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31 March 2006 Military News

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  • New Commander Takes Charge of Task Force Guantanamo AFPS 31 Mar 2006 -- A Navy admiral assumed command today of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, the force responsible for detainee operations and intelligence gathering here.
  • MSC Europe Gets New Name Navy NewsStand 31 Mar 2006 -- Military Sealift Command (MSC) Europe, the European theatre's chief ocean transportation and combat logistics provider, was officially disestablished and renamed Sealift Logistics Command Europe (SEALOGEUR) during a ceremony at the command's headquarters in Naples, Italy, March 31.
  • Ike Successfully Completes INSURV Navy NewsStand 31 Mar 2006 -- The Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) walked off USS Dwight D. Eisenhower’s (Ike) (CVN 69) brow March 31 after giving her the highest average achieved by an aircraft carrier on her material readiness on record, since 2001.
  • Navy to Negotiate Long-Term Lease, Redevelopment of Navy Broadway Complex, San Diego Navy NewsStand 31 Mar 2006 -- The Department of the Navy has selected the development team of Manchester Financial Group L.P. d/b/a Federal San Diego LLC to participate in exclusive negotiations for the purpose of entering into a long-term lease for the redevelopment of the Navy Broadway Complex in downtown San Diego. The government’s goal is to consolidate its administrative facilities and create efficient quality, and centralized office space for the Navy.
  • USS Tortuga Arrives to Sasebo for Hull Swap Navy NewsStand 31 Mar 2006 -- USS Tortuga (LSD 46) arrived here March 31 after completing an 11,000-mile voyage across two oceans and transiting the Panama Canal for a scheduled hull swap with USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43).
  • Italian Deputy Commander of Multi-National Division-Southeast in Iraq Visits Reagan Navy NewsStand 31 Mar 2006 -- Italian Army Brig. Gen. Alessandro Pompegnani, deputy commander of Multi-National Division Southeast (MND SE) in Iraq, visited USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) March 27 to observe flight operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and to see maritime security operations in action.
  • U.S., Coalition Forces Conduct At-Sea Training Without Leaving the Pier Navy NewsStand 31 Mar 2006 -- U.S. Navy, Air Force and Army forces, along with British and German forces, concluded the four-day Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint Exercise (FST-J) March 29. This fleet exercise simulated at-sea war fighting conditions without involved units actually being underway.
  • Intel Ops Becoming More Joint, Responsive to Warfighter Needs AFPS 31 Mar 2006 -- The need to get more intelligence to warfighters faster so they can act on it is fueling big changes in how information is gathered, processed and shared, a U.S. Joint Forces Command official said.
  • Exchanging with pilots from 'down under' AFPN 31 Mar 2006 -- The mission of U.S. Air Force's refueling aircraft is to carry out global air refueling, airlift and humanitarian assignments. That mission is not only accomplished by U.S. pilots.
  • Ramstein airlift mission at full speed AFPN 31 Mar 2006 -- This airlift hub is now the main "pit stop" on the United States-to-Iraq supply route because of its high-tech facilities and ability to fix aircraft.
  • Air Force expects to choose tanker contractor by mid-2007 AFPN 31 Mar 2006 -- The Air Force hopes to have a contractor selected for a KC-135 Stratotanker replacement by mid-2007.
  • Response teams prepare for chemical, nuclear threats AFPN 31 Mar 2006 -- In an abandoned building on the outskirts of town, a lab sits fully stocked and prepared to produce chemical weapons of mass destruction.
  • Air Force finds cost savings for Raptor with multi-year purchasing AFPN 31 Mar 2006 -- The Air Force believes it can save nearly $500 million by going to multi-year procurement with the next 60 F-22A Raptor aircraft.
  • 1/34th BCT receives big farewell at Camp Shelby Army News 31 Mar 2006 -- "We issued more than 3,000 vehicle registration passes when initially we were told that only 1,800 would be needed," said Maj. Robert Watras, provost marshal for Mobilization Center Shelby.
  • US Military to Test 700-Ton Explosive in Nevada Desert VOA 31 Mar 2006 -- The U.S. military is preparing to test a massive new bomb that is designed to destroy underground military targets.
  • Rice in U.K. Defends U.S. Policies on Terror Detainees, Iraq Washington File 31 Mar 2006 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended the U.S. prosecution of the war on terrorism and the U.S. intervention in Iraq in a speech in the United Kingdom March 31.
  • Georgia: Russia Pledges To Complete Military Pullout On Schedule RFE/RL 31 Mar 2006 -- Russia has agreed on the practical details of its military pullout from Georgia. Envoys from Moscow and Tbilisi today signed two documents to that effect in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi
  • Turkey: 'Unique' Army Complicates EU Membership Bid RFE/RL 31 Mar 2006 -- The continued influence enjoyed by the army in Turkish society and politics will soon become an issue that could hamper the country's movement toward EU membership.
  • State Department Briefing, March 31 Washington File 31 Mar 2006 -- Iran, Bahrain, China, Visa Requirements Not Contradictory to Welcoming Visitors to U.S., Israel/Palestinian Authority, Afghanistan, Liberia/Sierra Leone

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