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The Puerto Rico National Guard has identified the nine airmen with the 156th Airlift Wing, who were killed on May 2 when their WC-130 crashed in Georgia:
- Maj. José R. Román Rosado was a pilot with 18 years of service, who is survived by his wife and two sons.
- Maj. Carlos Pérez Serra was a navigator with 23 years of service, who is survived by his wife, two sons and daughter.
- 1st Lt. David Albandoz was a co-pilot with 16 years of service, who is survived by his wife and daughter.
- Senior Master Sgt. Jan Paravisini was a mechanic with 21 years of service, who is survived by two daughters and son.
- Master Sgt. Jean Audriffred had 16 years of service and is survived by his wife and two sons.
- Master Sgt. Mario Braña was a flight engineer with 17 years of service, who is survived by his mother and daughter.
- Master Sgt. Víctor Colón had 22 years of service and is survived by his wife and two daughters.
- Master Sgt. Eric Circuns was a loadmaster with 31 years of service, who is survived by his wife, two step-daughters and son.
- Senior Airman Roberto Espada had three years of service and is survived by his grandmother.
“Taking care of our fallen airmen's families and loved ones is our top priority,” Brig. Gen. Isabelo Rivera, Puerto Rico’s adjutant general, said in a news release. “We are fully supporting them and providing all the assistance and resources of the Puerto Rico National Guard during this difficult moment.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Known for acting on impulse, President Donald Trump has adopted an uncharacteristically go-slow approach to whether to hold Iran responsible for attacks on Saudi oil facilities, showing little enthusiasm for confrontation as he seeks re-election next year.
After state-owned Saudi Aramco's plants were struck on Saturday, Trump didn't wait long to fire off a tweet that the United States was "locked and loaded" to respond, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran.
But four days later, Trump has no timetable for action. Instead, he wants to wait and see the results of investigations into what happened and is sending Pompeo to consult counterparts in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates this week.
That sound you're hearing is Army senior leaders exhaling a sigh of relief, because the Army has surpassed its recruiting goal for the year.
After failing to meet recruiting goals in 2018, the Army put the pedal to the metal and "did some soul searching," said Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, to ensure that they'd meet their 2019 goal. It must have paid off — the service announced on Tuesday that more than 68,000 recruits have signed on as active-duty soldiers, and more soldiers have stuck around than they expected.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein transformed into the Cigarette Smoking Man from "The X-Files" on Tuesday when explaining why UFO enthusiasts should avoid storming the mythical Area 51 installation in Nevada.
"All joking aside, we're taking it very seriously," Goldfein told reporters during the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference. "Our nation has secrets, and those secrets deserve to be protected. The people deserve to have our nation's secrets protected."
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Goldfein revealed that several airmen are being considered for the nation's highest military award during a press conference at the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference. He declined to say exactly who could receive the Medal of Honor, pending the outcome of the review process.