Base Cleveland Veteran News

Tuesday, February 1, 2019

Prepared and distributed to Veterans and supporters of those who served 




  • 2019 SOSL Remembrance Dinner Invitation:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

RSVP to Pete Bliss: 216-509-3594 or

For more information:

  • 2019 Cleveland National Air Show dates released, featuring U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds: August 31 through September 2, 2019

  • Joint Veterans Annual Luncheon – Saturday, Feb 23, 2019.

Read more here.

  • National Veterans Memorial & Museum in Columbus, Ohio

For more go to:

NEWS:    *NEW*

Navy Awards Contract for Construction of Two Carriers

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy has awarded a contract for the construction of CVN 80 and CVN 81 to Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS). This contract award delivers significant savings to the government – exceeding $4 billion when compared to the Navy’s original cost estimates to procure these CVNs separately.

“Today marks a great team effort to drive out cost and maximize efficiency in government procurement,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Focusing on optimizing construction activities and material procurement, the team was able to achieve significant savings as compared to individual procurement contracts. One contract for construction of the two ships will enable the shipbuilder flexibility to best employ its skilled workforce to design once and build twice for unprecedented labor reductions while providing stability and opportunities for further efficiencies within the nuclear industrial base.”

Mansfield committee aims to erect Gold Star families memorial monument

MANSFIELD — Families of local military men and women who have lost their lives in combat may soon have a new way to honor those loved ones.  The newly-formed Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Committee of Mansfield, Ohio is working to construct just that – a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument honoring the families of servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military.

On Jan. 31, the committee will ask the Richland County Commissioners for permission to erect the monument in front of the county courthouse. Pending site approval, the committee will move forward with a fundraising effort to construct the monument.

New VA health care rules: Trump overreach or more choice for vets?

On Wednesday, department officials released their first public draft of new rules regarding which veterans will be eligible for private-sector medical appointments covered by taxpayer funds. The rules amount to a massive expansion of those outside care options, potentially adding more than 1 million more patients to community care programs.

Thousands of Marines, soldiers to rehearse expansive Pacific fight in new amphibious exercise

The U.S. military is gearing up for a massive new exercise, dubbed exercise Pacific Blitz, to test its ability to fight a joint battle in the expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

The large-scale exercise, slated to kick off sometime between Feb. 21 to April 7, will involve all elements of the California based I Marine Expeditionary Force, or MEF, and service members from the Navy, Army and Coast Guard.

Air Force offers hefty bonuses to hold on to experienced EOD techs

The Air Force is now offering selective retention bonuses of up to $75,000 to hold on to some senior explosive ordnance disposal airmen who have served on active duty for at least two decades.

Navy names next littoral combat ship

The next in a class of speedy Navy warships is going to be named in honor of Maine’s state capital.

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said Thursday that Maine has been an important part of the U.S. Navy and Marines through every conflict.

Read the full newsletter here: Base Cleveland Veteran News – February 1 2019