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Sudan, Chad Agree to End Hostilities

The presidents of Chad and Sudan have agreed to end hostilities and normalize relations between their countries. Chadian President Idriss Deby and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir spoke to reporters Tuesday after meeting in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. Mr. Bashir said Mr.

Cobra Gold 2010 kicks off in Thailand

Cobra Gold 2010, the annual combined, joint exercise featuring armed forces of United States, Thailand and more than 20 other nations began Feb. 1, in Thailand's eastern province of Rayong. Singapore, Japan and Indonesia are participating in the three-week training exercise, the largest of its type in the world. South Korea is also participating for the first time. About 11,500 personnel, including 6,000 from the U.S., will take part. U.S. Ambassador Eric G. John described Cobra Gold, in its 29th year, as "an important symbol of U.S.

Service members bring electronic warfare to the ground in Iraq

Since 2006, sailors and airmen trained as Electronic Warfare Officers have been helping the Marine Corps protect themselves against improvised explosive devices.

Swift, Nicholas Kick Off APS East in Djibouti

DJIBOUTI, Djibouti – The Africa Partnership Station East mission kicked off Jan. 5 with the high speed vessel Swift (HSV 2) and USS Nicholas (FFG 47) pulling into port here. "APS is about strengthening partnerships and enhancing long-standing relationships to improve partner-nations' maritime safety and security," said Capt. Jim Tranoris, commander, APS East. "Our visit to Djibouti, and the training that will be conducted between our maritime services is a continuation of that lasting relationship.

Afghan-ISAF Forces Build Community Ties in Helmand Province

Marines with Brigade Headquarters Group, Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan, strengthen security aboard Camp Leatherneck and in the surrounding settlements every day, and in many different ways. With help from the Afghan national army and International Security Assistance Force partners, BHG Marines recently escorted an injured girl back to her home after her treatment by ISAF medical personnel. The unit was also a key participant in a meeting, or shura, between Afghans and coalition forces, Nov. 21. "We work on a daily basis with the U.K., Danish and Afghan armies," said 1st Lt.

Security forces train for deployment at Fort Dix

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. - Members of the 113th Security Forces Squadron of the District of Columbia Air National Guard recently attended the Air Force Phoenix Warrior Training Course here at the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center. Security forces members from several states attend the course to learn skills they may need to use while deployed in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

Bataan ARG/22nd MEU Departs 5th Fleet

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) officially departed 5th Fleet and entered 6th Fleet's Area of Operations when the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) transited the Suez Canal and entered into the Mediterranean Sea recently. The Bataan ARG, which had been conducting maritime security operations in 5th Fleet's Area of Operations, and the 22nd MEU, which served as the theater reserve force for U.S.

Afghan Mi-35 Pilots Once Again Patrol the Skies

The Afghan National Army Air Corps recently reached a milestone with the completion of the Initial Operations Capability Mi-35 attack helicopter program. American and Czech Republic mentors recommended the Mi-35 program to the Ministry of Defense to provide security, show force and patrol the skies of Afghanistan. The accomplishment required many hours of practice and training, but careful preparation was important when utilizing such a powerful aircraft. The Mi-35 is a heavily armored aircraft, yet streamlined. It sports a 12.7 mm Yak-B Gatling gun.

USS McCampbell Hosts 9/11 Survivor

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) welcomed retired New York City Fire Department Capt. Alfredo Fuentes, a survivor of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center for a luncheon and tour of the ship Sept. 10. Fuentes's visit to McCampbell was part of his visit to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka where he served as guest of honor and keynote speaker at the base's annual 9/11 memorial event. The tour began with McCampbell's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Charles Johnson formally welcoming Fuentes aboard the ship.

Fort Bragg's 108th Military Police Company train with AT-4s for downrange patrols

The 108th Military Police Company honed their skills with the AT-4 anti-tank rocket launcher during a live fire range exercise at Fort Bragg July 27. Anti-tank rockets are an expensive and deadly tool in the arsenal of the 108th MP Co. Downrange, each vehicle carries an AT-4 for use during their many patrol if necessary. "This training helps us downrange by letting the joes know how to utilize the weapon system," said Sgt. 1st Class Fuller Mitchell, a platoon sergeant in 108th MP Co.

Australia to Beef Up Military as Regional Defense Dynamics Shift

Australia plans an overhaul of its armed forces in preparation for a more volatile Asia-Pacific region caused by the United States' fading dominance and China's rise.

Health Officials Discourage Aspirin Use by Troops in Combat Zones

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2009 – The Defense Department is directing servicemembers and government civilians deployed in overseas war zones to refrain from taking aspirin unless under a doctor’s orders, a senior military physician said here today.“Aspirin use for reasons other than medical indications is discouraged,” said Army Col.

Border Agents Complete Customs Course

BASRAH — Ten Department of Border Enforcement trainers graduated from a Customs and Immigration Trainer Course at the Basrah International Airport here, March 18. Completion of  the three-week course is another milestone achievement for the Department of Border Enforcement (DBE) and their Coalition Border Transition Teams as they work together to enhance the capabilities of the DBE and secure the borders of Iraq. “The instructors have been very [well] trained over the past few weeks, training and improving,” said DBE Col.

WHY MERCENARIES SURVIVE AND THRIVE

A NEW ERA: MERCS IN IRAQ