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22 April 2010 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 22 Apr 2010 [PDF]
  • US forces host capabilities exercise Army News 22 Apr 2010 -- Soldiers from 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, conducted a capabilities exercise at Contingency Operating Station Falcon, April 15, for the Iraqi Security Forces that incorporated almost every mission enabler the brigade could offer to assist the ISF in its future missions.
  • 3rd Sustainment Bde cases colors Army News 22 Apr 2010 -- The 3rd Sustainment Brigade and Special Troops Battalion cased their colors in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, April 15.
  • Fear Grows In Kandahar Ahead Of Expected NATO Offensive RFE/RL 22 Apr 2010 -- Kandaharis live in an ancient, vibrant city that vies with Kabul as Afghanistan's cultural, political, and economic heart.
  • Marines return from Afghanistan USMC News 22 Apr 2010 -- More than 100 Marines from the Regional Corps Advisory Command returned Tuesday to a welcoming party of friends and family after a nine-month deployment to eastern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • Flying in the shadow of the 'valley of death': 3rd CAB, TF Falcon airlifts Soldiers from Korengal Valley Army News 22 Apr 2010 -- The sound of rotor blades broke the silence of night as air crews descended on a combat outpost blanketed in darkness. Staring through their night vision goggles crew chiefs guided Chinooks to their landing zones, ready to receive Soldiers and equipment as U.S. forces pulled out of the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan.
  • Afghans in Nawa gather to open new city hall building USMC News 22 Apr 2010 -- As Gulab Mangal, governor of Helmand Province, spoke to more than 100 citizens of Nawa during the opening ceremony of Nawa’s District Governance Center April 18, there was no English translation provided, only two seats for Marines, and a small of handful of Americans entered the building during the grand tour.
  • Assassination Shows Taliban’s Values, Petraeus Says AFPS 22 Apr 2010 -- The assassination of the deputy mayor of Kandahar, Afghanistan, as he prayed in a mosque this week reflects the values of a barbaric enemy, the commander of U.S. Central Command said in a statement released yesterday.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Drought warnings in northeast IRIN 22 Apr 2010 -- Below average rainfall has hit food production in eastern and northeastern Afghanistan where some rain-fed fields have dried out, officials and farmers said.
  • German chancellor concedes errors in Afghanistan policy IRNA 22 Apr 2010 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said mistakes had been made as a result of her country's controversial political and military strategy in Afghanistan.
  • UK leaders challenged to change policy on Afghan war IRNA 22 Apr 2010 -- Britain’s three main party leaders are being challenged to set out a new agenda on Afghanistan when they questioned on foreign policy issues in their second US-style election debate being aired on Thursday night.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Combat arms team supports all operations AFNS 22 Apr 2010 -- Airmen at the 451st Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms Training and Maintenance team here are directly responsible for ensuring each Air Force member is issued ammunition upon arrival here.
  • Air Force officials launch Combat Airman initiative AFNS 22 Apr 2010 -- Properly outfitted and equipped Airmen are essential to mission success, according to Air Force logistics officials who recently unveiled a new program focused on what Airmen wear and carry during training, at home station or deployed.
  • Air Force F-35 completes first test flight AFNS 22 Apr 2010 -- The Air Force version of the F-35A flew for an hour April 20 from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, becoming the seventh F-35 Lightning II to fly.
  • Contract award to enhance in-flight operations for top U.S. officials AFNS 22 Apr 2010 -- Air Force officials here issued a contract award in mid-April that will provide highly reliable, secure and integrated voice, data and video equipment for airborne U.S. senior leaders.
  • Air Mobility Command Adapts to Volcanic Ash Plume AFPS 22 Apr 2010 -- The Air Force’s Air Mobility Command has been able to continue providing airlift capabilities despite the cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano that has troubled air travel, a senior officer responsible for moving military personnel and equipment around the world said yesterday.
  • Military Launches Improved System for Personal Property Moves AFPS 22 Apr 2010 -- After extensive testing and evaluation, the military has launched an improved system to better compensate servicemembers who personally move their household goods on military orders.
  • Installations Practice Energy Conservation AFPS 22 Apr 2010 -- The Defense Department is well on its way to reducing its energy consumption on military bases by 34 percent by 2020, a department official said.
  • VA Commemorates 85 Years of Medical Advances AFPS 22 Apr 2010 -- Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould kicked off the National VA Research Week commemoration here today, marking 85 years of ground-breaking research that’s improving veterans’ lives, including veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Official Urges Gulf War Vets to Seek VA Care AFPS 22 Apr 2010 -- Gulf War veterans with medical symptoms should seek treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs in light of a recent study that says Gulf War service is a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder, a senior Military Health System official said yesterday.
  • Better Prosthetics Coming for Wounded Warriors AFPS 22 Apr 2010 -- From developing a new microprocessor-controlled prosthetic leg to a non-chafing socket device, the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center here is making big strides in advancing prosthetic science to improve wounded warriors’ quality of life.
  • Special operations community has advocate in 'Care Coalition' Army News 22 Apr 2010 -- Sgt. 1st Class Mike Fairfax never planned on being injured in battle. But on a fateful day in the summer of 2005, an IED blast would ultimately leave him an above-the-knee amputee.
  • Oklahoma artillery unit trains with MLRS at Fort McCoy Army News 22 Apr 2010 -- The sounds of rockets and engines reverberated in the early morning hours, but the noise was not echoing off the Oklahoma Mountain ranges as normal. Instead the echoes rang over the Wisconsin countryside.
  • Radar programs earn technology awards Army News 22 Apr 2010 -- Two key radar programs earned awards at the 2010 PA Technology Awards ceremony in Harrisburg.
  • IMCOM breaks ground on new home at Fort Sam Houston Army News 22 Apr 2010 -- Military City USA gained a new neighbor April 19 as military and community leaders gathered at Fort Sam Houston for a groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Army Installation Management Command's new headquarters.
  • C-130 touches down at Fort Lee Load Training Site Army News 22 Apr 2010 -- Fort Lee moved one step closer to its goal of creating a first-rate, 21st-century training facility for transportation troops April 18 when an actual C-130E fuselage was transported here by truck and placed at the Multi-Mode Load Training Site on the east side of post.
  • First phase complete on Stony Lonesome construction Army News 22 Apr 2010 -- In August 2008, Balfour Beatty Communities began the daunting responsibility of building and renovating housing at West Point.
  • Fort Benning gets OK to study land purchase Army News 22 Apr 2010 -- The Department of the Army has approved a plan allowing Fort Benning to go forward with a study on the possibility of expanding its training lands by 82,800 acres over the next five to six years.
  • 26th MEU trains aboard ship, builds rapport with sailors USMC News 22 Apr 2010 -- Marines and sailors with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit took another big step in their training schedule by traveling more than 150 miles to Norfolk, Va., to participate in an Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON)/ Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) exercise with the sailors of PHIBRON-4 aboard USS Kearsarge, USS New York, and USS Carter Hall, this week.
  • Yuma's MWSS-371, Marines receive award for fuel operations USMC News 22 Apr 2010 -- Yuma’s Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 and two of its Marines were recognized by the American Petroleum Institute April 10, 2010, for their work while on deployment in Afghanistan in 2009.
  • Navy Tests Biofuel-Powered 'Green Hornet' Navy NewsStand 22 Apr 2010 -- The Navy celebrated Earth Day April 22 by showcasing a flight test of the "Green Hornet," an F/A-18 Super Hornet multirole fighter jet powered by a biofuel blend.
  • Enterprise Departs for Independent Steaming Exercise Navy NewsStand 22 Apr 2010 -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departed for an independent steaming exercise April 22 after a two-year maintenance availability in Norfolk.
  • USS Mobile Bay Completes Extensive Modernization Upgrades Navy NewsStand 22 Apr 2010 -- USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), the second cruiser to undergo the most comprehensive upgrade and modernization program in the history of the U.S. Navy, completed its 10-month shipyard availability April 19 and will soon be reintegrated back into the fleet.
  • NRNW Hosts iShore 2 Conference Navy NewsStand 22 Apr 2010 -- Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), regional commanders, installation commanding officers and other senior leaders from around the world gathered at Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor Plaza April 19 - 22 for the iShore2 Conference.
  • Commander, 3rd Fleet Is Confident in Dubuque Sailors, Marines Navy NewsStand 22 Apr 2010 -- Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet told amphibious dock landing ship USS Dubuque (LPD 8) Sailors and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Marines April 20 he is confident that they are ready to deploy in spring 2010.
  • Lincoln Continues to Push Electrical Safety Navy NewsStand 22 Apr 2010 -- Sailors on board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) have made great strides to take extra precautions and safety measures while working around electrical equipment.
  • Navy, DLA Sign Warehouse Transfer Agreement Navy NewsStand 22 Apr 2010 -- Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) signed a master memorandum of agreement April 6 to transfer a significant percentage of Navy storage and tactical distribution functions to DLA.
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Awarded for Being Green Navy NewsStand 22 Apr 2010 -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN) (IKE) is a winner of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Quality Award in the large ship category for 2009. A formal recognition ceremony was held April 22 during IKE's Earth Day celebration.
  • NAVSTA Rota Flexes, Supports Volcano Surge Efforts Navy NewsStand 22 Apr 2010 -- As medical and logistic military flights are diverted from Northern European Air Routes due to volcanic ash from Iceland, Naval Station Rota and Moron Air Base continue to provide staging support at almost double capacity.
  • Guard air defense units protect nation's capital Army News 22 Apr 2010 -- Although you don't see them, Soldiers from the 174th Air Defense Artillery Brigade of the Ohio National Guard see you anytime you fly into the nation's capital.
  • Operation Arctic Care members helping people in remote areas AFNS 22 Apr 2010 -- A member of the Tennessee Air National Guard traveled to Kotzebue for Operation Arctic Care April 16, to provide medical care for individuals located in the remote area.
  • New START Ratification Process To Begin In Early May RFE/RL 22 Apr 2010 -- U.S. and Russian officials say the ratification process for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, is set to begin in early May.
  • Pakistan upgrading naval fleet: naval chief IRNA 22 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan has adopted a comprehensive strategy to increase, upgrade and strengthen its naval fleet to effectively face the challenges of terrorism, piracy on the high seas and incidents of illegal activities in the sea, the Pak naval chief has said.
  • Russia has no plans for new military bases in other countries - Putin RIA Novosti 22 Apr 2010 -- Russia has no plans to build new military facilities anywhere in the world similar to its naval base in Ukraine's Crimea, the Russian prime minister said on Thursday.
  • Russian Navy successfully delivers anti-cruise missiles in maneuver RIA Novosti 22 Apr 2010 -- Three of the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet warships successfully carried out the simultaneous delivery of supersonic cruise missiles during tactical maneuvers in the Sea of Japan on Thursday, the fleet's press service said.
  • Yanukovych Defends Russian Naval Base Extension RFE/RL 22 Apr 2010 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has defended his decision to grant a 25-year lease extension to Russia's Black Sea Fleet base in Crimea.
  • Ukraine's ex-president slams naval base deal with Russia RIA Novosti 22 Apr 2010 -- The deal between Moscow and Kiev on extending Russia's use of the Sevastopol naval base in Crimea amounts to "military occupation," former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said on Thursday.
  • Ukraine's top court upholds extended lease for Russian Navy base RIA Novosti 22 Apr 2010 -- Ukraine's Constitutional Court has ruled that the extension of Russia's lease on a naval base in Crimea conforms to the country's Constitution, Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Hryshchenko said on Thursday.
  • Ukraine to boost uranium production - Yanukovych RIA Novosti 22 Apr 2010 -- Ukraine will increase uranium output and build a factory for nuclear fuel production, President Viktor Yanukovych said on Thursday.
  • Russia, Ukraine agree on $40 bln gas-for-fleet tradeoff - media RIA Novosti 22 Apr 2010 -- Ukraine secured a 30% discount for Russian natural gas, expected to cost Russia $40 bln in the next 10 years, in exchange for extending the lease of a Russian naval base, a business paper reported on Thursday.
  • US and S. Korean Warmongers' War Exercises under Fire KCNA 22 Apr 2010 -- It was recently reported that the U.S. forces and the south Korean puppet army staged what they called "combined live shell firing exercises" in Phochon of Kyonggi Province with huge armed forces and ultramodern war hardware involved.
  • NATO Agrees To Launch Bosnia Membership Plan RFE/RL 22 Apr 2010 -- NATO has granted a membership plan to Bosnia at a meeting in the Estonian capital of NATO foreign ministers.
  • In Tallinn, NATO Ministers Search For Solidarity RFE/RL 22 Apr 2010 -- A two-day informal NATO foreign ministers' meeting that just kicked off in Tallinn, Estonia, will broadly focus on generating unity on some of the thornier issues facing the alliance.
  • NATO chief says Russia-Ukraine base deal won't affect ties RIA Novosti 22 Apr 2010 -- The extension of Russia's lease on its Black Sea Fleet base in Ukraine will not affect NATO's relations with Moscow and Kiev, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday.
  • UK needs new role in world politics, say defence experts IRNA 22 Apr 2010 -- The UK needs a ‘radical reassessment’ of the position it wants to play, and is able to play, in world politics, according to majority of the country’s defence and security community.
  • Russia still concerned by plans for Patriot missiles in Poland RIA Novosti 22 Apr 2010 -- Moscow is deeply concerned with the plans of the United States to deploy Patriot missiles in Poland near the Russian border, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
  • Gaggle by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs aboard Air Force One en route NY, NY, 4/22/10 The White House 22 Apr 2010

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for April 22, 2010
  • Boeing-built Orbital Test Vehicle X-37B Begins 1st Flight Boeing 22 Apr 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced the successful launch of the Boeing-built Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), also known as the X-37B, for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. The OTV was launched on an Atlas V rocket into a low Earth orbit today at 7:52 p.m. Eastern time from Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 41.
  • Lockheed Martin Receives $25.7 Million THAAD Field Support Contract Lockheed Martin 22 Apr 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, with initial funding of $25.7 million, to provide support for the U.S. Army’s fielding of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System. The IDIQ contract consists of a four-year basic contract with five additional one-year options. The total maximum contract value is $435 million through 2019.
  • Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Powers Launch of U.S. Military's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Pratt & Whitney 22 Apr 2010 -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today helped boost into orbit the U.S. military’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V is powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 booster engine and a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RL10 upper-stage engine. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). RD AMROSS LLC is a joint venture of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and NPO Energomash.
  • Boeing Expands SDB I Weapon's Capability with Block 09 Software Boeing 22 Apr 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has begun fielding Block 09 software for the Small Diameter Bomb Increment I (SDB I) that adds to the weapon system's capability and updates its concept of operations.
  • Boeing Super Hornet Trainer Deliveries Allow US Navy to Train in 4-ship Formation Boeing 22 Apr 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and teammate L-3 Link Simulation & Training today announced that they delivered two F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Tactical Operation Flight Trainers (TOFT) to the U.S. Navy at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Va., in February, and declared them "Ready for Training." The devices offer aircrews the same Operational Flight Program used in the Boeing-built Super Hornet aircraft.
  • Boeing F-15K41 Successfully Completes 1st Flight Boeing 22 Apr 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] on April 19 conducted the first flight of F-15K41, the first of 21 F-15K Slam Eagles the company is producing under the Next Fighter II contract for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF). The aircraft, flown by Boeing test pilot Steve Schmidt, took off from Lambert St. Louis International Airport at 2:36 p.m. Central time and landed at 3:44 p.m.
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. Navy Combined Tactical Training Range Extension Northrop Grumman 22 Apr 2010 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center has awarded Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) a one-year $50 million contract extension to provide operation, maintenance and engineering support for the Combined Tactical Training Range (CTTR).
  • Northrop Grumman Introduces BioTRAC Biometrics Collection Device Northrop Grumman 22 Apr 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has developed BioTRAC, a ruggedized, portable identity management system for secure and efficient multi-modal biometrics collection in the field.

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