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African Nations, Western Partners Conduct Airborne Operations at Flintlock 2018

The African sun rises over an airfield here near the capital of Ouagadougou. Villagers look to the sky with anticipation as children point upwards and smile once they witness the opening of parachutes.

SOP newswire3Airman Sets Sights on Social Work Career - For one Pennsylvania native here, taking care of families and others has always been a passion.
SOP newswire3Marine Amputee Finds Solace in Surfing - As the calm of being in the Pacific Ocean washes over him, Toran Gaal, a medically retired Marine Corps sergeant, examines a clean wave and carves out a path.
SOP newswire3Three-Carrier Strike Force Conducts Exercise in Western Pacific - A three-carrier naval force is finishing a multi-day exercise in the Western Pacific, demonstrating the Navys unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated effort, according to Navy officials.
SOP newswire3Veterans Day While Deployed - Legacy, honor, freedom, valor, and patriotism. These are some of the underlying tones speaking to us on what we know as Veterans Day.
SOP newswire3DoD Pledges to Improve Background Investigation Procedures - The Defense Department is pledging to improve the way background investigations are done, according to Garry Reid, DoDs director for defense intelligence and security.
SOP newswire3Night Work: Mechanics Keep Helos Flying in the Sunlight - The maintenance team from the Armys 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment has been working nonstop in Puerto Rico since they flew in from Fort Bliss, Texas, Oct. 9.
SOP newswire3Marine Balances Multiple Responsibilities - Life in the military is a path not many people take, and even fewer take the road of becoming a U.S. Marine.
SOP newswire3Navy Committed to Correcting Mistakes That Led to Collisions, Deaths - The chief of Naval Operations said today that the collisions in the Pacific that killed 10 sailors aboard the USS Fitzgerald and seven sailors aboard the USS McCain were entirely preventable, and the service is committed to correcting the actions that led to the accidents.
SOP newswire3Officials Detail DoD Support During Unprecedented Hurricane Season - Defense Department officials told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee yesterday how DoD has supported federal, state and local officials in responding to the unprecedented series of hurricanes this year.
SOP newswire3Bioenvironmental Technicians Keep Guam Base Safe - On the isolated Pacific island of Guam, protecting the limited natural resources and establishing a safe working environment is essential to mission success.
SOP newswire3Sailors Bring Smiles to Children at Sri Lanka Hospital - Sailors from the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and members of the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka visited children at Lady Ridgeway Hospital here during a port visit yesterday.
SOP newswire3Hurricane Maria Hits Home for Nimitz Sailor - For many sailors aboard the deployed aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, Hurricane Maria hit close to home. But for one Nimitz sailor, it literally hit home.
SOP newswire3Airman Returns to San Antonio to Train Next Generation - As a basic trainee, Air Force Senior Airman Robert Allore completed his combat arms training at the Medina Training Annex here.
SOP newswire3Dunford: DoD Owes Families, Nation Information on Niger Action - The Defense Department owes the families of the soldiers lost in Niger and the American people an explanation of what the soldiers were doing in Niger and why it was important, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
SOP newswire3Dawn Blitz 2017: Realistic and Relevant Amphibious Training - The Navy Expeditionary Strike Group 3 and the Marine Corps 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade kicked off the joint amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz here Oct. 20.
SOP newswire3AETC Leaders Learn From Airmen Who Celebrate Life - Twenty-two Airmen, most from Air Education and Training Command and several from around the Air Force, presented their stories of resiliency and their ideas about how to celebrate life at AETCs annual Senior Leaders Conference at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Oct. 19, 2017.
SOP newswire3DoD Announces Policies Affecting Foreign Nationals Entering Military - The Defense Department is releasing two policies that will affect foreign nationals entering the military or who are already in the military, Stephanie Miller, DoDs chief of accessions, said today.
SOP newswire3Mattis Highlights Working By, With, Through Allies - International military operations for U.S. forces have evolved to work by, with and through, allied nations who join the United States in a range of efforts, including the U.S.-led coalition formed to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday.
SOP newswire3Mattis Details Three Lines of Effort in Memo to DoD Personnel - The Defense Department is on a wartime footing and the pursuit of global security and stability requires that the U.S. armed forces remain the worlds preeminent fighting force, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in an Oct. 5 memorandum to all DoD personnel.
SOP newswire3U.S. Military Adapting in Complex Environment, Mattis Says - The U.S. military is adapting to remain the most lethal joint force on the planet and to respond to evolving global security challenges, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said here today.
SOP newswire3Shipment of Household Goods, Vehicles Consolidates Under Transcom - U.S. Transportation Command is now the single manager of the Defense Personal Property Program, or DP3, which oversees the Defense Departments household goods and privately owned vehicle shipment programs.
SOP newswire3DoD Boosts Personnel Aiding Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico - The number of DoD personnel deployed to help their fellow citizens in Puerto Rico jumped from around 4,600 to around 6,400 members, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said during a San Juan news conference today.
SOP newswire3Military in Puerto Rico Will Stay Until All Needs Are Met - Federal officials in Puerto Rico stressed today that the island has suffered catastrophic damage and that it will take time to recover from the devastation Hurricane Maria wrought upon the commonwealth.
SOP newswire3Service Members Work With Puerto Rican, Federal Agencies to Help Island Recover - The Puerto Rican government is working closely with federal agencies -- including the Defense Department -- to recover from the catastrophe that was Hurricane Maria, officials on the island said via teleconference today.
SOP newswire3DoD Officials Provide Update on Hurricane Relief Efforts - In Puerto Rico, enhanced communications and completed assessments are providing a clearer picture of the extent of the storm damage and the magnitude of the response challenge, Defense Department spokesman Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis said today.
SOP newswire3DoD Continues Round-the-Clock Support Following Hurricanes in Caribbean - The federal government priority is continuing to provide lifesaving and life-sustaining resources to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of recent hurricanes in the Caribbean Sea, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning told reporters today.
SOP newswire3Utah Airmen Work to Restore Communications in Virgin Islands - Six airmen assigned to the Joint Incident Site Communications Capability team of the Utah Air National Guard's 151st Air Refueling Wing based in Salt Lake City are deployed here to provide critical communications in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
SOP newswire3FEMA Stands Up ISB at JB San Antonio to Support Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts - The Federal Emergency Management Agency stood up an Incident Support Base at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Kelly Field, Texas to aid Hurricane Maria relief efforts with support from the 502nd Air Base Wing, Sept. 21, 2017.
SOP newswire3U.S. Bombers, Fighter Escorts Fly Over Waters East of North Korea - Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam, along with Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea today, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a statement announcing the mission. This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea coast in the 21st century, White said.
SOP newswire3Kentucky Guardsmen Deploy to Caribbean for Hurricane Maria Relief - Seven special tactics airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Airlift Wing left here yesterday for the Caribbean, where they will open airfields so humanitarian aid can be delivered and residents can be evacuated in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the third major hurricane to hit the region in the past month.
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