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Equipment strengthens link between air, ground

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan — Marines with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing tested new technology here Oct. 28, that improves direct air support to troops on the ground.
Marines with Marine Air Support Squadron 2, Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st MAW, III Marine Expeditionary Force, tested the Marine air-ground task force aerial palette system/special airborne installation response system after receiving a week of instruction.

Army rolls out first Apache Block III aircraft

MESA, Ariz. -- The first Apache Block III helicopter was delivered to the Army today during a ceremony at the Boeing plant here in which the aircraft was rolled out on stage under bright lights and a wisp of generated smoke.

Hundreds of industry, government and military officials attended the event in which two of the new AH-64 aircraft were actually delivered to the Army ahead of schedule. The first Block III helicopter was finished about a week early and the second about a month ahead of schedule, according to David Koopersmith, Boeing Attack Helicopter Programs vice president.

USS Carr, Coast Guard Law Enforcement Team, Seize Cocaine Shipment

A U.S. Navy and Coast Guard boarding team operating from the USS Carr (FFG 52) discovered more than 400 kilos of cocaine during counter transnational organized crime (CTOC) operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet (C4F) area of responsibility Oct. 15.

Carr intercepted the motor vessel (M/V) Andrea in international waters off the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. The Navy-Coast Guard boarding team recovered 16 bales of cocaine, weighing approximately 402 kilos (886 pounds) worth an estimated $8 million street value.

MFE Marines respond to Eastern Turkey earthquake

Since 1988, the Marine Corps has partnered with the Norwegian Military to operate and maintain the Marine Corps Pre-Positioning Program – Norway (MCPP-N). MCPP-N provides the Marine Corps a responsive source of equipment and supplies to enable the rapid closure of Marines into the European Command area of responsibility and enables operations in Europe and throughout the globe.

First Army trains Ohio National Guard for Afghanistan mission

Trainer/mentors from the 1/306th Battalion went to Mississippi to run a four-day field training exercise for the 1/134th Field Artillery Battalion, a National Guard unit headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 20-23.

The exercise was the last training the unit received in preparation for an upcoming deployment.

USS Mesa Verde Visits Greece

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) anchored off the coast of Corfu, Greece, for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 30.

This is Mesa Verde's first port visit in 65 days of operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

"It's good to have everyone recharge their batteries," said Cmdr. John P. Pienkowski, Mesa Verde's executive officer. "It also gives a chance to see a new port and enjoy the different culture. It's a chance to be [goodwill] ambassadors for the United States. We can exchange ideas and be exposed to a different culture and learn from each other."

Airmen transport wounded Libyan fighters to U.S.

BOSTON, Mass. (AFNS) -- Nearly two dozen wounded Libyan fighters were evacuated from Libya to here Oct. 29 aboard a C-17 Globemaster III.

At the request of State Department officials, the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta directed two missions supporting the humanitarian assistance effort in Libya.

Essex ARG, 31st MEU Back-load After PHIBLEX Ends

Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) back loaded its Sailors, Marines, equipment and vehicles to their respective ships marking the end of amphibious landing exercise (PHIBLEX) Oct. 30 in the Republic of the Philippines.

PHIBLEX is a bilateral training exercise designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and continue to build professional and personal relationships with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

CCAD Returns Third OH-58D Armed Scout Helicopter to the Fight

A needed OH-58D Kiowa Warrior was returned to the fight when Corpus Christi Army Depot Commander, Col. Christopher B. Carlile handed the newly repaired KW's log books to 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade Commander, Col. John M. Morgan during a transfer ceremony held during the Luther Jones Professional Aviation Forum at the American Bank Center October 26, 2011. The KW is destined for the 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment,1st Combat Aviation Brigade out of Ft. Riley Kansas.