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National Guard faces the shutdown

Posted October 11, 2013 by Jim Garamone

National Guard personnel are feeling the effects of the government shutdown and leaders are worried about the readiness of the component, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau said Oct. 11. The Pay Our Military Act has mitigated some of the effects of the partial government shutdown for the…

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Unemployment benefits may help some furloughed DOD civilians

Posted October 11, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

On the 10th day of the partial government shutdown, DOD civilians excluded by law from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Oct. 7 recall to work of thousands of fellow employees still await an end to the political standoff that sent them home and stopped their paychecks Oct. 1. Hagel said Oct. 5 that the department tried…

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Navy cancels, postpones Zumwalt christening

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The Navy announced Oct. 11 that the christening of the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) originally scheduled for Oct. 19 has been cancelled and postponed until a future date. “It is incredibly unfortunate that we are being forced to cancel the christening ceremony for this great warship,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, “but…

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Key DOD nominees testify at confirmation hearing

Posted October 11, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Nominees for senior positions overseeing the Defense Departments special operations, cost assessment and program evaluation, and the Navy testified Oct. 10 as the Senate Armed Services Committee deliberated their confirmations. The nominees are Michael D. Lumpkin, for assistant secretary of Defense for special operations and low intensity conflict; Jamie M. Morin, for director of cost…

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Army approved to continue fielding WIN-T Increment 2

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The Army has received approval to continue with further limited additional production and fielding of its mobile tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T, Increment 2. The Army remains on track to field Capability Set 14 to brigade combat teams, known as BCTs, and will continue developing follow-on capability sets in support of…

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Army’s top logistician remains ‘cautiously optimistic’ on Afghanistan withdrawal

Posted October 9, 2013 by SFC Raymond J. Piper

The Army's top logistician told members of the House Armed Services Committee Oct. 2 he remains "cautiously optimistic" that the Army will complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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New Defense Health Agency to streamline functions

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The government shutdown did not stop the official opening Oct. 1 of the Defense Health Agency, a major streamlining effort of military medicine that has been in the works for three decades and signed into law earlier this year. “This day has been a long time in coming, and represents a major milestone in the…

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B-1 conducts first live-fire test of anti-ship missile

Posted October 9, 2013 by SrA. Charles V. Rivezzo

A B-1B Lancer successfully struck a waterborne target with a live warhead for the first time Aug. 27.

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MC-12W Liberty exceeds 300,000 flying hours

Posted October 9, 2013 by SSgt. Robert M. Trujillo

Beale MC-12W Liberty aircraft surpassed 300,000 combat flying hours at a forward operating base in Afghanistan in September.

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Last cargo mission out of FOB Sharana

Posted October 9, 2013 by MSgt. Benjamin Bloker

The aircrew of "Growler 51" set out a few hours before sunrise Sept. 28 to fly the last of the U.S. cargo out of Forward Operating Base Sharana before the base was officially transferred to the Afghan government.

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