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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.

Hammerheads support Anti-Terrorism Battalion during troop movement exercise

The Hammerheads of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 conducted a troop movement exercise with Marines from Company F, Anti-Terrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Division, a reservist unit from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., aboard Camp Lejeune Oct. 20.

“This training is important because it allows the ground units to become more comfortable and familiar with the capabilities of the CH-53E,” said Capt. Jason W. Stapleton, ground training officer and pilot with HMH-366. “It also teaches them how to safely operate around a helicopter of our size.”

F-35C Completes Initial Catapult Testing

F-35 integrated test force personnel and F-35C test aircraft CF-3 returned to NAS Patuxent River Oct. 15 after completing two major catapult test events.

Starting this past summer, the test team put the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter through its first set of catapult launches. The goal was to complete an initial structural survey of the aircraft to withstand launch stresses and the impact of steam ingestion into the engine.

Barksdale AFB Airmen honor Ploesti Raiders

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) -- Airmen had the opportunity to mingle with nearly 30 World War II veterans here Oct. 17-21 during the 98th Bomb Group Reunion.

Members of the 98th BG Veterans Association hosted the famed Ploesti Raiders to highlight the achievements of the bomb group during World War II for their day-time raids against the oil refineries around Ploesti, Romania.

Royal Air Force aviation pioneer flies with Air Guard F-16s

Wearing a bright red flight suit, Royal Air Force Flight Lt. Kirsty Stewart, a member of the United Kingdom's aerial demonstration team, the Red Arrows, visited the 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport Oct. 21.

In line with the team's mission to spread good will and appreciation for military aviation, Stewart came to share her story and fly in the back seat of an F-16D Fighting Falcon, and at a base where it's common to see an array of different military uniforms from student pilots from all over the globe, none stand out like a bright red flight suit.

Brigade looks for best gunfighters

It wasn't the Ok Corral and Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday weren't here but marksmen from the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade showcased their skills with the tools of the warrior trade during the brigade's new 'Gunfighter' competition.

Twenty one shooters took to the east ranges on Fort Sill September 7 and 8 to compete for honors as the finest marksman in the brigade. Competitors' represented each of the brigade's battalions and the headquarters and headquarters battery, some coming from as far away as Joint Base Lewis/McChord, Washington to compete in the three-day event.

Medical technician aids rescue team

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS) -- Jumping out of C-130s, rappelling out of helicopters, and saving lives are all in a day's work for the pararescuemen of the 212th Rescue Squadron here.

The 212th RS members have 56 saves this year, and Tech. Sgt. Darrell Mathieu, the squadron's individual duty medical technician, plays a key role in that success. He does everything from logistics to training, and holds classes to teach the pararescuemen how to properly use their equipment.