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LINCOLN OVERHAUL DELAYED

Could America Be Down Another Carrier?
By Harold Hutchison

The upcoming sequestration and the ongoing budget battles in Washington, DC, have caught another carrier in the cross-fire. The Navy announced it is indefinitely postponing the refueling and complex overhaul of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).

The carrier was slated to begin its overhaul this year. The delay will also affect the planned de-fueling of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and the start of the RCOH for USS George Washington (CVN 73).

DEMPSEY SPEAKS ON CARRIER DELAY

USS Harry S Truman’s Delayed Deployment Has Effects
By Harold Hutchison

General Martin Dempsey admitted during a Pentagon briefing of reporters that the delayed deployment of USS Harry S Truman will have an effect on American capabilities in the region.

A KID REACHES OUT

Seven-Year-Old Helps Vets, Troops
By Harold Hutchison

A seven-year-old child has reached out to aid Soldiers and veterans suffering from PTSD or considering suicide – and his efforts have drawn praise from the Army’s Surgeon General.

CARRIER DEPLYOMENT DELAYED

Budget Woes Put Troops, Allies At Risk
By Harold Hutchison

The Defense Department announced a delay in the deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman and the cruiser USS Gettysburg due to uncertainty about the budget situation.

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HOW MANY HAVE YOU READ?

Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, released his 2013 reading list on 1 February.

Here is the list:
"Hat in the Ring: The Birth of American Air Power in the Great War" by Bert Frandsen
"West with the Night" by Beryl Markham
"The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy" by David Hoffman
"Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942" by Daniel Ford
"Leading With Honor" by Lee Ellis
"Dressmaker of Khair Khana" by Gayle Lemmon
"The Sovereignty Solution" by Anna Simons, Joe McGraw, and Duane Lauchengco

SEABEES TRAIN TO FIGHT

NMCB 3 Continues “Fighting Seabee” Tradition
By Harold Hutchison

If you ever think that the Sailors in a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion might be a pushover for bad guys, perhaps you ought to see some of their training. NMCB 3 recently carried out its weapons training – and they qualified on some serious firepower.

The Seabees were formed in World War II, to construct airfields in the Pacific Theater as the Allies moved across the Pacific Ocean to defeat Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

SUSPECT IN KYLE SLAYING CHARGED

Routh Faces Capital Murder Charges
By Harold Hutchison

The suspect in the killing of former SEAL and author Chris Kyle is facing capital murder charges in Texas.

According to a report from TheBlaze.com, Eddie Ray Routh is being held on a $3 million bond as he has been transferred to the Erath County Jail. Routh is charged with killing Kyle and Chad Littlefield as they were attempting to help him deal with post-traumatic stress disorder at the Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose, Texas.

AIRMAN SAVES LIFE!

Quick Action Saves Woman In Car Accident
By Harold Hutchison

A Special Tactics Airman’s training kicked in and his actions have been cited as having helped save a woman’s life near Pope Field.

Maj. Francis Damon Friedman, with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, came upon a car accident and went into help. He discovered a woman trapped in her vehicle, and acted. He lead three others to clear tree limbs to clear the vehicle, and then went inside to render first aid to the woman.

When rescuers arrived, Friedman had provided first aid, and was taking to the victim.

CHRIS KYLE KILLED

Chris Kyle, the sniper with 160 confirmed kills, was killed while at the Rough Creek Lodge in Erath County, Texas.

PREPARING FOR THE WORST

Troops Train for Chemical Attack
By Harold Hutchison

Chemical weapons have been used since World War I. Ever since their use in that bloody conflict, troops have trained to lessen – if not eliminate – their effects.

Thus, did Soldiers with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, spend some time rehearsing drills for using their Mission-Oriented Protective Posture equipment. They had eight minutes to suit up. For some, it was their first time.

OPPOSITION TO HAGEL MOUNTS

Rubio Announces Opposition, Citing Iran and Cuba
By Harold Hutchison

Senator Marco Rubio, a rising star in the Republican Party, and touted as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, announced his opposition to former Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Secretary of Defense.

HAGEL HEARING GOES SOUTH

Obama’s Nominee for Secretary of Defense Stumbles Through Hearing
By Harold Hutchison

Former Senator Chuck Hagel, nominated to serve as Secretary of Defense, stumbled through his confirmation hearing earlier today. The Vietnam veteran is the first enlisted man to ever be nominated to serve as Secretary of Defense.

NEW SURVEILLANCE PLATFORM UNVEILED

ARGUS Takes to the Skies
By Harold Hutchison

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the United States Army revealed a new surveillance system – one that could see much more than systems currently in service. The new system, called ARGUS-IS, is capable of resolving objects as small as six inches across from 20,000 feet.

THE END FOR USS GUARDIAN

Grounded Minesweeper to be Dismantled
By Harold Hutchison

The minesweeper USS Guardian (MCM 5), which ran aground on Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, will likely be dismantled on the scene. The Navy’s decision likely spells the end for the Avenger-class minesweeper.

The decision was made after nearly two weeks, during which the minesweeper slid across the reef, causing more damage to the hull and more flooding. The Navy removed nearly 16,000 gallons of diesel fuel and lubricating oil, as well as the crew’s personal effects and paints, solvents, and dry food store.