President Donald Trump has indicated he will make an announcement at Saturday’s Army-Navy game and no one in the Pentagon seems to have the foggiest idea what he is talking about.
After telling reporters on Friday he would nominate William Barr to be the next attorney general and Heather Nauert as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the president hinted that another personnel move is coming.
“I have another one for tomorrow that I’m going to be announcing at the Army-Navy game,” Trump said, according to a White House pool report. “I can give you a little hint: It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and succession.”
Task & Purpose contacted several officials at the Defense Department and military services, but none of them had been informed about Trump’s pending announcement.
Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is slated to retire on Oct. 1, 2019. A spokesman for Dunford declined to comment to Task & Purpose.
A pair of U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron VF-211 Fighting Checkmates in flight over Iraq in 2003/Department of Defense
Since the sequel to the 1986 action flick (and wildly successful Navy recruitment tool) Top Gun, was announced, there's been a lot of speculation on what Top Gun: Maverick will be about when it premieres in June 2020. While the plot is still relatively unclear, we know Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and he'll be joined by a recognizable costar: The iconic F-14 Tomcat.
It looks like the old war plane will be coming out of retirement for more than just a cameo. A number of recently surfaced photos show an F-14 Tomcat aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, alongside Cruise and members of the film's production crew, the Drive's Tyler Rogoway first reported earlier this week.
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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.