Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Senior Executive Service Announcements

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today the following Department of Defense Senior Executive Service appointments and reassignments.

Cheryl J. Roby has been assigned as chief of staff, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Networks and Information Integration/DoD Chief Information Officer, Networks and Information Integration, Washington, D.C.  Roby previously served as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense, Networks and Information Integration, Washington, D.C.

Robert J. Carey has been assigned as deputy assistant secretary of defense (information management, integration and technology), and deputy chief information officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.  Carey previously served as the director of strategy and policy, U.S. 10th Fleet/Fleet Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Md.

Get Rid Of Depression

Wide Asleep

Are you blue, anxious, irritable, tired, inundated or emotionally delicate? These forms of mood disorders have become shockingly common, and in a lot of cases, may easily be resolved.

Depression and anxiety particularly have become so prevalent that it’s exceedingly common for individuals to be taking medication for one or even both of these mood disorders. As a matter of fact, the incidence of depression and anxiety has tripled since 1990 and more than twenty-five percent of the adult population in the U.S. suffers from one or more mood troubles.

Occasionally depression or a blue mood might have no evident cause and occasionally it might be caused by a number of elements. Keeping a journal is among the most potent tools available for personal growth and emotional mending. It may and should be a day-to-day ritual. Putting down our views lets us view them as separate from ourselves.

A wellness checklist ought to handle the needs of mind, body, and soul by rendering honest daily goals. It's meant to encourage you as you battle depression, not drown you, so keep it easy.

Beneficial nutrition is crucial when you need to battle depression. This is tricky, as depression tends to cut off the appetite. In order to battle depression, you need to take up enough calories and nutrients to provide your body and brain strength.

Sleep furnishes the armor you require to battle depression. Without enough rest, you're more susceptible to those damaging messages twirling around in your brain, and less able to do beneficial things on your own behalf. 

Depression might be among the worst illnesses we know, but it's highly treatable. Discovering what works might involve weeks or months - and occasionally even years - of frustration and heartbreak, but with the range of options we now have, your prospects are excellent. Furthermore, we're not helpless bystanders. The decisions we make affecting our lifestyles can dramatically better the odds in our favor. To those of you, who are depressed, please look for help - you shouldn't have to hurt one day longer than you have to. For those of you fighting with your treatments don't give up hope. A more brilliant future lies ahead. 

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Guyanese President Welcomes Continuing Promise 2010

By Cpl. Alicia Giron, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, Continuing Promise 2010 Public Affairs

BERBICE, Guyana (NNS) -- Distinguished leaders welcomed Continuing Promise 2010 (CP10) to Berbice, Guyana, at an opening ceremony held outside of the Berbice Regional Health Authority Oct. 19.

Guyanese President H.E. Bharret Jagdeo, U.S. Chief of Mission Tom Pierce, Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud, Minister of Foreign Affairs Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and other key leaders helped commence the 10-day humanitarian civic assistance mission.

Jagdeo said that continued relations between the two countries has been "very beneficial to the people of the country" and cited decreasing AIDS as a specific positive result.

"We are happy you are here and that you are focused on health care. We are training more doctors but we still need a helping hand," said Jagdeo.

While in Guyana, the CP10 team is offering five medical sites, open on different days, at local schools and hospitals capable of providing a wide range of health services. The primary site is located in Rosehall and is open until Oct. 26. These services include general surgery completed on board USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), basic medical evaluation, dental screening and treatment, optometry care and health education. Free general surgical screenings were conducted at the primary medical site Oct. 19 and will be conducted again Oct. 22. No prior screenings are required.

In addition to medical sites, CP10 is also providing three engineering sites, a community relations event and roving preventative medicine and veterinarian teams.

"Though we bring doctors, and dentists, veterinarians and engineers, what we really bring is a message of commitment and partnership," said Capt. Thomas M. Negus, commodore, CP10. "A message best born out through our actions and deeds; our sweat and effort will be our testimony to the strength of our partnership in the spirit of our common humanity and with the ideal of building a better community."

CP10 is an annual mission dedicated to bringing medical, dental, engineering and civic action assistance to host nations in Latin, Caribbean and South America. This year's mission is supported by Iwo Jima, service members from every branch of the military, including a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force and New Harmony Air Force Band of Flight, international military professionals and non-governmental organizations.

Special Showing of Documentary, "Chosin"

Survivors of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign of the Korean War take viewers through one of the most savage battles in American history.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 10, 2010,

WHERE: 4th Floor Auditorium
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030

WHAT: A special showing of the 86-minute documentary, “Chosin,” will take place on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, in the 4th Floor Auditorium at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center,
2002 Holcombe Blvd.


In the winter of 1950, 15,000 U.S. Soldiers and Marines were surrounded and trapped by an overwhelming force of communist Chinese soldiers in the frozen mountains of North Korea. Facing impossible odds, the men fought 78 miles to freedom and saved the lives of 98,000 civilian refugees. “Chosin” is the first-ever documentary on the Chosin Reservoir Campaign. The stories of the Veterans are supplemented with rare black and white and color archival footage gathered from hundreds of hours of research. After 60 years of silence, the survivors of the campaign take viewers on an emotional and heart-pounding journey through one of the most savage battles in American history. These first-hand accounts, combined with footage never before seen by most Americans, create a visceral, emotionally charged experience unlike that provided by any other war documentary.

Members of the audience will include survivors of the Chosin Reservoir Campaign.

The movie was produced by Iraq War Veterans Brian Iglesias and Anton Sattler. It was directed by Brian Iglesias.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

WikiLeaks’ Redaction Doesn’t Remove Danger

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2010 – Despite WikiLeaks’ attempt to redact the names of Iraqi informants from its recent leak of classified military reports, some of those people are still in danger, a Pentagon spokesman said today.

On Oct. 22, WikiLeaks released more than 400,000 sensitive documents chronicling military operations during the Iraq war from 2004 to 2009.

“We had identified 300 or so people whose names were [mentioned in the documents] that possibly would be put at risk if their names were published,” Pentagon spokesman Marine Corps Col. Dave Lapan said.

Of that group, he added, the names were removed but “in a few dozen cases there’s still information that could identify those people.”

Such remaining information includes job titles, he said.

The U.S. Central Command has the names of those potentially at risk and “is deciding whether they’re going to make notifications or not,” Lapan said.

A joint task force led by the Defense Intelligence Agency is comparing the original with redacted documents, he said, to assess the damage that WikiLeaks’ publication of the classified Iraq significant-activities reports, called the SIGACTS data base, could pose to the U.S. military, Iraqi allies and current operations.

During an Oct. 22 State Department press briefing with Pakistani Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton denounced the WikiLeaks release of sensitive military documents.

“We should condemn in the most-clear terms the disclosure of any classified information by individuals and organizations which puts the lives of United States’ and partner servicemembers and civilians at risk,” she said, “threatening our national security and the national security of those with whom we are working.”

The count of civilian war deaths in Iraq –- 15,000 more than reported by the Pentagon, according to some news reports and the nongovernmental organization Iraq Body Count -– is one topic arising from the WikiLeaks’ release.

“We have rejected the premise that … the U.S. has not been tracking civilian casualties. We have. We report that on a regular basis to Congress,” Lapan said.

Also in the reports to Congress, he added, “We note carefully that these are not a complete picture. … We don’t profess to have knowledge about every civilian that’s killed across Iraq. We can only report on the ones that we’re aware of.”

All reports of civilian casualties –- even those that put the number of casualties at 15,000 more than the U.S. has reported -- all come from the same SIGACTS data base, Lapan said.

“The matter of trying to estimate Iraqi civilian casualties in the war has been an ongoing issue,” he said, including a June report by the Congressional Research Service.

“To suggest that there is some kind of precise number that some organization has, I find hard to believe,” he added, “because over the years it has been impossible for any of the various organizations that have tried to come to agreement on a specific figure.”

Today in the Department of Defense, Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates has no public or media events on his schedule.

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn is traveling.

Brig. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commanding general of Task Force Leatherneck and First Marine Division Forward, will brief the media live from Afghanistan at in the Pentagon Briefing Room (2E973) to provide an update on current operations.  Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance only.  Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification.  Please call 703-697-5131 for escort into the building.

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