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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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To All,
I hope your week has started well.
 
Regards,
Skip
 
This Day In Naval History - May 23
1850 - Navy sends USS Advance and USS Rescue to attempt rescue of Sir John Franklin's expedition, lost in Arctic.si
1962 - Launch of Aurora 7 (Mercury 7), piloted by LCDR Malcolm Scott Carpenter, USN, who completed 3 orbits in 4 hours, 56 minutes at an altitude up to 166.8 statute miles at 17,549 mph. He was picked up by HSS-2 helicopters from USS Intrepid (CVS-11). The capsule was recovered by USS John R. Pierce (DD-753).
1962 - USS Valcour (AVP-55) provides medical care to a merchant seaman from tanker SS Manhattan in the Persian Gulf.
2009: USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) responds to a vessel in distress in the Gulf of Aden and rescues 52 men, women and children who are adrift in a small skiff for approximately seven days.
 
 
Today in History May 23
1430
Burgundians capture Joan of Arc and sell her to the English.
1533
Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.
1618
The Thirty Years War begins.
1701
Captain William Kidd, the Scottish pirate, is hanged on the banks of the Thames.
1785
Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.
1788
South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1861
Pro-Union and pro-Confederate forces clash in western Virginia.
1862
Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson takes Front Royal, Virginia.
1864
Union General Ulysses Grant attempts to outflank Confederate Robert E. Lee in the Battle of North Anna, Virginia.
1900
Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney becomes the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, thirty-seven years after the Battle of F5555555555555ort Wagner.
1915
Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.
1934
Gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are killed by Texas Rangers.
1945
Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi Gestapo, commits suicide after being captured by Allied forces.
1949
The Federal Republic of West Germany is proclaimed.
1960
Israel announces the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
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With Memorial Day approaching, the internet and the media are full of stories about brave American heroes over the years, especially Medal of Honor recipients. My favorite; however, is the story of CPL Tibor Rubin. He was a brave, gallant and unselfish soldier who stands with many other Medal of Honor winners, but his story is unique and unparalleled, considering his background.
 
Tibor Rubin was a Hungarian Jewish boy, captured with the rest of his family by Nazis and sent to Mauthausen Concentration Camp for extermination. His entire family perished, and at 13 years old, he was dying, too, when in May of 1945, American troops liberated the camp. Like the other pathetic survivors, the boy wept when American soldiers freed him. The US Army nursed him to health and in 1948, he was eventually admitted to the US as a refugee. After he was freed from Mauthausen, and for the next several years, Rubin told everyone who would listen, that he was going to find a way to serve in the US Army that had rescued him. This was quite an ambition for a former weak and dying skeleton.
 
Rubin was severely challenged, because he needed to become sufficiently healthy and to learn enough English, but he worked at it. After several tries, in 1950, the Army accepted him. Rubin entered the US Army as a private infantry recruit.
The Korean War came along that same year, and it gave Rubin the chance to repay his deeply felt personal debt to America and to the US Army. That he did, several times over. CPL Rubin was awarded the Medal of Honor, not for one courageous act, but for repeated acts of heroism throughout the Korean War. This was the citation for his Medal of Honor:
 
     For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Corporal Tibor Rubin distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period from July 23, 1950, to April 20, 1953, while serving as a rifleman with Company I, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in the Republic of Korea. While his unit was retreating to the Pusan Perimeter, Corporal Rubin was assigned to stay behind to keep open the vital Taegu-Pusan Road link used by his withdrawing unit. During the ensuing battle, overwhelming numbers of North Korean troops assaulted a hill defended only by Corporal Rubin. He inflicted a staggering number of casualties on the attacking force during his personal 24-hour battle, single-handedly slowing the enemy advance and allowing the 8th Cavalry Regiment to complete its withdrawal successfully. 
     Following the breakout from the Pusan Perimeter, the 8th Cavalry Regiment proceeded northward and advanced into North Korea. During the advance, he helped capture several hundred North Korean soldiers. On October 30, 1950, Chinese forces attacked his unit at Unsan, North Korea, during a massive nighttime assault. That night and throughout the next day, he manned a .30 caliber machine gun at the south end of the unit's line after three previous gunners became casualties. He continued to man his machine gun until his ammunition was exhausted. His determined stand slowed the pace of the enemy advance in his sector, permitting the remnants of his unit to retreat southward. 
     As the battle raged, Corporal Rubin was severely wounded and captured by the Chinese. Choosing to remain in the prison camp despite offers from the Chinese to return him to his native Hungary, now a communist state, Corporal Rubin disregarded his own personal safety and immediately began sneaking out of the camp at night in search of food for his comrades. Breaking into enemy food storehouses and gardens, he risked certain torture or death if caught. Corporal Rubin provided not only food to the starving soldiers, but also desperately needed medical care and moral support for the sick and wounded of the POW camp. His brave, selfless efforts were directly attributed to saving the lives of as many as forty of his fellow prisoners. Corporal Rubin's gallant actions in close contact with the enemy and while unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
 
During the many years of the Award, other brave Americans of all services and types were awarded the Medal of Honor for courage and unselfish gallantry in combat. But only one came into the US Army, and was honored by the Medal, as a former dying skeleton rescued by American soldiers from a Nazi concentration camp.
 
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On Saturday, May 20, 2017 6:44 AM, Kenneth Gehan <kenneth.gehan@verizon.net> wrote:
 
 
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Thanks to Carl….We would open our oil cooler door in the F-8 Crusader (also built by the Vaught novelty company) when we came into the break to get a cool whistling sound. Of course 4 or 500 knots helped also We even had a hand signal for it. The Corsair had a bent  wing, The F-8 Crusader wing went up and down, and the Cutlass –well who knows about the first Bat wing. All  from Vaught.
 
Listen To How The WW2 Corsair Got Its Nickname  Whistlin Death
 
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Thanks to Lurch
 
Appears this Clomey/Clintons affair has been going on for sometime.
 
Subject: Reply2: How about some correct history.
 
Here is a story on Comey from CNN:
 
and these:
 
 
Donna E Turner....writes...
Who remembers? 20 years ago James Comey was an attorney on the Senate Whitewater Investigation looking into the conduct of President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton. The investigation was to determine whether Bill Clinton used his political position as governor of Arkansas (in the 1980s) to push through an illegal loan to benefit Bill and Hillary's business partner in Whitewater. Several people involved in Whitewater went to jail, but no criminal prosecution was in the cards for Bill and Hillary. Remember James Comey was the Deputy Special Counsel for the Whitewater investigation. In Christopher Anderson's book, "American Evita: Hillary Clinton's Rise to Power", Anderson gives details of the New Square offenders pardon by Bill Clinton (they had been convicted of bilking the government of $30 million dollars). Christopher Anderson relates that at Hillary's urging Bill gave clemency to 16 Puerto Rican terrorists who took the lives of 16 Americans and wounded many others. Anderson tells us that Hillary admired the Marxist Carl Oglesby and Saul Alinsky. It is from her admiration for Saul Alinsky that she formed her belief that "the only way to make a real difference is to acquire power." The pardon of billionaire Marc Rich (who traded illegally with America's enemies including Iran) by President Bill Clinton was something that everyone knew reeked of impropriety after learning that Rich's wife donated $450,000 to the Clinton Library. Again, James Comey oversaw investigations of the pardon matters as well. Unbelievably, James Comey did not recommend charging the Clintons in any of these matters. Wouldn't it be fair and balanced to give news coverage to these facts? The Clintons controlled Comey for decades. h/t: Andrea Baker.
 
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Thanks to John
Subject: Taking 16 dogs for a walk   and not one leash
This is absolutely fascinating. I'm totally amused at how the dogs are so intent on staying close to the "pack" but occasionally break protocol,  in open areas, to chase birds or wander off for a short time,… only to rush to catch up again. 😊
Forwarded for your amazement
I cannot imagine how in the world this guy could train these dogs as they have obviously been............Thanks  Don
Subject: Taking 16 dogs for a walk

Worth the time to watch.
.This is a good one!
To watch this is a once in a lifetime experience. 
This man takes his 16 dogs out for a bike ride and swim in a river every day.
Look how well trained they are and how much they love him.
By the time they return home,
they are exhausted and ready for a good rest..........
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Item Number:1 Date: 05/23/2017 AFGHANISTAN - MILITARY BASE COMES UNDER ATTACK IN KANDAHAR; CIVILIANS CAUGHT IN CROSSFIRE IN NANGARHAR (MAY 23/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Militants have killed at least 10 Afghan soldiers and wounded nine others in an attack on an army base in southern Afghanistan, say defense officials cited by Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The attack on Monday night was directed at Camp Achakzai in Shwali Kowt district of Kandahar province, said officials.   At least 12 of the attackers were killed during several hours of fighting, said a Defense Ministry spokesman.   While the Taliban was suspected, there was no immediate claim of responsibility.   Also on Monday night, at least four civilians were killed and 13 wounded in crossfire during a battle between Afghan special operations forces and insurgents in the eastern province of Nangarhar, reported Reuters.   Those killed included two women and a child, according to the office of the provincial governor. Four militants were reportedly killed in the operation.   Officials were aware of the report, but did not confirm it, said the ministry spokesman.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 05/23/2017 BURMA - ARMY REPORT REFUTES U.N. ALLEGATIONS, FINDS NO ETHNIC CLEANSING (MAY 23/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The Burmese army cleared itself of allegations of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims, reports the BBC.   Late last year, the army cracked down on Rakhine state after attacks on police border posts. More than 70,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority fled to neighboring Bangladesh, reported AFP.   The Rohingya, who were stripped of citizenship in 1982, are not liked in the Buddhist-majority nation, where they are called "Bengalis," noted Channel News Asia.   A United Nations report in February declared that Burmese security forces may have committed atrocities so severe that they amounted to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.   On Tuesday, the Burmese military said that its own investigation had determined that such allegations were "false and fabricated."   Of the 18 accusations in the U.N. report, 12 were said to be incorrect and were "based on lies and invented statements," the army said.   The military report said it interviewed 2,875 people from 29 villages but did not note whether they were Rohingya Muslims or ethnic Rakhines, who are Buddhists.   One soldier was sentenced to a year in jail and fined for taking a motorbike without the knowledge of its owner, the report said
  Item Number:3 Date: 05/23/2017 INDIA - CONTACT LOST WITH SU-30 FIGHTER JET IN ASSAM, CLOSE TO CHINESE BORDER (MAY 23/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- A search operation has been launched for the two pilots of an Indian air force fighter jet that went missing Tuesday, reports the Times of India.   The Su-30MKI lost radar and radio contact in Assam's Tezpur area, close to the border with China, during a routine training mission, said an air force official.   Contact was lost about 60 km (37 mi) north of Tezpur soon after the plane took off, said air force sources cited by ANI
Item Number:4 Date: 05/23/2017 INDIA - LATEST DEAL WITH ISRAEL WILL BRING ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS TO NAVY (MAY 23/IAI)  ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES -- Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has received a follow-on contract for the supply of LRSAM air and missile defense systems for the Indian navy.   The US$630 million deal covers LRSAM systems for four additional Indian naval vessels, IAI said in a release on Sunday.   For the first time, Bharat Electronics will help execute the contract, said IAI. BEL serves as the prime contractor for the program as part of New Delhi's Make in India policy.   Prior to contract signature, the LRSAM system successfully completed an operational trial aboard an Indian navy ship. During the test, the MFSTAR radar identified the threat and tracked its course. Targeting data was dispatched to the command center, which launched the interceptor. The target was successfully destroyed.   Last month, Israel completed a US$2 billion deal, its largest ever, to supply India with missile defense systems, noted the Press Trust of India
Item Number:5 Date: 05/23/2017 INDIA - NEW POLICY PROPOSAL WOULD INCREASE PRIVATE SECTOR ROLE IN ARMS INDUSTRY (MAY 23/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- The Indian Defense Ministry has finalized a new strategic partnership policy designed to build up the private sector's role in producing advanced weapon systems, reports the Times of India.   The Defense Acquisitions Council, chaired by Defense Minister Arun Jaitley, on Saturday also approved an army long-term plan to acquire three squadrons of attack helicopters (39 aircraft) for its three strike corps, among other modernization proposals, said unnamed sources.   The new policy first opens four major segments for the private sector: fighter jets, helicopters, submarines and armored vehicles.   Public firms and factories will still be eligible to compete with private companies in the submarine and armored vehicle segments.   The object is to build a strong domestic defense industrial base and wean the military off its dependence on foreign military equipment.   The policy will now be reviewed by the Cabinet Committee on Security for final approval.   Assuming it is approved, the Defense Ministry will select a single company as its strategic partner in each of the four segments.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 05/23/2017 INDONESIA - VIETNAMESE, INDONESIAN VESSELS CLASH IN DISPUTED WATERS (MAY 23/STIMES)  STRAITS TIMES -- Indonesian officials say Vietnamese coast guardsmen took an Indonesian fisheries officer hostage over an illegal fishing incident on Sunday in the South China Sea, reports the Straits Times (Singapore).   An Indonesian maritime security patrol stopped five Vietnamese-flagged fishing boats who were allegedly poaching in Indonesia's Exclusive Economic Zone close to the Natunas in Riau Islands province, said one Indonesian official.   A Vietnamese coast guard vessel showed up as the poachers were being escorted to land, the official said on Tuesday. The vessel was then reinforced by three other Vietnamese vessels.   One Vietnamese coast guard vessel reportedly rammed one of the fishing boats, sinking it. The coast guard picked up the Indonesian enforcement officer aboard and demanded the release of the remaining four fishing boats and the 55 crew members, according to an Indonesian government source.   The Indonesians complied because they were outnumbered, he said.   Hanoi maintains that the fishermen were in Vietnamese waters.   Indonesia's Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry secretary-general Rifky Effendi Hardjianto said that the two nations would resolve the matter through diplomatic channels. Reuters reported that a joint investigation would be held.  
 Item Number:7 Date: 05/23/2017 NIGERIA - TROOPS BATTLE BOKO HARAM NEAR LAKE CHAD, KILL 13 (MAY 23/PREM)  PREMIUM TIMES -- The Nigerian army says its forces last week killed more than a dozen members of the Boko Haram terrorist group and arrested 10 others, reports the Premium Times (Abuja).   Troops from 8 Task Force, who were conducting clearing operations around Lake Chad, killed 13 militants and injured many others over the previous three days, said an army statement on Sunday.   The soldiers recovered three AK-47 assault rifles, a pump-action rifle, assorted ammunition and a Toyota gun truck. Two other Toyota Hilux vehicles, a Toyota truck, two motorcycles and six bicycles were destroyed, the statement said.   In a related development, troops from the 242 Battalion arrested 10 suspected Boko Haram smugglers, said the statement
  Item Number:8 Date: 05/23/2017 PHILIPPINES - FIGHTING ONGOING BETWEEN SECURITY FORCES, ISLAMISTS IN MINDANAO (MAY 23/INQ)  INQUIRER -- Philippine troops are still battling various Islamists on the island of Mindanao, reports the Philippine Inquirer.   On Tuesday, authorities received reports that Abu Sayyaf leader Ispilon Hapilon and members of the Maute group were in the area around Marawi city. Fighting began after troops raided an apartment in a nearby suburb, said an army spokesman.   The military said the apartment in question was adjacent to a provincial police headquarters and was used as a rendezvous point by the militants. At least 15 gunmen were holed up inside, the spokesman said.   Other fighting occured in nearby areas as others attempted to reinforce the militants.   A brigade of at least 1,000 troops was involved in the operation, said the spokesman. The ongoing operation has reportedly included armored personnel carriers and airstrikes
  Item Number:9 Date: 05/23/2017 SOUTH KOREA - MILITARY FIRES MORE THAN 90 SHOTS AT SUSPECTED N. KOREAN DRONE (MAY 23/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korean troops have fired warning shots at an "unidentified object" that flew across the border from North Korea, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The object flew across the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) on Tuesday afternoon in the Chorwon area of the eastern province of Gangwon, said South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.   The MDL is sometimes called the Armistice Line. On either side is the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates the two nations that are still technically at war.   The South did not say if the object was hit by the warning shots, but it disappeared from military radar, noted Reuters.   Soldiers fired more than 90 light machine gun rounds at the object, which could have been a drone, said a defense source.   The military in the South is assessing the object's route and has strengthened its air defense posture, the JCS said
Item Number:10 Date: 05/23/2017 SYRIA - VIOLENCE DOESN'T END IN HOMS; CAR BOMB KILLS 4 IN CITY (MAY 23/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Syrian state media say four people were killed in a car bombing in Homs, just days after the government regained control of the city, reports Agence France-Presse.   The blast in the Al-Zahraa neighborhood on Tuesday also injured at least 30, reported the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).   The governor of Homs province said the attack was in response to the recent gains by government forces.   Under a deal brokered by Russia, rebels left the last city district two days before.   Separately, an explosives-laden vehicle was destroyed near the Sayyida Zeinab mausoleum south of Damascus; the mausoleum is the nation's holiest Shi'ite shrine.   Police fired on a vehicle near a checkpoint. The vehicle blew up, killing one civilian and wounding another, according to SANA
  Item Number:11 Date: 05/23/2017 TURKEY - EMERGENCY STATE TO CONTINUE UNTIL 'WELFARE AND PEACE' ARE ACHIEVED, SAYS PRESIDENT (MAY 23/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has extended the state of emergency declared after the failed military coup last year, reports the Voice of America News.   On Sunday in Ankara, the president made the announcement at a conference of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The party re-elected Erdogan as its leader during the event.   Maintaining the emergency allows Erdogan and his Cabinet to issue decrees without parliamentary approval or judicial review.   The emergency state was first said to be temporary, noted the New York Times. Now the decree will remain in place until Turkey finds "welfare and peace," said the president.   Under emergency rule, more than 47,000 people have been arrested and 100,000 others fired from public service for alleged connections to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan blames Gulen and his followers for the coup attempt
Item Number:12 Date: 05/23/2017 TURKEY - NEW 12 HURKUS-C LIGHT ATTACK AIRCRAFT LIKELY TO BE USED FOR COUNTERINSURGENCY BATTLES (MAY 23/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Turkish government has finalized a contract with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for 12 domestically developed light attack aircraft, reports Defense News.   The deal covers the development and production of 12 Hurkus-C armed aircraft, with an option for 12 additional planes. The Hurkus-C is based on TAI's Hurkus basic training aircraft.   The program will maximize the use of locally developed software and hardware, including in the design and integration stages, the paper reported on Friday.   The armed Hurkus-C features armored components; a self-protection system; data link; laser tracking; an electro-optical/infrared sensor pod; external fuel tank; and advanced avionics. The aircraft is expected to be used for counterinsurgency operations, said TAI.   The aircraft has seven external hardpoints that can accommodate up to 3,300 pounds (1,500 kg) of payload.   The light attack aircraft has been tested with the Turkish L-UMTAS laser-guided anti-tank missile and will also be able to employ domestic weapons such as the Cirit laser-guided rocket, Teber, HGK and LGK guided weapons.   TAI expects to begin deliveries in 2018
  Item Number:13 Date: 05/23/2017 UGANDA - TOP GENERAL SAYS INTERIM FORCES NEEDED TO THWART LRA IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (MAY 23/MON)  MONITOR -- The Ugandan military is pushing for a deployment of an interim force to replace its troops in the Central African Republic that have been fighting the remnants of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) terrorist group, reports the Monitor (Kampala).   The military of the Central African Republic is still too weak. This situation could allow the LRA to create chaos, said Gen. David Muhoozi, the Ugandan chief of defense forces.   The Ugandan armed forces withdrew from the mission in early April, the paper noted last week
Item Number:14 Date: 05/23/2017 UKRAINE - U.S. NAVY EYES FACILITIES MYKOLAIV FOR MULTINATIONAL EXERCISES (MAY 23/INT-UKR)  INTERFAX-UKRAINE -- A delegation from the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet may build military facilities in Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine to support the annual multinational Sea Breeze exercises, reports Interfax-Ukraine.   The U.S. delegation is considering the technical capacities for the implementation of the project, said Brant Richardson, the leader of the group.   The military representatives visited the planned construction site and met with local public utility companies to discuss the project, the news agency reported on Monday.   The preparatory stage of the project, including negotiations and pre-construction work would take 18 months, with construction running for another six months, officials said.   The U.S. Army is reportedly planning to build several infrastructure facilities in Odessa and Ochakiv as part of the project, said the Ukrainian Defense Ministry
 Item Number:15 Date: 05/23/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - 22 DIE IN MANCHESTER CONCERT BOMBING; ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY (MAY 23/DAILYTEL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH -- The Islamic State says it was responsible for a suicide bombing on Monday in Manchester, England, -reported the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).   Police are treating the suicide bombing at an arena in Manchester as a terrorist attack, reports the New York Times.   The bomber blew himself up Monday night in the foyer outside the main hall of the Manchester Arena that were leaving a concert by pop star Ariana Grande, said police.   At least 22 people were killed and 59 others wounded, said authorities.   Investigators said they believe that the man acted alone, but that they were trying to determine whether he was part of a wider network.   Police said that they have identified the attacker and arrested a man suspected of being involved, reported the Metro (U.K.).   ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on its Amaq news agency, saying it was revenge for attacks on "Muslim lands
Item Number:16 Date: 05/23/2017 USA - 18 WOMEN GRADUATE FROM ARMY'S ENLISTED INFANTRY TRAINING COURSE AT FORT BENNING (MAY 23/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- Eighteen women graduated last week from the U.S. Army's first gender-integrated infantry basic training course, reports the Army Times.   Forty-eight female trainees arrived at Fort Benning, Ga., in February. Of these, 32 were considered ready to attempt basic without additional training. The 18 who graduated were among those 32, noted Task & Purpose. Among the 148 males who started the class, 119 graduated.   On Friday, a graduation ceremony took place for 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment.   The dropout rate was similar in the infantry as in other recently integrated combat jobs, such as combat engineer, said Lt. Col. Samuel Edwards, the commander of 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry.   Officials emphasized that the standards were the same for all who took the course. It was also the first cycle of recruits who had to pass the Army's new Occupational Physical Assessment Test with infantry-specific standards before heading to basic training.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 05/23/2017 USA - TROOPS FROM FORT HOOD, TEXAS, TO DEPLOY TO MIDDLE EAST, S. KOREA (MAY 23/ANS)  ARMY NEWS SERVICE -- The Dept. of the Army has announced a pair of deployments within months to the Middle East and South Korea, reports the Army News Service.   On Friday, the Army reported that about 250 soldiers from the III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood, Texas, would deploy this summer to Iraq and Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.   The unit will replace XVIII Airborne Corps as the headquarters of the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition that is fighting the Islamic State.   Separately, in the summer of 2017, around 3,500 troops from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, also at Fort Hood, will head to South Korea.   The armored unit will replace the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, as part of a regular rotation of forces, the Army said.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 05/23/2017 USA - USS DETROIT LITTORAL SHIP WRAPS UP CONTRACT TRIALS (MAY 23/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The U.S. Navy has successfully concluded final contract trials for its newest Freedom-class littoral combat ship, reports the Navy NewsStand.   USS Detroit (LCS-7) began the five days of testing on May 10, the Navy said on May 19.   The testing, which was conducted by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey, is part of a series of post-delivery events that evaluate the ship and its major systems.   The trials included pre-underway and material condition checks as well as at-sea demonstrations. The latter included combat systems air and surface detect-to-engage scenarios; 57-mm gun-firing exercises; maneuvering; and launch and recovery of a 36-foot (11-m) rigid-hull inflatable boat.   The Detroit will next undertake Combat System Ship Qualification Trials, said Cmdr. David Adams, the ship's commander.   The Detroit was commissioned on Oct. 22, 2016, in Marinette, Wis., where she was built
  Item Number:19 Date: 05/23/2017 VIETNAM - U.S. AMBASSADOR OVERSEES DELIVERY OF 6 COASTAL PATROL BOATS (MAY 23/REU)  REUTERS -- The U.S. government has delivered six patrol boats to Vietnam's coast guard as part of Washington's effort to build security cooperation, says the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, as reported by Reuters.   The boats were described elsewhere as 45-foot Metal Shark patrol boats.   The handover was made by U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius in the central province of Quang Nam, noted RTHK (Hong Kong).   The boats were part of a defense cooperation memorandum signed in 2011, said the embassy in a statement on Tuesday.   The vessels will help develop cooperation in maritime law enforcement, search-and-rescue and humanitarian assistance operations in Vietnam's territory and Exclusive Economic Zone, said the embassy.   The patrol boats will also be used for intercoastal patrols and law enforcement.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 05/23/2017 YEMEN - SEAL TEAM 6 KILLS 7 AQAP FIGHTERS DURING MARIB RAID (MAY 23/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- American military officials say members of the U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 have killed seven members of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in a counterterror raid in central Yemen, reports the New York Times.   Tuesday morning's raid was aimed at gathering AQAP intelligence in Marib, about 100 miles northeast of the capital Sanaa, said a U.S. defense official cited by NBC News.   The AQAP fighters were killed through a combination of small-arms fire and airstrikes, said U.S. Central Command. The operation was approved by the Yemeni government, said CENTOM.   "Raids such as this provide insight into AQAP's disposition, capabilities and intentions, which will allow us to continue to pursue, disrupt, and degrade AQAP," said CENTCOM.   This was the first known ground raid in Yemen by U.S. forces since a SEAL operation in late January -- in which one SEAL member was killed, along with up to 25 civilians, noted the New York Times.
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