July 10, 2020

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Sahara Dust Plume Due in MD on Sunday

sahara dust plume

The Sahara dust plume is was 5,000 miles long by the end of June. The swirling dust headed toward the United States off the Sahara Desert is expected to move into the southern Mid-Atlantic and sections of the Carolinas toward the end of the weekend. NASA imaging shows another dust plume now off the coast of Africa and following the same path.

Shooting Sparks Call for Concealed Guns on Bases

Shooting

Some Navy pilots want to be able to carry arms on military installations. The request comes in the wake of the deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida by a Saudi Arabian aviator training there.

Van Hollen Touts Provisions in NDAA for MD Military

The National Defense Authorization Act provides many provisions for Maryland’s military and veterans, according to Sen. Chris Van Hollen. Among them is authorization of $426 million for the National Security Agency at Fort Meade.

Judge Halts Transfer of Milcon Funds to Border Wall

border wall

A federal judge halts $3.6 billion diverted from military construction projects for 175 miles of a border wall, but leaves in place $2.5 billion transferred to the wall from DoD counter-drug operations.

Cyber Worker Shortage Still Plagues Army Combat Teams

Cyber Worker Shortage

A Defense Department inspector general reports says the most common personnel shortages plaguing the US Army’s active-duty brigade combat teams are cyber network defenders and electromagnetic spectrum managers.

Hubble’s Latest Image of Saturn

Saturn

The rings of Saturn and four of its moons take center stage in this portrait by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 taken June 20, 2019. Photo credit: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (GSFC), and the OPAL Team Morning Coffee is a robust blend of links to news around the internet concerning the Naval Air Station Patuxent River economic community. The opinions expressed here do not reflect opinions of the Leader’s owners or staff. NASA and the European Space Agency released a new image of Saturn taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, reports Space.com. NASA says the planet is…

Gilday, New Navy CNO, Takes Command

Gilday

New Chief of Naval Operations ADM Michael Gilday took over as the highest uniformed office in the sea service last week. He says the Navy “will think differently.”

Lt. Gen. Fick Takes Lead of F-35 Program

Fick

Air Force Lt. Gen. Eric Fick assumed the watch from VADM Mat Winter as the program executive officer for the F-35 program in a ceremony last week in Washington, DC.

House Committee Passes $733B Defense Budget

CARES Act

The House Armed Services Committee passed a $733 billion defense policy bill.

US Presence in Persian Gulf Sends Message

US Presence in Persian Gulf

US Central Commander Gen. Frank McKenzie says the threat from Iran that prompted the deployment of reinforcements to the Persian Gulf region has not diminished. But the USS Abraham Lincoln’s presence has made an important difference.