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22 March 2007 Military News

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  • Marine Units Extended on Okinawa AFPS 22 Mar 2007 -- About 1,200 Marines who deployed to Okinawa in January to serve as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit will remain on the Japanese island about five months longer than originally planned, Marine Corps officials said today.
  • Gates: Delayed Funding Will Hurt Army AFPS 22 Mar 2007 -- A delay in approving the Defense Department's fiscal 2007 supplemental budget request will seriously damage the Army's readiness, possibly resulting in delayed training for units headed to Iraq and reduced funding for building and equipment repairs, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.
  • VA Reviews Facilities, Most Issues Involve 'Normal Wear and Tear' Army News 22 Mar 2007 -- To ensure the 1,400 hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other facilities where veterans receive health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs are in top-notch physical condition, the Department's senior physician said a special review of all facilities concludes most deficiencies involve "normal wear and tear."
  • Defense Chief Calls on US Congress to Fund Iraq, Afghan Wars Without Conditions VOA 22 Mar 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says if the Congress does not approve additional funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by mid-April, without special conditions, the department will have to make cuts that could affect troop training and deployments
  • Transcript: Department of Defense Media Roundtable with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates from the Pentagon 22 Mar 2007 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
  • Alaska Airmen aid injured British Sailor AFPN 22 Mar 2007 -- Airmen in Alaska came through for a wounded British Sailor March 21 when he was injured during a deadly explosion aboard the Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless operating in Arctic waters north of Prudhoe Bay.
  • Ronald Reagan, Lake Champlain Arrive in Korea for Port Visit Navy NewsStand 22 Mar 2007 -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, on March. 22 for a scheduled port visit in conjunction with Exercise Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration/Foal Eagle (RSOI/FE) 2007.
  • Vinson Sailors Strive to Maintain Qualifications Navy NewsStand 22 Mar 2007 -- While USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) undergoes refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard, Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier are striving to maintain their qualifications in preparation for the ship's eventual return to sea.
  • U.S., Pakistani Ships Conduct Bilateral Operations Navy NewsStand 22 Mar 2007 -- USS Preble (DDG 88) and Pakistani Naval Ship (PNS) Badr (D 184) conducted bilateral operations March 8 in the Persian Gulf.
  • Air Force, Navy Conduct Range Operations Navy NewsStand 22 Mar 2007 -- Navy and Air Force squadrons conducted the first combined live gunnery and missile delivery simulations at the Southern California Offshore Range on March 9.
  • Azerbaijan: Baku Seems Ambivalent About NATO Membership RFE/RL 22 Mar 2007 -- NATO's special representative for the South Caucasus and Central Asia recently noted that while Azerbaijan cooperates closely with the alliance, its intentions remain unclear.
  • Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 22 Mar 2007

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