Ministry of National Defense Issues Press Release Statement on “Military Deployment of C-130 Transportation Aircrafts to Assist in the Evacuation of Personnel Stranded in Kinmen”
The Ministry of National Defense expressed today (29th) that, due to the effects of “Typhoon Megi”, the sea and air transport in Kinmen has been suspended for 2 days. In order to alleviate the transportation pressure of the stranded travellers, the Ministry of National Defense had accommodated to the requests of the Ministry of Transportation and Communication to deploy 4 C-130 transportation aircrafts to assist in the transportation from Kinmen to Taiwan and has successfully completed the mission.
The Ministry of National Defense indicated that, due to the unfavorable weather conditions at Kinmen which had affected the transportation capabilities of civil aircrafts, large numbers of passengers are left stranded at the Kinmen Airport and the civil aircrafts are unable to accommodate the demands of the public, so the Ministry of National Defense had accommodated to the requests of the Ministry of Transportation and Communication to deploy 4 C-130 transportation aircrafts to assist in the evacuation of passengers returning to Taiwan from Kinmen. The operation has enabled the evacuation of 275 members of the public and military personnel in total.
The Ministry of National Defense stressed that, the evacuation operation has helped to alleviate the inadequate capacities of civil aircraft and assisted the transportation of the public and military personnel in returning to their homes or workplace earlier.
Navy Command Headquarters Issues Press Release Statement Offering Clarification on the Incident of “Navy Ordered to Compensate for Termination of Contract for Magnetic Station Equipment Maintenance and Procurement in Verdict”
Regarding the media report of “Navy Ordered to Compensate for Termination of Contract for Magnetic Station Equipment Maintenance and Procurement in Verdict” in the Want Weekly magazine, the Navy Command Headquarters expressed today (28th) that, the tender for “Magnetic Station Equipment Maintenance and Procurement” was won by Nan-Dao Engineering Corp. on July 28th 2010. In accordance with the verdict numbered 0990385 in 2010, the tender organizing agency revoked the tender qualification of Nan-Dao Engineering Corp. and terminated the contract. Refusing to accept the verdict, Nan-Dao Engineering Corp. made an appeal which was then rejected by the Public Construction Commission in verdict numbered 100081 in 2011. Nan-Dao Engineering Corp. then filed an administrative litigation case in 2012 which was also rejected by the Taipei High Administrative Court.
The Navy Command Headquarters expressed that, Nan-Dao Engineering Corp. filed a civil litigation case at the Taipei District Court on July 10th 2012 to claim compensation from the navy for the losses. The Navy has expressed its respects for this claim and has commissioned lawyers to legal actions to ensure the rights of the Navy.
The Navy Command Headquarters stressed that, the military has conducted all procedures in the case in accordance with the regulations and the case is currently under legal investigation. Regarding the misrepresentation of facts in the report by Want Weekly, the report is more of a personal attack nature and the Navy Command Headquarters reserves the right of legal recourse.
Ministry of National Defense Issues Press Release Statement on “Deployment of Military Personnel in Response to the Coming of the Typhoon Megi”
The Ministry of National Defense expressed today (27th) that, due to the coming of the “Typhoon Megi”, the military has prepared an estimated 35,315 military personnel on standby, and 36 categories of various equipment including 14 aircrafts, 111 boats, 282 armored vehicles, 2,153 wheeled vehicles, 1,301 engineering machinery, numbering a total of 3,861 equipment, machinery and vehicles. In addition, in order to execute mountain area rescue operations, the Aviation and Special Forces Command of the R.O.C. Army has also completed the deployment and organization of 21 special forces teams, comprising a total of 122 military personnel in advance to take up positions in 15 areas such as Wulai District in New Taipei City, Nan'ao Township in Yilan County, Xinyi Township in Nantou County, Namasia District in Kaohsiung City, to ensure rescue operations can be immediately conducted when required.
The Ministry indicated that, the R.O.C Armed Forces have assisted in the evacuation of 1,121 refugees and placed 2,520 sandbags in 19 areas such as Wulai District in New Taipei City, Fuxing District in Taoyuan City, Jianshi Township in Hsinchu County, Xinshe District in Taichung City, Xinyi Township in Nantou County, Nanhua District in Tainan, Jiasian District in Kaohsiung City, Laiyi Township and Linbian Township in Pingtung County. As of 26th, a total of 8,257 military personnel have been deployed, evacuating 2,370 people and placed a total of 11,690 sandbags.
The Ministry stressed that, the military shall continue to keep abreast of the latest changes of the Typhoon Megi, and ensure high awareness for the deployment of military personnel in any future rescue operations. Under the preconditions of ensuring safety, the military personnel will be deployed as soon as the weather allows, so as to assist local efforts in maintaining and cleaning the landscape, and to allow the people to resume their normal lives as soon as possible.
Air Force Command Headquarters Issues Press Release Statement Offering Clarification on the Incident of “Colonel Caught Leaving Sick Child Unattended for Tryst” (September 26th 2016)
Regarding the media report on the incident of “Colonel Caught Leaving Sick Child Unattended for Tryst”, the Air Force Command Headquarters expressed today (26th) that, after the administrative investigation launched by the military unit, the evidence are verified and the perpetrator has admitted to his infractions. A Personnel Review Committee Meeting was launched against the violator, surnamed Tung, to mete out a punishment of 2 minor demerit points and 1 major demerit point in accordance with the “Armed Forces Punishment Act” and the personnel will be subject to review for the inappropriateness of continued military service and disqualification.
The Air Force Command Headquarters stressed that, the Command Headquarters expresses regret that one of its personnel is unable to maintain good self-conduct and observe the proprieties in affairs pertaining to relationships. The Command Headquarters will continue to make use of all educational opportunities to strengthen military discipline to prevent similar incidents from occurring again.
Aviation and Special Forces Command Issues Press Release Statement Offering Clarification on the Media Report of “Sergeant Last Words on Facebook Stating that his Superiors are Leaving Him with No Way Out. Rescued from Suspected Suicide”
Regarding the media report on the incident of “Military Personnel Expresses Self-Injury Negative Comments on Facebook”, the Aviation and Special Forces Command expressed today (24th) that, the Sergeant, surnamed Yang, from 602 Air Cavalry Brigade of the Aviation and Special Forces Command was assigned on guard duty at 0018 AM and had expressed negative and suicidal comments in a burst of emotions. After learning of the comments, the military unit immediately organized search teams and notified his family. At 0146 AM, Yang was found in the vicinity of the plant sheds. Although he was conscious and had no visible injuries, the military unit assigned officers to accompany him to the Taichung Armed Forces General Hospital for checkup due to safety considerations. Preliminary diagnosis showed that Yang had suffered fractures in the second vertebrae of the lumbar vertebrae, and he is currently hospitalized.
The Aviation and Special Forces Command indicated that the reasons for the incident is currently under investigation by a task force and the case will be used as a case study to strengthen the psychological guidance of the military personnel to effectively help them in relieving stress and thus, preventing similar incidents from happening.
Regarding the media report on the incident of “Military Authorities Disregarded Dementia Threat of Military Personnel”, the Aviation and Special Forces Command clarified today (22nd) that the report is inconsistent with the facts. After the officer,
Regarding the media report on the breach of contract by “Clouded Leopard Transmission & Chassis System” contractors, the Ministry of National Defense issued a statement today (23rd):
- The Ministry shall establish a task force to inspect the provisions of the contract, indictment, and verdict. If the conditions for termination of contract are met, the contract will be terminated and compensation will be claimed in accordance with procedures.
For future “transmission and chassis” needs, the Ministry has already evaluated that subsequent expansion of provisions will not be required, and has stipulated anti-malpractice tender documents to ensure the most favorable tender selection system, and invited experts and scholars to form a selection committee to ensure procurement quality.
Aviation and Special Forces Command Issues Press Release Statement Offering Clarification on the Media Report of “Military Authorities Disregarded Dementia Threat of Military Personnel”
Regarding the media report on the incident of “Military Authorities Disregarded Dementia Threat of Military Personnel”, the Aviation and Special Forces Command clarified today (22nd) that the report is inconsistent with the facts. After the officer, surnamed Chen, had suffered injuries, his military unit had provided full care for the officer and applied to the Armed Force Reserve Command, MND for appraisal of disability degree.
The Aviation and Special Forces Command expressed that, Corporal Chen had suffered injuries during a bridge building operation in an assault training exercise on November 13th last year (2015), and his military unit had immediately sent him to the Taoyuan Armed Forces General Hospital for medical treatment. On November 14th, he was transferred to the Tri-Service General Hospital for treatment. During hospitalization, the medical team offered him comprehensive medical care and the officials at different levels had visited him a total of 382 times, assigned vehicles to pick up the family members a total of 230 times and employed specialized nurses for 24 hour dedicated care. In addition, to ensure continued treatment and rehabilitation, his military unit had also provided assistance in the application for transfer as convalescent personnel at Taoyuan Armed Forces General Hospital and provided full assistance with the subsequent medical treatment. Furthermore, as Chen had graduated from the R.O.C. Army Academy, he is a standing non-commissioned officer, so under the provisions of the “Act of Commission for Commissioned Officers and Noncommissioned Officers of the Armed Forces” he may choose to stay on in the military or retire from military service depending on his willingness and rehabilitation condition. The family members’ claim that he was forced to retire from military was obviously due to a misunderstanding of the regulations, so the military unit will continue to communicate with them for clarification.
The Aviation and Special Forces Command indicated that the investigation into the case conducted by the Criminal Examination Center of the Military Police Command has been completed and is now forwarded to the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office for subsequent investigation and the military unit will cooperate fully with the investigations. In addition, the Aviation and Special Forces Command had already meted out punishments of 1 reprimand demerit to 2 reprimand demerits to 6 military personnel including the Lieutenant Colonel battalion commander on December 3rd last year (2015) for lack of supervision which led to the accident. The military unit shall continue to investigate if there are any subsequent human negligence factors based on the findings of the Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office.
The Aviation and Special Forces Command stressed that, in order to ensure the rights of Corporal Chen, the military unit and Aviation and Special Forces Command had submitted the application for disability degree appraisal to the Armed Force Reserve Command, MND on May 30th this year (2015) in accordance with procedures. Depending on the degree of his disability, Corporal Chen will be able to apply for insurance and pension.
Kinmen Defense division clarified the incident “People pleaded compassion for soldiers showering at a school but condemned by a School Drill Officer”(20160920)
For the incident “People pleaded compassion for soldiers showering at a school but condemned by a School Drill Officer”, Kinmen Defense division has the explanation as follows:
After the typhoon Meranti, most communities and military bases in Kinmen were cut off power and water supply. County Mayor Chen showed his sympathy for all hard-working soldiers and opened 5 locations of public-serving units with shower rooms, including Kinmen vocational high school.
All soldiers followed the arrangement of Kinmen County Hall to take a shower; however, due to the poor communication second batch of soldiers were denied by the on-duty School Drill Officer with improper language. Principal Liu felt very sorry to us and reflected himself because all soldiers and the School Drill Officer are both in this military big family. We understand the duty of the School Drill Officer to keep the campus safe, which was an unintentional mistake for this time, and Kinmen Defense division would keep improving the livelihood quality for all soldiers.
Kinmen Defense division re-addressed it is special for Kinmen having deep bound between military and civilian that the local resource is always for everyone. We are really grateful for the active support from all civilian in these days. At this moment our goal is to restore the civilian’s daily life and we appeal to everyone for encouragement.
Air Force HQ elucidated the training project “Defending air province. Air Force to practice life-fire tomorrow”.(20160918)
For the report “Defending air province. Air Force to practice life-fire tomorrow”, HQ today (Sep.18) elucidated that all training projects and exercises are in consistent with yearly courses and practiced in national air province following the legal announcement to ensure the safety of other aircrafts.
The HQ also said the Air Force is determined to train for the best that both east and west side air province of Taiwan are justified to be the regular space for routine exercise. It is not for specific reason and the reported content on the media is entirely not true and please do not spread the rumors.
Air Force HQ published the explanation for incident “Story of meal cans of rescuing soldiers slighted”.(02160917)
For the incident reported on 17th “Story of meal cans of rescuing soldiers slighted”, Air Force HQ indicated that it was really unfortunate for delay supply which caused low morality and HQ gave its apology and reflected itself for the last time.
Air Force HQ emphasized the order has been passed down to ensure the integrity of supply and shelter of all soldiers. And those who were forced to cancel their holidays due to the rescuing tasks would be mentally cared for finishing the task as soon as possible and restoring the civilian’s daily life.