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  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Secretary Robert Gates from the Pentagon 11 Mar 2008 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
  • Gates Accepts Resignation of CENTCOM Chief Fallon AFPS 11 Mar 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today reluctantly accepted Navy Adm. William J. "Fox" Fallon's letter of resignation as commander of U.S. Central Command and request for retirement. Fallon's resignation will take effect March 31, Gates said in a Pentagon news conference.
  • US Middle East Commander to Retire VOA 11 Mar 2008 -- The senior U.S. military officer responsible managing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and U.S. military engagement throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and East Africa, has decided to retire this month after a magazine article said he opposed administration policy toward Iran
  • 1st Cav Cdr: Soldiers Key Ingredient in Deployment's Success Army News 11 Mar 2008 -- The commanding general of the 1st Cavalry Division spotlighted the effects the First-Team-led troop surge had on violence in Iraq throughout the division's recent deployment during an Association of the United States Army chapter meeting here March 5.
  • US Policy in Horn of Africa Questioned VOA 11 Mar 2008 -- Democratic Senator Russ Feingold Tuesday delivered a scathing criticism of the U.S. policy in the Horn of Africa
  • Colombian Minister of Defense Visits Pentagon 11 Mar 2008 -- The Department of Defense announced that Colombian Minister of Defense Juan Manuel Santos visited with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates at the Pentagon today. Minister Santos provided an update on the Government of Colombia's efforts to counter the decades-long FARC insurgency's campaign of terror against Colombians.
  • Command chief outlines future of cyber warfare AFPN 11 Mar 2008 -- The Air Force is leading the way in controlling the warfighting domain of the 21st century, and the formation of the newest Air Force major command is progressing well, the command chief of Air Force Cyber Command (Provisional) said during a March 4 visit here.
  • Cadets receive cold-weather training in Alaska AFPN 11 Mar 2008 -- Cadets from both Eagle River and West High School Junior ROTC programs participated in an overnight stay at Otter Lake on Fort Richardson, Alaska, to gain cold weather survival training Feb. 29 to March 1.
  • 45th Space Wing Airmen support NASA's successful launch AFPN 11 Mar 2008 -- With support from Airmen with the 45th Space Wing, Space Shuttle Endeavour blasted off safely from Kennedy Space Center March 11 at 2:28 a.m. (EDT), starting NASA's 25th mission to the International Space Station.
  • 556th becomes newest UAS squadron AFPN 11 Mar 2008 -- The 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron became the Air Force's first operational test squadron for unmanned aircraft systems during a ceremony March 5 here.
  • New Patrol Base Under Construction AFPS 11 Mar 2008 -- Construction of Patrol Base Vanderhorn began in early March near Sayifiyah, a region formerly controlled by insurgents.
  • Defense Department Stands by Tanker Contract Decision AFPS 11 Mar 2008 -- The selection of Northrop Grumman Corp. to build the next-generation air-refueling tanker aircraft followed a fair competition and was based on the merits of the proposals submitted, a senior Defense Department official told reporters today.
  • Mullen Visits Fort Carson Warrior Transition Unit AFPS 11 Mar 2008 -- Every chance he gets, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen stops to visit wounded warriors, and yesterday was no exception.
  • Top Commander in Korea Urges Three-Year, Accompanied Tours AFPS 11 Mar 2008 -- The top U.S. general in Korea told Congress today he supports three-year, family-accompanied tours in Korea in light of planned operational and quality-of-life changes under way there.
  • White Sands Testing New Laser Devices Army News 11 Mar 2008 -- A new series of laser aiming and illumination devices are now being tested at White Sands Missile Range.
  • USS Jefferson City Returns Home Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2008 -- USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) returned home to Naval Base Point Loma, March 10, after a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.
  • Training Key for Real-World Rescue Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2008 -- Sailors of Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) responded to a rescue and assistance emergency the morning of March 10 while the ship was conducting a combined exercise with the Republic of Korea (ROK).
  • Fox 2/4 Ride with Kormar in Indonesia Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2008 -- Marines from Fox Company Battalion Landing Team 2, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducted bilateral Combat Rubber Raiding Craft beach landing exercises with Indonesian marines at Benungan Beach, March 10.
  • Bulkeley: Mission Readiness Through Excellence Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2008 -- Two weeks into its 2008 deployment, an unparalleled work ethic and dedication to achievement are showing why the guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) is an important asset to the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group (NAS ESG).
  • USS Bremerton Holds Change of Command Ceremony Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2008 -- USS Bremerton (SSN 698) held a change of command ceremony March 4 in Pearl Harbor.
  • Mount Whitney visits Portsmouth, England Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2008 -- Crew members of USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) concluded an eventful three-day port visit to Portsmouth, England March 3-6 after completing a NATO exercise.
  • Lejeune Hospital Reopens Renovated Multi-Service Ward Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2008 -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony March 6, marked the reopening of the renovated .5 million dollar multi-service ward on the third floor of the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune.
  • UK Assumes Command of Combined Task Force 158 Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2008 -- Combined Task Force (CTF) 158 recieved a new commander during a ceremony aboard Khawr Al Amaya oil terminal (KAAOT), March 10.
  • Mullen Praises Northern Command's Interagency Efforts AFPS 11 Mar 2008 -- U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command are models of interagency cooperation, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here yesterday.
  • USS Key West Holds Change of Command Ceremony Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2008 -- USS Key West (SSN 722) held a change of command ceremony at the USS Bowfish Musem March 7.
  • NAVFAC Pacific Awards Contract for New Communications Facility Navy NewsStand 11 Mar 2008 -- The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded Watts Constructors, LLC, of Honolulu, a $46.9 million, firm-fixed-price contract on March 5 for construction of a new communications center at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station (NCTAMS) Pacific.
  • US Releases Annual Human Rights Report VOA 11 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. State Department has released its annual report on human rights, shining the spotlight on governments around the world it says are repressing their people while attacking champions of democracy and the rule of law
  • UK war costs double as equipment replacement soars IRNA 11 Mar 2008 -- The combined cost of Britain's military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq is expected to almost double in the year ending March 2008, according to an all-party group of MPs.
  • Russia's MiG signs $1bln deal to upgrade 70 Indian fighters RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2008 -- Russia's MiG has signed a contract with the Indian Defense Ministry to upgrade around 70 MiG-29 fighters, in service since the 1980s, a spokesman for the aircraft manufacturer said on Tuesday.
  • Joint command war games to be held in Russia and Armenia RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2008 -- Around 4,000 troops from Armenia, Russia and Tajikstan will take part in command exercises as part of Rubezh-2008 this Summer/Fall, a military spokesman said on Tuesday.
  • U.S.-S. Korea War Exercises under Fire KCNA 11 Mar 2008 -- Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises, large-scale war exercises for invading the DPRK, staged by the U.S. and south Korean bellicose forces from March 2 to 7 were extremely provocative and adventurous saber rattling aimed at creating new military tension on the Korean Peninsula and gravely threatening peace and the cause of reunification as they were a dangerous nuclear test war to invade and stifle the DPRK.
  • Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 11 Mar 2008
  • Press Gaggle by Dana Perino The White House 11 Mar 2008

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