Women Veterans Lunch and Learn Sept 24

Sep 04 2014

Published by under Events,Health & Living

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is hosting a Women Veterans Lunch and Learn September 24, 2014 in Washington, D.C. in the Kennedy Caucus Room (325) of the Senate Russell Building, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will give the opening remarks at this event, which will include a release of DAV’s special report on women veterans in transition, a 20 minute screening of the documentary film Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home, and a discussion with the film’s director, women veterans featured in the film, and a panel of behavioral health experts.

To attend, RSVP to rsvp@dav.org.


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West Point Society of DC Networking Event

Sep 02 2014

Published by under Transition

BE0022The West Point Society of D.C. will host a networking after work event from 6:30 pm to 9:30 p.m. this Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Army Navy Country Club, located at 2400 South 18th Street, Arlington, Virginia.

This event is open to all transitioning and former military officers regardless of commissioning source or branch of service.

A $20 registration fee (payable at the door) helps offset the cost of the event.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to informally network with employers and hear some great advice from career management experts, including Pat Cole, MOAA deputy director of Career Transition Services.

For additional details, reach out to WPSDC.CareerServices@gmail.com.

And if you’re looking for other ways to jump start your career, check out MOAA’s transition services at www.moaa.org/career.

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Mil Tech — Raytheon Building More TOW Missiles for U.S. Army, Marine Corps

Sep 02 2014

Published by under Technology,Uncategorized

Raytheon Co. Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $391.5 million contract to build TOW missiles for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, Saudi Arabia, and Oman.

Raytheon's TOW 2B is the principal anti-tank missile being supplied to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. (Photos courtesy of Raytheon Missile Systems.)

Raytheon’s TOW 2B is the principal anti-tank missile being supplied to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. (Photos courtesy of Raytheon Missile Systems.)

The tube-launched, optically tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) weapon system includes the multi-mission TOW 2A, the TOW 2B Aero, and the TOW Bunker Buster missiles, which will be built in varying quantities over the course of the multiyear contract.

The TOW 2A is an anti-tank and anti-light armor weapon, a direct-hit weapon designed to be a tank killer. The TOW 2A practice version has an inert warhead but with all the flight characteristics of an active missile.

Ed Dunlap, TOW business development manager for Raytheon Missile Systems, says the TOW 2B is Raytheon’s principal anti-tank, fly-over, shoot-down weapon.

“The missile flies over the tank and based on its sensors, fires two warheads down onto the top of the tank, which is the softest part of any tank,” Dunlap says. “The TOW 2B uses two warheads that are explosively-formed penetrators, where a molten slug comes out of the warhead and shoots down through the top of the tank.”

The TOW Bunker Buster was developed by Raytheon at the beginning of the current operations in Iraq in order to defeat structures, bunkers, and light vehicles, Dunlap points out. The Bunker Buster also is a direct hit weapon.

The missiles use a new propulsion system Raytheon developed with ATK Missile Products Group in 2001 that incorporates a rocket motor designed with Insensitive Munitions (IM) features to be less likely to react explosively to bullet and fragment impacts.

The new propulsion system, called the LBS motor for Launch, Boost, Sustain, “allows the missile to go father and get to the average missile range quicker,” Dunlap notes. He says a TOW equipped with the LBS motor, as all contract TOW missiles will be, “can get to four clicks (kilometers) in less time” than the previous design took.

Dunlap says the LBS system is designed to launch the missile out of its tube, followed by the boost stage that gets the TOW up to speed, and then the sustain phase where the motor keeps the missile traveling for a longer period of time while maintaining a longer optimum speed.

Dunlap adds that Raytheon is working with its overseas supplier, Talus UK, on an improved sensor for the TOW 2B version and for a new fusing system for all models.

“Both of these developments might cut some cost out of the missile, as well,” he observed. “We will take them to the Army, which is following what we are doing, and may try to add those improvements to missiles in later contracts.”

About the author: Alan M. Petrillo is a Tucson, Ariz., journalist who writes for national and regional magazines and newspapers. He’s also the author of the mystery, Full Moon, books on historical military small arms, and the nonfiction work, Ice Hockey in the Desert.


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Plan Early to Vote Absentee

Aug 29 2014

Published by under Events

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) encourages servicemembers to ensure their voting information reflects their current address and information at least 90 days before an election.

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act states servicemembers and their eligible family members and overseas citizens may be eligible to vote absentee. The Federal Post Card Application Standard Form 76 allows these groups to apply to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and update contact information with their local election offices. It helps local election offices determine whether voters meet voter registration requirements, which election materials to send, and where and how to send ballots.

FVAP’s website, www.fvap.gov, offers an online assistant to walk voters through completion of the form and provides a blank, fillable PDF. Hard copies of the form are also available at embassies, consulates, and military bases around the world.


Originally printed in MOAA's September 2014 Military Officer magazine. 
Image courtesy of FVAP.

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The National Anthem Turns 200

Aug 29 2014

Published by under Events

Star_Spangled_Banner_Flag_on_display_at_the_Smithsonian's_National_Museum_of_History_and_Technology,_around_1964After Francis Scott Key witnessed the Sept. 13-14, 1814, battle at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, he wrote a poem, “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” The lyrics, set to the tune of John Stafford Smith’s “To Anacreon in Heaven,” became “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a patriotic tune officially named the U.S. national anthem March 3, 1931, under President Herbert Hoover.

Today, 200 years after the American victory and the sight of the tattered American flag flying above the fort inspired Key to write his poem, the anthem remains a symbol of freedom as it’s played before sporting events, orchestral concerts, and other public and military celebrations.

Check out the events happening at Fort McHenry in remembrance of the War of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner, and then learn about the history behind the original flag flown at Fort McHenry using the interactive flag graphic created by the Smithsonian.

Want to know why some Americans today still fly their flags proudly every day of the year? MOAA asked people around the country this very question. Listen to their answers in this interactive media map!


The large Star Spangled Banner Flag that inspired the lyrics of the US national anthem when it flew above Fort McHenry in the 1814 Battle of Baltimore. Shown here on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of History and Technology, around 1964. Photo via Wikimedia Commons from the SIA archives.


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