Aug 09, 2020
The Space Force Has A New Recruit: A Wild Mustang
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(CNN) — The Space Force has added a once-wild mustang to its conservation program. But don’t worry, they won’t be sending it to space.
The 5-year-old horse named Ghost is part of the Bureau of Land Management at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California.
(Photo Credit: Senior Airman Hanah Abercrombie/US Air Force)
The military working horse program supports the Space Force and is key to mission assurance for the Western Range, which is more than 98,000 acres.
“We use the military working horses to patrol the coastline,” SSgt Michael Terrazas explained in a video posted to Twitter.
Ghost is about 10 years younger than the other four horses in the conservation program and is the only mustang. He is undergoing a rigorous training program, being ridden three times per week by a personal trainer.
“We’re trying to get him up to speed to handle the work load of a military working horse,” Terrazas said.
Wild mustangs across the US plains are currently overpopulating their natural habitats, resulting in diminished food resources. This initiative helps to protect the at-risk mustangs and integrates them into the working horse program.
With conservation as the main goal, the horses perform perimeter sweeps of the areas on the base that aren’t accessible to vehicles or ATVs.
“Mustangs are sturdy horses that can handle the work we need,” Terrazas said.
Six patrolmen at Vandenberg play a role when it comes to caring for the horses. They clean the stalls, groom the horses, and inspect them for injuries daily. The team also monitors nesting seasons for endangered species, patrols hunting and fishing areas on the base, and enforces California state and federal laws.
“We are excited to see what the future may hold for these once wild horses,” Terrazas said.
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Indiana police investigate motive behind dead body found with multiple bullet wounds in Griffith
GRIFFITH, Ind. (WLS) -- Police in Griffith, Indiana are investigating the death of a Chicago man that was found lying between a parking lot and an apartment building early Sunday morning.
It was just after 5 a.m. when police were called to an apartment complex in the 1900-block of Park West Boulevard after an anonymous caller said they saw someone laying on the ground in a grassy area just outside one of the buildings, police said.
When police arrived, they discovered the body of a man who had been shot multiple times, according to officials.
The Lake County Coroner identified the body as Preston Billings, 30, of Chicago.
Spent shell casings were recovered from the scene, as well as other evidence, police said. There is no word on what that evidence might be, but investigators were observed searching the forested area across from where the body was found.
Police now say they are working in conjunction with the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force and Indiana State Police in what is still an ongoing search for the person or person who pulled the trigger.
Officials have not said if there is a motive for the shooting.
The Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force and the Indiana State Police are also investigating the death.
Police encourage anyone with information related to the incident to contact Detective Jim Sibley at the Griffith Police Department at 219-924-7503, ext 239 or the Griffith Police Anonymous Tip Hotline at 219-922-3085.