Weekly Rundown: August 24 – 30, 2019
A quick review of the major military related headlines from the last week:
- US Army Lieutenant Colonel Anne McClain, NASA astronaut and potential first woman on the moon, may have committed the first ever space crime. McClain is accused of illegally accessing her estranged wife’s financial information from aboard the International Space Station.
LtCol McClain at her (underwater) promotion ceremony last fall.
Photo Credit: Dottie White
- Unnamed Pentagon sources revealed an as-yet unconfirmed and highly successful US cyber attack against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard occured in June as a response to the US Navy drone shot down. The attack allegedly wiped out a database the Guard used to target shipping and oil tankers in the Persian Gulf.
- The ex-wife of US Army Major Adam Clark won a combined $3.2 million dollar civil case over libel, stalking, and revenge porn against Clark and his current girlfriend, Lieutenant Colonel Kimberly Barrett.
- The Wall Street Journal published “Duty, Democracy, and the Threat of Tribalism,” an editorial by Former Secretary of Defense and retired Marine General James Mattis. The piece lays out his service to and resignation from President Trump’s cabinet and his belief that partisan divisiveness is a dire threat to American democracy.
- The Department of Homeland Security will transfer $271 million from agencies it oversees, such as FEMA and the US Coast Guard, to fund border-related programs like increasing space to house asylum seekers.
- At least ten suspicious deaths, two of which have already been ruled homicides by independent autopsies, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in West Virginia are under investigation by the VA’s Office of the Inspector General. Both of the possible murders were committed by insulin injection, which can be fatal in non-diabetics.
- On Thursday, the Pentagon officially formed US Space Command under Air Force General John Raymond, the current commander of the Joint Forces Space Component. Space Command will serve as the precursor to the planned Space Force branch of the military.
- Major Timothy Cox, executive officer of the 22nd Chemical Battalion at Fort Bliss, became the first soldier to achieve a perfect score on the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
Major Cox in training.
Photo Credit: SSgt Shawn Casey, US Army
In Case You Missed It
- Army veteran Stacey Bell kindly shared her firsthand personal perspective on the difficulties of life as a veteran attending college.
- This Week in Military History: 38 minutes may not sound like enough time to do anything noteworthy, but that’s all it took for the British Empire and the Sultanate of Zanzibar to fight the shortest war in recorded history.
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