US Military – 20th CVETSMEM http://20thcvetsmem.org/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 10:06:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://20thcvetsmem.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1.png US Military – 20th CVETSMEM http://20thcvetsmem.org/ 32 32 Are you stationed at one of the top 5 US Navy facilities? https://20thcvetsmem.org/are-you-stationed-at-one-of-the-top-5-us-navy-facilities/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 10:06:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/are-you-stationed-at-one-of-the-top-5-us-navy-facilities/ Did you know that the US military has a facility in almost every state in our union? It’s pretty impressive, isn’t it? What’s more impressive is the size of some of these bases. The coasts of our country are home to more than 40 bases! Here is an overview of the five largest naval bases […]]]>

Did you know that the US military has a facility in almost every state in our union? It’s pretty impressive, isn’t it? What’s more impressive is the size of some of these bases. The coasts of our country are home to more than 40 bases! Here is an overview of the five largest naval bases in the country.

1. Naval Station Norfolk

Naval Base Norfolk is not only the largest naval base in the United States, it is the largest in the world. Located in southeastern Virginia in the city of Norfolk, this base was established in 1917. As a result, it is huge! Currently, NAS Norfolk occupies over 3,400 acres and supports approximately 149,000 people. It ensures that the US Atlantic Fleet is always operationally ready. Its facilities house and maintain 75 ships and 134 aircraft. When you call NAS Norfolk home, prepare for lots of seafood and lots of history!

9 Flattops at Naval Station Norfolk, Dec. 20, 2012. (USN Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott)

2. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is strategically located just outside of Honolulu, Hawaii. This means that it is not only a beautiful facility, but also home to over 55,000 marines and their families, as well as over 5,000 air force personnel and their families. While Pearl Harbor was originally just a naval base, it joined Hickam Air Force Base in 2010. The base occupies over 27,000 acres of land (it’s huge) and is home to over 160 commands, 11 ships and 19 submarines and aircraft. And since it is a common base, you will benefit from the best of both worlds by installing this installation in your home!

Are you stationed at one of the top 5 US Navy facilities?
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (June 30, 2004) – Ships from seven participating nations sit dock side in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, awaiting the start of Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2004. RIMPAC is the world’s largest exercise international shipping in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands. This year’s exercise includes seven participating nations; Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States. RIMPAC aims to improve the tactical proficiency of participating units in a wide range of combined operations at sea, while enhancing stability in the Pacific region. US Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class (NAC) John T. Parker (Released)

3. Naval Air Station Jacksonville

Founded in 1940, Naval Air Station Jacksonville spans 3,400 acres in northeast Florida and accommodates approximately 53,500 people. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that NAS Jacksonville’s mission is important. In fact, this facility exclusively trains airmen for warfare and supports the anti-submarine warfare efforts of U.S. and allied troops. Florida offers a lot for everyone – from amusement parks to beaches and everything in between.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 20, 2018) An aerial view of Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville. NAS Jacksonville is comprised of 28,000 acres of land which includes the Air Station, Outlying Field Whitehouse and the Pinecastle Range Complex. NAS Jacksonville recently received encroachment funds to protect facility assets with incompatible development through restrictive easements. (US Navy photo)

4. Naval Base San Diego

Naval Base San Diego was established in 1922 as a destroyer base and expanded significantly during the Korean War. Now it functions as the main home port for the US Pacific Fleet. It supports approximately 48,000 military and civilian personnel and houses approximately 180 commands and 56 ships. This base covers over 2,000 acres of land. In case you were wondering, being so close to San Diego means the world is at your fingertips. World-class shopping, outdoor activities and a wide range of dining options await.

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SAN DIEGO (Nov. 12, 2017) An MH-60R Sea Hawk assigned to the “Blue Hawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 flies over San Diego Bay during a training near the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Members of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 take part in a sustainment training exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/Released)

5. Naval Base Kitsap

This may be one of the Navy’s best kept secrets! Located in Puget Sound on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State, Naval Base Kitsap was created in 2004 by combining the former Naval Base Bremerton and Naval Submarine Base Bangor. It is home to over 45,000 people and is one of four Navy nuclear shipyards. Covering over 12,000 acres, Kitsap Naval Base is also a large base in terms of area. When you’re stationed in the Pacific Northwest, you’ll love the fresh air, amazing seafood, and great nature activities.

Have you ever wondered what all military installations have in common? When you see one of these eight stores, you know you’re near a base.

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Weird rules the US military has on food https://20thcvetsmem.org/weird-rules-the-us-military-has-on-food/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 19:54:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/weird-rules-the-us-military-has-on-food/ You might get the impression that the US military treats its soldiers with a “you get what you get and you don’t get angry” mentality. Fortunately, for those men and women who protect our freedom, this line of thinking is seriously flawed. In fact, the military doesn’t just make sure its members are well-fed with […]]]>

You might get the impression that the US military treats its soldiers with a “you get what you get and you don’t get angry” mentality. Fortunately, for those men and women who protect our freedom, this line of thinking is seriously flawed. In fact, the military doesn’t just make sure its members are well-fed with whatever their heart seemingly desires. This requires dining rooms to contain a wide variety of options at all meals, forcing menus to offer “appealing, nutritious and healthy food choices”. […] of each food group, according to the 2019 Army Food Program.

As the 2016 Initial Military Training Guide states, dining halls “should provide variety, contrast in texture, flavor and color” with menu selections. Additionally, during this initial training period, food service establishments must offer an almost staggering amount of beverages, fruits, vegetables, entrees, sides, breads, condiments and desserts with every meal. .

In the past, hungry troops could choose from a number of incredibly indulgent choices, from fried foods to rich desserts (via Slate). But the U.S. military’s renewed emphasis on nutrition in recent years, including its Go for Green program and standards, means that many of those once unhealthy choices have been replaced with smarter, healthier choices, but equally appetizing.

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The life of an American military family in Taiwan in the early 1960s https://20thcvetsmem.org/the-life-of-an-american-military-family-in-taiwan-in-the-early-1960s/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 16:15:41 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/the-life-of-an-american-military-family-in-taiwan-in-the-early-1960s/ Dorothee Wilhelm Mr. Lee came to our house about two months after we arrived in Taiwan, in the fall of 1961. My husband introduced him and said we were going to teach him English, which meant I would teach him English, but that was fine. While the Military Advisory Group was there to support the […]]]>

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Mr. Lee came to our house about two months after we arrived in Taiwan, in the fall of 1961.

My husband introduced him and said we were going to teach him English, which meant I would teach him English, but that was fine. While the Military Advisory Group was there to support the Chinese military, the families were there to help in any way they could. Mr. Lee was Taiwanese.

Our family would spend three years on the island that was once called “Beautiful Formosa”, now Taiwan. We knew almost nothing of the story. We were looking forward to meeting the locals. We assumed they would all be Chinese. While the military received language and customary training, wives mostly received leaflets about snakes and rats.

“110 varieties of poisonous snakes, on this 245-mile-long, 90-mile-wide island. That’s a lot of snakes,” said the young soldier standing by the gate, handing out US government Welcome to Taiwan flyers during the meeting. the orientation meeting.

“If bitten by a viper, the newspaper said, “stay calm and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Do not put ice on it. It was unclear whether this meant the viper or the bite or both.

Turns out the viper population was exaggerated. There are only 50 varieties of snakes and barely 6 types of vipers. “Pay close attention to the color pattern of all biting vipers so that we can treat you properly,” the flyer helpfully stated.

We adapted quickly, as military families learn to do. 7-year-old First Kid started selling his 5-year-old brother’s action figures to Buy-Buy men who regularly came to the door. Only when she didn’t like him, she pointed out, but she didn’t like him often enough.

We didn’t encounter any of the threatened vipers, but we made lifelong friendships.

Kuney Lee was a young Taiwanese accountant whose father disappeared in mainland China. Mr. Lee lived with his mother and was comfortable that she would choose his wife. Our arrangement was that I would teach him English and he would teach me Mandarin. What could go wrong?

After three months, my best sentence was: “How Bu How, Maymow? which seemed to translate to “How are you, Eyebrow”, It was impractical.

Mr. Lee threw in the towel and admitted that I was next to impossible to teach. Not wanting to accept lessons without giving something in return, he took us to see his island. We met the aborigines in the mountains and visited the Buddhist temple where his mother received her medical prescriptions. In their small house in Taipei, Mr. Lee’s mother and six of her friends cooked us the best meal of our lives.

The people we met on this charming island were kind, smart, dedicated and independent, Taiwanese through and through. They spoke little but had ways of communicating their feelings to us. SuSu, the lovely young lady who helped me get our house in order, found my 2 year old son studying the local language avidly. Little children learn language so fast. They made a game of his lessons. She taught my blond, blue-eyed boy to smile kindly at uniformed Chinese soldiers and curse them in flawless Mandarin. Intention not too subtle but clear.

Mr. Lee and his family visited our Lakewood home a few years ago. He had just retired as the owner of one of Taipei’s biggest companies, and he kindly credited our English lessons for giving him a good start. “I came to thank my friend,” he said.

So one misty August morning, he stood by my husband’s grave, left flowers, wept softly, and said thank you. I asked him the question that had puzzled me all this time.

“Mr. Lee,” I said, “how did you find us, all those years ago? His response was that as American troops and people from all over the world flocked to his little island, he realized that a young man who spoke English would have a bright future. He knew three words of English. What could he do?

A brilliant idea occurred to him. Every day he rode the bus to the US military compound and did a brisk constitutional march around the walls. Perfectly normal. He spoke to every soldier he saw. He knew they would have learned at least some Mandarin. Finally, on the fifth day, my husband responded to him and he was part of our lives forever.

“Don’t forget us,” Mr. Lee said at the end of the visit. “We work hard to stay independent.”

He couldn’t really retire. “There is too much work to do,” he said, “while there is still a chance.”

Where to find Dorothy in August

This story was originally published August 7, 2022 5:30 a.m.

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A US base in Germany is investigating a claim that a security forces airman offered a bribe to take a physical fitness test https://20thcvetsmem.org/a-us-base-in-germany-is-investigating-a-claim-that-a-security-forces-airman-offered-a-bribe-to-take-a-physical-fitness-test/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 11:23:46 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/a-us-base-in-germany-is-investigating-a-claim-that-a-security-forces-airman-offered-a-bribe-to-take-a-physical-fitness-test/ Members of the 86th Security Forces Squadron run at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 20, 2022. Base officials are investigating allegations made on social media accusing a security forces airman of offering a bribe to pass a physical training test. ((Trevor Rhynes/US Air Force)) KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Executives at Ramstein Air Base are investigating allegations […]]]>

Members of the 86th Security Forces Squadron run at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 20, 2022. Base officials are investigating allegations made on social media accusing a security forces airman of offering a bribe to pass a physical training test. ((Trevor Rhynes/US Air Force))

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Executives at Ramstein Air Base are investigating allegations that an airman tried to bribe officials to issue a passing grade on an annual physical fitness test.

A spokesman for the 86th Airlift Wing acknowledged in an email to the Stars and Stripes on Tuesday that an investigation was ongoing but declined to give details while it was active.

Last week, social media users who said they were affiliated with the 86th Security Forces Squadron at Ramstein Air Force Base anonymously alleged a cover-up of the undisclosed identity. disciplinary offense and described the drop in morale within the ranks of the military police unit.

“An 86th SFS SNCO here in Ramstein got caught bribing the tester to change the point numbers so he met standards and didn’t fail,” a commenter on popular Facebook page Amn said. /NCO/SNCO.

Members of the unit are responsible for security at one of the Department of Defense’s largest overseas installations and one of the Air Force’s busiest airlift hubs.

Corruption is punishable by court martial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The anonymous commentator wrote on the Amn/NCO/SNCO Facebook page that following the incident, the unit’s physical training was significantly increased, placing an additional burden on the already overworked Airmen.

“Instead of punishing the individual and holding them accountable, Airmen are now required to attend more pts so no one else is in the same situation to fail, the commentator said.

Another post on the Facebook page shared an official memorandum outlining the physical training program for unit operations and flight training.

The July 27 memo establishes physical training three times a week for all members who score less than 95% on recurring squadron-internal fitness tests. Those who get the 95% score should lead one session per week, according to the memo.

A base spokesperson on Tuesday confirmed the memo’s authenticity and said the policy was among several initiatives designed to ensure physical endurance and combat readiness requirements are met. The spokesperson added that fitness programs are “constantly evaluated.”

Another commentator identifying himself as a member of the 86th Security Forces Squadron said the increased physical training load has lengthened working hours, keeping security forces members on the job from 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. hours on certain shifts.

“(I don’t care) who you are, it’s been long days,” the anonymous commenter said. “It’s hard to convince Airman to stay in (the security forces) when they have friends of equal rank in other career fields working half the time and earning the same money.”

While security forces units are known for their demanding duty schedules that require them to fill mission-critical security positions around the clock, the wing said there was no demand. overall excessive hours.

“There is no requirement for 86 SFS Airmen to stay on the job for a 17.5 hour day,” a spokesperson wrote in an email. Unit leaders “maximize schedule flexibility and ensure our Airmen are not working unnecessary hours,” the email said.

The last annual unit morale and climate survey was an online survey last summer during Operation Allied Refuge, when security airmen worked long hours to help house thousands of Afghan refugees. after the US-backed government in Kabul fell to the Taliban.

The comments reflected “the increased operational tempo of this specific period,” a Wing spokesperson wrote in an email Tuesday.

“Unit leadership and the Security Forces Career Area continue to seek improvements in the quality of life for our defenders and their families,” the emailed statement read.

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Lt. Luke Cuneo talks about making CrossFit a career in the US Army https://20thcvetsmem.org/lt-luke-cuneo-talks-about-making-crossfit-a-career-in-the-us-army/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 20:09:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/lt-luke-cuneo-talks-about-making-crossfit-a-career-in-the-us-army/ In partnership with Do you like Morning Chalk Up? Access additional exclusive interviews, analysis and stories with an Rx subscription. For Lt. Luke Cuneo, joining the US Army began as a way to pay for his college degree. Seven years later, the 27-year-old former college football cornerback from Furman University is living his dream job: […]]]>

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For Lt. Luke Cuneo, joining the US Army began as a way to pay for his college degree.

Seven years later, the 27-year-old former college football cornerback from Furman University is living his dream job: Cuneo enjoying all the perks of being in the military, while being paid to train and compete in CrossFit.

The details: Cuneo is a member of the Army Warrior Fitness team, whose job it is to stay in shape and compete in various CrossFit (or Strongmen) competitions.

  • Army Warrior Fitness team was established in 2019 with the goal of expanding Army recruiting efforts into the growing world of functional fitness, while highlighting the diverse jobs and lifestyle opportunities offered by the U.S. Army.
  • The initiative immediately succeeded in its efforts to recruit some of the fittest athletes in the military, including CrossFit Games athlete Chandler Smith.
  • “We go to different competitions to show future recruits the different opportunities that you can pursue in the military, and we also support big CrossFit events and interact with local people, Cuneo explained, adding that their next stop is Madison, WI this week.
  • For Cuneo, who joined the army at 20 and later commissioned as an Army officer through his school’s Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program, his career kills two birds with one stone: he can pursue his passion for fitness with his passion for leadership, while serving his country. “If you had told me when I was in college that I would do this, I would never have believed it…I love what I do,” he said.

To note: The U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Team is one of six outreach recruiting teams that allow Soldiers to pursue a passion while serving. Other teams include Esports Team, Outdoor Team, Rock Band “As You Were”, Army Parachute Team, and Army Marksmanship Unit.

Inspired by Chandler Smith

It was actually Smith who inspired Cuneo to take CrossFit more seriously.

Cuneo met Smith during his infantry training in 2019, and the two began training together “every day”, Cuneo said. “He kind of started a fire under me to chase him competitively.”

Soon after, Cuneo found out about the Army Warrior fitness team and knew it might be his ticket to fulfilling his military duties while being as fit as possible. So he tried and made the team in 2021.

Since then, Cuneo has been stationed at Fort Knox, KY with his teammates, who train together twice a day in and around their other military duties, including administrative and recruiting duties.

“We show up and train to be the best athletes we can be, but we also try to be creative and come up with different ways to present ourselves as assets to the military,” Cuneo explained.

Cuneo’s CrossFit success

Since falling in love with CrossFit after taking a class at a small gym in North Carolina and continuing to get in shape alongside his Army teammates, Cuneo has managed to become a force. to be reckoned with in sport.

He competed with the Jump Ship Kailua team in the 2021 CrossFit Mid-Atlantic Challenge Semi-Finals in Knoxville, TN, and most recently this season he competed as an individual and placed a respectable 181st in North America in the Quarter-Finals, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the Semi-Finals.

Although Cuneos’ goal isn’t necessarily to become an athlete of the Games, he does want to make a push into the semis.

“I’ve made connections with people who will be friends for life.”

“Before, I wanted to be a regional athlete, but now that it’s the semi-finals, I would like to achieve that. That has always been my goal,” he said.

More importantly, however, the experience with the Army Warrior Fitness Team thus far has allowed him to pursue a high level of physical fitness while doing something valuable for his country with people that he likes.

“They are some of my best friends,” he said of his teammates. “I’ve made connections with people who will be friends for life.”

Message from Cuneo

For all the men and women who love fitness or CrossFit, Cuneo insists that the military is a great career option, one that lets you do it all.

“There are so many opportunities that people don’t realize in the military. People think you go there and do combat work. But you can come in and be a dentist, or a nurse, or do fitness,” Cuneo said.

He added: “There are so many different things you can do. If you want to start your career on the right track, this is a great way to do it… There’s no better way to do it.

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A decorated veteran of GROM, Poland’s special forces, writes about the mutilation of POWs by Russia https://20thcvetsmem.org/a-decorated-veteran-of-grom-polands-special-forces-writes-about-the-mutilation-of-pows-by-russia/ Sun, 31 Jul 2022 01:40:04 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/a-decorated-veteran-of-grom-polands-special-forces-writes-about-the-mutilation-of-pows-by-russia/ Can Russia still be treated as a civilized state, or is it already a terrorist country that allows its soldiers to behave like war crimes? After several years of absence, today’s article is my first for SOFREP for some time. When I commented on armed conflicts, I looked at them more from the point of […]]]>

Can Russia still be treated as a civilized state, or is it already a terrorist country that allows its soldiers to behave like war crimes?

After several years of absence, today’s article is my first for SOFREP for some time. When I commented on armed conflicts, I looked at them more from the point of view of what I experienced during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, from a historical point of view. The current war, that of Ukraine, is taking place in close proximity to Poland and the Poles. I comment on it, witnessing a story in progress, a story as cruel as the one our grandparents told us when they remembered the Second World War.

Putin’s troops (I don’t want to blame all Russians) fighting in Ukraine are branding themselves as the worst side by inflicting callousing cruelty. They mindlessly kill civilians, rape women, do not spare the elderly and destroy hospitals, schools, community centers and churches, there is no holiness for them.

In recent days, a video has been posted on the Internet and on social networks showing the probable mutilation of a Ukrainian prisoner of war. The film shows a captured and overpowered Ukrainian soldier. He is lying on the ground, his mouth taped and his hands tied. Above him stands a man in a Russian military uniform, with the letter “Z” sewn on, symbolizing the invasion of Ukraine. First, he cuts the soldier’s uniform with a knife, then mutilates a man at the level of the perineum…, shouting humiliating insults at him in Russian. It is difficult for internet users to determine when and where this video was shot, but many of them recognize the author by a characteristic tasselled hat, the man previously appearing in a recording of the Azot chemical plant in Severdonetsk.

It is ridiculous that the torture video comes from Russian media, where Ossian propagandists delightfully show how a group of sadists mutilated a Ukrainian prisoner. What should the world think of Russian soldiers now? From the country of Putin, where his soldiers love torture and assassination?

“The fog of war will not help the executioners escape punishment. We will identify and catch everyone, Mykhailo Podolak, adviser to the Ukrainian president, wrote on Twitter.

In information published on the RIA Novosti Telegram channel, the Russian news agency identified the man as a member of the Chechen battalion known as “Akhmat”.

What can the world do now? – not much… Ukrainian civil rights spokesperson Lyudmyla Denysova has asked the UN Human Rights Commission to investigate reports of torture of prisoners of war at the hands of Russians . For example, most of the Ukrainian soldiers who were taken prisoner in the vicinity of Mariupol were transferred to the Donetsk detention center and penal colony No. 120, located in temporarily occupied territory. During transport, the Ukrainian soldiers had their eyes covered, their hands tied, and bags were put over their heads. After being taken to their destination, they were tortured, threatened with death, beaten and humiliated. The officers of the armed forces of Ukraine and the soldiers of the special forces of Azov are even worse, they are tortured with extreme cruelty. After their release, Ukrainian POWs report being beaten all over their bodies, having gun barrels rammed into wounds to reopen them, being pinched with pliers and strangled. In addition, some were shocked, beaten with batons and repeatedly kicked on the genitals.

Being in the military and now a veteran, reading and reading reports just as cruel as those given by the Nazis during WWII, I ask; “How is this possible in the 21st century? Has our civilization learned nothing from the suffering of previous wars?

Russia seems to have remained at the beginning of the 20th century, unwilling to adopt current social norms.

Naval served in GROM, the Polish special forces unit for fourteen years as an operator in a combat unit. Most of his time in the unit he spent overseas assignments. He was decorated with the highest combat medals awarded in Poland for personal bravery, including the Knight’s Cross of the Military Cross, awarded for outstanding military merit, and the Commander’s Cross of the Military Cross, awarded for bravery the more exceptional at the risk of his life. He also holds the Grom Gold Badge, which is most honored by GROM staff. He is the author of two books about his wartime experiences, “

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4 candidates for DOD positions testify before the Senate > US Department of Defense > Defense Department News https://20thcvetsmem.org/4-candidates-for-dod-positions-testify-before-the-senate-us-department-of-defense-defense-department-news/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 22:56:22 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/4-candidates-for-dod-positions-testify-before-the-senate-us-department-of-defense-defense-department-news/ On Capitol Hill today, four candidates for Defense Department positions met with senators to discuss their vision for how they might handle their roles if confirmed. Radha Plumb: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Milancy D. Harris: Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and […]]]>

On Capitol Hill today, four candidates for Defense Department positions met with senators to discuss their vision for how they might handle their roles if confirmed.




Radha Plumb: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment




Milancy D. Harris: Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security




Laura Taylor Kale: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy




Brendan Owens: Under Secretary of Defense for Energy, Facilities, and Environment

“We have the best military in the world and the creativity and skill of a thriving business sector that is also the envy of the world,” Plumb said. “If confirmed, my task will be to match the demands of our army’s fighters with the technologies of this vibrant industrial base to ensure our army has the capabilities it needs to prevail in critical missions at all times. , anywhere.”

If confirmed, Plumb said she believes the department needs to establish clear transition pathways for critical new technologies such as hypersonics, artificial intelligence and directed energy. She also said the department must find ways to leverage new acquisition avenues to acquire software and software-intensive systems to meet warfighter needs and also invest in the defense industrial base to reduce foreign dependence.

Plumb is currently Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Defense. She previously held positions at Google, Facebook, the RAND Corporation, the Department of Energy and the White House National Security Council.

“Defence, intelligence, and security efforts provide critical support to the Secretary’s national defense strategy and are critical to ensuring the United States maintains its strategic advantage today and in the future,” Harris said. . “I approach my appointment with a clear focus on ensuring that we are in the best position to work with allies and partners, collect information, perform analysis on intelligence priorities and protect our intelligence and our assets. innovation.”

Appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence and security, Harris told senators the department should ensure it recruits and retains a workforce that reflects the nation’s diversity and must also increase reciprocity within the intelligence community and creating opportunities for education and expansion.

Harris is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Irregular Warfare and Counterterrorism. She has also held positions with the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Counterterrorism Center and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Appointed under secretary of defense for industrial base policy, Taylor-Kale said her tenure, if confirmed, would be shaped by her belief that America’s economic security is fundamentally national security.

“My experience in international economics and development finance has reinforced my belief that our open democratic system and our rules-based market economy are our strength,” she said. “And may our resilience and innovative defense industrial base strengthen our ability to prevail in an age of strategic competition against China and other competitors.”

If confirmed, Taylor-Kale said she would focus on key issues which include, among others, engaging industry and strategic allies as partners to mitigate supply chain risks. of the department, increasing competition and supporting small businesses and non-traditional suppliers, protecting the defense industrial base from adversary foreign capital, and increasing domestic production of critical minerals and strategic materials.

Currently, Taylor-Kale is a Fellow for Innovation and Economic Competitiveness at the Council on Foreign Relations. She has held previous positions with the International Trade Administration, the US Development Finance Corporation, the Department of State and the World Bank.

Appointed to, among other things, manage the Department of Defence’s global real estate portfolio, Owens said if confirmed he would be honored to serve the men and women who defend the nation.

“I will do everything I can to ensure their ability to carry out their mission decisively, while those of us who support this mission safeguard their well-being, he said. “For most forces, this starts with ensuring they have safe, healthy, efficient and resilient places to live and work. These places should improve the health, well-being and readiness of our military and of their families.”

If confirmed, Owens said he would be a champion for service members to ensure their environment, homes, workplaces and infrastructure serve to enhance their ability to carry out their mission. and to thrive. He also noted that almost all military installations in what would be his portfolio depend on local communities for their energy needs and that this poses a risk to the department. He told lawmakers he believed that because of the large size of the Department of Defense, the department’s ongoing efforts to improve the energy resilience of military installations through things like microgrids, integration from building to grid, energy production and storage, could benefit not only at the local level. communities but also the nation as a whole.

Owens, an engineer, is currently director of Black Vest Strategy, a consulting firm he founded. He also worked for 19 years with the US Green Building Council and before that as an energy manager at Fort Belvoir.

All four nominees will need to be confirmed by the US Senate before assuming their DOD duties.

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US military makes plans in case Pelosi goes to Taiwan https://20thcvetsmem.org/us-military-makes-plans-in-case-pelosi-goes-to-taiwan/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 04:15:35 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/us-military-makes-plans-in-case-pelosi-goes-to-taiwan/ SYDNEY (AP) — U.S. officials say they have little fear China will attack Nancy Pelosi’s plane if she flies to Taiwan. But the Speaker of the United States House would walk into one of the hottest places on earth where an accident, misstep or misunderstanding could put her safety at risk. The Pentagon is therefore […]]]>

SYDNEY (AP) — U.S. officials say they have little fear China will attack Nancy Pelosi’s plane if she flies to Taiwan. But the Speaker of the United States House would walk into one of the hottest places on earth where an accident, misstep or misunderstanding could put her safety at risk. The Pentagon is therefore developing plans for any eventuality.

Officials told The Associated Press that if Pelosi travels to Taiwan — still an uncertainty — the military would increase its movement of forces and resources into the Indo-Pacific region. They declined to provide details, but said fighter jets, ships, surveillance assets and other military systems would likely be used to provide overlapping rings of protection for his flight to Taiwan and at all times. ground time there.

Any foreign travel by a senior US executive requires additional security. But officials said this week that a visit to Taiwan by Pelosi – she would be the highest elected American to visit Taiwan since 1997 – would go beyond the usual safety precautions for travel to less risky destinations.

Asked about the military measures planned to protect Pelosi in the event of a visit, US General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that discussion of any specific trip was premature. But, he added, “if it is decided that President Pelosi or someone else is going to travel and they request military support, we will do what is necessary to ensure that their visit goes smoothly. And I’ll leave it at that.

China regards self-governing Taiwan as its own territory and has raised the possibility of annexing it by force. The United States maintains informal relations and defense ties with Taiwan even though it recognizes Beijing as the government of China.

The trip is being considered at a time when China has stepped up what the United States and its allies in the Pacific describe as risky clashes with other armies to assert their vast territorial claims. Incidents have included dangerously close overflights that force other pilots to deviate to avoid collisions, or the harassment or obstruction of air and sea crews, including with blinding lasers or water cannons.

Dozens of such maneuvers have taken place this year alone, Ely Ratner, the U.S. deputy secretary of defense, told a South China Sea forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Tuesday. China denies the incidents.

US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive security issues, described the need to create buffer zones around the speaker and her plane. The United States already has substantial forces spread across the region, so any increased security could largely be handled by assets already in place.

The military should also be prepared for any incident – even an accident in the air or on the ground. They said the United States would need nearby rescue capabilities and suggested that could include helicopters on ships already in the area.

Pelosi, D-California, has not publicly confirmed any new travel plans to Taiwan. She was due to leave in April, but she postponed the trip after testing positive for COVID-19.

The White House on Monday declined to comment directly on the matter, noting that it had not confirmed the trip. But President Joe Biden raised concerns about it last week, telling reporters the military thought his trip was “not a good idea right now”.

A Pelosi trip could well loom over a scheduled Thursday call between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, their first conversation in four months. A US official confirmed the plans for the call to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement.

U.S. officials said the administration doubted China would take direct action against Pelosi herself or try to sabotage the visit. But they do not rule out the possibility that China could step up provocative military aircraft overflights in or near Taiwanese airspace and naval patrols in the Taiwan Strait if the trip takes place. And they are not preventing Chinese actions elsewhere in the region as a show of force.

Security analysts were divided Tuesday on the extent of any threat on the trip and the need for additional military protection.

The biggest risk during Pelosi’s trip is a Chinese show of force “gone awry, or some type of accident that results from a provocative show of action,” said Mark Cozad, acting associate director of the International Center. of security and defense policy at the Rand Corp. “So it could be an air collision. It could be some kind of missile test, and, again, when you’re doing this stuff, you know, there’s always the possibility of something going wrong.

Barry Pavel, director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, scoffed at the reported consideration by US officials of aircraft carriers and warplanes to ensure the speaker’s safety. “Obviously the White House doesn’t want the speaker to go and I think that’s why you’re getting some of these suggestions.”

“She’s not going to leave with an armada,” Pavel said.

They also said a beefed up US military presence to protect Pelosi was likely to escalate tensions.

“It’s very possible that … our deterrence attempts are actually sending a very different signal than what we intend to send,” Cozad said. “And so you go into…a sort of escalating spiral, where our attempts to deter are actually seen as increasingly provocative and vice versa. And that can be a very dangerous dynamic.

On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Beijing had repeatedly expressed its “solemn position” on a possible visit by Pelosi. He told reporters that China is ready to “take firm and strong measures to uphold national sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

Milley said this week that the number of interceptions by Chinese aircraft and ships in the Pacific region with US forces and other partners has increased dramatically over the past five years. He said Beijing’s military had become much more aggressive and dangerous, and the number of dangerous interactions had increased in similar proportions.

These include reports of Chinese fighter jets flying so close to a Canadian air security patrol last month that the Canadian pilot had to deviate to avoid the collision, and another close call with an Australian surveillance flight late May in which the Chinese crew launched a flurry of chunks of metal which were sucked into the engine of the other plane.

US officials say the prospect of an interception or show of force by Chinese planes near Pelosi’s flight is causing concern, necessitating the presence of US planes and other assets nearby.

The US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group are currently operating in the Western Pacific and made a stopover in Singapore over the weekend. The strike group involves at least two other Navy ships and Carrier Air Wing 5, which includes F/A-18 fighter jets, helicopters and surveillance planes.

Before arriving at the Port of Singapore, the strike group was operating in the South China Sea. In addition, another navy vessel, the destroyer USS Benfold, has conducted freedom of navigation operations in the region, including a passage through the Taiwan Strait last week.

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Knickmeyer reported from Washington.

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In Okinawa, Japan, women are reviving the art of hajichi tattooing https://20thcvetsmem.org/in-okinawa-japan-women-are-reviving-the-art-of-hajichi-tattooing/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/in-okinawa-japan-women-are-reviving-the-art-of-hajichi-tattooing/ Comment this story Comment NAHA, Japan – Hana Morita was browsing Pinterest when she came across hajichi, a minimalist tattoo worn by Okinawan women on their fingers and hands. Once common on subtropical islands where traces of a distinct culture remain, the art had almost disappeared over a century of assimilation. As a fourth-generation Japanese-American […]]]>

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NAHA, Japan – Hana Morita was browsing Pinterest when she came across hajichi, a minimalist tattoo worn by Okinawan women on their fingers and hands. Once common on subtropical islands where traces of a distinct culture remain, the art had almost disappeared over a century of assimilation.

As a fourth-generation Japanese-American who visited her grandmother in Okinawa every summer, Morita made hajichi research part of her quest to understand her family’s roots. Then she found an Okinawan hajichi artist on Instagram and got her first tattoo.

“I wanted it to mark the physical affirmation of becoming more of myself,” said Morita, 22. “My grandmother was really happy to see it, because her grandmother also had hajichi.”

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Morita is one of a growing number of women in their 20s and 30s discovering the lost art form through social media and driving a small but passionate comeback. They are part of a larger movement to preserve Okinawa’s unique character and show that it is more than its reputation as a resort destination that is home to US military bases.

Okinawa was the independent kingdom of the Ryukyu before being annexed by Japan in 1879 and then occupied by the United States for nearly 30 years after World War II. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s return to Japan after US rule, but Okinawans say they are treated like second-class citizens in Japan despite the burden of the US military presence.

Hajichi was banned in 1899 when the Japanese government pushed for assimilation and new standards on public decency emerged as the country opened up to foreigners after more than 200 years of isolationist policies. While tattoos are becoming increasingly fashionable among young Japanese people, they remain stigmatized and often associated with the yakuza, Japan’s criminal syndicate.

Today, attempts by a handful of tattoo artists from Okinawa and Tokyo to revive hajichi have reached artists and clients from diasporic communities in Brazil and Hawaii. Some see the resurgence as a reminder of a time when Okinawan women held powerful positions as religious leaders and breadwinners. For them, it is a symbol of empowerment in a country that ranks among the lowest among developed countries in the advancement of women.

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“Hajichi is also part of this idea that women have the power. And living in a patriarchal society like Japan, I think that’s part of why I was drawn to hajichi, said Moeko Heshiki, 30, founder of the Hajichi Project. “Even in the tattoo industry, a lot of tattoo artists tend to be male. But hajichi was usually done by women for women, so it seemed particularly meaningful.

Growing up in Tochigi, north of Tokyo, Heshiki suffered microaggressions related to his Okinawan identity. “You’re fair-skinned for an Okinawan,” people would say and point out that her name didn’t sound like a typical Japanese name. (It’s Okinawan.) But being Okinawan was important to her.

While looking for a tattoo design representing her family, she came across hajichi on Pinterest. She got her first hajichi from a tribal tattoo artist in Tokyo, then in 2020 opened her own studios in Tokyo and Okinawa. Okinawan tattoo artists now practice hajichi, but Heshiki is the only hajichi – “hajicha” – specialist on the islands.

Hajichi’s origins are murky and date back to the 16th century, researchers say.

It was a sign of pride of femininity, beauty and protection against evil spirits. It could also indicate marriage. According to “Hajichi of Nakijin, A Vanishing Custom,” a 1983 research paper, young women often received hajichi over multiple sessions as a rite of passage through different stages of life. The islands of Ryukyu each had their own designs and customs.

Heshiki tries to stick to original techniques as much as possible, hand-quilting with bamboo needles and referencing designs in second-hand bookstore history books and fabrics from various regions.

She makes sure her clients are of Okinawan descent before having them tattoo the traditional finger, hand and wrist locations. Many are young Métis women who find her on Instagram. For those who are drawn to them for aesthetic reasons, she tattoos them on different parts of the body to preserve the hand-worn tattoo for women of Okinawan descent.

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The resurgence led women to new discoveries on Okinawa before Japanese or American rule. For example, when Heshiki showed his hajichi to his father, who was born in Okinawa under American occupation, it triggered memories of his grandmother, whom Heshiki learned also had the tattoo and spoke a dialect. different that disappeared after the annexation.

And they hope to pass it on. Akemi Matsuzaki, a 32-year-old Okinawan native, teaches hip-hop dance and is often asked about her hajichi by her students, leading to conversations about native Okinawan culture.

Matsuzaki, whose grandfather is American, got his first hajichi this year and plans to do a full drawing on both hands. When she turns 37, a milestone age in Okinawa, she plans to get a special design to mark the year.

“When I did it, it was so awesome and it all felt so natural to me,” she said. “Although I was born in Okinawa and work here, getting the hajichi made me feel even more strongly that I’m really here, and I feel more comfortable and proud of who I am.”

Still, hajichi is rare. Getting a tattoo, especially on an exposed body part like the hands, is a major commitment that could backfire professionally.

For these women, Minami Shimoji, a 30-year-old occupational therapist in Okinawa, offers an alternative: a temporary hajichi using fruit-based ink used for Amazonian tribal tattoos. Shimoji discovered hajichi when she saw an elderly patient who had a mark on her hand that looked like the art.

Getting a tattoo in Japan, especially on an exposed body part like the hands, is a major commitment that could backfire on you professionally. (Video: Michelle Lee/The Washington Post)

Shimoji had grown up performing Okinawan dances and wanted to learn more. She aspires to be a full-time tattoo artist, but currently runs a part-time studio in a building in Chatan, near a US military base.

As military planes roared, drowning out the music in her studio, she scrolled through the hundreds of comments on a TikTok video she made about hajichi.

She is aware of the refusal of traditionalists who do not approve of her adaptation of hajichi into body art which lasts only two weeks. But even in the Ryukyu era, hajichi had evolved, she says.

“Hajichi originally had different designs depending on region or class, so it was never just that form,” she said. “I think culture is never static and it’s something that is created together by people, and hajichi can evolve while respecting traditional aspects.”

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