The Senate has confirmed Vice Adm. James Malloy to lead U.S. 5th Fleet, replacing Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, who was found dead in his Bahrain home on Dec. 1, a congressional staffer told Task & Purpose on Thursday.
Malloy will also be the new commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command; and Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain.
He arrived in Bahrain earlier this week on temporary assignment, said Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Day. He had been supporting acting 5th Fleet commander Rear Adm. Paul Schlise while waiting for the Senate to vote on his nomination.
A 1986 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Malloy has extensive experience in the Middle East, including serving as commander of Destroyer Squadron 50; Middle East Force (CTF 55); and Coalition Task Group 152.1, according to his official biography. Since August, he has served as deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans, and strategy.
Stearney’s death remains under investigation. Some media outlets have reported that he may have committed suicide, citing unnamed officials. So far, the Navy has declined to say anything public about the circumstances surrounding his death.
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.