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Just Having Fun

April 13, 2012, 10:35AM |

Navy Petty Officers Third Class Christopher Barton and Charles Miramonti play with a boy during a community service project at the Bukit Harapan Orphanage in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, on April 5, 2012. Navy photo by Petty Officer Second Class Chris WilliamsonNavy Petty Officers Third Class Christopher Barton and Charles Miramonti play with a boy during a community service project at the Bukit Harapan Orphanage in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, on April 5, 2012. Navy photo by Petty Officer Second Class Chris Williamson

A Few Good Reads

April 13, 2012, 10:19AM |

Three good reads to start your Friday:

To the Rescue

April 12, 2012, 9:49AM |

Army Sergeant Nathan McLaughlin, right, rescues Army Staff Sergeant Christian Larsen - who was posing as a lost hiker - duringm an April 3, 2012, training exercise on Camp W.G. Williams in Riverton, Utah. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Dennis HenryArmy Sergeant Nathan McLaughlin, right, rescues Army Staff Sergeant Christian Larsen - who was posing as a lost hiker - duringm an April 3, 2012, training exercise on Camp W.G. Williams in Riverton, Utah. Air Force photo by Technical Sergeant Dennis Henry

The Army thinks about gas prices, too.

As the Pentagon continues its push toward efficiency, a new lab in Warren, Michigan, is set to help the service get more miles to the gallon. The Ground Systems Power and Energy Lab opened Wednesday. According to Fox News, government officials say the facility at the Detroit Arsenal is unique because it has both significant technology and a space that can test vehicles.

Read more in U.S. Army opens lab to research hybrid technology.

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Over the Bridge

April 11, 2012, 4:00PM |

Army Sergeant Michael Trevino uses a foot bridge to cross a swollen river April 4, 2012, outside of the village of Marzak in Afghanistan's Paktika province. Army photo by Staff Sergeant Charles CrailArmy Sergeant Michael Trevino uses a foot bridge to cross a swollen river April 4, 2012, outside of the village of Marzak in Afghanistan's Paktika province. Army photo by Staff Sergeant Charles Crail

Floating By

April 10, 2012, 8:52AM |

A U.S. sailor looks up at Friendship Bridge from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise on April 4, 2012, while transiting the Suez Canal. Navy photo by Seaman Randy J. SavareseA U.S. sailor looks up at Friendship Bridge from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise on April 4, 2012, while transiting the Suez Canal. Navy photo by Seaman Randy J. Savarese

Designing A Softer Airdrop

April 10, 2012, 8:49AM |

Apparently, there’s now a science to airdrops.

Wired’s Danger Room blog has an interesting story this morning on how the accidental 1999 killing of a boy in East Timor—an Australian aid package fell on him—led to the re-imagination of how to deliver relief supplies from the sky.

Thirteen years later, the U.S. Air Mobility Command (AMC) is adopting this new thinking—depending on the situation. Wired says the U.S. is still using the Tri-wall Aerial Delivery System in Afghanistan. That method employs a box weighing up to 2,000 pounds and hits the ground at 50 mph. With less population density in Afghanistan, this is still seen as a reasonable method of delivery.

But in urban areas, the AMC has turned to dropping thousands of small foam packages filled with single-serving forms of sustenance in order to avoid an East Timor-like incident.

Read more in Air Force’s New Tactic: ‘Blanketing a City’ With Energy Bars.

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The Finish Line

April 9, 2012, 9:43AM |

Air Force Captain Trisha Loede, left, hugs Air Force Master Sergeant Ann Mitchell on March 31, 2012, after completing the Women's History Month Ultimate Dirty Dash at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Seventy-five teams participated in the event, which gave members of the base a chance to compete in physical activities while answering women's history trivia questions. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton LenhardtAir Force Captain Trisha Loede, left, hugs Air Force Master Sergeant Ann Mitchell on March 31, 2012, after completing the Women's History Month Ultimate Dirty Dash at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Seventy-five teams participated in the event, which gave members of the base a chance to compete in physical activities while answering women's history trivia questions. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Lenhardt

The Navy has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Gulf region to help patrol key oil shipping routes. The move will likely be seen as a pre-emptive security move against any Iranian actions to cut off shipping routes. Iran has openly discussed blocking the Strait of Hormuz.

The move also comes as gas prices continue to rise in the United States.

Read more in U.S. has two carriers in the Persian Gulf.

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