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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. Army Staff Sgt. Roy Rodriguez, with the Special Operations Command team, photographs recumbent cyclists during the 2014 Warrior Games at Fort Carson, Colo., Sept. 29, 2014. The Warrior Games is an annual event allowing wounded, ill and injured Service members and veterans to compete in Paralympic sports including archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, track and field, swimming and wheelchair basketball. (DoD photo by E.J. Hersom/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15410106022/<p>U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Roy Rodriguez, with the Special Operations Command team, photographs recumbent cyclists during the 2014 Warrior Games at Fort Carson, Colo., Sept. 29, 2014. The Warrior Games is an annual event allowing wounded, ill and injured Service members and veterans to compete in Paralympic sports including archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, track and field, swimming and wheelchair basketball. (DoD photo by E.J. Hersom/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Roy Rodriguez, with the Special Operations Command team, photographs recumbent cyclists during the 2014 Warrior Games at Fort Carson, Colo., Sept. 29, 2014. The Warrior Games is an annual event allowing wounded, ill and injured Service members and veterans to compete in Paralympic sports including archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, track and field, swimming and wheelchair basketball. (DoD photo by E.J. Hersom/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels perform during the Wings Over the Pacific Air Show at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 28, 2014. The Blue Angels were scheduled to complete 68 shows at 34 locations across the U.S. in 2014. (DoD photo by Capt. Raymond Geoffroy, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15223683949/<p>U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels perform during the Wings Over the Pacific Air Show at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 28, 2014. The Blue Angels were scheduled to complete 68 shows at 34 locations across the U.S. in 2014. (DoD photo by Capt. Raymond Geoffroy, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft assigned to the Blue Angels perform during the Wings Over the Pacific Air Show at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sept. 28, 2014. The Blue Angels were scheduled to complete 68 shows at 34 locations across the U.S. in 2014. (DoD photo by Capt. Raymond Geoffroy, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Sailors guide an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic Ocean Sept. 26, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15223909527/<p>U.S. Sailors guide an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic Ocean Sept. 26, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Sailors guide an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 onto a catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic Ocean Sept. 26, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karl Anderson, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force participate in Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) 1-15 in Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 25, 2014. WTI 1-15 is a seven-week training event that provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (DoD photograph by Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15410107212/<p>U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force participate in Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) 1-15 in Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 25, 2014. WTI 1-15 is a seven-week training event that provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (DoD photograph by Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force participate in Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) 1-15 in Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 25, 2014. WTI 1-15 is a seven-week training event that provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (DoD photograph by Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force conduct fast rope tactics out of a CH-53E Super Stallion at Auxiliary Airfield 2, Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 25, 2014. The exercise is part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) 1-15, a seven-week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (DoD photograph by Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15410107342/<p>U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force conduct fast rope tactics out of a CH-53E Super Stallion at Auxiliary Airfield 2, Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 25, 2014. The exercise is part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) 1-15, a seven-week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (DoD photograph by Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force conduct fast rope tactics out of a CH-53E Super Stallion at Auxiliary Airfield 2, Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 25, 2014. The exercise is part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) 1-15, a seven-week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (DoD photograph by Sgt. Artur Shvartsberg, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 taxis on the flight line during Distant Frontier at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 25, 2014, in preparation for Red Flag-Alaska (RF-A) 15-1. RF-A is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15223761670/<p>A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 taxis on the flight line during Distant Frontier at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 25, 2014, in preparation for Red Flag-Alaska (RF-A) 15-1. RF-A is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 taxis on the flight line during Distant Frontier at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 25, 2014, in preparation for Red Flag-Alaska (RF-A) 15-1. RF-A is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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Hulk, a military working dog with the U.S. Air Force's 628th Security Forces Squadron, completes an obstacle course Sept. 24, 2014, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The obstacle course was designed to prepare the dogs for challenges they will face at their home stations and during deployments. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Dennis Sloan, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15407262371/<p>Hulk, a military working dog with the U.S. Air Force's 628th Security Forces Squadron, completes an obstacle course Sept. 24, 2014, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The obstacle course was designed to prepare the dogs for challenges they will face at their home stations and during deployments. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Dennis Sloan, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>Hulk, a military working dog with the U.S. Air Force's 628th Security Forces Squadron, completes an obstacle course Sept. 24, 2014, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The obstacle course was designed to prepare the dogs for challenges they will face at their home stations and during deployments. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Dennis Sloan, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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A Ukrainian military cadet acting as a simulated opposing force fires his rifle during a simulated high value target lane during exercise Rapid Trident 2014 in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 24, 2014. Rapid Trident is an annual joint combined exercise involving the U.S. and Partnership for Peace member nations. Missions alternate in odd and even years. In odd years Rapid Trident is a field exercise, while in even years the exercise incorporates a command post exercise. (DoD photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15223844878/<p>A Ukrainian military cadet acting as a simulated opposing force fires his rifle during a simulated high value target lane during exercise Rapid Trident 2014 in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 24, 2014. Rapid Trident is an annual joint combined exercise involving the U.S. and Partnership for Peace member nations. Missions alternate in odd and even years. In odd years Rapid Trident is a field exercise, while in even years the exercise incorporates a command post exercise. (DoD photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>A Ukrainian military cadet acting as a simulated opposing force fires his rifle during a simulated high value target lane during exercise Rapid Trident 2014 in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 24, 2014. Rapid Trident is an annual joint combined exercise involving the U.S. and Partnership for Peace member nations. Missions alternate in odd and even years. In odd years Rapid Trident is a field exercise, while in even years the exercise incorporates a command post exercise. (DoD photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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A Bulgarian soldier secures the perimeter of a forward operating base during exercise Rapid Trident 2014 in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 23, 2014. Rapid Trident is an annual joint combined exercise involving the U.S. and Partnership for Peace member nations. Missions alternate in odd and even years. In odd years Rapid Trident is a field exercise, while in even years the exercise incorporates a command post exercise. (DoD photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15223763020/<p>A Bulgarian soldier secures the perimeter of a forward operating base during exercise Rapid Trident 2014 in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 23, 2014. Rapid Trident is an annual joint combined exercise involving the U.S. and Partnership for Peace member nations. Missions alternate in odd and even years. In odd years Rapid Trident is a field exercise, while in even years the exercise incorporates a command post exercise. (DoD photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>A Bulgarian soldier secures the perimeter of a forward operating base during exercise Rapid Trident 2014 in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 23, 2014. Rapid Trident is an annual joint combined exercise involving the U.S. and Partnership for Peace member nations. Missions alternate in odd and even years. In odd years Rapid Trident is a field exercise, while in even years the exercise incorporates a command post exercise. (DoD photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender aircraft refuels an F-22 Raptor aircraft over an undisclosed location Sept. 26, 2014, before strike operations in Syria. 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 Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15397737931/<p>A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender aircraft refuels an F-22 Raptor aircraft over an undisclosed location Sept. 26, 2014, before strike operations in Syria. 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 Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender aircraft refuels an F-22 Raptor aircraft over an undisclosed location Sept. 26, 2014, before strike operations in Syria. 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 Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Marine with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force participate in Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) 1-15 in Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 26, 2014. WTI 1-15 is a seven-week training event that provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (DoD photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15214410127/<p>A U.S. Marine with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force participate in Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) 1-15 in Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 26, 2014. WTI 1-15 is a seven-week training event that provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (DoD photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Marine with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force participate in Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) 1-15 in Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 26, 2014. WTI 1-15 is a seven-week training event that provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (DoD photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force participate in Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) 1-15 in Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 26, 2014. WTI 1-15 is a seven-week training event that provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (DoD photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15397742841/<p>U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force participate in Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) 1-15 in Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 26, 2014.  WTI 1-15 is a seven-week training event that provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (DoD photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force participate in Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) 1-15 in Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 26, 2014.  WTI 1-15 is a seven-week training event that provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (DoD photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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The medium endurance cutter USCGC Bear (WMEC 901) returns after participating in Operation Martillo to Portsmouth, Va., Sept. 26, 2014. Operation Martillo is 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 Senior Chief Petty Officer Sarah B. Foster, U.S. Coast Guard /Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15214269050/<p>The medium endurance cutter USCGC Bear (WMEC 901) returns after participating in Operation Martillo to Portsmouth, Va., Sept. 26, 2014. Operation Martillo is 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 Senior Chief Petty Officer Sarah B. Foster, U.S. Coast Guard /Released)</p> <p>The medium endurance cutter USCGC Bear (WMEC 901) returns after participating in Operation Martillo to Portsmouth, Va., Sept. 26, 2014. Operation Martillo is 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 Senior Chief Petty Officer Sarah B. Foster, U.S. Coast Guard /Released)</p>

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U.S. Army Paratroopers with the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, conduct an airborne operation with T-11 parachutes from a C-130 Hercules aircraft at Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Sept. 24, 2014. The C-130 Hercules aircraft is assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing, based out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (DoD photo by Paolo Bovo, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15400607362/<p>U.S. Army Paratroopers with the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, conduct an airborne operation with T-11 parachutes from a C-130 Hercules aircraft at Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Sept. 24, 2014. The C-130 Hercules aircraft is assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing, based out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (DoD photo by Paolo Bovo, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Army Paratroopers with the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, conduct an airborne operation with T-11 parachutes from a C-130 Hercules aircraft at Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Sept. 24, 2014. The C-130 Hercules aircraft is assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing, based out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (DoD photo by Paolo Bovo, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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U.S. Army Paratroopers with the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team conduct an airborne operation with T-11 parachutes from a C-130 Hercules aircraft at Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Sept. 24, 2014. The C-130 Hercules aircraft is assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing, based out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (DoD photo by Paolo Bovo, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15214284630/<p>U.S. Army Paratroopers with the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team conduct an airborne operation with T-11 parachutes from a C-130 Hercules aircraft at Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Sept. 24, 2014. The C-130 Hercules aircraft is assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing, based out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (DoD photo by Paolo Bovo, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Army Paratroopers with the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team conduct an airborne operation with T-11 parachutes from a C-130 Hercules aircraft at Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Sept. 24, 2014. The C-130 Hercules aircraft is assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing, based out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (DoD photo by Paolo Bovo, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team lands after a jump at Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Sept. 24, 2014. U.S. Soldiers conducted an airborne operation with T-11 parachutes from a C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing, based out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (DoD photo by Davide Dalla Massara, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15214436107/<p>A U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team lands after a jump at Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Sept. 24, 2014. U.S. Soldiers conducted an airborne operation with T-11 parachutes from a C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing, based out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (DoD photo by Davide Dalla Massara, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team lands after a jump at Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Sept. 24, 2014. U.S. Soldiers conducted an airborne operation with T-11 parachutes from a C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing, based out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (DoD photo by Davide Dalla Massara, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor aircraft refuels from a KC-10 Extender aircraft, not shown, after conducting airstrikes in Syria Sept. 23, 2014. The F-22 was part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria. President Barack Obama authorized humanitarian aid deliveries to Iraq as well as targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel from extremists known as ISIL. U.S. Central Command directed the operations. (DoD photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland, U.S. Air National Guard/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15204068589/<p>A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor aircraft refuels from a KC-10 Extender aircraft, not shown, after conducting airstrikes in Syria Sept. 23, 2014. The F-22 was part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria. President Barack Obama authorized humanitarian aid deliveries to Iraq as well as targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel from extremists known as ISIL. U.S. Central Command directed the operations. (DoD photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland, U.S. Air National Guard/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor aircraft refuels from a KC-10 Extender aircraft, not shown, after conducting airstrikes in Syria Sept. 23, 2014. The F-22 was part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria. President Barack Obama authorized humanitarian aid deliveries to Iraq as well as targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel from extremists known as ISIL. U.S. Central Command directed the operations. (DoD photo by Maj. Jefferson S. Heiland, U.S. Air National Guard/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy ships assigned to the George Washington and Carl Vinson carrier strike groups and the Military Sealift Command sail in formation Sept. 23, 2014, in the Pacific Ocean at the conclusion of exercise Valiant Shield 2014. Valiant Shield is a biennial U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps exercise held in Guam, focusing on real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15390496692/<p>U.S. Navy ships assigned to the George Washington and Carl Vinson carrier strike groups and the Military Sealift Command sail in formation Sept. 23, 2014, in the Pacific Ocean at the conclusion of exercise Valiant Shield 2014. Valiant Shield is a biennial U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps exercise held in Guam, focusing on real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy ships assigned to the George Washington and Carl Vinson carrier strike groups and the Military Sealift Command sail in formation Sept. 23, 2014, in the Pacific Ocean at the conclusion of exercise Valiant Shield 2014. Valiant Shield is a biennial U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps exercise held in Guam, focusing on real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Marines with Aviation Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin load a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter onto an Air Force C-5 Galaxy aircraft at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Australia, Sept. 23, 2014. The Marines moved back to their home station at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. During their six-month rotation they conducted independent and bilateral training with the Australian Defense Force. (DoD photo by 1st Lt. Jeremy Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15204234948/<p>U.S. Marines with Aviation Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin load a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter onto an Air Force C-5 Galaxy aircraft at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Australia, Sept. 23, 2014. The Marines moved back to their home station at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. During their six-month rotation they conducted independent and bilateral training with the Australian Defense Force. (DoD photo by 1st Lt. Jeremy Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Marines with Aviation Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin load a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter onto an Air Force C-5 Galaxy aircraft at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Australia, Sept. 23, 2014. The Marines moved back to their home station at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. During their six-month rotation they conducted independent and bilateral training with the Australian Defense Force. (DoD photo by 1st Lt. Jeremy Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)</p>

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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gena Fedoruk, left, and 1st Lt. Marcel Trott, both KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft pilots with the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, take off from a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Sept. 23, 2014. The Airmen flew the mission in support of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria. President Barack Obama authorized humanitarian aid deliveries to Iraq as well as targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel from extremists known as ISIL. U.S. Central Command directed the operations. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15204312867/<p>U.S. Air Force Maj. Gena Fedoruk, left, and 1st Lt. Marcel Trott, both KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft pilots with the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, take off from a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Sept. 23, 2014. The Airmen flew the mission in support of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria. President Barack Obama authorized humanitarian aid deliveries to Iraq as well as targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel from extremists known as ISIL. U.S. Central Command directed the operations. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force Maj. Gena Fedoruk, left, and 1st Lt. Marcel Trott, both KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft pilots with the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, take off from a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Sept. 23, 2014. The Airmen flew the mission in support of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria. President Barack Obama authorized humanitarian aid deliveries to Iraq as well as targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel from extremists known as ISIL. U.S. Central Command directed the operations. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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