Exclusive: Inside the rarely-acknowledged missions of two Navy SEALs killed in action #politics, #exclusive: #inside #the #rarely-acknowledged #missions #of #two #navy #seals #killed #in #action, #cnnpolitics


Exclusive: Inside the rarely-acknowledged missions of two Navy SEALs killed in action

Navy Seal Kyle Milliken, 38, was shot and killed in Somalia in May. He was on a raid serving as an adviser to Somali forces as he and his team approached a compound alongside local troops.

Their deaths underscore the fact that from Somalia to Yemen, as well as in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, the war against ISIS, al Qaeda and their affiliates has largely fallen on special operations forces to fight.

With the political reluctance in recent years to send large numbers of conventional forces to the front lines, small teams of special operations forces have become increasingly the force of choice for commanders in battling terrorist networks.

And these highly trained troops are increasingly paying with their lives. Five have been killed in action so far this year, and a total of 22 have died since June 2014 when the war against ISIS began.

CNN has obtained the battlefield citations for both Owens and Milliken — both of whom served for years on high-risk classified combat missions — revealing new details of their extraordinary service.

Owens’ secret battle in Somalia

For his actions in one battle, Owens was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest medal for valor. His citation contains astonishing details of the never-disclosed battle against 400 al Qaeda militants deep inside war-torn Somalia in 2015.

This secret battle raged for three days in July 2015, with Owens leading a 12-man team alongside African forces, targeting 400 enemy militants. He was ambushed and attacked with “small arms, machine guns, anti-aircraft guns, rocket propelled grenades, mortars, and improvised explosive devices,” according to his citation.

Owens “repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire” the citation says, eventually securing a town that had been in enemy hands for 10 years. On earlier tours, he helped rescue buddies who were pinned down and wounded, and guided in Medevac choppers while under fire.

Virginia Rep. Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL sniper, knew both men. Of Owens, he said: “From everything I knew about him, he was a great guy — highly committed, highly talented.”

Milliken’s final mission

On Milliken’s final mission last month, he was an adviser to Somali forces, and was in the line of fire under considerable risk, according to the battlefield citation. He was shot and killed as his unit approached a compound west of Mogadishu. Taylor, like many who have served on front lines, rejects the controversial Pentagon view that when troops are military advisers they must stay out of the direct line of fire.

“‘There are no boots on the ground, they are just advisers,’ well we know that’s BS. Of course they are all boots on the ground,” Taylor said. “I think you need to get back to using conventional forces.”

Taylor added: “You certainly can’t fault the operator for wanting to get into the fight. They are there, they are there on the ground with the force they are helping.”

‘Concealed’ position

Since Obama began sending special operations forces into war zones with local forces on counterterrorism missions, the basic military policy has been that US troops should try to stay behind a ‘covered” or “concealed’ position in order to not draw fire to themselves. It’s a policy that most troops say simply doesn’t work on the battlefield but that the Pentagon under President Trump still appears to be bound to.

But Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently made clear that no changes to that policy are expected.

“The fundamental rule that applies to all of our forces that are conducting partnered ops that — that they would be at the last cover and conceal position, and not actually the ones closing with the enemy, because fundamentally we conduct partnered operations,” he said at a news conference on May 22. “It is the partners who are actually closing with and destroying the enemy.”

However, at a Capitol Hill hearing on Tuesday, Dunford did concede that special operations forces are stretched, stating that he had been asked by Secretary of Defense, James Mattis to examine all special operations missions to determine where conventional forces can be substituted.

The future of special operations

Taylor recalled his own first mission in Iraq, which was alongside Milliken.

“Everyone loved Kyle, everyone loved him,” he said.

Milliken also served for years in combat as part of a heavily relied-upon special operations force. In 2007 alone, he conducted 48 combat missions in Iraq. During one mission, he helped evacuate three wounded SEALs under fire. In 2009, his team was spotted as they approached a compound they were raiding. Milliken went in, killing enemy forces from less than 20 feet away.

The citations released to CNN remain heavily blacked out, shielding classified details. But there is one clue on how secret their work was. In 2015, Milliken was awarded the Navy achievement medal for developing “ground-breaking procedures” for “future national mission taskings.”

In the world of special operations, “national missions” are the most classified, requiring presidential approval and often remaining secret for decades.

CNN’s Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.

Presidents – favorite places for White House romps #inside #the #white #house


Whilst everyone speaks of the Inauguration politically, myself now speaks of whatever. or whoever presidents may have inaugurated personally.

Historians know zip about Abe’s performance in the Lincoln Bedroom. However, about other hot times in the old town at night, I know.

Warren Harding, our 29th chief of state, did it repeatedly inside the White House. His presidential place of choice for young lady Nan Britton? A closet. Clearly, the Prez and the squeeze were both slim or that closet was large. Secret Serviceniks once had to stop Mrs. Harding from beating on the door — or her husband.

About James Buchanan, serving 1857-1861, we know little. That reason being it was before CNN. We do know Buchanan, the only bachelor president, was inseparable from Alabama Senator William King. The pair begat two nicknames: “Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy” and “Mr. Buchanan and his wife.”

The autobio of wartime driver Kay Summersby, Ike’s ladyfriend, confirms her affair with Eisenhower, although whether they played in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. or just in a European dugout is not clear.

Lyndon Johnson made up for any draught. LBJ was a busy boy. Oy, was he busy. So busy, hard to understand where he found time to govern bodies other than his own. Assorted ladies were called “the harem” and this sex Tex installed an Oval Office buzzer. The thing activated when his missus was in the vicinity.

Grover Cleveland found time to manufacture an illegitimate child, although one wonders how any chickadee could summon sufficient passion to utter the words: “Go, Grover, go.”

JFK s many ladies

JFK had the busiest sex life. Besides nonfamous ladyfriends like his longtime go-to Judith Exner, he also slipped out of a quiet Carlyle Hotel entrance to supposedly read the Constitution to Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Audrey Hepburn, Angie Dickinson, Marlene Dietrich, stripper Blaze Starr. And all of those were only on a Friday.

Jefferson, too

We know about Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson’s slave and also half sister of his dead wife. Also his mistress for 38 years. Why scientists would perform testing 200 years later, who knows, but DNA implies that, besides making whoopee, they made children together.

John Tyler fathered more than the slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.” Wife One did eight kids. Wife Two, seven. Pearl, his youngest child, was born when Tyler was 70. He married Wife Two while in office, but Wife One’s eight children did not approve, did not attend the wedding, did not send a gift. Not even a junky glass vase.

Rosalynn’s husband Jimmy Carter? We know only that he lusted in his heart.

Busy Ben

Benjamin Harrison loved to talk. He made 140 speeches in 30 days. He also did more than talk. His last daughter, Elizabeth, was younger than his grandkids.

Chester Arthur. Lest you not know much about him, jester Chester was a man about town. Loved carousing the late hours, frequenting nightclubs, entertaining creatures often. Rarely going to sleep before 2 a.m. he told one cranky temperance group: “I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damn business.”

Hey, e pluribus unum, or one for all and all for one.

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Chiropractor Aspen CO #inside #out #chiropractic


Chiropractor and Functional Medicine Aspen Colorado| Basalt Colorado

Helping people understand why they do not feel their best and providing the strategic groundwork for optimal wellness is the mission of Dr. Amy Denicke, a chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner. in Aspen and Basalt, Colorado at Core Flex Chiropractic .

Many negative symptoms can be result of poor lifestyle habits, injury, environmental exposure, and poor posture. Modern style chiropractic care. corrective exercises, soft tissue techniques, and science guided wellness tactics, all combined can eliminate negative symptoms and restore proper function. Finding out where the problem originates from, whether it be musculoskeletal and/or biochemical in nature, is the first step in initiating the healing process.

A well planned modern style chiropractic care plan often permanently corrects problems originating from the neuro-musculoskeletal system (NMS). However, some problems that are thought to be NMS in nature, can originate elsewhere in the nervous system (ie. gut dysbiosis, oxidative stress, adrenal and thyroid dysfunction, etc ). These, often mysterious, non-NMS problems will likely be evident when you have followed your recommended chiropractic care plan and you find that the symptoms may creep back into the picture or vary in nature.

In the USA alone, 206 million pounds of chemicals are dumped in the environment, pharmaceutical and antibiotic use is at an all time high, and our food is void of proper nutrients that our vital organ systems require for proper function. This worldly problem can create many symptoms related to why you see a doctor in the first place.

Scientific diagnostic testing using blood, saliva, urine, and stool offers validity and reliability. This type of testing offers diagnostic validity as compared to muscle testing or fancy machines have been proven to be unreliable. It also gives one the power to effectively identify the underlying causes of one’s problem(s). For example, chronic headaches, anxiety, depression, and/or low back pain can be related to a potentially pathogenic bacterial overgrowth in the intestines. A simple stool and/or urine test can be performed to understand this relationship.

If you have exhausted your efforts with standard chiropractic care or frustrated with the failing strategies offered through other healthcare providers, you have come to the right place. If you are new to chiropractic care. you can be assured that Dr. Amy s gentle and precise adjustments will make you a believer in the effectiveness of chiropractic care.

Make an appointment today with Aspen, Colorado chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner Amy Denicke, DC, CFMP or call (970) 948-7846. and we can discuss a plan that will enable you to achieve your health and wellness goals from the inside and out!

A computerized posture screen will precisely analyze your posture. Photos with measurements and approximate weights can identify possible risks to your spine and nervous system. Most often your identified posture imbalances will correlate with symptoms you may be experiencing. A trend analysis will show you how well chiropractic and home exercises are working throughout care. This service is free to all practice members at Core Flex Chiropractic.

Software Project Manager job with Swisslog Logistics # #jobs, #inside #higher #ed #careers, #job #search


Software Project Manager

Swisslog Logistics Inc, provider of integrated logistics solutions (Warehouse Management Systems) is looking for a dedicated and innovative person to strengthen its Software Implementation team.

The Software Project Manager will have responsibility for the success of software product development and customizations, implementations, client management, and overall client satisfaction.

The Software Project Manager will manage a team of resources including: technical leads and/or managers, software developers, business analysts, and quality assurance analysts.

In this role Software Project Manager will have full responsibility over:

  • On time and on budget project delivery
  • Customer coordination over IT System infrastructure (network, hardware, licensing, system HA and redundancy. )
  • Leading SW team by fully owning project business requirements, being internal and external go to resource regarding business requirements
  • Leading customer meetings and reviews in all business aspects, including other project resources on as needed basis.
  • Creating, maintaining and updating Functional Specification from initial customer approval to creation of “as built” documentation.
  • Collaborating with project Technical Lead on technical requirements, other team resources task allocation, task tracking, monitoring and escalation of possible issues.

The Software Project manager will collaborate with SW Implementation department management reviewing project needs and allocating appropriate resources to the project.

B.S. or B.A. degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science or an equivalent Engineering degree.

Required Skills:

  • 5+ years software development and implementation experience, from which at least 2+ years PM experience managing software development

Former experience as a developer:

  • Development experience does not have to be recent but must be able to read/communicate code/development issues, i.e. “talk shop” with internal and external technical resources and decision makers
  • General understanding in the areas of application programming, database and system design with:
    • Java /J2EE or C#/.NET application development
    • Relational databases (Oracle or MSSQL, MySQL)
  • Understands Internet, Intranet, Extranet and client/server architectures
  • Prior experience managing box type software implementation(s)
  • Prior experience managing IT projects with hardware implementation, networking, virtual environments
  • Has managed a team of 6 or more
  • SDLC methodology practitioner
  • Competent with MS Project, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Excellent customer management skills for administration, resolving issues and building customer relationships
  • External customer relationship management and facilitation skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective listening and problem solving skills
  • Ability to respond strongly and positively to challenging work and deadlines

Other Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science, Engineering, Business, or Communication
  • Prior experience with projects in production / manufacturing environments integrating Software applications with Automation systems and Controls
  • General data communications and network operating systems knowledge
  • Direct management experience including: hiring/firing, performance reviews, coaching/mentoring, etc.
  • Experience in budgeting, financial and organizational governance
  • Agile, Scrum Master
  • PMP/PMI certification

Company Description
Swisslog designs, develops and delivers best-in-class automation solutions for forward-thinking hospitals, warehouses and distribution centers. We offer integrated systems and services from a single source from consulting to design, implementation and lifetime customer service. Behind the company’s success are 2,500 employees worldwide, supporting customers in more than 50 countries.

Swisslog is part of the KUKA group, a leading global supplier of intelligent automation solutions.

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Sat, 27 May 2017 16:38:31 PDT