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31 January 2008 Military News

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  • 7th Air Force, Air Forces Korea redesignated AFPN 31 Jan 2008 -- Osan Air Base Airmen began a new chapter for the primary combat air force provider to South Korea as the Pacific Air Forces commander uncased the 7th Air Force, Air Forces Korea flag Jan. 30 here.
  • Chief of staff of Air Force announces new reading list AFPN 31 Jan 2008 -- The chief of staff of the air force announced his new reading list.
  • PIT crew brings realism to Pacific Lifeline exercise AFPN 31 Jan 2008 -- Airmen from the 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron and 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron aren't being graded on the test, but their work impacts those involved with the Pacific Lifeline exercise.
  • AETC releases vision of future learning AFPN 31 Jan 2008 -- Air Education and Training Command officials here released a vision for the years between 2008 and 2030 when they unveiled "On Learning: The Future of Air Force Education and Training," a 29-page white paper Jan. 31.
  • CENTAF commander meets with key officials in Egypt AFPN 31 Jan 2008 -- The U.S. Central Command Air Forces commander visited Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 29 to meet with Egyptian military leaders and other key U.S. government officials as part of USCENTCOM's theater security cooperation events and component commander's bilateral engagements with U.S. allies.
  • Commission Recommends Sweeping Change for Guard, Reserves AFPS 31 Jan 2008 -- A Congressional commission today recommended sweeping changes to the way U.S. military reserve forces have been structured and have operated for more than a half century.
  • Army Taking Action to Stem Rising Suicide Rates AFPS 31 Jan 2008 -- With Army suicides on the rise -- approaching rates for the same demographic among civilians -- Army officials are evaluating their programs to see what more can
  • Army Meeting 2008 Recruiting Goals Army News 31 Jan 2008 -- The Army is on track to meet its fiscal 2008 recruiting goal of 80,000 new active-duty Soldiers, said the U.S. Army Recruiting Command's top officer.
  • Army Responds to Rising Suicide Rates Army News 31 Jan 2008 -- The Army is taking steps to meet the rising suicide rates among Soldiers head-on, the service's top mental-health expert told reporters at the Pentagon today.
  • Transcript: Media Availability with Secretary Gates and French Minister of Defense Morin from the Pentagon 31 Jan 2008 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and French Minister of Defense Herve Morin
  • USS Dubuque Completes Engineering Certification Navy NewsStand 31 Jan 2008 -- Dubuque (LPD 8), the "Mighty 8," earned her engineering operational certification Jan. 25 after achieving an above average score as assessed by an Afloat Training Group (ATG), Pacific, inspection team.
  • Hospital Ship to Conduct Pacific Partnership 2008 Navy NewsStand 31 Jan 2008 -- Preparations are under way to deploy the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) on a humanitarian mission to the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia in support of Pacific Partnership 2008, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet announced, Jan. 29, in Sydney, Australia.
  • Shiloh Trains in CBR Defense Navy NewsStand 31 Jan 2008 -- Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) utilized some at sea time Jan. 29, to focus on some mission essential training.
  • Army Charts New Course for Intel Aircraft Program Army News 31 Jan 2008 -- The project manager of an airborne-intelligence program delayed due to a contract termination in 2006 has proposed a new strategy.
  • Aerospace ground equipment sheds light on mission AFPN 31 Jan 2008 -- As the sun sets and day transitions into night, members of one Southwest Asia maintenance squadron helps light the way to ensure the mission stays at the forefront and in the limelight.
  • Summit solidifies operational, strategic doctrine AFPN 31 Jan 2008 -- More than a dozen active duty and retired general officers formulated doctrine to support joint warfighting operations through the construct of a critical liaison to Air Force commanders called an Air Component Coordination Element Jan. 23 and 24 at Maxwell Air Force Base.
  • Edwards Airman flies high as first military F-35 pilot AFPN 31 Jan 2008 -- A pilot from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., became the first Air Force and government test pilot to fly the F-35 Lightning II during a test sortie at the Lockheed Martin facility Jan. 30 at Naval Air Station Fort Worth.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Transform Combat Operations AFPS 31 Jan 2008 -- They are known as the "commander's eyes on the battlefield." Coalition forces have used them to find roadside bombs, track the enemy's movement, clear convoy routes and locate key targets -- all without having to leave the relative safety of their bases.
  • Women Warriors Deserve Better Health Care, Committee Says AFPS 31 Jan 2008 -- Women's health issues often don't draw much attention from policy makers and commanders in the 85-percent male U.S. forces. But a Defense Department committee is trying to change that.
  • Kearsarge Strike Group Returns Home Navy NewsStand 31 Jan 2008 -- Nearly 2,200 Sailors of the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group returned home to family and friends over the past week following a regularly scheduled deployment.
  • Chafee Departs for Western Pacific Navy NewsStand 31 Jan 2008 -- More than 350 Sailors assigned to the Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) were joined by their friends and family as they departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor Jan. 30 for a deployment under the Navy's Fleet Response Plan (FRP).
  • USS Fort McHenry Assists Stranded Fishermen Navy NewsStand 31 Jan 2008 -- A Sao Tome and Principe (STP) fishing boat was found floating out to sea 26 nautical miles south of STP, Jan. 30; lookouts from USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) spotted the distressed fishing vessel and immediately reported the news to the officer of the deck.
  • Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group Completes ULTRA-S Assessment Navy NewsStand 31 Jan 2008 -- The Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group completed the Unit Level Training Assessment - Sustainment (ULTRA-S) on all six surface vessels Jan. 24.
  • U.S. Continues Deploying Additional Air Force in S. Korea KCNA 31 Jan 2008 -- The U.S. imperialists continue deploying various type warplanes in the air force bases of the U.S. aggressor forces in south Korea to keep them ready for actions from the outset of the year, according to a military source.
  • US, France Discuss Afghanistan and NATO VOA 31 Jan 2008 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his French counterpart Herve Morin discussed NATO's involvement in Afghanistan during a meeting Thursday at the Pentagon, but neither would provide many details of their talks
  • Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 31 Jan 2008

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  • 2008 crucial for boosting UN-AU partnership, Ban Ki-moon tells African summit UN News Centre 31 Jan 2008 -- Noting that collaboration between the United Nations and the African Union has entered a historic phase with the establishment of a joint peacekeeping operation in Darfur, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the year ahead will be a crucial one for the two bodies as they strive to achieve shared goals.

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