Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fw: TheList 4389

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The List 4389
To All,
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Some get a 3 day.
This Day In Naval History - February 17
1864 - Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sinks USS Housatonic
1942: The first Construction Battalion (Seabees) arrives in the Pacific during World War II at Bora Bora, Society Islands.
1944 - Carrier aircraft strike Japanese fleet at Truk, sinking ships and destroying aircraft
This Day In Naval History - February 18
1846 - General order on Port and Starboard
1944 - Amphibious Force under RADM Hill lands troops on Engebi Island,
1955 - 1st of 14 detonations, Operation Teapot nuclear test
This Day In Naval History - February 19
1814 - USS Constitution captures British brig Catherine
1945 - Marines with naval gunfire support land on Iwo Jima; island secured
16 March.
February 17
At a grand feast, Philip the Good of Burgundy takes the "vow of the pheasant," by which he swears to fight the Turks.
Boris Godunov, the boyar of Tarar origin, is elected czar in succession to his brother-in-law Fydor.
Spain signs the Treaty of the Hague with the Quadruple Alliance ending a war that was begun in 1718.
The House of Representatives breaks an electoral college tie and chooses Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr.
The Confederate submarine Hunley sinks the USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina.
The South Carolina capital city, Columbia, is destroyed by fire as Major General William Tecumseh Sherman marches through.
Apache chief Geronimo dies of pneumonia at age 80, while still in captivity at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Germany signs an armistice giving up territory in Poland.
The first issue of Harold Ross' magazine, The New Yorker, hits the stands, selling for 15 cents a copy.
The League of Nations censures Japan in a worldwide broadcast.
Thirty-one prisoners escape an Oklahoma prison after murdering a guard.
The first color television is demonstrated at the Dominion Theatre in London.
U.S forces land on Eniwetok atoll in the South Pacific.
Gen. MacArthur's troops land on Corregidor in the Philippines.
Packard introduces its "250" Chassis Convertible.
Britain announces its ability to make hydrogen bombs.
The United States launches its first weather station in space, Vanguard II.
Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested in the Alabama bus boycott.
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev visits the Berlin Wall.
Russia and Peru sign their first trade accord.
President Richard Nixon names Patrick Gray director of the FBI.
Art by Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and van Gogh, valued at $5 million, is stolen from the Municipal Museum in Milan.
China begins a "pedagogical" war against Vietnam. It will last until March.
Murray Haydon becomes the third person to receive an artificial heart.
Thanks to Carl. I see Col Vargas, the last signature on the list, almost every Saturday here in Poway at a small restaurant where I have breakfast with my friend Mac.
An open letter from 14 Medal of Honor recipients to Sen. Blumenthal over his hypocrisy on Gorsuch
Dear Sen. Richard Blumenthal,
You recently called upon your Senate colleagues to subject Judge Neil Gorsuch's record to "extreme vetting," questioning both his qualification and biography. The Senate certainly has the right and obligation to closely review any nominee for the United States Supreme Court. Conversely, it is our right as Americans and veterans to scrutinize your hypocrisy in doing so.
We are veterans of the Vietnam War. We fought alongside our brothers in arms, many of whom died or were gravely injured there. We saw the treatment meted out on us and our fellow military personnel upon our return, yet we never questioned our commitment to our nation's freedom. But perhaps more relevant to this discussion is that we know you were not there with us.
The fact you repeatedly and consistently claimed to have served in Vietnam is a gross case of stolen valor in our opinion. You obtained at least five military deferments between 1965 and 1970, at least two of which were seemingly political favors to you so that you could avoid joining us in a war zone. Here are just a few examples where it appears that you have chosen to buttress your political resume by shamefully inflating your record of military service:
In 2003, you apparently stated, "When we returned [from Vietnam], we saw nothing like this [a public outpouring of support for deployed military personnel]."
In 2008, the New York Times reported you said, "We have learned something important since the days I served in Vietnam ..."
At a Vietnam War memorial in 2008, it is reported you stated, "I served during the Vietnam era ... I remember the taunts, the insults, sometimes even the physical abuse."
We recognize that military service of any kind is valuable to the protection of our nation's freedom. There is no shame in engaging in "Toys for Tots" campaigns, recycling efforts, or assisting in the improvement or construction of various facilities, which appears to be a fair description of the bulk of your duties during the Vietnam War.
What is offensive to those who fought in a most brutal conflict, some of us who were captured and tortured by our enemy, is any comparison of those most brutal experiences to the ones of people like you who never even sniffed the air in Vietnam.
You should be proud that you shared a uniform with so many brave souls who endured the hardships of war, but instead you chose to attempt to deceitfully and craftily join their ranks with your intentionally vague statements and false claims. Quite simply, it is impossible to "misspeak" about having seen a war.
Valor is too uncommon a commodity, and too precious a virtue, to be stolen by those who have not paid the high price for freedom. We recognize that some concerns over any appointee, especially the Supreme Court, are honest and legitimate.
You, sir, are neither. If you ever had a sense of duty, if ever you respected the service and sacrifice of others, then please recognize your duty now:
Sen. Blumenthal, "take your seat"!
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins, U.S. Army, Auburn, Ala.
Retired Col. Don "Doc" Ballard, U.S. Army, Grain Valley, Mo.
Retired Maj. Gen. Pat Brady, U.S. Army, New Braunfels, Texas
Retired Col. Bruce Crandall, U.S. Army, Manchester, Wash.
Retired Sgt. 1st Class Sammy Davis, U.S. Army, Freedom, Ind.
Retired Col. Wesley Fox, U.S. Marine Corps, Peoria, Ill.
Retired Col. Harold Fritz, U.S. Army, Peoria, Ill.
Retired Maj. Gen. Jim Livingston, U.S. Marine Corps, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bob Patterson, U.S. Army, Pace, Fla.
Retired Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Stumpf, U.S. Army, Tomah, Wis.
Retired Maj. James Taylor, U.S. Army, Trinity Center, Calif.
Retired Lt. Mike Thornton, U.S. Navy, Dallas
Retired Col. Leo Thorsness, U.S. Air Force, St. Augustine, Fla.
Retired Col. Jay Vargas, U.S. Marine Corps, San Diego
The signatories are all Vietnam-era Medal of Honor recipients. Their Medal citations can be read at
Fighter Sweep
Air Force X-37B Space Plane Expected to Land Soon After Two Year Mission
Speculation is that the X-37B Air Force space plane drone is going to land soon at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The X-37B has been in orbit for almost two View More ›
Humor from  Bill
            A retired guy sits around the house all day so one day his wife says, "Jay, could you do something useful like vacuum the house once a week?"
                        The guy gives it a moment's thought and says; "Sure; why not. Where's the vacuum?"
                        Half an hour later, Jay walks into the kitchen to get some coffee.
                        His wife says, "I didn't hear the vacuum running; I thought you were going to use it."
                        Exasperated, Jay answers, "The stupid thing is broken and it won't start. We need to buy a new one!"
                        "Really?" she says, "Show me - it worked fine the last time I used it."
Cirrus Down Under Chute In Ocean Video
Remember the guy ferrying the Cirrus to Hawaii and had the fuel-transfer problem? Here's the video footage of the CAPS deployment and rescue.
New words to enhance your "North American" Vocabulary
*Errorist* : Someone who repeatedly makes mistakes.
*Askhole* : A person who constantly asks for your advice, yet always does the opposite of what you tell them.
 *Ambitchous* : Striving to be more of a bitch than the average bitch.
 *Dudevorce* : When two male best friends officially end their friendship over a lame disagreement, usually concerning a girl.
*Nonversation* : A completely worthless conversation, wherein nothing is illuminated, explained or otherwise elaborated upon. Typically occurs at parties, bars or other events .
*Destinesia* : When you get to where you were intending to go, you forget why you were going there in the first place. Not to be confused with being stoned.
*Unkeyboardinated* : Lacking physical or mental keyboard coordination;  unable to type without repeatedly making mistakes.
*Cellfish*: Those who continue to talk on their cell phone, oblivious to the effect on others around them.
*Textpectation* : The anticipation one feels when waiting for a response to a text message.
*Carcolepsy*: The inability to stay awake and alert when in a car, or any other thing that moves, such as trains, planes, and buses.
*Hiberdating* : Someone who ignores all their other friends when they are dating a boyfriend/girlfriend.
*Deja poop* : The feeling that the same shit keeps happening
Thanks to  Carl
(A fun story!!)
Trusty pet squirrel foils burglary
Item Number:1 Date: 02/17/2017 CANADA - TROOPS BEGIN ARCTIC BISON EXERCISE IN MANITOBA (FEB 17/CDND)  CANADA DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE -- About 200 Canadian soldiers are kicking off a week-long Arctic exercise in Canada's western Manitoba province, reports the Canadian Dept. of National Defense.   During Exercise Arctic Bison, which runs from Feb. 17 to Feb. 26, about 100 members of the Arctic Response Company Group (ARCG) will travel by snowmobile from Gimli in southern Manitoba to Berens Island on Lake Winnipeg.   Personnel from the 38 Canadian Brigade Group; 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry; 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group; and 440 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force are taking part in the exercise's headquarters or in supporting roles.   Each Canadian army division operates an ARCG that consists of primarily reserve personnel and is trained to operate in all Arctic conditions.   The drills, which involve regular and reserve personnel, include long-range patrols, ground search-and-rescue and casualty evacuation operations in an austere environment.   The training emphasizes the ability of the ARCG to project force, communicate and sustain itself over 120 miles (200 km) from its support base, noted a release on Thursday.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 02/17/2017 CHINA - ARMED OFFICERS HOLD MASS RALLY TO 'INTIMIDATE' TERRORISTS IN XINJIANG (FEB 17/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- Thousands of security forces have made a show of force in China's restive Xinjiang province, reports the South China Morning Post.   On Thursday, armed police and military vehicles paraded through Hotan in Xinjiang's Uighur heartland in an effort to "show strength and intimidate," said a report in the official Xinjiang Daily, as cited by Reuters.   The demonstrations came after a knife attack in nearby Pishan county that left eight people dead, reported the People's Daily newspaper.   The government did not identify the attackers, but residents said they were members of the Uighur minority. China generally blames such attacks in the region on extremists from that ethnic group.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 02/17/2017 IRAQ - LATEST ISIS BOMB ATTACK IN BAGHDAD KILLS 59 (FEB 17/AUSBC)  AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- The death toll from Thursday's suicide car bombing in southwestern Baghdad has reached 59, say police and medical sources cited by the Australian Broadcasting Corp.   Another 66 or so were injured, according to medical personnel on Friday.   A car packed with explosives was detonated in a busy car market in the predominately Shi'ite neighborhood of Bayaa in the capital's south.   Early Friday, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on its affiliated Amaq news agency.   This was one of several bombings this week in and around Baghdad.  
Item Number:4 Date: 02/17/2017 ISRAEL - IDF KEEPS PUSHING AGAINST ILLEGAL WEAPONS, SHUTS GUNSMITHING WORKSHOP IN W. BANK (FEB 17/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- Keeping up its campaign to curb the sale of illegal weapons in the West Bank, the Israeli military says it has closed another suspected gun-building workshop, reports the Times of Israel.   Soldiers also confiscated the tools in the workshop in Bayt Liqya, a village outside of Ramallah, the military said on Thursday.   Over the past year, the IDF, police and Shin Bet security service have been cracking down on both makers and sellers of such illegal guns in an effort to stop terrorist attacks.   That said, Palestinian shooting attacks using improvised submachine guns have continued. One attack last week in the town of Petah Tikva in central Israel injured five people, said officials.   The crackdown has had an impact on supply and demand. The IDF says the price of such homemade weapons tripled during 2016.   The military has also been putting pressure on terrorist funding and unregistered cars used to transport people to violent protests and rock-throwing attacks on West Bank highways, an intelligence officer told reporters in January.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 02/17/2017 NIGERIA - 9 SUICIDE BOMBERS KILLED IN MAIDUGURI ATTACKS (FEB 17/PREM)  PREMIUM TIMES -- The state capital of Borno in northeastern Nigeria has been rocked by multiple explosions.   Suicide bombers hit a bus station in Maiduguri on Thursday night, reports the Premium Times (Nigeria), citing security officials.   Several commercial vehicles were reportedly destroyed.   Three female bombers were blamed for that attack. Some accounts said two residents were killed. Police, however, said just the bombers were killed.   A few hours later, about 1 km (0.6 miles) away, soldiers shot and killed six suicide bombers who were attempting to sneak into the city. They were accompanied by Boko Haram militants riding on motorcycles, said security personnel
Item Number:6 Date: 02/17/2017 PAKISTAN - MASSIVE BOMBING AT SUFI SHRINE PROMPTS SECURITY CRACKDOWN (FEB 17/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- A suicide attack at a crowded Sufi shrine on Thursday has killed at least 75 people and wounded more than 200, reports CNN.   The explosion, one of the deadliest in years, took place at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan in Pakistan's southern Sindh province.   ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on its Amaq new agency.   There have been bombings over the past five days in all four of Pakistan's provinces and two major cities, killing almost 100 people.   A security crackdown began overnight Thursday, reported the Guardian (U.K.). At least 39 suspected militants were killed and 47 arrested in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces, said officials.   On Friday, border crossings with Afghanistan were closed. Pakistani officials summoned Afghan diplomats to military headquarters in Islamabad. They were given a list of 76 suspected terrorists. The military demanded that those listed be immediately extradited to Islamabad.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 02/17/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - SECURITY FORCE ARREST 18 FROM 4 TERROR CELLS (FEB 17/AL ARABIYA)  AL ARABIYA -- Saudi security forces have dismantled four cells linked to the Islamic State, reports Al Arabiya (Dubai), citing officials from the Interior Ministry.   The 18 arrested included 15 Saudi nationals, two Yemenis and one Sudanese, said a statement from the ministry carried by Saudi state television on Thursday. The arrests were made last Saturday, reported Gulf News.   Security forces also seized almost two million riyals (US$533,000), the ministry said.   Some of the suspects "were involved with supplying materials to the ISIS cells in the al-Yasmeen cells in Riyadh and others were linked to the two suicide attackers in Harazat rest area of Jeddah, both of which were dismantled in recent months," said a spokesman.   The cells also chose targets, conducted surveillance and passed information abroad to aid in recruiting efforts, said the statement.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 02/17/2017 SOMALIA - MOGADISHU QUESTIONS LEGALITY OF SOMALILAND'S BASE DEAL WITH UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (FEB 17/SHABELLE)  SHABELLE MEDIA NETWORK -- The Somali government is going to file a legal complaint against the United Arab Emirates, alleging that its deal to establish a military base in the breakaway republic of Somaliland included bribery, reports the Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu).   The central government in Mogadishu says that the U.A.E. violated international law by entering a deal with the Somaliland government for a base in the port of Berbera, according to Somali Auditor General Nur Jimale Farah.   Emirati officials bribed Somaliland authorities in order to reach the deal, the auditor general said. He also accused top officials in Somaliland and the former Somali government of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for approving the deal for "illegitimate private gains."   Farah also challenged the right of the unrecognized Somaliland government to enter in such an official agreement. Somaliland considers itself independent from Somalia.   The U.A.E. says it plans to use the Berbera base to support operations against the Houthi rebel group in Yemen.  
 Item Number:9 Date: 02/17/2017 SYRIA - TURKISH MILITARY, WAR MONITOR DIFFER ON PROGRESS MADE IN TAKING AL-BAB (FEB 17/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Turkish military says it is close to taking the northern Syrian town of al-Bab from Islamic State fighters, reports Agence France-Presse.   Al-Bab is completely surrounded and clean-up operations are ongoing inside to clear out ISIS militants, said Defense Minister Fikri Isik on Thursday.   By Friday, the military said it had almost complete control of the al-Bab region, reported Reuters. "The resistance of the [ISIS] terror group has largely been broken," said the statement.   A U.K.-based monitoring group has a very different take. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of contacts, maintains that ISIS still has control of 90 percent of the town, as reported by Reuters.   Turkish forces and Ankara-backed rebels launched an operation to seize control of the town in December. Syrian government forces have also been closing in from the south in recent weeks
Item Number:10 Date: 02/17/2017 THAILAND - POLICE SEARCH FOR FUGITIVE MONK AGAIN COMES UP EMPTY (FEB 17/AUSBC)  AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- Police in Thailand spent a second day on Friday unsuccessfully looking for a fugitive monk, reported the Australian Broadcasting Corp.   the massive Thai security operation failed to turn up the Buddhist monk wanted on money-laundering charges, reports Reuters.   On Thursday, more than 3,000 police began searching the 1,000-acre Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok for Phra Dhammachayo. Soldiers blocked off roads leading to the temple under an emergency law.   Dhammachayo, 72, is accused of conspiracy to launder money and receive stolen goods, as well as unlawfully taking over land to build meditation centers.   He has claimed that he is too sick to be questioned. His followers have previously prevented police from searching the temple complex.   "We searched the entire temple, every building, every room, and didn't find the individual under arrest warrants. But we will continue to search around the temple," said a police spokesman on Friday.   Some forces will continue being deployed at the temple, he said.   Social media was abuzz over photos that seem to show a blanket placed over a monk's body, which was actually made up of pillows, perhaps to mock police searchers.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 02/17/2017 UKRAINE - NATIONAL GUARD, CHINESE ARMED POLICE STRENGTHEN TIES (FEB 17/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Ukrainian National Guard has agreed to bolster its cooperation with China's People's Armed Police Force, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   An accord to that end was signed on Wednesday during a meeting in Kiev between Yuriy Allerov, the commander of the National Guard and Coa Xiaojian, the military attache of the Chiense Embassy in Ukraine, said a National Guard release.   Covered in the agreement are internal security, ensuring public order and protecting important state objects.   The leaders also discussed exchanging experiences on the use of special units for security missions.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 02/17/2017 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - 2 EMIRATI SOLDIERS DIE DURING OPERATIONS IN YEMEN (FEB 17/WAM)  EMIRATES NEWS AGENCY -- Two United Arab Emirates soldiers have died while taking part in the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen, reports state news agency WAM.   One soldier died of a heart attack, according to the report on Friday. The circumstances of the death of the second soldier were not clear.   Emirati troops played a key role earlier this month helping local Yemeni fighters gain control of the key port town of Mokha from the Houthis.  
 Item Number:13 Date: 02/17/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - DURING DEFENSE EXHIBITION IN ABU DHABI, SUPACAT UNVEILS DESERT VARIANT OF SPECIAL OPS VEHICLE (FEB 17/SUPA)  SUPACAT -- British defense firm Supacat is showing off the latest variant of its Jackal special operations vehicle at the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi.   The HMT 400 Desert has been adapted for improved performance in harsh desert climates, Supacat said in a release on Thursday.   The vehicle has no armor and a lighter weight for improved power-to-weight ratio and mobility over desert sand, noted company officials.   Other features include cooling, a central tire-inflation system and lightweight bead locks to permit the vehicle to operate at the lowest tire pressures.   The HMT 400 Desert is configured to meet the U.A.E. Presidential Guard's requirements for a new special operations vehicle, including fitting internally in the CH-47 heavy-lift helicopter, noted the release.   This year's IDEX runs from Feb. 19 to Feb. 23
Item Number:14 Date: 02/17/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - RAF COLLABORATES IN COMMUNICATIONS INTEROPERABILITY BETWEEN F-35, TYPHOON FIGHTERS (FEB 17/NG)  NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP. -- Northrop Grumman and the British Royal Air Force have successfully completed a recent communications interoperability trial between the service's new F-35B Lightning II fifth-generation fighter and fourth-generation Typhoon jets, reports the defense firm.   The two-week Babel Fish III trial took place above the upper Mojave Desert in California as part of the RAF's Exercise High Rider, said Northrop Grumman in a Feb. 15 release.   According to the firm, during the testing a Northrop Grumman airborne gateway connected the F-35B, which uses the stealthy Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL) and the Typhoon by translating MADL messages to the Link 16 format used by the older aircraft.   The F-35 and Typhoon can communicate directly over Link 16, but previously could not communicate or share certain fifth-generation data, said the Northrop release.   The trials marked the first time non-U.S. fifth- and fourth-generation fighters have shared MADL data, the company said.  
Item Number:15 Date: 02/17/2017 UNITED NATIONS - SECRETARY-GENERAL BEGINS PEACE AND SECURITY REFORMS, NAMES NEW PEACEKEEPING CHIEF FROM FRANCE (FEB 17/UNNS)  UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE -- Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he has established an internal review team to implement reforms to the U.N. Secretariat peace and security strategy, reports the U.N. News Service.   Guterres announced the review after he assumed his position in December 2016.   The team will be led by Tamrat Samuel, an Eritrean national. The review team is expected to submit recommendations to Guterres by June of this year, said a release from the secretary-general's office on Tuesday.   The secretary-general said he will then begin consultations with U.N. member states and other relevant agencies.   He is also extending the mandates of senior officials in the peace and security area until April 1, 2018: Jeffrey Feltman, the under secretary-general for political affairs; Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, assistant secretary-general for peacebuilding support; and Atul Khare, under secretary-general for field support.   Guterres also announced he would appoint Jean-Pierre Lacroix of France as under secretary-general for peacekeeping operations for one year, beginning on April 1.   Lacroix is currently the director for the U.N. and international organizations at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will succeed Herve Ladsous, who has indicated he will not be available after his current term expires.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 02/17/2017 USA - 108 USAF F-35AS FACE RETROFITTING OF LATEST SOFTWARE (FEB 17/FG)  FLIGHTGLOBAL -- A senior U.S. Air Force general says the service now needs to update 108 of its F-35As from the Block 2B or Block 3i software to the latest Block 3F configuration, reports Flight Global.   More of the fighters might also be delivered without the Block 3F software, officials said.   Twenty-six aircraft will need a software-only upgrade, Lt. Gen. Jerry Harris, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, said in testimony to Congress on Feb. 16.   Another 19 aircraft will require new signal-processor cards in addition to the software update. Eighteen jets must have a newer helmet-mounted display system, in addition to the signal-processor cards and software.   The remaining 45 aircraft will need significant hardware modifications under a Tech Refresh 2 modernization, Harris said. This consists of 26 major components and takes about 30 days per aircraft to install and checkout.   The Air Force and F-35 Joint Program Office are working together on the Block 3F upgrade plan.   The service anticipates that the Block 3F software will be available in 2018, with the Block 4 configuration to follow in 2021. The new software increases the F-35's weapons capacity and improves targeting.   Lot 10 is unlikely to be delivered with the full Block 3F software capability after 270 high-priority deficiencies were found during a recent review, according to Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon's top weapons tester.  
Item Number:17 Date: 02/17/2017 USA - 12TH NAVY OFFICIAL CHARGED FOR CONNECTION WITH 'FAT LEONARD' SCANDAL (FEB 17/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Another U.S. Navy official has been charged in a major corruption scandal, reports CNN.   Cmdr. Mario Herrera was arrested Thursday in San Antonio, Texas. He is being charged with accepting bribes from Leonard Francis (aka "Fat Leonard"), the former CEO of Singapore-based defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GMDA), said the Justice Dept.   Herrera allegedly directing ships to "take alternative routes that benefited" GDMA in exchange for "luxury travel and entertainment expenses and the services of prostitutes," said the complaint. His actions were said to cost the Navy US$3.6 million.   Seventeen people have been charged since the scandal involving a corrupt "brotherhood" unfolded in 2013. Herrera is the 12th Navy official to be arrested, reported NBC News.   Thirteen people have pleaded guilty, with sentences and fines going up to 12 years in prison and US$20 million
  Item Number:18 Date: 02/17/2017 USA - ARMY CYBER TEAMS DEEP INTO THE EFFORT AGAINST ISIS IN MIDDLE EAST (FEB 17/ANS)  ARMY NEWS SERVICE -- Members of the U.S. Army's new cyber teams are battling the Islamic State in northern Iraq and Syria, say senior service leaders, as reported by the Army News Service.   As soon as the cyber mission force teams stand up, they are being put into operational use, bringing offensive and defensive effects into the battle, said Brig. Gen. J.P. McGee, the deputy commander for operations for U.S. Army Cyber Command.   During his comments with reporters last week, the general did not provide specific details, but said much of the effort involves offensive cyberspace effects being delivered from locations in the U.S. and in the theater.   The Army is responsible for 41 of the 133 planned teams in the Defense Dept.'s cyber mission force. Eleven of the 41 have reached initial operational capability, with the rest at full operational capability, according to Brig. Gen. Patricia Frost, the director of cyber for the Army's G-3/5/7.   All of the Army teams are expected to be fully operational before the October 2018 deadline, she said.   These teams have three primary missions: protect networks; defend the U.S. and its national interests against cyber attacks; and provide cyber support to military operations and contingency plans.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 02/17/2017 USA - HAWARD DECLINES OFFER TO BE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER (FEB 17/CBS)  CBS NEWS -- President Donald Trump's selection to fill the newly vacant national security adviser position, a former Navy SEAL and admiral, has turned down the offer, reports CBS News, citing sources close to the situation.   The job is open because Michael Flynn resigned earlier this week after it was recalled that he had misled senior administration officials about communications he had with the Russian government prior to Trump's inauguration. Retired Army Gen. Keith Kellogg was named as acting adviser.   Lockheed Martin executive Robert Haward on Thursday declined the offer.   Sources familiar with the decision was made in part because Harward wanted to bring in his own team, but was rebuffed, noted the Wall Street Journal.  
Item Number:20 Date: 02/17/2017 USA - MARINE GENERAL POINTS TO NEGATIVE IMPACT OF LOSS OF EXPERIENCED MAINTAINERS (FEB 17/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- Senior Marine Corps aviation officials say that the loss of experienced maintainers during the drawdown a few years ago led to some of the service's aviation problems today, reports the Marine Corps Times.   Some of the Corps' most experienced maintainers were allowed to take early retirement when the service began to cut its end-strength from 202,000 to 184,000 personnel, noted Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, the deputy commandant for aviation.   By the end of 2016, more than half of the Marines' 1,000 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft were unable to fly.   Maintainers are just as important as spare parts and pilots, Davis told reporters earlier this month.   That is one reason that the Marine Corps is giving its most experienced maintainers an additional military occupational specialty number. This will help the service to track them, he said.   The service has decided to improve training for existing maintainers rather than increasing the number of personnel, the general said. 


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