A June 15 Navy report evaluating hypoxia claims in the T-45 and F-18 conceded that “finding a solution to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps’ high performance jet aircraft [physical episodes] challenge has proved elusive,” but added that “the number and severity” of those incidents “can and must be dramatically reduced with a unified, systematic approach.”
The next month, the Navy announced that the T-45 would return to the skies after an “air supply fix” and the addition of an oxygen monitoring system. That fix, according to Navy spokesperson Lt. Cdr. Leslie Hubbell, would eliminate moisture from the aircraft’s on-board oxygen generation systems — a component previously missing from the T-45.
In addition, the Navy installed CRU-123 monitoring systems to track oxygen levels and alert pilots if they changed.
By this month, 113 of the Navy’s 170 T-45s were equipped with the CRU-123, spokesperson Lt. Elizabeth Feaster told WBIR, a Tennessee local NBC affiliate.
The Tennessee crash remains under investigation; follow Task & Purpose for updates as the story develops.
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer took the reins at the Pentagon on Monday, becoming the third acting defense secretary since January.
Spencer is expected to temporarily lead the Pentagon while the Senate considers Army Secretary Mark Esper's nomination to succeed James Mattis as defense secretary. The Senate officially received Esper's nomination on Monday.
U.S. Special Operations Command may be on the verge of making the dream of flying infantry soldiers a reality, but the French may very well beat them to it.
On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron shared an unusual video showing a man on a flying platform — widely characterized as a "hoverboard" — maneuvering through the skies above the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris armed with what appears to be a dummy firearm.
The video was accompanied with a simple message of "Fier de notre armée, moderne et innovante," which translates to "proud of our army, modern and innovative," suggesting that the French Armed Forces may be eyeing the unusual vehicle for potential military applications.
If such experiments took place, the amendment would require the inspector general's office to tell lawmakers if any of the ticks or other bugs "were released outside of any laboratory by accident or experiment design."
There's no one path to military service. For some, it's a lifelong goal, for others, it's a choice made in an instant.
For 27-year-old Marine Pvt. Atiqullah Assadi, who graduated from Marine Corps bootcamp on July 12, the decision to enlist was the culmination of a journey that began when he and his family were forced to flee their home in Afghanistan.
The Air Force has administratively separated the Nellis Air Force Base sergeant who was investigated for making racist comments about her subordinates in a video that went viral last year, Task & Purpose has learned.