Thursday News Round-Up: Education, diversity, service define careers of sibling naval officers; Getting Stronger as a Family with The UltimateMe PALA+ Challenge; When it all comes together



Education, diversity, service define careers of sibling naval officers

Thirty-four years ago, a young student making her way through medical school on a military scholarship envisioned a career as a surgeon in private practice. Even after graduating from Texas Tech University with a naval commission and completing her residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia, she assumed she would leave the military for life in the operating room. But things turned out quite differently for Rear Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) National Capital Region (NCR) Medical Directorate, and the 11th chief of the Navy Medical Corps.


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Getting Stronger as a Family with The UltimateMe PALA+ Challenge

Congratulations to all the participants in The UltimateMe PALA+ Challenge on their three months of hard work! If you’ve already earned a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award by meeting the physical activity and nutrition requirements for six out of eight weeks of the program, way to go! If you’re still working toward a PALA+, there’s plenty of time to get it done! Summer is a great time to be active, whether it’s hiking in a nearby nature preserve or teaching your future Olympians how to do a cartwheel in your backyard. Remember that The UltimateMe PALA+ Challenge is open to your whole family, so make it a priority to get stronger together.”



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When It All Comes Together

Armed Services Blood Program blood donor centers in the U.S., Germany, Japan and the Pacific were busy collecting blood donations from the military for the military. However, on this day at two blood drives separated by 2,070 miles, family members were donating at both the Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington and the Navy Basic Training at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Everybody was doing their part, and it all just came together.


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