Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

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Actions in Afghan battle in 2009 result in second Medal of Honor

A valiant, bloody defense of a small outpost in eastern Afghanistan four years ago has produced a second Medal of Honor recipient a soldier born in Spokane, Wash., who repeatedly risked his own life on behalf of his fellow soldiers.

Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter will receive the Medal of Honor Aug. 26 at the White House, some six months after his fellow soldier, former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, received the nation's highest military honor for his actions at the same battle.

Carter, 33,will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

In 2009, Carter's unit was assigned to Combat Outpost Keating, a small firebase in an exposed position in a remote valley in eastern Afghanistan. On Oct. 3, 2009, 54 soldiers at the outpost came under assault from some 400 insurgents, who fired from overgrown high ground. The more than six hours of fighting resulted in eight American deaths and injuries to more than 25 others, including Carter.

The citation notes that Carter risked his life to save another soldier and performed several other heroic acts.

Drones certified for civilian use * Federal regulators say they have certified two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use, a milestone expected to lead to the first approved commercial drone operations later this summer.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday the drones are Insitu's Scan Eagle X200 and AeroVironment's PUMA. Both weigh less than 55 pounds, are about 4.5 feet long and have wingspans of 9 to 10 feet.

A major energy company plans to fly the Scan Eagle off the Alaska coast to survey ice floes and migrating whales. The PUMA is expected to support emergency response crews for oil spill monitoring and wildlife surveillance over the Beaufort Sea.

Relief well planned for Gulf gas leak * Federal authorities said Saturday a rig was being positioned to drill a relief well for a gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico, and a permit was in the final stages of review. …

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