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Air Guard, Reserve set to participate in total force “surge” exercise

A historic "surge" of military airlifters scheduled Oct. 17-21 will exercise the ability of U.S. Transportation Command and its air component, Air Forces Transportation, to rapidly provide strategic airlift in response to large-scale crises and contingencies, said officials here.

Countering the Lord's Resistance Army

The United States condemns the continued atrocities and abductions committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) across central Africa. We remain committed to supporting our regional partners’ efforts to mitigate and eliminate the threat to civilians and regional stability posed by the LRA. Since 2008, the United States has provided over $40 million in critical logistical support, equipment and training to enhance counter-LRA operations by regional militaries. We continue to join regional governments in calling on LRA fighters to peacefully disarm and return home.

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Squad needs 'overmatch' capability

The Army is working to provide the infantry squad an overmatch in combat capability through the network and immersive training.

Maj. Gen. Robert B. Brown, commanding general of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Ga., told those at the 2011 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition Tuesday that the Army is focusing on bringing the nine-man squad into the 21st century.

Alaska Sappers train on forced entry ops

The 6th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne) honed its operational skills in an exercise at Alaska's Donnelly Training Area last month dubbed Operation Boreal Wolverine.

"This operation was designed to test the collective capabilities of our battalion to provide phased engineer support to forced entry operations," Lt. Col. Marc Hoffmeister, commander of the 6th Engineer Battalion, said.

Submariners Experience Anti-Submarine Operations from the Air

More than a dozen submariners from USS San Francisco (SSN 711) and USS Topeka (SSN 754) participated in familiarization flights in P-3C Orion aircraft during anti-submarine warfare missions Oct.7-10 to learn how submarines are tracked from another perspective.

The training, made possible by the East Pacific Integrated Training Syndicate (EPITS), allowed the submariners and aircraft personnel to exchange information about how their operations are conducted.

31st MEU conducts TRAP mission

No man left behind. This saying is drilled into every Marine’s head from the first day they enter recruit training, and upheld as they continue through their service to the Corps.

When a pilot gets shot down or has to eject from their aircraft, they count on the Marines and Sailors of the Tactical Recovery of Personnel and Aircraft force to uphold that saying.

USS Cole Remembers 'Hero Sailors' Lost During 2000 Attack

Seventeen Sailors killed aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) when it was attacked by terrorists in the Yemeni port of Aden 11 years ago on this date were honored in a ceremony Oct. 12, 2011.

Old Guard Soldiers blaze new trail

Most people enter competitions with one thought in mind -- winning. For Staff Sgt. Christopher Rance and Cpl. Christopher Stevens, Continental Color Guard, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), creating new opportunities and erasing stereotypes is more important.

"When you think of The Old Guard you don't think sniper. We just want to open the door for other people," said Rance.

For the first time in the regiment's more than two hundred year history, Rance and Stevens will represent The Old Guard in a sniper/observer competition, Oct 14-16, in Elk Garden, W.Va.