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Military News Articles from 03/2013

Stratcom Research Partnership Tackles Weapons of Mass Destruction Threat

March 29, 2013 - A new partnership between U.S. Strategic Command and the University of Nebraska is pushing the envelope to address what Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler calls one of the most pervasive threats to the United States: weapons of mass destruction.

Defense Women's Advisory Committee Adds New Members

March 29, 2013 - Six new appointees have joined the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, according to a Defense Department news release issued today.

Department of Releases Update to Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Policy

March 29, 2013 - The Department of Defense yesterday released updated policies and procedures aimed at combating sexual assaults in the military and improving care for victims.

Missing World War II Pacific Theater Pilot Identified

March 29, 2013 - The remains of a serviceman from World War II have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office announced in a DOD news release issued today.

Task Force Leverages Partnerships in Counterdrug Fight

March 28, 2013 - With fewer dollars and fewer ships and aircraft to patrol cocaine traffickers' transit routes, Joint Interagency Task Force South is adopting innovative new approaches to its counterdrug mission and leveraging partnerships.

Obama to Nominate Air Force General for NATO Post

March 28, 2013 - The Air Force's top commander in Europe is President Barack Obama's choice to be NATO's next supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command.

Hagel Announces Fewer Furlough Days for Civilians

March 28, 2013 - The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of thousands of civilian employees could be furloughed this year because of the budget sequester, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today.

US Fleet Forces Announces 2012 Fleet Sea and Shore Sailors of Year

March 28, 2013 - The commander of U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) Command announced the 2012 USFF Fleet Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year (SOY) during a ceremony hosted by the Hampton Roads Navy League at the Sheraton Waterside in Norfolk, March 27.

Naples Hosts Women's History Month Symposium

March 27, 2013 - U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa multicultural heritage committee hosted a National Women's History Month symposium in the Capodichino theater, March 26.

Officials Unveil Resilience Mobile App for Health Care Providers

March 27, 2013 - Military health care providers now have a mobile application to help keep them productive and emotionally healthy as they cope with burnout and compassion fatigue.

Department of Defense Looks at Funding's Effect on Personnel and Programs

March 27, 2013 - Defense Department officials are looking at the recently signed continuing resolution that funds the government for the rest of the fiscal year to discern how the legislation affects personnel and programs, Says Pentagon Press Secretary George Little.

Japan Society Hosts Tomodachi in San Diego 2013

March 27, 2013 - The Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana hosted the Tomodachi in San Diego 2013 event at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), March 26, to provide an opportunity to thank the Sailors and Marines who provided humanitarian aid.

Naval Base Coronado Helps Protect Endangered Birds

March 26, 2013 - It is the Navy's mission to defend the United States and its citizens, and to do so, it requires real-life and precise training on land, in the air and at sea.

Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment and Research Pay Off

March 26, 2013 - Service members who have suffered severe traumatic brain injuries and psychological ills can benefit from an intensive four-week program at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence here.

Moon Landing Jump Starts General's Own Space Legacy

March 26, 2013 - When Neil Armstrong made history with man's first footsteps on the moon, Susan Helms needed a little nudging from her mom to get excited. And get excited she did.

Road Delays and Lane Closures due to Annual IRONMAN Triathlon

March 26, 2013 - The cycling portion of the 2013 IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in Oceanside, Calif. will have riders embark on a trek throughout the roads of Camp Pendleton from 6 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30.

Navy and Air Force Partnership Graduates First Cohort in Cost Estimation and Analysis

March 25, 2013 - The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) campus in Monterey, Calif., working jointly with the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), will graduate its first group of 24 students March 29, with master's degrees in cost estimating and analysis (MCEA).

NCIS Brings New Drug Awareness Campaign to NMCP

March 25, 2013 - The Naval Criminal Investigative Service brought its new Drug Awareness Campaign, part of the Crime Reduction Program, to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth March 21 for the final of three visits.

Official Urges Spouses to Start Job Hunt Before Moving

March 25, 2013 - As service members start to receive their orders for summer moves, it's time for working spouses to update resumes, start networking for job opportunities and contact career counselors at their new locations, a Pentagon official recommends.

Obama Commends Military Members During Naturalization Ceremony

March 25, 2013 - Twenty-eight people representing 26 countries, including 13 service members, took their oath of U.S. citizenship during a naturalization ceremony in the White House's East Room today.

'Angel of death' leaves legacy during 'Enduring Freedom'

March 24, 2013 - It was less than 90 days after Sept. 11, 2001, and nerves were still raw. Capt. Allison Black had landed in Uzbekistan just hours earlier and was headed towards her first combat mission in Afghanistan.

Sixteen specialties Work Together and Build One Clear Picture

March 24, 2013 - Controlling 250,000 square miles of air space over Afghanistan is no easy task, but it's just another day for the Airmen of the 73rd Expeditionary Air Control Squadron.

Hagel Welcomes Karzai's Commitment in Detention Facility Pact

March 24, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday after an agreement was reached to transfer control of the Parwan detention facility to the Afghan government tomorrow, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little reported.

Officials Sign Plan to Counter North Korean Threats

March 24, 2013 - The chairman of the South Korean military's Joint Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. Army general who leads the Republic of Korea-United States Combined Forces Command have signed a combined plan to counter future threats from North Korea.

Carlsbad WAC continues to Support Female Veterans

March 23, 2013 - In the 1940s, women's roles in the military were much different than they are today. Women's auxiliary units had just begun to integrate with the service branches and people were concerned about how females serving would affect the nation.

Congress Reviews Reserve forces Equipment Needs

March 23, 2013 - Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, chief of Air Force Reserve, joined other Reserve and National Guard senior leaders on Capitol Hill March 19 to testify and answer questions.

EOD Airman receives Fifth Bronze Star

March 23, 2013 - A Bronze Star with Valor was presented to an explosive ordnance disposal technician here March 22, making him only the fifth Airman to receive five Bronze Star medals.

Efforts Continue for Spouse Professional License Portability

March 22, 2013 - Defense Department officials recognize that an unemployed spouse can affect a service member's retention, so efforts continue to allow spouses' professional licenses to transfer from state to state.

Developmental education Applications Due April 12 and May 1

March 22, 2013 - Eligible active duty officers and civilians are now able to apply for intermediate and senior developmental education opportunities, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced.

Clarke Officially Assumes Responsibilities as Air Guard Director

March 22, 2013 - Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III assumed the duties and responsibilities of director, Air National Guard in a ceremony here March 22 at the Air National Guard Readiness Center.

U.S., Japan Move Forward With Futenma Replacement Initiative

March 22, 2013 - Japan's government has moved forward with the submission of a landfill request permit to the Okinawa prefectural government in the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.

Iwo Jima Veterans Meet Modern Marines at Annual Luncheon

March 21, 2013 - World War II veterans met current Marines to commemorate the 68th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima during a luncheon ceremony at the Marines' Memorial Hotel here March 13, 2013.

Bands Unite During Annual Combined Concert

March 21, 2013 - Music is often called a universal language, and the ability to communicate for service members stationed overseas with neighbors in their host nation can be an invaluable experience.

Military Engineers Celebrate Holiday with Festive Competition

March 21, 2013 - Engineers annually celebrate the life of St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers, on St. Patrick's Day. Students with the Missouri University of Science and Technology formalized the celebration in 1903.

Marines and Soldiers Conduct Static-Line Airborne Training

March 21, 2013 - Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 flew soldiers from the Army's 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), as they conducted static-line parachute operations into the Tsuken Jima water drop zone March 17 near White Beach.

Top Enlisted Leaders Express Concerns on Budget Issues

March 20, 2013 - The top enlisted members of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps underscored to lawmakers yesterday the quality-of-life challenges the services face in tough fiscal times.

Southcom Chief Says Iran Working to Expand Influence in Latin America

March 20, 2013 - U.S. Southern Command's top officer told Congress today that Iran is actively working to expand its presence in Latin America to cultivate allies at a time when Tehran is facing tough sanctions for its alleged nuclear weapons program.

First Lady Visits Fisher House Families and Wounded Warriors

March 20, 2013 - Bearing a large Easter basket brimming with cookies, First Lady Michelle Obama visited seven families of recuperating service members at Fisher House No. 4 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center here today.

Kelly Warns of Potential Crime-Terrorism Nexus in Latin America

March 20, 2013 - A potential connection between crime syndicates and terrorists in Latin America would constitute a clear danger to the region, U.S. Southern Command's senior leader told reporters at the Pentagon today.

Commandant of Midshipmen Sees How Training Center Promotes Leadership Development

March 19, 2013 - The Commandant of Midshipmen visited Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) March 15.

Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Arrives in U.S. 5th Fleet

March 19, 2013 - USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) March 15.

Unmanned Air System Takes First Flight at Sea

March 19, 2013 - San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) launched a RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) recently, for its first flight at sea.

USS Providence Returned from a Seven-Month Deployment

March 19, 2013 - Los Angeles class-attack submarine USS Providence (SSN 719) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London following a seven-month regularly scheduled deployment, March 19.

Edwards AFB Airmen begin F-35 Operational Testing

March 18, 2013 - The F-35 Lightning II program here entered a new phase of testing with the arrival of the first two operational test aircraft March 6.

Air Force General Shatters both Gender and Racial Barriers

March 18, 2013 - Born about the time the Tuskegee Airmen were earning their reputation over the skies of North Africa and Italy, Marcelite Harris would go on to break a number of racial and gender barriers during an illustrious Air Force career.

Department of Defense Announces Pilot Sites for Healthy Base Initiative

March 18, 2013 - Thirteen pilot sites will participate in the Healthy Base Initiative, a demonstration project for the Defense Department's Operation Live Well, Pentagon officials announced March 18.

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little Says Bombers Show U.S. Resolve to Defend South Korea

March 18, 2013 - It isn't just American capabilities in South Korea that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has to consider -- capabilities based outside South Korea also figure in the strategic calculus, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.

PACANGEL-Philippines Team Treats Nearly 7,000 Patients

March 15, 2013 - The Operation Pacific Angel-Philippines medical mission officially ended March 9 here with 6,885 patients treated at two medical sites nearby, far exceeding the projected 4,500 mark.

Same Mission has a New Name for E-11A Unit at Kandahar Airfield

March 15, 2013 - The 451st Tactical Airborne Gateway, the unit here that flys the E-11A, was designated as a squadron during a ceremony on March 13. It is now the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron.

Assistance Program Managers Fill Critical Role in Geographically Dispersed Recruiting Command

March 14, 2013 - "If it has to do with Soldiers' and Families' morale, welfare or well-being, it's my lane." This is how Dena Hallman sums up her role as a recruiting battalion Soldier and Family Assistance program manager.

North Dakota Guardsmen Complete Exercise in Cameroon

March 14, 2013 - Nearly 40 North Dakota National Guard members who took part in a U.S. Army Africa exercise in Cameroon are back home as their Central African military counterparts develop follow-on plans for using their newly learned skills.

Team USA Reigns Supreme in Kitchen and International Culinary Competition

March 14, 2013 - Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Derrick Davenport remembers the bitter taste of defeat during last year's Culinary Olympics in Germany.

101st Airborne Division Assumes Command in Afghanistan

March 14, 2013 - The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), known famously as the "Screaming Eagles," assumed responsibility of the combined joint task force in eastern Afghanistan, March 14, in a ceremony on Bagram Airfield.

Furlough to Affect Thrift Savings Plan Contributions

March 13, 2013 - Federal civilian employees could see their Thrift Savings Plan contributions reduced if furloughs take effect.

Vice Chief Speaks at International Conference on Gender in Defense and Security

March 13, 2013 - The U.S. Navy Vice Chief of Naval Operations joined more than 200 representatives from the Australian Defence Force and the national security community at the inaugural Gender in Defence and Security Leadership Conference in Canberra March 12-13.

Air Force to Retain Additional Intratheater Airlift Aircraft through Fiscal 2014

March 13, 2013 - The Air Force announced it will retain additional airlift aircraft through fiscal 2014 in response to a congressional mandate to retain an inventory of 358 intratheater airlift aircraft.

Kentucky veterinarians Extend Training in Afghanistan

March 13, 2013 - Members of the veterinary team of Kentucky's Agribusiness Development Team 5 conducted their first joint Veterinary Outreach Program with a Special Forces team in the Maiwand District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Thrift Savings Plan Officials Warn Against Unsanctioned App

March 12, 2013 - A free iPhone app for the Thrift Savings Plan available at the Apple App Store could pose a security risk, program officials warned.

Focusing Attention on Nutrition is an Easy Way to Build Resilience

March 12, 2013 - March is Navy Nutrition Month and is a perfect time to focus attention on nutrition and the importance of developing sound eating habits said Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Wallinger, a dietitian with the Navy Physical Readiness Office.

Shore-Based Support Assists USS Freedom Abroad

March 12, 2013 - As USS Freedom (LCS 1) pulled in for its first port call in Hawaii March 11, Sailors and civilians assigned to Navy Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego were standing by to provide the ship with critical support.

Army Education Centers in Korea Help Hundreds Facing Tuition Assistance Deadline

March 12, 2013 - Staffers at Area I education centers gave crucial, eleventh-hour help to more than 250 Soldiers who rushed to sign up for college before the Army's Tuition Assistance funding halted over the weekend, officials said Monday.

Administration Officials Detail Export Control Reform Progress

March 11, 2013 - Two key steps are complete that will further the goals of President Barack Obama's 2009 Export Control Reform Initiative, an approach to overhauling the nation's export control system.

Department of Defense Comptroller Says Furloughs Can Begin April 26

March 11, 2013 - Unless Congress acts to end sequestration, furloughs for Defense Department civilian employees can begin April 26, the department's comptroller said here today.

Obama to Award Posthumous Medal of Honor to Korean War Chaplain

March 11, 2013 - President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor posthumously to an Army chaplain for conspicuous gallantry during the Korean War, White House officials announced today.

PACOM Promotes Regional Cyber Capabilities and Defenses

March 11, 2013 - Two years ago, U.S. Pacific Command set out on a big experiment during its Terminal Fury exercise, subjecting participants for the first time to simulated cyber intrusions and network access denials.

Exercise brings Joint Team Together for 'demanding' Mission

March 10, 2013 - Hundreds of total-force Airmen and nearly 20 aircraft participated in a Joint Operation Access Exercise alongside U.S. Army Soldiers and Canadian Forces service members at Pope Air Field, N.C., Feb. 22 through March 1.

Airmen Improve Global Strike Command one Click at a Time

March 09, 2013 - Airmen across Air Force Global Strike Command can now submit their innovative ideas to a recently upgraded 'Strike Now' website.

Missile and Space Intelligence Center Saves Warfighter Lives

March 08, 2013 - Engineers, scientists and analysts of the Defense Intelligence Agency's Missile and Space Intelligence Center provide high-confidence assessments of foreign missile and space systems and other critical intelligence products.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Thanks ISAF Troops and Pledges His Support

March 08, 2013 - Shortly after arriving in Kabul, Afghanistan, today for his first visit to the country since taking office last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a message to all members of the International Security Assistance Force.

Army and Marines Stop New Tuition Assistance Enrollments

March 08, 2013 - Budget problems have forced the Army and Marine Corps to cancel the tuition assistance program, service officials said today.

Top Commander Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to South Korea

March 07, 2013 - The top U.S. and United Nations commander in Korea today reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to South Korea's defense and urged North Korea to cease provocative actions.

Transcom and Partners Secure Networks Against Cyberattacks

March 07, 2013 - As the target of more cyberattacks than any other combatant command, U.S. Transportation Command is taking concrete steps to reduce vulnerabilities and ensure the security of networks vital to its global transportation and distribution mission.

Africom Commander Outlines Diverse Challenges Ahead

March 07, 2013 - Somalia and Mali represent different stages of the challenges for U.S. Africa Command, Army Gen. Carter F. Ham told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

Cyber Command Adapts to Understand Cyber Battlespace

March 07, 2013 - Since the Defense Department officially made cyberspace a new domain of warfare in 2011, experts in the public and private sectors have been working to make that inherently collaborative.

Special Operations Promote Global Partnership Capacity

March 06, 2013 - U.S. Special Operations Command's commander today described to Capitol Hill legislators the importance of expanding global partnerships and training authorities over multiple years to continue meeting mission goals.

Special Ops Commander and Congress Evaluate Human Rights Law

March 06, 2013 - The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command responded to lawmakers' questions about the Leahy Amendment.

Single Marine Program Needs More Participants

March 06, 2013 - Single Marines change duty stations periodically, and once stationed here they may be looking for things to do and how they may get involved.

Community Watch Anyone can Report Crimes and Suspicious Activities through `Eagle Eyes'

March 06, 2013 - To protect themselves and their neighbors, residents in many American neighborhoods participate in neighborhood watch programs to report criminal activities to law enforcement.

Senior Department of Defense Official Recounts Her Path to Success

March 05, 2013 - Dr. Laura Stubbs, who served as the U.S. Navy's first African-American nuclear power school instructor, credits her successful career across the military, private-sector and federal government to exposure, preparation and mentoring.

North Koreans Threaten to Nullify 1953 Armistice Agreement

March 05, 2013 - North Korea has threatened to nullify the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

Ft. Meade Buries Quantico from Behind the Arc

March 05, 2013 - The Quantico Bulldogs men's varsity basketball team was continually bombarded from behind the three-point line in an 87-79 loss against the Fort Meade Patriots at Barber Physical Activity Center on March 3.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle squadron Starts Training at Pendleton

March 05, 2013 - Marine Unmanned Vehicle Squadron 4 conducted its first field training exercises at Camp Talega since the unit's official move here from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

Airmen Adapt Aerial Port Procedures to be More Effective and Efficient

March 04, 2013 - The 451st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron members recently re-evaluated their processes and procedures and decided it was time to fine tune the way they operate and move cargo here.

Innovative Teaching Idea Saves Air Force $1.1 Million

March 04, 2013 - An idea by the 982nd Training Group to make formal military instructor training available at field training detachments has saved the Air Force more than $1.1 million in temporary duty expenditures so far in fiscal year 2013.

Fleet and Family Gives One Thousand Free Toys to Military Youth

March 04, 2013 - Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP) partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of America and the Toy Industry Foundation to provide 1,000 free toys to military youth at the Bayview Community Center in National City, Calif., March 2.

Wounded Warriors Participate in Hunting and Fishing Camp

March 04, 2013 - The San Diego chapter of Safari Club International (SCI), in cooperation with the Armed Services YMCA, hosted a hunting and fishing training event for wounded, ill and injured service members from Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) at Lake Henshaw.

Two Women having Different Backgrounds but One Goal

March 03, 2013 - Two women, from completely opposite economic, social and cultural backgrounds, earned common ground during the early days of World War II to set a path for women in aviation that would steamroll into women's roles today that are without boundaries.

Reserve Activates Cyberspace Operations Group

March 02, 2013 - Air Force Reserve Command activated the first cyberspace operations group in the Air Force March 1.

Women Play Huge Role in World War II Aviation Efforts

March 02, 2013 - The Air Force's acceptance of women into the force dates back to long before the first "Women's History Week" celebration in 1978.

Commander and Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific Holds Change of Command

March 02, 2013 - Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Pacific (HSCWP) held a Change of Command Ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) on Feb. 28.

USecAF Nominee Testifies Before Senate Committee

March 01, 2013 - Eric Fanning testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 28 during his confirmation hearing to be the next under secretary of the Air Force.

Air Force First Female Fighter Pilot Continues to Break Stereotypes

March 01, 2013 - After Col. Jeannie Leavitt finished pilot training at the top of her class in 1992, she was given her first choice of aircraft, with a few restrictions. Her first choice, the F-15 Strike Eagle, wasn't yet an option for female pilots.

Air Force Leaders Warn of Sequester Impacts on Replacing an Aging Fleet

March 01, 2013 - Two senior Air Force leaders here this week warned of the impacts sequestration and a continuing resolution will have on the service's acquisitions and programs.

Hagel Vows to Ensure Well-Being of Service Members and Families

March 01, 2013 - New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel promised today to always be frank with the men and women of the department and said he expects all to be direct in return.
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