Army, Branch of Service, Department of Defense (DoD), United States, US Military

Soldier gets life term in slaying of teen girlfriend’s mom

By: The Associated Press, September 19, 2016
Published by the Army Times

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A soldier convicted of killing the mother of his then-14-year-old girlfriend in Pennsylvania because the woman disapproved of their relationship was sentenced Monday to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Lehigh County Judge Maria L. Dantos told Caleb Barnes, 22, that he’ll be “locked in a cage for the rest of your natural life” as she imposed the mandatory life term and added 22 to 44 years on other counts.

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Branch of Service, Countries, Department of Defense (DoD), England, Europe, Marines, Military Operations, United States

UPDATE: US Marine aircraft down in UK

UPDATE: US Marine aircraft down in UK
10/21/2015 11:13 AM CDTA 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing F/A-18C Hornet belonging to Marine Attack Fighter Squadron 232 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar crashed in the vicinity of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England at approximately 5:30 a.m. (EDT), today.

The Marine Corps officially confirmed the death of the pilot, but it is unknown at this time if the pilot ejected from the single-seat aircraft.

The aircraft was transiting from Bahrain to Miramar in a flight of six aircraft when it crashed approximately six miles northwest of the airfield. The remaining five F/A-18C’s safely diverted to RAF Lossiemouth. The United Kingdom Coast Guard is currently on the scene of the crash site and is in close coordination with U.S. military officials.

Afghanistan, Air Force, Annoucements, Death of Armed Forces Soldier in Combat, Department of Defense (DoD), Kabul

DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties


DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties
Press Operations

Release No: NR-396-15
October 13, 2015

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Oct. 11 in the crash of a British Puma Mk2 helicopter in Kabul, Afghanistan. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

Killed were:

Maj. Phyllis J. Pelky, 45, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information, media may contact the U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs Office at 719-333-7731.

Master Sgt. Gregory T. Kuhse, 38, of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was assigned to the 3rd Manpower Requirements Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. For more information, media may contact the 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Office at 618-256-4241.

Air Force, Annoucements, Branch of Service, Department of Defense (DoD), Europe, Geographical Regions, US Military

NATO program develops tactical leaders

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NATO program develops tactical leaders
10/09/2015 10:00 AM CDT

Fighter pilots from seven allied countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland and Italy, completed the NATO Tactical Leadership Programme, Oct. 9, in Albacete, Spain.

Six F-15C Eagles and more than 100 personnel from the 48th Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, contributed to the program.

“I think it’s important for our graduates to be well versed in the capabilities of NATO partners,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Stratton, 493rd Fighter Squadron commander. “For us to remain ‘Forward, Ready, Now!’ it requires the entire team to be efficient in deploying, executing the mission and redeploying to any location at any time.”

Army, Branch of Service, Countries, Dept. of Defense Contract Awards, United Arab of Emirates (UAE)

Department of Defense Contracts Awarded – May 18, 2015

No: CR-093-15
May 18, 2015



 Akima Construction Services LLC,* Laurel, Maryland, was awarded a $6,657,720 modification (P00001) to contract W912DR-15-C-0013 to construct a vehicle storage facility and an additional modulus test. Work will be performed in Washington, District of Columbia, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2011 and 2013 military construction funds in the amount of $ $6,657,720 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Maryland, is the contracting activity.


Raytheon Co., Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $6,959,530 modification (P00016) to foreign military sales contract W31P4Q-12-C-0078 to add an additional 138 man-months for the United Arab of Emirates (UAE) Patriot technical assistance contract for Patriot missile system ground support equipment. Work will be performed in Saudi Arabia and the UAE with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2016. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $ 6,959,530 were obligated at the time of the award. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

CORRECTION: The contract W15QKN-15-D-0004 announced March 30, 2015, to Armtec Defense Products, Coachella, California, was announced in error and was awarded today.

CORRECTION: The contract W91247-15-D-0002 announced May 15, 2015, to Gunter Construction Inc., Sulphur, Louisiana, was announced in error and was awarded today.

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Air Force, Annoucements, Asia, Branch of Service, Death of Armed Forces Soldier in Combat, Defense & Military Briefs, Geographical Regions, Military Operations, Operation Inherent Resolve

DoD Identifiess Air Force Casualty in Operation Inherent Resolve – Death Under Investigation

Note: This photo has not been identified as the dceased. (Photo Provided by U.S. Airforce)
Release No: NR-125-15
April 14, 2015



DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar, 40, of Hermosa Beach, California, died April 13, at an air base in southwest Asia in a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron, 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group, U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

Col. Edward Sholtis, a spokesman for U.S. Air Forces Central Command told Air Force Times Salazar was a mechanical systems repairman, whose job was to ensure facility operations at an air base in the Gulf region that is supporting operations against Islamic State militants.

For more information, media may contact the 452nd Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Office at 951-655-4138.


Branch of Service, Coast Guard, Damage Corrosion of Ship Wrecks on Environment, National Parks Service, Scientific Studies, United States, US Government Administrative Offices

Analyzing Corrosion Rates to Understand Hazards of Wrecked Vessels

An aerial view of the submerged USS Arizona at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham, Hawaii, shows the release of oil from the battleship’s corroding hull. (Photo: National Park Service/Released)

By Cynthia Greenwood
DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office

A tank barge that sank amid rough seas on January 24, 1936, in Long Island Sound carried 500,000 gallons of heating oil. To officials at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the submerged vessel, known as Cities Service Number 4, poses a serious risk of contaminating the tidal estuary should corrosion of the barge structure cause an oil leak.

The hull and rivet structure of Cities Service No. 4 is similar to the Navy battleship USS Arizona, now a hallowed tomb for 1,177 men who died when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Oil still trickles from her damaged hull, which makes the vessel an ideal subject for corrosion rate analysis.

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