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Essex Departs for Annual Exercise 21G

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) departed Sasebo, Japan, Nov. 1 for a scheduled deployment. Essex's deployment comes at the end of a successful two-month ship's restricted availability (SRA) and will feature Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 21G, conducted annually with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to enhance interoperability between the U.S. and Japanese navies. "The crew and contractors did an outstanding job getting the ship ready to get back underway," said Capt. Troy Hart, Essex's commanding officer.

1st Tanks rolls through largest Steel Knight

First Tank Battalion, along with other units from 1st Marine Division, completed Steel Knight, a Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force level exercise, at the Combat Center Oct. 26.

Army always seeking improvements to combat uniform

Nothing says pride like a Soldier in uniform. Today's Soldier has much to be proud of in the current Army Combat Uniform (ACU). As Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston said, the ACU was designed by Soldiers, for Soldiers. Developed with functionality in mind, many design aspects of the uniform lend themselves to low maintenance, such as the 50/50 cotton/nylon wrinkle-free fabric and the shine-free boots.

Cannonball, large gun found at Fort Monroe

FORT MONROE, Va. – A team of environmental and unexploded ordnance experts here unearthed an 11-foot-long cannon and a 10-inch cannonball on Oct. 21. The find was part of a four-month munitions probe in preparation for the installation’s closure in September 2011. Buried vertically, with the uppermost edge about two inches below ground level, the cannon is believed to be a four-and-a-half-inch ordnance rifle, pattern 1861 (produced until 1865), according to Paul Morando, director of the Casemate Museum on post.

Seattle gun ban lawsuit could have national implications

Why the Seattle gun ban lawsuit could have national implications

The Center for Army Lessons Learned Publishes Snipers Handbook

The Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas has just released CALL Leader's Handbook No. 10-01, Commanders' Guide to Snipers Handbook. This publication will prompt and assist in maneuver company, battalion, and brigade commanders in making the best use of a special group of infantry and armor Soldiers we call "snipers." Trained in the U.S.

A MARINE MOBILE SNIPER STRIKE TEAM

Gunnery Sgt. Jack Coughlin joined the Marine Corps in 1985, after an injury derailed his dreams of becoming a major-league pitcher. He would go on to become one of the Marines’ elite scout-snipers, and his service included a tour of duty in Somalia. However, he would make his mark during the liberation of Iraq, where he had the chance to pioneer the Mobile Sniper Strike Team concept.