The Intersect
Aug. 16, 2011

Housing schemes prey on Campbell, Ky., soldiers
Army Times
Lauren Klein and her family found the perfect home near Fort Campbell, Ky., listed on the Automated Housing Referral Network, a website designed specifically for military personnel. After moving her family across the country and sending in her deposit and first month's rent, Klein found she was one of 22 people, primarily military, taken victim to the McClardy Road housing scam.More

Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs official visits Guardian Justice
DVIDS
Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, John Newman, and dozens of other active and reserve-component senior leadership visited soldiers during Guardian Justice, an annual premiere Reserve training exercise held on Fort Bliss, Texas. "This is where it all happens," said Newman, "The excellent training we have here demonstrates the professionalism we have in the Rerseve."More

Reservist reenlists after 19-year break in service; sworn in by son
Air Force Reserve Command
Nineteen years after separating from the active duty Air Force, Staff Sgt. Scott Long, 476th Maintenance Squadron fuel systems craftsman, enlisted into the Air Force Reserve. Sergeant Long's son, U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Brandon Long, 1-169 Aviation Support Battalion liaison officer, presided over the July 28 ceremony. "When I decided to reenlist, I was looking into the future," said Sergeant Long, who is now 51. "I always regretted getting out, even though it was the right decision at the time."More

New task force to focus on renewable energy
The United States Army
A new Energy Initiatives Office Task Force will help the Army face challenges associated with rising fuel costs. The formation of the new office was announced Aug. 10 by Secretary of the Army John McHugh during a presentation at the GovEnergy Conference in Cincinnati.More

Therapy dogs lift spirits of returning soldiers at Camp Atterbury, Ind.
National Guard
Lugnut, a three-year-old Golden Retriever and registered therapy dog, moved through several groups of soldiers – bringing smiles to their faces – as they waited to demobilize Aug. 4, after returning home from a 10-month deployment in Afghanistan. Dog trainer Kristi Rush escorted Lugnut and three other teams of handlers and dogs through a few buildings to greet the returning soldiers and staff.More

VA, Defense developing patient data-sharing system
The Washington Post
In response to President Obama's recent inititative to move to exclusively electronic records, the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs will be spending over $4 billion to create a combined records system that will be publicly available and can be shared with other organizations at no charge, unlike the current systems which are commerically purchased.More

Officials announce civilian workforce hiring freeze
U.S. Air Force
Air Force officials announced the implementation of a 90-day hiring freeze effective immediately. A firm commitment to keep spending within requested levels led to implement the hiring freeze across the civilian workforce, officials said. In addition to a 90-day hiring freeze, the officials plan to reduce temporary and term employees and will implement both the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program and Voluntary Early Retirement Authority program.More

Air Force continues emphasis on DADT repeal training
U.S. Air Force
Air Force leaders want to ensure all Airmen are prepared for the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law Sept. 20. Airmen can access the DADT Repeal training through the Advanced Distributed Learning Service link on the Air Force Portal, said Col. Jeff White, Air Force Directorate of Force Development's Air Force Learning Division chief.More

Texas Marines wrap up Afghan police training mission
U.S. Marines
In the mountains of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, a small group of Marines are wrapping up a successful tour of training Afghan National Security Forces. The Marines, reservists with the Houston-based 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, deployed to Training Site Survey Lone Star in February and have spent the last several months helping Afghan Border Policemen become a more proficient force.More

US to deny Taiwan new F-16 fighters
Defense News
Bowing to Chinese pressure, the U.S. will deny Taiwan's request for 66 new F-16C/D fighter aircraft, a Taiwan Ministry of National Defense official said. "We are so disappointed in the United States," he said. A U.S. Department of Defense delegation arrived in Taipei to deliver the news and offer instead a retrofit package for older F-16A/Bs that includes an active electronically scanned array radar.More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of Aug. 9
U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Coast Guard announced an increase. The net collective result is 876 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