Thursday, June 1, 2017

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To All,
I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend. This is a Bubba Breakfast Friday in San Diego. Flight jackets are still encouraged, zipping them up is not required.
Regards,
Skip
This Day In Naval History - May 30
1814 - Navy gunboats capture three British boats on Lake Ontario near Sandy Creek, NY
 
1944: USS Guitarro (SS 363) sinks Japanese freighter Shisen Maru, 60 miles south-east of Keelung, Formosa. Also on this date, USS Pompon (SS 267) sinks Japanese freighter Shiga Maru off Muroto Saki, Japan while USS Rasher (SS 269) sinks the gunboat Anshu Maru about 110 miles north-northeast of Halmahera.
 
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Today in History May 30
1416
Jerome of Prague is burned as a heretic by the Church.
1431
Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by the English.
1527
The University of Marburg is founded in Germany.
1539
Hernando de Soto lands in Florida with 600 soldiers in search of gold.
1783
The first American daily newspaper, The Pennsylvania Evening Post, begins publishing in Philadelphia.
1814
The First Treaty of Paris is declared, returning France to its 1792 borders.
1848
William Young patents the ice cream freezer.
1854
1859
The Piedmontese army crosses the Sesia River and defeats the Austrians at Palestro.
1862
Union General Henry Halleck enters Corinth, Mississippi.
1868
Memorial Day begins when two women place flowers on both Confederate and Union graves.
1889
The brassiere is invented.
1912
U.S. Marines are sent to Nicaragua to protect American interests.
1913
The First Balkan War ends.
1921
The U.S. Navy transfers the Teapot Dome oil reserves to the Department of the Interior.
1942
The Royal Air Force launches the first 1,000 plane raid over Germany.
1971
NASA launches Mariner 9, the first satellite to orbit Mars.
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Thanks to Laurel
Memorial Day--a good read
 
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In case you thought Memorial Day weekend was three days of parties
 
 
 
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Thanks to Hal -
 
At Arlington and many Union and Confederate cemeteries, you will find this poem inscribed.  He came from my hometown of Danville, Kentucky.
In the South it was Decoration Day when everyone took flowers to the graves of the soldiers of their family.  Now it is Memorial Day.
 
Hal
 
 
 



Bivouac Of The Dead
By Theodore O'Hara
(Written in memory of the Kentucky troops killed in the Mexican War - 1847)
Portions Of This Haunting Poem Are Inscribed On Placards
Throughout Arlington, As Well as On
The McClellan Gate There



The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
The soldier's last tattoo;
No more on Life's parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On fame's eternal camping ground
Their silent tents to spread,
And glory guards, with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead.
No rumor of the foe's advance
Now swells upon the wind;
Nor troubled thought at midnight haunts
Of loved ones left behind;
No vision of the morrow's strife
The warrior's dreams alarms;
No braying horn or screaming fife
At dawn shall call to arms.
Their shriveled swords are red with rust,
Their plumed heads are bowed,
Their haughty banner, trailed in dust,
Is now their martial shroud.
And plenteous funeral tears have washed
The red stains from each brow,
And the proud forms, by battle gashed
Are free from anguish now.
The neighing troop, the flashing blade,
The bugle's stirring blast,
The charge, the dreadful cannonade,
The din and shout, are past;
Nor war's wild note, nor glory's peal
Shall thrill with fierce delight
Those breasts that nevermore may feel
The rapture of the fight.
Like the fierce Northern hurricane
That sweeps the great plateau,
Flushed with triumph, yet to gain,
Come down the serried foe,
Who heard the thunder of the fray
Break o'er the field beneath,
Knew the watchword of the day
Was "Victory or death!"
Long had the doubtful conflict raged
O'er all that stricken plain,
For never fiercer fight had waged
The vengeful blood of Spain;
And still the storm of battle blew,
Still swelled the glory tide;
Not long, our stout old Chieftain knew,
Such odds his strength could bide.
Twas in that hour his stern command
Called to a martyr's grave
The flower of his beloved land,
The nation's flag to save.
By rivers of their father's gore
His first-born laurels grew,
And well he deemed the sons would pour
Their lives for glory too.
For many a mother's breath has swept
O'er Angostura's plain --
And long the pitying sky has wept
Above its moldered slain.
The raven's scream, or eagle's flight,
Or shepherd's pensive lay,
Alone awakes each sullen height
That frowned o'er that dread fray.
Sons of the Dark and Bloody Ground
Ye must not slumber there,
Where stranger steps and tongues resound
Along the heedless air.
Your own proud land's heroic soil
Shall be your fitter grave;
She claims from war his richest spoil --
The ashes of her brave.
Thus 'neath their parent turf they rest,
Far from the gory field,
Borne to a Spartan mother's breast
On many a bloody shield;
The sunshine of their native sky
Smiles sadly on them here,
And kindred eyes and hearts watch by
The heroes sepulcher.
Rest on embalmed and sainted dead!
Dear as the blood ye gave;
No impious footstep here shall tread
The herbage of your grave;
Nor shall your glory be forgot
While Fame her record keeps,
For honor points the hallowed spot
Where valor proudly sleeps.
Yon marble minstrel's voiceless stone
In deathless song shall tell,
When many a vanquished ago has flown,
The story how ye fell;
Nor wreck, nor change, nor winter's blight,
Nor time's remorseless doom,
Can dim one ray of glory's light
That gilds your deathless tomb.
 
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Thanks to Al
Monday Morning Thoughts for Memorial Day
 
Today and every day, my heart is filled with pride thinking of the men and women who serve their country.  Yet every day and especially today, my heart grieves for those who gave their lives and for the families they left for us to care for.     The Third Infantry Regiment at Fort Myer has the responsibility for providing ceremonial units and honor guards for state occasions, White House social functions, public celebrations and interments at Arlington National Cemetery and standing a very formal sentry watch at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
     The public is familiar with the precision of what is called "walking post" at the Tombs. There are roped off galleries where visitors can form to observe the troopers and their measured step and almost mechanically silent rifle shoulder changes. They are relieved every hour in a very formal drill that has to be seen to be believed.
     Some people think that when the cemetery is closed to the public in the evening that this show stops. First, to the men who are dedicated to this work, it is no show. It is a "charge of honor." The formality and precision continues uninterrupted all night. During the nighttime, the drill of relief and the measured step of the on duty sentry remain unchanged from the daylight hours. To these men, these special men, the continuity of this post is the key to the honor and respect shown to these honored dead, symbolic of all American unaccounted for American combat dead. The steady rhythmic step in rain, sleet, snow, hail, heat, cold, must be uninterrupted. Uninterrupted is the important part of the honor shown.
     A few years back, while you were sleeping, the teeth of hurricane Isabel came through Washington DC and Arlington Cemetery and tore the hell out of everything. They had thousands of trees down, power outages, traffic signals out, roads filled with downed limbs and "gear adrift" debris. They had flooding and the place looked like it had been the impact area of an off shore bombardment.
     The Regimental Commander of the U.S. Third Infantry sent word to the nighttime sentry detail to secure the post and seek shelter from the high winds, to ensure their personal safety. They disobeyed the order!
     During winds that turned over vehicles and turned debris into projectiles, the measured step continued. One fellow said "I've got buddies getting shot at in Iraq who would kick my butt if word got to them that we let them down. I sure as hell have no intention of spending my Army career being known as the damned idiot who couldn't stand a little light breeze and shirked his duty."
     Then he said something in response to a female reporter's question regarding silly purposeless personal risk..."I wouldn't expect you to understand. It's an enlisted man's thing."  God bless the rascal.
     In a time in our nation's history when spin and total BS seem to have become the accepted coin-of-the-realm, there beat hearts, we all knew and were so proud to be a part of, that fully understand the devotion to duty is not a part time occupation.
     While we slept, we were represented by some fine men who fully understood their post orders and proudly went about their assigned responsibilities unseen, unrecognized and in the finest tradition of the American service man. Folks, there's hope. The spirit that George S. Patton, Arleigh Burke and Jimmy Doolittle left us...survives.
     On the ABC evening news, it was reported recently that, because of the dangers from Hurricane Isabel approaching Washington DC, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They refused. "No way, Sir!"  Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the tomb was not just an assignment; it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a service person.
     The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.



Memorial Day Tributes on YouTube:
"Just a Common Soldier" at https://www.youtube.com/embed/eEs4ke7cdNQ submitted by Bob King and Gordy Williamson
"Mansions" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq2BbVZ2LEc submitted by Barry Gaston
"Freedom Is Not Free" at https://www.youtube.com/embed/rKsW6c_CgFY?feature=player_detailpage submitted by Bob King
"D-Day 2014" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k9Si28k0Fk&app=desktop  submitted by Al Anderson
"Faces Never Forgotten" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA9Dp1S3Ez4 submitted by Skip Leonard
"The Path of the Warrior" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKqT0-3JV5E&feature=youtube_gdata_player submitted by Skip Leonard
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Thanks to Glen and Mark
Subject: EF-111-A in 1991 Gulf war
VETERANS CORNER:  By John Kearns
QUOTH THE RAVEN, NEVER MORE!
UN-ARMED US AIR FORCE JET KILLS IRAQ MIRAGE F-1 FIGHTER JET
January 17th, 1991 during the Gulf War, a US Air Force F-111A 
flown by pilot Captain James Denton and Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO) Captain Brent Brandon lifted off at midnight.  They were patrolling in an unarmed electronics warfare plane that would receive credit for an enemy "Kill" without firing any shots or weapons at the hostile aircraft.
On the first night of the war, USA special aircraft were deployed in advance of the USA main invasion force.
 Mission was to jam hostile position's including support bases, electronic targeting radars, warning radars, anti-aircraft missile systems and missile defense systems.
Just after midnight, an Iraqi fighter pilot flying a French Mirage F1 on a combat air patrol came upon their US EF-111A Raven flying at low level beneath the Mirage . 
Eager for a kill the Iraqi  pilot decided to attack it knowing it was unarmed and an easy target.
The Mirage is a decent aircraft, the Mirage F1 put its own mark on the Mirage tradition of cost-effective, light-weight fighters world wide.
Despite being the only non-delta winged Mirage fighter ever put into production it became an instant hit, with orders coming from France, Libya, South Africa, Iran, Iraq and many other countries.
Quick, agile, and with surprisingly high performance for its size, the F1 proved itself to be a capable combat-ready package that could take on fighters, attack aircraft, and even anti-shipping roles its clients acquired it for.
Still flying today 45 years after the original prototype took to the skies, the Mirage F1 is an all-too-noticeable reminder that the light fighter can still pack a heavy punch in aerial combat and anti-aircraft attack roles.
But it was not designed for low level attacks.  To the contrary, the USA EF-111A  Raven is designed just for low level flight to avoid enemy missiles and radar.
It's an unarmed electronic warfare version of the F-111 Aardvark, and has computerized terrain following radar navigation, which enables it to fly at Mach 1+ speeds, in total darkness, fog, sand storms or dense smoke less than 200 ft. above the ground.
That's about 0.04 seconds reaction time for the pilot to act to avoid a crash into the ground, a hill or even a tall building), while the pilot watches the "view" screens flying at Mach speed, they can only see where they just were, not actually where they are at.
It's one of the fastest aircraft in the world at low level because of an onboard computerized total integrated computer navigation system.
It takes an average human .03 seconds from when the eye sees it to get to the hands via the brain to act.  That's too long at Mach spend.  The F 111 A's system does the same thing in "nano" seconds, nearly instantaneously.
Maybe this Iraqi pilot didn't know anything about the F-111 ability's, but he decided that it looked like an easy target, and pursued it diving down to very low level to get his first US kill.
It would be reasonable to believe his much smaller fighter aircraft could go anywhere the larger F 111 fighter-bomber could and he could pull up as they did.
He took the aircraft for a F111 Aardvark, a fighter bomber being phased out at the time.  An Aardvark would have been an easy target flying that low.
The after action recording reported the warning radar alerted the F-111 crew they were being targeted!  In front and below the attacking aircraft, they were in a bad spot.
They did the only thing they could and they gave total control to the computers and electronics to let the aircraft do the flying.
The F 111 A computers took command in the ground skimming mode dove down sharply and went to max speed, with no clear shot because ho kills ridges and dunes hiding the F 111, the tried to follow.
Unable to match the ground hugging computer system and trying to match the F-111's speed and maneuvers proved too much for the enemy pilot, he crashed into the hillside the F 111 A just "jumped over".
The EF-111A crew were credited with a kill because it caused the Iraqi jet fighter slam into the ground. This is one of the few occasions when an unarmed aircraft scores a kill.
The EF111-A also had a jamming pod plus heat flares making it near impossible to hit with a modern radar guided or heat seeking anti-aircraft missile or radar directed anti-aircraft fire from the ground.
Soon as the pod senses enemy radar, it duplicates the frequency directing it at an electronically generated target while disguising itself.
The last one of these "Ravens" as they were called was retired from the US Air Force in 1998 and are on display in many military museums throughout the nation.
! The crew were Matt Warren and Jeff Harrington. Both junior majors at the time. Jeff was the WSO and operated the TFR. He said low level let downs, at night, into low level routes in the Dakotas and Montana (after launch out of Plattsburgh, AAR over Indiana with Grissom AFB tankers) made him more nervous than anything. Total trust in a computer that was about as powerful as a 64k Pong game!
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Item Number:1 Date: 05/30/2017 AFGHANISTAN - OFFICIALS IN KABUL NOT EAGER FOR MORE COALITION TROOPS (MAY 30/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- A number of officials in Afghanistan are not publicly enthused about plans for NATO and the U.S. to send more military personnel to their country, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   NATO received a request earlier in May from army chiefs for more troops to help fight the Taliban, said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.   Sending more combat forces "will not do anything," Sher Mohammad Karimi, a retired Afghan four-star general told Al Jazeera. "If they are advisers, then it's OK."   An Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman concurs, saying forces in his country need better equipment and training. "What we need now is bombing planes and also modern engineering technology," he told the news service.   The Taliban has been making gains since NATO formally ended its combat mission in 2014.   Stoltenberg insists that an increase in personnel would not mean a return to combat operations. Some worry that having more coalition troops would prolong the war.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 05/30/2017 ALBANIA - NAVY ORDERS 4 20-MM NARWHAL REMOTE TURRETS FOR ILIRIA-CLASS PATROL BOATS (MAY 30/NEXTER)  NEXTER -- The Albanian navy has awarded a contract to Nexter for Narwhal remotely operated weapon systems, reports the French defense firm.   The deal covers four turrets, armed with 20-mm cannons, which will be installed on Albania's Iliria-class patrol boats. The contract, which took effect on May 19, also covers the supply of 20-mm ammunition and maintenance equipment.   The first two turrets are scheduled for delivery in late 2017, with the balance to be handed over in the second half of 2018.   The Narwhal is equipped with the Nexter 20M621 20-mm cannon and high-performance day/night electro-optical cameras and a moving target monitoring function, said Nexter in a release on May 26.   The increased firepower will allow the Albanian navy to step up its participation in maritime surveillance, counter-piracy and search-and-rescue missions, the company said
Item Number:3 Date: 05/30/2017 AUSTRALIA - ANOTHER 30 AUSSIES HEADED TO AFGHANISTAN, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (MAY 30/SKY)  SKY NEWS -- The Australian government will deploy 30 more troops to Afghanistan, reports Sky News (Australia).   The additional Australian soldiers will bring the nation's total deployment to Afghanistan to 300, noted Defense Minister Marise Payne on Monday.   "Given the centrality of Afghanistan in the global fight against terrorism, an enhanced Australian contribution to the resolute support mission is both timely and appropriate," she said.   Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, the chief of the armed forces, told a Senate hearing that the request was not for "combat troops on the ground," as cited by Australia's SBS television channel.   The increase was requested by NATO and backed by the U.S., said Payne. Other partners are expected to also enhance their contribution to Resolute Support, the NATO train, advise and assist mission, she said.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 05/30/2017 COLOMBIA - FARC, GOVERNMENT PUSH BACK DISARMAMENT DEADLINE FOR 20 DAYS (MAY 30/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The Colombian government has extended a disarmament deadline for the FARC guerrilla group under a peace agreement signed late last year, reports the BBC.   About 7,000 FARC fighters have assembled at 26 demobilization zones having agreed to disarm and make a transition to a political group. The original deadline for disarmament was set for May 30.   President Juan Manuel Santos announced Monday that the two sides had agreed to extend the deadline for another 20 days, reported AFP.   The extension was prompted by repeated delays and was made in coordination with the United Nations, which is overseeing the disarmament, Santos said.   FARC commanders maintained that they could not meet the original deadline because of delays in building the camps to house the rebels.   The rebels would be allowed to stay in the camps until Aug. 1, after which they must all start reintegrating, said the president.  
Item Number:5 Date: 05/30/2017 ESTONIA - 2 RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS ORDERED FROM COUNTRY; MOSCOW DECRIES 'UNFRIENDLY' ACT (MAY 30/EPR)  ESTONIAN PUBLIC RADIO -- The Estonian government has expelled two Russian diplomats, reports Estonian Public Radio.   Consul General Dmitry Kazennov and Consul Andrey Surgaev, in Estonia's eastern city of Narva, have been ordered to leave the country, said a spokesman from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   They were given a note to leave on Friday, reported Russia's RT.   The ministry provided no explanation for the decision. The Estonian Internal Security Service indicated that it was aware of the move.   Moscow will respond to the expulsions, said the Foreign Ministry, as cited by Interfax-AVN (Russia). The Foreign Ministry called the move "yet another unfriendly and absolutely groundless act, as quoted by RT
Item Number:6 Date: 05/30/2017 GERMANY - NAVY CHRISTENS RHEINLAND-PFALZ FRIGATE IN HAMBURG (MAY 30/TKMS)  THYSSENKRUPP MARINE SYSTEMS -- The German navy recently christened the fourth and final frigate in the new Baden-Wurttemberg class, reports ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, which builds the ships.   The Rheinland-Pfalz was christened during a ceremony on May 24 at the TKMS facility in Hamburg, in northern Germany.   The warship is scheduled to be delivered in the spring of 2020.   The four Baden-Wurttemberg-class frigates are replacing the navy's Bremen-class ships, the company noted.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 05/30/2017 INDIA - NEW PROCUREMENT ORGANIZATION EYED; GOAL WILL BE TO SPEED UP ARMS-BUYING (MAY 30/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Indian government has begun work on new agency that is supposed to speed up the purchase of military equipment, reports Defense News.   The Defense Procurement Organization (DPO) will accelerate the buying of weapons and gear from both domestic and international firms, said an unnamed Defense Ministry official.   The nascent DPO is also expected to ensure that the entire defense budget is spent annually. The Defense Ministry has been returning more than US$1 billion to the budget every year because of procurement delays.   Some officials worry that the DPO will not be as autonomous as it needs to be and may suffer from existing bureaucratic interests, according to analysts.   The organization will likely have several technical, financial and legal experts to support procurement processes.   It probably will take around three years to obtain the necessary approvals and establish the DPO, said officials.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 05/30/2017 IRAQ - CAR BOMBINGS CAUSE HEAVY CASUALTIES AT BAGHDAD ICE CREAM SHOP, BRIDGE OVER TIGRIS (MAY 30/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- Two bombings have hit Baghdad in successive days, causing dozens of casualties in the Iraqi capital, reports NBC News.   A car bomb was detonated Monday around midnight in the Karada district near a popular ice cream parlor. The attack hit families breaking their fast observed in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.   At least 15 people were killed and 30 wounded, said local officials. Other accounts had different casualty totals.   The Islamic State claimed responsibility on its Amaq news agency. The Sunni terrorist group said it had targeted a group of Shi'ites.   On Tuesday morning, there was another car bombing close to Baghdad's Al-Shahada bridge over the Tigris; it killed at least 11 people and wounded at least 41, said security sources cited by AFP.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the second attack, but it also bore the hallmarks of ISIS, said officials
Item Number:9 Date: 05/30/2017 IRAQ - GOVERNMENT FORCES MAKE NEW EFFORT NORTH OF MOSUL'S OLD CITY (MAY 30/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Iraqi forces have begun a fresh push to retake the last remaining neighborhoods held by the Islamic State in the northern city of Mosul, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Baghdad began an operation to regain control of Mosul from ISIS seven months ago. ISIS still holds five neighborhoods in the city's west: the Old District, Shifa, Saha, Bab al-Sinjar and Zanjali, reported Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan).   On Saturday, the Joint Operations Command overseeing the offensive announced a broad offensive against three of the neighborhoods north of the Old City.   Army forces attacked the Shifa neighborhood; federal police target Zanjali; and Counter-Terrorism Service is moving on Saha, the command said.   Those neighborhoods separate government forces from the Old City, where ISIS is heavily entrenched
Item Number:10 Date: 05/30/2017 ISRAEL - ISRAELI COMPANY IMI SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE NAVAL GUNS TO 2 ASIAN NAVIES (MAY 30/IMI)  ISRAELI MILITARY INDUSTRIES -- Israeli firm IMI Systems says it has received contracts from two unspecified Asian navies for remote-controlled weapon stations.   Both deals involve the company's Wave 350 fully stabilized naval remote-controlled weapon stations.   The system features target-tracking and image-processing capabilities to enhance the ability of the operator to acquire and hit targets in day, night, static and on-the-move conditions, the company said in a release on May 25.   The Wave 350, armed with a 12.7-mm NSVT or 0.50-caliber WKM-B machine gun, is specifically designed for the maritime environment. A variety of sensor systems can be integrated
Item Number:11 Date: 05/30/2017 LIBYA - ANSAR AL-SHARIA OFFICIALLY DISSOLVES; WASHINGTON BLAMED GROUP OF BENGHAZI ATTACK (MAY 30/LIBHER)  LIBYA HERALD -- The Libyan jihadist group blamed by the U.S. for the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi has announced its "dissolution," reports the Libya Herald.   Ansar al-Sharia -- affiliated with Al-Qaida and blacklisted as a terrorist group by the U.S. and the U.N. -- made the announcement Saturday in a communique published online.   The attack on the consulate on Sept. 11, 2012, left four Americans dead, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens.   The Libya-based group said it was breaking up after its leadership was killed while fighting the Libya National Army (LNA).   Most of its members have since defected to the Islamic State, noted AFP.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 05/30/2017 MALAYSIA - POLICE HOLDING 6 ISIS SUSPECTS (MAY 30/CHNA)  CHANNEL NEWS ASIA -- Malaysian police have announced the arrests of six men for suspected involvement with the Islamic State, reports Channel News Asia.   The arrests took place across four states between May 23 and May 26, said police in a statement on Saturday.   Those detained included a cow herder in Kelantan who allegedly smuggled firearms for ISIS; a pair of brothers in Perak and Kedah, respectively, accused of supporting ISIS activities and movements in Syria; and a retired soldier in Kedah who allegedly transferred money to the terror group.   Also picked up were a quality control officer in Selangor and an unemployed man in Kedah, said police.   The two brothers arrested are relatives of Muhammad Fudhail Omar, who had ordered a "lone wolf" attack in Sabah last August, said a police spokesman. Omar is in line to take over as the top ISIS operative in Malaysia after his predecessor, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, was killed, he said
Item Number:13 Date: 05/30/2017 NEPAL - ARMY CARGO PLANE OVERSHOOTS RUNWAY DURING EMERGENCY LANDING; PILOT KILLED, 2 RESCUED (MAY 30/KATPOST)  KATHMANDU POST -- A Nepalese army aircraft has crashed in the country's west, killing a pilot and injuring two crewmembers, say local officials the Kathmandu Post.   The PZL M28 Skytruck overshot the runway on Tuesday during an emergency landing in Bajura district, said officials. The plane caught on fire, but army personnel put the flames out, reported Online Khabar (Nepal).   The aircraft, which was carrying rice to the remote Humla district, was diverted to an airport in Bajura due to bad weather, reported China's Xinhua.   The pilot died in the crash. The other two were airlifted to a hospital in Nepalgunj, said one official.  
Item Number:14 Date: 05/30/2017 NORTH KOREA - SHORT-RANGE MISSILE HITS SEA OF JAPAN (MAY 30/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- For the third time in a little over three weeks, North Korea has tested a ballistic missile, reports CNN.   The missile was fired on Monday at around 5:39 a.m., local time, from Wonsan in Gangwon province, said the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), as cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The missile, which is believed to be a Scud type, flew for about 450 km (280 mi), said the JCS.   The U.S. Pacific Command said the short-range missile was tracked "for six minutes until it landed in the Sea of Japan," as cited by ABC News.   The North's state-run news agency said on Tuesday that the missile could be launched more quickly than others and is able to strike with more precision, reported the New York Times.   The test demonstrated the missile's ability to land within 23 feet of its target, according to the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).   "Whenever news of our recent valuable victory is broadcast, the Yankees would be very much worried and the gangsters of the South Korean puppet army would get dispirited more and more," said leader Kim Jong Un, as cited by the agency.   The North has fired 12 missiles during nine tests in 2017, including some that have demonstrated new capabilities.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 05/30/2017 PHILIPPINES - DEALS WITH RUSSIA INCLUDE DEFENSE COOPERATION ACCORD (MAY 30/PDI)  PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER -- The governments of the Philippines and Russia recently formalized 10 agreements, including a defense cooperation accord, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer.   The defense pact, signed by Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano last week, enables official visits and the participation of observers in military exercises. It also covers naval port calls.   In addition, the defense agreement expands join training, information exchanges and military education relations, the newspaper said.   National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon also signed an agreement on exchanging intelligence information.   Manila is seeking a soft loan from Russia to purchase firearms, following the U.S. decision to cancel a planned arms deal for 27,000 rifles last year, noted RT (Russia). Other weapons purchases are also being considered, said Cayetano.   The two sides also signed cooperation agreements in the areas of agriculture, trade, tourism, culture, transportation and the peaceful use of nuclear energy.  
 Item Number:16 Date: 05/30/2017 PHILIPPINES - MOST OF MARAWI UNDER OUR CONTROL, SAYS MILITARY (MAY 30/STIMES)  STRAITS TIMES -- After a week of fighting that has cost the lives of more than 100, the Philippine military says it has gained control of most of Marawi City in the southern island of Mindanao, reported Straits Times.   Fighting began in Marawi on May 23 when security forces raided an apartment in search of Abu Sayyaf leader Insilon Hapilon. The Islamists called in reinforcements from the Maute Group, who burned and seized areas of the city.   On Monday, the military said that it was close to retaking Marawi. The militants were said to control only small pockets in the city, noted Reuters.   "Our forces are in complete control of the city, except for certain areas where they continue to hold. These are the subject of clearing operations that are continuously being conducted," said an army officer cited by GMA News.   The death toll rose to 104 on Tuesday, including 65 suspected terrorists, 20 security personnel and 19 civilians, reported ABS-CBN (Quezon City
  Item Number:17 Date: 05/30/2017 SOUTH KOREA - PRESIDENT ORDERS INVESTIGATION OF THAAD LAUNCHERS DEPLOYED WITHOUT HIS KNOWLEDGE (MAY 30/REU)  REUTERS -- New President Moon Jae In has ordered an investigation after he said his office was not informed by South Korea's Defense Ministry of the arrival of four more launchers for a contentious U.S. missile defense system, reports Reuters.   In March, the U.S. deployed a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD ) system in the southeastern region of Seongju to counter North Korean missile and nuclear threats. The system initially included two maximum launchers; a typical THAAD battery includes six to nine.   The remaining four launchers arrived before Moon's administration took power on May 10, reported the Korea Times.   On Tuesday, a spokesman for Moon said the president ordered a probe when he heard the launchers had been installed without being reported to the new government or to the public. The action was termed "very shocking," he said.   "President Moon ordered to find out how the four additional rocket launchers were brought into the country, who made such a decision, why this has not been disclosed to the people and why this has not been reported to the new administration even to date," the spokesman said
Item Number:18 Date: 05/30/2017 USA - BOEING WINS $89 MILLION NAVY CONTRACT FOR INFRARED SENSORS ON SUPER HORNET JETS (MAY 30/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Boeing a contract to integrate the Infrared Search-and-Track (IRST) Block II system on F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The deal is valued at $89 million.   The deal covers the initial design and development; procurement of prototyping hardware; technical risk-reduction work; integrated product support; and technical reviews of the IRST Block II with the Super Hornet to support the system through the preliminary design review, said a Pentagon release on May 24.   Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed in April 2020.  
 Item Number:19 Date: 05/30/2017 USA - EXTENDING DEPLOYMENT MAY ALLOW AIRMEN TO SELECT THEIR FOLLOW-ON ASSIGNMENT (MAY 30/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- The U.S. Air Force is offering its officers and enlisted personnel the opportunity to apply for eligible advanced assignment or a two-year deferment from a permanent change of station (PCS) in exchange for deploying for another year, reports the Air Force Times.   To qualify for an advanced assignment, airmen must have at least 24 months on station as of their projected redeployment date and at least 36 months before the PCS.   Airmen are eligible for short-tour credit if they complete at least 300 consecutive days on the extended deployment.   Officers may also be eligible for joint-duty-assignment credit if they are working in a joint environment on their deployment, said an Air Force release.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 05/30/2017 USA - USAF EAGLES IN MIDST OF MULTINATIONAL ARCTIC CHALLENGE DRILLS IN FINLAND, SWEDEN (MAY 30/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force fighter jets and aerial tankers are taking part in a multinational exercise in Finland and Sweden, reports the Air Force News Service.   Twelve F-15C Eagle fighters from the 493rd Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, England, and two KC-135 Stratotankers from the 351st Air Refueling Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, England, are participants in the exercise that began on May 19 and runs through June 2.   The training focuses on interoperability and includes offensive and defensive air combat operations; evaluating aircraft, personnel and weapons capabilities; and mobilizing for multinational operations, said an Air Force release on Friday.   Other participants are Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and representatives of NATO.
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