25 January 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 25 Jan 2010 [PDF]
- Iraqi Forces Arrest Terrorist Trainers AFPS 25 Jan 2010 -- Iraqi special operations forces with U.S. advisors arrested four suspected terrorists wanted on warrants southeast of Baghdad today.
- U.S., Iraqi Aviators Fly Together AFPS 25 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Division Center AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots from the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Air Cavalry Brigade flew a second joint mission Jan. 20 with UH-1 Huey helicopter pilots from the Iraqi air force.
- 2-12th FAR helps IA sustain checkpoints Battery 'Assault' remains present Army News 25 Jan 2010 -- Cars were searched and identification requested by Iraqi Army Soldiers who are well on their way to standing on their own.
- Air Cav conducts hoist training to prepare for emergencies Army News 25 Jan 2010 -- From the ground, it appears a daunting prospect - being hoisted 75 feet in the air to a hovering UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.
- Transportation unit slated to transfer vehicles to composite company Army News 25 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.
- Tennessee National Guard 'maintains' northern Iraq aviation mission Army News 25 Jan 2010 -- They don't attract much public attention, and they're far less visible than the pilots and aircraft they support. But their mission is no less important. In fact, without them, those pilots wouldn't be able to fly their helicopters.
- Air Cav, Iraqi Air Force maintain partnership with joint flight Army News 25 Jan 2010 -- Military leaders are hoping the presence of an Iraqi aircraft and a U.S. aircraft flying side-by-side will send a positive message to the Iraqi population, again.
- Army takes over from Marines in Al Anbar Army News 25 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.
- Vice president visits with 4-2 SBCT Army News 25 Jan 2010 -- Vice President of the United States Joe Biden met with members of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, "Raiders" and other deployed service members and civilians Jan. 23 as part of his visit this week to Iraq.
- Air cavalry conducts hoist training in Iraq Army News 25 Jan 2010 -- From the ground, it appears a daunting prospect -- being hoisted 75 feet in the air to a hovering UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.
- Iraqi Bedouins seek role in secure future Army News 25 Jan 2010 -- While sitting under a handmade tent, leaders of the U.S. and Iraqi Armies met near Basrah, Iraq, Jan. 14, with local Bedouin Shaykhs who call this desert home.
- Afghan president repeats call for reconciliation with Taliban RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed hope on Monday that his country's renewed efforts to reconcile with Taliban militants would be successful.
- NATO Commander Hopes for Peace Deal With Taliban VOA 25 Jan 2010 -- The top NATO commander in Afghanistan, U.S. General Stanley McChrystal, says he hopes the increased number of American troops in Afghanistan will lead to a negotiated peace deal with the Taliban.
- Turkish, Pakistani, Afghan Presidents Discuss Taliban Policy VOA 25 Jan 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his plan to re-integrate some Taliban insurgents back into society has the support of Western governments that back his government. Mr. Karzai spoke in Turkey, where he met with Pakistani and Turkish leaders on the eve of a major London conference on Afghanistan. .
- Talks With Taliban Loom Over Pakistani-Afghan Summit RFE/RL 25 Jan 2010 -- The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan are seeking closer cooperation in the fight against Taliban militants during a summit in Istanbul today.
- Forces Detain Taliban Operators, Insurgents AFPS 25 Jan 2010 -- Combined Afghan and international security forces detained two Taliban operators and numerous suspected insurgents during operations in Afghanistan over the past two days.
- AFGHANISTAN: Thirteen southern districts critical for polio eradication - WHO IRIN 25 Jan 2010 -- Successful anti-polio action depends on vaccinators being able to reach and immunize every under-five child in 13 volatile districts in the southern provinces of Kandahar, Helmand and Farah, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
- London confab likely to focus on forces withdrawal from Afghanistan IRNA 25 Jan 2010 -- A senior Pakistani analyst Ayaz Wazir on Sunday believed that the London conference on Afghanistan would likely to focus on the strategy of withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.
- US commander seeks peace with Taliban IRNA 25 Jan 2010 -- General Stanley McChrystal, the Nato commander in Afghanistan, has raised the prospect that the US troop surge would lead to a negotiated peace with the Taliban, a turnaround in the aims of the 2001 invasion.
- Another British solider killed in Sangin IRNA 25 Jan 2010 -- A British soldier has died from wounds received as a result of an explosion near Sangin, in Helmand Province, on Sunday, the Ministry of Defence in London has confirmed.
- Pakistani Taliban kill 7 ‘U.S. spies’ in tribal region IRNA 25 Jan 2010 -- Pakistani Taliban militants have killed seven men in the country’s North Waziristan tribal regon, accusing them of spying for the United States, locals sources said Sunday.
- Two Pakistani soldiers, nine militants die in clashes IRNA 25 Jan 2010 -- Two soldiers and nine militants were killed in clashes in a Pakistani tribal region on Saturday, officials said.
- Gunston Hall Sailors Help Haitians in Quake Aftermath Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2010 -- Sailors from USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) have been providing aid at the Haitian Coast Guard base to people affected by the earthquake since Jan. 21.
- HSL Detachment on Normandy Delivering Help and Hope Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2010 -- Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46 Detachment 3, embarked on USS Normandy (CG 60), completed its first week of humanitarian aid delivery and medical transport Jan. 24, as part of Operation Unified Response.
- USS Fort McHenry Treats MEDEVAC Patients from Haiti Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2010 -- The medical team aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) treated five severely injured emergency medical evacuees flown from Baie de Grand Goave, Haiti, Jan. 23.
- Carter Hall Sailors Make a Difference in Southern Haiti Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2010 -- Twenty-seven Sailors from amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) participated in a community relation (COMREL) project Jan. 22 for Haiti earthquake victims in support of Operation Unified Response.
- Carter Hall Deck Department 'Delivers" in Haiti Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2010 -- USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) arrived in Haiti Jan. 18 to provide equipment, supplies and personnel from the ship to the beach and the Haitian people in support of Operation Unified Response.
- USS Normandy Provides Initial Humanitarian Relief to Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2010 -- USS Normandy (CG 60) provided essential elements of disaster assistance and coordinated the medical evacuation of a terminally ill child in the town of Petit Trou de Nippes on Jan. 23, as part Operation Unified Response.
- Third Army Soldiers send aid to Haitian relief effort Army News 25 Jan 2010 -- During a time when turning on the television brings images of a country so torn apart by a recent earthquake that the true devastation is still unknown, the Soldiers of Third Army/U.S. Army Central are doing their part in hopes of bringing aid.
- Pomeroy unloads cargo in Charleston Army News 25 Jan 2010 -- At the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek, S.C., an Army warehouse opened its doors for a few short days.
- Coronet Oak aircrews respond to Haiti earthquake AFNS 25 Jan 2010 -- "After Afghanistan, we thought our Coronet Oak assignment would be a two-week vacation," said 1st Lt. Casey Fallon, a 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron co-pilot, assigned from the Ohio Air National Guard's 179th Airlift Wing at Mansfield, Ohio.
- Total-force crews support Operation Unified Response in Haiti AFNS 25 Jan 2010 -- One look into Marven Jeannis' eyes showed just how tired he was.
- New Hampshire Guard members support Haiti relief efforts AFNS 25 Jan 2010 -- Eight New Hampshire Air National Guard Airmen here deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response Jan. 25 here.
- Army Guard Prepares for Role in Haiti AFPS 25 Jan 2010 -- As humanitarian relief operations continue in Haiti, the Army National Guard stands ready to provide personnel and equipment to support the mission, senior Army Guard officials said today.
- SCMAGTF Marines, Sailors provide medical support in Haiti USMC News 25 Jan 2010 -- A multitude of Haitians lined up for blocks, waiting patiently in the hot sun to receive medical treatment offered by Navy Corpsmen as Marines provided security at the make-shift hospital they had set up in the crumbled city.
- 24th MEU assesses situation in northern Haiti USMC News 25 Jan 2010 -- Small teams of 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Marines landed in northern Haiti today to survey damage and meet with locals to assess the current situation in population centers that had not been evaluated for earthquake damage since relief efforts began last week.
- Press Conference on Haiti by Head of World Food Programme United Nations 25 Jan 2010
- Press Conference by United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti United Nations 25 Jan 2010
- Top UN officials take part at emergency donor meeting on Haiti UN News Centre 25 Jan 2010 -- Senior United Nations officials are joining foreign ministers from more than a dozen countries, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other agencies today in Montreal for an emergency donor meeting on Haiti’s future in the wake of this month’s catastrophic earthquake.
- Clinton Defends US Military Role In Haiti VOA 25 Jan 2010 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is defending the heavy U.S. military role in Haiti, saying the earthquake relief effort could not succeed without the early use of Pentagon assets. Clinton discussed Haiti with Italian Foreign Minister Franco Fratini before leaving for the Canadian-organized emergency conference on Haiti in Montreal.
- Relief Efforts Shift to Rebuilding Haiti's Agriculture VOA 25 Jan 2010 -- Two weeks after Haiti's earthquake, the international community is beginning to focus on long-term aid for the devastated nation.
- Haitians Near Quake Epicenter Still Tallying Their Losses VOA 25 Jan 2010 -- The Haitian town of Carrefour sits atop the epicenter of the earthquake that devastated the region nearly two weeks ago. Survivors in one neighborhood have only each other to cope with their losses.
- Path of Haiti Quake Destruction Extends to Other Cities VOA 25 Jan 2010 -- The bulk of relief efforts in Haiti have focused on the capital, Port-au-Prince, which suffered massive damage and casualties in the January 12 earthquake. The quake also affected small mountain-top communities and the coastal city of Jacmel some 85 kilometers south.
- Haiti's PM in Canada for International Meeting on Earthquake Recovery VOA 25 Jan 2010 -- Haiti's Prime Minister Jean-Max Belerive is in Canada for an international meeting to plan Haiti's recovery, while aid workers continue to struggle to deliver badly needed food, water and medical supplies after a massive earthquake nearly two weeks ago.
- Taiwan military plane lands in Santo Domingo with supplies for Haiti CNA 25 Jan 2010 -- A Taiwan Air Force transport plane landed Sunday at San Isidro Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, en route to earthquake-devastated Haiti to deliver relief supplies.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Truman Conducts Replenishment-at-Sea Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2010 -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) received fuel, supplies and ammunition during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) Jan. 22 from fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203).
- U.S. 6th Fleet Aids in Search and Rescue Efforts off Coast of Lebanon Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2010 -- Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet is coordinating assets in support of search and rescue efforts Jan. 25 at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 409 at the request of the government of Lebanon and U.S. Department of State.
- USS Essex Embarks 31st MEU Aviation Combat Element Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2010 -- Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) welcomed aboard the AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 311 from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's (MEU) Aviation Combat Element (ACE) Jan. 21 while at sea.
- Navy Supports Bahrain International Air Show Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2010 -- Three U.S. Navy squadrons provided support for the first Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS) at the newly opened Sahkir Air Base in Bahrain Jan. 21-23.
- Nimitz Tops CNAF 3M Assessment Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2010 -- Sailors on board the deployed aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) passed a critical maintenance and material management (3M) assessment Jan. 21.
- Mullen Urges Closer Ties With Central, South Asia AFPS 25 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. commitment to Central and South Asia is long-term and enduring, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told chiefs of defense from the region today.
- Simulator provides risk-free training at Eielson AFNS 25 Jan 2010 -- The 354th Security Forces Squadron training instructors here recently received training on a new simulation system that will train Airmen in marksmanship, collective and judgmental firing skills.
- Tobyhanna technicians begin new joint radio mission Army News 25 Jan 2010 -- Technicians in the Ground Radio Branch have completed the first-ever depot repair of new radio systems.
- PSCC tests HAZMAT packaging for private industry Army News 25 Jan 2010 -- Technicians in the Ground Radio Branch have completed the first-ever depot repair of new radio systems.
- New Mission: Missile warning System Army News 25 Jan 2010 -- Employees recently completed the first phase of a two-phase program to test and repair components of a system that is replacing the AN/ALQ-144 Countermeasure System.
- BRAC will move HQ TRADOC to a joint base Army News 25 Jan 2010 -- As U.S. Training and Doctrine Command prepares to move to the future Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Fort Eustis invited local media to discuss joining with Langley Air Force Base and the official name change date Jan. 31.
- Shaping the Force Army News 25 Jan 2010
- Airmen, Sailors demonstrate airpower at Bahrain International Airshow AFNS 25 Jan 2010 -- Servicemembers from the Air Force and Navy completed their mission to highlight U.S. airpower at the inaugural Bahrain International Airshow held Jan. 21-23 here.
- JB Andrews Airmen train with state special tactical assault team AFNS 25 Jan 2010 -- Members from the 316th Security Forces Squadron here and the Maryland State Police Special Tactical Assault Team Element, or STATE team, conducted training exercises in unoccupied Joint Base Andrews housing units Jan. 19.
- Navy Assists Ethiopian Airlines Search, Rescue Effort AFPS 25 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. military has dispatched a guided missile destroyer and a patrol aircraft to assist the search-and-rescue effort after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea earlier today.
- Chairman Cites Need for Rapid Health Care Solutions AFPS 25 Jan 2010 -- Defense Department officials must work quickly to surmount a stigma that’s preventing servicemembers from seeking help for the signature wounds of today’s wars, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
- Lynn: New Threats Require New Capabilities AFPS 25 Jan 2010 -- Developing new capabilities to deal with new and future threats requires defense cooperation and collaboration, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here today.
- U.S., U.K. Face Common Security Issues AFPS 25 Jan 2010 -- Three international issues that showcase common values held by the United States and the United Kingdom also highlight the benefits of a common approach to dealing with them, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told members of Parliament here today.
- Official Notes Health System’s ‘Amazing’ Impact AFPS 25 Jan 2010 -- The Defense Department’s Military Health System has never played a clearer or more important role in the security of the nation, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today.
- DoD News: DOD Names 2010 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows DoD 25 Jan 2010 -- The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today the selection of 11 distinguished university faculty scientists and engineers forming the 2010 class of its National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF) program.
- Air Force Cyber numbered Air Force achieves initial operational capability AFNS 25 Jan 2010 -- The commander of Air Force Space Command certified 24th Air Force for its initial operational capability Jan. 22 here.
- Russian-American START treaty hinges on simultaneous ratification RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2010
- Russian warship starts patrol of Somali waters RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2010 -- A Russian frigate, the Neustrashimy, has started a patrol mission in the pirate-infested area off the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden, a Russian Navy spokesman said.
- Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 1/25/10 The White House 25 Jan 2010
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 25 Jan 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for January 25, 2010
- Northrop Grumman's Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) Successfully Demonstrated Aboard U.S. Air Force F-16 Northrop Grumman 25 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. Army has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract to continue the modernization and training of the Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG). The contract has a potential value of $550 million.
- Lockheed Martin Space Vehicle Integration Laboratory Achieves Initial Operational Capability Lockheed Martin 25 Jan 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced today that its new Space Vehicle Integration Laboratory (SVIL) has achieved initial operational capability and is supporting the company's satellite development program activity.
- Oshkosh Corporation Receives Orders Valued at $325 Million for M-ATV Parts, Repair Kits Oshkosh 25 Jan 2010 -- Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) today announced its Defense division received two delivery orders valued at more than $325 million from the U.S. Army Tank- automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to supply spare parts and repair kits for the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV).
- SAIC Awarded $16 Million Task Order to Support Military Health System SAIC 25 Jan 2010 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity to provide system performance management services for the Military Health System (MHS) Tri-Service Infrastructure Management Program Office (TIMPO). The follow on task order has a one year base period of performance, four one-year options and total value of more than $16 million if all options are exercised. Work will be performed primarily in Falls Church, Va., San Diego and San Antonio. The task order was awarded under the Defense Medical Information Systems/Systems Integration, Design, Development, Operations and Maintenance Services (D/SIDDOMS 3) contract.
- CACI Awarded $81 Million Task Order to Support U.S. Army BRAC Transition of C4ISR Operations to Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD CACI 25 Jan 2010 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CACI) announced that it has been awarded an $81 million task order by the U.S. Army to support the transition of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) resources to the Aberdeen Proving Ground. The move is mandated by the Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 25 Jan 2010
- Somalia: UN envoy deplores deadly bombing in capital UN News Centre 25 Jan 2010 -- The leading United Nations official for Somalia condemned today’s deadly explosion at a hospital in Mogadishu that took place hours after he visited the capital for talks with senior Government officials and African Union peacekeepers.
- SOMALIA: Plan to integrate ex-militias into security forces IRIN 25 Jan 2010 -- Mogadishu residents have welcomed plans by the interim government to step up the integration of an earlier, ousted, regime's security forces into its own army.
- Palestinian peace talks with Israel tabled until construction stops RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2010 -- The Palestinian National Authority will continue dialogue with the U.S. in regard to returning to the negotiation table with Israel, though regional peace talks are too early for the agenda, a PNA spokesman said on Monday.
- Outgoing UN envoy calls for peace talks to continue in disputed town in Sudan UN News Centre 25 Jan 2010 -- Dialogue must continue in the oil-rich town of Abyei, Ashraf Qazi, the outgoing top United Nations envoy to Sudan, has said, underscoring that peace in the disputed area will help to bolster the stability of the African nation as a whole.
- Tougher Times Ahead for Yemen's Somali Refugees VOA 25 Jan 2010 -- For many Somali refugees, making the harrowing trip to Yemen is simply an effort to stay alive.
- UN: Gaza in State of Physical, Psychological Collapse VOA 25 Jan 2010 -- The U.N. Relief and Works Agency says Gaza is in a state of physical and psychological collapse.
- Jailed Chinese Dissident Liu Gets Help From Unexpected Quarter RFE/RL 25 Jan 2010 -- The prominent Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, jailed for 11 years in December for subversion, has received support from an unusual quarter -- namely, from within the Chinese Communist Party.
- Iran's Karrubi 'Recognizes Ahmadinejad' RFE/RL 25 Jan 2010 -- Opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi has recognized Mahmud Ahmadinejad as Iran's head of government, even though he still maintains that June's presidential vote was rigged to ensure Ahmadinejad's reelection.
- Berezovsky: Ukraine Vote 'Key' For West's Future RFE/RL 25 Jan 2010 -- Fugitive Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky says the world's key political event is currently taking place in Ukraine, not Iran, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.
- EU Ministers Debate Haiti, Afghanistan, Bosnia RFE/RL 25 Jan 2010 -- EU foreign ministers met in Brussels today to discuss Afghanistan, Iran, Yemen, the situation in Haiti, and the bloc's future engagement with Bosnia-Herzegovina.
- U.S. Praises Armenian High Court Ruling On Turkish Protocols RFE/RL 25 Jan 2010 -- The United States says it welcomes a controversial ruling by Armenia's Constitutional Court that Turkey has criticized as running counter to Turkish-Armenian protocols aimed at rapprochement, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- Sri Lanka Tense on Eve of Presidential Election VOA 25 Jan 2010 -- Sri Lanka's government and the political opposition are trading accusations their respective rivals are preparing to use force to overturn the results of Tuesday's presidential election. Independent monitors, meanwhile, contend, the electoral process has broken down.
- Uganda to Celebrate President Museveni’s 24-year Rule, Says PM VOA 25 Jan 2010 -- Uganda’s Prime Minister says the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) will be celebrating President Yoweri Museveni’s 24 years in power Tuesday.
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