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Military News Articles from 08/2013

President Barack Obama Said Today he Supports a U.S. Military Strike against the Syrian Regime

August 31, 2013 - President Barack Obama said today he supports a U.S. military strike against Syrian regime targets in response to the regime's use of chemical weapons against its own people, but he called on Congress to debate and vote.

Army Launches 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Vietnam War

August 30, 2013 - The afternoon in the Pentagon auditorium on Aug. 28 was a time for reflection on a war that spanned 10 years and cost the country the lives of more than 58,000 young men and women.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Praises 'Unbreakable' U.S.-Philippine Alliance

August 30, 2013 - On the last stop of what he called a "very productive" trip to four countries in Southeast Asia, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met today with Philippine government and defense leaders and later paid his respects to U.S. troops laid to rest.

Armed Forces Recreation Centers Offer Value to Troops and Families

August 30, 2013 - Fans of the Armed Forces Recreation Centers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that because the crown jewels of the military's morale, welfare and recreation programs are completely self-supporting, they're unaffected by defense budget cuts.

Agencies Commit to Transition Assistance Program

August 30, 2013 - The Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Labor, Education, the Office of Personnel Management and the Small Business Administration codified their continued commitment to help transitioning service members be "career ready" for civilian life.

Air Force Tuition Assistance Application Window delayed for FY14

August 29, 2013 - Airmen applying for tuition assistance in fiscal 2014 will see several changes in both eligibility for and administration of the program.

California Guard Deploys Predator to Support Firefighters

August 29, 2013 - With wildfires continuing to rage around Yosemite National Park, the California National Guard has deployed a remotely piloted aircraft that improves the incident commander's ability to monitor conditions on the ground.

Veterans Affairs Announces Big Expansion of 'VetSuccess on Campus'

August 29, 2013 - As a new school year begins, a Department of Veterans Affairs official announced today that VA will nearly triple the number of colleges and universities it partners with to offer on-campus vocational and rehabilitative VA counseling.

NORAD and Russia Hope to Build on Vigilant Eagle 13 Successes

August 29, 2013 - Just concluding the most ambitious Vigilant Eagle exercise yet, senior military officials from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian Federation told reporters today they're ready to take the lessons learned.

Ambassador Network Launches to Help Military Spouses Find Jobs

August 28, 2013 - The Defense Department has broadened its reach to military spouses looking for jobs through its new Spouse Ambassador Network, an arm of the department's Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, the program's director said here Aug 27.

Technicians Co-Engineer Cost-Saver with a Spin

August 28, 2013 - As two aircraft metals technicians pondered the awkward and lengthy four-part paint process of the KC-135 Stratotanker's main landing wheel they said they had a eureka moment.

Shared IT Architecture Leads to Cost Savings

August 28, 2013 - A new architecture-sharing and modernization agreement among the Air Force, the Army and the Defense Information Systems Agency will increase bandwidth and network security and avoid more than $1 billion in future costs.

Faster Communications Aid Marine and Civilian First Responders

August 28, 2013 - For more than a decade the Marine Corps has been on a deliberate course to build and enhance its emergency response system.

Marine Corps Adopts New Sexual Assault Prevention Training

August 27, 2013 - More than 300 Camp Pendleton Marines piled into the base theater Aug. 15 for a different type of sexual assault prevention training called Sex Signals.

Barrier Maintenance to be Conducted on all Gates

August 27, 2013 - The Provost Marshal's Office, in conjunction with the Facilities Maintenance Department, is scheduled to conduct active vehicle barrier maintenance at all six Entry Control Facilities.

Marine Corps Community Services to Provide 'Free Out' Seminar to Commissioned Officers

August 27, 2013 - Commissioned officers looking to separate with less than 20 years of active service are invited to attend a free out seminar Sept. 20 in the Marine and Family Programs Headquarters here, building 13150, classroom two.

Marine Corps Installations West Fights Road Rage

August 27, 2013 - "Road rage" is a response to what drivers observe as poor, inconsiderate or dangerous driving.

Innovative Training Brings New Dynamic to Reserve Training

August 27, 2013 - "The American people have made an enormous investment in developing the skills, capabilities, and resources of the Armed Forces.

Undergrad Flying Training Applications due in November

August 26, 2013 - Eligible active duty officers interested in undergraduate flying training must apply by Nov. 29 to be considered by the UFT selection board, which convenes here Jan. 14, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.

Curriculum and Policy Changes Mark Start of New DODEA School Year

August 26, 2013 - Department of Defense Education Activity students, parents and employees should expect quite a few changes in the upcoming school year, the DODEA director said in an Aug. 23 interview.

Vigilant Eagle Continues Closer U.S.-Russian Cooperation

August 26, 2013 - Beginning tomorrow, fighter jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian air force will scramble to track and intercept "hijacked" aircraft during an air defense exercise.

Celebrating Women's History of Equality in the Navy

August 26, 2013 - Commands are encouraged to celebrate women's history of equality in the Navy during Women's Equality Day Aug. 26, as announced by Naval Administrative Message 209/13.

Hagel Underscores Commitment to Partnership With Malaysia

August 25, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had productive meetings here today with Malaysian officials and said the United States is committed to building on progress made over the past few years and strengthening the U.S.-Malaysian partnership.

Egypt's Defense Minister Calls Hagel to Discuss Developments

August 24, 2013 - Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi called Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Malaysia today to discuss developments in Egypt, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

Air Force Releases Nuclear Enterprise's Future Plan

August 23, 2013 - The Air Force recently announced a long-term vision for the service's nuclear enterprise.

Claim Approvals Begin in Wake of Housing Allowance Error

August 23, 2013 - The Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals has approved waivers of debt in the first 18 cases it has reviewed concerning the erroneous payment of living quarters allowance to some civilian employees overseas.

War Hero Credits Counseling for Continued Improvement

August 23, 2013 - On Oct. 3, 2009, 54 soldiers from Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, defended Combat Outpost Keating, near the town of Kamdesh in eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan province, from an estimated 400 enemy fighters.

Air Force Offers Potential Model for Future MWR Programs

August 22, 2013 - For a glimpse into how the military services might provide quality morale, the transformation program the Air Force Services directorate has been rolling out for the past two and a half years is worth a look.

Hagel Tells Hawaii Marines that U.S. Military Will Remain Strong Despite Budget Cuts

August 22, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel assured Marines and sailors in Hawaii today that despite deep budget and force cuts, the U.S. military will remain the world's best, and the nation will honor the commitments it has made to them.

Air Force Offers Potential Model for Future MWR Programs

August 22, 2013 - For a glimpse into how the military services might provide quality morale, welfare and recreation services and programs despite continuing budget pressures, it is worth a look.

Officials Strive to Protect MWR Programs Amid Budget Cuts

August 21, 2013 - Committed to preserving quality-of-life offerings despite ever-tighter budgets, military morale, welfare and recreation officials are scaling back in some areas as they introduce innovative approaches to delivering services and programs.

HUD and Veterans Affairs Announce More Funds to Help Homeless Veterans

August 21, 2013 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs today announced the second round of HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing funding to local public housing agencies across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Judge Sentences Manning to Thirty Five Years of Confinement

August 21, 2013 - Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning was sentenced here today to 35 years of confinement, reduction to the lowest enlisted rank, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances for his July 30 conviction on a variety of charges.

Hage and Danish Defense Minister Discuss Continued Cooperation

August 21, 2013 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Danish Defense Minister Nicolai Wammen met today at the Pentagon, reaffirming the two countries' strong defense relationship based upon shared approaches to defense and security issues.

Navy Announces Plan to Reduce Flag Officer Structure

August 20, 2013 - Upon the recommendation of the Chief of Naval Operations, the Secretary of the Navy has approved the initial step to reduce, eliminate or consolidate a net of 35 Navy flag officer positions in the ranks.

Centcom Helps Regional Militaries Build Communication Skills

August 20, 2013 - A little-known effort underway at the U.S. Central Command headquarters here is providing communication and public affairs training to the militaries of partner nations located in the command's area of responsibility.

Department of Defense Facilities Gear up to Issue ID Cards to Same-Sex Spouses

August 20, 2013 - DOD facilities are gearing up to issue identification cards to same-sex spouses beginning Sept. 3, Pentagon officials said today.

California National Guard Battles Several Wildfires

August 20, 2013 - Nearly a dozen aircraft and crews from the California Air and Army National Guard are battling wildfires across Northern California.

US Soldiers Improve Afghan Farming Capabilities

August 19, 2013 - Despite sweltering heat, many Afghans in Helmand province can be found working in their fields during the day.

Engineering and Medical Projects in Nalaikh Come to Close

August 19, 2013 - The engineering site in Nalaikh district was once cluttered with lumber, bricks and mounds of loose gravel as heavy equipment operators negotiated around the mess to demolish portions of a rundown building.

Army Reserve Unit Turns to Different Source for Training

August 19, 2013 - McAlester Army Ammunition Plant is known as a premier bomb and warhead loading facility, but for one Army Reserve unit that recently completed its annual training here, it's simply the 'Center of Excellence' for ammunition.

Secretary of the Navy Visits Gabon and Strengthens Maritime Partnership

August 19, 2013 - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus concluded a visit to Leon M'ba, Gabon, Aug. 19.

Air Guard Director Hosts First All-Call

August 18, 2013 - Remaining operationally engaged, the fiscal climate, furloughs and serving with distinction were topics frankly discussed by the director of the Air National Guard, Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, at his first All-Call Aug 14 here.

USS Arlington Hosts NASA Space Craft Recovery Tests

August 17, 2013 - After three days of practice, NASA conducted a stationary recovery test of their latest space craft, the Orion, in the well deck of the amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD 24) while berthed at Naval Station Norfolk's Pier 12 on Aug. 15, 2013.

College of Distance Education and Training Accepting Enrollments

August 16, 2013 - The College of Distance Education and Training is accepting enrollments through Sept. 1 for the Expeditionary Warfare School Distance Education Program and the Command and Staff College Distance Education Program for the upcoming academic year.

Health Promotion Office Offers Smoking Cessation Courses

August 16, 2013 - More than 23.7 million smokers attempted to quit in 2010, according to a smoking cessation fact sheet from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention website.

Maintaining Aircraft Integrity One Coat at a Time

August 16, 2013 - Base aircraft are now serviced in-house for a quarter of the cost at the new state-of-the-art Corrosion Control Facility here.

Navy Releases Special and General Courts-Martial Cases from July 2013

August 16, 2013 - The Navy released Aug. 16 the following report with the results of Special and General Courts-Martial assembled within the United States Navy in July 2013. The cases are separated by the Navy Region in which they were tried.

Air Force Spouse Sings Her Way into America's Hearts

August 15, 2013 - When Dawn McClure found out there were openings in the American Military Spouses Choir, she propped her smartphone on the mantel, recorded an audition piece and submitted it to the Center for American Military Music Opportunities for consideration.

Arizona Wildcats Prep for Upcoming Season and Train Army Style at Huachuca

August 15, 2013 - Fort Huachuca welcomed the University of Arizona football team, the Wildcats, Aug. 7, as they held their annual training camp here to help prepare for their upcoming season.

Recruiting Commander Visits Army Game Studio

August 15, 2013 - Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet assumed command of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command in June 2013.

Device Gets Soldiers Back to Work on Their Feet Thus Preventing Amputations

August 15, 2013 - "Over the last two years, this limb-salvage device has saved me from doing at least 100 amputations," said an orthopedic surgeon who has amputated hundreds of Soldiers' limbs since 9/11.

Marines and Sailors Volunteer to Beautify Local School

August 14, 2013 - More than 15 Marines and Sailors gathered at Graham A. Barden Elementary School in Havelock Friday as volunteers to prepare the school grounds for the students' return from summer break as part of the H&HS's adopt-a-school program.

Station Combat Camera Focuses on Professional Results

August 14, 2013 - Cherry Point's Combat Camera department changed studio hours recently to reduce wait time, increase productivity and keep operations running smoother for its customers.

Department of Defense Announces Same-Sex Spouse Benefits

August 14, 2013 - Today, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, according to a DOD news release issued today.

New Tuition Assistance Process Eliminates Up-Front Fees

August 14, 2013 - Air Force Reserve Command officials will implement a new tuition assistance payment process Oct. 1 that will eliminate up-front fees reservists pay for classes by enabling tuition payments to go directly to a university or college.

Military Civil Engineers Give Back to Sri Lankan Community

August 13, 2013 - Seventeen engineers from the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps are utilizing skills they have honed in their jobs to give back to a community in need during Operation Pacific Angel-Sri Lanka here.

Training Pods Produce Knowledge and Keeps Warfighters Sharp

August 13, 2013 - Keeping track of 60 aircraft from U.S. and allied partners during a two-week exercise could seem to be an impossible task especially in a training space the size of Florida.

Dempsey and Israeli Counterpart Pledge Ongoing Partnership

August 13, 2013 - On his first full day in Israel this week, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met today with Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, chief of the Israeli general staff.

Married Soldiers Serve in Afghanistan

August 13, 2013 - An Army couple deployed to Afghanistan take the bad with the good to serve together.

Enlisted Airmen May be Eligible for Medical Prep School

August 12, 2013 - Active-duty enlisted Airmen who qualify can now apply for a new pilot program designed to prepare them for medical school, but "intent to apply" emails must be submitted no later than Sept. 6, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Aug. 12.

Air Force Family Helps Each other Stay strong Through Illnesses and Struggles

August 12, 2013 - Nine pills in one hand, a glass of pop in the other, she was on the verge of swallowing death.

Dempsey Arrives in Israel for the First Stop on Middle East Trip

August 12, 2013 - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived here today on the first stop of a trip that will also take him to Jordan.

Clapper Establishes Review Group to Examine Intelligence Collection Effort

August 12, 2013 - The director of national intelligence today announced plans to establish a review group to look at the government's signals-intelligence collection and surveillance capabilities.

DISA Officials Eye `Soft Phones' to Reduce Costs

August 09, 2013 - Officials from the Defense Information Systems Agency today described plans to reduce operating costs through the use of expanded voice-over internet protocol.

Obama Announces Steps to Advance Surveillance Debate

August 09, 2013 - President Barack Obama today announced four steps that he said would move the public debate forward about classified government surveillance programs that gather data about the telephone records of Americans and others.

Corporals Receive Options for PME Completion

August 09, 2013 - Corporals must complete a Corporals Course in order to get promoted beginning Oct. 1. There are two ways to complete the course; resident or nonresident.

First All-Military Children Football and Cheerleading Team on Oahu

August 09, 2013 - More than 100 boys and girls gathered at Landing Zone Eagle, across the street from Fort Hase Beach, to practice for their first game of the football and cheerleading season with Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.

X-47B Returns to Pax River Concluding Historic Carrier Demonstration Phase

August 08, 2013 - The Navy's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator safely returned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River Aug. 8 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia aftercompleting a number of historic firsts for carrier-based unmanned aviation.

NMRC Researchers Help Demonstrate Vaccine Protects Against Malaria

August 08, 2013 - Researchers from the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) partnered with other federal and industry partners to publish the results of a successful clinical trial of a new malaria vaccine Aug. 8.

New Chief of Naval Personnel Talks Way Ahead at All Hands Calls

August 08, 2013 - The Navy's new Chief of Naval Personnel held all hands calls with his staff in Washington, D.C., to introduce himself, discuss his priorities and listen to Sailors' and Navy civilians' thoughts and concerns.

Navy's Patent-Pending Power at the Speed of Light

August 08, 2013 - The Navy's submarine force has a new, patent-pending tool allowing it to maintain its fiber optic systems like never before - a new capability powered by an invention from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division.

Website Teaches Coping Skills to Military Community

August 07, 2013 - As part of the Integrated Mental Health Strategy, the Defense Department's National Center for Telehealth and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Department's mental health informatics section have partnered to develop an interactive online program.

TRICARE Moves Forward with Prime Service Area Reductions

August 07, 2013 - Defense Department officials will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members.

ANG Contingency Response and Army Units Test Earthquake Response

August 07, 2013 - Nearly 100 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group and the U.S. Army's 689th Rapid Port Opening Element deployed to MidAmerica St. Louis Airport on Aug. 5, to set up a logistics hub as part of exercise Gateway Relief.

Deadline Nears for Completing SNCOA Course

August 07, 2013 - Students enrolled in Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Course 14 Version 5 have until the end of September to complete the course or they will be automatically disenrolled and will have to complete the new version of the course.

Airman Spends Leave Upgrading Children's Home

August 06, 2013 - When service members take leave, it's often to reinvigorate or re-energize themselves. One airman here spent his time away from the day-to-day grind reinvigorating a children's home in Thailand.

Military Spouses Choir to Perform on 'America's Got Talent'

August 06, 2013 - A group that got its start in Army Entertainment is the driving force behind the American Military Spouses Choir, an

Savings and Reprogramming Enable Furlough Reduction

August 06, 2013 - Savings and the ability to reprogram funds made possible today's announcement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that unpaid furlough days for about 650,000 civilian employees are being reduced.

Website Teaches Coping Skills to Military Community

August 06, 2013 - As part of the Integrated Mental Health Strategy, the Defense Department's National Center for Telehealth and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Department's mental health informatics section have partnered to develop an interactive online program.

White House Launches Contest for Best Money-Saving Idea

August 05, 2013 - White House officials launched the 2013 President's SAVE (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency) Award contest July 31.

24/7 Fitness Center Access Coming to a Base Near You

August 05, 2013 - Getting fit to fight in the Air Force just became more convenient.

Dempsey Addresses Middle East Security Concerns

August 05, 2013 - As part of a wide-ranging interview aired yesterday on the ABC News program "This Week With George Stephanopoulis," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed security of the greater Middle East.

Spouse Employment Effort Surpasses Goal More Than Two Years Early

August 05, 2013 - A White House and Defense Department challenge to hire 50,000 military spouses by the end of 2015 surpassed its goal Aug. 1.

Veterans Affairs Grants Up to One Year of Retroactive Veterans Benefits

August 02, 2013 - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced yesterday that veterans filing an original fully developed claim for service-connected disability compensation may be entitled to up to one-year of retroactive disability benefits.

Coast Guard Rescues F-16 Pilot After Collision

August 02, 2013 - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an Air National Guard pilot early today after his plane went down approximately 35 miles southeast of Chincoteague, Va.

Department of Defense Memo Provides Specifics for Headquarters Spending Cuts

August 01, 2013 - Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter released a memo yesterday that provides more specifics for a 20-percent reduction in Defense Department management headquarters spending over five fiscal years.
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