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Military News Articles from 05/2011

Advisers Open Metals Technology and Sheet Metal Shops

May 31, 2011 - Advisers from the 721st Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron held an inauguration ceremony here to commemorate the opening of a metals technology and sheet metal shop in Iraq's newest and largest maintenance hangar.

New MWD Facility Built to Highest "Green" Standard

May 31, 2011 - The 56th Security Forces Squadron MWD section officially opened the first "green" kennel in the Defense Department May 20 here.

Iraqi Airmen and U.S. Advisers Celebrate Bittersweet PME Graduation

May 31, 2011 - More than 160 Iraqi airmen graduated from a two-week enlisted professional development course taught by U.S. Air Force advisers here May 28.

Military Training Leaders Shape Future Through Special-Duty Assignments

May 31, 2011 - In order to fill its mission requirements, the Air Force employs service members in specialized positions to perform a specific duty.

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen Says Pakistan Leaders Want to Cooperate With U.S.

May 30, 2011 - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen today said he came away from his recent meeting with Pakistani leaders convinced of their commitment to work with the United States on security, intelligence and development.

Navy Admiral James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr. will Bring a Combination of Battlefield and Headquarters Expertise

May 30, 2011 - Navy Adm. James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr., President Barack Obama's pick to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has a combination of battlefield experience and headquarters expertise.

President Barack Obama Leads Nation in Observing Memorial Day

May 30, 2011 - The lessons of Memorial Day can be summed up in a few words, President Barack Obama said here today: "Brotherhood. Sacrifice. Love of country."

Face of Defense: War Veteran Hangs Up Wings at Age 90

May 29, 2011 - More than 70 years of flying experience came to a close after one last flight in a Piper Saratoga aircraft in Valdosta, Ga.

Gates and Mullen Praise Efforts of Troops, Families, Vets

May 29, 2011 - Flanked by the memorials of wars past, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today said he has had no greater honor than serving and leading the U.S. military.

Reserve Airmen Begin Work on Boy Scout Jamboree Site

May 27, 2011 - Reserve Airmen recently arrived here to begin work on a 10,600 acre National Scout Jamboree site as part of Joint Task Force Summit.

Commissary Agency Officials Honor Best Stores for Recycling

May 27, 2011 - Helping the environment has become a habit for a number of stores in the Defense Commissary Agency. Agency officials formally acknowledged these commissaries for their excellence in recycling May 25 as part of DeCA's Solid Waste Management Awards.

Competition Integrates Cyber Capabilities and Encourages New Ideas

May 27, 2011 - Airmen from the 67th Network Warfare Wing took part in the first Cyber Nexus competition here May 17 to 19.

MIO Boarding Team's Psychology Lesson Critical to Mission Success

May 26, 2011 - The Visit, Board, Search and Seizure team (boarding team) from USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) was taught the elements of psychology that come into play during maritime interdiction operations.

Navy and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Partner to Serve Navy Families

May 26, 2011 - The Chief of Naval Personnel Casualty Assistance branch and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) announced the signing of a memorandum of agreement May 26 creating a partnership to expand services to grieving Navy families.

Servicemembers Reenlist at World Trade Center Site During Fleet Week

May 26, 2011 - Marking a significant milestone in their careers at the most symbolic of places, 12 Sailors and five Coast Guardsmen reenlisted at the site of the World Trade Center on May 26.

Air Force Leaders Issue Memorial Day Message

May 25, 2011 - Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz send the following Memorial Day message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force and their families:

French Pilots and Families Integrate into Base and Community

May 25, 2011 - Two French air force pilots are currently calling Moody Air Force Base, Ga., home.

Red Cross Eases Access to Emergency Communication Services

May 25, 2011 - As part of an ongoing effort to better serve the military community, the American Red Cross will move to a single telephone number for its emergency communication services in June.

Medics and Aircrew Members Execute Life-Saving Mission

May 24, 2011 - In the early hours of the morning on May 22, a group of Airmen here departed with a moment's notice for Pago Pago, American Samoa, to save the life of a critically ill child.

Marines and Sailors aboard Tortuga Conduct Machine Gun Drills

May 24, 2011 - Marines with Landing Force Company conducted a machine gun firing exercise May 23 aboard the USS Tortuga (LSD 46) in the South China Sea.

Marines Beat Army in Sitting Volleyball and Stand Victoriously at Warrior Games

May 24, 2011 - The All-Marine sitting volleyball team toppled the Army in the last event of the 2011 Warrior Games.

More Bases Close in Iraq as 3ID Troops Head Home

May 23, 2011 - Soldiers of the 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, have begun their departure home to Fort Stewart, Ga. As their deployment comes to a close, so do the three U.S. military installations they occupied during their year-long tour.

15th MEU Marines Volunteer Time and Effort for Community Children

May 23, 2011 - The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is well-known for the humanitarian missions it has conducted worldwide.

Marines Celebrate the 5th Annual American Hero Awards

May 23, 2011 - Family members, friends, Marines and city officials gathered for the fifth annual American Hero Awards May 20, 2011, at Sywanyks Scarlet & Gold nightclub in downtown Jacksonville, N.C.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates Says Strong Military is Key to Long-Term U.S. Success

May 22, 2011 - The ultimate guarantee against success of aggressors, dictators and terrorists in the 21st century is the size, strength and global reach of the United States military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen Says New Army Officers Should be Soldiers and Statesmen

May 21, 2011 - The newly commissioned officers of the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2011 should strive to be soldiers as well as statesmen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the academy's commencement here today.

U.S. and African Militaries Share Problems and Solutions

May 21, 2011 - Senior leaders representing 17 African national militaries came together with their American counterparts here this week to better understand U.S. Africa Command and to help in developing the noncommissioned officers corps in their nations.

First Lady Michelle Obama Lauds `A Force of Families'

May 21, 2011 - The nation's military is built and sustained on the strength of families, First Lady Michelle Obama told the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2011 and their families at a banquet last night in West Point, N.Y., on the eve of today's graduation ceremonies.

Marine Corps Shoots Down Air Force in Wheelchair Basketball Action

May 20, 2011 - In a defense-heavy match-up, the Marine Corps defeated the Air Force 46-10 in the wheelchair basketball competition May 19 at the 2011 Warrior Games here.

Joint Air Operations Center Stand-Up Part of National Level Exercise 2011

May 20, 2011 - Kentucky Air National Guard officials stood up a joint air operations center here May 16 to serve as the main command node for all of the state's fixed-wing and rotary aircraft that are participating in the largest earthquake-response exercise.

Air Force Central Ticket Program Offers Discounts to Airmen and Families

May 20, 2011 - The Air Force Central Ticket Program provides discount tickets to Airmen, their families and authorized Morale, Welfare and Recreation program customers at nationwide attractions and recreational events.

Afghan National Civil Order Patrol SWAT Ascends to New Heights

May 20, 2011 - Members of the 2nd Afghan National Civil Order Patrol Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT, team completed three weeks of grueling training with the Kandahar Pathfinder Detachment, 4th Battalion of the 101st Aviation Regiment.

President Barack Obama Says U.S. Stands with Middle East Nations Open to Reform

May 19, 2011 - Amid extraordinary changes taking place in the Middle East and North Africa, the United States is responding in ways that advance the nation's values and strengthen its security, President Barack Obama said in a speech here today.

Wounded Warrior Flourishes as Senior Noncommissioned Officer

May 19, 2011 - Army Sgt. 1st Class Ray Castillo is again flourishing as a senior noncommissioned officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., but that almost didn't seem possible two years ago after he was wounded on the battlefield.

Secretary Urges Careful Thought in Spending Reductions

May 19, 2011 - Finding $400 billion in additional defense spending reductions over the next 12 years will require careful thought that considers the risks the reductions create, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

Department of Defense Makes Progress in Civilian Hiring Reform

May 18, 2011 - Until very recently, applying for a civilian job at the Defense Department was an exercise in endurance and patience.

MIT-West Point Challenge Yields New Soldier Technologies

May 18, 2011 - Every year since 2003, cadets from the U.S. Military Academy and students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have competed to develop technologies that help soldiers and Marines on the battlefield.

Obama Salutes Devotion to Duty at Coast Guard Commencement

May 18, 2011 - The smallest U.S. military service has vast responsibilities in protecting thousands of miles of coast, securing hundreds of ports and patrolling millions of miles of ocean, President Barack Obama said today.

U.S. and Chinese Military Officials Call Talks Frank and Fruitful

May 18, 2011 - The U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his Chinese counterpart announced the completion of two days of talks that they agreed will move their militaries, and respective countries, closer together.

PACAF Demo Team Certified to Showcase F-16's Aerial Maneuvering Might

May 17, 2011 - A crew from the 14th Fighter Squadron at Misawa Air Base, Japan, was certified as the Pacific Air Forces F-16 Fighting Falcon Demonstration Team May 16.

Guantanamo Prepares for 101 Critical Days of Summer

May 17, 2011 - Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is scheduled to begin the Navy and Marine Corps' annual "101 Critical Days of Summer" with a safety stand-down May 24 at the base's all-hands venue, the Windjammer.

Navy Medicine Helps Wounded Warriors REACH for Future

May 17, 2011 - Navy Medicine launched its Reintegrate, Educate and Advance Combatants in Healthcare (REACH) program at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, Calif., May 12.

F-35C Test Aircraft Exceeding Test and Evaluation Goals

May 17, 2011 - Naval Air Systems Command announced May 17 that the test aircraft for the carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have exceeded test and evaluation program goals so far this year.

Air Force Wheelchair Basketball Team Preps for Competition

May 16, 2011 - This year's Air Force wheelchair basketball team underwent a workout May 12 at the Air Force Academy Prep School Gym, to not only improve skills needed to play intense basketball from a special sports wheelchair, but to get to know each other also.

50th Anniversary of U.S.'s First Human Spaceflight Celebrated

May 16, 2011 - People gathered here May 4 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first American in space.

Alumni to Take Academy Experiment into Space on Endeavour

May 16, 2011 - An Air Force Academy graduate piloted the space shuttle Endeavour from Cape Canaveral, Fla., for NASA's STS-134 mission May 16.

Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group Returns from Deployment

May 16, 2011 - Sailors and Marines of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed an eight and a half-month deployment May 16 when the ships arrived at Norfolk Naval Station and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Va.

Robert M. Gates Had `Reservations' About Bin Laden Raid

May 15, 2011 - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he had doubts about intelligence leading up to the U.S. Navy SEAL raid that killed 9/11-attack mastermind and al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' Farewell Includes Visits With Recruits and Trainers

May 14, 2011 - With his retirement nearly at hand, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is taking time to visit entry-level training facilities for military services all over the country.

Travel Web Site Helps Determine Risks When Planning Events

May 13, 2011 - Returning from deployment, getting ready for marriage, a promotion and three-day weekends are just some of the occasions in which Airmen take the time to plan and schedule leave.

2011 Warrior Games Shows Spirit to Colorado Springs Civic Leaders

May 13, 2011 - Training for the 2011 Warrior Games has kicked off here with Air Force team members demonstrating their winning spirit in a warrior-civic leader volleyball match, with a catch.

EPLOs Supporting Mississippi River Flood Response Effort

May 13, 2011 - The recent flooding along the Mississippi River has disrupted lives and commerce, and now the next threat is to several parishes in Louisiana.

National Guard Leaders Talk Fiscal Constraints and Cost-Effective Solutions

May 13, 2011 - As part of the total force, the National Guard has successfully transformed into an operational force, the top National Guard leader said here May 11.

Air Force Officials Announce Civilian Hiring Controls

May 13, 2011 - Air Force leaders announced that hiring controls were instituted May 12 to reduce projected growth of the civilian workforce.

Department of Defense Committed to Realignment of Forces in Japan

May 12, 2011 - The Defense Department is committed to the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan, a defense spokesperson said here yesterday.

Clinic Delivers Medical Care and Military Skills Training

May 12, 2011 - The nation known as the "Warm Heart of Africa" got a little warmer here yesterday as U.S. military and Malawi Defense Force members teamed up for a humanitarian civic assistance mission and provided free medical and dental care.

Fighting Bombs in Cyberspace Gives Army an `EDGE'

May 12, 2011 - Afghan people and places are being replicated in cyberspace, giving warfighters a way to train for one of the most complex, deadly situations they will face on the ground.

Malawi Exercise Supports U.S.-African Partnerships

May 11, 2011 - A U.S. and Malawi Defense Force humanitarian medical exercise being conducted here is enhancing the partners' medical capabilities and their ability to work together in response to a future crisis or emergency response.

Navy Explores Engineering and Training in Virtual Worlds

May 11, 2011 - The Navy is exploring virtual worlds for applications in the air and under the sea, including the real-time design of future command-and-control spaces for submarines.

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III Says Pentagon Must Handle Spending Slowdown Responsibly

May 11, 2011 - Managing a slowdown in defense spending responsibly will take more than being more efficient, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here tonight.

Alabama National Guard Making Progress with Tornado Response

May 10, 2011 - Nearly two weeks after tornadoes that devastated much of the state April 27, the Alabama National Guard remains engaged responding to the disaster.

Volunteers Help Take Care of Families During Increased Ops

May 10, 2011 - While military members from Aviano Air Base, Italy, were working at a higher operations tempo than normal, two civilians from the 423rd Force Support Squadron here volunteered for a "deployment" of their own.

First Lady Invites Guard and Reserve Kids to Fitness Event

May 10, 2011 - Alongside about 80 children of National Guardsmen and reservists, first lady Michelle Obama showed off her dance moves and football-handling prowess yesterday during a "Let's Move" fitness and nutrition event for military families.

Recovered Pentagon Stone After 9/11 Dedicated at Fort McNair

May 09, 2011 - A stone recovered from the Pentagon after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack was dedicated today in commemoration of actions taken by members of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington following the attack.

National Guard Rescues Thirty-Three of its Own During Flood Crisis

May 09, 2011 - While the Missouri National Guard 35th Combat Aviation Brigade has been flying missions for local communities during the historic flooding in southeast Missouri, the unit rescued 33 Guardsmen who had been trapped in boats.

Soldiers Begin Practice Week for Warrior Games

May 09, 2011 - The second annual Warrior Games is gearing up for competition with a week-long training session in Colorado Springs, Colo., starting today.

Maintenance Marines Keep Critical Equipment in the Fight

May 07, 2011 - With the high demand placed on vehicles, engines and generators operating in extreme conditions across southwestern Afghanistan, there is a constant and vital necessity for experienced maintenance Marines to keep it all functioning and in the fight.

Desert Storm Veteran Cycles 2,500 Miles for Wounded Warriors

May 06, 2011 - Family and friends eagerly waited outside a small YMCA in Waycross, Ga. People of all ages lined the road waving American flags.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Thanks Airmen at Seymour Johnson AFB

May 06, 2011 - With two months left as theSecretary of Defense, Robert Gates visited with active duty and Reserve Airmen here May 6.

President Barack Obama Proclaims Military Spouse Appreciation Day

May 06, 2011 - President Barack Obama has declared May 6 Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

Air Force Firefighting Operations Conclude in Texas

May 06, 2011 - Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel and their Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped aircraft headed home May 6 after battling firefires in Texas

Proposal Would Save $3.2 billion in Health Care Costs

May 05, 2011 - The Defense Department's proposal to reform the TRICARE health plan and the military health system would save at least $3.2 billion between 2012 and 2016, the Pentagon's chief financial officer told Congress yesterday.

Refractive Surgery Gives Service Members Combat Edge through Vision

May 05, 2011 - Three Air Force and eight Army surgeons at the Wilford Hall Medical Joint Refractive Surgery Center here are helping service members sharpen their combat edge by sharpening their vision.

MCPON Sends Military Spouse Appreciation Day Message

May 05, 2011 - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West and his wife, Bobbi, Ombudsman-at-Large, released the following Military Spouse Appreciation Day message to the Fleet May 6.

Air Advisers' Feedback to Shape Future Deployment Training

May 04, 2011 - Representatives from the air adviser course at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., were in Iraq recently to query course graduates on the effectiveness of the course.

SECNAV and VCNO Address Senior Leaders at Summit in Orlando

May 04, 2011 - The secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) and vice chief of naval operations (VCNO) addressed Navy and Marine Corps leaders and sexual assault response coordinators (SARCs).

Navy to Christen Guided-Missile Destroyer Michael Murphy

May 04, 2011 - The Navy will christen the newest guided-missile destroyer, Michael Murphy, May 7 during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.

Deborah Mullen Spotlights Family Issues in New Blog

May 03, 2011 - Building resilience and providing long-term support are keys to strengthening military families and better equipping them to weather the frequent, multiple deployments so prevalent in this decade of war, the wife of the nation's top military officer said.

White House Corrects Information on Bin Laden Raid

May 03, 2011 - Osama bin Laden was not armed, but did resist an American military team raiding his compound in Pakistan on May 1, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today.

Korean War Soldiers Receive `Hall of Heroes' Induction

May 03, 2011 - The nation's two most recent Medal of Honor recipients were added to the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes roster today in what Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said is a tribute to their enduring valor.

U.S. Kills Bin Laden in Intelligence-Driven Operation

May 02, 2011 - An intelligence-driven U.S. operation in Pakistan killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden yesterday, President Barack Obama announced in a nationally televised address from the White House late last night.

Intelligence and Operations Team Up for Bin Laden Kill

May 02, 2011 - The plan to attack the compound of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden was the result of relentless intelligence work and operational professionalism, White House officials, speaking on background, said this morning.

Parents Help Children Prepare for Upcoming Deployments

May 02, 2011 - When Erin Hirvela was 2, her parents, Air Force Master Sgts. Gus and Danielle Hirvela, enlisted Sesame Street's Elmo to help their daughter understand why her daddy was going away for a while.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Says U.S. Will Redouble Antiterrorism Efforts

May 02, 2011 - The United States will not become complacent in the aftermath of killing Osama bin Laden, but will continue its efforts to stamp out terrorism with new resolve, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said today.
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