Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $75,787
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 86%!! Less than $13k to go!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: command

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Carter proposes sweeping changes to military command structure

    04/06/2016 4:46:42 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 5, 2016 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Carter on Tuesday previewed reforms he hopes to push forward this year to Goldwater Nichols, the 30-year-old law that governs how the military reports to the Pentagon and how geographic combatant commands are organized. "It's time that we consider practical updates to this critical organizational framework, while still preserving its spirit and intent," Carter said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. One of the biggest changes would involve giving the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff more responsibility to coordinate, plan and move troops between geographic combatant commands while still remaining outside the chain...
  • Aegis Ashore test flight at PMRF

    12/13/2015 1:17:52 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    Hookele - Pearl Harbor - Hickam News ^ | December 11, 2015 | Ho'okele Staff
    The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Operational Test Agency, in conjunction with U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. European Command, and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, successfully conducted the first intercept flight test Dec. 9, Hawaii Standard Time, of a land-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) weapon system and Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB Threat Upgrade guided missile, launched from the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai. During the test, a target representing a medium-range ballistic missile was air-launched from a U.S. Air Force...
  • Beyond Re-Set Buttons: Putin and Hillary

    04/19/2015 11:22:50 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    April 20, 2015 | vanity
    Here we have an interesting look at similarities. What does this portend for the future - tell us about the Democratic Party? Putin and Hillary employ similar tactics, have similar temperaments, engage in soft and hard power projection, and command and control a state media. I'd like to think, that here in the United States, we still have a say in who our chief executive is. The GOP has a large and varied selection of serious (and some not so serious) contenders vying for the Republican nomination. The Democratic Party has one candidate - Hillary (very Castroesque). Which brings me...
  • 143rd ESC command team suspended pending investigation

    10/15/2013 6:22:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Patriots for America ^ | 10/14/13 | Michelle Tan
    The top officer and enlisted soldier for the 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command have been temporarily suspended, officials announced Monday. Brig. Gen. Bryan W. Wampler, the commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Don B. Jordan were suspended Oct. 10 pending an ongoing investigation, said Maj. Thomas Campbell, a spokesman for the 1st Theater Sustainment Command. The 143rd ESC falls under the 1st TSC. Campbell said he could not discuss the ongoing investigation, but he did say it is not related to any criminal misconduct. The 143rd is currently deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Wampler took command of the 143rd in January,...
  • Sipsey Street Exclusive: Some unvarnished comments on the current USMC command scandal

    10/01/2013 7:26:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 10/1/13 | staff
    Retired Marine "Disgusted Devil Dog" comments on my earlier post on "Marine Corps whistleblower faces vengeance from superiors." This is the unvarnished truth. Today's headlines on the Gen. Amos' firing two Marine generals have pushed from the front pages the media spotlight on his own serious problems involving his personal, blatantly illegal command influence in the case of a few Marines urinating on some Taliban corpses. (Why Amos did not allow this case to be handled by non-judicial punishment at the battalion level is a question that we can only hope future historians of the Corps' time in Afghanistan will...
  • AP Source: Obama naming Energy, EPA leaders Monday

    03/04/2013 5:12:25 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    pioneer press/AP ^ | 3-4-13 | julie pace
    WASHINGTON—A White House official says President Barack Obama on Monday will appoint a new energy secretary and new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Obama is nominating MIT scientist Ernest Moniz to head the Energy Department and EPA veteran Gina McCarthy to run the environmental agency. She currently serves as EPA's assistant administrator for air and radiation. Obama will announce the nominations during a White House ceremony Monday morning. Both posts require Senate confirmation.
  • Radio Host Nails Chris Matthews: 'You're Clearly Working for the Re-Election of Barack Obama'

    12/15/2011 4:06:47 PM PST · by · 15 replies
    MSNBC's Chris Matthews ran into trouble on Thursday when an Iowa radio host mocked the TV personality: "I just want to make sure we're starting with some honesty. You're clearly working for the re-election of Barack Obama." WHO-AM's Simon Conway appeared on the December 15 Hardball and promptly started sparring with the liberal anchor. [See video below. MP3 audio here.] After Matthews' bland introduction, Conway struck: "Well, first of all, it's always a pleasure to welcome a Democrat to the Simon Conway Show, Chris." (The interview was simulcast on Conway's program.) A rattled Matthews responded, "This isn't going to go...
  • [Pakistan's Army Chief] COAS suspends 'chain of command' system to thwart Nato's aggression

    12/02/2011 12:57:18 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 3 replies
    DunyaNews ^ | 12/2/11
    Sources said the Army Chief has suspended the chain of command system in order to enable the senior officers on the posts to take appropriate action in case Pakistani forces come under attack. Sources said that decision would however be applicable to eventualities involving Nato troops. Sources said that General Kayani has also ordered the troops to counter any aggression with full force and defend the motherland against any assailant. General Kayani has also said that the Pak Air Force should have taken action while Nato helicopters had violated the Pakistani airspace and attacked the Pakistani posts, sources said. In...
  • Freep a Poll? ( should US forces be under foreign command in Libya?)

    03/21/2011 4:18:11 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 13 replies ^ | 3-21-11 | Fox News
    Should U.S. forces operating in Libya be under another country’s command? No – Even in a coalition, American forces should always be under American command. Yes – We don’t always need to be leading the charge. Don’t know – Can our military refuse an order from a foreign commander? I’m confused. Don’t care. Other (post a comment).
  • NORAD, Northern Command to Cut 79 Positions as Part of Cost-Savings Measure

    02/23/2011 9:54:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    fox news | 2/23/11 | staff
    NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command will cut 79 positions as part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' cost-savings initiative to improve efficiency that he issued late last year. Commanders said 40 of the positions will be military and 39 will be civilian. Offices most directly affected include chaplains, history, surgeon general and control systems. Most of the people who lose their jobs will be transferred to other posts in the military, and in some cases the military will help individuals find new employment, a NORAD spokesman told Fox News. And some of the positions, which are currently vacant, simply will...
  • Army Relieves 172nd Infantry Brigade Commander

    01/05/2011 8:15:19 PM PST · by Stayfrosty · 18 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 05, 2011 | Seth Robson
    GRAFENWÖHR, Germany -- The Army has relieved the commander of the 172nd Infantry Brigade, shortly before the unit intensifies its training for an Afghanistan deployment this summer.
  • LEADERSHIP: Another Skipper Gets Tossed

    06/27/2010 9:24:53 PM PDT · by shield · 58 replies · 2+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | June 27th, 2010
    The U.S. Navy has relieved the captain of a frigate (USS John L. Hall), because, two months ago, his ship bumped into a pier as it was docking in the Black Sea port of Batumi, Georgia. There was no damage to the pier, but the Hall suffered damage costing $160,000 to repair. After the investigation was over, the navy concluded that the captain should be relieved for “loss of confidence in his ability to command.” That makes seven ship captains relieved so far this year, more than twice the rate that it has been relieving them in the last few...
  • New Regional Command Stands Up in Afghanistan

    06/14/2010 2:46:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 128+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, June 14, 2010 – A new regional command took charge of international forces in southwestern Afghanistan today, military officials said. The new Regional Command Southwest provides improved oversight of International Security Assistance Force troops operating in Helmand and Nimroz provinces. With the majority of ISAF forces based in southern Afghanistan, officials said, the new headquarters permits commanders in the south to focus on geographically smaller areas, ensure greater partnering between the Afghan forces and ISAF, and deliver the levels of security required for governance and development to continue to spread in the region. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard...
  • Face of Defense: Marine Makes Difference in Liberia

    05/07/2010 4:36:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 135+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Nicole Dalrymple
    MONROVIA, Liberia, May 7, 2010 – Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Gary Morris' time in Liberia, which originally began as a voluntary six-month assignment, will end in August, 20 months after it started. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Gary Morris talks to students at the American International School in Monrovia, Liberia, where he has been voluntarily teaching a physical education class since February 2010. U.S. Africa Command photo by Nicole Dalrymple  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The U.S. military has been providing mentors and advisors to Liberia's security sector reform initiative since 2006 through a U.S. State Department-led initiative. Morris, a...
  • Kim Jong-Il's secret military hideout discovered inside mountain

    01/22/2010 1:35:44 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 930+ views
    Telegraph.Uk ^ | 01/22/2010 | Julian Ryall
    Beneath a lavish palace used by the North Korean supreme leader, the interior of Mount Baekdusan has been excavated and can store helicopters and fighter jets that can take off from a nearby airfield, according to the military analysis experts of the Kanwa Information Centre's Hong Kong bureau. "This whole region is historically significant to the entire regime because this is where Kim Il-Song, Kim's father, staged his guerrilla campaign against the Japanese during the occupation in the early decades of the last century," said Andrei Chang, author of the report. "We believe this would be the last place that...
  • First Air Force Officer Takes Command of Army Engineer Corps District

    07/14/2009 4:50:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 487+ views
    Gulf Region Division commander, Maj. Gen. Michael Eyre (left), passes the flag to Gulf Region South District commander, Air Force Col. Jeffry Knippel, during the historic July 9 change-of-command ceremony while outgoing commander, Col. John Drolet looks on. Knippel is the first Air Force officer to command a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ district. (GRD photo) TALLIL — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Gulf Region Division (GRD) in Iraq made history July 9, when Col. Jack Drolet relinquished command of the USACE's Gulf Region South (GRS) district to Col. Jeffry D. Knippel, the first U.S. Air Force officer...
  • McChrystal Assumes Command in Afghanistan

    06/15/2009 4:41:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 216+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 15, 2009 – Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal assumed command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan today, vowing that the coalition will prevail despite a struggle he conceded will be “long and hard.” “2009 will be a critical year for Afghanistan, and a critical year for our coalition,” McChrystal said at a morning assumption-of-command ceremony at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul. “Although we face many challenges, with your steadfast commitment, professionalism and dedication and with the help and support of our Afghan friends and the international community, we will prevail.” McChrystal acknowledged the legacy and...
  • Iraqi Logistics Command Opens Doors

    04/18/2009 12:57:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 265+ views
    BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Ministry of Defense (MoD), in partnership with the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq (MNSTC-I), opened the Iraqi Logistics Operation Command (ILOC) with a ribbon cutting ceremony, April 15. The ILOC facility will provide the Iraqi military with a new level of sophistication in planning and tracking logistical support functions for the armed services. Iraqi Staff Brig. Gen. Nabeel said, “This is the first time we are using a logistics system and it will be the focal point for the Iraqi Army, Navy, and Air Force. The ILOC is a database for logistics; it enhances our...
  • Cell Motors Play Together (in symphony)

    03/02/2009 6:48:59 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 8 replies · 532+ views
    CEH ^ | Febraury 27, 2009
    Cell Motors Play Together Feb 27, 2009— If one molecular machine by itself is a wonder, what would you think of groups of them playing in concert?  Recent papers and news articles are claiming that’s what happens in living cells: molecular motors coordinate their efforts...
  • Minnesota National Guard to Command Active-Duty Forces in Iraq

    12/11/2008 4:25:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 355+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2008 – For only the second time since 9/11, a U.S. Army National Guard division headquarters will deploy to command active-duty forces in combat. The Defense Department and Minnesota National Guard today announced that more than 1,000 soldiers from the 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division will mobilize for training in February for a yearlong deployment to Iraq that will begin in April. “Minnesotans have grown accustomed to our National Guard forces leaving their families, employers, farms and communities in order to carry out vital missions in harm’s way,” Army Maj. Gen. Larry W. Shellito, the state’s adjutant...
  • Air Force suspends Cyber Command program

    08/14/2008 7:29:52 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 17 replies · 253+ views
    nextgov ^ | 08/12/08 | BoB Brewin
    The Air Force on Monday suspended all efforts related to development of a program to become the dominant service in cyberspace, according to knowledgeable sources. Top Air Force officials put a halt to all activities related to the establishment of the Cyber Command, a provisional unit that is currently part of the 8th Air Force at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, sources told Nextgov. An internal Air Force e-mail obtained by Nextgov said, “Transfers of manpower and resources, including activation and reassignment of units, shall be halted.” Establishment of the Cyber Command will be delayed until new senior Air...
  • U.S. Airmen Teach Iraqis Western-Style Command, Control

    06/11/2008 6:17:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 118+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Shawn J. Jones, USAF
    BAGHDAD, June 11, 2008 – U.S. airmen are teaching command-and-control techniques to their counterparts at the Iraqi air operations center at Camp Victory here. U.S. Air Force Capt. Mark Lawson, left, advises an Iraqi Air Operations Center lieutenant about operations center logistics at the Iraqi Air Operations Center at Camp Victory, Iraq, May 28, 2008. Lawson is a military transition team member advising Iraqi logistics officers concerning the center’s day-to-day operations. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christina M. Styer  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The operations center is the hub that controls all Iraqi air force...
  • Multinational Division Baghdad Transfers Authority

    12/20/2007 3:31:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 279+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Jason Thompson, USA
    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, Dec. 20, 2007 – Control of Multinational Division Baghdad changed hands during a ceremony here yesterday. Maj. Gen. Jeffery W. Hammond (left), incoming Multinational Division Baghdad commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. John Gioia, incoming MND-B command sergeant major, uncase the “Ironhorse” colors during the MND-B transfer-of-authority ceremony Dec. 19, 2007, at Camp Liberty, Iraq. Photo by Staff Sgt. Luis Orengo, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The 1st Cavalry Division will redeploy to Fort Hood, Texas, while 4th Infantry Division takes over operations in the Iraqi capital. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander...
  • Former Air Force Pilot Second Woman to Command Shuttle

    10/22/2007 4:57:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 146+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2007 – Retired Air Force Col. Pamela A. Melroy will become the second woman to command a NASA space shuttle flight when Discovery lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., tomorrow. Retired Air Force Col. Pamela A. Melroy is the second woman to command a space shuttle mission. NASA photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The STS-120 flight is the 23rd shuttle mission to the International Space Station, according NASA’s Web site. The mission will launch an Italian-built U.S. multi-port module for the station. The “Harmony” device will provide attachment points for European and Japanese laboratory...
  • Bush Nominates Mattis to Lead U.S. Joint Forces Command

    09/12/2007 5:22:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 377+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2007 – President Bush has nominated Marine Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis to receive his fourth star and to lead U.S. Joint Forces Command, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced yesterday. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and President Bush’s nominee to lead U.S. Joint Forces Command, escorts Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her May 23, 2007, visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Photo by Lance Cpl. Jerry Murphy, USMC  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Mattis, currently “dual-hatted” as commander of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force...
  • Army Intelligence Command to Build Joint Detention Training Facility

    06/14/2007 4:49:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 220+ views
    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, June 14, 2007 – The intelligence community reached a milestone earlier this month as leaders broke ground for the first joint detention training facility in the Defense Department. Maj. Gen. John DeFreitas, commander of U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command; Col. Dan Meyer, U.S. Army South chief of staff; Col. Richard Saddler, former commander of 470th Military Intelligence Brigade; Col. Wendy Martinson, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Sam Houston; and Staff Sgt. Martin Martinez of the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade, break ground June 5 at Camp Bullis, Texas, for the Defense Department’s first joint...
  • Giuliani, 9/11 and the Emergency Command Center, Continued (Here's the 1996 Memo - Rudy's busted!]

    05/15/2007 3:28:48 PM PDT · by jdm · 172 replies · 5,556+ views
    NY Times Blog ^ | May 15, 2007 | Sewell Chan
    Joseph J. Lhota, who was a deputy mayor and top aide during Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani’s two terms, said this afternoon that it was preposterous for Jerome M. Hauer to deny responsibility for the recommendation to place the city’s emergency operations center in 7 World Trade Center, which was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001.The controversy has exposed the bitter rift between Mr. Hauer and Mr. Giuliani, who hired Mr. Hauer to be the first director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, from 1996 to 2000. The two men eventually had a public falling-out, and in 2001, Mr. Hauer endorsed...
  • New US Command Prompts Fear In Africa

    04/23/2007 4:19:48 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 387+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-24-2007 | Pauline Jelinek
    New U.S. Command Prompts Fear in Africa Tuesday April 24, 2007 12:01 AM By PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. delegation to Africa apparently had to calm a whole list of fears - and dash a hope or two - when it explained its plan for establishing a new military command there. ``With every group we met with, there were a number of misconceptions, and I think the discussion changed quite a bit as we were able to correct some of those misconceptions,'' Ryan Henry, the Defense Department's deputy undersecretary for policy, said Monday. Questions included...
  • Basrah IA division transfers to Iraqi command

    02/23/2007 6:10:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 296+ views
    Major General J D Shaw CBE, General Officer Commanding Headquarters Multi National Division (South East) (right) meets the Iraqi Ground Forces Commander Lieutenant General Ali Ghaydan (center) and the 10 Iraqi Army Division, General Abdul Lateef Thu'ban (left) at the Headquarters building in Basrah. Ministry of Defence photo by Cpl Ian Forsyth. RLC. BASRAH -- The Iraqi Army division based in Basra has transferred from Coalition command, and is now - for the first time – taking its orders direct from an Iraqi headquarters in Baghdad. The transfer is a significant step toward Iraqi forces taking responsibility for security in...
  • Desert Hawk Takes Command of Aviation Ops

    02/21/2007 4:31:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 365+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Krishna M. Gamble
    Desert Hawk Takes Command of Aviation Ops By Sgt. 1st Class Krishna M. Gamble Task Force Pegasus Public Affairs Office FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, Feb. 21, 2007 -- Soldiers from the active, Reserve and National Guard components of the Army formed one of the largest attack aviation task forces to operate in Afghanistan, Feb. 17. Task Force Talon passed its mission of providing air-assault, attack, convoy, troop and supply and movement along with a myriad of other aviation operations to Task Force Desert Hawk, headed by the 1st Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment of the Arizona National Guard, in...
  • Iraqis take Basra command as UK plans troop cuts

    02/20/2007 4:22:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies · 235+ views ^ | Feb 20, 2007 | Peter Graff
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain put Iraqis in command of the main Iraqi army unit in Basra on Tuesday, a move billed as paving the way for Washington's main ally to formally announce major cutbacks in troops. "The Iraqi Army division based in Basra has transferred from under coalition command, and is now — for the first time — taking its orders direct from an Iraqi headquarters in Baghdad," the British military said in a statement.
  • Petraeus assumes MNF-I command

    02/11/2007 9:47:19 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 275+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. Stephen P. Kretsinger Sr.
    Gen. David H. Petraeus assumes command of Multi-National Force - Iraq during a ceremony Saturday at Camp Victory. BAGHDAD — General David H. Petraeus assumed command of Multi-National Force-Iraq from Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in a change of command ceremony held at Camp Victory Saturday.Casey was the commanding general of MNF-I for two and a half years. He will go on to replace the current Army chief of staff, Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.The reviewing officer for the ceremony was Gen. John P. Abizaid, commander, U. S. Central Command. He thanked Casey for his...
  • Petraeus Addresses Multinational Force Iraq Troops Upon Taking Command

    02/10/2007 11:55:29 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 331+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2007 – Iraq is at a pivotal crossroad, the new commander of Multinational Force Iraq said in a letter to the command’s troops today. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus took command of all U.S. forces in Iraq today during a ceremony at Camp Victory, in Baghdad. “The stakes could not be higher,” he wrote in a letter addressed to Multinational Force Iraq troops and civilians. “Our task is crucial.” Security is the essential component needed for Iraqis to build a better future, and U.S. troops will help them achieve that goal, Petraeus wrote. “Shoulder-to-shoulder with our...
  • Africa Command Geared Toward Stability

    02/07/2007 5:49:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 243+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2007 – The main goal of the new U.S. command in Africa will be to develop a stable environment on the continent to promote civil society and improved quality of life for the people there, a top Defense Department official said here today. Africa, which represents 35 percent of the world’s land mass and 25 percent of the population, is growing in significance, and it is time for the U.S. to recognize its importance and consolidate efforts there, Ryan Henry, principal undersecretary of defense for policy, said in a Pentagon news conference. “This command will focus...
  • Generals: Don't blame us for Iraq

    01/18/2007 3:41:05 PM PST · by Racehorse · 9 replies · 998+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 18 January 2007 | The Swamp
    Florida Democrat, Sen. Bill Nelson, tried what amounted to a frontal assault against four retired generals-- Nelson’s question was premised on the notion that active military generals who had come before congressional committees during the last six years had done Congress and the nation a grave disservice by toeing the Bush Administration line, giving Congress a picture of what was happening in Iraq that was rosier than the reality. Moments later, McCaffrey continued the counterattack. Members of Congress have gotten the truth from military brass in numerous off-the-record and private conversations both in Washington and in Iraq, he said. If...
  • Officials Weigh Need for Africa Command

    12/06/2006 5:09:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 337+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2006 -- Defense Department officials continue to examine the idea of establishing a U.S. Africa Command, a top DoD official said here this week. A team of DoD officials is looking at all options in examining the need for a new combatant command, Theresa Whelan, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs, said in an interview. Responsibility for U.S. military operations in Africa is currently divided among three combatant commands. The area from Kenya to Egypt is part of U.S. Central Command. The rest of the continent falls under the auspices of U.S. European Command....
  • Iraqis to Command Four Northern Divisions by February, U.S. General Says

    12/01/2006 4:24:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 323+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2006 -- Iraqi officers will soon command all four Iraqi army divisions operating in northern Iraq, a senior U.S. officer said today. “By February, all four Iraqi divisions in Multinational Division North will be under Iraqi ground-force command,” U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon told Pentagon reporters during a satellite briefing. Mixon is the commander of Multinational Division North as well as commander of the 25th Infantry Division. The two-star general’s area of responsibility covers six Iraqi provinces in northern Iraq that include the cities of Kirkuk, Balad, Tikrit, Mosul and Samarra. The general said...
  • Officials to Refine Baghdad Plan, Iraq Command Spokesman Says

    10/20/2006 4:56:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 283+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2006 – The plan to bring security to Baghdad has not been a failure, but coalition and Iraqi officials are going to refine it, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said during an interview today. Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said that any time the military puts a plan in play “you are constantly reassessing and reevaluating it. That’s what we’ve been doing since the beginning.” He said the coalition is working with a new Iraqi ministerial group to make adjustments to the plan, and that Multinational Force Iraq commander Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. does this...
  • Rumsfeld favors a new Africa command(America's new Afrika Korps)

    09/26/2006 3:15:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies · 876+ views
    AFP ^ | 09/22/06
    Rumsfeld favors a new Africa command Fri Sep 22, 1:45 PM ET US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he favors setting up a separate command to oversee US military operations and relations in Africa. "Pete and I are for it," Rumsfeld said, referring to General Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "We've been pushing and pushing for six months and trying to get the system to come up with the details as to how it would be done," he said. One key decision that is yet to be made is whether the command would be on...
  • Northern Command Chief Talks of 9-11 Experiences, State of Defense Today

    09/11/2006 4:43:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 223+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2006 – One result of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was the establishment of U.S. Northern Command to deal with threats aimed at the United States, the organization’s commander said here today. During an interview at the Pentagon’s Radio Day event, Navy Adm. Timothy Keating spoke his personal experiences during the attack and about his command. Keating, who is also the commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command, was the Navy’s director of operations in the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. “I was in the operations update when the news hit of the first plane...
  • Gainey Reflects on 9/11’s Impact on the Force

    09/06/2006 5:50:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 264+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 – For the man who now serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, watching the televised image of an airliner hitting the World Trade Center signaled the end of an era as the country was thrust into war. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, then regimental sergeant major for the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, La., said he remembers returning home after an early morning run Sept. 11, 2001, and flipping on the TV news as he cooled down. Gainey was transfixed by shots of...
  • Iraqi Command Assumes Control of 8th Iraqi Army Division

    09/01/2006 9:43:10 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 365+ views
    BAGHDAD, Sep. 1, 2006 – The Iraqi Ground Forces Command assumed command and control here today of one of its Iraqi army divisions from the Multinational Corps Iraq, marking what officials here said is the first step toward Iraqi sovereignty over the country’s armed forces. The 8th Iraqi Army Division, commanded by Maj. Gen Othman Ali Salih Farhood, which had been a subordinate unit of Multinational Division Baghdad, will now report directly to the IGFC as an adjacent unit to MND-B. When the division took the lead for operations in its sector on Jan. 27, it was the first to...
  • S. Korea:Sea Launch Delivers Koreasat 5 Satellite to Orbit(for military command and control)

    08/22/2006 5:55:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 224+ views
    Yahoo!Finance ^ | 08/22/06
    Sea Launch Delivers Koreasat 5 Satellite to Orbit Tuesday August 22, 1:48 am ET LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Sea Launch Company today successfully delivered the Koreasat 5 communications satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Early data indicate the spacecraft is accurately positioned and in excellent condition. ADVERTISEMENT A Zenit-3SL vehicle lifted off at 8:27 pm PDT (03:27 GMT, Aug. 22) from the Odyssey Launch Platform, positioned at 154 degrees West Longitude in the equatorial Pacific. All systems performed nominally throughout flight. The Block DM upper stage inserted the 4,448 kg (9,806 lb) Spacebus 4000 C1 platform to...
  • European Command Takes Over Lebanon Mission

    08/17/2006 6:09:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 276+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2006 – U.S. European Command will assume command of U.S. military forces operating off the coast of Lebanon and in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the organization’s commander said here today. Marine Gen. James L. Jones, speaking at a Pentagon news conference, said European Command elements will assume command of the operations in that area from U.S. Central Command Aug. 23. European Command has supported U.S. Central Command in the effort. Central Command originally received the mission because Lebanon is in that organization’s assigned area of operations. But Central Command also is responsible for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan...
  • (USMC) Marine unit gets new boss

    08/15/2006 5:44:34 AM PDT · by radar101 · 6 replies · 289+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | 15 AUG 2006 | Rick Rogers
    NADIA BOROWSKI SCOTT / Union-Tribune Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler (left) shook hands yesterday with Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis after Mattis took over as commander of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton Quotable and iconic, controversial and laconic, Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis took command of 50,000 troops at Camp Pendleton yesterday as allegations of war crimes and mounting war casualties hang over the base. Mattis replaced Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, 57, as commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, which has done most of the fighting in Iraq's volatile Anbar province this year. “This...
  • Bulen takes command of Afghanistan Engineer District

    08/03/2006 5:36:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 166+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Army Col. William E. Bulen assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Afghanistan Engineer District from outgoing Commander Army Col. Christopher J. Toomey on Aug 2 during a change of command ceremony here. Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry, commander of Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan, presided over the transfer of leadership while Master Sgt. Eric O. Johnson, AED’s Command Sergeant Major, oversaw the exchange of colors. Lt. Gen. Eikenberry used the occasion to reflect on America’s continued commitment to Afghanistan illustrated in the District’s work. “As we look to improve Afghanistan’s infrastructure, AED is helping to lead...
  • British General Takes Command And Promises Ruthless Strikes On Taliban

    07/31/2006 5:02:44 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 524+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7-31-2006 | Richard-Norton-Taylor
    British general takes command and promises ruthless strikes on Taliban · 18,000-strong force ready for first land operations · Nato troops take charge of most of Afghanistan Richard Norton-Taylor Tuesday August 1, 2006 The Guardian (UK) A British general yesterday took command of an expanded Nato force in Afghanistan, vowing to "strike ruthlessly" against the Taliban as the west's military alliance prepared to conduct land combat operations for the first time in its 57-year history. Lieutenant General David Richards, commander of Nato's international security assistance force, Isaf, based in Kabul, took over a multinational force in southern Afghanistan where British,...
  • British General Takes Command Of US Troops

    07/30/2006 6:33:03 PM PDT · by blam · 39 replies · 1,220+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-31-2006 | Ahmed Rashid
    British general takes command of US troops By Ahmed Rashid in Lahore (Filed: 31/07/2006) A British general will command American troops for the first time since the Second World War when Nato takes charge of the mission to pacify southern Afghanistan today. Lt Gen David Richards Lt Gen David Richards, Britain's most experienced officer in developing world arenas, assumes control of a merged Nato and US force that will grow from 9,000 to 18,000. It is one of the largest and toughest missions the alliance has faced, covering six southern provinces and extending its authority to almost all of the...
  • New Iraqi command opens

    07/27/2006 4:43:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 204+ views
    Troops stand at attention during the ceremony. BAGHDAD — The Iraqi Training and Doctrine Command officially opened in a ceremony at the Cultural Center Compound in Baghdad Tuesday. The ITDC now has the ability and sufficient resources to oversee all Iraqi national defense related education and military doctrine development. This is an important milestone as Iraq progresses toward its goal of being fully operable by July 2007, said Gen. Babakir Badir Khan Zebari, Iraqi Joint Forces commander. “Compared to the activities of insurgents and terrorists who try to plant death and destruction in every part of Iraq, our government...
  • Chiarelli Passes Haditha Command Climate Report to Casey

    07/07/2006 6:30:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 212+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 7, 2006 – The coalition corps commander in Iraq has completed his review of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 24 Iraqis around Haditha on Nov. 19, 2005, and has passed his findings and recommendations to the coalition commander in the country. Officials said Army Maj. Gen. Eldon Bargewell reported on the circumstances surrounding the deaths and the subsequent actions of Marine leaders, focusing on "training and command climate," to Multinational Corps Iraq Commander Army Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli. Chiarelli completed his findings and recommendations and passed them and the report to Army Gen. George W....