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Watch This Air Force General Pass Out During F-35 Budget Brief
As further proof that budgetary cuts are taking a toll on the U.S. Air Force, Maj. Gen. James Martin Jr., the Air Force’s deputy assistant secretary for budget, fainted at the podium while discussing the F-35 in the Pentagon Press Briefing Room on Feb. 9. Without missing a beat, Martin’s colleague, the silver-tongued Assistant Air Force Deputy for Budget Carolyn Gleason quipped, “This is what the F-35 will do to you,” before picking up the brief where the good general left off.
Gleason was, of course, referencing the drama that’s engulfed the F-35 program since its conception, including spiraling costs, delays in production, and a 2015 report by the Pentagon's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, which concluded that every F-35 that has been purchased so far “requires modifications prior to use in combat.” Most recently, on Feb. 9, a prematurely posted copy of the 2017 Air Force budget revealed that 45 F-35s would be cut from purchase plans over the next 10 years. That number is higher than what was previously expected.
As Martin slumped head-first into the lectern, several people rushed to his aid and escorted him out of the room –– but not before Gleason got in one more jab. “He kept threatening to pull a hammy,” she joked, “but I didn’t think he really meant it.” After a short stint in the hospital, the general reportedly walked out on his own and is now said to be doing OK. According to an NBC affiliate out of Columbus, Ohio, Martin was suffering from the flu or a cold. Think about that the next time you consider reaching for a Kleenex immediately after receiving the mandatory nasal flu vaccine.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to "act quickly" to reach a deal with the United States, in a tweet weighing in on North Korea's criticism of his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, who has met Kim three times since 2018 over ending the North's missile and nuclear programs, addressed Kim directly, referring to the one-party state's ruler as "Mr. Chairman".
In his tweet, Trump told Kim, "You should act quickly, get the deal done," and hinted at a further meeting, signing off "See you soon!"
It is impossible to tune out news about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump now that the hearings have become public. And this means that cable news networks and Congress are happier than pigs in manure: this story will dominate the news for the foreseeable future unless Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt get back together.
But the wall-to-wall coverage of impeachment mania has also created a news desert. To those of you who would rather emigrate to North Korea than watch one more lawmaker grandstand for the cameras, I humbly offer you an oasis of news that has absolutely nothing to do with Washington intrigue.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea's border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday.
A Reuters reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed from Ukraine in 2014, earlier on Sunday saw coastguard boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait toward the Black Sea where they could potentially be handed over to Ukraine.
Nine years after losing both legs in Afghanistan, he's found purpose in family, friends and inspiring others
There's a joke that Joey Jones likes to use when he feels the need to ease the tension in a room or in his own head.
To calm himself down, he uses it to remind himself of the obstacles he's had to overcome. When he faces challenges today — big or small — it brings him back to a time when the stakes were higher.
Jones will feel out a room before using the line. For nearly a decade, Jones, 33, has told his story to thousands of people, given motivational speeches to NFL teams and acted alongside a three-time Academy Award-winning actor.
On Tuesday afternoon, he stood at the front of a classroom at his alma mater, Southeast Whitfield High School in Georgia. The room was crowded with about 30 honor students.
It took about 20 minutes, but Jones started to get more comfortable as the room warmed up to him. A student asked about how he deals with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I believe in post-traumatic growth," Jones said. "That means you go through tough and difficult situations and on the back end through recovery, you learn strength."
It didn't take long for a central theme to emerge at the funeral of U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Livermore, an event attended by hundreds of area residents Friday at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
It's a theme that stems from a widespread local belief that the men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces are held in particularly high esteem here in the southern valley.
"In Bakersfield and Kern County, we celebrate our veterans like no place else on Earth," Bakersfield Chief of Police Lyle Martin told the gathering of mourners.