• Navy Announces Enlisted Rating Modernization Plan

    U.S. Navy News Top Stories Sep 29, 2016 | 11:04 am

    Following the completion of its review earlier this year, the Navy announced Sept. 29, it will modernize all rating titles for Sailors with a new classification system that will move towards occupational specialty codes similar to how the other services categorize skill sets.

  • Fleet Week Sets Sail for First Time in Maryland; Ships Announced

    U.S. Navy News Top Stories Sep 28, 2016 | 15:22 pm

    Five U.S. Navy ships are scheduled to participate in the inaugural Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore, Oct. 10—17.

  • VA Announces Several Caregiver Partnerships

    VA News Releases Sep 28, 2016 | 15:21 pm

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced several new and expanded partnerships to support the VA Caregiver Support Program. The VA Caregiver Support Program supports the-often unsung heroes of wounded or ill Veterans - the ones who take care of them. Announcement of the partnerships, made during a summit co-hosted by VA and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. The daylong event, Empowering Hidden Heroes: Pathways to InnoVAtion, attracted 400 leaders from government, the non-profit sector, private industry, academic and stakeholders from the Veteran and caregiver community.

  • Chief of Navy Reserve Holds Change of Command

    U.S. Navy News Top Stories Sep 28, 2016 | 08:58 am

    Vice Adm. Luke M. McCollum relieved Vice Adm. Robin R. Braun as chief of Navy Reserve and commander, Navy Reserve Force, during a change of command ceremony at Admiral Leutze Park on the Washington Navy Yard, Sept. 26.

  • CNO, MCPON to Make Major Personnel Announcements During Livestream

    U.S. Navy News Top Stories Sep 27, 2016 | 21:41 pm

    The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Steven Giordano will speak to Sailors and Navy civilians at Naval Station Norfolk, Thursday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.

  • Carter visits Minot, emphasizes nuclear mission

    Air Force Link News Sep 27, 2016 | 14:48 pm

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Minot Air Force Base Sept. 26, giving Airmen who support the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile and strategic bomber forces a chance to engage with him.<br /> <br /> During the visit to the 5th Bomb and 91st Missile Wings, Carter emphasized the importance of the Defense Department’s only dual-wing, nuclear capable installation.<br /> <br /> While touring a missile alert facility in rural North Dakota, Carter witnessed firsthand the work Airmen accomplish on a daily basis, and emphasized the importance of their roles in defending the U.S.<br /> <br /> “This is the most important mission we have,” Carter said. “I’m proud of you, and I appreciate you guys.”<br /> <br /> The secretary mirrored those feelings while meeting with 5th BW Airmen, as he toured a B-52H Stratofortress and the weapons storage area. He recognized outstanding performers from both the 5th BW and 91st MW for their commitment to the mission.<br /> <br /> “America’s nuclear deterrence is the bedrock of our security and the highest priority mission of the Department of Defense,” Carter said. “It’s a mission that demands unparalleled excellence; excellence that you define. We count on you for that.”<br /> <br /> Carter said for more than seven decades, the nuclear deterrence mission has given nuclear enterprise options directly to the president of the United States. He also explained how Minot AFB’s mission plays a part in all other DOD missions.<br /> <br /> “On a broader, operational level, on more day-to-day basis, you enable American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines to accomplish their conventional missions around the world,” he said.<br /> <br /> Carter concluded with remarks on the need to constantly enhance the nuclear missions, and keep them a priority.<br /> <br /> “How we deter cannot be static,” Carter said. “It must adapt as threats evolve, while continuing to preserve strategic stability, reinforcing nuclear restraint rather than inviting competition or attack. That’s important because it illustrates how strong deterrence doesn’t lower the threshold for nuclear war, instead it raises it.”<br /> <br /> Carter thanked the Minot AFB community and stressed their impact on the mission.<br /> <br /> “For all Americans, and for that matter, all people all over the world, the bedrock of security you provide has enabled millions and millions to get up in the morning to go to school, go to work, to live their lives, to dream their dreams and to give their children a better future,” he said.

  • QF-16 reaches operational capability milestone

    Air Force Link News Sep 27, 2016 | 13:51 pm

    Air Combat Command declared initial operational capability for the QF-16 full-scale aerial target (FSAT) Sept. 23.<br /> <br /> The decision was approved by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the ACC commander, for the total of 15 QF-16s currently available for target operations. The jets are assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and flown by the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron under the 53rd Wing.<br /> <br /> The 82nd ATRS operates the only FSAT capability in the Defense Department. In accordance with U.S. law, Title 10, Section 2366 of the U.S. Code, a missile system must undergo lethality testing before it can enter full-scale production. The 82nd ATRS maintains DOD’s sole capability to execute the Title 10 requirement through the FSAT program.<br /> <br /> The QF-16 is the introduction of fourth-generation fighter capabilities in the aerial target mission. It maintains all inherent capabilities of the baseline F-16 Fighting Falcon including supersonic flight and 9 G maneuverability.<br /> <br /> "This leap forward in airframe capabilities, combined with advanced electronic pods, will allow us to properly test and evaluate our fifth-generation aircraft and weapons," said Lt. Col. Matthew Garrison, the 82nd ATRS commander.<br /> <br /> The newest aerial target will replace the QF-4 Aerial Target, which flew its last unmanned mission Aug. 17 at Holloman AFB, New Mexico. The QF-4 will officially be retired in December.<br /> <br /> The 82nd ATRS is a geographically separated unit of the 53rd WG headquartered at Eglin AFB.

  • Info on New Retirement System Released

    U.S. Navy News Top Stories Sep 27, 2016 | 11:36 am

    Navy has released information on the transition to the Blended Retirement System (BRS) and training requirements Sept. 27, in NAVADMIN 217/16.

  • Owner of Sham ‘Veteran-Owned’ Company Sentenced for $100 Million Fraud

    VA Office of Inspector General Press Releases Sep 26, 2016 | 20:00 pm

    Massachusetts man receives a sentence of 30 months in prison and a fine of $1 million for a $100 million Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) set-aside contracting fraud scheme.

  • Black Dart Exercise Tests Counter—UAS Capabilities Aboard USS Jason Dunham, USS Lassen

    U.S. Navy News Top Stories Sep 23, 2016 | 10:07 am

    Guided—missile destroyers USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and USS Lassen (DDG 82) tested counter—unmanned aerial system (C—UAS) capabilities during exercise Black Dart off the coast of Destin, Florida, Sept. 20.

  • U.S. Naval War College hosts 22nd International Seapower Symposium

    U.S. Navy News Top Stories Sep 23, 2016 | 10:06 am

    U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island welcomed the 22nd edition of the Chief of Naval Operations' International Seapower Symposium (ISS) which began Sept. 20 with senior representatives from more than 100 nations attending.

  • AF Week in Photos

    Air Force Link News Sep 23, 2016 | 09:27 am

    <span>This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.</span>

  • US, Japan rescue squadrons save downed pilot

    Air Force Link News Sep 23, 2016 | 03:11 am

    Within 30 minutes of an AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet crash Sept. 22, Airmen from the 31st and 33rd Rescue Squadrons here were in the air and intent on saving the life of a pilot stranded in the Pacific Ocean.<br /><br />The pilot was able to eject from the aircraft before the crash and landed in the cold waters of the Pacific, where he waited for rescue.<br /><br />“We received the notification of an ejection and immediately went into action,” said Capt. Paul Fry, a 31st RQS combat rescue officer. <br /><br />Nearly 30 minutes after the notification, both U.S. Air Force assets and their partner Japan Self-Defense Forces aircraft were on the scene searching for the downed pilot.<br /><br />“Once we got the call, our helicopter maintenance unit did a great job getting our aircraft ready to go,” said Capt. Zachary Martin, a 33rd RQS pilot. “We can really thank our training for the quick response because as soon as we got the call everyone just fell into their training habit patterns and we went wheels up.”<br /><br />Many different units from across Kadena Air Base came together to get out to the pilot, who was floating in the open ocean, 95 miles off the coast of Hedo Cape.<br /><br />“As soon as we arrived on scene, we saw the survivor and began the process of putting the pararescueman into the water to rescue him,” said Staff Sgt. Marcus Taylor, a 33rd RQS special mission aviator.<br /><br />Once on scene, Carroll freefell about 10 feet from the helicopter into the water and immediately swam to the pilot. While in the water he performed an initial assessment of the pilot to make sure he was OK to be pulled inside the helicopter.<br /><br />“We were able to find him so quickly because our JASDF partners were on scene so quickly with eyes on him,” Carroll said. “Once I assessed he was OK, I got him to the hoist and we pulled him up.”<br /><br />Once the pilot was pulled into the helicopter, he was given immediate medical attention en route to Camp Foster, Japan, where he continued to receive care. <br /><br />“We train a lot for these exact types of missions so anytime we can go out and bring someone back alive, it’s a really good feeling,” Fry said.

  • Secretary of the Navy Names Two Littoral Combat Ships

    U.S. Navy News Top Stories Sep 22, 2016 | 11:37 am

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Sept. 22, that the next Freedom and Independence variant Littoral Combat Ships will be named USS Marinette (LCS 25) and USS Mobile (LCS 26) to recognize the two cities' significant contribution to Navy ship building.

  • Navy—Marine Corps Conduct First Non—Combatant Evacuation Exercise in Oman

    U.S. Navy News Top Stories Sep 22, 2016 | 11:28 am

    U.S. Marines and Sailors from the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) with U.S. Embassy—Muscat and Royal Omani Police conducted the first non—combatant evacuation operation (NEO) exercise in Muscat, Sept. 20—21.

  • Pilot identified in fatal U-2 crash

    Air Force Link News Sep 21, 2016 | 20:46 pm

    The pilot who was killed when a U-2 crashed shortly after takeoff Sept. 20 has been identified as Lt. Col. Ira S. Eadie, according to Air Force officials. <br /> <br /> Eadie, assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, and another pilot ejected from the two-seater reconnaissance aircraft before it crashed at about 9:05 a.m. near the Sutter Buttes mountain range in northern California. The other pilot, who was not identified, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and is in good condition at a local medical facility. <br /> <br /> The U-2 was assigned to the 1st RS at Beale Air Force Base and was on a training mission.<br /> <br /> The incident is currently under investigation. <br />