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PROBLEMS WITH USS FORD?

Carrier May Not Be Ready Until 2019
By Harold Hutchison

The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), which was supposed to replace the prematurely decommissioned USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in 2016, may not be ready until 2019, and is costing $1.3 billion more than planned, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. The carrier, which is the lead ship of a new class, has seen delays of as long as four and a half years in testing some of its systems.

Protect Sergeant Phillip Monk from Air Force Court Martial

I write to you on a matter of great urgency. After reading this letter, please sign this petition to Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning.

31st MEU Delivers Marines and Sailors 300 Miles Inland for Exercise Koolendong 13

Video by 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit

BLACK BUDGET OUT IN THE OPEN

$52.6 Billion Spent on Intelligence
By Harold Hutchison

The “black budget” that details how much is spent on the various agencies in the United States intelligence community is now out in the open. Several media agencies have now been discussing the amount of the budget.

Details of the $52.6 billion budget were reported on by media outlets due to leaks by self-proclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden. The budget is kept secret as it contains details not only what the intelligence community knows, but also where “gaps” in knowledge exist.

ARE CATHOLICS AND EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS EXTREMISTS?

New Documents Outline Assertion from Obama Administration
By Harold Hutchison

The Department of Defense is labeling Catholics and evangelical Christians as “extremists” – and also views a list of “hate groups” cobbled together by the Southern Poverty Law Center to be a “reliable resource.”

IS THE AIR FORCE COVERING UP A FIRING?

Senior Enlisted Man Fired Over Religious Views
By Harold Hutchison

The Air Force is being accused of trying to cover up the fact that a senior enlisted Airman was fired over his religious beliefs. Now, Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk has filed a complaint about his removal.

According to a release by the Liberty Institute, a formal equal opportunity complaint has been filed against Major Elisa Valenzuela, Monk’s commander at the time. According to the complaint, Valenzuela removed Monk from his position after he could not agree with re-defining marriage to include same-sex couples.

BATTLE FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM CONTINUES

Weinstein Upset Essay Restored
By Harold Hutchison

An activist who has been seeking to censor religious expression by Christians has resumed his fight against an essay posted by a chaplain that was recently restored. Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes had written the essay “No Atheists in Foxholes, Chaplains Gave All In World War II.”

Take Action: Pentagon forces you to pay bonus leave for same-sex 'weddings'

A Supreme Court ruling earlier this year said that the federal government must give equal treatment to same-sex couples who have legally "married." But now the Pentagon wants to give a special, taxpayer-funded bonus to such couples -- including a benefit that is not even available to heterosexual couples.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IGNORES NAVY HISTORY

Release Omits Mention of Submarine USS Indianapolis
By Harold Hutchison

In a release announcing the naming of the 17th Littoral Combat Ship, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus claimed it would be “the third ship to bear the name. The previous Indianapolis is best known for its role in World War II, where it operated from Pearl Harbor and throughout the Pacific escorting convoys and attacking enemy submarines.”

'No atheists in foxholes': Chaplains gave all in World War II.

Many have heard the familiar phrase, "There is no such thing as an atheist in a fox hole." Where did this come from?

Research I verified in an interview with former World War II prisoner of war Roy Bodine (my friend) indicates the phrase has been credited to Father William Cummings.

As the story goes, Father Cummings was a civilian missionary Catholic priest in the Philippines.

The phrase was coined during the Japanese attack at Corregidor.

ESSAY BY CHAPLAIN RESTORED

Had Been Pulled After Weinstein Complaint
By Harold Hutchison

An essay that was censored after it drew fire from Mikey Weinstein has been restored. The essay, titled “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II,” had been posted on the web site for Elmendorf Air Force Base when its removal sparked controversy.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Statement on U.S. - Egypt Defense Relationship

Today I called Egyptian Minister of Defense Al-Sisi to discuss the U.S. - Egypt defense relationship. Since the recent crisis began, the United States has made it clear that the Egyptian government must refrain from violence, respect freedom of assembly, and move toward an inclusive political transition. Recent developments, including the violence that has resulted in hundreds of deaths across the country, have undermined those principles. As President Obama has announced, the United States military will not conduct the Bright Star training exercise scheduled for later this year.

STILL MORE PC IN THE DOD

Airmen Punished for Objections to Same-Sex Marriage
By Harold Hutchison

At least two airmen stationed at Lackland Air Force Base are facing punishment over their personal views on gay marriage, one of whom is a 19-year veteran who had returned from a deployment.

EXPLOSION SINKS INDIAN SUB

18 Crew Feared Dead
By Harold Hutchison

An Indian submarine has sunk at its pier after an explosion that is feared to have killed as many as 18 crew on board. INS Sindhurakshak, a Kilo-class submarine that entered the Indian Navy in 1997, had been involved in a fatal explosion in 2010.

The explosion occurred in the submarine’s torpedo room, twisting and bending it, and flooding the forward section of the vessel. The blast also damaged a second submarine, INS Sindhuratna.

INS Sindhurakshak is believed to be a total loss. India had 10 Kilo-class submarines in its navy.

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