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Around the Force

  • Health care law reform prompts Tricare option for young adults

    By DONNA MILES
    American Forces Press Service
    To ensure military families don’t get left out as the new national health care reform law extends parent’s health insurance to their children up to age 26, TRICARE plans to roll out its new Young Adult Program by spring, and to provide an option to make coverage retroactive to Jan. 1.

  • Defense Language Institute launches European detachment

    By JOHN VANDIVER
    Stars and Stripes
    It’s an office of one for now, but instructors and more resources will soon be on the way as the military looks to ramp up foreign language training for Europe-based troops.
    The Defense Language Institute has launched for the first time a Europe detachment in an effort to expand training opportunities for troops stationed across the U.S. European Command, according to the director of DLI’s satellite office in Stuttgart, Germany.

  • Secretary Gates declares North Korea could be direct threat to U.S.

    By JIM GARAMONE
    American Forces Press Service
    If it continues on its current path, North Korea could be a “direct threat” to the United States in five years or less, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in Beijing, Jan. 11.
    Secretary Gates has shared with Chinese officials America’s concern about North Korea, and the need for stability on the peninsula. The secretary spoke to reporters at a roundtable following meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

  • Commission recommends allowing women in combat

    By DONNA MILES
    American Forces Press Service
    A commission of current and retired officers, senior noncommissioned officers and civilians charged with evaluating Defense Department policies to ensure they promote equal opportunity plans to recommend lifting the ban on women in combat.

  • VP visits Iraqi leaders to celebrate progress

    By DONNA MILES
    American Forces Press Service
    After meeting in Iraq Jan. 13 with its new governmental leaders and with U.S. officials, Vice President Joe Biden promised deployed U.S. service members the United States will draw down its forces in a way that preserves their achievements and honors the sacrifices made there.

  • Transitioning out of National Security Personnel System

    By KAREN PARRISH
    American Forces Press Service
    The Defense Department’s transfer of more than 170,000 civilian employees out of the National Security Personnel System since 2009 has been smooth, the transition’s director said Jan. 13.
    John James Jr. said much of the credit for the transition goes to the services.
    “The components have done a very good job,” he said, adding that his office had reviewed and approved the transition plan each of the services submitted.

  • Commissary offers help with college, health

    Defense Commissary Agency
    Applications for the 2011 Scholarships for Military Children program are now available in commissaries worldwide and at www.commissaries.com—choose the “News & Info” tab and go to “Scholarship Info.” You can also find applications for the $1,500 scholarships at www.militaryscholar.org.

  • Around the Force

    Gen. Dempsey tapped
    as next chief of staff
    American Forces Press Service
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates has recommended to President Barack Obama that he nominate Army Gen. Martin Dempsey to be the next Army chief of staff.
    Gates made the announcement at a Pentagon news conference Jan. 6.
    The Army chief of staff is the highest-ranking Soldier and serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • Exercise is essential for healthy body, mind; be careful not to overtrain

    By LISA YOUNG
    Health Education
    U.S. Public Health Command  (Provisional)
    It’s an accepted fact that exercise is essential for a healthy body and mind. However, is it possible to get too much exercise?
    Yes, when a person pushes the body too hard or too long and does not give it a chance to recover with adequate time, rest, and nutrition, it can result in overtraining.

  • Exercise is essential for healthy body, mind; be careful not to overtrain

    By LISA YOUNG
    Health Education
    U.S. Public Health Command  (Provisional)
    It’s an accepted fact that exercise is essential for a healthy body and mind. However, is it possible to get too much exercise?
    Yes, when a person pushes the body too hard or too long and does not give it a chance to recover with adequate time, rest, and nutrition, it can result in overtraining.