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I hope you all had a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History - March 21
1917 - Loretta Walsh becomes first woman Navy petty officer when sworn in as Chief Yeoman.
1919 - Navy installs and tests Sperry gyrocompass, in first instance of test of aircraft gyrocompass
1945 - Bureau of Aeronautics initiates rocket-powered surface-to-air guided missile development by awarding contract to Fairchild
Top Reasons to Celebrate Easter Sunday:
You absolutely loved the movie, "The Ten Commandments".
You look really, really good in yellow.
It's a good time to check out your neighborhood church and not be noticed.
You have this bunny suit you love to wear, but are too insecure to wear it without a reason.
Even though you don't know what it is, you really like the sound of hearing the "Passion story."
You figured since Jesus went to all THAT trouble to make it to the first Easter, you'd give it a shot.
As a Christian you celebrate the resurrection every other day, why not Easter too?
Submitted by Al Anderson:
Jeremy was born with a twisted body and a slow mind. At the age of 12, he was still in second grade, seemingly unable to learn. His teacher, Doris Miller, often became exasperated with him. He would squirm in his seat, drool, and make grunting noises. At other times, he spoke clearly and distinctly, as if a spot of light had penetrated the darkness of his brain. Most of the time, however, Jeremy just irritated his teacher.
One day she called his parents and asked them to come in for a consultation. As the Forresters entered the empty classroom, Doris said to them, "Jeremy really belongs in a special school. It isn't fair to him to be with younger children who don't have learning problems. Why, there is a five year gap between his age and that of the other students."
Mrs. Forrester cried softly into a tissue, while her husband spoke. "Miss Miller," he said, "there is no school of that kind nearby. It would be a terrible shock for Jeremy if we had to take him out of this school. We know he really likes it here."
Doris sat for a long time after they had left, staring at the snow outside the window. Its coldness seemed to seep into her soul. She wanted to sympathize with the Forresters. After all, their only child had a terminal illness. But it wasn't fair to keep him in her class. She had 18 other youngsters to teach, and Jeremy was a distraction. Furthermore, he would never learn to read and write. Why waste any more time trying? As she pondered the situation, guilt washed over her. Here I am complaining when my problems are nothing compared to that poor family, she thought. "Lord, please help me to be more patient with Jeremy."
From that day on, she tried hard to ignore Jeremy's noises and his blank stares. Then one day, he limped to her desk, dragging his bad leg behind him. "I love you, Miss Miller," he exclaimed, loud enough for the whole class to hear. The other students snickered, and Doris' face turned red.
She stammered, "Wh-why that's very nice, Jeremy. N-now please take your seat."
Spring came, and the children talked excitedly about the coming of Easter. Doris told them the story of Jesus, and then to emphasize the idea of new life springing forth, she gave each of the children a large plastic egg. "Now," she said to them, "I want you to take this home and bring it back tomorrow with something inside that shows new life. Do you understand?"
"Yes, Miss Miller," the children responded enthusiastically, all except for Jeremy.
He listened intently; his eyes never left her face. He did not even make his usual noises. Had he understood what she had said about Jesus' death and resurrection? Did he understand the assignment? Perhaps she should call his parents and explain the project to them.
That evening, Doris' kitchen sink stopped up. She called the landlord and waited an hour for him to come by and unclog it. After that, she still had to shop for groceries, iron a blouse, and prepare a vocabulary test for the next day. She completely forgot about phoning Jeremy's parents.
The next morning, 19 children came to school, laughing and talking as they placed their eggs in the large wicker basket on Miss Miller's desk. After they completed their math lesson, it was time to open the eggs.
In the first egg, Doris found a flower. "Oh yes, a flower is certainly a sign of new life," she said. "When plants peek through the ground, we know that spring is here."
A small girl in the first row waved her arm. "That's my egg, Miss Miller," she called out.
The next egg contained a plastic butterfly, which looked very real. Doris held it up. "We all know that a caterpillar changes and grows into a beautiful butterfly. Yes, that's new life, too."
Little Judy smiled proudly and said, "Miss Miller, that one is mine."
Next, Doris found a rock with moss on it. She explained that moss, too, showed life.
Billy spoke up from the back of the classroom, "My daddy helped me," he beamed.
Then Doris opened the fourth egg. She gasped. The egg was empty. Surely it must be Jeremy's she thought, and of course, he did not understand her instructions. If only she had not forgotten to phone his parents. Because she did not want to embarrass him, she quietly set the egg aside and reached for another.
Suddenly, Jeremy spoke up. "Miss Miller, aren't you going to talk about my egg?"
Flustered, Doris replied, "But Jeremy, your egg is empty."
He looked into her eyes and said softly, "Yes, but Jesus' tomb was empty, too.'
Time stopped. When she could speak again, Doris asked him, "Do you know why the tomb was empty?"
"Oh, yes," Jeremy said, "Jesus was killed and put in there. Then His Father raised Him up."
The recess bell rang. While the children excitedly ran out to the school yard, Doris cried. The cold inside her melted completely away.
Three months later, Jeremy died. Those who paid their respects at the mortuary were surprised to see 19 eggs on top of his casket, all of them empty.
The making of these Easter cookies are a really great "hands-on" way of helping the children in your lives, to understand what Easter is all about. It is recommended that they be made Saturday night before Easter. You will need:
1c. whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
A pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 300 (This is important--don't wait till you're half done with the recipe).
Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1c. sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Fold in broken nuts Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven off. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66.
GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow!
On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9
And now for a bit of humor…
A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside.
Pastor said, "You need to join the Army of the Lord!"
My friend said, "I'm already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor."
Pastor questioned, "How come I don't see you except at Christmas and Easter?"
He whispered back, "I'm in the secret service."
One Easter Sunday morning as the minister was preaching the children's sermon; he reached into his bag of props and pulled out an egg. He pointed at the egg and asked the children, "What's in here?"
"I know" a little boy exclaimed..."Pantyhose!"
Submitted by Alan Krause Jr.:
It was that time, during the Sunday morning service, for the children's sermon. All the children were invited to come forward.
One little girl was wearing a particularly pretty dress and, as she sat down, the pastor leaned over and said, "That is a very pretty dress. Is it your Easter Dress?"
The little girl replied, directly into the pastor's clip-on microphone, "Yes, and my mom says it's a 'bitch' to iron."
Submitted by Rob Hansen:
"Equal" is not always synonymous with "the same." Men and women are created equal. But, boys and girls are not born the same.
You dress your little girl in her Easter Sunday best, and she'll look just as pretty when you finally make it to church an hour later.
You dress a boy in his Easter Sunday best, and he'll somehow find every mud puddle from your home to the church, even if you're driving there.
Submitted by Adela Pizano and Jerry McClellan:
A man was blissfully driving along the highway, when he saw the Easter Bunny hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the bunny, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of his car and was hit. The basket of eggs went flying all over the place.
The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road, and got out to see what had become of the bunny carrying the basket. Much to his dismay, the colorful bunny was dead. The driver felt guilty and began to cry.
A woman driving down the same highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong. "I feel terrible," he explained, "I accidentally hit the Easter Bunny and killed it. There may not be an Easter because of me. What should I do?"
The woman told the man not to worry. She knew exactly what to do. She went to her car trunk, and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead bunny, and sprayed the entire contents of the can onto the furry animal.
Miraculously the Easter Bunny came back to life, jumped up, picked up the spilled eggs and candy, waved its paw at the two human and hopped on down the road. 50 yards away the Easter Bunny stopped, turned around, waved and hopped on down the road another 50 yards, turned, waved, hopped another 50 yards and waved again!
The man was astonished. He said to the woman, "What in heaven's name is in your spray can? What was it that you sprayed on the Easter Bunny?"
The woman turned the can around so the man could read the label. It said "Hair spray. Restores life to dead hair. Adds permanent wave."
Submitted by Jerry Roseland:
You might be a redneck if…last year you hid Easter eggs under cow pies.
Submitted by Mark Logan:
All I need to know, I learned from the Easter Bunny!
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
There's no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
Some body parts should be floppy.
Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans.
Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.
The grass is always greener in someone else's basket.
To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.
Wishing you a happy and blessed Passover and/or Easter!,
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BEST DAY IN BRETAGNE'S LIFE!!
Thanks to Doctor Rich
Thanks to John …
If you are a dog lover, this will put a smile on your face and a lump in your throat.
16 y.o. rescue dog … last one known alive from the 911 Rescue/Recover mission at Ground Zero … get's the day of her life in NYC …
Wonderful story …. Enjoy!
Thanks to ted – and Dutch
Children of the 30s & 40s
so much here is 'right on'.
"You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone."
Children of the 30s & 40s "The Last Ones"
A Short Memoir
Born in the 1930s and early 40s, we exist as a very special age cohort. We are the "last ones." We are the last, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the war itself with fathers and uncles going off. We are the last to remember ration books for everything from sugar to shoes to stoves. We saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans. We saw cars up on blocks because tires weren't available. My mother delivered milk in a horse drawn cart.
We are the last to hear Roosevelt's radio assurances and to see gold stars in the front windows of our grieving neighbors. We can also remember the parades on August 15, 1945; VJ Day.
We saw the 'boys' home from the war build their Cape Cod style houses, pouring the cellar, tar papering it over and living there until they could afford the time and money to build it out.
We are the last who spent childhood without television; instead imagining what we heard on the radio. As we all like to brag, with no TV, we spent our childhood "playing outside until the street lights came on." We did play outside and we did play on our own. There was no little league.
The lack of television in our early years meant, for most of us, that we had little real understanding of what the world was like. Our Saturday afternoons, if at the movies, gave us newsreels of the war and the holocaust sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons. Newspapers and magazines were written for adults. We are the last who had to find out for ourselves.
As we grew up, the country was exploding with growth. The G.I. Bill gave returning veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow. VA loans fanned a housing boom. Pent up demand coupled with new installment payment plans put factories to work. New highways would bring jobs and mobility. The veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics. In the late 40s and early 50's the country seemed to lie in the embrace of brisk but quiet order as it gave birth to its new middle class. Our parents understandably became absorbed with their own new lives. They were free from the confines of the depression and the war. They threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined.
We weren't neglected but we weren't today's all-consuming family focus. They were glad we played by ourselves 'until the street lights came on.' They were busy discovering the post war world.
Most of us had no life plan, but with the unexpected virtue of ignorance and an economic rising tide we simply stepped into the world and went to find out. We entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where we were welcomed. Based on our naïve belief that there was more where this came from, we shaped life as we went.
We enjoyed a luxury; we felt secure in our future. Of course, just as today, not all Americans shared in this experience. Depression poverty was deep rooted. Polio was still a crippler. The Korean War was a dark presage in the early 50s and by mid-decade school children were ducking under desks. China became Red China. Eisenhower sent the first 'advisors' to Vietnam. Castro set up camp in Cuba and Khrushchev came to power.
We are the last to experience an interlude when there were no existential threats to our homeland. We came of age in the late 40s and early 50s. The war was over and the cold war, terrorism, climate change, technological upheaval and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with insistent unease.
Only we can remember both a time of apocalyptic war and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty. We experienced both.
We grew up at the best possible time, a time when the world was getting better not worse.
We are the 'last ones.'
Item Number:1 Date: 03/21/2016 BELGIUM - LAST SURVIVING SUSPECT IN PARIS ATTACKS ARRESTED IN BRUSSELS (MAR 21/NYT) NEW YORK TIMES -- Police in Brussels have arrested a man believed to be the sole surviving assailant in the November terrorist attacks in Paris, reports the New York Times. Salah Abdeslam, 26, was arrested on Friday in a raid in Brussels, said authorities. He was shot and wounded in a gunfight with police. Abdeslam is thought to have driven a car carrying a team of terrorists to one of their targets, the French national soccer stadium. He then dumped his suicide vest in a trash can and fled to Belgium. Of the 10 perpetrators of the attack, Abdeslam was the only to survive and remain at large. Additional raids continued through the evening, including in the Molenbeek neighborhood of Brussels. A second wanted man was arrested in Molenbeek, reported the BBC. Monir Ahmed Alaaj had traveled to Germany with Abdeslam in October
Item Number:2 Date: 03/21/2016 CANADA - REMOTE WEAPONS STATIONS ON ORDER FOR FRIGATES, SUPPORT SHIPS (MAR 21/CANGOV) CANADIAN GOVERNMENT PRESS RELEASE -- The Canadian navy has ordered remote weapon stations from Raytheon Canada for its Halifax-class frigates and future Queenston-class joint support ships, reports the Canadian government. The US$27 million contract will cover up to 58 weapon stations, which will allow operators to remotely observe and locate targets without being on deck, said a release issued last week. The contract also includes overhaul and maintenance of the equipment for an initial five years. "The acquisition of this remotely operated weapon system will enhance the Navy's close-in force protection capability, while also providing enhanced personal protection to the crew operating these systems," said Vice Adm. Mark Morman, the command of the Canadian navy. Deliveries are expected to begin in April 2017.
Item Number:3 Date: 03/21/2016 CUBA - OBAMA CALLS VISIT TO HAVANA 'HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY' (MAR 21/ALJAZ) AL JAZEERA -- U.S. President Barack Obama is in Cuba, becoming the first president to visit in almost nine decades, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). Obama arrived in Havana, the capital, on Sunday evening with his wife and daughters for a three-day visit. He is scheduled to meet with Cuban President Raul Castro on Monday to discuss trade issues. "This is a historic visit and it's a historic opportunity to engage directly with the Cuban people and to forge new agreements, commercial deals, to build new ties between our two peoples," said Obama during a speech at the new U.S. Embassy in Havana. Obama is also set to meet Cuban dissidents during his visit. Scores of anti-Castro dissidents were arrested Sunday following a weekly protest, noted CNN. A thaw in relations between the two nations was announced in December 2014. Deals have been reached on telecommunications, airline services and increased cooperation on law enforcement and environmental protection, reported the BBC.
Item Number:4 Date: 03/21/2016 EGYPT - 15 KILLED IN ISIS MORTAR ATTACK ON EL-ARISH CHECKPOINT (MAR 21/WB) WORLD BULLETIN -- A mortar attack on a police checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has killed 15 security personnel, reports the World Bulletin (Turkey). A checkpoint near the provincial capital of El-Arish was targeted on Saturday night by mortar fire, said the Interior Ministry. Three officers and 12 policemen were killed. Earlier reports cited a death toll of 13. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State affiliate in Sinai, the Sinai Province. A suicide car bomber was followed by an armed raid, said the group. The attack was "part of a series of operations in response to the humiliation and searching of Muslim women at checkpoints," said ISIS. Five attackers were killed in fighting near the checkpoint after the mortar attack, said security officials
Item Number:5 Date: 03/21/2016 INDIA - NAVY HERON DRONE CRASHES INTO SEA (MAR 21/NDTV) NDTV -- An Indian navy unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has crashed off the coast in the southern state of Kerala, reports NDTV (India). The Israeli-made Heron drone went down on Friday after suffering an engine failure while on a routine mission, said the navy. "The UAV was guided to a safe area and ditched over [the] sea," said one officer. A search recovered parts of the aircraft. An investigation has been opened into the cause of the crash, the officer said.
Item Number:6 Date: 03/21/2016 INDONESIA - 13 KILLED IN TRANSPORT HELICOPTER CRASH DURING ANTI-TERROR OP (MAR 21/JAK) JAKARTA POST -- An Indonesian military helicopter crashed Sunday after an apparent lightning strike, reports the Jakarta Post. The Bell 412 helicopter crashed close to the town of Poso in Central Sulawesi during an antiterrorism operation, said officials. Those killed included high-ranking military, military police and intelligence officials. "The helicopter is believed to have been hit by lightning before it crashed. Weather has been bad in the area over the last couple of days," said one official. The operation was targeting members of the East Indonesian Mujahedeen (MIT) terror group. Officials said on Saturday that the leader of the group, Santoso, and several of his followers had been cornered into three areas in the districts of Central Lore and Lore Piore. Santoso is also believed to be the de facto leader of the Islamic State affiliate in Indonesia
Item Number:7 Date: 03/21/2016 INDONESIA - CHINESE COAST GUARD VESSEL ACCUSED OF VIOLATING SOVEREIGNTY (MAR 21/GUARDIAN) GUARDIAN -- Indonesia is filing a formal protest with China's Foreign Ministry over a standoff in the South China Sea, reports the Guardian (U.K.). The Chinese ambassador in Indonesia was summoned Monday to discuss an incident involving a Chinese fishing trawler illegally fishing in Indonesian waters, said Minister for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Susi Pudjiastuti. On Saturday, an Indonesian patrol ship attempted to seize the trawler and arrest its crew. Eight of the crew had been arrested when a Chinese coast guard vessel reportedly pushed the trawler out of Indonesian waters. China's Foreign Ministry disputed that version of events, saying the trawler was in "traditional Chinese fishing grounds" and was "attacked and harassed by an armed Indonesian ship." China demanded that Indonesia release the crew. The incident was said to have taken place about 2.7 miles (4.3 km) off the coast of Indonesia's Natuna islands. Indonesia's exclusive economic zone around the island slightly overlaps with China's territorial claims in the region.
Item Number:8 Date: 03/21/2016 IRAQ - U.S. BOOSTS FORCES AFTER MARINE KILLED BY ISIS ROCKET STRIKE (MAR 21/ALJAZ) AL JAZEERA -- More U.S. Marines are set to deploy to Iraq after a Marine was killed by an Islamic State rocket barrage, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). On Saturday, a U.S. Marine was killed in an ISIS rocket attack at a base near Makhmur in northern Iraq. The U.S. has been conducting advise-and-assist activities at the base as part of the coalition effort against ISIS. The Marine was among troops "providing force protection fire support at a recently established coalition firebase," said a Pentagon spokesman cited by CNN. Eight other Marines were injured in the attack, reported the Marine Corps Times. The existence of the firebase had not been made public. The Pentagon had planned to announce the base this week, said a defense official. The Pentagon announced on Sunday that troops from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will join U.S. forces already in Iraq. No numbers were made public. The deployment was a direct response to the death the Marine the day before, said defense sources
Item Number:9 Date: 03/21/2016 ITALY - ROMEO ROMEI SUB STARTS SEA TRIALS (MAR 21/ITNAV) ITALIAN NAVY -- The Italian navy says it has begun sea trials for its latest Type U212A submarine. The Romeo Romei submarine began trials in the Gulf of La Spezia on March, the navy said in a release last week. She is scheduled to enter service later this year. The sub, built by German shipbuilder Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft and Italy's Fincantieri under a joint program, was launched last July and is still being outfitted. "In the next few months, many other trials will be conducted in order to ensure high-accuracy and rigorous testing of all systems and equipment, as well as to evaluate the submarine performance," said the navy. The vessel is the fourth and last member of the Salvatore Todaro class
Item Number:10 Date: 03/21/2016 KUWAIT - IRAQI, LEBANESE NATIONALS DEPORTED FOR LINKS TO HEZBOLLAH (MAR 21/REU) REUTERS -- Kuwait has expelled 14 suspected members of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, reports Reuters. Eleven Lebanese citizens and three Iraqis were expelled at the request of Kuwait's state security service, said a security source cited by Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas on Monday. A list was created of "unwanted" Lebanese and Iraqi nationals to be deported, said the source. Some of those include advisers to major companies. The move came three weeks after the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) named Hezbollah as a terrorist group. The group had previously imposed sanctions on the group in 2013. The GCC is made up of the Sunni Arab states of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.
Item Number:11 Date: 03/21/2016 NORTH KOREA - ANOTHER ROUND OF MISSILES LAUNCHED FROM EASTERN PROVINCE (MAR 21/CNN) CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- North Korea has again fired short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan, reports CNN. Five unidentified projectiles were launched Monday from an area south of Hamhung city in South Hangyong province, said the South Korean joint chiefs of staff. The missiles flew about 124 miles (200 km) before crashing into the sea, said the JCS. "North Korea has launched 15 different projectiles on four different dates since firing the long-range missile on Feb. 7," said a South Korean officer cited by NBC News. Two ballistic missiles were launched on Friday near Sukchon county in the western province of South Pyongan. The launches are in reaction to ongoing joint military drills held by South Korea and the U.S.
Item Number:12 Date: 03/21/2016 RUSSIA - UKRAINIAN PILOT EXPECTED TO BE FOUND GUILTY BY RUSSIAN COURT (MAR 21/AFP) AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A court in Russia has begun reading the verdict of a Ukrainian pilot accused of murder, reports Agence France-Presse. Nadiya Savchenko was arrested in 2014 and charged with killing two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine. A former Ukrainian army pilot, Savchenko was fighting with a volunteer battalion against pro-Russian separatists when she was arrested. Prosecutors said she was responsible for directing artillery fire that killed the journalists, reported the Guardian (U.K.). Savchenko said she did not kill anyone and that she was kidnapped in Ukraine and brought into Russia. The reading of the verdict began Monday morning. Sentencing is expected to take place on Tuesday. Some Russian media have wrongly reported that Savchenko had been found guilty, though such a verdict is expected.
Item Number:13 Date: 03/21/2016 SYRIA - ISIS SAYS IT KILLED 5 RUSSIANS NEAR PALMYRA (MAR 21/IBT) INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- The Islamic State says its fighters have killed five Russian soldiers in Syria, reports the International Business Times (U.K.). A video distributed by a news agency friendly to the militants last Thursday showed the purported corpse of a Russian adviser. The Russian troops were killed in the town of Qasr al-Halabat, west of Palmyra, during an assault on ISIS, said the group. The news agency also posted photos said to be from the phones of the soldiers, reported the Long War Journal. Several members of Hezbollah and "other Shi'ite militias" were also executed, said the report. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that "at least one" Russian soldier was recently killed around Palmyra, reported Agence France-Presse.
Item Number:14 Date: 03/21/2016 SYRIA - MOSCOW THREATENS USE OF UNILATERAL FORCE AGAINST CEASE-FIRE VIOLATORS (MAR 21/TASS) TASS -- Russia has threatened to use military force in Syria against groups violating a cease-fire, reports Russia's Tass news agency. Unilateral military force will be used beginning on Tuesday if the U.S. does not respond to proposals on responding to truce violations, said Sergei Rudskoi, the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian General Staff. Those proposals were sent to the U.S. on Feb. 25, days before the start of the truce, he said on Monday. Force would only be used "after we receive credible evidence of systematic violations by armed groups" of the cease-fire reached in February, said Rudskoi. Groups observing the truce and civilians would not be targeted, he added. "Further delays with implementing of the agreed rules of reaction to violations of the ceasefire regime in Syria is unacceptable," said Russia's Defense Ministry, as cited by Reuters. On Friday, Russia said that the cease-fire had been violated almost 250 times since it began. The U.S. on Monday rejected Moscow's calls for talks on cease-fire violations, saying concerns were already being handled constructively, reported Reuters
Item Number:15 Date: 03/21/2016 TURKEY - ISIS BLAMED FOR ISTANBUL SUICIDE ATTACK; MANHUNT CONTINUES FOR PLANNERS (MAR 21/NYT) NEW YORK TIMES -- A suicide bombing that killed four people in Istanbul has been blamed on the Islamic State, reports the New York Times. Saturday's bombing in Istanbul's central Istiklal Avenue was carried out by a Turkish member of the group, said the Turkish interior minister on Sunday. Three Israeli citizens and an Iranian were killed and 36 others injured. Two of the Israelis held dual U.S. citizenship. Authorities were searching for three more men on Monday believed to be planning more suicide bomb attacks for ISIS, reported Reuters. The pictures of the men, who reportedly received instructions to carry out further bombings in Istanbul, were published in Turkish newspapers. "All provincial police units have taken action to try to capture the three terrorists suspected of being Islamic State members planning sensational attacks," reported the Anadolu Agency. ISIS has not claimed responsibility for any attacks in Turkey. Officials have blamed the group for at least two other attacks, including one that killed 103 people in Ankara, the capital.
Item Number:16 Date: 03/21/2016 USA - 3D-PRINTED COMPONENT PART OF SUCCESSFUL MISSILE LAUNCHES (MAR 21/LM) LOCKHEED MARTIN -- Lockheed Martin says a 3D-printed part was used in ballistic missiles during a series of launches last week. A 3D-printed connector backshell was used for the first time in three Trident II D5 fleet ballistic missiles launched during trials from March 14 to March 16, said a company release on Friday. The component, which protects cable connecters in the missiles, was manufactured in half the time when compared to traditional methods. The component was part of Lockheed's Digital Tapestry, a set of tools used to manage a product's concept, production and sustainment. The new part "meets or exceeds the standards for fit, form and function," said a Navy spokesman cited by Reuters.
Item Number:17 Date: 03/21/2016 USA - NAVY DESTROYERS SWITCH HOME PORTS AS PART OF ASIA STRATEGY (MAR 21/TSD) TIMES OF SAN DIEGO -- The U.S. Navy is swapping the homeports of two of its Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, reports the Times of San Diego. The William P. Lawrence, based in San Diego, Calif., will be sent to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in the middle of this year, said the Navy on Thursday. The destroyer is currently deployed with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group. The Paul Hamilton will head to San Diego for an overhaul. The change is part of a Navy strategy to place its most advanced ships close to Asia.
Item Number:18 Date: 03/21/2016 USA - ROBINSON TAPPED AS NEW COMMANDER OF NORTHCOM (MAR 21/AFT) AIR FORCE TIMES -- Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has nominated Gen. Lori Robinson to head U.S. Northern Command, reports the Air Force Times. If confirmed by the Senate, Robinson would be the first woman to head a combatant command, said a Pentagon spokesman on Friday. Robinson is currently the commander of Pacific Air Forces. Before that, she was vice commander of Air Combat Command. Robinson will succeed Adm. Bill Gortney, who has held the position since December 2014.
Item Number:19 Date: 03/21/2016 USA - TROOPS GUARDING NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN WYO. COME UNDER DRUG PROBE (MAR 21/WP) WASHINGTON POST -- The U.S. Air Force is investigating illegal, off-duty drug use by troops who protect nuclear weapons, say officials cited by the Washington Post. The probe is focusing on 14 enlisted personnel with the 90th Security Forces Group at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., Gen. Robin Rand, the commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, said on Friday. The squadron protects the base as well as launch control facilities and underground missile silos, noted the Air Force Times. No details were provided on the type of drug activity and what kind of drugs were involved. The incident "came to light because of one airman who had suspected drug activity by another and he reported that to his chain of command," said Rand. Those involved have been suspended pending the investigation.
Item Number:20 Date: 03/21/2016 UZBEKISTAN - SECURITY STEPPED UP ALONG BORDER WITH KYRGYZSTAN AHEAD OF HOLIDAY (MAR 21/RFE/RL) RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- Uzbek troops have shut down at least two border entry points along the border with Kyrgyzstan, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. On Friday, Uzbek authorities deployed dozens of soldiers, two armored personnel vehicles and two military trucks near a disputed border area in the southwestern district of Ala-Buka, said Kyrgyz officials. In response, Kyrgyz authorities stopped Uzbek citizens from crossing the border at three checkpoints along the border and started talks with Uzbek border officials. Uzbek border officials said the move was aimed at protecting public order ahead of the Navruz New Year holiday, reported the Trend News Agency (Azerbaijan).