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05 March 2008 Military News

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  • Charges Referred Against Detainee Al Qosi 05 Mar 2008 -- The Defense Department announced today that two charges have been referred against Guantanamo detainee Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi of Sudan.
  • Transcript: Media Roundtable with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen from the Pentagon Briefing Room, Arlington, Va. 05 Mar 2008 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen
  • 12th Air Force officials unfurl new flags during redesignation AFPN 05 Mar 2008 -- Airmen from 12th Air Force here sheathed the guidons of several units and unfurled a new banner marking the command's transition from a traditional numbered Air Force to an Air Force component organization Feb. 29 here.
  • Airmen prepare to airlift flood clean-up kits to Ecuador AFPN 05 Mar 2008 -- Members of Kentucky's Air National Guard are scheduled to help flood-ravaged parts of Ecuador by transporting 162 clean-up kits in a C-130 Hercules March 6 from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., to Manta, Ecuador.
  • Air Force Reserve establishes first space wing AFPN 05 Mar 2008 -- Air Force Reserve Command officials are expanding the critical role reservists play in space operations by establishing AFRC's first space wing at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.
  • Navy Hosts Public Forum on Sonar Training Navy NewsStand 05 Mar 2008 -- The Navy hosted a hearing March 4 to gather public comments on the service's plans for how it will train with active sonar along the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Chief of Naval Air Training Halts TH-57 Flight Operations Navy NewsStand 05 Mar 2008 -- Chief of Naval Air Training made a decision to temporarily reduce flight operations of 108 TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopters from Training Wing (TRAWING) 5 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field, Fla., March 3, for safety reasons.
  • U.S. military medical team provides care in Honduras AFPN 05 Mar 2008 -- A U.S. military medical team deployed conducted more than 70 free surgeries to Hondurans during a two-week U.S. Southern Command-sponsored medical readiness training exercise Feb. 18 through 29 in Tela, Honduras.
  • Energy Forum showcases environmental achievements AFPN 05 Mar 2008 -- Approximately 500 Air Force, government and industry leaders gathered to discuss current and future energy and environmental programs during the service's second annual Energy Forum March 3 here.
  • Commander holds six 'ACCES ' AFPN 05 Mar 2008 -- Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Wood, the Air Forces Korea and Korea Air Component Command commander, has six 'ACCES' spread out over the Korean peninsula helping him to stack the deck in the Key Resolve Exercise.
  • Replace aging aircraft or risk irrelevancy, general says AFPN 05 Mar 2008 -- The commander of Air Force Materiel Command, which is responsible for delivering war-winning capabilities to the rest of the Air Force, said during a visit to Air University here that Air Force officials must develop and buy new aircraft or risk the service becoming irrelevant.
  • Coalition Disrupts Al Qaeda in Iraq Operations, Detains 22 Suspects AFPS 05 Mar 2008 -- Coalition forces detained 22 suspects today during operations to disrupt al Qaeda networks operating in northern and central Iraq.
  • Lack of Information About China's Military Spending Concerns Gates AFPS 05 Mar 2008 -- China's announcement that it is increasing its military spending by almost 18 percent is a cause of concern because the nation's government hasn't been clear about how it will spend the money, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.
  • Soldiers Can Fast Track Careers with Education Programs Army News 05 Mar 2008 -- Soldiers who may be stuck in their careers because of busy schedules or limited educations can turn to the Basic Skills Education Program to help them boost their test skills and get promoted.
  • Expeditionary Combat Commander Impressed by Guantanamo Sailors Navy NewsStand 05 Mar 2008 -- The commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command visited Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo March 1-4 to spend time with Sailors assigned to guard detainees as members of the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion, observe and evaluate NEGB detainee operations, and tour the facilities.
  • Pearl Harbor Ships Win Battle "E" Navy NewsStand 05 Mar 2008 -- Pearl Harbor-based ships USS Russell (DDG 59), USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Hopper (DDG 70) and USS Lake Erie (CG 70) were announced as the winners of the Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E") award, Feb. 28, by Commander, Naval Surface Forces.
  • Norfolk to Receive New Damage Control School Trainer Navy NewsStand 05 Mar 2008 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Mid-Atlantic, awarded a $12,030,960 contract, Feb. 28, to the Hascall Company, Jacksonville, Fla., for design and construction of a two-story damage control school trainer facility at Naval Support Activity, Norfolk.
  • USS Mustin Prepares for ULTRA-C Navy NewsStand 05 Mar 2008 -- Sailors aboard USS Mustin (DDG 89) prepared for an upcoming Unit Level Training Assessment-Certification (ULTRA-C) March 4, by spending three hours fighting simulated fires, flooding and personnel casualties during an integrated training team (ITT) scenario.
  • NMCB 1 Electricians Upgrade 'Seabee Village' in Iraq Navy NewsStand 05 Mar 2008 -- Seabees with U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 and NMCB 15, Task Force Sierra Mainbody (TFS MB), completed installation of a new electrical frequency converter, March 4, shifting their work spaces and berthing from generator to shore power.
  • New Disaster Recovery Training Facility Coming to Gulfport Navy NewsStand 05 Mar 2008 -- Construction is well underway for the new Naval Construction Training Center (NCTC) Disaster Recover Training (DRT) Facility that is scheduled to open this summer on board Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport.
  • New Field Medical Services School coming to Camp Lejeune Navy NewsStand 05 Mar 2008 -- The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Mid-Atlantic, awarded a $7,498,902 construction contract, Feb. 28, to Virtexco Corp., Norfolk, for construction of a field medical services school (FMSS) at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, N.C., and is expected to be completed by December 2009.
  • SWCCs Conduct IAD Exercise Navy NewsStand 05 Mar 2008 -- Special warfare combatant-craft crew members (SWCC) assigned to Special Boat Team (SBT) 22 participated in immediate action drills (IAD), Feb. 19-23, in preparation for the next deployment cycle.
  • Global Hawk marks 10-year anniversary AFPN 05 Mar 2008 -- A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle landed after an eight-hour mission Feb. 28 that marked 10 years since base officials witnessed its first flight at Edwards Air Force Base.
  • New Directive Contains Political Activity Rules for Servicemembers AFPS 05 Mar 2008 -- A revised Defense Department directive provides sharper definition of what servicemembers may and may not do within the political realm, particularly running for political office, a senior U.S. military officer said here yesterday.
  • Newly Returned Soldiers to Begin Training for Next Deployment AFPS 05 Mar 2008 -- As Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno was urging the Army's return to 12-month deployments, an Army brigade here just back from Iraq was getting word that it's time to start training for its next combat rotation.
  • Odierno, Other Leaders Support 12-Month Army Deployments AFPS 05 Mar 2008 -- The former commander of Multinational Corps Iraq emphasized the need yesterday for longer "dwell time" between Army deployments to reduce the strain on the force and give soldiers more time for training.
  • Commander Foresees Growth of Special Operations Forces AFPS 05 Mar 2008 -- The numbers of U.S. special operations forces are expected to grow in the years ahead as the United States continues its fight against global terrorism, a senior U.S. military officer told a Senate panel here yesterday.
  • U.S., Romanian Navies Train Together Navy NewsStand 05 Mar 2008 -- Sailors and pilots aboard USS San Jacinto (CG-56) trained with Romanian Navy helicopter pilots during a port visit in Constanta, Feb. 22, as part of the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe strategic objective to improve maritime safety and security in Europe and Africa.
  • U.S. Shooting down of Satellite under Fire KCNA 05 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. recently shot down a spy satellite by spending 60 million U.S. dollars, prompted by the worry that in case the satellite falls down on the earth, the secrets contained in it might come into the hands of "enemies."
  • Sea-based BrahMos missile hits ground target in test launch RIA Novosti 05 Mar 2008 -- A sea-based Russian-Indian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has successfully hit a designated ground target for the first time, a spokesman for the Indian manufacturer of the missile said on Wednesday.
  • Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 05 Mar 2008
  • Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 05 Mar 2008

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