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17 March 2008 Military News

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  • NMCB 5 "Professionals" and ROK Navy perform community service Navy NewsStand 17 Mar 2008 -- Seabees built on an enduring relationship with the Aikwangwon orphanage in Koje-do, an island of the coast of Chinhae, Korea, March 15.
  • C-130 aircrews, Army riggers reach airdrop record AFPN 17 Mar 2008 -- February marked an airdrop record for the C-130 Hercules of the 774th Air Expeditionary Squadron, but not without the support of the Army's 11th Quartermaster Rigger Detachment and Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force riggers here.
  • Air Force officials to close force shaping programs AFPN 17 Mar 2008 -- Since the Air Force is on track to meet end strength goals for fiscal 2008, force shaping programs are being closed for the remainder of the year.
  • Army Sets Way Ahead for Correspondence Course Testing Army News 17 Mar 2008 -- The commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Gen. William S. Wallace, directed on Dec. 16 that the command, which oversees Soldier training and standards, determine the depth of the problem associated with the Army Correspondence Course Program's on-line testing and take action on those issues that TRADOC controls.
  • DoD Announces New Reserve Component Deployment Support and Reintegration Office 17 Mar 2008 -- Undersecretary of Defense David S. C. Chu today announced the formation of the Deployment Support and Reintegration Office within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs.
  • Patrol Coastal Maintenance Support Teams Hold Facility Ground Breaking Ceremony Navy NewsStand 17 Mar 2008 -- Rear Adm. Kevin M. Quinn, commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic, broke ground on a new Patrol Coastal Maintenance Facility (PCMF) for the Patrol Coastal Class Squadron (PC CLASSRON) March 17 at Naval Amphibious Base (NAB), Little Creek.
  • Nimitz and Essex Strike Groups complete Expeditionary Strike Force training Navy NewsStand 17 Mar 2008 -- The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) conducted an Expeditionary Strike Force (ESF) exercise with the Essex Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) March 14-16.
  • Bataan Earns 2007 Battle "E" Award Navy NewsStand 17 Mar 2008 -- Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) awarded the crew of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) with the Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E") award for 2007 on Feb. 28.
  • Harpers Ferry Brings Assistance to Indonesia Navy NewsStand 17 Mar 2008 -- Medical personnel embarked aboard the dock-landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and members of the Indonesian armed forces successfully completed a medical and dental civil assistance project March 13, while participating in a humanitarian assistance and disaster response exercise in Indonesia.
  • CVW 17 Squadrons Earn Battle 'E' Navy NewsStand 17 Mar 2008 -- Three squadrons from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 were awarded the "Battle E," or "Excellence" for competition year 2007-2008 while underway onboard USS George Washington (GW) (CVN 73) in early March.
  • USS John S. McCain Replenishes USS Lassen Navy NewsStand 17 Mar 2008 -- Sailors of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) provided needed personnel, repair parts, food stores and mail to USS Lassen (DDG 82), March 15.
  • T-34 Crash Near Ashville, Alabama Navy NewsStand 17 Mar 2008 -- At approximately 3:45 p.m. March 14, a T-34C Turbomentor, a two-seat training aircraft, assigned to Training Squadron 6 based out of Whiting Field in Milton, crashed approximately 60 miles north of Birmingham, Ala. while conducting routine flight training.
  • Cape Canaveral Airmen launch Delta II rocket AFPN 17 Mar 2008 -- Air Force officials here successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Delta II booster carrying the sixth modernized NAVSTAR Global Positioning System satellite into space at 2:10 a.m. EDT March 15 from Space Launch Complex 17A here.
  • Putin Hints at Progress in Talks with Rice, Gates AFPS 17 Mar 2008 -- Talks between top U.S. and Russian officials got off to a positive start today, with Russian President Vladimir Putin hinting at progress on key issues between the two countries.
  • Openness of U.S.-Russia Talks Pleases Rice, Gates AFPS 17 Mar 2008 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed a surprised satisfaction with the open manner of their first meetings today with Russian leaders.
  • Despite Difficulties, Kremlin Sees Better Ties With US VOA 17 Mar 2008 -- Kremlin leaders are offering a positive assessment about the future of U.S.-Russian relations, but caution that a number of difficult issues continue to separate the two sides, particularly those involving missile defense
  • Gates, Rice Arrive in Russia to Discuss European Missile Defense AFPS 17 Mar 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice landed here today for two days of talks with their Russian counterparts aimed at gaining ground on key issues that could forge ahead a missile defense plan for all of Europe.
  • US Seeking Russian Reciprocity on Missile Plan VOA 17 Mar 2008 -- The United States and Russia begin two-day talks in Moscow on Monday aimed at narrowing disagreements over a U.S. proposal to deploy a missile defense system in Central Europe
  • Iran says U.S. missile shield in Turkey would threaten Russia RIA Novosti 17 Mar 2008 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry warned on Monday that the United States' alleged plans to deploy missile defense elements in Turkey could pose a threat to Russia's security.
  • Ukrainians remain opposed to NATO membership - survey RIA Novosti 17 Mar 2008 -- Only 11.1% of Ukrainians polled in a survey published on Monday said they supported the country's drive to join NATO, while almost 36% said they would vote against the plans if a referendum were held.
  • Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 17 Mar 2008
  • Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 17 Mar 2008

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