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14 February 2006 Military News

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  • HS-2 Jumps into SAR Training Navy NewsStand 14 Feb 2006 -- Search and rescue (SAR) swimmers from the "Golden Falcons" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 2 completed SAR jumps Feb. 8, during their annual required training in the San Diego Bay.
  • SHIPTRAIN Revolutionizing Surface Force Training Navy NewsStand 14 Feb 2006 -- Starting February, Commander, Naval Surface Forces is implementing SHIPTRAIN, a new continuous training process that is expected to reduce the time required to train, assess and certify a ship as ready to be tasked from 16 weeks to approximately four weeks.
  • Navy Reservists Mobilized to Continue Customs Inspection Mission Navy NewsStand 14 Feb 2006 -- Approximately 445 Navy Reservists mobilized by the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) began four weeks of intensive training in Williamsburg to fulfill a customs inspection mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Feb. 13.
  • USS Fort McHenry, JDS Ohsumi Complete Transport Exercise 2006 Navy NewsStand 14 Feb 2006 -- USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) returned to its forward deployed base of Sasebo, Japan, Feb. 12, after successfully completing a four-day bilateral Transportation Exercise (TRANSPORTEX) 06 off the coast of Numazu beach with Japanese Defense Ship (JDS) Ohsumi (LST 4001).
  • Defense Department Updates Equipment Reimbursement Policy AFPS 14 Feb 2006 -- The Defense Department announced today the revision of a memorandum on the policy and procedures for the reimbursement of privately purchased protective equipment for Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
  • New Military Mail Contract Projected to Save Millions AFPS 14 Feb 2006 -- A new mail delivery contract is projected to save millions of dollars in costs to air freight letters and packages to U.S. servicemembers deployed in the Middle East, a senior DoD official said here yesterday.
  • U.N. Inspectors Declined Guantanamo Visit, Officials Say AFPS 14 Feb 2006 -- The authors of an upcoming U.N.-sponsored report that alleges torture was committed against detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had declined an offer to observe operations at the facility, Defense and State Department officials said.
  • Prototype Global Hawk flies home after 4,000 combat hours AFPN 14 Feb 2006 -- A high-flying prototype "Airman" is heading home after being deployed more than four years and flying 4,245 hours supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Combined Task Force-Horn of Africa.
  • Hawaii-based Airmen fight war on terror AFPN 14 Feb 2006 -- When a Predator unmanned aerial vehicle takes off from Balad Air Base, Iraq, a pilot at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., takes control of it.
  • Rumsfeld Urges Continuing NATO Transformation To Meet Threats Washington File 14 Feb 2006 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said he was "heartened by the tone and content" of informal meetings held by NATO defense ministers in Taormina, Italy.
  • Multinational Exercise Aims To Improve Post-Conflict Teamwork Washington File 14 Feb 2006 -- The State Department and the U.S. military are teaming with seven countries plus NATO for a three-week exercise, beginning in late February, to practice closer cooperation when performing post-conflict stability and reconstruction missions.
  • Russia: Outrage Prompts New Effort To Root Out Hazing RFE/RL 14 Feb 2006 -- Prosecutors in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan have opened a criminal investigation into the death of a conscript in Ufa.
  • White House Briefing, February 14 Washington File 14 Feb 2006 -- Readout on the President's speech in Ohio, Vice President's shooting accident, Silencing of military chaplains, Pakistan/violence in response to cartoons, Katrina hearings/Secretary Chertoff, Hamas/plans to force out of power, Oil companies royalty relief, Tax reconciliation bill, Budget/cutting out defibrillators, Iran
  • State Department Briefing, February 14 Washington File 14 Feb 2006 -- Hariri Assassination, Assistant Secretary Dan Fried's Travel Agenda/Denmark, Secretary Rice Hosts Dinner for Foreign Ministers of Mexico, Colombia, and El Salvador, Lebanon/Syria, Israel/Palestinians, Egypt, Pakistan, Haiti, United Nations, Yemen

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