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Military News Articles from 06/2011

ORS-1 Satellite Successfully Launched from NASA Wallops Flight Facility

June 30, 2011 - An Air Force team successfully launched the first Operationally Responsive Space prototype satellite aboard a Minotaur I launch vehicle at 11:09 p.m. EDT June 29 from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va.

Department of Defense Launches Military Spouse Employment Partnership

June 30, 2011 - In an effort to address military spouses' employment challenges, the Defense Department launched a program June 29 to expand career opportunities for military spouses worldwide, and to recognize the skills and talents they bring to the employment table.

Strike Eagle Pilot Honored with Air Force Safety Award

June 30, 2011 - A pilot who landed a crippled F-15E Strike Eagle after taking off from Kunsan Air Base, Korea, received the Air Force's most prestigious flight safety award here June 29.

Construction Begins on First Mobile Landing Platform

June 30, 2011 - The Navy announced the start of construction of the first Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) ship at the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego, Calif., June 30.

New Sexual Assault and Harassment Program Emerging

June 29, 2011 - The Army is taking a stand against sexual harassment and assault with the implementation of a new program.

North Dakota National Guard Changes Gears as Water Recedes in Minot

June 29, 2011 - Recovery has begun in North Dakota, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday.

U.S. Turns Joint Security Stations over to Iraqis

June 29, 2011 - Three joint security stations located in southern Iraq were signed over to the Iraqis June 19-22, 2011.

FBI Joins Army CID to Investigate Arlington National Cemetery

June 29, 2011 - The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the FBI are now looking into possible wrongdoing involving past burials and contracts at Arlington National Cemetery.

Marathon Slots Available through Air Force Enlisted Village

June 28, 2011 - The Air Force Enlisted Village is offering the only remaining full- and half-marathon slots in exchange for raising funds for the charity, according to a news release.

Navy Brings Intermediate Maintenance Activity Back to Mayport

June 28, 2011 - The Navy's Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) formally re-established its Intermediate Maintenance Activity (IMA) at Naval Station Mayport, June 28, providing the fleet with a renewed capability to train Mayport-based surface ship crews to perf

U.S. and Philippine Navies Join for 17th CARAT Exercise in Palawan

June 28, 2011 - Three U.S. Navy ships arrived in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, to launch the 17th Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines, June 28.

Navy's Newest Destroyer To Arrive In San Diego on July 1

June 28, 2011 - Sailors on the Navy's newest destroyer are scheduled to arrive with their ship at Naval Base San Diego, July 1.

Exercise Readies U.S. and International Forces for Cooperative Efforts

June 27, 2011 - Anatolian Eagle, a multi-national, large-force employment exercise, was held here to provide a realistic, scenario-based training environment to test combined aerial combat skills June 13 through 24.

VA Officials Urge Veterans to get Tested on National HIV Testing Day

June 27, 2011 - June 27th is National HIV Testing Day and Department of Veterans Affairs officials will be promoting and offering testing to veterans at VA medical facilities across the nation.

Tanker's First Flight over Top of the World Marks New Era in Efficiency

June 27, 2011 - The U.S. Air Force has gone to the ends of the earth to support operations in Afghanistan.

TRICARE Begins Home Delivery Education Initiative

June 27, 2011 - TRICARE beneficiaries who still get two or more maintenance prescriptions from a retail pharmacy should start checking their mailboxes.

Thousands Admire U.S. Aircraft at Paris Air Show

June 26, 2011 - The world's longest-established aerospace event comes to a close June 26 after hundreds of thousands of people viewed the best of what aviation has to offer.

River Cresting Nears in Minot, N.D. as Fight Continues

June 26, 2011 - In the mayor's June 25 press conference here, he provided important updates on the flooding situation, which currently is affecting some 11,000 residents and more than 1,100 Airmen and their families.

More Airmen Displaced by North Dakota Floods

June 26, 2011 - The count has increased to a total of 1,142 displaced Airmen and their family members as a result of the Souris River flooding which began June 20.

Labor and Business Officials Team with Veterans On Wall Street to Support Hiring Our Heroes

June 25, 2011 - As the nation works to overcome its May-reported 9.1 percent unemployment rate, efforts are underway to assist U.S. military veterans and their spouses in their search for jobs in the civilian sector.

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III Speaks on Advanced Manufacturing at Carnegie Mellon

June 25, 2011 - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III gave the defense perspective on advanced manufacturing yesterday while attending the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

USAFE's Only Greenhouse Saves Air Force Money

June 24, 2011 - Why buy flowers if you can grow and harvest them yourself?

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence Marks First Anniversary

June 24, 2011 - A year after its ribbon-cutting ceremony, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence is making a difference in the lives of warfighters suffering traumatic brain injuries and psychological disorders, said Dr. James Kelly, the center's director.

Face of Defense: Marine Realizes Dream of Flying

June 24, 2011 - Amid his days spent fishing, hunting and ranching horses in his small hometown of Flintstone, Md., Travis Alder dreamed of flying. After graduating from Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, Md., that dream would become a reality.

Dr. Jill BidenThanks Sailors for Service and Sacrifice

June 24, 2011 - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, today visited with military members serving aboard the USS Ramage that's anchored off the southern coast of Greece.

Navy and Coast Guard Forge Partnership to Support Maritime Strategy

June 23, 2011 - The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Corona entered into a partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, June 21, to provide performance assessment capability to the Coast Guard's advanced National Security Cutter.

SECNAV and OpSail Announce Partnership Commemorating War of 1812, "Star Spangled Banner"

June 23, 2011 - The Secretary of the Navy and the chairman of Operation Sail (OpSail), Inc. announced a partnership June 22 that will work to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Walter Reed Planning Smooth Transition for Wounded Warriors

June 23, 2011 - Many of the approximately 430 wounded warriors, along with their family members and staff, visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) June 22 to hear about their upcoming move to one of two refurbished medical centers in the National Capital Region.

NSWC Panama City Demonstrates SUMMIT During S&T Event

June 23, 2011 - The latest advances in unmanned mine countermeasures technology are undergoing tests and exhibition during a science and technology demonstration hosted by Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City for the Office of Naval Research (ONR), June 13-23.

Arrival Ceremony Welcomes Fallen U.S. Military Home

June 22, 2011 - Three unidentified American heroes returned from war June 17. They were greeted here by friends and fellow service members, with full military honors.

Airman Solves Fuel-Flow Transmitter Problem and Saves Air Force Thousands

June 22, 2011 - An Airman here was recently awarded a check worth $10,000 through the Innovative Development Employee Awareness program.

Nominations Open for GEICO Public Service Awards

June 22, 2011 - Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 2011 Government Employees Insurance Company's Public Service Awards.

Air Force ROTC Cadets Embrace Foreign Language and Culture Initiatives

June 22, 2011 - Each year, the Arnold Air Society hosts a three-day conference for its Air Force ROTC members from across the U.S.

U.S. Urges Negotiation in South China Sea Disputes

June 21, 2011 - The United States, like the rest of the world, has a deep interest in ensuring freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and in helping defuse tensions over territorial disputes there, a senior defense official said yesterday.

Fuerzas Comando 2011 Promotes Special Ops Skills

June 21, 2011 - Elite commandos from 19 countries are participating this week in Fuerzas Comando 2011, a demanding counterterrorism and special operations skills competition sponsored by U.S. Southern Command to promote military-to-military relationships.

Task Force 'Good Neighbor' Leaves Haiti a Better Place

June 21, 2011 - Army Col. Kenneth Donnelly said he will leave Haiti this week a better man. But not before leaving Haiti a better place.

Senate Confirms Leon Panetta as Defense Secretary

June 21, 2011 - The U.S. Senate voted unanimously this evening to confirm Leon E. Panetta as the next Secretary of Defense.

New York Guard Aviators Retrieve Stranded Boat from Brink of Niagara Falls

June 20, 2011 - New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. James Lentz planned to spend Father's Day morning, June 19, 2011, sleeping in before spending the day with his wife JoAnne and four young kids.

Professor Continues Search for Solutions to Traumatic Brain Injury

June 20, 2011 - David A. Hovda, Ph.D., professor and director of the UCLA Brain Research Center was recognized for his extraordinary contributions in caring for wounded warriors by introducing the Army to breakthrough research for systematic recovery from brain trauma.

Task Force Wins Hearts 'One Patient at a Time'

June 20, 2011 - As the morning sun stretches into the sky promising with it another afternoon of scorching heat, the locals here busy themselves with their daily routines.

Iraqi Mortar Crews Build Confidence and Prepare for Operation Iron Lion

June 20, 2011 - Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, conducted a mortar live fire exercise at Destiny Range in Ninewa province, Iraq, June 16, 2011, in preparation for Operation Iron Lion.

Soft Spoken Texan Brings Seventeen Years of Experience to Young UAV Squadron

June 19, 2011 - Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3, established in 2008, is one of the youngest squadrons in the Marine Corps, but its Marines are not without experience.

TRICARE Does Not Retire When You Do

June 17, 2011 - When beneficiaries retire from active duty, they may have big plans for how they are going to spend their time. Along with choices about where to live and their next great adventure, they must make choices about their health care.

Second Hypersonic Flight Ends Prematurely and Brings New Flight Test Data

June 17, 2011 - The X-51A Waverider flew its second test flight at the Point Mugu Naval Air Test Range over the Pacific Ocean June 13, bringing significant hypersonic research data despite a less-than-successful flight.

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Visits Airmen at Camp Eggers

June 17, 2011 - The chief master sergeant of the Air Force visited Airmen at the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan headquarters at Camp Eggers here June 17.

Online Unit Deployment Manager Course Launches

June 17, 2011 - As part of the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center's continuing goal of leveraging technology to assist in training, members of the Expeditionary Center's Mobility Operations School celebrated the launch of the online unit deployment manager.

Donley Congratulates Grads and Marks Strategy School's 20th Anniversary

June 16, 2011 - The graduation of the 20th class of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies June 15 also marked the 20th anniversary of the school's founding, a fact highlighted in the commencement address by Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley.

Nellis to Receive Air Force's First MTC Flight Simulator

June 16, 2011 - Delivery is underway for a first-of-a-kind flight simulator here, with completion and operational turnover set for October.

French Citizens Hold Exhibition Honoring 48th Fighter Bomber Wing

June 16, 2011 - Today, the 48th Fighter Wing is located in England, but that wasn't always the case.

Merchant Marine Reserve Program Becomes Strategic Sealift Officer Program

June 16, 2011 - The deputy chief of naval operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics approved revisions to the latest CNO Instruction (OPNAVINST 1534.lD), transitioning the Merchant Marine Reserve (MMR) Program into the Strategic Sealift Officer Program (SSOP) June 10.

New Fund Launches to Help Wounded Warriors

June 15, 2011 - Army senior leaders and the president and chief executive officer of Operation Homefront, Jim Knotts, marked the launch of the "Army Homefront Fund" during a ceremony here, June 13, 2011.

Navy Surgeon General Honors Hospital Corps' 113th Birthday

June 15, 2011 - The Navy Surgeon General sent a message to the Navy Hospital Corps in celebration of its birthday, June 17.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Completes Sea Trials and Returns to Homeport

June 15, 2011 - USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE) completed sea trials June 15, marking another milestone in the warship's long and storied career.

SECNAV Outlines Plan to Renew Focus on STEM Education

June 15, 2011 - Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced his plan to strengthen the service's future workforce, June 15, at the Naval STEM Forum being held June 15-16 in Alexandria, Va.

Global Strike Command Tests Nuclear Readiness Without Skipping a Beat

June 14, 2011 - Airmen with Global Strike Command recently completed the first command-wide nuclear operational readiness exercise, called Constant Vigilance, without taking a break from scheduled wing-level activities, exercises and training.

U.S. Service Members and Japanese Mourn Lives Lost During World War II

June 14, 2011 - Members here participated in a memorial ceremony June 11, in Shizuoka City, Japan.

Army Engineer Divers Conduct Annual Training Exercise

June 14, 2011 - A group of 85 Army engineer divers assigned to the 74th, 86th, 511th, 544th and 569th Engineer Dive Detachments, Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade made the trek to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Aircraft Wing Marines Augment NATO Military Police

June 14, 2011 - 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) deployed to southwestern Afghanistan with a primary mission: to provide support for Marines and their Afghan and coalition partners on the ground.

Air Force Chapel Community Raises Money for Quake Victims

June 13, 2011 - In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan March 11, members of the Air Force Chaplain Corps on 43 installations helped raise more than $257,000 toward relief efforts for victims of the disaster, officials said here June 9.

VA Officials Work to Provide Post-9/11 Family Caregiver Benefits

June 13, 2011 - A month after the Veterans Affairs Department began processing applications for primary family caregivers of eligible post-9/11 veterans, officials reported steady progress toward delivering the new services and benefits.

Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise Brings SoCal Forces Together

June 13, 2011 - Marines and sailors of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit began a large-scale, two-week training exercise here June 13 - a first since the Marine air-ground task force formed in May.

Communications Marines Train before Pre-Deployment Exercises

June 13, 2011 - Marines are known to always strive for excellence and to do that requires constant training even in their off-time.

Marines Awarded Navy Cross for Valorous Actions in Afghanistan.

June 12, 2011 - For two Marines attached to Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan the morning of Sept. 8, 2009 started simple enough.

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron Answers Call to Duty

June 12, 2011 - The commanding officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 received a phone call from his higher headquarters in May.

Sea Breeze 2011 Sergeant Major Leads Multi-National NCO Course

June 11, 2011 - Non-commissioned officers in the United States Marine Corps are often referred to as the `Backbone of the Marine Corps.'

Face of Defense: Chaplain Provides `Ministry on the Fly'

June 10, 2011 - It's 2:53 p.m., and religious programs specialist Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Gallagher is nervous.

Balloon Reconnaissance Marks 150th Anniversary this Month

June 10, 2011 - The intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support critical to operations in Afghanistan got its start 150 years ago this month, when a balloonist showed then-President Abraham Lincoln how a gas-filled balloon could help the Union Army.

Department of Defense Seeks Input From Employers of Guardsmen and Reservists

June 10, 2011 - Defense Department officials want to hear by July 6 from the civilian employers of reservists and National Guardsmen in a survey intended to measure the impact of service members on the civilian workplace.

U.S. Navy Admiral Mike Mullen Says U.S. and U.K. Military Relationship Essential

June 10, 2011 - The military relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is second to none in terms of strength and is without parallel in terms of shared sacrifice and commitment to similar ideals says Navy Admiral Mike Mullen.

Leon Panetta Vows to put National Security and Troops First

June 09, 2011 - Leon E. Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee June 9 that if he's confirmed as the next defense secretary, his first and foremost mission will be to protect the U.S.

Offutt Air Force Base Braces for Flood with Heavy Preparations

June 09, 2011 - As the water level rises in the Missouri River, officials here are taking precautions to protect people, equipment and facilities.

Airlines Revise Policies for Troops' Checked Baggage

June 09, 2011 - Military members traveling on orders on several major U.S. air carriers can check four, and in some cases, five bags without charge based on new policies the airlines instituted in recent days.

Multinational Students Receive Training from U.S. Medics

June 09, 2011 - Thirty-nine students from Macedonia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro, participated in a Defense Institute for Medical Operations disaster planners course here June 6 to 10.

Secretary of the Army Kicks off Pacific Army Tour in Hawaii

June 08, 2011 - Secretary of the U.S. Army John McHugh thinks the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility, the fifth largest area of the world, is important to the U.S. Army, despite the fact that much of it is ocean.

Officials Seek Input to Modernize Department of Defense Schools

June 08, 2011 - Officials in charge of the Defense Department's school system for military children are seeking input from parents, students and teachers in creating a 21st century learning environment by 2016.

FDA Approves Test for Diagnosing Leishmaniasis Caused by Sand Flies

June 08, 2011 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the way for the SMART Leish PCR assay, a test to aid in the diagnosis of individuals with cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by certain species of sand flies.

Joint Multinational Training Command Badgers Help Multinationals Learn C-IED

June 08, 2011 - An Improvised explosive device does not identify victims by name or by face, and does not care what uniform a Soldier wears.

Historians Write their Own Chapter with Air Force Awards

June 07, 2011 - Air Force officials recently named the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency history office the recipient of the 2010 Brig. Gen. Brian S. Gunderson Award.

Air Force Spouse and Children Recall Evacuation Following Japan Earthquake

June 07, 2011 - The date, March 11, 2011, will never be forgotten by many people. It was the day that a 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan.

Air Force's Premier Honor Guard and Band Invited to Macy's Parade

June 07, 2011 - The Air Force's Premier Honor Guard and Band received an invitation to participate for a national audience in an American tradition.

Air Force Senior Leaders Reflect on Founding Air Commando

June 07, 2011 - The former deputy commander of the 1st Air Commando Group died June 6. Retired Maj. Gen. John Alison was 98 years old and is survived by his wife Penni and son David.

Kansas Guard Artillery Battalion Showcases New Rocket System

June 06, 2011 - The Kansas National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery lit up the sky with rockets during an Open House and Live-Fire exercise May 21, 2011, at the firing range on Fort Riley, Kan.

Airsoft Games Hit Target for 10th Straight Year in Korea

June 06, 2011 - What has hundreds of legs, two tails and a protective outer layer and can run down suspects, shoot targets, find bombs, break boards and speak two languages?

Sugar Shack a Popular Pit Stop for Pilots to Eat and Refuel

June 06, 2011 - Pilots who fly long missions don't usually have time to stop and eat at the dining facility. Camp Taji offers them a quick pit stop when they come to refuel their helicopters at the post's refueling point.

Cadet Command Showcased at Silver Anniversary

June 06, 2011 - After the Vietnam War, the United States Army was demoralized. But the establishment of Cadet Command provided structure and quality leadership training -- aspects of the organization that have continued to today.

First Lady Michelle Obama Lauds Strength and Resilience of Military Kids

June 04, 2011 - First Lady Michelle Obama lauded the graduating seniors of Quantico Middle/High School here last night for their strength, resilience and maturity as they came of age in military families during a time of war.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates Says Impact of Bin Laden's Death Still Unknown

June 04, 2011 - It is too early to see if the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden will have an effect on the fighting in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

U.S. and Chinese Leaders Note Progress on Military Ties

June 03, 2011 - U.S. and Chinese defense leaders said they are pleased with the progress the countries are making in re-establishing good military-to-military relations.

Tornado and Flood Response Jumps to 5,000 Guardsmen

June 03, 2011 - The number of National Guard personnel who are answering the call for help has risen to about 5,000.

Officials Suggest New Role for More Capable Reserve Force

June 03, 2011 - Capabilities gained from a decade of combat have transformed military reserve components into a full-spectrum operational force that should be integrated into the active fighting force, a defense official said today.

U.S. Building on Past Alliances and Expanding Engagements in Asia

June 03, 2011 - The United States is reaching out to countries all around Asia and the Pacific to build the web of engagement so important to security, stability and prosperity.

Staging Wounded Warriors Key to Successful Transition

June 02, 2011 - Patients come off the battlefield in all stages of recovery. Some are going home, some need specialized care.

First C-17 Lands on Refurbished Runway at Shindand

June 02, 2011 - A C-17 Globemaster III landed at Shindand Air Base recently marking the first time the large military transport aircraft was needed to land at the base since the refurbished runway opened in December 2010.

TRICARE ECHO Helps Families with Special Needs

June 02, 2011 - For beneficiaries with specific mental or physical disabilities, TRICARE's Extended Care Health Option provides benefits, including financial assistance that is not available through the basic TRICARE program.

Department of Defense Works Toward Successful Transition in Iraq

June 02, 2011 - The recent Middle East turmoil underscores the importance of an active U.S. engagement in Iraq and a "shoring up" of relations with key regional partners, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East said yesterday.

Air Force Clubs Offer Airmen Road to Education

June 01, 2011 - The road to higher education can be a little easier for members of Air Force clubs around the world, or their dependents, through the 2011 Club Membership Scholarship program, officials said.

Face of Defense: Marine and Canine Make a Good Team

June 01, 2011 - Two Marine Corps members, one somewhat hairy for a Marine, work together to make this military base safe for its workers and residents.

Winter Gains Position Coalition Forces for July Transition

June 01, 2011 - Significant gains during winter fighting have wrested key areas from the Taliban and set the stage for July's transition of the first provinces and district centers to Afghan control, an International Security Assistance Force official said today.

Labor Department Grants to Provide Veterans Job Training

June 01, 2011 - As part of an interagency effort to support America's veterans, the Labor Department today announced $37 million in grants to provide job training for about 21,000 veterans, many of them homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
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