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  • Why I serve: The Kalkbrenner family

    As of 2017, approximately two million people currently serve in the U.S. military with millions of veterans serving before them in the several hundred year history of the country’s armed forces. All of these service members chose to don their respective service’s uniform for varying reasons. Many sign up to give back to their country. Others join for a steady paycheck, to learn a new skill, or for the numerous benefits such as medical and education, available to service members. For some, they join to continue a family heritage. Such is the case for Marco and Ivan Kalkbrenner, two brothers who chose to continue their family’s legacy of service, following in the footsteps of their father and grandmother. Ivan is an Air Force staff sergeant currently assigned to MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, as a security forces member. Marco retired in 2017 as a master sergeant following 20 years of service, also as a security forces member.
  • “Open Door” with the SecAF

    Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James is slated to host “Open Door with Secretary James,” an online town hall at the Defense Media Activity here, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. EST. The event will be broadcast live on the DoD News channel and streamed live on the DoD News website and www.af.mil.
  • Merger adds efficiency to nuke mission, pay raises for eligible Minot AFB employees

    By realigning key elements of its nuclear mission under a dual-hatted, two-star commander, the Air Force hopes to create more efficient life-cycle management of its nuclear systems, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said here Dec 9.
  • New allotment rule protects troops from lending scams

    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 Nov. 21.
  • Operation Homefront seeks Military Child of Year nominations

    Operation Homefront is seeking nominations for the 2015 Military Child of the Year awards.
  • Defense leader praises Air Force as backbone of global reach

    The Air Force's dominance in the skies, space and cyberspace is the backbone of the military's global reach and U.S. commitments around the world, a senior Defense Department official said Sept. 17.
  • Suicide prevention takes courage, communication, official says

    The Veterans Affairs Department has named September National Suicide Prevention Month, but the Defense Department continues its year-round, comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to address the issue of suicide in the military, a Pentagon official said Aug. 21.
  • Service members receive RAND military workplace survey

    About 580,000 service members have begun receiving emails or letters inviting them to participate in the first RAND Military Workplace Study, Defense Department officials said.
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