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Military News Articles from 12/2014

Grand Forks Officer Selected for Mansfield Fellowship Program

December 31, 2014 - An officer with the 348th Reconnaissance Squadron at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota will soon be making his way from the Land of the Sunflake to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Personnel Influx to Increase Security Forces Morale and Readiness at F.E. Warren

December 31, 2014 - The 90th Security Forces Group officially added another 37 Airmen after completion of their Unit Orientation Training, or Phase 1 training, Dec. 23.

Tuskegee Airmen receive the 2014 Omar N. Bradley 'Spirit of Independence Award'

December 30, 2014 - The Tuskegee Airmen were recognized for their courage and valor in combat, as they helped pave the way for racial integration in the armed services, by receiving the 2014 Omar N. Bradley "Spirit of Independence Award" in a ceremony.

Food Inspector Keeps Troops Safe in Liberia

December 30, 2014 - Army Spc. Rysper Sirma is used to having to report to work on short notice. As a food inspection specialist here, she's on call around the clock to keep her fellow Operation United Assistance service members safe.

Nations to Share Info on North Korean Nuke and Missile Threats

December 29, 2014 - The South Korean and Japanese defense ministries and the U.S. Defense Department have finalized a trilateral information-sharing arrangement concerning the nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea.

Airmen talk with Air Force's Top Enlisted Leader

December 29, 2014 - Fifteen Airmen deployed to Air Forces Central Command and their loved ones back home were on the receiving end of holiday phone calls from Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody, the Air Force's highest enlisted leader, Dec. 24.

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Mark End of Operation Enduring Freedom

December 28, 2014 - President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel each issued statements today marking the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan.

Battaglia Praises Military Medical System at Military Bowl Festivities

December 28, 2014 - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised military medicine yesterday during festivities for the 2014 Military Bowl here.

Female Aviator Makes Difference Training Afghan Air Force

December 26, 2014 - Maj. Mary Clark, a UH-1N Huey instructor pilot and the 58th Operations Support Squadron's assistant director of operations, knows what it takes to make a good helicopter pilot.

"Iron Nickel" Returns to San Diego for Final Time

December 25, 2014 - USS Peleliu (LHA 5) returned to Naval Base San Diego Dec. 24 from a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.

Senior Leaders Meet With Wounded Troops at the Center for the Intrepid

December 24, 2014 - Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald visited with wounded service members at the Center for the Intrepid Dec. 19.

USO Help Bring Christmas to Baghdad

December 24, 2014 - For deployed service members, Christmas can be a time of loneliness and missed opportunity. However, many people and organizations unite to prevent those who are deployed from feeling left out during this time of the year.

Thanking Service Members One Cupcake at a Time

December 23, 2014 - Pink is not a color normally associated with a C-17 Globemaster 3. Yet there was the workhorse of the Air Force's transport fleet on the flightline at Joint Base Andrews with two full pallets of pink boxes on the ramp.

New Housing Website Helps Property Managers, Landlords, Service Members and DoD Civilians Connect

December 23, 2014 - The Navy, along with the other military branches, has announced a new website,, that is dedicated to helping service members, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians and their families with home finding services.

USS Fort Worth Arrives in Jakarta for First Southeast Asia Port Visit

December 22, 2014 - Littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 22 as part of a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance.

Department of Defense Releases 2015 Military Pay and Compensation Rates

December 22, 2014 - Today, the Department of Defense announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members, with most service members receiving a one percent increase in basic pay.

Hagel Authorizes Up to 1,300 Additional Troops to Deploy to Iraq

December 19, 2014 - Up to 1,300 more U.S. troops, including approximately 1,000 soldiers from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, will begin to deploy to Iraq in late January, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.

Senior Enlisted Academy Prepares for Influx of E-8s

December 19, 2014 - All senior chiefs hoping to become master chiefs are now required to complete the Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) course at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, as announced by the Navy in November.

Cooks Help Morale in Austere Environment

December 18, 2014 - On a typical morning, Army Spc. Benjamin Ross is up before dawn to feed the U.S. service members and Defense Department civilians deployed to the National Police Training Academy in Monrovia, Liberia, in support of Operation United Assistance.

Vice CNO Visits Naval Station Guantanamo Bay

December 18, 2014 - Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Michelle Howard visited Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Dec. 15-16.

Japan and Australia to Provide F-35 Maintenance Sites in Pacific Region

December 17, 2014 - Japan and Australia will be sharing maintenance and upgrade duties for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter based or operating in the Pacific region, the program executive officer for the aircraft announced today.

Office of Personnel Management Explains Dismissal and Closure Procedures

December 17, 2014 - The Office of Personnel Management explained its 2015 Washington metro area operating status dismissal and closure procedures and announced a leave and telework policy change, during a briefing here today.

Breakthrough Capability Keeps Subs and Ships on Safe Track

December 16, 2014 - Interactive software that can dramatically cut the time it takes to plan safe submarine missions is crossing over to the surface fleet and is being installed this month on the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), officials announced Dec. 16.

U.S. Stands With Pakistanis and Afghans Against Taliban

December 16, 2014 - The United States condemns the deadly Taliban attack on a Pakistani school and remains committed to bringing stability to the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.

Navy's Newest Submarine Squadron Stands Up in 5th Fleet

December 15, 2014 - The Navy's newest submarine squadron stood up Dec. 15 at Naval Support Activity Bahrain.

Credentialing Available for Both Navy and Marine Corps Under DoN COOL

December 15, 2014 - With the introduction of Marine Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) to partner with the existing Navy program, the vision of a joint Department of the Navy (DoN) COOL is complete.

Thousands Gather to Honor Fallen Veterans for Wreaths Across America Day

December 13, 2014 - Amid crisp air and the aroma of pine needles, thousands gathered to lay remembrance wreaths on veterans' headstones here to mark National Wreaths Across America Day, and in doing so drew one of the annual event's largest turnouts in its 23 year hi

Convoy Training Helps Marines Maintain Combat Prowess

December 12, 2014 - Training for Marines is critical for developing and maintaining skills needed for safe and successful missions, whether it is a training exercise or a deployment to a combat zone.

Corpsman Uses Environment for Medical Treatment

December 12, 2014 - Adapt and overcome,This is a phrase often used by Marines in the field. It relates back to the idea of not letting obstacles get in the way of accomplishing the mission.

Marine Staff Sergeant Becomes First Amputee to Graduate from Grueling Swim School

December 10, 2014 - The Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival course is a grueling training evolution that requires Marines to swim a total of 59 miles over three weeks.

U.S. Marines and French Gendarmes Conduct Riot Control Training

December 10, 2014 - Molotov cocktails explode and tear gas fill the streets as U.S. Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response�Africa and French gendarmes with Mobile Gendarmerie Armored Group try to control a crowd of rioters in a city

Warfighters Reap Benefits as Critical Upgrades Continue

December 09, 2014 - The AWAC 40/45 program office is delivering, and potentially accelerating, critical upgrades to the service's primary platform.

Air Force Looks at Innovative Acquisition Processes

December 09, 2014 - With new technologies rapidly coming to the forefront of the global stage, remaining the world's greatest air force comes at an escalating cost, making responsible spending and cost-cutting initiatives high priorities for Air Force leadership.

Remains of Missing Airman in Guam Confirmed

December 08, 2014 - Leadership from the 2nd Bomb Wing confirmed the loss of Airman Alec Dye during a press briefing here Dec. 6.

Dempsey and USO Troupe Visit Troops in Vicenza

December 07, 2014 - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and his traveling USO troupe visited the soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade and U.S. Army Africa here today.

Senior U.S. Leaders Condemn Murder of Luke Somers

December 06, 2014 - President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel condemned yesterday's murder of U.S. photojournalist Luke Somers in Yemen by al Qaeda terrorists as U.S. and Yemeni commandos attempted a rescue.

Better Buying Power 3.0 Focuses on Technology and Innovation

December 05, 2014 - In remarks at the Women in Aerospace-hosted luncheon here today, the under secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology announced that Better Buying Power 3.0 builds on previous iterations of the efficiency initiative.

Hagel Says More Must be Done to Eliminate Sexual Assault

December 04, 2014 - The Defense Department's aggressive efforts to prevent sexual assault in the military are having an impact, but there's much more work to be done, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Pentagon reporters today.

Military Families Meet with Dr. Biden at Holiday Reception

December 03, 2014 - The vice president's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a holiday celebration at the vice president's residence in honor of service members, veterans and their families today.
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