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NDAA highlights; servicemembers quality of life, their families and end strength

For those interested in understanding more about our military spending, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is probably the most significant piece of legislation Congress tackles each year. The NDAA authorizes funding levels and provides authorities for the U.S. military and other critical defense priorities. It is currently separated into seven divisions including: (1) Division …

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How military thinking can help us navigate the holidays

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is a national organization looking to engage military members and veterans who are in practice as public relations professionals.  I had the opportunity to help with this effort through a moderated panel presentation at their virtual national conference. What struck me was the organizations and associations’ ability to …

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U.S. Army Veteran Kovacs Says Military Skills Help Him Create PPE

Chaz Kovacs is a U.S. Army Veteran and the Director of Operations at US POWER AZ PPE’s (POWER PPE) Mesa manufacturing plant. The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provider began production on its POWER3 Smart Masks and accompanying POWER3 Filter inserts in August 2020. Since then, Kovacs has been working diligently to provide high-quality, U.S.-made PPE …

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During COVID-19, U.S. Army Nurse Credits Her Military Training To Help Her Pivot

The Arizona State University (ASU) Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation is a national leader in simulation resources.  The Grace Center provides simulation and clinical lab experiences for pre-licensure, post-baccalaureate, and doctoral nurse practitioner programs. Fifty percent of pre-licensure nurse clinical learning at ASU is done in simulated environments that help prepare students for …

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When It Comes to COVID, Let’s Be Battle Ready Not Battle Weary

When not deployed, service members and their units undergo traditional training to prepare for military duties. During this phase, servicemembers go through routine training and medical evaluations that maintain their personal and team readiness level. They also take time to think about what enemies may be lurking around the corner.  Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster …

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