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1 Sailor Killed, 1 Hurt After Sea Hawk Helo's Fuel Tank Falls On Them
A sailor was killed and another was injured in a ground mishap July 30 at Naval Air Station North Island, California, a Navy official confirmed on Tuesday.
- Naval Helicopter Aircrewman 1st Class Jonathan Richard Clement died after an HH-60H Sea Hawk’s auxiliary fuel tank fell on him while the helicopter was on the tarmac, said Cmdr. Ron Flanders, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces. A second sailor was treated and released for minor injuries.
- Flanders told Task & Purpose that he did not have any further information about the circumstances surrounding Clement’s death. Investigators are looking into exactly how the fuel tank fell off the helicopter.
- Clement joined the Navy in June 2007; he became a petty officer 1st class on Oct. 16, 2016; and he had served with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron since July 2017, according to his Navy biography. His military awards include four Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Meal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon (Sharpshooter).
- Military.com first reported on Tuesday that Clement had been killed in the July 30 accident and the Navy did not announce his death at the time.
- Clement’s family was so distraught over his death that the Navy concluded it would be better to avoid publicizing the fatal accident, Flanders said. “A decision was made to spare the family any media attention so it was not released,” he said.
Raccoon infestations and extreme rust didn’t stop an anonymous buyer from nabbing this Soviet-era submarine
A former Soviet submarine that became a tourist attraction docked adjacent to the Queen Mary in Long Beach is expected to be sold soon to an anonymous buyer, with plans to remove the rusting sub by mid-May.
The 48-year-old Russian Foxtrot-class submarine, known as the Scorpion, had hosted paying visitors for 17 years before it fell into such disrepair that it became infested with raccoons and was closed to the public in 2015.
Former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, whom President Donald Trump recently pardoned of his 2013 murder conviction, claims he was nothing more than a pawn whom generals sacrificed for political expediency.
The infantry officer had been sentenced to 19 years in prison for ordering his soldiers to open fire on three unarmed Afghan men in 2012. Two of the men were killed.
During a Monday interview on Fox & Friends, Lorance accused his superiors of betraying him.
"A service member who knows that their commanders love them will go to the gates of hell for their country and knock them down," Lorance said. "I think that's extremely important. Anybody who is not part of the senior Pentagon brass will tell you the same thing."
"I think folks that start putting stars on their collar — anybody that has got to be confirmed by the Senate for a promotion — they are no longer a soldier, they are a politician," he continued. "And so I think they lose some of their values — and they certainly lose a lot of their respect from their subordinates — when they do what they did to me, which was throw me under the bus."
Fifteen years after the U.S. military toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein, the Army's massive two-volume study of the Iraq War closed with a sobering assessment of the campaign's outcome: With nearly 3,500 U.S. service members killed in action and trillions of dollars spent, "an emboldened and expansionist Iran appears to be the only victor.
Thanks to roughly 700 pages of newly-publicized secret Iranian intelligence cables, we now have a good idea as to why.
A U.S. Air Force combat controller will receive the nation's third highest award for valor this week for playing an essential role in two intense firefight missions against the Taliban in Afghanistan last year.
Tech. Sgt. Cody Smith, an airman with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing at Air Force Special Operations Command, will receive the Silver Star at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico on Nov. 22, the service announced Monday.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane intercepted a suspected semi-submersible smuggling vessel in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and seized approximately 5,000 pounds of cocaine October 23.