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IRAN COPIES DOWNED DRONE

Knockoff of RQ-170 Unveiled On Mother’s Day
By Harold Hutchison

Iran has claimed to have copied a stealthy UAV used by the United States that fell into their hands three years ago. The Iranians have also claimed to have armed the UAV, potentially gaining a military asset that could threaten American forces.

Patch of the Air Force unit that Operates the RQ-170

CALLED ON THE CARPET

VA Secretary Shinseki Subpoenaed in VA Scandal
By Harold Hutchison

SOLD FOR A PENNY

USS Saratoga (CV 60) Headed For the Scrapyard
By Harold Hutchison

If you’d rooted through your couch cushions, you may have been able to find enough loose change to buy a carrier from the United States. For the second time in seven months, the United States Navy has sold an aircraft carrier for a penny.

THE PENTAGON PAYS THROUGH THE NOSE

Pentagon Paying $150 a Gallon For “Green” Jet Fuel
By Harold Hutchison

As part of a search for energy sources aside from the usual fossil fuels, the Department of Defense is buying jet fuel that costs $150 per gallon. The cost is dozens of times higher than jet fuel produced via conventional means, which goes for $2.88 per gallon.

Coast Guard Rescues Man 103 Miles West of Key West

The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 28-year-old man after he suffered a head injury aboard a motor tanker 103 nautical miles west of Key West, Fla., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. An aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Clearwater arrived on scene, hoisted the man from the motor tanker and transported him to Jackson Memorial Hospital for further care.

BEARS OFF THE WEST COAST

Russian Bombers Probe West Coast, Guam
By Harold Hutchison

Days after Russian Tu-95 bombers probed the defenses of the United Kingdom and were intercepted by British and Dutch fighters, Russian strategic bombers have been seen off the coast of California and near the island of Guam.

1974 photo of Tu-95
Photo by U.S. Navy

NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR MISSILES

Rogue Regime’s ICBMs Now Nuclear-Tipped
By Harold Hutchison

MARINE ENGINEERS SHARPEN SKILLS

Marines with Bravo Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Groups, train in the Combat Rifle Program aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif.

GUARDIAN MINEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR HEROISM

Mineman Third Class Travis Kirckof Receives Navy and Marine Corps Medal
By Harold Hutchison

When the mine-countermeasure ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) hit a reef in the Philippines, it began a two-day ordeal. Now, one hero of that ordeal is being recognized for his actions during the fight to save the vessel.

NOT ENOUGH FORCES FOR THE PIVOT?

No Carrier in Far East For Four Months in 2015
By Harold Hutchison

The Obama Administration’s strategy to “pivot” to Asia may lack crucial assets to carry it out, as there will be no carrier in the region for four months in 2015. The reason? Defense cuts, including the premature retirement of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in December, 2012.

BLACKHAWKS MOVE TO RENDER ASSISTANCE

Three UH-60 Black Hawks of 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment, prepare to depart the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Miss., for Hawkins Field in Jackson, where they will link up with other aircraft to assist in disaster relief efforts resulting from several tornadoes that swept through north Mississippi.

WHY ARE WE TRASHING AMMO?

Over $1 Billion to Be Destroyed by DOD
By Harold Hutchison

Ammunition and munitions worth over a billion dollars may be destroyed by the DOD – all because of a failure to communicate among the services. One major reason may be the use of antiquated systems to track inventory by most of the armed services.

AMERICA HAS RETURNED

23-Year Absence From Philippines to End
By Harold Hutchison

TRAINING TO HANDLE THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014 an Active Shooter Exercise took place at the Puerto Rico National Guard's Headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Multiple state and emergency agencies were part of this event. It is important for service members to be trained so that they can react if they are ever confronted with an active shooter situation. As these situations evolve quickly, quick decisions could mean the difference between life and death.

RUSSIAN SPY SHIP OFF GEORGIA

Bears Prowling Around Kings Bay
By Harold Hutchison