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Africom commander details current, emerging threats

Posted June 26, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

U.S. Africa Command’s top military officer today detailed existing and emerging threats from extremist organizations on the continent in a speech at the African Center for Strategic Studies in Arlington, Va. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham also explained the U.S. presence in Africa and Africom initiatives based on the new U.S. defense strategic guidance. “When…

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Reopened supply routes mean cost savings, spokesman says

Posted July 9, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Pakistan’s decision to reopen ground supply routes on its border with Afghanistan will allow the Defense Department to save tens of millions of dollars transporting material in and out of Afghanistan, a senior Pentagon spokesman said July 5. Navy Capt. John Kirby said officials estimate that use of the reopened routes will save $70 million…

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Sequestration threatens fiscal 2013 funds, official says

Posted July 18, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

While current Defense Department contracts funded with fiscal year 2012 dollars remain unaffected by sequestration, the looming threat of the budget-cutting maneuver means funding for all DOD contracts in fiscal year 2013 is at risk of being cut, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters today. Little responded to questions about the fate of DOD…

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Reserve A-10 pilots debut new technology at RIMPAC

Posted July 27, 2012 by by MSgt. Mary Hinson

In its first operational test with maritime operations, nine 47th Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots are debuting new helmet and survival radio technologies during the Rim of the Pacific exercise at...

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Schwartz, Welsh pay tribute to airmen at Air Force transition

Posted August 10, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

Both outgoing and incoming Air Force chiefs of staff paid tribute to airmen and their families during the transition of responsibility ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 10....

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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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Navy continues to make dumb bombs smarter

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The fleet is addressing the evolving needs of modern day warfare by converting the traditional unguided bomb with a near-precision guided “smart” weapon. The Navy recently awarded a $23 million full-rate production contract to Boeing Inc. for the Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (Laser JDAM), after successfully completing integrated test. The weapon expands the capability…

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DOD, nation face strategic choices, deputy secretary says

Posted September 21, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

Grappling with the converging forces of strategic history and fiscal necessity, the Defense Department is making choices now that will determine how the nation transitions to the coming era, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Sept. 19. Speaking at the Air Force Association’s Annual Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Maryland, Carter…

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F-35: Newest fighter much more than just ‘stealthy plane’

Posted October 16, 2012 by Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel Wetzel

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Jeremy T. Lock F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter crew chief SSgt. Darron Cothran (left) and a Lockheed Maintainer from the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., pull the wheel chalks on the jet before taking off for a local training mission over the Emerald Coast…

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ESGR accepting nominations for 2013 SecDef employer support freedom award

Posted November 2, 2012 by

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the nation’s highest award for civilian employers that support their employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Nominations may be submitted by Guardsmen, Reservists,…

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