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To All,
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This Day In Naval History - January 4
1910 - Commissioning of USS Michigan (BB-27), the first U.S. dreadnought battleship.
1863 - Blockading ship USS
Quaker City captures sloop Mercury carrying dispatches emphasizing desperate plight of the South.
1989: VF-32 F-14 Tomcats from USS John F. Kennedy shoot down two hostile Libyan MiGs with AIM-7 [Sparrow] and AIM-9 [Sidewinder] missiles in the central Med north of Tobruk in international waters.
1944: USS Bluefish (SS 222) and USS Rasher (SS 269) attack a Japanese convoy off French Indochina; Bluefish sinks a merchant tanker while Rasher damages another tanker. Also on this date USS Cabrilla (SS 288) sinks a Japanese freighter off Cape Padran, French Indochina while USS Tautog (SS 109) sinks a Japanese freighter off southern Honshu.
 
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Thanks to THE Bear, Bud  and JC
 
Bud... Thanks for passing... This historic event has special meaning for me... 
     When the VFW convened their annual convention in Las Vegas that year they wanted to recognize the Navy F14 heroes from the Gulf of Sidra as one of their five annual award winners... The event was held in the Las Vegas convention Center in front of 25,000 delegates and a national TV audience... Dick Cheney was another awardee and the other three were heroic cops and a fireman... 
     Unfortunately for Kleeman, et al, their identifies were being withheld to protect them from retribution by Libyan terrorists and they were withheld from attending. The VFW and the Navy solved the problem. The Navy sent an expendable admiral from the Pentagon to accept the F14 guys plaque and honors ... Most expendable?... An attack puke... Bear Taylor...
     Tough duty...I got a weekend In Vegas and I got to sit on the stage and chat with one of my favorite people-- SecDef -- not--and then accept a plaque, honors and a rousing standing ovation on behalf of the unnamed F14 sharpshooters... 
     Anything for fighter brothers of brave heart and fighting spirit...  BearπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ⚓️🐻
     PS... I still have a 3" button with the message: "Libya -- 0, F14 -- 2"
On Nov 3, 2015, at 7:25 PM, Bud wrote:
One of the pilots was Hank Kleeman who was previously in VF-32 sister squadron to mine VF-14. He later died landing at Miramar when his F-18 had that main mount issue and the bird turned upside down on landing.
 
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Today in History January 4
1757
Robert Francois Damiens makes an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate King Louis XV of France.
1863
Union General Henry Halleck, by direction of President Abraham Lincoln, orders General Ulysses Grant to revoke his infamous General Order No. 11 that expelled Jews from his operational area.
1896
Utah becomes the 45th state of the Union.
1902
France offers to sell their Nicaraguan Canal rights to the United States.
1904
The U.S. Supreme Court decides in the Gonzales v. Williams case that Puerto Ricans are not aliens and can enter the United States freely, yet stops short of awarding citizenship.
1920
The Negro National League, the first black baseball league, is organized by Rube Foster.
1923
The Paris Conference on war reparations hits a deadlock as the French insist on the hard line and the British insist on Reconstruction.
1935
President Franklin D. Roosevelt claims in his State of the Union message that the federal government will provide jobs for 3.5 million Americans on welfare.
1936
Billboard magazine publishes its first music Hit Parade.
1941
On the Greek-Albanian front, the Greeks launch an attack towards Valona from Berat to Klisura against the Italians.
1942
Japanese forces begin the evacuation of Guadalcanal.
1951
UN forces abandon Seoul, Korea, to the Chinese Communist Army.
1952
The French Army in Indochina launches Operation Nenuphar in hopes of ejecting a Viet Minh division from the Ba Tai forest.
1969
Spain returns the Ifni province to Morocco.
1970
A 7.7 earthquake kills 15,000+ people in Tonghai County, China.
1972
Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England.
1974
President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
1975
The Khmer Rouge launches its newest assault in its five-year war in Phnom Penh. The war in Cambodia would go on until the spring of 1975.
1976
The Ulster Volunteer Force kills six Irish Catholic civilians in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. The next day 10 Protestant civilians are murdered in retaliation.
1979
Ohio officials approve an out-of-court settlement awarding $675,000 to the victims and families in the 1970 shootings at Kent State University, in which four students were killed and nine wounded by National Guard troops.
1990
Over 300 people die and more than 700 are injured in Pakistan's deadliest train accident, when an overloaded passenger train collides with an empty freight train.
1999
Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a former professional wrestler, is sworn in as populist governor of Minnesota.
1999
The euro, the new money of 11 European nations, goes into effect on the continent of Europe.
2004
NASA Mars rover Spirit successfully lands on Mars.
2004
Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia following the Rose Revolution of November 2003.
2007
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) becomes the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
2010
Burj Khalifa (Khalifa tower) officially opens in Dubai, UAE. At 2,722 ft (829.8 m) it is the world's tallest man-made structure.
 
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These are great.  Sure makes ya think.
Life stories that teach you many things in life. Excellent reading; These are based on true incidents, both wonderful and inspirational.
 
1.  Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I'm working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, "Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."
 
2. Today, I asked my mentor - a very successful business man in his 70's- what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said, "Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing."
 
3.  Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug.   When I tensed up, she realized I didn't recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere
smile and said, "On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center ."
 
4.  Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying.    And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.
 
5.  Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work.   At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.   A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.
 
6.  Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother's hospital bed,  my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, "I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often."
 
7. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed.   About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.
 
8. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling.  I chuckled and asked, "Why?" She replied, "So you can help me save the planet."   I chuckled again and asked, "And why do you want to save the planet?"  Because that's where I keep all my stuff," she said.
 
9. Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter's antics,  I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.
 
10. Today, a boy in a wheelchair  saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the  way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said,
"I hope you feel better soon."
 
11.  Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back malignant.  When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, "Thinking of you today.  If you need me, I'm a phone call away."  It was from a high school friend I hadn't seen in 10 years.
 
12. Today, I was traveling in  Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe .
He said he hadn't eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy.   Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, "We can share it."
 
The best sermons are lived, not preached
 
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WHAT I HAVE LEARNED
Read it through to the end, it gets better as you go!
I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sings "Silent Night". Age 5
I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either. Age 7
I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. Age 9
I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again. Age 12
I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. Age 14
I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me. Age 15
I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. Age 24
I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures. Age 26
I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have followed me there. Age 29
I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. Age 30
I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it. Age 42
I've learned that you can make someone's day by simply sending them a little note. Age 44
I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others. Age 46
I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. Age 47
I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better tomorrow. Age 48
I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours.
Age 4 I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone. Age 50
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights. Age 51
I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. Age 52
I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. Age 53
I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.
Age 58
I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage. Age 61
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. Age 62
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. Age 64
I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. Age 65
I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. Age 66
I've learned that everyone can use a prayer. Age 72
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. Age 82
I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch - holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. Age 90
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. Age 92
I've learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about.
Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.
 
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
 
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 4 JANUARY 1967… AN UNSUNG HERO…
January 3, 2017Bear Taylor
RIPPLE SALVO… #305… Air Intelligence (Photographic) Officer LCDR JOHN J. DOTHARD… but first…
Good Morning: Day THREE HUNDRED FIVE of remembering and recognizing the warriors who went to an unwinnable war…
4 JANUARY 1967… HEAD LINES IN THE HOME TOWN PAPERS from the New York Times on a cloudy winter Wednesday…
Page 1: "Thant Finds Hanoi Views Bomb Halt as a Key to Peace Talks"… "Secretary General Thant's preliminary soundings of North Vietnam's attitude toward peace talks have disclosed that progress hinges on an unconditional cessation of bombing by the United States…After two weeks of intense secret diplomacy, Mr. Thant was described as having hopes, based on what was described as hard facts, of a positive response from North Vietnam once the United States ended the bombing. The response is expected to take the form of a de-escalation of the North's military operations…Mr. Thant considers that the first and essential step in the plan is the cessation of the bombing in the North. This he is convinced, must be unconditional."... Page 1: Harrison Salisbury in Hanoi. "Hanoi Premier Tells View"… "Some in U.S. detect Shift"… "In a detailed discussion of North Vietnamese views on the war in Vietnam, Premier Pham Van Dong emphasized that once hostilities were brought to an end, it would be possible to speak 'of other things… the moment the United States puts an end to the war, we will respect each other and settle every question. Why don't you (the United States) think that way?' The Premier stressed that the four points were not to be considered as 'conditions' for peace talks. He described them as providing a basis for settlement of the Vietnam problem."… Page 1: "4 Points Not Condition to Talks, Aides Note; Others Doubt Change" …"American officials saw signs tonight of a possibly significant shift in Hanoi's position toward Vietnam peace talks in the remarks of Pham Van Dong. Other officials took a more cautious view. They noted that diplomatic intermediaries as well as European critics of the Johnson Administration, had long maintained that the four points program had never been intended as a condition to peace talks but merely as the Communist proposals to be laid before the peace negotiators."
Page 1: "Three Car Makers Say They Cannot Meet Safety Deadline"…"Ford, Chrysler and American Motors joined GMC announcing they would be unable to meet between 8 and 10 of the Federal Government's 23 proposed safety standards for the 1968 models."… Page 1: "Ruby, Oswald Slayer Dies of a Blood Clot in Lungs"…"Jack Ruby, who shot President Kennedy's assassin before a nationwide television audience, died today…in the same hospital in which President Kennedy and the assassin Lee Harvey Oswald died…" Page 1:"Sheen Appoints a Vicar for the Poor"… "Bishop Fulton J. Sheen named a young priest associated with a militant Negro group as the special vicar today to minister to the poor in this industrial city (Rochester, N.Y.). Sheen: 'The church must be where problems are. Where hunger is, where rooms are cold and where difficult decisions have to be made.' The Immaculate Conception Church, situated in the decaying predominantly Negro Third Ward…The parish belongs to the group called FIGHT (The letters stand for Freedom, Integration God, Honor–Today). The group was organized by Saul D. Alinsky, a Chicago based community organizer who terms himself a 'professional radical.' He was brought here a year and half ago by Rochester churches."
4 JANUARY 1967… President's Daily Brief…CIA (TS sanitized) COMMUNIST CHINA: The din against chief of staff Liu Shao-chi and party secretary Teng Hsiao-ping is getting so loud that it sounds like the prelude to the third act (purge). Their removal from power, we believe, could come at any time. Along with this, we see more signs that the Chinese economy is being threatened as the cultural revolution expands. With the whole area of economic management starting to come under attack, utter chaos is in prospect… SOVIET UNION: The Russians have announced signing a five-year agreemnent with the French in the field of oil and gas prospecting. The effort here is said to be toward joint development of new instruments and equipment–including special computers–for handling prospecting data. Moscow will surely get the better of this deal. The French, through their contacts with US oil companies and their licensing agreements with manufacturers, not only can give the Soviets valuable information about US techniques, but can also sell them the most up-to-date equipment for finding petroleum… NORTH VIETNAM: Soviet shipping to North Vietnam picked up in December after a slackening of deliveries in September through November. This increase may reflect deliveries under new aid agreements concluded with Moscow in September. (The rest of the note remains redacted 50 years after the fact.)…
 
4 JANUARY 1967… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER…New York Times… Report of air war in the North for January 3, page 4: "U.S. Navy Planes Set North Vietnamese Torpedo Boats Afire Off Haiphong"…"United States planes attacked a North Vietnamese torpedo boat off Haiphong yesterday (Jan 3) and set it afire with rockets. U.S. Navy Phantom jets from the Seventh Fleet carrier Kitty Hawk heavily damaged the boat in an attack 25 miles east of Haiphong. In other action over North Vietnam United States pilots flew 26 missions and attacked an oil storage area and other targets in the southern Panhandle.
NYT (5 Jan reporting 4 Jan ops) Page 3: "U.S. Planes Attack Vessels"… "U.S. Navy pilots said they had destroyed or damaged a total of 111 cargo junks and barges today in attacks on more than 200 vessels along the North Vietnamese coast. The Navy pilots flew 54 of 80 strike missions of at least 2 to 5 planes each in North Vietnam during the day. Air Force pilots hit hardest at two convoy staging areas within five miles of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Vietnam. A U.S. military spokesman correcting earlier report that none of the more than 50 F-4 Phantoms engaged in the biggest air battle of the war over North Vietnam on Monday was damaged or lost said that one of the F-4s sustained damage when it flew through the debris of a disintegrating MIG-21… (Personal note of Humble Host: On Jan 2-3-4 I flew four sorties in the hunt with rockets for WBLCs off the coast and in the inland waterways of Route Pack III. Log book says: Good hits, no fires or secondaries).
"Vietnam: Air Losses" (Hobson) Three fixed wing aircraft lost in southeast Asia on 4 January 1967…
(1) LTJG JIM HAYS was flying an A-4C of the VA-22 Fighting Redcocks embarked in USS CORAL SEA on a strike mission on a bridge at Thu Diem 20 miles south of Haiphong when hit by ground fire in the wing. Losing fuel and then afire LTJG HAYS was able to fly the aircraft 20 miles to sea before the aircraft flames out, among other difficulties, and eject to be rescued by a Navy helicopter… to fight many other days and nights…
(2) LT ALLAN M. VANPELT and ENSIGN R.A. MORRIS were flying an F-4B of the VF-154 Black Knights embarked in USS CORAL SEA on a strike to the same bridge target ninety minutes later. During recovery from a shallow delivery of  MK-82 bombs LT VANPELT observed and responded to a fire warning light and turned toward the sea. As the aircraft burned and parts were falling off the doomed aircraft the two Naval aviators ejected two miles off the coast to be rescued by a Navy helicopter…
(3) A C-123B Provider of the 19th ACS and 315th ACW out of Tan Son Nhut with a crew of five crashed on a landing and was destroyed at a South Vietnam field. The crew survived…
 
RIPPLE SALVO… #305… Among the many "unsung heroes" who toiled tirelessly in the dark spaces of the carriers at Yankee Station were the "staff pukes" of the embarked Carrier Division Commanders. RS #305 is purloined from an award letter to the Commander Carrier Division NINE from Commander SEVENTH FLEET approving the award of the Navy Commendation Medal to the Staff Assistant Air Intelligence (Photographic) Officer LCDR JOHN J. DOTHARD. LCDR DOTHARD's sustained performance is indicative of the incredible burden of planning and directing the strike efforts of the embarked air wing by the staff officers of our Intelligence Corps at every level of command. Here is the "summary of action," slightly abbreviated, for LCDR DOTHAN's well deserved NCM…
"During the period May 1966 to January 1968 Lieutenant Commander DOTHARD served as Assistant air Intelligence (Photographic) Officer on the Staff of Commander Carrier Division NINE. This period encompassed two Southeast Asia deployments when Commander Carrier Division NINE was assigned as a Carrier Task Group Commander under Commander Task Force 77, including assignments as CTG 77.0 (Yankee Station Commander) for approximately one-third of the total deployment time. In the later capacity Commander Carrier Division NINE was responsible for preparation and execution of attack carrier strike operations in support of United States national policy in Southeast Asia. During that period, the nature and complexity of Yankee Station operations were significantly expanded as the efforts of the attack carrier striking forces were directed against major targets throughout most of North Vietnam. This, in addition to the impact of the use of concentrate air defenses by the enemy, resulted in special complexities in planning, executing and reporting of the operations. Simultaneous missions by other United States forces complicated the task of coordinating and accomplishing assigned missions successfully and without interference with the operations of friendly forces. Commander Carrier Division NINE planned, directed and executed the following major attacks on military and logistic installations in North Vietnam during 1966: Thanh Hoa railroad yard on 21 and 22 August; Nam Dinh railyard on 24 August; Bai Chay naval base on 5 September; Ninh Binh railroad yard spur on 12 September; Phu Ly railroad yard and bridge on 9 October; Ninh Binh railroad yard on 11 November; Can Thon (Kep Airfield) POL re-strike on 2 December. Commander CARDIV NINE also planned, directed and executed the following strikes in 1967: Phu Ly railroad bridge on 16 July; Ninh Binh railroad and highway bridge on 17 July; Co Trai railroad and highway bridge on 19 July; Loi dong army barracks on 29 July; Cam Pha railroad and highway bridge on 1 August; Hanoi thermal power plant on 21 august; Haiphong highway bridge (SSE) on 4 September; Haiphong highway and railroad bridge on 11 September; Kien An airfield on 8 October; Do Xa railroad station and yard and Haiphong army barracks (SE) on 16 October; Haiphong army barracks and Haiphong shipyard (Loch Tray) on 18 October; Phuc Yen airfiled on 14 and 25 October; Hanoi thermal power plant on 26 October; Song Bi thermal power plant on 27 October; Ngoc Kuyet railroad siding (10 miles east of Hanoi) on 29 October; Uong Bi thermal power plant on 30 October; Kien An airfield on 27 November; Haiphong railroad and highway bridge and Haiphong railroad yard west on 28 November; Haiphong railroad yard west, Haiphong highway bridge and Kien An highway bridge on 15 December; Hai Duong railroad and highway bridge east on 3 January; Hai Duong highway ferries #1 and #2 on 4 January; and Thanh Hoa transshipment points and motor maintenance area on 5 January 1968. In addition to these major strikes, constant pressure was maintained on enemy lines of communication by an almost continuous succession of reconnaissance and interdiction missions flown day and night from the attack carrier. This concentrated series of major air attacks, interdiction and close air support missions resulted in extensive and severe damage to the enemy.
Lieutenant Commander DOTHARD, serving as Assistant Air Intelligence (Photographic) Officer was responsible for the collection, evaluation, and dissemination of all photographic intelligence. He was exceptionally effective in supervising the photographic, infra-red and side looking radar reconnaissance programs of the task group. During these periods when this command was functioning as YANKEE Station Commander he was responsible for coordinating the reconnaissance efforts of all task groups assigned. As a result of his persistent efforts in collecting and evaluating all available photographic materials, LCDR DOTHARD's contribution to the selection of tactical targets in North Vietnam proved most productive. He was the task group authority on the complex and changing rules of engagement for naval and air operations in Southeast Asia. LCDR DOTHARD developed several imaginative and functional photographic displays portraying comprehensive data concerning both friendly and enemy forces. These visual graphics were extremely useful in informing the Task Group Commander of the current operational situation and provided the target planning board with an immediate source of information. Through his untiring efforts and initiative, LCDR DOTHARD significantly improved the quality and quantity of photographic target materials available to the operating forces, particularly in the area of Strike Still Pictures and motion pictures taken by attack aircraft camera pods. An exceptionally dedicated and conscientious naval officer, LCDR DOTHARD willingly worked unusually long hours to ensure that the best possible photographic intelligence was available to the Task Group Commander."
Humble Host salutes LCDR DOTHARD and all the AIs who supported the air crews that needed all the help they could get to find and kill the right targets. The pictures were vital to survival and getting the job done.
4 January Quotes: "We study strategy as a science: the application of that knowledge is an art."…REHKOPF   "Being a soldier and being a member of an army in time of peace are two different things. I would accept the latter only as a means to the former."…PATTON
Lest we forget….         Bear
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 01/04/2017 AFGHANISTAN - FEMALE MILITIA GROUP EMERGES IN JAWZJAN PROVINCE TO OPPOSE TERRORISTS (JAN 04/IBT)  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- Tribal women in northern Afghanistan have been taking up weapons to fight Taliban and Islamic State terrorists, reports the International Business Times (India).   The women in the remote Darzab district of Jawzjan province have become a resistance force against militants attempting to expand their holdings in that northern region near Turkmenistan, reported the Khaama Press (Afghanistan).   About 45 women have taken up arms, according to local officials. They reportedly conduct security patrols as well as fight off attacks.
Item Number:2 Date: 01/04/2017 AFGHANISTAN - IN UNUSUAL WINTER PUSH, TALIBAN LAUNCHES ATTACKS IN HELMAND PROVINCE (JAN 04/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The Taliban has stepped up its efforts in Afghanistan's southwestern Helmand province, reports the Stars and Stripes.   For example, the group launched new attacks in the Sangin and Marjah districts on Dec. 31, said a provincial spokesman.   The action is a departure from past practices. The Taliban has typically retreated to western Pakistan during the winter before returning in the spring when the weather is more favorable.   The Taliban has been making gains in Helmand since 2015, including capturing several districts. Meanwhile, government security forces have suffered serious losses.   The U.S. has deployed special operations teams to the region to bolster Afghan troops.   Separately, NATO on Monday confirmed media reports indicating that in 2016 alliance forces in Afghanistan suffered the fewest fatalities since 2001. Fifteen NATO personnel were killed last year: two Romanians, nine Americans and four civilian staff.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 01/04/2017 AFGHANISTAN - POTENTIAL DEAL IN AFGHANISTAN COMPLICATED BY MOSCOW'S INTRANSIGENCE OVER WARLORD (JAN 04/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- The Russian government is standing in the way of efforts to remove a top Afghan warlord from a U.N. sanctions list, reports the Wall Street Journal.   In September, the government in Kabul and Hezb-e Islami, an Islamist group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, reached an agreement that was widely seen as a first step toward ending some of the fighting in Afghanistan.   As part of the deal, the Afghan government asked the U.N. in December to take Hekmatyar off its sanctions list.   However, Moscow indicated it needs more time to reconsider the request. Under U.N. rules for such cases, Russia can take up to six months to provide a reason for its opposition.   Hezb-e Islami currently has little influence in Afghanistan, but Afghan and U.S. officials see an accord as a template for a peace agreement with the Taliban.   Russia's move may be part of a larger effort to counter U.S. influence in Afghanistan, say American and Afghan officials
Item Number:4 Date: 01/04/2017 AUSTRALIA - TAKING OFFENSE AT TRAINING MATERIAL, REMARKS, INDONESIA HALTS MILITARY COOPERATION (JAN 04/AUSBC)  AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- Indonesia has suspended all military cooperation Australia, citing "offensive" training material at an Australian special operations base, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corp.   Cooperation was suspended indefinitely last week, said Indonesian military officials on Wednesday.   A broad range of activities have been affected, including joint training, reported the BBC. Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said that some activities were "postponed."   An Indonesian military officer raised concerns in November over some "teaching materials and remarks and an army language training facility in Australia," said Payne. The Indonesian Kopassus special operations group trains with Australia's Special Air Service in Perth.   According to the Indonesian paper Kompas, the issue was sparked by, in part, writings deemed insulting to the Indonesian state symbol, the Pancasila. An Australian lieutenant was also said to have used a derogatory word, in Indonesian, sometimes directed at subordinates. The word, reported the Daily Telegraph (U.K.), means "mouse" or "shrew
Item Number:5 Date: 01/04/2017 ESTONIA - LARGER SIRGALA RANGE EYED FOR TRAINING WITH INFANTRY FIGHTING VEHICLES (JAN 04/BALTIMES)  BALTIC TIMES -- The Estonian Ministry of Defense has decided to significantly increase the size of the Sirgala range so infantry fighting vehicles can train there, reports the Baltic Times.   The planned project would involve increasing the range's area by up to 2.5 times, a ministry spokesman told the Baltic News Service.   "The Ministry of Defense does not have a timetable for expanding the training ground and the necessary works, and costs connected with the expansion will become clear in the course of further designing," the spokesman said.   Having a larger range will enhance the capabilities of the Estonian military, Defense League (Kaitseliit) and allied forces stationed in the country, officials said.   The range currently occupies about 7,400 acres (3,000 hectares) in East Viru County in northeastern Estonia.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 01/04/2017 GERMANY - TERRORISM GROWTH SPARKS MOVE TO CENTRALIZE SECURITY ORGANIZATION (JAN 04/FT)  FINANCIAL TIMES -- Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has proposed reforms intended to make Germany's security agencies more capable in the fight against terrorism, reports the Financial Times.   The proposals would take a range of powers from the nation's regions and replace their intelligence services with a single national agency, he said in an article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.   De Maiziere said he wants to beef up the federal criminal investigation bureau; create "a real federal police force"; and give the national government more authority to remove unsuccessful asylum-seekers.   The proposal may undermine the decentralized structure created after World War II as a response to the Nazi regime, say critics.   Others argue that Germany's security agencies are too fragmented, enabling terrorists to avoid surveillance.   The U.S. and the E.U. have called on Berlin to improve its domestic intelligence capabilities.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 01/04/2017 IRAN - SEPARATISTS, GOVERNMENT GIVE CONFLICTING REPORTS OF DAMAGED OIL PIPELINE (JAN 04/REU)  REUTERS -- Arab separatists in Iran claim to have blown up two oil pipelines in the country's west on Jan. 3, reports Reuters.   The Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of al-Ahwaz announced on its website that its armed wing had made the attacks near the town of Omidiyeh and the port of Deylem.   The first reportedly hit the state-owned Aghajari Oil and Gas Production Company's "Maroun" pipeline. The second was said to target pipeline from the Baharkan oilfield to Kharg Island, said the posting.   An Iranian Interior Ministry spokesman said the claim was not true. As a general practice, Tehran denies that there is discontent within its Arab minorities.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 01/04/2017 IRAQ - U.N. TOTALS CIVILIAN CASUALTIES FROM 2016: AT LEAST 6,878 DEAD, 12,388 WOUNDED (JAN 04/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- At least 6,878 civilians were killed in Iraq and 12,388 injured in terrorism and other violence last year, reports the Voice of America News, citing U.N. statistics.   Officials said the actual totals are likely higher, since these figures do not include civilians killed or injured in Iraq's western Anbar province in May, July, August and December of 2016.   Civilian casualties for December were lower than previous months, despite an increase in attacks toward the end of the month, the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said on Monday.   "There is, no doubt, an attempt by [ISIS] to divert attention from their losses in (the northern Iraqi city) of Mosul and, unfortunately, it is the innocent civilians who are paying the price," said Jan Kunis, the special representative of the U.N. secretary-general for Iraq.   In 2015, 7,512 civilians were killed in Iraq, according to UNAMI figures.  
 Item Number:9 Date: 01/04/2017 ISRAEL - MILITARY COURT CONVICTS SOLDIER OF MANSLAUGHTER IN DEATH OF WOUNDED PALESTINIAN ATTACKER (JAN 04/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- A military court on Wednesday convicted an Israeli soldier for shooting a wounded and disarmed Palestinian attacker, reports the New York Times.   The case, which has divided the nation, dates to March 2016, when two Palestinian attackers stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier in Hebron in the West Bank. One assailant was killed and the other was wounded.   According to the three-judge panel, Sgt. Elor Azaria shot the wounded attacker in the head as he was lying immobile. The incident was caught on camera.   The court in Jaffa said there was "no justification" for the shooting. The sergeant is expected to be sentenced in a month.   Many conservative lawmakers supported the NCO's action, noted the Wall Street Journal. However, military officials have said the shooting did not reflect the values of the Israel Defense Forces.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 01/04/2017 ITALY - M-345 MILITARY PROTOTYPE AIRCRAFT MAKES 30-MINUTE INITIAL FLIGHT (JAN 04/LEONARDO)  LEONARDO-FINMECCANICA -- The Aermacchi M-345HET (high efficiency trainer) prototype has made its first flight, reports Leonardo, the Italian manufacturer.   The two-seat basic trainer flew from an airfield in Varese, Italy, on Dec. 29. The flight lasted 30 minutes, noted UPI.   The jet met all design expectations and showed excellent performance, said the test pilot.   Testing will conclude later this year. The next series of trials will cover the avionics systems, engine and flight envelope expansion, including altitude, speed and maneuverability, the company said.  
Item Number:11 Date: 01/04/2017 NIGERIA - ARMY CHIEF BANS POSTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA DURING MILITARY OPERATIONS (JAN 04/DTRUST)  DAILY TRUST -- The Nigerian army has forbidden officers and troops from posting photos and videos of operations on social media while on duty, reports the Daily Trust (Nigeria).   "It is prohibited to upload any picture with your uniforms while in operation," said Lt. Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade. He made his remarks on Tuesday during a graduation ceremony in Kaduna.   "While you are on operation, you may want to take photo shot of some good moment but you should be very careful while doing that," the general said. That the directive came from army chief Tukur Buratai, he said.   A video clip in December 2016 that went viral showed soldiers complaining about a lack of food and water while they were taking part in an offensive against Boko Haram terrorists.   Military officials disputed the veracity of the claim, saying the video was filmed six months prior by people trying to tarnish the image of the military, reported News 24 (Nigeria.)  
  Item Number:12 Date: 01/04/2017 NIGERIA - VIOLENCE IN KADUNA PROMPTS TROOP DEPLOYMENT (JAN 04/NAIJ)  NAIJ -- The Nigerian army says its troops are being deployed to Kaduna State to stop the attacks being made by unidentified gunmen, reports Naij.com (Nigeria).   The army will work with police and the State Security Service domestic intelligence agency in the southern part of the state, said a military spokesman on Tuesday.   The army will also create at least one regional military formation to deter attackers, while maintaining gains in the northeast against the Boko Haram militant group, the spokesman said.   Fulani herdsman and farmers in the region have been at odds for years.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 01/04/2017 PHILIPPINES - ISLAMIST GROUP SUSPECTED IN MASS PRISON ESCAPE (JAN 04/PHILSTAR)  PHILIPPINE STAR -- Armed men have attacked a jail in the southern Philippines, leading to a mass escape, reports the Philippine Star.   At least 158 prisoners fled the prison early Wednesday, reported CNN.   More than 100 men attacked the jail in Kidapawan City in North Cotabato province in a pre-dawn raid, prompting a two-hour shootout, reported AFP.   One guard was killed and at least 158 prisoners escaped, said a jail warden. The attack may have been intended to free Islamist rebels, he said.   Security forces were pursuing the prisoners on Wednesday morning. At least six were killed, according to local authorities.   The attackers are believed to have been led by a local Muslim rebel commander part of a splinter of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).   A BIFF spokesman denied responsibility, and spokesman for the MILF said it had no knowledge of the attackers
  Item Number:14 Date: 01/04/2017 SOMALIA - U.N. SECURITY GUARDS HURT IN BOMBING IN MOGADISHU; AL-SHABAAB CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY (JAN 04/IBT)  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- A bomb explosion near the United Nation's compound in Somalia's capital has injured four U.N. guards, reports the International Business Times, citing local authorities.   On Wednesday, a bomb concealed in a U.N. vehicle exploded outside a facility belonging to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Mogadishu, said a police officer, as cited by the Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu).   Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility.   The attack took place close to Mogadishu's international airport. A suicide bombing near that airport on Monday killed at least three people. Al-Shabaab also claimed responsibility
Item Number:15 Date: 01/04/2017 SOUTH KOREA - AIR FORCE NAMES 3 FEMALE FIGHTER PILOTS AS VICE SQUADRON COMMANDERS (JAN 04/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean air force has appointed three female pilots as vice commanders in fighter squadrons for the first time, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Maj. Park Ji Yeon, 38, from the 16th Fighter Wing; Maj. Park Ji Won, 38, from the 8th Fighter Wing; and Maj. Ha Jung Mi, 37, from the 20th Fighter Wing, were promoted within their squadrons in December, according to an air force spokesman.   Vice commanders supervise all aviation operations and educate and train junior pilots, said a service statement.   In 2015, the air force appointed its first two female pilots as vice commanders of airlift squadrons, the spokesman noted.   The first female fighter pilot was commissioned in 2002.  
 Item Number:16 Date: 01/04/2017 TUNISIA - IN LATEST ACTION, SECURITY FORCES BUST 13-MEMBER JIHADIST RECRUITING CELL (JAN 04/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Tunisian security force say they have broken up a terrorist cell said to be recruiting for jihadist groups, reports Agence France-Presse.   Thirteen suspects, aged 22-49, were detained Tuesday in Hergla, north of the coastal resort city of Sousse, said the Interior Ministry.   The cell had held "secret meetings in a mosque" and admitted to recruiting 12 youths to fight with jihadist groups abroad, said the ministry on Wednesday.   The suspects were believed to be linked to the Al-Qaida-linked Okba Ibn Nafaa Battalion, said authorities.   More than 70 people have been arrested in a national crackdown since Dec. 25. Seven announcements have been made recently of arrests of terrorists.  
 Item Number:17 Date: 01/04/2017 TURKEY - FOLLOWING NEW YEAR TERROR ATTACK, LAWMAKERS EXTEND STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR 3 MORE MONTHS (JAN 04/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Turkish lawmakers have extended the nation's state of emergency for another three months, reports Deutsche Welle.   On Tuesday, the Parliament extended the government's emergency powers that were going to expire on Jan. 19. The emergency state was first imposed in July 2016.   The move was required due to recent terrorist attacks, including an attack on an Istanbul night club on New Year's that left at least 39 people dead, said Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus.   The Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack. The search for the assailant is still underway. Police have arrested at least 16 people in connection to the incident, including two foreign nationals detained Tuesday at Istanbul's airport, reported the Wall Street Journal.   Under the emergency state, the government can rule by decree and fire public employees. Security officials are authorized to detain suspects for up to 30 days without charges
Item Number:18 Date: 01/04/2017 USA - NAVY AWARDS $324.5 MILLION DEAL FOR EXPEDITIONARY SEA BASE (JAN 04/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded a contract modification to General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding (NASSCO), San Diego, Calif., for the Montford Point-class vessel, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $324.5 million deal definitizes the long lead-time material part of the undefinitized contract action and funds the detail, design and construction of Expeditionary Sea Base 5 (ESB-5), said the Pentagon release on Dec. 29.   The ESB configuration of the Montford Point class includes a flight deck and expansive reconfigurable mission deck; military personnel accommodations; small craft launch and recovery capabilities; and command, control, communication, computer and intelligence (C4I) equipment for multiple networks and architectures, noted the release.   The first two Montford Point-class ships are designated expeditionary transfer docks (ESD), with three more designated as ESBs.   Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed by May 2019.  
Item Number:19 Date: 01/04/2017 USA - RAPID CAPABILITIES OFFICE SPEEDS UP ELECTRONIC WARFARE TECHNOLOGY (JAN 04/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Army's Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) is moving forward with projects to enhance the service's electronic warfare capabilities, reports Defense News.   The RCO, which was set up in August, is designed to identify the Army's most important requirements and deliver capabilities within one to five years.   Priority has been given to what ground maneuver forces will need to fight in contested areas into the future, say officials.   In mid-December, the office's board received approval for a "phased" approach to rapidly prototype electronic warfare capabilities, said Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt, the director of operations for the office.   The goal is to prototype technology, get them to the users and assess them operationally, the general said. This will help the development of more long-term projects.   Concerns over Russia's effective use of electronic warfare in Ukraine is one driver of the new focus
Item Number:20 Date: 01/04/2017 VENEZUELA - SEARCH GOES ON FOR MILITARY HELICOPTER LOST FOR DAYS IN AMAZON RAIN FOREST (JAN 04/REU)  REUTERS -- A search continuing for a Venezuelan helicopter that went missing in the jungle on Dec. 30, reports Reuters.   The Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter disappeared over the Amazon jungle with 13 on board, say defense authorities.   The aircraft was carrying four crew, four local indigenous inhabitants and five military personnel to relieve colleagues at a post in the area.   As of Tuesday, army rescuers, supported by local indigenous communities, were searching the densely forested area by foot and by boat, said Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino.   Poor weather conditions were preventing overflights. "We have had information from indigenous inhabitants who saw the helicopter fly over, but so far, by air it's been practically impossible to reach the area where we presume there was a forced landing," said Padrino.

 

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