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For women in military combat, new armor is matter of life and death

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WASHINGTON — For Air Force Maj. Julie Roloson, new body armor being fielded specifically for women is more than a matter of fit and weight. It could be life or death.

Roloson, 34, commands the 88th Security Forces Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and says the new vest, tailored to fit women and lighter than men’s versions, gives her a better chance to fight and shoot.

Fighting and shooting. Basic requirements for combat jobs, all of which the Pentagon opened to women five years ago. From helmets to accommodate a hair bun to maternity flight suits, gear designed for women is being developed and issued, changing the way the previously one-male-size-fits-all military outfits troops.

“So when you’re shooting the M-4, you need to have the butt of the weapon in a really pretty specific spot on your shoulder to ensure good stability,” Roloson said. “And that was always

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Biden campaign sees opportunity in military women, spouses, people of color

Mariel Padilla, The 19th
Published 4:13 a.m. MT Oct. 3, 2020

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Nearly 500 retired generals, admirals and senior civilian national security officials endorse Joe Biden and blast President Donald Trump.

USA TODAY

This story was published in partnership with The 19th, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy.

As the military’s support of President Donald Trump declines, according to recent polls, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign is working to woo both veterans and the families of active military members by capitalizing on media reports of Trump’s comments about the military, as well as the support of a high-profile military spouse. 

Given the increased diversity of the military — which has been going up for decades even as the total veteran population declines — talking to women and voters of color are key to the Biden campaign’s strategy. 

Rory Brosius, an advisor to the Biden campaign

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Walters Wedding Estates Honors Military Couples with Wedding Giveaway

“It started with a friend request …” Some of the best love stories begin in the most unsuspecting ways, and Walters Wedding Estates can attest to hosting many unions that began just like that — online. Or in line at Target. Or in Okinawa while on military leave. You get the idea. Today, Walters Wedding Estates cordially invites you to learn the stories of 20 military families to be honored for their service after being nominated for the estates’ first-ever Weddings for Warriors giveaway.

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World War II love story inspires Wedding Giveaway for 20 Military Couples (Photo: Business Wire)

Approximately 175 military couples were nominated for the special giveaway created for military couples planning to tie the knot or renew their vows. “We honor the brave men and women who serve our country, and this is our way of

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Developing a model to predict how artillery blast exposures affect the brains of military personnel

University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers are partnering with the U.S. Navy and National Institutes of Health to develop a model predicting how regular exposure to artillery blasts affects the brains of military personnel.

The military could use this model to determine which groups of service members are at greatest risk from repeated exposure and develop plans to reduce their risk of potential adverse health effects over their career. A three-year, $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense will help support this research.

The risk model will build on an earlier collaborative study between UVA researcher James Stone, MD, PhD; Capt. Stephen Ahlers (retired), PhD, of the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center; the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; and the NIH. The study found that military personnel working as “breachers” – specialists who use explosives to enter buildings

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