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IMCOM to change commands, welcome Lt. Gen. Halverson
U.S. Army Installation Management Command
Lt. Gen. David Halverson assumes command of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command April 8 during a 10 a.m. ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio—Fort Sam Houston. Halverson takes over for Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter who has served in the position since November 2011. Halverson comes to IMCOM from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., where he serves as deputy commanding general. As well as IMCOM commander, Halverson will also take over the role of the Army’s Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.
U.S. defense secretary, Israeli counterpart confab
American Forces Press Service
During a phone conversation with Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon March 19, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his deep concern about Yaalon’s reported comments on U.S. policy towards Iran and reiterated the U.S. commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a Defense Department news release.
News reports say Yaalon had recently criticized the U.S. policy towards preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
During his conversation with Hagel, Yaalon clarified his remarks by underscoring his commitment to the strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship, Kirby said in the release.
Kirby added that Yaalon also provided Hagel with an update on Israel’s security situation, and the Israeli operation against Syrian military and security targets on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights launched in retaliation for a March 18 bomb attack in the Golan Heights near the Syrian border that left four Israeli soldiers injured.
Hagel expressed his sympathy for the wounded Israeli forces and their families, Kirby said in the release, as well as his concern for the ongoing situation in Syria.
Navy sending black box locator to help search
U.S. 7th Fleet News Release
U.S. Pacific Command has ordered U.S. Pacific Fleet to move a black box locator into the region where searchers are continuing efforts to locate Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared March 8 shortly after leaving Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.
Officials said the order is a precautionary measure in case a debris field is located.
If a debris field is confirmed, officials added, the Navy’s Towed Pinger Locator 25 will add a significant advantage in locating the missing aircraft’s black box.
If found, the acoustic signal of the pinger is transmitted up the towing cable and is presented audibly, and can be output to either an oscilloscope or a signal processing computer, 7th Fleet officials explained. The operator monitors the greatest signal strength and records the navigation coordinates. This procedure is repeated on multiple track lines until the final position is triangulated.
Shooting at Navy station leaves two dead, details unclear
Naval Station Norfolk News Release
A male sailor and a male civilian suspect are dead following a shooting here last night. Naval security forces killed the suspect.
The incident occurred at about 11:20 p.m. at Pier 1 on board USS Mahan. No other injuries have been reported. The naval station was put on lockdown as a precautionary measure. The lockdown lasted about 45 minutes. With the exception of Pier 1, operations have returned to normal. Counselors from Navy Fleet and Family Service Center are on hand. The shooting and the details surrounding it are under investigation.
Marine Corps commandant vows to continue mission
American Forces Press Service
Since the founding of the Marine Corps in 1775, Marines have answered the nation’s call, faithfully protecting the American people and maintaining a world-class standard of military excellence, the Marine Corps commandant said Tuesday. USMC Gen. James Amos, at a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee, said the nation is now at a strategic inflection point. At the same time, fiscal uncertainty threatens the Corps’ capacity and capabilities and forces it to sacrifice long-term health for near-term readiness, the commandant said. Despite these challenges, he remains committed to “fueling the most capable and ready Marine Corps that the nation is willing to pay for.” The general pledged that even in the fiscal climate in which it must accomplish its mission going forward, the Marine Corps will step up to the task.