14 August 2009 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 14 Aug 2009 [PDF]
- Aug. 13 airpower summary: A-10s deter enemy action AFNS 14 Aug 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Aug. 13, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- NATO Approves Intermediate Headquarters for Afghanistan AFPS 14 Aug 2009 -- NATO has approved the idea of an intermediate military headquarters in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials said today.
- Afghan Presidential Candidates Hold Rallies in Search of Votes VOA 14 Aug 2009 -- Afghanistan's top presidential contenders traveled the country Friday, holding rallies in search of votes ahead of next week's presidential elections.
- NATO forces foil hijacking of Turkish ship by Somali pirates RIA Novosti 14 Aug 2009 -- NATO forces on Friday thwarted an attempt by Somali pirates to hijack a Turkish merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden, Turkish maritime authorities said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD, VA Work to Create Lifetime Electronic Records AFPS 14 Aug 2009 -- For servicemembers who still remember hand-carrying their medical records back and forth to appointments, the new virtual lifetime electronic record will help prevent misplaced paperwork and help providers maintain and offer quality health care, the acting director of the program said.
- VA creating 28 new vet centers AFNS 14 Aug 2009 -- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced Aug. 14 that combat veterans will receive readjustment counseling and other assistance in 28 additional communities across the country where the Department of Veterans Affairs will establish vet centers in 2010.
- Soldiers and Civilians train on new IED Simulators Army News 14 Aug 2009 -- Soldiers and civilians from 19 different installations and facilities all over the country came to White Sands Missile Range late July to learn how to use the latest in improvised explosive device simulation devices
- Chemical Soldiers visit Anniston Activity, incinerator Army News 14 Aug 2009 -- Eleven U.S. Army Chemical Corps Soldiers made a summer trip - not to a beautiful beach for R&R - but to see something the military has that they - the Soldiers - had never laid eyes on before
- Speicher Hailed as Hero, Laid to Rest in Hometown Navy NewsStand 14 Aug 2009 -- Thousands of people, both military and civilians, showed their respects as the remains of the first casualty of Desert Storm, Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, were brought to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville after being found in Iraq after 18 years.
- NAVFAC Washington Gets New Skipper Navy NewsStand 14 Aug 2009 -- Command of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington changed hands in a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard July 31.
- FISC Yokosuka Moves Swiftly to Support Pacific Partnership Navy NewsStand 14 Aug 2009 -- U.S. Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, (FISC) Yokosuka continues to plan for and provide logistical support as Pacific Partnership 2009 (PP09) reaches the midway point in its summer 2009 mission Aug. 14.
- Maritime Civil Affairs Unit Integrates into CJTF-HOA Staff Navy NewsStand 14 Aug 2009 -- Just four months after establishing a maritime civil affairs unit (MCAU) at Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), the unit has fully integrated with the staff and is serving as the command and control element for three MCA teams deployed to HOA.
- Fuels Team Plans Super Hornet Biofuels Flight Test Navy NewsStand 14 Aug 2009 -- The Naval Air Systems Command fuels team is gearing up for biofuels flight tests in an F/A-18 Super Hornet at Patuxent River, Md., by next spring or summer, according to NAVAIR's fuel expert.
- USS Mitscher Returns from Multimission Deployment Navy NewsStand 14 Aug 2009 -- After 200 days and more than 38,000 miles en route to the Far East and back, USS Mitscher (DDG 57), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, returned to its homeport of Norfolk, Va., Aug. 14.
- Gas Pipe Repair at Camp Pendleton Funded by ARRA Navy NewsStand 14 Aug 2009 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest awarded Toltest Inc., of Maumee Ohio, a $1.7 million American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funded contract Aug. 7 for the repairs to gas pipe at Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.
- Southeast Asian Nations Come Together For Maritime Security Training Navy NewsStand 14 Aug 2009 -- The seventh annual Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT) maritime security exercise began Aug. 13 as liaison officers from the United States and six participating Southeast Asia countries began tracking simulated vessels of interest.
- Israel, Turkey, U.S. Set to Begin Reliant Mermaid Exercise Navy NewsStand 14 Aug 2009 -- The trilateral maritime search and rescue exercise Reliant Mermaid 2009, a four-day series of evolutions in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, will commence Aug. 17.
- Oak Hill Revs Up Vital Force Protection Training Navy NewsStand 14 Aug 2009 -- Sailors aboard the Harper's Ferry-class amphibious dock-landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) are conducting anti-terrorism and force protection training during the three-week transit home after operations in support of Southern Partnership Station '09 and Southern Exchange 2009.
- Naval Education and Training Command Changes Leadership Navy NewsStand 14 Aug 2009 -- Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) held a change of command ceremony Aug. 13 at the National Museum of Naval Aviation on board Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola.
- Essex Holds Change of Command Ceremony Navy NewsStand 14 Aug 2009 -- The forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) held a change of command ceremony Aug. 13.
- Chief says Guard cannot go back to strategic reserve AFNS 14 Aug 2009 -- The National Guard cannot go back to the days of the strategic reserve, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told conferees in Rochester, Minn., on Aug. 9.
- National Guard Adds Liberia to Partnership Program AFPS 14 Aug 2009 -- The National Guard will add Liberia to its State Partnership Program this year, bringing to eight the number of African nations taking part in the program.
- Marine Corps sets vision to conserve energy USMC News 14 Aug 2009 -- Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James T. Conway along with the honorable Raymond E. Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, hosted and headlined a one-day Energy Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Washington, August 13
- Marines and Airmen blast through support barriers USMC News 14 Aug 2009 -- When Marines find themselves pinned down by enemy fire, or when they can't destroy enemy armor blocking their path, sometimes it's necessary to call in some devastating air support
- Obama bars U.S. aircraft from Moscow air show over crisis RIA Novosti 14 Aug 2009 -- President Barack Obama has banned U.S. Air Force planes from participating in MAKS-2009 air show in Russia citing the ongoing economic crisis, the show organizer said on Friday.
- Blackseafor warships call at Ukraine's Sevastopol port RIA Novosti 14 Aug 2009 -- Five warships from the Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group (Blackseafor) called on Friday at the port of Sevastopol, Ukraine, on a four-day goodwill visit.
- Russia sends another strategic nuclear submarine for scrapping RIA Novosti 14 Aug 2009 -- An official farewell ceremony for a strategic nuclear submarine from the Russian Northern Fleet was held on Friday at the Zvezdochka shipyard in northern Russia.
- Russian submarine designer certain of Bulava missile success RIA Novosti 14 Aug 2009 -- Russia's troubled Bulava ballistic missile will be developed and put into service with the Navy, the general designer of the Rubin design bureau for marine engineering has said.
- Russian warship heads to Cape Verde in search for Arctic Sea RIA Novosti 14 Aug 2009 -- The Russian frigate Ladny is heading toward Cape Verde in the western Atlantic in search of the missing Arctic Sea cargo vessel, the Russian ambassador in Cape Verde said on Friday.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 14 Aug 2009
- DoD News: Contracts for August 14, 2009
- Lockheed Martin F-35 Successful In First Probe-And-Drogue Aerial Refueling Lockheed Martin 14 Aug 2009 -- A short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter has become the first F-35 to complete an aerial refueling test using the Navy- and Marine Corps-style probe-and-drogue refueling system.
- Oshkosh Defense Awarded $26 Million Delivery Order for U.S. Army Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles Oshkosh 14 Aug 2009 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has been awarded a delivery order from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) for more than 100 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A2s. The vehicles will be configured with Common Bridge Transporter (CBT) equipment. The Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) delivery order is worth more than $26 million.
- Oshkosh Defense Awarded $10 Million Delivery Order for HEMTT Tanker Self-Sealing Coating, Repair Kits Oshkosh 14 Aug 2009 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has received a delivery order from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) for the application of a self-sealing product on more than 550 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) M978 A4 Tankers to help reduce the risk of fire during the transportation of fuel. The order, valued at more than $10 million, also includes field repair kits, which are in addition to the basic issue item kits delivered with every vehicle, for tank puncture repairs. Work will be completed by the end of fiscal year 2010.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 14 Aug 2009
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Humanitarian needs "overwhelming" IRIN 14 Aug 2009 -- Ethnic clashes in northeastern Central African Republic (CAR) and the activities of Ugandan rebels in the southeast have left thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) without food, protection or shelter, a UN official said.
- UN envoy hopes to see renewed commitment to Lebanese-Israeli peace UN News Centre 14 Aug 2009 -- The top United Nations envoy for Lebanon said he hopes that the country’s new Government, when formed, will renew its commitment to, and fully carry out, the Security Council resolution which helped to end the 2006 war between Hizbollah and Israel.
- Significant prima facie evidence of serious rights abuses in Gaza, UN reports UN News Centre 14 Aug 2009 -- The top United Nations human rights official has called for a “credible, independent and transparent” investigation of all alleged rights violations during Israel’s military operations in Gaza eight months ago.
- ICC grants temporary release for former Congolese leader facing trial UN News Centre 14 Aug 2009 -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) today decided to grant the request of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo for a conditional release until the start of the former Congolese leader’s trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
- Will Ahmadinejad Be Stronger, Or Weaker, In His Second Term? RFE/RL 14 Aug 2009 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has cracked down so hard on postelection protesters that his forceful behavior has precipitated a second crisis that few foresaw -- a battle with mainstream conservative leaders who are the backbone of the establishment and regard Ahmadinejad's aggressive style as a threat to their own interests
- Iranian Cleric Denounces Allegations of Torture Against Jailed Protesters VOA 14 Aug 2009 -- A hard-line cleric in Iran is denouncing allegations that political protesters have been tortured to death while in prison.
- US Lawmaker Arrives in Burma to Meet Top Military Leader VOA 14 Aug 2009 -- U.S. Senator Jim Webb has arrived in Burma's administrative capital for talks with the country's military leaders. The Democrat senator from Virginia will be the first high-ranking U.S. official to meet with General Than Shwe.
- Extension of Aung Sang Suu Kyi Sentence Draws Global Criticism VOA 14 Aug 2009 -- A Burmese court's ruling this week in the house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi is once again drawing intense criticism of Burma's military rulers. Aung San Suu Kyi had her house arrest extended by 18 months, on charges the pro-democracy advocate violated an internal security law. Meanwhile, diplomats are again working to coerce Burma's ruling junta to ease their crackdown on political opponents.
- Abkhazia, South Ossetia Hire U.S. PR Firm To ‘Improve Image’ RFE/RL 14 Aug 2009 -- The governments of Georgia's breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia have hired a U.S. public relations company to "improve their worldwide image," RFE/RL's Russian Service reports
- Medvedev says better ties with Kiev unlikely in future RIA Novosti 14 Aug 2009 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday that he saw no prospects of bilateral ties improving with Ukraine in the future, but stressed that Russia was not to blame for the current situation.
- Lockerbie Bomber Drops Appeal VOA 14 Aug 2009 -- Lawyers for the Libyan man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing say he has applied to drop his appeal against his conviction, following reports he is to be freed on compassionate grounds.
- Pakistan Lifts Ban on Politics in Tribal Areas on Independence Day VOA 14 Aug 2009 -- Pakistani President Asif Zardari lifted a ban on political activities in the country's tribal regions Friday, as Pakistanis held celebrations marking the country's Independence Day.
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