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Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards

Pentagon chief considers easing of enlistment standards

Monday, March 30, 2015
Saying the military needs to do more to compete with corporate America for quality recruits, Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened the door Monday to relaxing some enlistment standards — particularly for high-tech or cyber security jobs.
 
Donated aquariums help vets de-stress
CAPITAL REGION

Donated aquariums help vets de-stress

Monday, March 9, 2015
A new effort by the Capital District Marine Aquarists Society aims to expose more military veterans to aquariums and fish care, since finding ways to unwind is among the issues vets face — along with reconnecting with their families after deployments. Some have made that connection through tropical fish.
 
Benét Laboratories’ 120mm cannon set for test-firing this month
WATERVLIET

Benét Laboratories’ 120mm cannon set for test-firing this month

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Test firing is slated to begin within the next several weeks on an extended range 120mm mortar ballistic test cannon designed by the U.S. Army’s Benét Laboratories.
 
Niskayuna student in line for commission
NISKAYUNA

Niskayuna student in line for commission

Monday, March 2, 2015

Faye Dohring is living proof that those who don’t succeed should keep on trying.
 
Rescued pit bulls fight stigma by guiding people in need
LOS ANGELES

Rescued pit bulls fight stigma by guiding people in need

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
When former Marine Joe Bonfiglio starts thrashing in his sleep, his pit bull service dog jumps on the bed, climbs on top of him and wakes him up to end the flashback.
 
Planes to stay at Stratton air base
GLENVILLE

Planes to stay at Stratton air base

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
The Stratton Air National Guard Base in Glenville will be holding on to two C-130 aircraft that had been scheduled for relocation, according to lawmakers.
 
GLENVILLE

Two 109th Airlift members named Airmen of Year

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
Two 109th Airlift Wing airmen were among six New York Air National Guard members recognized as Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2015.
 
Center aids veterans in launching companies
BALLSTON SPA

Center aids veterans in launching companies

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
The Veterans Business Outreach Center in Albany helps veterans with all aspects of starting a business, free of charge.
 
ALBANY

Coast Guard cutter clears ice from Hudson River

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
The Coast Guard cutter Thunder Bay is breaking ice along the Hudson River to keep shipping channels open between Kingston and Albany for barges carrying heating oil and road salt.
 

Final care packages going out to troops as deployments end

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
During his third tour in Iraq, U.S. Army Sgt. Eugenio Amador received much-needed morale boosts in the form of care packages sent by America’s Moms for Soldiers.
 
GUILDERLAND

Guilderland Marine veteran died of natural causes

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Police say a former Marine found dead the same day The Associated Press featured the combat veteran in a story highlighting his struggles with post-traumatic stress died of natural causes.
 
WATERVLIET

Workshop for returning veterans interested in business

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
A five-day workshop for veterans interested in starting, buying or growing a business will be held in the Albany area.
 
Rexford man's memories of Battle of Bulge still fresh
REXFORD

Rexford man's memories of Battle of Bulge still fresh

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
The morning of Jan. 7, 1945, John Ericson lay in the snow in Belgium, wearing only a field jacket to protect him from the frigid temperatures after taking a chunk of shrapnel to the chest.
 
Love letter sends Wilton man on quest to learn more about mom’s hidden past
WILTON

Love letter sends Wilton man on quest to learn more about mom’s hidden past

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
On her 80th birthday, Helen O’Conor pulled an old letter from her dresser drawer and asked her son, Ray O’Conor, to read it to her. She had read it in private every year on her birthday for the past 60 years, but her eyes were failing and she could no longer make out the words.
 
Local veteran featured in article found dead
GUILDERLAND

Local veteran featured in article found dead

Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
A New York man featured in an Associated Press account of veterans coping with trauma through songwriting was found dead on Sunday, the same day the story was published.
 
 

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