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RUSSIAN JET BUZZES AMERICAN SHIP

USS Donald Cook Targeted
By Harold Hutchison
A Russian jet repeatedly buzzed the destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), which was operating in the Black Sea over this past weekend. The incident occurred around the time that violent clashes broke out in the eastern portion of the Ukraine.

SENATORS TRY TO SAVE THE WARTHOG

A-10 Firing

Congressional Republicans Also Seek End to Cuts
By Harold Hutchison

The Obama Administration’s attempt to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air support aircraft, better known as the Warthog, has been under fire. Now, the fight has come to a new level as Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and John McCain (R-AZ) have taken the fight for the A-10 public.

CHICOMS UNVEIL “FLYING SHARK”

F/A-18 Super Hornet on Carrier

J-15 Makes Its Debut
By Harold Hutchison

The ChiComs have lifted the curtain to reveal their new naval fighter, a knockoff of the Russian Su-33 that has been designated the J-15. The plane was revealed as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was visiting China.

REMEMBERING CARL MUNDY

Elaine Donnelly and Carl Mundy

General Carl E. Mundy, Jr., the 30th Commandant, was a man of character, a mentor, and a good friend I've known since 1994. On April 2 he died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, having struggled with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma. His email updates describing the ups and downs of what was happening since his diagnosis last June reflected serenity and even a bit of humor as "Team Mundy" closed ranks.

LOSING 23 A DAY

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Veteran Suicides Climbing
By Harold Hutchison

America is losing 23 veterans a day to suicide, and the problems have been getting worse in recent years. To put that number in perspective, the number per day translate to over 8300 veterans a year committing suicide.

According to a report by Breitbart News, the stats are staggering. The suicide rate has climbed by over 30% among active-duty military since 2008. A report covering suicides in 2011 noted that 301 suicides occurred among active-duty troops that year.

SHOULD TROOPS BE ARMED ON BASE?

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Questions Raised After Second Mass Shooting in Five Years
By Harold Hutchison

Does a ban on carrying guns on military bases that has been in place for over 20 years need to be re-considered? That question is being debated in the wake of the second mass shooting at Fort Hood in five years, and the second mass shooting at a military installation in less than a year.

EXPLOITING FORT HOOD?

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley

Gun-Grabbers Seek To Use Dead Soldiers to Back Their Agenda
By Harold Hutchison

In the wake of the tragic mass shooting at Fort Hood that left four dead, including the shooter, gun-grabbers are already seeking to push new gun-control measures, using the incident to revive an agenda that stalled at the federal level last year.

According to media reports, anti-Second Amendment politicians like Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) are trying to revive last year’s push for so-called “universal background checks.” The legislation failed in 2013 after failing to overcome a filibuster.

Under Attack: Religious Freedom of Christians in the US Military

In the video below, members of our Armed Forces speak out about the culture of fear and intimidation in the US military that is forcing Christian soldiers to hide their faith.

The attacks on Christianity in the military have caused the Bible to be banned from military hospitals, chaplains to be deemed non-essential, prayer to be banned from military funerals and soldiers to be dismissed for voicing their Christian beliefs about homosexual marriage. For a more exhaustive list of attacks on Christian religious freedoms click bit.ly/17P69Eq (prepared by frc.org)

Coastal Patrol Command

Junior commanding officers and their crews continue the legacies of World War II motor torpedo boats (PT) aboard U.S. Navy coastal patrol ships (PC) and U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats (WPB) in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.