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Military News Articles from 02/2011

Vice CSAF Emphasizes Modeling and Simulation Integration During AFAMS Visit

February 28, 2011 - Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Philip Breedlove emphasized the need to standardize live, virtual and constructive modeling and simulation across the Air Force and the joint team during a recent visit.

Developmental Education Deadline Set for Officers and Civilians

February 28, 2011 - Officers considering intermediate or senior developmental education in 2011 have until March 31 to submit their applications for consideration by the selection board, officials announced. Civilians have until May 1 to submit applications.

First Lady and Dr. Biden to Launch Military Family Awareness Campaign

February 28, 2011 - Dr. Jill Biden and first lady Michelle Obama will campaign to raise awareness of military families, the vice president's wife told spouses of National Guard adjutants general Feb. 28.

First Class Graduates from Aviation School at Former George Air Force Base

February 28, 2011 - Forty-three student aircraft mechanics attending the Southern California Logistics Airport School of Aviation Technology, located at the former George Air Force Base, recently graduated with full certification in general aviation.

Newly Selected Staff Sergeants Attend Orientation Course at Pendleton

February 25, 2011 - Nearly 200 Marines recently got a glimpse of how the remainder of their military careers would likely look.

U.S. Marines Observe and Train Georgia's 33rd Light Infantry Battlion during Georgia Deployment Program

February 25, 2011 - In August 2009, the Republic of Georgia joined forces with International Security Assistance Forces and ramped up a battalion of soldiers to aid the fight in Afghanistan. This marked the start of the Georgia Deployment Program.

Combat Center Mechanics Affected by California PERC Crackdown

February 25, 2011 - In 2008, California increased their regulatory control by prohibiting use of the carcinogenic chemical Perchloroethylene, also known as PERC, for all automotive maintenance. This law impacts how Combat Center mechanics do business.

Second Generation Marine Leaves Small Town Roots

February 25, 2011 - From the quiet streets of Indiana, to the hectic pace of Marine Corps life, Lance Cpl. Jonathon Rockey managed to make it a smooth transition in joining his family business of serving his country.

Marines and Sailors Help Blind and Disabled Thai Children

February 24, 2011 - Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, spent their free time helping disabled children during a port visit in Pattaya Beach, Thailand, Feb 24.

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen Visits Horn of Africa Task Force

February 24, 2011 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff took time today during his whirlwind trip through the Middle East to visit with troops of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, whose full-time focus here is on maintaining stability and preventing conflict.

Army General David H. Petraeus Orders Probe of Rolling Stone Allegations

February 24, 2011 - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, will appoint an investigator to determine the facts of issues raised in a Rolling Stone magazine article that appeared today.

The Boeing Co. Wins Aerial Refueling Tanker Contract

February 24, 2011 - The Boeing Co. has won the contract to produce the Air Force's KC-46A aerial refueling aircraft, replacing the Eisenhower-era KC-135s and the Reagan-era KC-10s.

Camp Pendleton Commemorates WWII Heroes During Iwo Jima 66th Anniversary

February 23, 2011 - Hundreds gathered to honor and remember the Marines who lost their lives during World War II on the shores of Iwo Jima 66 years ago.

Air Force Network Integration Center Officials Launch IA Education Tools

February 23, 2011 - Air Force Network Integration Center officials recently introduced new information assurance education tools to help Airmen stay up to speed in the constantly evolving cyberspace environment.

New York Guard Members All Safe after New Zealand Earthquake

February 23, 2011 - All 26 members of the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing, currently deployed in support of Operation Deep Freeze, are safe and unharmed after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the New Zealand capitol of Christchurch today.

Atlanta Ceremony Recognizes Rest & Recuperation Contributors

February 23, 2011 - During a ceremony at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Feb. 17, military officials recognized several organizations that support the Rest and Recuperation leave program.

Marine Corps Reserves Provide Support for West Coast Bases

February 22, 2011 - Among all the 3rd Marine Air Wing installations on MCAS, Miramar there's a Marine Forces Reserve, Reserve Support Unit stationed there as well.

Air Force Has New Weapon in Fight Against Spice

February 22, 2011 - Air Force officials began drug testing Airmen Feb. 22 to determine whether they are using Spice -- the street term for a range of designer synthetic-cannabinoid products.

Combat Control Candidates Vie for Shot at Scarlet Beret

February 22, 2011 - When the muscle burn set in and it became a struggle to breathe, a shot at earning a scarlet beret was enough to push through.

Guard and Reserve Family Readiness Groups Honored at Pentagon

February 22, 2011 - Unit family readiness group members, representing all of the military reserve components, were recognized for their outstanding family support programs Feb. 18 during a ceremony in the Pentagon.

Memories of a Fallen Brother Remembered in Afghanistan

February 21, 2011 - The words stumble from his mouth like a child who misses a step. Memories are flashing through his mind as he remembers details of a friend who had fallen in the line of duty.

Sea Knight Helicopters Maritime Contingency Force Remains Ready

February 21, 2011 - CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters broke the silence of the early morning hours as they soared toward a ship refusing to comply with orders of the U.S. Navy.

SecAF Takes Stock of Progress and Future Challenges

February 21, 2011 - During remarks to the Air Force Association's 27th Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition here Feb. 18, the Air Force's senior ranking official reviewed the service' s priorities.

MALS-16 Transfers Authority to MALS-40 in Preparation for 2nd MAW (Fwd) Support

February 20, 2011 - The Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16 "Forerunners" transferred responsibilities to the MALS-40 "Thoroughbreds" during a transfer of authority ceremony here, Feb. 20.

Historic Firsts for AFNORTH Sergeants Lead to Distinguished Honors

February 20, 2011 - It had all the markings of a historic event with firsts on several fronts. As well it should; it was a historic event.

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Sees Success at Cobra Gold

February 19, 2011 - Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, successfully completed all scheduled events during exercise Cobra Gold 2011, Feb. 19.

U.S. Marines Train Georgian Infantry in Mission Rehearsal Exercise and Continues International Security Assistance Force Support in Afghanistan

February 19, 2011 - The Republic of Georgia's 33rd Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) arrived at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) here recently from Georgia to begin a month long training evolution that will serve as a final mission rehearsal.

New Deployable Air Traffic Control System Program

February 18, 2011 - Electronic Systems Center officials intend to call for proposals within the next few months for development and production of a new deployable air traffic control system.

CMSAF Discusses Need for Strengthened Resiliency at Symposium

February 18, 2011 - The Air Force's senior enlisted leader discussed the importance of resiliency and its impact to the service Feb. 17 here during the Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition.

Department of Defense Officials Honor Top Guard and Reserve Family Programs

February 18, 2011 - Defense Department officials lauded the top National Guard and Reserve family programs here Feb. 18 calling family support a vital component of mission readiness.

Department of Defense Surgeons General Visit Bagram Airfield Medics

February 17, 2011 - The Department of Defense surgeons general visited the Craig Joint Theater Hospital here Feb. 13.

Results of Command and Control Training Study Show Roadmap Ahead

February 17, 2011 - Standardizing command and control, or C2, training across air, space and cyber domains and consolidating training here were the main recommendations of a recent independent study completed for Air Combat Command.

Eagle Vision Program Garners Key Award for Keen Earth Observation

February 17, 2011 - An Electronic Systems Center program has been named the winner of a prestigious award presented by officials from NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Airman Provides Gateway for Iraqis to American Training

February 16, 2011 - Passport with a visa -- check. Plane ticket with an aisle seat -- check. Luggage with extra socks -- check.

Airmen Assist in Air Force-Wide Missile Modification

February 16, 2011 - Members of the 86th Munitions Squadron here recently assisted a joint air to surface standoff missile team in a weeklong project of modifying several missiles as part of an Air Force-wide initiative.

New Fuel Savings Concept Evaluated at Joint Base McGuire

February 16, 2011 - As the Air Force's largest consumer of aviation fuel, Air Mobility Command officials are taking a leadership role in efforts to reduce fuel consumption across all mobility Air Force missions.

Deployed Firefighters Induct Fallen Teammate into "Department of Heroes"

February 16, 2011 - The overhead radio crackled to life. "Firefighter Kozorosky, fire dispatch." Five seconds of silence passed, and the radio again sounded the call, "Firefighter Kozorosky, fire dispatch."

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen Says Programs will Suffer Without Adequate Funding

February 16, 2011 - Military programs will suffer if the Defense Department's budget for fiscal 2011 isn't passed immediately, the nation's top military officer told the House Armed Services Committee here Feb. 16.

Senior NCO Creates and Strengthens Partnerships Between Two Countries

February 15, 2011 - Helping others navigate through unfamiliar territory and toward a successful future is a difficult task.

Joint Women's Leadership Symposium Offers Leadership Development Opportunities

February 15, 2011 - Women from all branches of the Armed Forces will have the opportunity to learn leadership skills and network at the Joint Women's Leadership Symposium March 15 and 16 in San Diego, Calif.

Fuel Savings Officials Plan to Broaden Impact with Air Force-Wide Summit

February 15, 2011 - Members of the Air Force's Fuel Efficiency Office plan to host their first service-wide Aviation Operations Energy Steering Group summit here Feb. 16 and 17.

Department of Defense Officials Ask Service Members to Kiss the Spit Goodbye

February 15, 2011 - When the Department of Defense weighs in on kissing and spitting, it's with good reason - two good reasons, in fact: love and health.

Army Requests $29.5 Billion Less Than Last Year

February 15, 2011 - The Army's Fiscal Year 2012 budget request includes funding for a 1.5 percent pay raise for Soldiers, a 3.1 percent increase in housing allowance, and a 3.4 percent increase in subsistence.

New and Enhanced VA Benefits Provided to Caregivers of Veterans

February 14, 2011 - Department of Veterans Affairs officials are launching the first of a series of new and enhanced services supporting family caregivers of seriously ill and injured veterans.

Multinational Officials Plan for Cobra Gold 2012

February 14, 2011 - Military planners from more than 24 nations are in Thailand making a plan to deal with aggressive Arcadian military forces that took over a portion of neighboring Khuistan and Free Mojave on the subcontinent of Pacifica.

Leaders Explain Air Force Manning Impacts on Academy

February 14, 2011 - Air Force officials are implementing a strategy for force management, and the Air Force Academy is included in those efforts.

Efficiencies and Balance Main Focuses of Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

February 14, 2011 - Air Force officials said despite a reduction in the top line request, combat capabilities and balance will remain focal points in the Air Force's portion

Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans Expanding

February 14, 2011 - Department of Veterans Affairs officials are awarding two grants totaling $7.5 million to the U.S. Olympic Committee to enhance recreation and sporting activities for disabled veterans and disabled members of the armed forces.

Ceremony Honors Service of African Americans in Korean War

February 12, 2011 - African Americans fought against Communism during the Korean War of 1950-53 to protect the rights of individuals, even as their own civil rights were denied at home, the Defense Department's top equal opportunity official said here yesterday.

Chairman Asks Communities to Help Veterans Reach their Dreams

February 11, 2011 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today that he is proud and privileged to lead a military that is the best he has seen in more than 40 years.

Navy-Marine Corps Unit Provides Numerous Capabilities

February 11, 2011 - A Navy-Marine Corps unit completed a wide range of missions across the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean in the past year.

Service Secretaries Receive 'Don't Ask' Repeal Plan

February 11, 2011 - Pentagon officials today sent the Defense Department's implementation plan for repeal of the law commonly known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to the service secretaries with a March 1 deadline for their first progress update.

Marine Receives Navy Cross for Actions in Vietnam War

February 11, 2011 - Nearly 45 years after he saved almost an entire company of fellow Marines in Vietnam, a Marine Corps veteran was formally recognized today for his actions.

Intelligence Chief Says al-Qaida Still Greatest Threat

February 11, 2011 - Terrorism -- specifically al-Qaida -- remains the greatest threat to the United States, the director of national intelligence said on Capitol Hill, yesterday.

CIA Director Leon E. Panetta Says Intelligence Community Needs to Predict Uprisings

February 11, 2011 - The intelligence community has to do a better job collecting information that will predict uprisings like those going on in Egypt, while also treating cybersecurity as the next battlefield, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta told a congressional committee.

National Space Security Strategy Outlines Rules of the Road

February 11, 2011 - Department of Defense's strategic approach to space must change. This is the message of the National Security Space Strategy recently approved by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

American Medical Association Awards Navy Surgeon General with Top Honor

February 10, 2011 - The American Medical Association (AMA) presented the Navy Surgeon General with the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Feb. 9.

Pearl Harbor Starbase Atlantis Launches 5th Graders to Success

February 10, 2011 - Twenty-eight 5th grade students from Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary celebrated their graduation from the Strobes Atlantis program with a rocket launching aboard Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Feb. 8.

General Schwartz Talks Past and Present of Special Ops

February 10, 2011 - The U.S. has the world's most competent and most capable special operations forces thanks to the selfless dedication of countless U.S. special operations professionals over the years, according to the Air Force Chief of Staff.

Psychological Health Directors Help Soldiers and Airmen Manage Stress

February 10, 2011 - National Guard officials have appointed directors of psychological health for each state and territory to ensure a continuance of care for service members and their families.

AFSO21 Event Helps Plan Fuel Conservation Initiatives

February 10, 2011 - Members from the 100th Operations Group, the 100th Maintenance Group and the 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron recently used the Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st century process to help design fuel conservation initiatives here.

Officials Certify First Aircraft for Unlimited Biofuel Usage

February 10, 2011 - The C-17 Globemaster III was recently certified for unlimited usage of hydroprocessed blended biofuels known as hydrotreated renewable jet fuels, officials said here Feb. 9.

Airman Qualifies for National Fencing Tournament

February 10, 2011 - The fencer prepares for a match by studying his opponent closely. With an eagle eye, he breaks down his opponent's strengths and weaknesses and starts to formulate a game plan.

Official Says Department of Defense Must Train for 'Degraded' Environments

February 09, 2011 - The military needs to do a better job of training to conduct operations in less-than-perfect conditions, the chairman of the Defense Science Board said here Feb. 9.

Women Learn to Fight Stress from Home Front

February 09, 2011 - During a week in which White House officials pledged a whole-of-government approach to supporting military families, 11 women worked diligently a few miles away to learn to cope with the stresses of their husbands' multiple deployments.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Centers Open for Tax Assistance

February 09, 2011 - There are more than 100 Navy Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Centers around the world now open for business, ready to assist Sailors and their family members with their taxes.

Cherry Point Hosts Students for Job Shadow Day

February 09, 2011 - As part of National Groundhog Job Shadow Day, students from multiple Craven County schools came to Cherry Point Feb. 2 for a firsthand look at the various vocations aboard the air station.

Abercrombie Introduces Biodiesel Crop Research Project on Marine Corps Base Hawaii

February 09, 2011 - A project that is expected to help reduce dependence on fossil fuels kicked off here Feb. 4.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 'Crowd Sources' Combat Vehicle Design

February 09, 2011 - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is leveraging the "power of the crowd" to reduce the time it takes to design and build complex, expensive combat vehicles, an agency official said today.

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen Says Building Resilience Must Start at Basic Training

February 08, 2011 - Leadership that builds resilience in servicemembers and their families starting with the first day of basic training is essential to the U.S. military's future, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

West Point Negotiation Team Provides Training to Deploying Unit

February 08, 2011 - The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., recently sent a five-person Negotiation Project Mobile Training Team to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, to teach negotiation systems and strategies to noncommissioned officers.

Army Wants Thirty-Six More 'Punisher' Weapons in 2012

February 08, 2011 - Only five XM25 weapons exist today, but Soldiers lucky enough to have used them in Afghanistan are saying more are needed.

Energy Symposium Seeking Sustainable Solutions for Brighter Future

February 08, 2011 - On the same day that President Barack Obama outlined his Better Building Initiative that aims to reduce companies' energy bills by about $40 billion a year, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, Germany, hosted its second annual energy symposium.

299th Engineer Company Dismantles Improvised Bridge

February 08, 2011 - Soldiers of 299th Engineer Company, 724th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade dismantled an Improvised Rafting Bridge on Tigris River near Sharqat, Iraq, Jan. 23.

Non-Profit 'Paws for Purple Hearts' Helping with PTSD

February 08, 2011 - Paws for Purple Hearts, a non-profit that teaches wounded Soldiers to train service dogs for seriously-disabled veterans, may soon begin testing the physiological reactions that come from working with the animals.

Iraqi Soldiers Test Mortar Skills with Live-Fire Exercise

February 08, 2011 - Iraqi mortar platoons assigned to 1st Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, conducted a live-fire exercise using 60mm and 81mm mortar systems to test their weapons proficiency at Destiny Range in Ninewa province, Iraq, Jan. 26.

Relief in Sight for Chronic Pain Sufferers

February 08, 2011 - Injury and pain may be considered just a consequence of the job for many Soldiers, but the medical professionals at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center here are striving to help wounded Soldiers manage their pain so they can continue their Army careers.

Centennial Celebration Marks Re-Opening of Reagan Library

February 07, 2011 - He touched the lives of millions of Americans, brought the major industrial nations together and launched a new revolution while defending the U.S. during our country's greatest decline.

Documenting History in Denver: Aviator Educates New Generation

February 07, 2011 - "I had two options," the 89-year-old pilot states. "I could ditch my plane or bail out of the cockpit into the dark waters below." As the man speaks, his blue eyes light up as though he is back at the control of his F4U Corsair over the Pacific Ocean.

All-Marine Female Athletes Bring Much Needed Presence to Houston High Schools

February 07, 2011 - Three Marines from the women's All-Marine Volleyball Team visited nine high schools within Recruiting Station Houston's area of responsibility during the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2011, bringing much needed visibility to the Marine Corps.

Exercise Cobra Gold 2011 Kicks off in Thailand

February 07, 2011 - The opening ceremony for Exercise Cobra Gold 2011 in Chiang Mai Feb. 7, 2011 highlighted the multinational nature of the exercise as well as the many benefits that occur when partner nations train together.

Marine Recruiter Apprehends Armed Robber at Local Restaurant

February 07, 2011 - A local Marine recruiter became a hero on the evening of Jan. 16, 2011 after he managed to nab an alleged thief who held up a Mexican restaurant where he was having dinner.

Wing Topples Competition During Division Matches

February 04, 2011 - Of the 14 teams from all major subordinate commands in Okinawa and Iwakuni who competed in the 110th Annual Far East Division Matches Jan. 10 to 26, one team toppled the competition by taking first in three out of the four categories.

Acquiring Targets Fast and Accurately is the Goal with New M240G Optics System

February 04, 2011 - Marine Expeditionary Force III Marines recently had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the Marine Corps' new SU-260/P Machine Gun Day Optic and Ruggedized Miniature Reflex Sight for the M240G medium machine gun.

Wounded Warrior Marines and Marine Veterans SuperBowl Bound

February 04, 2011 - Marines and Marine veterans, supported by the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, gathered here to attend a welcome dinner at the Irving Convention Center, marking the start of events leading up to their attendance at Super Bowl XLV.

Navy Test Pilot Completes First F-35B Variant Joint Strike Fighter Flight

February 04, 2011 - After a series of extensive ground and simulator

Guidance Provided to Sailors on Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Provision

February 04, 2011 - The Navy released NAVADMIN 041/11 Feb. 4 to provide Sailors with additional information and guidance following the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy.

USS Momsen and USS Bunker Hill Disrupt Pirate Attack

February 04, 2011 - USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) disrupted a pirate attack on Panamanian flagged merchant vessel Duqm, Feb. 2 in the Gulf of Oman.

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen Says Egypt's Military Remains Neutral

February 04, 2011 - With hope for "an orderly, peaceful, violence-free transition" in Egypt, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today he will continue his discussions with the chief of staff of Egypt's armed forces.

Archeological Teams to Search Cambodia for Vietnam War MIAs

February 04, 2011 - Two archeological teams from the U.S. Joint Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command are scheduled to arrive in Cambodia soon to search for Americans unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War

American Forces Radio and Television Service Gears Up for Live Super Bowl Telecast

February 04, 2011 - When millions of Americans gather around TV sets this weekend for Super Bowl XLV, they'll have lots of company from U.S. forces around the world and at sea, thanks to the American Forces Radio and Television Service.

Center Officials Award Space Fence Preliminary Design Contracts

February 03, 2011 - Electronic Systems Center officials have issued two competitive contract orders, each worth $107 million, for preliminary design of the Space Fence program.

Suicide Prevention Begins With Recruiters and Supervisors

February 03, 2011 - Troubled about rising suicide rates in the military's reserve components, the top Army Reserve officer said yesterday he'd like recruiters to start identifying not only whether potential recruits qualify for military service.

Directory Links Wounded Warriors and Families to Resources

February 03, 2011 - From benefits and compensation to education and training, an online directory is providing wounded warriors, veterans and their families a direct connection to thousands of state, local and national resources.

Army General David H. Petraeus Discusses Troop Transition Options

February 03, 2011 - As the start of the drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan approaches, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the senior commander of U.S. and coalition forces there, said the transition of forces could take a number of forms.

Navy Oncologist Emphasizes Prevention in Cancer Fight

February 03, 2011 - Smoking cessation, annual physicals and routine screenings are the best ways to decrease the risks of cancer, said a Navy doctor who routinely sees active-duty and retired military personnel and family members for chemotherapy.

State Department Notes `Constructive' Egyptian Military Role

February 03, 2011 - News reports from Cairo indicate the Egyptian military is not taking sides in the demonstrations and counter demonstrations taking place in the country.

Pentagon Seeks Recruits for Future Information Technologists

February 03, 2011 - The Army, Air Force and the office of the Defense Department's chief information officer hosted 50 local high school students at the Pentagon today to begin recruiting the next generation of the federal government's information technology work force.

Navy Nurse Lt. Cmdr. Ronda Hartzel Discusses Breast Cancer Battle

February 03, 2011 - Lt. Cmdr. Ronda Hartzel is a Navy nurse who worked diligently to maintain her healthy lifestyle. She routinely worked out, ate lots of salads and no red meat, and never smoked. When she found a lump in one of her breasts, she didn't think too much of it.

Indiana National Guard Responds to Weather Emergency

February 03, 2011 - Indiana National Guardsmen are just beginning to draw down their forces after more than 1,000 soldiers and airmen responded to severe weather across the state this week

Government Unites to Improve Child and Youth Programs

February 02, 2011 - The government's new military family support effort will have a resounding impact on resources and programs for military children and youth in the months and years ahead, a Defense Department official said.

Army Reserve Chief Lt. General Jack C. Stultz Cites Reservists' Value

February 02, 2011 - As the Defense Department lays plans to reduce the ground force in response to mounting budget pressures, a senior military officer expressed hope today it won't cut what he called one of the most cost-effective weapons in its arsenal.

Mullen Says Civilian-Military Partnerships Critical to World Affairs

February 02, 2011 - The importance of strong civilian-military partnerships has never been greater, and the secretaries of state and defense are setting the example for how to build and sustain those partnerships, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

VA Tweaks Automation and Benefits for Post-9/11 GI Bill

February 02, 2011 - A new automation system will speed up the turn-around time for veterans and Soldiers to receive new benefits under the latest version of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Veterans Affairs officials said Monday.

Army Surgeon General Presents Top Ten Initiatives

February 02, 2011 - Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker announced his Top 10 initiatives for Army medicine Jan. 27.

General Chiarelli Expects Increase in Behavioral Health Needs

February 02, 2011 - The Army's vice chief of staff said with the drawdown in Iraq and eventually in Afghanistan, the country could expect to see an increase in the number of Soldiers suffering from depression, anxiety, Traumatic Brain Injury and post-traumatic stress.

Family Readiness at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton

February 02, 2011 - Melissa Campbell arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton last year in August. She was hired as a full-time civilian to lead the Unit Family Readiness Program.

Essex Marines and Sailors Preserve Expeditionary Capability

February 02, 2011 - An AV-8B Harrier jet pilot does his preflight checks and prepares for take-off. However, today the flight is launched from an amphibious assault ship rigorously traveling through the open waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Battalion Honor Guard Conducts Funerals for Veterans

February 02, 2011 - Military honors are given to those who have passed and honorably served in the U.S. Armed Forces, whether it is for four years or forty.

Face of Defense: Artist Draws Lasting Impressions

February 01, 2011 - The soldier's ink-stained, dirt-caked hands grasped his body armor and helmet as he prepared to depart the dimly lit plywood building on top of Observation Post Mustang.

Chairman Highlights Families and Budget in Podcast

February 01, 2011 - The "Strengthening Our Military Families" commitment President Barack Obama announced last week is a "tremendous initiative," the nation's top military officer said yesterday.

Military and Civilian Officials Note Iraq's Progress

February 01, 2011 - If Iraqi security forces continue to improve at their current rate, the State Department will be able to meet its goal of taking over operations there when military forces leave at the end of the year.

Military's Role in Defending the Homeland Unaffected by Terror Alert Change

February 01, 2011 - A new federal warning system that abolishes color-coded terror alerts emphasizes a whole-of-government approach that military officials say won't change their efforts in defending the homeland.

TRICARE's At-Home Counseling Program Reaches Nearly 3,000 Calls

February 01, 2011 - With proactive behavioral health care for servicemembers a priority, a top military health care leader stressed the merits of the TRICARE Assistance Program Monday.

Families Prepare to Welcome Home III Corps Troops

February 01, 2011 - The long wait is almost over for families of III Corps' Special Troops Battalion Soldiers. Banners are hung, hair and beauty appointments have been made, and the days have been steadily blacked out on the calendar.

Legends Panel Links Past and Present Communications Airmen

February 01, 2011 - Air Force Network Integration Center Airmen had a unique opportunity to meet with and ask questions of some of the organization's past commanders and members of the Communications and Information Hall of Fame.

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen Highlights Families and Budget in Podcast

February 01, 2011 - The "Strengthening Our Military Families" commitment President Barack Obama announced last week is a "tremendous initiative," the nation's top military officer said Jan. 31.

New Joint Forces Command Website Promotes Military Info Sharing

February 01, 2011 - Whether they're moving into a new contingency operation or upgrading operations for an existing one, U.S. forces have a new weapon at their disposal when setting up or reconfiguring their command-and-control architectures.
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