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Mattis Humbled by Selfless, Diverse U.S. Military Force

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said his recent presence at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, is an example of how Americans can help bridge political gaps.

SOP newswireMedics make house call for nomads - PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Medics, interpreters and support personnel from the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team set up a short-notice medical outreach May 18 for the nomadic Kuchi people during their spring migration through the Panjshir Valley.
SOP newswireSheile School-Back to School in Style - Mosul Iraq- A newly constructed school located in the center of Dahuk will provide service to approximately 840 students and 36 teachers.
SOP newswireAfghan fortress site of Taliban's last deadly siege - MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- Just a few minutes drive from where an Air Force embedded training team is mentoring Afghan National Army soldiers is the site of the Taliban’s last deadly siege.
SOP newswireKenney Headquarters Maximizes Support To Joint Warfighters - Known as KHQ, the headquarters staff commands air, space and information operations for joint forces throughout the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Korea. Consisting of three elements -- the Pacific Air Operations Center, the Pacific Air Force Forces staff and a support group -- the KHQ staff plans and executes air operations ranging from humanitarian assistance to full-scale
SOP newswireDOD Works To Further Reduce Military Suicides - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Suicide rates within the military are about half those in the civilian military-aged population, but the Defense Department is reaching out to its members to help further reduce the incidence of suicide within the ranks, a top military doctor said.
Andrew ChienMilitary : Coalition bombing in Afghanistan kills 50 suspected Taliban fighters - All of this was a result of a coalition confirmed attack on a Taliban compound located on the village of Azizi in the Kandahar province late Sunday and early Monday. The military is currently investigating whether there were any civilian casualties because of this strike, said Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry to The Associated Press.
SOP newswireNew Extended Range Cruise Missile Takes First Flight Test - EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- When the Air Force successfully launched its newest cruise missile for the first time on May 18, it marked a significant step toward making the job of the pilots who deliver the weapon a lot less risky.
SOP newswireRehabilitation Specialists Team Up To Support Warfighters - Fort Sam Houston, Texas (AFPN) -- Brooke Army Medical Center hosted a military amputee advance skills training workshop for Veterans Affairs’ prosthetists and therapists.
SOP newswireCoalition Forces in Iraq Kill, Detain Dozens of Terrorists - WASHINGTON, May 15, 2006 – Coalition forces killed more than 40 terrorists and detained 13 suspected terrorists in various raids May 13 and yesterday throughout Iraq, military officials in Iraq reported.
SOP newswireU.S. Navy Rolls Back Access to Two British Military Bases - Washington – As part of the ongoing restructuring of U.S. military forces in Europe, the Defense Department has announced plans to pull 165 U.S. and civilian employees from two British air bases in summer 2006.
SOP newswireMedics Make Air Evacuation Easier On Wounded Troops - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Wounded U.S. troops leave this base each day on military transports after their release from the contingency air staging facility at the airport waiting area.
SOP newswireIraqi Forces continue to lead from the front - BAGHDAD, Iraq (May 12, 2006) – “An Iraq that's at peace with its neighbors and an ally in the war on terror, has a representative government that respects the rights of all Iraqis, has a security force that can maintain domestic order, and deny Iraq as a safe haven for terrorists.”
SOP newswireLeaders operating in dynamic security environment - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Today we find ourselves operating in a dynamic, expeditionary and austere security environment. More than ever before, today's Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are asked to act in ways that can and will irrevocably impact the global community. Strong, bold, responsible leadership at all levels is vital to mission success.
VMA-214 conducts ops in Iraq - ABOARD THE USS PELELIU (May 8, 2006) -- Geared with live ordnance, Marines and aircraft from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 (Reinforced
SOP newswireFormer POWs relive freedom flights - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFPN) -- More than 120 former prisoners of war continued a 33-year layover of freedom by reliving the flights that carried them home from North Vietnam.
SOP newswire10 Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash - BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, May 6, 2006 – All 10 U.S. soldiers aboard died late last night when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed near Asadabad in Afghanistan's Kunar province, military officials reported today.
SOP newswireAir Force earns three DOD environmental awards - Three Air Force installations received awards for their environmental stewardship at a Pentagon ceremony May 3.
SOP newswireGuam reservists support cargo hub at Incirlik - INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFPN) -- Twelve reservists temporarily assigned to the 728th Air Mobility Squadron had to travel a long, long way from home to get here.
SOP newswireCENTAF air power summary - In Afghanistan May 2, Air Force F-15 Eagles successfully struck two caves near Asadabad with precision-guided JDAMs. Initial reports indicate secondary explosions were seen from the caves, used by enemy forces to store weapons, after the strike and the cave entrances where effectively sealed. The planned strike was in continued support of Operation Mountain Lion.
SOP newswireMcKinley selected as 15th CMSAF - Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley has named Chief Master Sgt. Rodney J. McKinley to serve as the 15th chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Chief McKinley will assume his new position July 1, following the June 30 retirement of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air
Alex AlexCFC-A Welcomes New Command Sergeant Major - KABUL, Afghanistan " Army Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel R. Wood, a native of Albany, N.Y., assumed the responsibilities of command sergeant major of Combined Forces Command " Afghanistan here April 5.
SOP newswireJoint public affairs element improves military communication - By standing up the Joint Public Affairs Support Element, the U.S. military is on its way to greatly improving the way it delivers timely, accurate information from combatant commanders to the media.
SOP newswireAfter 20 Years of Darkness, the Lights Are Finally Back On - After 20 years of darkness, the lights are finally back on in Gardez. That’s thanks to the Czech Republic’s donation of a generator and the talents of the US Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District’s (AED) Yvan Nobile.
SOP newswireU.S. Air Force Warfare Center perspective on Smart Operations 21 by Maj. Gen. Stephen Goldfein - For those who were around in the mid-1990s, you may remember Total Quality Management, or TQM. This was a business practice that was being applied to the Air Force in an era of force reductions. TQM was successful in the business world, and many of its concepts promised improvements and efficiencies for our Air Force.
Leon (Producer)U.S. Navy Ships Return Fire on Suspected Pirates - MANAMA, Bahrain, March 18, 2006 " USS Cape St. George and USS Gonzalez returned fire early today on a group of suspected pirates in the Indian Ocean, killing one and wounding five, U.S. Naval Forces Central
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