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Military News Articles from 01/2013

Initiative Reduces Disability Claims Processing Time

January 31, 2013 - The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a new initiative that could eliminate the requirement for an in-person medical examination for some veterans and shorten the time it takes to process disability compensation claims.

Restoration Project on Remote National Park Brings Together Military and Community

January 31, 2013 - Air Force reservists both active and retired from the 482nd Civil Engineer Squadron here gathered at Dry Tortugas National Park in Fort Jefferson Jan. 15, to participate in a maintenance project for the National Park Service.

Surface Combat Training Command Announces 2012 Officer Instructor of the Year

January 31, 2013 - Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) announced its 2012 Officer Instructor of the Year Jan. 29.

Installations Remain Army Strong Despite Hiring Freeze

January 31, 2013 - Army installations will continue to hire the critical career fields from firefighters to child care workers, Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, commander of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, announced Jan. 29.

Schematics for Future Weapons to be Rendered in 3-D

January 30, 2013 - If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a 3-D picture worth?

4th ID Soldier to Receive Medal of Honor

January 30, 2013 - Former Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha, section sergeant, Company B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, is scheduled to be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barrack Obama, Feb. 11, in Washington, D.C.

'Sunshine' Comes to Natick's Doriot Climatic Chambers

January 30, 2013 - Awash in brilliant light from above, Josh Bulotsky couldn't see comfortably without squinting.

New York Guard to Begin Moving Women into combat Battalions

January 30, 2013 - Women will be able to fill officer and noncommissioned officer positions in the New York Army National Guard's four combat battalions under a proposal announced by the Department of Defense and the Army.

Department of Defense and USDA Partner in `Win-win' Distance Learning Program

January 29, 2013 - A new education program offers a "win-win" approach to helping military community members further their careers while aiding the Defense Department's family support and child and youth development services, a Pentagon official said.

Air Force Continues Support to France in Mali

January 29, 2013 - The U.S. Air Force continues to back French air operations in Mali through refueling efforts, logistical movements, troop transport and information sharing, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.

Officials to Study More Roles for Women in Special Ops

January 29, 2013 - With women already providing direct support in special operations, officials are studying how to open more positions that currently are open only to men, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said here today.

Volunteers Clean up Holiday Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery

January 29, 2013 - An estimated 3,000 volunteers showed up to Arlington National Cemetery Saturday morning to help clean up holiday wreaths which adorned gravesites for almost six weeks.

Hawaii-Based Marines Test Green Waste Disposal Technology

January 28, 2013 - On an island world-famous for its chain of active volcanoes, Marines are harnessing extreme heat to test a process that could become the future of military waste management.

Department of Defense to Begin Review of Family and Military Community Programs

January 28, 2013 - A new task force will start work next month on a 120-day review of all family and military community programs across the Defense Department to determine their effectiveness and identify gaps and potential efficiencies, a senior defense official said.

U.S. Troops Welcome Special Olympians to South Korea

January 28, 2013 - American military personnel welcomed Team USA to the 2013 Winter Special Olympics Games in South Korea here, Jan. 28.

NORAD Jets Prepare to Protect Super Bowl Skies

January 28, 2013 - Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region fighters, along with interagency partners, will be busy well before Super Bowl Sunday preparing to protect the skies around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

1st Sgt. Receives Bronze Star for Actions in Sangin District, Afghanistan

January 27, 2013 - Servicemembers stationed around the world make sacrifices every day for their country. Some expense time away from their families and a number risk their lives to protect their brothers in arms.

Carter Honors Defense Threat Reduction Agency

January 26, 2013 - In an auditorium filled with nearly 400 Defense Threat Reduction Agency employees and other defense officials, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter presented the Joint Meritorious Unit Award to agency representatives yesterday.

Southcom Commander Says Cooperation Vital in Confronting Threats

January 25, 2013 - Three months into the job as the top U.S. military officer at U.S. Southern Command, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly is reaching out to partners in the region and emphasizing the importance of cooperation among nations directly to America's south.

U.S. Patriots Set To Begin NATO Missile Defense in Turkey

January 25, 2013 - The first elements of U.S. Patriot missile batteries deployed to Turkey earlier this month are expected to reach initial operating capability this weekend, a senior NATO officer reported.

Program Exceeds Expectations in Reaching Absentee Voters

January 25, 2013 - The Federal Voting Assistance Program exceeded congressional expectations in the 2012 election cycle by getting guidance to service members so they could vote by absentee ballot, a senior FVAP official said here yesterday.

Doctor Outlines Global Health's Tie to Security Operations

January 25, 2013 - Defense Department efforts to improve global public health are an important and growing part of military stability operations around the world, the director of the department's Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine said.

Panetta Says Department of Defense `Ready' Against North Korea and Africa Threats

January 24, 2013 - As always, the U.S. military stands ready to deal with any provocation North Korea's leaders offer, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.

Africom Commander Addresses Concerns and Potential Solutions in Mali

January 24, 2013 - The commander of U.S. Africa Command today shared lessons learned from what he called shortcomings in the U.S.-Malian training program which have contributed to turmoil in the African nation.

Air Force Officials Aim to Eliminate Sexual Assault

January 23, 2013 - Following a nine-month investigation into sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, the Air Force has implemented a comprehensive program aimed at eliminating sexual assault, senior Air Force leaders told Congress today.

VanOhlen Takes Air Force Wrestling to Higher Level

January 23, 2013 - Ask Air Force wrestling head coach Joel Sharratt what's helped the team compete at a higher level, and he'll give you one answer: the leadership and competitive spirit of senior wrestler Cole VonOhlen.

Army Band Bugler Selected to Model for Arlington National Cemetery Statue

January 23, 2013 - Staff Sgt. Jesse Tubb's Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall roles are numerous.

Army Hospital Unveils Wi-Fi for Patients and Families

January 23, 2013 - Patients and their families will soon be able to text, email or just browse the Internet from their commercial, personally-owned wireless devices at San Antonio Military Medical Center.

Soldier Relives Traumatic Experience and Implores others to Seek Help

January 22, 2013 - "I was driving my Ford station wagon across the Woodrow Wilson (bridge) and was suddenly back in Da Nang."

Soldiers in Japan Foster Bi-Lateral Relationships

January 22, 2013 - The 83rd Ordnance Battalion hosted approximately 50 Japanese military, government and municipal community leaders for a New Year's Reception at the Harbor Club at Akizuni Pier 6, here, Jan. 16.

Army Supports Science and Technology Youth Activities

January 22, 2013 - Today's Soldiers are strong and technologically savvy, and the Army aims to continue to attract these young people to its ranks, said Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing Mark S. Davis.

Alaska Essential to Army Rebalance in the Pacific

January 22, 2013 - Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal, Ph.D., capped a tour of the U.S. Pacific Command region with a visit to Fort Wainwright, Fort Greely and the Northern Warfare Training Center in central Alaska, Jan. 17.

Obama Takes Oath of Office Recognizing Military Contributions

January 21, 2013 - President Barack Obama took the ceremonial oath of office for his second term as the 44th U.S. president and commander in chief on the steps of the U.S. Capitol here Jan. 21.

Panetta Shares Legacy of Service On Final Official Trip

January 20, 2013 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta returned here yesterday after concluding a six-day tour of European capitals that he has said was likely his last official trip in office.

Star-Powered Kids' Inaugural Concert Salutes Military Families

January 20, 2013 - From the opening notes of Grammy winner and multi-platinum recording star Usher to the final thanks of singer Katy Perry, military families all over the world were treated to a special thanks here last night.

Volunteers Come Together For National Day of Service

January 20, 2013 - In conjunction with tomorrow's observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, about 10,000 people from all across the country traveled here to participate yesterday in the national day of service.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Calls for `Innovative' Allied Action

January 19, 2013 - The hostage crisis in Algeria has ended, but information on what exactly happened and how many people were killed remain unclear, the U.S. and British defense chiefs told reporters here today.

President Obama Says Blame for Algeria Tragedy Rests With Terrorists

January 19, 2013 - The nation's thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured in the terrorist attack in Algeria, and the blame for the tragedy rests with the terrorists who carried it out, President Barack Obama said today.

Air Force Space Command to Bolster Cyber Force

January 18, 2013 - The Air Force Space Command expects to be directed to add 1,000 new people, mainly civilians, to its base of about 6,000 cyber professionals for the 2014 fiscal year, the command's chief said here yesterday.

More National Guard Troops Arrive to Support Inauguration

January 18, 2013 - Nearly 6,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen have begun arriving here today to support the 57th Presidential Inauguration, said the commanding general for the District of Columbia National Guard.

New Orleans Works to End Veteran Homelessness

January 18, 2013 - In 2009, the same year the Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans Veteran's Transitional Facility opened, President Barack Obama and the Veterans Affairs Department set a goal to end veteran homelessness by 2015.

Marine Corps Sgt. Major Bryan B. Battaglia Tells Military Recruits `Earn the Title'

January 18, 2013 - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff returned home to New Orleans and the Military Entry Processing Station here today, retracing a route similar to the one he took when he enlisted in 1979.

'Hurricane Hunters' kept relentless watch on 2012 storms

January 17, 2013 - As the nation rebounds from 19 named storms and 11 major hurricanes in 2012, a small but hardy military organization keeps relentless watch to track and prepare for such disasters.

Panetta Arrives in London With Speech, Meetings Scheduled

January 17, 2013 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived here today for the last scheduled stop on his weeklong tour of European capitals, which also has taken him to Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid and Rome.

Defense Department to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 24

January 17, 2013 - The Defense Department will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. this year on Jan. 24 with an observance hosted by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta.

Dempsey Discusses Afghanistan With Defense Leaders

January 17, 2013 - Defense leaders from NATO countries and partner nations discussed what capabilities will be needed by an enduring force in Afghanistan after 2014.

Air Force advocate on House Armed Services Committee Passes Away

January 16, 2013 - A retired Air Force colonel and one-time Thunderbirds air demonstration team pilot, who was an important Air Force advocate as a staffer with the House Armed Services Committee, has passed away.

Civil Engineers Meet with Industry to Develop Partnerships

January 16, 2013 - The newly established Air Force Civil Engineer Center hosted its first industry day Jan. 15 in San Antonio.

Reservists and Local Police Team up for C-17 Rescue Training

January 15, 2013 - Airmen of the 446th Airlift Wing teamed up with a local police dive team to conduct familiarization training on the C-17 Globemaster here Jan. 10.

Airman will be Part of History During 57th Presidential Inauguration

January 15, 2013 - A selected few from the ranks of the Air Force, along with those selected by their sister services, will become a part of history on Jan. 21, when President Barack Obama takes his second oath of office.

Humanitarian Award Presented to Florida Businessman

January 14, 2013 - The military services chose a longtime Air Force volunteer from Florida as this year's recipient of the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award.

GI Bill Education Transfer Incurs Four Years for all Airmen

January 14, 2013 - When initially implemented, the Post-9/11 GI Bill education transfer program was phased in to enable Airmen nearing retirement to accept a 1-, 2-, or 3-year active-duty service commitment.

USS Gary Crew Cleans and Paints Youth Center in Panama During Operation Martillo

January 12, 2013 - Crewmembers of guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) cleaned and painted a local Youth Outreach Center in a recent port visit just before the holidays as part of a Community Relations project Dec 21.

President Barack Obama Says Mission Objective in Afghanistan `Within Reach'

January 12, 2013 - The mission objective to prevent al-Qaida from using Afghanistan to launch attacks against the United States is within reach, President Barack Obama said in his weekly address to the nation today.

Virginia Man Gets 25 Years for Shooting Spree

January 12, 2013 - Yonathan Melaku, 24, of Alexandria, Va., was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for damaging property and firearm violations involving five separate shootings at military installations.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Receives Third Joint Meritorious Unit Award

January 12, 2013 - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter presented the Joint Meritorious Unit Award to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency during a ceremony at the organization's headquarters here yesterday.

Fleet Forces and Pacific Fleet Announce Details of Uniform Working Groups

January 11, 2013 - Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) and Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CPF) distributed a message to commanders and commanding officers Jan. 11 that announces the agendas of two uniform working groups.

Sandy Response Reaffirms Value of Dual-status Commanders

January 11, 2013 - The response to Superstorm Sandy reaffirmed the value of a new command structure that Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr calls one of the most important initiatives to improve defense support of civilian authorities in more than a decade.

Air Force Leaders Will Deliver Budget Guidance to Force in Days

January 11, 2013 - Air Force leaders will deliver guidance to the force in a few days to begin prudent planning for the uncertain budget environment ahead, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said here today.

Air Force Leaders Call for End to `Budget Gymnastics'

January 11, 2013 - The government's "ongoing budget gymnastics" are having an effect on service members, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said here today.

New Resource Helps Troops and Families Plan Deployments

January 10, 2013 - The Defense Department launched a new resource to help troops and their families plan for the

USS Halyburton Holds Change of Command Ceremony

January 10, 2013 - Guided-missile frigate USS Halyburton (FFG 40) held a change of command ceremony Jan. 3.

Language Corps Members Employ Skills for Nation

January 09, 2013 - A woman who speaks Mandarin Chinese works with the Coast Guard aboard a cutter off the African coast to monitor Mandarin fishing vessels.

Military and Civilian Blood Donors Provide `Gift of Life'

January 09, 2013 - January is National Blood Donor Month and Defense Department employees are encouraged to "roll up their sleeves and give the gift of life," said Air Force Col. Richard McBride, Armed Services Blood Program director.

Department of Defense Comptroller Says Budget Stability Key to National Security

January 08, 2013 - Stability in the size of the Defense Department's budget -- and especially in the process of funding it -- is critical to maintaining national security, DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale said here yesterday.

U.S. and NATO Patriots Deploy to Augment Turkish Air Defenses

January 08, 2013 - With advance elements of two U.S. Patriot missile batteries already on the ground in Turkey, additional defenders are prepared to deploy tomorrow in support of NATO's missile defense mission there.

Face of Defense: Urge to Help Motivates Deployed Sailor

January 07, 2013 - Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class George Felli's personal journey started in Accai, Ghana, took him to the hustle and commotion of Brooklyn, N.Y., and now finds him in a different type of city: Sangin, Afghanistan.

U.S. and Canada Think Ahead to `NORAD Next'

January 07, 2013 - North American Aerospace Defense Command is at a new crossroads as officials in the United States and Canada determine the capabilities it will need to confront emerging challenges and threats in the decades ahead.

Panetta Lauds Nominees for Defense Secretary and CIA Director

January 07, 2013 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today endorsed President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed him at the helm of the Pentagon.

Obama Announces Nominees for Next Defense Secretary and CIA Director

January 07, 2013 - President Barack Obama today announced his nominations to serve as the next leaders of the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency.

Air Force to Provide Dedicated Legal Counsel to Sexual Assault Victims

January 05, 2013 - A new Air Force pilot program designed to provide legal assistance to victims of sexual assault will begin later this month.

Through Airmen's Eyes: Flight Surgeon Notches 1,000 F-16 hours

January 04, 2013 - When people began telling Col. Donald Majercik, a flight surgeon here at the Vermont Air National Guard, that he was 20 hours short of 1,000 flight hours, he didn't think too much about it.

Fiscal Cliff Legislation Affects Military and Civilian Paychecks

January 04, 2013 - The legislation President Barack Obama signed Jan. 2 postponed the fiscal cliff and means changes to military and civilian paychecks, Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials said today.

Face of Defense: Germany-Based Soldiers Rescue Family

January 03, 2013 - An early morning drive here turned into a nightmare for Heather Majorwitz and her two children, Kaitie and Bret.

Senate Confirms Clarke as Air National Guard Chief

January 03, 2013 - Air Force Lt. Gen. Stanley E. "Sid" Clarke III, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and 1st Air Force, has been confirmed by the Senate to be the next director of the Air National Guard.

President Barack Obama Signs $633 Billion Defense Authorization Act

January 03, 2013 - President Barack Obama signed the $633 billion fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act into law yesterday.

Parents Honor Son's Memory Through Camp Hope

January 03, 2013 - With a simple idea and their fallen Marine son's Servicemembers Group Life Insurance check, a retired soldier and his wife are honoring his memory through a program that's bringing new hope and self-confidence to wounded warriors.

DOD Offers Non-Medical Counseling to Troops and Families

January 02, 2013 - The Defense Department continues to ensure the well-being of service members and their families through no-cost, short-term, non-medical counseling in the interests of military and family readiness, a defense official said.

Panetta Thanks Congress and Seeks End to Sequestration

January 02, 2013 - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta expressed his gratitude to U.S. lawmakers for delaying sequestration and voiced optimism for finding a permanent way to avoid an additional $500 billion in budget cuts.
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