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10 April 2020 Military News

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  • Military Health System Press Briefing on Unified Response to Coronavirus DoD 10 Apr 2020 -- Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Tom McCaffery; Surgeon General of the Army Lieutenant General R. Scott Dingle; Surgeon General of the Navy Rear Admiral Bruce L. Gillingham; Surgeon General of the Air Force Lieutenant General Dorothy A. Hogg; Lieutenant General Ronald J. Place, director, Defense Health Agency; Dr. Richard Thomas, president, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Air Force Lt. Gen. Webb Press Briefing on Protecting Air Force Training Pipelines DoD 10 Apr 2020 -- Lieutenant General Marshall B. Webb, commander, Air Education and Training Command
  • US Air Force Wants to Refit Lancer Bombers to Carry 31 Hypersonic Missiles Each Sputnik 10 Apr 2020 -- The US Air Force plans on culling nearly one-third of its B-1B Lancer bomber fleet, but it wants to refurbish and repurpose the remaining aircraft to serve as long-range missile platforms. The modifications could enable the jets to carry up to 31 hypersonic weapons, or even more missiles when mixed with other types.
  • Air Force update for COVID-19 US Air Force 10 Apr 2020
  • Pentagon Chief Says Reinstating Coronavirus-Ridden Warship's Commander Not 'Off the Table' Sputnik 10 Apr 2020 -- Captain Brett Crozier, commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, was relieved of his command last week after penning an 'inappropriate' open letter to Navy officials requesting urgent help for his men in addressing an outbreak of COVID-19 on his ship. The fallout from the fiasco prompted at least one senior Navy official to resign.
  • US Warships Struggle over COVID-19 as China Holds Naval Drills in the Pacific, According to US Media Sputnik 10 Apr 2020 -- As the US has currently logged more COVID-19 cases than any other country, China has ceased reporting new instances of the disease, lifting the 76-day lockdown of its city of Wuhan, which was once the epicenter of the pandemic.
  • NATO BG-P completes EIB and ESB Army News 10 Apr 2020 -- Multinational Soldiers, deployed in support of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group-Poland initiative, earned the U.S. Army's Expert Infantryman Badge and U.S. Army Europe's Expert Soldier Badge in Bemowo Piskie, Poland, between March 23, 2020 and April 3, 2020. Notably, this served as the first ESB training and testing in U.S. Army Europe.
  • Precautions Protect Air Force Trainees From COVID-19 DoD News 10 Apr 2020 -- The Air Force is taking a proactive approach to reduce the risk of trainees contracting COVID-19, a top Air Force general said.
  • 3rd Marine Logistics Group Supports USS Theodore Roosevelt NNS 10 Apr 2020 -- A team of medical professionals assigned to 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force deployed to Guam in order to augment the COVID-19 response efforts by USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
  • NAVFAC Marianas Awards $1.9 Million to Guam-Based Small Business for Environmental Services NNS 10 Apr 2020 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas awarded a contract with a maximum amount of $25 million to Landscape Management Systems, Inc., a Guam-based small business, for environmental services at Joint Region Marianas (JRM).
  • US Air Force to Upgrade U-2 Spy Plane for Future Battles - Lockheed Martin Sputnik 10 Apr 2020 -- The US Air Force has awarded a $50 million contract to upgrade the U-2 spy plane, which first flew 65 years ago, Lockheed Martins said in a press release on Friday.
  • U.S., Chinese military aircraft fly near Taiwan's airspace CNA 10 Apr 2020 -- A United States military reconnaissance aircraft was reported flying near Taiwan's southern airspace Friday, the same day the Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed Chinese warplanes were monitored southwest of the country.
  • Chinese PLA holds 'regular' drills near Taiwan in preparation for military struggle: experts Global Times 10 Apr 2020-- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly held military drills featuring warplanes near the island of Taiwan on Friday, and such drills, having taken place at least four times since the traditional Spring Festival holiday in January, have become regular and are now a part of military struggle preparations against the island, mainland experts said on Friday.
  • NATO helps expedite delivery of COVID-19 supplies between Allies. NATO 10 Apr 2020 -- SHAPE, Belgium -- NATO's Rapid Air Mobility initiative facilitated the delivery of essential equipment between Allies, in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, April 10, 2020.
  • Coronavirus response: Czech Republic delivers assistance to North Macedonia NATO 10 Apr 2020 -- Today (10 April 2020), a military transport aircraft CASA of the Czech Army transported 1,000,000 masks to North Macedonia, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Coronavirus response: airlift brings urgent medical supplies to Poland NATO 10 Apr 2020 -- An AN-124 cargo plane carrying several tons of urgent medical supplies from China, including 190,000 masks and 180,000 protective suits, landed in Wrocław, Poland on Thursday (9 April 2020) to help the country's fight against COVID-19.
  • China-made VT-4 MBT delivered to Nigeria PLA Daily 10 Apr 2020 -- The first batch of 17 military vehicles consisting of VT-4 main battle tanks (MBT), ST-1 wheeled tank destroyer and two types of self-propelled howitzers bought by the Nigerian Army (NA) from the China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) arrived at the Apapa Ports on April 8, 2020. The NA made this emergency purchase to strike Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in northern Nigeria.
  • 50 test positive for COVID-19 aboard French aircraft carrier Press TV 10 Apr 2020 -- France's armed forces ministry has announced that 50 coronavirus cases have been recorded among the crew of the country's sole aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle.
  • Fifty COVID-19 Cases Confirmed on Board France's Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier Sputnik 10 Apr 2020 -- This comes as France's death toll from the new coronavirus infection has exceeded 12,000, according to the country's health ministry.
  • The Netherlands - Excalibur Projectiles DSCA 10 Apr 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Netherlands of one hundred ninety-nine (199) Excalibur Increment IB M982Al tactical projectiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $40.55 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
  • Korea - F-35 Follow-On Support DSCA 10 Apr 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for follow-on support and services for its F-35 aircraft, engines, weapons and related equipment for an estimated cost of $675 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
  • Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Guides Drill of Mortar Sub-Units of KPA Corps KCNA 10 Apr 2020 -- A drill of mortar sub-units of corps of the Korean People's Army (KPA) took place at a stirring time when the hot wind of revolution in training sweeps across the KPA and the flame of modernizing weapons and equipment rises higher to increase the combat efficiency of the KPA under the far-reaching plan and energetic leadership of the Workers' Party of Korea to further fortify the country's defense capabilities. The drill was held also at a time when the unprecedented proud achievements are being made successively in developing the national defense capabilities.

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