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25 February 2011 Military News

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  • Transcript: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates Speech - United States Military Academy (West Point, NY) DoD 25 Feb 2011 -- "The strategic rationale for swift-moving expeditionary forces, be they Army or Marines, airborne infantry or special operations, is self-evident given the likelihood of counterterrorism, rapid reaction, disaster response, or stability or security force assistance missions. >But in my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should “have his head examined,” as General MacArthur so delicately put it."
  • Gates Challenges Cadets to Change Army Culture AFPS 25 Feb 2011 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told cadets here that they must continue changing the culture of the Army to ensure the service can handle the challenges facing America.
  • DOD Announces Improvements To The Personnel Security Clearance Process DoD 25 Feb 2011 -- The Department of Defense (DoD) released information today about improvements made to the personnel security clearance process. Over the past four years, the DoD has worked with the Director of National Intelligence, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Office of Personnel Management to streamline processes, make changes to policies, introduce extensive information technology improvements, and eliminate a backlog of approximately 100,000 pending cases.
  • Construction Begins on Navy's Newest Aircraft Carrier NNS 25 Feb 2011 -- Advance construction started on the nation's newest aircraft carrier Feb. 25 with a "first cut of steel" ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News, Va.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Highlights Mast-landing as Special RCOH Milestone NNS 25 Feb 2011 -- A major milestone was completed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) when the 34-ton upper main mast was installed during the ship's ongoing refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., Feb. 24.
  • ONR's TechSolutions Moves Aircraft Launch Bulletins into Digital Age NNS 25 Feb 2011 -- Flight crews responsible for launching aircraft from the decks of carriers are transitioning into the computer age, with the aid of an Office of Naval Research (ONR) TechSolutions device successfully tested Jan. 27-30.
  • USS Hawaii Returns from Western Pacific Deployment NNS 25 Feb 2011 -- The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a scheduled six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region, Feb. 24.
  • Region Northwest Participates in Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield NNS 25 Feb 2011 -- Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Naval Station Everett, and Naval Magazine Indian Island participated in this year's annual Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (ATFP) exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2011 (SC-CS11) Feb. 21 - 25.
  • USS Santa Fe Departs for Deployment NNS 25 Feb 2011 -- Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region, Feb. 24.
  • ONR's TechSolutions To Provide New, Improved Eyewear to SEALs NNS 25 Feb 2011 -- The Office of Naval Research's (ONR) TechSolutions department is set to deliver new protective eyewear to Navy Special Warfare Command personnel this year.
  • ONR Develops New Acquisition Model for Delivering Information to the Fleet NNS 25 Feb 2011 -- The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has created a unique acquisition approach to rapidly develop a new way to deliver information to the fleet that developers will outline Feb. 22 at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) conference in Miami.
  • U.S., Kuwait Mark Gulf War 20th Anniversary AFPS 25 Feb 2011 -- This week marks 20 years since the United States, as part of a 34-nation coalition, drove Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army out of Kuwait, returning that nation to sovereignty and reshaping the U.S. military to the force it is today.
  • Defense department provides joint basing overview Army News 25 Feb 2011 -- This week marks 20 years since the United States, as part of a 34-nation coalition, drove Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army out of Kuwait, returning that nation to sovereignty and reshaping the U.S. military to the force it is today.
  • Preparing for repeal of DADT brings training for Soldiers Army News 25 Feb 2011 -- With pending repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law banning gays and lesbians from military service, the Army is implementing a tiered training program for Soldiers worldwide.
  • Airmen demonstrate massive airdrop, teamwork in joint exercise AFNS 25 Feb 2011 -- Nine Little Rock Air Force Base C-130 Hercules and twice as many aircrews, along with maintainers and planners from the base, participated in Joint Operation Access Exercise Feb. 9 through 12 here and at Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • Emergency exercise brings U.S., Japanese responders together AFNS 25 Feb 2011 -- Airmen from the 35th Fighter Wing teamed with their host nation's emergency responders for an accident exercise here Feb. 23.
  • Air Force leads the way as Green Power Partner AFNS 25 Feb 2011 -- The Air Force is one of the nation's top purchasers of green power, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Top 25 list of Green Power Partners released this month.
  • Japanese, American NCOs work together to gain insight AFNS 25 Feb 2011 -- Kadena Air Base officials began a NCO exchange program Feb. 18, giving eight Japanese Air Self Defense Force airmen the chance to see how their U.S. Air Force counterparts operate.
  • CONR team supports successful shuttle launch AFNS 25 Feb 2011 -- Officials with the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, or CONR, and Air Forces Northern provided crucial airspace control and manning support to the successful launch of Space Shuttle Discovery Feb. 24.
  • Marine Forward Element Set Up to Help in Middle East AFPS 25 Feb 2011 -- Traveling through the Middle East to confer with U.S. allies in the midst of regional unrest, the top U.S. military officer visited a new Marine Corps headquarters element here designed to evacuate noncombatants or provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response.
  • Space weather team readies for upcoming solar max AFNS 25 Feb 2011 -- Solar max may sound like the name of a super hero, but it's certainly no comic book or 3-D movie.
  • Mullen Reaffirms American-Bahraini Alliance AFPS 25 Feb 2011 -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen continued his visit to Bahrain today to reaffirm the U.S.-Bahraini relationship as the protest movement here entered its 12th day.
  • Chairman to Attend Desert Storm Ceremonies AFPS 25 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. military’s top officer arrived here today during his swing through the Middle East to meet with Kuwaiti officials and participate in ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm that liberated Kuwait from Iraqi occupation.
  • U.S. Marines observe, train Georgia’s 33rd Light Infantry Battlion during Georgia Deployment Program USMC News 25 Feb 2011 -- In August 2009, the Republic of Georgia joined forces with International Security Assistance Forces and ramped up a battalion of soldiers to aid the fight in Afghanistan. This marked the start of the Georgia Deployment Program. The first unit was the 31st Light Infantry Battalion, 32nd is serving in Helmand Province now and the 33rd is preparing to replace them.
  • Getting ground troops needed air support USMC News 25 Feb 2011 -- “Mission 1001 is airborne. They’re going to be at your location in five (minutes). It’s a flight of two AV-8B Harriers, how copy?”
  • Counsel of colonels get hands-on, visit simulator, experience training USMC News 25 Feb 2011 -- The III Marine Expeditionary Force counsel of colonels met at the III MEF Motor Vehicle Simulator Training Facility to experience the facility and training capabilities first-hand, Feb. 17.
  • MP support company takes on field exercise USMC News 25 Feb 2011 -- More than 50 Marines from Military Support Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, recently participated in a two-week training evolution here.
  • III MEF CG provides guidance USMC News 25 Feb 2011 -- Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck Jr. discussed his guidance for the Marines and sailors of III Marine Expeditionary Force during Exercise Cobra Gold 2011.
  • EOD Marines conduct basic demolition range USMC News 25 Feb 2011 -- Marines with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conducted a two-day basic demolition training package for junior Marines and sailors in the battalion.
  • Cuts damage UK’s military capability, former defence chiefs warn IRNA 25 Feb 2011 -- Defence cuts, announced by the government, undermines the UK’s Navy ability to protect the Army or Royal Marines on amphibious operations, former military chiefs have warned Prime Minister David Cameron.
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 2/25/2011 The White House 25 Feb 2011
  • February 25, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 25 Feb 2011

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