September 21, 2019

Art & Lifestyle:

St. Mary’s Camera Club Gears Up for Fair -

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Festival of Trees Seeking Sponsors -

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

MedStar to Offer Acupuncture Talk, Demo -

Friday, September 6, 2019

Winners in 5th District Art & App Contests Honored -

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Esper: There’s Progress Filling Pentagon Vacancies

Congress and the White House are working to fill senior vacancies at the Pentagon. Five nominees will face Senate hearings in the coming weeks, while eight are undergoing White House vetting, DefSec Mark Esper says.

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Morning Coffee Is Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner for the Labor Day holiday. We’ll be back Tuesday, Sept. 3.

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Border Wall Savings Add 20 Miles of Barrier

border wall

Pentagon chief approves 20 more miles of barriers between Mexico and the United States after seven other border wall projects came in under budget.

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Iran Deploys Warships to Gulf of Aden

Gulf of Aden

Iran deploys two warships to Gulf of Aden, located between the Arabian Peninsula and Africa — a destroyer with surface-to-surface missile capability and a supply ship with a helicopter pad.

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Gilday, New Navy CNO, Takes Command

Gilday

New Chief of Naval Operations ADM Michael Gilday took over as the highest uniformed office in the sea service last week. He says the Navy “will think differently.”

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DoD Forbids Use of CBD Products by Service Members

CDB Products

As each military service has been rolling out its own policy regarding hemp-derived products like cannabidiol, or CBD, DoD issued this warning: “It’s completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time.”

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SPACECOM Standup Aug. 29

space force

Upon its standup, SPACECOM head Gen. Jay Raymond will inherit 87 units, covering missile warning, satellite operations, space control and space support — and pull about 642 personnel from US Strategic Command.

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Medals Awarded to US-Mexico Border Troops

US-Mexico Border

Thousands of US troops who deployed to the US-Mexico border will receive the Armed Forces Service Medal, created by President Bill Clinton.

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Readiness Rate of F-35s Raises Questions

F-35

A Project on Government Oversight’s Center for Defense Information June 2019 reports reveals that 8.7 percent of the 23 F-35s jets in the Edwards Air Force Base test fleet were “fully mission capable.”

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DoD: Contractors Self-Reported Waste Tally Is $200M

Contractors

The Defense Department’s inspector general says that contractors have returned more than $200 million to the US in the decade since it became mandatory to self-report potential fraud, waste, or abuse.

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