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04 August 2005 Military News

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  • U.S. to Transfer Custody of Afghan Detainees AFPS 04 Aug 2005 -- The United States and the Afghan government have agreed to eventually transfer Afghan citizens now in U.S.-coalition custody to Afghan control, a senior DoD spokesman said here today.
  • U.S. Announces Gradual Return of Many Detainees to Afghanistan Washington File 04 Aug 2005 -- The United States will allow the gradual return of many Afghan detainees to Afghanistan as part of the strategic U.S.-Afghan partnership, according to a joint U.S.-Afghan statement released by the State Department August 4.

  • Fuels Airmen keep more than planes operational AFPN 04 Aug 2005 -- For 19 years now, Master Sgt. David Chandler's mother proudly tells everyone she meets that her son "passes gas for a living" in the U.S. Air Force.
  • Airmen support Soldiers with airdrop AFPN 04 Aug 2005 -- To keep yet another convoy off the road, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing aircrews at this forward-deployed location recently gave a textbook example of what agile combat support is all about.
  • Army Updates Detainee-operations Information Aug. 4 Army News Release 04 Aug 2005 -- The Army continued its efforts to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations by releasing additional documents Aug. 4 pursuant to Freedom of Information litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union.
  • CNO Tells BRAC Commissioners Navy Needs NAS Oceana Navy NewsStand 04 Aug 2005 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen told members of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission Aug. 4 that Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana is central to the Navy's current readiness and that he fully supports the Department of Defense's original recommendations for an East Coast master jet base.
  • Boxer Returns to Okinawa Navy NewsStand 04 Aug 2005 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), commanded by Capt. Thomas J. Culora, returned to Okinawa July 30 to prepare for the third annual Joint Air and Sea Exercise (JASEX), which emphasizes training to support stability throughout the Asian-Pacific region.
  • NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation Bids Farewell Washington File 04 Aug 2005 -- Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani stepped down as NATO's first Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) August 1 to take over as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second highest position in the U.S. military.
  • CVW-9 Concludes Successful Deployment with Vinson Strike Group Navy NewsStand 04 Aug 2005 -- Aircraft aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) began their fly off July 30, marking the beginning of the end of the deployment for the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9.
  • Blue Ridge Completes Engineering Assessment Navy NewsStand 04 Aug 2005 -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) successfully conducted Limited Team Training (LTT) July 25-29 to assess engineering and damage control capabilities.

  • Asia-Pacific Military Facing New Security Challenges VOA 04 Aug 2005 -- Army commanders from several dozen Asia-Pacific nations say their Armed Forces are expected to take on new tasks, which are straining their normal capabilities

  • Bangladesh to get 16 Chinese fighter jets IRNA 04 Aug 2005 -- Bangladesh is set to procure 16 fighter planes from China at a cost of dlrs 118 million under a hastily-signed agreement between the two countries recently

  • State Department Briefing, August 4 Washington File 04 Aug 2005 -- North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Colombia, Mauritania, Balkans, Israel/Palestinians, Sudan

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  • Boeing Rolls Out First SLAM-ER for Republic of Korea Boeing 04 Aug 2005 -- The first Boeing [NYSE:BA] Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) rolled out recently during a ceremony at Boeing's Weapons Enterprise Capability Center in St. Charles, Mo.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN CEREMONY COMMEMORATES FIRST F-16 PRODUCED FOR OMAN Lockheed Martin 04 Aug 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] held ceremonies at its Fort Worth, Tex., facility today to celebrate the delivery of the first F-16 aircraft to the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO).
  • First Production MH-60R Takes Flight Lockheed Martin 04 Aug 2005 -- The first new production MH-60R took to the skies July 28 at the Sikorsky Aircraft facility in Stratford, CT. The aircraft flew a total of 1.5 hours and performed the entire flight acceptance profile, which included flight control checks, vibration measurements and engine power checks, without incident.
  • FIRST PRODUCTION MH-60R TAKES FLIGHT Sikorsky 04 Aug 2005 -- The first new production MH-60R took to the skies July 28 at the Sikorsky Aircraft facility in Stratford, CT. The aircraft flew a total of 1.5 hours and performed the entire flight acceptance profile, which included flight control checks, vibration measurements and engine power checks, without incident.
  • Meads International Expands Multi-National Management Team for Next-Generation Air and Missile Defense System Lockheed Martin 04 Aug 2005 -- MEADS International (MI) has expanded its Orlando technical management organization to lead development of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).

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