The Army has once again scared the hell out of some civilians with a military exercise — this time in Raleigh, North Carolina.
U.S.Army Special Operations Command led an exercise from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on March 28th at an abandoned hotel in Raleigh, but it ended up being "louder and more disruptive to the nearby neighborhoods than the city anticipated," City Manager Ruffin Hall told the Army Times.
A classic misunderstanding — especially when you consider the warning flyer that the Army Times says was circulated via social media and posted around neighborhoods, which said the exercise would involve local SWAT units, "loud noises, helicopter flyovers and simulated weapons fire."
Hall also told the Army Times that "the public is not generally or broadly notified prior to the event to avoid attracting large numbers of spectators."
Around the same time near the end of March, USASOC was executing military drills over the Dallas-Fort Worth area, confusing residents and prompting the Dallas Morning News to get some answers.
Cmdr. Pat Coffey from the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth said that the helicopters were addressing "a specific need, one that calls for a specialized operation," the Dallas Morning News reported. He did not specify what that need was.
USASOC spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer told Task & Purpose that in these exercises, safety is "paramount," and they are "always coordinated with the local elected officials, the law enforcement agencies and property owners."
"Different environments provide opportunities to experience new and different training experiences," Bymer said in a statement to Task & Purpose.
"These environments add realism and greater training value to the Soldiers participating in the exercise. Safety surveys and risk assessments are thoroughly prepared before and during military exercises and training activities."
Nothing says joint force battle management like a ride-sharing app. (Task & Purpose photo illustration)
The Air Force's top general says one of the designers of the ride-sharing app Uber is helping the branch build a new data-sharing network that the Air Force hopes will help service branches work together to detect and destroy targets.
The network, which the Air Force is calling the advanced battle management system (ABMS), would function a bit like the artificial intelligence construct Cortana from Halo, who identifies enemy ships and the nearest assets to destroy them at machine speed, so all the fleshy humans need to do is give a nod of approval before resuming their pipe-smoking.
The newly painted F-15 Eagle flagship, dubbed the Heritage Jet, was painted to honor 1st Lt. David Kingsley, the namesake for Kingsley Field, and his ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air National Guard/Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)
An F-15C Eagle is sporting a badass World War II-era paint job in honor of a fallen bomber pilot who gave everything to ensure his men survived a deadly battle.
In this June 7, 2009 file photo Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) points to a player behind him after making a basket in the closing seconds against the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. He was 41. (Associated Press/Mark J. Terrill)
Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Two days earlier, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore was killed during a vehicle rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations in Syria.
Which one more deserves your grief and mourning? According to Maj. Gen. John R. Evans, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, you only have enough energy for one.
Jessica Purcell of St. Petersburg, a captain in the Army Reserve, was pregnant with son Jameson when she was told at a MacDill Air Force Base clinic not to worry about lumps under her arm. She now is diagnosed stage 4 cancer. Jameson is 10 months old. (Tampa Bay Times/Scott Keeler via Tribune News Service)
Jessica Purcell, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, was pregnant with her first child when she noticed a swollen lymph node in her left underarm.
Health-care providers at a MacDill Air Force Base clinic told her it was likely an infection or something related to pregnancy hormones. The following year they determined the issue had resolved itself.
It hadn't. A doctor off base found a large mass in her underarm and gave her a shocking diagnosis: stage 2 breast cancer.
Purcell was pregnant again. Her daughter had just turned 1. She was 35. And she had no right to sue for malpractice.
A 1950 Supreme Court ruling known as the Feres doctrine prohibits military members like Purcell from filing a lawsuit against the federal government for any injuries suffered while on active duty. That includes injury in combat, but also rape and medical malpractice, such as missing a cancer diagnosis.
Thanks in part to Tampa lawyer Natalie Khawam, a provision in this year's national defense budget allows those in active duty to file medical malpractice claims against the government for the first time since the Feres case.
With the Department of Defense overseeing the new claims process, the question now is how fairly and timely complaints will be judged. And whether, in the long run, this new move will help growing efforts to overturn the ruling and allow active duty members to sue like everyone else.