Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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The List 4418

To All,

I hope your week has started well. This is NOT a Bubba Breakfast Friday in San Diego I got ahead of myself.

Regards,

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This Day In Naval History - March 28

1800 - Essex becomes first U.S. Navy vessel to pass Cape of Good Hope

1814 - HMS Phoebe and Cherub capture USS Essex off Valparaiso, Chile.

Before capture, Essex had captured 24 British prizes during the War of 1812.

1848 - USS Supply reaches the Bay of Acre, anchoring under Mount Carmel near the village of Haifa, during expedition to explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan.

1944: Submarines USS Barb (SS 220) and USS Silversides (SS 236) sink Japanese cargo freighter Fukusei Maru off Rasa Island and Japanese cargo ship Kairyu Maru off Manokwari, New Guinea, respectively.

1953: USS Philippine Sea (CV 47), USS Princeton (CV 37), and USS Oriskany (CV 34) launch 216 sorties against a North Korean supply depot during the Korean War.

 

1979   Nuclear accident at Three Mile Island

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Today in History March 28

1774

Britain passes the Coercive Act against rebellious Massachusetts.

1854

Britain and France declare war on Russia.

1864

A group of Copperheads attack Federal soldiers in Charleston, Illinois. Five are killed and twenty wounded.

1885

The Salvation Army is officially organized in the United States.

1908

Automobile owners lobby Congress in support of a bill that calls for vehicle licensing and federal registration.

1910

The first seaplane takes off from water at Martiniques, France.

1917

The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is founded, Great Britain's first official service women.

1921

President Warren Harding names William Howard Taft as chief justice of the United States.

1930

Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara respectively.

1933

Nazis order a ban on all Jews in businesses, professions and schools.

1939

The Spanish Civil War ends as Madrid falls to Francisco Franco.

1941

The Italian fleet is routed by the British at the Battle of Battle of Cape Matapan

1941

English novelist Virginia Woolf throws herself into the River Ouse near her home in Sussex. Her body will not be found until April 18.

1942

A British ship, the HMS Campbeltown, a Lend-Lease American destroyer, which was specifically rammed into a German occupied dry-dock in France, explodes, knocking the area out of action for the German battleship Tirpitz.

1945

Germany launches the last of its V-2 rockets against England.

1946

Juan Peron is elected President of Argentina. He will hold the office for six years.

1962

The U.S. Air Force announces research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites.

1969

Dwight D. Eisenhower dies at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C.

1979

A major accident occurs at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear power plant

1986

The U.S. Senate passes $100 million aid package for the Nicaraguan contras.

1990

Jesse Owens receives the Congressional Gold Medal from President George Bush.

1999

An American Stealth F117 Nighthawk is shot down over northern Yugoslavia during NATO air strikes.

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This story is related in a great book by Eric Blehm called “The Only thing Worth Dying For”

It is a great read…Skip. The cover of the book has a variation of the second picture below on the Front Cover

Thanks to Dr.Rich

"Legion of Brothers" Documentary

Thanks to Terry and Mike …

 

Pretty incredible story!!

In the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Defense Department sent two teams of Army Special Forces soldiers to Afghanistan to bring down the Taliban. 

 

But the two didn't know about each other, and though each team's story became a book, they've been brought together for the first time in "Legion of Brothers," a documentary produced by CNN Films along with journalist Peter Bergen and documentarian Tresha Mabile.  



 

 

Click HERE for the Army Times article about the documentary …. or on the photos above ...

 

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Three bits of humor from Bill

 

Chili. good up until that last spoon full.

 

Damn chili about did me in!

 

 

A cowboy walks into a seedy old cafĂ© in Wyoming.  He sits at the counter and notices an old cowboy with his arms folded staring blankly at a full bowl of meaty chili.

                                                                                   

After a few minutes of just watching him staring at the chili, the young cowboy bravely asks the old cowpoke, "If you ain't gonna eat that, mind if I do?"

 

The older cowboy slowly turns his head toward the young wrangler and in his best cowboy manner says, "Nah, you go ahead."

                                                                                   

"Eagerly, the young cowboy reaches over and slides the bowl over to his place and starts spooning it in with delight.  He gets nearly down to the bottom and notices a dead mouse in the chili.

                                                                                   

The sight was so shocking he immediately barfed up the chili back into the bowl.

                                                                                   

The old cowboy quietly says, "Yep, that's as far as I got, too."

 

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A Cowboy Named Fred

A drunken cowboy lay sprawled across three entire seats in the posh Amarillo Theater.

When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the cowboy, "Sorry, sir, but you're only allowed one seat."

The cowboy groaned but didn't budge. The usher became more impatient: "Sir, if you don't get up from there I'm going to have to call the manager."

Once again, the cowboy just groaned. The usher marched briskly back up the aisle, and in a moment he returned with the manager.

Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move the cowboy, but with no success. they summoned the police. The Texas Ranger surveyed the situation briefly, then asked, "All right buddy, what's your name?" "Fred," the cowboy moaned. "Where ya from, Fred?" asked the Ranger.

With terrible pain in his voice, and without moving a muscle, Fred replied,

"...The Balcony..."

 

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How to get to Heaven from Ireland!!

A true Story from an Irish Sunday School Teacher

 

I was testing children in my Dublin Sunday school class to see if theyUnderstood the concept of getting to heaven.  'I asked them, ' If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale andGave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?'NO!' the children answered. 

 

'If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the garden, and kept

everything Tidy, would that get me into heaven?'Again, the answer was 'NO!'  '

 

If I gave sweets to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get Me into heaven?'Again, they all answered 'NO!' 

 

I was just bursting with pride for them. I continued, 'Then how can I getInto heaven?'   A little boy shouted out: 'YUV GOTTA BE FOOKN' DEAD.'

 

It's a curious race, the Irish. Brings a tear to the eye, doesn't it? 

 

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ONE HELLOVA RIDE!b

You can do this...

 

 

            "Knowledge is of no value unless shared with others."

            Check this ride out…. Nut case.

           

            https://www.youtube.com/embed/GL0rbxB9Lqg?feature=player_embedded

           

GoPro: Danny MacAskill - Cascadia - YouTube <https://www.youtube.com/embed/GL0rbxB9Lqg?feature=player_embedded>

 

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Item Number:1 Date: 03/28/2017 AFGHANISTAN - GENERAL, ASSIGNED TO CRACK DOWN ON FRAUD, UNDER ARREST FOR CORRUPTION (MAR 28/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- A senior Afghan general has been detained on charges of corruption, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Maj. Gen. Mohammad Moeen Faqir was arrested by the Attorney General's anti-corruption task force, said a Defense Ministry spokesman on Monday, without elaborating.   The general had been deployed a year before to crack down on fraud in Helmand province, noted Reuters.   Faqir took command of the Afghan army's 215th Corps in Helmand in early 2016. Previous commanders had been accused of taking funds for non-existent "ghost soldiers."   The Pentagon was "very, very impressed" with Faqir, said a U.S. military spokesman at the time. Faqir was replaced as commander in October.  

  Item Number:2 Date: 03/28/2017 CHINA - WITH BURMESE FLEEING ACROSS FRONTIER, CHINESE EXERCISE AIMS TO SHOW RESOLVE TO PROTECT BORDER (MAR 28/XIN)  XINHUA -- China's military has been holding military exercises along its border with Burma in a show of force, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Clashes this month between the Burmese government and ethnic rebels in Rakhine state have pushed thousands of people across the border into China. Beijing has urged a cease-fire.   On Tuesday, joint land and air drills were conducted as part of planned annual drills close to the Burmese border. No exact location was given.   The exercises represent the Chinese military's "resolute resolve" to protect the border and the lives of residents, said a Chinese army colonel.  

 Item Number:3 Date: 03/28/2017 INDIA - NAVY TO RETIRE TU-142 MARITIME PATROL AIRCRAFT (MAR 28/INDIAMOD)  INDIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Indian navy is about to retire its Tu-142M maritime patrol aircraft after nearly three decades of service, reports the Indian Ministry of Defense.   The retirement ceremony, to be presided over by Adm. Sunil Lanba, the navy chief, is scheduled for March 29 at INS Rajali base in India's southern Tamil Nadu state.   A Tu-142M will also be inaugurated as a static display at the naval air station.   The aircraft entered service in 1988 and racked up more than 30,000 flight hours.   The Tu-142M is being replaced by U.S.-built P-8I maritime patrol aircraft.  

 Item Number:4 Date: 03/28/2017 INDIA - US$1 BILLION DEAL ON HORIZON FOR ISRAELI SPIKE ANTI-TANK MISSILES (MAR 28/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Indian government is expected to complete a planned procurement of Spike anti-tank missiles from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems in Israel, says a defense official, as reported by Defense News.   The purchase has been deferred since 2014 over concerns about the sole-source situation and costs. However, cost issues have now been cleared, said an Indian Defense Ministry official.   The ministry has forwarded the deal to the Cabinet Committee on Security, which is expected to approve the purchase this week, the unnamed official said. Contracts may be signed as soon as May, he said.   Under the proposed US$1 billion sale, the Indian army will buy 321 Spike missile launchers; 8,356 missiles, 15 training simulators and associated equipment.   The project includes options for building another 1,500 launchers and 30,000 more missiles under a technology-transfer agreement with state-owned Bharat Dynamics.   Deliveries are expected to begin some 58 to 60 months after contract signature.   After the U.S. Javelin anti-tank missile system was found to be too expensive, it left the Spike as the sole solution, said one analyst

Item Number:5 Date: 03/28/2017 IRAN - FOREIGN MINISTER OPEN TO RUSSIAN USE OF IRANIAN BASES TO STAGE ATTACKS IN SYRIA (MAR 28/PRESSTV)  PRESS TV -- The Iranian government says it is willing to allow Russia to use its military bases on "a case by case basis" for Moscow's operations in Syria, reports Press TV (Iran).   "Russia doesn’t have a military base [in Iran], we have good cooperation, and on a case by case basis, when it is necessary for Russians fighting terrorism to use Iranian facilities, we will make a decision," said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow on Tuesday.   Zarif is part of an Iranian delegation in Russia that is headed by President Hassan Rouhani. Regional issues are expected to be discussed at a meeting in the Kremlin with Russian President Vladimir Putin.   Iranian bases have been used previously.   Russian bombers flew from a in August 2016 to hit Islamic State targets in Syria. They quickly returned to Russia after Iranian lawmakers said the deployment was unconstitutional, reported Reuters.  

  Item Number:6 Date: 03/28/2017 JAPAN - UPPER HOUSE COMPLETES BUDGET MOVE; RECORD AMOUNT BEING SPENT ON DEFENSE (MAR 28/MAIN)  MAINICHI SHIMBUN -- The Japanese Parliament has enacted a record US$880 billion budget for fiscal 2017, reports the Mainichi Shimbun.   The voting took place on Monday in the upper house; the lower house passed the budget on Feb. 28.   About a third of the budget, US$287 million, is being allocated for social spending, including pensions and medical care.   The defense budget will increase to its largest total, US$45.3 billion. This is the fifth straight year that Japan's defense spending has grown.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been trying to strengthen Japanese defenses against Chinese maritime assertiveness and North Korea's missile and nuclear threats.  

 Item Number:7 Date: 03/28/2017 NATO - ALLIANCE TO SPEND $3 BILLION FOR SATCOM, CYBER, AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (MAR 28/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- The NATO alliance expects to launch competitions in April for about 3 billion euros (US$3.2 billion) in contracts for satellite communications, air and missile defenses, cybersecurity and advanced software, reports Bloomberg News.   About 1.5 billion euros (US$1.6 billion) will be allocated for expanding satellite telecommunications bandwidth for deployed forces, including NATO ships assisting Greece, Turkey and the European Union to deal with refugee flows, alliance officials said.   Also planned are another 800 million euros (US$858 million) for NATO's command-and-control system for air and ballistic missile defenses; 290 million euros (US$311 million) for cybersecurity and IT infrastructure; and 180 million euros (US$193 million) for advanced software.   These planned orders are part of NATO's Security Investment program, which is financed by all 28 member countries.   Some of the funding still has to be approved by member states, noted Reuters.  

 Item Number:8 Date: 03/28/2017 NORTH KOREA - RECENTLY TESTED ROCKET ENGINE COULD BE USED FOR ICBM, SAY U.S. OFFICIALS (MAR 28/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- North Korea has made a fresh test of a ballistic missile engine, U.S. officials told CNN on Monday.   The test that was held on March 24 is the third in recent weeks, said the U.S. officials.   According to an initial assessment, the engine could be used in an eventual intercontinental ballistic missile, said one official.   "Washington and Seoul have been tracking and monitoring such activities closely," said a South Korean military official on Tuesday, as cited by the Stars and Stripes.   North Korean leader Kim Jong Un boasted that an earlier test this month was "a new birth" of the nation's rocket industry. At the time, North Korean state media claimed that the engine would help achieve a world-class satellite launch capability, reported Reuters

  Item Number:9 Date: 03/28/2017 PHILIPPINES - TROOPS RESCUE TUGBOAT'S KIDNAPPED ENGINEER IN BASILAN (MAR 28/PHILSTAR)  PHILIPPINE STAR -- Philippine soldiers have rescued a Filipino tugboat engineer being held by Abu Sayyaf militants, reports the Philippine Star, citing local officials.   The captain and engineer of the tug were abducted on March 23 off Sibago Island. The captain was rescued on Saturday.   The engineer was found late Monday on the shore of Basilan by troops with Joint Task Force Basilan and local officials, reported GMA News.   The engineer had been abandoned by his captors to delay pursuit by the military, the officials said.  

  Item Number:10 Date: 03/28/2017 RUSSIA - 2,500 PARATROOPERS, 600 VEHICLES, 45 AIRCRAFT COMPLETE DRILLS IN CRIMEA (MAR 28/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Russian airborne forces have just concluded a large-scale command-post exercise in Crimea, reports Interfax-AVN.   Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.   More than 2,500 personnel, 600 vehicles, 45 aircraft and the Black Sea Fleet landing ship Tsezar Kunikov took part in the drills at the Opuk range, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.   The drills, which ran from March 20 to March 24, focused on inter-service interoperability while using an airborne forces group as a rapid-response unit, the ministry said.   The personnel were deployed to the peninsula by air, sea and rail over the previous week, noted Sputnik (Russia).   The training covered air, tactical and amphibious landings; defending against landing operations under a complex electronic environment; and live-firings with combat aircraft, landing ships, artillery and small arms, said the ministry

Item Number:11 Date: 03/28/2017 SOMALIA - KENYAN SOLDIERS RAID AL-SHABAAB CAMPS IN LOWER JUBBA; 31 TERRORISTS REPORTEDLY KILLED (MAR 28/ENCA)  ENCA (SOUTH AFRICA) -- Kenya's military says its troops killed 31 Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia over the weekend, reports eNCA, a South African news service.   The Kenyan soldiers raided two camps Sunday in Badhadhe town in Somalia's Lower Jubba region, said a military statement on Monday.   The soldiers were supported by attack helicopters and artillery fire, the statement said.   The Kenyan force seized 11 AK-47 rifles, four explosive devices, more than 600 rounds of ammunition, communication equipment and other military hardware, said the military.   Al-Shabaab denied that any of its bases had been attacked

Item Number:12 Date: 03/28/2017 SUDAN - SAUDI, SUDANESE AIR FORCES READY TO KICK OFF INITIAL JOINT EXERCISE (MAR 28/SUDTRIB)  SUDAN TRIBUNE -- The air forces of Sudan and Saudi Arabia are about to hold a joint exercise in northern Sudan, reports the Sudan Tribune.   The Blue Shield drills begin on March 29 and run until April 9, Salah al-Din Abdel Khaliq, the deputy commander of the Sudanese air force, said on Sunday.   The exercise will take place in Meroe, the site of an ancient city on the east bank of the Nile, and involve around 450 Sudanese and 250 Saudi personnel.   The training will focus on enhancing the capabilities of the two air forces and hone techniques learned during operations against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, a senior Sudanese air force officer said, as cited by AFP.   Sudan is part of the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni conflict.   Riyadh is sending Eurofighter Typhoon and F-15 fighters to the drills. Sudan is providing MiG-29 and Sukhoi fighters.   This will be the first joint exercise between the two air forces, officials said.  

 Item Number:13 Date: 03/28/2017 SYRIA - FIGHTING NEAR HAMA DISPLACES 40,000, MOSTLY WOMEN, CHILDREN (MAR 28/PRESSTV)  PRESS TV -- The United Nations says about 40,000 people have been displaced by fighting northeast of Hama city in Syria, reports Press TV (Iran).   Rebels and their allied jihadists began a major assault last week in Hama and Damascus, the Syrian capital.   The displaced have largely fled to Hama's south and west as well as to areas in the provinces of Homs, Latakia and Tartus, said the U.N. on Tuesday.   Most of those displaced are women and children, noted Reuters.   A Russian military official said on Tuesday that the force attacking Hama numbered more than 10,000, with most being from former Al-Qaida affiliate Nusra Front, reported the Sputnik news agency.   More than 2,100 militants have been killed in four days, he said

  Item Number:14 Date: 03/28/2017 SYRIA - ISLAMIC STATE FIGHTS BACK NEAR TABQA (MAR 28/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Islamic State is counterattacking an alliance of U.S.-backed rebels in northern Syria, says a monitoring group, as reported by Agence France-Presse.   ISIS fighters pushed back on Tuesday against the Syrian Democratic Forces close to the Tabqa military airport, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group.   On Sunday, the SDF, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, gained control of the base from ISIS.   According to the monitors, the rebels have been working to consolidate their positions near the airport ahead of a final assault on the town of Tabqa. SDF fighters have also reportedly set their sights on Tabqa dam.   SDF personnel have been closing in on the de facto capital of ISIS, Raqqa, in recent weeks. At their closest point, SDF fighters are about five miles from the city, though most are up to 18 miles away, says the observatory

Item Number:15 Date: 03/28/2017 SYRIA - SECURITY ZONE AROUND PALMYRA GROWS LARGER (MAR 28/TASS)  TASS -- The Syrian army and its allied militias have been expanding their control around the ancient city of Palmyra, says a Russian military official, as reported by Tass.   Syrian forces drove out Islamic State fighters from the area for the second time in early March.   Pro-government forces pushed 16 km (10 mi) northeast, 8 km (5 mi) east and 12 km (7.5 mi) southeast, Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, the chief of the Russian General Staff's Operations Directorate, said on Tuesday in Moscow.   Meanwhile, Russian military engineers cleared 18 facilities and 940 buildings and defused 1,800 bombs in the city, said the general.   The sappers are using Uran-6 mine-clearing robots and mine-sniffing dogs for the mission, he added.   Government forces, backed by Russian air support, regained control of Palmyra on March 2. The first group of 200 Russian sappers arrived in Palmyra on March 10.  

  Item Number:16 Date: 03/28/2017 USA - AMERICAN TROOPS WILL STAY IN LIBYA; FEWER RESTRICTIONS NEEDED IN SOMALIA, SAYS TOP GENERAL (MAR 28/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The U.S. military intends to keep an unspecified number of ground troops in Libya to assist local forces to combat the Islamic State faction there, reports the Military Times.   The Pentagon wants more flexibility against Al-Qaida-linked groups in Somalia, Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. Africa Command, told reporters at the Pentagon last week.   In Libya, "we're going to maintain a force that has the ability to develop intelligence, work with various groups as required, or be able to assist if required ... to take out ISIS targets," the general said.   The general revealed that the ISIS presence in Libya had fallen below 200, from perhaps 5,000-6,000 a year ago.   The region no longer appears to be a "backup plan" for foreign fighters unable to join the primary ISIS theater in Iraq and Syria, said Waldhauser.   In addition, the AFRICOM chief said he was optimistic that the Trump administration would loosen the rules of engagement set by the Obama administration for U.S. assets operating against Al-Shabaab in Somalia.   More flexibility is needed to fight Al Shabaab, including stepping up efforts to train and assist U.S. allies doing much of the fighting in Somalia, he said. Such changes would make it easier to take out suspected terrorists when they appear, according to the general

  Item Number:17 Date: 03/28/2017 USA - ARMY SENDING 200 MORE FROM 82ND AIRBORNE TO NORTHERN IRAQ (MAR 28/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The U.S. Army is deploying additional personnel from the 82nd Airborne Division to bolster Iraqi forces fighting to retake Mosul in northern Iraq from the Islamic State, reports the Military Times.   "Additional members of 2/82 BCT are deploying to Iraq on a non-enduring temporary mission to provide additional 'advise and assist' support to our Iraq partners as they liberate Mosul," U.S. officials in Baghdad told Military Times on Sunday.   About 1,700 personnel from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team are already deployed in Iraq and Kuwait.   On Sunday, U.S. officials would only say that the new surge would not reunite the entire brigade.   A defense official with knowledge of the mission told Fox News that about 200 more personnel from the division are being deployed, said the outlet on Monday

  Item Number:18 Date: 03/28/2017 USA - IN ORBIT SINCE MAY 2015, SECRETIVE X-37B SETS NEW ORBITAL RECORD (MAR 28/SPACE)  SPACE.COM -- The U.S. Air Force's mysterious unmanned X-37B space plane has set a new endurance record, reports Space.com.   As of March 25, the X-37B mini-shuttle had spent 675 days in orbit, beating the previous record of 674 days, according to the Pentagon. That mission ran from December 2012 to October 2014.   The Air Force has been tight-lipped about the program and has given no indication when the current mission might end.   "The landing date will be determined based on the completion of the program's on-orbit demonstrations and objectives for this mission," an Air Force spokeswoman told Space.com in an email.   The Air Force has two X-37B craft, which were built by Boeing. The vehicles have flown a total of four missions to date, each lasting longer than the previous.   The latest mission started on May 20, 2015

Item Number:19 Date: 03/28/2017 USA - RESEARCHERS COME UP WITH 'THIRD ARM' TO SUPPORT WEAPONS FOR SOLDIERS (MAR 28/ANS)  ARMY NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Army is testing a "third arm" device that attaches to a soldier's body armor to hold his weapon, reducing the weight on the arms and freeing up his hands for other tasks, reports the Army News Service.   The body-worn weapon mount weighs less than 4 pounds (1.8 kg); it is currently being tested at the Army Research Laboratory.   "We're looking at a new way for the soldier to interface with the weapon," said Zac Wingard, a mechanical engineer for the lab's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate. "It is not a product; it is simply a way to study how far we can push the ballistic performance of future weapons without increasing soldier burden."   Soldiers now have combat loads that can exceed 110 pounds (50 kg). These loads may get heavier as high-energy weapons, which could be larger with heavier ammunition, are developed, Wingard said.   The exoskeleton is designed to redirect the weapon's weight to the body, making it easier for a soldier to carry a more powerful firearm.   "With this configuration right now, we can go up to 20 pounds and take all of that weight off of the arms," said Dan Baechle, another mechanical engineer with the directorate.   The passive mechanical system, made from carbon-fiber composite, can be used in the prone position and on both sides of the body, say officials.   A ruggedized Third Arm is expected to be tested in a year, reported Defense News earlier this month.  

  Item Number:20 Date: 03/28/2017 YEMEN - AQAP SAID TO BE BEHIND DEADLY ATTACK ON GOVERNMENT HQ IN SOUTH (MAR 28/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A suicide bomb and gun attack in southern Yemen on Monday has killed 20 people, including 10 attackers, say local media accounts cited by Agence France-Presse.   A suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with explosives in to the entrance of the local government headquarters in Huta, the provincial capital of Lahj, said a security official.   Security personnel killed nine other militants, including three wearing explosive belts, said the official.   Two soldiers and two civilians were reported wounded.   Government officials blamed Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula for the attack.   Other accounts had differing numbers of those involved and those killed. 


 

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