Dream of national competition attracts wounded athletes to California
Wounded Marines are competing at Camp Pendleton this week for a spot in the nationwide 2013 Wounded Warriors games. Athletes train and compete in several games throughout the year to make their way to the top competition. “It’s just kind of getting me back to being normal,” says Sgt. Kaleb Weakley, whose femur was shattered by a gunshot wound in Afghanistan a year ago. Full story from U-T San Diego.
Maj. General Breaks Through Brass Ceiling to become first woman to Lead Air Force Academy
A woman will lead the Air Force Academy for the first time, but as Dan Elliot reports for AP, not everyone believes the landmark promotion marks the end of problems for women in the military. “This appointment is significant for many reasons. Very few women have attained the rank of general, let alone two-star general,” Anu Bhagwati, executive director of Service Women’s Action Network, said. Full story in Army Times.
Inspector general contradicts Air force on F-22 Crash
The inspector general’s office questions the Air Force on its findings about the crash of a $422 million fighter jet in Alaska. The Air Force found fault with the pilot’s behavior, but the IG says there’s no evidence to support that claim. Full story from the Los Angeles Times.
Military vehicle enthusiast hopes to build home for his collection
A retiring New Orleans cop is trying to turn his passion – restoring military vehicles – into a museum. He has the jeeps and the plan; now he just needs the money. Full story from nola.com.