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Improved magazine increases weapons reliability

The Army has begun fielding a new 5.56mm 30-round "improved magazine" that delivers a significant increase in reliability for M-16 and M-4 weapons. Bolstering the already high reliability ratings of the M-16 and M-4, the improved magazine reduces the risk of magazine-related stoppages by more than 50 percent compared to the older magazine variants, according to officials at Program Executive Office Soldier. Identified by a tan-colored follower, more than 500,000 of the improved magazines have been fielded to units in Iraq, Afghanistan and the United States. "With the improved magazine

Japan-U.S. Military Exercise Improves Readiness

CAMP HIGASHI-CHITOSE, Japan-On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan mutual defense treaty, U.S. and Japanese forces have successfully concluded a major exercise here on Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. Yama Sakura, an annual joint and combined full-spectrum training exercise, this year involved 1,500 U.S. service members and 3,500 members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. Its focus was the refinement of bilateral planning, coordination, and interoperability. "This exercise proves the strength of the long-standing relationship between the U.S.

Live-fire demo showcases future weapons

The Small Arms Branch of the Soldier Requirements Division rolled out more than 30 weapon systems - including pistols, rifles, sniper weapons, machine guns and grenade launchers - for a special live-fire demonstration Tuesday at Red Cloud Range. The weapons, including new sniper technology, weapons upgrades and an air burst rifle prototype, represent 60 percent of the Army's small arms strategy, said Lt. Col. Thomas Henthorn, chief of the small arms branch. The demonstration was to familiarize Maj. Gen.

Mustang Squadron Trains 'Light'

Vanguard Brigade Soldiers are continuing to train as a lighter fighting force - fulfilling the Army's need for a light infantry brigade combat team, and serving as the only one of its kind in the 3rd Infantry Division.

Corps of Engineers builds radar stations on Georgia's Black Sea Coast

In January 2010, the last of three U.S.-funded radar stations on the Black Sea coast of Georgia will open, marking the completion of a significant international assistance program. The radar stations will help a key U.S. ally protect its maritime borders, said James Kelly, chief of party for the U.S.

Commander Discusses Exercise in Africa

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2009 – The largest U.S. Defense Department-sponsored exercise in Africa this year yielded many important lessons, the commander of U.S. Army Africa said yesterday.  Army Maj. Gen. William B.

Medal of Honor recipient laid to rest

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Beckett said a final farewell to his former commander and lifelong friend, retired Col.

Helicopter revitalization program launches final refurbished Black Hawk

Moments after Maj. Gen. James Myles, commanding general, Aviation and Missile Command, took off in the Corpus Christi Army Depot UH-1H Huey to attend a meeting at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, UH-60A crew members launched the last A-to-A recapitalized Black Hawk from the depot recently. The UH-60A Recapitalization Program kicked off during 2002 with the induction of the first A-to-A aircraft at Corpus Christi Army Depot.

Pentagon launches review of Fort Hood shooting

WASHINGTON (Nov. 19, 2009) -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today announced the Defense Department will conduct a broad review of the Nov. 5 Fort Hood, Texas, shooting that left 13 dead and dozens injured. Former Army Secretary Togo West and retired Navy Adm. Vernon Clark, former chief of naval operations, will head the initial 45-day review, which will inform a follow-on investigation expected to last four to six months. "The shootings at Fort Hood raise a number of troubling questions that demand complete but prompt answers," Gates said during a Pentagon briefing.

Army North: Americans helping Americans

Two U.S. Army North leaders peered intently Nov. 7 as members of their command's Civil Support Training Activity met with leaders of the Ohio National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, which is located near Butlerville, Ind. Although Lt. Gen. Thomas Turner, the commanding general of Army North, and Command Sgt. Maj.

Borinqueneers open doors to peace and security

"Borinqueneers" from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa opened the doors to its seventh Counter Terrorism Course for the Ugandan People's Defense Force (UDPF) at the Kasenyi Military Training center this summer. The four-month course, being taught by "Borinqueneer" Soldiers from the 1/65th Infantry Battalion of the Puerto Rico National Guard, will end this month. According to historical records, the men of the 1/65th came up with the nickname "Borinqueneer" during a long sea voyager while serving in the Korean War.

Multi-state task force in Kosovo accepts transfer of authority

A new U.S.-led Kosovo Forces task force, made up of Soldiers from 37 states, officially took over responsibility of Multi-National Task Force-East on Saturday, joining units from five other NATO nations, all of which are maintaining a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement in Kosovo. At a mid-day transfer-of-authority ceremony, Brig. Gen. Alan S. Dohrmann, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of the North Dakota National Guard, and the Soldiers who make up his task force, accepted responsibility of MNTF-E from Brig. Gen. Keith D.

Soldiers in Europe prepare for Afghanistan using advanced simulation system

About 1,500 U.S., Romanian and Bulgarian Soldiers enhanced their combat skills with the Deployable Instrumentation Systems Europe (DISE) at the Babadag Training Area in eastern Romania and the Novo Selo Training Area in Bulgaria from the beginning of August to the end of October as part of Joint Task Force-East's (JTF-East) 2009 exercise. DISE is a high-tech monitoring and training system that brings realism and combat similarity to Soldiers and units wherever they may be to enhance their warfighting skills. The Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) is the Army's largest training c

Ecuador's 'Amazonas' train with U.S. military to become 'River Rats'

Dense jungle surrounds the Payamino River, an important waterway in Ecuador. This river, along with countless others in the eastern provinces of Ecuador, serve as a lifeline for local communities, the Ecuadorian military and illegal armed groups. Recognizing the importance of Riverine operations, the U.S.

Hasan Charged with 13 Counts of Murder

Military prosecutors have charged Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan with 13 counts of premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 attack at Fort Hood, Texas.  The charges fall under Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the case will be heard in the military system. “These are initial charges, and additional charges may be preferred in the future, subject to the ongoing criminal investigation,” said Chris Grey, spokesman for U.S.