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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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Dempsey, Japanese counterpart bolster partnership across domains

Posted August 24, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff welcomed his Japanese counterpart to the Pentagon Aug. 23 as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen military ties between both countries....

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California Guard Quick Reaction Force trains in disaster response preparedness

Posted August 24, 2012 by by Shannon Arledge

Nearly 120 soldiers from the California National Guard's Quick Reaction Force-South spent the first two weeks of August in the Appalachian foothills of northern Alabama.....

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Hurricane Hunters track Isaac as SOUTHCOM, NORTHCOM prepare

Posted August 24, 2012 by by Donna Miles

With Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on the Dominican Republic and Haiti and threatening to strengthen over the eastern Caribbean, the “Hurricane Hunters” from the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron are in the air, relaying critical data to National Weather Service forecasters in Miami. Meanwhile, staffs at both the U.S. Southern and Northern…

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FRCSE powers up some of Navy’s mightiest engines

Posted August 24, 2012 by

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps pilots fly fixed-wing aircraft that are turbine powered, some by internal fans and others by external propellers, with engines requiring service and repair often performed at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla. FRCSE is expanding its manufacturing capabilities using technologically advanced equipment, such as vertical and high-speed grinders and precision…

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Dempsey, Japanese counterpart bolster partnership across domains

Posted August 24, 2012 by Amaani Lyle

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff welcomed his Japanese counterpart to the Pentagon Aug. 23 as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen military ties between both countries. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey met with Gen. Shigeru Iwasaki, chief of joint staff for Japan Self Defense Forces, to discuss ways to further enhance the…

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