Saturday, September 17, 2016

Latest intelligence on the world situation, updates on US military capabilities, news that affects Military retirees, and news that will probably never be reported by the "Liberal American Media!"

Military Newsletter
Latest intelligence on the world situation, updates on US military capabilities, news that affects Military retirees, 
and news that will probably never be reported by the "Liberal American Media!"
Edited by Lt Col Kent Vasby, USAF, Ret

'We lied to the American people.' Congress laments failure to fix the military's budget mess
None of the four service chiefs testifying on Capitol Hill Thursday would answer the question, but they all paused uncomfortably before senators in the hearing laughed it off:
 Are Congress and the president the biggest threats to the military today? 

AP Sources: US to Shift Military Assets to Syria Under Deal
The U.S. military will have to shift surveillance aircraft from other regions and increase the number of intelligence analysts to coordinate attacks with Russia under the Syria cease-fire deal partly in order to target militants the U.S. has largely spared, senior officials say.
Target militants the U.S. has largely spared???  
More military planners and targeting experts will be needed to identify and approve airstrikes against the al-Qaida-linked Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. The U.S. has rarely bombed the group, previously known as the Nusra Front, and the targeting is trickier because the militants are often intermingled with other U.S.-backed Syrian rebels.

Syrian Military Begins to Withdraw From Vital Aleppo Road
Syria's military began withdrawing from a major artery to Aleppo late Thursday as the U.N. envoy accused President Bashar Assad's government of obstructing aid access to the contested city. 

Beijing may be waiting for the perfect timing to strike in South China Sea
Reports suggest China may seize Scarborough Shoal during the final weeks of the US presidential election as Americas gaze turns inward.


Norway's Military Has The Worlds First All-Female Special Operations Unit
In 2014, Norway created the worlds first all-female special operations unit out of necessity.
 In urban warfare, you have to be able to interact with women as well. Adding female soldiers was an operational need.


USAF confirms F-15D delivery to Israel
Following the signing of the largest military aid package in US history, the US Air Force confirmed the transfer of 10 Boeing F-15D fighters to Israel. 

Why is the Navys largest shipbuilder looking for a subcontractor in China?
Ingalls Shipbuilding needs a new dry dock in Mississippi to build ships there and says there are no American companies that can do it. So Ingalls is looking abroad for help. 

How did your congressional representative vote on the VA reform bill?
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to make it easier to fire Veterans Affairs Department employees and overhaul the department's benefits appeals process.  
Ed:  My Rep voted against it.  I called his office and asked why.  They said they would get back to me.

Nearly 500 immigrant children arrive at Fort Bliss
Fort Bliss Dona Ana Range Complex, near Chaparral, N.M., is temporarily a shelter to nearly 500 unaccompanied children. 
The children made a dangerous journey from Central Americas; primarily El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to either escape violence in their home country, to seek better economic opportunities or reunite with family already in the U.S.
Ed note:  Spent a couple of weeks at Dona Ana during a military exercise back in the 70's.

White House Said Mulling Legal Action Against Russian Hackers
The White House is trying to build a legal case against Russian hackers it believes are behind recent leaks aimed at disrupting the U.S. presidential election, while Congress is eyeing sanctions as a remedy, media reports says. 

Ever heard of this pain-killer?
DEA plan to ban plant substance popular with veterans called 'insane'
The Drug Enforcement Administration has received a torrent of backlash from patients with chronic pain and former opiate users after announcing plans to ban kratom, a plant gaining popularity across the United States for its opiate-like effects. 
Any of the readers ever use it?

Top U.S. Special Operations general: Were hurting ourselves with all these movies and books
Army Gen. Raymond Tony Thomas, head of U.S. Special Operations Command, rarely talks specifics about the troops under his command. 
But when asked about the propensity of some of his elite forces to write books, star in movies and help advise on the production of certain video games, Thomas is outspoken and angry.

Retire from military and become an artist?
Bush points to his paintings to show Colorado Springs troops about life after the military
On a Colorado Springs trip to encourage troops to embrace civilian life after the military, former President George W. Bush also announced his latest plans for life after the government, releasing a book of artwork. 

Media Outraged After Trump Tricks Them To Cover Endorsements From Military Heroes
The media showed up to the presidential ballroom of the new Trump International Hotel on Friday morning expecting Donald Trump to take questions about whether he still questions if President Obama was born in the United States. Instead, they got more than a half hour of a variety of military heroes generals, medal of honor recipients and a gold star wife expressing support for the Republican nominee. And it all aired live on the cable news networks. 

Black Lives Matter activist changes tune on police
Thanks, Dave
A University of Houston grad student active in the local Black Lives Matter movement is suddenly all for police patrols in his neighborhood  after he was robbed.

It was the first day of school and a new student named Pedro, the son of a Mexican telecom tycoon, entered the fourth grade. 
The teacher said, "Let's begin by reviewing some American history. Who said 'Give me Liberty, or give me Death?' " 
 She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Pedro, who had his hand up. 
 "Patrick Henry, 1775." 
 "Very good! Who said "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth" "? 
 Again, no response except from Pedro: "Abraham Lincoln, 1863," said Pedro. 
 The teacher snapped at the class, "Class, you should be ashamed. Pedro, who is new to our country, knows more about its history than you do." 
 She heard a loud whisper: "Screw the Mexicans." 
 "Who said that?" she demanded. 
 Pedro put his hand up. "Jim Bowie, 1836." 
 At that point, a student in the back said, "I'm gonna puke." 
 The teacher glared and asked, "All right! Now, who said that?" 
 Again, Pedro. "George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991." 
 Now furious, another student yelled, "Oh yeah? Suck this!" 
 Pedro jumped out of his chair waving his hand and shouting to the teacher, "Bill Clinton to Monica Lewinski, 1997!" 
 Now, with almost a mob hysteria, someone said, "You little shit. If you say anything else, I'll kill you." 
 Pedro frantically yelled at the top of his voice, "Gary Condit to Chandra Levy, 2001." 
 The teacher fainted, and as the class gathered around her on the floor, someone said, "Oh shit, we're in BIG trouble now!" 
 Pedro whispered, "Saddam Hussein, 2003." 



Two buddies were out for a Saturday stroll. One had a Doberman and the other had
 a Chihuahua. As they sauntered down the street, the guy with Doberman said to
 his friend, "Let's go over to that bar and get something to drink."
 The guy with the Chihuahua said, "We can't go in there. We've got dogs with us."
 The one with the Doberman said, "Just follow my lead." They walked over to the
 bar and the guy with the Doberman puts on a pair of dark glasses and started to
 walk in.
 The bouncer at the door said, "Sorry, Mac, no pets allowed." The man with the
 Doberman said, "You don't understand. This is my Seeing-Eye dog." The bouncer
 said, "A Doberman pinscher?" The man said, "Yes, they're using them now. They're
 very good." The bouncer said, "Come on in."
 The buddy with the Chihuahua figured what the heck, so he put on a pair of dark
 glasses and started to walk in. He knew his would be more unbelievable.
 Once again the bouncer said, "Sorry, pal, no pets allowed." The man with the
 Chihuahua said, "You don't understand. This is my Seeing-Eye dog." The bouncer
 said, "A Chihuahua?" The man with the Chihuahua said, "A Chihuahua? They gave me
 a fucking Chihuahua?"


Not so long ago.... 
      An application was for employment 
      A program was a TV show 
      A cursor used profanity 
      A keyboard was a piano! 
      Memory was something that you lost with age. 
      A CD was a bank account 
      Compress was something you did to garbage not to a file. 
      And if you unzipped anything in public you'd be in jail for awhile! 
      Log on was adding wood to a fire. 
      Hard drive was a long trip on the road. 
      A mouse pad was where a mouse lived. 
      And a backup happened to your commode! 
      Cut - you did with a pocket knife. 
      Paste you did with glue. 
      A web was a spider's home. 
      And a virus was the flu! 
      I guess I'll stick to my pad and paper. 
      And the memory in my head. 
      I hear nobody's been killed in a computer crash but when it happens they wish they were dead!

Thanks, Gary