Obama Faces Competing Demands on Afghanistan Strategy
from The Los Angeles Times
As President Obama struggles over a new military strategy for Afghanistan, his advisors are trying to satisfy sharply divergent demands: assuring Americans that any military buildup will be limited while convincing Pakistan and other wary allies that the U.S. presence is substantial and not about to end.
India Seeks To Bolster Transport With 10 C-17s
from Defense News
The Indian Defence Ministry is negotiating the purchase of C-17 heavy-lift Globemaster aircraft from the United States through the Foreign Military Sales route, say ministry sources. The U.S. Air Force flew the Globemaster in a joint air exercise between the air forces of the two countries held in India at Agra to let the Indian military familiarize itself with the transport craft, said a senior Indian Air Force official.
Military Family Caucus has Mullen's OK
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs said both he and his wife fully support the new Congressional Military Family Caucus, a group formed to work on child care, education, health and deployment issues. Adm. Mike Mullen was the keynote speaker at the inaugural meeting of the caucus — which has 70 members and growing — formed by members of the House of Representatives to identify and try to resolve issues affecting military families.
Military Updating Tactics on Trauma
from Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
After more than eight years of war, most Americans know that PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. Now, say military and medical experts, as well as warriors whose minds were scarred by combat, it's time to learn some new acronyms.
Aetna Contract to Get Defense Department Review
Bloomberg News Aetna Inc.'s $16.7 billion contract won in July to provide health insurance to about 2.8 million U.S. military personnel will be reviewed in light of an appeal by Health Net Inc., the companies said.
Tricare Announces H1N1 Immunization Policy
from U. S. Air Force
Immunizations against the H1N1 virus will soon be available, and people are eager to take precautions. Tricare Prime, Standard and Extra beneficiaries can get their shots from network and non-network providers without paying a deductible or making a co-payment.
Army Reservist Chooses Deployment Over College
from Los Angeles Times
There are 136,707 military reservists and National Guard members on active duty, the Pentagon reported. For many of the reservists and guardsmen, their call-up was an annoying diversion from their civilian plans involving employment, family and education.
Navy Commissions USS New York in Big Apple
from Navy News Service
USS New York (LPD 21), the fifth San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, built with steel salvaged from the World Trade Center, was commissioned in a ceremony held in the shadow of the city for which it is named.
|RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED|
National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of Nov. 3, 2009
The Air Force announced an increase in activated reservists, while the Army Navy and Marine Corps announced a decrease. The Coast Guard number remained unchanged. The net collective result is 206 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.