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Last enlisted Army draftee says farewell

The mood was bitter sweet at the U.S. Army Materiel Command during a change of responsibility ceremony and farewell to a relic in Army history.

Jeffrey J. Mellinger, AMC's outgoing command sergeant major, turned over responsibility to Command Sergeant Major Ronald T. Riling, incoming command sergeant major.

Mellinger's final assignment as AMC's command sergeant major is culminated his nearly 40 year career, which began in 1972 during the Vietnam War. He is the last continuously serving draftee on active duty.

Marines train in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Kingdom of Cambodia — Marines from Okinawa traveled to Cambodia to refresh their skills and increase combined-joint interoperability by providing support for a U.S. Army jumpmaster course here Aug. 14-21.

Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conducted training, while providing support to soldiers with 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), during the course.

20th EBS Airmen assume continuous bomber presence in Guam

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AFNS) -- More than 300 Airmen assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., arrived here recently to replace the 96th EBS in support of U.S. Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence.

The rotation of bomber aircraft is specifically designed to enhance regional security and demonstrate the U.S.'s commitment to stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

ACC Airmen prepare for Hurricane Irene

National Hurricane Center officials issued a number of advisories for the East Coast Aug. 25 in preparation for Hurricane Irene.

Airmen, civilian personnel and their families at Air Combat Command units and installations near the projected path of a hurricane should take steps to adequately prepare, said the Air Combat Command emergency management functional manager.

"You want to make sure you have a stockpile of supplies readily available at your home that can be used to sustain you for approximately three days," said Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Hatcher.

Countering Improvised Explosives

Redstone Arsenal has helped form the nation's new strategy against improvised explosives devices.

Military and public safety bomb squads participated Aug. 15-19 in an interoperability exercise at the Hazardous Devices School. The Department of Army resourced it while the school did the planning and execution.

VFA-94 arrives in Kadena, Habu Fire II kicks off

NAHA PORT OKINAWA, Japan — Navy airmen from Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 94 arrived in Okinawa via High Speed Vessel Saturday to participate in exercise Habu Fire II here.

Habu Fire II is a joint-training exercise where VFA-94, Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 214 and 18th Fighter Wing work together performing and improving efficiency in air-to-air operations.

This course is unique because it allows Marines, Navy airmen and Air Force airmen the opportunity to work together and learn how each branch accomplishes the mission.

What is OPSEC?

Eighty percent of the intelligence our adversaries collect is from "open source" that someone placed on unsecure websites.

What are they are looking for:

•Names/photographs of important people
•Present and future U.S. capabilities
•Meetings of top officials
•News about U.S. diplomacy
•Important government places
•Information about military facilities:
- Location
- Units
- Amount of lighting
- Exterior size and shape of buildings
- Number of Soldiers / officers
- Ammunition depot locations
•Leave policies
•Brigade and company names
•Degree & speed of mobilization

Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller

Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller

What is it?

The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to members of the armed forces. Since the medal's creation in 1862, there have been more than 3,400 recipients; more than 2,000 of those were Soldiers.

What has the Army done?