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News Briefs – October 8, 2018

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One U.S. military member killed in Afghanistan The U.S. military says one service member has been killed in action in Afghanistan. Twenty-three-year-old Spec. James A. Slape from Morehead City, N.C., died Oct. 4 as a result of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province. The incident is under investigation. Slape was assigned…

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Vandenberg launches SpaceX’s Falcon 9

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On Oct. 7 at 7:21 p.m., PDT, SpaceX successfully launched the SAOCOM 1A satellite from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The satellite was deployed about 12 minutes after liftoff.

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Headlines – October 5, 2018

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News Navy vet arrested for allegedly trying to poison Mattis, Navy’s top officer – A Navy veteran from Utah was arrested Wednesday in connection with packages suspected to contain ricin that were mailed to Pentagon and Navy leadership on Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Salt Lake City confirmed to Military Times.   Navy proposing…

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News Briefs – October 5, 2018

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Mattis vows no cut in military support for France in Mali U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. will not reduce its support for the French-led military operations against insurgents in Mali. Speaking alongside Mattis at a press conference Oct. 2 in Paris, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said the Pentagon chief reassured her…

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Headlines – October 3, 2018

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News Defense Secretary Mattis, Navy’s top officer targeted in suspected ricin mail attack at Pentagon – At least two packages mailed to the Pentagon this week are believed to contain the poison ricin, and the FBI is now investigating them, the Pentagon said Oct. 2.   U.S. military on standby to evacuate consulate in Iraq…

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News Briefs – October 3, 2018

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U.S. says Chinese destroyer came dangerously close to U.S. ship A Chinese destroyer came aggressively close to a U.S. Navy ship in the South China Sea, forcing it to maneuver to prevent a collision, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Oct. 2, describing an encounter that could worsen tensions between the nations. The Chinese warship approached…

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Headlines – October 1, 2018

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News F-35B crashes near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. – An F-35B has crashed in South Carolina near the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, military officials have confirmed.   Trump signs defense spending plan, with one more swipe at Democrats – President Donald Trump finalized an $854 billion spending bill Sept. 28 that fully…

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News Briefs – October 1, 2018

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China criticizes U.S. B-52 bomber missions as ‘provocative’ China has labeled a recent mission by nuclear-capable U.S. B-52 bombers over the disputed South China Sea as “provocative.” Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said at a monthly briefing Sept. 27 that China would respond with all measures considered necessary to safeguard its rights and interests. Two…

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New military jet crashes, pilot ejects in S Carolina

Posted October 1, 2018 by Jeffrey Collins

A military jet a short distance from its base crashed in South Carolina Sept. 28 with the pilot ejecting safely and no one on the ground injured, authorities said. The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing F-35B crashed about 11:45 a.m. into an uninhabited marsh island near the Grays Hill community, authorities said. The jet was based…

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Headlines – September 28, 2018

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News Mattis defends remarks on women in infantry – A day after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told VMI cadets that the “jury’s still out” on women serving in combat infantry units, he defended the remarks, saying they had been misconstrued by the media.   U.S. to remove several missile defense systems from the Middle East…

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