United States Department of Defense

WWII West, Texas pilot remains identified

WEST, Texas / WASHINGTON, D.C. (FOX 44) – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) has announced that 20-year-old U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Louis V. Girard, of West, Texas, killed during World War II, was accounted for on March 28, 2022. In the summer of 1943, Girard was assigned to the 68th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 44th Bombardment […]
Picture for WWII West, Texas pilot remains identified

GOP candidate’s security clearance becomes issue in SC

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — After losing a high-profile bid for a South Carolina congressional seat in 2018, Republican Katie Arrington took a job at the Defense Department, where she focused on securing military supply chains, ensuring thousands of companies that contract with the federal government were implementing cybersecurity protocols.

POLITICO Playbook: Biden’s midterm window is closing

OVERNIGHT — “​​Biden Says U.S. Military Would Defend Taiwan if China Invaded,” by NYT’s Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Peter Baker. THE WEEK — Another jam-packed week in politics: In the House, we’ll be watching whether the recent federal court decision blocking the lifting of Title 42 has any impact on the Dems’ effort to pass a Covid relief bill. … On Tuesday, there are primaries in Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia, and runoffs in Texas. On the Dem side, the big story will be the progressive vs. moderate showdown of the HENRY CUELLAR and JESSICA CISNEROS runoff in South Texas. On the GOP side, all eyes will be on Georgia, where DAVID PERDUE, backed by DONALD TRUMP, is expected to lose his primary against Gov. BRIAN KEMP.

Northwest Florida businesses claim millions in defense contracting work

FORT WALTON BEACH — Williams Electric Co. Inc., an electrical contractor in Fort Walton Beach, has been awarded part of a $95 million contract for electronic security work, and Reasor-Asturian JV LLC, a joint-venture construction contractor in Pensacola has been awarded a nearly $13.9 million contract for work at a U.S. Marine Corps facility in North Carolina, according to recent contract award announcements from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
CBS Sports

Ravens sign former Navy star Diego Fagot: Linebacker gets permission from Department of Defense

The Baltimore Ravens have signed an interesting semi-local prospect, as the team agreed to terms with former Navy linebacker Diego Fagot after he practiced with Baltimore during rookie minicamp. Fagot was one of four Naval Academy athletes who received permission from the Department of Defense to pursue professional sports, according to Stars and Stripes. The other three athletes are football player Michael McMorris, women's basketball player Jennifer Coleman, and men's soccer player Matt Nocita.

Parris Island wages battles, not war, against climate change

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Rising seas are encroaching on one of America’s most storied military installations, where thousands of recruits are molded into Marines each year amid the salt marshes of South Carolina’s Lowcountry region. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is particularly vulnerable to flooding, coastal erosion and other impacts of climate change, a […]
Navy Times

This week in Congress: Memorial Day marks the start of summer — and a busy month of budget work

Lawmakers will hold a final week of budget hearings before the Memorial Day break and what is expected to be a busy June full of appropriations and authorization work. Both House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders said they expect to unveil their annual defense authorization bill drafts in June, with the goal of spending most of the rest of the summer negotiating a compromise between the two.

Bernhardt and Zinke inquiries highlight limits of IG reach

Federal government investigators want a ladder to help them surmount the stone wall the Interior Department’s watchdog office said it encountered while attempting to interview the Trump administration’s two top agency officials. In a report issued last week concerning former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, and in an earlier...

World War II flyer, declared dead in 1943, to be buried in West

The remains of 1st Lt. Louis Girard will soon make their way home to his family and be interred in West, nearly 79 years after he was lost in battle during World War II, but not too late to give peace of mind for surviving family members. Girard and his...