Saved Rounds: This Week’s Military News Roundup

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This week brought us some of the crude, the bad, and the ugly, with stories of corporate stolen valor, birth defects caused by contaminated base water supplies, and we look back at remembering the ultimate stunt pulled by a former service academy student. Here's your military news roundup.


  • Nike and apparel boutique Undefeated were accused of stolen valor after putting out a logo for a new collaboration that bore a striking resemblance to the U.S. Naval Academy coat of arms. Nike has not put out an official response to the controversy, but Naval Academy officials are sticking with claims of a clear trademark violation ahead of the apparel launch this weekend.
  • Lawmakers wrote a scathing letter regarding their concerns about service members drinking poisoned base water which has resulted in birth defects on 126 DoD installations. The $2 billion plan to sort out the situation involves replacing the bad pipes with the same exact danger causing pipes, just newer. 

And this week’s Military Flashback Friday

  • West Point Academy drop-out Caleb Stevens returned from fighting the ISIS with a Kurdish militia group by entering a Chicago ER with his mom back in February and announcing that he needed medical attention for a week-old gunshot wound. After disclosing that he'd be shot in Syria, local police showed up to his hospital room accusing him of being a terrorist. He's fine now, though!

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In June 2011 Iraq's defense minister announced that U.S. troops who had deployed to the country would receive the Iraq Commitment Medal in recognition of their service. Eight years later, millions of qualified veterans have yet to receive it.

The reason: The Iraqi government has so far failed to provide the medals to the Department of Defense for approval and distribution.

A small group of veterans hopes to change that.

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F-16 Fighting Falcon (Photo: US Air Force)

For a cool $8.5 million, you could be the proud owner of a "fully functioning" F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon fighter jet that a South Florida company acquired from Jordan.

The combat aircraft, which can hit a top speed of 1,357 mph at 40,000 feet, isn't showroom new — it was built in 1980. But it still has a max range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute and remains militarized, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also covers defense topics, WBDO News 96.5 reported Wednesday.

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FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia February 20, 2019. Yuri Kadobnov/Pool via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities said on Friday that a doctor who treated those injured in a mysterious accident this month had the radioactive isotope Caesium-137 in his body, but said it was probably put there by his diet.

The deadly accident at a military site in northern Russia took place on Aug. 8 and caused a brief spurt of radiation. Russian President Vladimir Putin later said it occurred during testing of what he called promising new weapons systems.

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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a fly-over as newly graduated cadets from the U. S. Air Force Academy toss their hats at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 23, 2018. Shortly after the event ceremony's commencement, the Thunderbirds put on an aerial demonstration show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

Groundwater at the Air Force Academy is contaminated with the same toxic chemicals polluting a southern El Paso County aquifer, expanding a problem that has cost tens of millions of dollars to address in the Pikes Peak region.

Plans are underway to begin testing drinking water wells south of the academy in the Woodmen Valley area after unsafe levels of the chemicals were found at four locations on base, the academy said Thursday.

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