Military Reliefs, Firings, Air Force Acid Trips, Etc.

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--Air Force personnel at a ICBM base in Wyoming amused themselves by taking LSD whilst not on duty with the apocalyptic weaponry. Lt. Col. Owsley Stanley is reported to be looking into the incident. (OK, that last sentence is an obscure Grateful Dead joke.) Which raises some questions: What drugs go best with what weapons? Americans tend to prefer a cocktail of alcohol and firearms, but there are many other possibilities. We know the Air Force pairs “go pills” (amphetamines) with piloting warplanes. Apparently LSD goes well with thermonuclear weaponry. Makes a kind of sense.


--The skipper of the destroyer USS Hopper was removed on that fraternization thing.

--The commander of the Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 was thrown overboard after confidence was lost.

--The Marines gave the heave-ho to the commander of the Light Armored Recon Battalion at 29 Palms, and threw in his senior NCO for good measure. More confidence was lost.

--Tom’s question: How come no one ever says they are stepping down voluntarily so can they spend more time with their “smoking hot lover”? Why does “family” always have to carry the hod?

--Retired Air Force Col. Timothy Milbrath, who was a military aide in the White House for three presidents, was charged with a lot of fraud in connection with a building program in the New Orleans area that involved immigrant visas.   

--The head of the Coast Guard Academy’s management department was removed from that post for bullying a subordinate.

--An idiot at Canada’s officer training academy masturbated on a Koran and had another officer candidate record the vile act.

--Meanwhile, the U.S. Army still thinks it serves the public best by not disclosing reliefs of senior field grade officers.

The first grenade core was accidentally discovered on Nov. 28, 2018, by Virginia Department of Historic Resources staff examining relics recovered from the Betsy, a British ship scuttled during the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. The grenade's iron jacket had dissolved, but its core of black powder remained potent. Within a month or so, more than two dozen were found. (Virginia Department of Historic Resources via The Virginian-Pilot)

In an uh-oh episode of historic proportions, hand grenades from the last major battle of the Revolutionary War recently and repeatedly scrambled bomb squads in Virginia's capital city.

Wait – they had hand grenades in the Revolutionary War? Indeed. Hollow iron balls, filled with black powder, outfitted with a fuse, then lit and thrown.

And more than two dozen have been sitting in cardboard boxes at the Department of Historic Resources, undetected for 30 years.

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Jeremy Cuellar, left, and Kemia Hassel face life in prison if convicted of murdering Army Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III in Berrien County Dec. 31, 2018. (Courtesy of Berrien County Sheriff's Dept.)

BERRIEN COUNTY, MI -- The wife of an Army sergeant killed in December admitted that she planned his killing together with another man, communicating on Snapchat in an attempt to hide their communications, according to statements she made to police.

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A Coast Guard lieutenant arrested this week planned to "murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," according to a court filing requesting he be detained until his trial.

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(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton

At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.

Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.

They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.

What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.

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A photo shared by Hoda Muthana on her now-closed @ZumarulJannaTwitter account. (Twitter/ZumarulJannah)

The State Department announced Wednesday that notorious ISIS bride Hoda Muthana, a U.S.-born woman who left Alabama to join ISIS but began begging to return to the U.S. after recently deserting the terror group, is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed to return home.

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