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AN EPIC FILIBUSTER!

Rand Paul Holds The Floor For 13 Hours Over Drones
By Harold Hutchison

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) took to the Senate floor in an old-school filibuster that lasted for over 13 hours in protestation of the Obama Administration’s policies on the use of UAVs to target American citizens in the United States. UAV strikes have been a major aspect of the Obama Administration’s counter-terror strategy.

Coast Guard Helicopter Crew Rescues Man From Saginaw Bay

Video by U.S. Coast Guard District 9

USNS Montford Point Christening

Video by U.S. Navy

MARINES RESCUE CHILDREN

VMR-1 Chopper Carries Out Search-and-Rescue
By Harold Hutchison

Marine with VMR-1 carried out a search-and-rescue mission on President’s Day, saving three children. The Marines used a HH-46E Sea Knight for the mission. The mission was a first for most of the six-member crew.

“When I got the call that we were needed to assist a search and rescue mission, I was about to take my dog for a walk,” Hospital Corpsman Third Class John H. Nelson said.

WILL GUN-GRABS HURT THE TROOPS?

Maryland Gun Law May Wreck Supply Chain for M9 Pistol
By Harold Hutchison

The gun-grabbing legislation that Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is supporting could be bad news for the troops due to a provision in the law. Should it become law, the legislation could prevent Beretta from assembling the M9 pistol in their factory in Accokeek.

According to a report by the Washington Times, the proposed law would prohibit anyone from receiving a magazine that holds more than ten rounds. Beretta’s M9, a version of the Model 92, has a standard magazine capacity of 15 rounds.

New Coast Guard Response Boats Debut

Videos by U.S. Coast Guard District 11 Public Affairs Detachment

157th Infantry Brigade Trains on Simulators

Videos by Camp Atterbury Public Affairs

BRADLEY MANNING PLEADS NOT GUILTY

Soldier Accused of Handing Documents to Wikileaks
By Harold Hutchison

Bradley Manning, the Army enlisted man accused of handing hundreds of documents to the site Wikileaks.org, plead not guilty to charges of aiding the enemy. Manning did admit to ten of the 22 charges.

Manning faces 20 years in prison for the charges he admitted to. He faces life in prison if he is convicted on the charges of aiding the enemy. The secrets exposed by WikiLeaks beginning in 2010 stunned diplomats across the globe and outraged officials. Many said that the leaks endangered lives.

CHICOMS CLAIM AMERICA HACKING THEM

Response Comes After Reports of ChiCom Hacking
By Harold Hutchison

The Chinese Communists claimed that two of their website have been attacked over 144,000 times a month – and that the attacks came from the United States. This comes after reports from an American think tank and cyber-security company blamed the ChiComs for cyberattacks on American companies.

Ospreys Make Debut in Thailand, Prepare for Cobra Gold 2013

Video by III Marine Expeditionary Force

REPUBLICANS CAVE, HAGEL CONFIRMED

71-27 Vote Kills Filibuster
By Harold Hutchison

Former Senator Chuck Hagel was confirmed by the United States Senate after a Republican filibuster was broken. The 71-27 cloture vote removed the only obstacle to Hagel’s confirmation, which became very rocky after the former Senator badly stumbled during his confirmation hearings.

Of the 41 no votes for confirmation, at least 14 voted for cloture. Had those who voted no on the nomination held firm in the filibuster, Hagel’s nomination would have failed.

USS FREEDOM TO DEPLOY AGAIN

First Littoral Combat Ship to Make Second Deployment
By Harold Hutchison

USS Freedom is slated to make a second deployment later this year, the U.S. Navy announced. The littoral combat ship’s first deployment in 2010 was highlighted by four drug busts.

The second deployment is slated to occur around Singapore. The vessel will be taking part in multi-national exercises and exhibitions. Despite a successful initial deployment, some teething problems have occurred with the ship, including cracks.

WHILE OBAMA SLASHES OUR MILITARY…

…Our Enemies Build Theirs Up
By Harold Hutchison

AN ALARMING REPORT
Recent news about the effects of the sequester have been damning: One carrier’s deployment has been delayed, and another carrier’s overhaul is on hold. The Army and Air Force are making their own cutbacks, and the term “hollow force” is becoming a topic of conversation again.

NEW POLICY PUTS WOMEN UNDER FIRE

What Will It Mean for the Troops?
By Harold Hutchison

A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT
On 24 January, 2013, outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sat down at a press conference to announce a major change in the Department of Defense’s policy on women in combat. Women would now be allowed to serve in direct ground combat units.

AIR FORCE RELEASES MEDAL CRITERIA

Distinguished Warfare Medal Requirements Set Forth
By Harold Hutchison

The Distinguished Warfare Medal, announced on 15 February will be awarded to Airmen for actions not involving valor that still have a significant impact on combat operations, according to Air Force officials who spoke about the criteria being set to earn the new medal.