Friday, October 30, 2009

Today's Top News 10.30

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The Coast Guard is still searching for the missing crews of two aircraft that collided in the Pacific. Also, the Air Force narrows its F-35 basing candidates.

GI Bill

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The Department of Veterans Affairs will be calling veteran students concerning educational benefits.

PCU New York Commissioning

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DNU Flash - Pre-Commissioning Unit New York (LPD 21) heads to its namesake for commissioning.

Flu Vaccinations

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DNU Flash - Sailors are reminded to get their flu vaccinations.

Seabee Haunted House

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DNU Flash - Naval Base Kitsap Seabees host a haunted house event.

Sasebo Halloween Celebration

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DNU Flash - Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo holds a Halloween event.

Manatee Transport

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The Coast Guard helps transport a large marine animal.

NSA Naples Haunted House

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DNU Flash - Naval Support Activity Naples hosts a haunted house event.

Headlines for October 30 2009

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DNU Flash - Headlines from around the fleet: Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West visits USS Sterret (DDG 104); The Department of Defense acquires additional vaccines for the National Guard; Female Sailors are authorized to get permanent make up.

An Update on the F-35

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The Air Force looks at possible locations to base the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Morrell Remarks

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Geoff Morrell comments on recent deaths in Iraq.

Collision Update

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The Coast Guard is still searching for nine servicemembers involved in a mid-air collision off the coast of California.

Military plane, helicopter collide off California

By THOMAS WATKINS, Associated Press Writer Thomas Watkins, Associated Press Writer

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy were still hoping Friday to find survivors of a collision between a Coast Guard plane carrying two people and a Marine Corps helicopter carrying seen off the Southern California coast.

The crash was reported at 7:10 p.m. Thursday, about 50 miles off the San Diego County coast and 15 miles east of San Clemente Island, Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Allyson Conroy said.

A pilot reported seeing a fireball near where the aircraft collided, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said, and the Coast Guard informed the FAA that debris from a C-130 had been spotted. The Coast Guard plane that crashed was a C-130.

The Coast Guard crew members had survival gear onboard their aircraft, including exposure suits that could have allowed them to survive in the water for hours, Petty Officer Henry Dunphy said Friday from San Diego.

"We're hoping to find survivors," he said. "We're not ruling that out."

At least seven Coast Guard and Navy ships and several helicopters continued a search that ran overnight under a bright moon in calm seas.

"We've pretty much thrown everything we have at it right now," Dunphy said.

The Coast Guard plane was based in Sacramento and was on a search-and-rescue mission when the collision occurred, Dunphy said. He did not have details of the mission.

The AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter was on a training mission when it went down, said Cpl. Michael Stevens, a spokesman for the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.

The Cobra and its crew are part of Marine Aircraft Group 39, based at Camp Pendleton, and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, which is headquartered at Miramar, Stevens said.

San Clemente Island is the southernmost of the eight Channel Islands located 68 nautical miles west of San Diego. The Navy has owned and trained at San Clemente Island since 1934, according to the island's Web site. Naval Air Station, North Island is responsible for the island's administration.

Earlier this week, it was an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter that collided with a UH-1 helicopter over southern Afghanistan, killing four American troops and wounding two more, a Marine spokesman said.

H1N1 Update

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More than 24 million doses of H1N1 vaccine have been delivered to the U.S. and more are on the way.

Afghan Security

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An update on Afghan election preparations.

Mid-Air Collision

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Search teams in California are looking for nine people following a mid-air collision of a Coast Guard transport plane and a Navy helicopter.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Today's Top News 10.29

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The DOD reinforces counter IED personnel in Afghanistan.

Pentagon Briefing

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The Defense Department has increased the number of counter IED personnel in Afghanistan.

USS Lassen's Vietnamese American Commander

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DNU Flash - USS Lassen's (DDG 82) Vietnamese-American commanding officer prepares the ship to visit Vietnam.

President Visits NAS Jax

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DNU Flash - President Barack Obama visits Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

Sasebo Harbor Patrol

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DNU Flash - Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo Harbor Patrol Unit conducts a drill with Japanese Coast Guard.

Military Family of the Year

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DNU Flash - The National Military Family Association recognizes the Navy family of the year.

Election Update

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An update on election preparation in Afghanistan.

NSA Naples Sponsorship Program

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DNU Flash - Naval Support Activity Naples Sailors participate in sponsorship training.

Headlines for October 29 2009

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DNU Flash - Headlines from around the fleet: The Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Management awards ceremony is held in Washington D.C.; Sailors participate in Exercise Juniper Cobra 2010.

Shanks on Afghan Security

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A military official in Afghanistan says the kind of violence that's played out there this week, is not happening all over the country.

Fallen Servicemembers

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President Barack Obama was at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to pay tribute to fallen servicemembers who were returning home.

Coast Guard Rescue

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The Coast Guard rescues citizens off the coast of Cape Cod.

Kansas Troops Deploy

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Soldiers from Kansas are on their way to Iraq.

World Series

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Veterans night at the World Series.

Obama at Dover Air Force Base

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President Obama was at Dover Air Force Base early this morning to pay tribute to fallen servicemembers.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Today's Top News 10.28

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A look at today's top stories from around the military.

Pay Raise for the Military!

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A look at the new military pay raise.

USS George Washington Flu Vaccinations

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DNU Flash - USS George Washington Sailors receive flu vaccinations.

USS Blue Ridge CPR Training

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DNU Flash - USS Blue Ridge Sailors learn CPR while underway.

San Diego Paralympics

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DNU Flash - Injured service members participate in a sports camp.

Sasebo Supply Rate

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DNU Flash - Sasebo Sailors adapt to the new logistic specialist rate.

Presidential Remarks

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President Barack Obama announces an update in spending in order to foster new technologies.

Football Player Visits MCAS Miramar

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DNU Flash - Former National Football League player visits Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

Headlines for October 28, 2009

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DNU Flash - President Barack Obama declares H1N1 flu a national emergency; Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead speaks at the Navy ball; USS Makin Island is commissioned in San Diego.

Attack in Afghanistan

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Twelve people are dead after gunmen stormed a United Nations guest house in Kabul, Afghanistan. Six U.N. workers were killed including one American.

Update on Helo Crash

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Military officials say low visability caused a MH-47 helicopter crash Monday in northwestern Afghanistan.

Gen. Xu Visit

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The U.S. and China reaffirm a commitment made this past April.

Missile Defense Update

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An update on the recent missile defense test.

Soldier Listens to Son

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Thanks to technology and a couple of strangers, Army Major Von Miller can enjoy a little bit of home while deployed to Iraq.

Missile Test

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Officials announced the successful completion of an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense intercept flight test.

What's the cost of not showing up to court?

For PepsiCo, the price of not showing up
was $1.26 billion

For PepsiCo Inc., it's a $1.26 billion default judgment. A Wisconsin state court socked the company with the monster award in a case alleging that PepsiCo stole the idea to bottle and sell purified water from two Wisconsin men. Now the company is scrambling to salvage the situation.

Attacks in Afghanistan

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Gunmen storm a guest house used by U.N. staff, killing at least a dozen people.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Today's Top News 08.27

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President Obama will sign the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act into law at the White House on Wednesday.
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