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House Overwhelmingly Backs Plan to ‘Rebuild our Military’ PDF Print E-mail
 House lawmakers approved a $717 billion defense authorization bill on Thursday after days of debate but without much partisan division, hinting at a smooth negotiation ahead for the sometimes contentious budget policy measure.

The House’ version of the fiscal 2019 authorization bill includes plans to boost active-duty military end strength, a 2.6 percent pay raise for troops and sizeable boosts for military aviation upgrades and equipment maintenance, all in line with White House plans to boost American defense power.

The 1,000-plus-page legislation each year serves as the centerpiece for a host of military policy discussions and fights. In recent years, that has included sweeping changes such as overhauling troops’ retirement funds and realignment of Pentagon leadership.

This year’s draft lacks that clear attention-grabber, but lawmakers touted measure as the culmination of years of effort to put the Defense Department on a path of to restoring military readiness, a problem both they and President Donald Trump have insisted undermines the country’s safety.
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Memorial Day PDF Print E-mail

Families of Fallen Carry On Tradition of Resilience 

 Each Memorial Day, Americans honor those whom we cannot personally thank: the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

History suggests that Memorial Day had its beginnings in Mississippi, where women decorated the graves of Confederate and Union soldiers killed during the Civil War.
 
 Ever since, Memorial Day commemorations across the United States have honored men and women lost in battle -- and those who are still missing -- while wearing the uniforms of the United States military. While the deceased cannot hear our thanks, their living legacies are here among us to accept that gratitude, and it is appropriate that we honor them as well.

Imagine a Memorial Day ceremony at which many of these families sit in reflection. They are poignant connections to the pages of American history.

As you acknowledge them, take a close look at who they are and the stories they tell about becoming the families of America's fallen heroes.

 
Grad Week Photographs from Record Online PDF Print E-mail
Cadets line the path for the oldest living graduate, retired Col. Kermit Dyke during laying of the wreath at the statue of Sylvanus Thayer at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Sylvanus Thayer was the fifth superintendent of West Point and known as “The Father of the Military Academy.”
 
WPAOG presented the 2018 Distinguished Graduate Awards during the Alumni Review. The recipients were: COL(R) Dana G. Mead ’57, Mr. Thomas C. Barron ’65, LTG(R) Larry R. Jordan ’68, GEN(R) William C. Wallace ’69, HON Sloan D. Gibson ’75, and HON Douglas E. Lute ’75. 
 
DoD Won't Ban Mobile Devices In The Pentagon PDF Print E-mail
After months of review, the Department of Defense says it will continue to allow people to use their mobile devices — like cellphones, smart watches and laptops — inside the Pentagon. But they won't be able to take them everywhere. 

The policy issued Tuesday applies to all DOD and Office of the Secretary of Defense staff, "military personnel, civilian employees, contractors, and visitors in the Pentagon."
 
Traumatic Brain Injury Study PDF Print E-mail

Are shoulder-fired weapons causing traumatic brain injuries? How the Army plans to find out:

 
A recent report from the Center for a New American Security suggests that soldiers who regularly use shoulder-fired weapons might be experiencing traumatic brain injuries.

In response to those findings, Army Secretary Mark Esper is calling on his service to better monitor potential brain trauma on-site and track soldiers to quickly diagnose any damage.

“We need to monitor our soldiers, because we owe them that much, and we need them,” Esper told an audience at CNAS headquarters on May 16. “You can’t afford to not do that.”
 
As of 2007, head injuries were the most commonly treated by military doctors, beyond chest and abdominal wounds, CNAS found.
 
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