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Pentagon survivors tell their stories

Only a few people can tell us what really happened on Sept. 11, 2001. The terrorist attacks that day affected everyone in America, but only a relative few were actually at the sites when the attacks occurred.

The Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 are often overshadowed by the raw drama of two airliners crashing into the World Trade Center, the Twin Towers' collapse, and the sheer number of casualties. But there were about 22,000 people in the Pentagon on 9-11, and four of them now work in the Headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Army hopes to deliver as many as 26,000 FMTVs

The Army is producing large numbers of "Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles," or FMTVs, in an effort to deliver as many as 26,000 new trucks to the fleet over the next several years, service officials said.

The FMTV contract, awarded to Oshkosh Defense in 2009, calls for trucks to be built and delivered according to specifications outlined in a technical data package, or TDP, purchased by the Army, said Col. Dave Bassett, program manager, tactical vehicles.

Tafakula 2011 moves to the jungle

Marines and sailors from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, the Tongan Defense Service and French Armed Forces, New Caledonia conducted a field operation in the Kingdom of Tonga during Exercise Tafakula 2011, recently.

The four-day field event was conceptualized due to lack of jungle environment in the U.S. and France.

Security forces Airmen complete 9/11 ruck march

After more than two months and 2,100 miles of marching, a flight of security forces Airmen completed the Security Forces 9/11 Ruck March to Remember Sept. 11. The last leg of their march began at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and ended at Battery Park, where 2,796 flags covered the area to honor each person who died on 9/11.

Lima Company splashes off ship, raids island

A rifle company with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit raided simulated enemy installations here Sept. 12 during the unit’s second at-sea exercise since becoming a complete Marine air-ground task force in May.

Company L moved from the sea – launched in amphibious assault vehicles from USS New Orleans – neutralized mock-enemy forces, gathered intelligence and captured an enemy role player before returning to the vessel.

In six hours from receiving its mission, the company planned, prepared and rehearsed before launching the first wave of vehicles.

U.S. Army Europe Soldiers beef up on cyber security during exercise Combined Endeavor 2011

Safety and security are a top priority for nations around the world and that priority includes protection of cyber networks and systems.

As part of the U.S. European Command led, U.S. Army Europe supported exercise Combined Endeavor 2011 held at the Joint Multinational Training Center in Grafenwoehr, Germany, nations from around the world have the opportunity to discuss just that.

Samuel B. Roberts Graduates 25 Mauritians at APS East Hub

USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) graduated 25 officers from the Mauritius Police Force during Africa Partnership Station (APS) East´s hub in Port Louis, Sept. 9.

Commanding Officer Cmdr. Angel Cruz presided over the graduation ceremony along with Political Officer David Campbell of the U.S. Embassy to Mauritius.

Combat controller buried, had "heart of a lion"

The last of three Airmen, who died in an Aug. 6 helicopter crash in Afghanistan, was buried at Los Angeles National Cemetery here Sept. 10.

Staff Sgt. Andrew Harvell, an Air Force Special Operations Command combat controller, was one of 30 Americans killed in action when the CH-47 Chinook they were flying in crashed in the Wardak province of Afghanistan. Two other teammates, pararescuemen Tech. Sgts. Daniel L. Zerbe and John W. Brown, were buried in separate ceremonies in August at Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

The art of anti-armor warfare: 3/3 ‘Missile Marines’ prepare for enemy by shooting TOW, Javelin missiles

Cloaked by darkness in a silent wilderness, two teams of anti-tank missilemen itched with anticipation to reign destruction from afar.

Time passed and each Marine received his turn to fire. The surrounding world evaporated as they climbed into the tactical vehicle’s turret. They mounted and prepared their deadly weapon, gripping it with purpose and sighting in through lenses of adrenaline.