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To All
I hope that you all had a great weekend
This Day In Naval History – February 12, 2018
Feb. 12
1935—USS Macon (ZRS 5) crashes into the sea off Point Sur, CA, after encountering a storm that tears off her upper fin, effectively ending the Navy's trouble-plagued rigid-airship program.
1945—USS Hawkbill (SS 366) sinks the small Japanese cargo vessel Kisaragi Maru and the two large boats she is towing, at Lombok Strait, N.E.I.
1947—The first launch of a guided missile, the Loon, takes place on board USS Cusk (SS 348).
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National headlines were dominated by coverage of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, as well as the crash of a Russian airliner near Moscow, killing all 71 on board. Navy Times reports that the Navy is considering a major reorganization that would strip U.S. Pacific Fleet of its manning, training and equipping functions, placing them under the authority of U.S. Fleet Forces command on the East Coast. The move, which has faced public pushback from the head of the Pacific Fleet, stems from two reviews into last year's fatal collisions. Defense News reported Secretary of Defense Mattis' preview of the FY2019 Defense budget, saying it will give the department what it needs to reshape the military to return it to a "position of primacy." Additionally, tensions flared between Iran and Israel over the weekend after Israel shot down an Iranian drone over Israeli airspace and an Israeli F-16 was downed by Syrian air defenses reports the Wall Street Journal.
This day in History
February 12
Kublai Khan, the conqueror of Asia, dies at the age of 80.
Lady Jane Grey, the Queen of England for thirteen days, is beheaded on Tower Hill. She was barely 17 years old.
Alexander Selkirk, the Scottish seaman whose adventures inspired the creation of Daniel Dafoe's Robinson Crusoe, is taken off Juan Fernandez Island after more than four years of living there alone.
The first fugitive slave law, requiring the return of escaped slaves, is passed.
Chile gains independence from Spain.
Mexican General Santa Anna crosses the Rio Grande en route to the Alamo.
China becomes a republic following the overthrow of the Manchu dynasty.
Winston Churchill of London is appointed colonial secretary.
George Gershwin's groundbreaking symphonic jazz composition Rhapsody in Blue premieres with Gershwin himself playing the piano with Paul Whiteman's orchestra.
Charles Lindbergh announces his engagement to Anne Morrow.
Japan makes its first television broadcast--a baseball game.
The Macon, the last U.S. Navy dirigible, crashes off the coast of California, killing two people.
Japan refuses to reveal naval data requested by the U.S. and Britain.
The Soviet Union signs a trade treaty with Germany to aid against the British blockade.
Wendell Wilkie enters the American presidential race against Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Muslim Brotherhood chief Hassan el Banna is shot to death in Cairo.
The Soviets break off diplomatic relations with Israel after the bombing of Soviet legation.
The South Vietnamese win two big battles in the Mekong Delta.
Senator Edward Kennedy advocates amnesty for Vietnam draft resisters.
The Symbionese Liberation Army asks the Hearst family for $230 million in food for the poor.
The Lake Placid Winter Olympics open in New York.
A Court in Texas upholds $8.5 billion of a fine imposed on Texaco for the illegal takeover of Getty Oil.
The U.S. Senate fails to pass two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives.
Thanks to Bill and Muggs
"Following the footsteps of my father"
A little long but it makes you think that these men live among us quietly...
                        Ardennes, Belgium December 1944
Beautiful story!!
                                                You absolutely must watch this.  This is a righteous man.
                                                Following the Footsteps of My Father on Vimeo <>
Ardennes, Belgium, 1944. A beautiful story!!  14 minutes long, but very inspiring!
You absolutely must watch this.  This is a righteous man. AWESOME
Following the Footsteps of My Father on Vimeo
Thanks to Doctor Rich
Thanks to Tres …
Out of this world video and photos !!   Enjoy!!
With our thanks to THE Bear at
February 12, 2018   Bear Taylor  
RIPPLE SALVO… #709… One hundred sixty years ago in 1858 a young Abraham Lincoln jumped on a stump in Illinois and gave a speech as suitable for the citizens, legal and illegal; the Congress; and the President of the United States on 12 February 2018 to ponder, as it was for the folks Mr. Lincoln addressed in 1858 … a bit of that resounding wisdom is below in RS… but first…
Good Morning: Day SEVEN HUNDRED NINE of 1000 days of American history… one day at a time…
12 FEBRUARY 1968… HEAD LINES from The New York Times on a mostly sunny Monday in the windy canyons of Manhattan…
TET OFFENSIVE/KHESANH: Page 1: "SAIGON'S SOLDIERS BATTLE BIG FORCE CLOSE TO CAPITAL–U.S. COPTER GUNSHIPS JOIN SHARP CLASH ALONG RIVER–Most Of City Is Quiet–Casualty Totals Given–2,119 South Vietnamese and 973 Americans Are Listed As Dead in 12 Day Period"... "South Vietnamese paratroopers on the fringes of Saigon clashed with a sizeable Vietcong force tonight as sporadic, sharp fighting continued around the capital. B y late evening United States helicopter gunships and South Vietnamese Skyraiders were supporting the South Vietnamese troops that were moving along the banks of the Bencat River, a branch of the Saigon River, four miles north of the capital. The action was one of several heavy clashes near Saigon. The city itself on this cool pleasant Sunday was quiet except for some brief skirmishes… The United States officials posted the casualty count for the 12 days from January 29 through  11 February. Americans: 973 KIA and 4,874 wounded in action. South Vietnamese: 2,119 KIA and 7,718 wounded. enemy casualties are given as 30,795 killed in action, a figure many observers doubt… Within the last two weeks more than a half million South Vietnamese have been left homeless. The largest number, about 217,000 are from Saigon… Page 1: "HUE's MAYOR SAYS FOE EXECUTED 300–Asserts Civilians Were Put In One Grave Near City–Marines Enter Citadel"… "The Mayor of Hue said today that the Vietcong executed 300 South Vietnamese civilians on Friday and buried them in a common grave several miles from the city…. Government officials, civil servants and technicians were among those executed. Meanwhile, two fresh companies of United States Marines were transported up the Huang River by naval landing craft tonight and landed above the embattled city of Hue….It marked the first time that American forces had been sent into the politically sensitive downtown Citadel area, which was the ancient imperial capital of Vietnam. This brings to 1,000 the total Marine force in and around Hue."… "Possibly the heaviest action around Saigon took place in the GoVap district where two South Vietnamese airborne battalions, about 800 men, fought about 400 Vietcong in rice paddies lining an ammunition dump on the Bencat River. The dump is one of the chief supply centers for weapons and ammunition used by the thousands of South Vietnamese troops in Saigon."… "In Longan Province, south of Saigon, four Americans soldiers died and 11 were wounded when a large enemy force attacked Tanan, headquarters of the Third Brigade, Ninth Infantry Division….123  enemy troops were killed…"
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The "Denver Post" article about the positive impact of 20 million illegals leaving the country is not by that reporter, was not published in the Denver Post, is not accurate, and has been going around the internet since 2007.  The reporter whose name got on the email did write a column about immigration and a follow-up column after her name was used on the parody column (which is the one being circulated).  Here's one place you can see her side:
She actually sounds like an adult, which is rare in today's "news" media world.  Here is a quote from her worth understanding:  I tell you this knowing the argument isn't really about the numbers. It's not about the stats or the stories, which we can bend and twist and, if not bound by ethics, fictionalize, to lend credence to our own points of view. We are biased creatures, all too willing to accept that which reinforces our beliefs, and so a man from Arizona forwards the e-mail column with the words: "Somebody really did their homework on this one. Best on the subject to present date."
And, viral it went, because it played into wishful thinking, in a sense.
Item Number:1 Date: 02/12/2018 COLOMBIA - FARC SUSPENDS CAMPAIGN DUE TO SECURITY CONCERNS (FEB 12/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The political arm of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has suspended its campaign ahead of parliamentary elections in May, placing in jeopardy a key element of a peace deal with the former militants, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   FARC leader Pablo Catatumbo announced the decision Friday, citing security concerns of its members.   Several FARC members were taunted or were hit with projectiles while campaigning, disrupting their ability to compete fairly in elections, reported the Los Angeles Times.   Dozens of former FARC fighters have been killed since a peace deal was signed in 2016, the most recent on Feb. 8, reported the New York Times.   A 2016 peace deal ended a 52-year armed conflict between the FARC and the Colombian government. As part of the agreement, FARC members were to cast aside their weapons and join the political process.   The peace, however, remains controversial and many Colombians would like for FARC leaders to serve jail sentences
Item Number:2 Date: 02/12/2018 EGYPT - 28 KILLED IN FIRST 4 DAYS OF ANTI-TERROR OPERATION (FEB 12/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- The Egyptian military has killed at least 28 suspected militants in four days, reports Al Ahram (Cairo).   The Egyptian military has destroyed more than 70 targets used by militants -- including hideouts and vehicles -- and arrested at least 96 suspected militants, said an army spokesperson.   Twenty-seven improvised explosive devices have been found and defused, he said.   Operation Sinai 2018 was launched on Feb. 9. The operation includes contributions from every element of Egypt's security forces and targets terrorist and criminal elements in the Sinai Peninsula, parts of the Nile Delta and the Western Desert.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 02/12/2018 GERMANY - NEW NATO HQ PLANNED TO BOOST DEFENSES AGAINST RUSSIAN THREAT (FEB 12/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Germany is expected to host a new NATO headquarters as part of the alliance's efforts to deter potential aggression from Russia, reports Deutsche Welle.   The new planning and control center could be installed near Bonn in in the western North Rhine-Westphalia state.   The headquarters will help speed troop and equipment transport around Europe. It will not be integrated into the current NATO command structure, officials said.   The center will also be available for German missions, since it will not be integrated with NATO, analysts said.   German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen offered to host the center. The other NATO member states have agreed to the offer, although a final decision will be made at a summit of NATO defense ministers this week, reported Deutsche Presse-Agentur.   Another new headquarters is planned in the United States to secure air and sea routes between North America and Europe.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 02/12/2018 INDIA - 10 KILLED IN MILITANT ASSAULT ON KASHMIR ARMY BASE (FEB 12/NDTV)  NDTV -- An attack by militants on an Indian army base in Indian-administered Kashmir has killed at least five soldiers and a civilian, reports NDTV.   The attackers launched their assault Saturday on the Sunjuwan camp in Jammu, which houses the army's 36th Brigade, said Indian officials cited by the New York Times.   Four militants were killed in the attack. Anti-terror operations are ongoing in the area, said military officials.   At least 11 civilians were wounded when the militants stormed the residential area of the camp.   The attack bore the markings of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), said an official from the Home Ministry cited by the Hindu.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility.  
Item Number:5 Date: 02/12/2018 ISRAEL - DOWNED IRANIAN DRONE APPEARS TO BE COPY OF AMERICAN-MADE SENTINEL (FEB 12/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- An Iranian drone shot down by Israel appears to be an Iranian copy of an American model captured in 2011, reports the Washington Post.   The Iranian aircraft appears to be based on a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone, said an Israeli military spokesman. Initial analysis suggested it was a Saeqeh drone, one of several Iranian models derived from the Sentinel.   The drone, downed by an Israeli helicopter on Feb. 10, is believed to have been launched by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps units in Syria. The military waited for it to penetrate Israeli airspace in order to study it, reported Haaretz (Israel).   The reports appear to back up Iranian claims from 2016 that the country had successfully reverse-engineered a drone from a Sentinel air vehicle downed by Iran in 2011, reported Press TV (Iran) at the time.   Iran's drone fleet is now believed to include surveillance and attack drones despite years of sanctions, reported the Post.   The Israeli military did not indicate whether the drone was armed.   The incursion "was not an attack, but a test flight of the limits and rules," said Chagai Tzuriel, the director general of the Israeli Intelligence Ministry
  Item Number:6 Date: 02/12/2018 ISRAEL - F-16 SHOT DOWN BY SYRIAN AIR DEFENSES AFTER INVESTIGATION IRANIAN DRONE (FEB 12/HA)  HAARETZ -- An Israeli fighter jet was downed over the weekend after an Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace, reports Haaretz (Israel).   The F-16I Sufa crashed near Kibbutz Harduf in northern Israel on Feb. 10 after it was hit by Syrian air defenses, reported the Times of Israel. This is the first Israeli jet to be shot down in combat since the 1982 war in Lebanon, the newspaper said.   The fighter jet was scrambled after an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle entered Israeli airspace, said the Israeli military.   The drone was shot down inside Israel by an Israeli air force helicopter. Israeli jets responded with strikes against targets in Syria, including the base from which Iranian Quds forces allegedly launched the drone.   The F-16 was hit during one of these raids, when a Syrian air defense missile detonated near the aircraft.   The aircraft's two pilots ejected. One pilot was reported to be in critical condition. His condition was later upgraded to moderate, according to the Times of Israel.   Israel then launched 12 strikes into Syria. This wave of attacks targeted Syrian air defenses, the al-Dumayr military airport and a weapons depot, both near Damascus.   The operation took out half of Syria's air defenses, claimed Brig. Gen. Tomer Bar, the deputy chief of the Israeli air force, on Sunday, as cited by the Los Angeles Times.   The strikes killed six people from the Syrian government or allied forces, reported the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a watchdog group.   Israel was also said to be reinforcing air defenses on its northern border, reported the Israeli television channel Reshet 13, as cited by Turkey's Anadolu Agency
Item Number:9 Date: 02/12/2018 SYRIA - GOVERNMENT ALLOWING KURDS FREE MOVEMENT TO FIGHT TURKISH FORCES IN NORTH (FEB 12/REU)  REUTERS -- The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) have an understanding with the Syrian government, allowing it to receive reinforcements amid an ongoing Turkish operation against the group, reports Reuters.   The Assad regime is permitting Kurdish fighters and supplies to cross government territory to reach Afrin in northern Syria, a YPG spokesman told Reuters.   Kurdish leaders said they spoke to the Syrian government via Russia.   By not enforcing border checkpoints, the Syrian government has allowed hundreds of fighters to reach the front lines near Afrin, said Kurdish officials.   The move contradicts earlier indicators of tension between the U.S.-backed group and Damascus. The Syrian government previously threatened to retake areas controlled by the group, viewing them as little more than a U.S. puppet.   Turkish forces have been waging a campaign to oust the group from border areas, centered on the town of Afrin in Aleppo province.   Turkey considers the YPG to be an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist group by Ankara and Washington
  Item Number:11 Date: 02/12/2018 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - BAE SYSTEMS TO UPGRADE HEAD-UP DISPLAYS FOR F-16 FIGHTERS (FEB 12/BAE)  BAE SYSTEMS -- Lockheed Martin has awarded BAE Systems a contract to upgrade the head-up displays (HUD) in United Arab Emirates air force F-16 fighter jets, reports BAE Systems.   BAE says it will use its digital light engine (DLE) technology for the HUD upgrade that integrates seamlessly into the aircraft's existing HUD space, requiring no changes to the jet, cabling or computing.   The modernization will replace the obsolete cathode ray tube image source and replace it with a digital projector, the company said in a Feb. 8 release.   The fully digital system can reduce lifecycle costs by up to 20 percent and offers at least four times better reliability. The DLE HUD has high-resolution symbology that is viewable under any flight condition and is designed to accept future advances in symbology and video
Item Number:12 Date: 02/12/2018 UNITED KINGDOM - LONDON AIRPORT CLOSED AFTER WWII BOMB DISCOVERED (FEB 12/ES)  EVENING STANDARD -- London's City Airport has been temporarily closed after a World War II bomb was found in the nearby river Thames, reports the Evening Standard (U.K.).   The device was found on Sunday morning in the King George V dock. The navy and police cordoned off the area that evening.   The bomb was discovered during survey work for the airport's ongoing expansion program.   A local council confirmed the device was German, weighing roughly 1,100 pounds (500 kg).   Officials confirmed the explosive remained under water but the aim was to reopen the airport by Tuesday.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 02/12/2018 USA - ARMY BEGINS TRAINING WITH ARMED ROBOTS (FEB 12/D1)  DEFENSE ONE -- The U.S. Army recently conducted its first exercise with an armed unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), reports Defense One.   During the annual Northern Strike exercise at Camp Grayling, Mich., in July and August 2017, the service held a live-fire exercise with a remotely-operated ground vehicle armed with a .50-caliber machine gun.   More such exercises are planned in the coming years, Paul Rogers, the director of the Army's Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), said last week at the AUVSI conference outside of Washington, D.C.   During the Northern Strike drill, an unmanned, armed M113 armored personnel carrier supported engineer and infantry troops breaching a minefield, Rogers said. The driver and weapons operator for the unmanned vehicle followed in an M577 command vehicle.   The remotely piloted M113 provided suppressive fire for the engineers.   The exercise was an important step in understanding how soldiers and machine might work together in close quarters, where fields of fire are not always clear, said Rogers
Item Number:14 Date: 02/12/2018 USA - COAST GUARD SEEKS OFF-THE-SHELF DRONES FOR NATIONAL SECURITY CUTTERS (FEB 12/USCG)  U.S. COAST GUARD -- The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a request for proposal for a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) for its Bertholf-class national security cutters.   The program aims to acquire commercially available unmanned aircraft systems for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The air vehicle should be able to remain airborne for about 12 continuous hours per flight, according to the RFP that was released on Feb. 7.   The system will be tasked with surveillance, detection, classification and identification operations and provide real-time imagery, data, target illumination, communications relay and other capabilities as required, said a service release.   The Coast Guard has been experimenting with an interim sUAS capability aboard the cutters for the last three years.   Plans call for awarding a contract later this year, including the installation of the sUAS capability on two cutters and options to outfit the rest of the class in the future

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