News of the Force: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Page 2

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Jan 27, 2018, 6:21:33 PM1/27/18
                                         NEWS OF THE FORCE: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Page 2

U.S. Air Force
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The United States Air Force wants to conduct more live-fire exercises with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the Southeast Asian country, a Philippine military statement said today.
     U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class Molly Phillips is the overall winner of the Thomas D. Moore Award for Outstanding Cadet Summer Research.
     The United States president's plane, Air Force One, is set to receive an upgrade that will include new refrigerators expected to cost American taxpayers nearly $24 million.
     The U.S. Air Force commenced the first of three Red Flag war games yesterday aimed at providing a realistic approximation of combat operations against a peer or near-peer level opponent for U.S. and Allied aircraft. Throughout Red Flag's 42 year history, 28 nations have participated in the training.
      The U.S. Air Force 354th Security Forces Squadron's airmen took shelter during a simulated attack yesterday at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Exercise Arctic Gold 18-4 is an Operational Readiness Exercise designed to give all 354th Fighter Wing personnel the opportunity to execute mission-essential training.
      Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's commander, spoke to his airmen on Jan. 19th during a commander's call in the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, theater.
      From Jan. 26th through Feb. 16th, the USAF will black out GPS over a wide swath of the Western states on dates that coincide with a training exercise.
      In direct response to U.S. Rep. Martha McSally's consistent calls for funding for more A-10C Thunderbolt wings, the United States Air Force has announced that it would be including funding for additional wings in their FY19 budget request.
      The 14th Civil Engineer Squadron at Columbus AFB, Miss., was notified earlier this month that they were the recipients of the Air Force's 2017 Outstanding Civil Engineer Small Unit Category for their accomplishments throughout the year.
      An Air Force Reserve Command team is among six finalists who will showcase their innovative ideas to Air Force senior leaders in the Spark Tank competition on Feb. 23rd in Orlando, Fla., at the Air Force Association (AFA)'s Air Warfare Symposium.
     The U.S. Air Force Reserve "Hurricane Hunters" will station a WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii, and at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and NOAA will station a Gulfstream IV (G-4) aircraft outside of Seattle, Wash.
     The Nevada Air National Guard has alerted Reno residents that it will be testing its public warning system today. The Air Guard base located next to Reno-Tahoe International Airport conducted the tests for about an hour beginning at 1 p.m. today. The test included sirens, tones and spoken words. It's part of a regularly scheduled practice to ensure the system is working properly.
     The Effingham Cadet Squadron of the Georgia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will hold an open house at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 30th, at 226 Goshen Road in Rincon, Ga., to showcase what the group does and to bring in new members.
     Three people were arraigned yesterday after police said they broke into Connecticut's Meriden Markham Airport twice last May, stealing an Air Force drone and thousands of dollars in other equipment. Anthony Renzi, 20, of 44 Michael Dr., in Southington, Robert Argo, 19, of 157 Bunker Ave., and Tiffany Charpentier, 19, of 470 Pomeroy Ave., were arrested yesterday. The charges against them include first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, theft of a firearm, tampering at an airport, weapons in a motor vehicle, third-degree larceny, fourth-degree larceny, five counts of sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy. On May 4, 2017, police investigated a report of an overnight burglary at the municipal airport, at 213 Evansville Ave., and discovered a security perimeter fence was left unsecured. The suspects entered the main building after removing a window and unlocking a door, according to a police report. The items stolen included a phone, model aircraft, jewelry, and keys to other buildings, vehicles, fuel systems, and an airplane. The total loss to the city from the theft and damage was estimated at over $4,000. The Civil Air Patrol reported multiple "challenge coins" stolen. Mustang Aviation reported three firearms stolen – including an antique 1860 cap and ball rifle and a .22 caliber Remington Model 522 "Viper" semiautomatic rifle. On May 6th, police responded back to the airport for another report of an overnight burglary. Police discovered entry was gained by bypassing a locked and secured entrance, the report said. Items reported stolen included a drone, computers, hydration packs, survival gear, and specialized electronics owned by the Civil Air Patrol, and a computer owned by the city, the report said. The total loss was estimated at $7,100, the report said. Police checked a fingerprint from a window pane in a database and reported it came back as a match to Argo, the report said. When police spoke to Argo and a juvenile on May 8th, both said they were involved in the burglaries and implicated Renzi and Charpentier. When police were granted permission to search Argo’s home they found a blue Toyota Corolla parked outside that Argo said was used as the getaway car for the second burglary, the report said. The car was later reported stolen in Berlin. Argo, Renzi and Charpentier were all arraigned in Meriden Superior Court yesterday. The judge set bond for Argo at $105,000 and continued the case to Feb. 28th. The judge set bond for Renzi at $75,000 and continued the case to Feb. 26. The judge set bond for Charpentier at $50,000 and continued the case to Feb. 28th. According to the bail commissioner, Argo and Charpentier have pending cases for charges including first-degree burglary and first-degree larceny, and Renzi has a pending case for third-degree burglary and larceny.
      In Washington, D.C., you may notice some noise overhead this weekend. That's because of a joint-military operation with Canada, designed to protect from another 9-11 attack. Yesterday began a four-night exercise by NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Their mission is called "Exercise Falcon Virgo."  It's part of  "Operation Noble Eagle," which started as a response to the September 11 attacks. NORAD is using three kinds of aircraft: an Air Force C-21, a Civil Air Patrol C-182 and the Coast Guard's M-H-65 Dolphin helicopter. You may see these flights in unusual places because they are testing NORAD's ability to coordinate with all the area flight controllers and identify and intercept aircraft. These flights will run from about midnight to 5:30 a.m., until early Monday morning. The military has responded to 5,000 possible air threats in the U.S. since 9-11.
      And an Amber Alert was issued on Wednesday evening in North Carolina for Raul Johnson, 4 years old, who stands around 3 feet tall and weighs 38 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. The FBI is involved in the case, and yesterday the North Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol joined the search.

Homeland insecurity
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     The NAACP has sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, citing President Donald Trump's disparaging comments about immigrants and their home countries as evidence of racial discrimination influencing his administration's decision to end protections for roughly 60,000 Haitians.
     The St. Lucie County, Fla., Sheriff's Office is set to announce more than three dozen arrests after a long term investigation into suspected heroin and fentanyl dealers. The DEA, FBI, ATF and Homeland Security Investigations took part in the crackdown dubbed "Big Mi-Steak."
     Auto-ISAC has signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collaborate and improve vehicle cyber-threat information sharing and analysis.
     And a Roosevelt, Long Island, N.Y., man enticed young girls on Facebook to produce explicit photos of themselves and younger relatives, according to federal charges filed yesterday. Edgardo Mejia, 35, used a Facebook profile photo of a 12-year-old boy to pressure the girls to produce child pornography, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The parting shots
How strong is a baby's kick in the womb? A fetal kick at 25 weeks could exert an 8-pound force, while a kick at 30 weeks produces a nearly 11-pound force, according to a new study.
     A "poo bandit" has struck in a village near Cambridge, England. The Cambridgeshire force unleashed Police Constable Rebecca Parkin to get out on the beat and sniff out the culprit. PC Parkin was was quickly on his tail. PC Leanne Fisher, based at the Sawston police station, broke the good news the man has been nabbed on the force's messaging system, ecops.
     And in the Old West, a .45 cartridge for a six gun cost 12 cents, and so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a "shot" of whiskey.


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