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Military News Articles from 08/2014

Airstrikes Hit ISIL and Airdrops Aid Citizens in Amirli

August 31, 2014 - At the request of the Government of Iraq, the U.S. military conducted airstrikes in support of an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to address the humanitarian crisis and protect the civilians trapped in Amirli, Iraq, at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Deployment Extended in 5th Fleet

August 31, 2014 - The Secretary of Defense ordered the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Aug. 30, to remain in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) until the beginning of October.

U.S. and Partner-Nations Conduct Humanitarian Airdrop in Iraq

August 30, 2014 - American military planes along with Australian, French and British aircraft airdropped humanitarian aid to the town of Amirli in Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued today.

PCU North Dakota (SSN 784) is the First Block III Virginia Class Submarine Delivered

August 30, 2014 - The Navy accepted delivery of PCU North Dakota (SSN 784), the 11th ship of the Virginia Class, on Aug. 29, two days prior to its contract delivery date.

National Guard Identifies Fallen F-15C Aviator

August 29, 2014 - Massachusetts National Guard officials identified the pilot of an F-15C Eagle jet that crashed in Virginia as Air Force Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr.

A Small Group of Divers Document Relics off Kaneohe Bay Shores

August 29, 2014 - A small group of divers teamed up with the Environmental Compliance and Protection Department to observe and document historic landmarks beneath the waves off of Pyramid Rock Beach aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Aug. 22, 2014.

'Total Force' Airmen Keep Ammo Rolling for Vital OEF Missions

August 28, 2014 - Airmen assigned to the 455th Maintenance Squadron aren't just practicing total force integration during an exercise or at home, they are performing it for real in a combat zone and they are doing it as the U.S. Air Force gets smaller.

Edwards Air Force Base and NASA Say Goodbye to Historic Landmark

August 28, 2014 - A structure synonymous with NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center for the past 38 years, the grey-colored space shuttle Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at Edwards Air Force Base is being dismantled and demolished.

B-2 Spirits Depart Andersen Following Routine Deployment

August 27, 2014 - Three B-2 Spirits redeployed to the continental U.S. following a deployment here as part of U.S. Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.

Human Rights Experts Meet at U.S. Southern Command

August 27, 2014 - Military and civilian human rights experts from 15 Western Hemisphere nations are meeting here at U.S. Southern Command's headquarters Aug. 26-28 to discuss the Southcom-sponsored Human Rights Initiative and the protection of human rights.

Active Duty and National Guard Relearn Total Force Policy Together

August 26, 2014 - The Soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, are training at the Orchard Combat Training Center, south of Boise, Idaho, this month, demonstrating their ability to conduct fiscally responsible.

Coast Guard Craft Fires Warning Shot at Iranian Dhow

August 26, 2014 - A U.S. Coast Guard vessel operating in international waters in the Arabian Gulf fired today on an Iranian dhow in what U.S. military officials described as a defensive move.

Ellsworth and Minot Aircrews Participate in Inaugural Aerial Exercise

August 25, 2014 - Aircrews from the 23rd Bomb Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota and the 34th Bomb Squadron, here, participated in the inaugural integrated standoff weapons exercise Aug. 11-14, at the Powder River Training Complex, South Dakota.

Department of Defense Takes Next Step in Modernizing Electronic Health Records

August 25, 2014 - The Defense Department has issued a request for proposals to modernize its electronic health records and allow DoD to share health data with the private sector and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Near Irbil and Mosul Dam

August 24, 2014 - U.S. military forces continued support Iraqi security force operations today, using attack and remotely-piloted aircraft to conduct two airstrikes against terrorists associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

SecAF Makes First Visit to Robins Air Force Base

August 22, 2014 - Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited Robins Air Force Base, Ga. Aug. 21-22 to get an up close look at the installation's diverse and dynamic missions.

Deputy Defense Secretary Meets With Japanese Leaders

August 22, 2014 - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work today met with Japanese government leaders here to discuss efforts to modernize the U.S.-Japan alliance, review progress on realigning U.S. forces in Japan, and to discuss bilateral efforts.

ACC Loans Global Hawk to Global Vigilance Combined Test Force

August 21, 2014 - The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force received a Global Hawk Block 40 Aug. 6, on loan from Air Combat Command.

Holloman Air Force Base Wing Inspected Using Air Force's New Program

August 21, 2014 - Airmen from every specialty completed a four-day deployment exercise Aug. 20, here, as part of the Air Force's Commander's Inspection Program.

Air Force and Small Business Partnership Yields Blade Health Monitoring Technology

August 20, 2014 - A cost-saving and risk-mitigating technology for scanning engine rotor blades developed by the Air Force and a small business recently resulted in awards of more than $5 million.

Pentagon Provides Statement on Rescue Operation

August 20, 2014 - The United States attempted a rescue operation recently to free a number of American hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement released today.

Silver Star Awarded to Special Tactics Airman

August 19, 2014 - Four combat controllers and two tactical air control party members from the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron were presented eight medals during an awards ceremony here Aug. 18.

82 F-16Ds Removed From Flight Status Due to Longeron Cracks

August 19, 2014 - U.S. Air Force officials recently removed 82 two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcons from flight status due to the discovery of canopy sill longeron cracks found between the front and rear pilot seats.

Medical Experts Train Counterparts in Mongolia

August 18, 2014 - The sounds of agony filled the air near the wooded back lot of the Central Armed Forces Hospital, or CAFH, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, as an interpreter encouraged accident victims to 'ham up' their performances during mass casualty response trainin

US and Poland Train for Humanitarian Missions to Iraq

August 18, 2014 - Loadmasters from the U.S. and Poland began training together, Aug. 11, to sharpen the skills necessary to conduct humanitarian missions to Iraq.

USS Theodore Roosevelt Conducts Combined Manned and Unmanned Operations

August 17, 2014 - The Navy's unmanned X-47B returned to carrier operations aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 17 and completed a series of tests, operating safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft.

CMSAF and Congressional Representatives Discuss Military Family Life

August 17, 2014 - FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFNS) -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody participated in a Congressional Military Family Caucus at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Aug. 14.

Goodwill Through the Language of Civil Engineering

August 16, 2014 - Tech. Sgt. Brede Grorud and Mongolian armed forces Sgt. Erdenetsogt Bachuluun stand in the poorly lit gymnasium of Bulgon, a Mongolian primary school. Their task is to repair the building's electrical system together.

Army General Martin E. Dempsey Building Trust in Vietnam Visit

August 15, 2014 - Building trust and confidence is the theme for the first visit by a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Vietnam since 1971.

Transcom to Examine Vehicle Staging Facilities

August 15, 2014 - The commander of U.S. Transportation Command has directed that site survey teams be sent to privately owned vehicle staging facilities next week as part of a series of steps to restore the confidence of service members and their families.

Spokesman Says Asia-Pacific Rebalance Remains Central to Strategy

August 14, 2014 - Despite recent events in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Defense Department remain dedicated to the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters today.

Navy Announces FY-15 Senior Enlisted Continuation Board

August 14, 2014 - The fiscal year 2015 (FY-15) performance-based Senior Enlisted Continuation board will convene Oct. 27 according to a Navy message released Aug. 14.

Department of Defense Announces Operation Atlantic Resolve Brigade Rotation

August 13, 2014 - The Defense Department announced today the next scheduled unit rotation as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which a Pentagon spokesman said continues to demonstrate U.S. commitment to reassuring its NATO allies.

'Big Red One' Soldier Makes Difference in Lives of Special Olympics Athletes

August 13, 2014 - When not deployed, Soldiers spend their free time a number of ways, including giving back to the community.

Army Selected for Joint Strike Fighter Software Assessment

August 12, 2014 - The F-35 Joint Program Office has selected the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center to perform independent software safety analyses of the next-generation strike aircraft commonly called the Joint Strike Fighter.

Army ROTC Cadet Summer Training Graduates Last Regiment for 2014

August 12, 2014 - Army ROTC Cadets assigned to 6th Regiment, Leader's Training Course, graduated August 12, here, marking the end of summer training for 2014.

Hagel Discusses U.S.-Australia Force Posture Pact

August 11, 2014 - Calling a new force posture agreement between the United States and Australia a "milestone" in the relationship between the two countries, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today said United States looks forward to signing the document.

North Carolina Guard Joint Team Prepares for Cyber Threats

August 11, 2014 - What do major online and storefront retail giants, federal and state government agencies and national banks/financial institutions have in common? They all have suffered malicious cyber attacks over the past several years.

Humanitarian Airdrop and Strikes Against ISIL Continue in Iraq

August 10, 2014 - The U.S. military yesterday conducted a third airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, and airstrikes against ISIL targets continued.

Hagel Urges Expanded U.S.-Indian Defense Cooperation

August 09, 2014 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today called for the United States and India to do more to transform their defense relationship through increased partnerships in production and technology, given the edge he said both nations have in science and innovation.

Obama Vows to Protect Americans and Provide Humanitarian Aid in Iraq

August 09, 2014 - President Barack Obama today said that while the United States will continue to do "whatever is needed" to protect Americans in the country, he will not allow the nation to become involved in another full-blown war there.

Southern Command Kicks Off Panama Canal Defense Exercise

August 08, 2014 - Panamax 2014, an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise focused on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal, kicks off today at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

101st Airborne Conducts Air Assault Training with New Communications gear

August 08, 2014 - Conducting the Army's first large-scale joint force entry air assault in more than 11 years, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), ascended into the night to confront a hostile, mobile threat.

President Barack Obama Signs Act to Give VA New Money and Authorities

August 07, 2014 - President Barack Obama today signed into law the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 during a ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Navy Admiral Michael S. Rogers Lauds Retiring Defense Intelligence Agency Chief

August 07, 2014 - Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, is one of a select group of people who can say they made a positive change across an entire discipline.

Officials Identify Army Major General Killed in Afghanistan

August 06, 2014 - The Army announced that Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the deputy commanding general of the Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan, was the officer killed in the attack at Afghanistan's military academy in Kabul yesterday.

U.S. and Pacific Partners Begin Proliferation Security Exercise

August 06, 2014 - The United States and its Asia-Pacific partners are hosting a Proliferation Security Initiative exercise here, the first in what is to be an annual rotation.

Kendall Again Appeals to Congress to Drop Sequestration

August 05, 2014 - The most important thing anyone can do to improve defense acquisition has to come from Congress, and that is to get rid of the threat of another budget sequester, Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition.

Department of Defense Establishes Ebola Task Force

August 05, 2014 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has established an internal Ebola task force to evaluate how the department can most effectively support overarching U.S. government and international efforts to prevent further transmission of the virus.

Intel NCO Named Best Air Force Pistol Shooter

August 04, 2014 - The NCO in charge for intelligence for the 705 Combat Training Squadron at Kirtland AFB has become the No. 1 pistol shooter in the Air Force.

Airman Finds True Passion in Mechanic Career

August 04, 2014 - Let's face it; every guy has an inner child screaming to get out. And what little boy doesn't like ripping apart his toys and making a mess of things? But the older most men get the more expensive and fancier the toys.

USO Partnership Builds Veterans' Leadership Skills

August 03, 2014 - The United Services Organization, in partnership with Team Red, White and Blue, held a leadership seminar here yesterday to encourage veterans to use their unique skills to improve their communities.

Fuerzas Comando 2014 Ended with One Champion with all Being Winners

August 02, 2014 - After a week of intense heat and extreme competition, Fuerzas Comando, the annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special operations skills competition, came to an end July 31 with a closing ceremony at Fort Tolemaida, Colombia.

Rim of the Pacific 2014 Concludes with Enhanced Cooperation Among Twenty-Two Nations

August 02, 2014 - The world's largest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, concluded with the participation of 22 nations, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, August 1.

Military Responders Help Battle Ebola Outbreak

August 01, 2014 - Defense Department personnel are on the ground in West Africa and in U.S. laboratories fighting to control the worst outbreak in the African history of the Ebola virus, which a senior Army infectious disease doctor called a "scourge of mankind".

SECNAV Commends Camp Lemonnier and CJTF-HOA Partnership-Building Efforts

August 01, 2014 - Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus arrived in Djibouti July 31 to meet with Sailors and Marines stationed at Camp Lemonnier, including those assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).

Chief of Chaplains Retires after Thirty-One Years of Faithful Ministry and Service

August 01, 2014 - Rear Adm. Margaret G. Kibben relieved Rear Adm. Mark L. Tidd as the chief of Navy chaplains during a change of office and retirement ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard, August 1.
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