On Sunday, Sept. 11, the USS Eisenhower, which is tasked with fighting ISIS, became host to an unlikely stowaway — a newborn baby.
The night before, a third class petty officer from Carrier Air Wing 3 checked into the carrier's medical clinic, complaining of stomach pains. Nine hours later, she gave birth to a healthy 7-pound baby girl, according to a memo obtained by Navy Times.
Her command, whose mission was to fly over Iraq and Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, did not know. And the sailor, whose name has not been released, said she was also unaware that she was pregnant.
The phenomenon of unknown pregnancy is not unheard of. According to pregnancy author Jen Pincott, one in 450 pregnant women don't even know they're pregnant until they're 20 weeks along. And one in 2,500 women don't know they're pregnant until they're in labor — as was the case for this sailor.
Under normal circumstances, pregnant service members leave an operational command at 20 weeks and certainly don’t deploy.
Despite the surprise, “Both the mother and the baby are healthy and are doing well,” 5th Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban said. “The family practitioner aboard Ike, who delivered the baby, is certified in child birth and has experience delivering babies.”
After just a few hours, the mother and child were airlifted to a local hospital in Bahrain.
There’s just one lingering question: what do you name a baby born on an aircraft carrier, on 9/11, while her mother was fighting ISIS?
The Trump administration is trying to assure Congress that it does not want to start a war with Iran, but some lawmakers who fought in Iraq are not so sure.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford both briefed Congress on Tuesday about Iran. Shanahan told reporters earlier on Tuesday that the U.S. military buildup in the region has stopped Iran and its proxies from attacking U.S. forces, but the crisis is not yet over.
"We've put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans," Shanahan said. "That doesn't mean that the threats that we've previously identified have gone away. Our prudent response, I think, has given the Iranians time to recalculate. I think our response was a measure of our will and our resolve that we will protect our people and our interests in the region."
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump warned on Monday Iran would be met with "great force" if it attacked U.S. interests in the Middle East, and government sources said Washington strongly suspects Shi'ite militias with ties to Tehran were behind a rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone.
"I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything," Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Monday evening for an event in Pennsylvania. "If they do something, it will be met with great force but we have no indication that they will."
After a year and a half since the Army took delivery on the first of its souped-up new version of the M1 Abrams main battle tank, the Pentagon's Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio is ramping up to deliver the service's first full brigade of upgraded warhorses to bring the pain downrange.
On Tuesday, two political veterans groups, one on the left, the other on the right, announced a new lobbying campaign aimed at ending America's 'forever wars.'
In a video tied to the announcement, Dan Caldwell, the senior adviser to Concerned Veterans for America, a conservative veterans' group, and Jon Soltz, the chairman of VoteVets, a liberal vets group which aims to get former service members into office, laid out their plan for a lobbying campaign aimed at changing policy on how the United States wages war.