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Ships Depart for Sea Phase, RIMPAC 2014

THE LAST OF ITS KIND

Meet USS Peleliu (LHA 5)
By Harold Hutchison

She is the last of her kind. Once, she and her sister ships were perhaps the most modern amphibious assault vessels in the world. Nowadays, she is the oldest of her type in active service. Her name is USS Peleliu.

A-10 Warthog: Attack Run

ARMY WANTS A NEW PISTOL

Say Goodbye to the M9 and M11?
By Harold Hutchison

The DOD is looking to replace the M9 and M11 pistols with a more potent handgun. This comes after user feedback from troops who have served on the front lines of the War on Terror.

HOW BAD IS THE VA MESS?

Vet Gets Appointment Two Years After Death
By Harold Hutchison

Doug Chase served in the Vietnam War – one of 2.59 million Americans who did so. In 2011, he had a brain tumor. Later, his wife sought to move his treatment at a VA facility in Bedford, Massachusetts, which was closer to their home. Chase and his wife, Suzanne, never got a response before Chase died in 2012.

PALADIN LIVE FIRE!

HORNET'S EYE VIEW OF MID-AIR REFUELLING

COMPETING FOR BEST WARRIOR WITH THE M9

The competitors from the Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition are tasked with assembling an M9 pistol and then firing it at pop up targets at a range. Soldiers are judged on the number of targets they successfully eliminate.

COAST GUARD SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSION

The Coast Guard located and rescued two people Sunday, June 15, 2014, that were reported missing after a 21-foot fishing boat sank near Kiptopeke State Park. A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., was able to locate one person who had swam ashore and found a second person in the water approximately 2 miles west of Kiptopeke. The Jayhawk crew hoisted both people into the helicopter and took them to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

COAST GUARD CARRIES OUT ARCTIC RESCUE

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevacs an injured fisherman from a vessel in the Gulf of Alaska June 10, 2014. The aircrew safely hoisted the 28-year-old-man and transported him to emergency medical personnel in Anchorage, Alaska.

THOUSANDS SAVED IN THE MED

Migrants From Conflicts in Africa Feel to Europe
By Harold Hutchison

Etna, which at one point had over 1300 refugees on board.
(U.S. Navy photo)

Italian and American forces were among those who rescued over 5,000 people this past weekend from the Mediterranean Sea. The migrants were fleeing conflicts across Africa and the Middle East.

VA Crises Getting Lost in Scandal Overload

By Roger Aronoff
Accuracy in Media

President Obama is embroiled in two Veterans Affairs scandals: 1) fabricated documents and secret waiting lists for health care, with dozens of veterans dying while waiting for appointments; and 2) waiting lists for disability benefits. The former is now the subject of a criminal investigation opened by the Phoenix office of the FBI just days after the release of a bipartisan letter from 21 U.S. senators to the Department of Justice calling for a criminal investigation.

Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson
(VA photo)

Marines Continue Recovery Operation of Crashed AV-8B Harrier II

Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ., continue their recovery operation of an AV-8B Harrier II aircraft that crashed into a residential area in Imperial, Calif., 4 June.

Man rescued off container ship by Coast Guard near Key West

A man suffering from abdominal pain was medically evacuated off a container ship by the Coast Guard approximately 20 miles west of Key West, Florida, June 8, 2014. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted, and transferred the individual to Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West where he was transferred in stable condition.

FROM HOSPITAL CORPSMEN TO FIELD MEDICAL CORPSMEN

Instructors with Field Medical Training Battalion West, teach students how to apply tourniquets and conduct hemorrhage control methods in a high stress environment. The Field Medical Training Battalion facility aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., is one of only two facilities that transforms a Navy hospital corpsman into a field medical corpsman equipped to travel with Marine units.