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MWSG-17 MPs build skill sets

Marines with Military Police Company, Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conducted portions of their final exercise of the year in Combat Town here Sept. 22.

The exercise, called FINEX, lasted from Sept. 18-23 and was conducted with the intent of testing the Marines in a variety of skill sets under simulated combat conditions, said Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Kaminski, the operations chief for the company.

Fire Scout Completes First Navy Unmanned Flight on Biofuel

The Navy reached a milestone in its quest to gain energy independence today, when an MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully flew the first unmanned biofueled flight at Webster Field in St. Inigoes, Md.

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Directorate piloted the helicopter fueled with a combination of JP-5 aviation fuel and plant-based camelina. The biofuel blend reduces carbon dioxide output by 75 percent when compared to conventional aviation fuel.

“Dragons” of the 31st MEU fly aboard USS Essex (LHD 2)

For almost 20 years, Marines and Sailors of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (Reinforced), have supported the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit during deployments to the Asia-Pacific region.

Recently that tradition was continued as HMM 265 (Rein) flew aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) to support the MEU’s and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group’s deployment and upcoming certification exercises near Okinawa.

Navy to Commission New Guided Missile Destroyer Spruance

The Navy will commission the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, Spruance, Oct. 1, during a ceremony at Naval Air Station Key West, Fla.

Designated DDG 111, the new destroyer honors legendary Adm. Raymond Spruance, whose calm and decisive leadership at the Battle of Midway contributed to a pivotal American victory during World War II.

Fairchild units conduct first KC-135 OSC exercise

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFNS) -- Earlier in 2011, a military aircraft went down in Afghanistan and the aircrew evaded through enemy terrain. A Fairchild KC-135 Stratotanker was nearby conducting operations and was the first to receive communications from the downed survivors.

Once they positively authenticated the survivors, the Fairchild crew began to act as the on-scene commander to expedite the successful rescue. When people think of rescues on the battlefield, they normally don't associate KC-135s with having OSC capabilities.

Medal of Honor Recipient Issues Scholarship Challenge

Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer plans to raise $1 million in scholarship money for the children of wounded Marines and Navy corpsmen, and challenges the American public to match it.

Meyer announced his “Sergeant Dakota Meyer Scholarship,” a $2 million scholarship matching initiative, at the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation 2011 Ceremony and Reception Sept. 13, two days before President Barack Obama presented him with the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony.

Campbell holds successful full-scale terror simulation

While Anti-Terrorism Awareness Month may be over, first responders from Fort Campbell and surrounding communities proved Sept. 21 that the lessons learned in August would be put to good use in the event of the unthinkable.

In the early morning hours, a series of simulated terror incidents took place at strategic locations across the installation, including vehicle-borne IEDs, active shooters and hostage crises.

EMALS Successfully Launches E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

The U.S. Navy's Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, EMALS, test team launched an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Sept. 27, at the full-size shipboard-representative test site here.

"These successful E-2D launches continue to reaffirm my confidence in the EMALS program," said Capt. James Donnelly, Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office, PMA-251, program manager. "Each launch we do provides more data and validation of the hard work and efforts that have been put into this state-of-the-art technology."

Mission command platform enables freedom of maneuver on battlefield

To increase the accuracy and speed of decisions made on the most critical points of the battlefield, the Army is providing Soldiers with the same mission command capabilities in a mobile platform that they have at their home base.