24 March 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 24 Mar 2008 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Col. Caraccilo, Brig. Gen. Jassim, and Lou Lantner from the Pentagon Briefing Room, Arlington, Va. 24 Mar 2008 -- Presenter: Army Commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Col. Dominic Caraccilo, Commander of the Iraqi Army 4th Brigade, 6th Army Division Brig. Gen. Ali Jassim, and Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader Lou Lantner
- 30 NCR Completes 12-Month Iraq Deployment Navy NewsStand 24 Mar 2008 -- After a 12-month deployment to Fallujah in the Al Anbar province of Iraq, the 30th Naval Construction Regiment (30 NCR) returned to Naval Base Ventura County March 18.
- March 23 airpower summary: F-16s keep vigilant AFPN 24 Mar 2008
- Commander Sees Positive Trends in Iraq Detention Operations AFPS 24 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. troop surge in Iraq and increased community involvement have helped improve coalition detention operations there, the U.S. commander in charge of those operations said yesterday.
- All Casualties Keenly Felt, Pentagon Spokesman Says AFPS 24 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. military passed a sad milestone today: the 4,000th U.S. death in operations in Iraq.
- Coalition, Iraqi Forces Work to Bring Peace to Baghdad AFPS 24 Mar 2008 -- Working together, coalition and Iraqi personnel are bringing peace to the war-torn streets of Baghdad, a senior commander in the Iraqi capital said today.
- Coalition Troops in Iraq Kill Two Terrorists, Detain Eight Suspects AFPS 24 Mar 2008 -- Coalition forces in Iraq today killed two terrorists and detained eight suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda in Iraq operatives in the central and northern parts of the country, military officials said.
- Coalition Troops in Afghanistan Kill Two Insurgents AFPS 24 Mar 2008 -- Coalition forces killed two armed insurgents yesterday during an operation designed to degrade Taliban command and control networks in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.
Defense Policy / Programs
- MILCON: Fort Eustis Changing Footprint Army News 24 Mar 2008 -- Fort Eustis, located on the James River at the northern tip of Newport News, Va., is home to the U.S. Army Transportation Corps and Center and currently provides training in rail, marine and amphibious operations, along with other modes of transportation.
- Ramstein Airmen use AFSO 21 for performance reports AFPN 24 Mar 2008 -- Members of the 86th Airlift Wing recently found ways to reduce performance report processing time by more than 30 days using Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st century process preparation.
- Women pilots: A weapon to be used AFPN 24 Mar 2008
- New operations center to open at Hanscom AFPN 24 Mar 2008 -- Members of the 652nd Electronic Systems Squadron here are preparing for the future home of the U.S. Air Force Central's Combined Air and Space Operations Center facility as construction continues here.
- SARC helps deployed servicemembers respond to crisis AFPN 24 Mar 2008 -- Air Force Sexual Assault Response Coordinators will be stressing education and awareness about sexual assault throughout the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
- Army Screens 320,000th Soldier for PDHRA Army News 24 Mar 2008 -- This month the U.S. Army screened its 320,000th Soldier as part of the Post-Deployment Health Reassessment program.
- Soldiers Trying New Protective Vests in Baghdad Army News 24 Mar 2008 -- After stomping around for a few days with the new Improved Outer Tactical Vest, 4th Infantry Division Soldiers came back with mixed reviews for the new tactical gear.
- John C. Stennis Underway as Major Maintenance Nears Completion Navy NewsStand 24 Mar 2008 -- The crew of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) got the 90,000-ton nuclear powered aircraft carrier underway March 24, for the first time in almost seven months.
- VP-4 'Skinny Dragons' Rescue Two Stranded Mariners at Sea Navy NewsStand 24 Mar 2008 -- The crew of a U.S. Navy P-3C Orion patrol aircraft conducted a rescue and recovery mission to help two men who were stranded at sea in their small motorboat after encountering mechanical problems approximately 200 miles southwest of Costa Rica, March 16.
- Swift Assists Vessel in Distress Off Liberian Coast Navy NewsStand 24 Mar 2008 -- While transiting off the coast of Monrovia, Liberia as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS), High Speed Vessel 2 Swift received a distress call, March 20, relayed from Cap Lara, a Greek flagged vessel, to a Portuguese fishing vessel, the Princesa Do Guadiana, which was stranded off the coast with no food, water or fuel.
- Kearsarge Completes SARCERT Navy NewsStand 24 Mar 2008 -- Search and rescue swimmers aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) completed the search and rescue certification (SARCERT) March 13.
- DESRON 40 Welcomes New Commander Navy NewsStand 24 Mar 2008 -- Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 40 held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Mayport, March 20.
- USS Crommelin Conducts Community Relations Project in Colombia Navy NewsStand 24 Mar 2008 -- While in port Cartegena, Sailors from USS Crommelin (FFG 37) volunteered for a community relations project at a local school Feb. 22.
- FOL Comalapa Brings Joy to Orphanage in El Salvador Navy NewsStand 24 Mar 2008 -- Service members from Forward Operating Location (FOL) Comalapa carried out a community relations project March 14 at the "Hogar Vito Guarato" Orphanage on the outskirts of San Salvador.
- Ronald Reagan Strike Group Underway for COMPTUEX Navy NewsStand 24 Mar 2008 -- The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) departed San Diego March 17 to conduct a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Southern California as part of the training cycle for a regularly scheduled deployment.
- Russia to double production of conventional weapons by 2015 RIA Novosti 24 Mar 2008 -- Russia will more than double production of conventional weaponry by 2015, a first deputy prime minister said on Monday.
- Bush to Discuss Ukraine's Controversial NATO Bid VOA 24 Mar 2008 -- The White House says President Bush will use his trip to Ukraine, Romania, and Croatia next week to try to show support for freedom and democracy in the region and to help the NATO alliance confront 21st century challenges
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 24 Mar 2008
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 24 Mar 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for March 24, 2008
- BAE SYSTEMS, U.S. AIR FORCE TO DEVELOP NEW COMMAND AND CONTROL TECHNOLOGIES FOR IMPROVED MISSION MANAGEMENT BAE Systems 24 Mar 2008 -- BAE Systems and the U.S. Air Force will jointly develop new software and information management tools to improve the situational awareness of, and mission management for, air commanders.
- Boeing Awarded $49.5 Million Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System Contract Boeing 24 Mar 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a $49.5 million U.S. Air Force contract to integrate the Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) into 145 F-15E aircraft.
- U.S. Army Awards General Dynamics $166 Million Contract to Produce Hydra-70 Rockets General Dynamics 24 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products a contract worth $166.4 million for the production of 2.75-inch Hydra-70 rockets.
- Raytheon Develops Advanced Concrete Breaking Technology for Urban Search and Rescue Raytheon 24 Mar 2008 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has developed and demonstrated a rapid concrete breaking technology to advance capabilities for urban search and rescue teams in disaster situations.
- No threat to Russian-Algerian deal after MiG-29 flop - official RIA Novosti 24 Mar 2008 -- The termination of a contract to deliver Russian MiG-29 fighter jets to Algeria will not affect other contracts under a Russian-Algerian cooperation deal, Russia's industry agency said.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 24 Mar 2008
- MALI: Violence leaves people divided over next steps IRIN 24 Mar 2008 -- Citizens are divided on what should be the next steps following the latest round of violence between Tuareg rebels and Malian army officers, which has led to the kidnapping of up to 30 Malian soldiers and the deaths of three soldiers and five civilians in Mali's northern Kidal region.
- SUDAN: Rising tension in Abyei as clashes displace hundreds IRIN 24 Mar 2008 -- Recent clashes between the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) army and fighters from the mainly Arab Miserriya community have displaced hundreds of civilians from their homes and raised tension across Abyei, the governor of the region lying between the north and South Sudan, said.
- Fatah, Hamas come to terms IRNA 24 Mar 2008 -- Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have come to terms with signing a deal to revive direct talks after months of rivalry.
- Military exercises underway in Abkhazia RIA Novosti 24 Mar 2008 -- The Armed Forces of the unrecognized Georgian republic of Abkhazia began planned military exercises on Monday with up to 4,000 soldiers participating.
- Abkhazia's speaker links Georgia NATO bid to recognition RIA Novosti 24 Mar 2008 -- The parliamentary speaker of the breakaway Georgian republic of Abkhazia said Monday that the recognition of Abkhaz independence was directly linked to Georgia's accession to NATO.
- Cheney Accuses Hamas, Syria and Iran of Trying to Torpedo Mideast Peace VOA 24 Mar 2008 -- U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney said Monday that Hamas militants, backed by Syria and Iran are trying to "torpedo" current peace negotiations between Israel and moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
- Tibet's Government in Exile Says 130 Killed in Protests VOA 24 Mar 2008 -- Tibet's India-based government in exile now says 130 people died in the recent clashes between protesters and Chinese authorities in Tibet.
- Analysis: Politics in the Strait cfr.org 24 Mar 2008 -- Taiwan's voters returned a Nationalist to office who promises a less confrontational approach to relations with mainland China
- Backgrounder: China-Taiwan Relations cfr.org 24 Mar 2008
- Pakistan's Deposed Judges Freed From House Arrest VOA 24 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan's deposed chief justice and other ousted high court judges have been freed from house arrest.
- Pakistan's Parliament Picks PPP's Gilani as Prime Minister VOA 24 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan's National Assembly has elected as prime minister a long-time opponent of President Pervez Musharraf
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