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Military News Articles from 11/2012

Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin Agree to More F-35s

November 30, 2012 - DOD and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle to manufacture 32 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jets, Pentagon Press Secretary George E. Little said today.

Air Force Offers Cultural Guides for Overseas-Deployed Troops

November 30, 2012 - The Air Force Culture and Language Center here released its Philippines Expeditionary Culture Field Guide today.

"Code Talkers" Highlight of NUWC Keyport Event

November 30, 2012 - The documentary "In Search of History: Navajo Code Talkers" was the highlight of Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport's American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month presentation, Nov. 28 at Naval Undersea Museum, Keyport.

NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Awards $75.7 Million Performance Based Logistics Contract

November 30, 2012 - NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (WSS) recently awarded a 5-year follow-on Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract, November 28, 2012 to Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems based out of Sudbury, MA.

Transcom Addresses Afghanistan Redeployment Challenges

November 29, 2012 - After redeploying 33,000 surge forces and their equipment from Afghanistan nine days ahead of the presidentially mandated deadline, U.S. Transportation Command is assessing the lessons learned to improve its processes for ongoing drawdown operations.

Panetta and Barak Discuss Iron Dome Success and Israeli Defenses

November 29, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak praised the performance of the Iron Dome air defense system during a press conference here today.

Senior Leader Impressed by Guard Response to Hurricane Sandy

November 29, 2012 - It's a scene that is perhaps as old as the U.S. military itself: Soldiers gathered around a cot or makeshift table, playing cards during downtime.

Pentagon Ceremony Recognizes Sovereignty of Indian Nations

November 29, 2012 - Army leaders and Native Americans gathered at the Pentagon, Nov. 28, to commemorate the importance of a recently signed Army policy directive that recognizes the sovereignty of American Indian tribes.

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia Discusses Resilience Program at Air Force Event

November 28, 2012 - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed his approach to health, mission and morale during the Air Force Reserve Wingman Day here yesterday.

Panetta Honors Vets at `Wall' Education Center Groundbreaking

November 28, 2012 - The education center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial "Wall" will be a place to join the past to the future, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at the center's groundbreaking ceremony today.

Coast Guard Safeguarding the Humpback Whale

November 28, 2012 - The Coast Guard is a key protector of our nation's critical marine habitats and the endangered species dependent on them. These ocean resources are particularly important to those in the 14th Coast Guard District.

President Obama Wants You to Speak Out on Passing the Middle Class Tax Cuts

November 28, 2012 - Surrounded by Americans who had written into the White House in support of his plan, President Obama today renewed his call to prevent a tax increase on the middle class.

Military OneSource Connects Troops and Families to Resources

November 27, 2012 - As the Information Age continues to shape modern communication, the Defense Department has revitalized and consolidated the Military OneSource website to better serve military members and their families, a Pentagon official said in a recent interview.

Transcom Transforms Command Culture for Future

November 27, 2012 - Motivational speakers and book clubs focused on innovative thinking, emotional intelligence and other trendy topics.

Training Service Dogs Helps Heal Service Members

November 27, 2012 - The phrase, "a dog is man's best friend" has new meaning for service members undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Departmemt of Defense Aids Sandy Recovery and Urges Authorization Bill Passage

November 27, 2012 - The Defense Department continues its assistance with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, Pentagon Press Secretary George E. Little said here today.

New Tools to Investigate and Prosecute Child Pornography Work

November 26, 2012 - A few years ago, individuals who viewed and downloaded child pornography were rarely discovered - but that's changed.

Every flight 'Ultimate Trip' for Deployed Aircrews

November 26, 2012 - A small group of people leave their office and pile into a vehicle.

Post-2014 Afghanistan Troop Levels Remain Undecided

November 26, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has yet to forward a recommendation to the White House on how many U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan after 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.

Transcom Seeks New Efficiencies and Cost Savings

November 26, 2012 - When mailing a letter, you can pay a premium for next-day service, or simply use a single stamp for standard delivery.

Marines and Sailors Celebrate Thanksgiving at Sea

November 23, 2012 - Marines and Sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit celebrated Thanksgiving Day aboard the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, Nov. 22, 2012.

WW II Veteran Returns to England Sixty-Five Years Later

November 22, 2012 - On a typical day from 1942 to 1945, the flightline on Royal Air Force Alconbury, England, would be full of activity as aircrews, maintainers and weapons troops prepared as many B-17 Flying Fortresses as they could for missions in Germany.

QF-16 Drone Arrives for Testing and Prepares Warfighters for Tomorrow's Threats

November 22, 2012 - The 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group marked an important milestone in continuing to prepare the warfighter for tomorrow's threats as the first QF-16 drone arrived for developmental testing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 19.

New Medical Clinic Opens Doors Strengthening U.S. Kyrgyz Partnership

November 22, 2012 - Service members from the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan gathered on Nov. 15, to celebrate the grand opening of the village's new medical clinic.

Air Force Honor Guard and Band Debut Talents at Historical Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 22, 2012 - The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and Band made history when they set foot in New York City for the largest deployment of 11th Operations Group assets as part of the 2012 Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

New Department of Defense Space Policy Addresses Safety, Security and Access

November 21, 2012 - The new Defense Department space policy, updated to reflect the fast-growing use and sometimes misuse of the space domain, addresses issues of safety, sustainability and security in space for the 21st century and beyond.

U.S. and NATO Consider Turkey Request for Missile Support

November 21, 2012 - The U.S. will work closely with its NATO allies to determine the best way to respond to a recent request from Turkey for Patriot missile support, a defense official said today.

Panetta Issues Thanksgiving Message to Troops and Families

November 21, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today offered his gratitude to service members and their families in a Thanksgiving message.

Navy Chief Visits Gulf and Listens to Sailors' Concerns

November 21, 2012 - Sailors want Navy leaders to work on avoiding sequestration and improving deployment rhythms, the Chief of Naval Operations said during a telephone interview from Bahrain today.

Transcom Strives to Protect Networks Against Cyberthreats

November 20, 2012 - The new Joint Cyber Center here at U.S. Transportation Command is helping protect against persistent cyberattacks while ensuring secure, uninterrupted access to the networks that underpin the command's global mission.

Military-to-Civilian Skills Credentialing Pilot Underway

November 20, 2012 - After completing an analysis of industry and employment trends, the Defense Department has embarked on a pilot program to help service members obtain civilian professional credentials.

Staff College Offers New Joint Course in Tampa

November 20, 2012 - Officers and civilians will soon have an additional avenue to pursue professional education, thanks to a non-resident satellite Phase II Joint Professional Military Education course that will launch in January in Tampa, Fla.

Panetta Details Steps Needed to End al-Qaida Threat

November 20, 2012 - For the United States and its alliesending the al-Qaida threat calls for a modified military footprint, close work with partners and continued U.S. involvement in regions of the world where violent extremism has flourished, says Leon Panetta.

Defense and Industry Narrow Communication Gap

November 19, 2012 - As a cost- and time-saving measure, Defense Department officials have developed an experimental website to help government and industry stay up-to-date on developing projects that support the warfighter.

Jill Biden Sponsors New Attack Sub USS Delaware

November 19, 2012 - Wherever the USS Delaware goes after she is launched in 2018, a "piece of my heart will go with her," said Dr. Jill Biden, who will sponsor the Navy's newest Virginia-class fast-attack submarine.

Defense Logistics Agency Readies Holiday Meals for Afghanistan-Deployed Troops

November 19, 2012 - This holiday season, at more than 200 locations in Afghanistan, service members will dine on a feast reminiscent of home, a Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Subsistence senior official said today.

Dempsey Lauds Old and New Southern Command Leaders

November 19, 2012 - In presiding at the change-of-command ceremony at U.S. Southern Command in Miami, today, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said he thought of the words he saw on a monument at the Antietam battlefield, "Not for themselves, but for their country."

Marijuana Use Illegal on Military Bases and Colorado Amendment Changes Nothing for Service Members

November 16, 2012 - The state of Colorado voted to legalize marijuana Nov. 6, but its use is still against federal law and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, even for service members stationed in or visiting the state.

Band Ramps up Engagement as Command Position Returns to Japan

November 16, 2012 - As U.S. forces rebalance to the Pacific, one group of Air Force musicians looks to play its way to new levels of engagement throughout the world's largest region.

Hero Summit Panel Encourages Support for Military Families

November 16, 2012 - A panel of military family members gathered here Nov. 15, with many of the nation's most influential journalists, civil servants and decorated service members to discuss the challenges of being a military family member.

Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force Visits Alaska

November 16, 2012 - Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Jamie Morin visited with Airmen from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 13 during his first trip to the region.

Civilians Must Schedule Use or Lose Leave Before December 1

November 15, 2012 - The 2012 civilian employee leave year ends Jan. 12, 2013, and Air Force Personnel Center officials remind civilians that those who have more than the maximum carryover hours of annual leave on that date risk losing their leave.

Airmen Repair and Save Aircraft Amid Enemy Mortars

November 15, 2012 - A seven-man mission recovery team assigned to 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron deployed to forward operating base Shank in the remote Logar province of Eastern Afghanistan to complete repairs and recover a downed C-17 Globemaster III.

Heritage of America Band Bridges Gap Between Military and Community Members

November 15, 2012 - The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band plays approximately 25 concerts a year in venues from Pennsylvania to South Carolina, playing a variety of jazz, classical and patriotic music to an audience of retirees, children and families alike.

New Spouses, Former Spouses and Children Entitled to Benefits

November 15, 2012 - If you're newly married, newly divorced, have dependent children or have a child who was born out of wedlock you may be confused about military benefits.

Defense Service Office Pacific Now Open for Business

November 14, 2012 - The Defense Service Office, Pacific (DSO) began service alongside the Regional Legal Service Office (RLSO) on the second floor of the Personnel Support Detachment Building onboard Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Nov. 9.

NIOC Georgia Sailors Take Part in Annual Tribute to the Fallen Run

November 14, 2012 - Marines and Sailors based at Fort Gordon, Georgia began the eighth annual Tribute to the Fallen run Nov. 8.

Naval Base Guam Completes Exercise Protehi Y Marianas

November 14, 2012 - U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) completed three days of focused anti-terrorism and force protection (ATFP) drills Nov. 8.

One Thousand Plus Officers to be Considered for Command

November 14, 2012 - More than 1,000 officers from 10 career fields are on the calendar year 2013 squadron commander candidate list, Air Force officials announced today.

Exercise Keen Sword 2013 Kicks Off with JSDF Embark aboard George Washington

November 13, 2012 - The U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) hosted the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force JMSDF).

Warrior Transition Program Moves to Support Sailors

November 13, 2012 - The Warrior Transition Program (WTP) is moving its operations from Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, to Sembach Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and is scheduled to host its first class to returning Sailors in mid-December.

Kitsap County Celebrates Veterans with Annual Ceremony

November 13, 2012 - Hundreds of civilians, active duty and retired service members from around the Pacific Northwest attended a Veterans Day ceremony at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion on the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Nov. 12.

Pendleton Hospital DECON Team Completes Certification

November 13, 2012 - Sailors from the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Decontamination Incident Response Team (DIRT) conducted a mass-casualty drill to receive its Bureau of Medicine and Surgery mandated biannual Navy Medical Warm-Zone Operations Training recertification, Nov. 1

Panetta's Asia-Pacific Trip Seeks to Broaden Rebalance

November 12, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has begun a weeklong visit to three nations in the Asia-Pacific region, his fourth official trip to area that is the focus of a rebalance of time, attention and resources for the Defense Department.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Visits Korea's Demilitarized Zone

November 11, 2012 - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey visited the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea today and got a taste of what life is like on the world's hottest frontier.

President Barack Obama Recognizes Veterans' Service and Sacrifice

November 11, 2012 - President Barack Obama laid a flowered wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns today in a traditional display of remembrance and gratitude for every service member who has worn the nation's uniform.

Panetta Salutes Veterans' Selflessness and Sacrifice

November 11, 2012 - As the nation observes the Veterans Day holiday, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has issued a message paying tribute to the men and women who have served the United States in uniform.

Indian Airmen Receive C-17 Maintenance Training

November 11, 2012 - The Indian air force has begun sending about 100 airmen to Joint Base Charleston, S.C., to receive instruction from the 373rd Training Squadron Detachment 5, on how to operate the 10 C-17 Globemaster IIIs they recently purchased.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey Honors U.S. Veterans at Seoul Memorial

November 10, 2012 - Veterans of the Korean War would have recognized the weather if nothing else about the South Korean capital of Seoul. Pouring rain obscured the skyscrapers that are now a symbol of Seoul on Nov. 11 here.

Department of Defense Releases Detailed Timeline for Benghazi Response

November 10, 2012 - The Defense Department released a detailed timeline yesterday of the Pentagon's response to the September attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

USS New Mexico Sailor Receives IDC of the Year Award

November 10, 2012 - An Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) aboard the Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779) was recognized as the Submarine Independent Duty Corpsman of the Year for 2012 at a command awards ceremony in Groton.

Kitsap Military Members Attend Veterans Day Assembly

November 10, 2012 - Sailors, Marines, veterans and family members from the Kitsap region attended a Veterans Day assembly at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School in Bremerton, Wash., Nov. 9.

NAVFAC Southeast Quarterly Energy Partnership Meeting Held

November 09, 2012 - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast hosted its Quarterly Energy Partnership Meeting on board Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Nov. 8.

NMCP's Diabetes Boot Camp Helps Patients Stay in Shape

November 09, 2012 - Naval Medical Center Portsmouth held a Diabetes Boot Camp, Nov. 7, with more than double the number of patients attending this year than at the inaugural event last year.

Veterans Day Parade Honors Sailors and Military Members Past and Present

November 09, 2012 - vSailors, service members and their families participated in a Veterans Day Parade hosted by Veterans Elementary School in Chula Vista, Calif., Nov. 9.

Trident Refit Facility Changes Command Aboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.

November 09, 2012 - Trident Refit Facility (TRF) held a change of command ceremony aboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., Nov. 9.

Air Force Supports Both Sandy Relief and Afghanistan Operations

November 08, 2012 - Mobility Airmen are playing key roles supporting humanitarian relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, while continuing to support U.S. operations around the world, including missions in Afghanistan.

Symposium Wraps up Global Strike Challenge Competition

November 08, 2012 - The third-annual Air Force Global Strike Command Technology and Innovation Symposium kicked off today at the Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, La.

Military Leave Carryover Extension Expires October 1, 2013

November 08, 2012 - Unless approved for special leave accrual, active-duty and Active Guard Reserve members who have more than 60 days of leave must use it or lose it by Oct. 1, 2013, when the temporary leave carryover extension provision expires, Air Force Personnel Center

SportsNation Salutes Veterans with Academy Visit

November 08, 2012 - ESPN's Charissa Thompson and Colin Cowherd took their SportsNation TV show to the Air Force Academy Nov. 8 to broadcast a salute to veterans.

Naval Base Hosts Deer Hunt for Wounded Warriors

November 07, 2012 - Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) and the Wounded Warrior Project hosted a deer hunt Oct. 27 at Naval Support Facility Indian Head's Stump Neck Annex.

Hampton Roads Navy Chaplain Corps Celebrates 237 Years

November 07, 2012 - Chaplains in Hampton Roads commemorated the 237th birthday of the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps during a celebration Nov. 1 in Portsmouth.

NAVFAC Southeast Employees Integral to Navy-Marine Corp Classic Preparations

November 07, 2012 - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast employees are working hard to help put on the Navy-Marine Corps Basketball Classic, Nov. 9, on board USS Bataan (LHD 5) on Naval Station (NS) Mayport.

Nomination Deadline Approaches for Military Child of the Year

November 07, 2012 - An organization whose primary mission is to provide emergency financial and other services to the families of service members and wounded warriors is opening nominations for one of their top recognition programs.

First African-American Academy Grad Passes Away

November 06, 2012 - The first African-American to graduate from the Air Force Academy passed away Nov. 5 at his home in Lolo, Mont.

National Parks Free to All for Veterans Day Weekend

November 05, 2012 - America's 398 national parks will offer the public free admission Nov. 10-12 during Veterans Day weekend in honor of those who serve and have served in the U.S. military, according to a National Park Service news release.

Transcom Transforms for Changing Global Requirements

November 05, 2012 - Putting in place the most-sweeping strategic planning effort in U.S. Transportation Command's 25-year history, Air Force Gen. William M. Fraser III, Transcom commander, said his organization is revolutionizing the way the military deploys.

Department of Defense Provides Hurricane Sandy Response Update

November 05, 2012 - The Department of Defense remains fully engaged in the ongoing federal disaster response efforts under way in the eastern and northeastern United States as a result of Hurricane Sandy, according to a DOD news release issued today.

Official Says Pentagon Moves to Refine Acquisitions Process

November 05, 2012 - The Defense Department continues to do all it can to enhance the defense acquisition process, improving the Pentagon's buying power and maximizing value for taxpayers' money, a senior Pentagon official said today.

Marines Assist New York's Storm-Stricken Staten Islanders

November 04, 2012 - Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit today are helping to clear debris in this storm-stricken community as part of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Guardsmen Send Supplies to Storm-Stricken Communities

November 04, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency tapped the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing here as a staging area to push out much-needed relief supplies to West Virginia and East Coast residents hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

Panetta Commends USO and Congratulates Outstanding Troops

November 03, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta praised the United Service Organizations for its steadfast support of troops and their families.

Former Chairman Honored by USO for Serving Troops and Families

November 03, 2012 - Retired Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife Deborah were honored here yesterday evening by the United Service Organizations for being staunch advocates for troops and their families.

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter Praises Minot Airmen's Service and Dedication

November 03, 2012 - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter received a briefing about ballistic missile readiness capabilities and met with airmen during his visit here yesterday.

Obama Gets Storm Relief Update at FEMA Headquarters

November 03, 2012 - President Barack Obama today convened a briefing at the National Response Coordination Center at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters here to receive the latest update on response and recovery activities for Hurricane Sandy.

Airmen 'Lean Forward' to Support East Coast Relief Efforts

November 01, 2012 - In the wake of President Obama's call for the federal government to "lean forward" in response to the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy, Airmen from across the country are answering the call.

Twenty-Fifth CAB Medevac Crew Receives Australian Award

November 01, 2012 - Australian Forces at Multinational Base Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, recognized the actions of a medical evacuation crew from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Gunfighters, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, during an awards ceremony.
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