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19 September 2011 Military News

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  • Senior leaders: B-2 has a bright future ahead AFNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Senior leaders from across the Air Force visited here last week to discuss the future of the B-2 Spirit bomber.
  • AF officials announce civilian early retirement, separation incentive options AFNS 19 Sep 2011 -- The Air Force is implementing civilian Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay programs, Air Force officials announced today.
  • F-22 fleet to resume flight operations AFNS 19 Sep 2011 -- The Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz have recently approved an implementation plan developed by Air Combat Command officials that will allow the F-22 Raptor to resume flight operations after a four-month stand down.
  • SECAF addresses state of the Air Force AFNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley addressed hundreds of Airmen, sister service members and industry leaders during the Air Force Association's 2011 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition here, Sept. 19.
  • DOD Set for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal AFPS 19 Sep 2011 -- The repeal of the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law is slated to take effect tomorrow, a senior Defense Department official told reporters.
  • Obama Proposes TRICARE Changes AFPS 19 Sep 2011 -- Military retirees would pay an annual fee for TRICARE-for-Life health insurance and TRICARE pharmacy co-payments would be restructured under the deficit reduction plan President Barack Obama released.
  • George Washington Returns to Sea NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- The USS George Washington returned to sea Sept. 19 to continue her 2011 patrol after three weeks at her forward operating port of Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.
  • Ordnance School ceremony signals end of BRAC Army News 19 Sep 2011 -- As the construction equipment has all but disappeared from the Fort Lee landscape, it signifies that the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure initiatives have come to an end. For the Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, the past few years marked the single largest period of expansion since World War II.
  • Army receives 76 acquisition review panel recommendations Army News 19 Sep 2011 -- The much-anticipated Army Acquisition Review hones in on the current processes for determining requirements, resourcing, and acquisition -- 'Big A' acquisition -- and provides what the Army has said will be a blueprint for improvements over the next two years.
  • Shower Water Reuse System to be force multiplier at FOBs Army News 19 Sep 2011 -- With budgets falling and thousands of troops scheduled to redeploy back home, commanders in the field are striving to become more efficient with resource-saving measures such as the Shower Water Reuse System.
  • Rehearsing for war: Marines of 'America's Battalion' train for Afghan battlefield USMC News 19 Sep 2011 -- Storming through the desert on helicopters and tracked vehicles, the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, practiced counterinsurgency operations during Exercise Clear, Hold, Build 2 at Range 210 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., from Aug. 14 to 19.
  • MUSIC integrates unmanned, manned aircraft Army News 19 Sep 2011 -- The Project Offices for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Apache Attack Helicopter and Armed Scout Helicopter conducted an exercise showcasing advancements made in aircraft interoperability, referred to as the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability, or MUSIC, Exercise at Michael Army Airfield, Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, today.
  • Rescue squadron returns home from concurrent deployments AFNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Approximately 60 members of the 56th Rescue Squadron returned here Sept. 15, after back-to-back deployments in support of two different operations that had them away from home for more than nine months.
  • USS Carr Completes 6th Fleet Deployment NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- The USS Carr concluded a three-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet, Sept. 19, returning to her homeport of Norfolk, Va.
  • USS Boone Returns from Twilight Deployment NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- The USS Boone returned to homeport at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Sept. 18 following a six-month deployment in support of Southern Seas 2011 and counter illicit trafficking operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility.
  • Gettysburg Departs Bahrain NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- The USS Gettysburg departed Bahrain Sept. 6 after a six-day port visit.
  • Frank Cable Divers Receive New Support Vessel NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Divers assigned to submarine tender USS Frank Cable became some of the first in the Navy to receive one of two new 50-foot Armstrong Marine custom dive support vessels Sept. 19.
  • Welcoming ceremony greets Army Reserve crew and vessel Army News 19 Sep 2011 -- U.S. Army Reservists from the 9th Mission Support Command sailed into port, here, Aug 19, after a lengthy journey from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
  • Destroyer Squadron 26 Departs for Joint Warrior 11-2 NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Commander, Destroyer Squadron 26, embarked aboard the USS Arleigh Burke, departed Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Sept. 16 to participate in the multinational exercise Joint Warrior 11-2 off the coast of Scotland.
  • Gulfport Seabees End First Construction Phase on Inert Ordnance Storage Facility NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 completed Phase I of a construction project Sept. 18, during their 10-month homeport, for the Navy Munitions Command at Naval Support Activity Panama City, Fla.
  • NAVFAC Southwest Awards $40 Million Contract for Training Facility NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest awarded a contract for the design of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Facility at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Sept. 12 to Harper Construction Company Inc. of San Diego.
  • Navy Awards Contract to Replace Fuel Pier at Craney Island NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic awarded a $28.8 million contract Sept. 12 to McLean Contracting Company of Glen Burnie, Md., to replace Fuel Pier D at Craney Island, Va.
  • Taiwan eying acquisition of F-35 fighters: deputy defense minister CNA 19 Sep 2011 -- Taiwan would be pleased if the United States has indeed agreed to help upgrade its fleet of F-16 A/B jet fighters, and plans to move toward procuring the even more sophisticated F-35 model in the future, Taiwan's Deputy Defense Minister Andrew Yang said in Richmond Sunday.
  • U.S. arms sale decision not yet a done deal: defense minister CNA 19 Sep 2011 -- Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu on Monday denied reports that the United States will not offer Taiwan F-16 C/D jet fighters as part of a new arms package, saying he had not received any official information to that effect.
  • Center 2011 military exercises to kick off in CSTO member states RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2011 -- The Center 2011 strategic military exercises of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states are starting on Monday in Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
  • Sri Lanka-India joint Naval exercise begins IRNA 19 Sep 2011 -- A joint exercise of Sri Lankan and Indian naval forces started Monday in the eastern seas off Trincomalee to enhance interoperability of the two navies.
  • Azerbaijan to build 60 pilotless spy planes for its army RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2011 -- Azerbaijan's armed forces will take delivery of 60 Orbiter and Aerostar unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) by the end of this year, the Azerbaijan Press Agency (APA) said on Monday quoting military sources.
  • Minister urges implementation of S-300 systems deal IRNA 19 Sep 2011 -- Defense minister Brigadier Ahmad Vahidi said Monday that Russia should fulfil its previously made commitments on delivering the S-300 missiles to Iran.
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and OMB Director Jack Lew The White House 19 Sep 2011

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