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Military News Articles from 11/2011

Chiefs Groups Honor Local 'Charter Chief' During a Small Ceremony

November 30, 2011 - Members of the National Capital Region and Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Chiefs Groups took time to honor one of the Air Force's "Charter Chiefs" during a small ceremony at the Air Force Memorial recently.

Air Force Transitions Call Center Function to AFMAO

November 30, 2011 - The Air Force recently transitioned mortuary affairs call center responsibilities from a temporary call center in Washington D.C., to the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

Air Force Electronic Warfare Officer Instructs Navy Pilots

November 30, 2011 - An Air Force electronic warfare officer recently became the first to upgrade and become a fully qualified instructor teaching Navy pilots flight maneuvers in the EA-6B Prowler.

Defense Commissaries to End Magazine Sales Overseas

November 30, 2011 - Defense Commissary Agency officials have announced the end of magazine sales in their overseas stores beginning January 2012.

82nd Paratroopers Demonstrate In-Flight Parachute Rigging

November 29, 2011 - Paratroopers of Fort Bragg are intimately familiar with Green Ramp. The personnel hanger located at Pope Field is where jumpers stage prior to boarding the Air Force aircraft responsible for carrying them on one-way trips.

LEAP Award Winners Lauded at Pentagon Ceremony

November 29, 2011 - Practitioners of Lean Six Sigma were recognized Nov. 29 for streamlining Army business processes that help save the Army money.

Marine Brings Infantry Experience to Aviation Intelligence in Afghanistan

November 29, 2011 - Staff Sgt. Jeffery Quattlebaum reviews imagery taken by aircraft. The videos and information he compiles as an intelligence analyst help NATO International Security Assistance Force troops mitigate hazards and avoid surprises by enemy forces.

Marines Enjoy Thanksgiving Feast with a Show from Washington Theater Company

November 29, 2011 - Every year, hundreds of service members and their families spend the Thanksgiving holiday away from loved ones.

CSAF Signs Munitions Realignment Program Action Directive

November 28, 2011 - Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz signed the Program Action Directive Nov. 20 that details the transfer of munitions squadrons responsible for nuclear mission support from Air Force Materiel Command to Air Force Global Strike Command.

New Satellite Terminal Training and Fielding Facility 'Smart' Move for Army

November 28, 2011 - As the Army looks for innovative solutions to slim its financial waistline, a new facility for the advanced version of its protected satellite terminal has consolidated production, training and fielding in one location in an effort to save millions.

Marines Support Bilateral Training Missions in Spain

November 28, 2011 - As part of the bilateral exercise Lisa Azul, Marines attached to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST), Company Europe conducted military operations on urban terrain, or MOUT, training with Marines attached to the Spanish Armada Infantería de Marine.

Marines and Junior Rank Prepare for Inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

November 28, 2011 - The rosters are set and Junior Rank, in partnership with Marine Corps Recruiting Command, is focusing efforts to make the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl week in Phoenix a success.

Bidens Host Holiday Dinner for Wounded Warriors

November 25, 2011 - Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, hosted an early Thanksgiving feast for wounded warriors and their families in their home at the U.S. Naval Observatory here last night.

Fox Sports Broadcasts from U.S. Army Post in Korea

November 25, 2011 - Fox Sports broadcasted from the American military headquarters post here in South Korea during their Thanksgiving Day coverage of the Detroit Lions-Green Bay Packers game.

Base Officials Recognize Employees' Service to Corps

November 24, 2011 - Many base employees watched their co-workers receive awards, enjoyed each other's company and participated in numerous team- building events.

Amphibious Ready Group Celebrates Thanksgiving Day at Sea

November 24, 2011 - Sailors and Marines of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group celebrated Thanksgiving Day aboard three ships here Nov. 24 - some spending their first holiday away from home.

American Paratroopers Bid Farewell to Camp Ramadi

November 24, 2011 - Two MI-17 Iraqi helicopters made their way over the city of Ramadi, and the Euphrates River to land at the helicopter-landing zone on Camp Ramadi.

Deadlines to Mail Christmas Packages Approaching

November 23, 2011 - If you want to send cookies or crocheted underwear to your Soldier overseas and have it in his hands before Christmas, the time to drop it in the mail is now -- or at the latest, Dec. 17.

Space Researchers Test Equipment at Fort Irwin

November 23, 2011 - Fort Irwin Soldiers got a chance to help test equipment last week that they may never have imagined they'd see when they joined the Army.

Air Force Leaders Collaborate on Total Force Future

November 23, 2011 - Air Force senior leaders are looking at ways to balance the ratio of regular and Reserve Component Airmen to create the most effective and efficient combat capability in austere budget times.

Binge Drinking Often a Problem During Holidays

November 23, 2011 - The holiday season is upon us, and it's a time when many people find themselves celebrating at parties where alcoholic beverages are being served. Therefore, it is important that everyone know what they are dealing with when it comes to consuming alcohol.

VCSA Seeks Budget Balance for Army

November 22, 2011 - With the fiscal debate in Congress hovering over military budgets, Army senior leadership is focused on maintaining equilibrium no matter what happens.

U.S. and Swedish Air Forces Conduct Squadron Exchange Program

November 22, 2011 - Swedish Air Force and 48th Fighter Wing airmen participated in a week-long squadron exchange program here, which concluded Nov. 18.

Bidens Host Holiday Dinner for Wounded Warriors

November 22, 2011 - Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted an early Thanksgiving feast for wounded warriors and their families in their home at the U.S. Naval Observatory here Nov. 21.

SECAF Addresses Current and Future Challenges for Air Force

November 21, 2011 - Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley addressed approximately 300 Airmen, industry officials and Air Force Association members in a keynote speech at the AFA's Global Warfare Symposium in Los Angeles, Nov. 18.

Schriever Air Force Base Increases Security Measures

November 21, 2011 - An individual from the 50th Security Forces Squadron barricaded himself inside the deployment processing building on base here Nov. 21.

National Security Advisor Tom Donilon Says Obama Calls for `All-in' Asia Strategy

November 19, 2011 - National Security Advisor Tom Donilon discussed the administration's "all-in" Asia strategy during a press conference in Indonesia today.

United States and Canadian Defense Leaders Call F-35 Crucial

November 18, 2011 - Calling it crucial to the defense of North America, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Canadian Defense Minister Peter G. MacKay today emphasized that both nations are committed to developing the F-35 joint strike fighter.

Panetta and MacKay Look Ahead in Afghanistan Effort

November 18, 2011 - The way ahead in Afghanistan was among the topics covered in a meeting here today between Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Canadian Defense Minister Peter G. MacKay, the North American defense leaders said at a news conference.

President Barack Obama Says Take Time to Honor Troops and Families

November 18, 2011 - President Barack Obama pointed out the importance of honoring military families' contributions and sacrifices in his proclamation declaring Nov. 20-26 National Family Week.

United States and Indonesia Agree on F-16 Transfer

November 18, 2011 - The U.S. and Indonesian presidents issued a joint statement today from Bali, Indonesia, reaffirming their deepening engagement and announcing the planned transfer and upgrade of 24 Excess Defense Article F-16s to the Indonesian air force.

Japan and US Conduct Bilateral Casualty Evacuation Rehearsals

November 18, 2011 - Marines and corpsmen conducted bilateral casualty evacuation rehearsals with members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force here Nov. 9.

Officials Say Pentagon Will Examine All Budget Areas

November 17, 2011 - The Defense Department will do its part to cut the federal deficit and will look at all areas of its budget, the Pentagon's comptroller said here today.

Korean War Veteran Honored at 2nd ANGLICO Ball

November 17, 2011 - During November, the Marine Corps celebrates its past and present by holding birthday ceremonies hosted by the different units.

Division West Preps Guard Units to Defend Nation's Capital

November 16, 2011 - Two Army National Guard units will soon be using a combination of air defense systems to guard the National Capital Region and the nation's leaders.

Iwo Jima Icon Moves Denver Recruiters with Rare Account of War

November 16, 2011 - The crowd stood as the old man slowly walked to the podium, his red hat standing out among the Dress Blue uniforms and ball dresses.

Nurse Case Managers Help Wounded Warriors Receive Optimal Health Care

November 15, 2011 - On any given day, the Soldiers of the Fort Hood Warrior Transition Brigade are undertaking a number of medical appointments as they navigate the path to healing and transitioning back into the military or into the civilian world.

Food Service Organizes Lunch to Celebrates 236 Marine Corps Birthday

November 15, 2011 - As the Marine Corps prepared to celebrate its 236th birthday, many units made arrangements to celebrate the event.

Newest MSC T-AKE-Class Ship USNS Medgar Evers Christened

November 14, 2011 - USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13), the newest ship in the U.S. Navy's Lewis and Clark-class of dry cargo/ammunition ships operated by Military Sealift Command (MSC), was christened Nov. 12 during a ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.

Laser Experts Convene at ONR-Sponsored Forum Focused on Warfighter Needs

November 14, 2011 - In pursuit of maritime lasers, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is co-sponsoring the Directed Energy Professional Society's (DEPS) annual symposium for the first time Nov. 14-18 in La Jolla, Calif.

Pacific Submarine Community Remembers Veterans

November 11, 2011 - Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam held a Veterans Day ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Submarine Park and Parch Memorial Nov. 11.

Trailblazing Trident: 'Always First' USS Ohio Celebrates 30th Birthday

November 11, 2011 - Thirty years after its commissioning, USS Ohio (SSGN 726) continues to live up to its motto, "Always First."

Overseas Service Photography Project by the Department of Defense Announced

November 10, 2011 - The Department of Defense announced Nov. 8 that it seeks donations of photographs of U.S. military service life overseas from current and former service members for use in a photo recognition exhibition planned in conjunction with the State Department.

Universal Class Program Offers Personal Development Opportunities

November 10, 2011 - You're never too old to stop learning, and Air Force libraries offer opportunities for self-improvement and personal development through the Universal Class program.

Panetta Dedicates New Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

November 10, 2011 - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta presided over the opening of what he called "a 21st-century place of miracles" here Nov. 10.

Veterans Day an Opportunity to Share Service at Air Force Memorial

November 10, 2011 - Veterans Day is near and dear to my family since many family members have served this nation across several service branches.

Wounded Warriors Participate in Sports Minicamp

November 09, 2011 - A small group of Air Force wounded warriors attended an adaptive sports wounded warrior minicamp Nov. 3 to 6 at the Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Air Force Leaders Send Birthday Messages to Marine Corps

November 09, 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 Marine Corps on its 236th birthday Nov. 10.

Multi-Service Office to Advance Air-Sea Battle Concept

November 09, 2011 - The Department of Defense announced the creation of a new office to integrate air and naval combat capabilities in support of emerging national security requirements Nov. 9.

Restaurants Offer Military Members and Vets Thank-You Meals

November 08, 2011 - A variety of restaurants and fast-food chains are offering free or discounted meals to active-duty, Reserve and retired military members and veterans in thanks for their service this Veterans Day.

Elmendorf-Richardson Civilian Earns National Award for Work with Families

November 08, 2011 - A civilian Department of Defense employee here recently received the Association of the U.S. Army's DOD Civilian of the Year for the Pacific Region award.

International Military and Civilian Aviation Communities Explore Aircraft Mishap Prevention

November 08, 2011 - Members of the military and civilian aviation communities recently had an opportunity to exchange information and explore new possibilities for preventing aircraft mishaps.

Air Force Reserve Pilot the First to Reach 1,000 F-22 Flight Hours

November 07, 2011 - An Air Force Reserve pilot made history here Nov. 4 when he flew his 1,000 flight hour in an F-22 Raptor.

Expanded Recycling Program Better for Environment and Deployed Troops

November 07, 2011 - An expanded recycling program at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing offers deployed troops more opportunities to be better stewards of the earth, while also benefitting morale, welfare and recreation programs here.

Sesame Launches New Resources for Military Families

November 07, 2011 - With hundreds of military families gathered here, Sesame Workshop unveiled a new collection of resources Nov. 7 designed to help children stay connected with military loved ones.

U.S. Army's top NCO returns to South Korea

November 07, 2011 - The top noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army returned to South Korea more than 11 years after serving there in the 2nd Infantry Division.

Wounded Warrior Wheelchair Basketball Exhibition to Take Place at the Pentagon

November 04, 2011 - In recognition of Warrior Care Month, the Navy will host a joint-service wounded warrior wheelchair basketball exhibition Nov. 18 at the Pentagon Athletic Center.

Senior ONR Executive Earns Highest DoD Civilian Award for Transition Excellence

November 04, 2011 - An Office of Naval Research (ONR) senior leader received the Department of Defense (DoD) Distinguished Civilian Service Award Nov. 4, largely for his success at transitioning programs from science and technology (S&T) into naval acquisition programs.

Energy Monitors Lead Command Drive Toward Energy Conservation

November 04, 2011 - Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville is taking a top-to-bottom approach on promoting a culture of awareness to manage energy use and prevent energy waste.

Phase I Enlisted Retention Board Results Available for Commanders on November 14

November 04, 2011 - Phase I Enlisted Retention Board results will be posted for command access on Nov. 14 at which time notifications will begin, officials said Nov. 4th.

Army Secretary Says Balance Needed as Wars Draw Down

November 03, 2011 - With the drawdown of forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, talented soldiers will need to be retained while Army infrastructure draws down, and the American people and warfighters need to maintain a connection, Army Secretary John M. McHugh said here yesterday.

Program Helps Families of Wounded and Fallen Start Businesses

November 03, 2011 - Later this month, a group of 17 family members who care for wounded warriors, as well as surviving spouses of fallen service members, will gather at Syracuse University in New York to learn how to start and run their own businesses.

Japanese-American Vets Earn Highest Civilian Honor

November 03, 2011 - Hundreds of former soldiers wearing blue and red caps bearing the names of their World War II units walked, shuffled or were wheeled into the Capitol Visitors Center here yesterday to witness the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal.

Airmen Transport Wounded Libyan Fighters to U.S.

November 02, 2011 - Nearly two dozen wounded Libyan fighters were evacuated from Libya to here Oct. 29 aboard a C-17 Globemaster III.

Air Force Selects Officers and Civilians for Developmental Education

November 02, 2011 - More than 740 officers and 106 civilians were selected for intermediate and senior developmental education opportunities during the 2011 Developmental Education Designation Board in October here, officials announced Nov. 2.

Air Force Assists in Historic Final Transfer of Iraq's Airspace

November 02, 2011 - With the Air Force's assistance, Iraq now has full air traffic control responsibility for the country's airspace for the first time since 2003.

Study Finds no Evidence of Health Problems from Burn Pits

November 01, 2011 - An Institute of Medicine study released Oct. 31 found no evidence between exposure to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan and long-term health problems.

Tops in Blue Seeks Specialty Talent for Worldwide Talent Contest

November 01, 2011 - Tops in Blue officials are currently seeking additional applicants with specialty talent for the 2012 Air Force Worldwide Talent Search.

Airmen Help Provide Aeromedical Evacuation for Libyan Freedom Fighters

November 01, 2011 - A team of 18 Airmen is preparing to evacuate 26 seriously wounded Libyan fighters to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and four critical cases to Germany for immediate care.
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