In the news...

March 29, 2013

News Briefs March 29, 2013

US Army veteran charged with fighting with al Qaeda in Syria, using weapon of mass destruction

A U.S. Army veteran is charged with conspiring with an al Qaeda group to wage war against the Syrian regime.

Eric Harroun of Phoenix, Ariz., was charged March 28 in federal court in northern Virginia with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction outside the United States. An affidavit states Harroun has been engaged in military action in Syria, siding with rebel forces against the Syrian government. It says he used rocket-propelled grenades in the fighting earlier this year.

On his Facebook page, he claimed credit for downing a Syrian helicopter.

Prosecutors say one of the groups with which Harroun served is the al-Nusrah Front, which is commonly known as al Qaeda in Iraq.

Harroun has made an initial court appearance. A public defender was appointed to represent him in a detention hearing scheduled for April 2. AP

At least 2,061 US military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001

As of March 26, 2013, at least 2,061 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

At least 1,712 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 119 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is four more than the department’s tally.

The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 18,348 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department. AP

Air Force cancels Red Flag-Alaska training

The Air Force is canceling its flight training exercise scheduled for April in Alaska.

An announcement from Pacific Air Forces says Red Flag-Alaska is being set aside because of budgetary concerns.

The training exercise traditionally takes place at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, and use the Joint Pacific Alaskan Range Complex for training.

Next monthís training was to have included aircraft and crews from Canada and the United Kingdom. The Air Force says they will still offer use of the range to them.

Pacific Air Forces officials at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman in Hawaii say they are trying to reduce the effect of sequestration on other training exercises.

Spokeswoman Capt. Kim Bender says planning continues for another Red Flag training exercise in Alaska in August. AP

Anti-drone protesters arrested at Creech AFB

Officials say eight people were arrested on disturbing the peace charges during a demonstration outside an Air Force base home to Predator and Reaper remote-controlled drone aircraft.

Nevada Desert Experience coordinator Jim Haber says the March 27 protest at Creech Air Force Base was part of an annual peace walk.

It started in Las Vegas and ends this week in Mercury, at the gate of a former federal nuclear proving ground now called the Nevada National Security Site.

Haber says the five men and three women arrested were from California, New York, Wisconsin and Nevada. None was injured.

Las Vegas police Officer Laura Meltzer says theyíre accused of failing to disperse when ordered.
Each was driven 45 miles to Las Vegas, given summonses with a June court date and released. AP

E-2C Hawkeye makes emergency landing in Norfolk, Va.

A Navy spokesman says no one was injured when an E-2C Hawkeye made an emergency landing at Norfolk Naval Station.

Naval Air Force Atlantic spokesman Mike Maus told media outlets that the pilot noticed smoke coming from the turboprop aircraftís right engine shortly after it took off March 27 from Chambers Field at the naval station. The plane returned to the airfield.

Maus said the plane was heading to Fentress Naval Auxiliary Landing Field in Chesapeake to conduct routine field carrier landing practice.

The aircraft is being examined to determine what caused the smoke.

Four people were on the plane at the time. AP

USS Abraham Lincoln moves for complex overhaul

The USS Abraham Lincoln has arrived at a shipyard in Newport News, Va., in preparation for a refueling and complex overhaul.

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier’s transit from Naval Station Norfolk to Newport News Shipbuilding had been delayed six weeks because of federal budget concerns. The Lincoln made its way up the James River to the shipyard March 28.

The Navy says it expects to award a contract to conduct the overhaul soon. Nuclear-powered aircraft carriers undergo a refueling and complex overhaul once in their 50-year lifespan.

The overhaul is scheduled to be completed in November 2016. AP

‘Aviation Nation’ air show canceled at Nellis AFB

U.S. Air Force officials say federal budget cuts mean the grounding of the Thunderbirds precision aerial demonstration team and cancellation of a popular Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., open house and air show.

The 99th Air Base Wing commander, Col. Barry Cornish, announced March 26 that Aviation Nation 2013 is off.

The event had been scheduled Nov. 9-10.

Base spokesman Benjamin Newell says there’s no chance it could happen now.

The event features displays by all the military services – highlighted by shows by the Nellis-based Air Force Thunderbirds.

Cornish says Aviation Nation lets Nellis show the community what takes place on the base, and he says he hopes it’ll be back.

But he says budget cuts dubbed sequestration are forcing the Air Force to prioritize combat readiness over other activities. AP

Boeing CEO says 787 is ‘very close’ to flying

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney is sure his company is ìvery closeî to getting its troubled 787 Dreamliner jet back flying again.

We have a high degree of confidence in the technical solution we are testing right now with the FAA,î McNerney said March 28. ìI think it will be sooner than later.

Boeing started flight testing a solution to the 787′s battery problems March 25. Those problems led regulators to ground the plane in January. McNerney expects the tests to conclude in a few days and said the data should be conclusive enough to convince regulators to let the plane fly again.

He called the grounding a ìfrustrating experienceî but said regulators are putting safety first.
ìThey have the best interest of the flying public in mind, McNerney said. AP




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines April 18, 2014

Business: Lockheed to Lose 17 F-35s Under Automatic Pentagon Cuts - Pentagon will cut 17 of the 343 F-35 fighters it planned to buy from Lockheed Martin in fiscal 2016 through 2019 unless Congress repeals automatic budget cuts, according to a new Defense Department report. DOD looking for ways not to break MH-60R helo deal - The...
 
 

News Briefs April 18, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,177 As of April 15, 2014, at least 2,177 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,802 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result...
 
 

Headlines April 14, 2014

Business: U.S. Navy looks to leverage submarine work to keep costs down - The U.S. Navy hopes to save money and time by leveraging industry investments as it replaces its Ohio-class nuclear-armed submarines with the Virginia-class attack submarines now built by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.  Study raises red flags on California aerospace...
 

 

News Briefs April 14, 2014

U.S. Navy destroyer Zumwalt christened in Maine The U.S. Navy has christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a 610-foot (186-meter)-long warship with advanced technologies and a stealthy design that will reduce its visibility on enemy radars. The warship bears the name of the late Adm. Elmo ìBudî Zumwalt, who became the...
 
 

Headlines April 11, 2014

News: Lawmakers readying legislation to block A-10 cuts - Lawmakers in both the House and Senate are planning legislation to block the Air Force’s plans to retire the A-10.   Business: Navy may delay decision on replacing carrier supply planes - The U.S. Navy is looking for an inexpensive way to replace its aging fleet of 35...
 
 

News Briefs April 11, 2014

450 U.S., Romanian troops in joint military games Some 450 U.S. and Romanian troops and technical staff kicked off joint military exercises in northwestern Romania April 10, flying U.S. F-16 fighter jets alongside Romanian ones. Four F-16s and one Romanian MiG-21 LanceR took off from Romania’s Campia Tarzii military base as the Dacian Viper 2014...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>