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Military News Articles from 01/2011

US Soldiers Arrive at Camp Kengun for Yama Sakura

January 31, 2011 - The main body of the U.S. Army Pacific's Contingency Command Post and other exercise participants arrived via military and commercial aircraft at Kumomoto, Japan, ready to go to work at Camp Kengun, the site of Yama Sakura 59.

First Responders Get Fired-Up for Tactical Recovery

January 31, 2011 - Sometimes, the hardest line of work is the one where not doing your job is a good thing.

VA Officials Seek Opinion of Veterans and Public and Private Experts

January 31, 2011 - Officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs are hosting a public forum in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Local Police Help SFS Airmen Detect and Apprehend Drunk Drivers

January 31, 2011 - Master Officers from the James City County Police Department visited here to provide field sobriety test training to 633rd Security Forces Squadron Airmen Jan. 20.

Kehler Succeeds Chilton as Commander of Strategic Command

January 31, 2011 - Air Force Gen. Kevin P. Chilton passed the flag of U.S. Strategic Command to Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler Jan. 28, giving the nation's nuclear deterrent mission a new commander.

Airman's MTI Squadron Lineage Spans Three Generations

January 28, 2011 - Growing up, Staff Sgt. Jason Paxton knew it was only a matter time before he would follow in the family's boot prints.

Commissaries expand focus on health in 2011 through Choices

January 28, 2011 - Customers who want to improve their health will have plenty of help at their local commissary as the new year rolls out a variety of special discounts, coupon booklets and giveaways.

Corona Warfare Center's Patented System Saves $65 Million and Wins Top Navy Award

January 28, 2011 - A team from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Corona received a top Navy Information Management/Information Technology Excellence Award at the 2011 DoN IT Conference Jan. 25.

Defense and Energy Experts Aid China's Nuclear Security

January 28, 2011 - The Defense and Energy departments are working under a government-to-government agreement signed Jan. 19 with China to establish a regional center of excellence there for nuclear security, a Pentagon official said.

Deployed Medical Team Saves Critically Injured Member

January 28, 2011 - Medics from the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing provided self-aid and buddy care to a critically wounded patient during a recent attack against Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

MacDill Officials Use Multi-Pronged Approach to Save Aircraft Fuel

January 28, 2011 - Drivers who stay aware of their right foot, keep their engine tuned and adjust their car's tire pressure can save a few cents a day in gas costs.

STOMP Brings Together Parents and Educators of Special Needs Children

January 28, 2011 - When Tech. Sgt. Emily Smith and Staff Sgt. Todge Smith were blessed with a baby girl nearly six months ago, they immediately recognized signs of Down syndrome and epilepsy in her.

AFNORTH Officials Give Civil Air Patrol a Technology Boost

January 28, 2011 - When Air Forces Northern officials need an aircrew to fly a search and rescue mission, run counterdrug support or play the bad guy, they frequently call on the members of the Civil Air Patrol.

Lightning Soldiers Prepare for Upcoming Fighting Season

January 28, 2011 - Under the beaming rays of the morning sun Jan. 24, Soldiers with Combined Task Force Lightning rehearsed reacting to enemy contact while on a dismounted foot patrol.

Officials to Issue New Camouflage Uniforms to Deployers

January 27, 2011 - Airmen deploying to Afghanistan in 2011 will see a new uniform issued to them as part of their deployment gear beginning in March.

Officials Plan First 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Briefing

January 27, 2011 - The first in a series of briefings to describe the Defense Department's progress in implementing repeal of the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law is coming soon, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today.

First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Fort Jackson

January 27, 2011 - First Lady Michelle Obama visited Fort Jackson today to learn from Army leaders about how childhood obesity and physical inactivity affects military readiness and what the Army does to combat these effects.

Army Recognizes Families of Fallen with Vehicle Decal and Easier Installation Access

January 27, 2011 - During a Survivor Outreach Services working group meeting last year, several participants expressed difficulty in gaining access to military installations to take part in SOS programs and support services.

Electronic Warfare a New Career Field for the Army

January 27, 2011 - Unique training at Fort Sill has been focusing on the intangible. The subject material: electronic warfare. It's not something Soldiers can touch, taste or see, but it's ever present and an asset when respected.

New Army Suicide Prevention Video Created and Released

January 27, 2011 - A steady rise in the number of Soldiers who contemplate or commit suicide each year keeps the Army Suicide Prevention Program and behavioral health personnel striving for new ways to save lives.

Third Army Soldiers and Rescue Workers Simulates 'Hard Landing'

January 27, 2011 - Third Army Soldiers and rescue workers conducted a pre-accident plan exercise on the flight line at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 25.

Army Releases 2011 Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Strategy

January 27, 2011 - The Department of the Army today released its Fiscal Year 2011 Tactical Wheeled Vehicle strategy, defining how the Army will modernize and sustain its tactical wheeled vehicle fleets through Fiscal Year 2025.

Medal of Honor Recipient Giunta Honored by Fellow Iowans on Hill

January 27, 2011 - Iowa lawmakers honored fellow Iowan, Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, during a ceremony Jan. 26, on Capitol Hill.

President Barack Obama Cites Military Successes in State of Union Address

January 26, 2011 - In a State of the Union address here marked by a call for renewed American innovation and cooperation, President Barack Obama pointed to the nation's military as an example to follow.

Face of Defense: Former NCO Patrols as Cavalry Officer

January 26, 2011 - The graveyard shift requires waking while others are leaving work, working while others sleep and sleeping while the world moves through the normal hustle and bustle of its day.

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III Says Defense Budget Plans Strike `Right Balance'

January 26, 2011 - The Defense Department's plans to cut $78 billion from its budget over five years and find more than $100 billion in savings for reinvestment was a collaborative effort and a reasonable balance between military needs and budget constraints.

Piracy Challenges U.S. Navy Security Off Somalia to Intensify Techniques

January 26, 2011 - off the coast of Somalia are using bigger vessels to extend their criminal reach in a move that could prompt U.S. Navy forces in the region to intensify techniques for pursuing the lawbreakers.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to Meet with Canadian Defense Minister

January 26, 2011 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates travels to Ottawa, Canada, today to meet with Defense Minister Peter MacKay, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

Pentagon Officials Monitor Protests Overseas in Egypt and Lebanon

January 26, 2011 - Defense Department officials are closely watching protests that have flared over recent days in Egypt and Lebanon, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today.

Officials Plan First `Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Briefing

January 26, 2011 - The first in a series of briefings to describe the Defense Department's progress in implementing repeal of the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law is coming soon, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today.

Defense Department Official Says Collaboration is Key to Family Support Effort

January 26, 2011 - Collaboration is at the heart of the government's new military family support directive and is the key to supporting service members and their families in the months and years ahead, a Defense Department official said today.

Pentagon Spokesman Discusses China and North Korea

January 26, 2011 - The jury is still out on China's apparent fifth-generation J-20 stealth aircraft, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said today.

USS Mitscher Conducts Nighttime Boarding Exercise

January 25, 2011 - Sailors from the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) conducted a nighttime boarding exercise Jan. 23.

Trident Refit Facility Divers Participate in Tampa Bay Navy Week

January 25, 2011 - Six Navy divers from Trident Refit Facility, Kings Bay, Ga., are diving in the Florida Aquarium through Jan. 29, as part of Tampa Bay Navy Week 2011.

Band of Brothers Deploy and Serve Together Aboard USS Enterprise

January 25, 2011 - As the Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) are deployed away from their families and best friends Jan. 22, Sailors who are as close as brothers are serving together.

U.S. Second Fleet Ships Complete Successful Ballistic Missile Defense Tracking Exercise

January 25, 2011 - Three Commander, U.S. Second Fleet ships successfully completed a tracking exercise Jan. 22, off the coast of Virginia using the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system during Atlantic Trident 2011.

VA Officials Publish Final Regulation to Aid Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange in Korea

January 25, 2011 - Veterans exposed to herbicides while serving along the demilitarized zone in Korea will have an easier path to access quality health care and benefits under a Department of Veterans Affairs final regulation.

Webcasts Highlight Civilian Education Opportunities

January 25, 2011 - Two webcasts Jan. 27 offer civilian Airmen and their supervisors a chance to learn about the many education and development opportunities available.

Airmen Demonstrate Capabilities During Life-Like Exercise

January 25, 2011 - Airmen here recently participated in Beverly High 11-02, a local operational readiness exercise that used scenarios to gauge Airmen's ability to react and respond to different situations and base emergencies.

Air Reserve Guard and Reserve Legal Communities Gather for Intense Training

January 25, 2011 - More than 500 judge advocates and paralegals from throughout the Air Reserve component gathered here for two days of training at the annual ARC Survey of the Law Jan. 21 to 22.

Officials Extend Window for Cross-Flow Applications

January 25, 2011 - Air Force officials are extending the application period for nonrated line officers in overmanned Air Force specialties to voluntarily apply for cross flow into undermanned career fields until Feb. 4, as part of a newly formalized program.

Ellsworth Air Force Base Airmen Gives Eight Year Old Boy 'Best Day Ever'

January 24, 2011 - An 8-year-old boy from Rapid City S.D., who was born with a developmental disability, was given the opportunity of a lifetime here Jan. 13.

Edwards Engineer Wins Hearts One Song at a Time

January 24, 2011 - The crowd at Fresco II was packed and engaged for nearly three hours as Jennifer Housholder played her guitar and sang from her heart.

White House Unveils New Approach to Military Family Support

January 24, 2011 - White House officials have released a report that unveils a new, governmentwide approach to military family support and details a sweeping, interagency effort under way to strengthen families and enhance their well-being and quality of life.

Airmen Consolidate Flying Missions and Free Space for Afghan Unit

January 24, 2011 - Officials from the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing recently began moving assets here as part of a long-term project to consolidate the wing's missions and to free space for the expanding Afghan unit.

Assistant Secretary of Air Force Daniel Ginsberg Visits Baghdad

January 24, 2011 - Airmen deployed to Iraq in 2011 will play a historic role as U.S. military forces drawdown under the 2008 bilateral security agreement, said a senior Pentagon official.

Army Chief of Staff Visits National Training Center and Discusses Changes to Training

January 22, 2011 - Versatility in training will be the biggest change the National Training Center, here, can expect to see in the future.

'Battle Buddies' Buddy System Increase Safety While Deployed

January 22, 2011 - Marine Corps leaders continue to stress the importance of utilizing the "buddy system" in order to ensure the safety and accountability of every Marine.

Weapon Techs Give Coalition Forces Tactical Advantages in Southern Afghanistan

January 22, 2011 - Since October, approximately 15 ordnance Marines with Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) have repaired and returned more than 500 weapon systems to coalition units operating in Helmand province.

KC-130J Hercules Rain Supplies During Aerial Delivery

January 22, 2011 - When coalition forces on the ground can't afford to wait for a convoy or are out of reach for a helicopter resupply, the KC-130J provides the flexibility and capability of making a mass aerial delivery to the front lines.

Marine Welcomes Daughter into the World from Halfway Around it

January 22, 2011 - "Push baby. Push. You are doing great sweetie. You're almost done. Push. Push - just a couple more. You are doing great, Jana, alsmost there. There you go. Good job baby. You did great ... yeah; she does have a good set of lungs."

Logistics Command Welcomes New Senior Enlisted Marine and Bids Farewell to Predecessor

January 21, 2011 - Marine Corps Logistics Command welcomed Sgt. Maj. Christopher D. Harper and said farewell to Sgt. Maj. Stephen A. Balczo at a relief, appointment and retirement ceremony held here at Schmid Field, Friday.

Major General Bailey Takes the Helm of Marine Corps Recruiting Command

January 21, 2011 - Major Gen. Ronald L. Bailey assumed command of Marine Corps Recruiting Command on Jan. 3, 2011. He is also the commanding general of the Western Recruiting Region and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

Commander Says Headquarters' Job is to Make Wings Successful

January 21, 2011 - Air Force Global Strike Command's new top leader addressed his headquarters staff Jan. 12, less than a week after taking command. His message: the headquarters is responsible for ensuring the success of its subordinate units.

TRICARE Officials Improve Online Communication and Access

January 21, 2011 - Additions to the TRICARE military health plan's website are giving beneficiaries easier access to their personal health data, more convenient appointment scheduling and better communication with their health care providers.

KC-10 Marks Twenty Years of Deployment and Nearly Thirty Years of Operations

January 21, 2011 - Jan. 17th was a special day for the KC-10 Extender community. It marked the day KC-10s, aircrews and maintainers have been on continuous deployment for 20 years -- 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year .

Cherry Point's VMAQ-1 CO Says Farewell as New Commanding Officer is Welcomed

January 20, 2011 - Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1 welcomed a new commanding officer Jan. 14, when Lt. Col. Scott A Cooper relinquished command of VMAQ-1 to Lt. Col. Chandler P. Seagraves, during a ceremony in Marine Transport Squadron 1's hangar. Marine Tacti

Edwards Air Force Base Officials Developing New Parachute System

January 20, 2011 - Officials here are creating a guardian angel system to help Air Force members who parachute to land safely and softly.

Program Examines Transportation Command's Mission

January 20, 2011 - U.S. Transportation Command and its people got top billing this week during a History Channel premier that examined their task of packing and shipping every single item the U.S. military needs to keep operating.

State Department Official Says More Nuke Treaties Remain on Agenda

January 20, 2011 - With one major arms reduction treaty nearly to the enforcement stage, more work lies ahead to advance the nation's nuclear security, a senior State Department official said yesterday.

First Department of Defense Language Summit to Set Future Strategy

January 20, 2011 - After a five-year effort to institute processes needed to gauge service members' foreign-language skills, the Defense Department will hold a summit this month to help in forging a systematic path forward.

Virtual World' Interactivity Helps With Post-traumatic Stress

January 19, 2011 - The Defense Department is using virtual-world interactivity to educate and help warfighters and others who are reluctant to seek more direct care to deal with post-traumatic stress.

Defense Department Begins Project for Vietnam War Veterans

January 19, 2011 - More than three decades after the war's end, the Defense Department has begun a project to pay tribute to the nation's Vietnam War veterans.

U.S. and China Affirm Military Ties During Hu Visit to Washington

January 19, 2011 - The United States and China have affirmed that a healthy, stable and reliable military-to-military relationship is an essential part of a shared vision for a positive U.S.-China relationship.

Army Sees Slight Reduction in Active-Duty Suicides

January 19, 2011 - Suicides among active-duty soldiers dropped slightly last year to 156 confirmed deaths, from 162 in 2009, the Army vice chief of staff said today.

Army Minimizes Stress Suffered by Victims of Domestic and Child Abuse

January 19, 2011 - The Army Family Action Plan has once again proved invaluable for Soldiers and families.

United States, United Kingdom and Iraq Partnership Opens School

January 19, 2011 - Bringing the power of knowledge to children is a worthy task, no matter what the odds. Although, it's one thing to transport children across miles of desert to attend school, it's another to bring the school to them.

TRICARE to Extend Dependent Coverage to Age 26

January 18, 2011 - To ensure military families don't get left out as the new national health care reform law extends parent's health insurance to their children up to age 26, TRICARE plans to roll out its new Young Adult Program by spring.

Commission to Recommend Lifting Ban on Women in Combat

January 18, 2011 - A commission of current and retired officers, senior noncommissioned officers and civilians charged with evaluating Defense Department policies to ensure they promote equal opportunity plans to recommend lifting the ban on women in combat.

WCAP Athlete Wins World Cup Gold on Bobsled Farewell Tour

January 18, 2011 - Team USA bobsled pilot Sgt. Shauna Rohbock is back in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program for what may be her farewell tour on the World Cup circuit.

Base Realignment and Closure to Amplify Peak Moving Season

January 18, 2011 - This year's peak moving season is expected to be even busier than usual due to Base Realignment and Closure and officials warn that prior planning is important to avoid stress.

Drawdown Brings Non-Standard Equipment Mission to Sierra

January 18, 2011 - As the stage was set for the Iraq War effort to be drawn down, the creation of the non-standard-equipment mission began.

Army Expanding UAS Fleet and Speeding up Delivery

January 18, 2011 - The Army is speeding up delivery of some of its newer Unmanned Aircraft System assets such as the Gray Eagle and expanding the size and range of its overall fleet to include a Family of Small UAS and a Vertical-Take-Off-and-Landing UAS.

Study Shows Pre-Deployment Screening Yields Benefits

January 18, 2011 - An Army study released today found that Soldiers who received extra behavioral-health screening prior to deployment had significantly lower rates of combat stress than those who did not.

Community Group Salutes High School Seniors Volunteering for Military Service

January 17, 2011 - Every year across the nation, high school seniors attend awards and graduation ceremonies. Valedictorians and scholarship awardees are recognized and honored by their communities and fellow students.

From Ship to Shore, Marine Augment arrives in Afghanistan

January 17, 2011 - A detachment of Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit began arriving here this week in support of ongoing operations in Afghanistan.

Deployed Dentists have Four-Legged Patients

January 14, 2011 - Capt. Matt Synder was only in country for three days when he learned his Saturday morning patient was a military member of another species -- the canine variety.

Air Force Leaders Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

January 14, 2011 - Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy issued the following message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force:

Air Force Officials Automate Active-Duty Assignment Notifications

January 14, 2011 - Air Force officials are automating active-duty assignment notifications for Airmen in the ranks of lieutenant colonel and below beginning Jan. 21.

Congressional Commission Studies Women in Combat

January 14, 2011 - Defense Department officials will review the recommendations of a congressional commission studying the role of women in combat when the group's report is complete, a DOD official said Jan. 14.

F-16s' Arrival Brings 'Battle Rhythm' to Strike Fighter Wing

January 14, 2011 - After 17 months of silence, the 33rd Fighter Wing flightline here finally roared back to life Jan. 13.

Civil Engineers Bring Home Three Air Force-Level Awards

January 13, 2011 - Airmen from the 18th Civil Engineer Group here received three "Best in the Air Force" awards for their accomplishments in 2010.

Air Guard and Reserve Officials Announce 2011 Teen Leadership Summits

January 13, 2011 - Officials from the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard announced the 2011 Air Force Reserve and ANG Teen Leadership Summit locations Jan. 5.

Crucial Training Prepares Flag Officers for Deployment

January 13, 2011 - Experts here are preparing flag officers for deployments by familiarizing them with the language and culture they may encounter.

Vice President Joe Biden Thanks Airmen and Service Members in Iraq

January 13, 2011 - A crowd of more than 200 service members, many of them Airmen, and civilians deployed in support of Operation New Dawn listened to Vice President Joe Biden during his recent stop at Al Faw Palace here.

Restoration Officials Recycle Bombs and Save Money

January 13, 2011 - Environmental restoration officials here are shredding their way through 50,000 practice bombs.

Air Force Officials Caution Against Geotags and Location-Based Services

January 12, 2011 - Social media offers many Airmen another way to keep in touch with colleagues, friends and family, but users need to be aware of the risks associated with technical tools that help them share information, officials said Jan. 7.

Global Observer Makes First Hydrogen-Powered Flight

January 12, 2011 - The Global Observer unmanned aircraft system successfully completed its first flight powered by the aircraft's hydrogen-fueled propulsion system here Jan. 6.

'Medical Home' Concept Improves Care and Controls Costs

January 12, 2011 - Wouldn't it be fantastic to get the old-fashioned kind of health care, in which the doctor knew you and your family and kept track of your medical condition?

Renewable Energy Vital to Marines Success in Afghanistan

January 12, 2011 - The Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment have tapped into a vital renewable energy source - the sun - to help take the fight to the enemy in Sangin District.

National Guard Supports Authorities Tackling Southeast Winter Storm

January 12, 2011 - In response to the winter storm blanketing most of the Southeast, 337 National Guard members were on state active duty Jan. 11 to support relief operations.

CSA Helps Commemorate One Millionth Rest & Recuperation Flier

January 11, 2011 - Gen. George W. Casey Jr., chief of staff of the Army, joined several hundred supporters at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, today, to welcome home the Rest and Recuperation flight of the one millionth servicemember.

Texas Artist Bringing the Fallen to Life Through the American Fallen Soldier Project

January 11, 2011 - Duty, honor and country-three words that instill pride into any Soldier and their family. Yet, when a Soldier is killed or missing in action these words can bring forth inspiration.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates Says North Korea Becoming Direct Threat to U.S.

January 11, 2011 - If it continues on its current path, North Korea could be a "direct threat" to the United States in five years or less, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in Beijing, today.

US Soldiers Teach Iraqi Army Proper Ambush Reaction Techniques

January 11, 2011 - Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, trained Iraqi soldiers to react to an enemy ambush at Al Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center (GWTC), here, Jan. 5.

Vice President Joe Biden Meets Karzai and Visits Troops in Afghanistan

January 11, 2011 - Vice President Joe Biden today spoke with Afghan national and local leaders as he continued what White House officials described as a visit to assess progress and reinforce the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan.

Army Marksmanship Unit Shows Educators Different Side of Army

January 10, 2011 - The Army Marksmanship Unit hit a bullseye with educators and business leaders from around the United States Jan. 6-7, at the San Antonio Gun Club.

China-U.S. Military Meetings Called `Candid and Productive'

January 10, 2011 - The meetings between Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Chinese officials here today were termed "candid and productive" by both U.S. and Chinese officials.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Says that U.S. and China Must Cooperate as World Powers

January 10, 2011 - The United States and China are world powers that need to cooperate, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

President Barack Obama Signs Defense Authorization Act

January 10, 2011 - Noting his objection to two of its provisions, President Barack Obama signed the fiscal 2011 defense authorization act into law Jan. 7.

Face of Defense: Gold Medalist Enlists in National Guard

January 10, 2011 - Justin Olsen earned a gold medal for the United States in the Winter Olympics last year. Now, as a private first class in the New York Army National Guard, he's serving his country in another way.

Defense Department Official Outlines Pay Freeze Details

January 10, 2011 - Defense Department civilian employees affected by the federal pay freeze for 2011 and 2012 will still have the opportunity to receive performance awards, promotions and normal longevity increases, a senior defense official said.

Vice President Biden to Assess Progress in Afghanistan

January 10, 2011 - Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Afghanistan today for a previously unannounced visit that White House officials said is designed to assess progress and reinforce the U.S. commitment.

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen Calls for Military Self-Examination

January 10, 2011 - As the military enjoys tremendous support from the American people, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today, now is the time to step back, assess the impact of 10 years of war and ensure the institution remains on course.

Arkansas National Guard Prepares for Southeast Storm Support

January 10, 2011 - As a winter storm rolls through the southern United States, some governors have placed their National Guard on state active duty.

Africa Strategy Encourages Democracy and Development

January 08, 2011 - The United States is pursuing a strategy that aims to foster stability and good, cooperative relationships with nations on the African continent, said Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates Praises Wounded Congresswoman

January 08, 2011 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) for her support of the military and expressed his wish for her full recovery.

Officials Emphasize Health Plan to Remain Free for Troops

January 07, 2011 - Though Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates seeks modest premium increases for working-age military retirees who use the TRICARE Prime health plan, the benefit will remain free to service members, defense officials emphasized today.

NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Project Wins 2010 Design-Build Award for Buttercup

January 07, 2011 - The award was presented by the Design-Build Institute of America (DIBA), which recognizes the most successful design-build projects in the United States.

New Navy Reserve Force Master Chief Selected

January 07, 2011 - The next Navy Reserve Force master chief was announced by the chief of the Navy Reserve Jan. 6.

Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group to Visit Republic of Korea

January 07, 2011 - The USS Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG) will visit the Republic of Korea (ROK) Jan. 11.

Navy Efficiencies to Save the Department of Defense Money has been Announced

January 07, 2011 - The Secretary of Defense announced Jan. 6 a series of efficiencies decisions designed to save the Department of Defense more than $150 billion during the next five years.

Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to Deploy for Operations

January 07, 2011 - Commander, Second Fleeet announced Jan. 7, that Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (ENT CSG) will deploy for operations in the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas Jan. 13.

Air Guard Officials Prepare for New Medical Mission

January 06, 2011 - Air National Guard members will begin flying a newly assigned critical care air transport team mission from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Jan. 10, the air surgeon said in an interview here Jan. 4.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates Reveals Budget Efficiencies and Reinvestment Possibilities

January 06, 2011 - Defense Department officials have found $154 billion in budget efficiencies over the next five years and will be able to invest $70 billion of that saved money in more-deserving accounts, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Jan. 6.

Holly Petraeus to Lead Office of Servicemember Affairs

January 06, 2011 - The wife of the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan will head up an office devoted to strengthening consumer financial protection for service members and their families, an official announced today.

President Barack Obama Signed Improvements to Post-9/11 GI Bill

January 06, 2011 - To bring the educational benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill closer to more veterans and service members, President Obama signed legislation Jan. 4 that streamlines the 18 month-old education program administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Defense Department Officials to Prune Senior Ranks and Freeze Staffing

January 06, 2011 - Defense Department officials will reduce senior ranks and freeze civilian staffing levels, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Jan. 6.

Air Force Global Strike Command Gets New Top Leader

January 06, 2011 - Lt. Gen. James Kowalski assumed command of Air Force Global Strike Command here Jan. 6, becoming the second commander of the organization.

AMC Fuel Efficiency Office Shows How 'Efficiency Promotes Effectiveness'

January 05, 2011 - Officials with Air Mobility Command's Fuel Efficiency Office here are putting forth an initiative called precision loading.

Medical Airmen Ready Soldiers for Medal Ceremony

January 05, 2011 - Working as gently as they could, medical Airmen from an intensive care and in-patient care unit helped ready two injured Soldiers for a Purple Heart ceremony Jan. 4.

Air Force Officials Approve Changes to Officer Selection Brief

January 05, 2011 - In an effort to better highlight candidates who possess the skills necessary for officer promotion in today's expeditionary Air Force, senior Air Force officials approved changes to the officer selection brief.

All Americans Encouraged to Visit a National Park this Year

January 05, 2011 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Jan. 5 that National Park Service officials will waive admission fees on 17 selected dates throughout 2011.

Air Force Officials Laud Zero Personal Vehicle Mishap Losses During Holiday Safety Campaign

January 05, 2011 - As the 2010 holiday safety campaign comes to completion, Air Force officials reported the service's second consecutive year of no Airman fatalities from personal motor vehicle mishaps between Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Nominations Open for Military Child of the Year Award

January 05, 2011 - A nonprofit organization is giving Americans the chance to sing the praises of a group often called the nation's unsung heroes: military children.

Suicide Prevention Alliance Focuses on Troops and Veterans

January 04, 2011 - A suicide prevention task force for troops and veterans has been added to a national alliance that officials hope will help bring more attention to the issues and offer solutions in the future.

Soldier Graduates at Top of Marine Sniper Course

January 04, 2011 - Marine snipers, by common knowledge, are some of the most renowned snipers in the U.S. militry, if not the world.

Chief of Staff Tours Damaged Areas and Offers Support and Praise to Families

January 04, 2011 - Just four days after the New Year's Eve tornado struck Fort Leonard Wood Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited the installation to view the extensive damage.

Soldier Applies Lifelong Soccer Skill to All-Army Soccer Team

January 04, 2011 - Recently, the All-Army Soccer Team won the 2010 Armed Forces Men's Soccer Championship after a series of games played in the panhandle of Florida, Oct. 24th.

Kabul Gets New Solar-Powered Lights Allowing Businesses to Stay Open Longer

January 04, 2011 - Solar-powered lights went on in the streets of Kabul Dec. 29, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony inaugurating the completion of 28 new street lights.

Joint Mission Security Forces Secure Foothold in Gor Tepa

January 04, 2011 - Afghan National Security Forces, along with members of the International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan, began a major security operation recently in the Gor Tepa region of Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan.

Reservists Load Humanitarian Aid Bound for Nicaragua

January 03, 2011 - A C-17 Globemaster III from the Air Force Reserve Command's 315th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., landed here Dec. 30 to load humanitarian aid headed for Managua, Nicaragua.

Biggest-Loser Contest Encourages Weight Loss

January 03, 2011 - Fitness center and health and wellness center officials here are starting a biggest-loser contest to encourage Airmen and civilians to lose weight and build better lifestyles.

Veterans Affairs Officials Set to Verify Veteran Small Businesses

January 03, 2011 - To further advocate for veterans, VA officials have announced that companies identifying themselves as small businesses or veteran-owned businesses to gain priority for some Department of Veterans Affairs contracts.

Face of Defense: Landscape Architect Saves Resources

January 03, 2011 - With health, safety, conservation and morale at the heart of her mission, the landscape architect here strives to deliver on every front.With health, safety, conservation and morale at the heart of her mission, the landscape architect here strives to del

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen Says Leadership is the Key to the Nation's and Military's Future

January 03, 2011 - Because leaders at all levels are key to U.S. success, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a CNN interview broadcast yesterday, his main concern is ensuring the military continues to develop and encourage great leaders for the country.

Suicide Prevention Alliance Focuses on Troops and Veterans

January 03, 2011 - A suicide prevention task force for troops and veterans has been added to a national alliance that officials hope will help bring more attention to the issues and offer solutions in the future.

Napolitano Visits Afghanistan and Focuses on Border Security

January 02, 2011 - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano paid a New Year's visit to Afghanistan where she focused heavily on efforts to shore up security along the Afghan-Pakistan border to disrupt the flow of terrorists and the materials to support their operations.

USS Abraham Lincoln Launches 1,000th Sortie in Support of OEF

January 01, 2011 - A day after returning to sea from a port visit in Dubai, UAE, the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) launched its 1,000th sortie mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Dec. 28 in the Arabian Sea.

Marines Provide Ammunition for Warfighters in Afghanistan

January 01, 2011 - When troops outside the wire need a resupply of ammunition, they count on the Marines who work at the Field Ammunition Supply Point to provide them with the rounds they need.
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