On The Home Front – July 2, 2019

(dramatic music) – Thanks for joining us
for CBN’s On The Homefront where we highlight
what the men and women of America’s military do
to defend our country. I’m Mark Martin. The USNS Comfort celebrates
her seventh deployment as part of U.S. Southern
Command’s Enduring Promise. The medical mission ship
provides care and friendship for partner nations
in the Americas. During the five-month
humanitarian tour, the ship will conduct
port calls to 12 nations. (dramatic music) – [Narrator] When the great
white ship, USNS Comfort comes into view, people
throughout the Americas know that hope and
healing are on the way. Some will receive procedures
to restore their sight after years of blindness,
others will receive dental care, medications, or life
changing surgery not available in
remote locations. Whatever the service,
USNS Comfort and her team of medical professionals convey U.S. Southern
Command’s Enduring Promise of care and friendship for
partner nations in the Americas. This year, Comfort celebrates
her seventh deployment to the region. During the five-month
humanitarian tour, the ship will conduct working
port calls to 12 nations including Colombia, Costa
Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti,
Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Comfort medical teams will work alongside medical professionals
from partner nations. Many of these countries
are absorbing vast numbers of Venezuelan migrants
fleeing the collapse of economic and healthcare
systems in their homeland. According to U.S. Navy
Admiral Craig Faller, Commander of U.S.
Southern Command the U.S. is committed to
support the Venezuelan people and their regional
partners who share the goal of seeing a legitimate
democratic government reinstated in Venezuela. The 2019 Comfort
deployment demonstrates what can be accomplished
when partners work together to help people in need. This humanitarian
effort reflects the
United States promise of friendship,
partnership, and solidarity with the people of the Americas. USNS Comfort, an
enduring promise and a partnership in
care for the Americas. – America’s military
doesn’t just provide care for other nations, overseas
in Italy service members are participating in
exercise Astral Knight The four-day joint
multi-nation exercise is focused on building teamwork. (dramatic instrumental music) – Astral Knight
participation really speaks to the interoperability
in this theater to work with our allies
and F-35 partners to be a better warfighting team. So the goal for us and
the participating nations is to really see
how to interoperate with the F-35 or fourth
generation assets in the air and on the ground. We demonstrate our ability
to deploy and fight where we’re needed to
work with our allies. – Being out there, really
the feeling for me is when I show up to the jet and
I see the maintenance team having this jet ready
to go, working all night to get it ready and be
able to fly and participate in this exercise and
then finding out there to go do it, it is truly
an amazing feeling. – Bringing together
multiple nations for an exercise of this
size and scope is crucial to fostering those
relationships and partnerships. We aim to enhance command
and control integration, coordination and
interoperability of air, land, and
sea capabilities and overlapping operations into the Integrated Air
Missile Defense architecture. – And in Poland,
soldiers are at work learning to enhance their skills to better defend
America and its allies. The Tobruq Legacy
2019 includes members from the 174th Air Defense
Artillery Regiment. The exercise is a multinational
air defense training program held yearly, take a look. – So today is the live fire
exercise for Tobruq Legacy 2019. It’s the culmination of
a preparatory period, a live exercise and now
with the combined live fire between ourselves and about
a dozen other nations. Our battery has participated
in Tobruq Legacy throughout as one of the
participating countries and then today we executed
a sting of live fire. We’ve completed our
day live fire thus far and we have a night live
fire going on this evening. We as a battery in
a matter of a week were able to integrate
fully with our allies and provide lethal fires to
defend friendly air space. And we can do it
without prior planning, we can do it without having
to stumble our way through it. We can show up lethally
and then effectively defending our
friendly air space. – I was one of the gunners
with soldier Corporal Malk. We did a simultaneous
fire as in two Outlaws were out there at
once and we both fired at both of them
at the same time. I’d say it’s pretty cool, I mean it’s an
active flying target so even when I was a
tanker the best thing we had as things to shoot at
was just a moving square box so having something actually
flying around in the air that you have to track
and engage is a lot
better than that. – Today’s exercise was
firing with the ETAC MANPADS which is man-portable
air-defense system. That’s a new piece of equipment
that allows the gunner to see the tracks from the radar and also a thermal
site for the Outlaw. It is really cool to be part
of a unit with leadership and soldiers that wanna be part
of the kind of the frontier of where the air
defense is going. – Kill
– Oh yeah! (cheers) – After the break
how up-and-coming
innovative technology plays a role in the advancement
of America’s military. We’re gonna show you next.
(dramatic instrumental music) – Welcome back to
On The Homefront. The United States Army
Operational Test Command known as OTC has
been a vital asset to the American war fighter
for the past 50 years and they continue to work to
advance America’s military. (dramatic music) – [Narrator] The United States
Army Operational Test Command known as OTC has
been a vital asset to the American war fighter
for the past 50 years. Mandated by law under
title 10 of the U.S. Code section 139, OTC’s mission is to conduct independent
operational tests, new and emerging technologies that will improve a typical
soldier’s capability on the modern day battlefield. OTC accomplishes this mission
by utilizing real soldiers, conducting realistic missions
in real world scenarios under representative
threats from independent and determined adversaries all within a representative
battlefield environment. OTC is the final check. Averaging 50 major
test events a year, OTC plays a pivotal role in
the Army’s acquisition process by testing every
item or key component of weapons, equipment
or munitions systems fielded by U.S. soldiers. The main concern
being effectiveness, suitability and survivability. This data is collected
and passed onto evaluators who then inform decision makers on which systems are best
suited to ensure supremacy on the battlefield. OTC’s most valuable
asset is it’s people. Led by a brigadier
general, OTC is comprised of over 600 military
and civilian personnel. These people occupy 60
facilities in four states. They conduct Army and
joint service tests and experiments throughout
the US and the world. The Operational Test Command’s
most valuable strength is it’s ability to enable. OTC enables decision
makers at the highest level to plan ahead and map
out the Army’s future. OTC enables readiness today
and on future battlefields. OTC’s experienced personnel
enables the fielding of emerging technology
in a unique, fluid and comprehensive way. This is achieved by
utilizing new locations, new units, and new TTPs. OTC enables participating
units to train and develop their soldiers
who gain real world experience in realistic operational
environments. OTC’s highest priority
is the soldier, our sons, our daughters,
they judge OTC’s efforts with their mission
accomplishment and
more importantly with their lives. This is a sacred trust which
will not be compromised. For 50 years OTC has
operated under the paradigm of professionalism, dignity,
and respect for all. They will continue this legacy into the battlefields
of tomorrow. Army strong, truth in testing. (dramatic music) – Commander of Air Education
and Training Command, Lieutenant General Steven Kwast says America has great
potential to be innovative using current and
emerging technologies. – [Steven] When I take a look
at the technologies of our age that are on the table right now with space, cyber,
super computing, (calm instrumental music) nano technologies,
they have attributes that are networked in nature. And so they have the ability
to have the speed and lethality but have we really given the
people the time and the money and the freedom to
tinker and explore to see how it’d be best used? What is the next
thing that helps us have a competitive advantage
over our adversaries? If you’re an American
you live in a culture that has the most potential
of being innovative than any other culture
on planet Earth. This hunger, this independence,
this almost maverick spirit within America’s culture
is a game changer in our ability to reinvent
ourselves when we need to. – Coming up, a look at
what military firefighters experience every day and
why they love fighting for their country. – Welcome back. American military
firefighters in England work hard every
day with training even between training
and during everyday life. Here’s a look at a
day in their lives. – Somebody’s life could
be hanging in the balance so it’s very important
that we actually get there to have the capability to provide the support
that they need. So we support the mission by providing fire
protection services to everyone on base that ranges from fire protection
to medical emergencies to the structural
side and the aircraft. So generally we have about 13 through 16 people
on shift daily. We man six different trucks
that are able to respond to a variety of emergencies
from structural fires to medical emergencies,
aircraft emergencies, motor vehicle accidents,
the list goes on. Teamwork is honestly paramount
in this career field. It’s, if you don’t have
a good crew behind you, you have to trust the
people when you are going into a burning
building or something that’s potentially
life threatening. So if you don’t trust the
guys that are behind you or the person who’s outside
that’s supposed to be getting water while you’re
in a burning building it’s very, very dangerous. So it requires everybody
to be on the same page from training to actual
operations in the field. The average workday
starts off at 07:25 with roll call, then from
there we wind up going into daily details
where we complete all the station cleaning. From there the guys are
down where they’re able to work on CBCs, CBTs,
and personal things and that covers until
the next stage 07:25 when the next shift comes on. My favorite part of
the job is being able to help somebody
on their worst day. When somebody needs
somebody there immediately, we’re the people they call
and I’m able to help them and I think it’s
extremely rewarding. (metal slamming on door) So obviously with the
nature of our jobs you can face life
or death scenarios, it’s very nerve
racking sometimes. We tend to cope with it
and just do a lot of humor and we have a great support
system in the fire department and I know myself
as well as my guys could reach out to anybody
at any time if need be to get any help or just
share what’s going on. I’ve said this is one of the
best group of firefighters that I’ve worked with
in a very long time. I think myself and
the assistant chief run a very well oiled machine and I couldn’t ask
for a better team. – Don’t go anywhere, we’ll be
back right after the break. ♪ Joy – Thanks for staying with us. Last year, the
Defense Department launched a new initiative called This is Your Military
to highlight the work of service members. The initiative also has
the goal of debunking myths about military service
and increasing awareness among the American people. Using the #KnowYourMil, the
DOD is sharing personal stories to inspire others. And one story to learn
more about our soldiers, Major Dat Nguyen talks about
an escape from Vietnam. Here’s that story. (somber instrumental music) – You just came from a country
where you had no future and now you get to go to what most people consider the
greatest country in the world. That’s like a second
chance at life so to speak. My name is Major Dat Nguyen, I work at AFRICOM as
an operation analyst in the J8 Directorate. So for me growing up in Vietnam, I was still a child
at this point. I remember bits and
pieces and what the adults would tell me later on. The conflict ended in 1975. Before the conflict our family
was part of the old south, and so when the communists
won the conflict anybody who had ties
to the old south was pretty much blacklisted. It came to a point where
my relatives decided this is not how we
want to continue. There’s no future
for us in Vietnam and we started looking
for ways to escape. So we escaped by boat, we
all loaded onto the boat at midnight, you
know, pitch dark. (soft guitar music) Imagine you have a boat
the size 2.2 meters wide 1.2 meter high and
about 15 meters long. Not a big boat, this is
like a fishing troller. And then now imagine
squeezing in 149 people on that little boat and we
spent three days and four nights at sea but luckily for
us we ran to an oil rig and they directed us to Malaysia and that’s where ended up. Most of the refugees were
chosen to go to United States because of the ties from
the Vietnam conflict. (dramatic music) Since I’ve been in the United
States I have been given an opportunity to go
to school for free and to go to West
Point where I received all these great
trainings to be leaders. And I think this is one
way that I look at it as giving back to
the United States for the opportunities that
the country has given me. Every day when I put on
the uniform I consider it a privilege to serve,
and for me the country, the United States gave
me the second chance, make something of myself. Had I been stuck in
Vietnam I don’t know what would happen to me. You know the American
dream, right, people say that a lot and I
really truly, believe in that, and I think our family is a living embodiment
of that aspect. For us, America is still
an amazing country. We are truly grateful
for this nation. – That’s all for today
but you can find more of our exclusive news
coverage at cbnnews.com. Hope you’ll join us next
time, have a great day.

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