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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 newswire3Flying ambulances: Aeromedical evacuation - These teams, the aircrew and aircraft are flying ambulances for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
SOP newswire3Chain of Command TV Series Connects Strategy With Troops on the Ground - Strategic decisions made in the Pentagon have immediate and far-reaching effects on service members around the world. National Geographic documentary Chain of Command shows both sides of that process.
SOP newswire3Army Engineers Compete in Iron Ram 2018 - Soldiers from the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armor Division, competed in Iron Ram 2018, an annual battalion-level exercise testing physical fitness and proficiency in soldier skills, Jan. 5 at Kuwait Naval Base in Kuwait.
SOP newswire3Airman Returns From Hurricane Relief With Furry Friend - When Air Force Staff Sgt. John Cox, an air transportation specialist assigned to the New York Air National Guards 109th Airlift Wing here, deployed to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, Oct. 9, he assumed he would be helping Puerto Ricans recover from Hurricane Maria; he did not expect to bring home a four-legged addition to his family.
SOP newswire3Aircrew Flight Equipment Team Provides Essential Safety for Flyers - From the bottom of the pack to the top of the canopy, line by line, inch by inch, touching every seam, stitch and grommet, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher Brawner painstakingly examines a parachute for anything that might make the lifesaving equipment not function properly
SOP newswire3Mattis Impressed by Service Members' High Morale - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said hes impressed by service members high morale and the steadfastness of the force in light of its involvement in more than a decade of war.
SOP newswire3Lines Blurring Between Special Ops, Conventional Forces, Mattis Says - There is a blurring line that separates conventional operating forces from special operations forces and the defense secretary expects general purpose forces will eventually shoulder missions once the province of their special forces brethren.
SOP newswire3Soldier Deploys With Red Cross After Hometown Crisis - When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 it caused widespread destruction that continues to impact the U.S. territorys more than 3 million people.
SOP newswire3Airmen Help Maintain Airfield Integrity in Alaska - When thinking about flightline operations and how to keep a resilient airfield here, most people think about the snow equipment clearing the flightline, the maintainers aiding each aircraft in taking off or the pilots flying the aircraft.
SOP newswire3Airman Builds Medical Relationships in Vietnam - An Air Force physical therapist stationed here was one of 50 U.S. team members who recently spent more than two weeks in Tam Ky, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, seeing patients and building relationships with local physicians.
SOP newswire3Annual Christmas Eve March Celebrates Deployed Service Members - New York National Guard soldiers, airmen, families and community supporters made up more than 1,200 marchers here Dec. 24 as part of a Christmas Eve road march to celebrate the service of overseas-deployed U.S. troops of the past and today.
SOP newswire3Deployed Soldiers Send Videos for Loved Ones at Home - The holidays can be hard, and this holds true for those deployed overseas and for their families back in the states.
SOP newswire3Deployed Troops Get President's Christmas Greetings - "I'm thrilled to bring seasons greetings on behalf of the first lady and our entire family and most importantly on behalf of the American people," President Donald J. Trump said over video conference to deployed service members on Christmas Eve.
SOP newswire3Marine Air Traffic Controllers Conduct Voodoo Magic Exercise - Members of Marine Air Control Squadron 4, Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, traveled here to practice their air traffic control skills during Exercise Voodoo Magic, Dec. 4-15.
SOP newswire3Medal of Honor Recipient Celebrates Christmas With Military Family - Flo Groberg celebrated Christmas at home with his brothers- and sisters-in-arms this year.
SOP newswire3Submarine Sailors Get Christmas Spirit With Toys for Tots - Crew members assigned to the Navys Virginia-class, fast attack submarine, PCU Colorado, participated in the Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program Dec. 18-20 here.
SOP newswire3Holiday USO Show Brings America to Deployed Troops - The annual USO Holiday Tour is an important connection with America for service members, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
SOP newswire3Many U.S. Troops Serving Overseas During the Holidays - Its the holidays, and millions of Americans are making their way to visit family and friends.
SOP newswire3Alaska Fuel Specialist Keeps Aircraft Flying - Alaska Army National Guard Sgt. Cody Fosters time at Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, was his first trip to anywhere outside of Alaska.
SOP newswire3Statement by the North Atlantic Council on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty - For 30 years, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty has been crucial to Euro-Atlantic security.
SOP newswire3DoD Shows Iranian Weapons as Proof of Tehran's Duplicitous Ambitions - Successive U.S. administrations have warned of Irans malign influence in the Middle East, but lying in a hangar at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling here is concrete proof that the Iranian regime is exporting arms to sow instability and promote violence throughout the region.
SOP newswire3 Recruiter Flies Around Remote Alaska to Fill Army Ranks - As a new recruiter working remote Alaskan villages scattered across an area larger than many U.S. states, Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Masterman was on a path to defeat.
SOP newswire3AF Awards Recognize Pilot Excellence - With a continued focus on solving the pilot retention problem and maintaining air dominance, Air Force senior leaders look to celebrate the culture and flying expertise of their pilots.
SOP newswire3Double take: Brothers' Bond Extends Far Beyond Twin Upbringing - It is well known that twins share a unique bond that transcends other sibling relationships. Its common for twins to live, work and recreate within close proximity to each other throughout their lives.
SOP newswire3Strong-Willed Soldier Gives Cancer the Boot - Described as strong, smart, driven and determined -- one would be surprised to find Army Spc. Courtney Jones doesnt don a Wonder Woman costume, but she displays her red, white and blue human spirit through the Army uniform she wears.
SOP newswire3Guard Troops Were Training When Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor - We recognize today as the 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and as the beginning of a long and hard military struggle for the United States and its allies.
SOP newswire3Daughter Follows Father's Path to National Guard - On Nov. 2, Army Lt. Col. Paul Boice raised his right hand and cited the oath of enlistment. It was the first time he had ever sworn someone into the Idaho Army National Guard.
SOP newswire3Fort Stewart Soldiers Stand Together to Prevent Suicide - Soldiers and civilians assigned here and to Hunter Army Airfield gathered here Dec. 1 to promote awareness and offer resources to help prevent suicide.
SOP newswire3New Pilot Takes First Flight in Home Unit - Air Force 2nd Lt. Isaias Rivera may be the newest pilot in the 156th Airlift Wing, but he isnt new to the unit, or to the WC-130H Hercules weather reconnaissance aircraft stationed here.
SOP newswire3Mattis, Defense Leaders Meet to Discuss Countering Radicalization, Terrorism - Defense Secretary of James N. Mattis attended the Aqaba Process today, a conference held in Aqaba, Jordan, focused on countering radicalization, Pentagon chief spokesperson Dana W. White said in a readout following the conference.
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