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Mattis Highlights Diplomatic Solution for North Korean Situation > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article


WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2018 —

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has highlighted the efforts aimed at strengthening diplomatic avenues for a secure, prosperous and denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Mattis spoke to reporters yesterday while en route to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula.

“The situation we face I would call it sobering,” Mattis said. “But this meeting is designed to still make progress diplomatically, such as you’ve seen with three unanimous Security Council resolutions over these last months.”

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is co-hosting the foreign ministers’ meeting today and tomorrow with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Mattis said his role in the conference is to provide the military situation, then leave the meeting in the hands of Tillerson and the foreign ministers.

Effort Firmly in Diplomatic Realm

“I just want to emphasize this, because this shows that this effort right now is firmly in the diplomatic realm,” he said. “That is where we are working it.”

Mattis did note that military options do exist if North Korea were to launch an…

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Combat Mobility Flight, Airlift Squadron Complete Drop Training > U.S. Pacific Command > 2015

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The sun begins to set in the distance and reddish-orange color consumes Mt. Fuji as four C-130J Super Hercules soar through the skies during golden hour to drop bundles during a training scenario.

Airmen from the 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron Combat Mobility Flight and 36th Airlift Squadron completed joint containerized delivery system (CDS) airdrop training at the Combined Armed Training Center, Camp Fuji, Japan, Jan. 10, 2018. This training helps members from both squadrons receive hands-on training they will use during potential real-world scenarios.

“The is important for us because we need to practice delivering items via airdrop so we know how to complete this type of mission in a real-world scenario and stay current on our formation flight procedures,” 1st Lt. Aaron Macy, 36 AS C-130J Super Hercules pilot. “They (CMF Airmen) do a lot for us in terms of preparing the pallets for us. Since we don’t have the capability to perform this task, we wouldn’t be able to complete this type of training without them.”

Prior to the CDS airdrop training, CMF Airmen create and set up the pallets along with placing parachutes on each one.

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Rehab Veterans volunteer for four-week lock down

All it takes is for you to make the decision to enter.

By Tom Cramer

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Are you a Veteran with a drug or alcohol problem? Sick and tired of it?

Then a four-week lockdown at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka, Kan., may be just what the doctor ordered.

Sounds a bit extreme, perhaps, but it may be the fresh start you’ve been needing.

“We’re not prison,” observed Dr. Sherry Martin-McCaughtry, who works on the unit. “We don’t do strip searches or anything, and you can leave any time you want. This program is 100 percent voluntary. But it is a locked unit.”

She’s means it. This is not your run-of-the-mill rehab program.

“We had a lot of Veterans coming here to Topeka for three to five days of detox,” explained Martin, an Army Veteran who served…

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DoD works to break biometrics paradigm

It’s the stuff of movies: a high-ranking military officer scans his iris, thumbprint or voice pattern to access the top secret briefing room. An intelligence analyst zooms in on drone footage taken from hundreds of meters away to identify a single face with 98 percent certainty. An investigator drops a piece of DNA evidence into a briefcase-sized machine and receives a matching suspect almost immediately.

The Defense Department wants to make these scenarios a reality.

“It’s a very interesting time, being in biometrics. In 2018, we’ll be testing five different biometrics,” Will Graves, deputy project manager and Chief engineer for biometrics at DoD said on Identity Governance month.

Facial Recognition

While facial recognition software is already becoming fairly commonplace, it’s primarily used at short ranges, like within airports and other buildings.


“When I worked at [the Homeland Security Department], at-a-distance was out to 30 feet. At DoD, it’s out to almost a kilometer now,” Graves said. “When we say ‘face-at-a-distance’ we’re using a telephoto lens, but it’s not that easy to throw a telephoto lens on a video capture.”

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Millions Liberated From ‘Evil of ISIS,’ OIR Official Says > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Article


WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2018 —

Coalition and Iraqi forces have liberated millions of people from the “evil of ISIS,” with the efforts putting Iraq on a path toward greater security, an Operation Inherent Resolve official said today in Baghdad.

Coalition partners will continue to support the Iraqi security forces to “root out and destroy” the remaining terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Marine Corps Brig. Gen. James F. Glynn, deputy commanding general of Special Operations Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, said in a teleconference with Pentagon reporters.

He lauded the Iraqi security forces and their successes against a brutal enemy.

“The ISF has proven itself a legitimate fighting force that has and will continue their momentum, provide security for the people of Iraq, and quell the rise of new insurgencies,” the general said.

The successes of the Iraqi forces has been evident “time and again in the dismantling of threats and tyranny held on communities,” he said.

Baghdad Attack: Cowardly, Evil, Desperate Act

Although ISIS has been militarily defeated, challenges remain, Glynn said.

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Winter Clinic World-Leader in Adaptive Sports

Veterans participating in downhill skiing.

By Hans Petersen

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Nearly 400 disabled Veterans and active duty personnel are in Snowmass Village, Aspen, Colo., this week to make “miracles on a mountainside” at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

Ray Hancock

Ray Hancock served in the Navy in Desert Storm. Watching his fellow Veterans in the different activities, he says, “These guys are just incredible, what they’re doing … wow!”

The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is a world-leader in adaptive winter sports instruction for U.S. military Veterans and active duty Servicemembers with disabilities.

Set in stunning Snowmass, Colorado, the clinic celebrates its 29th year, bringing nearly 400 Veterans with traumatic brain injuries, spinal…

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Army Secretary Visits 25th Infantry Division > U.S. Pacific Command > 2015

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii — Army Secretary Mark Esper visited Soldiers at the 25th Infantry Division Jan. 11 to gain an understanding of the division’s capability to train and support Soldiers and conduct successful operations in the Pacific area of responsibility.

Esper, the 23rd Secretary of the Army who took the Army reins Nov. 20, began the day with combat-focused physical training (PT) with the scouts of 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BTC), 25th Infantry Division.

“It’s a great honor to represent the division and conduct PT with the Secretary of the Army,” said Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Garcia, platoon sergeant, 2-35 Inf. Reg.

The Rogue platoon scouts led Esper through a series of stations, including a litter drag, tractor tire relay, five-gallon water container relay, and other functional fitness workouts.

After physical training, Esper took time to talk with the Soldiers and discussed the importance of readiness training.

“You are all doing the right thing, fitness is the key — the cornerstone to training,” said Esper. “War is always on the horizon. There could be bigger fights ahead.”

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A 90-Year-Old is Suing the Air Force – 62 Years After She was Kicked Out for Being a Lesbian

Airman Second Class Helen Grace James wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father and her great-grandfather and serve in her country’s military. But her service was cut short after she was investigated, interrogated and then given an “undesirable” discharge from the Air Force because she was a lesbian, the Washington Post reported. [From Air Force Times]

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Former Veterans Affairs Official Agrees to Plead Guilty to Federal Charges after Taking Bribes for Years from Parking Lot Operator | USAO-CDCA

LOS ANGELES – A former contract officer with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs was charged today with filing a false federal tax return and lying to VA investigators when he denied taking bribes from the operator of parking lots at the VA’s Los Angeles medical campuses.

Ralph Tillman, 58, of Whittier, who was a VA contract officer until he resigned in 2014 after being confronted by special agents with the VA’s Office of Inspector General, was named in a criminal information filed today that charges him with making false statements and subscribing to a false tax return.

In a plea agreement also filed today, Tillman agreed to plead guilty to the two felony offenses and admitted that he took well over $250,000 in bribes from the parking lot operator, Richard Scott, the owner of Westside Services LLC (WSS), which for years had a contract to operate parking lots across the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VA GLAHS).

Scott, 58, faces charges – including conspiracy and major fraud against the United States – contained in a 15-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury last month. Scott allegedly…

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