Navy Ens. Sarah Joy Mitchell was killed during small boat training in the Red Sea on July 8, defense officials have confirmed.
Mitchell, 23, was assigned to the destroyer USS Jason Dunham, according to the Navy. She was taken to a hospital in Aqaba, Jordan, where she was pronounced dead. No other sailors were injured, and the incident is under investigation.
“There is no current indication of enemy activity or foul play,” Pentagon spokesman Army Co. Rob Manning told reporters on Monday. “The sailor died during non-hostile operations.”
Originally from Feasterville, Penn., Mitchell was commissioned on May 12, 2017, after graduating from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., her official biography says. She had been assigned to Jason Dunham since June 5, 2017, and was in training for her Surface Warfare Officer qualification at the time of her death.
Cmdr. John Hamilton, the Jason Dunham’s captain, wrote on the ship’s Facebook page that the crew “mourns the loss of one of our bright shining stars.”
“While her light may have been snuffed out far too early, we will do what this family does best and rally, continue to support each other, and honor her memory by continuing to do what she loved most, stand the watch,” Hamilton wrote. “Her smile will live on in every sunrise and her laughter will echo in our ears as we look up at the stars every night.
“Rest easy shipmate, we have the watch. Semper Fidelis, Semper Fortis.”
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.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.