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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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A U.S. Soldier assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment unloads and clears an M320 grenade launcher while participating in the Expert Infantryman Badge qualification Oct. 16, 2014, at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany. The badge was presented to infantry and special forces Soldiers who completed a series of tasks measuring proficiency in physical fitness, marksmanship, navigation and tactical skills. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Nathanael Mercado/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15404611589/<p>A U.S. Soldier assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment unloads and clears an M320 grenade launcher while participating in the Expert Infantryman Badge qualification Oct. 16, 2014, at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany. The badge was presented to infantry and special forces Soldiers who completed a series of tasks measuring proficiency in physical fitness, marksmanship, navigation and tactical skills. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Nathanael Mercado/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Soldier assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment unloads and clears an M320 grenade launcher while participating in the Expert Infantryman Badge qualification Oct. 16, 2014, at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany. The badge was presented to infantry and special forces Soldiers who completed a series of tasks measuring proficiency in physical fitness, marksmanship, navigation and tactical skills. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Nathanael Mercado/Released)</p>

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From left, Australian Army Maj. Gen. Jeff Sengelman, the head of Modernization and Strategic Planning, and Lt. Col. Matt Campbell, the commanding officer of North-West Mobile Force, cross a creek Oct. 15, 2014, in Northern Territory, Australia, during exercise Kowari 2014. Kowari is an Australian Army-hosted survival skills exercise designed to increase defense cooperation between forces from the U.S., Australia and China. (DoD photo by Cpl. Jake Sims, Australian Defense Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15405623220/<p>From left, Australian Army Maj. Gen. Jeff Sengelman, the head of Modernization and Strategic Planning, and Lt. Col. Matt Campbell, the commanding officer of North-West Mobile Force, cross a creek Oct. 15, 2014, in Northern Territory, Australia, during exercise Kowari 2014. Kowari is an Australian Army-hosted survival skills exercise designed to increase defense cooperation between forces from the U.S., Australia and China. (DoD photo by Cpl. Jake Sims, Australian Defense Force/Released)</p> <p>From left, Australian Army Maj. Gen. Jeff Sengelman, the head of Modernization and Strategic Planning, and Lt. Col. Matt Campbell, the commanding officer of North-West Mobile Force, cross a creek Oct. 15, 2014, in Northern Territory, Australia, during exercise Kowari 2014. Kowari is an Australian Army-hosted survival skills exercise designed to increase defense cooperation between forces from the U.S., Australia and China. (DoD photo by Cpl. Jake Sims, Australian Defense Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Army Spc. Anthony Buono, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 787th Ordnance Company, 3rd Ordnance Battalion, uses a remote control device to detonate expired and unserviceable explosives Oct. 15, 2014, near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15405118488/<p>U.S. Army Spc. Anthony Buono, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 787th Ordnance Company, 3rd Ordnance Battalion, uses a remote control device to detonate expired and unserviceable explosives Oct. 15, 2014, near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Army Spc. Anthony Buono, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 787th Ordnance Company, 3rd Ordnance Battalion, uses a remote control device to detonate expired and unserviceable explosives Oct. 15, 2014, near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston/Released)</p>

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U.S. Sailors man the bridge aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) while preparing to release underwater training mines in the East China Sea Oct. 20, 2014, in support of exercise Clear Horizon. Clear Horizon is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and South Korean navies designed to enhance cooperation and improve capabilities in mine countermeasure operations. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Frank L. Andrews, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14970487244/<p>U.S. Sailors man the bridge aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) while preparing to release underwater training mines in the East China Sea Oct. 20, 2014, in support of exercise Clear Horizon. Clear Horizon is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and South Korean navies designed to enhance cooperation and improve capabilities in mine countermeasure operations. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Frank L. Andrews, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Sailors man the bridge aboard the mine countermeasures ship USS Chief (MCM 14) while preparing to release underwater training mines in the East China Sea Oct. 20, 2014, in support of exercise Clear Horizon. Clear Horizon is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and South Korean navies designed to enhance cooperation and improve capabilities in mine countermeasure operations. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Frank L. Andrews, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left foreground, stands with Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, right background, and Amos? wife, Bonnie, during a change of command ceremony Oct. 17, 2014, at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C. During the event, Amos relinquished command to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. Amos was scheduled to retire from the Marine Corps after 44 years of service. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15592066902/<p>Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left foreground, stands with Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, right background, and Amos? wife, Bonnie, during a change of command ceremony Oct. 17, 2014, at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C. During the event, Amos relinquished command to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. Amos was scheduled to retire from the Marine Corps after 44 years of service. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz/Released)</p> <p>Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left foreground, stands with Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, right background, and Amos? wife, Bonnie, during a change of command ceremony Oct. 17, 2014, at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C. During the event, Amos relinquished command to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. Amos was scheduled to retire from the Marine Corps after 44 years of service. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Clayton Filipowicz/Released)</p>

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U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, the outgoing commandant of the Marine Corps, salutes during a change of command and retirement ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2014. Amos formally relinquished command of the Marine Corps to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. during the ceremony and retired after 44 years of military service. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14971086613/<p>U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, the outgoing commandant of the Marine Corps, salutes during a change of command and retirement ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2014. Amos formally relinquished command of the Marine Corps to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. during the ceremony and retired after 44 years of military service. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, the outgoing commandant of the Marine Corps, salutes during a change of command and retirement ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2014. Amos formally relinquished command of the Marine Corps to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. during the ceremony and retired after 44 years of military service. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 sits on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility Oct. 16, 2014, as the ship supports Inherent Resolve. 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 Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr., U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15405230717/<p>A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 sits on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility Oct. 16, 2014, as the ship supports Inherent Resolve. 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 Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr., U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 sits on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility Oct. 16, 2014, as the ship supports Inherent Resolve. 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 Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr., U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy Equipment Operator Constructionman Lucas Mora, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, mans a firing position inside a notional enemy town Oct. 16, 2014, before a simulated attack on Seabees with NMCB-5 during a field training exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif. NMCB-3 sent 44 Seabees to help Naval Construction Group 1 with enemy aggressors, galley services, weapons maintenance and ammunition watches during the exercise. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15582631815/<p>U.S. Navy Equipment Operator Constructionman Lucas Mora, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, mans a firing position inside a notional enemy town Oct. 16, 2014, before a simulated attack on Seabees with NMCB-5 during a field training exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif. NMCB-3 sent 44 Seabees to help Naval Construction Group 1 with enemy aggressors, galley services, weapons maintenance and ammunition watches during the exercise. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Equipment Operator Constructionman Lucas Mora, a Seabee assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3, mans a firing position inside a notional enemy town Oct. 16, 2014, before a simulated attack on Seabees with NMCB-5 during a field training exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif. NMCB-3 sent 44 Seabees to help Naval Construction Group 1 with enemy aggressors, galley services, weapons maintenance and ammunition watches during the exercise. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, foreground right, the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau, meets with Airmen assigned to his former unit, the 149th Fighter Wing, Texas Air National Guard, at Cerro Moreno Air Base near Antofagasta, Chile, Oct. 15, 2014, during Salitre 2014. Salitre is a Chilean air force-hosted aerial exercise focused on improving interoperability between the U.S. Air Force and South American partner nations. (DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert, U.S. Air National Guard/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15397033790/<p>U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, foreground right, the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau, meets with Airmen assigned to his former unit, the 149th Fighter Wing, Texas Air National Guard, at Cerro Moreno Air Base near Antofagasta, Chile, Oct. 15, 2014, during Salitre 2014. Salitre is a Chilean air force-hosted aerial exercise focused on improving interoperability between the U.S. Air Force and South American partner nations. (DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert, U.S. Air National Guard/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, foreground right, the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau, meets with Airmen assigned to his former unit, the 149th Fighter Wing, Texas Air National Guard, at Cerro Moreno Air Base near Antofagasta, Chile, Oct. 15, 2014, during Salitre 2014. Salitre is a Chilean air force-hosted aerial exercise focused on improving interoperability between the U.S. Air Force and South American partner nations. (DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Gilbert, U.S. Air National Guard/Released)</p>

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A South Korean air force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft takes off for a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 15, 2014, during Red Flag-Alaska 15-1. Red Flag-Alaska 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 Senior Airman Peter Reft, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15396036259/<p>A South Korean air force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft takes off for a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 15, 2014, during Red Flag-Alaska 15-1. Red Flag-Alaska 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 Senior Airman Peter Reft, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>A South Korean air force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft takes off for a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 15, 2014, during Red Flag-Alaska 15-1. Red Flag-Alaska 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 Senior Airman Peter Reft, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kevin Baird, the commander of the 53rd Transportation Battalion, practices donning personal protective equipment at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 15, 2014, while preparing for a deployment to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. United Assistance is a U.S. Africa Command-led operation to provide command and control, logistics, training and engineering support to the U.S. government's efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West African nations. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman, U.S. Air Force/Released)(This image was manipulated using levels, contrast and sharpening to emphasize subject)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15397038380/<p>U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kevin Baird, the commander of the 53rd Transportation Battalion, practices donning personal protective equipment at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 15, 2014, while preparing for a deployment to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. United Assistance is a U.S. Africa Command-led operation to provide command and control, logistics, training and engineering support to the U.S. government's efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West African nations. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman, U.S. Air Force/Released)(This image was manipulated using levels, contrast and sharpening to emphasize subject)</p> <p>U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kevin Baird, the commander of the 53rd Transportation Battalion, practices donning personal protective equipment at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 15, 2014, while preparing for a deployment to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. United Assistance is a U.S. Africa Command-led operation to provide command and control, logistics, training and engineering support to the U.S. government's efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in West African nations. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman, U.S. Air Force/Released)(This image was manipulated using levels, contrast and sharpening to emphasize subject)</p>

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U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Airman Jared Kampschroeder fuels an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Oct. 14, 2014, in the Persian Gulf. The ship supported maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. 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 Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15579995911/<p>U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Airman Jared Kampschroeder fuels an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Oct. 14, 2014, in the Persian Gulf. The ship supported maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. 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 Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Airman Jared Kampschroeder fuels an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Oct. 14, 2014, in the Persian Gulf. The ship supported maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. 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 Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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President Barack Obama, center, meets with military leaders from 20 nations at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 14, 2014, to discuss strategy in the Middle East. The discussion was part of an ongoing effort to build a coalition and integrate capabilities of each country. (DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15396525188/<p>President Barack Obama, center, meets with military leaders from 20 nations at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 14, 2014, to discuss strategy in the Middle East. The discussion was part of an ongoing effort to build a coalition and integrate capabilities of each country. (DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen/Released)</p> <p>President Barack Obama, center, meets with military leaders from 20 nations at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 14, 2014, to discuss strategy in the Middle East. The discussion was part of an ongoing effort to build a coalition and integrate capabilities of each country. (DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen/Released)</p>

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left foreground, speaks with Bonnie Amos, the wife of Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, during a change of command ceremony Oct. 17, 2014, at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C. During the event, Amos relinquished command to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. Amos was scheduled to retire from the Marine Corps after 44 years of service. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Hurt, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15582644975/<p>Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left foreground, speaks with Bonnie Amos, the wife of Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, during a change of command ceremony Oct. 17, 2014, at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C. During the event, Amos relinquished command to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. Amos was scheduled to retire from the Marine Corps after 44 years of service. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Hurt, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left foreground, speaks with Bonnie Amos, the wife of Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, during a change of command ceremony Oct. 17, 2014, at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C. During the event, Amos relinquished command to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. Amos was scheduled to retire from the Marine Corps after 44 years of service. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Hurt, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mike Koch, assigned to the Golden Knights, participates in a parachute team demonstration during Rotorfest 2014 in West Goshen Township, Pa., Oct. 12, 2014. (DoD photo by Spc. Devon Bistarkey, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14934900884/<p>U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mike Koch, assigned to the Golden Knights, participates in a parachute team demonstration during Rotorfest 2014 in West Goshen Township, Pa., Oct. 12, 2014. (DoD photo by Spc. Devon Bistarkey, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mike Koch, assigned to the Golden Knights, participates in a parachute team demonstration during Rotorfest 2014 in West Goshen Township, Pa., Oct. 12, 2014. (DoD photo by Spc. Devon Bistarkey, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)</p>

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U.S., Australian and Chinese service members disembark from an Australian Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter at a remote landing zone in Northern Territory, Australia, Oct. 12, 2014, to conduct survival training as part of exercise Kowari 2014. Kowari is an Australian army-hosted survival skills exercise designed to increase defense cooperation between forces from the U.S., Australia and China. (DoD photo by Cpl. Jake Sims, Australian Defense Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15531951376/<p>U.S., Australian and Chinese service members disembark from an Australian Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter at a remote landing zone in Northern Territory, Australia, Oct. 12, 2014, to conduct survival training as part of exercise Kowari 2014. Kowari is an Australian army-hosted survival skills exercise designed to increase defense cooperation between forces from the U.S., Australia and China. (DoD photo by Cpl. Jake Sims, Australian Defense Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S., Australian and Chinese service members disembark from an Australian Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter at a remote landing zone in Northern Territory, Australia, Oct. 12, 2014, to conduct survival training as part of exercise Kowari 2014. Kowari is an Australian army-hosted survival skills exercise designed to increase defense cooperation between forces from the U.S., Australia and China. (DoD photo by Cpl. Jake Sims, Australian Defense Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Air Force pilots with the Thunderbirds perform an arrowhead loop in F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during the Wings and Waves Air Show in Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 12, 2014. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/14934903854/<p>U.S. Air Force pilots with the Thunderbirds perform an arrowhead loop in F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during the Wings and Waves Air Show in Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 12, 2014. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Air Force pilots with the Thunderbirds perform an arrowhead loop in F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during the Wings and Waves Air Show in Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 12, 2014. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Edgar Baldov decorates a cake aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Persian Gulf Oct. 11, 2014. The George H.W. Bush supported maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15556501732/<p>U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Edgar Baldov decorates a cake aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Persian Gulf Oct. 11, 2014. The George H.W. Bush supported maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Edgar Baldov decorates a cake aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Persian Gulf Oct. 11, 2014. The George H.W. Bush supported maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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U.S. Navy Gunner's Mate Seaman James Lumbley conducts periodic scheduled maintenance on the portside Mark 38 Mod 2 25 mm machine gun aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) Oct. 15, 2014, in the Black Sea. The ship conducted naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy guided missile destroyers took part in the European Phased Adaptive Approach program, operating in the Black Sea on a mission to train with partner nation navies and promote peace and stability in the region. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Herman, U.S. Navy/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15555669505/<p>U.S. Navy Gunner's Mate Seaman James Lumbley conducts periodic scheduled maintenance on the portside Mark 38 Mod 2 25 mm machine gun aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) Oct. 15, 2014, in the Black Sea. The ship conducted naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy guided missile destroyers took part in the European Phased Adaptive Approach program, operating in the Black Sea on a mission to train with partner nation navies and promote peace and stability in the region. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Herman, U.S. Navy/Released)</p> <p>U.S. Navy Gunner's Mate Seaman James Lumbley conducts periodic scheduled maintenance on the portside Mark 38 Mod 2 25 mm machine gun aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) Oct. 15, 2014, in the Black Sea. The ship conducted naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy guided missile destroyers took part in the European Phased Adaptive Approach program, operating in the Black Sea on a mission to train with partner nation navies and promote peace and stability in the region. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Herman, U.S. Navy/Released)</p>

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Association of the United States Army (AUSA) President and Chief Executive Officer retired Army Gen. Gordon Sullivan, center, accompanies Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel out of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., after Hagel addressed the audience as the guest speaker of the AUSA Conference Oct. 15, 2014. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz, U.S. Air Force/Released)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39955793@N07/15555671465/<p>Association of the United States Army (AUSA) President and Chief Executive Officer retired Army Gen. Gordon Sullivan, center, accompanies Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel out of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., after Hagel addressed the audience as the guest speaker of the AUSA Conference Oct. 15, 2014. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p> <p>Association of the United States Army (AUSA) President and Chief Executive Officer retired Army Gen. Gordon Sullivan, center, accompanies Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel out of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., after Hagel addressed the audience as the guest speaker of the AUSA Conference Oct. 15, 2014. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz, U.S. Air Force/Released)</p>

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