Veterans Weekly Report OCT 13- OCT 19


First Lady’s Plane Fills with Smoke and Forced to Land

When first lady Melania Trump’s C-32 aircraft’s cabin started to fill with smoke, it was forced to return to the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The first lady was on the aircraft at the time and was on her way to Philadelphia to visit a hospital. Soon after takeoff, it is said that there was “a thin haze of smoke” and those traveling with the first lady said that they could “smell something burning,” and that “the smell quickly became stronger.”

The C-31 in question is also referred to as “Air Force Two” and is often used by Vice President Mike Pence as well as cabinet secretaries. According to Military Times, the Air Force has stated that the smoke came from the front of the plane and specifically from specific communication equipment.

Following the incident and the emergency landing, Melania Trump switched planes and was able to continue her trip to Philadelphia.


Air Force Base Evacuees Allowed Back After Hurricane Michael

This week, those airmen and their families that were evacuated from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida are being allowed back on base to survey the damage that was done to their homes and to secure valuables.

Air Force Times states from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday, those who were mandatorily evacuated from the base will be allowed to visit their homes. There are over 860 housing units within the base. Those entering the base will be escorted to the housing units so that they can photograph the damage and will be escorted out by security by 3 p.m. for safety purposes.

They are allowed to bring moving vehicles to transport their belongings and will be able to collect the vehicles that were left on base. This is a voluntary trip though and airmen will not be reimbursed for the expenses from this trip.


For Campbell Soldier Killed by Husband

In an off-duty incident, a Fort Campbell soldier was shot and died in Kentucky. Sgt. Brittney Nicole Silvers died at about 10 p.m. on Sunday. Her husband, Victor Silvers was arrested and is due in court to face murder, domestic violence, and other charges.

A previous domestic violence protective order prohibited Victor Silvers from possessing a firearm and forbade him from coming within 300 feet of his wife, Sgt. Brittney Silvers.

A domestic violence protective order forbade Silvers from possessing a firearm and required that he stay at least 300 feet away from his wife.

According to Army Times, “Silvers was an automated logistical specialist in the 101st Airborne Division’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. She joined the Army in 2011 and completed training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Fort Lee, Virginia. She served for several years at Fort Hood, Texas, before arriving to Fort Campbell in 2016, officials said. Her awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal. She was posthumously promoted to sergeant and awarded the Army Commendation Medal.”

The incident is currently under investigation.


When Two Boys Disappear of the Coast of Texas, The Coast Guard Seeks Help

Two boys were last seen in the water in Galveston, Texas, and now the Coast Guard has resumed their search and is asking for help. According to the Navy Times, the two boys are aged 11 to 16 and were reported missing around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. This prompted a foot search along the shore and a helicopter search but the boys were not found.

Now the Coast Guard has resumed their search deploying an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium. The Galveston Police and the Galveston Island Beach Patrol are also actively searching for the boys.

If you have any information about the missing boys, please contact Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 281-464-4854.


Ricin Case Update: More Letters

Two weeks ago William Clyde Allen III was arrested for mailing envelopes containing ricin to certain officials. Now authorities are saying that there were actually two more envelopes than were previously believed.

The director of the CIA, the Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson were all mailed envelopes containing a substance from which the poison ricin is made.

Allen has pleaded not guilty to seven different charges, including threatening to use a biological toxin as a weapon. — Military Times



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