Thursday, September 28, 2017

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I hope that your week has started well.




This Day in Naval History September 26

1781 - French fleet defeats British at Yorktown, VA

1863 - During the Civil War, the double-ender side-wheel steamer, USS Tioga captures Confederate steamer Herald near the Bahamas off the Florida Keys with cargo including cigars and sugar.

1910 - First recorded reference to provision for aviation in Navy Department organization

1918: After shepherding a convoy to the Irish Sea, while under the command of the U.S. Navy during World War I, Coast Guard cutter Tampa is steaming through the Bristol Channel when she is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB-91. All those on board, 115 crew members and 16 passengers, are killed, resulting in the greatest combat-related loss of life suffered by the U.S. Naval forces during WWI.

1931 - Keel laying at Newport News, VA of USS Ranger (CV-4), first ship designed and constructed as an aircraft carrier

1963 - First steam-eject launch of Polaris missile at sea off Cape Canaveral, FL (now Cape Kennedy) from USS Observation Island (EAG-154)

On this day in history (September 26):

1962: "The Beverly Hillbillies" premiered. Oh those dreadful Clampetts!

1964: It began as a three hour tour, "Gilligan's Island" premiered.

1968: "Hawaii 5-0" debuts. Book 'em , Danno!

2016 Today in History September 26


Sir Francis Drake returns to Plymouth, England, aboard the Golden Hind, after a 33-month voyage to circumnavigate the globe.


The British army launches a major offensive, capturing Philadelphia.


France and Britain sign a trade agreement in London.


The legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone dies quietly at the Defiance, Mo., home of his son Nathan, at age 85.


The Persian cavalry is routed by the Russians at the Battle of Ganja in the Russian Caucasus.


Scotland Yard, the official British criminal investigation organization, is formed.


General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his men assault a Federal garrison near Pulaski, Tennessee.


Leon Czolgosz, who murdered President William McKinley, is sentenced to death..


The first boat is raised in the locks of the Panama Canal.


The Federal Trade Commission is established to foster competition by preventing monopolies in business.


German Ace Ernst Udet shoots down two Allied planes, bringing his total for the war up to 62.


Bessie Smith, known as the 'Empress of the Blues,' dies in a car crash in Mississippi.


During the London Blitz, the underground Cabinet War Room suffers a hit when a bomb explodes on the Clive Steps.


The U.S. Army establishes the Military Police Corps.


General Douglas MacArthur's American X Corps, fresh from the Inchon landing, links up with the U.S. Eighth Army after its breakout from the Pusan Perimeter.


The New York Stock Exchange suffers a $44 million loss.


Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy participate in the first nationally televised debate between presidential candidates.


Nineteen-year-old Bob Dylan makes his New York singing debut at Gerde's Folk City.


Hanoi rejects a U.S. peace proposal.


The Beatles last album, Abbey Road, is released.


Richard M. Nixon meets with Emperor Hirohito in Anchorage, Alaska, the first-ever meeting of a U.S. President and a Japanese Monarch.


Israel announces a cease-fire on Lebanese border.


In the USSR Stanislav Petrov disobeys procedures and ignores electronic alarms indicating five incoming nuclear missiles, believing the US would launch more than five if it wanted to start a war. His decision prevented a retaliatory attack that would have begun a nuclear war between the superpowers..


The UK agrees to transfer sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.


Two earthquakes strike Italy, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis to collapse, killing four people and destroying much of the cycle of frescoes depicting the saint's life.


Yves Rossy, a Swiss pilot and inventor, is the first person to fly a jet-powered wing across the English Channel.


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Fullbore Friday - Prevented Nuclear Armageddon - CDR Salamander

(Amazing story if you have not heard it! See second article below.)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fullbore Friday

In the course of a military career, we have all found ourselves at some point or another at an extraordinary place in time, doing things or being responsible for things we had no idea we would find ourselves as the critical player.

At the moment, you don't fully grasp what you did – or even why you did it. As time passes and you think about them, you try to figure out the why and the how. At the moment, you just do.

Sometimes it is training, others it is what makes you an individual, many times you can spend a lifetime in hindsight trying to figure it all out.

It can happen at any time. You could be fully prepared for it, spent months and years training for that eventuality, or it could just be a bolt out of the blue requiring an action or decision just as rapidly.

As leaders, at a moment of crisis, the decision will fall on to you. Eyes will fall on you. Ears will listen for your voice. You may look to the right and left looking for guidance or a clue to what needs to be done – but find nothing but others waiting on you.

There is no normal watch. There are not unimportant billets. One many can make a difference.

We recently lost one of the Patron Saints of Watchstanders, ROTC/OCS Graduate Hall of Fame, and a distinguished member of the Retired O-5 Mafia.

Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov was 44 years old and working at a missile detection bunker south of Moscow on September 26, 1983. His computer told him that five nuclear missiles were on their way, and given their flight time, he had just 20 minutes to launch a counter attack. But Petrov told his superior officers that it was a false alarm. He had absolutely no real evidence that this was true, but it probably saved millions of lives.

"The siren howled, but I just sat there for a few seconds, staring at the big, back-lit, red screen with the word 'launch' on it," Petrov told the BBC's Russian Service back in 2013.

"I had all the data [to suggest there was an ongoing missile attack]. If I had sent my report up the chain of command, nobody would have said a word against it," Petrov said.

"There was no rule about how long we were allowed to think before we reported a strike. But we knew that every second of procrastination took away valuable time; that the Soviet Union's military and political leadership needed to be informed without delay," he told the BBC.

"All I had to do was to reach for the phone; to raise the direct line to our top commanders—but I couldn't move. I felt like I was sitting on a hot frying pan," Petrov said.

Perhaps importantly, Petrov noted that he was the only officer around that day who had received a civilian education. Everyone else were professional soldiers and he believed that they would have simply reported the attack at face value. The men around him were "taught to give and obey orders." Luckily, Petrov disobeyed what simply didn't feel right to him.

Petrov reasoned that if the Americans were going to launch a first strike they'd send more than five missiles, despite the fact that they could still do an enormous amount of damage. He also believed that since the alert system was relatively new it seemed likely that it could be sending a false alarm.

When I first heard his story years ago, I thought it was one part gilding the lily, another part mythology. Over time, many professionals looked in to the story – and it seems to have held the test of time.

Did one man save the world – or would someone else up the chain have dialed things back? We don't know, but what we do know is when this man was faced with a call, he made the right one.

I would recommend you read the full article. Look at the pictures. Look how he lived. A humble man who served a fallen empire living in humble means.

How was he officially rewarded?

In the aftermath, the Soviet government investigated the incident and determined that Petrov had insufficiently documented his actions during the crisis. He explained it as "Because I had a phone in one hand and the intercom in the other, and I don't have a third hand"; nevertheless, Petrov received a reprimand.

In 1984, Petrov left the military and got a job at the research institute that had developed the Soviet Union's early warning system. He later retired after his wife was diagnosed with cancer so he could care for her.

The O-5 Mafia understands ... but none of that matters.

But he lived a grand life, did good.

Straight 5.0s, #1 Early Promote.


Man Who Saved the World From Nuclear Armageddon in 1983 Dies at 77


Thanks to Richard

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Subject: Fw: :The Leica camera company

Subject: :The Leica camera company


The Leica camera is the pioneer 35mm camera. It is a German product - precise, minimalist, and utterly efficient.

Behind its worldwide acceptance as a creative tool was a family-owned, socially oriented firm that, during the Nazi era, acted with uncommon grace, generosity and modesty. E. Leitz Inc., designer and manufacturer of Germany's most famous photographic product, saved its Jews.

And Ernst Leitz II, the steely-eyed Protestant patriarch who headed the closely held firm as the Holocaust loomed across Europe, acted in such a way as to earn the title, "the photography industry's Schindler."

As soon as Adolf Hitler was named chancellor of Germany in 1933, Ernst Leitz II began receiving frantic calls from Jewish associates, asking for his help in getting them and their families out of the country. As Christians, Leitz and his family were immune to Nazi Germany's Nuremberg laws, which restricted the movement of Jews and limited their professional activities.

To help his Jewish workers and colleagues, Leitz quietly established what has become known among historians of the Holocaust as "the Leica Freedom Train," a covert means of allowing Jews to leave Germany in the guise of Leitz employees being assigned overseas.

Employees, retailers, family members, even friends of family members were "assigned" to Leitz sales offices in France, Britain, Hong Kong and the United States, Leitz's activities intensified after the Kristallnacht of November 1938, during which synagogues and Jewish shops were burned across Germany

Before long, German "employees" were disembarking from the ocean liner, Bremen, at a New York pier and making their way to the Manhattan office of Leitz Inc., where executives quickly found them jobs in the photographic industry.

Each new arrival had around his/her neck the symbol of freedom - a new Leica camera.

The refugees were paid a stipend until they could find work. Out of this migration came designers, repair technicians, salespeople, marketers and writers for the photographic press.

Keeping the story quiet The "Leica Freedom Train" was at its height in 1938 and early 1939, delivering groups of refugees to New York every few weeks. Then, with the invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, Germany closed its borders.

By that time, hundreds of endangered Jews had escaped to America, thanks to the Leitzes' efforts. How did Ernst Leitz II and his staff get away with it?

Leitz, Inc. was an internationally recognized brand that reflected credit on the newly resurgent Reich. The company produced cameras, range-finders and other optical systems for the German military. Also, the Nazi government desperately needed hard currency from abroad, and Leitz's single biggest market for optical goods was the United States.

Even so, members of the Leitz family and firm suffered for their good works. A top executive, Alfred Turk, was jailed for working to help Jews and freed only after the payment of a large bribe.

Leitz's daughter, Elsie Kuhn-Leitz, was imprisoned by the Gestapo after she was caught at the border, helping Jewish women cross into Switzerland . She eventually was freed but endured rough treatment in the course of questioning. She also fell under suspicion when she attempted to improve the living conditions of 700 to 800 Ukrainian slave laborers, all of them women, who had been assigned to work in the plant during the 1940s.

(After the war, Kuhn-Leitz received numerous honors for her humanitarian efforts, among them the Officier d'honneur des Palms Academic from France in 1965 and the Aristide Briand Medal from the European Academy in the 1970s.)

Why has no one told this story until now? According to the late Norman Lipton, a freelance writer and editor, the Leitz family wanted no publicity for its heroic efforts. Only after the last member of the Leitz family was dead did the "Leica Freedom Train" finally come to light.

It is now the subject of a book, "The Greatest Invention of the Leitz Family: The Leica Freedom Train," by Frank Dabba Smith, a California-born Rabbi currently living in England.

Thank you for reading the above, and if you feel inclined as I did to pass it along to others, please do so. It only takes a few minutes.

Memories of the righteous should live.


Bill Clinton helped North Korea get the nukes.

Thanks to Hal

How does this get overlooked ??


Thanks to Bill

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Swiss Rocket Man Francois Gissy straps a rocket to a bicycle and reaches 333 km/h (207 mph) in 4.7 seconds, breaking his own previous world record.


Item Number:1 Date: 09/26/2017 AFGHANISTAN - GROUND, AIR FORCES HIT TALIBAN IN LAGHMAN PROVINCE (SEP 26/TN) TOLONEWS -- More than a dozen Taliban militants have been killed in ongoing Afghan operations in the country's east, reports Tolo News (Afghanistan). The operation began on Monday in Alishing district of Laghman province to clear the area of the Taliban, said an Afghan military spokesman. The air and ground operations have led to the deaths of at least 15 insurgents, said local official on Tuesday. Seven have been wounded. Another militant was arrested, said local officials.

Item Number:2 Date: 09/26/2017 AFGHANISTAN - SERIES OF OPERATIONS KILL DOZENS OF MILITANTS, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTRY (SEP 26/XIN) XINHUA -- The Afghan Defense Ministry announced on Monday that 46 militants had been killed and 18 injured in various operations around the country over the previous 24 hours, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency. Four militants were detained and 18 hideouts and bunkers were destroyed in the military operations in several provinces, said a ministry statement. The Afghan army, police and national intelligence agency have conducted more than 6,000 military and cordon operations over the past six months, said a ministry spokesman on Sunday. During that period, scores of militants have been killed and nearly 500 strongholds and bunkers destroyed, the spokesman said.

Item Number:3 Date: 09/26/2017 AUSTRALIA - COMMISSIONING OF HMAS HOBART ACCOMPANIED BY WARNING OF REGIONAL THREAT (SEP 26/ADOD) AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Royal Australian Navy has commissioned the first of three air warfare destroyers, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense. HMAS Hobart formally entered service during a ceremony on Sept. 23 at Garden Island in Sydney, noted a navy release. The warship is designed to provide air defense for accompanying ships as well as land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas. The destroyer now begins testing and evaluation and crew training prior to beginning operational service, said the Royal Australian Navy. During the ceremony, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull warned that "the strategic environment in our region is more uncertain than it has been in many years," as quoted by the AAP

Item Number:4 Date: 09/26/2017 CHINA - NORTHERN THEATER COMMAND, SITTING IN KEY AREA, GETS 56-YEAR-OLD LEADER (SEP 26/SCMP) SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- Following a shakeup, the Chinese military has named a new leader of its Northern Theater Command, which borders North Korea, reports the South China Morning Post. Lt. Gen. Li Qiaoming recently visited troops in the Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning provinces in his new role as theater command, Xinhua, China's state news agency reported last week. The command includes the Inner Mongolia autonomous region and Shandong province. The five areas are strategically important because of their proximity with North Korea and Russia. The promotion of Li, 56, to the important post is the latest in a series of personnel moves that suggesting that Beijing wants younger leaders in important positions, said observers. He was only promoted to lieutenant general in July. Theater posts are typically held by colonel generals. Li succeeds Gen. Song Puxuan, considered a protege of President Xi Jinping, who was promoted to the top post in the Chinese Military Commission's Logistics Support Dept. earlier this month.

Item Number:5 Date: 09/26/2017 FRANCE - FRENCH SPECIAL OPERATOR DIES DURING ANTI-ISIS OPERATIONS IN MIDDLE EAST (SEP 26/F24) FRANCE 24 -- A French special operations soldier was killed in fighting in the Middle East, reports France 24. The soldier from the 13th Parachute Regiment, a special operations unit, was assigned to Operation Chammal, the designation for French military operations in Iraq and Syria. The paratrooper was the first French casualty since the mission began in September 2014, according to military sources cited by Agence France-Presse. The regiment is not officially present in Iraq or Syria, said retired French Gen. Dominique Trinquand. Since details of special operations missions are not made public, the precise location of the death is unknown. French special operations forces are providing equipment and training for Iraqi forces and Kurds in Iraq, as well as Kurdish fighters in Syria, Trinquand said. About 1,200 are deployed in the operation, noted the Middle East Eye

Item Number:6 Date: 09/26/2017 GERMANY - BERLIN TELLS 2ND VIETNAMESE DIPLOMAT TO LEAVE OVER ALLEGED KIDNAPPING CASE (SEP 26/DEWELLE) DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The German government has declared a second Vietnamese diplomat to be persona non grata over this summer's alleged kidnapping of a Vietnamese executive, reports Deutsche Welle. On Friday, the German Foreign Ministry gave the diplomat four weeks to leave because of "evidence that he was involved" in the kidnapping of former Vietnamese oil executive Trinh Xuan Thanh, said a ministry spokesman. Germany also expelled a Vietnamese intelligence officer in August for suspected involvement in the kidnapping. Berlin told the Vietnamese ambassador that their nations' bilateral strategic relationship was on hold. Berlin expects Hanoi to apologize for the incident, pledge not to repeat it and hold those responsible accountable, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said. Thanh was allegedly kidnapped by the Vietnamese secret service in July after the businessman had sought asylum in Germany. The executive is facing charges of financial mismanagement at a subsidiary of state-owned Petro Vietnam, which caused losses of around US$150 million. There is also an embezzlement charge related to real estate deals, which is punishable by the death penalty. Vietnamese authorities maintain that Thanh turned himself in to authorities in Vietnam in August.

Item Number:7 Date: 09/26/2017 INDIA - NEW DELHI WILL CONTINUE AID TO AFGHANISTAN, BUT NOT BOOTS ON THE GROUND, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (SEP 26/HINDU) THE HINDU -- India's defense minister has ruled out a troops contribution to Afghanistan, reports the Hindu. India will continue development and medical aid, but will not send troops, said Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Tuesday. She made her remarks during a joint press conference after talks with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis. The two leaders vowed to work together to eradicate terrorist safe havens. The Trump administration has sought greater involvement by New Delhi in stabilizing Afghanistan, reported Reuters. New Delhi has already spent US$3 billion on development projects in Afghanistan and continues to train Afghan officers in India.

Item Number:8 Date: 09/26/2017 IRAN - MILITARY SHIFTS AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS TO BORDER WITH IRAQ (SEP 26/TASNIM) TASNIM NEWS AGENCY -- Iran's military has announced the deployment of more air defenses to its western border with Iraq, reports the Tasnim news agency (Iran). Additional missile equipment was deployed to improve the air defense coverage of the border regions, said a military commander on Tuesday. The systems will enhance preparedness for "decisive response" to any act of aggression, the commander said. Meanwhile, Iran's army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps began exercises on Sunday along the western border. Tehran opposes an independence referendum being held in Iraqi Kurdistan, an event that has raised tensions in the region.

Item Number:9 Date: 09/26/2017 ISRAEL - PALESTINIAN GUNMAN KILLS 3 ISRAELIS AT WEST BANK CHECKPOINT; POLICE SHOOT ASSAILANT (SEP 26/TOI) TIMES OF ISRAEL -- A Palestinian man has shot and killed three Israeli security officers and wounded another at a West Bank checkpoint near Jerusalem, reports the Times of Israel. The Palestinian arrived at the rear of the Har Adar settlement Tuesday morning. After he was ordered to stop, he fired on a group of security personnel, said police cited by the New York Times. The assailant, a 37-year-old worker from the nearby Bayt Surik village, was shot and killed by security forces, police said. The dead included a border police officers and two private security guards. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the Palestinian Authority for inciting the attack, reported Haaretz (Israel

Item Number:10 Date: 09/26/2017 ITALY - EUROFIGHTER PILOT DIES DURING ITALIAN AIR SHOW; JET CRASHES INTO SEA (SEP 26/DTL) DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON) -- An Italian air force fighter pilot has been killed after crashing into the sea over the weekend during an air show in Terracina, south of Rome, reports London's Daily Telegraph. Capt. Gabriele Orlandi, an experienced pilot, was attempting to perform a loop-the-loop on Sunday in his Eurofighter Typhoon jet when he apparently misjudged his altitude and hit the water, according to the air force. Orlandi died on impact. His body was recovered by navy divers. The air show was then suspended. The air force and local civilian authorities launched investigations of the incident. This was the second fatal crash involving a Typhoon jet this month, noted the Aviationist blog. On Sept. 13, a Saudi Typhoon crashed into a mountain in the Al Wade'a district in Yemen during operations against Houthi militants

Item Number:11 Date: 09/26/2017 NORTH KOREA - EXPERT WARNS OF NORTH'S CHEMICAL WARFARE CAPABILITIES (SEP 26/NBC) NBC NEWS -- In addition to its growing nuclear capabilities, North Korea still has a large stockpile of chemical weapons that pose a significant threat, says a British expert cited by NBC News. The North could employ chemical weapons by launching missiles with chemical warheads or providing agents to Islamist militants, said Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, the former head of the U.K. Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Regiment (CBRN) and NATO's Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion. The Center for Nonproliferation Studies in California estimates that North Korea has between 2,500 and 5,000 metric tons of chemical weapons, including a large supply of deadly VX nerve agent. Malaysian authorities determined that VX was used in February to assassinate Kim Jong Un's half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, at the Kuala Lumpur airport. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) recently intercepted two North Korean ships headed toward Syria with equipment to make chemical weapons, said de Bretton-Gordon. Pyongyang could also be tempted to sell some of its weapons as it international sanctions hurt, he warned. Other experts believe this would represent a major change of policy for North Korea. "Historically, North Korea values state sovereignty and doesn't value interactions with non-state entities such as ISIS and Al-Qaida," said Hazel Smith, a professor at London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). "Given the level of surveillance over their shipping activities it's also unlikely they would be able to, or try to transport weapons." Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned that the North is very likely to use chemical weapons in any conflict on the Korean peninsula

Item Number:12 Date: 09/26/2017 RUSSIA - WANTED BY INTERPOL, ISIS SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SIBERIA (SEP 26/TASS) TASS -- Russian authorities have arrested an Islamic State suspect wanted by Intepol, reports Tass (Russia). The 30-year-old man, a native of a former Soviet republic, was arrested in Ikutsk in Siberia, said the Interior Ministry on Tuesday. He was working at a construction firm in the Oktyabrsky district, said a ministry spokesman. The arrest was made in an operation involving the ministry, the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the national guard. Interpol has been informed and an extradition security check is underway, said the ministry.

Item Number:13 Date: 09/26/2017 RUSSIA - WITH THE AID OF RUSSIAN-ERECTED BRIDGE, SYRIAN HEAVY EQUIPMENT WILL BE ABLE TO CROSS EUPHRATES (SEP 26/TASS) TASS -- Russian military engineers have erected a bridge close to the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor in support of Syrian forces, reports Tass (Russia). The Syrian army, backed by Russian air power, has been fighting the Islamic State in the region. It took the Russian experts under two days to deploy a 689-foot MARM small dismountable road bridge across the Euphrates River a few miles from the city, said a Russian Defense Ministry official on Tuesday. The work reportedly took place under continuous shelling, with unmanned aerial vehicles dropping grenades and explosives. There were no injuries, said the official. The bridge is capable of serving 8,000 cars daily and can support the weight of armored vehicles such as tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and multiple-launch rocket systems, the officials said. Syrian forces previously sent advanced teams over the Euphrates with pontoon bridges. The newly erected bridge will allow the main force to cross, said the ministry

Item Number:14 Date: 09/26/2017 SINGAPORE - LAUNCHING CEREMONY HELD FOR INDOMITABLE LITTORAL MISSION VESSEL (SEP 26/SIMOD) SINGAPORE MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- Singapore Technologies Marine has launched the fifth littoral mission vessel (LMV) for the Singapore navy, reports the Singapore Ministry of Defense. The Indomitable entered the water for the first time on Sept. 23 at the ST Marine shipyard in Benoi. The Independence-class LMVs are faster, more flexible and better equipped for seaward defense operations than preceding Singapore navy ships, the ministry said. The ships in the class can be rapidly configured with mission modules for a variety of missions. The first three ships have been delivered and the fourth launched, noted an ST Engineering release. The keel has been laid for the sixth ship and steel cut for the seventh and eighth, the company said. The eight LMVs will replace 11 Fearless-class patrol combatants, noted the Diplomat (Tokyo

Item Number:15 Date: 09/26/2017 SOUTH KOREA - INTELLIGENCE AGENCY SPECULATES ABOUT LACK OF REACTION BY NORTH OF BOMBER FLIGHT (SEP 26/YON) YONHAP -- North Korea may not have detected the approach of U.S. bombers close to its east coast last week, says South Korea's intelligence agency, as reported by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers and F-15 fighters made a Saturday nighttime mission in international airspace north of the de facto sea border between the North and South. The flight was considered "the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea's coast in the 21st century," said the Pentagon. The National Intelligence Service told a parliamentary briefing in Seoul on Tuesday that North Korea did not immediately react to the flight. The North may not have anticipated or detected the flight, said a lawmaker who attended the briefing. Or Pyongyang may have chosen not to react. Another theory: the North's radar wasn't fully operational because of its electricity shortage. The United States apparently disclosed the flight route of the bombers intentionally because North Korea seemed unaware, reported Yonhap. Since then, the North has been seen redeploying its warplanes and strengthening coastal defense, said the lawmaker

Item Number:16 Date: 09/26/2017 USA - AFTER BEING TOLD THERE WOULD BE NO PROMOTION, PACIFIC FLEET COMMANDER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT (SEP 26/SDUT) SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE -- U.S. Navy Adm. Scott Swift has announced his retirement as commander of the Pacific Fleet, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. He announced the move after finding out that he had no possibility of being promoted. The admiral was in charge of the Pacific Fleet this summer when 17 sailors died in two ship collisions, noted NBC News. Swift announced his retirement on Monday after being passed over for promotion to commander of U.S. Pacific Command, which oversees all U.S. forces in the region. "I have been informed by [Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson] that I will not be his nominee to replace Admiral Harry Harris as the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM)," said Swift in an emailed statement. He set no retirement date Traditionally, the Hawaii-based Pacific Fleet commander takes over Pacific Command upon the retirement of its commander. Swift has been in the navy for almost 40 years.

Item Number:17 Date: 09/26/2017 USA - AFTER COMPLETING GRUELING COURSE, MARINE LIEUTENANT GRADUATES, BECOMES 1ST FEMALE INFANTRY OFFICER (SEP 26/VOA) VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- A female Marine has become the service's first female infantry officer, reports the Voice of America News. The unnamed lieutenant graduated on Monday from the 13-week Marine Corps infantry training officer course in Quantico, Va. She has been assigned to the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif., according to a service statement.

Item Number:18 Date: 09/26/2017 USA - AMERICAN MILITARY PERSONNEL IN MIDST OF POST-HURRICANE MISSION IN VIRGIN ISLANDS, PUERTO RICO (SEP 26/S&S) STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. military has sent about 2,600 personnel to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, reports the Stars and Stripes. The Category 4 storm hit the region last week, cutting access to power and communications. The military has focused on search-and-rescue operations, delivering supplies and providing generators and fuel to power critical infrastructure such as water treatment facilities and hospitals, said a Pentagon spokesman on Monday. Marines and sailors from the USS Kearsarge, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship now in the Caribbean Sea, were deployed Sunday to clear airfields and roads in Puerto Rico, he said. Helicopter-borne troops from the vessel have conducted eight medical evacuation missions this week and delivered about 22,200 pounds of supplies and cargo to the area, according to the DoD. On Monday, the Pentagon also deployed eight UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from Fort Campbell in Kentucky to San Juan to help Puerto Rican officials distribute goods, he said. Meanwhile, personnel from the Army Corps of Engineers have been helping inspect Puerto Rico's Guajataca Dam, which is in danger of breaking. More than 70,000 people close by have been ordered to evacuate

Item Number:19 Date: 09/26/2017 USA - NAVY TAKES DELIVERY OF NEWEST ATTACK SUB, COLORADO (SEP 26/NAVSEA) NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND -- The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of its 15th Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, reports the Naval Sea Systems Command. The Colorado (SSN 788) was handed over by General Dynamics Electric Boat and Huntington Ingalls on Sept. 21. The boat is the fifth in the Block III configuration. These subs feature a redesigned bow with enhanced payload capabilities, including two large diameter payload tubes in place of 12 individual vertical launch tubes. Each payload tube can launch six Tomahawk cruise missiles, noted the service. Commissioning is scheduled for the spring of 2018.

Item Number:20 Date: 09/26/2017 USA - WING COMMANDER RELIEVES INTEL GROUP CHIEF OF COMMAND AT RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, GERMANY (SEP 26/AFT) AIR FORCE TIMES -- The U.S. Air Force has relieved the commander of the 693rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Group at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, reports the Air Force Times. Col. Robert Morse was removed from his post by Col. Jason Brown, the 480th ISR Wing commander on Sept. 18 "after losing trust and confidence in [Morse's] ability to command," a spokesman for the 480th told the newspaper in an email last week. Morse is now assigned to the 480th ISR Wing at Ramstein, the spokesman said, declining to provide further details. The 693rd conducts airborne ISR operations in Europea, Africa and the Middle East, among other missions.


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