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1/5 Marines Provide Clean Water to Afghans, Keep Area Safe

Marines with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, recently funded a well construction project to provide clean water for local Afghans. The project, funded by 1/5's civil affairs Marines, also created jobs in the community, as local Afghan workers were contracted to dig three wells. "Having these wells built is something that people have been asking us to do for a while now," said Cpl. Leland Van Leer, an amphibious assault vehicle operator with 1/5.

Army testing XM-25 'smart' high-explosive weapon for Soldiers

A Soldier successfully shoulder-fired a "smart" High Explosive Airburst, or HEAB, round for the first time Aug. 11 from the XM-25 weapon system at Aberdeen Test Center, Md. The Army plans on purchasing more than 12,500 XM-25 systems starting in 2012, which will be enough to put one in each Infantry squad and Special Forces team, according to officials at Program Executive Office-Soldier. At first glance, the XM-25 looks like something out of a Sci-Fi movie.

Guard members demonstrate digitally aided personnel recovery operations

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. (AFNS) -- California Air National Guard members based here successfully demonstrated coalition personnel recovery operations using net enabled data link capabilities during the U.S. Joint Forces Command Exercise Bold Quest 2009 Oct. 27 to Nov.

‘White Knights’ own night skies

Under the cover of night, a CH-46E “Sea Knight” hovered 40 feet above the ground as Marines rappelled from it one by one during a training mission aimed at preparing pilots and the Marines for night operations in combat zones. Aircrew with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, flew the Sea Knight through the darkness to improve their night flight proficiency and helped the Marines complete the Helicopter Rope Suspension Techniques course, here Oct.

ISAF Operational Update, Nov. 11: Military Divers Find One Missing Soldier; Afghan-International Security Forces Interdict and Detain Taliban Militants in Three Provinces

One of the two missing U.S. soldiers was found by a military dive team yesterday in Western Afghanistan. Afghan-international forces continue to search for the other soldier missing since, Nov. 4.

CG praises veterans’ ‘actions, sacrifices’

The Commanding General of Multi-National Force - Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno, praises all who have served the United States in this, his 2009 Veterans Day letter. To the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Civilians of Multi-National Force - Iraq: John F. Kennedy once said that "a nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers." The American tradition of setting a day aside to remember those who have served in our military dates back to Nov.

Air Force leaders issue joint Veterans Day message

The Air Force's top leaders remind the entire Air Force family that this holiday has a meaning beyond a "day off" from work in a Veterans Day message.  Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz issued the following message: Bound by common purpose and driven by singular valor, our nation's service men and women exemplify the very best of our patriotic tradition.

Lejeune descendant reads birthday message to MEU Marines

Lance Cpl. Kyle Lejeune quietly withdrew from the podium after reading Lt. Gen. John A. Lejeune’s words to hundreds of 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit members Nov. 10. He said reading his great-great grandfather’s historic message during a Marine Corps birthday celebration was something he always wanted to do. 

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.

Hoekstra claims Obama is blocking an investigation of Fort Hood attack.

Congressman Pete Hoekstra, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, claims the White House is blocking an investigation of the attack on Fort Hood. http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/hoekstra_obama_fort_hood/2009/11/10/284539.html

What the "C" stands for

The military blog "Mudville Gazette" discusses CNN's apparent effort to cover up information from one of their own interviews about the Fort Hood shooting: http://www.mudvillegazette.com/032881.html

Iran nervous since strike on Syrian nuclear site

Haaretz.com has cited reports from Der Spiegel that the relationship between Iran and Syria has become more tense, and that the increased tensions have affected relations between the two rogue countries. Iran has demanded the return of nuclear material sent to Syria prior to the 2007 raid, while Syria has refused unless payment has been rendered.

US Urges North Korea Not to Escalate Tensions in Yellow Sea

Washington has urged North Korea not to escalate tensions in the Yellow Sea following a naval skirmish between the North and South Korean navies Tuesday. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says Washington hopes Pyongyang will not take any further actions in the area that could be seen as an escalation. South Korea's military says one of its warships first fired warning shots at a North Korean boat that it says crossed the Korean maritime border off the west coast of the Korean peninsula. South Korea says the North K

Eritrea is Focus of Brussels Meeting

International experts and politicians are in Brussels for a two-day meeting on ways to harmonize European and American policy on Eritrea and other parts of the Horn of Africa.   The meeting is sponsored by Europe External Policy Advisors, a Brussels-based research group.  It is being held amid mounting international concern about Eritrea's human-rights policy and allegations the Eritrean government supports Islamist insurgents in neighboring Somalia. In August, U.S.

'Assassination' of Kenyan Gang Spokesman Condemned

A Kenyan human rights body is calling for an investigation into the killing of the spokesman of a major Kenyan gang, saying the leader told the group a few weeks prior that his life was in danger from a government hit squad.