20 June 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 20 Jun 2006 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Weekly Press Briefing, June 20, 2006 MNF-I 20 Jun 2006 -- Topic: Update on Operations in Iraq, including the Search for two missing Soldiers
- DoD Announces Units for Next Operation Iraqi Freedom Rotation 20 Jun 2006 -- The Department of Defense announced today additional major units scheduled to deploy as part of the next Operation Iraqi Freedom rotation
- CENTAF releases airpower summary for June 20 AFPN 20 Jun 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released the airpower summary for June 20.
- Iraq: Abducted U.S. Soldiers' Bodies Believed Found RFE/RL 20 Jun 2006 -- The U.S. military in Iraq says it has recovered what it believes are the bodies of two U.S. soldiers who were captured by insurgents on June 16.
- Missing Soldiers Found Dead, Coalition Spokesman Says AFPS 20 Jun 2006 -- Coalition forces recovered the bodies of two U.S. soldiers missing since an engagement with insurgents at a traffic checkpoint June 16, a senior Multinational Force Iraq official said here today.
- Coalition Continues to Hammer al Qaeda in Iraq AFPS 20 Jun 2006 -- The coalition continues to hammer at the al Qaeda network in Iraq, a senior coalition official said here today, warning that the network didn't die when the coalition killed its former leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
- Coalition Kills 15 Terrorists, Detains 3, Captures Senior Leader AFPS 20 Jun 2006 -- Coalition forces in Iraq killed 15 terrorists and detained six other suspects and a senior terrorist leader during raids yesterday and today near Baqubah, military officials reported today.
- Soldiers upgrade Humvees with new armor Army News 20 Jun 2006 -- Mechanics and ground support crews of the 4th Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade are providing protection for Soldiers that support aircraft cannot provide: extra armor to shield them from the roadside bombs encountered beyond the gates of Camp Taji.
- Baghdad Bombs Kill 6, Suicide Attacker Hits Iraqi Elderly Home VOA 20 Jun 2006 -- Iraqi authorities say two bomb blasts in Baghdad killed at least six people and wounded more than 30 others wounded Tuesday, despite a massive security crackdown in the capital.
- US Says It Believes Two Bodies Are Missing US Soldiers VOA 20 Jun 2006 -- The U.S. military says two bodies found near Yusufiya in Iraq are believed to be those of two missing American soldiers.
- Afghan Police, Coalition Troops Take on Extremists AFPS 20 Jun 2006 -- Police in Afghanistan's Paktika province successfully defended a district center early today, and Afghan and coalition forces continued their assault yesterday on insurgents in Helmand province, military officials reported.
- Karzai Says Afghanistan Wants to Copy American Democracy, China's Economic Success VOA 20 Jun 2006 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his nation wants to copy China's economic success, while at the same time urging Beijing to have more concern for human beings as its wealth and power grows.
- Guard Supports Flooding, Security Missions in Texas, Louisiana AFPS 20 Jun 2006 -- National Guard troops have been called to duty in Louisiana and Texas in response to an outbreak of violence in New Orleans and flooding in the Houston area.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Hornets Bring Multi-Mission Capability to Valiant Shield Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2006 -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are participating in Exercise Valiant Shield 06 June 19-23, with more than 200 U.S. military aircraft in the Western Pacific.
- USS Bonhomme Richard Hosts Trident Warrior 2006 Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2006 -- After weeks of preparation and communication upgrades, Trident Warrior 2006 (TW 06), a multinational communications exercise, went into full swing June 16 aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).
- EOD Unit Tests New Disposal Detonation Technique Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2006 -- The crew of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11 at Naval Base Kitsap conducted a disposal by detonation operation June 16, utilizing a new method involving water to suppress the blast and noise created by the explosion.
- USS Iwo Jima Arrives in Marseille, France Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2006 -- USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) arrived pierside in Marseille, France, June 20 after safely transiting the Strait of Gibraltar.
- Valiant Shield Provides Valuable Joint Training Among U.S. Military Forces Navy NewsStand 20 Jun 2006 -- Exercise Valiant Shield 2006, taking place now through June 23, brings together more than 20,000 Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. The exercise focuses on real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces and detecting, tracking and engaging units at sea, in the air and on land in response to a wide range of missions.
- C-5 still going strong after 38 years AFPN 20 Jun 2006 -- Thirty-eight years after the C-5 Galaxy made its maiden flight on June 30, 1968, it marks another significant milestone
- DoD Establishes Mental Health Task Force 20 Jun 2006 -- The Department of Defense announced today the formation of a congressionally-directed task force to examine matters related to mental health and the Armed Forces.
- Cheney: Teamwork is Winning Global War Against Terrorism AFPS 20 Jun 2006 -- Chiefly because the United States and its allies are confronting terrorism wherever it exists, terrorists are losing the global war on terror, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said yesterday at a media awards event here.
- B-2s stay in shape with exercises AFPN 20 Jun 2006 -- The 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron has spent the past three weeks refining the skills necessary to maintain the B-2 Spirit, one of the world's most advanced weapon systems.
- Theater leaders discuss different methods of war AFPN 20 Jun 2006 -- Representatives from all the geographic combatant commanders met here June 15 to discuss new ways of affecting change on an adversary involving less force than standard operations, and, in some cases, little or no force at all.
- Robins team gives fast assist to special ops warfighters AFPN 20 Jun 2006 -- When MH-53 Pave Low crews discovered they were more vulnerable to small-arms fire than they thought, they put out a call for help. A team from the 330th Special Operations Support Group, now called the 580th Aircraft Sustainment Group, answered the call.
- Navy to Christen USNS Sacagawea 20 Jun 2006 -- The Navy will christen the USNS Sacagawea, the newest ship in the Lewis and Clark class of underway replenishment ships on Saturday, June 24, 2006, during a 7:15 p.m. PDT launching at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.
- Press Gaggle by Tony Snow and National Security Advisor Steve Hadley The White House 20 Jun 2006
- Daily Press Briefing US Department of State 20 Jun 2006
- DoD News: Contracts for June 20, 2006
- General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers the Lead Ship of T-AKE Class to the U.S. Navy General Dynamics 20 Jun 2006 -- General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today delivered the USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) to the U.S. Navy. The ship is named after Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who led a legendary exploration of the American West from 1804 to 1806.
- Northrop Grumman Delivers Texas Submarine to the Navy Northrop Grumman 20 Jun 2006 -- NEWPORT NEWS, Va. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) celebrated a significant chapter in its history today as it delivered its first submarine to the U.S. Navy in a decade.
- Northrop Grumman Begins Assembly of First Production EA-18G Growler, the Navy's Next-Generation Electronic Attack Aircraft Northrop Grumman 20 Jun 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has begun assembling the first production center and aft fuselage for the U.S. Navy's EA-18G Growler, the service's next-generation electronic attack aircraft due to begin replacing the venerable EA-6B Prowler by the end of the decade.
- Boeing Signs Agreement to Mentor Woman-Owned Missile Defense Supplier Boeing 20 Jun 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], which develops missile defense solutions for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and other customers, has signed an agreement to mentor Wildwood Electronics, a woman-owned small business in Huntsville, Ala., that supports several of those programs.
- Boeing Demonstrates TSAT Next-Generation Processor Router Capability Boeing 20 Jun 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] successfully completed a series of live tests demonstrating the interoperability of the Transformational Satellite Communications (TSAT) Next-Generation Processor Router (NGPR) with a government reference ground terminal, marking another achievement for the TSAT Space Segment development program.
- Raytheon's Cobra Judy Replacement Program Finishes Final Review; Moves into Build and Integration Phase Raytheon 20 Jun 2006 -- Raytheon Company successfully completed the final critical design review (CDR) in a series of reviews required to transition the Cobra Judy Replacement (CJR) Mission Equipment (ME) Program from the design to the build and integration phase.
- US aviation, Lockheed Martin keen to tie-up with Indian firms IRNA 20 Jun 2006 -- US aviation major Lockheed Martin, in the race to sell 126 F-16 jets to the air force, is in talks with Indian firms like HAL and the Tata group for the outsourcing of aircraft components.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 20 Jun 2006
- Palestinians: Three Children Killed in Israeli Airstrike VOA 20 Jun 2006 -- Palestinian witnesses say an Israeli airstrike on a car carrying militants in Gaza City has killed three nearby children and wounded 14 other people.
- Sri Lanka invites LTTE for talks IRNA 20 Jun 2006 -- The Sri Lankan government has invited the Libration Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to enter into peace negotiations despite the escalation of violence and fears that the island was steadily drifting towards full-scale hostilities.
- In Sri Lanka, Tamil Tigers Reaffirm Commitment to Peace Process VOA 20 Jun 2006 -- In Sri Lanka, the Tamil Tiger rebels have reaffirmed their commitment to a four-year truce that is under threat from spiraling violence
- India, Pakistan Begin Second Kashmir Bus Service VOA 20 Jun 2006 -- India and Pakistan have launched a second bus service to link the two sides of the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir.
- Pakistan-India-Bus service Pakistan, India launch second Kashmir bus service IRNA 20 Jun 2006 -- A new bus service linking Pakistani- and Indian-administered Kashmir was launched on Tuesday, the second such service in less than 15 months.
- SUDAN: Gov't, eastern rebels sign ceasefire as SPLM/A pulls out IRIN 20 Jun 2006 -- The Sudanese government and rebels of the Eastern Front (EF) have signed a ceasefire and agreed on a framework for substantive peace talks to end a simmering civil conflict in east Sudan.
- SOMALIA: Islamic Courts oppose proposed AU force IRIN 20 Jun 2006 -- Although Somalia's Union of Islamic Courts has opposed the proposed deployment of an international peacekeeping force by the African Union on the grounds that it would make the country more dangerous, plans are underway to send assessment missions to the Horn of Africa nation.
- SOMALIA: UN to send humanitarian mission to Mogadishu IRIN 20 Jun 2006 -- The United Nations is planning to send a humanitarian mission to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, to see how to best address the critical needs of civilians, a senior UN official said.
- Somali President Visits AU to Push for Peacekeepers VOA 20 Jun 2006 -- Somalia's interim president, Abdullahi Yusuf, is to visit African Union headquarters in Ethiopia Tuesday to seek deployment of foreign peacekeepers to his country.
- PRESS CONFEFRENCE BY PRIME MINISTER OF KOSOVO United Nations 20 Jun 2006
- With 'steady progress' in Kosovo, UN envoy calls for early status decision UN News Centre 20 Jun 2006 -- Citing steady progress in minority protection and refugee returns in Kosovo, a top United Nations envoy called today for an early resolution of the question of the final political status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which has been run by the UN since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting.
- UN Envoy Accuses Serbia of Encouraging Ethnic Tensions In Kosovo VOA 20 Jun 2006 -- The top U.N. envoy to Kosovo is accusing Serbia of promoting ethnic tensions to prevent the breakaway province from achieving independence
- Security Council extends diamond sanctions against Liberia, lifts timber ban UN News Centre 20 Jun 2006 -- The United Nations Security Council today extended sanctions aimed at preventing Liberia from exporting rough diamonds, saying the situation in the West African country continues to pose a threat to international peace, but lifted the ban on the export of round logs and timber as it applauded the country's new President for her efforts in managing the nation's forests.
- Security Council extends UN Office in Timor-Leste, will consider expanded role UN News Centre 20 Jun 2006 -- Expressing "deep concern over the volatile security situation in Timor-Leste and its serious humanitarian repercussions," the United Nations Security Council today extended for two months the world body's small office there and asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to report before that mandate expires on an expanded future role.
- Liberia's Taylor Sent to War-Crimes Trial in The Hague VOA 20 Jun 2006 -- Officials in Sierra Leone says former Liberian President Charles Taylor has left Sierra Leone and is enroute to The Hague, where he will stand trial for war crimes.
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