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Author: TriSec    Date: 09/15/2020 10:14:58

Good morning. In a first for Ask a Vet, here is a Trump ad in support of our troops. We should all Support the Troops.TM


Except....of course everything Trump touches is wrong. Look closely at those fighter jets. Afficionados and geeks like me can easily tell - that's not an American fighter plane.

A digital ad released by a fundraising arm of the Trump campaign on Sept. 11 calling on people to “support our troops” uses a stock photo of Russian-made fighter jets and weapons.

The ad, which was made by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, features silhouettes of three soldiers walking as a fighter jet flies over them. The ad first appeared on Sept. 8 and ran until Sept. 12.

“That’s definitely a MiG-29,” said Pierre Sprey, who helped design both the F-16 and A-10 planes for the U.S. Air Force. “I’m glad to see it’s supporting our troops.”

He noted the angle of the aircraft’s tail, the way the tail is swept far back, and the spacing of the engines, along with the tunnel between them.

Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow, confirmed that the planes are Russian MiG-29s, and also said the soldier on the far right in the ad carries an AK-74 assault rifle.

The Trump Make America Great Again Committee is run by both the Republican National Committee and the campaign. Most of the low-dollar and digital donations raised by the committee goes to the campaign.

The image in the ad is a stock photo available on Shutterstock.com with the title “Military silhouettes of soldiers and airforce against the backdrop of sunset sky.”

You'll note Trisec's mouth is moving, but no sounds are coming out.

We'll move on by necessity; Have any of you out there been the victim of a data breach? I can't say that I have, but I once lost my wallet. (The analog equivalent). It's a nightmarish headache trying to find, cancel, and replace all those things that you usually carry with you. Now imagine you were a retired veteran.

WASHINGTON — A data breach at the Department of Veterans Affairs has potentially compromised the personal information of roughly 46,000 veterans, the agency announced Monday.

VA officials said the agency is already reaching out to the veterans impacted including the next-of-kin of those who are deceased. The department is offering free credit monitoring to anyone whose Social Security numbers were accessible.

The Federal Services Center, the finance department for the VA, discovered one of its online applications was “accessed by unauthorized users” who gained access to financial information, according to a VA statement. It was unclear Monday when the breach was discovered or which specific application was compromised. However, the compromised application was taken offline, according to the VA.

Veterans and beneficiaries who have not been contacted by VA officials are not at risk of having their information stolen, according to the department’s statement on the breach.

"Veterans whose information was involved are advised to follow the instructions in the letter to protect their data," the statement said. "There is no action needed from veterans if they did not receive an alert by mail, as their personal information was not involved in the incident."

Data breaches happen all the time - but one wonders what additional largesse has been perpetrated under the current indifferent leadership at the national level?

We'll shift gears again; we could all use a "Not Horrific News" story these days. (I'm starting to think 'good news' is becoming an oxymoron.) In any case - the fires out west continue to be devastating and now increasingly deadly. But the California National Guard did what they're supposed to do, and almost 400 people are alive today because of their efforts.


In two separate endeavors, the California Army National Guard's 40th Combat Aviation Brigade was able to rescue 396 people and 27 animals from the Creek Fire in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Fresno and Madera counties, Guard officials said.

The 40th CAB, headquartered in Fresno, participated in rescues on Sept. 5, into the early morning of Sept. 6, and again on Sept. 8, according to a California National Guard release.

Sgt. George Esquivel, a CH-47F Chinook mechanic and flight engineer with Bravo company, 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, based in Stockton, California, said in the statement that he was enjoying time with family when he received the call.

"I received a text about a rescue mission asking if I wanted to go and I replied yes. I don't turn down the opportunity to go on rescue missions because it's what we do," Esquivel said.


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