28 August 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 Aug 2007 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- Aug. 27 airpower summary: Stratotankers help fuel the fleet AFPN 28 Aug 2007 -- Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations August 27, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Stennis, CVW-9 Return to San Diego Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) returned to San Diego Aug. 27, marking the successful end of deployment for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 and the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54).
- HS-8 Completes Deployment, Returns to San Diego Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- The "Eightballers" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 8 successfully completed a seven-month deployment aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and returned to their homeport of San Diego Aug. 27.
- Coalition Troops Kill, Detain Dozens, Seize Weapons in Iraq AFPS 28 Aug 2007 -- Coalition and Iraqi forces killed and captured dozens of insurgents and seized scores of weapons during operations in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said.
- VAQ-138 "Yellow Jackets" Return Home to Whidbey Island Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- Electronic Attack Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 138 "Yellow Jackets" returned home to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island Aug. 26-27 after a deployment aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
- Taliban agree to release all S. Korean hostages - Yonhap agency RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2007 -- Taliban militants have agreed to release all 19 South Korean hostages being held in Afghanistan, Seoul's Yonhap agency said, citing a spokesman for the South Korean president.
- South Korea Strikes Deal For Hostage Release in Afghanistan VOA 28 Aug 2007 -- Taleban militants and South Korean officials say they have reached a deal to free 19 South Korean hostages held for more than a month in Afghanistan
- Small meds make big impact in Afghan village AFPN 28 Aug 2007 -- Provincial Reconstruction Team Qalat members left many Afghan villagers with a healthier outlook on life after an Aug. 22 village medical outreach in this remote region of Zabul Province in Afghanistan.
- Central Asia/Iran: Massive Afghan Opium Production Hits Neighbors RFE/RL 28 Aug 2007 -- The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that the latest opium poppy crop in Afghanistan will yield an amazing 8,200 tons of opium -- an increase of some 2,000 tons on the previous crop.
- Coalition Forces Provide Humanitarian, Medical Assistance to Kandahar Province Village Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- Coalition forces from Kandahar Air Field, Forward Operating Base Lindsey, and the Afghan National Army (ANA) 205th Hero Camp were present to provide medical and humanitarian assistance support to the village of Alizay Kulay in Kandahar, July 13.
Defense Policy / Programs
- President Bush Addresses the 89th Annual National Convention of the American Legion The White House 28 Aug 2007
- Justice, Defense Agencies Examine Contracting Problems AFPS 28 Aug 2007 -- The Justice Department and defense agencies are examining contracting problems in Southwest Asia in light of improprieties uncovered in internal reviews, a Defense Department spokesman said today.
- E-Pubs migrate to Air Force Public Web AFPN 28 Aug 2007 -- The Air Force Departmental Publishing Office, or e-Pubs, officially migrated under the Air Force Public Web program and is now accessible at http://www.e-publishing.af.mil.
- Lt. Gen. Blum Addresses State of the Guard Army News 28 Aug 2007 -- Domestic equipment shortages remain the barrier to even greater excellence from a transformed National Guard, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said here Aug. 25.
- USS Pearl Harbor Arrives in Panama for the Final Phase of POA 2007 Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) arrived in Vasco Nunez de Balboa on Aug. 25 after completing a series of theater security cooperation events with Central American partner nations during Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2007.
- USNS Saturn Replenishes Comfort Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) conducted vertical replenishment operations with supply ship USNS Saturn (T-AFS 10) off the coast of Bahia Malaga on Aug. 27.
- Nimitz Strike Group Wraps up Hong Kong Visit Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- USS Nimitz (CVN 68) departed Hong Kong Aug. 24 after a four-day port visit. The stop was the ship's third port visit since departing its homeport of San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment April 2.
- Commander in Chief of Russian Navy Visits Bataan Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- The Commander in Chief, Russian Federation Navy paid a visit to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) for a tour and lunch Aug. 22, while the ship was pierside at Naval Station Norfolk.
- Guam Industry Forum Unites Industry Innovation With DoD Opportunity Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- Senior members of the U.S. Congress, Department of Defense (DoD) and the Government of Guam attended the Guam Industry Forum Aug. 23-24 to provide an overview of the more than $10 billion in DoD contracts that will be awarded in the next several years in support of the relocation of U.S. Marines from Okinawa, Japan, to Guam.
- Comfort Hosts U.S., Canadian Diplomats in Colombia Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) hosted a group of distinguished guests and media during its visit to the Buenaventura, Colombia area Aug. 27.
- Truman Shoots a Rolling Airframe Missile Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- Sailors on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) tested one of its weapon systems, Aug. 21, by launching a RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM).
- Nimitz Safely Transfers 11 Million Gallons Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- The "Grapes" of USS Nimitz' (CVN 68) Air Department, V-4 division, celebrated Aug. 19 the mishap-free transfer of more than 11 million gallons of jet fuel.
- Exercise Seahawk Tests Sailors' Reactions with Casualty Drills Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- Sailors tested their reaction skills during a surprise mass casualty drill as part of Exercise Seahawk 2007, Aug. 23.
- Kearsarge Visits Marmaris Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) stopped for a port visit in Marmaris from Aug. 22-25.
- USS Chafee Makes a Difference in Hong Kong Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- Crew members aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) spent time giving back to the world community during the ship's port visit to Hong Kong Aug. 22.
- New Combat Vehicle Maintenance and Preservation Facility Taking Shape Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- The Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB), Albany is constructing a new Combat Vehicle Maintenance and Preservation Facility for the Fleet Support Division, MCLB Albany.
- USS Bunker Hill Changes Command Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2007 -- USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) held a change-of-command ceremony at San Diego Naval Base Aug. 24.
- Kyrgyz Minister Says Army To Stick With Conscription RFE/RL 28 Aug 2007 -- Kyrgyzstan's defense minister, Ismail Isakov, says there are no plans to abolish conscription and create a wholly professional army.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 28 Aug 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for August 28, 2007
- Boeing KC-767 Tanker Win Would Benefit Iowa Economy Boeing 28 Aug 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that Iowa will benefit from an estimated 1,600 direct and indirect jobs if it is selected to build the U.S. Air Force's new tanker aircraft fleet.
- General Dynamics Awarded $20 Million for M1A1 Abrams Reset General Dynamics 28 Aug 2007 -- The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $20 million delivery order as part of a $37 million contract to reset 36 M1A1 Abrams Integrated Management (AIM) main battle tanks.
- U.S. Army Selects Northrop Grumman for First Phase of Program to Develop a Mobile, Solid-State Laser Weapon System Northrop Grumman 28 Aug 2007 -- The U.S. Army has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for the first phase of a program to demonstrate the maturity of all enabling technologies for a mobile, solid-state laser weapon system mounted on a ground vehicle.
- Boeing Awarded $19.9 Million Contract to Support U.S. Army Apache Helicopters Boeing 28 Aug 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a $19.9 million U.S. Army contract modification to expand its support of the Apache Reliability and Safety Recapitalization program.
- German Army Combat Training Centre to receive additional Agdus kits from Rheinmetall Defence Rheinmetall Defence 28 Aug 2007 -- As part of moves to modernize and expand the German Army's Combat Training Centre (GÜZ), the Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) has contracted with Rheinmetall Defence to supply additional vehicle target kits from its family of Agdus duel simulators.
- Thales Delivers 100,000th AN/PRC-148 Military Radio Thales 28 Aug 2007 -- Thales Communications, Inc., announces the manufacture and delivery of the 100,000th AN/PRC-148 Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR).
- SAIC Awarded Eagle Task Order From Immigration and Customs Enforcement SAIC 28 Aug 2007 -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) announced today that it won a single task order from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The ICE information technology (IT) Operations and Maintenance Support task order was awarded under the Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE) program.
- Security Council calls for boosting UN's role in preventing, resolving conflicts UN News Centre 28 Aug 2007 -- Conflicts between and within nations have grown so complex in recent years that the United Nations' capacity to deal with the world's most difficult crises needs to be enhanced, the Security Council stressed today.
- Fighting Follows Deadly DRC Ambush VOA 28 Aug 2007 -- Government troops in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have exchanged fire with dissident fighters after several soldiers were killed in an ambush
- Armenian Bill To Recognize Nagorno-Karabakh Criticized RFE/RL 28 Aug 2007 -- The speaker of Armenia's parliament has criticized a bill calling for the official recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
- Drawdown of forces in Liberia will not endanger peace, UN envoy pledges UN News Centre 28 Aug 2007 -- The top United Nations official in Liberia has again reassured the once war-shattered West African nation that the world body will not jeopardize the country's hard-won stability with its planned reduction of peacekeeping forces.
- Ban Ki-moon to visit Sudan next week to 'lock in' progress towards Darfur peace UN News Centre 28 Aug 2007 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he will travel next week to Sudan, Chad and Libya, as he outlined a three-part strategy to deal with the Darfur crisis by ensuring that peacekeepers are deployed quickly and effectively, humanitarian aid and development is more easily available and the peace process pushes forward.
- Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Discuss Core Issues of Mideast Conflict VOA 28 Aug 2007 -- Israeli and Palestinian leaders held a summit meeting in Jerusalem aimed at giving a boost to the peace process
- Egypt rejects Israeli charge of inaction on Gaza arms smuggling RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2007 -- Egypt criticized Tuesday comments by Israel's internal security minister, who alleged that Cairo was doing nothing to stop arms smuggling to Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
- Africa's Conflicts Worsen Health Worker Shortage VOA 28 Aug 2007 -- Health officials throughout Africa are meeting with the World Health Organization in the Republic of Congo, to discuss, among other topics, the shortage of health workers on the continent, especially in rural areas
- UN Security Council Approves Deployment in Chad, CAR VOA 28 Aug 2007 -- The United Nation's Security Council Monday endorsed a proposal to deploy a multi-dimensional security force to volatile eastern Chad and northeastern Central African Republic
- Sierra Leone President Threatens State of Emergency VOA 28 Aug 2007 -- Sierra Leone's President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has threatened to declare a state of emergency if violence between rival political factions does not stop.
- Analysis: The GOP's French Connection cfr.org 28 Aug 2007 -- Now three months into his tenure as France's leader, President Nicolas Sarkozy has made a good start on pledges laid out during his spring campaign.
- US Presses Taiwan to Drop Referendum Plan VOA 28 Aug 2007 -- The United States has again called for Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian to drop plans to hold a referendum on whether the island should apply for U.N. membership under the name Taiwan
- Turkey's Parliament Elects Gul as President VOA 28 Aug 2007 -- Turkey's parliament has elected Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul as the country's new president, despite fears from critics that he will undermine Turkey's secular system.
- Turkey: Conservative Muslim Elected President RFE/RL 28 Aug 2007 -- Nearly nine decades after Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded the secular republic of Turkey, a conservative Muslim has been elected president.
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