Defense Department Releases New Deployment Policy

The Department of Defense on Wednesday released a new policy in which separation procedures will begin for service members who have been non-deployable for the last 12 months or more.

“This new policy is a 12-month deploy or be removed policy,” Robert Wilkie, the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. “However, there are exceptions.”

“The situation we face today is really unlike anything we have faced, certainly in the post-World War II era,” Wilkie told the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on personnel and readiness. “On any given day, about 13 to 14 percent of the force is medically unable to deploy. That comes out to be about 286,000 [service members].”

The move comes after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ memo last year that stated that “everyone who comes into the service and everyone who stays in the service is world-wide deployable.”

According to various estimates, between 11 to 14 percent, or 200,000, service members are currently non-deployable.

Five-Member Air Force Surgical Team Wins Bronze Medals

Five members of an Air Force Special Operations Surgical Team received Bronze Star medals Tuesday for their work in the Middle East.

Emergency medicine physician Lt. Col. Ben Mitchell, nurse anesthetist Lt. Col. Matthew Uber, surgeon Maj. Justin Manley, and emergency room nurse Capt. Cade Reedy of the 720th Operations Support Squadron all received medals at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital.

Bronze medals are the military’s fourth-highest combat medal for heroism.

California City Council Requests Resignation Of Anti-Military Teacher

Pico Rivera (Population 63,000) City Council passed a resolution on Tuesday requesting the resignation of a school teacher and fellow city councilman who made anti-military comments in the classroom.

Gregory Salcido, both a teacher at El Rancho High School and city councilman, was caught trashing the military thanks to a student who recorded the comments. He was trying to convince a student wearing a Marine Corps shirt to not volunteer.

“They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people; they’re the frickin’ lowest of our low,” Salcido told students. “I don’t understand why we let the military guys come over here and recruit you at school. We don’t let pimps come in the school.”

Videos of the incident were posted on Facebook.

President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly said last month in a radio interview that Salcido “ought to go to hell” for his remarks.

Pico Rivera Mayor Gustavo Camacho called it “bullying, arrogant and aggressive behavior.”

Salcido ran for Congress in 2002 as a Democrat, challenging two-term incumbent Congresswoman Grace Napolitano in California’s 38th Congressional District. He lost the Democratic primary 65%-35%.

Salcido has so far refused to resign from being a teacher or city councilman. As a teacher, he is currently on leave.

“My goal as it relates to my students is to get them to do everything to get to college,” said Salcido, who was shouted down by some angry members of the audience. “I wanted to challenge them to reach their academic potential.”

 

18-Year-Old Marine Dies Of Flesh-Eating Disease

An 18-year-old Marine stationed at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California died just eight hours after a flesh-eating disease diagnosis, officials told the Marine Corps Times.

Private First Class William Becket Kiernan died of a bacterial skin infection known as necrotizing fasciitis on February 4, 2018.

He died at Desert Regional Memorial Hospital in Palms Springs, California.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention describes necrotizing fasciitis as “a serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly and kills the body’s soft tissue.” Since 2010, at least 1,200 cases occur each year in the United States.

According to South Coast Today, he was born in Wareham, Massachusetts and graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. He was an Honors and AP Student.

There will be a wake at Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Home on Thursday, a funeral Mass on Friday at St. Anthony’s Church in Mattapoisett, and a burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery.

 

Marines Are Flying More Than The Air Force

The Marine Corps’ aviators are now logging more flight hours than Air Force pilots, military officials told the Marine Times.

The Marines are averaging between 14 to 16 hours a month per pilot per aircraft, while the Air Force is averaging 9 to 10 hours per pilot per month, according to congressional testimony Wednesday from General Glenn M. Walters and Air Force Vice Chief of Staff General Stephen W. Wilson.

“Why do you think the Marines are ahead of you on this?” Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) asked General Wilson.

“I don’t have a good reason why they are ahead of us,” Wilson replied.