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April 15, 2004

A Sad Note To Pass Along

Straight From DoD

(We got this email from the government Tuesday --ed.) The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.  They died April 11 in Baghdad, Iraq when their helicopter was shot down.  Both soldiers were assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

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The Real Heroes Never Fly

Marines Battle Iraqis And The Heat To Keep Their Aircraft Flying In Iraq

The weary Marine slowly lowered himself into his chair off to the side of the flightline in the hot, Iraqi sun. Cpl. Robert T. Smith, aviation ordnance technician, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, from Marine Corps Air Station New River (NC) has been up and about re-arming, checking and re-checking weapons systems on UH-1N Hueys and AH-1W Cobras every time his squadron's pilots get tagged with a mission at its headquarters on the Al Taqaddum Air Base.

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CAE Wins Big Contract For KC-130J Sims

Tampa Subsidiary Will Do Heavy Lifting

Lockheed Martin has signed a contract valued at more than US$73 million (C$95 million), with options, to provide three KC-130J Weapon Systems Trainers (WSTs) to the US Marine Corps. Design, manufacture, and integration of the KC-130J WSTs has been subcontracted to CAE USA in Tampa (FL) on a contract valued at approximately US$34 million (C$44 million).

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