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At Pentagon, Obama urges sequestration deal
President Barack Obama used a visit to the Pentagon to renew his call for Congress to free the military from what he called "draconian" budget strictures that would return next fiscal year under sequestration. Washington must "make sure that if we're asking this much of our armed forces, that they've got the equipment and the technology that's necessary for them to be able to succeed at their mission," Obama told reporters.
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National Guard fielding new interoperable communications systems for 1st responders
The Army National Guard will use a rapidly deployable, interoperable system to support Internet, phone and radio communications among police, fire fighters and other first responders during disasters. As an upgrade to a legacy system, the Disaster Incident Response Emergency Communications Terminal, or DIRECT, will be used in all 50 states and four territories, according to a press release from the Army.
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TRICARE meets Affordable Care Act requirements
Almost all TRICARE plan options meet Affordable Care Act requirements for minimum essential coverage. However, people who are losing TRICARE eligibility, or transitioning to a new type of TRICARE coverage, need to know their options so they avoid any penalties for not having minimum essential health coverage under the ACA.
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Army may allow soldiers to wear 2 camouflage patterns
The U.S. Army will soon replace its digital, Universal Camouflage Pattern, but soldiers may still be wearing the service's Afghanistan pattern for many years into the future. The Army's recent decision to authorize the 75th Ranger Regiment to wear MultiCam in garrison has triggered questions about the pattern's future as the service prepares to transition to its new Operational Camouflage Pattern in 2015.
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Indiana National Guard leader retiring after 36 years
Daily Journal
In his 36-year military career, he has prepared thousands of soldiers to serve overseas, helped in the recovery after Hurricane Katrina and worked to prevent both combat and accidental deaths of soldiers serving in Iraq. Greenwood, Indiana, resident Todd Townsend, who enlisted in 1978, retired last month as a colonel in the Indiana National Guard. He served as post commander at Camp Atterbury from 2009 to 2012 and more recently as vice chief of staff for the National Guard Headquarters in Indianapolis.
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New sensor technology boosts visibility for military helicopter pilots
Fox News
New sensor technology will increase U.S. military helicopters’ ability to detect, identify, and engage targets, allowing forces to operate where adversaries cannot. Developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Multifunction RF technology will reduce accidents and help troops fight effectively in low visibility environments. Common operational conditions in current war zones such as thick dust and sand can pose big challenges for pilots.
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Kentucky Air Guard unit establishes cargo hub in Senegal for Ebola response
United States Africa Command
More than 80 airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group stood up a cargo hub that will funnel humanitarian supplies and equipment into West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to fight Ebola. The epidemic has already claimed over 3,500 lives, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
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Commentary: Congress should pass veterans suicide prevention bill
The Hill
Immediately prior to recessing for another seven weeks, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed four veterans bills. These pieces of legislation included reforms to Department of Veterans Affairs construction projects, extension of several veterans benefit programs, improvements to services for traumatic brain injury and a cost-of-living adjustment increase for veterans receiving disability compensation. However, the most pressing issue in the veterans community — preventing suicide among troops and veterans — was not addressed.
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Alaska National Guard whistleblower said he warned of illegal activities years before federal report
A former Alaska National Guard member said he blew the whistle to his chain of command more than seven years before the federal Department of Defense's Office of Complex Investigations issued a report in September detailing allegations of sexual assault, abuse of power and cover-ups. Lt. Col. Kenneth Blaylock spent nearly 30 years with the Alaska Army National Guard. During that time, he headed up the recruiting and retention division. According to the OCI report, the division had a "high level of misconduct occurring within the Recruiting and Retention Command 2008-2009."
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