NEWS OF THE FORCE: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - Page 2
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps
Navy surface warfare experts are taking another step toward deploying
powerful laser weapons aboard front-line Navy warships with a $150
million contract to the Lockheed Martin Laser and
Sensor Systems segment in Bothell, Wash.
U.S. Navy shipboard weapons experts needed embedded computing for
upgrading the Aegis weapon system for Navy cruisers and destroyers; they
found their solution from Artesyn Embedded Technologies in Tempe, Ariz.
Military electro-optics experts at L-3 KEO in Northampton, Mass., will
provide shipboard sights to enable U.S. Navy and Coast Guard warships to
hit enemy ships and aircraft with naval gun fire under the terms of a $30.8
In central New Jersey, the members of the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) at Colts Neck High School have been recognized for their accomplishments by Rear Adm. Michael Bernacchi, commander of the Naval Services and Training Command.
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Joshua Stone, an imagery analysis specialist assigned to the
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), was posthumously awarded a Bachelor
of Science degree in intelligence.
One of the most enduring memories of Mr. Rogers - besides that video of him
flipping off the camera in 1967 (this did happen) or wearing a creepy
clown mask (we wish it didn't) - is his deadly work as a United States Marine Corps scout.
Marine Corps Recruiter Staff Sgt. Brian D. Raney and Raven Campbell ate
dinner at The Alley restaurant in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Jan. 20th.
The restaurant donated the pre-dance dinner when they heard Raney had
volunteered to take Campbell to a Girl Scout father-daughter dance.
New Jersey-raised Tyler Skolnik lives in West Haven, Conn., and is completing a
degree at the University of New Haven in fire science. He said that
during his time there, which includes being in the Marine Corps Reserve, he has fallen in love with New Haven and ultimately wants to serve as a firefighter there.
Two coalition naval vessels arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., in recent days to conduct training and operations as part of the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group. The Royal Norwegian Navy frigate
HNoMS Roald Amundsen and the Sachsen-class German frigate Hessen arrived
to participate in the strike group's upcoming composite training unit
exercise. "Any time we can operate with
another one of our allies anywhere in the world, we gain from it and
they gain from it," said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Gene Black, the commander of
USS Harry S. Truman. "I've always had great success working with
coalition partners, and this is just a similar task with a more complex
mission set. I'm very confident of our success and look forward to
sailing with these two great ships." According to Truman's foreign
cooperation officers, partnerships like this are designed to strengthen
cooperation and interoperability between the nations' armed forces.
Integrating with foreign navies can prove challenging, they said, but
months of planning and coordination took place to ensure a seamless
integration, with the German and Norwegian warships prepared to
demonstrate their capabilities. "We are looking forward to a
challenging and exciting training with the U.S. Navy," said Hessen's
commanding officer, German Navy Cmdr. Oliver Pfennig. "The integration
of the German warship Hessen in the carrier strike group requires a lot of
trust in our capabilities and we will perform professionally and
competently in all upcoming CSG operations."
After the exercise, Hessen will remain with the strike group to
participate in its upcoming deployment. This is not Hessen's first time
operating with USS Truman. The ships deployed together in 2010.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating the
increase in minke whale deaths and strandings along the east coast in
2017. NOAA calls the past year's spike in whale deaths an "unusual mortality event."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, has
outlined plans to create a sanctuary that would cover about 1,075
square miles of Lake Michigan and protect 37 shipwrecks and 80
unexplored potential shipwrecks and other cultural resources.
Harvey, Irma and Maria are now in the top 5 most expensive hurricanes in the U.S., according to a new report by NOAA.
And shortfin mako sharks are in trouble, and NOAA is asking anglers
who catch them - accidentally or on purpose - to voluntarily comply with
new emergency rules that haven't been enacted yet, but probably will be
later this year.The parting shots
A Pakistani woman who was reportedly shot dead for refusing a
marriage proposal was filmed identifying her killer shortly before she
died on Sunday evening.
Asma Rani, a third-year medical student at Abbotabad Ayub
Medical College, was shot by two men on Jan. 27th outside of her home in
Kohat, northern Pakistan, after she stepped out of a rickshaw with her
As she lay dying, Rani was reportedly filmed naming
Mujahid Afridi as her killer. The young woman's family claims
that Afridi, along with his brother, Sadiqullah Afridi, killed
Rani after she refused to marry him. One day after her death, the graphic video of Rani naming her attacker was posted to social media.
A killer whale in France has become the first of its kind to mimic human speech. Wikie,
a 16-year-old female orca at a marine park in Antibes, has learned how
to say "hello," "bye bye," and "Amy," count to three, shriek, and blow
Last night, President Donald J. Trump delivered his first State of the
Union Address, and he did a remarkable job. While touting the economy,
advances against terrorism, and his immigration plans, he did what some
thought was impossible. He looked the part; he was presidential. Trump deserves credit, not for delivering a speech written by someone
else, but for delivering on his promises. He deserves credit for his tax
cuts, plunging unemployment, and more. But the speech last night will
be forgotten by tonight. What will be remembered - and what
really matters - is what he does next. The Trump tax bill - passed without a single Democratic vote - has
created a great quagmire for the minority party. Even after the
Democrats shut down the government out of deference to illegal
immigrants, companies continued to dole out bonuses. Over 250 companies
have given out $1,000 to $3,000 per worker. Democrats call these
Glee actor Mark Salling, who pleaded guilty to child porn charges, is dead at the age of 33.
And Buzzfeed reporter Anthony Cormier has obtained a statement where adult
film star Stormy Daniels says she is not denying an affair with Donald Trump not because she was paid, but
because it never happened.