Navy Creates New Flight Instructor Billet Outside of Traditional Career Path

Marine Corps Capt. Chris Latimer, left, an instructor pilot for Training Squadron (VT) 31, and Ensign Marvin Smith, a student naval aviator, conduct pre-operation procedures before a training flight in a T-44C Pegasus aircraft on Jan. 12, 2012. US Navy photo.

The Navy is creating a Professional Flight Instructor (PFI) program that would allow pilots and naval flight officers to remain in the Navy later in their careers as flight instructors outside the normal sea/shore rotation.

Announced today...

HASC Panel Questions Pentagon’s Syria Strategy

A U.S. Marine with 3d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, attached to Special
Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, fires
an FGM-148 Javelin, a shoulder-fired anti-tank missile, at his target during
a live fire demonstration near At Tanf Garrison, Syria September 7, 2018. Marine Corps photo.

CAPITOL HILL — In Syria, the Pentagon appears poised to embark on a conflict with no clear end-strategy, members of the House Armed Services subcommittee on oversight and...

SECDEF Mattis’ Speech to Cadets at Virginia Military Institute

The following is the text and video of Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ Sept. 25, 2018 speech at Virginia Military Institute.

GEN. J.H. BINFORD PEAY III: Please be seated. Good morning members of the corps of cadets, members of the board of visitors, members of the academic board, faculty and staff, guests, and ladies and gentlemen: Welcome to this morning’s special presentation by our country’s sitting Secretary of Defense, the Honorable James N. Mattis.

VMI is honored to welcome Secretary...

Pentagon Task Force Looks to Revamp Close-Combat Infantry Training, Lethality

Marines in the Infantry Officer Course fire at an enemy trench during a live fire training exercise at Range 410A aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., June 9, 2018. US Marine Corps

A Pentagon-directed group tasked with making close-combat infantry more lethal and effective has its sights on getting troops into more realistic, immersive training as soon as possible.

At the same time, the joint-service Close Combat Lethality Task Force identified the need to...

Navy Identifies Sailor Killed Aboard USS George H.W. Bush

Airman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak. US Navy Photo

The Navy identified a sailor who was killed aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Monday on the carrier’s flight deck.

Airman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak was working on the flight deck of Bush struck by the propeller of an E-2C Hawkeye after he secured the plane to the deck. The carrier was conducting flight operations qualifications at the time.

He had served aboard Bush since completing training in Pensacola, Fla. after enlisting in the Navy...

NAVSEA: New Pentagon Strategy Putting Pressure on Private, Public Maintenance Yards to Deliver Ships on Time

Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command Vice Adm. Tom Moore answers questions during a town hall meeting with Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City. US Navy Photo

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Pentagon’s new focus on high-end warfare with sophisticated adversaries will put increased emphasis and pressure on Navy readiness, and the service’s maintenance infrastructure needs to better in fixing ships on time, the head of Naval Sea Systems Command said on Tuesday.

Taking cues from Secretary of Defense...

Sailor Killed Aboard USS George H.W. Bush in Flight Deck Mishap

E-2C Hawkeyes, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 124, launch and recover on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Sept. 13, 2018. George H.W. Bush, with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 staff, is underway in the Atlantic Ocean due to Sortie Condition Alpha, which ordered all ships to depart Hampton Roads in response to Hurricane Florence. US Navy photo.

This post has been updated to include additional information from the Navy...

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