Archive for June, 2013

U.S. Pledges To Respond To Latest Surveillance Revelations

June 30, 2013

Washington says it will respond to fresh allegations about U.S. surveillance programs. The statement from the national intelligence director’s office came after a report that the United States had installed listening devices in European Union offices. The article appeared in “Der Spiegel” on June 30. U.S. PRESIDENT SAYS ‘No Wheeling And Dealing’ For Snowden The German news weekly cited classified U.S. documents allegedly taken by the fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor …click to read more…

Croatia Officially Joins European Union

June 30, 2013

Croatia has officially joined the European Union, becoming the bloc’s 28th member at midnight. Thousands of people, including EU officials, gathered in central Zagreb to count down the final moments. Croatia joins the EU more than two decades after splitting from the former Yugoslavia and after six years of tough membership negotiations. FEATURE: The Long Road To Brussels After Croatia “Dear friends, welcome to the European Union,” EU Commission President …click to read more…

Jake’s Fireworks Announces Official Grand Opening Of World… 

June 30, 2013

PITTSBURG, Kans. (PRWEB) July 01, 2013 Monday, July 1 World Class Fireworks, known locally as Jake’s Fireworks, will officially open its new 500,000 square foot facility in the Pittsburg, Kansas Industrial Park. Three generations of the Marietta Family will be on hand to celebrate this special occasion. Grandma Helen Marietta, who recently passed, started the company in 1938 when she opened a small fireworks stand on the side of the …click to read more…

Smart Snacks in School: New USDA Standards Aim to Ensure Healthy School Foods

June 30, 2013

“Many parents are working hard every day to make sure they provide healthy, balanced meals and snacks to their kids. Unfortunately, we don’t always have control over the snacks our kids have access to when they’re away from home. That’s why, as a mom myself, I am so excited that schools will now be offering healthier choices to students and reinforcing the work we do at home to help our …click to read more…

DOD Helps Military Families Avoid Money Scams

June 30, 2013

By Terri Moon CronkAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 1, 2013 – While dodging financial scams seem to have become a part of life, Defense Department officials have measures to protect the military community from such circumstances, a senior Pentagon official said in a recent interview. Scamming incidents in the military parallel those in the civilian community, Barbara Thompson, director of the Defense Department’s office of family policy, children and …click to read more…

DOD at Work on New Cyber Strategy, Senior Military Advisor Says

June 30, 2013

By Cheryl PellerinAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 1, 2013 – The Defense Department released its first strategy for operating in cyberspace two years ago this month, and officials are at work on the next version, the senior military advisor for cyber to the undersecretary of defense for policy said in Baltimore last week. Air Force Tech Sgt. Kevin Garner and Air Force Senior Airman David Solnok, cyber transport technicians …click to read more…

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Wildfire in Arizona

June 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2013- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the wildfire in Arizona: “Today, Americans mourn the tragic loss of 19 firefighters who lost their lives on the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of these firefighters, and with the community of Yarnell at a very difficult time. Every day, thousands of brave Americans step …click to read more…

Hagel Notes 40th Anniversary of All-volunteer Force

June 30, 2013

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, July 1, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today issued a message to the men and women of the Defense Department to mark the 40th anniversary of the nation’s all-volunteer force. Here is the text of the secretary’s message: Forty years ago today, the Department of Defense implemented one of the most consequential and far-reaching changes in the history of America’s armed forces with the …click to read more…

Statement by Secretary Hagel on the 40th Anniversary of the All-Volunteer Force

June 30, 2013

            Forty years ago today, the Department of Defense implemented one of the most consequential and far-reaching changes in the history of America’s armed forces with the establishment of the all-volunteer force.              In commemorating the birth of our modern military, we recognize and thank the millions of men and women and their families who have served our country — on active duty, in the reserves, and in the National …click to read more…

Face of Defense: Twins Complete Long-awaited Re-enlistment

June 30, 2013

By Samuel King Jr.Eglin Air Force Base EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., July 1, 2013 – Air Force Master Sgt. Antone Scott always had wanted his identical twin brother to be a part of one of his re-enlistment ceremonies, but for 10 years, timing and location kept them apart. Navy Lt. Cdr. Anthony Scott stands with his twin brother, Air Force Master Sgt. Antone Scott, after administering the oath of …click to read more…