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Watch The Pentagon Send The F-35 Into Combat For The First Time
After years of anticipation, the Department of Defense has officially sent the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter into combat for the first time.
- A Marine Corps F-35B variant from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211, currently embarked aboard the USS Essex, conducted its first air strike on Thursday in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel in Afghanistan, officials announced.
- The strike was carried out against a "fixed Taliban target," according to CNN, which first reported news of the operation ahead of the official DoD announcement. The Pentagon characterized the operation as a strike "in support of ground clearance operations."
- "The F-35B is a significant enhancement in theater amphibious and air warfighting capability, operational flexibility, and tactical supremacy," U.S. Naval Forces Central Command chief Vice Adm. Scott Stearney said in a statement. "As part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, this platform supports operations on the ground from international waters, all while enabling maritime superiority that enhances stability and security."
- According to the DoD, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit is the first combat-deployed MEU to completely replace its fleet of AV-8B Harriers with the F-35B. The 13th MEU is currently part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, which initially deployed to the Pacific back in July before rolling up in the Middle East in September.
- The long-troubled F-35 first saw combat back in May when the Israeli Air Force deployed F-35A fighters for air strikes against unspecified targets.
The former Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs thinks that the VA needs to start researching medical marijuana. Not in a bit. Not soon. Right goddamn now.
US and Turkey agree on temporary cease fire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from northeast Syria
The United States and Turkey have agreed to a temporary cease fire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a safe zone that Turkey is establishing along its border with Syria, Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday.
They started the US war against ISIS. Now they have an important message for Trump on abandoning the Kurds
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Trump's recent decisions in northern Syria were ill-advised, strategically unsound, and morally shameful. In rapidly withdrawing U.S. presence and allowing a Turk offensive into Syria, we have left the Syrian Kurds behind, created a power vacuum for our adversaries to fill, and set the stage for the resurgence of ISIS.
After preliminary fitness test scores leaked in September, many have voiced concerns about how women would fare in the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
The scores — which accounted for 11 of the 63 battalions that the ACFT was tested on last year — showed an overall failure rate of 84% for women, and a 70% pass rate for men.
But Army leaders aren't concerned about this in the slightest.
More than 74 years after Marines raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, the Marine Corps has announced that one of men in the most famous picture of World War II had been misidentified.