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Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command Deactivation Ceremony > CENTCOM > Press Release View

April 30, 2018

OIR Release # 20180430-01

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOUTHWEST ASIA – The Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command (CJFLCC) Headquarters was deactivated today at a ceremony in Baghdad, signifying the end of major combat operations against ISIS in Iraq and acknowledging the changing composition and responsibilities of the Coalition.

CJFLCC was responsible for Coalition land force operations in support of the Iraqi Security Force (ISF) during the campaign to defeat ISIS in Iraq and liberate more than 4.5 million Iraqis subject to ISIS’s brutal control.

Iraqi Security Force and Coalition leaders attended the ceremony that formally transferred CJFLCC’s command authorities to the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve and featured a traditional ‘Casing of the Colors’.

“Casing the CJFLCC Colors is a symbolic gesture, honoring the perseverance and sacrifice of our Coalition partners. Thanks to our partnered success, we are able to continue our support to the Government of Iraq under the unified command of CJTF-OIR,” said Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt, former commanding general CJFLCC.

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Software is Air Force acquisition’s biggest problem, Roper says

Despite attempts to increase the pace of buying and developing software, Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper said speed remains the service’s number one issue when it comes to procurement.

During an April 27 roundtable with reporters, Roper, who serves as the Air Force’s assistant secretary for acquisition, repeated a familiar phrase: the defense procurement system designed to buy submarines and bombers is not made for the fast moving world of technology and software.

“Software is our big issue,” Roper said. “When you look at the programs that are hardware intensive and you look at whether they are over cost or over budget, I mean some are, but there’s not really a trend that says we’re really out of whack in this part of our portfolio. Software intensive programs are almost all over cost, over schedule.”

Roper said one of his most imperative duties in his job is to get the Air Force to a point where it can do agile software development.


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In His Own Words: ASU Dean Gets New Perspective on Military Life

Paul LePore’s Thoughts on Joint Civilian Orientation Conference

By Associate Dean Paul LePore,
Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

When I was selected to participate in last week’s Mini Joint Civilian Orientation Conference 89 hosted on a number of the bases in and around Norfolk, Virginia, I wasn’t exactly certain what I had signed up for.

Participants of MJCOC 89 get ready to board an MV-22 Osprey.

As an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, it is not at all common that I receive a personal letter of congratulations from the secretary of defense, who congratulated each of the participants on our selection to this year’s program. Furthermore, I don’t have that many tasks as a faculty member that require me passing a physical as a requirement for participation (MJCOC requires that and a doctor’s sign-off, which I was very pleased to say I passed).

So suffice it to say, my expectations were piqued from the start.

Northwest Missouri State University President Dr. John Jasinski (left) and Arizona State University Associate Dean Paul LePore get a selfie before hopping on an MV-22 Osprey as part of MJCOC 89.

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Late Sister’s Cancer Struggle Helps Soldier Persevere > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article


ARLINGTON, Va. —

In the Army, you train to overcome challenges and adversity to complete your mission. But no amount of training can prepare you for certain personal hardships. That was the case for Army Maj. Yazmin Feliciano, whose 20-year career is rooted in triumph over fear.

“My father served in Vietnam and he didn’t like to talk about it,” she said. “So I was fearful at first, but I knew I wanted to serve my country and I was looking for a new adventure.”

Throughout her decorated career, the Puerto Rico native faced and overcame many obstacles, but none would prepare her for the heartbreak she endured in 2012 when her younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27.

“I saw everything that she went through with her treatment, and my sister smiled through all of it. She was just humble, sweet and kind to everyone through everything,” she said.

Vigilance

It was that experience that made Feliciano more aware of her own health. In February of last year, her vigilance led to a discovery that would change her life forever; a lump in her own breast.

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U.S. Service Member Killed in Action in Afghanistan > CENTCOM > Press Release View

April 30, 2018


KABUL, Afghanistan – One U.S. service member was killed and another U.S. service member was wounded during a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan, April 30.

In addition, several Afghan security force members were killed or wounded.

“My thoughts and those of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan are with the families and friends of our fallen and wounded service members,” said Gen. John Nicholson, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A)commander. “Their valiancy in battle, and that of the brave Afghan partners they fought alongside, will endure in our hearts and history.”

The wounded service member, who is in stable condition, was taken to Bagram Airfield’s hospital for treatment.

In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member killed in action is being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin notification is complete. Additional information will be released as appropriate.

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OPIC, Mint to hire new CIOs while Navy CBP fill out key IT roles

One of the biggest surprises in the last few months in the federal chief information officer community had to have been the Department of Navy’s decision to basically get rid of its standalone CIO.

The DoN revealed in March it was restructuring the CIO’s role and merging it into a dual-hatted role with the undersecretary of the Navy and chief management officer, in this case Thomas Modly.

The decision seems to deemphasize the notion that the two sea services should operate under one set of IT policies, but also reflects the realities of the different directions the Navy and Marine Corps have taken. The split was noticeable after a 2013 restructuring of what had previously been a single contract for a fully-outsourced Navy-Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI).

A month after this dramatic change, we are receiving a few more details on what this new CIO set up will look like.


Dr. Kelly Fletcher, the acting DoN CIO, wrote a memo April 16 outlining her new role as well as how the new combined organization will work.

Fletcher announced she will be one of four senior executives leading specific efforts. In her case, Fletcher will be in charge of the CMO’s business system…

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Mattis, South Korean Defense Minister Discuss North-South Korea Talks > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article


WASHINGTON —

During a phone conversation between Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and South Korea’s Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo, the two leaders expressed their serious commitment to a diplomatic resolution that achieves complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea, Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White said.

In a statement summarizing the meeting, White said Mattis and the South Korean minister discussed the results of yesterday’s inter-Korea summit.

In his conversation with Mattis, Song reviewed the Panmunjom Declaration and the efforts to improve North-South relations while achieving the common goal of denuclearization, White said.

Both Mattis and Song expressed serious commitment to a diplomatic resolution that achieves complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea, as reflected in multiple United Nations Security Council Resolutions, she said.

Mattis reaffirmed the ironclad U.S. commitment to defend South Korea using the full spectrum of U.S. capabilities, White said.

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Mattis Welcomes Polish Defense Minister to Pentagon > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article


WASHINGTON —

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak met at the Pentagon yesterday to discuss mutual security issues and to reaffirm the defense relationship between their nations.

Before the meeting, the defense leaders recognized the prominent place that Polish Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson hold, respectively, in U.S. and Polish history.

“The United States and Poland have a long-shared history of military cooperation and understanding,” Mattis said. “And across the Potomac, you can see the homage to this close relationship in Lafayette Square, where a statue of General Kosciuszko stands tall. And the inscription is what we remember there.

“Inscribed on that statue is, ‘And freedom shrieked, as Kosciuszko fell,’” the secretary continued, “and it reminds us of the critical role he played in our Revolutionary War — the role of leaders in protection of liberty and protection of freedom. And he did so, masterminding the victory at Saratoga in 1777 and then reinforcing the fortifications at West Point which, in those days, was a…

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Marine General, Former Drill Instructor Describe Unbroken Bond > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article


MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND STATION TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. —

The Marine Corps promises few things to its members: discipline, shared hardships and, for many, a fresh start. Among those promises is something else that many search for but not all find — a lifelong brotherhood.

This very bond is what Larry Stratton and Brig. Gen. Dimitri Henry, the Marine Corps’ director of intelligence, found in each other. Despite their separation in distance and experience over the years, both men were unknowingly joined from the moment they made their impressions on those yellow footprints at boot camp.

For Stratton, a retired master sergeant and most recently the former deputy director of Marine and Family Programs, service to others runs in his blood.

“My father made a career of the Air Force, and my uncle did the same,” Stratton said. “I’m a military brat. I was born at the Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia. As I got older, my father wanted me to join the Air Force, and he kept pushing me. I think he pushed a little too hard and one day I told him, ‘I’m going to go talk to a Marine recruiter.’ His…

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Air traffic Controllers Communicate through New Voice Projection Device > U.S. Pacific Command > 2015

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea — Air traffic controllers (ATC) rely on their superior communication skills to communicate from ground to aircraft and vice versa. These highly trained Airmen manage the flow of aircraft through all aspects of flight, ensuring efficiency of traffic on the ground and air while monitoring numerous variables. Their vigilance is key to keeping bases, airspace and Airmen all over the world safe.

This alone requires focus and clear, concise communication, so when regular military training necessity brought its own challenges to the communication process, ATC Airmen with the 8th Operations Support Squadron (OSS) faced those challenges head on.

Through regular training and evaluation, Airmen test their abilities to quickly don various levels of gear associated with the Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP), commonly referred to as MOPP levels. One of the common components associated with MOPP levels is the Avon M50 gas mask, which protects the wearer from airborne chemicals.

Though verbal communication is possible through the M50, typically the person wearing the mask must shout to clearly articulate what they need to say. This is where members…

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