Friday, July 31, 2009

Sea Power

US Navy yet to decide on new SSBN design

The US Navy (USN) will start concept and system-definition studies in Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) for a new ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) to replace the current Ohio class, Rear Admiral Stephen E Johnson, director of the USN's Strategic Systems Program Office, told a recent National Defense University Foundation forum in Washington. The studies will enable construction to start in FY19 and replacement of current SSBNs to start in FY25-28. Rear Admiral Johnson said the initial design work will be on the missile compartment and that there has been no decision on fundamental issues regarding the new SSBN design

[first posted to - 30 July 2009]

Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody

FEMA advisory for Nebraska

Nebraska Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding
Fri, 31 Jul 2009 18:08:49 -0500

Major Disaster Declaration number 1853 declared on Jul 31, 2009

Federal Aid Programs for Nebraska Disaster Recovery
Fri, 31 Jul 2009 18:16:51 -0500

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's major disaster declaration issued for Nebraska.

Today's Top News - 07.31

The man accused of killing a soldier outside an Army recruiting station may face the death penalty. Also, first lady Michelle Obama welcomes home sailors at Naval Station Norfolk.

FLOTUS at Norfolk

First lady Michelle Obama visited Naval Station Norfolk Friday to welcome home sailors from the USS Eisenhower carrier strike group and USNS Comfort.

GEN Petraeus Honors Marines II

General David Petraeus paid tribute to the Marine Corps in a speech Thursday in Arlington, Virgnia.

GI Bill Questions - 07.31

The Post 9/11 GI Bill will take effect Saturday and with it comes many questions.

GEN Casey at Fort Jackson

Army Chief of Staff General George Casey was on hand Thursday to watch graduating Soldiers at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

GEN Petraeus Honors Marines

Commander of U.S. Central Command, General David Petraeus, honored Marines Thursday at the 3rd Annual Marine Corps Association Foundation dinner.

Yokosuka Education Benefits

DNU Flash - Yokosuka Sailors receive education benefits training by a Department of Veterans Affairs representative.

Naples Public Health Evaluation

Environmental Management System

DNU Flash - Naval Medical Center San Diego goes green by implementing Environmental Management System.

Combat Training Pool Dedication

DNU Flash - Naval Station Newport, R.I., holds dedication ceremony for the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Combat Training Pool.

Gen. Petraeus USS Bainbridge Visit

DNU Flash - Gen. David Petraeus praises USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) Sailors for their heroism in rescuing Maersk Alabama captain Richard Phillips.

Headlines for Friday, July 31, 2009

DNU Flash - Headlines from around the fleet: Navy releases new information on Department of Defense Blue to Green Program; Marine Corps reaches first term enlistment quotas for fiscal year 2009.

Artificial Eye

The visible wounds of war often remain painful even after they've healed.

ADM Stavridis in Kosovo

Admiral James Stavridis' new position as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander is keeping him busy on the road.

Pacific Missile Intercept

The U.S. Navy successfully shot down a ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean.

GEN McChystal Meets German Troops

The Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan traveled to the northern province of Kunduz Thursday to meet with German troops and local Afghan officials.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

CJCS Podcast 29 JUL 09

ADM Michael Mullen talks about his recent visits downrange and the focus on reducing and eliminating civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

Grandola, Vila Morena

Five for Fighting: Superman (It'S Not Easy)

Today's Top News - 07.30

Fort Belvoir, VA, will be the home of the military's first joint hospital stateside. The President signs Korean War Veterans Act. Also, a new web site helps troops and families.

FEMA advisory for Maine

President Declares Major Disaster For Maine
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:04:53 -0500

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for Maine to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, and landslides during the period of June 18 to July 8, 2009.

Federal Aid Programs For Maine Disaster Recovery
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:17:42 -0500

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's major disaster declaration issued for Maine.

Maine Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:28:38 -0500

Major Disaster Declaration number 1852 declared on Jul 30, 2009

New Fort Belvoir Hospital

Construction is ongoing at Fort Belvoir for what will be the first joint military hospital located stateside.

Taliban Code of Conduct

A NATO spokesman says the Taliban's recently issued "Code of Conduct," aimed at projecting a more positive image, directly contradicts its actions.

Social Networking in Afghanistan

The Defense Department is using the popularity of social neworking sites Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to connect with the world's virtual communities.

FEMA advisory 07.30

FEMA Urges Caution For Those Returning Home After Wildfires
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 08:32:18 -0500

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges residents and business owners to take extra precautions when returning after wildfire-caused evacuations. Dennis Hunsinger, FEMA Acting Regional Administrator for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington warns that unseen dangers may linger long after the flames die down.

More Than $8.6 Million In Federal Disaster Aid Flows To Volusia County
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 12:08:02 -0500

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Although the deadline for individuals and business owners in Volusia County to register for disaster assistance has passed, the federal government continues allocating funds to help survivors recover from the severe late-May storms, flooding, tornadoes and straight line winds.

FEMA Staffers In Jackson Helping Area Food Banks
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 12:10:22 -0500

BILOXI, Miss. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency employees at its Area Field Office in Jackson are pitching in to help two food banks replenish their shelves.

Army Secretary Hearings

The Senate Armed Services Committee met on Thursday to hear from Congressman John McHugh, President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Army.

Souda Bay Suicide Intervention Training

DNU Flash - Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete, holds suicide intervention training.

Individual Augmentees Contribution Awareness

DNU Flash - Fleet Activities, Sasebo, stresses the importance of individual augmentee Sailors.

USS Gettysburg Returns To Mayport

DNU Flash - USS Gettysburg (CG 64) returns to its homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Fla.

Pacific Partnership 2009

DNU Flash - USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) crewmembers take time to regroup in between missions for Pacific Partnership 2009.

FEMA advisory for Texas City, Texas

Bridge City Isd Awarded $4 Million FEMA Grant To Replace Hatton Elementary School
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 08:28:27 -0500

TEXAS CITY, Texas - Hurricane Ike's estimated 13.5-foot storm surge in Orange County, Texas, caused extensive damage throughout the county, including the Bridge City area. Now, a nearly $4.2 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will help the Bridge City Independent School District replace the severely damaged Hatton Elementary School.

FEMA Obligates $27 Million In Grants For Hurricane Ike Debris Cleanup And Protective Measures
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 09:03:43 -0500

TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The state of Texas and the city of Houston will receive more than $10.7 million in federal grants to recoup their costs for measures to protect lives and property during Hurricane Ike, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Monday. Hardin and Galveston counties also were awarded FEMA grants totaling more than $16.7 million for debris cleanup.

Ex-Salem Museum Ship Inspection

DNU Flash - Naval Sea Services Command conducts an annual inspection aboard the museum ship USS Salem (CA 139).

Headlines For Thursday, July 30, 2009

DNU Flash - Headlines from around the fleet: The Navy will christen Pre-Commissioning Unit Jason Dunham (DDG 109) in Bath, Maine, August 1; Lockheed Martin unveils the Navy's first stealth fighter.

Haitian Shipwreck

The U.S. Coast Guard has reportedly called off its search for as many as 79 Haitians missing after a boat capsized near the Turks and Caicos Islands.

USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) Will Be Christened on August , 1st

USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) will be christened on August, 1st, 2009. The Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is named after the corporal Jason L. Dunham.

Thought his short life he received the following medals and commendations: Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

His Medal of Honor citation:

"The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to CORPORAL


For service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Rifle Squad Leader, 4th Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines (Reinforced), Regimental Combat Team 7, First Marine Division (Reinforced), on 14 April 2004. Corporal Dunham's squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in the town of Karabilah, Iraq, when they heard rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire erupt approximately two kilometers to the west. Corporal Dunham led his Combined Anti-Armor Team towards the engagement to provide fire support to their Battalion Commander's convoy, which had been ambushed as it was traveling to Camp Husaybah. As Corporal Dunham and his Marines advanced, they quickly began to receive enemy fire. Corporal Dunham ordered his squad to dismount their vehicles and led one of his fire teams on foot several blocks south of the ambushed convoy. Discovering seven Iraqi vehicles in a column attempting to depart, Corporal Dunham and his team stopped the vehicles to search them for weapons. As they approached the vehicles, an insurgent leaped out and attacked Corporal Dunham. Corporal Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground and in the ensuing struggle saw the insurgent release a grenade. Corporal Dunham immediately alerted his fellow Marines to the threat. Aware of the imminent danger and without hesitation, Corporal Dunham covered the grenade with his helmet and body, bearing the brunt of the explosion and shielding his Marines from the blast. In an ultimate and selfless act of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of at least two fellow Marines. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Dunham gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service".

F35-C, Carrier Variant (CV)

F35-C Unveiled

Lockheed Martin rolled out the first of the Navy's new Joint Strike Fighters during a ceremony Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Aviators Fly Home

Friends and family members were on hand Wednesday as aviators returned to Naval Air Station Oceana.

Gates Meets with Kurds

Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrapped up his trip to Iraq Wednesday with a vist to Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Brazil releases more details of SMK bomb kit

More details have appeared in the Brazilian press on the indigenous Acauan (Falcon) SMK (Smart Kit) bomb guidance kit first exhibited at the Latin American Aerospace and Defense (LAAD 09) exhibition in Rio de Janeiro in April. An article in the O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper on 19 June described the SMK as the result of research by the Brazilian Ministry of Aeronautics' Aerospace Technical Command (CTA) in Sao Jose dos Campos (Sao Paulo State).

[first posted to - 28 July 2009]

Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat: Lucky

Today's Top News - 07.29

The House Armed Services Committee heard testimony Wednesday concerning psychological stress in the military. Also, rising unemployment is helping the military find more quality recruits.

FEMA advisory 07.29

FEMA Authorizes Funds To Help WA State Fight Union Valley Fire
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 14:07:55 -0500

SEATTLE, Wash. --The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today authorized the use of federal funds to help Washington State fight the Union Valley Fire burning in Chelan County.

When Wildfires Rage: Prepare, Stay Informed And Evacuate If Directed
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 16:00:03 -0500

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Sustained record-breaking temperatures have raised wildfire hazards throughout the Pacific Northwest. With wildfires burning in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state, FEMA Acting Regional Administrator Dennis Hunsinger encourages at-risk residents to prepare for the worst, stay informed on local conditions and evacuate if instructed to by fire or emergency management officials.

Troop Stress

The House Armed Services' Military Personnel Subcommittee heard testimony Wednesday concerning psychological stress in the military.

Quality Recruits

Bill Carr, the Undersecretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy, says rising unemployment rates are helping the military find more quality recruits.

Official Underscores Commitment to Close Detention Center

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2009 - The Defense Department remains committed to meeting President Barack Obama's one-year timeline to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon's top lawyer said yesterday.

"A bipartisan cross section of distinguished Americans has called for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, and has done so for a period of years," Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department's general counsel, said before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "The president imposed a deadline on us for closing Guantanamo Bay, and we remain committed to meeting that deadline, and we're confident we'll get the job done."

Two interagency task forces made up of personnel from the Defense, State, Justice and Homeland Security departments have been reviewing dispositions of detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay and the general detention policy there to determine the best practices for prosecuting the detainees in civilian court.

For the past six months, "these task forces have worked diligently" to collect the necessary information for a comprehensive review of the U.S. detention policy and the status of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Johnson said. The interagency group assigned to reviewing the cases has made recommendations to approve the transfer of more than 50 detainees to other countries.

Reform also has taken place to amend policies within the Military Commissions Act of 2006, Johnson said. Johnson said Obama's administration feels the Senate has identified the issues needed for reform, and that officials are working side by side with Congress to make further changes.

"The Department of Justice and Defense Department were happy that the language was amended to more closely reflect the Classified Information Procedures Act, so that classified information in military commissions prosecution is treated in a manner [and] in a way in which it's treated in federal civilian courts," Johnson said.

The new policy under the National Defense Authorization Act proposes changes that ban in-court use of statements obtained by cruel interrogation methods, which Johnson said will go a long way to enhance the nation's national security and the credibility of military commissions.

Johnson added that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recently announced five changes to the rules for military commissions that will also go a long way toward improving the process. The rule changes follow the Defense Authorization Act and provide detainees greater latitude in choice of counsel, afford basic protection for defendants who refuse to testify, reform the use of hearsay by putting the burden on the party trying to use the statement, and make clear that military judges may determine their own jurisdiction.

Johnson said he and his colleagues are more than pleased with the amendments made by Congress.

"It is our basic view that the [National Defense Authorization Act] identifies virtually all of the elements we believe are important to further improve the military commissions process," he said in his written testimony. "We are confident that through close cooperation between the administration and the Congress, reformed military commissions can emerge from this effort as a fully legitimate forum -- one that allows for the safety and security of participants [and] for the presentation of evidence gathered from the battlefield that cannot always be effectively presented [in civilian courts]."

Johnson also addressed the issue of Guantanamo detainees who cannot be prosecuted in civilian courts but still pose a threat to U.S. national security. Detention of enemy forces captured on the battlefield during war is "an accepted practice under the law of war, to ensure that they not return to the fight," he said.

For this category of people, a thorough process of periodic review must be carefully evaluated and justified, he said, echoing Obama's May 21 address at the National Archives here.

"This president believes that, if any detention of this sort proves necessary, the authority to detain must be rooted firmly in authorization granted by Congress," he said.

Biographies: Jeh C. Johnson

Related Articles: Top Defense Lawyer Calls for Military Commissions Reform / Guantanamo Bay Closure 'On Track,' Pentagon Lawyer Says

Navy Celebrates Diversity

DNU Flash - Service members and civilians celebrate diversity and honor the late Vice Adm. Samuel Gravely in Washington, D.C.

USS Harry S. Truman Family Day Cruise

Life After The Military Seminar

DNU Flash - Kadena Air Base, Okinawa holds a seminar for those looking to pursue a career after the military.

2009 Sergeant Major Symposium

DNU Flash - The 2009 Sergeant Major symposium is held in Washington, D.C.

Exercise Talisman Saber 2009

DNU Flash - USS George Washington (CVN 73) explosive ordnance disposal technicians train with the Australian Police Force during exercise Talisman Saber.

Headlines for Wednesday, July 29, 2009

DNU Flash - Headlines from around the fleet: The Navy conducts a Personnel Support Detachment Poll; USS Hawaii (SSN 776) arrives at its new homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Green Day: Wake Me Up When September Ends

Closing time - Colonel Lawrence Morris, chief prosecutor

In January, incoming US President Barack Obama announced that the controversial Guantánamo Bay detention facility would be closed by January 2010. Eight months later, the exit strategy appears to have shifted, with Jeh Johnson, a lawyer at the Department of Defense, telling a Senate committee on 10 July that some detainees could be held indefinitely.

[first posted to - 23 July 2009]

Navy Christens New Guided Missile Destroyer Jason Dunham

The Navy will christen the newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Jason Dunham, Aug. 1, 2009, during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.

Designated DDG 109, the new destroyer honors Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, the first Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dunham was born in Scio, N.Y., Nov. 10, 1981, sharing the same birthday as the U.S. Marine Corps.

On April 14, 2004, Dunham's squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in Karabilah, Iraq, when his battalion commander's convoy was ambushed. When Dunham's squad approached to provide fire support, an Iraqi insurgent leapt out of a vehicle and attacked Dunham. As Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground, he noticed that the enemy fighter had a grenade in his hand and immediately alerted his fellow Marines. When the enemy dropped the live grenade, Dunham took off his Kevlar helmet, covered the grenade, and threw himself on top to smother the blast. In an ultimate selfless act of courage, in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of two fellow Marines.

Retired Gen. Michael W. Hagee, former commandant of the U. S. Marine Corps, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Debra Dunham will serve as sponsor of the ship named for her late son. In accordance with Navy tradition, she will break a bottle of champagne across the ship's bow and christen the ship.

Jason Dunham, the 59th Arleigh Burke class destroyer, will be able to conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection. Jason Dunham will be capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and contains a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare in keeping with "A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower," the new maritime strategy that postures the sea services to apply maritime power to protect U.S. vital interests in an increasingly interconnected and uncertain world.

Cmdr. M. Scott Sciretta, born in South Amboy, N.J., is the prospective commanding officer of the ship and will lead the crew of 276 officers and enlisted personnel. The 9,200-ton Jason Dunham is being built by Bath Iron Works, a General Dynamics company. The ship is 509 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 59 feet, and a navigational draft of 31 feet. Four gas turbine engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.

Additional information on Arleigh Burke class destroyers is available online at Destroyers - DDG.

Today's Top News - 07.28

Defense Secretary Robert Gates visits Iraq. Inspector General's Office releases report on electrical deficiencies investigation.

Gen Renuart on Capitol Hill

The Commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command says the U.S. military can not delay its ability to defend the United States against any threat.

Military Ordered To Find $60 Billion in Savings Over Next Five Years

July 28, 2009 – 2:01 p.m.

The military will need to come up with $60 billion in savings over the next five years to pay for new priorities to be set by the Defense secretary, a top Pentagon official said Tuesday.

The order from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is based on an assumption that there will be no real growth in defense budgets over the next five years, a radical departure for a department whose budgets have increased more than 80 percent since 2001.

Pentagon officials say new spending priorities will be informed by an ongoing review of the nation’s military posture, known as the Quadrennial Defense Review. The review is a deep analysis of the overall structure of the military, meant to guide overall planning and program decisions.

One of the driving factors so far in the evaluation is the prospect that defense budgets largely will be static in fiscal 2011 through fiscal 2015, said David Ochmanek, deputy assistant secretary of defense for force transformation and resources.

The military services must “find offsets” to make room for the new capabilities that Gates wants to add or expand, he said. “They’re now busily looking for those billpayers,” said Ochmanek. “That’s how the zero growth assumption manifests itself.”

In late August, the military services will submit their budgets to the Pentagon leadership, which will use those figures to negotiate with the White House Office of Management and Budget, he said. Pentagon planners hold out hope that more money could be forthcoming.

The $60 billion in offsets will be directed toward research and procurement accounts, Ochmanek said.

Senate Judiciary Approves Sotomayor Nomination

July 28, 2009 – 12:24 p.m.
By Keith Perine and Seth Stern, CQ Staff

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court on a nearly party-line vote Tuesday, teeing up a Senate confirmation vote next week.

The committee voted 13-6 to approve the nomination in the same cavernous hearing room in the Hart Building in which Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing took place two weeks ago. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham joined all 12 Democrats on the panel in voting for Sotomayor.

“It is with enthusiasm and hope that I am going to vote in favor of this historic nomination,” committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy , D-Vt., said before the vote.

If confirmed as expected, Sotomayor will be the third woman and first Hispanic to serve on the high court. She will succeed retired Justice David H. Souter , a member of the narrowly divided court’s liberal bloc.

But Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the committee, said, “Based on her record as a judge and her statements, I am not able to support this nomination.” Sessions said he doesn’t believe Sotomayor can put aside her “personal opinions and biases” on the bench. Continue - LINK

ADM Keating on PACOM Strategy

U.S. Pacific Command has updated its strategy to emphasize partnership, readiness and presence.

In 13 to 6 Vote, Senate Panel Endorses Sotomayor

Senate panel approves Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to U.S. Supreme Court, setting up confirmation vote by full Senate. All Democrats Senators (12) and one Republican Senator (Lindsey Graham) votes in favor of Sotomayor.

Gates in Iraq

Defense Secretary Robert Gates made an unannounced trip to Iraq on Tuesday.

FEMA advisory 07.28

Crisis Counseling Can Help Disaster Survivors
Mon, 27 Jul 2009 14:37:39 -0500

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The heavy storms, flooding and mudslides of early May caused a great deal of destruction in West Virginia. Many homes and businesses were damaged, and some individuals were unable to work. But the losses that are most difficult to measure are the ones that destroy a person's peace of mind.

Disaster Recovery Center To Shift Operations Monday
Tue, 28 Jul 2009 08:14:09 -0500

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) currently open in Fredericktown will transition to a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) on Monday, Aug. 3.

FEMA Preparedness Road Show Gets High Five From Kids
Tue, 28 Jul 2009 09:17:03 -0500

BILOXI, Miss. -- Nearly 2,000 children in Mississippi's lower six counties know a little more about preparedness thanks to the FEMA in the Classroom program.

FEMA Funding Helps Elevate Jefferson Parish Homes
Mon, 27 Jul 2009 11:08:03 -0500

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) recently announced a $7.2 million grant to fund an elevation project that will raise 40 homes in Jefferson Parish.

Oklahoma Wildfire Assistance Exceeds $2.9 Million
Tue, 28 Jul 2009 11:59:20 -0500

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Disaster assistance provided to those affected by Oklahoma wildfires now exceeds $2.9 million, state and federal emergency management officials announced today.

GI Bill Questions

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is about to take effect, and with it comes many questions.

Afghanistan Death Toll Policy

There's a new policy on releasable information regarding enemy casualities in Afghanistan.

Seabees Help In Tonga

DNU Flash - Seabees improve building structures in Tonga.

Sasebo Navy Divers

DNU Flash - Navy divers in Sasebo use a Mk-21 diving helmet during annual training.

Bahrain Water Basketball

DNU Flash - Naval Support Activity Bahrain Sailors participate in a water basketball competition.

USS George Washington Surface Training Team

DNU Flash - USS George Washington (CVN 73) Sailors start a surface warfare training team.

Rifle Marksmanship Competition

DNU Flash - The 48th annual Interservice Rifle Championships are held in Quantico, Va.

Headlines For Tuesday, July 28, 2009

DNU Flash - Headlines from around the fleet: The namesake of Pre-Commissioning Unit Gravely (DDG 107) is honored on Capitol Hill; Pre-Commissioning Unit New York (LPD 21) succesfully completes acceptance trials.

U.S. and Libya Relations

After nearly 30 years of strained relations, the United States and Libya may now partner against the very issue that severed diplomatic ties years ago -- terrorism.

Army Anti-Terrorism Plan

The Army has unveiled Phase Two of its Anti-terrorism Strategic Plan.

GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program

The new post 9/11 GI Bill will replace the current Montgomery GI Bill starting August 1st.

Gates in Middle East

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is visiting a number of Middle Eastern countries this week.

Monday, July 27, 2009

NAVY - Power in Motion

Fly NAVY!!!

Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams

Today's Top News (07.27)

President Obama calls for U.S. and Chinese cooperation to meet the challenges of the coming century. Also, Defense Secretary Robert Gates discusses the threat of a nuclear armed Iran.

Gates In Jordan

Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, says Jordan, along with Israel, supports the United States' diplomatic efforts concerning Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Army Modernization

The focus of Army modernization is to make brigade combat teams better right away.

FEMA advisory 07.27

NEW Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps Will Become Effective For Alameda County On August 3
Fri, 24 Jul 2009 02:44:01 -0500

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Residents and business owners of Alameda County, Calif. have less than two weeks to purchase flood insurance at the best possible rates before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) local rate maps go into effect.

Two Weeks Left To Register For Disaster Assistance
Fri, 24 Jul 2009 06:43:15 -0500

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Only two weeks remain for homeowners, renters, and business owners who suffered damages from spring and summer severe weather and flooding to apply for disaster assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions About Disaster Assistance
Fri, 24 Jul 2009 12:20:50 -0500

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding May 8 – 16, President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state of Missouri. The declaration makes federal disaster assistance available to Missourians, but accessing such assistance can be hindered by misinformation. Below are some answers that may help clarify common misconceptions about disaster assistance available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Rice County Flood Risk Information Open House Scheduled
Mon, 27 Jul 2009 10:20:04 -0500

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR), will be hosting a Flood Risk Information Open House on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Rice County Government Services Building (Conference Room 3), 320 NW 3rd Street in Faribault.

First Deadline Approaches For Local Officials To Submit Requests For Federal Infrastructure Assistance
Mon, 27 Jul 2009 14:01:07 -0500

MARION, Ill. -- State and local agencies and certain private non-profit organizations in some southern Illinois counties have very little time left to apply for federal disaster assistance.

GI Bill

On August 1st, the Post 9/11 GI Bill will replace the current Montgomery GI Bill.

Morale Survey

The Department of Defense has developed a department-wide Morale, Welfare and Recreation survey.

Obama on China Partnership

President Barack Obama is calling for the U.S. and China to work together.

License Plates for Vets

Alabama veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars will soon be able to get license plates recognizing their service.

WWII Veteran Returns To Sasebo

DNU Flash - Retired World War II veteran returns to Sasebo, Japan.

USS Harry S. Truman Missile Exercise

DNU Flash -USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conducts missile exercises.

USS George Washington In Talisman Saber

DNU Flash - USS George Washington (CVN 73) participates in Talisman Saber 2009.

U.S. Fleet Forces Change Of Command

DNU Flash - Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. relieves Adm. Jonathan Greenert as commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Souda Bay Pie In The Face

DNU Flash - Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete holds a fundraiser for Sailors wanting to attend this years Navy Birthday Ball.

Headlines For Monday, July 27, 2009

DNU Flash - Headlines from around the fleet: The annual Commander in Chief's Award for Installation Excellence ceremony is held at the Pentagon; Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. relieves Adm. Jonathan Greenert as Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Terrorism Prevention Exercise

The New Mexico National Guard will participate in a nationwide terrorism prevention exercise with state, federal and local authorities.

Gates Visits Israel

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to discuss the threat of a nuclear armed Iran.

Iraq Bombing

Five people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives during a funeral service in western Baghdad Sunday.

Grow The Army

The Army announced the activation of the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division out of Fort Bliss, Texas.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Fighting For Life - Official Trailer

The Marmalade: Reflections of my Life

Today's Top News (07.24)

Secretary Gates meets with Prime Minister Maliki. Adm. Mullen speaks with young leaders. President to present Medal of Honor.

Army Modernization

Making Brigade Combat Teams better right now - that's the focus of Army modernization.

Bomber Dive

Divers say a WWII bomber discovered in the deep waters of a southern California reservoir is in one piece - but buried in sediment at the bottom of the lake.

Vets Turned Lobbyist

Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are lobbying congress for reforms of Veteran's Affairs.

Military Commissions Hearing

The House Armed Services Committee met Friday to discuss reformation of the Military Commissions Act concerning detainees.

Junior Statesmen

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke to potential leaders of tomorrow at the Pentagon Friday.

USS Bataan Amphibious Operations

Motorcycle Safety

Marine One All-Female Flight Crew

Diego Garcia Seabees

Bahrain Town Hall Meeting

Headlines For Friday, July 24, 2009

Coast Guard Cocaine Bust

A Miami-based Coast Guard law enforcement team confiscated $55 million worth of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea Thursday.

Emergency Training Exercise

Gates Meets Maliki

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is studying ways to speed up the delivery of equipment to Iraq's military and police.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Love and Rockets: Ball of Confusion

Today's Top News (07.23)

Congressmen heard testimony concerning the oversight of family support programs. Also, a new web site is helping disabled veterans find jobs.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Air Force planners are working on a long range approach for further development and use of unmanned aircraft systems.

FEMA advisory 07.23

Flood Insurance Is Topic Of Upcoming Meetings
Thu, 23 Jul 2009 08:53:35 -0500

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Specialists from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) have scheduled two upcoming meetings in Kentucky to provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about flood insurance.

Public Assistance Money Flows Into Projects
Thu, 23 Jul 2009 09:46:56 -0500

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- As Minnesota rebuilds after spring floods, more than $5,367,000 is being processed for payment to eligible applicants in 28 counties to reimburse the costs of Public Assistance (PA) projects.

Calcasieu Receives Funding To Acquire Excessive Flood Loss Homes
Thu, 23 Jul 2009 11:20:28 -0500

CALCASIEU PARISH, La. -- The voluntary actions of several homeowners in Calcasieu Parish have laid the foundation for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) to provide $1.1 million to the parish for acquisition of five residential properties.

Harris County Flood Control District Awarded $1.9 Million Hazard Mitigation Grant
Tue, 21 Jul 2009 14:13:11 -0500

TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $1.9 million hazard mitigation grant to Harris County Flood Control District No. 9 to acquire residential properties that suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Ike. The grant was obligated to the district for the acquisition of nine properties in the Idylwood Historic Subdivision.

Keating Reflects on POW/MIA Mission Ahead of Retirement

Thu, 23 Jul 2009 17:08:00 -0500
By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2009 - Nearing the end of his 42-year career in the Navy, Adm. Timothy J. Keating today reflected on those who served alongside him, giving special emphasis to troops whose fates remain unknown.

Keating, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, addressed the National League of POW/MIA Families, a group that strives to account for the more than 1,750 veterans of Vietnam and other wars still missing.

"We're going to do whatever it takes, with appropriate support, to have you reach some sort of conclusion in your minds and in your hearts as to where your loved one is," he said at the group's 40th anniversary annual meeting. "We're not going to rest."

For the 90 days until his retirement from active duty, Keating is slated to remain at the helm of the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, which also serves as headquarters of a task force responsible for POW/MIA accounting.

Keating told the audience that the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command does everything in its power to provide accountability.

"We want to be able to do that last muster," he said. "If not present, then accounted for. Nothing's more important to us."

The admiral paced the room and spoke without prepared notes, delivering an address filled with colorful anecdotes about his years in uniform and the personnel – ranking above, beside and below him – who shaped his military career.

"I'm proud to wear a couple of these ribbons because they recommend a certain period of service, a certain caliber of men and women," he said, pointing to the patchwork of military ribbons and honors on his chest.

"Now make no mistake, the kids you see around us this morning – the young professionals you see around us this morning – they're the best military, the best armed forces the world has ever known," he added. "I get to go to work with them every day, they keep us moving.

"But I'm reminded of great Americans who saluted...and off they went, and they haven't come back yet," he said.

Referring to the iconic black-and-white POW/MIA flag that features the silhouette of a servicemember set against a prison camp backdrop, Keating called the banner emblematic of commitment and honor.

"It's a symbol of your commitment, your honor, your courage and we pay close attention to that," he told the audience. "Each of your names, and the names of your loved ones – the name of the guy or girl that causes you to be in this room today – your names will be written in gold in the pages of history. You have earned that privilege."
Biographies: Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating

Disabled Jobs Website

A new web site is helping disabled veterans find jobs.

High Tech Dentistry

A new high tech machine is helping to make a visit to the dentist a little less painful for servicemembers.

HASC Military Families

The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel is weighing testimony after meeting Wednesday concerning the oversight of family support programs.

Sunken Bomber

Navy divers will be among those taking part in Thursday's mission to inspect a WWII bomber discovered at the bottom of a southern California reservoir.

FEMA advisory for Jefferson City, Mo. 07.23

Disaster Loan Outreach Centers To Open Monday In Bolivar, Joplin
Thu, 23 Jul 2009 10:34:51 -0500

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Disaster Recovery Centers in Polk and Jasper Counties will transition to Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) on Monday, July 20.

Disaster Loan Outreach Center To Open Monday In Kirksville
Thu, 23 Jul 2009 10:36:28 -0500

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Disaster Recovery Center in Adair County will transition to a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) on Monday, July 20.

USS Makin Island Underway Operations

DNU Flash - USS Makin Island (LHD 8) performs at-sea operations while en route to the West coast.

USS John S. McCain Visits Yokohama

DNU Flash - USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) visits the port of Yokohama, Japan.

USS George Washington Koala Comrel

DNU Flash - Sailors of USS George Washington (CVN 73) clean a wildlife park in Australia.

Iwakuni Weather Center

DNU Flash - Marines in Iwakuni, Japan, forecast weather conditions for pilots.

Headlines For Thursday, July 23, 2009

DNU Flash - Headlines from around the fleet: Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West testifies in front of the House Armed Services Committee; the Navy releases new guidance on continuation boards.

More information is available in NAVADMIN 211/09, which should be read in conjunction with NAVADMIN 030/09 and 096/09 on the force stabilization page at

WI Guard In Iraq

Nearly half of Wisconsin's 3,300 National Guardsmen deployed to Iraq are working in that country's detention centers.

Obama, Maliki Meet

President Barack Obama and the Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri al Maliki, met Wednesday at the White House.

Fort Lewis Shooting

A retired soldier shot and killed a woman inside Fort Lewis' Post Exchange Wednesday, before turning the gun on himself.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Five for Fighting: 100 years

Today's Top News (07.22)

The Commander of U.S. Pacific Command gives an update on his area of operations and Air Force Academy researchers travel to Japan to study the solar eclipse.

Fort Lewis Double Shooting

Fort Lewis law enforcement is investigating a shooting at the Fort Lewis Main Post Exchange.

ADM Keating/New Base in Guam

Admiral Timothy Keating spoke to reporters Wednesday about the building of a new military base in Guam.

FEMA advisory 07.22

Your Home Has Never Flooded? The Preferred Risk Policy May Be For You
Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:56:22 -0500

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Many West Virginia residents are indifferent to the need to purchase flood insurance because their home or rental property has never flooded. If this is your experience and you live in a low- to moderate-risk area, signing up for an inexpensive Preferred Risk Policy under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the thing to do now.

Two Counties Added To Declaration For Public Assistance
Wed, 22 Jul 2009 14:08:20 -0500

MARION, Ill. -- Hamilton and Union counties were designated eligible for federal Public Assistance (PA) today. That brings the total number of counties to eight, according to officials from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

ADM Keating on North Korea

The Commander of U.S. Pacific Command says preparations are being made for the day North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is no longer in charge.

FEMA advisory from Washington, D.C. 07.22

FEMA Administrator Meets With North Dakota Governor Hoeven To Discuss Emergency Preparedness And Partnership
Wed, 22 Jul 2009 08:17:36 -0500

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate met today with North Dakota Governor John Hoeven at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Today's meeting comes on the heels of Administrator Fugate's visit to the National Governors Association Conference, where he addressed the conference on how FEMA can support governors and their citizens as we prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.

FEMA Administrator Meets With Governors To Discuss Emergency Preparedness
Wed, 22 Jul 2009 13:31:46 -0500

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- This week, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate met with several of our nation’s governors to discuss emergency preparedness and ensure that as many resources and plans as possible are in place prior to any potential emergency.

Marine One Pilot

Flights on the Presidential Helicopter, Marine One, are something of a routine for the Commander-in-Chief. One of those recent flights was anything but routine for the pilot.

FEMA advisory for Frankfort, Ky 07.22

FEMA Obligates $17.8 Million To Help Kentucky Electric Co-Ops With Ice Storm Costs
Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:20:50 -0500

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated more than $17.8 million to help reimburse six Kentucky co-ops and rural electric cooperative corporations (RECC) for emergency response and repair costs resulting from last winter's devastating ice storm.

FEMA Lends A Hand To Help Kentuckians With Long-Term Recovery
Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:26:40 -0500

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Some Kentuckians affected by the severe storms and flooding that struck May 3-20 will have unmet needs even after receiving help from government disaster aid programs or insurance.

ADM Keating Briefing

The commander of U.S. Pacific Command gave a quick update on his area of operations at the Pentagon today.

GI Bill Yellow Ribbon

The new Post Nine Eleven GI Bill will replace the current Montgomery GI Bill starting August one and already the V.A. has received more than 90,000 applications.

USS Blue Ridge Celebrates 30th Anniversary

DNU Flash - USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Sigonella World War Two Memorial

DNU Flash - Sailors and Italians hold a memorial for World War II at Naval Air Station Sigonella.

Maritime Center Of Excellence Graduation

DNU Flash - Students from African countries graduate from the Maritime Center of Excellence.

Headlines for Wednesday, July 22, 2009

DNU Flash - Headlines from around the fleet: Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead attends the National Naval Officers Association Conference; Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson talks about his podcast.

Afghan FOB Attack

Afghan and coalition forces stopped an attempted suicide attack at a Forward Operating Base in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday morning.

DoDEA Director Visits Italy

DNU Flash - Department of Defense education activity director visits Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy.

Diversity At AIMD, NAS Atsugi, Japan

DNU Flash - Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan takes pride in the diversity of its Sailors.

B-52 Crash Anniversary

Servicemembers gathered at Barksdale Air Force Base to remember five Airmen and a physician who were killed one year ago today.

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