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USCG, Whidbey Island Team Up To Fight Piracy

An elite U.S. Coast Guard unit joined the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team on amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) to conduct counter-piracy and maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden.

Members of a maritime safety and security team, based out of Seattle, Wash., and an advanced interdiction team from San Diego, Calif., came together in February, forming the eight-man team.

Striking at sunrise: 3/3 Kilo Marines perform platoon attacks during Enhanced Mojave Viper exercise

Silhouetted by a burnt orange sunrise, a platoon of Marines slapped magazines into their weapons as if fueling them with adrenaline.

An instructor bellowed out for the infantrymen to begin the range. They barreled forward in a flood of movement, unhindered by the weight of full combat loads and extra ammunition.

Marines with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, carried out platoon live fire attacks at Range 410A on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 8, 2011.

Army announces greatest inventions

Army officials announced the winners of its greatest inventions competition Aug. 23. Earlier this summer a panel of combat veteran Soldiers reviewed and voted for the most innovative advances in Army technology.

Lake Erie Sailors Celebrate Battle of Lake Erie

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) arrived at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, to commemorate the 198th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, Sept. 10.

Invited by the Perry Group, a volunteer non-profit organization based in Put-in-Bay, 10 Lake Erie Sailors joined the town residents and hundreds of visitors from Canada and surrounding American states to celebrate Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend, Sept 9-11. Put-in-Bay is a small island in Lake Erie off the coast of Ohio.

Winnefeld Praises National Guard

Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised the National Guard at the 133rd General Conference of the National Guard Association of the United States.

“You are uniquely postured, both as a personification of what is right about America -- namely, selfless service to country and community -- and as a shining example of what we are, what we believe, and what we do in the United States military for the American people,” Winnefeld told the audience last month.

Special Ops Commander: America Stronger Than Ever

The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the helicopter shoot-down in Afghanistan last month that killed 38 men are linked by the events of 9/11, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said.

Navy Adm. William H. McRaven spoke at a 9/11 remembrance service Sept. 9 at the Hillsborough Sherrif's Department in Tampa, Fla.

The admiral, a Navy SEAL, assumed command of Socom on Aug. 8.

Tanks, infantry team up, train up

Marines are trained to fight as a team, using everyone’s strengths and weaknesses to accomplish the mission. This goes on from the individual fire team level to battalions of different job fields coming together for mission accomplishment.

The Marines and sailors of 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, along with support from Company A, 1st Tank Battalion, perform platoon sized clearing exercises in the “Clear, Hold, Build-1” training during Enhanced Mojave Viper at Range 220 Sept. 5, 2011.

CH-47F Chinook Equipping Ceremony

A few weeks short of the 50th anniversary of CH-47 Chinook's maiden flight, the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade and the Hawaii Army National Guard held an equipping ceremony Sept. 8 to welcome the CH-47F Chinook to Hawaii.

More than 400 Soldiers and guests filled the Pacific Aviation Museum's museum's' historic Hangar 79, surrounded by the museum's collection of vintage aircraft.

Comfort Returns To Baltimore Following Continuing Promise 2011

U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived home in Baltimore Sept. 8 after completing Continuing Promise 2011 (CP11), a five-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission in the southern hemisphere.

CP11 was part of an annual mission that fosters goodwill, and demonstrates U.S. commitment and support to Central America, South America and the Caribbean. CP11 offered training for U.S. military personnel and partner nation forces, while providing valuable services to communities in need.