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21 March 2007 Military News

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  • Missile Defense Flight Test Successfully Completed MDA 21 Mar 2007 -- Lt. Gen. Henry "Trey" Obering, Missile Defense Agency director, today announced the successful execution of an important test involving the tracking of a long-range target missile by radars that are being incorporated into the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).
  • Airborne Laser fires tracking laser, hits target AFPN 21 Mar 2007 -- The YAL-1A Airborne Laser, a modified Boeing 747-400F, successfully test fired its target illuminator laser March 15 during a five-hour test flight.
  • General Says US Missile Defense Much Improved Since North Korean Test in July VOA 21 Mar 2007 -- The commander of U.S. strategic forces says the United States has significantly improved its missile defense and deterrent capability since North Korea's series of missile tests last July
  • C-17 missions play vital role in war on terrorism AFPN 21 Mar 2007 -- Large, grey, boxy, with expansive wings ending in a curved wingtip, this C-17 is one of eight aircraft jointly maintained and operated by both active duty and Hawaii Air National Guard Airmen at Hickam AFB, Hawaii
  • AFSO21 team exchanges Lean practices with industry officials AFPN 21 Mar 2007 -- Air Force officials, looking to industry Lean experts for best practices and lessons learned to apply to Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century, got a first-hand look at Lean in action during a recent three-day industry exchange here.
  • Royal Navy Submarine Incident Kills Two During Ice Exercise Navy NewsStand 22 Mar 2007 -- The Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless, participating in the Joint U.S. Navy/Royal Navy Ice Exercise 2007 (ICEX-2007) in the Arctic Ocean, experienced an explosion of a self contained oxygen generation candle that killed two crew members and injured one.
  • Cold Warfare: Future SEALs Get a Firsthand Lesson in Northern Exposure Navy NewsStand 22 Mar 2007 -- Navy SEAL Qualification Training (SQT) students pushed through frigid winds and strong snowstorms during cold weather survival training that ended March 9 on Kodiak Island.
  • Two UK Sailors Killed, One Injured in Arctic Submarine Explosion VOA 21 Mar 2007 -- Two British sailors died Wednesday in an explosion aboard a British submarine under the Arctic ice cap
  • Big E Underway to Continue Carrier Quals Navy NewsStand 21 Mar 2007 -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Big E), got underway March 19, after spending the weekend at its homeport in Norfolk, Va., offloading Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 and onloading training squadrons from Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), headquartered at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • Navy Transfers Two Coastal Mine Hunters to Greece Navy NewsStand 21 Mar 2007 -- Two Osprey-Class Coastal Mine Hunters, USS Heron (MHC 52) and USS Pelican (MHC 53), were decommissioned March 16, and transferred to the Hellenic Navy (HN) in the first official transfer of ships between nations at the South Texas base.
  • Carl Vinson Visits Atlanta for Navy Week Navy NewsStand 21 Mar 2007 -- Sailors assigned to USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) visited Atlanta and surrounding areas to participate in the city's Navy Week that began on March 13.
  • New GPS-guided air drops aid aircrew accuracy AFPN 21 Mar 2007 -- Mobility aircrews now have a new tool which uses Global Positioning System, or GPS, to help them deliver cargo more accurately and safely in deployed theaters of operation.
  • Joint Chiefs Chairman Optimistic About Relations With China AFPS 21 Mar 2007 -- On the eve of his first trip to China, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today he is optimistic about relations with the world's largest communist nation.
  • Official Defends BRAC Funding Request on Hill AFPS 21 Mar 2007 -- The latest round of the Base Realignment and Closure process is the most extensive, transformational round the nation has ever seen, and will require full funding to implement, a senior Defense Department official said here yesterday.
  • STRATCOM Commander: Safe, Reliable Deterrence Critical to Defense AFPS 21 Mar 2007 -- As the United States works to reduce its nuclear weapons stockpile, it must ensure it has enough safe, reliable weapons -- both nuclear and conventional -- to deter against the threats it faces, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command told the House Armed Services Committee today.
  • Pace Says Military Stretched but Able to Handle Any Threat AFPS 21 Mar 2007 -- The U.S. military is stretched, but it is able to do all missions the country asks of it, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
  • Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Wants U.S. To Hand Over Airman RFE/RL 21 Mar 2007 -- Some Kyrgyz officials are accusing 20-year-old U.S. serviceman Zachary Hatfield of murder in the killing of an airport employee in Bishkek and want to put the American on trial.
  • Kyrgyzstan demands handover of U.S. soldier who shot civilian RIA Novosti 21 Mar 2007 -- The Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry has formally asked that a U.S. serviceman accused of killing a civilian be turned over to the Prosecutor's Office, the ministry said Wednesday.
  • Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 21 Mar 2007
  • Press Gaggle by Tony Snow The White House 21 Mar 2007

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