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Military News Articles from 05/2013

Through Airmen's Eyes: Air Commando Excels through Military Accessions Program

May 31, 2013 - A Korean native stationed here was one of the first Airmen to join the Air Force and earn his U.S. citizenship through the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest Program.

Families of Fallen Find Caring Support in Family Liaisons

May 31, 2013 - June 9 will mark three years since Master Sgt. Marisa Flores lost her husband, Tech. Sgt. Michael Flores, when he and four other pararescuemen died from injuries received during a HH-60G Pave Hawk crash in Afghanistan.

Astronauts Attend Maxwell Leadership Reaction Course

May 31, 2013 - In a collaborative training effort, a group of six American and international astronauts participated in an abbreviated version of the Air University Leadership Reaction Course here May 22-23.

Official Highlights Assistance for Absentee Voters

May 31, 2013 - The Federal Voting Assistance Program exists to help military and overseas citizen voters overcome unique obstacles they may face, the program's acting director told the U.S. Civil Rights Commission here today.

Department of Defense Adds Peer Support Chat Sessions for Sexual Assault Victims

May 30, 2013 - In response to a need for peer support services identified by users of the Defense Department's Safe Helpline for sexual assault victims, Pentagon officials have launched the Safe HelpRoom.

Crucible Confidence Course Challenges Co. M Recruits

May 30, 2013 - During Marine Corps recruit training, each training event recruits go through serves a purpose beyond what it may seem.

Special Ops Commanders Seek Intel and Data-Sharing Assets

May 30, 2013 - Senior commanders recently called on the defense industry to provide technologies that give special operations forces more situational awareness, better networking and communications and more precise location and targeting capabilities.

USFF and PACFLT Announce Shipboard Organizational Clothing Update

May 30, 2013 - U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (CPF) announced the recommendations from a working group's review on the requirements and the flame-resistant qualities of fleet organizational clothing, May 29.

Hagel and Carter Discuss Cooperation With Tunisian Defense Minister

May 29, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed areas of cooperation with Tunisian Defense Minister Rachid Sabbagh during a Pentagon meeting yesterday, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

Air Force Secretary Praises and Advises Graduating Cadets

May 29, 2013 - As more than 1,000 cadets prepared to graduate today from the U.S. Air Force Academy, at Colorado Springs, Colo., Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley commended them for succeeding at one of the most "demanding and prestigious universities in the world.

State Deptartment Advisor Says New Ideas Can Defeat Global Poverty

May 29, 2013 - The world is at an extraordinary moment in time to harness new ideas to defeat global poverty, Jacqueline Novogratz, the CEO and founder of Acumen Fund, told a Pentagon audience today.

Sgt. Major of the Army Joins Veterans and Families for Memorial Day Ceremony in Texas

May 29, 2013 - Veterans of every conflict since World War II gathered with family, friends, and dignitaries, for a solemn Memorial Day ceremony amid the green trees and immaculately landscaped grounds of the Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza.

Hagel to Visit Singapore and Brussels on Upcoming Overseas Trip

May 28, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to Hawaii, Singapore and Brussels beginning this week, senior defense officials announced today.

Army North's Task Force 51 Tackles Homeland Mission from Fort Bliss and Fort Sam Houston

May 28, 2013 - In any disaster, local first responders start the recovery process. And when they need more manpower, the state can send in additional agencies, such as the National Guard.

Korean War Veterans Honored at Battle Ceremony

May 28, 2013 - Korean War veterans attended a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Nevada Outposts Battle, here, May 28.

Army Explores Futuristic Uniform for Special Operations Command

May 28, 2013 - Army researchers are responding to a request from the U.S. Special Operations Command for technologies to help develop a revolutionary Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit.

Dempsey Says Service Member's Courage Renews Nation's Strength

May 27, 2013 - The sacrifices of the men and women who have served the United States in uniform are the source of the nation's strength, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here last night.

President Barack Obama Urges Remembrance in Memorial Day Remarks

May 27, 2013 - After laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery today, President Barack Obama paid tribute to American patriots from throughout the nation's history in remarks at the cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater.

Dempsey Pauses Before Symbols of Freedom to Reflect

May 27, 2013 - Before his appearance last night at the National Memorial Day Concert on the Capitol steps, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stood before symbols and monuments representing the nation's freedom.

Deployed Medical Experts Learn Skills to Identify Sexual Assault

May 27, 2013 - From across Afghanistan, 22 U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy medical professionals gathered here for the Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations training.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Sends 'Message of Thanks' in Memorial Day Video

May 26, 2013 - As part of his first Memorial Day observance in office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released a video message today to thank those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and commend the military members who will carry on their legacy.

U.S. Marines Extend Capabilities of USS San Antonio

May 26, 2013 - U.S. Marines have been at sea since 1775, and the U.S. Navy has been landing Marine forces ashore since the Battle of Nassau when a battalion of Marines led by Capt. Samuel Nicholas landed on the shores of New Providence in the Bahamas, March 3, 1776.

President Barack Obama Notes Sacrifices of Service Members and Families

May 25, 2013 - As Americans kick off a long weekend for the May 27 observance of Memorial Day, President Barack Obama today recognized the ultimate sacrifices of U.S. service members.

Tinker AFB Reservist Survives Monster Tornado

May 25, 2013 - What started out as a sunny, routine day for one member of the 507th Force Support Squadron and the estimated 250 staff and patients at the Moore Medical Center took a sudden turn for the worse on Monday, May 20.

Residents and Service Members Honor Unique Experience of Memorial Day on Guam

May 25, 2013 - Memorial Day is traditionally a day to remember service members who have given their lives in far-away lands, but on Guam, it's much more personal.

SEAC Administers Oath to Unsuspecting Applicants

May 25, 2013 - Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, administered the oath of enlistment to a group of more than 25 young men and women going through the Military Entrance Processing Station at Fort Hamilton.

Air Force Provides Special Counsel to Sexual Assault Survivors

May 24, 2013 - Often, when survivors of sexual assault are "put on the witness stand, they can feel like they're being attacked," said Capt. Dustin Kouba, a special victims counsel attorney. "I feel like I'm almost defending them ... I'm like their big brother."

Rescue Group Airmen Pull Hiker from Arizona Mountain Range

May 24, 2013 - Airmen from the 943rd Rescue Group here set out in a HH-60G Pave Hawk for a training mission May 22, when they were notified that a hiker was unconscious from a fall and needed help .

Arlington Ceremony Honors Fallen Service Women

May 24, 2013 - The Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues and senior women enlisted military members gathered at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial here May 22 for the 16th annual recognition ceremony.

'Island Warriors' Conduct Noncombatant Evacuation Operation Training

May 24, 2013 - As the chaos of noncombatant evacuation operation training surrounded them, Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment worked together to subdue the crowd of role-players simulating wounded and scared civilians at MCTAB.

Air Force Leaders Send Memorial Day Message

May 23, 2013 - Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following Memorial Day message to Airmen of the U.S. Air Force and their families:

New Under Secretary Visits Joint Base San Antonio

May 23, 2013 - Eric Fanning visited with Airmen at Joint Base San Antonio May 16 and 17 during his first base trip as the under secretary of the Air Force.

Department of Defense Firefighter Certification Program Turns Twenty

May 23, 2013 - It has shaped Department of Defense firefighters for two decades. This May, the DOD Fire and Emergency Services Certification Program that ensures military and civilian firefighters are properly trained, certified and qualified marks its 20th anniversary.

Indiana Marine Awarded the 2013 Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone Award for Courage and Commitment

May 23, 2013 - He was outnumbered. Most of his Marines were dead. But through courage and commitment, John Basilone and a section of surviving machine gunners killed over 3,000 Japanese enemy fighters in the battle of Guadacanal during WWII.

U.S. Northcom Aids Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Relief Efforts

May 22, 2013 - U.S. Northern Command is coordinating Department of Defense-provided support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state and local response activities in response to tornado-devastated areas in Oklahoma.

Marine Corps Sgt. Major Bryan B. Battaglia Praises Students for Mural Honoring 9/11 Victims

May 22, 2013 - In a dedication ceremony here yesterday, the U.S. military's top enlisted member commended students who produced a mural that honors the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Director Details Furlough Plans for Department of Defense Schools

May 22, 2013 - Students, teachers and parents of the Defense Department's schools can be confident that despite the department's upcoming civilian furloughs, the school year will start on time, the Department of Defense Education Activity's director said today.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Says Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs should Work Together to Cut Claims Backlog

May 22, 2013 - The Pentagon is committed to doing everything it can to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce the claims backlog, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a Senate panel today.

Accountability Site Activated for Tinker Air Force Base Airmen

May 21, 2013 - Air Force Personnel Center officials activated the Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System to ensure Airmen and their families in the Moore and Oklahoma City, Okla., are accounted for.

Airmen Submit Innovative Ideas by the Thousands

May 21, 2013 - More than 8,000 money-saving ideas have cascaded into the Pentagon from across the Air Force this month.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Ships Visit Pearl Harbor

May 21, 2013 - Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMDSF) ships, landing ship tank JS Shimokita (LST 4002); destroyer JS Atago (DDG 177) and helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) departed Pearl Harbor May 20 following a five-day port visit.

U.S. Northcom Aids Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Relief Efforts

May 21, 2013 - U.S. Northern Command is coordinating Department of Defense-provided support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state and local response activities in response to tornado-devastated areas in Oklahoma.

Chief Nurse candidates Must Submit Applications by May 31

May 20, 2013 - Statements of intent for officers interested in chief nurse positions are due May 31, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 20.

Keesler Picked as one of Five Top Installations in Department of Defense

May 20, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today announced Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., as one of five of the 2013 recipients of the Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence.

Navy Announces Fleet-Wide Women's Uniform Survey

May 20, 2013 - Approximately 16,000 randomly selected female officers and enlisted are being asked to participate in the online survey on the fit, design and durability of Navy uniforms in a Fleet-wide survey announced in NAVADMIN 127/13.

Active Duty Officers Sought for Attache Duty

May 18, 2013 - Active duty line of the Air Force captains, majors and lieutenant colonels interested in attaché duty could find themselves on an international affairs team in Switzerland, Venezuela, Burma and others.

Senior Enlisted Advisers Mark Armed Forces Day

May 18, 2013 - To mark Armed Forces Day, the services' senior enlisted advisers joined the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in an inaugural wreath-laying ceremony here at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Unit Deployment Manager now Special Duty Position

May 17, 2013 - Unit deployment manager is now a two-year-controlled special duty assignment (identifier 8U000); a change Air Force officials say will help professionalize the position and improve deployment program continuity.

Obama Emphasizes Concern about Sexual Assault in Military

May 17, 2013 - The crime of sexual assault undermines the trust needed for the U.S. military to do its missions, President Barack Obama said after meeting with his military leaders May 16.

Air Force Surgeon Helps Belizean Boy Gets 'New Hand'

May 17, 2013 - An Air Force surgeon deployed here performed surgery on a 4-year-old Belizean boy May 2, to improve the usability of the boy's hand.

Team Navy Finishes Competition at the 2013 Warrior Games

May 17, 2013 - The 35 athletes of Team Navy wrapped up the final days of the 2013 Warrior Games with competitions in wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball and swimming in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 15 - 16.

Famed Museum Back with Leadership Focus

May 16, 2013 - Who would have thought Base Realignment and Closure would create a tremendous training and education opportunity for U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox?

Motorcycle Mentorship Program Required at All Commands

May 16, 2013 - The most recent change to the Navy's Traffic Safety Instruction, OPNAVINST 5100.12J, requires commands to set up mentorship programs for motorcycle riders.

Navy Leaders Say for Wounded Warriors that the Best is Yet to Come

May 16, 2013 - The biggest message everyone should take away from this week's Warrior Games is that

Beneficiaries Must Sign up for TRICARE Automatic Payment by May 31

May 15, 2013 - Beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve who pay monthly premiums by check must switch to an electronic form of payment by May 31 to avoid losing coverage.

Natick Soldier Makes Impressive Marathon Debut in Tribute to Boston Victims

May 15, 2013 - Running as a tribute to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing, Maj. Owen Hill made a memorable marathon debut of his own on Mother's Day.

Stratcom Strives to Build Coalitions for Space Operations

May 14, 2013 - Recognizing the value of multinational coalitions for operations in the land, maritime and air domains, officials at U.S. Strategic Command here hope to forge a coalition that shares assets and capabilities in space.

Marines Dominate Warrior Games Shooting Competition

May 14, 2013 - As a hush went across the spectators, two Marines, tied in the finals for shooting an air rifle, lined up their final shots in a shoot-off. A tenth of a point on the last shot meant the difference between winning gold and silver for these two Marines.

Hagel Announces Fewer Furlough Days for DOD Employees

May 14, 2013 - After weeks of review, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded budget cuts will require most of the department's civilian employees to be furloughed beginning in July.

Wounded Special Ops Warriors Thrive on Competition

May 14, 2013 - Extremely tough mental and physical training and experience give the special operations team's wounded warriors a competitive edge, said their cycling coach.

Marine Makes Mom and Wife Proud on Mother's Day

May 13, 2013 - "I don't know what I'd do without my family. They've really been supportive of everything I do," the 10-K hand-cycling racer said shortly after winning yesterday.

Obama and British Prime Minister Reaffirm Security Commitment

May 13, 2013 - President Barack Obama met today with British Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss shared peace in the Middle East, future roles in Afghanistan and other global security developments.

Marines Seek Repeat Win at 2013 Warrior Games

May 12, 2013 - If the 2013 Warrior Games had a more regal feel than previous games, it's because Prince Harry, or Capt. Henry Wales, attended the opening ceremony yesterday at the Olympic Training Center here.

Air Force NCO Survives Cancer and Tackles Warrior Games

May 12, 2013 - Air Force Staff Sgt. Lara Ishikawa found herself part of a trio of female Air Force Warrior Games athletes with a special bond.

U.S. and Djibouti to Establish Strategic and Defense Forum

May 11, 2013 - Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Djibouti's minister of foreign affairs, agreed to establish a bilateral strategic and defense forum today during a meeting in Djibouti City, Djibouti.

Official Explains Department of Defense Role in National Arctic Strategy

May 10, 2013 - The Defense Department worked closely with other federal agencies in support of the National Security Staff effort that generated the National Strategy for the Arctic Region released today, a senior Pentagon official said.

Natick Exercise Highlights Cooperation with Local Authorities

May 09, 2013 - As U.S. Army Garrison Natick police and security personnel entered the Prendergast Building, they saw one man shoot another. They ended the threat by firing, taking down the subject with a single shot.

Arlington Dedicates new Columbarium with Joint Committal Service of Veterans

May 09, 2013 - Though the six veterans whose service era spanned the Civil War to Vietnam had no known relatives to see them rendered full honors and final respects at Arlington National Cemetery today, they were not forgotten.

Army Seecretary Calls Sexual Assault 'Sickening,' and Vows Continued Action

May 09, 2013 - The Army's secretary told lawmakers that leadership across the Army is not pleased with the number of sexual assaults occurring in the ranks, and that any progress made thus far to combat it is simply "nowhere good enough."

Army Under Secretary Says Fiscal challenges Threaten Readiness

May 09, 2013 - Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal, Ph.D., discussed the impacts of the Army's current fiscal situation and highlighted the importance of support from the American public during the state of Washington's annual 9th Congressional District Day.

TRICARE Eases Rules for West Region Beneficiaries

May 08, 2013 - TRICARE West Region Prime enrollees referred for specialty care from April 1 up to May 18 do not need authorization before seeking care.

Service Members Set to Compete in Annual Warrior Games

May 08, 2013 - More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members, including 35 members of Team Navy, as well as military retirees, will compete in the fourth annual Warrior Games to be held at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11-16.

Department of Defense Honors Civilian Employees for Excellence

May 08, 2013 - Thirty-four Defense Department civilian employees were honored at the Pentagon today for displaying honor, integrity and excellence in the workplace.

Automated System Reduces ID Card Waiting Time

May 08, 2013 - When Fort Carson, Colo., reduced its identification card waiting time from 45 minutes to five minutes, it was a mile marker in the Defense Department's goal to cut the waiting process, a DOD official said.

Hagel Calls for Culture of Dignity and Respect in Military

May 07, 2013 - Allegations of misconduct against an Air Force officer in charge of the service's sexual assault prevention and response effort underscored the importance of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's effort to prevent sexual assault across the military.

California Air National Guard Battles Raging Wildfires

May 06, 2013 - The California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing is providing two specialized firefighting C-130J aircraft and crews to assist with wildfires raging across the state.

VMM-266 Reinforced Conducts MV-22B Maintenance

May 05, 2013 - With the help of sailors assigned to the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted maintenance on MV-22B Ospreys on the flight deck of the Kearsarge's flight deck.

'Phrogs' Retire as Corps Transitions to Osprey

May 04, 2013 - The Marine Corps has a long and storied history with the bird they affectionately call the "Phrog." More than four decades have passed since the CH-46A Sea Knight entered the Corps' arsenal.

Advisor Training Cell Preps Female Engagement Team for Marine Expeditionary Unit Employment

May 04, 2013 - The Advisor Training Cell, I Marine Expeditionary Force, is providing scenario-based training for the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's female engagement team detachment, at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Community Honors Fallen Warriors

May 04, 2013 - The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community hosted its 44th annual EOD Memorial Ceremony May 4 at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex on Eglin Air Force Base.

Sailors Weather Alaskan Cold to Commission Navy's Newest Amphib

May 04, 2013 - "Man our ship and bring her to life!" exclaimed ship sponsor Annette Conway, wife of retired Marine Corps Gen. James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, as the crew ran up the brow and engaged all ship systems.

Department of Defense Officials Continue to Study Options in Syria

May 03, 2013 - Pentagon officials followed up today on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's statement yesterday that the United States is looking at arming the Syrian opposition, saying it is important to refine options as the situation on the ground changes.

Jill Biden Praises Sacrifices of Military Families

May 03, 2013 - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, told a gathering of military wives today that the deployment of her son Beau to Iraq in 2008 made her realize the sacrifices military families repeatedly endure.

Magicians Reborn as Navy's First Squadron to Operate Manned and Unmanned Aircraft

May 03, 2013 - Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 became the first composite expeditionary helicopter squadron to include both the world's most technologically advanced helicopter.

Nimitz Strike Group Enters 7th Fleet Area of Responsiblity

May 03, 2013 - The Nimitz Strike Group consisting of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 and Destroyer Squadron 23, along with other ships, arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

Department of Defense Report Says North Korea Still Critical U.S. Security Threat

May 02, 2013 - North Korea's pursuit of nuclear capabilities and development of long-range ballistic missile programs make it one of the most critical U.S. security challenges in Northeast Asia.

U.S. and Britain Look to Strengthen Already Strong Alliance

May 02, 2013 - The United States and the United Kingdom are looking for ways to deepen an already close military-to-military relationship, American and British defense leaders said following a Pentagon meeting today.

Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Admiral Scott R. Van Buskirk Visits Los Angeles-Area Recruiters and Staff

May 02, 2013 - Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk visited recruiters and staff members assigned to Navy Recruiting District Los Angeles, April 30.

Anchorage Completes Transit to Namesake City for Commissioning

May 02, 2013 - The future San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) moored pierside, May 1, at the Port of Anchorage in her namesake city during a welcome ceremony hosted by officials from the Municipality of Anchorage.

Army Secretary Favors `Third-party' Approach to Engage Congress

May 01, 2013 - Army leaders may not make the best advocates when it comes to convincing Congress and the American people which systems soldiers really need, Army Secretary John M. McHugh said here yesterday.

Hagel Discusses Partnership With Colombian Defense Minister

May 01, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón this morning at the Pentagon to discuss the close security partnership between the United States and Colombia, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

Navy Announces FY13 Special Duty Pay Recertification

May 01, 2013 - The Navy announced the annual recertification of Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP) for Fiscal Year 2013 in a Navy message released April 30.

U.S. Pacific Fleet Welcomes a New Fleet Master Chief

May 01, 2013 - Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet welcomed a new fleet master chief at the Pacific Fleet headquarters in Pearl Harbor, April 30.
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