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Military News Articles from 12/2013

Marines Gain Realistic Combat Training During Exercise Chromite

December 30, 2013 - Marines held their weapons tightly as they concentrated on the distant tree line. As the mock enemy approached, some Marines tensed up behind their cover while others made last minute gear adjustments.

Workshops Prepare Marines, Sailors, and Families for Deployment

December 30, 2013 - Whether for the first time or after several deployments, leaving home and family always comes with heightened levels of stress and responsibility for the Marine leaving and the family left at home.

Hagel Calls Egyptian Defense Minister to Discuss Attacks

December 29, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Egyptian Minister of Defense Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to discuss recent events in Egypt and to offer the Defense Department's assistance in investigating the attacks in Mansoura, Nasr City and Sharkiya province.

Eight Teams Earn DARPA Funds for 2014 robotics Finals

December 27, 2013 - Eight robots took their first steps into the future, Dec. 21, 2013, at a racetrack complex near Miami, one that scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency envisioned for them as the world watched thr Fukushima nuclear disaster unfold.

Army and Hawaii Partner to Protect Watersheds

December 27, 2013 - The Army and the state of Hawaii came together to transport nearly 200,000 pounds of fencing into the Ko'olau Mountains, as part of an airlift operation to protect Oahu's watersheds, Dec. 5.

Dunford Visits Afghanistan-deployed Troops on Christmas

December 26, 2013 - Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, made a Christmas Day trip to the southern part of the country to visit with coalition troops and thank them.

Obama-Signed Bill Provides Military Pay and Bonuses

December 26, 2013 - President Barack Obama today signed House Resolution 3304, which provides pay and bonuses for U.S. service members, enhances counterterrorism efforts overseas, builds security capacities of key U.S. partner-nations, along with other changes.

United States Calls for Immediate Talks in South Sudan

December 25, 2013 - American officials including Secretary of State John F. Kerry have made calls to leaders throughout Africa and the world seeking a solution to the crisis in South Sudan, U.S. State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said in a statement issued yesterday.

United States and Japan to Negotiate Environmental Stewardship Pact

December 25, 2013 - The Department of Defense welcomes the announcement today in Tokyo that the United States and Japan will negotiate a framework to further address environmental stewardship of United States military activities in Japan.

Eight Teams Earn DARPA Funds for 2014 Robotics Finals

December 24, 2013 - On Dec. 21, eight robots took their first steps into the future, one that scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency envisioned for them as the world watched the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster unfold in 2011.

First Lady Answers Children's Queries on Santa's Location

December 24, 2013 - First Lady Michelle Obama today took phone calls from boys and girls from across the country asking where Santa was located as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Air Force Envisions Smaller Force to Preserve Readiness

December 13, 2013 - Discussing upcoming budgetary variables during a Pentagon news conference today, the Air Force�s top civilian leader for the past six months addressed the inevitability of a smaller force.

Department of Defense Adds Synthetic Marijuana to Random Drug Testing

December 13, 2013 - The Defense Department has expanded its zero tolerance for the use of illicit drugs to include synthetic marijuana, also known as "spice,"the director of DOD's drug testing and program policy said here today.

Syracuse Career Transition Program Now Includes Spouses

December 12, 2013 - The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University in New York has expanded eligibility to enroll in its Veterans Career Transition Program to spouses of eligible veterans and active duty service members.

Budget Agreement Aids Department of Defense in Addressing Cuts

December 12, 2013 - Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bipartisan budget agreement that would ease some of the sequester-caused fiscal pressure on the Department of Defense.

U.S. Supports Peacekeeping Efforts in Central African Republic

December 11, 2013 - Two U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and a small command and support team are on the ground in Uganda, preparing to conduct airlift operations in support of ongoing peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic.

Official Urges Afghans to Sign Security Agreement Promptly

December 11, 2013 - The United States wants the Afghan government to sign a proposed bilateral security agreement "as soon as possible," a senior Defense Department official with responsibility for Afghanistan told Congress today.

Dr. Biden Hosts National Guard Christmas Tree Dedication

December 10, 2013 - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, hosted a National Guard Christmas Tree dedication in her office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building here yesterday.

Texas National Guard Responds to Winter Storm

December 10, 2013 - Citizen-soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard's 176th Engineer Brigade provided support to state and local officials during Winter Storm Cleon, as named by the National Weather Service, in north Texas Dec. 5-9.

Remains of Missing U.S. Serviceman Found in Laos

December 09, 2013 - The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Hagel Brings Holiday Wishes and a Listening Ear to Afghanistan

December 08, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spent a full day today with two sets of people he seldom sees in Washington: deployed U.S. troops and Afghan military leaders.

Chairman Visits Sailors in Greece as Part of USO Tour

December 07, 2013 - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stout and U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay today as part of his annual USO Holiday Tour.

MCLB Albany Officials Conduct Base-Wide Active Shooter Training

December 06, 2013 - Officials at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany conducted an active shooter training exercise throughout the base, here, Dec. 4.

Charitable Foundation Delivers Truck Loads of Holiday Cheer

December 06, 2013 - Approximately 800 trees were delivered to Pendleton for the annual Trees for Troops giveaway Dec. 6.

Army Continues to Evolve Energy Programs Despite Huge Budget Cuts

December 05, 2013 - The Army had to scrap more than $250 million in energy projects during fiscal year 2013 in order to comply with the Budget Control Act, said the service's deputy assistant secretary for energy and sustainability.

Special Duty Assignment Pay Changes for Some Soldiers

December 05, 2013 - Some Soldiers receiving special duty assignment pay, or SDAP, are now seeing an increase in payments or seeing it for the first time, while others will soon see less.

Nimitz Strike Group Makes Brief Stop in Pearl Harbor

December 04, 2013 - Just a few days shy of the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, Sailors and Marines manned the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as they entered the harbor Dec. 3.

George Washington Strike Group Completes 2013 Patrol

December 04, 2013 - The USS George Washington Strike Group (GWSG) returned to its forward-operating location of Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Dec. 5, to conclude the second half of its 2013 patrol.

Department of Defense Official Advises to Prepare Now for Tax Season

December 03, 2013 - With a month left before the start of tax season, service members should begin gathering documentation to file their 2013 taxes, said the director of the Pentagon's office of family policy and children and youth said.

Air Force Participates in First Israeli Blue Flag Exercise

December 03, 2013 - The Air Force participated in the first Israeli Blue Flag exercise at Uvda Air Force Base, Israel, Nov. 24-28.

Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter Bids Farewell to the Defense Department

December 02, 2013 - Senior Defense Department, White House and congressional leaders bade farewell to Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter today in a Pentagon ceremony marked by both laughter and tears.

Reserve Components Yellow Ribbon Program Remains Vital

December 02, 2013 - A program that has helped ease the post-deployment process for thousands of Guard and reserve members and their families in recent years will remain vital even after combat operations wind down in Afghanistan.
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