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U.S., Russian Officials Continue Dialogue on Syrian Airspace

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U.S., Russian Officials Continue Dialogue on Syrian Airspace
03/31/2016 03:12 PM CDT

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U.S., Russian Officials Continue Dialogue on Syrian Airspace

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WASHINGTON, March 31, 2016 — U.S. and Russian defense officials today continued their ongoing dialogue on flight safety in Syrian airspace, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.

Elissa Slotkin, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, and Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven M. Shepro, the Joint Staff’s vice director for strategic plans and policy, co-chaired today’s video teleconference with Russian Defense Ministry counterparts to discuss ongoing adherence to the U.S.-Russia memorandum of understanding on the subject, Cook said in a statement.

The two sides committed to adhering to the memorandum on flight safety as long as each side is operating in Syria, the press secretary said, noting that today’s meeting follows previous video conferences on this topic.

“The conversation was constructive,” Cook said, “and the two sides agreed to continue safety discussions in this format in the future.”

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Inherent Resolve Official: Brussels Attacks Heighten Need to Defeat ISIL

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Inherent Resolve Official: Brussels Attacks Heighten Need to Defeat ISIL
03/31/2016 03:50 PM CDT

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Inherent Resolve Official: Brussels Attacks Heighten Need to Defeat ISIL

By Terri Moon Cronk

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WASHINGTON, March 31, 2016 — The cowardly terror attacks the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims it leveled on Brussels, Belgium, earlier this month highlight the critical need to defeat the extremists, the strategy and sustainment deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said today.

In a weekly update on counter-ISIL operations in Iraq and Syria, British army Maj. Gen. Doug Chalmers told Pentagon reporters via teleconference from Baghdad that the mission remains steadfast in the coalition’s resolve to defeat ISIL.

“[ISIL’s] violent, extremist ideology and ambition to expand must be stopped,” he said.

The U.S.-led coalition will prevail in the tough fight, the deputy commander said, adding that achievements are visible every day as the coalition helps ground forces weaken ISIL.

Coalition Offers Diverse Capabilities

As coalition partners enhance their efforts to train, equip and advise Iraqi security forces, Iraqi police forces are training to enable the Iraqi government to hold ground as security forces liberate areas from ISIL control.

“Leveraging the unique capabilities of the different nations of the coalition that are directly contributing to the military campaign gives us real strength as a mission of many nations in achieving these tasks,” Chalmers said.

As the Iraqi security forces prepare to isolate and retake the key Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIL control, coalition airstrikes are putting pressure on all facets of ISIL operations inside the city, including the group’s headquarters, finances, weapons manufacturing sites and propaganda sites, Chalmers said.

“We are working closely with the Iraqi security forces to identify opportunities,” he said, citing specialized training, river crossings with mobile bridges, police training, logistics support and the provision of fire support as examples of that cooperation.

ISIL Movement Restricted

Synchronized ground operations in Iraq and Syria make it harder for ISIL to move freely and resupply its reinforcements, the deputy commander said.

“We firmly believe the momentum is now on our side, and we will do all that we can to enhance counter-[ISIL] operations where we can,” Chalmers added. “The resolve of the coalition continues to grow as we all share the same objective of defeating [ISIL] in Iraq and Syria.”

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Force of Future Requires Best Talent in America, Carter Tells Students

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Force of Future Requires Best Talent in America, Carter Tells Students
03/31/2016 05:55 PM CDT

Force of Future Requires Best Talent in America, Carter Tells Students

By Lisa Ferdinando

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WASHINGTON, March 31, 2016 — The Defense Department is facing complex threats and needs the “best talent America has to offer” to tackle challenges now and in years to come, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today at the University of Texas at Austin.

The best talent for tomorrow’s force can come from innovative, bright thinkers such as the young people in the audience today, Carter said.

He noted the audience included ROTC cadets — future military officers who have chosen a “consequential” career that “makes a great difference” in national and global security.

“As secretary of defense, I have the privilege of leading the finest fighting force the world has ever known,” the secretary said. “But that’s not a birthright. It’s not a guarantee. We have to earn it again and again.”

Force of the Future

Investments are needed to ensure tomorrow’s DoD force, or the “force of the future,” is as strong as the one of today, Carter said. “To make that possible, we need more talented and dedicated people like you — men and women who are committed to making creative and lasting contributions to our national defense,” he said.

The Pentagon needs to think outside its “five-sided box” to find the kind of solutions, careers, challenges and opportunities that will ensure “the very best” continue to join the Defense Department, Carter said.

A critical part of building the force of the future starts with engaging students, Carter said. It also includes improving and enhancing DoD internship programs, he added, as well as making sure the programs are more effective at transitioning promising interns into productive professionals at DoD.

“I’m proud that so many of you sitting in front of me have already made a decision to be part of this enterprise, which to me is the noblest thing you can do,” he said.

Multiple, Complex Threats

The world today is filled with complex challenges, Carter said, calling it a time of incredible change and challenge. DoD is facing challenges that include the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, North Korea firing ballistic missiles, Russia illegally annexing Crimea, China attempting to change the calculus in the South China Sea; and Iran continuing to export malign influence, he said.

The recent terrorist attacks in Brussels are an example of a horrendous act that might make young people wonder what they can do to make the world a better place, Carter said.

He told the students they can make significant contributions to the nation and the world, whether they choose a career in DoD or PURSUE other noble endeavors.

“It’s a world of opportunities, too — wonderful, bright opportunities to leave a better world for future generations,” he said.

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Face of Defense: Lieutenant Credits Navy Success to Junior ROTC Program

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Face of Defense: Lieutenant Credits Navy Success to Junior ROTC Program
03/31/2016 06:13 PM CDT

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Face of Defense: Lieutenant Credits Navy Success to Junior ROTC Program

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GREAT LAKES, Ill., March 31, 2016 — Navy Lt. Kimberly Rios made a reconnection with her past when she was promoted to lieutenant Feb. 8.

That reconnection was with her East Aurora High School Navy Junior ROTC unit and her former Navy Science instructor, retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Greg Fayfar, who was on hand to pin Rios’ lieutenant bars on her khaki shirt collar. It also allowed her to reflect how being part of Navy Junior ROTC molded and guided her to being a member of the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps.

“Being promoted felt great, but what really brought it full circle was having Chief Fayfar there,” said Rios, who spent her freshman and sophomore high school years in the East Aurora Navy Junior ROTC unit before her family moved to Oswego, which didn’t have one. “I look back and can remember Chief Fayfar’s pride in the Navy and his pride in his service. It was great. … I wanted to have that same pride and wanted to have that same experience. His love for the Navy was so contagious it just stuck with me.”

Rios said because her time with the East Aurora unit was cut short by her family’s move to Oswego, those two years really stayed with her.

Unfinished Business

“After that, I felt I had unfinished business,” she said. “My experience with the Navy wasn’t completed yet.”

Rios said aspects of the Navy Junior ROTC program can lead someone to want to pursue a career in the military.

“It’s not like the instructors ever told me to join the Navy or [said], ‘Here is what the Navy can do for you.’ It’s not like they were aggressive about trying to influence our decision about what we were going to do after high school,” she said.

Rios said the lessons she learned during her two years with the unit at East Aurora through her instructors’ Navy experiences and their pride in their service — along with the motivation they provided during physical training and drill practices, or by teaching her discipline, teamwork and dedication — were some of the reasons she kept joining the Navy as a choice after high school and college.

“It was through those lessons that I realized what the Navy was about. And it was something I wanted to be part of,” she said.

Two Cum Laude Degrees

Rios took her good grades and wide range of extra activities from Oswego East and entered Aurora University, where she graduated cum laude in 2011. She then moved to Chicago and attended the DePaul School of Law, graduating cum laude with a law degree.

After a little research and following graduation from DePaul, Rios took her law degree to a Navy recruiter and signed up. She headed to Officer Development School at Officer Training Command in Newport, Rhode Island, and received her Navy commission to ensign in 2014. Today, she is a Navy JAG lawyer working for the Navy Region Legal Service Office on Naval Station Great Lakes, helping various commands on the base with all manner of legal issues.

Her fellow JAG lawyers can see how the two years of Navy Junior ROTC at East Aurora helped to mold Rios into the newly promoted Navy lieutenant she is today.

“[The program] motivates its cadets to choose a career in public service. [It] cultivated Lieutenant Rios’s desire to serve her community as an attorney and her country as a sailor in the U. S. Navy,” said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Wooten, staff judge advocate for Naval Service Training Command.

Also, Wooten said, Navy Junior ROTC provides leadership skills that enable cadets to affect the organizations they serve. “Lieutenant Rios’s keen ability to positively influence sailors of all pay grades, from seaman to admiral, stems from her time in [Navy Junior ROTC,” He added.

Fayfar said being invited to take part in Rios’s promotion was an unbelievable honor.

“When she came into the unit, I knew she was something special,” he said. “She volunteered to be a leader in a number of activities and events. She really excelled in whatever she took on.”

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11 Mississippi Counties Added to Federal Disaster Declaration for March Floods

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11 Mississippi Counties Added to Federal Disaster Declaration for March Floods
03/31/2016 04:45 PM EDT

PEARL, Miss. – At the request of Governor Phil Bryant, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for severe storms and flooding that began March 9, 2016. Survivors in Clarke, Forrest, Greene, Jones, Marion, Panola, Perry, Quitman, Sunflower, Tunica and Wayne counties can now register with FEMA for disaster assistance through the Individual Assistance program.

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El 5 de abril es la fecha límite para inscribirse para recibir asistencia por las tormentas de diciembre y enero

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Columbia, Caldwell Parish; Homer, C laiborne Parish; and Leesville, Vernon Parish, for Louisiana Survivors

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Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Columbia, Caldwell Parish; Homer, Claiborne Parish; and Leesville, Vernon Parish, for Louisiana Survivors
03/31/2016 05:33 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. – Disaster recovery centers will open Friday, April 1, in Columbia, Caldwell Parish; Homer, Claiborne Parish; and Leesville, Vernon Parish, to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Caldwell Parish Community Center
105 Henderson St. (Corner of Henderson and Community Center Street)
Columbia, La.

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