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News Archive: February 2013


WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2013 – On his first day at the Pentagon’s helm, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today issued a message to the men and women of the Defense Department.

Here is the secretary’s message:

“Earlier today I was privileged to take the oath of office to become the 24th secretary of defense. I am humbled by and grateful for the opportunity that President Obama and the Congress have given me to once again serve our nation.

WASHINGTON (Jan. 27, 2013) -- The U.S. Army has achieved significant cost savings and cost avoidance as result of its implementation of Better Buying Power, an initiative led by the Office of the Secretary of Defense aimed at improving the management of acquisition programs, incentivizing competition, eliminating redundancy and achieving the maximum amount of savings, senior service officials explained. 

WARSAW, Poland -- Maj. Gen. Del Turner, commander of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Enterprise, met with Polish military officials Feb. 8 to discuss current and potential future Foreign Military Sales cases with Poland.

Representing Poland, Col. Adam Duda thanked Turner for the support USASAC has provided to the Polish soldiers serving in Afghanistan and to the modernization efforts of the Polish military.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2013 – The top U.S. commander in the Asia-Pacific visited Brunei to extend U.S. support to government and military leaders working to build closer multilateral cooperation across the region.

Brunei is expected to assume chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this summer.

By Ms. Kim C Gillespie (USASAC) February 6, 2013

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

AMMAN, Jordan, Feb. 5, 2013 – On the final leg of his six-day visit to Europe and the Middle East, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter met with military leaders and Jordan’s King Abdullah II here today, and praised U.S. forces stationed here during what he called a pivotal time for the region.

Carter spoke with young U.S. soldiers this afternoon before shaking their hands, giving them commemorative coins and posing with them in photographs.

(BRAZIL, February 4, 2013) Most have heard about the tragic fire that broke out at the Kiss Nightclub, in the city of Santa Maria, Brazil, on 27 January 2013. The death of over 230 people has dominated the international media headlines for nearly a week now.

(EUCOM BLOG, Feb. 4, 2013) To Know the World

Charlemange said that "to know another language is to have a second soul." In this rapidly globalizing 21st century world, that simple statement summarizes the gift of regional expertise, cultural understanding, and the ability to communicate directly in the language of an ally, partner or colleague.