Relief, Ousters, And Other Military Mischief

The Long March
Lauren Katzenberg

--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.)

--In other weird military personnel news, the Marine Corps promotion board for E-8 (do you know what a “master sergeant” is? Lots of people don’t) blew up on the launch pad.

--Three people were indicted after some machine guns and a grenade launcher went missing from a South Carolina National Guard armory.

--Trend? A moron was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment after listing for sale on the internet .50 caliber armor piercing ammunition and smoke grenades stolen from Nellis Air Force Base.

--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.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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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.

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(The 621st Contingency Response Wing/Flickr)

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."

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The U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs will implement changes next month that will simplify the process for how veterans make appeals.

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Editor's Note: This article by Richard Sisk originally appeared on, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

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."

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