July 12, 2020

Art & Lifestyle:

Task Force to Study Racism in the Navy

The US Navy has created Task Force One Navy, a group that will seek to “address the issues of racism, sexism and other destructive biases and their impact on naval readiness.”

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.

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!”

Supply Chain Problems Ahead for DoD

supply chain

DoD must brace for long-term supply chain problems associated with trade flow disruptions, such as container ships piling up unopened at US docks. The greatest impacts will be to DoD’s second-, third-, and fourth-tier suppliers who sell primarily to the civil and consumer markets.

Will Hefty Bonuses Get Pilots to Stay?

Bonuses

The Marine Corps’ fiscal 2020 aviation bonuses are aimed at enticing pilots to sign eight-year contracts and plug the flood of Marine aviators trading in their military wings to fly civilian skies.

Coast Guard Performs Operations in Asia

Coast Guard Cutter Performing Operations in Asia

Earlier this month, the cutter Bertholf made a port stop in Hong Kong, the first time the Coast Guard has visited the Chinese territory in 17 years.

Blue Angels Set to Move to Super Hornets

Blue Angels

The US Navy’s Blue Angels are tentatively set to start flying the F/A-18 Super Hornet in 2021. The move to the Super Hornet will mark the first time the fighter jet demonstration team has changed aircraft since it moved from the A-4F Skyhawk II to the F/A-18 Hornet in 1986.

Spacewalk This Month Will Make History

The first-ever, all-female spacewalk will take place later this month. Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will exit the International Space Station on March 29. On a local note: McClain is a graduate of the US Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River.

VA Leaves Millions Unspent for Suicide Outreach

Navy Suicides

Veterans Administration has spent only $57,000 out of $6.2 million set aside for suicide prevention and suicide outreach in the media in fiscal 2018, less than 1 percent, while a respected, retired Marine colonel becomes the fifth suicide since 2013 at the same Florida VA complex.

Retired Marine Col. Jim Turner became the fifth veteran at Bay Pines Department of Veterans Affairs in Florida to take his life, reports Military.com. He put on his dress uniform and medals and drove to the complex. He got out of his truck, sat down on top of his military records and took his own life with a rifle. He left a suicide note blasting the VA for failing to help him. He was remembered as a professional and a leader.

First F-35B Lands on British Warship

F-35B

The first Royal Navy pilot to land an F-35B stealth fighter on Britain’s new HMS Queen Elizabeth tells his story. Flying the test jet from NAS Patuxent River, Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray touched down to start two months of flight tests.