Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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The List 4450
To All,
I hope your week has started well. Interesting reading here today. I hope you enjoy it.
This Day In Naval History - May 9
1926: Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd and Chief Aviation Pilot Floyd Bennett report reaching the North Pole in their heavier-than-air-flight aircraft. Both receive the Medal of Honor for this event.
1942 - USS Wasp in Mediterranean launches 47 Spitfire aircraft to help defend Malta
Thanks to Bob

rob@musicianonamission.comMany will say that those who fought ,one year, WW11 from June 6,1944 to May 1945 made-up the greatest generation, granted casualties in WW11 were much higher, but the 10 years of Vietnam took a much higher toll on America and it's allies. We won both wars battles, but the scars of Vietnam remain until today, and in my opinion, no greater accolades should be bestowed on any veterans, than those of Vietnam. Unappreciated by the American public, betrayed by the American government's corrupt politicians, sent into battle with inferior weapons, AR-15, Laws anti armor, etc. Our soldiers never lost a battle. Despite these handicaps, this generation of soldiers were the best we ever fielded.
Watch this video, narrated by Sam Elliott.
In case you haven't seen this, it is a powerful tribute to our generation of Vietnam veterans.
Vietnam, 50 years later
Today on Fighter Sweep
27th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron Turns 100!
How often do you hear about an active duty US fighter squadron turning 100 years old? Never! Well, the 27th Fighter Squadron does just that today marking its 100th year View More ›
The long-secret  "Rest-Of-The-Story"  of Apollo 11
Thanks to Mike …and Dr. Rich
Hi friends,
This story of the tail-end of the Apollo 11 mission to land men on the moon and return them safely to earth is a nail-biter that had to be kept secret for almost 30 years because a top-secret Cold-War satellite program was at its core.
The story is particularly poignant for me as U.S. Navy Captain Willard "Sam" Houston Jr., newly reassigned as Commander of Fleet Weather Central Pearl Harbor just one day prior to the Apollo 11 splashdown, was my first father-in-law and we remained life-long friends even after my divorce from his middle daughter. (founder and twice Texas President Sam Houston was his great-grandfather's uncle)
It should also be noted that Sam Houston enlisted in the Navy as a seaman right after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In the Pacific he flew on special missions as a meteorological observer that left his carrier along particular points of the compass for a set time, then returned on a heading that was calculated to bring them back to the boat.
His naval career put him at times flying through hurricanes in the Caribbean, obtaining his advanced meteorological degree in Sweden, instructing at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, and after his post in Hawaii, he moved back to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey where he commanded West Coast Weather Central, co-located at that facility.
His last post was in Washington D.C. as Commander, Naval Weather Service Command, before retiring in March 1976.
He passed away in 2012. Sam Houston was one of the finest, and most decent, men I've known.
Here is a write-up of the story of a huge developing thunderstorm predicted to blossom in all its fury at the exact time and place where Apollo 11 would splash down, which could only be seen by the latest-technology super-secret satellite administered by the U.S. Air Force and known to but a few, Capt. Houston being one of them.
SZT sponsors of applicants, please forward this on to them, too. I'd especially like Whitey Feightner to see this as he told me he knew Willard "Sam" Houston.
Enjoy the read,
Mike Satren, SZT QB Historian
Captain Willard "Sam" Houston, Jr.
Taken from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey "In Review" magazine dated January 2010
Thanks to Carl
Top 10 Wild Women Of The West
The Wild West of the late 1800s and the turn of the next century was a land with loose laws, big egos, and, of course, adventure. It attracted fiery individuals, with spirits as wild as the terrain, who left colorful pages in history. It was a place where rebellious women roamed free and pushed all the envelopes ever made for the fairer sex. These 10 women reveled in the freedom of the frontier and led lives in a way that still has us talking about them today.
In answer to my question of who was the author of "The Last Tallyho " Ed sent me this.
Richard Newhafer. He was a Navy ace in the Pacific with Navy Cross. Published several  books and got into the Hollywood script writing/PR stuff. He was part of Blue Angels team for a year or so, but not sure if he flew or was PR guy. The attached contains a moving poem he wrote about flying in the Pacific
Fly Navy, the Best Always Have
Published in the December 1976 issue of Naval Aviation News
Poem written by Richard L. Newhafer
Photographer: Unknown
The following is a prolog to Poems 1942-1945 by Richard L. Newhafer, reprinted, (in the December 1976 issue of Naval Aviation News) with permission of his widow, Frederica B. Newhafer.
A combat flyer in World War II, Newhafer received the Navy Cross, three DFCs and numerous other awards. He flew from the deck of Essex, Yorktown and Hancock. He shot down nine Japanese planes and helped sink the battleship Ise.
After the war he served as a civilian advisor to the South Korean Air Force. During the Korean conflict he flew Navy jets. He served two separate tours with the Navy's Flight Demonstration Team, (1954 & 1955) the Blue Angels, before ending his service career.
Newhafer authored six novels, including The Last Tallyho, was a television writer and a member of the Writers' Guild. He was at work on another book when he died in 1974 at the age of 52, a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Air Reserve.
I remember the things of the past four years. They are as much a part of me now and forever as my very soul. The years of my life may be many or may be few, but I'll remember . . .
I'll remember a glistening bar atop the El Cortez in San Diego in September of 1943, cloudy with cigarette smoke and noisy with a hard and forced laughter. I remember the gold wings and battle ribbons on the chests and Bates sitting beside me looking westward out over the sea.
'Well, Batesy, tomorrow we go. A week from today we'll be in it. So tonight we either get drunk or go to church. What'll it be?' And Bates smiled and ordered a drink for the house.
I'll remember sailing past Diamond Head on a clear, incredibly blue day. The beach and the pink of the Royal Hawaiian and the soft warm green of the rolling hills behind Pearl Harbor had a significance of their own that seemed to deny the very existence of war. I remember the tightly packed ships standing at anchor in the harbor and the ugly, rusted turrets of the battleships sunk on December 7th. The beauty of the hills and mountains lying in the background was incongruous with the magnificent display of power and might lying in the water like a lion ready to spring....
I'll remember a quiet ready room in the hours before dawn and the grim, strangely old faces of the pilots as they awaited 'Launch Aircraft.' I'll remember how soft that cloud looked the day over Wake Island, and how quick the Zero came out of the sun. He came from four o'clock and above, but I saw him against the background of lazy clouds. He looked like a fiery rose as he tumbled earthward. I caught him with a thirty-degree angle burst and blasted him fifteen thousand feet into the ocean beside Wake Island. We sent you more Japs, Major Devereaux.
I'll remember a gray Sunday morning on the pitching hanger deck of the carrier and the look on the Skipper's face as the weighted sack containing his wingman slid from under the flag on the edge of the deck and slipped into the choppy waters. I can't recall the song they play at a naval burial at sea, but it is poignantly sad and beautiful. But I do remember the Skipper's softly murmured, 'All secure Bill . . . and good luck.'
I'll remember the wardroom after the big fight at Palau, and Pope standing against the bulkhead, his face tired and lined by something that no man has yet been able to describe with words.
'The bastard was hiding in a cloud,' he said. 'I didn't see him until he'd opened fire. Then it was too late. Bates didn't know what hit him. He burned.' And there is your war. Simple. Brief. Be quick and neat and cold about it. Make your eyes hard and learn to laugh and grow old in a few hours. Never be a seeker but take today for what it's worth, forget yesterday and to hell with tomorrow. Tomorrow's strike will be a tough one and may be a last one, so forget it . . . and Bates burned . . . So Long Batesy!
I'll remember a lovely little palm-studded islet in the Marshall's . . . the broad toothless grin of an old native as he paddled by in his canoe . . . the deathlessly calm and clear water near Espiritu Santo. I'll remember a Navy nurse aboard the Solace and the unforgettable tropic moon as we danced on the deck.
'It can't last forever, my lovely, and someday all this will be ours forever. So let's take this moment, hold it close to our hearts . . . let's stand here on the deck in the moonlight, under these millions of stars, ten thousand miles and a year from home, and pretend we're at the country club at Westchester, or the beach at Melbourne or maybe just the drugstore in Cairo, Illinois. And if we can't pretend, then it's okay, let's forget it and go out quietly and do what we're told and win this damn war and find the lasting peace or maybe just die like Bates.
I'll remember the early morning of August 15th, 1945. We were ten thousand feet over Tokyo Bay, circling to begin our attack. Then it came . . . it crackled over the air from Nitrate Base some two hundred miles out to sea . . . it roared over the water from the carrier to the planes and brought with it all the hope and unreasoning happiness that salvation can bring. It brought tears and laughter and a numb sense of unbelief. It was old news to most of the world by the time but to us it was wonderfully new. Again and again it pounded in our earphones.
'All strike Able planes, this is Nitrate Base. All strike Able planes return to base immediately. Do not attack target. The war is over. We say again, this whole goddamn war is over . . .' and I'll remember the echo of the Last Tallyho.
I'll remember a dirty, dusty, winding street in Yokosuka . . . the funny looking Jap policemen with their big swords, who saluted every officer who passed within sight of them . . . the disgusting poverty of the people . . . the dead smell over the whole city . . . the grandeur of Fujiyama . . . the tiny old woman sitting on a corner curb in Yokohama, her head bowed and resting on her arms. When she raised her head as we passed she looked ten years older the God . . . the ugly young girls standing in the alleyways beckoning and grinning with their rotting teeth, unaware that they were too repulsive even to ply the oldest profession on earth . . . trying to buy a bottle of 'sake' and getting cleaner fluid instead, and the look on Burns' face when he took a swallow of it . . . Haley trying to buy a kimono and pointing to one the proprietor's wife was wearing and the proprietor thinking Haley wanted to buy his wife . . . the last glimpse of Japan as the towering snow-capped peak of Fujiyama faded over the horizon.
I'll remember sailing under the Golden Gate and the pretty young girls in blue uniforms lined up at the dock to greet us . . . the first sound of my mother's voice on the telephone . . . the wild farewell parties as the squadron broke up . . . the hearty promises to meet again when we all knew never would, that the whole thing was over.
'Well, Willy, take it easy, lad. I'll be out your way before long. Sure I'll look you up. We'll tie a beauty on. Yeah, it's been a lot of fun. Thanks for everything. Sure. So long fella.'
I'll remember the first breathless sight of home . . . tears in loving eyes . . . the hard handclasp of friends . . . trying to find something to say when they wanted to know what it was like out there. If it was tough, and how did it feel to kill a Jap. You couldn't tell them they weren't talking to the same person now, that you weren't the same entity you were then. Then you were part of a machine, a part of six .50 caliber machine guns, part of a pair of steady wings and a roaring engine, part of cloud cover and a clear sky. You were his target and he was yours and he wasn't quite good enough. That's all. Nothing more. But there aren't and never will be words to explain it. You have to live it.
I'll remember the gusty briskness of the wind off Lake Michigan . . . the flow of traffic down the Boulevard . . . Randolph Street at night and in the early dawn . . . the first civilian suit and the gold eagle in the lapel . . . taking the wings and row of ribbons off the uniforms and laying everything away till the world goes mad again someday.
And this last I don't have to remember because it belongs to the present and is a part of me now. It's the shutting off . . . the forgetting . . . the starting anew. It's putting the past four years away, storing them and all that belongs to them in the back of my mind where they can play no part in the present or future. They were full years, each of them choked to the brim with life and death and excitement and glory. The blood ran quick and hard. They have no place beside the years now and ahead.
Item Number:1 Date: 05/09/2017 AFGHANISTAN - KEY NORTHERN DISTRICT FALLS TO TALIBAN; GOVERNMENT SEEKS TO RETAKE IT (MAY 09/TN)  TOLONEWS -- The Afghan Ministry of Defense says it has a new military plan to retake Qala-e-Zal district in the northern Kunduz province from the Taliban, reports Tolo News (Afghanistan).   On Saturday, Taliban fighters captured the district after two days of fighting with government forces.   Defenses collapsed after the militants conducted a large-scale attack on the town of Aqtepa.   A lack of supplies contributed to their defeat, said Afghan troops.   Hundreds of families fled the fighting in Qala-e-Zal to Kunduz city, the provincial capital, AFP reported on Sunday.   Battling is also reported in the Charkhab, Khan Abad, Naseri Qishlaq and Shurabi Qishlaq suburbs of Kunduz as well as near the airport.   The fighting has effectively blocked the main highway linking Kunduz to the Khan Abad district and to the northern Takhar province, reported the Voice of America News.   Army operations to reopen the highway are underway, according to Afghan security officials. Dozens of Taliban fighters reportedly have been killed.  
 Item Number:2 Date: 05/09/2017 CANADA - TROOPS HELP BATTLE HEAVY FLOODING (MAY 09/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Canadian army has deployed 1,650 troops to help flood victims in Quebec, reports Agence France-Presse.   The troops were sent Monday after several rivers and lakes between Gatineau in the Canadian capital region and Montreal overflowed after what is being called the worst flood in half a century.   Hundreds of troops were sent on Saturday, with others following, noted CTV News.   One death has been reported and three are missing after flooding in parts of the provinces of Quebec and British Columbia, noted CNN.   The soldiers are to help stem the flooding, reinforce dikes and protect critical infrastructure, said authorities. Military helicopters and boats are on standby.   About 2,500 homes in Quebec and more than 300 in Ontario have been flooded. At least 1,500 people were ordered to evacuate.   Quebec Public Safety Minister Martin Coiteux said that the situation was expected to improve beginning on Wednesday.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 05/09/2017 COLOMBIA - SEARCH-AND-RESCUE OPERATION UNDERWAY AFTER ELN KIDNAPS 8, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (MAY 09/IBT)  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- The Colombian government has begun a rescue operation after eight people were abducted by suspected ELN rebels on Sunday, reports the International Business Times.   Seven men and one woman were kidnapped in the village of Sesego, close to the town of Novita about 540 km (335 mi) west of Bogota. The army said the hostages were forced into a boat and taken deep in the jungle, reported the BBC.   Defense Minister Luis Villegas said that another 500 troops would be deployed on top of the 6,300 already stationed in the region, said a statement.   The government blamed the ELN for the abductions. Peace talks with the rebel group have been ongoing in Ecuador since February. Bogota has demanded that ELN stop kidnapping people for financial gain
Item Number:4 Date: 05/09/2017 EGYPT - AIR FORCE KNOCKS OUT 15 TRUCKS CROSSING FROM LIBYA; SECURITY FORCES, MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD INVOLVED IN SHOOTOUT (MAY 09/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The Egyptian air force says it has destroyed more than a dozen vehicles that were crossing the border from Libya, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Fighter jets and helicopter gunships destroyed 15 4 x 4 vehicles over a 48-hour operation, said the military on Monday.   The military made the statement on its Facebook page. It did not say who was driving the vehicles or give any casualty reports. A video showed the aircraft destroying targets in the desert, reported Reuters.   The trucks were carrying weapons and other contraband, said the Egyptian military.   Separately, Egyptian security forces killed eight militants in a shootout in the country's south, said the Interior Ministry on Monday. The location was not specified.   Those killed were allegedly members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, including leader Helmi Saad Masri, said the ministry.  
Item Number:5 Date: 05/09/2017 FRANCE - GARE DU NORD REOPENS IN PARIS FOLLOWING UNSUCCESSFUL SEARCH FOR WOULD-BE ATTACKERS (MAY 09/UPI)  UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL -- An important railway station in Paris has been reopened after it was evacuated for a security operation on Monday, reports UPI.   Gare du Nord was evacuated late on Monday and sealed off by police officers who were responding to a tip about potential attackers arriving from the north.   Police searched for three men "suspected of wanting to carry out attacks in France," said a source close to the investigation cited by Reuters.   A railway employee at Valenciennes, near the French border with Belgium, sold a ticket to a man he thought could be one of the three suspects and alerted police, the source said.   The alert was called off after nothing was found. The station reopened early Tuesday
Item Number:6 Date: 05/09/2017 GREECE - AIR FORCE RETIRES RF-4E PHANTOM II AIRCRAFT (MAY 09/HAF)  HELLENIC AIR FORCE -- The Greek air force has formally withdrawn its RF-4E Phantom II reconnaissance aircraft.   The retirement of the jets and the deactivation of the 348th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron was marked in a May 5 ceremony at the 110th Combat Wing, Larisa Air Base, said a release from the Hellenic Air Force.   The ceremony was overseen by Adm. Evangelos Apostolakis, the head of the Greek military, and Lt. Gen. Chrostos Christodoulou, the air force chief.   Iran and Japan are now the last air forces still flying the RF-4, noted the Aviationist blog.  
Item Number:7 Date: 05/09/2017 IVORY COAST - DEMOBILIZED REBELS BLOCK ROAD IN BOUAKE, SEEKING PAYMENTS (MAY 09/ANO)  AFRICA NEWS ONLINE -- Ex-rebels are protesting again in the second-largest city in Ivory Coast, reports Africanews (Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo).   As they did in January, the demobilized fighters on Monday blocked access to Bouake, demanding bonus payments and jobs.   The earlier protests led to payments.   They set up barricades sealing off the main southern road from the city. The route is one of the primary routes between the port of Abidjan and Mali and Burkina Faso, noted Reuters.   The roadblock was removed after several hours of talks. A promise was made for President Alassane Ouattara to meet with the group's leaders, said a spokesman for the protesters.   A representative of the president's office said she was not aware of any such agreement.   The protesters are among 6,800 former fighters who demobilized after the end of the civil war in 2011. They seek bonuses and salaries owed between 2007 and 2012 worth about US$30,120 each. They also want positions in the military and government, said a local resident.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 05/09/2017 MALAYSIA - DRONE ATTACK IN SYRIA KILLED TOP MALAYSIAN ISIS LEADER, SAYS POLICE CHIEF (MAY 09/STIMES)  STRAITS TIMES -- Malaysia's police chief has confirmed that the country's most-wanted Islamic State member was killed last month in Syria, reports the Straits Times.   Muhammad Wanndy Mohamaed Jedi was killed in a drone strike on April 29, according to a social media post by his wife, reported the South China Morning Post.   Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed on Monday on Twitter that Wanndy was killed in Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS in Syria.   According to police, the militant leader and his wife left Malaysia in 2014 to join ISIS in the Middle East. He was infamous after appearing in a video showing the beheading of a Syrian man. He was also considered to be a recruiter and fundraiser for the terrorist group, reported the Voice of America News.   Malaysian authorities have said Wanndy was behind a grenade attack on a Kuala Lumpur bar in June 2016 that injured eight people
Item Number:9 Date: 05/09/2017 NATO - EASTLANT SUB DRILLS UNDERWAY IN NORWEGIAN WATERS (MAY 09/INDBAROBS)  INDEPENDENT BARENTS OBSERVER -- NATO submarines have begun an exercise off the coast of northern Norway, reports the Independent Barents Observer.   The EASTLANT exercise is taking place in an unspecified region specifically selected for a high training benefit, a spokesman for the Royal Norwegian Navy said on Friday. The area's oceanography is also suitable for surface traffic, he said.   On Friday, there were two German subs in port in Tromso, along with the intelligence ship Oste, and two Norwegian boats at sea in the area, according to an open-source database. U.S. Navy vessels were also noted in the area.   The training is focused on combat operations, the navy spokesman said
Item Number:10 Date: 05/09/2017 PHILIPPINES - AT DUTERTE'S ORDERS, MILITARY DRILLS WITH U.S. INCLUDE FEWER TROOPS (MAY 09/PHILSTAR)  PHILIPPINE STAR -- The Philippine and U.S. militaries have begun their annual Balikatan exercise, reports the Philippine Star.   Opened Monday, the drills are smaller in scale than in previous iterations.   This year's exercise focuses on humanitarian assistance, disaster-relief, counterterrorism and subject matter expert exchanges.   Past training has included live-firings and amphibious operations. The changes came at the request of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose policies have drawn fire in the West, noted the Stars and Stripes.   About 2,800 Philippine and 2,600 American troops are taking part, along with 80 Australians and 20 Japanese. This is about half the number of U.S. participants compared to last year, said officials.   The 12-day exercise is scheduled to conclude on May 19
  Item Number:11 Date: 05/09/2017 RUSSIA - MILITARY HARDWARE ROLLED OUT IN MOSCOW FOR VICTORY DAY (MAY 09/RT)  RUSSIA TODAY -- Russia is celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.   More than 10,000 soldiers and officers took part in a parade on Tuesday through Red Square in Moscow. Celebrations are being held in dozens of cities, noted Russia's RT news channel.   In Moscow, according to various sources, 100 military vehicles were involved. Those included: World War II-era T-34 tanks; Tigr-M armored vehicles; Typhoon armored personnel carriers; Armata T-14 tanks; Kurganet APCs; Msta-S self-propelled artillery; the latest generation of Buk-M2 and Tor-M2U air defense systems; S-400 long-range defense systems; Iskandar-M ballistic missiles; and Yars nuclear ICBM mobile launchers.   Russian warplanes did not take part in the parade due to unfavorable weather conditions, reported Tass. A weather modification effort by the Kremlin prevented rain, but not low clouds, according to the Daily Mail (U.K.)   The parade was originally expected to showcase Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers, Tu-22M3 long-range bombers, Il-78 refueling tanker aircraft, An-124 and Il-76MD military transport planes, Su-35S, Su-30SM, Su-27, MiG-29, MiG-31BM fighter jets, Su-34 and Su-24M frontline bombers, Su-25 attack aircraft, Yak-130 combat trainers and Mi-26, Mi-8AMTSh, Mi-28N, Ka-52 and Mi-35M helicopters.   Almost all of pilots that had been scheduled to take part in the parade had fought in Syria, said Russian air force Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 05/09/2017 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB ATTACKS ARMY BASE, CLAIMS TO HAVE CONTROL OF TOWN (MAY 09/REU)  REUTERS -- Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for an attack on a remote army base in southern Somalia, reports Reuters.   On Tuesday, the militants claimed to have control of the entire town of Goofgaduud, which is about 160 miles northwest of the capital, Mogadishu.   A military official confirmed that Al-Shabaab fighters attacked the base in the town and ambushed reinforcements. At least seven soldiers were killed, he told the wire service.   Authorities said they were not then able to confirm the seizure of the town.   Separately, on Monday, a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a cafe in central Mogadishu, killing at least eight people and wounded more than two dozen.   Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted police, intelligence, military and immigration officials
  Item Number:13 Date: 05/09/2017 SOMALIA - GOVERNMENT IDS DEATH OF SENIOR REGIONAL AL-SHABAAB LEADER, 3 ASSOCIATES (MAY 09/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Somali forces have killed the Al-Shabaab leader in the Lower Shabelle region, reports the Voice of America News, citing a government statement.   Security forces raided the village of Barire on May 5, killing Moalin Osman Abdi Badil and three other Al-Shabaab militants, the government said on Saturday.   The death of Badil "significantly disrupts" the group's ability to operate in the Lower Shabelle, said officials.   That statement did not mention that U.S. forces were involved in the operation, though a subsequent one did on Sunday, noted Reuters.   A Navy SEAL -- 35-year-old Kyle Milliken of Falmouth, Maine -- was identified as dying in that mission by the Pentagon. Two other SEALs were injured, according to U.S. officials cited by NBC News
Item Number:14 Date: 05/09/2017 SOUTH KOREA - NEW HUMAN INTEL UNIT TO COLLECT INFO ON N. KOREA (MAY 09/YON)  YONHAP -- U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), part of the United States Pacific Command, is preparing to create a specialized unit to gather and analyze human intelligence (HUMINT) on North Korea, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul), citing local officials.   The decision to set up the unit is a response to the North's growing communications security capabilities, which are making signals surveillance of its internal communications more difficult.   The new 524th Military Intelligence Battalion should be stood up in October under the 501st Military Intelligence Brigade, Eighth U.S. Army, according to USFK.   Its mission will be obtaining intelligence on North Korea through human sources and contact with other intelligence agencies. The unit also will assume the duty of analyzing HUMINT from the 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion.   The battalion will likely rely on high-level defectors from the North, foreign figures with experience in the country and U.S. intelligence agencies, said South Korean officials.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 05/09/2017 SOUTH KOREA - U.S. GUIDED MISSILE CRUISER COLLIDES WITH FISHING BOAT; NO INJURIES, BUT DAMAGE ASSESSMENT ONGOING (MAY 09/YON)  YONHAP -- A U.S. Navy cruiser has collided with a fishing vessel in South Korean waters, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   No injuries were reported.   An accident involving USS Lake Champlain and a South Korean fishing vessel took place at around noon on Tuesday about 56 miles south of Ulleung Island in the East Sea (Sea of Japan), said a military official.   The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser was conducted "routine operations in international waters" when her port side amidships collided with the fishing vessel, said U.S. Naval Forces Korea.   Both vessels were able to navigate under their own power and no one was hurt on either one, said the command.   Damage assessments are underway. The U.S. Navy and South Korea's coast guard are investigating the cause of the incident, the command said.   The Lake Champlain is part of the Carl Vinson carrier strike group, which includes the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers Wayne E. Meyer and Michael Murphy
Item Number:16 Date: 05/09/2017 SYRIA - KURDS IN SYRIA NOTED WITH HIGH-TECH GEAR; DOD SAYS IT DIDN'T PROVIDE IT (MAY 09/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- Kurdish fighters in Syria have been seen with sophisticated American gear as they approach a final assault on the Islamic State's stronghold in Raqqa, reports the Military Times.   The Pentagon says it is prohibited from providing such gear to the Kurds.   The equipment includes U.S.-manufactured night-vision goggles, rifles and advanced optics, among other gear.   In northern Syria, the equipment is being used by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which has emerged as the most capable U.S. proxy on the ground.   Publicity of this development could antagonize Turkey, which views the YPG as a terrorist group.   U.S. military officials have denied providing such equipment to the YPG and suggested it was likely supplied through "other means by other sources."   Analysts note that the transferring of such gear are not prohibited by the CIA or U.S. Joint Special Operations Command. Smuggling and theft are other potential routes.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 05/09/2017 THAILAND - INJURY TOLL RISING AFTER DOUBLE BLAST NEAR SUPERMARKET IN PATTANI (MAY 09/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A twin bombing at a busy supermarket in Thailand's restive south has wounded dozens, say police, as reported by Agence France-Presse.   The blasts on Tuesday occurred in Pattani, the capital of Pattani province, near the Malaysian border.   The first explosive device was hidden inside a motorcycle left in a car park. A second, much larger explosion shortly after was caused by a car bomb, said police.   Two of the wounded were in critical condition, said authorities cited by Reuters.   Reports on the number hurt have been changing. Officials have put the total at more than 50, according to the Evening Standard (U.K.).   Muslim separatists were suspected, said a police official. The bomber was believed to have fled the scene before the blast, he said.   There has been a separatist insurgency in the southern Thai provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat since 2004.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 05/09/2017 USA - AIR FORCE'S X-37B SPACE PLANE BACK IN FLA. AFTER ORBITING FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS (MAY 09/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force's X-37B orbital test vehicle (OTV) has landed at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., after its latest long-term mission in space, reports the Air Force News Service.   The secretive mission that lasted nearly two years ended with a huge sonic boom heard throughout the area, noted the Orlando Sentinel. It was the fourth space trip for the vehicle.   The OTV-4 conducted on-orbit experiments in space for 718 days before landing on Sunday, officials said. This extends the total number of days spent on-orbit for the program to 2,085, the Air Force said.   It was the longest classified mission for the Boeing-built craft, which has prompted considerable speculation, noted Geek Wire.   The X-37B performs risk reduction, experiment and concept of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies, said a service release.   The fifth OTV mission is scheduled to be launched from Kennedy Space Center later in the year
Item Number:19 Date: 05/09/2017 USA - FOLLOWING TEST, REAPER DRONE DROPS GBU-38 GUIDED WEAPON IN INITIAL COMBAT STRIKE (MAY 09/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- For the first time, the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle has deployed a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) in a test, reports the Air Force News Service.   During a test earlier this month at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., a Reaper successfully dropped the GBU-38, successfully hitting its simulated target.   The Reaper has been equipped with AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles and GBU-12 laser-guided bombs, but the GBU-38 provides new GPS capabilities, the Air Force said.   The integration of the JDAM with the drone will expand the Reapers strike capabilities, including during inclement weather, said service officials.   About a week after the test, a Reaper made its first combat strike in Operation Inherent Resolve on Thursday, the director of Creech Wing Operations Center, Nev., told Breaking Defense
Item Number:20 Date: 05/09/2017 USA - USAF DEMONSTRATION OF BOEING'S AIRBORNE NETWORKING SYSTEM CALLED SUCCESSFUL (MAY 09/BOEING)  BOEING -- Boeing has announced the demonstration of the networking capabilities of its Talon HATE pod with the Air Force.   During recent flight testing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Talon HATE pods on two F-15C fighters allowed pilots to share information over Link 16, Common Data Link and Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellites, the company said in a Monday release.   The trials also validated the intra-flight data link network capabilities of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter.   Pilots equipped with the Talon HATE system can rapidly send information between the F-15C and other Air Force aircraft and weapon systems, enabling real-time information-sharing, noted company officials.   Further testing this year with advanced sensors will demonstrate improved targeting capabilities, said Boeing.

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