Military Brunswick Stew

OK, sorry about the title. But we’ve used Jambalaya twice before. 😀

In memoriam: Air Force 1st Lt. Kenneth “Kage” Allen killed in F15 crash in North Sea: June 16th: ” ‘He is gone. I’m shaking,’ said his wife of several months, Hannah Allen, in a Facebook post late Monday ‘Kage was perfect, never been treated with more love and respect in my life. He was my absolute best friend’ … A 2017 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Allen did a yearlong missionary trip to Chile with ... the Mormon church ... He was assigned to the most difficult area in a section of the very worst part of Santiago…’ a place where the Carabineros (police) did not go‘ … The mission’s motto was ‘Hacia las Alturas,’ or ‘to the heights’ in Spanish...”

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 17, 2020
“A special operations Marine died this week from injuries suffered during airborne training at the Marine Raider Training Center at Fort Benning, Georgia. The identity of the Marine … was being withheld pending next-of-kin notification, MARSOC said. ‘Our sincere thoughts are with the family during this difficult time,’ the command said. ‘MARSOC is providing care and support to them as they grieve this tremendous loss.’ “

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But this makes me smile! Technology of at least two kinds enabled this joyful event!

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ARMY:

This looks to me like US strategic planning to give Russia something to worry about closer to home than the Antarctic:
“KYIV, Ukraine — More than $60 million worth of weapons and other equipment is going to Ukraine as part of the U.S. security aid program with the country, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv said Wednesday … Javelin anti-tank missiles, radios and ammunition … The U.S. State Department also announced Wednesday it has approved a possible delivery to Ukraine of up to 16 patrol boats and related equipment for an estimated cost of $600 million.

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Social media helps Army after COV19 recruiting shortage: “Service leaders hope the mostly virtual effort dubbed Army National Hiring Days will help it close an enlistment gap that developed in recent months [due to COV19] … the service is offering bonuses up to $2,000 for signing up during the drive … ‘We’ve never done this,’ [Maj. Gen. Frank Muth] told reporters during a news briefing. ‘It’s historic …’ the general said he expected to enlist about 80% of his target in June.” It is expected that recruiters will continue efforts online even after they return to all of the Army’s 1,400 recruiting stations. Those efforts include … social media, teleconference, and completing most needed enlistment paperwork through the internet … the Army is also looking to fill gaps in … 10 high-need jobs … Recruits who sign up for those specialties could be eligible for signing bonuses up to $40,000 and the Army also is offering a program to repay up to $60,000 of student loan debt for new recruits …”

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May 13: Trump “… tapped Bradley Hansell for [under secretary of defense for intelligence] … Hansell is a retired Army Special Forces officer whose extensive background is detailed at White House.gov

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NAVY & MARINE CORPS NEWS:

Australia has a powerful interest in keeping the Chinese out of the Pacific:
“An Australian shipbuilder with strong ties to the Navy is favored to assume control of the Philippines’ Subic Bay shipyard, where it plans to build and service U.S. warships …
Subic Bay was for decades a key U.S. base before the Navy’s departure in 1992 … A pair of Chinese companies signaled interest in Subic Bay last year, but media reports suggest the Austal-Cerberus bid may be the strongest … “It’s not going to be a U.S. naval base like it was, but it would be a US/Australian company doing business to support both the U.S. and Philippine navies as well as countries in the region,” Austal’s customer affairs and business development director, Lawrence Ryder, said said in a telephone interview June 8.”

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It appears the Navy is intent on fighting smarter“The Navy published this week the formal announcement of a change to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) … lines of effort focused on Navy strategy … wargames, exercises, experiments, tests, and studies; education policy and the development of warrior-scholars; strategic force-development planning; and alignment of efforts across headquarters, the Navy, government, and industry to solve key operational problems … Navy headquarters has reorganized to better align and prioritize efforts focused on competing against great-power rivals.

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Navy and Marine Corps brainstorming: these aren’t just college students, either: June 2, 2020 – MONTEREY, Calif. (NNS) — The U.S. Marine Corps at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) kicked off the first day of the university’s latest Big Idea Exchange (BIX) with five of the 14 students presenting their cutting-edge research and ideas in a virtual environment … The BIX brings forward new and potentially game-changing thinking developed by NPS faculty and students to address grand challenges in American national security … ‘These officers bring with them an incredible amount of tactical experience and expertise as well as the bruises and scars we all suffer while trying to accomplish complex missions in an ever changing organizational and operational environment.’, stated NPS Senior Marine Corps Representative Col. Randy Pugh.”

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TOKYO — The Marine Corps just gave service members at its training center in the shadow of Mount Fuji a little more freedom than most U.S. military personnel in Japan as coronavirus restrictions continue to ease … Marines and sailors who live on a spartan facility at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji are now free on their own time to roam nearly anywhere in Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures, according to a base Facebook post on Wednesday. They’re also allowed to visit U.S. bases in Tokyo and Kanagawa prefectures.

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Somehow I never had the idea that Marines or sailors needed help in this area, but just in case – “Military Cupid

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The Navy being a good neighbor: June 17:
EASTERN PACIFIC (NNS) — The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) … received a distress call from a Costa Rican fishing vessel reporting that one of their crew members required medical assistance. Halsey deployed a medical response team aboard its rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) to the vessel … the patient was transferred to a Costa Rican Coast Guard vessel … U.S. and coalition forces have a long-standing tradition of helping mariners in distress by providing medical assistance, engineering assistance and search and rescue efforts.

AIR FORCE:

This sort of thing never makes for a relaxed night’s sleep: WASHINGTON — On Tuesday night, [yes that’s this June 16th] U.S. Air Force F-22 jets scrambled to intercept two separate formations of Russian aircraft that included Tu-95 bombers, Su-35 fighter jets, and an A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command … [Two other intercepts listed at this link.] All three intercepts were routine, legal and safe. But those operations and others like them … are being used by the U.S. and Russian air forces to signal to each other that they remain ready to respond to threats and defend their airspace …”

Couldn’t we just do like Perry Mason used to do and “stipulate to it”, guys? If you play with fire, you’re gonna get burned.

At the same link: Russia continues its historic pattern of exporting aggression via military equipment to unstable nations: “In late May, U.S. Africa Command revealed that Russia deployed MiG-29 and Su-24s to Al Jufra air base in Libya … repainted to disguise their origin … would likely be used on behalf of … a Russian-backed private military firm supporting the Libyan National Army’s fight against … the interim government of Libya that is supported by the United States and the United Nations. Russia has denied the claims.

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Cybersecurity contract awarded by Air Force: “ Shift5 is a cybersecurity company based in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Shift5 products defend platforms such as planes, trains, and tanks from cyberattacks. Shift5 protects vulnerable embedded serial data buses through proprietary software and hardware products... To learn more, visit Shift5.

COAST GUARD:

Coast Guard to the rescue!

Rescue Two! With video! This turtle loves the US Coast Guard!

Coast Guard on the alertJune 16th – “U.S. Coast Guard Offloads $5.6 Million in Seized Cocaine, Transfers Custody of 3 Suspected Smugglers to federal law enforcement authorities … The interdiction was the result of ongoing efforts in support of Operation Unified Resolve, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF).”

Ocean border, courtesy of the US Coast Guard: June 13 – SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – “The Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley repatriated 50 of 51 migrants to the Dominican Republic Navy Thursday in waters just off Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, following the interdiction of two illegal migrant voyages just off the west coast of Puerto Rico … Of the 51 interdicted migrants, 49 are reported to be Dominican Republic nationals, while two others are reported to be Haitian. One of the migrants remains in U.S. custody facing criminal immigration charges.”

Until next time, happy trails, friends.

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