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  • Important FSGLI Coverage Information for Member-to-Member Couples with full time Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Coverage
    Section 642 of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Public Law 112-239, repealed the automatic enrollment in Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) for member-to-member couples who have full-time Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage and who married on or after January 2, 2013.

    For the full article please click here (PDF).
  • New Roth TSP Option
    Beginning October 1, 2012, active duty military members in the Army, Navy, and Air Force may elect to contribute to a Roth TSP. The Roth TSP offers a different option in the tax treatment of contributions. Roth contributions are taken out of a member's paycheck after the income is taxed. The earnings and withdrawals will not be taxed so long as you are at least age 59 1/2 (or disabled) and have contributed to Roth for at least 5 years. A traditional TSP contribution is pre-income tax, reducing a member's gross income which in turns lowers a member's taxes today, but upon withdrawal, the contributions and earnings will be taxed at the future rate. Each TSP offers a different tax benefit. In general, if one is paying lower taxes now, and expects higher taxes in the future, the Roth may be more advantageous. However, if one is paying higher taxes now and expects lower taxes in the future, a traditional may be the right choice. Members are urged to consult their financial and tax advisors to assist in making the right decision for their personal tax situation. For 2012, total amount one can contribute to Roth and traditional cannot exceed $17,000 plus the $5,500 catch up contribution for member age 50 or older. For more information please see:
    http://www.dfas.mil/
    https://www.tsp.gov/whatsnew/roth/compareRoth.shtml

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  • Primer: Post Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence (PDMRA) Program
    PDMRA is a program intended to recognize Service members who are deployed or mobilized beyond certain Department rotation frequency thresholds by awarding them administrative absence days. The thresholds were established by the Secretary of Defense in January, 2007. When a member mobilizes or deploys beyond these targets, administrative absences are granted to offer additional respite, to be taken at a time convenient to the member and family. PDMRA Primer Download


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U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate Seaman Ashlee Stone stands a low-visibility watch aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the East China Sea April 18, 2014. The Bonhomme Richard provided support at the request of South Korea to aid in the rescue efforts of the passengers of the ferry Sewol that capsized near the island of Jindo April 16, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam D. Wainwright, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13933295856/<p>U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate Seaman Ashlee Stone stands a low-visibility watch aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the East China Sea April 18, 2014. The Bonhomme Richard provided support at the request of South Korea to aid in the rescue efforts of the passengers of the ferry Sewol that capsized near the island of Jindo April 16, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam D. Wainwright, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate Seaman Ashlee Stone stands a low-visibility watch aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the East China Sea April 18, 2014. The Bonhomme Richard provided support at the request of South Korea to aid in the rescue efforts of the passengers of the ferry Sewol that capsized near the island of Jindo April 16, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam D. Wainwright, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Sailors salute Chief Navy Counselor Billy Spillers as his coffin is lowered into the ground during his funeral at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Wash., April 16, 2014. Spillers and three of his children died in a March 22, 2014, mudslide that struck his home and others in Oso, Wash., a rural community 55 miles northeast of Seattle. He was survived by his wife, Jonielle, and their 4-year-old son. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13956406605/<p>U.S. Sailors salute Chief Navy Counselor Billy Spillers as his coffin is lowered into the ground during his funeral at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Wash., April 16, 2014. Spillers and three of his children died in a March 22, 2014, mudslide that struck his home and others in Oso, Wash., a rural community 55 miles northeast of Seattle. He was survived by his wife, Jonielle, and their 4-year-old son. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Sailors salute Chief Navy Counselor Billy Spillers as his coffin is lowered into the ground during his funeral at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Wash., April 16, 2014. Spillers and three of his children died in a March 22, 2014, mudslide that struck his home and others in Oso, Wash., a rural community 55 miles northeast of Seattle. He was survived by his wife, Jonielle, and their 4-year-old son. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeffry A. Willadsen, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Cowan, left, and Spc. Christopher Moses, both engineers with the 1023rd Vertical Engineer Company, 528th Engineer Battalion, Louisiana Army National Guard, lay blocks April 16, 2014, at Stella Maris School and the Belize Academy for the Deaf in Belize City, Belize, where U.S. and Belizean service members are building an addition during New Horizons 2014. New Horizons is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored annual series of joint humanitarian assistance exercises deploying U.S. military engineers, veterinarians, medics and other professions to Central and South American nations for training, construction projects and to provide humanitarian and medical services. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13953231161/<p>U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Cowan, left, and Spc. Christopher Moses, both engineers with the 1023rd Vertical Engineer Company, 528th Engineer Battalion, Louisiana Army National Guard, lay blocks April 16, 2014, at Stella Maris School and the Belize Academy for the Deaf in Belize City, Belize, where U.S. and Belizean service members are building an addition during New Horizons 2014. New Horizons is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored annual series of joint humanitarian assistance exercises deploying U.S. military engineers, veterinarians, medics and other professions to Central and South American nations for training, construction projects and to provide humanitarian and medical services. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Cowan, left, and Spc. Christopher Moses, both engineers with the 1023rd Vertical Engineer Company, 528th Engineer Battalion, Louisiana Army National Guard, lay blocks April 16, 2014, at Stella Maris School and the Belize Academy for the Deaf in Belize City, Belize, where U.S. and Belizean service members are building an addition during New Horizons 2014. New Horizons is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored annual series of joint humanitarian assistance exercises deploying U.S. military engineers, veterinarians, medics and other professions to Central and South American nations for training, construction projects and to provide humanitarian and medical services. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Kali L. Gradishar, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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Two Afghan boys hold on to supplies that were given to them during a humanitarian aid event at a school near Bagram Airfield, Parwan province, Afghanistan, April 16, 2014. (DoD photo by Pfc. Nikayla Shodeen, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13953224322/<p>Two Afghan boys hold on to supplies that were given to them during a humanitarian aid event at a school near Bagram Airfield, Parwan province, Afghanistan, April 16, 2014. (DoD photo by Pfc. Nikayla Shodeen, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>Two Afghan boys hold on to supplies that were given to them during a humanitarian aid event at a school near Bagram Airfield, Parwan province, Afghanistan, April 16, 2014. (DoD photo by Pfc. Nikayla Shodeen, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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An Afghan military police officer stands on a wall while providing security in a village near Bagram Airfield, Parwan province, Afghanistan, April 16, 2014. (DoD photo by Pfc. Nikayla Shodeen, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13956859974/<p>An Afghan military police officer stands on a wall while providing security in a village near Bagram Airfield, Parwan province, Afghanistan, April 16, 2014. (DoD photo by Pfc. Nikayla Shodeen, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>An Afghan military police officer stands on a wall while providing security in a village near Bagram Airfield, Parwan province, Afghanistan, April 16, 2014. (DoD photo by Pfc. Nikayla Shodeen, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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U.S. Sailors observe the mooring process aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) after the ship arrived April 15, 2014, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The Boxer conducted a deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility and participated in Ssang Yong 14 during Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise (MEFEX) 2014. MEFEX 2014 was a U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific-sponsored series of exercises between the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and South Korean forces. Among the exercises were the Korean Marine Exchange Program, Freedom Banner 14, Ssang Yong 14, Key Resolve 14 and the Combined Marine Component Command 14 command post exercise. (DoD by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan, U.S. Navy photo/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13956860664/<p>U.S. Sailors observe the mooring process aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) after the ship arrived April 15, 2014, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The Boxer conducted a deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility and participated in Ssang Yong 14 during Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise (MEFEX) 2014. MEFEX 2014 was a U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific-sponsored series of exercises between the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and South Korean forces. Among the exercises were the Korean Marine Exchange Program, Freedom Banner 14, Ssang Yong 14, Key Resolve 14 and the Combined Marine Component Command 14 command post exercise. (DoD by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan, U.S. Navy photo/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Sailors observe the mooring process aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) after the ship arrived April 15, 2014, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The Boxer conducted a deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility and participated in Ssang Yong 14 during Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise (MEFEX) 2014. MEFEX 2014 was a U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific-sponsored series of exercises between the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and South Korean forces. Among the exercises were the Korean Marine Exchange Program, Freedom Banner 14, Ssang Yong 14, Key Resolve 14 and the Combined Marine Component Command 14 command post exercise. (DoD by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana Quinlan, U.S. Navy photo/Released)</p>

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The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 15, 2014. The Boxer conducted a deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility and participated in Ssang Yong 14 during Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise (MEFEX) 2014. MEFEX 2014 was a U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific-sponsored series of exercises between the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and South Korean forces. Among the exercises were the Korean Marine Exchange Program, Freedom Banner 14, Ssang Yong 14, Key Resolve 14 and the Combined Marine Component Command 14 command post exercise. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13976408923/<p>The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 15, 2014. The Boxer conducted a deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility and participated in Ssang Yong 14 during Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise (MEFEX) 2014. MEFEX 2014 was a U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific-sponsored series of exercises between the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and South Korean forces. Among the exercises were the Korean Marine Exchange Program, Freedom Banner 14, Ssang Yong 14, Key Resolve 14 and the Combined Marine Component Command 14 command post exercise. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 15, 2014. The Boxer conducted a deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility and participated in Ssang Yong 14 during Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise (MEFEX) 2014. MEFEX 2014 was a U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific-sponsored series of exercises between the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and South Korean forces. Among the exercises were the Korean Marine Exchange Program, Freedom Banner 14, Ssang Yong 14, Key Resolve 14 and the Combined Marine Component Command 14 command post exercise. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Johans Chavarro, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit deploy from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) in combat rubber raiding craft as part of a visit, board, search, and seizure training event during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training off the coast of San Diego April 12, 2014. (DoD photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13933311506/<p>U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit deploy from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) in combat rubber raiding craft as part of a visit, board, search, and seizure training event during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training off the coast of San Diego April 12, 2014. (DoD photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit deploy from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) in combat rubber raiding craft as part of a visit, board, search, and seizure training event during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training off the coast of San Diego April 12, 2014. (DoD photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practice riot control techniques aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training off the coast of San Diego April 11, 2014. (DoD photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13953240221/<p>U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practice riot control techniques aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training off the coast of San Diego April 11, 2014. (DoD photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practice riot control techniques aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training off the coast of San Diego April 11, 2014. (DoD photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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A landing craft air cushion approaches the USS Makin Island carrying Marines, vehicles, and equipment from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego, April 11. The 11th MEU, partnered with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is conducting PMINT in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (DoD photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13953241801/<p>A landing craft air cushion approaches the USS Makin Island carrying Marines, vehicles, and equipment from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego, April 11. The 11th MEU, partnered with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is conducting PMINT in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (DoD photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>A landing craft air cushion approaches the USS Makin Island carrying Marines, vehicles, and equipment from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego, April 11. The 11th MEU, partnered with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is conducting PMINT in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (DoD photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, steps out of the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., April 16, 2014, to welcome Chilean Minister of Defense Jorge Burgos. (DoD photo by Sgt. Aaron Hostutler, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13913214535/<p>U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, steps out of the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., April 16, 2014, to welcome Chilean Minister of Defense Jorge Burgos. (DoD photo by Sgt. Aaron Hostutler, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, steps out of the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., April 16, 2014, to welcome Chilean Minister of Defense Jorge Burgos. (DoD photo by Sgt. Aaron Hostutler, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Sailor, right, observes as a civil service mariner unloads goodwill materials from the joint high speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) in support of Project Handclasp in Lagos, Nigeria, April 15, 2014. Project Handclasp is an official U.S. Navy program that accepts and transports educational, humanitarian and goodwill materials overseas on a space-available basis aboard Navy ships. The Spearhead was in Nigeria supporting Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2014. APS is an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin R. DiNiro, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13913274383/<p>A U.S. Sailor, right, observes as a civil service mariner unloads goodwill materials from the joint high speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) in support of Project Handclasp in Lagos, Nigeria, April 15, 2014. Project Handclasp is an official U.S. Navy program that accepts and transports educational, humanitarian and goodwill materials overseas on a space-available basis aboard Navy ships. The Spearhead was in Nigeria supporting Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2014. APS is an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin R. DiNiro, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Sailor, right, observes as a civil service mariner unloads goodwill materials from the joint high speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) in support of Project Handclasp in Lagos, Nigeria, April 15, 2014. Project Handclasp is an official U.S. Navy program that accepts and transports educational, humanitarian and goodwill materials overseas on a space-available basis aboard Navy ships. The Spearhead was in Nigeria supporting Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2014. APS is an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin R. DiNiro, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Coast Guardsman unloads a bale of cocaine from the medium endurance cutter USCGC Legare (WMEC 912) at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., April 15, 2014. The crew of the Legare unloaded $110 million of cocaine that was seized in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Martillo, a joint, interagency and multinational collaborative effort to deny transnational criminal organizations air and maritime access to the littoral regions of the Central American isthmus. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13913218705/<p>A U.S. Coast Guardsman unloads a bale of cocaine from the medium endurance cutter USCGC Legare (WMEC 912) at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., April 15, 2014. The crew of the Legare unloaded $110 million of cocaine that was seized in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Martillo, a joint, interagency and multinational collaborative effort to deny transnational criminal organizations air and maritime access to the littoral regions of the Central American isthmus. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Coast Guardsman unloads a bale of cocaine from the medium endurance cutter USCGC Legare (WMEC 912) at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., April 15, 2014. The crew of the Legare unloaded $110 million of cocaine that was seized in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Martillo, a joint, interagency and multinational collaborative effort to deny transnational criminal organizations air and maritime access to the littoral regions of the Central American isthmus. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)</p>

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, center right, lays a wreath during a wreath-laying ceremony at Memorial Hall in the Canadian War Museum as part of a three-day visit to Ottawa, Canada, April 15, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13913216795/<p>Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, center right, lays a wreath during a wreath-laying ceremony at Memorial Hall in the Canadian War Museum as part of a three-day visit to Ottawa, Canada, April 15, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, center right, lays a wreath during a wreath-laying ceremony at Memorial Hall in the Canadian War Museum as part of a three-day visit to Ottawa, Canada, April 15, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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From left, U.S. Army Deputy Commander of Support Brig. Gen. Carl Alex; Division Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend, with the 10th Mountain Division; Afghan National Army Maj. Gen. Waziri, with the 201st Corps; and Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, the Afghan defense minister, attend a meeting to discuss the Afghan presidential election at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Laghman province, Afghanistan, April 15, 2014. (DoD photo by Cpl. George Huley, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13913640614/<p>From left, U.S. Army Deputy Commander of Support Brig. Gen. Carl Alex; Division Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend, with the 10th Mountain Division; Afghan National Army Maj. Gen. Waziri, with the 201st Corps; and Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, the Afghan defense minister, attend a meeting to discuss the Afghan presidential election at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Laghman province, Afghanistan, April 15, 2014. (DoD photo by Cpl. George Huley, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>From left, U.S. Army Deputy Commander of Support Brig. Gen. Carl Alex; Division Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend, with the 10th Mountain Division; Afghan National Army Maj. Gen. Waziri, with the 201st Corps; and Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, the Afghan defense minister, attend a meeting to discuss the Afghan presidential election at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Laghman province, Afghanistan, April 15, 2014. (DoD photo by Cpl. George Huley, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, board a vessel during a visit, board, search and seizure training mission as part of Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego, April 11, 2014. PMINT is the first opportunity for the 11th MEU and Amphibious Squadron 5 team to work together at sea, where they will execute amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. (DoD photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13913221145/<p>Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, board a vessel during a visit, board, search and seizure training mission as part of Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego, April 11, 2014. PMINT is the first opportunity for the 11th MEU and Amphibious Squadron 5 team to work together at sea, where they will execute amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. (DoD photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>Marines with the Maritime Raid Force, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, board a vessel during a visit, board, search and seizure training mission as part of Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego, April 11, 2014. PMINT is the first opportunity for the 11th MEU and Amphibious Squadron 5 team to work together at sea, where they will execute amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. (DoD photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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U.S. Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit America (LHA 6) march to the ship at the Huntington Ingalls Industries pier in Pascagoula, Miss., April 10, 2014. The Service members took part in a custody transfer ceremony following the Navy?s acceptance of the ship. The America was the first of its class and was scheduled to be commissioned in late 2014. .
(DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vladimir Ramos, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13913279173/<p>U.S. Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit America (LHA 6) march to the ship at the Huntington Ingalls Industries pier in Pascagoula, Miss., April 10, 2014. The Service members took part in a custody transfer ceremony following the Navy?s acceptance of the ship. The America was the first of its class and was scheduled to be commissioned in late 2014. .<br />
(DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vladimir Ramos, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship Pre-Commissioning Unit America (LHA 6) march to the ship at the Huntington Ingalls Industries pier in Pascagoula, Miss., April 10, 2014. The Service members took part in a custody transfer ceremony following the Navy?s acceptance of the ship. The America was the first of its class and was scheduled to be commissioned in late 2014. .<br />
(DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vladimir Ramos, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 182nd Fighter Squadron, Texas Air National Guard release flares while conducting low-level aerial operations during exercise Coronet Cactus near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 10, 2014. The exercise, which included deploying inert and live ordnance, provided realistic air-to-air combat training for student pilots. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13913281343/<p>U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 182nd Fighter Squadron, Texas Air National Guard release flares while conducting low-level aerial operations during exercise Coronet Cactus near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 10, 2014. The exercise, which included deploying inert and live ordnance, provided realistic air-to-air combat training for student pilots. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 182nd Fighter Squadron, Texas Air National Guard release flares while conducting low-level aerial operations during exercise Coronet Cactus near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 10, 2014. The exercise, which included deploying inert and live ordnance, provided realistic air-to-air combat training for student pilots. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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Ms. Maria Contreras-Sweet, the newly confirmed Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) (left) meets with Undersecretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning after she visited with Air Force members attending a Boots to Business class in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., April 15, 2014. Boots to Business: From Service to Startup is a SBA sponsored, worldwide program offered as a component of the Department of Defense's redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP) renamed Transition GPS. The three step training program was developed to introduce transitioning service members to business ownership opportunities. The program also helps to ensure that every transitioning service member has access to a standardized entrepreneurship training track, as well contact information with small business resources in their local communities. Boot to Business is offered by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU). The program is operated by SU's institute for Veterans and military families in partnership with SBA resource partners. Contreras-Sweet is the SBA's 24th Administrator. She was nominated for the position by President Obama on Jan. 15, 2014. She was confirmed by the Senate on March 27, 2014 and she assumed role of her position on April 7, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/13887992286/<p>Ms. Maria Contreras-Sweet, the newly confirmed Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) (left) meets with Undersecretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning after she visited with Air Force members attending a Boots to Business class in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., April 15, 2014. Boots to Business: From Service to Startup is a SBA sponsored, worldwide program offered as a component of the Department of Defense's redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP) renamed Transition GPS. The three step training program was developed to introduce transitioning service members to business ownership opportunities. The program also helps to ensure that every transitioning service member has access to a standardized entrepreneurship training track, as well contact information with small business resources in their local communities. Boot to Business is offered by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU). The program is operated by SU's institute for Veterans and military families in partnership with SBA resource partners. Contreras-Sweet is the SBA's 24th Administrator. She was nominated for the position by President Obama on Jan. 15, 2014. She was confirmed  by the Senate on March 27, 2014 and she assumed role of her position on April 7, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)</p> <p>Ms. Maria Contreras-Sweet, the newly confirmed Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) (left) meets with Undersecretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning after she visited with Air Force members attending a Boots to Business class in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., April 15, 2014. Boots to Business: From Service to Startup is a SBA sponsored, worldwide program offered as a component of the Department of Defense's redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP) renamed Transition GPS. The three step training program was developed to introduce transitioning service members to business ownership opportunities. The program also helps to ensure that every transitioning service member has access to a standardized entrepreneurship training track, as well contact information with small business resources in their local communities. Boot to Business is offered by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU). The program is operated by SU's institute for Veterans and military families in partnership with SBA resource partners. Contreras-Sweet is the SBA's 24th Administrator. She was nominated for the position by President Obama on Jan. 15, 2014. She was confirmed  by the Senate on March 27, 2014 and she assumed role of her position on April 7, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)</p>

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