Wednesday, May 24, 2017

TheList 4463

The List 4463

To All,
A bit of history and  some tidbits
This Day In Naval History - May 24
1917 - First U.S. convoy to cross North Atlantic during World War I leaves Hampton Roads, VA
1918 - USS Olympia anchors at Kola Inlet, Murmansk, Russia, to protect refugees during Russian Revolution
1939: Vice Adm. Allan McCann's Rescue Chamber is first used to rescue 33 men from the sunken USS Squalus (SS 192). Four Navy divers receive the Medal of Honor for their heroic actions on May 24-25 to rescue the trapped men.
1941 - Authorization of construction or acquisition of 550,000 tons of auxiliary shipping for Navy
1945 - Fast carrier task force aircraft attack airfields in southern Kyushu, Japan
1945 - 9 US ships damaged by concentrated kamikaze attack off Okinawa
If you want a really great read about this time Then get Barrett Tillman's "Whirlwind. The story of the Air War against Japan. The detail of what happened on both sides is really eye opening.
1961 - USS Gurke notices signals from 12 men from Truk who were caught in a storm, drifted at sea for 2 months before being stranded on an island for 1 month. USS Southerland investigated, notified Truk, and provided provisions and supplies to repair their outrigger canoe. The men would be picked up on 7 June by the motor launch Kaselehlia.
Today in History May 24
Nicolaus Copernicus publishes proof of a sun-centered solar system. He dies just after publication.
Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia.
Sir Thomas Gates institutes "laws divine moral and marshal, " a harsh civil code for Jamestown.
After years of unprofitable operation, Virginia's charter is revoked and it becomes a royal colony.
The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics are specifically excluded from exemption.
The Methodist Church is established.
Boston lawyer James Otis denounces "taxation without representation," calling for the colonies to unite in opposition to Britain's new tax measures.
Believing that a French invasion of Ireland is imminent, Irish nationalists rise up against the British occupation.
Samuel Morse taps out the first telegraph message.
General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey.
General Benjamin Butler declares slaves to be the contraband of war.
Bushwackers led by Captain William Marchbanks attack a Federal militia party in Nevada, Missouri.
The first American bicycle race is held in Boston.
Amy Johnson becomes the first woman to fly from England to Australia.
The British battleship Hood is sunk by the German battleship Bismarck. There are only three survivors.
Willie Mays begins playing for the New York Giants.
Civil rights activists are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.
From Pensacola to Shuri Castle
by  W. Thomas Smith Jr.
This Week in American Military History:
May 23, 1862:  Confederate forces under the command of Maj. Gen. Thomas J.
"Stonewall" Jackson strike, outmaneuver, and – with textbook coordination of infantry, cavalry, and artillery – decisively defeat Union Army forces under Col. John R. Kenly at Front Royal, Virginia.
May. 24, 1818:  Gen. (future U.S. pres.) Andrew Jackson and his expeditionary army march into Spanish-controlled Florida, easily capturing the Gulf-coastal town of Pensacola.
Col. Jos̩ Masot, the Spanish governor, retreats to nearby Fort San Carlos de Barrancas (originally built by the British as "the Royal Navy Redoubt") where he briefly puts up a token resistance Рto save face Рbefore hoisting the white flag there, too.
May. 26, 1917:  U.S. Army Gen. John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing is named commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), which is destined for European combat the following year.
May. 27, 1967:  USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) – the last conventionally powered American aircraft carrier – is launched.
May 28, 1918:  Almost one year to the day after Pershing is named commander- in-chief of the AEF, elements of the soon-to-be-famous 1st Infantry Division, ("the Big Red One") under the command of Lt. Gen. Robert Lee Bullard launch the first major attack by U.S. forces in World War I near the French town of Cantigny. In doing so, the Americans strike and the defeat a far-more experienced German army under the command of General Oskar von Hutier.
The attack opens in the wee hours with a two-hour artillery bombardment.
Then at 6:45 a.m., whistles are blown along the American trench lines, and soldiers from the division's 28th Infantry Regiment – destined to become known as the "Lions of Cantigny" – clamber over the top and into the open.
Supported by French aircraft, tanks, and mortar and flame-thrower teams – the Americans advance over a distance of 1,600 yards in three waves at marked intervals behind a creeping artillery barrage. By 7:20 a.m., the German lines are reached.
Fighting is grim; one American sergeant will write: "About twenty Dutchmen [Germans] came out of the holes, threw down their rifles and stood with their hands up. The doughboys didn't pay any attention to this but started in to butcher and shoot them. One of the doughboys on the run stabbed a Dutchman and his bayonet went clear through him." In the town, the Germans are flushed from hiding places in shops and houses. French soldiers with flamethrowers are called up to assist in clearing the cellars of buildings.
Lt. Clarence Huebner (destined to command the 1st Infantry Division in the next great war, and rise to the rank of Lt. Gen.) watches in horror as one of his badly burned enemies rushes from a flamed-out cellar. It was "just as I had seen rabbits in Kansas come out of burning straw stacks," he will recall.
The Germans – who, like so many others throughout history, had dismissed the Americans as not having the stomach for real fighting – develop a quick respect for their new foe.
Bullard's headquarters will issue a statement, a portion of which reads:
"The moral effects to flow from this proof of reliability in battle of the American soldiers, far outweighs the direct military importance of the actions themselves."
May. 28, 1980: The first female midshipmen graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
May 29, 1945:  Elements of the famous 1st Battalion, 5th Marines capture Shuri Castle – the palace of the Ryukyu kings for centuries – during the Battle of Okinawa.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Ordinary men doing extraordinary deeds? I don't know.

Not much ordinary about Master Sergeant Ross, USA (Ret.) who recently passed at age 94.

WaPo did a nice obit;
On Oct. 30, 1944, Sgt. Ross's company took heavy casualties from German forces, losing 55 of its 88 men. About 11:30 a.m., Sgt. Ross moved to a forward position, 10 yards beyond his company's riflemen, and set up his light machine gun.

He was an open target for German marksmen and artillery fire, yet he held steady for five hours, carrying on what was virtually a one-man battle.

"His position seemed to be on fire," a U.S. officer who witnessed the battle said afterward, "because of the explosions all around him."

Wave after wave of German soldiers attacked Sgt. Ross's position, yet he managed to repel successive counterattacks with well-aimed machine-gun fire.

At one point, he grabbed a rifle from a wounded soldier nearby and aimed it toward approaching enemy troops. The rifle was struck by a German bullet, rendering the gun useless, but Sgt. Ross was not hurt.

"I throwed that thing down," Sgt. Ross told the website in 2013, "and I had that machine gun pouring."

When his machine gun temporarily ran out of ammunition, Sgt. Ross refused to abandon his post.

"He merely shook his head," William T. Wardell, a lieutenant in the unit, said in 1945.

With the few surviving U.S. riflemen reduced to fixing their bayonets for hand-to-hand combat, German troops crawled as close as four yards to Sgt. Ross's machine-gun nest.

They were to toss grenades into his emplacement when he received a fresh supply of ammunition.

"He opened up as they swarmed him, firing short bursts," Wardell said. "In less than a minute I saw 50 Germans fall dead or wounded around his machine gun. When the enemy turned and ran, corpses were piled high around the gun."

Sgt. Ross "broke the assault single-handedly, and forced the Germans to withdraw," according to his citation for the Medal of Honor, the military's highest award for valor.

He killed or wounded at least 58 German soldiers and "saved the remnants of his company from destruction."

He stayed by his gun through the night and next day, prepared for a possible return by enemy forces. After 36 hours, it was clear that the Germans had abandoned the field.

Sgt. Ross emerged from the battle unscathed.
Not the end of the story.
After the war, he worked for the Kentucky highway authority for a year or two before reenlisting in the Army. In 1950, after only nine days on the battlefield in the Korean War, Sgt. Ross was severely wounded in his legs by machine-gun fire. He remained in the Army until 1964.

He settled in DuPont, Wash., where he worked in a pickle factory and drove a van for a veterans hospital. He often attended veterans events and was one of 12 Medal of Honor recipients featured on postage stamps released in 2013.

His wife of more than 60 years, the former Monica Belford, died in 2011. They had six children. Complete information on survivors was not immediately available.

Sgt. Ross had few trappings of his wartime heroism, except for a commemorative Medal of Honor license plate that other motorists occasionally noticed in traffic.

"Sometimes people salute me," he said.
That, my friends, is a man in full with a life well lived.
For Monday – a day not for us the living but for those no longer with us, who sleep with a Peace only a Warrior knows - Dutch
Thanks to Hal -
We have talked about this before, of the thousands of sailors, marines and airmen who lie unmarked and forgotten in the oceans deep.  Here is a poem fitting for them on this Buddy Poppy weekend and the Day of Memorial.
Thanks to Captain Sullivan and Alan Syler for this
If you are out and about this weekend, take a Buddy Poppy from one of us and remember the hundreds of thousands that didn't get to live out their life.

"In Waters Deep"

In ocean wastes no poppies blow,
No crosses stand in ordered row,
Their young hearts sleep… beneath the wave…
The spirited, the good, the brave,
But stars a constant vigil keep,
For them who lie beneath the deep.

'Tis true you cannot kneel in prayer
On certain spot and think. "He's there."
But you can to the ocean go…
See whitecaps marching row on row;
Know one for him will always ride…
In and out… with every tide.

And when your span of life is passed,
He'll meet you at the "Captain's Mast."
And they who mourn on distant shore
For sailors who'll come home no more,
Can dry their tears and pray for these
Who rest beneath the heaving seas…

For stars that shine and winds that blow
And whitecaps marching row on row.
And they can never lonely be
For when they lived… they chose the sea…
Alan Syler
Thanks to TR
Finally—this clears it all up.  
Review the following, and you will have a complete understanding of the various federal government investigations. 
P.S. You can thank me for clearing things up later….
Item Number:1 Date: 05/24/2017 AZERBAIJAN - MEETING IN BATUMI, TURKISH, GEORGIAN, AZERI MINISTERS AGREE ON TRILATERAL DEFENSE COOPERATION (MAY 24/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey have been discussing military cooperation in Batumi, on Georgia's Black Sea coast, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   "The ministers agreed unanimously that the format of their trilateral cooperation is aimed at strengthening peace, stability and security of the region and at developing the armed forces of the three countries," said a statement from the Georgian Defense Ministry.   The ministers agreed to enhance the scope of joint military exercises and discussed regional security during Tuesday's meeting, said the ministry.   Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria announced that the special operations forces would hold a trilateral exercise in June in Turkey, reported the Azerbaijan Press Agency.   Joint information technology training is also planned for September 2017, the minister said
  Item Number:2 Date: 05/24/2017 BAHRAIN - RAID NEAR HOME OF SHI'ITE SPIRITUAL LEADER LEADS TO DEATHS, 268 ARRESTS (MAY 24/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The raid of a town that is home to a prominent Shi'ite spiritual leader in Bahrain has left at least five people dead, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Ayatollah Isa Qassim was sentenced earlier this week to a year in jail for corruption. Authorities revoked his citizenship last year for alleged links to Iran and encouraging violence.   Bahrain, a predominately Sunni country, has strained relations with its Shi'ite minority.   On Tuesday, security forces raided Qassim's residence in Diraz, where his supporters have been holding a sit-in.   "The operation in Diraz was based on intel that several fugitives connected to serious acts of terrorism and the killing of a policeman were harbored in the village," a security official told Reuters. The raid did not target Qassim, he added.   The Interior Ministry said that security forces opened fire after being attacked with "hand grenades, iron bars and bladed weapons," killing five "outlaws." Nineteen security personnel were injured.   The ministry said 286 people were arrested, including several who reportedly escaped from a prison in January
  Item Number:3 Date: 05/24/2017 DENMARK - ARMY OPTS FOR CAESAR SELF-PROPELLED HOWITZERS (MAY 24/NEXTER)  NEXTER -- The Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has awarded Nexter a contract for self-propelled artillery systems, reports the French defense firm.   The US$45 million deal covers 15 Caesar 155-mm truck-mounted howitzers, with options for another six units, reported Defense News.   The deal is the first to involve Nexter's 8 x 8 Caesar, mounted on a Tatra truck chassis, said company officials.   The 8 x 8 variant offers "improved operational autonomy and a platform offering significant growth potential for further adaptation," said Nexter.   Denmark selected Nexter for exclusive talks in March. Other contenders were Israel's Elbit Systems with the ATMOS and South Korea's K9 Thunder, noted  
  Item Number:4 Date: 05/24/2017 FRANCE - MACRON TO ASK FOR ANOTHER EXTENSION OF STATE OF EMERGENCY (MAY 24/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- President Emmanuel Macron says he will ask French lawmakers to extend the nation's state of emergency, reports Agence France-Presse.   The emergency state, which was imposed in November 2015 following attacks by the Islamic State, gives police sweeping powers.   Macron said on Wednesday that he will seek to push the expiration date of July 15 to Nov. 1. This would be the sixth extension.   The new president said he had also asked his government to draft legislation to reinforce security measures beyond the state of emergency
Item Number:5 Date: 05/24/2017 ICELAND - FLYING OUT OF KEFLAVIK AIR BASE, CANADIAN HORNETS DEFEND ICELANDIC SKIES ON BEHALF OF NATO (MAY 24/CP)  CANADIAN PRESS -- Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet fighters have begun patrolling Iceland's airspace as part of a NATO program, reports the Canadian Press.   About 180 Canadian personnel and six Hornets have been deployed to Keflavik Air Base, near the capital, Reykjavik, for the month-long mission, officials said. The patrols began on Monday.   The air patrols will focus on meeting and identifying unknown aircraft under Icelandic jurisdiction, noted Global News (Canada).   The mission is part of Operation Reassurance efforts to reinforce the defense of NATO countries threatened by a more aggressive Russia.   Iceland is the only country in the alliance without a standing military
  Item Number:6 Date: 05/24/2017 INDIA - ARMY SAYS IT HIT PAKISTANI POSTS IN KASHMIR; ISLAMABAD SAYS IT DIDN'T HAPPEN (MAY 24/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- India and Pakistan have conflicting accounts about a military operation in disputed Kashmir.   The Indian army says it bombed Pakistani military posts across the border in Kashmir, reported the Voice of America News.   The military operation was part of counterinsurgency operations and took place "very recently," said Maj. Gen. Ashok Narula on Tuesday.   The army released video footage purportedly showing heavy artillery hitting bunkers on a mountain.   The general accused the Pakistani army of supporting militants trying to infiltrate the border and said the operation was aimed at decreasing "the number of terrorists in Kashmir."   India has repeatedly made such assertions; just as often, Pakistan denies providing cover to militants.   A Pakistani military spokesman said on Twitter that the Indian claim was false and insisted that no such action took place.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 05/24/2017 IRAQ - AL-NAJJAR DISTRICT, ON MOSUL'S RIGHT BANK, BACK IN GOVERNMENT'S HANDS (MAY 24/IQN)  IRAQI NEWS -- The Iraqi Defense Ministry says that its forces have recaptured the al-Najjar district in western Mosul, reports Iraqi News.   The district, on Mosul's right bank, one of a handful being contested by government forces and Islamic State militants, was retaken on Monday, the ministry said.   Mosul fell to the terrorists in June 2014.   Earlier this month, the Iraqi military changed its strategy. It halted operations targeting the Old City, the heart of the ISIS resistance, from the south and moved from the northwest.   The narrow roads in that part of the city and large number of civilians, many of whom are apparently being held as human shields, has slowed the operation, said officials.   The Iraqi Joint Operations Command recently reported that it controlled at least 89.5 percent of western Mosul.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 05/24/2017 IRAQ - EXPLOSIVE DEVICE KILLS 2 SECURITY PERSONNEL ON PATROL IN DIYALA PROVINCE (MAY 24/IQN)  IRAQI NEWS -- Two Iraqi security personnel were killed on Tuesday while patrolling in the northeastern part of the eastern Diyala province, reports Iraqi News.   The officers killed, including an air force adviser, were from the Dijlah Operations Force. A third officer was also injured when a roadside bomb detonated near the Hamreen Mountains, said provincial security officials cited by local media.   The Islamic State terrorist group has stepped up its attacks against government, paramilitary troops and civilians in Diyala and Salahuddin provinces in recent months, officials said.   Baghdad is expected to launch a major security operation targeting ISIS strongholds, including Diyala, once the government has wrapped up its extended operations in Mosul
Item Number:9 Date: 05/24/2017 PAKISTAN - CHINESE COUPLE ABDUCTED IN QUETTA (MAY 24/GEOTV)  GEO TV -- Police in Pakistan say unknown gunmen kidnapped three Chinese nationals Wednesday in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, reports GeoTV (Pakistan).   A Chinese couple and their child were abducted in the Jinnah area.   A security guard was injured when the abductors opened fire, police said.   The husband and wife worked at a nearby language center where they had been teaching Korean for more than a year.   Other accounts said only the Chinese couple was taken and that another person managed to escape.   Chinese authorities have urged Pakistan to improve security, especially in Baluchistan, where China is backing the construction of a new port and roads as part of the US$57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, noted Reuters   Pakistan announced in April 2015 that it was going to set up a 12,000-strong force to protect Chinese workers and engineers as part of the infrastructure plan, the Wall Street Journal reported at the time
Item Number:10 Date: 05/24/2017 PHILIPPINES - PRESIDENT DECLARES MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO, CONTEMPLATES IMPOSING IT NATIONWIDE (MAY 24/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao amid ongoing clashes with Islamists in the area, reports NBC News.   On Tuesday, fighting broke out between troops and ISIS-linked militants in the city of Marawi as soldiers raided a hideout while looking for Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon. Militants there called for reinforcements from the allied Maute Islamist group.   The militants reportedly seized the city hall, a hospital and a jail and burned a Catholic church and a college. ISIS flags were seen in the area. At least 14 people have been taken hostage at a Catholic cathedral, reported the Philippine Inquirer.   At least three security personnel and several militants were killed, said officials.   Later that day, Duterte declared martial law in the entire Mindanao region for 70 days. The measure allows the military to make arrests and searches more quickly.   Duterte said martial law on the island could last for up to a year. He also suggested on Wednesday that he might include the entire nation to deal with Islamist militancy, reported the New York Times.  
Item Number:11 Date: 05/24/2017 SOMALIA - ISIS MAKES ITS INITIAL ATTACK IN SOMALIA; SUICIDE ATTACKER KILLS 5 IN PUNTLAND (MAY 24/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide blast on Tuesday in Somalia's northern Puntland region, reports Agence France-Presse.   The blast occurred at a checkpoint in the northeastern city of Bosaso in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, said police.   After security forces stopped the suspect, he blew himself up, killing a security officer and four civilians, a local police official said. Twelve others were injured.   ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on its Amaq news agency. It is believed to be its first in Somalia.   Somalia is home to Al-Qaida-linked Al-Shabaab, which has been waging an insurgency against the central government in Mogadishu and African Union forces. Al-Qaida and ISIS are rivals.   Al-Shabaab told Reuters their fighters were not responsible. While suicide bombings have been common in Mogadishu, they are relatively rare in Puntland, noted the wire service
Item Number:12 Date: 05/24/2017 SOMALIA - PIRATES OFF PUNTLAND GRAB IRANIAN FISHING BOAT FOR THEIR OWN USE (MAY 24/MAREXEC)  MARITIME EXECUTIVE -- Apparent Somali pirates took over an Iranian fishing boat on Tuesday to use it as a mothership for future attacks, according to a regional official cited by the Maritime Executive.   The mayor of the coastal town of Haaba in the Puntland region said the vessel did not have a license to fish in those waters. He suggested that it would be employed to attack larger, more valuable ships, reported Reuters.   Local pirates often point to illegal and unlicensed fishing by foreign vessels as a source of grievance. The region has been suffering from a severe drought
Item Number:13 Date: 05/24/2017 SOUTH KOREA - OBJECTS FROM N. KOREA LIKELY BALLOONS WITH PROPAGANDA, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTRY (MAY 24/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korea's military says the unidentified object or objects that flew across the border with North Korea on Tuesday and prompted warning shots were apparently balloons, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   South Korean troops fired shotes as one object crossed the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) and then disappeared from radar, said the military.   Some military officials said it appeared to be a drone, noted AFP.   On Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said that there were about 10 balloon-shaped objects and several crossed the MDL.   The ministry said it was unlikely the objects were drones. They were probably believed to be balloons carrying propaganda leaflets from the North, said a ministry spokesman, as cited by CNN.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 05/24/2017 SOUTH KOREA - SEOUL SEEKS ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT FOR AESA RADAR FOR KF-X FIGHTER (MAY 24/YON)  YONHAP -- Seoul has decided to obtain technology assistance from Israel for the development of a new radar for South Korea's planned KF-X indigenous fighter jet, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has signed a contract with an Israeli firm for testing of an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar being developed by a South Korean company, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said on Tuesday.   The deal covers technology support for the operational testing of a prototype radar, emphasized the DAPA. It requires advanced technology to test an AESA radar and integrate it with an aircraft.   The contract, apparently with Elta in Israel according to published accounts, is said to be worth about US$35.5 million, though the ADD did not reveal its value.   The announcement follows reports that the ADD has abandoned an effort to develop the radar on its own despite its partnership with domestic defense firm Hanwha Systems
  Item Number:15 Date: 05/24/2017 SYRIA - IN SKETCHY ACCOUNT, ARMY SAYS IT KILLED ISIS' 'MINISTER OF WAR' (MAY 24/REU)  REUTERS -- The Syrian army has claimed that it killed the Islamic State's "ministry of war" and other senior figures in the northern part of the country, reports Reuters, citing state media.   Abu Musab al-Masri was among 13 high-ranking ISIS members killed in army operations east of Aleppo, said a military source on Wednesday.   No details were given on when or where the incident took place.   The previous Islamic State minister of war, Abu Omar al-Shishani, was killed last year in a U.S. airstrike, according to the Pentagon. ISIS maintained he died fighting in the Iraqi city of Shirqat in July
Item Number:16 Date: 05/24/2017 TAIWAN - WAR GAMES SIMULATE INVASION BY CHINA (MAY 24/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- The Taiwanese military is in the midst of a major live-fire exercise simulating the repelling of a multi-pronged attack from China, reports the South China Morning Post.   The five-day event, which began Monday, is part of an annual exercise being held across the country.   On Monday, aircraft including P-3C patrol and Mirage 2000-5 and F-16 fighters simulated emergency evacuations from their bases in western Taiwan to facilities in the east in response to mock strikes from enemy forces, said Defense Ministry officials.   The training also covered landings, takeoffs and aerial refueling with the army's new AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.   The highlight of the drills is set for Thursday, when elite forces from the army, navy and air force will simulate a battle on the island of Penghu in the Taiwan Strait, said officials.   Taiwanese marines will play the role of Chinese involved in an amphibious attack.   The live-fire component of the Han Kuang drills was preceded by five days of computer-based exercises from May 1 to May 5.   Meanwhile, the Taiwanese coast guard is holding a defensive exercise on Taiping Island, in the disputed South China Sea, from Wednesday through Friday
  Item Number:17 Date: 05/24/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - SOLDIERS ON STREETS AS LONDON RAISES THREAT LEVEL TO 'CRITICAL' (MAY 24/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The United Kingdom government has raised the nation's terror threat level to its highest level of "critical," reports CNN.   The level has not been that high in a decade, noted the Daily Telegraph.   Tuesday's move came after a suicide bombing at the end of a concert in Manchester that killed 22 people and injured dozens. ISIS claimed responsibility. The new threat level means that an attack is "expected imminently," reported the BBC.   On Wednesday, police in London said they had increased the number of officers on the streets and that the military would be deployed to guard key sites, including Buckingham Palace and Downing Street.   Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that almost 1,000 troops were deployed, with up to 3,800 available.   Police identified the bomber in Monday's attack as Salman Ramadan Abedi, a 22-year-old British man of Libyan descent who was known to security services. He reportedly had traveled recently to Syria and Libya.   Also on Wednesday, three more men were arrested in connection to the bombing. Abedi's 23-year-old brother was arrested Tuesday. Investigators are trying to determine whether Abedi had help.   In a separate incident on Tuesday night, counterterror police arrested a man at London's Stansted airport suspected that he planned to travel to Syria and was preparing acts of terrorism, reported the Independent (U.K.).   The arrest not connected to the Manchester attack, said police.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 05/24/2017 USA - BOEING GETS ANOTHER $1 BILLION DEAL FOR REDESIGNED KILL VEHICLE (MAY 24/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded a contract modification to Boeing, Huntsville, Ala., for development of a redesigned kill vehicle (RKV) for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $1.1 billion deal covers the payload, payload ground testing, integration with the ground-based interceptor (GBI) and GMD ground system, flight testing and four initial production RKVs for initial fielding, said a Pentagon release on Monday.   The modification increases the total value of the contract from $4.7 billion to $5.8 billion.   Development will be performed by a cross-industry team of Boeing, Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Raytheon, said the release.   Work is scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2022, being done in Huntsville, Tucson, Ariz., and Sunnyvale, Calif., among other locations.  
Item Number:19 Date: 05/24/2017 USA - USAF, COALITION PARTNERS HOLD JOINT CRASH RESPONSE EXERCISE IN S.W. ASIA (MAY 24/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- Members of several coalition air forces recently conducted a joint crash response exercise at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, reports the U.S. Air Force News Service.   The exercise, which involved Australian, French, U.S. and other coalition personnel, was designed to evaluate how coalition components might work together in the event of an aircraft crash.   This was the first exercise of its kind at the location, said a French air force officer. The French service was the lead for the drill, which took place on May 16.   "It was the first time everyone [all coalition partners] participated with multiple services, including medical teams, explosive ordnance disposal and security," the officer said.   Personnel from the U.S. 380th Air Expeditionary Wing sent medical and EOD teams to multiple sites during the exercise.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 05/24/2017 ZAMBIA - POLICE CONTINGENT TO TRAIN SOMALIS ON SECURITY FOR A.U. MISSION (MAY 24/DALRAD)  DALSAN RADIO -- The Zambian government has dispatched its first police detachment to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), reports Dalsan Radio (Mogadishu).   Twenty-two Zambian officers, who have already joined the mission, will train Somali police on security matters, said an AMISOM statement late last week.   The officers will teach specialized skills to local police as they begin to take on larger responsibilities, the mission said.

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