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Officials Detail Steps to Improve Navy

The Navy and Marine Corps have some readiness challenges, but both services are taking steps to address them, Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer and a senior Government Accountability Office official told Senators today.

SOP newswireFlorida Wing squadrons support EAA event for youth - FLORIDA -- Eleven members from Civil Air Patrol Florida Wing's Timber Creek and DeLand composite squadrons teamed up Sept. 23 to support an Experimental Aircraft AssociationYoung Eagles Fly Day.
SOP newswireIncreased IED attacks catch the attention of VCJCS - KABUL, Afghanistan – The increase in frequency of improvised explosive device attacks throughout the southern and eastern regions of Afghanistan has the attention of the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Edmund Giambastiani.
SOP newswireIraq's Insurgency Must Be Overcome by More than Military Power - Washington – The commander of multinational forces in Baghdad, Iraq, says the insurgency and sectarian violence in the Iraqi capital city cannot be quelled solely by military means.
SOP newswireWorld War I soldier's remains identified - The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Sept. 22 the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War I, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
SOP newswireNational Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, 2006 - In times of war or crisis, the citizen-soldiers of our National Guard and Reserve are ready and willing to answer the call of duty. During National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, we express our deep gratitude
SOP newswireB-52 successfully tests alternative jet engine fuel - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- The Air Force accomplished another aviation first when a B-52 Stratofortress flew using an alternative fuel Sept. 19.
SOP newswireSergeant moving passengers on Air Force birthday - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- The Air Force is 59 years old today. But Staff Sgt. Robert Thomas will not have much time to celebrate with the cake, ice cream and punch usually associated with birthdays.
SOP newswireVictory in Iraq will be complex, General says - BAGHDAD — The U.S. military’s goal is to win the fight against insurgents in Anbar province and across Iraq, but leaders recognize that winning will take more than just military operations, a top U.S. general here said Sept. 15.
SOP newswireJag Leaders Say Common Article 3 Provisions Would Be helpful - The New York Times Reports That JAG Leaders Would Agree Only To Say That They Could Not Find Anything Illegal About The Specific Issue Of Amending Common Article 3. (Kate Zernike, Rebuff For Bush On Terror Trials In A Senate Test, The New York Times, 9/15/06)
SOP newswireSecretary Wynne tells cadets interdependence is future of U.S. military - Air Force secretary Michael W. Wynne told West Point cadets Sept. 14 they will witness the U.S. military's evolution from maneuver to interdependent warfare.
SOP newswireIraqi Leaders Committed to Success, Deputy PM Says - WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2006 – Iraq is facing grave challenges as it transitions into a democratic society, but Iraqi leaders are committed to the country’s success and are working hard to create a political situation that will allow the terrorists to be defeated, Iraq’s deputy prime minister said here today.
SOP newswireIraqi, Coalition Troops Confront Active Insurgency By David McKeeby - Washington – Coalition and Iraqi forces are making progress to stabilize the country’s restive al-Anbar province, but more political and economic progress is needed to undercut the continuing influence of violent militants in the region, says the commander of Multinational Division – West.
SOP newswirePuerto Rico ANG in war zone for first time by Master Sgt. Orville F. Desjarlais Jr. - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- The Puerto Rico Air National Guard deployed here Sept. 8 -- the first time in a war zone in its 55-year history.
Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)Major Jill Metzger is Coming Home by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Larlee - The world seemed to stand still for retired Lt. Col. John Metzger as he listened for news of his daughter Maj. Jill Metzger.
SOP newswireSearch for missing Air Force officer continues in Kyrgyzstan - U.S. Air Force special investigators and Kyrgyz authorities are continuing search efforts to locate an Air Force officer missing since Sept 5, officials said.
SOP newswireMilitary Commanders Do Not Believe Country Is In Civil War - President Bush said the United States is using "every element of national power" to defeat terrorism and warned that a premature withdrawal of American troops
SOP newswireTeam weathers the mission by Staff Sgt. Levy Bland - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- In the desert it's hot and dry. You don't need to be a meteorologist to figure that out.
SOP newswireU.S. military shifts responsibility for Lebanon to European Command - The planned transfer of responsibility of U.S. military operations associated with Lebanon from the U.S. Central Command to the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) has taken place, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
SOP newswireBaghdad progress renews hope - BAGHDAD — Efforts this week to quell violence in the capital city are showing signs of progress, but Coalition leaders say the battle is far from over.
SOP newswirePhoenix Warrior Prepares Security Forces by Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol - FORT DIX, N.J. (AFPN) -- More than 100 security forces Airmen participated in Phoenix Warrior 06-1, a program run by the Air Mobility Warfare Center's 421st Combat Training Squadron, Aug. 5 to 17.
SOP newswireAnother CIMIC Project Completed - A Handover Commission arrived to Sumer in the morning hours. Their goal was to test the container and all its key elements. CIMIC experts placed the main emphasis on the quality of workmanship and proper operating of all devices. The generator, water
SOP newswireEuropean Command Takes Over Lebanon Mission By Jim Garamone - U.S. European Command will assume command of U.S. military forces operating off the coast of Lebanon and in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the organization’s commander said here today.
SOP newswire'Natural Fire' provides assistance to African nations by Master Sgt. John Lasky - SERERE, Uganda (AFPN) -- Three East African nations and the United States are participating in Natural Fire 2006, a multilateral training exercise that is providing medical, veterinary and engineering civil assistance.
SOP newswireTrust key to Baghdad security by Jim Garamone - The Coalition commander responsible for operations in the Iraqi capital is optimistic about what he has seen since operations to quell sectarian violence here started.
SOP newswireRandolph officer found guilty in court-martial - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- An Air Force officer was tried and found guilty in a general court-martial at the Randolph Air Force Base federal courtroom at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9.
R.J. SmithZero's Twisted Mind: Let's Go Back To Fighting With Swords! - Part of a new mini-series, in which I offer up solutions to the world's problems.
SOP newswireRoyal Air Force pilot makes history in B-2 Spirit by Tech. Sgt. Mikal Canfield - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AFPN) -- At first glance, he looks like any other Air Force pilot: olive-green flight suit, polished boots and a bluish-gray flight cap with rank insignia prominently displayed. On closer inspection, you realize the little differences.
SOP newswireAirman reflects on true meaning of Wingmen - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- In today's Air Force culture we often hear people reference Wingmen. It has become almost cliché --
SOP newswireNew Iraqi command opens - BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Training and Doctrine Command officially opened in a ceremony at the Cultural Center Compound in Baghdad Tuesday.
SOP newswireMedical team conducts mission in Ecuador by 2nd Lt. David Herndon - ESMERELDAS, Ecuador (AFPN) -- A medical team is conducting the first Medical Readiness Training Exercise, or MEDRETE, held in Esmereldas, Ecuador, through July 28.
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