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16th Sust. Bde. medics earn prestigious EFMB

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Medical Soldiers from the 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, recently competed against themselves to earn the coveted Expert Field Medical Badge during the U. S. Army in Europe EFMB course here, July 31 - Aug. 13.

The EFMB is the ultimate test of professional competence and physical endurance for medical Soldiers and is the most sought after peacetime award in the Army Medical Department.

Platoon trains to recover isolated personnel

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A platoon with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit learned the importance of recovering troops trapped behind enemy lines during a course here Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.

Third Platoon, Company L, transported by the unit's aviation combat element, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 (Reinforced), participated in classroom lectures, practical applications and simulated full-scale missions during the four-day Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel course.

South Pole airdrop delivers critical medical supplies in total darkness

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFNS) -- Airmen with the 304th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron here airdropped urgently needed medical supplies Sept. 1 at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica.

The supplies will augment a South Pole medical team's treatment of an ailing civilian wintering there with the U.S. Antarctic Program.

Building blocks of infantry; starting with basics

Third Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion finished up a 10-day training exercise, known as the Basic Infantry Individual Skills Package, at the Combat Center’s training ranges Aug. 30, 2011.

The mechanized infantry battalion brought their training down to the basics of an infantryman.

Louisiana National Guard put out marsh fires

Video by Louisiana Army and Air National Guard

Air Force Special Operations 'gentle giant' laid to rest

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. -- For the second week in a row, an Air Force Special Operations Command pararescueman was laid to rest here.

Tech. Sgt. John Brown, with family roots in Arkansas and Florida, was buried here Aug. 30, one week after his teammate and friend Tech. Sgt. Daniel Zerbe.

Seabees, Marines Wrap Up Humanitarian Mission in Haiti

A team of 17 Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 28 and five U.S. Marines from the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C., wrapped up a five-month humanitarian assistance mission with a final project in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Aug. 29.

Army developing new self-propelled howitzer

The U.S. Army is developing a next-generation, 40-ton 155mm Howitzer artillery cannon able to fire precision rounds, accommodate additional armor protections and power more on-board electrical systems.

The M109 Paladin Integrated Management, or PIM, is slated to begin low-rate initial production by 2013, and features a 600-volt on-board power system designed to accommodate emerging networking technologies as they become available.

'Nothing of significance' found at Scott AFB mail center

Scott Air Force Base bioenvironmental specialists and explosive ordnance disposal technicians have found nothing of significance at the official mail center here, base officials said.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Aug. 31, two U.S. postal workers and a military mail specialist were sent to a local hospital after experiencing adverse reactions to handling mail; all three were later released.

Thirteen other personnel were decontaminated on site as a precautionary measure, base officials said, and one other person later self-identified and went through the decontamination process.