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MARFORRES in Afghanistan
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NEW ORLEANS, LA - With media coverage on Operation Enduring Freedom waning, budget discussions about ending funding to the war in Afghanistan, and focus turning away from the Middle East, U.S. forces are slowly being forgotten in the American conscious. But the fact remains that service members are still hard at work, working with and training Afghan troops and police on how to gain territory from insurgents, and maintain stability in their regions.

The Marine Corps is still playing an active role in establishing and maintaining Afghan security forces and supplementing their units, in addition to extensive training. In the Marine Corps Total Force, there are more than 4,000 Marines furthering the mission in Regional Command – Southwest.

Marine Forces Reserve holds a critical part of that mission, augmenting active units to accomplish assigned activities.

“There are no differences between the work quality and quantity of the Reserve and active Marines,” said Capt. Joe Dewson, fires advisor for Security Force Assistance Advisory Team 2-215. “It is all about the Total Force, regardless of which component the Marines are assigned to, each brings a unique set of qualities and experiences to the unit.”

Dewson, part of SFAAT 2-215, said their mission is to provide assistance to, and more importantly, reinforcement of an Afghan solution, whether it is on the battlefield to dominate and win every fight with overwhelming force, or find enduring, Afghan solutions to Afghan challenges.

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"Harlem Rattlers" are subject of free talk at New York State Military Museum on April 26
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - They're known popularly as the Harlem Hellfighters, but the African-American members of the New York National Guard's 369th Infantry identified themselves instead as the Harlem Rattlers, and made the rattlesnake their unit emblem.

5th AR BDE celebrates with annual Easter Eggstravaganza
FORT BLISS, Texas — “Three, two, one, go!” yelled a voice into the megaphone. Next, over 100 Army children sprinted through Kelly Park here, gathering colored eggs, while searching for the elusive golden eggs, which promised a much larger prize.

New Exhibit at Military Museum Focuses on The New York National Guard and Sports
SARATOGA SPRINGS , NY - Sports and the New York National Guard us the theme of a new exhibit opening at the New York State Military Museum this week.

US Airmen advise Afghan air force
KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing/NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan, are playing a vital role in Operation Enduring Freedom as advisers tasked with aiding the Afghan government in establishing an operational and sustainable Afghan air force.

Niagara Falls Air Guard Engineers Helping to Move Massive Radar to Australia
NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, NY - Thirty-five members of the 107th Airlift Wing will spend three weeks in Australia this month helping the Air Force Space Command install a Space Surveillance Network radar there.

Soldier fulfills childhood dream by deploying with 4th Infantry Division
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – When Pfc. Clark Cepeda took his two sons to get their hair cut near their home in Marlton, N.J., in 2013, he came across a military recruiting station close to the barber shop.



Planning the Run
Army Maj. Roberto Sanchez is spearheading the Boston Marathon Shadow Run on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. As the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion Operations Officer, he leads the planning team that will execute this year's shadow run.
Coast Guard breaks way for industry
In this accelerated video the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, homeported in Cleveland, breaks ice in Marquette harbor in Marquette, Mich., April 13, 2014. The crew battled 24-inch plate ice during the operation.
NATO Secretary General Press Briefing
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen briefs the press following the meeting of the North Atlantic Council.
U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft search for MH370
PERTH Australia (April, 2014) U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, operate out of Perth Airport, Australia, to fly missions over the Indian Ocean in support of the international effort to locate Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370...
Boston's maritime first responders remember marathon bombings
The Coast Guard, along with other local, state and federal first responders sounded their horns at 2:49 p.m., April 15, 2014, during a maritime observance near Long Wharf in Boston. Available in high definition. The event marked the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
U.S. Navy AUV Bluefin 21 is deployed to search for MH370
Operators aboard ADF Ocean Shield move U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 into position for deployment, April 14. Using side scan sonar, the Bluefin will descend to a depth of between 4,000 and 4,500 meters, approximately 35 meters above the ocean floor. It will spend up to 16 hours at this depth collecting data, before potentially moving to other likely search areas. Joint Task Force 658 is currently supporting Operation Southern Indian Ocean, searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.



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U.S. and Estonian service members meet with Latvian high school students
CAMP ADAZI, Latvia - United States Marines with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division assigned to Black Sea Rotational Force 14, are currently in Latvia training with the local army for exercise Summer Shield along with Estonian and Lithuanian service members, but they were able to make a special trip to a small school in the rural Latvian countryside to meet the students there.

Indiana Trailer Transfer Point units run combined ops at WAREX
FORT McCOY, Wis. — The Army Reserve’s 418th and 511th Trailer Transfer Point Detachments from Michigan City, Ind., combine forces for the Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 86-14-02 here, March 22 through April 11.

New technology could autonomize rotary-wing landings
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - Going beyond remote-controlled technology that currently exists for aircraft, the Office of Naval Research is spearheading the development of a new rotary-wing aircraft software and sensor system that would bring autonomous approaches and landings via manned or unmanned helicopters.

CJTF-HOA creates tighter partnerships with foreign partners
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa has been engaging in efforts to build partnerships based on shared understanding and trust by incorporating the foreign liaison officers into daily operations such as LNOs briefing in the Joint Operations Center, the open-source intelligence course, and tours of different areas on Camp Lemonnier.

Update on Main Gate Marine sentry fatality
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – At approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Marine sentry at Camp Lejeune’s Main Gate discharged an M4 rifle, killing another Marine sentry within the Main Gate guard shack.

Photo : Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 search and rescue operations
U.S. Navy Lt.j.g. Kelly Wehle, a Naval Flight Officer assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 and Royal Malaysian Air Force Maj. Dianna, a naval aviator, had the opportunity to meet at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base Pearce after a briefing about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 search and recovery operations. VP-16 is utilizing the P-8A Poseidon aircraft to support the search effort and has been operating from Australia since March 15. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Main Gate Marine sentry dies from gunshot wound
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – At approximately 5:30 p.m., a Marine standing guard at Camp Lejeune’s Main Gate discharged an M4 rifle, killing another Marine guard.

Local community pulls together in spite of tragedy
FORT HOOD, Texas – As Fort Hood comes together to grieve as a family in the aftermath of the recent tragedy here, individuals and organizations within the local community have pulled together to help those in their time of need.

April 7 Press Conference on the Fort Hood shooting incident
FORT HOOD, Texas - At a press conference 3 p.m. April 7, Col. Paul Reese, III Corps and Fort Hood chief of operations, and Chris Grey, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman, gave further details of the investigation into the April 2 shooting incident.

Last Black Jack troopers complete deployment
FORT HOOD, Texas - The 2nd “Black Jack” Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, welcomed home its last battalion from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan during an early Saturday morning ceremony.

Statement by U.S. Central Command Commander on the Afghanistan Elections
TAMPA, Fla. – Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, U.S. Central Command commander, released the following statement today regarding the Afghanistan elections:

“I want to commend the Afghan people on the successful conduct of elections this past weekend. These democratic elections represent a significant milestone in their pursuit of a stable, secure and sovereign Afghanistan. Importantly, the Afghan people were undeterred by the Taliban’s attempts to intimidate them and disrupt the process, and this was reflected in the high level of turnout at polling stations throughout the country.

National Guard soldiers improve health conditions for rescue workers at SR 530 mudslide
OSO, Wash. — While search and rescue operations continue at the impact area of the March 22 mudslide on State Route 530, new safety procedures were implemented to protect responders from contracting illness due to exposure to contaminants in the mud. Toxins from household cleaners, septic systems, vehicles and other factors made several responders ill, causing incident command to implement further safety measures.

Photos : U.S., Canadian icebreakers lead convoy across Lake Superior
CLEVELAND, Ohio -  The crews of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., and Canadian Coast Guard Ship Pierre Radisson, homeported in Quebec City, conduct an escort on Lake Superior near Whitefish Point April 3, 2014.




Army National Guard Major Ben Genthner, a Schaghiticoke resident, takes command of New York City Guard unit
LATHAM, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard Major Ben Genthner, a Schaghticoke resident, has been named commander of a joint New York Army and Air Guard unit which trains to identify chemical, biological and radiological weapons.

Recently succeeded Seabee FORCM retires
PORT HUENEME, Ca. - The recently succeeded top enlisted leader of the Naval Construction Force (NCF) hung up his hard hat after nearly 34 years of honorable service, during an official retirement ceremony at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif.

Fort Knox Cavalry unit transfers authority to Fort Bliss infantry battalion
CAMP MARMAL, Afghanistan – With only days remaining prior to their redeployment, the soldiers of 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment were posed a question by Regional Command North Commander German Maj. Gen. Jorg Vollmer.

Connecticut Guardsmen complete combat tour, transfer logistical mission to California-based transportation company
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - It’s been a long road travelled. Over the past nine months the 1048th Transportation Company traversed more than 480,000 miles, supporting the sustainment and retrograde missions in Afghanistan. Their journeys, however, came to a halt, July 27, as a transfer of authority ceremony signified the completion of the Connecticut Guardsmen’s combat tour.

Fort Carson unit takes over CJTF Paladin-South
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The 3rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD) transferred authority for CJTF Paladin-South to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion (EOD) during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, July 26.

Tomahawks welcome new commander
FORT RUCKER, Ala. - The 1st Battalion, 14th Aviation Regiment, 110th Aviation Brigade received a new commander Friday at Howze Field when Lt. Col. Mark C. Gillespie assumed command of the Tomahawks.

Terry assumes command of Third Army/ARCENT during first change of command ceremony in SC
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – Lt. Gen. James L. Terry assumed command of Third Army/ARCENT from Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks at Lucky Park here today during the unit’s first change of command since relocating to South Carolina.

Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah transfer of authority ceremony
FORWARD OPERATING BASE FARAH, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Cmdr. Louis McCray turned over authority of Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah to U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jeremy Fogt during a transfer of authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Farah, June 22. The ceremony was presided over by Commander, Regional Command West, Italian Brigadier General Ignazio Gamba and was attended by U.S. Consul General Jillian Burns and local provincial leadership.

New command team accepts brigade colors
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. - The 177th Armored Brigade community recently came together to witness a change in leadership and bid farewell to their outgoing command team.

Task Force Vigilante bids farewell to 993rd, welcomes 1710th Transportation Co to Afghanistan
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — U.S. Army Reserve soldiers with the 993rd Transportation Company watched as their unit colors were cased, June 9, signifying the completion of their combat tour and the beginning of their homeward journey to Palatka, Fla. A transfer of authority ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, was held to bid farewell to the “Road Warriors” and welcome in Virginia Guardsmen assigned to the 1710th Transportation Company.

Task Force Durable transfers authority to Task Force Lifeliners in Afghanistan
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – A ceremony was held to denote the transfer of authority of sustainment operations and retrograde support at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, June 8.

Coast Guard holds change-of-command ceremony for Air Station Traverse City
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — With family, friends, and members of the community on hand, Cmdr. Joseph Buzzella transferred command of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City to Cmdr. Sean Cross, a fellow Coast Guard aviator, at a ceremony Friday morning at the air station.

SC unit hands off command in Kosovo to the 525th BfSB
CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo – For the first time in nearly a decade, an active duty U.S. Army unit assumed command in Kosovo during a transfer of authority ceremony held at Camp Bondsteel, June 1.



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