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The U.S. Marines Corps released the names of fifteen Marines and one Navy corpsman killed in a military plane crash on Monday.

The Marine Corps KC-130 transport plane was flying from the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, to the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, California, when it crashed in a field in LeFlore County, Mississippi, about 85 miles north of Jackson.

While an investigation is underway to determine what caused the KC-130 to go down, Marines Forces Reserves said the plane vanished from air traffic control radar somewhere over Mississippi.

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​USAF Specifies Requirements for Contracted Red Air at Nellis

The Air Force is moving forward with plans to contract out up to 5,600 flying hours of realistic advanced adversary air threats at Nellis AFB, Nev. The multi-award contract will be worth a maximum of $280 million for one base year, with four option years.

 

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The Air Force is reaching out to industry as it tries to master “the complexity of multi-domain command and control”—one of Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s three focus areas.

Brig. Gen. Chance Saltzman, the Air Force’s director of current operations and leader of the MDC2 initiative, in November pointed to a host of commercially available, state-of-the-art technology that could provide better situational awareness and help the Air Force make faster decisions. Such technology was to be one of the lines of focus outlined in a briefing he gave to USAF four-stars late last year.

 

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US Military Satellite Evidently Missing After Cape Canaveral Launch

It is not clear what has happened to a National Reconnaissance Office satellite launched from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., Sunday. Despite early media reports that the rocket crashed into the sea after the top secret payload—code named Zuma—failed to properly separate, SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement Tuesday that after reviewing “all data to date,” the Falcon 9 “did everything correctly” Sunday night.

 

 

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In constant combat over the past 14 years in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, the “Cannon Cockers” of the 11th Marine Regiment paused at Camp Pendleton on Tuesday to celebrate the centennial of their founding by rededicating their battle colors.

Held aloft next to the American flag, the battle banner of the storied artillery unit was draped by past and present members with silk campaign streamers recalling the Marines’ combat service in World War II, Nicaragua, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

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US Marines have rescued one of their helicopters after it made an emergency landing on a beach in Okinawa, Japan. The aircraft was airlifted back to base using an even bigger helicopter.The US presence on Okinawa in southern Japan is a key part of the security alliance between the two countries.

The base houses about 26,000 US troops.There are plans to relocate part of it to a less-populated area of the island, but many Okinawans want the air base removed altogether.

 

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(Sputnik) – Marines of the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet were the first to start exercises in 2018 in the Eastern Military District, the press service for the Pacific Fleet reported Monday.

“Today, in accordance with the plan of combat training of the Coastal Troops of the Pacific Fleet, about 1,000 servicemen of the Pacific Fleet’s marine corps and units began performing tasks at the ranges of Bamburovo, Gornostai and Radygino, and the Pacific Fleet marines were the first to begin combat training tasks in 2018,” the report said.

 

 

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VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) — Marines of the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet started exercises in the Eastern Military District in Russia’s Far East, kicking off the country’s first drills in 2018, the Sputnik news agency reported Tuesday.

Citing a Pacific Fleet press statement released Monday, Sputnik said about 1,000 servicemen of the Pacific Fleet’s marine corps and units began performing tasks at the ranges of Bamburovo, Gornostai and Radygine, the first to begin combat training tasks in 2018.

 

 

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Teddy Ballgame continued to throttle Major League pitching after returning to the Red Sox in 1946, winning a pair of MVPs and batting titles while making six straight All-Star teams. Prior to the 1952 season, however, he learned that that streak would have to be interrupted: His country needed him again.

On Jan. 9, 1952, the Marines announced that they would be recalling Williams for active duty in the Korean War. He was among 1,100 senior lieutenants and captains who were told to replace the current Korean veterans who were about to be released.

 

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A U.S. Army soldier has died while serving on a NATO mission in Kosovo.

Army Specialist Robert W. Jones, 21, was a military police working dog handler assigned to the 131st Military Working Dog Detachment, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade.

A US Army Europe Public Affairs press release did not say how he died but confirmed he died at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, on Saturday.

 

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