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USS New Orleans Completes CERTEX

USS New Orleans (LPD 18) returned to San Diego Oct. 12, after completing its final pre-deployment exercise in preparation for its upcoming deployment later this year.

New Orleans, alongside amphibious dock-landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) make up the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

Evasion, conduct after capture training facility opens at Lackland

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- A one-of-a-kind facility, built specifically to accommodate all Air Force evasion and conduct after capture training, opened and training began Oct 3 here.

The program is for Airmen who will operate in high-risk environments that may place them at increased risk of isolation.

The new facility merges all Air Force ECAC training into one location under Det. 2, 22nd Training Squadron.

31st MEU begins certification exercise

The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit began its certification exercise Oct. 6,, and upon completion will officially certify that the MEU is ready for operations in the Asia-Pacific area of operations.

CERTEX ensures that the 31st MEU is ready and able to conduct a wide variety of operations ranging from noncombatant evacuation operations, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel, amphibious raids and assaults, theater security operations and humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations.

Marines Train with San Francisco Emergency First Responders

Video by San Francisco Fleet Week

NY Guard Soldiers create massive sandtable of National Training Center

Composed of the same materials as the rocky, desert terrain it depicts, the New York Army National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's massive sand table has allowed its leaders to better understand the areas they'll be dealing with while training here.

"We definitely set a new standard for sand tables and the briefing process," said Sgt. Maj. Jason Zeller, the operations sergeant major of the New York Army National Guard brigade, which began arriving here in late September to train in preparation for the unit's mobilization and deployment to Afghanistan in early 2012.

USS New Orleans Sailors and Marines Practice Detainee Operations at Sea

Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) participated in detainee handling training Oct. 4 as part of a two-week certification exercise taking place off the coast of Southern California.

The training was conducted in cooperation with the ship's visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team and members of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's (MEU) Maritime Raid Force (MRF).

Raid force conducts training raid

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Service members with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s maritime raid force engaged a simulated hostile town while aircraft provided overhead security here Oct. 9 during a live-fire exercise.

The raid force, supported by CH-46E Sea Knights and AV-8B Harriers with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced), launched from USS New Orleans and USS Makin Island and traveled approximately 20 miles inland.

Marines set up positions to block reinforcements from entering the town while an assault force attacked and captured a simulated terrorist leader.

Europe's Full-Spectrum Training Environment: One-of-a-kind because of cooperation, partnerships

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, 998 paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat team (173rd ABCT) executed an early-entry operation when the initial phase of U.S. Army in Europe's Full-Spectrum Training Environment (FSTE) rotation kicked-off at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas, Oct. 3-24.

Coast Guard Rescues Two from Boat Aground

Video by United States Coast Guard District 5