25 April 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 25 Apr 2005 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Navy Casualty
- Iraq Bomb Attacks Kill 22 VOA News 25 Apr 2005 -- A wave of bomb attacks across Iraq killed at least 22 people Sunday.
- Brigade mechanics keep wheels rolling into combat MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Apr 2005 -- The sound of cranking ratchets, rumbling engines and shrieking timing belts can often be heard in one spot on Camp Loyalty.
- Detainee dies of wounds MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Apr 2005 -- A 20-year-old male security detainee who was medically evacuated to the 115th Field Hospital died April 24 at approximately 9:30 p.m. from gunshot wounds he received two weeks ago while engaging Coalition Forces.
- Cordon and search operation in Babil Province MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Apr 2005 -- Coalition forces from Multinational Division Central-South conducted Operation Philadelphia to find illegal weapons and ammunition in the Babil Province from April 22nd to 24th.
- Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers on the offense against terrorists MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Apr 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers continued offensive operations today against terrorists in four brigade-sized operations centered in the general Baghdad vicinity.
- Coalition, Iraqi Security Forces, citizens continue progress against terrorists MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Apr 2005 -- Multi-National Force-Iraq reports Iraqi citizens increasingly provide information to aid in eliminating terrorists from Iraq.
- Bonhomme Richard Completes Mission in Persian Gulf Navy NewsStand 25 Apr 2005 -- The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) departed the Persian Gulf April 19 after bringing the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) back aboard from combat operations in Iraq.
- ISF, 1/6 branch out during 'Operation Badlands' USMC News 25 Apr 2005 -- The metallic grinding sound of assault amphibian vehicles and the rumble of truck engines cut through the silent, early morning air as dozens of armored transports penetrate the town.
- II MEF (FWD) treads water status, stays afloat USMC News 25 Apr 2005 -- The malfunctioning of several water pumps caused service members to restrict water usage in living quarters here April 18.
Defense Policy / Programs
- NTC training readies Guard brigade for Iraq Army News 25 Apr 2005 -- The Army's top official observed Georgia's 48th Brigade Combat Team training for a deployment while in the Mohave desert last week.
- Tarawa Medical Department Prepares for Western Pacific Deployment Navy NewsStand 25 Apr 2005 -- With a summer deployment fast approaching for the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1) (Big T), the ship's medical department is preparing to handle the needs of more than 3,000 Sailors and Marines.
- USS Enterprise Flight Deck Gets Face Lift Navy NewsStand 25 Apr 2005 -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Big E) is currently undergoing one of its most visible rehabilitation efforts during its current extended yard period at the Northrop Grumman Shipyards in Newport News, Va.
- 24th MEU celebrates deactivation with Battle Streamers Ceremony USMC News 25 Apr 2005 -- After more than a year together, a time that spanned a rigorous pre-deployment training program and one difficult, but successful deployment to Iraq, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit celebrated its deactivation April 22, with a Battle Streamers Ceremony in front of the MEU Headquarters here.
- Base agencies keep rotations moving in right direction AFPN 25 Apr 2005 -- A question is asked of everyone on a rotator flight that has just landed at a forward-deployed location, "Are you staying here or going downrange?"
- Quadrennial Defense Review focuses on future AFPN 25 Apr 2005 -- The four capabilities the Air Force brings to the joint warfighting environment will be the focus of the service's contribution to the 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review.
- Newly designed chamber increases aircraft safety AFPN 25 Apr 2005 -- Technicians in the Tank and Cooler Unit at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center here push the limits of weapons systems to ensure their safety in the field, sometimes with explosive results.
- Center receives DOD's most powerful supercomputer AFPN 25 Apr 2005 -- Aeronautical Systems Center's major shared resource center officials here announced April 25 the installation of the newest and most powerful supercomputer in the Department of Defense.
- Navy's New Wind Turbines to Save Taxpayers $1.2 Million in Annual Energy Costs Navy NewsStand 25 Apr 2005 -- As the world celebrates the 35th anniversary of Earth Day in 2005, the Department of the Navy (DON) debuted its largest wind energy project to date - four 275-foot wind turbines with blades spanning 177 feet during a ribbon-cutting ceremony here April 25.
- Canada's New Chief of Defense Staff Visits NORAD, NORTHCOM AFPS 25 Apr 2005 -- The United States and Canada enjoy a strong relationship that dates back to World War II, but it "must become even stronger" as the two countries continue the global war on terror, Canada's top military official said here this month.
- Special Ops to Increase Force Strength to Meet Terror War Demands AFPS 25 Apr 2005 -- With the war on terror putting ever-increasing demands on special operations forces, U.S. Special Operations Command is boosting its manpower and increasing its support to theater commands and geographic commanders, according to the general who oversees this elite force.
- United States Regrets Venezuela's Halt to Military Training Ties Washington File 25 Apr 2005 -- The U.S. State Department said it regrets that Venezuela has ended a 35-year military training agreement with the United States.
- State Department Briefing, April 25 Washington File 25 Apr 2005 -- Iraq, Lebanon/Syria, South Korea/China, North Korea, Venezuela, Togo, Colombia, Iran, Russia
- BAE SYSTEMS Awarded U.S. Navy Contracts In Excess Of $56 Million BAE Systems 25 Apr 2005 -- ROCKVILLE, Md. -- BAE Systems was recently awarded two U.S. Navy contracts with a total value of more than $56 million as a prime contractor to provide technical services in support of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport (NUWCDIVNPT). Both SeaPort-e contracts were awarded by the Naval Systems Sea Command (NAVSEA), Washington, D.C., with the vast majority of the work being performed by BAE Systems employees in Newport, R.I.
- CACI Awarded $9.4 Million Contract to Provide Command and Control Services to U.S. Navy CACI 25 Apr 2005 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has been awarded a $9.4 million prime contract to provide C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) support services for the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Dahlgren Division. The contract, which has a duration of one base year and four option years, was awarded under the Naval Sea Systems Command's 15-year, $50 billion SeaPort Enhanced contract vehicle.
- General Dynamics Receives $19 Million for LPD Turrets General Dynamics 25 Apr 2005 -- General Dynamics Land Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded $18.9 million in firm-fixed price contracts from Northrop Grumman Ship Systems to provide MK46 Weapon Station turrets, remote consoles and associated engineering support for three LPD-class ships: LPD-21, 22 and 23.
- Lockheed Martin Breaks Ground on New Omaha-Area Laboratory and Office Facility Lockheed Martin 25 Apr 2005 -- Lockheed Martin held a groundbreaking ceremony today to mark the future site of its new Omaha-area laboratory and office facility. The site will house a 85,600 square foot two-story building that consolidates several existing facilities into one site and expands the corporation’s laboratory space in the area. The new building is expected to open in January 2006.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded Aerial Targets Contract Northrop Grumman 25 Apr 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to provide BQM-74E aerial target systems to the U.S. Navy.
- Boeing Receives $14.5 Million Navy Contract For ScanEagle UAVs Boeing 25 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] received a $14.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy for unmanned aerial vehicle services in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror.
- Northrop Grumman to Bid on Los Alamos National Laboratory Management Contract Northrop Grumman 25 Apr 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will leverage its expertise in advanced technology and large-scale program management to bid on the contract to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory. The seven-year agreement is potentially worth $2.2 billion per year. Extensions of up to 13 years could increase the total value of the program to $44 billion over 20 years.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 25 Apr 2005
- UN peacekeeping mission in eastern DR of Congo aids national army UN News Centre 25 Apr 2005 -- Troops from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have gone to the aid of the national army which had come under attack from a militia in the country's north-east Ituri district, a UN spokesman said today.
- Israel Sees Peace Opening with Lebanon VOA News 25 Apr 2005 -- Israel has welcomed the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon, which is due to be completed by Tuesday.
- Kyrgyz Supreme Court Chairman Offers To Resign RFE/RL 25 Apr 2005 -- Kurmanbek Osmonov, the chairman of Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court, submitted a letter of resignation to interim President Kurmanbek Bakiev today.
- TOGO: Political foes agree to form unity government after crisis talks in Nigeria IRIN 25 Apr 2005 -- Togo's political foes have agreed to form a government of national unity in an attempt to avert more violence following this weekend's disputed presidential elections, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Monday after hosting emergency talks with the leaders of the two sides.
- TOGO: More deaths and charges of fraud in controversial presidential poll IRIN 25 Apr 2005 -- At least three people were killed and a score were injured in clashes between government and opposition supporters on Sunday as Togo voted for a new president following 38 years of strong-arm rule by the late Gnassingbe Eyadema.
- Raytheon Instruments Continue Search for Water on Mars Raytheon 25 Apr 2005 -- Two five-pound electronic instruments built by Raytheon Company's Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) remain thirsty on Mars.
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