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Panel: Long-term Resettlement of Afghan Refugees is 'Where the Crisis is Moving'

Panel: Long-term Resettlement of Afghan Refugees is ‘Where the Crisis is Moving’

Families board a U.S. Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 24, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

After the evacuation from Afghanistan ends, the next work that needs to be done is to permanently resettle the flood of refugees leaving the country and “try to understand what’s going on after we leave,” a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs said Wednesday. Read More

More U.S. Navy Ships, Marine Aircraft Assist in Haiti Relief

More U.S. Navy Ships, Marine Aircraft Assist in Haiti Relief

Marines with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, prepare to board MV-22B Ospreys to deploy to Haiti in support of Joint Task Force-Haiti for a humanitarian-assistance and disaster-relief mission from Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, Aug. 23, 2021. US Navy Photo

Three U.S. Navy ships and more Marine aircraft have joined in the U.S. effort for disaster relief in Haiti, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday. Read More

Carrier USS Gerald Ford Leaves Norfolk for Last Repairs Before Maiden Deployment

Carrier USS Gerald Ford Leaves Norfolk for Last Repairs Before Maiden Deployment

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) departed Naval Station Norfolk to transit to Newport News Shipbuilding in support of her Planned Incremental Availability (PIA), a six-month period of modernization, maintenance, and repairs, Aug. 20, 2021. US Navy Photo

After three bulkhead-rattling explosions off the coast of Florida, carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) and its crew began the ship’s last repair period before a long-delayed deployment. Read More

Pentagon Mandating Pfizer Vaccine After FDA Approval; 2 Sailors, Marine Die of COVID-19 Complications

Pentagon Mandating Pfizer Vaccine After FDA Approval; 2 Sailors, Marine Die of COVID-19 Complications

Navy Installations Command Force Master Chief Greg A. Vidaurri receives his second COVID-19 vaccine at Branch Health Clinic Washington Navy Yard, on Feb. 16, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Defense Department will begin requiring Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination now that it has received full approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the Pentagon’s spokesman said today. Read More

New US 2nd Fleet Head Brings Cyber, Training Emphasis to Atlantic Command

New US 2nd Fleet Head Brings Cyber, Training Emphasis to Atlantic Command

Vice Adm. Daniel Dwyer reads his orders during his Change of Command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) on Aug. 20, 2021. Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis was relieved by Vice Adm. Daniel Dwyer as Commander, Joint Force Command Norfolk, Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet, and Director, Combined Joint operations from the Sea – Centre of Excellence. US Navy Photo

ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS HARRY S. TRUMAN – A new commander has taken charge of the Navy and NATO’s newest Atlantic-based naval commands. Read More

2,000 Marines Now in Afghanistan Assisting Evacuation as More Head to Haiti

2,000 Marines Now in Afghanistan Assisting Evacuation as More Head to Haiti

Marines with the 24th Expeditionary Unit (MEU) guide an evacuee during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 18, 2021. US Marine Corps Photo

More than 2,000 Marines were supporting evacuation operations and security in Afghanistan, a senior official said Thursday, as the U.S. military hopes to maintain a semblance of control to process more Americans, Afghans and other evacuees onto military transport planes at the Hamid Karzai International Airport. Read More

Navy Surgeon General Expects Little Resistance to COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement from Sailors, Marines

Navy Surgeon General Expects Little Resistance to COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement from Sailors, Marines

Hospitalman William Lansing, from Las Vegas, administers a vaccine aboard amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2), on May 14, 2021. US Navy Photo

The Navy surgeon general is confident the sea services will have sufficient supplies available to meet the Pentagon’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and expects little resistance from sailors and Marines. Read More

Boeing MQ-25 Prototype Refuels E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

Boeing MQ-25 Prototype Refuels E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

MQ-25 Stingray T1 test asset refuels an E-2D aircraft Aug. 18, 2021, at MidAmerica Airport in Illinois. Boeing Photo

Boeing’s prototype for the Navy’s first unmanned aerial tanker successfully refueled its second aircraft type in a test over Illinois, the service announced on Thursday. Read More