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News Briefs – July 30, 2012

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Mechanical failure blamed in Arizona Harrier crash Military officials say early findings point to mechanical failure in the crash of a U.S. Marine Corps Harrier attack jet on a training mission in southwestern Arizona. The AV-8B Harrier went down July 25 afternoon about 15 miles northwest of the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma near the…

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News Briefs – July 27, 2012

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Pilot killed in Nevada crash was low on gas A fighter pilot on a Navy training mission told air traffic controllers he was running out of gas before he crashed and died at Fallon Naval Air Station in March. Retired Capt. Carroll LeFon had been playing the enemy in an Israeli-built F-21 before attempting to…

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News Briefs – July 26, 2012

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Congress eyes probe into Army program Congress is poised to launch an investigation into why Army leaders have resisted requests to provide battlefield units with a specific computer program that helps troops locate and clear roadside bombs. The software program, the Palantir System, is being used by some units in Afghanistan, but Army officials have…

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News Briefs – July 23, 2012

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Two dead from Oman helicopter crash The U.S. Navy says the death toll from a helicopter crash last week in the Arabian peninsula nation of Oman is two. It says three other crewmembers aboard the downed MH-53E Sea Dragon survived Thursday’s crash. The Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet identified the deceased sailors late Julyi 21 as…

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News Briefs – July 17, 2012

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North Korea says powerful army chief relieved of posts North Korea says it has relieved its military chief, a key adviser to new leader Kim Jong Un, from all posts because of illness. North Korea’s state media said July 16 that the decision to relieve Ri Yong Ho of duties was made at a Workers’…

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News Briefs – July 16, 2012

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State home for veterans gets federal designation Arizona’s second residential home for military veterans now is eligible for federal funding. Gov. Jan Brewer’s office says the Arizona State Veteran Home in Tucson received a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs designation after passing a three-day inspection. Brewer’s office says the federal designation of the Tucson facility…

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News Briefs – July 13, 2012

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,900 As of July 10, 2012, at least 1,900 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 1,588 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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News Briefs – July 11, 2012

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Governor drops lawsuit over F-15 transfers Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana is dropping the state’s lawsuit against the Defense Department over plans to move the Montana National Guard’s F-15s to California. The move comes after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta assured the state’s senators that the Air Force will halt scheduled transfers of aircraft until Congress…

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News Briefs - July 10, 2012

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Syrian military conducts military exercises Syria’s military has begun large-scale military exercises involving missile tests and ground and air operations meant to test its readiness to respond to aggression. The show of force appears to be designed as a warning to the international community not to interfere in the Syrian crisis. The state-run SANA news…

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News Briefs - July 9, 2012

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U.S. seeks fiber-optic cable for Guantanamo Bay The U.S. military hopes to install a $40 million underwater fiber-optic cable to improve communications at Guantanamo Bay. A spokesman for the Guantanamo military commissions says the cable would run 800 miles from Guantanamo Bay to South Florida. Army Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale said July 9 that the…

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