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USS Wasp Concludes JSF Testing

Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 21 after spending three weeks at sea hosting the initial sea trials of the F-35B Lightning II, Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

The first F-35B landed on WASP's flight deck Oct. 3, beginning an 18-day test period for the aircraft. During the testing, two F-35B Marine Corps test jets (BF-2 and BF-4) accomplished vertical landings and short take-offs under various conditions.

Force Recon builds trust, camaraderie during PHIBLEX

Marines with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, built trust between themselves and their Philippine Marine counterparts during the Amphibious Landing Exercise, Oct. 25.

The Marines of both nations participated in a bilateral parachute exercises, consisting of low level static line operations as well as free-fall operations.

How do I get my DD214?

Do you need a copy of your DD214 or a family member's DD214?

Go to http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

There are two ways to request your DD214: online and by mail/fax

1) To request your DD214 online: click on 'Launch the eVetRecs System to start your online request'. Follow the instructions in the pop-up window. The DD214 will be mailed to you after completing the form.

Soldiers excel at Pan Am Games shooting

Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit showed the world a glimpse into what next year's Olympic Games could be like with a dominating performance at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 16-22.

U.S. shooters earned 10 gold and 18 overall medals during the competition. U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, or USAMU, Soldiers accounted for five of those gold and a bronze medal, and broke or tied three Pan Am Games records.

Polish Forces in fire fight at FSTE

Video by U.S. Army Europe

Nellis AFB F-15C crashes

An F-15C Eagle aircraft crashed at approximately 4:45 p.m. Oct. 24 on federal lands northwest of Alamo, Nev.

Apache battalion prepares for battlefield

"We have troops in contact. We're taking fire from a black truck 500 meters northwest; moving eastbound, can't reposition due to an injured Soldier and we're pinned down."

That's one scenario out of 13 that Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, had to master during AH-64D Apache helicopter gunnery exercises, Sept. 27.

Georgian reps visit US as planning for Agile Spirit launches

New Orleans — Fifteen members of Georgian Armed Forces visited the Marine Corps Support Facility here, Oct. 12-14, to plan Exercise Agile Spirit 2012.

Agile Spirit is a bilateral combined training exercise between Georgian Armed Forces and U.S. Marines and will be modeled after tasks the Georgian Armed forces are conducting in Afghanistan, said Georgian Lt. Col. Zaza Janjalia, head of the J3 department for Georgian Armed Forces.

Brazilian Army visits 'Sreaming Eagles' to research air assault excellence

When one thinks of Brazil, what may come to mind are Carnival celebrations, the beaches of Ipanema, samba dancing in the streets and arguably the world's best soccer.

However, the South American nation also has to have a serious side in an unpredictable world.

Consequently, Brazil's military leadership is looking for ways to better its military preparedness and leaders of their 12th Air Assault Brigade's visit to the 101st Airborne Division this week was a major part of that plan.