A quick review of the major military related headlines from the last week:
Jamale Carothers, fullback for the Navy Midshipmen, catches a touchdown pass at the 120th edition of America’s Game between the Army’s Black Knights and Navy’s Midshipmen.
Photo Credit: U.S. Army Reserve, Master Sgt. Michel Sauret.
- Navy’s 31-7 football victory over Army was slightly overshadowed by the suspicion that several “ok” symbols flashed on camera by personnel from both service academies were meant as white power gestures. Investigations by the schools concluded that such suspicions were, thankfully, incorrect.
- China’s second aircraft carrier, the first one built there and not purchased from another country, entered service. While a few years away from full operational capacity, it will greatly enhance China’s ability to shape events in the highly contested South China Sea and elsewhere.
- Another 4,000 troops may be withdrawn from Afghanistan, which would bring the number of American personnel there down to about 9,000.
- A shooting occurred at the main building in Moscow’s Lubyanka square, the former home of the KGB and current headquarters of its successor, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). Details are spotty and still emerging, but at least one FSB officer is confirmed dead and another five people were wounded. The shooter was, as the Russians put it, “neutralized."
- Construction began on the USNS Harvey Milk, named for the assassinated gay rights leader and US Navy veteran. It will be the first American naval vessel named for an openly LGBTQ+ individual.
Photo announcement that the next John Lewis class underway replenishment oiler will be named after Mr. Milk.
Photo Credit: US Navy.
- After vetting all other Saudi personnel training in the US in the aftermath of the shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola by a Saudi Air Force Officer the Pentagon declared there are no further threats. But monitoring of the social media accounts of all international military personnel training in the States will continue.
- A deceased woman was discovered with the body of her long missing husband in her freezer. A notarized letter purportedly signed by the dead man claims she did not, in fact, kill him and he passed away due to long-term illness. But she did hide his body to keep getting his VA and Social Security checks.
- The US Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps decided to begin their commemoration of the 75h anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge in a really poorly thought out way. Just real stupid. They have since apologized.
- Hugh Hefner’s son Cooper has stepped down from running his father’s media company and joined the Air Force. Our applications to take over his old job have gone unanswered.
Hefner, right, taking the oat of enlistment.
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