08 May 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 08 May 2013 [PDF]
- Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader in Kandahar Province AFPS 08 May 2013 -- An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader and three other insurgents during an operation in the Panjwa'i district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province today, military officials reported.
- CE Airmen improve life on remote Army outpost AFNS 08 May 2013 -- A small team of deployed civil engineer Airmen traveled to a remote Army outpost to provide much needed infrastructure improvements.
- Not on their flight line: Marines foil insurgent attack USMC News 08 May 2013 -- Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, earned awards for combat actions in a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., May 3.
- British and Afghan troops destroy insurgent explosives cache UK MOD 08 May 2013 -- British and Afghan soldiers have destroyed a significant insurgent bomb cache in Helmand province.
- Army engineers enhance EOD Soldiers' safety with 'batwings' Army News 08 May 2013 -- U.S. Army engineers in Afghanistan recently designed and fabricated a tool to help Soldiers investigate possible improvised explosive devices from a safer distance.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DARPA seeks bold, imaginative, innovative officers AFNS 08 May 2013 -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency needs eight motivated officers for the fiscal 2013 Service Chiefs' Fellows Program, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced.
- Army's new protective mask goes 'live' at CDTF Army News 08 May 2013 -- Sixteen Soldiers assigned to the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade completed the first Army class of Basic Toxic Agent Training incorporating the M50 protective mask here May 9 at the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Training Facility.
- 1-362 ADA Battalion ready to train the nation's defenders Army News 08 May 2013 -- The 1st Battalion, 362nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, recently completed a 'Renegade Certification Program.'
- Army doctors work to ensure self-sufficient, secure Africa Army News 08 May 2013 -- U.S. Army Africa, in partnership with Mauritanian Armed Forces, conducted a joint Medical Readiness Training Exercise in Nouakchott, Mauritania, March 25 - April 5, which focused on familiarizing Mauritanian Ministries of Defense and Health personnel with U.S. medical techniques and procedures used when performing suture-less cataract surgery. Working closely with host nation health officials, U.S. medical and logistical teams deployed to get valuable real-world training, increase interoperability with regional medical providers, and help local citizens needing treatment.
- USARAF Soldiers help integrate women in Botswana Defense Force Army News 08 May 2013 -- Recently, the U.S. Army dropped the ban on women in combat arms military occupation specialties, which was a huge step forward for women in the military. As the U.S. Army takes a bold move with dropping the ban, the Botswana Defense Force is making similar personnel changes by having a Woman's Integration working group to allow Botswanan females a chance to be enlisted soldiers within the BDF.
- Pioneer Returns to San Diego NNS 08 May 2013 -- The Avenger-class Mine Countermeasures Ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9) was off-loaded from heavy lift ship MV Super Servant 3 at Naval Base San Diego, May 5, after completing an eleven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
- MDSU 2 Commanding Officer Relieved NNS 08 May 2013 -- Commander, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group (EODGRU) 2, Capt. Timothy Rudderow, relieved Cmdr. Michael Runkle of his duties May 8 as commanding officer, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, Virginia Beach, Va.
- III MEF CG discusses priorities with Marines at Camp Schwab USMC News 08 May 2013 -- Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck Jr. spoke to Marines and sailors May 7 during an all-hands discussion at Camp Schwab.
- HSL-37 surpasses 100,000 flight hours USMC News 08 May 2013 -- Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 37 successfully surpassed 100,000 SH-60B flight hours Monday, March 26, 2013; a remarkable milestone for the Navy's only helicopter squadron based in Hawaii. Through tremendous discipline and dedication to safety, HSL-37 arrived at this significant milestone after 21 years flying the SH-60B helicopter.
- Dempsey Pledges to Eliminate Sexual Assault Within the Ranks AFPS 08 May 2013 -- Senior Defense Department civilian and military leaders are deeply committed to making the necessary changes to prevent sexual assault and to act quickly and appropriately when it does occur, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in a blog entry issued today.
- Breedlove Prepares to Take Eucom, SHAPE Command AFPS 08 May 2013 -- As Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove prepares to take command of U.S. European Command and NATO's Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, he acknowledged U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa airmen and their importance to the United States' national defense strategy.
- DOD Continues TBI Research, Education, Treatment AFPS 08 May 2013 -- The Defense Department is committed to providing the best medical care and recovery for service members with traumatic brain injury, DOD's top doctor said in a statement issued yesterday.
- Hagel Marks, Praises 60 Years of U.S.-South Korea Alliance AFPS 08 May 2013 -- The 60-year alliance between the United States and South Korea started as a military treaty to defend the south from the communist north, but it has grown to become an unbreakable bond between two countries that share friendship and values, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said here yesterday.
- Marines pick up new skills, reinforce old ones USMC News 08 May 2013 -- MCAS FUTENMA, Okinawa - The environment was purposefully stressful and tense as Marines with Marine Air Support Squadron 2 performed unfamiliar tasks during small-unit leader evaluation April 19 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.
- Marines test water purification equipment, systems USMC News 08 May 2013 -- CAMP HANSEN, Japan - Marines ran down the beach and entered the surf, taking their filtration system's equipment with them. With the pull of a cord, the pump roared to life, drawing water through multiple layers of the filtration system, cleansing it until potable drinking water was produced.
- US, ROK forces off-load equipment on peninsula USMC News 08 May 2013 -- POHANG, South Korea - The U.S. Marines have worked tirelessly for 237 years to be prepared to meet the current and future needs of the U.S., from providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief, to participating in contingency operations.
- Russian Prosecutors Appeal Nerpa Disaster Acquittal RIA Novosti 08 May 2013 -- Navy prosecutors in Russia's Far East have appealed the acquittal of two crew members of a Russian Navy nuclear attack submarine over a high-profile, deadly accident in 2008, officials said on Wednesday.
- China said soon to test-launch indigenous combat drone CNA 08 May 2013 -- China will soon test launch an indigenous combat drone, or unmanned combat air vehicle, according to a recent report in China's Huanqiu, a state-run online media outlet.
- Taiwan grateful for U.S. concern over its security CNA 08 May 2013 -- Taiwan said Wednesday it is grateful for the U.S.' concern for its national security in the face of China's continuing military buildup, which was highlighted in an annual U.S. report on modernization of the Chinese military.
- China can show goodwill by removing missiles: Taiwan minister CNA 08 May 2013 -- China can make a gesture of goodwill toward Taiwan by removing the missiles it has targeted at the island, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Minister Wang Yu-chi said Wednesday.
- Iran's Navy unveils indigenous minesweeping system: Cmdr. Iran Press TV 08 May 2013 -- Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the country has unveiled its first indigenously developed minesweeping system.
- UK minehunter heads for the Med UK MOD 08 May 2013 -- Royal Navy minehunter HMS Ledbury sailed from Portsmouth yesterday, 7 May, for a 4-month NATO mission in the Mediterranean.
- Afghan air university takes dynamic formal stride AFNS 08 May 2013 -- Taking one more step to becoming Ministry of Defense accredited, Afghan air force leaders at Pohantoon-e-Hawayee 'Air University' signed six newly developed training decrees May 4 at Kabul International Airport here.
- May 8, 2013 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 08 May 2013
- 8 May 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 08 May 2013
- Syrian army regains control of strategic town in south Iran Press TV 08 May 2013 -- The Syrian Army has regained control of a strategic town in southern Syria following heavy clashes with foreign-backed militants operating inside Syria.
- Russia, U.S. Back Syria Diplomatic Solution RFE/RL 08 May 2013 -- Russia and the United States have announced they will encourage the rebels in Syria and Damascus government to hold talks on a political transition to end more than two years of bloodshed that has left some 70,000 dead.
- Russia, US Want Talks Between Syrian Govt, Opposition RIA Novosti 08 May 2013 -- Russia and the United States will set up an international conference on Syria by the end of this month that will hopefully include representatives of the Syrian government and opposition, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.
- Brahimi Calls Russia-US Deal on Syria 'Significant Step' RIA Novosti 08 May 2013 -- The UN and Arab League's special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, "warmly welcomed" on Wednesday an agreement between Russia and the United States to convene international talks on Syria that will include both representatives of the Syrian government and opposition.
- Syria: Special Representative welcomes US-Russia accord to spur political solution UN News Centre 08 May 2013 -- The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, today welcomed the statements by Russia and the United States that they would work together to achieve a political solution to end a conflict that has claimed more than 70,000 lives over the past two years.
- Syrian Opposition: Solution to War Must Start with Assad Leaving VOA 08 May 2013 -- Syria's opposition coalition has responded to a U.S. and Russian call for peace talks to end the Syrian civil war by saying any political solution must begin with President Bashar al-Assad leaving power.
- Kurdish militants begin to pull out of Turkey: PKK Iran Press TV 08 May 2013 -- The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) says its militants have started withdrawing from Turkey to settle in bases in northern Iraq.
- PKK Pullout from Turkey Raises Tensions VOA 08 May 2013 -- Members of the Kurdish rebel group the PKK have started withdrawing from Turkey into neighboring Iraq. The move is being seen as a crucial step in the peace process but both sides are voicing concerns over the withdrawal process.
- South Sudan Confirms Yau Yau Rebels Seized Town VOA 08 May 2013 -- Rebels led by David Yau Yau have seized the town of Boma in Jonglei state after two days of fighting, South Sudan Army (SPLA) officials said Wednesday, confirming reports earlier this week from the insurgents.
- Taiwan negotiating with Japan on buffer zone in disputed waters CNA 08 May 2013 -- Taiwan will continue to negotiate with Japan on issues such as establishing a buffer zone near an area in the East China Sea covered by a bilateral fishing pact and setting up fishing regulations for the area, an official said Wednesday.
- Taiwan wants to discuss fishery pact with China: President Ma CNA 08 May 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday that Taiwan, fresh from its fishery agreement with Japan, is willing to talk with China about signing a similar pact in a bid to end the controversies over fishing in waters around the contested Diaoyutai Islands.
- Is more force in the DRC more of the same? IRIN 08 May 2013 -- The imminent deployment of a UN-backed 3,000-strong international force mandated to "neutralize… and disarm" all armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) marks a switch to a more belligerent international stance towards rebel militia, but has met with scepticism in some quarters.
- UN chief 'appalled' by attack that killed Pakistani peacekeeper in DR Congo UN News Centre 08 May 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the killing of a Pakistani peacekeeper during an attack in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) South Kivu province.
- UN report confirms nearly 200 women and girls raped by Congolese troops, rebels UN News Centre 08 May 2013 -- Congolese armed forces, known by the French acronym FARDC, raped more than 102 women and 33 girls, some as young as six years old, as they fled the advance M23 rebels in country's restive eastern region in November 2012, according to a joint UN report released today.
- S. Korea's Park: 'No North Korean Provocation Can Succeed' VOA 08 May 2013 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye says President Barack Obama's vision of a world without nuclear weapons must start on the Korean peninsula, where the South lives in fear of a nuclear attack from the north.
- Several N.Korea Missiles Still on East Coast - Seoul RIA Novosti 08 May 2013 -- Although North Korea has apparently withdrawn its Musudan mid-range missiles from their launch site, several Scud and Rodong missiles are still deployed on the east coast and seem to be on the highest alert, South Korea's Chosun Ilbo daily cited a Defense Ministry source as saying on Wednesday.
- Foreign relations should serve Iran dignity: Velayati Iran Press TV 08 May 2013 -- Iranian presidential hopeful, Ali Akbar Velayati, has criticized incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's foreign policy, saying Iran is facing lots of problems in its foreign relations.
- Intl. community forced to acknowledge Iran progress: Leader Iran Press TV 08 May 2013 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the pace of Iran's scientific progress has been so high that even the international community has been forced to acknowledge it.
- Kremlin Ideologue Surkov Steps Down as Deputy PM RIA Novosti 08 May 2013 -- Russia's influential Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov stepped down on Wednesday, in what one analyst described as the power vertical political system that Surkov once helped to create "swallowing its own fathers."
- Security Council: Libyan trials could be 'Nuremberg moment,' ICC prosecutor says UN News Centre 08 May 2013 -- The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today said that if Libya can conduct fair trials of alleged perpetrators during the pro-democracy uprising in 2011, the proceedings could equal the lasting impact of the Nuremberg trials.
- Libyans Wonder What's Next for Gadhafi-Era Loyalists VOA 08 May 2013 -- Libya is grappling with the decision this week by its congress to remove former Gadhafi-era officials from office. A top Islamist politician says disbarring them will help rebuild Libya, but some Libyans aren't so sure,
- US Diplomat: Military Help Sought During Benghazi Attack VOA 08 May 2013 -- A senior State Department official has criticized America's security response during last year's deadly attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, and has expressed dismay over the Obama administration's initial characterization of the assault as a popular protest rather than a terrorist act. Three officials testified before the House of Representatives' Oversight Committee - the latest congressional probe into the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
- DOD Cooperates With Congress on Benghazi Probes AFPS 08 May 2013 -- The Defense Department has cooperated fully with Congress and the State Department on the investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the death of four U.S. citizens, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today.
- Taiwanese H7N9 patient making good recovery: hospital CNA 08 May 2013 -- The health of Taiwan's only H7N9 bird flu patient has improved to the point where he has been removed from his ventilator, and he may be moved a normal ward soon, National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) said Tuesday.
- Space Station's Orbit to be Raised by 2.6 Km RIA Novosti 08 May 2013 -- Russia's Progress M-19M resupply spacecraft will readjust the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Russian space agency Roscosmos said.
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