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 command responsibility for the Civil Air Patrol-US
Air Force has been transferred from Air Education and Training Command
to Air Combat Command and assigned to 1st Air Force, reflecting the
extensive role CAP plays in homeland security missions.
The Air Force on June 28 introduced its first new HH-60G Pave Hawk built to replace helicopters lost in combat since 2001.
Enlisted airmen will begin training to fly the RQ-4
Global Hawk this September, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Hawk Carlisle
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