Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Fw: TheList 4610

The List 4610


To All
I hope that your week has started well.
This Day In Naval History - December 12
Dec. 12
1862—During the Civil War, a Confederate torpedo (mine) sinks USS Cairo in Yazoo River. Her wreck is recovered in 1965, but is badly damaged during the salvage efforts.
1937—After Japan invades Nanking, China, USS Panay (PR 5) evacuates American citizens when it comes under attack from Japanese aircraft, killing three men and wounding 43 sailors and five civilians.
1941—The Naval Air Transport Service (NATS) is established.
1942—Five torpedo boats attack 11 Japanese destroyers off Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal. Motor torpedo boats PT 37 and PT 40 sink Japanese destroyer Terutsuki. In return, the Japanese destroyers Kawakaze and Suzukaze sink PT 44 off Savo Island.
1972—Capt. Eugene A. Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, walks on the Moon and raises the U.S. flag. Cmdr. Ronald E. Evans is the Command Module Pilot and Harrison H. Schmitt is the Lunar Module pilot. The mission lasts 12 days, 13 hours and 52 minutes.
2001—USS Russell (DDG 59) recovers four crewmembers from an Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber, which crashed at about 11:30 a.m. EST into the Indian Ocean 30 miles north of the British base of Diego Garcia. 
Today in History December 12
George Washington, the adjutant of Virginia, delivers an ultimatum to the French forces at Fort Le Boeuf, south of Lake Erie, reiterating Britain's claim to the entire Ohio River valley.
The British soldiers responsible for the "Boston Massacre" are acquitted on murder charges.
The Union loses its first ship to a torpedo, USS Cairo, in the Yazoo River.
Orders are given in Richmond, Virginia, that no more supplies from the Union should be received by Federal prisoners.
Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio transmission in St. John's Newfoundland.
Communists forces seize Canton, China.
The Spanish Civil War begins as rebels take a border town.
The last Allied troops withdraw from the Saar region in Germany.
Under pressure from the Communists in Canton, Chiang Kai-shek resigns as president of the Nanking Government but remains the head of the Nationalist government that holds nominal rule over most of China.
The German Army launches Operation Winter Tempest, the relief of the Sixth Army trapped in Stalingrad.
The exiled Czech government signs a treaty with the Soviet Union for postwar cooperation.
The United Nations calls for immediate Soviet withdrawal from Hungary.
Kenya becomes a republic.
Three Buddhist leaders begin a hunger strike to protest the government in Saigon.
The United States ends the airlift of 6,500 men in Vietnam.
South Korean Army Major General Chun Doo-hwan, acting without authorization from President Choi Kyu-ha, orders the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Jeong Seung-hwa, alleging that the chief of staff was involved in the assassination of ex-President Park Chung Hee.
Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashes after takeoff at Gander, Newfoundland; among the 256 dead are 236 members of the US Army's 101st Airborne Division.
The Russian Federation becomes independent from the USSR.
Willie Brown beats incumbent mayor Frank Jordon to become the first African-American mayor of San Francisco.
The US Supreme Court announces its decision in Bush v. Gore, effectively ending legal changes to the results of that year's Presidential election.
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A General Mattis Christmas Story
Posted 2010/12/20

A couple of months ago, when I told General Krulak, the former Commandant of the Marine Corps, now the chair of the Naval Academy Board of Visitors, that we were having General Mattis speak this evening, he said, "Let me tell you a Jim Mattis story."

General Krulak said, when he was Commandant of the Marine Corps, every year, starting about a week before Christmas, he and his wife would bake hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Christmas cookies. They would package them in small bundles.

Then on Christmas day, he would load his vehicle. At about 4 a.m., General Krulak would drive himself to every Marine guard post in the Washington-Annapolis-Baltimore area and deliver a small package of Christmas cookies to whatever Marines were pulling guard duty that day. He said that one year, he had gone down to Quantico as one of his stops to deliver Christmas cookies to the Marines on guard duty. He went to the command center and gave a package to the lance corporal who was on duty.

He asked, "Who's the officer of the day?" The lance corporal said, "Sir, it's Brigadier General Mattis."

And General Krulak said, "No, no, no. I know who General Mattis is. I mean, who's the officer of the day today, Christmas day?"

The lance corporal, feeling a little anxious, said, "Sir, it is Brigadier General Mattis."

General Krulak said that, about that time, he spotted in the back room a cot, or a daybed. He said, "No, Lance Corporal. Who slept in that bed last night?"

The lance corporal said, "Sir, it was Brigadier General Mattis."

About that time, General Krulak said that General Mattis came in, in a duty uniform with a sword, and General Krulak said, "Jim, what are you doing here on Christmas day? Why do you have duty?" General Mattis told him that the young officer who was scheduled to have duty on Christmas day had a family, and General Mattis decided it was better for the young officer to spend Christmas Day with his family, and so he chose to have duty on Christmas Day.

General Krulak said, "That's the kind of officer that Jim Mattis is."

The story above was told by Dr. Albert C. Pierce, the Director of the Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics at The United States Naval Academy. He was introducing General James Mattis who gave a lecture on Ethical Challenges in Contemporary Conflict in the spring of 2006. This was taken from the transcript of that lecture.
Got it all figured out?  Wrap your mind around this!
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What If the Big Bang Wasn't the Beginning? New Study Proposes Alternative
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Navy Cooks
An admiral visited one of the ships of the line under his command.
While eating breakfast with the crew, he was impressed to see the Naval insignia stamped on every biscuit.
He went to the Chief cook to ask how this feat was done, so it could be used on other ships under his command.
The Chief replied, "I'd be glad to share that with you, Admiral. After each biscuit is cut, I just slap it here against my belt buckle, which bears the Navy insignia.
Horrified, the Admiral exclaims, "That's very unhygienic!"
The Chief shrugs and replies, "Well, If that's the way you feel, sir, I suggest you avoid the donuts.
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Pole Dancing like you've never seen before ....
With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
December 12, 2017   Bear Taylor   
RIPPLE SALVO… #646… There will be a test…Really… Part III: an intense June, July and August of give and take…hard fighting in the air over North Vietnam… More targets, fewer restrictions, more opposition and more losses…but first…
Good Morning: Day SIX HUNDRED FORTY-SIX of another look at the air campaign of the Vietnam war called Rolling Thunder… forty months of going North…
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Posted by Eric Nestor
Team 144 on Facebook needs a Christmas Tree cut down.
Does he choose to use a chainsaw?  Nope.  Witness the best way to cut down a Christmas Tree with superior firepower.
Team 144 needed a Christmas Tree.  Grabbing the chainsaw is just so last year.  Using an axe is more like last century.  Why not use your favorite semi-automatic rifle?
With a magazine loaded up with 60 rounds he begins his use of this NoslerChainsaw.  Bullet after bullet shred the trunk until this Christmas Tree is tagged and bagged.
Christmas Tree hunting just becomes so much more exciting when firepower is used!  Now, that is indeed the correct, humane and most enjoyable way to bag your Christmas Tree this year.  Great job, Team 144: that certainly is one perfect Christmas Tree.
Pearl Harbor Memorial and the King of Rock and Roll.
In 1949, a commission was established to create a permanent tribute to the lives lost on Dec. 7, 1941. It wasn't until 1958 when the project's fundraising process started after President Dwight D Eisenhower designated the harbor area that contains USS Arizona as a National Memorial. The budget for the USS Arizona Memorial Fund was $500,000, but funds were well short as the federal government and the state of Hawaii were only able to contribute a total of $200,000 toward the monument. With funds well short of the goal, Elvis Presley stepped in to help the cause. He agreed to perform a benefit concert in Honolulu with all proceeds going to the USS Arizona Memorial Fund.  Elvis raised $64,000, and additional money was eventually secured. Elvis never forgot Arizona, and the Navy did not forget Elvis. When Elvis passed away in 1977, the Navy showed its gratitude by placing a wreath for him at the USS Arizona Memorial. To learn more, read the story at Construction Equipment Guide. In addition, check out NHHC's USS Arizona Memorial webpage.
Item Number:1 Date: 12/12/2017 AFGHANISTAN - U.S. SUPPORTS MAJOR BOOST IN SPECIAL OPS PERSONNEL, SEEN AS AFGHANISTAN'S BEST TROOPS (DEC 12/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- The U.S. government is backing an effort that would almost double the size of Afghanistan's special operations forces, considered Kabul's most capable units, reports the Los Angeles Times.   Elite Afghan units have been routinely responding to attacks and led the majority of offensive operations.   The US$200 million plan is part of a four-year program to enhance security in Afghanistan in response to recent terrorist gains. More than one-third of 33 million Afghans live in areas controlled or contested by the Taliban, Islamic State or other militant groups, according to U.S. estimates.   Afghan forces continue to suffer heavy casualties, with nearly 800 troops and police killed in a recent month.   The coalition is trying to increase the size of Afghanistan's most capable units, including paramilitary police, army commandos and the air force.   The plan will increase the number of elite army, police and air personnel from 19,000 to nearly 34,000, officials said.   The project will require additional recruits, converting some conventional troops to commandos, enhancing training and logistical support, and ensuring they are not assigned to static duties, such as manning checkpoints.   Some critics worry that the increasing emphasis on special operations forces risks diluting the quality of elite units
Item Number:2 Date: 12/12/2017 AUSTRALIA - DARWIN FRIGATE RETIRES AFTER CAREER OF 33 YEARS (DEC 12/ADOD)  AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Royal Australian Navy has decommissioned the frigate Darwin after more than three decades of service, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense.   The Darwin formally left service during a Dec. 9 ceremony at her homeport of Garden Island, Sydney.   Since being commissioned in 1984, the frigate steamed more than 1 million nautical miles, visited more than 50 countries and participated in operations in the Middle East, East Timor and the Solomon Islands, the Defense Dept. said.   The Darwin is being retired in favor of the new, more capable Hobart-class air warfare destroyers, the department said. The first of that class was inducted into service in September
  Item Number:3 Date: 12/12/2017 EGYPT - RUSSIAN STATE-OWNED ROSATOM TO BUILD EGYPTIAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT (DEC 12/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- The Russia and Egypt have agreed to begin constructing Egypt's first nuclear power plant, report Ahram (Egypt).   Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi attended the ceremony in Cairo Monday. Egypt's minister of electricity and director general of Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom signed the document to start the project.   Under the agreement, Russia will provide 85 percent of the construction costs for the nuclear plant in the town of Dabaa, Matrouh, estimated at up to US$21 billion, according to Reuters.   Russia will also build four reactors for the plant and service them for 60 years.   Construction is expected to be completed by 2028-2029.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 12/12/2017 GERMANY - BERLIN UNMASKS CHINESE FRAUDULENT PROFILES USED IN SPYING EFFORT; BEIJING CALLS CHARGES 'GROUNDLESS' (DEC 12/EUO)  EU OBSERVER -- Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) says China is using phony profiles on social media to mine data from German officials and politicians, reports the E.U. Observer.   "This is a broad-based attempt to infiltrate, in particular, parliaments, ministries and government agencies," Hans-Georg Maassen, the BfV chief, said on Sunday.   More than 10,000 Germans have been approached by Chinese profiles posing as reputable professionals on the LinkedIn networking site, according to BfV. The agency researched the effort for nine months, reported Reuters.   The intelligence agency released several fraudulent LinkedIn profiles. Beijing's effort is likely intended to recruit high-ranking officials to become Chinese informants, said Maassen.   On Monday, China rejected the claims. A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry called the investigation "complete hearsay and groundless," reported the New York Times on Monday. The spokesman urged German officials to "speak and act more responsibly."  
  Item Number:5 Date: 12/12/2017 GHANA - GUNMEN ON MOTORBIKES SHOOT UP MARKETPLACE, KILLING 4 (DEC 12/DAGR)  DAILY GRAPHIC -- Gunmen have attacked a marketplace in Ghana's Northern Region, killing at least four people, reports the Daily Graphic (Accra).   Unidentified gunmen on motorbikes began shooting indiscriminately at the central marketplace in Nanjon in the Bunkpurugu-Yunyon District on Sunday evening, police said.   There were around eight gunmen, police officials confirmed on Monday to Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Two people were killed at the scene, while 10 others were injured, police said. Two later died at the hospital.   Additional police and military personnel have been deployed to the area to enhance security. An investigation into the attack has been launched, said regional police
  Item Number:6 Date: 12/12/2017 IRAQ - SADR, FIREBRAND CLERIC, TO DISSOLVE SHI'ITE MILITIA (DEC 12/RUDAW)  RUDAW -- Influential Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr says he has decided to dissolve his militia and urged other militia members to turn over their guns to Baghdad, reports Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan).   In a televised speech Monday, Sadr said he had ordered the closure of all offices of his Saraya al-Salam militia and called on his fighters to return their state-issued weapons to the government.   Sadr urged other militias to do the same, saying that with the Islamic State defeated in Iraq, militias should disband or join regular units.   Saraya al-Salam (or "Peace Companies") is seen to be a revival of Sadr's "Mahdi Army," which fought American soldiers after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.   Sadr also argued against the participation of the Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) in elections.   Parliamentary and provincial elections are scheduled for May 2018
  Item Number:7 Date: 12/12/2017 JAPAN - CHINESE-JAPANESE HOTLINE GETS CLOSER; GOAL IS TO AVOID ACCIDENTAL CLASH IN E. CHINA SEA (DEC 12/AS)  ASAHI SHIMBUN -- The Chinese and Japanese governments have reportedly reached a preliminary agreement to establish a hotline to avoid misunderstandings in the East China Sea, according to sources cited by Japan's Asahi Shimbun.   The agreement in principle was reached during talks held in Shanghai on Dec. 5-6, sources from both governments told the newspaper last week.   An initial accord on such a hotline was reached in 2007, which launched discussions on a direct link between the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the Chinese military aimed at avoiding a clash in the waters or airspace of the East China Sea.   Efforts stalled after Tokyo's decision to purchase the disputed Senkaku Islands from the family that owned three of the islands in 2012.   The hotline is expected to begin operating once a formal agreement is signed.   The latest agreement is seen in some quarters as an indication of warmer ties between the longtime rivals.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 12/12/2017 JAPAN - DEFENSE MINISTRY SEEKS ANOTHER US$6.5 MILLION FOR AEGIS ASHORE BATTERIES (DEC 12/KNA)  KYODO NEWS AGENCY -- The Japanese Defense Ministry has requested an additional US$6.5 million for the fiscal 2018 budget to support the construction of two land-based Aegis missile defense systems, reports Tokyo's Kyodo news agency.   The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to endorse the deployment of two Aegis Ashore systems on Dec. 19, a government source told Japan Times.   "There is a need to strengthen our capability to regularly and sustainably defend all of the country as soon as possible at a time when North Korea is building up its ballistic missile capability," Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters on Sunday.   The funds requested for fiscal 2018, which begins on April 1, will be used for surveying the planned deployment site, designing the deployment plan and other expenses, the minister said
Item Number:9 Date: 12/12/2017 JAPAN - FORMER U.S. ARMY DEFECTOR DIES; CALLED DEFECTION 'BIGGEST MISTAKE' (DEC 12/NPR)  NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO -- A former U.S. Army sergeant who defected and spent 40 years in North Korea has died in Japan, reports NPR.   Charles Jenkins, 77, collapsed outside his home on Monday and later died in the hospital, reported BBC, citing local media.   Jenkins spent four decades in North Korea, much of it in prison.   While stationed near the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea in 1965, he crossed the border into North Korea and was taken hostage.   Held in prison for his first eight years there, Jenkins later acted in propaganda movies and taught English to North Korean soldiers and spies.   He married a Japanese woman while in North Korea. In the midst of an attempt to improve relations, he was allowed to leave for what was supposed to be a short visits. He did not return, reported the Daily Telegraph (U.K.). In 2004, he turned himself into U.S. authorities for desertion. He was given 30 days' confinement, a dishonorable discharge and forfeited pay and benefits.   Jenkins called the decision to defect "the biggest mistake I ever made."  
  Item Number:10 Date: 12/12/2017 NIGERIA - AFTER 6 MONTHS ON THE JOB, THEATER COMMANDER IN BOKO HARAM FIGHT IS REPLACED (DEC 12/DP)  DAILY POST -- The Nigerian army has replaced its commander in charge of the battle against Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, reports the Daily Post (Nigeria).   Maj. Gen. Rogers Nicolas took command of Operation Lafiya Dole on Monday at the military command center in Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's northeastern Borno state.   He succeeded Maj. Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim, who was removed from the theater commander post after a resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in the region, reports This Day (Lagos) on Dec. 7.   During the change-of-command ceremony, Nicolas called on members of Boko Haram to lay down their arms.   Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the chief of staff, said that while Boko Haram fighters had been technically defeated, the remnants remained in the bush and were attacking soft targets.   He called on civilians to provide intelligence to the military to help bring an end to the insurgency.   Ibrahim is expected to resume his duties as deputy chief of policy and plans at the army headquarters. He assumed the theater command position in May 2017.  
Item Number:11 Date: 12/12/2017 NORTH KOREA - OFFICIALS POINT TO PYONGYANG'S DEVELOPING BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS POTENTIAL (DEC 12/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- North Korea is trying to acquire machinery that could be used in a biological weapons program, reports the Washington Post.   Citing U.S. and Asian intelligence officials and weapons experts, the paper reported that Pyongyang has been sending its scientists around the world for advanced degrees in microbiology and selling biotechnology services to developing nations.   Analysts cited by the Post on Sunday said there is no evidence that dictator Kim Jong Un has ordered the production of biological weapons. However, the program could be scaled up to do so on short notice, they said.   Cited was a 2015 video in which Kim visited a "biotechnical institute." Ostensibly a factory for developing pesticides, the video showed state-of-the-art equipment necessary for producing and distributing biological weapons, noted the Post.   U.S. analysts believe that North Korea has possessed the smallpox virus since the 1990s. It is known to have experimented with the microbes that cause anthrax, cholera and bubonic plague, according to official assessments by U.S. and South Korean intelligence agencies
Item Number:12 Date: 12/12/2017 PHILIPPINES - ABU SAYYAF EXECUTES VIETNAMESE BOAT CAPTAIN; HOSTAGE HELD SINCE NOVEMBER 2016 (DEC 12/RFA)  RADIO FREE ASIA -- The Philippine military says Abu Sayyaf terrorists have executed a Vietnamese hostage who had been held for more than a year on an island in the southwest, reports Radio Free Asia.   Pham Minh Tuan's remains were recovered on Dec. 8 in a village on the island of Jolo, the military said on Monday. The remains were airlifted to the Vietnamese embassy in Manila, said a local police chief.   Tuan, the captain of the M/V Royal 16 vessel, was taken hostage along with five crewmembers in November 2016.   The hostages were held on Jolo island for much of their captivity. One hostage escaped in June. Two were executed in July.   At least six foreigners are believed to be held captive by the group, say officials
Item Number:13 Date: 12/12/2017 SOMALIA - EXPLOSIVE DEVICE ATTACHED TO AUTO KILLS NEWS ANCHOR IN MOGADISHU (DEC 12/EA)  EAST AFRICAN -- A journalist working for a television station in Somalia has been killed after a bomb attached to his car exploded, says a colleague, as reported by the East African.   Mohamed Ibrahim Gabow was driving in Mogadishu's Wadajir district on Monday night when his car exploded, badly injuring him, according to witnesses and security sources cited by the Voice of America News. He died soon afterward.   Gabow was a news anchor for Kalsan TV, a satellite channel popular across Somalia.   Magnetized explosives have been used before in Mogadishu and elsewhere in the country against journalists and politicians, noted the East African.   Gabow is the fifth journalist killed in Somalia this year, reported VOA.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 12/12/2017 SOUTH AFRICA - MILITARY HELICOPTER HITS OVERHEAD CABLE, CRASHES; 8 INJURED IN INCIDENT NEAR CAPE TOWN (DEC 12/NEWS24)  NEWS24 -- A South African air force helicopter has crashed near Cape Town, injuring eight people onboard, say local officials, as reported by News24 (South Africa).   The Oryx helicopter went down on Sunday just outside the Huguenot tunnel on the Worcester side, blocking the highway, police said.   One person was seriously injured, with seven others suffering minor to moderate injuries, said medical officials said.   The helicopter was transporting a helicopter engine when it flew through newly erected overhead wires, reported DefenceWeb (South Africa).   The wires had been put up within the previous week, without any notice being provided to airmen, said one crewmember
  Item Number:15 Date: 12/12/2017 TURKEY - TRIAL BEGINS OVER ISTANBUL NIGHT CLUB ATTACK; LEAD SUSPECT FACES 40 LIFE SENTENCES (DEC 12/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The trial has begun in Turkey of dozens of suspects in a New Year's Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that left 39 dead, reports Agence France Presse.   Abdulkadir Masharipov, 34, refused to testify on Monday, although he had previously confessed to the attack, reported Deutsche Welle.   The Uzbek defendant claimed a senior Russian member of the Islamic State ordered the attack on the Reina nightclub on New Year's Eve last year, according to the indictment.   ISIS denied the attack shortly after.   Masharipov faces 40 life sentences - one for each victim and another for the massacre itself, noted AFP.   Masharipov's wife is among the other 56 defendants. She is believed to have assisted her husband in planning the attack.   Her husband, the lead suspect, is charged with membership in a terrorist group, murder and other offenses
Item Number:16 Date: 12/12/2017 USA - ARMY NAMES FORT BRAGG AS HOME FOR LATEST SECURITY FORCES ASSISTANCE BRIGADE (DEC 12/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army has decided to stand up its second Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) at Fort Bragg, N.C., reports the Army Times.   The base was selected based on "strategic considerations," such as the anticipated time to activate and train an SFAB; the presence of senior grade personnel to man the unit; and required facility costs, the Army said in a release on Dec. 8.   The first of six planned SFABs was activated in October at Fort Benning, Ga. The brigades are the first permanent Army units designed to conduct security cooperation activities and provide a quick-response capability to combatant commanders.   The SFAB from Fort Benning is expected to make its first deployment in early 2018.   Initially, each unit will have about 800 personnel with expertise in training and advising foreign security forces. Five of the brigades will be active duty and one will be in the National Guard.   The SFABs are expected to reduce demand on existing brigade combat teams
Item Number:17 Date: 12/12/2017 USA - COAST GUARD COMMISSIONS USCGC JACOB POROO IN NEW ORLEANS (DEC 12/USCG)  U.S. COAST GUARD -- The U.S. Coast Guard has commissioned its 25th Sentinel-class fast response cutter.   The Jacob Poroo officially entered service during a Dec. 8 ceremony in New Orleans, said a Coast Guard release.   The cutter is the second to be stationed in Pascagoula, Miss.   The cutter honors Petty Officer 1st Class Jacob Poroo, a hospital corpsman assigned to the cutter Balsam in Adak, Alaska.   In June 1968, Poroo and seven other men escaped from a burning cabin. Poroo heard shouting and ran back into the cabin to ensure that everyone had evacuated. Despite receiving second- and third-degree burns over 75 percent  of his body, he continued to give medical advice to his companions until help arrived, according to the USCG.   After he succumbed to his injuries, Poroo was posthumously awarded the Coast Guard Medal for his courage and altruism.   The service is acquiring 58 fast response cutters to replace its aging 110-foot Island-class patrol boats. Forty-four have been ordered
Item Number:18 Date: 12/12/2017 USA - COAST GUARD CUTTER INTERCEPTS SEMI-SUBMERSIBLE PACKED WITH 3,800 POUNDS OF COCAINE (DEC 12/USCUST)  U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION -- The U.S. Coast Guard has intercepted a semi-submersible vessel carrying an estimated 3,800 pounds of cocaine.   On Nov. 12, Air and Marine Operations crew aboard a P-3 Long Range Tracker aircraft spotted the vessel in international waters near Texas, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection statement released on Dec. 8.   The next day, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, in concert with Joint Interagency Task Force–South, intercepted the vessel, said the release.   Three smugglers in the semi-submersible were arrested and the contents seized. About 3,800 pounds of cocaine was packed on the vessel, noted USA Today.   The three crewmembers will face charges in the U.S., said the statement
Item Number:19 Date: 12/12/2017 USA - DOD KICKS OFF AGENCY-WIDE AUDIT (DEC 12/D1)  DEFENSE ONE -- The Pentagon is beginning an audit of its finances, aiming to issue its first report in November 2018, reports Defense One.   The DoD's actions represent the first "agency-wide" financial audit in the Pentagon's history, said the DoD's news service.   Defense Comptroller David Norquist said last week the audit will occur annually, starting in 2018 with reports issued in November.   The announcement comes after years of calls for greater transparency.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 12/12/2017 USA - SUSPECT IN NYC ATTACK SAID TO BE INSPIRED BY ISIS (DEC 12/WABC)  WABC - NEW YORK -- Police say the man who set off an explosion Monday on a New York City transit hub was "inspired by ISIS," reports WABC (New York).   Witnesses say a pipe bomb attached to a man's chest detonated at 7:20 a.m. on Monday as commuters gathered in Manhattan's crowded Port Authority terminal. The bomb, however, failed to completely detonate.   Three or four people were injured as well as the attacker, according to various accounts. One police officer was injured, reported Reuters.   Akayed Ullah, 27, was taken to the hospital under police custody after the attack. He told investigators that his actions were linked to U.S. action against the Islamic State group in Syria and elsewhere, according to the BBC.   According to the Los Angeles Times, he told investigators he was inspired by ISIS' recent call for attackers in Western cities around the Christmas holidays.   Ullah, an immigrant from Bangladesh, moved to the U.S. in 2011 and was residing in Brooklyn.   Federal authorities said he was a Green Card holder who entered the country on a family visa. Newsweek noted that is a type of immigration opposed by President Trump.NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

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