U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013

The United States Government assesses with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013. We further assess that the regime used a nerve agent in the attack. These all-source assessments are based on human, signals, and geospatial intelligence as well as a significant body of open source reporting. Our classified assessments have been shared with the U.S. Congress and key international partners. To protect sources and methods, we cannot publicly release all available intelligence – but what follows is an unclassified summary of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s analysis of what took place.

Syrian Government Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21
A large body of independent sources indicates that a chemical weapons attack took place in the Damascus suburbs on August 21. In addition to U.S. intelligence information, there are accounts from international and Syrian medical personnel; videos; witness accounts; thousands of social media reports from at least 12 different locations in the Damascus area; journalist accounts; and reports from highly credible nongovernmental organizations.

A preliminary U.S. government assessment determined that 1,429 people were killed in the chemical weapons attack, including at least 426 children, though this assessment will certainly evolve as we obtain more information.

We assess with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out the chemical weapons attack against opposition elements in the Damascus suburbs on August 21. We assess that the scenario in which the opposition executed the attack on August 21 is highly unlikely. The body of information used to make this assessment includes intelligence pertaining to the regime’s preparations for this attack and its means of delivery, multiple streams of intelligence about the attack itself and its effect, our post-attack observations, and the differences between the capabilities of the regime and the opposition. Our high confidence assessment is the strongest position that the U.S. Intelligence Community can take short of confirmation. We will continue to seek additional information to close gaps in our understanding of what took place.

Background:
The Syrian regime maintains a stockpile of numerous chemical agents, including mustard, sarin, and VX and has thousands of munitions that can be used to deliver chemical warfare agents. Syrian President Bashar al-Asad is the ultimate decision maker for the chemical weapons program and members of the program are carefully vetted to ensure security and loyalty. The Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) – which is subordinate to the Syrian Ministry of Defense – manages Syria’s chemical weapons program.

We assess with high confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale against the opposition multiple times in the last year, including in the Damascus suburbs. This assessment is based on multiple streams of information including reporting of Syrian officials planning and executing chemical weapons attacks and laboratory analysis of physiological samples obtained from a number of individuals, which revealed exposure to sarin. We assess that the opposition has not used chemical weapons.

The Syrian regime has the types of munitions that we assess were used to carry out the attack on August 21, and has the ability to strike simultaneously in multiple locations. We have seen no indication that the opposition has carried out a large-scale, coordinated rocket and artillery attack like the one that occurred on August 21.

We assess that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons over the last year primarily to gain the upper hand or break a stalemate in areas where it has struggled to seize and hold strategically valuable territory. In this regard, we continue to judge that the Syrian regime views chemical weapons as one of many tools in its arsenal, including air power and ballistic missiles, which they indiscriminately use against the opposition.

The Syrian regime has initiated an effort to rid the Damascus suburbs of opposition forces using the area as a base to stage attacks against regime targets in the capital. The regime has failed to clear dozens of Damascus neighborhoods of opposition elements, including neighborhoods targeted on August 21, despite employing nearly all of its conventional weapons systems. We assess that the regime’s frustration with its inability to secure large portions of Damascus may have contributed to its decision to use chemical weapons on August 21.

Preparation:
We have intelligence that leads us to assess that Syrian chemical weapons personnel – including personnel assessed to be associated with the SSRC – were preparing chemical munitions prior to the attack. In the three days prior to the attack, we collected streams of human, signals and geospatial intelligence that reveal regime activities that we assess were associated with preparations for a chemical weapons attack.

Syrian chemical weapons personnel were operating in the Damascus suburb of ‘Adra from Sunday, August 18 until early in the morning on Wednesday, August 21 near an area that the regime uses to mix chemical weapons, including sarin. On August 21, a Syrian regime element prepared for a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus area, including through the utilization of gas masks. Our intelligence sources in the Damascus area did not detect any indications in the days prior to the attack that opposition affiliates were planning to use chemical weapons.

The Attack:
Multiple streams of intelligence indicate that the regime executed a rocket and artillery attack against the Damascus suburbs in the early hours of August 21. Satellite detections corroborate that attacks from a regime-controlled area struck neighborhoods where the chemical attacks reportedly occurred – including Kafr Batna, Jawbar, ‘Ayn Tarma, Darayya, and Mu’addamiyah. This includes the detection of rocket launches from regime controlled territory early in the morning, approximately 90 minutes before the first report of a chemical attack appeared in social media. The lack of flight activity or missile launches also leads us to conclude that the regime used rockets in the attack.

Local social media reports of a chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs began at 2:30 a.m. local time on August 21. Within the next four hours there were thousands of social media reports on this attack from at least 12 different locations in the Damascus area. Multiple accounts described chemical-filled rockets impacting opposition-controlled areas.

Three hospitals in the Damascus area received approximately 3,600 patients displaying symptoms consistent with nerve agent exposure in less than three hours on the morning of August 21, according to a highly credible international humanitarian organization. The reported symptoms, and the epidemiological pattern of events – characterized by the massive influx of patients in a short period of time, the origin of the patients, and the contamination of medical and first aid workers – were consistent with mass exposure to a nerve agent. We also received reports from international and Syrian medical personnel on the ground.

We have identified one hundred videos attributed to the attack, many of which show large numbers of bodies exhibiting physical signs consistent with, but not unique to, nerve agent exposure. The reported symptoms of victims included unconsciousness, foaming from the nose and mouth, constricted pupils, rapid heartbeat, and difficulty breathing. Several of the videos show what appear to be numerous fatalities with no visible injuries, which is consistent with death from chemical weapons, and inconsistent with death from small-arms, high-explosive munitions or blister agents. At least 12 locations are portrayed in the publicly available videos, and a sampling of those videos confirmed that some were shot at the general times and locations described in the footage.

We assess the Syrian opposition does not have the capability to fabricate all of the videos, physical symptoms verified by medical personnel and NGOs, and other information associated with this chemical attack.

We have a body of information, including past Syrian practice, that leads us to conclude that regime officials were witting of and directed the attack on August 21. We intercepted communications involving a senior official intimately familiar with the offensive who confirmed that chemical weapons were used by the regime on August 21 and was concerned with the U.N. inspectors obtaining evidence. On the afternoon of August 21, we have intelligence that Syrian chemical weapons personnel were directed to cease operations. At the same time, the regime intensified the artillery barrage targeting many of the neighborhoods where chemical attacks occurred. In the 24 hour period after the attack, we detected indications of artillery and rocket fire at a rate approximately four times higher than the ten preceding days. We continued to see indications of sustained shelling in the neighborhoods up until the morning of August 26.

To conclude, there is a substantial body of information that implicates the Syrian government’s responsibility in the chemical weapons attack that took place on August 21. As indicated, there is additional intelligence that remains classified because of sources and methods concerns that is being provided to Congress and international partners.

 

(source: ProPublica)

U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013

The United States Government assesses with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013. We further assess that the regime used a nerve agent in the attack. These all-source assessments are based on human, signals, and geospatial intelligence as well as a significant body of open source reporting. Our classified assessments have been shared with the U.S. Congress and key international partners. To protect sources and methods, we cannot publicly release all available intelligence – but what follows is an unclassified summary of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s analysis of what took place.

Syrian Government Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21
A large body of independent sources indicates that a chemical weapons attack took place in the Damascus suburbs on August 21. In addition to U.S. intelligence information, there are accounts from international and Syrian medical personnel; videos; witness accounts; thousands of social media reports from at least 12 different locations in the Damascus area; journalist accounts; and reports from highly credible nongovernmental organizations.

A preliminary U.S. government assessment determined that 1,429 people were killed in the chemical weapons attack, including at least 426 children, though this assessment will certainly evolve as we obtain more information.

We assess with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out the chemical weapons attack against opposition elements in the Damascus suburbs on August 21. We assess that the scenario in which the opposition executed the attack on August 21 is highly unlikely. The body of information used to make this assessment includes intelligence pertaining to the regime’s preparations for this attack and its means of delivery, multiple streams of intelligence about the attack itself and its effect, our post-attack observations, and the differences between the capabilities of the regime and the opposition. Our high confidence assessment is the strongest position that the U.S. Intelligence Community can take short of confirmation. We will continue to seek additional information to close gaps in our understanding of what took place.

Background:
The Syrian regime maintains a stockpile of numerous chemical agents, including mustard, sarin, and VX and has thousands of munitions that can be used to deliver chemical warfare agents. Syrian President Bashar al-Asad is the ultimate decision maker for the chemical weapons program and members of the program are carefully vetted to ensure security and loyalty. The Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) – which is subordinate to the Syrian Ministry of Defense – manages Syria’s chemical weapons program.

We assess with high confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale against the opposition multiple times in the last year, including in the Damascus suburbs. This assessment is based on multiple streams of information including reporting of Syrian officials planning and executing chemical weapons attacks and laboratory analysis of physiological samples obtained from a number of individuals, which revealed exposure to sarin. We assess that the opposition has not used chemical weapons.

The Syrian regime has the types of munitions that we assess were used to carry out the attack on August 21, and has the ability to strike simultaneously in multiple locations. We have seen no indication that the opposition has carried out a large-scale, coordinated rocket and artillery attack like the one that occurred on August 21.

We assess that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons over the last year primarily to gain the upper hand or break a stalemate in areas where it has struggled to seize and hold strategically valuable territory. In this regard, we continue to judge that the Syrian regime views chemical weapons as one of many tools in its arsenal, including air power and ballistic missiles, which they indiscriminately use against the opposition.

The Syrian regime has initiated an effort to rid the Damascus suburbs of opposition forces using the area as a base to stage attacks against regime targets in the capital. The regime has failed to clear dozens of Damascus neighborhoods of opposition elements, including neighborhoods targeted on August 21, despite employing nearly all of its conventional weapons systems. We assess that the regime’s frustration with its inability to secure large portions of Damascus may have contributed to its decision to use chemical weapons on August 21.

Preparation:
We have intelligence that leads us to assess that Syrian chemical weapons personnel – including personnel assessed to be associated with the SSRC – were preparing chemical munitions prior to the attack. In the three days prior to the attack, we collected streams of human, signals and geospatial intelligence that reveal regime activities that we assess were associated with preparations for a chemical weapons attack.

Syrian chemical weapons personnel were operating in the Damascus suburb of ‘Adra from Sunday, August 18 until early in the morning on Wednesday, August 21 near an area that the regime uses to mix chemical weapons, including sarin. On August 21, a Syrian regime element prepared for a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus area, including through the utilization of gas masks. Our intelligence sources in the Damascus area did not detect any indications in the days prior to the attack that opposition affiliates were planning to use chemical weapons.

The Attack:
Multiple streams of intelligence indicate that the regime executed a rocket and artillery attack against the Damascus suburbs in the early hours of August 21. Satellite detections corroborate that attacks from a regime-controlled area struck neighborhoods where the chemical attacks reportedly occurred – including Kafr Batna, Jawbar, ‘Ayn Tarma, Darayya, and Mu’addamiyah. This includes the detection of rocket launches from regime controlled territory early in the morning, approximately 90 minutes before the first report of a chemical attack appeared in social media. The lack of flight activity or missile launches also leads us to conclude that the regime used rockets in the attack.

Local social media reports of a chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs began at 2:30 a.m. local time on August 21. Within the next four hours there were thousands of social media reports on this attack from at least 12 different locations in the Damascus area. Multiple accounts described chemical-filled rockets impacting opposition-controlled areas.

Three hospitals in the Damascus area received approximately 3,600 patients displaying symptoms consistent with nerve agent exposure in less than three hours on the morning of August 21, according to a highly credible international humanitarian organization. The reported symptoms, and the epidemiological pattern of events – characterized by the massive influx of patients in a short period of time, the origin of the patients, and the contamination of medical and first aid workers – were consistent with mass exposure to a nerve agent. We also received reports from international and Syrian medical personnel on the ground.

We have identified one hundred videos attributed to the attack, many of which show large numbers of bodies exhibiting physical signs consistent with, but not unique to, nerve agent exposure. The reported symptoms of victims included unconsciousness, foaming from the nose and mouth, constricted pupils, rapid heartbeat, and difficulty breathing. Several of the videos show what appear to be numerous fatalities with no visible injuries, which is consistent with death from chemical weapons, and inconsistent with death from small-arms, high-explosive munitions or blister agents. At least 12 locations are portrayed in the publicly available videos, and a sampling of those videos confirmed that some were shot at the general times and locations described in the footage.

We assess the Syrian opposition does not have the capability to fabricate all of the videos, physical symptoms verified by medical personnel and NGOs, and other information associated with this chemical attack.

We have a body of information, including past Syrian practice, that leads us to conclude that regime officials were witting of and directed the attack on August 21. We intercepted communications involving a senior official intimately familiar with the offensive who confirmed that chemical weapons were used by the regime on August 21 and was concerned with the U.N. inspectors obtaining evidence. On the afternoon of August 21, we have intelligence that Syrian chemical weapons personnel were directed to cease operations. At the same time, the regime intensified the artillery barrage targeting many of the neighborhoods where chemical attacks occurred. In the 24 hour period after the attack, we detected indications of artillery and rocket fire at a rate approximately four times higher than the ten preceding days. We continued to see indications of sustained shelling in the neighborhoods up until the morning of August 26.

To conclude, there is a substantial body of information that implicates the Syrian government’s responsibility in the chemical weapons attack that took place on August 21. As indicated, there is additional intelligence that remains classified because of sources and methods concerns that is being provided to Congress and international partners.

 

(source: ProPublica)

New Report Shows Great Economic Benefits to New Jersey with Passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Rep. Holt and Rep. Grijalva call on Congress to Take Swift Action

TRENTON, NJ- Congressman Rush Holt (NJ-12) and Congressman Raul Grijalva (AZ-3) hosted a conference call today to support comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship, such as the Senate-passed S.744, in light of a new report detailing the economic benefits of such reform to New Jersey. 

Congressmen Holt and Grijalva outlined the report’s finding, which looked at the economic impact of granting citizenship to the 550,000 undocumented residents that live, work, and raise families in New Jersey.  The report finds an increase in immigrant workers’ wages as well surge in immigrant business start-ups as a result of comprehensive reform.  The increased economic power of immigrants ripples through the local economy, benefiting immigrant and U.S.-born workers alike.  The end result for New Jersey is a $50 billion increase in gross New Jersey product and $2.6 billion in additional tax revenue over the next decade and an annual increase of 7,245 jobs.

The report, produced by the Center for American Progress, a non-partisan research organization, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME, AFL-CIO), which represents a workforce of 1.6 million nationwide, measures how reform affects a number of state’s key economic indicators such as gross state product, tax receipts from undocumented workers, and job creation.  It credits the increase in economic activity to five broad factors: legal protections for immigrant workers, incentives for immigrants to invest in their skills, labor mobility and efficiency, access to better jobs, and the fostering of entrepreneurship. 

New Report Shows Great Economic Benefits to New Jersey with Passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Rep. Holt and Rep. Grijalva call on Congress to Take Swift Action

TRENTON, NJ- Congressman Rush Holt (NJ-12) and Congressman Raul Grijalva (AZ-3) hosted a conference call today to support comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship, such as the Senate-passed S.744, in light of a new report detailing the economic benefits of such reform to New Jersey. 

Congressmen Holt and Grijalva outlined the report’s finding, which looked at the economic impact of granting citizenship to the 550,000 undocumented residents that live, work, and raise families in New Jersey.  The report finds an increase in immigrant workers’ wages as well surge in immigrant business start-ups as a result of comprehensive reform.  The increased economic power of immigrants ripples through the local economy, benefiting immigrant and U.S.-born workers alike.  The end result for New Jersey is a $50 billion increase in gross New Jersey product and $2.6 billion in additional tax revenue over the next decade and an annual increase of 7,245 jobs.

The report, produced by the Center for American Progress, a non-partisan research organization, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME, AFL-CIO), which represents a workforce of 1.6 million nationwide, measures how reform affects a number of state’s key economic indicators such as gross state product, tax receipts from undocumented workers, and job creation.  It credits the increase in economic activity to five broad factors: legal protections for immigrant workers, incentives for immigrants to invest in their skills, labor mobility and efficiency, access to better jobs, and the fostering of entrepreneurship. 

Somers Point Explored in New Book

Local author tells the history of the area using stunning, vintage images

somers pointSomers Point, NJ  The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Somers Point from local author Lynn Newsome MacEwan. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.

Situated close to the Atlantic coast and bordered by the Great Egg Harbor Bay and the Patcong Creek, Somers Point was a New Jersey center for shipbuilding and many of its residents were clammers, fishermen and sea captains. Somers Point is the oldest settlement in Atlantic County and home to the oldest residential structure there as well.

Somers Mansion was constructed in 1725 and overlooks the Great Egg Harbor Bay; it is a three-story building made of brick in the Flemish bond pattern. The Somers Mansion Historic Site, dedicated in 1942, is currently managed by the State of New Jersey. From the 1930s until the early 1980s, Bay Avenue was the musical heart of the town, highlighting big-band greats to rock-and-roll acts.

Somers Point showcases the rich maritime and community history of this New Jersey bay town.

Topics covered in Somers Point include:

  • Along the Bay
  • Around the Circle
  • Transportation
  • Around Town
  • Along Shore Road
  • Patriotism
  • Churches
  • Sports
  • Memories of School Years
  • Advertisements and Entertainment

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit http://www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Somers Point Explored in New Book

Local author tells the history of the area using stunning, vintage images

somers pointSomers Point, NJ  The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Somers Point from local author Lynn Newsome MacEwan. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.

Situated close to the Atlantic coast and bordered by the Great Egg Harbor Bay and the Patcong Creek, Somers Point was a New Jersey center for shipbuilding and many of its residents were clammers, fishermen and sea captains. Somers Point is the oldest settlement in Atlantic County and home to the oldest residential structure there as well.

Somers Mansion was constructed in 1725 and overlooks the Great Egg Harbor Bay; it is a three-story building made of brick in the Flemish bond pattern. The Somers Mansion Historic Site, dedicated in 1942, is currently managed by the State of New Jersey. From the 1930s until the early 1980s, Bay Avenue was the musical heart of the town, highlighting big-band greats to rock-and-roll acts.

Somers Point showcases the rich maritime and community history of this New Jersey bay town.

Topics covered in Somers Point include:

  • Along the Bay
  • Around the Circle
  • Transportation
  • Around Town
  • Along Shore Road
  • Patriotism
  • Churches
  • Sports
  • Memories of School Years
  • Advertisements and Entertainment

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit http://www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Operation Huey Takes Flight

HOLMDEL, N.J. – In January 2013, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF) took possession of a 1964 Bell UH-1D, Iroquois helicopter, also known as the “Huey.” After spending more than two decades deteriorating outside at Fort Dix, New Jersey, the Huey is currently under restoration by a crew of veteran volunteers. The crew has logged more than 1,200 hours, working on Mondays throughout the spring and summer of 2013 in a hangar at Monmouth Executive Airport in Wall Township. Their work is restoring and preparing the Huey for display at the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center in Holmdel, NJ in 2014.

The Huey, serial #64-13732, served two tours in Vietnam. From October 1966 through September 1967, it served with the 116th Assault Helicopter Company, “The Hornets” at Cu Chi in support of the 25th Infantry Division. After being repaired from damage sustained during a crash, it served with the 118th Assault Helicopter Company, “The Thunderbirds” from November 1968 through February 1970 at Bien Hoa. During its service in Vietnam, this Huey logged more than 3,000 flight hours, saving countless lives and providing daily support for troops.

Thanks to the generosity of the restoration crew, members of the local military community and numerous sponsors, the NJVVMF has accomplished a great deal. However, there is still a lot of work to be done before the Huey is relocated and installed as a permanent display at the Museum in the spring of 2014.

Dedicated in September 1998, the Museum is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. It is the first and only Museum of its kind in the country. Exhibits and programs are devoted to gaining an understanding of the Vietnam Era, the War in Southeast Asia and its lasting impact on American culture. Using New Jersey as a microcosm of what happened on a larger scale.

Operation Huey Restoration is a labor of love. The crew of veteran volunteers could not be more qualified, many served as pilots and maintenance technicians. Their dedication and passion reflect the significance of the project. This project has once again brought these veterans together, working towards an important goal, the restoration of a Huey that served alongside so many in Vietnam. They understand that their work will preserve their legacies and leave a lasting impression on all who experience this Huey.

To make a donation in support of Operation Huey Restoration, for project updates and to view the restoration crew at work please visit http://www.njvvmf.org/huey-home-page.html or call (732) 335-0033 x 104.

The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is located adjacent to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial (the Museum is located on the grounds of the PNC Bank Arts Center, exit 116 on the Garden State Parkway in Holmdel, New Jersey). Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and by special appointment. Admission is $7 adults, $5 senior citizens and students; and children 10 years of age and younger, veterans and active duty military personnel are free.

About The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation           
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF) offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifices, courage and valor of Vietnam veterans and that encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects, which affected the United States, and especially New Jersey.

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, “A Place To Remember, To Heal and To Honor” recognizes all who served, especially the 1,563 New Jersey-born soldiers who never returned home. During 2013, Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center celebrates its 15th anniversary. Since opening in 1998, the Museum has welcomed more than 180,000 visitors of all ages. The nonprofit Foundation, with the support of its volunteers, offers innovative and relevant programs and services, based in sound scholarship and relevant community needs. The collections, resources, programs and services offered provide important and unduplicated historical resources. For more information please visitwww.njvvmf.org.

Operation Huey Takes Flight

HOLMDEL, N.J. – In January 2013, the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF) took possession of a 1964 Bell UH-1D, Iroquois helicopter, also known as the “Huey.” After spending more than two decades deteriorating outside at Fort Dix, New Jersey, the Huey is currently under restoration by a crew of veteran volunteers. The crew has logged more than 1,200 hours, working on Mondays throughout the spring and summer of 2013 in a hangar at Monmouth Executive Airport in Wall Township. Their work is restoring and preparing the Huey for display at the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center in Holmdel, NJ in 2014.

The Huey, serial #64-13732, served two tours in Vietnam. From October 1966 through September 1967, it served with the 116th Assault Helicopter Company, “The Hornets” at Cu Chi in support of the 25th Infantry Division. After being repaired from damage sustained during a crash, it served with the 118th Assault Helicopter Company, “The Thunderbirds” from November 1968 through February 1970 at Bien Hoa. During its service in Vietnam, this Huey logged more than 3,000 flight hours, saving countless lives and providing daily support for troops.

Thanks to the generosity of the restoration crew, members of the local military community and numerous sponsors, the NJVVMF has accomplished a great deal. However, there is still a lot of work to be done before the Huey is relocated and installed as a permanent display at the Museum in the spring of 2014.

Dedicated in September 1998, the Museum is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. It is the first and only Museum of its kind in the country. Exhibits and programs are devoted to gaining an understanding of the Vietnam Era, the War in Southeast Asia and its lasting impact on American culture. Using New Jersey as a microcosm of what happened on a larger scale.

Operation Huey Restoration is a labor of love. The crew of veteran volunteers could not be more qualified, many served as pilots and maintenance technicians. Their dedication and passion reflect the significance of the project. This project has once again brought these veterans together, working towards an important goal, the restoration of a Huey that served alongside so many in Vietnam. They understand that their work will preserve their legacies and leave a lasting impression on all who experience this Huey.

To make a donation in support of Operation Huey Restoration, for project updates and to view the restoration crew at work please visit http://www.njvvmf.org/huey-home-page.html or call (732) 335-0033 x 104.

The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is located adjacent to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial (the Museum is located on the grounds of the PNC Bank Arts Center, exit 116 on the Garden State Parkway in Holmdel, New Jersey). Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and by special appointment. Admission is $7 adults, $5 senior citizens and students; and children 10 years of age and younger, veterans and active duty military personnel are free.

About The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation           
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation (NJVVMF) offers a meaningful and engaging experience that recognizes the sacrifices, courage and valor of Vietnam veterans and that encourages and fosters a thorough understanding of the Vietnam Era including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects, which affected the United States, and especially New Jersey.

The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, “A Place To Remember, To Heal and To Honor” recognizes all who served, especially the 1,563 New Jersey-born soldiers who never returned home. During 2013, Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center celebrates its 15th anniversary. Since opening in 1998, the Museum has welcomed more than 180,000 visitors of all ages. The nonprofit Foundation, with the support of its volunteers, offers innovative and relevant programs and services, based in sound scholarship and relevant community needs. The collections, resources, programs and services offered provide important and unduplicated historical resources. For more information please visitwww.njvvmf.org.

Skewed View – August 30, 2013

tom brennan 120All 5 of those monster sugary marshmallow cereals that your parents would never buy you are back for Halloween: http://bit.ly/15bRhd6

Take a guess what country “The Megaburgerpizza” was created. You’re right! Japan: http://bit.ly/14Aa725

McDonald’s will soon be offering bone-in wings. This,I’m sure,is to prove that they sell actual meat at their stores; http://bloom.bg/19MzLRX

“Chipotle, Panera, fast-casual chains continue restaurant reign”…and make great burritos: http://lat.ms/16SPgXm

Chemists have devised the formula for the perfect grilled cheese.Still no cure for cancer: http://huff.to/195c8TD

Another reason Steve Ballmer is leaving Microsoft may be becuase the Surface RT lost the company $900M: http://bit.ly/17gfUbD

If Yahoo! redesigns its websites…will anybody notice? http://tcrn.ch/18ZTMDD

Great news! Facebook advertisers can’t use your face in their ads without your permission. Wow, what a great day: http://bit.ly/16Q5UXq

Nintendo will start to offer a new portable gaming console called…ready for this…the 2DS: http://bit.ly/19PsC39

Happy….birthday…Mr…Lavalamp.  Happy (50th) Birthday to you: http://bbc.in/18qaU3e

For all my Prog Rock friends, here’s Dream Theatre cover the entire “Dark Side of The Moon” album: http://youtu.be/9ldX8A4vJDM

Hello ladies. Here’s a chance to get a free custom-made handbag. Anyone can enter…but me. I happen to be married the creator of the contest http://bit.ly/14AmDhY

And yes, the guy who hands you his card that reads “Scott,Gang Bang Organizer”,looks exactly like you think he would: http://bit.ly/16PfdDH3

“Inside the World’s Most Dangerous Park”…and you guessed it my fellow New Jerseyans…Action Park: http://on.mash.to/17kZPoN

If you’re texting your friend while driving & you get into an accident (in NJ) your friend can be held liable too: http://cbsloc.al/1fl3OAN

The strangest optical illusion featuring Hollywood celebrities you’ll see all day: http://bit.ly/142BBK4

If you would be scared of 1,000,000 cockroaches escaping from a farm you really shouldn’t read this: http://bit.ly/17ekwAY #CockroachNado

If you watched the VMAs last week you will get this 2008 prediction of “The Onion”: http://bit.ly/142QADR

For some strange reason Portland, Oregon sells out of sun block as 1,600 redheads get together for a world record: http://bit.ly/145etdO

The IronPigs (Minor League) announce a winner of a free funeral promotion…he has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease): http://cbsloc.al/14Ytmih #irony

“Research shows couples can tune out spouse’s voice”.  Now that’s what I call a super power: http://bit.ly/17rtCbD

“What Exactly Is Deja Vu?”  Don’t worry you haven’t seen this before: http://bit.ly/1fodHh5

Skewed View – August 30, 2013

tom brennan 120All 5 of those monster sugary marshmallow cereals that your parents would never buy you are back for Halloween: http://bit.ly/15bRhd6

Take a guess what country “The Megaburgerpizza” was created. You’re right! Japan: http://bit.ly/14Aa725

McDonald’s will soon be offering bone-in wings. This,I’m sure,is to prove that they sell actual meat at their stores; http://bloom.bg/19MzLRX

“Chipotle, Panera, fast-casual chains continue restaurant reign”…and make great burritos: http://lat.ms/16SPgXm

Chemists have devised the formula for the perfect grilled cheese.Still no cure for cancer: http://huff.to/195c8TD

Another reason Steve Ballmer is leaving Microsoft may be becuase the Surface RT lost the company $900M: http://bit.ly/17gfUbD

If Yahoo! redesigns its websites…will anybody notice? http://tcrn.ch/18ZTMDD

Great news! Facebook advertisers can’t use your face in their ads without your permission. Wow, what a great day: http://bit.ly/16Q5UXq

Nintendo will start to offer a new portable gaming console called…ready for this…the 2DS: http://bit.ly/19PsC39

Happy….birthday…Mr…Lavalamp.  Happy (50th) Birthday to you: http://bbc.in/18qaU3e

For all my Prog Rock friends, here’s Dream Theatre cover the entire “Dark Side of The Moon” album: http://youtu.be/9ldX8A4vJDM

Hello ladies. Here’s a chance to get a free custom-made handbag. Anyone can enter…but me. I happen to be married the creator of the contest http://bit.ly/14AmDhY

And yes, the guy who hands you his card that reads “Scott,Gang Bang Organizer”,looks exactly like you think he would: http://bit.ly/16PfdDH3

“Inside the World’s Most Dangerous Park”…and you guessed it my fellow New Jerseyans…Action Park: http://on.mash.to/17kZPoN

If you’re texting your friend while driving & you get into an accident (in NJ) your friend can be held liable too: http://cbsloc.al/1fl3OAN

The strangest optical illusion featuring Hollywood celebrities you’ll see all day: http://bit.ly/142BBK4

If you would be scared of 1,000,000 cockroaches escaping from a farm you really shouldn’t read this: http://bit.ly/17ekwAY #CockroachNado

If you watched the VMAs last week you will get this 2008 prediction of “The Onion”: http://bit.ly/142QADR

For some strange reason Portland, Oregon sells out of sun block as 1,600 redheads get together for a world record: http://bit.ly/145etdO

The IronPigs (Minor League) announce a winner of a free funeral promotion…he has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease): http://cbsloc.al/14Ytmih #irony

“Research shows couples can tune out spouse’s voice”.  Now that’s what I call a super power: http://bit.ly/17rtCbD

“What Exactly Is Deja Vu?”  Don’t worry you haven’t seen this before: http://bit.ly/1fodHh5