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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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U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Brittany Hearne, center, gives a safety brief before a barricade drill on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the Pacific Ocean July 16, 2014, during exercise 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 Chelsea Kennedy, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14730994373/<p>U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Brittany Hearne, center, gives a safety brief before a barricade drill on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the Pacific Ocean July 16, 2014, during exercise 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 Chelsea Kennedy, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Brittany Hearne, center, gives a safety brief before a barricade drill on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the Pacific Ocean July 16, 2014, during exercise 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 Chelsea Kennedy, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter assigned to USCG Sector San Diego lands after evacuating an ailing fisherman from a vessel approximately 30 miles south of San Diego, July 15, 2014. The crew of the 56-foot Seeker, a commercial fishing vessel, contacted the Coast Guard for assistance after the ailing fisherman began experiencing heart attack like symptoms. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14710843312/<p>A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter assigned to USCG Sector San Diego lands after evacuating an ailing fisherman from a vessel approximately 30 miles south of San Diego, July 15, 2014. The crew of the 56-foot Seeker, a commercial fishing vessel, contacted the Coast Guard for assistance after the ailing fisherman began experiencing heart attack like symptoms. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter assigned to USCG Sector San Diego lands after evacuating an ailing fisherman from a vessel approximately 30 miles south of San Diego, July 15, 2014. The crew of the 56-foot Seeker, a commercial fishing vessel, contacted the Coast Guard for assistance after the ailing fisherman began experiencing heart attack like symptoms. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron fires flares at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command Training Area in Grafenwoehr Germany, July 15, 2014. The Air Force pilots were conducting joint training with U.S., Dutch and student joint terminal attack controllers on the ground. (DoD photo by Gertrud Zach, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14708751984/<p>A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron fires flares at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command Training Area in Grafenwoehr Germany, July 15, 2014. The Air Force pilots were conducting joint training with U.S., Dutch and student joint terminal attack controllers on the ground.  (DoD photo by Gertrud Zach, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron fires flares at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command Training Area in Grafenwoehr Germany, July 15, 2014. The Air Force pilots were conducting joint training with U.S., Dutch and student joint terminal attack controllers on the ground.  (DoD photo by Gertrud Zach, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan Merritt, a crew chief with the 335th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, marshals an F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft July 14, 2014, during Red Flag 14-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise held four to six times a year to train pilots from the U.S., NATO and other allied countries for real combat situations. (DoD photo by Lawrence Crespo, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14707961031/<p>U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan Merritt, a crew chief with the 335th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, marshals an F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft July 14, 2014, during Red Flag 14-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise held four to six times a year to train pilots from the U.S., NATO and other allied countries for real combat situations. (DoD photo by Lawrence Crespo, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan Merritt, a crew chief with the 335th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, marshals an F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft July 14, 2014, during Red Flag 14-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise held four to six times a year to train pilots from the U.S., NATO and other allied countries for real combat situations. (DoD photo by Lawrence Crespo, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Soldiers with the 187th Signal Company, New York Army National Guard, raise an OE254 antenna during scenario-based exercise eXportable Combat Training Capability at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center, Mich., July 14, 2014. (DoD photo by Pfc. Gabrielle Scibetta, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14711146135/<p>U.S. Soldiers with the 187th Signal Company, New York Army National Guard, raise an OE254 antenna during scenario-based exercise eXportable Combat Training Capability at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center, Mich., July 14, 2014.  (DoD photo by Pfc. Gabrielle Scibetta, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Soldiers with the 187th Signal Company, New York Army National Guard, raise an OE254 antenna during scenario-based exercise eXportable Combat Training Capability at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center, Mich., July 14, 2014.  (DoD photo by Pfc. Gabrielle Scibetta, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)</p>

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U.S. Soldiers assigned to Florida Army National Guard Special Forces conduct training for the 1600th Explosive Ordnance Company and the 192nd Brigade Support Battalion, 92nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard during annual training at Camp Santiago Joint Maneuver Training Center in Salinas, Puerto Rico, July 13, 2014. (DoD photo by Sgt. Pablo Pantoja, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14524481969/<p>U.S. Soldiers assigned to Florida Army National Guard Special Forces conduct training for the 1600th Explosive Ordnance Company and the 192nd Brigade Support Battalion, 92nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard during annual training at Camp Santiago Joint Maneuver Training Center in Salinas, Puerto Rico, July 13, 2014. (DoD photo by Sgt. Pablo Pantoja, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Soldiers assigned to Florida Army National Guard Special Forces conduct training for the 1600th Explosive Ordnance Company and the 192nd Brigade Support Battalion, 92nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard during annual training at Camp Santiago Joint Maneuver Training Center in Salinas, Puerto Rico, July 13, 2014. (DoD photo by Sgt. Pablo Pantoja, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)</p>

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South Korean marines with the 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment patrol up a hill to conduct a simulated assault on opposing forces at the Kahuku Training Area in Hawaii July 11, 2014, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. The South Korean marines partnered with U.S. Marines assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment New Zealand soldiers. 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 Cpl. Matthew Callahan, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14524482889/<p>South Korean marines with the 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment patrol up a hill to conduct a simulated assault on opposing forces at the Kahuku Training Area in Hawaii July 11, 2014, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. The South Korean marines partnered with U.S. Marines assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment New Zealand soldiers. 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 Cpl. Matthew Callahan, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>South Korean marines with the 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment patrol up a hill to conduct a simulated assault on opposing forces at the Kahuku Training Area in Hawaii July 11, 2014, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. The South Korean marines partnered with U.S. Marines assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment New Zealand soldiers. 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 Cpl. Matthew Callahan, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy Quartermaster 1st Class Clarence Ilijic, left, teaches Quartermaster Seaman Eden Boyd how to operate a sextant on the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 16, 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@N07/14730994483/<p>U.S. Navy Quartermaster 1st Class Clarence Ilijic, left, teaches Quartermaster Seaman Eden Boyd how to operate a sextant on the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 16, 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 Quartermaster 1st Class Clarence Ilijic, left, teaches Quartermaster Seaman Eden Boyd how to operate a sextant on the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 16, 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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A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 Hornet aircraft connects to the basket on a RCAF CC-130T Hercules aircraft to refuel off the coast of Hawaii July 14, 2014, during exercise 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 Sgt. Matthew McGregor, Canadian Forces/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14660206396/<p>A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 Hornet aircraft connects to the basket on a RCAF CC-130T Hercules aircraft to refuel off the coast of Hawaii July 14, 2014, during exercise 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 Sgt. Matthew McGregor, Canadian Forces/Released)</p> <p>A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 Hornet aircraft connects to the basket on a RCAF CC-130T Hercules aircraft to refuel off the coast of Hawaii July 14, 2014, during exercise 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 Sgt. Matthew McGregor, Canadian Forces/Released)</p>

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A Peruvian special operations sailor maintains security in a hallway during a nighttime direct action raid scenario as part of exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 at the Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii, July 13, 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 Daniel Gay, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14496564618/<p>A Peruvian special operations sailor maintains security in a hallway during a nighttime direct action raid scenario as part of exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 at the Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii, July 13, 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 Daniel Gay, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>A Peruvian special operations sailor maintains security in a hallway during a nighttime direct action raid scenario as part of exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 at the Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii, July 13, 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 Daniel Gay, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Christopher O'Neil, center, signals to the pilot of a T-45C Goshawk aircraft assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 22, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) July 12, 2014, in the Atlantic Ocean. The Harry S. Truman was underway conducting carrier qualifications. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14683212035/<p>U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Christopher O'Neil, center, signals to the pilot of a T-45C Goshawk aircraft assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 22, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) July 12, 2014, in the Atlantic Ocean. The Harry S. Truman was underway conducting carrier qualifications. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Christopher O'Neil, center, signals to the pilot of a T-45C Goshawk aircraft assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 22, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) July 12, 2014, in the Atlantic Ocean. The Harry S. Truman was underway conducting carrier qualifications. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force SH-60K Seahawk helicopter airlifts relief supplies during humanitarian assistance/disaster relief response drills at Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hickam, Hawaii, July 11, 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 Photographer 1st Class Makoto Maeda, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14703102843/<p>A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force SH-60K Seahawk helicopter airlifts relief supplies during humanitarian assistance/disaster relief response drills at Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hickam, Hawaii, July 11, 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 Photographer 1st Class Makoto Maeda, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force/Released)</p> <p>A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force SH-60K Seahawk helicopter airlifts relief supplies during humanitarian assistance/disaster relief response drills at Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hickam, Hawaii, July 11, 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 Photographer 1st Class Makoto Maeda, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Sailors assigned to the newly commissioned amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) man the rails as the ship departs Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., for its maiden voyage July 11, 2014. The 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 1st Class John Scorza, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14703103173/<p>U.S. Sailors assigned to the newly commissioned amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) man the rails as the ship departs Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., for its maiden voyage July 11, 2014. The 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 1st Class John Scorza, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Sailors assigned to the newly commissioned amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) man the rails as the ship departs Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., for its maiden voyage July 11, 2014. The 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 1st Class John Scorza, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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A Republic of Korea marine with 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment, holds security during a simulated assault of radio hill during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, at Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii, July 11, 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 Cpl. Matthew Callahan, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14682908442/<p>A Republic of Korea marine with 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment, holds security during a simulated assault of radio hill during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, at Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii, July 11, 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 Cpl. Matthew Callahan, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>A Republic of Korea marine with 1st Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment, holds security during a simulated assault of radio hill during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, at Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii, July 11, 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 Cpl. Matthew Callahan, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, flies over Powidz Air Base, Poland, July 11, 2014. 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. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14496542240/<p>A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, flies over Powidz Air Base, Poland, July 11, 2014. 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. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, flies over Powidz Air Base, Poland, July 11, 2014. 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. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy Engineman 3rd Class Garrett Walshaw, left, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Kenneth Caldwell, second from left, man a fire hose during a crash and salvage drill on the command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) in the Philippine Sea July 14, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutman, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14697362323/<p>U.S. Navy Engineman 3rd Class Garrett Walshaw, left, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Kenneth Caldwell, second from left, man a fire hose during a crash and salvage drill on the command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) in the Philippine Sea July 14, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutman, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Engineman 3rd Class Garrett Walshaw, left, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Kenneth Caldwell, second from left, man a fire hose during a crash and salvage drill on the command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) in the Philippine Sea July 14, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutman, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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Afghan civilians ride past an Afghan National Army soldier with the 4th Tolay, 6th Kandak, 6th Brigade, 215th Corps as he provides security for a vehicle checkpoint in Shekasteh Tappeh village, Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 14, 2014. The 4th Tolay set up vehicle checkpoints to disrupt enemy activity, maintain a military presence and increase security. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14654485706/<p>Afghan civilians ride past an Afghan National Army soldier with the 4th Tolay, 6th Kandak, 6th Brigade, 215th Corps as he provides security for a vehicle checkpoint in Shekasteh Tappeh village, Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 14, 2014. The 4th Tolay set up vehicle checkpoints to disrupt enemy activity, maintain a military presence and increase security. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>Afghan civilians ride past an Afghan National Army soldier with the 4th Tolay, 6th Kandak, 6th Brigade, 215th Corps as he provides security for a vehicle checkpoint in Shekasteh Tappeh village, Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 14, 2014. The 4th Tolay set up vehicle checkpoints to disrupt enemy activity, maintain a military presence and increase security. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Matthew Olde, an F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft pilot with the 335th Fighter Squadron, prepares to close the canopy of his aircraft July 14, 2014, at the start of Red Flag 14-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise held four to six times a year to train pilots from the U.S., NATO and other allied countries for real combat situations. (DoD photo by Lawrence Crespo, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14490808440/<p>U.S. Air Force Capt. Matthew Olde, an F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft pilot with the 335th Fighter Squadron, prepares to close the canopy of his aircraft July 14, 2014, at the start of Red Flag 14-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise held four to six times a year to train pilots from the U.S., NATO and other allied countries for real combat situations. (DoD photo by Lawrence Crespo, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force Capt. Matthew Olde, an F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft pilot with the 335th Fighter Squadron, prepares to close the canopy of his aircraft July 14, 2014, at the start of Red Flag 14-3 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise held four to six times a year to train pilots from the U.S., NATO and other allied countries for real combat situations. (DoD photo by Lawrence Crespo, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Sailors assigned to the crash and salvage team practice rigging a simulated damaged aircraft with a crash crane during flight deck drills on the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in the Atlantic Ocean July 13, 2014. The Kearsarge was underway conducting sea trials. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tamara Vaughn, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14697367413/<p>U.S. Sailors assigned to the crash and salvage team practice rigging a simulated damaged aircraft with a crash crane during flight deck drills on the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in the Atlantic Ocean July 13, 2014. The Kearsarge was underway conducting sea trials. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tamara Vaughn, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Sailors assigned to the crash and salvage team practice rigging a simulated damaged aircraft with a crash crane during flight deck drills on the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in the Atlantic Ocean July 13, 2014. The Kearsarge was underway conducting sea trials. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tamara Vaughn, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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