A C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Charleston; the C-17s and accompanying Airmen evacuated in response to Hurricane Dorian.
U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Cody R. Miller
If you were online even the slightest bit this weekend, you probably saw the video of a Florida man offering his two cents on how to stop hurricanes, since apparently no one else is giving this any thought.
Over 5,000 Air and Army National Guardsmen have been activated as they prepare to assist wherever needed, National Guard Spokesman Master Sgt. Michael Houk said on Tuesday — but this Florida Man thinks the military could be doing something a little more...hands-on, to stop hurricanes.
Two questions follow after watching this interview. One, why wasn't this man vetted for Secretary of Defense? And two, have the Air Force and Navy ever thought of this?
The Navy has not yet responded to request for comment from Task & Purpose on his suggestion that they drop ice into the ocean to cool down the water, and the Air Force didn't have anything further to add.
"I have nothing for you on this," Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told Task & Purpose.
All I'm saying is, this guy might be onto something — and besides, it could be a less-dangerous alternative to, say, nuking the hurricanes.
The command chief of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, was removed from his position last month after his chain of command received evidence he disrespected his subordinates.
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An aerial view of the Pentagon building in Washington, June 15, 2005. (Reuters/Jason Reed JIR/CN)
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