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Military News Articles from 10/2011

PEO Soldier Offers Integrated Training at Fort Polk

October 31, 2011 - Night vision sights that allow a Soldier to see in darkness; thermal weapons systems that offer an infrared look at the enemy much like the alien's view in the Predator movie.

USAMRMC Protects Soldiers Against Unseen Enemy

October 31, 2011 - The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command announced that the new adenovirus vaccine, which replaces the older version that has been out of production for over a decade, was shipped to basic training sites Oct. 18.

442nd Legacy Takes Soldiers From 'Enemy Aliens' to Heroes

October 31, 2011 - On Dec. 7, 1941, 5,000 Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) had been drafted to serve in the U.S. Army.

Air Force Employment Focuses on Individuals with Disabilities

October 28, 2011 - Air Force hiring officials have placed increased emphasis on employing individuals with disabilities within its civilian workforce.

CSAF Presents Air Force Cross and Silver Star in Hurlburt Ceremony

October 28, 2011 - Two Air Force Special Operations Command combat controllers were presented military decorations here Oct. 27 by the Air Force chief of staff for exhibiting extraordinary heroism in combat.

General Martin E. Dempsey Says Troops Mission-Focused Despite Budget Worries

October 28, 2011 - While U.S. troops are concerned about how the country's budget issues will affect them and their families, service members take their profession seriously, the nation's top military officer said here yesterday.

Army Sees Cyber Threats as Imminent

October 28, 2011 - "I think the threat [of cyber-attacks] is very real and could potentially be very near-term," said Brig. Gen. John Davis, U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Md.

Officials Stress Keeping Faith on Military Retirement

October 27, 2011 - The Defense Department has no proposals or recommendations on revamping military retirement at this time, but any future proposal must not break faith with those in the military today, senior Pentagon officials told Congress Oct. 25.

Army Testifies to Congress on Acquisition and Technology

October 27, 2011 - By this time next year, the Army will have a good idea about alternatives for the ground combat vehicle program, Army leaders told Congressmen Wednesday.

Army Emergency Relief Increases Grants to Injured Soldiers

October 27, 2011 - Army Emergency Relief has increased the amount of its grants to wounded warriors evacuated from theater.

Army Surgeons Operate on Soldiers in Field Environment

October 27, 2011 - Maj. Anne Simpson held Staff Sgt. Mathew Horton's hand while she coaxed him out of an anesthetic sleep.

Panetta Lauds Japanese-U.S. for Tsunami Relief Effort

October 26, 2011 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told U.S. sailors aboard the USS Blue Ridge here today that while America's military is the world's best, "in the end, the best service we do is . reach out and help our fellow human beings in need."

Defense Department Officials Stress Keeping Faith on Military Retirement

October 26, 2011 - The Defense Department has no proposals or recommendations on revamping military retirement at this time, but any future proposal must not break faith with those in the military today, senior Pentagon officials told Congress yesterday.

U. S. Military Post Offices in Iraq to Close November 17

October 26, 2011 - Because U.S. forces are coming home from Iraq by the end of the year, the U.S. Postal Service will stop accepting mail addressed to military post offices in Iraq starting Nov. 17, Defense Department officials said today.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Calls South Korea Key U.S. Global Partner

October 26, 2011 - Calling South Korea a key global partner of the United States, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta termed the security partnership between the two nations a great force for peace, stability and prosperity on the Asia-Pacific region.

Military Medicine Works on Managing Pain instead of Prescribing Drugs

October 25, 2011 - Military medicine is seeking additional ways to help patients manage their pain instead of just prescribing powerful drugs, the chief of staff of the Army's pain management task force said here today.

Panetta Discusses Okinawa Issues During Japan Visit

October 25, 2011 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Japanese leaders discussed the relocation of U.S. forces on Okinawa and other security issues during a series of meetings here today.

Executive Action by President Obama Creates Jobs for Veterans

October 25, 2011 - President Barack Obama is using executive action to create new jobs for veterans in support of the American Jobs Act, a senior White House official said today during a conference call.

Monument Recognizes Jewish Chaplains' Sacrifices

October 24, 2011 - The sacrifices of 14 rabbis killed on active military service are now recognized on Chaplains Hill at Arlington National Cemetery here.

Defense Officials Monitors Thailand Flood Situation

October 24, 2011 - Defense officials are carefully monitoring the situation in Thailand as that nation faces the worst flooding it's had in more than 50 years.

Events in Iraq and Libya Showcase American Leadership

October 22, 2011 - Events in Libya and Iraq this past week emphasize the Obama administration has renewed American leadership in the world, President Barack Obama said in his weekly address to the nation today.

The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrives for PHIBLEX

October 22, 2011 - The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived here, Oct. 22, to participate in the bilateral Amphibious Landing Exercise.

Navy Surgeon General Honored by Indiana University

October 22, 2011 - The top doctor for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award by Indiana University's College of Arts and Sciences Oct. 21.

USS Makin Island and West Coast Amphibs Ready for Deployments with Blue/Green Exercises

October 21, 2011 - Later this year, the Navy will deploy one of its newest, most efficient and most capable amphibious assault ships, USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

USS Constitution Celebrates 214th Launching Day Anniversary

October 21, 2011 - USS Constitution and her crew got underway from the ship's berth in Charlestown, Mass. Oct. 21 to celebrate her 214th launching day anniversary.

Navy Hydrographers Conduct Surveys in Costa Rica

October 21, 2011 - An eight-member U.S. Navy Fleet Survey Team (FST) began survey operations in Puerto Limon and Puerto Moin, Costa Rica Oct. 21, to collect data to update nautical charts that are more than 25 years old.

CNO Emphasizes Cooperation at 20th International Seapower Symposium

October 21, 2011 - Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert closed the largest International Seapower Symposium (ISS) in the annual gathering's history at the U.S. Naval War College, Oct. 21.

President Barack Obama Says Gadhafi's Death Marks End of Painful Era for Libya

October 20, 2011 - The death of Moammar Gadhafi marks the end of a long and painful era for the Libyan people, President Barack Obama said today.

Champions Against Cancer Participate in 'Run 4 Life' Relay on October 1

October 20, 2011 - Cancer survivors, both those free of or living with the disease, brought their battle against the illness to Patch Barracks to remind the Stuttgart military community that there's no quitting the fight until there's a cure.

Domestic Violence Victim Speaks out at Proclamation Signing

October 20, 2011 - Like many others, Schantel Thomas did not see her boyfriend as abusive. She thought he acted out of love. Looking back now, she sees him for what he was -- abusive -- and wants to help others break the cycle of abuse.

Ceremony Kicks off Orient Shield 2011 in Japan

October 20, 2011 - Soldiers from the Texas National Guard, 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment out of Weslaco, Texas, joined with Japan Ground Self Defense Force soldiers from the Eastern Army 1st Division, 1st Infantry Regiment, in a training ceremony.

Maryland Fire and Rescue Opens New Training Site on Aberdeen Proving Ground

October 19, 2011 - After 21 years on a site bordering Aberdeen Proving Ground's Phillips airfield, the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute North East Regional Training Center recently relocated to a new building and training site at APG North (Edgewood).

CJCS Discusses Importance of 'Energy' in Today's Military

October 19, 2011 - In a keynote address, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said improving energy security directly translates into improving our national security.

Army's Rapid Equipping Force Striving to Save Energy and Lives

October 19, 2011 - Meeting the energy needs of Soldiers at the "tactical edge" of the battlefield is a top priority for the Army's Rapid Equipping Force, said its director.

Units in Iraq Pick up Pace to Turn in Property

October 19, 2011 - At the Victory Base Complex in Iraq, a place that is beginning to feel empty, there is one place that is filling up fast, the RPAT yard at Camp Liberty.

Historic 'Surge' Exercises Airlift Crisis and Contingency Response

October 18, 2011 - A surge of C-5 Galaxies, slated to take place Oct. 17 - 21, will bring together 18 active-duty and 23 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command crews and aircraft to fly cargo in support of combatant commanders across the globe.

Army General Martin E. Dempsey New Says Energy Technologies Already Helping Department of Defense

October 18, 2011 - Saving energy saves lives, and new technologies championed by Defense Department officials already are making a difference at the Pentagon and on the battlefield, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here Oct. 18.

Kandahar Air Wing Fire Department Continues Basic Fire Training

October 18, 2011 - Members of the Kandahar fire department, in conjunction with the 683rd Army Fire Department detachment continued basic three-level training on base with Afghan airmen here recently.

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command Warns Against Romance Scams

October 18, 2011 - Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are once again warning the American public, as well as citizens from other nations, to be extra vigilant and not to fall prey to Internet scams or impersonation fraud.

Whiteman Military Working Dog Receives 1st National Award

October 17, 2011 - The Exercise Tiger Foundation honored a 509th Security Forces Squadron canine handler and his dog during the 13th Annual National Adopt A Servicemen & Women Awards Banquet and ceremony in Columbia, Mo., recently.

Air Force Set to Release Captain Central Selection Board Results

October 17, 2011 - The results of the captain central selection board for active-duty line of the Air Force first lieutenants who competed for promotion to captain is scheduled be released Oct. 19.

Fifteen Acres of Land Made Ecologically Safer at Little Rock AFB

October 17, 2011 - Nearly 15 acres here that was previously used as a skeet range in the 1960s, is an ecologically safer place today because of a restoration project that called for excavating 36 million pounds of contaminated soil.

Security Forces Team Trains Afghan Air Force Counterparts

October 17, 2011 - Members of the 451st Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms Training and Maintenance team have partnered with members of the 443rd Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron here to train the Afghan air force.

Marines with CLB-31 Trains for Disaster Relief

October 16, 2011 - Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in a disaster relief training exercise here Oct. 10.

Marines Conduct Mock Amphibious Raid Under Cover of Darkness

October 16, 2011 - Illuminated only by the few rays of moonlight that broke through the thick cloud cover, and with the sounds of their engines muffled by the distant thunder, the Marines pushed towards the beach in their amphibious assault vehicles.

Team of Marines Integrates Ground and Air Forces in Afghanistan

October 16, 2011 - As the Marines and coalition and Afghan forces in the southwestern regional command of NATO's International Security Assistance Force patrol the Helmand River valley, they do so knowing an overwhelming advantage is behind them.

George Washington Carrier Strike Group Gets Underway

October 16, 2011 - The George Washington Carrier Strike Group departed early from a port visit in Singapore Oct. 15 to be better postured to provide humanitarian aid if needed in the wake of the worst flooding in many years in Thailand.

Aviation Support Marines Fuel Success in Southwestern Afghanistan

October 15, 2011 - The Marines of Marine Wing Support Squadron 371's fuel division are well acquainted with military aircraft.

Office of Naval Research to Tackle Navy's Energy Challenges in Online Wargame

October 14, 2011 - The Office of Naval Research (ONR) will launch a second scenario for its online wargame to address energy-related problems, officials announced Oct. 14 at the Naval Energy Forum.

USS Pearl Harbor Passes Certification Excercise CERTEX

October 14, 2011 - Dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) successfully completed certification exercise (CERTEX) and pulled back into San Diego Oct. 14.

Pre-Commissioning Unit Minnesota Sailors Conduct Second Namesake Visit

October 14, 2011 - Five Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN 783) Sailors are visiting their namesake state to bring awareness about the Navy, and its newest Virginia-class submarine, Oct. 12 - 15.

Naval Energy Forum 2011 Shows Smart Energy Choices Can Save Lives and Improve Combat Capability

October 14, 2011 - The Navy held its 3rd annual Naval Energy Forum Oct. 13-14 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington.

Captain Wins National Women in Aerospace Achievement Award

October 13, 2011 - A program manager here has been named a co-winner of the national-level Women in Aerospace Achievement Award.

Air Force Leaders Send Birthday Messages to Navy

October 13, 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 Roy salute the Navy on its 236th birthday Oct. 13.

Campaign Wants 'Veteran' Put Back in Veterans Day

October 13, 2011 - A new campaign is working to put the "veteran" back into Veterans Day and to rally public awareness of the sacrifices made by injured veterans and their caregivers.

George Washington Carrier Strike Group Returns to Singapore

October 13, 2011 - The George Washington Carrier Strike Group, centered around nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, arrived in Singapore for a port visit, Oct. 13.

Columbia Visits Malaysia during Western Pacific Deployment

October 13, 2011 - Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) arrived at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Oct. 13 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

Electronic Systems Center Provides Modern Air Traffic Control System for Iraq

October 12, 2011 - Members of the Electronic Systems Center completed work in September that improves and upgrades Iraq's air traffic control system.

Army Leaders Pledge Ongoing Support of Family Programs

October 12, 2011 - Family programs remain important and their budgets will not be used to fund other initiatives, top Army leaders pledged at a family forum here this week.

Department of Defense and Other Agencies Celebrate `Feds Feed Families' Success

October 12, 2011 - The Defense Department today joined its co-sponsor, the Agriculture Department, and other government agencies to celebrate the successful completion of 2011's "Feds Feed Families" campaign.

Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan Says U.S. Forces Have Met All Obligations in Iraq

October 12, 2011 - U.S. forces are "completely on track" to make a total military withdrawal from Iraq by the end of the year, even while U.S. and Iraqi officials discuss the possibility of some staying longer, U.S. Forces Iraq's spokesman says today.

Army Wants ore Soldiers Back on Deployable Status

October 11, 2011 - Decreasing the number of Soldiers who are medically unfit for deployment has become a major focus of the U.S. Army Medical Command.

NY Guard Soldiers Create Massive Sandtable of National Training Center

October 11, 2011 - Composed of the same materials as the rocky desert terrain it depicts, the New York Army National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's massive sand table has allowed its leaders to better understand the areas they'll be dealing with while training.

Guard Gunner Tops NCOs and MP Wins Soldier of Year

October 11, 2011 - A National Guard Paladin gunner from Utah took the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year title and a military policeman from the 10th Mountain Division won Soldier of the Year after a grueling week of competition.

Army Leaders Cite Acquisition Improvements

October 11, 2011 - The U.S. Army is making substantial progress with numerous ongoing efforts designed to improve the acquisition process by implementing recommendations from a recently completed Army Acquisition Review.

Chief of Naval Operations Visits USS John C. Stennis in Arabian Gulf

October 10, 2011 - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert with Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick West visited Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf Oct. 8.

USS George H.W. Bush Sees Success in Can Tab Collection Program

October 09, 2011 - Thanks to the efforts of motivated Sailors aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), the crew collected 35 pounds of can tabs, Oct. 9, which will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Program.

Norwich University Midshipmen Spend a Day Learning About the Submarine Force

October 08, 2011 - Thirty four midshipmen from Norwich University, in Northfield, Vermont, traded a day in the classroom for a day at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., Oct. 7.

RCT-8 Seeks Marine Feedback at NCO Symposium

October 07, 2011 - A contingent of non-commissioned officers gathered at Forward Operating Base Delaram II, Afghanistan recently to discuss lessons learned from their experiences on the battlefield.

ROTC Programs Return to Ivy League Schools

October 07, 2011 - With the fall semester busily under way at colleges and universities across the United States, some of the most prestigious among them are charting a new course with the return of ROTC programs to their campuses.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Visits Military Bases in Italy

October 07, 2011 - On his way home from a week-long trip to countries in the Middle East and NATO headquarters in Belgium, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta made stops Oct. 7 at two military bases in Italy to thank U.S. and NATO troops for their service.

Medical Codes no Longer Prevent Some Deployments

October 07, 2011 - Air Force officials have approved expanding the deployment opportunities for Airmen who typically had limited opportunities to deploy in support of air and space expeditionary force operations.

Deploying Soldiers to Receive New Items in their Kit When they Deploy

October 06, 2011 - Deploying Soldiers will have several new items in their kit when they deploy, including ballistic underwear designed to mitigate some of the effects of an improvised explosive device, or IED, blast.

Indiana Guard Medics Visit Orphans in Afghanistan

October 06, 2011 - The Indiana National Guard's 4-19th Agribusiness Development Team and Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team examined more than 100 boys and girls at an orphanage in Khowst City Oct. 1.

Nightstalkers Bring Heavy Assault Aerial Platform to European Exercise

October 06, 2011 - When special operations forces need to move a large component to a target by air, they often look to the heavy assault Chinook helicopter to do the job.

Budget Crisis and Military Spending Cuts May Impact Future Afghanistan Mission

October 06, 2011 - The worldwide economic crisis is having an impact on the NATO mission militarily as the alliance transitions to a post-International Security Assistance Force environment, said the commander of U.S. Army Europe during a bloggers roundtable today.

Misawa Air Base Airmen Support Federal Energy Awareness Month Program

October 05, 2011 - Airmen here are participating in the annual Federal Energy Awareness month program that runs Oct. 1 through Oct 31.

Air Force GPS Program Receives International Award

October 05, 2011 - The Air Force Global Positioning System program was recognized Oct. 4 by officials at the International Astronautical Federation with a special award during the 62nd International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.

Senior Pentagon Official Lauds Business Task Force for Success

October 05, 2011 - The Task Force for Business and Stability Operations' ability to find ways of creating growth, prosperity and optimism about the future in Iraq and Afghanistan is praiseworthy, a senior Pentagon official said today.

Spain Will Port U.S. Ships to Support NATO Missile Defense

October 05, 2011 - Spain's agreement to port U.S. ships at Naval Station Rota on the Atlantic coast will forge a deeper bilateral security relationship between the two nations and support NATO's missile defense system, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said here today.

Joint Robotics Repair Detachment Team Keeps Robots on the Road

October 04, 2011 - It's every boy's dream, tinkering with robots. Soldiers in the Joint Robotics Repair Detachment at Camp Arifjan get to do that daily.

Missouri Guardsmen Help Recover Crashed Navy Helicopter

October 04, 2011 - Missouri National Guard Soldiers helped recover a Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter that crashed at the Jefferson City airport as it was taking off after refueling.

Thule Air Base Officials Turn 15K Tons of Scrap Metal into $1M

October 04, 2011 - Officials here were able to turn a 15,000 ton mound of scrap metal into more than $1 million and help clean the environment while they were at it.

Cadets Perform Flood Relief Work in South Dakota

October 04, 2011 - Approximately 150 Air Force Academy cadets removed sandbags and cleared flood debris Sept. 29-Oct. 2 here.

SPAWAR Establishes Fleet Readiness Directorate

October 03, 2011 - With a renewed focus on command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) installations and fleet maintenance support, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) established the fleet readiness directorate (FRD) Oct. 1.

George Washington Sailors Volunteer at Busan Orphanage

October 03, 2011 - Sailors from nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) visited the Sung Ae Won Home for Children during a port visit to Busan, Republic of Korea, Oct. 2.

Naples Bids Farewell to 6th Fleet Commander and Welcomes New Commander

October 03, 2011 - Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet held a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples Capodichino in Naples, Italy, Oct. 3, in front of guests, friends and shipmates.

F-35B Completes Initial Shipboard Vertical Landing Aboard USS Wasp

October 03, 2011 - The Navy and Marine Corps Team made naval aviation history Oct. 3 as the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test aircraft BF-2 landed safely on USS Wasp's (LHD 1) flight deck, the first at-sea vertical landing for the Marine Corps' F-35 JSF version.

Harriers Prove Vital to 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

October 02, 2011 - Long range strikes and real-time reconnaissance footage are capabilities the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit gains from Marine Attack Squadron 214, and the 31st MEU would not have these capabilities without the unique characteristics of the AV-8B Harrier.

Miramar Air Show Commemorates Centennial of Naval Aviation

October 02, 2011 - Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar opened its gates to three-quarters of a million members of the local San Diego community Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 for the facility's annual air show.

Maritime Raiders Retake Hijacked Ship from Simulated Pirates

October 01, 2011 - The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's maritime raid force boarded the cargo vessel ATLS to retake it from simulated pirates miles off Southern California's coast Oct. 1, while helicopters provided fire support overhead.

USS Spruance Commissioned as Navy's Newest Destroyer

October 01, 2011 - USS Spruance (DDG 111) became the newest member of the Navy's Pacific fleet after being placed in commission during a sunset ceremony at Naval Air Station Key West Oct. 1.
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