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Rifleman Radio completes key operational test at NIE

An advanced lightweight radio that will connect troops on the front lines to the Army's tactical communications network has completed its operational test.

Artillerymen: Fastest guns in the West

Marines sit around a 7-ton vehicle, laughing and joking, throwing rocks, sleeping, a normal field op for the Marines awaiting orders for a mission. Suddenly, “Fire mission! Fire mission!” comes over the radio. Everyone jumps up and assumes their positions. The gunner and assistant gunner sight in, the powder and round are loaded, the order “FIRE!” comes through the radio and then a loud boom is followed by silence.

US, Kyrgyz officials participate in joint exercise

TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan (AFNS) -- Emergency responders from the Kyrgyz Ministries of Emergency Services, Interior and Defense participated in a joint explosive ordnance disposal and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives response exercise with their American counterparts Nov. 22 here.

The exercise was part of a continuing partnership information exchange program that familiarizes Kyrgyz experts with Air Force CBRNE and EOD tactics, techniques and procedures.

USS Stethem Arrives in Timor Leste

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) arrived in Dili, Timor Leste Nov. 27, for a port visit during their tour of the western Pacific.

The visit to Dili will provide Stethem Sailors an opportunity to participate in several cultural and professional exchanges with the Timor Leste Defense Force (F-FDTL) counterparts and the local community.

Recovery operations demand creativity

The slack slowly disappeared from the steel cable until it stood perfectly taut a few feet off of the ground, pulling on the wreckage of a mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle with thousands of pounds of force.

The wreckage did not respond immediately but stood perfectly still for a moment, casting doubt as to whether the winch would be able to move the massive hulk.

With the slightest of groans the carcass of the vehicle finally shifted, and soon it was sliding up the embankment of the ravine it had tumbled into an hour prior.

Battalion honors fallen defender inside Korean DMZ

During a ceremony near the North Korean border, the most forward deployed combined security battalion in South Korea honored a fallen warrior who died while protecting a Soviet defector 27 years ago.

United Nations Command Security Battalion-Joint Security Area Soldiers honored Korean Augmentee to the U.S. Army Cpl. Jang Myong-ki, who died protecting a Soviet defector during firefight with North Korean guards who pursued him across the border on Nov. 23, 1984.

Artillerymen improve readiness in Fuji

Communicators with 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, provided critical communications assets necessary for artillery relocation training Nov. 16.

The communication Marines, part of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, play a vital role in enabling the artillery battalion to command and control its three firing batteries, facilitating its chief mission of providing fire support to the infantry.

Italians learn MRAPs in Grafenwoehr

Early in the evening of Oct. 20, Italian combat engineer Cpl. Tizano Testa hurriedly clamored over the cab of a 19-ton, 18-foot high MaxxPro-Base armored fighting vehicle while trying to install a night-vision camera on the roof.

The soldier behind the wheel of the massive vehicle, Francesco Monteforte, was waiting to drive through the motor pool parking lot with the windshield armor down -- essentially driving in a steel box without a window -- and needed the camera to see.

Maryland National Guard HALO Training

Video by National Guard Bureau