The military spent how much on self warming coffee cups in two years? Over $320,000!
(USA TODAY) An Air Force official admitted the branch’s multiple purchases of coffee cups that break easily and cost $1,280 each “is simply irresponsible,” vowing to pursue ways to fix the mugs instead of continually buying new ones.
Buying and replacing the special mugs, which can reheat liquids aboard air refueling tankers in flight, has cost the Air Force $326,785 since 2016, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a letter.
The letter, dated last Wednesday to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, came after Grassley questioned “yet another report of wasteful spending in the Department of Defense” in an earlier letter.
In an Oct. 2 correspondence, Grassley asked Wilson about a Fox News report that found a squadron at California’s Travis Air Force base had spent $56,000 on the metal mugs in the past three years alone, which service members kept dropping and shattering.
Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman, a squadron spokesman, explained the problem to Fox News.
“Unfortunately, when dropped, the handle breaks easily leading to the expenditure of several thousand dollars to replace the cups as replacement parts are not available,” he said.
In her response, Wilson explained the cups are designed for use with a 34-year-old fleet, and that decreased parts production along with increased material prices had nearly doubled the cup’s price from $693 in 2016 to $1,280 in 2018.
The Air Force at large has purchased 391 of the cups over the past two years, she said, totaling the $326,785 — an average of $835 per cup.
“You are right to be concerned about the high costs of spare parts, and I remain thankful to have your support in addressing this problem,” said Wilson, detailing a new effort to 3-D print such otherwise costly or irreplaceable parts.
A nightclub party that focuses on relationships, sexuality and tools that promote intimacy will take place on Friday, Oct. 19 at Cle in downtown Houston.
Isiah Carey learns more about the event from organizer Chris Luera, supporters Chris and Tina Martinez, and models Raquel Raquel, Luciana Giraldo and Kyla Smith.
THE 7TH ANNUAL DIWALI FESTIVAL IN SUGAR LAND, TEXAS SATURDAY WITH SPECIAL GUEST GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT!
SUGAR LAND, Texas (FOX 26) – Diwali is a major holiday for many people in the Houston area and it lasts one week. Homes are decorated, there are fireworks and plenty of food. Followers of Hinduism refer to Diwali as the festival of lights, comparable to Christmas and New Year’s Even rolled into one super holiday.
Arun Verma and Ila Patel preview the 7th Annual Diwali – Dussehra Festival which will take place at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.
If you don’t have plans this coming Sunday morning there will be a big event at Discovery Green. It’s the Annual Aga Khan Foundation Walk-Run in Houston.
The foundation provides support around the world for those who are in need of assistance to get the resources we take for granted here in this country.
Anchor Isiah Carey spoke with Khuram Virani from the Aga Khan Foundation about what the Aga Khan Foundation does and how you can join in on the run and walk this Sunday at Discovery Green.
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the death of a child at 5401 Rampart about 11:45 a.m. on September 5.
The suspect, Shandricka Nakesha Mack (b/f, 27), is charged with murder and injury to a child-serious bodily injury in the 180th State District Court. She is accused in the death of her daughter, Kaliyah McCowan, 2, of the above address.
A booking photo of Mack is attached to this news release.
HPD Homicide Division Officers K. James and J. Young reported:
HPD officers were flagged down after baby Kaliyah was found unresponsive. While waiting for paramedics to provide medical assistance to Kaliyah, officers noticed external injuries on her younger sister, Kaniyah, 1. Both girls were transported to an area hospital, where Kaliyah was pronounced deceased.
Further investigation determined both girls had been severely beaten by their mother, Mack. She was taken into custody on September 21 and charged for her role in her daughter’s death.
Je’caryous Johnson is at it again with Snoop and Tamar live in Houston this week!
Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division need the public’s assistance identifying the suspect(s) responsible for a Murder.
On Thursday, September 13, 2018, the body of Jessie Tello was found in the parking lot of an apartment complex located in the 300 block of Rosamond Street in Houston, Texas. Mr. Tello suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his mid torso. The Houston Fire Department responded and pronounced Mr. Tello deceased at the scene.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. All tipsters remain anonymous.