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June 9, 2009
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House Republican is Choice for Secretary of the Army
from The New York Times
New York is not thought of as a big military state. But Rep. John M. McHugh, (R-NY) who was selected to be President Obama's secretary of the Army, has long stood out among his New York colleagues for his attention to military matters. More


Lockheed Wins Funding for Fighter
from Associated Press via Washington Post
Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md., received a $2.11 billion contract boost for initial production of the next batch of Joint Strike Fighters, the Pentagon said. More

Army, USAF to Brief Pentagon on JCA Plan
from Aviation Week
The vice chiefs of the U.S. Army and Air Force are expected to brief Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn on a plan for transferring the Joint Cargo Aircraft program from Army to Air Force management by the end of this month, according to USAF Gen. Craig McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau. More

Pentagon Faces $2.5 Billion Budget Shortfall
from USA Today
The faster-than-expected growth in the size of the military has forced the Pentagon to overspend its budget and seek an extra $1.6 billion from Congress to make up for it. House budget officials have included the money in a supplemental war-time spending bill to help the Pentagon pay troops it has recruited two years faster than planned, because of the weak economy and the need for forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill will be voted on soon. More


NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Helping Scientists Learn About Alaskan Ice Seals
from NOAA News
NOAA's Fisheries Service scientists and their partners have launched an unmanned aircraft to mount the vehicle’s first search for ice seals at the southern edge of the Bering Sea pack ice during the Arctic spring, in an effort to learn more about these remotely located species. More

NATO Secretary General to Reservists: 'Thank you'
from Reserve Forces Intelligence
The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers unveiled a monument at NATO's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The Alliance's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, addressed its reservists and showed great respect and appreciation for them. More

Policy Helps Reservists Keep Per Diem, Avoid Paperwork
from Air Force Reserve Command
About 3,000 Air Force reservists will not have to submit a waiver this summer to keep getting per diem. The Air Force has authorized reservists on active-duty orders for more than 180 days at one location supporting Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom to continue to get per diem until Sept. 30, 2009, without submitting a waiver. More

Army Reserve Focuses on Shaping Force After Meeting New End Strength
from Defenselink
After reaching its new 206,000-member end strength objective a full year ahead of schedule, the Army Reserve has shifted its focus to shaping the force to ensure it has the proper mix of skills sets and experience levels, the Army Reserve chief told American Forces Press Service. More

Air Force Officially Ends Boeing Chopper Contract
from Associated Press
The Air Force says it's formally terminating a contract with Boeing Co. for work on a new fleet of helicopters to rescue downed pilots, part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' plan to reassess troubled programs. More

Survey Targets Reservists at end of Contracts
from Marine Corps Times
For the past two years, the Selected Marine Corps Reserve has fallen short of its end-strength goal. To find out why, the Corps has posted an online survey asking members of the SMCR and Individual Mobilization Augmentees what they like and dislike about being in the Reserve. More


National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of June 2, 2009
from Defenselink
This week the Army, Navy and Air Force announced an increase, while the Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced a decrease. The net collective result is 1,016 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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