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Obama announces program to hire vets as first responders
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President Barack Obama recently continued his commitment to improving employment among veterans by introducing an initiative to hire them as the country's first responders. "In my State of the Union address, I proposed a new initiative called the Veterans Jobs Corps to put veterans back to work protecting and rebuilding America," he said. "And today, we're laying out the details of this proposal." Speaking at a fire station to veterans, firefighters, police officers and national park employees, Obama shared the venue's significance before his remarks. More

Panetta outlines 'state of DOD' to troops in Germany
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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta paused recently between a NATO defense ministerial and the annual Munich, Germany, security conference to visit what he called the U.S. military's "unsung heroes." Panetta spoke at Ramstein, Germany, with some 65 airmen assigned to the Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility, 10th and 86th Aeromedical Evacuation squadrons, 721st Aerial Port Squadron and 786th Force Support Squadron. More

Army Reserve to retain current troop level
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The Army Reserve had been authorized to add 1,000 soldiers in fiscal 2013 but will remain at its current level of 205,000 troops due to budget constraints, Reserve officials say. However, the force will likely lose 5,000 to 6,000 soldiers next year in order to absorb active-duty troops expected to leave the Army as it downsizes, Reserve spokesman Matthew Leas said. More

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Dempsey: Military balance requires closures, realignments
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The Defense Department needs another round of base realignments and closures if the military is to retain its balance, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said recently. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told the Reserve Officers Association that as the military cuts $487 billion over the next 10 years, infrastructure must change accordingly. "When we talk about balancing the force and our investment in balance, there's manpower costs, there's modernization and equipment costs, there's training and maintenance costs and then there's this thing called infrastructure — just those things involved with turning the lights on and off," he said. More

Air Guard boss pushes back on cuts    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Air National Guard's top officer took aim at Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz recently, questioning why the service chief protected active duty resources and targeted Guard units in the service's latest round of budget cuts. Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt, the Air National Guard director, expressed his frustration with Air Force leadership during a panel discussion with the military's Guard and Reserve chiefs at the Reserve Officers Association National Security Symposium in Washington. More


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McKeon: BRAC request would be DOA in House
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Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., told a conference of the Reserve Officers Association recently that he that he would not put a request for base closures in the annual defense reauthorization budget, the Military Times reported. When asked what he would do with such a request from the Pentagon, he replied, "Kill it," according to the Military Times. "That's going to be our approach." More

Army 3-star general: Army should be more like Marines
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The head of the Army Reserve said recently that the Army should be more like the Marine Corps — at least in the way the Marine Corps cultivates a strong life-long brotherhood. Although Marines and soldiers usually boast about being better than the other, Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, head of the Army Reserve, said at this year's Reserve Officers Association symposium in Washington, D.C., that the Marine Corps does a good job inculcating the idea of "once a Marine, always a Marine." That helps them pull active duty Marines into the Reserve at the end of their service. More

Reserve soldiers 'more relevant' than ever    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Amidst concerns of budget and troop reductions, Reserve Soldiers remain a critical component of America's defense, said the chief of the Army Reserve. During his visits around the force, Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief, Army Reserve said the No. 1 question he's asked by Soldiers is "what's going on" with regards to budget and force cuts. Those Soldiers, Stultz said, are concerned about the future of their jobs and their relevance in America's defense. More

Proposed AF Guard, Reserve cuts meet resistance
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The Air Force's Guard and Reserve components will take a big hit in terms of personnel if the service gets its way — staffing levels would be cut by 6,000 in fiscal 2013, and aircraft levels would also be reduced. The Air Force announced recently which units and aircraft will be trimmed from the service in coming years. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said the changes will affect all 50 states. Several members of Congress and at least one unit were already fighting back within hours of the Air Force's announcement. More

Panetta's announcement brings up serious business of base closures
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta fired a shot heard at every U.S. military facility Jan. 26 when he said base realignments and closures are a possibility in 2013 because of deep budget cuts dictated by the Budget Control Act. The Pentagon won't get to $487 billion in spending cuts over 10 years without looking at infrastructure. And with the Army set to shrink from 560,000 active duty troops to 490,000 by 2017, the Pentagon cannot afford to maintain bases it does not need, Panetta said. More

Reserve forces vital to new DOD strategy say senior leaders
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Developing the right balance of regular, Reserve and Guard forces is the key to fulfilling the president's new defense strategy and making budget decisions to shape the Air Force's future, said senior leaders during the Reserve Officer Association 2012 National Security Seminar, held Jan. 29 to Feb. 1. More than 400 attended the conference at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., and included senior leaders from the Department of Defense and Reserve component leaders from all services. More

'Reversibility' in budget said to impact industry multiple ways
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The Pentagon is "quite serious" about applying so-called reversibility to budget decisions that impact the defense industry, a senior official said. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy said reversibility, the noting of budgeting in a manner so that the military can quickly respond to unforeseen future threats, "means a couple things" for industry. Her comments came, during her final speech before leaving office, as pundits questioned just what the reversibility means. More

We must get restructuring our military right
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Congress and the Pentagon face the enormous challenge of restructuring our military with a reduced budget. It's the right thing to do at the right time. Today's active duty force, a legacy of the Cold War, is simply too large for the nation's needs, wasting precious dollars. In restructuring, however, we cannot afford to apply the same business model used over the past 60 years and expect different results. Getting it right will require a new approach. More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of Jan. 31
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This week the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists while the Army and Air Force announced an increase. The net collective result is 1,393 more 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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