July 30, 2021

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Register for Healthy St. Mary’s Annual Meeting -

Thursday, July 29, 2021

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Poplar Hill Music Series Continues -

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Save the Date for TPP Annual Dinner -

Thursday, July 15, 2021

2011 PFAS Risk Alert Triggered No Action

PFAS

An inspector general report from 2020 found DoD issued a “risk alert” regarding PFAS in 2011 without accompanying action instructions. The first risk management actions regarding the toxic chemicals used throughout the military for firefighting came in 2016. The IG report comes two years after dozens of lawmakers requested a review.

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PG Delegate Tapped for MD US Attorney

President Joe Biden has nominated Prince George’s County Del. Erek Barron to become the next US Attorney for Maryland. If confirmed, he would be the first Black person to hold the post, and the first Democrat in 20 years.

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Will Women Register for the Draft in FY22?

In addition to wanting more equipment for all services, the Senate Armed Services Committee would like women to begin registering, as to men, for the possibility of a future draft. Currently the US has an all-voluntary military, but almost all male US citizens and immigrants between 18 and 25 must register with the US Selective Service System.

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Navy Implements New Fire Safety Practices

VADM Roy Kitchener said he is encouraged by new fire safety protocols for ships undergoing maintenance in port. He said among the changes the Navy has invested in fire detection systems and added industrial-environment safety training at surface officer school.

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Proposed 2.7% Pay Raise for DoD Civilians & Troops

Rotary Club

The Senate Armed Services Committee has joined the Biden administration and House leaders supporting a 2.7% DoD pay hike for troops and civilians in 2022.

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US Calls Out China Over Cyberattacks

New Normal on the Internet cyber

US and NATO allies have condemned China’s aggressive behavior in cyberspace and place blame on China for a January hack, while the US Justice Department indicts four Chinese nationals for the cyberattack on Microsoft.

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1st Ship in Fleet Oiler Class Is Christened

Oiler Class USNS John Lewis

The US Navy christened the future USNS John Lewis on Saturday. It is the first ship in the service’s fleet oiler program.

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Milestone for Marines F-35C Squadron

F-36C

The Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 Black Knights are the first Marine Corps F-35C squadron to achieve full operational capability.

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HAC OKs $706B Military Budget

DoD

The House Appropriations Committee approved a $706 billion defense spending bill for fiscal 2022 with a 33-23 party line vote. Republicans object that the $10 billion increase is insufficient to counter threats from China and around the globe.

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Sailors Fault Navy Culture for Failures

It’s the leadership, according to a lawmakers survey finding 94% of sailors connect “damaging operational failures” in the Navy to its culture, in a study, titled “A Report on the Fighting Culture of the United States Navy Surface Fleet.”

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