Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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To All
I hope you all have a great day today with the return of football and the continuing stories of 911. There have been some amazing stories of survival and heroes on the history channel.
This Day In Naval History - September 11
1814 - In Battle of Lake Champlain, Commodore Thomas Macdonough defeats a British Squadron.
1939 - Bear (AG-29) is commissioned by the U.S. Navy for Antarctic operations under command of RADM Richard Byrd, USN (Ret.).
1941 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces order to the Navy to "shoot on sight" vessels threatening U.S. shipping or ships under U.S. escort.
1942 - Pharmacist's Mate First Class Wheeler B. Lipes, USN, performs emergency appendectomy on Seaman First Class Darrell D. Rector, USNR, on board USS Seadragon on patrol in South China Sea.
1943 - Italian Navy surrenders to Allies
1944: USS Albacore (SS 218) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser (Cha 165) off Kyushu, Japan, while USS Finback (SS 230) sinks Japanese army cargo ship, Hassho Maru, and merchant cargo ship, No. 2, Hakuun Maru, north of Chichi Jima. Also on this date, USS Pargo (SS 264) sinks Japanese auxiliary netlayer, Hinoki Maru, in Java Sea

1945 - Operation Magic Carpet, the return of troops to the U.S., begins.
2001 - American Flight 77 hijacked by terrorists struck the Pentagon. Casualties include 33 sailors, 6 Department of the Navy civilians, and 3 Navy civilian contractors reported missing, Arlington, VA. Two commercial airliners also struck the World Trade Center in New York City, NY, destroying both towers.
2002 - The "Don't Tread on Me" First Navy Jack is flown by Navy ships marking the first anniversary of the terrorists attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center
2010 - USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) is christened and launched and now operated by the Military Sealift Command. The dry cargo/ammunition ship provides ammunition, food, repair parts, stores and small quantities of fuel for the U.S. Marine Corps. The ship is named for Capt. Washington Chambers, a pioneer in US naval aviation.
Today in History
September 11
Scots under William Wallace defeat the English at Stirling Bridge.
Imperial troops under Eugene of Savoy defeat the Turks at the Battle of Zenta.
John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, wins the bloodiest battle of the 18th century at great cost, against the French at Malplaquet.
The first mention of an African American doctor or dentist in the colonies is made in the Pennsylvania Gazette.
General George Washington and his troops are defeated by the British under General Sir William Howe at the Battle of Brandywine in Pennsylvania.
The Convention of Annapolis opens with the aim of revising the Articles of Confederation.
Piedmont, Italy, is annexed by France.
U.S. forces led by Thomas Macdonough route the British fleet on Lake Champlain.
Stephen Foster's "Oh! Susanna" is first performed in a saloon in Pittsburgh.
Soprano opera singer Jenny Lind, the "Swedish Nightingale," makes her American debut at New York's Castle Garden Theater.
A 10-day truce is declared between generals William Sherman and John Hood so civilians may leave Atlanta, Georgia.
Indians incited by Mormon John D. Lee kill 120 California-bound settlers in the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
The battleship Connecticut, launched in New York, introduces a new era in naval construction.
The "Star Spangled Banner" is sung at the beginning of a baseball game for the first time in Cooperstown, New York.
American troops enter Luxembourg.
Thurgood Marshall is appointed a judge of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
The 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) arrives in South Vietnam and is stationed at An Khe.
Haile Selassie I is deposed from the Ethiopian throne.
In an unprecedented, highly coordinated attack, terrorists hijack four U.S. passenger airliners, flying two into the World Trade Center towers in New York and one into the Pentagon, killing thousands. The fourth airliner, headed toward Washington likely to strike the White House or Capitol, is crashed just over 100 miles away in Pennsylvania after passengers storm the cockpit and overtake the hijackers.
Israel completes its unilateral disengagement of all Israeli civilians and military from the Gaza Strip.
Russia detonates a nano-bomb; dubbed the "Father of All Bombs," it is the largest non-nuclear weapon developed to date.
US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is attacked and burned down; 4 Americans are killed including the US ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens.
Monday Morning Humor thanks to Al
Just returned from the Tailhook Symposium and Reunion in Reno.  Saw several "old" squadronmates and a lot of young, sharp active duty personnel—they appear to be doing a good job at 'the tip of the spear'.  Here is a bit of military humor in honor of both of these groups.
Submitted by Mark Logan:
     The Department of the Navy is now assigning females to quarters in a separate private "OFF LIMITS" area on all aircraft carriers.  Addressing all boat personnel at Pearl Harbor, CINCPAC advised, "The female sleeping quarters will be "out-of-bounds" for all males. Anyone caught breaking this rule will be fined $50 the first time."
     He continued, "Anyone caught breaking this rule the second time will be fined $150.  
     Being caught a third time will cost you a fine of $500. Are there any questions?" 
 At this point, a Marine Gunnery Sergeant from the security detail assigned to the ship stood up in the crowd and inquired, "How much for a season pass?"
Submitted by Keith Sibick:
When you make O-4, they remove your tongue.
When you make O-5, they remove your brain.
When you make O-6, they give you your tongue back.
Submitted by Gordy Williamson:
"Drones will not: be late to briefings, start fights at happy hour, destroy clubs, attempt to seduce others' dates, purchase huge watches, insult other services, sing bawdy songs, dance on tables, yell "Show us yerr +!+$!!!", or do all of the other things that we know win wars! I see no future in them."—Ace Jewell, CDR USN (Ret)
Submitted by Mike Farlow:
A Naval Aviator's Toast:  "Here's to me, in my sober times when I sit, talk, and think.  And here's to me in my drunken times when I sin, gamble and drink.  And when my flying days are over and from this world I pass, I hope they bury me upside down so the world can kiss my @$$."
Submitted by Jim Weaver:
     A Navy man temporarily stationed in the Sweden wrote to his wife in the States to please send him a harmonica to occupy his free time and keep his mind off of the local women.
     The wife complied and sent the best one she could find, along with several dozen lesson and music books.
     Rotated back home, he rushed to their home and through the front door. "Oh darling" he gushed, "Come here...let me look at you...let me hold you ! Let's have a fine dinner out, then be together all night. I've missed your lovin' so much!" 
     The wife, keeping her distance, said, "All in good time lover. First, let's hear you play that harmonica."
Submitted by Jerry Norris:
Truths in Aviation
·        It's better to be down here wishing you were up there, than to be up there wishing you were down here.
·        An airplane will probably fly a little bit over gross, but it won't fly without fuel.
·        Speed is life; altitude is life insurance.
·        If you're ever faced with a forced landing at night, turn on the landing lights to see the landing area. If you don't like what you see, turn 'em off.
·        Never let an airplane take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.
·        Too many pilots are found in the wreckage with their hands around a microphone. Don't drop the aircraft in order to fly the microphone.
·        An airplane flies because of a principle discovered by Bernoulli, not Marconi.
·        Fly it until the last piece stops moving.
·        No one has ever collided with the sky.
·        Any attempt to stretch fuel is guaranteed to increase headwinds.
·        A thunderstorm is nature's way of saying "Up yours."
·        Keep looking around, there's always something you missed.
·        Remember, you're always a student in an airplane.
·        Any pilot who does not at least privately consider himself the best in the business is in the wrong business.
·        It's best to keep the pointed end going forward as much as possible.
·        Hovering is for pilots who love to fly, but have no place to go.
·        The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.
·        A jet fighter in the air is a dual emergency because it's always low on fuel and on fire. A single engine jet in the air is a triple emergency.
·        The only thing worse than a captain who never flew copilot is a copilot who was once a captain.
·        A terminal forecast is a horoscope with numbers.
·        Takeoffs are optional. Landings are mandatory.
·        The first thing every pilot does after making a gear up landing is to put the gear handle down.
·        A "good" landing is one which you can walk away from. A great landing is one which lets you use the airplane another time.
·        A good simulator check ride is like successful surgery on a cadaver.
·        Good judgment comes from experience. Good experience comes from someone else's bad judgment.
·        An airplane may disappoint a good pilot, but it won't surprise him.
·        Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself.
·        Things which do you no good in aviation:
o   Altitude above you.
o   Runway behind you.
o   Fuel in the truck.
o   Half a second in history.
o   Approach plates in the car.
o   The airspeed you don't have.
·        A smooth touchdown in a simulator is about as exciting as kissing your sister.
·        Three things kill young pilots in Alaska: weather, weather and weather.
·        Fuel is life.
My personal salute to those who have served, those who are serving, and their families,
Thanks to Dutch R
Articles: America Remembers September 11: The Depths of Inhumanity
driving their "holy warriors" into the ground, killing them, and even killing their families, until they grow weary of death and make war no more, if that is the only way to end their insanity
Thanks to Tam -
Never forget who America's enemies are 
America Remembers September 11: The Depths of Inhumanity
September 10, 2017
Sixteen long years have passed since the clear blue sky above New York City exploded in an inferno, with toxic smoke and the stench of burning flesh and death, on September 11, 2001.  For many, the memories of the murder of nearly three thousand Americans, friends and relatives and fellow countrymen, remains as fresh as this morning's dew.  Those of us, who remember all too well, have the solemn obligation and duty to ensure that America's future generations do not soon forget that Islamic jihadists struck the single deadliest attack on U.S. soil by any foe since the War of 1812.
Two thousand nine-hundred and seventy-seven Americans never could have imagined the horror they would soon face the morning of 9/11 as they headed to work at the Twin Towers.  Their thoughts were filled with work, schedules, and perhaps returning home to play softball with their children or having dinner with a fiancé or a husband or a wife.
It was 8:46 A.M. (EST) when nineteen Muslim terrorists flew American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  Seventeen minutes later, 9:03 A.M., Muslim terrorists hit the South Tower with United Airlines Flight 175.  Thirty-four minutes later, American Airlines Flight 77 flew into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
People jumped and fell from all four sides of both towers.  There's no way of accurately telling how many people died this way, but the horror they experienced just before their deaths is unimaginable as they plummeted toward the earth.
The end to this heinous attack and the final blow arrived with the horrifying news that United Airlines Flight 93 crashed, while its passengers bravely fought the terrorists.  From start to finish, nearly an hour and a half had elapsed.  By 10:03 A.M., nearly 3,000 innocent Americans – loved ones, friends, and neighbors – were dead.
Set aside any emotional impulse to block 9/11 from one's mind, and embrace the gut-wrenching memory.  Remember that America was attacked because of her freedom and her stand against oppression and tyranny worldwide.  And there are many other things America should never forget, while we lower the flag, lay wreaths, and ring bells in memory of the dead this September 11.
Never forget that America received many warnings that a clash between Islam and the West, a clash of civilizations, was on the way, with tragedies like the bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon and the U.S. Embassy in Kenya and the suicide bombing attack on the USS Cole.  We were even informed ahead of 9/11 that it was coming soon.
The first real warning occurred on February 26, 1993, when Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, master bomb-designer, detonated a bomb under the World Trade Center, on orders from al-Qaeda's Blind Sheikh, that carved out a stories-deep crater, injured a thousand people, and killed six.  The bomb was supposed to kill thousands by releasing a cyanide cloud; however, the explosion incinerated the gas.
Never forget that since 9/11, at least thirteen Islamic-inspired terrorist attacks have been carried out across America, by Muslims following Mohammed's "perfect" example, such as we witnessed in the Boston Bombing; the D.C. sniper murders; and the shootings at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, San Bernadino, Chattanooga, and several others.  There have been numerous attacks by Muslims that the press refuses to call "terrorism," and there have been scores of terror plots and attempted terrorist acts foiled by the authorities.
Never forget that the nineteen Muslim terrorists were able to attack America on September 11, 2001 because they were trained and funded by Wahhabist imams and members of the Saudi royal family, as revealed by the 9/11 Commission Report.  And recall that they also had some large degree of help from Shiite Muslims in the Islamic Republic of Iran, having spent significant time in Iran between October 2000 and February 2001.
The fires of that September morning burned for 100 days and moved America to seek an accounting from these sons of Allah in wars we are still fighting.  Islam is at war with Western civilization, Europe, and America, just as Islam fought us (infidels and Westerners) under the Ottoman Empire, or a thousand years ago, now that Islam is in a new ascendancy.
America is still in an ongoing war against us, being waged by Islam, its imams and jihadi terrorists, who want to do the very same thing today that they did sixteen years ago, except on a grander scale.
The United States intelligence community acknowledges that all al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have had some recent, if limited, success in acquiring chemical weapons, like anthrax, VX nerve agents, and ricin.  More troubling and dangerous, they seek nuclear weapons, as Graham Allison notes in a policy brief for Harvard's Belfer Center; and though many may see any success toward this as unlikely, it is certainly not implausible, given Iran's, Pakistan's, and Saudi Arabia's duplicitous, self-serving roles in the "war on terror."
No one ever envisioned that jet airliners would be used as Muslim terrorists' instruments of death against us.  However, September 11 brought a new visual reality, as officials sworn to protect America were forced to stare into a vast, smoking pit scooped out of lower Manhattan.  As then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice repeatedly stated, "if you were in the White House that day ... every day since has been September twelfth.  And your great fear is that it may be September tenth."
In his book The Field of Fight, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn wrote: "We're in a world war, but very few Americans recognize it, and fewer still have any idea how to win it."
Americans have the agonizing images of the horrible and unimaginable calamity of September 11 seared into their minds and hearts.  We never forgot the lives so brutally and callously cut short, the children who lost mothers and fathers, and the sorrow that followed – and we clearly remember the depths of inhumanity to which these Islamic terrorists are willing to sink, as we ring the bells, read the names, and honor our dead.  September 11, 2001 forced many Americans to the understanding that America must gather the strength and courage to stop Islam's violent ascendancy and expansion, at home and abroad, by driving their "holy warriors" into the ground, killing them, and even killing their families, until they grow weary of death and make war no more, if that is the only way to end their insanity.

Sent from Tamara's iUniverse 
Thanks to Chuck
Unearthed near Hadrian's Wall: lost secrets of first Roman soldiers to fight the barbarians | UK news | The Guardian
Item Number:1 Date: 09/11/2017 CHINA - CENTRAL MILITARY COMMISSION INSPECTORS FIND MULTIPLE DISCIPLINE VIOLATIONS, CORRUPTION ISSUES (SEP 11/XIN)  XINHUA -- China's Central Military Commission has announced the completion of an eight-month inspection directed at military reform, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Inspectors visited almost 1,000 military units above the regimental level, including theater commands, the branches of the military and military schools, according to the commission's report issued on Sunday.   Inspectors surveyed more than 50,000 officers and soldiers and handled more than 1,400 petitions and tips, said the commission.   The CMC issued a military-wide notice to learn from 65 cases of discipline violations and corruption found during the inspection.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 09/11/2017 CHINA - PAKISTAN AIR FORCE JOINS PLAAF FOR SHAHEEN VI DRILLS (SEP 11/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- The Chinese and Pakistani air forces are taking part in a bilateral exercise in China, reports the Press Trust of India.   The Shaheen VI drills began on Sept. 7 and run to Sept. 27.   The Chinese contingent includes J-11 fighters, JH-7 attack aircraft, KJ-200 airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, as well as surface-to-air missile and radar units, said a spokesman for the People's Liberation Army Air Force.   The Pakistani component includes JF-17 fighters and early warning aircraft.   The exercise is focused on interoperability and building the skills of pilots from both countries, the spokesman said.   The air forces have been holding the Shaheen drills since 2011, noted Xinhua, China's state news agency
  Item Number:3 Date: 09/11/2017 EGYPT - POLICE RAID MILITANT HIDEOUTS IN CAIRO, KILL 10 (SEP 11/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- Egyptian security personnel say police have killed 10 militants in a three-hour shootout in Cairo, reports Ahram Online (Egypt).   Police raided two apartments in the capital's central Agouza district on Sunday after receiving a tip that Sinai-based militants were in hideouts there, said the Interior Ministry.   Police said the militants -- reportedly from Hasm, a breakaway faction of the Muslim Brotherhood -- were planning attacks in central Egypt.   Nine police officers were wounded during the raids, said the ministry.   Authorities reportedly recovered bomb-making materials and several weapons.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 09/11/2017 FRANCE - PHENIX TANKER FOR FRENCH AIR FORCE TAKES INITIAL FLIGHT (SEP 11/ADAS)  AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE -- Airbus Defence and Space has announced the maiden flight of the first of nine A330 multi-role tanker transports (MRTT) for the French air force.   The initial flight on Sept. 7 lasted for 3 hours and 25 minutes. The aircraft performed as expected, the company said.   The aircraft, designated Phenix in French service, is in the latest A330 MRTT configuration, with structural modifications, aerodynamic improvements for reduced fuel-burn, upgraded avionics computers and enhanced military systems.   The Phenix is to be equipped with the Airbus Aerial Refueling Boom System (ARBMS) and underwing hose-and-drogue refueling pods. It can also carry 272 passengers or be configured for medical evacuation.   Delivery of the initial aircraft is scheduled for 2018.  
Item Number:5 Date: 09/11/2017 FRANCE - PROSECUTOR SAYS SUSPECT IN PARIS 'EXPLOSIVES LAB' LINKED TO ISIS (SEP 11/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- A man arrested last week near Paris had a direct link to the Islamic State, charges a French prosecutor, as reported by Deutsche Welle.   Police found TATP explosives, which is often used by suicide bombers, in a Sept. 6 raid in Villejuif, south of Paris.   Two men were placed into a formal investigation and detained on Sunday, said the prosecutor. A third suspect was release without being charged.   One suspect had been in "direct contact" in August 2016 via Facebook with Rachid Kassim, a senior ISIS militant, said the Paris prosecutor.   The two suspects admitted to wanting to join ISIS and one confessed to following bomb-making videos, he said.  
Item Number:6 Date: 09/11/2017 GERMANY - AIRBUS H145M HELO FLIES WITH NEW WEAPON SYSTEM; SERBIA WILL FLY THE AIRCRAFT (SEP 11/AIRBUSHEL)  AIRBUS HELICOPTERS -- The H145M multi-role helicopter has flown with a complete HForce weapon system for the first time, reports Airbus Helicopters.   The first flight took place in late August in Donauworth, Germany, said a company release on Sept. 8.   The modular weapon system, designed by Airbus, allows the helicopter to be equipped with a variety of armaments, such as missiles, laser-guided rockets, guns, machine guns and rockets.   The next phase of testing prior to qualification includes a firing campaign with guns, cannons and rockets in Hungary, and laser-guided rockets in Sweden. The trials are expected to be concluded by the end of the year, said program officials.   Qualification work is scheduled for 2018.   Serbia is the launch customer for the H145M equipped with the HForce. Belgrade has ordered nine aircraft, including four with the modular weapon system, Airbus officials said.  
 Item Number:7 Date: 09/11/2017 IRAN - TALIBAN FIGHTERS BEING ARMED BY IRAN, SAYS SENIOR AFGHAN GENERAL (SEP 11/ARAB)  ARAB NEWS -- A top Afghan general has charged that Iran has been providing weapons and other military equipment to Taliban militants in Afghanistan, reports the Arab News.   Afghan President Ashraf Ghani raised the issue with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, during a recent visit to Tehran, Lt. Gen. Mohammed Sharif Yaftali, the chief of General Staff for the Afghan army told the BBC Persian Service.   Kabul has documents showing that Iran is supplying the Taliban in western Afghanistan, Yaftali said, without providing further details, the publication noted on Sept. 8.   Local officials in the region have previously spoken about Iran's backing of the Taliban.   Tehran has rejected earlier claims that it backs the militants.   An Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman later said that Yaftali was "misquoted" and that he expected a correction. The Afghan government has "reports, not evidence about Iran's involvement," which it is trying to verify, the spokesman said
Item Number:8 Date: 09/11/2017 LEBANON - LOW-FLYING ISRAELI AIRCRAFT CAUSE SONIC BOOM OVER SIDON; BEIRUT COMPLAINS OVER AIRSPACE VIOLATIONS (SEP 11/NNA)  NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY -- An Israeli warplane flying low over southern Lebanon caused damage on the ground when breaking the sound barrier, reports Lebanon's National News Agency, citing locals and security personnel.   Some accounts -- including in Israel -- said there were multiple planes and more than one sonic boom.   The flight led to a sonic boom over the city of Sidon, said security sources cited by Reuters.   Windows were broker and buildings shook -- causing a panic, said residents.   Israeli military aircraft regularly enter Lebanese airspace, but rarely fly so low, said the Lebanese military.   On Saturday, Lebanon said it was filing a complaint against Israel at the U.N. Security Council for violating its airspace to hit targets in Syria.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 09/11/2017 RUSSIA - MILITARY ENGINEERS, MINE-DETECTING DOGS BOUND FOR SYRIA FOR DEMINING OPS (SEP 11/TASS)  TASS -- The Kremlin has dispatched dozens of explosives technicians to Syria for demining work in Deir Ezzor province, reports Tass (Russia).   The advanced detachment of about 40 experts from Russia's International Mine Action Center was sent to Syria's Hmeimim airport via military transport aircraft, said the Defense Ministry on Monday.   Russian personnel -- including mine-searching and their handlers -- are headed to areas in Deir Ezzor province to assess the scope of an upcoming mine clearance operation, said the ministry, as cited by the Peninsula (Qatar).   A total of 175 military personnel and 42 units of special equipment, including Uran-6 robots will eventually take part in the operation, the ministry said.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 09/11/2017 SIERRA LEONE - INFECTIOUS DISEASE MONITORING SYSTEM PROVES SUCCESSFUL; CHINESE MILITARY PROGRAM HANDLES 8,000 CASES IN YEAR (SEP 11/XIN)  XINHUA -- Medical personnel from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) have completed a monitoring system for infectious diseases in Sierra Leone, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   At the end of August, the system in the West African nation had been running smoothly for a year, wrapping up the trial period, said Zhang Shitao, the president of the PLA's academy of military medical science.   As part of the program, the Sierra Leonean army set up 22 monitoring stations. More than 8,000 cases have been handled over the last year, monitoring more than 30 diseases and 40 symptoms, said officials.   The Chinese system provides Sierra Leone with direct, real-time monitoring and early warning and supports China's ability to respond to imported infection diseases and international public health incidents, said Zhang.   The PLA sent two military medical panels to Sierra Leone starting in June 2016 to work with the military there on the monitoring system and training
  Item Number:11 Date: 09/11/2017 SOMALIA - MULTIPLE DEATHS AFTER AL-SHABAAB ATTACK ON MILITARY BASE (SEP 11/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Somali military base near the border with Kenya, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   On Monday, after the suicide car bombing, the militants stormed the base in Balad Hawo, said an Al-Shabaab spokesman.   The terrorist group claimed it killed 24 Somali soldiers. A Somali military official said 10 soldiers and seven militants were killed.   The terror group said it released 35 from a local jail, noted Reuters.   The militants also blew up a police station and a phone mast, said an official cited by the BBC. Dozens of civilians were wounded, he added
Item Number:12 Date: 09/11/2017 SOUTH KOREA - DEFENSE TALKS WITH VIETNAM CONCENTRATE ON BILATERAL COOPERATION, N. KOREA (SEP 11/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korea and Vietnam have been holding vice-ministerial defense talks in Seoul, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   South Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo Suk was expected to meet late Friday with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Chi Vinh for the annual defense strategy dialogue. The program began in 2012.   The agenda covered working together against North Korean provocations, including its recent nuclear test, and exchange views on security in Southeast Asia, cybersecurity and international peacekeeping operations, said the South Korean Ministry of Defense.   Cooperation over defense industry and munitions cooperation was also on the docket.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 09/11/2017 SWEDEN - NEW CONTRACT COVERS TRACKFIRE REMOTE WEAPON STATIONS FOR NAVY'S AMPHIBIOUS BOATS (SEP 11/SAAB)  SAAB -- The Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded Saab a contract for remote weapon stations for the Royal Swedish Navy, reports the Swedish defense firm.   The deal, whose value was not disclosed, covers Trackfire weapon stations for the Swedish navy's new Combat Boat 90 (CB-90 HSM) craft for the amphibious forces.   The contract covers batch deliveries of the Trackfire, with options for additional systems, as well as integration and service support.   Delivery of the first batch is scheduled from the third quarter of 2018 to the third quarter of 2019.   The stabilized Trackfire can accommodate a range of sensors and weapons and has a stabilized independent line-of-sight (SILOS) and an option for a coaxial weapon.   The number of Trackfire systems was not disclosed either, noted IHS Jane's Navy International.  
Item Number:14 Date: 09/11/2017 SYRIA - AFTER CIA COVERT SUPPORT ENDS, REBEL GROUPS GET ORDER TO RETREAT INTO JORDAN (SEP 11/REU)  REUTERS -- Two Syrian rebel groups backed by the West who are battling the Assad regime have been asked by their backers to retreat into Jordan, say rebel and diplomatic sources cited by Reuters.   The Syrian army, backed by Iranian militias and Russia air power, have surrounded those rebels in southeastern Syria.   Usoud al-Sharqiya and Martyr Ahmad Abdo, both part of the Free Syrian Army coalition, said they were told to stop fighting by their supporters in the Central Intelligence Agency and neighboring states, including Saudi Arabia and Jordan.   "There is an official request for us to leave the area," said one senior rebel official on Sunday.   Western diplomatic sources maintain that the request was linked to a decision by the Trump administration in July to halt the CIA's program to equip and train rebel groups fighting the Syrian government.   The withdrawal order has been accepted in principle, but there are matters to be resolved, including a Russia-U.S.-brokered cease-fire in the Badia area, said a rebel spokesman.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 09/11/2017 SYRIA - WHEN DEIR EZZOR IS TAKEN, SDF SAYS COUNCIL WILL BE IN CHARGE (SEP 11/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- U.S.-backed rebels close to Deir Ezzor say they plan to establish a council to run that Syrian city, reports Agence France-Presse.   The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been fighting east of the Euphrates River to regain control of the city from ISIS. The city is the capital of the province of the same name.   On Monday, the SDF said a "preparatory committee" would lay the groundwork for a civil council to run Deir Ezzor after the defeat of ISIS. SDF forces have not yet reached the city.   It was unclear whether the council would work with government authorities already in parts of the city.   A separate Syrian army offensive is taking place in the western part of the province. Government troops are preparing for an offensive to regain eastern districts still held by ISIS
Item Number:16 Date: 09/11/2017 SYRIA - WHOLE ROAD FROM PALMYRA TO DEIR EZZOR NOW UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTROL (SEP 11/AL-MASDAR)  AL-MASDAR NEWS -- The Syrian army says it has regained control of the final stretch of the strategic highway between the cities of Palmyra and Deir Ezzor, reports Al Masdar News.   The army and its allied forces, including Lebanon-based Hezbollah, broke a three-year Islamic State siege of a government-held enclave in Deir Ezzor last week.   On Sunday, troops moving from the west linked up with forces already in Deir Ezzor, according to a Hezbollah-run media outlet cited by Reuters.   This brought the whole road -- about 120 miles -- under government control for the first time in years, according to the outlet
  Item Number:17 Date: 09/11/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - TROOPS FROM U.K. TO BACK UP SECURITY IN BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS AFTER HURRICANE IRMA (SEP 11/DAILYEXPRE)  DAILY EXPRESS -- The U.K. has deployed 500 troops to the British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma to stop looting, reports the Daily Express (U.K.).   The additional troops will work with 120 stationed on the islands to maintain law and order, said Defense Secretary Michael Fallon on Sunday.   "There has been a security issue there, and that's why we're now prioritizing getting armed troops in and police coming in behind them to strengthen the local police force," said Fallon.   A 16,000-metric-ton aid ship, the Mounts Bay, has been sent to region. HMS Ocean, an amphibious assault helicopter carrier, is expected to help with the next storm, Hurricane Jose, Fallon said
Item Number:18 Date: 09/11/2017 USA - COAST GUARD EXERCISES OPTION FOR MATERIALS FOR ARGUS, 1ST OFFSHORE PATROL CUTTER (SEP 11/USCG)  U.S. COAST GUARD -- The U.S. Coast Guard says it has exercised a contract option to buy long lead-time materials for the Argus, its first offshore patrol cutter.   The $41.68 million deal covers an initial order of cutter components, including propeller and steering equipment, marine diesel engines, ship integrated control system, switchboards and generators, the service said in a release on Sept. 7.   The Heritage-class offshore patrol cutters are designed to replace the 270-foot and 210-foot medium endurance cutters, which have been in service for decades.   Argus is scheduled for delivery in 2021
  Item Number:19 Date: 09/11/2017 USA - NEED FOR EXPERIENCED PILOTS HAS ARMY MULLING NEW RETENTION BONUSES (SEP 11/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army may bring back retention bonuses to keep experienced pilots in the service, reports the Army Times.   Though official figures show the service has 110 percent of the certified aviators it needs, the Army must ensure it has the right experience levels in each formation, officials said.   The service has a particular need to retain pilots at the seven-year point, when they reach the end of their initial service obligation, and at the 17- to 22-year mark, when many begin to consider retirement, Brig. Gen. Frank Tate, the director of aviation in the Army G-3/5/7, said on Sept. 7.   The general did not provide further details on when the bonuses might become available or their possible value.   Budget cuts have reduced the number of new pilots being trained at Fort Rucker, Ala. Accordingly, the Army recently sent more helicopters to the flight school, enabling it to increase throughput by 30 percent. This has reduced the shortage of warrant officers, with the bonuses intended to help fill remaining gaps, officials said
Item Number:20 Date: 09/11/2017 USA - USAF COMES UP WITH NEW INCENTIVE: SELECTIVE OPTION TO REMAIN IN ASSIGNMENTS LONGER (SEP 11/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- The U.S. Air Force has just started to allow some experienced fighter pilots and weapon systems officers to remain in their assignments for three additional years as part of an effort to boost retention, reports the Air Force Times.   The Second Assignment In-Place pilot program, which kicked off on Sept. 7, is directed at certain active-duty 11F fighter pilots and 12F fighter weapon system officers (WSOs) with less than a three-year active-duty service commitment serving as instructor or evaluator pilots.   The program is voluntary.   To qualify, pilots or WSOs must be either lieutenant colonels or lieutenant colonel selects with at least 17 years of total active federal military service, or majors who have been passed over for promotion with at least 14 years of service.   The officers must also be in the last six months of their three-year assignment and deemed "vulnerable to move."   Candidates must also be serving at one of 16 wings, squadrons or groups under Air Education Training Command, Air Combat Command or Air Force Materiel Command.   The program is designed to provide stability for pilots later in their careers, said Brig. Gen. Mike Koscheski, who is in charge of the Aircrew Crisis Task Force. No more than 10 officers from each unit are expected to be selected for the program, said the general. 

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