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20 March 2006 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 20 Mar 2006 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualties
  • U.S., Iraqi Troops Detain 66 Suspects, Seize Weapons AFPS 20 Mar 2006 -- In the past week, U.S. and Iraqi forces detained more than five dozen suspected insurgents in Iraq, U.S. military officials reported.
  • Coalition Forces Net Suspects, Weapons; Detainees Released AFPS 20 Mar 2006 -- Iraqi and coalition troops detained suspects and seized weapons caches throughout Iraq, and an Iraqi review board recommended the release of a number of male detainees being held in the country, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.
  • Fuels Airmen train members of Iraqi Air Force AFPN 20 Mar 2006 -- Fuels Airmen take pride in knowing they provide fuel to the fight by supplying aircraft with the juice that keeps them flying. One more thing they can be proud of is their role in getting the Iraqi Air Force off the ground.
  • Caches found in Operation Swarmer near Samarra Army News 20 Mar 2006 -- At least 11 caches were discovered and more than 60 suspected insurgents detained last week during Operation Swarmer, the airborne insertion into southern Salah Ad Din province, near Samarra.
  • Soldiers stop IED suspects near Kirkuk Army News 20 Mar 2006 -- Iraqi Police and Bastogne Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division captured two terrorists Saturday after an improvised explosive device detonated on a combined patrol near Kirkuk, damaging one of the patrol vehicles.
  • Afghan Foreign Minister Says Taleban Training Camps Inside Pakistan VOA 20 Mar 2006 -- Afghanistan's foreign minister says there are Taleban training camps across the border in Pakistan that are sources of terrorism and instability inside his country
  • Single C-17 breaks airdrop record AFPN 20 Mar 2006 -- A single Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airdropped 32,400 pounds of humanitarian aid within 40 minutes to four locations in central and eastern Afghanistan March 16.
  • C-17s deliver relief to Kauai AFPN 20 Mar 2006 -- "The Spirit of Hawaii - Ke Aloha," Hickam's first C-17 Globemaster III, delivered 27,000 pounds of recovery equipment to Kauai, Hawaii, after a dam burst, isolating thousands of residents and tourist along the island's north shore.

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  • Peleliu Awarded First Battle “E” Navy NewsStand 20 Mar 2006 -- Commander, Naval Surface Forces awarded the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) her first Battle “E” March 10.
  • Nassau Wins Prestigious Battle “E” Navy NewsStand 20 Mar 2006 -- Sailors aboard the Navy’s "top gator" received welcome news March 11 when Capt. Michael W. Brannon, their commanding officer, shared over the ship’s general announcing system that USS Nassau (LHA 4) had won the Battle “E” award for the second time in the ship’s history.
  • Reagan Back at Sea Following Port Visit to United Arab Emirates Navy NewsStand 20 Mar 2006 -- Sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 and Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 7 staff are back at sea after visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) March 15-19.
  • USS Austin Wins Battle 'E' Navy NewsStand 20 Mar 2006 -- Crew members of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Austin (LPD 4) received the news that they were the winners of the 2005 Battle Efficiency award, March 12.
  • Carrier Strike Group 9 Enters 7th Fleet AOR Navy NewsStand 20 Mar 2006 -- Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, led by Rear Adm. J. W. Goodwin embarked on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in late March as part of a routine scheduled deployment.
  • GW Returns to Norfolk Following CQ, TSTA Navy NewsStand 20 Mar 2006 -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) returned to Norfolk March 17 after successfully completing the first phase of its Tailored Ship’s Training Availability (TSTA).
  • Kitty Hawk Works Hard to Play By the Book Navy NewsStand 20 Mar 2006 -- USS Kitty Hawk’s (CV 63) leadership is taking proactive steps to review all procedures performed aboard ship as a way to enforce high safety standards and minimize the hazards found in inherently dangerous shipboard environments.
  • “Battle Cats” Host Canadian Cadets Navy NewsStand 20 Mar 2006 -- Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 43, the “Battle Cats,” hosted Royal Canadian Sea Cadets from Ontario, Canada, March 14.
  • Navy Takes New Approach to SpecWar, SpecOps Recruiting Navy NewsStand 20 Mar 2006 -- The Navy is taking a new approach to recruiting potential candidates for Naval Special Warfare/Naval Special Operations (NSW/NSO) programs with the introduction of NSW/NSO program managers at each Navy Recruiting District (NRD).
  • Fort Suse Welcomes MCPON Navy NewsStand 20 Mar 2006 -- Arriving by a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/AW) Terry Scott touched down at Fort Suse, Iraq, March 15, where he visited with Soldiers and Sailors of Fort Suse’s Theater Internment Facility (TIF) and Forward Operating Base (FOB).
  • Osprey simulator up, running AFPN 20 Mar 2006 -- The CV-22 Osprey simulator was officially welcomed at the 19th Special Operations Squadron with a ceremony earlier this month.
  • Bush: NATO Key U.S. Ally in Anti-terror War AFPS 20 Mar 2006 -- President Bush today praised NATO for its help in Iraq and Afghanistan and made suggestions for dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan.
  • Leaders Meet with African Nations to Discuss Security, Safety AFPS 20 Mar 2006 -- The Africa Center for Strategic Studies, U.S. European Command and U.S. Naval Forces Europe jointly are hosting a workshop titled "Maritime Safety and Security in the Gulf of Guinea" in Accra, Ghana, March 19-22.
  • Nuclear Weapons Center set to open at Kirtland AFPN 20 Mar 2006 -- Kirtland will become the home of Air Force Materiel Command's newest organization, the Nuclear Weapons Center, on March 31.
  • White House Briefing, March 20 Washington File 20 Mar 2006 -- President's day, Iraq, Belarus/elections, Bush speech in Cleveland/war on terrorism
  • State Department Briefing, March 20 Washington File 20 Mar 2006 -- Fraudulent Presidential Elections in Belarus, US Welcomes Bosnian Constitutional Reform, Nowruz Message, Belarus, Colombia, Iran, Japan, Iraq, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Prospects for Secretary Rice to Seek NFL Commissioner Position, NATO/Sudan

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