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Military News Articles from 03/2012

Officials Detail Dover Mortuary Operations Timeline

March 31, 2012 - Defense Department leaders are determined to be as transparent as possible about military mortuary operations, a group of senior defense and military officials said here today.

Eglin Airman Wins Marquez Award as Top Maintenance Technician

March 30, 2012 - Senior Airman Alexander Blench, an avionics specialist with the 46th Maintenance Squadron here, recently won the 2011 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez award in the technical category.

Officials Reaffirm Pentagon's Commitment to F-35

March 30, 2012 - Estimated costs for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter have increased over the life of the program, but the Defense Department is working to contain cost growth and remains committed to the fifth-generation fighter defense officials said March 29.

Warrior Games Selection Camp Concludes for Air Force

March 30, 2012 - More than 25 active-duty, retired and separated Airmen competed for a spot on the Air Force team in the 2012 Warrior Games during a selection camp March 25-30 here.

C-27 Program Cut Explained and Budget Aligned with Strategy

March 30, 2012 - The Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs discussed the reasoning behind the C-27J Spartan program cut from the fiscal 2013 budget request during the Air Force Association's monthly breakfast seminar here March 27.

Combat Controller Recognized for Leadership on and off Battlefield

March 29, 2012 - A combat controller with the 24th Special Tactics Squadron recently received Air Force recognition for his leadership in his personal and professional life.

Top Five Things Airmen Should Know About Energy

March 29, 2012 - In a soon-to-be released video, an Air Force senior leader shared key elements of the service's efforts to change the culture of energy and give Airmen a more personal stake in energy conservation as it relates to national security.

Air Force Selects 2,450 for Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel and Major

March 29, 2012 - More than 2,450 officers were selected for promotion to colonel, lieutenant colonel and major, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced March 28.

Air Defense Command Commences Operations at Yokota Air Base

March 29, 2012 - A crowd of senior-ranking U.S. and Japanese military leaders gathered here March 26 to celebrate the beginning of Air Defense Command operations at Yokota Air Base.

Officials Suspend North Korea Nutrition Aid Over Planned Launch

March 28, 2012 - Concerns that North Korea would resume provocative behavior on the international stage in 2012 have proven true, so the United States has suspended plans to provide nutrition aid to the impoverished nation, senior defense officials told Congress today.

Pentagon Leaders Say Budget Proposal Slows Cost Growth

March 28, 2012 - The Defense Department's proposed budget would slow the growth in pay and benefits without negatively affecting today's service members, senior defense leaders told senators here today.

Dempsey Pleased About U.S.-Pakistani Leaders Meeting

March 28, 2012 - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said today he is pleased that U.S. and Pakistani military leaders have met to discuss mutual concerns.

NPC Website: A One-Stop Shop for Everything Navy

March 28, 2012 - The Navy Personnel Command (NPC) website, hosted at, contains links to guidance and policy, programs, pay and benefits, Navy messages, stories and much more, officials reminded Sailors March 28.

President Visits Soldiers on Demilitarized Zone

March 27, 2012 - Soldiers who guard the border here between South and North Korea were surprised, Sunday, to get a visit from their commander in chief.

MCPON Visits Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command

March 27, 2012 - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick D. West visited the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to speak to Sailors and civilians during an all hands call March 26.

Navy Personnel Command Officials to Discuss Post-ERB Matters at Gulfport

March 27, 2012 - Representatives from Navy Personnel Command will conduct a Post Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) fleet engagement April 2, for Sailors, families and leadership in Gulfport, Miss., to discuss ERB processes and transition assistance.

Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Deploy

March 27, 2012 - More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (IWO ARG) and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24 MEU) departed for deployment from Norfolk and Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27.

Obama Cites Global Efforts to Stop Nuclear Terror

March 26, 2012 - The world is safer because the international community has made it harder than ever for terrorists to acquire nuclear weapons, President Barack Obama told students at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea, today.

U.S. to Expand Security Role in Pacific Region

March 26, 2012 - President Barack Obama today reaffirmed the U.S. intention to take a larger role in the future of security in the Asia-Pacific region.

G-8 Debunks Army Myths and Lists Top Modernization Priorities

March 26, 2012 - The Army G-8 addressed the status of the service's top modernization portfolios, ground combat vehicle, aviation and the network and reiterated the number-one priority would remain Soldier protection.

Understand High Year Tenure to Maximize Your Career

March 26, 2012 - The Navy's High Year Tenure (HYT) program is a force management tool used to size and shape the active-duty and Reserve enlisted force, officials said March 26.

Obama Praises U.S. Troops' Legacy in South Korea

March 25, 2012 - Visiting with U.S. troops stationed in South Korea near the demilitarized zone, President Barack Obama lauded their historic security role that assisted South Korea as it transformed itself into a democratic and prosperous nation.

Marine Corps General John R. Allen to Examine Afghanistan Force Package

March 24, 2012 - The starting point of analysis for the U.S.-coalition fighting force in Afghanistan in 2013 will be the withdrawal of 23,000 surge troops after this year's fighting season, the International Security Assistance Force commander said yesterday.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Visits NSA and Cyber Command Leadership

March 24, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met today with the leader of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little.

McChord Airmen Set Operation Deep Freeze Record

March 23, 2012 - Reservists from the 446th Airlift Wing and active-duty Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Wing completed a record-setting season for Operation Deep Freeze.

Mountain Home Air Force Base Airmen Save Department of Defense More than 800K

March 23, 2012 - Members of the 266th Range Squadron here saved the Defense Department approximately $872,000 by assisting Sailors from Naval Air Station Whidbey, Wash., a with two-week joint service exercise.

Florida High School Student Named Military Child of the Year for the Air Force

March 22, 2012 - Operation Homefront's 2012 Military Child of the Year for the Air Force was recently awarded to Chelsea Rutherford, daughter of Technical Sgt. Kelly Herndon.

Officials Discuss Troop Numbers and Partnership With Afghanistan

March 22, 2012 - Troop numbers -- both Afghan and coalition -- were among the questions posed to senior officials during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

Senior Enlisted Leaders Condemn Hazing in Military

March 22, 2012 - Senior enlisted leaders from each service denounced hazing in the armed forces today and delivered a message of unity while testifying before a congressional panel.

Official Says F-35 Reaches Critical Juncture after Strong Year

March 21, 2012 - The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program -- the centerpiece of future tactical aviation and a key to implementing new military strategic guidance -- made strong progress in its development last year, a defense official said today.

Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen Officials Kick off Never Quit Rowing Challenge April 5

March 21, 2012 - Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen will learn how much pull it takes to get to the Olympics when the month-long Never Quit rowing challenge begins here April 5.

Archaeologists Unearth Artifacts at Luke Air Force Base

March 21, 2012 - Archaeologists here recently unearthed an ancient dwelling -- just one of thousands of artifacts found here that date back as far as 3,000 B.C.

Department of Defense and Veterans Administration Partnership Key in Treating Brain Trauma

March 21, 2012 - The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are using their partnered programs to identify and treat traumatic brain injury, representatives of both departments said Monday during a roundtable discussion on new advances in the field.

National Public Service Award Nominees Sought

March 20, 2012 - The Air Force is seeking nominations for the 2013 National Public Service Award, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today.

Soldiers Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury Test Combat Skills

March 20, 2012 - Soldiers recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury had the chance to see if they were ready to get "back to the fight" during simulated combat skills training held March 9 at the Warrior Skills Training Center here.

101st Airborne Division Aviation Soldiers Train at Fort Carson

March 20, 2012 - This Army installation tucked into the Rocky Mounains, hosted Task Force Eagle Assault, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) for High Altitude Mountainous Environment Training, or HAMET.

Judge Advocate General Training Now Centralized in Virginia

March 20, 2012 - With the activation of Company J, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, 23rd QM Brigade, QM School, in a ceremony March 19 at Fort Lee, the consolidation of all legal training to central Virginia is complete.

United States Forces Care for Thousands During PACANGEL-Philippines

March 19, 2012 - Operation Pacific Angel-Philippines, a joint and combined humanitarian mission, officially wrapped up during a closing ceremony this morning at Bigaa Elementary School, Bigaa, here.

U.S.-Thailand-Singapore Airmen Strengthen Ties During Cope Tiger 12

March 19, 2012 - Airmen from the U.S., Thailand, and Singapore are stepping away from flight operations to strengthen relationships here with local Thai communities this week.

Exchange Program Enriches Safety of Aviation Community

March 19, 2012 - Two international officers assigned to the Air Force Safety Center's Aviation Safety Division have bolstered their countries' aviation safety program by working side-by-side with their U.S. Air Force partners.

Air Force Officials Caution to Check Professional Development Guide for Errors

March 19, 2012 - Air Force officials announced today that some copies of the printed versions of the 2011 Professional Development Guide will need to be returned to unit Weighted Airman Promotion System monitors, as the documents may have a number of errors.

Army Identifies Afghanistan Shooting Suspect

March 17, 2012 - The Army has identified the U.S. soldier accused of killing Afghan civilians in a March 11 rampage as Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, according to a statement released here last night.

Army General Martin E. Dempsey Says Goals in Afghanistan Remain the Same

March 17, 2012 - While recent incidents have challenged U.S. operations in Afghanistan, the long-term objectives there remain the same, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told Charlie Rose.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Says Iran Could Make Gross Misjudgment

March 17, 2012 - Iranian leaders could make a gross misjudgment of American will and suffer the consequences, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said last night.

Navy Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert Calls `Don't Ask' Repeal `Non-Story'

March 16, 2012 - The Navy has not seen much difference following last fall's repeal of the Defense Department's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, the chief of naval operations told reporters here today.

Marines Locate and Ambush Mock Enemy

March 16, 2012 - Marines with 3rd Marine Logistics Group conducted patrol movements, ambushes and assaults against a mock enemy here March 8-9.

Jurisdiction of SOFA Criminal Cases in Japan now Clarified

March 16, 2012 - The governments of the United States and Japan reached a new agreement regarding criminal jurisdiction in cases involving status of forces agreement members Nov. 23.

Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Come Together for Forest Light

March 16, 2012 - For most military members, seeing a helicopter land is a common occurrence. Seeing one land at sea is not so common. Riding in a helicopter equipped with skis as it lands on a blanket of snow on a mountainside is even less common.

Navy and Coast Guard Crews Rescue Arabian Gulf Mariners

March 15, 2012 - Crews of the Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones and Coast Guard Cutter Baranof rescued 24 Filipino mariners here today, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command officials reported.

National Cemetery Adopts Geospatial Technology

March 15, 2012 - Arlington National Cemetery began using geospatial technology this week to manage its cemetery operations in a move officials say makes them nearly paperless.

MCIEAST Sergeant Major Visits Base and Bids Farewell

March 15, 2012 - Marines stationed at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany received an opportunity to say farewell to Marine Corps Installations East Sgt. Maj. Robert G. VanOostrom, here, Tuesday.

Library Offers Fun Game Night to Families Aboard MCLB Barstow

March 15, 2012 - Looking for something fun and entertaining to do with your family on base for free?

Prayer Breakfast Features Army Medal of Honor Recipient

March 14, 2012 - The Army's most recent Medal of Honor recipient cited the "miracles" that saved his life one fateful day in Afghanistan during the Pentagon's national prayer breakfast, which featured spiritual resilience to overcome adversity as its theme.

Spokesman Says Fire at Camp Bastion was `No Danger' to Secretary

March 14, 2012 - A fire at Bastion Airfield earlier today appears to be unrelated to the fact that Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta was supposed to land there, Pentagon and NATO International Security Assistance Force officials said.

U.S. and Britain Will Stick With Strategy in Afghanistan

March 14, 2012 - President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed the two nations will continue to follow the strategy for Afghanistan that calls for all combat troops out of the country by the end of 2014.

Super Squads Competition Brings out Warriors

March 14, 2012 - Good old competition will push people to test themselves on mental, physical and emotional levels. Combine natural competitive instincts with incentives, such as an extended weekend and personal awards, and a super squad competition is born.

Cope Tiger Trilateral Exercise in full Swing

March 13, 2012 - Readiness and continued development of multilateral interoperability remains a key priority for allies and partners participating in Cope Tiger 12, a field training and large force air employment exercise that began here Mar. 12.

California Air National Guardsmen Says Complex Pararescue Mission Saves Fishermen off Mexico Coast

March 13, 2012 - California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing based here successfully completed the rescue of two injured fishermen from a Chinese fishing vessel 700 miles off the coast of Acapulco, Mexico, March 12, 2012.

Langley AirmenTest New Fuel Delivery System

March 13, 2012 - Airmen at Langley Air Force Base, Va., are testing a new fuel delivery system that could revolutionize flightline operations and save the Air Force millions of dollars.

Air Force Achieves Historic Ground Safety Milestone

March 13, 2012 - 3/13/2012 - KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) -- Air Force safety officials here today announced that since Feb. 17, 2011, the Air Force has now gone for more than 12 months without an on-duty ground fatality.

Developmental Teams to consider 2013 Command Candidates

March 12, 2012 - Developmental teams from 11 different Air Force specialties will convene between May and September to consider eligible officers for calendar year 2013 squadron command, deputy logistics commander and deputy mission support group commander positions.

Women's Leadership Symposium Focuses on Importance of Women's Role

March 12, 2012 - Air Force leaders emphasized the importance of women's role in the military at the 2012 Joint Women's Leadership Symposium March 6 here.

Air Force Announces Intelligence Leadership Position Matches

March 12, 2012 - More than 60 Airmen have been matched to specific major's leadership positions within the intelligence community, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced.

Infantry Soldiers Get Pep Talk from Army Chief of Staff

March 12, 2012 - Infantry Soldiers in one-station unit training heard directly from the Army chief of staff Friday.

Army General Martin Dempsey Details Fiscal Concerns Facing Department

March 10, 2012 - The environment facing the military today comes down to balancing strategic challenges with fiscal realities, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a Town Hall meeting yesterday on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Up-to Date Emergency Data Vital for Family Readiness

March 10, 2012 - Off-duty accidents and illnesses were among the leading causes of death for Sailors in calendar year 2011, said a Navy official March 9.

SPAWAR Hosts Federal IT Shadow Day for High Tech High School Students

March 09, 2012 - Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) hosted a federal Information Technology (IT) Shadow Day for local area High Tech High School students at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific campus March 8.

Navy Information Warfare and Cryptology Community Celebrates 77th Anniversary

March 09, 2012 - The Navy information warfare (IW) and cryptologic technicians (CT) community will celebrate its 77th anniversary March 11.

Safety Tips Offered for Sailors with Spring Fever

March 09, 2012 - The Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN) offers tips for Sailors in advance of spring vacations.

Nimitz Completes Sea Trials and Arrives at New Homeport

March 09, 2012 - The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Everett, Wash., March 9 after spending nearly a week at sea conducting sea trials.

Geospatial Mapping Enhances Arlington Cemetery Management

March 08, 2012 - Officials at Arlington National Cemetery will use an Army-designed geospatial mapping system to manage cemetery operations, the executive director of the Army National Cemeteries Program said today.

Pentagon Official Makes Case for New BRAC Rounds

March 08, 2012 - The Defense Department needs two rounds of the Base Realignment and Closure process this year and next to shed excess building space and save money, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a congressional panel today.

Navy Announces New Drug Testing Parameters after Year of Record Low Positives

March 08, 2012 - To align with new DoD policy announced in February, Navy will begin testing for more commonly abused prescription drugs during random urinalysis starting May 1.

Swift Completes HSV-Southern Partnership Station 2012

March 08, 2012 - High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) arrived in Mayport, Fla., March 8, marking the completion of its four-month HSV-Southern Partnership Station 2012 (HSV-SPS 12) mission.

Air Force Leaders Discuss Modernization in budget Hearing

March 07, 2012 - Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz outlined the service's modernization efforts during testimony to the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Defense here March 6.

U.S. Advisors Teach Self Defense to Afghan Air Force Women

March 07, 2012 - Advisors from the 439th and 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadrons recently taught four Afghan Air Force female personnel about the importance of using self-defense to escape a violent situation.

Panel Aims to Boost Support to Special-Needs Families

March 07, 2012 - Military families with special-needs members would benefit from better communication and education, members of an exceptional family member panel concluded yesterday.

Career Development Boards Chart Course for Navy Career

March 07, 2012 - Ensuring commands conduct Career Development Boards (CDB) and document them in Career Information Management System (CIMS) is an important job of the career development team.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Says U.S. Will Act to Prevent Iran From Developing Nuclear Weapons

March 06, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Says U.S. Will Act to Prevent Iran From Developing Nuclear Weapons

Exercise Promotes U.S.-Guyana Special Ops Capabilities

March 06, 2012 - A special operations exercise under way in Guyana is enhancing capabilities of both U.S. and Guyanese special operators and ensuring they have a foundation to respond together in the event of a common threat.

President Barack Obama Discusses Situations in Iran, Syria and Afghanistan

March 06, 2012 - President Barack Obama took questions from reporters at a press conference this afternoon on his administration's policies and intentions on situations in Iran, Syria and Afghanistan.

Commander Says Special Ops Provide Great Return on Investment

March 06, 2012 - U.S. special operations forces remain focused on Afghanistan, but they also are active across the globe, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said today.

Camp Arifjan Honors Bataan Death March Heroes

March 05, 2012 - Morale, Welfare, and Recreation center workers organized a 12.5 mile Bataan Memorial Death March here March 1.

Fort Bragg Soldiers Use Robotics to Minimize Threat

March 05, 2012 - A common threat for Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan is that of improvised explosive devices. IEDs, as they are called, account for a large percentage of coalition deaths each year.

Culinary Ice Carvers Display Skills at the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition

March 05, 2012 - Of all the events within the 37th Annual Military Culinary Competition currently in progress at Fort Lee, ice carving is one of the few that doesn't involve cooking.

Kentucky Guard Assists Communities in Wake of Tornadoes

March 05, 2012 - As soon as the sun rose March 3, the need for the Kentucky National Guard was evident by the wide-spread tornado damage across more than 40 of the 120 counties that make up the bluegrass state.

COMUSAFE Presents Medal of Distinction to German Doctor

March 04, 2012 - Gen. Mark Welsh, U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander, presented the USAFE Medal of Distinction to a German doctor during an emotional ceremony at USAFE headquarters here March 2, 2012.

Army Corps of Engineers Turns over Afghan Police District HQ

March 04, 2012 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South completed its oversight of construction and turned over a new Afghan Uniformed Police District Headquarters in Injil, in Herat province, March 1.

National Guard Troops Respond to Midwestern and Southern Tornadoes

March 03, 2012 - More than 500 National Guard members are supporting civilian authorities in five states today after the second night this week of devastating tornadoes in the Midwest and the South.

Service Science Chiefs Discuss Technology and Budget Gaps

March 02, 2012 - In talks yesterday with science chiefs from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force, House Armed Services Committee members targeted technology advances, cyber security and gaps left by mandated cuts in the 2013 defense budget.

Talks Reaffirm Growing U.S.-India Partnership

March 02, 2012 - Recent bilateral security talks between the United States and India reaffirmed the importance of the partnership between the two nations and the growing U.S. interest in advancing it.

USS Makin Island Holds Change of Command Ceremony at Sea

March 01, 2012 - Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) held a change of command ceremony at sea in the Arabian Gulf, Feb. 29.

USS Simpson Participates in Obangame Express 2012

March 01, 2012 - Guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) completed two days of participation for Exercise Obangame Express 2012, Feb. 29.

Naval War College President Kicks Off Relief Society Annual Fund Drive

March 01, 2012 - The president of the Naval War College kicked off the start of the 2012 Active Duty Fund Drive for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), Newport, March 1, in a ceremony at Naval Station Newport.

MCPON Sends Navy Reserve Birthday Message

March 01, 2012 - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West released the following Navy Reserve birthday message to the fleet March 1.
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