Two missiles were fired from Houthi-controlled areas on the Yemeni shoreline at the USS Mason, which employed defensive countermeasures for the second time in four days. The missiles did not reach the destroyer, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement. On Sunday, two missiles were fired at the ship, which employed countermeasures in response to the first missile while the second crashed into the Red Sea. The ship has not retaliated yet and has continued its operations. “Those who threaten our forces should know that US commanders retain the right to defend their ships, and we will respond to this threat at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner,” Cook said.
The Department of the Air Force does not consistently or systematically ask Airmen or Guardians how dormitory conditions affect their quality of life and readiness, which reduces the department’s ability to identify and prioritize improvement efforts, according to a Government Accountability Office study published Sept. 19.