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06 February 2007 Military News

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  • DoD Establishing U.S. Africa Command AFPS 06 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. military will establish a separate U.S. Africa Command to oversee military operations on the African continent, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced during Congressional testimony today.
  • Africa Command Will Consolidate U.S. Efforts on Continent AFPS 06 Feb 2007 -- The new U.S. Africa Command, which President Bush announced today, will consolidate U.S. government efforts in Africa and the ability to work with partner nations, the officer in charge of the command's transition team said today.
  • U.S. Creating New Africa Command To Coordinate Military Efforts Washington File 06 Feb 2007 -- The Defense Department is creating a new U.S. Africa Command headquarters, to be known as AFRICOM, to coordinate all U.S. military and security interests throughout the continent, the Bush administration announced February 6.
  • Bush Somalia Policy Questioned in Congress VOA 06 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. State Department's top official on Africa went to Capitol Hill Tuesday to defend U.S. policy in Somalia
  • Airborne Laser In-Flight Testing MDA 06 Feb 2007 -- Lt. General Henry "Trey" Obering III, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director, announced that the Airborne Laser is currently undergoing flight testing of the beam control/fire control system, which includes both the Tracking Illuminator Laser and Beacon Illuminator Laser
  • Pentagon Seeks Nearly $500 Billion for 2008 Defense Budget Washington File 06 Feb 2007 -- The Defense Department has submitted a $481.4 billion request to Congress to support operations around the world and in cyberspace for the fiscal year beginning October 1 (FY08).
  • Top DoD Budget Official Outlines War on Terror Costs AFPS 06 Feb 2007 -- The war on terrorism has cost $545 billion to date, the department's top budget official said today.
  • Budget Request Highlights Army Equipment, Training, Quality of Life Army News 06 Feb 2007 -- A 3-percent pay raise for servicemembers, an increase in ground forces and continued funding of the war on terror are on the table now that President Bush delivered his fiscal 2008 defense budget request and 2007 emergency supplemental request to Congress yesterday.
  • Bush's $17.3 Billion Budget Request Supports Space Leadership Washington File 06 Feb 2007 -- President Bush's $17.3 billion budget request for NASA for the fiscal year beginning October 2007 (FY 2008) would provide needed funding for the space shuttle and International Space Station, but budget cuts over the past few years could jeopardize the schedule for replacing the space shuttle by 2014.
  • Cope Tiger participants provide humanitarian assistance AFPN 06 Feb 2007 -- Servicemembers from the United States, Thailand and Republic of Singapore took part in a humanitarian mission during Cope Tiger 2007 Jan. 30 at a Thai school.
  • American, Japanese airmen join forces in Keen Edge '07 AFPN 06 Feb 2007 -- Approximately 300 Airmen and six Japan Air Self Defense Force liaison officers are participating in the bilateral command post Exercise Keen Edge '07 here.
  • Alamo Wing steps up schoolhouse operations AFPN 06 Feb 2007 -- The Air Force Reserve's 433rd Airlift Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, gained two new squadrons Feb. 6. The wing is home to the Air Force's C-5 Galaxy schoolhouse.
  • Military Sealift Command Ships Replenish U.S. Antarctic Research Station Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2007 -- Military Sealift Command (MSC) dry cargo ship MV American Tern arrived at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica on Feb. 4 to deliver supplies and equipment as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the station's annual replenishment of supplies.
  • USS Russell, USS Paul Hamilton Surge as Part of Fleet Response Plan Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2007 -- Guided-missile destroyers USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) departed their homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor on Feb. 3 as part of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) surge deployment.
  • Wren Assumes Command of Kitty Hawk Strike Group Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2007 -- Rear Adm. Richard B. Wren assumed command of the USS Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group (CSG), Task Force 70, Task Force 75 and Carrier Strike Group 5 from Rear Adm. Douglas L. McClain during a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) on Feb. 2.
  • MCPON visits "Big T" Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2007 -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa, Jr. visited USS Tarawa (LHA 1) on Feb. 2 to meet the crew.
  • Blue Ridge Visits Okinawa Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2007 -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) and the embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff arrived Jan. 26 for a five-day port visit to Okinawa, Japan, participating in volunteer efforts and enjoying recreational activities.
  • USS Curtis Wilbur Visits Hachinohe, Japan Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2007 -- USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) pulled into Hachinohe, Japan, on Jan. 25 for a four-day port visit.
  • Barksdale B-52s arrive in Guam, complete bomber rotation AFPN 06 Feb 2007 -- Airmen from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La., and their B-52 Stratofortress bombers arrived in Guam recently to begin a four-month deployment here.
  • Officials release C-32 accident report AFPN 06 Feb 2007 -- Air Mobility Command officials here Feb. 6 released the results of its investigation into the June 1 mishap involving an engine test on a C-32 aircraft at Andrews AFB, Md., during which asphalt from the shoulder pavement disintegrated and impacted the aircraft.
  • Interim Polar System reaches full operational capability AFPN 06 Feb 2007 -- Air Force officials announced Feb. 6 the successful launch and delivery for operational service of the second Interim Polar System payload.
  • Armenian lobbyists blast disparity in U.S. military aid RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2007 -- A prominent Armenian lobbyist organization sharply criticized Tuesday the disparity in U.S. military aid to Armenia and Azerbaijan proposed in a draft 2008 budget.
  • U.S. Imperialists Massively Deploy Arms and Stage Aerial War Exercise KCNA 06 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. imperialists have swiftly deployed massive aggression forces in and around south Korea, getting more undisguised in their scheme to make a preemptive attack on the DPRK, according to military sources.
  • Greek military delegation arrives in Moscow for talks RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2007 -- A military delegation from Greece will arrive Tuesday in Moscow for a round of talks focused on bilateral cooperation, a senior Russian defense official said.
  • Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 06 Feb 2007
  • Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 06 Feb 2007

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