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Troops offer mixed reactions to Rumsfeld’s departure
The abrupt resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld drew mixed reactions from across the military services Wednesday, as fans and detractors alike pondered what comes next for the troops. (more)

Despite snub, UFC champ wants to party with Marines
Ultimate Fighting Championship brawler Tito Ortiz plans to hold a special off-base event to benefit Marines despite being publicly snubbed by officials at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., who invited him to be the guest speaker at their birthday ball only to un-invite him when they discovered he planned to bring his girlfriend, porn star Jenna Jameson. (more)

Rumsfeld’s exit surprised many, including Gen. Pace
The resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld caught even the nation’s top general by surprise. (more)

eCare package unveiled for troops and families
Want to be adopted? (more)

Country stars to raise money for vets at festival
Regardless of whether you’re actually “Going Through Hell,” you’ve probably heard Rodney Atkins’ recent hit single if you listen to country music radio. Likewise, Darryl Worley’s new song, “I Just Came Back (From a War),” has been creeping onto radio waves across the nation. (more)

State, Va. Beach sue to keep jets at Oceana
RICHMOND, Va. — The state and the city of Virginia Beach filed federal lawsuits against the Department of Defense in an attempt to keep the Navy’s East Coast master jet base at Oceana Naval Air Station. (more)

Reserve warrant officer selections
Reserve Marines selected for appointment to warrant officer 1: (more)

San Diego voters ground Miramar initiative
SAN DIEGO — San Diego County voters rejected Tuesday a local initiative that would have continued pressure on the military to share or turn over Marine Corps Air Station Miramar for use as an international airport. (more)

New leadership in store for key House committees
The Democrats’ control of the House of Representatives could put a military history buff in charge of the armed services committee, a former real estate broker as the appropriations committee chairman, and a skilled investigator heading the government reform committee that will be looking into the Bush administration’s Iraq policy. (more)

Marines ordered to wear seat belts
In or out of uniform, leathernecks under Marine Corps Forces Command must wear their seat belts while in a vehicle, according to an Oct. 30 order. (more)

Florida reservists questioned at Lejeune
Marine reservists who recently returned from Iraq are under investigation at Camp Lejeune, N.C., on allegations of misconduct, a base spokesman said. (more)

Sestak among Navy’s few winners on Election Day
Former Navy officers and enlisted sailors fell short in Tuesday’s elections, with 10 of the 12 who ran for national office — most of them as Democrats — going down to defeat despite the midterm wave that returned control of the U.S. House of Representatives to the Democratic Party. (more)

Standup comics bring laughs to the sandbox
LOS ANGELES — Tom Irwin has been “slaying ’em” through four tours of duty in Iraq, but not with bombs or bullets. (more)

Webb, Allen deadlocked in Va. Senate race
RICHMOND, Va. — Sen. George Allen’s political career hung by a thread Tuesday, as Democrat Jim Webb claimed victory — though fewer than 8,000 votes separated the two, and a recount was virtually certain. (more)

Disabled Illinois Guard veteran loses bid for House seat
CHICAGO — State Sen. Peter Roskam won the open House seat created by the retirement of Rep. Henry Hyde, the 32-year House veteran who hand-picked the fellow Republican as his successor in Illinois’ 6th Congressional District. (more)

Three Marines killed in separate incidents
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The Pentagon said Tuesday two North Carolina-based Marines were killed in combat in Iraq’s Anbar province while a third died in a nonhostile incident. (more)

Corporal described as ‘key player’ in Iraqi murder
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The government on Tuesday described a U.S. Marine corporal as a “key player” in a plot to kidnap and murder an Iraqi man, while the serviceman’s lawyer said his client was an honorable warrior who should be released from prison. (more)

Deputy commandant Huly retires
The deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations retired Tuesday during a ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., after 37 years in uniform. (more)

Iraq gets low marks for corruption, report says
Iraq is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, according to a new report from a German-based firm. (more)

100 families to get homes decked out for Christmas
A decorating company wants to make the holidays a little brighter for military families whose loved ones are deployed during the holidays. (more)

VFW defends its Illinois congressional endorsement
The Veterans of Foreign War is on the defensive, explaining why its political action committee endorsed a man who has never served in the military over a disabled combat veteran for an Illinois seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. (more)

Lieutenant dies in ‘nonhostile incident’ in Iraq
A junior officer assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Iraq died Nov. 4 as a result of a “nonhostile incident,” according to a Defense Department statement released today. (more)

National Museum of the Marine Corps opens Nov. 13
The Corps’ birthday falls on a Friday this year. But the opportunity to celebrate 231 years of history extends into the following week with the Nov. 13 opening of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. (more)

Extra judges have cut vets claim backlog, Craig says
Adding two temporary judges to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is helping to cut down the claims backlog, according to the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman who pushed the federal court to recall two judges. (more)

Parris Island to reinstate holiday gift tradition
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., is bringing back a tradition it hasn’t observed in the last eight years: holiday presents. (more)

National parks, forests free on Veterans Day
Soldiers, veterans and their families may visit any national park or forest on Veterans Day for free this year — and every year after that. (more)

Navy orders 8th LPD ship
The Navy ordered its eighth LPD 17-class amphibious transport dock ship and began buying materials for a ninth on Nov. 6, awarding a $1.45 billion contract to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. (more)

2nd Marine pleads guilty
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A second Marine with an infantry squad charged in the shooting death of an Iraqi last spring admitted Monday that eight of them shot and killed the man and agreed to cover it up. (more)

Vietnam Marine’s remains found, identified
The family of a Marine missing in action since the Vietnam War will bury him on the Corps’ 231st birthday, defense officials announced. (more)

Marines in Fallujah confiscate toy guns
The insurgency in Iraq is arming children in Fallujah with fake plastic firearms, according to a release posted to Regimental Combat Team 5’s Web site on Sunday. (more)

Home Depot, Lowe's giving Vets Day military discounts
The world’s two largest home-improvement retailers are offering 10 percent discounts to active-duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families in honor of Veterans Day. (more)

U.S.-led troops detain six suspected extremists
KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S.-led and Afghan troops detained six suspected extremists, including Saudi and Pakistani nationals, in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, a U.S. military statement said. (more)

Two Marines, soldier killed in Anbar province
BAGHDAD — The U.S. military on Monday announced the deaths of five American troops, two in a helicopter crash north of Baghdad and three in fighting west of the capital. (more)

Military Times editorial: ‘Rumsfeld must go’
Saying Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large, a Military Times editorial calls on President Bush to fire him. (more)

Statement from the Department of Defense
The Department has always attempted to clearly and accurately describe the challenges our forces face in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Secretary above all has always been very measured in describing the progress U.S forces are making in what will undoubtedly be a long struggle in the War on Terror. I would challenge those who say the Secretary has ever painted a “rosy picture” to provide those quotes as well as the full context of those remarks. (more)

The Onion pens fake sniper story
In a nod to the Corps’ “one shot, one kill” mantra, The Onion penned a piece referencing the Marine sniper’s marksmanship abilities. The satirical news source posted a story headlined, “Former Marine Sniper Slapped With 3,000-Yard Restraining Order,” on Wednesday. (more)

Mortarman killed in mix-up
OCEANSIDE, Calif. — The men of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion were in the midst of an urban-training exercise when it happened. (more)

Corps announces E-9 selections
The Corps announced today the names of more than 300 first sergeants and master sergeants who will move up this fiscal year. (more)

Conference to focus on Iraq reconstruction, stabilization
A conference this winter will look at how to “streamline” reconstruction and stabilization efforts in Iraq by seeking ways get various U.S. government agencies to better communicate and work together. (more)

‘Mom, I’m hurt’
PORT DEPOSIT, Md. — The phone call from Iraq came early one morning last week. It was from Robin Perry’s 24-year-old son Larry Perry, a Navy corpsman serving in the war. (more)

Army dominates in sniper contest
FORT BENNING, Ga. — Army teams dominated the sixth annual International Sniper Competition, which ended Nov. 2, by sweeping the top five spots at the end of the intense six-day event. (more)

Absentee ballots roll in as lawmaker questions security
As of Oct. 29, nearly 136,982 absentee ballots had been sent by mail to overseas military addresses, according to U.S. Postal Service numbers. (more)

Data communications Marines needed
The Corps has a special training detachment of career data communications Marines who spend two years attending civilian-run classes until they earn lucrative information technology industry certifications. But the detachment’s master gunnery sergeant said classroom chairs go unfilled, and an Oct. 30 Corps-wide message announced that the detachment wants to attract dot-commies who are eligible to re-enlist this fiscal year. (more)

Operation Gratitude preps for another holiday giveout
Operation Gratitude is gearing up for its fourth annual drive to send holiday packages to deployed troops. (more)

First new howitzers go to Stryker brigade
Stryker brigade soldiers in Hawaii recently became the first unit to receive the Army’s newest artillery — the M777 Lightweight 155mm Howitzer. (more)

Troop levels reach 152,000 but expect to dip soon
The number of U.S. troops in Iraq has moved upward to about 152,000 as some major units rotating out of the country hand off responsibility to their relief commands, defense officials said. (more)

Corps kicks off Toys for Tots drive
The Corps’ annual effort to collect Christmas toys for impoverished children began across the U.S. this week with Reserve Marines aiming to please more than the 7.5 million kids it had presents for last year, according to a spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Reserve. (more)

7 service members die in Iraq
The U.S. military announced the deaths of three soldiers in Baghdad and four Marines in the western province of Anbar, the heart of the Sunni insurgency. (more)

Women testify at hearing that midshipman raped them
The two women have quite a bit in common. (more)

Panel eyeing future vets’ needs to get started Nov. 9
Thursday, Nov. 9, could be a big day for the future of veterans’ benefits and services. (more)

Iraq’s defense minister cancels leave for officers
BAGHDAD — The defense minister has canceled leave for all army officers, apparently fearing violence after Sunday’s expected announcement of a verdict in the trial of Saddam Hussein. (more)

Lincoln Group gets DoD deal to work in Baghdad
The communications firm that was at the center of a controversial contract last year in which it was paid to plant stories in Iraqi newspapers began a new contract with U.S. officials in Baghdad last week. (more)

2 more cases of missing info reported by VA
The Department of Veterans Affairs is dealing with two new security lapses affecting about 3,000 people. (more)

New policy extends survivor benefits for kids
Survivor health care benefits have been expanded under a new policy that took effect Tuesday. (more)

Group to offer free flights for wounded
Wounded reconnaissance Marine Cpl. Chris Brink is leaving Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Friday for a free trip to Florida on Veterans Airlift Command’s inaugural flight. (more)

Marine sergeant a pageant winner
OCEANSIDE, Calif. – As a young girl, Sgt. Maria Madigan had a dream of one day being crowned a beauty pageant winner. (more)

Judge denies chaplain’s request to block potential discharge
A U.S. District Court judge has denied a Navy chaplain’s request for a restraining order that would have temporarily blocked the Navy from discharging him. (more)

Vet groups dispute Buyer claim
Claims by the Republican chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee that Democrats would adopt an “inferior” approach to veterans’ health care funding if they win control of the House has drawn a rebuke from major veterans’ groups. (more)

Commissaries taking applications for scholarships
Attention college-bound students: Commissaries are now accepting applications from military children for a scholarship program that offers $1,500 scholarships for children of active-duty, retired and Guard and reserve members. (more)

Experts say military ill-equipped to defeat insurgencies
The U.S. military is the most technologically advanced, firepower-enhanced force in the world, but it is ill-equipped to fight and win against insurgencies. As a result, it is losing in Iraq, said Jeffrey Record, a professor at the Air War College. (more)

Marine says fellow midshipman drugged, raped her
A female Marine second lieutenant testified at an Article 32 hearing today at the Washington Navy Yard that she woke up naked and in pain in an Annapolis, Md., house April 22 next to classmate Kenny Ray Morrison. (more)

C4 official addresses information-flow problems
The fight to defeat the terrorist cells that are spreading around the world will be won only if information can be shared quickly and effectively among agencies and coalition partners, a senior official at U.S. Central Command said. (more)

Sen. Levin says Bush needs ‘wake-up’ call on Iraq
The Senate Armed Services Committee’s top Democrat said Thursday that President Bush “is totally out of touch” with the situation in Iraq for claiming progress is being made in the war there. (more)

Bloggers compete to raise cash for computer charity
A competition is raging among Internet bloggers to see who can raise the most money for voice-activated laptops that will be given to severely disabled service members. (more)

Boehner refuses to apologize for faulting generals
In the wake of Sen. John Kerry’s belated apology for offending troops deployed in Iraq, House Majority Leader Rep. John Boehner of Ohio is being asked by Democrats to apologize for seemingly blaming senior military officers for any problems with the Bush administration’s Iraq strategy. (more)

Plans for cyberspace command take shape
The Air Force’s new cyberspace command will be created under the auspices of the 8th Air Force, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne announced at the 6th annual C4ISR Journal Integration Conference in Arlington, Va. (more)

Navy issues, candidates on today’s ballots
Tuesday’s elections could have a major impact down the road on Navy and Marine Corps aviation on both coasts — and mark the start of a renewed ex-military presence in the halls of Congress. (more)

Corps turns to Web to ‘recruit’ parents
Using the Internet to sell the Corps to the parents of potential recruits will work for the same reason selling cars online does — it’s a lot more comfortable for parents to do the research at their own pace than to have a Marine recruiter in their living room feeding information to them. At least that’s what Marine Corps Recruiting Command is banking on. (more)


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