Army Gen. Martin Dempsey
on Aug. 14, 2014, became the first Joint Chiefs Chairman to visit Vietnam since
1971. Here, Dempsey walks by a Vietnamese honor guard in
Hanoi. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
Phung Quang Thanh,
reported Voice of America. The visit is the latest US gesture to deepen military-to-military cooperation with Vietnam. During a press availability, Dung declared Vietnam’s support for expanded cooperation in areas such as search and rescue operations and disaster relief and for continued joint work in abating “consequences” of the Vietnam War,
reported Vietnam’s official government news agency. Regarding the latter, Dempsey was scheduled to call on the US-funded dioxin abatement project at the former US air base at Da Nang,
reported the same agency in a separate release. Dempsey told Vietnamese officials the United States would soon lift a ban on selling lethal armaments to Vietnam, according to the news agency. Dempsey’s Vietnam visit followed a
high-profile US proposal at the recent meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Burma to de-escalate tensions between China and its neighbors, including Vietnam, in the South China Sea area.
Strategic Command boss Adm. Cecil Haney told members of the House Armed
Services Committee’s strategic forces panel on Thursday he is increasingly
concerned about “disturbing trends” regarding the development of space-based
weapons and anti-satellite capabilities.
Obama has nominated Gen. Robin Rand, current head of Air Education and Training
Command, to be the first four-star general to lead Air Force Global Strike
Command, according to an internal Air Force memo.
A KC-10 tanker escorted and refueled a flight of
five Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft enroute to exercise Cobra
Gold in Thailand, earlier this month.
Tweets by @AirForceMag