July 2, 2012

News Briefs July 2, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Stolen Valor law

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a federal law making it a crime to lie about having received the Medal of Honor and other prized military awards.

The court voted 6-3 June 28 in favor of Xavier Alvarez, a former local elected official in California who falsely claimed he was a decorated war veteran.

Alvarez had pleaded guilty to violating a 2006 law that was adopted with the U.S. at war in Afghanistan and Iraq and aimed at people making phony claims of heroism in battle.

The court, in a judgment written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, ordered that his conviction be thrown out. AP


Japan, South Korea sign 1st military pact since World War II

Japan and South Korea have agreed to share intelligence in their first joint military pact since World War II.

Japan’s Cabinet approved the pact June 29. It will allow sharing intelligence in such areas as missile defense, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and other regional security matters. It has already been approved by South Korea and was signed in Tokyo later in the day.

The pact reflects mutual concerns that more cooperation is needed to enhance security readiness, and is seen as a breakthrough in ties between the two neighbors.

Japan ruled Korea as a colony for several decades until the end of World War II in 1945, and Seoul has often been wary of Japan’s postwar military development. AP

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News Briefs – July 30, 2012

Mechanical failure blamed in Arizona Harrier crash Military officials say early findings point to mechanical failure in the crash of a U.S. Marine Corps Harrier attack jet on a training mission in southwestern Arizona. The AV-8B Harrier went down July 25 afternoon about 15 miles northwest of the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma near the...

News Briefs – July 27, 2012

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DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley

Carter visits DMZ, U.S. troops at end of Asia-Pacific tour

DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter arrives for a town hall meeting with service members on Camp Humphreys, South Korea, July 26, 2012. With his stop in South Korea, Carter conc...


Misawa F-16s resume flying

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — The 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan, resumed flying operations July 26, 2012, following a five-day review of the wing’s F-16s. Col. Al Wimmer, 35th Fighter Wing and Misawa Air Base installation vice commander, ordered a temporary suspension to flying operations after a Misawa-based F-16 developed a problem...
Boeing photograph by Tim Stake

Boeing delivers Nippon Cargo Airlines’ first 747-8 Freighter

Boeing photograph by Tim Stake A Nippon Cargo Airlines 747-8 Freighter takes off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Boeing has delivered a 747-8 Freighter to Narita-based Nippon Cargo Airlines, marking the Japanese debut for th...

Japan says no flights until Osprey confirmed safe

Japan’s prime minister says he will not allow any flights of the U.S. military’s latest transport aircraft in this country until its safety after two recent crashes has been confirmed. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told Parliament July 24 that no flights would take place until investigations into the April and June crashes were completed and...


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