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23 February 2011 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 23 Feb 2011 [PDF]
  • Task Force Thunder rolls into Afghanistan Army News 23 Feb 2011 -- Task Force Thunder, composed of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade and its subordinate battalions, started its relief in place in Regional Command - South, here, with its sister brigade, the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (Task Force Destiny), in early February.
  • 720th EOD Co. cases colors, deploys to Afghanistan to support OEF Army News 23 Feb 2011 -- The Soldiers of the 720th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade cased the company guidon Feb. 11 during a ceremony at the Coleman Barracks gymnasium here as the unit's final step prior to deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Feb.15.
  • 5th MP Bn. returns home from deployment to Afghanistan Army News 23 Feb 2011 -- The usually quiet, early morning hours of Coleman Barracks here were interrupted by loud music and even louder cheers as friends, family members and fellow Soldiers pulled themselves out of bed Feb. 14 to get to Coleman Gym and welcome home the Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 95th Military Police Battalion, as they returned from their 12-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • Afghan Army poised to fight roadside bombs USMC News 23 Feb 2011 -- The soldiers inched forward in carefully spaced columns, tracing crescents over the harrowed terrain with combat metal detectors.
  • Afghan air force develops loadmasters as C-27 fleet expands AFNS 23 Feb 2011 -- As the Afghan air force C-27A Spartan fleet grows - now half way to its goal of twenty of the cargo/transport aircraft seen as the centerpiece of the AAF - so does the need for qualified loadmasters.
  • Afghan Security Worries Top UN Envoy VOA 23 Feb 2011 -- A senior United Nations official says the security situation in Afghanistan is at its worst point in a decade.
  • Coalition Forces Detain Militants, Find Weapons in Afghanistan AFPS 23 Feb 2011 -- Afghan and coalition troops captured several insurgents, including a Taliban facilitator, in recent operations throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.
  • Afghan gov't holds Petraeus to account over deaths by NATO strikes IRNA 23 Feb 2011 -- Afghan government spokesman Vahid Omar on Wednesday vehemently criticized the way the US Gen. David Petraeus reacted to the Afghan officials' outcry over the 64 civilian deaths in Kunar by the US-led NATO air strikes.
  • Iran raises concerns over US-Afghan strategic treaty ISNA 23 Feb 2011 -- Iran raised concerns over the US-Afghanistan strategic treaty.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • DoD News: Inaugural U.S. - Afghanistan Security Consultations Forum Held at Pentagon DoD 23 Feb 2011 -- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates met today with Afghan Minister of Defense Abdul Rahim Wardak and Afghan Minister of Interior Besmillah Khan Mohammadi as part of the inaugural session of the U.S. - Afghanistan Security Consultations Forum (SCF) at the Pentagon.
  • APOE serves as center of travel for East Coast Marines USMC News 23 Feb 2011 -- All East Coast Marines ranging from infantry Marines to wing Marines will fly through the Aerial Port of Embarkation at either Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point or MCAS Beaufort, S.C., en route to their journey toward a deployment.
  • Machine gunners hone weapons tactics USMC News 23 Feb 2011 -- The rattling wrathful sounds of an M2 .50-caliber Browning machine gun’s rounds fired down range are distinct – pop, pop, pop – as smoke exhausts from its charred barrel – exhaling brass to the ground below at nearly eight rounds per second.
  • Exercise Iron Fist underway USMC News 23 Feb 2011 -- Marines and sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and soldiers with the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force embarked USS Makin Island to participate in the at sea portion of Exercise Iron Fist here Feb. 23.
  • USS Mitscher Completes JFTEX NNS 23 Feb 2011 -- USS Mitscher (DDG 57), pulled into its Naval Station Norfolk, Va., homeport after completing a joint task force exercise (JTFEX), Feb. 23.
  • USS Truxtun Completes JTFEX NNS 23 Feb 2011 -- USS Truxtun (DDG 103), returned to its Naval Station Norfolk, Va., homeport after completing a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG), Feb. 23.
  • Carter Hall Navigation Department Maintains Steady Course NNS 23 Feb 2011 -- The USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) Navigation Department continued to safely guide the amphibious dock landing ship on a true course during its current deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Feb. 14.
  • Robert G. Bradley Arrives in Gabon for APS West Mission NNS 23 Feb 2011 -- USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) arrived in Libreville, Gabon, for port visit as part of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) West mission, Feb. 23.
  • Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group Departs for Deployment NNS 23 Feb 2011 -- The Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group (BOXARG) and 13TH Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed San Diego for a scheduled seven-month deployment, Feb. 22.
  • Ensuring the right Airmen are in the right jobs to benefit Iraq AFNS 23 Feb 2011 -- When people think about the Air Force making a difference in Iraq, what may come to mind is airplanes projecting airpower, but for one Airman and his team, it is people who make the difference.
  • Eielson Airmen support Army deployments AFNS 23 Feb 2011 -- Airmen with the 354th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment flight assisted in processing nearly 500 deploying Soldiers through the Joint Mobility Complex Feb. 3 here to help fulfill the wing's mission of enabling military forces.
  • Three Academy graduates to fly STS-133 shuttle mission AFNS 23 Feb 2011 -- Three Air Force Academy graduates are leading Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-133 mission, which is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Feb. 24.
  • JMTC fields first mobile, multicultural counter-IED trainer Army News 23 Feb 2011 -- In mid-December the U.S. Army in Europe's Training Support Activity Europe received the first Multi-cultural Mobile Counter Improvised Explosive Device (McMCIT) Interactive Trainer, a cognitive training system designed to teach Soldiers to identify visual indicators of an IED; react to a suspected IED, and perform the necessary reporting after an IED incident.
  • 16th Sust. Bde. enhances unit readiness through use of Mobile Training Team Army News 23 Feb 2011 -- Senior leaders and Army civilians from across Germany and from as far as Italy converged Jan. 24-Feb. 4 at the 16th Sustainment Brigade Headquarters here to attend the Support Operations Phase II class.
  • U.S. Army Africa Command Surgeon details need for Army Reserve medical professionals Army News 23 Feb 2011 -- Col. Alfonso Alarcon, U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Command Surgeon, attended the Army Reserve Medical Command's (AR-MEDCOM) Commanders Training Workshop (CTW) Feb. 11 in Tampa, Fla., on behalf of USARAF Commander, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg.
  • ASC hosts ammunition ROC drill Army News 23 Feb 2011 -- Army Sustainment Command headquarters hosted a rehearsal of concept drill Feb. 9-11, reviewing realigned ammunition operations.
  • RRAD open for MRAP business Army News 23 Feb 2011 -- Beginning in May 2007 when the Secretary of Defense established the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle program as the highest priority of the Department of Defense acquisition program, Red River Army Depot met the initiative full force and today, is still providing unprecedented sustainment of the entire program.
  • 2nd LAAD Marines hone weapons tactics USMC News 23 Feb 2011 -- The rattling wrathful sounds of an M2 .50-caliber Browning machine gun’s rounds fired down range are distinct – pop, pop, pop – as smoke exhausts from its charred barrel – exhaling brass to the ground below at nearly eight rounds per second.
  • Eielson Airmen support Army deployments AFNS 23 Feb 2011 -- Airmen with the 354th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment flight assisted in processing nearly 500 deploying Soldiers through the Joint Mobility Complex Feb. 3 here to help fulfill the wing's mission of enabling military forces.
  • Gates Welcomes Afghan Leaders for Inaugural Forum AFPS 23 Feb 2011 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates welcomed Afghanistan’s defense and interior ministers to the Pentagon today for the first of what officials expect to be regular meetings to sustain a long-term military-to-military relationship.
  • Carter: 'Better Buying Power' Drives Defense Acquisitions AFPS 23 Feb 2011 -- Supporting the war effort and managing the budget are top jobs in the office of acquisition, technology and logistics, and both have intensified with the Pentagon’s mandate to do more with less, the Defense Department’s acquisition executive said.
  • Agency Chief Outlines Threat Reduction Strategy AFPS 23 Feb 2011 -- The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is at work around the clock to protect American forces and citizens from nuclear, chemical and biological threats, the agency’s director said today.
  • Top-Level Talks Focus on U.S.-Pakistani Operations AFPS 23 Feb 2011 -- Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the top commanders responsible for carrying out the Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy met here today with Pakistani Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to discuss regional security issues and explore new ways to better coordinate military operations.
  • ROTC Bonuses Beef Up Services’ Language Capacity AFPS 23 Feb 2011 -- A Defense Department pilot program to add foreign language proficiency to its officer corps is growing dramatically, the department’s head of foreign languages said.
  • Iranian vessels enter Mediterranean Sea IRNA 23 Feb 2011 -- The Iranian vessels entered waters of the Mediterranean Sea Wednesday with a message of peace and friendship after passing through the Suez Canal.
  • Navy commander: Iranians can turn threats into opportunities IRNA 23 Feb 2011 -- Iran's Navy Commander said that presence of Iranian warships in the Suez Canal indicated that Iran can turn threats into opportunities.
  • Former U.S. defense chief backs sale of F-16 jets to Taiwan CNA 23 Feb 2011 -- Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday that he supports the sale of U.S. F-16 C/D fighter jets to Taiwan in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act.
  • Remarks With Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota After Their Meeting US Dept. of State 23 Feb 2011
  • February 23, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 23 Feb 2011
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 2/23/2011 The White House 23 Feb 2011

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Qaddafi's Grip On Libya Weakens As West Considers Sanctions RFE/RL 23 Feb 2011 -- Antigovernment protests have spread across Libya - from the border with Egypt in the east to the border with Tunisia in the west - amid further indications that the structure of Muammar Qaddafi's regime is on the verge of collapse.
  • Ban strongly condemns Qadhafi’s actions against protesters, calls for punishment UN News Centre 23 Feb 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned Libyan President Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s actions against protestors as possible crimes against humanity, calling for the punishment of those who “brutally shed” the blood of innocents.
  • UN Human Rights Council to hold special session on Libya UN News Centre 23 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations Human Rights Council announced today that it will hold a special session on Friday to discuss the situation in Libya, as calls continue to mount for an end to the use of force against protesters and a peaceful resolution of the crisis in the North African nation.
  • Vital to keep borders open for people fleeing Libya, UN agency stresses UN News Centre 23 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the “positive indications” it has received from Tunisia and Egypt that they will keep their borders open for people fleeing violence in neighbouring Libya.
  • Clinton: US to Consider All Options Against Libya VOA 23 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday the Obama administration will look at all possible options to persuade Libyan authorities to end violence against protestors. Clinton discussed Libya strategy with Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota, whose government is the current president of the U.N. Security Council.
  • Obama Condemns Libya Crackdown VOA 23 Feb 2011 -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday strongly condemned Libyan government-sanctioned violence against demonstrators, and said the United States is stepping up international consultations on how to deal with the situation. The president appeared with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after talks at the White House.
  • Remarks by the President on Libya The White House 23 Feb 2011
  • UN Security Council Condemns Libya Violence RFE/RL 23 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations Security Council has condemned the crackdown on protesters by Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's regime, and demanded an 'immediate' end to the violence which is believed to have left hundreds of people dead in the North African country.
  • East Libya Falls To Anti-Qaddafi Militia As Divisions Emerge In Military RFE/RL 23 Feb 2011 -- Antigovernment protests have spread across Libya -- from the border with Egypt in the east to the border with Tunisia in the west -- amid further indications that the structure of Muammar Qaddafi's regime is on the verge of collapse.
  • Plane with Gaddafi's daughter onboard denied landing in Malta RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2011 -- A Libyan plane believed to be carrying Aisha Gaddafi, the embattled Libyan leader's daughter, was denied permission to land in Malta, local media said on Wednesday.
  • Ahmadinejad asks Libyan leader to meet protesters' demands RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2011 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has condemned violence against protesters in Libya, urging the country's embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi to listen to his people.
  • Russia's evacuation of citizens from Libya by planes completed RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2011 -- The final fourth plane carrying Russians to Moscow from Libya has taken off, a spokesman for Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said on Wednesday.
  • All Libyan ports closed amid mass anti-government unrest RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2011 -- All Libyan ports and terminals have been temporarily closed amid violence in the North African state, France's major shipping group said on Wednesday.
  • UN Security Council blasts Libya clampdown RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2011 -- The UN Security Council on Tuesday called on Libyan authorities to immediately end their clampdown on protesters.
  • UN concerned by Gaddafi's call to violence RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations is concerned by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's call on his supporters to take to the streets, UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe said.
  • Ban returns hastily to UN Headquarters to deal with Libya crisis UN News Centre 23 Feb 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cut short a visit to Los Angeles to return to United Nations Headquarters today to address the crisis in Libya, calling for punishment of those using violence against civilians after a long “blunt” phone call to President Muammar Al-Qadhafi.
  • Libyan Death Toll Mounts as Protests Continue in Region VOA 23 Feb 2011 -- Reports coming out of Libya indicate government-sanctioned violence against protesters is intensifying during a widening revolt. The international community has denounced the violence, while Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has threatened death for anyone who takes up arms against him.
  • In Libya, Mass Evacuation of Foreigners Continues VOA 23 Feb 2011 -- A massive evacuation of foreigners from Libya is underway by air, sea and land.
  • Tripoli Streets Deserted After Gadhafi Urges Attacks on Protesters VOA 23 Feb 2011 -- Witnesses in the Libyan capital Tripoli say many streets were deserted Wednesday, with residents afraid to leave their homes, a day after Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi urged his supporters to attack anti-government demonstrators.
  • Libyan Opposition Leader: Military Siding with People VOA 23 Feb 2011 -- A former Libyan army officer and head of a leading opposition group says he knows of growing defections among Libya’s military not just by individuals, but in some cases, entire units. Ibrahim Abdulaziz Sahad is the Secretary-General of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, or NFSL, which was organized in in October 1981 by a group of former military officers, diplomats and businessmen with one goal - to end the regime of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi. He spoke to VOA’s Cecily Hilleary from his base in the United States.
  • French President Calls for EU Sanctions Against Libya VOA 23 Feb 2011 -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's government is facing new and stronger international calls to stop a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.
  • Iran voices concerns over Yemen situation ISNA 23 Feb 2011 -- An Iranian Foreign Ministry official raised concerns over the recent situation of Yemen, in wake of clashes between pro and antigovernment demonstrators.
  • Former Australian PM Howard Hails Absence Of 'Contrived Element' In Mideast Protests RFE/RL 23 Feb 2011 -- John Howard, who was Australia's prime minister for almost 12 years before leaving office in 2007, visited RFE/RL this week to share his thoughts about the rising democratic tide in the Middle East and what the West can do to change authoritarian regimes.
  • Bahrain Releases Political Prisoners in Gesture to Protesters VOA 23 Feb 2011 -- Bahraini opposition lawmakers say authorities have released 23 Shi'ite activists who had been on trial since October for plotting against the Gulf state's minority Sunni rulers.
  • Iran calls its current situation "normal" ISNA 23 Feb 2011 -- Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi described the country's current situation as normal.
  • Where Are Iranian Opposition Leaders Musavi, Karrubi? RFE/RL 23 Feb 2011 -- The Iranian authorities have arrested the son of opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi in an attempt at increasing pressure on him.
  • Mexico Criticizes US Coordination in Drug War VOA 23 Feb 2011 -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon has rejected accusations that a lack of coordination in Mexico is undermining the fight against drug cartels, saying rivalry within U.S. intelligence agencies is to blame.
  • Kazakh President Energized After China Trip RFE/RL 23 Feb 2011 -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has wrapped up a visit to China and is heading home with lucrative contracts to supply China with energy resources and promises of some $7 billion in Chinese loans for projects in Kazakhstan.
  • PAKISTAN: IDPs in Mohmand Agency hit by border closure IRIN 23 Feb 2011 -- Thousands of people displaced from their homes by fighting between Pakistani government forces and militants in Mohmand Agency, northwestern Pakistan, face sub-zero temperatures and have been blocked from leaving the agency to seek refuge with relatives.
  • UN development chief pledges continued support for post-flood recovery in Pakistan UN News Centre 23 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has promised to continue supporting the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to rebuild infrastructure and restore the social services and livelihoods destroyed by last year’s massive floods.



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