February 22, 2024

Lawmakers Try to Protect Troops’ Paychecks

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While seeking ways to avoid a government shutdown, some lawmakers are working to exempt the paychecks of troops if a furlough of government workers does occur. Legislators accomplished this in 2013 just before a16-day shutdown.

US Set to Train Ukrainian F-16 Pilots

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The Pentagon said that the US will begin training Ukrainian F-16 pilots within the next few months. Following English language training for pilots, F-16 flying training is expected to begin in October at Morris Air National Guard Base in Tucson, AZ, facilitated by the Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing.

Flying Taxi Maker Joins Paris Airshow

While the world’s largest air show typically focused on military and commercial planes, flying taxi maker Volocopter showed up at the Paris Airshow to show it is on track to ferry customers around Paris Olympics next year. Other 2023 newcomers to the world’s largest air show included electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.

Pendleton Detects PFAS in Drinking Water

Camp Pendleton is the latest installation to find elevated levels of PFAS in drinking water, and is not alone in the Southern California region to discover the forever chemicals in the groundwater supply.

2 Super Hornets, 2 Mishaps in 2 Days

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Two US Navy Super Hornets suffered mishaps on consecutive days in November at NAS Oceana, VA.

Danish & Navy Ships Collide in Inner Harbor

At Maryland Fleet Week 2022, in the Baltimore Inner Harbor, a Danish training ship hit the moored USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul on Sunday morning. No injuries were reported and no serious damages to the Navy ship occurred.

A Mixed Week for Women

The good news is, Google is paying15,500 female employees owed money to achieve equitable pay. Meanwhile, 79% of the CEOs in the top 100 government contracting firms are male. Furthermore, higher levels of “forever chemicals” when found in middle-aged women’s blood increase her risk of hypertension. The “forever chemicals” — PCFs — are associated with large scale fire retardants but are also in kitchenware and cosmetics.

Aviation Market on Display at Singapore Airshow

More than 110 American companies, high-level officials, and cutting-edge military aircraft were present this week at the three-day Singapore Airshow 2022. The show is the preeminent defense exhibition and biennial international aviation trade show in the Pacific region.

Navy Bests Army in Annual Football Matchup

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The US Naval Academy Midshipmen beat the Army Black Nights in the annual football matchup Saturday 17-13. Navy now leads the historic series 62-52-7.

NavSec: Navy Needs a Budget Increase

NavSec Carlos Del Toro says the US Navy needs a budget increase if the service is to reach its shipbuilding goals and meet the “significant” threat from China.