Former press secretary recalls morning of Sept. 11

A picture of the New York City skyline on the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001.

Chaos and fear dominated the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Media scrambled to report what was thought of as a tragic accident in New York City at first, and then, as the second plane hit, a terrorist attack on the United States.

In Florida, President George W. Bush was just arriving at an elementary school to read to a classroom. His press secretary, Ari Fleischer, was with the president in the motorcade when the news broke on his pager.

AFN on the Internet? Maybe.

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The military is exploring streaming television on the Internet to give overseas troops and civilians a Netflix-like video-on-demand service, laced with commercials aimed at the military.

The Defense Media Activity said in a posting on a government website in August that it is seeking contractors “to determine the feasibility of delivering video on demand and/or live video streaming” over Internet protocol to the overseas military community.

Best Dempsey town hall questions were those left unanswered

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey sits at his desk in the Pentagon during a Facebook town hall meeting Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey fielded questions during his third Facebook “town hall” meeting Thursday, a virtual method of Q&A growing in popularity with Pentagon brass.

He answered queries about Islamic State in northern Iraq: “While the military will certainly be part of this fight, there is no military-only solution, and it cannot be accomplished unilaterally.”

One soldier's song for the fallen

Between missions and under the hot desert sun in Iraq in 2005, Staff Sgt. Nathan Fair and Cpl. Anthony Peterson started writing a song about their fellow servicemembers who were killed in action.

The song “Fallen Soldier” gained momentum on YouTube recently, with more than 193,000 views. Both writers made it home, but Peterson lost his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder on Jan. 10, 2013.

EOD techs continue WWII ordnance cleanup on Saipan

Technicians from Saipan's Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Navy and Air Force place 1.25-pound blocks of C-4 explosive atop about 600 pounds of unexploded ordnance from World War II on Aug. 28, 2014, on Marpi, Saipan. During the past year, similar operations have disposed of almost 2,600 pounds of UXO from the island of Saipan.

In the summer of 1944, U.S. Marines captured the island of Saipan, part of the Mariana Islands. Securing the island was considered crucial in the Allied plan to use the island as an air base for B-29 bomber raids on the Japan mainland.

The U.S. completed an airstrip in the island’s northern Marpi area, storing vast amounts of ordnance in the surrounding area for what military planners thought would be an inevitable invasion of the mainland.

Navy testing exoskeletons for shipyard workers

The Navy hopes exoskeletons can help reduce overexertion and repetitive-motion injuries in shipyard workers.

Navy shipyard workers may someday share something in common with Special Operations forces: on-the-job exoskeletons.

The U.S. Navy is testing two Fortis exoskeletons (PDF graphic) through a contract between Lockheed Martin and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences consortium, according to a Lockheed statement.

AFN to honor Robin Williams

The American Forces Network is honoring the work of Robin Williams this week.

The network, which serves U.S. personnel stationed overseas, is screening popular films featuring the late actor, who died at his California home Monday of an apparent suicide, according to AFN public affairs officer George Smith.

Looking for a new grill? Check your neighbors' curb

The lawn doesn't stand a chance during PCS season in this front yard at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

It’s PCS (permanent change of station) season at military bases all over the world.

On-base living areas are a hive of activity: Moving trucks load and unload people's possessions, filling front yards with cardboard boxes, while stressed-out families scramble to get paperwork signed and quarters cleaned for the next occupants.

Calling it a submarine doesn’t float Japan’s boat

A conception of how the hypothetical underwater drone "Hydra" would operate, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Japanese defense officials told Stars and Stripes that they are budgeting $26 million on fuel cell research for underwater drones with the United States, but they shied away from calling the weaponless drones "submarines."

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Japan would kindly appreciate it if you don’t call the unmanned underwater vehicle they’re doing fuel cell research for with the United States a “submarine.”

Japanese defense ministry officials told Stars and Stripes on Monday that they’ve budgeted $26 million over the next five years to develop a high-powered fuel cell for the vehicles, known in military circles as UUVs.

Army veteran gets much younger look after TV makeover

A video screen grab shows Army veteran Pat Rowland before and after he had a makeover on a "Good Morning America" segment called "Lose 10 years in 60 Minutes."

Army veteran Pat Rowland admits he just "let everything go," after he left the military.

According to a report on an ABC News website, Rowland stopped cutting his hair. His moustache became overgrown and his appearance made him look at himself as an "old man."

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