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  • The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission
    The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRM) was established by the National Defense Authorization Act FY 2013 Pub. L. 112-239, 126 Stat. 1787 (2013) to conduct a review of military compensation and retirement systems and to make recommendations to modernize such systems in order to--

    1. Ensure the long-term viability of the All-Volunteer Force by sustaining the required human resources of that force during all levels of conflict and economic conditions;
    2. Enable the quality of life for members of the Armed Forces and the other uniformed services and their families in a manner that fosters successful recruitment, retention, and careers for members of the Armed Forces and the other uniformed services; and
    3. Modernize and achieve fiscal sustainability for the compensation and retirement systems for the Armed Forces and the other uniformed services for the 21st century.

    The Commission is tasked to submit a report, containing a comprehensive study and recommendations, by February 1, 2015, to the President of the United States and Congress. The report will contain detailed findings and conclusions of the Commission, together with its recommendations for such legislation and administrative actions it may consider appropriate in light of the results of the study.

  • Veterans Affairs Announces Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Premiums Increasing on July 1, 2014
    Effective July 1, 2014, the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) program will adjust the SGLI monthly premium rate from 6.5 cents to 7 cents per $1,000 of insurance. For the maximum coverage of $400,000, the premium will increase from $26 to $28 a month. Servicemembers will continue to pay an additional $1 per month for Traumatic SGLI. To view a table of the new rates for all coverage amounts and learn more about the premium changes, please visit: www.benefits.va.gov/insurance

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A U.S. Sailor assigned to the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) handles lines as the ship returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 26, 2014, after participating in the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world's oceans. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14807344163/<p>A U.S. Sailor assigned to the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) handles lines as the ship returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 26, 2014, after participating in the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world's oceans. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Sailor assigned to the littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) handles lines as the ship returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 26, 2014, after participating in the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world's oceans. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft loadmaster, left, and an Army jumpmaster recover paratrooper static lines following a show of force demonstration at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 26, 2014, during Arctic Thunder 2014. Arctic Thunder is a biennial event that features more than 40 Air Force, Army and civilian aerial acts and draws crowds of more than 200,000 people. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo Sr., U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14600795810/<p>A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft loadmaster, left, and an Army jumpmaster recover paratrooper static lines following a show of force demonstration at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 26, 2014, during Arctic Thunder 2014. Arctic Thunder is a biennial event that features more than 40 Air Force, Army and civilian aerial acts and draws crowds of more than 200,000 people. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo Sr., U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft loadmaster, left, and an Army jumpmaster recover paratrooper static lines following a show of force demonstration at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 26, 2014, during Arctic Thunder 2014. Arctic Thunder is a biennial event that features more than 40 Air Force, Army and civilian aerial acts and draws crowds of more than 200,000 people. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo Sr., U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska prepare for a low-altitude jump from an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in preparation for a show of force demonstration at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 26, 2014, during Arctic Thunder 2014. Arctic Thunder is a biennial event that features more than 40 Air Force, Army and civilian aerial acts and draws crowds of more than 200,000 people. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo Sr., U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14600798740/<p>U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska prepare for a low-altitude jump from an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in preparation for a show of force demonstration at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 26, 2014, during Arctic Thunder 2014. Arctic Thunder is a biennial event that features more than 40 Air Force, Army and civilian aerial acts and draws crowds of more than 200,000 people. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo Sr., U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska prepare for a low-altitude jump from an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in preparation for a show of force demonstration at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 26, 2014, during Arctic Thunder 2014. Arctic Thunder is a biennial event that features more than 40 Air Force, Army and civilian aerial acts and draws crowds of more than 200,000 people. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo Sr., U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of vessels from 15 international partnership nations Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 25, 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world's oceans. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dustin Kelling, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14784359441/<p>The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of vessels from 15 international partnership nations Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 25, 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world's oceans. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dustin Kelling, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of vessels from 15 international partnership nations Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 25, 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world's oceans. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dustin Kelling, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 160th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Brigade, California Army National Guard, fires blank rounds during Warrior Exercise 2014 at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., July 22, 2014. More than 4,000 Soldiers from the active, Reserve and National Guard components participated in the 14-day exercise. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14785146644/<p>A U.S. Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 160th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Brigade, California Army National Guard, fires blank rounds during Warrior Exercise 2014 at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., July 22, 2014. More than 4,000 Soldiers from the active, Reserve and National Guard components participated in the 14-day exercise.  (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 160th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Brigade, California Army National Guard, fires blank rounds during Warrior Exercise 2014 at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., July 22, 2014. More than 4,000 Soldiers from the active, Reserve and National Guard components participated in the 14-day exercise.  (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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U.S. Marines assigned to Echo Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion conduct a patrol during a live-fire exercise at Camp Upshur, Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, Va., July 21, 2014. The simulated patrol was part of a series week-long jump, dive, breach, and shooting exercises. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14600799950/<p>U.S. Marines assigned to Echo Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion conduct a patrol during a live-fire exercise at Camp Upshur, Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, Va., July 21, 2014. The simulated patrol was part of a series week-long jump, dive, breach, and shooting exercises. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Marines assigned to Echo Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion conduct a patrol during a live-fire exercise at Camp Upshur, Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, Va., July 21, 2014. The simulated patrol was part of a series week-long jump, dive, breach, and shooting exercises. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Ezekiel R. Kitandwe, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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U.S. Army Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling provides security while on patrol outside Forward Operating Base Blessing in Kunar province, Afghanistan, July 21, 2014. (U.S. Army photo/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14600845559/<p>U.S. Army Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling provides security while on patrol outside Forward Operating Base Blessing in Kunar province, Afghanistan, July 21, 2014. (U.S. Army photo/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Army Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling provides security while on patrol outside Forward Operating Base Blessing in Kunar province, Afghanistan, July 21, 2014. (U.S. Army photo/Released)</p>

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U.S. Marines with an integrated mortar team assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, assigned to Black Sea Rotational Force 14-2, and Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, fire an M252 81 mm mortar system during exercise Platinum Lion 14-1 at the Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, July 20, 2014. The exercise, which included U.S., Bulgarian, Romanian, Azerbaijani and British service members, was designed to build partner nation capacity, enhance interoperability and increase overall effectiveness. Black Sea Rotational Force is an annual multilateral security cooperation activity between the U.S. Marine Corps and partner nations in the Black Sea, Balkan and Caucasus regions designed to enhance participants? collective professional military capacity, promote regional stability and build enduring relationships with partner nations. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Tanner M. Iskra, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14600850509/<p>U.S. Marines with an integrated mortar team assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, assigned to Black Sea Rotational Force 14-2, and Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, fire an M252 81 mm mortar system during exercise Platinum Lion 14-1 at the Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, July 20, 2014. The exercise, which included U.S., Bulgarian, Romanian, Azerbaijani and British service members, was designed to build partner nation capacity, enhance interoperability and increase overall effectiveness. Black Sea Rotational Force is an annual multilateral security cooperation activity between the U.S. Marine Corps and partner nations in the Black Sea, Balkan and Caucasus regions designed to enhance participants? collective professional military capacity, promote regional stability and build enduring relationships with partner nations. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Tanner M. Iskra, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Marines with an integrated mortar team assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, assigned to Black Sea Rotational Force 14-2, and Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, fire an M252 81 mm mortar system during exercise Platinum Lion 14-1 at the Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, July 20, 2014. The exercise, which included U.S., Bulgarian, Romanian, Azerbaijani and British service members, was designed to build partner nation capacity, enhance interoperability and increase overall effectiveness. Black Sea Rotational Force is an annual multilateral security cooperation activity between the U.S. Marine Corps and partner nations in the Black Sea, Balkan and Caucasus regions designed to enhance participants? collective professional military capacity, promote regional stability and build enduring relationships with partner nations. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Tanner M. Iskra, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Benjamin Martin, Tech. Sgt. Korey Ehinger and Senior Airman LeSean Young-Dilworth, all with the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, perform a preflight inspection on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter at Bagram Airfield in Parwan province, Afghanistan, July 19, 2014. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14600807430/<p>U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Benjamin Martin, Tech. Sgt. Korey Ehinger and Senior Airman LeSean Young-Dilworth, all with the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, perform a preflight inspection on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter at Bagram Airfield in Parwan province, Afghanistan, July 19, 2014. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Benjamin Martin, Tech. Sgt. Korey Ehinger and Senior Airman LeSean Young-Dilworth, all with the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, perform a preflight inspection on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter at Bagram Airfield in Parwan province, Afghanistan, July 19, 2014. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Chase Burton climbs a caving ladder out of the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) in the Pacific Ocean July 23, 2014, during visit, board, search and seizure training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world's oceans. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14779176342/<p>U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Chase Burton climbs a caving ladder out of the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) in the Pacific Ocean July 23, 2014, during visit, board, search and seizure training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world's oceans. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Chase Burton climbs a caving ladder out of the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) in the Pacific Ocean July 23, 2014, during visit, board, search and seizure training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world's oceans. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Sailors assigned to the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) stand at parade rest during a color guard drill rehearsal as Marine Corps Sgt. Louwan Brake, assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force South, provides instruction aboard the ship in the Caribbean Sea July 23, 2014. The newly commissioned America embarked on a mission to conduct training engagements with partner nations throughout the Americas before reporting to its new home port of San Diego. The America was set to be ceremoniously commissioned Oct. 11, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Huey D. Younger Jr., U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14799391193/<p>U.S. Sailors assigned to the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) stand at parade rest during a color guard drill rehearsal as Marine Corps Sgt. Louwan Brake, assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force South, provides instruction aboard the ship in the Caribbean Sea July 23, 2014. The newly commissioned America embarked on a mission to conduct training engagements with partner nations throughout the Americas before reporting to its new home port of San Diego. The America was set to be ceremoniously commissioned Oct. 11, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Huey D. Younger Jr., U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Sailors assigned to the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) stand at parade rest during a color guard drill rehearsal as Marine Corps Sgt. Louwan Brake, assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force South, provides instruction aboard the ship in the Caribbean Sea July 23, 2014. The newly commissioned America embarked on a mission to conduct training engagements with partner nations throughout the Americas before reporting to its new home port of San Diego. The America was set to be ceremoniously commissioned Oct. 11, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Huey D. Younger Jr., U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division take off in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from a landing zone at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Ind., July 23, 2014, during Vibrant Response 14. Vibrant Response is a U.S. Northern Command-sponsored field training exercise for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive consequence management forces designed to improve their ability to respond to catastrophic incidents. (DoD photo by Sgt. Brandon Anderson, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14777168784/<p>U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division take off in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from a landing zone at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Ind., July 23, 2014, during Vibrant Response 14. Vibrant Response is a U.S. Northern Command-sponsored field training exercise for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive consequence management forces designed to improve their ability to respond to catastrophic incidents. (DoD photo by Sgt. Brandon Anderson, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division take off in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from a landing zone at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Ind., July 23, 2014, during Vibrant Response 14. Vibrant Response is a U.S. Northern Command-sponsored field training exercise for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive consequence management forces designed to improve their ability to respond to catastrophic incidents. (DoD photo by Sgt. Brandon Anderson, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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A Panamanian special operations service member participates in a physical fitness test at Fort Tolemaida, Colombia, July 23, 2014, as part of the Fuerzas Comando 2014 competition. Fuerzas Comando is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special operations skills competition and senior leader seminar that is conducted annually in Central and South America and the Caribbean. (DoD photo by Sgt. Wilma Orozco Fanfan; U.S. Army National Guard/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14779534285/<p>A Panamanian special operations service member participates in a physical fitness test at Fort Tolemaida, Colombia, July 23, 2014, as part of the Fuerzas Comando 2014 competition. Fuerzas Comando is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special operations skills competition and senior leader seminar that is conducted annually in Central and South America and the Caribbean. (DoD photo by Sgt. Wilma Orozco Fanfan; U.S. Army National Guard/Released)</p> <p>A Panamanian special operations service member participates in a physical fitness test at Fort Tolemaida, Colombia, July 23, 2014, as part of the Fuerzas Comando 2014 competition. Fuerzas Comando is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special operations skills competition and senior leader seminar that is conducted annually in Central and South America and the Caribbean. (DoD photo by Sgt. Wilma Orozco Fanfan; U.S. Army National Guard/Released)</p>

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U.S. Marines with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment practice clearing rooms during training at the Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawaii July 22, 2014, as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world?s oceans. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Wesley Timm, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14779535535/<p>U.S. Marines with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment practice clearing rooms during training at the Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawaii July 22, 2014, as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world?s oceans. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Wesley Timm, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Marines with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment practice clearing rooms during training at the Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawaii July 22, 2014, as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world?s oceans. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Wesley Timm, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Greg Cerny, an aerial combat broadcaster assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron, takes aerial footage in an Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter July 22, 2014, during Vibrant Response 14 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Vibrant Response is a U.S. Northern Command-sponsored field training exercise for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive consequence management forces designed to improve their ability to respond to catastrophic incidents. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14777172234/<p>U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Greg Cerny, an aerial combat broadcaster assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron, takes aerial footage in an Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter July 22, 2014, during Vibrant Response 14 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Vibrant Response is a U.S. Northern Command-sponsored field training exercise for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive consequence management forces designed to improve their ability to respond to catastrophic incidents. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Greg Cerny, an aerial combat broadcaster assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron, takes aerial footage in an Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter July 22, 2014, during Vibrant Response 14 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Vibrant Response is a U.S. Northern Command-sponsored field training exercise for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive consequence management forces designed to improve their ability to respond to catastrophic incidents. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Jasmonet Jackson, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Army Sgt. Megan Smith, a medic with the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, reviews a patient's medical records during a patient transfer over Afghanistan July 22, 2014. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14592810340/<p>U.S. Army Sgt. Megan Smith, a medic with the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, reviews a patient's medical records during a patient transfer over Afghanistan July 22, 2014. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Army Sgt. Megan Smith, a medic with the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, reviews a patient's medical records during a patient transfer over Afghanistan July 22, 2014. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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A firefighter takes a break before moving along the fire line near Madras, Ore., July 21, 2014. National Guardsmen in Washington and Oregon were called to duty to assist in battling record-setting blazes in both states. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14593035397/<p>A firefighter takes a break before moving along the fire line near Madras, Ore., July 21, 2014. National Guardsmen in Washington and Oregon were called to duty to assist in battling record-setting blazes in both states. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)</p> <p>A firefighter takes a break before moving along the fire line near Madras, Ore., July 21, 2014. National Guardsmen in Washington and Oregon were called to duty to assist in battling record-setting blazes in both states. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)</p>

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Crew members conduct final inspections on a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response July 26, 2014, before it takes off from Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, to provide support to a military-assisted departure from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. The U.S. Department of Defense, at the request of the U.S. Department of State, authorized U.S. Service members to support in the evacuation of U.S. Embassy personnel from Libya. (DoD photo by 1st Lt. Maida Kalic, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14776384821/<p>Crew members conduct final inspections on a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response July 26, 2014, before it takes off from Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, to provide support to a military-assisted departure from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. The U.S. Department of Defense, at the request of the U.S. Department of State, authorized U.S. Service members to support in the evacuation of U.S. Embassy personnel from Libya. (DoD photo by 1st Lt. Maida Kalic, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>Crew members conduct final inspections on a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response July 26, 2014, before it takes off from Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, to provide support to a military-assisted departure from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. The U.S. Department of Defense, at the request of the U.S. Department of State, authorized U.S. Service members to support in the evacuation of U.S. Embassy personnel from Libya. (DoD photo by 1st Lt. Maida Kalic, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ed McKenna, a pararescue specialist with the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, Kentucky Air National Guard, lands after a free-fall jump from a C-130 Hercules aircraft with a tandem nonqualified jumper July 23, 2014, during Patriot 14 at the Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center at Camp Douglas, Wis. The Patriot exercise is a domestic operations scenario to assess the National Guard's ability to assist state and local agencies in response to multiple emergencies. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jenna Lenski, U.S. Air National Guard/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14748817196/<p>U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ed McKenna, a pararescue specialist with the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, Kentucky Air National Guard, lands after a free-fall jump from a C-130 Hercules aircraft with a tandem nonqualified jumper July 23, 2014, during Patriot 14 at the Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center at Camp Douglas, Wis. The Patriot exercise is a domestic operations scenario to assess the National Guard's ability to assist state and local agencies in response to multiple emergencies. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jenna Lenski, U.S. Air National Guard/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ed McKenna, a pararescue specialist with the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, Kentucky Air National Guard, lands after a free-fall jump from a C-130 Hercules aircraft with a tandem nonqualified jumper July 23, 2014, during Patriot 14 at the Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center at Camp Douglas, Wis. The Patriot exercise is a domestic operations scenario to assess the National Guard's ability to assist state and local agencies in response to multiple emergencies. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jenna Lenski, U.S. Air National Guard/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Matthew McGinn leads a visit, board, search and seizure team through the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) in the Pacific Ocean July 23, 2014, during training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world's oceans. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14585350897/<p>U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Matthew McGinn leads a visit, board, search and seizure team through the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) in the Pacific Ocean July 23, 2014, during training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world's oceans. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Matthew McGinn leads a visit, board, search and seizure team through the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) in the Pacific Ocean July 23, 2014, during training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. RIMPAC is a U.S. Pacific Fleet-hosted biennial multinational maritime exercise designed to foster and sustain international cooperation on the security of the world's oceans. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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