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CHAMBERSBURG – Letterkenny Army Depot is not resting on its laurels after two years under the command of Col. Deacon Maddox, according to Maj. Gen. Douglas Gabram.

Gabram, commander of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, passed the installation’s colors on Friday from Maddox to incoming commander Col. Stephen Ledbetter. About 200 people attended the ceremony outside the headquarters building.

“Letterkenny’s future, while challenging, is bright with multiple opportunities to expand this depot’s impact on the nation’s readiness,” Gabram said. “The Multi-Mission Launcher – a government designed, integrated and produced piece of equipment – confidence is high that it will be produced here with our great workforce leading the way.”

The Army has invested $119 million in MML prototypes. The truck-mounted air defense system is designed to knock-out threats – including drones, cruise missiles, rockets, artillery and mortars — from any direction. The 15-tube launcher is the first major program developed by the government industrial base in more than 30 years, according to the Army.

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CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Remains unearthed at a Pennsylvania Army base don’t match the Native American child thought to have been buried there after dying at the government-run Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the 19th century, authorities said Friday.

The U.S. Army said Friday the grave thought to contain 10-year-old Little Plume, also called Hayes Vanderbilt Friday, doesn’t match his age, and in fact contains two sets of unidentified remains.

The remains of 15-year-old Little Chief, also known as Dickens Nor, and 14-year-old Horse, also called Horace Washington, do match and will be returned to a Northern Arapaho delegation on Monday. They’ll be reburied in Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation.

 

 

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) — If you want to fight, you’ve got to be fit. It’s as simple as that. But sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Today at Fort Eustis, an important step towards creating a leaner, meaner fighting machine.

“The Army Wellness Center is not only a resource for our soldiers and our patients,” said Lieutenant Colonel   Vincent Meyers, Director of the McDonald Army Health Center. “It’s a game changer for Fort Eustis.”

And, while the former Bachelor’s Officer’ Quarters may not be much to look at from the outside, it’s what’s inside that counts.

 

 

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First Army Region commander Apirat Kongsompong could be on his way to replacing the army chief next year in preparation for the next elected government, according to a military source.

Lt Gen Apirat is tipped to be made a full general and promoted to assistant army chief in the upcoming military reshuffle, which will pave the way for him to succeed army chief Chalermchai Sitthisad in…

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Capt. Daniel Ferenczy, assistant product manager for Extreme Weather Clothing and Footwear, modeling the Army’s new Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform. (Photo: Program Executive Office Soldier)

In January, U.S. Army uniform officials will begin an evaluation of the service’s new Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform by issuing the lighter, more breathable uniform to thousands of soldiers in Hawaii.

The new IHWC is the result of a directed requirement to outfit soldier with a jungle uniform suitable for operations in the Pacific theater. This follows a similar effort that recently resulted in the Army fielding 9,000 pairs of new Jungle Combat Boots to the 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd and 3rd Brigade Combat teams in Hawaii between March and August.

 

 

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HOHENFELS, Germany — My eyes welled with tears of happiness, and I cried as I had never cried before. For 20 years, I fought against who I am. But that day was the closest I ever felt to freedom. It was June 30, 2016, and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter had just announced an end to the United States military’s ban on transgender service.

My name is Jennifer Sims. I am a United States Army captain and a transgender woman who has served my country with distinction for more than six years. I am speaking for myself here, not on behalf of the Army or the government, but I suspect my feelings resonate with other transgender service members.

Every transgender person has a different story. For me, growing up in Florida and Minnesota, I never felt right as a boy, struggling to conform to what that meant. It was before the internet and smartphones were everywhere, so I never heard the word “transgender” or had any way to look up confidentially what I was feeling. I thought it was simply a phase I was going through.

 

 

 

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A view of the encounter site in Shopian district in Kashmir. (ANI Photo)

Two Indian Army personnel, including a major, and as many militants were killed in two separate gun battles in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, officials said, in an upsurge of shootouts in the restive region in the past few months.

Major Kamlesh Pandey and sepoy Tanzin Chhultim were killed after militants fired upon the security forces during a gun battle in the Zaipora area of Shopian district on Thursday morning.

The forces mounted a cordon and search operation in the area in south Kashmir late on Wednesday night following a tip-off that militants were present in the area.

“The trapped militants escaped after firing on the soldiers,” a senior district police officer told the Hindustan Times.

The Shopian incident came on the heels of a gun battle in Gopalpora area of Kulgam district where forces gunned down two Hizbul Mujahideen militants in an overnight encounter following a search operation.

 

 

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An event in New Delhi marked the 90th anniversary of China’s People’s Liberation Army.

NEW DELHI:  While a face-off between the armies of India and China near the Sikkim sectorinched towards a third month and a fresh Chinese incursion in Uttarakhand was confirmedby sources at the centre, signs of strain were noticeably absent closer home on Monday. At an event in New Delhi to mark the 90th anniversary of China’s army, in attendance were representatives from India besides those from Bhutan, Pakistan and other countries.

Pakistani envoy Abdul Basit and Bhutan’s Ambassador to New Delhi Vetsop Namgyel were among those who attended the dinner at a five star hotel in the capital; as was a high-ranking official of the Indian armed forces. Envoys and military attaches of around 20 countries including Russia and the US also attended the event to observe the founding day of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
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Hate updating the software on your smart phone? Then have compassion for the Army, which is trying to standardize its computer systems across more than 400 units in the next 28 months. The objective is a “single software baseline,” where every unit has the same set of information technologies. Such standardization should simplify everything from training, maintenance, operations and future upgrades.

The baseline effort is part of a much larger overhaul of the Army’s networks. The ultimate goal is to keep troops communicating and coordinated despite cyber attack, jamming, harsh conditions, and the constant movement of a modern Multi-Domain Battle against advanced adversaries such as Russia. While software is less sexy than, say, tanks that shoot lasers or railguns, it’s critical to modernize the Army’s electronic nervous system. But there are legions of devils in the details, as an Army release yesterday outlines.

One particularly devilish detail not in the official release: the cost. I pressed the Army’s spokesman for Command, Control, & Communications – Tactical (PEO-C3T) about this, and he replied frankly that the service doesn’t have a firm figure yet.

 

 

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WASHINGTON — Russia is preparing to send as many as 100,000 troops to the eastern edge of NATO territory at the end of the summer, one of the biggest steps yet in the military buildup undertaken by President Vladimir V. Putin and an exercise in intimidation that recalls the most ominous days of the Cold War.

The troops are conducting military maneuvers known as Zapad, Russian for “west,” in Belarus, the Baltic Sea, western Russia and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. The drills will feature a reconstituted armored force named for a storied Soviet military unit, the First Guards Tank Army. Its establishment represents the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union that so much offensive power has been concentrated in a single command.

 

 

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