuries find a path to life-fulfilling activity and fitness through adaptive performance training. Today, the ATF continues to support those injured veterans. The Military Benefit Association (militarybenefit.org) is prepared to send a National Guard service member (or veteran) to the Adaptive Training Foundation free of charge.
MBA challenges the National Guard – any state – to identify and nominate any injured National Guard service member or veteran. MBA will send him or her to change their life on full scholarship to the Adaptive Training Foundation (adaptivetrainingfoundation.org)!
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For 17 years VetJobs has been the premier internet military job board assisting transitioning military, veterans, National Guard and Reserve and their family members in finding meaningful employment. VetJobs provides an award winning Veteran’s Reference Library that among other things has information on how to conduct a job search, create resumes, pass interviews, how to handle disabilities, become an entrepreneur, and lists of legitimate job boards. VetJobs has an active BLOG, newsletters, lists upcoming career fairs nationally and provides a start of the art behavioral/technical career assessment exam. All services provided by VetJobs is free to the veteran and their family members. VetJobs is endorsed by 10 major veteran service organizations and is partially owned by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The site averages 175,000 REAL jobs a day nationwide. VetJobs can be reached at 877-VET-JOBS (877-838-5627).
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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) and a great time to remind families that developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits can help your children and grandchildren get a head start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. But what about you? Do you see your dentist at least twice a year for regular checkups? If so, you have an excellent chance of keeping your teeth and gums healthy for a very long time. Because your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, maintaining good oral health is important — but even routine dental care can be costly, sometimes averaging several hundred dollars each year. Fortunately, the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) can keep you smiling and help you maintain your overall health, all at an affordable cost.
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The governor of California has declared a State of Emergency in several counties due to flooding. Emergency refill procedures are in place from February 12, 2017 through March 15, 2017.
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