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Military News Articles from 10/2012

Army Partnering with Allies for Peace and Security

October 31, 2012 - The Army is working diligently to prevent war in the future through select Army units, partnered with allies and specific nations around the globe; a strategy it terms "regional alignment."

More than 7,400 National Guard Members Responding to Hurricane Sandy

October 30, 2012 - More than 7,400 Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen had been mobilized in 11 states to respond to Hurricane Sandy by 4:30 a.m., Oct. 30, and more were on the way.

Wizards Salute Military Vets during NBA Cares Week

October 29, 2012 - A group of professional athletes served a group of service men and women, wounded warriors, veterans and mothers of fallen heroes at "Salute to the Stars," a luncheon that honored America's bravest.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Appoints 'Dual' Commanders for Hurricane Relief

October 28, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has appointed "dual status" commanders - those authorized to command both federal and state National Guard forces - in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.

Department of Defense Funds Study of Omega 3 Benefit in Reducing Suicides

October 26, 2012 - The Defense Department is funding a new study to determine if something as simple as drinking smoothies with high concentrations of the fatty acids found in fish oils can help to reduce suicides among veterans.

Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis Says Arctic Presents Opportunities, Risks and Challenges

October 26, 2012 - The melting of the arctic ice cap opens new opportunities -- as well as risks and challenges -- that will require increasing cooperation among regional nations.

Veterans Affairs Home Loan Program Delivers 20 Millionth American Dream

October 26, 2012 - As three-year-old Joey Carpenter peddled his tricycle over crackling autumn leaves on the driveway, his mother smiled through stifled tears, for she knew her son would now have a stable home in which to grow up.

Federal Agencies Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

October 26, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has initiated widespread preparations, including joining forces with the Defense Department and other federal agencies, to brace for Hurricane Sandy, said William Craig Fugate, FEMA's administrator.

Historian Analyzes Immediate Aftermath of Cuban Missile Crisis

October 25, 2012 - Fifty years after the United States stood on the brink of nuclear war with the Soviet Union, a historian spoke to a Pentagon audience about how President John F. Kennedy and other American leaders dealt with a still-dangerous situation.

Dolphin Twelve Training Concludes in Montenegro

October 25, 2012 - Advancing U.S. European Command's efforts to build partnerships and partner capacity across the continent, U.S. Navy divers and six bottlenose dolphins wrapped up a month-long exercise yesterday.

Secretary and Chairman Respond to Reporters on Benghazi Attack

October 25, 2012 - "You don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on," Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters here today in response to a question about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Department of Defense Official Encourages Private-Sector Technology Innovation

October 25, 2012 - The Defense Department has stepped up efforts to encourage private-sector innovation and its adaptation into the federal government, a senior Pentagon official said here yesterday.

Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno Says Future Army Forces Must Be Regionally Aligned

October 24, 2012 - Future Army forces must be tailored to meet local requirements, must be rapidly deployable at lower echelons, and must be scalable from squad to corps level, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said here yesterday.

Orient Shield Promotes U.S.-Japan Readiness, Interoperability

October 24, 2012 - The U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force kicked off Orient Shield 2012 in Japan today, the first in a series of annual tactical field-training exercises.

Carter Pledges Support to Nation's Service Members and Families

October 24, 2012 - Pentagon leaders are committed to caring for service members and their families, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter told an Army audience today during remarks at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual convention here.

Wizards Salute Andrews Airmen and Service Members

October 24, 2012 - More than 20 Airmen from Joint Base Andrews were served lunch by members of the NBA's Washington Wizards at a downtown steakhouse in Washington Oct. 22.

Declassified document Shows 'Real' Flying Saucer

October 23, 2012 - The grainy film showed a round ship floating out of a hangar. Its silver, aluminum exterior glinted in the sun as it hovered a few feet off the ground.

Air Force Releases Request for Proposal for Next Search and Rescue Helicopter

October 22, 2012 - The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition announced today the posting of the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) Request for Proposal (RFP) to the Federal Business Opportunities website.

First Sergeant to Join Stateside Walk from Deployed Location

October 20, 2012 - Sometimes she walks or runs with a friend, and then she's got someone to talk with and motivate her. But many times she walks with just her music and her thoughts, and it allows her to remember just what she's walking for.

Obama Nominates Rodriguez as Next Africa Command Chief

October 19, 2012 - President Obama has nominated Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez to succeed Army Gen. Carter F. Ham as the commander of U.S. Africa Command, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said here today.

Marine Rotation Finishes Tour in Eastern Europe and Resets for Next Year

October 19, 2012 - "How many Marines do you know that have been to Transylvania?" asked Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Lassandrello, an instructor with noncommissioned officer development detachment, Black Sea Rotational Force 12.

Weapons Company Flies with Fighting Griffons

October 19, 2012 - Marines and sailors conducted a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Oct. 17.

Kilo Company Completes Mechanized Raid Training Exercise

October 19, 2012 - Marines and sailors with Company K, with Battalion Landing Team 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed the first phase of its training to become certified at performing a mechanized raid Oct. 19, 2012.

Mental and Physical Endurance Put to the Test

October 18, 2012 - Endurance, one of the leadership traits all Marines must have, is defined as the mental and physical stamina that is measured by the ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress, and hardship.

US and French Marines Begin Exercise with Friendly Competition and Social

October 18, 2012 - Marines and French Marine paratroopers began Exercise Croix de Sud with a day of playing soccer and a lunch social at Camp la Broche, New Caledonia, Oct. 13.

Department of Defense Teams up With Financial Bureau to Address Student Loan Problems

October 18, 2012 - The Defense Department will work with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to ensure the financial health of service members and their families, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said here today.

Classified Information Plays Central Role in Both 9/11 and WikiLeaks Cases

October 18, 2012 - Pretrial hearings for two major court cases are converging this week as attorneys operating in two very different legal systems focus on the issue of classified information in the courtroom.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hosts Military Spouse Hiring Event

October 17, 2012 - More than 500 job seekers networked with employers at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Military Spouse Hiring Fair at the Pacific Views Event Center here Oct. 11.

Military Police Teach Critical Security Skills to Military Police and Embassy Guards

October 17, 2012 - Whether it's standing vigilantly on the walls of an embassy or keeping an eagle's eye on everything while performing personal security detachment details, at the end of the day, personal safety of "the boss" is paramount.

Pendleton Holds Commanding General's 1st Invitational Golf Tournament

October 17, 2012 - For more than 50 of Camp Pendleton's patrons and community members, Marine Memorial Golf Course was home of the Commanding General's 1st Invitational Golf Tournament Oct. 15.

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter Says U.S. Must Stay Committed to Middle East

October 17, 2012 - It is important for the U.S. to maintain its commitments to the Middle East, even as the nation's defense strategy starts to shift focus away from the region, the deputy defense secretary told troops on a military installation here today.

Operation Homelink Helps Connect Spouses with Deployed Loved Ones

October 16, 2012 - Finding solace in a deployed environment can come in many ways. For deployed service members, one thing's for sure: nothing beats seeing the one thing keeping the wheels turning - family.

Spouses Play Kickball to Promote Camaraderie and Fun

October 16, 2012 - Spouses of Marines and sailors competed in the Spouses Lejeune Area Kickball Association or SLAKA Oct. 13-14. Most of the spouses were wives of Marines and sailors aboard Camp Lejeune.

New Orleans Based Women Marines Awarded for their Achievements

October 16, 2012 - Since Opha May Johnson signed the dotted line in 1918, women have been making their mark in United States Marine Corps history.

Medical Civilians Experience Boot Camp Rigors

October 16, 2012 - A cadre of 12 medical experts in traumatic brain injury and psychological health fell in line with boot-camp Marines here to experience the rigors of military training, first hand.

Pacom Chief Encourages Closer U.S.-India Security Ties

October 15, 2012 - In his first visit to India as commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III encouraged a closer defense relationship between the United States and India.

U.S. Continues to Send Nonlethal Aid to Syrian Opposition

October 15, 2012 - The United States will continue to funnel nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition, and urges the international community to unite against Bashar Assad's regime, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.

Pretrial Hearings Kick Off for 9/11 Defendants

October 15, 2012 - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and four co-defendants charged with planning and carrying out the attacks have the right to skip court proceedings regarding their case.

Silver Star Represents Forty-Four Year Closure for KIA Airman's Family

October 15, 2012 - "Promise me you're going to find out what happened to him." All Lillian Calfee wanted to know was the fate of her only son.

Academy Cadets to Conduct 'Flightline of the Future' Research

October 14, 2012 - The U.S. Air Force Academy's Dean of the Faculty Brig. Gen. Dana H. Born signed a cooperative research and development agreement with officials from Lockheed Martin recently for a "Flightline of the Future" initiative.

Army UH-1H Finds New Home with Air Force

October 14, 2012 - The Inter-American Air Forces Academy at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland recently landed a new training tool that upgrades the helicopter maintenance courses it offers to students from Latin American partner nations.

Air Force Training Instructor Responds to Traffic Accident

October 13, 2012 - An Air Force Basic Military Training Instructor was late for his morning formation, but it was for the right kind of reason.

Intel Experts Converge for 2012 GEOINT Symposium

October 13, 2012 - In addition to the exhibitions, GEOINT, which is in its ninth year, hosted several keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions by government, military and private sector leaders.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Spells out Department of Defense Roles in Cyberdefense

October 12, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta spelled out in detail the Defense Department's responsibility in cybersecurity during a speech to the Business Executives for National Security, or BENS, meeting in New York, Oct. 11.

'Capital Shield' Tests Army's First Responders in Nation's Capital

October 12, 2012 - Soldiers with the 911th Engineer Company (Technical Rescue) dug through the rubble of a collapsed building in Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, as part of the "Capital Shield 13" regional training exercise.

Corps of Engineers Delivers Garrison Installation for Afghan Forces in Herat

October 12, 2012 - Nearly as vital as the mission to mentor Afghan National Security Forces so they can provide safety and security in their homeland, is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission to build high-quality facilities where security forces may live and train.

Army Chief of Staff General Raymond T. Odierno Visits JRTC for Decisive Action Rotation

October 12, 2012 - Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno visited Fort Polk Soldiers Oct. 9 during the start of a Joint Readiness Training Center, or JRTC, training rotation for thousands of airborne, Special Operations and support Soldiers.

Makin Island Sailors and Marines Help Clean Up San Francisco Zoo During Fleet Week Festivities

October 11, 2012 - A group of 45 Sailors and Marines from the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit serving aboard the amphibious assault ship USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD8) conducted a cleanup project at the San Francisco Zoo, Oct. 5.

Army's Cyber Commander Explores NPS Education and Research Programs

October 11, 2012 - The commanding general of U.S. Army Cyber Command/U.S. 2nd Army, spent two days at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) for an exploratory visit to the university, Oct. 1-2.

US Naval Hospital Okinawa Kicks off Customer Service Week

October 11, 2012 - The staff of U. S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Okinawa kicked off the command's observance of Customer Service Week in a brief ceremony at the hospital's Wall of Honor Oct. 1.

Locklear Encourages Closer U.S.-Bangladesh Military Ties

October 11, 2012 - Praising Bangladesh as a global model in both peacekeeping and disaster management, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, told Bangladeshi leaders and reporters yesterday he welcomes more opportunities for the United States and Bangladesh to work together.

Defense Intel Agency Director Outlines Changes Under Way

October 11, 2012 - The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency shared his vision of accelerating change and building capacity within the agency during a symposium yesterday in Orlando, Fla.

Guam Community Leaders Salute Armed Forces

October 10, 2012 - The Guam Chamber of Commerce's Armed Forces Committee (AFC) hosted the 14th Annual Salute to the Armed Forces at the Outrigger Guam Resort in Tumon Oct. 5.

George Washington Sailors Spend Time with Myanmar Refugee Kids

October 10, 2012 - Sailors attached to the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) volunteered their free time for a community outreach at the School for Myanmar Refugee Children in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Oct. 8 during a port visit.

Medical Intelligence Center Monitors Health Threats

October 10, 2012 - From a windowless building behind barriers and fences here, scientists, physicians and other experts monitor a range of intelligence and open-source channels for threats to the health of U.S. forces and the homeland.

President Barack Obama Praises Nominees for Key Military Positions

October 10, 2012 - President Barack Obama today announced his nominations for two key military leadership positions in Europe and Afghanistan.

Navy Evaluating Second Electromagnetic Railgun Prototype

October 09, 2012 - The Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Electromagnetic (EM) Railgun program is evaluating the second of two industry railgun prototype launchers at a facility in Dahlgren, Va., officials announced Oct 9.

Face of Defense: Airman Continues Long Run of Softball Success

October 09, 2012 - While many airmen who play the sport avidly hope to make the Air Force softball team once or twice in their careers, Master Sgt. Tony Patrick has donned the blue and black uniform an unprecedented 10 times since 2000.

Air Force Officials Reestablish Squadron Commander Support Staffs

October 09, 2012 - Air Force officials reestablished squadron commander support staffs on Oct. 1 to help commanders manage administrative duties and other personnel and knowledge operations functions.

Cape Cod Wind Turbines Help Air Force Top Department of Defense Energy Goals

October 09, 2012 - Change is blowing into Cape Cod Air Force Station as the 6th Space Warning Squadron receives two new wind turbines here saving an estimated $1 million in annual energy costs.

Philippine and American Forces Meet up to Kick off PHIBLEX 2013

October 08, 2012 - The opening ceremony of the Amphibious Landing Exercise 2013 took place Oct. 8, 2012 aboard USS Bonhomme Richard.

Navy Region Southwest Band and Ceremonial Guard Perform During Fleet Week 2012

October 08, 2012 - The Navy Region Southwest Band from San Diego and the Navy Ceremonial Guard from Washington, DC performed at Jack London Square during a concert to honor East Bay veterans, Oct. 5, as part of San Francisco Fleet Week (SFFW) 2012.

Iwo Jima Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

October 08, 2012 - Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima.

Panetta: Western Hemisphere Nations Face Threats in Common

October 08, 2012 - Nations of the Western Hemisphere are a family sharing many of the same threats that confront them across borders and oceans, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said here today.

A Wish Come True: Colorado Native Becomes Cadet for a Day

October 07, 2012 - An 11-year-old boy became the U.S. Air Force Academy newest cadet when he arrived for

Free Medical Care Available to Separating Service Members

October 06, 2012 - Representatives from the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) spoke to separating service members about a program to receive free health care benefits from at a Transition Assistance Program (TAP) class at Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 2.

Theodore Roosevelt Ombudsmen Honored at Appreciation Dinner

October 06, 2012 - The Navy Family Program of Hampton Roads honored area ombudsmen with a special appreciation dinner held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Oct. 4, which was attended by the ombudsmen of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Briefs Future Leaders at Officer Training Command

October 06, 2012 - Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) Juan M. Garcia III addressed more than 400 students and staff on manpower issues facing the Navy in the 21st century at Officer Training Command Newport, Oct. 5, at Naval Station Newport.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville Hosts Navy Ombudsman At Large

October 05, 2012 - The Navy's ombudsman at large visited Naval Air Station Jacksonville Oct. 3 as part of her Southeast Region military installation tour to connect with base ombudsmen and learn more about installation facilities.

NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Awards Contract for Entry Point Upgrades

October 05, 2012 - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic awarded a contract Sept. 27 for improvements to the main gate at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Dam Neck Annex.

USS Springfield Commanding Officer and Crew Members Visit Namesake City

October 05, 2012 - The commanding officer (CO) and several crew members from the Los Angeles class-attack submarine USS Springfield (SSN 761) are visiting their namesake city, Oct. 4 - 9.

Renovation of Historic Building begins at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

October 05, 2012 - Project managers and the project construction team held a ceremony Sept. 20 before beginning the renovation of Bldg. 9 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Recruit Training Command Welcomes Officers from Around the World

October 04, 2012 - Foreign officers from the Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) toured the Navy's only boot camp, Recruit Training Command (RTC) and Training Support Center (TSC) Oct. 1.

Exercise Increases Skills of Emergency Responders on board NAS Meridian

October 04, 2012 - Naval Air Station Meridian conducted a training exercise Oct. 3 to evaluate the readiness and response time of base personnel.

Community Walks for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 04, 2012 - The American Cancer Society is hosting the fourth annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Hawaii, Oct 6.

Joint Typhoon Warning Center Pearl Harbor Celebrates Hispanic Heritage

October 04, 2012 - Senior Chief Aerographer's Mates, Manuel A. Santos and Enrique Acosta discussed the importance of Hispanic Heritage and diversity in the workplace with Sailors and Airmen of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, in a celebration, Sep. 27.

Retroactive Stop Loss Application Deadline Nears

October 03, 2012 - Airmen eligible for the Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay Program have until Oct. 21 to apply, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.

Communication Exercises in Full Swing as Army Preps for its Next Large-Scale Network Test

October 03, 2012 - In preparation for the Army's Network Integration Evaluation 13.1, the System of Systems Integration Directorate kicked off a four-week-long network validation exercise, last month.

Newly Remodeled Survivor Outreach Services Facility Opens

October 02, 2012 - Post leaders cut the ribbon for the newly remodeled Survivor Outreach Services office, Sept. 29, to officially open the facility and to honor Gold Star Mothers and families.

Radio Literacy Program Instills Desire for Education in Afghanistan

October 02, 2012 - It's said that education is power and nowhere is that truer than in Zabul province, Afghanistan.

Air Force Leaders Encourage Energy Savings in Latest 'Letter to Airmen'

October 01, 2012 - Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Roy issued a tri-signature "Letter to Airmen" on Sept. 28.

National Disability Employment Month kicks off at Pentagon

October 01, 2012 - The Headquarters Air Force Disability Resource Group kicked off National Disability Employment Month with an information fair here Oct. 1 to educate Air Force members and managers about Disability Employment and Accommodations.
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