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21 December 2007 Military News

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  • US Defense Chief Criticizes Congress for Short-Term Funding of Wars VOA 21 Dec 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has criticized the U.S. Congress for providing only three months worth of funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Guantanamo Detainee Charged 21 Dec 2007 -- The Office of Military Commissions announced today that charges have been sworn against Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi of Saudi Arabia
  • MRAP Deliveries Top Year-End Goal AFPS 21 Dec 2008 -- The Defense Department today topped its year-end goal of delivering 1,500 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to troops in the Afghanistan and Iraq combat theaters, a Pentagon official said.
  • Airmen, Sailors Complete Interservice Air Combat Training AFPS 21 Dec 2008 -- Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing "Wolf Pack" returned here yesterday after completing an 11-day air combat training exercise with sailors flying F-18 Hornets at Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Japan.
  • Naval Facility Pursues LEED-EB Certification Navy NewsStand 21 Dec 2008 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NAVFAC ESC) is seeking to become the first Navy facility to achieve the coveted silver certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB), as part of a larger effort to comply with energy conservation goals set forth in Presidential Executive Order 13423.
  • USS Port Royal Visits Jakarta Navy NewsStand 21 Dec 2008 -- Indonesian naval officers stood in formation on the pier and a military band played patriotic songs Dec. 20 as USS Port Royal (CG 73) pushed away from her berth at Tanjung-Priok Port in Jakarta, after a four-day port visit to Indonesia's capital province.
  • Navy Engineers Begin Work on Hydrogen Fueling Demonstration Project Navy NewsStand 21 Dec 2008 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NAVFAC ESC) personnel are working with the U. S. Marine Corps and private industry to construct the Navy's first compressed-hydrogen fueling station.
  • New Warrior Transition Facility Improves Support for Redeploying Sailors Navy NewsStand 21 Dec 2008 -- The Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) dedicated a new Warrior Transition Program (WTP) facility at Camp Arifjan on Dec. 14.
  • KBAR: Naval Special Warfare's Edge on Advancement Navy NewsStand 21 Dec 2008 -- Naval Special Warfare Sailors around the world will be receiving an early Christmas present to help them prepare for the next advancement exam thanks to a new leap in technology.
  • Naval Special Warfare Special Boat Team Conducts MEATS Evolution Navy NewsStand 21 Dec 2008 -- Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) from Special Boat Team (SBT) 12, stationed at Naval Base Coronado, Calif., conducted a Maritime External Air Transportation System (MEATS) training evolution, Dec. 12, with the help of a Marine Corps CH-53 helicopter.
  • Kearsarge Achieves 1,000th Aircraft Deployed Approach Navy NewsStand 21 Dec 2008 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) completed its 1,000th aircraft approach, Dec. 5, setting a new record during the current deployment for Kearsarge and large deck amphibious ships in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
  • McChord combat controllers receive medals AFPN 21 Dec 2007 -- Twenty-five medals were presented to 15 combat controllers and special tactics officers by the Air Force Special Operations Command commander during a Dec. 18 ceremony at McChord Air Force Base.
  • Pope says goodbye to last A-10s AFPN 21 Dec 2007 -- Pope Air Force Base officials held a Dec. 19 ceremony to say goodbye to their last three A-10 Thunderbolt IIs as the aircraft took off here and flew to Moody AFB, Ga.
  • Airmen, Sailors complete interservice air combat training AFPN 21 Dec 2007 -- Forty Kunsan Air Base Airmen returned here Dec. 20 after completing an 11-day training exercise for air combat training with Sailors at Atsugi Naval Air Facility, Japan.
  • C-17 polar airdrop capability successful AFPN 21 Dec 2007 -- During the winter season at the South Pole, temperatures often dip as low as minus 100 F and can paralyze an aircraft's hydraulic systems, crystallize the fuel and solidify lubricants.
  • Air Force provides Army burn flight team with training AFPN 21 Dec 2007 -- Since Operation Iraqi Freedom began in March 2003, Army burn flight and Air Force critical care air transport teams have evacuated and treated hundreds of patients who've suffered burn and inhalation injuries primarily resulting from improvised explosive device detonations.
  • Delta II with GPS payload successfully launches AFPN 21 Dec 2007 -- Air Force space technicians successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Delta II booster Dec. 21 carrying the fifth modernized NAVSTAR Global Positioning System satellite into space
  • Backgrounder: The Impact of the 110th Congress on U.S. Foreign Policy cfr.org 21 Dec 2007 -- The 2006 elections brought Democratic majorities to the House of Representatives and the Senate, with a new leadership determined to change U.S. policy in Iraq
  • Press Gaggle by Tony Fratto The White House 21 Dec 2007

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