Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Johnson
At least one person was killed after a U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet crashed in a residential area near Nashville, Tennessee, although it’s yet to be confirmed whether that person was the pilot. According to local officials, the incident occurred around 3 p.m. EST on June 2. The victim’s identity has not been released.
The crash happened as the Blue Angels were rehearsing for the Great Tennessee Air Show in Smyrna, Tennessee, which is scheduled for this weekend. Eyewitnesses on the scene reported seeing an explosion after the crash.
The Blue Angels is the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, which celebrated its 70th anniversary this year. If the pilot is confirmed as the casualty, this would be the 27th fatality in the program’s history. The last fatal crash occurred in South Carolina in 2007, when Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, crashed into homes outside of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, during an air show at the base. Eight people on the ground were injured in that incident.
Earlier today, in an unrelated incident, an F-16 Fighting Falcon with the Air Force’s flight demonstration squadron, the Thunderbird’s, crashed outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, following an appearance at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation there, shortly after President Barack Obama spoke at the ceremony. According to local media reports, that pilot safely ejected from the aircraft and was uninjured. Believed to be Air Force Maj. Alex Turner, the pilot reportedly met with the president before Obama boarded Air Force One and returned to Washington, D.C.
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Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor July 18, 2016, for his actions while serving as a Flight Commander assigned to the 176th Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division. Then-Maj. Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967. (U.S. Army/Spc. Tammy Nooner)
by Martin Slagter, The Ann Arbor News, Mich.
YPSILANTI, MI - When a brigade of U.S. troops was ambushed by the North Vietnamese Army in the Song Tra Cau riverbed on the morning of May 15, 1967, Lt. Charles Kettles volunteered to lead the rescue, and he refused, again and again, to back down when faced with a barrage of gunfire.
His aircraft badly damaged, left spilling fuel, and his gunner was severely injured during the treacherous operation.
But he helicoptered in and out of the battlefield four times, saving the lives of 44 soldiers in a death-defying emergency operation that would become a legendary tale of bravery in the Vietnam War.
The M160 Robotic Mine Flail at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Photo: Maj. Dan Marchik/U.S. Army
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The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard called the ongoing partial government shutdown "unacceptable" following reports that some Coast Guardsmen are relying on donations from food pantries while their regular paychecks remain on hold.
"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."