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October 26, 2012
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  • 4 international service members die in possible insider attacks
    Two members of the U.S.-Afghanistan command were killed Thursday in a possible insider attack in Oruzgan Province. An Afghan police officer opened fire on the American troops as they arrived for a meeting with local leaders, according to Afghan officials. Separately, two British service members were killed Wednesday in Helmand Province in a firefight that is also being investigated as an insider attack, officials said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Pentagon 
  • Pentagon defends decision to delay sending troops to Libya
    The Pentagon says it did not have enough information to deploy troops in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11. "You don't deploy forces into harm's way without knowing what's going on, without having some real-time information about what's taking place," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. Since the attack, the U.S. has sent a Marine fleet and anti-terrorist security team to Tripoli, Libya, and has positioned Navy ships off the coast. Reuters (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. concludes missile defense test in the Pacific
    Army, Air Force and Navy units have completed the largest U.S. missile defense system test ever conducted in the Pacific, according to the Pentagon. The goal of the exercise was to intercept cruise missiles and medium- and short-range ballistic missiles. "Initial indications are that the THAAD system successfully intercepted its first medium range ballistic target in history," the Pentagon reported. United Press International (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  On the Hill 
  • Panetta plans "critical" agenda for Congress post-election
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday laid out his agenda for Congress upon its post-election lame-duck session, saying "there is a great deal of critical work that needs to be done." Specific tasks on Panetta's list include preventing sequestration, approving a defense authorization act for the department to carry out its directives, and confirmation of two Marine generals. AOL Defense (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On the Home Front 
  • W.Va. honors reservist who received Medal of Honor
    West Virginia is honoring its last living Medal of Honor recipient by naming its newest armory in his honor. The Hershel "Woody" Williams Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center will house battalions of the Army Reserve and the West Virginia National Guard. Williams, who enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1943, earned his medal for heroism during the battle of Iwo Jima. (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Service Section News 
  Reserve Strength 
  • Army is ready to renegotiate contracts if budget cuts come
    If sequestration spending cuts go into effect, the Army is in good shape to renegotiate contracts to save money. Some programs, such as the Ground Combat Vehicle, are in the early stages of development and don't have multiyear contracts in place yet. "Given the speculation that there might be some reduction, I think it is manageable from the perspective that we are in developmental efforts and we may be able to accommodate the adjustments," said the Army's Scott Davis. (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Reserve Life 
  • Air Force reviews dismissal of single mother
    The Air Force says it is reviewing the case of Rebecca Edmonds, who was dismissed from service after she became pregnant. Edmonds is not married, and the Air Force forbids single parents from serving, citing hardship on the child during deployment. The Air Force revoked her $92,000 scholarship and accused her of fraud when her pregnancy was revealed. CNN (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veteran-only courses help vets re-integrate into college
    More universities are offering classes tailored to the needs and interests of returning veterans, this article says. "As a veteran, when you talk about your experiences, it's just very easy to communicate to a roomful of veterans compared to a roomful of civilians. Most people don't have a job where your job is to kill people," said veteran Gene Rovang. Associated Press (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Be a lion at home and a fox abroad."
--Persian proverb

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