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Military News Articles from 09/2011

New TRICARE Prime Enrollees Pay Adjusted Annual Fees

September 30, 2011 - Military retirees enrolling in the TRICARE Prime health plan after Oct. 1 will begin paying slightly higher annual fees, Pentagon officials announced Sept 30.

Department of Defense Gives High Priority to Saving Energy

September 30, 2011 - The Defense Department has made saving energy a priority in everything it does, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment said yesterday.

Army General Martin E. Dempsey Takes Oath as Chairman's Enlisted Advisor

September 30, 2011 - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey administered the oath of office to Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia here today to serve as his senior enlisted advisor.

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen Vows to Maintain and Strengthen U.S. Military

September 30, 2011 - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen transferred responsibility as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey during ceremonies here today.

HRC Deputy Becomes Army's First Female African-American Major General

September 29, 2011 - U.S. Army Human Resources Command's deputy commanding general became the Army's first-ever female African-American officer to obtain the rank of major general during her promotion and departure ceremony at the Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Complex here today.

Belgians Honor American WWII Liberators

September 29, 2011 - For some, remembrance is a word. For others, it can be a call to act. More than 300 Belgians adopted the graves of American war veterans.

Behavioral Health Makes Difference in Soldiers' lives

September 29, 2011 - "We do make a difference in their lives," said Lt. Col Sharette Gray, chief of behavioral health at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, or CRDAMC, referring to the more than 600 patients a day coming to the various behavioral health treatment clinics.

Four Decades of Service Come to a Close for Senior Air Force Civilian

September 29, 2011 - It's the wonderful people that he's worked with that have made 43 years in the Air Force such a great experience, said William Davidson.

Medal of Honor Recipient Issues Scholarship Challenge

September 28, 2011 - Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer plans to raise $1 million in scholarship money for the children of wounded Marines and Navy corpsmen, and challenges the American public to match it.

Semper Ride Visits the 'Big Easy,' and Assists Service Members Making Safe Riding Easier

September 28, 2011 - Three years ago, the Marine Corps faced a bump in a road: record high 25 Marines died due to motorcycle accidents.

24th MEU Bids Farewell to Sgt. Maj. John McGovern

September 28, 2011 - Sgt. Maj. John McGovern relinquished his duties as the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit's sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Octaviano Gallegos during a relief and appointment ceremony Sept. 28, at the II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Building.

Fun Day at the Runway Promotes Safety for Pendleton Riders

September 28, 2011 - The cool chill of morning mist, the sounds of racing engines and the smell of burnt rubber filled the air at Camp Pendleton's Marine Corps Air Station during the second "Fun Day on the Runway," Sept. 24.

Marine Musicians Bring Melodies to Minnesota and Western Wisconsin High Schools

September 27, 2011 - The Combat Center Show Band stopped at Coon Rapids High School today during their Midwest Fall tour and surprised students with a wall-shaking performance.

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa Provide Support for Marines

September 27, 2011 - Marines assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa areas of operation are spread out to the farthest reaches of Europe and Africa conducting the ongoing missions of training and advising.

Belize Offers Premier Training Opportunities to Marines

September 27, 2011 - Belize is a premier training ground for many NATO allies. Military units from Britain, Poland, Norway, Spain and others have all taken advantage of the unique training experiences the Central American country can provide.

Sheppard Graduates First 9-Level Aircraft Armament Course

September 26, 2011 - The first class of nine-level Aircraft Armament Systems senior NCOs graduated here Sept. 23.

Bird Migration Season Increases Bird Strike Risks

September 26, 2011 - As summer fades into fall, birds begin to migrate south to their wintering grounds. That migration means one thing to pilots and airfield managers: a dramatic increase in the risk of bird strikes.

MCRC Recruits Most Diverse Group of Officers in a Decade

September 26, 2011 - The Marine Corps Recruiting Command continues to answer the call from Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, to build a Marine Corps that reflects "the face of the nation."

Returning Warrior Workshop Provides Support to IA Service Members and Families

September 25, 2011 - More than 150 active duty and reserve personnel and their families attended the Navy Region Northwest Reserve Component Command (NRNWRCC)

Navy Bids Roughead Farewell and Greenert Takes Helm

September 25, 2011 - With 38 years of service, Adm. Gary Roughead steps down from the position of Chief of Naval Operations during the change of command ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy, Sept. 23.

USS Spruance Arrives in Key West For Commissioning Ceremony

September 24, 2011 - The guided missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) arrived at Naval Air Station Key West Sept. 23 in preparation for its formal commissioning ceremony Oct. 1.

USS Constitution Sailors Participate in New England Navy Week

September 24, 2011 - Sailors assigned to USS Constitution began participating in New England Navy Week in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 24.

US, Bangladesh Navies Complete At-Sea Portion of CARAT Bangladesh

September 24, 2011 - U.S. and Bangladesh Sailors completed the at-sea portion of the first Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) held in Bangladesh on Sept. 23.

Office of Naval Research Kicks Off Fall Lecture Series and Addresses Declining Number of US Engineers

September 23, 2011 - The Office of Naval Research (ONR) launched its fall Distinguished Lecture Series Sept. 21 at its headquarters with a presentation addressing the shortfall of engineers in the United States.

NETC Commander Retires after Distinguished Naval Career

September 23, 2011 - The commander of Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) retired from the Navy during a ceremony at the National Naval Aviation Museum Sept. 23.

National Military Medical Center Opens New Fitness Center

September 23, 2011 - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, at Bethesda, (WRNMMC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the command's new fitness center, Sept. 22.

Navy Memorial Hosts 24th Annual Lone Sailor Awards Dinner

September 23, 2011 - The Navy Memorial honored six military veterans during the 2011 Lone Sailor awards dinner held at the National Building Museum in Washington, Sept. 22.

Air Force General Douglas M. Fraser Cites Southcom Regional Challenges

September 22, 2011 - There have been several "good news" trends observed across the Caribbean and Central and South American regions over the past decade, yet narco-terrorism and corruption remain serious security concerns, U.S. Southern Command's chief said here yesterday.

Special Operations Leaders Outline Budget Concerns

September 22, 2011 - Success in special operations missions rests, in part, on critical enabling capabilities the Army, Navy and Air Force provide, the nation's civilian and military special operations chiefs told Congress today.

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen Says Personnel and Health Costs `Not Sustainable'

September 22, 2011 - Acknowledging that changes are needed to deal with unsustainable personnel costs, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff emphasized here last night that the United States can't break faith with military members and their families.

Clinton and Panetta to Meet With Gulf Council Ministers

September 22, 2011 - U.S. leaders are committed to maintaining strong relationships with Persian Gulf nations and to bolstering security in the region, senior administration officials said today.

Report Examines Lower-Body Blast Injuries

September 21, 2011 - The Army Surgeon General's Office released its report yesterday on dismounted complex blast injuries, which more than twice as many service members have suffered annually since the 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan.

Ride 2 Recovery Cyclists Trek Route of 9/11 Attacks

September 21, 2011 - Ride 2 Recovery cyclists pedaled more than 500 miles during an eight-day trip from New York to the Pentagon commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Minnesota National Guard battles Pagami Creek wildfire

September 21, 2011 - Four Minnesota National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters are helping battle a 100,000-acre wildfire.

Medical Unit in Iraq Holds Blood Screenings as Part of Emergency Preparedness

September 21, 2011 - Blood is a critical commodity in the event of a mass casualty incident and part of the emergency readiness process is finding donors.

Command Chiefs Address Concerns and Offer Advice During AFA Convention Forum

September 20, 2011 - Issues affecting America's Airmen took center stage Sept. 19 during the Air Force Association's 2011 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition's Command Chief Master Sergeants Forum here Sept. 19.

Air Force Officials Announce FY12 Voluntary Force Management Measures

September 20, 2011 - Air Force leaders announced Sept. 9 the continuation of voluntary officer separation measures for fiscal 2012 as part of the services' ongoing force-management initiatives.

Mobility Air Forces Provide Wartime Capability and Humanitarian Assistance

September 20, 2011 - The same machines that deliver critical capabilities to U.S. joint forces have also proven their mettle in humanitarian missions, said the Air Mobility Command's top officer at the Air Force Association's 2011 Air & Space Conference.

Education Officials Seek Feedback to Shape Way Ahead

September 20, 2011 - Defense Department officials are inviting military and community members to share their thoughts on the quality and continuity of education in DOD schools and their suggestions for improvements.

Reservists Surprise Wives During Live 'Salute to Troops' (PC)

September 19, 2011 - Senior Airmen Domenic Mash and Keith Graft surprised their wives on the set of "HLN's Morning Express with Robin Meade" show during a live "Salute to the Troops" segment Sept. 14, here.

Rescue Squadron Returns Home from Concurrent Deployments

September 19, 2011 - Approximately 60 members of the 56th Rescue Squadron returned here Sept. 15, after back-to-back deployments in support of two different operations that had them away from home for more than nine months.

Air Force Officials Announce Civilian Early Retirement and Separation Incentive Options

September 19, 2011 - The Air Force is implementing civilian Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay programs, Air Force officials announced today.

SECAF Addresses State of the Air Force

September 19, 2011 - Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley addressed hundreds of Airmen, sister service members and industry leaders during the Air Force Association's 2011 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition here, Sept. 19.

Air Force Marathon Sets Attendance Record for Second Year

September 17, 2011 - The 2011 U.S. Air Force Marathon broke a number of records this year -- first selling out earlier than ever in June and then by lining up 13,000 runners at the starting line on the grounds of Wright State University.

The National Reconnaissance Office Maintains Nation's Intel Satellite Edge

September 16, 2011 - The National Reconnaissance Office is 50 years old this month, but its mission of designing, building, launching and maintaining America's intelligence satellites is always future focused, its chief said yesterday.

U.S. and Australia Tackle 21st-Century Challenges

September 16, 2011 - Australia and the United States are determined to broaden their security cooperation efforts to counter threats and challenges of the future, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said yesterday.

Department of Defense Reaffirms Commitment to POWs and MIAs

September 16, 2011 - No one has matched the United States' time, resources and commitment to accounting for its missing military members and honoring its prisoners of war, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.

Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer Inducted Into Pentagon Hall of Heroes

September 16, 2011 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta inducted Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer into Pentagon Hall of Heroes today, holding him up as an example of courage, selfless service and the Corps' motto, "Always Faithful."

Air Force Aerial Firefighters Continue Battling Texas Wildfires

September 15, 2011 - Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft provided aerial firefighting support to northeast Texas for a second consecutive day Sept. 12, forming fire retardant lines in support of ground fire crews.

Air Force Officials Tackle Current and Future Energy Needs

September 15, 2011 - Air Force officials have developed an Air Force energy program to support its multi-faceted mission to "Fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace."

Continuous Bomber Presence Restructuring Saves Department of Defense Twelve million

September 14, 2011 - Air Force Global Strike Command and Pacific Air Forces officials teamed up recently to restructure logistics support and aircraft rotations for the continuous bomber presence in the Pacific.

Department of Defense Aircraft Join Firefighting Efforts in Texas and Northwest US

September 14, 2011 - Under the direction of the Joint Forces Air Component Commander for Air Forces Northern here, six Defense Department C-130 Hercules equipped with U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems will deploy.

SECNAV Celebrates USS Milwaukee with Hometown Crowd

September 14, 2011 - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus threw a ceremonial first pitch in the Milwaukee Brewers game Sept. 13 at Miller Park.

U.S. Army South Mission Brings Light to Seeing-Impaired

September 14, 2011 - During the early morning hours of Aug. 26, 92-year-old Maria Josefa Aguillon Hernandez made her way to the hospital as the sun rose for millions of other people, but not her.

Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune Kicks Off Vaccination Campaign

September 13, 2011 - Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune (NHCL) kicked off the 2011-2012 Seasonal Influenza (flu) Vaccination Campaign, Sept. 12, with the goal of achieving 100 percent Navy and Marine Corps force readiness.

Surgical Technician Recognized for Selfless Service

September 13, 2011 - A Landstuhl surgical technician has been named the 2011 USO Volunteer of the Year for his resolute dedication as a volunteer at the Kaiserslautern USO Warrior Center at Landstuhl.

Two APG Ceremonies to Signify End of BRAC Process

September 13, 2011 - The completion of the Base Realignment and Closure, known as BRAC, process and acknowledges the transformation of the installation's missions with two ceremonies here Sept. 15, the day BRAC law requires completion of the required actions.

Picatinny Captures Six of Ten Army Greatest Inventions

September 13, 2011 - Achieving its best performance to date, the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center here placed six out of 10 winners in the Army Greatest Inventions Award competition for the 2010 calendar year.

Air Force Falcons Come up Short in Loss to TCU Horned Frogs

September 12, 2011 - In what looked like a replay of last year's game in Fort Worth, Texas, the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs blasted the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons in their second home game of the season Sept. 10 here.

Civil Engineers Start Construction Project on Wake Island

September 12, 2011 - Three 611th Civil Engineering Squadron members arrived here recently from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to begin building the second of three Sprung Instant Structure buildings.

USS Green Bay Holds Guadalcanal Commemoration Ceremony

September 12, 2011 - Amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and embarked Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines (BLT 1/1) of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit held a Guadalcanal commemoration ceremony September 10.

General David M. Rodriguez Takes Command of U.S. Army Forces Command

September 12, 2011 - Gen. David M. Rodriguez took command of U.S. Army Forces Command here today in a ceremony that formalized the transformation of the "Home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces" into a "four-star" installation.

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen Says World Changed Forever as Jet Hit Pentagon

September 09, 2011 - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen was on the fourth floor of the Pentagon on the "spectacularly clear" morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers flew a Boeing 757 into the side of the building, changing the world forever, he said

Memories of 9/11 Resonate with Dover Port Mortuary Staff

September 09, 2011 - A decade ago, less than a dozen people worked in a modest building that sat on a few acres of land behind the fence at the end of Atlantic Avenue.

Controlled Spend Account Card Personal Use Unauthroized

September 09, 2011 - Policy changes concerning the use of the Air Force's new Controlled Spend Account cards were spelled out in a policy letter from Headquarters Air Force Aug. 26

NHL Legend Opens Playroom for Children of Wounded Warriors

September 08, 2011 - Military and civilian officials -- along with an ice hockey legend -- gathered here yesterday to officially open a new playroom for children of wounded warriors seeking treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

White House Chooses Four Service Members As Fellows

September 08, 2011 - The White House Fellows Program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders "first- hand, high-level experience with the workings of the federal government.

General Martin E. Dempsey Reflects on Challenges Facing Department and Services

September 08, 2011 - As a new chief of staff of the Army prepares to run the largest of the services, the outgoing Gen. Martin E. Dempsey now prepares for his new role as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

White House Calls for Service on 9/11 Anniversary

September 08, 2011 - President Barack Obama has renewed his annual message for Americans to devote the 9/11 anniversary to a day of service, a White House official said today.

Marines Fire Thousands of Rounds During Close Quarters Tactics Course

September 07, 2011 - Before Marines fast rope behind enemy lines, blowup doors, or engage high value targets; they have to learn to shoot, and shoot well.

Pendleton Firefighters Honored for Fundraising Efforts

September 07, 2011 - Camp Pendleton Fire Department firefighters were awarded with a trophy and letters of appreciation from the Burn Institute in San Diego at Station #5 here Sept. 7 for their participation in the 11th annual "Fill the Boot" campaign April 7-12.

'Lifeline' Battalion Prepares to Transition Three Sustainment Hubs in Iraq

September 07, 2011 - In accordance with agreements between the Government of Iraq and United States Forces United States Division - Center are preparing to transition responsibility of, or close down, the Victory Base Complex.

Female Engagement Team Interacts with Local Citizens

September 07, 2011 - oldiers from the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, known as the Stonewall Brigade works with other units to conduct a joint foot patrol through the bazaar in Qalat, Aug. 21.

Marines Recognized at Nebraska Football Opening Day

September 06, 2011 - Recruiting Station Des Moines' Marines with an ongoing partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln football team were honored Opening Day, September 3.

Nominations Open for Public Administration Award

September 06, 2011 - Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 8th Annual Department of Defense David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Administration Award.

Local Becomes Interpreter During Medical Training Exercise

September 06, 2011 - A 12-year-old girl from a small Nicaraguan community acted as an interpreter for the English-speaking medical team here during their medical readiness training exercise.

Air Force Pilot Missing from Vietnam War Identified

September 06, 2011 - Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office officials announced Sept. 6 that the remains of an Airman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Marine Expeditionary Unit Launches Communications Balloon

September 04, 2011 - Marines serving with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit launched a communications balloon Sept. 4 from the amphibious assault ship Makin Island off Southern California's coast.

Marines and Afghan Instructors Train and Relieve Stress Through Physical Fitness

September 04, 2011 - Through strength, sweat, endurance and mental toughness Marines lead Afghan instructors by example during physical training on a daily basis at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest, Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province.

Houston Marine Reflects on 9/11 and his Reason for Serving

September 04, 2011 - Many Americans remember where they were when they heard the news on September 11, 2001.

Mentor Team Corpsman Trains Afghan Medics in Lashkar Gah

September 04, 2011 - Many people come to America looking for the freedom and prosperity not available to them in their homelands.

TRICARE Portability Reduces Moving Stress

September 02, 2011 - With a single phone call, TRICARE's "Moving Made Easy" option will take some of the stress out of moving, a top TRICARE official said Aug. 26.

Brooks' Last Air Force Unit Completes Inactivation Ceremony

September 02, 2011 - The Air Force ended nearly 95 years of service, research and training here Aug. 31, 2011, when the last unit inactivated in a ceremony.

South Pole Airdrop Delivers Critical Medical Supplies in Total Darkness

September 02, 2011 - Airmen with the 304th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron here airdropped urgently needed medical supplies Sept. 1 at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica.

Defense Officials Watchful as 9/11 Anniversary Approaches

September 02, 2011 - Defense Department officials are "keenly aware" that terrorist attacks are possible as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, a department spokesman told Pentagon reporters today.

9/11: Former Air Force Surgeon Recalls Pentagon Post-Attack Response

September 01, 2011 - Before he made his way to the triage area where medics from all services would gather to treat and send off victims in ambulances, the senior Air Force medic waded through fire, smoke and chest-high debris looking for victims inside the Pentagon.

'Nothing of Significance' Found at Scott AFB Mail Center

September 01, 2011 - Scott Air Force Base bioenvironmental specialists and explosive ordnance disposal technicians have found nothing of significance at the official mail center here, base officials said.

Air Force Leaders Issue Labor Day Message to Airmen and their Families

September 01, 2011 - Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following Labor Day message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force and their families:

MRAP Teams Enable USACE to Deliver Quality Construction

September 01, 2011 - They come from all walks of life and all sorts of backgrounds. They're driven by the call to serve and willingly put their lives on the line every day.
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