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Around the Force

  • MOH recipient puts award in context

    By LISA FERDINANDO

    Army News Service

    Former Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta, who in 2010 became the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War, says he is not a hero.

    “It makes me feel awkward. I struggled with it for a long time,” Giunta said about being called a hero.

    Giunta, who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Afghanistan, participated in a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library here, yesterday.

  • Pocket size surveillance recon sensors in development

    By JEFFREY SISTO

    NSRDEC Public Affairs

    Researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are developing technologies for a pocket-sized aerial surveillance device for Soldiers and small units operating in challenging ground environments.

  • National Guard helps dig New York out of snow

    By COL. RICHARD GOLDENBERG

    New York National Guard

    More than 500 New York National Guard Soldiers and airmen are helping people dig out from a monster snowstorm that hit western New York state.

    National Guard members will conduct snow removal, traffic control and emergency medical personnel movement missions, officials said.

  • Cyber threats still common in the U.S.

    By CHERYL PELLERIN

    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    Cyber threats are real, hurting the nation and its allies and partners, costing hundreds of billions, and potentially leading to a catastrophic failure if not addressed, Navy Adm. Michael Rogers told a House panel.

    Rogers, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service, testified before members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on advanced cybersecurity threats facing the United States.

  • Disability versus change in lifestyle

    By TERRI MOON CRONK

    DOD News, Defense Media Activity

    Honoring wounded, ill and injured warriors with a month-long recognition is “hugely important,” Jessica L. Garfola Wright, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said today.

  • MyBiz+ updates, includes Civilian Career Report

    Fort Belvoir

    DOD civilian employees have a new, interactive online destination for their Human Resource-related information as of Nov.16: MyBiz+.

    The website is based on the principle of simplicity: easy to access, easy to navigate, easy to understand, and more intuitive and interactive. Two new key products introduced in this release are the Civilian Career Report and the ability to retrieve data about past employment in other DOD components.

  • DOD changes allotments policy, eleminates abuse

    By TERRI MOON CRONK

    DoD News, Defense Media Activity

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a policy change in new paycheck allotments to prevent unscrupulous commercial lenders from taking advantage of troops and their families, Pentagon officials said Friday.

    According to a Defense Department news release published Friday, effective Jan. 1, the change in DOD’s Financial Management Regulation will prohibit service members from allotting pay to buy, lease or rent personal property, a senior DOD official said.

  • American Indian Heritage Month

    By DAVID VERGUN

    Army News Service

    Military service for Muskogee and other Native American tribes is more than just a civic duty, said Harry Beaver. For them, the warrior spirit is a way of life. “Every tribe feels the same way. It’s just in them.”

    Beaver, the youngest of six brothers, would have joined the Army just like the rest of his brothers did. But he was not eligible due to a physical disability, said the Muskogee Native American.

  • General officers offer words of wisdom to cadets during mentoring session

    By MARGARET MCBRIDE

    CIO/G6

    Howard University recently hosted eight senior Army leaders and more than 300 Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, as part of cadet mentoring and professional development.

    Cadets from seven universities with Reserve Officer Training Corps, referred to as ROTC, programs participated. They were: Bowie State, Morgan State, Howard, Georgetown, George Mason, Hampton and Norfolk State.

  • Value Brands Program returns

    DECA