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The Fleet Reserve Association today announced that it has established scholarships for the children of enlisted Navy medics. The Colonel Hazel Elizabeth Benn Scholarship Fund provides a $2,000 scholarship “to an unmarried, dependent child of those who have served or are now serving” in the Navy “as enlisted medical personnel with the U.S. Marine Corps. ” The Benn Scholarship is available to “qualified applicants” entering their freshman or sophomore year of college. The Benn Scholarship is open to all such children regardless of their parents’ affiliation with FRA, according to a press release. Other FRA Education Foundation scholarships are available…

With the end of the ban on gays serving openly last year, sailors have been coming forward about their sexual identity in ways large and small to their shipmates. Now, deployed soldiers — and one sailor — at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan have filmed a message that it’s OK to be gay. “It’s hard being different when you’re young and even when you’re old,” says Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Erin Jones in the video posted Friday. “But it won’t get better until you accept yourself for who you are.” The video — uploaded to YouTube by the account intheNarmynow…

A Navy lawyer has been helping mentor five young Afghan law students from Balkh University while preparing to take part in the prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Lt. Megan Romigh and Department of State Foreign Service Officer Jeff Arnold joined a USAID team that provided “support and mentoring” to the team in late 2011, according to Arnold. “I’m a New Yorker,” Romigh says on the tape. “I lived in Manhattan on 9/11. So it was very important for me to come here and especially with this team in particular, to actually work so closely with these Afghan…

More than 90,000 sailors have served in individual augmentee assignments — largely in Iraq, Afghanistan and environs — and Tuesday, Fleet Forces Command launched a web site honoring those who’ve “performed above and beyond the call of duty.” The site pays tribute to the 1,416 IAs awarded the Bronze Star, the 10 given the Bronze Star with Combat “V” device, the 48 awarded Purple Hearts, the one sailor awarded the Silver Star and the 14 killed in the line of duty as of Aug. 9. The page also lists the totals, but not the IA recipients, for every meritorious service…

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