27 February 2009 Military News
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- Remarks of President Barack Obama – Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq BUG: the source does not exist 27 Feb 2009
- Transcript: Press Conference Call with Secretary Gates on President Obama's Troop Withdrawal Plan DoD 27 Feb 2009 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
- Iraq Drawdown Decision Process Included Commanders, Gates Says AFPS 27 Feb 2009 -- President Barack Obama’s decision to redeploy all U.S. combat troops out of Iraq by the end of August next year emerged from a process that included input from military commanders and senior defense leaders, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.
- US Combat Troops to Leave Iraq by August 2010, Obama Says AFPS 27 Feb 2009 -- US combat troops will redeploy from Iraq by August 2010, leaving about 35,000 to 50,000 American forces there to attend to Iraqi troop and police training, counterterrorism and other duties.
- Truck handover brings hope of clean future Army News 27 Feb 2009 -- Twenty waste sanitation trucks were turned over to the Government of Iraq during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Loyalty, Feb. 25.
- Iraqi, Coalition Forces Develop Job Opportunities for 'Sons of Iraq' AFPS 27 Feb 2009 -- Focus now on transition of “Sons of Iraq” into jobs and educational programs.
- New Roads to Open Up Eastern Afghanistan Province AFPS 27 Feb 2009 -- Few improved roads across the rural and mountainous Paktia province all but stop any real efforts for development here.
- Hope is Victory in Afghanistan, PRT Commander Says AFPS 27 Feb 2009 -- A trip along a bumpy, dirt road deep into the eastern Paktia province gives way to village after village of mud and straw “qalats,” or fortresses, that have served as refuge for generations of extended Afghan families.
- Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Militants, Find Weapons AFPS 27 Feb 2009 -- Coalition and Afghan forces detained eight militants and seized enemy weapons stockpiles.
- Experts Discuss US Options in Afghanistan, Pakistan VOA 27 Feb 2009 -- A panel of experts urged changes in U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- A-10 unit reaches 10,000-hour milestone AFNS 27 Feb 2009 -- 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron reached historic milestone when unit surpassed 10,000 combat flight hours in a single deployment rotation.
- Airmen service F-15E's avionics remotely AFNS 27 Feb 2009 -- 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron's Avionics Flight apply technical expertise to sustain mission readiness out of Bagram Airfield.
- Turkey Joins Counterpiracy Mission in the Gulf of Aden Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2009 -- The Turkish frigate TCG Giresun joined Combined Task Force 151 and began conducting counterpiracy operations.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Program finds civilian jobs for Wounded Warriors Army News 27 Feb 2009 -- Calvin McCloy appears to be in his comfort zone, handling phone calls from civilian employees worldwide from his desk within Fort Riley's Army Benefits Center.
- I Corps ready for deployment: America's Corps cases colors Army News 27 Feb 2009 -- Lieutenant General Charles H. Jacoby Jr., I Corps commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Frank A. Grippe, the command's senior NCO, furled and cased the corps' colors in a deployment ceremony Tuesday morning at Soldiers Field House.
- Army Guard restructures recruiting, retention bonuses Army News 27 Feb 2009 -- Since 2005, the number of Army National Guard enlistees has grown due in large part to enlistment bonuses ranging from $2,000 to $15,000.
- McCaffrey upbeat about I Corps HQ, 5-2 Inf. Div. Army News 27 Feb 2009 -- One of the nation's most-recognized and accomplished retired U.S. Army generals brimmed with confidence last week at the prospect of I Corps headquarters soon falling in on the Multi-National Corps-Iraq mission.
- Commentary: AER all about Soldiers helping Soldiers Army News 27 Feb 2009 -- For more than 60 years, Army Emergency Relief has been the primary way Soldiers have been able to help other Soldiers. I will never understand why there are people who can't accept a good thing when they see it.
- Editorial: Army taking measures to improve property accountability Army News 27 Feb 2009 -- Since 9/11, our Army has been in a continuous cycle of deployment, redeployment and RESET operations. We've had, and continue to have, a lot of property in motion.
- Fort Lewis officials reaffirm commitment to warriors Army News 27 Feb 2009 -- Fort Lewis and Madigan Army Medical Center leaders signed a covenant at the hospital reaffirming their commitment to providing the best health care possible to wounded warriors and their families, Feb. 18.
- Next war will begin in cyberspace, experts predict Army News 27 Feb 2009 -- Networks that were once separated will soon be melded together, requiring a combined effort to defend the information flow, Defense cyberspace experts said Thursday.
- Wagonmasters leaders sit down to talk Army News 27 Feb 2009 -- More than 100 junior leaders gathered Feb. 2 at the 15th Sustainment Brigade’s Phantom Dome training area for a session of leader development aimed at creating better noncommissioned officers and leaders. The training, a part of the Army’s Year of the NCO program, brought together the brigade’s first-line supervisors to discuss the duties and responsibilities of the NCO.
- AER funds help Soldiers take care of all Soldiers Army News 27 Feb 2009 -- For Soldiers facing financial emergencies, Army Emergency Relief provides grants and interest-free loans.
- JTRS targets the individual Soldier for radio communications Army News 27 Feb 2009 -- The ability to communicate; through voice, digital message or simply by position, is arguably, the most critical capability for the men and women of today's Army
- Bamberg's Lean Six Sigma projects achieve success Army News 27 Feb 2009 -- Five Lean Six Sigma projects at U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg are achieving enormous praise for top-level performance in Europe.
- Aggressors prowl for Air Force information AFNS 27 Feb 2009 -- A little known unit here, working in a bank of trailers hidden from the public, performs a unique mission for the Air Force: hacking into the vast Air Force computer networks to help protect those networks from an enemy's attack.
- Air Force looking for military training instructors AFNS 27 Feb 2009 -- Few other figures in the Air Force exemplify leadership more than the military training instructor and more are needed to help meet short- and long-term manning goals.
- Secretary Donley to remain as SECAF AFNS 27 Feb 2009 -- White House officials announced Feb. 26 that Secretary Michael B. Donley will remain the secretary of the Air Force.
- Supply Ships, Embarked Security Forces Ensure Smooth Sailing Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2009 -- As part of Operation Vigilant Mariner, Maritime Expeditionary Security Force (MESF) detachments embark noncombatants around the world, including supply ships like USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1), to ensure safe passage for the ships and crews, protecting them from potentially hostile forces.
- President's Budget Proposal Includes 2.9 Percent Pay Raise for Troops AFPS 27 Feb 2009 -- President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2010 budget proposal includes a 2.9 percent pay increase for U.S. servicemembers.
- Office of Naval Intelligence Begins Historic Transformation Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2009 -- Office of Naval Intelligence transforming to align its resources and analytical expertise to meet evolving requirements.
- Aggressors prowl for Air Force information AFNS 27 Feb 2009 -- A little known unit performs a unique USAF mission: hacking into the vast computer networks.
- Former U.S. top officials call for renewed ties with Russia RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2009 -- Partnership for a Secure America has released a bipartisan roadmap for the Obama administration to renew cooperation.
- NWC Group Reviews Maritime Strategy in Indian Ocean Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2009 -- New Indian Ocean Regional Studies Group focusing on maritime security and security-related issues in the Indian Ocean.
- Klakring Teams with French Navy in FANAL 09 Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2009 -- USS Klakring helped prepare the Charles de Gaulle Strike Group for her upcoming deployment.
- U.S. Navy, NATO Complete Exercise Noble Manta 09 Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2009 -- US Navy and 7 NATO allies completed the annual anti-submarine warfare exercise Noble Manta 09 in the Ionian Sea off Sicily.
- Multinational Exercise to Test Interoperability in Caribbean AFPS 27 Feb 2009 -- An initiative aimed at boosting capacity among Central and South American security forces will get put to the test next week.
- Naval Installations Exercise Solid Curtain Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2009 -- Firefighting, rescue workers and security personnel reponded to all calls during Exercise Solid Curtain 2009.
- PHNS $25M Modernization in Fleet Support is "First Step" Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2009 -- "First step" in modernization of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility took place Feb. 20.
- FISC Yokosuka Prepares for Navy Warehouse Transfer to DLA Navy NewsStand 27 Feb 2009 -- US Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Yokosuka preparing for 4-week visit from the Navy warehouse transfer team.
- Russia to build nuclear-powered 60,000-ton aircraft carrier RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2009 -- Russia's new-generation aircraft carrier will be nuclear powered and have a displacement of up to 60,000 metric tons.
- Russian warships to return home from Atlantic, Mediterranean tour RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2009 -- A group of warships from Russia's Northern Fleet is to return to its main base in north Russia on March 2.
- Russian Navy acknowledges 'small' oil spill off Irish coast RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2009 -- A Russian warship spilled about 20-30 tons of oil while refueling off the coast of Ireland in mid-February.
- Bolivia to start receiving Russian-made helicopters in April RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2009 -- Russia is to deliver two helicopters to Bolivia with reports suggesting that they will be used in the fight against illicit drugs.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 27 Feb 2009
- Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 2/26/09 The White House 27 Feb 2009
- DoD News: Contracts for February 27, 2009
- Boeing Transfers 3rd KC-767J Tanker to Japanese Partner Itochu Boeing 27 Feb 2009 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] on Feb. 25 transferred the third KC-767J tanker to the company's Japanese partner, Itochu Corp., for delivery to the Japan Ministry of Defense (MOD) and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). When Itochu officially delivers the aircraft in March, it will join two KC-767J tankers that Japan received in 2008.
- Northrop Grumman Completes Engineering Thermal Vacuum Testing of the SBIRS GEO-2 Payload Northrop Grumman 27 Feb 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing of the second geosynchronous orbit (GEO-2) payload for the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS), a key process that exercised the payload in a complete test-like-you-fly sequence to prove both performance and functionality.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 27 Feb 2009
- Russia's Lavrov to participate in Gaza rebuilding conference RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2009 -- Russian FM Lavrov will visit Egypt for the international conference on the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.
- Over 130 army officers still missing as bloody mutiny by BDR ended IRNA 27 Feb 2009 -- Over 130 army officers taken hostage by Bangladesh Rifles remained missingas the bloody mutiny ended.
- Mass Grave Discovered in Bangladesh Border Guard Compound VOA 27 Feb 2009 -- Bangladeshi military officials: Troops uncovered a mass grave believed to hold the bodies of at least 66 officers killed.
- Death Toll Rises in Bangladesh Mutiny VOA 27 Feb 2009 -- Government officials, soldiers and police began surveying carnage in wake of 2-day mutiny that may have left more 100 people dead.
- Confirmed death toll in Bangladesh Rifles mutiny reaches 55 RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2009 -- The number of Bangladeshi border guard officers confirmed dead following recent mutiny has climbed to 55.
- Kosovo declares trust in Hague court after war crimes verdicts RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2009 -- Kosovo's president declared his "full trust" in the UN court in The Hague following the acquittal top Serb politician.
- UN Tribunal Acquits Milutinovic of War Crimes, Jails 5 Others VOA 27 Feb 2009 -- UN war crimes court for the former Yugoslavia acquitted a former Serbian president of atrocities committed in Kosovo.
- UN relief chief concerned over physical condition of Sri Lankans trapped by clashes UN News Centre 27 Feb 2009 -- The top United Nations humanitarian official today voiced concern for the hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans pushed into a progressively shrinking pocket of land in the northern part of the country due to clashes between Government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
- Notable rise in violence against civilians, aid workers in DR Congo, UN reports UN News Centre 27 Feb 2009 -- There has been a notable rise in violations against civilians and attacks on humanitarian workers in North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), leading to new displacement, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.
- Former Rwandan chaplain sentenced to 25 years by UN genocide court UN News Centre 27 Feb 2009 -- A former chaplain in Rwanda’s armed forces was sentenced today to 25 years for the abduction, murder and sexual assault of Tutsi civilians by the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the mass killings that engulfed the tiny African country in 1994.
- Over 40,000 displaced Somalis return to capital despite clashes, says UN agency UN News Centre 27 Feb 2009 -- More than 40,000 internally displaced persons have returned to Mogadishu in the last 6 weeks.
- Kashmir Govt says ready for repeal of Draconian Laws IRNA 27 Feb 2009 -- Omar Abdullah: Coalition Government would work towards withdrawal of laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act.
- ZAMBIA: Angolan refugee repatriation to re-start IRIN 27 Feb 2009 -- The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is to resume voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees from Zambia, two years after the programme was formally ended, due to the growing numbers of asylum seekers willing to return home.
- ZIMBABWE: A donor-dependent region seeks to bail out Zimbabwe IRIN 27 Feb 2009 -- Southern Africa's finance ministers are mulling over a US$2 billion rescue package for Zimbabwe - 60 percent less than a 2008 estimate by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) of the financing required to haul the country out of its economic malaise.
- Russia Tries To Lure Moldova Into New Transdniester Format RFE/RL 27 Feb 2009 -- With just six weeks to go before the April 5 parliamentary elections, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov traveled to Moldova on February 23-24, his first visit to that country since taking office in March 2004
- Top UN officials spotlight progress on anniversary of anti-landmine treaty UN News Centre 27 Feb 2009 -- Last year bomb disposal experts cleared over 200,000 landmines around the world, contributing to the progress made in ridding the anti-personnel and anti-vehicle explosives from the planet over the past decade, the United Nations Mine Action Team said today.
- Pakistani Police Confront Opposition Leader Supporters VOA 27 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani police have again confronted protesters angered over Court decision banning opposition leader Sharif from elected office.
- Venezuela's Chavez losing hope in U.S. President Obama RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2009 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez: High hopes should not be placed on US administration or President Obama.
- Venezuela Rejects US Report on Human Rights VOA 27 Feb 2009 -- The Venezuelan government rejected a new US report on human rights, saying Washington has no right to judge other countries' records.
- Mexico Sending Extra Troops to Besieged Border City VOA 27 Feb 2009 -- Mexican authorities: More troops and federal police deployed to Juarez to crack down on drug-related violence.
- Somalia's New Government to Hold First Cabinet Meeting over the Weekend VOA 27 Feb 2009 -- Somalia's new PM Sharmarke will hold his first cabinet meeting Saturday after relocating to the capital, Mogadishu.
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