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first_imgU.S. Pacific Command, together with other U.S. government agencies, protects and defends the United States, its territories, allies and interests alongside allies and partners; promotes regional security and deters aggression; and, if deterrence fails, is prepared to respond to the full spectrum of military contingencies to restore Asia-Pacific stability and security.The USPACOM area of responsibility encompasses about half the earth’s surface, stretching from the waters off the West Coast of the U.S. to the western border of India and from Antarctica to the North Pole. There are few regions as culturally, socially, economically and geopolitically diverse as the Asia-Pacific. The 36 nations that comprise the Asia-Pacific region are home to more than 50 percent of the world’s population, 3,000 languages, several of the world’s largest militaries and five nations allied with the U.S. through mutual defense treaties. Two of the three largest economies are in the Asia-Pacific along with 10 of the 14 smallest. The AOR includes the most populous nation in the world, the largest democracy and the largest Muslim-majority nation. More than one-third of Asia-Pacific nations are smaller, island nations, which includes the smallest republic in the world and the smallest nation in Asia.USPACOM is one of six geographic Unified Combatant Commands of the U.S. armed forces. Commander, U.S. Pacific Command is the senior U.S. military authority in the Pacific Command AOR. CDRUSPACOM reports to the president of the United States through the secretary of defense and is supported by four component commands: U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific. These commands are headquartered in Hawaii and have forces stationed and deployed throughout the region.About 380,000 U.S. military and civilian personnel are assigned to the USPACOM area of responsibility. U.S. Pacific Fleet consists of about 200 ships (to include five aircraft carrier strike groups), nearly 1,100 aircraft, and 140,000 sailors and civilians all dedicated to protecting our mutual security interests. U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific includes two Marine Expeditionary Forces and about 86,000 personnel and 640 aircraft assigned. U.S. Pacific Air Forces comprises about 46,000 airmen and civilians and more than 420 aircraft. U.S. Army Pacific has about 106,000 personnel from one corps and two divisions, plus more than 300 aircraft and five watercraft assigned throughout the AOR from Japan and Korea to Alaska and Hawaii. Of note, component command personnel numbers include more than 1,200 Special Operations personnel. Department of Defense civilian employees in the Pacific Command AOR number about 38,000.USPACOM recognizes the global significance of the Asia-Pacific region and understands that challenges are best met together. Consequently, USPACOM will remain an engaged and trusted partner committed to preserving the security, stability and freedom upon which enduring prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region depends.USPACOM headquarters is in the Nimitz-MacArthur Building on Camp H.M. Smith just outside Honolulu.Strategy and Guiding PrinciplesUSPACOM strategy adheres to several guiding principles. Four principles were articulated by the U.S. secretary of defense to elaborate on the president’s guidance in January 2012 that the U.S. “will of necessity rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific.” These and three additional principles appear as consistent themes.International Rules: Advance a set of rules that are respected and followed by all, highlighting open access to the shared domains of sea, air, space and cyberspace, and resolving disputes without coercion or the use of force.Partnerships: Modernize and strengthen alliances and partnerships.Presence: Enhance and adapt our enduring presence in the region and enable more effective engagement with partners.Force Projection: Make a sustained series of investments and strategic decisions to strengthen U.S. military capabilities in the Asia-Pacific.Unity of Effort: Contribute to U.S. whole-of-government approaches to resolving regional security challenges and support the broadest possible involvement of regional counterparts.Strategic Communication: Ensure U.S. intent and resolve is conveyed clearly and that our words and actions are aligned.Readiness to Fight and Win: USPACOM is first and foremost a warfighting command, committed to maintaining superiority across the range of military operations in all domains.These principles help guide the partnership role that the United States will continue to play in the Asia-Pacific. This role is solidified geographically and through our alliances and partnerships in the Asia-Pacific. Our enduring interests of open access to the shared domains of sea, air, space and cyberspace are further amplified by the fact that the Asia-Pacific will be the economic center of trade for the foreseeable future and that continued prosperity is tied to the peaceful rise of China as an economic and military power.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal completed a dramatic comeback at Bournemouth as they rescued a point in injury time having fallen 3-0 behind.The Gunners looked destined for a third away league defeat in a row before a late rally that began with a diving Alexis Sanchez header and gathered momentum when a stunning Lucas Perez left-footed volley reduced the gap to a single goal.Bournemouth went down to 10 men when Simon Francis was sent off for a challenge on Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal capitalised as Olivier Giroud headed a 92nd-minute equaliser.The home side had overwhelmed the Gunners early on and taken the lead when Charlie Daniels cut inside Hector Bellerin and stroked a shot past on-rushing keeper Petr Cech.Callum Wilson scored a penalty to extend Bournemouth’s lead and Ryan Fraser sent a shot through Cech’s legs for the Cherries’ third before the hour mark.But the hosts buckled under Arsenal’s late pressure as Arsene Wenger’s side moved eight points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, who play Tottenham on Wednesday.last_img read more

first_imgHibbert, owner of Alaska Cab, is running for his second term on the borough assembly. Hibbert declined to comment on the upcoming election. Olson will take on incumbent Brent Hibbert who is running for reelection in District 1, which includes Kalifornsky Beach Road and part of Kenai. Original Story: Brian Olson announced he will be running a write-in campaign for the upcoming municipal election on October 2. The local municipal election Day is October 2. Absentee voting is open in the borough and begins on September 17 in the cities. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update on Sunday, September 9: Brian Olson has announced he will no longer be pursuing a write-in campaign for District 1, on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. Olson: “The reason I chose to do a write-in campaign is because of the annexation vote on the resolution  that took place on Tuesday nights borough assembly meeting. My representative, Brent Hibbert, did not support the Mayor and Mr. Blakeley’s resolution. Mr. Hibbert has one of the largest districts affected by annexation and he’s out of touch with the people out here.”  Olson: “After further consideration, I have come to the conclusion that a write-in candidacy is not feasible at this time.  Therefore, I will no longer be pursuing a write-in campaign for Borough Assembly.”last_img read more