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11 January 2007 Military News

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  • Secretary Gates Recommends End Strength Increases 11 Jan 2007 -- Today the Secretary of Defense announced he has recommended to the President a permanent increase to the end strength of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Gates Calls for 92,000 More Soldiers, Marines AFPS 11 Jan 2007 -- The active-duty Army and Marine Corps will grow by 92,000 personnel over the next five years, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said during a White House news conference today.
  • DoD Announces Changes to Reserve Component Force Management Policy 11 Jan 2007 -- The secretary of defense announced today a policy change in the way the department will manage reserve component forces.
  • Gates Announces Changes to Reserve Deployments, Calls for Extension Pay AFPS 11 Jan 2007 -- The Defense Department will soon begin compensating troops who are required to mobilize or deploy early or extend their deployments, and will reduce the time reserve-component members are mobilized involuntarily to 12 months, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced here today.
  • DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for December 11 Jan 2007 -- The Department of Defense announced today its recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for the month of December.
  • December Recruiting Numbers Exceed Goals AFPS 11 Jan 2007 -- Last month's recruiting figures for all military services exceeded goals, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during testimony today before the House Armed Services Committee.
  • New Guantanamo Facility Safer for Guards, More Comfortable for Detainees AFPS 11 Jan 2007 -- Five years after the first detainees from the war on terror arrived at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a new state-of-the-art facility there is making duty safer for guards and more comfortable for detainees.
  • Guantanamo Facility Needed 'for Foreseeable Future,' Admiral Says AFPS 11 Jan 2007 -- The United States will need a detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for as long as the country is fighting a war on terror, the admiral in charge of operations there said today.
  • Submarine Force Announces Operational Stand Down Navy NewsStand 11 Jan 2007 -- The U.S. Submarine Force announced Jan. 11, that it will conduct an Operational Stand Down in the wake of recent submarine incidents
  • Training, Teamwork Key to 45 Years of Navy SEALs Navy NewsStand 11 Jan 2007 -- January marks the 45th anniversary of the inception of the Navy's SEAL (Sea, Air, Land) Teams. From those early days of the SEALs, it has been the intense training and brother-like bond for their teammates that has forged the core of the Naval Special Warfare community.
  • Bataan ESG Enters U.S. 6th Fleet Navy NewsStand 11 Jan 2007 -- The Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) entered U.S. 6th Fleet's area of operations Jan. 10 in support of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe's initiative to strengthen emerging and enduring partnerships with the nations and navies of Greece, France, Morocco, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Malta.
  • USS McInerney Visits Cozumel, Mexico Navy NewsStand 11 Jan 2007 -- USS McInerney (FFG 8) rang in the New Year during the first port visit to Cozumel by a U.S. Navy ship since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
  • Secretary of The Navy Visits Howard Navy NewsStand 11 Jan 2007 -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Donald C. Winter visited USS Howard (DDG 83) Nov. 24 to meet with Sailors and Marines conducting maritime security operations (MSO) while operating the Persian Gulf.
  • First C-21 arrives in North Dakota AFPN 11 Jan 2007 -- The first official 119th Fighter Wing C-21 aircraft arrived Jan. 10 in Fargo.
  • USAFE commander visits units in England AFPN 11 Jan 2007 -- The U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander visited the geographically separated units that make up the 501st Combat Support Wing in England Jan. 8 to 10.
  • Reconnaissance aircraft, team reach milestone AFPN 11 Jan 2007 -- It may not have the stealthy skin of the B-2 Spirit or be able to hover vertically like the CV-22 Osprey, but the RC-135 Rivet Joint is the only aircraft that Airmen can claim to be deployed continuously for 6,000 days.
  • Press Gaggle by Gordon Johndroe The White House 11 Jan 2007

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Other Conflicts

  • Somalia's Future VOA 11 Jan 2007 -- Question marks surround the future of war-torn Somalia, which recently saw the withdrawal of an Islamic militia movement that effectively ruled the country for about six months
  • Secretary-General Ban calls for more diplomatic efforts on Somalia; UN envoy is hopeful UN News Centre 11 Jan 2007 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that while he understood the "necessity" behind the recent United States military operations in Somalia, aimed at suspected Al-Qaida targets, diplomatic efforts must be redoubled to bring peace to the war-ravaged country that has not had a functioning government since 1991.
  • Security Council backs Ban Ki-moon's call for political mission in Nepal UN News Centre 11 Jan 2007 -- The Security Council today backed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call for the speedy deployment of a United Nations political mission in Nepal to monitor the cantonment of weapons and help organize elections for a constituent assembly after the recent peace accord between the Government and Maoist rebels that ended a deadly decade-long war.
  • Sudan backs deployment of hybrid peacekeeping force in Darfur - UN UN News Centre 11 Jan 2007 -- The Sudanese Government remains committed to the deployment of a hybrid United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as his Special Envoy continued his mission to find a durable solution to the conflict that has caused massive humanitarian suffering.
  • Abbas: Efforts to Form Unity Palestinian Government Continue VOA 11 Jan 2007 -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says efforts to form a unity Palestinian government will continue, saying he is determined to put an end to Palestinian factional fighting
  • UN Envoy to Sudan Appeals for Cessation of Violence VOA 11 Jan 2007 -- The interim U.N. envoy to Sudan is appealing for a cessation of hostilities in the Darfur region, saying only a political solution can resolve the crisis, which has claimed hundreds-of-thousands of lives
  • SUDAN: Government, rebels agree Darfur ceasefire IRIN 11 Jan 2007 -- The Sudanese government and rebels in the war-ravaged western region of Darfur rebels have agreed a ceasefire as a first step towards ending the violence that has affected millions of people, a senior US official said in the capital, Khartoum.
  • France Court Decision Re-Opens Congo War Crimes Investigation VOA 11 Jan 2007 -- France's highest court ruled Wednesday that a war crimes investigation against top officials of the Republic of Congo can continue

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