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August 22, 2014

News Briefs August 22, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,200

As of Aug. 20, 2014, at least 2,200 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 1,821 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 134 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 five 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, 19,952 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department. AP

New Mexico signs off on Air Force clean-up plan

State environmental regulators have signed off on a preliminary proposal by the U.S. Air Force to clean up a huge plume of jet fuel before the contamination reaches Albuquerque’s drinking water wells.

The Air Force submitted its plan earlier this month. The New Mexico Environment Department announced its approval in a letter sent Wednesday to officials at Kirtland Air Force Base.

The plan calls for drilling a new well designed to extract contaminated water so it can be treated and eventually used as reclaimed water on base property. Other monitoring wells would also be installed.

State regulators have asked for weekly updates and plan to make unannounced site visits while the work is underway.

The fuel came from a decades-old leak from underground pipes at a Kirtland Air Force Base aircraft fuel-loading facility. AP

U.S. military to reduce land footprint in Guam

U.S. defense officials say they plan to keep their pledge to reduce the military’s land footprint in Guam even as it shifts about 5,000 people to the territory.

Pacific Daily News reported Aug. 20 that Department of Defense Undersecretary Robert Work reiterated the promise during a visit to the island.

Work says recently revised plans shift family housing to Andersen Air Force Base for about 1,300 military dependents, rather than develop about 400 acres of forested area.

He says the change saves the military money because renovated homes can use existing infrastructure.

The United States plan to shift about 5,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam. More than one-fourth of Guam’s land is under military control. AP




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