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Friday, 02 February 2018
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- Friday, 02 February 2018

- Did you know:

- GOP leaders don't expect another government shutdown, even without a full budget plan.
- International Criminal Court judges consider Afghanistan war crimes inquiry.
- US says Syria making new chemical weapons despite 2013 deal.
- Russia says it won’t stop tailing US aircraft following 'unsafe' maneuver.
- Chinese military wants more nukes to counter US stockpile.
- DoD launches comprehensive review of cell phone security.
- Here’s how Ellen Lord grades the Pentagon’s most expensive programs.
- Pentagon ‘can't afford the sustainment costs‘ on F-35, Lord says.
- Qatar upgrading facilities for US families at Al Udeid.
- Soldier of the Year’s suicide-prevention app logs more than 2,600 connections.
- Marine commandant opens up about controversial tattoo policy.
- Navy: 17 sailors disciplined for Fitzgerald and McCain collisions.
- 13 hypoxia-like events in one week led to T-6 fleet grounding.
- First female commander to take helm at Ohio National Guard air base.
- Wisconsin expected to set up ‘Green Alerts’ for missing at-risk veterans.
- Senate approves VA doctors working in outside hospitals.
- VA reveals hundreds of additional firings following Trump’s State of the Union.
- Director of Veterans Hospital accused of manipulating ratings is replaced.
- Studies show shortfalls in Veterans’ mental health care needs.
- Veterans aren’t always getting mental care they urgently need, report finds.
- Congress must act to bring civil legal aid to every homeless and struggling Veteran who needs it in 2018.
- Why swearing is f**king good for you.
- Veteran of the Day – Alan Sherbaro.



Did you know:

VA Dietitian Offers Five Super Bowl Party Eating Tips: The Super Bowl is almost here, but what does the big game mean for our health? We can’t let a single event derail our healthy eating habits and lifestyle of the new year, but we can still enjoy ourselves. Luckily, it is possible to have a good time and stay on track to achieve our health goals.


Military Times GOP leaders don't expect another government shutdown, even without a full budget plan. Republican congressional leaders on Thursday said they are confident the federal government won’t shut down again next week even though a full-year budget deal won’t be completed by Feb. 8.

BBC International Criminal Court judges consider Afghanistan war crimes inquiry. Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) are deciding whether to authorize an official war crimes inquiry into events in Afghanistan. They are due to begin examining written submissions from victims in Afghanistan about whom and what any potential investigation should focus on.

The Associated Press US says Syria making new chemical weapons despite 2013 deal. The Trump administration on Thursday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government of producing and using “new kinds of weapons” to deliver deadly chemicals despite committing to abolish its program in 2013, and said the world must find a way to stop it.

Stars and Stripes Russia says it won’t stop tailing US aircraft following 'unsafe' maneuver. Russia’s defense ministry said Thursday that it would continue to tail U.S. aircraft flying near its territory over the Black Sea and suggested the Navy give its pilots updated maps showing the Crimean Peninsula within Russian borders.

Stars and Stripes Chinese military wants more nukes to counter US stockpile. China’s military is calling for the expansion of the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile to counter what it sees as similar growth by the United States, media reports said.

Military Times DoD launches comprehensive review of cell phone security. A comprehensive review of how the Department of Defense uses GPS-enabled technology is underway, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday.

Defense News Here’s how Ellen Lord grades the Pentagon’s most expensive programs. As the Office of the Secretary of Defense gives more control of major defense programs back to the individual services, the Pentagon’s final acquisition, technology and logistics head has created a new system to maintain oversight and track how programs are performing.

Defense News Pentagon ‘can't afford the sustainment costs‘ on F-35, Lord says. The Pentagon is preparing new ways to drive costs down on the F-35 sustainment.

Stars and Stripes Qatar upgrading facilities for US families at Al Udeid. Qatar wants to make Al Udeid Air Base more family friendly for U.S. forces in the hopes that the strategic military hub will be counted as one of the Pentagon’s permanent overseas installations.

Army Times: Soldier of the Year’s suicide-prevention app logs more than 2,600 connections. An app that links struggling troops and veterans with people who can help them has been used more than 2,600 times. The Objective Zero Foundation connects members of the military community with ambassadors — people trained to assist someone with depression or suicidal thoughts — and with resources that provide help.

Military.com Marine commandant opens up about controversial tattoo policy. It's a fact of life: Marines love their tattoos. And despite updates to regulations in 2016 that clarified rules and gave troops slightly more flexibility on where they can put their ink, some still complain that the Corps is too restrictive, keeping out some potential recruits and resulting in denied reenlistment for others.

Navy Times Navy: 17 sailors disciplined for Fitzgerald and McCain collisions. Seventeen sailors from the destroyers Fitzgerald and John S. McCain have received nonjudicial punishment for their roles in last summer’s West Pacific collisions that killed 17 sailors, officials confirmed Thursday.

Air Force Times 13 hypoxia-like events in one week led to T-6 fleet grounding. The 19th Air Force’s fleet of T-6 trainers were grounded after 13 unexplained events, such as hypoxia, in a single week, Air Education and Training Command said Thursday.

Stars & Stripes First female commander to take helm at Ohio National Guard air base. The first female commander of an Ohio National Guard air base in the state is scheduled to assume command of the base in northern Ohio in a change-of-command ceremony.

Washington Post Wisconsin expected to set up ‘Green Alerts’ for missing at-risk veterans. Wisconsin is expected to become the first state to set up a “Green Alert” system to help families and law enforcement officials locate missing at-risk veterans.

CBS News (AP): Senate approves VA doctors working in outside hospitals. The New Hampshire Senate has passed legislation allowing physicians from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center to continue treating patients at outside facilities while the flood-damaged VA hospital is being renovated. Other hospitals agreed to let VA providers use their facilities after a burst pipe in July caused severe flooding at the VA hospital in Manchester. But under New Hampshire licensing rules, doctors with out-of-state medical licenses can only practice at the VA hospital.

Mililtary Times: VA reveals hundreds of additional firings following Trump’s State of the Union. Veterans Affairs revealed on Wednesday several hundred employee firings that had not been publicly reported. The revised tally matches comments made by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address. Trump said more than 1,500 VA employees had been fired since he signed new accountability legislation last summer.

New York Times Director of Veterans Hospital accused of manipulating ratings is replaced. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Thursday it would replace the director of its medical center in Roseburg, Ore., Douglas Paxton. He had come under fire in recent weeks for limiting the number of patients the center admitted in an effort to improve its dismal performance rating, according to doctors at the hospital.

Army Times: Studies show shortfalls in Veterans’ mental health care needs. New research on veterans health out this week suggests that many recently separated servicemembers aren’t getting the mental health care they need. The findings from a pair of separate studies amplify concerns from advocates that available resources from the Department of Veterans Affairs aren’t sufficient to help veterans overcome lingering problems from their time in the military and move ahead to successful civilian lives.

CNN: Veterans aren’t always getting mental care they urgently need, report finds. Thomas Burke Jr., a Marine who returned from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq to attend Yale Divinity School, has also done three tours in the Veterans Health Administration for mental health care and says he's experienced mixed results.

FOX News (Opinion, Video): Congress must act to bring civil legal aid to every homeless and struggling Veteran who needs it in 2018. President Trump recently signed an executive order designed to ease military service members’ transition to civilian life, including automatic enrollment to receive Department of Veterans Affairs medical and mental health care. While the executive branch figures out how to implement this plan, another opportunity to help veterans is lying dormant in Congress, awaiting a vote.

Military Times Why swearing is f**king good for you. Humans aren’t the only primates who can curse, but we’re really good at it, as anyone in the military might know.

Dept of Veterans Affairs Veteran of the Day – Alan Sherbaro. Army Veteran Alan Sherbaro. Alan served for 15 years on active duty, in the reserves and with the National Guard. Alan served as a mechanic, drill sergeant and was a special forces non-commissioned officer. He served with the 3rd Special Forces group for one tour in Iraq. Alan also completed Army Airborne School. He was part of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School team that won the 2006 All Army Combative tournament in 2006.

Today, Alan owns a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school called Tier 1 in McKinney, Texas. Along with actively competing in competitions, he works with the We Defy foundation which strives to reduce military Veteran suicide. Thank you for your service, Alan!

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