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More opportunities are opening for women officers in the Navy. In 1973 the Navy first allowed women to serve in noncombatant roles and in 1973 female sailors were allowed in combatant ships above the surface of the ocean. Next year the Navy is opening the doors for 12 Female Officers to have a major role in submarine service. This marks a new day in the 110 years of history for the submarine fleet.
“Six female officers each will join the crews of the USS Wyoming, USS Georgia, USS Maine and USS Ohio, Navy Submarine Group 10 officials announced in a news release.
Three female officers will be assigned to each of the subs’ two crews.
Submarine Group 10 is commanded by Rear Adm. Barry Bruner, who leads the Navy’s Women on Submarines Task Force.”
Many are suggesting that the survival of the marines is based on their new leader, General James Amos.
“Defense Secretary Robert Gates selected and Barack Obama nominated the courtly, patrician Amos in preference to blunt-spoken Gen. James N. Mattis – a choice seen at the time as a snub of Mattis, who exudes machismo and is fully as blunt-spoken as current commandant Gen. James T. Conway, but who also cites lessons from classic literature and quotes poetry. Gates has ordered a major review of the Marines’ mission. Critics say Gates is ready to challenge the need for amphibious-assault capability and – in an era of tightfisted budgeting – the existence of the Marine Corps itself. “In the 21st century, what kind of amphibious capability do we really need to deal with the most likely scenarios, and then how much?” Gates asked rhetorically in a speech last May.
On Amos’ watch, Marine leaders must show progress with controversial programs like the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) and the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Gates wants to cancel or cut back on EFV, a 68,000-pound amphibious assault vehicle capable of 25-30 knots at sea and 45 miles per hour on land, but with a history of technical issues and cost overruns. An Aug. 24, 2010, demonstration for the press at Oceanside, Calif., in which a revised, improved SDD-2 prototype of the armored, aluminum-hulled EFV performed without any flaw, may have helped the program. Said Conway: “There are programs that are absolutely and vitally important. One of those is our EFV.”
But is Amos, 63, the right choice to replace Conway, also 63, as the top leatherneck in troubled times? He is the first naval aviator to lead the Marines. Using the callsign “Tamer” (as in “lion tamer”) Amos logged thousands of hours in the cockpits of F-4 Phantom IIs and F/A-18C/D Hornets and has more experience flying from aircraft carrier decks than most Marines. In 2003, as a major general, Amos commanded the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. More importantly, Amos is comfortable on Capitol Hill and among industry CEOs. An officer who worked with him said Amos is soft-spoken but persuasive.”
Despite the controversy about who better to replace the outgoing Marine leader we hope that the Marines stay strong for many years to come. They have been the life blood of our military. Marines serve honorably and well defending our country and all we stand for. We wish our marines and their leaders the best of success in this challenging time.
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Fort Belvoir will be home of new cyber warfare units protecting the nation’s military and civilian network of computers. “The Army will consolidate 21,000 soldiers in its cyber warfare units under a new unified command led by a three star generl, the Pentagon announced Friday.”
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