Air Force Col. Nick Hague, a NASA flight engineer, savored the moments his spacecraft moved further away from Earth and closer to the edge of darkness in space.
The March launch was Hague’s second chance to make it to the orbiting laboratory known as the International Space Station (ISS) after a rocket booster failure minutes after an Oct. 11 launch led to a mission abort.
He was thrilled to arrive and spent time in the observatory dome, gazing down at Earth.
“That’s our window to the world,” Hague said from the ISS in a special April 17 interview with Military Officer magazine. “It faces the Earth so we can go down there. Sixteen times a day I can watch the sun rise and the sun set and look down to see just how marvelous a planet we live on.”
Hague shared how the Air Force prepared him for space exploration, how he drew from his training as a test pilot during the aborted launch, and how he hopes to influence other military members.
In between sets of shuttle sprints and kettlebell swings, some of the Army’s most elite physical warriors share their tales of service, stemming from their time in the cockpits of Black Hawks, or in research laboratories.
Swapping such stories – especially with fellow fitness enthusiasts during fitness competitions – is the Army’s latest effort to showcase how military members are able to participate in their hobbies while meeting military obligations. Officials hope the personal stories from members of the new U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Team will inspire young men and women to become the next generation of officers and soldiers.
“I think this team uses the fitness environment to connect what the Army is really like and what soldiers are really like,” said 1st Sgt. Glenn Grabs, a certified functional fitness coach who is leading development of the Army team.
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Second lady Karen Pence calls military spouses the backbone of military readiness. Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence and mother of a Marine Corps pilot, spent 25 years as an elementary school teacher before becoming the first lady of Indiana in 2013. As second lady of the United States, she works to raise awareness and educate the public about the mental health profession of art therapy, as well as to educate and elevate military families.
Pence says she has never pretended to know what issues are important to military spouses. Instead, she stepped into her role and took off on a tour of military installations to find out from the source what issues are important to spouses that her office could take on. Pence sat down with Military Officer magazine recently to discuss how she believes she can work to assist spouses.
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A public notification system could be implemented to locate distressed veterans when they go missing under legislation proposed by federal lawmakers and a MOAA member who say the alert could combat suicide by connecting veterans to care.
The bipartisan measure, which was introduced March 21 by Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), would establish a federal commission to develop best practices and provide technical assistance to states to implement the Green Alert system. Members of the commission would be appointed by the president.
Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, USA (Ret), a MOAA member, has worked with Hassan to push the legislation.
“I've commanded units where servicemembers have committed suicide. That's one of the most tragic things that can happen inside a military organization,” Bolduc said. “Once they became veterans, if things haven't progressed, we have that potential behavior now transferred to the civilian population.
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