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Weekly Rundown: March 21st – 27th, 2020
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Weekly Rundown: March 21st – 27th, 2020

Military News Recap

A quick recap of the major US military news stories from the last week:

COVID-19

Secret Rescue Operation

US military personnel rescued an American woman from Honduras in a highly secretive military operation. Both President Trump and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper spoke briefly on the rescue but provided few details. Who held her in captivity or for how long is currently unknown.

Afghan Peace Process

Despite the aforementioned Skype call, a number of factors continue plaguing the ongoing negotiations to end the War in Afghanistan. Both incumbent Ashraf Ghani and his challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, have declared themselves president after the recent election. Even a recent visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the threat of a $1 billion cut in aid programs did not end the stalemate between the politicians.

Marine Corps Changes

General David Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps, officially outlined upcoming cuts to units and personnel in his planned redesign of the branch. Most notably, the plan calls for the elimination of all three tank battalions and three of the Corp’s 24 infantry battalions. Canon artillery, amphibious assault vehicle (AAV), and aviation units will see reductions over the next few years.

Aircraft Carrier Toilet Troubles

No matter your current toilet paper stocking situation is, at least you’re not dealing with the kind of plumbing issues plaguing the aircraft carriers USS Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush. A report by the Government Accountability Office revealed that the sewage systems aboard these state-of-the-art ships clog so easily that they must be regularly flushed with a specific acid solution to clear them out. The cost of each ship-wide unclogging: $400,000.


In Case You Missed It

  • Whether you’re new to the job market or between steady gigs, temporary or part time employment can help you stay busy and financially afloat while you get sorted. Check out our thoughts on Some of the Best Temporary and Part-Time Jobs for Veterans.
  • Stuck on the couch and growing bored with all this unfortunately necessary quarantining? These 5 of the Best Military Movies on Amazon Prime can help pass the time in the best way.
  • This Week in Military History: you may have already seen the fictionalized film version (that’s included in our above mentioned Amazon Prime list), but did you know there was a real Great Escape? Learn all about the daring aviators who tried busting out of a POW camp in 1944.
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