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3rd Infantry Division Soldier Honored Posthumously With Distinguished Service Cross For 2003 Heroism

Story by Paul Boyce on 04/09/2019

Booker's mother and sister were presented with the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest award for valor, during a ceremony at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood -- near the University of Pittsburgh -- as Family, fellow Soldiers, city officials and veterans watched.

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Seeing The Face Of Sexual Assault Through A Survivor's Eyes

Story by SSG Paige Behringer on 04/08/2019

"Apparently this isn't real enough for you people yet," Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Simon told 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th MTN Soldiers during the brigade's Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month observance, April 3, 2019.

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Army Medical Logistics Business Lingo Is Surprisingly Sporty

Story by Ellen Crown on 04/08/2019

That's because the vocabulary the BSO team member's use while supporting the development of technological solutions for the Army's most complex medical logistics requirements is originally based on the sport.

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Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Wins Secretary Of The Navy Environmental Award

Story by Clifford Davis on 04/08/2019

The award, determined by government and private sector evaluators, is given to Navy and Marine Corps installations, ships and people for accomplishments in promoting environmental stewardship.

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Nchb 1 Conducts Lolo Operations, Demonstrates New Capabilities

Story by PO2 Kelsey Adams on 04/05/2019

SANTA RITA, Guam Sailors assigned to Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1, Detachment Guam, conducted a proof of concept lift on/lift off (LOLO) of a Mark VI patrol boat with Military Sealift Command (MSC) Maritime Prepositioning Force ship USNS 2nd LT John P. Bobo (T-AK 3008) in Apra Harbor, Guam, April 4.

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McEntire Jngb Hosts Stem Day Education Experiences For Sc Youth

Story by SMSgt Edward Snyder on 04/05/2019

Public, private and home-schooled students from around the state participated in this unique experience and were provided up-close opportunities to perform hands-on learning and view the inner workings of aircraft and advanced-technology systems in an unforgettable setting of the 169th Fighter Wing's aircraft hangar.

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Making Him Proud

Story by PO1 Chris Williamson on 04/04/2019

ST. LOUIS -- Many people decide to enlist in the Navy for different reasons. Some join for the patriotism. Some join to develop a structured and disciplined life. And some join for the many benefits the Navy can provide. For Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Jerrod Ragsdale, joining was for a deeper and more personal reason.

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West Point Working Toward Cleaning Up Housing Issues

Story by Brandon OConnor on 04/04/2019

"At the end of the day, if there are any questions about where the buck stops on housing, it is me," Marson said during a town hall in February. "I know I will be judged on my tenure here at West Point on how I fix your housing issues. It is pretty simple to me. I have to figure it out, and I have to get it fixed."

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Usace Awards $3.8 Million Services Contract For Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

Story by Vince Little on 04/04/2019

The contractor, a minority-owned facilities management and infrastructure-support company out of Philadelphia, will provide services, materials, supplies, plant, labor, equipment, utilities and supervision along roughly 40 miles of canal waterways. The contract covers real-property facilities over a 3,100-acre area in Virginia and North Carolina.

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Jba Security Personnel Lean Forward To Address Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

Story by A1C Michael Murphy on 04/04/2019
In October 2018, Gatwick Airport in London reached a milestone with more than four million passengers in a month. Just two months later, though, flights were cancelled for three straight days, stranding thousands of passengers prompting British military involvement.
What caused the disruption? A small unmanned aerial system -- or sUAS, or more commonly called a "drone" -- flying in restricted airspace without coordination from air traffic control.
"We could potentially have a similar scenario here at JBA," said Lt. Col. Jonathan Bell, commander of the 11th Security Forces Squadron here. "That's a big deal when you think of the aircraft that transit this base."
Looking to counter a potential problem, Bell began researching avenues available for security forces to enhance base defense. In September, a small team of JBA defenders traveled to White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, to test a new directed-energy system designed to counter sUAS. That trip resulted in a JBA defender becoming the first Airman to shoot down a drone with a laser.
"Our defenders went out there and gave feedback to the science and tech community on how to operationally employ those systems," Bell said.
Bell then decided to invite officials from Air Force Special Operations Command to JBA to provide further training on sUAS systems, which they did at the end of January.
"We see a lot of potential benefits to employing these small UAS into a variety of routines that our defenders experience here," Bell said. "The training was vital to get us up to speed on all the requirements to start using this technology effectively."
AFSOC members covered topics on information security, safety and guidance adhering to Federal Aviation Administration policies and flying in restricted airspace.
Bell said the 11th SFS plans to continue this training so they can counter and use sUAS to their full potential.
"Our training with AFSOC really opened our eyes and gave us the tools we need to effectively maintain a sUAS program here," said Senior Airman Madelyne Kowalczk, NCO in charge of 11th SFS counter-small unmanned aircraft systems. "The sUAS themselves give us a wide range of capabilities, such as responding to active-shooter scenarios, gate-runner incidents and perimeter surveillance, ultimately bolstering the safety and security of our community here at Joint Base Andrews."
Security forces personnel emphasized that privately owned sUAS are not allowed in JBA's restricted airspace by the direction of the installation commander. Additionally, the National Capital Region is governed by a Special Flight Rules Area within a 30-mile radius of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, which restricts all flights in the greater D.C. area.
The SFRA is divided into a 15-mile radius inner ring and a 30-mile radius outer ring.
Flying an unmanned aircraft within the 15-mile radius inner ring is prohibited without specific FAA authorization.
Flying a drone between 15 and 30 miles from Washington, D.C. is allowed under these operating conditions:
Aircraft must weigh less than 55 lbs. (including any attachments, such as a camera)
Aircraft must be registered and marked (if it is not operated exclusively under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft)
Aircraft flies below 400 ft.
Aircraft flies within visual line of sight
Aircraft flies in clear weather conditions
Aircraft never flies near other aircraft

Rules put in place after the 9/11 attacks establish "national defense airspace" over the airspace around Washington, D.C. and limit aircraft operations to those with an FAA and Transportation Security Administration authorization. Violators face stiff fines and criminal penalties.

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