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Freedom Interrupts Drug Delivery in Western Caribbean

The littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Freedom (LCS 1) achieved its first drug seizure Feb. 22 when it disrupted a high-speed "go-fast" vessel and recovered more than a quarter of a ton of cocaine. Freedom, with embarked Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, an LCS Surface Warfare Mission Package and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), was conducting counter-illicit trafficking (CIT) operations in U.S.

Deployed Air Commando coordinates air support for missions in Haiti

As part of Operation Unified Response, the U.S. military has moved food, water, medical supplies, and medically evacuated injured citizens and transported military personnel throughout Haiti to meet the humanitarian needs in cities all around the country. Stories of these resupply missions, aid distributions and heroic medical feats have touched the hearts of people around the world ever since the devastating earthquake hit Port-au-Prince Jan.

U.S., Thailand, Singapore officials to begin Cope Tiger 2010

Aviation and ground units from the U.S. Air Force, the Republic of Singapore air force, and the Royal Thai Air Force and Army, will participate in the Cope Tiger 2010 field training exercise March 1 through 12 in Thailand. Cope Tiger is an annual, multilateral, aerial force exercise conducted in the Asia-Pacific region that includes humanitarian and civic assistance programs. The exercise takes place at Korat and Udon Thani Royal Thai Air Force Bases in Thailand. More than 1,600 people will participate in the exercise, including approximately 500 U.S.

Sustainers improve morale and services for troops in Haiti

Servicemembers throughout Haiti have seen improved morale as a result of several quality of life improvements thanks to 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Soldiers and the rest of the team within Joint Logistics Command - Haiti. While support to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief continues, U.S. forces are now eating food other than MREs, receiving mail, and sending their dirty clothes out for laundry service. The first improvement to morale comes from enjoying meal supplements and "Heater Meals". Examples of meal supplements include shelf-stable milk and fresh fruit.

Airmen rediscover RED HORSE legacy in Haiti

Air Force engineers from the Kansas Air National Guard conducting a routine survey of the field adjacent to the airport in Port-au-Prince discovered a group of Airmen had been there before. While recently leveling the field, Airmen of the 190th Air Refueling Wing and 184th Intelligence Wing noticed the words "820 RHS 94 95 96" on an enormous concrete block. The podium shaped block was so large, engineers driving earthmovers left it in the center of the newly formed 24th Air Expeditionary Group encampment. "Discovering this was a complete surprise to me," s

Combat Comm provides vital 'link' to Marines in Republic of Georgia

A small detachment of Airmen from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, camp out in the foothills of the Republic of Georgia's Caucasus Mountains, enclosed by snow capped peaks and kept company by stray dogs and roaming cattle.

Army watercraft assists Colombian Red Cross with delivery of humanitarian aid

Humanitarian assistance in the form of food, water, mattresses and tents have poured into Haiti from countries around the world in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the southern region of this small Caribbean nation. On Feb. 16, Army Landing Craft Utility 2006 assisted in the delivery of donations from the country of Colombia. The "Briscoe Station" transferred the supplies from a civilian vessel anchored off Killick, Haiti to a smaller pier on shore.

Gunston Hall Arrives in Rota to Prepare for Africa Partnership Station Mission

USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), along with its embarked Africa Partnership Station staff, arrived in Rota, Spain, Feb. 22 after a 10-day transit across the Atlantic Ocean and on the heels of its participation in Haiti relief efforts. Gunston Hall is serving as the flagship for African Partnership Station (APS) West 2010, an international initiative designed by Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa to foster enhanced maritime safety and security in west and central Africa.

Trainers, Advisors Help Philippines Fight Terrorism

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines, Feb. 22, 2010 – Eliminating foreign terrorists and their safe havens in the southern Philippines is the No. 1 priority of U.S. forces deployed here, said Army Col. Bill Coultrup, the region’s top U.S. military officer. Unlike counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. troops here work strictly in a supporting role to the Filipino armed forces and are not permitted to participate in kinetic operations, the commander of Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines said in a Feb.

Civil affairs teams help displaced citizens in Haiti

Citizens living in a sprawling tent city in north Port-au-Prince were visited by members of a U.S. Special Operations civil affairs team Feb.

MP Company employs new combat convoy simulator

 

There is more to military police than the provost marshal’s office.  The Marines of Military Police Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, are responsible for convoy security and route presences among other things during their high tempo of deployments. 

Rescue Efforts Continuing in Navy Helicopter Crash

Rescue and recovery efforts are still ongoing following the Feb. 18 crash of a U.S. Navy MH-60S "Knighthawk" helicopter in a remote area of West Virginia, with the majority of the personnel safely extracted from the crash site. There are injuries reported to the 17 crew and passengers aboard, but none of the injuries are life threatening. There are no fatalities. The names of the injured are not being released at this time. The helicopter is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron 26 from Naval Station Norfolk.