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 Air Force is doing everything it can to lessen the stresses on its remotely piloted aircraft operators, said Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh at Creech AFB, Nev., last week.
The policy governing short tour assignments at Kunsan AB, South Korea, has changed, allowing Active Duty military couples to serve simultaneously at the base on a case-by-case basis, announced officials.
Airmen from Ramstein AB, Germany, instructed Romanian airmen in airfield management practices and operations during Exercise Dacian Warhawk, which concluded on March 27 at Campia Turzii, Romania.
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