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Watch The Navy Fly Its Largest-Ever Missing Man Formation In Honor Of George H.W. Bush
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.”
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A U.S.S. Manchester, CL-83, hat firmly tucked on his head, John Ronney, pierced the collar of his granddaughter, Jennifer Rooney's new rank during a special pinning ceremony at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune on Sept. 25.
By Rooney's side was his son and Jennifer's father Robert, a Navy veteran. Together, three Navy veterans brought together for military tradition.
"They are the two people who taught me everything I needed to know about the Navy," said Jennifer.
CAMP PENDLETON — The military prosecution of a Coast Guardsman accused of murder began Wednesday with a preliminary hearing at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Seaman Ethan W. Tucker, 21, was arrested August 28 after a seven-month Coast Guard investigation into the January death of Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, who served on the same ship as Tucker— the Kodiak, Alaska-based high endurance cutter Douglas Munro.
ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey would press on with its offensive into northeastern Syria and "crush the heads of terrorists" if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from the area were not fully implemented.
Erdogan agreed on Thursday in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a five-day pause in the offensive to allow time for the Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a "safe zone" Turkey aims to establish in northeast Syria near the Turkish border.
President Trump stoked confusion Friday by declaring the U.S. has "secured the Oil" in the Middle East amid continued fallout from the Turkish invasion of northern Syria that he enabled by pulling American troops out of the region.
It wasn't immediately clear what the president was talking about, as there were no publicly known developments in Syria or elsewhere in the Middle East relating to oil. White House aides did not return requests for comment.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. State Department investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state has found no evidence of deliberate mishandling of classified information by department employees.
The investigation, the results of which were released on Friday by Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley's office, centered on whether Clinton, who served as the top U.S. diplomat from 2009 to 2013, jeopardized classified information by using a private email server rather than a government one.