- NATO allies the United States and Turkey agreed to set up a buffer zone in Syria off-limits to Kurdish forces fighting ISIS. The buffer is meant to prevent any fighting between the Turkish military and the American-assisted Kurds, which could potentially kill embedded US troops.
- The National Transportation Safety Bureau released the findings of their investigation into the fatal collision of the USS John McCain and the oil tanker Alnic MC in August of 2017. It highlights a number of serious factors that led to the tragic incident and the death of ten sailors, including poor training and “acute fatigue.”
- A quarterly report by the Pentagon’s Inspector General released to the public this week warned of a growing ISIS resurgence in Syria. It claims that the Syrian Democratic Forces are unable to sufficiently combat the terrorist organization on their own as more US troops and advisors are withdrawn.
- North Korea continues testing missiles, launching two this past Wednesday following two separate launches of a pair of missiles last week and one the week before. The North has stated that these tests are a direct response to the upcoming joint military exercises between South Korea and the US.
- 1st Lieutenant Catherine Stark became the Marine Corps’ first female aviator selected to fly the F-35C, the carrier variant of Lockheed’s Lightning II stealth fighter. This comes less that two months after Captain Anneliese Satz completed training to fly the F-35B, the short takeoff and vertical landing (SVOTL) verison of the aircraft.
1st Lt Stark receives her naval aviator wings.
Photo credit: Anne Owens, US Navy