28 July 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 Jul 2006 [PDF]
- MARINE DIES IN AL ANBAR 27 JULY
- DoD Identifies Navy Casualty
- CENTAF releases airpower summary AFPN 28 Jul 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released the airpower summary for July 28.
- Balad Air Base now part of Air Force Public Web AFPN 28 Jul 2006 -- Airmen in Iraq supporting the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Balad Air Base can expect to see a new look on their public Web site.
- Bomb Blast Near Sunni Mosque in Baghdad Kills 4 People VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- Iraqi police say a bomb blast near a Sunni Mosque in Baghdad has killed four people and wounded at least six others.
- US Extends Unit in Iraq Amid Continuing Violence VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- The U.S. Defense Department announced Thursday it has ordered several thousand soldiers to stay in Iraq beyond their one-year assignment, which was about to end.
- Afghanistan: NATO Prepares To Go Beyond Peacekeeping RFE/RL 28 Jul 2006 -- NATO will take over command of security operations in southern Afghanistan from the U.S.-led coalition by the end of the month
- Taliban returning via Pakistan, says UN's Kabul envoy IRNA 28 Jul 2006 -- The Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan is backed by foreign money, terror networks and fighters coming over the border from Pakistan, the top UN envoy in Afghanistan said on Wednesday.
- Maintainers keep B-1 in the fight AFPN 28 Jul 2006 -- Maintainers assigned to the 40th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron are responsible for servicing, inspecting and repairing B-1B Lancers used to drop bombs in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
- World Cannot Give Up on Afghanistan, Coalition Officials Say AFPS 28 Jul 2006 -- The world cannot give up on Afghanistan or "we'll be right back where we were on Sept. 10, 2001," a spokesman for Combined Forces Command Afghanistan said here.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Navy Names Two New Combat Logistics Force Ships 28 Jul 2006 -- The Department of the Navy has announced the naming of the Navy's newest combat logistics force underway replenishment naval vessels, the USNS Richard E. Byrd T-AKE 4 and USNS Robert E. Peary T-AKE 5, to honor the two American explorers
- Lakenheath Strike Eagles return from Bulgaria AFPN 28 Jul 2006 -- Airmen and their F-15E Strike Eagles returned to this base today from Bulgaria with new flying skills and friends in a land they had never visited.
- Green Lighting tests Pacific bomber force AFPN 28 Jul 2006 -- B-2 Stealth bombers, KC-10 Extenders and support personnel are participating in a new exercise here.
- Air Force operations and organization doctrine updated, released AFPN 28 Jul 2006 -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley has approved the latest revision to Air Force Doctrine Document 2, Operations and Organization.
- Public affairs, multimedia functions merge under Strategic Communication AFPN 28 Jul 2006 -- Twenty-four hour news cycles and the demand for real-time data and images dictate an adjustment in how the Air Force is organized in order to better leverage its capabilities and provide timely and focused information to the public, the Air Force chief of staff said recently in a memorandum.
- ESG 5 Completes COMPTUEX Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2006 -- Sailors and Marines with Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 5 successfully completed their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) July 28 off the coast of Southern California.
- Navy Reservists to Report for Customs Mission Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2006 -- Navy Reserve Sailors report for duty at 104 Navy Operational Support Centers across the country, July 28, for a pending Middle East deployment.
- Shamrocks of VS-41 Holds Sundown Ceremony Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2006 -- The "Shamrocks" of Sea Control Squadron (VS) 41 held a sundown ceremony July 27 at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., to commemorate their decommissioning after 46 years of service.
- Future Naval Officers Launch Marine Corps EFV from USS Cleveland Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2006 -- More than 30 Midshipmen embarked aboard USS Cleveland (LPD) 7 July 10-16 helped launch the Marine Corps’ newest weapon system, the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV).
- Naval Hospital Bremerton Prepares for Pandemic in 3-Day Drill Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2006 -- Naval Hospital Bremerton concluded a three-day pandemic flu drill July 20 designed to test the process for receiving patients after the outbreak of an infectious illness.
- Restructuring of Legal Services in Europe Underway Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2006 -- A pilot program implemented July 7 at the Navy Legal Service Office (NLSO) in Naples is set to reduce their staffing from a 45-person command to 11 in an effort to grant the Judge Advocate General of the Navy more flexibility in shifting billets to support the global war on terrorism.
- Navy to Establish Two New Seabee Units in Gulfport Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2006 -- The Navy approved the establishment of the 25th Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11, July 18, which will be headquartered in Gulfport, Miss.
- DSU Recieves Meritorious Unit Commendation for International Response Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2006 -- The Navy’s Deep Submergence Unit (DSU) received the Meritorious Unit Commendation at Naval Base Coronado July 27, for operations during a Russian submarine rescue in Kamchatka, Russia, and participation in exercise Sorbet Royal.
- Training Wing 4 Changes Command Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2006 -- The Chief of Naval Air Training, Rear Adm. Donald Quinn, announced Navy Capt. David N. Maynard relieved Capt. Dale E. Little as the commodore of Training Air Wing 4 during a ceremony aboard Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, July, 27.
- Militaries Provide Care, Build Medical Capabilities During CARAT Malaysia Project Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2006 -- A festive mood overtook a tiny Malaysian village’s schoolyard as nearly 600 residents streamed in for basic medical and dental treatment when the U.S. Navy and Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) partnered to provide health care here July 25-27.
- REDCOM MIDWEST Participates in Pilot at Reserve Center Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2006 -- The Center for Naval Leadership (CNL) introduced the workspace trainer (WST) qualification program to focus on improving communication and raising the quality of instruction during on-the-job training (OJT), July 24-28.
- Alexander Promoted During Change of Command Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2006 -- Capt. Townsend "Tim" G. Alexander was promoted to rear admiral as he turned command of Naval Base Coronado (NBC), at Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) over to Capt. Anthony E. Gaiani during a change of command ceremony July 26.
- CNO Visits Tortuga Navy NewsStand 28 Jul 2006 -- While exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2006 wrapped up in Indonesia, Sailors aboard USS Tortuga (LSD 46) hosted the Navy’s most distinguished Sailor July 18.
- MND DECLINES TO COMMENT ON REPORT ON F-16 FIGHTER DEAL CNA 28 Jul 2006 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) declined to comment Friday on a report that Taiwan is seeking to buy 66 F-16C/D fighter aircraft from the United States.
- F-16s only if Pakistan ensures tech security IRNA 28 Jul 2006 -- Pakistan has been asked by the United States to provide several cast iron guarantees in order to ensure that there is no unauthorized transfer of technology or equipment that will come to Pakistan in the event of the delivery of F-16 fighter aircraft.
- Daily Press Briefing US Department of State 28 Jul 2006
- DoD News: Contracts for July 28, 2006
- General Dynamics NASSCO Lays Keel of Fourth T-AKE Ship, USNS Richard E. Byrd General Dynamics 28 Jul 2006 -- General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today held a keel-laying ceremony for the fourth ship in the U.S. Navy’s T-AKE program. The ship is named USNS Richard E. Byrd in honor of the U.S. Navy admiral who explored the South Pole and Antarctica. It will be part of the Lewis and Clark-class of dry cargo-ammunition ships.
- General Dynamics Awarded $6 Million to Support Post-shakedown Work on Submarine Texas General Dynamics 28 Jul 2006 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $6.3 million contract modification to procure long-lead-time material in support of the USS Texas post-shakedown availability (PSA). Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 28 Jul 2006
- President Bush and Prime Minister Blair of the United Kingdom Participate in Press Availability The White House 28 Jul 2006
- Security Council Distressed by U.N. Observers' Deaths in Lebanon Washington File 28 Jul 2006 -- Responding to the deaths of four members of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the Security Council said July 27 that it was "deeply shocked and distressed" by Israel's firing on a UNIFIL post and called for an investigation into the incident.
- U.S., U.K. Leaders Say Peacekeeper Needed in Lebanon "Quickly" Washington File 28 Jul 2006 -- President Bush said an effective multinational force needs to be dispatched quickly to southern Lebanon in order to help Lebanese government forces establish control there, as well as to help speed the distribution of humanitarian aid and facilitate the return of displaced persons.
- Lebanon Fighting Continues as Diplomats Try to Stem Violence VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- Israel intensified its attacks on Hezbollah targets in Lebanon Friday, as the militant group announced it used a new, longer-range rocket that struck deeper inside Israel
- Bush Says Rice Headed Back to Middle East VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- President Bush says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is returning to the Middle East with plans for a United Nations force to separate Israeli troops and Hezbollah militants fighting in southern Lebanon
- Support for Hezbollah Increasing Among South Lebanon Residents VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- As Israel's military offensive in Lebanon continues for a third week, the death toll on both sides of the border is climbing
- Israel Intensifies Bombardment of Lebanon VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- Israeli warplanes and artillery intensified their bombardment of Lebanon Friday on the 17th day of the offensive against Hezbollah.
- ICRC Expands Humanitarian Action in Lebanon VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is appealing for $81 million to sharply increase its humanitarian operations for hundreds of thousands of war victims in Lebanon until the end of the year.
- World Community Must Stop Lebanon Fighting, Bush, Blair Say AFPS 28 Jul 2006 -- The international community must intervene to end the fighting between Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah guerillas, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair told reporters today during a joint White House press briefing.
- Middle East: The World Searches For An Elusive Solution RFE/RL 28 Jul 2006 -- After more than two weeks of combat, there is no letup in the fighting between Israel and Hizballah.
- UN observer teams in line of fire in south Lebanon to relocate UN News Centre 28 Jul 2006 -- Three days after a United Nations post in Lebanon was destroyed during an Israeli bombardment, leaving four dead, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has decided to temporarily move unarmed observers into more secure positions.
- Israel Pounds More Than 100 Targets in Lebanon VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- Israeli warplanes have pounded more than 100 targets in southern and eastern Lebanon, as the Israeli military focuses on air strikes over riskier ground operations on the 17th day of its offensive against Hezbollah.
- Lebanon Fighting Continues as Diplomats Try to Stem Violence VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- Israeli artillery renewed shelling villages in southern Lebanon Friday after warplanes carried out air strikes in southern and eastern Lebanon overnight
- Security Council Expresses Shock at Israeli Attack on UN Post VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- The U.N. Security Council has expressed shock and distress at Israel's bombing of a U.N. post in Lebanon that killed four military observers
- Israeli Offensive Continues For 17th Day RFE/RL 28 Jul 2006 -- Israeli planes have bombarded targets in southern Lebanon for a 17th day, while more Hizballah rockets have hit northern Israel.
- UN 'Shocked' At Israeli Strike On UN Troops RFE/RL 28 Jul 2006 -- The U.N. Security Council says it is "deeply shocked and distressed" at an Israeli attack on a UN observer post in Lebanon that killed four peacekeepers.
- Mideast agreements must be coordinated - FM Lavrov RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2006 -- All possible agreements on the Middle East peace process should be coordinated with all forces in Lebanon, including with Hizbollah, Russia's foreign minister said Friday.
- DRC Campaigning Ends Amid Tensions, Security Challenges VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- Campaigning is ending in the Democratic Republic of Congo, amid tensions before Sunday's post-war election
- UN envoy urges all Congolese to vote in Sunday's historic poll UN News Centre 28 Jul 2006 -- As polling stations across the vast reaches of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) prepare to receive tens of millions of voters on Sunday, a United Nations envoy to the country said that security conditions have been met, as he urged all Congolese to participate.
- DRC: Violence rising as elections near IRIN 28 Jul 2006 -- Columns of smoke rose over Kinshasa on Thursday as political violence claimed the lives of three policemen and at least three civilians ahead of Sunday's elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
- Abkhazian Separatists Threaten Force if Georgian Administration Set Up There VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- Separatists in Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia have threatened to use force if the central government sets up its own local administration in the area.
- Abkhazia refuses to attend four-party meeting on Georgia border RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2006 -- Abkhazia refused to attend a four-party meeting with Georgia, UN representatives and peacekeepers Friday following the arrival of a representative of a pro-Tbilisi government.
- Georgia launches second stage of operation in Kodori Gorge RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2006 -- Georgia's Interior Ministry launched Friday the second phase of a police operation in the Kodori Gorge, in its breakaway region of Abkhazia.
- Somali Government Minister Gunned Down in Baidoa VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- A senior minister of the interim government of Somalia was slain Friday as he was leaving prayers at a mosque in the interim government's provincial base, Baidoa
- Questions Raised Over Contents of Newly Arrived Cargo Plane in Somali Capital VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- For the second time this week, a large plane arrived in the Islamists-controlled Somali capital of Mogadishu Friday, carrying an unknown cargo.
- Somali Government Minister Gunned Down in Baidoa VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- A minister in Somalia's interim government was shot and killed Friday, as concerns rise that the violence plagued Horn of Africa nation is inching closer to war.
- SOMALIA: Gunman kills government minister IRIN 28 Jul 2006 -- Tension rose in the southern Somali town of Baidao on Friday after an unidentified gunman killed a federal government minister as he left a mosque after prayers.
- Envoys from UN and African Union condemn fresh round of clashes in West Darfur UN News Centre 28 Jul 2006 -- The senior United Nations envoy to Sudan and his African Union (AU) counterpart have issued a joint statement voicing deep concern at today's violent clashes in the strife-torn Darfur region involving Sudanese Government forces, allied militias and rebel groups.
- CHAD: Opposition snubs Deby's long-awaited national dialogue IRIN 28 Jul 2006 -- The Chadian government on Friday launched a long-awaited national dialogue aimed at sealing differences with the opposition, but President Idriss Deby's main opponents stayed away.
- Six LTTE cadres died, many injured in Sri Lanka IRNA 28 Jul 2006 -- The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has claimed that six of their cadres had been killed and eight others, including three civilians, were wounded when the Sri Lankan Air Force fighter jets bombed one of their camps in the restive eastern Trincomalee district.
- Nepal's Maoists Extend Cease-Fire VOA 28 Jul 2006 -- In Nepal, Maoist rebels have extended a ceasefire as they pursue peace talks with the government
- SUDAN: SPLM - a year after Garang IRIN 28 Jul 2006 -- Several people in the southern Sudanese capital of Juba still pay their respects every day at the grave of John Garang de Mabior, former leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), a year after his death.
- Warlord blamed for convoy attack killed in Chechnya - ministry RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2006 -- A warlord believed to have been involved in an attack on an army convoy in the southeast of Chechnya in early July has been killed, Russia's Interior Ministry said Friday.
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