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Army reservist says unit not ready for fall deployment
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A Chicago sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve bypassed the chain of command and asked two Illinois lawmakers to intervene when he thought his unit, set to deploy to Afghanistan this fall, was woefully unprepared. Alejandro Villatoro, 28, is one of about 160 soldiers from across the Midwest in the 656th Transportation Company, based in Hobart, Ind. He said he didn't want his unit to be unprepared like his was in 2003. In Kuwait, Villatoro said, his unit conducted missions with trucks used in the Korean War and trained using Vietnam tactics, like digging foxholes. When his unit invaded Iraq, some soldiers did so with scant bullets. More

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They got the job done
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For many Iraq veterans, that was the feeling as U.S. troops ended their combat role after seven grueling years of fighting. It was, finally, time to hang that banner. "Mission accomplished," said Nicholas Gonzalez, a former Army specialist who took part in the initial invasion of Iraq and served there for a year. Now, the Eugene, Ore., resident said, it's up to the Iraqi people to make the most of the hard-fought changes wrought from the war. "We did what we wanted to do over there, what needed to be done," Gonzalez said. "We got rid of a horrible dictator. Now it's in their hands." More

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US looks at bolstering funding for Yemeni military
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U.S. commanders have proposed spending up to 1.2 billion dollars over five years on Yemen's security forces, reflecting U.S. worries about Al-Qaeda's presence in the region, officials said. U.S. Central Command, which oversees American forces in the Middle East, has called for the major investment despite persistent concerns about corruption in Yemen. The Pentagon said no final decision had been taken yet on Central Command's proposal for the 2012 federal budget, and that officials from the State and Defense departments were discussing aid for Yemen. More

HEALTH CARE


Gates gives brutal assessment of Tricare
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates launched into a brutal assessment of the military's health care system, Tricare, this week, calling it a constant source of complaints from troops and badly in need of financial reform in the face of rapidly increasing cost estimates to the federal government. Gates for months has called on Congress and the Defense Department to head off the potentially explosive costs facing military health care in coming decades for millions of young servicemembers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Health care cost the department $19 billion in 2000, but is estimated to reach $50 billion in fiscal 2011 and $65 billion by 2015, according to Gates. "We simply can't sustain that," he said. More

VA secretary addresses traumatic brain injury conference
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Recognizing the longstanding, integrated collaboration shared by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department, VA Sec. Eric K. Shinseki gave the keynote address at the fourth annual Traumatic Brain Injury Military Training Conference. "We — DOD and VA — simply cannot afford to be less than aggressive in our effort to identify, treat and rehabilitate TBI victims," Sec. Shinseki told the approximately 1,000 military, VA and civilian health care workers at the conference. More

BENEFITS


Many troops not claiming back pay
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Uncle Sam wants to give free, no-strings-attached money to about 145,000 troops who were involuntarily kept on duty after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but is having trouble persuading them that it's not a gimmick. More

SERVICE SECTIONS


Navy eases reserve affiliation transition
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Sailors considering leaving active duty now have an easier path to explore Navy Reserve options prior to separation, and continue to serve and enjoy Navy benefits. There are several continuum-of-service initiatives to help make the transition to the Reserves an easy one. Perform-to-Serve with Selected Reserve (SELRES) option, Career Management System/Interactive Detailing with SELRES option, and the Career Transition Office are in place to aid Sailors. More

Deadline nears for officers' joint service credit 2001-2009
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Active-duty Army officers have until the end of September to self-nominate and apply for retroactive credit for joint-service experience they gained between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009. After those dates, Army officers may only apply for credit for joint duty which ended within the past 12 months, according to Maj. Mike Mayes, the chief of the Joint Policy Branch of Officer Personnel Management Directorate at the Human Resources Command on Fort Knox. More

USAF bomber ideas coming in 2012 budget
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The much-anticipated wish list for the next long-range U.S. bomber will be laid out as the Air Force builds its 2012 budget proposal, the service's chief of staff said. "We'll have a decision probably in this budget cycle, with at least insights into what the secretary of defense is going to allow us to do" to address nuclear, conventional and prompt global strike needs, Gen. Norton Schwartz said after taping an episode of "This Week in Defense News." "The bottom line is, this budget cycle should produce the answers." More

RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED


National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve activated as of Aug. 31
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The Army, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Air Force and Navy announced an increase. The net collective result is 215 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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