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WATCH: US Air Force General Faints During Press Briefing

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An Air Force major general has been taken to the hospital after he fainted at the podium during a Pentagon budget briefing, on Tuesday.

It is unknown what lead to Major General James Martin Jr. collapsing, but he was carried from the podium and taken to another room before being brought to the hospital as a precaution.

The news conference was to discuss the Air Force’s fiscal 2017 budget, Martin is the deputy assistant secretary for budget under the Air Force’s Financial Management and Comptroller office. Martin was in the middle of discussing the funding for their F-35 fighter jet program.

Carolyn Gleason, the Air Force Deputy for Budget, took over where Martin left off and finished the briefing.

“That’s what the F-35 will do to you,” Ms. Gleason nervously joked.

Martin was back to work on Wednesday “supporting Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh at the Senate Appropriations hearing,” Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Melissa Milner told the Air Force Times.

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  • jas
    Drag him off stage and the machine grinds onward.
  • Maybe the burden of not telling the truth has taken it's toll.
  • Ruy Penalva
    Nobody gave the correct approach to a person who is fainting. The correct approach would be lying him on the ground to he recover brain blood flow. American military seems fool and unprepared in medical terms. Not prepared for war nor peace.
  • Vitor Carvalho
    Are all falling rotten.
  • Why did the reporters have to tell him SU35 is better than the F35 ?!
  • Zhukov
    The fat chick is just another self centered Pentagon wacko.
  • teddy jin reply toBaybars(Show commentHide comment)
    Baybars,

    THAT is exactly hitting the nail on the head!

    you perfectly articulated it. so much pressure to say the right "lie" -- pile upon pile..sooner or later it gets to= them as surely as a JOB does to anyone that is ''overworked"

    but in THEIR case -- their JOB is to LIE.
  • Maybe his brain implanted microprocessor just got a power surge?

    There are already troops implanted with chips known publicly just not in the brain. Are they already using the brain implants? I bet you they are.

    The stress from fabrications seems more likely, but who knows.
  • sophm0e38
    US military rapid response unit, giving liquids to a man who had just fainted.
  • Given the officer's age the most likely cause of him losing consciousness is ventral or atrial fibrillation, a cardiac event where the man's heart chamber(s) (atrial, ventral, or both) went into spasms instead of rhythmically pumping blood. Within seconds of the heart ceasing to pump blood, dizziness, faintness, loss of consciousness is the result, in that order. If the heart continues to spasm and doesn't re-start its pumping rhythm, death comes quickly. There is no pain associated with this type of death -- you just quietly 'go to sleep', as it were, and that's the end of your life.
    Make jokes if you wish, but for the Air Force officer it was a close call, a brush with Death ... and Death's warning to him.
  • Baybarsin reply toteddy j(Show commentHide comment)
    teddy j, Occupational hazard of sticking out ones neck
  • tony p
    He just got the latest stats. for the F35.
  • dewatergeusin reply toBaybars(Show commentHide comment)
    Baybars, a woman is better and more clever than a man! The proof is before our nose.
  • dewatergeusin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    i.writer, didn't the same happen to the chairwoman of the Fed while reading out Fed's budget. (Or Plan)
    Remember?
  • dewatergeusin reply toRuy Penalva(Show commentHide comment)
    Ruy Penalva, may be if they should do as you propose they might be ashamed of themselves just lying on the floor to survive. A kind of false shame to let them do that?
  • Ruy Penalvain reply todewatergeus(Show commentHide comment)
    dewatergeus, They foolishly risked the general life either for ignorance or proud. I wonder why they are so unprepared to deal with a life emergency.
  • FlorianGeyerin reply totony p(Show commentHide comment)
    tony p,

    And he finally realised what a bag of poo it is and thought about the poison water in Flint, Michigan that has permanently damaged many of those who drank it after being told it was safe. The US has no money for ite people but plenty for building planes that are an embarrassment.
  • Baybarsin reply todewatergeus(Show commentHide comment)
    dewatergeus, C-C-C-Clinton you mean? Ahhhh, yes indeed.
  • finding ways to support the opposition in Syria? they look like they need to focus on finding ways to support themselves first
  • in reply todewatergeus(Show commentHide comment)
    dewatergeus -- thank you for your comment, but no, I don't recall the incident you noted in your reply. What I did notice in the article and the video, however, was that the video showed the Air Force officer experiencing the same symptoms of cardiac arrest that I myself had experienced six months ago. Like the officer, I 'fell asleep', not while I was experiencing a stressful event, but while I sitting at the dining room table doing nothing more stressful than having a cup of coffee and looking out the window watching the bird activity in the forest behind our home. My period of unconsciousness was just momentary, but unlike the Air Force officer I was wearing a 24x7 cardiac "Life Vest" that regularly took electrocardiograms (EKG's) that were wirelessly transmitted to a database on a remote computer server, a server that cardiac surgeons and physicians like mine could access at any time. The "Life Vest" that I was wearing was actually in the process of delivering to me a high voltage shock to restart my heart's regular beating rhythm when I recovered consciousness. and stopped the process. I then immediately manually had the vest take and transmit an EKG to the remote server. When I reported the incident to my cardiologist he accessed the database on the remote server, then called me back immediately to inform me that I was to go ASAP to our local hospital to be admitted and prepared for surgery to implant a heart pacemaker-defibrillator in my chest.
    That being said, no, I'm sorry but I don't recall the incident of the Fed's chairwoman. My comment was based what I saw in the video and on similarities to a cardiac event that I experienced personally.
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