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A spot check of events happening in the military

Sexual assaults are
scourage on DoD

American Forces Press Service
Sexual assault issues are corrected within the fabric of an institution, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told troops June 28, “and you’re the fabric....”
Hagel visited several military installations in Colorado. In response to a Soldier’s question at a Fort Carson town hall meeting, Hagel said that sexual assault is a scourge on the Defense Department.
Sexual assault is a crime, he said, and U.S. service members have to stop it within their institutions. Prioritizing sexual assault as an issue, focusing on prevention, establishing accountability and administering effective training is all part of the solution, Hagel said.
“Every one of you—me, top, bottom, bottom-up—has the responsibility here,” he said. “It isn’t going to get fixed just by directive or a training session or a new law being passed. It gets fixed within the fabric of the institution.”
Odierno presides
over change of command

Fort Shafer, Hawaii
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno presided over the U.S. Army Pacific change-of-command Flying V ceremony from Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski to Gen. Vincent Brooks, on Historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, July 2.
The event was a historical moment for U.S. Army Pacific, known as USARPAC, which formally transitioned to a four-star command that day, symbolizing the continued rebalance for the United States in the Asia Pacific region.
Active components meet, exceed accessions
American Forces Press Service
All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through May, Defense Department officials announced July 3.
Here are the numbers for the active force for the first eight months of the fiscal year:
n Army: 101 percent of its goal of 45,435; Navy: 100 percent of its goal of 24,344; Marine Corps: 100 percent of its goal of 17,174; Air Force:  100 percent of its goal of 18,695.
The Army, Air Force and Marine Corps exhibited strong retention numbers for the eighth month of fiscal year 2013. The Navy exhibited strong retention numbers in the mid-career and career categories. However, the Navy’s achievement of 90 percent in the initial category relates to reduced accessions from four to six years ago.
Five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their 2013 numerical accession goals through May. While the Army Reserve met its May goals, it remains 1,662 accessions short of its fiscal year goal.
Cuomo deploys National Guard to aid residents
National Guard Bureau
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo July 2 deployed 250 National Guard members to aid residents and businesses impacted by recent heavy rains and severe flooding in the state’s Mohawk Valley region.
Guard members along with 27 pieces of heavy equipment will work in flood-impacted areas to help with debris removal and security while assisting residents, businesses and local first responders in various ways, officials said.
Guard members, including dozens of engineers, will help local personnel with debris removal and road repairs using heavy equipment including excavators, dump trucks and bulldozers. Thirty five military police and Humvee vehicles will assist local police forces with security and presence patrols.
These New York National Guard members are stationed in the Southern Tier and Capital Region areas and have been deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and also have helped New Yorkers impacted by past hurricanes and tropical storms including Irene, Lee and Superstorm Sandy.
Acquisition report evaluated programs across department
American Forces Press Service
A recently completed defense acquisition program report, which is now before Congress, is part of a data-driven effort to find out what’s working best in equipping the nation’s military and to fix what isn’t, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of acquisition, technology and logistics said in an interview with American Forces Press Service.
Frank Kendall said the report evaluated major programs across the department. The study is a step toward mastering the mountain of data military acquisition generates.
The point of the report, Kendall said, “is to help us all figure out ways to do a better job with (acquisition)” and ultimately to ensure more and better products.
Two key take-aways from the report, Kendall said, are first, that the United States has a decisive strategic edge in its military, which is the best in the world; and second, that “the fact that it may cost us too much and take us too long to get there shouldn’t be neglected, either.”
To see the entire report, visit http://www.acq.osd.mil/docs/Performance%20of%20the%20Def%20Acq%20System%....