Weekly Rundown: August 31 – September 6, 2019
A quick review of the major military related headlines from the last week:
1stLt. Chelsey Hibsch receives her Ranger tab.
Photo Credit: U.S. Army/John Tongret
- Air Force 1st Lieutenant Chelsey Hibsch graduated Ranger School, the first female airman to do so. Hibsch, a prior-enlisted Security Forces officer, is one of less than 300 airmen to earn the Ranger tab in 64 years.
- On Monday a spokesman for the Iranian government confirmed that the explosion of one of their satellite launch rockets its launchpad last week was an accident. The following day, the US State Department placed sanctions on the Iranian Space Agency, claiming the explosion indicates the Iranians are using their alleged space launches as a cover to develop ballistic missiles.
- The US has opened negotiations with the Houthi rebels in Yemen in hopes of ending the deadly conflict and the widespread famine it’s caused.
Aerial photo of devestation from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas taken from a Coast Guard C-130 Photo Credit: US Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Stanton.
- As Hurricane Dorian continues to ravage the Caribean and southeastern United States, the Coast Guard has conducted dozens of rescues across the region. In addition, the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, including the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was put on alert in case further assistance is needed.
- The Department of Defense approved the reallocation of $3.6 billion to border wall construction and maintenance. A full list of the 127 programs the money will be taken from was released and it includes hurricane recovery projects, base improvements, and construction projects for on-base schools, all of which will be deferred for the time being.
- Despite continuing developments in peace talks between the US and Taliban, bombings and attacks continue across Afghanistan, including one that killed two NATO servicemembers; an American and a Romanian.
- The Army’s Inspector General released a report laying out the many, many issues plaguing privatized military housing.
- Obesity in the armed forces continues to rise with the average rate across all services up to over 17% from 16% four years ago. The “fattest” branch? The US Navy with a 22% obesity rate.
- To avoid further depleting their already reduced manpower, ISIS is reportedly resorting to using explosive cows in lieu of suicide bomber attacks.
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