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September 18, 2013

News Briefs September 18, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,135

As of Sept. 17, 2013, at least 2,135 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 1,772 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 128 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 three 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, 19,287 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department. AP

United Tech: Europe improving, military parts down

The chief financial officer of United Technologies Corp. says the European economy is beginning to recover, but the U.S. military is sharply cutting spare parts orders for subsidiary helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

CFO Greg Hayes told investors and analysts Sept. 17 that Europe’s economy has bottomed out from a very low base.

In June, Hayes called Europe a drag, saying it was a little worse than expected in helping generate revenue. Net sales in Europe accounted for 26 percent of United Technologies’ 2012 sales.

Hayes said military spare parts and service at Sikorsky are down 50 percent, due to automatic federal budget cuts imposed in March and reduced U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

Sikorsky, based in Stratford, Connecticut, maker of the Black Hawk helicopter, has announced 400 job cuts this year. AP

UAE military chopper crashes, killing airman

The military in the United Arab Emirates says a helicopter has crashed during a training mission, killing one crew member.

The Sept. 17 statement from the UAE Armed Forces Command gave no further details. It says authorities are at the site seeking to determine the cause on the crash, which took place on Monday.

The UAE military has an extensive helicopter fleet including U.S.-made Apaches and various European craft. AP




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