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Around the Force

  • Carter meets with Facebook execs, discusses ‘communities of interest’

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter wrapped up a two-day trip to California’s Silicon Valley, where he focused on renewing the longstanding relationship between the Defense Department and the wellspring of technology innovation found in that part of the nation.

  • Shyu discusses ways to reform acquisition process

    Heidi Shyu received the attention of senators on Capitol Hill, when she displayed an illustration of a passenger bus, where the driver was an Army program manager, and the passengers were program stakeholders, including lawmakers.

  • Pentagon dedicates Reserve’s first permanent exhibit

    Two Army Reserve Silver Star recipients and the father of a Reserve Soldier who was captured and killed in Iraq were the honored guests who helped dedicate the Army Reserve’s first permanent Pentagon exhibit.

    The exhibit stretches the length of the fifth corridor on the Pentagon’s second floor. It showcases Army Reserve history, from its infancy in 1908 as a small corps of medical professionals, to today’s force.

  • 2015 Soldier Show honors Gold Star Families

    The film “We Were Soldiers” not only inspired the script of the 2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show “We Serve,” it also documented a change in the way survivors of fallen Soldiers were notified of the loss of their loved ones.

  • DOD works on standards for women in combat roles

    Following the 2013 reversal of a policy that prevented women from serving in direct ground combat roles, the Defense Department’s unwavering position has been “the right standards and policies” must exist to support it, a senior Pentagon personnel official said Monday.

  • Marine goes from barefoot to gun chief

    People come from around the world to join the ranks of the U.S. Marine Corps. For one Marine in particular, earning the title meant the biggest opportunity of his life.

    Being born in Colon, Panama, Marine Cpl. Osmar Gorish couldn’t imagine that one day he would be in charge of a $2 million piece of equipment for the Corps.

  • When does information sharing become too much?

    By AIR FORCE STAFF SGT. JESSICA HINES

    USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs

    We’ve all done it; in a vain sense of curiosity to see if our social presence has made any kind of impact on the world. Just admit it—you’ve Googled yourself.

    Since entering the golden age of social media, it seems that now it’s not hard to gather a handful of information on just about anyone, even ourselves.

  • New technologies changing Air Force

    By JIM GARAMONE

    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    In the future, the Air Force’s core missions will probably not change, but the way they are carried out will, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III said April 8.

    Welsh, speaking to the Defense Writers Group, said the Air Force’s missions include air and space superiority, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, rapid global mobility, global strike and command and control.

  • How to prepare quality awards nomination packets

    By JULIA BOBICK

    U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville

    Award programs are a valuable tool leaders have to recognize individuals and teams and help tell their stories to the rest of the world. Preparing quality nomination packages—for both local and national awards—is critical to a successful program, according to Lt. Col. Kendall Bergmann, deputy commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama.

  • Pentagon Channel moving to on-demand

    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    The DOD News broadcast channel, formerly known as the Pentagon Channel, discontinued service as an independent broadcast channel April 17, Pentagon officials announced.

    DOD News will con-tinue producing and air-ing current military news and information for distribution on the American Forces Net-work and through the Internet at Defense.gov, both live and on demand, officials said in a news release.