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America Spread Thin: West Pacific, March 2018

“We are going to have to stop being the policemen of the world.”-Donald Trump, August 2015 interview with Hugh Hewitt

Video, U.S. Marines assist with Cyclone Marcus clean-up in Australia, 22MAR2018:

Department of Defense video update on activities with Indonesia and Japan, 20MAR2018:

U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 Seabees building a school addition in Indonesia, under the gaze of students, 30MAR2018

Video, U.S. tax dollars at work supporting Pacific Partnership 2018 event at Teaching Farm University Dehasen near Bengkulu, Indonesia, 31MAR2018:

News media get U.S. taxpayer funded ride on MV-22B in Okinawa, Japan, 09MAR2018, after a series of V-22 crashes and other incidents

Intimidating Japanese news media with U.S. flags aboard MV-22B Osprey in Okinawa

Senator Elizabeth Warren visits U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, 27MAR2018

Department of Defense video, Iwo Jima and Korea:

Video of military personnel volunteering to make bread for Korean orphans:

Osan Girl Scouts of Osan Air Base donated almost 200 boxes of cookies to Seongju, Korea, 13MAR2018

A very sexist video about U.S. female military personnel in the Pacific:

Official opening ceremony for Pacific Partnership 2018, off the island of Yap, aboard USNS Brunswick, 20MAR2018

Since 2006, 22 partner nations around the globe have participated in Pacific Partnership providing medical/veterinary care and completing nearly 2-hundred engineering projects throughout the region.

At the end of march, the U.S. Army deployed animal care specialists to the island of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia: “There are no practicing veterinarians in Yap. The U.S. Army is the only branch of service with clinical veterinarians, and we are honored to be here in Yap working side-by-side with local professionals.”-Captain Adam Boe

“YAPS [Yap Animal Protection Society] consists of nearly twenty volunteers dedicated to bringing veterinarians from nearby countries through donations and fundraising campaigns.”-Captain Trevor Tenney

Video U.S. Navy hospital ship Bikini Atoll, Micronesia, 20MAR2018:

Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 1st Class Lisa Braulik, from Old Town, Idaho, aboard USS Bonhomme Richard in the Philippine Sea, 28MAR2018

USAF Band U.S. Embassy Celebration of Friendship with Kingdom of Thailand, 23MAR2018

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) recovery team Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, 25MAR2018

Video of USS Carl Vinson flying the Vietnamese flag, 06MAR2018, it was the first time in more than 40 years that a U.S. aircraft carrier was in Vietnam:


Maria: Free shots for Puerto Rico Pets!

25 OCT 2017 (16:06 UTC-07 Tango 06)  03 Aban 1396/04 Safar 1439/06 Geng-Xu (9th month) 4715

The Department of Health of Puerto Rico, State Office for Animal Control and the Medical College of Veterinarians of Puerto Rico began a free vaccination program for dogs who survived Irma and Maria.

U.S. Coast Guard delivers pet food, medicine, and other supplies in the U.S. Virgin Islands, September 2017

There’s a concern that leptospirosis, rabies and other diseases could spread.

Veterinary teams will also evaluate the health of hurricane refuge dogs.   However, if the pet is found to be needing medical care it will be referred to a local vet.



CDC warning Idaho pet owners of plague!

13 December 2016 (11:59 UTC-07 Tango 06) 23 Azar 1395/13 Rabi ‘al-Awwal 1438/15 Geng Zi 4714

“During May 30–July 26, 2016, local veterinarians notified public health officials that five dogs and 12 cats were being evaluated for possible plague.”-CDC, 09 December 2016

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now warning Idahoans of plague Yersinia pestis affecting their pets, mainly cats.

By the beginning of Summer dogs and cats in southwestern part of The Gem State possibly contracted the plague bacteria, four cats died.

The CDC studied reports of the cases that were sent to them and recently issued a Notes from the Field: Plague in Domestic Cats — Idaho, 2016, warning of possible epidemic.  Pets get the plague from fleas that have been on wild animals, and can spread it to humans.



One Year Later: Dogs & cats still abandonded in radiation zones, government now searching for owners. Other pets forced into shelters because owners can’t keep them.

14 August 2012, the Japanese government is now trying to find owners of hundreds of abandoned pets in the 11 March 2011 disaster areas.  Last year the Environment Ministry was able to pick up 750 dogs and cats and place in shelters, 300 are still unclaimed.

Government officials believe there are still hundreds of abandoned pets still living in the radiation zones.

The prefectural government of Fukushima is asking people who are known to have lost their pets if they want them back, or not.  Fukushima officials say they have contacted at least 1,000 people so far.  Officials say they will try to find homes for pets that are no longer wanted, and they will continue to try and capture those pets still loose.

Some owners fear their pets are radioactive, others say they can not afford to take in their pets as they are living in temporary housing, and many owners are still unemployed.

NHK (nippon housou kyoukai/Japan Broadcasting Corporation) recently ran a sad documentary about pets who are being kept in private shelters, until the owners can take them back. The owners are paying for the shelters.  However, in one sad example, the owners of one old dog were finally able to take their dog back only to learn that their dog died just days before they arrived at the shelter.

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One Year Later: Left behind; Fukushima pets still without homes, new kittens found near nuclear plant

Volunteer animal rescuers in Japan are reporting that pets are still being found in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster area.

Recently six kittens were found and taken to a animal hospital in Tokyo.  They were taken to Tokyo because local animal shelters are still full of abandoned pets from the March 2011 disasters. More than one year later volunteers say there are still hundreds of abandoned cats and dogs living near the nuclear power plant!

The animal hospital in Tokyo reported that the kittens were healthy, and homes were found for them.  Volunteer animal rescue groups say they will increase the use of the internet to send out international SOSs for the pets that were left behind.

One Year Later: Japan develops their first ever mobile pet clinic, to help the hundred of animals still suffering in Iwate

Iwate University, along with a pet food company in Tokyo, have developed a mobile pet clinic specifically to try and help the more than 450 pets still suffering in Iwate Prefecture.

Iwate was hit hard by the March 11, 2011, Mega Quake and tsunami.  It’s also near Fukushima prefecture, and has been affected by radiation from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuke power factory.

The mobile clinic will allow veterinarians to even conduct surgeries.  Director of Iwate University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Reeko Sato, says hundreds of pets have gone a full year without any treatment for their injuries, or radiation related illnesses.  Most veterinarian services were destroyed on March 11, 2011.

It’s hoped more mobile pet clinics are created, in Fukushima Province there are even more animals who need attention.

Contractor Incompetence: 14 bomb sniffing dogs suffocated in an unventilated truck at the Houston airport

A U.S. military contractor is suing two Texas companies for killing 14 bomb sniffing dogs.  The dogs were supposed to be shipped to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The two companies being sued are Indian Creek Enterprises Incorporated and Live Animal Transportation Services.

The military contractor said the dogs were supposed to have been put in the Houston airport’s kennel, because their flight was canceled.  Instead the transportation contractors left the dogs locked in a sealed, unventilated truck.  On December 21, 2010, the military contractor checked on the dogs, only to discover them in the truck, all dead.

There was blood and other evidence that the dogs tried to get out.

Texas media can not get a hold of the owners of Indian Creek Enterprises Incorporated.  The other contractor, Live Animal Transportation Services, has a new owner who basically says this is the first he’s heard of it.