The Navy honored former president George H.W. Bush, who died Sunday at 94, with one of the notable tributes in its history: an unprecedented 21-jet flyover.
A team of 21 Navy F/A-18 Hornets conducted the memorial flyover, the so-called "missing man" formation that entered military protocol at the end of the Korean War, just as the former president and Navy veteran's casket was escorted onto the grounds of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, by a military honor guard.
Bush enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on his 18th birthday, six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and eventually became one of the youngest aviators in the Navy.
The flyover included naval aviators from various squadrons assigned to Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic and Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, according to the Navy release, which notes that 30 jets were sent to Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth in addition to the ground team for the flyover as backups "to ensure mission success."
According to the Cmdr. Justin Rubino, who served as the forward air controller on the ground to ensure the timing of the flyover matched the movement of the honor guard on the ground, this particular flyover wasn't just special because of its size and complexity, but because of Bush's legacy as a Navy aviator.
“He flew off aircraft carriers just like we do today and that’s a bond all of us share," Rubino said in a news release. "He’s one of us. Sure he was the president of the United States, yes, but he was also a naval aviator.”
Photo: US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
A former sailor who was busted buying firearms with his military discount and then reselling some of them to criminals is proving to be a wealth of information for federal investigators.
Julio Pino used his iPhone to record most, if not all, of his sales, court documents said. He even went so far as to review the buyers' driver's license on camera.
It is unclear how many of Pino's customer's now face criminal charges of their own. Federal indictments generally don't provide that level of detail and Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson declined to comment.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
U.S. Army Cpt. Katrina Hopkins and Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Rogers, assigned to Task Force Warhorse, pilot a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) operation at Camp Taji, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Javion Siders)
U.S. forces must now ask the Iraqi military for permission to fly in Iraqi airspace before coming to the aid of U.S. troops under fire, a top military spokesman said.
However, the mandatory approval process is not expected to slow down the time it takes the U.S. military to launch close air support and casualty evacuation missions for troops in the middle of a fight, said Army Col. James Rawlinson, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
The soldier who was arrested for taking an armored personnel carrier on a slow-speed police chase through Virginia has been found not guilty by reason of insanity on two charges, according to The Richmond-Times Dispatch.
Joshua Phillip Yabut, 30, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle — in this case, a 12-ton APC taken from Fort Pickett in June 2018 — and violating the terms of his bond, which stemmed from a trip to Iraq he took in March 2019 (which was not a military deployment).