31 May 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 31 May 2005 [PDF]
- FIVE CONFIRMED DEAD IN IRAQI AIR FORCE CRASH
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- MARINE KILLED BY SMALL ARMS FIRE NEAR RAMADI
- KIDNAPPED AL ANBAR GOVERNOR KILLED IN FIGHT WITH TERRORISTS CENTCOM 31 May 2005 -- Governor Raja Nawaf Farhan al-Mahalawi, the elected governor of Al Anbar province, was found dead in a house near Rawah on May 29 after foreign fighters in the house fired on Coalition Forces passing through the area. Iraqi Government officials confirmed his death today at a press conference in Baghdad.
- Civilians lead Coalition forces Soldiers to caches near Mandeli MNF-I 31 May 2005 -- Two Iraqi civilians led Task Force Liberty Soldiers to three munitions caches southeast of Mandeli in Diyala Province at about 9:30 a.m. May 31.
- Tomcats and Black Widows arrive home to friends and family USMC News 30 May 2005 -- Friends and family greeted about 200 Marines and sailorsfrom Marine Attack Squadron-311 and 35 Marines from Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-13 in the VMA-311 hangar when they returned to the station May 19.
- Insurgents Killed in Afghan Border Region Clashes AFPS 31 May 2005 -- Initial reports indicate up to nine insurgents were killed May 30 during three near-simultaneous attacks against Afghan and coalition positions along the Afghan-Pakistan border, military officials in the Afghan capital of Kabul reported today.
- Marines Return to Tora Bora for Operation Celtics AFPS 31 May 2005 -- When the U.S. Marine Corps' 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, ventured into the Tora Bora mountains recently to hunt down enemy fighters, they instead found Afghans eager for a brighter future.
- Afghanistan: Security Situation Deteriorates During MayRFE/RL 31 May 2005 -- Human Rights Watch is calling for NATO to send more security forces to Afghanistan following a marked deterioration of the security situation throughout May.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Guardsmen tackle challenges of keeping their cool AFPN 30 May 2005 -- People wanting to find out just how hot it can get inside their tent only need mess with the environmental control unit, and they will find out soon enough.
- Air Force finalizes new utility uniform AFPN 30 May 2005 -- After reviewing more than 150,000 bits of feedback throughout the initial seven-month wear test of the proposed utility uniform, Air Force leaders recently decided to eliminate the original color scheme and conduct a limited field test of the new pattern.
- Mercy Brings NEPMU 6 Home to Hawaii Navy NewsStand 30 May 2005 -- USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in Pearl Harbor May 30, bringing home members of Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit (NEPMU) 6.
- U.S., Southeast Asia Navies Work Toward Common Goal During SEACAT Navy NewsStand 30 May 2005 -- Liaison officers from the navies of several Southeast Asia nations embarked with the U.S. Navy for an at-sea anti-terrorism exercise in the Philippine and South China Seas the week of May 23.
- Kearsarge Beefs Up Damage Control Training Navy NewsStand 30 May 2005 -- In accordance with the Navy's new Continuous Training Process, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) has been increasing its tempo for damage control and integrated training evolutions with a series of drills during the week of May 23.
- Reuben James Sails with Pride After Successful INSURV Navy NewsStand 30 May 2005 -- The Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) arrived aboard USS Reuben James (FFG 57) May 16 to conduct a congressionally-mandated, comprehensive material inspection of the ship.
- Boxer Builds a Strong Defense Navy NewsStand 30 May 2005 -- USS Boxer's (LHD 4) Ship's Self-Defense Force (SSDF) scored 100 percent during an evaluation conducted by Afloat Training Group Western Pacific in March.
- Georgia/Russia: Base Deal Seen As Mutually Acceptable Compromise RFE/RL 31 May 2005 -- Moscow and Tbilisi yesterday announced an agreement on the closure of Russia's two remaining military bases in Georgia by the end of 2008.
- Saakashvili Hails Agreement On Russian Troop Withdrawal RFE/RL 31 May 2005 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has hailed an agreement reached with Russia to pull its remaining forces out of Georgia by 2008.
- Transcript: President's Press Conference The White House 31 May 2005
- Bush has Confidence in Iraqi Government, Calls Human Rights Report "Absurd" VOA 31 May 2005 -- President Bush says an Iraqi military offensive to stop violence around the capital, Baghdad, is a positive step that shows the country is moving closer to handling more of its own security.
- State Department Briefing, May 31 Washington File 31 May 2005
- Liquid Fuel Cell Battery Chargers in Development for General Dynamics' Secure Mobile Phones General Dynamics 31 May 2005 -- General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today announced plans to offer military customers a liquid fuel cell powerpack developed by Medis Technologies (NASDAQ: MDTL) as an accessory for its popular Sectéra® Secure Wireless Phone for GSM. The fuel cell powerpack will serve as a battery charger for the phone wherever access to commercial AC power is unavailable or impractical.
- Lockheed Martin Successfully Conducts First Live-Fire Test of Networked HIMARS Launcher With ATACMS Unitary Missile Lockheed Martin 31 May 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully conducted the fifth live-fire test of the Quick Reactioylonitary (QRU) Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) recently at White Sands Missile Range, NM. This was the first firing to use a network centric integrated High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher.
- Denmark Awards Lockheed Martin $40 Million Long Range Radar Contract Lockheed Martin 31 May 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] received a contract valued at approximately $40 million from the Air Material Command (AMC) of the Royal Danish Air Force for two long-range AN/TPS-77 transportable radar systems and a four-year logistic support package.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 31 May 2005
- SOMALIA: UN special representative meets with president IRIN 31 May 2005 -- François Lonseny Fall, the newly appointed special representative of the UN Secretary-General to Somalia, met with interim President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed on Monday and assured him of the UN's commitment to helping consolidate the Somali peace process.
- SOMALIA: Baidoa town reported calm IRIN 31 May 2005 -- The southwestern Somali town of Baidoa was reported calm on Tuesday, a day after fierce fighting between rival factions killed 12 people and wounded more than 20 others, a local source told IRIN on Tuesday.
- $300 million in pledges 'good beginning' towards assisting African Union in Darfur - AnnanUN News Centre 31 May 2005 -- Just back from a week-long visit to Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General today said that nearly $300 million pledged by international donors to expand an African-led peacekeeping mission in the Darfur region is "a good beginning" for the next phase of the programme to stem the ongoing crisis there.
- Sudan Arrests Second Medical Aid Official VOA 31 May 2005 -- The Sudanese government Tuesday arrested a second Doctors Without Borders official over a report on rape in Darfur. This follows Monday's arrest, brief detention, and charges laid against the head of the medical aid agency's Dutch office. A news report also revealed that a Sudanese translator who was with the U.N. secretary general has been arrested.
- SUDAN: Southern pact basis for addressing other conflicts - Annan IRIN 31 May 2005 -- The peace agreement signed this year between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) constitutes a road map for resolving other conflicts in the country, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said during a visit to Sudan.
- WESTERN SAHARA: Polisario asks world to intervene after what it calls repression by Morocco IRIN 31 May 2005 -- The Polisario Front, the group seeking independence for Western Sahara, has accused the Moroccan government of ferocious repression following disturbances this month and has called on the international community to intervene and protect civilians.
- BURUNDI: UN steps up military presence ahead of Friday poll IRIN 31 May 2005 -- The UN Mission in Burundi, known as ONUB, has stepped up its military presence across the country ahead of communal elections set for Friday, an official told IRIN on Tuesday.
- De Villepin Named French Prime Minister VOA 31 May 2005 -- French President Jacques Chirac named close ally Dominique de Villepin to be the country's new prime minister today (Tuesday), making good his promise of government changes after voters rejected the European constitution on Sunday.
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