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Making the Tough Calls

January 18, 2013, 7:00AM

 Major Clarence K. Kenney, of the 130th Force Support Squadron, processes information through the emergency operation center during an operational readiness exercise at the Mississippi Air National Guard's Combat Readiness Training Center Gulfport. U.S. Air Force Photo by Technical Sergeant Bryan G. Stevens Major Clarence K. Kenney, of the 130th Force Support Squadron, processes information through the emergency operation center during an operational readiness exercise at the Mississippi Air National Guard's Combat Readiness Training Center Gulfport. U.S. Air Force Photo by Technical Sergeant Bryan G. Stevens

Hornet Taking Flight

January 17, 2013, 8:22AM

An F/A-18 Hornet launches Thursday from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. The Truman is under way conducting composite training unit exercise in preparation for its upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Christopher A. MorrisonAn F/A-18 Hornet launches Thursday from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. The Truman is under way conducting composite training unit exercise in preparation for its upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Christopher A. Morrison

Painting of Pat Tillman.Painting of Pat Tillman.The Pat Tillman Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2013 class of Tillman Military Scholars.

The program, in its fifth year, will offer scholarships to 60 active-duty troops, veterans or their spouses. Candidates have until February 15 to submit their applications.

Scholarships are available to those pursuing degrees at four-year institutions in the United States. Though actual awards are based on the individual needs of the students, last year Tillman Scholars received an average of $11,000 per year.

Receiving a Tillman Military Scholarship also affords a student entry into the Tillman Community, an online and in-person networking group that includes the 230 students awarded scholarships since the program launched in 2009.

Pat Tillman gave up a promising professional football career to join the Army in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Following his death in Afghanistan in 2004, his friends and family created the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Taking Off Over Osan

January 16, 2013, 8:01AM

An F-16 launches from Osan Air Base in South Korea on Tuesday during the operational readiness exercise Beverley Midnight. This exercise will test the base's ability to defend and execute the mission in a heightened state of readiness. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Emerson NunezAn F-16 launches from Osan Air Base in South Korea on Tuesday during the operational readiness exercise Beverley Midnight. This exercise will test the base's ability to defend and execute the mission in a heightened state of readiness. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Emerson Nunez

Counter-IED Training in Afghanistan

January 15, 2013, 7:51AM

A coalition member speaks to Afghan National Army soldiers, Afghan National Police and Afghan Local Police waiting to receive certificates of completion Monday after four days of counter-improvised explosive device training in Farah province. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete ThibodeauA coalition member speaks to Afghan National Army soldiers, Afghan National Police and Afghan Local Police waiting to receive certificates of completion Monday after four days of counter-improvised explosive device training in Farah province. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau

A rehearsal of Capitol proportions

January 14, 2013, 8:57AM

Members of the U.S. Navy honor guard stand in formation early Sunday morning in front of the U.S. Capitol prior to the start of the DOD dress rehearsal for the presidential inauguration. DOD photo by Staff Sgt. Wesley Farnsworth Members of the U.S. Navy honor guard stand in formation early Sunday morning in front of the U.S. Capitol prior to the start of the DOD dress rehearsal for the presidential inauguration. DOD photo by Staff Sgt. Wesley Farnsworth