Monday, March 23, 2020

The List 5248 TGB



From: Skip Leonard via Thelist <thelist@skipsthelist.org>

Date: Mon, Mar 23, 2020, 1:59 PM

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The List 5248 TGB

Good Monday Morning to all. I hope that you all are doing well. We went shopping yesterday and as long as you were not looking for paper products, hand sanitizer (even the basic 100 percent alcohol and Aloe to make your own) or basic bread it was not bad. The rain came back late in the day and is tapering off today for a couple of days. Just enough to make it easier to pull the weeds. The place is green everywhere which means there will be a lot to burn in the Fall.

Regards

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Today in Naval History

March 23

1815

The sloop-of-war USS Hornet captures the brig sloop HMS Penguin after a 22 minute battle, with neither ship aware the War of 1812 is over.

1882

Secretary of the Navy William H. Hunt (Jan. 7, 1881 to April 16, 1882), creates the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) with General Order No. 292.

1917

USS New Mexico (BB 40) is launched. She is the first dreadnought with turboelectric drive.

1944

USS Tunny (SS 282) sinks the Japanese submarine I 42 off the Palau Islands.

1945

USS Haggard (DD 555) is damaged when she rams and sinks Japanese submarine RO 41 in the Philippine Sea. Also on this date, USS Spadefish (SS 411) attacks Japanese Sasebo-to-Ishigaki convoy SAI-05 in the East China Sea about 120 miles north-northwest of Amami O Shima and sinks transport Doryu Maru.

1953

During the Korean War, jet aircraft from USS Oriskany (CVA 34) stage a "lights out" program by attacking a water power site below the Fusen Reservoir, resulting in four cuts in the penstocks and damaging two buildings housing generators.

1965

Navy Lt. Cmdr. John W. Young is a pilot on Gemini III, the first 2-manned spacecraft, that completes three orbits in four hours, 53 minutes at an altitude of 224 km. He is joined by Air Force Lt. Col. Virgil Grissom, command pilot.



Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• President Trump announced the deployment of USNS Mercy to Los Angeles and activation of National Guard units in New York, California and Washington State to combat COVID-19, multiple outlets report.

• Multiple outlets covered several new COVID 19 cases involving Navy personnel over the weekend, many located in San Diego.

• An F/A-18E Super Hornet landed aboard USS Gerald R. Ford's flight deck marking the 1,000th recovery of a fixed wing aircraft using Ford's Advanced Arresting Gear.



This date in World history

March 23
1657 France and England form an alliance against Spain.

1743 Handel's Messiah is performed for the first time in London.

1775 American revolutionary hero Patrick Henry, while addressing the House of Burgesses, declares "give me liberty, or give me death!"

1791 Etta Palm, a Dutch champion of woman's rights, sets up a group of women's clubs called the Confederation of the Friends of Truth.

1848 Hungary proclaims its independence of Austria.

1857 Elisha Otis installs the first modern passenger elevator in a public building, at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City.

1858 Eleazer A. Gardner of Philadelphia patents the cable street car, which runs on overhead cables.

1862 Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson faces his only defeat at the Battle of Kernstown, Va

1880 John Stevens of Neenah, Wis., patents the grain crushing mill. This mill allows flour production to increase by 70 percent.

1901 A group of U.S. Army soldiers, led by Brigadier General Frederick Funston, capture Emilio Aguinaldo, the leader of the Philippine Insurrection of 1899.

1903 The Wright brothers obtain an airplane patent.

1909 Theodore Roosevelt begins an African safari sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society.

1909 British Lt. Ernest Shackleton finds the magnetic South Pole.

1917 Austrian Emperor Charles I makes a peace proposal to French President Poincare.

1920 Great Britain denounces the United States because of its delay in joining the League of Nations.

1921 Arthur G. Hamilton sets a new parachute record, safely jumping 24,400 feet.

1927 Captain Hawthorne Gray sets a new balloon record soaring to 28,510 feet.

1933 The Reichstag gives Adolf Hitler the power to rule by decree.

1942 The Japanese occupy the Anadaman Islands in the Indian Ocean.

1951 U.S. paratroopers descend from flying boxcars in a surprise attack in Korea.

1956 Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic, although it is still within the British Commonwealth.

1967 Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. calls the Vietnam War the biggest obstacle to the civil rights movement.

1970 Mafia boss Carlo Gambino is arrested for plotting to steal $3 million.

1972 The United States calls a halt to the peace talks on Vietnam being held in Paris.

1981 U.S. Supreme Court upholds a law making statutory rape a crime for men but not women.





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The Medal of Honor



The Navy and Marine Corps' Medal of Honor is our country's oldest continuously awarded decoration, even though its appearance and award criteria has changed since it was created for enlisted men by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles on 16 December 1861. Legislation in 1915 made naval officers eligible for the award.

Although originally awarded for both combat and non-combat heroism, the Medal of Honor today is presented for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty.

The design of our highest military decoration is rooted in the Civil War. The central motif is an allegory in which Columbia, in the form of the goddess Minerva uses the shield of the republic to put down the figure of Discord, plainly a reference to the unfolding split in our nation. The design is encircled by 34 stars, representing the states of the Union at the time of the outbreak of the Civil War.

The Curator Branch of NHHC holds several Medals of Honor in its collections. Visit the Curator page for information on artifact documentation, preservation, and loans.

Additional Resources

The Navy Medal of Honor (an overview of the history of the medal)

Extraordinary Bravery: Lieutenant Weedon Osborne and the Battle of Belleau Wood

H-Gram 023-2: U.S. Navy Personnel Awarded the Medal of Honor During World War I

H-Gram 019: First Medal of Honor for Naval Aviator in Vietnam War: Lieutenant Junior Grade Clyde Everett Lassen

H-Gram 018: Dental Valor

H-Gram 015: "Take Her Down!"— Commander Howard Gilmore and USS Growler (SS-215)

Surface Warrior – Remembering Ernest Evans

Medal of Honor Recipient Fireman 2nd Class Telesforo Trinidad

Navy Medal of Honor Recipients at Iwo Jima

The Warrior of Kāneʻohe: Pearl Harbor's First Medal of Honor Recipient

Honoring Harvey C. Barnum, Jr, Medal of Honor Recipient

A Matter of Honor – History of the Medal of Honor

The History of Medal of Honor Recipient, Thomas J. Hudner (infographic)

The History of Medal of Honor Recipient, Michael A. Monsoor (infographic)
Medal of Honor Recipients

The following pages list Medal of Honor recipients by time period and conflict; in some cases, citations are also provided.

1861–1898
Civil War, 1861–1865
Interim period, 1866–1871
Korea, 1871
Interim period, 1871–1898
Spanish-American War, 1898

1899–1916
Philippine Insurrection, 1899–1906
Boxer Rebellion, 1900
Interim period, 1901–1910
Action Against Philippine Outlaws, 1911
Mexican Campaign 1914
Haiti, 1915
Interim period, 1915–1916
Dominican Campaign, 1916

1917–1940
World War I, 1917–1918
Second Haitian Campaign, 1919
Second Nicaraguan Campaign, 1926–1933
Interim period, 1920–1940

1941–2000
World War II, 1941–1945
Korean Conflict, 1950–1953
Vietnam War, 1964–1975

Post-2000
Global War on Terrorism

For more information on recipients from all services, please consult the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.



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Thanks to Doug via Bill A. …



Love the story of using him when interrogating prisoners!!



Here is a re-post on Bubba. We got him in Laos after his mom tramped on a land mine. He was only two days old, but I had him in my jungle jacket wrapped in a towel and when we were extracted we fed him milk and got him on his way. He did well because he got much larger than an Asian Tiger usually grew to.



His weakness was real beer (He had two cans a day) which he slurped down, went to a corner of the hooch, rolled on his back, showed his junk and snored like the last day!



If the bubster wanted to get in your bunk with you, you just rolled over and dealt with it. It's such a shame so many tigers were killed over there because most were killed for sport and not in human defense. When we cycled out the question was what the hell do with Bubba??? He couldn't survive because he only knew SOG, SF,Seals etc.



Here is where we got creative. We had access to things normal military didn't. So we got creative and a phone call went to a research zoo in Sidney Australia and were asked if they wanted a free tiger. When the lady at the other end realized we were for real she pissed her pants and said yes, but how do we get him?



I don't want to reference Air America, but we flew the bubster to his new home and I got off the airplane with him walking beside me like a dog on a leash. They all went nuts when he walked to the lady and heeled by her side looking at her for instructions. He must have had a very good time and life there because he sired tons of babies. When I was back in Sidney in 87 I saw a bronze plaque telling about the SF Tiger that came to them in 1969 and made lotsa great baby tigers. That part of my life is gone like Bubba who lasted to '85, but every time I hear a Tiger make those special noises my head and heart goes back to a tiny little baby we found in Laos in 1968. God I miss him!



BTW the Bubster never lived in a cage. He was always shown love from a bunch of very dangerous men who's hearts melted when they met him. To discipline him you grabbed a handful of hair and flesh on his shoulder and simply said no. He never retaliated he just complied. When I said he never lived in a cage the decision about the zoo where he ended up was a research zoo that was very excited because of gene diversity. It also had the new concept of no animals in cages. People were the ones in cages or behind glass.



It took a bit for him to get back to being a tiger, but after he figured out the male female thing nature took it's course and he was off to the races and made a ton of tiger babies who are in zoos around the world. God Bless … to my knowledge he was the only SF tiger in the history books.



A interesting side note is that SF and MAC V were in many ways involved with the CIA. The coats and ties back in Langley, VA couldn't understand how our intel was so accurate. Picture a NVA prisoner strapped into a chair and questioned. Also picture the prisoner telling us in multiple languages to go F**K ourselves. So a hood goes back on and the prisoner was told to spill the beans or we were going to feed the zip to our tiger. They all laughed their asses off and said we were crazy. Enter the bubster and have his head about two feet from the prisoner, pull the hood off at the same time I would pinch the back of Bubbas neck. He roared in the dinks face with his extremely nasty tiger breath and the prisoner pissed his pants or worse while he sang like the Mormon tabernacle choir.



God I miss that stuff. BTW our intel was so accurate the pencil necks were amazed and never found out why!



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Thanks to NHHC



On March 23, 1945, U.S. Navy landing craft, Task Unit 122.5.1, took part in the crossing of the Rhine River at Oppenheim, Germany. LCVPs (landing craft, vehicle, personnel) and LCMs (landing craft, medium) ferried 4,000–4,500 troops from Gen. George G. Patton's Third Army. Navy landing craft had been moved from the Atlantic seaboard to the Rhine. This colossal riverine exploit was the prelude to the final overwhelming assault on Nazi Germany that would end World War II in Europe. The Army expressed its sincere gratitude to the Navy for its help in crossing the Rhine. The Third Army's official report stated, "…the Navy again demonstrated its ability to be the most useful and effective in a crossing operation…. Soon after the naval craft hit the water, they poured over such a continual stream of troops, vehicles, and tank destroyers in the early crucial hours that the enemy artillery was silenced, and further ferrying and bridging was able to proceed without interference." For more, read Operation Plunder: Crossing the Rhine, an essay by NHHC intern Rachael A. Beath, at NHHC's website.

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On March 19, 1945, USS Franklin was operating near the Japanese home islands close to Kobe, Japan, when an enemy bomber dropped two 550-pound bombs on the ship. The attack set off a series of violent explosions fueled by the ship's bombs, rockets, and ammunition. Lt. (j.g.) Donald Gary, who at the time of the attack was on the third deck, unhesitatingly went below to assist several hundred men trapped in a messing compartment filled with smoke and no apparent way out. As the men below decks became increasingly panic stricken by the continuous explosions, Gary calmly assured them he would find a way to get them out. Probing through the dark debris-filled corridors, he ultimately discovered a way for the men to escape. Stanchly determined to save the men, Gary traveled to the messing compartment three times—despite the fires and explosions—to lead the men to safety. For his heroic actions, Gary received the Medal of Honor. USS Gary honored the World War II hero.



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March 22, 1944

From March 22-23, 1944, Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the Pompeii airdrome in Naples, Italy. Some 88 B-25s are damaged/destroyed, perhaps the worst single loss of aircraft in World War II.



March 23, 1965

Gemini 3 space capsule Molly Brown crewed by Air Force Maj. Virgil I. Grissom and Navy Lt. Cmdr. John W. Young launched from John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The major objectives of the mission included an evaluation of the Gemini spacecraft in manned orbital flight. The capsule splashed down in the Atlantic east of Bermuda within 60 nautical miles of primary recovery ship Intrepid (CVS 11). A Coast Guard helicopter spotted the spacecraft, and pilot Lt. Cmdr. Warren H. Winchester, copilot Lt. j.g. James R. Walker, and aircrewmen AX3 J. D. Hightower and J. A. Kerivan of HS-3 picked up Grissom and Young in SH-3A, Aircraft No. 57, and delivered them to the carrier. Intrepid hoisted Molly Brown on board and later returned the astronauts and the spacecraft to the space center. Grissom was a Daedalian Life Member.



March 24, 1920

The first Coast Guard air station opened in Morehead City, N.C. The station began operations with six HS-2L flying boats borrowed from the Navy, but a lack of funds compelled the closure of the facility following 15 months of operation.



March 25, 1898

In Washington, D.C., Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt recommends to the Secretary of the Navy that "scientific officers" be appointed to investigate the military applications of Dr. Samuel P. Langley's experimental "flying machine" under development.



March 26, 1918

Col. Raynal C. Bolling is killed on a ground reconnaissance mission over France, becoming the highest-ranking Air Service fatality of World War I. Bolling Air Field in Washington, D.C., is dedicated in his honor. He was Daedalian Founder Member #2229.



March 27, 1918

The first aircraft built at the Naval Aircraft Factory at Philadelphia, an H-16, BuNo A-1049, made its first flight. Navy H-16s, equipped with two 230- pound bombs and five Lewis machine guns, conducted antisubmarine patrols from U.S. and European stations during World War I.



March 28, 1960

The astronauts of Project Mercury received their first open-water egress training from a spacecraft with the Naval School of Aviation Medicine, NAS Pensacola, Florida. The men emerged from a completely restrained state in the spacecraft to a life raft in conditions of up to 10-foot swell in an average of about four minutes. The training concluded April 1.



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Daily world news from Military Periscope for 23 March

USA—Common Hypersonic Glide Body Passes Another Test Dept. Of Defense | 03/23/2020 The U.S. Army and Navy have successfully tested a common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) for a future hypersonic weapon, reports the Dept. of Defense. On March 19, the C-HGB was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii and flew to a designated impact point, the Pentagon announced on March 20. The test employed a prototype glide body, which was lofted by a modified Polaris A3 booster, not the common booster stack that is planned for the production version, reported Breaking Defense. The Missile Defense Agency monitored the test-firing to gather data for its efforts to develop defenses against hypersonic weapons. This was the second test of the C-HGB following its first flight in October 2017. The Army and Navy plan to use the common glide body for ground- and ship-launched hypersonic weapons. The Navy is leading the design of the C-HGB and purchasing the rocket motors, while the Army is buying the glide body. Each service will then customize the missile packaging for their respective launch environments. The Army plans to buy four truck-mounted launchers in 2023. The Navy plans to field a ship-launched capability in 2023 and a submarine-launched weapon in 2024, reported Defense News.



USA—Trump Activates National Guard In 3 States To Fight COVID-19 CNBC | 03/23/2020 President Donald Trump says he has activated the National Guard in California, New York and Washington state to aid in efforts against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), reports CNBC. Some states, including New York and California, previously activated their National Guard units, with at least 7,300 Guardsmen called up to provide assistance in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Under the activation order, state governors retain control of Guard personnel while the federal government funds 100 percent of approved missions, reported ABC News. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has also been directed to supply four medical stations with about 1,000 beds to New York; eight with 2,000 beds to California; and seven stations of varying sizes to the state of Washington. Total infections in the U.S. increased sharply over the weekend, with cases exceeding 32,000, reported CNN.



USA—Pentagon Confirms 1st Death From COVID-19 The Hill | 03/23/2020 The Defense Dept. has confirmed its first fatality due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.). On Sunday, the Pentagon confirmed that a contractor who worked in Arlington, Va., at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) had died on March 21. The employee, who was over the age of 60, had tested positive for COVID-19 and was receiving treatment at a local hospital at the time. They had not been in the Pentagon since February, reported the Military Times. The Pentagon said that the spaces where the victim had worked had been cleaned in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and that their co-workers had been working remotely. As of Sunday, 111 servicemembers, 32 civilians, 37 dependents and 31 contractors had tested positive for the virus, officials said.. The increase is partially attributed to a growing number of cases in Naval Station San Diego, Calif., reported USNI News.



USA—Carrier Air Wings Train Together, With USAF, In Arabian Sea Navy Newsstand | 03/23/2020 Two U.S. Nimitz-class carriers are conducting dual carrier strike group and air wing training in the Arabian Sea, reports the Navy NewsStand. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and USS Harry S. Truman began the exercises on March 18. In addition, the air wings are training with an Air Force B-52 bomber. The joint training demonstrates the combined U.S. capability in the region, including the interoperability to plan and execute multi-task force operations, the Navy said. Navy officials emphasized that the carrier strike groups have been preparing to defeat any threats in the region, referencing last year's attacks on oil tankers that were blamed on Iran.



USA—Pentagon Proposal Aims To Clarify Space Force Roles, Organization Defense News | 03/23/2020 The Dept. of Defense has sent a legislative proposal to Congress to define key elements of the new Space Force, reports Defense News. The proposal sent to Congress on March 6 includes language allowing the president to appoint an Air Force officer to the role of chief of space operations until December 2023, giving the service sufficient time to integrate its officer corps. It includes new authorities for the secretary of the Air Force, who is also the civilian leader of the Space Force, to divide the new service into different organizations and assign Space Force officers to lead the service's installations, activities and personnel. The proposal also broadens current elements of Title 10, which lays out the organization and responsibilities of the military services, to include the Space Force. Under the legislation, the Air Force and Space Force would share several upper level offices, including the surgeon general, chief of chaplains, judge advocate general and inspector general. The document does not address more controversial issues that the new service must resolve, such as the possible role of reserve and National Guard elements. Those issues have been split into a separate document currently being reviewed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.



United Kingdom—Organizers Call Off Farnborough Airshow Over COVID-19 Concerns AIN Online | 03/23/2020 The organizers of the biennial Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K. have canceled the event due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, reports AIN Online. The decision was made to protect exhibitors, visitors, staff and contractors, the organization said in a release on March 20. The airshow, one of most important aerospace industry events of the year, was scheduled for July 20-24. The organizers announced the decision shortly after the formal cancellation of the Royal International Air Tattoo, which traditionally precedes Farnborough, reported Defense News. The next Farnborough Airshow, which alternates every other year with the Paris Airshow, is slated for 2022.


Netherlands—MH17 Trial Suspended Until June Reuters | 03/23/2020 The Dutch trial of four men accused of downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 has been adjourned to allow the defense to review court documents, reports Reuters. On Monday, the three-judge panel suspended proceedings until June 8. The trial had been put on hold last week in order to accommodate measures needed due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, reported the Dutch News. Only one of the four defendants, Oleg Pulatov, is participating in the trial. His lawyers requested more time to review evidence in a previous session. The other defendants, Russians Sergey Dubinsky and Igor Girkin and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko, are being tried in absentia. The group is accused of using a Buk air defense system to shoot down the passenger jet. All 298 people onboard were killed.



China—Navy Conducts ASW Training In S. China Sea South China Morning Post | 03/23/2020 The Chinese military recently conducted anti-submarine training in the South China Sea, reports the South China Morning Post. Two Chinese aircraft took part in the exercise earlier this month, the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) said on Friday. The PLAN report said the drill was successful, with several suspicious objects being identified. The exercise took place shortly before the U.S. Navy's Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, America Expeditionary Strike Group and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit held four days of combat training in the area last week. Beijing has been stepping up its anti-submarine warfare exercises in the disputed South China Sea in part as a response to the increased U.S. presence in the region, analysts said.



China—Beijing Rescinds Reprimand Of Doctor Who Warned Of COVID-19 NPR News | 03/23/2020 The Chinese government has officially exonerated Dr. Li Wenliang, a doctor in Wuhan who had been formally reprimanded by the government after being among the first to warn of the coronavirus (COVID-19), reports NPR News. Local police officials detained Li in early January after a warning he sent to former medical school classmates about the spread of a virus similar to SARS appeared on social media, reported Business Insider. Li was forced to retract his warning and sign a letter admitting to making false statements. He was later diagnosed with COVID-19 and died on Feb. 7, igniting outrage in China over his treatment. He was one of eight doctors forced to sign such a letter after warning of the virus. The Chinese Communist Party's top disciplinary body, the National Supervisory Commission, found Wuhan law enforcement officials acted improperly, Chinese state media reported on March 19. The commission also issued an apology to Li's family and said that two local police officials had been disciplined. The move follows a typical pattern in China, where blame is deflected onto local party officials to shift responsibility from the central government.



North Korea—Another Round Of Missiles Fired From N. Pyongan Province Yonhap | 03/23/2020 North Korea conducted its third missile test of 2020, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). On Saturday, two short-range ballistic missiles were launched from Sonchon, North Pyongan province, said the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. The projectiles flew 250 miles (410 km), reaching a maximum altitude of 31 miles (50 km) before landing in the Sea of Japan, the JCS said. Kim Jong Un was present for the test of a newly developed tactical weapon, reported the state-run Korea Central News Agency on Sunday. The report described the test as successful but suggested that the system had not yet been delivered to combat units. Analysts noted similarities between the missiles recently tested by Pyongyang and the U.S. Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS).



South Korea—U.S. Warns Of Furloughs For Base Workers If Cost-Sharing Deal Not Reached Yonhap | 03/23/2020 The U.S. State Dept. has warned that significant furloughs of South Korean workers at U.S. bases could occur if an agreement is not reached on cost-sharing, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). Nearly half of South Korean employees with U.S. Forces Korea could face furloughs next month without an agreement, the department said on March 20. The warning came after last week's cost-sharing talks in Los Angeles failed to break the impasse. The Trump administration is seeking a significant increase in the funding Seoul provides under the Special Measures Agreement (SMA), which governs South Korean support for U.S. deployments to the peninsula. The State Dept. emphasized that the gap between the sides remained large. South Korean negotiators said that differences were being resolved "little by little." Another round of formal talks is not anticipated before April 1, when the furloughs could begin taking effect. The U.S. has reduced its demand from US$5 billion annually to US$4 billion, while South Korea has insisted on a 10 percent increase. In 2019, Seoul contributed US$927 million to the costs of maintaining American troops.



Thailand—Conscripts Face Routine Abuse, Humiliation, Says Amnesty Reuters | 03/23/2020 Thai military conscripts face a culture of violence and abuse that is tolerated by senior officers, according to a new Amnesty International report cited by Reuters. Commanders force conscripts to engage in humiliating and sometimes dangerous behavior, according to the report, which was published on Monday. The humiliation includes sexual abuse, in addition to acts of direct violence, according to interviews with 26 conscripts. Survivors described the abuse as institutionalized, with reports purposefully silenced. A spokesman for the military told Reuters that past abuses had been addressed, without acknowledging new accusations in the report. The report comes after a soldier killed 29 people last month in a mass shooting that was allegedly caused by a housing dispute.



India—17 Security Personnel Killed In Maoist Ambush Livemint | 03/23/2020 At least 17 Indian security personnel have been killed in an ambush in India's eastern Chhattisgarh state, reports Live Mint (New Delhi). On Saturday, gunmen ambushed a group of Special Task Force (STF), District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) troops in the Sukma district, said the military. About 300 militants from the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-M), also known as the Naxalites, attacked the security personnel, who were conducting a patrol based on intelligence of a significant Maoist presence in the area. Security forces said they killed as many as 10 militants but no bodies were recovered, reported Firstpost (Mumbai). The attack was well-planned and indicated that the militants might have had inside knowledge. The Naxalites seized automatic weapons and grenade launchers following the attack, reported the Press Trust of India.



India—Order Placed For Israeli Light Machine Guns Indian Ministry Of Defense | 03/23/2020 The Indian Ministry of Defense has announced that has signed a contract with an Israeli firm for light machine guns. The US$118 million deal with Israel Weapon Industries covers 16,749 Negev light machine guns. The Negev, a belt-fed weapon chambered for the 7.62 x 51-mm NATO cartridge, is in service with several countries around the world, noted the Economic Times (India). The machine gun is expected to provide increased range and lethality compared to the military's current 5.56-mm INSAS light machine gun. The Defense Acquisition Council initially cleared the purchase of light machine guns for the air force, army and navy in February 2018.



Afghanistan—Military Repels Taliban Offensive In Balkh Province Khaama Press | 03/23/2020 Afghan forces have repulsed a major Taliban offensive in the northern Balkh province, reports the Khaama Press (Afghanistan). On Sunday night, militants attacked the village of Baramzid, said the 209 Shaheen Corps, the top military command in the region. The military called in air support, killing at least nine Taliban fighters, the corps said. At least four militants were also wounded. No Afghan government casualties were reported. Separately, the military killed two Taliban commanders, Qari Minhaj and Mullah Furqani, in the northern Fayrab province, said the corps. The militant group launched operations against government forces in at least 14 provinces over the weekend, said officials. At least 27 Taliban fighters were killed in fighting in Kunduz province on Saturday.



Somalia—U.S. Airstrikes Support AMISOM, Army Missions Africa Command | 03/23/2020 U.S. Africa Command conducted several airstrikes last week in support of African Union and Somali army troops in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia. The command launched five airstrikes on March 16 and March 17 near the town of Janaale, said an AFRICOM release on March 19. The airstrikes, coordinated with the Somali government, targeted Al-Shabaab militants who were maneuvering and massing near a Somali-led ground operation, the command said. Janaale was recaptured from Al-Shabaab on March 17 by AMISOM and Somali forces. U.S. forces were on the ground in an advise-and-assist capacity at the time of the strikes, according to AFRICOM. The command did not assess that any civilian casualties resulted from the strikes.




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