RED Friday: Update and “In Honor Of”

Private Henry Johnson, 369th Regiment, Company C, United States Infantry: this incredible hero paid a terrible price for his country. If Barack Obama did nothing else right, he did a shining good deed in posthumously awarding the Medal of Honor to Private Henry Johnson of Winston-Salem, North Carolina for his astonishing courage in combat, for selflessly risking his own life to save a comrade – in World War One! There’s some information at one of those links about the degree of racism in the military at the time – real racism, not fabricated. It hurts that Henry Lincoln Johnson wasn’t awarded the Medal of Honor while he was still alive. It angers me so much that he did not receive the recognition and honor he deserved in his lifetime that I am including three links about him.

This link  is a photo archive of the “Official Journal of the Republic of France, 28 November 1918″, which reported his actions at the time. Roughly translated (corrections welcome) with the aid of Google Translate, it says:
Johnson, Henry, soldier of Company C of the 369th Regiment, US Infantry, finding himself one of two sentinels at night who were assaulted by a dozen Germans, killed two of them with his rifle and seriously wounded two others with his knife. Having received three wounds from pistols and grenades at the beginning of the action, he went to the rescue of his comrade who was being carried off by the enemy, and continued the fight until the enemy ran. He has given a magnificent example of courage and energy.”

From Military Times

And One More

First two F35C Lightning II pilots graduate Top Gun! Although the F35 is far from new, this is evidence that it has been accepted as a valuable part of the US military’s air forces.
While all F-35C tactics instructors have completed the TOPGUN course previously, this is the first time TOPGUN has graduated students who are currently flying the Lightning II, utilizing a syllabus that has been developed, from the ground up, specifically for F-35C integrated operations.”

I find it very intriguing that “One of the most important elements for the F-35C is the ability to train with the weapons system being ‘full-up’ in a secure environment, away from prying eyes that may be lurking on the training ranges and able to interpret sensitive information that is exhibited in live flying, such as radar and electronic warfare signatures and capabilities. The aircraft’s electronic warfare abilities may also be limited due to the training environment and where that training is happening, as well.”

:E :E :E That tells me that an enemy engaged by an F35 is likely to open his eyes in hell asking, “What hit me?”

Something else emerges if you read the full article carefully. If you weren’t aware of it before, Top Gun is a school which refines first-class aviators into scientists in their trade. It’s orders of magnitude beyond the movie “Top Gun”. The planning – that we read about here – for different weapons loads makes me think, “What are we not hearing about?” Which is fine with me. If citizens don’t know all the capabilities of our military, there’s a greater chance for surprising an enemy. And surprise is extremely helpful in winning a battle.

July 8th 2020: Remember Dr. Paul MacReady and the Gossamer Condor, the human-powered airplane? Dr. MacReady founded a company called AeroVironment, which is a world leader in advanced drones useful to the military:

“Now, with lower-end drones becoming consumer goods and new innovative concepts, like swarming, distributed reconnaissance, and other advanced networking architectures having begun to take center stage, AeroVironment sits with a pedigree like few if any other aerospace firms have to take full advantage of the drone revolution.”

The struggle between Senate and military on new developments:


In spite of the rocky road, things seem to be moving along:
Testing and selection proceeding: USAF “… in May and July, [the Air Force] awarded the first two mega-batches of [Advanced Battle Management System] contracts, with 46 companies in total winning $1000 and a chance to compete for more money down the road … ‘We want a wide variety of companies, and we definitely want fresh blood in the ABMS competition,’ Will Roper, the Air Force’s acquisition executive, told reporters on May 14. ‘There is a lot that can be contributed from companies that are commercially focused, that know a lot about data, that know a lot about machine learning and AI and know a lot about analytics. Those are going to be the most important parts of the Advanced Battle Management System.’ ”

For example: USAF secure communications platform award:
The Air Force awarded a contract potentially worth $35 million to Wickr, a secure communications platform provider, the Defense Department announced June 1 … Under the two-year contract, the Air Force will use Wickr’s secure recall, alert and messaging services. The cloud-based application suite will provide end-to-end encrypted file, video, chat, text and voice services for end users.”

The Marine Corps also:
Built by Lockheed Martin, MUOS replaced the legacy UHF Follow-On (UFO) system to provide narrowband communications. Consisting of four satellites and an on orbit spare in geosynchronous orbit, the $7 billion system can provide more than 10 times the bandwidth capacity of UFO. The fifth and final MUOS satellite launched back in 2016, and in October 2019 the U.S. Navy said the system was ready for full operational use.”

Warriors, Americans hope that our politicians and bureaucrats are giving you what you need to do your job at minimum risk with minimum casualties to you. God bless you, and thank you!

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