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African Nations, Western Partners Conduct Airborne Operations at Flintlock 2018

The African sun rises over an airfield here near the capital of Ouagadougou. Villagers look to the sky with anticipation as children point upwards and smile once they witness the opening of parachutes.

SOP newswire3Dunford Praises Service Members for Handling of Guantanamo Mission - After a visit here this week, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. said he is proud of the way the men and women of Joint Task Force Guantanamo are carrying out their detainee operations mission.
SOP newswire3Women`s Military History 'a Revolution,` General Says - Comic timing is not a skill always associated with military officers, but retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught can make the history of women in the U.S. armed forces sound both compelling and absurdly funny.
SOP newswire3Michelle Obama to Women Veterans: Tell Your Story - First Lady Michelle Obama had a message for women veterans today: Tell your story.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter: DoD Must Innovate to Lead in a Competitive World - The Defense Department doesn`t get to choose the many global challenges it faces, but it can set a course for the future that embraces innovation and keeps DoD competitive in a competitive world, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today.
SOP newswire3Bob Work Finishes Trip Focusing on U.S. Nuclear Deterrent - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work observed the test of an unarmed Minuteman 3 missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, last night, at the culmination of a trip to examine the progress of reforms in DoD`s nuclear deterrent.
SOP newswire3Face of Defense: Airman Realizes Wrestling Ring Dreams - Two villains jumped in the wrestling ring and started to yell at the crowd. Loud boos and insults were hurled back in response. The show was sold out, the crowd had warmed up after watching some preliminary matches, and it was time for a big, tag-team match.
SOP newswire3 Face of Defense: Airman Earns Army Ranger Tab - Rangers are uniquely skilled service members who specialize in conducting airborne and air assault operations, seizing key terrain such as airfields, destroying strategic facilities and capturing or killing enemies of the nation.
SOP newswire3Face of Defense: Marine Continues Family`s Legacy of Service - On a breezy Wednesday afternoon last month, Marine Corps Sgt. Michel A. Garcia stood tall alongside his color guard teammates during a ceremony honoring World War II veterans at a retirement community here.
SOP newswire3From World War II to Afghanistan: USO Marks 75th Anniversary - Talk about the United Service Organizations and people think it is some holding company. But mention USO, and all Americans know it is a way for them to connect with service members.
SOP newswire3Face of Defense: Airman Helps Search for Vietnam War Remains - When Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robin Bailon enlisted 16 years ago, she didn't expect her career to take her to Vietnam as a life science investigator.
SOP newswire3DoD Chemical-Biological Program has a Global Mission - Keeping warfighters safe from infectious diseases and chemical agents is a Defense Department effort that requires a range of capabilities.
SOP newswire3Officials Describe Plans to Integrate Women into Combat Roles - Senior Army, Navy and Marine Corps officials outlined plans to integrate women into combat roles before the Senate Armed Forces Committee today, and agreed incorporating women into combat ranks is the right path for the future.
SOP newswire3Soldier Filled with Gratitude at New Family Policies - One Army officer scheduled to give birth by cesarean section said recently that the new 12-week maternity leave period and other family focused policies announced last week by Defense Secretary Ash Carter have left her shocked.
SOP newswire3Air Force Awards Contract for Next Air Force One - The Boeing Company was awarded a contract Jan. 29 for risk reduction activities for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, which will field the next Air Force One.
SOP newswire3Face of Defense: Airman`s Calm Response Helps to Save Life - It was Christmas night, 2015, and the restaurant was nearly empty. Michael Hamilton, a cook, suddenly fell to the ground during his shift. The restaurant staff had no medical training. Panic began.
SOP newswire3Leaders From 18 Nations, Southcom Meet To Discuss Caribbean Security - Drawn by an interest in addressing regional threats of mutual concern, delegations from 18 nations including the United States met in Kingston, Jamaica, Jan. 26-29, for talks on security cooperation capacity building in the Caribbean.
SOP newswire3Sesame Street Supports Military Families in Transition - Elmo, Big Bird, and Abby Cadabby are teaming up with the Defense Department to support thousands of military families as they transition to civilian life, according to Transition to Veterans Program Office officials.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Announces 12 Weeks Paid Military Maternity Leave, Other Benefits - The Defense Department is increasing military maternity leave and instituting other changes in an effort to support military families, improve retention and strengthen the force of the future, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Encourages Cyber Command to Intensify Fight Against ISIL - Defense Secretary Ash Carter today encouraged U.S. Cyber Command to intensify the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq the Levant, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.
SOP newswire3Service Members Should Register and Request Absentee Ballots Now - Defense Department personnel and their families who plan to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming presidential primaries and the general election in November should complete a registration application and request their ballots now.
SOP newswire3Stratcom Chief Talks Nuclear Deterrence, Modernization - The global security environment calls for a continued strong nuclear deterrent along with modernization for elements of the nuclear triad and advanced training for U.S. Strategic Command`s workforce, the Stratcom commander said here today.
SOP newswire3Ash Carter Expresses Condolences for 12 Missing Marines - Defense Secretary Ash Carter provided the department`s condolences to the loved ones and families of 12 Marines who`ve gone missing since two Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters, each with six crew members aboard, are presumed to have crashed off Hawaii`s Oahu Island Jan. 14.
SOP newswire3Licenses From 5 States Banned at DoD Bases - Defense Department installations will no longer accept driver`s licenses from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Washington as proof of identity, DoD officials said.
SOP newswire3Free Tax Services Available to Military Members, Families - With the holidays now over, service members and their families might start looking toward another annual event, albeit one that generally garners far less excitement: filing taxes.
SOP newswire3DoD: Training, Awareness Critical in Human Trafficking Fight - The signs of human trafficking could be all around Defense Department personnel: A subcontractor withholds passports and delays payment to its employees, or a company forces potential workers to pay a large fee to obtain a contract job on a DoD installation.
SOP newswire3Face of Defense: Soldier Aids Sex Assault Prevention Efforts - For more than 40 years, the Iowa National Guard and Iowa Law Enforcement Academy have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship within the boundaries of the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center here.
SOP newswire3Face of Defense: Coast Guardsman Continues Mentoring Despite Illness - Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Richard Sambenedetto is many things. Known by all as Mr. Sam, he`s forever a Coast Guard chief, a cutterman by trade and a chief warrant officer by choice, but above all he lives by his personal motto: Shipmate for Life.
SOP newswire3More Military Sexual Assault Reports Show Growing Trust in System - More military service academy cadets and midshipmen this year reported instances of sexual assault and harassment, indicating growing trust in the reporting system, a Defense Department official said Jan. 7.
SOP newswire3Services Submit Plans on Integrating Women Into All Military Jobs - The Defense Department has received plans from each of the services for implementing plans to integrate women into all positions in the military, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said today.
SOP newswire3Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Phones ICBM Crews on New Year`s Eve - In the hours before the clock struck midnight last night, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was on the phone with two-person crews who were on alert in missile silos at the nation`s three intercontinental ballistic missile bases.
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