Department of Defense News & Information

 
Dempsey, Battaglia Explain Rationale for Monitoring
The 21-day controlled monitoring program for U.S. service members returning from West Africa is a conservative and prudent approach, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his senior enlisted advisor said.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Pentagon Leaders Laud Progress Against ISIL
Defense Department leaders praised the progress made against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Syria as implementation of the broader comprehensive strategy in the Middle East continues.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Defense Department Honors 2014 Disability Award Winners
Outstanding achievements in the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities were honored at the Defense Department's 34th annual Disability Awards ceremony at the Pentagon.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Nuclear Security Agency Director Pledges Renewed Focus
The National Nuclear Security Administration, which maintains the nation's nuclear weapons, must reinvigorate its focus for this crucial deterrent capability, the agency's director said here.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Face of Defense: Missileer Completes First Launch Center Alert
Air Force 2nd Lt. Holley Macpherson, a deputy missile combat crew commander, took a major step in her career this month, manning a launch control center for the first time.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Research Institute Targets Ebola, Other Infectious Diseases
Ebola virus disease is a big focus among scientists at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, where the mission since 1969 has been to protect warfighters from biological threats and to investigate disease outbreaks and other public-health threats.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Military Medical Students Learn to Care for Combat Injured
About 170 medical students from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences recently experienced the demands of caring for patients in a simulated combat environment.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
More Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq
U.S. forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists with 12 airstrikes in Syria and two in Iraq.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Medical Research Institute Has Years of Ebola Drug Expertise
Ebola virus disease has infected more than 10,000 people in West Africa and killed nearly 5,000, and the epidemic continues. Yet for those caught in this historically deadly outbreak, no anti-Ebola virus medicines have yet been approved by national authorities for human use.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Cybercom Chief Calls Partnerships Vital to Network Security
Cyber is the ultimate team sport, and it will take true partnerships between defense and industry to protect the nation's information systems, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told an audience at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Hagel Underscores Importance of U.S.-Malaysia Relationship
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel underscored the importance that he and the Defense Department place on the U.S. relationship with Malaysia and on the Asia-Pacific region during a phone call with his Malaysian counterpart.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Air Force Medical Trainers Arrive in Monrovia
A 20-member team of Air Force medical trainers has arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, to train non-U.S. medical personnel as part of Operation United Assistance.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Hagel Offers Perspective on 'Historic, Defining Times'
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel provided perspectives on his approach to national security issues during an interview at the Washington Ideas Forum.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Face of Defense: Soldier Uses Training to Help Community
Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Roberts, a food service sergeant at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, uses his Army skills to make his community better.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Hagel: Monitoring Returning Troops Provides 'Safety Valve'
A 21-day monitoring period for U.S. service members returning from areas affected by Ebola in West Africa provides a margin of safety that troops and their families wanted, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Centcom Officials Describe Latest Inherent Resolve Airstrikes
U.S. military forces conducted eight airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, and separately, U.S. forces conducted six airstrikes against ISIL terrorists in Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials reported.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Spokesman: No DoD Decision on Monitoring Returning Troops
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has not made a decision on a Joint Chiefs of Staff recommendation for how to handle troops returning from Ebola-affected areas in West Africa.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
U.S. Airdrops Aid in Support of Iraqi Humanitarian Efforts
U.S. aircraft have conducted an airdrop near Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, to provide humanitarian aid for delivery by Iraqi security forces to members of the Iraqi Albu Nimr tribe.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Technological Dominance Threatened By Fiscal Uncertainty
The Defense Department's technological superiority is being challenged by budget uncertainty and complacency, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisitions said.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Pentagon Spokesman: Iraqi Forces Make Gains Against ISIL
Iraqi security forces and Kurdish fighters have made incremental progress against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists inside Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
 
National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of October 28, 2014
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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
DOD Releases Military Intelligence Program (MIP) Appropriated Top Line Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014
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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Department of Defense Hosts Annual Disability Awards Ceremony
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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Meeting with Albania's Minister of Defense Mimi Kodheli
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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on Controlled Monitoring for Personnel Returning from Operation United Assistance
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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Call with Malaysian Minister of Defense Hishammuddin Tun Hussein
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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
General Officer Assignment
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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Call With Ukraine's Minister of Defense General Colonel Stepan Poltorak
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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Call with Egyptian Minister of Defense Col. General Sedki Sobhy
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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
DoD Identifies Navy Casualty
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Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on terrorist attack in the Sinai
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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on the Change of Responsibility for Operation United Assistance
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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Navy to Commission Submarine North Dakota
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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
General Officer Assignment
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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Readout of phone call between Secretary Hagel and U.S. Northern Command Commander, Gen. Chuck Jacoby
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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Phone Call with Iraqi Minister of Defense Khaled al Obeidi.
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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
U.S., South Korea reach agreement for wartime control of forces
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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's Meeting with Israeli Minister of Defense Ya'alon
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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST
 
Army Sustainment Command assists in combating Ebola in West Africa
The U.S. Army Sustainment Command is providing direct support to Operation United Assistance to combat Ebola in West Africa. The command's Army Prepositioned Stocks program was tasked to assist in Operation United Assistance to provide 25 Force Provider Modules from assets stored in Livorno, Italy.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Corps of Engineers mission in West Africa aimed at supporting Ebola containment
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has joined the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The main body of Europe District's Forward Engineer Support Team-Advanced departed Oct. 21, 2014, for Monrovia, Liberia, to take part in Operation United Assistance.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Transportation professionals take on challenge of shipping equipment for Orient Shield 14
Moving nearly 21 billion pounds of military equipment more than 11,000 nautical miles is a daunting task, but Orient Shield 14 transportation mobility warrant officers make it look seamless.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
3ID HQ to deploy to Afghanistan as drawdown, retrograde continues
The 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters will deploy to Afghanistan next month to assume their role as the U.S. Forces Afghanistan National Security Element.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
1st Area Medical Laboratory set to deploy to Liberia
The U.S. Army's one-of-a-kind expeditionary medical laboratory will depart for Liberia this week.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Army sets 21-day quarantine for Soldiers leaving West Africa
Army leaders have directed that Soldiers returning from Ebola-response efforts in West Africa go to a 21-day quarantine-like program.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
101st Airborne Division assumes Ebola response mission in Liberia
Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), assumed responsibility of Joint Forces Command -- United Assistance from Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 25, 2014.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
American, Japanese forces officially begin Orient Shield 2014
Approximately 800 U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel kicked-off Orient Shield 14 during an opening ceremony at Camp Higashi-Chitose, Japan, Oct. 27, 2014.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Army network connects Soldiers, NGOs in Ebola response mission
The Army is deploying tactical network and mission command capabilities to the area that will provide the infrastructure for improved communications between U.S. Africa Command, deploying units, non-governmental organizations and other partners in Operation United Assistance.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Regionally aligned forces getting global workout
"Soldiers are now deployed in a regionally aligned force-fashion around the world where they need to be, whether to fulfill treaty obligations, secure prosperity and peace or consolidate gains," said Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander, U.S. Army Pacific.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Sky Soldiers parachute into Romania for rapid deployment exercise
Approximately 90 paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade's 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, conducted an airborne operation into Campia Turzi, Romania, Oct. 21, 2014, to start the field portion of an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Arctic Warriors join international partners to conquer Himalayas
Two Army officers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, recently became the latest ambassadors across the Pacific. The mission was to train with partnering nations and joint forces on mountain warfare operations in the Himalayan Mountain Range in Nepal.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
15th Engineer Battalion deploys Soldiers in fight against Ebola
Forty-four Soldiers from the 15th Engineer Battalion deployed today to Monrovia, Liberia, to provide construction support in actions directed against the Ebola Virus Disease.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
36th Engineer Brigade cases colors, preps for Liberia deployment
The Soldiers of the 36th Engineer Brigade cased their colors during a ceremony held at Cameron Field at Fort Hood, Texas, Oct. 15 2014, in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Liberia.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Soldiers ramping up capability to fight Ebola in Liberia
U.S. Soldiers in Western Africa are constructing facilities to treat Ebola patients and providing logistics, engineering and medical skills to help contain the epidemic.
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
MICC battalion deploying to Africa
Members of the 922nd Contingency Contracting Battalion at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, are preparing to depart in the coming weeks in support of the government's response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
1st Area Medical Laboratory to deploy for Ebola mission
The 1st Area Medical Laboratory will deploy to Liberia to support the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
Fort Hood engineers train with personal protective equipment for Liberia mission
Soldiers from the 36th Engineer Brigade received personal protective equipment training at Fort Hood, Texas, Oct. 9, 2014, as part of their continued preparations for an anticipated deployment to West Africa.
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S., Thai militaries build relationships through technology
Eleven U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy military and civilian personnel convened in Chao Samran, Thailand, Sept. 22-26, 2014, to evaluate equipment with the Royal Thai Army, during Operation Crimson Viper 2014.
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
U.S. Army Africa team helping fight Ebola
More than 50 personnel from U.S. Army Africa are on the ground in Liberia assisting in the fight against an Ebola outbreak in the region.
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
 
Wingman now a part of BMT culture
Glamorized during the ‘80s movie ‘Top Gun,’ the concept of a wingman was to always keep the lead pilot safe, even at the cost of veering off to fight the enemy. For the past few years, “wingman” has become a pledge, promise and commitment between Airmen to take care of themselves and those around them. Today, at the Air Force’s only basic military training unit at Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas, the term is taking on an even different meaning. A Wingman leads by example and takes action when needed, and the term is also used here as a way to take a stand against sexual assault.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:36:43 GMT
Defense Department officials establish Ebola medical support team
When Capt. Stacey Morgan’s squadron commander sent her a text message saying that she needed to immediately call him, her first thought was, “Uh-oh. What did I do?” But after a minute or two of talking to her commander, her apprehension was quickly replaced by anxious excitement, as he asked her to become a member of a 30-person military Ebola medical support team.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:37:07 GMT
Hagel: Monitoring returning troops provides 'safety valve'
A 21-day monitoring period for U.S. service members returning from areas affected by Ebola in West Africa provides a margin of safety that troops and their families wanted, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said here Oct. 29.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:51:56 GMT
AF to implement DOD TDY policy changes
The Defense Department recently implemented two TDY policy changes impacting travel reimbursements for Airmen. The first change took effect Oct. 1, and made changes to the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), Reimbursable and Incidental Expense Policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per diem expenses and takes effect Nov. 1.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:04:20 GMT
AF adjusts enlisted retention results
Air Force officials announced an adjustment to the Junior Enlisted Retention Board which convened in June at the Air Force Personnel Center. Fifty Airmen who were not selected for retention during the FY14 force management ERB were offered the opportunity to remain on active duty following identification of an issue in the eligibility of Airmen meeting the board.

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:53:00 GMT
Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:56:00 GMT
AF hospital adds ‘virus-zapping' robot to inventory
Standing at 5 feet 2 inches tall, U.S. Air Force Hospital Langley's newest staff member doesn't initially have a commanding presence; however, after five minutes, its impact has the potential to save countless lives around the world.


Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:44:00 GMT
Air Force officials announce banner year in ground safety
The Air Force mission is inherently risky and Airmen mitigate those risks every day, but last fiscal year their sound risk management and decision making skills contributed to a great year in ground safety.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:37:00 GMT
First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified
Three Airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load here, Oct. 10.


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:30:08 GMT
Ramstein Airmen support Ebola fight, mitigate risks at home
As service members travel to Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, Ramstein Air Base here continues to establish itself as a power projection platform for Europe and Africa.


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:03:30 GMT
ISR: A critical capability for 21st century warfare
The progressive adaptations and breakthroughs made in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance arena have changed the way wars are fought, and the way commanders think about the battlespace.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:22:00 GMT
'Hurricane Hunters' busy with missions on both coasts
It's been a busy two weeks for the Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters. The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew their last of 15 missions into Hurricane Ana in the Pacific Monday while gathering weather data for the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. On the other side of the globe, the hunters wrapped up a week-long deployment to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, flying their last Hurricane Gonzalo mission Oct. 16 in the Atlantic.


Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:44:00 GMT
BLUE: Air Force TV premiers new show
Air Force Television here released its all-new premier broadcast show BLUE. The 30-minute show replaces the former Today's Air Force. Blue will be released quarterly in order to provide more exclusive and in-depth look into what is happening around the Air Force. This show's line-up includes:

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:31:55 GMT
Obama activates reserves for Operation United Assistance
President Barack Obama has authorized the Defense Department to call up a small number of National Guard or reserve troops that possess special skills needed to aid efforts in stopping the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:24:07 GMT
Scientific Advisory Board begins 2015 studies
The U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board 2015 season officially kicked off at an event here in September that brought together new and returning members to discuss the Secretary of the Air Force’s approved studies.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:18:18 GMT
Air Force Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.


Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:52:00 GMT
Robinson takes command of PACAF
Gen. Lori Robinson took command of Pacific Air Forces from Gen. Hawk Carlisle Oct. 16 during a change of command ceremony.


Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:20:00 GMT
FY14 force management benefits and separation programs
Air Force officials are aware of and are actively working to identify any inconsistencies regarding benefits and separation program details associated with the fiscal year 2014 force management programs.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:33:00 GMT
When responding to surveys, check to ensure they're official
Airmen around the world are asked to respond to many surveys, some of which are official and legitimate. Others, however, are not official and Airmen should not respond to them. According to Renee Tealer, Air Force Survey Office, Air Force Personnel Center, Airmen typically get three types of surveys.

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:39:17 GMT
Undergrad flying training applications due in December
The 2015 undergraduate flying training selection board originally scheduled for Jan. 20-23 will now convene Feb. 17-20 and associated application suspenses have shifted by approximately one month, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Oct. 10.

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:08:30 GMT
 
Family Members of HMCS Protecteur Arrive Safely in Pearl Harbor
United States Ship (USS) Michael Murphy arrived today alongside Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with family members and civilian contractors transferred off Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Protecteur, five days after a fire onboard Protecteur.
Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:25:00 -0400
Australian, U.S. Sailors Trade Places During Pacific Bond 2013
The Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) swapped 10 crewmembers with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) guided-missile frigate HMAS Sydney's (FFG 03), in support of Pacific Bond 2013, June 23 to enhance inter-ship operability and foster camaraderie.
Mon, 24 Jun 2013 09:55:00 -0400
Exercise Dogu Akdeniz 2013 Comes to an End
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) returned to Aksaz Naval Base after completing Exercise Dogu Akdeniz 2013, Nov. 14.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:10:00 -0400
Onlookers Salute 'Old Glory' at Fort McHenry
Visitors and special guests watched as members of the U.S. Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment with the help of War of 1812 re-enactors, hoisted a 15-star, 15-stripe, full-size replica Star-Spangled Banner flag over Fort McHenry here at the "By Dawn's Early Light" flag-raising ceremony.
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:21:00 -0400
7th Fleet Medical Team Trains with Indonesia and Malaysia Doctors On board Blue Ridge
U.S. 7th Fleet's medical staff hosted Malaysian and Indonesian military medical teams underway aboard the flag ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) May 22 - 25, 2014.
Wed, 28 May 2014 08:58:00 -0400
2014 Resolutions: Resolve to Protect against Flu
Start off 2014 in a healthful way by resolving to protect you and your family members from the flu.
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 01:44:00 -0400
NAVFAC Announces 2014 Engineers of the Year
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced the winners of its 2014 Military and Civilian Engineers of the Year Awards Dec. 9.
Mon, 9 Dec 2013 02:47:00 -0400
Nations Share Mine Countermeasures Expertise in Korea
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) hosted military representatives from the Republic of Korea and members of the United Nations Command (UNC) member states for a series of talks on maritime mine countermeasures Oct. 27-30.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:09:00 -0400
DoN SAPRO Aims to Educate with "Did You Know?" Series
The Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (DoN SAPRO) will begin a monthly multimedia series titled "Did You Know?" in November 2014.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:47:00 -0400
Future USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) Launched
The future USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) launched from the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipyard, Oct. 30.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:12:00 -0400
Future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) Keel Authenticated
The keel of the future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) was ceremoniously laid at the Bath Iron Works shipyard Oct. 30.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:10:00 -0400
Dignitaries Visit USS George H.W. Bush
Dignitaries from Bulgaria, Georgia, Cyprus, Greece and the United States visited aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Oct. 29.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:02:00 -0400
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth: First 'App' in Navy Medicine
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is the first facility in Navy Medicine to offer a smartphone application - known as an "app" - to help patients interact with the facility and their health care benefit.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:39:00 -0400
Kearsarge Departs for Bold Alligator 2014
The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) departed Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 29 to participate in Exercise Bold Alligator 2014.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:04:00 -0400
Performance Troupe InterACT Visits NAS Oceana
Sailors and Marines at Naval Air Station Oceana filled the base theater Oct. 29 for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response training given by the InterACT performance troupe.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:33:00 -0400
Navy EOD Tech Division Combats IEDs during Excercise Bold Alligator
Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians assigned to EOD Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6 conducted a post-blast analysis at the site of a simulated improvised explosive device (IED) during Exercise Bold Alligator 2014 (BA14) in Bougue, North Carolina, Oct. 29.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:08:00 -0400
NEX Offers Optional Collar Closure for Service Dress Whites
Male officer and chief service dress white (SDW) coats can now be fitted with a single metal hook and eye closure at Navy Exchange (NEX) tailor shops that will improve the collar neck closure, according to the Navy's Uniform Matters Office.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:37:00 -0400
Navy Demonstrates New Autonomous Ground Vehicle with Modular Mission Capability
The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) Reconnaissance and Detection Expendable Rover (RaDER) team recently demonstrated the autonomous operation of the first RaDER prototype.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 04:50:00 -0400
George Washington Strike Group Arrives in Guam
The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) arrived in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a goodwill port visit Oct. 28.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:54:00 -0400
ODS Students Visit Veterans Home for COMREL Project
Students from Officer Development School (ODS) Class 15010, Foxtrot Company, at Naval Station Newport, shared their sense of humor and compassion with the residents at Rhode Island Veterans Home during a community relations project Oct. 28.
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:05:00 -0400
 
Integrated Task Force Artillery Marines send first rounds downrange
As the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force Marines pave the way forward, live-fire training serves as a vital aspect of weaponry familiarization. Marines of Battery A, GCEITF, sent the first rounds down range during a live-fire artillery shoot with the M777A2 Lightweight Howitzer at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct.


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:53:01 GMT
Pendleton residents save energy in housing
The Department of Defense has made energy conservation a main focus over the last several years, with one program specifically affecting the residents on Camp Pendleton called the Resident Energy Conservation Program. This program’s goal is to encourage energy conservation and reduce electricity costs in more than 7,500 housing units in 20 areas on


Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:30:03 GMT
Marines, Sailors Hit the Beaches Ready to Roll
Marines with 1st Transportation Support Battalion and Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, along with Sailors assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5 and Beach Master Unit 1, participated in ship-to-shore drills during exercise Pacific Horizon 2015 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct.23. PH 15 is a scenario driven, simulation supported crisis response


Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:22:00 GMT
Special Reaction Team trains critical skills
The Camp Pendleton Provost Marshal Office’s Special Reaction Team conducted live-fire training at Range 300, Oct. 23.  The team handled several weapon systems to include shotguns, rifles and pistols. The weapons they fired are used in critical operations, including hostage situations, breaching structures and unconventional weapons handling. The


Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:00:00 GMT
31st MEU Marine goes back to his amphibious roots on the USS Peleliu
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Sy Poggemeyer knew how to get around an amphibious assault ship at the age of four.   “I remember going to my dad’s stateroom, thinking that it was really big. I jumped on his bed; he had the Nintendo [Entertainment System] set up, so there we were, playing the old Mario Bros. game with my dad,” said Poggemeyer, radio


Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:51:00 GMT
Exercise program a big HITT with Marines aboard Miramar
Marines with Aircraft Recovery, a unit within Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS), took part in a High Intensity Tactical Training workout at the HITT Center aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 22.


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:37:04 GMT
Recruits learn rifle fundamentals during Grass Week
Recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, learned rifle fundamentals during Grass Week at Edson Range, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 15.  The purpose of Grass Week is to teach recruits the basic fundamentals of marksmanship and learn the functions of the rifle such as how to load, unload and fire the M16-A4 service


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:34:00 GMT
Guatemalan native joins Marine Corps brotherhood
The death of a father, a constant move from state to state and school to school would be enough to make any child question a sense of belonging or family security.  Fortunately, one recruit was able to find a sense of himself, belonging and security in the type of brotherhood the Marine Corps offers.   Private Axel L. Franco, Platoon 1034, Bravo


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:33:00 GMT
Headquarters and Service Company Marines reach foundations of combat conditioning through hiking
In the early morning, just before the sun rose, Marines and sailors from Headquarters and Service Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, practiced the basics of combat conditioning as they conducted a four-mile hike aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct. 23, 2014.   Marines and sailors wore body armor and carried


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:53:00 GMT
MWSS-373 Marines Build Up for PH 15
Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, Combat Engineers Platoon, erected a multipurpose building (SWA hut) during exercise Pacific Horizon 2015 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 21-22. The wooden structure was built to shelter and support a local population through a notional scenario during PH 15.  PH 15 is a scenario


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:24:08 GMT
Warrior Wednesday: Marine from Galveston, Texas
Unsure of what he wanted out of life, Sgt. Michael Clifton decided to take the challenge he was offered by a Marine Corps recruiter. It was a decision the 24 year old from Galveston, Texas, would look back on as one of his greatest accomplishments of his life.  In this interview Clifton, an AN/TRC-170 technician with the 15th Marine Expeditionary


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:17:26 GMT
A Dark Horse bond like no other: Grandfather, Grandson serve in same Battalion 50 years apart
Lance Corporal Benjamin J. Ferry joined the Marine Corps because of his grandfather.   “My grandpa always said I could go in any branch, and die in any branch, but if I joined the Army he would shoot me tomorrow,” said Ferry, a 23 year-old from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. “I always wanted to be a Marine so that’s the way I chose to


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:03:00 GMT
Firefighters teach kids about fire safety
Members of the Miramar Fire Department finished Fire Prevention Week by teaching fire safety aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 14. The classes taught were for none other than the children of service members at the air station’s Child Development Center. They taught five classes, which reached about 130 preschool children.


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:33:14 GMT
MCAS Miramar Falcons win first playoff game
The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Falcons’ football team defeated the 3rd Amphibian Assault Battalion Gators in their first playoff game, 30-0, at Paige Fieldhouse aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 21.


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:59:00 GMT
Recruits check off MCMAP test
Recruits of Company E, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, sparred their way through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Oct. 8. The MCMAP test was given to ensure they retained all of the techniques they learned during recruit training. “Recruits begin the process of learning MCMAP techniques during the


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:05:00 GMT
Fitness challenges recruits to improve physically and mentally
Many professional athletes need both strength and endurance for peak performance and do not solely focus on one muscle. Instead they work multiple muscle groups to improve these attributes. Recruit training is no different. Through 13 weeks of training, recruits receive various types of physical challenges designed to improve cardiovascular and


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:02:00 GMT
Passing of Corps; Dunford becomes 36th Commandant
Gen. James F. Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, relinquished command of the Marine Corps to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Oct. 17 at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.  The ceremony started with musical performances from “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and “The President's Own,” United States Marine


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:07:00 GMT
Commanding General's Cup football playoffs (Falcons vs. Gators)
The Miramar Falcons knocked the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion Gators out of the playoffs in the first round with a dominant 30-0 victory at Page Fieldhouse, Oct. 21.   The Falcon’s defense forced a three-and-out to start the game, leaving their offense at the 35-yard line in excellent field position to find the end zone early.   After two short


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:35:00 GMT
State, Federal organizations collaborate to host II MEF Safety Expo
More than 20 local, state and federal organizations from across the nation collaborated with the II Marine Expeditionary Force to host a safety expo at the Marston Pavilion, Oct. 22, 2014.   Participants included the Red Cross, multiple North Carolina law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric


Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:00:00 GMT
Take a stand against domestic violence
One Marine’s personal account Domestic violence can occur anywhere. It can happen in the military. It can happen to a person of any rank.  Domestic abusers do not seem to discriminate over personality traits. There is no stereotypical victim. It can be anyone who is in a relationship with an abuser. The following story comes from a Marine who might


Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:59:00 GMT
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