Archive for September, 2012

Jacoby Salutes Northcom’s Decade of Protecting Homeland

September 30, 2012

Jacoby Salutes Northcom’s Decade of Protecting Homeland By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2012 – The commander of U.S. Northern Command commemorated its 10th anniversary today, lauding the joint, interagency and international partners who have enabled the command to live up to its mission of protecting the U.S. homeland. “This command, after 10 years, has proven its worth. It has met the challenges and validated the vision, …click to read more…

Jacoby Salutes Northcom’s Decade of Protecting the Homeland

September 30, 2012

Jacoby Salutes Northcom’s Decade of Protecting the Homeland By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2012 – The commander of U.S. Northern Command commemorated its 10th anniversary today, lauding the joint, interagency and international partners who have enabled the command to live up to its mission of protecting the U.S. homeland. “This command, after 10 years, has proven its worth. It has met the challenges and validated the …click to read more…

Dempsey: Americans Will Shape Image of Modern Vet

September 30, 2012

By Jim GaramoneAmerican Forces Press Service MANHATTAN, Kan., Oct. 1, 2012 – Now is when the image of today’s generation of veterans is being formed, and Americans need to have a dialogue on what that image will be, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said he believes the conversation among Americans about today’s veterans has started. “I’m just trying to …click to read more…

Readout of Secretary Panetta’s Phone Calls with Afghanistan Minister of Defense and Minister of Interior

September 30, 2012

            Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs George Little provided the following readout:              “Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta placed calls to Afghan Minister of Defense Bismillah Khan Mohammadi and Minister of Interior Ghulam Mujtaba Patang today to congratulate them on their recent appointments.  Secretary Panetta and the Ministers expressed their eagerness to work together to address a number of important issues, such as the continued development of …click to read more…

Biden, Carter Applaud ‘Team MRAP’ as Production Ends

September 30, 2012

Biden, Carter Applaud ‘Team MRAP’ as Production Ends By Karen ParrishAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2012 – Vice President Joe Biden today joined Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter at a Pentagon ceremony marking the end of production of the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle. There are seven MRAP variants, and nearly 28,000 of the vehicles were produced over the past five years, with 24,059 fielded to Iraq and Afghanistan. …click to read more…

Northcom Marks 10 Years Protecting U.S. Homeland

September 30, 2012

By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2012 – Ten years ago today, still stinging from the devastating 9/11 terror attacks, the United States stood up U.S. Northern Command with one sole mission: to deter, prevent and defeat threats and aggression aimed at the continental United States, its territories and its interests. The activation marked the first time since the days of George Washington that a single military …click to read more…

Family Matters Blog: Family Panel Addresses Exceptional Issues

September 30, 2012

By Air Force Maj. Nicholas SabulaAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2012 – Recently I had the opportunity to serve on a Defense Department advisory panel dealing with special needs issues across the military. The panel’s meeting last month in Alexandria, Va., was the third of its kind conducted by DOD’s Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs, or OSN, in the past year to address …click to read more…

Missions, Capabilities Will Top NATO Conference Agenda

September 30, 2012

By Amaani LyleAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2012 – NATO defense ministers and partners will meet next week to discuss the alliance’s defense capabilities and missions in Kosovo and Afghanistan, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said today in Brussels. On Afghanistan, NATO officials and partners will reaffirm efforts to transfer full responsibility to the Afghans by the end of 2014, Rasmussen said during his monthly news conference. …click to read more…

Face of Defense: Marine, Seabee Reunite After Decade

September 30, 2012

By Marine Corps Cpl. Timothy LenzoRegional Command Southwest FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan, Oct. 1, 2012 – The sound of power tools and commands come from the battalion aid station here, startling a few Marines walking by. Two corpsmen stand out from the crowd of safilors inside the building as they work on a remodeling project. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jordan Fitzgerald, left, and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class …click to read more…

Allen Discusses Insider Attacks in ’60 Minutes’ Interview

September 30, 2012

Allen Discusses Insider Attacks in ‘60 Minutes’ Interview By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2012 – In an interview on the CBS program “60 Minutes” last night, the commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan said he takes his mission personally and is angered by insider attacks by Afghan security forces and militants wearing Afghan uniforms. “I’m mad as hell …click to read more…