Top Blog Posts on DoDLive in 2010

Listed below are the 10 most popular posts according to the number of visitors to in 2010. Read the top 10 stories viewed on in 2010. You can also view the top 10 videos featured on Armed with Science.

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle in the encapsulation cell at the Astrotech facility in Titusville, Fla. The X-37B is the U.S.'s newest and most advanced unmanned re-entry spacecraft. (Courtesy photo)

10. Air Force Bloggers Roundtable: Air Force set to launch first X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. In April 2010, Mr. Gary Payton, Air Force Deputy Under Secretary for Space Programs, and Lt. Col. Erik Bowman, 45th Launch Support Squadron commander, Patrick AFB, Fla. hosted a media teleconference on the first launch of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle provided a flexible space test platform to conduct various experiments and allow satellite sensors, subsystems, components and associated technology to be efficiently transported to and from the space environment. The X-37B is the first vehicle since NASA’s Shuttle Orbiter with the ability to return experiments to Earth for further inspection and analysis. Read the fact sheet.

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Robert F. Hale, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer. DoD photo.

9. Defense Budget: Reflection of our Mission. In February 2010, Robert F. Hale, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer provided a blog post for in reference to the budget request for the Department of Defense for Fiscal Year 2011. Read the blog post.

JTF-Haiti aggressively and effectively used social media platforms, such as Facebook, to convey messages and visual images to its audience on a daily basis, often in near real time. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Adam Hallmark/11th PAD.

8. The Power of Information. In May 2010, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Simeon Trombitas, serving, at the time, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as the commander of Joint Task Force-Haiti, and commander of United States Army South in San Antonio, Texas, provided a blog post about the “the Power of Information” and its impact in the first hours after the earthquake in Haiti.

The power of the information age became very evident in the first hours after the earthquake in Haiti. Within minutes, the entire world was able to see images and stories of the devastation that hit Haiti on Jan. 12.

As a result of this timely information, organizations around the world converged in Haiti to provide any amount of assistance they could offer as part of the international humanitarian relief effort. With our technological advances and platforms to project stories and images, it was possible for everyone to be a communicator and send information to the masses within seconds. Read the blog post.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Neil Jones. Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Tony Campbell.

7. Dangerous Jobs: Airman Discusses “the Greatest Job in the Military.” In May 2010, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Neil Jones, the Flight Chief of the 39 Civil Engineer Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, based at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, provided a blog post about his job in the military.

In his post he reflected on his experience in explosive ordnance disposal field for the past 15 years. Additionally, he reflected on advice from his father who told him to try to find a job that he loved, and it would never feel like work. Read the blog post.

6. ‘Twas a Night in December. In December 2010, Defense Media Activity’s Emerging Media Directorate launched a special video project. Servicemembers from more than 40 commands, based around the world, combined their creative talents and contributed countless hours of work to help us pull this project off. The web video, ‘Twas a Night in December, featured country music artist Toby Keith and members of the United States military. The entire story and the listing of commands that assisted with and participated in this project can be found in the blog post.
5. MyCAA, My Spouse Career Advancement Program will Resume. In March 2010, the Department of Defense announced that the spouse employment program, My Spouse Career Advancement Account program or MyCAA, would resume. Read the blog post.
4. DoD Adopts New Non-Chargeable Leave Policy. In March 2010, the Department of Defense adopted a new policy that would give some servicemembers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan as many as 15 days of administrative absence (Non-Chargeable Rest and Recuperation Leave). Read the blog post.
3. DoD Childcare Fees will Soon Rise. In July 2010, the Department of Defense announced the school year 2010/2011 child care fee policy. The new fee policy was implemented in the fall of 2010, which would help to pay for childcare services, including staff for child development centers and school-age care programs. The policy, a change in the income and fee ranges, was designed to have as little impact as possible on families. The department broadened child care fee ranges, raised the income cap on each fee range, and established the top range at $125,001 a year and above to adjust for higher salaries in the military and to better represent different income groups. Read the blog post.
2. Chairman’s Corner: My View on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In February 2010, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen shared his thoughts on this policy. Read the blog post. Visit the Chairman’s Corner to view all previous blog posts added to DoDLive in 2010.
1. Receiving Retro Stop Loss Payment, Soldier Shares Story. Thomas Breslin, who served in Iraq as a fire support officer in the 1st Brigade of the 1st Armored Division from 2006-2007, separated from the military in June of 2007. In July 2010, he provided a blog post for where he reflected on applying for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Read the blog post.

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