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Anyone seen my F-35? US searches for fighter jet after mishap

Lost fighter jetThe U.S. military said on Monday it was still searching for an F-35 fighter jet after a mishap on Sunday near an air base in South Carolina and has asked for the public's help locating it.

The pilot of the F-35B Lightning II jet ejected safely from the aircraft, according to a statement from Joint Base Charleston.

"If you have any information that may help our recovery teams locate the F-35, please call the Base Defense Operations Center at 843-963-3600," the base said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The fighter jet's main advantages, according to its manufacturer, Lockheed Martin (LMT.N), are that it is nearly impossible to track with radar and is packed with advanced sensors and other gear.


Senate launches inquiry into Coast Guard’s reported mishandling of sexual assaults

US Coast Guard AcademyA Senate subcommittee is kickstarting an inquiry into the mishandling of dozens of reports of sexual assaults and rapes at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations announced Thursday that it sent a letter to Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Linda L. Fagan notifying her of the inquiry. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), chairman of the subcommittee, and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) wrote in the letter that “the leaders who oversaw or perhaps created the environment where misconduct occurred and did nothing must be held accountable.”


Navy, Air Force, Army secretaries call on Tuberville to end hold on promotions

Defense DepartmentThe secretaries of the Navy, Air Force and Army are calling on Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) to release his hold on military promotions, accusing him of putting national security “at risk.”

“Any claim that holding up the promotions of top officers does not directly damage the military is wrong — plain and simple,” the three secretaries wrote in an op-ed published Monday in The Washington Post.


Former Marine arrested, accused of stealing $344K in VA benefit payments

Dept. of Veteran AffairsA former Marine from Massachusetts has been arrested for allegedly stealing benefit payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

According to the Department of Justice, 52-year-old Paul John Herbert was arrested Friday and indicted in federal court in Springfield on one count of theft of government money and one count of making false statements.

From January 1, 2010 to March 11, 2023, Herbert is believed to have stolen more than $344,000 in veterans disability benefits, according to the court documents. In addition, on October 24, 2018, he allegedly submitted an application for a Purple Heart award to the United States Marine Corps through his local Congressman, falsely stated that he had suffered injuries, including traumatic brain injury, from a roadside explosion while deployed to Northern Iraq.


Pentagon releases new website on UFOs

Pentaagpn releases UFO website

The Defense Department on Thursday released a new website that will provide official declassified information on UFOs, including pictures and videos, for the public to easily parse through.

The website is the official page for the public to interact with the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), a relatively new Pentagon office tasked with reviewing and analyzing UFOs.

The site appears to still be under construction, but it can be found here. The Hill has reached out to the Defense Department for more information about when the full website will go live.

The U.S. government, which now refers to UFOs by the name of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs), has taken the presence of unknown flying objects more seriously in the past few years, as has Congress.



Marine Corps Osprey crash in Australia kills 3 and injures 20, at least 5 critically

3 marines die in crashA United States Marine Corps aircraft with 23 Marines aboard crashed on a north Australian island Sunday, killing at least three and critically injuring at least five during a multinational training exercise, officials said.

Three had been confirmed dead on Melville Island and five were flown in serious condition 50 miles to the mainland city of Darwin for hospital treatment after the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey aircraft crashed around 9:30 a.m., a statement from the Marines said.

"Recovery efforts are ongoing," the statement said, adding the cause of the crash was under investigation.

Aircraft had been sent from Darwin to retrieve more survivors from the remote location but no further details on the fate of the other 15 Marines on board had been released hours later.


Army doctor scrutinized in sprawling sex abuse case

Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state An Army doctor has been under investigation for more than a year in a sprawling sexual assault case involving at least 23 alleged victims, including his patients, according to military documents obtained by The Washington Post and interviews with four people familiar with the case.

Maj. Michael D. Stockin, 37, could be charged within days, said a senior Pentagon official and two other people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an active criminal probe. The Army, in a statement, said Stockin was “suspended from seeing patients” in February 2022. He had been assigned as an anesthesiologist to Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. The service would not address whether charges are imminent.

“The Army does not comment on ongoing investigations as a matter of policy,” Cynthia Smith, a spokeswoman, said in a statement. “While we’re limited in what we can say … the Army takes all allegations of sexual assault seriously — this includes investigating thoroughly, supporting victims, and holding offenders accountable when warranted.”


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