Category: Military News

Coast Guard Cutter Crashes Into Fishing Boat, Killing 1 Fisherman Off Dorado

SAN JUAN — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser and the 23-foot commercial fishing vessel Desakata were involved in a collision Monday afternoon, approximately four nautical miles north of Dorado, Puerto Rico. Following the collision, the crew of the cutter Winslow Griesser recovered the two fishermen aboard Desakata, identified as Carlos Rosario, who was […]

Coast Guard Rescues Man From Capsized Vessel 69 Miles East of Smyrna Beach

JACKSONVILLE — The Coast Guard rescued a 60-year-old man, Friday, after his sail vessel capsized and sank 69 miles east of Smyrna Beach, Florida. Rescued was: Steven Hicks. The Coast Guard Cutter SkipJack crew rescued the man from a life raft and brought him back ashore in stable condition. “It’s important for mariners to keep their life-saving […]

Former Puerto Rican Governor Vazquez Arrested For Accepting Political Favors

SAN JUAN  — Authorities announced criminal charges against former Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez, who was in office from 2019 to 2021, for alleged corruption during her 2020 election campaign. The former governor is charged with conspiracy, federal programs bribery and honest services wire fraud, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement. Vazquez told […]

VIDOJ To Host DADS Take Your Child to School Day On St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Justice Department’s Access and Visitation Program and Paternity and Child Support Division is partnering with the Department of Education in the national initiative for fathers to take their children to school on Monday. The DADS Take Your Child to School Day initiative highlights and supports fatherhood engagement in education […]

FBI, VIPD and VIDOJ Investigate Data Breach At OMB

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — VIPD detectives, Virgin Islands Department of Justice agents, alongside an FBI Digital Forensic Team were at the Office of Management and Budget in furtherance of a VIPD-VIDOJ led investigation into a possible digital breach. The VIPD-VIDOJ presence at OMB was at the request of OMB Director Jenifer O’Neal with the intention of protecting […]

Rodriguez Promoted As The First Female Chief Master Sergeant Within The 285th Civil Engineering Squadron

KINGSHILL  — Virgin Islands Air National Guard (VIANG) Zathlyn Rodriguez, 285th Civil Engineering Squadron was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant making her the first female to ever hold the position in the squadron. Rodriguez promotion makes her the third female promoted as Chief Master Sergeant in the VIANG and the first female to achieve the rank being assigned […]

VIPD Denies Using ‘Sting Ray’ Tracking Device In The USVI 

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department said that there have been recent “unsubstantiated and reckless claims” circulating on social media  —  including Facebook and WhatsApp  — that the VIPD is using a device called “Sting Ray” to track cell phone conversations without someone’s knowledge.  The department does not use the ‘Sting Ray’ device which functions by […]

FEMA Makes On-Site Assessment of WAPA’s Sargassum Seaweed Problem on St. Croix

CHRISTIANSTED — Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 2 Administrator David Warrington arrived in the territory today to make an in-person assessment and get updates on the impact the heavy influx of Sargassum seaweed is having on the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s water production operations on St. Croix. While water production and capacity has remained […]

Bryan Taps Dionne Wells-Hedrington To Head Education

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan has named the Virgin Islands Department of Education’s Chief Operations Officer, Dionne Wells-Hedrington, as his nominee to become the next Commissioner of Education. Wells-Hedrington, PhD, is a lifelong educator who has served as a teacher, principal, interim superintendent and  insular superintendent of schools, and she is a resident of St. […]

Panama Teachers End Long Strike That Set Off Wider Protests

PANAMA CITY — Panama’s teachers will return to the classroom today after a month-long strike supported by a number of other sectors that blocked commerce and snarled the capital with traffic over the high cost of living and government corruption. The teacher walkout started what became the largest social protest that Panama had seen in […]