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Air Force BDU officially history

There are two things you should not see Nov. 1 -- Halloween costumes and the Air Force Battle Dress Uniform.

In 2006, the Airman Battle Uniform became authorized for wear and a date was set for final phase-out of the woodland camouflage-patterned BDU's.

Previously announced to be effective Oct. 1 of 2011, a more recent Air Force Instruction 36-2903, "Dress and Appearance of Air Force Personnel" pushed the date back to Nov. 1. This applies to all Air Force components.

Other items will simultaneously enter retirement with the BDU's effective Nov. 1 including the

Oak Hill Launches Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 3 Detachment (Det.) 1 launched an Aqua Puma All Environment (AE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from the weather deck of USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) Oct. 21 in support of Amphibious - Southern Partnership Station 2012.

The Aqua Puma is a hand-launched, high-wing monoplane with an electrically driven pusher propeller capable of water landings. It can fly for more than two hours and soar to heights of approximately 3,000 feet.

Military policemen attack urban terrain training

“Set!” yells the fire team leader as he waits outside a doorway, rifle at the ready position. The Marine behind him grabs his shoulder and gives the command, “Go!” The 4-man team rushes into the room.

Marines from 1st Platoon, Military Police Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, trained for Military Operations in Urban Terrain at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 25. The Marines practiced clearing buildings, breaching doors, procedures when finding weapon caches, detaining and handling enemy prisoners of war and setting casualty collection points.

Iwo Jima Amphibious Readiness Group Begins PMINT

Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8 and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Naval Station Norfolk to begin PHIBRON-MEU Integrated Training (PMINT) Oct. 24.

PMINT is the first integrated training between the Iwo Jima Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) comprised of approximately 1,700 Sailors from amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), amphibious dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), and approximately 2,200 Marines from the 24th MEU.

CROWS gets Industry Close-Up

Picatinny Arsenal opened its "Cannon Gates" on October 6 to host an industry day for the upcoming M153 Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station (CROWS) competition. The CROWS is a turret system that provides Soldiers the ability to employ cameras, sensors, and weapons from inside the protection of an armored vehicle. The CROWS platform provides significant capability to the Army's Brigade Combat Teams operating in Iraq and Afghanistan. Demand for additional systems continues to grow.

Marines brave tear gas for gas mask training

A plume of tear gas rises from the center of the dark and claustrophobic room, where three Marines stand beside each wall. After the Marines are instructed to break the seal of their masks, the gas slowly fills the room as the Marines hold their breath.

Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, conducted their annual chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear training here, Oct. 21. The exercise allowed Marines to refresh their skills and their knowledge of Mission-Oriented Protective Posture gear in case of a CBRN threat.

Guantanamo Bay's K-9 War Hero Retires From Active Duty

A Sailor with Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba's (GTMO) security department bid farewell to his German Shepherd canine partner when he was adopted by a family here Oct. 21.

Atos, a military working dog (MWD), came off Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Bobby Toal's leash for the last time when he released him to GTMO Security Officer Lt. Nicholas Pecci and his family.

"It's sad to lose a dog. But on another note, it always makes a handler feel good to know that the dog is going to someone that wants him," said Toal. "They (handlers) know that they are going to take care of them."

Marines with the female engagement team fire the M240B at Camp Pendleton

Video by I Marine Expeditionary Force

Army surgeons operate on Soldiers in field environment

Maj. Anne Simpson held Staff Sgt. Mathew Horton's hand while she coaxed him out of an anesthetic sleep.

Horton whispered something in her ear, and she replied, "That's just your heart waking up, sweetie."

Meanwhile, medics and other nurses were looking at Horton's chart and evaluating the numbers on a heart rate monitor. Horton had just undergone hernia surgery.

His operation could have taken place in surgical suites at Madigan Army Medical Center, or MAMC, or any hospital.