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U.S., Bangladesh Launch First CARAT Naval Exercise

The Bangladesh and U.S. navies begin eight days of maritime safety and security exercises Sept. 18, during the first-ever Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Bangladesh 2011.

The event began with a ceremony at Bangladesh Navy Base Issa Khan. It marks the first time Bangladesh has participated in the 17 year-old CARAT exercise series, which the U.S. Navy conducts with navies of seven other Southeast Asian nations. CARAT participants now include Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Marine infantrymen train with Super Stallion

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 participated in a fast-roping exercise with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Sept. 15.

To Cpl. Nathan England, a crew chief with HMH-465 and an Aurora, Colo., native, this type of training hits home and brings back a satisfying past experience.

“We pulled a lot of 3/5 out of Afghanistan after they were getting hit hard on their last deployment,” said England. “I am glad to see them home and training again, and I hope they stay safe on their next deployment.”

Our American Military Urgently Needs your Help!

The United States Congress and President Obama in their infinite wisdom have decided that because they could not agree to a balanced federal budget, automatic cuts must be made to important military programs – even while we are at war!

If some politicians in Congress and the Administration have it their way, our fighting force will be hollowed out and gutted by career politicians looking to balance the budget on the backs of the men and women that have been fighting to keep America safe and strong.

CORPSMAN AWARDED VALOR MEDAL AFTER 66 YEARS

After 66 years, Navy Corpsman Bill “Doc” Lynne, of George Company, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1ST MARDIV was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” attachment for heroic action during the Battle for Okinawa by Major General Lawrence D. Nicholson, in Detroit, Michigan, on Sept. 10, 2011.

During WWII in the Pacific Theater, George Company Marines had fought valiantly and bravely at Tulagi, Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Talasea and Peleliu. Never before had the Japanese been defeated until they faced the United States Marine Corps.

F-22 fleet to resume flight operations

The Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz have recently approved an implementation plan developed by Air Combat Command officials that will allow the F-22 Raptor to resume flight operations after a four-month stand down.

Marines begin joint effort in Bangladesh

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh — Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 arrived here Sept. 7 to conduct an engineering civil action project exercise with elements of the Bangladesh Armed Forces, in coordination with the Government of Bangladesh.

Navy's First Joint High-Speed Vessel Christened

USNS Spearhead, the first of Navy's joint high-speed vessels designed for rapid intra-theater transport of troops and military equipment, was christened Sept. 17 during a ceremony at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.

Military Sealift Command will own and operate Spearhead and the other other joint high-speed vessels, or JHSVs, that are under contract to be built for the Navy. Spearhead will be crewed by 22 civil service mariners working for MSC who will operate, navigate and maintain the ship.

574th QMSC conducts platoon defense during exercise

Soldiers from the 574th Quartermaster Support Company, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, participated in a platoon defense training exercise here, June 22-24.

The 574th QMSC was tasked with defending a specified area against enemy threats.
The training exercise required the Soldiers to occupy fighting positions and fend off numerous enemy targets, including vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices and ground targets during several waves of attacks.

Army preparing to produce JLTVs, recapped Humvees

After refining requirements during a two-year technology development phase for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, Army developers are poised to conduct full and open competitions geared towards recapping Humvees and producing JLTVs, as part of a synergized Light Tactical Vehicles strategy.

The Army-led program is planning to accelerate the developmental timeline of the next phase of the JLTV program, said Col. David Bassett, project manager, tactical vehicles.