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06 June 2008 Military News

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  • US Says Helicopters Still Available to Help Burma's Cyclone Survivors VOA 06 Jun 2008 -- The U.S. military says its offer to help airlift aid to Cyclone Nargis survivors in Burma still stands, even though U.S. ships have moved away from the Burmese coast.
  • Assessment of Damage Nearing Completion Following USS George Washington Fire at Sea Navy newsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet released the below statement surrounding the damage assessment of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) following a fire at sea on Thursday, May 22:
  • Incirlik first in USAFE to stand up force support squadron AFPN 06 Jun 2008 -- Incirlik Air Base officials will continue the Air Force-wide merger of services and mission support squadrons when its 39th Services Squadron and 39th Mission Support Squadron officially combine to become the 39th Force Support Squadron.
  • Hanscom to play vital role in coalition demo AFPN 06 Jun 2008 -- Hanscom Air Force Base officials are setting up to serve as a major host site for the June 9 through 20 Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration, an annual event sponsored by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and directed by U.S. Joint Forces Command.
  • Officials bring back missile badges, wings AFPN 06 Jun 2008 -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley announced the return of the missile badge with operations designator for intercontinental ballistic missile crews June 6
  • Interagency Task Force Targets 'Violent Actors,' General Says AFPS 06 Jun 2008 -- U.S. Central Command is part of an Interagency Task Force for Irregular Warfare, a CentCom operations section initiative that recently stood up to track and target "violent and extreme actors" in the command's area of operations, the Air Force general who's spearheading the effort said yesterday.
  • Military Looks to Synthetics, Conservation to Cut Fuel Bills AFPS 06 Jun 2008 -- With fuel prices soaring and no apparent end in sight, the Defense Department is feeling the pinch in its pocketbook and is looking for ways to save through conservation and alternative fuels programs.
  • Assistance Center Provides Expertise for Humanitarian Missions Worldwide AFPS 06 Jun 2008 -- A special organization within the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., works with the U.S. military's combatant commanders to assess worldwide nations' capabilities for surveillance of infections and how quickly they can respond to an outbreak.
  • New Computer Banner Balances Security, Privacy Considerations AFPS 06 Jun 2008 -- A new notice on Defense Department computer screens ensures users understand that their e-mails are subject to monitoring, but also reinforces specific user privacy and confidentiality protections, a senior defense official said.
  • Military Sealift Command Accepts Fifth Addition to Newest Ship Class Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- Military Sealift Command (MSC) accepted delivery of dry/cargo ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5) in San Diego, June 5. The ship was built by General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company.
  • Navy Christens Stockdale Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Stockdale (DDG 106) was christened May 10, in Bath, by the ship's sponsor Sybil Stockdale, the wife of the ship's namesake.
  • PHIBRON 4 Changes Command Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4 and Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) held a change of command ceremony aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) in port Naval Station Norfolk, June 6.
  • USS Ross Holds Change of Command Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) held a change of command ceremony while in port in Manama, June 3.
  • USS Philippine Sea Emphasizes Damage Control Training Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- Preparing for fires or a casualty-at-sea requires a rapid and accurate response, and thanks to the Damage Control Training Team (DCTT) aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58), the at-sea fire party stands ready and prepared to respond to this type of situation.
  • Fleet Survey Team Clears the Water for Boxer During Continuing Promise Mission Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- The Expeditionary Survey Division of the Fleet Survey Team from the Naval Oceanographic Office, embarked aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4), departed the ship for shore sites in Peru, June 6, to survey beach landing zones for the movement of personnel and supplies in support of Continuing Promise (CP) 2008.
  • HS-7's "Dusty Dogs" Return to Jacksonville Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- Crew members of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 7 (HS-7), disembarked USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), after completion of a seven month deployment aboard the carrier, June 1.
  • Stennis Conducts Evaluated Mass Casualty Drill Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) held her first graded mass casualty drill during the Tailored Ship Training Availability (TSTA) period, June 2.
  • Navy Ships Join 2008 Portland Rose Festival Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- Hundreds of Portland residents and visitors gathered at Tom McCall Waterfront Park to show a patriotic welcome to the men and women of the U.S. Navy as they arrived pier side in Portland, June 5, to celebrate the 101st annual Portland Rose Festival.
  • USS Porter Participates in Dorchester Day Activities in Boston Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) celebrated Dorchester Day in Boston, during a four-day port visit culminating in a change of command aboard Porter on June 2.
  • First HSM Squadron Embarks Stennis Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71, a new component to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, is the first squadron of its kind to embark a carrier as part of an air wing.
  • Successful Sea-Based Missile Defense Intercept Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry "Trey" Obering III, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director, announced the successful completion of the latest flight test of the sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) element, conducted jointly with the U.S. Navy off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii.
  • SRF-B Teaching Nashville Sailors to Keep Ship Safe Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- Sailors aboard USS Nashville (LPD 13) completed Security Reaction Force Basic (SRF-B) training during a two-week testing, and qualification period during their deployment, April 26-May 17.
  • Lake Erie Conducts Successful BMD Tracking Mission Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- Returning from a three-week port visit to San Diego, the Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) participated in the first Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) mission on June 5, since the famous "satellite shot" in February 2008.
  • B-2 accident report released AFPN 06 Jun 2008 -- Distorted data introduced by a B-2 Spirit's air data system skewed information entering the bomber's flight control computers ultimately causing the crash of the aircraft on takeoff at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 23, according to an Air Combat Command accident investigation report released June 5.
  • Gates to Travel to Air Force Bases as Show of Support AFPN 06 Jun 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will travel next week to Air Force bases in the United States, hoping to show his support for airmen in the wake of the resignations of the service's two top officials.
  • Secretary of Defense Visits Guam Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense, (SECDEF) Robert Gates, arrived at Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) to speak with military leaders, Guam officials and service members, May 30.
  • Lake Erie Conducts Successful BMD Tracking Mission Navy NewsStand 06 Jun 2008 -- Returning from a three-week port visit to San Diego, the Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) participated in the first Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) mission on June 5, since the famous "satellite shot" in February 2008.
  • Russia Warns Ukraine, Georgia Over Seeking NATO Membership VOA 06 Jun 2008 -- Russia is warning of negative consequences if Ukraine and Georgia join the NATO defense alliance
  • Russian president warns of NATO's eastward expansion IRNA 06 Jun 2008 -- Efforts by NATO to expand eastward will negatively impact the relations between Russia and the US-led western military pact and lead to lasting political tensions, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday during a keenly anticipated foreign policy speech at a Berlin hotel.
  • Russia warns Georgian NATO entry would spark new confrontations RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2008 -- Georgia's accession to NATO would cause a new spiral of confrontation in the Caucasus region, Russia's foreign minister said on Friday.
  • Russia warns Ukraine over NATO, Black Sea Fleet dispute RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2008 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told his Ukrainian counterpart on Friday that Kiev's plans to join NATO run counter to the bilateral treaty on friendship, Russia's foreign minister said on Friday.
  • Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 06 Jun 2008
  • Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 06 Jun 2008

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  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR ON GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY CRISIS United Nations 06 Jun 2008
  • Some Somali Security Forces Reportedly Joining Pirates for Money VOA 06 Jun 2008 -- The mayor of a coastal town in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland reports that poorly-paid government security force members are joining forces with local pirates, who are earning millions of dollars from ransom payments
  • Analysis: Former Armenian President Plans Mass Rally RFE/RL 06 Jun 2008 -- Former Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrossian and the opposition parties that backed his candidacy in the February 19 presidential election reaffirmed on June 3 their intention to hold on June 20 their first major rally since the postelection clashes in Yerevan on March 1-2.
  • Analysis: Azerbaijani Parliament Amends Election Law, Opposition Cries Foul RFE/RL 06 Jun 2008 -- The Azerbaijani parliament approved on June 2 by a vote of 100 in favor and three against with one abstention amendments to the existing election law that shorten the length of the election campaign from four months to 75 days, but fail to address the opposition's long-standing primary demand, which is to give opposition representatives equal representation on election commissions in order to minimize the likelihood of fraud during the vote count and tabulation.
  • Analysis: Domestic Pressure On Abkhaz President Intensifies RFE/RL 06 Jun 2008 -- Russia's moves over the past two months to demonstrate its complete freedom of maneuver with regard to the unrecognized republic of Abkhazia, most recently the deployment to Abkhazia on May 31 of 400 military engineers, have galvanized the international community into issuing repeated warnings that any encroachment on Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity is unacceptable.
  • Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai Detained for Second Time in Three Days VOA 06 Jun 2008 -- Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been detained by police for the second time in three days as he tried to campaign in Zimbabwe's presidential runoff election
  • Pakistani Police Foil Bomb Plot Near Capital City VOA 06 Jun 2008 -- Pakistani police say they have foiled a planned bomb attack involving three alleged suicide bombers, three vehicles and hundreds of kilograms of explosives



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