Air Force optometry specialists treated nearly 1,600 military personnel from Burundi, Africa, who were to deploy on a peacekeeping mission in Somalia. The airmen had deployed to Gakumbu military base from Ramstein and Spangdahlem Air Bases in Germany. Peacekeeping trainers realized there was a problem when the Burundi soldiers scored poorly in weapons qualifications accuracy beyond 50 meters. The Air Force team—Maj. Craig McCluer and TSgt. Luis Gonzalez from Spangdahlem and Capt. Michael Sapp and SrA. Dale King from Ramstein—had four days to get their equipment together.
Reports of production troubles on the SpaceX rocket that could contend for military cargo deliveries happened to coincide with a different company’s concept receiving an early nod—one that might not require a rocket at all.