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  • Israel claims joint US missile launch in Mediterranean for 'target practice'

    09/03/2013 3:41:01 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 10 replies
    Russia’s early warning radars detected the launch of two ballistic rockets in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Russia’s Defense Ministry stated. Israel later claimed responsibility for firing the target test rockets. The launch took place at 06:16 GMT Tuesday, according to Russia's Ministry of Defense. The trajectory of the missiles is reported to have been from the central part of the Mediterranean Sea towards the eastern landmass. Both rockets have allegedly fallen into the sea, RIA Novosti news agency reported. Russia’s President Putin has already been informed about the incident by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. The Syrian embassy in Moscow currently...
  • Israel, US, Mull Raids on '18 Chemical Targets' in Syria

    06/15/2013 3:04:46 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/6/13
    Israeli and U.S. military officials are coordinating how to target and destroy Syrian president Bashar Assad’s arsenal of unconventional weapons under assorted scenarios, Israeli military and intelligence officials told TIME Magazine. One scenario would be the sudden removal of Assad from the scene, the magazine said. “That would prompt the allies to launch operations on the estimated 18 depots and other sites where WMDs are stored,” Israei military and intelligence officials said. “Search and destroy operations would also be launched if the weapons appeared to be about to fall into the hands of the rebels, which include Islamist extremists aligned...
  • New Orleans Prosecutor Drops A Joint Out Of His Pocket In Court

    10/03/2012 6:37:54 AM PDT · by blam · 29 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-3-2012 | Abby Rogers
    New Orleans Prosecutor Drops A Joint Out Of His Pocket In Court Abby RogersOctober 3, 2012 It was business as usual Monday afternoon in the Orleans Parish magistrate court when an assistant city attorney reportedly made a mistake that could haunt him the rest of his career. Jason Cantrell, the 43-year-old son of a magistrate commissioner, allegedly dropped a joint out of his pocket right in front of New Orleans Police Department officers, The Times-Picayune reported Monday. Officers reportedly laughed as they escorted Cantrell out of the courtroom and wrote him a summons for simple possession of marijuana. Marijuana possession...
  • Spike Lee: The fix is in (voter rules keep Obama from second term)

    08/07/2012 11:56:56 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 21 replies
    Salon.com ^ | Aug 7, 2012 | Andrew O'Hehir
    I did not think that racism would be eradicated at the exact moment he put his right hand on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible. I knew there would be people whose every waking moment would be committed to making sure that President Barack Hussein Obama does not have a second term. That’s their only goal in existence. Whatever he tries to do, they’ll try to block him, and that’s only going to get more intense as we get closer to the presidential election. Is it racism? Look, I can’t give you a number. But racism is interwoven with the very fabric of...
  • ‘Iran, Russia, China, Syria to launch biggest joint war game in Mideast’

    06/18/2012 10:02:04 AM PDT · by Errant · 54 replies
    The Tehran Times ^ | 18 June, 2012
    TEHRAN – An informed source has announced that Iran, Russia, China, and Syria plan to stage a joint war game in Syria in the near future, the Persian service of the Fars News Agency reported on Monday. 90,000 forces from the four countries will be involved in the war game, the informed source said. No official from the countries has confirmed the news report, but a Syrian official, who spoke on conditional anonymity, announced that the joint war game will be launched in Syria.
  • Scotland: Presbyterians and Catholics develop joint liturgy

    05/15/2010 6:36:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies · 397+ views
    Spero News ^ | 5/15/2010
    A Church of Scotland body is urging congregations to celebrate their common baptism with Roman Catholics for the first time by using a special joint liturgy for the reaffirmation of baptismal vows. The groundbreaking call, seen as a huge step in inter-church links, is made in the report of the Kirk’s Ecumenical Relations Committee to the General Assembly. The liturgy was devised by the Presbyterian denomination's Joint Commission on Doctrine, made up of officials from both churches. Following an extensive study period which looked at our common understanding of baptism, this new service is now being recommended by the Ecumenical...
  • Joint Chiefs Chairman Mullen outlines a more restrained art of war

    03/06/2010 11:11:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 303+ views
    WaPo ^ | 3/6/10 | Greg Jaffe
    Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlined a new U.S. approach to war in a series of speeches this week that replaces overwhelming firepower with more restrained use of force to safeguard civilian lives. The speeches, delivered at Kansas State University and the Army's Fort Leavenworth, amount to a formal effort on the part of the chairman to codify how a decade of combat is changing the military's understanding of its role in battle and, more broadly, its place in U.S. foreign policy
  • Air Force: Joint Strike Fighter delayed, will cost much more than once expected

    03/02/2010 12:16:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 426+ views
    the hill ^ | 3/2/10 | Roxana Tiron
    The high-profile F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program will be delayed by two years and will be significantly over cost, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said on Tuesday. “We think it is probable that there will be a Nunn-McCurdy breach,” Donley said at a breakfast with defense reporters. The so-called Nunn-McCurdy law requires the military services or the Pentagon leadership to tell Congress when the price tag of a program increases significantly. The Pentagon then must certify to Congress that the program is still worth pursuing.
  • U.S., U.K. Share History, Values in Afghanistan

    01/26/2010 4:23:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 150+ views
    LONDON, Jan. 26, 2010 – “The United States has no closer ally than the United Kingdom,” Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here yesterday. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III gives his remarks to the All Parliamentary Group at the House of Parliament during a recent trip to London, England, Jan. 25, 2010. Lynn is visiting the United Kingdom to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries, Jan. 24, 2009. DoD Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The two nations have a special relationship based on history, shared...
  • Joint Chiefs Chairman Receives Afghanistan Troop Request[Pentagon Spokesman 'Premature For Request']

    09/26/2009 5:21:15 AM PDT · by Son House · 16 replies · 556+ views
    FOXNEWS.com ^ | September 25, 2009 | FOXNEWS.com
    Mullen, accompanied by Gen. David Petraeus and other top military officials, met at Ramstein Air Base in Germany with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who is expected to ask for 30,000 to 40,000 additional troops. Mullen is now headed back to the U.S., FOX News has confirmed. Mullen asked McChrystal for the meeting earlier in the week following the leak of McChrystal's strategic assessment to hear directly from his commander what resources and how many troops he will need to succeed in Afghanistan, aides told FOX News. "He wanted to understand the request for himself before it arrives in Washington and he...
  • Fox unlikely to air president's speech

    09/04/2009 11:47:49 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 41 replies · 1,416+ views
    THR.com ^ | 09/03/09 | Nellie Andreeva
    President Obama's televised primetime addresses are becoming a tougher sell to the broadcast networks than his sweeping health care reform has been to Middle America. A day after news broke of the president's plan to address a joint session of Congress on health care issues in primetime Wednesday, none of the Big Four networks have said it would carry the address live. Among other things, the nets have been waiting to hear when the address will start, with sources indicating Thursday night that the White House was leaning toward 8 p.m. After a brief honeymoon after Obama's January inauguration, the...
  • Student Arrested After Smoking Joint During Pro-Pot Essay At School

    06/06/2009 7:40:00 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 24 replies · 1,153+ views
    www.kirotv.com ^ | 06/05/09 | kirotv
    PURDY, Wash. -- A student presenting an essay at Peninsula High School in Purdy on Tuesday morning took out a marijuana joint, lit it, and began smoking it, police said. Read the essay here. See cell phone video. According to Pierce County sheriff's detective Ed Troyer, the student smoked the joint during his essay supporting the legalization of marijuana. He then finished his essay, sat down, finished smoking the joint and then ate the end after it was fully smoked. The teacher of the class contacted the school resources officer, a Pierce County sheriff's deputy, who found a small residual...
  • Afghan National Indicted for Alleged Ties To Terrorists - Los Angeles (Osama bin Laden)

    02/21/2009 5:31:28 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 3 replies · 535+ views
    Federal officials said this morning they have indicted an Afghan national for lying about his alleged ties to terrorists in a bid to fraudulently obtain a U.S. passport. Ahmadullah Sais Niazi, 34, who was arrested without incident this morning at his Tustin residence by members of the joint terrorism task force, was named in a five-count indictment returned Feb. 11 by a federal grand jury. The indictment, unsealed this morning, alleges Niazi hid associations with “Specially Designated Global Terrorists,” groups including Al Qaeda, Hizb-i-Islami and the Taliban, when he
  • U.S., Iraqi Leaders Work Together on Iraqi-Funded Project

    10/22/2008 10:41:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 243+ views
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 22, 2008 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working with Iraqi officials to shore up construction on new piers and a seawall in Iraq’s southern province of Basra in the first Foreign Military Sales project for USACE in Iraq. With construction scheduled to begin at the end of the year at Umm Qasr, leaders from the Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division and the Iraqi navy and Defense Ministry, along with contractors and support staff, met Oct. 16 to discuss the new conceptual design for the project. Foreign Military Sales is a program that allows the...
  • Further Success for Iraqi, UK Joint Security Operation in Basra (Thank You UK Soldiers)

    06/28/2008 5:05:32 AM PDT · by Son House · 5 replies · 125+ views
    MFN-Iraq.com ^ | Thursday, 26 June 2008 | MFN-Iraq.com
    ASRA — Operation Charge of the Knights, a joint operation involving UK Soldiers and the Iraqi Army, which aims to restore order and improve security in Basra, is making further progress. The Iraqi Army continues to demonstrate its commitment to improving the security situation in the city, carrying out a number of vehicle check points in recent days. Inspections were carried out on a number of vehicles which were going in and out of the city. In addition, numerous house searches were carried out, leading to multiple arrests of suspected militants. 140 rounds of 150mm High Explosive shells were also...
  • Renamed U.S. military base in Iraq reflects joint status

    06/17/2008 5:36:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 137+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 1st Lt. Lisa Spilinek, USAF
    6/17/2008 - JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (AFPN) -- The home of the Air Force's only wing in Iraq and the Army's logistical headquarters for supplies and shipments in the country has been renamed to reflect the dual nature of the base. Joint Base Balad is the new name for what used to be called Balad Air Base by the Air Force and Logistics Support Area Anaconda by the Army. The new name went into effect at midnight June 15 to coincide with the transfer of base support functions from the Army to the Air Force under the Base Operating Support...
  • Irregular Campaigns Now Part of Joint Doctrine, General Says

    06/17/2008 4:49:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 136+ views
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., June 17, 2008 – The U.S. military now incorporates a joint-force strategy to combat enemies who practice unconventional warfare around the globe, a senior officer said today at the kickoff of the 2008 Joint Warfighting Conference. The success of Operation Desert Shield, a joint military effort that forced Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait in 1991, convinced America’s enemies that unconventional, or asymmetrical, warfare was the best way to confront U.S. forces, Army Lt. Gen. John R. Wood, deputy commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, told conference attendees. “We have a strategy; it is joint,” Wood said. “In...
  • Obama says it is 'premature to talk about a joint ticket'

    03/05/2008 5:41:55 PM PST · by cougar_mccxxi · 38 replies · 174+ views
    Politico ^ | Ben Smith
    Speaking to reporters on his plane before leaving San Antonio for Chicago, Sen. Barack Obama hinted at taking a tougher line against Clinton in the coming weeks, telling reporters that she must back up her experience argument with details, my colleague Carrie Budoff Brown reports.
  • U.S. Soldiers, Iraqi National Police Conduct Joint Operation

    02/22/2008 3:21:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 145+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Ben Hutto, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq, Feb. 22, 2008 – Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division’s Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, conducted an operation with Iraqi National Police officers Feb. 18, supporting the Iraqi Civil Conservation Force and the “Sons of Iraq” citizen security group in Tameem, a small village southeast of Baghdad. Members of the Iraqi Civil Conservation Force remove trash from the streets of Tameem, a small village southeast of Baghdad, Feb. 18, 2008. They worked with soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division’s Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, as well as with a Sons...
  • Air Force General Lauds Joint ‘Marne Thunderbolt’ Success

    01/28/2008 4:21:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 98+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Amanda Callahan, USAF
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 28, 2008 – A top Air Force officer here praised the joint-service effort that has made Operation Marne Thunderbolt successful. Air Force Maj. Gen. David M. Edgington speaks with reporters in Baghdad after a press luncheon covering Operation Marne Thunderbolt, Jan. 27, 2008. Edgington is the forward coordination element between the Combined Forces Air Component and Multinational Force Iraq. Photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway, USAF   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon and B-1B Lancer crews, Navy F/A-18 Hornet pilots, Army 3rd Infantry Division soldiers and Iraqi forces integrated with Army...
  • Team Helps to Build Iraqi Joint Headquarters Capabilities

    11/16/2007 3:38:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 38+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2007 – As Iraqi security forces become increasingly capable in the counterinsurgency fight, their leaders are looking to the future, too, and striving to build long-term institutional capabilities, a U.S. military officer supporting that effort told online journalists today. Navy Capt. David Pine, chief of staff for the Joint Headquarters Transition Team, said Iraq’s defense and military leaders recognize the importance of developing institutional capacity so their forces can sustain themselves in accordance with their national military strategy. The Joint Headquarters Transition Team, part of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, is providing advice, support and mentorship to...
  • Joint operation successful in Al Kut

    06/01/2007 6:57:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 231+ views
    CAMP ECHO — Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Division-Central South Brigade Combat Team conducted a successful military operation in the Al Izza district of Al Kut city Wednesday. ISF and Coalition troops dubbed the Operation Viper’s Bite. The operation, which involved close air support, resulted in the detainment of 13 people suspected of insurgent activities. Three of them are on the most wanted persons list in Wasit province. The rest of the detainees were handed over to the Iraqi Police. The joint forces seized machine guns, rocket propelled grenades, 122 mm artillery shells and approximately 1500 rounds of small caliber...
  • US snubs Russian request for joint moon exploration: space chief

    04/29/2007 11:35:31 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies · 646+ views
    The head of Russia's space agency Sunday said the US has rebuffed an offer from Moscow to jointly explore the moon, while announcing a separate contract with NASA for nearly one billion dollars for the International Space Station. Roskosmos chief Anatoly Perminov was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency that Russia had proposed pooling resources to explore the moon. "We were ready to cooperate but for unknown reasons, the United States have said they will undertake this programme themselves," he said. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in December said it envisaged setting up a manned base,...
  • Joint Missions Tricky Affairs In Iraq

    03/07/2007 4:12:20 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 284+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-7-2007 | Ryan Lenz
    Joint Missions Tricky Affairs in Iraq Wednesday March 7, 2007 11:16 PM By RYAN LENZ Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.S. soldiers paced around their new outpost in Sadr City, checking their watches, drinking coffee and waiting for their Iraqi partners. They finally rolled up more than two hours late. It was supposed to be a seamless display of Iraqi and American cooperation in the urban fiefdom of Iraq's most powerful Shiite militia. What it became, however, was a wrangle of competing commanders, bruised egos and conflicting priorities. The troubles in launching just one joint mission late Tuesday...
  • Joint training sharpens skills

    02/07/2007 6:22:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 329+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. Paula Taylor
    FOB QWEST — Many Iraqi troops can expect to close with the enemy in an urban environment or other close-quarters situations. Realizing this, U.S. Soldiers have joined Iraqi troops to conduct joint training that also includes marksmanship and other war-fighting skills. The 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, assisted the 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division in the joint training effort starting Feb.1. The two elements came together for a three-day BRM course and close-quarter battle drills training, said 1st Sgt. Jon Rettmann, top enlisted member of A Battery, 5-82 FA....
  • Coalition, Iraqi Forces Open Joint Security Station

    02/06/2007 5:09:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 311+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Alexis Harrison
    New security center brings all elements of the American and Iraqi security together in one location. By Spc. Alexis Harrison 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Public Affairs BAGHDAD, Feb. 6, 2007 — Two days before its grand opening celebration, the Joint Security Station was already a functional epicenter for security operations in one of the most dangerous parts of the capital. Al Doura continues to be a focus for coalition forces trying to maintain a peace in the neighborhood. The 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, has been manning...
  • Joint operations bringing peace in Diyala

    12/12/2006 5:49:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 308+ views
    Iraqi National Guard Soldiers stack up prior to entering a house during a cordon and search operation. Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mike Buytas. BAQUBAH -- Inside the room sat one representative each from the Iraqi Police, Iraqi Army and Coalition Force, surrounded by maps and the busy sounds of radios chirping and voices issuing reports. The three men conversed about problems Diyala province faces and how each of their forces could help. This joint operations center is the hub for the three forces to coordinate and combine efforts to combat the insurgency and bring peace to the...
  • Canada, Australia, U.K. Sign Joint Strike Fighter Agreements

    12/12/2006 5:25:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 431+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2006 -- With the first flight of the Joint Strike Fighter set for this week, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia have “re-enlisted” for the program. Canada signed on for the project’s production, sustainment and follow-on development phase during a Pentagon ceremony here yesterday. Australia signed on today as part of the U.S.-Australia ministerial meetings at the State Department, and the United Kingdom signed at a Pentagon ceremony today. The Joint Strike Fighter is the Defense Department’s program for a “multi-role” stealth air-to-ground strike aircraft. The Navy, Air Force, Marines and allies are developing the system...
  • Senate to hold closed joint caucus

    12/08/2006 1:49:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 1,278+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/06 | Laurie Kellman - ap
    WASHINGTON - The first thing the new, Democratic-led Senate will do next year is meet in a closed "bipartisan caucus" to help set a more pleasant tone than the relentless backbiting of the Congress now heading home, party leaders said Friday. Far from lawmakers conducting business in secret — as open-government advocates warn — the meeting would serve only to sweep away grudges and smooth the way for more action, the leaders said. "We won't always agree but can sit down, side by side, and forge consensus on the issues important to the American people," incoming Majority Leader Harry Reid...
  • Joint patrols knocking on doors in Doura

    10/20/2006 5:35:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 182+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Brent Williams
    Soldiers from Company A, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, accompanied Iraqi National Police from the 6th Brigade, 2nd National Police Division, during security operations in Doura. Staff Sgt. Brent Williams, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD -- A loud knock on the door breaks the silence of the mosque and grabs the attention of its occupants. A representative of the local imam, his family members and associates standing behind him, greet the Iraqi National Policemen standing at their door. After a brief introduction, the police officers from 6th Battalion, 2nd National Police Division file into the...
  • Joint effort aims to quell violence

    10/02/2006 5:33:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 218+ views
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi Army Soldiers conducted a successful operation aimed at reducing violence in the capital this week. The operation came just one day after Coalition Forces and Iraqi counterparts thwarted multi-vehicle suicide attack in the International Zone. During the early-morning raid Oct. 1 in Northeast Sadr City, specially-trained Iraqi Army forces, with Coalition advisers, established a security cordon and quickly gained entry to multiple locations. They were looking for a suspect allegedly involved in the kidnapping, torture and murder of innocent Iraqis. Iraqi forces quickly detained four persons of interest without incident or injury to them or the 14...
  • Russia Cancels Joint Exercises With US

    09/05/2006 7:40:17 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 667+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-6-2006 | Mike Eckel
    Russia Cancels Joint Exercises With U.S. Wednesday September 6, 2006 3:01 AM By MIKE ECKEL Associated Press Writer MOSCOW (AP) - Russia said Tuesday it was pulling out of joint military exercises with the United States scheduled for later this month because of unspecified problems with U.S. personnel. A Defense Ministry statement announcing the decision to cancel the Torgau-2006 exercises suggested it was connected to a dispute between NATO and countries participating in the NATO ``Partnership for Peace'' program. ``We are aware of media reports and will work through appropriate channels to determine the status of future military exercises,'' Lt....
  • As insurgents flee, joint forces strike gold

    09/05/2006 6:14:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 960+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO
    CAMP FALLUJAH -- Amid a steady counter-insurgency campaign in Baghdad, Fallujah and surrounding areas, combined U.S. and Iraqi forces continue to achieve major successes in locating and destroying enemy weapons caches hidden in those regions. During recent clearing operations in Adhamiyah - as part of Operation Together Forward - Iraqi forces and Soldiers from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, captured an improvised-explosive device-making facility. The find included a supply of bomb-making components, three mortar caches and engineering manuals.On the heels of success in Adhamiyah, Marines from Regimental Combat Team 5, moving as part of Operation...
  • Two Years for One Joint: New Flash Movie Highlights Injustice

    09/01/2006 10:15:43 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 77 replies · 1,388+ views
    http://www.drugpolicy.org ^ | 9 1 06 | The Drug Policy Alliance
    The Drug Policy Alliance is releasing a powerful flash movie that highlights the plight of 18-year-old Mitchell Lawrence, the teen now spending two years in jail for selling one joint’s worth of marijuana to an undercover cop in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The two-minute movie introduces people to Mitchell Lawrence and the details of his case. The flash asks and then explains how an 18-year-old (he was 17 when arrested) who has never been in trouble before could be sentenced to two years in jail for selling such a minuscule amount of marijuana. The movie states: "It takes two things: A...
  • French police thwart joint-rolling world record attempt

    07/25/2006 11:48:55 AM PDT · by highimpact · 15 replies · 403+ views
    Breitbart & AFP ^ | July 25, 2006
    Police in France said they had thwarted an attempt by a group of marijuana smokers to roll the world's longest joint by seizing a work-in-progress measuring 80 centimetres (32 inches) in length. "At some point, these young people had wanted to craft a joint of 1.12 metres to beat the world record in the discipline and get it officially registered," said a police officer in eastern France. "We don't know who had the idea. Sometimes ideas are created in an astonishing way," he said. During an investigation targeting a group of four smokers in the eastern Vosges area of France,...
  • Army Moving Toward More Joint, Capable Aircraft

    07/19/2006 5:23:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 379+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 19, 2006 – The idea of the services operating jointly with fewer aircraft platforms that share common features is the key to the modernization effort taking place throughout the military aviation community, the Army Aviation director said here yesterday. Army Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Mundt called the trend toward jointness a key driver in aviation modernization programs. "It's critical we work together. It's a joint world," he said. "There is no way that this nation can afford for everybody to have their own specific capabilities and be redundant across the board." But Mundt told Pentagon reporters he's concerned...
  • 'Lightning II' moniker given to Joint Strike Fighter

    07/07/2006 6:23:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 797+ views
    7/7/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- The Air Force chief of staff announced Lightning II as the F-35 name during a Joint Strike Fighter Inauguration Ceremony today at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. at Fort Worth, Texas. Gen. T. Michael Moseley made the final decision after an extensive nomination and review process, coordinated with the other services and partner nations. In naming the F-35, General Moseley said, "Today, the enemies of peace and freedom have been put on notice. They have feared this day because the F-35 provides the coalition warfighter the perfect blend of speed, precision and stealth. "In my...
  • COAST GUARD, NAVY CONDUCTING JOINT EXERCISE

    05/31/2006 5:39:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 334+ views
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Coast Guard and Navy will be conducting a joint exercise tomorrow between 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Cumberland Sound, Ga., designed to test the Coast Guard's ability to deter, detect and disrupt hostile acts direct at an escorted U.S. Naval vessel. During the exercise, Coast Guard and Naval vessels will be utilizing aggressive vessel tactics and firing blank ammunition from machine guns. This is to provide the most realistic means of evaluating unit capabilities, tactics, doctrine and plans. Coast Guard units routinely work in the Kings Bay, Ga., area to provide security for security...
  • Joint Operation Targets Insurgents in Ramadi Neighborhood

    05/30/2006 4:42:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 319+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Jeremy Pitcher
    U.S. Army Pfc. Jason Allen, assigned to 101st Airborne Division's 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, takes aim with his M-240 machine gun during a battle with insurgents in east Ramadi, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jeremy Pitcher Operation Dragon's Breath Joint Operation Targets Insurgents in Ramadi Neighborhood By U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy Pitcher 124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment RAMADI, Iraq, May 30, 2006 — As the sun rises above the horizon, the silence of a neighborhood is shattered by the roar of armored vehicles. The convoy kicks up dust and rocks, tearing along the makeshift road. It passes...
  • Since 2003 joint task force has sent hundreds of soldiers to border

    05/29/2006 9:00:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 332+ views
    FORT BLISS, Texas — Since 2003, a Department of Defense joint task force has provided more than 1,600 military members to help federal agencies along Arizona’s border with Mexico, a spokesman for the organization said Thursday. Joint Task Force North, which was established in 2004, from assets previously called Joint Task Force Six, has provided active duty, Reserve and National Guard forces, “Working under the task force, primarily supporting other lead federal agencies, such as the Border Patrol,” Armando Carrasco said. Those who have been detailed to Arizona border areas have worked in the Douglas, Naco, Nogales and Yuma areas,...
  • Military Shows Its Stuff at Joint Service Open House

    05/19/2006 7:23:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 405+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md., May 19, 2006 – The military showcased its personnel and equipment for its own today as the annual Joint Service Open House kicked off here. Duluth, Minn., Air National Guardsman Maj. John Klatt poses for photos with Abreanna Ball, 9, at the Joint Service Open House at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., May 19. Abreanna was touring the military displays with students from Benjamin D. Foulois Elementary School near the base. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The festivities, open today for military and civilian defense security badge holders...
  • Joint Enlistment Ceremony Highlights Day's Festivities

    05/05/2006 6:20:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 182+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    MIAMI, May 5, 2006 – As part of Fleet Week USA and 2006 McDonald's Air and Sea Show festivities in South Florida, five services welcomed new recruits here yesterday. A total of 144 recruits - 25 from the Army; 30, Navy; 50, Air Force; 36, Marine Corps; and three, Coast Guard - were sworn in by Navy Vice Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, commander Second Fleet and Strike Fleet Atlantic, in Miami May 4. The ceremony was part of a day of recognition that included family, friends and employers and the Tuskegee Airmen. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • Joint Effort Works to Improve Saab al Bour

    05/03/2006 4:38:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 104+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt
    The Al Jwahiri High School in Saab al Bour, Iraq, held its grand opening, as part of a continuing effort to improve the community. The high school and the Taha Hussen Primary School, also in Saab al Bour, have undergone $790,000 worth of refurbishing. U.S. Army photo by Maj. Dave Olson Joint Effort Works to Improve Saab al Bour Saab al Bour is getting an extreme makeover from the Iraqi army, locals and Multinational Division–Baghdad soldiers. By U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Brent Hunt 1st Brigade Combat Team 4th Infantry Division CAMP TAJI, Iraq, May 2, 2006 — Iraqi...
  • Joint Effort Provides Medical Care to Village

    05/02/2006 6:01:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 224+ views
    Dr. Ahmed Sha, village doctor in Khas Uruzgan, checks the blood pressure of a fellow villager, April 17, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Cain S. Claxton More Photos Joint Effort Provides Medical Care to Village Afghan soldiers, coalition forces and a medical doctor treated more than500 Afghan villagers and their animals during a two-day medical visit. By Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan KHAS URUZGAN, Afghanistan, May 2, 2006 — More than 500 people and 1,500 animals received medical care here April 17-18 during an operation combining the efforts of Afghan soldiers, coalition forces and a medical doctor. “What we wanted...
  • Rice, Rumsfeld Brief President on Joint Visit to Iraq

    05/01/2006 6:27:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 181+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    WASHINGTON, May 1, 2006 – After traveling to Baghdad last week to meet with Iraq's newly chosen leaders, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today briefed President Bush on their impressions. Bush thanked the two Cabinet officers for making the trip, noting that he didn't think phone calls were enough to demonstrate to the new Iraqi leaders the extent of U.S. support for their new unity government. "I had spoken to them on the phone, but I thought it was very important for both secretaries to go firsthand, to be there with the leadership to...
  • Father and son make joint airborne jump

    04/18/2006 3:54:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 364+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Apr 17, 2006 | Spc. Mike Pryor
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Army News Service, April 17, 2006 ) – When Sgt. Maj. Kenny Gilluly landed from the final parachute jump of his 30-year airborne career, he didn’t have to make the long walk across the drop zone alone. His son, 1st Lt. Christopher Gilluly, made the jump with him. Sgt. Maj. Gilluly and 1st Lt. Gilluly made their first – and last – jump together a special one when they parachuted from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter onto Sicily Drop Zone April 13. The jump was Sgt. Maj. Gilluly’s 131st and Lt. Gilluly’s 11th. Sgt. Maj. Gilluly, 48,...
  • Joint Forces Command Brings Efficiency to Deployment Cycles

    04/14/2006 5:13:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 188+ views
    NORFOLK, Va., April 14, 2006 – Supporting the global war on terror, homeland defense, humanitarian crises and disaster relief missions while maintaining deterrence around the world requires something of a juggling act - especially when you're striving to reduce stress on the force, according to a U.S. Joint Forces Command official. That's a challenge Jay Burdon, chief of JFCOM's Joint Deployment Operations Division, and his staff here deal with every day as they strive to ensure combatant commanders have the troops they need to carry out their missions. As the military's central "manpower broker" for conventional forces, JFCOM looks across...
  • DoD to Set Up Joint Intelligence Operations Centers Worldwide

    04/12/2006 6:07:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 528+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2006 – The Defense Department is moving to establish a worldwide group of joint intelligence organizations designed to rapidly gather, interpret and act on information to better meet 21st-century military needs, senior military officials said here today. On April 3, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld issued a directive to establish a Joint Intelligence Operations Center at DoD's Defense Intelligence Agency, at each unified combatant command and at U.S. Forces Korea, Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence and warfighting support, told reporters at a news briefing. "What we're trying to do is...
  • Joint Operation Seeks to Disrupt Insurgents

    03/24/2006 5:43:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 167+ views
    Defend America News ^ | 10th Mountain Division
    U.S. and Iraqi Army soldiers secure seized weapons and ammunition. Iraqi Security Forces, in conjunction with units from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy, kicked off Operation Northern Lights March 22 to capture suspected terrorists in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad. U.S. Army photo by Maj. Robert Krenzel Joint Operation Seeks to Disrupt Insurgents Operation Northern Lights seeks to disrupt anti-Iraqi forcesin the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad. By 1st Brigade Combat Team,10th Mountain Division BAGHDAD, March 24, 2006 — Iraqi army and Coalition Forces, approximately 1,400 personnel, kicked off Operation Northern Lights...
  • Army, AF Announce Joint Cargo Aircraft Program

    03/23/2006 5:07:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 1,178+ views
    WASHINGTON (ARMY NEWS SERVICE, March 23, 2006) – Army and Air Force officials announced March 17 that a new Joint Cargo Aircraft, designed to enhance the combat readiness of both services, will be developed by a combined team. Fielding of the new aircraft is expected within two years. The Request for Proposals was released March 17 after the Acquisition Strategy Report was signed that morning, according to Pentagon officials. A Joint Program Office, comprised of personnel from both branches of service, will open Oct. 1 in Huntsville, Ala., with the Army taking the lead. “This is a big day for...