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22 February 2011 Military News

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  • DoD News: Army Releases January Suicide Data DoD 22 Feb 2011 -- The Army released suicide data today for the month of January. Among active-duty soldiers, there were 15 potential suicides: one has been confirmed as suicide, and 14 remain under investigation. For December 2010, the Army reported 12 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers. Since the release of that report, one has been confirmed as suicide, and 11 remain under investigation.
  • Airmen provide confidence, combat power for ground forces AFNS 22 Feb 2011 -- Poised on the helipad of an isolated forward operating base, they wait. Hoping for the best, they are prepared for the worst. Their mantra, "a slow day for the Pedros is a good day for coalition forces."
  • RSU USMC News 22 Feb 2011 -- Among all the 3rd Marine Air Wing installations on MCAS, Miramar there’s a Marine Forces Reserve, Reserve Support Unit stationed there as well.
  • 'Commitment Remains Steadfast' in Asia-Pacific NNS 22 Feb 2011 -- Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk told members of the Asia Society in Hong Kong on Feb. 21 that the Navy's increased capabilities and growing maritime partnerships reflect an enduring commitment to peace and stability in the region.
  • USS Monterey Returns to Homeport After Completing JTFEX NNS 22 Feb 2011 -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 21, after completing Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) with the George H. W. Bush Strike Group.
  • USS Reuben James Arrives in Indonesia NNS 22 Feb 2011 -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57) arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia, for a port visit on Feb. 21.
  • Solid Curtain — Citadel Shield Commencing NNS 22 Feb 2011 -- Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) will take part in Solid Curtain – Citadel Shield 2011 (SC/CS 11) Feb. 21 through Feb. 25 to test the installation and its tenant commands' response to hostile sitations and their security readiness.
  • Lincoln Hosts Brunei Military Leaders NNS 22 Feb 2011 -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) hosted 16 guests from Brunei while underway Feb. 22, including senior members of military and government agencies, media reporters, and U.S. Embassy representatives, during a visit to reinforce the partnership the U.S. shares with its 7th Fleet partner.
  • USS Newport News Deploys NNS 22 Feb 2011 -- The Los Angeles fast-attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750) departed on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment from Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 21.
  • NRSW Kicks-off Force Protection Exercise NNS 22 Feb 2011 -- All tenant commands throughout Navy Region Southwest (NRSW) are supporting Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2011 (SC-CS11) Feb. 22-25.
  • Guantanamo Bay First Responders to Conduct Active Shooter Exercise NNS 22 Feb 2011 -- Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba's first responders will be conducting an Active Shooter exercise aboard the naval station as part of "Solid Curtain – Citadel 2011", Feb. 24.
  • NAVFAC Washington-Built Facility at Patuxent River Gets LEED Gold Certification NNS 22 Feb 2011 -- The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Aircraft Flight Test & Evaluation Facility at Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Washington, was recognized Feb. 22 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified.
  • New York Air Guardsmen all safe after New Zealand earthquake AFNS 22 Feb 2011 -- All 26 members of the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing, currently deployed to Christchurch, New Zealand, in support of Operation Deep Freeze, are safe and unharmed after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the New Zealand capitol Feb. 22.
  • Sustainers participate in Joint Operations Access Exercise Army News 22 Feb 2011 -- The 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) participated in the Joint Operational Access Exercise with Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division from Feb. 8-16.
  • Combined Services Help the 82nd Airborne reach mission success during JOAX Army News 22 Feb 2011 -- When someone mentions the 82nd Airborne Division, almost immediately, people envision a Paratrooper equipped with a rucksack, weapon, and parachute jumping out of an airplane into the night sky to fight for the Stars and Stripes.
  • Army Reserve Gears Up For Mass Attack Army News 22 Feb 2011 -- Army Reserve Soldiers flooded into the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center to participate in the mass decontamination and casualty exercise known as Vibrant Response. The two-week simulated training exercise, that commenced July 12, was designed to train responders in dealing with the after-effects of a dirty bomb, and the hysteria that an event may trigger.
  • USAG-Oahu reorganizes office responsibilities Army News 22 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. Army Garrison-Oahu, a subordinate command of USAG-Hawaii, will be disestablished, soon.
  • 1st Team chemical Soldiers talk change Army News 22 Feb 2011 -- The operation tempo of today's Army is that of a high caliber, so is the advancement within each of its military occupational specialties. These progressions help each Soldier with knowledge and new devices to better themselves and the Army.
  • Mullen Urges Peaceful Resolutions in Middle East AFPS 22 Feb 2011 -- Citing “a time of enormous change” in the Middle East, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen today challenged regional leaders to step forward to ensure differences are resolved “peacefully, without loss of life.”
  • Africa Command Makes Steady Progress, Ward Says AFPS 22 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Africa Command has made steady, understated progress with allies, regional organizations and international partners on the continent, Army Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward, Africom’s commander, said in an interview last week.
  • CLB-3 generator mechanics ensure success on battlefield USMC News 22 Feb 2011 -- Whether deployed or in garrison, Marines require electrical power to maximize their operational efficiency. Lightweight, tactical generators provide Marines with a mobile power source that they can rely on.
  • Army commander describes Mullen’s visit to Mideast as hasty IRNA 22 Feb 2011 -- Head of the Iranian Armed Forces Command Headquarters, Major-General Hassan Firouzabadi described Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen’s visit to Middle East as “hasty”.
  • Iran vessels enter Suez Canal IRNA 22 Feb 2011 -- An informed source told IRNA Tuesday that the Iranian vessels entered the Suez Canal today in order to leave for the Mediterranean Sea and the Syrian port of Lazeqiyeh.
  • Iran Flexes Muscles With Historic Suez Canal Crossing RFE/RL 22 Feb 2011 -- Two Iranian naval ships entered the Suez Canal today, a historic crossing widely viewed as a move to boost its regional clout amid political upheaval in the Middle East.
  • Iranian warships enter Suez Canal - official RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2011 -- Two Iranian warships on Tuesday entered the Suez Canal en route to the Mediterranean Sea, officials say.
  • Iranian Naval Vessels Pass through Suez Canal VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- Iranian military vessels have used the Suez Canal for the first time since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.
  • Russia says S-300 deliveries to Venezuela pending RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2011 -- Deliveries of S-300 missile defense systems to Venezuela have been delayed, but will go ahead, an official at Rosoboronexport, Russia's state-owned arms export monopoly, said on Tuesday.
  • Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney Aboard Air Force One en route Cleveland, Ohio The White House 22 Feb 2011
  • February 22, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 22 Feb 2011

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  • Libya: Security Council, UN officials urge end to use of force against protesters UN News Centre 22 Feb 2011 -- The Security Council and top United Nations officials today urged the Libyan Government to immediately end its violent crackdown on protesters and to meet its responsibility to protect its population.
  • Clinton: Libyan Bloodshed 'Completely Unacceptable' VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday said violence unleashed against Libyan protesters is "completely unacceptable" and that the United States will take "appropriate steps" to deal with the situation. Clinton and other U.S. officials are focusing on the safety of several thousand American citizens in Libya.
  • Obama Monitoring Libya Situation VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- President Obama's advisers are keeping him informed on developments in Libya. The president has made no additional remarks on Libya since a written statement last week condemning violence against peaceful protesters, but he continues to monitor the situation closely.
  • UN Security Council Condemns Libya Violence VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- The U.N. Security Council has strongly condemned the violent crackdown on protesters in the North African country of Libya and called for an immediate end to the violence. But as the council issued its statement Tuesday, the Libyan deputy U.N. Ambassador warned that new attacks have begun on civilians in the western part of the country.
  • US Unable to Evacuate Diplomats from Libya VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- The United States says it has not been able to move some of its non-essential diplomats from Libya, as governments send airplanes and ships to pick up their citizens stranded by Libya's bloody unrest.
  • Libyan Leader Vows To Stay On In Wake Of Aircraft Strikes In Capital RFE/RL 22 Feb 2011 -- Embattled Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi has vowed to remain in power despite growing popular protests against his repressive four-decade rule.
  • Libya's Gadhafi Vows Not to Leave VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says anti-government protests will not force him out, and that he expects to die a "martyr" in Libya.
  • UN Appeals to Governments to Grant Asylum to People Fleeing Libya VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to all governments to grant asylum to people fleeing violence and persecution in Libya. The UNHCR says it is gravely concerned about the dangers for civilians and especially for asylum-seekers and refugees inadvertently caught up in the violence.
  • China ‘Concerned’ About Libyan Unrest VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- China has expressed concern about unrest in Libya, especially attacks on Chinese workers and assets there. A Libyan diplomat stationed in Beijing has resigned to protest his government's violent crackdown on protesters.
  • Defiant Gaddafi vows to fight on, crush protests RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2011 -- Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Tuesday he would not quit despite a countrywide uprising, was ready to die as a martyr in his home country and vowed to quell protests.
  • Libyan leader Gaddafi says 'will die a martyr' RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2011 -- Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Tuesday he does not hold a post he could resign from and said he would die a martyr in his home country.
  • Libya says airspace 'open,' airport functioning normally RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2011 -- Libyan airspace is open and the airport in Tripoli is working normally, the head of the country's aviation authorities said on Tuesday.
  • Attacks on Libyan protestors ‘crime against humanity’ – UN rights official RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2011 -- Attacks by security forces on protestors in Libya may amount to a crime against humanity, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Tuesday.
  • Libya opens airspace for planes to evacuate Russian nationals RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2011 -- Libyan authorities have issued permission for Russian planes to land in Tripoli to evacuate Russian nationals from the turbulent North African state, Russia's ambassador to Libya Vladimir Chamov said.
  • Russia seeks to evacuate nationals from Libya RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2011 -- Russia is seeking permission for its planes to fly through Libyan airspace as it looks to evacuate its nationals from the turbulent North African state, a spokesperson for Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said on Tuesday.
  • Libyan army officers call on troops to oust Gaddafi RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2011 -- A group of Libyan army officers has called on the military to "join the people" and immediately march on the capital Tripoli to oust the country's longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi, Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday.
  • Security Council meets on Libya, as UN officials urge end to violence against protesters UN News Centre 22 Feb 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights chief have both called on the Libyan authorities to immediately end their violent crackdown on protesters, and the Security Council is meeting today to discuss the situation in the North African nation.
  • Arab League: Violence Against Protesters Must Come to an End VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- As protests and crackdowns in Libya intensify, international diplomats, including the head of the Arab League are calling for restraint. At the same time, top diplomats are looking for a way forward in Egypt, which has weathered its own - at-times bloody - popular uprising.
  • Opposition Protesters March in Bahrain VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- Opposition supporters in Bahrain have marched through the center of the capital Manama demanding more rights and a new government. The action comes just more than a week since protests, inspired by the recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, began in the Persian Gulf kingdom.
  • King of Bahrain pardons political prisoners, rejects other demands by protestors RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2011 -- The King of Bahrain agreed to pardon political prisoners, but rejected other demands by protestors, a government source told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
  • Opponents Rally in Bahrain Despite Government Concessions VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- Tens of thousands of opposition protesters have taken to the streets of Bahrain in spite of the government's efforts to meet some of the demands of anti-government activists.
  • Iranian Students Say The Number Of Arrests Show Regime Is Nervous RFE/RL 22 Feb 2011 -- The Iranian authorities remain fearful of the power of student movements. That's the conclusion of youth activists who point to the increasing pressures they face in their efforts to bring down the current regime.
  • Report: Iran Arrests Son of Opposition Leader VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- The website of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi says the country's security forces have arrested one of his sons and tried to arrest a second son.
  • WikiLeaks: Israel, Chile Spied on Iranian Activity in Latin America VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- A leaked U.S. diplomatic cable indicates that Israel was working with Chile to spy on Iranian activities in South America.
  • Lebanon: Prime Minister-designate briefs UN envoy on efforts to form new government UN News Centre 22 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon met today with Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati, who briefed him on his continuing efforts concerning the formation of a new government.
  • Pakistan Says Courts to Decide Fate of Detained American VOA 22 Feb 2011 -- Pakistani officials have again said the country's courts will decide the fate of a detained U.S. consulate employee accused of murder, who media reports say works for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Indian High Court upholds Kasab's death penalty IRNA 22 Feb 2011 -- The Bombay High Court of India confirmed the death penalty to 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab, lone terrorist arrested during the Mumbai attack, terming the case as rarest of rare and holding there was 'no scope of reform' of the convict.
  • Boeing Forms Commercial Satellite Services Group to Sell Satellite Capacity Boeing 22 Feb 2011 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has established Boeing Commercial Satellite Services to market commercial satellite telecommunications services to the U.S. government and other satellite users. Headquartered in El Segundo, the group is a part of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems.
  • Orbital Set to Launch Glory Earth Science Satellite Aboard Taurus Rocket for NASA Orbital Sciences Corp. 22 Feb 2011 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that it is in final preparations to launch the company-built Glory satellite for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • NASA Awards SAIC $62 Million Information Technology Contract Extension SAIC 22 Feb 2011 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced it was awarded a contract extension by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the Unified NASA Information Technology Services (UNITeS) contract to continue providing a broad range of information technology (IT) services in support of the NASA Information Technology Service Network. The extension has an eight-month base period of performance, valued at more than $36 million, and options that would total 14 months of performance for the continuation of services through March of 2012. The total value of the extension is more than $62 million if all options are exercised.



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