May 30, 2020

‘Serious Concerns’ with DC July 4th Celebration

DC July 4th

Lawmakers from the National Capital Region called on the Trump administration to drop plans for a second “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebration in Washington, DC, July 4th. They cite pandemic safety concerns and also the cost of such a celebration during a time of economic distress.

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Academy Grads Hear: COVID-19 Is Part of the Mission

“As new threats continue to emerge, you must remain ready, vigilant, and prepared to defend our country, our people, and our way of life,” DefSec addresses the Naval Academy’s first virtual graduation ceremony.

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New NavSec Braithwaite Confirmed

Braithwaite

The Senate confirmed Kenneth Braithwaite as the new Navy secretary, reports Politico. The NavSec post has been vacant since November when Richard Spencer was fired.

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Morning Coffee Is Off the Burner

Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner for the Memorial Day holiday. We’ll be back Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

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Chincoteague Pony Swim Canceled by Coronavirus

Chincoteague Pony

Along with so much else, the coronavirus had forced the cancelling of the 95th Chincoteague Pony Swim, for the first time since World War II.

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DoD Contractors Hardest Hit by COVID-19

contractors

Another defense contractor has died of the coronavirus. Defense contractors are the hardest hit by the COVID-19 virus in all metrics within DoD, including troops, dependents, and civilians as well.

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Best, Worst States for Military Retirees

Military Retirees

See where Maryland fares on this list of the best and worst states for military retirees.

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Another First for Space Exploration

Space Exploration

SpaceX plans to launch veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station on May 27. NASA administrator: “NASA will once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from America!”

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Historied USS Nevada Found 3 Miles Deep Off Pearl Harbor

USS Nevada

The USS Nevada may be the most resilient battleship in the history of the Navy: Commissioned in 1916, survived bombing of Pearl Harbor; fought in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of WWII, and went on to prove nearly unsinkable into the emerging atomic age.

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NAWCAD to Lead So. MD Tech Bridge

Tech Bridge

NAWCAD is named to lead Southern Maryland’s Tech Bridge to help local leverage and fund innovations of non-traditional military partners. James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition made the announcement Tuesday.

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