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23 July 2008 Military News

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  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Geoff Morrell from the Pentagon 23 Jul 2008 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell
  • Truman's Military Desegregation Order Reflects American Values, Gates Says AFPS 23 Jul 2008 -- President Harry S. Truman's 1948 executive order that desegregated the U.S. military was a definitive statement of equality that declared all servicemembers must be judged by individual merit instead of their racial background, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.
  • Historian Charts Six Decades of Racial Integration in U.S. Military AFPS 23 Jul 2008 -- July 26 marks the 60th anniversary of President Harry S. Truman's executive order that integrated the U.S. armed forces.
  • Presidential Proclamation Commemorates Armed Forces Integration AFPS 23 Jul 2008 -- President Bush signed a proclamation today commemorating the upcoming 60th anniversary of the integration of the U.S. armed forces.
  • President Truman Championed Military Integration AFPS 23 Jul 2008 -- The idea that President Harry S. Truman would integrate the armed forces in 1948 was counterintuitive.
  • Senate Confirms Dunwoody July 23 for 4th Star Army News Release 23 Jul 2008 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed July 23 the historic nomination of U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody for promotion to general and assignment, later this Fall, as Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command
  • Coalition exercise examines improving combat identification JFCOM 23 Jul 2008 -- Joint fires experts from around the world have come to Florida to examine technology and tactics to help improve the process of successfully identifying coalition units on the battlefield.
  • Asia-Pacific nations collaborate to enhance airpower AFPN 23 Jul 2008 -- More than 80 participants from 20 nations are meeting to discuss and collaborate during the 2008 Pacific Rim Airpower Symposium July 21 through 25 in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Hurricane Hunters track Dolly AFPN 23 Jul 2008 -- Hurricane Hunters from the Air Force Reserve Command's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew repeatedly through Hurricane Dolly as it headed toward the Texas coast, relaying critical data to National Weather Service forecasters in Miami.
  • Military Tracks Hurricane Dolly, Readies Relief Support AFPS 23 Jul 2008 -- "Hurricane Hunters" from the Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew through Hurricane Dolly last night and this morning as it headed toward the Texas coast, relaying critical data to National Weather Service forecasters in Miami.
  • Defense Leaders Promise Improved Contracting Oversight AFPS 23 Jul 2008 -- The U.S. military depends heavily on the support contractors provide in Iraq and Afghanistan and is stepping up efforts to ensure dollars dedicated to their activities are spent appropriately, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told Congress today.
  • Mullen Discusses Iraq, Afghanistan, Election in Interview AFPS 23 Jul 2008 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke out on the need for additional troops in Afghanistan, potential troop reductions in Iraq, and the upcoming U.S. presidential election during a wide-ranging "Newsmakers" interview on PBS's "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer" last night.
  • Bush Meets With Defense Leaders in Pentagon AFPS 23 Jul 2008 -- President Bush met with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today at the Pentagon.
  • BHR Helps Certify Tripler Army Medical Center Navy NewsStand 23 Jul 2008 -- USS Bonhomme Richard's (LHD 6)(BHR) medical crew worked in conjunction with the crew of USS O'Kane (DDG 77) for the first time during a U.S. 3rd Fleet mass casualty drill aboard BHR to help certify Tripler Army Medical Center in Oahu, Hawaii July 21.
  • Expeditionary Sailors Breaking New Ground Navy NewsStand 23 Jul 2008 -- Integrated active and Reserve forces from the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) are among more than 15,000 service members from four countries participating in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 08-4 "Operation Brimstone" July 21-28 off the U.S. coast from the waters of Virginia to Florida as well as ashore along the coast of North Carolina and the Cape Fear River.
  • The Sky's the Limit in SWCC Exercise Navy NewsStand 23 Jul 2008 -- Naval special warfare combatant-craft crewmen (SWCC) from Special Boat Teams (SBT) 12 and 20 conducted maritime external air transportation system (MEATS) exercises July 17 with the Army Reserve's 159th Aviation Regiment at Fort Eustis.
  • Mercy Biomedical Techs Save Money, Improve Lives in Southeast Asia Navy NewsStand 23 Jul 2008 -- Biomedical engineer technicians (BMET) assigned to the naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) have made an impact on multiple hospital and clinic facilities in southeast Asia since the beginning of their Pacific Partnership 2008 mission in May, and now in Timor-Leste.
  • Pearl Harbor Celebrates Great White Fleet Centennial Navy NewsStand 23 Jul 2008 -- Naval Station Pearl Harbor commemorated the centennial of President Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet aboard the USS Missouri Memorial July 18.
  • Search effort shifts from rescue to recovery AFPN 23 Jul 2008 -- Air Force officials here determined July 23 that none of the six crewmembers survived the B-52 Stratofortress crash July 21 off Guam's northwest coast.
  • Air Force to hold largest multinational enlisted conference AFPN 23 Jul 2008 -- Representatives from 16 nations are meeting for four days of discussion and collaboration during the 2008 Senior Enlisted Leadership Conference July 21 through 25 in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Analysis: War Resurfaces on the Campaign Trail cfr.org 23 Jul 2008 -- Since the start of the marathon presidential election campaign, the U.S. government has poured thirty-thousand additional troops into Iraq and deployed thousands of new forces in an increasingly difficult war in Afghanistan (PDF).
  • Presence of Russian military bases in Venezuela unlikely - analyst RIA Novosti 23 Jul 2008 -- The likelihood of Russian military bases in Venezuela is highly improbable due to the absence of the resources necessary to maintain them, a Russian political analyst said on Wednesday.
  • Venezuela may spend $5 bln on Russian arms in next decade RIA Novosti 23 Jul 2008 -- Venezuela may purchase weaponry from Russia worth $5 billion over the next 10 years, a Russian political analyst said on Wednesday.
  • Former pentagon official optimistic about U.S. arms sales to Taiwan CNA 23 Jul 2008 -- Paul Wolfowitz, former United States deputy secretary of defense, appeared optimistic Tuesday in Taipei regarding U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, saying that the Bush administration will push a weapons package forward and that the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council will continue to support the deal.
  • Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 23 Jul 2008
  • Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 23 Jul 2008

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  • Turkey Detains 26 in Alleged Coup Plot VOA 23 Jul 2008 -- Turkish authorities have detained 26 people suspected of involvement in plots to overthrow the country's Islamic-leaning government.
  • Political Violence, Intimidation Continue in Zimbabwe VOA 23 Jul 2008 -- Although Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party has agreed to talks with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change on a possible power sharing arrangement, the country's political violence and intimidation continue
  • Nepal Swears in First President VOA 23 Jul 2008 -- Nepal has sworn in its first president, nearly two months after lawmakers abolished the monarchy and established the Himalayan nation as a republic.
  • ZIMBABWE: A nation of billionaires IRIN 23 Jul 2008 -- Where in the world could you be a multi-billionaire and still go hungry? The answer is, of course, Zimbabwe.



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