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June 23, 2014

News Briefs June 23, 2014

Military museum in California closes unexpectedly

A Northern California museum dedicated to California’s involvement in U.S. military history has closed quietly and unexpectedly.

The Sacramento Bee reported June 22 that the California State Military Museum in Sacramento closed in March amid a dispute between a nonprofit foundation that operates the facility and the California Military Department that oversees it. The dispute and the state’s budget woes prompted the museum’s closure.

The military department sued the foundation in September, alleging the nonprofit claimed to own 90 percent of the artifacts and interfered with a state audit. The California State Military Museum Foundation countered in court papers that most of the artifacts were donated to it. The foundation also denied interfering with the audit.

The department is seeking ownership of the artifacts and exclusive control of the museum. AP

Military considers shopping perk for most veterans

The U.S. military is looking into allowing all of the nation’s veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods – a perk that is currently available only to a small minority.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service director proposed the change as a way to show appreciation for veterans and to offset a loss of revenue as troops return from overseas where they had few alternatives but to shop at the military retail stores.

Veterans who served for 20 years or more earn shopping privileges. The exchange service says 20 million veterans would be affected if the Defense Department allows all veterans who served honorably to use its online shopping site, no matter how many years they served. AP




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Headlines December 22, 2014

News: Report: DOD bomb hunters pried into U.S. firms, citizens - During some of the bloodiest days of U.S. combat in Afghanistan and the roadside bomb threat there, the Pentagon’s Joint IED Defeat Organization “improperly collected” intelligence on U.S. citizens and corporations to try to stem the threat, a Pentagon Inspector General report has found.  ...
 
 

News Briefs December 22, 2014

U.K., Canadian military leaves to join Ebola fight Reservists and troops from Britain and Canada have left for Sierra Leone to help in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak. British officials said Dec. 20 that 16 reservists and 100 regular military personnel left on a morning flight from the Brize Norton military airbase....
 
 
Boeing photograph

Boeing, Malaysia Airlines celebrate 100th 737 delivery

Boeing photograph Boeing and Malaysia Airlines celebrated the direct delivery of the airline’s 100th 737 aircraft at an event in Seattle. Shown here Aminuddin Zakaria, senior vice president, airline engineering group, Malaysi...
 

 

Navy helicopter crashes in Kuwait; all crewmembers ok

A U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 (HSC 26) crashed at 11:22 a.m., EST, Dec.21, while on an overland training flight at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. All six personnel aboard the helicopter survived the crash and were transported to nearby medical facilities for evaluation. Three of the six crewmembers sustained minor...
 
 

AMC relocates KC-135 simulator

As Air Mobility Command fields the KC-46A Pegasus, displaced KC-135 Stratotanker pilot simulators will be relocated across the Total Force to maximize simulator access across the mobility enterprise. As a result, AMC, in coordination with the Air National Guard, recently identified four KC-135 pilot flight simulators and one KC-135 Boom Operator Weapons System Trainer to...
 
 

SpaceX completes first milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation System

NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract with the agency. During the Certification Baseline Review, SpaceX described its current design baseline including how the company plans to manufacture its Crew Dragon spacecraft...
 




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