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October 19th...This Day in History (Now with links to other events)

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Victory at Yorktown 1781

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Hopelessly trapped at Yorktown, Virginia, British General Lord Cornwallis surrenders 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a larger Franco-American force, effectively bringing an end to the American Revolution.
Lord Cornwallis was one of the most capable British generals of the American Revolution. In 1776, he drove General George Washington’s Patriots forces out of New Jersey, and in 1780 he won a stunning victory over General Horatio Gates’ Patriot army at Camden, South Carolina. Cornwallis’ subsequent invasion of North Carolina was less successful, however, and in April 1781 he led his weary and battered troops toward the Virginia coast, where he could maintain seaborne lines of communication with the large British army of General Henry Clinton in New York City. After conducting a series of raids against towns and plantations in Virginia, Cornwallis settled in the tidewater town of Yorktown in August. The British immediately began fortifying the town and the adjacent promontory of Gloucester Point across the York River.
General George Washington instructed the Marquis de Lafayette, who was in Virginia with an American army of around 5,000 men, to block Cornwallis’ escape from Yorktown by land. In the meantime, Washington’s 2,500 troops in New York were joined by a French army of 4,000 men under the Count de Rochambeau. Washington and Rochambeau made plans to attack Cornwallis with the assistance of a large French fleet under the Count de Grasse, and on August 21 they crossed the Hudson River to march south to Yorktown. Covering 200 miles in 15 days, the allied force reached the head of Chesapeake Bay in early September.
Meanwhile, a British fleet under Admiral Thomas Graves failed to break French naval superiority at the Battle of Virginia Capes on September 5, denying Cornwallis his expected reinforcements. Beginning September 14, de Grasse transported Washington and Rochambeau’s men down the Chesapeake to Virginia, where they joined Lafayette and completed the encirclement of Yorktown on September 28. De Grasse landed another 3,000 French troops carried by his fleet. During the first two weeks of October, the 14,000 Franco-American troops gradually overcame the fortified British positions with the aid of de Grasse’s warships. A large British fleet carrying 7,000 men set out to rescue Cornwallis, but it was too late.
On October 19, General Cornwallis surrendered 7,087 officers and men, 900 seamen, 144 cannons, 15 galleys, a frigate, and 30 transport ships. Pleading illness, he did not attend the surrender ceremony, but his second-in-command, General Charles O’Hara, carried Cornwallis’ sword to the American and French commanders. As the British and Hessian troops marched out to surrender, the British bands played the song “The World Turned Upside Down.”
Although the war persisted on the high seas and in other theaters, the Patriot victory at Yorktown effectively ended fighting in the American colonies. Peace negotiations began in 1782, and on September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed, formally recognizing the United States as a free and independent nation after eight years of war.


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Jack Blanchard's Column - October 18, 2017





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WE NAMED HIM DONN

We named him Donn, but called him Donny when he was little.
He was a beautiful kid. His mother, my ex-wife, raised him,
except for a couple of years,
so when we finally met, as people, he was all grown up.
We tried to figure each other out,
and worked at getting to know one another.

At first he had resentments toward me and tried to hide them,
but we both felt something needed to be resolved.
For some reason it was hard to talk directly at the REAL subject.
I knew that he had heard a lot of things about me from his mother...
not all good.
Some were probably true.

Then he went away for a few more years before we tried again.
The next time was better.
We both had had time to think things over.

People told us we walked and laughed exactly alike.
We understood each other's humor.
We were sitting with our wives in a barbecue restaurant
on one of his visits.
We both reached for the check, and I said,
"I've never done a damn thing for you,
so I'm going to do this one thing, and then THAT'S IT!"
He said this: "Aw, gee, pops. I wanted to go to college."
We all broke up laughing.
That was the last time Misty and I saw him alive...
at least I think so.
That whole period is sort of mixed up in my mind.

He was riding his motorcycle in traffic
when the car in front of him hit the brakes.
Donn's bike hit the car and threw him.

We rushed from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale to the hospital,
and he looked perfectly healthy,
except he was brain dead.
I talked to him anyway.

After that it's all a blur.
Somebody pulled the plug and Donn died,
There was a little funeral in northern Tennessee.

I keep thinking of things I should have said and done differently.
I guess that's natural.

Maybe someday we'll get another chance to hash it all out.

Jack Blanchard
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This Day in Naval History - October 13
1775: The Continental Congress votes for two vessels to be "fitted out" and armed with 10 carriage guns, a proportional number of swivel guns, and crews of 80 then sent out on a cruise of three months to intercept transports carrying munitions and stores to the British army in America. This legislation, out of which the Continental Navy grew, constitutes the birth of the U.S. Navy.
Great story that has been around for a while. Not sure of the whole truth but entertaining and good for the birthday of the Navy from the days of wooden ships and iron men fortified by a few sips of rum.
 
LITTLE KNOWN TIDBIT OF NAVAL HISTORY...  ‪‪‪‪‪The U. S. S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i.e. fresh water distillers).  ‪‪ However, let it be noted that according to her ship's log, "On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum."  ‪‪ Her mission: "To destroy and harass English shipping."Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum.  ‪‪ Then she headed for the Azores, arriving there 12 November. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.  ‪‪On 18 November, she set sail for England. In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.  ‪‪By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland.  ‪Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed home.‪‪The U. S. S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February 1799, with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum, no wine, no whisky, and 38,600 gallons of water.  ‪‪GO NAVY  ‪‪ 
1862 - The Union yacht America seizes schooner David Crockett attempting to run the blockade out of Charleston with a cargo of turpentine and rosin.
 
1954 - USS Saipan begins relief and humanitarian aid to Haitians who were victims of Hurricane Hazel. The operation ended 19 October.
1792
 
This Day in Naval History - October 14
1918 - Naval Aviators of Marine Day Squadron 9 make first raid-in-force for the Northern Bombing Group in World War I when they bombed German railroad at Thielt Rivy, Belgium.
1942: USS Greenling (SS 213) sinks the Japanese army cargo ship Takusei Maru six miles off Todo Saki near the northern coast of Honshu and USS Sculpin (SS 191) sinks the Japanese army cargo ship Sumiyoshi Maru 75 miles southwest of Kavieng, New Ireland.
 
 
This Day in Naval History - October 15
1917 - USS Cassin (DD-43) torpedoed by German submarine U-61 off coast of Ireland. In trying to save the ship, Gunner's Mate Osmond Kelly Ingram becomes first American sailor killed in World War I and later is awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism. He becomes the first enlisted man to have a ship named for him, in 1919.
1948 - First women officers on active duty sworn in as commissioned officers in regular Navy under Women's Service Integration Act of June 1948 by Secretary of the Navy John L. Sullivan: CAPT Joy B. Hancock, USN; LCDR Winifred R. Quick, USN; LCDR Anne King, USN; LCDR Frances L. Willoughby, MC, USN; LT Ellen Ford, SC, USN; LT Doris Cranmore, MSC, USN; LTJG Doris A. Defenderfer, USN; and LTJG Betty Rae Tennant, USN.
1957 - USS Lake Champlain reaches Valencia, Spain to assist in flood rescue work.
1960 - USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) begins successful firing of four Polaris test vehicles under operational rather than test conditions. Tests are completed on 18 October.
1965 - U.S. Naval Support Activity Danang Vietnam, established.
 
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Today in History October 13
54
Nero succeeds his great uncle Claudius, who was murdered by his wife, as the new emperor of Rome.
1307
Members of the Knights of Templar are arrested throughout France, imprisoned and tortured by the order of King Philip the Fair of France.
1399
Henry IV of England is crowned.
1670
Virginia passes a law that blacks arriving in the colonies as Christians cannot be used as slaves.
1775
The Continental Congress authorizes construction of two warships, thus instituting an American naval force.
1776
Benedict Arnold is defeated at Lake Champlain.
1792
President George Washington lays the cornerstone for the White House.
1812
At the Battle of Queenston Heights, a Canadian and British army defeats the American who have tried to invade Canada.
1849
The California state constitution, which prohibits slavery, is signed in Monterey.
1903
Boston defeats Pittsburgh in baseball's first World Series.
1904
Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams is published.
1942
In the first of four attacks, two Japanese battleships sail down the slot and shell Henderson field on Guadalcanal, in an unsuccessful effort to destroy the American Cactus Air Force.
1943
1944
Troops of the advancing Soviet Army occupy Riga, capital of Latvia.
1946
The Fourth Republic begins in France; will continue to 1958.
1958
First appearance of Paddington Bear, now a beloved icon of children's literature.
1967
First game of the fledgling American Basketball Association; Oakland Oaks beat Anaheim Amigos 134-129 in Oakland, Cal.
1972
Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashes in the Andes Mountains, near the Argentina-Chile border; only 16 survivors (out of 45 people aboard) are rescued on Dec. 23.
1976
Dr. F.A. Murphy at Center for Disease Control obtains the first electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle.
1983
The Space Shuttle Challenger, carrying seven, the largest crew to date, lands safely at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
1990
The Lebanese Civil War ends when a Syrian attack removes Gen. Michel Aoun from power.
2010
After being underground for a record 69 days, all 33 miners trapped in a Copiapo, Chile, mine are rescued.
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
 
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 13 OCTOBER 1967… A FEW TIMELY WORDS FROM GENERAL GIAP…
 
 
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Thanks to Dr. Rich   Great pictures
If you've never been to the Oshkosh Air Venture Airshow, here's a great 'preview' … 
 
 
Great photos by Clay Seia!  
 
 
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o This is a "Keeper" that should be circulated "Nation-Wide".
 
Hawk
 
A neat old Johnny Cash thing... "That Ragged Old Flag"
 
 
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 Thanks to Robert
 
Got this from a very good friend...felt it was something we all should
never forget!!!
 
Enough is enough.................
 
 
To All Ballplayers Everywhere............Take a Knee
 
 
Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don't know where
that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your
fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two.
There won't be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the
battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get
a real experience. Then take a knee.
 
Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man
stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to
pieces...the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers
most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets
from enemy fire.
 
Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. from Khe San to
Saigon... Anywhere will do. REAL Americans died in all those jungles.
There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what
flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as
well..and spit on for reasons only cowards know.
 
Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110
degree heat.. Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress... Your number
won't be printed on it unless your number is up! You'll need to stay
hydrated but there won't be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth.
You're on your own.
 
There's a lot of places to take a knee. Real Americans have given
their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which
they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the
memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That's what
the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a
sea of it defending your liberty.
 
While you're on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on
a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every
inch of ground taken....but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and
sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains...every inch marked by an
American life lost serving that flag you protest.
 
No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans...just American
men and women...delivering the real fight against those who chose to
harm us...blazing a path so you would have the right to "take a knee."
 
You haven't an inkling what it took to get you where you are; but your
"protest" is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of
real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for
those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave
long after your jersey is issued to another...
 
If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on
Sunday and we'll both kneel before Almighty God. We'll thank Him for
preserving this country for as long as He has. We'll beg forgiveness
for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We'll appeal to Him
for understanding and wisdom. We'll pray for liberty and justice for
all....because He is the one who provides those things.
 
And there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His
provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of
the free and the home of the brave. It goes like this...
 
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
 
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Thanks to Wigs
Taking Bullets for the flag, rather than a knee
This is not fake news.  Happened in 1863 in the Civil War.  Gosh, I'm speechless!  What say you, Mr. Kaepernick et 
 
 
 
 
 
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Thanks to Carl
 
 
October 13, 2017
No Documents in Obama Library? No Mystery There.
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 10/13/2017 BANGLADESH - NAVY ORDERS 2 DORNIER 228 MARITIME PATROL AIRCRAFT, DOUBLING FLEET (OCT 13/RUAG)  RUAG AVIATION -- Switzerland's RUAG Aviation says it has signed a contract with the Bangladeshi navy for two additional Dornier 228 maritime patrol aircraft.   The procurement will increase the navy's Do 228 fleet to four aircraft, noted the Swiss aviation firm on Oct. 11.   The additional aircraft will increase Bangladesh's ability to patrol sea routes, territorial waters, coastal areas, secure fishery operations and extend its reach for search-and-rescue and disaster response missions.   Neither the value of the contract nor the delivery schedule was disclosed
Item Number:2 Date: 10/13/2017 CHINA - ARMY'S NEW LIGHT TANK OPTIMIZED FOR PLATEAU OPS; TESTING TOOK PLACE IN TIBET (OCT 13/CD)  CHINA DAILY -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army says it has deployed a new light tank, reports the China Daily.   A photo highlighting the tank was shown this week at the Beijing Exhibition Center as part of a display noting Chinese achievements over the last five years.   The caption accompanying the picture indicated it was a new light tank, without providing further details.   This was the first official picture of the tank to be made public, the newspaper said. The tank was being tested in Tibet in June, the Defense Ministry said at the time.   The light tank, developed by China North Industries Corp. (NORINCO), features a hydropneumatics suspension system, which provides good maneuverability and survivability in mountainous regions, said observers.   It is armed with a 105-mm main gun that can fire shells and guided missiles.   The tank is optimized for operations on plateaus and in very low temperatures, analysts said. It reportedly weighs around 25 to 35 metric tons.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 10/13/2017 DENMARK - POINTING TO INCREASED THREAT LEVEL, GOVERNMENT PLANS MAJOR BOOST IN DEFENSE SPENDING (OCT 13/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- Facing Russian assertive behavior, Denmark has plans for one of its largest defense spending hikes since the end of the Cold War, reports Bloomberg News.   The Danish government has announced plans to increase defense spending by US$760 million by 2023, reports the Danish Ministry of Defense.   The 20 percent spending increase is an investment in ensuring the Danish military can protect the country and that Denmark remains a core NATO ally, said Defense Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen.   The minister said on Wednesday that the "threat level has risen to the highest level since the Cold War."   The government's proposals focus on improving Denmark's ability to counter military threats with its NATO allies, homeland defense and dealing with cyber threats.   The objective is to improve the military's ability to take part in international counterterrorism and capacity-building missions as well as handling irregular migration flows, the ministry said.   Denmark now spends 1.17 percent of national output on defense; the increase would bring that to 1.3 percent.  
Item Number:4 Date: 10/13/2017 INDIA - PAKISTANIS, INDIANS EXCHANGE FIRE, CHARGES ALONG LINE OF CONTROL (OCT 13/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- The Indian army says at least three people have been killed in shelling by Pakistani forces against forward posts in the Krishna Ghati sector along the line of control in the Poonch district of Indian-administered Kashmir, reports the Times of India.   Pakistan also blamed India of cross-border violence, reported Reuters.   A soldier, a porter and a civilian were killed in the firing and six military personnel were injured in Thursday's incident, the Indian army said.   A defense spokesman described the firing as unprovoked and indiscriminate using small-arms and automatic weapons.   Pakistan violated the cease-fire more than 600 times through Sept. 30, 2017, the highest rate in the last decade, according to statistics from the Indian Home Ministry. Eight civilians and 16 troops have been killed in the violations, the ministry said.   The Pakistan army's media wing, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a statement: "Indian troops initiated unprovoked firing at Battal, Jandrot and Hotspring sectors at the LoC" on Thursday.  
 Item Number:5 Date: 10/13/2017 INDIA - WANTED HIZBUL MUJAHEDIN TERRORIST IN CUSTODY IN KASHMIR (OCT 13/DC)  DECCAN CHRONICLE -- A joint operation carried out by Indian security forces has led to the capture of a wanted Hizbul Mujahedin terrorist, reports the Deccan Chronicle (India).   Personnel from the Indian army, police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) arrested Gulzar Dar on Friday in the Pulwama district of Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said.   No other information was immediately available.  
 Item Number:6 Date: 10/13/2017 IRAQ - DEATH OF U.S. SOLDIER ATTRIBUTED TO EXPLOSIVELY FORMED PENETRATOR (OCT 13/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- For the first time in six years, a particularly lethal type of roadside bomb has made its appearance on the Iraqi battlefield, say U.S. officials cited by the Washington Post.   Such a bomb -- an armor-piercing explosively formed penetrator (EFP) -- earlier this month killed an American soldier earlier this month, according to the U.S. military.   EFPs were among the deadliest weapons faced by American combat troops in Iraq prior to their withdrawal in 2011. They were associated with Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias, although cruder variants have been used by Sunni militants, officials said.   U.S. military officials say they had not determined who was responsible for the fatal attack. The Islamic State did not use them, or was not known to so in the past. Those terrorists of course may have acquired the skills to make them.   The EFP attack on Oct. 1 coincides with threats from Shi'ite militias, who want U.S. forces to leave Iraq since that the threat from ISIS appears to be declining, noted the paper
Item Number:7 Date: 10/13/2017 IRAQ - PESHMERGA SEE INDICATIONS FOR 'AGGRESSION AGAINST KURDISTAN' (OCT 13/RUDAW)  RUDAW -- The General Command of the Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq says that the Iraqi army and allied Shi'ite militias are getting ready to attack areas outside of Kirkuk with "foreign backing," reports Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan).   The preparations, which began Thursday night, carry "dangerous indications for war and aggression against Kurdistan," the command said in a Friday statement.   Kurdish security officials said they withdrew voluntarily from some positions south of Kirkuk to strengthen their lines of defense against any attack by the army and the Hashd al-Shaabi militia.   Iraq's Joint Command has denied launching any operation south of Kirkuk.   Kurdistan Vice President Kosrat Rasul said he deployed at least 6,000 peshmerga to Kirkuk to defend against any threats from Iraqi government forces.   Tensions have been on the rise between Kurdistan and the government in Baghdad since the Kurds held a referendum on independence earlier this month.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 10/13/2017 LATVIA - 2018'S DEFENSE BUDGET SEEN REACHING 2 PERCENT OF GDP (OCT 13/LATMOD)  LATVIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Latvian government has adopted a draft 2018-2020 defense budget, that would increase spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), reports the Latvian Ministry of Defense.   The defense budget is expected to increase by 126.8 million euros (US$149.5 million), reaching 576 million euros (US$679 million) next year.   Defense spending this year amounted to 1.7 percent of GDP, with the planned increase expected to bring it to 2 percent in 2018 -- in line with NATO goals.   Defense priorities for 2018 include enhancing combat and response capabilities for the armed forces and national guard.   Readiness is also to be increased through training, procurement of new equipment and technology and infrastructure development, the ministry said on Oct. 10.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 10/13/2017 MALAYSIA - IN SHIFT, KUALA LUMPUR CUTS IMPORTS FROM N. KOREA; EXPORTS CONTINUE (OCT 13/REU)  REUTERS -- The Malaysian government has halted all imports from North Korea as part of the international efforts to limit the funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, reports Reuters.   Malaysia, which has been close to Pyongyang in the past, did not purchase any North Korean goods in June and July. This came after it bought about US$4.9 million in goods during the first five months of the year, according to government figures.   Ties between the two countries have deteriorated since the assassination of the estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February.   In September, the Malaysian government banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea.   Malaysia has been a vital source of revenue for Pyongyang.   While imports were curtailed recently, exports to the North have continued, according to statistics. Exports between January and July included palm oil, food and medical supplies
Item Number:10 Date: 10/13/2017 PAKISTAN - ARMY, HELPED BY U.S., RESCUES CANADIAN-AMERICAN FAMILY; COUPLE KIDNAPPED, HELD ALMOST 5 YEARS (OCT 13/PAJH)  PAJHWOK AFGHAN NEWS -- Pakistani security forces have rescued a Canadian-American family being held captive for nearly five years by militants in Pakistan's Kurram tribal region, reports the Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul).   Rescued were a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children, according to a Pakistan army release on Thursday. It did not say when the rescue took place.   The operation was reportedly conducted with assistance from U.S. intelligence. The U.S. government has confirmed the release, noted the Guardian (U.K.).   The family was kidnapped by terrorists in Afghanistan while on a backpacking trip in 2012, said the release. The three children were born in captivity.   The hostages were believed to be held by the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network, reported Reuters. The Pakistanis said U.S. intelligence was tracking the family and alerted Islamabad when the couple was moved to the tribal area bordering Afghanistan.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 10/13/2017 PAKISTAN - COUNTERTERROR OFFICIALS KILL WANTED TERRORIST BEHIND HOSPITAL ATTACK (OCT 13/GEONEWS)  GEO NEWS -- The Pakistani Counterterrorism Dept. says its forces have killed a suspected facilitator of last year's deadly bombing at the Civil Hospital in Quetta, reports Geo News (Pakistan).   The terrorist, identified as Asfandyar, was killed in a shootout Friday in Quetta. An accomplice was also arrested in the operation, officials said.   Weapons and explosives were reportedly recovered from the militants.   On Aug. 8, 2016, a suicide bombing at the hospital killed 73 people and injured scores.   The mastermind of the hospital attack, Jahangir Badini, was killed in a security operation in the Pishin district in Baluchistan province in December 2016, according to the Homeland Ministry.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 10/13/2017 SOUTH KOREA - DETAILS EMERGE OF FUTURE OPERATIONAL COMBINED COMMAND WITH U.S. (OCT 13/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korean and U.S. military officials are working on plans for a new combined command that will stand up when Seoul reassumes wartime operational control of its forces, reports the Yonhap news agency, citing South Koreandefense officials.   The finalized plan is expected to be approved during the annual bilateral military committee meeting and security consultative meeting later this month, the South Korean Defense Ministry said on Thursday.   The military committee meeting involves the chairmen of Joint Chiefs of Staff of both militaries; it will take place in Seoul on Oct. 27. The ministerial security consultative meeting is scheduled for Oct. 28, said the ministry.   The allies will authorize the creation of the future command and then develop specific plans to set up a system with a South Korean commander and American deputy commander, the Defense Ministry said.   When South Korea retakes operational control, the U.S. will move to a supporting role. Washington anticipates naming a three-star general to the deputy commander post.   Before it was delayed indefinitely, the transfer to wartime OPCON was supposed to take place at the end of 2015.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 10/13/2017 SPAIN - AFTER MILITARY DISPLAY, EUROFIGHTER JET GOES DOWN; PILOT UNABLE TO EJECT IN TIME (OCT 13/DTL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON) -- A Spanish air force pilot has been killed when his Eurofighter Typhoon jet crashed near a military base in southeastern Spain, reports London's Daily Telegraph.   The fighter was returning to the base on Thursday after performing in a parade in Madrid marking Spain's national day, said a Defense Ministry spokesman. Four Typhoons took part in the parade, the spokesman said.   The fighter crashed in Llanos de Albacete, about 200 miles (300 km) southeast of the capital. The pilot did not have time to eject, said the spokesman. The plane came down near a public park. There were no immediate reports of civilian casualties on the ground, noted the Daily Mirror (U.K.).   The stricken aircraft was assigned to 14 Wing at Los Llanos, noted IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.   The cause of the crash is under investigation
Item Number:14 Date: 10/13/2017 SYRIA - COMMANDER LINKED TO AL-QAIDA HIT BY ROADSIDE BOMB (OCT 13/AL-MASDAR)  AL-MASDAR NEWS -- A commander of the Al-Qaida-linked Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham rebel group has been badly injured in a roadside bombing in Syria's western Hama province, reports the Al-Masdar News, an online Middle East publication.   Abu Yousef Helfaya was traveling through the Barisha mountains in eastern Hama on Thursday night when his vehicle hit the bomb, according to opposition activists.   Helfaya was then treated at a local field hospital. His status was not known.   Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham is an umbrella group that includes Nusra Front (Al-Qaida's former official affiliate in Syria that has rebranded as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham
  Item Number:15 Date: 10/13/2017 SYRIA - DOZENS DIE AS TRIPLE SUICIDE BOMBING TARGETS REFUGEES IN NORTHEAST (OCT 13/REU)  REUTERS -- ISIS suicide bombers have detonated three car bombs amid a group of refugees in northeastern Syria, killing at least 50, according to a Kurdish Red Crescent source cited by Reuters.   Thursday's attacks also injured many.   The triple bomb attack occurred at Abu Fas, near the border of Deir Ezzor and Hasaka provinces, reported the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   The casualties included refugees who have been fleeing the fighting in Deir Ezzor as well as members of the Kurdish Asayish security force.  
Item Number:16 Date: 10/13/2017 TURKEY - TURKISH TROOPS CROSS BORDER INTO REBEL-HELD IDLIB PROVINCE IN SYRIA (OCT 13/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- The Turkish military says its forces have crossed the border into Syria's northern Idlib province to monitor "de-escalation zones" intended to eventually help to end the conflict in Syria, reports the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   Military convoys crossed from Reyhanli in Turkey's southern Hatay province on Thursday night and soldiers began setting up observation points, according to a statement from the armed forces.   Reconnaissance teams entered Idlib over the weekend as part of an international agreement to establish four de-escalation zones in Syria.   A senior Syrian rebel told Reuter that Turkish army reconnaissance team scouted out Idlib province on Sunday before an expected military operation.   The accord was agreed to last December by Turkey, Russia and Iran. Ankara backs rebel groups opposed to the Assad regime, while Iran and Russia support the government in Damascus.   The Turkish deployment is also intended to hold off the Kurdish YPG militia, which holds the adjacent Afrin region, according to an unnamed rebel official involved in the operation, as cited by Reuters
Item Number:17 Date: 10/13/2017 USA - AFTER HEAVY-LIFT CHOPPER CATCHES FIRE IN OKINAWA, MARINES STAND DOWN CH-53ES (OCT 13/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- The U.S. Marine Corps says it has temporarily stood down all of its CH-53E Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopters stationed in Okinawa, Japan, after a fire force one of the aircraft to make an emergency landing, reports Military.com.   Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, the commander of the III Marine Expeditionary Force, ordered the 96-hour operational pause on Thursday.   An in-flight fire the day before forced the helicopter to a field outside of the Northern Training Area on Okinawa, reported the Stars and Stripes.   No injuries were reported. The Navy said it was a "Class A mishap." Such mishaps involve repair costs estimated at more than US$2 million or the death or permanent disability of personnel.   The cause of the fire is under investigation, the Marine Corps said.   Local witnesses said at least a third of the helicopter was burned.  
 Item Number:18 Date: 10/13/2017 USA - IN MAJOR CHANGE, U.S. ARMY FIELD MANUAL FOCUSES ON NEAR-PEER ADVERSARIES (OCT 13/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. Army has unveiled an updated field manual that emphasizes large-scale combat against enemies with similar technology and capabilities to American forces, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The service rolled out the document early this week, during the Association of the U.S. Army conference in Washington, D.C.   Entitled FM 3-0 Operations, the manual emphasizes the need for the Army to be able to fight on battlefields against adversaries with modern tanks, artillery, air forces, drones and cyber capabilities.   Potential opponents, including China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, have spent decades studying the U.S. military to determine its strengths and vulnerabilities and modernizing their forces to exploit such shortcomings, said Gen. Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff.   American advantages in conventional warfare have steadily eroded over 16 years of warfare against terrorists, the general noted.   This was the first significant overhaul for the field manual since 2011. It sets out the Army's priorities for soldiers, according to Army Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, the commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.   The shift was driven in large part by Russia's demonstrated capabilities during its war in Ukraine since 2014, said the general.   Conflict with a near-peer adversary would be "significantly more dangerous" than the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq in recent years, Lundy said.   The manual covers the need to fight at the division and corps levels, including the need for integrated cyber and air defense capabilities. Such missions were not stressed during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 10/13/2017 USA - NAVY ACTIVATES INITIAL UNMANNED UNDERWATER VEHICLE UNIT DRONE SQUADRON IN WASH. (OCT 13/NTIMES)  NAVY TIMES -- The U.S. Navy has its first unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) squadron, reports the Navy Times.   Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron 1 (UUVRON 1) was activated on Sept. 26 during a ceremony at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Washington state, the newspaper said on Wednesday.   The squadron's mission is sustaining the Navy's undersea advantages and extend its operational reach.   UUVs can be launched from surface ships and submarines for mine-clearance, ocean-floor mapping and reconnaissance missions, among others.   The squadron is still coming together, but it will eventually operate and maintain all classes of fleet underwater drones, from micro to extra-large vehicles, said Lt. Cmdr. Steve Boatwright, the executive officer of UUVRON 1.   Eventually, the unit will evaluate future vehicles
Item Number:20 Date: 10/13/2017 USA - NEW NAVY JOINT STANDOFF WEAPON ACHIEVES FULL OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY (OCT 13/NAVAIR)  NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND -- The U.S. Navy recently declared the latest variant of the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) ready for full operational capability, reports the Naval Air Systems Command.   The command said on Wednesday that all U.S. squadrons are now equipped with the JSOW C1. It is the Navy's first air-to-ground network-enabled weapon that can strike stationary land and moving maritime targets.   The JSOW C1 achieved initial operational capability in 2016. The program then undertook four fleet-wide exercises that demonstrated the capabilities of the missile in increasingly complex scenarios.   The C1 variant of the missile provides GPS/INS guidance, terminal infrared seeker and a Link 16 weapon data link, noted the release.
 
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