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Roger That: 12 Marines remain missing after two helicopters crash off Hawaiian coast

Mike Fitzgerald
Mike Fitzgerald

Military.com is reporting the search for 12 Marines declared missing after a reported collision of two CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft off the north shore of Oahu is now in its third day and still ongoing, Coast Guard and Marine Corps officials said Sunday during a local press conference.

Though choppy waves and high swells that have hindered the search to date are beginning to subside, officials said interference from an individual on-shore had also presented a problem.

Capt. Jim Jenkins, chief of staff for the Coast Guard’s 14th district in Hawaii, confirmed that someone had used a laser to target the cockpit of a Coast Guard C-130 jet during a search-and-rescue flight Saturday night, forcing the aircraft to deviate from its search pattern.

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A brigadier general who led an Army bio-defense lab in Utah is among a dozen individuals facing potential disciplinary actions — including loss of jobs — for egregious failures that contributed to the facility mistakenly shipping live anthrax to other labs for more than a decade, according to the military’s accountability investigation report that was provided to USA TODAY.

“Over time, you see there is complacency that the leadership should have recognized and taken action to correct,” Maj. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, who led the review team, said in an interview.

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The U.S. Navy is pursuing an aggressive research effort to make its weapons more lethal and efficient, with new uses for missiles and application of new rail gun technology to smaller weapons systems, the service’s director of surface warfare said Tuesday, according to Military.com.

Amid a rapidly changing global environment in which Navy technology was fast being outpaced, Read Adm. Peter Fanta said the service was adopting a philosophy of increased lethality and “three ways to kill everything.”

“I realize that might not be the nicest way to talk about things, but folks, our job is to kill people and break their toys,” he told an audience at the annual Surface Navy Association symposium near Washington, D.C. “There’s nothing else in the world that matters.”

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Robins Air Force Base in Georgia has taken down a flyer advertising a “Martin Luther King Jr. Fun Shoot” scheduled for the holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader, according to Air Force Times.

In a statement to Air Force Times, Robins apologized for the advertising tying the event to the holiday honoring King, who was shot by an assassin in Memphis in 1968.

“We’re deeply sorry for any offense or harm caused by our insensitivity and failure to provide appropriate oversight of our marketing process,” Robins’ spokesman Roland Leach said in an email Thursday. “The flyer does not represent the values, opinions or views of the Department of Defense, the Air Force or Robins Air Force Base leadership and its employees.”

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