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FAA proposes nearly $2 million fine against drone operator

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday proposed a record $1.9 million fine against an aerial photography company for flying drones in crowded New York and Chicago airspace without permission.

SkyPan International Inc. of Chicago operated 65 unauthorized flights between March 2012 and December 2014 in some of the nation’s most congested airspace, the FAA said in a statement. Continue Reading

Lawmakers Reach Initial Deal to Expand GI Education Bill

Concealed Carry on Military Facilities: Not a Simple Fix

By Andrew Cannito
Founder & President, Homeland Security Network at American Military University

There are several possible considerations that could reduce the probability of blue-on-blue situations. Perhaps, while on post, servicemembers should be required to convert to open carry, thus allowing others to know who is and is not, which might help when coordinating a response.

Military Personnel and Veterans Need to Understand the Value of Education

Combat Readied Veteran for Classroom

By Jon Krenek
The (Kankakee) Daily Journal, Kankakee, Ill.

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Can you spot Josh Carlile’s students? The Manteno Middle School science teacher’s class might be hiding in the shrubs outside in camouflage to demonstrate how animals hide themselves from predators.

The ecology lesson is just one way Carlile, 29, of Bourbonnais, can engage his students, compliments of his military service in Kuwait and Afghanistan. Continue Reading

Military Personnel and Veterans Need to Understand the Value of Education

Man Walks 350 Miles for Wounded Warrior Project

By Kevin Barlow
The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.)

EL PASO -- A 66-year-old Vietnam Army Veteran who walked more than 350 miles this summer is being credited with helping to raise more than $90,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. The money will be used to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.

Ron Stephens, a former Illinois House Representative and independent pharmacist walked one mile for every $100 that was raised by Doc's Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy, and Dale's Southlake Pharmacy in Decatur. Those funds were matched by Cardinal Health Foundation, the charitable arm for Cardinal Health, which serves as the pharmaceutical distributor for both.

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Department of the Navy plans Raleigh Hiring Conference for Veterans, Families

The Department of the Navy is giving veterans and their spouses the opportunity to be considered for jobs suited to their skill sets.

The department will host its fourth annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference on May 28-29 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown.

Despite the name, the conference is open to any veteran or military spouse seeking employment. Continue Reading

Military Personnel and Veterans Need to Understand the Value of Education