--The no. 2 officer in the Canadian military was charged with breach of trust by the Mounties. Bonus fact: The spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is, I am not kidding, one Vladimir Napoleon. I wonder if he invades himself?
--Speaking of Canada, as we have been, a helicopter from the Royal Canadian Air Force bombed a house in Miami with a life raft. It was not on purpose. Not making this up.
Meanwhile, back in the U.S. of A., the Department of the Navy has been trying to keep pace:
--The Marine Corps legislative liaison to the Senate, a brigadier general, was suspended after the Senate Armed Services Committee indicated to the Commandant that he was acting like a shithead. This is interesting especially because in the Corps, the liaison position has been a hot position to hold.
--Marine Lt. Col. Joshua Kissoon, the former commander of the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion on Parris Island, got a plea deal under which he retires, is fined $5,000, and gets a reprimand. The case involves the death of a Muslim recruit who was hazed and fell to his death from the 3rd floor of his barracks. He pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty, making a false statement, and conduct unbecoming. Interestingly, his former commander, who also was relieved, got immunity to testify against him. This is the biggest Marine boot camp scandal since the Ribbon Creek disaster of 1956 in which a drill instructor wound up getting six recruits drowned.
--Two more Navy officers were deep-sixed in the “Fat Leonard” scandal. I’ve lost count of the totals, and apparently so have reporters, judging by this article.
--And an Army National Guard brigadier is back on the radar screen and under criminal investigation for alleged flim-flammery at the same time as his philandery. Speaking of the Army, it still isn’t clear to me why it gets away with being less transparent than the other services are about reliefs and charges. Ideas? Bueller?
An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.