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June 24, 2013

News Briefs June 24, 2013

Remains of missing Korean War soldier returned

The remains of a U.S. Army soldier from Missouri who disappeared in Korea in 1950 have been identified and returned to his family in Arkansas.

The remains of Cpl. Marvin Omans arrived by plane June 21 in Little Rock where they were met by his sister – Dorothy Martin of Pine Bluff and other relatives.

Martin’s son Johnie Martin provided DNA that helped identify Omans. He told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the family is elated that his uncle’s remains were found and identified.

Omans was born in Clinton, Mo. He disappeared Dec. 1, 1950, while on patrol. His remains were among 200 to 400 given to the U.S. between 1991 and 1994. AP

 

Jordan hosts 900 U.S. troops to shield against Syria

Jordan’s prime minister says the country is hosting 900 U.S. military personnel to bolster its defense capabilities against potential threats from the Syrian civil war.

The first Jordanian public official to speak publicly of the numbers of U.S. troops in the kingdom, Abdullah Ensour told reporters Saturday that 200 of the personnel were experts training for how to handle a chemical attack.

He said the remaining 700 are manning a Patriot missile defense system and F-16 fighter jets which Washington deployed this month in case the Syrian war worsens.

Jordan is concerned its larger northern neighbor would use chemical weapons against Syrian refugee camps in Jordan and other neighboring countries, or that the stockpile may fall into the hands of al Qaeda or other militants if President Bashar Assad loses control. AP

 

Camp Atterbury hopes to be edge in drone test bid

Camp Atterbury, Ind., hopes a new $1 million runway and years of experience will give Indiana and Ohio an edge in their bid to host one of six drone testing sites across the country.

The two states have joined forces in their quest for a site that experts say could pour millions into local economies. Camp Atterbury is expected to be a key factor because of an infrastructure that includes the runway and a maintenance building for drones and the facility’s restricted airspace.

The military has used drones in Iraq and Afghanistan for a decade to gather intelligence and attack enemies with missile strikes.

Lt. Col. Matt Sweeney tells the Daily Journal that drones are expected to be used more commonly outside the military and create a multibillion-dollar industry. AP

 

Military search team returns to Alaska wreck site

A team from a military command that searches for and identifies Americans missing from past conflicts is back in Alaska to assess a historical aircraft wreck site.

The team from the Hawaii-based Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command returned to Alaska on June 20.

An Alaska Army National Guard helicopter discovered what appeared to be an aircraft wreck site in the Knik Glacier area last June while conducting a routine training mission.

JPAC and Northern Warfare Training Center personnel collected possible material evidence and possible human remains from the glacier shortly afterward. JPAC hasn’t yet identified any of the remains.

The Alaska Command watched over the site to ensure its protection and keep an eye out for the surfacing of additional evidence. The commands launched a follow-up mission after the debris field resurfaced. AP

 

Osprey sparks grass fire at N.C. bomb range

The Marine Corps says an Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft sparked a grass fire at a North Carolina bombing range, resulting in minor damage.

The MV-22 Osprey can take off like a helicopter and fly like a plane.

The spokesman for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point said June 21 the aircraft’s very hot exhaust ignited the grass fire while it was either taking off or landing. Spokesman Mike Barton says the aircraft may have been slightly scorched, but did not catch fire and was not badly damaged. No injuries were reported.

Barton says the Osprey was on a training mission at a Dare County bombing range used by Navy and Air Force aircraft.

A spokeswoman at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base had no immediate information. AP




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