07 May 2003 Military News
- Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Returns Home Navy NewStand 07 May 2003 -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) returned home to a heroes welcome May 6, after nearly 10 months on deployment.
- Deployed Seabees Return Home Navy NewStand 07 May 2003 -- The first contingent of Seabees from Construction Batallion Unit (CBU) 414 deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, returned home May 6 to the waiting arms of family and friends.
- USS Louisville returns from Operation Iraqi Freedom COMSUBPAC Release 07 May 2003-- The Sailors of USS Louisville (SSN 724) are returning to their homeport of Pearl Harbor May 13 following an eight-month deployment, participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- UN: Top Official Repeats Appeal For Expanded Force In Afghanistan RFE/L 07 May 2003 -- The chief UN representative in Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, has warned that the country's peace process is increasingly threatened by poor security conditions. Brahimi urged the UN Security Council to consider expanding the authority for an international force outside Kabul to safeguard election preparations. The Council released a statement calling on Afghanistan's neighbors and all actors in the country to support the peace process but did not signal any intention of expanding security.
- PAKISTAN: Deadline for Afghan refugees in Kacha Garhi extended IRIN 07 May 2003 -- The deadline for thousands of Afghan refugees to leave Kacha Garhi camp in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has been extended for another year to 30 March 2004, IRIN learnt on Wednesday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Aerial-refueling team awarded Distinguished Flying Crosses Air Mobility Command News 07 May 2003-- While conducting air-refueling operations above Iraq on April 7, a four-person crew took their KC-135 further into harm's way to help airmen in trouble.
- Patient support pallets help revolutionize AE mission Air Mobility Command News 07 May 2003-- When Pfc. Jessica Lynch came home from the war on a C-17 Globemaster III, she and the 49 other injured servicemembers on the flight were able to take advantage of a new aeromedical evacuation technology.
- White House: War on Terrorism Continues Washington File 07 May 2003 -- The U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq are successes in the fight against worldwide terror, but the campaign against the global threat continues, White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer told reporters May 7, reminding them that "just last week" President Bush said "that the war on terrorism goes on."
- Historic renovation program comes to close AFSPC 07 May 2003 -- It took eight years, but Alert Image, the massive renovation program for Air Force Space Command's missile alert facilities (MAFs), came to a close recently.
- Commercial mariners: key contributors to the war on terrorism Military sealift Command 07 May 2003 -- Heroism in wartime is usually associated with military soldiers serving on the frontlines. There are, however, war heroes who do not wear military uniforms or even work for the government.
- MSC has force in reserve Military sealift Command 07 May 2003 -- Almost every tank used to liberate Baghdad was brought to Southwest Asia aboard Military Sealift Command ships. And nearly all the helicopters and humvees used in Operation Iraqi Freedom were also brought to the region by MSC.
- President intends to nominate Roche for Army post AFPN 07 May 2003 -- President George W. Bush announced May 7 his intention to nominate Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche to become the next secretary of the Army.
- Inside Intel AFSPC 07 May 2003 -- Locked away in a basement vault in HQ Air Force Space Command, the constant chatter of television news can be heard amidst the ringing phones and conversations on topics ranging from Afghanistan and Iraq to SARS. And while the offices are a bit dim, they are filled with bright people. Air Force Space Command intelligence professionals.
- USNS Yukon hosts reunion at sea Military Sealift Command 07 May 2003 -- While operating in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in late April, Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Yukon took delivery of a somewhat unusual piece of cargo.
- ARMY ANNOUNCES VENTURE CAPITAL INITIATIVE (VCI) Army News 07 May 2003 -- The Army announced today its Venture Capital Initiative (VCI) to satisfy a critical Army technology requirement - obtaining lighter, more efficient power sources for individual soldier systems.
- Soldiers back from Iraq get help for domestic battles Army News 07 May 2003 -- Paratroopers who participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom returned today to Fort Bragg, N.C., and others who will soon come home are going through re-integration training.
- Army Transformation wargame focuses on joint ops Army News 07 May 2003 -- The Army teamed up with U.S. Joint Forces Command for the first time to get players from each of the services into its annual Transformation wargame.
- USS Enterprise Back at Sea Navy NewStand 07 May 2003 -- After 482 days in Norfolk Naval Shipyard, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is on the move again. This time, it will be on the prowl for sea trials and then toward Naval Station Norfolk, not only marking the end of a long, arduous yard period, but also the beginning of an adventure.
- Disappointed Wolfowitz Still Supports U.S.-Turkish Defense Ties AFPS 07 May 2003 -- U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz says he still supports strong ties between Turkey and the United States. He maintains this view although he's unhappy over a Turkish government decision that prevented American ground troops from opening up a northern front against Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- CONGRESS / NATO VOA 07 May 2003 -- The U-S Senate Thursday is expected to approve a second round of NATO expansion, endorsing the candidacies of seven eastern European nations to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
- Serbia and Montenegro Eligible for U.S. Defense Assistance Washington File 07 May 2003 -- The White House said May 7 that President Bush has issued a Presidential Determination "that opens the way for Serbia and Montenegro to receive defense articles, services, and assistance from the United States."
- BOATING SAFETY A KEY FACTOR IN COAST GUARD RESCUE USCG Release 07 May 2003-- A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., rescued three boaters from the water one mile south of Cape San Blas, Fla., just after midnight today.
- Coast Guard seizes catch of local fishing vessel USCG Release 07 May 2003-- Coast Guard crews seized the catch of a Newbedford, Mass.-based fishing vessel eight nautical miles inside Georges Bank Seasonal Closure Area Tuesday evening.
- V Corps team searches for Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq USAREUR Release 06 May 2003-- British and U.S. troops inspected a chicken coop Saturday suspected of being a storage site for weapons of mass destruction.
- Boeing Australia Simulates Launch of New Weapon for F-111 Boeing 07 May 2003 -- Boeing Australia Limited officials said today they had achieved a significant milestone toward integration of the AGM-142E Stand Off Weapon with the Royal Australian Air Force fleet of F/RF-111C aircraft.
- Lockheed Martin and Spectrum Astro Form Partnership to Build the Next Generation Global Positioning Satellite System, GPS III Lockheed Martin 07 May 2003 -- Lockheed Martin and Spectrum Astro today announced a partnership agreement to pursue the development of GPS III, the next generation global positioning satellite system. This team is intensely focused on meeting the government's challenging requirement of this critical asset, and is committed to providing a solution that includes hyper-accurate positioning, velocity and timing data with confidence and security.
- Boeing X-31A Vector Completes International Flight Test Program Boeing 07 May 2003 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] X-31a VECTOR aircraft completed a three-year, multinational flight test program last week, successfully demonstrating the use of thrust vectoring technologies for performing extremely short takeoff and landing (ESTOL) operations.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 07 May 2003
- International Groups Join U.S. in Denouncing Killings by FARC in Colombia Washington File 07 May 2003 -- The international community has joined the United States in denouncing the May 5 assassinations of two Colombian political figures and eight members of the Colombian armed forces, who had been held hostage by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group.
- U.S. Condemns Murders of Colombian Citizens by FARC Terrorists Washington File 07 May 2003 -- State Department spokesman Richard Boucher issued a statement May 6 condemning the May 5 murders of ten Colombian citizens, including Governor Guillermo Gaviria of Antioquia Province and former Defense Minister Gilberto Echeverri, by members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by the Spanish acronym FARC). The Bush Administration is "shocked and deeply saddened" by the murders, Boucher said.
- Annan condemns Colombian rebel group for 'vicious' killing of hostages UN News Centre 07 May 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned the recent "vicious killings" of 10 hostages by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), calling the rebel group's action a "dangerous intensification of the conflict" that demanded immediate steps to stop the spiral of violence.
- UN Palestinian rights committee welcomes Road Map peace plan UN News Centre 07 May 2003 -- A United Nations committee on Palestinian rights has welcomed the formal launching of the Road Map, the new Middle East peace initiative by the diplomatic Quartet - the UN, United States, Russian Federation and European Union - based on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
- Boucher: U.S. Looks Forward to Working with Abu Mazen Washington File 07 May 2003 -- State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher said the United States looks forward to working with Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 07 May 2003 -- A Palestinian toddler was killed by Israeli gunfire in the Gaza Strip, during a gun battle Wednesday between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants. Shortly afterwards, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian militant who was on a terrorist mission in another part of Gaza.
- MIDEAST - SHARON VOA 07 May 2003 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he will meet soon with his new Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, but the Israeli leader also set a condition for moving ahead with the latest international peace plan.
- DRC: RCD-Goma's Ruberwa named fourth vice-president IRIN 07 May 2003 -- The secretary-general of the Rassemblement congolais pour la democratie (RCD-Goma) rebel group, Azarias Ruberwa Manywa, has been named as his movement's candidate for the fourth and final vice-presidential post for a two-year national transition government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), RCD-Goma announced on Tuesday.
- DRC: MONUC calls on Ituri belligerents to withdraw from Bunia IRIN 07 May 2003 -- The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known as MONUC, on Wednesday called on all armed groups fighting in the northeastern district of Ituri to cease hostilities and return to their bases.
- LIBERIA: Government angry at UN for extending sanctions IRIN 07 May 2003 -- The Liberian government has described as "puzzling, unfair, wrong and double standards targeted at destroying Liberia" a UN Security Council decision on Tuesday to extend sanctions against it by a year and to ban its timber exports.
- LIBERIA: US government demands protection for aid workers IRIN 07 May 2003 -- The United States government has demanded that all fighting groups in Liberia including the government, cease fire to ease the disruption of humanitarian assistance to many people in dire need, by ongoing conflict.
- LIBERIA: Peace facillitator calls for immediate ceasefire IRIN 07 May 2003 -- Former Nigerian President Abulsalami Abubakar, who was appointed last month West Africa's facilitator for proposed Liberian peace talks, has ended a one-day official visit to Liberia, calling on warring parties to immediately ceasefire as a prerequiite to peace negotiations.
- Boucher Condemns Violence in Kashmir Washington File 07 May 2003 -- In response to recent clashes in the disputed territory of Kashmir, State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher repeated that violence "will not solve Kashmir's problems," and welcomed recent moves towards a dialogue between the governments of India and Pakistan.
- Security Council mission heading to West Africa to examine prospects for peace UN News Centre 07 May 2003 -- Keen to explore new opportunities for progress towards peace and stability in West Africa, the United Nations Security Council today released details of its upcoming mission to seven countries in the conflict-plagued sub-region.
- UN to aid repatriation of Kosovo Albanian bodies from Serbia UN News Centre 07 May 2003 -- The first group of some 800 bodies exhumed in Serbia proper, and believed to be of Kosovo Albanian missing persons, will be repatriated under United Nations auspices tomorrow.
- LIBERIA / SIERRA LEONE VOA 07 May 2003 -- The U-N backed war crimes court in Sierra Leone is asking Liberia to provide proof that wanted rebel leader Sam Bockarie is dead.
- INDIA/MASSACRE VOA 07 May 2003 -- At least 21 people have been killed and several wounded in India's remote northeastern Tripura state in two attacks. Indian officials have blamed the violence on tribal rebel groups.
- INDONESIA ACEH VOA 07 May 2003 -- The head of the Indonesian armed forces is telling troops to be ready for a possible military offensive in Aceh Province. A deadline for resumed peace negotiations is fast approaching.
- UGANDA: Refugee organisation condemns plan to move Sudanese refugees IRIN 07 May 2003 -- A prominent refugee organisation in Uganda has condemned the government's refusal to listen to Sudanese refugees at a camp in western Uganda, who are unhappy over plans to move them north, closer to the Sudanese border.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Peacekeeping force to stay until end of transition IRIN 07 May 2003 -- The peacekeeping force of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central African States, known as CEMAC, will remain in the Central African Republic (CAR) until the end of the transitional period, that is due to last between 18 and 30 months, the force commander, Rear Adml Martin Mavoungou, told IRIN on Tuesday.
- CONGO: US offers support to Pool Region IDPs IRIN 07 May 2003 -- The US embassy in the Republic of Congo announced on Tuesday a contribution of 30,500,000 francs CFA (US $54,668) in support of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Pool Region who have sought refuge near the capital, Brazzaville, to escape fighting between Ninja rebels and government forces.
- Labor Department Commits $13 Million to Help Former Child Soldiers Washington File 07 May 2003 -- The U.S. Department of Labor May 7 announced a $13 million global effort to help educate, rehabilitate and reintegrate into society former child soldiers.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 07 May 2003
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 07 May 2003
- ASIA SARS VOA 07 May 2003 -- Four World Health Organization doctors are visiting China's Hebei province, where cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome doubled to more than one hundred in the past week. The SARS outbreak in mainland China and Taiwan is still growing
- CDC Reports SARS Containment Methods Working Washington File 07 May 2003 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported May 6 that efforts to contain severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Singapore and Vietnam have been successful. In response, the agency is standing down from its travel advisory regarding the two nations that had suggested travelers avoid all but essential trips to those countries.
- U.S., China to Increase Collaboration on Infectious Diseases Washington File 07 May 2003 -- Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tommy Thompson announced May 6 an agreement with China's Vice Premier and Health Minister Wu Yi to increase collaboration between the two nations to detect and manage infectious diseases, according to a news release from the HHS.
- WHO revises estimates of fatality ratio in SARS cases UN News Centre 07 May 2003 -- The United Nations health agency today revised its initial estimates of the case fatality ratio of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), saying that the proportion of people who contract illness, and then are likely to die from it, depends on factors such as the age group affected.
- RUSSIA / SARS VOA 07 May 2003 -- There are no confirmed SARS cases in Russia, but the country shares a nearly 45-hundred-kilometer border with China, and leading Russian health officials say they are not taking any chances.
- COMMONWEALTH / ZIMBABWE VOA 07 May 2003 -- The prime ministers of Britain and Australia have strongly criticized the rule of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, and say they will continue to oppose the country's return to the Commonwealth organization.
- ZIMBABWE / MEDIA VOA 07 May 2003 -- Zimbabwe's highest court has struck down a key section of the country's controversial media law, saying it was unconstitutional. The ruling came in the case of two local journalists charged with publishing a falsehood.
- BUSH / CHENEY VOA 07 May 2003 -- Vice President Dick Cheney says he has agreed to be President Bush's running mate in the 2004 elections. Mr. Cheney says past health problems will not prevent him from running for re-election.
- AIDS / RED CROSS VOA 07 May 2003 -- The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is launching a global campaign to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding H-I-V / AIDS. It says stigma and misinformation help spread the disease and, consequently, cause more deaths.
- TOGO ELECTIONS VOA 07 May 2003 -- Togo's constitutional court has rejected an appeal by the country's main opposition leader to run in the June first presidential election. But Togo's opposition says it will still make a strong effort in the election.
- KENYA FLOODS VOA 07 May 2003 -- The Kenyan government has declared the floods ravaging the country a national disaster. Relief agencies are doing their best to prevent an outbreak of water-borne diseases.
- LEBANON-EXPLOSION VOA 07 May 2003 -- A bomb targeting two Christian missionaries exploded outside their home in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli around midnight, killing a friend, but leaving the couple unharmed.
- ASIA UNICEF VOA 07 May 2003 -- Asian governments have pledged to improve the welfare of the region's children. The move comes after the United Nations Children's Fund warned that Asian and Pacific governments were failing their children.
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