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Recruits at the Corps' East Coast boot camp are evacuating over Hurricane Dorian
The regularly-scheduled Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island, South Carolina is canceled until further notice, or at least until Hurricane Dorian passes by and eventually fizzles out.
Officials at Marine Corps Recruit Depot — the Corps' East Coast basic training — announced on Monday they were canceling graduation ceremonies for Golf and Papa Companies and sending those newly-minted Marines home a little bit early, while recruits currently in training are heading to Albany, Georgia to get out of the Category 2 Hurricane's path.
Recruits will still be doing some sort of modified training while at Albany, which is a logistics base. Meanwhile, recruits who were scheduled to travel to the depot to begin training are having their ship dates changes to later in the month, the Depot said on its Facebook page.
The evacuation of P.I. is not just for recruits, however.
The commanding general ordered all non-emergency military and civilian personnel to move at least 100 miles away. The order began at 5:00 p.m. on Monday and is expected to remain in place until the storm passes sometime around Thursday afternoon.
Due to the early graduation, plenty of families missed out on seeing their new Marines graduate from the 13-week training, so the Depot posted a shout out video from new Marines to their families.
The evacuation of recruits began on Tuesday morning, according to the Depot's official Facebook page. Under the watchful eye of drill instructors, recruits were loaded onto buses to make the roughly 4 1/2 hour journey to Albany.
Similarly, officials at Camp Lejuene, N.C. are keeping an eye on the storm but have not issued any evacuation order. According to a post on its official Facebook page, Lejeune officials are pre-staging equipment and supplies.
Dorian has already smashed into the Bahamas and has moved towards the Florida coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. On its current track, the storm is expected to continue moving north from Florida and make landfall in South Carolina on Thursday morning.
It could also potentially hit North Carolina, Virginia, and other states further up the eastern seaboard.
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that 21-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Raymond Warren was identified using DNA and circumstantial evidence. Warren had been buried in a cemetery in the Gilbert Islands, where he was killed when U.S. forces tried to take secure one of the islands from the Japanese.
The Battle of Tarawa lasted from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23, 1943, and claimed the lives of 1,021 U.S. marines and sailors, more than 3,000 Japanese soldiers and an estimated 1,000 Korean laborers before the U.S. troops seized control, the agency said.
Arizona lawmakers are vowing to fight a plan by the Air Force to start retiring some of the nation's fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jets — a major operation at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base — as part of a plan to drop some older, legacy weapon systems to help pay for new programs.
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a former A-10 pilot, and U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., both vowed to fight the move to retire 44 of the oldest A-10s starting this year.
During a press briefing last week, Air Force officials unveiled plans to start mothballing several older platforms, including retiring some A-10s even as it refits others with new wings.
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Accompanied by senior North Korean figures, Kim took two well-publicized rides on the snowy slopes of the sacred Paektu Mountain in October and December.
State media heralded the jaunts as important displays of strength in the face of international pressure and the photos of Kim astride a galloping white steed were seen around the world.
North Korea has a long history of buying pricey horses from Russia and customs data first reported by Seoul-based NK News suggests that North Korea may have bolstered its herd in October.
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Former Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, who claimed responsibility on behalf of his group for scores of Taliban attacks, proclaimed his escape on Twitter and then in an audio message sent to Pakistani media earlier this month.
The Pakistani military, which had kept Ehsan in detention for three years, has declined to comment but, asked by reporters about the report, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah, said: "That is correct, that is correct."
Shah, a retired brigadier general, added that "you will hear good news" in response to questions about whether there had been progress in hunting down Ehsan.
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A temporary truce beginning on Saturday that would last for one week is seen as a crucial test between the Taliban, U.S., and Afghan governments that would prove all parties to a potential peace deal can control their forces. Defense Secretary Mark Esper declined to confirm the date on Sunday.
"That is a moving date because we are still doing consultations, if you will," Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters.