The Navy just announced that it will no longer allow service members to bring electronic cigarettes onto its ships, submarines, aircraft, boats, and other heavy equipment — sorry, Seabees, that probably goes for your bulldozers, too.
For a service that’s defined by maritime operations, a ban on vaping — inhaling the vapor created by an electronic cigarette — while underway is sure to hit a lot of sailors and Marines hard. Thanks to e-cigs, smokers finally had a chance to get their nicotine highs indoors, without facing the scorn and disgust levelled at fans of chewing tobacco. Alas, no more.
"The Fleet commanders implemented this policy to protect the safety and welfare of Sailors and to protect the ships, submarines, aircraft and equipment," the joint statement said.
The lithium-ion batteries of some e-cigarettes, it turns out, have been known to explode. According to a Navy memorandum issued last fall, 15 "mishaps" related to e-cig batteries, causing injury to service members or damage to property, occurred between fall 2015 and the following summer.
The vaping ban will go into effect on May 14 and “remain in effect until a final determination can be made following a thorough analysis,” according to the statement. However, sailors can still vape to the their hearts’ and lungs’ content while on base, as long as they do it in a designated smoking area; so much for vaping indoors.
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Task & Purpose reached out for comment on the new Navy policy to two well-known vaping enthusiasts: Grover Norquist, the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform;
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor July 18, 2016, for his actions while serving as a Flight Commander assigned to the 176th Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division. Then-Maj. Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967. (U.S. Army/Spc. Tammy Nooner)
by Martin Slagter, The Ann Arbor News, Mich.
YPSILANTI, MI - When a brigade of U.S. troops was ambushed by the North Vietnamese Army in the Song Tra Cau riverbed on the morning of May 15, 1967, Lt. Charles Kettles volunteered to lead the rescue, and he refused, again and again, to back down when faced with a barrage of gunfire.
His aircraft badly damaged, left spilling fuel, and his gunner was severely injured during the treacherous operation.
But he helicoptered in and out of the battlefield four times, saving the lives of 44 soldiers in a death-defying emergency operation that would become a legendary tale of bravery in the Vietnam War.
The M160 Robotic Mine Flail at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Photo: Maj. Dan Marchik/U.S. Army
The battlefield of the future could feature robot medics delivering life-saving care to casualties in the line of fire. At least, that's what the Army is aiming for — and it's willing to pay millions for help doing it.
A Chinese tank rolls at the training ground "Tsugol", about 250 kilometers (156 miles ) south-east of the city of Chita during the military exercises Vostok 2018 in Eastern Siberia, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (Associated Press/Sergei Grits)
China is developing a lot of new and advanced weaponry, but a recent state media report suggests the Chinese military may not be entirely sure what to do with these new combat systems.
The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard called the ongoing partial government shutdown "unacceptable" following reports that some Coast Guardsmen are relying on donations from food pantries while their regular paychecks remain on hold.
"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."