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.
An investigation by the US-led coalition fighting ISIS
has shown early evidence that civilians were killed during an airstrike
inside Syria, though the total number is likely less than reported.
Power returned to Incirlik AB, Turkey, on July
22—about six days after the failed coup attempt led to it being cut off
and US Air Force jets being grounded.
Three Air Force C-130Js and about 70 support personnel
from the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein AB, Germany, forward deployed to
Bulgaria on July 10 to train with NATO partners.
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