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To Boost Morale, the Air Force Just Opened Its First On-Base Tattoo Parlor

The U.S. Air Force officially has its own tattoo parlor.

Airmen at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, can now get new ink at a shop on base. The studio, known as “American Tattoo Society,” opened earlier this month, according to the official Nellis Facebook page.

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“Team Nellis is now home to the first tattoo studio on an Air Force or Army installation,” the post states. “We are always leading from the front and finding new ways to improve the quality of life for our Airmen.”

Airmen can visit the studio seven days a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to the post.

Nellis Air Force Base is now home to the first tattoo studio on an Air Force or Army installation. (U.S. Air Force/Facebook)

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Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Joins Call to Ensure Troops’ Votes Are All Counted

A bevy of retired military officers and veteran entrepreneurs, including seven former service chiefs, recently retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and nine other four-stars, have endorsed a campaign to make sure military votes are counted among the avalanche of mail-in ballots expected in the upcoming presidential election.

The “Count Every Hero” effort, funded by RepresentUs — a “cross-politics” nonprofit focused on election integrity and political corruption, aims to make sure that service members’ votes are “counted before election winners are declared by candidates, election officials and media outlets.”

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Changes Are Coming for Marines’ Deployments to the Pacific

The Marine Corps will reexamine where it’s postured in the Asia-Pacific region as the service prepares for possible conflict with China, the commandant said this week.

Tens of thousands of Marines are based in California, Hawaii and Japan — “pointed like an arrow” at the Korean Peninsula, Commandant Gen. David Berger said Wednesday. It’s a layout that leaders put in place at the end of World War II and has been successful for decades, he said.

Looking ahead 10 years from now, though, “it’s not a great posture for the joint force,” Berger said.

“We need to relook at [it] for the Marines,” he said at the annual Modern Day Marine event, which was held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Camp Lejeune Marines Warned to Stop Running in the Dark After 4 Coyote Attacks

Three Marines and a sailor have been bitten by a coyote on the loose at a North Carolina base, prompting leaders there to issue a warning to anyone going out after dark.

The recent attacks took place near the Wallace Creek area at Camp Lejeune. The latest occurred Wednesday at about 4 a.m., according to a Facebook post from base officials.

“Until further notice, please do not run in this area after dark until the animal can be removed,” the Facebook warning states.

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The Marines and sailors were all bitten on the leg, said Nat Fahy, a Camp Lejeune spokesman. None of the injuries was serious.

“They all received medical treatment … including rabies post-exposure treatment, which is standard protocol,”...

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General Becomes First Black Superintendent of US Air Force Academy

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Lt. Gen. Richard Clark received a first-of-its kind homecoming Wednesday when he took command as the Air Force Academy’s superintendent.

Clark, a 1986 academy graduate, is the first former commandant of cadets to come back for the three-star job. He’s also the first Black superintendent in the school’s 66-year history.

“I am honored to be part of that history,” Clark said after accepting his new post during an untraditional ceremony, held in the vast confines of Falcon Stadium to allow for social-distancing among the sparse, mask-wearing crowd of dignitaries.

Clark returned to the academy after a stint at the Pentagon, where he oversaw the Air Force’s nuclear weapons program...

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22 Retired 4-Stars Join Nearly 500 NatSec Leaders in Letter Endorsing Joe Biden

Days after the Trump-Pence campaign released an endorsement letter signed by 235 retired military officers, a coalition of nearly 500 current and former national security leaders has released its own letter endorsing challenger Joe Biden for president.

The open letter, published Thursday morning by National Security Leaders for Biden, contains 489 names, including 22 retired four-star generals and admirals; five former defense secretaries; and other notable leaders including former secretary of state Madeleine Albright and former NASA administrator Charles Bolden, among others.

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Addressed to “Our Fellow Citizens,” the letter describes its signers as including Republicans, Democrats and Independents united by ...

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Navy Declassifies 300 Pages of Probe into 1963 USS Thresher Disaster

Nearly six decades after a Navy submarine plummeted to the bottom of the sea during a deep-dive test, families of those lost in the tragedy are finally getting a look at hundreds of documents about the accident the service has long kept under wraps.

The Navy on Wednesday released the first 300 pages of a court of inquiry on the catastrophic 1963 loss of the nuclear-powered submarine Thresher. The documents provide details into the Navy’s worst undersea accident, which claimed the lives of 129 men onboard.

While Navy leaders say they’re committed to being transparent with the families and the public about what caused the Thresher — the first sub in its class — to sink, it took a court order to reach this point.

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Report: Iran’s Guard Flew Surveillance Drone over USS Nimitz

TEHRAN, Iran  — Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard force has managed to fly a surveillance drone over the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier which last week transited through the Strait of Hormuz, an Iranian news agency said Wednesday.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency, which is considered close to the paramilitary Guard, published images of the Nimitz, saying they were taken by Iranian-made drones, and showing fighter planes parked on the carrier’s deck.

The Nimitz, and several other warships, passed last Friday through the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important chokepoint for oil shipments, the U.S. Navy had said in what was described as a “scheduled maneuver.”

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Injured Army Musician Turns Crutches into Flutes

Spc. Jessica Tang has been playing clarinet since she was 9, but with perfect pitch, she can pick up almost any woodwind and make music — including, it turns out, her crutches.

Stuck in holdover status after a severe injury during Army basic training, Tang used duct tape and ingenuity to fashion a mouthpiece that turned a crutch’s adjustable leg segment into a flute.

“I could make one in about three minutes,” Tang said, and she often did so with the plentiful crutches of other trainees at sick call several times a week.

Last month, she posted a video to the social media site Reddit that shows her resting the awkward crutch-flute on her shoulder as she plays a series of compositions.

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Marines’ New Amphibious Combat Vehicles Will Start Arriving at Units Ahead of Schedule

Marine Corps modernization officials said Tuesday that the service has completed testing of its new amphibious combat vehicle, or ACV, and will begin fielding the replacement to the older amphibious assault vehicle next month, ahead of schedule.

The Marine Corps’ Program Executive Office Land Systems has completed the Initial Operational Test & Evaluation phase of the ACV and will begin fielding first 18 to a platoon stationed at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at 29 Palms, California, John Garner, head of PEO LS, told defense reporters at Modern Day Marine 2020.

“The ACV’s status is frankly good; we have completed the IOT&E, and we will begin early deployment fielding essentially next week,” Garner said. “We anticipate that that fielding will be complete sometime in October...

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