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Military News Articles from 12/2012

Academy Falls to Rice in Armed Forces Bowl

December 30, 2012 - The Air Force Academy fell 33-14 to Rice University in the 2012 Armed Forces Bowl today.

USS Gary Celebrates Christmas Underway in 4th Fleet

December 28, 2012 - Guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) celebrated Christmas in its own way with some much needed rest, holiday food and even a crew-inspired rendition of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas,' Dec. 24.

President and Defense Leaders Praise Schwarzkopf's Service and Legacy

December 28, 2012 - President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen, Martin E. Dempsey praised the service and legacy of retired Army Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who passed away yesterday at age 78.

Department of Defense Awards First Joint Licensing Agreement

December 28, 2012 - The Defense Department has leveraged the buying power of more than two million information technology users to award a three-year, $617 million joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products, defense officials announced.

JROTC Cadets Conduct Exercise Aboard Naval Base Guam

December 28, 2012 - Junior ROTC (JROTC) cadets from several schools on Guam participated in the Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) on board U.S. Naval Base Guam Dec. 13-17.

Search and Rescue Marines Stay Ready through Constant Training

December 27, 2012 - Frequent, tough, realistic training helps maintain the prowess demanded of America's expeditionary force in readiness.

Programs Set to Prevent Suicide and Create Awareness

December 27, 2012 - Five Marine Corps installations in the southwestern United States will begin a Suicide Prevention Program where leaders at all levels will facilitate access to prevention, counseling, treatment programs and services to any service member.

From the Brink: Minutes from Retirement, Career gets Second Chance

December 27, 2012 - After 20 years in the Navy, Chief Electrician's Mate Heather J. Deardorff sat in the waiting room, preparing to retire. Then, her phone rang and she received the best news of her career.

CLB-31 Gives the Present of Joy to Children without Families

December 26, 2012 - "It never gets old," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew R. Minteer, corpsman with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.

President Barack Obama Meets with Troops on Christmas in Hawaii

December 26, 2012 - President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday spent part of Christmas Day with service members and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, according to a White House news release.

President Obama visits Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Christmas Day

December 25, 2012 - For the fifth year in a row, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent Christmas afternoon with Marines, sailors and family members at Anderson Hall Dining Facility on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec. 25.

First Lady Fields Phone Calls About NORAD's Santa Tracker

December 25, 2012 - For the third consecutive year, First Lady Michelle Obama took time from her holiday schedule to deliver cheer to children across America by personally answering phone calls on Santa's journey.

Panetta Makes Holiday Calls to Deployed Service Members

December 24, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta called four service members deployed to Afghanistan today to wish them happy holidays.

Makin Island Sailors Support Community Outreach Programs in San Diego Area During December

December 23, 2012 - Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) have donated hundreds of hours of volunteer service this month by participating in a variety of community outreach programs in the San Diego area during December.

News Service Brings Troops' Holiday Greetings Home

December 23, 2012 - While deployments can be especially difficult for service members and their families during the holidays, the Joint Hometown News Service helps "bring the troops home" by broadcasting them directly into their loved ones' living rooms.

Marines and Sailors Mourn for National Tragedy

December 22, 2012 - Deployed Marines are often alienated from news back home, but tragedies that shock and wound a nation are not left unseen by service members half-a-world away from their country.

The Marine Corps' Force in Readiness in the Asia Pacific

December 22, 2012 - Surrounded by concertina wire and humming with continual activity, tan and olive-drab tents contain the integral workings of a deployed Marine Expeditionary Unit - all within Camp Hansen's backyard.

Premier Air Force Concert Band 'Wows' Fellow Musicians at Midwest Clinic

December 22, 2012 - The U.S. Air Force Premier Concert Band performed three heart-pounding concerts for musicians, mentors and fans gathered from across the world, Dec. 19, here at the 66th Annual Midwest Clinic.

Obamas Offer Holiday Wishes and Call for All to Remember Vets

December 22, 2012 - During the weekly address from the White House, President Obama and his wife Michelle wished service members, veterans and their families a happy holiday season, and called on all Americans to remember those in harm's way.

VP-62 'Broadarrows' Host Local Kindergarten Students

December 21, 2012 - Sixty-three kindergarten students from Assumption Catholic School took a fieldtrip to Patrol Squadron (VP) 62 "Broadarrows" here Dec. 12.

Seabees Complete Construction Project with Peruvian Joint Forces Command

December 21, 2012 - Three Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion NMCB 27 departed the town of Huaytara, Peru, Dec. 13 following the successful completion of a four-month subject matter expert exchange with military engineers from the Peruvian Joint Forces Command.

Carl Vinson Says Farewell to Four-time PIA Project Superintendent

December 21, 2012 - On Dec. 21, during the fifth month of their Planned Incremental Availability (PIA), the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) said farewell to PIA Project Superintendent Tim Ferguson, who retires January 2, 2013 after 35 years of service.

RTC Lieutenant and Daughter Start Charity in Chicagoland

December 21, 2012 - Serenity Williams, daughter of Lt. Sher?e Williams, noticed it was a lot colder when they moved to Waukegan, Ill., from Miami this fall, and they figured they were not the only ones affected by the low temperatures.

Stennis Selects 2012 Sailor of the Year

December 20, 2012 - The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) announced the selection of its 2012 Sailor of the Year (SOY) during a dinner celebration Dec. 16.

Navy Delivers Offshore Support Vessels to Iraqi Navy

December 20, 2012 - The Iraqi navy and the U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command marked the delivery of two 60-meter Offshore Support Vessels (OSV 1/ OSV 2) to the Iraqi navy in a ceremony at the Umm Qasr naval facility, Dec. 19.

NMCSD Announces Clinic Name Change and Two New Clinics

December 20, 2012 - Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) is in the process of changing the names of three existing outpatient clinics as well as adding two new NMCSD outpatient clinics in the San Diego metropolitan area with grand openings scheduled for February 2013.

USS Arlington Sailors Volunteer for Wreaths Across America

December 20, 2012 - Beneath the half-masted American flag flying over the Biloxi National Cemetery, five USS Arlington (LPD 24) Sailors joined more than 100 military and civilian volunteers for Wreaths Across America Dec. 15.

Retired Army NCO Brings Ice Hockey to Military Kids

December 19, 2012 - Shane Hudella, a retired Minnesota Army National Guard first sergeant and Operation Desert Storm veteran, runs the charitable foundation "Defending the Blue Line," which introduces the sport of ice hockey to the children of military members.

NHL Player Meets and Praises Overseas-deployed Troops

December 19, 2012 - Matt Hendricks, a member of the National Hockey League who plays for the Washington Capitals, said he "met a lot of tremendous men and women" during this year's USO holiday tour sponsored by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Robot to Serve as Future Military's `Pack Mule'

December 19, 2012 - The warfighter who carries up to 100 pounds of equipment on his back is expected to get relief from the cumbersome weight, officials at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency say.

Department of Defense Aid to Congolese Army Bolsters U.S. Security

December 19, 2012 - The Defense Department plays a critical role in building security capacity in the central African Democratic Republic of the Congo, officials from the departments of Defense and State told the House Armed Services Committee today.

Blue Angels 'Boss' Receives International Air Show Award

December 18, 2012 - During its annual convention in Las Vegas, the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) board of directors honored former Blue Angels commanding officer/flight leader.

Washington Nationals Pitcher Salutes Troops' Service

December 18, 2012 - For nearly 72 years, the USO has joined U.S. military leaders in bringing a small piece of home to troops deployed or stationed abroad.

`Wreaths Across America' Honors Fallen Service Members

December 17, 2012 - As thousands of volunteers fanned out here this weekend, placing holiday wreaths at the white headstones as part of the "Wreaths Across America" tribute, Sheila Patton kept vigil at one particular gravesite.

USO Trouper Kellie Pickler Entertains and Salutes Troops

December 17, 2012 - Country music star Kellie Pickler is among the celebrity entertainers taking part in Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey's annual USO holiday show tour.

Army General Martin E. Dempsey Discusses North Korea and U.S. Strategic Rebalance

December 15, 2012 - The decision by North Korea to conduct another missile launch is unfortunate and counterproductive to stability in the region, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

National Guard Members Prepare for Presidential Inauguration

December 14, 2012 - Around 6,000 Army and Air National Guard members from 15 states and territories are preparing to take part in and support the 57th Presidential Inauguration, according to National Guard officials.

Intelligence Council Poses Four Worlds of the Future

December 13, 2012 - The 1939 New York World's Fair was billed as a look at tomorrow, and nations built pavilions and presented their latest inventions along with how they believed they would change the world.

First Lady Assists Marines at Toys for Tots Event

December 12, 2012 - First Lady Michelle Obama arrived here yesterday carrying a big red bag filled with presents -- courtesy of White House staff members.

Mary Fay School-Age Care Program to Relocate

December 12, 2012 - Beginning Dec. 31, the School-Age Care program is scheduled to relocate from Mary Fay Elementary School to San Luis Rey facility, Bldg. 17082 here.

Pendleton Gets $1M Plus for Energy Conservation Project

December 12, 2012 - The public utility for San Diego County's natural gas and electricity recognized Camp Pendleton's energy-conservation measures by presenting to the base a check for $1,002,570 at a ceremony in the courtyard of the 14 Area enlisted barracks here Dec. 10.

Marine Corps Continues Disaster Efforts in Philippines

December 12, 2012 - Personnel and aircraft with III Marine Expeditionary Force began providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support Dec. 8 at the request of the government of the Republic of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Pablo.

Airmen's Holiday spirit Spreads through Korean Orphanages

December 11, 2012 - Airmen at Osan Air Base here are giving back for the holidays to ensure children in local orphanages receive a little bit of holiday cheer.

'Today's Air Force' Reviews Rescue at Sea and Thunderbird Memorial Restoration

December 11, 2012 - Air Force Television News released a new edition of Today's Air Force on Dec. 10.

Transition GPS Gives Airmen Roadmap to Success

December 11, 2012 - A new roadmap to help ease Airmen into civilian life is in full swing, providing assistance that will help those separating be as competitive in the civilian world as they are in the military.

Air Force Launches 3rd X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

December 11, 2012 - In the next installment to improve space capability and further develop an affordable, reusable space vehicle, the Air Force conducted its third X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle launch here on December 11, officials said.

Past and Present Special Operations Weather Team Shape Elite Career Field

December 10, 2012 - The Special Operations Weather Team is one of the newest career fields in the Air Force, officially created just three years ago.

Department of Defense Prepares for Potential Sequestration

December 10, 2012 - The Office of Management and Budget has instructed the Department of Defense to pursue internal planning to meet required budget cuts if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 3.

Through Airmen's Eyes: Plumber's Plan to Become Pilot is no Pipe Dream

December 10, 2012 - With a lot of hard work and a little patience, the dream of becoming a pilot with the Air Force Reserve is beginning to become a reality for a plumber assigned to the 446th Civil Engineering Squadron, here.

New Process Improves Household Goods Shipments

December 10, 2012 - A system being implemented at U.S. Transportation Command is making permanent-change-of-station moves more convenient, while reducing lost and damaged shipments and saving the government money.

Maintaining Communications for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

December 09, 2012 - After offloading hundreds of pieces of communications equipment from a recent deployment at sea, the Marines must ensure their operational capabilities are maintained.

Through the Scope: One Sniper's Experiences and Journey to the Top

December 08, 2012 - Snipers have been the focus of envy and the personification of legends in the Marine Corps since men like Carlos Hathcock and Chuck Mawhinney looked down their scopes in the jungles of Vietnam.

Through Airmen's Eyes: Boom Operator Reaches 7,500 Flying Hour Milestone

December 08, 2012 - Master Sgt. Todd Buit, the 92nd Operations Group standards evaluations NCO in charge and career boom operator, reached for the sky and broke records in the process.

Airmen Pay Tribute to Past Heroes in Dec. 7 Remembrance Ceremony

December 08, 2012 - On Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941 at 7:55 a.m., the largest airborne attack force ever assembled by the Imperial Japanese Navy struck Oahu's military installations.

Cadets Soar to Eighth Straight National Championship

December 07, 2012 - Air Force Academy cadets soared to their eighth straight national sailplane racing championship and their 14th in 18 years, the Soaring Society of America announced Dec. 5.

Japanese Aircrew Learn Advanced Airlift Tactics in Missouri

December 07, 2012 - A sky blue military aircraft with red Japanese flag markings is an odd sight in the Midwest.

Space Launch Vehicle Core Purchases balance Needs with Lower Cost and Competition

December 07, 2012 - Purchasing core elements used to launch 28 rockets into space for National Security Space missions is the focus of negotiations between the Air Force and United Launch Alliance to establish a requirements contract.

Veterans Administration Seeks to Expand TBI Benefits

December 07, 2012 - The Department of Veterans Affairs is publishing a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that would change its rules to add five diagnosable illnesses which are secondary to service-connected Traumatic Brain Injury.

Secretaries Seek Integrated Military and Veteran Support System

December 06, 2012 - The secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs are partnering to build an integrated military and veteran support system, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at a joint DOD-VA press conference at the Veterans Affairs Department here today.

President Proclaims National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 06, 2012 - "Today, we pay solemn tribute to America's sons and daughters who made the ultimate sacrifice at Oahu.

Transcom Official Says Partnerships and Innovation Provide Keys to Mission Success

December 06, 2012 - The U.S. Transportation Command collaborates with industry and other agencies to find innovative, cost-effective solutions to logistics challenges, the unit's deputy commander said yesterday.

Officials Laud Defense Transportation and Distribution Collaboration Efforts

December 06, 2012 - In a panel discussion at Defense Logistics 2012, Donald Stanton, assistant secretary of defense for transportation policy, and leaders from U.S. Transportation Command and Defense Logistics Agency lauded combined cost-saving efforts.

Defense Department Prepares Plans for Sequestration

December 05, 2012 - The Defense Department has received guidance from the Office of Management and Budget and is now planning for sequestration, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.

Cyber Pro Discusses Mobile Network Security Challenges

December 05, 2012 - With more than 680,000 mobile devices in use across the Defense Department, they are quickly emerging as a critical component of military communications -- bringing a plethora of new security risks, a defense official told attendees at the Defense Logisti

U.S. and South Korea Participate in Nuke Deterrence Exercise

December 05, 2012 - U.S. and South Korean defense and diplomatic experts will conduct a tabletop exercise examining nuclear deterrence on the Korean Peninsula beginning tomorrow, a Pentagon official told reporters today.

Guardsmen Continue U.S.-Mexico Border Security Duties

December 05, 2012 - As many as 300 National Guardsmen will remain deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border for another year as part of a border security partnership between the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, according to a statement released by DHS today.

Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Honors `True Heroes'

December 04, 2012 - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff presented six service members with the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs' Grateful Nation Award yesterday.

Officials Praise Nunn-Lugar Threat Reduction Program

December 04, 2012 - Defense Department officials yesterday honored two men who in 1991 established a program that has become a critical part of the U.S. approach to reducing the worldwide proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

NATO Approves Turkey's Request for Patriot Missiles

December 04, 2012 - NATO foreign ministers have agreed to Turkey's request for Patriot anti-missile batteries to defend the country against possible airstrikes from neighboring Syria.

Defense Intelligence Office Marks 10 Years of Progress

December 04, 2012 - Ten years ago this month, an entry in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2003 created a position in the Defense Department that for the first time harnessed and focused the department's diverse intelligence assets.

CSAF talks Leadership with Wing Commanders

December 03, 2012 - Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III met with more than 140 wing commanders from across the Air Force Nov. 28 at Joint Base Andrews, Md., to underscore, face-to-face, his expectations of them as leaders and to discuss Air Force issues.

Secrets of Universe Revealed thanks to Air Force Research Complex

December 03, 2012 - Looking skyward, scientists worldwide now know the universe's size, composition, approximate age and rate of expansion, thanks in part to "essential" data derived from a time-sensitive test conducted at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex's (AEDC).

Deployed Father Controls Airspace over Son in Afghanistan

December 03, 2012 - Maj. Christopher Gering worries like any other parent whose child deploys downrange. It can be gut wrenching knowing his child operates outside the wire, working to clear and dispose of improvised explosive devices.

NORAD Provides Website and Apps to Track Santa

December 03, 2012 - Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

NMCSD's New Head Prosthetist Gets Amputees Moving

December 01, 2012 - As children, when we fall off our bikes the first time riding without training wheels we are encouraged to stand up and get back up on the bike

Iwo Jima Advancement Far Exceeds Navy Average

December 01, 2012 - There were 196 Sailors from the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) who received news that they were selected for advancement on Nov. 21, along with 26 Sailors from other units embarked on the ship.
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