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.

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