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Military News Articles from 04/2011

Kadena AB Airmen Awarded Japanese Community Service Award

April 29, 2011 - Members of the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron here have recently been named the winners of the Zenko Kai Award, an award given by Japanese government officials to any residents, military included, who have performed outstanding community service.

Researchers Report Using Tobacco does not Reduce Stress

April 29, 2011 - Many service men and women report that stress is a major reason they smoke or chew tobacco, since military life produces unique pressures and challenges.

AFSOC Waste-to-Energy System Converts Garbage to Usable Energy

April 29, 2011 - Air Force Special Operations Command became 4,200 tons closer to securing effective alternative energy solutions and even greater environmental stewardship here April 26.

Senior Air Force Leaders and Scholars Discuss National Security Challenges

April 29, 2011 - Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and several other senior Air Force leaders participated in the third annual National Security Scholars Conference at the University of Southern California campus here April 26.

Officers Interested in Becoming Military Science Professors May Compete this Summer

April 28, 2011 - Active duty and active Guard-Reserve lieutenant colonels and majors interested in becoming professors of military science must have their master's or higher degree by May 31, 2011.

Army General David H. Petraeus to Leave Battlefield for CIA

April 28, 2011 - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus plans to hang up his uniform in September to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

Congressional Staffers Trade Suits for Helmets During NTC Visit

April 28, 2011 - Tracking insurgents might not be part of daily life for most on Capitol Hill, but for one group of congressional staffers last week, it was all in a day's work.

Korean War Heroes Reflect Conspicuous Gallantry

April 28, 2011 - Two Soldiers who died as a result of their gallant and intrepid actions during the Korean War will be posthumously awarded the Medal Honor during a ceremony, May 2, 2011, at the White House.

Exchanging Aeromedical Evacuation Training Across the Continents

April 27, 2011 - The total force instructors of the Air Force active duty, National Guard and Reserve have started their course instruction portion of MEDLITE 11 to the more than 70 Congolese military personnel at the Centre Superior Militaire Academy here.

Service Members Support Arctic Care in Rural Alaska

April 27, 2011 - The Alaska National Guard is joining forces with active-duty and Reserve units across the nation to provide support for Operation Arctic Care April 15 through 30.

Department of Defense Official Cites Need for Expanded Family Support Networks

April 27, 2011 - The Defense Department is working to expand and integrate its network of military and civilian helping professionals to ensure military families receive the support and care they need for years to come.

Cherry Point Assists Community after Tornado Devastation

April 27, 2011 - Over the past week, volunteer clean-up efforts arranged by Marines and Sailors aboard Cherry Point helped remove debris from within the community after a tornado touched down in Craven County April 16.

Prescription Drug 'Take Back' Day Set for April 30

April 26, 2011 - On April 30, Soldiers and Army families have the opportunity to dispose of those unused or expired prescription medications that are taking up space and posing health risks in the bathroom medicine cabinet.

Army's New Lakota Packed with High-Tech Gear

April 26, 2011 - The Army National Guard is preparing to receive the first light utility helicopter equipped with a new, state-of-the-art mission equipment package.

Leadership Scholar Program Helps Marines Prepare for College Life out of the Corps

April 26, 2011 - For those military members looking to continue their education after they move on from the Marine Corps, the Leadership Scholar Program essentially serves as "the foot-in-the-door," expediting the process for college and university admission.

Camp Pendleton Claims first LEED Platinum Project

April 26, 2011 - The Marine Corps' first ever Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Platinum certification ceremony was held for Camp Pendleton's Wounded Warrior Battalion-West's Barracks, April 21.

First Lady Aims to Improve Military Families' Lives

April 25, 2011 - First Lady Michelle Obama stood tall behind a podium in the White House's East Room, her husband close at hand, as she addressed a packed audience of high-ranking military and government officials.

Pentagon Force Protection Agency Keeps Pentagon Safe

April 25, 2011 - It is said that a successful terrorist only has to get it right once, while successful antiterrorism and force-protection professionals must get it right all the time -- 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, without fail.

National Resource Directory Now Available for Mobile Phones

April 25, 2011 - An easy-to-navigate version of the National Resource Directory website -- which connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans and families with those who support them -- now is available for mobile phones.

Network Would Link Defense Functions and People

April 25, 2011 - To optimize U.S. cybersecurity using a new information-sharing enterprise network in a reduced-budget era, a top Defense Department official gave industry leaders a challenge: "We need your innovation."

Fort Riley Honors Children of Fallen Soldiers

April 22, 2011 - After receiving his gold medal of remembrance, Colton Munger, son of fallen Soldier Spc. Joshua Munger, turned to 1st Infantry Division Command Sgt. Maj. James Champagne and saluted him.

Youth Team with USO to Stuff Packages for Troops

April 22, 2011 - The United Service Organizations warehouse on Fort Belvoir was alive with children's laughter and ringing bells Thursday during the organization's third-annual children's stuffing party hosted by Operation USO Care Package.

Officials Eliminate Exception to Short-Tour Credit

April 22, 2011 - Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz approved rescinding a temporary policy established in 2003 that allowed Airmen to receive short-tour credit for overseas TDYs of at least 181 consecutive days.

Department of Defense Recognizes Air Force for Environmental Accomplishments

April 22, 2011 - Each year, the Department of Defense recognizes military personnel, teams and installations for excellent stewardship of natural and cultural resources entrusted to their care.

Officials Announce Officer Voluntary Separation Pay Results and Updates to Reduction-in-Force Targets

April 21, 2011 - Air Force officials announced updates April 20 to voluntary separation pay approvals and reduction-in-force targets as part of the fiscal 2011 force management program for officers.

Air Force Leader Talks Future of Air and Missile Defense at ISAD 2020

April 21, 2011 - The Air Force's senior leader in U.S. Central Command met with other military leaders from around the globe during the International Symposium on Air Defense 2020 from April 17 to 19 at the Air Defense Forces Institute in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Airmen Provide Vital Link in Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

April 21, 2011 - From a windowless vault within the Pacific Air Forces headquarters building, Airmen from the 561st Network Operations Squadron, Det. 1, provided the network support required to allow more than 770 sorties to deliver aid workers and supplies to Japan.

Wounded Warrior Returns to serve Air Force after Injury

April 21, 2011 - Gunar Moschner knows the pain and anxiety that follows a work-related injury, but he also knows help is available through the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program.

Texas Congressman Visits USS Texas and Leaves Piece of History

April 20, 2011 - A Texas Congressman visited Virginia-class submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) April 19 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where he received a tour and left a small piece of history.

Secretary of the Navy Visits Ronald Reagan and Praises Crew

April 20, 2011 - Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) welcomed the 75th Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) April 20, who thanked the crew for their efforts during Operation Tomodachi.

Commander and Naval Forces Korea Sailors Honor Lost ROK Sailors

April 20, 2011 - Sailors from Commander, Naval Forces Korea and Republic of Korea (ROK) navies honored Sailors lost on ROKN ship Cheonan (PCC-772) during a memorial and bell ringing ceremony April 20.

NWC Accepting Applications for 2011-2012 Fleet Seminar Program

April 19, 2011 - The Naval War College (NWC) is now accepting online applications for the College of Distance Education's 2011-2012 Fleet Seminar Program (FSP), through June 30.

West Point Squad Wins Sandhurst Military Skills Competition

April 19, 2011 - For the first time since 1993, a West Point squad secured the victory over its international rivals at the 45th annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition, here.

Army Training App Adds Popular 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal Teaching Materials and More

April 19, 2011 - Two months after being posted on the Army Training Network, U.S. Army training materials on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" or DADT, continue to be the most-downloaded information on the Army training website - with more than 85,000 total downloads.

Army Chief of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey Visits Soldiers in Iraq

April 19, 2011 - Leader development is key to the ongoing success of Army, said the Army's new chief of staff during a visit with troops from United States Division - Center at Camp Liberty, Iraq.

50th Space Wing Officials Accept Ground System Upgrades

April 18, 2011 - Officials at the 50th Space Wing accepted two Global Positioning System ground system upgrades during a ceremony here April 14.

Fiscal 2011 Enlisted Force Management Programs Conclude after Meeting Goal

April 18, 2011 - Air Force officials announced the closure of enlisted voluntary and involuntary force management programs for fiscal 2011 after meeting end-strength goals for enlisted Airmen.

USS George Washington to Return to Yokosuka for Commander Fleet Activities

April 18, 2011 - The forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington will return to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka April 20.

Prisoner of War Medal Finally Presented to Family of Kentucky Air Guard Pilot

April 17, 2011 - The family of a late Kentucky Air National Guard pilot was presented with his Prisoner of War Medal in a ceremony here April 16.

Total Force 'Calico' Wing Supports World-Wide Operations

April 15, 2011 - Airmen serving in the 313th Air Expeditionary Wing at an air base here are from myriad places, but they are "one team."

New Features Allow Users Access to Expanded Personal Health Data at TRICARE Online

April 15, 2011 - A new feature on TRICARE Online at now allows users access to expanded personal health data, including lab results, patient history and diagnoses, and provider visits.

Our Military Kids Organization Honors Service Members' Children

April 15, 2011 - Officials with Our Military Kids honored four children and a military family here yesterday in an award ceremony at the Navy Memorial here.

Defense Department Ends Voluntary Departure Authorization from Japan

April 15, 2011 - The Defense Department's voluntary authorized departures for service members' eligible family members to leave Japan in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake effectively ended April 18.

First Lady Spotlights Public Support of Warrior Family Center

April 14, 2011 - First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, visited Brooke Army Medical Center Wednesday as part of their two-day tour to launch a national initiative called "Joining Forces."

Green Initiatives Support Energy-Savings Concept

April 14, 2011 - Last week's groundbreaking for a new solar micro grid at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., is the latest example of a military "going green" -- saving environmental resources and taxpayer dollars, too.

Arlington Leadership Moving Forward in Fixing Problems at Arlington National Cemetery

April 14, 2011 - The Army Cemeteries Program and Arlington National Cemetery leadership testified today before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, regarding the progress made to address past issues at Arlington National Cemetary.

Obama, Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff to Find More Savings to Reduce Deficit

April 14, 2011 - President Barack Obama today said he will work with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to find more savings in the Defense Department to reduce the federal deficit.

Marines Tee it up at Cherry Point Devil Dog Open

April 13, 2011 - On the eve of professional golf's Masters Tournament weekend at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., Marines came out to Cherry Point's Sound of Freedom Golf Course to see if they could channel their inner Tiger Woods.

Actors from Catharsis Productions Provides Sexual Assault Awareness

April 13, 2011 - Actors from Catharsis Productions presented a funny, yet informative play on sexual assault awareness for Marines, sailors and civilians at Little Hall on April 6 and 7.

Armed Forces Championship Basketball Game Builds Camaraderie Between Services

April 13, 2011 - Feet pounded the gymnasium floor to the roar of the crowd as the men's and women's teams of two rival services went head-to-head in a grueling basketball game at the Paige Fieldhouse, April 12.

Commandant Announces Next Sergeant Major of Marines

April 13, 2011 - Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos announced the next Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps April 11.

Language Program for Marine Forces Reserve Continues to Advance

April 12, 2011 - The Marine Forces Reserve command language program has come a long way since the new command language program manager showed up in 2009.

U.S. and South Korea Prepared to Deter Aggression

April 12, 2011 - The South Korean and U.S. militaries are well prepared to defend South Korea should North Korean provocations continue, the top U.S. military commander posted in the region told Congress today.

Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey Jr. Retires After Four Decades of Army Service

April 12, 2011 - Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. expressed great pride in his soldiers and their families as he ended more than four decades of military service yesterday.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Urge Support of Military Families

April 12, 2011 - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, launched an "unprecedented" national initiative today that calls on all sectors of society to join forces to support and honor service members and their families.

Wounded Warriors Salute Kicks Off 2011 Sea-Air-Space Exposition

April 11, 2011 - Navy Safe Harbor and Wounded Warrior Regiment enrollees and their families were recognized for their sacrifices during a reception held on the docks of Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at the National Harbor, Md., April 10.

All Service Members to Receive Full Mid-Month Pay on April 15th

April 11, 2011 - All service members will receive their full mid-month pay they have earned in their April 15th paychecks, Pentagon officials said April 11.

Fisher House Helps Servicemembers' Children with Scholarships

April 11, 2011 - Military children of servicemembers who died or who were seriously disabled in the line of duty might be eligible for a college education through the Fisher House Foundation.

Task Force Warrior Transitions Combat Outpost Tangi to Afghan Security Forces

April 11, 2011 - Task Force Warrior Soldiers made final preparations to transition Combat Outpost Tangi to Afghan National Security Forces, April 8.

National Guard Helps Rescue WWII Vet in North Dakota Flood

April 11, 2011 - In a vivid demonstration of how agencies work together to help others during a flood, a handful of county, state and federal assets combined forces Monday to evacuate a World War II veteran from his rural home between Argusville and Harwood, N.D.

New Army Physical Readiness Test to Get at Least Six Month Trial

April 11, 2011 - So far, pilot testing for the new Army Physical Readiness Test has only been conducted at Fort Jackson, S.C., where the Army Physical Fitness School is located.

Deal Averts Shutdown and Normal Government Operations to Continue

April 09, 2011 - Government agencies are continuing normal operations after the administration, the Senate and the House of Representatives agreed to a fiscal 2011 budget.

Private Sector Investors Key to 'Net Zero' Initiative

April 08, 2011 - The Army is collaborating with private-sector investors to increase energy efficiency and cost savings.

Fisher House Helps Service Members' Children through Scholarships

April 08, 2011 - Military children of service members who died or who were seriously disabled in the line of duty might be eligible for a college education through the Fisher House Foundation.

Army Brigade Commander Visits Wounded Troops

April 08, 2011 - The conversation flowed easily this morning as Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins sat with several 101st Airborne Division soldiers.

President Barack Obama Announces Budget Deal that Avoids Government Shutdown

April 08, 2011 - Less than an hour before the federal government would have been forced to shut down, President Barack Obama announced that leaders in both parties had reached a budget agreement.

Unified Command Plan Reflects Arctic's Importance

April 07, 2011 - Changes made to the U.S. military's Unified Command Plan shift geographic boundaries and stress the growing importance of the Arctic, officials said.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates Discusses Women's Role in Combat

April 07, 2011 - The policy on women serving in combat hasn't kept up with reality, and the military needs to find ways to keep its young, combat-seasoned leaders, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told soldiers here today.

Leaders Say DADT Repeal Training Proves Caliber of Military

April 07, 2011 - Two months into training to allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military, the leaders of all four services say implementation is going well - something they attribute to the caliber of today's service members.

Symposium Sets Standards for Efficient and Total Force Training

April 06, 2011 - Air Force officials recently concluded the annual Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Training Symposium in Nashville, Tenn., where more than 1,200 active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen met for intensive training.

Air Force Leaders Discuss Future of Airmen in Joint Operations Across Iraq

April 06, 2011 - Air force leaders from the U.S., Iraq and other locations across Southwest Asia gathered on Victory Base Complex, Iraq, recently.

Service Members Would Earn Pay During Shutdown

April 06, 2011 - Military members would continue to earn wages in the event of an April 8 shutdown of the federal government, but they'd have to wait to collect them until Congress agrees on a budget, a senior administration official said here April 6.

DJC2 System Provides Communications Support for JSF and USFJ

April 05, 2011 - Personnel assigned to the Joint Communications Support Element at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., were recently deployed here to provide joint-support-force command and control operations for Operation Tomodachi.

Air Force Chief Information Officer Discusses Way Ahead for Cyberoperations

April 05, 2011 - The Air Force chief information officer addressed modern cyberspace threats and the impact of social networking at the Air Force Association Cyber Futures Symposium and Convention here April 1.

Pentagon Makes Plans in Case of a Government Shutdown

April 05, 2011 - Defense officials believe that a government shutdown can be avoided, but they are making prudent plans in the event one does occur, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said April 5 here.

Fairchild AFB Airmen Support Odyssey Dawn at Different Operating Locations

April 04, 2011 - Airmen from the 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wings have recently stood alert for missions supporting Japan, sent KC-135s forward to support Operation Odyssey Dawn, and continue to be the lead wing supporting the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan.

Airmen Contribute to Training and Operational Missions in Italy

April 04, 2011 - Eleven Airmen from here traveled to Italy aboard a C-17 Globemaster III recently to help three U.S. and Italian army and air force units fulfill airborne training.

Marine Corps Community Services Promotes Healthy Lifestyle

April 04, 2011 - Marine Corps Community Services is slated to kick off its second annual 101 Days of Summer Campaign at the Wellness Expo aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, May 11.

31st MEU Helps Aid Isolated Island of Oshima

April 03, 2011 - Approximately 170 Marines and Sailors from Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit left the USS Essex (LHD 2) beginning Operation Field Day in support of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, April 1.

Marines Conduct Multinational Training with Nicaraguan Military

April 02, 2011 - A U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South security cooperation team and more than 25 servicemembers from the Ejercito de Nicaragua (National Army of Nicaragua) conducted a five-day multinational hand-to-hand combat skills exchange at the Corinto Naval Base.

Some Troops Qualify for Extended Tax Filing Deadline

April 01, 2011 - Service members serving outside of the United States -- including those supporting operations in Libya and Japan -- will receive an automatic two-month tax filing extension this year, officials said.

Safety Training in 3-D Helps Employees Retain Information

April 01, 2011 - The Defense Department has a new use for an existing technology that could replace classroom learning with the reality experience of 3-D video, all with a touch of Hollywood flair.

Military Children Deserve Nation's Gratitude for Rising to the Challenges of Military Life

April 01, 2011 - Military children continually rise to the challenges of military life and deserve the nation's gratitude for doing so, a Defense Department official said today.

Policy Aims to Better Identify and Treat Concussions

April 01, 2011 - A memorandum that took effect throughout the Defense Department in June is expected to have a major impact on efforts to identify and treat traumatic brain injuries in the combat theater faster and more systematically.
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