Weekly Rundown: September 7 – 13, 2019

Weekly Rundown: September 7 – 13, 2019

News Recap

A quick review of the major military related headlines from the last week:

  • President Trump called off negotiations with the Taliban, calling the process “dead,” after a car bomb last week killed US Army Sergeant 1st Class Elis Angel Barreto Ortiz, Corporal 3rd Class Ciprian-Stefan Polschi of the Romaniam Armed Forces, and ten civilians in Kabul. The talks, which began last October, faced a number of issues even before their cancellation, such as a lack of input from the Afghan government.
  • The Coast Guard rescued the last four crewmen trapped inside the capsized cargo ship Golden Ray in the port of Brunswick, Georgia.

Coast Guard and salvage crews extracted the remaining four Golden Ray crew members Sept. 9, 2019, in St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Georgia. The crew members were transported by a Coast Guard Station Brunswick 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew to Glenn County EMS for further medical evaluation. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Station Brunswick)Coast Guard and salvage crews extracting the remaining four Golden Ray crew members.
Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Station Brunswick

  • The commander of Naval Special Warfare Command fired the CO, XO, and Command Master Chief of SEAL Team 7 due to “a loss of confidence that resulted from leadership failures that caused a breakdown of good order and discipline within two subordinate units while deployed to combat zones.” Officials didn’t mention any specifics, but SEAL Team 7 is the parent command of Foxtrot Platoon, the unit recently kicked out of Iraq for hosting a drunken party that led to a sexual assault.
  • Russia and the Ukraine conducted a major prisoner exchange, the first since the beginning of their ongoing conflict over the Crimean peninsula. Among those returned home was Volodymyr Tsemakh, a Russian air defense officer and person of interest in regard to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in 2014.
  • President Trump forced out National Security Adviser John Bolton after months of conflict over their preferred approaches to North Korea, the Taliban negotiations, and Iran. Accounts of how it happened differ, with the President saying he fired Bolton and Bolton saying he willingly resigned. A replacement has yet to be named.
  • The Air Force dropped 80,000 pounds of bombs on the ISIS stronghold of Qanus Island, in the Tigris River south of Mosul, Iraq.

Aerial footage of the Air Force bombardment of Qanus Island, Iraq.Aerial footage of the Air Force bombardment of Qanus Island, Iraq.

  • In response to controversy over a C-17 crew staying overnight at a hotel in Scotland owned by President Trump, the Air Force will review the process by which personnel choose and book travel accommodations. The issue has also impacted senate hearings for President Trump’s pick for the next Secretary of the Air Force, Barabara M. Barrett.
  • The Coast Guard is being targeted by one of America’s greatest internal threats: Florida Man. The hunt is on for the person responsible for a series of threatening radio calls made over VHF radios promising to destroy USCG planes and vessels including their “aircraft carriers.”

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