July 11, 2024

Beryl Opens Week; NATO Closes It

The week began for the US Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi sending out a HC-144 Ocean Sentry air crew to survey and assess damage in the wake of Hurricane Beryl along the Texas coast. While in Washington, DC, US President Joe Biden and leaders of other NATO member states gathered for their annual summit.

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Restored Pax O’Club Mural Lands at Museum

A restored mural by local artist George F. McWilliams, honoring the role that NAS Pax River played in national space history, now hangs in the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.

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Happy 248th Birthday, America

Flags for Heroes

On July 4, 2024, America will celebrate its 248th birthday. Although the US Congress declared its separation from England on July 2, 1776, the founding fathers didn’t sign the Declaration of Independence until July 4, 1776.

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House Defense Spending Bill Includes More F-35s, One Attack Sub

The US House on Friday narrowly passed its version of the $833 billion defense spending bill for fiscal 2025. The legislation would buy eight more F-35s beyond the Pentagon’s budget request of 68, while only procuring one Virginia-class attack submarine instead of the usual two vessels the bill usually provides.

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Good-bye, Dali

The Dali — the cargo ship that collided with and collapsed the Key Bridge on March 26 — left Baltimore Monday on its 170-mile journey to Norfolk, VA, with a stop at Virginia International Gateway to unload roughly 1,500 cargo containers still aboard. The Coast Guard provided a 500-yard safety zone around the Dali’s traverse of Chesapeake Bay.

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Congress Again Talks About a Draft

Draft

Congress looks to take up debate on a national military draft as it crafts the 2025 defense policy bill. A Senate committee passed a provision to include women if a draft is reinstated, and a House committee looks to make registration for the Selective Service automatic, but only for men ages 18 to 25.

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Japan Keeps Flying Ospreys, Aware of US Restrictions

Japan

Japan’s defense chief has no plans to restrict flights of the V-22 Ospreys operated in his country. Defense Minister Minoru Kihara said Japanese and US military officials have closely communicated over technical issues involving the safety of Ospreys.

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Chebi: Osprey Restrictions Will Remain Until 2025

Osprey

House lawmakers questioned Pentagon officials last week about the V-22 Osprey’s safety record. During the hearing Wednesday, VADM Carl Chebi, head of US Naval Air Systems Command, said the aircraft will remain under safety restrictions until 2025.

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US Flag Code: Not a Law, an Honor

The US Flag Code is not legally enforceable, but adherence to it is considered a sign of patriotism and respect. The code formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the US flag, and also gives specific instructions on how the US flag is not to be used. Some guidelines ahead of Flag Day, June 14, 2024.

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Defense Budget Boosts Funds for New Tech, Innovation

Innovation

US House lawmakers want to allocate more than $1.3 billion for the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit, part of a continued push by Congress to develop commercial technology at a faster pace.

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