July 19, 2018
Kin to pay tribute to military plane crash victims Times-Herald Record
A year after a Marine Corps plane broke into pieces high in the sky and slammed into a Mississippi soybean field, relatives and friends are keeping alive the memories of the 15 Marines and Navy corpsmen who died in the crash.
It’s an active form of memory — building, telling, hiking, running — to honor the Stewart Air National Guard-based crewmembers who flew the KC-130T military transport, as well as the special forces Marines they were carrying from North Carolina to California for training.
“All we want to do is talk about them and share who they were with the rest of the world,” said Anna Johnson, the widow of Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson, a crew member.
Chuck Campbell talks matter-of-factly about this project in his garage.
All it is, he explains, is wood, metal, fabric, instruments, wheels, a highly modified Corvair engine and high aspirations.
It’s then you have to remind yourself that Campbell is 94 and finds himself on the home stretch of building an airplane — his homemade version of a 1929 Pietenpol Air Camper.
“You get a set of plans and you start cutting wood,” Campbell says, describing how it all started some 10 years ago.
Campbell lives off a cul-de-sac in the quiet, 55-and-older subdivision of The Gables at Kepley Farm. It’s not really a place where you expect to see the fuselage of a plane when your neighbor opens up his garage door.
But there it is, painted in red and yellow with its wooden propeller ready to spin into action. Save for the wings, which are in storage elsewhere, and the tail pieces in a closet, the little tail-dragger looks almost ready for flight.
No more sit-ups: Army to introduce new PT test in 2020 Fayetteville Observer
After more than 30 years, the Army is moving away from the Army Physical Fitness Test.
Sit-ups, pushups and a 2-mile run as an indicator of physical fitness will be phased out of the force by October 2020.
In place of the Army Physical Fitness Test, the Army will introduce the Army Combat Fitness Test.
A 2-mile run will cap the new test, too, but that’s where the similarities end.
The new fitness test will feature a strength dead lift; standing power throw; hand release pushup; spring, drag and carry; leg tuck and 2-mile run that must be completed within 50 minutes.
Officials said they will begin field testing the new combat fitness test later this year with 60 battalions from across the Army, National Guard and Army Reserve.
July 5 — Today in Guard History National Guard
1989 – Saturday, 19 July marks the 25th anniversary of United Airlines Flight 232 back in 1989. This was the DC-10 jetliner that crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, after a midair explosion caused an engine to fail along with the total loss hydraulic pressure that would allow the craft to maneuver. The video of the event was a big news story after it happened, and the event even inspired a Charlton Heston TV movie – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104020/
With the help of a training pilot on board as a passenger, the chief pilot attempted an accelerated landing that ultimately failed because of the speed with which it approached the abandoned runway; after the right tail hit the runway, the plane flipped and a large explosion occurred. Of the 296 persons aboard, there were 112 deaths. A huge tragedy to be sure, but it was action of the pilots overhead and the Iowa Air National Guard at the Sioux Gateway Airport, along with other civilian responders, who played a huge role in prevented dozens of other deaths; in all, 184 survived the fiery impact.
The National Guard had a large presence that day, and the photograph of Lt. Col. Dennis Nielsen, IA ANG, in the Sioux City newspaper became an iconic image of the incident. It is also an important aviation history milestone because of the two pilots collaborating in their fortuitous yet desperate meeting that undoubtedly saved those scores of lives through their decisive actions.
The North Carolina National Guard Education Foundation is holding it’s 3rd Cruise for Charity! Royal Carribean will set sail on their Adventure Of the Seas cruise on January 19, from Ft. Lauderdale. Cabins start at $709, with a $250/person deposit. Some of the proceeds from each cabin will go to the NCNG Education Foundation.
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