Military Connection: Airstrikes Against Islamic State Continue in 2015

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The U.S. military and its partner-nation allies have continued airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. As part of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, the mission has been designed to eliminate the Islamic State terrorist group, and the threat they pose to Iraq and the wider international community.

President Obama authorized the use of airstrikes against the Islamic State beginning on August 8, 2014. Since then, the U.S. has been joined by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in airstrikes in Iraq. Joining the U.S. in airstrikes over Syria are Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The airstrikes have wreaked havoc on the Islamic State.

U.S. Central Command recently released data on the airstrikes. Through January 7, 2015, a total of 1,676 coalition air strikes were conducted against various elements of Islamic State, hitting more than 3,200 targets.

The targets damaged or destroyed included: 980 buildings, 673 infantry fighting positions, 259 oil infrastructure sites, 394 miscellaneous vehicles, 303 technical vehicles, 184 Humvees, 92 checkpoints, 79 artillery/anti-aircraft units, 58 tanks, 52 bunkers, 41 staging areas, 26 armored personnel Vehicles, 23 stockpiles, 17 guard shacks, 16 command posts, 14 boats, and 11 improvised explosive device (IED) positions.

The bulk of the vehicles and weaponry, including armored personnel carriers and Humvees, were originally U.S. military property. The equipment was originally sold to Iraq’s government to be used by their security forces, but were captured or otherwise pilfered by the Islamic State.  The boats were reportedly used by the Islamic state to ferry personnel and weaponry across the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in Iraq.

Even since this list was disseminated, coalition airstrikes have continued against the Islamic State in Iraq and in Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Seven strikes targeted Islamic State forces in Iraq, destroying five tactical units, two vehicles, a vehicle-born bomb, and a checkpoint. Six strikes targeted Islamic State forces in Syria, destroyed four fighting positions, hit two more fighting positions and a staging area, as well as five Islamic State-controlled crude oil well heads and four crude oil pumps.

While technically not at “war,” American and allied-nation’s pilots are putting themselves in harm’s way each and every time they engage the enemy in airstrikes against the Islamic State. It has been estimated that an average of eleven airstrikes a day have been conducted so far, as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

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Military Connection: Airstrikes Against Islamic State Continue in 2015: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: VA Report Show Progress & Room to Improve

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The stated goal of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to help Veterans succeed in every aspect of their lives. The only way to measure success for any particular group is by comparing and contrasting specified data against that of another group. In an attempt to gauge the current level of success Veterans are having in regards to employment and the VA programs that are geared to assist them, the VA recently published the findings of its 2015 Veteran Economic Opportunity Report.

The report reflects data covering the large spectrum of the VA’s mission to provide transitioning Veterans with the ability to compete and remain relevant in a changing economy. The VA refers to this as Veterans’ “economic competiveness” and encompasses nearly all aspects of Veteran employment, including earnings, independent living, housing, and educational accomplishment.

Over the years, and increasingly so in the years since September 11, 2001, many executive orders, legislative changes, government policies and programs have been implemented to improve the economic competitiveness of Veterans. The purpose of the report is to identify which of these federal initiatives are effective, in an attempt to form future strategies for optimizing service for Veterans.

Among the report’s key findings:

·         Even though national unemployment rates have declined, approximately 53% of separating Post-9/11 Veterans will face a period of unemployment.

·         95% of Veterans will find employment before using their full unemployment benefits

·         Post-9/11 Veterans are averaging 11% higher median earnings than their non-Veteran peers.

·         Female Veterans are averaging 14% higher median earnings than their non-Veteran peers.

·         1.8 million claimants applied for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

·         Veterans under the age of 25 make up 58% of the Post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiaries.

·         8% of Veterans transfer their GI Bill benefits to a dependent.

·         Female Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill have a 10% higher completion rate than males.

·         Female Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill have a 5% higher completion rate than female students in the general population.

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the ArmyNavyAir ForceMarinesCoast Guard,Guard and ReserveVeterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Boardinformation on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: VA Report Show Progress & Room to Improve: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: ESGR Still Accepting Freedom Award Nominations:

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As MilitaryConnection.com reported on our November 17, 2014 blog, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Freedom Awards.

The Freedom Awardthe nation’s highest honor given to civilian employers, is awarded to 15 employers in recognition of their efforts in support of their National Guard and Reserves employees. The award is presented by the ESGR, an office of the Department of Defense (DOD). The ESGR determines the employers most deserving of the prestigious award via nominations made by current members of the Guard and Reserves.

Freedom Award recipients are chosen by a national selection board, comprised of senior defense officials and business leaders. Each year, a Freedom Award ceremony is held in Washington, D.C. to present the awards to deserving employers.

Members of the Guard and Reserve make up nearly half of our nation’s military force. These service members are citizen-soldiers who provide essential services to maintain national security and conduct humanitarian efforts at home and abroad. The cooperation of their employers eases the burden of sacrifice on service members, and helps keep our military prepared and our nation protected.

The ESGR is asking for members of the Guard or Reserves, and their family members acting on the service member’s behalf, to submit nominations for employers deserving of the 2015 Freedom Award. Nominations for employers cover all industries, functions and sizes, as long as they are the service member’s current employer.

Nominations will be accepted at www.FreedomAward.mil through January 19, 2015.

MilitaryConnection.com is a “Top 100” employment website, and as such we want to be sure that the wonderful employers who go above and beyond in their efforts to support the members of the Guard and Reserves receive recognition. Military Connection is a long-time supporter of the ESGR and often facilitate Signings of Support for Employers.

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Military Connection: ESGR Still Accepting Freedom Award Nominations: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Did Petraeus Betray his Office?

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On Friday, January 9, 2015, a news story broke saying that federal prosecutors would be recommending criminal charges be brought up against retired Army General David Petraeus for allegedly passing classified information to his former mistress, Paula Broadwell.

At the time of the four-star general’s retirement in August 2011, Gen. Petraeus was arguably the most recognizable individual in the U.S. military. In 2003, as a major general, Petraeus commanded the 101st Airborne in Iraq. In 2004, Petraeus was promoted to lieutenant general, and named the first commander of the Multinational Security Transition Command in Iraq. In 2007, he was promoted to general, and became the head of all coalition forces in Iraq when he was made commander of the Multi-National Force Iraq (MNI).  As he was in the process of retiring from the Army, Petraeus was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the position of Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2011. In November 2012, Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA when his affair with Broadwell became known.

Broadwell was the principle biographer for Petraeus’ autobiography, titled All In. The two engaged in an affair for several months, which reportedly ended in the summer of 2012. Shortly thereafter, Broadwell allegedly began sending anonymous threatening emails to Petraeus’ family friend, Jill Kelley. Kelley reportedly alerted the FBI when the emails began threatening her family. The FBI linked the emails to Broadwell, exposing her affair with Petraeus.

Now, more than two years after his resignation as director of the CIA, the FBI and Justice Department prosecutors are accusing Petraeus of providing classified information to Broadwell during the course of their relationship. They are recommending that felony charges be brought against the former military leader.

The new accusations are derived from an investigation focusing on Petraeus’ affair with Broadwell, and whether or not the retired general ever provided her with classified information while he was head of the CIA. It has been reported that FBI investigators found classified documents on Broadwell’s computer.

The findings coincided with President Obama’s statement, at the time Petraeus tendered his resignation, that there was no evidence that Petraeus had disclosed information that would endanger national security. But the findings did reportedly uncover evidence of a possible breach in security from one of our country’s most crucial intelligence positions. Officials at the justice department contend that many other individuals in much lower profile positions have been prosecuted for less.

The decision on whether or not to prosecute is now up to Attorney General Eric Holder, who was expected to make a decision on this matter by the close of 2014. Holder has already tendered his resignation from his office pending confirmation of his successor. Holder is keeping his cards close to the vest on the matter, not revealing his intentions on the matter, if any.

What is your opinion on the matter? Should Petraeus be brought up on felony charges? Did Petraeus betray his office and country? Or are politics playing too big of a factor in this situation?

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Military Connection: Did Petraeus Betray his Office? By Debbie Gregory

 

Military Connection: Veterans Job Fair in West LA: By Debbie Gregory

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Part of having a successful career is loving what you do. Part of loving your job is finding satisfaction in the work that you do. Many Veterans, as well as civilians, are finding great satisfaction and successful careers working with Veterans. The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) is paving the way to a career you are bound to love.

On Wednesday January 21, 2015, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., CalVet will be hosting a job fair at their West Los Angeles Veterans Home, located at 11500 Nimitz Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90049 (at Wilshire Blvd. and the 405 freeway).

CalVet is hosting the job fair to fill immediate openings at their West Los Angeles Veterans Home. The home is rolling it out its new Skilled Nursing Unit, and is looking for applicants to fill the following positions:

  • 27 Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs)
  • 11 Nurses
  • Activities coordinator
  • Social worker
  • Nursing supervisor
  • Clerical, food service, custodial, and numerous other clinical positions.

“We’re looking for compassionate individuals who care about our Veterans,” said Tom Bucci, the Administrator of CalVet’s West Los Angeles Veterans Home. “Our goal is filling our beds in our home, as soon as we hire the professional and caring staff we need.”

At the CalVet Job Fair in Los Angeles, applicants will have a one-stop opportunity to apply for CalVet openings. There will also be an opportunity to speak with CalVet’s human resources staff regarding how to get a state job, and how to schedule and take any necessary exams.

Any Veteran, Veteran spouse, widowed spouse, or spouse of a 100-percent disabled Veteran who achieves a passing score on an entrance examination will be eligible to apply for employment within that job classification.

Veterans’ preference can be used to give eligible Veterans preference in appointment over many other applicants. For more information about Veterans’ preference, please go to: https://jobs.ca.gov/job/veteransinformation.

CalVet has openings at all eight of their long-term care homes. This Los Angeles job fair is the first of several hiring events to help employ nurses, therapists and other clinical staff in high demand at all of the CalVet homes, which are located in Barstow, Chula Vista, Fresno, Lancaster, Redding, Ventura, and Yountville.

To learn more about CalVet exams and jobs, and the Los Angeles job fair on January 21, 2015, please visit: www.calvet.ca.gov/jobs

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Military Connection: Veterans Job Fair in West LA: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: House Passes Vet-friendly Bill: By Debbie Gregory

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By Debbie Gregory

On January 6, 2015, the new Congress’ first day of conducting business, the House unanimously approved legislation that will make it more advantageous for smaller companies to  hire military Veterans.

The Hire More Heroes Act of 2015, H.R. 22, was passed by a vote of 412-0. It is believed to be the first of many bills aimed at altering President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The health care measure, commonly referred to as “Obama Care” is currently phasing in a requirement that obligates companies with more than 50 full-time employees to provide medical coverage for its workers.

The House bill that was passed this week would create an exemption in that obligation for Veterans who are already receiving healthcare from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or the military.

H.R. 22 was sponsored by Representative Rodney Davis from Illinois’ 13th District, and passed on the same day that the congressman was sworn in for his second term.

Supporters of the Hire More Heroes Act of 2015 believe that the measure will encourage employers to hire more Veterans. Reducing the Veteran unemployment rate has been a goal consistently pursued by both parties and in both houses of Congress. Bi-partisan legislation, which promote incentives to employers who hire Veterans, is a major reason why the unemployment rate for Veterans has seen a major decrease, even over the past year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) monthly report, the unemployment rate for all Veteran ages 18 and older has fallen from 6.7% in November, 2013 to 4.3% in November, 2014. But even more impressive is the improvements made to the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan War-era Veterans, who in the BLS report are referred to as “Gulf War II Veterans.” This demographic saw an unemployment rate of 9.9% in November, 2013 and was down to 5.7%  in November, 2014.

For years, the Gulf War II Veteran unemployment rate was well above the non-Veteran unemployment rate. With years of Veteran-friendly bi-partisan legislation, the unemployment rate for our most current generation of Veterans is within striking distance of the non-Veteran rate, which was at 5.5% for November 2015. This was just 0.02% less than the Gulf War II unemployment rate.

Similar legislation passed the House last year by a vote 406-1, but went nowhere in the Senate. Senator Roy Blunt from Missouri has introduced the same legislation in the Senate, and there is optimism that this Senate will approve the Hire More Heroes Act of 2015. In a written statement from the White House, the Obama administration said that it backed the measure, admitting that the bill supports “commonsense improvements” to the Affordable Care Act.

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Military Connection: House Passes Vet-friendly Bill: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Reserve Organization Seeks Next California Leader

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By Joe Silva

Those who serve in the National Guard and Reserves are essential members of our nation’s military, and California’s communities and economy as well. Supporting our National Guard and Reserve personnel is crucial to these patriots’ successes in their military and civilian careers.

For over 40 years, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) has been advocating for and supporting Reserve component members. They are now looking to fill the position of California State Chairman.

MilitaryConnection.com is proud to join forces with the CA ESGR to assist their great works. “We offer pro-bono advertising for ESGR news and events, and look forward to assisting the ESGR fill this open position,” said Military Connection CEO Debbie Gregory.  She continued, “The ESGR State Chairman is a volunteer position that comes with a lot of responsibility, and requires someone with experience, compassion and an understanding of the importance of National Guard and Reserve missions.”

State Chairs are responsible for all aspects of ESGR operations within their state. Chairs direct, organized, motivate, supervise and lead other ESGR members from various backgrounds and abilities. They are also responsible for developing and executing their state’s annual spending and budget, in conjunction with staff. The State Chair is California’s representative to the National ESGR and the Department of Defense, and is considered an employee of the DOD while on ESGR missions.

In this prestigious position, the ESGR State Chair meets with other ESGR members and leaders, as well as business and industry leaders, CEO’s, mayors, city and county elected officials, state and federal congressional representatives and governors.

California’s Chair is responsible for the largest ESGR committee in the country, numbering 178 volunteers and nine staff members, who are collectively responsible for supporting 59,000 National Guard and Reservists, and working with approximately 15,000 employers.

The ESGR is looking for demonstrated leader, who has the availability and dedication to devote to executing ESGR missions and business. The ideal candidate will be a great communicator, with stellar organizational and delegation skill, as well as experience with volunteer organizations.

To apply for the volunteer position, applicants should submit their biography or résumé  via email to patrickk@cableone.net by January 30, 2015. Applicants may also submit, for review, letters containing their willingness to accept the position, reasons for wanting the position, and ideas for running California’s ESGR. Questions regarding the position should be directed to the same email address.

Gregory said, “Military Connection proudly supports the ESGR and their mission throughout the nation.  In my home state of California, we anxiously await the new state leader.”

The volunteer State Chair position is appointed for three years. The term that ESGR is currently looking to appoint will run from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2018.

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: Reserve Organization Seeks Next California Leader: By Joe Silva

Military Connection: VA Security Flaw Woes: By Debbie Gregory

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By Debbie Gregory

In this age of digital records and online applications, there is much to be gained by using the internet to conduct business, including time and efficiency. In recent years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented programs to that end, including  MyHealtheVet system and the eBenefits system. While web-based systems are improving the speed and quality of claims processing and record keeping capabilities, there is a huge risk when transferring personal information electronically. One of these risks pertains to identity theft.

In late 2014, the VA sustained a data breach, putting 7,050 Veterans at risk of identity theft.

According to the VA, over 690,000 Veterans took advantage of the My Health eVet system in 2014. The VA believes that a potential flaw in one of its telehealth services patient databases, managed by one of its vendors, may have exposed personal information of Veterans. The contractor alerted VA of the alert in early November.

At that time, the VA launched an investigation and ordered security scans to be conducted. The results of the investigation confirmed the flaw. However, the vendor has assured the VA that the information was only accessed by their staff and VA personnel. The flaw was corrected and the program has been closely monitored ever since. The VA didn’t name the contractor involved.

The type of security flaw was one that could have exposed Veterans’ personal data, including name, address, date of birth, email address, phone number and VA patient identification number.

The VA has not taken the protection of Veterans’ personal information lightly. Since the flaw was found, all 7,054 at-risk Veterans have been notified and offered credit protection services.

This latest security concern adds to a plethora of concerns that the VA is already dealing with, including its backlog, patient wait-times, and the lingering distrust from the scandals of 2014. Even though this was a contractor database, and not one run by the department, in spite of  the fact that the VA handled the situation correctly once they were made aware, the potential flaw puts Veterans at continued risk and keeps the VA in hot water.

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: VA Security Flaw Woes: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Airstrike Operations Continue: By Debbie Gregory

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By Debbie Gregory

On January 3, 2015, the U.S. and its partner-nation allies conducted six airstrikes against the Islamic State terrorists in Syria, and one airstrike in Iraq, as part of ongoing efforts of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.

Operation Inherent Resolve is intended to eliminate the Islamic State terrorist group (also called ISIS and ISIL) and the threat they pose to Iraq, the Middle East, and the world. The destruction of Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria hinder the terrorist group’s ability to project terror and conduct further operations and expansion.

The U.S.’s partner-nation allies conducting airstrikes in Syria include: Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The U.S.’s partner-nation allies conducting airstrikes in Iraq include: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The six airstrikes in Syria were located near Kobani, in the northern region of the country. The strikes hit three Islamic State fighting positions, two staging areas, four building occupied by the terrorist group, three Islamic State Vehicles and one tactical unit.

The single airstrike in Iraq hit an Islamic State tactical unit near Mosul.

Airstrikes have proven effective at taking out targets in Iraq and Syria, as well as in other parts of the world.

On December 29, 2014, the U.S. conducted an airstrike in Somalia, near the town of Saakow. This airstrike was carried out using an unmanned aircraft (commonly called a drone), much like the September 1, 2014, drone-strike that killed Ahmed Abdi Godane, leader of the Somalian terrorist group al-Shabab.

The day after the attack, the Somalian government announced that the drone strike had killed the head of intelligence and security for al-Shabab, Tahlili Abdishakur. On December 31st, the Pentagon confirmed the action, saying that Abdishakur’s death would impact the terrorist group’s ability to conduct attacks against the Somali government and its people, as well as U.S. allies in the region.

Airstrikes from both manned and unmanned vehicles are effective at combating large and small targets with minimal losses to our forces.

With the formal ending of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan taking place at the close of 2015, many Americans believe that all of our service members are safe and coming home. But the truth of the matter is that we still have men and women deployed around the world, conducting operations that put them in harm’s way. This includes service members involved with Operation Inherent Resolve, our personnel who are still in Afghanistan, and others stationed, steaming or flying over other parts of the world.

Please continue keep our men and women in uniform and their families in your thoughts and prayers in 2015.

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: Airstrike Operations Continue: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: New Army Workout Gear: By Debbie Gregory

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By Debbie Gregory

In 2015, the U.S. Army will see a drastic change to their physical training (PT) gear.

A 2012 survey conducted on the Army Knowledge Online website found that approximately 76,000 soldiers found major issues with the current PT uniform, the Improved Physical Fitness Uniform (IPFU). While Army personnel liked the gear’s durability, there were glaring shortcomings with the IPFU that could not be overlooked.

One of the biggest issues was that the shorts for the uniform, while functionally sound when personnel were upright, tended to intrude on soldiers’ modesty when doing regular PT staples, such as sit-ups and leg-lifts. Both men and women complained, with many of them paying out of pocket for often-expensive compression shorts to wear under their IPFU shorts.

Soldiers also complained that the IPFU did not vary enough in sizing to accommodate the different female body types. While many will scoff that PT is not a beauty competition, all can agree that everyone should be able to don PT gear that fits.

In response to feedback from soldiers, the Army came up with the new Army Physical Fitness Uniform (APFU). The new APFU is all black with gold lettering. Improvements to this generation of PT gear include lightweight moisture-wicking fabric that is quick drying, a shorts liner to solve the modesty issue, and multiple sizing options, including more sizes for females. The APFU also did away with reflective materials, addressing stealth issues when working out in a war zone.  PT belts can be used when better visibility is desired.

The APFU consists of  jacket, pants, shorts, and T-shirts,  in both short-sleeve and long-sleeve options. The different APFU items can be mixed and matched. During group PT and PT formations, the platoon sergeants will determine the appropriate combo.

The APFU will be offered in two different options, the Clothing Bag variant, and the Optional APFU. The two APFUs will look the same, but they will be made of different materials. The individual items of the two variants can be mixed and matched and worn together.

The APFU has already begun appearing in stores. The estimated wear-out date for the current IPFU has been estimated at fall, 2017, with mandatory possession of the APFU in 2018.

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