Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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The List 4518


To All,
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This Day In Naval History - August 8
1813- US Schooners Hamilton and Scourge founder in storm on Lake Ontario
1861 - During the Civil War, the frigate USS Santee commanded by Capt. Eagle captured the schooner C.P. Knapp in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
1863: During the Civil War, the screw steam gunboat, USS Sagamore, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. English, seizes British sloop, HMS Clara Louisa, off Indian River, Fla. Later the same day, Lt. Cmdr. English captures British schooners, HMS Southern Rights and HMS Shot, and Confederate schooner, CSS Ann, off Gilberts Bar.
1959 - Announcement of Project Teepee, electronic system to monitor 95 percent of earth's atmosphere for missile launchings or nuclear explosions. System developed by William Thaler, Office of Naval Research physicist.
1972 - Women authorized for sea duty as regular ship's company
 
 
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Today in History August 8
1306
King Wenceslas of Poland is murdered.
1570
Charles IX of France signs the Treaty of St. Germain, ending the third war of religion and giving religious freedom to the Huguenots.
1636
The invading armies of Spain, Austria and Bavaria are stopped at the village of St.-Jean-de-Losne, only 50 miles from France.
1648
Ibrahim, the sultan of Istanbul, is thrown into prison, then assassinated.
1786
Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard become the first men to climb Mont Blanc in France.
1844
Brigham Young is chosen to head the Mormon Church, succeeding Joseph Smith.
1863
1876
Thomas Edison patents the mimeograph.
1899
The first household refrigerating machine is patented.
1925
The first national congress of the Ku Klux Klan opens.
1937
The Japanese Army occupies Beijing.
1940
The German Luftwaffe attacks Great Britain for the first time, beginning the Battle of Britain.
1942
U.S. Marines capture the Japanese airstrip on Guadalcanal.
1944
U.S. forces complete the capture of the Marianas Islands.
1945
1950
U.S. troops repel the first North Korean attempt to overrun them at the Battle of Naktong Bulge, which continued for 10 days.
1963
England's "Great Train Robbery;" 2.6 million pounds ($7.3 million) is stolen
1974
President Richard Nixon resigns from the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal.
1978
Pioneer-Venus 2 is launched to probe the atmosphere of Venus.
1979
Iraq's president Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents.
1983
Brigadier General Efrain Rios Montt is deposed as president of Guatemala in the country's second military coup in 17 months.
1988
Angola, Cuba and South Africa sign a cease-fire treaty in the border war that began in 1966.
1989
NASA Space Shuttle Columbia begins its eighth flight, NASA's 30th shuttle mission.
1990
Iraq annexes the state of Kuwait as its 19th province, six days after Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait.
2000
The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to surface, 136 years after it sank following its successful attack on USS Housatonic in the outer harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.
2007
An EF2 tornado hits Brooklyn, New York, the first in that borough since 1889.
2008
Georgia invades South Ossetia, touching off a five-day war between Georgia and Russia.
 
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Spectacular Oshkosh Pictures!
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From Fighter Sweep
If you read "Hell Hawks"you will understand the environment he flew in. Those guys had large Cajones and short life spans and helped to make Patton a legend.
Nellis AFB in Las Vegas - How Did it Get Named? What You Need to Know... | Fighter Sweep
 
Nellis AFB in Las Vegas – How Did it Get Named? What You Need to Know…
Anyone who follows or flew military aviation knows about and loves Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada. There is not a military pilot in the world who is not excited when they hear they might be going to Nellis for Red Flag or even just a gas and go.
It may just be a strange coincidence but there seems to be something about Nellis and mechanical failures if you are in the Navy or Marine Corps and you decided to re-fuel there. For some reason, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft always seems to break down at Nellis but then the next day they start right up! In fact, there have been stories that in the past some Navy squadrons actually forbid their pilots to gas and go at Nellis simply because so many aircraft had mechanical problems upon their arrival at the base. Bermuda triangle stuff??? Hmmm….
Back to our story line…so how did Nellis get named? A brave young aviator named Lieutenant William Harrell Nellis who just happened to live in Searchlight, Nevada as a child and later moved to Las Vegas.
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William Harrell Nellis was born in Santa Rita, N.M., March 8, 1916. He was still a child when his family relocated to Searchlight, Nev. Nellis lived with his grandmother for a time in Searchlight. When not attending school, he helped her run the Searchlight Hotel.
Nellis remained in the town until he graduated the eighth grade, then moved to Las Vegas where he attended Las Vegas High School, where he graduated in 1936. He rented a room and held a job after school to pay room and board. In 1939, Nellis married Las Vegas native Shirley R. Fletcher. The couple had two children, Gary and Joyce. After relocating to Searchlight for a time, the Nellis family returned to Las Vegas where Nellis found a job with the railroad.
Nellis' job with the railroad was enough to keep him out of the Army at the outbreak of World War II. However, after completing some flying lessons and logging eight hours in the air, Nellis enlisted in the Enlisted Reserve Corps Dec. 9, 1942.
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He reported for active duty as an aviation cadet March 2, 1943. On Aug. 27, 1943, Nellis completed primary pilot training in Albany, Ga. He was honorably discharged Jan. 6, 1944, and accepted an appointment as a flight officer the next day.
Nellis departed the United States for overseas duty with the 495th Replacement Group May 21, 1944. He was reassigned to the 513th Fighter Squadron July 9, 1944, where he participated in 70 aerial combat missions. He was shot down three times.
Most of the missions flown by the 513th Fighter Squadron in 1944 were air-to-ground operations in support of General Patton's 3rd Army. Due to the fast advance of the 3rd Army through France, the squadron was forced to change airfields constantly.
The constant movement did not hamper the unit's operations, however. The squadron proved quite effective in the air-interdiction and combat air support role. Nellis was an active member in those missions, receiving two promotions and several awards. On Dec. 18, the Germans launched a major counteroffensive in the Ardennes Forest area known as the Battle of the Bulge.
Because of bad weather, the 513th Fighter Squadron was unable to provide air support until Dec. 23. Most of the action occurred within 10 miles of the city of Bastogne, Belgium. Missions conducted in the Bastogne area were considered extremely hazardous. The fighter squadron flew sorties from dawn to dusk in support of the 101st Airborne Division until Dec. 29. It was in this environment that Nellis flew his final combat mission.
On Dec. 27, 1944, Nellis was hit by ground fire while strafing a German convoy over Luxembourg. His plane burst into flames and plunged into the ground, and Nellis was not seen exiting the aircraft.
In April 1949, the Air Force began its Memorial Program for the purpose of honoring certain individuals who distinguished themselves serving their country. The Air Force began receiving and evaluating recommendations for memorializing outstanding deceased military personalities who distinguished themselves to such an extent that the nation wished to perpetuate their memory by naming military air installations in their honor.
Nellis was chosen unanimously by local civic organizations to be honored. Effective April 30, 1950, Las Vegas Air Force Base was officially renamed Nellis Air Force Base. A dedication ceremony to mark the occasion took place May 20 with Lieutenant Nellis' family in attendance. – Nellis Air Force Base
History of Nellis AFB
Video Nellis History 1109 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjFdI-5JTtY (3:34)

Featured image of Gary Nellis, son of the late 1st Lt. William Harrell Nellis, Nellis Air Force Base's namesake, displays a picture board of his father at his home in Henderson, NV. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika
 
 
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From a year ago
Do you remember this one. I wonder what upgrades they have put in this system by now
Thanks to THE Bear -
Dutch... You can run but you cannot hide.... Bear

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DS Note: 
 
There's a television series entitled, "Person of Interest," which features a "machine" which does precisely this kind of thing but with much more draconian consequences. This is happening. Next will come facial recognition from the increasing number of cameras being installed by governments all over the western world. You want out? Get off the Internet. Get rid of your cell phone. Let your driver's and other licenses expire. Do business only in cash - no more credit cards. Grow a beard if you're a guy, and start an extensive sustainable farming operation. Oh yes. Do not collect social security and have no taxable income. Doing these basic things will give you a decent shot at becoming less visible. Anyone game for a shot at it? 
 
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Always Watching: Company Builds Profile on Every American Adult
Aug. 5, 2016 2:51pm Jon Street
It's a company you probably didn't even know existed, but it probably knows more about you than some of your closest friends.
IDI, or Interactive Data Intelligence, has only been in business for one year but already, it's built a profile on every American adult: their addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, the kind of car they drive, voter registrations, hunting permits and criminal and civil citation history. It could even have your shopping patterns based on photos of license plates taken at private businesses or purchases on money-saving websites, which it owns, according to Bloomberg.
The company, which has about 200 employees and posted roughly $40 million in revenue last quarter, compiles the information into individual profiles, including on younger adults who wouldn't ordinarily appear in other databases.
"We have data on that 21-year-old who's living at home with mom and dad," CEO Derek Dubner said.
IDI's database can be accessed with a login by going to idiCORE.com. It can be accessed by private investigators looking for anything they can find on potential suspects or persons of interests. Upon entering the system, the private investigator is required to choose a reason for which they are seeking their data, which must comply with U.S. privacy laws.
While Dubner claims the database is mostly used for finding people who have gone missing or catching criminals, private investigator Steve Rambam, host of "Nowhere to Hide" on the Investigation Discovery Channel, suggested that the system is being used for more than that.
"You may not know what you do on a regular basis, but I know. I know it's Thursday, you haven't eaten Chinese food in two weeks, and I know you're due," Rambam told Bloomberg.
Roger Kay, president of the consulting firm Endpoint Technologies Associates, added, "The cloud [where IDI's information is stored] never forgets, and imperfect pictures of you composed from your data profile are carefully filled in over time."
"We're like bugs in amber, completely trapped in the web of our own data," Kay said. 
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Item Number:1 Date: 08/08/2017 AFGHANISTAN - ATTACKS IN DIPLOMATIC ZONE PROMPT TIGHTER SECURITY PLAN (AUG 08/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- Following a string of attacks, Afghan authorities are increasing security in Kabul's "Green Zone," which houses foreign embassies and government offices, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The new plan is aimed at securing the diplomatic area of the capital, Kabul's police chief told Reuters over the weekend. "The highest threat level is in this area, and so we need to provide better security here," he said.   The measures include placing 27 permanent checkpoints along 42 roads through the zone. They will be supported by mobile explosive scanners, sniffer dogs and security cameras, said officials.   Trucks arriving in Kabul will be scanned at four of eight entry points. The other four sites will get scanners at a later date, officials said.   The new security measures are expected to be fully in place within six months.   Attacks in Kabul have killed 209 civilians and wounded 777 in the first half of 2017, according to U.N. figures. A truck bomb in the area killed 150 on May 31, noted Reuters.   On Aug. 6, intelligence officials seized a truck in Kabul carrying more than 16 tons of explosive precursor hidden in chicken feed.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 08/08/2017 AUSTRALIA - TERRORISM THREAT RISE PROMPTS MANY TO TURN IN ILLEGAL FIREARMS (AUG 08/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Police in New South Wales, Australia, say a national gun amnesty sparked in part over the recent increased terrorism threat prompted more than 6,000 weapons to be turned in in a month, reports Agence France-Presse.   The government announced the amnesty in June. Anyone with an unwanted or unregistered weapon could hand it in without fear of prosecution.   The three-month amnesty period began on July 1.   Police said on Tuesday that more than 6,000 guns were handed over in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state.   Among them were around 1,700 rifles, 460 shotguns and nearly 200 handguns. Thousands of others were handed in for registration. More than 110 prohibited edged weapons, including samurai swords, were received, said police.   Someone caught outside the amnesty period with an unregistered firearm faces a potential fine of up to Aus$280,000 (US$213,220) or up to 14 years in jail.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 08/08/2017 CHINA - HELICOPTERS FROM CHINESE PEACEKEEPING UNIT REACH AIRPORT IN DARFUR (AUG 08/XIN)  XINHUA -- Two Chinese peacekeeping helicopters, part of the U.N. mission in Darfur (UNAMID), have arrived in Sudan's western area for duty, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The Chinese helicopter air transport unit is the nation's first. Two Mi-171 aircraft and 24 military personnel arrived in Khartoum, Sudan's capital, in June.   The two aircraft reached Darfur over the weekend with 15 soldiers and about two tons of cargo, according to the report.   The 560-mile (900-km) trip to the El Fasher Airport took about four hours, said officials.   The unit will conduct air patrols, transport peacekeepers, evacuate personnel and drop off supplies, according to Chinese officials
Item Number:4 Date: 08/08/2017 DEM REP OF CONGO - SECURITY FORCES, OUTLAWED SECT CLASH IN KINSHASA, MATADI (AUG 08/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo say fighting between security forces and a separatist sect has left at least 15 people dead, including police officer, reports Agence France-Presse.   The outlawed Bundu dio Kongo (BDK) seeks to restore an African monarchy associated with the Kongo ethnic group.   On Monday, members of the BDK attacked the main prison in the DRC capital of Kinshasa, said a witness cited by the wire agency. The attackers did not make it past the front door, he said.   Twelve attackers armed with rifles and bladed weapons were killed, said police.   The BDK also held demonstrations against President Joseph Kabila in the capital, Matadi and the southwestern city of Boma. Two BDK members were killed and three policemen injured in Matadi, said a police spokesman.  
 Item Number:5 Date: 08/08/2017 INDIA - MILITARY FARMS, LEGACY OF BRITISH RAJ, FACE CLOSURE WITHIN MONTHS (AUG 08/HINDU)  THE HINDU -- The Indian Defense Ministry has ordered the closing of dozens of military farms, a legacy of British times, reports the Hindu.   The British set up farms in 1889 to provide milk to military personnel deployed in remote areas across India.   The practice has outlives its utility, notes Defence News India.   The ministry ordered last week that 39 military farms be shut within three months, said a defense source on Monday.   The change is expected to save around US$47 million a year.   The farms sit on more than 20,000 acres of land. They have 25,256 cattle and employ 14 combatants and 2,000 defense civilians. All of the farms are located on land owned by the Defense Ministry, which will be used for other purposes, said the source.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 08/08/2017 IRAN - INTELLIGENCE MINISTRY ANNOUNCES ARRESTS OF 27 ISIS TERRORISTS (AUG 08/TASNIM)  TASNIM NEWS AGENCY -- Iranian authorities have announced the arrests of more than two dozen Islamic State terrorists, reports Tehran's Tasnim news agency.   Security forces identified and arrested 27 terrorists in a series of intelligence operations, said a statement from the Intelligence Ministry on Monday.   Of those, 17 were arrested inside Iran, said the ministry. The remainder were picked up in an unspecified regional country through intelligence sharing, according to the statement.   The ministry said those arrested planned to conduct terrorist attacks in central provinces and religious cities. They reportedly tried to smuggle weapons and ammunitions into Iran inside home appliances
Item Number:7 Date: 08/08/2017 IRAQ - SHI'ITE MILITIA TAKES CASUALTIES, BLAMES U.S. (AUG 08/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Dozens of members of an Iran-backed Shi'ite militia in Iraq have been killed in western Iraq, says the militia, as reported by the BBC.   There are multiple conflicting accounts.   The Sayyed al-Shuhada militia, which is part of the pro-government Popular Mobilization Force (PMF), said that they were bombed Monday by U.S.-led coalition aircraft in Iraq's Anbar province, near the border with Syria.   Some reports blamed U.S. artillery. At least 36 fighters were killed and 80 wounded, said a source cited by the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   A militia convoy was targeted inside southern Syria across the border from Al-Rutba district in Iraq, the source said. It was unclear why the Iraqi militia was in Syria.   A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition denied its forces were involved.   Also on Monday, the Islamic State said it had attacked Iraqi army positions near the al-Tanf crossing on the Syrian side of the border, killing 68 troops and capturing one
Item Number:8 Date: 08/08/2017 ISRAEL - COURT REVOKES CITIZENSHIP OF ISRAELI ARAB FOR HIS TERRORISM CONVICTION (AUG 08/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- An Israeli court in Haifa has revoked the citizenship of an Israeli Arab man over his terrorism conviction, reports the Times of Israel.   Alaa Raed Ahmad Zayoud was convicted from ramming a car into an IDF soldier and stabbing three others in October 2015. He was convicted of four counts of attempted murder and sentenced to 25 years in jail in June 2016.   Sunday's court ruling represented the first time Israel has stripped an Arab Israeli of his citizenship over terror charges, said Adalah, an Arab rights-group. A 2008 law authorizes the Interior Ministry to revoke the citizenship of those involved in "terror activities," reported AFP.   The rights group said it would file a Supreme Court appeal, calling this a "dangerous precedent."   The court decision deviated "from the principles of international law, and from the general rule according to which an individual cannot be stripped of citizenship and left stateless," the group said.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 08/08/2017 ITALY - NAVAL MISSION UNDERWAY TO ASSIST LIBYAN COAST GUARD TO LIMIT MIGRANTS (AUG 08/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- An Italian warship has deployed to Tripoli as part of an anti-migrant mission, reports the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   Last week, Italy's Parliament approved a naval mission aimed at helping Libya's coast guard control the migrant flows.   Italy's Comandante Constantino Borsini patrol boat entered Libyan waters within hours of the vote for a five-day visit, noted Reuters.   Italian experts and technical personnel will help "assess the needs of the Libyan navy," said the spokesman.   A second Italian warship is expected to arrive in Tripoli on Tuesday
Item Number:10 Date: 08/08/2017 JAPAN - AFTER U.S. MARINE OSPREY CRASHES NEAR AUSTRALIA, JAPANESE DEFENSE MINISTER SEEKS GROUNDING OF TILTROTORS (AUG 08/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The Japanese government has requested the U.S. Marine Corps to ground all MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor flights after one crashed last week off the coast of Australia, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The Marine Osprey went down Saturday off the east coast of Australia during joint exercises. Twenty-three of 26 aboard were rescued. The other three are presumed lost.   "I have requested that [the U.S.] refrain from all flight operations by MV-22 Ospreys in Japan," said Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Sunday.   The minister asked the USMC to provide information on the crash, said a ministry spokesman on Monday.   The Marine Corps did not immediately comment on the request. An Osprey took off on Monday from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, prompting complaints from local officials.   Six Ospreys are scheduled to take part in a joint U.S.-Japan exercise in Hokkaido on Thursday.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 08/08/2017 LEBANON - ISIS GRAD ROCKETS HIT WITHIN LEBANON, SAYS SOURCE (AUG 08/REU)  REUTERS -- The Islamic State may have fired Grad rockets into Lebanon, says a Lebanese security source cited by Reuters.   Seven rockets apparently launched from the terror group's enclave on the border with Syria landed on Monday around the Lebanese town of Al-Qaa, said the source. There were no injuries reported.   The Lebanese army retaliated by shelling ISIS positions in the hills nearby the source said.   If confirmed, this would represent the first use of Grad rockets by ISIS in region in several years.   In 2014, ISIS and Nusra Front (later renamed Jabhat Fatah al-Sham), Al-Qaida's former affiliate, took over pockets of territory near the Lebanese border town of Arsal.   Lebanon-based Hezbollah, an ally of the Syrian government, forced Nursa Front to evacuate the area last month. The Lebanese army is expected to launch an operation against ISIS there soon
Item Number:12 Date: 08/08/2017 PAKISTAN - JUD REBRANDS AS POLITICAL PARTY (AUG 08/HT)  HINDUSTAN TIMES -- A charity linked by the U.S. to a Pakistan-based terrorist group says it is forming a new political party, reports the Hindustan Times.   Washington considers the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) charity to be a front for the anti-India Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) terrorist group. The most recent (2016) State Dept. report says LeT and its wings still raise funds in Pakistan and use economic resources there.   Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, a co-founder of LeT and the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Bombay (Mumbai) attacks, is one of the charity's leaders. He has been under house arrest since January.   On Monday, JuD officials said that the group would form the Milli Muslim League party, reported Reuters.   "We demand an immediate release of Hafiz Saeed. Once he is released we will seek his guidance and ask what role he wants in this political party," said the party chief.   The party expected to be formally launched on Aug. 14 in Lahore. The name has not been finalized, but the party has reportedly been approved by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency
  Item Number:13 Date: 08/08/2017 PAKISTAN - MASSIVE BLAST HITS LAHORE; COUNTERTERROR FORCES KILL 4 TTP MILITANTS (AUG 08/IANS)  INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE -- A truck bomb in the eastern city of Lahore on Monday killed one person and wounded 45 others, say Pakistani police, as reported by the Indo-Asian News Service.   Reports ranged widely about the number injured.   The explosion caused the roof of a nearby school to collapse and caused a blackout in the area.   Prime Minister Sharif is scheduled to visit the city on Wednesday.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.   The truck was reportedly parked there for the last three days. There has been speculation that the blast might have been aimed at Sharif, who was originally scheduled to arrive on Sunday. A rally was planned that would have passed the blast point.   Separately, on Tuesday, counterterrorism personnel in Lahore killed four suspected Pakistani Taliban (TTP) militants. Three or four militants escaped, reported Dawn (Pakistan).   Security personnel were deployed after they received what was called credible information that six or seven TTP militants were coming from Sheikhupura to attack police, said the Counter-Terrorism Dept. (CTD
Item Number:14 Date: 08/08/2017 SOUTH KOREA - AIR FORCE GENERAL NAMED TO HEAD JCS; OTHER MAJOR CHANGES ANNOUNCED IN MILITARY LEADERSHIP (AUG 08/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korean President Moon Jae In has appointed the air force chief to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Gen. Jeong Kyeong Doo was named Tuesday to head the JCS in a major reshuffle of the military leadership.   Following a confirmation hearing, Jeong is expected to become the first JCS chairman from the air force in 23 years. He would replace army Gen. Lee Sun Jin.   "In the reshuffle this time, the capability of pushing strongly for defense reform amid stability and expertise on combined and joint operations were taken most into account," said a Defense Ministry statement.   Moon also gave another star to army Lt. Gen. Kim Byung-ju, the commanding general of the Third Corp and chief of Army Missile Command, and appointed him deputy commander of the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command.   Army Lt. Gen. Kim Yong-woo, head of the JCS's strategy and planning office, and air force Lt. Gen. Lee Wang-keun, chief of the JCS's military support office, were also promoted to full generals. Kim was named the army chief of staff and Lee the air force chief of staff.   The action was originally planned for April, but then delayed because of a snap presidential election in May
Item Number:15 Date: 08/08/2017 TURKEY - ANKARA OKS VISIT BY GERMAN LAWMAKERS AS PART OF NATO DELEGATION (AUG 08/REU)  REUTERS -- The Turkish government has decided to allow German lawmakers to visit a Turkish air base, according to a letter from the German foreign minister, as reported by Reuters.   This represents a shift between the two governments, which have a number of differences.   In June, Ankara banned German lawmakers from visiting German military personnel stationed at Turkish airbases. Then German troops based at Turkey's Incirlik airbase were relocated to Jordan in part over the dispute.   On Tuesday, a letter from German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel to the head of Germany's parliamentary defense committee was shown. It said Turkey had agreed to a NATO proposal for a Sept. 8 visit to an air base near Konya.   Under the proposal, NATO Deputy General-Secretary Rose Gottemoeller would lead the delegation and take up to seven members of the committee with her.   Details were still being worked out about which lawmakers will be included in the visit.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 08/08/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - PORTSMOUTH BEING PREPARED FOR ARRIVAL FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH CARRIER (AUG 08/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier is due to arrive in her new homeport in southern England later this month, reports the BBC.   The carrier will arrive at the naval base in Portsmouth in around two weeks, said Defense Secretary Michael Fallon over the weekend.   The 900-ft carrier will have a window from Aug. 17 to Aug. 22 to enter Portsmouth, pending weather conditions, Fallon said.   Preparations for carrier included removing 3.2 million cubic meters (113 million cubic feet) of sediment to deepen the harbor mouth. More than 20,000 items, including a human skull and sea mines, have been dredged.  
Item Number:17 Date: 08/08/2017 USA - AIR FORCE, BOEING WORK OUT DEAL FOR PAIR OF 747S TO BECOME FUTURE PRESIDENTIAL AIRCRAFT (AUG 08/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- The U.S. Air Force says it has finalized a deal with Boeing for two commercial passenger aircraft that will be modified for the presidential aircraft known as Air Force One, reports the Los Angeles Times.   The modification was awarded on Aug. 4 for two already built Boeing 747-8 aircraft to replace the two VC-25A Presidential support aircraft, said an Air Force spokeswoman. The Air Force did not give the amount of the negotiated award, citing "commercial-competition sensitive" information.   The particular aircraft were originally destined for the now-defunct Russian air carrier Transaero, which went bankrupt in October 2015, said a Boeing spokesman.   Those aircraft were flight-tested but never delivered. They have been sitting at a storage year in Victorville, Calif., and have never left the U.S., the spokesman said, as cited by CNN.   The planes will need considerable modifications, including "a mission communications system, electrical power upgrades, a medical facility, an executive interior, a self-defense system, and autonomous ground operations capabilities." The aircraft could enter service as early as 2024, said the air force.   Last year, President Donald Trump complained about the high cost of new presidential planes and at one point threatened to cancel the order.  
Item Number:18 Date: 08/08/2017 USA - ARMY BEGINS COMPETITION FOR COMBAT RIFLE WITH MORE PUNCH (AUG 08/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- The U.S. Army has opened a competition for a new 7.62-mm Interim Service Combat Rifle (ICSR) able to penetrate body armor, reports Military.com.   The Army sees a "potential gap in the capability of ground forces and infantry to penetrate body armor using existing ammunition," according to a solicitation posted to FedBizOpps.gov on Aug. 4.   The Army said it will award up to eight contracts to gunmakers for seven types of weapons each for test and evaluation purposes.   A follow-on contract could cover up to 50,000 weapons. The competition will include live-fire testing and taki into account production capability and price, says the solicitation.   The ISCR will have either 16-inch or 20-inch barrels, a collapsible buttstock, an extended forward rail and weigh less than 12 pounds unloaded and without an optic, according to an earlier Army request for information.   Gen. Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff, told Congress earlier this year that the M4 carbine's M855A1 5.56-mm Enhanced Performance Round cannot penetrate modern military body armor plates
  Item Number:19 Date: 08/08/2017 USA - NCO FACES COURT-MARTIAL FOR AIR DROPS OF HUMVEES (AUG 08/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- A U.S. Army sergeant has been formally charged over the free-fall drop of three Humvees last year, reports the Stars and Stripes.   He is accused of destruction of government property and making a false official statement about the incident.   About 150 vehicles, supply parcels, communications equipment and indirect-fire weapons systems were dropped in April 2016 from a C-130 as part of the Saber Junction 16 exercise at Hohenfels Training Area in Germany. Three Humvees were caught on video free-falling to the ground during the exercise.   Sgt. John Skipper was charged in May 2017. He is assigned to the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, in Grafenwoehr, Germany. The squadron is part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vicenza, Italy.   Brig. Gen. Tony Aguto, the commander of the 7th Army Training Command, has decided to court-martial Skipper, according to the military.   Damage, destruction or loss of government property, both "willfully caused" or due to negligence, is an offense under Article 108 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Willful destruction carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances.   Officials have declined to say whether Skipper has been charged with willful or negligent action
Item Number:20 Date: 08/08/2017 USA - NAVY INCREASES REWARD FOR REPORTING FALSE TIPS ABOUT BOMB THREATS (AUG 08/VP)  VIRGINIAN-PILOT -- The U.S. Navy says it is increasing its reward for information that lead to an arrest for making phony bomb threats, reports the Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.).   Such threats recently disrupted operations in Virginia.   Last week, more than half a dozen bomb threats were called in at Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach. None turned out to be credible.   The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) raised a reward from $500 to $2,500 for information leading to the arrests of those responsible, said a Navy spokesman on Aug. 4.   Those convicted of making "bomb hoax" calls face a maximum of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. 
 
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