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Alert mission protects U.S. airspace, interests

Shaw Air Force Base Airmen supporting the Operation Noble Eagle alert mission provide quick-reaction support to protect U.S. airspace and significant events like presidential movements and space shuttle launches. "We have to be ready if the alarm goes off at 2:30 in the morning," said Master Sgt. William Martin, the alert NCO in charge. "I want everything to be ingrained in (the Airmen) so they can get the mission done." Recently, the alert Airmen were tested by Exercise Fertile Keynote.

Medal of Honor recipient laid to rest

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Beckett said a final farewell to his former commander and lifelong friend, retired Col.

Guinea's Military Leader Recovering in Morocco From Gunshot Wounds

Guinea's military leader is in a military hospital in Morocco where he is recovering from gunshot wounds sustained Thursday in an apparent assassination attempt.  Guinea is offering a reward for the capture of the former head of the presidential guard whose men are accused of the attack. The Moroccan doctors of Guinea's military ruler, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, say he has had successful surgery for head trauma and his condition is now "not worrying." Captain Camara flew to Morocco after being shot by men loyal to his former aide-de-camp, Lieutenant Aboubacar Sidiki Diakite, who is als

Explosions in Pakistan Hit Peshawar Court, Lahore Market

Police in Pakistan's eastern city Lahore say two explosions in a busy outdoor market have wounded at least 20 people. Television footage of the Monday evening blasts show rescue workers battling large fires.  Authorities have released few details about the explosions, which occurred in an area of the city called Moon Market. A local television station, Pakistan news express 24/7, says the blasts hit multi-story buildings that have shops on the ground level and apartments on higher floors.

Bolivia's President Easily Wins Re-election

Exit polls in Bolivia show that leftist President Evo Morales has earned a second term after easily winning re-election on Sunday.  Bolivian media report that President Morales gained at least 61 percent of the vote, 35 points ahead of his closest challenger, former governor Manfred Reyes. Mr.

US Navy Divers Continue to Assist in Afghanistan Recovery Operation

A team of U.S. Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, Company 2-3, assisted in the recovery operations of the body of a U.S. Army sergeant from the Murghab River in northern Afghanistan Nov. 29. The MDSU 2 divers, who are attached to Commander Task Force (CTF) 56, deployed from Bahrain to support Operation Hero Recovery. After four days of searching the Murghab River in waters flowing as fast as 12 knots and as low as 42 degrees, Army Sgt.

Reactionary Force teaches IA commandos

BASRAH — A group of 14th Iraqi Army commandos recently underwent an intense week of training here at Camp Wessam, honing their helicopter familiarity.  The course, taught by U.S.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 7: Air Strike Hits Stronghold in Konar

An international security force conducted an air strike today and destroyed a known Taliban stronghold consisting of bunkers and prepared defensive positions in Konar province. The security force targeted the stronghold near the village of Tsangar Darah in the mountainous Watapur District after intelligence sources indicated militant activity at the location. In other operations today, an Afghan-international security force in Khowst province detained a Haqqani IED cell leader and several other militants after searching a compound.

USS Freedom Reaches Major Milestone Towards Maiden Deployment

The Navy's first littoral combat ship (LCS), USS Freedom (LCS 1), has successfully completed another major milestone in preparation for her upcoming maiden deployment. Freedom conducted independent ship deployment training and certification at sea from Nov. 13-21, operating with ships from the USS Dwight D.