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Essex Completes Successful Cobra Gold 2010

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex successfully completed exercise Cobra Gold 2010 (CG 10) Feb. 11 operating in the Gulf of Thailand and surrounding waters. Throughout the exercise, Essex Sailors and Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) worked alongside forces of the Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Singapore and Japan to enhance multinational interoperability in the Pacific region. "Multinational exercises like Cobra Gold are invaluable," said Capt. Donald Schmieley, commander, Amphibious Squadron 11.

Airmen, Soldiers continue delivering troops, aid to Haiti

Airmen and Soldiers from Joint Base Langley-Eustis and Fort Lee, Va., continued support of Operation Unified Response, loading nearly 70 tons of gear and supplies and more than 70 Soldiers aboard two C-17 Globemaster IIIs Feb. 8 and 9. The 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron team worked alongside Airmen from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and Soldiers from nearby Forts Eustis and Lee to load the gear and people aboard C-17s from Hickam AFB, Hawaii. Air transporters from the 633rd LRS have worked around the clock since Jan.

USS Ronald Reagan Wins Third Battle "E" Award

Sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) won the Battle Efficiency Ribbon, or Battle "E" Award, Feb. 10. Vice Adm. Thomas Kilcline, commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF), awarded the Battle "E" Award to two carriers, one in the Atlantic Fleet and one in the Pacific. The award is a tribute to the superior battle readiness of the aircraft carrier that receives it. "To say that I'm impressed and incredibly pleased is an understatement." said Capt. Ken Norton, Ronald Reagan's commanding officer. "This is yet another testament to a very impressive crew.

Seattle bus tunnel beat-down: What could a private citizen have done to intervene?

Charges, backlash in wake of bus tunnel beat-down in Seattle  

Somali Pirates Free Taiwanese Fishing Boat

Taiwan's Foreign Ministry says Somali pirates have freed a Taiwanese fishing boat held since last April. The Win Far 161 and its crew were released Thursday.   The French news agency, AFP, quotes a maritime monitoring group - Ecoterra International - as saying a ransom was paid, but the amount was not immediately clear. The group also says three of the 30 crew members did not survive the ordeal.

Thailand Prepares for Fresh Wave of Protests Ahead of Thaksin Court Verdict

Anti-government protesters in Thailand vow to step up pressure on the government and the Supreme Court ahead of a crucial ruling involving former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Protesters are expected to gather Friday in Bangkok, in front of Thailand's anti-corruption commission, in the first stage of a campaign against the government. The main anti-government group, the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, plans a series of protests throughout the country over the next several weeks.