June 30, 2022

Art & Lifestyle:

Crocodile Briefly Shuts Airfield

A crocodile sunning on the Boca Chica Key airfield forced NAS Key West to call in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to move the reptile beyond the fence line, so planes could take off and land.

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.

Thunderbolt, F-15E Lead Fight Against ISIS

A-10 Thunderbolt

Older US Air Force jets — the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the F-15E Strike Eagle — are leading the air war against the Islamic State. Military fighter-attack jets, bombers, and drones have dropped more than 67,000 bombs since the 2014 start of Operation Inherent Resolve.

DefSec Mattis Cleared to Begin Work

DefSec Mattis

Newly sworn in DefSec James Mattis held what the Defense Department called a “Top 4″ meeting Saturday that included Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work; and Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs.