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    House proposal could derail Air Force plan to move space Guard units
(Military Times) Governors would maintain their authority over Air National Guard units with space missions under an amendment approved by the House Armed Service Committee Wednesday, complicating an Air Force proposal that seeks to transfer those units and several hundred airmen to the Space Force.
 
    Families of Marines killed in 2022 Osprey crash sue manufacturers
(The Associated Press) Families of four of the five Marines killed when their Osprey crashed in California in June of 2022 filed a federal lawsuit Thursday alleging that the aircraft’s manufacturers failed to address known mechanical failures that led to the deaths.
 
    New rocket rounds give Marines ways to stay hidden while firing
(Marine Corps Times) Marines will soon carry an upgraded shoulder-fired rocket that they can launch from inside buildings or bunkers, giving them more options for devastating firepower.
 
    Replicator drones already being delivered, Pentagon says
(Defense News & C4ISRNET) The Pentagon has started sending systems to Indo-Pacific Command as a part of Replicator — a program aimed at hastening the purchase and delivery of drones.
 
    Three US troops on Gaza pier mission sustain non-combat injuries
(Military Times) Three U.S. service members have suffered non-combat related injuries in the U.S. pier mission off the coast of the Gaza Strip, the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command said Thursday.
 
Helpful Resources
    Your 2024 Military Times Pay and Benefits Guide
(Military Times) Learn how your military benefits — including health care, retirement pay and more — have changed in 2024.
 
    Your 2024 Military Times Tax Guide
(Military Times) It’s that time of year again — tax season. And April 15 is just around the corner.
 
    Your 2024 Military Times PCS Guide
(Military Times) Read up on tips and tricks in Military Times' 2024 Permanent Change of Station Guide ahead of peak moving season.
 
    All the Houthi-US Navy incidents in the Middle East (that we know of)
(Military Times) A running list of every instance where a Navy ship or jet has shot down a Houthi attack, and every instance where the United States and its allies have hit back at Houthi sites in Yemen, since October.
 
Overseas Operations
    More aid getting from US pier to people in Gaza, officials say, after troubled launch
(The Associated Press) A six-day-old U.S. pier project in Gaza is starting to get more aid to Palestinians in need but conditions are challenging, U.S. officials said Thursday. That reflects the larger problems bringing food and other supplies to starving people in the besieged territory.
 
Ukraine
    Russian forces may have seized first Estonian ground robot in Ukraine
(Defense News) Two years after a Russian defense industry think tank announced a cash reward for the seizure of an Estonian-made unmanned ground vehicle operating in Ukraine, Russian forces appear to have captured one of the robots, according to analysts and photos posted on social media.
 
    First Ukrainian pilots graduate US F-16 training
(Air & Space Forces Magazine) The first batch of Ukrainian pilots have graduated from U.S. F-16 training, a National Guard official told Air & Space Forces Magazine on May 23.
 
    EUCOM skipped documentation of how Ukraine military aid was validated, IG says
(Stars & Stripes) American military officials in Europe didn’t document the procedures they took to validate and approve Ukraine’s requests for military assistance following Russia’s 2022 invasion of the country, according to a new audit.
 
    Russia, in new push, increasingly disrupts Ukraine’s Starlink service
(New York Times) Russia has deployed advanced tech to interfere with Elon Musk’s satellite internet service, Ukrainian officials said, leading to more outages on the northern front battle line.
 
Pentagon
    US to announce $275M in artillery and ammo for Ukraine, officials say
(The Associated Press) The United States is expected to announce an additional $275 million in military aid for Ukraine on Friday as Kyiv struggles to hold off advances by Russian troops in the Kharkiv region, two U.S. officials say.
 
Congress & Politics
    Senator wants answers on DOD’s medical treatment for terror victims
(Military Times) A senator is pressing defense health officials for information about how they’re using a 2017 law that allows military medical facilities to treat civilians and veterans who are victims of terrorism.
 
    Bill would allow retroactive Purple Heart vets to transfer GI benefits
(Washington State Standard) When a Purple Heart recipient named Pat reached out to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray in November to inform her that he couldn’t transfer his GI bill benefits to his children, he wasn’t expecting congressional action to solve the problem.
 
    Military's handling of abuse at day cares under increasing pressure from Congress, Inspector General
(Military.com) House lawmakers want to force the military to improve oversight at its child day cares, including a 24-hour rule on notification of parents in cases of abuse, following reporting by Military.com.
 
    House defense bill would add more test F-35s as upgrades remain behind
(Defense News) The military would dedicate more Lockheed Martin-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to testing new technologies and capabilities under the House’s proposed fiscal 2025 National Defense Authorization Act.
 
    Legislation proposes partnership with non-military hospitals in Indo-Pacific as fix to on-base medical understaffing
(Stars & Stripes) Faced with severe staffing shortages last summer, medical personnel at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, urged pregnant women to give birth elsewhere.
 
    House poised to require ‘100 percent’ ship design from Navy prior to construction
(Breaking Defense) The more specific policy language would close apparent loopholes the Pentagon had been using and force a major change compared to how previous programs had been run.
 
    Netanyahu to address Congress, House Speaker Mike Johnson says
(NBC News) Johnson had previously said he would invite Netanyahu to the House regardless of whether Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed to a joint invitation.
 
Army
    Graphic novel tells story of Army captain who tackled suicide bomber
(Military Times) The publication is the latest in a series by the Association of the United States Army about soldiers who have received the Medal of Honor.
 
    School teacher, Army vet remembered as the ‘jolly uncle’ at school in South Korea
(Stars & Stripes) Around 100 people gathered at this base’s chapel Thursday to pay final respects to an elementary school teacher and Army veteran who many remembered for providing countless jokes for his students.
 
    How the Army is driving enterprise training across five warfighting domains and three dimensions
(Breaking Defense) An enterprise change in some corps-level training moves higher control (HICON) from Fort Leavenworth to the service component command.
 
Navy
    Meet the Navy’s newest sea drone squadron
(Military Times) The Navy’s surface community welcomed its newest surface drone squadron to the fleet last week during a ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.
 
    35 years later, Vice Adm. Davids returns to Naval Academy graduation in historic fashion
(Capital Gazette) Friday won’t be the first time Navy Vice Adm. Yvette M. Davids has walked across the stage at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, but this time, it’s historic.
 
    LA officials, military leaders launch 9th annual LA Fleet Week aboard USS Carl Vinson
(Press-Telegram) Los Angeles city officials and military dignitaries officially kicked off LA Fleet Week — the region’s celebratory salute to the nation’s seafaring military branches — on Wednesday aboard the show-stopping aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson.
 
    From Herndon Climb to hat toss: Naval Academy Commissioning Week traditions
(Capital Gazette) The U.S. Naval Academy’s Commissioning Week, which concludes with graduation on Friday, is full of traditions, some borne by the 179-year-old institution, others by midshipmen themselves.
 
    Navy ships meet up with Dutch frigate for rare training in South China Sea
(Stars & Stripes) A pair of U.S. Navy ships took advantage of a rare chance to train alongside a Dutch vessel this week in the South China Sea, according to U.S. 7th Fleet.
 
    Navy awards $1B contract for 5th, 6th Constellation-class frigates
(USNI News) The Navy on Thursday announced a $1 billion contract award to Fincantieri Marinette Marine for the next two Constellation-class frigates.
 
Marine Corps
    Sydney judge says US ex-fighter pilot accused of training Chinese aviators can be extradited to US
(The Associated Press) A Sydney judge on Friday ruled that former U.S. Marine Corps pilot Daniel Duggan can be extradited to the United States on allegations that he illegally trained Chinese aviators, leaving the attorney-general as Duggan’s last hope of remaining in Australia.
 
    USMC Gunnery Sgt. killed in random crime spree in rural San Bernardino County town
(CBS News) The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office charged an 18-year-old man for an alleged random crime spree that killed a United States Marine.
 
Air Force
    This Air Force security team can breach an ‘impenetrable’ SCIF in one minute
(Task & Purpose) An Air Force security team has developed a kit of portable hydraulic breaching tools that they say can break into some of the most secure rooms on most military bases: a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, or ‘SCIF,’ the steel-and-concrete reinforced bunkers that store the military’s deepest secrets.
 
    Senate confirms Melissa Dalton as next Air Force Under Secretary
(Breaking Defense) The US Senate today approved the nomination of Melissa Dalton to serve as the next Air Force Under Secretary, ending a year-plus spell in which no official was confirmed to the role.
 
    Airman on Okinawa awarded medal for subduing violent airline passenger
(Stars & Stripes) An airman stationed on Okinawa was decorated recently for helping subdue an unruly passenger attacking flight attendants on a Japanese airliner and threatening to open an emergency exit midflight.
 
    The Air Force’s pool of master sergeants is growing in 2024
(Military Times) Nabbing a promotion to master sergeant got a little easier this year.
 
    Combat course at air base in South Korea aims to forge ‘multi-capable airmen’
(Stars & Stripes) Every month at this fighter base south of Seoul, security forces airmen spend 10 days honing the combat skills they need to fend off an attack on the installation.
 
Coast Guard
    Coast Guard Academy graduates are told they 'are going to save the world'
(The Day) As the minutes ticked down on Cadet Memorial Field on Wednesday to the moment when 225 U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets would become newly minted officers, the Class of 2024 was reminded of the awesome responsibilities that lie ahead.
 
Your Military
    Younger troops got more vasectomies after Supreme Court struck down abortion rights, researchers say
(Military.com) Military patients — especially younger troops and dependents — sought vasectomies at higher rates in the months after the Supreme Court removed federal protections for abortion, new research has found.
 
    Gen. Mattis on foreign influence operations: The US has never been ‘more vulnerable’
(DefenseScoop) In a wide-ranging discussion, Mattis touched on the United States' vulnerability to meddling in the 2024 election, the evolution of cybersecurity as a domain of the U.S. military, and the impact of emerging tech on defense, among other things.
 
Veterans
    Veteran suicide prevention algorithm favors men, investigation finds
(Military Times) An artificial intelligence program designed to prevent suicide among U.S. military veterans prioritizes white men and ignores survivors of sexual violence, which affects a far greater percentage of women, an investigation by The Fuller Project has found.
 
    Family of fallen World War II hero visits Colorado Springs
(Colorado Springs Gazette) The extended family of a fallen World War II hero gathered in Colorado Springs last week to thank a group of high school students for honoring their family member, and to workshop strategies for broadening local knowledge about him.
 
    VA buried their brother as an ‘unclaimed veteran.’ Now they’re working to bring him home.
(The War Horse) The remains of veterans–some dating back to the Civil War–sit neglected at funeral homes across the country.
 
Military Culture & History
    Explorers discover possible wreckage of WWII ace Richard Bong’s plane
(The Associated Press) Searchers announced Thursday they’ve discovered what they believe is the wreckage of World War II ace Richard Bong’s plane in the South Pacific.
 
    USS Harder: Wreck of famed US Navy World War II sub found off the Philippines
(CNN) The wreck of one of the most storied US Navy submarines of World War II has been found in the South China Sea eight decades after its last patrol, the Navy’s History and Heritage Command said Thursday.
 
    The Cold Blue gives a legendary filmmaker's never-before-seen World War II footage a new life
(Military.com) In 1944, legendary Hollywood film director (and then-U.S. Army Major) WIlliam Wyler released "The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress," a 45-minute documentary showing what real air combat over Nazi-occupied Europe looked like for the men in the air. The film was a masterpiece, with one contemporary reviewer calling it "a thorough and vivid comprehension of what a daylight bombing is actually like for the young men who wing our heavy bombers from English bases into the heart of Germany."
 
    Troops ruck and run in honor of Four Chaplains’ heroic actions aboard sinking ship
(Stars & Stripes) The Four Chaplains Run and Ruck started Saturday with a Norwegian foot march of nearly 19 miles while carrying a 25-pound load, followed by a half-marathon and a family-friendly run.
 
    World War I monument to be unveiled across from White House this fall: 'Sacred art'
(Fox News) Bronx-based sculptor reveals creative process behind bronze memorial depicting ‘A Soldier’s Journey’
 
    Preserve their legacy: Old Guard places flags on graves of fallen service members at Arlington for Memorial Day
(Stars & Stripes) Members of the Army’s oldest active-infantry unit placed flags at the graves of those buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday morning before Memorial Day weekend.
 
    The ‘Appeal to Heaven’ flag evolves from Revolutionary War symbol to banner of the far right
(The Associated Press) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is embroiled in a second flag controversy in as many weeks, this time over a banner that in recent years has come to symbolize sympathies with the Christian nationalist movement and the false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
 
Cyber, Space & Unmanned
    National Reconnaissance Office launches proliferated constellation
(C4ISRNET) The National Reconnaissance Office said it launched the first satellites in its proliferated constellation, which will provide rapid data collection and delivery across multiple orbits.
 
Defense Industry
    F-35 customers in Asia-Pacific monitor Lockheed upgrade saga from afar
(Defense News) Lockheed Martin’s delay in rolling out the F-35 fighter’s Technology Refresh 3 upgrade package appears to have no immediate effect on customers in the Asia-Pacific region, but governments are monitoring their acquisition timelines closely.
 
    Boeing KC-46A refueler had two-month pause in deliveries, expected to resume soon
(Breaking Defense) The newest issue with the long-troubled tanker involves a part on the aircraft’s refueling boom.
 
    Titra, Airbus team up to modify ALPIN drone for naval missions
(Defense News) Turkish drone-maker Titra is teaming with aerospace specialist Airbus to modify the ALPIN drone so it can operate from naval platforms as well as take off and land autonomously, the former announced this week.
 
International
    Chad swears in president after disputed election, ending years of military rule
(The Associated Press) Chad swore in Mahamat Deby Itno as the president on Thursday after holding elections earlier this month, completing a disputed transition to democratic rule after he seized power three years ago.
 
    Poland’s leading defense group angles for European tank project
(Defense News) As a centrist government and new managers are taking over control of Poland’s state-dominated defense sector, PGZ, the largest industry player here, is eager to join efforts to build Europe’s new main battle tank and boost cooperation with the continent’s defense groups.
 
    Biden moves to designate Kenya as a major non-NATO US ally
(CBS News) President Biden on Thursday announced his intent to designate Kenya as a major non-NATO U.S. ally, the first such designation for a sub-Saharan African country.
 
    Leaders of South Korea, China and Japan will meet Monday for their first trilateral talks since 2019
(The Associated Press) Leaders of South Korea, China and Japan will meet next week in Seoul for their first trilateral talks in more than four years to discuss how to revive their cooperation, South Korea’s presidential office said Thursday.
 
    What an ICJ decision could mean for Israel’s Rafah operation
(Washington Post) The International Court of Justice (ICJ) said it would rule Friday on emergency measures requested by South Africa for Israel to cease military operations in Gaza, in particular its offensive in Rafah. The expected ruling at The Hague-based global court comes as legal pressure builds on Israel to scale back or end its Gaza war.
 
    China sends dozens of warplanes and ships near Taiwan to show its anger over island’s new leaders
(The Associated Press) Taiwan tracked dozens of Chinese warplanes and navy vessels off its coast on Friday, the second day of a large military exercise launched by Beijing to show its anger over the self-governing island’s inauguration of new leaders who refuse to accept its insistence that Taiwan is part of China.
 
    Are Russia and North Korea planning an ‘October surprise’ that aids Trump?
(NBC News) The Biden administration is increasingly concerned that the intensifying military alliance between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could vastly expand Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities and increase tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, six senior U.S. officials told NBC News.
 
    Philippines says it will forge security alliances and stage combat drills despite China’s opposition
(The Associated Press) The Philippines will continue to build security alliances and stage joint combat drills in disputed waters to defend its territorial interests, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro said Friday, dismissing China’s criticisms of such moves as paranoia.
 
    Japan, South Korea announce sanctions over Russia-North Korea arms trade
(Al Jazeera) Pyongyang is accused of sending thousands of containers of munitions to Moscow for its use in the war against Ukraine.
 
Video
    See the amphibious assault ship Wasp live fire a RIM-116 missile
(Military Times) Watch here
 
    First woman to lead US Navy reflects on her career milestones
(Today Show) Admiral Lisa Franchetti joins TODAY to talk about making history as the first woman to ever lead the U.S. Navy and the first female member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Franchetti looks back on her journey to a life of service and shares her plan to increase Naval recruitment.
 
Commentary & Analysis
    Memorial Day honors those who served. At the White House, our military history runs deep.
(USA Today) It’s timely to note how central the armed forces have been to the White House’s history, its functioning, and how it projects America on the world stage.
 
    Under Siege: Business risk in the new age of warfare
(C4ISRNET) Americans have come to view warfare as a distant event occurring on some faraway battlefield. Cyberspace, however, shatters that perception and brings to America’s doorstep the very real effects of wars being fought across the globe.
 
    Shorten the war in Ukraine by closing loopholes in sanctions against Russia
(The Hill) The Russia-Ukraine war is entering a critical phase. Kyiv is deploying new Western military supplies to try to build a solid defense and reverse Russian gains on the battlefield. At the same time, Moscow is seeking further territorial conquests by boosting its military production with export energy revenues and by evading international sanctions.
 
    Achieving decision-advantage at the EDGE in multidomain operations
(C4ISRNET) The good news for the Indo-Pacific operational planners and mission partner Command and Control (C2) architects has been the compelling geographical focus that aligned with the edge along the East Asian first island chain.
 
    The military is encroaching on Mexican democracy
(Washington Post) Mexico’s president has transferred vast resources and power to the military.