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21 January 2010 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 21 Jan 2010 [PDF]
  • RED HORSE Airmen construct new facilities AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- The 557th Expeditionary Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron of Engineers recently constructed three buildings outside of Joint Base Balad in two months in support of the responsible drawdown of U.S. servicemembers from Iraq.
  • Iraqi Forces Arrest al-Qaida Financier AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested two men affiliated with al-Qaida and detained two suspects in operations over the past two days in Iraq.
  • U.S. Turns Over Training of Iraqi Federal Police AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- Iraqi instructors are now exclusively teaching a four-phase Iraqi Federal Police training course at Contingency Operating Station Cashe South in Iraq.
  • US Envoy: London Conference an Opportunity for Momentum in Afghanistan VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- President Barack Obama's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan says a January 28 conference in London provides an important opportunity for the U.S. and other nations to galvanize support for Afghanistan. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
  • Secretary-General to attend major Afghan conference in London next week UN News Centre 21 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will take part in next week’s international conference aimed at helping Afghanistan to chart its way forward in the wake of last year’s presidential elections and build a more secure and prosperous country, it was announced today.
  • Force Protects Afghans While Targeting Taliban Commander AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- An Afghan-led security force killed four insurgents during an operation in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province last night.
  • German chancellor to skip London's Afghanistan conference IRNA 21 Jan 2010 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not take part at next week's key conference on Afghanistan in London, press reports said in Berlin on Thursday.
  • Afghan president, NATO chief to attend Munich security confab IRNA 21 Jan 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will take part at the 46th Munich Security Conference, due to be held from February 5-7, the organizer of the high-profile confab, Wolfgang Ischinger said Thursday.
  • Marines draw out Taliban in southern Helmand province USMC News 21 Jan 2010 -- Stepping gingerly over rocks and uneven ground, Marines from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment and the Afghan National Army soldiers attached to them, patrolled to the north of Observation Post Huskars, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 18, 2010.
  • Petraeus Accepts Some Pakistani Deals with Border Tribes VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- The commander of U.S. forces in Central Asia and the Middle East, General David Petraeus, says Pakistan will likely have to make some deals with tribes along its border with Afghanistan in an effort to consolidate gains its military forces have made, but can not sustain on their own. Such deals have failed in the past, and U.S. officials have been skeptical of new ones.
  • Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Gen. Fraser from Miami, Florida DoD 21 Jan 2010 -- Presenter: Commander, U.S. Southern Command Gen. Douglas Fraser
  • Normandy, HSL 46 Det 3 Team Up for Humanitarian Effort in Haiti Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- The Norfolk-based guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) is serving as a platform for its helicopter detachment to deliver needed aid and transport personnel in Haiti's capital, as part of Operation Unified Response.
  • George H.W. Bush Sailors Assisting in Haiti Relief Effort Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Sailors from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departed Norfolk, Va., to join the relief efforts in Haiti Jan. 21.
  • USS Higgins Supports Relief Effort from Coast of Haiti Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Eight miles from Port Au Prince, Haiti, Sailors aboard San Diego based USS Higgins (DDG 76) worked around the clock Jan. 20 to bring relief to earthquake victims.
  • Carl Vinson Receives MEDEVAC, Mass Casualty Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Approximately 20 medically evacuated personnel from Haiti and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived on board USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Jan. 21 and the medical team activated the ship's walking blood bank.
  • Commander Discusses the Role of USS Bataan in Humanitarian Efforts Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- USS Bataan (LHD 5) is in Haiti as part of the Bataan Amphibious Relief Mission to participate in Operation Unified Response.
  • PWD GTMO Prepares Airfield to Support Logistics Mission in Haitian Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast engineers and support staff from Public Works Department (PWD) Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) provided rapid assistance that made it possible to open McCalla Field in GTMO, Cuba, Jan. 19 in support of Joint Logistics Hub GTMO.
  • Africa Partnership Station Staff Helps Provide Relief in Haiti Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Members of the international staff of Africa Partnership Station (APS) West began working ashore Jan. 19 with Sailors from USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) to help deliver relief supplies and aid medical personnel in helping victims of the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti Jan. 12.
  • HAITI/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: New-found friends? IRIN 21 Jan 2010 -- Within one week of the earthquake that drove tens of thousands of Haitians out of their homes, its island neighbour, the Dominican Republic, is being transformed into a base for humanitarian efforts, from border soup kitchens to road convoys, warehouses, and visa waivers for humanitarian workers.
  • Nassau ARG, 24th MEU Bound for Haiti Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the USS Nassau (LHA 4) Amphibious Ready Group (NAS ARG) and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) received orders Jan. 19 to deploy to Haiti to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions.
  • PWD GTMO Takes Action to Support First Haitian MEDEVAC Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast engineers and support staff from Public Works Department (PWD) Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) provided engineering analysis support that made it possible for U.S. Naval Hospital GTMO to open a landing pad for an initial medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Haiti Jan. 13.
  • 823rd SFS to depart in support of Haiti relief efforts AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Approximately 70 Airmen from the 823rd Security Forces Squadron at Moody AFB have been ordered to deploy to Haiti to support humanitarian relief efforts there.
  • Team MacDill responds to Haiti Relief Efforts AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Thirteen members of MacDill Air Force Base's 6th Medical Group deployed to the Republic of Haiti Jan. 20 in support of the humanitarian mission to provide critical medical care to survivors of the massive earthquake that devastated the island Jan. 12.
  • Homestead offers respite for Haiti earthquake victims AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti Jan. 12, Homestead Air Reserve Base has become a staging area for aircrews to bring earthquake victims.
  • U.S. Forces in Haiti to Grow to 20,000 AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- Roughly 20,000 U.S. troops will be supporting relief efforts in Haiti by Jan. 24, military officials said, adding to the 13,000-strong American force currently there.
  • Logistics Agency Aids in Haiti Relief AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- Defense Logistics Agency employees are working around the clock to provide critical supplies for earthquake victims in Haiti and material for servicemembers conducting humanitarian relief during what has been named Operation Unified Response.
  • Fort Detrick Soldiers deploy to support Haiti relief Army News 21 Jan 2010 -- A team of Soldiers from the 6th Medical Logistics Management Center here deployed Sunday to Miami to augment the U.S. Southern Command headquarters as medical logistics planners for Operation Unified Response, the U.S. military's humanitarian mission to assist the victims of last week's earthquake in Haiti.
  • 470th MI Brigade responds to crisis in Haiti Army News 21 Jan 2010 -- When President Obama promised a "swift, coordinated and aggressive response" to the earthquake disaster in Haiti, U.S. Army South's 470th Military Intelligence (MI) Brigade immediately responded by deploying intelligence teams to assist in disaster relief and sustainment support to Joint Task Force (JTF) Haiti and Operation Unified Response.
  • Seaport and More Airports Open for Aid to Haiti VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. military has reopened the severely damaged seaport in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince to help improve delivery of aid to victims of last week's massive earthquake. The military has also opened three more airports to assist the flow of humanitarian relief.
  • PACAF aircraft depart to assist Haiti relief effort AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Pacific Air Forces deployed seven C-17 Globemaster III aircraft Jan. 19 to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., to support the U.S. military's Haitian relief effort, Operation Unified Response.
  • Peninsula warriors contribute to Haiti relief efforts AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Airmen from the 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron at Langley AFB and Soldiers from Fort Eustis, Va., and Fort Lee, N.J., loaded vehicles, equipment and aid supplies aboard a C-17 Globemaster III bound for Haiti Jan. 19 as part of Operation Unified Response.
  • March C-17s make quick turn-around for more Haiti missions AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Two C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 729th Airlift Squadron returned to March Air Reserve Base Jan. 18 after flying earthquake relief missions to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. By mid-afternoon Jan. 18, Airmen from the 452nd Maintenance Group had regenerated the C-17s and new 729th AS crews were in the air for another cycle of Haiti missions.
  • Charleston AFB aircrew conducts air delivery over Haiti AFNS 21 Jan 2010 -- Airmen from Charleston Air Force Base conducted the first C-17 Globemaster III air delivery mission to Haiti during Operation Unified Response Jan. 18.
  • Lynn Salutes U.S. Relief Efforts in Haiti AFPS 21 Jan 2010 -- U.S. military and other assistance provided to earthquake-stricken Haiti “are helping to make a desperate situation a little less desperate each day,” Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here today.
  • Marines continue relief operations in Haiti USMC News 21 Jan 2010 -- Supplies continued to flow ashore in Haiti as Marines from 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit delivered 1,487 cases of bottled water near Leogane and dozens of five-gallon water cans near Petit Paradies Jan. 20.
  • 22nd MEU, Bataan Amphibious Ready Group aid Haitian disaster victims USMC News 21 Jan 2010 -- The ships intercom filled with the sound of a stern voice urgently calling "mass casualty, mass casualty!" calling all available Marines and Sailors on the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan to the flight deck to assist with incoming Haitian earthquake victims.
  • 3rd Taiwan relief team arrives in Santo Domingo en route to Haiti CNA 21 Jan 2010 -- A 65-member Taiwan medical team landed in the Dominican Republic capital Wednesday en route to Haiti to provide aid to earthquake victims.
  • UN strains hard to aid Haiti's quake victims, but long way to go IRNA 21 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations is “straining every nerve” to ramp up its aid to the countless victims of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, from medical care, food and water supplies to security and logistics, but there is still a very long way to go.
  • Rescue operation in quake-hit Haiti costs Russia $5 million RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- Costs of Russia's rescue operation in Haiti, hit by a devastating quake last week, stand at $5 million, the Russian foreign ministry said on its website on Thursday.
  • Haiti: UN-backed quake relief operations expand beyond devastated capital UN News Centre 21 Jan 2010 -- United Nations-supported relief efforts to reach the countless victims of Haiti’s devastating earthquake are expanding to areas away from Port-au-Prince, the capital, to smaller towns and communities as aid agencies struggle to ramp up their operations to meet the enormity of the task.
  • Post-quake recovery in Haiti begins with farmers, UN agency says UN News Centre 21 Jan 2010 -- As rescue operations continue after last week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, simultaneous efforts are needed to support agriculture in the poor Caribbean country as the spring planting season approaches, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency said today.
  • Secretary-General praises faith, resilience of Haitian people amid tragedy UN News Centre 21 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lauded the faith and resilience of the Haitian people in the wake of last week’s catastrophic earthquake, saying he was confident that, with the support of the international community, they will overcome this tragedy.
  • Damaged Haiti Seaport Reopens for Aid Deliveries VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. military says it has reopened the heavily-damaged seaport in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, to help improve the flow of aid to victims of last week's earthquake.
  • Coalition Counter-piracy Task Force Changes Command Navy NewsStand 21 Jan 2010 -- Coalition counter-piracy unit Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 held a change of command ceremony aboard USS Hopper (DDG 70) while pierside in Manama, Bahrain, Jan. 20.

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  • Clinton: US, Allies Will Not Back Down on Iran Nuclear Issue VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday the United States and allies will not back down in pressing Iran on concerns that its nuclear program is weapons related.
  • Supreme Leader: Iran strongly opposes bullying powers IRNA 21 Jan 2010 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday that Iran strongly opposes bullying powers which are seeking to dominate and humiliate world nations.
  • Former Iranian consul asks Norway for political asylum RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- A former Iranian consul to Norway, who had resigned in late 2009 over the crackdown on opposition protests by Iran's government, asked Norwegian authorities for political asylum, the Norway Post newspaper said on Thursday.
  • Iraqi Officials Confirm Talks Held Abroad With Ba'athists, Insurgents RFE/RL 21 Jan 2010 -- Iraqi officials say they have met with Ba'athists and insurgent groups in neighboring countries recently in an effort to reintegrate them into the political process, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.
  • UN lauds start of ballot printing for Iraqi polls UN News Centre 21 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraqi (UNAMI) today congratulated Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) for kicking off the ballot process to print over 26 million ballots for the upcoming parliamentary elections.
  • Iraq's President Orders Probe of Candidate Ban VOA 21 Jan 2010 -- Iraq's president has ordered an investigation into a decision to ban more than 500 candidates from elections set for March. The probe follows complaints their exclusion could undermine the legitimacy of the vote.
  • Russian cosmonauts make up to $150,000 for space missions RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- Russian cosmonauts receive up to $150,000 for a mission on board the International Space Station (ISS), a senior space official said Thursday.
  • Russian cosmonaut moves Soyuz to new docking port on ISS RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- A Russian cosmonaut performed on Thursday a complex task of moving a spacecraft from one docking port to another on the International Space Station.
  • Russian cosmonaut to pilot Soyuz spacecraft to new dock on ISS RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2010 -- Popping outside to move the car to a different parking space is something most of us do without a second thought, but on Thursday it will be a major endeavor for Maxim Surayev.
  • Kyrgyz High Court Rejects Bakiev's Presidential Council Idea RFE/RL 21 Jan 2010 -- The Kyrgyz Constitutional Court has rejected President Kurmanbek Bakiev's proposal for a still-to-be-created Presidential Council to appoint an interim president in emergencies, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
  • GLOBAL: 30 earthquakes, 28 lessons learned IRIN 21 Jan 2010 -- As aid agencies launch Haiti earthquake relief efforts, the Overseas Development Institute, a UK think-tank, has showcased a report by learning and accountability network, ALNAP, outlining 28 lessons learned over 30 years of earthquake responses.

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