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Military News Articles from 07/2013

PLAYpass Gives Airmen up to $1,000 in Discounts

July 31, 2013 - Airmen projected to deploy or have recently returned from a deployment can participate in the PLAYpass Get out and Play Program and save $500 to $1,000 on installation programs.

Delaware's Bulk Fuel Company B Completes Annual Training

July 31, 2013 - Marines with Bulk Fuel Company B, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, participated in a training exercise here, July 7-19. Bulk fuel Marines practiced setting up a series of Amphibious Assault Fuel Systems and protecting them from notional enemy combatants.

Legal Service Support Section and Attorneys Provide Pro Bono Service

July 31, 2013 - Camp Pendleton's Legal Service Support Section and attorneys from counties around the base held the first Help for Heroes event at the Joint Legal Assistance Office here, July 27.

Marines Gather to Honor Ukrainian Born Marine

July 31, 2013 - A memorial service was held aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 26, to honor an intelligence Marine who passed away recently from health complications.

Incirlik Air Base Airmen Come Together for Storytellers III

July 30, 2013 - Airmen from across the base gathered at the club complex to hear the stories of their fellow Airman for the third

Two Joint Base Langley-Eustis Firefighters Earn National Designation

July 30, 2013 - Seventy plus pages, multiple character references, years of professional development, and six to nine months of grueling waiting while the application is reviewed, is what it takes to be awarded the national designation of Chief Fire Officer.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior Foundation Supports Wounded Warriors and Grieving Families

July 30, 2013 - No warrior left behind - a commitment at the heart of every member of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal community. Now, two groups that have supported EOD families in times of need have joined to expand their outreach and strengthen that promise.

Airmen Deliver Ideas for IT Improvements through 'Every Dollar Counts' Campaign

July 30, 2013 - As the Air Force continues to adapt to current fiscal challenges, the service is scrutinizing every dollar spent on mission, personnel, and readiness.

Veterans Return to Korea for Armistice Anniversary

July 29, 2013 - Korean War veterans returned to South Korea to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice agreement that brought the brutal conflict to an end.

U.S. Army Japan Senior Leaders Emphasize Importance of SHARP

July 29, 2013 - The Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program was established to serve as a proactive initiative to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assaults before they occur.

Army Extends Global Information Grid Network to Company Level and Below

July 29, 2013 - As the U.S. mission in Afghanistan changes and forces conduct more dispersed operations, new tactical communications equipment for vehicles at the company level will help extend the network over vast distances to keep Soldiers connected.

Texas Guardsmen Train with Australian Army for Talisman Saber

July 29, 2013 - Texas' 36th Infantry Division deployed approximately 150 Soldiers to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, July 14-29, to participate in the fifth Talisman Saber training exercise.

Kadena Air Base Airman has Nhu story to Tell

July 28, 2013 - Think of taking time off, leave, or going abroad. What comes to mind? Perhaps some time for you, a way to reinvigorate or reenergize?

U.S. and Australian Airmen Exercise to Improve Combined Force Integration for Future Operations

July 27, 2013 - Airmen from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, worked hand in hand with the Royal Australian Air Force airmen on an air base opening and sustainment mission during Talisman Saber 2013.

Hagel and Winnefeld Honor Korean War Vets and Those Still Serving in the Republic

July 27, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Navy Adm. James Winnefeld remembered the Korean War as the first time the world united under the banner of the United Nations to stand up to aggression and support the rule of law.

Korean War Vets Brought Freedom and Victory to Fifty Million

July 27, 2013 - While the Korean War ended just about where it started, "that war was no tie," President Barack Obama said today. "Korea was a victory."

U.S. Navy Takes Lead in Ordnance Retrieval Mission

July 26, 2013 - In coordination with the Australian Defense Force, the U.S. 7th Fleet will take the lead in the safe retrieval and disposal of four bombs which were jettisoned off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

Female Floridian Becomes Army Guard Drill Instructor

July 26, 2013 - Five years after the National Guard was authorized drill instructor specialties the Florida Army National Guard added another first, by having the first female drill instructor in the state's history.

Florida National Guard Members Stay Alert for Severe Storms

July 26, 2013 - Waiting patiently within the carefully manicured communities of South Florida lies a force so powerful that hurricane-strength winds can't keep it at bay.

Director of National Intelligence Congratulates Graduates

July 26, 2013 - The presidentially appointed leader of America's intelligence community emphasized integrated effort as he spoke to hundreds of new National Intelligence University graduates today.

Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III meets with Wyoming's Total Force Airmen

July 25, 2013 - Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, visited with Airmen of 153rd Airlift Wing at the Wyoming Air National Guard Base here July 19.

Free Smartphone App Designed to Keep Airmen Informed

July 25, 2013 - The Air Force launched a free mobile application geared toward informing Airmen and families about force support squadron morale, welfare and recreation events happening on their bases.

Two Combat Controllers Hike with USAF Seven Summits Team

July 25, 2013 - For some, hiking and climbing for days, and sometimes months, through some of the harshest environments known to man, would seem like an arduous task.

Services Continue Efforts to Open Combat Jobs for Women

July 25, 2013 - The Defense Department continues working toward its goal of ensuring the mission is met with fully qualified and capable personnel, regardless of gender, the Pentagon's director of officer and enlisted personnel management said here yesterday.

Sexual Assault Focus Group Visits Begin at Wright-Patterson

July 24, 2013 - To better understand and deter sexual assault within the service, Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office director, kicked off the first in a series of visits to installations.

Air Force Cycling Team Pedals Across Iowa

July 24, 2013 - Come rain, wind or an average temperature of 90 degrees, 94 Airman began pedaling across Iowa as part of the Registers Annual Bicycle Ride across Iowa, better known as RAGBRAI, July 21.

Air Force Takes Swift Action Against Sexual Assault

July 24, 2013 - It's not an overstatement to say that the past many years have been challenging for those in the military working to prevent sexual assault and sexual trauma.

Kehler Lauds Capability and Credibility of Nuclear Enterprise

July 24, 2013 - Sweeping improvements across the U.S. nuclear enterprise since a 2007 incident have increased the focus on the nuclear mission and raised the bar in terms of standards and performance, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command told reporters July 24.

CSAF Thanks Schriever Air Force Base and Addresses Importance of Every Airman

July 23, 2013 - Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III visited Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., July 19 to thank the team as well as provide some insights on current Air Force issues.

Thunderbirds Egress Specialist Finds Fulfillment in Service

July 23, 2013 - Many Airmen discover their paths early in life. Some join the Air Force after graduating high school, and others wait a few years before making the decision to enlist.

Marines Conduct Non-Lethal Training during Western Accord Thirteen

July 23, 2013 - U.S. Marines Military Police from 4th Law Enforcement Battalion (LEB) provided non-lethal training to 50 Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) soldiers from 2nd Engineer Battalion June 17-26 during Western Accord 13 in Ghana.

Marine Corps Support Facility Sergeant Major Bids Farewell to Corps

July 23, 2013 - The clouds that plagued the sky earlier in the ceremony parted, and sun rays illuminated the newly retired sergeant major's face as he stood, microphone in hand, and collected his thoughts for his final words.

Hagel Calls on Vets to Partner in Reshaping Military

July 22, 2013 - Opening his address today to the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention with a tribute to Korean War veterans, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called on the nation's 22 million veterans to become partners in helping the Defense Department.

Carter and Israeli Leaders Reaffirm Defense Relationship

July 22, 2013 - During Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter's first official trip to Israel, he and senior security officials here reaffirmed that the U.S.-Israeli defense relationship has never been stronger and agreed to continuing close consultations.

Student Scientists go 'Inside the NFL'

July 22, 2013 - The excitement of the eCYBERMISSION STEM competition has died down and the student scientist teams have all gone back home, but some teams are still getting a lot of attention.

U.S. Army Europe Commander Joins Senior Military Leaders for Visit to Exercise Rapid Trident 2013

July 22, 2013 - U.S. Army Europe Commanding General Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell Jr. joined 23 other senior military and civilian officials July 17, to observe training here as part of exercise Rapid Trident 2013.

Dempsey Praises Afghan Campaign Plan and Meets German Commanders

July 21, 2013 - The clarity of the International Security Assistance Force campaign in Afghanistan is impressive, the top U.S. military leader said here today, and that is a tribute to leaders at all levels.

Pilot Program Enhances Autism Care and Treatment

July 20, 2013 - A congressionally mandated pilot program set to launch July 25 will enhance an existing Defense Department program that provides care and treatment for military children with autism, a senior DOD official said.

Dempsey to Visit Afghanistan and to Meet With Dunford and Others

July 20, 2013 - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will visit Afghanistan to meet with Afghan, NATO and U.S. leaders.

Deputy Defense Secretary Travels to Israel, Uganda, Ethiopia

July 20, 2013 - Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter began a weeklong trip today that will take him first to Israel and then to Uganda and Ethiopia in sub-Saharan Africa.

N.Y. Guard Soldier Recognized for Courage Under Fire

July 19, 2013 - Despite a massive explosion, and continuous Taliban small-arms fire, New York Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua Young rescued his platoon sergeant, rallied his troops, and continued his mission March 16, 2012, while serving in Afghanistan.

Initial Testing at Fort Bliss Bunker Indicates 'Safe' Levels of Radiation

July 19, 2013 - Test results of possible low-level radiation contamination of a weapons storage bunker at Fort Bliss, Texas, were normal, said an installation spokesman.

Air Force Will Discharge Sexual Assault Offenders

July 18, 2013 - Airmen who commit sexual assaults will be discharged, and senior commanders must review actions taken on sexual assault cases under new Air Force initiatives that took effect recently.

Military Leaders Tell Senate U.S. on Track in Afghanistan

July 18, 2013 - Despite Taliban resistance, U.S. military objectives in Afghanistan are on track, senior U.S. military leaders told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

Navy Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr. Pledges Independent Advice if Reconfirmed

July 18, 2013 - In a world growing "more, rather than less, dangerous," the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff pledged today to continue providing independent and objective advice if confirmed to serve another two-year term.

Biden Says Asia-Pacific Rebalance Promotes Prosperity and Security

July 18, 2013 - Vice President Joe Biden said today the goal of the increased U.S. focus and engagement in the Asia-Pacific region is to make it not only more secure, but more prosperous as well.

Navy Vice Admiral James Syring Additional Missile Defense Tests Necessary

July 17, 2013 - Following recent testing failures, the director of the Missile Defense Agency told Congress today that he is committed to a full evaluation of the way forward for the nation's ballistic missile defense system.

Joint Enabling Capabilities Command Postures for Future Ops

July 17, 2013 - Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, the Defense Department's 911 call force for joint force headquarters operations and bridging joint operational requirements, is implementing a new, five-year strategy to position it for future operational demands.

Hagel Announces Cuts to Top Headquarters Funding

July 17, 2013 - Funding for the top Defense Department staffs will be cut by 20 percent as Pentagon officials work to craft a strategy-based spending plan that accounts for likely future spending cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said yesterday.

U.S.-Australia System Promotes Logistics Interoperability

July 17, 2013 - A new logistics tracking system between the United States and Australia will help to ensure faster, more coordinated responses to humanitarian crises and other contingencies.

Baseball All-Star Festivities Include 'Tribute for Heroes'

July 16, 2013 - As Major League Baseball showcases its top players at Citi Field in New York tonight, it will take time before the 2013 All-Star Game to honor 30 service members and veterans.

Joint Team Achieves Historic Trans-Atlantic Medical Mission

July 16, 2013 - A Brooke Army Medical Center team made medical history last week by completing the military's first trans-Atlantic movement of an adult on external lung support.

Conformal Battery Unburdens Army's Networked Soldiers

July 16, 2013 - The U.S. Army is developing a battery to improve Soldiers' agility on the battlefield while meeting the demands of an increased power burden stemming from new networked electronic devices.

Combat Air Forces Grounded by Cuts Resume Flying

July 15, 2013 - Combat Air Forces units from multiple commands began flying again today after many stopped flying in April due to sequestration spending cuts.

Department of Defense Celebrates Iftar Meal at the Pentagon

July 15, 2013 - The Department of Defense celebrated its 15th Iftar meal, July 12, at the Pentagon.

Army to Link Online Training to NCO Advancement

July 15, 2013 - The Army will soon require noncommissioned officers to complete online training prior to promotion eligibility. Additionally, NCO schools will no longer be waived.

Army Medicine and VA share focus on Behavioral Health Concerns

July 15, 2013 - Both the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs share a concern for Soldier behavioral health, and are working together to further mutual goals.

Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Visits USS Freedom (LCS 1)

July 13, 2013 - Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean visited USS Freedom, July 12, while the ship was moored at Changi Naval Base.

Liberian soldiers Employ Training During Medical Outreach Mission

July 13, 2013 - A team of Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers, U.S. service members and county health officials conducted a mobile medical outreach mission in Grand Cape Mount County recently.

New Commander Takes Lead in Air Campaign

July 12, 2013 - U.S. Air Forces Central Command has a new leader. In a change of command ceremony here July 11, Lt. Gen. John W. Hesterman III took command of USAFCENT from Lt. Gen. David Goldfein.

Indiana Guard Promotes First African-American to General

July 12, 2013 - Army Col. Wayne Black of the Indiana National Guard will be promoted to brigadier general during a July 13 ceremony held at the Indiana War Memorial here.

Navy's First Mobile Landing Platform Departs San Diego

July 12, 2013 - The USNS Montford Point departs San Diego today for Naval Station Everett in the state of Washington.

DARPA-Funded Robot Designed for Disaster Relief Tasks

July 12, 2013 - One of the most-advanced humanoid robots ever built was introduced to the public yesterday in Waltham, Mass.

Military Veterans Get `Tribute for Heroes' Honor

July 11, 2013 - Injured Army veteran Jeffrey Mittman and 29 other military veterans will be honored July 16 during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game held at Citi Field in Queens, home of the New York Mets.

Admiral Warns of Potentially Devastating Cutbacks

July 11, 2013 - Budget cuts and spending restrictions are forcing defense leaders into measures that are "basically hollowing out the force through sequestration," the commander of U.S. Pacific Command said today.

Experts Recover Military Personnel Records 40 Years After Fire

July 11, 2013 - Forty years ago today, an enormous fire erupted at the National Personnel Records Center in suburban St. Louis. Burning uncontrollably for almost 24 hours, it destroyed some 16 million to 18 million military personnel records.

Pacom Commander Supports Review of JPAC

July 11, 2013 - The Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command has an important and unique global mission and a sacred duty, so defense leaders must ensure the unit has the organizational construct, the right oversight and the right direction.

Bridge Company Conducts Live-Fire Exercise off Boats for First Time

July 10, 2013 - Marines with Bridge Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, conducted a live-fire, field training exercise at San Clemente Island, Calif., June 27, 2013.

Hagel Details Defense `Plan B' if Sequestration Continues

July 10, 2013 - If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, the Defense Department will be forced to consider involuntary reductions-in-force for the civilian workforce.

Centcom Plans for Broader Regional Engagement Post-2014

July 10, 2013 - Exercises, training exchanges and other military-to-military engagements with partners across the Middle East will become increasingly important as the United States draws down its forces in Afghanistan.

Dempsey Calls on Department of Defense Leaders to Mitigate Sequester Effects

July 10, 2013 - Sequestration is causing problems in the Defense Department, but military and civilian employees are working together to get through this period, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.

Camp Pendleton Homeschoolers Meet for Success

July 09, 2013 - Camp Pendleton Homeschoolers is scheduled to hold a meet and greet at the Pacific Views Clubhouse at 6 P.M. July 11.

Free Driving Range Tokens for Active Duty Military

July 09, 2013 - Free driving range tokens are available for active duty service members every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the pro shop on the Medal of Honor Golf course aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Tankers Provide Unique Asset During Mechanized Assault

July 09, 2013 - Marines with Company F, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division participated in a Mechanized Assault Course as part of Integrated Training Exercise 4-13 at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, June 23-24.

Marines Trade in Tanks for MRAPs During Rollover Training

July 09, 2013 - Marines with Company F, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division participated in Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Egress Training at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center here June 21.

Army Leads Nation in Push to Digital Manufacturing

July 08, 2013 - The President Barack Obama administration has chosen the U.S. Army to launch an institute with the goal of spurring innovation in digital manufacturing, officials announced recently.

New Army Post-9/11 GI Bill transfer Policy to take Effect Aug. 1

July 08, 2013 - Beginning Aug. 1, 2013, every Soldier who elects to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member will incur an additional four years in the Army, without regard to their time in service.

Exercise Rapid Trident 2013 Opens in Ukraine

July 08, 2013 - Land forces from 17 nations began two weeks of collective training in a ceremony at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center here, today, to mark the official start of Exercise Rapid Trident 2013.

Dempsey Emphasizes Importance of Supporting Military Children

July 08, 2013 - Military children are a great strength of the armed forces, the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff said today at the kickoff of the Military Child Education Coalition's 15th National Training Seminar.

President Barack Obama and Advisors Review Situation in Egypt

July 06, 2013 - President Barack Obama conferred with the National Security Council today to review the situation in Egypt, according to a White House release.

Naples-Based wife Named Air Force 'Spouse of the Year'

July 05, 2013 - Sonya Rayford Cage, spouse of Allied Joint Force Command Naples member, Maj. Ernest Cage, was awarded the 2013 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year for her outstanding support to local military personnel and their families.

Air Force Chaplain and NASCAR Team to Help Service Members

July 05, 2013 - Steven West went to Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., to speak about ministry; he left with a plan to change the world.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Remove Thirty-Five Tons of Ordnance from Range

July 05, 2013 - Explosive ordnance disposal Airmen from the 366th Civil Engineering Squadron were joined by fellow EOD Airmen from nine different bases to perform the annual range clearance at Saylor Creek and Juniper Butte Range complexes, Idaho.

Iron Airman Challenge Promotes Fitness Resiliency

July 05, 2013 - All Airmen must maintain fitness standards as a mission readiness requirement. However, fitness can also be used as a great motivator for people to achieve higher levels of resiliency.

President Salutes Independence Day in Weekly Address

July 04, 2013 - In his weekly address issued today, President Barack Obama saluted Independence Day, praised past and present-day patriots -- including members of the U.S. military -- and asked Americans "to live up to the words of that Declaration of Independence.

Department of Defense Recruiting Remains Strong Through May

July 03, 2013 - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through May, Defense Department officials announced today.

New York Guard Members Battle Mohawk Valley Flooding

July 03, 2013 - New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday deployed 250 National Guard members to aid residents and businesses impacted by recent heavy rains and severe flooding in the state's Mohawk Valley region.

July Marks 40th Anniversary of All-Volunteer Army

July 03, 2013 - When newly elected President Richard M. Nixon directed the Department of Defense to create an all-volunteer force, Army leaders knew there would be some hurdles.

National Guard Bureau Campaign Targets Sexual Assault

July 03, 2013 - The National Guard Bureau here has launched a comprehensive campaign designed to assist National Guard units in combating sexual assault as part of a militarywide effort to protect victims and eradicate the crime from the ranks.

Navy Brings Must See TV Live to Global Audiences

July 02, 2013 - The Navy Live blog (, in coordination with Navy Public Affairs Support Element in Norfolk, and Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, will carry three live broadcast events July 3.

Naval Station Norfolk Hosts March to Support 'Keep What You Earned'

July 02, 2013 - More than 650 Sailors from commands throughout the Hampton Roads area marched in support of the "Keep What You've Earned" (KWYE) campaign on Naval Station Norfolk (NSN) July 2.

Forest Service Repositions Firefighting Aircraft to Arizona

July 02, 2013 - The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center here, has directed the repositioning of military Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System aircraft from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Mesa, Ariz.

Air Force Study Highlights World Trends and Core Missions

July 02, 2013 - The Air Force Chief Scientist has officially concluded his last study, looking into the Air Force's core mission of global vigilance, reach and power, in the context of how global trends will affect those missions in the next 25 years.

Reduce Administrative Distractions Website Launches

July 01, 2013 - The Chief of Naval Operations' Reduce Administrative Distractions (RAD) Team website launched July 1, and the effort is underway to get direct input from Sailors on how the Fleet can streamline or eliminate administrative processes.

Department of Defense Helps Military Families Avoid Money Scams

July 01, 2013 - While dodging financial scams seems to have become a part of life, Defense Department officials have measures to protect the military community from such circumstances, a senior Pentagon official said in a recent interview.

Army and Navy Veterans Play in Friendly Polo Match and Honor Those Who Have Served

July 01, 2013 - In the early evening in the rolling Virginia countryside, not far from Washington D.C., Army and Navy veterans faced off in a friendly polo match.

Army Spells out Long-Term Plan for Equipping Force after Drawdowns

July 01, 2013 - One of the tasks now facing the Army is getting "the right equipment, to the right units, on the right installations, at the absolute least possible cost," wrote the Army's vice chief of staff.
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