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Roger That: Well-wishers can email get-well notes to Spencer Stone

Mike Fitzgerald
Mike Fitzgerald

Travis Air Force Base in California has created a special email address for people who want to wish Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone a speedy recovery, according to Air Force Times.

Stone was stabbed in the chest early Thursday morning in Sacramento, and he is being treated at a local hospital, where his medical condition was upgraded from “serious” to “fair” on Friday.

Police do not believe the incident was an act of terrorism or related to his actions on a French train, when he helped tackle and disarm a gunman. Investigators are looking for two Asian men who fled the scene of the stabbing in a dark color Toyota Camry. One witness told a local CBS affiliate that it looked like Stone was trying to protect a woman who had been punched by a man.

Well-wishers can send messages to Stone at: airmanstone@us.af.mil

F-35 may get fiber laser

Lockheed Martin’s new modular fiber lasers now convert fully 40 percent of input energy to output, which means that — along with advances in manufacturing, targeting and size-weight-power minimization — the company’s now talking about putting a laser weapon on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to DefenseOne.

Unlike solid-state bulk lasers that rely on crystal components, or powerful but unstable chemical lasers, fiber lasers generate their beams inside fiber optics, making the device more flexible and efficient. Afzal compared it to a prism that works in reverse. Whereas a prism takes light and fractures it into beams of different colors, a fiber laser merges several beams into one.

Moreover, Lockheed Martin has developed a way to adjust a laser weapon’s output by adding modules, allowing it to be tailored for missions or threats.

Incidents of child neglect in the military on the rise

Defense Department officials say they are digging into the potential factors behind a recent increase in child neglect, and building more preventive programs, according to Military Times.

Incidents of child neglect in the military last year were up 14 percent over 2013.

“We’re looking into why,” Kathy Robertson, the department's Family Advocacy Program manager, said in a recent briefing to the DoD Family Readiness Council. “Why did we have this huge increase in child neglect? What does it mean?”

Officials have proposed a DoD-wide study on military-related risk factors for child neglect to help shore up future prevention efforts.

Female veterans’ suicide rate higher than non-veteran counterparts

Female veterans who try to take their own lives are often successful at a far higher rate than their female non-veteran counterparts because of one reason: They use guns.

Female veterans die by suicide at nearly six times the rate as those with no service record, such an alarming number that mental health experts at the Department of Veterans Affairs say the agency is reaching out to former servicewomen to talk about gun safety, according to the Washington Post.

The female veterans’ suicide rate is also surprising because men generally are far more likely than women to die by suicide.

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