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Military News Articles from 01/2012

Airman Making Difference in Office of First Lady

January 31, 2012 - The former commander of the 4th Airlift Squadron at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., is one of four service members to have been accepted into the 15-member 2011-2012 class of White House Fellows.

Air Force Concludes Military Transfer Case Photo Investigation

January 31, 2012 - The investigation of the 345th Training Squadron's Air Transportation Course class graduation photograph concluded recently.

U.S. and Honduran Air Forces Kick-Off BPC Mission with Opening Ceremony

January 31, 2012 - U.S. and Honduran airmen participated in a Jan. 25 ceremony kicking off the start of a mission designed to enhance military-to-military relations between the two nations.

Probe Finds Dover Supervisors Targeted Whistleblowers

January 31, 2012 - The Office of Special Counsel has determined that supervisors at the U.S. Port Mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., retaliated against four employees who tried to expose wrongdoing at the facility.

Program Supports Ready Reserve Soldiers and Families

January 30, 2012 - The Army Reserve, the Army Human Resources Command and the Army National Guard have joined to provide Individual Ready Reserve soldiers and their families a way to connect with the military community.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Asks Egypt to Lift U.S. Citizen Travel Ban

January 30, 2012 - In a weekend call to Egyptian Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta applauded recent elections, asked him to help in lifting a travel ban on U.S. citizens.

Proposal Would Expand Support for Military Caregivers

January 30, 2012 - First Lady Michelle Obama today announced a series of measures intended to increase the nation's support for caregivers of wounded, ill and injured service members.

Annual Pre-deployment Exercise Attracts Joint Participation

January 30, 2012 - "The simulations were real, the sounds were real. I left there feeling that I could actually save someone's life," said Capt. Gina Ferguson, 634th Contingency Contracting Team, Fort Riley of the training she received during Joint Dawn 2012 exercise.

Americans Provide Comfort and Solace to Kyrgyz Cancer Patients

January 29, 2012 - Members from the Manas Area Benefit Outreach Society traveled to the Children's Cancer Center in Bishkek, Jan. 25, to hand out toys and provide comfort to the children there.

Bagram Airmen Work to Deliver Link to Home

January 29, 2012 - The men and women of the 455th Expeditionary Communication Squadron Knowledge Operations Management Office dedicate themselves, day in and day out, to provide a valuable service to 455th Air Expeditionary Wing personnel and its Air Force tenant units.

Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton A. Schwartz

January 27, 2012 - The Air Force will get smaller, but will retain the capabilities needed to support the joint force, Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, the Air Force chief of staff said here today.

Recovery Mission to Begin This Spring in North Korea

January 27, 2012 - Members of the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command are preparing for their first mission to North Korea in seven years to search for remains of missing U.S. Korean War veterans, a defense official reported.

Obama Nominates Kelly to Lead Southern Command

January 27, 2012 - President Barack Obama has nominated Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly to be the next commander of U.S. Southern Command, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced today.

Black Hawk Pilots Offer Leadership Students Lift

January 27, 2012 - When Soldiers attending the Fort Carson Warrior Leader Course rehearsed medevac requests Jan. 17, the Army's latest in medical support aircraft responded.

Airmen Assist Victims of Avalanche of Downed Aircraft in Afghanistan

January 26, 2012 - A team of U.S. Air Force and Afghan air force aircrew and support personnel snapped into action Jan. 24 to provide life-saving support to 31 Afghan victims of an avalanche.

Obama Praises Department of Defense Energy Leadership and Stewardship

January 26, 2012 - President Barack Obama traveled to Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Jan. 26 to praise the military for "doing its part" - not just in the nation's defense, but also as leaders in energy conservation.

Navy Advances Electrical Protection for Shipboard Sailors

January 26, 2012 - Sailors aboard U.S. Navy ships soon will have new protective clothing for low voltage maintenance work, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced, Jan 26.

Navy's Commitment to Renewable Energy Takes the Nation's Center Stage

January 26, 2012 - The Department of the Navy's energy security goals, including its efforts to produce or consume one gigawatt of new, renewable energy on its naval installations was one of two U.S. Navy highlights during President Barack Obama's State of the Union.

Army Materiel Command Saves $191 Million in Afghanistan

January 25, 2012 - Army Materiel Command's life cycle management command personnel nested in the 401st Army Field Support Brigade realized cost savings and cost avoidance of more than $191 million during 2011.

Army's Largest Renewable Energy Project Part of $61 Million Energy Contracts

January 25, 2012 - The Army has awarded three Energy Savings Performance Contracts with a total value of $61 million, including one that will result in the largest renewable energy project executed to date by the Army.

Some Soldiers Must Make Re-Enlistment Decision Now

January 25, 2012 - Some Soldiers will need to make a reenlistment decision by Jan. 31, or they won't get to stay in the Army.

Army Corps of Engineers Building international partnerships

January 25, 2012 - Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal spoke with senior leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during their 2012 leader conference, highlighting the vital role of USACE as the Army faces unprecedented budget challenges.

Department of Defense Website Connects Military Kids

January 24, 2012 - A new Defense Department website is connecting military children -- whether it's across town or across the world -- who are dealing with a loved one's deployment.

Combat Rations Change to Reflect Troops' Palates

January 24, 2012 - For a sense of what's ahead for combat rations, check out offerings at one of the many sit-down chain restaurants that have sprung up like mushrooms around the country and outside many military bases.

U.S.-Japan Exercises Underscore New Strategy Guidance Focus

January 24, 2012 - Two bilateral command post exercises with Japan kicked off yesterday and today, reflecting the growing strategic importance of the Asia-Pacific region as outlined in the new defense strategy guidance President Barack Obama announced earlier this month.

Air Force Leaders Say Strategy Calls for F-22 and F-35 Capabilities

January 24, 2012 - Fifth-generation fighter aircraft are key to America maintaining domain dominance in the years ahead, Air Force officials said here today.

Newest Band Member Leads Ceremonial Brass on First American Concert Tour

January 23, 2012 - The newest member of the United States Air Force Band is leading the Ceremonial Brass as the conductor during their first American concert tour Jan. 11-23 throughout Florida.

Air Force Reservists Support First Rocket Launch of Year

January 23, 2012 - Air Force Reserve Combat-search-and-rescue Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., supported the successful launch of a Delta IV rocket carrying the fourth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite at 7:38 p.m. EST on January 19.

Laughlin Air Force Base Named Busiest Airfield in 2011

January 23, 2012 - Laughlin was officially announced the busiest airfield and combined air traffic control tower in the Air Force for 2011 on Jan. 10 by the Air Force Flight Standards Agency for having a total of 337,439 operations.

Old Satellite Known as SVN-30 Still Teaching New Lessons

January 23, 2012 - Since Jan. 13, the 2nd Space Operations Squadron here has been busy disposing of an old and trusted satellite.

Airmen and Sailors Participate in Bahrain Airshow

January 22, 2012 - Airmen and Sailors from across the Air Force and Navy traveled here to represent U.S. military forces during the Bahrain International Airshow Jan. 19.

Fitness NCO Brings Smiles to Deployed Airmen

January 22, 2012 - This NCO is always there. If you're feeling down, she will comfort you. If you're eating by yourself, she will sit by you, and, if you're looking to improve your fitness, she'll whip your body into shape. She is ... the ultimate wingman.

Biden Visits Wounded Warriors and Families at Pendleton

January 21, 2012 - Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, thanked wounded warriors and their families for their service and sacrifice during a visit to the Warrior Hope and Care Center here yesterday.

US Naval Observatory Donates Rare Book to Library of Congress

January 20, 2012 - The U.S. Naval Observatory's (USNO) James M. Gilliss Library donated a copy of a rare book to the Thomas Jefferson collection at the Library of Congress Jan. 20.

Learning and Development Roadmap Available for Command Senior Enlisted Leadership

January 20, 2012 - The Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) announced Jan. 20 the availability of the Learning and Development Roadmap (LaDR) for command master chiefs, command senior chiefs and chiefs of the boat (CMC/CSC/COB), posted on Navy Knowledge Online (NKO).

Online Records Ease Sailors' Selection Board Preparation

January 20, 2012 - With the 2012 Navy-wide advancement exam for chief petty officer complete, first-class petty officers hoping to advance must now focus on reviewing their record and preparing a package for the board, officials said Jan. 20.

Early Retirement Option Approved for Some ERB-Separating Sailors

January 20, 2012 - As announced by NAVADMIN 025/12, released Jan. 20, the Navy will offer voluntary early retirement to certain Sailors separating due to the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB).

Official Says Smaller Carbon Footprint Means Fewer Risks

January 19, 2012 - A hard push by the Defense Department and the military services to reduce dependence on fossil fuels will shrink risks on the battlefield along with the Pentagon's carbon footprint, a DOD official said yesterday.

MCPON Speaks at Northern Virginia Council of the Navy League

January 19, 2012 - The master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON) spoke at the Northern Virginia (NOVA) Council of the Navy League dinner in Arlington, Va., Jan. 18.

Stennis Strike Group Enters 7th Fleet Area of Operations

January 19, 2012 - John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations(AOO) Jan. 19 after nearly three months supporting Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and New Dawn (OND).

Defense Department Launches Website for Military Children

January 18, 2012 - The Defense Department launched a new website today for children experiencing the challenges of military deployments.

Panetta Pledges to Hold Sexual Assault Offenders Accountable

January 18, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta took the podium at the Pentagon briefing room today to announce new policies and respond to reporters' questions on an issue he called a top priority: sexual assault in the military.

State Partnership Program Emphasizes Building Relationships

January 17, 2012 - A small, but innovative, program demonstrates the U.S. military's "very agile and flexible" capabilities in working with partners, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said recently.

F-15E Reaches Flying-Hour Milestone

January 16, 2012 - In the early hours of the day, the aircraft parking ramp here was alive with activity.

Tuskegee Airman Honored During Ceremonial Brass Concert

January 16, 2012 - A member of the Tuskegee Airmen was honored during a concert by the United States Air Force Band's Ceremonial Brass Jan. 14 at The First Academy Faith Hall here.

New Airframe Adds Strike Capability to Afghan Air Force

January 15, 2012 - In the Afghanistan government's continued effort to independently battle counterinsurgency, a new tool will be added to their arsenal designed to allow versatility, reconnaissance and precision weapons placement to the growing Afghan air force.

607th AOC Integrates with 8th Army's Joint Interface Control Center Team

January 14, 2012 - Members of 7th Air Force and the 607th Air and Space Operations Center welcomed the 8th Army Joint Interface Control Cell team to the Combat Operations Division here, a historic move that will help resolve issues from working in a joint environment.

'Warrior Challenge' Tests Pillars Comprehensive Airman Fitness

January 14, 2012 - The 379th Air Expeditionary Wing held an event here Jan. 11 to highlight the importance of Comprehensive Airman Fitness in the Air Force.

Surface Navy Association Concludes 24th Annual National Symposium

January 13, 2012 - The Surface Navy Association wrapped up three days of information sharing and networking when the 24th Annual National Symposium in Crystal City, Va., concluded Jan. 12.

Director of Task Force Energy Addresses USS Bonhomme Richard Sailors and Families

January 13, 2012 - The director of Navy Task Force Energy (TFE) addressed Sailors and families aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during the ship's Family Day Cruise Jan. 12.

CNIC Holds 'Train-the-Trainer' Course for Command Fitness Leaders

January 13, 2012 - Naval Support Activity Mid-South held a command fitness leader (CFL) "Train-the-Trainer" certification course for more than 20 Navy fitness professionals from across the country and Guam Jan. 9-13.

Marine with Air Support Squadron Saves Local Woman's Life

January 13, 2012 - Cpl. Eric J. Hansen put his training to work recently, saving an elderly woman's life in Mihama.

Naval War College Professor Writes New Book on War of 1812

January 12, 2012 - As the U.S. Navy prepares to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a book authored by U.S. Naval War College (NWC) professor entitled, "Utmost Gallantry: The U.S. and Royal Navies at Sea in the War of 1812" hit the bookstands.

MCLB Albany Celebrates the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 12, 2012 - Hundreds gathered at the Base Chapel aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 10.

Marine Corps Welcomes First F-35B Aircraft to its Fleet

January 12, 2012 - The Marine Corps welcomed its first F-35B aircraft, the Marine Corps variant of the F-35 Lightning II, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 11.

Smithsonian Celebrates Marine Corps Aviation Centennial

January 12, 2012 - The Smithsonians National Air and Space Museum has partnered with the National Museum of the Marine Corps to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Marine Corps aviation.

St. Louis District and Mississippi Valley Division Prepare for 2012 Flood Season

January 11, 2012 - After the monumental flood events of 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Mississippi Valley Division carefully inspected and completed damage assessments reports for all levees, channel improvements, navigation channels and structures.

Arctic Wolves Adapt to Changing Mission in Afghanistan

January 11, 2012 - The 2011 fighting season is over in Afghanistan, and U.S. forces are adjusting their mission, all the way down to platoon level operations, to reflect the resulting change in focus.

Free Program Helps Airmen Find Local Sitters

January 11, 2012 - Airmen now have another option when it comes to choosing a caretaker for their children, pets and homes and even tutors.

Peterson Air Force Base Members Honor Fallen EOD Airman

January 10, 2012 - Members of the 21st Space Wing here suffered a tragic loss recently when it learned that Airman 1st Class Matthew R. Seidler was killed Jan. 5 in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device.

War Yields Lessons in Preventing and Treating Eye Injuries

January 09, 2012 - Ten years of conflict has given rise not only to the world's best body armor and state-of-the-art battlefield technologies, but also a new understanding about ways to prevent eye injuries and treat those who suffer from them.

Department of Defense Leaders Say U.S. will Remain World's Strongest Military

January 08, 2012 - The Defense Department's new, 10-year strategy will ensure the U.S. remains the world's strongest military power, DOD leaders emphasized in weekend interviews.

Leaders Say Pirate Capture Shows U.S. Commitment to Free Seas

January 07, 2012 - The U.S. Navy's Jan. 5 capture of 15 suspected pirates in the northern Arabian Sea demonstrates the Defense Department's commitment to maritime freedom of navigation, DOD's senior leaders said yesterday.

Bataan and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Groups Turnover Duties

January 07, 2012 - Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Group (MEU) were relieved of their duties in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) by the Makin Island ARG and the 11th MEU, Jan. 6.

Deadline Nears for Employer Support Award Nominations

January 06, 2012 - Members of the National Guard and reserves have just 10 more days to nominate their employers for the Defense Department's highest award recognizing employers who have gone the extra mile to support their reserve-component workers.

First Lady Joins Forces With NCAA to Salute Military Families

January 06, 2012 - Alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has launched a new campaign to recognize, honor and support service members and their families.

NPC Leaders to Discuss Post-ERB and Transition Matters in Western Pacific

January 06, 2012 - Representatives from Navy Personnel Command's fleet engagement team will meet with Sailors, families and leadership in Japan and Hawaii this month to discuss personnel policies and force management measures impacting the fleet, officials said Jan. 6.

U.S. Navy Rescues Iranian Fishing Vessel from Pirates in Arabian Sea

January 06, 2012 - Forces assigned to the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, rescued an Iranian fishing vessel from pirates in the northern Arabian Sea, Jan. 5.

Strategy Calls for Military to Handle Full Range of Contingencies

January 05, 2012 - The American military will be leaner in the years ahead, but it will remain lethal and without a match in the world, President Barack Obama said at the Pentagon on Jan. 5.

New Defense Strategic Guidance Detailed in Near Future

January 05, 2012 - Specifics on how the new defense strategic guidance will affect the Pentagon's budget will take shape in the weeks to come as White House and Defense Department officials prepare President Barack Obama's 2013 budget request.

Rules Restrict Political Activity by Department of Defense Personnel

January 05, 2012 - With election activity steadily picking up, defense officials are in the process of issuing regular election-year guidance to remind military and DOD civilians that they're subject to rules regulating their involvement in political activities.

31st Annual Stockdale Leadership Awards Presented by CNO

January 05, 2012 - The chief of naval operations (CNO) presented the Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale Leadership Award to two commanders at the Pentagon in the Hall of Heroes Jan. 5.

Centurions Deliver for Alaska-Based Airborne Brigade

January 04, 2012 - A group of Alaska-based parachute riggers are now rigging everything from fuel to food for delivery to Soldiers on the front lines in Afghanistan.

Corps of Engineers Transforms Military Medical Care

January 04, 2012 - Moves associated with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, or BRAC, report have resulted in the relocation of thousands of military service members and families.

`AfPak Hands' Program Pays Dividends in Afghanistan and Pakistan

January 04, 2012 - Just over two years since its inception, the Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands program is delivering the capability it was designed to provide and is a model for future U.S. engagement around the world, the program's director reported.

New Law Eases Airport Screening for Troops and Families

January 04, 2012 - President Barack Obama signed a bill into law yesterday to streamline airport screening procedures for service members and their families traveling on official orders.

Defense Bill Affects Pay, Separation Bonuses and More

January 03, 2012 - President Barack Obama signed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act on Dec. 31, 2011, which increases active-duty and reserve pay by 1.6 percent and governs Defense Department activities, from procurement to military personnel policy.

Air Force Offering Second Round of VERA/VSIP

January 03, 2012 - The Air Force is offering a second round of voluntary early retirement authority and voluntary separation incentive pay beginning Jan. 9.

National Guard's Senior Officer Elevated to Joint Chiefs of Staff

January 03, 2012 - The chief of the National Guard Bureau is a statutory member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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