January 20, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

Maverick Pilot Chuck Yeager Dies at 97

Chuck Yeager

The World War II fighter pilot ace and quintessential test pilot showed he had the “right stuff” in 1947, becoming the first person to fly faster than sound.

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US Arms Exports Total $175B in FY2020

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The US approved $175 billion in arms sales to foreign nations in fiscal 2020. That is a 2.8% increase over the prior fiscal year’s $170 billion in sales.

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Virtual Ceremony to Mark Pearl Harbor Remembrance

Pearl Harbor

The coronavirus pandemic will keep Pearl Harbor survivors from attending the 79th Commemorative Ceremony remembering those killed in the attack that launched the US into World War II. The ceremony today, Dec. 7, will be closed to the public, but will be live streamed starting at approximately 7:45 am.

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Academy Anniversary Uniforms Introduced

Continuing the 2020 celebration of the 175th anniversary of the United States Naval Academy, Navy football will wear specialty uniforms for its annual showdown against archrival Army Dec. 12, 2020 at West Point, NY.

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Small Kindness Reaps National Benefit

A Coast Guardsman bought dinner at a diner for a stranger in Greenland. Ends up it’s the prime minister of the country and the Guardsman has been credited with strengthening the US  position in the Arctic domain. “It’s just something I do,” explained Kate Kilroy junior Coast Guard member.

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2nd Navy MQ-8C Drone Suffers Mishap

MQ-8C

An unmanned MQ-8C drone was damaged during testing of a lithium ion battery at Webster Field in St. Inigoes on Nov. 16. That was the second major mishap involving the new variant just in the month of November. A Fire Scout drone crashed at a California Navy base Nov. 10.

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Nimitz Returns to Mideast as Tensions Rise

The USS Nimitz is back in the Persian Gulf. The Pentagon cites the drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq as the reason. Others believe the killing of an Iranian scientist in Tehran is further raising tensions across the Mideast.

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Morning Coffee Is Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please keep in your thoughts all those working to keep the world safe, especially during this time. We will be percolating again Monday, November 30, 2020.

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DoD Budget Hostage to Confederates

Trump is sticking with his threat to veto the $740B funding bill if it requires bases named for Confederates must change their names. The Democrats have some Republican allies who want the names changed. But some Democrats don’t know if the fight is worth having right now if it delays passage of the bill. Other Democrats say, yes, of course it is.

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GAO: Aircraft Readiness Not Meeting Goals

Readiness

A Government Accountability Office report shows aircraft readiness in all branches of the military has gone from bad to worse. Among the report’s findings, some 24 aircraft have never met readiness goals in the nine years from 2011 through 2019.

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