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Tanker Matthew in Boston Harbor

Boston, Mass. (Aug. 25, 2004) - A 25-foot U.S. Coast Guard boat assigned to the Coast Guard Station Boston, Mass., provides a security escort for the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Tanker Matthew in Boston Harbor. Escort of LNG Tankers are a multi-agency priority, consisting of Coast Guard, local and state police, and Massachusetts Environmental Patrol. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Public Affairs Specialist 3rd Class Kelly Newlin

• A Short History of Homeland Defense
Keating Becomes NORAD,
NORTHCOM Commander

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Nov. 6, 2004 -- Before a full house, Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating assumed command of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command from Air Force Gen. Ed Eberhart in ceremonies here Nov. 5.

The former director of the Joint Staff is the first non-Air Force officer to command NORAD since its creation in 1958. Eberhart had been commander of NORTHCOM since its creation following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He will retire during a separate ceremony later this year, after an active- duty military career spanning 36 years.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz called Eberhart a "trailblazer" who had led in war and peace with "imagination, independence and strong influence." These are the same attributes Eberhart exhibited as a forward air controller flying 300 bombing missions in South Vietnam, Wolfowitz said. They are also the attributes that persuaded President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to appoint Eberhart as commander of NORTHCOM.

Full Story by By Merrie Schilter Lowe
Special to American Forces Press

Army Issues Updated Combat Gear to
Deployed Soldiers

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ORGUN-E, Afghanistan, Nov. 8, 2004 -- As the battlefield of the 21st century evolves, so does the equipment that keeps soldiers in the fight. And so do the methods for getting that equipment to the soldiers.

In response to the rapid deployments of the past few years, the Army chief of staff created the Rapid Fielding Initiative.

Most units receive an RFI issue before deploying. But in a time of little notice or last-minute deployment orders, there are still soldiers who get missed. In this case, the RFI team will travel to the field to get equipment to soldiers, said Army Sgt. 1st Class James Mical, Army Test and Evaluation Command RFI consultant.

The RFI team issues a variety of equipment, from boots and gloves to sunglasses and improved helmets.

Full Story By Sgt. Frank Magni, USA
Special American Forces Press Service

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