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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. Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Mitchell D. Crowther is hoisted aboard a Marine Corps UH-1Z Venom helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 during a search and rescue exercise in the Persian Gulf Sept. 4, 2014. VMM-263 was part of the Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group and was underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael A. Fiorillo, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15029469517/<p>U.S. Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Mitchell D. Crowther is hoisted aboard a Marine Corps UH-1Z Venom helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 during a search and rescue exercise in the Persian Gulf Sept. 4, 2014. VMM-263 was part of the Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group and was underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael A. Fiorillo, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Mitchell D. Crowther is hoisted aboard a Marine Corps UH-1Z Venom helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 during a search and rescue exercise in the Persian Gulf Sept. 4, 2014. VMM-263 was part of the Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group and was underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael A. Fiorillo, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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President Barack Obama speaks during the 9/11 memorial ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Sept. 11, 2014. Terrorists hijacked four passenger aircraft Sept. 11, 2001. Two of the aircraft were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center in New York; one was crashed into the Pentagon; the fourth crashed near Shanksville, Pa. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15193014106/<p>President Barack Obama speaks during the 9/11 memorial ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Sept. 11, 2014. Terrorists hijacked four passenger aircraft Sept. 11, 2001. Two of the aircraft were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center in New York; one was crashed into the Pentagon; the fourth crashed near Shanksville, Pa. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)</p> <p>President Barack Obama speaks during the 9/11 memorial ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Sept. 11, 2014. Terrorists hijacked four passenger aircraft Sept. 11, 2001. Two of the aircraft were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center in New York; one was crashed into the Pentagon; the fourth crashed near Shanksville, Pa. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)</p>

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Ships from various countries steam in formation during Sea Breeze 2014 in the Black Sea Sept. 10, 2014. Sea Breeze is a joint/combined maritime exercise held annually in the Black Sea and at various land-based Ukrainian training facilities with the goals of strengthening maritime security and stability, sharing information and building teamwork and mutual cooperation. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Herman, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15029257739/<p>Ships from various countries steam in formation during Sea Breeze 2014 in the Black Sea Sept. 10, 2014. Sea Breeze is a joint/combined maritime exercise held annually in the Black Sea and at various land-based Ukrainian training facilities with the goals of strengthening maritime security and stability, sharing information and building teamwork and mutual cooperation. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Herman, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>Ships from various countries steam in formation during Sea Breeze 2014 in the Black Sea Sept. 10, 2014. Sea Breeze is a joint/combined maritime exercise held annually in the Black Sea and at various land-based Ukrainian training facilities with the goals of strengthening maritime security and stability, sharing information and building teamwork and mutual cooperation. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Herman, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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Lights illuminate the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va., as the sun sets Sept. 10, 2014. The memorial was created to remember and honor those lost at the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001. Terrorists hijacked four passenger aircraft Sept. 11, 2001. Two of the aircraft were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center in New York; one was crashed into the Pentagon; the fourth crashed near Shanksville, Pa. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15193015336/<p>Lights illuminate the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va., as the sun sets Sept. 10, 2014. The memorial was created to remember and honor those lost at the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001. Terrorists hijacked four passenger aircraft Sept. 11, 2001. Two of the aircraft were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center in New York; one was crashed into the Pentagon; the fourth crashed near Shanksville, Pa. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)</p> <p>Lights illuminate the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va., as the sun sets Sept. 10, 2014. The memorial was created to remember and honor those lost at the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001. Terrorists hijacked four passenger aircraft Sept. 11, 2001. Two of the aircraft were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center in New York; one was crashed into the Pentagon; the fourth crashed near Shanksville, Pa. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks. (DoD photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard/Released)</p>

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A Czech soldier provides security during exercise Saber Junction 2014 at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Sept. 9, 2014. Saber Junction is a U.S. Army Europe-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Spc. Brian Chaney, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15029472957/<p>A Czech soldier provides security during exercise Saber Junction 2014 at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Sept. 9, 2014. Saber Junction is a U.S. Army Europe-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Spc. Brian Chaney, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>A Czech soldier provides security during exercise Saber Junction 2014 at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Sept. 9, 2014. Saber Junction is a U.S. Army Europe-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Spc. Brian Chaney, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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U.S. Sailors remove chocks and chains from an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 on the flight deck of the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) in the Persian Gulf Sept. 6, 2014. The Arleigh Burke was underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15193016916/<p>U.S. Sailors remove chocks and chains from an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 on the flight deck of the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) in the Persian Gulf Sept. 6, 2014. The Arleigh Burke was underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Sailors remove chocks and chains from an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 on the flight deck of the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) in the Persian Gulf Sept. 6, 2014. The Arleigh Burke was underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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From left, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Taj Copeland, a fuels distribution supervisor with the 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron (ELRS), and Staff Sgt. James Brumbaugh, a fuels cryogenics noncommissioned officer in charge with the 455 ELRS, refill liquid oxygen carts for aircraft at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2014. Cryogenic technicians supported 6,000 aircraft missions and provided more than 4,000 gallons of liquid oxygen per month. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15193017396/<p>From left, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Taj Copeland, a fuels distribution supervisor with the 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron (ELRS), and Staff Sgt. James Brumbaugh, a fuels cryogenics noncommissioned officer in charge with the 455 ELRS, refill liquid oxygen carts for aircraft at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2014. Cryogenic technicians supported 6,000 aircraft missions and provided more than 4,000 gallons of liquid oxygen per month. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>From left, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Taj Copeland, a fuels distribution supervisor with the 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron (ELRS), and Staff Sgt. James Brumbaugh, a fuels cryogenics noncommissioned officer in charge with the 455 ELRS, refill liquid oxygen carts for aircraft at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 5, 2014. Cryogenic technicians supported 6,000 aircraft missions and provided more than 4,000 gallons of liquid oxygen per month. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 142nd Airlift Squadron, Delaware Air National Guard is on the flight line at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, as U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team prepare to depart from the base Sept. 7, 2014, during exercise Steadfast Javelin II. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15206856172/<p>A U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 142nd Airlift Squadron, Delaware Air National Guard is on the flight line at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, as U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team prepare to depart from the base Sept. 7, 2014, during exercise Steadfast Javelin II. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 142nd Airlift Squadron, Delaware Air National Guard is on the flight line at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, as U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team prepare to depart from the base Sept. 7, 2014, during exercise Steadfast Javelin II. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Donald Taylor, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, inspects a brake line schematic drawing for an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft on a computer on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Pacific Ocean Sept. 5, 2014. The Carl Vinson was underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr., U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15020665017/<p>U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Donald Taylor, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, inspects a brake line schematic drawing for an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft on a computer on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Pacific Ocean Sept. 5, 2014. The Carl Vinson was underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr., U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Donald Taylor, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113, inspects a brake line schematic drawing for an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft on a computer on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Pacific Ocean Sept. 5, 2014. The Carl Vinson was underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr., U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and Canadian Army paratroopers with the 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment prepare for a static line parachute jump from a U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft Sept. 5, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, during exercise Steadfast Javelin II. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15020670758/<p>U.S. Soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and Canadian Army paratroopers with the 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment prepare for a static line parachute jump from a U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft Sept. 5, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, during exercise Steadfast Javelin II. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and Canadian Army paratroopers with the 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment prepare for a static line parachute jump from a U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft Sept. 5, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, during exercise Steadfast Javelin II. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers prepare ammunition to be loaded into the 20 mm cannon of an AH-1S Cobra helicopter Sept. 4, 2014, during Rising Thunder 2014 at the Yakima Training Center in Washington. Rising Thunder is a U.S. Army-hosted exercise designed to build interoperability between I Corps, the 7th Infantry Division and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. (DoD photo by Sgt. Cody Quinn, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15020559740/<p>Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers prepare ammunition to be loaded into the 20 mm cannon of an AH-1S Cobra helicopter Sept. 4, 2014, during Rising Thunder 2014 at the Yakima Training Center in Washington. Rising Thunder is a U.S. Army-hosted exercise designed to build interoperability between I Corps, the 7th Infantry Division and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. (DoD photo by Sgt. Cody Quinn, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers prepare ammunition to be loaded into the 20 mm cannon of an AH-1S Cobra helicopter Sept. 4, 2014, during Rising Thunder 2014 at the Yakima Training Center in Washington. Rising Thunder is a U.S. Army-hosted exercise designed to build interoperability between I Corps, the 7th Infantry Division and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. (DoD photo by Sgt. Cody Quinn, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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U.S. Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 conduct a helicopter rope suspension technique exercise on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Philippine Sea Sept. 9, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15020669837/<p>U.S. Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 conduct a helicopter rope suspension technique exercise on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Philippine Sea Sept. 9, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 conduct a helicopter rope suspension technique exercise on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Philippine Sea Sept. 9, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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Retired U.S. Navy Lt. John Edmontson prepares for Invictus Games 2014 in London Sept. 9, 2014. The Invictus Games are the United Kingdom?s version of the Warrior Games, bringing together wounded veterans from 14 nations for events including track and field, archery, wheelchair basketball, road cycling, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, swimming, sitting volleyball and a driving challenge. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15020462599/<p>Retired U.S. Navy Lt. John Edmontson prepares for Invictus Games 2014 in London Sept. 9, 2014. The Invictus Games are the United Kingdom?s version of the Warrior Games, bringing together wounded veterans from 14 nations for events including track and field, archery, wheelchair basketball, road cycling, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, swimming, sitting volleyball and a driving challenge. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>Retired U.S. Navy Lt. John Edmontson prepares for Invictus Games 2014 in London Sept. 9, 2014. The Invictus Games are the United Kingdom?s version of the Warrior Games, bringing together wounded veterans from 14 nations for events including track and field, archery, wheelchair basketball, road cycling, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, swimming, sitting volleyball and a driving challenge. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Army Sgt. Rovin Seosankar, left, a financial analyst, and Sgt. Jennifer Pineda, the Milpay noncommissioned officer in charge, both with the 4th Financial Management Sustainment Detachment, New York Army National Guard, pose for a photo with a 9/11 commemorative flag at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 9, 2014. Terrorists hijacked four passenger aircraft Sept. 11, 2001. Two of the aircraft were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center in New York; one was crashed into the Pentagon; the fourth crashed near Shanksville, Pa. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Rich Stowell, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15184214396/<p>U.S. Army Sgt. Rovin Seosankar, left, a financial analyst, and Sgt. Jennifer Pineda, the Milpay noncommissioned officer in charge, both with the 4th Financial Management Sustainment Detachment, New York Army National Guard, pose for a photo with a 9/11 commemorative flag at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 9, 2014. Terrorists hijacked four passenger aircraft Sept. 11, 2001. Two of the aircraft were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center in New York; one was crashed into the Pentagon; the fourth crashed near Shanksville, Pa. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Rich Stowell, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Army Sgt. Rovin Seosankar, left, a financial analyst, and Sgt. Jennifer Pineda, the Milpay noncommissioned officer in charge, both with the 4th Financial Management Sustainment Detachment, New York Army National Guard, pose for a photo with a 9/11 commemorative flag at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 9, 2014. Terrorists hijacked four passenger aircraft Sept. 11, 2001. Two of the aircraft were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center in New York; one was crashed into the Pentagon; the fourth crashed near Shanksville, Pa. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Rich Stowell, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy Boatswain?s Mate Seaman Sydney Stewart directs Landing Craft, Air Cushion 47, attached to Naval Beach Unit 7, as it lands on Blue Beach, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 8, 2014, to pick up equipment for the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Patrick Dionne, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15020673467/<p>U.S. Navy Boatswain?s Mate Seaman Sydney Stewart directs Landing Craft, Air Cushion 47, attached to Naval Beach Unit 7, as it lands on Blue Beach, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 8, 2014, to pick up equipment for the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Patrick Dionne, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Boatswain?s Mate Seaman Sydney Stewart directs Landing Craft, Air Cushion 47, attached to Naval Beach Unit 7, as it lands on Blue Beach, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 8, 2014, to pick up equipment for the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Patrick Dionne, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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A fireworks display capped off the Japanese-American Friendship Festival Sept. 7, 2014, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The event, which brought in more than 148,000 visitors, was designed to bolster the relationship between the host nation and the U.S. (DoD photo by Yasuo Osakabe, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15020678418/<p>A fireworks display capped off the Japanese-American Friendship Festival Sept. 7, 2014, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The event, which brought in more than 148,000 visitors, was designed to bolster the relationship between the host nation and the U.S. (DoD photo by Yasuo Osakabe, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>A fireworks display capped off the Japanese-American Friendship Festival Sept. 7, 2014, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The event, which brought in more than 148,000 visitors, was designed to bolster the relationship between the host nation and the U.S. (DoD photo by Yasuo Osakabe, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 142nd Airlift Squadron, Delaware Air National Guard is on the flight line at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, as U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team prepare to depart from the base Sept. 7, 2014, during exercise Steadfast Javelin II. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15020677857/<p>A U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 142nd Airlift Squadron, Delaware Air National Guard is on the flight line at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, as U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team prepare to depart from the base Sept. 7, 2014, during exercise Steadfast Javelin II. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft assigned to the 142nd Airlift Squadron, Delaware Air National Guard is on the flight line at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, as U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team prepare to depart from the base Sept. 7, 2014, during exercise Steadfast Javelin II. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft sits on the flight line during Steadfast Javelin II in Latvia Sept. 5, 2014. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15011708008/<p>A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft sits on the flight line during Steadfast Javelin II in Latvia Sept. 5, 2014. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft sits on the flight line during Steadfast Javelin II in Latvia Sept. 5, 2014. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Soldiers assigned to Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment prepare their equipment before boarding Stryker armored vehicles during Steadfast Javelin II in Latvia Sept. 5, 2014. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15198273335/<p>U.S. Soldiers assigned to Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment prepare their equipment before boarding Stryker armored vehicles during Steadfast Javelin II in Latvia Sept. 5, 2014. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Soldiers assigned to Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment prepare their equipment before boarding Stryker armored vehicles during Steadfast Javelin II in Latvia Sept. 5, 2014. Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO-led exercise designed to prepare U.S., NATO and international partner forces for unified land operations. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James Boozer, second from left, the commander of U.S. Army Japan, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Koichi Isobe, center left, the commanding general of the Eastern Army, receive a briefing Sept. 5, 2014, during Rising Thunder 2014 at the Yakima Training Center in Washington. Rising Thunder is a U.S. Army-hosted exercise designed to build interoperability between I Corps, the 7th Infantry Division and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. (DoD photo by Sgt. Cody Quinn, U.S. Army/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15011484959/<p>U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James Boozer, second from left, the commander of U.S. Army Japan, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Koichi Isobe, center left, the commanding general of the Eastern Army, receive a briefing Sept. 5, 2014, during Rising Thunder 2014 at the Yakima Training Center in Washington. Rising Thunder is a U.S. Army-hosted exercise designed to build interoperability between I Corps, the 7th Infantry Division and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. (DoD photo by Sgt. Cody Quinn, U.S. Army/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James Boozer, second from left, the commander of U.S. Army Japan, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Koichi Isobe, center left, the commanding general of the Eastern Army, receive a briefing Sept. 5, 2014, during Rising Thunder 2014 at the Yakima Training Center in Washington. Rising Thunder is a U.S. Army-hosted exercise designed to build interoperability between I Corps, the 7th Infantry Division and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. (DoD photo by Sgt. Cody Quinn, U.S. Army/Released)</p>

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