Military April 16, 2019

By WHNT News 19: Former astronaut Huntsville resident Owen Garriott has died at 88

Owen Kay Garriott (November 22, 1930 – April 15, 2019) was an American electrical engineer and NASA astronaut, who spent 60 days aboard the Skylab space station in 1973 during the Skylab 3 mission, and 10 days aboard Spacelab-1 on a Space Shuttle mission in 1983.

After serving in the United States Navy, Garriott was an engineering professor at Stanford University before attending the U.S. Air Force Pilot Training Program and later joining NASA. After his NASA career, he worked for various aerospace companies, consulted on NASA-related committees, taught as an adjunct professor, and conducted research on microbes found in extreme environments.


By Jared Keller: We salute the Marine who crawled across the Boston Marathon finish line to honor his fallen comrades
Micah Herndon, a 31-year-old Ohio native assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines and veteran of several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, crawled across the finish line of the the grueling 26-mile slog he entered to honor two fellow Marines, Mark Juarez and Matthew Ballard, and British journalist Rupert Hamer.
Patrick M. Shanahan Acting Secretary of Defense: Establishment of the Sexual Assault Accountability and Investigation Task Force
By Haley Britzky: Fort Bragg’s new sexual assault awareness event features a soldier chained to a chair in an ‘escape room’

By Caitlin M. Kenney: Marine Commander Convicted After Sending Texts Containing ‘Sexual Innuendo’
Hernandez was convicted in a general court-martial of “violating general regulations, obstruction of justice, and conduct unbecoming of an officer and gentleman,” and was sentenced to 18 months confinement and a $5,000 fine, according to a Marine Corps court-martial report.
Where was their daughter?

By Kate Feldman and Theresa Braine: Deported Husband of Fallen Soldier Allowed to Return to US, Young Daughter
Gonzalez was supposed to be allowed to stay in the U.S. because his wife had been killed while serving, according to The Arizona Republic, but a judge ordered his deportation in December after he didn’t show up for a court hearing.

His lawyer said that Gonzalez never got the notice to appear before a judge and that the letter was delivered to the wrong address.

An ICE spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.
By Oriana Pawlyk: A Year After WC-130 Tragedy, Puerto Rico Air Guard Unit Pivots to New Mission
The mission change comes nearly one year after the catastrophic WC-130H crash that claimed the lives of nine members of the wing. Officials determined that the accident was largely due to pilot error. But the report noted that recurring issues, such as troubling engine and maintenance concerns documented in the aging aircraft, contributed to the mishap.

The plane, which had been in service for more than 50 years, was on its final journey to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, when it crashed May 2, 2018, into Georgia State Highway 21, roughly 1.5 miles northeast of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, killing all onboard.