Rabbi provides Passover services to CJFLCC-OIR service members

BAGHDAD — Passover is one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays. It is an eight-day celebration that starts with a Seder meal commemorating the biblical story of when the Angel of Death passed over the homes of Israelites, sparing their first-born children and ultimately emancipating them from slavery in ancient Egypt.From April 28 to April 30, Jewish service members and civilian contractors deployed in support of Combined Joint Force Land Component Command — Operation Inherent … [Read more...]

Holocaust survivor speaks to NSSC personnel

NATICK, Mass. (May 12, 2016) — Holocaust survivor, Dr. Ludwik Szymanski, shared his experiences with the workforce of the Natick Soldier Systems Center, May 3.It is estimated that 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust, with six million of those killed being Jewish.Szymanski said it was necessary for him to join the Natick workforce to commemorate the Holocaust.“Educating Soldiers, particularly about this story, is the most important thing because the most important … [Read more...]

2CR Soldiers spearhead remote-operated force protection systems in the Sinai

SINAI, Egypt – Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment, Task Force War Eagle are spearheading the integration of the Army’s remote-operated Force Protection Systems during a peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula.TF War Eagle is deployed to the Sinai Peninsula in support of Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). For the MFO, TF War Eagle is responsible for remote sites, the administration of the MFO South Camp, a mobile observation team, various force protection … [Read more...]

2CR Soldiers spearhead remote-operated force protection systems in the Sinai

SINAI, Egypt – Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment, Task Force War Eagle are spearheading the integration of the Army’s remote-operated Force Protection Systems during a peacekeeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula.TF War Eagle is deployed to the Sinai Peninsula in support of Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). For the MFO, TF War Eagle is responsible for remote sites, the administration of the MFO South Camp, a mobile observation team, various force protection … [Read more...]

VP 4 Joins Noble Dina 2016

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) — Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 participated in exercise Noble Dina, April 5.Noble Dina is a naval exercise designed to increase maritime proficiencies among participating nations U.S., Greece and Israel, and enhance security, stability, and cooperation in the region.Quote:“This exercise provides invaluable experience for our crews that are participating. Noble Dina is a fantastic opportunity for our aircrew to train in a real world maritime warfare environment, and … [Read more...]

A most painful lesson: The 1996 Shelling of Qana, why it matters today

(This week marks the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Shelling of Qana.)Because of a single United Nations report written almost 20 years ago, much of the international community has believed Israel committed genocide at Qana, Lebanon in April of 1996. In military circles, the event is considered the 20th century’s most notorious artillery firing incident. It also happens to be its most unexamined one. Few today even know it happened, let alone understand its implications for warfare in the … [Read more...]

Trilateral Naval Allies Successfully Conclude Exercise Noble Dina 2016

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) — U.S., Hellenic and Israeli naval and air forces completed the annual maritime-focused exercise Noble Dina 2016, which took place March 31-April 14 in the Mediterranean Sea. Noble Dina is an annual trilateral naval exercise designed to increase maritime proficiencies among participating nations, and enhance security, stability, and cooperation in the region. Quote: “Exercise Noble Dina has been an enriching experience for USS Porter, both ashore and at sea. … [Read more...]

USS Porter Departs Israel

HAIFA, Israel (NNS) — Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Haifa, Israel, April 15, after completing a scheduled port visit. The visit served to enhance U.S.-Israel relations, reaffirm a commitment to security and peace within the region, and offer Porter Sailors a chance to visit historic sites. Quote: “It is always a fantastic opportunity to visit areas rich in history, culture and tradition, and Haifa, Israel, is no exception. The interaction … [Read more...]