29 November 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 29 Nov 2005 [PDF]
- 2 TASK FORCE BAGHDAD SOLDIERS KILLED
- Transcript: News Briefing with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. Peter Pace 29 Nov 2005 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Peter Pace
- CENTAF releases airpower summary AFPN 29 Nov 2005 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released today's airpower summary.
- Air Force gun trucks deliver the goods AFPN 29 Nov 2005 -- As Airmen saddle up for one of the most notorious jobs in Iraq, the mood is not dread, but drive and determination.
- Airmen outside the wire AFPN 29 Nov 2005 -- Air Force security forces are usually associated with base defense, but with the increased needs of the Army, deployed Airmen here are finding themselves outside the wire performing area security and winning hearts and minds.
- Troops Find Car Bombs, Detain Suspects AFPS 29 Nov 2005 -- Soldiers from the 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, discovered three car bombs and detained nine possible terrorists west of Rawah today after their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber, military officials reported.
- Two Soldiers Killed, One Injured in Separate Incidents AFPS 29 Nov 2005 -- Two Task Force Baghdad soldiers were killed when their patrol struck a roadside bomb north of Baghdad today, military officials reported.
- Seabee Commander Visits Troops in Iraq Navy NewsStand 29 Nov 2005 -- The Commander of First Naval Construction Division (1NCD), Rear Adm. Robert L. Phillips, visited Seabees and Soldiers throughout the Al Anbar Province for three days beginning Nov. 12. The Seabees and Soldiers are providing construction support to II Marine Expeditionary Force (forward) (MEF(FWD)).
- NMCB 133 Relieves NMCB 3 in Iraq Navy NewsStand 29 Nov 2005 -- Capt. Paula C. Brown, commander, 30th Naval Construction Regiment (forward) ((NCR) (FWD)), presided over the transfer of authority (TOA) between Commanding Officer Cmdr. Allan M. Stratman, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, and Executive Officer Lt. Cmdr. Donald D. Naiser, NMCB 3, at a brief ceremony Nov. 23.
- Coalition Forces' Top NCO Recognizes NMCB-22 Personnel Navy NewsStand 29 Nov 2005 -- U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mellinger, Multi-National Force, Iraq, paid a surprise visit to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 22's quarterdeck Nov. 11, speaking to Seabees and recognizing individuals for their service.
- Multiple caches uncovered in western Iraq Army News 29 Nov 2005 -- Iraqi Army Soldiers and U.S. Marines, Soldiers and Sailors of the 2nd Marine Division, discovered 66 weapons caches during the past week in al Anbar province in western Iraq.
- Citizen's tip about bomb saves lives MNF-I 29 Nov 2005 -- A local citizen provided a potentially life-saving tip to the Iraqi Army in Sadr City Nov 26, alerting them to what appeared to be a bomb placed in the road.
- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers prevent bomb attack MNF-I 29 Nov 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers killed a terrorist trying to set up an improvised explosive device Nov. 26 in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad.
- Iraqi and U.S. forces continue hunting for weapons MNF-I 29 Nov 2005 -- As Iraqi and U.S. forces in Kirkuk continue unearthing weapons from a major cache discovered Nov.27th, several smaller caches were discovered around the north-central region Nov 28th.
- Nine terrorists detained west of Rawah MNF-I 29 Nov 2005 -- U.S. Soldiers from the 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment discovered three car bombs and detained nine possible terrorists west of Rawah Nov. 29 after their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber.
- Multiple caches uncovered by Iraqi and U.S. Forces MNF-I 29 Nov 2005 -- Iraqi Army Soldiers and U.S. Marines, Soldiers and Sailors of the 2nd Marine Division, discovered 66 weapons caches during the past week in al Anbar.
- Terror War Strategy Goes Beyond Iraq and Afghanistan AFPS 29 Nov 2005 -- The threat that led to the global war on terror began festering long before Sept. 11, 2001, and will continue to rage as long as al Qaeda and other like organizations keep spreading their ideology, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, from U.S. Central Command, said.
- Ammo warriors keep close-air support of U.S., coalition forces a reality AFPN 29 Nov 2005 -- Keeping a mission-capable supply of bullets coming as A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots respond to close-air support requests is a key role for a group of Airmen taking part in the ongoing global war on terrorism.
- Atal Wali sets standard for Kandak training Army News 29 Nov 2005 -- Operation Atal Wali, or Operation Heroic Success, set a new benchmark for training Afghan National Army Soldiers in Kandahar and, for that matter, the country of Afghanistan.
- New contingency aeromedical staging facility opens AFPN 29 Nov 2005 -- The "gateway" for patients awaiting transportation to Germany just got a little better when the 386th Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility staff opened the doors to their new facility.
- Burning Afghan Bodies Resulted From Poor Judgment, Not War Crimes AFPS 29 Nov 2005 -- The decision by U.S. soldiers to burn the bodies of two enemy Afghan fighters was an act of poor judgment, but not a violation of the laws of war, U.S. officials have determined.
- U.S./Afghanistan: Cremation Of Taliban Dead Leads To Fallout RFE/RL 29 Nov 2005 -- In early October, the U.S. military in Afghanistan began investigating soldiers who burned the bodies of two Taliban fighters. Cremation is forbidden under Islam.
- AMC battalion provides logistics for Pakistan relief Army News 29 Nov 2005 -- The Army Materiel Command has provided communications, transportation and construction vehicles, electronics, command oversight, repair parts, fuel, food and medical supplies for the humanitarian relief effort following the earthquake that devastated the Kashmir district in northern Pakistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- For all B-52 flyers, all roads lead to the 11th BS AFPN 29 Nov 2005 -- For B-52 Stratofortress aircrew members, all roads lead to Barksdale, more specifically the 11th Bomb Squadron.
- New cargo pallet will save U.S. military $1.3 million AFPN 29 Nov 2005 -- A large shipment of merchandise sits near a loading dock behind the U.S. Transportation Command here.
- U.S. Helping Colombian Military Cope With Drug War's Legacy AFPS 29 Nov 2005 -- While U.S. servicemembers are in the Middle East fighting the war on terrorism, Colombia is fighting its own war against terrorists -- narco-traffickers and violent militias that support them in the country's mountainous rural areas.
- National Guard begins training exchange with Israeli forces Army News 29 Nov 2005 -- National Guard leaders visited Israel last week to forge a new relationship with that country's Home Front Command - to help keep both countries safe.
- U.S. Navy to Withdraw Forces From La Maddalena as Part of Transformation Navy NewsStand 29 Nov 2005 -- In a move to adjust its forces to meet current and future readiness needs in the European theater, the United States and Italy have decided to remove U.S. Navy forces from La Maddalena, Sardinia.
- Kitty Hawk Arrives in Hong Kong for Port Visit Navy NewsStand 29 Nov 2005 -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), along with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), pulled into Hong Kong harbor Nov. 24, commencing a port visit in which Sailors hoped to take advantage of Hong Kong's world-class shopping and cultural attractions.
- Navy Conducts Public Hearing on Undersea Training Range Navy NewsStand 29 Nov 2005 -- Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command held an open house and a public hearing Nov. 21 on the proposed Undersea Warfare Training Range (USWTR), which would be located more than 50 miles off Jacksonville's coastline, at the Wilson Center for the Arts at Florida Community College Jacksonville's South Campus.
- Damage Control Training Improves Fleet Readiness Navy NewsStand 29 Nov 2005 -- Norfolk area Sailors tested their damage control knowledge Nov. 18 and 21 aboard USS Buttercup at Naval Station Norfolk's Center for Naval Engineering Damage Control.
- Ukraine to Join Southeastern European Defense Ministerial AFPS 29 Nov 2005 -- Next week Ukraine becomes a member of a regional European security organization at a conference that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will host here, a senior Defense Department official said today.
- Senior Russian Official Accuses U.S., NATO of Stoking Tensions in Central Asia RFE/RL 29 Nov 2005 -- The secretary of Russia's National Security Council today accused the United States and NATO of putting pressure former Soviet republics in Central Asia and increasing tensions in the region.
- White House Briefing, November 29 Washington File 29 Nov 2005 -- President's schedule, Mexico/border security, Iraq
- State Department Briefing, November 29 Washington File 29 Nov 2005 -- Secretary Rice's Meeting with German Foreign Minister/Travel to Germany/Meeting with Chancellor Merkle and members of German Cabinet/Ukraine Travel/Consolidating Gains from Orange Revolution/Freedom and Democracy in Belarus, Reports of Alleged Overflights and Secret Detainee Sites/U.S. Activities Comply with International Laws/EU Letter of Inquiry/Working Together to Fight a Common Enemy/Secretary Rice Prepared to Answer Questions/Inquiries from other European Countries/Tarnishing of U.S. Image Abroad, Deputy Secretary Zoellick's Meeting with German Foreign Minister Joint Press Availability with German Foreign Minister, German Hostage/U.S. Assistance, GAO Report/Terrorist Financing Efforts/U.S. Progress in Terror Financing/Cooperation between State Department and other Agencies, Iraq, Venezuela, Canada, Israel/Palestinians, China/Hong Kong
- Signal Solutions Awarded Army IT Services Contract General Dynamics 29 Nov 2005 -- The U.S. Army has awarded Signal Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of General Dynamics Network Systems, the Total Engineering and Integration Services (TEIS) contract, to provide information technology (IT) engineering and technical support.
- General Dynamics Awarded $60 Million Contract to Supply RG-31 Mine Protected Vehicles to the Canadian Military General Dynamics 29 Nov 2005 -- The Government of Canada has awarded a CAD $60.3 million (US $51.3 million) contract to General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada to provide 50 RG-31 Mine Protected Vehicles with an option for 25 additional vehicles. General Dynamics Land Systems, the Canadian company’s parent corporation, is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD)
- Israel Aircraft Industries to Supply Virtual Mission Training System (VMTS) For the T-6B Aircraft Israel Aerospace Industries 29 Nov 2005 -- The Lahav Division of Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) has been selected to provide its Virtual Mission Training System (VMTS) for the Raytheon Aircraft Company's T-6B aircraft. IAI is the subcontractor to CMC Electronics Inc., who is the prime contractor for the T-6B avionics system.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded $1.94 Billion Contract for Work on USS Carl Vinson Northrop Grumman 29 Nov 2005 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract valued at approximately $1.94 billion for the refueling and complex overhaul of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
- Pratt & Whitney Logs 4,000 SDD Test Hours on F135 Engine for Joint Strike Fighter Pratt & Whitney 29 Nov 2005 -- Pratt & Whitney F135 ground test engines have logged more than 4,000 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) ground test hours as the company nears completion of the engine that will power the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's (JSF) first flight next year.
- Raytheon Delivers 2,000th Joint Standoff Weapon Raytheon 29 Nov 2005 -- Raytheon Company has delivered the 2,000th Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), providing the warfighter the ability to use a precision guided air-to-ground weapon while staying out of harm's way. A JSOW-A was shipped to the U.S. Air Force, representing more than 48 months of on time deliveries of JSOW to the U.S. government.
- Northrop Grumman Receives Joint STARS Upgrade Contract Worth $532 Million Northrop Grumman 29 Nov 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a five-year, $532 million contract for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) System Improvement Program to provide systems design and development improvements to the E-8C Joint STARS fleet.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 29 Nov 2005
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY PERMANENT OBSERVER MISSION OF PALESTINE United Nations 29 Nov 2005
- Palestinian Primary Election Suspended VOA 29 Nov 2005 -- Voting began on Monday to pick candidates who will run on the Fatah party slate in parliamentary elections scheduled to take place on January 25.
- Increasing restrictions on Eritrean-Ethiopian border hampering UN peace mission UN News Centre 29 Nov 2005 -- Increasing restrictions on the freedom of movement of United Nations peacekeepers following an Eritrean ban on helicopter flights has made it harder to warn the international community of any new outbreak of hostilities on the tense frontier with Ethiopia, where the two countries fought a two-year border war.
- ETHIOPIA: Four soldiers killed in landmine blast IRIN 29 Nov 2005 -- Four Ethiopian soldiers were killed and three wounded last week when their vehicle hit a newly laid landmine near the border with Eritrea, UN officials said on Tuesday.
- Annan calls on Sudanese negotiators over Darfur peace to end atrocities UN News Centre 29 Nov 2005 -- Welcoming the beginning of the renewed Sudanese peace talks to end civil conflict in Darfur, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged representatives of the Government and the two rebel movements to stop the atrocities and bloodshed and to negotiate a just and all-inclusive accord.
- Sudanese Government, Rebels Open 7th Round of Darfur Talks VOA 29 Nov 2005 -- Sudanese officials and rebels from the Darfur region have opened a new round of African Union-sponsored peace talks in Abuja, Nigeria.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER OF BURUNDI United Nations 29 Nov 2005
- LIBERIA: President-elect begins four nation peace tour IRIN 29 Nov 2005 -- Seeking to shore up stability in the divided West Africa region, president-elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Tuesday launched a week-long tour of Liberia's neighbours to discuss peace.
- DRC: Plans for referendum well advanced, polls chairman says IRIN 29 Nov 2005 -- The man in charge of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was in Brussels on Monday to assure the Belgium government, which is providing him funding, that the first round of voting would take place as scheduled on 18 December.
- Rajapakse invites LTTE to enter peace talks IRNA 29 Nov 2005 -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse today invited the LTTE to enter into peace talks a day after the rebels issued a deadline for the new government to come up with a "reasonable" political settlement or risk establishment of a separate Tamil state.
- North Ossetian Commission Releases Beslan Report RFE/RL 29 Nov 2005 -- The North Ossetian parliamentary commission investigating last year's Beslan hostage tragedy today released its findings before regional lawmakers.
- Russia: Human Rights Groups Spurn Chechen Poll RFE/RL 29 Nov 2005 -- Russia's leading human rights organizations refused to monitor the 27 November parliamentary elections in Chechnya, the first to be held in the war-torn republic since the Kremlin launched its second campaign to crush separatists in 1999.
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON UN BUDGET United Nations 29 Nov 2005
- Two Britons Face Charges of Leaking Government Document VOA 29 Nov 2005 -- Two Britons have appeared in a London court to answer charges of leaking a sensitive government memo on reported comments by President Bush about bombing the headquarters of the Arab satellite TV channel Al-Jazeera.
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