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New system allows vehicle GPS to track location while in flight

Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery (HIMARS), drove their High Mobility Artillery Rocket System out the rear of an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Oct. 22, with a new advancement that will get them into the fight faster. The 'Hot Panel' program allows the HIMARS to link into an aircraft's GPS and track itself in the air, anywhere in the world.

DESRON 50 Expands Maritime Security Mission

In the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR), the men and women of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 50 play a vital role in providing maritime security by protecting sea lanes, conducting naval presence missions and ensuring freedom of navigation throughout the Arabian Gulf. Although previously focusing on similar missions in the North Arabian Gulf, DESRON 50 has expanded its focus to include the mission of Combined Task Group 152.1, supporting Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 in working with coalition and regional partners to ensure maritime security throughout the Arabian Gulf. "Our new taski

Honduran Congressional Leaders to Discuss Plans for Ousted President

Honduran congressional leaders will meet Tuesday to a discuss a plan that could lead to the reinstatement of President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a June coup. The lawmakers say they will discuss a possible timetable for submitting a proposal for his return to power to the full Congress. On Monday, the head of Congress, Jose Alfredo Saavedra, told local media that once lawmakers understand the details of the agreement, they will decide what direction to follow. Mr.

Sri Lanka Objects to US Plan to Interview Army Chief

Sri Lanka has raised strong objections to plans by United States authorities to interview the country's army chief, who is currently visiting the country. The Sri Lankan government expects the general to be questioned about alleged war crimes committed during the country's civil war. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama wants the U.S.

British Coup Leader Pardoned In West Africa

 A British man sentenced to 34 years in jail for his part in a failed coup in Equatorial Guinea has been granted a presidential pardon and is expected to leave the West African country within 24 hours.
Simon Mann's release comes only a 1 1/2 years into a 34-year sentence.

Operational Update, Nov. 3: Suspected Militants Detained

An Afghan-international security force detained several suspected militants during the search of a compound in Kandahar province known to be used by a Taliban facilitator operating in the area Monday. The joint security force targeted the compound in northern Kandahar City after intelligence indicated militant activity.

Iraqi, US forces detain car bomb suspects

Iraqi Security Forces arrested 13 people yesterday during three operations in connection with car-bomb networks between Baghdad and Kirkuk, military officials reported. Working with U.S. advisors, an Iraqi unit arrested a suspected member of a vehicle-bomb network in southern Kirkuk.

Security Forces Airmen, Soldiers Mentor Afghan Prison Guards

Air Force Security Forces Defenders, along with U.S. Army Soldiers from the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team, met with prison officials, Oct. 28, as part of an on-going mentoring project at a nearby prison. The prison, located close to the PRT compound, has become an important project for the team due to activity this summer. "We had seen the prison have some real troubles this summer," said Lt. Col. Andy Veres, the PRT commander.

Iraqi Medics review basic medical care

More often than not, most common medical issues can be diagnosed or prevented with early detection through basic clinical care.

As part of ongoing medical training, the Navy corpsmen from Combat Logistics Battalion 46 offer their expertise weekly to the Iraqi army medics with the 7th Iraqi Army Division at Camp Mejid, an Iraqi army camp aboard Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

Goodbye old friend: Huey retires after 30 years of service

The year was 1971. That year, President Richard Nixon began reducing the U.S. troop presence in Vietnam from more than 250,000 to 196,700. Walt Disney World opened in Orlando. Boxer Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden, the voting age changed from 21 to 18 and Jim Morrison of The Doors was found dead.

New York Arrives in Big Apple

The future USS New York (LPD 21) arrived in the Big Apple Nov. 2, to hundreds of cheering New Yorkers lined up along the waterfront near the World Financial Center. The ship left its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Oct. 29 to make the voyage to its namesake state for a ten-day long celebration and a commissioning ceremony scheduled Nov. 7. The ship's Sailors, embarked Marines and naval Reservists manned the rails in full dress uniform at 6 a.m. for the historical transit down the Hudson River.

Air Guard readies for C-27J fleet

For the first time, Air National Guard aircrews will be the sole operators of a new aircraft straight off the assembly line. The C-27J Spartan, the latest propeller-driven airlifter, is an "extremely rugged" aircraft, designed for austere environments, said Air Force officials. It is about half the size of a C-130 Hercules and has 3.5 cargo pallet positions. "It is the first time in U.S. Air Force history where the service acquired a new airframe solely owned, operated and maintained by the Air National Guard," said Lt. Col.

Search, Rescue Mission Suspended

The Coast Guard suspended the search and rescue mission for the second pilot of the downed Navy T-34C Turbomentor training aircraft Nov. 1 at about 7 p.m. Coast Guard crews found the body of Lt. Bret Travis Miller at approximately 4:40 p.m. Oct.

Chinese Leader Urges Australia to End 'Mistrust'

One of China's most powerful politicians, Vice Premier Li Keqiang, has urged Australia to put aside differences with Beijing that have strained relations between the two Asia-Pacific trading partners. Li's comments came at the conclusion of a visit to Australia Monday aimed at soothing diplomatic tensions.