Monday, January 5, 2015

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To All,
I hope you all had a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History - December 5
1843 - Launching of USS Michigan at Erie, Penn., America's first iron-hulled warship, as well as first prefabricated ship.
1941 - USS Lexington (CV-2) sails with Task Force 12 to ferry Marine aircraft to Midway, leaving no carriers at Pearl Harbor.
Snipped from another net -
* Bill Bennett's The American Patriot's Daily Almanac
Ellis Island
The first week of January 1892 saw the opening of a new U.S. immigration station on Ellis Island in New York Harbor. A 15-year-old lass from Ireland named Annie Moore entered the United States and history when she passed through its doors, becoming the first immigrant to be processed there. Over the next 62 years, 12 million more would follow, making Ellis Island the most famous entry point in America.
Ferryboats full of eager immigrants who had just crossed the Atlantic on sailing vessels or steamships docked at Ellis Island. There passengers disembarked to be screened by doctors and immigration officers. If they were in good health and their papers in order, they were allowed into the United States. Over the years, 98 percent of all those examined at Ellis Island were admitted into the country. More than 40 percent of all U.S. citizens can trace their ancestry through those immigrants.
Ellis Island closed as an immigration station in 1954. In 1990 it reopened as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Ferries that take visitors to the Statue of Liberty make stops at the museum.
Ellis Island was named for Samuel Ellis, a colonist who owned the island in the late eighteenth century. Today the name reminds us that America has been a beacon of hope for the world—as Abraham Lincoln called it, "the last best hope of earth"—and that the United States has taken in more people seeking new lives than any other nation in history.
This day in History
For those not on the regular distribution for just the Service bubbas and had asked about how RADM Gillcrist is doing here is today's status: SITREP #6
Thanks to Jim and more good news. For those that requested a snail mail address for cards and letters.
Jim provided the following:
Paul Gillcrist
c/o Jim and Kathy Gillcrist
5595 Coral Reef Ave.
La Jolla
Ca. 92037
From: jim gillcrist []
Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2015 11:31 PM
Subject: Uncle Paul Gillcrist
To Gillcrist Clan, Friends, and Shipmates ...
 Sunday / January 4th @ 11:13 PM: Good evening from San Diego --- today was a good day for Dad.  He is responding to verbal queries and is winking, squeezing hands, and wiggling toes.  This is AWESOME :) and an incredible gift. 
Dad's numbers (heart rate, BP, temperature, respiration, and etc ... ) are good.  He remains on a ventilator and received 3 hours of dialysis today. Restoring kidney function and in turn stabilizing his blood chemistry remains a priority so that his body can then begin to manage itself.  He even started making urine.
Of note, the Respiratory Therapist came in and throttled off on the ventilator a bit while Dad picked up the load for 20 minutes.  The therapist then resumed normal respiration assistance.  Each day, they will extend Dad a bit more to strengthen the lung and diaphram muscles. 
 Family Watch Team standing tall and full of renewed energy to keep the press on --- along with watchful eye.
 Dad's entire system needs lots of rest and time to regain its strength.  We expect that he will remain in the hospital so he can gradually be coaxed off the ventilator and then the dialysis --- only time will tell. 
Strength and honor with much love from Aunt Nancy, Mary, Tom, Peter, and Jim
GMX Spamverdacht ***  AN 225 (Russian Cargo) aircraft
There have been a few photographs of the AN 225
(Russian Cargo) aircraft which have gone around countless
times before.
These are a new and quality set.
Just in case you haven't seen this one or might enjoy it again.
See video. Later became United Airline "captain of the Year".


See video for context of these comments.

Willie  told about this  experience.  Critical is that the squadron XO had
given the wives a  lecture.  In it he told them it might be wise to send
your husband  a small hand gun to keep inside his flight suit.  It surely saved
Willie's life.  Small note: Willie said there were three bad guys  on the
junk.  When the AD came in for a gunnery run they ran to the  back of the
boat.  Willie turned his back to them and pulled out  the small 22.  When the
first guy came back, he shot him in the  face three times.  The other two
guys jumped in the water.   Then the helo rescued him. Was it was difficult to
shoot him?  He  said no.

A back-up weapon with skill to use it is not a bad thing!

Thanks to Hal
WA Gun Owners Stage The Largest Felony Civil Disobedience Rally In America's History
At the end of the rally, gun owners burned their concealed weapons permits and  signed a petition vowing to refuse to follow the new gun control law.  The petition ended with the text, "We pledge our blood. We will not comply."
This certainly isn't the first large scale act of civil disobedience by gun owners in defiance of gun laws. Earlier this year in Connecticut hundreds of thousands of gun owners refused to send in their gun registration forms, also becoming felons. Similar numbers of gun owners in New Yorke have also refused to send in their registration paperwork and some even video taped themselves burning the forms.
Fed up with the passage of an 18½-page incoherent, rambling, unconstitutional gun control initiative that was bankrolled by billionaires, gun owners across Washington state held the largest felony civil disobedience rally in the nation's history, brazenly titled "I Will Not Comply." No one was hurt and no stores were looted. Between 1,000 and 3,000 lawful gun owners showed up openly armed at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Saturday to defy the newly passed gun control law, I-594.
Organizer Gavin Seim made the extraordinary nature of the rally very clear, "This isn't just a protest. We are here to openly violate the law." Attendees publicly transferred their guns to each other in violation of I-591's background check provisions, and some even bought and sold guns just a few feet away from law enforcement. A fire pit blazed throughout the rally, and at the conclusion, gun owners lined up to burn their concealed weapons permits. A petitionwas circulated affirming gun owners' refusal to follow I-594, which ended with, "We pledge our blood. We will not comply."
As the RSVPs in advance of the rally grew to over 6,000, the police – most who probably detest I-594 – decided not to enforce the law. The Washington State Patrol announced there would be no arrests for exchanging guns – not even for selling guns. Seim refused to obtain a permit to hold the rally, citing the right of people to peaceably assemble.
The rally could not be dismissed as fringe elements. Several lawmakers and lawmen spoke, including former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack of Arizona, Washington State Rep. Elizabeth Scott (R-Monroe) and Rep. Graham Hunt (R-Orting), who sported an AR-15 during his speech. Mack advised gun owners engaging in civil disobedience to "put your sheriff next to you to keep it peaceful." Scott defiantly explained in her speech, "I will not comply with I-594 because it is unconstitutional, unenforceable and unjust. It is impossible to enforce this law unless there is a police officer on every back porch and in every living room. So it will be enforced selectively." She noted that Founding Father Alexander Hamilton said any law that violates the Constitution is not valid, and there is a moral obligation to disobey unjust laws.
Seim, a political activist and congressional candidate, wrote on his website, "Today I become an OUTLAW! Arrest me! I will NOT comply." He led the rally peacefully, and at one point asked everyone attending to kneel with him in prayer. As he led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, he stressed, "I am not pledging obedience to the government, it is to the Republic. We don't ask for our rights, and we don't negotiate for our rights. We will take America back."
Another speaker explained what was happening this way, "We no longer consent nor comply." Mike Vanderboegh, whose Three Percenter movement is modeled after the three percent of the colonists who fought in the American War of Independence, said that those at the rally are the resistance behind enemy lines. The resistance is also taking place in a handful of other states with strict gun control laws, where patriots are now smuggling in weapons illegally. Vanderboegh told attendees, "This is the tyranny the Founding Fathers warned us about. Tyranny can be voted into existence by a majority. We will not fire the first shot, but if need be, we will fire the last."
Gun control zealots have finally gone too far. Gun owners are now discovering that the police in New York are using gun control laws to confiscate guns from family members within days after their owners pass away. Hundreds of thousands of gun owners in Connecticut and New York who failed to register their AR-15s earlier this year are now felons. Requiring the registration of guns or requiring background checks, as I-594 does, allows the government to compile a list of gun owners, which can be used later for confiscation.
If guns cause crime, then why wasn't there a single mishap, considering there were 1,000 or so guns present and hundreds of violations of felony law taking place? Tellingly, Washington State Trooper Guy Gill beforehand, ""Most of these folks are responsible gun owners. We probably will not have an issue." The truth is, the state capitol was probably the safest place in the state last Saturday.
Patriots have had enough. The Second Amendment is gradually being eroded, state by state, and gun owners are not going to lie down and give up their arms. A handful of billionaires and elitists in blue cities like Seattle do not respect the Constitution nor represent the vast majority of Americans. Another rally in Olympia is planned for January 15, and another one in Spokane on December 20. The Second Amendment Foundation, headquartered in Bellevue, intends to sue the state over I-594, and will be lobbying the legislature to get the law changed or repealed. Washington state is now ground zero for patriotic gun owners resisting tyranny, which is at a tipping point since law enforcement does not intend to enforce I-594. What happens next?
The difference between a leader and an organizer
Thanks to Lurch -
Huntsville Times 12/07/2014, Page A13
From the Huntsville, AL news.

Leader vs. lackey: UAB's Ray Watts could learn a lot from BSC's Charles Krulak.

f you hang out late at the BirminghamSouthern College library Thursday nights, 
you would be forgiven if you might for a second think you saw an elf. 

It has become a tradition now that a diminutive man with a ruddy face and 
a green pointed cap pushes a cart stacked with cookies, offering them 
to the students cramming for final exams. Santa's helper? 
He used to be the commandant of the Marine Corps and a member 
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The cookie thing he started doing years ago,
 when visiting Marine duty posts before Christmas. Next May, 
Charles Krulak, or 'The General' as students call him, will retire as 
president of BSC, a college that, when he came to it four years ago, 
was on the brink of collapse. The college had suffered the double-whammy 
of incompetent leadership under the previous president, David Pollick, 
and the Great Recession reducing its endowment by nearly half. 

(I should disclose here that I'm an alumnus of BSC, and I have to confess 
that when the college announced it had hired a retired Marine Corps 
general to take Pollick's place, I might have rolled my eyes and figured 
that was that.) Since then, faculty, students, staff and alumni have come 
to love 'The General,' who has overseen perhaps the most miraculous 
turnaround in the college's history. He restructured the school's debt to 
cut its payments in half and raised $12.7 million in his first year there. 
Wall Street rating agencies raised the schools credit to stable. Hiring 
freezes were lifted, and the initial, brutal fiscal triage turned into recovery. 

It's reasonable to say Krulak saved BSC. The key here, though, is how. 
It's probably unfair to contrast Krulak's tenure at BSC to the last few days
 of Ray Watts' leadership at UAB, but I'm going to do it anyway. The timing
 of Krulak announcing his retirement and Watts' most turbulent day on the
 job makes it impossible not to measure one. against the other. 

When UAB students rallied in front of the administration building last Monday,. 
Watts was invisible, despite their. demands to meet with him. 
When Krulak moved to BSC, he and his wife lived in the student apartments 
instead of the president's mansion. 

Since Watts took the president's job at UAB, he''s been largely invisible in 

Last year, during the city's 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches here, 
Krulak led a march from the college to Kelly Ingram Park in memory of 
Marti Turnipseed, a student expelled for taking part in the movement in 1963. 

When Watts told UAB football players their program had been cancelled, 
one player told him bluntly that none of them had ever seen him before. 

When BSC's women's swim team won its conference championship earlier 
this year, Krulak — still wearing his jacket and tie — dove into the pool with them. 

Since taking over at UAB, Watts has made a salary of $853,464, 
the 11thhighest of university presidents in the country. 
In four years at BSC, Krulak has refused to take a salary. 

Leaving the football team's building on Tuesday, Watts had to be protected by 
police from students who were cussing him and punching his car as he pulled 
away. At Munger Auditorium on Tuesday, many students cried when Krulak 
told them he was retiring, and the guy Tom Clancy once called the 
'Warrior Prince of the Corps' got so choked up that he had to slip away 
from the stage before he could finish his remarks. 
Watts has kept his students at arm's length. Krulak keeps his students' 
numbers in his phone and calls 10 of them every week to see how things are going. 

Krulak didn't have to lead BSC through the same mess Watts now faces at UAB. 
He had to lead his college through worse. 

This is not a competition, but rather a lesson about how leadership really works — 
that all that Machiavellian business about it being safer to be feared than 
to be loved is a bunch of hogwash. 

It's a lesson about how humility and compassion engender respect and loyalty, 
and how contempt and distance bring only disdain. 

It's about how one guy tried to lead a school from the 10th floor of its 
administration building, while another led from the ground. 

It's about how one man now looks like a stooge of his absentee masters 
in Tuscaloosa, while the other stands like a giant. 

Even if you might mistake him on Thursday nights for an elf. 
These are great.  Sure makes ya think.

Life stories that teach you many things in life. Excellent reading; These are based on true incidents, both wonderful and inspirational.
1.  Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I'm working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, "Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."
2. Today, I asked my mentor - a very successful business man in his 70's- what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said, "Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing."
3.  Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug.   When I tensed up, she realized I didn't recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere
smile and said, "On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center ."
4.  Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying.    And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.
5.  Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work.   At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.   A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.
6.  Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother's hospital bed,  my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, "I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often."
7. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed.   About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.
8. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling.  I chuckled and asked, "Why?" She replied, "So you can help me save the planet."   I chuckled again and asked, "And why do you want to save the planet?"  Because that's where I keep all my stuff," she said.
9. Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter's antics,  I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.
10. Today, a boy in a wheelchair  saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the  way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said,
"I hope you feel better soon."
11.  Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back malignant.  When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, "Thinking of you today.  If you need me, I'm a phone call away."  It was from a high school friend I hadn't seen in 10 years.
12. Today, I was traveling in  Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe .
He said he hadn't eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy.   Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, "We can share it."
The best sermons are lived, not preached
Item Number:1 Date: 01/05/2015 CAMEROON - GOVERNMENT WANTS NEW RECRUITS TO TAKE ON BOKO HARAM (JAN 05/VANGUARD)  VANGUARD -- The Cameroonian government says it needs around 20,000 additional recruits for its military and security forces to be able to combat the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, reports the Vanguard (Lagos, Nigeria).   The Islamist group is said to be attracting young Cameroonians.   Cameroon has been attacked numerous times by the militants, while ranchers in the north have lost thousands of cattle in raids, according to lawmakers.   Such attacks have forced thousands of civilians in the region to flee. Trade between Cameroon and Nigeria has also suffered, said legislators
Item Number:2 Date: 01/05/2015 CANADA - MILITARY SHOOTS FOR BETTER VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINING (JAN 05/TORSTAR)  TORONTO STAR -- The Canadian military has decided to purchase a motion-capture suit to significantly enhance its virtual reality training programs, reports the Toronto Star.   The suit, which has 19 separate sensors, is expected to make virtual training more realistic in the Corner Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (Corner CAVE) system.   Motion-capturing or -tracking is a method of digitally recording human movements.   The Corner CAVE system is designed to create virtual three-dimensional productions of a variety of things, including mechanical sub-components of an engine, a complex weapon system or a piece of terrain.   The Corner CAVE system projects the virtual environment onto two or three walls to provide an immersive training environment.   The motion-capture suit will increase the variety of training.   The military's current system at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick can only capture movements in an eight-foot by eight-foot area. The camera-based system is also said to do a poor job of tracking map interactions with equipment
Item Number:3 Date: 01/05/2015 CHINA - ARMY ENLISTS 1ST DOMESTIC HOMING PIGEONS (JAN 05/CHNS)  CHINA NEWS SERVICE -- A military team in Chengdu, in China's central Sichuan province, has recruited domestic homing pigeons for the first time, reports the China News Service.   The new assets must be able to fly very fast and find locations precisely, said the team leader.   The pigeons must also pass stamina, courage and obedience tests before joining the service.   Such units are maintained because the birds resist human interference and can accurately deliver messages.   Others noted that they already know how to tweet
Item Number:4 Date: 01/05/2015 DEM REP OF CONGO - U.S. ENVOY CALLS ON U.N. PEACEKEEPERS, CONGOLESE TO BEGIN OFFENSIVE AGAINST RWANDAN REBELS (JAN 05/NEWT)  NEW TIMES -- The U.S. government is backing renewed military action against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) militant group in the Democratic Republic of Congo after what is viewed as an insufficient effort to disarm, reports the New Times (Kigali, Rwanda).   Last week, around 150 FLDR militants reportedly surrendered with 67 weapons in the Congo's North Kivu province.   That is not considered to have met the terms of a July ultimatum given by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).   The organizations gave the militants a Jan. 2 deadline to give up their weapons or face military action.   Of the estimated 1,400 fighters, only around 300 have surrendered, reported Bloomberg News, citing Daniel Ntumba Luaba Lumu, executive secretary of the ICGLR.   "Any delay in military operations by the DRC military and MONUSCO after Jan. 2 will play into the FDLR's hands and only serve to enable the group to continue to commit human-rights abuses and prey upon the civilian population in the eastern DRC," Russell Feingold, U.S. special envoy to Congo, told reporters last week.   MONUSCO is the 20,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in the DRC.   The FDLR is accused of human-rights abuses and attacks on civilians in the eastern Congo
Item Number:5 Date: 01/05/2015 EGYPT - MILITANTS TARGET POLICE IN SINAI (JAN 05/REU)  REUTERS -- Egyptian security forces in the Sinai have been hit in a spate of bombings.   On Monday, a bomb attack in Sinai wounded four policemen, reports Reuters.   The explosives went off at the entrance of an apartment building in the provincial capital of al-Arish, where most residents are police personnel, said security sources.   Another bomb exploded Monday in the car of police officer who was not in the vehicle at the time, according to security sources.   On Sunday, a police officer was killed and two others injured while defusing an explosive device in North Sinai, said a military spokesman cited by the Cairo Post.   Islamist militants in the Sinai have been attacking soldiers and policemen since the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 01/05/2015 GREECE - FUGITIVE MILITANT, SAID TO BE PLOTTING PRISON RAID, IS AGAIN IN CUSTODY (JAN 05/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Greek police say they have recaptured a Marxist extremist who spent a year on the run, reports BBC News.   Christoddoulos Xiros, 56, a member of the November 17 guerrilla group, was arrested on Saturday in Anavyssos in southern Greece, said police cited by Euronews.   The authorities released a picture of Xiros, showing how he had tried to change his appearance with a beard and long blonde hair.   Police said they recovered a cache of arms and ammunition in his house, including a grenade launcher, eight Kalashnikov rifles, three handguns, a silencer and explosives.   Xiros had plotted to hit the Korydallors prison to free prisoners in the next few days, said police on Sunday.   "Greek police prevented a major attack against the heart of the Greek prison system," said Public Safety Minister Vassilis Kikilias.   Xiros was serving multiple life sentences for his actions with November 17 when he was granted leave 12 months ago. He didn't return to prison
Item Number:7 Date: 01/05/2015 INDIA - LOCALS FLEE FRESH CLASHES IN KASHMIR (JAN 05/IANS)  INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE -- An Indian paramilitary has been killed in shelling between Indian and Pakistani forces on the undisputed part of the Kashmir border called the Line of Control, reports the Indo-Asian News Service.   The trooper from the border security force was killed on Monday by mortar shelling in the Samba district, said a police official.   Shelling also occurred at three places in the Ramgarh sector of the district.   On Saturday, both sides were involved in shelling, with one woman reportedly killed and 10 injured on the Indian side and a teenage girls killed on the Pakistani side, reported AFP.   Residents of the border areas are leaving for safer areas following the latest round of cease-fire violations. More than 3,500 people have left border villages in Samba and Kathu, said a local Indian government official cited by the Press Trust of India.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 01/05/2015 INDONESIA - PRESIDENT OVERSEES INSTALLATION OF NEW AIR FORCE CHIEF (JAN 05/ANTARANA)  ANTARA NEWS AGENCY -- The Indonesian air force's new commander is on the job, reports Antara News, Indonesia's national news agency.   Marshal Agus Supriyatna was inaugurated as the service chief in a Friday ceremony in Jakarta.   President Joko Widodo presided over the event.   Agus Supriyatna most recently served as the head of general affairs for the Indonesian military
Item Number:9 Date: 01/05/2015 ISRAEL - SHIN BET REVEALS ARRESTS OF TERRORIST CELL MEMBERS IN W. BANK (JAN 05/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- Three Islamic State-inspired militants have been in custody since November, according to Israeli security personnel cited by NBC News.   The militants in custody from the West Bank are the first known Palestinian cell linked to the Islamic State terrorist group, or ISIS, said the Shin Bet internal security service on Sunday.   "During questioning, the perpetrators confessed their plan to form an ISIS terror cell, as well as manufacturing several explosive devices, one of which they used against" Israeli troops, according to an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) statement.   No injuries took place during that failed attack, reported Arutz Sheva (Israel).   The three allegedly also plotted "to murder an IDF soldier in order to use his weapon and uniform for terror purposes," said the military.   The suspects are all in their early 20s and from Hebron, said Shin Bet
  Item Number:10 Date: 01/05/2015 LIBYA - AIR FORCE BOMBS GREEK TANKER, SAYING VESSEL WAS BRINGING ISLAMISTS TO DERNA (JAN 05/REU)  REUTERS -- A Greek-operated oil tanker has been bombed by a military aircraft as the tanker was anchored in the Libyan port of Derna, reports Reuters.   Two of the crew were killed, according to the Greek coast guard.   Two others were injured in the Sunday bombing, said officials of Athens-based Aegean Shipping Enterprises Co., which operates the vessel. The company said there was no oil leakage.   The Liberian-flagged Araevo had 26 crewmembers on board and was carrying 12,600 tons of crude oil, said the coast guard on Monday.   The vessel was delivering oil to power generators that provide power to the cities of Derna, Khoms, Benghazi and Misrata, according to an industry source.   The attack was carried out by the Libyan air force, acknowledged a Libyan military spokesman quoted by AFP.   The ship was targeted by the forces of the internationally recognized government because it was "suspicious" and failed to submit to an inspection before entering the port, said the spokesman. The spokesman claimed the ship was bringing Islamist fighters to Derna
  Item Number:11 Date: 01/05/2015 LIBYA - ISIS EXECUTES TROOPS, SAY OFFICIALS IN TOBRUK (JAN 05/SMH)  SYDNEY MORNING HERALD -- The elected Libyan government in Tobruk says supporters of the Islamic State have killed 14 soldiers in the country's south, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.   The Islamist State, also known as ISIS, executed the soldiers north of the city of Sabha, said the government on Saturday.   A website called the Islamic State in Libya claimed responsibility for killing 12 soldiers in the same location. A photo was posted that seemed to show the execution of one soldier, reported Reuters.   The killing was denounced by the rival legislature in Tripoli, according to local media.   ISIS has been trying to open a branch in the eastern city of Derna. The U.S. military is monitoring an effort to train ISIS recruits in the east, the commander of U.S. forces in Africa said in December
Item Number:12 Date: 01/05/2015 LIBYA - NIGER LEADER URGES LIBYAN INTERVENTION; FRENCH PRESIDENT SAY PARIS WON'T ACT UNILATERALLY (JAN 05/AL ARABIYA)  AL ARABIYA -- President Francois Hollande has ruled out unilateral French intervention in Libya, saying there would have to be a clear United Nations mandate for such action, reports Al Arabiya (Dubai).   "We are acting to contain terrorism in the south, but France will not intervene in Libya," Hollande said on French radio on Monday.   "It's for the international community to live up to its responsibilities and it must make it possible to have a political dialogue... so that order is re-established," said Hollande, as cited by UPI.   Hollande said there would have to be a "clear mandate," "clear organization," as well as the right "political conditions" before France would take part in a United Nations-mandated operation.   On Friday, the president of Niger, which borders Libya, called for international intervention.   The president spoke shortly after meeting with France's Defense Minister Jean Yves Le Drian, who was visiting French troops in Chad and Niger.   "I do not see how the armed terrorist militias can create the conditions for reconciliation among Libyans," said President Mahamadou Issoufou. "An international intervention is essential to the reconciliation of all Libyans," Issoufou said, as quoted by Agence France-Presse.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 01/05/2015 LITHUANIA - TROOPS STANDING BY IF NEEDED FOR NATO, E.U. RAPID-RESPONSE FORCES (JAN 05/LIMOD)  LITHUANIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- Hundreds of Lithuanian military personnel have begun their tour as part of NATO and European Union rapid-response forces, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.   About 300 troops will serve for one year with the NATO Response Force (NRF) and special operations components. Infantrymen, special operations forces and individuals from the logistics command and other military units will participate, said the ministry.   In the multinational NRF 2015 rotation, the Lithuanians are responsible for the protection of the force's headquarters, according to a release on Thursday.   Another 40 Lithuanians will spend the next six months on standby with the E.U. Nordic Battlegroup. Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Norway and Sweden are also taking part.   Lithuania is contributing a guard platoon and individual personnel to the battlegroup's headquarters and support units.   Personnel assigned to the two forces will remain in their permanent deployment bases during the standby period, while maintaining a high level of readiness, said the ministry. They need to be prepared to deploy within five to 10 days
Item Number:14 Date: 01/05/2015 NIGERIA - ACCUSED OF DISOBEDIENCE, 203 SOLDIERS DISMISSED AFTER NIGHT COURT-MARTIAL (JAN 05/PREM)  PREMIUM TIMES -- The Nigerian army has dismissed more than 200 soldiers following a secret court-martial, reports the Premium Times (Abuja).   One unnamed soldier said that 203 troops were fired for allegedly disobeying a direct order from the commanding officer.   The soldier said the action came after the troops sought support equipment. The army reportedly planned to transport the troops in a dump truck for an operation in Bama and Gwoza, which are held by Boko Haram insurgents.   The troops were issued only 30 rounds of ammunition, instead of the standard 60 rounds, for the mission, said the soldier.   They asked for support equipment since the fighting was expected to be fierce.   The army then detained the soldiers for 90 days. They were dismissed after a midnight trial, the soldier said.   The troops are reportedly owed up to five months in unpaid salaries
Item Number:15 Date: 01/05/2015 NIGERIA - MULTINATIONAL FORCE FLEES AS BOKO HARAM SEIZES BASE (JAN 05/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- Boko Haram fighters have taken over a Nigerian military base in the northeastern town of Baga, reports Bloomberg News, citing eyewitnesses and officials.   The group raised its flag Saturday at the headquarters of the multinational joint task force (MNJTF) base following an early morning raid, said a resident.   The militants killed several people and set the town on fire, said local residents, who said they decided to flee when they saw MNJTF troops running away, reported the International Business Times.   Baga had been the last town in the northern Borno area under government control, reported the BBC. The MNJTF base included troops from Chad, Niger and Nigeria
Item Number:16 Date: 01/05/2015 NORTH KOREA - DENYING HACKING CHARGES, PYONGYANG BLASTS ADDITIONAL U.S. SANCTIONS (JAN 05/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- North Korean officials have responded angrily to new U.S. sanctions imposed following a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, reports the New York Times.   On Sunday, a government spokesman denied that North Korea was behind the attack, in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.   The additional sanctions will only push the nation toward a "military first" policy, said the spokesman.   "The policy persistently pursued by the U.S. to stifle [North Korea], groundlessly stirring up bad blood toward it, would only harden its will and resolution to defend the sovereignty of the country," the spokesman said, as cited by the New York Daily News.   On Friday, the White House announced sanctions against 10 government officials and three organizations, including the state-run arms agency and intelligence agency, reported the Guardian (U.K
  Item Number:17 Date: 01/05/2015 SAUDI ARABIA - SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK ON IRAQ BORDER KILLS SAUDI GENERAL (JAN 05/DAILYTEL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH -- A Saudi general in charge of border security has been killed in a suicide attack on the border with Iraq's Anbar province, reports the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).   Various reports indicated that one or more border guard were also killed.   Early on Monday, two armed men opened fired on the Suweif border post, 25 miles from the town of Arar, according to Saudi Interior Ministry officials. One assailant was shot dead; the other detonated an explosive vest he was wearing, reported the BBC.   Gen. Oudah al-Belawi, the commander of border operations in the northern zone, was killed, said the ministry.   This was the first direct assault on the border though the area has been shelled before, reported the BBC.   The use of a suicide bomber suggested the Islamic State was behind the attack, an Iraqi security analyst told Reuters.   Saudi Arabia is part of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS. The group has previously called for "lone-wolf" attacks against Saudi security forces.  
Item Number:18 Date: 01/05/2015 SOUTH SUDAN - MACHAR APPOINTS NEW REBEL MILITARY LEADERS (JAN 05/SUDTRIB)  SUDAN TRIBUNE -- The head of the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) in South Sudan has reorganized his commanders, reports the Sudan Tribune.   Riek Machar, the former vice president of the new nation who now heads the rebel movement, appointed Maj. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual as the chief of general staff for the rebel forces, according to an order issued on Dec. 21, 2014, seen by the newspaper.   Gatwech previously served as deputy director in charge of production at the army headquarters. He fell out with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir in 2012 and was arrested and detained for a year. He was released in 2013 without charges.   He most recently was the rebel force's military governor for Jonglei state, a rebel stronghold.   In other moves, Maj. Gen. Peter Gatdet Yaka was named as the deputy chief of general staff for military operations; Maj. Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth Hothnyang, deputy chief of general staff for logistics; and Maj. Gen. Gabriel Gatwech Chan, as inspector-general for the Sudanese People's Liberation Army (SPLA).   Military officials were also appointed as rebel governors for some of the 21 newly created federal states in South Sudan.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 01/05/2015 SYRIA - LOCAL AL-QAIDA MILITANTS TAKE ON HEZBOLLAH, SYRIAN TROOPS NEAR LEBANESE BORDER (JAN 05/WB)  WORLD BULLETIN -- Fatal clashes have been reported in fighting by members of the Lebanese Hezbollah group and the Syrian army with the Al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, according to the World Bulletin (Turkey).   On Saturday, Nusra Front attacked the Syrian town of Flita, near the border with Lebanon in the Qalamoun mountain range, said Syrian and Lebanese security sources.   The Nusra Front is Al-Qaida's wing in Syria.   The Nusra Front attacked Hezbollah and Syrian troops with mortar fire, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as cited by Reuters.   The Syrian army reportedly responded with shelling of its own.   Three Hezbollah fighters, five Syrian soldiers and more than 15 members of Nusra Front were killed, according to security sources.   Militants in the mountains were attempting to take over nearby Lebanese villages to support their fighting positions, the head of Lebanon's security service told the wire service
Item Number:20 Date: 01/05/2015 USA - AMERICAN FIGHTER SQUADRONS COMPETE IN TRAINING WITH EACH OTHER (JAN 05/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- Units from the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa have been training with their different types of fighters at a joint exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, reports the Air Force News Service.   The five-day Iron Hand 15-2 drills held late last month was a U.S.-only air combat exercise designed to enhance interoperability among the types, said Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, the commander of the 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force.   Fighters from RAF Lakenheath in the U.K. and Aviano Air Base in Italy joined the drills.   The training focused on suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) tactics.  
  Item Number:21 Date: 01/05/2015 USA - HIGH-SPEED VESSEL TO HANDLE MARITIME SECURITY ISSUES OFF W. AFRICA (JAN 05/DPNN)  DAILY PRESS (NEWPORT NEWS) -- The U.S. Navy has deployed its first joint high-speed vessel (JHSV) to the west coast of Africa, reports the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.).   The Spearhead departed Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Va., last Sunday.   This is the ship's second deployment. She returned to Norfolk in May after a five-month mission to Europe and Africa.   The deployment in the U.S. Sixth Fleet's area of responsibility is aimed at building partnerships and for maritime security off West Africa and in the Gulf of Guinea, reported WTKR (Hampton Roads, Va.).   The Spearhead is designed for troop and cargo transport missions, with a 20,000-square-foot (1,860-square-meter) mission bay and the ability to carry up to 312 passengers. It has a top speed of 40 knots
Item Number:22 Date: 01/05/2015 USA - LOCKHEED MARTIN TO BUILD 10 C-130J VARIANTS FOR DOMESTIC, FOREIGN CUSTOMERS (JAN 05/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin, Marietta, Ga., a contract modification for various C-130J Super Hercules cargo aircraft, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $662 million deal for 10 aircraft covers two MC-130J, two HC-130J, three KC-130J, one C-130J and two U.S. Coast Guard HC-130J aircraft and 20 quick engine change assemblies, according to a Pentagon release last week.   Funding is being provided from the fiscal 2013 Air Force and Navy accounts; fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2014 Coast Guard procurement funds; and purchases for from India, Norway and Saudi Arabia under the Foreign Military Sales program.   Work is scheduled to be completed by Jan. 31, 2018
Item Number:23 Date: 01/05/2015 YEMEN - BLAST TARGETS HOUTHI BASE IN CAPITAL (JAN 05/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- There has been a large explosion at a building used as a regional headquarters by Shi'ite Houthi rebels in Yemen's capital of Sanaa, reports Al Jazeera.   The early Monday blast injured one person, said Sanaa's police chief.   The explosion left a hole in the wall of the building, said witnesses cited by Reuters.   Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been attacking Houthis in recent weeks.   An explosion on Sunday in Sanaa killed at least four people and wounded 25 others. AQAP claimed responsibility for that attack, noted Al Arabiya (Dubai
Item Number:24 Date: 01/05/2015 ZAMBIA - MORE FUNDING NEEDED FOR OPERATIONS, TRAINING, SAYS GENERAL (JAN 05/TOZ)  TIMES OF ZAMBIA -- The Zambian army is seeking a larger budget for operations and training, reports the Times of Zambia.   More funding is also needed for administration, said Gen. Paul Mihova, the army chief, during an annual social event last week in Lusaka.   To maintain its professionalism, the army has been forced to send its personnel to training courses domestically and abroad. A lack of funding has made this too expensive as well, said Mihova.


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