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  • Life Changes. Are Your Records Up to Date?
    If you've had a recent life event such as a change in marital status, the addition of a child, or the death of a loved one, then now is a good time to review your beneficiary designations for Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI).

    Not keeping beneficiaries up to date may result in your benefits going to a former spouse, your deceased parent's estate, your estate, or even being held until we find the appropriate beneficiary. It could also result in payment delays at a time when your loved one is in need. For example, if the listed beneficiaries are children from a first marriage, children from a current marriage might contest the claim if they believe they have more recent documents showing they should be the beneficiaries. No one could be paid until it is determined who is legally entitled to the money.

    Even if you haven't had a recent life event it's a good idea to review your beneficiaries at least once a year. So mark it on your calendar as an annual event. And remember, you have the legal right to name any beneficiary you want and change your beneficiary at any time.

    You can access all Change of Beneficiary forms at: http://www.benefits.va.gov/INSURANCE/updatebene.asp

    Contact your servicing personnel office for further information.

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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.



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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Crystal Cash, a boom operator with the 91st Air Refueling Squadron, refuels an F-15 Eagle aircraft attached to the 125th Fighter Wing during Vigilant Shield 15 over the United States Oct. 20, 2014. Vigilant Shield is a weeklong annual exercise designed to emphasize an integrated Department of Defense and civil response in support of the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, defense support of civil authorities and homeland defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brandon Shapiro/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14995295203/<p>U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Crystal Cash, a boom operator with the 91st Air Refueling Squadron, refuels an F-15 Eagle aircraft attached to the 125th Fighter Wing during Vigilant Shield 15 over the United States Oct. 20, 2014. Vigilant Shield is a weeklong annual exercise designed to emphasize an integrated Department of Defense and civil response in support of the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, defense support of civil authorities and homeland defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brandon Shapiro/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Crystal Cash, a boom operator with the 91st Air Refueling Squadron, refuels an F-15 Eagle aircraft attached to the 125th Fighter Wing during Vigilant Shield 15 over the United States Oct. 20, 2014. Vigilant Shield is a weeklong annual exercise designed to emphasize an integrated Department of Defense and civil response in support of the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, defense support of civil authorities and homeland defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brandon Shapiro/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy Ensign Julian G. Abellar, foreground, assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), practices search-and-rescue techniques with Ship's Serviceman 2nd Class Danielle Turner during a drill Oct. 21, 2014, in the Pacific Ocean. The Vandegrift was on patrol in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cory Booth/released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15616277662/<p>U.S. Navy Ensign Julian G. Abellar, foreground, assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), practices search-and-rescue techniques with Ship's Serviceman 2nd Class Danielle Turner during a drill Oct. 21, 2014, in the Pacific Ocean. The Vandegrift was on patrol in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cory Booth/released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Ensign Julian G. Abellar, foreground, assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48), practices search-and-rescue techniques with Ship's Serviceman 2nd Class Danielle Turner during a drill Oct. 21, 2014, in the Pacific Ocean. The Vandegrift was on patrol in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cory Booth/released)</p>

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Volunteers hold cardboard references to domestic violence victims during a candlelight vigil Oct. 21, 2014, at the municipal building in Goose Creek, S.C. The cutouts were symbols of people who have died from domestic violence attacks in South Carolina in the past year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman George Goslin/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15616279872/<p>Volunteers hold cardboard references to domestic violence victims during a candlelight vigil Oct. 21, 2014, at the municipal building in Goose Creek, S.C. The cutouts were symbols of people who have died from domestic violence attacks in South Carolina in the past year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman George Goslin/Released)</p> <p>Volunteers hold cardboard references to domestic violence victims during a candlelight vigil Oct. 21, 2014, at the municipal building in Goose Creek, S.C. The cutouts were symbols of people who have died from domestic violence attacks in South Carolina in the past year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman George Goslin/Released)</p>

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U.S. Soldiers with the Oklahoma Army National Guard rowing team practice rowing on the Oklahoma River Oct. 21, 2014, in Oklahoma City. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Geoff Legler/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15616280242/<p>U.S. Soldiers with the Oklahoma Army National Guard rowing team practice rowing on the Oklahoma River Oct. 21, 2014, in Oklahoma City. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Geoff Legler/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Soldiers with the Oklahoma Army National Guard rowing team practice rowing on the Oklahoma River Oct. 21, 2014, in Oklahoma City. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Geoff Legler/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the South China Sea Oct. 20, 2014. The George Washington was conducting theater security operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15615454465/<p>A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the South China Sea Oct. 20, 2014. The George Washington was conducting theater security operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 prepares to make an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the South China Sea Oct. 20, 2014. The George Washington was conducting theater security operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Soldier assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment competes with Soldiers from other units in a land navigation day course during the Expert Infantryman Badge competition at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany, Oct. 20, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Tanner/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14995300153/<p>A U.S. Soldier assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment competes with Soldiers from other units in a land navigation day course during the Expert Infantryman Badge competition at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany, Oct. 20, 2014.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Tanner/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Soldier assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment competes with Soldiers from other units in a land navigation day course during the Expert Infantryman Badge competition at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany, Oct. 20, 2014.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Tanner/Released)</p>

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher Smith, a cyber systems operations technician with the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron (CBCS), and Staff Sgt. Nicholas Mattox, an electrical power production craftsman with the 52nd CBCS, set up a radio frequencies kit during Vigilant Shield 15 in Goose Bay, Canada, Oct. 18, 2014. Vigilant Shield is a weeklong annual exercise designed to emphasize an integrated Department of Defense and civil response in support of the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, defense support of civil authorities and homeland defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Wright/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14994697204/<p>U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher Smith, a cyber systems operations technician with the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron (CBCS), and Staff Sgt. Nicholas Mattox, an electrical power production craftsman with the 52nd CBCS, set up a radio frequencies kit during Vigilant Shield 15 in Goose Bay, Canada, Oct. 18, 2014. Vigilant Shield is a weeklong annual exercise designed to emphasize an integrated Department of Defense and civil response in support of the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, defense support of civil authorities and homeland defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Wright/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher Smith, a cyber systems operations technician with the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron (CBCS), and Staff Sgt. Nicholas Mattox, an electrical power production craftsman with the 52nd CBCS, set up a radio frequencies kit during Vigilant Shield 15 in Goose Bay, Canada, Oct. 18, 2014. Vigilant Shield is a weeklong annual exercise designed to emphasize an integrated Department of Defense and civil response in support of the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, defense support of civil authorities and homeland defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Wright/Released)</p>

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher Smith, a cyber systems operations technician with the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron, uncoils cable for a radio frequencies kit during Vigilant Shield 15 in Goose Bay, Canada, Oct. 18, 2014. Vigilant Shield is a weeklong annual exercise designed to emphasize an integrated Department of Defense and civil response in support of the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, defense support of civil authorities and homeland defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Wright/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15612777241/<p>U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher Smith, a cyber systems operations technician with the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron, uncoils cable for a radio frequencies kit during Vigilant Shield 15 in Goose Bay, Canada, Oct. 18, 2014. Vigilant Shield is a weeklong annual exercise designed to emphasize an integrated Department of Defense and civil response in support of the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, defense support of civil authorities and homeland defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Wright/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Christopher Smith, a cyber systems operations technician with the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron, uncoils cable for a radio frequencies kit during Vigilant Shield 15 in Goose Bay, Canada, Oct. 18, 2014. Vigilant Shield is a weeklong annual exercise designed to emphasize an integrated Department of Defense and civil response in support of the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, defense support of civil authorities and homeland defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justin Wright/Released)</p>

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After locating and destroying a simulated enemy's primary defense location, U.S. and Bulgarian forces depart from the battle zone at the Koren Field Training Ground in Bulgaria Oct. 16, 2014, as part of Atlantic Resolve. Europe-based U.S. Army units were deployed to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia to conduct bilateral military exercises and reinforce NATO security commitments to the host nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Derrick Irions/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15616283362/<p>After locating and destroying a simulated enemy's primary defense location, U.S. and Bulgarian forces depart from the battle zone at the Koren Field Training Ground in Bulgaria Oct. 16, 2014, as part of Atlantic Resolve. Europe-based U.S. Army units were deployed to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia to conduct bilateral military exercises and reinforce NATO security commitments to the host nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Derrick Irions/Released)</p> <p>After locating and destroying a simulated enemy's primary defense location, U.S. and Bulgarian forces depart from the battle zone at the Koren Field Training Ground in Bulgaria Oct. 16, 2014, as part of Atlantic Resolve. Europe-based U.S. Army units were deployed to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia to conduct bilateral military exercises and reinforce NATO security commitments to the host nations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Derrick Irions/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Joshua Dingman maneuvers a rigid-hull inflatable boat near the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during a man overboard drill in the South China Sea Oct. 21, 2014. The George Washington was underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Everett Allen, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15422132730/<p>U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Joshua Dingman maneuvers a rigid-hull inflatable boat near the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during a man overboard drill in the South China Sea Oct. 21, 2014. The George Washington was underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Everett Allen, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Joshua Dingman maneuvers a rigid-hull inflatable boat near the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during a man overboard drill in the South China Sea Oct. 21, 2014. The George Washington was underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Everett Allen, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Marine with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, assigned to Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, holds a child during a homecoming event at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 20, 2014. Marines and Sailors with Marine Rotational Force-Darwin completed a six-month rotation to Darwin, Australia, as a part of a multinational mission that strengthened operational capability and interoperability in the Pacific region. (DoD photo by Cpl. Scott Reel, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14986981234/<p>A U.S. Marine with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, assigned to Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, holds a child during a homecoming event at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 20, 2014. Marines and Sailors with Marine Rotational Force-Darwin completed a six-month rotation to Darwin, Australia, as a part of a multinational mission that strengthened operational capability and interoperability in the Pacific region. (DoD photo by Cpl. Scott Reel, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Marine with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, assigned to Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, holds a child during a homecoming event at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 20, 2014. Marines and Sailors with Marine Rotational Force-Darwin completed a six-month rotation to Darwin, Australia, as a part of a multinational mission that strengthened operational capability and interoperability in the Pacific region. (DoD photo by Cpl. Scott Reel, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Dallas Hulsey performs routine maintenance on an engine aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) while participating in Operation Inherent Resolve in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility Oct. 18, 2014. President Barack Obama authorized humanitarian aid deliveries to Iraq as well as targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel from extremists known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. U.S. Central Command directed the operations. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric Coffer, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15605059361/<p>U.S. Navy Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Dallas Hulsey performs routine maintenance on an engine aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) while participating in Operation Inherent Resolve in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility Oct. 18, 2014. President Barack Obama authorized humanitarian aid deliveries to Iraq as well as targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel from extremists known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. U.S. Central Command directed the operations. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric Coffer, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Dallas Hulsey performs routine maintenance on an engine aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) while participating in Operation Inherent Resolve in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility Oct. 18, 2014. President Barack Obama authorized humanitarian aid deliveries to Iraq as well as targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel from extremists known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. U.S. Central Command directed the operations. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eric Coffer, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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Kale Pearson, No. 2, a quarterback with the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons, tries to avoid Markel Byrd, No. 22, a defensive back with the University of New Mexico Lobos, during a football game at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 18, 2014. The Falcons defeated the Lobos 35-31. (DoD photo by Bill Evans, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15608560842/<p>Kale Pearson, No. 2, a quarterback with the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons, tries to avoid Markel Byrd, No. 22, a defensive back with the University of New Mexico Lobos, during a football game at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 18, 2014. The Falcons defeated the Lobos 35-31. (DoD photo by Bill Evans, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>Kale Pearson, No. 2, a quarterback with the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons, tries to avoid Markel Byrd, No. 22, a defensive back with the University of New Mexico Lobos, during a football game at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 18, 2014. The Falcons defeated the Lobos 35-31. (DoD photo by Bill Evans, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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The U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) travels through the Hood Canal as it returns home following a strategic deterrence patrol Oct. 16, 2014, in Puget Sound, Wash. (DoD photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ahron Arendes, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15421619198/<p>The U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) travels through the Hood Canal as it returns home following a strategic deterrence patrol Oct. 16, 2014, in Puget Sound, Wash. (DoD photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ahron Arendes, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>The U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) travels through the Hood Canal as it returns home following a strategic deterrence patrol Oct. 16, 2014, in Puget Sound, Wash. (DoD photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ahron Arendes, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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A student at West Hills Science, Technical, Engineering and Math Academy participates in a cooperative robotics exercise with remotely operated vehicles (ROV) Oct. 16, 2014, at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum in Keyport, Wash. Students in the workshop participated in hands-on STEM activities and received information about ROV from Department of Defense educators. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Seth Coulter, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15605058581/<p>A student at West Hills Science, Technical, Engineering and Math Academy participates in a cooperative robotics exercise with remotely operated vehicles (ROV) Oct. 16, 2014, at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum in Keyport, Wash. Students in the workshop participated in hands-on STEM activities and received information about ROV from Department of Defense educators. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Seth Coulter, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>A student at West Hills Science, Technical, Engineering and Math Academy participates in a cooperative robotics exercise with remotely operated vehicles (ROV) Oct. 16, 2014, at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum in Keyport, Wash. Students in the workshop participated in hands-on STEM activities and received information about ROV from Department of Defense educators. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Seth Coulter, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Airmen with the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron work together to assemble a ground multiband terminal during Vigilant Shield 15 at the Royal Canadian Air Force 5 Wing at Canadian Forces Base Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador province, Canada, Oct. 15, 2014. Vigilant Shield is a weeklong annual exercise designed to emphasize an integrated Department of Defense and civil response in support of the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, defense support of civil authorities and homeland defense. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15421620878/<p>U.S. Airmen with the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron work together to assemble a ground multiband terminal during Vigilant Shield 15 at the Royal Canadian Air Force 5 Wing at Canadian Forces Base Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador province, Canada, Oct. 15, 2014. Vigilant Shield is a weeklong annual exercise designed to emphasize an integrated Department of Defense and civil response in support of the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, defense support of civil authorities and homeland defense. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Airmen with the 52nd Combat Communications Squadron work together to assemble a ground multiband terminal during Vigilant Shield 15 at the Royal Canadian Air Force 5 Wing at Canadian Forces Base Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador province, Canada, Oct. 15, 2014. Vigilant Shield is a weeklong annual exercise designed to emphasize an integrated Department of Defense and civil response in support of the national strategy of aerospace warning and control, defense support of civil authorities and homeland defense. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Marine with Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center swims through an amphibious obstacle course at Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014. U.S., Dutch and British marines competed in the Combat Center?s High Intensity Tactical Training Black Alligator Challenge. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Leon M. Branchaud, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15605063251/<p>A U.S. Marine with Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center swims through an amphibious obstacle course at Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014. U.S., Dutch and British marines competed in the Combat Center?s High Intensity Tactical Training Black Alligator Challenge. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Leon M. Branchaud, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Marine with Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center swims through an amphibious obstacle course at Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014. U.S., Dutch and British marines competed in the Combat Center?s High Intensity Tactical Training Black Alligator Challenge. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Leon M. Branchaud, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, the outgoing commandant of the Marine Corps, salutes the colors during the passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2014. Amos relinquished command of the Marine Corps to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and retired after 44 years of military service. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15413750178/<p>U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, the outgoing commandant of the Marine Corps, salutes the colors during the passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2014. Amos relinquished command of the Marine Corps to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and retired after 44 years of military service. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, the outgoing commandant of the Marine Corps, salutes the colors during the passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2014. Amos relinquished command of the Marine Corps to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and retired after 44 years of military service. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels flies alongside Younkin Air Show's performer Matt Younkin while practicing for the Memphis Air Show at Millington Regional Jetport in Millington, TN. The Blue Angels were scheduled to perform 68 demonstrations at 34 locations across the U.S. in 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrea Perez, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15600695342/<p>A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels  flies alongside Younkin Air Show's performer Matt Younkin while practicing for the Memphis Air Show at Millington Regional Jetport in Millington, TN. The Blue Angels were scheduled to perform 68 demonstrations at 34 locations across the U.S. in 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrea Perez, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels  flies alongside Younkin Air Show's performer Matt Younkin while practicing for the Memphis Air Show at Millington Regional Jetport in Millington, TN. The Blue Angels were scheduled to perform 68 demonstrations at 34 locations across the U.S. in 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrea Perez, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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Steelworker Constructionman Victor Lorenzo Bernardino from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 mans a firing position inside a notional enemy town before a simulated attack on Seabees from NMCB 5 during a field training exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Thurs., Oct. 16. NMCB 3 sent 44 Seabees to help Naval Construction Group (NCG) 1 with enemy aggressors, galley services, weapons maintenance and ammunition watches. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey/RELEASED).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15414258960/<p>Steelworker Constructionman Victor Lorenzo Bernardino from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 mans a firing position inside a notional enemy town before a simulated attack on Seabees from NMCB 5 during a field training exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Thurs., Oct. 16. NMCB 3 sent 44 Seabees to help Naval Construction Group (NCG) 1 with enemy aggressors, galley services, weapons maintenance and ammunition watches. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey/RELEASED).</p> <p>Steelworker Constructionman Victor Lorenzo Bernardino from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 mans a firing position inside a notional enemy town before a simulated attack on Seabees from NMCB 5 during a field training exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Thurs., Oct. 16. NMCB 3 sent 44 Seabees to help Naval Construction Group (NCG) 1 with enemy aggressors, galley services, weapons maintenance and ammunition watches. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey/RELEASED).</p>

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