McMaster outlines innovation, potential risks for Force 2025, beyond

When it comes to the challenge of finding ways to innovate the Army to win in a complex world, Army leaders must be in tune with the risks and fallacies that could lead to undermining their own efforts.

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Allyn: Joint professional military education prepares Soldiers

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel B. Allyn spoke of the importance of learning and working in a joint environment during his presentations to two of the Air Force’s premier colleges, March 31.

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In Southfield, Senator Stabenow Announces Bipartisan HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today announced legislation to help people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and support those caring for a family member with this devastating illness. The Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act would provide Alzheimer’s patients and their families with much-needed information about the disease and possible treatment options. The bill creates a new care-management planning session for newly diagnosed Alzheimer’s patients under Medicare. This new benefit would encourage doctors to diagnose more patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and will give patients access to a doctor visit to understand the diagnosis, treatment options, and what medical and community services are available.
For over 25 years, Sen. Stabenow has been leading the effort to improve the way Alzheimer’s Disease is diagnosed, increase support for caregivers, and prioritize research into treatments and a cure. As a State Legislator in the 1980s, she chaired a joint committee of the House Public and Mental Health Committees on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders to improve the diagnosis, caregiver support and research of the disease. Now, Senator Stabenow is using her new role as Ranking Member of the Senate’s Finance Subcommittee on Health to champion early diagnosis and treatment options through Medicare.
‘The early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can be terrifying for individuals and their families, especially when they don’t know what’s happening and don’t have a diagnosis,’ said Senator Stabenow. ‘The HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act will give Alzheimer’s patients and their families the information and support they need to cope with this heartbreaking disease. Because of the work being done by Michigan advocates and the Alzheimer’s Association, this can be the year we have a real breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s.’
‘More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. The HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act will ensure physicians are prepared to conduct care planning with their patients facing Alzheimer’s disease. This includes knowledge of available resources provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. Support from the Alzheimer’s Association and other community resources helps families cope with the difficulties of providing care for someone with this devastating disease. Without an effective treatment, care planning is essential. Care planning can help families faced with Alzheimer’s to be prepared, allowing for better decision making, medical care and future planning,’ states Jennifer Lepard, President/CEO, Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Michigan Chapter.
Fewer than half of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s say they were told the diagnosis, according to a just-released 2015 Alzheimer’s Association report. In contrast, more than 90 percent of people with the four most common cancers (breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate) say they were told their diagnosis. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $226 billion in 2015 according to the new report.
Over the years, studies have shown that providing patients and families with a full range of information and support results in better outcomes for those living with Alzheimer’s, including higher quality of care, increased use of needed community services, reduced patient behavioral and psychiatric symptoms, and reduced caregiver stress and depression.

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Passes Critical Milestone

NASA’s groundbreaking science mission to retrieve a sample from an ancient space rock has moved closer to fruition. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has passed a critical milestone in its path towards launch and is officially authorized to transition into its next phase.

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Senator Stabenow Announces Support for Two Northern Michigan Community Projects

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for the Gladwin County District Library and Hayes Township’s community kitchen. This funding comes through the USDA’s Rural Development Community Facility Grant program, which funds critical infrastructure in rural communities across the country. ‘The Gladwin Library and Hayes Township community kitchen are important resources for families in these communities,’ said Stabenow. ‘Today’s announcement is one example of the role that rural development plays in helping rural communities create economic development and maintain the quality of life across Michigan.’ The Gladwin County District Library will receive $22,500 to purchase new equipment and furnishings for their children’s learning area. Hayes Township in Clare County will receive $37,500 to buy equipment for their new community kitchen. Senator Stabenow is Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which oversees the USDA and its Rural Development program.

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Senator Stabenow Announces Support for Northern Michigan Police to Buy New Police Vehicles

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for the Clare and Standish Police Departments and Gladwin County Sheriff’s Office. This funding comes through the USDA’s Rural Development Economic Impact Initiative Grant and Community Facility Grant programs, which fund critical infrastructure in rural communities across the country. The funds will be used to help the communities purchase three new police vehicles. ‘Police officers have to cover many miles to protect our families, homes, and communities,’ said Stabenow. ‘These new police cars for Clare, Standish and Gladwin County will help make sure there is always someone there to quickly respond in an emergency.’ Clare will receive $15,750 and Standish will receive $20,250 in Economic Impact Initiative Grants. Gladwin County will receive $9,000 from the Community Facility Grant program. Senator Stabenow is Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which oversees the USDA and its Rural Development program.

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Commander: Outfoxing wily, evil foe tall order

The enemy can adapt more readily than we can,” and a reason they can do so is “they’re native to ambiguous environments,” said Lt. Gen. Bob Brown, commander of the Combined Arms Center, as he addressed 300 ROTC and U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., cadets on Fort Leavenworth, Kan., March 31.

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Colloquium 2015: Majors offer thoughts on Army Operating Concept

The Army Operating Concept assumes a relatively small all-volunteer force will be up to the task of facing a large, well-equipped foe, said Maj. Thomas Root during Colloquium 2015 on Fort Leavenworth, Kan., March 31.

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Cadet asks general Via how Army supports minorities

How does the Army provide support to minorities against the backdrop of a good old boys’ network, a cadet asked Gen. Dennis L. Via during the George C. Marshall Awards and Leadership Seminar on Fort Leavenworth, Kan., March 30.

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