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This Air Force Puppet Video Would Be Cuter If 3 Airmen Hadn't Just Had Their Careers Ended
After weeks of the U.S. military and veterans community melting down over that viral dino puppet reenlistment video, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein decided it would be a great idea to drop his own puppet video featuring Elmo and Abby from Sesame Street on Twitter to mark the end of April's Month of the Military Child program.
Dawn & I wanted to honor #MilKids in a special way for the #MonthoftheMilitaryChild, so we asked @Elmo & @AbbyCadabbySST from @SesameStreet to help us send them a message. Check it out! And, visit https://t.co/GjqKBvv6Ma for resources. #KidsServeToo pic.twitter.com/WXRwI7x3ku
— Gen. Dave Goldfein (@GenDaveGoldfein) April 28, 2018
The purpose of the video, according to Goldfein? To provide "a quick shoutout to all the military kids and families and thank them for all the support they give to their loved ones who serve."
This video, an annual tradition in the Air Force, would be absolutely adorable — if the Tennessee Air National Guard hadn't recently decided to nuke the careers of three dedicated airmen for doing essentially the exact same thing
Indeed, ousted Col. Kevin “Bly” Blaser told Military.com on April 25 that the whole reason he participated in the controversial dino puppet reenlistment video that ended his career was that Master Sgt. Robin Brown, in the Air Force for 17 years, wanted to use her reenlistment ceremony "to make a video for her young children to understand the significance of what ‘mom’ was doing."
“I was very well aware she’s a single mom with three young ones at home,” Blaser said, noting that Brown also wanted to honor the Month of the Military Child. “We should have done a new one, and a separate video for [her kids].”
Plenty of other observers agree:
In other news, the Air Force's public affairs reset appears to be going as swimmingly as we expected.
President Donald Trump, speaking during a closed-door speech to Republican Party of Florida donors at the state party's annual Statesman's Dinner, was in "rare form" Saturday night.
The dinner, which raised $3.5 million for the state party, was met with unusual secrecy. The 1,000 attendees were required to check their cell phones into individual locked cases before they entered the unmarked ballroom at the south end of the resort. Reporters were not allowed to attend.
But the secrecy was key to Trump's performance, which attendees called "hilarious."
Riding the high of the successful event turnout — and without the pressure of press or cell phones — Trump transformed into a "total comedian," according to six people who attended the event and spoke afterward to the Miami Herald.
He also pulled an unusual move, bringing on stage Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, who Trump pardoned last month for cases involving war crimes. Lorance was serving a 19-year sentence for ordering his soldiers shoot at unarmed men in Afghanistan, and Golsteyn was to stand trial for the 2010 extrajudicial killing of a suspected bomb maker.
Retired Col. Charles McGee stepped out of the small commercial jet and flashed a smile.
Then a thumbs-up.
McGee had returned on a round-trip flight Friday morning from Dover Air Force Base, where he served as co-pilot on one of two flights done especially for his birthday.
By the way he disembarked from the plane, it was hard to tell that McGee, a Tuskegee Airman, was turning 100.
The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would allow service members to seek compensation when military doctors make mistakes that harm them, but they would still be unable to file medical malpractice lawsuits against the federal government.
On Monday night, Congress announced that it had finalized the NDAA, which must be passed by the House and Senate before going to President Donald Trump. If the president signs the NDAA into law, it would mark the first time in nearly seven decades that U.S. military personnel have had legal recourse to seek payment from the military in cases of medical malpractice.
A major serving at U.S. Army Cyber Command has been charged with distributing child pornography, according to the Justice Department.
Maj. Jason Michael Musgrove, who is based at Fort Gordon, Georgia, has been remanded to the U.S. Marshals service, a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia says.