Meet the U.S. Navy's first black female tactical Jet Aviator. this is LT. J.G. (Junior Grade) Madeline “MADDY” Swegle. The chief of Naval Air Training is set to "wing" Virginia Native, LT. Swegle, on Friday 31 July. LT. Swegle has been flying a U.S. Navy T-45 Goshawk training aircraft during undergraduate tactical air (strike) pilot training at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas. "My parents raised me & told me I could be whatever I wanted to be," says Swegle.
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[NFA] Police said a protest turned into a riot in Seattle, Washington, on Saturday, and demonstrators nationwide took to the streets in solidarity with racial justice activists opposed to federal intervention in their cities. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
Singer, songwriter, producer Pharrell Williams is teaming up with Netflix for a docuseries. The upcoming docuseries, "Voices of Fire" focuses on finding talent in the gospel choirs of Hampton Roads, Virginia. According to CNN, the show will follow Pharrell's uncle, Bishop Ezekiel Williams, on their quest to find singers. Pharell announced the project on Sunday during the Essence Festival alongside his uncle. The series is expected to debut later this year.
Crews removed a statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson with a crane and ropes on Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia, the same day a state law went into effect authorizing cities to remove Confederate monuments.
Not for the first time, President Donald Trump erupted late last week. This time it was in response to a move made by Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Esper had issued a new military-wide directive that was a de facto ban on the display of the Confederate flag. CNN reports sources say Trump was fuming over Esper's carefully worded memo that did not mention the flag by name. However, he effectively banned it from being flown on military installations by not naming it.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Friday deftly dodged an explicit ban on the display of Confederate flags on military installations. Nevertheless, the Defense Department issued new guidance that lists all flags that can be displayed and depicted. And the Confederate flag was not listed. According to CNN, the new policy comes amid an ongoing debate about the display of the Confederate battle flag.
The top U.S. general said on Thursday that the military had to take a "hard look" at symbols of the Confederacy, including the names of bases, and said he had recommended a commission to look at the issue. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
Following weeks of protests over the death of George Floyd while in police custody, curators from the Smithsonian in Washington have begun collecting artifacts for an eventual exhibit. Lisa Bernhard has more.