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Local Non-Profit STEPs Up to Help Military Families – NBC 7 San Diego

Many San Diegans are struggling right now, and some of the hardest hit are our local military families. The non-profit Support The Enlisted Project, or STEP, said many enlisted service members are being asked to shelter in place at home, making it tough to get the food and supplies they need for their families. Others on deployment are seeing those deployments extended. “If you’re out and the ship is clean, then they’re just staying away. They’re staying out,” said STEP CEO and Co-Founder Tony Teravainen. “What we’ve seen also, is a lot of the spouses, and service members that had ... Read more

Suicide is an American Crisis, Not a Military Crisis

Photo by israel palacio on Unsplash A few months ago, one my teenage daughter’s friends took his own life. These things can be contagious, so I worry. She’s the brightest and shiniest eighth grade girl I know, with lots of friends and plenty of social connections. She seems a lot better adjusted that I was at fourteen. But I still worry. Military commanders care deeply for their troops and face the same worry. I know from experience that a military member’s suicide can rip the heart out of a unit, and it may take months to recover. Some people never ... Read more

Military to cut back on defence budget

The armed forces have agreed to cut back on their defence budgets as the government diverts funds to tackle Covid-19. The commanders-in-chief were responding to calls to trim defence budgets, including those earmarked for weapons and arms procurement, so money could be cobbled together to help finance efforts to contain the spread of the disease. Navy commander Admiral Ruechai Ruddit said on Thursday the navy was ready to hand back some of the budget allocated to the force to state coffers. He explained the money will be sliced from several projects while other plans including construction work, which is not deemed ... Read more

Russian Military Brings Medical Equipment to Armenia

A truck with medical equipment was part of a Russian military specialists flight to Armenia YEREVAN (Azatutyun.am)—The Russian military has sent a team of medics and special equipment to Armenia to help it detect and prevent coronavirus cases among Armenian and Russian military personnel serving in the country. Two Russian military transport planes delivered the assistance to Yerevan on Tuesday night. According to the Armenian Defense Ministry, it includes Russian army specialists in virology and epidemics, a coronavirus testing lab and a sample collection system for COVID-19 tests. In a statement, the ministry said the assistance was provided in line ... Read more

Military Families Caught In Coronavirus Travel Ban Struggle To Make Ends Meet

Photo by Nicholas McVicker Above: Laura White, spokesperson for STEP, prepares care packages for military families, April 1, 2020. Many families are struggling financially because of the coronavirus pandemic. But after being caught up in a worldwide travel ban, military families face some unique challenges. In recent weeks, many groups who work with military families have switched gears to help troops and families dealing with the impact of COVID-19 and the military’s attempt to control it. The USO has begun offering care packages to troops in quarantine. Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) typically provides financial counseling for military families having ... Read more

‘Terrible, Tragic Mistake:’ Top General Warns Enemies Not to Test US Military Readiness

The Pentagon’s top leaders said Thursday they can see a “light at the end of the tunnel” of the COVID-19 pandemic and stressed that the U.S. military remains a force in readiness, with fewer than 2,000 cases out of more than two million troops available to support contingency operations. During an internet broadcast Thursday morning, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley warned adversaries that it would be a “terrible, tragic mistake if they thought that … [they] can take advantage of any opportunities … at a time of crisis.” “The U.S. military is very, very capable ... Read more

U.S military wants to build mobile microreactor in Idaho

Keith Ridler, Associated Press Updated 1:42 pm EDT, Thursday, April 9, 2020 FILE – This Nov. 14, 2017, file photo, provided by the Idaho National Laboratory, shows the Idaho National Laboratory Transient Reactor Test Facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The U.S. Department of Defense wants to build a prototype advanced mobile nuclear microreactor at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho. Comments are being taken through April 30, 2020, to determine the scope of an environmental impact statement on the plan aimed at building microreactors the department says are needed to ensure the military’s energy supply. (Chris Morgan/Idaho National Laboratory via ... Read more

Audit finds multiple security vulnerabilities at military hospitals, clinics

April 9 (UPI) — U.S. military hospitals and clinics are vulnerable to theft, damage and terrorism, according to a Department of Defense Inspector General audit released Thursday. Inspectors who prepared the audit visited eight military medical treatment facilities and found that while all had implemented local physical security measures, they also identified security weaknesses at each facility that could allow unauthorized access to certain areas. Auditors found security controls allowed personnel and volunteers to access medical centers at all hours or to enter restricted areas without authorization, giving them access to equipment, pharmaceuticals and patient information. The concern includes areas ... Read more

Amidst COVID-19 Crisis Free Military Program Offers All Career Training Online to Keep Veterans and Family Building Employment Opportunities in Uncertain Times

NEW YORK, April 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Onward to Opportunity (O2O), a program offered through Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) providing comprehensive career preparedness-training for transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses as well as National Guard and Reserves, has gone completely online in recent weeks in accordance with the country-wide stay-at-home orders. In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, this change allows its participants to maintain momentum towards their post-service civilian career. Normally available on 19 military installations in addition to an online option for distance learners, O2O trains participants on both technical and ... Read more

Face coverings mandated at military sites to cut virus risks

Thursday, April 9, 2020 This illustration from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows how facial masks should be worn to fight the spread of coronavirus. To prevent coronavirus transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Defense is now requiring cloth face coverings on its property. The policy comes after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of cloth masks in public settings when people can’t maintain 6 feet of distance between each other. Such coverings can reduce transmission of the virus by people who don’t realize they’re infected, according to the CDC. The ... Read more