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Whidbey Island Maintains Readiness with Man Overboard Drills

U.S. Sailors aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) conducted two man overboard drills while underway in the Gulf of Aden Oct. 25-26.

The purpose of the drills was to train the ship's new junior officers on how to successfully navigate the ship as conning officer and officer of the deck (OOD) during an emergency situation.

Unless there is an airborne helicopter asset available to help provide assistance, the most common way of retrieving a man overboard is via a ship or small boat recovery.

Howitzer program helps strengthen Afghan self defense

Picatinny Arsenal is helping the Afghan National Army develop their indirect fire capability to bolster self-defense.

Picatinny, in conjunction with the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, will support the acquisition of 194 D30, 122mm Howitzers for the Afghan National Army.

Tanks history, rededicated: 1st Tanks adds battle streamers, celebrates birthday

Marines, sailors and guests of 1st Tank Battalion gathered together at the unit’s tank ramp to commemorate the Battalion’s birthday with a color rededication ceremony Nov. 1, 2011.

The flag rededication was a reminder of the history of battles of unit has been through.

“A battle color rededication is something that needs to be done every once in a while,” said Sgt. Maj. Troy Dabney, battalion sergeant major for 1st Tank Bn. “The young Marines of the battalion witness first-hand the lineage of the unit.”

The shifting blame game on Capitol Hill

Blame shifting, obfuscation in Senate Judiciary hearing

Attorney General Eric Holder did his best to lower the heat and spread the blame for the mismanagement of Operation Fast and Furious Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and he had plenty of help from Senate Democrats.

http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-seattle/blame-shifting-obfuscation...

Article by Dave Workman

Air Force Investigates and Improves Mortuary Operation

The Air Force announced today that it has completed a year-long investigation of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations (AFMAO) at Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Del., and the point of entry for U.S. service members who are killed or die overseas. The service implemented multiple corrective actions and took action regarding three senior mortuary officials responsible for operations at AFMAO after some employees complained about the handling of certain cases.

SOF Daily Update - 8 November, 2011

IRAN DEVELOPING NUKES, IAEA ADMITS
The International Atomic Energy Administration's report due tomorrow admits that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.
http://www.sofmag.com/iaea-reports-%E2%80%98credible%E2%80%99-informatio...

ICE seizes rare painting stolen by the Nazis during World War II

Video by Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Grassley's opening statement: DoJ lied

Grassley’s opening statement: Justice Department lied

Senator Charles Grassley’s opening statement during Tuesday morning’s hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee with Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious was a blistering criticism of a Justice Department that lied about the operation, and knew it was lying.

http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-seattle/grassley-s-opening-stateme...

Article by Dave Workman

IAEA Reports ‘Credible’ Information Iran Developing Nuclear Weapon Design

The International Atomic Energy Agency says it has “credible” information that Iran has engaged in activities aimed towards the development of nuclear weapons.

In a report released in Vienna Tuesday, the U.N. agency says the information “indicates” that Iran has worked on the “design” of a nuclear weapon, including the “testing of components.”

The report says Iran appears to have carried out weapon-related nuclear activities as part of a “structured” program prior to 2003. It says Iran may still be engaged in relevant research.