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Minnesota police chiefs honor officer who shot mall attacker

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – An Avon police officer who shot and killed an attacker at a central Minnesota mall last September has been honored by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. Officer Jason Falconer received the association s Officer of the Year award Monday night. Falconer, a firearms instructor and competitive shooter, was off-duty and shopping at Crossroads Center in St. Cloud when Dahir Adan, dressed in a security guard uniform, stabbed and injured 10 people at the mall. Falconer shot Adan after Adan lunged at him with a knife.

Avon Police Chief Corey Nellis tells WJON-AM ( Falconer absolutely saved lives that night.

Less than a month after the attack, Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall announced that Falconer would not face any criminal charges in the shooting.


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Montana Army National Guard Sends In Chinook Helicopter To Pull …

Montana Army National Guard Sends In Chinook Helicopter To Pull ... Photo: Brett French/Billings Gazette

When civilians get their vehicles stuck in mud pits, they ve got to find someone with a truck (or tractor) and tow strap to give them a tug. But when Air Force airmen get their rigs stuck, they ve got much cooler options.


Writer for the Billings Gazette Jordon Niedermeier was out turkey hunting in Montana with the newspaper s outdoors editor when the two came across a HMMWV stuck on the muddy road. After his editor took some photos (including the one above), Niedermeier did a bit of digging, and found that the HMMWV belonged to U.S. Air Force security forces out of Malmstrom Air Force Base, and that it had gotten stuck while its crew patrolled nearby Minuteman III missile sites .

The Billings Gazette spoke with public affairs chief at Malmstrom Air Force Base Connie Hempel, who said that, upon getting stuck, crew members patrolling the missile sites had to ditch the HMMWV in the mud and walk down the road carrying weapons and other military gear.

Montana Army National Guard Sends In Chinook Helicopter To Pull ... Photo: Maj. Christopher Lende / PAO for Montana National Guard

With mud all the way up to the driver s side door, the Humvee which rides on enormous 37-inch tires and whose belly sits well over a foot above the ground wouldn t budge even after multiple attempts to jam rocks and branches under the tires, and to tow the vehicle out with a truck. Advertisement

According to the Billings Gazette[2], Hempel said the Montana Army National Guard had contacted Malmstrom Air Force Base and asked to use a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to rescue the Humvee as part of a training exercise that the chief public affairs officer for the Montana National Guard Maj. Christopher Lende referred to as sling load operations. Major Lende said the entire training operation only took 30 minutes, at which point the HMMWV (the sling load ) was back, safe and sound, on Malmstrom Air Force Base after being stuck in the mud pit for over a week.

Boy would it be nice if we civilian off-road enthusiasts had access to such machinery it would make our mud-pit extraction operations[3] a heck of a lot more interesting.

Writer, Jalopnik. 1985 Jeep J10, 1948 Willys CJ-2A, 1995 Jeep Cherokee, 1992 Jeep Cherokee.


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Protecting the southern border requires mariners


As chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, I am proud to be an unwavering defender of the Jones Act a critical U.S. national security law that requires vessels moving from one U.S. port to another must be U.S.-built and U.S.-crewed. The Jones Act, in fact, is the quintessential definition of Buy American, Hire American. It s also a point that President Trump, along with his national security and economic teams, would be well-served to recognize in the effort to revive American industry and capability. While often conflated by foreign interests, the Jones Act ensures that vessels and workers engaged in coastwise trade are U.S.-compliant while providing domestic shipbuilding and mariner capacity to support our armed forces at times of war.

Underscoring the wide reach and necessity of the Jones Act, U.S. Customs and Border Protection s (CBP) Officer Michael Herbert recently spoke to a group of maritime executives outlining the unique national security challenges his office faces when policing the Gulf of Mexico. He addressed the inherent difficulties in trying to police and protect the more than 95,000 miles of coastline in the United States. In his remarks, Officer Herbert spoke about the importance of the Jones Act and its critical role in protecting the homeland first and foremost. In the Gulf of Mexico, for instance, this law also applies to vessels servicing the offshore platforms that deliver our nation s energy supplies exactly the type of critical infrastructure that CBP and others are committed to protecting. Because of this, the Jones Act has been supported by every modern president and has explicit support from our nation s Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy leadership. To further emphasize this crucial maritime capacity, CBP recently established the Jones Act Division of Enforcement (JADE) in New Orleans to support the office in ensuring vessel compliance.

Going even further, with the intent to ensure foreign crews are prevented from gaining access to our most precious and integral infrastructure, CBP issued a revocation of previous letter rulings affecting offshore service vessels that allowed foreign companies and crews to take advantage of a loophole and circumvent the build and staffing requirements of the Jones Act. Naturally, foreign entities are now upset that their loophole has been closed and are making unfounded claims to pressure on the CBP to drop the revocation. The fact of the matter is that if the revocation proceeds, as it should, there will be 3,200 U.S. jobs generated in the Gulf of Mexico alone with absolutely no disruption of offshore energy exploration and production. The added benefit of these jobs means that an estimated additional 1,000 mariners will be qualified to help the U.S. Ready Reserve Fleet, which is activated in times of war to move military cargo to war zones.

Duncan Hunter, a California Republican and former U.S. Marine, is chairman of the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.

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