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(BPT) - As the Department of Defense continues its drawdown of American military personnel after decades of major troop deployment, tens of thousands of American troops are preparing to transition out of the military and back into civilian life. The transition will be easier for some than others; but with a solid plan and access to helpful resources, returning heroes can find success and satisfaction in a post-military career.
(BPT) - While humans prepare for cold weather, deer have something else in mind when temperatures drop. Cold weather signifies mating season for deer. Numerous insurance industry and government studies indicate that during this time, deer become more active, aggressive and a greater threat to humans, pets and suburban landscapes.
Arizona has been known to lure new residents with its favorable climate and low taxes, but three new studies may give the state a fresh appeal: zombie apocalypse survivability.
(NAPSI)—Sergeant First Class Michael D. Smith’s severe injuries sustained in a 2011 hit-and-run accident ultimately led to the loss of his right arm, but his optimism never wavered. Recovering at the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Smith worked toward one goal: remain in the Army for 20 years. Three years later, Smith became the first above-the-elbow amputee to return to active duty.
(NAPSI)—For the fifth consecutive year, warrior-athletes from across the country compete in Paralympic-style competitions—demonstrating their resilience, camaraderie and courage.
(NAPSI)—Health care and health insurance are complex for most people, but for veterans even more so. Veterans have different and unique health care options that make decision making even more challenging. If you or a loved one has served in the military, it’s important to be aware of recent health care changes and the range of health coverage options available to veterans.
Ten years would have been too long to wait for a replacement to the Tomahawk cruise missile if the Department of Defense’s proposed $82 million cut to the missile system hadn’t been reversed by Congress, said Sen. John McCain.
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WASHINGTON – Arizona power plants would have to make the second-highest reductions in carbon emissions in the nation under new rules proposed Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Governor Jan Brewer today announced Patt Parker as the new Coordinator for Strategic Military Affairs, a role in which she will advise the governor on issues regarding the state’s military operations.
Ms. Parker will serve as the central coordinator for state, federal and local officials regarding executive, legislative and federal actions necessary to sustaining Arizona’s current military operations and enhancing our preparedness to respond to potential new missions. In coordination with the Military Affairs Commission and other entities, Ms. Parker will assist Arizona military officials and communities in identifying and appropriating resources for the planning and improvement of our state’s military installations, with the overall objective of protecting and enhancing the economic and defense interests of Arizona.
“Patt brings years of experience and expertise in public service, leadership and training and military affairs – including a keen familiarity with issues related to Base Realignment and Closure,” said Governor Brewer. “She is a welcome addition to this administration, and will play a valuable role in Arizona’s continued efforts to protect and strengthen our critical military operations and installations.”
“The Governor’s announcement of Patt Parker joining her staff is welcomed news, and underscores the importance the Governor places on Arizona being a military-friendly state,” said Lisa Atkins, Co-Chair of the Arizona Military Affairs Commission. Arizonans are grateful for the men, women and families who choose to serve, and our commitment to national defense is reflected by a strong track record of protecting and enhancing the military installations and missions located in our state. Patt’s leadership and experience will be invaluable to advancing that mission.”
Prior to joining Governor Brewer’s administration, Ms. Parker worked for the Department of Business and Economic Development in Baltimore, Maryland. She served as Deputy Director of Military and Federal Affairs, where she developed strategy related to BRAC, and was appointed as a member of the Governor’s Emergency Management Agency and Veterans Task Force. She previously was the President/Owner of Dio Sicuro, LLC, a Leadership Development and Coaching company in Huntingtown, Maryland; Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Department of the Army, Pentagon; and worked in Intelligence Operations for the U.S. Department of Defense. Ms. Parker received numerous awards for her work, including the Civilian Sustained Superior Award; DCI’s Meritorious Unit Citation; National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation; and Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.
"Governor Brewer’s appointment is both appropriate and timely,” said Ron Shoopman, President of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and Brigadier General (ret.). “Defense cuts and sequestration now
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