Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Today's Top News 30 June 2010

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General David Petraeus is the new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Plus, Army officials address the problems at Arlington National Cemetery.

New "Green Ammo"

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The Army has started shipping "green ammo" to troops in Afghanistan. Over 1 million rounds were fired to make sure the ammo met or exceeded expectations.

Hurricane Alex

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Hurricane Alex is being monitored by meteorologists at the Pentagon.

SECARMY on Arlington

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Secretary of the Army John McHugh says the Army is doing everything it can to correct the reported management issues at Arlington National Cemetery.

Afghan Airfield Attack

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NATO and Afghan forces repelled an insurgent attack on an airfield Wednesday outside of Jalalabad City in eastern Afghanistan.

Wind Turbine Problems

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Government officials say the rapid increase in wind turbine construction could interfere with the military's long-range radar systems.

Ready for Battle

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The commander of U.S. Forces Korea says American and South Korean forces are ready to fight against North Korea if deterrence fails.

Hurricane Alex Preps

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Tropical Storm Alex is now Hurricane Alex and the Texas National Guard is getting ready.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Today's Top News 29 June 2010

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GEN David Petraeus has been tapped by President Obama to replace GEN Stanley McChrystal, who the Associated Press reports has submitted retirement papers.

Rules of Contracting

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Defense officials say the DoD has learned some important things from years of hiring contractors.

National Guard Deploy

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More than 2,000 National Guardsmen along with eight helicopters and three C-130 aircraft are preparing to deploy as Texas gets ready for Tropical Storm Alex.

Female Vets

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The VA is making room for increasing numbers of women seeking care at its medical centers.

Petraeus Confirmation

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Confirmation hearings began Tuesday for GEN David Petraeus, who was nominated to take over as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

Hurricane Preps

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Officials prepare for future storms in the Gulf of Mexico in what is predicted to be a busy hurricane season.

Alex May Affect Oil Spill

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Tropical storm Alex may miss the Gulf oil spill area but experts warn strong swells and winds could disrupt cleanup efforts.

DoD Budget Concerns

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Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ashton Carter says the DoD has been charged with eliminating excess spending.

Oil Cleanup Latest

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The wind and waves generated by tropical storm Alex aren't affecting the oil cleanup response in the Gulf of Mexico.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Today's Top News 28 June 2010

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The U.S. will retain control of all military forces in the Republic of Korea, and the DoD is going to do more without increasing the budget.

Increase Military Ability

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The DoD plans to increase military capabilities with no increase to the budget.

Army to Close Bases

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The Army is beginning a three-phase plan to consolidate bases in Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany.

Oil Spill

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Cleanup from the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico continues.

Maj Gen Burnett Retires

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The Adjutant General of Florida's National Guard retired over the weekend after more than 47 years of military service.

HIMARS Rocket Test

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Army officials tested a new HIMARS rocket system Saturday at Fort McCoy, WI.

Purple Heart Recipients

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Over 100 servicemembers received a Purple Heart Friday afternoon in New York.

CJCS Meets Barak

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs ADM Mike Mullen met Sunday with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak to discuss Iran's nuclear program.

Mullen in Afghanistan

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen was in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday for meetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Sen. Robert Byrd has died.

West Virginia Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress, has died, the senator's office said. He was 92.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Today's Top News 25 June 2010

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Top DoD officials say GEN David Petraeus' knowledge of operations in Afghanistan will allow him to take charge of the Afghan campaign quickly and efficiently.

Rumsfeld Portrait

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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was on hand Friday at the Pentagon to help unveil a portrait honoring former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Oil Spill Latest

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National Incident Commander ADM Thad Allen says the relief wells being drilled in the Gulf of Mexico are nearing the broken oil well.

Electronic Health Records

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AHLTA, DoD's electronic health records system, has made significant advancements since its unveiling a half decade ago.

Intrepid Center Opens

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A new medical center built specifically to diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury and psychological disorders in war veterans opened Thursday in Bethesda, Maryland.

Guard Flood Response

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The National Guard is on duty in three states providing assistance to communities hit hard by heavy rains and flooding.

Korean War Anniversary

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The Pentagon Thursday marked the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War.

Obama on Unity

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President Barack Obama says he insists on a unity of purpose from all branches of the U.S. government in Afghanistan.

Gates on GEN Petraeus

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Top Defense officials say General David Petraeus' familiarity with military operations in Afghanistan will allow him to take charge of the Afghan campaign quickly and efficiently.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Today's Top News 24 June 2010

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Defense Secretary Gates voices his support for General David Petraeus as the next U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Also, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence opens its doors.

ADM Mullen on Changes

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen announces plans to travel to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the wake of General Stanley McChrystal's resignation.

Gates on GEN Petraeus

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates is voicing support for General David Petraeus, nominated by President Obama to succeed General Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

Confirmation Hearings

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The Senate Armed Services Committee held confirmation hearings Thursday for General Raymond Odierno and Lieutenant General Lloyd Austin.

Oil Spill Response

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National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen says there has been no delay in deploying National Guard troops responding to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Intrepid Center Opens

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The National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland, opens its doors.

GEN McChrystal Resigns

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President Barack Obama accepted General Stanley McChrystal's resignation Wednesday as the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan.

Wanat Review

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Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced Wednesday the Army has completed its review of the battle at Wanat, Afghanistan.

Border Security

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a series of initiatives on Wednesday she says will strengthen and expand efforts to secure the U.S. border with Mexico.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Today's Top News 23 June 2010

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President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of the commander of U.S. and NATO Forces in Afghanistan, GEN Stanley McChrystal, on Wednesday.

GEN McChrystal Resigns

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GEN Stanley McChrystal tendered his resignation as Commander, U.S. and NATO Forces in Afghanistan after he made comments critical of President Obama and some of his aides.

McChrystal Resigns

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Commander in Chief Barack Obama has accepted the resignation of U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal.

GEN David Petraeus is the new commander in Afghanistan

Previously General David H. Petraeus assumed command of the United States Central Command in October 2008, after serving for over 19 months as the Commanding General of the Multi-National Force-Iraq during “the surge.” Prior to his tour as MNF-I Commander, he commanded the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, during which time he oversaw the development of the Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. Before that assignment, he served for over 15 months as the first Commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq. That deployment to Iraq followed his command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during which he led the “Screaming Eagles” in combat during the fight to Baghdad and throughout the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His command of the 101st followed a year deployed on Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, where he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations of the NATO Stabilization Force and the Deputy Commander of the US Joint Counter-Terrorism Task Force-Bosnia. Prior to his tour in Bosnia, he spent two years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, serving first as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the 82nd Airborne Division and then as the Chief of Staff of XVIII Airborne Corps.

General Petraeus was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation as a “distinguished cadet” from the United States Military Academy in 1974. He has held leadership positions in airborne, mechanized, and air assault infantry units in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East, including command of a battalion in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and a brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division. In addition, he has held a number of staff assignments: Aide to the Chief of Staff of the Army; battalion, brigade, and division operations officer; Military Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander-Europe; Chief of Operations of the United Nations Force in Haiti; and Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

General Petraeus was the General George C. Marshall Award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Class of 1983. He subsequently earned MPA and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and he later served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the US Military Academy. He also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University.

Awards and decorations earned by General Petraeus include two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the State Department Distinguished Service Award, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, the Gold Award of the Iraqi Order of the Date Palm, the French Légion d’Honneur, the Polish Order of Merit, the Order of Australia, and the National Defense Cross of the Czech Republic. He is a Master Parachutist and Air Assault and Ranger qualified. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge and French, British, and German Jump Wings. In 2005 he was recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s 25 Best Leaders, and in 2007 he was one of four runners-up for Time Person of the Year. In 2009, he was selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals and by Esquire magazine as one of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century. Most recently, he was awarded the George Kennan Award by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, the 2010 James Madison Medal by Princeton University, and the 2010 Intrepid Freedom Award by the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.

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