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Surveillance and coordination with NATO aided rebels
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As rebel forces in Libya converged on Tripoli, American and NATO officials cited an intensification of American aerial surveillance in and around the capital city as a major factor in helping to tilt the balance after months of steady erosion of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's military. The officials also said that coordination between NATO and the rebels, and among the loosely organized rebel groups themselves, had become more sophisticated and lethal in recent weeks, even though NATO’s mandate has been merely to protect civilians, not to take sides in the conflict. More



Tomorrow's fight trusts NCOs with more power
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Noncommissioned officers will soon get more leadership and combat training, better intel and gear on the battlefield — and a lot more responsibility as leaders shape the Army for the battlefield of tomorrow. The way forward places squads right at the tip of the spear. Brigades will push capabilities and responsibilities down the chain as the battlefield becomes decentralized. More

AF is offering buyouts and early outs, freezing hiring
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An uncertain budget outlook is driving the Air Force to cut about 4,000 civilian positions shortly after the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1. Another 2,000 summer hires will go off the books Sept. 30. Personnel officials expect to trim temporary jobs and offer retirement and buyout packages to full-time staff employees. All the cuts will come from less critical-mission areas. The Air Force expects to begin the separations and retirements by Oct. 31. More

Deaf man battling to join Army after auditing ROTC
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Keith Nolan spent a decade applying repeatedly to the Army's Reserve Officers Training Corps' program before the deaf man's tenacity paid off and a commander finally let him audit the classes. Nolan became a top performer in the ROTC program's Bravo Company at California State University at Northridge, and his instructors were so impressed they let him wear a uniform. He was distraught when he turned it back in and said goodbye to the other cadets in May. He could advance no further under the military's current policy that requires cadets pass a hearing test to be commissioned by the Army. More

X Marks the Spot: The New Exchange

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (now the Exchange) has rebranded the organization which is changing the look and appearance of our entire enterprise. 
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Are military pensions too 'generous'?
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It sounds like a pretty good deal: Retire at age 38 after 20 years of work and get a monthly pension of half your salary for the rest of your life. All you have to do is join the military. As the nation tightens its budget belt, the century-old military retirement system has come under attack as unaffordable, unfair to some who serve and overly generous compared with civilian benefits. That very notion, laid out in a Pentagon-ordered study, sent a wave of fear and anger through the ranks of current and retired military members when it was reported in the news media this month. More

New suicide awareness video aimed at supervisors
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A new suicide prevention awareness video just released by the Army is aimed primarily at both junior leadership and first-line supervisors, to let them know their responsibility to be the first to identify and assist those in need. More

Wounded warriors moved to new Bethesda barracks
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Wounded warriors began moving into new specialized barracks on board Naval Support Activity, Bethesda Aug. 20 following the official opening of the Tranquility Hall barracks. The barracks will service outpatient military members from both the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center. More

New York Adjutant General opens ne Long Island Armed Forces Readiness Center
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Members of the New York Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve on Long Island now have one place to call home. On Tuesday, Aug. 17; Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York - joined by representatives of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve—officially opened the $92 million Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center that centralizes the operations of all these reserve components in one location. More

More excuses and delays from the VA
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It has been more than three months since a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit accused the Department of Veterans Affairs of "unchecked incompetence" and unconscionable delays in caring for veterans with mental health problems. Instead of working with the plaintiffs to address the court's concerns, the V.A. is appealing the ruling. More

Top AETC Reservist retires
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"It has been a fun ride but 37 years is a long time," said Maj. Gen. Jack W. Ramsaur II when asked about his recent retirement from the Air Force Reserve. He said he has been lucky and blessed because he has had a successful career and has worked with some talented people. Ramsaur is the mobilization assistant to the commander, Air Education and Training Command. As the senior Reserve liaison to the AETC commander, he represents the Air Force Reserve Command and integrates Reservists into the Air Force. More

Military cutbacks could hit Western Massachusetts bases
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The Bay State's military installations survived major cutbacks and avoided closure with the 2005 federal Base Closure and Realignment Commission, but the new focus on Capitol Hill to reduce federal spending may not bode well for the Massachusetts bases. The state's congressional delegation will work to protect military bases across the commonwealth, including Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Mass., and the Air and Army National Guard units at Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield, Mass., but, U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. recently cautioned that "potentially devastating budget cuts could threaten defense programs everywhere across the country." More

RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED


National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of Aug. 16
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This week the Army and Marine Corps announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard announced an increase. The net collective result is 261 fewer reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. More


 


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