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31st MEU Learns Jungle Survival From Thai Marines

Video by 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

DOD PREPARING FOR FURLOUGHS

Notification Sent to Congress
By Harold Hutchison

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has sent notice to Congress that DOD will be furloughing civilian employees should sequestration pass.

“In the event of sequestration, we will do everything we can to be able to continue to perform our core mission of providing for the security of the United States,” Panetta wrote in a memo to Congress, “but there is no mistaking that the rigid nature of the cuts forced upon this department, and their scale, will result in a serious erosion of readiness across the force.”

A NEW MEDAL FOR NEW TIMES

We Need the Distinguished Warfare Medal
By Harold Hutchison

A NEW MEDAL STIRS THE POT
It is the year 2025 – America is at war with China due to treaty commitments to Japan and the Philippines. On the opening day of the war, an Air Force Technical Sergeant working at the National Security Agency is able to halt a Chinese cyber-attack targeting the Ground-Based Interceptors based in California and Alaska. As a result, China’s effort to wipe out the Pacific Fleet’s carriers in San Diego with an ICBM strike is halted.

31st MEU Executes Boat Raid with Thai Marines

Video by 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

COBRA GOLD GETS STARTED

Annual Exercise Kicks Off in Thailand
By Harold Hutchison

The 32nd iteration of Operation Cobra Gold 2013 has begun in Thailand. The joint exercise in Southeast Asia kicked off with 15 nations participating.

CARRIERS RECEIVE BATTLE “E”

Two Carriers Receive Honor
By Harold Hutchison

The United States Navy awarded two carriers the Battle “E” award. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) were recognized for their service over the last year.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower received its award after a year in which it carried out a six-month deployment to the Fifth Fleet, during which it supported Operation Enduring Freedom. The carrier’s awards in 2012 also included a dozen departmental efficiency awards.

HAGEL FACES FILIBUSTER

GOP May Have 41 Votes to Block Nomination
By Harold Hutchison

Former Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination may not have enough votes to defeat a filibuster by Senate Republicans, Senator David Vitter said. The nomination is the first of a Defense Secretary to be filibustered in history. In 1989, the nomination of Senator John Tower was defeated.

NEW MEDAL ANNOUNCED!

Distinguished Warfare Medal To Recognize Meritorious Service
By Harold Hutchison

The Department of Defense has unveiled a new medal to recognize those who support combat operations in war zones – even when they are on a separate continent.

MISSILE RACE BETWEEN KOREAS

South Korea Unveils New Missile
By Harold Hutchison

South Korea’s response to the North Korean nuclear test has been to unveil a new missile. The new missile is capable of hitting any target in the North.

South Korea in the past has limited the range of its missiles, but in 2012, the United States agreed to let South Korea develop longer-range missiles. The new cruise missile is capable of being launched from surface vessels and submarines.

SEQUESTRATION’S DEVASTATING EFFECTS

Military Leaders Lay Out the Price
By Harold Hutchison

Senior military leaders laid out the price that the armed services would pay if the sequestration cuts went into effect in testimony before Congress on 12 February.

LINCOLN OVERHAUL DELAYED

Could America Be Down Another Carrier?
By Harold Hutchison

The upcoming sequestration and the ongoing budget battles in Washington, DC, have caught another carrier in the cross-fire. The Navy announced it is indefinitely postponing the refueling and complex overhaul of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

The carrier was slated to begin its overhaul this year. The delay will also affect the planned de-fueling of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and the start of the RCOH for USS George Washington (CVN 73).

DEMPSEY SPEAKS ON CARRIER DELAY

USS Harry S Truman’s Delayed Deployment Has Effects
By Harold Hutchison

General Martin Dempsey admitted during a Pentagon briefing of reporters that the delayed deployment of USS Harry S Truman will have an effect on American capabilities in the region.

A KID REACHES OUT

Seven-Year-Old Helps Vets, Troops
By Harold Hutchison

A seven-year-old child has reached out to aid Soldiers and veterans suffering from PTSD or considering suicide – and his efforts have drawn praise from the Army’s Surgeon General.

CARRIER DEPLYOMENT DELAYED

Budget Woes Put Troops, Allies At Risk
By Harold Hutchison

The Defense Department announced a delay in the deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman and the cruiser USS Gettysburg due to uncertainty about the budget situation.

Team Live Fire

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