August 9, 2020

Pentagon Reopening Brings Back Some Staff

Pentagon

The first phase of the Pentagon’s reopening is bringing back some employees who had previously been ordered to stay home and opening select entrances to the building.

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In Indo-Pacific Region, a Massive Show of US Naval Force

Indo-Pacific

While China builds up its military outposts in the South China Sea, putting missile and electronic warfare systems on them, the US and other allies have beefed up operations. For the first time in nearly three years, three American aircraft carriers are patrolling the Indo-Pacific waters, a massive show of naval force.

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Experts Still Fear Second Peak of COVID-19

The trend of new coronavirus cases is still increasing in 19 states, holding steady in seven, and heading downward in 24, includng Maryland and Virginia. Health experts continue to fear a second peak of COVID-19 in the wake of the reopening of states, Memorial Day gatherings, and protests seeking racial justice across the country.

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No Punishment – But No Protest in Uniform

Protest in Uniform

ArmySec Ryan McCarthy: “We don’t want to punish our soldiers … we want to just make sure everybody understands, we don’t want to protest in uniform.”

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DoD Lifts Travel Restrictions in 39 States, 5 Countries

Travel Restrictions

Thirty-nine states and five host nations meet the conditions to lift travel restrictions, according to the Defense Department, subject to the assessment of conditions at individual military installations within these areas. Maryland is one of the states on the list.

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Blue Angels Receive First Hornet for Testing

Blue Angels Hornet

The first F/A-18 Super Hornet has been delivered to the Blue Angels demo team for testing and evaluation. The jet, which will undergo testing at NAS Pax River, is the first of 11 jets expected to be delivered this year.

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White House Coy on Esper’s Break with President

Esper

A White House spokeswoman deflected queries regarding President Donald Trump’s continuing confidence in DefSec Mark Esper who voiced opposition to the president’s proposal to put active duty military into US cities to deal with violent protesters.

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Services Academies to Open Campuses in Fall

military academies

All military services academies will open their campuses to students this fall.

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SpaceX Delivers Astronauts to Space Station

Astronauts

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken arrived at the International Space Station following the historic launch on Saturday. The pair of astronauts docked to the space station’s Harmony module at 10:16 a.m. Sunday as the microgravity laboratory flew 262 miles above the border northern China and Mongolia.

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Catapult Launch a Test, Not Hair-Raising Mishap

Videos, from two different angles, show a lowienergy catapult launch of an F-35C from an aircraft carrier, where it dips and is seen nearing the water. The sink was scary, said one observer, but it was part of the test plan.

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