Military Headline News:
Week In Review
by Rick Rogers
Rick Rogers Media
* The Navy searched this week for two sailors missing after a San Diego-based helicopter crashed into the Red Sea on Sunday. Three of the five crewmembers were rescued and were listed in stable condition.The Navy said Monday it suspended the search for the missing who it believes have perished.The sailors were assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 6 based at North Island Naval Air Station. The crash was reportedly not caused by hostile action.
* The top officer of Carrier Air Wing 17 was replaced following allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a junior female officer in his command.Navy Capt. Jeff S. Winter was relieved by Rear Adm. David Steindl, commander of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson's strike group.
Winter took command of the San Diego air wing this summer.
* The United States is pulling its forces and equipment out of Afghanistan. The question now is how many American troops will stay past the December 2014 general withdrawal date.
The cost of bringing U.S. equipment home could reach $7 billion.
Negotiations between the United States and Afghanistan on troop numbers in 2015 and beyond are ongoing.
* The command element of the Marine Corps’ II Marine Expeditionary Force might have a new address by 2017.
Long a fixture at Camp Lejeune, N.C., II MEF’s headquarters might move to Norfolk, Va.
It was also reported that the Marine Corps could be downsized to 174,000 from a proposed 186,000.
* A Marine based at Camp Pendleton died during a training exercise at Twentynine Palms when his Amphibious Assault Vehicle caught fire.
Four other Marines were injured, none seriously.
Dead is Cpl. Nicholas Sell, 21, of Eagle Point, Ore. He was a member of the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division.
The incident is under investigation.
* Terrorists have successfully recruited dozens of Americans to wage attacks in foreign lands and one congressman fears that training could be used here at home.
In fact a few are believed involved in the Nairobi, Kenya, mall massacre and hostage situation.
Rep. Peter King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that up to 50 members of the Somali-American communities have been recruited by al-Shabab, a al-Qaida linked group.
* Warning signs that former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis was mentally unstable and had violent past were repeatedly missed for years leading up to the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 13, including Alexis.
Publications reported that police, the Veterans Affair Department, government background investigators and Alexis’ employer knew of Alexis’ brushes with the law and that he lied about them.
* The Syrian government has agreed to allow international experts to inspect its chemical weapons sites by November. The move comes after a Russia-U.S. agreement that could lead to Syria surrendering its chemical weapons to preclude a U.S. military strike.
* Two former Marines who fought in Vietnam received medals for heroism for their actions during the Battle of Khe Sanh more than 40 years ago.
Joe Cordileone and Bobby Moffatt were both young, enlisted Marines when they engaged a larger enemy force on an obscure hill in South Vietnam on April 30, 1967.
Cordileone was awarded the Silver Star and Moffatt the Bronze Star at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.
* Just how safe is America’s nuclear arsenal?
According to the new book "Command and Control," by Eric Schlosser, maybe not fail-safe.
The book says a U.S. hydrogen bomb 260 times more powerful than the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima nearly exploded over the East Coast in January 1961.
Using documents amassed under the Freedom of Information Act, Schlosser found at least 700 accidents and incidents involving 1,250 nuclear weapons between 1950 and 1968.
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