'It's Not About Osama'
from DoD Buzz
The Obama's administration's top counter terror official, John Brennan, offered the clearest view of how we're dealing with Osama bin Laden and the other criminals who use terror against the U.S. and its allies. Boil Brennan's speech and subsequent remarks down to the headline and you have the essence.
Pentagon, Governors Face Off Over Military Reserve
from The Associated Press
The Pentagon is upsetting the nation's governors by pushing for authority to call up military reservists for natural disasters — and to control how the troops would be used in any state. "Control" is the key word. Largely considered a wartime resource, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine reserves can be tapped by the president for military deployments overseas and for national emergencies such as terrorist attacks. But the law is largely silent when mother nature is involved.
Pentagon Worries Led to Command Change
from The Washington Post
In mid-March, as a White House assessment of the war in Afghanistan was nearing completion, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met in a secure Pentagon room for their fortnightly video conference with Gen. David D. McKiernan, the top U.S. commander in Kabul.
WaveRider Test Vehicle Meets B-52
from U.S. Air Force
Airmen successfully mated the X-51A WaveRider flight test vehicle to a B-52 Stratofortress July 17 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The fit check followed integration earlier in the month of the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne scramjet propulsion system into the X-51 at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif.
USS Mitscher Returns from Multimission Deployment
After 200 days and more than 38,000 miles en route to the Far East and back, USS Mitscher (DDG 57), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, returned to its homeport of Norfolk, Va.
Two Soldiers Named Top in the Army Guard
from National Guard Bureau
The Army National Guard's Soldier and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for 2009 were announced at the 38th annual conference of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States. Spc. Guy Mellor, from Utah's B Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery Regiment was named Soldier of the Year and Sgt. Ryan Brubaker, from Montana’s B Company, 1st Battalion, 163rd Infantry Regiment, took honors as the NCO of the Year.
Chicago Returning Warrior Weekend Honors Military Members, Families
Service members from the Midwest region along with family members attended the Returning Warrior Workshop (RWW) in Chicago Aug. 8-9. RWW is held at different locations across the country throughout the year to welcome returning warriors and help them integrate back into civilian life. "The Returning Warrior Workshop is a chance for families to get back together and reintegrate following a deployment," said guest speaker Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Dirk J. Debbink.
Navy Wants Top UAV Billing
from DoD Buzz
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has decided to make unmanned systems a top priority and wants the service to "be viewed as the leader in unmanned systems," the top uniformed acquisition officer said at a UAV air show. "We will work closely with other services but the Navy has every intention of being the leader in UAVs," Vice Adm. David Architzel, principal deputy assistant SecNav for research, development, and acquisition, said at the beginning of the show in southern Maryland as part of AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2009 conference.
Fuels Team Plans Super Hornet Biofuels Flight Test
The Naval Air Systems Command fuels team is gearing up for biofuels flight tests in an F/A-18 Super Hornet at Patuxent River, Md., by next spring or summer, according to NAVAIR's fuel expert. Rick Kamin, Navy fuels lead, explained that before "biofueling" the plane, the team will first conduct laboratory and rig tests at Pax River, followed by static engine tests with the Super Hornet's F414 engine on a test stand at the Lynn, Mass., facility of manufacturer General Electric. The static tests will take place "probably in the December-January time frame," Kamin said.
Chief says Guard Cannot Go Back to Strategic Reserve
from The National Guard
The National Guard cannot go back to the days of the strategic reserve, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told conferees in Rochester, Minn. "We must maintain the level of efficiency and effectiveness that has been achieved today," said Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau, who spoke at the 38th annual conference of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS).
Former NCO Distinguished Grad from Officer Training
from Air Force Reserve Command
Lincoln, Churchill, Martin Luther King, Gandhi. Leaders, such as these, might credit their successes to proper goal setting and milestones. An officer with the 446th Maintenance Squadron did just that in earning the Distinguished Graduate honor at Air University's Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Ala., April 22 to July 22.
|RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED|
National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of August 11, 2009
The Army, Navy, and Marine Corps announced increases in activated reservists, while the Air Force and Coast Guard announced decreases. The net collective result is 1,725 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.