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Air Force Prepares Heritage Flyover for Super Bowl > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article


By Air Force Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier

355th Fighter Wing



DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., Jan. 29, 2018 —

The Air Force’s Heritage Flight is scheduled to visit Minnesota to represent the Air Force Feb. 4 at the Super Bowl.

For the first time in the unit’s history, the Heritage Flight will perform an aircraft flyover — consisting of two A-10C Thunderbolt IIs, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and a P-51 Mustang — over U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis during the Super Bowl’s opening ceremonies.

The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight Program presents the evolution of Air Force air power by flying state-of-the-art fighter aircraft in close formation with vintage aircraft to display Air Force history to support Air Force recruiting and retention efforts.

Representing the Air Force

“We are fortunate enough to be able to represent the professionalism and dedication of our Air Force to millions of spectators across the globe,” said Air Force Maj. John Waters, F-16 Viper Demonstration Team commander. “I think everyone is excited to see flyovers. To be flying in formation with a P-51 and two A-10s across the biggest game…

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Exposure versus Cognitive Therapy — Veterans Health Administration

VA’s study comparing the two leading forms of PTSD therapy will include men and women who are experiencing PTSD due to any military-related event.

by Tom Cramer, VA Staff Writer

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs is preparing to launch a 17-site, $10 million study that will examine the two leading forms of treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder: Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).

“Our primary goal is to compare the treatments,” said Dr. Paula Schnurr, the study’s lead investigator. “But we’ll also examine which treatments are best for different types of patients; for example, women versus men.”

Schnurr is deputy executive director of VA’s National Center for PTSD and a research professor of psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

“Patient-centeredness is fundamental to the delivery of care in VA,” she said, “and information about the comparative effectiveness of different treatments is a key element of making care ‘patient-centered.’ We want to make sure that Veterans have information that can help them find the care that is best for them.”

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Eielson Enhances Warfighting Readiness, Capabilities to Confront Regional Threats > U.S. Pacific Command > 2015

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska — In late April, 2017, U.S. Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, urged to the House Armed Services Committee that the most viable threats to the security of the United States and its allies exist within the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Eielson is not immune to those threats. In fact, Eielson understands its strategic proximity and defines its mission and purpose with the specific intent of confronting those very threats.

Internalizing this strategic perspective has meant continuous preparations to support and defend its nation’s security, and that of its allies by conducting exercises that ensure all Airmen are ready to “fight tonight”; Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ motto of the U.S.-South Korean military alliance.

From Jan. 22 to 26, Eielson conducted Arctic Gold 18-4; an Operational Readiness Exercise designed to give all 354th Fighter Wing personnel the opportunity to execute mission-essential tasks together in a simulated high-threat environment.

Consisting of two distinct phases, Phase I tested all 354 FW Airmen’s capabilities to conduct events related to the deployment operations process, which included…

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Coach helps Manage PTSD Symptoms — Veterans Health Administration

Veterans can access “PTSD Coach Online” from their personal computers.

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer

Monday, October 28, 2013

A coach is someone you can trust. Someone who can help you build the skills you need.

How about a coach who can help you manage your PTSD symptoms? Privately. Online. Any time. No appointment necessary.

If you’ve read this far, you may have PTSD and know you need help.

Or, you think some of the emotions you are going through may mean you have PTSD and you would like to learn more.

It’s so personal, so internal, that many Veterans put off coming in to see a doctor and they let things get worse.

We hear you. That’s why VA’s National Center for PTSD has developed a very helpful, easy to navigate program called PTSD Coach Online that you can access from your computer at home.

Here a Veteran can learn to manage troubling symptoms.

Let’s walk through the way it works with Sergeant Petersen.

First, he goes to the PTSD Coach Online website and discovers a gateway to the self-help tools that build coping and problem-solving skills. Here he can learn to manage troubling symptoms following trauma, such as trouble sleeping, trauma reminders and anger.

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DoD Studying Implications of Wearable Devices Giving Too Much Info > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article



WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2018 —

Defense Department officials are studying security issues raised by physical conditioning trackers that also can be used to track service members’ whereabouts, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters today.

The concern comes from a “heat map” posted by Strava — the makers of a fitness tracking application that shows the routes service members run or cycle in their daily exercises. These maps can show military bases and may be used to target individuals.

“We take these matters seriously, and we are reviewing the situation to determine if any additional training or guidance is required, and if any additional policy must be developed to ensure the continued safety of DoD personnel at home and abroad,” Army Col. Robert Manning III said during a morning news conference at the Pentagon.

Wearable electronic fitness trackers upload data to Strava, which then publishes a heat map of the activity so people can download the maps to find good running or cycling routes.

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The 10th Anniversary of My HealtheVet — Veterans Health Administration

Theresa Hancock, Director, My HealtheVet National Program

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Keeping the Promise: Online Access to Support Veterans Health

There are a lot of reasons VA is happy to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of My HealtheVet.

Here are three Veterans to tell you just a few.

John Scott: With My HealtheVet, I can track how I feel and what I do. I enter my pain level and my medications. To keep my schedule straight, I use the VA Appointment and my Health Calendar. I work with my health care provider and pain specialist to set goals that helps me live a healthy life.

Carl Phelps: Using the information available in the Healthy Living Centers, I designed an exercise program that works not only on weekends but I can use throughout the entire week. Using the Food Journal, I learned about portion control with my food intake and developed healthier daily routines, which I track and monitor.

Steve Noonan: I want you to know that the VA really cares about Veterans. The VA health care system does not give you meds, send you home and leave you to fend for yourself. However, you need to be a partner with your health care team.

I want you to know that the…

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First Operational Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Makes Its Debut at Misawa Air Base > U.S. Pacific Command > 2015

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Blue skies and snowy mountains welcomed the first operational Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Lightning II during an arrival ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Jan. 26.

In the upcoming Japanese fiscal year, nine more aircraft will join this one to incept the first fifth-generation fighter squadron as part of the JASDF’s 3rd Air Wing.

“The F-35A will bring transformation in air defense power and significantly contribute to the peace for citizens and ensure security,” said JASDF Maj. Gen. Kenichi Samejima, the 3rd AW commander. “All service members will do their best to secure flight safety and promptly establish an operational [squadron] structure step-by-step.”

The aircraft is a high-performance, multirole aircraft with advanced electronics designed to heighten situational awareness and distribute more information to pilots than any other fighter aircraft, giving operators a critical advantage over adversaries. Japan is one of 12 countries to purchase the F-35A in efforts to maximize air superiority.

“This aircraft represents not only a big step forward in technological advancements and combat capabilities but also in U.S.-Japan relations,” said…

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One of Those Things You Gotta Do – The Flu Shot — Veterans Health Administration

Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year is always a good idea.

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer

Monday, November 4, 2013

Yeah, you have to carve out about an hour to get it done — where can I get my flu shot? How long will it take? How long will my arm be sore?

But, boy is it worth it! You don’t want to be the one about Super Bowl time who gets banished to the basement with all your pills because you have THE FLU!

This is serious stuff. Tens of thousands die each year of flu and pneumonia.

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season.

Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year is always a good idea, and the protection you get from vaccination will last throughout the flu season.

Want to find out everything you need to know about the flu? Start here.

It’s time. Get your flu shot. Flu shots are available for Veterans enrolled in VA…

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Shanahan Asks All DoD Personnel to Read, Internalize New Defense Strategy > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article



WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2018 —

All DoD personnel need to read and internalize the new National Defense Strategy, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said here Jan. 19.

“This is not a document; it is a means to an end,” the deputy secretary said in an interview. “The strategy creates alignment and transparency.”

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis unveiled the bones of the strategy during a speech at the Johns Hopkins Paul Nitze School for Advanced International Studies in Washington. An 11-page summary of the strategy is available on the Defense Department’s website.

Shanahan said he wants the more than 2 million members of DoD to be in alignment with the strategy to create a powerful impetus to making the joint force more lethal, helping DoD to strengthen old alliances and build new partnerships, and reforming the way the department does business.

“When you have a common understanding of priorities and a common lexicon, we’re the most powerful team in the world,” Shanahan said.

Foundational for Future Budgets

The NDS is foundational, the deputy secretary said. “As we put together the fiscal 2019 budget, it was derived from…

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With Honor Wants to Elect More Veterans—From Both Parties

Even the most optimistic interpretation of this week’s government shutdown quickly slides into the abyss of the bottomless distrust between Republicans and Democrats in the House.

The brief standoff over immigration and funding the government mostly dramatized Washington’s dysfunction. But it offered one glimmer of the hope when about two dozen senators from both parties coalesced to urge a quick resolution that reopened the government.

That loose alliance is now expressing optimism it can reach agreements on other thorny issues, starting with the long-term fate of the roughly 800,000 “dreamers” brought to the U.S. illegally as children by their parents. President Trump in September ended an Obama-era program that shielded them from deportation, though a federal District Court has temporarily blocked his decision.

Yet even if the Senate can come together on the “dreamers” or other issues, any such cooperation would confront the chasm between the parties in the House. GOP leaders there have already indicated they don’t feel bound to even consider the legislation if the Senate approves a deal.

Enter a new organization called With Honor.

The group, which is…

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