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29 June 2005 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 29 Jun 2005 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualties

  • Brig. Gen. William H. McCoy, Jr., takes command of Gulf Region Division MNF-I 29 Jun 2005 -- Brig. Gen. William H. McCoy, Jr., took command of the Gulf Region Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers June 29 in a military ceremony at the Palace Chapel Hall. Lt. Gen. Carl A. Strock, Chief of Engineers, and Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, hosted the ceremony.
  • Operation Sword update MNF-I 29 Jun 2005 -- Iraq Security Forces and approximately 1,000 Marines, Sailors and Soldiers from Regimental Combat Team-2 , comprised of elements of 2nd Marine Regiment and 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Marine Division began conducting security operations in the Al Anbar province.
  • Task Force Liberty Soldiers seize weapons in north-central Iraq MNF-I 29 Jun 2005 -- Task Force Liberty Soldiers seized a number of weapons during an operation and found a pair of weapons caches in north-central Iraq June 29.

  • Military Says 17 Were Aboard Crashed Chinook, Fates Unknown AFPS 29 Jun 2005 -- Seventeen servicemembers were on board a CH-47 Chinook helicopter that crashed in mountainous terrain west of Asadabad, Afghanistan, June 28, military officials said today.
  • ISAF Deploys Quick Reaction Force in Afghanistan AFPS 29 Jun 2005 -- NATO's International Security Assistance Force deployed its Quick Reaction Force to the area of the Farah provincial reconstruction team in western Afghanistan, an ISAF spokesman said during a news briefing at ISAF headquarters here today.
  • UPDATE: U.S. HELICOPTER CRASHES NEAR ASADABAD CENTCOM 29 Jun 2005 -- Seventeen service members were on board the CH-47 helicopter that crashed in mountainous terrain west of Asadabad on June 28.
  • U.S. Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan VOA 29 Jun 2005 -- U.S. officials say a military helicopter that has crashed in eastern Afghanistan with 17 U.S. troops on board may have been shot down by hostile fire.
  • UN Highlights Long-Term Afghan Drug Threat RFE/RL 29 Jun 2005 -- A UN report issued today warns that opium-poppy cultivation should be considered a long-term trend in Afghanistan despite efforts by the current government in Kabul to quell it. Outside observers also say there is evidence that Afghan drug money is being used to fund international terrorism.
  • Afghanistan: Voters Intent On Registering, Despite Fears Of Violence RFE/RL 29 Jun 2005 -- Officials in Kabul say tens of thousands of Afghans have been registering to vote in September's parliamentary elections, despite a major upsurge in attacks by Taliban guerrillas in some parts of the country. Those attacks have targeted election workers, UN offices, and voter-registration stations.
  • Afghans trapped by flood waters lifted to safety Army News 29 Jun 2005 -- The Afghan National Army and local government officials coordinated efforts with Coalition forces to rescue 119 Afghans stranded on a small island by floodwaters.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Defense Department Town Hall Meeting 29 Jun 2005 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers
  • First Soldiers receive Combat Action Badge Army News 29 Jun 2005 -- At a Pentagon ceremony today, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker awarded the Army's new Combat Action Badge for the first time to five Soldiers who engaged in combat with the enemy.
  • Adjutants General to Contest Air Force Plan at Special BRAC Commission Hearing in Atlanta US Newswire 29 Jun 2005 -- State National Guard leaders will argue against Air Force plans to ground one-third of the Air National Guard at a special Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) hearing in Atlanta tomorrow.
  • Overseas Basing Changes Mean Less Troop Stress, DoD Tells Senate AFPS 29 Jun 2005 -- The plan to relocate troops from overseas bases back to the United States as part of the Defense Department's Global Defense Posture Realignment will mean less stress on military people and their families, DoD officials told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee here June 28.
  • EUCOM Marines Give, Receive Key Insights in Georgia AFPS 29 Jun 2005 -- Sworn enemies during the Cold War, the Republic of Georgia - part of the former Soviet Union -- and the United States are brothers in arms now, forming friendships and training side by side.
  • General Says Guantanamo Vital for Gathering Terror Intelligence Washington File 29 Jun 2005 -- Since the detention center at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base opened in January 2002, intelligence officers have conducted 28,000 interrogations of enemy combatants, and there have been 10 reported cases of abuse over the same period, says the current commander of the facility.
  • Soldiers jump into Australia for Talisman Saber Army News 29 Jun 2005 -- More than 11,000 U.S. and 6,000 Australian troops conclude their joint training this week in exercise Talisman Saber at Shoalwater Bay Training Area near Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
  • Pilot ejects safely after F-16 skids off runway AFPN 29 Jun 2005 -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot ejected safely after an emergency landing June 28 at nearby Lamar Airfield.
  • B-1 commemorates its 20th at Dyess AFPN 29 Jun 2005 -- It has more than 20 years of service, has more than 100 world records for speed, payload, range and time to climb and has become the bomber of choice for warfighters in all theaters -- but the B-1B Lancer is just getting started.
  • 60th Fighter Squadron wins air-superiority trophy AFPN 29 Jun 2005 -- For the second time in less than 10 years, the 60th Fighter Squadron is the winner of the Raytheon Trophy.
  • Report: Reduced visibility caused midair collision AFPN 29 Jun 2005 -- Air Force officials have completed their investigation of the midair collision between a T-37 Tweet and a civilian crop-duster Jan. 18 near Hollister, Okla., which resulted in a civilian pilot's death.
  • Last Trawing 6 T-34C Training Flight Aboard NAS Pensacola Navy NewsStand 29 Jun 2005 -- Training Air Wing (TRAWING) 6 marked an end of an era June 22, as its last T-34C Turbomentor training flight took place 8:30 a.m. at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola's Sherman Field.
  • HSC-25 Ensures Safety for Talisman Saber Navy NewsStand 29 Jun 2005 -- Members of the "Island Knights" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 provided search and rescue (SAR) support during pivotal flight operations June 12-25 for Exercise Talisman Saber 2005, a combined exercise between Australian and American forces.
  • Ambassador Rejects Russian's Guantanamo Abuse Claims RFE/RL 29 Jun 2005 -- The U.S. ambassador to Russia says he doubts a statement by a former prisoner at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay that inmates were tortured and gassed and that guards routinely profaned the Koran.

  • US delays shipment of M-16 rifles to Nepal IRNA 29 Jun 2005 -- The US has delayed a shipment of M-16 rifles to Nepal in an effort to encourage its government to restore democracy and civil rights even as it said it has been engaged in a frequent dialogue with India on the situation in the kingdom, including the Maoist insurgency.
  • India, US conclude defense pact for 10 years IRNA 29 Jun 2005 -- India and the United States have signed a "new framework for the US-India defense relationship for the next ten years" which includes "new opportunities for technology transfer, collaboration, co-production and research and development", reported New Delhi Television (NDTV).

  • Caucasus: Top Armenian General Slams Azerbaijan Over Defense Spending RFE/RL 29 Jun 2005 -- President Ilham Aliyev a few days ago announced that Azerbaijan's defense spending will increase by 70 percent this year. To justify the decision he cited the need to build a strong army in order to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute with Armenia. Aliyev also mentioned concerns over the planned relocation of Russian military hardware in Armenia from Georgia.

  • US delays shipment of M-16 rifles to Nepal IRNA 29 Jun 2005 -- The US has delayed a shipment of M-16 rifles to Nepal in an effort to encourage its government to restore democracy and civil rights even as it said it has been engaged in a frequent dialogue with India on the situation in the kingdom, including the Maoist insurgency.

  • India, US conclude defense pact for 10 years IRNA 29 Jun 2005 -- India and the United States have signed a "new framework for the US-India defense relationship for the next ten years" which includes "new opportunities for technology transfer, collaboration, co-production and research and development", reported New Delhi Television (NDTV).

  • White House Daily Briefing, June 29 Washington File 29 Jun 2005 -- Website to support troops, Briefing by Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend on Silberman-Robb commission recommendations, President's speech on the war on terrorism, Guantanamo Bay status, Troop strength in Iraq, Afghanis
  • State Department Briefing, June 29 Washington File 29 Jun 2005 -- Japan/European Union, Secretary Rice's Meeting with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Officials, US Representation at Upcoming ASEAN Meeting, Secretary Rice and Deputy Secretary Zoellick's Travel Schedules, GAO Report on "Improvements Needed to Strengthen US Passport Fraud Detection Efforts", Israel/Lebanon, Lebanon, Allegations of Detention of Terrorist Suspects on Prison Ships, Executive Order on Proliferation Financing/Weapons of Mass Destruction, UN Special Rapporteurs Request for Access to Guantanamo, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Israel/Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan/Uzbekistan, North Korea, Pakistan, Greece, South Korea

Defense Industry

  • 50th production Eurofighter delivered EADS 29 Jun 2005 -- On Wednesday, the single-seater Eurofighter SS003 was handed over to the Spanish Air Force, a ceremony that also marked the delivery of the 50th production aircraft in this four-nation European collaborative programme. On the same day nearly simultaneously the 51st production aircraft for the German Air Force was handed over at EADS Military Aircraft in Manching.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $23 Million for Abrams Tank Systems Technical Support General Dynamics 29 Jun 2005 -- The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $22.7 million contract modification for Abrams tank systems technical support (STS).
  • General Dynamics Awarded $5 Million for Production of M2HB Receivers General Dynamics 29 Jun 2005 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded a $5.3 million contract from U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command, Rock Island, Ill., for the production of receiver assemblies for the M2HB machine gun. Deliveries on this contract will commence in January and extend through December 2006.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System Taking Shape VOA 28 Jun 2005 -- Countries around the Indian Ocean are setting up tsunami warning systems to try to avoid a repeat of the massive loss of life last December 26th.
  • Northrop Grumman Team Completes NPOESS Delta Preliminary Design Review Northrop Grumman 29 Jun 2005 -- A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-led team successfully completed its most recent major system-wide milestone -- the delta preliminary design review (PDR) -- on the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program. NPOESS will provide military and civilian users with timely, high-fidelity regional and global meteorological data on the Earth's oceans, land surfaces, atmosphere and space environment.
  • Pratt & Whitney Wins Contract for Future Exploration In-Space Cryogenic Propulsion System Pratt & Whitney 29 Jun 2005 -- Pratt & Whitney (P&W) Space Propulsion announced today that it has begun work on a multi-year $40 million program (including options) from NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate to develop the Common Extensible Cryogenic Engine (CECE), a deep throttling 15 thousand-pound thrust-class demonstrator liquid-oxygen and hydrogen cryogenic rocket engine.



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