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Andersen AFB preps for Operation Christmas Drop 2011

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AFNS) -- Airmen here are shifting into high gear in preparation for the 60th iteration of the Air Force's longest-running, humanitarian-airlift mission -- Operation Christmas Drop.

Since 1951, Operation Christmas Drop has been spreading the holiday spirit in the form of needed supplies to residents in some of the most remote parts of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands chain.

On patrol with New England’s Own

The sound of diesel engines fills the morning air at Patrol Base Boldak. Several Marines rush into a large metal storage container used to store food. They grab a handful of packaged muffins, Pop Tarts, energy drinks and bottles of Gatorade and stuff them into backpacks. They then throw on their body armor and climb into armored vehicles. In a few moments they will drive several miles to a nearby village. There, a long day of foot patrols through irrigated fields and dusty farmland awaits them, but for now – breakfast.

Texas Guard Unit Explodes Ordnance

Soldiers with the Texas National Guard trained with live explosives as Japanese members watched and learned how to use M18A1 claymore mines during "Orient Shield 11" at the demolition range at Kita-Fuji Training Area in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, Oct. 13.

The bilateral training exercise consists of Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, out of Weslaco, Texas, and the 1st Division, Eastern Army, Joint Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSFD) from Oct.

Special tactics Airmen march to honor fallen comrades

A team of 18 special tactics Airmen have one objective in mind: honor the fallen.

The team recently began an 812-mile march from Medina Annex, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas to Hurlburt Field, Fla., to commemorate 17 fallen comrades.

As they marched out at 5 a.m, carrying 50-pound rucksacks and a baton with a fallen Airman's name, the only sound heard was the footsteps of the marchers. Major Travis Woodworth, the Special Tactics Training Squadron commander, said the meaning of the memorial march is to show that the fallen Airmen didn't die in vain.

Demo Humvee burns 70 percent less fuel

The Army has temporarily halted its testing of a unique fuel-efficient tactical vehicle so it could be shown to senior leaders and displayed in the nation's capital.

The Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator, dubbed "FED Alpha," is on display this week in the Pentagon courtyard for an Energy & Sustainability Technology Fair. Last week it was on the exhibit floor at the 2011 Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition.

CLB-31 trains for disaster relief

CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan — Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in a disaster relief training exercise here Oct. 10.

“One of our most likely missions in this area of operation is humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” said Lt. Col. William E. Arick, commanding officer, Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st MEU. “In recent history, we have responded to five disasters in the Pacific region.”

Angel Thunder 2011

Video by 1st Combat Camera Squadron

US Army modified UH-60M used in arrest of alleged members of Mexican drug cartel

Blackhawk helicopters modified by the U.S. Army for the Mexican military were used in an operation in Colombia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico that led to the arrest of alleged members of Los Zetas.

Elements of the Mexican Secretary of the Navy (Semar) arrested 19 alleged members of Los Zetas, a Mexican drug cartel, according to a Sept. 20 article by Ruben Mosso in the Milenio, a Mexican newspaper.

Marines bring the "Boom" on Fort Bragg

If you've recently heard thunderous booms and felt trembling shakes at your home, fear not for it is not an earthquake; it's the Marines from 10th Marine Regiment that are enhancing their artillery expertise at the Fort Bragg training grounds.

As part of their semi-annual fall artillery training, about 400 Marines from the 10th Marine Reg. have been firing their howitzers, as well as conducting missions as if they were in a real, deployed environment on Fort Bragg.