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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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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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Ten Years Of History And Lessons In West African Navy Manuevers

Story by MAJ Brett Walker on 04/03/2019
Lagos, Nigeria For the tenth consecutive year, the United States organized a multinational naval exercise to improve maritime security along the African coast. This year's exercise is currently underway in the Gulf of Guinea. It involves 33 participating nations from around the world and nearly 100 individually evaluated events.
Obangame Express is a sponsored by U.S. Africa Command. It is one of three African regional Express series exercises facilitated annually by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet (CNE-CNA/C6F). The purpose Obangame Express is to test the ability of West African navies to monitor their territorial waters for illicit activity, communicate maritime domain awareness and coordinate with neighboring navies to interdict illegal activities. The name of the exercise is a constant reminder of the purpose Obangame means "togetherness" in several African dialects.
The principle illicit activities taking place during the exercise are piracy, forbidden fishing operations and trafficking in humans, drugs or weapons. Through their involvement in 10 years of Obangame Express, American and European officials have gained a greater understanding of the economically detrimental events arising out of the Gulf of Guinea.
"One of the things very few people were aware of before is the magnitude of the effect of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities on the region," said German Navy Cmdr. Dirk Steffen, who has been involved in Obangame Express since 2014. Steffen clarified that most of the African nations knew the effects of the illegal fishing, but the American and European governments did not recognize the extent of the problem.
"Obangame Express started out with a focus on the classic maritime threats, but it has evolved to reflect other things," said Steffen. "At least half the events now are illegal fishing."
He also explained that anti-piracy tactics remain a priority for Obangame Express because the Gulf of Guinea continues to have one of the world's worst concentrations of pirates. Indeed, the exercise is always scheduled for March, which Steffens describes as the climax of the pirate season.
"Much of what we do here is inspired by actual events that took place here," explained Steffens. "It improves the understanding of the patterns of crimes, not just for the Africans, but also for the Europeans and the Americans . . . I would say that OE is changing and shaping the approach by EU and non-regional countries to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa."
Steffens began his participation in Obangame six years ago as an evaluator aboard a German ship used as a target vessel a ship designated as a threat for purposes of the exercise. He has more than 21 years of experience as a Navy officer including work as a route clearance diver. He is also a security consultant and intelligence analyst for a private maritime security firm specializing in West Africa. He holds a masters degree in military studies with a focus on naval warfare.
"An improvement I have seen is [Obangame Express] moving from a centralized to decentralized exercise," said Steffens. "And I see African nations take a lot more ownership than they did five years ago."
He notes that Ghana and Senegal have made particularly strong progress. Cameroon and Ivory Coast have also improved significantly.
According to Steffens, historically Nigeria struggled with information sharing. However, under the current national leadership, the Nigerian Navy has changed. It has acquired new equipment including ships and radar and it has adopted new information-sharing policies. Now it is host to the tenth Obangame Express exercise.
"Nigeria lobbied very hard to get this in order to demonstrate their progress in the past few years," said Steffens. "They take great pride in the successes they have had these years. I think they are very keen to show the world their progress since 2014."
While modern equipment is important, the purpose of Obangame Express is to evaluate and improve upon the abilities of West African navies to communicate and cooperate in defense of their coastal waters.
"The first Obangame Express was held in 2010 to promote the importance of regional cooperation between all the navies in the Gulf of Guinea," said Rear Admiral Obed Ngalabak, Commander of Nigeria's Western Naval Fleet and tactical commander of Nigerian forces participating in Obangame Express 2019. "It is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness, information sharing and enhance the collective capabilities of Gulf of Guinean and West African nations to counter illegalities in the maritime domain."
The United States has an interest in security and stability in the Gulf of Guinea region for both humanitarian and economic reasons. This U.S.-sponsored exercise has grown in complexity since its initiation a decade ago.
"The birthplace of this exercise is in communications drills," said U.S. Navy Capt. Eric Conzen, director of Obangame Express 2019.
Obangame Express began in 2010. That year there were nine participating countries. By 2015 the exercise had grown to 23 participants. This year 33 different countries are taking part in Obangame Express. Throughout the years, many new countries have joined.
Torrance J. Porter, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army and now the Deputy Director of Assessors for U.S. Navy Africa Command, has been responsible for supervising evaluations of the Obangame Express participants for the past four years.
"There is more of a spirit of cooperation in certain zones [of the Gulf of Guinea]," said Porter. "Now they actually contribute assets to the regional coordination center."
Porter believes Obangame Express facilitated that growth. He also thinks Obangame Express is assisting in the effective employment of a 2013 multinational cooperation agreement between Gulf of Guinea states.
"I would say that implementation of the Yaounde Code of Conduct has become ubiquitous across the Gulf of Guinea," he said.
The Yaounde Code of Conduct is the maritime security framework for West and Central Africa. It describes the expectations of the 22 signatory states in sharing information, cooperating in naval patrols and assisting in prosecution of maritime offenders. The Yaounde Code of Conduct is named for the capital city of Cameroon and one of its primary authors, Cameroon Navy Capt. Sylvestre Fonkoua, was also an architect of the Obangame Express exercise.
As the capabilities of the participants increased, so did the complexity of the exercise. In 2016 Obangame Express expanded to six days of open-ocean maneuver. That allowed more events to be planned for the exercise. On the 10th anniversary of Obangame Express, there are 95 planned events scheduled within the exercise.
Porter has seen what he describes as slow and steady growth in the capabilities of the Gulf of Guinea navies; not just in their patrolling proficiency, but also in their abilities to host Obangame Exercises.
"We have noticed over the past four years countries are starting to create their own training evaluators," said Porter. This is particularly true of Senegal, which provides trainers as well as trainees.
As a next step, Porter hopes to eliminate the formal list of events that is published to participants in advance. In years past, the Exercise Control Group, of which Porter is a member, tells the participants in advance what events will take place and in what zone of the exercise area. Forcing participants to cooperatively locate the threat and then identify the specific illegal activity along with an appropriate response will be the next evolution of the exercise.
"We have gone from simply just doing boardings to doing cross-border information sharing, and we've gone from that to doing rule of law in terms of evidence collection, and we've gone from that into feeding evidence into the judicial sector," said Porter. "That shows an increase in complexity and inter-agency cooperation, but we have not yet got to a less scripted exercise. It is still fairly scripted."
Ultimately, Porter would like to see the U.S. cede its organizational duties for Obangame Express to the host nations. Steffens shares that sentiment, but both Porter and Steffens believe handing the exercise over to the African Nations is a long-term goal.
"Very recently it was the case where [Gulf of Guinea navies] had to really focus on getting operations right for the exercise and all their other operations stopped," said Steffens. "But now many of the countries can do both at the same time. It makes them less dependent on OE. That is good news. If the exercise makes itself irrelevant at some point, then it has achieved its objective."
If all goes well, the next decade anniversary for Obangame Express will be celebrated with a transition of leadership from the United States to their partner nations in the Gulf of Guinea.
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Aviation, Missile Center Employee Honored With Fct Project Manager Of The Year Award

Story by Joanna Bradley on 04/03/2019

The Foreign Comparative Testing program aims to test items and technologies of foreign allies with a high technology readiness level to satisfy valid defense requirements quickly and economically.

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Stop The Bleed': The Simple Art Of Saving Lives

by Ramin A. Khalili

For Col. Michael Davis, the problem isn't the bloodas a reconstructive surgeon by trade, it's never been about the bloodrather it's the way Hollywood always make the blood look so bloody.

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Military Moms Improve Conditions

Story by Leticia Cunningham on 04/03/2019

The act permitted the military to involuntarily discharge women who became pregnant. In the seven decades since, service women's rights have improved immensely.

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Slp Makes Transitions For Military School Age Children Easier

Story by LCpl Karina Lopezmata on 03/13/2019
Military life can be filled with unique challenges that are unequaled through the eyes of a child. As the families move from one duty station to another, children often attend a number of different schools. The average child in a military family will move six to nine times during their school career and every time they move they could lose academic progress.
The School Liaison Program (SLP) focuses its efforts on making transitions from one school to another easier for military children. Each state and school district teaches different things at different times and trying to fit in as "the new kid" in school while adjusting to their new normal can sometimes cause the child to feel lost.
"There is that risk that our military students will fall behind," said Julie Fulton, school liaison officer. "We provide support, resources and help to the parents."
The SLP was stood up in the Marine Corps in 2008 alongside the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3). The MIC3 is a piece of legislation that all 50 states and the Department of Defense Education Activity have agreed to abide by.
The MIC3 is an agreement among states to provide uniform treatment for military children moving to new school districts. The purpose of the compact is to make sure military kids are immediately enrolled in their new school after a move, placed in the appropriate academic program and able to graduate on time.
"The MIC3 mainly protects high school students," Fulton said. "It makes the schools work together and allows the kids to try-out for sports mid-season."
In addition, the SLP offers families information about local school options in the new area and educational opportunities, including home school.
"We're the education advocate for the military children," Fulton said. "We support and represent the best interests of the students and parents in the educational process."
The school liaison officers are available to help with all K-12 education issues for public, private and homeschooled students for all branches of the military at any local installation. Contact the School Liaison Office to discuss assistance with changing and finding schools in the area, transitions, deployments, moving tips and school advice.
For more information about the SLP, visit their website at http://www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/schools/ or call the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune office at (910) 449-9915.
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