ep 37: Pilot Protection Program

IN THE NEWS: Podcaster Stories; Space command gets a home; Space policy czar; Schriever Exercise; Space warfare and the secret X-37B space plane; Robots or Astronauts?; Space Force boot camp; International Space Station turns 20; DOD leaders acting like douchebags; Exercise in USFK; Welcome home troops; Like father, like son in the AOR; The United Federation of Planets is born; Taliban reset; Tuition assistance cuts; Pilot Protection Program; Bomb trucks and Military Minions; Army goes green; AWOL update; WTF Fort Hood?; Seal Team Six baby!; Blue Angels new ride; Unequal justice in the ranks; Vets visit national parks for free; Finding Faces; 100 and flying solo; Farewell to a Doolittle Raider.

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Podcaster Stories Podcast

S2 Ep2: Talking with Jody Hanks and Chris Rash of The Digression Podcast
https://podcasterstories.com/jody-hanks-chris-rash-the-digression-podcast/

SPACE FORCE

On Twitter:
Ussfspoc @ussfspoc Oct 21
Today, by order of @SecAFOfficial, effective October, 21, 2020, the staff at Peterson AFB, Colorado, previously known as Air Force Space Command, will officially be re-designated as Headquarters Space Operations Command. @SpaceForceCSO
https://twitter.com/ussfspoc/status/1318959206850940928

Pentagon establishes new space policy position
https://www.defensenews.com/space/2020/10/30/pentagon-establishes-new-space-policy-position/

Space Force leads first training exercise since its inception
https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2020/11/05/Space-Force-leads-first-training-exercise-since-its-inception/1281604623626/

Space Force Has A Unit Dedicated To Orbital Warfare That Now Operates The X-37B Spaceplane
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37361/space-force-has-a-unit-dedicated-to-orbital-warfare-that-now-operates-the-x-37b-spaceplane

The Space Force Is Now in Charge of the Secret X-37B Space Plane
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/11/05/space-force-now-charge-of-secret-x-37b-space-plane.html

Space Force Is About to Get Its First Astronaut
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/11/02/space-force-about-get-its-first-astronaut.html

Space Station Marking 20 Years of People Living in Orbit
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/11/01/space-station-marking-20-years-of-people-living-orbit.html

LinkedIn: One giant leap for the USA: United States Space Force shipped their first trainees to Basic Military Training, the first step of a new space professional’s adventure.
https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6728062892719034368/

DOD

Generals tell news anchors: Military has no role in presidential election
https://www.axios.com/milley-tv-anchors-call-military-no-election-role-1570714a-3532-4102-8f24-69fbd2d375e2.html

Defense Secretary Esper has prepared a resignation letter, say officials
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/long-odds-trump-defense-secretary-esper-has-prepared-resignation-letter-n1245846

Former U.S. Forces Korea CO: Pausing Exercises ‘No Longer Relevant’ to North Korea Nuclear Negotiations – USNI News
https://news.usni.org/2020/10/06/former-u-s-forces-korea-co-pausing-exercises-no-longer-relevant-to-north-korea-nuclear-negotiations

Thousands of US troops have come home from Iraq
https://taskandpurpose.com/news/us-troops-iraq-drawdown-complete

Years after they fought in Afghanistan, US troops watch as their children deploy to the same war
https://www.stripes.com/news/years-after-they-fought-in-afghanistan-us-troops-watch-as-their-children-deploy-to-the-same-war-1.647659

STATE DEPARTMENT

8 nations sign US-led Artemis Accords for moon exploration and beyond | Space
https://www.space.com/eight-nations-sign-artemis-accords-moon-exploration

Taliban to ‘reset’ commitments under agreement with Washington to bring down violence: U.S. special envoy
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban-idUSKBN2701O2

AIR FORCE

Department of the Air Force releases new military tuition assistance approach for FY21
https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2365105/department-of-the-air-force-releases-new-military-tuition-assistance-approach-f/

Air Force Blames F-35 Crash at Eglin on Excessive Landing Speed
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/10/06/air-force-blames-f-35-crash-eglin-excessive-landing-speed.html

All The Ways The F-35 Tried To Kill Its Pilot Prior To Eglin AFB Crash
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/36970/all-the-ways-the-f-35-tried-to-kill-its-pilot-prior-to-eglin-afb-crash

US Air Force plans to convert cargo aircraft into ‘bomb trucks’
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2020/11/mil-201101-presstv09.htm

We salute the airmen who marched aboard a C-17 while dressed as minions from ‘Despicable Me’
https://taskandpurpose.com/mandatory-fun/air-force-minions-bahrain

ARMY

Army Launches Research Effort to Develop Hybrid-Electric Engines for Vehicles, Aircraft
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/10/06/army-launches-research-effort-develop-hybrid-electric-engines-vehicles-aircraft.html

New AWOL policy comes after macabre summer called attention to missing soldiers
https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2020/10/15/new-awol-policy-comes-after-macabre-summer-called-attention-to-missing-soldiers/

Fort Hood soldier arrested on murder warrant in year-old case
https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2020/11/04/fort-hood-soldier-arrested-on-murder-warrant-in-year-old-case/

NAVY

American hostage Philip Walton rescued in dramatic military operation: Officials – ABC News
https://abcnews.go.com/International/american-hostage-philip-walton-rescued-dramatic-military-operation/story?id=73940195

Blue Angels begin the shift to Super Hornets
https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2019/04/21/blue-angels-begin-the-shift-to-super-hornets/

Blue Angels to make final flight in the legacy F/A/-18 Hornet as they transition to Super Hornets
https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-military/2020/11/03/blue-angels-to-make-final-flight-in-the-legacy-fa-18-hornet-as-they-transition-to-super-hornets/

MARINES

Marine lieutenant colonel goes unpunished after stealing hundreds of dollars in merchandise from the PX
https://taskandpurpose.com/news/marine-corps-korea-colonel-larceny

Amid pandemic, Marine Corps plans unconventional celebrations for its 245th birthday
https://www.stripes.com/news/marine-corps/amid-pandemic-marine-corps-plans-unconventional-celebrations-for-its-245th-birthday-1.651069

Marine Who Earned Medal of Honor in Vietnam Finally Receives Burial at Arlington
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/11/05/marine-who-earned-medal-of-honor-vietnam-finally-receives-burial-arlington.html

VETS

Finding Faces Podcast
http://storicmedia.com/finding-faces/

‘Finding Faces’ podcast brings stories behind Vietnam wall names to life
https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2020/11/02/finding-faces-podcast-brings-stories-behind-vietnam-wall-names-to-life/

‘He’s a Living Legend.’ Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday Flying for World Record | Military.com
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/10/31/hes-living-legend-cali-veteran-celebrates-birthday-flying-world-record.html

A legend passes: Dick Cole, last of the Doolittle Raiders, dies at 103
https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2019/04/09/a-legend-passes-dick-cole-last-of-the-doolittle-raiders-dies-at-103/

Chris’s new ambulance…

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