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Military News Articles from 12/2011

Saudi Arabia to purchase 84 F-15SA and Upgrade Current F-15 Fleet

December 30, 2011 - Air Force officials announced the next chapter in a partnership with the Royal Saudi Air Force as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently signed a $29.4 billion Foreign Military Sales Letter of Offer and Acceptance.

American 300 Warrior Tour brings 'Never Quit' Message to 24th Air Force and JBSA

December 30, 2011 - No one complained about the rain during 24th Air Force's war fit physical training here Dec. 19.

Air Force Marathon Registration to Open with One-Day-Only Special Price

December 30, 2011 - Registration for the Air Force Marathon will open Jan. 1, 2012, at midnight with a special one day-only price.

TRICARE Beneficiaries have Several Pharmacy Options

December 30, 2011 - Despite questions about whether the Walgreens pharmacy chain will continue as a TRICARE provider, beneficiaries will have several options for filling prescriptions, Defense Department spokeswoman Eileen M. Lainez said today.

New York Guard Prepares for New Year's Eve Duty

December 29, 2011 - The 280 members of the New York National Guard's Joint Task Force Empire Shield will be on duty New Years Eve assisting police in security missions here.

New Home for the Armor School at Fort Benning

December 29, 2011 - Soldiers of the U.S. Army Armor School arrived at their new home, Ft. Benning, Ga., to state-of-the-art barracks, dining facilities, headquarters, instructional and maintenance facilities customized especially for them.

Corps of Engineers Building 'Energy Strong'

December 29, 2011 - Sustainable design is an integral part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' military construction program.

Gulf War Vets with 'Undiagnosed' Illness get More Time to Qualify for Benefits

December 29, 2011 - Veterans of the Persian Gulf War with undiagnosed illnesses have an additional five years to qualify for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Gunner Course Ensures Returning Soldiers Stay Sharp on Small Arms

December 28, 2011 - After ten years of conflict, some Army units may take for granted that their Soldiers are well-versed with the weapons on which they are expected to qualify.

`Santa Clause' Delivers Fuel to Overseas Troops

December 27, 2011 - It seemed like Santa Claus paid a surprise visit to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron here Dec. 23, to assist in an airdrop delivery to remote forward operating bases in Afghanistan.

DOD Releases Sexual Assault Report and Announces New Policies

December 27, 2011 - Defense Department officials today released the "Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies," covering the academic year from June 1, 2010, to May 31, 2011.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta `Will Not Tolerate' Bullying or Hazing

December 27, 2011 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta added a pointed anti-bullying directive to a message sent Dec. 23 to service members around the world.

Mattis Directs Corrective Actions Following Pakistan Border Incident

December 26, 2011 - Drawing on findings from the investigation into the deadly Nov. 25-26 incident near Afghanistan's border with Pakistan, U.S. Central Command commander Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis directed the International Security Assistance Force to take action.

The Lads of Lima Company are Special

December 25, 2011 - We "yomped" forward. Carrying two days of food rations, including six liters of water and hundreds of machine gun rounds, mine detectors, grenades, ladders, radio equipment, heavy javelins, and other explosives; their packs were heavy.

SECNAV Visits Forward Operating Nolayand Awards Two Marines

December 24, 2011 - The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus traveled to Afghanistan this week to visit with Marines and Sailors of Operation Enduring Freedom.

2nd MLG (FWD) Introduces New LVSR Sixteen Via Licensing Course

December 24, 2011 - Ushering in a new era of logistical support equipment, Marines attached to the 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward)'s G-4 Licensing section began operator training on the Logistics System Vehicle Replacement 16 Tractor, Dec. 18.

Combat Engineers Provide Support for Operation Eagle Hunt

December 23, 2011 - These Marines are trained to lead patrols as point men and sweep for any improvised explosive devices, the enemy's favored weapon. They are also trained in construction and demolitions, making them a versatile force multiplier on the battlefield.

Unmanned helicopter Makes First Delivery for Marines in Afghanistan

December 23, 2011 - Unmanned systems have revolutionized combat aviation, providing a colossal advantage in the fight against terror with surveillance and close-air support.

Sailors Spend Holiday Party at Retiree Home

December 22, 2011 - Sailors with 23rd Dental Company spread cheer to retirees living at Atria Hacienda Senior Living, in Palm Desert, Calif., during the home's annual Holiday Gala party Dec. 16, 2011.

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts Serve Community Through Can Drive

December 22, 2011 - As Combat Center Commissary patrons walked up to the store's entrance Dec. 17, 2011, they were greeted by boys from Cub Scout Pack 79 and Boy Scout Troop 78.

US Marine Father Reflects on Son's Journey in Afghanistan

December 22, 2011 - Sept. 11, 2001, was Hugh Cuturia's 8th birthday. "I think that's when it actually struck," said his father, Brian LaPointe, a Marine Corps gunnery sergeant deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

Combat Engineers Tear Down Patrol Bases Throughout Helmand Province and Paving Way for Afghan Pullout

December 22, 2011 - Firebase Saenz has been destroyed. Its defenses have been torn down and its walls have been completely leveled.

Marines to Hold Final Toy Drive in Times Square with Tactical Vehicles

December 21, 2011 - Marines will load Toys for Tots donations into tactical vehicles in Times Square from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 19 to Friday, Dec. 24, during their final collection of toys before Christmas.

Marines with Concussion and Mild Brain Injury May Qualify for Purple Heart

December 21, 2011 - No one steps foot into the combat zone in hopes to be wounded. But it's a fact that some Marines in combat will be wounded or injured as a result of enemy action, with many of the Marines being eligible for award of the Purple Heart.

Marines Give Input on Possible New Warfighting Technology

December 21, 2011 - Small tables and tents with products laid out looked like a flea market aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 13. Except the things being marketed were advances in warfighting technology.

Marine Musicians Attend Midwest Clinic in Chicago

December 21, 2011 - The symposium is an opportunity for musicians to discuss future plans, strategies and upcoming events, according to Chief Warrant Officer James Ford, head of the Marine Corps music program.

Environmentally Friendly Barracks in Hawaii Blessed and Opened for Soldiers

December 20, 2011 - A traditional maile lei untying and blessing ceremony was held Thursday for the new Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing at Schofield Barracks.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers Learn Leadership Skills

December 20, 2011 - A Soldier in a bomb suit walked slowly toward a smoking vehicle on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A rope trailed behind him and two other Soldiers kept pace at his side.

101st Honors WWII Belgian Nurse who Saved Americans

December 20, 2011 - The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, flew to Brussels Dec. 8 to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge on what is referred to as "Nuts Day," complete with tours, parades and awards.

NY Guard Conducts Record Number of Military Funerals in 2011

December 20, 2011 - The New York Army National Guard's Honor Guard performed more military funerals in 2011, more than 10,500, than in any time since it was started in 1999.

Equal Opportunity Officials Aim to set the Standard for Federal Agencies

December 19, 2011 - Air Force equal opportunity officials have expanded a pilot program that reduces processing times for civilian equal employment opportunity complaints to five months versus the standard six months.

Officials Select Thirty-Six Airmen for Advanced Studies

December 19, 2011 - Three dozen Air Force and two sister-service officers have been selected to attend the Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies starting in summer 2012, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Dec. 19.

New Capability Keeps Deployers Notified of Changes

December 19, 2011 - Airmen getting ready to deploy have a new capability to help them prepare for their tasking. A recent change to the Air Force Reporting Instruction Tool now allows users to sign-up for instant email notifications when they occur.

New Energy Module Provides Awareness Tool for Airmen

December 19, 2011 - The Air Force continues to place emphasis on energy awareness throughout the entire year.

Army General Martin E. Dempsey Thanks Kuwaiti Leaders for Help in Iraq

December 17, 2011 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff took time on a multicountry USO holiday tour this week to thank Kuwaiti officials for that nation's critical help to U.S. Forces Iraq over the past eight years and now, as the mission is ending.

Leon Panetta Pays Tribute to Fallen Sailors in Tripoli

December 17, 2011 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta paused during his historic visit here to lay a wreath on the graves of U.S. sailors lost aboard the USS Intrepid more than 200 years ago.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Promises Continued Support to Libya

December 17, 2011 - Paying tribute to the courage and determination of the Libyan people, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today joined Libyan leaders in welcoming a new chapter in U.S.-Libyan relations.

President Barack Obama Says Nation Should Emulate Troops' Service and Sacrifice

December 17, 2011 - The American military exhibits the best the country has to offer, President Barack Obama said in his weekly address today.

Pretrial Begins for Alleged Document Leaker

December 16, 2011 - The Article 32 hearing for the soldier allegedly involved in what's considered one of the largest leaks of classified material in U.S. history got under way in a crowded military courthouse here today.

Sniper Classmates Break Culture Barriers

December 16, 2011 - No matter which country's uniform Soldiers wear, the challenges they face and the triumphs they enjoy are often the same. Long hours spent in formation.

Chief Information Officer Aims to Consolidate and Close 185 Data Centers by Fidcal Year 2014

December 16, 2011 - Before more than 500 information technology business representatives, the Army's chief information officer said Wednesday the service plans to consolidate data centers and close at least 185 by fiscal year 2014.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army General Martin Dempsey Mark End of Iraq Mission

December 16, 2011 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived here today to join Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in ceremonies marking the end of the U.S. military mission in Iraq.

Writing Therapy to Foster Wounded Warriors' Recovery

December 15, 2011 - At a major medical center where troops are healing from the most severe of traumatic brain injuries and psychological issues, officials are adding a key ingredient to their comprehensive care: expressive writing workshops.

Soldiers Who Smoke Have Increased Injury Risk and Reduced Muscle Endurance

December 15, 2011 - Nearly one-third of active-duty service members smoke, and that figure increases among troops in a combat zone, according to the 2008 Department of Defense Survey of Health-Related Behaviors.

Army Benefits from International Film Fest

December 15, 2011 - The U.S. Army took home more than awards from the International Military Film Competition in Italy last month, according to a DOD employee who was there.

Soldiers Play Key Role in Fielding Lighter Machine Gun

December 15, 2011 - The Army recognized the M240L 7.62mm Medium Machine Gun among the 2010 Army Greatest Inventions (AGI) during an awards ceremony at the Association of the United States Army Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 11.

Air Force Announces Basing Candidates for Security Forces Regional Training Center Consolidation

December 14, 2011 - Air Force officials announced candidate bases for a Security Forces Regional Training Center consolidation Dec. 14.

Electronic Flight Bags Could Boost Operational Safety and Effectiveness

December 14, 2011 - Improved safety, operational effectiveness and efficiency are just a few reasons Air Mobility Command officials are looking into using tablet devices.

Exchange Gift Cards Ensure Airmen's Stockings are Stuffed for the Holidays

December 14, 2011 - According to the National Retail Federation, more than half of all shoppers in 2010 said they'd like to receive gift cards, marking four years in a row that gift cards have topped consumers' holiday wish lists.

Thrift Savings Plan Contribution Limits Increase in 2012

December 13, 2011 - The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has announced the 2012 elective deferral limit for regular Thrift Savings Plan contributions has increased from $16,500 to $17,000 for 2012, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.

Navy Band Northwest Brings Holiday Cheer to Veterans

December 13, 2011 - Veterans gathered at the Washington Veterans Home to watch the Five Star Brass Quintet from Navy Band Northwest perform holiday songs, Dec. 12.

Vinson's Expanded Social Media Arsenal Improves Sailor and Family Connectivity

December 13, 2011 - USS Carl Vinson, responding to positive feedback from family members at the conclusion of the Nimitz-class carrier's last combat deployment in June, announced the expansion of its social media footprint Dec. 12.

CSG2 and Congressman Present Awards to Nautilus SSN 571 Division Cadets

December 12, 2011 - Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, commander, Submarine Group 2 and U.S.Rep. Joe Courtney joined nearly 100 Sea Cadets and their families for their annual holiday party and awards at the VFW Post 1053 in Old Saybrook, Dec. 10.

Naval Air Forces Presents Abraham Lincoln with Battle 'E' Award

December 12, 2011 - The commander of Naval Air Forces (CNAF) visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during the ship's port call in San Diego, Dec. 11.

George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group Returns from Deployment

December 10, 2011 - Nearly 6,000 Sailors aboard the ships of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) returned to their homeport in Norfolk Dec. 10, following a seven-month deployment supporting operations with the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th fleets.

Air Force Expands FY12 Officer Voluntary Force Management Measures

December 09, 2011 - Air Force leaders announced Dec. 6 the expansion of voluntary officer separation measures for fiscal 2012 as part of the service's ongoing force-management initiatives.

General Darrell D. Jones Explains Changes to Mortuary Disposal Process

December 09, 2011 - As soon as officials at the Air Force Port Mortuary in Dover, Del., realized cremated and incinerated service member remains were being disposed of in a landfill, they changed the process, Lt. Gen. Darrell D. Jones said Dec. 8.

Air Force Officials Urge Safe Winter Holiday Season

December 09, 2011 - With the holidays around the corner, officials at the Air Force Safety Center here remind Airmen to use sound risk management during the upcoming festivities both on- and off-duty.

Warrior Games Competition Plans Return to Colorado Springs

December 09, 2011 - The annual Warrior Games, featuring wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans competing in several sporting events, will return here in 2012, U.S. Olympic Committee officials announced Dec. 6.

U.S. and Honduran Partners Help More than 1,100 Flood Victims

December 08, 2011 - More than 20 medical personnel from Joint Task Force-Bravo provided general medical care to more than 1,100 flood victims Nov. 29 and 30 here.

US Embassies Welcome Opportunities for Interagency Training

December 08, 2011 - United States embassies from across the globe are stepping up to participate in a unique training opportunity for Airmen known as the Embassy Immersion Fellowship program.

Security Cooperation Group Marines Lend a Helping Hand to Local Charity

December 07, 2011 - Marines from the logistics section of Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group took time out of their operational schedule to support a charity for under-resourced families in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area, Nov. 30.??

Pacific War-Named Ships Commemorate 70th Anniversary on Date of Infamy

December 07, 2011 - Sailors and Marines aboard two ships whose names honor the memory of the Pacific War held services to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.

24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron Eight Conduct Training off Florida Coast

December 06, 2011 - The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 8 sailed down the Eastern seaboard from their home stations of Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Norfolk, Va., to conduct training exercises off the coast of Florida.

Secretary of Defense Message to Pearl Harbor Survivors

December 06, 2011 - Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta released a message to Pearl Harbor survivors, Dec. 6.

Navy Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

December 06, 2011 - The U.S. Navy is participating in a ceremony at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the 1941 attack and of those who lost their lives during the raid.

Marine Strives to Make Dominican Republic a Better Place

December 05, 2011 - Thoughts of a United States Marine in support of a mission are typically associated with hardened individuals that will take the fight to the enemy's front door or storm off naval ships and aircraft platforms in support of humanitarian efforts.

Officials Seek Nonappropriated Employees for Career Broadening Opportunities

December 05, 2011 - Nonapproriated funds employees now have the opportunity to expand their careers and sharpen their leadership skills through the NAF Career Broadener Program. Applications for this program are part of the NAF Development Team call released Dec. 1.

Global Strike Command Wins Creech Award for Maintenance Excellence

December 05, 2011 - Air Force Global Strike Command is the winner of the General Wilbur L. Creech Maintenance Excellence Award for 2011, Air Force officials announced last week.

Airmen Ensure Emergency Medical Supplies Easily Accesible

December 02, 2011 - Deployed medical Airmen have a launched a new program that will help ensure quick access to medical supplies in the event of an emergency or mass casualty event at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing.

Official Calls for 'Radical Changes' in Maintenance and Sustainment

December 02, 2011 - Praising the "absolutely phenomenal" way the United States has maintained and sustained its forces on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior defense official said the military needs to do even better.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Leaders Celebrate Naval Aviation

December 02, 2011 - Leon E. Panetta commemorated the 100th anniversary of naval aviation last night, praising military aviators' boldness and courage and expressing hope that Congress will draw inspiration from it in tackling the nation's financial challenges.

Department of Defense Works to Repair Pakistan Relationship

December 02, 2011 - Cooperation with Pakistan is essential to the United States, and the Defense Department is working hard to shore up the damaged relationship, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.

Picatinny Provides Soldiers with Quicker and Safer Mortar Fire Control System

December 01, 2011 - Picatinny Arsenal recently received kudos from Soldiers by developing six out of 10 2010 Army Greatest Inventions.

Man's Best Friend Helps Him Deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

December 01, 2011 - "He knows how I'm feeling. And if I were feeling unwell, which could be any number of things: PTSD, TBI or other type of pain, he would proactively do something to help me."

West Point Combat Weapons Team Inducts New Members

December 01, 2011 - The Combat Weapons Team traveled to Long Island Nov. 20 to compete against local skilled civilian shooters.

Army Football Fans have Something to Cheer About

December 01, 2011 - "This week is the calm before the storm as we gear up for the 112th Army-Navy Game," said Boo Corrigan, director of Athletics at the United States Military Academy.
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