News Brief for 2 September 2014


A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion prepares to land aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) on Aug. 4. A CH-53 crashed Sept. 1 in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land on the USS Mesa Verde. Officials report that there were no fatalities in the crash and all personnel were recovered. (Cpl. Manuel Estrada / Marine Coprs) News Brief

USMC Super Stallion crashes in Gulf of Aden; all 25 personnel rescued >> Marine Corps Times
A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit crashed at sea today in the Central Command area of operations, an official press release stated.

"Run, Don't Walk:" The realities of amputation and rehabilitation >> Fayetteville Observer
"A lot of people are under the impression that there's nothing technology can't do. A lot of people - I would say most people - think that the new computerized and mechanized legs are bionic. That you can strap them on and they will walk for you."

Older Vets Committing Suicide at Alarming Rate >>
Veteran suicide numbers have gone up in recent years with much of the attention focused on veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan killing themselves. However, almost seven out of 10 veterans who have committed suicide were over the age of 50, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs study.

U.S. military conducts operation in Somalia >> CNN
U.S. military forces conducted an operation Monday against the Al-Shabaab network in Somalia, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

8-Year-Old Turns Lemons Into Lemonade for Wounded Vet >> Good Morning America
An Iraq war veteran who served 12 1/2 years protecting his country would be considered a hero by most. But for this war veteran, his hero is a generous 8-year-old girl named Rachel Mennett.

Preparation, fleibility key in job hunt >> Fayetteville Observer
About 2,500 Army captains, majors and noncommissioned officers recently found out this summer they need to find a new job. And this is just the first of several rounds of cuts as the Army scales back and draws down.

Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan asks to be a citizen of Islamic State >> San Antonio Express-News
The former Army psychiatrist condemned to death in the killings of 13 people at Fort Hood wants to become a citizen of the Islamic State.

Technological game changers: Looking powerful >> Fayetteville Observer
ParaSol Technologies' "chargeable" material traps solar energy and converts it into electricity. Army tents constructed of the stuff would cut down on costly generators down range. Soldiers could shed heavy batteries in their packs

New Navy rules OK ball caps with blue cammies, on base and off >> Army Times
You asked, pressed, urged and pleaded. And after six years, the Navy listened. Starting Sept. 1, ball caps are authorized with the Navy working uniform. The new rules allow it to be worn wherever the NWU can be worn: in the fleet, ashore, off-base and even off-duty.

New Pearl Harbor facilities fall to neglect >> Stars and Stripes
On Dec. 7, 2010, the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the National Park Service dedicated a new $56 million USS Arizona Memorial visitor center with a sprawling campus to handle increasing numbers of tourists at one of the nation's most revered attractions.

Marines Deactivate Decorated 'Walking Dead' Unit >> ABC News
Decades before the television show, a Marine Corps battalion decorated for extensive combat in World War II and Vietnam earned the nickname the "Walking Dead."

Combat vet turned Clemson star will soon get his own movie >> Army Times
Nearly five years after earning a Bronze Star with "V" and a Purple Heart for his actions in Afghanistan at the Battle of Kamdesh, former Army Sgt. Daniel Rodriguez will suit up Saturday to begin his senior football season with the Clemson Tigers.

For Kentucky town that gave much, new worries over Iraq >> McClatchy
On an unseasonably cool August day, Zola Hamlin pulled up to a small square cemetery on the outskirts of town, saluted the headstone of her fallen grandson and offered a somber thought for the parents and grandparents of future soldiers who might get caught again in an Iraq war.

California lawmakers vote to protect in-state tuition for veterans >> Military Times
California lawmakers have approved legislation to offer in-state college tuition for veterans who were stationed in California immediately before being discharged

VA wait times have decreased, new data show >> Military Times
The Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced by half the number of veterans waiting more than three months to see a doctor since a scandal erupted at the agency in spring over delays in health care, according to data released Thursday.

New DOD-VA Health Records System Coming to More Facilities Soon >> Defense One
The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have installed a software viewer that allows clinicians to jointly access health record systems at seven VA facilities and two Defense facilities - and this meets the definition of a "full deployment" set by the secretaries of the two departments, a Pentagon spokeswoman said.

VA'S Scheduling System Revamp Will be Big Test of Agency's Agile Approach >> NextGov
The last attempt by the Department of Veterans Affairs to update the system used by hundreds of VA facilities nationwide to schedule and manage veterans' medical appointments was one of those failed IT projects that have come to hog the spotlight in the age.

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