22 August 2008 Military News
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Route clearance: back to the basics USMC News 22 Aug 2008 -- Treading lightly with eyes wide open is an essential ability to have while marking and detonating minefield locations in Iraq.
- Seabees Build Camp at Al Qaim Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2008 -- Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 17 homeported at Fort Carson, Colo., recently finished construction of a camp at Al Qaim in western Iraq.
- Troops Capture Suspected Hezbollah Associates in New Baghdad AFPS 22 Aug 2008 -- Coalition forces picked up two suspected associates of the Kataib Hezbollah criminal network during operations in Baghdad.
- Coalition Forces Kills 30 Insurgents VOA 22 Aug 2008 -- The U.S.-led coalition says its forces have killed 30 militants during a clash in western Afghanistan.
- Coalition Disrupts Militants in Eastern Afghanistan AFPS 22 Aug 2008 -- Multiple militants were killed and one was detained by coalition forces during an operation to disrupt militant activities in Afghanistan's Kapisa province yesterday, military officials reported.
- 3rd Bomber Arrested in Connection with Pakistan Suicide Attacks VOA 22 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani police arrested a suspect who was to have been the third bomber in attacks that killed at least 64 people near Islamabad.
- Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for twin suicide attacks at ordnance factories IRNA 22 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for attacks which killed over 70.
- Russians Remain in Georgia, U.S. Continues Humanitarian Aid AFPS 22 Aug 2008 -- Although some movement of Russian troops in Georgia has occurred, it's difficult to determine whether it's an indication of withdrawal or just a repositioning of forces, a Defense Department official said today.
- Guard supports Tropical Storm Fay relief Army News 22 Aug 2008 -- As Tropical Storm Fay moved slowly up Florida's east coast and caused flooding in coastal communities, members of the Florida National Guard continued to support storm relief efforts of first responders.
Defense Policy / Programs
- U.S., Iraq Reportedly Agree On Provisional Troop Withdrawal Date RFE/RL 22 Aug 2008 -- Reports from Baghdad say Iraq and the United States have reached a tentative deal that sets a goal of withdrawing U.S. combat troops from the country's cities and towns by the end of June 2009 and from the country as a whole by the end of 2011.
- Negotiators Say US Troops to Leave Iraq by 2011 VOA 22 Aug 2008 -- U.S. and Iraqi negotiators reported to have agreed on the complete withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by 2011 - if conditions are right.
- Air and Space Basic Course celebrates 10 years AFPN 22 Aug 2008 -- Air University's Air and Space Basic Course here marks its 10-year anniversary in August as course and local officials are celebrating.
- Guard Partnership With Ambulance Service Yields Mutual Benefits AFPS 22 Aug 2008 -- The Regional Emergency Medical Service Authority, with headquarters in Reno, Nev., has a close relationship with the local National Guard air ambulance unit, so it's no surprise that the company excels at supporting its employees who serve in the military.
- Hanging by a Rope: HMM 262 Supports USMC News 22 Aug 2008 -- A group of Marines stand by to infiltrate a heavily guarded building and the only way in is from the roof.
- Warfighting Lab tests new theories to empower companies USMC News 22 Aug 2008 -- Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, participated in the final exercise of Enhanced Company Operations Limited Objective Experiments 2 field study in tents outside the Combat Center's Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group building Aug. 20 through 22.
- Iraq-bound Lejeune Marines log on to train for deployment USMC News 22 Aug 2008 -- Since Operation Iraqi Freedom began in March 2003, Marines have continued to uphold their tradition of war-fighting excellence as they provide security to, and help rebuild Iraq.
- Goodman relinquishes command of MarForPac USMC News 22 Aug 2008 -- Lt. Gen. John F. Goodman, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, relinquished command to Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder during a retirement ceremony along the flightline here, Aug. 22.
- Division Marines, Brunei forces exchange survival skills, tactics USMC News 22 Aug 2008 -- Sgt. Michael K. Kamerer's Squad was first for the jungle patrol. They made their way into the jungle armed with small-arms weapons and supplied with two days of food and water
- NATO AWACS conducts Strike Eagle dogfights AFPN 22 Aug 2008 -- A NATO E-3A Sentinel and its crew arrived here Aug. 8 to conduct training missions with 4th Fighter Wing aircrews.
- Airmen provide care to 1,500 Guatemalans AFPN 22 Aug 2008 -- California Air National Guard members provided care to more than 1,500 Guatemalans over a three-day period from Aug. 18 to 20 living in Aldea Estanzuelas near Santa Rosa.
- Officials stand up HUMINT detachment AFPN 22 Aug 2008 -- Air Force officials re-established human intelligence Aug. 14 as a core intelligence discipline to focus on critical Air Force HUMINT requirements.
- Underway: 26th MEU deploys USMC News 22 Aug 2008 -- The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit boards the ships of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group the last week of August for their scheduled deployment.
- Ingraham Enters SRA Period Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2008 -- USS Ingraham (FFG 61) began a Selected Restricted Availability Period (SRA) period July 14 at Naval Station Everett.
- CNIC Admiral Tours Naval Base Guam Facilities Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2008 -- Commander, Naval Installations Command (CNIC), visited U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Aug. 15-17, as part of a continued effort to improve support for Sailors and their families, and the fleet.
- 2008 San Diego Economic Impact Study: $25 Billion Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2008 -- The 2008 Economic Impact Statement was released on Aug. 19 and reported that the military and supporting industries account for nearly $25 billion in annual economic impact on the San Diego region.
- Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Visits USS San Antonio Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2008 -- The Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps paid a visit to the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) Aug. 20.
- NMCB 4 Conducts Change of Charge Ceremony in Arifjan, Kuwait Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2008 -- The Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps paid a visit to the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) Aug. 20.
- PHNSY & IMF Provides Multinational Fleet Maintenance Support Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2008 -- Nine US Navy and foreign ships were repaired at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) maritime exercise.
- Secretary Penn Completes European Installation and Engagement Visit Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2008 -- Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Installations and Environment, BJ Penn departed Naval Station (NS) Rota, Spain, Aug. 22 after a five-day visit to the Commander, Navy Region Europe (CNRE) area of responsibility.
- USS Dallas Returns from Deployment Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2008 -- The Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine, USS Dallas (SSN 700), returned to Naval Submarine Base New London, Aug. 21, after a highly successful six-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
- NSWC Crane Saves $970K for NAVSEA Small Arms Office Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2008 -- Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane, a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) field activity, deployed more than 1,300 M4A1 carbine rifles to Sailors worldwide this summer while saving taxpayers more than $970,000.
- Chief of Naval Operations Completes World Tour Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2008 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Gary Roughead recently returned from a 10-day trip to visit with service members and defense leaders around the world.
- Navy, Air Force Team Up For Shelter Construction Efforts Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2008 -- Seabees from Construction Battalion Mobile Unit (CBMU) 202 and engineers from Air Force Civil Engineering Squadron (CES) 5's Prime Based Engineer Emergency Force (BEEF) are working together to construct two shelters at the Regional Government Compound as part of Continuing Promise (CP) 2008.
- Militants can't challenge writ of the govt: Gilani IRNA 22 Aug 2008 -- Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani: Need to know the root causes of terrorism and parliament should form a strategy to deal with the issue.
- U.S. refuses to hold joint naval antiterrorism drill with Russia RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2008 -- The US refused to participate with Russia in NATO's Operation Active Endeavour naval antiterrorism exercise.
- Chechen Vostok battalion commander officially dismissed RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2008 -- Sulim Yamadayev has been officially dismissed from his post as commander of the Defense Ministry's Vostok battalion in Chechnya.
- Press Briefing by Gordon Johndroe The White House 22 Aug 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for August 22, 2008
- Northrop Grumman: Any Delay to Amended Request for Proposal Process Harms Warfighters and American Taxpayers Northrop Grumman 22 Aug 2008 -- Northrop Grumman said today that it views any delay to the amended request for proposal for the tanker replacement program as harmful to the warfighter and that a delay will result in a direct escalation in cost to the government thereby harming American taxpayers.
- DCNS delivers the sixth and last Formidable-Class Frigate to the Singaporean Navy DCNS 22 Aug 2008 -- DCNS, a world leader in the design and realisation of advanced naval defence systems, today announced the completion of the New Frigate Programme for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), with the delivery of RSS Supreme (73). This also marks the achievement of a comprehensive technology transfer to Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) at the local shipyard providing turnkey shipbuilding.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 22 Aug 2008
- UN Security Council Divided On Georgia Resolution RFE/RL 22 Aug 2008 -- Russia has formally submitted a draft resolution in the UN Security Council aimed at ending the conflict in Georgia.
- Russians Withdraw From Gori RFE/RL 22 Aug 2008 -- Russian troops have withdrawn from the key Georgian city of Gori, as confusion reigns about Moscow's insistence that it plans to keep hundreds of its troops in a buffer zone inside Georgia proper.
- Russia Declares It Has Complied With Georgia Cease-Fire RFE/RL 22 Aug 2008 -- Russia's declaration that it has complied with the withdrawal terms of its cease-fire with Georgia has been dismissed by a senior Georgian official who says continued Russian checkpoints are in violation of the deal.
- Russia says military pullout from Georgia complete RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2008 -- Russia's defense minister said on Friday the military had completed the withdrawal of troops from Georgia as stipulated in a peace deal brokered by the French president last week.
- Top UN refugee official wraps up mission to Georgia, Russia UN News Centre 22 Aug 2008 -- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres is today concluding a four-day visit to Georgia and Russia, visiting people forced to flee their homes by the conflict that began when heavy fighting erupted on 7 August.
- Russia Claims Right to Increase Troop Strength in South Ossetia VOA 22 Aug 2008 -- Russia is claiming the right to increase troops it has in and around South Ossetia in response to a "continued Georgian threat."
- Georgia set for military action - Russian General Staff RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2008 -- Georgia preparing for military action in its breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
- Russia's Mirazh corvette returns to Sevastopol naval base RIA Novosti 22 Aug 2008 -- Russia's Mirazh guided missile corvette returned to Black Sea Fleet base at Sevastopol after patrolling waters off the Georgian coast.
- Protesters Rally to End Indian Rule Over Kashmir VOA 22 Aug 2008 -- Protesters staged a mass rally in Kashmir to call for an end to India's rule of the disputed Himalayan region.
- 4 soldiers, 24 rebels killed in Sri Lanka fighting IRNA 22 Aug 2008 -- Sri Lankan war planes pounded a Tamil Tiger supply facility, while renewed infantry clashes killed 24 rebels and four soldiers.
- Ban requests 12-month extension to UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon UN News Centre 22 Aug 2008 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Security Council to extend the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) by another 12 months until the end of August next year.
- US Secretary of State Heads to Middle East for More Peace Talks VOA 22 Aug 2008 -- The State Department confirmed Friday that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will go to the Middle East next week in another effort to advance Palestinian-Israeli peace talks
- Ugandan Rebel Leader Wants ICC Warrant Lifted Before Peace Deal VOA 22 Aug 2008 -- A spokesman for the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group says its leader will not sign a peace agreement with the government of Uganda, unless an International Criminal Court warrant for his arrest is lifted
- DRC: Tensions still rife in Ituri despite progress in DDR IRIN 22 Aug 2008 -- Despite considerable progress in disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) in Ituri district, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), pockets of resistance by militia groups are causing tension in a region recovering from years of civil war, officials told IRIN.
- Insurgents Control Most of Strategic Somali Port City VOA 22 Aug 2008 -- Witnesses say Islamist militants have taken control of most of Somalia's largest port city, Kismayo, after fighting that has killed at least 55 people.
- Does A State Have The Right To Protect Its Citizens Abroad? RFE/RL 22 Aug 2008 -- There has been a huge amount of analysis, editorials, and speculation about the immediate and potential consequences of the Russia-Georgia conflict, not only for the two countries involved but for the world as we know it.
- Pakistan Presidential Election Scheduled for September 6 VOA 22 Aug 2008 -- Election commission announced that parliament and the country's provincial assemblies will elect president September 6.
- Zimbabwe War Veterans Call for Parliament to Open VOA 22 Aug 2008 -- Zimbabwe's so-called war veterans support the opening of Zimbabwe's parliament over the objections of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
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