The Intersect
Sept. 6, 2011

Petraeus garners praise at retirement ceremony
U.S. Department of Defense
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised Army Gen. David H. Petraeus for his 37 years in uniform, noting the four-star general ranks among the great military leaders in U.S. history. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen hosted Petraeus' Joint Service Retirement Ceremony. Mullen said Petraeus set the "gold standard for command in wartime."More

Obama vows solid support for veterans
U.S. Department of Defense
As the United States deals with its fiscal challenges, President Barack Obama emphasized that it won't do so at the cost of its military and won't "balance the budget on the backs of our veterans." Despite 10 years of war, the U.S. military "is the best it's ever been," Obama told the American Legion National Convention in Minneapolis.More

Sources: Raptor fleet to return to flight
Military Times
The Air Force is planning to lift the four-month grounding of its F-22 Raptor fleet, although it has yet to figure out what went wrong in the aircraft’s oxygen system, sources said. Service officials will meet to determine what restrictions will remain on the planes, the culmination of a lively debate between various factions in the Raptor community, sources said.More

F-35 program fixes wing problem
Defense News
Technicians with the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program have found and corrected a problem with part of the aircraft's wing structure. As part of the fifth-generation stealth fighter's test program, the jet's structure must be tested to ensure it meets its fatigue life requirement, a standard requirement for all new aircrafts.More

At DoD, a search for more cuts
Defense News
The U.S. military services have revised their 2013 budget proposals as they work to meet a White House goal of cutting hundreds of billions of dollars in planned spending over the next decade. The updated proposals reflect mandatory reductions signed into law after first drafts of the budget were due in late July, according to Pentagon officials.More

Managing stress: Arizona National Guard builds resiliency at all levels
National Guard
The recent and alarming rate of suicides within the military is cause for concern at all levels of leadership, and the Arizona National Guard is taking steps to address this growing issue. In response to the escalating suicide rate, the Arizona National Guard has instituted a week-long training module aimed at first-line leaders.More

NY National Guard Soldiers help authorities rescue civilians in Irene's aftermath
National Guard
A pair of New York Army National Guard Soldiers worked with Greene County emergency personnel and New York State Police to help rescue almost two dozen civilians stranded by Hurricane Irene’s raging, dangerous floodwaters on Aug. 29. Lt. Col. Albert Thiem of Ballston Spa, N.Y., Maj. Robert Giordano of Rexford, N.Y., and Greene County Deputy Sheriff’s Deputy J.R. DelVecchio located the civilians across a flooded creek and coordinated their rescue by a state police helicopter.More

New National Guard, Army Reserve center opens in Pennsylvania
The Scranton Times Tribune
A new center for the Pennsylvania National Guard and Army Reserve has opened, completing the rebirth of a landscape once scarred by mine waste. The Scranton Armed Forces Reserve Center opened about three weeks ago, a little more than a year after a groundbreaking was held at the site. Even though military personnel were not fully moved in, the center became the site for the state active-duty mission that managed the response to Hurricane Irene for the area.More

McDonald's honored for supporting National Guard
Houston Chronicle
McDonald's Management Co., based in Nashville, Tenn., has been honored by the Tennessee National Guard and Reserve. The company received the Patriot Award and Seven Seals Award for its support of employees serving in the guard and reserve.More

Guard, Reserve O-4 selections coming soon
Army Times
A selection list containing the names of basic-branch National Guard and Army Reserve officers recommended for promotion to major will be released on the morning of Sept. 7. The Army Promotion List roster was compiled by a board that met March 8-24.More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of Aug. 30
U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Marine Corps announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard announced an increase. The Navy announced no change. The net collective result is 705 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