Here's a look at how the Defense Department is being impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Veterans Affairs Department is saddled with an antiquated supply chain that is short of personal protective equipment—including N95 masks and gowns—swabs and other vital equipment to deal with a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, VA officials said June 9.
The 60-kilowatt high energy laser will be mounted on an AC-130J Ghostrider, a massively armed workhorse for the Air Force. The laser weapon will be a cherry on top to the gunship, which already boasts a 30mm side-firing chain gun, a 105mm cannon, AGM-176A Griffin laser guided missiles, wing-mounted GBU-39/B GPS-guided, and GBU-39B/B laser-guided Small Diameter Bombs.
“As a person who has had incredible success in this country, I am directly appealing to those in positions of power and privilege to recognize the experiences of your fellow Americans who do not look like you, learn from them, and take meaningful actions to lift them up,” writes former Defense Intelligence Agency director and retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart. “And I want you to imagine what our country would look like then.
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Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Scott Stalker has been selected as the next U.S. Space Command senior enlisted leader, the Pentagon announced June 9. “It’s great to be a Marine right now and I appreciate the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps nominating me and allowing me to compete for this position,” Stalker, who has served as the senior enlisted leader of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency since March 2018, said in an email to Marine Corps Times.
Col. Jocelyn Schermerhorn, a 25-year Air Force officer, became the first woman to take command of the 1st Special Operations Wing in June 8 ceremonies at Hurlburt Field, Fla., headquarters of Air Force Special Operations Command. The 1st Special Operations Wing is the most-deployed wing in the Air Force, and as commander of the wing, Schermerhorn will also serve as installation commander at Hurlburt.
The Bell Boeing V-22 team recently delivered its 400th aircraft, a CV-22 for Air Force Special Operations Command. The first production V-22 was delivered on May 24, 1999, and today deliveries occur under the Multi-year Procurement III contract valued at $5 billion.
Those who serve the nation are finding themselves at a much greater risk of being the victims of cybercrime and identity theft, according to a recent study by the Federal Trade Commission. Active duty service members are 76 percent more likely to report that an identity thief misused one of their accounts, such as a bank account or credit card, according to the FTC.
Recently, Capt. Emily Thompson, an F-35A Lightning II pilot, deployed from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, made history as she flew in combat, making her the first female to do so in that airframe.