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21 July 2008 Military News

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  • Chairman Links Family Readiness to Military Readiness AFPS 21 Jul 2008 -- Military commanders agree that troops need good training and good equipment before they deploy.
  • Defense Department to Deliver More, Improved Child Care AFPS 21 Jul 2008 -- Last week's ribbon-cutting at the largest military child care center underscores the Defense Department's commitment to providing more and better child-care for military families, a senior defense official said.
  • Iwo Jima COMPTUEX Marks First for U.S., Brazilian Navies Navy NewsStand 21 Jul 2008 -- The Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) and the Brazilian Navy participated in a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) July 8-18, marking the first time a Brazilian Navy surface unit fully integrated into a U.S. strike group.
  • Carter Hall VBSS Ready for Real-World Ops Navy NewsStand 21 Jul 2008 -- The visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) successfully finished four boarding exercises to qualify for deployment during the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) Composite Training Exercise (COMTUEX) July 8-18.
  • 15th MEU Weapons Company 2/5 Conducts Sustainment Training in Kuwait Navy NewsStand 21 Jul 2008 -- Marines and Sailors with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/5, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), honed their infantry skills in the sands of Kuwait from June 24-July 9.
  • French Ship Surcouf Assists Vessel In Distress Navy NewsStand 21 Jul 2008 -- July 18, French Ship Surcouf (F711) operating as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, provided assistance to the Panamanian-flagged Motor Vessel Karam Allah, which suffered engine failure nine days earlier after it ran out of fuel off the coast of Oman.
  • Seabees Complete Malaysia Classroom Project Navy NewsStand 21 Jul 2008 -- Twenty-four Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, working together with members of Malaysia's 91st Royal Construction Regiment, completed construction on a new school building in Kemaman, July 16.
  • Duke Field Airmen drop last 15,000-pound bomb AFPN 21 Jul 2008 -- Duke Field Airmen from the 711th Special Operations Squadron dropped the last operational Bomb Live Unit-82 from an MC-130E Combat Talon I July 15 at the Utah Test and Training Range.
  • Top acquisition official: Tanker acquisition top priority AFPN 21 Jul 2008 -- Officials from the Government Accountability Office testified before Congress July 10 here about their decision to uphold Boeing's protests of the Air Force's selection of Northrop Grumman Corp. to produce 179 new tankers that would replace the aging KC-135 Stratotanker fleet.
  • B-52 crashes off coast of Guam AFPN 21 Jul 2008 -- A B-52 Stratofortress crashed today at approximately 9:45 a.m. local time off the northwest coast of Guam.
  • Air Force officials announce captain selections AFPN 21 Jul 2008 -- Air Force officials have selected 467 first lieutenants for promotion from 471 officers considered during the Calendar Year 2008A captain selection process.
  • New Kyrgyzstan medical facility offers high-quality care AFPN 21 Jul 2008 -- 376th Expeditionary Medical Group officials cut the ribbon on a new hospital building here July 17.
  • Mercy Nears Halfway Point in Humanitarian South Pacific Deployment AFPS 21 Jul 2008 -- Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy is preparing to leave the third country it has visited in the South Pacific during a four-month humanitarian deployment supporting Pacific Partnership 2008.

  • Analysis: The Soft Power Surge 21 Jul 2008 -- In the final months of the Bush administration, a top State Department official is calling for a new emphasis on public diplomacy, promoting what he calls "powerful and lasting diversion"-such as sports, culture, even video games-as alternatives to violent extremism
  • Poland says U.S. missile shield deal 'one step closer' RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2008 -- Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Monday that Warsaw and Washington had moved a step closer to an agreement on the placement of a U.S. missile base in Poland.
  • Poland and U.S. to continue missile shield talks RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2008 -- The Polish Foreign Ministry has said talks between Warsaw and Washington on the possible deployment of elements of a U.S. missile shield in Poland are to continue on Monday.
  • UK troops face training cuts due to soaring fuel prices IRNA 21 Jul 2008 -- British troops, involved in two wars, face training cuts due to soaring fuel costs, it was reported Monday.
  • Ukrainian opposition party blocks NATO ships in Crimea RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2008 -- A Ukrainian opposition party has prevented foreign warships participating in a NATO naval exercise from leaving the Black Sea port of Odessa, the Bratstvo (Brotherhood) press service said on Monday.
  • Merkel visits Ukraine, encourages its NATO ambitions RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2008 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel reassured Ukraine on Monday that it will eventually join NATO, and said no countries should influence its decision.
  • Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 21 Jul 2008
  • Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 21 Jul 2008

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  • ZIMBABWE: Memorandum of understanding signed by rivals IRIN 21 Jul 2008 -- Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, and opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, signed a memorandum of understanding in the capital Harare today, paving the way for talks to resolve the country's political impasse.
  • Ban welcomes agreement to hold talks aimed at ending crisis in Zimbabwe UN News Centre 21 Jul 2008 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the announcement by the country's President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), that they have signed an agreement paving the way for talks to end instability in the country.
  • Zimbabwe Leaders Sign Agreement on Formal Talks VOA 21 Jul 2008 -- President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, the founding president of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change have signed an agreement on the framework for formal talks
  • Efforts to help Myanmar cyclone victims still in relief phase, says top UN official UN News Centre 21 Jul 2008 -- The operation to help people affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar is still in the relief phase, despite recent significant progress, the top United Nations humanitarian official stressed today as a new report assessing the disaster's impact was released.

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