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NATO chief welcomes new military leaders, discusses Afghanistan

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Oct. 10 welcomed the selection of Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen to be the new alliance commander in Europe and the selection of Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. to succeed Allen as coalition commander in Afghanistan.

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Life extension programs modernize ICBMs

Posted October 26, 2012 by Carla Pampe

Fifty years ago, officials deployed the first Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles to the missile fields in support of the strategic deterrence mission. Five decades later, these missiles are still in place, providing safe, secure and effective strategic nuclear deterrence. Since it first deployed, a number of state-of-the-art improvements and modernization programs have helped the…

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Deficit cutters look to Pentagon budget

Posted November 14, 2012 by Donna Cassata

One war is done, another is winding down and the calls to cut the deficit are deafening. The U.S. military, a beneficiary of robust budgets for more than a decade, is coming to grips with a new reality – fewer dollars. The election accelerated an already shifting political dynamic that next year will pair a…

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Pentagon ceremony recognizes sovereignty of Indian nations

Posted December 3, 2012 by J.D. Leipold

Army leaders and Native Americans gathered at the Pentagon, Nov. 28, to commemorate the importance of a recently signed Army policy directive that recognizes the sovereignty of American Indian tribes. Katherine Hammack, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, opened the event by telling the audience that the policy memorandum was…

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Panetta arrives in Kabul to thank troops, meet with commanders

Posted December 12, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

After spending time with U.S. troops and officials in Kuwait, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta landed in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 12 to thank troops for their exceptional service, especially during the holidays when it’s harder to be far from family and friends.

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U.S. pursues better ballistic missile

Posted January 10, 2013 by Donna Miles

MDA photograph by Ralph Scott Technicians prepare a ground based Interceptor for emplacement into Missile Field 2 at the Missile Defense Complex at Fort Greely, Alaska, Feb. 25, 2012. U.S. Northern Command is collaborating closely with the Missile Defense Agency to improve the capability of systems designed to counter threats to the homeland. While refining…

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Air Force to open remaining combat positions to women

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced Jan. 24 the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service. “Women have shown great courage and sacrifice on and off…

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First F-35A four-ship flies over Eglin

Posted February 6, 2013 by Maj. Karen Roganov

Increasing capability is becoming routine for the F-35 Lightning II team. The 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., produced a four-turn-four for the 58th Fighter Squadron flying Jan 31.

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President accepts Allen’s request for retirement

Posted February 20, 2013 by

President Barack Obama Feb. 19 accepted a request by Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen to retire from the military to address health issues within his family. In a written statement, Obama said he spoke with Allen Feb. 19 and expressed deep personal appreciation for his “extraordinary service” in command of coalition and U.S. forces…

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Special ops chief hails restructure, partnership progress

Posted March 6, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command told Congress today strong partnerships with allies and an understanding of terrorist networks in Afghanistan and North Africa have helped build the command’s capacity to meet mission objectives. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven said his command helped establish a new…

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