25 January 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 25 Jan 2013 [PDF]
- Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader AFPS 25 Jan 2013 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader during an operation in the Hahr-e Saraj district of Afghanistan's Helmand province today, military officials reported.
- Afghan air force advances battlefield support tactics AFNS 25 Jan 2013 -- The commanders of the Afghan air force and NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan signed two operational decrees Jan. 23, implementing procedures to improve air response to Afghan battlefield casualties by the AAF's new Cessna C-208 Caravan fleet and its Mi-17 helicopters.
- Uncasing ceremony officially welcomes unit 'home' Army News 25 Jan 2013 -- The 11th Signal Brigade Colors Uncasing Ceremony, officially welcoming deployed members of the brigade back to Fort Huachuca, was held Jan. 17 on historic Brown Parade Field. The unit is led by Col. Patrick Dedham, commander, 11th Signal Brigade and Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Allen. Unit command sergeant major.
- 503rd MP Battalion returns home from Afghanistan Army News 25 Jan 2013 -- Family and friends greeted the Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 503rd Military Police Battalion, 16th MP Brigade as they returned home Jan. 14, from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.
- Honolulu District Welcomes 565th Engineer Detachment Home from Afghanistan Army News 25 Jan 2013 -- 565th Engineer Detachment, Forward Engineer Support Team-Advance to mark the official end of their successful deployment to support Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
- US planes deliver French troops to Mali AFNS 25 Jan 2013 -- The U.S. Air Force began transporting French soldiers and military equipment Jan. 21 from Istres, France to Bamako, Mali, in support of French military operations.
- AF Sentinel aircraft deploys to Africa UK MOD 25 Jan 2013 -- A Sentinel aircraft from No 5 (Army Cooperation) Squadron has deployed in support of French military operations in Mali.
- U.S. Patriots Set To Begin NATO Missile Defense in Turkey AFPS 25 Jan 2013 -- The first elements of U.S. Patriot missile batteries deployed to Turkey earlier this month are expected to reach initial operating capability this weekend, a senior NATO officer reported.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Watch out for foreign agents: Authorities say spies eye U.S. troops in hopes of gleaning intelligence Army News 25 Jan 2013 -- It's a Friday night and a group of Soldiers are getting the weekend started at their favorite bar off post.
- Air Force to Pursue Opening Remaining Combat Positions to Women AFPS 25 Jan 2013 -- With 99 percent of Air Force positions already open to women, the service now will pursue opening the final 1 percent, the Air Force chief of staff said yesterday.
- Army Training Commander Promises Fair Standards for Combat Jobs AFPS 25 Jan 2013 -- Fairness will be important as officials develop their plan for opening more direct-combat jobs to women, the commander of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command said here yesterday.
- Marine Commandant: Focus Remains on Combat Readiness AFPS 25 Jan 2013 -- The Marine Corps will continue to focus on combat readiness and generating combat-ready units in validating occupational standards, the service’s top officer said yesterday.
- Navy Secretary: Rescinding Combat Ban Continues Inclusion Trend AFPS 25 Jan 2013 -- In a statement expressing his support of a Defense Department policy change that rescinds a ban on military women serving in certain ground-combat positions, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus noted that the Navy and Marine Corps already had taken steps to open up fields previously available only to men.
- CSA warns of budgetary 'perfect storm' Army News 25 Jan 2013 -- Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said the greatest threat to America's national security is fiscal uncertainty and potential shortfalls that could "hollow" out the force.
- 4th ID Soldier to receive Medal of Honor Army News 25 Jan 2013 -- Former Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha, Section Sergeant, Company B, 3rd Sqdn., 61st Cav. Reg., 4th BCT, is scheduled to be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barrack Obama, Feb. 11, in Washington, D.C.
- Army chief of staff talks future of cyberspace operations Army News 25 Jan 2013 -- As cyberspace operations continues to emerge as the new frontier, the Chief of Staff of the Army met with key leaders from U.S. Army Cyber Command to discuss how cyber should be integrated from the tactical to the strategic level of combined arms operations, and recognize employees who continue to work building the command.
- A few dollars and a lot of ingenuity protect Soldiers and CROWS Army News 25 Jan 2013 -- Spending a few dollars to realize a huge savings is a good deal especially when Soldiers' lives can be saved at the same time.
- On the job at Tobyhanna: Techs perform electroplating processing Army News 25 Jan 2013 -- Don Knight, an electroplater here, hoists racks of helmet brackets from an anodize rinse tank using a crane. Knight works in the depot's Components Plating Branch, Systems Integration and Support Directorate.
- Reserve announces revised force structure actions AFNS 25 Jan 2013 -- Air Force Reserve Command officials are moving forward with force structure changes authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2013.
- USS Pasadena Commanding Officer Relieved of Duty NNS 25 Jan 2013 -- Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, Commander, Submarine Group 2, relieved Cmdr. Luis Molina, commanding officer of USS Pasadena (SSN 752) on Jan. 25 due to loss of confidence in executing his duties as the submarine's commanding officer.
- Doctor Outlines Global Health's Tie to Security Operations AFPS 25 Jan 2013 -- Defense Department efforts to improve global public health are an important and growing part of military stability operations around the world, the director of the department's Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine said.
- Southcom Commander: Cooperation Vital in Confronting Threats AFPS 25 Jan 2013 -- Three months into the job as the top U.S. military officer at U.S. Southern Command, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly is reaching out to partners in the region and emphasizing the importance of cooperation among nations directly to America's south.
- Dempsey Discusses Cyberattacks, Other Issues in NBC Interview AFPS 25 Jan 2013 -- The worrisome nature of cyberattacks, the threat of global terrorism and the military’s need to emphasize character as well as competence were among topics the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed in an interview with correspondent Ted Koppel broadcast last night on NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”
- MAG-13 Leads Integrated Training Exercise USMC News 25 Jan 2013 -- For more than 11 years, the U.S. Marine Corps has been engaged in combat operations in the Middle East. In that time the way we fight has drastically changed to counter the tactics of our adversaries. This can be seen clearly in the evolution of our training as the years have progressed. Now, as ever, we continue to adapt ourselves to the future of warfare with training that fits the new face of conflict.
- MV-22 Ospreys conduct training in the Philippines USMC News 25 Jan 2013 -- Three MV-22B Osprey aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Okinawa, Japan, arrived in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Jan. 22 to conduct bilateral training with elements of the Philippine Air Force.
- U.S. and Timor-Leste Naval Forces Build Maritime Partnerships NNS 25 Jan 2013 -- The U.S. Navy and Timorese Navy commenced the first Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Timor-Leste exercise Jan. 25, with an opening ceremony held at Port Hera Navy Base.
- Missiles, rockets, bombs used to cover up nuke tests preparations: APJ Abdul Kalam IRNA 25 Jan 2013 -- India had launched a series of missiles, rockets and dropped experimental bombs to divert attention of 'snoopers' before conducting the 1998 nuclear tests, A P J Abdul Kalam, considered the father of India's missile programmee, said here on Thursday.
- Sukhoi Delivers 5 Su-34 Bombers to Russian Air Force RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2013 -- The Novosibirsk aircraft plant, part of the Sukhoi holding, delivered five multirole Su-34 strike aircraft to the Russian Air Force on Friday, the manufacturer said.
- Missile Forces Scam Cost Russia $3 Mln - Prosecutors RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2013 -- A fraud in Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) has cost the state over 90 million rubles (about $3 million), the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) said on Friday.
- Russia Denies Probe Into Soldiers' Sex Lives RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2013 -- Russia's Defense Ministry dismissed on Friday media reports that it would seek to determine the sexual orientation of its soldiers by inspecting their tattoos, and insisted it was only concerned with protecting their health.
- S. Koreans Plan to Stage Field Tactical Drills KCNA 25 Jan 2013 -- The First Division of the south Korean army announced it would start field tactical drills in different places of Phaju, Kyonggi Province on Jan. 28.
- India to present Dornier aircraft to Seychelles IRNA 25 Jan 2013 -- India will gift a Dornier DO-228 aircraft to Seychelles to carry out surveillance and anti-piracy missions.
- Bangladesh commissions first indigenous warship IRNA 25 Jan 2013 -- Bangladesh on Thursday launched its first domestically made warship with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina saying the country will also acquire submarines to emerge as a 'deterrent force' in the resource-rich Bay of Bengal.
- January 25, 2013 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 25 Jan 2013
- 25 January 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 25 Jan 2013
- UN to open new refugee camp in Jordan amid growing influx of displaced Syrians UN News Centre 25 Jan 2013 -- The United Nations today announced it is working with Jordan and partners to open a second major refugee camp by the end of the month as the number of displaced Syrians continues to rise, with a record 30,000 people arriving to the neighbouring nation this month alone.
- Sanctions hit humanitarian aid to Syria IRIN 25 Jan 2013 -- Humanitarian and developmental aid agencies in Syria say international sanctions against the country have made their operations harder.
- Mali, Sudan Dominate AU Summit Agenda VOA 25 Jan 2013 -- Mali is featured high on the agenda at a meeting of the African Union's Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa Friday, which will also discuss the progress of talks between Sudan and South Sudan.
- Russian Security Council Discusses Mali Crisis RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2013 -- President Vladimir Putin met with members of the Russian Security Council on Friday to discuss a variety of domestic and international issues, including the escalating conflict in Mali, where the French-led offensive against radical Islamists entered its third week.
- Crisis in Mali having far-reaching impact on rest of West Africa, warns UN envoy UN News Centre 25 Jan 2013 -- The ongoing crisis in Mali is having far-reaching effects in West Africa and the Sahel, a United Nations envoy said today, stressing that the situation there illustrated the fragility of the region.
- French-Backed Malian Forces Push Toward Rebel Stronghold VOA 25 Jan 2013 -- French-backed Malian forces are battling Islamist militants in a key town that leads toward the city of Goa, a militant stronghold in the country's north.
- MSF Providing Medical Aid in Northern Mali VOA 25 Jan 2013 -- As the conflict continues in northern Mali, medical aid teams are helping civilians who've been displaced. Doctors Without Borders says it's providing primary health care in some regions, while dispatching mobile medical units to others.
- Turkey Reinforces 'Hands Off' Policy on Mali VOA 25 Jan 2013 -- The Turkish foreign ministry has criticized the ongoing French operation in Mali. The public criticism comes as Turkey is increasingly seeing West Africa as a region of interest economically and diplomatically.
- Refugees disappearing from eastern Sudan may be trafficking victims – UN agency UN News Centre 25 Jan 2013 -- The United Nations refugee agency today called for international action to stop forced disappearances from camps in eastern Sudan that house Eritrean refugees, who may be held for ransom or trafficked for the purpose of forced marriage, sexual exploitation or bonded labour.
- Rights Groups in DRC Want a National Peace Dialogue VOA 25 Jan 2013 -- Human rights activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo have called for an immediate halt to the negotiations in Kampala, Uganda, between the DRC government and the M23 rebels. Two of the DRC's leading rights groups say they want a national dialogue to replace the talks.
- With Burma in Mind, China Quietly Supports Wa Rebels VOA 25 Jan 2013 -- While Burma's military steps up battles against Kachin rebels along the border with China, security analysts say Beijing has been quietly selling advanced weapons to another insurgent group on its border, the United Wa State Army. The Wa are the largest militia in Burma and considered the biggest narcotics dealing organization in Southeast Asia.
- N. Korea Threatens to Retaliate Against South Over UN Sanctions VOA 25 Jan 2013 -- North Korea has threatened 'strong physical countermeasures' against South Korea if Seoul directly takes part in a new U.N. resolution tightening sanctions against Pyongyang for pursuing nuclear weapons.
- Analyst: North Korea Readies to Conduct Nuclear Test VOA 25 Jan 2013 -- A U.S. research institute devoted to analysis of North Korea says the country's nuclear site is in a high state of readiness to conduct another nuclear test.
- Police Clash with Egyptian Protesters VOA 25 Jan 2013 -- Egyptian protestors clashed with riot police in cities throughout Egypt on Friday during mass rallies marking the second anniversary of the uprising that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.
- Rallies, Clashes Mark Second Anniversary Of Egyptian Uprising RFE/RL 25 Jan 2013 -- Protestors and police have clashed across Egypt on the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled long-time leader Hosni Mubarak.
- US Bars Afghan Airline on Suspicion of Drug Trafficking RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2013 -- The US military has barred Afghanistan's biggest private airline from its list of potential contractors after accusing it of smuggling large amounts of opium into Tajikistan, a major transit route for drugs from the region, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
- Yemeni Authorities Say Al-Qaeda Number Two Commander Killed RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2013 -- Yemeni authorities announced again on Thursday that the second in command of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was killed in a counterterrorism operation, Al Arabiya reported.
- Iraq: Ban strongly condemns latest wave of terrorist attacks UN News Centre 25 Jan 2013 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned a recent wave of terrorist attacks across Iraq that killed hundreds of people and left many more wounded, while he called on Iraqi political leaders to bolster the unity and security of the country.
- France Deploys Special Forces as Terrorism Fears Grow VOA 25 Jan 2013 -- France has sent Special Forces to guard mines in Niger which supply most of the uranium for the French nuclear power industry. Back home, the government has increased the terror alert to its second-highest level, and has reinforced security at key government and tourist sites. There are fears of retaliation at home and abroad following France's intervention in Mali.
- Israel's Yair Lapid: A Voice for Change or Same Old Same Old? VOA 25 Jan 2013 -- When the final vote was tallied in Israel's election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud-Beitenu Party won only 31 seats, far fewer than had been expected. Another party expected to do well, the religious-nationalist Bayit Yehudi Party led by Naftali Bennett, clinched 12 seats. But the big surprise was the 19-seat win by Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid Party, twice what polls predicted. His supporters – and many analysts -- say he is a breath of fresh political air. But others are skeptical.
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