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SECAF to review disciplinary actions in AFMAO case

Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley reaffirmed a commitment to ensure that appropriate disciplinary action was taken in regard to the management and procedures at the Dover Air Force Base, Del., Mortuary.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asked Secretary Donley on Nov. 10 to review the Air Force's disciplinary measures and ensure they are adequate.

The Air-Sea Battle concept summary

Throughout the history of warfare, adversaries have endeavored to deny each other freedom of action and access to areas where operations could be mounted that threaten campaign objectives.

2nd Battalion 1st Infantry Regiment conducts air insertion exercise

The Soldiers of Reconnaissance Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, zip tied their high value target and called for an extraction. Less than 10 minutes on the ground and they had their man.

The 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment continued their rotation at the National Training Center with an aerial reaction force mission to secure a high value target during a situational training exercise Nov. 10.

Squadrons work to improve for next deployment

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 and Strike Fighter Squadron 94 wrapped up training here, Oct. 28, as part of a monthlong training to the region.

The overall focus of the exercise was to promote mission readiness as put forth by Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler, 1st Marine Air Wing commanding officer.

This was achieved by improving proficiency and efficiency in aerial combat, and ordnance loading.

Trailblazing Trident: 'Always First' USS Ohio Celebrates 30th Birthday

Thirty years after its commissioning, USS Ohio (SSGN 726) continues to live up to its motto, "Always First."

Commissioned Nov. 11, 1981, Ohio ushered in a new era of U.S. strategic deterrence as the first submarine designed to carry the Navy's newest submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), the Trident C-4. The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines were built to endure as the survivable leg of the nation's strategic forces - not just for the Cold War, but for decades to come.

Helicopter squadron undergoes gas training

The message comes in and without hesitation a Marine quickly moves to the balcony overlooking the hangar and shouts, “gas, gas, gas,” signaling the escalation to mission-oriented protective posture level four.

This was the scene during Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262’s semiannual MOPP training on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Nov. 4.

During the training, the squadron simulated receiving messages, which required the escalation of the MOPP level from one to four, requiring personnel to don more gear with each level.

Multi-service office to advance air-sea battle concept

The Department of Defense announced the creation of a new office to integrate air and naval combat capabilities in support of emerging national security requirements Nov. 9.

Simulator enables call-for-fire training

CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan — Marine leaders and civilian contractors from around Okinawa joined together to unveil the first supporting arms virtual trainer here Nov. 3.

The trainer enables real-time simulation based call-for-fire training for units on island.

“The SAVT training device provides a hands-on, mission-based training environment that fully replicates the entire close-air-support mission,” said Andrew S. Pulido, an SAVT operator.

Veterans Honored at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Distinguished Flying Cross Ceremony

Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) held a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Recognition Ceremony Nov. 4 for 16 area veterans as part of the 2011 NAS Jax Centennial of Naval Aviation Air Show.

The ceremony was part of a yearlong celebration of 100 years of naval aviation, honoring a century of mission-ready men and women aboard air installations.

"I'm delighted and honored and just grateful to see that the powers that be decided to recognize the DFC recipients after all of these years," said retired Capt. Jerry Terrell.