Sunday, January 11, 2015

Daily News Snippets (Jan 11, 2015)

Tolo News reports that the Sangcharak district police chief was killed in a Taliban ambush in northern Sar-e-Pol province on Saturday, January 10, 2015.

Six3 Intelligence Solutions, Inc. of McLean, Virginia was awarded a $12 million multi-year contract for intelligence support services in Afghanistan with an estimated completion date of July 9, 2016. Six3 Sytems is now a part of CACI.

The rebuilding of the Bamiyan Buddhas is not happening anytime soon. In 2001 the Taliban destroyed these centuries old statues. There are plans afoot to restore the giant Buddhist symbols but experts are having difficulty moving the project forward. Read more in "Disputes damage hopes of rebuilding Afghanistan's Bamiyan Buddhas", The Guardian, January 10, 2015.

The White House has canceled the next pay review by the Pentagon. DoD does a review of the military compensation system every four years. The high-level review of military compensation is called the Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation or QRMC. Obama has decided that it is not needed as Congress is just now completing its Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) study - a report which is due in the next few weeks. Read more in "White House cancels next pay review", Army Times, January 9, 2015.

President Ghani is rumored to be ready to sign a security agreement with Iran soon. He is scheduled for a visit to Iran with the intent to conclude a bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Tehran. The agreement will center on mutual cooperation to reduce terrorism and drug trafficking. Lots of work to be done there! Read more in a news report by Khaama Press, January 10, 2015.

The demining workers who were kidnapped earlier this week in Logar province have been released. The workers were part of the HALO demining operation.

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT) of the 3rd Infantry Division located at Fort Stewart, Georgian will be deactivated. It is part of a U.S. Army cut of 11 BCTs as it works to an end-strength of 490,000 Soldiers by the end of 2015. Read more in "BCT deactivates as Army draws down", Army Times, January 9, 2015.

Hundreds of Afghan protesters in Chora district staged a rally to hail the two attackers of a French newspaper office as "heroes". The rally took place just after worshipers left Friday prayers. Read more in a news report by Reuters, January 10, 2015.

The Army has released new assignments for some of its one- and two-star general officers. Those receiving new assignments include MG Heidi Brown, MG Clarence Chinn, MG Theodore Martin, MG Walter Piatt, BG William Gaylor, BG James Iacocca, BG Donald Jackson, BG Michael Kurilla, BG Joseph Martin, BG Timothy McGuire, BG Mark O'Neill, and BG Mark Stammer. Read a news release by Army Times,  January 9, 2015.

MG Chinn, is the former commander of JRTC where the Security Force Assistance Advisor's course was taught for several years. He then went on to Afghanistan where he served as a Deputy Commander for Regional Command East (RC East) - double-hatted as the commander of TAC 2 at FOB Lightning and senior advisor to the 203rd Corps. His next assignment will be Commanding General of U.S. Army South at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

The U.S. Army has ordered additional AN/TSQ-135 Mobile Tower Systems (MOTS) from Sierra Nevada Corporation. The tower provides air traffic services during the initial phases of a deployment. The AN/TSQ-135 was first used by the 3rd Infantry Division in Afghanistan. Read more in a UPI news report dated January 8, 2015.

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