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Military public affairs talks integrity, until it is embarrassed — and then it clams up

Then, all too often, it’s slow rolling, stonewalling, hemming and hawing.

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Then, all too often, it’s slow rolling, stonewalling, hemming and hawing. Example: Here’s a follow-up on that weird incident at a change of command ceremony at Travis Air Force Base.

Meantime, a Navy base commander in Japan got booted for not meeting standards. And here’s the inside skinny on the removal last month of the commander of the USS Typhoon. Mock we might, but still we must salute the Navy for being more transparent about such matters than the Army and Air Force, which hide behind false claims of privacy rights. Do they think the Navy is violating them?

In other officer firings, the Pakistani army also seems to have cleaned out its command in Baluchistan, firing a bunch of generals. Ostensibly for corruption, but that is likely to be a convenient excuse. On the other hand, there is some speculation that the “Panama papers” release has made the government nervous.

And here is video of Humvees jumping without a chute for most of the way down.

Image credit: Screengrab from video

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1
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