22 May 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 22 May 2007 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- May 21 airpower summary: F-15Es strike insurgent compound AFPN 22 May 2007 -- Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, in Afghanistan in the following operations May 21, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Coalition Troops Detain Terrorism Suspects, Free Hostages AFPS 22 May 2007 -- Coalition forces detained 15 suspected terrorists and freed 12 Iraqi hostages in Iraq today, military officials reported.
- Car Bomb in Crowded Baghdad Market Kills 25 VOA 22 May 2007 -- Iraqi police say a car bomb explosion has killed at least 25 people in a crowded market in Baghdad Tuesday.
- Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Arrives in 5th Fleet Navy NewsStand 22 May 2007 -- USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations May 8. The Nimitz CSG joins the John C. Stennis CSG, which is already operating in the theater, and relieves the Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG.
- NCWRON 34 Welcomed Home From Deployment To Kuwait Navy NewsStand 22 May 2007 -- More than 150 families gathered at the Naval Air Station North Island air terminal to welcome home Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron (NCWRON) 34 from its nine-month deployment to Kuwait May 16.
- Stennis And Shogun Triad Produces Impressive Results During OEF Navy NewsStand 22 May 2007 -- While providing air power support for multinational ground forces in Afghanistan, three entities on board USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) ensure carrier-based aircraft are able to meet their missions.
- Airmen prepare Afghanistan camp for new living quarters AFPN 22 May 2007 -- Airmen from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing have been volunteering their spare time to help clean up an area of Camp Cunningham here in order to make room for a living condition upgrade.
- Afghanistan: Bush, De Hoop Scheffer Regret Civilian Deaths RFE/RL 22 May 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush welcomed NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer to his Texas ranch on May 21, where the two men discussed a range of issues, including the war in Afghanistan, Kosovo's final status, and NATO enlargement.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Passage of US Bill to Fund Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Likely by Friday VOA 22 May 2007 -- U.S. congressional Democrats have dropped their demands to include in a war funding bill a timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq
- Soldiers' Armor Best in the World, General Says AFPS 22 May 2007 -- The Army spares no expense or effort to provide soldiers the top level of protection technology available, the officer in charge of outfitting and equipping Army soldiers said yesterday.
- Defense Officials Promote Language Programs to Recruit Linguists AFPS 22 May 2007 -- As language and cultural sensitivities factor more and more into military operations, defense officials are promoting several initiatives to increase the number of servicemembers and employees with critical language skills.
- Buzby Assumes Command of Joint Task Force Guantanamo AFPS 22 May 2007 -- Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. "Buz" Buzby assumed command of Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, relieving Navy Rear Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr., during a change-of-command ceremony here today.
- USS Florida Conducts Successful Strike Operational Evaluation Navy NewsStand 22 May 2007 -- USS Florida (SSGN 728) launched four Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Eglin Air Force Base land attack test range, May 15 to 17, during its successful Strike Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL).
- Joint Exercise Tests Mine Warfare Training Navy NewsStand 22 May 2007 -- More than 300 Sailors tested their mine warfare proficiency from May 7 to 16 during Gulf of Mexico Exercise (GOMEX) 07-2, which marks the transition training to ready-to-deploy status and includes integrated surface, air and undersea mine countermeasures (MCM) operations.
- Attack controllers call in air strikes at Kansas range AFPN 22 May 2007 -- The joint terminal attack controllers, called JTACs, are training in the Smoky Hill ANG Range training for future deployments in support of operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom.
- Attack controllers help ensure air strike accuracy AFPN 22 May 2007 -- The days of carpet bombing are over. In today's military it's about surgical strikes and preventing unnecessary collateral damage.
- Monterey Naval Postgraduate School Prepares Military Elite Washington File 22 May 2007 -- Perched atop a knoll on the outskirts of Monterey on the grounds of the former Del Monte Hotel sits a premier U.S. defense education institution that has trained leaders from 70 nations.
- U.S. Defense Institution Takes on Challenge of Peacemaking Washington File 22 May 2007 -- As humanitarian and post-conflict challenges increase across the globe, the U.S. military finds itself playing a larger role in relief and reconstruction efforts, guided intellectually by defense educational institutions like the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey.
- USS Arleigh Burke Commanding Officer Relieved Navy NewsStand 22 May 2007 -- Rear Adm. Dan Holloway, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 12, relieved Cmdr. E.J. McClure, of command of the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) due to a loss of confidence in her ability to command.
- DOD stands up joint space office AFPN 22 May 2007 -- The Department of Defense stood up the joint service Operationally Responsive Space Office in a ceremony May 21 at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
- SCO will not become military alliance-Russian security official RIA Novosti 22 May 2007 -- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will not be transformed into a military alliance, Russia's senior security official said Tuesday.
- Russia set to ratify NATO SOFA agreement RIA Novosti 22 May 2007 -- The lower chamber of the Russian parliament plans to ratify Wednesday an agreement among signatories to the North Atlantic Treaty and other states participating in the Partnership for Peace regarding the status of their forces (SOFA).
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 22 May 2007
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 22 May 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for May 22, 2007
- ATK Receives $15 Million in 30mm Automatic Cannon Orders From International Customers ATK 22 May 2007 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has received nearly $15 million in orders for its Mk44 Bushmaster automatic cannon from four international customers
- U.S. Army MQ-8B Fire Scout Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Completes First Engine Run 22 May 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has successfully performed an engine run of the first U.S. Army MQ-8B Fire Scout Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), the Class IV Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS), at the company's Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss.
- Boeing Awarded $30 Million U.S. Air Force Contract to Upgrade B-52s Boeing 22 May 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a $30 million U.S. Air Force contract to upgrade the B-52 fleet's Integrated Weapons Interface Units (IWIU), providing flight crews with enhanced smart weapon visibility and control.
- Raytheon Delivers Active Protection System Radar on Time, on Budget Raytheon 22 May 2007 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Network Centric Systems has delivered the first two Multi-Function Radio Frequency System (MFRFS) radars for integration into the Quick Kill Active Protection System that Raytheon is developing for the U.S. Army.
- Turkish Air Force Continues F-16 Operation With GE F110 Power GE Aviation 22 May 2007 -- The Turkish Air Force (TuAF) has ordered F110-GE-129B engines to power its 30 new Lockheed Martin F-16E/F aircraft. Value of the order, including 42 engines and support, is in excess of $180 million (US). Plans call for engines to be assembled at Turkish Engines Industry (TEI) starting in early 2011.
- Turkey First International Customer To Select F110 Service Life Extension Program GE Aviation 22 May 2007 -- The Turkish Air Force (TuAF) has elected to perform the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) modification on F110 engines for its fleet of 169 F-16 aircraft. Value of the order, the first SLEP program to be sold internationally, is estimated at approximately $170 million (US).
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 22 May 2007
- White House Supports Lebanon's Siniora Government Washington File 22 May 2007 -- The White House expressed its support for Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora as his government confronts militants linked to al-Qaida and continues to seek an international tribunal to investigate the 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
- Ban Ki-moon deplores deadly violence at refugee camp in Lebanon UN News Centre 22 May 2007 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led mounting United Nations concern today about the continuing deadly clashes between the Lebanese army and Fatah el-Islam gunmen at a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon, urging all sides to avoid more bloodshed.
- LEBANON: Bombardment may spark Palestinian uprising, warn analysts IRIN 22 May 2007 -- Lebanon's government is framing its fight against Islamist extremists based in a Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon as an existential fight between freedom and terrorism.
- LEBANON: Crisis deepens as relief still not reaching Palestinians besieged by fighting IRIN 22 May 2007 -- A shaky ceasefire has failed to alleviate the worsening humanitarian crisis inside Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon, where over 40,000 civilians remained trapped as fighting between the Lebanese army and Islamic militants entered its third day.
- Secretary-General dispatches Middle East envoy amid rising concern UN News Centre 22 May 2007 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is dispatching his new Middle East envoy Michael Williams to the region for consultations after a week of deadly violence involving intra-Palestinian clashes, Israeli military operations and Palestinian rocket attacks.
- Lebanon Requests More US Aid Amid Tripoli Fighting VOA 22 May 2007 -- The State Department says the Lebanese government has asked the United States for additional military aid amid the fighting between its forces and Islamic militants near the northern port city of Tripoli
- Fighting Rages in Lebanon for Third Day VOA 22 May 2007 -- Fighting between the Lebanese army and an Islamic extremist group raged on for a third day in a Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon
- Lebanese Army Resumes Shelling of Islamic Militant Targets in Refugee Camp VOA 22 May 2007 -- Lebanese troops are battling Islamic militants at a Palestinian refugee camp near the northern city of Tripoli for a third day.
- Islamic Militants Declare Unilateral Ceasefire in Lebanon VOA 22 May 2007 -- Islamic militants in Lebanon have announced a unilateral ceasefire after three days of fighting with Lebanese government forces left more than 75 people dead.
- Palestinian Rocket Fire Draws More Israeli Air Strikes in Gaza VOA 22 May 2007 -- Israel has carried out more air strikes in Gaza, after Palestinian militants fired at least two more rockets at the Israeli town of Sderot early Tuesday.
- Israel Calls for International Effort to End Weapons Flow to Hamas VOA 22 May 2007 -- Israeli officials have called for an international effort end what they describe as the anarchy in the Palestinian territories
- DRC: Call to resettle displaced civilians in northeast IRIN 22 May 2007 -- Thousands of civilians who were forced to flee their homes several years ago after incursions into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by armed groups from southern Sudan, should be resettled, the administrator of Dungu territory in northeastern DRC has said.
- DRC: Weapons destroyed as disarmament picks up in Ituri IRIN 22 May 2007 -- Thousands of weapons and munitions collected from former rebels have been destroyed in Ituri district of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of an ongoing disarmament process, officials said.
- SUDAN: Fresh clashes in Darfur blamed on government IRIN 22 May 2007 -- A Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) faction has blamed Sudanese government forces for fresh attacks on its positions in North Darfur, saying aerial bombardment had been employed against its fighters.
- SUDAN: Funding fails to meet humanitarian needs IRIN 22 May 2007 -- Humanitarian needs in Southern Sudan remain high or have increased - despite the 2005 peace agreement between the government and former rebels, say aid workers in the region.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY PRESIDENCY OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA United Nations 22 May 2007
- Russia to complete peacekeeper rotation in Abkhazia by June 2 RIA Novosti 22 May 2007 -- Russia will start rotating its peacekeeping contingent in Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia on May 27 and complete the process by June 2, the force command said Tuesday.
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