U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,174
As of Feb. 25, at least 2,174 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.
At least 1,795 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 132 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.
Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 19,656 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action according to the Defense Department. AP
U.S. military opposes Kansas bill
The U.S. military has criticized a bill before the Kansas legislature that narrows the definition of what’s considered an airport hazard.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports both the Army and Air Force have written letters stating that House Bill 2652 would threaten military training and deployment capabilities because it would allow development to encroach on airfields.
The bill’s supported by a company called Pflumm 143 Inc., which has been trying to develop land in Olathe near the Johnson County Executive Airport. The bill narrows the definition of airport hazard, which can be used to protect airspace from development, to physical structures only.
But critics of the bill say there are many land uses without structures that pose a threat to air safety and should be kept away from airfields. AP
Air Force to digitize historic images
Millions of feet of historic military film will be digitized in Southern California as part of an ambitious project expected to last five years.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the Defense Imagery Management Operations Center near March Air Reserve Base has received $5 million to digitize its vast archives.
Among the material are hundreds of thousands of videos, photos, film reels and other visual material. All of it will be available to the public at a searchable online database managed by T3Medaa, the company contracted to complete the digitization.
The newspaper says the images include training videos, celebrity encounters with service members and battle footage dating back to World War II. AP