Military News Headlines | March 22, 2011

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The crew is safe after a U.S. fighter jet crashes in Libya. And, Karzai announces Afghan forces will take over in seven parts of the country.

U.S. Fighter Jet Crashes In Libya, Crew Safe

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Two crewmembers ejected from their U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle when the aircraft experienced equipment malfunction over northeast Libya late Monday, according to U.S. Africa Command.

Power lines up in progress at Japan nuclear plant

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Workers reconnected power lines to all six reactor units at Japan’s radiation-leaking nuclear plant Tuesday, its operator said, marking a significant step in bringing the overheated complex under control.

Afghan forces to take lead in securing 7 areas

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An emboldened Afghan president said Tuesday that his nation’s security forces will take over from the U.S.-led coalition in seven parts of the country, a first step toward his goal of having Afghan police and soldiers in charge by the end of 2014 so foreign combat troops can go home.

PROMISES, PROMISES: GI retirement benefit lacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — A law meant to provide early retirement as a reward for National Guard and Reserve members who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan is instead leaving many of them perplexed and frustrated.

Gates’ Russia Visit Complicated by Libya

MOSCOW — Fiery Russian condemnation of the allied air assault on Libya threatened to complicate Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ meetings here Tuesday with leaders who are already at odds with the U.S. over missile defense issues.

Foreign Minister Says Libya Declaring Cease-Fire

Libya’s foreign minister announced an immediate cease-fire Friday, less than a day after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution authorizing “all necessary measures” to protect the Libyan people.

Female soldiers’ suicide rate triples when at war

The suicide rate for female soldiers triples when they go to war, according to the first round of preliminary data from an Army study.

Marines use destruction to succeed in Afghanistan

SANGIN, Afghanistan (AP) — In a war where winning the hearts and minds of Afghans is the ultimate goal, damaging homes with powerful explosives and bulldozing a mosque and scores of other buildings may not sound like a wise idea.

Rifle-Stopping Helmet Fails Tests

The top general at Marine Corps Systems Command told lawmakers March 17 that a new combat helmet designed to stop some high-caliber rifle rounds failed to meet specifications during recent ballistic tests.

Iraq Weighs if US Troops Should Stay

BAGHDAD — The American invasion of Iraq was supposed to take only a few months: a quick blitz to depose dictator Saddam Hussein, find and dismantle weapons of mass destruction and go home.

U.S. military delivers 40 tons of supplies to hardest-hit areas

SEOUL — U.S. military personnel have delivered 40 tons of supplies to the hardest-hit areas of Japan, as humanitarian aid continues in the face of an ever-increasing threat from the failing Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.

Major US Bases in Japan OK Family Evacuations

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The U.S. military began voluntary evacuations Thursday at four military bases in Japan following increasing worries over nuclear reactors damaged in the country’s largest recorded earthquake.

US Reverses Strategy on Libya

UNITED NATIONS — Supporters of a no-fly zone over Libya called for a vote Thursday on a U.N. resolution aimed at preventing Moammar Gadhafi’s planes from carrying out aerial attacks, while the United States, in a striking reversal, pushed for broader action to protect civilians from ground and sea attacks as well.

Petraeus Reveals Son Served in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Challenged by a congressman to “be honest” about how long American troops might have to fight in Afghanistan, Army Gen. David Petraeus revealed that he has a personal stake in ensuring that the U.S. war objectives are met — his son, Stephen, whose recent combat tour was kept “very quiet.”

Veterans job fair promotes employment viability

Many veterans have the qualifications for new employment opportunities, but continue to struggle landing a job. However, servicemembers in Wisconsin may soon get some help with their job search.

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