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19 May 2011 Military News

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  • Remarks of President Barack Obama: 'A Moment of Opportunity' The White House 19 May 2011
  • Obama Addresses 'Extraordinary Change' in Middle East, North Africa VOA 19 May 2011 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has welcomed the 'extraordinary change' taking place in the Middle East and North Africa, but said too many countries have met the calls for change with violence.
  • Obama: U.S. Stands with Middle East Nations Open to Reform AFPS 19 May 2011 -- Amid extraordinary changes taking place in the Middle East and North Africa, the United States is responding in ways that advance the nation's values and strengthen its security, President Barack Obama said in a speech here today.
  • Obama Delivers Key Speech on Middle East VOA 19 May 2011 -- President Barack Obama has delivered a major address focusing on the situation in the Arab world. Our correspondent looks at a key issue - the search for a lasting peace in that region.
  • Obama: US Supports Political, Economic Reform in Mideast, N. Africa VOA 19 May 2011 -- In a major address on historic changes in the Middle East and North Africa, President Barack Obama says the United States stands firmly on the side of people protesting for democratic reform and against violence being used by some governments against protesters.
  • Obama's Pledge of Aid Welcomed in Mideast, Politics Less So VOA 19 May 2011 -- Reaction to President Barack Obama's speech on the Middle East has prompted some initial mixed reactions in Egypt. While plans for economic and development aid are being welcomed, hopes for a more consistent stand on regional unrest and a new approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict were largely dashed.
  • Gates Shares Views on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan AFPS 19 May 2011 -- During a question-and-answer session here today, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates gave U.S. Army Engineer School students his view of the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Secretary Urges Careful Thought in Spending Reductions AFPS 19 May 2011 -- Finding $400 billion in additional defense spending reductions over the next 12 years will require careful thought that considers the risks the reductions create, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.
  • Challenges Lie Ahead for Army, Gates Says AFPS 19 May 2011 -- With all but its most senior soldiers having known no Army except the one that has deployed relentlessly for a decade, the service faces numerous challenges in the years to come, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.
  • Theodore Roosevelt to Leave Dry Dock NNS 19 May 2011 -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) is scheduled to complete its 20-month dry dock period May 21, when it undocks from dry dock 11 and moves to a pier side location at Newport News Shipbuilding for completion of the aircraft carrier's Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH).
  • USS Whidbey Island Completes Port Visit to Italy NNS 19 May 2011 -- Sailors from amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and embarked Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed a port visit to Taranto, Italy, May 13-18.
  • U.S. Fleet Forces Hosts Chinese General, Staff for Tour of Ships, Squadrons NNS 19 May 2011 -- Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF), Adm. J.C. Harvey, Jr., hosted Chief of the General Staff, People's Liberation Army, People's Republic of China, Army General Chen Bingde and his official party May 19, for a variety of tours and briefings as the official guests of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • Keel Laying Ceremony to be Held for Newest Submarine NNS 19 May 2011 -- Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), will host a keel laying ceremony May 20, for the new submarine USS Minnesota (SSN 783), the third U.S. Navy ship named for the North Star state.
  • USS Monterey Visits Piraeus NNS 19 May 2011 -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) anchored off the coast of Piraeus, Greece, for a scheduled port visit, May 13-18.
  • ONR Delays Online Wargame Due to Surge in Public Interest NNS 19 May 2011 -- The Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced May 19 that it has delayed the launch of its internet wargame exercise due to overwhelming interest and a surge in player registrations.
  • Stennis Carrier Strike Group Conducts Simulated Strait Transit NNS 19 May 2011 -- The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group conducted a simulated strait transit off the coast of Southern California, May 18.
  • Pacific Partnership Team Arrives in Papua New Guinea NNS 19 May 2011 -- Amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7), the flagship for Pacific Partnership 2011, anchored off the coast of Lae May 19, to begin the third phase of the mission with representatives from Australia, Canada, Spain, France and the United States.
  • Nebraska Blue Crew Welcomes New CO NNS 19 May 2011 -- USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) (Blue) held a change of command ceremony at Deterrent Park aboard Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., May 13.
  • Naval Special Warfare Training Building Opens in Coronado NNS 19 May 2011 -- Naval Special Warfare Center and Navy Region Southwest hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the new Naval Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) Training Center of Excellence on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., May 17.
  • Contract Awarded for Fitness Center at Naval Station Mayport NNS 19 May 2011 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $24.4 million contract May 13 to Sauer, Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., for the design-build construction of a fitness center addition at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
  • Crew Escapes Aircraft Crash at Point Mugu NNS 19 May 2011 -- The three crew members aboard an Omega Air Boeing 707 tanker that crashed on the evening of May 18 from Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Point Mugu escaped with minor injuries.
  • JTACs show off new capability during digital demo AFNS 19 May 2011 -- Joint terminal attack controllers with the 607th Air Support Operations Group here recently showed off new digital capabilities during a demonstration with members of the South Korea air force.
  • AMCOM Announces Restructure Army News 19 May 2011 -- Maj. Gen. Jim Rogers, AMCOM Commanding General, announced here Monday that Lisha Adams, Senior Executive Service Director of AMCOM's Integrated Materiel Management Center, will be moving to the Army Materiel Command's G-4 (Logistics) Deputy Director position Sunday June 5, 2011.
  • Army tells senators: FY12 to feature squad analysis Army News 19 May 2011 -- The Army will conduct an analysis of its 'fundamental fighting unit,' the squad, to ensure everything is being done to prepare those Soldiers for the fight.
  • 409th CSB holds European Contracting Conference Army News 19 May 2011 -- Army contracting professionals gathered together here, April 18-20, for the European Contracting Conference or EURCON 2011. The event was hosted by the 409th Contracting Support Brigade and marked the first time the entire brigade was brought together as one.
  • Mass casualty exercise tests city, military medical capabilities Army News 19 May 2011 -- The scenario started out May 17 with a number of tornadoes tearing through populated areas of Oklahoma, resulting in casualties that overwhelmed the local medical capabilities. It quickly became necessary to airlift some injured persons to San Antonio for medical care.
  • National Guard supports final Endeavour flight AFNS 19 May 2011 -- Air National Guard members from Illinois, New York and Virginia were on hand for the final launch of NASA's space shuttle Endeavour here May 16.
  • US, China Seek Harmony in Military Ties VOA 19 May 2011 -- The United States and China held their highest-level military talks in seven years this week in Washington, during the visit of the chief of staff of the People's Liberation Army, General Chen Bingde. While military ties between the two countries have long lagged behind stronger relations in business and other areas, and pointed differences of view remain, the two sides say the frank talks have helped build understanding.
  • PLA chief: No ballistic missile deployment targeting Taiwan CNA 19 May 2011 -- The chief of general staff of China's People's Liberation Army said in the United States Wednesday that China does not have ballistic missiles deployed in coastal areas targeting Taiwan.
  • U.S. law governing Taiwan arms sale hard to change, official says CNA 19 May 2011 -- Most members of the U.S. Congress support the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) - the U.S. law that obliges Washington to sell defensive weapons to Taiwan - and it would not be easy for China to alter the status quo in this regard, Deputy Foreign Minister Thomas Hou said Thursday.
  • US, Pakistan Continue Push to Repair Ties VOA 19 May 2011 -- Top U.S. officials are holding talks with Pakistani leaders in a push to repair ties further strained by the U.S. raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
  • India set to sign $2.4bn Mirage deal with France IRNA 19 May 2011 -- Faced with a dual threat from China and Pakistan, which have even come together to manufacture fighter jets, India is really cranking up military aviation contracts.
  • Germany to step up global military intervention role IRNA 19 May 2011 -- Germany is to boost its international military intervention role, Defense Minister Thomas de Maziere told the German public television network ZDF on Wednesday evening.
  • May 19, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 18 May 2011

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