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Military News Articles from 10/2013

Hagel Says States Denying Same-sex Family Benefits Must Comply

October 31, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today directed the chief of the National Guard Bureau to meet with the adjutants general of nine states to resolve the issue of those states denying ID cards to same-sex spouses at National Guard facilities.

Defense Officials Detail Nuke Upgrade Program

October 30, 2013 - Defense Department officials testified on Capitol Hill yesterday about the program to modernize one of the oldest weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Final Clause in Cadet Honor Oath Made Optional

October 29, 2013 - After reviewing the cadet Honor Oath, and in the spirit of determining a way ahead that enables all to be true to their beliefs, the Air Force's Academy has decided to make the final clause optional.

Leaders Advise Against Merging Guard and Reserve

October 29, 2013 - Air Force Reserve leaders told members of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force that merging the Air Force Reserve with the Air National Guard would create little value and cause numerous adverse impacts.

Airman Receives Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

October 29, 2013 - A Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center student here was recognized Oct. 17 with the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic actions in Afghanistan in December 2012.

Royal and U.S. Airmen Train for Real World

October 29, 2013 - Moody AFB security forces Airmen and No. 1 Royal Air Force Regiment allies learned tactics, techniques and procedures from each other during Exercise Global Eagle Oct. 7-18 here

Guard Soldiers Host British and Danish Wounded Warriors

October 28, 2013 - Conversational buzz filled the atrium of the Army National Guard Readiness Center here Oct. 25 as those assigned to the readiness center anticipated the arrival of special guests.

Air Force General Philip M. Breedlove Says European Partnerships Vital to Global Security

October 28, 2013 - It makes fiscal and strategic sense for the United States to continue to base troops in Europe, the officer who serves as NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command said today.

Missouri Guard Unit Protects World Series Teams and Fans

October 28, 2013 - Members of the Missouri National Guard have been on hand at Busch Stadium here this week to support safety and security during the 2013 World Series.

U.S. and New Zealand Announce Expanded Defense Cooperation

October 28, 2013 - The United States and New Zealand today announced a resumption of military-to-military contacts as part of expanded defense cooperation that will see the first visit by a New Zealand naval vessel to an American port in more than three decades.

Army General Martin E. Dempsey Praises USO at Annual Gala

October 26, 2013 - The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has paid tribute to the USO for its seven decades of support for America's fighting force and its families.

Departed Fighter Pilot Leaves Lasting Impact on Air Force

October 25, 2013 - The nation lost a great hero with the passing of retired Air Force Brig. Gen. James Robinson "Robbie" Risner, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today.

Defense Department Successfully Conducts Warhead Sled Test

October 25, 2013 - The Defense Department announced yesterday the successful testing of an advanced conventional precision effects warhead, a critical part of a national effort to establish a conventional prompt strike capability.

Africa Command Helps Partners Promote Maritime Security

October 25, 2013 - Capacity-building efforts being advanced by U.S. Africa Command are helping African nations confront maritime crime, including piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and events currently unfolding off the Nigerian coast, the Africom commander reported.

Acquisitions Chiefs Describe Effects of Budget Uncertainty

October 24, 2013 - With assessments ranging from "sobering" to "painful," acquisitions chiefs from each of the military services yesterday described the devastation being wreaked upon their branches by sequestration and the continuing resolution.

Rodriguez Calls Partnerships Central to Africom Efforts

October 24, 2013 - Five years since it was established as the Defense Department's newest geographic combatant command, U.S. Africa Command continues to build the partnerships that promote regional capability and a coordinated focus on the African continent.

Amos Marks 30th Anniversary of Marine Barracks Attack in Lebanon

October 24, 2013 - The attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct. 23, 1983 became a harbinger of what is known today as the war on terror, said Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos.

WWII Veterans Honored at Ceremony

October 24, 2013 - Not enough is said about the contribution of the people of Greece to the Allied victory in World War II, Derek Chollet, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs said today.

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Reaches Two Millions Hours

October 23, 2013 - The U.S. Air Force's MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft accumulated 2 million flight hours Oct. 22, not only marking a significant milestone, but also demonstrating the evolution of the program.

Single Service Member Programs Promote Camaraderie, Resilience

October 22, 2013 - Drive around any military installation, and along with barracks buildings and training facilities, you'll see family housing, child development centers, schools, and signs publicizing family-centric activities.

Aviano Captain Fulfills Life-Long dream on Jeopardy

October 21, 2013 - With a love of trivial knowledge, one Aviano Airman's dream came true this fall with one simple sentence --

New NCO Corps Structure for Civil Air Patrol Announced

October 21, 2013 - The Civil Air Patrol took a step forward Oct. 17, with the signing and approval to restructure their noncommissioned officer corps to align with the Air Force NCO corps.

Resiliency and Culture Change are Focus of 2013 NavyEnergy Action Month

October 21, 2013 - Navy commands worldwide are participating in Energy Action Month to share information on energy efficiency, highlight Navy's successful energy initiatives, and foster an energy-aware culture.

Department of Defense Begins the transfer of Airbase in Kyrgyzstan

October 20, 2013 - The Defense Department released the following statement Oct. 18 about the future of the Transit Center at Manas International Airport in Kyrgyzstan:

Hagel Says Shutdown Effects Continue on Defense Department

October 20, 2013 - The government shutdown is over, but it will take a while for the effects to fade, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at a press conference Oct 17.

President Obama Releases Message to Federal Employees

October 18, 2013 - President Barack Obama released the following message to all Federal employees Oct. 18.

Swenson Hall of Heroes Induction Brings Changes to Medal of Honor Processing

October 18, 2013 - As former Army Capt. William D. Swenson was inducted into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes, Oct. 16, Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced a directive to improve the Medal of Honor nomination and review process.

Simplification is Key Goal at Army Network Tech Day

October 17, 2013 - Army engineers are joining forces with industry to simplify the service's tactical communications network by uniting fragmented capabilities and taking a holistic approach to network advancement.

Military Ocean Terminals Play Strategic role in Defense

October 17, 2013 - On opposite sides of the continent sit two Military Ocean Terminals unassumingly shipping munitions across the globe.

'Iron Man'-Style Suit in Early Stages of Development

October 17, 2013 - U.S. Special Operations Command wants its operators to be protected with what it informally calls an Iron Man suit, named after the fictional superhero.

Congress Passes Bill Reopening Federal Government

October 17, 2013 - President Barack Obama signed legislation late yesterday night bringing federal employees back to work after Congress finally resolved the budget logjam which led to a 16-day shutdown.

USS San Antonio Responds to Persons in Distress Near Malta

October 16, 2013 - Amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) transferred 128 distressed persons to Armed Forces of Malta offshore patrol vessel P52 Oct. 17.

Pacific Fleet Continues Rebalance as Harris Takes Command

October 16, 2013 - With the USS Arizona and Battleship Missouri Memorials as a backdrop, Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. relieved Adm. Cecil D. Haney as commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet during a change of command ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oct. 16.

Former Army Captain Inducted Into Pentagon Hall of Heroes

October 16, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Army Secretary John M. McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno inducted former Army Capt. William D. Swenson into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes today during a ceremony at the Pentagon.

Sailors and Marines Encouraged to Make a Difference With New Sexual Assault Survey

October 15, 2013 - The Secretary of the Navy has announced a new Department of the Navy sexual assault survey for 2013, which started Oct. 15, and can be taken online via any device that can access the internet.

Government Shutdown Endangers Reserve Component Readiness

October 15, 2013 - Reserve component personnel continue to be affected by the government shutdown, and officials are concerned about readiness.

Hagel and UAE Crown Prince Discuss Regional Security Issues

October 14, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and United Arab Emirates' Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan today spoke by phone and discussed regional security issues, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement issued today.

Kerry and Karzai Make Progress on Security Agreement Negotiations

October 13, 2013 - After weekend meetings in Kabul, Afghanistan, with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he and Karzai had resolved all but one of the major issues critical to a bilateral security agreement between the two countries.

'Lava Dogs' Machine Gunners Conduct Weapons Package Training

October 11, 2013 - Machine gunners from each company of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, spent two weeks together for crew served weapons training and conducted a final live-fire event at Schofield Barracks, Oct. 8 through 10, 2013.

Community Sports Pink During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 11, 2013 - Every October, Cherry Point and the neighboring community join together to combat breast cancer and inform the community to stay vigilant and aware of prevention measures.

The Combined Federal Campaign Placed on Hold

October 11, 2013 - The Combined Federal Campaign has been placed on hold while the federal government shutdown continues, according to a Pentagon memo.

Department of Defense Leaders Worry About Shutdown's Effect on Civilian Morale

October 11, 2013 - The partial government shutdown is hurting DOD civilian morale, the department's comptroller told Congress yesterday.

Department of the Navy Addresses Emergency Furlough Questions

October 10, 2013 - During a shutdown furlough, the Department of the Navy is required to shut down any activities funded by annual appropriations that are not excepted by law.

Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Keeps faith with Reserve Marines

October 10, 2013 - Despite the government shutdown, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve remains fully engaged. ESGR is a Department of Defense agency that seeks to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service.

Most TRICARE Beneficiaries Meet ACA Coverage Requirements

October 10, 2013 - The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans.

Carter to Step Down as Deputy Defense Secretary in December

October 10, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced that Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter will step down December 4.

Fisher House Steps Forward to Aid DOD in Paying Death Benefits

October 09, 2013 - The Fisher House Foundation has stepped in to aid the Defense Department so families of fallen service members can receive the full set of benefits they have been promised, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said here today.

Pentagon Official Blogs About Resources During Shutdown

October 09, 2013 - Amid the government shutdown, service members and their families still must face the unique challenges associated with multiple moves and more than a decade of war, so a Pentagon official has listed available resources on the "DOD Live" blog.

Alexander Calls on Industry to Help Set Record Straight

October 09, 2013 - The nation's top cyber commander called on industry today to "put the facts on the table" about the National Security Agency following leaks about the agency's surveillance programs.

FY14 General Military Training Schedule Announced

October 09, 2013 - Topics for General Military Training (GMT) for Fiscal Year (FY) 14 were announced in NAVADMIN 264/13, Oct. 9.

Centcom Advisor Promotes Interagency Synergy in Middle East

October 08, 2013 - When Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III travels anywhere within the U.S. Central Command region or meets with his staff to discuss activities and operations, Ambassador Michael E. Ranneberger is never far from his side.

President Obama Says U.S. Will Continue to Pursue Terrorists Overseas

October 08, 2013 - Just days after U.S. forces carried out raids in Libya and Somalia to bring wanted terrorists to justice, President Barack Obama made clear today the United States will continue to carry out similar strikes overseas as long as threats to the nation exist.

Stress Control Training Mandatory for Deploying Sailors

October 08, 2013 - In support of the Navy's 21st Century Sailor initiative, NAVADMIN 262/13 announced that starting Jan. 1, Sailors will be required to participate in Navy Operational Stress Control (OSC) skills training within the six months prior to deployment.

CNO and MCPON Talk to Sailors Worldwide for Navy Birthday

October 08, 2013 - The Chief of Naval Operations and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy took time to share the latest information on government shutdown and other fleet issues with Sailors, Navy civilians and their families on Oct. 8.

EOD Conducts Professional Exchange with Singapore Navy

October 07, 2013 - U.S. Marine explosive ordnance disposal technicians with Combat Logistics Battalion 13, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, welcomed Cmdr. K.H. Chew, Singapore Navy EOD officer in charge, and 15 Singapore Navy EOD technicians and divers aboard the USS Boxer.

Military OneSource Keeps Faith with Reserve Marines

October 07, 2013 - Despite the government shutdown, the Military OneSource website and hotline will remain fully operational.

First ANGLICO Trains to Assist Air Assets

October 07, 2013 - Seventeen Marines with the 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company began conducting joint tactical air control party maneuvers, Oct. 2, at the Saylor Creek Range during day two of exercise Mountain Roundup 2013.

Army and Air Force Collaboration Leads to Improved SIPR Email Service

October 07, 2013 - In continued collaboration between the Air Force and the Army, the entire Air Force will migrate to Secure Internet Protocol Router, Department of Defense Enterprise Email over the next year.

Most Air Force Civilians to Return to Work

October 06, 2013 - In accordance with a memo Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released Oct. 5, the Air Force will recall most of the nearly 104,000 Air Force civilian Airmen placed on emergency furlough due to government shutdown.

Pentagon Comptroller Details Recalls, 'Painful' Decision to Exclude Some Workers

October 06, 2013 - The Defense Department's top financial official provided details on which DOD civilians would and wouldn't be able to return from furlough following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's determination some could return under the Pay Our Military Act.

Hagel Praises U.S. Troops for Capture of 'Global' Terrorist in Africa

October 06, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel commended U.S. troops here today for the capture of what he described as one of the world's most sought after terrorists.

SecDEF Says Most furloughed Department of Defense Civilians to Return to Work Next Week

October 05, 2013 - Today I am announcing that most DOD civilians placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown will be asked to return to work beginning next week.

Hagel Announces Recall of Most Defense Department Civilians

October 05, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today he is recalling most of the Defense Department civilians who were placed on furlough as a result of the government shutdown which began Oct. 1.

Belle of the Ball Teaches Marine Corps Etiquette

October 04, 2013 - The Lifestyle Insight Networking Knowledge and Skills organization held a special class at the Officers' Club Sept. 28, 2013 which brought Combat Center spouses together to help prepare them for the 238th Annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

Marine Veteran Completes Walk Across America for Fallen Service Members

October 04, 2013 - Marine veteran Sgt. Chuck Lewis wipes sweat out of his eyes as he walks down the Mt. Vernon trail. This is no ordinary walk in the nation's capitol. Lewis isn't just another sightseer at the National Mall.

Marines, Sailors and Civilians Compete in Commander's Cup Golf Classic

October 04, 2013 - Marines, sailors and civilians kicked off the upcoming weekend sending birdies and eagles soaring during the Commander's Cup Golf Classic at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, Sept. 27, 2013.

'Lava Dogs' Instill Squad-Level Tactics in New Marines

October 04, 2013 - Marines and sailors with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment completed a weeklong exercise at Kahuku Training Area Oct. 4, 2013.

Hagel Wraps up Asia-Pacific Trip and Visits Troops

October 04, 2013 - "Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I'm very proud of what you're doing. The president of the United States is proud of what you're doing. America is proud of what you're doing."

Recruits Learn Significance of Battlefield Combat Care

October 03, 2013 - Marines live by the motto "no Marine left behind," and recruits learned the meaning of it first-hand.

U.S.-Korean Airpower Team Defends 'Freedom's Frontier'

October 03, 2013 - South Korea historically has been called the "Land of the Morning Calm," but a hill at this combat-ready air base reminds airmen and soldiers here that the calm can shatter at a moment's notice, and they have to be ready to respond.

U.S. and Japan Agree to Expand Security and Defense Cooperation

October 03, 2013 - In a joint statement today, U.S. and Japanese diplomatic and military leaders agreed to revise the 1997 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation.

Defense Department Bolsters Victim Advocacy With New Initiatives

October 03, 2013 - The Defense Department continues to take steps to improve victims' confidence in sexual assault advocacy through a multi-pronged approach, said the deputy director for DOD's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

U.S. and South Korea Announce 'Tailored Deterrence' Strategy

October 02, 2013 - The United States and South Korea today agreed to establish "a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against . North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

Passes Command to Scaparrotti in Multiflag Ceremony

October 02, 2013 - Korean and American service members proudly carried the three flags signifying the change of command in South Korea from Army Gen. James D. Thurman to Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti here today.

TRICARE Officials Issue Statement about Government Shutdown

October 01, 2013 - Officials with the Defense Health Agency issued the following statement Oct. 1:

Air Force Auxiliary to Continue Missions During Government Shutdown

October 01, 2013 - Members of the Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, will continue to perform emergency and disaster response missions authorized by Air Force officials during the federal government shutdown, officials announced Oct. 1.

U.S. and South Korean Leaders Guard Against Complacency

October 01, 2013 - The state of the U.S.-South Korea alliance is strong, but the allies cannot become complacent in face of changes in North Korea, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said here today.

Obama Lauds Department of Defense Workforce and Encourages Budget Resolution

October 01, 2013 - President Barack Obama thanked the Defense Department workforce today in a video message and expressed his disappointment in Congress' failure to approve a budget, resulting in a government shutdown.
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