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Military News Articles from 08/2012

Operational F-22's Employ Small Diameter Bombs During WSEP

August 31, 2012 - During a Combat Hammer exercise Alaska F-22 Raptors became the first operational F-22 unit to drop GBU-39 small diameter bombs.

First Family Readiness Center Opens Doors in AOR

August 31, 2012 - The 379th Air Expeditionary Wing is now home to the first Airman and Family Readiness Center in the Southwest Asia area of responsibility. The center opened its doors and added family members to those they serve following the ribbon cutting ceremony Aug.

Combat Center Anniversary Celebrated with Ceremony

August 31, 2012 - The month of August marked six decades of service for the Combat Center. On Aug. 24, the Combat Center celebrated the event at the installation's Sunset Cinema.

Patriot Group Gives Veterans New Job Opportunities

August 31, 2012 - The Patriot Group, Inc. hosted a job fair at the Pacific Views Event Center on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Aug. 30.

Women's Equality Day Luncheon Raises Awareness

August 30, 2012 - Naval Station Norfolk (NSN) hosted a Women's Equality Day luncheon at the base galley Aug. 29.

Chaplain and Religious Program Specialist Training Reviewed

August 30, 2012 - Naval Chaplaincy School and Center (NCSC) concluded a Human Performance Requirements Review (HPRR) of its Professional Naval Chaplaincy - Basic Leadership Course (PNC-BLC), and Religious Program Specialist (RP) 'A' Course at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

NAVSEA TMA Team Addresses Maintenance Issues at Fleet Week Meeting

August 30, 2012 - The Navy's Top Management Attention (TMA) team for surface ships and aircraft carriers closed 11 action items addressing chronic maintenance issues while adding four new initiatives during a semiannual fleet week meeting hosted in Norfolk, Va., Aug. 7-8.

NSWC Crane Scientist Briefs Defense Science Board

August 30, 2012 - The chief scientist at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), briefed the Defense Science Board (DSB) at MIT Draper Labs in Cambridge, Mass., Aug. 23, regarding his work in ultra short pulsed lasers (USPL).

World War II Vet Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

August 29, 2012 - Family, friends, senior leaders and pilots gathered Aug. 24 to honor a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress pilot during an award ceremony at Randolph's famed Taj Mahal where he was award the Distinguished Flying Cross medal.

Eighth Army Weathers Typhoon During Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2012

August 29, 2012 - While training to confront simulated threats during exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2012, Eighth Army overcame a real one when the strongest typhoon in a decade struck the Korean Peninsula, Aug. 28.

Marines Consider Increased Role for Women in Corps

August 28, 2012 - The Marine Corps has opened a number of fields to women, the service's commandant said here today, and the experiences of the first women to go through the Infantry Officer Course next month will help him.

Shinseki Notes Strides in Serving Nation's Veterans

August 28, 2012 - The Department of Veterans Affairs has made great strides in meeting the challenges posed by a decade of war, and cooperation with the Defense Department is crucial to continued progress, VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said today.

Thousands of Guardsmen Available to Governors in Isaac's Path

August 27, 2012 - More than 33,500 National Guard personnel and nearly 100 aircraft are available to the governors of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens states along the Gulf of Mexico, Defense Department officials said today.

Investigation Finds No Malicious Intent in Quran Case

August 27, 2012 - While U.S. service members in Afghanistan made mistakes in handling Qurans in February, there was no intent "to disrespect the Quran or defame Islam," the general investigating the incident wrote in his report.

Military Units in Southeast Prepare for Isaac's Impact

August 26, 2012 - Military units in the southeastern United States are preparing for Tropical Storm Isaac, which is barreling past the Florida Keys and may grow to a hurricane by the time it makes landfall on the northern Gulf coast sometime Tuesday.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Praises Neil Armstrong's Legacy

August 25, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said he was deeply saddened by death of Neil Armstrong today, calling the pioneering astronaut "one of America's greatest heroes and naval aviators."

McRaven Warns Special Ops Community About Disclosing Classified Information

August 24, 2012 - The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command is expressing concern about former members of the community who he said "are using their `celebrity status' to advance their personal or professional agendas.

Changes to Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Focus on Families

August 24, 2012 - Thirty-two Army spouses are now qualified to serve as master resilience trainers after completing a pilot program identical to the one Soldiers take to become MRTs under what was formerly called Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, or CSF.

Trauma Chief Cites Sweeping Changes in Critical Care

August 23, 2012 - From battlefield innovations to revamped health care systems, the military has radically transformed its trauma care over the past decade, a trauma expert here said.

Dempsey Welcomed Japanese Counterpart Bolster Partnership Across Domains

August 23, 2012 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff welcomed his Japanese counterpart to the Pentagon today as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen military ties between both countries.

`Hurricane Hunters' Track Isaac as Southcom and Northcom Prepare

August 23, 2012 - The "Hurricane Hunters" from the Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron are in the air, relaying critical data to National Weather Service forecasters in Miami.

Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos Says Marines Remain America's Crisis Response Force

August 23, 2012 - The Marine Corps will remain America's crisis response force for the foreseeable future, the service's top officer said today.

Department of Defense Has Running Start on Biosurveillance Strategy

August 22, 2012 - The White House has issued the first U.S. National Strategy for Biosurveillance to quickly detect a range of global health and security hazards.

U.S. Military Athletes Leave Marks on London Olympics

August 22, 2012 - More than 20 U.S. military athletes, coaches, training partners, family members and support personnel served as sports ambassadors to the world during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

'Joining Forces' Exceeds Hiring Goals for Vets and Spouses

August 22, 2012 - The White House initiative to hire veterans and military spouses has surpassed its goals, having led to the hiring or training of more than 125,000 veterans and spouses in the past year, First Lady Michelle Obama announced today.

Panetta Visits USS Stennis and Thanks Sailors Deploying Early

August 22, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today told sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Stennis here that they and their ship, and others like it, are the "heart and soul" of the nation's defense strategy.

Dempsey Arrives in Baghdad for Talks With Iraqi and U.S. Officials

August 21, 2012 - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey arrived here today for talks with Iraqi and American leaders.

Army General Carter F. Ham Welcomes Regionally Aligned Brigade Focused on Africa

August 21, 2012 - The commander of U.S. Africa Command said he welcomes the arrival next spring of an Army brigade to support U.S. engagement on the African continent.

Motion Hearings to Begin for 9/11 Defendants Made by Defense and Prosecution

August 21, 2012 - Three months after the arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants, those accused of planning and executing the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be back in court this month for hearings on motions made by the defense and prosecution.

Labor Department Awards Grants for Veteran Job Training

August 21, 2012 - The Labor Department today awarded grants totaling $11.53 million through the Veterans' Workforce Investment Program to provide an estimated 5,500 veterans with job training and skills development services.

Behind-the-Scenes Look at Saving Lives

August 20, 2012 - It was his first deployment to Afghanistan, and to make matters worse, he was assigned to one of the busiest trauma centers in the region.

Airman Nets $10,000 through IDEA Program

August 20, 2012 - The Air Force presented a check for $10,000 to a 31st Maintenance Squadron Airman recently for creating a new process that used less manpower and resources without sacrificing quality.

Nuclear Enterprise Experts Train and Attend Symposium

August 20, 2012 - Approximately 16 general and flag officers, led by the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, took part in an airborne emergency action officers exercise and Strategic Deterrence Conference at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Aug. 6-9.

Opening Ceremonies Kick off Air Force Week Activities

August 20, 2012 - The Air Force kicked off one of its biggest outreach programs in America's largest city Aug. 19 with a combination of opening day remarks, flyovers, interactive displays and performances by Air Force bands.

Airmen's Heroic Acts Featured in Portraits in Courage

August 19, 2012 - Climbing a glacier for 24 straight hours, delivering medical care while taking enemy fire or chasing an armed murderer through a crowded airport; these are the actions of some of the 20 Airmen featured in the latest volume of Portraits in Courage.

Alaska Reserve Unit Rebuilds Tornado-Ravaged School

August 19, 2012 - An Alaska Reserve unit has just returned from Tennessee where the task at hand was rebuilding a school that was destroyed by a tornado in 2011.

USAF Honor Guard and Band Represent Airmen at Air Force Week

August 19, 2012 - The premier U.S. Air Force ceremonial units, the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and U.S. Air Force Band, are returning to New York City as part of Air Force Week 2012 with several performances and concerts scheduled for August 18-22.

Large solar Array Planned for Davis-Monthan AFB

August 19, 2012 - The Air Force plans to expand its renewable energy portfolio substantially with a 14.5-megawatt photovoltaic solar array at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

High Year of Tenure Changes Take Effect in 2013

August 17, 2012 - High year of tenure changes announced in December will go into effect in September 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials reminded affected Airmen on Aug. 16.

Hotel Tax Exemptions could Help Air Force Save Millions of Dollars

August 17, 2012 - During a time of increasing Department of Defense budget constraints, the Air Force continuously looks for innovative solutions that save money and positively impacts the mission.

Army General Carter Ham Looks Toward More Multilateral Exercises in Africa

August 17, 2012 - Wrapping up one of the largest bilateral exercises ever on the African continent, the commander of U.S Africa Command said he looks forward to expanding future engagements to make them multilateral.

Marines Apply Lessons from MV-22 Crash Throughout Force

August 17, 2012 - Pilots from throughout the Marine Corps are already applying lessons learned from the investigation of an MV-22 Osprey crash in Morocco in April, the chief of Marine aviation said here today.

Team 'Strike' Wins 2012 Week of Eagles Marksmanship Competition

August 16, 2012 - Knowing how to shoot and engage a target is a must for an effective Soldier and accomplishing such must be done under stressful conditions.

Army and Industry Partner to Solve Network Capability Gaps

August 16, 2012 - As the Army gears up to field its first integrated package of tactical communications equipment to deploying Soldiers, the service is already partnering with industry to enhance those technologies for the next capability set.

U.S. and Afghan Army Engineers Leading the Way Hand in Hand

August 16, 2012 - Six Engineer Training Teams under Task Force Hurricane are responsible for preparing Afghan National Army Route engineer units in Regional Command North for independent operations.

West Point's Class of 2016 Completes Basic Training

August 16, 2012 - Six weeks ago they were complete strangers. Cadet Basic Training forged them into cadets and trained them as Soldiers.

Keeping Marriages Strong Across Miles During Deployments

August 15, 2012 - When Tech. Sgts. Gena and Barry Armstrong received orders to Korea, their marriage had gone through some rough patches and they had all but decided divorce seemed like a good idea.

Secretary of the Air Force Shares Air Force and Department of Defense Energy Goals at Summit

August 15, 2012 - Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley presented a keynote address on the Department of Defense's energy initiatives at the 2012 National Clean Energy Summit here August 7.

USFJ Commander Focuses on Bilateral Operations

August 15, 2012 - With the Department of Defense's rebalance of military forces to the Asia Pacific region, the focus on bilateral operations is more critical now than ever, said the new U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander.

Defense Department Employees Collect Food for the Hungry

August 15, 2012 - Defense Department employees are doing their best to feed those in the National Capital Region who go hungry, and a federal program that collects food donations was recognized at the Pentagon today.

Pacom Works to Advance U.S.-India Strategic Partnership

August 14, 2012 - As U.S. Pacific Command strives to build stronger alliances and partnerships across the Asia-Pacific region, one of its big focuses is on taking the military-to-military relationship with India to the next level.

Families and Friends Support Military Olympians in London

August 14, 2012 - U.S. military athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony the night of Aug. 12 had more than just fans cheering them on throughout the games.

U.S. and Botswana Forces Build Capability and Partnership

August 14, 2012 - An exercise under way here between the U.S. military and the Botswana Defense Force is building capability in a growing African partner and helping to set conditions for long-term peace, stability and security on the African continent.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Says Iran Increases Support to Assad Regime

August 14, 2012 - Iran is increasing its presence in Syria, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today, through apparent efforts to bolster the Bashar Assad regime by training a militia and other tactics.

New Instruction Puts Spotlight on Standards and Culture

August 13, 2012 - When referencing fundamental standards, Airmen now have a single source: Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards.

Tinker's Green Infrastructure Plan Harvesting Big Returns

August 13, 2012 - Most people would associate hay baling operations with agriculture and not grounds-keeping at one of the busiest aerospace maintenance, overhaul and repair complexes in the Air Force.

North Korea Remains Key Focus for Pacific Command

August 13, 2012 - Nearly six decades after an armistice agreement established a cease-fire that ended the Korean War, maintaining the fragile peace there remains a top priority for U.S. Pacific Command.

Soldier Finishes 43rd in Olympic 50-kilometer Race Walk

August 13, 2012 - Army Staff Sgt. John Nunn finished 43rd in the Olympic 50-kilometer race walk Aug. 11 with a personal-best time of 4 hours, 3 minutes, 28 seconds.

North Carolina Air Guard Back to Firefighting Mission

August 10, 2012 - The North Carolina Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing will return to flying Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System missions on Aug. 14, six weeks after four of the unit's airmen were killed in a C-130 aircraft crash.

Pacom Supports Partnership and Stability Through Health Engagements

August 10, 2012 - U.S. Pacific Command is helping to build stability and security in the Asia-Pacific one inoculation, one cataract surgery and one first-responder training class at a time.

Panetta Says New Marine Officers Will Add to Legacy of Excellence

August 10, 2012 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta offered congratulations and a challenge to a group of newly minted Marine Corps officers during a commissioning ceremony today at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Va.

Schwartz and Welsh Pay Tribute to Airmen at Air Force Transition

August 10, 2012 - Both outgoing and incoming Air Force chiefs of staff paid tribute to airmen and their families during the transition of responsibility ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., today.

Air Force Chief's Daughter Takes Bronze in Olympic Long Jump

August 09, 2012 - Air Force family member Janay DeLoach leaped 6.89 meters Wednesday night at Olympic stadium to take the bronze medal in women's long jump.

Air Force Chief of Staff and Spouse Recognized for Distinguished Service

August 09, 2012 - During the final days of a 39-year career, the Air Force's top Airman stood beside his wife as they were both recognized for their distinguished service in a modest ceremony before close colleagues and family members here Aug. 9.

Lester Finishes Eighth in Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling

August 08, 2012 - Team USA coaches did not recognize their wrestler as Spc. Justin "Harry" Lester as he finished eighth in the Olympic men's Greco-Roman 66-kilogram tournament Aug. 7 at ExCel North Arena 2.

'Wolverine' Medics Train Afghan Counterparts to Perform Proper Life-Saving Skills

August 08, 2012 - Fifteen soldiers from the Afghan National Army and four officers from the Afghan Uniformed Police took part in a Combat Life Saver instructor course.

First Flight Test successful for Army's Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle Air vehicle

August 08, 2012 - For more than 90 minutes, Aug. 7, the hybrid air vehicle known as the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle stayed afloat above Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

Marines Continue Pushing Enemy and Teaching Afghan Forces

August 08, 2012 - As Marines keep pushing insurgents out of Afghanistan's Helmand and Nimruz provinces, Afghan soldiers and police are taking the reins and protecting the population.

Air Force Officials Award Food Transformation Contract

August 07, 2012 - Air Force officials announced Aug. 7 the competitive award of a contract to conduct the second phase of food operations at seven Air Force installations as part of the Food Transformation Initiative.

Department of Defense Increases Hiring of People with Disabilities

August 07, 2012 - The Defense Department's hiring of wounded warriors and others with disabilities is on an uptick, the Pentagon's director of disability programs said today.

Air Force has Role in Mars Rover Success

August 06, 2012 - Arnold Engineering Development Complex's (AEDC) Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 Director Dan Marren was watching the live TV broadcast of the event.

Defense and Interior Departments Join Forces on Renewable Energy

August 06, 2012 - The Defense and Interior departments are teaming up to strengthen energy security and reduce military utility costs.

Logistics Battalion Field Training Exercise Presents Real-Life Scenarios

August 03, 2012 - More than 350 servicemembers with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participate in a field training exercise here, from July 30 to Aug. 3.

Republic of Korea and US Marines Rehearse Squad Tactics in Korea

August 03, 2012 - Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines conducted a fire-and-maneuver exercise July 23 at Nightmare Range, Republic of Korea, during Korean Marine Exchange Program 12-7.

Muslim Marines Eat to Strengthen Spiritual Fitness

August 03, 2012 - Pendleton's Muslim community gathered for Iftar, an evening meal to break fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Additional Firefighting Aircraft Head to Rocky Mountain Region

August 03, 2012 - The U.S. Forest Service has requested two more Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 aircraft to help with combating wildfires in the Rocky Mountain area.

First Lady Visits RAF Mildenhall and Meets Military Families

August 02, 2012 - Military families stationed in the United Kingdom had the opportunity to meet the first lady of the United States on July 29, before she returned home after attending the opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics.

President Barack Obama Announces Nomination for Air Force Under Secretary

August 02, 2012 - President Barack Obama announced Aug. 1 that he intends to nominate Eric Fanning to be the next Under Secretary of the Air Force.

Naval District Washington Hosts First Shore Program Leaders Course

August 02, 2012 - Naval District Washington (NDW) hosted the Commander, Naval Installations Command (CNIC) Shore Program Leaders Course (SPLC) aboard the Washington Navy Yard, July 24-26.

Hale, Woodson Detail Defense Health Reprogramming Request

August 02, 2012 - The Defense Department's June 29 request to Congress to move $708 million in excess funds from the military health budget to other budget areas does not shortchange military health programs, Pentagon officials said today.

Air Force Medical Team Integral Part of Mass Casualty Exercise

August 01, 2012 - The "walking wounded," arrived first to the field hospital set up by the 779th Medical Wing. The warbling siren from an ambulance heralded the arrival of patients on litters.

US and Poland Develop Partnership Through Screaming Eagle

August 01, 2012 - Airmen from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 86th Airlift Wing continue to train with Polish military members in Exercise Screaming Eagle IV here July 24 through Aug. 3.

Air Force Awards Massive Energy-Saving Project at Tinker

August 01, 2012 - Air Force leaders awarded an Energy Savings Performance Contract here Aug. 1.

Carter Describes Possible Unintended Effects of Sequestration Law

August 01, 2012 - While the Defense Department can foresee the harmful effects of sequestration, the nature of the legislative mechanism makes it impossible to devise a plan that eliminates or substantially mitigates those effects.
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