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21 May 2013 Military News

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  • F-35A instructor pilots qualify in aerial refueling AFNS 21 May 2013 -- The initial cadre of F-35A Lightning II instructor pilots qualified in aerial refueling last week, adding another capability for student pilot training at the 33rd Fighter Wing's F-35 Integrated Training Center here.
  • All-In: Army Engineers unite in solving global military engineering issues Army News 21 May 2013 -- In one of the most momentous occasions in the history of the United States Army Engineer Regiment, the 412th Theater Engineer Command's Engineer TEC-ASCC Planning Exercise (ENTAPE) has proactively brought all of the Army engineering components together to bridge capability gaps in an era of declining resources.
  • Joint Information Environment Serves Warfighters, Official Says AFPS 21 May 2013 -- The Joint Information Environment isn't a program, it's an end state, the Defense Department's deputy chief information officer for information enterprise said at an industry conference here today.
  • Hagel, Australian Counterpart Note Progress, Cooperation AFPS 21 May 2013 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith met for a working lunch at the Pentagon this afternoon, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
  • Special Ops Components Adapt for Future Challenges AFPS 21 May 2013 -- Look for big changes in special operations forces as they shape for what's ahead after a dozen years of intensive, high-operational-tempo missions focused predominantly on Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • DOD, VA and HHS Partner to Expand Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members and Families DoD 21 May 2013 -- Today, the Departments of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the progress made to date on initiatives called for in President Obama's August 31, 2012 Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and their families.
  • GW Combat Systems Dept. Proves Readiness NNS 21 May 2013 -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington's (CVN 73) Combat Systems Department recently completed a two-week readiness assessment, May 17.
  • Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS enters production phase USMC News 21 May 2013 -- The Department of the Navy announced May 15 that the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) received Milestone C approval authorizing the start of low rate initial production.
  • USAFE-AFAFRICA infrastructure under pressure AFNS 21 May 2013 -- U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa is seeing the ripple effect from sequestration. Budget cuts for this fiscal year to facilities sustainment and restoration are expected to cause readiness issues now and into the future.
  • Massive tornado hits near Tinker AFB AFNS 21 May 2013 -- Nearly 250 members of the Oklahoma National Guard, as well as members of Tinker Air Force Base are assisting with victim search and security in Moore, Okla., where a tornado left at least 51 dead, including 20 children, authorities said.
  • U.S. Marines, Sailors train Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Commandos USMC News 21 May 2013 -- U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 13 began training Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos in Dakar, Senegal, April 6, 2013.
  • USS Tortuga Arrives in Indonesia for Exercise CARAT '13 NNS 21 May 2013 -- JAKARTA, Indonesia - The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) arrived in Jakarta today, marking the beginning of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2013 (CARAT '13), May 21.
  • Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Ships Visit Pearl Harbor NNS 21 May 2013 -- Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMDSF) ships, landing ship tank JS Shimokita (LST 4002); destroyer JS Atago (DDG 177) and helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) departed Pearl Harbor May 20 following a five-day port visit.
  • Two Warships Join Russia's Mediterranean Task Force RIA Novosti 21 May 2013 -- Two warships of Russia's Black Sea fleet joined the country's Mediterranean task force on Monday, a spokesman for the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Capt. First Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachyov, has said.
  • Russia to Scrap World's Biggest Nuclear Subs RIA Novosti 21 May 2013 -- Russia will decommission and scrap two of the largest submarines in the world by 2018, a defense industry source told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
  • Russia Develops New Air-Defense Target Simulator RIA Novosti 21 May 2013 -- Russia is developing an advanced target simulation system for its air defense units based on the short-range Pantsyr system, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
  • Putin Calls on Shipbuilder to Speed Up Naval Deliveries RIA Novosti 21 May 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) on Tuesday for delays in delivery of warships to the Russian Navy and demanded the shipbuilders improve efficiency.
  • Royal Navy takes the lead in international exercise UK MOD 21 May 2013 -- UK mine warfare experts have swapped Scotland for the Gulf to play a pivotal role in the world's largest ever mine countermeasures exercise.
  • Systems failure might be cause of jet crash: Air Force CNA 21 May 2013 -- A systems failure might be the reason a two-seater Mirage 2000-5 fighter jet crashed into the Taiwan Strait Monday during a regular training mission, the Air Force said Tuesday, based on the results of an initial investigation.
  • Iraq Reopens Russian Arms Deal Probe RIA Novosti 21 May 2013 -- Iraq's Central Criminal Court has resumed an investigation into officials suspected of corruption in a $4.2 billion deal to purchase Russian weapons, the head of the Iraqi Parliament's Integrity Committee, Bahaa al-Araji, said on Tuesday.
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 5/21/2013 The White House 21 May 2013

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