Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington, left, and Capt. Kristie Twining pose aboard NOAA’s Gulfstream IV-SP during a hurricane surveillance flight Aug. 5. (Paul Flaherty)
In repeated 12-hour shifts last month, Capt. Kristie Twining and Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington braced themselves as they flew into Hurricane Florence.
The hurricane hunter pilots, serving with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), flew nine missions in an effort to pinpoint the hurricane's path. This month, they returned to the sky for similar missions tracking Hurricane Michael, which made landfall Wednesday near Tyndall AFB, outside of Panama City, Florida.
The pilots, who in August became NOAA's first all-female hurricane hunter team, will continue to investigate hurricanes and tropical storms through November, the official end to hurricane season.
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Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow, a Holocaust survivor who went on to join the United States Army and become an iconic Special Forces leader, died Friday at age 83.
Shachnow, a MOAA Life Member who had been a guest speaker at Sandhills Chapter meetings in North Carolina, began his 40-year military career as a private. He is part of the Commando Hall of Honor and the honor roll in the Infantry Officers' Hall of Fame, and has received the United States Operations Medal for outstanding contribution to special operations.
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Dr. Tyrone Krause recites the commissioning oath given by his daughter, Ensign Laura Krause, while aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ramage. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maxwell Anderson/Navy)
He's spent decades in operating rooms, standing over patients as he repaired their hearts.
At a time when 63-year-old Dr. Tyrone Krause could be winding down his career and mapping out the best beaches to enjoy a drink, he's instead brushing up on push-ups as he prepares to leave for the Navy's Officer Candidate School.
“Sometimes I wonder what the hell I got myself into,” Krause said, chuckling. Krause obtained a waiver to commission into the U.S. Navy Reserve in July. He was inspired to join after his daughter, Ensign Laura Krause, earned her Navy commission in 2015.
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President Donald Trump's pick to run the Department of Veterans Affairs has pledged to improve access to health care in rural areas and decrease patients' wait times - all while protecting the agency from the threat of privatization.
Robert Wilkie, who faced the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Wednesday during his nomination hearing, has more than 20 years of experience serving the nation from home and abroad. Aside from being Trump's choice to lead the massive VA health system with its 1,700 centers that care for 9 million people, Wilkie currently serves as undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness for the Defense Department.
He's also a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve and is currently assigned to the office of the chief of staff.
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The Army has sent its doctors to far flung places all over the globe, but next year, one physician will go where no others have traveled.
Lt. Col. Andrew Morgan, an emergency physician at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas and NASA astronaut, is set be the first Army doctor in space. NASA will launch him to the International Space Station in July 2019.
“I'll be taking Army history, military medicine and this supportive community with me,” Morgan said in an Army news release. “I'm hugely honored to represent all of that.”
You can read the story here: http://www.moaa.org/Content/Publications-and-Media/News-Articles/2018-News-Articles/Army-Doctor-Will-Make-History-During-His-2019-Voyage-Into-Space.aspx
Next week the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee will hold a nomination hearing for Robert Wilkie, President Trump's pick to lead the VA.
The hearing is set for June 27. Peter O'Rourke, previously the VA chief of staff, is serving as the acting secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department as Wilkie goes through the confirmation process.
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Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie has been nominated to lead the agency, according to a surprise announcement by President Donald Trump on Friday.
Wilkie, a native of Fayetteville, N.C., has served as the acting director since late March when former director David Shulkin was forced out of the position. Wilkie previously served as undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness for the Department of Defense.
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