GROUND FORCES IN THE NEWS - JANUARY 8, 2015

Jan 8, 2015

Army to send even more troops, tanks to Europe
January 5, 2015
Army Times
Michelle Tan

About 800 soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division will deploy to South Korea in October as part of a rotational force that will serve with tanks and Bradleys near the North Korea border. The soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment will be stationed at Camps Hovey and Stanley near the Demilitarized Zone, the Army announced Tuesday. The soldiers, part of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, will replace troops from 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, who have been deployed to Korea since February. The 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry also belongs to 3rd BCT, 1st Cavalry at Fort Hood, Texas. The deploying soldiers are expected to serve a nine-month tour.


Army wants self-loading unmanned vehicles
January 5, 2015
C4ISR Networks
Michael Peck

"My vision is for Army vehicles to have scalable autonomous capabilities," said Matt Donohue, the Army's science and technology ground maneuver technology portfolio director for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. "For Army tactical vehicles, this means scalable autonomy from leader-follower to fully autonomous capable, including the ability to be loaded and unloaded by autonomous material handling equipment," Donohue said in Army Technology Magazine.


U.S. Weighs Armor, Anti-Sniper Upgrades for Iraq’s Army Tanks
January 5, 2015
Bloomberg
Tony Capaccio

The U.S. Army is considering equipping the Iraqi Army’s M1A1 tanks with upgrades to provide greater protection from land mines and roadside bombs and to add rotating, remotely operated machine guns to attack snipers.


U.S. Army Aims to Build a Better Bullet
January 5, 2015
TIME
Mark Thompson

Troops on the battlefield like to be “in defilade”—protected from enemy fire by physical obstacles. The Army’s new Small Arms Grenade Munition (SAGM) round is designed to remove the advantage offered by such cover: it explodes in midair after it has cleared whatever shield the enemy is hiding behind.


Will Upgraded Iraqi Abrams Tanks Survive Missile Attacks?
January 6, 2015
Military.com
Brendan McGarry

As the U.S. mulls another sale of American-made tanks to Iraq, it’s weighing enhancements to the hulking tracked vehicles, according to a news report.


Lejeune Marines prepare for deployment to Afghanistan
January 6, 2015
Marine Corps Times
Derrick Perkins

The company tested its Supporting Arms Liaison Team Alpha's readiness for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan by tackling various "real-life" scenarios between Dec. 8 and 11, according to the release. The training included unloading from CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters, dealing with Afghan village elders, and overcoming ambushes and sniper attacks. The Marines will be responsible for "security operations" in Afghanistan, according to the release. To prepare, they were "tested on their reaction to different insurgency situations such as counter improvised explosive device patrols and investigating the origin of enemy fire," the release states.


US Troops Under Fire; Baghdad Gets Hundreds of MRAPs
January 6, 2015
Defense News
Paul McLeary.

The 320 US soldiers and Marines at Al Asad air base in western Iraq have been coming under "regular" mortar fire from insurgent forces for several weeks, Defense Department spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters Monday. While Warren insisted that the attacks have been "wholly ineffective" and "no US personnel, no US equipment have been impacted in any way," this was the first time that the Pentagon acknowledged that the 2,100 US troops in Iraq have been in danger since deploying late last year.

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GROUND FORCES IN THE NEWS - SEPTEMBER 4

Sep 4, 2014

800 soldiers heading to Korea as part of rotational force
September 3, 2014
Army Times
Michelle Tan

About 800 soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division will deploy to South Korea in October as part of a rotational force that will serve with tanks and Bradleys near the North Korea border. The soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment will be stationed at Camps Hovey and Stanley near the Demilitarized Zone, the Army announced Tuesday. The soldiers, part of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, will replace troops from 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, who have been deployed to Korea since February. The 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry also belongs to 3rd BCT, 1st Cavalry at Fort Hood, Texas. The deploying soldiers are expected to serve a nine-month tour.

Pentagon Struggles To Save New Programs: Kendall
September 3, 2014
Breaking Defense
Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

The four armed services only submitted their draft 2016 budgets to the Office of the Secretary of Defense “basically yesterday,” Undersecretary Frank Kendall said this morning — and he’s already “concerned.” As the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer, Kendall sees worrying signs. With the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration looming in 2016, he said, officials are often low-balling cost estimates to preserve their current programs while shorting long-term investments in future weapons.

Ground Forces in the News - September 3, 2014

Sep 3, 2014

Fort Bragg Kiowa Squadron Will Be Last in Army
September 2, 2014
Military.com
By Drew Brooks

“Fort Bragg's Kiowa helicopters will be the last in the Army. Col. Michael Musiol, commander of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, said the OH-58s assigned to the brigade's 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment would remain in service for at least two more years. The squadron will be the last Kiowa unit to inactivate under an Army plan that eliminates the small helicopters known for providing close support to ground troops. The squadron is set to be inactivated in 2017 or 2018, Musiol said.”

22nd MEU deployment extension unlikely to change Marines' op-tempo, but much remains in flux
Marine Corps Times
September 2, 2014
By Hope Hodge Seck

“The 21-day extension of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit is unlikely to affect the deployment schedule for other MEUs, Marine officials tell Marine Corps Times. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-based 22nd MEU, deployed with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, to remain at its current location in the 5th Fleet area, near the Persian Gulf, until the beginning of October, according to an Aug. 30 announcement from the Navy. This move will extend the MEU’s deployment, which began in early February, an additional 21 days beyond its planned eight months.”

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