Stop—No Travel to Texas Navy Sites or Keesler: The Air Force has told airmen destined for NAS Corpus Christi, NAS Kingsville, and Naval Station Ingleside to stay where they are until Hurricane Rita dissipates over land. The same goes for airmen traveling to Keesler AFB, Miss. The Mississippi base, already hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, is bracing for heavy rains out of Rita. The Air Force says that any airmen already on their way to these locations should change course, heading for the nearest air force base out of harm’s way. USAF has more information at 800-435-9941.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.