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Old 02-15-2012, 03:55 PM   #581
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:48 PM   #582
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Corps to decide on new .45-caliber pistol




The Marine Corps is closer to knowing who will manufacture its new .45-caliber M45 Close Quarters Battle Pistol, and could make a decision about the program’s future by spring, Marine officials said.

The semiautomatic weapon will be fielded to elite Marines in force reconnaissance and Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. The service could buy between 400 and 12,000 of them as part of a contract worth up to $22.5 million, officials have said. The current requirement is for about 4,000 pistols.

Officials with Marine Corps Systems Command, out of Quantico, Va., declined to characterize testing or identify which companies are competing for the contract. However, the Corps is in the final round of source selection, said Charles Clark III, head of weapons requirements at Marine Corps Combat Development Command, MARCORSYSCOM’s parent command. He declined further comment.


The new pistol is modeled after earlier versions of the 1911 pistol used since the 1980s by force recon units. Those weapons were called the MEU (SOC) pistol, short for Marine expeditionary unit (special operations capable). The precision weapons section at Quantico’s Weapons Training Battalion has hand-assembled 1911s chambered for .45-caliber Automatic Colt Pistol ammo for years.

MARSOC’s expansion complicated that process, however. The Corps’ special operations command has been growing steadily since it was activated in 2006, and force recon was brought back in 2008 after a two-year hiatus designed to help solidify MARSOC.

Now with force recon and MARSOC both using the weapon, there is greater demand, and the Corps is seeking an off-the-shelf option to meet it. Like older 1911s, the new pistol would fill the requirement for a weapon with more stopping power than the 9mm M9 common across the conventional forces. Special operators have paired .45-caliber pistols with other weapons for years, including the MP5, a 9mm submachine gun. MARSOC already fields existing MEU (SOC) pistols, Marine officials said.

Several companies submitted samples to the Corps in 2010 as part of the competition, but it is unclear who remains in contention. They included Colt Defense of Hartford, Conn., and Springfield Armory of Geneseo, Ill.

Colt tweaked its 01070RG rail gun pistol and sent 10 prototypes to Quantico in 2010, Colt officials said. Colt’s prototypes for the Corps have a desert-color Cercoat finish, eliminating glare on the weapon and making it less identifiable at distance. They’re equipped with a popular night sight made by Novak of Parkersburg, W.Va., mounted on a Picatinny rail.

Springfield Armory sent the Corps at least six copies of its PX9105ML pistol for evaluation, company officials said. The company calls it the Full-Sized MC Operator. It has a black slide with a green chassis. The Corps has bought Springfield Armory 1911 slides in the past to use on pistols assembled at Quantico.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:09 PM   #583
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Spokane soldier’s remains, missing since 1950, identified


The remains of Spokane soldier who went missing in 1950 in Korea have been identified, the Department of Defense said today.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard L. Harris was 23 when the 2nd Infantry Division was attacked by Chinese forces north of Kujang, North Korea on Nov. 26, 1950. Harris was reported missing in action on Nov. 30.

In 1953, when captured American soldiers were returned during Operation Big Switch, fellow soldiers reported that Harris had been captured and died on Jan. 22, 1951 from malnutrition. His remains were not returned.

The remains will be returned to the United States and buried in Kent, according to a Department of Defense press release.

Harris’ remains were found as part of a joint effort by the United States and the North Korean government to find and identify the remains of soldiers who went missing during the three-year conflict.

In 2005, a joint recovery team excavated a burial site in Unsan County, North Korea. The site correlated with the position of the 2nd Infantry Division in late November, 1950. The team recovered human remains, and submitted a total of 69 samples to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory for analysis, according to a Department of Defense press release.

Among forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the JPAC and AFDIL used dental records and mitochondrial DNA – which matched that of Harris’s cousins – in the identification of his remains.

Today, more than 7,900 Americans remain unaccounted-for from the Korean War. Identifications continue to be made from the remains that were returned to the United States, using forensic and DNA technology.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169.

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U.S. Navy jet crashes in Virginia; 2 pilots ejected, 9 taken to hospital


Nine people taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries; all but one have been released
Search for victims is about halfway complete
Pilots reportedly safe and conscious
Fuel dumped before crash likely avoided, "massive fireball"
Officials have confirmed that a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet jet has crashed in Virginia after taking off from U.S. Naval Air Station Oceana, with the two pilots believed to have ejected before impact.

U.S. Navy Captain Mark Weisgerber has confirmed that the jet suffered a "catastrophic mechanical malfunction," shortly after takeoff but has not released specifics of what may have caused the crash. Weisgerber said that both pilots are reportedly conscious and "doing well."

There are currently no reports of fatalities on the ground. Several photos have emerged from the crash, showing the wreckage and black smoke rising from nearby buildings. Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms has said that rescue crews have completed a search of two of the five buildings impacted by the crash.

Virginia Beach EMS division chief Bruce Nedelka said several witnesses saw the pilots dumping fuel from the jet before ejecting, which likely avoided a massive fireball and fire.

Yahoo News has made several calls to the Virginia Fire Department but has been unable to obtain an official statement. In an interview with CBS News, Tim Riley of the Virginia Beach Fire Department said:

"We are confirming that there is one aircraft from Oceana that has crashed into the apartment behind us. Both pilots were transported to a local hospital and both were conscious, that's all I'm going to report on that."

"In the apartment complex we do not have any confirmation yet of injuries. We are still in the stages of extinguishing the fire and we have to do some extensive searches in those buildings."

Riley said the department is working on an unified press release that will be issued to the public shortly.

Additional updates posted after the jump...


Virginia Department of Transportation traffic cameras showed black smoke rising from the Birdneck Road area of Virginia Beach at 12:30 p.m. local time, FoxNews reports.

MSNBC is reporting that a local witness told the network the jet crashed into a local two-story apartment building. They are also reporting that two individuals have been admitted to nearby Sentara Virginia Beach Hospital in connection with the crash, according to a public information officer at the facility. One of the individuals is reportedly one of the two pilots who ejected from the plane, while another is a civilian who is suffering from smoke inhalation.

"He was in shock and still strapped to his seat," Volunteer rescue squad member Pat Kavanaugh told CNN affiliate WTKR.

David Schleck of the Virginian Pilot tells MSNBC that several witnesses saw both parachutes descending in the air, with both parachutes being caught in buildings above ground. One of the pilots was reportedly still attached to his parachute, which was entangled with the burning apartment building. Schleck says a local neighborhood child was able to obtain a knife that was reportedly used to free the Navy pilot.
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House bill tightens controls over Dover remains


By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Apr 27, 2012 12:27:31 EDT

In reaction to the mishandling of remains by the Dover Air Force Base mortuary, a House subcommittee has approved legislation that requires a chain of custody for remains, from death to burial, so that a uniformed service member, not civilians, are responsible for making sure proper procedures are followed.

The provision, approved Thursday by the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on military personnel, is sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., a Marine Corps and Army veteran, who said he acted because mismanagement at the Dover Port Mortuary, Del., resulted in lost body parts, cremated remains dumped in a landfill and one incident where a Marine was dismembered to fit inside his uniform.

“I want to make sure that these abuses stop,” Coffman said.

His legislation, now part of the 2013 defense authorization bill, requires the defense secretary to develop a process where a uniformed service member is accountable for the remains of any service member who dies outside the U.S. This would require a military member to be responsible from the initial recovery of the remains, through the mortuary system until interment or until the remains are delivered to a designated family member or representative.

The chief reason Coffman wants to put responsibility and accountability onto uniformed military members is that none of the civilians found involved in mishandling of remains at Dover Air Force Base, where the mortuary is located, was prosecuted by the Justice Department for misconduct.

Military members, Coffman said, can be trusted to show respect for the remains and, if they don’t, can be prosecuted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
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Allen: Troops still face Afghan combat in 2013


Also, NATO officials say they have no plan for Syria intervention

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Posted : Monday May 21, 2012 9:59:23 EDT



CHICAGO — The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan says American troops will still be involved combat next year even as the U.S. officially shifts to a support role.

The U.S. and its NATO partners will move into a supporting role in 2013, with Afghan security forces taking the lead in fighting. But Gen. John Allen says that doesn’t mean U.S. forces won’t still see combat.

Allen says U.S. forces won’t fully disengage from combat until the end of 2014, the date NATO has set for ending the war.

U.S. officials describe next year’s shift to Afghan security lead as a “midway point” in the NATO drawdown. Officials say the Afghan forces will still be able to call on U.S. and other NATO troops to assist in their missions.

Also at the summit, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder said the alliance has no intention of intervening militarily to quell violence in Syria.

They said NATO continues to seek ways to pressure Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime so it abides by a peace plan brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan.

The Assad regime has continued shelling opposition centers, and an armed insurgency is targeting government installations.

U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the U.S. and its allies are assisting the Syrian opposition with diplomatic support and nonlethal aid.
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Number of Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command


Honoring those who paid the Ultimate sacrifice..Lest We Forget.

Navy Cmdr. Joel Del Mundo Tiu
October 12, 2012

Army Staff Sgt. Justin C. Marquez
October 6, 2012

Army Warrant Officer Joseph L. Schiro
October 6, 2012

Navy Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Milton W. Brown
October 4, 2012

Marine Sgt. Camella M. Steedley
October 3, 2012


Army Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson
October 2, 2012

Army Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV
October 1, 2012

Army Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison
October 1, 2012

Army Sgt. Donna R. Johnson
October 1, 2012

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3 dead, 90 wounded in Wardak suicide attack



By Deb Riechmann - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Nov 23, 2012



KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban suicide bomber detonated a truck full of explosives Friday in eastern Afghanistan, killing three Afghan civilians and wounding more than 90 people, including several Afghan and NATO troops, officials said.

The early morning explosion in Maidan Shahr, the capital of Wardak province, also destroyed or damaged several government offices and a local prison, said provincial spokesman Shahidullah Shahid.

The blast occurred in an area that is home to government offices, the provincial governor’s office, police headquarters, a prison and a coordination center used by international and Afghan security forces.

Shahid said two men and a woman were killed and 90 people — 75 men, 11 women and four children — were wounded.

U.S. Army Maj. Adam Wojack, a spokesman for the international military coalition, said a half-dozen NATO soldiers also received minor injuries in the explosion.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying in a statement to media that it was in response to the recent execution of four Taliban detainees at the Afghan government’s main detention center in Kabul.

The men were convicted and sentenced to death in Afghan courts for a variety of crimes, including murder, rape, kidnapping, robbery and cruelty against children. The Taliban condemned the hangings, saying the detainees were prisoners of war who were unjustly jailed.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said Afghan security troops and prisoners were among the wounded in the Wardak blast. Three prisoners tried to escape from the damaged prison, but were apprehended, he said.

“Unfortunately, it was a very bad explosion and many of our countrymen were injured,” he told reporters at a news conference in Kabul. “There was a lot of damage to infrastructure. The buildings that were around the blast were destroyed.”

Sediqi did not provide a number for the wounded Afghan troops. He said the government was sending a delegation, including the head of Afghan prisons, to Wardak, to investigate the attack.

The Taliban said the attack involved two suicide bombers and claimed it killed tens of Afghan and international troops. The militants often exaggerate the number of casualties caused in their attacks.

Afghan and international forces have been working to root out insurgents in Wardak, to keep them from moving north into the Afghan capital. The international forces are scheduled to turn over security responsibility to local troops by the end of 2014.

Separately, Sediqi said that police in Kabul had arrested two men with four explosive vests. He said the two, described as experts in making suicide vests, were planning to conduct an attack in Kabul on Saturday, which is the holy day of Ashoura in Afghanistan.

Last year on Ashoura, a suicide bomber on foot struck worshippers at a Shiite shrine in Kabul, killing at least 80 people. It was the country’s first major sectarian attack since the fall of the Taliban regime.

Ashoura, which is observed in the Muslim world either on Saturday or Sunday, commemorates the 7th century death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.
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Taliban attacks joint air base in Afghanistan



By Heidi Vogt and Rahim Faiez - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Dec 2, 2012 9:32:54 EST



KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban suicide bombers attacked a joint U.S.-Afghan air base in eastern Afghanistan early Sunday, detonating explosives at the gate and sparking a gunbattle that lasted at least two hours with American helicopters firing down on the militants.

The attackers and at least five Afghans were killed, officials said. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the assault.

It was the largest attack on the Jalalabad air base since February, when a suicide car bombing at the gate triggered an explosion that killed nine Afghans, six of them civilians.

In Sunday’s attack, two vehicles packed with explosives barreled toward the main gate of the base around 6 a.m. local time. The first vehicle, a four-wheel-drive car, blew up at the gate, said Hazrat Hussain Mashreqiwal, a spokesman for the provincial police chief. Guards started shooting at the second vehicle before it too exploded, he added. It was unclear whether the explosives were detonated by the attackers themselves or by shooting from the guards.

Two Afghan students from a private medical school were caught up in the attack and killed, as were three other Afghans working at the base, Mashreqiwal said. He did not know whether the base workers were private guards, members of the security forces or civilian employees.

Nine attackers took part in the assault in total, he said, three of whom were killed in the suicide blasts and another six gunmen who died in the ensuing fighting that lasted a few hours.

Maj. Martyn Crighton, a spokesman for the international military force in Afghanistan, said that helicopters “were deployed and used.”

The NATO military coalition described the attack as a failure.

“We can confirm insurgents, including multiple suicide bombers, attacked Jalalabad Airfield this morning. None of the attackers succeeded in breaching the perimeter,” Lt. Col. Hagen Messer, a spokesman for the international military coalition, said in an email.

He said that the fighting had ended by midmorning and that reports showed one member of the Afghan security forces was killed. Several foreign troops were wounded, but Messer did not give any numbers or details.

“The final assessment of what happened this morning is not yet complete, but initial reports indicate there were three suicide bombers,” Messer said.

In the south, meanwhile, a NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack, the international coalition said in a statement. It did not provide further details.
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Army nurse recalls captivity in World War II


SAN ANTONIO — On New Year’s Day 1942, the young American civilian nurse wandered through a dark, empty hospital, hours before Japanese forces invaded Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. No military members were left to raise the American flag or play “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

At sunrise, she walked alone on the road to her family’s home and an uncertain future as the sound of advancing enemy troops thundered in the distance.

San Antonio resident Dorothy Davis Thompson, now 96, captured that night and the terrifying days that followed in “The Road Back: A Pacific POW’s Liberation Story,” published in 1996 by Texas Tech University Press.

Her tale of survival during World War II as one of 3,000 allied civilians held at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp became a lesson for her children: Jack Thompson Jr., 62; Margie Camp, 60; and Peggy McCray, 56. While growing up on the East Side, it taught them that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

“We just called it mom’s story,” McCray said. “It was a little daunting knowing what she went through.”

Her mother was one of the 16 million men and women who served in uniform during World War II.


These days, Thompson’s memories as an internee with her parents, Alfred and Marjorie, and older sister Eva have become hazy. Now her husband, Jack, and her children keep her story alive.

She was born in Shanghai, where her father was a businessman and her grandparents had been missionaries.

After the Japanese invaded China, her family moved to Manila. She worked as a civilian nurse at Steinberg General Hospital. Her fiancé, Lt. Don Childers, was killed before the end of the war when a U.S. Navy ship torpedoed the Japanese ship where he was held captive.

The Japanese interned U.S. and European civilians at the University of Santo Tomas, a 48-acre campus guarded by armed soldiers. Women and children lived in the main building, 25 to 45 per classroom, sleeping on bug-infested floors. Men lived in the gymnasium and the education building. Thompson helped set up a 60-bed clinic in an engineering building where she cared for patients around the clock with little or no sleep.

“Most of the internees were reasonably middle-class people who had been living a real nice life in Manila,” said Jack Thompson, 93. “Now they had nothing.”

Breakfast was a watery mix of wheat or rice. After four months at the camp, Thompson’s weight dropped from 132 pounds to 108 — most internees dropped an average of 30 to 50 pounds.

In late 1943, her health took a downward turn after a recurrence of the rheumatic fever she’d had at nursing school. The Japanese chose Thompson as one of four internees for a prisoner exchange, and because of her illness, her mother accompanied her. On the voyage to New York City aboard the Swedish passenger ship Gripsholm, she vowed to find a way back to her father and sister.

On Jan. 20, 1944, she was sworn in as a second lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps and headed back to the Philippines. U.S. forces liberated the campus Feb. 3, 1945. Days later, Thompson’s unit joined U.S. forces that made their way to the camp.

As word spread of her return, a voice on a loudspeaker called for her father and sister to report to the front of the main building. Minutes later, Thompson was wrapped in her father’s embrace.

The Army awarded Thompson the Bronze Star. She was assigned to Fort McKinley on the outskirts of Manila, where her parents lived, and Lt. Jack Thompson was stationed nearby. She began spending her free time with him, and within weeks they were married.

Later that year, her husband was assigned to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. She was discharged from the Army as a captain and worked for several years at Brooke Army Medical Center. In 1961, she was hired at the Nix Hospital as head nurse of the OB/GYN unit. She retired in the mid-1980s as director of nurses at Methodist Hospital. The couple joined the local American ex-POW Association chapter and often gave presentations to regional veteran groups.

In March 2008, McCray traveled to the Philippines with her brother, his son and the son’s fiancée, whose family lived in Manila.

They visited the University of Santo Tomas, where administrators were thrilled to greet children of a former internee. They walked inside the building where their mother had cared for the sick. Military reports estimated that 456 internees died at the camp and almost 4,000 suffered from severe malnutrition and medical issues.

McCray said the visit brought her mother’s ordeal to life.

“It was a little overwhelming,” McCray said. “It was humbling to recognize what had happened and how many people had died. To see the reality of how they lived was difficult.”
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5 ISAF troops killed in Afghanistan helo crash

A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan killed five service members with international security forces on Monday, according to an ISAF Joint Command statement.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. There was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the incident, the statement said.

The names of the casualties and their nationalities were not released.

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Japan, U.S. mark anniversary of Iwo Jima battle

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Posted : Wednesday Mar 13, 2013 7:42:19 EDT



TOKYO — Japan and the U.S. are marking the 68th anniversary one of the most iconic battles of World War II on the tiny island of Iwo Jima.

Representatives of the Japanese soldiers who died, government officials and a handful of U.S. veterans gathered Wednesday on the island to remember the battle that began Feb. 19, 1945, and officially ended when the volcanic crag was declared secure by the U.S. on March 26, 1945.

The fighting claimed 6,821 American and 21,570 Japanese lives. About 12,000 Japanese and 218 Americans are still classified as missing in action.

The island, 700 miles (1,100 kilometers) south of Tokyo, is now uninhabited except for a small Japanese military outpost. It is now known in Japan as Ioto.
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US Marines extend K-MAX unmanned helicopter's use in Afghanistan

(Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps has extended indefinitely its use of two unmanned K-MAX heavy lift helicopters in Afghanistan, a Navy spokeswoman said, noting the aircraft kept re-supply trucks off the road and reduced the threat of roadside bombs.

The Marine Corps sent the new autonomous helicopters, which were developed by Lockheed Martin Corp and privately-held Kaman Aerospace, to Afghanistan in November 2011 for an initial, limited deployment, but has extended their use several times.

Now, Naval Air Systems Command has decided to continue using the aircraft indefinitely, said Jamie Cosgrove, a spokeswoman for the Navy command, which also oversees Marine Corps aircraft.

She said there were no current plans to buy more K-MAX helicopters, but the two aircraft in Afghanistan would remain there "until otherwise directed."

Dan Schultz, vice president of Lockheed's Aviation Systems business, said the two K-MAX helicopters had flown more than 1,000 missions in Afghanistan and hauled more than 3 million pounds of cargo that would have otherwise been transported by trucks, which are vulnerable to roadside bomb attacks.

K-MAX was "saving lives by reducing Marines' exposure to improvised explosive devices on cargo convoys," he said in a statement to Reuters.

First developed to meet a "joint urgent operational need statement" issued by the U.S. military in 2010, K-MAX can fly autonomously over large distances, and at higher altitudes with a larger payload than any other rotary wing unmanned aerial system, according to Lockheed. It can accurately deliver cargo as large as a compact car.

Unlike the popular Predator drones, which are remotely piloted, K-MAX helicopters follow a pre-programmed route using Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates, and require human intervention only to get started.

The helicopters can also fly during bad weather, at night, and in the rain. Last year Lockheed said the helicopters also required two hours fewer maintenance per flight hour, which makes them cheaper to operate.

Popular Science magazine in November named the unmanned K-MAX helicopter to its "Best of What's New" list.

Cosgrove said Marine Corps officials were now assessing how to use the helicopters after this deployment.

One senior Marine Corps official said the helicopter was proving useful, but its "niche" in future Marine Corps aviation plans was not yet clear.

U.S. forces are due to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014.
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The People Behind The Sacrifice


At a Glance

Listed below are the most current statistics according to our database.
*These statistics may not reflect exact figures.



Deaths by Branch
Air Force: 152
Army: 4831
Coast Guard: 1
Marine Corps: 1464
Navy: 225

Deaths by Age
18-22: 2427
23-28: 2341
28-35: 1388
35-45: 779
45+: 144

Deaths by conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom: 2203
Operation Iraqi Freedom: 4403
Operation New Dawn: 67


Total: 6673
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