If there's one thing that helps bridge the civil-military divide between service members and nasty civilians like myself, it's an appreciation of giant dicks drawn in the sky by cocksure aviators.
An airman shared a snapshot in the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook group on Wednesday of what appears to be a half-finished, moderately flaccid sky penis plastered across the gorgeous blue skies above Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska.
Is that ... is that a dick?
Maybe we're just seeing things and the contrail in the photo was simply the byproduct of a standard aviation exercise; maybe I just see dicks everywhere like my therapist keeps telling me.
Or maybe some cocky aviator realized he wouldn't land in much hot water for a wanton sky penis: The two Navy aviators responsible for scrawling a massive sky penis above Okanogan County, Washington, last November were hit with six-month probationary period, the military justice equivalent of scrawling “I will not draw dicks in the sky” on a classroom chalkboard.
In a scathing letter, a top Navy legal official on Sunday expressed "grave ethical concerns" over revelations that government prosecutors used tracking software in emails to defense lawyers in ongoing cases involving two Navy SEALs in San Diego.
The letter, written by David G. Wilson, Chief of Staff of the Navy's Defense Service Offices, requested a response by Tuesday from the Chief of the Navy's regional law offices detailing exactly what type of software was used and what it could do, who authorized it, and what controls were put in place to limit its spread on government networks.
"As our clients learn about these extraordinary events in the media, we are left unarmed with any facts to answer their understandable concerns about our ability to secure the information they must trust us to maintain. This situation has become untenable," Wilson wrote in the letter, which was obtained by Task & Purpose on Monday.
Riley Howell, the Army ROTC cadet shot and killed while restraining an active shooter at UNC Charlotte on April 30, was posthumously awarded the ROTC Medal of Heroism earlier this month for his heroic sacrifice, the Army announced.
The head of naval aviation has directed the creation of a new process for approving and reviewing pilots' call signs after two African-American aviators at an F/A-18 Hornet training squadron in Virginia filed complaints alleging racial bias in the unit, from which they said they were unfairly dismissed.
In a formal endorsement letter signed May 13, Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller, commander of Naval Air Forces, said he found the two aviators, a Navy lieutenant and a Marine Corps captain, were correctly removed from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 out of Naval Air Station Oceana due to "substandard performance," despite errors and inconsistencies discovered in the grading and ranking process.
However, Miller said he did find inappropriate conduct by instructor pilots who did not treat the pilots-in-training "with appropriate dignity and respect," using discriminatory call signs and having inappropriate and unprofessional discussions about them on social media.