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  • 26 Jun 2016 12:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 4th Marine Aircraft Wing color guard team march on the colors at a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, April 29, 2016. Maj. Gen. William T. Collins relinquished command of 4th MAW to Brig. Gen. Bradley S. James, the previous assistant wing commander of 4th MAW.
    MIRAMAR, Calif. --

    Maj. Gen. William T. Collins relinquished command of 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve, to Brig. Gen. Bradley S. James at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, April 29, 2016.

    As the Reserve aircraft wing of the Marine Corps, 4th MAW conducts air operations in support of the Fleet Marine Forces to include anti-air warfare, offensive air support, assault support... For the story and photos, click here.
  • 16 Apr 2016 9:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The number of active-duty personnel who died by suicide in 2015 declined slightly from 2014, but the reserve component, including the National Guard, saw a 23 percent increase, according to Pentagon data released Friday.

    The Defense Department's fourth-quarter suicide report for 2015 said 266 active-duty service members committed suicide in 2015, down from 273 in 2014.

    The number of Reserve component members who died by suicide — including those from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps reserves as well as Air and Army National Guard troops — rose to 209 from a four-year low of 170 in 2014. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY

  • 16 Apr 2016 9:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled Tuesday his proposal to update a landmark 30-year-old law that reorganized the Pentagon and set the chain of command it still follows today.

    Under Carter’s proposals, the role of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff would be clarified, the number of four-star generals would be whittled down and service chiefs would have a greater role in the acquisition process, among other changes.

    CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY
  • 09 Apr 2016 7:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley cautioned Thursday that although there is progress in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. is not winning yet. 

    "There is progress. But progress is not yet winning. No one should think this is over. It is not. There's a lot of work to be done," he said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. 

    "The caliphate has to be destroyed. ISIS has to be destroyed. And they've also chosen to displace some of their forces in Libya and elsewhere, and they've counterattacked into Europe. This is a tough fight, and it's by no means over yet, and no one should be dancing in the end zone yet. There's a long way to go here," he continued. 

    Still, Milley said "things are moving in the right direction" -- a change from when he visited Iraq last September. 

    "The enemy had strategic momentum," he said. 

    Read the whole story here.

  • 03 Apr 2016 10:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Navy will christen its newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), Saturday, April 2, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

    The ship will be christened by the ship sponsor, Georgeanne McRaven. The Honorable Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition will deliver the principal address.

    "The christening of the future USS Ralph Johnson represents yet another example of how our Navy's partnership with the highly-skilled shipbuilders of our nation continues to help us grow our fleet," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "Because of the hard work of these men and women, the name Ralph Johnson, and the heroism this name embodies, will live on for years to come in the steel of this great warship and the deeds of the sailors and Marines who sail aboard her."

    The future Ralph Johnson is the 64th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The ship will commission in 2017 and will be homeported in Everett, Washington.

    The ship is named for
    Marine Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. Johnson used his body to shield two fellow Marines from a grenade, absorbing the blast and dying instantly in March 1968.

    Destroyers are warships capable of operating independently, or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups, and underway replenishment groups. The DDG 51 class provides outstanding combat capability and survivability characteristics while minimizing procurement and lifetime support costs, due to the program's maturity. DDG 114 and follow on Arleigh Burke destroyers are being built with Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capability.

     

  • 02 Apr 2016 10:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Joe Lisi, left, and Angelo Ciotta, who was honored on Tuesday by fellow Marines at Manducatis, an Italian restaurant in Queens.  FULL STORY CLICK HERE 

  • 04 Mar 2016 9:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nearly 340,000 service members sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) between 2000 and 2015 with 82.5 percent of these classified as mild TBI, also known as concussion (Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, 2016). Mathias & Alvaro (2012) showed that as many as 50 percent of people who sustained a concussion suffered from a sleep disturbance. Additionally, in a 2008 Department of Defense survey of Operation Iraqi Freedom service members, 92.9 percent of those surveyed with a TBI history endorsed fatigue (Hoge et al., 2008). Sleep disturbances and fatigue can lead to worsening symptoms such as decreased cognition, pain, irritability and ultimately affect return to work.  Click here for full story & to sign-up for Webinar. 

  • 27 Feb 2016 4:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congress is set for another packed week as lawmakers prepare to grill Pentagon officials about the administration's fiscal 2017 budget request.

    The Pentagon has proposed a $582.7 billion budget, but defense hawks assert that figure should be higher. Threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an aggressive Russia and an increasingly nuclear-minded North Korea, among others, warrant more money, they argue.

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has already taken the hot seat, telling the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee the budget request meets the Pentagon's needs.

    In the coming week, top brass from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines will take turns defending their requests to the subcommittee.

    The Navy and Marines are up first Tuesday, followed by the Air Force on Wednesday and the Army on Thursday.

    Navy and Marine officials will also testify before the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday. And Marine Corps leaders will appear before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

    Air Force leaders will also testify about the budget before the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday and the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

    Lawmakers won't limit their questions to the budget alone -- they'll also take the opportunity to press Pentagon leaders on any number of hot-button defense issues, such as the administration's recently announced plan to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba or the continuing fight against ISIS.

    Those hearings only cap what will be a busy week for lawmakers.

    Here's a look at other Marine Corpsdefense-related hearings on tap:

    The House Armed Services Committee holds "Member Day" for non-committee House members to testify on their defense priorities for the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, Tuesday 10 a.m. at Rayburn 2212.

    House Armed Services holds a hearing on special operations forces, Tuesday 3 p.m. at Rayburn 2118.

    The House Appropriations Committee reviews the Marine Corps and Navy's 2017 budget requests, Tuesday 10 a.m. at the Capitol H-140.

    House Armed Services looks at worldwide threats on Wednesday, 10 a.m. at Rayburn 2118.

    The same committee looks at ground force modernization Wednesday, 1 p.m. at Rayburn 2212.

    House Armed Services has a hearing on the Marine Corps's budget request and readiness scheduled for Thursday, 10:30 a.m. at Rayburn 2118.

  • 27 Feb 2016 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Defense health officials say they are making inroads in improving beneficiaries’ access to health care and services and proposed changes to military health care in the fiscal 2017 budget should enhance those efforts.

    Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, and Defense Health Agency director Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono told Congress this week that the Defense Department must ensure the readiness of its military hospitals and clinics as "full-service platforms” to make sure medical personnel preserve their trauma, disease and non-battlefield-injury treatment capabilities. 

    Full story
  • 27 Feb 2016 3:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In 2014, there were 269 deaths by suicide among active duty service members - compared to 259 in 2013.  There were 169 deaths in the selected reserve component, 80 in the Reserves & 89 in the National Guard. click here for the full report  

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