JBLM Daily News 12JUN23

Gary Dangerfield

June 12 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Daily News Clips
Local/Regional Pacific:
JBLM will conduct demolitions training June 12-16
(Key words): Joint Base Lewis-McChord will conduct day and nighttime demolitions training from June 12 at 12: a.m. to June 16 at 11:59 p.m. Public queries or comments about noise may be directed to JBLM Public Affairs.
Former JBLM soldier sentenced to prison for raping 2 children
(Key words): A 40-year-old former soldier who was once stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday for sexually abusing young children on military bases. Lewis Patrick Thompson, who was arrested in July 2020 and pleaded guilty in October 2022, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Serving as a caregiver for the kids, Thompson allegedly raped two children under 12 years old on military bases in the U.S. and overseas, the DOJ said. https://katu.com/news/local/jblm-soldier-child-rape-children-kids-sexual-assault-crime-military-tacoma-pierce-county-joint-base-lewis-mcchord-army-air-force-base-arrest-guilty-prison-sentence-years-doj-fbi-investigation-restitution
Department of Defense
Indo-Pacific Nations Bolstering Defense Ties, Capabilities
(Key words): Remarkable progress has taken place over the last year or so, with the agreement for access to four additional Philippine bases which will host rotational U.S. forces, he said. These bases will provide an ability for the U.S. to respond to a number of regional contingencies, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, he said. The department is also working with the Philippines on a new security assistance roadmap to try to help them develop some of the asymmetric capabilities that will be most important for the types of challenges that they're facing, particularly around their maritime periphery, Ratner said. https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Stories/Article/Article/3421858/indo-pacific-nations-bolstering-defense-ties-capabilities/
The Pentagon is freaking out about a potential War with China
(Key words): The war began in the early morning hours with a massive bombardment — China’s version of “shock and awe.” Chinese planes and rockets swiftly destroyed most of Taiwan’s navy and air force as the People’s Liberation army and navy mounted a massive amphibious assault across the 100-mile Taiwan Strait. Having taken seriously President Joe Biden’s pledge to defend the island, Beijing also struck pre-emptively at U.S. and allied air bases and ships in the Indo-Pacific.https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2023/06/09/america-weapons-china-00100373
Marine Times
Unlatched parts ingested into Marine F-35B in mishap in Japan
(Key words): Parts of a Marine F-35B jet broke off and got sucked into the intake in May, causing damage to the aircraft, the Marine Corps confirmed. At approximately 2:30 p.m. on May 16, the ladder hatch broke free from an F-35B jet with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing’s Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, based in Iwakuni, Japan, Marine spokesman 2nd Lt. Dan Kim said in a statement to Marine Corps Times on May 22. The hatch became unfastened during “routine basic fighter maneuver training,” according to Kim. The intake — the part of the aircraft through which air is drawn — ingested some unlatched parts, according to Kim. https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2023/06/09/unlatched-parts-ingested-into-marine-f-35b-in-mishap-in-japan/
Army Times
Major racial disparities exist in military justice system, report says
(Key words): A Pentagon team tasked with investigating racial disparities within the military justice system released a report Thursday calling on the Defense Department to counter issues of inequality. An internal review team stood up in May 2022 by Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks conducted the investigation, which revealed “significant” racial disparities within the military justice and investigative systems. https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-military/2023/06/09/major-racial-disparities-exist-in-military-justice-system-report-says/
Health Care
Pregnant women at Kadena Air Base in Japan facing tough decisions
(Key words): Pregnant women at Kadena Air Base in Japan are being notified they won’t be able to deliver their babies at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, the only full-service medical center on the island, due to a staffing shortage. Women at Kadena whose estimated due date is from August through November are being given a choice: Either go to a Japanese medical facility or be placed in a “Stork Nesting” program in which they’ll be flown to a location in the continental United States, according to a June 7 memorandum signed by Air Force Lt. Col. Travis C. Russell, chief of the medical staff at Kadena’s 18th Medical Group. The staffing shortage is expected to be resolved by the end of the year, he stated.https://www.armytimes.com/pay-benefits/military-benefits/health-care/2023/06/08/pregnant-women-at-kadena-air-base-in-japan-facing-tough-decisions/
US Army’s new combat vehicle named for soldiers killed in Iraq, WWII
(Key words): The U.S. Army has named its first new combat vehicle in nearly four decades the M10 Booker after two soldiers killed in action, one in the Iraq War and the other in World War II. Staff Sgt. Stevon A. Booker was killed April 5, 2003, during the so-called thunder run in Baghdad, Iraq. Pvt. Robert D. Booker was killed under heavy machine gunfire in Tunisia on April 9, 1943, during WWII. https://www.armytimes.com/land/2023/06/10/us-armys-new-combat-vehicle-named-for-soldiers-killed-in-iraq-wwii/
NBC News
Girl, 10. Rescued after surviving 24 hours alone in ‘rugged’ mountains in Washington state
(Key words): A 10-year-old girl who came to the U.S. from Afghanistan just two years ago was rescued after surviving 24 hours alone in a "rugged and remote" mountain area in Washington state after she got lost during a family gathering, authorities said. Shunghla Mashwani was reported missing in the Cle Elum River Valley, east of Seattle, shortly before 2 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET) on Sunday, the Kittitas County Sheriff's office said in a news release days later. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/girl-rescued-surviving-24-hours-alone-mountains-washington-state-rcna88503
Air Force Times
Can this internal review help shrink the Air Force’s pilot shortage
(Key words): The Air Force hopes that a new review underway at service headquarters will help reverse its longstanding fighter pilot shortage, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown said Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, the service’s deputy chief of staff for operations, is taking a fresh look at whether the Air Force needs hundreds more pilots to fill policy-making and managerial jobs — or if airmen with a different background could fare just as well, Brown said during a discussion at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2023/06/08/can-this-internal-review-help-shrink-the-air-forces-pilot-shortage/

Military News

Biden Will Tout Order Aiding Military Spouses During Visit to Fort Liberty
(Key words): President Joe Biden on Friday will sign an executive order that aims to bolster job opportunities for military and veteran spouses whose careers are often disrupted by their loved ones' deployments. Biden is using a visit to the recently renamed Fort Liberty in North Carolina to highlight the order. The order directs agencies to develop a federal government-wide strategic plan on hiring and job retention for military spouses; bolster childcare options; improve the collection of data on military and veteran spouses, caregivers and survivors in the federal workforce; and more than a dozen additional actions. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2023/06/09/biden-will-tout-order-aiding-military-spouses-during-visit-fort-liberty.html
Observation Post
‘Yellowstone’ creator Taylor Sheridan to launch military spy series
(Key words): Every once in a while, a show comes along that makes viewers want to linger on the couch with a pizza and binge-watch an entire season. This summer, that honor may very well go to “Special Ops: Lioness.” Running on Paramount+, the CIA thriller helmed by Taylor Sheridan (”Yellowstone”) gets its name from the Lioness Program, an initiative in which the Marine Corps assigned women to combat units in Iraq and Afghanistan to search potential female insurgents while remaining culturally sensitive to local belief systems that prohibit unknown men from touching women. https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2023/06/08/yellowstone-creator-taylor-sheridan-to-launch-military-spy-series/
Why Imran Khan has disappeared from Pakistan's media
(Key words): Mr. Abbasi says his name, then stops himself: "He filed an application under article six against Imran Khan… I apologies, against the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf." We tried to speak to Mr. Abbasi, but he did not get back to us.
Over the last week, you will have struggled to hear Imran Khan's name or see his picture on Pakistan's media. His arrest a month ago on corruption charges is the backdrop to this crackdown. When Mr. Khan was taken from a court complex in Islamabad on 9 May, protests were sparked around the country. Some protested peacefully, but there was also violence. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-65831780
ABC News
Japan aims to refocus its foreign aid on maritime and economic security and national interests
(Key words): Japan approved a major revision to its development aid policy Friday to focus on maritime and economic security and its national interests while helping developing nations overcome compound challenges amid China's growing global influence. The revision to the Development Cooperation Charter, approved by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Cabinet, comes two years early since the last was in 2015 and updates are usually on a 10-year cycle. https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/japan-aims-refocus-foreign-aid-maritime-economic-security-99951962
The Hill
US casts doubt on reports of China building spy base in Cuba
(Key words): The Wall Street Journal first reported that Chinese and Cuban officials had reached an agreement for the spy base, with Beijing slated to pay several billion dollars for the facility. CNN has also reported the arrangement, but U.S. officials are denying those reports. Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder called the reports “inaccurate” during a briefing on Thursday. “Certainly we know that China and Cuba maintain a relationship of sorts, but when it comes to the specific activities outlined in the press reporting, based on the information we have, that is not accurate,” Ryder said. https://thehill.com/newsletters/defense-national-security/4041513-us-casts-doubt-on-reports-of-china-building-spy-base-in-cuba/
International help rolls in to fight persistent Canadian wildfires
(Key words): Allies around the world have promised to increase their help to Canada in its fight against hundreds of blazes that have swept through the country in its worst-ever start to wildfire season. Forest fires that have gathered strength over the last month have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and sent a smoky haze billowing over a large swath of the United States. https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/wildfires-burn-across-canada-with-little-relief-sight-2023-06-08/
Gary Dangerfield
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