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Military News Articles from 06/2012

Federal Agencies Partner to Combat Western Wildfires

June 30, 2012 - The U.S. Forest Service, Department of the Interior, Department of Defense, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal organizations continue to ramp up efforts to protect life, public safety and aid in community recovery.

Officials Say TRICARE Unchanged by Health Care Ruling

June 29, 2012 - The Supreme Court's ruling yesterday upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "has absolutely no impact on our TRICARE program," a Defense Department spokeswoman said here today.

World War II African-American Marines Receive Congressional Gold Medal

June 28, 2012 - A group of African-American Marines who broke the Marine Corps' color barrier during World War II received the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol yesterday.

Naval Hospital Beaufort Director for Administration Wins BUMED Award

June 27, 2012 - Naval Hospital Beaufort selected the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery's 2012 Director for Administration of the Year June 6.

Navy's Synthetic Drug Testing Catching Sailors

June 27, 2012 - The Navy's urinalysis testing program for synthetic compounds has been underway for several months, and those who choose to violate the Navy's policy against substance abuse are being held accountable.

Double Amputee Takes Command of Fort Belvoir

June 27, 2012 - For the first time in the Army's history, a double amputee has taken the reins as garrison commander of a major installation.

Eighth Army Commander Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson Presents Award for Heroic Rescue Mission

June 27, 2012 - The Eighth Army commanding general presented the Department of Defense's highest civilian award to a South Korean train engineer who gave his life trying to save stranded American Soldiers during the Korean War.

Carl Vinson Sailor Stops Attempted Suicide Atop Coronado Bay Bridge

June 26, 2012 - A USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailor helped prevent a suicide attempt on the Coronado Bay Bridge, June 19.

Rucksack March Commemorates 62nd Anniversary of the Korean War

June 26, 2012 - Republic of Korea Army officers joined Korean Augmentation to the United States Army Soldiers, known as KATUSAs, for a rucksack march in commemoration of the 62nd anniversary of the Korean War here, June 25.

Drill Sergeants Competing for 2012 Title Maintain High Spirits on Second Day of Competition

June 26, 2012 - "I know you're beat up, you're tired, but you're in good spirits." On the morning of day two of the ongoing Drill Sergeant of the Year competition, the noncommissioned officer in charge of grading events, 1st Sgt. Robert Moss, offered this acknowledment.

Team USA Loaded with Soldiers for London Olympic Games

June 26, 2012 - The U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program will send its strongest contingent of athletes and coaches to the 2012 Olympic Games in London since the program's inception in 1997.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Salutes Gay and Lesbian Service Members' Dedicated Duty

June 25, 2012 - The pursuit of equality is fundamental to the American story, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in a video message released today to thank gay and lesbian service members.

Air Force Awards $960 million in Small Business IT Contracts

June 25, 2012 - The Air Force is announcing the award of 12 contracts worth up to $960 million that will make it quicker and easier for the warfighter to obtain innovative information technology services and capabilities covering the full spectrum of operations.

Service Members and Families Remember Khobar Towers

June 25, 2012 - Amid gusting winds and threatening rain clouds of Tropical Storm Debby, Airmen, Marines, Sailors and family members gathered to remember 19 warriors and 12 33rd Fighter Wing Nomads on the 16th anniversary of the Khobar Towers bombing June 25.

TRADOC Commander Outlines Transition to Army of 2020

June 25, 2012 - The commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command had an opportunity to share his thoughts on the Army of 2020 with the local chapter of the Association of the United States Army during a professional development forum in Williamsburg, Va.

Air Force Instructors Learn Modern Army Combatives Skills

June 22, 2012 - After spending five days in a joint combatives "train the trainer" course, Air Force participants gained a valuable benefit in becoming certified to teach both Modern Army Combatives and Basic Air Force Combatives.

U.S. Air Force Academy Grad Helps Lead Estonia Air Force

June 22, 2012 - Lessons learned in the foothills of Colorado are taking flight in the Baltic Sea nation of Estonia.

Seabees Build PEB in Preparation for Upcoming Deployment

June 22, 2012 - Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian Public Works Officer inspects project completed by Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 based in Gulfport, Miss. June 11.

SUBGRU 9 Sailors Participate in 2012 United Way Day of Caring

June 22, 2012 - Submarine Group 9 Sailors and family members participated in the United Way of Kitsap County's 19th annual Day of Caring June 20 in Silverdale.

Navy and Coast Guard seize $13 Million of Cocaine in the Caribbean

June 21, 2012 - USS Elrod (FFG 55) and embarked U. S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), interdicted a suspected smuggling vessel, recovering more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine, worth about $13 million, June 10, during Operation Martillo.

NAVFAC Pacific Team Contributes to Small Business Big Honor

June 21, 2012 - The Navy's Office of Small Business Programs awarded the Secretary's Cup award to Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) for promoting acquisition opportunities for small businesses during a ceremony held at the Pentagon June 15.

Tripler Continues Care of Pacific Islanders and Enhances Outreach Program

June 21, 2012 - The U.S. military has been providing care to Pacific Islanders since World War II.

Company Command Posts Bring Mission Command to Battlefield Edge

June 21, 2012 - In the harsh desert and mountains of the southwestern United States, Soldiers relied on transportable headquarters operation centers to extend mission command capabilities to the edge of the battlefield during the Army's Network Integration Evaluation.

Carter Urges Charleston Service Members to Consider Future

June 20, 2012 - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter visited service members in the coastal low country of South Carolina on June 18, urging the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen who serve the nation here to think about the future.

Two Airmen Missing from Vietnam War Identified

June 20, 2012 - The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of two servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

Army Research Looks at new Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment

June 20, 2012 - While there are no simple cures for post-traumatic stress disorder, a leading military researcher said progress is being made with a new treatment method and a number of recent studies.

Army's Top Signal Officer Says Everything is Network Dependent

June 20, 2012 - "Are we doing the right thing? Do we have the right people involved?" asked the moderator for the Network-Enabled Mission Command panel here, June 19.

Total Force Personnel Services Customer Experience Survey Launches June 22

June 19, 2012 - Air Force officials will distribute an online survey June 22 to to solicit feedback about user's experiences using the myPers-Total Force Service Center and myPers website.

Exercises Demonstrate Global Strike Flexibility and Capability

June 19, 2012 - Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen participated in two major exercises this month, demonstrating the command's flexibility and global reach while testing its tactics, techniques and procedures.

Air Force Lt. Finishes Bronco's Mini-Camp and Continues to Follow Dream

June 19, 2012 - As another year of the National Football League season nears, military members might want to pay closer attention to their TVs as one of their own maybe lining up on the gridiron Sunday afternoons.

Playground Dedicated for Children of the Fallen

June 19, 2012 - Donors, wing leaders and distinguished guests were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony of a new playground at the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen June 18 here.

Famed 'Candy Bomber' Honored at Joint Based Charleston

June 19, 2012 - Retired Col. Gail Halvorsen's Air Force legacy is built on chocolate, bubble gum and hope.

Famed 'Candy Bomber' Honored at Joint Base Charleston

June 19, 2012 - Retired Col. Gail Halvorsen's Air Force legacy is built on chocolate, bubble gum and hope.

U.S. and Vietnamese Militaries Collaborate on Clinic Restoration

June 18, 2012 - Airmen and Soldiers from around the Pacific have worked to restore the Xuan Lam Medical Clinic in Nghe An Province, Vietnam, since the start of Operation Pacific Angel 12 here beginning June 10.

National High School Chemistry Finalists Attend Camp at Academy

June 18, 2012 - The 2012 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad finalists have put their chemistry knowledge and skills to the test through competitive exams and lab practicals at the Academy's 28th U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad study camp June 5-20 here.

Smithsonian Celebrates Annual 'Become A Pilot Day'

June 18, 2012 - Officials at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum held the annual "Become a Pilot" family day June 16, in Chantilly, Va.

Air Force Space Vehicle Comes in for a Landing

June 18, 2012 - The Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane landed in the early morning of June 16 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., a successful conclusion to a record-setting test-flight mission that began March 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Historian Describes `Stonewall' Jackson's Rise to Prominence

June 17, 2012 - A hundred and fifty years after Confederate Army Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Valley Campaign, a renowned Civil War historian spoke about it at the Pentagon, describing how a great success can boost a military leader's reputation.

Air Force Space Vehicle Comes in for a Landing

June 16, 2012 - The Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane landed in the early morning of June 16 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., a successful conclusion to a record-setting test-flight mission that began March 5 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

Cold War U-2 Pilot gets Posthumous Silver Star

June 16, 2012 - More than 50 years after his U-2 aircraft was shot down over the former Soviet Union, Capt. Francis Gary Powers posthumously received one of the military's highest decorations during a ceremony here at the Pentagon June 15.

Weapons School Officers Integrates Cyber Warfare

June 16, 2012 - Eight Air Force weapons officers completed the first cyber weapons instructor course at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, 328th Weapons Squadron, June 16 here.

Baumholder Math Teacher Receives Presidential Teaching Award

June 15, 2012 - A high school math teacher at the Defense Department's Baumholder Middle-High School in Germany has been chosen to receive the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Panetta Salutes Military Dads in Father's Day Message

June 15, 2012 - Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta thanked and praised military fathers for their selfless service to the nation in his Father's Day weekend message that was issued today.

President Barack Obama Submits Deployment Report to Congress

June 15, 2012 - As part of executive branch efforts to keep the U.S. Congress and the American people informed about the activities of the U.S. military, President Barack Obama submitted a report to Congress today about deployments of the U.S. armed forces.

Panetta Urges Egypt's Military Chief to Continue Political Transition

June 15, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta called the leader of Egypt's ruling military council today and encouraged him to move forward with a political transition in that country, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

Navy Ships Participate in Flag Day and War of 1812 Commemorations

June 14, 2012 - Ten Navy ships, including USS Fort McHenry, are commemorating Flag Day today at the site of the historic battle that inspired the national anthem.

Military Leaders Urge Senators to Ratify Sea Treaty

June 14, 2012 - With U.S. credibility and, ultimately, national security at stake, now is the time to join the United Nations' Law of the Sea Convention, military leaders told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today.

Leadership Change Nears for Sexual Assault Prevention Office

June 14, 2012 - The Defense Department's sexual assault prevention and response office will seamlessly transition from one experienced leader to another this month, a senior Pentagon official said here today.

Labor Department Paves Job Path for Service Members and Vets

June 14, 2012 - Department of Labor officials are reaching out to let transitioning service members and veterans know about the department's many training programs to give them a successful path to employment.

Air Force Launches First Special Tactics Wing

June 13, 2012 - U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command stood up the 24th Special Operations Wing in a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 12 to meet the growing demand for the unique capabilities special tactics Air Commandos provide.

Air Force Officials Launch Online Civilian Retirement Tool

June 13, 2012 - Air Force human resources officials added a new feature in May to the Employee Benefits Information System Web application that allows Air Force appropriated fund civilians to request benefits-related actions online.

National Guard Troops Battle Western Wildfires

June 13, 2012 - Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen from five states are working alongside civilian first responders as they continue to battle wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico.

Air Force Leaders Send Birthday Messages to Army

June 13, 2012 - Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Roy salute the Army on its 237th birthday June 14.

MIA Bracelet Connects Airmen Across Decades

June 12, 2012 - Twenty-two years ago, Air Force Academy cadet Amy Santmyer, now Lt. Col. Amy Young, decided she would wear an MIA bracelet honoring Lt. Col. Charles Walling, an F-4C Phantom pilot who was shot down Aug. 8, 1966, during a close air support mission.

Work Continues Toward Opening Pakistan Supply Routes

June 11, 2012 - Though a team of U.S. negotiators is returning home after several weeks of discussing reopening ground supply routes in Pakistan, the talks are not mired, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today.

Biden Family Shares Deployment Experiences at USO Event

June 10, 2012 - Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and their five-year-old granddaughter, Natalie, shared their first-hand experiences on how the deployment of a military parent can impact children during a USO-hosted book reading.

Dempsey Urges Alma Mater Grads to `Push the Envelope'

June 09, 2012 - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, returned to his high school alma mater today to encourage the John S. Burke Catholic High School graduating class to embrace new opportunities in a demanding, fast-changing world.

Judge Upholds Charges Against Alleged Document Leaker

June 08, 2012 - The military judge trying the case of alleged WikiLeaker Army Pfc. Bradley Manning today rejected a defense motion to throw out 10 of the 22 charges against him.

Department of Defense Announces Top Environmental Award Recipients

June 07, 2012 - At a Pentagon ceremony today, Defense and Interior Department officials presented this year's Secretary of Defense Environmental Award to 10 teams and installations for excellence in advancing environmental initiatives.

Warfighting Data Becoming Easier to Find and Retrieve

June 07, 2012 - Recent contract awards by the Electronic Systems Center here are helping to ensure that warfighters using a key intelligence system can discover and access needed information.

Become Debt Free with Financial Peace University

June 06, 2012 - The average American household has $54,000 of debt, according to Twenty per-cent of 18 to 24 year old Americans say they have debt hardships.

U.S. Marine and Jordan Air Force Cobras Share Sky above Eager Lion Twelve

June 06, 2012 - U.S. Marine pilots with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit flew several bilateral flights with the Jordanian Air Force in support of Exercise Eager Lion May 15-19.

Enterprise Makes Safe Transit from Sea to Shining Sea

June 06, 2012 - Last month Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 sailed through the Strait of Hormuz aboard aircraft carrier USS En-terprise one month after leaving its homeport of Norfolk, Va.

Marines Train for Realistic Security During Large-Scale Exercise in Jordan

June 06, 2012 - Standing post and hiking patrols are not the most glamorous work in an infantryman's career. But these security measures ensured the safety of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Aviation Combat Unit.

Biden Book Shares Family's Deployment Experience

June 05, 2012 - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, has turned her family's own experience with military deployment into a picture book for children she hopes will add to the general public's understanding and support of service members and their families.

Panetta Explains New Strategic Guidance to Indian Leaders

June 05, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met with Indian leaders today to explain how the U.S. strategic guidance will shift American focus to the Asia-Pacific region.

State Partnerships Promote Southcom's Theater Engagement

June 05, 2012 - When the Louisiana National Guard announced its new, official bond with the Haitian military earlier this year through the State Partnership Program, many of its members felt like they were simply formalizing an already-solid relationship.

New Flight Restrictions Haven't Curbed F-22 Operations

June 05, 2012 - Safety measures put in place last month on F-22 Raptor flights have had no impact on operations, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby told reporters today.

Vietnam Opens Sites to Joint POW/MIA Investigators

June 04, 2012 - The Vietnamese government will open three areas to help resolve the fate of Americans missing in action from the Vietnam War, DOD officials said here today.

Dempsey Arrives in Bangkok to Meet With Thai Leaders

June 04, 2012 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived here today for his last visit in a week-long Asia tour that focused on strategy and featured engagements with many key allies and partners in the region.

Dempsey Arrives in Philippines for High-level Meetings

June 03, 2012 - The senior U.S. military officer arrived here today for a visit that will include a meeting with Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III.

Panetta Confident Congress Will Act to End Sequestration Threat

June 02, 2012 - The U.S. Congress created a self-imposed crisis in the national budget that they must now resolve, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.

Medical 'C-code' not a Deployment Disqualifier

June 01, 2012 - Contrary to common belief, a medical assignment limitation code, commonly known as the "C-code," does not disqualify an Airman from deployment, and it does not identify an Airman for medical discharge.

Two Middle School Students Earn Spots in National Bees

June 01, 2012 - Two middle school students from Defense Department schools received a coveted spot on the stage of this year's National Spelling Bee and National Geography Bee.
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