Defense Department Secretary Mark Esper says the Pentagon has identified more than $5 billion in savings through an ongoing review of "fourth estate" offices. "By decreasing overhead, divesting legacy activities, and reducing lower priority programs, we are able to invest more in the war-fighting requirements of the services," he said.
FedEx Freight drivers Chuck and Sarah Fiske spread holiday cheer through dressing up as Santa and Mrs. Claus as they make Trees for Troops deliveries to military bases across the US. FedEx has delivered more than a quarter million farm-grown Christmas trees to military bases across the country for more than 15 years.
Raising the passenger facility charge will "burden budget-conscious consumers and families who rely on less expensive tickets," writes John Breyault, a vice president at the National Consumers League. He says a PFC hike would disproportionately affect rural residents when airports already have funding sources in place and airport improvements are underway across the country.
For the last 22 years, Southwest pilots have been adopted by classrooms where they've shared aviation-themed curriculums with students through its Adopt-A-Pilot program. During the 2018-19 school year, First Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Gonzalez, who grew up in Puerto Rico, brought the program to students in the MAS Integrated School in Anasco, Puerto Rico.
The annual 2019 White House Christmas ornament is a helicopter to commemorate of Dwight Eisenhower, who was the first American president to use the aircraft on a regular basis. The ornament, proceeds of which will benefit the White House Historical Association, portrays the Marine Corps UH-34 version of the Sikorsky S-58 helicopter.
A $30 million investment in its Bridgeport, W.Va., engine services facility will enable Pratt & Whitney to expand the maintenance, repair and overhaul of PW800 engines and bring additional jobs to the region. The upgraded plant is expected to be fully operational in a little over a year.
A suspected drone collided last week with an Airbus A-Star news helicopter flying at 1,100 feet over Los Angeles, but the helicopter was able to make a safe landing despite damage to the right vertical stabilizer. The drone pilot, who has not yet been identified, was in violation of several ordinances.
Since 1997, pilots around the US have been volunteering to take veterans on free flights to receive medical care through the Angel Wings for Veterans organization. Pilot Howard Epstein of Ohio has been flying missions for the program for 12 years and says, "I wouldn't be able to do what I'm doing today, such as flying and having the freedom to fly -- I wouldn't live in a democracy without them."