--The Air Force booted the commander of an air mobility wing at Scott Air Force Base on grounds of lost confidence, and said sexual misconduct was involved. He’d been in the job about six months. (Tom learning event: I didn’t realize an air wing has about 3,000 people.)
--You probably know this, but in case you don’t, the U.S. Navy is contemplating bringing charges of negligent homicide against two Pacific Fleet skippers who had a total of 17 sailors killed aboard their destroyers in collisions. (See today’s other item.)
Tom’s personnel policy question of the day: Why isn’t the U.S. Army better about announcing reliefs? Seems kind of irresponsible to me, especially when compared to the practices of the other, more open services.
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.
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."
The bigger and faster electromagnetic weapons elevator on the new
aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is finally ready for use, an achievement the Navy called a "major milestone" for the program and other Ford-class carriers to be built in the future.
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said earlier this month that he had bet his job on getting all the Ford's elevators to work, telling President Donald Trump that the project would be done by this summer "or you can fire me."