28 July 2009 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 Jul 2009 [PDF]
- Transcript: Joint Press Conference with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Iraqi Minister of Defense Abd Al-Qadir Al-Mufriji 28 Jul 2009 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- July 27 airpower summary: B-1B provides overwatch AFNS 28 Jul 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations July 27, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- DoD News: DoD Announces Units for Upcoming Operation Iraqi Freedom Rotation DoD 28 Jul 2009 -- The Department of Defense announced today the alert of replacement forces scheduled to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Britain to Withdraw Remaining Forces from Iraq VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- Britain said it will withdraw its remaining forces in Iraq to neighboring Kuwait.
- Air Force to Assess Iraqi Air Defense Needs AFPS 28 Jul 2009 -- The Air Force is sending an assessment team to Iraq to look at how the Iraqi military can field an air defense once American forces leave in 2011.
- Odierno Says Iraqi Response Paves Way for More Progress AFPS 28 Jul 2009 -- The commander of Multinational Forces Iraq said today he’s extremely pleased with the way Iraqi security forces have stepped to the plate following the June 30 withdrawal of American forces from the cities and towns of the country.
- US, Turkish and Iraqi Officials Meet to Coordinate Strategy Against PKK VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- Senior officials from Iraq, Turkey and the United States met Tuesday to coordinate efforts in the fight against Turkish Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq.
- Army National Guard Units Prepare for 2010 Rotation in Operation Iraqi Freedom Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- The Department of the Army has confirmed the Department of Defense's announcement for the next rotation of major units scheduled to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Daggers, Baghdad ePRT complete sewage project Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- Local Iraqi leaders from the Karkh district of northwest Baghdad, along with leaders from the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, and the Baghdad embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team gathered July 26 in the Salhiyah neighborhood to mark the competition of a major sewer network project that will provide sewage services to the area that were not previously available
- Making non-lethal tasks "Easy" Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- The Soldiers of "Easy" Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division have assumed the responsibility of all governance and non-lethal tasks in the town of Al Hadr, Iraq
- Fort Lewis' 80th Ordnance Battalion Receives Combat Patch Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- The 80th Ordnance Battalion, from Ft. Lewis, Wash., conducted a combat patch ceremony here July 7, to recognizing 30-consecutive days in a combat zone
- Artillery unit becomes Civil Affairs in new Iraq Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- Most field artillery troops don't expect to work in civil affairs support, but that's the way it is with the quickly changing role of U.S. forces here.
- UN offices in Afghanistan targeted by militant rocket fire UN News Centre 28 Jul 2009 -- Rebel insurgents in Afghanistan have launched a rocket attack on a United Nations compound in the western province of Herat, causing damage to a vehicle and equipment, the UN mission to the war-wracked nation said in a statement today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- U.S. Defense Secretary In Iraq To Talk Security RFE/RL 28 Jul 2009 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has arrived in Iraq as part of a regional trip that has already taken him to Israel and Jordan.
- US Defense Secretary Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraq VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in Iraq on a previously unannounced visit.
- Gates Notes Change in Chemistry Between Iraqi, U.S. Forces AFPS 28 Jul 2009 -- The movement of American forces out of Iraqi cities has been a psychological turning point for the Iraqi security forces, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.
- Gates Arrives in Iraq to Check New Brigade Set-up AFPS 28 Jul 2009 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates began a previously unannounced visit to Iraq with a stop to examine the prototype of the U.S. advisory and assistance brigades.
- Nimitz Strike Group Set To Deploy Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2009 -- Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG), including the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and units assigned to CSG 11, departs July 31 with more than 7,000 Sailors for a scheduled Western Pacific deployment.
- Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group, 13th MEU Returning Home Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2009 -- The Boxer ARG/MEU left Southern California in January in support of global maritime security as the nation's force in readiness within the Pacific and Central Commands. During the deployment, the Boxer ARG/MEU spent three months conducting maritime security operations (MSO) with coalition partners to provide security in international waters.
- South Central Regional Maintenance Center Holds Disestablishment Ceremony Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2009 -- South Central Regional Maintenance Center (SCRMC) held a disestablishment ceremony July 24 at Naval Station Ingleside (NSI).
- Training Air Wing 4 Wings Italians Aviators Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2009 -- Three Italian pilots received their wings of gold July 24 aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi during a winging ceremony.
- NWC Faculty Teach Maritime Safety and Security in Kenya Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2009 -- U.S. Naval War College (NWC) professors helped kick off the second of three courses this year in a new educational program series at the Maritime Center of Excellence at Kenyan Port Authority's Bandari College.
- First C-130 Squadron Arrives at NAS Jacksonville Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2009 -- The Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 62 (VR-62) "Nomads" arrived at their new home base, Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS) July 25, along with the first of four C-130T Hercules aircraft, opening a new chapter in the base's history.
- Energy Projects Awarded in Panama City to Save $149,000 Annually Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2009 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded two energy projects June 30 for work to be done for Naval Support Activity Panama City (NSAPC) and Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City Division that will provide a combined annual savings of $149,000.
- Navy Seeking Sailors' Participation in PSD Quick Poll Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2009 -- The Navy is currently polling more than 7,500 Sailors for the Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) Quick Poll to assess views on pay and personnel issues in the Navy. The poll remains open until Aug. 5.
- TACRON 12 in the Midst of Things Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2009 -- Behind the scenes of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) mission is a central point for all things air – the Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON).
- Admiral Expects U.S.-China Military Talks to Resume Soon AFPS 28 Jul 2009 -- Plans are under way for the United States and China to take the first steps toward resuming their stalled military-to-military dialogue, possibly within the next couple months, the top U.S. officer in the region told reporters today.
- US, China to Resume Military Contacts VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- A senior U.S. military commander has announced that the United States and China have agreed to resume routine military contacts and high-level visits by defense officials, and that he expects the process to begin within the next two months.
- New process to drastically change programmed maintenance AFNS 28 Jul 2009 -- A C-130 Hercules is scheduled to arrive at Robins Air Force Base July 31 to mark the beginning of what is expected by Air Force officials to be a dramatic change in the way aircraft maintenance is done.
- Officials Testify on Capabilities to Defend Against Mass Weapons AFPS 28 Jul 2009 -- The Defense Department boasts the world’s strongest ability to respond to chemical, biological and other weapons of mass destruction, a top Pentagon official said today.
- Military Prepares for Varied Threats, Official Says AFPS 28 Jul 2009 -- The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review now under development envisions a U.S. military with the wherewithal to confront current threats such as al-Qaida as well as having the capacity to meet future security challenges, a senior Defense Department official said here today.
- DoD News: New Defense Threat Reduction Agency Director Named DoD 28 Jul 2009 -- Kenneth A. Myers III has been selected as the new director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). He was sworn in July 27, 2009, at the Pentagon
- DoD News: Senior Executive Service Appointments and Reassignments DoD 28 Jul 2009 -- Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced the following Department of Defense senior executive service appointments and reassignments
- DoD News: Navy Christens New Guided Missile Destroyer Jason Dunham DoD 28 Jul 2009 -- The Navy will christen the newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Jason Dunham, Aug. 1, 2009, during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
- Center gives troops tools to combat stress while deployed AFNS 28 Jul 2009 -- An innovative restoration program in Afghanistan is giving troops the tools they need to "stay in the fight" by helping them overcome the stresses and challenges of being deployed, the director of the Freedom Restoration Center at Bagram Airfield said recently.
- CMSAF meets with Afghan counterpart during Rodeo AFNS 28 Jul 2009 -- The top enlisted members of the Air Force and the Afghan National Army Air Corps met July 23 to 24 during the Air Mobility Rodeo 2009 here
- Transcript: Remarks by Secretary of the Army Pete Geren at his Farewell Review, July 17, 2009 Army News 28 Jul 2009
- VA chief calls for more compatibility with DoD Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- The secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs called for greater compatibility between automated systems of the VA and the Department of Defense, and pledged to shorten the time required for processing disability claims for Soldiers.
- Warfighter Information Network-Tactical: 'It's real, it's here and it works' Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- Throughout the Army's history, communications systems, such as radios and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment One, have shaped the tactical Army's ability to move and support combat forces, said Maj. Gen. Nick Justice.
- 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion changes command Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- The 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion (Technical Intelligence) welcomed its incoming commander and paid tribute to the departing commander at a change of command ceremony at Fanshaw Field July 11
- New leadership takes reins of 22d Chemical Battalion Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- punctuated by the pomp and music of the 34th U.S. Army Band (National Guard) of Fairfield, Iowa -- Lt. Col. Chadwick Bauld assumed command of the 22d Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort). The organization's colors were passed from the outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Matthew Mingus, to Bauld by Col. Eric Brigham, commander of the 48th Chemical Brigade.
- PM Excalibur gets new leadership Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- Leadership for the office of the Product Manager for Excalibur changed hands here July 7
- Army's radio inventory provides depth of versatile solutions to combat scenarios Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- For a cook at a mess hall or a forward observer providing intelligence in the mountainous terrains of Afghanistan, a radio is a Warfighter's lifeline.
- PM Mortars changes management Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- The office of the Product Manager for Mortars received a new leader here July 10
- Aviation symposium emphasizes importance of relationships, common learning Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- Third Army/U.S. Army Central hosted twenty-seven representatives from nine countries in its area of operations for the third International Aviation Symposium in Atlanta, Ga., July 20-24
- New vehicles help reduce fossil fuel emissions Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- The implementation of two electric vehicles will help reduce fossil fuel emissions at Tobyhanna and save on fuel costs, one piece of equipment at a time.
- Third Army/U.S. Army Central hosts Counterinsurgency Seminar with Pakistan Military Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- Senior leaders from the Pakistan and U.S. Army met in Atlanta, Ga., July 20-24 for Third Army/U.S. Army Central's Counterinsurgency seminar
- Texas Gov. Rick Perry visits deployed troops Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- Texas Governor Rick Perry stepped away from the warmth of the Texas hill country to hot and arid Afghanistan to visit and thank U.S. troops and members of the Texas Military Forces, July 20 and 21
- Container Repair Yard increases production, reaches milestone Army News 28 Jul 2009 -- Just seven months ago, Joint Base Balad's Iraqi-owned container repair yard consisted of forty-five workers and a quota to repair a minimum of sixty containers per month
- Airmen aid coalition with multilanguage skills AFNS 28 Jul 2009 -- Thought not traditional Air Force linguists, two multilingual Airmen bring a unique skill to Manas Air Base.
- Soldiers, Skylink Arabia Cooperate in Air Operations AFPS 28 Jul 2009 -- Air operations here cater to a wide range of travel needs, providing air travel for servicemembers and civilians for mission requirements and leave.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 28 Jul 2009
- Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 7-28-09 The White House 28 Jul 2009
- DoD News: Contracts for July 28, 2009
- F135 Engine Exceeds 12,000 Engine Test Hours as Pratt & Whitney Prepares to Deliver First Production Engines Pratt & Whitney 28 Jul 2009 -- The Pratt & Whitney F135 engine has surpassed 12,000 engine test hours as part of the system development and demonstration (SDD) phase of the development program.
- Boeing Submits Proposal for US Air Force KC-10 Cockpit Upgrades Boeing 28 Jul 2009 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced it has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Air Force to upgrade the cockpits of the service's fleet of 59 KC-10 Extender tanker/transport aircraft.
- Lockheed Martin Unveils First Stealth Fighter For U.S. Navy Lockheed Martin 28 Jul 2009 -- A ceremony today at Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Fort Worth plant marked the rollout of the U.S. Navy’s first-ever stealth fighter, the F-35C Lightning II.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded Navy Contract to Study Air and Missile Defense Radar Concepts Northrop Grumman 28 Jul 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a $10 million firm-fixed price U.S. Navy contract to analyze and provide system concept studies for the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), a next generation radar system planned for the U.S. Navy's CG(X) and Future Surface Combatant platforms.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 28 Jul 2009
- U.S. Drive For Middle East Peace Gathers Pace RFE/RL 28 Jul 2009 -- The all-star lineup of officials and diplomats indicates how much political prestige U.S. President Barack Obama is investing into advancing the Middle East peace process
- US, Israeli Officials Make Progress in Dispute Over Settlements VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- U.S. Middle East Special Envoy George Mitchell and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu say they have made progress in their dispute over Jewish settlements. Mitchell has left Israel after a visit aimed at getting Israelis and Palestinians to restart negotiations.
- US Envoy Meets Israeli PM in Jerusalem VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday to try to resolve a dispute over Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
- Israel allows first gasoline delivery to Gaza for 10 months RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2009 -- Israel has allowed a shipment of automobile fuel for general sale into the Gaza Strip for the first time in 10 months, the deputy head of the association of gas station owners said on Tuesday.
- Mogadishu Fighting Puts Children at Risk VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- In Somalia, the fighting in Mogadishu between the transitional government and rebels has left nearly 100 thousand people homeless. About a third have stayed in the city. Among those trying to survive are displaced children living in camps or on the streets, many doing menial jobs to earn money. Many of the children are poor and hungry.
- Somalia: Many Displaced, Many to Feed VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- As fighting between Somali government forces and militias continues, so does the displacement of many thousands of civilians.
- Clashes in Somalia forcing more refugees across Gulf of Aden – UN agency UN News Centre 28 Jul 2009 -- Fleeing escalating violence in the capital, Mogadishu, and central Somalia, thousands of Somalis are making the perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden to begin new lives in Yemen, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
- Desperate Somalis Prepare to Flee Across Gulf of Aden VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- The U.N. refugee agency reports thousands of desperate Somalis are flooding the northern town of Bossaso, waiting for the first opportunity to sail across the Gulf of Aden. Since early May, the UNHCR says 12,000 people have fled to Bosasso to escape fighting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
- Alleged Insurgent On Tajik TV Says He Is Daghestani RFE/RL 28 Jul 2009 -- A man shown on Tajik television said he is a Daghestani with Russian citizenship and an alleged member of an insurgent group that was fighting against Tajik forces in eastern Tajikistan, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports
- Ban voices alarm at deadly sectarian clashes in northern Nigeria UN News Centre 28 Jul 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his concern over reports of another round of sectarian violence in northern Nigeria, which has apparently led to scores of deaths.
- Central African Republic: UN envoy warns about troubled north-east UN News Centre 28 Jul 2009 -- The situation in the north-eastern corner of the Central African Republic (CAR) remains precarious after recent attacks by armed rebels and bandits against civilians, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today, warning that aid operations are suffering because of the insecurity.
- UN aid workers join assessment team in southern Sudan in wake of rebel attacks UN News Centre 28 Jul 2009 -- United Nations humanitarian workers have taken part in a joint assessment mission in a border area of southern Sudan where hundreds of people have fled recent attacks by the notorious rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
- DRC: Charcoal profits fuel war in east IRIN 28 Jul 2009 -- Charcoal profits are helping to fuel the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where militia groups and some segments of the national army control the production of and trade in the commodity, say officials.
- Up to 200 Children Killed in Khmer Rouge Death Camp VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- In Cambodia, the international human-rights trial of the head of the Khmer Rouge's most infamous prison has resumed. The court heard again that no child survived the camp, contradicting testimony earlier this month by a man who said he and his brother were held there as children.
- RWANDA-UGANDA: Refugees fear "xenophobic" attacks IRIN 28 Jul 2009 -- Uganda has deployed security forces in the western districts of Masaka, Sembabule and Lyatonde after xenophobic attacks on Rwandan refugees aimed at driving them out of the country, say local leaders.
- SRI LANKA: US wants focus on early returns IRIN 28 Jul 2009 -- The return home of almost 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka must now be the priority for the government and humanitarian agencies assisting them, says a top US official.
- Influenza A(H1N1): UN public health arm to determine most vulnerable age groups UN News Centre 28 Jul 2009 -- The focus of the United Nations health agency’s efforts in easing the impact of influenza A(H1N1) has shifted to identifying age groups most at risk from contracting the virus, a World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson said today.
- World Health Officials Say Two Billion People May Contract Swine Flu VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- The World Health Organization predicts the H1N1 Swine Flu virus will infect two billion people, or one out of every three persons, over the next two years. While this flu has already killed 800, the WHO says thousands more could die unless an effective vaccine is developed soon.
- Global swine flu caseload rises 3,700 in 1 day to 163,800 RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2009 -- The number of confirmed human cases of swine flu has risen by 3,700 in the past 24 hours to 163,800 worldwide, with 998 deaths, Russia's consumer rights regulator Rospotrebnadzor said on Tuesday.
- Swine flu cases reported in more regions of Russia RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2009 -- The number of Russians who have contracted the A/H1N1 virus has risen to 28, Russia's sanitary watchdog said on Tuesday.
- 7 Men in N. Carolina Charged with Terror Plot VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- U.S. federal authorities have charged seven men in the southeastern state of North Carolina with plotting to carry out terror attacks abroad.
- Moldovan Parties Trade Accusations As Campaign Ends RFE/RL 28 Jul 2009 -- Moldova's ruling Communist Party and the opposition parties have exchanged accusations of manipulation and unfair competition on the last day of official campaigning, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports
- Moldovan Officials Detain, Expel Election Observers RFE/RL 28 Jul 2009 -- International election observers traveling to Moldova have been detained and others expelled, RFE/RL's Ukrainian and Moldovan services report
- EU Watches As Moldova Prepares For 'Crucial' Poll RFE/RL 28 Jul 2009 -- EU officials describe Moldova's repeat election this week as a "crucial test," but the bloc appears to be at pains to supply remedies to potential problems that it identifies with Chisinau
- Viable Opposition Emerges In Iraq's Kurdish Region Elections RFE/RL 28 Jul 2009 -- Northern Iraq's powerful ruling Kurdish parties appear to have fended off a strong opposition challenge during last weekend's regional elections
- US Revoking Visas of Honduran Government Officials VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- The State Department said Tuesday it has revoked U.S. diplomatic visas held by four members of the interim government in Honduras, and is reviewing visas of other members of the administration of Roberto Micheletti. The move is seen as an effort to increase pressure for the return of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.
- Fiji's President to Step Down VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- Fiji's military leader Frank Bainimarama has announced that the country's president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, is retiring.
- Trial of Burma's Democracy Leader Concludes; Verdict Expected Friday VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- The trial of Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has concluded, and the verdict is to be announced Friday. Despite an international outcry over the trial, the Nobel Peace Prize winner is expected to be found guilty and sentenced to up to five years in prison.
- Iran to Release 140 Post-Election Detainees VOA 28 Jul 2009 -- Iran authorities Tuesday released 140 people who had been arrested in the country's post-election unrest.
- US Turns Off Message Board at Havana Mission VOA 27 Jul 2009 -- The State Department confirmed Monday the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana has turned off an electronic message board that had irritated the Cuban government. The two countries, long antagonistic, have recently taken steps toward dialogue.
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