One more sign that the American military presence in Iraq is winding down: an Armed Forces Network(AFN) radio station is now off the air. After 8 years broadcasting in Baghdad, AFN-Iraq-better known as Freedom Radio-presented its final morning program on September 23 and now relays a satellite feed of AFN Europe. Guests on the final broadcast included Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, USA, deputy commander, U.S. troops in Iraq, and Adrian Cronauer, the AFN radio broadcaster whose radio work was depicted in the 1987 movie Good Morning, Vietnam. The station closing comes 100 days before U.S.
Armed Forces Radio and Television
Intelsat General Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland, was recently awarded a contract potentially worth $145 million for the American Forces Radio and Television Service Global Satellite Services Program. The contract provides worldwide commercial telecommunications services to include: C- and Ku-band satellite resources; land earth stations; terrestrial backhauls; and bandwidth management services. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Bass, Illinois, is the contracting activity.