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INTREPID FAMILIES WORK IN CONGRESS TO PASS REPATRIATION LEGISLATION

The descendants of 13 US Navy heroes buried on "the shores of Tripoli" returned home from Washington satisfied with the results of two days of back-to-back meetings on Capitol Hill working closely with Senate staff and veterans service organizations to bring their forebears home.

Green Berets Honor President Kennedy in Ceremony

Video by 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Japan, US conduct bilateral casualty evacuation rehearsals

COMBINED ARMS TRAINING CENTER, Camp Fuji, Japan — Marines and corpsmen conducted bilateral casualty evacuation rehearsals with members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force here Nov. 9.

The rehearsals were conducted by the Marines and corpsmen of 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, during Artillery Relocation Training Program 11-3 at the North Fuji Maneuver Area.

Keel Laid for First DDG 1000 Destroyer

The U.S. Navy laid the keel for its first Zumwalt-class destroyer (DDG 1000), Nov. 17, at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine.

While keel laying was once traditionally the formal recognition of the start of the ship's construction, today's advanced modular shipbuilding allows fabrication of the ship to begin months before. However, the keel laying continues to symbolically recognize the joining of the ship's components and the ceremonial beginning of the ship.

Combat engineers tunnel into leveled buildings to save lives

Responding to a simulated improvised nuclear device in downtown Phoenix as part of the 2011 Arizona Statewide Vigilant Guard exercise, about 60 combat engineers from the 235th Engineer Company (Sapper), 579th Engineer Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade, California Army National Guard, out of Petaluma, Calif., picked up their ropes and jackhammers and dug into the destroyed city, Nov. 4-5.

SEALs Celebrate 50 Years of Service

The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum hosted its annual Veterans Day ceremony and Muster XXVI aboard Fort Pierce, Fla., Nov. 12-13.

The two-day event honored SEALs past and present. The Muster featured several events including a 5k run, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs jump, a memorial ceremony in honor of Veterans Day and a live capabilities demonstration conducted by East Coast-based Navy SEALs featuring military working dogs and a demolitions demonstration.

Forbes: "While China is building aircraft carriers, stealing American technology, and actively seeking 'space supremacy,' Congress is busy dismantling the United States military with arbitrary budget cuts"

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and Co-Chairman of the Congressional China Caucus, released the following statement after the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission released its annual report to Congress with recommendations for U.S. action:

Obama Announces Expanded U.S. Military Presence in Australia

President Barack Obama joined Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to announce expanded military-to-military relationships between the two countries as they commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Australia-New Zealand-U.S. alliance.

Speaking at a joint news conference in the Australian capital of Canberra, the leaders announced closer collaboration between the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force and the Australian Defense Force.

Armorers stick to their guns for readiness

Every Marine is a rifleman. This is a fact all Marines know and live by while in combat, but where would they be if the weapons meant to protect them did not operate correctly?

Armorers with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, work hard to ensure every weapon is accounted for and working properly before they are put into Marines’ hands.