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19 April 2010 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 19 Apr 2010 [PDF]
  • Mullen Lauds Iraqi Forces for Efforts Against al-Qaida AFPS 19 Apr 2010 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff echoed Vice President Joe Biden’s praise today of Iraqi and U.S. security forces for successfully killing the two top leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq early yesterday.
  • Two Top al-Qaida Leaders Killed in Iraq VOA 19 Apr 2010 -- Iraqi and U.S. officials say a joint military operation has killed the two top leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced the deaths and showed reporters in Baghdad pictures of two bloody bodies. The top U.S. general in Iraq also confirmed the deaths.
  • Combined Operation Kills Top al-Qaida in Iraq Leaders AFPS 19 Apr 2010 -- Iraqi security forces, supported by U.S. troops, killed the two most-senior leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq early yesterday in the culmination of a series of combined operations southwest of Tikrit, Iraq.
  • Biden Calls Leaders’ Deaths ‘Devastating’ to al-Qaida AFPS 19 Apr 2010 -- Vice President Joe Biden today praised Iraqi and U.S. security forces for killing two top leaders of the al-Qaida in Iraq terror organization.
  • U.S. Soldiers, Iraqi Federal Police Build Obstacle Course Army News 19 Apr 2010 -- Combat engineers from 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division built a 10-station obstacle course together April 2 with policemen from 4th Brigade, 1st Iraqi Federal Police Division at Joint Security Station Beladiyat.
  • Iraqi Security Forces Keep U.S. Drawdown on Track AFPS 19 Apr 2010 -- Iraqi forces are doing a good job in maintaining security in the country, and the American withdrawal can proceed as planned, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said yesterday.
  • Iraqi Forces Kill 1, Arrest 9 Terror Suspects AFPS 19 Apr 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested nine suspected terrorists in Iraq in recent days and killed a man identified as an al-Qaida in Iraq leader in the northern city of Mosul, military officials reported.
  • Balad becomes divert base for wounded troops AFNS 19 Apr 2010 -- Senior U.S. Air Forces Central Command medical officers have temporarily named Joint Base Balad as the new hub for all aeromedical evacuations following worldwide air travel disruptions caused by ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruptions.
  • Marines establish new patrol base in Southern Afghanistan USMC News 19 Apr 2010 -- Marines and Sailors with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, established a new patrol base in the area of Laki, Garmsir District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 30.
  • Marines begin clearing areas surrounding new patrol base USMC News 19 Apr 2010 -- Marines with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, began to clear the surrounding areas of their new patrol base in Laki, Garmsir District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, of improvised explosive devices March 31.
  • Combat engineers build anything and everything USMC News 19 Apr 2010 -- It’s only morning and the Afghan sun is already beating down on the combat engineers who are putting up large tents at Forward Operating Base Sher Wali, Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 6, 2010. The Marines from 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, attached to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, have been tasked to build the tents as Sher Wali improves and expands.
  • 1/6 Headquarters personnel provide much needed support in Marjah USMC News 19 Apr 2010 -- What began with the tedious process of filling sandbags, laying concertina wire and constructing posts from strips of wood, hammered together by nails scrounged up from the sand, has developed into the large scale construction and upkeep of Forward Operating Base Marjah.
  • Combined Forces Make Gains in Afghanistan AFPS 19 Apr 2010 -- Afghan and international forces killed several insurgents and captured at least one other, according to initial reports of a firefight in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province this morning, military officials said.
  • Airmen contribute humanitarian aid to Afghan people AFNS 19 Apr 2010 -- Members of the 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron here recently adjusted office space to accommodate more than 1,100 pounds of humanitarian aid sent to Bagram Airfield.
  • Airmen moving the mission in Afghanistan AFNS 19 Apr 2010 -- A team of 28 aerial port and vehicle maintenance Airmen from the 451st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Det. 1 here are moving the mission in Afghanistan.
  • OSI protects Airmen in Afghanistan AFNS 19 Apr 2010 -- Airmen with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Expeditionary Det. 2405 identify and neutralize targets to keep coalition forces and Afghan citizens safe.
  • Next Afghan elections must show improvement over previous polls – UN envoy UN News Centre 19 Apr 2010 -- The upcoming parliamentary elections in Afghanistan must be an improvement over last year’s presidential polls, the top United Nations envoy there told the new head of the country’s national electoral body, urging that the process be as transparent as possible.
  • Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Keen from the Pentagon DoD 19 Apr 2010 -- Presenter: Deputy Commander, U. S. Southern Command Lt. Gen. Ken Keen
  • US Military Relief Operation in Haiti to End, Overall Effort will Continue VOA 19 Apr 2010 -- The senior officer who has been leading the U.S. military earthquake relief effort in Haiti says the formal operation will end around June 1. But Army Lieutenant General Ken Keen says American efforts to help Haiti recover from the quake will continue beyond that date.
  • Members of U.S. Army South assist with Security Lights at IDP Camps Army News 19 Apr 2010 -- Gas powered security lighting for the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps was installed at various locations through out the Port-au-Prince area April 14.
  • U.S. Troop Drawdown in Haiti Slated by June AFPS 19 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. military’s role in Haiti is slated to further decrease by June, with the 2,200-strong U.S. force currently there expected to drop to about 500 members, the former top American commander in Haiti said today.
  • HAITI-US: Washington aid policy may be shifting IRIN 19 Apr 2010 -- Former US President Bill Clinton, now a UN Special Envoy to Haiti, has pledged to foster the country's self-sufficiency after expressing regret for implementing policies during his administration that damaged its agricultural capacity and ability to feed itself.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: DOD Background Briefing with Senior Defense Officials from the Pentagon DoD 19 Apr 2010 -- Presenter: Senior Defense Officials
  • Green Hornet to Fly on Earth Day Navy NewsStand 19 Apr 2010 -- The Green Hornet, an F/A-18 Super Hornet fueled with a 50/50 mixture of biofuel made from camelina oil, will fly on Earth Day, April 22, at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
  • SCMAGTF splits forces, begins familiarization events in Senegal and Liberia USMC News 19 Apr 2010 -- A cool breeze, vigorous surf and fine, golden-hued sands greeted Marines of the Security Cooperation Marine Air Ground Task Force, Africa Partnership Station 10, as they came ashore at Guerero Beach, April 6, to begin military-to-military familiarization events with their partner nation.
  • Yuma's VMA-311 wins fourth consecutive aviation safety award USMC News 19 Apr 2010 -- Yuma’s Marine Attack Squadron 311 recently received its fourth consecutive safety award, earned for its performance throughout 2009.
  • Enterprise Completes Sea Trials, Rejoins the Fleet Navy NewsStand 19 Apr 2010 -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) completed sea trials April 19 after conducting intense testing of all major ship systems at sea.
  • DESRON 15 Ships Improve Warfare Capabilities during Multi-Sail Exercise Navy NewsStand 19 Apr 2010 -- Several ships assigned to the forward deployed naval forces (FDNF) Japan completed the semiannual exercise Multi-Sail April 16 near the island of Okinawa.
  • Commander U.S. 7th Fleet Hails Enduring Partnership with Royal Thai Navy Navy NewsStand 19 Apr 2010 -- Commander U.S. 7th Fleet engaged with various Thai media outlets during a media availability held aboard the U.S. Command Flagship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), while on a port visit to Laem Chabang, Thailand April 17.
  • USS Freedom to Arrive in San Diego Navy NewsStand 19 Apr 2010 -- The Navy's first littoral combat ship (LCS), USS Freedom (LCS 1), will arrive in San Diego April 23, after completion of her maiden deployment.
  • From Bacteria to Electricity: The Future of Green Energy Navy NewsStand 19 Apr 2010 -- Showcasing its energy research initiatives for an Earth Day event on April 22 at the Pentagon, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) will highlight the microbial fuel cell, a device with the potential to revolutionize naval energy use by converting decomposed marine organisms into electricity.
  • Army achieves major program milestone Army News 19 Apr 2010 -- Today, the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) announced that it completed its mission to destroy all non-stockpile materiel declared when the United States entered into the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), an international treaty mandating the destruction of our Nation's chemical warfare.
  • Flights adjusted due to volcanic activity AFNS 19 Apr 2010 -- Air Mobility Command operations in and around Europe have been adjusted as a large cloud of volcanic ash continues to impact flight operations across much of the continent, according to AMC officials.
  • Aircrews kick off Red Flag-Alaska 10-2 AFNS 19 Apr 2010 -- The initial briefings and familiarization flights are complete and now pilots and aircrews are participating in world-class aerial combat training over Alaska until the end of April.
  • Capital-area Medical Centers Set for Reorganization AFPS 19 Apr 2010 -- With a reorganization of units overseeing military medicine in the national capital area under way, interim steps are in place to maintain good care and emergency preparedness during the transition.
  • Historic 44th Fighter Group activated at Holloman AFNS 19 Apr 2010 -- The Air Force Reserve Command's 44th Fighter Group officially stood up here April 9 with an activation ceremony and passing of the historic group's guidon.
  • Airmen continue distributing medical supplies to Bishkek AFNS 19 Apr 2010 -- Airmen delivered medical supplies and food to two Bishkek hospitals, and visited with patients April 15 who were injured in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Officials visit Operation Artic Care AFNS 19 Apr 2010 -- Military and Department of Defense senior leaders traveled here to visit Airmen, Soldiers and Sailors participating in Operation Arctic Care 2010.
  • Military Adjusts to Icelandic Volcano’s Ashfall AFPS 19 Apr 2010 -- Ash from an Icelandic volcano continues to wreak havoc with air flights across Europe, including American military flights.
  • Vanguards participate in 814th's river crossing operations Army News 19 Apr 2010 -- March 24 was a first for many Vanguard leaders as 2nd Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment, 162nd Infantry Brigade's leadership observed river crossing operations on the Mississippi River. The training event, facilitated by the 814th Engineer Company, 46th Engineer Battalion, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, was considered by many to be a once-in-a-career opportunity.
  • 162nd Bde trains 2nd SCR for Afghanistan deployment Army News 19 Apr 2010 -- Fort Polk's Tiger Brigade continues to touch almost every deploying brigade combat team heading to Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently, six Soldiers from the 5th Field Artillery Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment and three instructors from the 162nd Infantry Brigade's Directorate of Culture and Counterinsurgency, flew to Germany where they instructed and advised the senior leaders of the 2nd Stryker Calvary Regiment.
  • Cav forward observers, mortar men train in authentic environment Army News 19 Apr 2010 -- Forward observers and mortar men from 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division used their skills in an Afghanistan-like environment while training at Camp Guernsey, Wyo. April 8.
  • 3-89 CAV Soldiers take rough road, conduct route recon Army News 19 Apr 2010 -- When travelling, people often select the best, most convenient roads possible; however, cavalry scouts training at Camp Guernsey, Wyo. April 9, opted for the worst, most rugged routes imaginable.
  • Privatization of Army lodging begins on Fort Polk Army News 19 Apr 2010 -- Fort Polk's Magnolia House hosted a celebration April 7 to highlight the changes taking place in temporary housing on post. The get-together garnered interest in what the privatization of Army lodging (PAL) has accomplished so far by allowing the community to see completed renovations.
  • "Black Dragons" put steel on target Army News 19 Apr 2010 -- Soldiers of the 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division honed their field artillery skills; providing precise and lethal fire support during an M109A6 "Paladin" counter fire exercise, here, April 14-18.
  • 20th Support Command to hold relinquishment of command ceremony Army News 19 Apr 2010 -- Brig. Gen. Jeffrey J. Snow will relinquish command of the U.S. Army 20th Support Command CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives) during a traditional military relinquishment of command ceremony May 7 at 10 a.m. at the McBride Parade Field on the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground.
  • Soldiers train on new DRASH equipment Army News 19 Apr 2010 -- 41st Fires Brigade Soldiers conducted preliminary training on the new deployable rapid assembly shelter (DRASH) used to run a brigade operation center during field time, here, April 12. Soldiers are scheduled to conduct validation training with the equipment throughout the months of May and June.
  • All Services Meet or Exceed March Recruiting Goals AFPS 19 Apr 2010 -- The military services met or exceeded their March recruiting goals for the active and reserve components, Defense Department officials reported April 16.
  • Russian warship to call at Oman port RIA Novosti 19 Apr 2010 -- The Russian missile cruiser Moskva will call at the Omani port of Muscat on April 24 to replenish water and food supplies, a Navy spokesman said on Monday.
  • BANGLADESH: Troops guard Dhaka water pumps IRIN 19 Apr 2010 -- Troops are guarding water pumps in parts of Dhaka as a severe water shortage grips the capital, causing a rise in water-borne diseases, officials say.
  • British Government Enlists Royal Navy to Alleviate Air Closure VOA 19 Apr 2010 -- Flights over Britain and Northern Europe are grounded for the fifth day in a row because of a cloud of volcanic ash in the atmosphere that is a danger to jet engines. The British government has enlisted the Royal Navy to help bring stranded Britons home.
  • London to send warships to rescue stranded Britons RIA Novosti 19 Apr 2010 -- The British government will send three Royal Navy warships to bring home Britons stranded overseas by disruption to flights caused by the eruption of a volcano in Iceland, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Monday.
  • NATO Secretary General welcomes Russian attitude toward relations with Poland RIA Novosti 19 Apr 2010 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has welcomed the Russian attitude toward relations with Poland.
  • Ban calls for diverting over-funded weapons budgets to economic development UN News Centre 19 Apr 2010 -- The General Assembly today held a day-long debate on disarmament with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on the world to reverse its spending on weapons as compared with development.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 19 Apr 2010
  • Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 4/19/10 The White House 19 Apr 2010

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for April 19, 2010
  • Lockheed Martin GPS III Team Advancing On-Schedule In Critical Design Review Phase Lockheed Martin 19 Apr 2010 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team developing the U.S. Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite, known as GPS III, continues to maintain schedule performance and meet or exceed key milestones in the Critical Design Review (CDR) phase of the program.
  • Orbital Set to Launch First Minotaur IV Rocket for U.S. Air Force This Week Orbital Sciences Corp. 19 Apr 2010 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that it is prepared to launch the first of its Minotaur IV rockets in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2 (HTV-2) program.
  • Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Benefit Pennsylvania Boeing 19 Apr 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that the state of Pennsylvania will benefit from an estimated 410 total jobs with eight suppliers and generate an estimated $25 million annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force's next tanker aircraft. Currently, Boeing has 5,900 employees in Pennsylvania and works with 816 suppliers/vendors, delivering a total $537 million in annual economic impact.
  • Boeing Receives Joint Tactical Radio System Service Support Contract Boeing 19 Apr 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has received a two-year, $21.4 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Enterprise Network Manager Software in Service Support (JENM SwISS) program.
  • General Dynamics’ Common Network Interface Receives Extension of Operations from U.S. Navy General Dynamics 19 Apr 2010 -- The Naval Network Warfare Command has extended the deployment of the Common Network Interface (CNI) software package on the Navy’s Information Technology-21st century (IT-21) platforms through March 2012 to allow fleet operators to continue to evaluate the system and provide feedback to enhance its capabilities. Developed by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, CNI improves situational awareness for Amphibious Readiness Group commanders by delivering a Link-16 tactical picture, modern displays and human-machine interface enhancements.
  • L-3 Awarded Cyber Operations Services Contract by U.S. Air Forces Central Command L-3 Communications 19 Apr 2010 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its STRATIS division has been awarded a five-year contract valued at $152 million to provide information technology and cyber operations support to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT). This firm-fixed-price, time and materials contract with a period of performance from 2010 to 2015 is a continuation of L-3's long-term support of USAFCENT's mission critical cyber operations.
  • Finnish army places new order for MATIS HH thermal imagers by Sagem Sagem (Safran group) 19 Apr 2010 -- After an international competition organized by NAMSA (Nato Maintenance and Supply Agency), Sagem won the order for a new series of MATIS HH (Handheld) thermal imagers for the Finnish Defense Forces.
  • Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin Announce Teaming Agreement to Compete for the VXX Presidential Helicopter Program Lockheed Martin 19 Apr 2010 -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) today announced the signing of a teaming agreement to compete jointly for the U.S. Navy’s revived VXX Presidential Helicopter program.
  • First Lockheed Martin/USAF HC-130J Combat Rescue Tanker Rolls Out Lockheed Martin 19 Apr 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] rolled out the first of a new fleet of HC-130J combat rescue tankers for the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command (ACC) during a ceremony here today. Maj. Gen. Thomas K. Andersen, director of requirements, Headquarters ACC, spoke at the ceremony.
  • Northrop Grumman Redelivers USS Enterprise (CVN 65) to U.S. Navy Northrop Grumman 19 Apr 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) successfully redelivered the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), to the U.S. Navy today. The redelivery follows the completion of an Extended Drydock Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA). The project is the ship's last dry docking before deactivation and was performed by the company's Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va.
  • Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin Announce teaming agreement to compete for the VXX Presidential helicopter program Sikorsky 19 Apr 2010 -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) today announced the signing of a teaming agreement to compete jointly for the U.S. Navy’s revived VXX Presidential Helicopter program.

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