23 January 2010 Military News
- Airpower Summary: January 20 AFNS 23 Jan 2010
- Airpower Summary: January 21 AFNS 23 Jan 2010
- Last Marine operational command departs Iraq USMC News 23 Jan 2010 -- Over the past six years, thousands of Marines deployed to Al Anbar province, Iraq, the largest and once most volatile province in the country.
- Coast Guard Port Security Unit 301 returns from a six-month deployment US Coast Guard 23 Jan 2010 -- Approximately 600 people arrived at Air Station Cape Cod, here, to welcome back Coast Guard Port Security Unit 301 crewmembers after they returned from a six-month deployment at around midnight Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010.
- Historic transfer of authority says goodbye to Marines as Army takes lead in Al Anbar Army News 23 Jan 2010 -- The first major indicator of the responsible drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq occurred in Ramadi Jan. 23 when II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) transferred authority of Iraq's largest province to 1st Armored Division.
- TF Wings' 'Clean Sweep' nets more than $40 million in supplies Army News 23 Jan 2010 -- As U.S. forces in Iraq begin preparations for a safe and responsible drawdown of forces, tons of equipment must be identified, masses of supplies tracked and accounted for, and thousands of items earmarked for turn-in or redistribution across the fighting force.
- Army unit partnership soars on Taji flight line Army News 23 Jan 2010 -- A sea of unit patches hovered around a Shadow unmanned aerial system, readying it for flight.
- Vice President Biden visits 4-2 SBCT Army News 23 Jan 2010 -- Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden met with members of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, "Raiders" and other deployed service members and civilians, here Saturday as part of his visit this week to Iraq.
- 3/6 arrives in Helmand province; prepare to integrate with ANA USMC News 23 Jan 2010 -- Marines and sailors from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment labored to get through the massive pile of gear in the center of the CH-53E Super Stallion and out into the burning sun of southern Afghanistan, Jan. 17, 2009. Almost instinctually, they hastily grabbed their bags and formed a neat pile of equipment several feet away from the flight line.
- German minister backs Karzai plan to buy off Taliban IRNA 23 Jan 2010 -- German Development Aid Minister Dirk Niebel supports the plan of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to provide financial incentives to Taliban fighters in an effort to have them lay down their arms.
- British soldier killed in Afghanistan hits 250 IRNA 23 Jan 2010 -- The Ministry of Defence in London has announced the death of another British soldier in Afghanistan, bringing the total number killed since the overthrow of the Taliban regime in 2001 to 250.
- Pakistan dismisses govt. employees over militants’ links IRNA 23 Jan 2010 -- A Pakistani provincial government has dismissed nearly 30 government officers and other employees on suspicion of links with militants, official sources said here Friday.
- Suicide bomber kills five in northwest Pakistan RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2010 -- At least five people died when a suicide bombed attacked a police station in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, local television said.
- USS Bunker Hill Arrives in Haiti in Support of Humanitarian Relief Mission Navy NewsStand 23 Jan 2010 -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) arrived at Île de la Gonâve, Haiti, Jan. 20, for humanitarian operations as part of Operation Unified Response.
- NH Jax Guantanamo 'Rapid Response Team' Among First to Care for Haiti Quake Victims Navy NewsStand 23 Jan 2010 -- Naval Hospital Jacksonville, (NH Jax), Fla., Surgeon Capt. James "Scott" Flint described the life-saving mission he and a NH Jax "Rapid Response Team" performed at Naval Hospital, (NH) Guantanamo Bay, (GTMO), Cuba.
- Dutch Navy to Deliver Navy Divers, Aid to Haiti Navy NewsStand 23 Jan 2010 -- Dutch Navy ship HNLMS Pelikaan (A 804) arrived at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) Naval Station Jan. 22 to on load relief supplies and Navy divers from Mobile Dive and Salvage Unit 2 (MDSU 2) to assist with humanitarian assistance operations in Haiti.
- Naval Postgraduate School Team Provides Emergency Communications to Haiti Navy NewsStand 23 Jan 2010 -- The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is providing desperately needed emergency communications to the people of Haiti.
- NAVFAC Southeast to Send Transportation Support to Aid Haiti Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 23 Jan 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast is sending support from its Base Support Vehicle and Equipment (BSVE) Transportation Department to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to aid Haiti relief efforts on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba.
- Comfort Arrives in Port-au-Prince Navy NewsStand 23 Jan 2010 -- The hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 20 receiving the first wave of sick and injured patients in conjunction with Operation Unified Response.
- Bataan LCACs Land Ashore to Bring More Relief in Haiti Navy NewsStand 23 Jan 2010 -- Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 Air Cushioned Landing Crafts (LCAC) left the well deck of multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) and arrived on the beaches of Haiti Jan. 22.
- 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit off the coast of Haiti, ready to assist relief efforts USMC News 23 Jan 2010 -- The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is off the coast of Haiti Jan. 23 staged to support ongoing relief efforts in Haiti after a 7.0 earthquake devastated the country last week.
- UN Says Haiti Government Ends Quake Search And Rescue Phase RFE/RL 23 Jan 2010 -- The UN’s Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says in its latest situation report on relief efforts in Haiti that "the government has declared the search and rescue phase over.”
- UN emergency food agency reaches 2 million Haitians with meals UN News Centre 23 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is now delivering daily meals to some 2 million Haitians as it continues to ramp up operations in the cities and towns hardest hit by the recent catastrophic earthquake in the Caribbean country.
- Coast Guard Atlantic Area's Incident Management Team assist Haiti relief efforts US Coast Guard 23 Jan 2010 -- Members of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area Incident Management Team here have been working around the clock to support the incident commanders conducting disaster relief and humanitarian efforts in Haiti.
- Haitians in Mass Exodus from Capital Port-au-Prince VOA 23 Jan 2010 -- With Haiti still in a state of emergency after last week's terrible earthquake, many residents of Port-au-Prince are leaving the city, trying to get out any way they can.
- HHS Secretary: Distribution of Medical Supplies to Haiti Dramatically Improved VOA 23 Jan 2010 -- The Haitian government says many homeless Haitians are being moved to safer areas after being taken out of the destroyed city of Port-au-Prince, where the recent earthquake did its worst damage. On Friday, VOA's Melinda Smith talked with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the pace of getting medical supplies to those who need them.
- Haitian Government Works on Plan to House Homeless Earthquake Survivors VOA 23 Jan 2010 -- With an estimated 1.5 million people homeless from the earthquake in Haiti, the debate over how to temporarily house so many people has begun. Both the Haitian government and the United Nations are working on a plan for temporary camps around the capital Port-au-Prince.
- Haiti Calls Off Search, Rescue VOA 23 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations says Haiti's government has called off the search and rescue mission in the earthquake stricken country. The government's declaration comes 10 days after this catastrophic event destroyed much of the capital Port-au-Prince, as well as other towns and villages outside the city.
Defense Policy / Programs
- U.S. Vice President Calls For Fair Iraqi Election RFE/RL 23 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is using a visit to Baghdad today to press Iraqi officials to end a pre-election dispute that is threatening to tarnish the country’s March 7 parliamentary vote.
- Biden in Iraq says US to Appeal Blackwater Ruling VOA 23 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says the United States will appeal a court decision that dropped charges against American security contractors involved in a deadly shooting in Baghdad in 2007.
- Gates says US to supply drone aircraft to Pakistan IRNA 23 Jan 2010 -- United States will supply drone aircraft to Pakistan which will ‘significantly enhance country’s surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities’, US Defense Secretary said here Friday.
- Office of Naval Research Recalls Role in Vessel's Record-Breaking Deep-Sea Dive Navy NewsStand 23 Jan 2010 -- Fifty years ago on Jan. 23, 1960, two men set a deep-diving record, plunging their vessel, the Trieste, 35,810 feet to the deepest known point on the Earth's surface, the Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench.
- Fightin' Mary Awarded Battle "E" Navy NewsStand 23 Jan 2010 -- The Blue and Gold crews of USS Maryland (SSBN 738) were presented the Submarine Squadron Twenty 2009 Battle Efficiency award, or Battle "E," at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., Jan. 20.
- Russian, U.S. experts to continue arms dialogue in Geneva in Feb RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2010 -- A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed on Saturday that Moscow and Washington would continue their dialogue on a new strategic arms deal in Geneva in February.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 23 Jan 2010
- UN Warns Of Tensions In Kosovo's Northern Territory RFE/RL 23 Jan 2010 -- The UN’s special representative for Kosovo reports that peace in the country’s north remains fragile and tensions are high between ethnic Serbs and ethnic Albanians.
- Nigerians Pull Bodies from Wells After Deadly Clashes VOA 23 Jan 2010 -- The bodies of at least 150 victims have been pulled from wells after the recent clash between Christians and Muslims in the central Nigerian city of Jos.
- Massive security operation launched in India’s N-E Assam IRNA 23 Jan 2010 -- A massive security operation was launched Saturday in India's northeastern state of Assam’s main city of Guwahati.
- Spanish double-spy for Russia to face closed trial RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2010 -- A Madrid court has agreed to hold a behind-closed-doors trial of a former Spanish intelligence officer accused of selling classified information to Russia, a Spanish newspaper said.
- Rafsanjani acknowledges Supreme Leader's initiative to end crisis IRNA 23 Jan 2010 -- Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Saturday acknowledged the Supreme Leader's initiative to resolve the current problems.
- Did Georgian Leadership Try To Influence Ukraine Presidential Election? RFE/RL 23 Jan 2010 -- Several prominent Georgian oppositionists have expressed concern at the political implications of two telephone conversations, posted first on Ukrainian then on Georgian websites, which could be construed as evidence that the Georgian leadership sought to influence the January 17 Ukrainian presidential election to secure a victory for Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
- Ukraine's Tymoshenko rules out early parliamentary elections RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2010 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymosenko, who is one of the two candidates for the country's presidential post, said on Saturday no matter who won the second round of presidential polls due in early February, there would be no early parliamentary elections in the country, the Ukrainian Unian news agency said.
- Yushchenko blames populism for election loss RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2010 -- Ukraine's outgoing President Viktor Yushchenko believes that he has lost the presidential election in 2010 because his main opponents widely used political populism during the election campaign.
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