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07 January 2010 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 07 Jan 2010 [PDF]
  • UK continues to call up reservists for Iraq IRNA 07 Jan 2010 -- The British government has renewed its call-out order for reservists to support operations in Iraq and the Persian Gulf for another year even though the main body of the UK’s armed forces were withdrawn from Iraq last June.
  • BATS helps ID insurgents, hostages Army News 07 Jan 2010 -- Like technology from the latest spy movie, a system using finger prints and retina scans helps Soldiers tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys in Iraq.
  • General Condemns Taliban Attack on Civilians AFPS 07 Jan 2010 -- The commander of day-to-day military operations in Afghanistan condemned a bombing attack on Gardez Bazaar in Afghanistan’s Paktia province today that killed at least four civilians and wounded several others.
  • Al-Qaeda claims attack on U.S. base in Afghanistan RIA Novosti 07 Jan 2010 -- Al-Qaeda has said it was responsible for last month's deadly suicide bombing at a U.S. base in southeast Afghanistan.
  • AFGHANISTAN: USAID funds Kabul clean-up project IRIN 07 Jan 2010 -- A project funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to collect rubbish from Kabul’s streets will create jobs and improve the environment, but municipal officials say a more permanent solution is needed.
  • German support for Afghan war hits record low: survey IRNA 07 Jan 2010 -- German support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a record low as only 26 percent of Germans say their troops should remain in the war-stricken country, according to an opinion poll released Thursday by the public television network ARD.
  • Eide Warns Of 'Negative Trends' In Afghanistan RFE/RL 07 Jan 2010 -- Outgoing UN envoy to Afghanistan Kai Eide has told the UN Security Council that many of the problems that country faced years ago remain, boosting resentment of the foreign presence in the country.
  • Suicide Bomber Kills 8 in Eastern Afghanistan VOA 07 Jan 2010 -- An Afghan official says at least eight people have been killed after a suicide bomber detonated explosives in the eastern town of Gardez.
    A Paktia provincial governor's spokesman, Rohulla Samoon, says at least 24 people were wounded in Thursday's attack that apparently targeted a security vehicle convoy. The spokesman says a security personnel supervisor is among those killed.
  • US Concerned About Pakistani 'Harassment,' Pakistan Critical of US Drones VOA 07 Jan 2010 -- U.S. officials in Pakistan are expressing concern about alleged ongoing harassment involving U.S. diplomatic vehicles, while Pakistan is criticizing alleged U.S. drone strikes.
  • F-15s Scramble to Escort Hawaiian Airlines Flight AFPS 07 Jan 2010 -- Two Oregon Air National Guard F-15 fighters, under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command, intercepted Hawaiian Airlines Flight 39 yesterday after a passenger caused a disturbance on the plane and the pilot decided to return the aircraft to Portland.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Brig. Gen. Cheek From the Pentagon DoD 07 Jan 2010 -- Presenter: Commander, U. S. Army Warrior Transition Command Brig. Gen. Gary Cheek
  • DoD News: Army Announces Force Structure Actions DoD 07 Jan 2010 -- The Army announced today the decision to relocate Headquarters, Army Contracting Command and Headquarters, Expeditionary Contracting Command from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
  • New era begins for Joint Base Langley-Eustis AFNS 07 Jan 2010 -- Ninth Air Force officials activated the 633rd Air Base Wing during a change-of-command ceremony Jan. 7 here.
  • Mullen Lays Out Progress, Challenges in Middle East AFPS 07 Jan 2010 -- Stability in the greater Middle East remains the highest security priority for the United States, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
  • ACC to join AMC, USASAC at Redstone Arsenal Army News 07 Jan 2010 -- The Army announced today the decision to relocate Headquarters, Army Contracting Command and Headquarters, Expeditionary Contracting Command from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
  • USS North Carolina to Homeport in Pearl Harbor Navy NewsStand 07 Jan 2010 -- Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced Jan. 6 that USS North Carolina (SSN 777) will be the third Virginia-class submarine homeported at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
  • Nimitz Hosts CNO At Sea Navy NewsStand 07 Jan 2010 -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) visited the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Jan. 6.
  • NMCB 3 Steelworkers Improve Naval Station Rota Water Treatment Facility Navy NewsStand 07 Jan 2010 -- Eleven Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 recently began work on a galvanized steel catwalk as an improvement project for the Naval Station Rota, Spain, water treatment facility.
  • Navy Installations Getting Greener Navy NewsStand 07 Jan 2010 -- The Department of the Navy has implemented a policy mandating the use of low-impact development techniques, which has made installations more environmentally and economically efficient to construct, operate, and maintain.
  • Medical Readiness: Preparing for Deployment Navy NewsStand 07 Jan 2010 -- Medical readiness is essential for deployment and he National Naval Medical Center ensures its Sailors are ready for any mission.
  • Work Begins on New Energy Conservation Project, Saving $3.3 Million Annually Navy NewsStand 07 Jan 2010 -- Projects have begun on the recently awarded Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) expecting to reduce electrical energy and water consumption by an estimated $3.3 million annually at Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS JAX).
  • Army to increase medevac support, add new CAB, more UAVs Army News 07 Jan 2010 -- The Army's top operations officer said yesterday that not only will the Army add a new combat aviation brigade to the warfight, it will also increase the number of aircraft in medical evacuation companies.
  • FORSCOM commander says Fort Bragg 'premier installation' Army News 07 Jan 2010 -- On Wednesday, Fort Bragg received a visit from Gen. Charles C. Campbell, the commander of United States Army Forces Command.
  • AAFES continues to grow at Bliss Army News 07 Jan 2010 -- Growth is quickly peering over the horizon for not only Fort Bliss, but for its facilities, as well.
  • Strategic, Space command officials improve GPS coverage AFNS 07 Jan 2010 -- Officials from the U.S. Strategic Command and Air Force Space Command here initiated an effort that will improve global coverage for users of the Global Positioning System constellation.
  • African Counterterrorism Gets Greater Focus AFPS 07 Jan 2010 -- Counterterrorism in Africa has come into greater focus since the United States cited five African countries on a list of nations deserving more scrutiny amid heightened airport security following a botched terrorist attack on a Christmas Day flight.
  • US Navy Concerned About Alleged Al-Qaida Threat to US Ships VOA 07 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. Navy says it is on heightened alert after receiving what it calls "credible" al-Qaida threats against American warships and commercial vessels in the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, and the Persian Gulf. The latest threat from Osama bin Laden's terror network calls on followers to gather intelligence about ships and their sailors so that they can be targeted for attacks.
  • Chairman Cites ‘One Team’ of Military, Intelligence AFPS 07 Jan 2010 -- In the wake of a Dec. 31 suicide bombing attack that killed seven CIA operatives in eastern Afghanistan, the military’s highest-ranking officer yesterday underscored the close ties between American armed forces and the U.S. intelligence community.
  • U.S. office confirms PAC-3 missiles sale to Taiwan CNA 07 Jan 2010 -- The United States' de facto embassy here - the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) - confirmed Thursday that the U.S. government has awarded contracts to defense manufacturers to build Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles for Taiwan, which were part of an arms package Washington agreed to sell to Taipei in 2008.

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