02 April 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 01 Apr 2010 [PDF]
- April 1 airpower summary AFNS 02 Apr 2010 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations April 1 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Airpower Summary: March 31 AFNS 02 Apr 2010
- Airpower Summary: March 30 AFNS 02 Apr 2010
- Airpower Summary: March 29 AFNS 02 Apr 2010
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Webster from Kuwait DoD 02 Apr 2010 -- Presenter: Commanding General, Third Army, Kuwait, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William Webster
- The Third Army's role in the buildup in Afghanistan and the responsible drawdown of Iraq Army News 02 Apr 2010 -- Third Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. William G. Webster will provide a media update April 2, 2010, at 10:00 EST in the DoD Press Briefing Room. The topics addressed will be the Third Army's role in the responsible drawdown of Iraq, buildup in Afghanistan and the reset of our Army.
- Providers manage traffic flow through Iraq Army News 02 Apr 2010 -- Convoys and logistical patrols are always on the roads of Iraq, delivering sustainment supplies and cargo to units throughout the country and in Kuwait.
- Forces Dismantle Terrorist Group in Northern Iraq AFPS 02 Apr 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested 10 suspected terrorists yesterday, bringing to at least 22 the number of suspected al-Qaida in Iraq members apprehended or killed in northern Iraq in the past two weeks, military officials said.
- Soldiers Perform Iraq Drawdown Mission in Kuwait AFPS 02 Apr 2010 -- Twenty-four-hours-per-day, seven-days-per-week, soldiers are spraying, scrubbing and wiping down vehicles and equipment at the wash rack here.
- Karzai Calls Clinton to Clarify Critical Remarks VOA 02 Apr 2010 -- The State Department says Afghan President Hamid Karzai called U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday in an effort to defuse a controversy over his remarks accusing Western governments of being behind election fraud in Afghanistan last year. A senior U.S. official called the gesture constructive.
- Multinational wing feeds Afghanistan surge AFNS 02 Apr 2010 -- The Heavy Airlift Wing, comprising 12 nations, recently moved 2.1 million pounds of equipment essential to surge operations supporting the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
- Undersecretary Calls Build Up in Afghanistan Critical to Success AFPS 02 Apr 2010 -- The massive amount of equipment and supplies being sent to support troops in Afghanistan is a historic logistical effort critical to mission success there, the Defense Department’s undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics said today.
- Transcom Keeps Support for Afghanistan Surge On Track AFPS 02 Apr 2010 -- With 60 percent of the surge force, along with their equipment and supplies, yet to be delivered to Afghanistan by President Barack Obama’s August deadline, the commander charged with making it happen said he has assured commanders that everything is on track.
- 1st Battalion 'Warrior' Soldiers train Afghan police Army News 02 Apr 2010 -- In February, eight Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment, 162nd Infantry Brigade, deployed to Afghanistan with Task Force Tiger to assist in the Afghan National Police training mission. Two of these personnel, Capt. Jonathan Silk and 1st Sgt. Jerry Horn, were sent to the Central Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan.
- White House Troubled by Karzai Comments Against West VOA 02 Apr 2010 -- The Obama administration says Afghan President Hamid Karzai's accusation that the international community was responsible for the fraud in last year's presidential election is "troubling."
- U.S. Rejects Karzai Election Fraud Allegations RFE/RL 02 Apr 2010 -- The United States has rejected accusations from Afghan President Hamid Karzai that foreigners engaged in fraud in last year's Afghan elections in a bid to weaken his authority and ensure an ineffective Afghan parliament.
- Afghan Ambassador To U.S. Says 'Human Capital' Is Key RFE/RL 02 Apr 2010 -- On March 25, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went before a congressional committee to request additional funding for the State Department's operations in Afghanistan.
- Bagram medics remove unexploded ordnance from patient AFNS 02 Apr 2010 -- Airmen from the Craig Joint Theater Hospital trauma team here removed an unexploded ordnance from a patient's scalp March 18 here.
- Pakistan army chief vows to eliminate fleeing militants IRNA 02 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani Thursday told tribal elders that the security forces will eliminate fleeing militants with the help of tribesmen.
- Cherry Point helos return from Haiti USMC News 02 Apr 2010 -- Marines from MarineLight Attack Helicopter Squadron 467 returned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point April 1, after a deployment to the southern peninsula of Haiti.
- 10th Trans Co returns from mission in Haiti Army News 02 Apr 2010 -- The 10th Transportation Company, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, deployed approximately 160 Soldiers in Support of Operation Unified Response in Port Au Prince, Haiti, Jan. 23. There, they provided logistical support for a myriad of people and units. They distributed medical supplies to hospitals and worked in Cite Soleil. The unit returned to Hunter Army Airfield, March 28.
- Military Continues to Support Recovery in Haiti AFPS 02 Apr 2010 -- The deputy commander of the military task force set up after a devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti said the U.S. military will continue to support the work of Haiti’s government and international agencies after the task force is deactivated at the end of May.
- U.S. Engineers, Haitians Remove Debris in Turgeau Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- Army Corps of Engineers are helping residents of Turgeau, an inner-city district here, recover from the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake by removing massive amounts of debris from the city streets, businesses and homes.
- NHB Welcomes Staff Members Back from Haiti Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- Naval Hospital Bremerton welcomed the return of 12 staff members Feb. 25 who deployed aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) in support of Operation Unified Response, providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief for earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Chief of staff: Minot Airmen key to Air Force mission AFNS 02 Apr 2010 -- The Air Force chief of staff addressed more than 1,500 Airmen gathered here April 1 to discuss teamwork and excellence, key elements in mission accomplishment as well as in maintaining standards in the nuclear business.
- Leave en route policy change benefits Airmen AFNS 02 Apr 2010 -- Some Airmen will now have the opportunity to take leave en route within the continental United States when they return home, or redeploy, from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
- DoD News: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will Initiate Rulemaking Associated with Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia DoD 02 Apr 2010 -- The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy announced today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will initiate regulatory rulemaking aimed at providing better environmental protection of aquatic resources from the impacts of Appalachian surface coal mining.
- Academy language programs form 'on-ramp' for cross-culturally competent leaders AFNS 02 Apr 2010 -- The future of the Air Force's culture and language initiatives looks much like a classroom of energized cadets fully engaged in a Chinese language course at the U.S. Air Force Academy, participating and responding to Haning Hughes' high energy, expressive body language and animated facial expressions.
- Hmong-American patriot recognized by Air Force chief of staff AFNS 02 Apr 2010 -- Presumed dead for decades, a Royal Laotian Air Force fighter pilot received recognition from the Air Force's top uniformed officer here March 31 for his contributions during the Vietnam War.
- Peleliu ARG Competes COMPTUEX Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- Sailors and Marines bolstered their joint warfighting capabilities during a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) held off the Southern California coast, March 17-31.
- US 2nd Fleet Staff Enhances Joint Task Force Readiness Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet enhanced its readiness to respond as a Joint Task Force (JTF) during exercise "Bold Promise" March 29 – April 1.
- FISC San Diego Relocates from Broadway Complex to Naval Base Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) San Diego celebrated the relocation of its headquarters operation to building 116 at Naval Base San Diego with a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 2.
- US Navy Department Library – 210 Years Young Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- United States Navy Department Library, established by President John Adams, celebrated its 210th birthday March 31.
- Uniform Changes Include CPO Cutlass, Ball Caps Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- The chief of naval operations approved a number of uniform changes as announced in NAVADMIN 118/10 March 31.
- Stennis Wraps Up, Comes Home Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) will return to its homeport of Bremerton, Wash., after completing 21 days at sea in support of fleet replacement squadron carrier qualifications (FRSCQ) and an offload of the ship's ordnance.
- Combined Maritime Forces Flagship Intercepts Somali Pirates Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- The Flagship of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, USS Farragut (DDG 99), intercepted suspected pirates in the Somali Basin yesterday.
- Drill Engages Security Assets at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- Members from the base security and fire departments, along with several outside agencies tested their communication and tactics skills during a force protection exercise at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville March 24.
- Naval Branch Health Clinic Ingleside Disestablishes Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- Naval Branch Health Clinic Ingleside (NBHCI) held a disestablishment ceremony March 30 at the Naval Station Ingleside (NSI) auditorium. NSI is being shutdown because of Base Realignment and Closure 2005.
- Dorm at Shaw AFB Receives LEED Silver Certification Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- A Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast military construction project for new dormitories on board Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), S.C., was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification at a March 15 ceremony that took place at the installation.
- Dubuque Awarded 11th Green 'H' for Crew Wellness Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- Commander, Naval Surface Forces (COMNAVSURFOR) announced March 12 that the Landing Platform Dock USS Dubuque (LPD 8) received the 2009 Force Health and Wellness Award, or the Green "H."
- Chief Petty Officers Celebrate 117 Years Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- The master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON) and the United States Navy Memorial held a commemoration ceremony for the 117th anniversary of the establishment of the rank of chief Petty Officer on April 1 including a wreath-laying at the Lone Sailor statue.
- Wasp Wins 13th Consecutive "Green H" Award Navy NewsStand 02 Apr 2010 -- USS Wasp (LHD 1) earned a 13th consecutive Commander, Naval Surface Force (COMNAVSURFOR) Unit Wellness Green Health (H) Award, announced March 16, in recognition of the superior health and fitness standards of its crew in recognition superior health and fitness standards of its crew.
- Airmen coordinate joint lifesaving mission off California coast AFNS 02 Apr 2010 -- Airmen from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center here supported the Coast Guard's Pacific Area Rescue Coordination Center call for help at 3:50 p.m. March 31 to help save an injured passenger aboard a deep sea fishing vessel 1,400 miles off the coast of California
- Army Command Sustains Logistics for Warfighters AFPS 02 Apr 2010 -- The Army command charged with management of the logistical aspect of the Iraq drawdown and Afghanistan buildup looks to be ahead of schedule, Army Lt. Gen. William G. Webster Jr., said today.
- Army leaders propose next steps in sexual assault prevention Army News 02 Apr 2010 -- Summit participants pitched their proposals on how to better implement the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program in Arlington, Va., Thursday, as the third annual SHARP summit came to a close.
- Eighth Army to launch new finance system next year Army News 02 Apr 2010 -- Eighth (Field) Army is scheduled to launch a new financial management system next year.
- Access Control Point program in Europe proving successful Army News 02 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center-Huntsville's Access Control Point program is only two-thirds complete in Europe and already faster secured access to the upgraded installations is proving the program successful.
- Europe engineer support team to deploy in support of Alaska, NORTHCOM exercises Army News 02 Apr 2010 -- A Forward Engineer Support Team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District is scheduled to deploy April 20 to provide field force engineering support to FEMA's Arctic Edge, the Alaska National Guard's Vigilant Guard and NORTHCOM's Alaska Shield at various locations around Alaska.
- 115th Combat Support Hospital 'bubbles up' Army News 02 Apr 2010 -- The 115th Combat Support Hospital will not be caught unprepared for a chemical or biological attack whether an enemy in the field attacks with mustard gas, blister agents or anthrax.
- $19M Barracks to Open in 2011 Army News 02 Apr 2010 -- Officials from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall will break ground April 8 on a new barracks, a designated green building designed to save energy and human resources.
- MRAP Egress Trainer spins to save lives USMC News 02 Apr 2010 -- The top-heavy cab of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle rocks back and forth, teetering dangerously and taunting the eight Marines and sailors strapped inside. Suddenly, it tips too far past its critical rollover point, sending the occupants into a rollover situation.
- ADMC conducts THAAD pathfinder mission Army News 02 Apr 2010 -- Anniston Defense Munitions Center recently conducted a pathfinder training mission related to the receipt, storage, maintenance and shipping of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile.
- New deal for moving service members USMC News 02 Apr 2010 -- The Department of Defense has developed a new semi-automated system for service members moving personal property.
- Air Station firefighters prepare for worst USMC News 02 Apr 2010 -- Firefighters risk their lives every time they receive a call. However, that call may not pertain just to fires.
- Gates Presents Transcom with Joint Meritorious Unit Award AFPS 02 Apr 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates traveled here yesterday to personally present U.S. Transportation Command with the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
- New Developments Lead to Early TBI Detection AFPS 02 Apr 2010 -- Advanced brain scans that can detect injury earlier than before are among several improvements developed by military doctors and scientists to treat servicemembers with traumatic brain injuries.
- Russian destroyer begins new anti-piracy mission off Somalia RIA Novosti 02 Apr 2010 -- The Russian Pacific Fleet's Udaloy-class missile destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov started on Friday escorting civilian vessels off Somali coast to protect the ships from pirates, a Russian Navy spokesman said.
- Kremlin aide details new Russian-U.S. arms pact RIA Novosti 02 Apr 2010 -- A Russian presidential aide on Friday highlighted how Moscow's concerns had been dealt with by some of the key provisions of the new Russian-U.S. arms control pact.
- Russian conscripts will not serve in volatile North Caucasus - Defense Ministry RIA Novosti 02 Apr 2010 -- Russia will not send conscripts to serve in the volatile region of Chechnya, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Friday.
- S. Korea: Torpedo May Have Sunk Warship VOA 02 Apr 2010 -- South Korea's defense minister says a torpedo might have been responsible for the sinking of a warship near the tense North Korean border last week.
- India launches 3rd indigenous naval destroyer IRNA 02 Apr 2010 -- India Thursday launched its 3rd indigenous naval destroyer, "INS Chennai " at a function in Mumbai.
- Russia delivers 15 S-300 air-defense batteries to China RIA Novosti 02 Apr 2010 -- Russia has delivered a total of 15 batteries of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to China, the manufacturer said on Friday.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 02 Apr 2010
- Israel warns of military offensive in Gaza RIA Novosti 02 Apr 2010 -- Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom warned on Friday of a possible military offensive in the Gaza Strip after recent Palestinian rocket attacks.
- Israel launches 13 airstrikes on Gaza Strip RIA Novosti 02 Apr 2010 -- Israel has carried out at least 13 airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, the BBC has said, quoting Palestinian sources.
- Russia urges Japan to review its stance over South Kurils RIA Novosti 02 Apr 2010 -- Russia is expecting Japan to review its position over the South Kuril Islands, which has hampered relations between the two states, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman has said.
- Ayat. Kashani: Enemies' propaganda against Iran’s N-program futile IRNA 02 Apr 2010 -- Substitute Friday prayers leader of Tehran Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said here Friday that enemies’ adverse publicity over Iran’s peaceful nuclear program will be vain, rather making the country more distinguished worldwide.
- Obama Stresses U.S.-Chinese Cooperation On Iran Nuclear Issue RFE/RL 02 Apr 2010 -- The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the Iranian nuclear issue in an hour-long telephone call with China's President Hu Jintao.
- Obama discusses cooperation on Iran with Hu RIA Novosti 02 Apr 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has spoken to his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao about the importance of "working together" on the issue of Iran's nuclear program.
- Obama: US to Continue to 'Ratchet Up' Pressure on Iran VOA 02 Apr 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to increase pressure on Iran over its nuclear program.
- Iran: China Agrees That Sanctions No Longer Effective VOA 02 Apr 2010 -- Iran's chief nuclear envoy says China agrees with his nation's position that sanctions are no longer a useful means of resolving the standoff with the West over Iran's nuclear program.
- Medvedev calls for crackdown on terrorist accomplices RIA Novosti 02 Apr 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called on Friday for a crackdown on people who provide any form of assistance to terrorists.
- Report says Russian Suicide Bomber was Militant's Widow VOA 02 Apr 2010 -- A prominent Russian newspaper says investigators have identified a teenager as one of two suicide bombers responsible for Monday's attacks that killed 39 people in two Moscow subway stations.
- New Security Measures For US - Bound Airline Passengers VOA 02 Apr 2010 -- The United States has announced a new security system with more intelligence-based approach to stop the suspected terrorists from entering the country by airliners.
- Iraqi Officials Suspended For Not Disclosing Personal Finances RFE/RL 02 Apr 2010 -- Iraq's anticorruption czar says some 90 officials -- including judges, diplomats, and ambassadors -- have been suspended because they failed to submit financial-disclosure statements, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq reports.
- Muqtada al-Sadr Supporters Vote in Referendum Over Whom to Support for PM VOA 02 Apr 2010 -- Supporters of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr began voting Friday in a referendum to decide whom his party should support to be Iraq's next prime minister. Sadr's Shi'ite religious party won 39 seats in the March 7 parliamentary election, making him a likely kingmaker in the efforts to form a new governing coalition.
- Putin To Meet With Venezuelan, Bolivian Leaders RFE/RL 02 Apr 2010 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is expected to hold talks with the presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia in Caracas as he makes his first-ever official visit to Venezuela.
- Russia's $2 bln loan to Venezuela not linked to arms sales RIA Novosti 02 Apr 2010 -- Russia's $2.2 billion loan agreement with Venezuela is not tied to arms purchases, a Russian deputy finance minister said on Friday ahead of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's visit to the South American state.
- GLOBAL: EU raises the bar on food assistance IRIN 02 Apr 2010 -- Handing out cash or vouchers for food, or buying food aid in or near the country in need of emergency food assistance, has become official policy, the European Union (EU) announced on 31 March, breaking the link between donors supporting their own farmers and foreign food aid.
- The next Shuttle mission will take the Leonardo logistic module back to the International Space Station Thales 02 Apr 2010 -- The Multipurpose Pressurised Logistic Module (MPLM) Leonardo built by Thales Alenia Space is ready for a new journey to the International Space Station (ISS). The Discovery shuttle STS-131 mission is scheduled to lift-off on April 5, 2010, from the Kennedy Space Center.
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