September 16, 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

1st Female Pilot Chosen for Marines’ F-35C Program

Lt. Catherine Stark of Erie, PA, was recently the first female Marine selected to train and fly the F-35C.

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Esper Targets Area No Longer Under Treaty

Esper

A day after the US pulled out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, DefSec Mark Esper said he wants to deploy a ground-based missile able to travel into the previously prohibited range, “sooner rather than later.”

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UK to Join US Navy in Strait of Hormuz

Strait of Hormuz

Britain will join a US-led naval security mission in the Strait of Hormuz, raising tensions in the region. Iran’s foreign minister calls the US ratcheting up of sanctions a “failure” for diplomacy.

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Newest Littoral Combat Ship Reports to Fleet

Littoral Combat Ship

The Billings, a Freedom-class littoral combat ship, was commissioned in a Saturday ceremony in Key West, FL. The warship is named after Montana’s largest city.

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Night-Refueling Tests for F-35 Completed

F-35

The F-35 Lightning II program completes testing on an improved lighting assembly with the KC-135 that will enable F-35 variants to refuel behind the tanker at night.

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Might a Fitness Band Replace Fitness Tests?

fitness

The technology exists to make a fitness band for sailors that could replace the semi-annual fitness test and create a “culture of fitness,” says Juan M. Garcia III, the former assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs and retired Navy Reserve captain.

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Trump Wants Out of Afghanistan by 2020 Election

Afghanistan

SecState Pompeo says President Trump wants troops out of Afghanistan before the 2020 election. Pompeo says “real progress” has been made with security in the area. “It won’t just be us. … we hope that overall, the need for combat forces in the region is reduced.”

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Navy Tests Cutting-Edge V-BAT Drone

V-BAT Drone

The US Navy sent its expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Spearhead to sea to experiment with a number of cutting-edge technologies, including MartinUAV’s V-BAT drone. V-BAT is capable of vertical takeoff and landings while also retaining the high efficiency of a fixed-wing aircraft for long-endurance missions.

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Task Force to Study Cancer-Causing Chemicals Used on Bases

Chemicals

DefSec Mark Esper signed a memo on his first full day at work establishing a task force to deal with cancer-causing chemicals found on military bases.

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Esper is Sworn in as DefSec

Esper

Mark Esper is sworn in as US Secretary of Defense during an Oval Office ceremony. Esper supports former DefSec Jim Mattis’ National Defense Strategy to maintain preparedness for conflict with capable adversaries like Russia and China.

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