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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.
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NATO program develops tactical leaders

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

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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.”
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Defense Early Bird Briefs – April 14, 2015

Welcome to Defense and Military Times” all new Early Bird Brief, the mos comprehensive roundup of national and international headlines compiled by the world’s largest independent newsroom covering the global defense industry and military affairs. Please share your thoughts direectly with Early Bird Editor Oriana Pawlyk: opawlyk@militarytimes.com.

Today’s Top 5
    Iraqi leader arrives in Washington at turning point in ISIL battle
(Politico) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is visiting Washington Tuesday at a crucial moment in the war against the Islamic State. 
 
    Putin Lifts Ban on Russian Missile Sales to Iran
(New York Times) President Vladimir Putin on Monday approved the delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran, potentially complicating negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program and further straining ties with Washington. 
 
    VA whistleblowers allege continued attacks, failures
(Military Times) Last July, when Dr. Christian Head testified before Congress about improper record keeping at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Health Care system, he also detailed what department whistleblowers typically face when they speak out: isolation, defamation, and aggressive attacks. 
 
    The sequestration monster myth
(Politico) Defense Secretary Ash Carter warns that sequestration will make the nation “less secure.” Sen. John McCain says it will set the military “on a far more dangerous course.” And Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says it will prompt “a dramatic change in how we protect our nation.” There’s just one problem: The sequestration monster lurking around the corner isn’t really coming. 
 
    Best for Vets: Employers 2015 rankings are out

(Military Times) With the unemployment rate for the latest generation of veterans routinely running below 7 percent, companies across all industries have realized how vets can boost bottom lines – and they’re fighting to bring people like you onboard. 


 

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Defense Early Bird Briefs – April 3, 2015

 
Here are the descriptions and links to news from everything defense. Troops, military contracts, by branch of service, Congress, U.S. Senate and the Executive Branch, etc. 
I generally get this list every day before noon, and I will have it up on this site as soon as I can.
 
There is a lot of news coming out of our military and other defense issues, policies, etc. The editors over at the Military Times do a great job compiling the news by branch of service, by country, by industry contracts, by pending legislation in Congress or the Senate, and so one.
 
The following information was collected and compiled by the editors of the Defense and Military Times magazine. Known as the Early Bird Brief, this was edited by Oriana Pawlyk (opawlyk@militarytimes.com), and I present it here as it appears from my email.

TODAY’S TOP 5

1. Iran Agrees to Framework of Nuclear Deal
(New York Times) Iran and the world powers said here Thursday that they had reached a surprisingly specific and comprehensive general understanding about the next steps in limiting Tehran’s nuclear program, though Western officials said many details needed to be resolved before a final agreement in June.   

2. Saudi Air War Over Yemen Leaves U.S. on Sidelines
(Time) History makes it almost relaxing for the U.S. military to be sitting out the latest air war launched by Saudi Arabia against the Houthi rebels now occupying a growing chunk of Yemen.   

3. Kenya massacre points up country’s weakness against Somali militants(Los Angeles Times) It took just four gunmen to demonstrate Kenya’s impotence against the Somali militant group Shabab.   

4. Pentagon authorizes refueling help for Yemen campaign
(USA Today) The Pentagon has agreed to provide aerial refueling support for Saudi and allied pilots attacking Houthi rebels in Yemen, an expansion of the U.S. military’s role in the conflict, a Defense Department official said Thursday.   

5. More military tobacco restrictions likely
(Military Times) Raising tobacco prices and expanding tobacco-free areas on military bases are two options for discouraging use that will be presented to Defense Secretary Ash Carter by an advisory committee, according to a defense spokeswoman.  

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