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08 April 2010 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 Apr 2010 [PDF]
  • Air Cav. bids Iraqi Air Force 'farewell' Army News 08 Apr 2010 -- Leaders from 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Division-Center, joined with their Iraqi Air Force counterparts April 4 to bid each other farewell.
  • New York National Guard Commander Visits Soldiers in Iraq Army News 08 Apr 2010 -- The commander of the New York National Guard is in Iraq and Kuwait this week to visit New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the Albany, NY area who are deployed there.
  • Responsible drawdown: Soldiers tackle logistical challenge of equipment turn-in Army News 08 Apr 2010 -- U.S. forces have already begun redeploying to their home bases in accordance with the Security of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government, which states that by Sept. 1, 2010, U.S. forces will drawdown to 50,000 troops in the country.
  • Afghan Supply Mission Continues at Manas AFPS 08 Apr 2010 -- Operations at the transit center at Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, are delayed but have not been adversely affected the supply mission in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said today.
  • Support From Kyrgyz Air Base 'Temporarily Suspended' RFE/RL 08 Apr 2010 -- The NATO-led force in Afghanistan said today that flights supporting NATO operations in Afghanistan from an air base in Kyrgyzstan have been temporarily suspended following violent political upheaval in Bishkek.
  • MC-12 begins mission in southern Afghanistan AFNS 08 Apr 2010 -- Airmen from the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing here welcomed one of the newest members of the Air Force's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance weapons systems to Kandahar Airfield March 29.
  • Troops in Afghanistan to say goodbye to leisure concessions Army News 08 Apr 2010 -- Beginning in May, servicemembers stationed in Afghanistan will have a harder time finding a Pizza Hut or a pair of Oakley's -- 50 Army and Air Force Exchange Service contracted concessions are slated for closure in anticipation of an additional 30,000 inbound troops.
  • Loved ones bid adieu to Soldiers: 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion deploys to Afghanistan Army News 08 Apr 2010 -- More than 370 Soldiers from the 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion bid farewell to loved ones and deployed for Afghanistan last week, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This is the battalion's first deployment to Afghanistan.
  • Afghan, NATO Troops Remove Taliban Leaders From Fight AFPS 08 Apr 2010 -- Afghan and international forces today captured a Taliban explosives expert who is believed to be a leader for insurgent bomb-making efforts in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, military officials reported.
  • British soldier killed by Afghan insurgents IRNA 08 Apr 2010 -- A British soldier has died after coming under attack by insurgents in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence in London has announced.
  • Recent rhetoric unhelpful for Afghanistan’s relations with its partners – Ban UN News Centre 08 Apr 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he continues to expect full cooperation between Afghanistan and its global partners, adding that recent comments critical of the international community by the country’s President Hamid Karzai are unhelpful.
  • Thirteen militants killed, 20 injured in Orakzai air strikes IRNA 08 Apr 2010 -- The security forces have killed more than 215 militants including 50 foreigners making successive gains in operation in Orakzai Agency during last two weeks.
  • NAVFAC Building Inspector Continues Work in Haiti Navy NewsStand 08 Apr 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command building inspectors are knee-deep in rubble in Haiti assessing the structural damage to thousands of Haitian buildings as the Navy provides sustained assistance for the recovery of the nation after the Jan. 12 earthquake.
  • HAITI: Dying to get out IRIN 08 Apr 2010 -- The US government allows foreign citizens into the US in significant numbers “for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit”. In the past, the beneficiaries of this so-called “humanitarian parole” have been thousands of refugees from Indochina, Cuba and other countries during the cold war, most fleeing communist regimes.

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Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Awarded $29 Million for RG-31 MRAP Upgrades General Dynamics 08 Apr 2010 -- U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada a USD$28.6 million delivery order modification for proposed vehicle engineering upgrades and associated non-recurring engineering costs in support of RG-31 Mk5E vehicles under the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program. General Dynamics Land Systems, the Canadian company’s parent corporation, is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • First Live Warhead Flight For Lockheed Martin’s Multi-Purpose Hellfire II Missile Lockheed Martin 08 Apr 2010 -- Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] multi-purpose AGM 114R HELLFIRE II missile scored another success in its second proof-of-principle (POP) flight test, the first armed with a live warhead. The R model, or “Romeo” missile, features a multi-purpose warhead that enables a single HELLFIRE missile to cover all of the target sets of the currently fielded laser-guided variants.
  • Northrop Grumman Salutes First Flight of First F-35 Mission Systems Aircraft Northrop Grumman 08 Apr 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today congratulated F-35 Lightning II prime contractor Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) for successfully completing the inaugural flight of the first F-35 mission systems aircraft.
  • Northrop Grumman Welcomes Back Sponsor of Submarine California (SSN 781) Northrop Grumman 08 Apr 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) hosted a tour and construction update briefing for Mrs. Donna Willard, the sponsor of California (SSN 781) on March 22. During the tour, she also met with ship's crew and shipbuilders who are building California. Mrs. Willard is the wife of Adm. Robert F. Willard, the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.
  • Oshkosh Defense Receives Four Awards Valued at $19 Million to Refurbish Vehicles In-Theater Oshkosh 08 Apr 2010 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced today it has received four awards valued at more than $19 million from the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) for additional work to be included under its Theater-Provided Equipment Refurbishment (TPER) program with the U.S. military. This work includes the delivery of nearly 200 refurbished heavy and line-haul vehicles, and will extend the Oshkosh Defense TPER work at its Kuwait facility to January 2011.

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