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Military leaders discuss operations during Pacific region air boss conference

Posted June 15, 2012 by by SSgt. Stefanie Torres

Military leaders from the U.S. and the Republic of Korea gathered at Osan Air Base, South Korea, June 13-14 to discuss airpower strategies in the Pacific region. The bilateral air boss conference is an annual...

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News Briefs June 15, 2012

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Guilty plea in sale of Army-issued silencers A man accused of selling Army-issued assault rifle silencers while he was with the Colorado Army National Guard has pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge. Court records show 26-year-old Matthew Colin Laflin of Northglenn pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing a firearm that wasn’t properly registered. He is…

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News Briefs June 14, 2012

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U.S., South Korea, Japan to conduct naval exercise The United States, South Korea and Japan will conduct a two-day, trilateral naval exercise June 21-22 in the waters south of the Korean Peninsula, the Pentagon announced in a news release issued June 13. The exercise will focus on improving interoperability and communications with the South Korean…

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Japanese city balks at U.S. aircraft deployment

Posted June 13, 2012 by by Eric Talmadge

Safety concerns after a recent crash have put plans to briefly deploy the U.S. Osprey aircraft to a Japanese city on hold, officials said June 12. Opposition to the plan to temporarily base the helicopter-like planes in the city of Iwakuni has been rising since the fatal crash in April left two Marines dead in…

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Panetta, Peres meet on security issues, defense relationship

Posted June 13, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met with Israeli President Shimon Peres June 11 at the Pentagon to discuss security issues of mutual concern and the nations' strong defense relationship, Press Secretary...

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News Briefs June 12, 2012

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,875 As of June 12, 2012, at least 1,875 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 1,561 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Commander seeks enhanced deterrent on Korean Peninsula

Posted June 13, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

The commander of U.S. Forces Korea is working to ensure all the capabilities needed to defend South Korea are in place. Army Gen. James D. Thurman told the Association of the Republic of Korea Army June 12 that the U.S. Army has issued guidance to increase the manning levels of the 2nd Infantry Division. He…

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U.S. forces will retain self-defense capability in Afghanistan

Posted June 13, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

U.S. military leaders will take extra steps to ensure innocent Afghan civilians are not killed or hurt in combat operations, but U.S. forces will retain the means of self-defense, Pentagon officials said June 12. Following a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S and NATO forces…

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Panetta praises U.S.-Turkish alliance, pledges more support

Posted June 13, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta delivered keynote remarks during the 31st Annual American Turkish Council Conference dinner June 11 reaffirming the U.S.-Turkish alliance and pledging further support for...

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NATO limits airstrikes on Afghan homes

Posted June 12, 2012 by by Heidi Vogt and Rahim Faiez

The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan is limiting airstrikes against houses to self-defense for troops, following a strike last week that killed women and children alongside insurgents, a spokesman for the alliance said June 11. Such airstrikes are now being designated a weapon of last resort to rescue soldiers, cutting back their use. Though airstrikes…

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