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Northcom pursues closer engagement with Mexico

Posted January 23, 2013 by Donna Miles

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, and Mexican Navy Secretary Adm. Mariano Saynez pause briefly at the NORAD and Northcom Sept. 11 Memorial during SaynezĂ­s visit to the…

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Army must complete analysis before opening jobs to women

Posted February 5, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Last month, the Secretary of Defense announced an end to the Direct Ground Combat Exclusion Rule for female soldiers. But the Army wants commanders in the field to know that it will be some time before they'll be able to make any changes in their units.

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New medal to retain place in order of precedence

Posted February 20, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The new Distinguished Warfare Medal will retain its place in the order of precedence among military decorations, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Feb. 19. Much of the public discussion of the new medal has centered on its precedence. It ranks below the Distinguished Flying Cross and above the Bronze Star. “We are not diminishing…

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Time now to get smart on sequestration, furlough

Posted March 6, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta notified Congress recently that should sequestration occur, the Department of Defense will initiate furlough for its 800,000-plus civilian employees. Congressional notification is required at least 45 days from a planned furlough, with implementation anticipated for late April, Air Force officials said. “The potential for sequestration-driven furlough continues to be a…

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F-35 production on track, program chief says

Posted March 15, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is a different program than it was four years ago, the F-35 program executive officer said March 12. In a speech at the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference at the Newseum, Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told attendees that he and his predecessor, Navy Vice Adm. Dave…

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Air Force scientist earns DOD’s top civilian award

Posted April 1, 2013 by Amy Rollins

Dr. Boris Tomasic from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, was named a recipient of the 57th annual Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

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Secretary of the Navy names multiple ships

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced April 12 the names of seven ships: three joint high speed vessels, the USNS Trenton, the USNS Brunswick and the USNS Carson City; an amphibious transport dock ship (LPD), the USS Portland; two littoral combat ships (LCS), the USS Wichita and the USS Manchester; and an ocean-class auxiliary…

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Hagel to make furlough decion soon, press secretary says

Posted May 1, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will make a decision soon on the scope of civilian furloughs in response to sequestration spending cuts, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said May 1. Hagel is reviewing analysis on the budget “and he’ll reach a decision in the near future,” Little told reporters. Little acknowledged news reports that some services…

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New authority supports global special ops network

Posted May 15, 2013 by Donna Miles

A new arrangement that gives U.S. Special Operations Command responsibility for manning, training and equipping special operators assigned to regional combatant commands is beginning to pay off in strengthening the global special operations force network, the Socom commander reported in Tampa, Fla., May 14. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven told attendees at the 2013 Special…

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U.K. test pilot completes first F-35B vertical landing

Posted June 3, 2013 by Lockheed Martin photograph

  Royal Air Force Sqdn. Ldr. James Schofield completed the first vertical landing by a United Kingdom military test pilot May 28, 2013 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Schofield flew F-35B Lightning II test aircraft BF-1. The F-35B is the variant of the Lightning II designed for use by the U.S. Marine Corps,…

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