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Texas Cyber Crime Unit Arrests 36 Suspected Online Sex and Child Predators

Check out this story by News92FM here in Houston about our state attorney general’s efforts to combat online sex and child predators.

VIDEO: Marine Col. Lawrence Loch, Helping to Lay the Groundwork for the Buildup

In  a report from Pacific News Center out of Guam. Col. Loch discusses preparations being made to move U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam.


VIDEO: Marine Col. Lawrence Loch, Helping to Lay the Groundwork for the Buildup.

Guest Commentary:Stay Alert and Stay Alive: Boston is Just One Explosive Front in a Continuing Battle

Drawing on both his military, and ministry experience Dr. Michael Milton from Faith For Living provides us with this insightful commentary on the Recent Boston Bombings.

Faith That Inspires Action

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 23, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Commentary by Dr. Michael A. Milton, President & CEO, Faith for Living, author of “Silent No More: Why the Church Must Speak Biblically to State and Culture”

It was enough to choke up even the hardest core Yankee fan. When the Boston Red Sox fans, players and coaches, police, government officials, marching bands, military, and more American flags flying since George Bush stood on top of the rubble of the Word Trade Center with a megaphone, gathered on April 20th at legendary Fenway Park, the spirits of Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski must have been there too. It was a grand American moment. The most heinous attack since that 9/11 had climaxed on live television across America with realigned intelligence and law enforcement officials doing what they were supposed to do: avoiding turf battles, working together, bringing ‘im in alive. They…

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Colonel (retired) Martha McSally Invited to Testify Before Senate Judiciary SubCommittee on Tuesday April 23rd

Colonel (retired) Martha McSally will appear before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights on Tuesday April 23rd at 4 pm EST in Room 226 the Dirksen Senate Office Building. She will testify as a national security and targeting expert at a hearing called: “Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing.”

Colonel (retired) McSally led targeting efforts in Africa while serving as the Chief of Current Operations of United States Africa Command from 2007-2010. She also has extensive experience in the military targeting process using unmanned and manned platforms in several other positions throughout her 26 year career. As a former Professor of National Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center, Martha brings unique experience to the hearing as a national security expert who has strategic, operational, and tactical experience in this important subject.

“I am honored to be invited to testify and provide insights to the military targeting process and the use of remotely piloted vehicles (aka ‘drones’) as a strike platform,” says McSally. “I hope this hearing helps inform lawmakers and the public in order to increase transparency and strengthen national security against terrorism and extremism.”

Navy Issues Order to Account (Boston)

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — The Navy has issued an order to account for Navy personnel and their families within a defined geographic area of interest near Boston, according to a Navy message released April 16.

NAVADMIN 100/13 requires commanders to conduct a personnel accountability muster of all Navy personnel in the following counties of the states listed below:

Map of Greater Boston

Map of Greater Boston (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Connecticut: Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland and Windham.

Massachusetts: Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester.

Maine: Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo, Washington, York.

New Hampshire: Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford, Sullivan.

Rhode Island: Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, Washington.

This order includes active and Reserve component Sailors, Navy government service employees and family members.

Commanding officers are responsible for ensuring the muster is entered in the Navy Family Accountably and Assessment System (NFASS) at https://navyfamily.navy.mil.

If NFAAS is not available, commands are to report the status of personnel affected to the affected region operations center or direct chain of command.

Individuals who are unable to contact their command should log on to NFAAS and muster on the Navy Family Member’s section. Impacted personnel unable to contact their command or the NFAAS website can call the NFASS Help Desk at (866) 946-9183.

Navy personnel and families who are severely impacted may log into NFAAS at https://navyfamily.navy.mil to update contact information and complete a needs assessment survey at their earliest convenience. Affected personnel can contact the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) at (877) 414-5358 for further assistance once their needs assessment survey is submitted.

NFAAS standardizes a method for the Navy to account, manage, and monitor the recovery process for personnel and their families affected and/or scattered by a wide-spread catastrophic event.

For more information read the NAVADMIN 100/13 at www.npc.navy.mil.

Secretary of the Navy Names Multiple Ships

English: MONTREAL (Nov. 21, 2008) The littoral...

English: MONTREAL (Nov. 21, 2008) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) sails under the Pont Jacques-Cartier Bridge as the ship departs from the Old Port of Montreal. Freedom is the first of two littoral combat ships designed to operate in shallow water environments to counter threats in coastal regions and is en route to Norfolk, Va. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth R. Hendrix/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the names of seven ships: three joint high speed vessels (JHSV), the USNS Trenton, the USNS Brunswick and the USNS Carson City; an amphibious transport dock ship (LPD), the USS Portland; two littoral combat ships (LCS), the USS Wichita and the USS Manchester; and an ocean-class auxiliary general oceanographic research (AGOR) ship, the R/V Sally Ride.

            “As secretary of the Navy, I have the great privilege of naming ships that will represent America with distinction as part of the fleet for many decades to come,” Mabus said.  “These ships were all named to recognize the hard working people from cities all around our country who have contributed in so many ways to our Navy and Marine Corps team.”

            Joint high speed vessels are named for small American cities and counties that embody American values.  The future USNS Trenton (JHSV 5), named in honor of New Jersey’s capital city, will be the fourth ship to bear this name.  Similarly, the USNS Carson City (JHSV 7) is the second naval vessel to be named in honor of Nevada’s capital city.  The USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) is the fourth naval vessel named for the seaport city in Georgia and recognizes its longstanding relationship with the Navy.

            Military commanders will have the flexibility to use the JHSV in a variety of roles to include supporting overseas contingency operations, conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, supporting special operations forces and supporting emerging joint sea-basing concepts.

            The 338 foot-long aluminum catamarans are being constructed at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., and are designed to transport 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots.  These vessels can operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, providing U.S. forces added mobility and flexibility.  JHSVs are equipped with an aviation flight deck to support day and night air vehicle launch and recovery operations.  JHSVs have berthing space for up to 104 personnel and airline-style seating for up to 312.

Amphibious transport dock ships are named for major American cities.  Mabus named the future USS Portland (LPD 27) in honor of Oregon’s most highly populated city.  LPD 27 will be the third ship to bear this name.

            The principal mission of Portland will be to deploy combat and support elements of Marine expeditionary units and brigades.  With the capability of transporting and debarking air cushion (LCAC) or conventional landing craft and augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft (MV-22), these ships support amphibious assault, special operations, and expeditionary warfare missions.  The USS Portland will provide improved warfighting capabilities including an advanced command-and-control suite, increased lift capability in vehicle and cargo-carrying capacity and advanced ship survivability features.

Portland will be a San Antonio-class (LPD 17) amphibious transport dock ship, built by Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Miss.  The ship will be 684 feet in length, have an overall beam of 105 feet, a navigational draft of 23 feet, displace about 24,900 tons and capable of embarking a landing force of about 800 Marines.  LPD 27 will be capable of reaching sustained speeds in excess of 22 knots.

Littoral combat ships are named after great American communities.

The littoral combat ships named for Wichita and Manchester recognize regionally beneficial cities that are also within the top five highly populated communities in their states.  The USS Wichita (LCS 13) is named in honor of Kansas’ largest city and will be the third ship to bear the name.  The USS Manchester (LCS 14) will be the second ship named for one of New Hampshire’s industrial centers.

Wichita and Manchester will be outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission packages, which can be changed out quickly as combat needs demand.  These mission packages are supported by special detachments that will deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine, undersea and surface warfare missions.

These ships are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal waters.  A fast, agile surface combatant, the LCS provides the required war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions close to the shore such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare.

Lockheed Martin with Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis., will build the Freedom-variant, USS Wichita (LCS 13), which will be 388 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 58 feet, displace approximately 3,400 tons, and make speed in excess of 40 knots.  Austal USA in Mobile, Ala., will build the Independence-variant, USS Manchester (LCS 14), which will be 419 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 103 feet, displace approximately 3,100 tons, and make speed in excess of 40 knots.

Mabus named the future R/V Sally Ride (AGOR 28), which will be a Neil Armstrong-class AGOR ship, to honor the memory of Sally Ride, a professor, scientist and an innovator at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego.  Ride was the first woman and also the youngest person in space.  She later served as director of NASA’s Office of Exploration.

Traditionally, AGORs are named for nationally recognized leaders in exploration and science.  The R/V Sally Ride is the first academic research ship to be named in honor of a woman.

“Sally Ride’s career was one of firsts and will inspire generations to come,” said Mabus.  “I named R/V Sally Ride to honor a great researcher, but also to encourage generations of students to continue exploring, discovering and reaching for the stars.”

            The ship will be a well-equipped modern oceanographic research platform that includes acoustic equipment capable of mapping the deepest parts of the oceans, and modular onboard laboratories providing the flexibility to meet a wide variety of oceanographic research challenges.  These make them capable of supporting a wide range of oceanographic research activities conducted by academic institutions and national laboratories.  The research vessel will be outfitted with multi-drive low-voltage diesel electric propulsion systems.  This upgraded system will help maintain efficiency while lowering maintenance and fuel costs.

            The Neil Armstrong-class AGOR ship will be 238 feet in length, have a beam length of 50 feet, and can operate at more than 12 knots.  AGOR 28 will be built by Dakota Creek Industries, Inc. in Anacortes, Wash.

            Additional information about joint high speed vessels is available online at: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=1400&ct=4 .

            Additional information about landing platform dock ships is available online at:  http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=600&ct=4.%3Cbr .

            Additional information about littoral combat ships is available online at: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=1650&ct=4 .

            For more information about the ocean-class auxiliary general oceanographic research ships please  visit www.onr.navy.mil .

Gen. James F. Amos’ Sequestration Update #2

In this video update from headquarters U.S. Marine Corps, The Commandant and SgtMaj. of the USMC update the service’s members on sequestration.


DVIDS – Video – Gen. James F. Amos’ Sequestration Update #2.