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New commander takes helm at U.S. Army South

The Army component of U.S. Southern Command marked a new chapter in its storied history as the former special assistant to the commanding general of U.S. Army Special Operations Command took over U.S. Army South during a ceremony at the Fort Sam Houston Club Nov. 9. Army Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas succeeded Army Maj. Gen. Keith M. Huber who was subsequently promoted to lieutenant general and will serve as the deputy commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. The continuing mission of U.S.

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Birthday Message from Commanding Officer

  As we celebrate the 234th anniversary of the founding of our Corps, take pride in your contributions to our great nation, our great Corps and our great base.  It is teamwork and each Marine's commitment to the team that is the strength of our Corps.  So it is, too, for this iconic base of Marines, this home of expeditionary forces in readiness.

Hurricane Hunters fly into Ida

The Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters are flying non-stop into Hurricane Ida collecting critical weather data as the storm enters the Gulf of Mexico. The Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron are assigned to the 403rd Wing and stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The team of reservists collected data to help determine the storm was gaining strength as it passed the Yucatan peninsula.

Combat ID technology evaluated in joint exercise

The largest exercise designed to examine advanced combat identification technologies that can reduce the risk of fratricide on future battlefields wrapped up recently. The U.S. Joint Forces Command exercise, Bold Quest 2009, was held at both Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. The joint exercise included participants from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division; the Marines, the Air Force, the Navy, and 10 partner nations. The exercise allowed U.S.

Command element Marines maintain marksmanship

Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s command element sustained their shooting abilities while on board USS Bonhomme Richard Nov. 8.

 

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In the line of fire: Fort Hood first responders heroically save lives

FORT HOOD, Texas -- "Pop, pop, pop." Those were the sounds Fort Hood's first responders heard when they arrived at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center here, Thursday. Inside the center, excitement and anxiety about an upcoming deployment were tossed aside and replaced with broken glass, blood and bullets when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a psychiatrist at Carl R.

Ike Helps Rescue Three Distressed Mariners

The Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) responded to a distress signal from a civilian vessel in the early morning of Nov. 7, resulting in the rescue of three Canadian civilian mariners from an overturned sailboat, approximately 300 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Coordination between the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S.

Air Force finishes safest flying year

Fiscal 2009 was the safest flying year in the 62-year history of the Air Force.  There were only 17 Class A mishaps. The next best year was fiscal 2006 with 19 Class A mishaps. A Class A mishap is one where there is loss of life, an injury resulting in permanent total disability, the destruction of an Air Force aircraft or property damage or loss exceeding $1 million. According to William C.

3/11 fires support for EWTG-PAC

Combat Center artillery Marines dove into their second consecutive week of air strike training  in support of students with the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific, Nov. 2 through 6.

Witnesses Recall Berlin Wall’s Fall

A divided Berlin symbolized the Cold War. 

Army Major declared sole suspect in Hood shooting

WASHINGTON (Nov. 5, 2009) -- U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is believed to be the lone shooter of some 43 people on Fort Hood, Texas, and he survived being shot by a civilian police officer, the base commander said. In a televised press briefing tonight, Army Lt Gen. Robert Cone corrected earlier reports that said Hasan and the police officer, who shot him several times, were killed.

Air Forces Africa officials conduct senior leader engagement in Mali, Senegal

Airmen, U.S. Embassy and national defense officials from Senegal and Mali gathered during the latest U.S. Air Forces Africa senior leader engagement in Mali and Senegal Oct. 26 through 30. Brig. Gen. Michael W. Callan, the U.S. Air Forces Africa vice commander, spent the week visiting with key leaders and touring facilities for a firsthand look at the capabilities of the two nations' air forces. The general was accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Steven Scott, the Air Forces Africa command chief; and Maj.

Thach Completes Around the World Deployment

The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) returned to San Diego Nov. 5 after an independent five-month surge through all of the numbered fleets. Thach was operating in support of Task Group Iraqi Maritime (TGIM), which operates in the Northern Arabian Gulf (NAG) and is primarily responsible for defending the critical Iraqi infrastructure located in the area, as well as protecting the sovereignty of Iraqi waters. Thach and TGIM also trained Iraqi forces in maritime security operations.

HSV Swift Promoting Security Cooperation in Mauritania

High-Speed Vessel (HSV) 2 Swift pulled into Nuoakchott Nov. 5, to conduct a series of military-to-military interactions and theater security cooperation engagements. While in port crew members of the Swift and the commander of the task force Swift is assigned to will host tours and receptions, as well as participate in meetings designed to further the maritime relationship between both nations' navies. U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania, Mark Boulware, will also co-host a reception on Swift. "This port visit is a further step towards our mutual cooperation and interaction," said Capt.