US Military – 20th CVETSMEM http://20thcvetsmem.org/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 01:12:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://20thcvetsmem.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1.png US Military – 20th CVETSMEM http://20thcvetsmem.org/ 32 32 Live Updates: Border Tensions Between Ukraine and Russia https://20thcvetsmem.org/live-updates-border-tensions-between-ukraine-and-russia/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 21:44:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/live-updates-border-tensions-between-ukraine-and-russia/ While tensions on the Ukraine-Russia border have been simmering for a long time, here is a timeline of notable developments over the past decade that have culminated in the current escalation of tensions on the Ukraine-Russia border. . 2013: Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was under strong economic pressure from Russia not to join the […]]]>

While tensions on the Ukraine-Russia border have been simmering for a long time, here is a timeline of notable developments over the past decade that have culminated in the current escalation of tensions on the Ukraine-Russia border. .

2013: Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was under strong economic pressure from Russia not to join the European Union. And he pulled out of talks with the EU at the last minute, after insisting for a year on his intention to sign a historic political and trade agreement aimed at creating closer political and economic ties and fostering economic growth. between the nations of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, including Ukraine. It sparked weeks of violent protests in Kyiv.

2014 : In March 2014, Russia annexed Crimea, an autonomous peninsula in southern Ukraine with strong Russian loyalties, on the pretext that it was defending its interests and those of Russian-speaking citizens.

2015 : Soon after, pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions declared independence from Kiev, sparking months of heavy fighting. Although Kyiv and Moscow signed a peace accord in Minsk in 2015, brokered by France and Germany, there have been repeated violations of the ceasefire.

According to UN figures, there have been more than 3,000 conflict-related civilian deaths in eastern Ukraine since March 2014.

The European Union and the United States have imposed a series of measures in response to Russian actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, including economic sanctions targeting specific individuals, entities and sectors of the country. Russian economy.

The Kremlin accuses Ukraine of stoking tensions in the east of the country and violating the Minsk ceasefire agreement.

What happens now: The United States and NATO have described troop movements and concentrations in and around Ukraine as “unusual”.

No less than 100,000 Russian soldiers remained massed on the Ukrainian border. US intelligence findings in December estimated that Russia could launch a military offensive in Ukraine “as early as 2022”.

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Afghanistan: US military releases videos of drone attack in Kabul that killed 10 civilians https://20thcvetsmem.org/afghanistan-us-military-releases-videos-of-drone-attack-in-kabul-that-killed-10-civilians/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 04:35:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/afghanistan-us-military-releases-videos-of-drone-attack-in-kabul-that-killed-10-civilians/ Newly released videos show the view from above of Kabul as the army followed a white Toyota Corolla through parts of the city, believing it to be an ISIS-K car loaded with explosives and building a case to target her with a preemptive strike. The Pentagon initially defended the strike, saying it killed an ISIS […]]]>

Newly released videos show the view from above of Kabul as the army followed a white Toyota Corolla through parts of the city, believing it to be an ISIS-K car loaded with explosives and building a case to target her with a preemptive strike.

The Pentagon initially defended the strike, saying it killed an ISIS operative planning an imminent attack on US forces during the final days of the evacuation and withdrawal from Afghanistan. Just three days earlier, an Islamic State suicide bomber had killed 13 US servicemen and dozens of Afghans at Abbey Gate, the airport’s key entry point.

With continued threats of another attack, the US strike cell believed it was stalking an ISIS operative from a terrorist hideout as he fought his way through the city in eight hours.

In reality, the army was tracking down Zamarai Ahmadi, an Afghan who worked for Nutrition and Education International, a non-governmental organization focused on food security. Ahmadi had applied for a special immigrant visa and intended to bring his family to the United States.
About three weeks after the strike, the military acknowledged it was a tragic mistake that killed 10 innocent civilians. A subsequent Air Force review of the circumstances surrounding the strike found “no violation of law, including the laws of war.”
No one was held accountable for the mistake, even though Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin promised to focus more on keeping the military at a higher level to avoid civilian casualties and damage.

Steven Kwon, the president of Nutrition and Education International, criticized the decision not to punish any US military, saying: “When the Pentagon absolves itself of responsibility, it sends a dangerous and misleading message that its actions were somehow justified. , increasing security risks. and making evacuation even more urgent.”

In the longest of the three videos, the car is seen making its way through the streets of Kabul in grainy black and white footage. About five minutes into the 15-minute video, the car reaches its final destination and slowly begins to back into a parking spot.

Seven minutes and seven seconds into the video, the words “LRD LASE DES” appear, indicating that a laser designator has identified and moved the target away. At least two or three people are seen in the grainy video that revolves around the car. Thirty-three seconds later, the car disappears under a bright ball of fire.

The drone video zooms out as the explosion recedes, smoke billowing from the destroyed car. The drone continues to circle overhead as people move towards the site of the explosion. About three minutes later, the video changes from black and white to color, and crowds can be seen forming around the site of the explosion. People stand on rooftops, trying to pour buckets of water over the remains of the car to put out the flames.

“While the strike was aimed at what was believed to be an imminent threat to our troops at Hamad Karzai International Airport, none of the family members killed now appear to have been linked to ISIS or threatened our troops,” Capt Bill Urban, spokesman for US Central Command, said when the videos were released. “We deeply regret the loss of life that resulted from this strike.”

US Central Command, which oversees military operations in Afghanistan and the Middle East, released the videos in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the New York Times, which first reported on them.

A second video, five minutes long, shows the Corolla in full color and higher quality in the minutes before and after the strike, although the car disappears behind a building for part of the video. The video switches to black and white about halfway through when a white diamond marker appears above the car. The marker turns purple a few seconds before the missile hits the car and an explosion fills the screen. The video then reverts to color, and soon after, crowds begin to form at the scene. The video then moves away from the explosion.

A third video, also around five minutes long, shows a drone observing a number of locations in Kabul before focusing on a parking lot with a number of parked white cars.

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Israeli Air Force and US Army hold joint aerial exercise over the Negev https://20thcvetsmem.org/israeli-air-force-and-us-army-hold-joint-aerial-exercise-over-the-negev/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 14:28:05 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/israeli-air-force-and-us-army-hold-joint-aerial-exercise-over-the-negev/ The Israel Defense Forces and the US Army’s Central Command held a joint aerial exercise over southern Israel last week, simulating airstrikes and dogfights, the IDF said Sunday. The exercise, dubbed “Desert Falcon”, was the last organized by the IDF and the Middle East-based CENTCOM, after Israel officially entered the latter’s area of ​​responsibility last […]]]>

The Israel Defense Forces and the US Army’s Central Command held a joint aerial exercise over southern Israel last week, simulating airstrikes and dogfights, the IDF said Sunday.

The exercise, dubbed “Desert Falcon”, was the last organized by the IDF and the Middle East-based CENTCOM, after Israel officially entered the latter’s area of ​​responsibility last year. Previously, the IDF worked primarily with the US European Command, as Washington feared that Arab countries in the region would oppose cooperation with CENTCOM if Israel did too.

According to the IDF, Israeli pilots from the 119th Fighter Squadron flying F-16 fighter jets and Gulfstream G550 intelligence-gathering jets flew alongside American pilots from the 55th Fighter Squadron flying F-16 jets against the so-called “ Red Squadron” of the IAF, which uses F-16 fighter jets, helicopters and other equipment to simulate enemy forces for exercises. The exercise was conducted from the IAF’s Ovda air base, just north of Eilat, and took place primarily in airspace over the Negev desert.

“Israeli air crews flew ‘side-by-side’ with US crews and simulated joint responses to air threats and strikes on targets, through education, cooperation and mutual growth,” the IDF said.

“The exercise represents an important step in strengthening international strategic cooperation between Israel and the US Air Force, and it contributes to the preparation of our troops,” the Israeli military said.

Although partly symbolic, Israel’s inclusion in CENTCOM is meant to allow easier direct communications between the Israeli military and US troops in the region and, through the US, other armies as well.

In November, for example, the Israeli Navy took part in a major CENTCOM maritime exercise led by the US 5th Fleet, alongside the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Two Israeli F-16 fighter jets and an American fly side by side during a joint exercise in southern Israel in January 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

In the immediate term, this is largely aimed at improving the IDF’s ability to cooperate with the United States and other Middle Eastern countries to counter Iran.

CENTCOM officially assumed responsibility for military-Israeli relations last September, although Israel has continued to hold exercises with US European Command.

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US EXCLUSIVE bill would prevent defense contractors from using Chinese rare earths https://20thcvetsmem.org/us-exclusive-bill-would-prevent-defense-contractors-from-using-chinese-rare-earths/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:35:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/us-exclusive-bill-would-prevent-defense-contractors-from-using-chinese-rare-earths/ Jan 14 (Reuters) – A bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on Friday would force defense contractors to stop buying rare earths from China by 2026 and use the Pentagon to create a permanent stockpile of strategic minerals . The bill, sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, and Mark Kelly, a […]]]>

Jan 14 (Reuters) – A bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on Friday would force defense contractors to stop buying rare earths from China by 2026 and use the Pentagon to create a permanent stockpile of strategic minerals .

The bill, sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, and Mark Kelly, a Democrat from Arizona, is the latest in a series of US laws aimed at thwarting China’s quasi-control on the sector.

It essentially uses the Pentagon’s purchase of billions of dollars worth of fighter jets, missiles and other weapons as leverage to force contractors to stop relying on China and, by extension, support the revival of China. American production of rare earths.

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Rare earths are a group of 17 metals which, after processing, are used to make magnets found in electric vehicles, weapons and electronics. While the United States established the industry during World War II and American military scientists developed the most widely used type of rare earth magnet, China slowly grew to control the entire industry. over the past 30 years.

The United States has only one rare earth mine and does not have the capacity to process rare earth minerals.

“Ending America’s reliance on China for rare earth mining and processing is critical to strengthening America’s defense and technology sectors,” Cotton told Reuters.

The senator, who sits on the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, described China’s evolution to become the world leader in rare earths as “simply a political choice made by the United States”, adding that he hoped that new policies were loosening Beijing’s grip.

Known as the Restoring Essential Energy and Security Holdings Onshore for Rare Earths Act of 2022, the bill would codify and make permanent the Pentagon’s continued storage of materials. China temporarily blocked rare earth exports to Japan in 2010 and issued vague threats that it might do the same to the United States.

To build up this reserve, however, the Pentagon sources some of its supplies from China, a paradox that Senate staffers hope to alleviate over time.

The rare earth production process can be very polluting, which is part of why it has become unpopular in the United States. Ongoing research is trying to make the process cleaner.

Cotton said he spoke to various US executive agencies about the bill, but declined to say whether he spoke with President Joe Biden or the White House.

“This is an area where Congress will lead, because many members have been concerned about this very topic, regardless of party,” he said.

ENCOURAGE NATIONAL PRODUCTION

Most members of the nascent U.S. rare earth industry welcomed the bill, though some worried defense contractors may continue to seek waivers to buy Chinese rare earths even after 2026.

The Aerospace Industries Association, a trade group for Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N), Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) and other U.S. aerospace and defense companies, declined to comment on the bill. .

“Well-placed policies like this bring us closer to the goal of offshoring this critical supply chain, said Marty Weems, North American president of Australian company American Rare Earths Ltd (ARR.AX), which develops three American rare earths. projects.

MP Materials Corp (MP.N), which operates the only rare earth mine in the United States and relies on Chinese processors, said it appreciated “the continued efforts of the Department of Defense and the U.S. government to broad sense to secure the national rare earth supply chain and promote free and fair competition.”

The bill, which sponsors expect will become part of Pentagon funding legislation later this year, offers no direct support for U.S. rare earth miners or processors.

Instead, it requires Pentagon contractors to stop using Chinese rare earths within four years, allowing waivers only in rare situations. Defense contractors would be required to state immediately where they source their minerals.

These requirements “should encourage more domestic (rare earth) development in our country,” Cotton said.

Over the past two years, the Pentagon has awarded grants to companies trying to resume rare earth processing and magnet production in the United States, including MP Materials, Australia’s Lynas Rare Earth Ltd (LYC. AX), TDA Magnetics Inc and Urban Mining Co.

Kelly, a former astronaut and a member of the Senate Armed Services and Energy Committees, said the bill would “strengthen America’s position as a global technology leader by reducing our nation’s dependence on opponents like China for rare earth elements”.

The bill only applies to weapons, not other equipment purchased by the US military.

Additionally, the U.S. Trade Representative would be required to investigate whether China is distorting the rare earth market and recommending whether trade sanctions are necessary.

When asked if such a move could be seen as antagonistic by Beijing, Cotton said, “I don’t think the response to Chinese aggression or Chinese threats is to continue to subject ourselves to Chinese threats.”

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Hawaii Army ends hands-off approach to checking IDs at base gates https://20thcvetsmem.org/hawaii-army-ends-hands-off-approach-to-checking-ids-at-base-gates/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 03:11:23 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/hawaii-army-ends-hands-off-approach-to-checking-ids-at-base-gates/ A soldier from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, is tested for COVID-19 during ongoing treatment for the 2021 U.S. Army Medical Command Top Chef competition on July 24, 2021. (Antonio Lewis/US Army) FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — The military in Hawaii is once again requiring anyone entering its facilities to physically hand over their ID card to gate […]]]>

A soldier from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, is tested for COVID-19 during ongoing treatment for the 2021 U.S. Army Medical Command Top Chef competition on July 24, 2021. (Antonio Lewis/US Army)

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — The military in Hawaii is once again requiring anyone entering its facilities to physically hand over their ID card to gate guards for authentication, a change in procedure that has seemed unwise to some as the state is experiencing a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases.

A hands-off procedure – whereby visitors displayed but kept their IDs – was implemented when the pandemic hit in March 2020 amid fears the coronavirus could be spread by gate guards handling hundreds of ID cards every morning.

The new procedure went into effect Monday, a day after Army Garrison Hawaii announced the change on its Facebook page, where it was met with skepticism by some.

“I’m sorry, but this is absolutely ridiculous,” commentator Courtney Michelle Edens wrote on Monday. “Lack of all common sense. Are we trying to spread covid further? That’s all it helps. Also, you can scan and see my card without getting your hands on it after touching God knows how many other people’s ID cards.

For most of the pandemic, visitors arriving at Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield routinely held their ID cards at arm’s length through an open window, with guards sometimes asking them to turn the cards over to see Both sides.

Gate guards at Fort Shafter this week grabbed common access cards from visitors while wearing latex gloves, scanned barcodes and returned them.

“There have been incidents at various gates necessitating the return to physical card handling, despite the pandemic,” Hawaii Army Garrison spokesman Michael Donnelly told Stars and Stripes on Wednesday. . He said he could not discuss specific incidents for operational security reasons.

“With the return to the original standard, our guards are all wearing protective gloves and disinfecting themselves frequently in a shift to do everything possible to remain COVID-19 compliant and ensure the safety and health of those who come into the facilities, Donnelly said.

COVID-19 is the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, which is mainly spread when an infected person expels small liquid particles into the air by coughing, sneezing, talking, singing or breathing, according to the Organization. global health. “People can also become infected by touching their eyes, nose or mouth after touching surfaces or objects that have been contaminated with the virus,” according to a fact sheet on the WHO website.

Like most US states, Hawaii has seen a dramatic increase in coronavirus cases due to the highly transmissible omicron variant. As of Wednesday, the state had recorded 45,328 new infections over the past 14 days.

Approximately 75% of Hawaii’s population is fully immunized.

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North Korea launches ‘more advanced’ missile less than a week after hypersonic test https://20thcvetsmem.org/north-korea-launches-more-advanced-missile-less-than-a-week-after-hypersonic-test/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 08:43:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/north-korea-launches-more-advanced-missile-less-than-a-week-after-hypersonic-test/ Launch detected by South Korea and Japan Repeated North Korean tests “extremely regrettable”: Japanese PM North Korea last week claimed “hypersonic missile” testing US and partners condemn testing as significant threat SEOUL, Jan.11 (Reuters) – North Korea appeared to test a ballistic missile on Tuesday that could outperform the “hypersonic missile” it launched less than […]]]>
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SEOUL, Jan.11 (Reuters) – North Korea appeared to test a ballistic missile on Tuesday that could outperform the “hypersonic missile” it launched less than a week earlier, the South Army said. Korean, while Pyongyang pursues increasingly advanced weapons.

The launches underscored Leader Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s wish to bolster the military with cutting-edge technology at a time when talks with South Korea and the United States have stalled.

Early estimates revealed Tuesday’s missile had traveled more than 700 km (435 miles) at a maximum altitude of 60 km (37 miles) at a maximum speed of up to 10 times the speed of sound (12,348 km / 7 673 mph), the Chiefs of Staff of South Korea. The staff (JCS) said in a statement.

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“We believe this is more advanced than the missile fired by North Korea on Jan. 5, although South Korean and US intelligence authorities are carrying out a detailed analysis,” JCS said.

The suspected ballistic missile launch was detected around 7.27 a.m. (22.27 GMT Monday) from North Korea’s Jagang province to the ocean off its east coast, in the same location as last week’s test.

North Korea has joined a global race in the development of hypersonic missiles, which are generally defined as weapons that reach speeds of at least five times the speed of sound – or about 6,200 km per hour (3 850 mph) – and can maneuver on relatively low trajectories, making them much more difficult to detect and intercept.

Last week, South Korean military officials questioned the capabilities of the hypersonic missile that North Korea claimed to have tested on Wednesday, saying it appeared to represent limited progress over existing ballistic missiles from Pyongyang.

“Today’s test could be intended to send a message to the South after authorities here said the previous test was unsuccessful and did not involve a hypersonic missile,” Kim Dong-yup, a former military officer. the South Korean Navy which now teaches at Kyungnam University in Seoul. .

‘DESTABILIZE’

South Korea’s National Security Council held an emergency meeting and President Moon Jae-in subsequently expressed concern about the series of launches coming ahead of the March 9 presidential election in South Korea, indicated his office.

The nuclear envoys from South Korea and the United States held a phone call to share their assessment of the missile test and coordinate responses, and agreed to continue efforts to revive the peace process with the North, said the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.

A North Korean flag flies next to an accordion wire at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 9, 2017. REUTERS / Edgar Su / File Photo

The United States Army Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) said that although it assessed the launch as not an immediate threat to the United States or its allies, it “underlines the destabilizing impact of the weapons program illegal acts of North Korea “.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida noted that the United Nations had just completed discussions on how to respond to last week’s launch.

“That North Korea continues to launch missiles is extremely regrettable,” he told reporters.

UN Security Council resolutions ban all ballistic and nuclear missile testing by North Korea, and have imposed sanctions on the programs.

Tuesday’s apparent launch came a day after the United States mission to the United Nations, joined by France, Ireland, Japan, the United Kingdom and Albania, issued a joint statement condemning the last week’s test.

“These actions increase the risk of miscalculation and escalation and pose a significant threat to regional stability,” US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said in a statement on Monday. Such tests not only improve the capabilities of the North, but expand what it can offer customers and illicit arms traffickers around the world, she added.

However, China and Russia are pushing the UN Security Council to ease sanctions on North Korea by removing the ban on exports of statues, seafood and textiles from Pyongyang and raising the cap. imports of refined petroleum.

Thomas-Greenfield reiterated his calls for countries around the world to apply sanctions and for North Korea to resume talks and abandon its missiles and nuclear weapons.

North Korea has said it is open to discussion, but only if the United States and others abandon “hostile policies” such as sanctions and military exercises.

Few observers expect Kim to ever give up her nuclear arsenal altogether, and North Korea maintains that its missile testing and other military activities are similar to measures taken by other countries.

Leif-Eric Easley, professor of international studies at Ewha University in Seoul, said North Korea was trying to use repeated tests to standardize its missile capabilities and military programs, describing it as engaged in improvements. progressive for self-defense like many other countries.

“At the same time, Pyongyang challenges international sanctions, testing what it can do as the United Nations Security Council remains divided, he said.

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Indiana coronavirus COVID-19 updates Sunday January 9, 2022 https://20thcvetsmem.org/indiana-coronavirus-covid-19-updates-sunday-january-9-2022/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 11:03:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/indiana-coronavirus-covid-19-updates-sunday-january-9-2022/ The latest headlines from Indiana on the coronavirus pandemic for Sunday, January 9, 2022. INDIANAPOLIS – Here are the latest Sunday updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest news on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana. Registration for the vaccine is now open for Hoosiers ages 5 and up via the Indiana State Department […]]]>

The latest headlines from Indiana on the coronavirus pandemic for Sunday, January 9, 2022.

INDIANAPOLIS – Here are the latest Sunday updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest news on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.

Registration for the vaccine is now open for Hoosiers ages 5 and up via the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Agreement reached on US military restrictions to stop COVID

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said a “basic deal” has been reached with the United States on banning the US military from leaving bases in Japan, a step to curb the spread of coronavirus infections.

He says details of the deal are being worked out.

New daily cases have risen in what medical experts are calling “the sixth wave,” topping 8,000 in recent times, a four-month record. This was blamed on the US military because the jump is most pronounced near bases.

Southwest Okinawa, home to most of the 55,000 US troops, is one of three prefectures where new restrictions have come into effect.

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There were more than 59.76 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 5:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been more than 837,250 deaths recorded in the United States

Globally, there have been over 305.24 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus with over 5.48 million deaths and over 9.4 billion doses of vaccine administered worldwide.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses like pneumonia or death.

Fishermen’s health department to offer COVID-19 tests to students from Monday

The Fishers Health Department has announced that it will open priority appointments for rapid COVID-19 testing for students and staff at Fishers-based schools starting Monday, January 10.

The department said the measure is an effort to help ensure schools remain open and in person while ensuring the safety of students and staff.

Testing will take place at the existing drive-thru location located at 3 Municipal Parkway in Fishers.

From Kindergarten to Grade 12, Fishers school staff and children who wish to take a PCR test must register online. The department said it could only offer rapid tests to people 18 and under and 50 and over.

Registration information and testing times can be found at this link.

Chicago mayor and teachers still at odds over COVID protocols

Closed-door negotiations resumed on Saturday to resolve a standoff between Chicago school officials and the city’s teachers’ union over COVID-19 precautions that canceled three school days this week. But the public war of words between union leaders and the Chicago mayor showed little sign of an imminent resolution.

The Chicago Teachers Union wants distance learning until there is a deal or the latest wave of COVID-19 wears off, but district leaders say distance education has been devastating for children and their well-being.

The two sides negotiated a pandemic safety plan, including more testing standards and measures that could trigger school closures.

Pfizer vaccine appears to protect children against MIS-C

Of the 102 children aged 12 to 18 who were hospitalized for the disease, none who had received two Pfizer injections at least 28 days earlier needed ventilators or other advanced resuscitation equipment. In contrast, 40% of unvaccinated children required such treatment.

The disease, multisystem inflammatory syndrome, causes symptoms that can include persistent fever, abdominal pain, and rash. Most of the children are recovering, but 55 deaths have been reported.

The report comes as hospitalizations of American children under 5 with COVID-19 have skyrocketed in recent weeks to their highest level since the start of the pandemic, according to government data released Friday on the group alone. of age not yet eligible for the vaccine.

Since mid-December, as the highly contagious variant of omicron has spread furiously across the country, the hospitalization rate of these youngest children has risen to more than 4 per 100,000 children, from 2.5 per 100,000.

The rate among children aged 5 to 17 is around 1 in 100,000, according to CDC data, which comes from more than 250 hospitals in 14 states.

Moderna COVID-19 recall deadline shortened to 5 months

U.S. regulators on Friday shortened the wait time for people who received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for a booster – to five months instead of six.

The two-dose Moderna vaccine is open to Americans 18 years of age and older. The Food and Drug Administration’s ruling on Friday means Moderna recipients are eligible for a recall after at least five months have passed since their last shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreed.

This is in line with the new recommendations for Pfizer vaccine recipients. Pfizer initial vaccinations are open to anyone 5 years of age or older. But only Pfizer beneficiaries aged 12 and older are eligible for the boosters, and earlier this week U.S. health officials said they could get one five months after their last injection.

In a statement, FDA chief vaccine officer Dr Peter Marks called vaccination “our best defense against COVID-19” and said shorter wait for a recall could help as country struggles against a wave of the highly contagious omicron variant.

A booster after receiving the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is already requested two months later.

Indianapolis Public Library Cancels All Programs, Meeting Room Reservations Begin Monday

The Indianapolis Public Library announced Friday that it is canceling all in-branch library programs and community meeting room reservations effective Monday, January 10 due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

The library shared the ad on Twitter and said all library branches, online programs, computers, curbside collections and immunization clinics will always be open and available.



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US military hospital sends support to ECMC https://20thcvetsmem.org/us-military-hospital-sends-support-to-ecmc/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 20:12:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/us-military-hospital-sends-support-to-ecmc/ An average 20-member medical medical team is dispatched for around 30 days to help resolve staffing issues related to COVID. BUFFALO, NY – To help Erie County Medical Center cope with the impact of COVID-19 on staff and operations, the United States Military Hospital is sending support. The ECMC announced on Friday that an average […]]]>

An average 20-member medical medical team is dispatched for around 30 days to help resolve staffing issues related to COVID.

BUFFALO, NY – To help Erie County Medical Center cope with the impact of COVID-19 on staff and operations, the United States Military Hospital is sending support.

The ECMC announced on Friday that an average clinical medical team (MMT) of 20 will be deployed to the hospital for approximately 30 days. The team is expected to arrive this weekend and could be at work by next week.

The team is made up of four doctors, 14 nurses, two respiratory technicians and three other non-clinical administrative support members.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that MRT will be coming to EMCM on December 31 when she unveiled the Winter Sugre Plan 2.0.

“On behalf of our dedicated frontline caregivers, we are grateful to Governor Hochul and the Federal Department of Defense for this very timely and necessary support. We will warmly welcome members of the average medical team to our ECMC family and look forward to their collaboration and participation as we continue to fight the COVID-19 virus and maintain our high quality care for residents of the western New York, ”according to Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., PhD, who is the president and CEO of Erie County Medical Center Corporation.

A state requirement for healthcare workers to receive a booster shot was also announced on Friday. According to the governor, New York is the first state in the country to introduce this recall requirement.

“They are working with the most vulnerable New Yorkers. We need to make sure our health workers are now beefed up – not just vaccinated – but they need to be beefed up,” Hochul said at a COVID-19 briefing in New York City. Friday morning.


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Bases housing US troops in Iraq and Syria under attack https://20thcvetsmem.org/bases-housing-us-troops-in-iraq-and-syria-under-attack/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 15:45:00 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/bases-housing-us-troops-in-iraq-and-syria-under-attack/ BAGHDAD – Katyusha rocket struck an Iraqi military base housing US troops at Baghdad International Airport on Wednesday while in Syria eight rounds of indirect fire hit a base with members of the US-led coalition , announced the Iraqi and American soldiers. No damage or casualties were reported in the attack in Iraq, the third […]]]>

BAGHDAD – Katyusha rocket struck an Iraqi military base housing US troops at Baghdad International Airport on Wednesday while in Syria eight rounds of indirect fire hit a base with members of the US-led coalition , announced the Iraqi and American soldiers.

No damage or casualties were reported in the attack in Iraq, the third in as many days. The attacks began on Monday, the anniversary of a US airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassim Soleimani in Baghdad two years ago.

The attack in eastern Syria hit a US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces-led base with a small advisory coalition presence. It also claimed no casualties but several shells landed inside the base, causing minor damage, the coalition said in a statement.

Coalition forces, acting on the intelligence base, responded quickly and fired six artillery shells at the point of origin of the attack just outside the eastern town of Mayadeen, a stronghold of fighters supported by Iran, the statement said.

The statement said that “malicious actors backed by Iran fired (…) from inside civilian infrastructure without any regard for civil security.”

He said hours earlier, US-led coalition forces observed several indirect rocket launch sites near the base known as Green Village. Coalition forces carried out several strikes to eliminate the threats, the statement said.

Major General John W. Brennan, Jr., Joint Task Force Commander, said such attacks pose a serious threat to civilians because of their lack of discrimination.

“The Coalition reserves the right to defend itself and to join forces against any threat, and will continue to do everything in its power to protect these forces, said Brennan.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Iraqi military said a rocket launcher with a rocket was located in a residential area in western Baghdad, an area used in the past by Iran-backed militias to fire rockets. on the airport.

On Monday, two armed drones were shot down on their way to a facility housing US advisers at Baghdad airport. Two drones loaded with explosives targeting an Iraqi military base housing US troops in western Anbar province were destroyed on Tuesday.

The 2020 US drone strike at Baghdad airport killed Soleimani, who was the leader of Iran’s elite Quds force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, known under the name of Popular Mobilization Forces.

Pro-Iranian Shiite factions in Iraq have vowed revenge for the murder and conditioned an end to the attacks on the US presence in Iraq on the complete exit of US troops from the country.

The US-led coalition formally ended its combat mission supporting Iraqi forces in the ongoing struggle against ISIS last month. Some 2,500 troops will remain as the coalition moves on to an advisory mission to continue supporting Iraqi forces.

Senior US Navy Commander General Frank McKenzie warned in an interview with The Associated Press last month that he expects attacks on US and Iraqi personnel by militias to increase. supported by Iran and determined to bring out the American forces.

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Sypris Electronics Books Follow-On Award To Support The U.S. Army Crypto Program https://20thcvetsmem.org/sypris-electronics-books-follow-on-award-to-support-the-u-s-army-crypto-program/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 16:45:14 +0000 https://20thcvetsmem.org/sypris-electronics-books-follow-on-award-to-support-the-u-s-army-crypto-program/ Sypris Electronics will support the US Army’s secure communications program as part of a defense contractor follow-up contract. Affiliate Sypris Solutions announced Thursday that it will produce and test integrated circuit card assemblies designed to perform cryptographic functions for the military’s key management system. AKMS consists of a simple key loader, automated communications engineering software, […]]]>

Sypris Electronics will support the US Army’s secure communications program as part of a defense contractor follow-up contract.

Affiliate Sypris Solutions announced Thursday that it will produce and test integrated circuit card assemblies designed to perform cryptographic functions for the military’s key management system.

AKMS consists of a simple key loader, automated communications engineering software, and local communications security management software and is part of the US electronic key management system that provides tactical units with secure electronic key distribution and organic key generation capabilities.

The simple key loading device can store, receive and transfer data between communication and cryptographic equipment. ACES has been designated as a common standard by the Military Communications Electronics Board for use in the planning of cryptographic networks, frequency management, and the development of instructional signal transmission operations. LCMS provides communications security accounting, automated key generation and distribution capabilities.

Mark Kane, vice president and general manager of Sypris Electronics, said the company looks forward to the opportunity to serve as a long-term partner on the secure communications program that leverages Sypris’ skills in cybersecurity platforms.

Production work is expected to start in 2022.


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