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.
The operations of six F-16s from Incirlik AB,
Turkey, has significantly broadened coalition air operations against ISIS
targets in Iraq and Syria, according to the head of the Combined Joint Task
Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
Pacific Air Force officials have not yet signed a
memorandum of understanding that would allow Air Force Global Strike
Command to set up a detachment of personnel at Andersen AFB, Guam, to
support the command's continuous bomber presence mission.
Operation Inherent Resolve officials and now
Moscow are denying or demurring on reports Russia has dispatched combat
aircraft to Syria with pilots and advisors to assist the Assad regime by striking
ISIS and rebel elements.
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