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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.

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HOW MANY HAVE YOU READ?

Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, released his 2013 reading list on 1 February.

Here is the list:
"Hat in the Ring: The Birth of American Air Power in the Great War" by Bert Frandsen
"West with the Night" by Beryl Markham
"The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy" by David Hoffman
"Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942" by Daniel Ford
"Leading With Honor" by Lee Ellis
"Dressmaker of Khair Khana" by Gayle Lemmon
"The Sovereignty Solution" by Anna Simons, Joe McGraw, and Duane Lauchengco

SEABEES TRAIN TO FIGHT

NMCB 3 Continues “Fighting Seabee” Tradition
By Harold Hutchison

If you ever think that the Sailors in a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion might be a pushover for bad guys, perhaps you ought to see some of their training. NMCB 3 recently carried out its weapons training – and they qualified on some serious firepower.

The Seabees were formed in World War II, to construct airfields in the Pacific Theater as the Allies moved across the Pacific Ocean to defeat Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

SUSPECT IN KYLE SLAYING CHARGED

Routh Faces Capital Murder Charges
By Harold Hutchison

The suspect in the killing of former SEAL and author Chris Kyle is facing capital murder charges in Texas.

According to a report from TheBlaze.com, Eddie Ray Routh is being held on a $3 million bond as he has been transferred to the Erath County Jail. Routh is charged with killing Kyle and Chad Littlefield as they were attempting to help him deal with post-traumatic stress disorder at the Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose, Texas.

AIRMAN SAVES LIFE!

Quick Action Saves Woman In Car Accident
By Harold Hutchison

A Special Tactics Airman’s training kicked in and his actions have been cited as having helped save a woman’s life near Pope Field.

Maj. Francis Damon Friedman, with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, came upon a car accident and went into help. He discovered a woman trapped in her vehicle, and acted. He lead three others to clear tree limbs to clear the vehicle, and then went inside to render first aid to the woman.

When rescuers arrived, Friedman had provided first aid, and was taking to the victim.