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Founding Father Alexander Hamilton is in the midst of renaissance, largely due to the wildly successful Broadway musical “Hamilton.” These days, his name can be found often alongside George Washington’s, in the annals of history, and all over New York City.
Throughout his later years, Hamilton held several prominent roles in early American history as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, contributor to the Federalist papers, the first United States' treasury secretary, and now the face of the $10 bill.
But what you may not know is that Hamilton is also the founder of the Coast Guard. Though, at the time, it wasn’t intended to be a search-and-rescue service.
The original Coast Guard, founded on August 4, 1790, was called the Revenue Marine, but was later renamed the Revenue Cutter Service. Hamilton, while serving as the first treasury secretary, charged the Revenue Cutter Service with performing seaport customs duties.
According to the Coast Guard’s blog, “Hamilton assigned revenue cutters to the East Coast’s ten major seaports, allowing for import tariff collection, critically important to the economic viability of the nation.”
In addition to customs duties, the small fleet provided aid “for the protection of lives and property at sea.”
And although that is what the modern-day Coast Guard holds as its primary mission, the fleet was not renamed until 1915. During that year, the Department of the Treasury merged the Revenue Cutter Service with the Lighthouse Service, the Steamboat Inspection Service, the Bureau of Navigation, and the Lifesaving Service to create the all-inclusive maritime service we have today.
It is one of the five armed services in addition to the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. And as a result, the Coast Guard has played a role in every war since its inception in 1790. And in May 2016, the newest National Security Cutter, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, became the sixth cutter to bear the name of its legendary founder.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton transits the Delaware River en route to Philadelphia, Tuesday, May 10, 2016.Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef
The Marine lieutenant colonel who was removed from command of 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in May is accused of lying to investigators looking into allegations of misconduct, according to a copy of his charge sheet provided to Task & Purpose on Monday.
President Donald Trump just can't stop telling stories about former Defense Secretary James Mattis. This time, the president claims Mattis said U.S. troops were so perilously low on ammunition that it would be better to hold off launching a military operation.
"You know, when I came here, three years ago almost, Gen. Mattis told me, 'Sir, we're very low on ammunition,'" Trump recalled on Monday at the White House. "I said, 'That's a horrible thing to say.' I'm not blaming him. I'm not blaming anybody. But that's what he told me because we were in a position with a certain country, I won't say which one; we may have had conflict. And he said to me: 'Sir, if you could, delay it because we're very low on ammunition.'
"And I said: You know what, general, I never want to hear that again from another general," Trump continued. "No president should ever, ever hear that statement: 'We're low on ammunition.'"
This 400-pound feral hog is one of more than 1,200 that have invaded a Texas Air Force base since 2016
At least one Air Force base is waging a slow battle against feral hogs — and way, way more than 30-50 of them.
A Texas trapper announced on Monday that his company had removed roughly 1,200 feral hogs from Joint Base San Antonio property at the behest of the service since 2016.
In a move that could see President Donald Trump set foot on North Korean soil again, Kim Jong Un has invited the U.S. leader to Pyongyang, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday, as the North's Foreign Ministry said it expected stalled nuclear talks to resume "in a few weeks."
A letter from Kim, the second Trump received from the North Korean leader last month, was passed to the U.S. president during the third week of August and came ahead of the North's launch of short-range projectiles on Sept. 10, the South's Joongang Ilbo newspaper reported, citing multiple people familiar with the matter.
In the letter, Kim expressed his willingness to meet the U.S. leader for another summit — a stance that echoed Trump's own remarks just days earlier.
Constant deployments broke the Air Force's B-1 fleet. Now the service is facing a major bomber shortfall
On April 14, 2018, two B-1B Lancer bombers fired off payloads of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles against weapons storage plants in western Syria, part of a shock-and-awe response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his citizens that also included strikes from Navy destroyers and submarines.
In all, the two bombers fired 19 JASSMs, successfully eliminating their targets. But the moment would ultimately be one of the last — and certainly most publicized — strategic strikes for the aircraft before operations began to wind down for the entire fleet.
A few months after the Syria strike, Air Force Global Strike Command commander Gen. Tim Ray called the bombers back home. Ray had crunched the data, and determined the non-nuclear B-1 was pushing its capabilities limit. Between 2006 and 2016, the B-1 was the sole bomber tasked continuously in the Middle East. The assignment was spread over three Lancer squadrons that spent one year at home, then six month deployed — back and forth for a decade.
The constant deployments broke the B-1 fleet. It's no longer a question of if, but when the Air Force and Congress will send the aircraft to the Boneyard. But Air Force officials are still arguing the B-1 has value to offer, especially since it's all the service really has until newer bombers hit the flight line in the mid-2020s.