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The Intersect
Sept. 8, 2009
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NATIONAL NEWS

Gates Objects to News Photo of Dying Marine
from Defenselink
Defense Sec. Robert M. Gates used the strongest terms in trying to persuade the Associated Press to refrain from running a graphic picture of a Marine taken shortly after the servicemember was wounded in southern Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said. Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard later died on the operating table Aug. 14. More

Iraq Energy Efficiency Helps Environment, Saves Money
from Defenselink
Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq officials are working to boost energy efficiency in the Iraqi infrastructure to help the environment and boost cost savings, command officials said. Energy efficiency affects the environment by reducing air pollution and the economy by reducing fuel costs. "Since energy impacts the environment and the economy, it makes sense to ensure that the construction of the Iraqi security infrastructure is done in the most energy-efficient manner. This will properly set the conditions needed to encourage cost savings and employ sound environmental practices," Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas N. Williams Jr., chief of planning for the command's engineering directorate, said. More

Chief DoD Buyer Puts Shop on War Footing
from Defense News
The U.S. military is seeking "good technical solutions" for a number of battlefield needs, such as steeling forward bases and protecting aircraft against small-arms fire, says Ashton Carter, the Pentagon's top acquisition, technology and logistics executive. When Robert Gates brought the former Harvard professor into the Pentagon, the defense secretary insisted his new acquisition chief place the military's top acquisition, technology and logistics shop on a war footing. Carter says he already has made strides to do just that. More

Commander Appoints Board to Investigate Air Strike
from Defenselink
The commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force has appointed a two-star general to lead the formal investigation into an air strike in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that reportedly killed numerous civilians. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal appointed Canadian Maj. Gen. C.S. Sullivan to lead the joint investigation board's probe of the incident. More

REGIONAL NEWS

Labor Day Weekend Golfers Help Troops, Families
from Defenselink
Air Force Maj. Dan Rooney knows that just a dollar or more added to your golf greens fees this Labor Day weekend can provide millions of dollars to help servicemembers and their families. Rooney, a professional golfer and an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot with the Oklahoma Air National Guard, is the founder of Patriot Golf Day. More

SERVICE SECTION

Army Reserve Command Moves All U.S. Troops, Supplies Into Afghanistan
from The U.S. Army Reserve
In February, President Barack Obama authorized almost 20,000 additional troops to deploy to Afghanistan as part of the Global War on Terrorism. Each week, the 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command moves thousands of troops into theater in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The 143rd ESC, an Army Reserve command and the first ESC to deploy to Afghanistan, controls the arrival and movement of troops and supplies by leading the Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan in sustainment operations. More

Army Reserve Hosts America's Future Leaders
from The U.S. Army Reserve
U.S. Army Reserve Command hosted more than 150 young leaders from across the country. The students were attending a youth leadership conference hosted by LeadAmerica at the Military College of Georgia at North Georgia College and State University. LeadAmerica is one of the nation's premier youth leadership organizations and each year hosts invitational conferences at universities throughout the U.S. as well as abroad. More

First Army Reserve OCONUS Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team to Activate Mid-September
from The U.S. Army Reserve
The 7th Civil Support Command will activate the 773rd Civil Support Team, a new full-time Army Reserve unit in Kaiserslautern, Germany. In preparation for future operations the 773rd CST is developing partnerships with various stateside based Civil Support Teams to include Nevada and New Mexico. More

March Firefighters Help Community Battle Station Fire
from The Air Force Reserve Command
The March AFB firehouse received a request for assistance to help fight the Station Fire north of Los Angeles. The call activated Strike Team 6051A, a team of local fire engines. In addition to March AFB's Engine 10, the strike team included one engine from Indio, one from Murrieta and two from Riverside. More

Coast Guardsmen are First to Ever Graduate BUD/S
from The Navy Times
Two Coast Guardsmen became the first in their service to graduate from the Navy's Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALs training. The graduates, whose names have not been released, have been training since January. They still must go through another six months of training before they officially become SEALs, said Lt. Fred Martin, a spokesman for the Naval Special Warfare Center at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif. More

RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of September 1, 2009
from Defenselink
This week the Air Force announced an increase in activated reservists, while the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced a decrease. The net collective result is 564 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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