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Essex ARG, 13th MEU Conclude at—Sea Search for Missing Marine

AT SEA (NNS) -- After a deliberate, five-day search, the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) concluded their search and rescue operation for a missing Marine, Aug. 13. The Marine was reported missing and assumed overboard Aug. 9. At that time the ship was conducting routine operations in the Sulu [...]

Essex ARG, 13th MEU Conclude at—Sea Search for Missing Marine 2018-08-14T14:12:14+00:00

Defeat-ISIS Forces Make Progress, Require Continued Coalition Support

WASHINGTON -- Forces battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continue to make progress. However, the environment in Iraq and Syria is complex and the defeat-ISIS forces require continued support, coalition officials said today. Army Col. Sean Ryan, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, spoke to Pentagon reporters about progress being made against the [...]

Defeat-ISIS Forces Make Progress, Require Continued Coalition Support 2018-08-14T14:09:50+00:00

Mattis Seeks to Deepen Relations with South American Partners

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said the United States is seeking to deepen relations with hemispheric partners. The secretary told students at the Brazilian War College in Rio de Janeiro that the United States “will earn your trust daily. We want to be your partner; especially if trouble looms.” This is Mattis’s first [...]

Mattis Seeks to Deepen Relations with South American Partners 2018-08-14T14:09:52+00:00

President Trump Signs Fiscal 2019 Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- President Donald J. Trump signed the $717 billion Fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act at a ceremony at Fort Drum, New York, Aug. 13. The act – named for Arizona Sen. John S. McCain – authorizes a 2.6 percent military pay raise and increases the active duty forces by 15,600 service members. “With [...]

President Trump Signs Fiscal 2019 Defense Authorization Act 2018-08-14T14:12:16+00:00

Thousands of Guardsmen Battle Western U.S. Wildfires

WASHINGTON -- Calling up the soldiers and airmen of the National Guard has become an unfortunate ritual of summer. Wildfires through the Western United States -- especially in California -- started earlier than normal this year and expanded faster than in past years. Thousands of airmen and soldiers of the Guard responded. These service members [...]

Thousands of Guardsmen Battle Western U.S. Wildfires 2018-08-14T14:10:10+00:00

Laboratory Technicians Examine Enemy Weaponry

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- Most soldiers do not think much about what happens to improvised explosive devices once they are found and disarmed by friendly forces. Some may believe that IEDs are taken somewhere in a controlled environment to be safely detonated or disposed of properly. Sometimes properly disposing of IEDs is the only thing [...]

Laboratory Technicians Examine Enemy Weaponry 2018-08-14T14:10:07+00:00

Troops Hone Warfighting Capabilities, Interoperability at Noble Partner 18

VAZIANI TRAINING AREA, Georgia -- Anyone who’s ever played a game of chess knows what it takes to win a match: patience, concentration and a bit of foresight. Knowing the pieces’ capabilities and limitations for maximum effectiveness is crucial to checkmate the opponent’s king. Simply put, it takes skill. Skill is exactly what soldiers with [...]

Troops Hone Warfighting Capabilities, Interoperability at Noble Partner 18 2018-08-14T14:10:05+00:00

Chinese rocket maker OneSpace secures $44m in funding; Expace prepares for commercial launch

HELSINKI — Chinese private launch vehicle maker OneSpace has secured $43.6 million  in Series B financing as the company looks to its first orbital launch near the end of 2018. The financing was led by CICC Jiatai Equity Fund, followed by FinTrek Capital, with China Merchants Venture Capital, Qianhai Wande Fund and Qianhai Wutong M&A [...]

Chinese rocket maker OneSpace secures $44m in funding; Expace prepares for commercial launch 2018-08-14T14:10:53+00:00

Face of Defense: Airman Continues Family’s Commitment to Service

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. -- After high school, Air Force Staff Sgt. Psalmbrea Noel Doss wanted to move away from Washington state in search of new experiences and a college education. After a year in North Carolina, Doss knew she wanted to join the military but wanted to be able to stay in the Pacific Northwest. [...]

Face of Defense: Airman Continues Family’s Commitment to Service 2018-08-14T14:10:01+00:00

Exos Aerospace reschedules first suborbital launch

GENOA, Nev. — Exos Aerospace, a Texas company developing a reusable suborbital rocket, now plans to carry out a first flight of its vehicle in late August as it sets its sights on a follow-on orbital vehicle. In a statement, the company said it’s planning a launch of its Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE, or [...]

Exos Aerospace reschedules first suborbital launch 2018-08-14T14:10:54+00:00