16 January 2010 Military News
- Homes moved from Cedar II to Adder in $60 million project Army News 16 Jan 2010 -- A transportation task force began preparing to relocate its fleet of more than 55 tractors and 110 40-foot flat bed trailers Jan. 13 at Camp Taji, Iraq.
- Transportation unit slated to transfer vehicles to composite company Army News 16 Jan 2010 -- The 910th Quartermaster Company, an Army Reserve unit out of Ardmore, Okla., completed Operation Clean Sweep Jan. 14 at Contingency Operating Location Normandy, Iraq.
- Quartermaster Co. completes Operation Clean Sweep at Normandy Army News 16 Jan 2010 -- The 910th Quartermaster Company, an Army Reserve unit out of Ardmore, Okla., completed Operation Clean Sweep Jan. 14 at Contingency Operating Location Normandy, Iraq.
- Soldiers in Iraq employ new unmanned aircraft system Army News 16 Jan 2010 -- Placing a new aircraft in a combat situation is a true test of its capabilities and future role within the Army.
- More Than Half Of Karzai's Cabinet Now Approved RFE/RL 16 Jan 2010 -- The Afghan parliament has rejected a majority of cabinet candidates up for confirmation today, approving just seven of 17 nominees on President Hamid Karzai's revised list.
- Afghan Lawmakers Reject 10 Cabinet Nominees VOA 16 Jan 2010 -- Afghan lawmakers have blocked President Hamid Karzai's second attempt to fill key posts in his new Cabinet.
- Remarks by President Obama, Former President Bill Clinton, and Former President George W. Bush on the Recovery and Rebuilding Effort in Haiti The White House 16 Jan 2010
- Former Presidents Join Obama in Plea for Haiti Relief AFPS 16 Jan 2010 -- President Barack Obama’s two immediate predecessors today joined him in soliciting help on behalf of Haiti, the target of a massive international humanitarian relief operation following a magnitude 7 earthquake.
- Obama Enlists Bush, Clinton to Help Haiti VOA 16 Jan 2010 -- Former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are joining with President Barack Obama to aid the earthquake-stricken people of Haiti. The two former presidents returned to the White House to discuss what they and the American people can do to help.
- Southcom Officials Provide Haiti Update AFPS 16 Jan 2010 -- Officials at U.S. Southern Command headquarters here provided a recap last night of the previous 48 hours of developments in the Haiti relief effort.
- Transcript: Gen. Fraser Press Briefing on U.S. Military Haiti Relief Ops Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- TRANSCRIPT: Gen. Fraser press briefing on U.S. military Haiti relief ops
- Air Force Medical Service Works Around Challenges AFPS 16 Jan 2010 -- The military has a well-known knack for building modern facilities in remote locations to support servicemembers. In the wake of disasters like this week’s earthquake in the Caribbean, the services have stepped up to use their deployable assets, especially hospitals, to help Haitians.
- NMCSD Staff Deploys in Support of Haiti Humanitarian Assistance Efforts Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) deployed 12 personnel in support of the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in Haiti Jan. 15.
- Defense Department to Provide Blood Supplies to Haiti Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- The Defense Department has ordered delivery of an initial supply of 500 units of frozen red blood cells to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, a military official said Jan. 15.
- Bataan Amphibious Relief Ships Onload 22nd MEU Enroute To Haiti Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) began onloading approximately 1,700 personnel and their equipment aboard the ships of the Bataan Amphibious Relief Mission Jan. 15 to aid the people of Haiti following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
- Carl Vinson Begins Humanitarian Operations in Southern Command Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 began humanitarian and disaster relief operations Jan. 15 after arriving on station Thursday.
- Navy Medicine Responds to Haiti Earthquake Disaster Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), headquarters of Navy Medicine, responded swiftly with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in the devastating aftermath of a 7.0 earthquake felt in Haiti's capital Jan. 12.
- USS Underwood En Route to Haiti Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- The frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) stopped overnight at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Jan. 15 while en route to earthquake-devastated Haiti.
- NAS Jax Supports Haiti Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) personnel are working around the clock to support the Navy's humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operation for survivors of the massive earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12.
- Vinson Helicopters Perform Medical Evacuations; "Sea Base" On the Way Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Navy helicopters operating from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) rescued two American citizens in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 15.
- UCT 1 and MDSU 2 Sailors Stand by for Deployment Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- More than 50 Navy divers and support staff from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 and Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 1 are preparing to deploy to Port-au-Prince, to bring their unique and expeditionary diving skills to the recovery efforts following the Jan. 12 earthquake.
- Aid Pours Into Haiti, Faces Distribution Delays VOA 16 Jan 2010 -- More international aid is on the way to Haiti, but officials are complaining of problems coordinating its distribution.
- Teams Work to Get Clean Water to Earthquake Survivors VOA 16 Jan 2010 -- Among the problems facing Haitian earthquake survivors is the shortage of clean water.
- Earthquake Adds More Tragedy to Haiti's Legacy VOA 16 Jan 2010 -- The devastation caused by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake only adds to Haiti's decades of trouble and turmoil.
- USNS Comfort Begins Race to Haiti AFPS 16 Jan 2010 -- The USNS Comfort cast off lines this morning in Baltimore to begin the race to aid the people of Haiti.
- Top Navy Doc Predicts Long USNS Comfort Deployment AFPS 16 Jan 2010 -- The chief of Navy medicine told the crew of the USNS Comfort here yesterday to prepare for a long deployment to Haiti.
- Airborne Troops Provide First Glimpse of Relief AFPS 16 Jan 2010 -- Hundreds of 82nd Airborne Division troops from Fort Bragg, N.C., arrived here overnight in the first wave of putting a substantial U.S. military relief effort in place in the wake of this week’s devastating earthquake.
- Defense Department Authorizes Up to $20 Million in Immediate Haiti Relief AFPS 16 Jan 2010 -- The Defense Department has authorized up to $20 million in immediate aid to Haiti as part of an international push to bring relief to the country in the wake of the 7-magnitude earthquake that struck Jan. 12.
- Taiwan to donate US$5 million for Haiti quake relief CNA 16 Jan 2010 -- The government decided to offer a total of US$5 million to its Caribbean ally Haiti Friday, while a chartered flight carrying a Taiwanese rescue team will enter the quake-ravaged nation once it gets landing approval from the nation's only airport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday.
- Iran dispatches relief supplies for Haitian quake victims IRNA 16 Jan 2010 -- A plane carrying 30 tons of relief supplies for the Haitian earthquake victims left Tehran for that Central American state Saturday morning, it was announced here today.
- Indian PM announces $ 5 million relief assistance for Haiti IRNA 16 Jan 2010 -- Expressing deep condolences over loss of lives and devastation in the Jan 12th earthquake, India’s Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh announced relief assistance worth five million US dollars for Haiti.
- Marine assault amphibian vehicles join Haiti relief mission USMC News 16 Jan 2010 -- Long before the sun crested the horizon over the Atlantic Ocean, Marines from the 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, were plowing through the surf toward waiting amphibious assault ships to join the Marine contingent heading to Haiti, Jan. 16.
- Marines launch amphibious mission to aid Haiti USMC News 16 Jan 2010 -- More than 2,000 Marines and sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are now underway and in route to aid in the international Haiti relief effort.
- Haiti relief on the way from MCLB Albany USMC News 16 Jan 2010 -- Tons of emergency supplies staged at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany are on their way to earthquake-ravaged Haiti immediately, with more expected to follow in the coming days.
- Police force unable to guarantee safety for rescuers in Haiti RIA Novosti 16 Jan 2010 -- International security forces are unable to guarantee the safety of rescue workers at night in Haiti's capital, a security forces spokesman told reporters on Saturday.
- Mass cremations begin in quake-stricken Haiti, creates foul air RIA Novosti 16 Jan 2010 -- The bodies of the dead lying in the streets of Haiti's capital as the result of a powerful earthquake are being collected by front-loaders, piled together, and burned, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported on Saturday.
- Haiti grants U.S. temporary control of airport in Port-au-Prince RIA Novosti 16 Jan 2010 -- Haiti's government has handed over to the United States temporary control of its airport in the capital of Port-au-Prince to help relief efforts in the quake-stricken island nation.
- Ban mourns deaths of top UN officials in Haiti quake UN News Centre 16 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the top United Nations officials who perished in the catastrophic earthquake which struck Haiti on Tuesday, voicing determination that the world body will persevere with its “noble work” in the impoverished Caribbean nation.
Defense Policy / Programs
- HSC-25 Island Knights Celebrate Change of Command Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 "Island Knights" held a change of command ceremony Jan. 15 at Andersen Air Force Base.
- Pearl Harbor Bids Farewell to USS Los Angeles Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Jan. 14, for her final voyage to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for inactivation.
- USS Santa Fe Holds Change of Command Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- Los Angeles-class submarine USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Pearl Harbor Jan. 15.
- Lincoln Completes Shipyard Availability ahead of Schedule after Successful Sea Trials Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- After getting underway Jan. 13 for the first time in nine months, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) completed its maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) ahead of schedule after successfully completing sea trials.
- Lincoln Air Department Prepares for Upcoming Certification Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- Although sea trials began aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Jan. 13, the ship's Air Department Sailors are already training to pass flight deck certifications.
- USS Nevada SSBN 733 (Blue) Celebrates Change of Command Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- USS Nevada (SSBN 733) (Blue) held a change of command ceremony at the Naval Undersea Museum Jan. 11.
- USS Independence Commissioned Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- Nearly 500 guests braved the rain today in Mobile, Ala., to attend the commissioning of USS Independence (LCS 2).
- CNO Speaks at LCS 2 Commissioning in Mobile Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2010 -- Chief of naval operations (CNO) helped welcome the newest Littoral Combat Ship USS Independence (LCS 2) to the fleet at its commissioning ceremony in Mobile, Ala., Jan. 16.
- Army programs to battle increase in suicides Army News 16 Jan 2010 -- Statistics for December suicides in the Army were released today, and show as many as 10 potential suicides amongst active-duty Soldiers.
- General's Kosovo visit focuses on Ukraine's role in peace-support mission Army News 16 Jan 2010 -- The deputy chief of staff of Ukraine's Land Forces Command traveled here Jan. 11-14 to learn more about Kosovo and Ukrainian participation in the mission here.
- Text of Afghanistan-Iran-Pakistan Joint Declaration IRNA 16 Jan 2010 -- Following is the text of the Joint Declaration issued after the Afghanistan-Iran-Pakistan Trilateral Ministerial Meeting here on Saturday.
- Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan vow cooperation for regional stability IRNA 16 Jan 2010 -- Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan Saturday signed a Joint ‘Islamabad Declaration’ envisaging road map for future interaction in different fields.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran Promise More Coordination VOA 16 Jan 2010 -- Foreign ministers from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran say their three countries will increase cooperation on regional issues in the coming months. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki signed a joint declaration Saturday after meeting in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.
- Medvedev says arms deal talks with U.S. making good progress RIA Novosti 16 Jan 2010 -- Talks on a new strategic arms reduction deal with the U.S. are difficult, but many points have been agreed on, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday.
- Russia suspends flights of Su-27 fighters after crash RIA Novosti 16 Jan 2010 -- Russia has suspended SU-27 Flanker fighter jet flights until the cause of a deadly crash earlier in the week is determined, a Defense Ministry official told RIA Novosti on Saturday.
- Yemen: Three Al-Qaida Militants Captured VOA 16 Jan 2010 -- Yemen's defense ministry says that three al-Qaida militants have been captured along the border with Saudi Arabia. Yemeni security officials also say "al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula's" top military commander, Qassem al-Raimi, was killed in a government air raid on Friday, along with five other militants.
- Iran Six decides against new sanctions on Tehran RIA Novosti 16 Jan 2010 -- Iran Six participants holding a meeting in New York on Saturday decided against new sanctions on Tehran and will study new political methods to solve the issues, a Russian Foreign Ministry deputy said.
- Effectiveness of sanctions on Iran 'doubtful' — Foreign Ministry RIA Novosti 16 Jan 2010 -- The effectiveness of additional sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program is "doubtful," a Russian Foreign Ministry deputy said on Saturday.
- Six World Powers Discuss Iran Sanctions VOA 16 Jan 2010 -- The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany say they will continue to seek a negotiated solution to Iran's nuclear pursuits, but they are considering "further measures". The group, known as the P5+1 met at a senior level in New York Saturday.
- Ukraine To Vote For Post-Orange Leader RFE/RL 16 Jan 2010 -- It was another command performance by the woman who's portrayed herself as the very symbol of this country.
- Ukraine's Yanukovich, Tymoshenko in run-off elections - analyst RIA Novosti 16 Jan 2010 -- Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovich will most likely win the first round of elections and hold a run-off election with current Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a political analyst told RIA Novosti on Saturday.
- Yanukovych may amend Constitution if elected Ukraine's president RIA Novosti 16 Jan 2010 -- Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych said he has not ruled out introducing several amendments to the Constitution if he wins the January 17 elections.
- Ukrainian Presidential Election Marked by Uncertainty VOA 16 Jan 2010 -- Ukrainians vote Sunday in a presidential election fraught with uncertainty about the candidates, the process, and the result.
- German federal prosecutors to take up CIA killer squad file IRNA 16 Jan 2010 -- German federal prosecutors have taken up the CIA death squad case following US press reports that the American secret service tried to kill an alleged Hamburg-based al-Qaeda supporter in 2005, the weekly news magazine Focus reported Saturday.
- Swine Flu death doll across India jumps to 1,113: Report IRNA 16 Jan 2010 -- The death toll due to deadliest “Swine Flu” across India jumped to 1,113.
- Croatia's President-Elect Hopes To Help Stabilize Balkans RFE/RL 16 Jan 2010 -- Croatian voters last week elected Social Democrat candidate Ivo Josipovic as their next president. Josipovic, a law professor and composer who based his campaign on a pledge to fight corruption, won the January 10 ballot with 60 percent of the vote.
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