ep 28: Self Before Service

IN THE NEWS: Killer garden gnomes; Time wasters; The Space Force 2400; Space Force partners with the UK; What Trump knows about Roswell; Racial bias in grooming standards; Drawdown in Iraq; Moving troops in Germany; The military’s assault on religious liberty; Congress “okays” senior leader promotions; Rogue leaders; New Senior NCOs in the Air Force; COVID19 grounds Thunderbirds; USFK tells GIs to follow beach rules; 40 Mark Strasse; The Ugly American Syndrome; Air Combat Command Chief takes an interest in crashed planes; The Air Force invests in a new old airframe; JAG takes jurisdiction for capital crime; Dead soldier was not AWOL.

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SPACE FORCE

2,410 airmen selected for transfer to Space Force, more to follow
https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2020/07/16/2410-airmen-selected-for-transfer-to-space-force-more-to-follow/

Raymond: Space Force Looking at Partnering More with the UK
https://www.airforcemag.com/raymond-space-force-looking-at-partnering-more-with-the-uk/

Trump says he’s heard ‘interesting’ things about Roswell
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/06/19/trump-says-hes-heard-interesting-things-about-roswell/

DOD/Pentagon

Esper directs services to review racial bias in grooming standards, training and more
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2020/07/15/esper-directs-services-to-review-racial-bias-in-grooming-standards-training-and-more/

VOA Exclusive: CENTCOM Chief Says US Can Do Job in Iraq with Fewer Forces
https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/voa-exclusive-centcom-chief-says-us-can-do-job-iraq-fewer-forces

Where will Germany-based US troops go? The coming weeks may tell
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-army/2020/07/15/where-will-germany-based-us-troops-go-the-coming-weeks-may-tell/

Unhappy with Pentagon’s religious liberty guidance, lawmakers demand meeting with SECDEF
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-army/2020/07/15/unhappy-with-pentagons-religious-liberty-guidance-lawmakers-demand-meeting-with-secdef/

Senior military promotions can move ahead after resolution over retaliation against Trump whistleblower
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/07/15/senior-military-promotions-can-move-ahead-after-resolution-over-retaliation-against-trump-whistleblower/

White House officials sent document to Pentagon criticizing Vindman after impeachment testimony
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/white-house-officials-sent-document-pentagon-criticizing-vindman-after-impeachment-n1233613

Trump loyalty purge roils Pentagon
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/18/pentagon-official-resigns-white-house-nixes-nomination-328552

Kathryn Wheelbarger, Pentagon’s top foreign policy official, resigns
https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2020/06/18/kathryn-wheelbarger-top-foreign-policy-defense-official-resigns/

White House didn’t receive heads up about Milley apology
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/11/politics/white-house-milley-apology/index.html

West Point grads’ letter to class of 2020 calls out one of its most powerful alumni: Esper
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2020/06/11/west-point-grads-letter-to-class-of-2020-calls-out-one-of-its-most-powerful-alumni-secdef/

Here’s Richard Spencer’s full letter to Trump resigning as Navy Secretary
https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/11/heres-richard-spencers-full-letter-to-trump-resigning-as-navy-secretary/

Paper: The Early Retirement of Gen Ronald R. Fogleman, Chief of Staff, United States Air Force
https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a519105.pdf

AIR FORCE

Air Force releases master sergeant promotion list
https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2020/07/16/air-force-releases-master-sergeant-promotion-list/

Positive coronavirus tests grounds Thunderbirds ahead of Wyoming show
https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2020/07/16/positive-coronavirus-tests-grounds-thunderbirds-ahead-of-wyoming-show/

US Forces Korea urges troops to follow anti-coronavirus rules at beaches
https://www.stripes.com/news/us-forces-korea-urges-troops-to-follow-anti-coronavirus-rules-at-beaches-1.637567

After string of fighter crashes, ACC’s Gen. Holmes to visit flying wings
https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2020/07/15/after-string-of-fighter-crashes-accs-gen-holmes-to-visit-flying-wings/

Everything You Need to Know About the Air Force’s New F-15EX
https://www.military.com/equipment/military-aircraft/everything-you-need-know-about-air-forces-new-f-15ex.html

Airman accused of murdering infant son has case transferred to Air Force
https://americanmilitarynews.com/2020/06/airman-accused-of-murdering-infant-son-has-case-transferred-to-air-force/

ARMY

Dead soldier, formerly listed as AWOL, is finally taken off list of deserters
https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2020/07/15/dead-soldier-formerly-listed-as-awol-is-finally-taken-off-list-of-deserters/

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