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Army’s newest general purpose round shows accuracy in rifle competition

Posted September 4, 2012 by by Eric Kowal

The Army's new M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round is performing well under combat conditions in Afghanistan, but how does it stack up during a rifle competition?

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Marines consider increased role for women in Corps

Posted August 29, 2012 by Jim Garamone

The Marine Corps has opened a number of fields to women, the service’s commandant said here today, and the experiences of the first women to go through the Infantry Officer Course next month will help him as he makes recommendations for an increased role for female Marines. Gen. James F. Amos spoke at the National…

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Hurricane Hunters provide critical data during major storms

Posted August 29, 2012 by

As the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, better known as the “Hurricane Hunters,” wrap up their mission flying through Hurricane Isaac, one of the unit’s pilots provided an insight into who they are and some facts and figures about how they perform during their dangerous missions. Lt. Col. Jeff Ragusa is based with…

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Air Force C-130 firefighting efforts reach milestone

Posted August 29, 2012 by Ann Skarban

Air Force Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s reached a major mission milestone Aug. 24 by dropping the 2 millionth gallon of retardant for the season. MAFFS 5, assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Airlift Wing here, dropped the record-breaking gallon during its third sortie of the day battling the Halstead fire north…

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Thousands of Guardsmen available to governors in Isaac’s path

Posted August 28, 2012 by

More than 33,500 National Guard personnel and nearly 100 aircraft are available to the governors of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, as Tropical Storm Isaac threatens states along the Gulf of Mexico, Defense Department officials said Aug. 27......

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101st Airborne Division female soldiers first to test prototype body armor

Posted August 28, 2012 by by Megan Locke Simpson

Cartoonist Bob Thaves once said, "Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels." This quote is applicable to the Army's female soldiers of today, who now make up 14 percent of the total force....

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Device boosts Navy’s ability to inspect, repair aircraft engines

Posted August 28, 2012 by by Rachel Lytle

The Naval Air Systems Command announced Aug. 27 that it has developed a device that is doing for aircraft inspections what colonoscopies have done for cancer detection. Used to inspect interior engine components and airframes for cracks, corrosion and other debris that can harm Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, the Common Video Borescope Set, or…

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Stavridis expects busy autumn for NATO, Eucom

Posted August 27, 2012 by by Donna Miles

Emphasizing that the mission in Afghanistan remains “job one,” NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe said a busy autumn season lies ahead as the transition there continues. Even so, Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, who also commands U.S. European Command, recognized Syria and the Levant in his command blog last week as “the wild card”…

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Ulchi Freedom Guardian promotes stability on Korean peninsula

Posted August 27, 2012 by by Donna Miles

As the United States and South Korea observe the 59th anniversary of the armistice that brought an unofficial end to the Korean War, their forces are sharpening their defensive capabilities through the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise. More than 30,000 U.S. and South Korean service members are participating in what Army Gen. James D. Thurman, commander…

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B-52s bring persistent airpower to Exercise Pitch Black 12

Posted August 24, 2012 by by A1C Marianique Santos

The 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., took to the skies of Australia's Northern Territory Aug. 2 to 18 as the lone U.S. Air Force unit flying in Exercise Pitch Black 12....

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