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How Did President Trump's First Trip To Honor Arlington's War Dead Go?
One of an American commander in chief’s most solemn duties is to preside over the nation’s Memorial Day honors at Arlington National Cemetery. There’s a speech; a wreath-laying; and, of course, a rousing rendition of the national anthem as the gathering comes to attention — one of the first honors a young service member learns to render. How did president Trump do in his second major encounter with Gold Star families?
What's going on there? PATRIOTISM, right?
This guy likes it:
That's one piping hot take! Hard to tell if this guy likes it, though:
Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.Screenshot
Let's accept on face that the president — who likes "people who weren't captured," tells Gold Star families he's "made a lot of sacrifices," calls safe sex in the 1990s "my personal Vietnam," and blames "the generals" for battle casualties — just swayed along to the Star-Spangled Banner at Arlington, beating a rhythm with the fingers on his chest, warbling the words out of patriotism. Selfless, altruistic patriotism. What other explanation could there be, anyway?
Yep, gotta be patriotism!
In fairness to Trump, he did a lot of other stuff at Arlington, too, like laying the wreath at the Unknowns and assisting Tea Party Dot Org in selling its #1 Rated All Natural Smart Pill:
America is already great.
Two airmen from Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, were killed on Thursday when two T-38 Talon training aircraft crashed during training mission, according to a message posted on the base's Facebook age.
The two airmen's names are being withheld pending next of kin notification.
A total of four airmen were onboard the aircraft at the time of the incident, base officials had previously announced.
The medical conditions for the other two people involved in the crash was not immediately known.
An investigation will be launched to determine the cause of the crash.
Emergency responders from Vance Air Force Base are at the crash scene to treat casualties and help with recovery efforts.
Read the entire message below:
VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Two Vance Air Force Base Airmen were killed in an aircraft mishap at approximately 9:10 a.m. today.
At the time of the accident, the aircraft were performing a training mission.
Vance emergency response personnel are on scene to treat casualties and assist in recovery efforts.
Names of the deceased will be withheld pending next of kin notification.
A safety investigation team will investigate the incident.
Additional details will be provided as information becomes available. #VanceUpdates.
This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as more information is released.
The commander of the Marine Corps' Wounded Warrior Regiment has been relieved over a loss of "trust and confidence in his ability to lead" amid an investigation into his conduct, a Corps official told Task & Purpose on Thursday.
Col. Lawrence F. Miller was removed from his post on Thursday morning and replaced with his executive officer, Lt. Col. Larry Coleman, who will serve as interim commander of the Quantico, Virginia based unit.
President Donald Trump has nixed any effort by the Navy to excommunicate Eddie Gallagher from the SEAL community.
"The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher's Trident Pin," the president tweeted on Thursday. "This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!"
In an ideal world, Thanksgiving is spent at the dining room table, surrounded by beloved family, close friends, and good food. For U.S. service members, it's occasionally spent in the shit.
The Army has identified the two soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Wednesday as 33-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 David C. Knadle, and 25-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr.