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August, 2017

 

European Union Naval Force (NAVFOR) – Operations Off Of Somalia

European Union Naval Force – Operations Off Somalia’s Coast

On Friday 24 February 2017 Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas assumed the role of Force Commander of the European Union’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta on board his flagship, ESPS Galicia, during a ceremony held in Djibouti port.

Djibouti is a key partner to the EU, with the busy port providing valuable logistical support to Operation Atalanta maritime patrol aircraft and warships. Translators from the Djiboutian Navy also regularly embark Operation Atalanta warships during their counter-piracy patrols to assist the sailors during their meetings with Somali and other regional forces.

The ceremony was attended by the Spanish Minister of Defence, EXCMA María Dolores de Cospedal García; the head of the EU Delegation in Djibouti, Ambassador Adam Kulach and Operation Atalanta’s Deputy Operation Commander (DCOM), Rear Admiral Giovanbattista Raimondi.

With a Force HQ staff of 26 during the next five months, Rear Admiral Fernández-Pintado will have tactical command of Operation Atalanta warships and maritime patrol aircraft as they conduct their counter-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

Operation Atalanta was launched in December 2008 and is part of the European Union’s efforts to ensure Somali-based piracy remains suppressed to enable World Food Programme vessels that carry humanitarian aid to Somali ports and merchant ships that transport goods to and from Europe, stay safe from pirate attack.

Other key roles for Operation Atalanta warships are to monitor fishing activities off the Somali coast and to support EU sister missions that are working to strengthen maritime security and capacities of regional states in the Horn of Africa.

Speaking during the ceremony Rear Admiral Fernández-Pintado stated “I am truly honoured to be Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander.  The continued deterrence of piracy off the coast of Somalia is crucial if we are to ensure seafarers remain safe.  My team and I will work relentlessly to ensure that there is no hiding place for would-be pirates and it is my intention to work as closely as possible with the other EU missions in the region.”

In reply, Rear Admiral Raimondi stated “We should remember that any success we have had in suppressing pirate attacks could be reversible.  The international community must remain vigilant and not give any would-be pirates the sea room to attack vessels and their crews.  I know that Rear Admiral Fernández-Pintado and his Force HQ staff are fully prepared and ready to react to any challenges they may face.  Rafael – you have my and the Operation Commander’s best wishes. Fair winds and following seas.”

Spanish Navy warship, ESPS Rayo, has completed a successful escort of a World Food Programme (WFP) ship, MV Al Safa, to the port of Bossaso in Somalia.  MV Al Safa was chartered by the WFP to take urgently needed food to the people of Somalia, under the protection of an EU NAVFOR warship.

ESPS Rayo is currently deployed with the European Union’s counter-piracy force off the coast of Somalia.  EU NAVFOR’s mission is to help protect WFP vessels and  international shipping from the dangers of piracy and armed robbery at sea.  During their patrols, EU NAVFOR warships also monitor fishing activity along the coast and report any vessels actively engaged in fishing to staff at the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DGMARE).  Working with international colleagues, DGMARE will investigate the vessel, and if deemed appropriate, seek prosecution, as was the case with fishing vessel, Greko 1 in 2016.

Under the direction of the Force Commander, Rear Admiral Fabio Gregori, ESPS Rayo successfully ensured that the WFP ship was free from danger during their humanitarian mission.

During a recent replenishment at sea off the coast of Somalia, Sea King helicopters from EU NAVFOR’s flag ship, ESPS Galicia, and a Merlin helicopter from UK supply vessel, RFA Fort Victoria, took the opportunity to carry out air coordination training.

The training included communication exercises and flying in close formation. Training such as this enables aviation teams from different nations and task forces to work together and strengthen cooperation at sea.

ESPS Galicia has been deployed with EU NAVFOR since February 2017.  She will commence her return home to her base port of Rota in Spain at the end of July this year.

To ensure that they remain fully prepared to deal with any security incident off the coast of Somalia, Spanish Marines on board ESPS Galicia conduct regular force protection training at sea.

The training includes weapon firings and radio communications exercises to ensure that the ship is ready to respond to a potential sea-borne attack.

Commissioned into the Spanish Navy in 1998, ESPS Galicia is a Landing Platform Dock (LPD) ship.  She has a displacement of 13,000 tonnes, a large helicopter deck and an 885-square metre ‘well deck’ to hold her large landing craft.

She has been deployed off the coast of Somalia as EU NAVFOR’s counter-piracy flagship since February 2017.  She will commence her return home to her base port of Rota in Spain at the end of July this year.

Operation Atalanta’s latest Maritime Protection Team (MPT) from Serbia has arrived in Djibouti to take over the protection of World Food Programme (WFP) vessel, MV Esbjerg, from the team from Montenegro.

The highly trained Serbian team was welcomed to the EU’s counter-piracy operation by the Support Element Atalanta Officer-in-Command, Commander Jean-Marc Stervinou (French Navy). After embarking MV Esbjerg the team will provide round-the-clock protection to the ship as it transports vital WFP food aid to Somalia.

Serbia provides a MPT to Operation Atalanta as part of its contribution to the EU Naval Force’s fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia. Operation Atalanta is a multinational naval force that has helped to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean since 2008.

EU NAVFOR  Mission

The European Union is concerned with the effect of Somali-based piracy and armed robbery at sea off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean. Somali-based piracy is characterised by criminals taking control of vessels transiting the High Risk Area in the Region and extorting ransom money for the crew, the vessel and cargo: this bears all the features of organised crime. Crews held hostage by pirates often face a prolonged period of captivity, the average being 5 months, although some hostages have been held for almost three years. Moreover, piracy impacts on international trade and maritime security and on the economic activities and security of countries in the region.

As a result, and as part of its Comprehensive Approach to Somalia, the EU launched the European Union Naval Force ATALANTA (EU NAVFOR) in December 2008 within the framework of the European Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and in accordance with relevant UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) and International Law.

[Source: European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR)-/- Media Relations]
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EC-130H Crews Currently Perform Tactical Command, Control And Communications Countermeasures In Support Of U.S. And Coalition Forces

Electronic Warfare Aircraft Contribute To Defeat ISIS

Often when people think about how air power is employed in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, thoughts may turn to cargo aircraft delivering critical supplies and personnel to the front lines or bombs being dropped on targets. Yet, the Air Force has the non-kinetic ability to disrupt enemy communications on the ground and therefore turn the tables on the battlefield.

The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing has the capability to deliver decisive airpower not only through its C-130 airlift mission, but through the highly sought after non-kinetic ability of the EC-130H Compass Call aircraft operated by the 43rd Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron. These heavily modified airframes are responsible for a highly specialized, unique mission: electronic warfare.

Precision Electronic Warfare Capability

“The mission of the 43rd EECS is to deliver precision electronic attack effects to deny or degrade enemy command and control, protect friendly forces and to achieve the combatant commander’s objectives to defeat our adversaries anytime, anywhere in the joint operations area,” said Air Force Capt. Joshua, a 43rd EECS electronic warfare officer.

The Compass Call aircraft is an airborne tactical weapon system that uses noise jamming to disrupt enemy command-and-control communications and deny time-critical coordination essential for enemy force management.

“The 43rd EECS provides the Combined Forces Air Component commander, or CFACC, with a critical non-kinetic option,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew Cunningham, an EC-130H aircraft commander. “EC-130H employment of airborne electronic attacks functions as a force multiplier by degrading ISIS command and control. All military operations, to include those of our adversaries, require clear lines of communication between commanders and their forces. When we deny, disrupt or degrade these lines of communications, we reduce the adversary’s battlefield effectiveness and give friendly forces a decisive advantage in individual engagements.”

EC-130H crews are currently performing tactical command, control and communications countermeasures in support of U.S. and coalition forces throughout the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility from the massive retaking of Mosul, Iraq to smaller, single-event missions, Joshua said.

The desired effects provided by the EC-130H’s unique communications jamming capability make the aircraft and its crew a low-density, high-demand asset in the Operation Inherent Resolve battlespace. The autonomous electronic attack capability is unique to Compass Call aircraft and cannot be duplicated by any other airborne communications jamming assets.

“Compass Call is the Air Force’s premier electronic attack platform,” Cunningham said. “It is the CFACC’s only autonomous communications jamming, electronic attack asset. This unique autonomy is attributed to a crew of about a dozen highly-specialized, competent airmen.”

Team Effort

The EC-130H’s flight deck personnel responsible for the aircraft’s flight and navigation are the same as found in most C-130 variants. In the back of the aircraft, however, are a number of linguists actively monitoring ISIS communications, while electronic warfare officers, or EWO, simultaneously employ the Compass Call’s electronic attack weapons system. The EWO, serving as the mission crew commander, acts as the conduit between the partner forces on the ground and the mission crew to ensure the right effects are being placed on the right targets at the right time.

Because the EC-130H aircraft requires unique and specialized maintenance support to keep the aircraft and weapon systems mission ready, maintenance airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, deploy with the Compass Call aircraft and aircrews.

“Operations and maintenance work together at home station and we fight together in support of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve,” Cunningham said. “They are a valued and integral part of our 43rd EECS team. We do not fly our mission without our maintainers’ dedication and effort.”

This non-kinetic capability allows the Air Force to reshape the combat environment by injecting unforeseeable command-and-control challenges on adversaries and dominating the electromagnetic spectrum, which in turn, enables joint and coalition military forces to seize initiative and dominate the battlefield.

“Non-kinetic warfare is, as the name implies, warfare without the utilization of kinetic resources such as missiles or bombs,” Joshua said. “The spectrum of non-kinetic warfare can include, but is not limited to, electronic attack, cyber operations and information operations. Non-kinetic warfare will continue to grow as we proceed into the future and face evolving and dynamic threats.

[Source:  Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly/386th Air Expeditionary Wing -/- Media Relations]
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U.S. Cities Are Eradicating ‘Christopher Columbus Day’

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Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday in favor of changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day, citing the opinion of many who consider the Italian explorer a symbol of genocide for native indigenous peoples in North America and elsewhere. L.A. became the latest of American cities to have opted to rename the day, which was established… Read More


U.S. Immigrants And Advocates Are Anxiously Waiting For Trump’s Decision On The ‘Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Program’ (DACA)

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U.S. Infuriates Turkey’s President Erdogan By Indicting 3 More Turkish Security Officials (Total 19)

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A further three people have been indicted in the United States in connection with a brawl in Washington between protesters and security personnel in May. US prosecutors say a total of 19 people have now been indicted by a grand jury. 15 are Turkish security officials. Are there any the details on charges? Yes. The US… Read More


Memphis Theater Bans The Film Classic ‘Gone With The Wind’ For Its Racially “Insensitive” Content

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The wife of late “Gone With the Wind” actor Fred Crane is outraged over a Memphis theater’s decision to ban the film for its racially “insensitive” content. Terry Lynn Crane told Fox News she was “very, very disturbed” when she heard the historic Orpheum Theatre decided to stop showing “Gone With the Wind” after hosting the… Read More


Saudi Arabia Blocks Entry To Qatar Muslims Going To Mecca For Hajj

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Doha, Qatar – For the last 35 years, Mohammed Shafiq, a Qatari resident from Pakistan, has been working hard to finance his once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mecca. But his dream of performing the Hajj this year is fading fast. In June, Saudi Arabia, which oversees and manages Islam’s two holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, along with… Read More


Indian Investment In Vietnam Has Reached $2 Billion And Bilateral Trade Hit $10 Billion

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Lebanon – Israel And US Are Pressing The UN Security Council For Improvements Of The Lebanese Peacekeeping Mission

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U.S. Department Of Justice Combats Elder Financial Exploitation

U.S. Department of Justice Funds Law Enforcement Training to Combat Elder Financial Exploitation

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Eight Local Law Enforcement Agencies Selected to Receive Law Enforcement Training on Financial Crimes against Seniors

Nationally representative studies conclude that nearly 10 percent of older Americans have experienced some form of financial exploitation or fraud in the past year, with some experts asserting that financial exploitation is the most common form of elder abuse. With 10,000 Americans turning 65 each day, the population of Americans who likely will be exposed to elder fraud and abuse is growing significantly.

The financial loss to older Americans is estimated in the billions of dollars, without accounting for costs to family members and society. Many older victims of fraud or financial exploitation also experience a diminished quality of life and increased mortality.

The Department of Justice is making assertive efforts to interrupt the scourge of financial exploitation and fraud against older Americans. As part of these efforts, the Department is funding the National White Collar Crime Center (https://www.nw3c.org/(link is external)) to enhance the ability of state and local law enforcement to respond effectively to complex elder fraud cases.

In announcing those efforts, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said:

“The Department of Justice is committed to protecting all Americans from fraud and exploitation. Few things are more despicable than defrauding vulnerable persons. We have to do a better job of addressing this problem. This training will equip our partners in state and local law enforcement to ensure that our seniors receive justice and the criminals who defraud them receive consequences. I applaud the communities chosen for this training and look forward to seeing their results.”

Through carefully crafted programs, the National White Collar Crime Center will provide training in eight selected communities, with up to 100 law enforcement officers per community, on Financial Crimes against Seniors. This training, developed by the National White Collar Crime Center, will reach up to 800 law enforcement officers, who in turn will share what they have learned with their fellow officers.

The eight communities selected for this highly sought after training are:

  1. Wilmington, Delaware (Delaware Department of Justice)
  2. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota (Minnesota Chiefs Association & Minnesota Sheriff’s Association)
  3. Denmark, Tennessee (Madison County Sheriff’s Office)
  4. Topeka, Kansas (State of Kansas Office of Attorney General)
  5. Hidalgo County, Texas (Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office)
  6. Columbia, South Carolina (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED))
  7. Ada, Oklahoma (Council of Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET))
  8. King County, Washington (King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office)

In addition, the Department of Justice, through its Elder Justice Initiative, is working on multiple other fronts to protect older Americans from financial exploitation and fraud, as well as other forms of elder abuse.

The Department continues to prosecute aggressively mass mailing fraud schemes, such as lottery and sweepstakes scams, many of which are international in nature and target seniors. The Department also launched 10 regional Elder Justice Task Forces across the country to enhance the ability of federal, state, and local authorities to work together to combat elder financial fraud and to pursue those nursing homes that provide grossly substandard care to their Medicare and Medicaid residents (https://www.justice.gov/elderjustice/task-forces).

The Department also actively supports state and local efforts to prevent and combat elder abuse by:

Check the Law Enforcement Webpage (https://www.justice.gov/elderjustice/law-enforcement-1) periodically for these and other materials as they become available. More information about the Department of Justice’s elder justice efforts can be found on its Elder Justice Website at https://www.justice.gov/elderjustice.

[Source: U.S. Department of Justice -/- Media Relations]
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U.S. Marine Corps Horseback Mounted Color Guard Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Last Marine Unit On Horseback Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The United States Marine Corps’ last remaining mounted color guard celebrates their 50th year in service this year — attending rodeos, parades and other events across the country, but it’s the day-to-day life that keeps these horse-borne Marines grounded.

Members of the mounted color guard proudly represent the Marine Corps and serve their community and country with honor. They travel extensively to participate in as many events as possible, and the invitations keep rolling in with event organizers requesting their presence. As the only remaining mounted color guard, they are spread thin, their schedules packed with events from shore to shore, to include retirement ceremonies and high-profile events such as the Tournament of Roses Parade.

“I feel a great sense of pride every time I put on that uniform and get on a horse,” said Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Nicholas Beberniss, the staff noncommissioned officer in charge of the mounted color guard.

For events on the other side of the country, such as the Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., it can take up to five days to get to the site, explained Marine Corps Cpl. Alicia Frost, a stableman. The horses are transported via truck and trailer along with the stablemen.

“For me, the best aspect is all the traveling we get to do, and being in the rodeos and parades,” Frost said. “I love meeting all the new people everywhere we go. It’s awesome! The crowds are always cheering for us and thanking us for our service.”

Representing All Marines

Children and adults alike see the mounted color guard riders, in their perfectly pressed and polished uniforms sitting tall in their saddles and request to have photos taken with them. As a recruiting tool, the goal is to inspire others to join the Corps.

“It’s a very serious responsibility,” said Marine Corps Sgt. Jedidiah Birnie, a stableman. “People don’t look at you as just a person; they see you as representing the whole Marine Corps. So, you have to be on your toes at all times and make sure you’re presenting a good face for the people.”

As the only woman on the team of riders, Frost embraces the heavy responsibility of being a role model for young women.

“I’m the face for all female Marines,” Frost said. “So, when other girls and women see me doing it, I hope it gives them the courage to think that they can do it, as well. They can be a Marine and make it onto a competitive team full of male[s].”

When the A-Team — the first line of riders — is on the road, some of the other attend the events to assist with transportation and care of the horses. At least one remains at the stables to care for the remaining horses, the and the administrative work.

While at home, the Marines all participate in the daily maintenance of the facilities, horses, administrative and self-care. As a team, they muck out and clean the stalls. They groom and clean the horses and engage in training. They share the administrative load and help one another with tasks such as fence maintenance or repairs.

Long Days

The horses are fed by the twice a day, morning and night, with each person taking flakes of hay and ensuring each horse has adequate food. They clean out the water devices and refill them often because desert conditions can cause the water to evaporate quickly.

At the end of each day at the stables, the team is often covered in dust and dirt as they take pride in a job well done.

“It’s great getting to see the reward of your hard work with the horses,” Birnie said, “and having a sense of pride knowing that the work you do here will be seen by thousands of people all across the country.”

Beberniss, who was seriously injured in combat, takes pride in representing wounded warriors as part of the mounted color guard. He leads by example, ensuring that the team represents the Marine Corps with honor and integrity.

“I like being with the Marines and mentoring them,” Beberniss said. “It’s great watching those who don’t have horse experience grow and progress with the horses. It’s really beneficial to everyone. Working with the is rewarding and the riders learn to control them in rodeos, parades, as well as noisy and busy city environments.”

The horses, which come from the Bureau of Land Management, are “green broke” before coming to the mounted color guard. Green broke means that the horses are not yet fully trained and only recently learned to be under a saddle.

“Once we get them, we start ground working them and putting a saddle on them and getting them show-ready,” Beberniss explained.

The training routine includes bonding with the so that the riders earn their trust and cooperation. They work in as well as open areas, with unexpected noises and movements around them, so that the horses learn to relax and trust their riders to have their best interests in mind at all times.

“It can be a very tedious job at times,” Frost said. “We work very long hours, most weekends and we usually don’t get holidays off. It’s a big responsibility and we devote our lives to the Marine Corps and the horses.”

“We always want the public to have a good impression of us, the horses, the facilities we use and the Marine Corps as a whole,” Beberniss said.

“We currently have nine riders: Lance Cpl. Jeremy Gauna, from Monroe, Louisiana; Cpl. Javier Castellon, from Norwalk, California; Cpl. Alicia Frost, of Warner Robins, Georgia; Sgt. Jedidiah Birnie, from Minden, Nebraska; Cpl. Nicholas Davis, from Lynchburg, Virginia; Sgt. Fernando Blancas, of Apple Valley, California; Sgt. Jacob Cummins, from Phoenix, Arizona; Sgt. Terry Barker, from Sunbury, Ohio; and me, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Beberniss of Westminster, Colorado. Things constantly change, though. People get stationed at other or get out of the Marine Corps, or what have you. So we are always looking for good Marines to fill more slots,” he said.

[Source:  Laurie Pearson/ Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, California -/- Media Relations]
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16 U.S. Army Soldiers Participate In Week-Long “Best Medic” Competition

Soldiers From Across The Pacific Participate In Best Medic Competition

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash.,  — Sixteen of the Army’s top medics from across the Pacific region gathered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Aug. 21-25 for Regional Health Command Pacific’s Best Medic competition. Soldiers hailing from duty stations in Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Korea and Japan competed in the grueling week-long competition.

“We are testing the competitors on their warrior tasks and battle drills, as well as their technical proficiency as combat medics, examining the resiliency of these competitors and seeing how far we can push them, while looking for who can maintain proficiency under high amounts of stress,” said Regional Health Command-Pacific Command Sgt. Maj. Rick Watson.

The competition was designed to physically and mentally challenge each soldier and test their readiness, tactical medical proficiency and leadership skills, Watson said. Competitors faced a demanding, continuous and realistic simulated operational environment. Competitors earned points through successful completion of evaluated events during the testing phases.

“Being in this competition has allowed me to test my skills and demonstrate competence in a stressful environment,” said Army Sgt. 1st Class Sheena Blake, a dental technician from the 62nd Medical Brigade. “The hardest part for me is the unknown. Every day is something different and we don’t know what’s going to come next.”

Chance to Prove Something

The competition included a physical fitness test, obstacle course, force on force combat, tailgate medicine test, stress shoot, patient extraction event, warrior task lane, land navigation and a culminated in a 12-mile road march.

Candidates competed as individuals, with the top two individuals going on to compete at the U.S. Army Medical Command competition at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

“My biggest motivation coming into this competition is proving myself to my soldiers,” said Army 2nd Lt. Adam Schafer from the 65th Medical Brigade. Schafer was the winner of the competition.

The competition was planned and executed in conjunction with I Corps, 7th Infantry Division, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, 62nd Medical Brigade and Madigan Army Medical Center.

“I would encourage everyone who can to come out here,” Blake said. “You don’t have to be a medic to be here, but you have to be a medic at heart. Having the opportunity to show off the skills we train constantly for has been a great experience.”

[Source: Army Pfc. Ethan Valetski/5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment -/- Media Relations]
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