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Air Force Senior Airman Eric Woolston throws a rope while helping to construct a tent at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 25, 2016. Woolston is a structural journeyman assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
Air Force Senior Airman Eric Woolston throws a rope while helping to construct a tent at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 25, 2016. Woolston is a structural journeyman assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
Floodwaters cover the ground in a neighborhood in Allegheny County, Va., June 24, 2016, as soldiers conduct damage assessments in the area. National Guard soldiers and airmen are assisting with response efforts following severe flooding in Virginia and West Virginia. Army National Guard photo by Alfred Puryear
Floodwaters cover the ground in a neighborhood in Allegheny County, Va., June 24, 2016, as soldiers conduct damage assessments in the area. National Guard soldiers and airmen are assisting with response efforts following severe flooding in Virginia and West Virginia. Army National Guard photo by Alfred Puryear
Air Force Staff Sgt. Gary Allsbrook exits an old bunker at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 27, 2016. Members of the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron quick reaction force check buildings and other areas on the flightline to deter threats. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
Air Force Staff Sgt. Gary Allsbrook exits an old bunker at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 27, 2016. Members of the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron quick reaction force check buildings and other areas on the flightline to deter threats. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Wright mans a rescue hoist aboard an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter and flies past the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur during combat search and rescue training in the Philippine Sea, June 26, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Elijah G. Leinaar
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Wright mans a rescue hoist aboard an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter and flies past the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur during combat search and rescue training in the Philippine Sea, June 26, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Elijah G. Leinaar
Pilots with the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s flight demonstration team, perform during the Warriors over the Wasatch air show at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, June 25, 2016. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz
Pilots with the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s flight demonstration team, perform during the Warriors over the Wasatch air show at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, June 25, 2016. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched the eighth annual Feds Feed Families campaign, which extends throughout the government. The Defense Department will play a vital role in the fight against hunger.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched the eighth annual Feds Feed Families campaign, which extends throughout the government. The Defense Department will play a vital role in the fight against hunger.
Marine Corps recruit Tyler Steeley cleans his weapon during the Crucible at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., June 24, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Colby Cooper
Marine Corps recruit Tyler Steeley cleans his weapon during the Crucible at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., June 24, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Colby Cooper
Members of the Korean War Veterans of Hawaii salute during a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu June 25, 2016, marking the 66th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Sweet
Members of the Korean War Veterans of Hawaii salute during a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu June 25, 2016, marking the 66th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Sweet
Army Spc. Gerald Wilson yells a warning about incoming indirect fire to his team during the Ready Warrior Competition at Camp Madbull on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 23, 2016. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
Army Spc. Gerald Wilson yells a warning about incoming indirect fire to his team during the Ready Warrior Competition at Camp Madbull on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 23, 2016. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
During the month of June, the Defense Department joins the nation in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, or LGBT, Pride Month. During this time, the department recognizes lesbian, gay and bisexual service members and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civilians for their dedicated service to both the DoD mission and to our nation.
During the month of June, the Defense Department joins the nation in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, or LGBT, Pride Month. During this time, the department recognizes lesbian, gay and bisexual service members and civilians for their dedicated service to both the DoD mission and to our nation.
Nearly 20 million Americans will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in their lifetimes. No one knows why some people develop PTSD and others don't, but we know that the more people who understand PTSD, the more we can help those who are affected. Learn more and help raise awareness of #PTSD and its treatments.
Nearly 20 million Americans will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in their lifetimes. No one knows why some people develop PTSD and others don't, but we know that the more people who understand PTSD, the more we can help those who are affected. Learn more and help raise awareness of #PTSD and its treatments.
A Landing Craft Air Cushion approaches the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego during Rim of the Pacific 2016 in the Pacific Ocean, June 21, 2016. Twenty-six nations and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph M. Buliavac
A Landing Craft Air Cushion approaches the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego during Rim of the Pacific 2016 in the Pacific Ocean, June 21, 2016. Twenty-six nations and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph M. Buliavac
Air Force Senior Airman Eric Woolston throws a rope while helping to construct a tent at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 25, 2016. Woolston is a structural journeyman assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
Floodwaters cover the ground in a neighborhood in Allegheny County, Va., June 24, 2016, as soldiers conduct damage assessments in the area. National Guard soldiers and airmen are assisting with response efforts following severe flooding in Virginia and West Virginia. Army National Guard photo by Alfred Puryear
Air Force Staff Sgt. Gary Allsbrook exits an old bunker at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 27, 2016. Members of the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron quick reaction force check buildings and other areas on the flightline to deter threats. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Wright mans a rescue hoist aboard an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter and flies past the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur during combat search and rescue training in the Philippine Sea, June 26, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Elijah G. Leinaar
Pilots with the Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s flight demonstration team, perform during the Warriors over the Wasatch air show at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, June 25, 2016. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched the eighth annual Feds Feed Families campaign, which extends throughout the government. The Defense Department will play a vital role in the fight against hunger.
Marine Corps recruit Tyler Steeley cleans his weapon during the Crucible at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., June 24, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Colby Cooper
Members of the Korean War Veterans of Hawaii salute during a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu June 25, 2016, marking the 66th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert Sweet
Army Spc. Gerald Wilson yells a warning about incoming indirect fire to his team during the Ready Warrior Competition at Camp Madbull on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 23, 2016. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
During the month of June, the Defense Department joins the nation in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, or LGBT, Pride Month. During this time, the department recognizes lesbian, gay and bisexual service members and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civilians for their dedicated service to both the DoD mission and to our nation.
Nearly 20 million Americans will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in their lifetimes. No one knows why some people develop PTSD and others don't, but we know that the more people who understand PTSD, the more we can help those who are affected. Learn more and help raise awareness of #PTSD and its treatments.
A Landing Craft Air Cushion approaches the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego during Rim of the Pacific 2016 in the Pacific Ocean, June 21, 2016. Twenty-six nations and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph M. Buliavac
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SITREP: PTSD Awareness Day
June is National PTSD awareness month and June 27, 2016 is National PTSD Awareness Day.
From the military services and around the DoD, here’s your Daily SITREP for Monday, June 27, 2016.
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Get the Facts: 6 Common Myths About PTSD
PTSD occurs when distress over a traumatic event impairs a person's ability to socialize, work and act rationally. But there are a lot of common misconceptions about PTSD, which is very complex.
PTSD is a well-known issue nowadays, but there are still many misconceptions about it. Clear six of those up here.
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Master Gunnery Sgt. Mark A. Tyson, chief staff-noncommissioned officer in charge, environmental services division, Marine Forces Reserve and his son, Sgt. Stephen A. Tyson, a squad leader with 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, MARFORRES, had the opportunity to spend Father’s Day together during Integrated Training Exercise 4-16 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., June 19, 2016. Reserve Marines gathered together to train during ITX and hone their skills as a Marine Air Ground Task Force.
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(From left) Army veteran James Hansen watches the wind’s direction as Navy veteran and Valhalla sailing instructor Frank Briguglio surveys the skills of his new recruits during the Valhalla Sailing Project’s inaugural clinic to teach former military members the fundamentals of sailing and racing on the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Md., June 25, 2016. Marine Corps veteran Hector Cardona is at the tiller, and Marine Corps veteran Mike Wilson is adjusting the jib. Eight veterans, transitioning service members and wounded warriors participated in the clinic. DoD photo by Terri Moon Cronk
Veterans, Wounded Warriors Find Camaraderie at Annapolis Sailing Clinic Story | Special
Army veteran Greg Mullen has created animal figures, Southwestern sun faces, vases, as well as a life-sized suit of armor and a coffee table with a "dot" art technique he developed to help him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. While a small item takes him a half day to fill with about 400 dot patterns, his prized coffee table took three months to complete, with at least 50,000 layered dots. Courtesy photo
Veteran With Post-Traumatic Stress Finds Coping Skills Through ‘Dot’ Art Story | Blog | Special
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Maj. Charles Kettles stands in front of a 121st Aviation Company, UH-1H helicopter during his second tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969. During his first tour with the 176th Aviation Company in May 1967, Kettles saved eight soldiers who had been left behind after an initial rescue mission. He then managed to pilot the severely overloaded helicopter to safety. He will be awarded the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony in July.
Vietnam War Helicopter Pilot To Receive Medal of Honor Story | Statement | Website
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