Thursday, June 27, 2019

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Today in Naval History

June 27

1861 While commanding a gunboat flotilla, Cmdr. James Harmon Ward is mortally wounded by a musket ball while aiming the bow gun of his flagship, USS Thomas Freeborn at Mathias Point, Va. Ward is the first US Naval officer casualty of the Civil War.

1898 During the Spanish-American War, the 301-ton yacht Hornet captures the Spanish steamer Benito Estenger off Cape Cruz, Cuba.

1945 PV-1 (VPB 142) sinks the Japanese submarine I 165, 450 miles east of Saipan, Mariana Islands.

1945 USS Blueback (SS 326) sinks Imperial Japanese Navy submarine chaser, (CH 2), north of Lombok, Java Sea.

1950 President Harry Truman authorizes U.S. Naval and Air operations south of 38th Parallel, Korea, in support of the U.N. call to assist South Korea.

Thanks to CHINFO

Today in History June 27


English King George II defeats the French at Dettingen, Bavaria.


Prudence Crandall, a white woman, is arrested for conducting an academy for black women in Canterbury, Conn.


Confederates break through the Union lines at the Battle of Gaines' Mill--the third engagement of the Seven Days' campaign.


General William Sherman is repulsed by Confederates at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.


The yen becomes the new form of currency in Japan.


The crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin mutinies.


Two German pilots are saved by parachutes for the first time.


Yugoslav Premier Nikola Pachitch is wounded by Serb attackers in Belgrade.


Democrats offer Mrs. Leroy Springs the vice presidential nomination, the first woman considered for the job.


The U.S. Marines adopt the English bulldog as their mascot.


Scientists at Bell Laboratories in New York reveal a system for transmitting television pictures.


The Allied convoy PQ-17 leaves Iceland for Murmansk and Archangel.


Allied forces capture the port city of Cherbourg, France.


The UN Security Council calls on members for troops to aid South Korea.


Henry Cabot Lodge is appointed U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam.


President Richard Nixon vetoes a Senate ban on the Cambodia bombing.


The U.S. House of Representatives votes to limit the use of combat troops in Nicaragua.


The Medal of Honor

thanks to GM and Dutch

President Trump Presents Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, U.S. Army – (Video and Transcript)… | The Last Refuge

Earlier today in the East Room of the White House U.S. President Donald Trump presented the nation's highest honor for bravery to Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, U.S. Army [Video and Transcript Below] . [Transcript] - 3:36 P.M. EDT - THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Please. Thank you, Chaplain, very much. It's really beautiful. Today,…


Hurrah to THE Bear!!!

Gentlemen... Please bear with me... As you are all aware, I have a burr under my saddle called PTSD. Today I am removing same, once and for all, NEVER to mention PTSD again...

This miserable song on the Internet is pure unadulterated bullsheet set to music (see YouTube link below ).. A total of about 1,250 American war fighters of the post 9-11 era have suffered wounds that required amputation... those brave men, and a few women, deserve all the honor our nation can bestow... 1,250... their lives have been changed forever... but those who refuse to move on after seeing or experiencing deadly and tragic scenes are just poor souls who want to be held, coddled, paid and pampered with attention and praise... they are hiding from the future not the past... they are weak and the coddling sustains their reticence to move forward... they have succumbed to human nature and become cripples by choice...

Death and dying, bloody scenes, and tragic circumstances are part of living...the world is one big "hometown battlefield"... millions of humans around the world suffer tragic losses in their lives every day... what is so special about our coddled military survivors of duty in a combat zone? Why are they so different from our cops, who face guns and combat every day? Or the emergency rescue folks who see blood and guts at thousands of accident scenes every day? Or the doctors and nurses in thousands of hospitals and emergency rooms every day? Or the women of the world who birth babies and then do it again and again? What is there about our brave and fearless warriors who come home from war zones whole, in one piece, that requires they be treated, and paid, for unseen "wounds" that persist solely because they can't find the guts to go forward into the future? Why do these tens of thousands, or is it hundreds of thousands, choose to exist in a pool of self-pity called PTSD, when millions of others exposed to the same -or greater exposure to traumatic experience can accept and move on without assistance? They remain as cripples because they choose and are encouraged to follow the path of pity.

Wounded warriors? Not exactly. Poor souls...

There!... I have purged PTSD from my mind forever...

Bear Taylor, USN (Retired)


Thanks to Carl

MOAA - President Trump Signs Blue Water Navy Benefits Bill

(Here is the Bill: H.R.299 - Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 Note: offshore is NOT more than 12 nautical miles!)

President Trump Signs Blue Water Navy Benefits Bill

JUN 26, 2019

Long-sought legislation that will extend disability benefits to about 90,000 veterans who served off Vietnam's coast during the war was signed into law June 25 by President Donald Trump.

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 will extend the presumption of exposure to toxic defoliants such as Agent Orange to these servicemembers, which will allow them to receive care for types of cancer and other illnesses linked to these chemicals. MOAA and other veteran service organizations, including Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Fleet Reserve Association, have championed the bill, which failed to clear Congress in previous sessions.

"This is great news and rectifies literally decades of oversight to tens of thousands of veterans who have been denied of the appropriate medical care and compensation from their exposure to toxic chemicals during combat operations," said MOAA President and CEO Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret). "Hopefully, this sets the stage for future considerations of toxic chemical exposure and mandates both effective documentation and treatment for those service members exposed to these dangers."

The legislation passed the House on May 14 and the Senate on June 12. In January, a Federal Circuit court ruling granted presumptive exposure to Blue Water Navy veterans who served within the territorial waters of Vietnam; a motion in a separate court case, filed between the House and Senate votes, confirmed the VA would not appeal that ruling.

The act includes coordinates that define "offshore of Vietnam" for the purposes of the benefit. It also extends benefits to veterans exposed to Agent Orange on the Korean DMZ, and it expands benefits to those suffering from spina bifida who had a parent who served in Thailand during the Vietnam war. These groups were not covered by the court ruling.

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie recently told a Senate committee that the VA began processing benefit claims from Blue Water Navy veterans before the legislation passed, according to Military Times.


Thanks to Mike….a bit of humor

What those early guys went through way back when. Humor


Thanks to Carl

Whistleblower with Alex Ferrer

(We happened across episode 1 of Whistleblower one Friday evening and quickly became a fan. The two episodes below show the level of greed and corruption in just two small areas of our health care system. E5 will blow your mind with the level of profiteering and fraudulence of the perps while leaving the patients in pain in a horrible situation. And the surprising lack of accountability by the feds will increase your blood pressure! The other episodes are good too. Can watch the "Clips" to get your attention!)

About Whistleblower

Whistleblower takes a thrilling look into the real-life David vs. Goliath stories of heroic people who put everything on the line in order to expose illegal and often dangerous wrongdoing when major corporations rip off U.S. taxpayers. Hosted by attorney Alex Ferrer, a former judge and police officer, each hour introduces cases in which ordinary people step up to do the extraordinary by risking their careers, their families and even their lives to ensure others are not harmed or killed by unchecked, unethical corporate greed.

Doctors vs. Midwives/Cremation, Kickbacks and Corruption

S2 E4- 41:57

Host Alex Ferrer investigates the dangerous insurance fraud at IU Health/Healthnet, and another case about kickbacks at a mortuary. In the episode's second story, Barry Taul, a funeral home director turned embalmer, uncovers a kickback scheme that was costing taxpayers more than two million dollars. (NR) Air Date: Jun 14, 2019


The Billion Dollar Back Surgery Scam: Patients in Pain and Peril

S2 E5 42:26

Host Alex Ferrer uncovers the secrets of the billion-dollar back surgery scheme, one of the most complex, and dangerous, schemes to defraud workers' compensation insurance in California state history. At the center of the scheme were doctors who were being paid large kickbacks to steer patients into spinal fusion surgery at specific hospitals, including many cases where the procedures were medically unnecessary. (NR) Air Date: Jun 21, 2019


Thanks to Dr. Rich

The Final Approach: Living the Dream

Thanks to Tracy … excellent!!

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A bit of news from around the world

NATO—Alliance Leaders Mull Response To Anticipated Collapse Of INF Treaty Reuters | 06/27/2019 NATO leaders have been considering options to enhance deterrence following the expected U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), reports Reuters. Washington is set to withdraw from the Cold War treaty on Aug. 2 if Russia does not eliminate its SSC-8 ground-launched cruise missile, which U.S. and British intelligence say violates the accord. The INF bans land-based missiles with ranges between 300 miles (500 km) and 3,400 (5,500 km). Such missiles are harder to detect and have shorter warning time, increasing the likelihood of nuclear weapons being used in a conflict, says NATO. Alliance defense ministers meeting in Brussels this week agreed to respond if Russia fails to return to compliance with the agreement, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Wednesday. Russia will bear responsibility if the treaty falls through, he said. The ministers considered options such as additional exercises, enhancing conventional weapons and air defenses and improving intelligence and surveillance, Stoltenberg said. F-16 fighters and B-52 bomber flights carrying nuclear weapons and the repositioning of sea-based missile systems were also discussed, diplomats said. These steps are intended to demonstrate NATO's resolve to protect Europe and raise the economic and military costs for Russia for any missile attack. The alliance would not deploy nuclear-capable, land-based medium-range ballistic missiles, the secretary-general said. On Feb. 1, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the suspension of U.S. participation in the treaty. Russia followed suit on March 4.

USA—Navy Eyes Philippine Shipyard For Maintenance Site Stars And Stripes | 06/27/2019 The bankruptcy of a major shipyard in the Philippines may present an opportunity for the U.S. Navy to return after withdrawing nearly 30 years ago, reports the Stars and Stripes. The service is considering the Subic Bay Hanjin Shipyard as a potential repair and maintenance facility, a spokesman said on Wednesday. No final decision has been made, he said. In 1992, the Navy vacated U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay. The facility is still visited by Navy ships in the region and Marines, who practice amphibious landings in the nearby Zambales province. Hanjin Philippines, the shipyard's owner, declared bankruptcy in January with US$900 million in debt to South Korean creditors. Two Chinese firms have expressed interest in purchasing the yard, which when active was the fifth-largest in the world, producing 123 large cargo container vessels, bulk carriers and other cargo vessels before closing in February. The Subic Bay facility has grown in strategic importance due to China's aggressive actions in the South China Sea and construction of military facilities on artificial islands. Establishing a Navy maintenance facility in region could negate the need to send ships to Pearl Harbor for repairs, said analysts cited by USNI News.

USA—Senate Leader Open To Vote On Iran War Authorization Amendment Defense News | 06/27/2019 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says that he is prepared to hold a vote on an amendment that would require congressional authorization for any conflict with Iran, reports Defense News. The proposed bipartisan amendment to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would bar funding for military action against Iran without congressional approval, reported the Hill (Washington D.C.).Such authorization would not be required in the case of a response to an armed attack on the U.S., its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), with support from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).Before undertaking such a complex and risky operation, lawmakers should require more complete briefings, a clear strategy from the administration and it should be discussed in the Senate, said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Germany—Berlin Restricts Exports Of Small Arms Agence France-Presse | 06/27/2019 The German government has moved to restrict the sale of small arms outside of the European Union and NATO, reports Agence France-Presse. On Wednesday, ministers agreed to ban small-arms sales outside of the regional bloc and alliance except in special cases, a government spokesman said. No exports will be allowed if there are grounds to suspect the weapons would be used to infringe upon human rights, the spokesman said. The ministers also agreed to tighten technology transfer restrictions. The measure is largely symbolic and reflected internal splits in the ruling coalition, particularly over the conflict in Yemen and weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. German small-arms sales totaled 400,000 euros (US$454,000) in 2018. Turkey—

Russia Says S-400 Deliveries To Begin In July Tass | 06/27/2019 Delivery of the S-400 air defense systems ordered by Turkey remains on schedule, according to Russian officials cited by the Tass news agency (Moscow). Deliveries of equipment and personnel training are expected to be completed by the end of 2019, the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) said on Wednesday. A Kremlin official confirmed that the S-400 deliveries would take place in July. The procurement has come under fire from Turkey's allies, including the U.S., which has expressed concern that operation of the Russian system in the vicinity of advanced F-35 fighters could compromise the jet. F-35 flight training for Turkish pilots has been suspended and Washington has threatened to halt further deliveries if Turkey goes through with the S-400 deal. Separately, the FSVTS said that deliveries of S-400s ordered by India will begin after 2020. India has sought a waiver from the U.S. to avoid penalties under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

Lithuania—Army Takes Delivery Of Initial Vilka Infantry Fighting Vehicles Lithuanian Ministry Of Defense | 06/27/2019 The Lithuanian army has taken delivery of its first two of 88 Vilka infantry fighting vehicles, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.The Vilka is a variant of the German-Dutch Boxer equipped with an Israeli turret with a 30-mm MK-44S cannon and Spike-LR missile launcher. In 2016, Lithuania ordered 88 Vilkas in a 385.6 million euro (US$439 million) deal with manufacturer ARTEC.Fifteen vehicles are scheduled to be delivered this year, with the remainder to be handed over by 2021. The two units delivered on June 25 will be formally introduced on July 9, the ministry said.The vehicles will equip the Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanized Infantry Battalion and the Grand Duchess Birute Uhlan Battalion of the Iron Wolf Mechanized Infantry Brigade. Switzerland—Government Bans Pilatus From Supporting Emirati, Saudi Aircraft Defense-Aerospace | 06/27/2019 The Swiss Federal Dept. of Foreign Affairs has ordered domestic firm Pilatus to halt all operations in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, reports has been supporting PC-21 trainer aircraft and simulators in the two countries. The department ordered Pilatus to cease work after reviewing the company's operations and determining that by providing technical support, spare parts management and troubleshooting of its products, the company was providing logistical support to the armed forces of Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. in violations of laws that forbid the provision of such support when it contravenes Switzerland's foreign policy objectives, according to a departmental release.Pilatus has 90 days to withdraw from Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.The investigation also found that there was evidence that Pilatus had failed to report activities backing foreign armed forces as required by law, reported Reuters. The evidence was provided to the attorney general for further investigation.The investigation has been underway for months. Pilatus signed a contract with Riyadh in 2017 to support its fleet of PC-21s.Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. are leading a coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen that has been accused of human-rights violations.

Russia—Polish National Sentenced To 14 Years In Jail In S-300 Missile System Smuggling Case Tass | 06/27/2019 A Polish national has been sentenced to 14 years in a maximum-security penal colony by Moscow City Court in an espionage case, reports Russia's Tass news agency.Marian Radzajewski was found guilty of espionage after allegedly attempting to illegally export sensitive S-300 air defense system components to Poland.Investigators said that Radzajewski was attempting to export the components for the benefit of an unnamed Polish organization that acts as a supplier for Poland's military.

South Korea—Moon Sees Potential Military Exchanges With North Under Confidence-Building Measures Yonhap | 06/27/2019 South Korean President Moon Jae In says that his country and North Korea could exchange military information and observe each other's exercises if peace efforts continue to develop, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).In a statement on Wednesday, Moon indicated that the exchanges could take place if existing accords on military confidence-building measures are fully implemented.The two sides have already halted hostile acts on the border, removed guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), agreed to joint excavation of war remains and are working to establish joint use of the Han River estuary, the president said.
Moon also proposed a two-track approach to reducing tensions on the peninsula: denuclearization and conventional weapons reductions. The latter would include North Korean long-range artillery targeting Seoul and short-range missiles in the arsenals of both countries.These inter-Korean military efforts are critical to reducing the possibility of an accidental military skirmish and, by extension, setting the stage for denuclearization efforts, said Moon.

South Korea—DAPA Unveils New Indigenous Mortar System Yonhap | 06/27/2019 South Korea has concluded testing and evaluation of a new indigenous 120-mm self-propelled mortar system, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). The unnamed system has a range 2.3 times longer and firepower 1.9 times greater than the aging 107-mm mortar systems that it will replace, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said on Thursday. The mortar features autonomic fire-control and reloading systems. It is mounted on a turntable, providing full 360-degrees of traverse, said the agency. The US$35.73 million project began in 2014. South Korea will also seek to export the mortar, said a DAPA official.

India—More Than 2 Dozen Aircraft Lost To Crashes Since 2016 Press Trust Of India | 06/27/2019 Senior defense ministry officials say the Indian air force has lost 27 aircraft to crashes since 2016, reports the Press Trust of India.The figure includes 15 fighters and helicopters, State Minister for Defense Shripod Naik told lawmakers in written testimony on Wednesday.In fiscal 2016-2017, the air force lost six fighter aircraft, two helicopters, one transport and one trainer aircraft, the minister said. While the numbers dropped in fiscal 2017-2018 to two fighter aircraft and two trainers, losses rose sharply again in fiscal 2018-2019 to seven fighters, two trainers and two helicopters.This included the MiG-21 fighter that was shot down during the Kashmir crisis in April. An Mi-17 helicopter crashed the same day, killing six personnel.The air force has lost a single transport aircraft to a crash this year. An An-32 crashed in Arunachal Pradesh earlier this month.

Egypt—Suspected ISIS Militants Assault Police Post In Arish Egypt Today | 06/27/2019 At least seven police officers have been killed in a militant attack in southwestern Arish in Egypt's North Sinai region, reports Egypt Today.Four militants were killed in fighting after the assault, including one when he detonated an explosive vest, reported the Defense Post. A civilian was also reported killed.The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack, saying it had conducted simultaneous raids on military positions in Arish in a statement released through the terrorist group's Amaq news agency, reported Reuters.The militants used at least 10 four-wheeled vehicles in coordinated attacks on four sites, said security sources.The attack is the latest in a series of violent incidents in northern Sinai.Egypt has been battling militants in the Sinai for years. An uptick in violence led Cairo to launch a counterinsurgency operation in February 2018, which has resulted in frequent deadly clashes.

Libya—U.N.-Backed Government Takes Southern Town From Haftar's LNA Libyan Express | 06/27/2019 Forces loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed government say they have taken control of a key town from rival troops, reports the Libyan Express. On Wednesday, the Government of National Accord (GNA) claimed complete control of Gharyan, 40 miles (65 km) south of Tripoli, according to a statement. Gharyan fell after an early morning offensive, aided by local militias, forces pushing south from the Qwasim neighborhood and airstrikes. At least nine people were killed in the fighting, including a paramedic, reported the Libya Observer. A local figure in Gharyan who sided with Khalifa Haftar was also killed, said local sources. Dozens of LNA fighters were captured, including Chadian mercenaries, said a Libyan army statement. Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) is backed by a rival government in the eastern city of Tobruk. He launched an offensive on April 4 to take Tripoli, citing chaos in the city caused by rival militias. The LNA operation stalled along the city's southern suburbs, with Gharyan serving as a major supply base for Haftar's forces as they tried to push north. The GNA soon launched the Volcanoes of Rage operation against LNA forces. According to the World Health Organization, at least 739 people, including 41 civilians, have been killed and 4,400 injured since the LNA began its offensive.

Tunisia—Pair Of Suicide Bombings Hit Tunis; 1 Police Officer Killed Tunis Afrique Presse | 06/27/2019 At least one police officer has been killed and several people injured in twin suicide attacks in downtown Tunis, reports the state-run Tunis Afrique Presse. On Thursday, a suicide bomber detonated explosives near a police car parked on a busy downtown street. Two police officers and three civilians were injured in the attack. One of the officers later succumbed to his wounds. Several security personnel were also wounded, reported CNN. Shortly afterwards, a second suicide bomber attacked the rear entrance of a police station in the city's El Gorjani district. Four police officers were injured. The attacks occurred near the French Embassy, one of the largest in the country, noted Reuters. The perpetrators have not yet been identified, said an interior ministry spokesman. There were no immediate claims of responsibility. A similar attack in October was later claimed by ISIS.

Namibia—Defense Minister Commissions New Naval Base In Northeast Namibian | 06/27/2019 The Namibian navy has formally opened a new base on Impalila island, which borders both Botswana and Zambia, reports the Namibian (Windhoek).Defense Minister Penda Ya Ndakolo officially opened the Impalila Naval Base on June 21, the newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The base in the Zambezi region, where the borders of Botswana, Namibia and Zambia meet, features personnel accommodations, a sewage treatment plant, electrical generation capacity and a floating jetty with a slipway.The facility is intended to boost security in the region. A survey in 2011 identified potential security gaps along the Zambezi and Chobe rivers, which form Namibia's borders with Zambia and Botswana, respectively. Security challenges include illegal border crossings, unregulated fishing, poaching, theft and drug-trafficking, said Ya Ndakolo.
The Namibian navy has also created a new naval district covering the Zambezi, Chobe and Okavango rivers, noted Defence Web (South Africa).Prior to Namibian independence the base was used by the South African military, but it was converted to a secondary school after their withdrawal. Efforts to revert the base to military use began in 2014 and were completed in October 2017.

Venezuela—Maduro Government Claims It Foiled Western Coup Washington Post | 06/27/2019 The Venezuelan government says it foiled a coup attempt by members of the security services and international forces, reports the Washington Post. Colombian, Israeli and Western agents, along with active and retired Venezuelan military officers, planned to kill senior officials and install a new government, said Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez. Part of the plot involved attacking the SEBIN intelligence service headquarters and securing the release of Gen. Raul Baduel, a former defense minister who was arrested on corruption charges in 2009, reported Reuters. The Western-backed opposition led by Juan Guaido, Colombian, Israeli and U.S. officials all denied the allegations. On June 21, six members of the Venezuelan military and intelligence services were arrested, including a brigadier general in the air force, reported BBC News. Rodriguez also called the former head of SEBIN, Gen. Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera, a traitor following an interview with the Postearlier this week. Figuera defected from the Maduro government in April to join the Guaido-led opposition. In his interview, he detailed pervasive corruption and Cuban involvement in the Venezuelan intelligence services.

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