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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.

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.