30 April 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 30 Apr 2010 [PDF]
- April 29 airpower summary AFNS 30 Apr 2010
- Kirkuk Airmen facilitate relationship building between Iraqi firefighters AFNS 30 Apr 2010 -- U.S. and Iraqi air force firefighters facilitated a maintenance education day in an effort to foster professional bonds April 12 at Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq.
- Cavalry regiment protects convoys traveling to Habur Gate Army News 30 Apr 2010 -- Soldiers with 1st Platoon, G Troop, Regimental Fires Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) make weekly runs to Habur Gate, Iraq, to provide convoy security for trucks heading out of Iraq into Turkey.
- Coalition Troops Respond to Afghan Market Bombing AFPS 30 Apr 2010 -- Afghan and coalition forces responded to a bombing attack at a bazaar in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province today, military officials reported.
- Afghanistan Contractors Rebuild Walls Army News 30 Apr 2010 -- Soldiers of Red Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, rode out to check on a school's wall repairs being made by a local contractor in Mazar e Sharif, Afghanistan, April 29.
- Pakistan to raise tribal force to establish writ: official IRNA 30 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan will raise a special force from the local tribesmen to establish the government’s writ in the insurgency-hit South Waziristan tribal region, the local administrative officer said on Thursday.
- Crisis persists in Pakistan’s Swat Valley despite return of many displaced – UN UN News Centre 30 Apr 2010 -- The effects of the humanitarian crisis sparked by the military offensive against insurgents in north-western Pakistan a year ago persist despite the return of most of the two million people who fled their homes because of the conflict, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
- Swat Valley Returnees in Acute Need of Help VOA 30 Apr 2010 -- The United Nations refugee agency says thousands of people who have returned to the homes they fled last year from Pakistan's Swat Valley are still struggling to rebuild their lives. Next week will mark the first anniversary of the fighting between the Pakistan government and Taliban militants, which resulted in more than two million people fleeing their homes.
- Guard Readies as Gulf Braces for Oil Spill AFPS 30 Apr 2010 -- At least three states along the Gulf of Mexico are preparing for a potential call for thousands of National Guard members as the nation ramps up its response to an oil spill that’s threatening the coast.
- Air Force C130s, Navy Equipment to Support Oil Slick Response AFPS 30 Apr 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has authorized two Air Force Reserve C-130H aircraft to support the response to a massive oil slick that threatens wetlands and beaches along the Gulf Coast, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell confirmed today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD News: U.S.-China Officials Discuss MIA Cases DoD 30 Apr 2010 -- Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs Bob Newberry concluded a week-long visit to China today after meeting with Chinese officials to discuss several U.S. MIA cases.
- Airmen, Soldiers join forces for exercise AFNS 30 Apr 2010 -- More than 140 Airmen and Soldiers worked together on a new concept during the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center's Eagle Flag exercise on Lakehurst April 12.
- Joint F-35 electronic warfare squadron stands up AFNS 30 Apr 2010 -- The squadron serving as the sole Department of Defense provider of electronic warfare support for the F-35 joint strike fighter activated April 23 in a ceremony here.
- FEMA administrator visits Hurricane Hunters AFNS 30 Apr 2010 -- Craig Fugate, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, visited the Air Force Reserve Command's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron April 29 to address hurricane preparedness as the June 1 storm season approaches.
- AF panel likens DOD acquisition to contact sport AFNS 30 Apr 2010 -- The Defense Department's journey to recapture acquisition excellence took a big step forward during two days of discussions and workforce training held at Sinclair Community College here April 20 and 21.
- DOD acquisition leader shares his priorities AFNS 30 Apr 2010 -- More than 700 military, civilian and contractor acquisition professionals and defense industry partners discussed challenges they face during the Department of Defense Acquisition Insight Conference April 20 through 21 here.
- Armor library preparing for move to Fort Benning Army News 30 Apr 2010 -- Military Families can tell you which box is the heaviest when they move to a new duty station-it's the one with all the books! Just imagine the challenge of packing and moving 20,000 books. That's exactly what Robert Hansen will be responsible for when the Armor School Library is relocated to Fort Benning, Ga. next year with the rest of the Armor Center.
- Sustainers Test Vehicle Recovery Trailer Army News 30 Apr 2010 -- Soldiers from the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Fort Campbell, Ky., participated in an operational test of the Joint Recovery and Distribution System, or JRaDS, 40T Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle recovery and evacuation trailer last week.
- Communications form Army's central nervous system Army News 30 Apr 2010 -- For the 214th Fires Brigade, and for much of the modern Army, the central nervous system is also comprised of a single, dynamic entity: the corps of communications personnel. The brigade got to test its communications during a 10-day exercise in April.
- From vehicle recovery to taking buildings, this exercise had it all Army News 30 Apr 2010 -- Field training exercises, by design, serve as a diagnostic tool for leaders to assess the competence and capabilities of their organization and the individuals who comprise it. During the 214th Fires Brigade's annual 10 day FTX in April, those tests stressed the full spectrum of its operations.
- 44th Medical Command inactivates, reactivates as 44th Medical Brigade Army News 30 Apr 2010 -- The Dragon medics of the 44th Medical Command held a one-of-a-kind ceremony at Fort Bragg April 21. The unit was inactivated and reactivated as the 44th Medical Brigade and they held a change of command as well as a commander's retirement ceremony.
- Carson breaks ground for new CDC Army News 30 Apr 2010 -- Construction of the new nearly $9 million Gate 20 Child Development Center officially began April 22 with a groundbreaking ceremony.
- Gen. Casey visits Fort Bragg, meets with paratroopers Army News 30 Apr 2010 -- While visiting Fort Bragg, United States Army Chief of Staff, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., spoke with leaders of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, and conducted a small reenlistment ceremony on April 21.
- Navy Welcomes Women To Serve In Submarines Navy NewsStand 30 Apr 2010 -- Rear Adm. Barry Bruner, Commander, Submarine Group Ten, announced the Department of the Navy's plan to allow women to serve on submarines, during a press conference at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., April 29.
- Mount Whitney Hosts Commander, Military Sealift Command Navy NewsStand 30 Apr 2010 -- Commander, Military Sealift Command (MSC), visited the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) April 15.
- Pakistan Navy Accepts Two P-3C Aircraft Navy NewsStand 30 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. Navy transferred two P-3 Orion aircraft to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in a ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., April 30 as part of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program.
- SECNAV Addresses CNA, NPC Navy NewsStand 30 Apr 2010 -- The secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) spoke at Center for Naval Analysis and National Press Club luncheons on 29 and 30 April in a continued effort to promote the Department's energy initiatives to move the department off its reliance on fossil fuels.
- NAS Pensacola Serves a Staging Area for Oil Spill Response Navy NewsStand 30 Apr 2010 -- Workers at a staging area at Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP) continued to prepare Thursday to set out booms if needed to help protect the shoreline and eco-system in the Pensacola area from last week's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Electronic Leave Test Smooth; August Shore Roll Out Planned Navy NewsStand 30 Apr 2010 -- The Navy has just completed a beta test of its Electronic Leave (e-leave) system which included more than 1,700 Sailors stationed in the Millington, Tenn., area.
- Navy Seabees, US Army South Conduct Joint Exercise in Nicaragua Navy NewsStand 30 Apr 2010 -- U.S. Army South, along with U.S. Navy Seabees, worked together with the Nicaraguan National Assembly to construct three waterwells in Los Sanchez, Samaria and La Noria from March 21 until May 21 as part of Army South's, Beyond the Horizon mission.
- Nassau Beach Survey, the First Step in Amphibious Operations Navy NewsStand 30 Apr 2010 -- Two Sailors attached to USS Nassau (LHA 4), traveled to Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti to inspect the camp's surrounding beaches April 22.
- USS Princeton Changes Command Navy NewsStand 30 Apr 2010 -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) held a change of command ceremony at sea April 23.
- Exercise in Indonesia comes to a close AFNS 30 Apr 2010 -- A joint exercise between Indonesian and U.S. Air Force members came to a close April 23 after one week of both countries participating in combined air drops and tactical maneuvers in support of Exercise Cope West 10.
- From Haiti to Afghanistan, 82nd Shows Flexibility AFPS 30 Apr 2010 -- A battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division’s ready force that returned two months ago to support the Haiti humanitarian response mission is in the process of deploying again, this time to Afghanistan to train Afghan security forces.
- Russian warship makes port call in India RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2010 -- Russia's Moskva guided-missile cruiser made a port call in the southwestern Indian city of Kochi on Friday, a Navy spokesman said.
- Russian S-400 missiles to go into serial production RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2010 -- Russian long range ballistic missiles for S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile systems will go into serial production in the autumn, a leading missile manufacturer said on Friday.
- Recent advances improve atmosphere of upcoming nuclear forum – UN official UN News Centre 30 Apr 2010 -- The latest review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) will kick off in a much more positive atmosphere than the last gathering, thanks to recent moves by the United States and Russia to slash their nuclear arsenals, among others, according to the top United Nations disarmament official.
- French warship sinks pirate mother ship off Somalia RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2010 -- French warship has destroyed a pirate mother ship some 438 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia, the EU Naval Force Public Affairs Office has said.
- UN body urges support for treaty regulating private military, security companies UN News Centre 30 Apr 2010 -- A United Nations expert body is urging broad support for the creation of a new global treaty to regulate the activities of private military and security contractors, stressing the need for strict control mechanisms for this “highly specific and dangerous trade.”
- New treaty to combat illicit arms trafficking crucial for Central Africa, says Ban UN News Centre 30 Apr 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today exhorted ministers from Central African nations to work towards adopting a legal instrument to combat illicit arms trafficking, a move that will help reduce violence and bring peace and security to countries in the sub-region.
- Clinton Blasts Syria Arms Transfers to Hezbollah VOA 30 Apr 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday said Syria's transfer of missiles and other weapons to Lebanon's Hezbollah militia poses grave dangers to the Middle East. She shared a stage in Washington with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak who said Israel would hold the Lebanese government responsible for any new flare-up of fighting along their mutual border.
- DoD News: Contracts for April 30, 2010
- Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 7,500 Jobs, $388 Million to Kansas Boeing 30 Apr 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that Kansas will benefit from approximately 7,500 jobs and an estimated $388 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force's next aerial refueling aircraft.
- General Dynamics Awarded Mission Payload Module Technology Demonstration Contract by U.S. Marine Corps General Dynamics 30 Apr 2010 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded a $3 million contract by the U.S. Marine Corps System Command (MARCORSYSCOM) for a technology demonstration (TD) and evaluation of a new hardware’s ability to meet the program requirements for the Mission Payload Module – Non-Lethal Weapon System (MPM-NLWS). A full-and-open competition will follow the initial technology demonstration phase of this program.
- Northrop Grumman Announces $184 Million Advance Procurement Contract for Tenth San Antonio (LPD 17) Class Amphibious Ship Northrop Grumman 30 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. Navy awarded a $184 million cost plus fixed-fee advance procurement contract modification to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) that will provide long lead materials for LPD 26, the tenth amphibious transport dock ship of the USS San Antonio (LPD 17) class.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President United Nations 30 Apr 2010
- UN aid chief urges DR Congo authorities to enhance protection of civilians UN News Centre 30 Apr 2010 -- The top United Nations humanitarian official today visited the province of South Kivu in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and stressed that protecting civilians and ensuring they have access to aid remains ultimately the responsibility of the national authorities.
- Mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Western Sahara extended for another year UN News Centre 30 Apr 2010 -- The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission tasked with organizing a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara for another year.
- India, Pakistan agree to resume dialogue: Report IRNA 30 Apr 2010 -- India and Pakistan have agreed to resume dialogue at the level of Foreign Ministers soon as Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani met in Thimphu on Thursday in their first substantive engagement in less than a year.
- Pakistan, India agree to revive dialogue IRNA 30 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan and India on Thursday agreed on the revival of dialogue, without any preconditions, following a meeting between their leaders here on the sidelines of the Saarc Summit.
- Clinton: Middle East 'Proximity Talks' Next Week VOA 30 Apr 2010 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell will return to the region next week to start indirect peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. The United States is looking to Arab allies to provide more aid to the Palestinian Authority, and take confidence-building steps with Israel, to support the process.
- Nepal's Prime Minister tells VOA of Willingness to Resign VOA 30 Apr 2010 -- Tens of thousands of Maoists' supporters are converging on Nepal's capital ahead of a May Day rally intended to topple the government of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal. In an interview with VOA News, Mr. Nepal outlined the conditions under which he is willing to resign.
- Abkhaz Leader Will Not Allow International Observers In Region RFE/RL 30 Apr 2010 -- Separatist leader Sergei Bagapsh has said he will not allow international observers to enter the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, RFE/RL's Georgian Service reports.
- UN chief calls on all nations to join International Criminal Court UN News Centre 30 Apr 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on every nation to become a party to the Rome Statute that set up the International Criminal Court (ICC), stressing the vital role played by the institution in ending impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
- Nepal’s peace process entering ‘difficult phase,’ UN envoy cautions UN News Centre 30 Apr 2010 -- The top United Nations official in Nepal today voiced concern that planned Maoist demonstrations tomorrow could result in violence as she warned that the country’s peace process has reached a “difficult phase.”
- UN-backed tribunal denies appeal for release of three Khmer Rouge leaders UN News Centre 30 Apr 2010 -- The United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia dealing with mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge three decades ago today dismissed appeals by three of the regime’s leaders to release them from provisional detention ahead of their trials.
- Soldiers Loyal to Failed Gubernatorial Candidate Attack Army Barracks in Southern Sudan VOA 30 Apr 2010 -- An official in South Sudan has confirmed an attack this morning on an army barracks in Jongolei State. Reports say that as many as eight people were killed in the attack, believed to have been led by supporters of Major General George Athor, an independent candidate for governor in last week’s elections.
- Talk of North Korean Collapse Rekindled By Currency Reform Fallout VOA 30 Apr 2010 -- For the first time in years, international experts say North Korea's isolated government is increasingly frail, and potentially unstable. Part of the reason, they say, is Pyongyang's attempt at currency reform last year.
- Kim Yong Nam Meets Chinese President KCNA 30 Apr 2010 -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, who is heading the delegation of the DPRK on a visit to China to participate in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, met and had a talk with Hu Jintao, general-secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the People's Republic of China, in Shanghai on Friday.
- Imprisoned US Citizen Speaks to Family KCNA 30 Apr 2010 -- U.S. citizen Aijalon Mahli Gomes now in prison after being tried on April 6 asked for a phone contact with his family for his health and other reasons. The relevant organ of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, taking his request into consideration, permitted him to do so on Friday.
- UN agency chief urges strengthening of health care in DPR Korea UN News Centre 30 Apr 2010 -- The quality and reach of health care in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) needs to improve and the country’s Government should allocate more of its domestic budget for health programmes, a senior United Nations official said today after wrapping up a visit to the Asian country.
- Iranian President Slams West Before New York Visit VOA 30 Apr 2010 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has gone on the attack against the West, just 24 hours after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged him to abide by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and just several days before he is due to attend a United Nations nuclear conference in New York.
- Ayat. Kashani: Enemies cannot stop Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities IRNA 30 Apr 2010 -- Substitute Friday Prayers Leader of Tehran Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said here Friday that enemies will fail in their attempts and tricks to stop Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities.
- Ahmadinejad pledges to 'knock teeth out' of any Iranian enemy RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2010 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described Iran as a "fist" that will "knock teeth out" of anyone who has the courage to attack the Islamic republic, Iranian news agency ISNA said on Friday.
- Clinton warns Iran against disrupting New York nuclear talks RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2010 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might not be welcome at a UN nuclear conference in New York next week if he tries to disrupt the talks, the U.S. secretary of state has said.
- Iran Vows to Back Syria With All Its 'Strength' VOA 30 Apr 2010 -- Iran has promised to back Syria against any threats, after the U.S. charged Syria's behavior could destabilize the Middle East.
- Iran: West Cannot be Trusted With Nuclear Fuel VOA 30 Apr 2010 -- A top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Tehran will never trust the West with its nuclear fuel.
- Talks Resume on Madagascar Crisis VOA 30 Apr 2010 -- Talks aimed at ending the year-long crisis in Madagascar have resumed in South Africa. The parties reportedly have given themselves a final 24 hours to reach an accord.
- Yushchenko Surprised At Speed Of Yanukovych Revamp RFE/RL 30 Apr 2010 -- In February, Viktor Yushchenko vacated the Ukrainian presidency after a single five-year term that was plagued by political infighting, mounting hostilities with Moscow, and a bitter fallout with Orange Revolution ally Yulia Tymoshenko. In his place is the man he bested in 2004, Viktor Yanukovych, who has moved with breathtaking speed to roll back many of Yushchenko's pro-Western reforms. Yushchenko joined Iryna Shtohrin in RFE/RL's Kyiv bureau this week for a live call-in show to talk about his opinion of Ukraine's path under Yanukovych. He talked about the speed with which his successor has moved to change the course of Ukraine, the "test" surrounding the Black Sea Fleet, and who's behind Viktor Yanukovych.
- Fifty Years Later, Gary Powers and U-2 Spy Plane Incident Remembered RFE/RL 30 Apr 2010 -- On May 5, 1960, the world first heard the news that an American aircraft had been shot down over Russia.
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