A commander at Ft. Jackson, S.C., ordered a few years ago that the lake level behind his house be raised so his backyard view would be nicer. When the rains came, that led to a catastrophic dam collapse and flooding.
"Hold my beer!" replies Lt. Col. James Scott, commander of the Radford Army Ammunition plant, the largest polluter in the state of Virginia. His plant released 12.1 million tons of “toxic release inventory chemicals” in 2016, the latest year for which data is available. (And, tbh, before he took command.) “That figure accounts for 34% of the total on-site releases for all 2016 chemicals reported for facilities statewide,” notes The Roanoke Times. In other words, about one-third of all the toxic chemicals released in Virginia that year. This junk apparently goes into the New River, where I have spent some time upside down in my kayak.
Air Force nixes dick pix: An Air Force second lieutenant was charged with running a club code-named “Whiskey Delta Tango” that involved sending photographs of one’s genitalia.
Speaking of airpower: The chief of staff of the Belgian Air Force, along with a bunch of other senior officers, got suspended for allegedly lying to civilian leaders about their F-16 fleet. Apparently bad-mouthing it in order to buy more planes.
A top Senate Republican and fierce ally of President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently about the U.S. military's plans to withdraw all troops from Syria by the end of April.
"That's the dumbest f******g idea I've ever heard," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly replied when Shanahan confirmed the Trump administration still plans to complete the Syria withdrawal by April 30.
Later, Graham told Shanahan, "I am now your adversary, not your friend."
Airmen with the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron pump water from a flooded common living area to an area with less impact on the local population, Dec. 13, 2009, in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force/ Staff Sgt. Sharon Singer)
Islamic state members walk in the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 18, 2019. (Reuters/Rodi Said)
NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - The Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.
Russian President Vladimir Putin fires a fortress cannon. (Associated Press/Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin)
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that Russia will target the U.S. with new weapons should Washington decide to deploy intermediate-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to Europe following the recent death of a Cold War-era arms control agreement, according to multiple reports.
He threatened to target not only the host countries where U.S. missiles might be stationed but also decision-making centers in the U.S.