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MQ-1 Predator crashes in eastern Afghanistan

An Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft crashed on takeoff in eastern Afghanistan Feb. 9 at approximately 1:50 a.m. local time. The crash was not due to hostile fire. The crash site has been secured and there were no reports of injuries or property damage. The aircraft is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft. The MQ-1's primary mission is conducting armed reconnaissance. A board will be convened to investigate the incident.

USS Freedom Readies for Maiden Deployment

USS Freedom (LCS 1), the Navy's first littoral combat ship, is underway off the coast of Florida for final training and certification prior to its maiden deployment to the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) region. Counter-illicit trafficking (CIT), damage control, and systems training began soon after Freedom's arrival at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on Jan. 25. "This training is extremely important for Freedom and will help us prepare for the CIT mission we expect to perform while in the 4th Fleet area of operations," said Lt. Cmdr.

Yuma squadron schools up on Corps' newest mobile ATC gear

Marine Air Control Squadron 1’s newest detachment at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., now also has the newest mobile air traffic control equipment in the Corps.

Dover Airmen fly first C-5M to Iraq

A Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy aircrew delivering over 85,000 pounds of equipment for troops supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and was the first C-5M to land in Iraq in late January. Dover AFB officials have three C-5M aircraft that have completed the operational testing phase and are about to enter the conversion phase. "It's satisfying to get the aircraft into the fight delivering much needed supplies to the troops in the field," said Lt. Col.

Portable ultrasound empowers Special Forces medics

When Maj. Andrew Morgan came to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), he already knew the value of ultrasound machines from being an emergency physician at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg. He brought that knowledge with him to the group in the summer of 2007 when he became the battalion surgeon for 1st Battalion, 3rd SFG, and he quickly pushed to have more ultrasound machines at his unit. He and his staff realized a deficiency in the arena of medical imaging after they reviewed the medical capabilities of the battalion's Special Forces operational detachment alpha teams.

Predator team deploys to support Haiti relief efforts

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- Approximately 50 Airmen from the 432nd Wing here, along with RQ-1 Predator assets, deployed Jan. 22 to assist 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern officials with providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in Haiti. "The Hunters of the 432nd were called upon to provide a vital ISR capability to assist the people of Haiti," said Col. Pete Gersten, 432nd Wing and 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander.

Ospreys provide MEU's a new tool for Humanitarian Aid missions

When calamity strikes and only a trail of desolation remains, no other Marine Air Ground Task Force is better prepared to support a full spectrum of Humanitarian Aid missions than a Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Soldiers see through walls

Entering a building and clearing rooms may become much safer for Soldiers in combat as Army scientists continue to develop Sense-Through-the-Wall technology to increase situational awareness. Research, Development and Engineering Command technicians demonstrated Sense-Through-the-Wall radar imaging and many other high-tech gadgets at the Army Strong Zone outside the Alamodome during the buildup to the 2010 All-American Bowl Jan.