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Military News Articles from 06/2013

A Family Affair: Former Base now Home to Burrowing Owl Family

June 29, 2013 - In the midst of a bustling environmental cleanup project at the former McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif., a family of burrowing owls has carved out a serene existence on a small protected piece of land.

DOD Awards Contract for Device Management System and App Store

June 28, 2013 - A Bethesda, Md., firm was awarded a contract yesterday for the Defense Department's mobile device management system and mobile application store, Defense Information Systems Agency officials said.

'Feds Feed Families' Gives Back to Communities

June 28, 2013 - The "Feds Feed Families" campaign is a way to give back to the communities where Defense Department employees work and live, a DOD official said here today.

Former POWs Recall Chaplain at Medal of Honor Events

June 28, 2013 - An Army chaplain who posthumously received the nation's highest military honor earlier this year was inspirational, courageous in battle, and someone who talked the talk and walked the walk, a group of former Korean War prisoners of war said.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tell the Troops Force Changes Bring Opportunities

June 28, 2013 - Sexual assault issues are corrected within the fabric of an institution, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told troops today, "and you're the fabric. And I know you feel the same way."

Hagel Orders Effort to Protect Allotment System From Lender Abuse

June 27, 2013 - In concert with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau enforcement action aimed at financial services institutions abusing the Defense Department's payroll allotment system, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today ordered an interagency effort.

Department of Defense Readies Elements Crucial to Cyber Operations

June 27, 2013 - Hard work by the administration, the services and the leadership at U.S. Cyber Command is putting in place elements crucial to defending U.S. and allied interests in cyberspace, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy said.

Dempsey Says Cyberattacks Could Prompt Conventional Response

June 27, 2013 - Cyberattacks on U.S. infrastructure or networks could be met with a conventional military response, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

Official Says Old Policies Inhibit Cyber Interoperability

June 27, 2013 - Policies that inhibit interoperability in the cyber domain with coalition partners and other agencies are worthy of re-examination, a senior U.S. Cyber Command official said.

Weather Warns Warriors and Saves Services Silver

June 26, 2013 - As the dust clouds roll in, 379th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron weather forecasters here analyze the intensity, direction and impact of the impending storm to base assets and the mission.

Flight engineer Reaches Combat Sortie Milestone

June 26, 2013 - A fllight engineer assigned to the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron here reached 400 combat sorties, a milestone not easily achieved.

Colorado Guard Continues Efforts in Wildfire Battle

June 26, 2013 - More than 225 Colorado National Guard soldiers and airmen are continuing support to incident commanders at fires throughout the state.

President Barack Obama to Nominate Dempsey and Winnefeld for Second Terms

June 26, 2013 - President Barack Obama announced today his intent to nominate Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. for second two-year terms in their respective offices as chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Aerial Firefighting Continues against Rocky Mountain fires

June 25, 2013 - Air Force firefighting aircraft continued dropping thousands of gallons of fire retardant June 24 in an effort to contain growing Rocky Mountain wildland fires.

Civil Engineers Recall and Reflect Seventeen Years after Khobar Towers bombing

June 25, 2013 - On the night of June 25, 1996, near Dhahran Air Base, Saudi Arabia, terrorists positioned a tanker truck filled with explosives less than 100 feet away from a building in the Khobar Towers complex that housed deployed Airmen.

Nephew Thanks U.S. Army for Liberating Uncle in 1945

June 25, 2013 - The nephew of a World War II prisoner of war thanked Eighth Army for rescuing his uncle from a Japanese prisoner of war camp, in 1945.

Garuda Shield Brings Medical Care and Smiles to Indonesia

June 25, 2013 - Troops from the Indonesian army and the U.S. Army gave free medical treatment and dental screenings to over 200 local residents at a public health day held at the Kostrad Medical Clinic here on June 19.

Army North CSTA Conducts Vital Training for Fort Hood Response Force

June 24, 2013 - Members of Golf Division, Civil Support Training Activity-Central, U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), were at Fort Hood and Killeen, Texas, June 10-13 to provide Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Response Force training.

Team Bayonet Represents U.S. in International Weapons Competition

June 24, 2013 - Far from home, two U.S. Soldiers lie still on the ground, camouflaged among the long dry weeds. Their breathing is slow and steady.

Explosive Ordinance Disposal Company Supports Afghan Army's Counter-IED Training

June 24, 2013 - Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, 49th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Company, attached to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), supported the Afghan National Army's EOD team from the 4th Kandak.

Odierno Speaks at Sergeants Major Academy Graduation

June 24, 2013 - As the graduates respond "All In" to the Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, family members watch in anticipation for the word, "congratulations."

Joint Exercise through a New Airman's Eyes

June 23, 2013 - "The drop is in 12 minutes!" shouted a crew member, struggling to be heard over the roar of the mighty C-17 Globemaster III's four engines, each putting out approximately 40,000 pounds of thrust.

Allied Navies Perform Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise During Pacific Bond Thirteen

June 23, 2013 - Australia, Japan and U.S. Naval forces flexed the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) aspects of exercise Pacific Bond 2013 near the Marianas Island chain, June 23.

Naval Special Warfare Command Holds Change of Command Ceremony

June 22, 2013 - Rear Adm. Brian L. Losey relieved Rear Adm. Sean A. Pybus as commander, Naval Special Warfare Command (CNSWC) during a change of command ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, June 21.

Army Initiating Collaborative Effort to Address Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury

June 22, 2013 - Over the last 12 years, many Soldiers have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with wounds, some visible and some not, said a leader in Army Medicine.

Lummus Concludes Active Support of Dawn Blitz 2013

June 21, 2013 - USNS 1ST LT Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) wrapped up active support for exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 off the coast of San Diego June 20.

Soldiers and Wounded Warriors Honored at Washington Nationals Game

June 21, 2013 - The Army was honored with a special tribute at a Washington Nationals Major League Baseball game, before a crowd of thousands of cheering sports fans and military supporters, on a seemingly perfect June evening for America's pastime.

Army Medicine Continues its Wartime Advances

June 21, 2013 - This week, the military medical community was notified that a new antibiotic drug is now available to treat Soldiers who have life-threatening, multidrug resistant bacterial infections.

U.S. and Indonesia Paratroopers Share Knowledge and Jump Wings During Garuda Shield

June 21, 2013 - Paratroopers of two nations shared the sky, mud and jump wings during Garuda Shield 13, the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to strengthen military-to-military cooperation while focusing on international peace support operations.

Air Force Food Transformation Initiative Wins Big Award

June 20, 2013 - An Air Force food initiative was recently selected top in its class by a civilian association, as it progresses into its second phase of deployment.

Hagel Vows to Prioritize Cyber and Nuclear Capabilities

June 20, 2013 - Malicious cyberattacks are quickly becoming a defining security challenge "for our time, for all our institutions," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said June 19 during a speech in Omaha, Neb., at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Enterprise Makes Final Trip to Newport News Shipyard

June 20, 2013 - USS Enterprise (CVN 65) made her final voyage to the Newport News Shipyard June 20.

USS Guardian Grounding Investigation Results Released

June 20, 2013 - The U.S. Navy has released the results of an investigation that assessed circumstances surrounding the ex-USS Guardian grounding that occurred in Philippine waters on January 17.

Welsh Says Sequestration Continues to Drain Crucial Capabilities from America's Air Force

June 19, 2013 - The Air Force's top officer reported on the growing strain sequestration has put on readiness, personnel and modernization to a group of civic and industry leaders attending the Air Force Association's monthly breakfast here, June 17.

Ramstein Airmen Build Capability with Polish Air Force

June 19, 2013 - The 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and 435th Contingency Response Group continuously train to meet sustainable medical readiness throughout the European theater here.

Air Force Sets Plan to Integrate Women in Combat Jobs by 2016

June 19, 2013 - The Air Force released details of the service's plan to fully integrate women into previously closed career fields June 18.

USS Freedom Brings Littoral Combat Ship Capabilities To CARAT Malaysia

June 19, 2013 - The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) accomplished several firsts to participate in exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), June 15.

U.S. and Russia Agree to Cooperate on Cyber and Nukes

June 18, 2013 - Cooperation at many levels will help to reduce misunderstandings between the United States and Russia, the leaders of both countries said after meetings in Northern Ireland yesterday.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Dedicates Pentagon Korean War Exhibit

June 18, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today dedicated what he called a "magnificent" permanent display in the Pentagon to honor veterans of the Korean War.

NSA Chief Says Surveillance Stopped More Than 50 Terror Plots

June 18, 2013 - The director of the National Security Agency told Congress today more than 50 terrorist plots worldwide have been prevented since the 9/11 attacks through the classified surveillance programs the government uses to gather phone and Internet data.

Officials Battle Obesity and Tobacco With Healthy Base Initiative

June 18, 2013 - The Defense Department has teamed with the White House, industry, medical communities and installation leaders to assess obesity and tobacco programs for the total workforce, a Pentagon official said here today.

Bulk Fuel Company Recognized as Petroleum Professionals

June 17, 2013 - Bulk Fuel Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group received the runner-up American Petroleum Institute Award for excellence in fuel management for the second consecutive year here Thursday, June 13.

College Students Experience Navy and Marine Corps Training

June 17, 2013 - More than 500 students from colleges across the U.S. participated in the Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen-West 2013 here May 28-June 21.

Website Allows Units to Claim Repurposed Supplies and Save Money

June 17, 2013 - Units in U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa now have the ability to obtain equipment and supplies for free through the command's Business Transformation Office Airmen's List SharePoint site.

NASA Selects Airman for 2013 Astronaut Candidate Class

June 17, 2013 - NASA officials selected an Airman as one of the eight military and civilian candidates to become an astronaut trainee.

Over Ninety Former Officers Visit Museum for Dedication

June 15, 2013 - More than 90 former Marine Corps officers and their families gathered at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on June 15, 2013, to dedicate a monument honoring the Basic Officers Class 3-57 which graduated in 1957.

The Town of Quantico Brings Fun to the Potomac

June 15, 2013 - The Town Of Quantico's Father's Day Flotilla event held at the town's Municipal Park on Saturday went better than expected according to Kevin Brown, mayor of the Town of Quantico.

Building Relationships through Sports day in Brunei

June 15, 2013 - With a goal of working together as one, 18 nations combined into teams to compete against each other in a sports field meet at Berakas Army Garrison Camp, Brunei Darussalam, to promote camaraderie and good relations June 14.

Surfing Service Members Shred San Onofre

June 15, 2013 - The sun peeked over the horizon and gulls cawed through the skies as water broke on the San Onofre shore where surfers prepare to "hang-10," "rip," and "shred" the Pacific waves.

Marine Platoon Works With Jordanian Armed Forces

June 14, 2013 - Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit's amphibious assault vehicle platoon had its first bilateral training event of Exercise Eager Lion 2013 here June 12.

NSA Director Says Security Leaks Have Done Great Harm

June 14, 2013 - Leaks to the public about a classified National Security Agency terrorist surveillance program that collects data from the phone calls of Americans already have jeopardized national security, the NSA director told a Senate panel here June 12.

Shelters Open for Military Families Affected by Colorado Fire

June 14, 2013 - Two installations have set up overnight shelters for military families affected by the Black Forest fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., while another has opened an emergency center for family assistance.

Hagel Meets With Israeli Defense Minister at Pentagon

June 14, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to the Pentagon today during Yaalon's first official visit to Washington since taking office earlier this spring, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

Navy Secretary Describes Progress in Combating Sexual Assaults

June 13, 2013 - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is not concerned about sexual assault in the service. He's angry.

NSA Chief Urges Public Debate of Terrorist Surveillance

June 13, 2013 - Now that the existence of classified National Security Agency data-gathering efforts have been leaked to the public, the head of U.S. Cyber Command and NSA said yesterday he wants the public to understand the programs.

More National Guard Members Join Firefighting Effort

June 13, 2013 - More than 140 personnel from the Colorado National Guard are continuing to assist civil authorities with firefighting support at the Black Forest fire in El Paso County, Colorado.

White House Assesses Assad Used Sarin and will Boost Opposition Aid

June 13, 2013 - The White House in a statement today condemned Bashar Assad's regime in Syria for multiple uses of chemical weapons against Syrian citizens, and pledged increased aid to opposition forces there.

Air Force Reserve C-130s Support Colorado Firefighting Effort

June 12, 2013 - Two Air Force Reserve Command Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s and aircrews from the 302nd Airlift Wing have been requested to support firefighting efforts for southern Colorado fires.

Official Explains Tuition Assistance Quality Assurance Program

June 12, 2013 - To increase stewardship and optimize service members' educational experiences, Defense Department officials have developed a multifaceted quality assurance program to improve tuition assistance.

Hagel Addresses Cyber Jurisdiction in Hill Testimony

June 12, 2013 - The fiscal year 2014 defense budget request significantly increases the Defense Department's cyber capacity -- an area where it lacks authority but has most of the assets, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the Senate Budget Committee here today.

Wounded Warriors Inspire Boston Marathon Amputee

June 12, 2013 - Wounded warrior amputees at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center here got a chance today to share the wisdom and experience they've gained through tough rehab and prosthetic fittings with a man who lost a leg during the Boston Marathon bombing.

Department of Defense Research Chief Says Science and Tech Skills Vital

June 11, 2013 - The Defense Department needs to be thinking now about how to best recruit a workforce skilled in science and technology, which will be increasingly vital to national security, a senior DOD official said here yesterday.

Satellite Program Finds Savings While Providing Critical Imagery

June 11, 2013 - An Air Force program at Hanscom Air Force Base that continually provides critical imagery to warfighters and first responders, is also reducing costs.

Doors Open at First Air Force Collocated Sexual Assault Victim Support Facility

June 11, 2013 - A collocated Special Victims' Council and sexual assault response coordinator office began operations here June 3, marking an Air Force first and the arrival of a revolutionary Air Force pilot program.

Secretary of the Navy Celebrates Naming of USS Paul Ignatius

June 11, 2013 - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ceremony today to celebrate the recent announcement that the next Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer will be named USS Paul Ignatius.

Academy Cadets Operate Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

June 10, 2013 - Eleven U.S. Air Force Academy cadets learned to operate RQ-11B Raven small unmanned aircraft systems, or SUAS, during an initial qualification training course at Choctaw Airfield, Fla., June 3-14.

Maintainers Apply Innovative Protection to C-130s

June 10, 2013 - Rocks kicked up when landing a C-130 Hercules on unimproved runways can damage the fuselage of the aircraft. To combat this problem, maintainers in the 302nd Maintenance Group here began putting tape on the plane's belly.

Beyond the Horizon Medics Deliver Care and Smiles in Panama

June 10, 2013 - Army Maj. William Baker and his fellow service members knew they had a successful mission on their hands when hundreds of excited people arrived for the opening of each Beyond the Horizon medical readiness training exercise here.

Working to Bring Home Missing Brothers and Sisters

June 10, 2013 - He will tell you that he's not particularly noteworthy, but Jason Kaye certainly recognizes the importance of his organization's mission.

Airmen Assist Organization to Help Homeless Vets

June 09, 2013 - Members of Luke Air Force Base joined to help homeless veterans in the state during the 12th annual Arizona StandDown.

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Agree North Korea Must Denuclearize

June 09, 2013 - During their two-days of informal talks in Rancho Mirage, Calif., that concluded yesterday, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jingpin agreed that North Korea must denuclearize.

Disaster Relief Exercise Builds Relationships in Asia-Pacific Region

June 09, 2013 - Trust and teamwork are some of the key components of humanitarian aid, according to some United States Army and Indonesian military officers who took part in a Pacific Resilience Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange.

Women's Leadership discussion: 'Why are women Leaving the Air Force'

June 08, 2013 - Deployments, starting a family, bad mentorship and losing passion for the job are just a few reasons mentioned by uniformed and prior-service women during a panel discussion about why women are leaving the Air Force.

Director of National Intelligence Says U.S. Surveillance Activities Are Lawful

June 08, 2013 - Despite what some media outlets are reporting, surveillance activities carried out by the U.S. government under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act are lawful, James R. Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said in a statement.

Odierno Spotlights Leader Development Strategy at Army War College graduation

June 08, 2013 - The Army War College graduation ceremony today, at historic Carlisle Barracks parade field, celebrated the academic achievements of senior leaders and underscored the significance of leader development.

Cadet-Designed Trailer could Power Future Austere Deployments

June 07, 2013 - A cadet capstone project designed to build upon cadets' research in 2012 could have broad-ranging applications from powering austere bases to supplementing stateside bases' power grids.

Missile Officer Recertification Program Makes Great Strides

June 07, 2013 - Ten of the 19 missile crew members from the 91st Operations Group at Minot AFB, N.D., have been recertified and are able to fully perform their alert duties.

Security a Priority in Department of Defense Move to Mobile Devices

June 07, 2013 - The Defense Department wants to provide secure access to information from any device, anywhere and anytime, but the priority is security, the department's principal deputy chief information officer said here yesterday.

Washington takes Command of Continental Army in 1775

June 07, 2013 - Before the American colonies even made their declaration of independence, the Second Continental Congress gathered together in Philadelphia 238 years ago to formally create a standing Army.

Army Command Offers Tips to Avoid and Treat Tick Bites

June 06, 2013 - High grass creates an ideal habitat for hungry ticks, and also provides the potential to cause serious human and animal disease.

Vice Chairman Lauds Women as Teammates and Decries Sexual Assault

June 06, 2013 - Military women are an integral part of the armed forces and efforts are underway to combat and eliminate sexual assault in the ranks, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today at the 2013 Joint Women's Leadership Symposium.

Official Says Al-Qaida Remains a Threat Despite U.S. Success Against Terrorism

June 06, 2013 - Despite U.S. and allied successes against terrorists, Al-Qaida isn't going away soon, the assistant defense secretary for special operations and low intensity conflict said today.

Paraguay Medical Exercise Aids Impoverished Citizens

June 06, 2013 - Life here in this small farming district in the Canindey├║ Department is tough, and it shows on the faces of its 30,000 residents.

Father Watches Son's Young Marine Graduation from Afghanistan

June 05, 2013 - As the command was given, 17 of the newest Young Marines dressed in their camouflage utility uniforms formed up and marched out in front of their families here, June 1.

Obama and Xi to Discuss Cybersecurity During Informal Talks

June 05, 2013 - President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will discuss cybersecurity and other topics when they meet this week for informal talks at the Sunnylands estate in California, senior administration officials said yesterday.

General Says Airmen Must Understand Business of Cyber

June 05, 2013 - As U.S. Cyber Command gains strength and steadily extends its range across the newest warfare domain, it has called on all the services over the next five years to contribute trained-up teams of cyber operators to ensure U.S. military freedom of action.

Vice Chief of Staff Thanks Airmen for Successful Every Dollar Counts Campaign

June 05, 2013 - Throughout the month of May, Airmen submitted more than 11,000 cost-reducing ideas during the "Every Dollar Counts" campaign, an initiative that empowered Airmen to find and recommend areas of savings.

Missile Officer Recertification Program Makes Great Strides

June 04, 2013 - Ten of the 19 missile crew members from the 91st Operations Group at Minot AFB, N.D., have been recertified and are able to fully perform their alert duties.

Estero Native Gets Promoted to Rank of Corporal

June 04, 2013 - A native of Estero, Florida was promoted to the rank of corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps during a ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Jun. 4.

Odierno Says Sexual Assault and Harassment cannot be Tolerated in Army

June 04, 2013 - Sexual assault and harassment are serious problems the Army is vigorously addressing, said Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno.

Commander Credits Southcom's Success to Partnerships

June 04, 2013 - Partnerships have been U.S. Southern Command's cornerstone throughout its 50 years of existence and will continue to be vital to its mission, Southcom's commander said today.

Airmen Show 'Cool Careers' in New Ad Campaign

June 03, 2013 - The Air Force Recruiting Service is currently developing an ad campaign to teach young adults about cool career opportunities in the Air Force community.

Tyndall Airmen Reach out to Tinker Tornado Victims

June 03, 2013 - "I will never leave an Airman behind," is a part of the Airman's Creed and the spirit behind this creed was demonstrated by Tyndall Airmen May 28 as they rallied to support wingmen living in Oklahoma.

Air Force Appoints First Female chief Scientist

June 03, 2013 - The Air Force appointed the service's first female chief scientist to lead the way in the technology and science fields.

President Barack Obama Says Nation Pours Resources Into Mental Health Care for Vets

June 03, 2013 - The Veterans Affairs Department is improving access for veterans to mental health services, President Barack Obama said today in remarks that opened the National Conference on Mental Health.

Hagel Meets With Malaysian and Singaporean Leaders at Shangri-La

June 02, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with counterparts from Singapore and Malaysia this weekend following his speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue and a series of bilateral and trilateral meetings yesterday.

Qualified Captains Sought for Inter-American SOS Program

June 01, 2013 - Active-duty captains proficient in Spanish may be eligible to attend the Inter-American Squadron Officer School at the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland here, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.

Hagel Discusses Asia-Pacific Issues with Counterparts

June 01, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met separately here with a number of his counterparts from the Asia-Pacific region while attending the annual Shangri-La Dialogue.

Hagel Addresses Chinese Concerns During Shangri-La Dialogue

June 01, 2013 - During a question-and-answer session following his speech here this morning, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel countered a Chinese general's question on whether the U.S. strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific is intended to contain China.
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