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Looking For Future Leaders In Technology

Mar 10, 2017

Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base put on an impressive show of skill and threw in a bit of fun for some 1200 school students who visited the base this month to check out military careers linked to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Never before in our nation’s history have we depended more on technology and the application of technology to win – not only in the air – but in space and in cyber space,” said MacDill Commander Col. April Vogel. “You know our mission is to fly, fight and win. So, we need to create people who can do that. And there are some amazing young minds here today which is why this is so special.”

Sharilyn Wells knows what it's like to wait for a spouse returning from a deployment.

"Being a military brat myself, being in the Army, and being a military spouse, I know that there are a lot of hardships that military families endure," said Wells, 32.

Instagram: @sharilynwellsphoto

Army Infantry soldier Patrica King began transitioning from male to female more than a year ago.
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New rules detail how military leaders must treat transgender service members. It's the latest step in the Pentagon's effort to integrate transgender people into the armed forces.

Three members of the Owen family - Chandler, Emily, and Joshua - take a homeschool 'field trip' to Sunnyside Beach, Wash.
Patricia Murphy / American Homefront

Homeschooling is becoming more common, and studies suggest that military parents are more likely to homeschool their kids.

Michael Bullers at his new home in El Monte, Calif. Prior to moving in, Bullers had been homeless since being kicked out the Navy for drug use in 1993.
John Ismay / American Homefront

Service members with Other-Than-Honorable discharges receive no veterans benefits and are much more likely to become homeless. But the military has no consistent standards about who gets a dreaded "OTH."

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Nearly 83,000 U.S. service members are still listed as missing in action from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and other conflicts. Many of their families still hope their remains will be identified and returned home.

Master Sergeant Raheem Ramsey started vaping six months after he stopped smoking cigarettes.
Patricia Murphy / American Homefront

The Army's first ever "Health of the Force" report found that about a third of all soldiers use tobacco, and many have other health issues that affect their performance.

Bill Radke speaks with KUOW military affairs reporter Patricia Murphy about the federal government taking back some surplus military equipment, but all they want from Washington state are its bayonets. 

There are signs that transgender people could serve openly in the United States military within the next year.
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WUNC's Frank Stasio talks with KUOW military reporter Patricia Murphy about the ongoing Pentagon effort to accommodate transgender service members.


Capt. Jennifer Peace walks into the room, a tall, thin woman in crisp uniform, with minimal makeup and trim brown hair.

But when soldiers call her ma’am, she has orders to correct them. They must call her sir.

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