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To All,
I hope you all had a great weekend.
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Skip
This Day In Naval History - June 12
1775: HMS Margaretta, commanded by Capt. James Moore, enters Machias Harbor to commandeer a load of lumber for the British Army at Boston. Jeremiah OBrien leads the crew of the American sloop, Unity, and engages the British. After an hour-long bloody struggle, the Americans defeat the British. This action is the first naval engagement of the American Revolution.
 
1944 - Four U.S. Carrier Groups (15 carriers) begin attack on Japanese positions in the Marianas.
1948 - The Women's Armed Forces Integration Act provides for enlistment and appointment of women in the Naval Reserve.
1970 - After earthquake in Peru, USS Guam begins 11 days of relief flights to transport medical teams and supplies, as well as rescue
·         Today in History June 12
1442
Alfonso V of Aragon is crowned King of Naples.
1812
Napoleon Bonaparte and his army invade Russia.
1849
The gas mask is patented by Lewis P. Haslett.
1862
Confederate General J. E. B. Stuart begins his ride around the Union Army outside of Richmond, Virginia.
1901
Cuba agrees to become an American protectorate by accepting the Platt Amendment.
1918
The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurs in France.
1920
Republicans nominate Warren G. Harding for president and Calvin Coolidge for vice president.
1921
President Warren Harding urges every young man to attend military training camp.
1926
Brazil quits the League of Nations in protest over plans to admit Germany.
1931
Gangster Al Capone and 68 of his henchmen are indicted for violating Prohibition laws.
1937
Eight of Stalin's generals are sentenced to death during purges in the Soviet Union.
1942
American bombers strike the oil refineries of Ploesti, Romania for the first time.
1963
Black civil rights leader Medgar Evers is assassinated by a gunman outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi.
1967
The Supreme Court rules that states cannot ban interracial marriages.
1972
At a hearing in front the of a U.S. House of Representatives committee, Air Force General John Lavalle defends his orders on engagement in Vietnam.
1977
David Berkowitz gets 25 years to life for the Son of Sam murders in New York.
1985
The U.S. House of Representatives approves $27 million in aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
1991
Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines begins erupting for the first time in 600 years.
 
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Monday Morning Humor Thanks to Al
Submitted by David Rackow:

     A firefighter was working on the engine outside the station, when he noticed a little girl nearby in a little red wagon with little ladders hung off the sides and a garden hose tightly coiled in the middle.  The girl was wearing a firefighter's helmet.  The wagon was being pulled by her dog and her cat. 
     The firefighter walked over to take a closer look.  "That sure is a nice fire truck," the firefighter said with admiration.
     ''Thanks," the girl replied.
     The firefighter looked a little closer. The girl had tied the wagon to her dog's collar and to the cat's testicles.  "Little partner," the firefighter said, "I don't want to tell you how to run your rig, but if you were to tie that rope around the cat's collar, I think you could go faster."
     The little girl replied thoughtfully, "You're  probably right, but then I wouldn't have a  siren."



Submitted by Larry Weeks:

Little kids' instructions on life…
  • Never trust a dog to watch your food. Patrick, Age 10
  • When you want something expensive, ask your grandparents.  Matthew, Age 12
  • Never smart off to a teacher whose eyes and ears are twitching. Andrew, Age 9
  • Wear a hat when feeding seagulls. Rocky, Age 9
  • Sleep in your clothes so you'll be dressed in the morning. Stephanie, Age 8
  • Never try to hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.  Rosemary, Age 7
  • Don't flush the john when you dad's in the shower. Lamar, Age 10
  • Never bug a pregnant mom. Nicholas, Age 11
  • Don't ever be too full for dessert. Kelly, Age 10
  • Never tell your mom her diet's not working. Michael, Age 14
  • Don't pick on your sister when she's holding a baseball bat.  Joel, Age 12
  • When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she's on the phone.  Alyesha, Age 13
  • Never spit when on a roller coaster. Scott, Age 11
  • Never do pranks at a police station. Sam, Age 10
  • Beware of cafeteria food when it looks like it's moving.  Rob, Age 10
  • Never tell your little brother that you're not going to do what your mom told you to do.  Hank, Age 12
  • Remember you're never too old to hold your father's hand.  Molly, Age 11
  • Listen to your brain. It has lots of information. Chelsey, Age 7
  • Stay away from prunes. Randy, Age 9
  • Never dare your little brother to paint the family car.  Phillip, Age 13



Submitted by Bill Quintero:

Out of the mouths of babes…

     A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could, trying not to be late for Bible class. As she ran she prayed, "Dear Lord, please don't let me be late! Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!"  As she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell, getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress.  She got up, brushed herself off, and started running again. As she ran she once again began to pray, "Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!  But don't shove me either."

     One night Mikie's parents overheard this prayer: "Now I lay me down to rest, and hope to pass tomorrow's test, If I should die before I wake, that's one less test I have to take."

     A little boy's prayer: "Dear God, please take care of my daddy and my mommy and my sister and my brother and my doggy and me. Oh, please take care of yourself, God. If anything happens to you, we're gonna be in a big mess."

     A five-year-old said grace at family dinner one night. "Dear God, thank you for these pancakes..."When he concluded, his parents asked him why he thanked God for pancakes when they were having chicken. He smiled and said, "I thought I'd see if He was paying attention tonight."

     Johnny had been misbehaving and was sent to his room. After a while he emerged and informed his mother that he had thought it over and then said a prayer. "Fine," said the pleased mother. "If you ask God to help you not misbehave, He will help you." "Oh, I didn't ask Him to help me not misbehave," said Johnny. "I asked Him to help you put up with me."



Submitted by Allan Anderson:

     A kindergarten pupil told his teacher he'd found a cat. 
     She asked him if it was dead or alive.
     "Dead." She was informed.
     "How do you know?" she asked her pupil.
     "Because I pissed in its ear and it didn't move," answered the child innocently.
     "You did WHAT?!?" the teacher exclaimed in surprise.
     "You know," explained the boy, "I leaned over and went 'Pssst!' and it didn't move."

     An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him, "How do you expect to get into Heaven?"
     The boy thought it over and said, "Well, I'll run in and out and in and out and keep slamming the door until St. Peter says, 'For Heaven's sake, Dylan, come in or stay out!'"

     One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her son into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, "Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?"
     The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. "I can't dear," she said. "I have to sleep in Daddy's room."
     A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: "The big sissy."

     When I was six months pregnant with my third child, my three year old came into the room when I was just getting ready to get into the shower.   She said, "Mommy, you are getting fat!"
     I replied, "Yes, honey, remember Mommy has a baby growing in her tummy"  
     "I know," she replied, "but what's growing in your butt?"

     A little boy was doing his math homework. He said to himself, "Two plus five, that son of a b!tc# is seven.  Three plus six, that son of a b!tc# is nine...."
     His mother heard what he was saying and gasped, "What are you doing?"
     The little boy answered, "I'm doing my math homework, Mom."
     "And this is how your teacher taught you to do it?" the mother asked.
     "Yes," he answered.
     Infuriated, the mother asked the teacher the next day, "What are you teaching my son in math?"
     The teacher replied, "Right now, we are learning addition."
     The mother asked, "And are you teaching them to say two plus two, that son of a b!tc# is four?"
     After the teacher stopped laughing, she answered, "What I taught them was, two plus two, THE SUM OF WHICH, is four."

     One day the first grade teacher was reading the story of Chicken Little to her class. She came to the part of the story where Chicken Little tried to warn the farmer.   She read, ".... and so Chicken Little went up to the farmer and said, "The sky is falling, the sky is falling!"
     The teacher paused then asked the class, "And what do you think that farmer said?"
     One little girl raised her hand and said, "I think he said: 'Holy $#!t! A talking chicken!'"
     The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes.



Children and…
  • NUDITY--I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, "Mom! That lady isn't wearing a seat belt!
  • HONESTY--My son Zachary, 4, came screaming out of the bathroom to tell me he'd dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. So I fished it out and threw it in the garbage. Zachary stood there thinking for a moment, then ran to my bathroom and came out with my toothbrush. He held it up and said with a charming little smile, "We better throw this one out too then, 'cause it fell in the toilet a few days ago.
  • OPINIONS--On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a Note from his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents."
  • KETCHUP--A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup to come out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone. "It's the minister, Mommy," the child said to her mother. Then she added, "Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting the bottle."
  • MORE NUDITY--A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, "What's the matter haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"
  • POLICE--While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, "Are you a cop?" "Yes," I answered and continued writing the report. "My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?" "Yes, that's right," I told her. "Well, then," she said as she extended her foot toward me, "would you please tie my shoe?"
  • MORE POLICE--It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. "Is that a dog you got back there?" he asked. "It sure is," I replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, "What'd he do?"
  • ELDERLY--While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. The various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs, unfailingly intrigued her. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, "The tooth fairy will never believe this!"
  • DEATH--While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased. The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his Father always said: "Glory be unto the Faaaather, and unto the Sonnn. and into the hole he gooooes."
  • SCHOOL--A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm just wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can't read, I can't write and they won't let me talk!"
  • BIBLE--A little boy opened the big family bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found", the boy called out." What have you got there, dear?" With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear!"



Submitted by Dean Laird:

I had a drug problem when I was young.
  • I was drug to church on Sunday morning.
  • I was drug to church for wedding and funerals.
  • I was drug to family reunions no matter the weather.
  • I was drug to the bus stop to go to school every weekday.
  • I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults and teachers.
  • I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents.
Those drugs are still in my veins; and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, and think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin, and if today's children had this kind of drug problem, America might be a better place.


Have a great week,
Al
 
 
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Thanks to Bird. For your next meeting
 
For those considering the private sector, or who have survived same.  
 
 
Good luck,
Bird
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Thanks to Lurch
 
Sit back and enjoy.
 
Subject: The Day That Music Died........American Pie takes on a new meaning  7:00 MIN
 
The Day That Music Died!!!!!
Whether you are old enough or not to remember this song or not,you
will be mesmerized by this video. I never knew American Pie had so many
references. 
"American Pie" was the name of the plane that Buddy Holly went down in.
I have listened to the words to American Pie for many years and I
thought I understood everything that was being sung. 
However, when the words are put together with pictures and film
clips the song takes on a new meaning.
It took a lot of thought to produce this. Sure brings back lots of
memories. 
It makes the lyrics really come alive!!
 
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Thanks to ted – and Dutch
 
Subject: One Crazy and Dangerous Airplane Landing
I know a couple of folks, at least 2, who can relate to this and I think you can all appreciate it.
 
Jim
Subject: 
One Crazy and Dangerous Airplane Landing
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
http://www.chonday.com/Videos/runwamaoun5
  
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Thanks to Tam
 
Annandale, Virginia, raid on Muslim's home turns up something very ominous. 
Tam

Feds Raid Of Muslim's Home Turns Up Final Stage Of Plan That Is America's Worst Nightmare

The threat of a hostile adversary launching an attack on the United States receded after the response to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 – a response so thorough and devastating that no doubt could be left in the mind of any enemy that America would resist any country that dared it again.
The operative word in that truth being "country," with the obvious warning being that America might, in fact, be vulnerable to a takedown by more subtle means than an outright attack by a foreign power via a traditional military attack by air and naval forces using bombs.
In fact, that more subtle – and diabolical plan was launched years ago, not by an easily identified country with a location and borders, a distinct flag, a single leader and a declaration.
It was declared quietly, secretly by a Muslim Brotherhood leader, Yusuf al-Qaradwai, who came to the United States to launch a 30-year plan to destroy America from within.
The plan is called "Murana," and is part of an overall scheme by which Muslims immigrate to countries, integrate into the society by entering the workforce, public school systems, our federal and law enforcement agencies, and key positions within our government.
This can be seen all over Europe and Britain as Muslims have become able to dictate policies in the legal system by establishing Sharia courts and even occupy positions of authority in law enforcement that allow them to conceal criminal conspiracies such as the one in Rotherham, England involving decades of sexual abuse against young girls.
In America, the mass immigration from Muslim countries to small towns and even rural areas across the country has seen a diffuse effect where communities in Iowa and Nebraska, Montana and Kentucky have large Muslim populations that no longer even pretend to want to assimilate into American culture.
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Yusuf al-Qaradawi (left), Shaker Elsayed (center), and Bassam Estwani (right)
The Muslim Brotherhood's strategic "long ball" plan may have been a closely-guarded secret, but has been revealed by an FBI raid on a house in Annandale, Virginia, where agents found what amounts to a virtual blueprint for a Muslim invasion by stealth, not by force.
Part of the stealth jihad is the process of moving into communities, convincing the populace that they are friendly, peace-loving new citizens "just like Americans," while demanding accommodations that would never ordinarily be made at the workplace, in the schools, in the court system or in public.
Businesses that are forced to provide a separate prayer area and time for Muslim employees to pray several times a day would never have made that accommodation for Catholic or Jewish, Methodist or Hindu employees, but failure to do so brings immediate complaints of "Islamophobia" along with television cameras, and employers back down and give into demands rather than risk being painted as prejudice.
The threats are powerful and work as well in schools, where holiday programs – once Christmas events, then "Winter" ones to avoid offending non-Christians – are now canceled because they so upset and offend Muslims.
The argument for creating parallel systems of justice, especially in domestic cases, has made tremendous inroads in Britain, and the few instances where it has been considered in the U.S. have prompted some states to enact laws prohibiting the use of any "foreign or religious law" – such as Sharia – in their courtrooms, although some such laws have been struck down as… Islamaphobic.
President Trump's lawful use of his Article II power to protect the United States, codified in the U.S. Code which gives him sweeping power to deny entry of any immigrant he deems a threat to the safety and security of Americans, has been challenged by liberal activist federal courts and is now headed to the Supreme Court for a final ruling.
The FBI raid in Virginia has uncovered the plan to destroy America from within and convert it to part of the worldwide caliphate – a Muslim reign without borders.
The method, put into place almost thirty-years-ago can be plainly seen today – increased immigration by Muslims, the refusal to assimilate, a higher birth rate than the native-born populace, demands for accommodation in every sphere of public life, complaining of Islamophobia and victimhood, gaining leadership roles, demanding the establishment of a separate legal system of Sharia law, subverting other religions and employing something referred to as "lawfare" – the use of lawsuits or the threats of them.
A quick and simple review of today's America demonstrates how effective the plan has been – and how close the country is to becoming part of the long-dreamed-of Muslim caliphate.
Whether it falls, as Europe and Britain appear to be doing, depends on how much Americans choose to fight for their country.
Please SHARE this on Facebook. Americans need to know the truth about the war against Islamic extremism.


Sent from Tamara's iUniverse 
 
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"Golly what a day…."
 
Thanks to YP … who opines "You gotta smile at something.  This is it…."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 06/12/2017 AFGHANISTAN - AFGHAN COMMANDO KILLS 3 U.S. SOLDIERS, TALIBAN SAYS SHOOTING DONE BY ITS 'INFILTRATOR' (JUN 12/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Three U.S. troops have been killed and one wounded after an Afghan soldier fired on them in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, according to Afghan officials cited by the New York Times.   The incident was apparently an "insider" attack, reported the Washington Post.   The shooting took place in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, where the Islamic State and Taliban are active, said a U.S. defense official.   The attacker was reportedly an Afghan commando. The gunman was killed by American troops, according to a local security official.   The Americans killed were U.S. Army Rangers, said a senior U.S. official cited by Fox News.   The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the attacker was an "infiltrator."   Separately, on Sunday night, a roadside bomb hit a convoy of U.S. soldiers in Nangarhar province, said officials cited by the New York Times.   A spokesman for the NATO mission said the soldiers fired back after coming under small-arms fire; there were no U.S. casualties, he said. Afghan officials said three civilians were killed from the U.S. fire. A spokesman for the NATO mission said: "We have not received any official allegations of civilian casualties."  
  Item Number:2 Date: 06/12/2017 DEM REP OF CONGO - ATTACK ON PRISON BREAKS OUT MORE THAN 900 INMATES (JUN 12/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- An attack on a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has left at least 11 dead and freed more than 900 inmates, reports Al-Jazeera (Qatar).   The attackers, who were armed with heavy weapons, hit the Kangwayi prison on Sunday in the eastern town of Beni, said the governor of North Kivu province.   Out of 966 prisoners, only about 30 did not escape, he said. Eight prison guards were among the dead, said Gov. Julien Paluku, noted NPR.   The governor imposed a curfew in the area and deployed police and troops.   A local activist cited by Reuters said it was unclear who was responsible for the attack because many self-defense militias operated around the area.   Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels are held at the prison and the group has threatened to attack it to release its comrades, according to several accounts.  
 Item Number:3 Date: 06/12/2017 INDIA - ARMY LAUNCHES TRIALS FOR INDIGENOUS ASSAULT RIFLE WITH 7.62-MM 'SHOOT-TO-KILL' CAPABILITY (JUN 12/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- The Indian army will begin initial user trials this week of an indigenously developed assault rifle to replace aging INSAS weapons, reports the Times of India.   The new indigenous 7.62-mm rifle was developed by the Rifle Factory Ishapore, West Bengal, in six months in cooperation with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).   The army, which has been seeking new rifles since 2010, originally wanted a 5.56-mm rifle, but changed its requirements about 18 months ago in light of changing threat perceptions, including terrorism, S.C. Bajpai, the chairman of the Ordnance Factory Board, told the newspaper.   The service now wants a "shoot-to-kill" weapon, instead of one that just incapacitates enemies, said Bajpai.   The new weapon, weighing 8.8 lb (4 kg), slightly less than the 9.2-lb (4.15-kg) INSAS, meets all of the requirements in the army's request for information that was issued to potential global suppliers
  Item Number:4 Date: 06/12/2017 IRAN - DESTROYER, LOGISTICS SHIP START MISSION IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS NEAR YEMEN (JUN 12/TASNIM)  TASNIM NEWS AGENCY -- Two Iranian warships are on the way to Oman ahead of an international mission in the waters near Yemen as part of a routine rotation, reports the Tasnim news agency.   The navy's 47th Flotilla, which includes the Alborz destroyer and the Bushehr logistics ship, left the port city of Bandar Abbas on Sunday.   The ships are being deployed eventually to "the north of the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden" as part of a mission to secure naval routes and protect commercial vessels in the region, said a military statement cited by the news agency.   The warships are relieving the 46th Flotilla, which includes the Sabalan destroyer and Lavan logistic warship. Those ships were expected to arrive in Iran on Sunday, reported Russia's RT
Item Number:5 Date: 06/12/2017 IRAN - LEADER OF TERRORIST ATTACKS IN TEHRAN KILLED, 'SENT TO HELL,' SAYS INTELLIGENCE MINISTER (JUN 12/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Iranian intelligence operatives have killed the "mastermind" of two terrorist attacks in Tehran last week, says a top domestic official, as reported by the New York Times.   On June 7, gunmen attacked Parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeni, the founder of the Islamic Republic, killing 17 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.   Intelligence Minister Mahmous Alavi said on state television on Saturday night that the "mastermind and commander of the team" had been killed in a cross-border strike after he fled Iran.   The suspect's name was not revealed. The minister said he was "sent to hell," as cited by the Washington Examiner.   No details on the location were given. Iranian intelligence operatives are said to have concentrated on Iraqi Kurdistan.   The minister said 43 people had been arrested and that more operations were underway to hunt "terrorist cells." Another seven people were detained Sunday in the western province of Kordestan, said an official cited by Reuters.   Alavi also said that Iran had broken up 25 terrorist teams over the previous three months, as cited by NPR
  Item Number:6 Date: 06/12/2017 ISRAEL - MILITARY ANTICIPATES HAMAS COUNTERMOVES AGAINST BARRIER BEING BUILT ON GAZA BORDER (JUN 12/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- Israel is about to begin work on a new barrier to prevent Hamas militants from digging tunnels under the border with the Gaza Strip, reports the Times of Israel.   Heavy machinery is being moved to the border area, where they will begin work in around three weeks, according to a report on Channel 2 News on June 8.   The Israeli military anticipates that Hamas will try to disrupt the construction of the barrier, said the TV report. Its construction is expected to take about a year, officials said.   The barrier is a response to the tunnels that were used by Hamas to attack Israeli positions during the 2014 conflict in Gaza.   The protective structure includes a wall that runs deep underground as well as an above-ground fence. Some parts of the 40-mile (60-km) border will be flooded, said officials.   The military has also been training several units specifically for tunnel warfare.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 06/12/2017 ITALY - LEONARDO UNVEILS LOW-COST DEFENSIVE BRITEEYE ELECTRONIC WARFARE SYSTEM AT LONDON EXPO (JUN 12/LEONARDO)  LEONARDO -- Leonardo has debuted a new electronic warfare system at the EW Europe exhibition in London, reports the Italian defense firm.   Shown during the June 6-8 event, the BriteEye is an affordable defensive aids suite that is designed to provide end-to-end protection against radar-guided threats, says its maker.   The system combines sensing and countermeasures into an integrated product that can detect radio frequency threats to aircraft and launch appropriate countermeasures.   The BriteEye employs technology from Leonardo's Seer radar warning receiver and can automatically cue countermeasures from an integrated countermeasure dispensing system, including flares and the BriteCloud radar-jamming decoy.   The suite is compact and lightweight, making it suitable for light fighter jets, small intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, said Leonardo
Item Number:8 Date: 06/12/2017 JORDAN - BORDER GUARDS KILL 5, DESTROY VEHICLES COMING FROM SYRIA (JUN 12/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Jordanian border guards have killed five people who attempted to cross the frontier from Syria on Sunday, says the military, as reported by AFP.   Border guards opened fire at nine vehicles approaching from the Syrian town of Al-Tanf, where U.S. special operations forces have been training rebels, said the army.   The guards destroyed a pickup truck and two motorcycles, said the army.   No details were given on the identity of the men or whether they were smugglers or militants.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 06/12/2017 KENYA - MILITANTS NABBED NEAR SOMALI BORDER BEFORE THEY COULD USE THEIR BOMBS, SAY POLICE (JUN 12/STAR)  THE STAR -- Police in Kenya say they are holding six suspected Al-Shabaab militants who were plotting a domestic attack, reports the Star (Kenya).   The suspects were arrested Friday in an operation in Bulla Hawa in the northeastern town of Mandera, close to Somalia's border, as they attempted to enter Kenya with explosives and firearms, said police.   Those arrested included two Kenyans and four Somalians. The two Kenyans were reportedly expected to lead the planned attack. They are being interrogated to establish the extent of the terror network, according to a police statement.   Police seized anti-personnel explosive devices, four suicide vests and bomb-making material.   Kenyan security forces worked with their counterparts in Somalia's Gedo region in thwarting the attack, said police cited by the Standard (Nairobi
Item Number:10 Date: 06/12/2017 LITHUANIA - MULTINATIONAL IRON WOLF EXERCISE TO EVALUATE NATO TASK FORCE; 5,300 PERSONNEL TO TAKE PART (JUN 12/LIMOD)  LITHUANIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- Lithuania is about to kick off a major multinational exercise at the Rukla and Pabrade training ranges, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.   Exercise Iron Wolf, scheduled from June 12 to June 23, will assess the preparedness of the NATO enhanced forward presence battle group, which reached full manning in May.   The battle group is led by Germany, with additional forces from Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway. A contingent from Luxembourg will join in July.   Around 5,300 personnel from Lithuania and eight other NATO nations are scheduled to take part. In addition to the battle group, troops from Poland, Portugal, the U.K. and U.S. are participating.   For the first time, the headquarters of Lithuania's Mechanized Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf and Motorized Infantry Brigade Zemaitija will be training together.   The HQs will plan and set up defensive and offensive operations for multinational tactical groups that will operate in populated areas, noted a ministry release on June 5.   The exercise will also cover working with NATO units deploying from Poland through the Suwalki Gap, the ministry said
Item Number:11 Date: 06/12/2017 NATO - BALTOPS DRILLS BRING TOGETHER 14 NATIONS (JUN 12/EPR)  ESTONIAN PUBLIC RADIO -- NATO is in the midst of its annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) maritime exercise in the Baltic Sea, reports Estonian Public Radio.   Around 40 ships from 14 allied and partner nations are participating, including the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1).   The group, under Norwegian command, consists of the Dutch frigate Evertsen and the Norwegian frigate Roald Amundsen.   The drills, which began on June 1 in Szczecin, Poland, run until June 16 in Kiel, Germany, noted a U.S. European Command release.   About 6,000 personnel from NATO allies Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, U.K., U.S. and NATO's Enhanced Opportunities Partners Finland and Sweden are taking part.   The training is designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability; strengthen combined response capabilities; and demonstrate the alliance's resolve to ensure stability within the Baltic Sea region, said EUCOM
Item Number:12 Date: 06/12/2017 ROMANIA - MIG-21 CRASHES DURING TRAINING; PILOT SERIOUSLY INJURED (JUN 12/RI)  ROMANIA INSIDER -- Romanian authorities say that the pilot of a Romanian MiG-21 fighter jet has been seriously injured after he ejected from his aircraft, reports the Romania Insider.   The aircraft went down Monday in the southeastern county of Constanta after a joint training mission (Thracian Eagle 2017) with the Bulgarian air force, said the Defense Ministry.   The pilot reported a major engine failure during landing manuevers, the ministry said.   He was transported by a helicopter to a nearby hospital and was in a stable state, according to the ministry
Item Number:13 Date: 06/12/2017 SOMALIA - U.S. DRONE, SOMALI SPECIAL OPS TROOPS HIT AL-SHABAAB COMMAND, TRAINING POST (JUN 12/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- American and Somali military forces made strikes against an Al-Shabaab command post in Somalia over the weekend, says the Pentagon, as reported by Deutsche Welle.   Sunday's operation targeted a primary training and command centers in the Middle Juba region near Sakow, about 185 miles southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, said the Pentagon.   Somali special operations troops were backed by an airstrike from a U.S. unmanned aircraft, reported CNN.   The mission was "a successful strike that destroyed a key Al-Shabaab command and supply hub. This will ultimately disrupt the enemy's ability to conduct new attacks within Somalia," said the office of Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi.   Eight militants were killed in the strike, according to U.S. Africa Command.   The strike was the first announced under new authority approved by President Donald Trump in March, noted Reuters.  
Item Number:14 Date: 06/12/2017 SOUTH KOREA - NAVY TAKES DELIVERY OF NAMPO MINELAYER; COMMISSIONING SET FOR NEXT YEAR (JUN 12/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean navy has just accepted delivery of a new minelayer, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The Nampo, displacing 3,000 tons, was handed over on Friday during a ceremony at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, said South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).   The ship will now undertake seven months of trials before being commissioned in early 2018, said the DAPA.   The Nampo will accommodate a crew of 120 and be able to make a top speed of 23 knots. It is equipped with a helicopter landing deck; advanced weapons; radar; and sonar.   In a conflict, the Nampo will serve as the flagship of the mine warfare fleet and lay mines in major ports and waters, said DAPA
Item Number:15 Date: 06/12/2017 SUDAN - CHINESE HELICOPTER UNIT NOW ON DUTY WITH PEACEKEEPING MISSION IN DARFUR (JUN 12/XIN)  XINHUA -- China's military has deployed a helicopter unit to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Twelve Chinese soldiers and two Mi-171 helicopters from the 81st Group Army arrived Khartoum, Sudan's capital, on Sunday to join UNAMID.   The initial batch is part of an eventual 140-strong force. Two more Chinese military Mi-171s will be dispatched later.   The unit will conduct air patrols, transport peacekeepers, evacuate personnel and drop off supplies, according to Chinese officials
Item Number:16 Date: 06/12/2017 UKRAINE - NATO COMBAT TRAINING CENTER PLANS FOR BRIGADE-SIZE ROTATIONS NEXT YEAR (JUN 12/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- American officials say that a combat training center in Ukraine established with U.S. and NATO assistance will hold its first brigade-size rotations in 2018, reports the Army Times.   Developing the NATO-run, interoperable training center is part of a multinational effort to strengthen Ukrainian military forces.   Members of the 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the California National Guard began training instructors for the combat training center in 2015, said U.S. officials. The center currently uses both American and Ukrainian instructors.   The eventual goal is for the center to be manned solely by Ukrainian personnel.   By 2018, the combat training center is expected to be able to accommodate a brigade with simulations and devices to mimic real-world scenarios, said Col. Nick Ducich, the commander of the 79th IBCT.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 06/12/2017 USA - DRILL REVEALS VULNERABILITIES; CYBER, ELECTRONIC WARFARE TECH STYMIES SIMULATED TANK ASSAULT (JUN 12/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- U.S. soldiers have defeated a simulated tank assault using electronic means during an exercise at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., reports the Army Times.   The story about the (undated) exercise first appeared in Defense Systems.   During the drill, trainers targeted tank crew's radio and communication systems, forcing personnel to get out of their vehicles, said Capt. George Puryear, an irregular operations officer at Fort Irwin. The vulnerability allowed the tanks to be easily defeated.   The Army Rapid Capabilities Office and U.S. Cyber Command are working in technology to help protect against cyber and electronic warfare attacks.   Such exercises help the service identify the technology needed on the battlefield
  Item Number:18 Date: 06/12/2017 USA - LAUNCHING CEREMONY HELD FOR CITY OF BISMARCK EXPEDITIONARY FAST TRANSPORT (JUN 12/NAVSEA)  NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND -- Austal USA has launched the ninth Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport for the U.S. Navy at its shipyard in Mobile, Ala., reports the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command.   The City of Bismarck (EPF-9) was put into the water during a ceremony on June 7, said NAVSEA.   The transports are designed for rapid intra-theater movement of troops, military vehicles and equipment. The vessels can carry 600 tons about 1,200 nm at an average speed of 35 knots, noted the release.   The Spearhead class is also equipped with a flight deck and off-load ramp, which allow vehicles and helicopters to quickly access ports.  
Item Number:19 Date: 06/12/2017 USA - MDA DIRECTOR REASSURES KEY LEGISLATORS OF EFFICACY OF MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM (JUN 12/DODNEWS)  DOD NEWS -- Senior Pentagon officials have assured lawmakers that the U.S. missile defense system outpaces potential threats until at least 2020, reports DoD News.   The Defense Dept. is working to advance its capabilities to ensure it stays ahead of the threat into the future, said Thomas Harvey III, the acting assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities, and Vice. Adm. James Syring, the director of the Missile Defense Agency, told the House Armed Services Committee's strategic forces subcommittee last week.   "The U.S. homeland is currently protected by the ground-based midcourse defense system -- the GMD system. Improving the capacity, reliability and effectiveness of the GMD system is one of our highest priorities," testified Harvey.   The proposed $7.9 billion fiscal 2018 Missile Defense Agency budget would fund a redesigned exo-atmospheric kill vehicle and long-range discrimination radar for the GMD; lay the groundwork for a new radar in Hawaii; continue to develop advanced discrimination center technology and space-based kill assessment programs; and remain on schedule to complete the deployment of additional interceptors in Alaska, said the assistant secretary.   The MDA budget also supports the planned deployment of the Aegis Ashore missile defense system in Poland in 2018
Item Number:20 Date: 06/12/2017 YEMEN - ATTACK ON ARMY CAMP IN HADRAMAWT PROVINCE LEAVES 12 DEAD; AQAP SUSPECTED (JUN 12/REU)  REUTERS -- Al-Qaida fighters are believed to be behind an attack on an army camp in southern Yemen on Monday.   At least 10 militants and two soldiers are dead, says a Yemeni military official cited by Reuters. The attack took place near the town of Baadah in Hadramawt province.   The militants detonated two car bombs outside the camp, said the official. Residents reported that there was gunfire after the explosions.   "Our soldiers foiled the attack and managed to secure the camp and we are still pursuing those who have escaped in nearby farms," the official said.   In recent years, Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has been forced to retreat to mountainous and desert areas of Yemen. The terror group still makes regular attacks on Yemeni troops.
 
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