(We got this email from the government Tuesday
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.
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.
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).