Deployed MN National Guard finance Soldiers take care of troops
Aug. 23, 2019 - While Americans volunteer to serve in the Armed Forces for a variety of reasons, none of them do it for free. Twenty-five Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers of the 247th Financial Management Support Detachment support troops down range at the Camp Arifjan finance office.
New EagleCash consolidates DoD’s stored-value cards
Aug. 20, 2019 - In a quest to bring the Department of Defense’s three separate stored-value cards into one, representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps journeyed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to plan their way forward with the U.S. Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service earlier this month. During their most recent meeting, the stakeholders laid out a plan for deployment, including releasing the cards to initial training sites later this calendar year and issuing them to deployers in first part of 2020. Software and hardware capable of handling both the current cards and the new EagleCash will be deployed around the globe this fall.
New chief of staff: Taking care of people key to winning the fight
Aug. 9, 2019 - Gen. James McConville smiled as he reminisced of when he was chosen to lead the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), before he became its longest-serving commander. It was the same week in 2011 he commissioned his eldest son into the Army after he graduated as an ROTC cadet from Boston College.
110 years ago, the U.S. military got its first airplane
Aug. 1, 2019 - The Wright brothers developed their first successful powered airplane in 1903, and it didn’t take long for the U.S. military to know it wanted in on the action. A few years later, that became reality. Here’s the story of the military’s first airplane.