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Exchange of fire: Australian, Marine artillerymen bond over bombs

The Marines of 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, shared much with the soldiers of the Australian Army 1st Brigade, 8/12th over the last two months.

From exchanging knowledge to campgrounds in each others’ homeland, the two units have formed bonds of brotherhood and trust that go beyond their primary mission of artillery.

Darnall medics prove themselves at Air Assault School

FORT HOOD, Texas--Six Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center medics overcame two weeks of mental and physical challenges to earn the coveted Air Assault wings in a ceremony here Oct. 28.

Nine CRDAMC Soldiers joined 241 other candidates at Fort Hood's first air assault class which began 10 days earlier, but only 164 made it to the graduation ceremony. This was Fort Hood's first Air Assault class in two decades and a team of air assault trainers from Fort Benning, Ga., came here to lead it.

Chile Operates with US Naval Forces as part of Submarine Rescue Exercise CHILEMAR III

Chilean submariners from CS Carrera (SS 22) along with the U.S. Navy's Deep Submerging Unit (DSU), participated in exercise CHILEMAR III of the coast of Southern California Nov. 3.

CHILEMAR is an annual bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Chile, which is designed to demonstrate interoperability between U.S. submarine rescue systems and Chilean submarines. The exercise also promotes greater understanding and cooperation between the U.S. and Chile.

Vigilant Shield Tests Homeland Defense Processes

Navy ships, Army ground-based radar and missile systems and Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard aircraft have descended on Key West, Fla., for the field training portion of U.S. Northern Command’s annual homeland defense exercise that kicked off this week.

Squadrons learn self-reliance in CBRN attacks

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 Marines participated in a three-day Monitor, Survey, and Decontamination course at the Marine Aircraft Group 12 Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense training facility here Oct. 25 - 27.

The course trained service members in the basics of monitoring and surveying and decontaminating CBRN contamination.

New light machine gun aims to 'SAW' Soldiers' load

Nearly 20 Soldiers participated in a two-week assessment of a prototype light machine gun to demonstrate its potential impact on mission effectiveness and to help engineers develop possible improvements to the weapon and its unique ammunition.

The evaluation sought the warfighter's perspective after enduring a series of strenuous combat performance drills with the weapon.

Anti-Terrorism Bn. bid farewell to Camp Lejeune

With bags packed and stacked, the strumming of a ukulele resonates over the sound of conversations and laughter while the Marines and sailors of Company F, Anti-Terrorism Battalion, wait patiently for their busses to arrive.

This was the scene Oct. 30, as the Marines and sailors of Co. F, AT Bn. attached to 2nd Marine Division, prepared to say goodbye to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and officially begin their deployment.

Government Officials Emphasize Training Wounded Warriors for Future Employment

Military and civilian federal officials will discuss training and development for wounded warriors with public and private sector employers and their human resource professionals at the 2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference, scheduled for Nov. 9-10 in Vienna, Va.

Air Force modernization takes B-2 to North Pole

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- A B-2 Spirit flew from here to the North Pole and back Oct. 27 on a mission to test the aircraft's hardware and software upgrades, endurance and its performance at extremely high latitudes.

The 18-plus hour mission consisted of developmental and operational test points to prove that the B-2's software upgrade works well and is able to operate anywhere in the world.