Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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A bit of history and some tidbits. I had to catchup on the naval history today as I somehow got into October the last couple days. My brain must be going south.
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This Day in Naval History September 20
1911 - Navigational instruments first requested for naval aircraft.
1951 - In Operation Summit, the first combat helicopter landing in history, U.S. Marines were landed in Korea.
1981 - USS Mount Hood and Navy helicopters rescue 18 crew members of Philippine Navy frigate, Datu Kalantiaw
On this day in history (September 20, 2006):
1921:  KDKA (1020 AM) in Pittsburgh, PA, started a daily radio newscast. It was one of the first in the U.S.
1995: The U.S. House of Representatives voted to drop the national speed limit. This allowed the states to decide their own speed limits.
And today is:
National Rum Punch Day
 
This Day in Naval History September 21
1858 - Sloop Niagara departs Charleston, SC, for Liberia with African slaves rescued from slave ship.
1923 - Asiatic Fleet completes mission of aiding earthquake victims in Japan.
1939 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks Congress to repeal the arms embargo provision of the Neutrality Act.
1944 - Aircraft from 12 carriers commence 2-day attack against Japanese ships and airfields on Luzon, Philippine Islands.
1984 - Mid East Force begins escort of U.S. flagged vessels in Persian Gulf.
 
This day in Naval History September 22
1776 - John Paul Jones in Providence sails into Canso Bay, Nova Scotia, and attacks British fishing fleet.
1943 - U.S. destroyers and landing craft land Australian troops at Finschhafen, New Guinea.
1989 - After Hurricane Hugo, Sailors and Marines provide assistance to Charleston, SC, through 10 October.
 
This Day in Naval History September 23
1779 - Captain John Paul Jones in Continental Navy frigate Bonhomme Richard captures HMS Serapis.
1931 - LT Alfred Pride pilots Navy's first rotary wing aircraft, XOP-1 autogiro, in landings and takeoffs on board USS Langley while underway.
1944 - Naval Task Group lands Army troops on Ulithi Atoll, Caroline Islands
1944 - USS West Virginia (BB-48) reaches Pearl Harbor and rejoins the Pacific Fleet, marking the end of the salvage and reconstruction of 18 ships damaged at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.
1947 - James Forrestal, former SECNAV, takes office as first Secretary of Defense
1990 - Two Hospital ships (USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort) steam together for first time in Arabian Gulf
 
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Thanks to Walt
 
FYI, Heart warming story.
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This is such a very sad and touching story of 19 Marines who were left
behind in 1942. Stay until the end ,it is really something.
 
Very Moving! A must Watch. A true story about 19 marines killed on
an island (defending against the Japanese). They had to retreat, so
asked the islanders to please bury them for us.
Years later, they checked and found a man who had been a teenager
then and remembered where they were buried. They sent a C130 and an
honor guard over there and found all 19 had been buried with their
helmets on, their rifles in their hands, in perfect condition.. The
islanders had really done a wonderful job. As they were loading the
bodies, a voice from out of nowhere started singing "The Marine
Hymn"..........gave everyone goose bumps. Turns out, the voice was
from a man who spoke no English but remembered a song the Marines
taught him when they landed.
Very touching. They got all 19 ........and their PHOTOS are at the
end....... This of course was WW2!
 
IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS - BE SURE YOU'RE SITTING DOWN. THIS IS ONE
OF THOSE GESTURES FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO WORDS..........Click on
link below!
 
 
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Yogisms: Some of the more widely quoted philosophy of Yogi Berra
Associated Press
POSTED:   09/23/2015 12:22:30 AM PDT1 COMMENT|
NEW YORK -- Some of the more widely quoted philosophy of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher who died Tuesday at age 90: 
 
On his approach to at-bats: "You can't think and hit at the same time." 
 
 
On selecting a restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded." 
 
 
On economics: "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore." 
 
 
On the 1973 Mets: "We were overwhelming underdogs." 
 
 
On how events sometimes seem to repeat themselves "It's deja vu all over again!" 
 
 
On baseball attendance: "If people don't come to the ballpark, how are you gonna stop them?" 
 
 
On a slipping batting average: "Slump? I ain't in no slump. ... I just ain't hitting." 
 
**FILE** This is a March 17, 2008 file photo of New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra before a Yankees spring training baseball game at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla., Berra is among 15 famous New Jerseyans selected as the first inductees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. (AP | Kathy Willens)
On travel directions: "When you come to a fork in the road take it." 
On pregame rest: "I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4." 
On battling the shadows in left field at Yankee Stadium: "It gets late early out there." 
On fan mail: "Never answer an anonymous letter." 
On being told he looked cool: "You don't look so hot yourself." 
On being asked what time it was: "You mean now?" 
On being given a day in his honor: "Thank you for making this day necessary." 
On a spring training drill: "Pair off in threes." 
On his approach to playing baseball: "Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical." 
On death: "Always go to other people's funerals. Otherwise they won't go to yours."
On learning: "You can observe a lot by watching." 
On his team's diminishing pennant chances: "It ain't over 'till it's over." 
On the fractured syntax attributed to him: "I really didn't say everything I said."

Yogisms
"It ain't over 'til it's over"
"It's deja vu all over again"
"When you come to a fork in the road … take it"
"I usually take a two hour nap from one to four"
"Never answer an anonymous letter"
"I didn't really say everything I said"
"I want to thank you for making this day necessary"
"We made too many wrong mistakes"
"You can observe a lot by watching"
"The future ain't what it used to be"
"It gets late early out here"
"If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be"
"If the people don't want to come out to the ballpark,
nobody's going to stop them"
"Pair up in threes"
"Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel"
 
Military Service
Duty, Honor, Victory
Yogi Berra's on-field accomplishments are well known. Yet often overlooked is his service during the deadly combat of World War II.  As  19-year-old Second Class Seaman Lawrence P. Berra, he played a significant part in one of the war's most important campaigns, the Normandy Invasion (better known as D-Day).  Yogi was one of a six-man crew on a Navy rocket boat, firing machine guns and launching rockets at the German defenses at Omaha Beach. He was fired upon, but was not hit, and later received several commendations for his bravery.
Yogi Berra's latest honor marks heroism beyond baseball in the Bronx
Berra received the first Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, one of baseball's ways to pay homage to the military.
Please read this great article, by Mark Di Ionno – Star-Ledger Columnist
 
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Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Will Be The First In More Than 30 Years | Weymouth, MA Patch
 
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Thanks to Outlaw
An A-10 pilot's perspective
To those of us who flew the less-than-friendly (in other words, deadly) skies over North Vietnam 40+ years ago, this will sound all too familiar.  The lessons of history and armed conflict are being completely ignored once again.  I imagine the guys flying and fighting in Afghanistan will end up saying just about the same thing we did back then: We were winning the war at the end of hostilities.  That was in early 1973 with a peace treaty that the enemy signed because they knew they could not beat the U.S. militarily.  Two years later, after withdrawing all but a very small contingent of our troops, our politicians lost the war and all that we and our brothers on the ground had fought, bled and died for.

A sad commentary...

...from an unknown source:

The squadron is doing fine.  Everybody is happy to be here and we are doing some good work.  The A-10s are holding up well and the technology we have on the jets now (targeting pods, GPS guided bombs, Laser Guided bombs, Laser guided missiles, tactical data link, satellite comms), and of course the gun, make the A-10 ideal for this conflict.  We are killing off as many ISIS as we can, mostly in ones and twos, working with the hand we are dealt. I've never been more convinced in my career that we facing an enemy that needs to be eradicated. With that being said...I've never been more frustrated in my career. 
 
After 13 years of the mind-numbing low intensity conflict in Afghanistan, I've never seen the knife more dull. All the hard lessons learned in Vietnam, and fixed during the first Gulf War, have been unlearned again.  The level of centralized execution, bureaucracy, and politics is staggering. I basically do not have any decision-making authority in my cockpit. It sucks. In most cases, unless a general officer can look at a video picture from a UAV, over a satellite link, I cannot get authority to engage. I've spent many hours, staring through a targeting pod screen in my own cockpit, watching ISIS perpetrate their acts until my eyes bleed, without being able to do anything about it. The institutional fear of making a mistake, that has crept into the central mindset of the military leadership, is endemic.  We have not taken the fight to these guys.  We haven't targeted their centers of gravity in Raqqa.  All the roads between Syria and Iraq are still intact with trucks flowing freely.  The other night I watched a couple hundred small tanker trucks lined up at an oilfield in ISIS - held northeast Syria, presumably filling up with oil traded on the black market, go unfettered. It's not uncommon to wait several hours overhead a suspected target for someone to make a decision to engage or not.  
 
It feels like we are simply using the constructs built up in Afghanistan, which was a very limited fight, in the same way here against ISIS, which is a much more sophisticated and numerically greater foe.  It's embarrassing. But be assured that the Hawg drivers are doing their best.
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Thanks to Chuck
Where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean....  HANG ON !
This video is of commercial fishing boats returning from fishing off the coast of Washington and Oregon . They are crossing the Columbia Bar, which is the site the Columbia River meets the Pacific  Ocean . 
This is designated as one of the most dangerous ports of entry anywhere in the world. There are at least eight to 10 deaths per year with people trying to get in or out in boats that are not made for this kind of severe beating - the kind you will see these boats going through.
These boats are self-righting, have a super low center of gravity, sealed engine compartments, basically bullet proof glass windows, double steel hulls. Well, you get the idea.
They are commercial shrimp and fishing boats. The Coast Guard has closed it to any other boats due to waves of 35 to 45 feet. It is quite a sight to see.  Watch the You-tube video and determine if you would like to have been a crew member on either of these two vessels.
Columbia River bar - let's go fishing!

 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 09/23/2015 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR FATAL ATTACK AT BAGRAM AIR BASE (SEP 23/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- Afghan militants have killed a NATO service member in an attack outside Kabul, says the alliance, as reported by NBC News.   The attack took place Tuesday near the main military airfield of Bagram airbase, said NATO.   The identity and nationality of the service member killed were not immediately released.   NATO did not identify the militant group responsible. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on its Twitter feed.   The airbase, which is guarded by U.S. Marines and other forces, has often been the target of militant rocket attacks, noted Reuters.  
 
  Item Number:2 Date: 09/23/2015 ARGENTINA - MODERNIZED PAMPA III JET TRAINER COMPLETES MAIDEN FLIGHT (SEP 23/DEFAERO)  DEFENSE-AEROSPACE -- The latest version of Argentina's Pampa jet trainer has made its first flight, reports defense-aerospace.com.   The Pampa III, built in Cordoba by the Argentina Aircraft Factory (FAA), flew for the first time on Sept. 18, reported the Telam news service.   The aircraft is part of a construction program for 40 new trainers for the Argentinean military, officials said.   The Pampa III features the latest simulation and data display technology as well as increased domestic components.   The modernization includes three liquid-crystal displays; a new electronic system to simulate different combat situations; and new communications equipment, according to FAA officials.   Plans call for building 18 aircraft in the trainer configuration and 22 in the Pampa GT armed configuration. The requirements for the latter model have not yet been finalized, said officials
 
  Item Number:3 Date: 09/23/2015 BURKINA FASO - PRESIDENT SAYS HE IS IN POWER; COUP LEADER TO WELCOME REGIONAL LEADERS (SEP 23/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Burkina Faso's interim president, who was overthrown last week, says he is back in power, reports the Voice of America News.   Michel Kafando told reporters on Wednesday at the Foreign Ministry that his government had been restored. "I have returned to work," he said, as quoted by Reuters. Who is really in charge remains unclear, said the wire service.   Members of the presidential guard loyal to former leader Blaise Compaore agreed earlier on Wednesday to return to their barracks in a deal brokered by regional leaders.   However, the soldiers maintained positions at the national television network, according to various sources.   Meanwhile, loyalist army troops who had threatened to attack the guard agreed to retreat to 50 km (30 mi) outside of the capital Ouagadougou. Reuters said they were not visible on the street on Wednesday.   The leader of the coup, Gen. Gilbert Diendere, at about the same time, was preparing to welcome regional leaders at the airport several miles away.   Last week, the presidential guard declared a coup and took Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida into custody.  
 
  Item Number:4 Date: 09/23/2015 CANADA - BUDGET SEEN INADEQUATE FOR MAJOR NAVY WARSHIP PROCUREMENT PROGRAM (SEP 23/CTV)  CTV NEWS -- The Royal Canadian Navy may only get eight or 10 its 15 planned new warships in part due to delays in the procurement program, according to internal documents cited by CTV News.   The navy first revealed its Can$26 billion (US$20 billion) program to replace its frigates and destroyers in 2007.   The budget was fixed, however. Because of inflation alone, that budget is losing about Can$1 million (US$755,000) in value daily.   The combination of the fixed budget, red tape and slow decision-making is threatening the procurement, said unnamed officials.   The internal documents obtained by the news agency indicated that the program is at "very high risk" of running over budget, falling behind schedule, lacking skilled manpower and producing inadequate capabilities
 
Item Number:5 Date: 09/23/2015 CANADA - LIFE-EXTENSION PLAN SET FOR HORNET FIGHTERS (SEP 23/HILL TIMES)  HILL TIMES -- The Canadian Dept. of National Defense has decided to extend the lives of its aging CF-18 Hornet fighters since there has been no progress on the procurement of a new jet, reports the Hill Times (Ottawa).   The department has earmarked up to Can$500 million (US$378 million) to extend the life of the fleet by five years, according to a new industry acquisition guide for the fighter program.   "In order to ensure there are no operational gaps in the Royal Canadian Air Force's fighter capability, the Department of National Defense is planning upgrades to extend the CF-18 fleet life expectancy to 2025," says the latest version of the Defense Acquisition Guide.   The Hornet fleet will also be reduced from 77 to 65 jets in part to align with the planned purchase of 65 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, says the guide
 
Item Number:6 Date: 09/23/2015 EGYPT - CAIRO TO BUY MISTRAL WARSHIPS ORIGINALLY BUILT FOR MOSCOW (SEP 23/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- France and Egpyt have agreed that Cairo will purchase two helicopter carriers that were originally built for Russia, reports Agence France-Presse.   French President Francois Hollande and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi "have agreed on the principle and terms and conditions of Egypt's acquisition of the two Mistral-class vessels," said a statement from the Hollande's office on Wednesday.   No details were immediately available.   The first Mistral was once supposed to be delivered to Russia in 2014, with the second to follow this year. The deal was canceled in the aftermath of Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine.   The announcement came six weeks after France agreed to reimburse Russia for the money it had paid on the original US$1.3 billion deal, reported France 24
 
  Item Number:7 Date: 09/23/2015 GUYANA - PRESIDENT CRITICIZES VENEZUELAN TROOP ACTIVITY NEAR BORDER (SEP 23/CND)  CARIBBEAN NEWS DESK -- Guyana's President David Granger says Venezuela has been building up its troop presence near a disputed border area, reports the Caribbean News Desk (Guyana).   "We have noticed during the month of September an extraordinary escalation of Venezuelan military activity in eastern Venezuela," Granger said on Tuesday, as quoted by Reuters.   "It is a persistence of aggressive behavior, hostile behavior towards Guyana," said Granger.   Venezuela's Defense Ministry said its military was conducting exercises in the east and west of the country.   Venezuela has made claims to a mineral-rich area west of the Essequibo River that makes up about 40 percent of Guyana's territory.   In May, Exxon Mobil announced a significant oil discovery in the disputed region, about 120 miles off the coast of Guyana. The company has been drilling in that Strabroek Block.   Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro issued a presidential decree in June claiming sovereignty of the waters, reported the Strabroek News (Guyana). The Venezuelan leader later demanded that Guyana stop oil exploration, calling it "a dangerous political provocation."  
 
  Item Number:8 Date: 09/23/2015 INDIA - CABINET GIVES NOD TO US$2.5 BILLION BUY OF APACHE AND CHINOOK HELICOPTERS (SEP 23/FG)  FLIGHTGLOBAL -- India's Security Cabinet has cleared the purchase of about three dozen Apache gunships and Chinook helicopters from Boeing in the United States, reports Flight Global.   The US$2.5 billion deal, approved Tuesday, covers 22 Apaches and 15 Chinook helicopters to replace ageing Soviet-era aircraft, reported the BBC.   A formal contract is expected in the next couple of weeks, with deliveries following within three to four years of the contract signing.   The purchase was approved by India's Defense Acquisition Council in August 2014. The aircraft were selected in 2012, but the deal was delayed due to budget restraints.   The Apaches, spare parts, logistical support and services will be provided through a direct commercial sale. Munitions and other components such as engines, sensors and fire-control radars and training will be provided through a U.S. Foreign Military Sale.   The Chinooks will be sold through a direct commercial sale.   The announcement was made just before this week's trip by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the U.S. where he hopes to attract foreign investment for India
 
  Item Number:9 Date: 09/23/2015 IRAN - MILITARY SHOWS OFF NEW INDIGENOUS RECON UAV (SEP 23/TASNIM)  TASNIM NEWS AGENCY -- The Iranian military has unveiled a new domestically built unmanned aerial vehicle, reports the semi-official Tasnim news agency (Iran).   A reconnaissance version of the Mohajem 92 was unveiled on Wednesday at the Aerial Exhibition in Tehran.   A combat version may be manufactured based on the army's requirements, said the report.   The 176-pound UAV has a six-hour flight endurance and can fly up to speeds of about 124 miles per hour, said the agency account.   Tasnim said the aircraft was manufactured by the self-sufficiency department of the Iranian air force
 
Item Number:10 Date: 09/23/2015 NORTH KOREA - S. KOREA NAVY REPORT POINTS TO DEPLOYMENT OF NORTH'S PATROL VESSELS NEAR BORDER (SEP 23/YON)  YONHAP -- North Korea has dispatched another half-dozen patrol vessels near the maritime border with the South, according to the South Korean navy in a statement cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   "The North Korean military has stationed six additional patrol ships near the Northern Limit Line and newly built artillery bunkers inside the island of Gal this year," the navy said Tuesday in its audit report to Parliament.   The moves are part of an effort to invalidate the maritime boundary in the Yellow Sea, said the service.   As part of its longstanding campaign of provocations, the government in Pyongyang frequently sends ships across the border to challenge the legitimacy of the line, which was drawn by the U.S.-led United Nations Command after the Korean War.   The North is also continuing to develop new weapons, including submarine-launched ballistic missiles; stealthy very slender vessels; and new torpedoes, according to the navy report.   In addition, Pyongyang recently test-fired a sub-launched ballistic missile, said Lt. Gen. Jeong Kyeong Doo, the air force chief of staff, in a related parliamentary audit. Such weapons may be deployed in four or five years, the general said.   North Korea has a fleet of about 10 very slender vessels equipped with stealth technology, multiple rocket launchers and torpedo tubes, according to senior navy officials. Three types of the ships, which are used for coastal infiltration missions, have reportedly been deployed in the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan
 
Item Number:11 Date: 09/23/2015 NORWAY - AUSTRALIA WILL COOPERATE ON NORWEGIAN JOINT STRIKE MISSILE PROGRAM (SEP 23/NORMOD)  NORWAY MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- Australia and Norway have signed an agreement to finance a new seeker capability for the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) under development by Norwegian firm Kongsberg Defense Systems, reports the Norwegian Ministry of Defense.   The accord, signed on Sept. 15, covers the development of a new radio-frequency seeker to enable the JSM to find targets based on electronic signatures, reported Defense News.   If Australia later decides to purchase the missile, the partners will share the cost of integrating the JSM on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the ministry said on Monday.   Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide is in Fort Worth, Texas, this week visiting Lockheed's manufacturing facilities. She is taking part in Tuesday's formal roll-out of the first Norwegian F-35 at the plant.   The JSM was initially designed with an imaging infrared seeker. The new capability will give the missile dual-seeker capability and permit operations in all weather conditions, said Kongsberg officials.   Norway plans to integrate the JSM with the F-35 in the 2022-2024 timeframe
 
  Item Number:12 Date: 09/23/2015 QATAR - U.S. MARINE FEMALE ENGAGEMENT TEAM, QATARI COUNTERPARTS HONE SKILLS (SEP 23/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- A female engagement team (FET) from the U.S. Marine Corps recently completed a mission in Qatar, reports the Marine Corps Times.   This was the first mission for the all-women Marine teams since the Corps disbanded them in Afghanistan in 2012.   An FET attached to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned from its mission in Qatar in late August after two weeks of training Qatari security forces personnel in martial arts, marksmanship and other skills.   About 25 female members of the Qatari Internal Security Forces, who provide security for VIPs, took part in the skills exchange with the nine Americans.  
 
  Item Number:13 Date: 09/23/2015 RUSSIA - SECRET SERVICE THREATENS TREASON CHARGES AGAINST TROOPS DECLINING SYRIAN DEPLOYMENT (SEP 23/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- A group of Russian soldiers who allegedly refused to deploy secretly to Syria could face charges of treason, according to the lawyer representing them, as cited by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has been interrogating the soldiers, a group of volunteer personnel serving in Novorossiysk on the Black Sea, and threatening to prosecute them on various charges, including high treason, said Ivan Pavlov early this week.   The FSB reportedly became involved at the request of military prosecutors.   The prosecutors rejected a complaint filed by the soldiers, which maintained that a deployment to Syria would violate their rights, said Pavlov.   Russian authorities started to return the personnel to their units after media reports on the dispute, said the lawyer.   The soldiers said they were only informed at the last moment that their deployment would be to Syria, said the lawyer. There were no official orders indicating Syria would be the destination, he said.   Yet, official papers showing that soldiers were deployed abroad is the only way to ensure the payment of compensation and other benefits due upon the completion of such services, said Pavlov.  
 
  Item Number:14 Date: 09/23/2015 SOUTH KOREA - DOMESTIC REMOEYE DRONES TO PROVIDE SURVEILLANCE OF NORTH'S MILITARY ACTIVITIES (SEP 23/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korea's defense acquisitions agency says it has received the first batch of small unmanned aerial vehicles to be used to monitor North Korean military activities, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The RemoEye-002Bs, built by local manufacturer Ucon System, were delivered after three years of development, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said on Wednesday.   The drones are about 1.4 meters (4.5 feet) long and 1.8 meters (5.9 feet) wide and can fly for more than an hour at a maximum speed of 80 km/h (50 mph), says the manufacturer.   The new systems will be distributed to South Korean front-line infantry units and marines in stages until 2017 for surveillance missions on North Korean activities near the border
 
Item Number:15 Date: 09/23/2015 SYRIA - IRAN, RUSSIA BOLSTER REGIME STRONGHOLD IN LATAKIA (SEP 23/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- The governments of Iran and Russia have been working together to protect the Assad regime's control in its traditional stronghold along the Syrian coast, reports the Wall Street Journal.   Senior Russian and Iranian diplomats and military officials met in Moscow in recent months to discuss the defense of Assad and Moscow's military buildup in Syria, according to unnamed officials in the U.S. and Middle East.   The efforts have reportedly been focused on the Latakia region, a stronghold of Assad's family and his Alawite sect. That area has been under pressure from rebels to the north, who threaten to cut off the region from the capital, Damascus.   U.S. officials say they are not sure of the full extent of the cooperation or its intention.   Russia has significantly increased its Syrian presence recently, including the deployment of fighter and strike jets and combat helicopters.   Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) troops and military advisers from Iran are also in Latakia, the officials said
 
Item Number:16 Date: 09/23/2015 TAIWAN - HUNT CONTINUES FOR MISSING MILITARY TRAINER (SEP 23/KNA)  KYODO NEWS AGENCY -- Taiwanese authorities are searching for one of the military's training aircraft that went missing on Tuesday over Nantou in central Taiwan, reports the Kyodo news agency (Japan).   The AT-3 trainer assigned to the air force academy disappeared from radar near Mabolasi Mountain about 30 minutes after it took off, according to a release from the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense.   Two personnel were onboard.   The air force then dispatched an EC 225 helicopter to begin search-and-rescue operations
 
Item Number:17 Date: 09/23/2015 TAJIKISTAN - MULTINATIONAL REGIONAL COOPERATION DRILLS COVER PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS (SEP 23/USCENT)  U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND -- Military personnel from the U.S. and Tajikistan are co-hosting this month's multilateral exercise in Tajikistan, reports the U.S. Central Command.   The Regional Cooperation drills are CENTCOM's only multilateral exercise program in Central Asia, noted a command release on Sunday.   More than 400 military personnel from Afghanistan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and the U.S. are taking part in this year's exercise.   The training focuses on peacekeeping and stability operations, including border security and counterterrorism.   A computer-based component is being held in Dushanbe, the Tajik capital.   In addition, there is a field exchange component at a Tajik training area. This is the first time such an exchange has been held.   The field exercise will involve about 120 American and Tajik soldiers conducting a series of scenario-based tasks in a realistic environment, said CENTCOM.   The drills began on Sept. 16 and will end on Sept. 24, noted the Times of Central Asia.  
 
  Item Number:18 Date: 09/23/2015 UKRAINE - U.S. AIRBORNE TRAINERS GEAR UP EFFORTS TO TEACH ACTIVE-DUTY UKRAINIAN TROOPS (SEP 23/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The latest rotation of military personnel from the U.S. 173rd Aviation Brigade has begun their training work in western Ukraine, reports the Army Times.   The Americans are establishing a new training program meant to enhance the skills of Ukrainian active-duty soldiers.   In cooperation with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, the U.S. has "created a two-month-long block of instruction as their guide to certify more trainers," said Lt. Col. Michael Kloepper, the commander of the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.   To date, the training has so far covered countering drones, tanks and artillery, he told the paper this week.   This fall, the program will become more complex to simulate more realistic operations. The training will cover marksmanship in live-fire exercises, using night-vision equipment and communications equipment, said Kloepper.   The training for active-duty Ukrainian troops is set to begin in November.   The 173rd Airborne Brigade has trained more than 400 Ukrainian national guard personnel in the last four months.  
 
Item Number:19 Date: 09/23/2015 UNITED NATIONS - INDIA, U.S. REACH AGREEMENT TO TRAIN AFRICAN PEACEKEEPERS (SEP 23/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- The United States and India have agreed to train United Nations peacekeeping personnel in six African countries, reports the Press Trust of India.   "We agreed on a joint initiative to train troops in six African countries before they deploy to U.N. peacekeeping missions," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.   "This responds to a growing need for effective professional international peacekeeping in regions of conflict," said Kerry.   The announcement followed meetings at the State Dept. with India's External Affairs Minister Shushma Swaraj on economic and security issues.   The African nations were not specified.  
 
  Item Number:20 Date: 09/23/2015 USA - 'ISIS CZAR' TO LEAVE POST (SEP 23/BL)  BLOOMBERG -- The leader of the U.S. efforts against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is stepping down, say officials cited by Bloomberg View.   Retired Marine Gen. John Allen is leaving due to personal reasons, said U.S. officials on Tuesday.   Sources cited by Fox News said Allen has been frustrated with U.S. policy for eight months.   The U.S. State Dept. is not ready to announce Allen's departure, which is likely to take place in early November.   Allen will take a job at the Washington D.C.-based Brookings Institution, said officials cited by Fox News.   Allen served for just a bit over a year in the position, which was six months longer than what he originally promised Secretary of State John Kerry.  
 
  Item Number:21 Date: 09/23/2015 USA - NAVY CUTS RIBBON ON NEW ASW CENTER IN GROTON, CONN. (SEP 23/THEBULL)  THE BULLETIN -- The U.S. Navy has formally opened a new anti-submarine warfare center at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., reports the Bulletin (Norwich, Conn.).   The Undersea Warfighting Development Center was inaugurated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday.   The center will assist with training Navy personnel in advanced tactics, techniques and procedures for anti-submarine warfare.   There are 14 officers, 19 enlisted personnel and 19 civilians assigned to the center. It also has command authority over detachments in Norfolk, Va., and San Diego, Calif
 
Item Number:22 Date: 09/23/2015 USA - ONETIME BIN LADEN BODYGUARD FREED FROM GITMO, TRANSFERRED TO SAUDI ARABIA (SEP 23/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- A man said by the U.S. to have been a bodyguard for the late terrorist leader Osama bin Laden has been transferred from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, reports CNN.   Abdul Shalabi, who was captured by the Pakistani military along the Afghan border in December 2001 and then transferred to Gitmo the next month, was repatriated to Saudi Arabia, said the Pentagon on Tuesday.   He was taken after fleeing from the Al-Qaida leader's Tora Bora mountain complex, according to the DoD.   A review panel in June decided that it was no longer necessary to hold Shalabi, who will undergo a rehabilitation program for militants in Saudi Arabia, said a Pentagon spokesman cited by the BBC..   Shalabi has been a longtime hunger striker, noted AFP.   His departure will leave 114 detainees at the naval base in Guantanamo Bay. Of those, 52 have been approved for transfer to other nations.  
 
  Item Number:23 Date: 09/23/2015 USA - PENTAGON CONFIRMS 'UNSAFE' CHINESE MANEUVER DURING INTERCEPT OF U.S. RECON PLANE (SEP 23/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- The Pentagon has charged that two Chinese fighter jets made an "unsafe" maneuver near a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane last week, reports the Wall Street Journal.   On Sept. 15, two JH-7 Chinese fighters came within 500 feet of a U.S. RC-135 surveillance plane as it conducted a routine patrol about 80 miles off China's Shandong peninsula in international airspace, said the Pentagon on Tuesday.   The Dept. of Defense said it is reviewing the incident.   A Pentagon spokesman said there was "no indication this was a near collision, but the report that came back was that the plane operated in an unsafe fashion," as quoted by CNN.   The last such incident took place in August 2014, leading to an official protest from the U.S. State Dept.   "The long period between this intercept and the last unsafe intercept, as well as the nature of this intercept, indicate that this may be an isolated incident," said a Pentagon spokesman.   In incident was disclosed on the day Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Seattle, Wash., prior to a visit to the White House.  
 
Item Number:24 Date: 09/23/2015 YEMEN - PRESIDENT BACK IN ADEN FROM EXILE IN SAUDI ARABIA (SEP 23/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Following a six-month exile, Yemen's President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has returned to his country, reports the New York Times.   Hadi arrived in the southern port city of Aden on Tuesday, said airport officials cited by the Voice of America News. He fled to Saudi Arabia in March when Houthi rebels closed in on Aden, where he had sought refuge, according to a government statement.   Aden was taken back in July by pro-government soldiers backed by a Saudi-led coalition. Senior members of the government have gradually returned, including the prime minister and seven other ministers last week.   Hadi is expected to meet with members of the Cabinet, local officials and military and security leaders, reported the BBC.   The president will stay through Wednesday's Eid al-Adha holiday and then travel to New York to speak at the United Nations, said a government official.

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