Good Morning!"Florida Man" finally makes an appearance at Ask a Vet!
A Florida man has been arrested after he was accused of stealing a pickup truck and driving to a Space Force base to warn the government about extraterrestrial and mythical creatures.
Corey Johnson, 29, was arrested Friday at Patrick Space Force Base by local deputies after he "attempted to get on base," according to an arrest citation.
Johnson reportedly explained to authorities "he was told by the president" to warn "the government there was US aliens fighting with Chinese dragons."
Johnson allegedly took control of a Ford F-150 several days prior to arriving at Patrick Space Force Base and he didn't know who the owner was, according to local authorities. He was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle.
He told authorities the president had also instructed him to take the truck.
Patrick Space Force Base is home to Space Launch Delta 45, the unit that is in charge of launching America's satellites into orbit on the East Coast. The unit also oversees the nearby Cape Canaveral Space Force Base.
I'm really not sure I can top that.
Staying banal, how's the weather in your part of the world? (Yeah, like I don't know.) Our approximately 8-day heat wave finally seems to be breaking. While the promised massive storms never materialized yesterday, a cooler airmass has settled over New England. I work outside, so I'll admit that it hasn't been easy. I do have the option of wearing a "summer uniform" out there. Our military is not immune from the weather, and they too have several summer uniform options. Unless you're a woman, I guess.
Base exchange stores have mostly run out of hot weather uniforms for women due to a contract dispute that has halted production, according to the Defense Logistics Agency.
The shortage comes as the Army and Air Force wrangle with Golden Manufacturing Co. Inc., which was awarded a $22.6 million contract by the Defense Department in April 2021 to produce trousers for the services.
The shortage in weather-appropriate clothes for female troops comes amid a summer heat wave that has scorched many areas of the country with unusually high temperatures. The Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform is a coveted commodity in the military community because many bases are located in hotter parts of the country.
"Due to a protest of the award, the company had to halt production. Golden Manufacturing Co. produces other military clothing items, however these were awarded under separate contracts so production is not affected by the protest," Michelle McCaskill, a spokesperson for the Defense Logistic Agency, wrote in a statement to Military.com.
It's unclear what led to the contract protest or when production is expected to pick back up. Golden Manufacturing did not return a request for comment.
"It's a necessity here and at a lot of other installations," one woman, a combat-arms soldier, told Military.com on the condition of anonymity. "You will not be able to mitigate your heat as well, you will not be able to sweat as well, you will not be able to cool down as well in the regular uniform."
Some female service members have resorted to purchasing male editions of the hot weather uniform and then paying to have them tailored to meet the professional presentation standards required for all soldiers.
Women in the military have long struggled with ill-fitting equipment and the shortage of hot-weather gear -- and forced reliance on male clothes -- is creating another burden.
"It's not only a safety issue," the soldier said. "It's unprofessional, and it doesn't allow them to do their jobs."
Let's finish up with a brief look at some new military aviation. Has anyone actually seen the B-2 Stealth Bomber in flight? Of course I have, but it was long ago now. A very bizarre and unusual flying thing. It's also the most expensive aircraft ever built. The latest price-check shows around 737 million by the each, and we've got 21 of them in the fleet. They have only been used minimally in combat; flying a handful of long-distance missions to Afghanistan and other places. They have never been used in their designed role of nuclear war.
So of course, we're ready to replace them all. The B-21 Raider is going to be revealed soon, with a first flight tentatively scheduled for sometime in 2023. If you think the current stealth bomber is expensive, the Raider is projected to cost somewhere around 550 million each. But the Air Force wants somewhere around 175-200 of them in service.
Doing the math, here's the figure: $96,250,000,000.00
Yes, that is Ninety-Six TRILLION dollars.
We can always afford war.