Tuesday, September 18, 2012

US looking forward to foster already strong military relationship with Malaysia - The Borneo Post

Posted on September 19, 2012, Wednesday

MUTUAL BENEFIT: Razali (back) and Compton putting on arm band on US and Malaysian soldiers after the opening ceremony of the bilateral military exercise at the Ulu Tiram Camp in Johor Baharu. â€" Bernama photo

JOHOR BAHARU: The United States Army is looking forward to foster the already strong military relationship with the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) through bilateral exercises.

United States Army 9th Mission Support commanding general, Brig Gen Michele G Compton said, military leadership in the US and Malaysia was always on the lookout for efforts to increase relationship between both armed forces.

“Our relationship is great and very good and its been enhanced over the years. Our personal relationship emulates and it will continue, for a strong relationship with the MAF,” said the Hawaii-based Compton to reporters yesterday.

She was met after the opening ceremony of the bilateral military exercise ‘Ex Keris Strike’ at the Ulu Tiram Camp here, which was officiated by the Third Infantry Division Major General Datuk Mohd Razali Ahmad.

According to Compton, the 10-day Keris Strike exercise included computer-aided command post maneuvering at the brigade and battalion level, medical first responder course and medical civic action programme.

The bilateral exercise participated by 96 soldiers from the various US Army units and 369 from MAF, will also include, for the first time, a course on Counter-Improvise Explosive Device (C-IED), she said. Meanwhile, Mohd Razali said the existing relationship between Malaysia and the United States army was strong. â€" Bernama

“Programmes like the ‘Ex Keris Strike’ can further enhance relations and enable our armed forces to acquire valuable training. The inclusion of the C-IED is another area that our forces can benefit,” he said. â€" Bernama

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Leaders issue Air Force birthday message - Barksdale Air Force Base

9/18/2012 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force:

As we celebrate the United States Air Force's 65th birthday, we salute all of the dedicated Airmen who serve or have served in our Nation's youngest and most innovative Service.

Throughout our proud history, the Air Force has embraced the technology that continues to revolutionize our capabilities in air, space and cyberspace. We owe an enormous debt to the ground-breaking visionaries and engineering pioneers who brought the technology of flight to life, and to the professional strategists and tacticians who imagined the military possibilities of these new technologies and propelled the science, theory and application forward.

While our Service enjoys an unbreakable connection to state-of-the-art technology, we must never forget that everything we do depends on our people, the living engine of our Air Force. Today, more than ever, the Air Force can take pride that our Service culture promotes and benefits from the know-how, determination, and commitment of a diverse group of men and women who embody our Core Values -- Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do -- while pursuing adaptive and innovative solutions for our Nation's security.

Every day, our Airmen have an opportunity to add a bright new chapter to the Air Force story by serving our Nation in the world's finest air force. The challenges confronting our country are great; but our active duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian Airmen have never failed to answer our Nation's call. Working together in common purpose as one Air Force, we will keep America secure today and for all the years to come.

Happy birthday, Air Force! Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win!

The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 65th Birthday Today - Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

by James M. Lindsay
September 18, 2012

F-16 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation over the Hudson River in New York. (Eduardo Munoz/ courtesy Reuters)F-16 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation over the Hudson River in New York. (Eduardo Munoz/ courtesy Reuters)

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The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 65 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the Air Force, officially founding a new branch of the U.S. military. Gen. Carl A. Spaatz became the USAF’s first chief of staff eight days later on September 26, 1947.

The USAF tracks its origins to a decision made just four years after the Wright Brothers conducted the world’s first airplane flight over the sands of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1907, the U.S. Army Signal Corps created an Aeronautical Division and put it in “charge of all matters pertaining to military ballooning, air machines and all kindred subjects.” As aviation technology improved, the army’s air force grew bigger. An independent military arm became virtually inevitable after the Army Air Forces became an autonomous U.S. Army Command in 1942 and then grew substantially throughout the remainder of World War II. On July 26, 1947, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 on board the presidential aircraft, the Sacred Cow, and set the creation of the USAF in motion.

Col. Brian Killough, an air force officer spending a year as a visiting military fellow in CFR’s David Rockefeller Studies Program, kindly responded to my request for what books he would recommend to people who want to know more about the history of the USAF. He gave me five recommendations from the Air Force Historical Studies Office:

McFarland, Stephen L. A Concise History of the U.S. Air Force (2012).

Nalty, Bernard C. (ed.). Winged Shield, Winged Sword: A History of the United States Air Force, 2 volumes (1997).

Nalty, Bernard C., John F. Shiner, and George M. Watson (eds.). With Courage: The U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II (2005).

Wolk, Herman S. The Struggle for Air Force Independence, 1943-1947 (1997).

Wolk, Herman S. Toward Independence: The Emergence of the U.S. Air Force,1945-1947 (1996).

A tip of the TWE cap to all the airmen and airwomen who have worn the uniform of the USAF.

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US aims to foster strong military relationship with Malaysia - New Straits Times

United States Army 9th Mission Support commanding general, Brig. Gen. Michele G.Compton said, military leadership in the US and Malaysia was always on the lookout for efforts to increase relationship between both armed forces.

"Our relationship is great and very good and its been enhanced over the years. Our personal relationship emulates and it will continue, for a strong relationship with the MAF," said the Hawaii-based Compton to reporters today.

She was met after the opening ceremony of the bilateral military exercise "Ex Keris Strike" at the Ulu Tiram Camp here, which was officiated by the Third Infantry Division Major General Datuk Mohd Razali Ahmad.

According to Compton, the 10-day Keris Strike exercise included computer-aided command post maneuvering at the brigade and battalion level, medical first responder course and medical civic action programme.

The bilateral exercise participated by 96 soldiers from the various US Army units and 369 from MAF, will also include, for the first time, a course on Counter-Improvise Explosive Device (C-IED), she said.

Meanwhile, Mohd Razali said the existing relationship between Malaysia and the United States army was strong.

"Programmes like the 'Ex Keris Strike' can further enhance relations and enable our armed forces to acquire valuable training. The inclusion of the C-IED is another area that our forces can benefit," he said. Bernama

BrainScope Wins Rapid Innovation Fund Research Contract - PCBDesign007

BrainScope® Company, Inc. today announced that it has been awarded a contract by the United States Army for development of a “Miniature Field Deployable System For Rapid TBI Assessment.” This contract is valued at $2.67 million over 24 months.

BrainScope’s proprietary Ahead® system currently in development addresses the unmet need for a medical device to aid in the triage of patients who are suspected of traumatic brain injury (TBI), including its milder forms known as concussions. The newly-awarded U.S. Army contract will enable BrainScope to merge the core technologies in the BrainScope Ahead system with existing smartphone technology.

The Ahead system records brain electrical activity with a handheld, non-invasive, non-radiation emitting medical device, and utilizes advanced algorithms that quantify and characterize features of brain electrical activity associated with TBI. The Ahead system is intended to be utilized as an adjunct to standard clinical practice to aid in the rapid, effective and objective assessment of individuals suspected of TBI at the point of care. Early identification and categorization of even the mildest forms of brain injury are the first steps in providing proper care to ensure optimal recovery.

"We are honored to receive this award from the U.S. Army to create a more miniaturized version of our handheld device on a ubiquitous computing platform," said Michael Singer, President and CEO of BrainScope. “We understand the significant need for a rapidly-applied assessment capability with results displayed in minutes so that first responders can make vital triage decisions. We are greatly appreciative of the support the U.S. Military has shown BrainScope and look forward to quickly ramping up our efforts on this important project.”

In December 2011, BrainScope was awarded a $7.5 million contract by the United States Department of Defense for the “Assessment of Head Injury in the Emergency Department: Clinical Validation of the BrainScope Ahead Technology.” In May of last year, BrainScope reached concurrence with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the key study design elements for clinical validation of the Ahead M-100 medical device.

Since 2010, results from clinical studies utilizing BrainScope’s technology have been published in leading peer-reviewed neurology and emergency medicine journals such as Brain Injury, The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation and The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

About BrainScope

Backed by Revolution LLC (created by AOL co-founder Steve Case), Shaman Ventures, ZG Ventures, Maryland Venture Fund and Brain Trust Accelerator Fund, BrainScope is a medical neurotechnology company that is developing a new generation of hand-held, easy-to-use, non-invasive instruments, designed to aid medical professionals in rapidly and objectively assessing brain function. BrainScope devices in development are based on a proprietary technology platform, which integrates databases of brainwave recordings with advanced developments in digital signal processing, sophisticated algorithms, miniaturized hardware and disposable headset sensors. BrainScope's initial focus is on TBI and its milder presentation which is commonly referred to as "concussion." BrainScope's unique device is being developed to meet a long-standing clinical need for improved early identification, staging and triage for head-injured patients. BrainScope devices under development for assessment of traumatically-induced head injury and concussions are for investigational use only and have not been submitted to FDA for premarket review. For more information, please visit www.brainscope.com.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Open Thread: Air Force Birthday - Patriot Post

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Relentlessly committed to the defense of liberty, the United States Air Force celebrates its 65th birthday today, Sept. 18. The Air Force began life as the Army Air Corps but became a separate Armed Services Branch when the Department of the Air Force was created by the National Security Act of 1947. As the U.S. Air Force continues its critical mission "to fly, fight and win ... in air, space and cyberspace," we ask that you pray for these brave Patriots prosecuting "The Long War" against Jihadistan, and for their families awaiting their safe return.

Judd F. Cale - Staunton News Leader

Judd Franklin Cale

AUGUSTA SPRINGS â€" Judd Franklin "Frank" Cale, 79, passed away in his home with his devoted and loving family September 16, 2012.

He was born December 20, 1932, in Augusta Springs, a son of Gratton Franklin Cale and Margie Mae Campbell Cale.

Frank graduated from Craigsville High School in 1951. He attended Bridgewater College and served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He attained AT1 First Class Petty Officer in four years. During his enlistment, he met the "love of his life", Jane Ellen Welcher. They married December 29, 1956. He received an honorable discharge from the United States Navy in February 1957 and returned to the family farm that he loved. Frank began working on the family farm, as soon as he was old enough. He ran the family sawmill at thirteen years old. He would do chores on the farm and then ride the train from Augusta Springs to Craigsville to attend school. During Frank's work career, he was employed by Lehigh Portland Cement Plant in Craigsville, General Electric in Waynesboro and General Cable in Buena Vista. Frank retired from Reynolds Metals in 1995. Frank worked on the family farm with his father until his passing in 1991 and then continued to farm and log timber throughout his life at both the Augusta and Rockbridge County farms. In 1970, he was instrumental in founding the Craigsville-Augusta Springs First Aid Crew with his good friend, Mr. Edwin Strange. Frank served for many years as a CPR instructor and Captain of the squad. He was awarded a lifetime member in 2004. Frank was also a member of the American Legion Post 13. Mr. Cale attended the United Methodist Church as a small boy and was a member for over 60 years. He served as Sunday School Teacher, Lay Speaker and Lay Leader and held numerous other offices over the years. He was a member of the St. Paul's United Methodist Men's Fellowship group and served as an active member of the Gideons for 13 years. Frank attributes his love of the Lord to his dear mother who prayed for him his whole life until her passing.

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Frank's other "love of his life" was motorcycle riding. He never met a stranger and has never been at a loss for words. He loved to tell stories and listen to good ones, too. He loved people and enjoyed helping others. He tried to see the good in people and gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. He had an amazing ability to forgive others. He loved to talk to others about God and what God had done for him in his life. He was very patriotic. He had tremendous respect and appreciation for veterans, particularly those that served in World War II. Frank's life was a gift and a blessing to many and one of great service to his community. Few men ever truly know why God placed them on this earth, but in looking at Frank's life, it is easy to see that he was here so we would all have someone to call friend, look up to and respect, not only for his stature and his wisdom, but for the kind of man he was and the influence he had on others.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his only son, Judd Franklin “Tink” Cale II and his special dog "Pepper".

Frank is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Jane Welcher Cale; his two daughters, Cheryl Cale Miller of Roanoke and Deborah Cale Boyers of Augusta Springs; a son-in-law, Russell D. Boyers; three grandchildren, Sarah Miller Spence and husband Caleb of Staunton, Candace April Fridley of Charlottesville and Brandon Franklin Cook of Verona; two great grandsons, Samuel Dean Spence and Eli Scott Spence of Staunton; a sister, Ruby Cale Pulliam of Verona; special nephews, Franklin Anthony Stephenson of Augusta Springs and Randy D. Robertson of Craigsville; a special sister-in-law, Elsie Robertson of Craigsville; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Juanita and William Wilcher and his life-long best friend, Lonzie "Woody" Fridley of Lake City, Fla.

A celebration of his life will be conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Craigsville by the Reverends Harley Bender, Homer Frazier and Ryan Schaeffer.

Burial will follow in the Miller Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery in Augusta Springs.

Active pallbearers will be John McCutcheon Tuttle, James Johnson, Sr., Dave Maul, Donald Minter, Franklin Anthony Stephenson, Lewis Corbin, Miles Hazlett and Don Bosserman.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Gideons, Craigsville-Augusta Springs First Aid Crew, St. Paul's United Methodist Men's Fellowship group, Dr. Kerry Alexander, Arvil Welcher, Harold Via, Harold Bosserman, his motorcycle friends and retirees of Reynolds Metals.

The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Coffman Funeral Home & Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive, Staunton, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s International, Augusta North Camp, P.O. Box 2711, Staunton, VA 24401.

Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive, Staunton is in charge of his arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at coffmanfuneralhome.net.