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The commander of a B-52 squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, has been fired following a command investigation, Air Force officials announced on Tuesday.
- Lt. Col. Paul Goossen was relieved as commander of the 69th Bomb Squadron “due to a loss of trust and confidence from his failure to maintain a professional workplace environment,” an Air Force news release says.
- Goossen declined to comment on Tuesday through a spokeswoman for the 5th Bomb Wing, Maj. Natassia Cherne.
- Cherne told Task & Purpose she was unable to elaborate on what exactly prompted Goossen to be removed from command.
- “I can’t speak to that but I can tell you it was a commander-directed investigation,” Cherne said on Tuesday. “It was directed by Col. Bradley Cochran, and he is the 5th Bomb Wing commander. The decision to remove Lt. Col. Goossen came from the Air Force Global Strike commander, which is Gen. Timothy Ray.”
- Last Christmas Eve, Goossen led the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, when the unit received a call from President Trump.
- “Getting a chance to hear President Trump discuss some of our top issues was an exhilarating experience,” Goossen said in a Dec. 24 news release. “The 69th EBS wishes the President, his family, his staff, and all Americans back home a very Merry Christmas.”
The U.S. government failed to effectively account for nearly $715.8 million in weapons and equipment allocated to Syrian partners as part of the multinational counter-ISIS fight, according to a new report from the Defense Department inspector general.
On Feb. 19, 1945, more than 70,000 U.S. Marines conducted an amphibious assault to take the Island of Iwo Jima from fortified Japanese forces. Over the next 36 days nearly 7,000 Marines would be killed during the battle, which is regarded as one of the bloodiest of World War II, as they faced hidden enemy artillery, machine guns, vast bunker systems and underground tunnels. Of the 82 Marines who earned the Medal of Honor during all of World War II, 22 medals were earned for actions on Iwo Jima.
Now, 75 years later, 28 Marines and Sailors who fought on Iwo Jima gathered to remember the battle at the 75th and final commemoration sunset ceremony Feb. 15, 2020, at the Pacific Views Event Center on Camp Pendleton, California.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has long been seen as an apologist for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whom she met during a secret trip to Damascus in January 2017.
Most recently, a video was posted on Twitter shows Gabbard evading a question about whether Assad is a war criminal.
Since Gabbard is the only actively serving member of the military who is running for president — she is a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard — Task & Purpose sought to clarify whether she believes Assad has used chlorine gas and chemical weapons to kill his own people.
The Army is almost doubling its purchase of new bolt-action Precision Sniper Rifles as its primary anti-personnel sniper system of choice, according to budget documents.
Air Force gunsmiths recently completed delivery of a new M4-style carbine designed to break down small enough to fit under most pilot ejection seats.