Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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The List 4826 TGB

To All,
A bit of history and some tidbits
This day in Naval History
Oct. 3
1921—USS Olympia sails to France to bring home the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Olympia returns stateside Nov. 9, 1921.
1944—Pfc. Richard E. Kraus attempts to evacuate a wounded Marine from the front lines on Peleliu Island when he is confronted by two Japanese soldiers, one of whom threw a hand grenade at them. Hurling himself upon it, Kraus absorbs the blast, sacrificing his life to save his comrades. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
1944—USS Samuel S. Miles (DE 183) sinks Japanese submarine I 177, 60 miles north-northeast of Angaur, Palau.
1944—USS Shelton (DE 407) is sunk by Japanese submarine off Morotai Island, Indonesia. During anti-submarine operations, USS Richard M. Rowell (DE 403) accidentally sinks USS Seawolf (SS 197), which is transporting U.S. Army personnel to the east coast of Samar. There are no survivors among the more than 100 crew and passengers.
1955—USS Saipan (CVL 48) begins disaster relief in Tampico, Mexico, rescuing people and delivering supplies after three consecutive hurricanes struck the area. Operations end Oct. 10, 1955.
1962—Sigma 7 (Mercury 8) is launched. The mission is piloted by Cmdr. Walter M. Schirra, Jr., and lasts nine hours and 13 minutes. Cmdr. Schirra makes six orbits at an altitude up to 175.8 statute miles at 17,558 mph. Recovery is conducted by USS Kearsarge (CVS 33).
This Week in American Military History:
Oct. 7, 1777:  Continental forces under the command of Gen. Horatio Gates decisively defeat British forces under Gen. John "Gentleman Johnny"
Burgoyne in the Second Battle of Saratoga (also known as the Battle of Bemis Heights).
According to the National Parks Service, "This crucial American victory renewed patriots' hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world." But the war is far from over.
Oct. 7, 1780:  Three years to the day after Second Saratoga, patriot militia forces armed with rifles, knives, and tomahawks decisively defeat musket-armed Loyalist militia under the command of British Army Maj. Patrick Ferguson (who will be killed in the fighting) in the bloody Battle of King's Mountain on the N.C.-S.C. border. Among the patriots is John Crockett, father of Davy Crockett.
Oct. 7, 1918:  Nearly two weeks into the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I, the U.S. Army's 82nd Division (destined to become the famed 82nd Airborne Division) battles its way toward -- and successfully relieves -- the now famous "Lost Battalion" (combined elements of three battalions of the 77th Infantry Division, which had been surrounded during a German counterattack). For days without blankets and overcoats, always running short of ammunition and medical supplies (the wounded often patched up with bloody bandages removed from the dead), and with little food and nearly no water; the "Lost Battalion" -- under the command of Maj. (future lieutenant colonel) Charles S. Whittlesey -- had refused to surrender. Responding to a German surrender-demand, Whittlesey allegedly replied, "Go to hell!" Some reports suggest he said, "Come and get us." Whittlesey and two of his officers -- Captains George McMurtry and Nelson Holderman -- will receive the Medal of Honor.
Oct. 7, 2001: Post 9/11 America goes on the offensive against terrorists when U.S. and allied forces launch a massive retaliatory air and naval strike against the Taliban and Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network in Afghanistan.
Oct. 8, 1918:  The day following the relief of the "Lost Battalion,"
Private First Class (future U.S. Army sergeant and future colonel in the Tennessee State Guard) Alvin C. York captures "the whole damned German Army." In the action for which he will receive both the Medal of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre, York leads a seven-man team of doughboys against a strong enemy position. The team kills at least 25 Germans and captures four officers, 128 soldiers, and over 30 machineguns. York, an expert rifleman from the Tennessee backcountry (yes, the home of John and son, Davy, Crockett), will later describe the action as something akin to a Tennessee turkey shoot: "Every time one of them raised his head, I just teched him off," he said. French Marshall Ferdinand Foch will tell York, "What you did was the greatest thing accomplished by any private soldier of all the armies of Europe."
With our thanks to THE Bear at
Misty Vietnam Fast FACs – Unofficial History
October 3, 2017   Mighty Thunder 
Misty Vietnam – Unofficial History

Historians have a hard time defining the exact dates of the war in Vietnam. When the Vietnamese defeated the French at the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954, Americans began to fill the western power vacuum in an effort to keep Southeast Asia from falling to the Communists. When President Kennedy was elected, he sent advisors; then, sent more advisors, and the U.S. became officially "involved". 1964 saw the infamous Gulf of Tonkin incident, when, according to President Lyndon Johnson, North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked an American ship. Congress passed the "Gulf of Tonkin Resolution," and the President committed U.S. troops.
"Misty" was the radio callsign used by the F-100F Fast Forward Air Controllers (Fast FACs) during the Vietnam War. There were 157 pilots officially assigned to fly missions over North Vietnam from 15 June 1967 – 19 May 1970. 21 other attached pilots flew occasional missions. There were also Intelligence Officers, Flight Surgeons, and Maintenance Officers assigned. It was a small, tight-knit group of special people given a difficult task in a terrible war. Of the 157 Mistys, 34 were shot down (22%). Eight others were shot down when not flying with Misty (total 28%). Two Mistys were shot down twice. There were seven KIA, four POWs, and [as of Jan '10] 42 are now deceased. There was also one Medal of Honor winner, two Air Force Chiefs of Staff, six general officers, a winner of the Collier Trophy, the Louis Bleriot Medal, the Presidential Citizen's Medal of Honor, and the first man to fly non-stop, un-refueled around the world. By any measure this was an unusual group of men
Mighty Thunder is proud to provide RTR readers with the link below for the full story on the Misty Fast Forward Air Controllers and their dangerous mission in North Vietnam, 1967 to 1970.
2016 Today in History
October 3

Russia signs a treaty with the Turks, ending a three-year conflict between the two countries.

Congress borrows five million dollars to halt the rapid depreciation of paper money in the colonies.

At the Battle of Corinth, in Mississippi, a Union army defeats the Confederates.

Captain Jack and three other Modoc Indians are hanged in Oregon for the murder of General Edward Canby.

John L. Routt, the Colorado Territory governor, is elected the first state governor of Colorado in the Centennial year of the U.S.

The first conference on wireless telegraphy in Berlin adopts SOS as warning signal.

The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes officially changes its name to Yugoslavia.

The comic strip Dick Tracy first appears in the New York News.

U.S. Army adopts airborne, or parachute, soldiers. Airborne troops were later used in World War II for landing troops in combat and infiltrating agents into enemy territory.

The Maltese Falson, starring Humphrey Bogart as detective Sam Spade, opens.

Germany conducts the first successful test flight of a V-2 missile, which flies perfectly over a 118-mile course.

German troops evacuate Athens, Greece.

A "shot is heard around the world" when New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson hits a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the National League pennant.

The UK successfully conducts a nuclear weapon, becoming the world's third nuclear power

Two children's television programs and a family sitcom all destined to become classics debut: Captain Kangaroo, Mickey Mouse Club, and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

A violent coup in Honduras ends a period of political reform and ushers in two decades of military rule.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its maiden flight.

Art Shell becomes the first African American to coach a professional football team, the Los Angeles Raiders.

After 40 years of division, East and West Germany are reunited as one nation.

Battle of Mogadishu, in which 18 US soldiers and some 1,000 Somalis are killed during an attempt to capture officials of the warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's organization.

Former pro football star and actor O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, ending what many called "the Trial of the Century.".

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to purchase distressed assets of financial corporations and supply cash directly to banks to keep them afloat.
Bug Roach
Yesterday was the 27th anniversary of loss of great fighter pilot and superb LSO. Hear his voice below and read his words. I heard that voice many times and it was always a comfort to know that "Bug" was on the platform with the pickle in his hand.
Subject:: A-6 Barrier landing  (left main gear up.)
Here is a great video. A terrific job by the Landing Signal Officer. Watch/listen to the video first then read "the rest of the story". A great Naval Aviator that most carrier jocks knew in the '70's-'80's.
The Landing Signal Officer referred to and handling this recovery was "Bug" Roach.
CDR Roach was born in Monterey, Calif. and received his Naval Aviator wings in 1966. He served as an F-8 Crusader pilot and Landing Signal Officer (LSO) during the Vietnam War, making combat cruises with three different air wings on three different 27C class carriers. In 1990 the Navy League sponsored an award to recognize professional LSO performance, on the LSO platform. Based on his unsurpassed expertise on the LSO platform, the Navy League felt very strongly that they wanted to name the award the "CDR John "Bug" Roach Paddles Award", while CDR Roach was still on active duty. At the 1990 Tailhook Convention, where the first award was presented, the following facts were supplied about CDR Roach's LSO career:
He made four separate CAG LSO tours. In addition he was recalled on two other occasions as a ready alert CAG LSO due to his expertise. During his tenure as a CAG LSO he waved without mishap:
ten barricade arrestments
twenty single engine approaches
five aircraft missing main landing gear
two A-4 aircraft with major battle damage
the first ever S-3 with an unlocked wing
a night, hand-held radio (PRC-90), talkdown of six aircraft with no meatball and with the flight deck illuminated by the headlights of flight deck tractors, following a total engineering casualty on the ship.
Subsequent to these accomplishments, when events began heating up in the Middle East in 1990, CDR Roach volunteered his services as CAG LSO yet again and deployed with CVW-2 to the war zone. It was on this cruise that he made his 1,000th arrested landing. In more than 25 years of Naval service, CDR Roach never had a non-flying tour. On 2 October 1991 while on an adversary flight in an A-4E off the coast of Southern California, CDR Roach was killed when his aircraft lost power and he was unable to successfully eject from the stricken aircraft. Note Bug's prayer below.
Prayer written by
CDR John "Bug" Roach
Lord, we are the nation! We celebrate our birthday on July 4th, 1776, with the Declaration of Independence as our birth certificate. The bloodlines of the world run in our veins because we offer freedom and liberty to all whom are oppressed. We are many things and many people. We are the nation.
We sprawl from the Atlantic to the Pacific, to Alaska and Hawaii. three million square miles throbbing with industry and with life. We are the forest, field, mountain and desert. We are the wheat fields of Kansas, the granite hills of Vermont, and the snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. We are the Brooklyn Bridge, we are the grain elevators in the farm belt, we are the Golden Gate. We are the nation.
We are 213 million living souls, and yet we are the ghosts of millions who have lived and died for us. We are Nathan Hale and Paul Revere. We are Washington, Jefferson and Patrick Henry. We are Lee, Grant, Abe Lincoln and George Bush. We are the famous and the unknown. We are presidents, we are paupers. We are the nation.
We stood at Lexington and fired the shot heard around the world. We remember the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, Inchon and the Persian Gulf. When freedom calls, we answer. We left our heroic dead at Belleau Wood, on the rock of Corregidor, on the bleak slopes of Korea, in the steaming jungles of Vietnam and under the rubble of Beirut. We are the nation.
We are schools and colleges, churches and synagogues. We are a ballot dropped in a box, the harmonious voice of a choir in a cathedral, the crack of a bat and the roar of a crowd in a stadium. We are craftsmen, teachers, businessmen, and judges. We are laborers and nurses. We are parents and we are children. We are soldiers, sailors and airmen. We are peaceful villages, small towns and cities that never sleep. Yes, we are the nation, and these are the things that we are.
We were conceived in freedom, and dear God, if you are willing, in freedom we will spend the rest of our days. May we always be thankful for the blessings you have bestowed upon us. May we be humble to the less fortunate and assist those in need. May we never forget the continuing cost of freedom. May we always remember that if we are to remain the land of the free, we must continue always to be the home of the brave. May our wishbone never be found where our backbone should be. May we possess always, the integrity, the courage and the strength to keep ourselves unshackled, to remain always a citadel of freedom and a beacon of hope to the world.
We are the nation.....this is our wish...this is our hope and this is our prayer...Amen
John "Bug" Roach
United States Navy
Item Number:3 Date: 10/03/2018 CHINA - TRIO OF HYPERSONIC MODELS TESTED SUCCESSFULLY (OCT 03/GT)  GLOBAL TIMES -- China has successfully tested three new hypersonic aircraft prototypes in a single mission, reports the Global Times (Beijing).   On Sept. 21, scale models of the D18-1S, D18-2S and D18-3S aircraft were dropped together at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern Gansu Province, state media reported late last week.   According to video footage, one of the aircraft has a single vertical tail, another has two vertical tails while the third has a single wing attached above its body.   Testing three prototypes with different aerodynamic designs allows researchers to compare and analyze how different designs affect an aircraft's speed, stability and maneuverability, a military analyst told the Global Times on Sept. 28.   Further wind-tunnel tests with larger or real-size models are required before finalizing the aerodynamic configuration of the aircraft.   The wide-speed-range aircraft are capable of reducing speed to fly in a stable mode at a lower velocity, allowing it in the terminal stage to aim, adjust trajectory and position and strike targets more precisely, reported the South China Morning Post.   Hypersonic weapons are expected to enable rapid, precise strike, which could eventually be developed into a nuclear-capable weapon.   In August, China successfully tested the Starry Sky 2 hypersonic glider. The aircraft was launched by a rocket and reached speeds of Mach 6.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 10/03/2018 EGYPT - 15 MILITANTS KILLED IN SINAI RAID (OCT 03/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Egyptian security forces say they have killed 15 militants in an operation in the Sinai peninsula, reports Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   Security forces received a tip that militants were planning to conduct attacks on Oct. 6, when Egypt marks a military victory against Israel in the 1973 war, the interior ministry said on Wedensday.   The security personnel raided a farm in Arish in northern Sinai, resulting in a gun battle in which 15 militants were killed, the ministry said.   A weapons cache was seized during the operation.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 10/03/2018 EGYPT - TOP SINAI MILITANT KILLED IN AIRSTRIKE (OCT 03/REU)  REUTERS -- The Islamic State says a senior member of its affiliate in the Sinai peninsula has been killed, reports Reuters.   Abu Hamza al-Maqdisi was killed along with two others in a Monday airstrike against their vehicle near Sheikh Zweid in northern Sinai, according to unnamed security sources.   ISIS announced the death on social media on Tuesday.   Maqdisi, a Palestinian, was in charge of planning and training operations in Sinai, the group said.   Egyptian security forces have been conducting a major operation against the Islamic State in the region since February
Item Number:6 Date: 10/03/2018 ETHIOPIA - 44 KILLED IN LATEST ETHNIC CLASHES IN W. ETHIOPIA (OCT 03/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- At least 44 people have been killed in fighting between rival ethnic groups in western Ethiopia, reports BBC News.   Violence erupted last week after gunmen killed four local officials who were visiting the Oromia region, according to locals in the neighboring Benishangul-Gumuz region.   Youths armed with rocks and knives have forced people to abandon their homes.   Security forces have been deployed to the region, according to Oromia officials cited by Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The gunmen who conducted the attack on the border between the regions remain unknown, said Benishangul-Gumuz officials.   Fighting between ethnic groups in the region has displaced 70,000 people, according to the U.N.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 10/03/2018 IRAQ - PARLIAMENT ELECTS KURDISH MODERATE AS PRESIDENT (OCT 03/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Iraqi Parliament has elected Barham Saleh, a moderate Kurdish candidate, as president of the country, reports Agence France-Presse.   Saleh was elected in voting on Tuesday evening following a weekend parliamentary election in the Kurdish autonomous region. He has previously served as an Iraqi deputy prime minister and the prime minister of Kurdistan.   The largely ceremonial post has been reserved for the Kurds since Iraq's initial multi-party election in 2005. Under a tacit agreement between the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), the PUK holds the federal presidency and the KDP the top post in Iraqi Kurdistan.   Shortly after his election, Saleh named veteran Shi'ite politician Adel Abdel Mahdi as prime minister and asked him to form a government, reported BBC News. Mahdi was nominated for the post by the two Shi'ite parliamentary blocs that won the majority of the seats in the May election.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 10/03/2018 MONGOLIA - MILITARY ROTATES TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN (OCT 03/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Mongolian military is set to rotate its military contingent in Afghanistan, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The 113-member contingent is scheduled to depart from Ulaanbaatar on Thursday to joint NATO's Resolute Support mission, a senior military official said on Monday.   The contingent will be stationed near Kabul and will focus on advising, supporting and training local Afghan security forces.   This is the eighth contingent to take part in Resolute Support. The seventh began its six-month tour in April.   More than 4,500 Mongolians have participated in NATO missions in Afghanistan since 2003.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 10/03/2018 PHILIPPINES - 2 KILLED IN GOVERNMENT OP AGAINST ISIS-LINKED MILITANTS (OCT 03/MANILA)  MANILA TIMES -- A Philippine soldier has been killed in a clash with rebels in the southern Mindanao region, reports the Manila Times.   On Monday, government forces fought pro-Islamic State Dawlah Islamiya rebels during an operation in the Lanao del Norte province, said an army spokesman.   The operation was aimed at capturing rebel leaders Dianalan Dimanatang Imam and Rasol Mambuay, who were involved in last year's bloody battles in Marawi City. Soldiers from the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, police and members of the National Bureau of Investigation participated.   Mambuay was killed in the fighting, while Imam and the remaining rebels fled the scene, reported the Philippine News Agency.   Troops recovered an M16 automatic rifle, grenade, radios and materials used to manufacture improvised explosive devices, the spokesman said.   The Mindanao region has been under an extended period of martial law following the five-month-long siege. Many rebels involved in the attack escaped and are believed to be recruiting new fighters in the region
Item Number:10 Date: 10/03/2018 SYRIA - S-300 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM ARRIVES FROM RUSSIA (OCT 03/NEWEEK)  NEWSWEEK -- The Russian government says it has delivered an S-300 air defense system to Syria, reports Newsweek.   Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that the S-300 system had arrived "as part of a number of measures aimed at strengthening the air defense systems in the Syrian Arab Republic."   The move comes after a Syrian S-200 system shot down a Russian Il-20 surveillance aircraft last month by mistake.   The delivery included 49 pieces of equipment, including radars, control vehicles and four launchers, said Shoigu. It would take three months for Syrian personnel to learn to operate the system.   Russia has strengthened its electronic warfare capabilities and deployed additional equipment to better protect its forces in the region, the defense minister said.   Moscow is also sending the necessary equipment to support a unified control system for the entire air defense network, he said
Item Number:11 Date: 10/03/2018 TURKMENISTAN - MILITARY UNVEILS SAUDI-MADE LIGHT ARMORED VEHICLES DURING PARADE (OCT 03/FORECAST)  FORECAST INTERNATIONAL -- Turkmenistan has shown off new armored vehicles acquired from Saudi Arabia during a recent military parade, reports Forecast International (Conn.).   Eight Al Shibl 2 4 x 4 light armored vehicles took part in a recent military parade ahead of Turkmenistan's independence day on Oct. 27, reported IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.   Details of the procurement, including contract value and number of acquired vehicles, have not been made public.   The Al Shibl has a 228-hp engine and can reach a maximum speed of 75 mph (120 kph). The vehicle is armed with manned turrets with machine guns on the roof. The Turkmen vehicles appeared to be armed with 0.50-caliber Browning M2 heavy-barrel machine guns. It can carry six fully equipped troops.   Turkmenistan has increased its procurement of armored vehicles from Gulf countries in recent years.   In October 2017, Turkmenistan received eight Ajban 440A long-range special operations vehicles from the United Arab Emirates
Item Number:12 Date: 10/03/2018 UKRAINE - 2 MILLIONTH LAND MINE ELIMINATED UNDER NATO'S WATCH (OCT 03/NSPA)  NATO SUPPORT AND PROCUREMENT AGENCY -- Ukraine has destroyed its 2 millionth anti-personnel land mine under a NATO program, reports the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).   On Sept. 27, an official ceremony marking the occasion was held at the State Enterprise Scientific and Production Complex Pavlograd Chemical Plant in central Ukraine, NPSA said in a statement on Monday.   Ukraine continues to fulfill its obligations under the Ottawa Convention, as seen by its continued participation in the NATO Trust Fund project, said a spokesman for the NATO-Ukraine Cooperation Office.   The U.S.-led NATO Trust Fund program aims to destroy 5.7 million anti-personnel mines; 46,000 tons of ammunition; and 33,000 small arms and light weapons, as well as improve Ukraine's management of its ammunition stockpile.   The project is funded by the European Union, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey and is executed by the NSPA
  Item Number:13 Date: 10/03/2018 UNITED NATIONS - ICJ RULES AGAINST U.S. OVER LATEST IRAN SANCTIONS (OCT 03/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The International Court of Justice has ordered the U.S. to ease sanctions it re-imposed on Iran after withdrawing from a multilateral nuclear agreement last year, reports BBC News.   The court in The Hague said exports of humanitarian goods, such as food and medicines, should be permitted.   The U.S. argued that the court did not have jurisdiction in the case because it concerned national security.   The decision calls for a partial easing of sanctions on medicines, medical supplies and equipment, food, agricultural products and aviation safety equipment.   This is the first time that international judges have ruled on what has been described as "economic warfare."   The ruling is a provisional measure issued in response to an urgent Iranian request ahead of the second round of sanctions that are due to be reinstated in November.   The court also found that the reasons given by President Trump for re-imposing sanctions were unfounded because the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had repeatedly confirmed that Iran was abiding by the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers.   ICJ rulings are binding, but the court has no power to enforce them.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 10/03/2018 USA - NAVY ACCELERATES DEPLOYMENT OF OSPREY TILTROTORS TO REPLACE AGING GREYHOUNDS (OCT 03/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The U.S. Navy says it has pushed up the retirement of its C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft, reports USNI News.   The retirement of the C-2 has been moved up from 2027 to 2024, Rear Adm. Scott Conn, the director of air warfare, told lawmakers during a House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee hearing on Sept. 28.   The aging C-2A fleet, which has been in service for nearly 30 years, suffers from poor operational availability, said Conn. The fleet had an availability of 40 percent in 2018, up from 32 percent in 2017.   The Greyhounds are being replaced by the CMV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, the first of which is expected to be delivered in fiscal 2020. The first three aircraft are slated to enter service by 2021.   Operational and developmental testing will follow the delivery of the initial aircraft. The testing will cover those elements that are different from the in-service MV-22, the admiral said. This will shorten the testing period.   The CMV-22 variant features an extended-range fuel system; a high-frequency beyond line-of-sight radio; and a public address system in the back of the aircraft.   Due to the similarity of the aircraft, the Navy has already begun training personnel on the Marine Corps MV-22.   In July, an all-Navy crew flew a V-22 for the first time
Item Number:15 Date: 10/03/2018 USA - WASHINGTON READY TO USE CYBER CAPABILITIES ON BEHALF OF NATO (OCT 03/REU)  REUTERS -- The U.S. government is expected to confirm that it will use its offensive and defensive cyber capabilities on behalf of NATO if asked, according to a senior Pentagon official cited by Reuters.   The move comes amid growing concerns about Russia's use of its cyber capabilities.   "We will formally announce that the United States is prepared to offer NATO its cyber capabilities if asked,", Katie Wheelbarger, the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, told reporters during a trip to Europe by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis.   The U.S. would control its people and capabilities for such operations. The move is part of a British-led push to increase NATO's cyber capabilities, she said.   The move would emphasize that NATO is capable of countering Russian cyber operations and help produce a more coherent cyber policy across the alliance, said Wheelbarger.   The NATO member states agreed at a recent summit to establish a cyberspace operations center to coordinate the alliance's cyber activities. It has also discussed integrating individual country's cyber capabilities into alliance operations.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 10/03/2018 YEMEN - HOUTHIS RELEASE SONS OF FORMER PRESIDENT (OCT 03/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- The Houthi rebel group in Yemen has released the sons of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, reports the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   The two men were released from prison in the capital, Sanaa, after a 10-month detention. The Houthi group pardoned the men, the government-run Saba news agency reported on Wednesday.   The release came after mediation by Oman, a senior Houthi source told Xinhua, China's state news agency. The sons were to be flown to the United Arab Emirates to join their exiled older brother.   No information was provided about the fate of Saleh's brother, who is still held by the Houthis.   The group rounded up several of the former president's relatives last year after Saleh loyalists and rebels fought in Sanaa. Saleh was killed in the violence.  

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