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New Allotment Rule Protects Troops From Lending Scams

 

Written by Terri Moon Cronk
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, D.C. – 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 today.

According to a Defense Department news release published today, effective January 1st, 2015, 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. «Read the rest of this article»

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Soldier named U.S. Army Medical Command Career Counselor of the Year

 

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell KY – Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Parrish of Blanchfield Army Community Hospital has been named the U.S. Army Medical Command Career Counselor of the Year.

He was presented the award by Brig. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb and Command Sgt. Major Jayme Johnson in a small ceremony at the Hospital yesterday. He will compete against other major commands in the Secretary of the Army Career Counselor of the Year board in January.

Brig. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb and Command Sgt. Major Jayme Johnson congratulate Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Parrish, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Career Counselor, who was recently selected as the U.S. Army Medical Command Career Counselor of the Year. (Erin Perez/U.S. Army)

Brig. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb and Command Sgt. Major Jayme Johnson congratulate Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Parrish, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Career Counselor, who was recently selected as the U.S. Army Medical Command Career Counselor of the Year. (Erin Perez/U.S. Army)

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanks Fort Campbell Soldiers for Anti-Ebola Efforts

 

By Nick Simeone, Defense Media Activity

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, DC – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel yesterday thanked troops at Fort Campbell for making a “huge difference” in working to contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa, and characterized the deadly disease as being as serious a threat to the world as terrorism.

“You all understand the perils, the threats, the challenges that face our country,” Hagel told troops during a visit to the base as he made his way back to Washington from four days on the road visiting bases and service personnel around the country. “The challenges and threats that face our country in the world today are not just from Islamic fundamentalists or from terrorists but from health diseases and pandemic health threats that threaten the world. Ebola is part of that overall scope of threats.”

A group of 30 U.S. military personnel, including Marines, Airmen, and Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, Oct. 19, 2014. The service members are bound for Monrovia, Liberia, where U.S. troops will construct medical treatment units and train health care workers as part of Operation United Assistance, the U.S. Agency for International Development-led, whole-of-government effort to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (Maj. Dale Greer/U.S. Air National Guard)

A group of 30 U.S. military personnel, including Marines, Airmen, and Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, Oct. 19, 2014. The service members are bound for Monrovia, Liberia, where U.S. troops will construct medical treatment units and train health care workers as part of Operation United Assistance, the U.S. Agency for International Development-led, whole-of-government effort to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (Maj. Dale Greer/U.S. Air National Guard)

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Fort Campbell MPs hold change of responsibility ceremony

 

Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Military Police of the 716th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade, supported by the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, held a change of responsibility ceremony October 22nd at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. David J. Tookmanian relinquished responsibility as the senior enlisted adviser of the U.S. Army’s most decorated military police battalion to Command Sgt. Maj. John D. Vicars.

Lt. Col. Leevaine Williams Jr., the commander of the 716th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade, supported by the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, passes the battalion colors to Command Sgt. Maj. John D. Vicars, the incoming senior enlisted adviser, during a change of responsibility ceremony Oct. 22, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The 716th MP Battalion is the U.S. Army’s most decorated military police battalion and provides military police support to Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division. (Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, U.S. Army)

Lt. Col. Leevaine Williams Jr., the commander of the 716th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade, supported by the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, passes the battalion colors to Command Sgt. Maj. John D. Vicars, the incoming senior enlisted adviser, during a change of responsibility ceremony Oct. 22, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The 716th MP Battalion is the U.S. Army’s most decorated military police battalion and provides military police support to Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division. (Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, U.S. Army)

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Austin Peay State University student wins $100,000 scholarship from Dr. Pepper

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Claudia Delgadillo had just worked a late shift at the restaurant, so when her cell phone rang around noon the next day, she almost didn’t answer it. The fact that the cell phone rang at all was a surprise to her because it was about to be disconnected.

The person on the other end of the phone was from Dr. Pepper, and as Delgadillo slowly woke up, she heard them say they were sending her to the Cotton Bowl for a chance to win a $100,000 college scholarship.

APSU Student Claudia Delgadillo wins Dr. Pepper Scholarship.

APSU Student Claudia Delgadillo wins Dr. Pepper Scholarship.

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Joint Forces Command – United Assistance trains first class of Ebola treatment unit workers

 

By Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins, Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionMonrovia, Liberia – The Joint Forces Command – United Assistance DoD Ebola Training Team completed training the first class of workers who will staff the Ebola treatment units October 31st at the National Police Training Center, Paynesville.

The training consists of 8 to 10 days of hands-on and classroom instruction split in two phases – cold phase and hot phase.

The cold phase is conducted by the DETT, which is comprised of service members from the Army, Navy and Air Force, and is led by Col. Laura Favand, the DETT chief of training.

The DoD Ebola Training Team, comprised of service members from the Army, Air Force and Navy, train the first class of volunteers who will staff Ebola treatment units in Liberia, Oct. 30, 2014, at the National Police Training Center, Paynesville, Liberia. The facility is set up in stations where the students react to various scenarios they may encounter while caring for Ebola and Ebola-suspected patients. The DETT is part of the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, which supports the U.S. Agency for International Development in the effort to control the spread of Ebola. (Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins/U.S. Army)

The DoD Ebola Training Team, comprised of service members from the Army, Air Force and Navy, train the first class of volunteers who will staff Ebola treatment units in Liberia, Oct. 30, 2014, at the National Police Training Center, Paynesville, Liberia. The facility is set up in stations where the students react to various scenarios they may encounter while caring for Ebola and Ebola-suspected patients.  (Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins/U.S. Army)

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American Heart Association says seeing doctor twice a year helps keep Blood Pressure under control

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – People who visited their doctor at least twice a year were 3.2 times more likely to keep their blood pressure under control than those who saw their doctor once a year or less, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Having healthcare insurance and getting treated for high cholesterol also increased the likelihood of keeping blood pressure under control.

Blood pressure kiosk at work. (American Heart Association)

Blood pressure kiosk at work. (American Heart Association)

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Campbell Crossing Fall Festival draws more than 2,500 Fort Campbell Soldiers and Family Members

 

Campbell CrossingFort Campbell, KY – Campbell Crossing hosted more than 2,500 Fort Campbell Soldiers and families during its annual Fall Festival held last weekend. The event featured a variety of seasonal activities including a pumpkin patch, face painting, laser tag, a pumpkin-carving contest and more.

“It is always enjoyable to see our community come together for events such as the Fall Festival,” said Mike Goodwin, project director for Campbell Crossing. “Thanks to the entire Campbell Crossing and Fort Campbell community, this year’s event was a great success. Their support and participation is what allows us to continue providing fun, family-friendly, free events for all our Campbell Crossing families to enjoy.”

More than 2,500 Soldiers and their families came out to enjoy fun attractions such as “trunk-or-treating”.

More than 2,500 Soldiers and their families came out to enjoy fun attractions such as “trunk-or-treating”.

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Kentucky Air National Guard Airmen supported 101st Airborne Division’s movement to Liberia

 

Maj. Dale Greer, Joint Task Force-Port Opening Senegal

Kentucky Air National GuardDAKAR, Senegal – The Joint Task Force-Port Opening Senegal (JTF-PO) supported the 101st Airborne Division’s departure from Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport here October 19th, en route to Liberia, where the division will join hundreds of U.S. service members engaged in the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

JTF-PO Senegal is staffed by more than 70 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and stood up operations here October 5th.

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group load a pallet of red blood cells and frozen plasma onto a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 10, 2014, at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal. The aerial porters are part of Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sengal, an air cargo hub that’s funneling humanitarian supplies and equipment into West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the U.S. Agency for International Development-led, whole-of-government effort to respond to the Ebola outbreak there. (Maj. Dale Greer/U.S. Air National Guard)

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group load a pallet of red blood cells and frozen plasma onto a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 10, 2014, at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal. The aerial porters are part of Joint Task Force-Port Opening Sengal, an air cargo hub that’s funneling humanitarian supplies and equipment into West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the U.S. Agency for International Development-led, whole-of-government effort to respond to the Ebola outbreak there. (Maj. Dale Greer/U.S. Air National Guard)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers join the fight against Ebola in Africa

 

Written by Maj. Dale Greer
JTF-PO Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionAfrica -The commander of the 101st Airborne Division and more than 30 of his troops departed from Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport here on October 19th en route to Liberia, where they will join hundreds of U.S. service members engaged in the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st, will take charge of the Joint Forces Command for Operation United Assistance upon arrival in Liberia, replacing U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, who will continue as commander of U.S. Army Africa.

A group of 30 U.S. military personnel, including Marines, Airmen, and Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, Oct. 19, 2014. The service members are bound for Monrovia, Liberia, where U.S. troops will construct medical treatment units and train health care workers as part of Operation United Assistance, the U.S. Agency for International Development-led, whole-of-government effort to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (Maj. Dale Greer/U.S. Air National Guard)

A group of 30 U.S. military personnel, including Marines, Airmen, and Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal, Oct. 19, 2014. The service members are bound for Monrovia, Liberia, where U.S. troops will construct medical treatment units and train health care workers as part of Operation United Assistance, the U.S. Agency for International Development-led, whole-of-government effort to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (Maj. Dale Greer/U.S. Air National Guard)

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