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May 14, 2018

Face of Defense: Resilient Soldier Fights, Beats Cancer

When Army Sgt. Joseph Mickonis called his fiancee in early 2016 to say doctors thought he might have cancer, he didn't break down in tears, instead he laughed hysterically. Mickonis said laughter was his way of dealing with the bad news, as he later discussed the resilience that helped him overcome nine months of intense chemotherapy treatment.

May 11, 2018

From Home to Medical School and Beyond, a Mother’s Support is Unending

Two Army officers and a soon to be third officer are a band of sisters who all can attribute their successes to the same leader and mentor -- their mother, Rose.

May 11, 2018

Military Spouse of the Year Lauded for Devotion to Gold Star Families

Her soldier husband was killed in Afghanistan in 2013, but she later remarried a Green Beret, and now Krista Simpson Anderson has received the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year award at the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore Annual Awards Gala.

May 9, 2018

President Signs Executive Order for Military Spouse Employment

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump invited military mothers and spouses to the White House in honor of Mother’s Day, and the president signed an executive order to help military spouses find work more easily in the private and federal sectors.

May 7, 2018

USS Theodore Roosevelt Celebrates Naval Aviation on Tiger Cruise

Sailors, Marines and their guests marked the importance of naval aviation, remembering more than 107 years of innovation and achievement.

May 2, 2018

Registration Opens for 2018 Virtual Military Spouse Symposium

Registration is open for the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program’s second Virtual Military Spouse Symposium.

May 2, 2018

Face of Defense: Soldier Recounts Her Path to Earning Army Ranger Tab

A determined Army Capt. Natalie Mallue endured bone-chilling cold and scant food and sleep to become the sixth woman to graduate from the Army's Ranger school. Mallue’s determination to achieve her goals was instilled in her at a young age, she said.

April 30, 2018

Airman Fulfills Long-Held Dream of Military Service

Despite initial setbacks, Rosa Vittori refused to give up, and she's now an airman first class in the Texas Air National Guard.

April 27, 2018

Military Children: Strong, Resilient, Adaptable Individuals

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child and is a time to honor the sacrifices of the more than 1.7 million children of military members serving in the U.S. and overseas. A retired Air Force master sergeant talks about his family's experience with the military and deployments.

April 18, 2018

Service Dog Lends War Veteran a Helping Paw

What if you are screaming for help, but no one can hear you? What if your life starts to crumble? Do you know where to turn or what options are available to veterans and service members? That is exactly how retired Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brandon Jones felt as he reached a breaking point in his military career and decided it was time to reach out to military agencies to get the help he desperately needed.

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