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Combat medics receive intense training

Sniper fire rained down from a rocky hilltop next to the police station outside the small village of Tiefort, triggering numerous improvised explosive device blasts on the American convoy. For the Soldiers on the receiving end, it's another day of training for the "Lancer" brigade at the National Training Center.

Marines smash, grab in motorized raid course

“Landing in a hostile country, moving into an (enemy’s) backyard, punching them in the face, taking something from them, and then turning around and leaving back on the ship.”

That is how Capt. Thomas Carey, the commanding officer of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, explained the concept of a motorized raid to the Marines of his company, in its simplest form, during a Motorized Raid Course, which ran Oct. 24 to Nov. 4, at various training sites throughout the base.

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.”

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.

Panetta urges employers to hire veterans

Ensuring combat veterans who have sacrificed for their country have job opportunities when they return to civilian life is a national responsibility with roles for government and private sector alike, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Nov. 7 in New York.

Speaking with CEOs and veterans at a roundtable discussion hosted by the Goldman Sachs Foundation in New York, the secretary emphasized the country's moral obligation to those who have served and sacrificed in uniform.

New York National Guard Conducts "Dirty Bomb" Drill in Urban Setting

Sirens on emergency vehicles flashed through the air as more than 600 New York Army and Air National Guard and civilian first responders reacted to a terrorism response drill in the downtown Kingston area November 5, 2011.

The 24th Civil Support Team and the New York National Guard CERFP (CBRN [Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear] Enhanced Response Force Package) are specially trained to detect the presence of hazardous materials and relieve civilian first responders and sustain emergency rescue operations after an attack.

Jumping 'into the thick of it:' Engineers conduct rough terrain airborne operations

When most paratroopers jump out of a plane, they hope to avoid thick forests or uneven terrain. For the airborne sappers and combat engineers of the 57th Sapper Co., 27th Engineer Battalion that is exactly what they look forward to doing.

And for good reason, 2nd Lt. Scott Vitter said, a platoon leader for the 57th Sapper Co.

"We are the only unit in the U.S. military that does what we do," said Vitter.