The Air Force’s top enlisted triggered a selfie backlash on March 26th. His offense? He wore a prototype of a new uniform that very few airmen are authorized yet to wear, a move that many felt was “rubbing it in.”
In the image, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright wore the Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform, or OCPs, and not the Airman Battle Uniform that is Air Force standard issue. While OCPs are used by select units within the Air Force, they are not authorized for the majority of the service.
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“So this means they're authorized now, right?” a commenter, pawnman99, wrote on Reddit.
Another commenter, TACPnessSevenZeroTACP, wrote: “Unpopular opinion around here, but I disagree with him wearing OCPs while it's not authorized for the rest of us (well, most of you). I get that he's trying to 'show leadership' that it's a better uniform, but he's the CMSAF; he should be setting the example when it comes to standards, and the standard right now is ABUs.”
In the face of the criticism, Wright had to backtrack.
“I never thought I’d have to start off a post with my bad, but … my bad!” Wright wrote in a Facebook response. “I can 100% see why some of you thought I was trolling you. (I see you Reddit posters) But I’m not. Really, I’m not.”
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In the facebook post, the CMSAF mentioned that the final say on uniform transition for the service was coming soon. He also explained that during the course of his duties, it is standard to wear the same unit as the host unit he visits. Since Cannon AFB is under Air Force Special Operations Command, they wear OCPs; Which is why the CMSAF was wearing OCPs (which he notes were issued to him).
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Army Staff Sgt. Albert Leon Mampre, who served during World War II with the famed Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division depicted in the HBO series 'Band of Brothers,' was laid to rest on June 15th, the Army announced
Mampre, who died on May 31 at 97 years old, was the last living medic from Easy Company, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. A number of soldiers assigned to his unit provided an honor guard for his funeral service.
NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (Reuters) - Three Russians and a Ukrainian will face murder charges for the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine which killed 298 people, in a trial to start in the Netherlands next March, an investigation team said on Wednesday.
The suspects are likely to be tried in absentia, however, as the Netherlands has said Russia has not cooperated with the investigation and is not expected to hand anyone over.
"These suspects are seen to have played an important role in the death of 298 innocent civilians", said Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke.
"Although they did not push the button themselves, we suspect them of close cooperation to get the (missile launcher) where it was, with the aim to shoot down an airplane."
A Navy SEAL sentenced to one year in prison for the death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is under investigation for allegedly flirting with Melgar's widow while using a false name and trying to persuade her that he and another SEAL accused of killing her husband were "really good guys," according to the Washington Post.
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Government prosecutors characterized Gallagher as a knife-wielding murderer who not only killed a wounded ISIS fighter but shot indiscriminately at innocent civilians, while the defense argued that those allegations were falsehoods spread by Gallagher's angry subordinates, with attorney Tim Parlatore telling the jury that "this trial is not about murder. It's about mutiny."