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Military Minute - September 26th

We're back in the studio for the Military Minute and have 3 stories to satisfy your military news interests.

Military Minute - September 26th
On today's Military Minute, we cover the reports of a civilian drone colliding with military aircraft, $700 million dollars of ammunition given to Afghanistan forces by the U.S. that has gone missing, and the Military Appreciation Oktoberfest taking place at the Rhein Haus in a couple of weeks.

First Civilian Drone Collides with Military Aircraft

A drone crashed into a UH-60 Black Hawk over Staten Island Thursday, marking the first time a civilian drone has ever collided with a military aircraft, an Army official said.

“It‘s certainly the first of a military aircraft ... [but] the FAA reported it as the first confirmed collision with an aircraft of any kind,” said Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division. “There have been reports of these kinds of collisions, but this is the first one confirmed.”

There was a crew of four soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division aboard the Black Hawk, Buccino said. There were no injuries from the collision, but the aircraft sustained minor damage to the window and rotor blade, he said. 

Afghan Forces Lost $700 Million in Ammo Provided by U.S.

U.S. officials are not sure that $702 million spent on ammunition for Afghan forces from 2015 to 2016 was used for its intended purpose, according to a recent Defense Department inspector general’s report.

“Without consistent, timely, and accurate reporting from the ministries, CSTC-A [Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan] cannot account for all ammunition consumed by the ANDSF [Afghan National Defense and Security Forces],” the report reads.

The main mission of the CSTC-A is to train Afghan institutions on effective management, oversight functions and rule of law. The unit’s function is to train Afghan ministries on how to run cost-effective and efficient management systems. 

Rhein Haus Military Appreciation Oktoberfest

Have you read our guide to Western Washington’s Oktoberfests yet?