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Winning design concept for the National World War I Memorial unveiled

12 Feb, 2016 no comments News

The nation’s capital will finally receive a national memorial dedicated to the Servicemembers who fought in “The Great War.” The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission selected the design team of Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard and their design concept “The Weight of Sacrifice” for the National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park. The design features distinct spaces that serve as both a memorial and an urban park. It includes an upper lawn bordered by maple trees with a freestanding sculpture, a sunken plaza that acts as a shield from the…

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Philippine Supreme Court upholds US military accord

09 Feb, 2016 no comments News
Philippine Supreme Court upholds US military accord

Manila (AFP) - The Philippine Supreme Court ruled Tuesday a military accord with the United States was constitutional, paving the way for a greater presence of US forces in the former American colony as tensions simmer in the South China Sea. The 10-year agreement, signed in 2014 but not implemented due to legal challenges, will see more US troops rotate through the Philippines for war games and help their hosts build military facilities. Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te said the accord was upheld with a 10-4 vote, ruling that President…

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Shipping blood, saving lives

07 Feb, 2016 no comments Air Force , Health
Shipping blood, saving lives

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — The Blood Transshipment Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, provides blood to more than 30 forward operating locations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. In 2015, the center shipped nearly 23,000 units of blood to nine countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. The blood was used in transfusions helping save 222 people, including 18 U.S. service members, as well as Afghani and Iraqi citizens. “Over the past six months, 65 percent of blood transfusions were conducted in Iraq,” said Air Force Master…

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Philippines to offer eight bases to US forces

04 Feb, 2016 no comments News
Philippines to offer eight bases to US forces

  The Philippines is set to offer the US military use of eight bases, a military spokesman said Wednesday, after the country's supreme court upheld a security agreement with Washington forged in the face of rising tensions with China. The facilities include the former US Clark airbase and air and naval facilities on the southwestern island of Palawan which faces the South China Sea, the focus of territorial disputes with China. Military spokesman Colonel Restituto Padilla said the facilities would be used to store equipment and supplies. He added that…

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Gulf War created need for better critical care

02 Feb, 2016 no comments Air Force , Health
Gulf War created need for better critical care

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — January 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Desert Storm, it also marks a turning point in Air Force Medical Service’s Critical Care Transport Teams. “We were not serving the Army as well as we could have in the Air Force,” explained Lt. Gen. Paul K. Carlton, a former Air Force Surgeon General who had been working on the concept of CCATT since the 1980s. As the U.S. military and its allies assembled in the Middle East in the summer and fall of 1990 –Operation Desert Shield…

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