Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Siobhana R. McEwen
Since sequestration began in 2013, the reduced number of hours flown by pilots, crews trained, and aircraft maintained has created a major problem: a lack of flight readiness across all the services. While the effect of budget constraints was not at first apparent, a rise in-flight mishaps, decreases in pilot retention, and increases in the number of aircraft that simply can’t fly have made it clear to policymakers that U.S. air superiority is suffering.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Karalie Moore
The first 18 years of my life were spent under military rule: primarily my father’s, who recently retired after 23 years as an officer and CH-46 pilot in the U.S. Navy. And while sometimes it was incredibly trying, I have to credit my upbringing for making me the person I am. Generally speaking, being a military brat has a really profound impact on who you become later in life.
Sweet grandpas are a dime a dozen. Everywhere you look, there they are: tending to their gardens; waving at cars; handing out butterscotch candies to the kids in the neighborhood. (Boring!) But once in a blue moon, a grandpa comes along who shatters the mold — defying expectations by learning how to skydive, say, or use an iPhone.
Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Johnson
At least one person was killed after a U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet crashed in a residential area near Nashville, Tennessee, although it’s yet to be confirmed whether that person was the pilot. According to local officials, the incident occurred around 3 p.m. EST on June 2. The victim’s identity has not been released.