The Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) responded to a distress signal from a civilian vessel in the early morning of Nov. 7, resulting in the rescue of three Canadian civilian mariners from an overturned sailboat, approximately 300 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C.
Coordination between the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S.
Fiscal 2009 was the safest flying year in the 62-year history of the Air Force. There were only 17 Class A mishaps.
The next best year was fiscal 2006 with 19 Class A mishaps. A Class A mishap is one where there is loss of life, an injury resulting in permanent total disability, the destruction of an Air Force aircraft or property damage or loss exceeding $1 million.
According to William C.
WASHINGTON (Nov. 5, 2009) -- U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is believed to be the lone shooter of some 43 people on Fort Hood, Texas, and he survived being shot by a civilian police officer, the base commander said.
In a televised press briefing tonight, Army Lt Gen. Robert Cone corrected earlier reports that said Hasan and the police officer, who shot him several times, were killed.
Airmen, U.S. Embassy and national defense officials from Senegal and Mali gathered during the latest U.S. Air Forces Africa senior leader engagement in Mali and Senegal Oct. 26 through 30.
Brig. Gen. Michael W. Callan, the U.S. Air Forces Africa vice commander, spent the week visiting with key leaders and touring facilities for a firsthand look at the capabilities of the two nations' air forces.
The general was accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Steven Scott, the Air Forces Africa command chief; and Maj.
The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) returned to San Diego Nov. 5 after an independent five-month surge through all of the numbered fleets.
Thach was operating in support of Task Group Iraqi Maritime (TGIM), which operates in the Northern Arabian Gulf (NAG) and is primarily responsible for defending the critical Iraqi infrastructure located in the area, as well as protecting the sovereignty of Iraqi waters.
Thach and TGIM also trained Iraqi forces in maritime security operations.
High-Speed Vessel (HSV) 2 Swift pulled into Nuoakchott Nov. 5, to conduct a series of military-to-military interactions and theater security cooperation engagements.
While in port crew members of the Swift and the commander of the task force Swift is assigned to will host tours and receptions, as well as participate in meetings designed to further the maritime relationship between both nations' navies. U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania, Mark Boulware, will also co-host a reception on Swift.
"This port visit is a further step towards our mutual cooperation and interaction," said Capt.
F-15C training for active duty and Air National Guard pilots will be merged during this fiscal year and hosted by the Oregon Air National Guard based here, Guard officials recently announced.
The merger comes as Air Education and Training Command adjusts to Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ recommended drawdown of 112 of the service's 405 F-15 fighter aircraft in current use, Col.
The New York National Guard along with local officials from Erie County and the cities of Tonawanda, Buffalo and Niagara Falls joined with other state, regional and federal officials to formally announce the launch of the largest emergency response exercise to have ever been conducted in Western New York.
"Vigilant Guard is an opportunity for military and civilian professionals to train together and prepare for a potential catastrophe we all naturally hope will never happen," said Brig. Gen.
"Possible IED, possible IED." The patrol halts as Marines locate a possible threat to the mission, an improvised explosive device.
Part of being a Marine is to be ready for any situation, whether it's overseas or back home. Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, prepared themselves for future deployments to Afghanistan by taking the week-long Enhanced Combat Skills Course at Camp Pendleton, Oct.
POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AFNS) -- Members of the 19th Airlift Wing from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., took the lead at the Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 10-01 held here Oct. 25 through 29.
The purpose of the JFEX is to re-establish forcible entry capability through airpower by combining Army and Air Force training needs, said Col. Dave Kasberg, the 19th Operations Group commander and JFEX air mission commander.
"It's an integrated, joint focus with a common intel scenario," he said.
Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery (HIMARS), drove their High Mobility Artillery Rocket System out the rear of an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Oct. 22, with a new advancement that will get them into the fight faster.
The 'Hot Panel' program allows the HIMARS to link into an aircraft's GPS and track itself in the air, anywhere in the world.
In the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR), the men and women of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 50 play a vital role in providing maritime security by protecting sea lanes, conducting naval presence missions and ensuring freedom of navigation throughout the Arabian Gulf.
Although previously focusing on similar missions in the North Arabian Gulf, DESRON 50 has expanded its focus to include the mission of Combined Task Group 152.1, supporting Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 in working with coalition and regional partners to ensure maritime security throughout the Arabian Gulf.
"Our new taski