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Baltimore Marine awarded Silver Star for combat valor

Posted August 30, 2012 by Staff Sgt. Robert Storm

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — “I was exactly where I wanted to be, doing exactly what I wanted to do,” said Gunnery Sgt. Joseph F. Lurz, a native of Baltimore.

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Panetta Details Steps Needed to End al-Qaida Threat

Posted November 29, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2012 – For the United States and its alliesending the al-Qaida threat calls for a modified military footprint, close work with partners and continued U.S. involvement in regions of the world where violent extremism has flourished, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said tonight.

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Panetta: U.S.-China Relationship One of World’s Most Critical

Posted May 10, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2012 – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta welcomed Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie to the Pentagon today as part of the first U.S. visit by a Chinese defense minister in nine years. Liang’s visit occurs at a time when the armed forces of both nations seek to...

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Obama Pledges Responsible Drawdown in Afghanistan

Posted September 6, 2012 by Donna Miles

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2012 – The United States will remain focused on the mission in Afghanistan while working toward ending the war in a responsible way that protects…

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DOD, Lockheed Martin Agree to More F-35s

Posted December 6, 2012 by By Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2012 – DOD and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle to manufacture 32 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jets, Pentagon Press Secretary George E. Little said today. The jets are part of Low-Rate Initial Production batch 5 — the fifth production lot of the aircraft. Unit-cost data will be…

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Progress Continues Toward NATO Missile Defense System

Posted May 17, 2012 by Donna Miles

The United States will announce at next week’s NATO summit in Chicago that the new missile defense system in Europe has reached interim operational capability, the alliance’s supreme allied...

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