1 Dead After 2 Elite Jets Crash In Separate Incidents On Same Day

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An F/A-18 Hornet conducts a practice flight demonstration at the Great Tennessee Air Show in Smyrna, Tennessee in 2012. On June 2, 2016, a Blue Angels jet crashed during a similar rehearsal in Smyrna. At least one person was reportedly killed.
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.

Chief Mass Communication Spc. Keith DeVinney sleeps between exercises during Fleet Combat Camera Pacific's Winter Quick Shot 2013 combined field training exercise in the Angeles National Forest near Azusa, Calif., Feb. 17, 2013. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair)

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"These results show that it would probably be useful to check in with new soldiers over time because sleep problems can be a signal that a soldier is encountering difficulties," said Amanda Adrian, lead author of the study and a research psychologist at the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland.

"Addressing sleep problems early on should help set soldiers up for success as they transition into their next unit of assignment," she said by email.

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The Pentagon has authorized troops who have deployed to the border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since last April to receive the Armed Forces Service Medal. Details about the decision were included in a Marine Corps administrative message in response to authorization from the Defense Department.

There is no end date for the award since the operation remains ongoing.

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A former sailor who was busted buying firearms with his military discount and then reselling some of them to criminals is proving to be a wealth of information for federal investigators.

Julio Pino used his iPhone to record most, if not all, of his sales, court documents said. He even went so far as to review the buyers' driver's license on camera.

It is unclear how many of Pino's customer's now face criminal charges of their own. Federal indictments generally don't provide that level of detail and Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson declined to comment.

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It all began with a medical check.

Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.

It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.

Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.

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U.S. Army Cpt. Katrina Hopkins and Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Rogers, assigned to Task Force Warhorse, pilot a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) operation at Camp Taji, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Javion Siders)

U.S. forces must now ask the Iraqi military for permission to fly in Iraqi airspace before coming to the aid of U.S. troops under fire, a top military spokesman said.

However, the mandatory approval process is not expected to slow down the time it takes the U.S. military to launch close air support and casualty evacuation missions for troops in the middle of a fight, said Army Col. James Rawlinson, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.

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