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New Iraqi tanker unit takes the lead

Just before dawn, an Iraqi officer approached Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Regiment, and began pointing at the nearest U.S. vehicle. Using a simple gesture and stating one Arabic word, "Mutarjim," meaning interpreter, the Iraqi officer asked if the U.S. forces had brought one and if they were ready to begin the mission. The Iraqi officer from 5th Iraqi Tank Battalion needed the interpreter so he could communicate with his counterpart, 1st Lt. Erich Roush, a native of Milwaukee, who is a platoon leader in Troop C.

Air Force Global Strike Command officials assume B-52, B-2 mission

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) -- Air Force Global Strike Command officials here assumed responsibility for the Air Force's nuclear-capable bomber force Feb. 1. This action completes the step-by-step transfer of all Air Force long-range, nuclear-capable assets to the Air Force's newest major command. The nation's intercontinental ballistic missile force became part of Air Force Global Strike Command on Dec.

Bataan Medical Delivers Earthquake Miracle

The medical professionals aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) successfully delivered 8 lb. 3 oz. Theo Joe, a baby boy, at approximately 4:40 p.m., Jan.

Lt. Col. Lee Archer, Tuskegee Airman, passes

Lt. Col. Lee Archer, a World War II fighter pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen, died Jan. 27 at the age of 90. He died of coronary complications at New York Hospital in New York City. Colonel Archer entered the Army in November 1941 and received training as a telegrapher and field network-communications specialist.

Page Nine No. 77 -- Million Gun March

PAGE NINE The Uninvited Ombudsman Report, No. 77 by Alan Korwin, Jan. 31, 2010 --Trouble reading this email?

Fear and hostility toward open carry in Olympia

Fear and loathing (of guns) by an anti-gunner in Olympia (Or, "how I learned to love the openly-carried Colt")

Thai Army's Show of Force Seen as Warning to Supporters of Former PM

Political tensions are again on the rise in Thailand as the date for a court verdict concerning former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra nears.  Rumors of a military coup continue to sweep the country, despite denials by senior commanders. Several gatherings of military leaders in recent days have added to political tensions in Thailand. Political analysts here say the army appears concerned about possible violence ahead of a court verdict involving former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Over recent days, Bangkok news media have been flooded with speculation of a possible coup.

Guinea's Military Leader Wants Army to Support Transitional Government

Guinea's acting military leader is calling on soldiers to support the country's new transitional government which is meant to organize elections in June. After more than one year of military rule in Guinea, General Sekouba Konate says it is time the army return to its proper function and support civilians working toward new elections. General Konate says the army's mission is to defend the territorial integrity of the nation, to safeguard democracy, and to protect the people. General Konate took power in December when military leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara was shot by the former

Yanukovich Seen as Front-Runner in Ukraine Presidential Election

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich faces current Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in a presidential runoff February 7.  Mr. Yanukovich, who lost the last presidential elections in 2004, but is now seen as the front-runner. He is the leader of the powerful "Party of Regions" in the Ukrainian parliament. University of Toronto Ukrainian expert Frank Sysyn says the party is composed of various business interests in the south and east of Ukraine.

ANA Leads Fight in Lashkar Gah, ISAF Supporting

ANSF forces reacted quickly to contain an insurgent attack on the Afghan National Army's Sharwali Barracks, located on the western edge of Lashkar Gah this morning and are currently in the process of providing additional troops. According to initial reports, the small arms fire attack was primarily from an unoccupied four story building to the south of the barracks.

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Launches First OEF Sorties

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group launched its first sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Jan. 28 and also assumed duties as Commander, Task Force (CTF) 50. Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 departed the decks of the strike group's flagship, the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) bound for the skies over Afghanistan to support coalition ground forces. "We are the first strike group to deploy in this historic year," said Capt. Roy J. Kelley, commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7.

Kentucky Airmen Move Supplies Through Dominican Republic

As relief supplies and support continue to pour into Haiti, the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Operations Group has been one of the key elements that has helped to ensure a steady flow of help into the areas that need it. 

U.S. Navy Ship’s Team Describes Haiti Aid Efforts

On Jan. 14, two days after a magnitude 7 earthquake shook Haiti, an international team of naval officers and associated partners was on board the USS Gunston Hall in Norfolk, Va.   The ship was fully loaded with food for a maritime security exercise in sub-Saharan Africa when Navy Capt. Cynthia Thebaud, commander of Destroyer Squadron 60, received a call to head to Haiti. “I don't think you could find a ship that has a better composition of people and things on board for this type of mission,” Thebaud said during a Jan.

Burmese Rebel Group Denies Responsibility for Tuesday Blasts

A prominent ethnic rebel group in Burma has rejected the government's accusation that its members are responsible for two bomb explosions in a central town Tuesday. The Karen National Union issued a statement Tuesday "categorically" denying any involvement in the blasts in the town of Kyaukkyi.  The group accuses Burma's military authorities of instigating violence in order to win the 2010 election.   Burma's state-run media reported Wednesday that authorities had arrested 11 people for allegedly planning terrorist attacks in the Rangoon area.  A report in The New Light of Myanmar