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.
Congress should adopt recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission dealing with enhancing the current military retirement system, AFA and four partner organizations told the leadership of the House and Senate defense policy committees this week.
The Air Force expects the intelligence community will finally have access this summer to critical imagery and data from the staring sensor resident on each Space Based Infrared System satellite, said service Secretary Deborah Lee James on Thursday.
Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh has assigned Maj. Gen. Jerry Harris to be Air Combat Command’s vice commander, replacing Maj. Gen. James Post, who was relieved of the position earlier this month.
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