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Trump To Make Announcement About ‘Joint Chiefs Of Staff And Succession,’ Whatever That Means
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.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller are also expected to complete their tenures toward the middle of next year.
It is unlikely that the president will nominate a service chief for Space Force, as Congress has not yet authorized the creation of a sixth military branch.
"We have no additional information from what POTUS already said,” National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis told Task & Purpose on Friday.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
"Shoots like a carbine, holsters like a pistol." That's the pitch behind the new Flux Defense system designed to transform the Army's brand new sidearm into a personal defense weapon.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."
Police arrest suspected terrorist for 1985 hijacking in which Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was murdered
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) plane in which a U.S. navy diver was killed.
A Greek police official said on Saturday the suspect had disembarked from a cruise ship on the island of Mykonos on Thursday and that his name came up as being wanted by German authorities.
An 18-year-old Army recruit at Fort Jackson died following a "medical emergency" before a training drill, according to an officials with the base.