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26 August 2005 Military News

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  • Commission Makes More BRAC Decisions AFPS 26 Aug 2005 -- The Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission voted today to keep open Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., rejecting a Pentagon proposal to close the base and consolidate the Air Force's B-1B Lancer long-ranger bomber aircraft fleet at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
  • Lawsuit Challenges BRAC Air Guard Recommendations AFPS 26 Aug 2005 -- A federal judge handed down a decision today that the Defense Department has no authority to eliminate a Pennsylvania Air National Guard fighter wing without the state governor's okay.
  • 1st Air Force transitions to warfighting headquarters AFPN 26 Aug 2005 -- First Air Force and Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region are making structural changes to transition into one of 10 warfighting headquarters to better support geographic and functional combatant commanders worldwide.
  • Cooperative Key 05 kicks off AFPN 26 Aug 2005 -- More than 140 Airmen have joined servicemembers from 14 NATO and seven partner nations to participate in Cooperative Key 05, a NATO Air Force exercise.
  • Officials release Predator accident report AFPN 26 Aug 2005 -- An engine fire on an MQ-l Predator remotely piloted aircraft resulted in a March 27 crash at a forward-deployed location in Southwest Asia
  • Commander sees AEF working from deployed perspective AFPN 26 Aug 2005 -- The Air and Space Expeditionary Force Center commander recently visited his largest customer in theater -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces.
  • Commander Details Progress on Reshaping Combined Forces in Korea AFPS 26 Aug 2005 -- Military transformation on the Korean Peninsula is not just a U.S. program; the South Koreans are also very involved, the top military commander of combined forces here said this week.
  • Pace Selects Army Tanker as First JCS Senior Enlisted Adviser AFPS 26 Aug 2005 -- Incoming Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Gen. Peter Pace has selected an Army armor leader as the first senior enlisted adviser to the chairman.
  • Commander Assesses North Korea's Conventional Threat AFPS 26 Aug 2005 -- Even as negotiations continue over North Korea's nuclear posture, U.S. and South Korean officials keep close track of the country's conventional capabilities.
  • Army begins Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter initiative with Aug. 29 ceremony Army News Release 26 Aug 2005 -- The U.S. Army and representatives of Bell Helicopter Textron will participate in a contract-signing ceremony at Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, Aug. 29, for the Army's new Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter.
  • Joint training tests response to nuclear disaster Army News 26 Aug 2005 -- A military training exercise last week, Sudden Response 2005, had Charleston, S.C., as the setting of a nuclear disaster to improve the nation's readiness if such an event should ever occur.
  • Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing26 Aug 2005 -- Presenter: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF
  • Ogden Sailors Spend Liberty in Two Alaskan Ports Navy NewsStand 26 Aug 2005 -- The crew of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Ogden (LPD 5) visited Kodiak Island and Ketchikan, Alaska, during the Alaska Shield/Northern Edge 2005 exercise conducted Aug. 15-19.
  • U.S. Warships Complete Exercise in Alaska Navy NewsStand 26 Aug 2005 -- Three U.S. warships, along with more than 5,000 Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and personnel from various federal, state, and local agencies, successfully concluded exercise Alaska Shield/Northern Edge 2005 Aug. 15-19, bringing an end to Alaska's premier emergency readiness training exercise.
  • CNO: Sea Power a Force for Good Navy NewsStand 26 Aug 2005 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen defined his vision of sea power as a "force for good" while speaking at the Worldwide Commandants' Conference Aug. 23 in Arlington, Va.
  • Surged Ships Return to Norfolk Navy NewsStand 26 Aug 2005 -- USS Saipan (LHA 2), USS Nashville (LPD 13) and USS Nicholas (FFG 47) returned to Naval Station Norfolk Aug. 25 from a three-month "surge" deployment.
  • USS Antietam Returns From Deployment Navy NewsStand 26 Aug 2005 -- USS Antietam (CG 54) returned home to San Diego Aug. 19 after an extended seven-month global tour, which included areas such as the Northern Persian Gulf, Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans, as well as the Suez and Panama canals.
  • Pascagoula Ships Sortie to Evade Hurricane Katrina Navy NewsStand 26 Aug 2005 -- The frigates USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) and USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) got underway from Naval Station Pascagoula, Miss., Aug. 26 in order to evade approaching Hurricane Katrina.

  • Uzbekistan Formally Evicts U.S. Military RFE/RL 26 Aug 2005 -- Uzbekistan's Senate today voted to evict U.S. military forces from Uzbekistan.
  • Uzbek Senate Approves US Military Withdrawal VOA News 26 Aug 2005 -- Uzbekistan's Senate has given final approval to a government order for the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from the country.

  • NATO Supports Landmine Destruction in Serbia and Montenegro Washington File 26 Aug 2005 -- A special facility that will be used to destroy 1.3 million landmines was opened in Kragujevac, Serbia and Montenegro, August 17 as part of the NATO's Partnership for Peace Trust Fund initiative.

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