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U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Coast Guard crews have rescued a Bahamian national who had been
missing for two weeks. A Coast Guard statement said a good Samaritan
notified them that a boat with one person on board was taking on water
some 10 miles off West Palm Beach, Fla.
Area fire departments are working on their ice rescue skills as U.S. Coast Guard Station
Ashtabula, Ohio, has been merged with the Fairport Station and water
rescue efforts during the winter will be handled from Fairport,
according to area fire chiefs and the Coast Guard.
Lanchas are frequently used to transport illegal narcotics to the U.S. and fish illegally in the United States' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) near the U.S.-Mexico border in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, has detected 27 lanchas, 17 of which were interdicted.
The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued another injured mariner from a
fishing vessel near Cold Bay, Alaska, marking the fourth such medevac in a week.
Officials say the F/V Ocean Rover
was fishing 70 miles west of the
community on Sunday when a man onboard reported suffering from
Coast Guard crews helped three people after their jet boat ran
aground yesterday. Officials say the boaters got stuck at around 4 p.m.
on Sunday on a small island between Wanchese and Bodie Island, N.C., after they
brought fuel to a friend who had run out.
And earlier this month, McGregor, Iowa,
resident Steven Gress was promoted to division commander of the 2nd Division of the 8 Western Rivers District of the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary. As division commander, Gress
will oversee the second division’s four flotillas in Prairie du Chien, La
Crosse, Rochester and Winona. "It’s a privilege to serve,"
said Gress, who’s been a member of the Prairie du Chien flotilla since
2012. He’s held several flotilla and division positions during that
time, including flotilla commander. Gress said he was first
introduced to the Coast Guard Auxiliary by a friend. Recently-retired
from a 34-year career with Sysco, he decided to give it a try. "It was such a welcoming environment. You’re immediately accepted," he shared. Gress chose to become
involved with the flotilla’s surface operations, serving on the boat
crew that patrols the Mississippi River. Not an avid boater until his
retirement, Gress said he’s had fun with the Coast Guard Auxiliary,
while also learning a lot. A desire to pay that back motivated him to
pursue the division commander position. "I learned early on that
people gave so much to train me," he explained. "I felt this was a good
way to pay that back to the community." After stating his
willingness to serve in the division commander position, Gress said it
was then put to a vote of his peers. He was sworn in at a change of
watch ceremony on Jan. 7th. Gress said his term will run
for two years, then someone else will be elected to the position. At
that time, he can decide whether to move up the ranks or not. Even with the additional
duties, Gress will remain active with the Prairie du Chien flotilla,
serving as flotilla operations manager, member training officer and
coxswain of the flotilla’s operational facility, the Kaley-Annie. As
coxswain, he goes on patrol and is responsible for the vessel’s crew and
overall safety. Gress encourages others to
get involved with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Established by Congress in
1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the all-volunteer uniformed
component of the U.S. Coast Guard. The Auxiliary supports the Coast
Guard in nearly all areas of operations. One does not have to be a member
of the military to serve, Gress noted. "It’s for anyone who’s
interested in boating and making new friends," he said. "We’ll train you
in a variety of aspects. Everybody from different walks of life can
certainly be of service. You can do as much or as little as you want." The Prairie du Chien
flotilla currently has 15 members, including Gress’ wife, Laura, who
serves as the flotilla staff officer for information technology. Volunteers can serve in
capacities such as navigational services (checking lights and buoys) and
communications (radio operations), as well as website management, food
preparation, safety training and public education and affairs. The list
goes on, said Gress. According to Gress, the
Coast Guard Auxiliary’s primary goal is to promote boater safety and
fellowship. Among those efforts are boater safety classes, particularly
for kids. They also perform free vessel safety exams, assuring boaters are
following state and federal requirements. "We’re also trained to
assist voters in distress, and to do so quickly and professionally,”
Gress shared. "We’ve trained for hours on end to perform these tasks." Gress said his favorite part of being involved with the Coast Guard Auxiliary is the opportunity to meet so many nice people. "You would think people would be hesitant," he quipped, "but we give advice, not tickets." To learn more about the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and how you can get involved locally, visit www.cgaux.org.
Failure by the next German government to fulfill a pledge to boost
military spending to two percent of its economic output will weaken the
NATO alliance, Army Secretary Mark Esper has told reporters during a visit to U.S. troops in Wiesbaden, Germany.
The US Army has contracted with Stryke Industries to license
Scorpion Computer Services' Scenario Generator (ScenGen), an artificial
intelligence (AI) engine that will be applied to the Army's Universal
Ground Control Station (UGCS) for unmanned aerial systems (UASs).
The Army is bolstering its night vision capabilities to increase
the maneuverability and situational awareness of soldiers by improving
upon a legacy system, according to service officials. The third
iteration of the enhanced night vision goggles - or ENVG - is slated for
fielding between May and June.
Systems to protect Bradley and Stryker vehicles from missile attacks have been delayed. "Iron Curtain" has roughly three weeks of testing left to wrap up
government characterization. The Army will be ready to generate its final
reports and bring that into the Army for a decision in March, around the
time of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA)'s Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Ala.
The "Iron Union 6" joint military exercise, which involved live
ammunition training by various types of ground forces from the UAE Armed
Forces and the United States Army Central has concluded in the UAE.
A Fresno, Calif., couple is facing 20 years in a federal prison for defrauding the California Army National Guard
of tens of thousands of dollars. U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott announced yesterday that a federal court jury found Jimmy Maldonado, 37, and Mayra
Maldonado, 31, guilty of wire fraud.
And for the first time, the U.S. House has three current Army National Guard brigadier
generals in its ranks. The latest to get his stars was Mississippi
Rep. Trent Kelly. He is a 32-year Mississippi Army National Guard combat engineer.
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps
Once again, the U.S. Navy Reserve has allowed New England Patriots
long snapper Joe Cardona to reschedule his drill weekend so that he can
play in the pinnacle event of professional football. Lt. (j.g.) Joseph D.
Cardona graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2015 and is assigned to
a Navy Reserve unit.
Two people have been arrested in the theft of a storage trailer that belongs to a member of the U.S. Marine Corps,
sheriff's officials said yesterday. The theft occurred on Friday at the La
Quinta Inn on Spectrum Parkway in Bakersfield, Calif., according to deputies.
The victim was traveling to his new duty station.
DroneShield, Ltd., has announced its participation in the 2018 Urban 5th Generation Marine
Exploration and Experimentation Exercise ("U5G 18"), organized by the United States Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Combat Development.
Elections on the Japanese island of Okinawa could mean the U.S. Marines
will have to dismantle a key strategic base built at the end of World
War II. The mayor of the Okinawa city of Nago, who is seeking
re-election, has made opposition to the U.S.' Futenma base a key campaign
And a military board has recommended forced retirement for a Marine Corps
colonel who was slipped a tranquilizer during a night on the town in
Bogotá, Colombia, robbed and led around like a zombie before winding up in a
Colombian hospital along with two other drugged Marine Corps officers. Col. Roger T. McDuffie, a Harrier
pilot, was the most senior Marine in a South Florida unit on a Jan.
21-Feb. 4, 2017, field trip to the Colombian capital to map out U.S.
Marine operations there. An initial, internal investigation conducted by
the U.S. Southern Command's Marine affiliate found some Marines broke
curfew, ventured into a forbidden zone, consorted with prostitutes and
brought some back to their hotel - only to be robbed of government
property and hospitalized. A board of inquiry, an
administrative procedure less serious than a court-martial, considered
the case on Jan. 11th at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and found that
McDuffie was guilty of "substandard performance" and "failure to
demonstrate acceptable qualities of leadership required of an officer in
the member’s grade," said Gina Levy of U.S. Marine Corps Forces
Command, which handled the investigation. "The board recommended
involuntary retirement, in grade," she said, adding that a final
determination of his case will be made by the Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer, a 1976-81 Marine Corps helicopter pilot turned investment banker. Three generals sat on McDuffie’s board.The parting shots
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news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of
deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and
broadcast news media or online social media." Yellow
journalism presents little or no legitimate well-researched news,
preferring eye-catching headlines, exaggerations of news events,
scandal-mongering or sensationalism to sell more newspapers. This
pejorative term describes any unprofessional or unethical journalism. Fake news is calculated to "mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically."
In recent weeks, Facebook
has made several big changes to the way its News
Feed works. The biggest was prioritizing posts from friends and family
over those from brands. Then it said it was leaning on users to judge
the trustworthiness of news posts.
A gunman in a jealous rage killed four people, including the 25-year-old
woman he was infatuated with, at a western Pennsylvania car wash early
Sunday, authorities said. The shooter, Tim Smith, is expected to die
after taking a bullet to the head, which police believe was likely
School district officials in Florida say they followed standard protocol
last week when a 7-year-old boy was placed in handcuffs and removed
from his school after he punched his teacher repeatedly in the back,
kicked her and grabbed her hair. The incident began last Thursday when a
teacher at the Coral Way K-8 Center in Miami told the first-grader to
stop playing with his food in the cafeteria. When the child refused to
stop, he was taken from the cafeteria, according to an incident report
from Miami-Dade County Public Schools Police Officer Munick Soriano.
A freak accident involving an MRI machine killed a man in a hospital in
Mumbai, India. The details are harrowing: Rajesh Maru, 32, had been in
the MRI room with a female relative who was preparing to undergo a scan.
There are 21 million "unwanted" girls in India due to parents favoring
having sons instead of daughters, new government figures show.
Actor Alec Baldwin is once again using Twitter
to question Dylan
Farrow's allegations of sexual abuse by her adoptive father, Woody
Many fans are now thrilled for the upcoming return of NCIS
15 after a brief hiatus. Despite the ceaseless cancellation rumors, the
series executives previously claimed that there are numerous things to
watch out for in the new episodes.
Two Toronto, Canada, police officers who allegedly ingested marijuana edibles,
hallucinated and called for help while on duty Sunday have been
Both officers are under investigation by the force's professional standards unit following the incident.
A lieutenant at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., was convicted on Jan. 19th of using a combination of physical force and verbal threats to repeatedly rape a female inmate.
GEICO is celebrating more than 30 years as "a force behind the forces." "GEICO's roots are in providing insurance coverage for members of the armed forces.
Supporting those who serve our country remains a top priority for us,"
said Wayne Petro, the director of GEICO's Military Department, a team of
mostly veterans dedicated to addressing the needs of service members.
The world of TV private investigators has rarely been as bright
and flowery as it was on Magnum P.I.
, which was one of the most popular
shows in primetime during its eight-season run. CBS, which also gave
fans the island-set Hawaii Five-0
reboot, has into development on a
modernized Magnum P.I
And in the days before CPR, a drowning victim would be placed face-down over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth to empty the lungs of water. It was rarely effective, but if you are "over the barrel" you're in deep trouble. Page 2