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U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM)

Heart Disease: A Hazard In The Military

ARLINGTON, Va. Women across the nation are seeing red this month to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 289,758 women in 2013that's about 1 in every 4 female deaths.

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You've Been Served

ARLINGTON, Va. - When Dr. Lisa Maddox was a Girl Scout, she witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. She was beyond moved at the respect, dedication and sacrifices made for our country. So much so that she applied, and was accepted, to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC)

Sfl-Tap Director Meets With Stakeholders In Hawaii

Retired Col. Walter M. Herd, Army Transition Division director at the Human Resources Command Center of Excellence, oversees SFL-TAP and led its transformation into a fully comprehensive transition program offering career counseling, education and employment assistance in 2010.

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Missile Defense Prep, Potential Furlough Focus Of Cie

That was the message from Col. Stephen E. Dawson, commander of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, during a missile defense preparedness briefing at this month's Community Information Exchange, Wednesday, at the Nehelani.

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U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC)

Arff Conducts Wheel Fire' Training

Story by Cpl Jesus Sepulveda Torres on 02/06/2018
A sunny day with nothing out of the ordinary is the usual weather for aircraft landing aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, but that can all change immediately if they were to experience a malfunction.
When that kind of call comes, the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) with Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay (MCAS) is first on sight already reacting to the situation.
To effectively prepare for worst case scenarios like these, ARFF conducted wheel fire training on Feb. 2, 2018 at West Field, MCAS.
"We focused on aircraft hot brakes," said Sgt. Miguel Castaneda, a station captain with ARFF. "Hot brakes occur when the braking system fails, then heat up so high that it actually melts the tires thus catching the wheels on fire."
He said the training included different aspects of responding to an aircraft related fire.
"Our driver's practiced driving their P-19 fire-fighting vehicles, approaching a simulated burning aircraft called a Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Training Device (MAFTD)," Castaneda said. "With two vehicles, the Marines assessed the type of fire and responded accordingly with cooling agent as well as water."
Castaneda said the exercise was approached with a crawl-walk-run method that had Marines learn the concept in a classroom environment, followed by practical application.
"Starting in the classroom, Marines were instructed on what hot brakes are and how to properly coordinate as a team to respond effectively to them," Castaneda said. "I feel confident in how well the Marines executed their objectives as well as being engaged in the after action briefs."
Lance Cpl. Kaleb Gray, a firefighter with ARFF, said the scenarios and instructions were clear and concise for him and junior Marines.
"To me, it was all refresher training, but to the newer guys who never done these classes before, it helps out a lot," he said. "The training was excellent, because we had more specific training in a step-by-step environment. We went through everything we needed to do out here in the classroom first to sharpen our reactions."
Gray said the instructors were able to identify flaws and correct them as the day went on. He also added that everybody who leaves from the training is that much more skilled in their job.
ARFF Marines are always training and are on call for airfield emergencies, said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jacob Forston, the officer in charge for ARFF.
"The goal was to instill confidence in the Marines, to be confident in what they're task is and knowing what they're their position on the site is, so that they don't have to think, just act," he said. "Out of all the worksites on this base, we are 100% ready at the firehouse, whether the airfield is open or not, we are working seven days a week," he said. "This training only makes us that much more proficient." read more

95th Engineer Company Trains On Helocast Operations

Partnering with the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 (HMH-463), the Soldiers simulated being inserted into a military area of operations by exiting an aircraft just above the water's surface.

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Navy Region Hawaii

The Museum Has History

Story by A1C Alexis Christian on 02/13/2018
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. More than 20,000 people visit the Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, every year
"A majority of visitors are members of the general public with no military affiliation," said Jeffery Nash, Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum assistant director.
"The museum is contained within the 8.5-acre Colorado Springs Municipal Airport Historic District," said Nash in an email. "It's the site of the original Colorado Springs Airport and contains four historic structures, the City Hanger, the Spanish House, Broadmoor Hanger, and the City Terminal."
Also encompassed in the Historic District are the museum's static display airpark, where you can find American and Canadian aircraft along with surface-to-air missiles, and the Medal Of Honor Park and Medal of Honor Memorial.
The hangers and the terminal hold different displays and exhibits, while the Spanish House is used as lodging when distinguished visitors come and visit Peterson AFB.
Col. Glen Griffith, 46th Aerospace Defense Wing commander officially established the Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum April 28, 1981, after receiving Air Staff approval to establish it as an Air Force Field Museum and a part of the Air Force Heritage Program, Nash said.
"The museum is one of only 12 United States Field museums," said Nash.
He said the museum's exhibits and its buildings have been around as early as 1928, when the Colorado Springs City Hanger was built.
"A few months after the attack on Pearl Harbor In 1942, the Colorado Springs Airport was selected to become the Colorado Springs Army Air Base," said Nash. "During this time, the airport buildings were used by the military to continue base operations."
The city terminal, built in 1941, was used as the base headquarters. The Spanish House, originally built in 1929 as housing for the airport manager, was used for the Red Cross and Army Emergency Relief Office.
"After World War II ended, the area was returned to the city and reverted to civilian airport terminal use until 1954, when a new airport terminal was built," said Nash. "The new terminal is now used as Peterson AFB's Base Operations."
In 1975, Col. Donald Parson, 46th Aerospace Defense Wing commander, took the now museum buildings and established the North American Aerospace Defense Command Visitor Center, said Nash.
"The NORAD Visitor Center became the start and end of all the Cheyenne Mountain Complex tours for the public," said Nash. "It was at this point that a majority of the static displays seen today first came to the base."
Exhibits on the NORAD mission could also be found inside the visitor's center.
Nash said that after the 21st Space Wing was activated on Peterson AFB in 1992, the museum realigned as a separate wing staff agency after being a part of the 3rd Space Support Wing.
"I learn something new every day, whether it's about an object we have on display, a long-gone organization or someone that used to serve on Peterson," said Nash. "I consider myself the keeper of those stories, and I'm committed to passing them along to our visitors."
Admission to the museum is free, and hours of operation can be found at petemuseum.org/visitor-information. read more

Nioc Hawaii Makes Quilts For Veterans

HONOLULU (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii gathered at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Aging located on Tripler Army Medical Center Jan. 29 to deliver 68 lap quilts that they had been working on for almost a year.

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Air Force 15th Wing

The Museum Has History

Story by A1C Alexis Christian on 02/13/2018
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. More than 20,000 people visit the Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, every year
"A majority of visitors are members of the general public with no military affiliation," said Jeffery Nash, Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum assistant director.
"The museum is contained within the 8.5-acre Colorado Springs Municipal Airport Historic District," said Nash in an email. "It's the site of the original Colorado Springs Airport and contains four historic structures, the City Hanger, the Spanish House, Broadmoor Hanger, and the City Terminal."
Also encompassed in the Historic District are the museum's static display airpark, where you can find American and Canadian aircraft along with surface-to-air missiles, and the Medal Of Honor Park and Medal of Honor Memorial.
The hangers and the terminal hold different displays and exhibits, while the Spanish House is used as lodging when distinguished visitors come and visit Peterson AFB.
Col. Glen Griffith, 46th Aerospace Defense Wing commander officially established the Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum April 28, 1981, after receiving Air Staff approval to establish it as an Air Force Field Museum and a part of the Air Force Heritage Program, Nash said.
"The museum is one of only 12 United States Field museums," said Nash.
He said the museum's exhibits and its buildings have been around as early as 1928, when the Colorado Springs City Hanger was built.
"A few months after the attack on Pearl Harbor In 1942, the Colorado Springs Airport was selected to become the Colorado Springs Army Air Base," said Nash. "During this time, the airport buildings were used by the military to continue base operations."
The city terminal, built in 1941, was used as the base headquarters. The Spanish House, originally built in 1929 as housing for the airport manager, was used for the Red Cross and Army Emergency Relief Office.
"After World War II ended, the area was returned to the city and reverted to civilian airport terminal use until 1954, when a new airport terminal was built," said Nash. "The new terminal is now used as Peterson AFB's Base Operations."
In 1975, Col. Donald Parson, 46th Aerospace Defense Wing commander, took the now museum buildings and established the North American Aerospace Defense Command Visitor Center, said Nash.
"The NORAD Visitor Center became the start and end of all the Cheyenne Mountain Complex tours for the public," said Nash. "It was at this point that a majority of the static displays seen today first came to the base."
Exhibits on the NORAD mission could also be found inside the visitor's center.
Nash said that after the 21st Space Wing was activated on Peterson AFB in 1992, the museum realigned as a separate wing staff agency after being a part of the 3rd Space Support Wing.
"I learn something new every day, whether it's about an object we have on display, a long-gone organization or someone that used to serve on Peterson," said Nash. "I consider myself the keeper of those stories, and I'm committed to passing them along to our visitors."
Admission to the museum is free, and hours of operation can be found at petemuseum.org/visitor-information. read more

Nioc Hawaii Makes Quilts For Veterans

HONOLULU (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii gathered at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Aging located on Tripler Army Medical Center Jan. 29 to deliver 68 lap quilts that they had been working on for almost a year.

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Coast Guard

Dorn Veteran Patients Week Begins With Sc Philharmonic, Fire Chief Visits

Inpatient and outpatient Veterans, along with staff members were treated to an hour-long serenade of music as they listened to the instruments of a clarinet, drum, piano, trumpet and violin.

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West 2018 Spotlights Information Warfare

West 2018 is being held at the San Diego Convention Center Feb. 6-8. This conference, now in its 28th year, brings military, industry and academia leaders together to discuss information warfare, integrated warfare, near-peer challenges, and associated creative and agile solutions. WEST is co-sponsored by Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International and the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI).

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