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.
F-35A strike fighter—dubbed AU-1—flew for the first time on Sept. 29.
The 19th Air Force
re-activated under Air Education Training Command on Oct. 1.
The military healthcare system
"provides good quality care that is safe and timely and is comparable to that
found in the civilian sector," but there is "wide performance variability" between the two systems, according to an extensive study of MHS, released Wednesday.
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