Download logo EVENT: Please join us on April 9, 2019 at 10:00am CAT for a telephonic press conference on the U.S. response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique. BACKGROUND: In the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Idai--which left at least 600,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance--the U.S. Government has been responding to urgent needs on the ground in the most affected areas, including with the U.S. Agency for International Development's deployment of a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Mozambique to assess the most immediate needs and work closely with partners to provide critical assistance to people affected by the devastating cyclone. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), the lead for U.S. Department of Defense logistics support to the U.S. Government humanitarian relief response, is supporting DART by airlifting vital U.S. Government-provided commodities to Beira and other affected areas in Mozambique. DETAILS: Speakers: U.S. Ambassador to … [Read more...] about Briefing on the U.S. Response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique
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World International Affairs Russia and China have embarked on increasing their military presence in Africa, where the U.S. recently announced it would withdraw some troops in order to counter its two top rivals abroad. As war rages between the government and rival rebel movements in the Central African Republic, Russia has set out to play a larger role in providing military and humanitarian support to those affected by the conflict. Speaking to Al Jazeera in a report published Monday, the landlocked African country's special security adviser Valery Zakharov—a Russian—said that "to get peace is a challenge, there is no simple solution, but we think we can achieve this," touting cooperation between the two countries. Moscow's efforts, however, have been met with suspicion by the United States and allies in the West, which has played a muted role in the country's longstanding crisis. Responding to French criticism at the United Nations over Russia's involvement, the … [Read more...] about Russia and China Replacing U.S. in Africa? As Trump Administration Moves Out, Top Military Rivals Moving In
FORT KNOX, Ky. — Congressional, Army and Fort Knox leaders are calling the installation’s energy resilience test on October 24 a huge success. Prior to this most recent test, Fort Knox engineers had performed several smaller shutdown tests to the post’s individual substations. A handful of other installations have also attempted smaller shutdowns. For the October 24 test, the plan was for Fort Knox energy provider Nolin RECC to shut down all of Fort Knox’s substations, unplug from Louisville Gas & Electric — the electric and natural gas provider for the region — and independently stand up the Fort Knox grid, something no other Army installation has tried. “At 10 a.m., the external power will get turned off to Fort Knox, and we’ll stand up on our own decentralized power generation at all of our substations, to include emergency generation,” said R.J. Dyrdek, energy manager for Fort Knox’s Directorate of Public Works, … [Read more...] about Congressional, Army leaders praise success of Fort Knox energy resiliency
At any moment, the overturned fuel truck could explode.The driver didn't have enough time to brake when a car in front of him swerved left, and then right. The tractor-trailer carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline had flipped over, burst into flames and was blocking the intersection of Highways 150 and 70 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.The truck driver was trapped inside, and struggling to escape as the inferno around him intensified.And time was running out.The scene unfolded quickly in front of Army Sgt. 1st Class Mario King and his wife, Army Sgt. Adriane King, who had taken the two-lane highway as a detour on their drive home to Fort Knox from vacation.After the crash, they pulled over and got out of the car. As his wife shouted to others to get back from the tanker, Mario King said one thought entered his mind: "If I was in that situation, I would want someone to help me.""That took everything into perspective and blocked out any fears or concerns for myself," … [Read more...] about He saved a man from a burning truck. Now the Army is honoring the North Charleston native.
July 8, 2018 | Written by Col. John P. Cogbill Fort Belvoir, VA – Innovation in the Army needs to come from the top down and the ground up, and Soldiers at all levels need freedom, time and equipment to make it happen. Maintaining overmatch against any and all potential adversaries—known as an offset strategy—places a premium on new, potentially disruptive technologies. However, technology alone will not maintain the offset. An effective and enduring offset will require a culture of innovation that enables critical thinking and the application of the myriad emerging military and commercial technologies to address the full spectrum of national security challenges in an increasingly hostile and complex world. Col. John P. Cogbill, right, and Brig. Gen. K. Todd Royar, 101st Airborne Division deputy commanding general (Support), discuss 3rd BCT training inside the brigade tactical operations center in May. Hands-on training like this helps reinforce classroom instruction … [Read more...] about U.S. Army Culture as an offset