This Week’s Top Military Photos: Sparky Didn’t Threaten This Colonel … Allegedly

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U.S. Air Force Col. Ronald D. Schochenmaier, 18th Wing vice commander, signs the 2022 Fire Prevention Proclamation at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
U.S. Air Force Col. Ronald D. Schochenmaier, 18th Wing vice commander, signs the 2022 Fire Prevention Proclamation at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 29, 2022. (Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony/U.S. Air Force photo)

This week in the military, the Afghan Adjustment Act – a bill meant to provide more permanency for Afghan allies and their families evacuated after the fall of Kabul – is facing pushback in Congress as veterans hold 24/7 protests outside of the Capitol. The sailor accused of burning down a Navy ship in 2020 was acquitted; the new Space Force song received mixed reviews; and military health care is dropping thousands of pharmacies next month.

Episode 6 of Fire Watch is out today: The Proof of Service that Sailors Just Can’t Get on Time. Tune in wherever you get your podcasts.

High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launch across the Baltic Sea during a military exercise in Latvia. (Spc. Ellison Schuman/U.S. Army photo)

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Sparky the Fire Dog stands by as Air Force Col. Ronald D. Schochenmaier, vice commander of the 18th Wing, signs the 2022 Fire Prevention Proclamation in Japan – probably under duress from the looks of it. (Tech. Sgt. Micaiah Anthony/U.S. Air Force photo)

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A sailor assigned to the USS Gonzalez embraces their partner after returning from deployment. (Mass Communication 2nd Class Nathan T. Beard/U.S. Navy photo)

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Sailors pop what looks like spicy champagne – or fire pencil flares, as they are officially called – on the USS Paul Ignatius during a training exercise. (​​Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Lau/U.S. Navy photo)

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An airman applies “moulage” to her leg to simulate a wound during training. (Kemberly Groue/U.S. Air Force photo)

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A Marine high-fives a student at a preschool in Okinawa, Japan, during a “language and culture” exchange community event. (Lance Cpl. Bridgette Rodriguez/U.S. Marine Corps photo)

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Sailors … hangin’ out … during the “climbing evolution” portion of a promotion ceremony. (Seaman Andrea Wilson/U.S. Navy photo)

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-- Drew F. Lawrence can be reached at drew.lawrence@military.com. Follow him on Twitter @df_lawrence.

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