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General orders ethics review of special forces community after criminal allegations against troops

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The head of the U.S. Special Operations Command is ordering a top-to-bottom study of the military’s special forces community amid a rash of alleged misconduct that has focused attention on the normally secretive world of America’s elite fighting forces.

Army Gen. Richard Clarke said the review will focus on how special operators are recruited, educated and trained and how units address ethics failures. He said “recent incidents have called our culture and ethics into question and threaten the trust placed in us.”

Ken McGraw, a Special Operations Command spokesman, said the review was ordered Friday and is expected to be completed in November. The inquiry will see two teams created.

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The first will comprise military leaders — with some in the Special Operations Command — who will form an advisory panel. The second will be a review panel made up of members of the various military branches of the command.

The review panel will go out and gather information from the various operations units –  which includes the Army Rangers, Green Berets, Army Delta units, Navy SEAL teams and special warfare units, and Marine and Air Force special operators.

To retain an independent view, members of the Army Special Operations Command may gather information on the Navy SEALs, McGraw said. The review panel will then turn over its reports to the advisory panel.

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The inquiry comes at a time when America’s special operations units have made headlines for all the wrong reasons. In July, a SEAL platoon from SEAL Team 7 was ordered back to the U.S. from Iraq amid charges of drinking and sexual assault. In a statement, the SOC said there had been a “deterioration of good order and discipline.”

In early July, Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher was acquitted of killing a teenage ISIS militant in Iraq. He was found guilty of taking a picture with a corpse. Two Navy SEALs and Marine Raiders are also accused of hazing an Army Green Beret to death during a deployment in Africa.

Ex-Green Beret Maj. Matthew Golsteyn is expected to be tried in the killing of an unarmed suspected Taliban bombmaker in Afghanistan almost a decade ago.

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The review will be the second ordered by Special Operations Command leadership this year. Former Gen. Tony Thomas ordered an internal review before he retired in March.

McGraw said the advisory panel will take the results from Thomas’ review into consideration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Marine killed in action in Iraq is ID’d by Pentagon

The Marine who died Saturday in Iraq’s Nineveh province while assisting the country’s security forces was identified as Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer, a 35-year-old from Mancos, Colo., the Pentagon said.

The highly regarded critical skills operator, who was assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion,  was struck by enemy small-arms fire. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer is survived by a wife and his two children.

The Pentagon offered his family its “sincere thoughts” and said it is providing care. It asked for privacy on the family’s behalf.

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Stars and Stripes reported that a joint task force was established in 2014 in an effort to confront ISIS in the country. Koppenhafer reportedly enlisted in 2005 and served 10 years with the Special Operations  Command, the report said.

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Marine Corps tells Rep. Duncan Hunter to stop using Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem for campaign activities

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The Marine Corps is calling on Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., to stop using its Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem and trademarked phrase in campaign mailer, after both were featured in an ad that targeted two Muslim lawmakers and his Democratic challenger.

The military branch’s Trademark Licensing Office sent Hunter a cease-and-desist letter on Tuesday saying the emblem and the phrase “No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy” were used in at least one mailer sent to his constituents. The letter said both may not be used by third parties without permission.

“The Eagle, Globe and Anchor is a trademark of the Marine Corps protected by federal law,” Marine Capt. Christopher Harrison, a communication strategy officer, told Fox News in an email. “In accordance with 10 U.S. Code § 7881, the seal and emblem should not be used in conjunction with any political activities.”

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The Marine Corps also said the trademarked phrase could imply its endorsement of Hunter’s candidacy or his views on a particular issue.

The emblem and phrase recently appeared on an envelope ad that featured photos of Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, and Ammar Campa Najjar, who is vying to unseat the San Diego congressman for a second time.

“These three radical Democrats want you to forget their anti-Semitism or terrorist ties,” a message on the mailer states. [Israel was misspelled.]

Many have called the ad Islamophobic, a charge Hunter denies, KNSD-TV reported. Omar has been the target of xenophobia in recent months for her criticism of Israel and other comments.

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Hunter spokesman Michael Harrison said the congressman is complying with the Marine Corps’ request but was disappointed that “he is now being told that he cannot use this motto or image that thousands of Marines like Congressman Hunter, who went to war under this banner, have used for tattoos, coins, T-shirts, hats, books, posters and multiple other items of personal sentiment.”

“It is as much a part of them as it is the Marine Corps,” he continued.

Hunter, a Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq, admitted in May to taking a photo with a dead enemy combatant.

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He is facing more urgent political battles. He faces multiple corruption charges related to the alleged misspending of $250,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses, including extramarital affairs.

His trial is expected to begin later this year. His wife, Margaret Hunter, pleaded guilty to a corruption charge in June and is cooperating with federal prosecutors.

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Marine or mermaid? Service member’s photo shoot a joke for buddies deployed overseas, he says

A U.S. Marine stationed in Florida got a little risqué recently, posing as a mermaid in a professional photo shoot – all to raise the spirits of his buddies deployed overseas, according to reports.

Beau Shepherd told Louisville FOX station WDRB-TV the mermaid choice was personal.

“Well, my job in the Marines is amphibious, as in we move from sea to land, so I wanted to include that,” he said. “So I mainly wanted something as a joke to my Marine buddies that would make them laugh at the ridiculousness of it all.”

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The photo shoot involved Shepherd wearing a luxurious turquoise mermaid tale – and not much else.

Jacqueline Elliot, with Magic Memories Photography in Trinity, Fla., said Shepherd is the father of one of her daughter’s classmates.

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Beau Shepherd said the mermaid choice was personal. (Getty Images)

Elliot told Tampa’s FOX 13 that although she usually does photo shoots for children he approached her about himself. She said they have also discussed making a calendar to raise money for charity.

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“My daughter thought it was cool and funny so now she will always have a pic of me as a merman,” Shepherd added, according to WDRB.

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California teen’s Marine brother surprises her on stage at graduation

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A California high schooler was brought to tears Wednesday when her older brother, a Lance Corporal in the Marines, surprised her on stage as she accepted her diploma during graduation ceremonies.

Kali Honeywood had no idea that her brother, Lance Corporal Christopher Honeywood, would be returning from his deployment at Camp Pendleton in Darwin, Australia to see her graduate.

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“Oh my gosh. My heart is pounding. I didn’t see this coming at all. So I’m just really happy,” Kali told reporters.

The Honeywood family coordinated with the U.S. Marine Corps and Elk Grove Unified School District to bring Christopher home for the special occasion.

“Oh man, it was great seeing my little sister graduate,” he said.

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“I was like, ‘What the heck?’ That’s literally what I thought,” Kali said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are you doing here?'”

Christopher will be spending time with his family before leaving for his next deployment in Okinawa, Japan.

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California teen’s Marine brother surprises her on stage at graduation

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A California high schooler was brought to tears Wednesday when her older brother, a Lance Corporal in the Marines, surprised her on stage as she accepted her diploma during graduation ceremonies.

Kali Honeywood had no idea that her brother, Lance Corporal Christopher Honeywood, would be returning from his deployment at Camp Pendleton in Darwin, Australia to see her graduate.

US MARINE SURPRISES BROTHER AT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION BY PRESENTING HIS DIPLOMA

“Oh my gosh. My heart is pounding. I didn’t see this coming at all. So I’m just really happy,” Kali told reporters.

The Honeywood family coordinated with the U.S. Marine Corps and Elk Grove Unified School District to bring Christopher home for the special occasion.

“Oh man, it was great seeing my little sister graduate,” he said.

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“I was like, ‘What the heck?’ That’s literally what I thought,” Kali said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are you doing here?'”

Christopher will be spending time with his family before leaving for his next deployment in Okinawa, Japan.

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New 40mm cannon on Marine Corp amphibious combat vehicle destroys drones, pickup trucks

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Navy and Marine Corps interest in up-gunning its new Amphibious Combat Vehicle with a stronger, longer-range 40mm cannon may have taken a step forward following a live-fire demonstration which blasted off the cannon — destroying enemy pick-up trucks, aerial drones, groups of fighters and other metal targets.

Integrating the new cannon brings a new level of firepower to the Corps’ emerging new high-tech ACV, which is currently armed with a 30mm Bushmaster Northrop Chain Gun – Cannon. The live-fire demo, taking place at a recent Northrop Grumman Bushmaster User Conference in the Arizona desert, showed the 40mm armed cannon’s ability to explode, burn and shatter larger, more fortified targets at longer ranges — compared to the ACVs 30mm cannon.

A 40mm diameter brings a larger attack explosion, significantly longer range and — in a newer cutting edge development — and ability to target and hit air-flying enemy drones.

“We invest every year in upgrading our current systems to make them more lethal and reliable. Gun system upgrades leverage new innovations, advanced ammunition,” Dan Olson, Vice President of Northrop Grumman Armament Systems, told Warrior Maven in an interview.

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Potential 40mm cannon counter-air drone attacks represents a significant step forward for vehicle-mounted cannons. It brings an ability to ID and destroy closer-in air targets such as approaching small drones or even low flying enemy helicopters; it can add an additional layer of combat tactics able to reinforce the existing Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) program designed to fire Hellfire missiles and other weapons to hit higher-flying air-threats. Integrated sensor technology could, in some instances, share and pass off targets, enabling a vehicle-mounted cannon to expand its envelope beyond land-targets.

The new 40mm weapons configuration is aligned with an emerging Navy-Marine Corps amphibious assault strategy which, among other things, sees a possible need for extended penetration into land defenses after an initial beachhead is taken.

As a way to demonstrate and further explore the ACV Bushmaster Cannon’s attack flexibility, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems demonstrated the 40mm gun firing on the move, hitting and exploding white pick-up truck targets, drones and fixed structures on the other side of an Arizona desert valley.

This desired flexibility, fortified by added land attack firepower, also complements other elements of the Corps’ newer, more “dispersed” amphibious assault strategy; if amphibious incursions occur in narrow, more spread-apart scenarios, landing forces will potentially need to engage in more land-fighting without large numbers of forces nearby. They will likely rely more upon air support, long-range fires and “networked” intelligence from other ISR nodes, command and control ships or elements of the force — to find and exploit landing areas most advantageous to the attacking force.

The new ACV uses ocean water to cool the engine so as to enable it to carry up to 200 gallons of fuel – enough for a longer 365-mile mission. While the new ACV can travel roughly 13 miles through the water, at about six knots, from ship to shore, it can hit speeds of 60mph on land for hundreds of miles inland. Northrop’s development of the 40mm cannon is, to a large extent, intended to support this strategy, as its longer range and ammunition are designed to support deeper land-attack penetration possibilities.

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The Northrop-BAE teaming arrangement is now finalizing gun-turret integration to further prepare the weapon for combat in the next several years. Corps developers cite sensor-weapons-gun alignment as a key emphasis in their development of the ACV; its increased landward speed maneuverability compared with the current AAV are enhanced by “a precision weapons station for enhanced lethality, and a robust swim capability to operate within the littorals,” Col. Kirk Mullins, ACV 1.1 Program Manager, Advanced Amphibious Assault, Program Executive Officer Land Systems.

“The vehicle is designed to have a turret superstructure that is reinforced in the base design. This is the culmination of turret-integration analysis,” John Swift, Director of Amphibious Warfare, told Warrior Maven in an interview.

Northrop weapons developers explain that the 40mm cannon can, due to the vehicle’s turret and fire control configuration, easily swap out the 30mm cannon barrel for a 40mm barrel without any technical difficulty or significant alterations.

“The ACV is not maintenance intensive because of its increased reliability, and it also provides greater protection against threats we encounter on the battlefield,” Mullins added.

Some of the 40mm demonstration firing, Swift said, included “networked” attacks upon groups of enemy fighters using nearby RPGs. The RPG fire, he explained, was connected to the base vehicle to reinforce destructive power by hitting the target from horizontal and vertical angles. Targets were passed off, in some cases, by using a laser rangefinder. This technology fires a laser beam at a target, traveling at the speed of light. Given that the speed of light is a known entity, it can mathematically be combined with the length of time it takes to travel to the target. Given these two established variables, algorithms can then calculate the exact distance, placing the round on a target.

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Along with a larger, larger-range gun, Northrop is also working intensely on ammunition preparation – to include advanced airburst rounds, high-explosive rounds an emerging “proximity” rounds. Each of these rounds brings a new sphere of attack options for offensive operations, as they can detonate near or above a specific target. By exploding in a certain area, a proximity fuse can use a smart, pre-programmed fuse to destroy groups of enemy fighters or other “area” targets more difficult to hit with standard “point-detonate” rounds. Airburst rounds already exist, and Olson said Northrop is fast-tracking the development of proximity rounds

“We have been investing pretty heavily in our ammunition to further enhance the lethality of our systems. This includes the area of proximity fusing and the creation of on-board power and computing power to ID targets,” Olson said.

Along with efforts to upgrade its offensive fire-power, the Marine Corps has also been preparing to assess the vehicle’s ability to withstand attacks, by firing live weapons at its new Amphibious Combat Vehicle — until the attacks achieve “total destruction.” This is designed to prepare the vehicle for long-range, high-intensity land-attack missions emerging from an amphibious assault.

Senior Corps and Navy leaders have long expressed concern that the current amphibious assault force is far too small to meet current threats and Combatant Commander requests. A new up-gunned water-land strike vehicle, therefore, clearly seems intended to help bridge the gap.

“We have an ongoing challenge in readiness, given the threats to amphibious forces,” Maj. Gen. David Coffman, Director of Naval Expeditionary Warfare, said in January at the Surface Naval Association Symposium.

Unlike existing tracked AAVs, the new ACVs are 8X8 wheeled vehicles engineered for greater speed, maneuverability and survivability on land. By removing the need for torsion bars, a wheeled-vehicle such as the ACV can build a V-shaped hull for additional protection, speed and combat durability, BAE Systems developers say.

“The Marine Corps went from tracked to wheeled because of advances in automotive technology,” Swift said.

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The new vehicle weighs 30-tons and has a digitized driver’s instrument panel. The existing new ACVs are armed with .50-Cal Machine Guns and engineered with an unmanned turret that can integrate the 40mm gun. The new ACV also makes use of a stronger 700hp engine, compared to the AAVs 400hp engine.

A more dispersed amphibious attack force not only reduces vulnerability to enemy fire but can also use advanced C4ISR and networking to better identify key points of attack across a wider area.

The new vehicle, currently under a Navy Low-Rate Initial Production deal with BAE Systems to deliver 30 vehicles. The Corps is preparing to deploy new BAE-built Amphibious Combat Vehicles by 2021.

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Injured Marine talks about Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s valuable deeds

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Marine Corporal Tony Porta’s home in Lovettsville, Virginia has wide hallways that allow him to move around in his wheelchair, and built-in technology that makes it possible for him to control a variety of things – such as doors and blinds — through his iPad.

The “smart” home makes a world of difference for Porta, who was critically wounded in 2007 in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq that killed two of his fellow Marines. Porta lost an arm and suffered disfiguring scars on his head and most of his body.

When the Tunnel to Towers Foundation was approached about helping with a home that could make life easier for Porta, they didn’t hesitate to do what they could for the Marine.

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On Friday, Porta told “Fox & Friends,” how much the foundation’s efforts have meant to him.

“They built me a house where I can actually do a lot of things by myself now,” Porta said. “I can control the temperature…I can help my wife sometimes cooking and things like that.”

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The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was created in honor of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter who on Sept. 11, 2001 – unable to get to the World Trade Center any other way — ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel with 60 lbs. strapped on his back. He died in the towers.

His older brother, Frank Siller, who is chairman of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, spoke on “Fox & Friends” about the importance of helping veterans and first responders who serve their country and communities.

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“My brother sacrificed his life on September 11th, 2001,” Siller said. “And through that sacrifice he inspired his siblings, oldest siblings, to be better people and to do good. This is the work we are doing. We are helping the greatest of all Americans, veterans coming home catastrophically injured.”

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New York City firefighters share memories of fallen Marine Christopher Slutman

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Two New York City firefighters remembered their colleague Christopher Slutman, who was one of three U.S. Marines killed his week in Afghanistan, as selfless and devoted to his family and country.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” New York City firefighters Bobby Eustace and Gerard Fitzgerald said Slutman, who was 43, was committed to serving both as a city emergency responder and as a Marine.

Slutman, a 15-year FDNY member, was killed by a roadside bomb Monday. He leaves behind his wife, Shannon, and three daughters.

“He was a great man, a man of integrity,” Eustace said. “He was what every man should aspire to be…He put the maximum effort in everything he did.”

Slutman was honored five years ago for rescuing a woman from a burning high-rise while serving with the Fire Department of New York, the city’s mayor and fire commissioner said on Tuesday. In 2014, Slutman received a medal for pulling an unconscious woman from a high-rise apartment fire in the Bronx.

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New York firefighter Christopher Slutman, a 15-year member of the Fire Dept. of New York, was among three American service members killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Monday. (Fire Department of New York via AP)

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Slutman and fellow firefighters “forced open the door to the fire apartment and were met with a high heat condition and dense, black smoke, from floor to ceiling,” the department said when his medal was awarded. They crawled along the apartment floor, and Slutman found the woman in a bedroom. He and another firefighter “dragged the woman past the fire” to emergency medical workers.

Slutman saved the woman “at peril to himself,” a battalion chief wrote in endorsing his honor.

Slutman was the fourth FDNY member to die while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2003, the city said. The Pentagon identified the two other Marines killed as Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, New York, and Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania.

“He protected his family, protected his country and protected the great city of New York,” Eustace said. “And, you know, he loved [his family] dearly. He spent as much time as he possibly could with them. He worked as hard as he possibly could to spend as much time and provide as much as he could for them.”

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“He was a passionate man, a humble man, he was a go-do-your-job kind of man.”

Monday’s U.S. fatalities bring to seven the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscoring the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked country even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year war, America’s longest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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3 Marines killed in Afghanistan ID’d, included FDNY firefighter

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The three U.S. Marines killed on Monday in an IED blast in Afghanistan while in a convoy near Bagram Airfield were identified and included a firefighter from New York.

The Taliban suicide bombing killed Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, 43, Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31.

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Slutman was a 15-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department who served in the reserves. He had a wife and three daughters.

“Through this trying time, we will remember Chris for the father, husband, brother, son, and friend that he was, the moral character he displayed daily, and the courage and conviction to serve his fellow Americans, both at home and abroad,” the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department wrote on Facebook said on Facebook.

Hines was from York, Pa., and Hendriks was from Locust Valley, N.Y.

All three were from the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve.

Several others were injured in the attack.

There are about 14,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan, supporting embattled Afghan forces as they struggle on two fronts — facing a resurgent Taliban who now hold sway over almost half the country and also the Islamic State affiliate, which has sought to expand its footprint in Afghanistan even as its self-proclaimed “caliphate” has crumbled in Syria and Iraq.

Last year, 13 U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan.

The Taliban have continued to carry out daily attacks on Afghan security forces despite holding several rounds of peace talks with the United States in recent months. The Taliban have refused to meet with the Afghan government, which they view as a U.S. puppet.

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Bagram Airfield is the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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