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  • Expanded Use-or-lose Leave Law Set to Expire Soon
    DoD News, Defense Media Activity

    WASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 - With the expiration of a law that allowed service members to carry up to 75 days of leave from one fiscal year to the next, troops should plan to carry no more than 60 days of leave into fiscal year 2016, defense officials recently announced.

    Service members will automatically lose any accumulated ordinary leave in excess of 60 days on October 1, 2015, officials said. Troops covered by special leave accrual rules may still carry up to 120 days from one fiscal year to the next, officials noted.

    The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 extended the authority to carry over an additional 15 days of leave (total of 75 days) to September 30, 2015.

    Leave Carry-over Limit

    Previous authority was set to expire September 30, 2013, but DoD recommended a 2-year extension of the 75 day leave carry-over limit in 2013 to provide ample time for affected members to plan and use accumulated leave and to coincide with the reduction in combat posture in Afghanistan.

    The fiscal year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act initially extended the 2008 temporary authorization for all service members to carryover an additional 15 days of leave because the high operations tempo resulted in less opportunity for members to use the leave they had earned.

    The 75-day leave carry-over limit does not apply to members who qualify for Special Leave Accrual; they may carry over up to 120 days of leave.

    Members may qualify for Special Leave Accrual if they:

    -- Served on active duty for a continuous period of at least 120 days in a hostile fire or imminent danger pay area;

    -- Were assigned to a designated deployable ship, mobile unit, or other similar prescribed duty as determined by the service secretary concerned; or

    -- Performed qualifying duties designated by the Secretary concerned.

    Service members are encouraged to check their Leave and Earnings Statement and talk with their finance office to help understand their correct use-or-lose balance and to work with their commands to manage their leave balances throughout the rest of this fiscal year.

    LES Projections

    Although previous LES's did not account for the 75-day leave carryover expiration in projecting use-or-lose leave amounts, officials from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service say those LES projections have now been corrected for active component Army, Navy, and Air Force service members. They will appear on the April LES.

    Members can access their April LES through the myPay system as of April 23, 2015. However, the projected use-or-lose balance will only take into account leave that was charged to members' accounts through April 22.

    Any leave taken or posted to the members' account after that date will not be reflected. Reserve component members with projected use-or-lose leave, will be contacted individually by DFAS and given their use-or-lose balance.

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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.

    A link to the MCRM report, shown below, contains the Final Report, an overview of the recommendations, and legislative proposals.

    http://www.mcrmc.gov/index.php/reports


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Capt. Joey Tynch, commanding officer of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), addresses Sailors and Marines during an all-hands call on the flight deck April 9, 2015 in Sasebo, Japan. Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin V. Cunningham/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/16469030063/<p>Capt. Joey Tynch, commanding officer of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), addresses Sailors and Marines during an all-hands call on the flight deck April 9, 2015 in Sasebo, Japan. Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin V. Cunningham/Released)</p> <p>Capt. Joey Tynch, commanding officer of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), addresses Sailors and Marines during an all-hands call on the flight deck April 9, 2015 in Sasebo, Japan. Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin V. Cunningham/Released)</p>

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A Sailor signals to the pilot of an MV-22 Osprey helicopter attached to the Flying Tigers of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 during flight operations aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) April 8, 2015 in East China Sea. Green Bay is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is currently underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/17089191135/<p>A Sailor signals to the pilot of an MV-22 Osprey helicopter attached to the Flying Tigers of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 during flight operations aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) April 8, 2015 in East China Sea. Green Bay is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is currently underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III/Released)</p> <p>A Sailor signals to the pilot of an MV-22 Osprey helicopter attached to the Flying Tigers of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 during flight operations aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) April 8, 2015 in East China Sea. Green Bay is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is currently underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III/Released)</p>

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U.S. Marine Scout Snipers assigned to Sniper Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines (2/3), fire down range during training at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, April 8, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Temblador/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/17089189065/<p>U.S. Marine Scout Snipers assigned to Sniper Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines (2/3), fire down range during training at Marine Corps Base Hawaii,  April 8, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Temblador/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Marine Scout Snipers assigned to Sniper Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines (2/3), fire down range during training at Marine Corps Base Hawaii,  April 8, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Julian Temblador/Released)</p>

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jordan Barfield, 31st Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology journeyman, uses Tungsten Inert Gas to weld a nitrogen cart booster stand, April 8, 2015 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Airmen assigned to the 31st Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology flight are responsible for fabricating and fixing F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Areca T. Wilson/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/17089189975/<p>U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jordan Barfield, 31st Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology journeyman, uses Tungsten Inert Gas to weld a nitrogen cart booster stand, April 8, 2015 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Airmen assigned to the 31st Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology flight are responsible for fabricating and fixing F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Areca T. Wilson/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jordan Barfield, 31st Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology journeyman, uses Tungsten Inert Gas to weld a nitrogen cart booster stand, April 8, 2015 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Airmen assigned to the 31st Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology flight are responsible for fabricating and fixing F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Areca T. Wilson/Released)</p>

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, April 8, 2015. (DOD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/17089191725/<p>Secretary of Defense Ash Carter meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, April 8, 2015.  (DOD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>Secretary of Defense Ash Carter meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, April 8, 2015.  (DOD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter reviews an honor guard ceremony at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, April 8, 2015. . (DOD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/16466735204/<p>Secretary of Defense Ash Carter reviews an honor guard ceremony at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, April 8, 2015. . (DOD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>Secretary of Defense Ash Carter reviews an honor guard ceremony at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, April 8, 2015. . (DOD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw (foreground) and Alder continue ice breaking operations at Lake Superior, April 7, 2015. Ice breaking operations are part of the Spring Breakout phase of Operation Taconite. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Coast Guard)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/17087696542/<p>U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw (foreground) and Alder continue ice breaking operations at Lake Superior, April 7, 2015. Ice breaking operations are part of the Spring Breakout phase of Operation Taconite. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Coast Guard)</p> <p>U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw (foreground) and Alder continue ice breaking operations at Lake Superior, April 7, 2015. Ice breaking operations are part of the Spring Breakout phase of Operation Taconite. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Coast Guard)</p>

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U.S. Air Force Academy cadets hold a Taps vigil for deceased Cadet 1st Class Alexandre Quiros April 7, 2015, on the academy's terrazzo in Colorado Springs, Colo. Quiros, 21, was an astronautical engineering major assigned to Cadet Squadron 31. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan/released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/17087701402/<p>U.S. Air Force Academy cadets hold a Taps vigil for deceased Cadet 1st Class Alexandre Quiros April 7, 2015, on the academy's terrazzo in Colorado Springs, Colo. Quiros, 21, was an astronautical engineering major assigned to Cadet Squadron 31.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan/released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force Academy cadets hold a Taps vigil for deceased Cadet 1st Class Alexandre Quiros April 7, 2015, on the academy's terrazzo in Colorado Springs, Colo. Quiros, 21, was an astronautical engineering major assigned to Cadet Squadron 31.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan/released)</p>

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One of 14 U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft with the 18th Aggressor Squadron takes off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, shortly after sunrise Jan. 17, 2015, in transit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to participate in the Sentry Aloha and Cope North exercises. More than 150 maintainers will keep the Aggressors in the air during the exercises, which are meant to prepare U.S. Airmen, Sailors and Marines along with coalition partners in the Pacific theater of operations for contingency operations if the need arises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/16805785779/<p>One of 14 U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft with the 18th Aggressor Squadron takes off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, shortly after sunrise Jan. 17, 2015, in transit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to participate in the Sentry Aloha and Cope North exercises. More than 150 maintainers will keep the Aggressors in the air during the exercises, which are meant to prepare U.S. Airmen, Sailors and Marines along with coalition partners in the Pacific theater of operations for contingency operations if the need arises.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)</p> <p>One of 14 U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft with the 18th Aggressor Squadron takes off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, shortly after sunrise Jan. 17, 2015, in transit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to participate in the Sentry Aloha and Cope North exercises. More than 150 maintainers will keep the Aggressors in the air during the exercises, which are meant to prepare U.S. Airmen, Sailors and Marines along with coalition partners in the Pacific theater of operations for contingency operations if the need arises.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)</p>

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An MV-22 Osprey from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Africa flies toward an aerial refueling point near the coast of Spain Jan. 28, 2015. The ability to complete on-the-move refueling greatly extends the operational capabilities of SPMAGTF-CR-AF, which is tasked with providing a crisis response force for Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher Mendoza/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/16369611524/<p>An MV-22 Osprey from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Africa flies toward an aerial refueling point near the coast of Spain Jan. 28, 2015. The ability to complete on-the-move refueling greatly extends the operational capabilities of SPMAGTF-CR-AF, which is tasked with providing a crisis response force for Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher Mendoza/Released)</p> <p>An MV-22 Osprey from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Africa flies toward an aerial refueling point near the coast of Spain Jan. 28, 2015. The ability to complete on-the-move refueling greatly extends the operational capabilities of SPMAGTF-CR-AF, which is tasked with providing a crisis response force for Africa. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher Mendoza/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron from Aviano Air Base, Italy, takes off during Red Flag 15-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 26, 2015. Red Flag provides combat training in a degraded and operationally limited environment making the training missions as realistic as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/16804531430/<p>A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron from Aviano Air Base, Italy, takes off during Red Flag 15-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 26, 2015. Red Flag provides combat training in a degraded and operationally limited environment making the training missions as realistic as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler)</p> <p>A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron from Aviano Air Base, Italy, takes off during Red Flag 15-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 26, 2015. Red Flag provides combat training in a degraded and operationally limited environment making the training missions as realistic as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler)</p>

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U.S. Marines assigned to mortar section, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3), fire the M224 60 mm mortar system during various courses of fire at Range 106 aboard Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015. Fox Company is increasing their proficiency in skills pertaining to their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) prior to upcoming events for Integrated Training Exercise (ITX). (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/16369612754/<p>U.S. Marines assigned to mortar section, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3), fire the M224 60 mm mortar system during various courses of fire at Range 106 aboard Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015. Fox Company is increasing their proficiency in skills pertaining to their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) prior to upcoming events for Integrated Training Exercise (ITX). (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Marines assigned to mortar section, Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3), fire the M224 60 mm mortar system during various courses of fire at Range 106 aboard Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015. Fox Company is increasing their proficiency in skills pertaining to their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) prior to upcoming events for Integrated Training Exercise (ITX). (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson, MCBH Combat Camera/Released)</p>

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Cpl. Nashion Crutchfieldward, a Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, signals an MV-22 Osprey during an external-lift drill at Morón Air Base, Spain, Jan. 19, 2015. Crutchfieldward fought against the powerful downwash of the Osprey to provide hand and arm signals to the pilots as they hovered to pick up a load of supplies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Peterson)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/16991981415/<p>Cpl. Nashion Crutchfieldward, a Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, signals an MV-22 Osprey during an external-lift drill at Morón Air Base, Spain, Jan. 19, 2015. Crutchfieldward fought against the powerful downwash of the Osprey to provide hand and arm signals to the pilots as they hovered to pick up a load of supplies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Peterson)</p> <p>Cpl. Nashion Crutchfieldward, a Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, signals an MV-22 Osprey during an external-lift drill at Morón Air Base, Spain, Jan. 19, 2015. Crutchfieldward fought against the powerful downwash of the Osprey to provide hand and arm signals to the pilots as they hovered to pick up a load of supplies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Peterson)</p>

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Paratroopers from 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, conduct an airborne operation with from a U.S. Air Force 86th Air Wing C-130 Hercules aircraft at Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, January 13, 2015. The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the Army Contingency Response Force in Europe, capable of projective ready forces anywhere in the U.S. European, Africa or Central Command areas of responsibility within 18 hours. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Paolo Bovo/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/16991074451/<p>Paratroopers from 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, conduct an airborne operation with from a U.S. Air Force 86th Air Wing C-130 Hercules aircraft at Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, January 13, 2015. The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the Army Contingency Response Force in Europe, capable of projective ready forces anywhere in the U.S. European, Africa or Central Command areas of responsibility within 18 hours. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Paolo Bovo/Released)</p> <p>Paratroopers from 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, conduct an airborne operation with from a U.S. Air Force 86th Air Wing C-130 Hercules aircraft at Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, January 13, 2015. The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the Army Contingency Response Force in Europe, capable of projective ready forces anywhere in the U.S. European, Africa or Central Command areas of responsibility within 18 hours. (U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Paolo Bovo/Released)</p>

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Gen. Phil Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, listens to a briefing about the training of Afghan National Army Special Operations Command soldiers during a tour of Camp Morehead, Jan. 7, 2015. (NATO Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Davis, USAF)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/16966019276/<p>Gen. Phil Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, listens to a briefing about the training of Afghan National Army Special Operations Command soldiers during a tour of Camp Morehead, Jan. 7, 2015. (NATO Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Davis, USAF)</p> <p>Gen. Phil Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, listens to a briefing about the training of Afghan National Army Special Operations Command soldiers during a tour of Camp Morehead, Jan. 7, 2015. (NATO Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Davis, USAF)</p>

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The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a heavy icebreaker home-ported in Seattle, transits the Southern Ocean toward Antarctica Jan. 2, 2015, to support the U.S. Antarctic Program, which is managed by the National Science Foundation. Military support to the USAP, dubbed Operation Deep Freeze 2015, is a joint-service mission to support civilian scientific research in Antarctica. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/16369602064/<p>The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a heavy icebreaker home-ported in Seattle, transits the Southern Ocean toward Antarctica Jan. 2, 2015, to support the U.S. Antarctic Program, which is managed by the National Science Foundation. Military support to the USAP, dubbed Operation Deep Freeze 2015, is a joint-service mission to support civilian scientific research in Antarctica. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener)</p> <p>The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a heavy icebreaker home-ported in Seattle, transits the Southern Ocean toward Antarctica Jan. 2, 2015, to support the U.S. Antarctic Program, which is managed by the National Science Foundation. Military support to the USAP, dubbed Operation Deep Freeze 2015, is a joint-service mission to support civilian scientific research in Antarctica. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener)</p>

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U.S. Air Force pararescue jumpers and combat rescue officers from the 301st and 308th Rescue Squadron, 920th Rescue Wing conduct joint combat search and rescue training with a Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at the Guardian Center Training Facility in Perry, Georgia, March 11, 2015. (New York Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S Muncy /Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/16805783039/<p>U.S. Air Force pararescue jumpers and combat rescue officers from the 301st and 308th Rescue Squadron,  920th Rescue Wing conduct joint combat search and rescue training with a Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at the Guardian Center Training Facility in Perry, Georgia, March 11, 2015. (New York Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S Muncy /Released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force pararescue jumpers and combat rescue officers from the 301st and 308th Rescue Squadron,  920th Rescue Wing conduct joint combat search and rescue training with a Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at the Guardian Center Training Facility in Perry, Georgia, March 11, 2015. (New York Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S Muncy /Released)</p>

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Georgian soldiers conduct a patrol in a remote training area near the border of Azberjan as they prepare for another deployment in support of the global war on terror. The Georgia Deployment Program took shape in late 2009 as the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines teamed up to better prepare Georgian troops prior to deploying into Afghanistan.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/16966020146/<p>Georgian soldiers conduct a patrol in a remote training area near the border of Azberjan as they prepare for another deployment in support of the global war on terror. The Georgia Deployment Program took shape in late 2009 as the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines teamed up to better prepare Georgian troops prior to deploying into Afghanistan.</p> <p>Georgian soldiers conduct a patrol in a remote training area near the border of Azberjan as they prepare for another deployment in support of the global war on terror. The Georgia Deployment Program took shape in late 2009 as the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines teamed up to better prepare Georgian troops prior to deploying into Afghanistan.</p>

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

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

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

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

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