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  • EU leaders unlikely to attend Chinese military parade

    Stars and Stripes News
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:16 am
    Top officials from the European Union probably won't attend a Chinese military parade marking the anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia, the organization's ambassador to Beijing said Friday, amid uneasiness about such displays of armed might in the tense region.
  • Proud but a bit frustrated

    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms
    bdmom64
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    I'm sp proud of my son for taking the initiative and enlisting in the Navy. He's very independent, smart, and determined and I'm certain he'll be fine. But, his independence is driving me a bit crazy! He has shared little information with my hsband and I about what has happened.....well, he's told us things after the events happened! He's been living on his own for awhile now and is very self sufficient. But, he's still only 20 years old and I wish he would talk to us more about these plans and decisions. What I know so far is that he did pretty well on the ASVAB, had a physical, and signed…
  • Army BG List Confirmed

    OP FOR
    Townie 76
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    Breakdown of New Army BGs by Branch, and the winner is Infantry with 8. Armor—4, Signal—2, Chemical—1, MI—2, Artillery—2, Finance—1, Aviation—2, SF—1, Strategic Plans—1, ORSA—1, Engineer—3, Logistics—3, MP—2, Duckhunters—1, Acquisition—2. Dead Man Walking Combat Arms Branch—Duck Hunters. While the number of SF Officers is only 1, there were a number of Officers who have served in or are serving in JSOC positions. Breakdown by source of commission: USMA—12, ROTC—24, OCS—1. Two VMI graduates on the list: Colonel (Promotable) PAUL H. PARDEW ‘89 Colonel…
  • Book Review - "The Breaking Point" by Jefferson Bass

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    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:49 am
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category link on the right side bar. The Breaking Point by Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson, known professionally as Jefferson Bass, realistically uses forensics to solve crimes. Jefferson is a writer and documentary filmmaker while Dr. Bass is a forensic anthropologist and founder of the renowned research facility, the Body Farm. With all of their fictional books they intertwine a powerful crime mystery with details about…
  • Marine Corps Speeding Up Cyber Security Measures

    Defense Tech
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Recent cyber attacks on government computer systems have prompted the Marine Corps to speed up its plans to transition from a Corps-centric security credentialing system to a Defense Department-wide system spelled out in April. In a July 1 message, Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, C4 director with Marine Forces Cyberspace Command at Fort Meade, Maryland, said all system administrator and privileged user accounts on Corps systems, networks and enclaves must be changed to use DoD public key infrastructure credentials or smart cards. Public key infrastructure, or PKI, is the security architecture for…
 
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  • Proud but a bit frustrated

    bdmom64
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    I'm sp proud of my son for taking the initiative and enlisting in the Navy. He's very independent, smart, and determined and I'm certain he'll be fine. But, his independence is driving me a bit crazy! He has shared little information with my hsband and I about what has happened.....well, he's told us things after the events happened! He's been living on his own for awhile now and is very self sufficient. But, he's still only 20 years old and I wish he would talk to us more about these plans and decisions. What I know so far is that he did pretty well on the ASVAB, had a physical, and signed…
  • navy schooling

    lm243
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hello I am new to this site so bear with me. My son is leaving for RTC on July 8th with an EC rating in the Navy Reserves. There seem to be different answers as to whether he needs to go to "C" school right away or not because he is in the Reserves. Any insight would be appreciated!
  • Enlisted Now; I'm Growing as Much as He Is!

    Pat S
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    It seems like more than the 2.5 weeks it's actually been since that wonderful phone call, "I'm a member of the United States Navy!"  That he had to retake the PRT one time seems, as I knew it would, like an inconsequential matter after we received word that he'd passed the Battle Stations. I still haven't seen him since early April, but just to be able to text by phone or have an occasional conversation still seems like such a treat.  Oh my, he has changed.! Sisters whose young ones who have just left for BC or are there now, know that it's not forever and, once completed, it won't even…
  • Updated P.I.R. information checklist **CELL PHONES AT RTC **

    OldSarge
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
    ** UPDATE 6/12/15 ** Sailors who graduated and are now holdovers at RTC (HOLD OVER SHIP 5) are allowed to bring their cell phones back on Friday night after Graduation. This HAS BEEN CONFIRMED OFFICIALLY. Welcome to our new Navy Family. Please take the time and read this document. It will be a life saver for you while you are here for the Navy Boot Camp Graduation.  Please check the EVENTS tab and RSVP for the meet and greet for the week you are coming here for graduation. Please read the important information enclosed.  My Wife and I look forward to meeting you Thursday night before the…
  • Quarter Master

    Nancy R
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:05 am
    Can anyone give me experiences in training for Quartermaster? What is in store?
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  • Army BG List Confirmed

    Townie 76
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    Breakdown of New Army BGs by Branch, and the winner is Infantry with 8. Armor—4, Signal—2, Chemical—1, MI—2, Artillery—2, Finance—1, Aviation—2, SF—1, Strategic Plans—1, ORSA—1, Engineer—3, Logistics—3, MP—2, Duckhunters—1, Acquisition—2. Dead Man Walking Combat Arms Branch—Duck Hunters. While the number of SF Officers is only 1, there were a number of Officers who have served in or are serving in JSOC positions. Breakdown by source of commission: USMA—12, ROTC—24, OCS—1. Two VMI graduates on the list: Colonel (Promotable) PAUL H. PARDEW ‘89 Colonel…
  • Next Commandant of the USMC

    Townie 76
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:31 am
    I think this appointment is a surprise.  I have known Lieutenant General Neller since he was a Brigadier General and was assigned to EUCOM as the Deputy J3 designate.  I had to brief him a number of times, he asks hard questions and is appreciate of hard work.  He is a warrior.  He was affectionately known to us as “Smiling Bob” because he never smiled!  On top of everything else he is a graduate of The University (for the uninitiated that is The University of Virginia.)
  • A look at World War III

    DaveO
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:54 pm
    U.S. and Chinese warships battle at sea, firing everything from cannons to cruise missiles to lasers. Stealthy Russian and American fighter jets dogfight in the air, with robotic drones flying as their wingmen. Hackers in Shanghai and Silicon Valley duel in digital playgrounds. And fights in outer space decide who wins below on Earth. Are theses scenes from a novel or what could actually take place in the real world the day after tomorrow? The answer is both. This opening paragraph from an article at Time.com, really a teaser to sell the new book “Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the […]
  • Gun-Day Monday: Nice Rifle, Eh!

    LTCOL P
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:52 pm
    The Canadian Rangers are finally turning in the old .303 Lee-Enfields (!) for something newer: “The Canadian Rangers require a hunting rifle for survival and self defence against large North American carnivores at ranges of 0 metres to 300 metres. Currently, the Rangers use the Lee Enfield No. 4 to meet these requirements but the age and the scarcity of parts for this weapon will soon make it very difficult if not impossible to maintain, according to the Department of National Defence and Colt Canada. Because of that the New Canadian Ranger Rifle (NCRR) system is being purchased to…
  • Happy Birthday, Chesty

    LTCOL P
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Born this day, in the Year of Our Lord, Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-Eight. VMI class of 1921, he was.
 
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  • Book Review - "The Breaking Point" by Jefferson Bass

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:49 am
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category link on the right side bar. The Breaking Point by Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson, known professionally as Jefferson Bass, realistically uses forensics to solve crimes. Jefferson is a writer and documentary filmmaker while Dr. Bass is a forensic anthropologist and founder of the renowned research facility, the Body Farm. With all of their fictional books they intertwine a powerful crime mystery with details about…
  • Book Review - "The Insider Threat" by Brad Taylor

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews by clicking on the Books category link on the right side bar. The Insider Threat by Brad Taylor is a realistic thriller. As a retired Lt. Colonel and a veteran of the US Special Forces he writes from his experiences and insights, creating a great premise. Although this story is fiction it is also a chilling reminder regarding the serious threat of ISIS. The plot has Pike Logan, the head of Taskforce, a covert terrorist unit, working with his team to thwart terrorist…
  • July 4th

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:03 am
    There is a lot I could say about the state of the Republic (note for the poorly educated, we are NOT a democracy), but I will skip it and play Gunny Mormon for a minute. "... Be careful out there!" A line I loved in a tv show many years ago, and all the more important today. First, the 4th is, IMO, one of the top holidays to bring out the amateurs (second only to St. Patrick's Day). Watch out for idiots, and if handling fireworks or around those who are, please do listen for words to the effect of "hey y'all, watch this!" and react to protect oneself. Please don't be the one to say it. Keep…
  • Book Review - "Secrets of State" by Matthew Palmer

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:37 am
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category on the right side bar. Secrets of State by Matthew Palmer is a spy thriller that has diplomats instead of operatives. With Matthew venturing into the thriller writer world, it became an all in the family affair since his late father, Michael Palmer, and his brother Daniel also are authors. While Michael Palmer concentrated on hospitals and doctors to set the story, Matthew uses the world as a backdrop. He commented…
  • Photo - Viper View

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:13 am
    U.S. Marines perform maintenance on an AH-1Z Viper helicopter aboard the USS Anchorage in the Philippine Sea, June 2, 2015. The Marines are assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean Berry
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    Defense Tech

  • Marine Corps Speeding Up Cyber Security Measures

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Recent cyber attacks on government computer systems have prompted the Marine Corps to speed up its plans to transition from a Corps-centric security credentialing system to a Defense Department-wide system spelled out in April. In a July 1 message, Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, C4 director with Marine Forces Cyberspace Command at Fort Meade, Maryland, said all system administrator and privileged user accounts on Corps systems, networks and enclaves must be changed to use DoD public key infrastructure credentials or smart cards. Public key infrastructure, or PKI, is the security architecture for…
  • Navy, Going Big on 3D Printing Next Year, Looking for Industry Ideas

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The Office of Naval Research will meet with 200 industry reps later this month in advance of the Navy’s deep dive into additive manufacturing — aka 3D printing. The Navy wants to give its ships at sea the capability of making parts as needed, something that not only will come in handy in emergency but would preclude the need to carry many spare parts that — ideally — never have to be used. In September, the Navy expects to formally ask for proposals and will use the upcoming July 15 Industry Day to brief industry officials about what it’s looking for and get them to think about how…
  • Russia’s Satellite Nuclear Warning System Down Until November

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces will not have their new military nuclear warning satellite systems in place until months later than anticipated, the Moscow Times reported June 30. Citing the TASS news agency, the Times reports that Russia has delayed the launch of its new military satellites by at least four months, leaving the country unable to detect a potential nuclear attack from space. The first launch of the new satellites, referred to in the report as the “United Space System,” is slated for November, according to the report in the Moscow Times story. “Today we are nearly…
  • Rocket Failure Big Setback to SpaceX’s Military Ambitions

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:53 am
    The failure of a SpaceX mission to resupply the International Space Station will have serious implications not only for the company’s civilian and commercial business, but also its ambitions to crack into the military market. The explosion of the company’s Falcon 9 on June 28 over Cape Canaveral, Florida — more than two minutes into flight — came just a month after it was certified by the U.S. Air Force to carry military satellites. The certification ended a Lockheed Martin Corp.-Boeing Co. monopoly in the defense market by allowing SpaceX’s Falcon 9 to launch national-security…
  • Pentagon Will Need Russian Rocket Engines for Years, Officials Say

    26 Jun 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Any Uncle Sam replacement to the cheap yet powerful Russian rocket engine used to launch U.S. military satellites is still years away, officials acknowledged. The Air Force currently contracts with a company called United Launch Alliance LLC, a Colorado-based joint venture between Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co., to launch military and spy satellites. ULA flies two families of rockets, Delta and Atlas. The latter is powered during its first stage by the Russian-made RD-180 kerosene-liquid oxygen engine. After Russia’s annexation last year of the Crimea territory in the Ukraine and…
 
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  • Ramadan in the ME

    Zeyad Kasem
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:48 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Two videos of common brutality against people who dared to be 'different' in a region ruled by political, social and religious conformity, both in supposedly 'secular' Muslim countries. The first video from Morocco from a few days ago, where a mob surround a taxi after they spot a homosexual man inside dressed in female clothing. Shouts of 'Allahu Akbar' as they
  • Latest situation map in Iraq and Syria

    Zeyad Kasem
    23 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ According to the Iraqi Army's official Facebook page. I added the color-coded map legend, in case it isn't clear.
  • Horrific lynching vid from Kadhimiya Hospital in Baghdad (graphic)

    Zeyad Kasem
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:40 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ (FB vid, extremely graphic) No one agrees on who this unfortunate man was, but apparently the crowd of attackers, visitors, policeman and hospital staff among them, seem to know for sure. Some say he was a Sunni refugee from Tikrit or the town of Al-Bu Ajil who was snitched by one of the janitors at the hospital. Others say he was an IS member caught and brought to
  • Iraqi government militias burning corpses (graphic vid)

    Zeyad Kasem
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:57 pm
    The Iraqi government's Iranian-led Shi'te militiamen continue to liberate Sunnis in Tikrit from #IS, by burning their corpses (?) (FB video). It's unclear who this man was or what he did, definitely not a mercenary pilot who's job is to kill and topple roofs over people's heads from high above in the sky, but what's clear is that the world will pretend not to notice these ongoing crimes against
  • Shi'ite Militias burn Al-Bu Ajil town to the ground (video)

    Zeyad Kasem
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ As expected. (Facebook video link). The whole town and surrounding orchards and properties east of Tikrit 'liberated' by the Iraqi government's Iranian-backed militias by being burned to the ground in a scorched earth revenge policy. No pretenses about it. Another Sunni town of 40 thousand people in central Iraq wiped off the map.  who's this guy? Shi'ite
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Soldier Missing From WWII Accounted For

    CJ Grisham
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:58 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. John W. Herb of Cleveland, Ohio, will be buried June 18, in Arlington National Cemetery. On April 13, 1945, Herb was assigned to the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, 1st Air Division, as the pilot of an P-51D Mustang. His aircraft sustained damage while strafing German aircraft on the ground. During Herb’s…
  • Kalashnikov USA Launches New Website

    CJ Grisham
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Kalashnikov USA, manufacturer of Kalashnikov style firearms, has launched a new website at www.kalashnikov-usa.com, reflective of their new branding efforts under the “Russian Heritage / American Innovation” tag line. The new site allows users to effortlessly navigate to the various pages and Kalashnikov USA social sites. Users can quickly navigate between the Home page and other pages using the clearly defined tab buttons at the top right. The Firearms tab is a drop down design providing a choice of currently offered products. Each product page highlights the features, benefits…
  • Sons of Liberty on Blu-Ray (A Review)

    CJ Grisham
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Not long ago, a miniseries aired on the History Channel that depicted the American Revolution through the eyes of the Founders. I made sure to DVR it so that I could watch it over and over if it turned out to be any good. It did! The series is an action-packed, no holds barred 5-hour long history of how America was born. As riots consume the streets of Boston, a dangerous game plays out between a British governor and ringleader Sam Adams, which escalates to extreme measures—street brawls, black market dealings, espionage and murder. A sizzling, romantic affair percolates against a backdrop…
  • Soldier Missing from Korean War Accounted For

    CJ Grisham
    19 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. soldier, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Cpl. Francis D. Knobel of La Crosse, Wisconsin, will be buried May 21, in Arlington National Cemetery. In December 1950, Knobel was a member of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, operating along the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. On Dec. 12, 1950, following the battle, Knobel was one of…
  • Airmen Missing From WWII Accounted For

    CJ Grisham
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced yesterday that the remains of U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Army Air Forces 1st Lts. William D. Bernier of Augusta, Montana; Bryant E. Poulsen of Salt Lake City, Utah; Herbert V. Young Jr. of Clarkdale, Arizona and Tech Sgts. Charles L. Johnston of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hugh F. Moore of Elkton, Maryland and Staff Sgts. John E. Copeland of Dearing, Kansas; Charles J. Jones of Athens, Georgia; and Sgt. Charles…
 
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  • Criminal Justice Reform, and More from CRS

    Steven Aftergood
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    “The number of people incarcerated in the United States has increased dramatically over the past three decades,” a new report from the Congressional Research Service observes, from around 419,000 inmates in 1983 to about 1.5 million inmates in 2013. “The incarceration rate increased from 179 per 100,000 people in 1983 to 478 per 100,000 in 2013,” generating mounting concerns about the economic, social and other consequences of the criminal justice system. At this point, CRS says, “incarceration has probably reached the point of diminishing returns.” The new…
  • Contrasting Views on Public Release of CRS Reports

    Steven Aftergood
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last year, the Congressional Research Service produced more than 1,000 new reports and more than 2,500 updates of previous reports for the use of Congress, according to the latest CRS annual report. Those figures do not include “approximately 62,000 requests for custom analysis and research” for individual members or Committees. “For all public policy issues, Congress could rely on the authoritative, objective, timely, and confidential support that CRS offered at each stage of the legislative process,” the CRS annual report said. In principle, CRS should be able to…
  • Insider Threat Program Advances, Slowly

    Steven Aftergood
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    The Department of Defense recently demonstrated the “Continuous Evaluation” of approximately 100,000 cleared military, civilian and contractor personnel, in order to validate their eligibility for access to classified information on an ongoing basis. Continuous Evaluation (CE) refers to the automated monitoring of government and commercial databases for signs of criminal behavior, irregular financial activity, or other “triggers” that could lead to suspension of a security clearance. CE is a central feature of the emerging Insider Threat program that is intended to…
  • Public Mass Shooting a Persistent Threat (CRS)

    Steven Aftergood
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:53 am
    Mass killings of the sort that took place yesterday in Charleston, South Carolina are a distressingly frequent occurrence. There were 78 public mass shootings in the United States between 1983 and 2013, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service. “According to CRS estimates, over the last three decades public mass shootings have claimed 547 lives and led to an additional 476 injured victims,” the report said. Of course, gun violence in America is much more common than mass killings. “While tragic and shocking, public mass shootings account for few of the…
  • Public Access to CRS Reports, Revisited

    Steven Aftergood
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    “Congressional Research Belongs to the Public,” declared a New York Times editorial today, and it is “absurd” that Congress would place any obstacles in the way of public access to Congressional Research Service reports, which provide impartial analyses of current policy issues. Yet such obstacles continue to exist, and most CRS reports are not publicly disclosed by Congress. A measure to require the online publication of non-confidential CRS products (H.Res. 34) was introduced in the House of Representatives last January by Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Rep. Martin…
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  • Brazil to Refinance Gripen Deal It’s Investigating | Czech Republic Goes Shopping | India Plugs MiG Hole with SU-30s; Eschews Gripens

    Editorial Staff
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Americas With Naval Air Station Lemoore set to become the backbone of the Navy’s future strike capability, the Navy awarded a contract Friday for the construction of infrastructure to support the base’s fleet of F-35Cs. The $20.2 million task order covers the construction of new buildings to house JSF simulators, as well as classrooms and briefing rooms. NAS Lemoore beat out NAS El Centro last fall to become the Pacific Fleet’s F-35 base, with Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA 101), the F-35C replacement squadron, set to relocate to the base in early 2017. The Navy announced…
  • Britain’s CVF Future Carriers: the Queen Elizabeth Class

    Joe Katzman
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    RN CVF Concept(click to view full) Britain’s 1998 Strategic Defence Review (SDR) announced a big leap forward for the Royal Navy: plans to replace the current set of 3 Invincible Class 22,000t escort carriers with 2 larger, more capable Future Aircraft Carrier (CVF) ships that could operate a more powerful force. These new carriers would be joint-service platforms, operating F-35B aircraft, plus helicopters and UAVs from all 3 services. Roles could include ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance), force projection and logistics support, close air support, anti-submarine/…
  • The JAS-39 Gripen: Sweden’s 4+ Generation Wild Card

    Joe Katzman
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:23 pm
    South African JAS-39D(click to view full) As a neutral country with a long history of providing for its own defense against all comers, Sweden also has a long tradition of building excellent high-performance fighters with a distinctive look. From the long-serving Saab-35 Draken (“Dragon,” 1955-2005) to the Mach 2, canard-winged Saab-37 Viggen (“Thunderbolt,” 1971-2005), Swedish fighters have stressed short-field launch from dispersed/improvised air fields, world-class performance, and leading-edge design. This record of consistent project success is nothing short of…
  • F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program

    Joe Katzman
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:01 pm
    F-35B: off probation(click to view full) The $382 billion F-35 Joint Strike fighter program may well be the largest single global defense program in history. This major multinational program is intended to produce an “affordably stealthy” multi-role fighter that will have 3 variants: the F-35A conventional version for the US Air Force et. al.; the F-35B Short Take-Off, Vertical Landing for the US Marines, British Royal Navy, et. al.; and the F-35C conventional carrier-launched version for the US Navy. The aircraft is named after Lockheed’s famous WW2 P-38 Lightning, and the…
  • GAO: Air Force A-10 Abandonment Divorced from Financial Reality | DoD Refiguring Satellite Control | Russia Receiving New SU-34 Fullbacks

    Editorial Staff
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Americas Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work has announced his intention to stand-up a joint intelligence-military operations center for satellites, allowing all intelligence and military satellites to be controlled from a single location. Work is likely hoping that the co-location will enable the development of joint doctrine and closer operational liaison, with this new station designed as a back-up to the existing Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The center is scheduled to come online within six months, indicating that the announcement has likely been a long time…
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    The Captain's Journal

  • Mike Vanderboegh Update

    Herschel Smith
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Most of my readers also read WoG and WRSA (or you should), so you know about Mike Vanderboegh being admitted to the hospital for observation.  Just a quick note to request that you remember him and his family in your prayers.
  • Dear Lisa Farbstein

    Herschel Smith
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Free Beacon: A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday posted photos online of a passenger’s luggage, which contained large amounts of cash, despite admitting it violated no laws or regulations. Agency spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein posted a photo on Twitter showing a bag she said contained $75,000 in cash. “Is this how you’d transport it?” she asked. Dear Lisa, I’ve repeatedly said that the TSA is filled with goobers, hicks, pedophiles, perverts and criminals.  It was a bastard idea to begin with, and the TSA should even now be disbanded and sent to…
  • Man “Accidentally” Fires His Gun In Airport

    Herschel Smith
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Houston.com: The man whose gun accidentally went off inside Bush Intercontinental Airport Monday made his first court appearance. Investigators said Joseph Austin was at the Delta Airlines ticket counter in Terminal A when he noticed his pistol was still loaded. Austin, 45, was trying to unload the gun when it fired. Police said the fragment nicked a man’s leg but did not break the skin. The man was able to continue on his flight. Austin, who was traveling back to Kansas after visiting friends in Houston, was immediately taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor deadly conduct.
  • Dancing In The Blood Of The Slaughtered

    Herschel Smith
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Via reader Mack, Richmond-Times Dispatch: The massacre reminds me of a story that helps shape the core of the Christian message. At the end of his life when Jesus was arrested by the politicians of his time, his lead disciple, Peter, pulled out a concealed weapon and went on a rampage. Immediately, Jesus rebuked him for such a show of violence, told him to put the sword away, healed the wound of the Roman servant Peter attacked, and told his followers in no uncertain terms that “those who live by the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:50-52). This display of nonviolence —…
  • Man Shoots Himself In The Groin With Pistol

    Herschel Smith
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Lancaster Online: A 25 year old man accidentally shot himself in the groin at his Lancaster Township home Sunday, police said. He picked up his .40-caliber pistol to put it away when the weapon accidentally discharged the bullet into his groin area, Sgt. Timothy Ponessa said Monday. The man was taken to Lancaster General Hospital with an injury that was not life-threatening, police said. Gosh, I hate it when that happens.  I remember the last time I shot myself in the groin.  From the comments, the negligent discharges might just be beginning for him. But just to correct the report, he…
 
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  • 22 Veterans a Day

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:25 pm
    22 VETERANS A DAY The number “22” is quickly becoming an iconic number. Especially among those of us whom have served during this time of war for our nation. The number 22 has come to remind me of the devastating loss of possibly the best human beings I have ever had the ability to even […]
  • Welcome John!

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Welcome to the blogging crew of Bouhammer, Mr. John McDonald. John is retired Army Sergeant First Class, having served 22 years active service with 2 years as a Drill Sergeant, culminating as “acting 1sg” and NCOIC of Shell Army Airfield Fort Rucker Alabama. Looking forward to his contributions and perspective here on bouhammer.com
  • Another Update on LTC Amerine

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    The other day I wrote this POST about my friend LTC Jason Amerine. It seems that Rep. Duncan Hunter recently got a chance to ask the SecDef and CJCS himself about the investigation.    
  • The right thing to do

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:32 pm
      Jason Amerine is the poster child for Quiet Professional, Hero, Patriot, Duty, Honor, Country and above all, Self-less Service. Jason is also someone I consider a friend outside of all of that. I first wrote about Jason on this blog at http://www.bouhammer.com/2010/02/book-review-the-only-thing-worth-dying-for/ when I did a book review of Eric Blehm’s book The Only Thing […]
  • Standards held and the system worked

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    29 May 2015 | 7:53 pm
    According to The Havok Journal, the standards have been upheld and integrity prevails. This has been the main concern of every soldier and veteran I know that has an opinion about this. Now, we are told, the female candidates have been completely dropped from the course, bringing an end to the Army’s first experiment with […]
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    One Marine's View

  • Happy 4th of July -US Navy Style

    Maj Pain
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 pm
  • Soldier Rescues Dogs That Saved His Life

    Maj Pain
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:20 pm
    You never hear of a “cat” saving warriors lives. Go figure. In this story however, you will hear of not one but three dogs that saved 50 warriors lives. We had several Forward Operating Base (FOB) dogs throughout the numerous FOBs I was at and none of them save our buts, just mooched MREs from us and barked in the middle of the night at ospreys landing bringing us resupplies. They do however somehow make you think of home and your own dog back there and even while you enjoy a nice cigar, they catch you off guard and jump up in your lap to let you know everything is ok. Time for a C-Gar!
  • The new Marine Corps Commandant?

    Maj Pain
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:20 pm
  • Hump Day Quote

    Maj Pain
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:10 pm
  • ‘I’m offended that everyone is offended by something!’

    Maj Pain
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Jordan Thompson is an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army and a University of Alabama graduate currently attending Samford’s Cumberland School of Law. I’m offended that people care more about taking down an outdated Confederate flag but don’t get riled up when their American flag is being burned in the street. I’m offended that people care more about blocking homosexuals from getting married than fixing their own, broken and unstable, heterosexual marriages. I’m offended that fast food workers get paid more than my soldiers yet still expect to get paid more than nurses. Read more here
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    Murdoc Online

  • USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48)

    Murdoc
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) maneuver to conduct a replenishment-at-sea. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • AT4s to Iraq

    Murdoc
    21 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    U.S. Sending Iraq Antitank Weapons to Thwart Militants’ Bombings The U.S. is sending Iraq’s military 1,000 antitank weapons to defend against armored vehicles jury-rigged by Islamic State into otherwise unstoppable suicide bombs like those it used to capture Ramadi. The weapons, due for delivery by... [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • Old Blogger Site Deleted

    Murdoc
    21 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    FYI Murdoc finally caved and deleted the the old blogspot Blogger version of Murdoc Online. I don’t think it will be missed. All of the content is on this site. Had a few minutes of nostalgia poking around. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • Stryker WIN-T Inc 2

    Murdoc
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:29 am
    Soldiers from 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division operate Stryker vehicles equipped with Warfighter Information Tactical Increment 2 (WIN-T Inc 2) [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • Grafenwoehr Training Area

    Murdoc
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    Soldiers assigned to 2d Cavalry Regiment move around a tank during a squad fire range, used to train Soldiers in squad fire movement drills while assaulting objectives, at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Dec. 3, 2014. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
 
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    SpouseBUZZ.com

  • An Open Letter to Amber Roof

    Rebekah Sanderlin
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
      Oh, Amber. It’s too soon. You know that now, right? Wayyyyyy too soon. It’s not that people aren’t a little sympathetic to you. We are. And it’s not that you don’t look lovely standing next to that handsome E7 Army Recruiter in his ASUs. You do. You two make a really cute couple. It’s ... Continue Reading
  • What the Gay Rights Supreme Court Decision Means for MilFams

    Amy Bushatz
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Late last month the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize gay marriage. While many states already did so, 13 did not. You may be wondering why whether or not a state recognizes a same-sex marriage matters to legally married same-sex military families if they can receive federal military benefits. It’s simple: life ... Continue Reading
  • Your Lactation Consultant Probably Isn’t Covered by Tricare

    Raleigh Duttweiler
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Here’s a short list of things that are easy for new moms: Wanting coffee. Wanting sleep. Wanting both sleep and coffee all of the time. Not on that list? Feeding your baby. Feeding babies – by whatever means you chose to do – is not easy. You’re exhausted, babies are finicky, formula’s expensive, and nipples ... Continue Reading
  • Are Spouse Clubs Going Away?

    Amy Bushatz
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Gone are the days of white gloves at spouse clubs luncheons. Maybe next on the disappearance list? The clubs themselves. The last several years has brought some major changes to the traditional military on-base spouse clubs. In the old days (you know, 10 years ago) the clubs were predominately female, rank specific and had never ... Continue Reading
  • OCONUS? Here’s How We Do Independence Day Overseas

    Guest Bloggers
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Living overseas can make celebrating Independence Day challenging, to say the least. Due to OPSEC, we’re limited in how we can celebrate and where. I cannot proudly display the red, white and blue outside my home or put out my beloved wreath handmade for me by a friend at Fort Stewart, Georgia. But instead of ... Continue Reading
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    Arms Control Wonk

  • Centrifuge Selfies

    melissa
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:27 pm
    CNS made some beautiful 3D models of Iran’s IR-1, IR-2M, and IR-4 centrifuges for the NTI website. These weren’t easy to make. Fortunately, we have some smart, innovative, hardworking students. Bo Kim’s just finished her first year as a Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies student at MIIS and is dividing her summer on campus between a CNS and a Cyber internship. Watch out future employers, she’s fluent in Korean too! Without further ado, Bo will explain how she took the measurements to make the IR-1. Author: Bo Kim Centrifuges, like the rest of us aspiring Instagram…
  • Arms and Influence

    krepon
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    Aspiring Wonks: Time once again to whet your appetite by dipping into a classic text waiting for you online or at the library – one that applies to the P-5+ 1 negotiations with Iran. These passages are from the first chapter of Nobel Laureate Thomas C. Schelling’s Arms and Influence (Yale University Press, 1966). “Diplomacy is bargaining; it seeks outcomes that, though not ideal for either party, are better for both than some of the alternatives. In diplomacy each somewhat controls what the other wants, and can get more by compromise, exchange, or collaboration than by taking things in…
  • North Korea’s Submarine Launched Missile

    stein
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:44 pm
    In May, North Korea released pictures of the Kim Jong Un watching the launch of what appears to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile. Jeffrey sits down with Melissa Hanham and Dave Schmerler to discuss open source and the DPRK’s SLBM program. Sponsor: Tinderbox – a personal content assistant that helps you visualize, analyze, and share your notes. Download and try it today. Subscribe to the show in iTunes.
  • Egypt, the Spoiler

    krepon
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Five years ago (5/6/10), during the 2010 NPT Review Conference, you can find my blog post on “Egypt, the Spoiler?” After the 2015 RevCon, we can dispense with the question mark. What happened in New York was symptomatic of a broader malaise affecting arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament: acts of personal and national projection without due regard for consequences have become commonplace. Acting out trumps substance and imbalance is unbounded. Foundations of international security built with great care and considered effort in past decades are undermined. The commonweal yields…
  • Prelims on the Subcontinent

    krepon
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    [Note: This post has been corrected.] Very bad news often follows when adversaries give up on improved relations. We’re at this juncture now on the Subcontinent. High-ranking Indian and Pakistani officials are lobbing over-heated public recriminations about abetting terrorism in each other’s sensitive spaces. Pakistan has elevated the Kashmir issue – never a good sign for Pakistan or for India — and firing across the Kashmir divide has increased in recent years. Absent top-down initiatives to mend fences – initiatives that New Delhi appears unwilling to take and that…
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    Personal-Finance.Military.com

  • How do I get a DD 214?

    J.J. Montanaro
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Q: I can’t find my original copy. How do I get a new DD 214? –James, New Mexico A: Your DD 214 is your proof of military service and you could need it for a variety of reasons. You may have to provide a copy of the DD 214 for everything from applying for a VA home loan to joining
  • When does GI Bill run out?

    J.J. Montanaro
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Q: How long can I wait to use my GI Bill before it expires? Is there a certain number of years? –Douglas, Ohio A: That’s a great question and a deadline you don’t want to miss. Time certainly flies (whether we’re having fun or not!) and when it comes to VA educational benefits, that can cost you tens of thousands
  • Where can I get help with a budget?

    J.J. Montanaro
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:23 am
    Q: Where can I get help with a budget? –Hector, U.S. Army A: I would recommend you start close to home.  Head over to your Family Readiness Center and look into what’s available.  You should be able to take advantage of classes as well as individualized counseling.  Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet quite a few of
  • Where can I get IRA information for military families?

    J.J. Montanaro
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
    Q: What’s the source for IRA rules for the military? –Parker, Texas A: Well, I would start with the IRS publications that cover IRAs for everyone. And that’s IRS Publication 590. Beginning with the 2014 tax year, the publication was broken into two parts, Publication 590-A (contributions) and Publication 590-B (distributions).  These publications provide a wealth of information and are
  • Does my VA disability allow me to fund an IRA?

    J.J. Montanaro
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    Q: Sir, I need advice regarding IRA investment. I am a retired active duty Soldier and I also am 100% disabled and receive compensation from the VA. My wife works part time at Wal-Mart just to put enough money into Wal-Mart stock and have a little extra spending money. We went to Wells Fargo to open two IRA’s (one for
 
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    DoD Buzz

  • Navy Launches New Affordability Plan for Ford-Class Carriers

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:18 am
    The Navy plans to spend $25 million per year beginning in 2017 as a way to invest in lowering the cost of building the services’ new Ford-class aircraft carriers, service officials said. “We will use this design for affordability to make new improvements in cost cutting technologies that will go into our ships,” said Rear Adm. Michael Manazir, Director, Air Warfare. The Navy has received much criticism from lawmakers and government watchdog groups for cost overruns on its first two Ford-class carriers – the USS Ford, CVN 78, and the USS Kennedy, CVN 79. The USS Kennedy, or CVN 79,…
  • Pentagon Defends F-35 After Report Says it Can’t Dogfight

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office is defending its new stealth aircraft in response to a recent news report citing a test-pilot’s analysis claiming the aircraft proved to be inferior to an F-16 in “dogfighting” test scenarios. The test pilot assessment, first reported by the “War is Boring” blog, says the F-35A could not out-maneuver an F-16 or avoid being shot in mock dogfight scenarios during testing in January of this year. Military.com received a copy of the Jan. 14 report, titled “F-35A High Angle of Attack Operational Maneuvers,” which does say the aircraft lacked…
  • Drone-Maker Sees Growing Maritime Surveillance Market

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:26 pm
    The closely held company behind the successful Predator-series drones sees growing demand for maritime-surveillance missions, an official said. San Diego-based General Atomics a few years ago developed a maritime-configured variant of the Predator B, known in U.S. Air Force parlance as the MQ-9 Reaper. The Homeland Security Department has purchased a few of the so-called Guardian drones, complementing its existing fleet of nearly a dozen or so MQ-9s that monitor the U.S.-Mexico border. “I like to think that the Predators that monitor the terrestrial border have been so effective that it’s…
  • Navy Sees Broader Role for Joint High Speed Vessel

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:32 pm
    The Navy has stepped up deployments of its new Joint High Speed Vessel in exercises around the globe as part of a broader effort to expand the mission set and operational use of the platform, service officials said. Initially envisioned as a high-speed transport vessel, the JHSV is showing a broader range of applications such as logistical support, counter-trafficking and medical operations in support of larger platforms such as amphibious assault ships. ”It is truly a joint vessel to be delivered to combatant commanders as a fast, sizeable transport. The JHSV can help provide security…
  • Navy Debuts New LCS Maintenance Strategy with USS Fort Worth

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Navy’s third Littoral Combat Ship is launching a new expeditionary maintenance capability designed to improve the ship’s ability to conduct repairs in transit while on deployment in the Pacific theater, service officials said. The USS Fort Worth, or LCS 3, has vastly expanded mission ranges and mission duration by using transportable maintenance containers designed to allow for repairs and maintenance work at various forward locations, Capt. Scott Pratt, Program Manager for Fleet Introduction and Sustainment, LCS, told Military.com in an interview. “We have two 25 foot shipping…
 
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    America's North Shore Journal

  • Our Best: Bobbie J Applegate

    Chuck Simmins
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    Rct. Bobbie J. Applegate, Photo by Sgt. Caitlin BrinkDVIDS Story by Sgt. Caitlin Brink CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Green Local High School senior skipped prom and received her high school diploma almost two months early so she could leave Franklin Furnace, Ohio, and begin her journey toward the title of Marine at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, April 5. For most seniors, surviving prom and walking across the stage at graduation are long anticipated moments. Yet for Bobbie J. Applegate, those events were of little merit when compared to beginning her career in the…
  • Memorial Day 2015

    Chuck Simmins
    24 May 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Memorial to Cpl. Sara A. Medina from ABC7 in Chicago This Memorial Day, it is important to remember that the young men and women that we send around the world in our military give their lives to save others as well as in war. Cpl. Sara A. Medina, a combat photographer assigned to Marine Corps Installations Pacific, died in the line of duty on May 12 in Nepal. Medina was aboard a Marine helicopter moving supplies to areas hard hit by two massive earthquakes, including one that was 7.4 magnitude on that same day. The helicopter held six Marines and two Nepali soldiers. It crashed about eight…
  • West Nile in a year of drought

    Chuck Simmins
    14 May 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Application of mosquito repellent. CDC/public domain California is suffering its worst drought since white settlement began in the region. It also appears that cases of illness due to the West Nile virus will also be setting records. The two occurrences are probably related, according to Dr Cameron Webb of the University of Sydney in Australia. What is the relationship between drought and West Nile? The virus is carried primarily by various Culex mosquito species, and birds are the reservoir for the virus. Female mosquitoes bite, and the blood is used the ensure that they can reproduce. It is…
  • Year two of chikungunya in the Americas

    Chuck Simmins
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Public health officials had been expecting the arrival of chikungunya in the Western Hemisphere for some time so they were not surprised when cases began appearing in Dec. 2013 on the French side of the island of St. Martin. As of April 17, 2015, chikungunya had been confirmed with autochthonous (local) transmission in virtually every country and territory in North and South America. Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Cuba and Peru deny any locally contracted illnesses. Chikungunya is a viral illness similar to dengue which is transmitted from human to human by the bite of an infected mosquito. The…
  • Hurricanes, gamma rays and antimatter

    Chuck Simmins
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
    How much energy does a hurricane have? A lot. No, seriously, a whole lot. Enough energy, it would seem that such storms can rival the most advanced particle colliders and produce both gamma rays and antimatter. In the early 1990s, scientists first began to observe terrestrial gamma-ray flashs (TGFs) originating on Earth. Instruments sent into space to measure gamma radiation and the emissions from space were detecting flashes of gamma rays from the plant below. In 2014, one of these TGFs were detected from Hurricane Julio, a storm then raging in the eastern Pacific. This was just a part of…
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    Okinawa Hai

  • The Birth Education Center of Okinawa

    contributor
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ERIN GODDARD Giving birth is a journey: a beautiful, difficult, breathtaking journey that will forever change a woman. Whether you give birth by caesarian, with an epidural, completely naturally, in a bathtub, a hospital or in the backseat of a car (seriously, I met some grandparents at the airport last year whose daughter just did that here on island!). No matter how or where you give birth, it is incredible– and also a bit frightening because there is always that aspect of the unknown. As a mother of two, I understand and love this journey, and have a heart for women…
  • Tanbo Festa (Rice Field Festival in Kin Town)

    contributor
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA If you want to get a dose of culture, doused with mud, and crafty all while having a good time then the Tanbo Festa in Kin Town is the annual event for you. The Tanbo Festival is specifically located in and around the Nature Miraikan park facility, which is north of the Kin Blue training area. This park is a popular place all year round with locals and tourists who enjoy the beautiful scenery while camping, canoeing, and various other outdoor activities. In previous years this event was in May but organizers wanted to push the date later when the weather was not…
  • 2015 Okinawa Hai Calendar – July

    contributor
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The 2015 calendar was available for purchase in November and December of 2014. This was July’s page. Naha Photo credit: Pamela Oliveras Pamela Oliveras Photography “Listen! Hear the roar? Stop! Feel the strong wind rush by Typhoon time again” –Jenny Pittman Kokusai Street Photo credit: Jamie Snider Jamie Snider Photography
  • July 2015 Local Events Calendar

    contributor
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. July 1st                         Yokohama DeNA BayStars vs. Chunichi Dragons Okinawa Cellular Stadium, 42-1 Onoyamacho, Naha. 4:30pm Gates Open, 6:30pm Game Starts. Tickets ¥2,100 – ¥6,600   July 1st – July 5th             Iwaki Naha Exchange Exhibition Exhibition of art from Fukushima Prefecture. Aeon Naha. Workshops available from 11am – 3pm. Exhibition open 11am – 6pm.   July 4th             Ryukyu Dragon Wrestling 1pm at the Hotel Mahaina Wellness Resort               Eisa Night Koza Music…
  • Neishin: Life Energy Treatment

    contributor
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY: LAURA SNELL I discovered this gem thanks to a referral from a friend. Mimi is like a miracle worker. For your first appointment you go in and fill out what is the equivalent of a medical history report. You indicate what types of things you’re coming in to treat, then she will go over your entire body, touching pressure points, taking your pulse, and getting a more thorough idea of what your body is doing. When I went in I had a list of things that I wanted acupuncture to help me with, on my medical history sheet I did not indicate sleep issues (because they’ve become…
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    Navy CyberSpace Blog

  • Baby Felony

    NCCM(Ret)
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    A question asked of me this week; My charge was Burglary of a Dwelling and I was a forced accomplice as an older 18 year had a shotgun at the time he stole from the house and forced me to assist him. I suppose despite that there’s honestly no chance at my waiver being approved […]
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness

    NCCM(Ret)
    14 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    One of the popular enlistment incentives I receive the most inquires for is the Navy’s Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). SLRP will pay off up to $65,000 of qualifying student loans over the first three years of your enlistment. The biggest downfall for the program is that it can be cumbersome and very few ratings […]
  • Navy SRB Guidance as of May 1, 2015

    NCCM(Ret)
    1 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    Released May 1, 2015 via NAVADMIN 106/15, the latest Selective Re-enlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update. How to do the math; SRB is calculated by multiplying your basic military pay (times) number of SRB eligible months reenlisting for (divided by 12) then multiplied by the SRB award level for your zone. Zone A is 2 to […]
  • Navy Jobs for the Third Quarter FY 2015

    NCCM(Ret)
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Released today and dated April 15, 2015, COMNAVCRUITCOMNOTE 1650, “ADMIRAL’S ACCELERATOR AWARD 3RD QUARTER, FY15″ is a quarterly award that provides, in part, an incentive for recruiters and job classifiers to fill ratings and programs that could use a boost in qualified personnel. The current guidance runs from April 1 through June 30, 2015 (the […]
  • Female RTC Hair Policy is Permanent

    NCCM(Ret)
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    A couple of items of interest have just been brought to my attention. First, as most of you know, the Navy started a female haircut pilot program at boot-camp — instead of females being required to get their haircut, females would keep their hair, but learn how to maintain their hair within the Navy’s female […]
 
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    Defense Update:

  • RADA to Deliver Tactical Air Surveillance Radar to a European Customer

    News Desk
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Israel's defense electronics company RADA Electronic Industries announced it has recently received an order to supply an RPS-42 tactical air surveillance radar to a leading European defense contractor. The new radar, a member of RADA's S-band multi-mission hemispheric radar (MHR) family of systems, will be delivered later this year. According to company sources, several customers have selected the RPS-42 for aerial surveillance missions.
  • Benelux Invest $150 million in Infantry Smart Vests

    Tamir Eshel
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:12 am
    Elbit Systems announced today that its subsidiary, Elbit Systems Land and C4I Ltd. was awarded a contract from the Dutch Ministry of Defense, to supply 'Smart Vests' to equip the infantry soldiers in the Benelux countries – Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg. The contract, valued at approximately US$150 million, will be performed over a five-year period.
  • Korea Selects A330 MRTT for its Future Aerial Tanker

    News Desk
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Airbus Defense and Space has won a US$1.3 billion (1.488 trillion won) tender for the supply of four aerial refueling tankers for South Korean, beating competing offers from its U.S. rival, Boeing, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
  • MTGR Robot Joins the Polish Army

    News Desk
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    Poland has selected the MTGR to equip its ground forces with 50 man portable reconnaissance robots as part of ‘Project Tarantula.’ The man-portable Mini-UGV was developed and produced by RoboTeam, an Israeli specialist in ground robotics.
  • Unmanned Centaur Flies over NY State

    Tamir Eshel
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    The Centaur optionally piloted aircraft (OPA) has flown multiple unmanned flights over the State of New York, operating from Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York during the past month. The flights marked the first time any large-scale, fixed-wing aircraft has flown at either of six FAA-designated unmanned aircraft test sites in the U.S.
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    Defense Update:

  • RADA to Deliver Tactical Air Surveillance Radar to a European Customer

    News Desk
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Israel's defense electronics company RADA Electronic Industries announced it has recently received an order to supply an RPS-42 tactical air surveillance radar to a leading European defense contractor. The new radar, a member of RADA's S-band multi-mission hemispheric radar (MHR) family of systems, will be delivered later this year. According to company sources, several customers have selected the RPS-42 for aerial surveillance missions.
  • Benelux Invest $150 million in Infantry Smart Vests

    Tamir Eshel
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:12 am
    Elbit Systems announced today that its subsidiary, Elbit Systems Land and C4I Ltd. was awarded a contract from the Dutch Ministry of Defense, to supply 'Smart Vests' to equip the infantry soldiers in the Benelux countries – Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg. The contract, valued at approximately US$150 million, will be performed over a five-year period.
  • Korea Selects A330 MRTT for its Future Aerial Tanker

    News Desk
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Airbus Defense and Space has won a US$1.3 billion (1.488 trillion won) tender for the supply of four aerial refueling tankers for South Korean, beating competing offers from its U.S. rival, Boeing, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
  • MTGR Robot Joins the Polish Army

    News Desk
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    Poland has selected the MTGR to equip its ground forces with 50 man portable reconnaissance robots as part of ‘Project Tarantula.’ The man-portable Mini-UGV was developed and produced by RoboTeam, an Israeli specialist in ground robotics.
  • Unmanned Centaur Flies over NY State

    Tamir Eshel
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    The Centaur optionally piloted aircraft (OPA) has flown multiple unmanned flights over the State of New York, operating from Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York during the past month. The flights marked the first time any large-scale, fixed-wing aircraft has flown at either of six FAA-designated unmanned aircraft test sites in the U.S.
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    Navy Reads

  • Arctic Adventure: Sides with Science

    28 Jun 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyA good Navy read during hot summer months is the chilling true tale by Hampton Sides, "In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette" (2014, Doubleday).Sides, author of "Ghost Soldiers," takes us to the late 19th century when science was still revealing the truth about earth's geography.Explorers like Hudson, Barents and Barrington believed in an open polar sea. They sought to find warm currents and a temperate land beyond the ice. Navy charts at the time were incorrect.Vain efforts to prove an open sea at the North Pole were fueled by…
  • Charleston Shows a Better Way

    21 Jun 2015 | 7:10 pm
    by Bill DoughtyThe Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston is about six miles down the same peninsula as the former Charleston Navy Yard.The church is site of the vicious murder of nine African Americans by self-proclaimed white supremacist Dylann Roof.John C. Calhoun, 1849 (photo by M. Brady)Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is located on a street bearing the name of former Vice President and Secretary of War (Defense) John C. Calhoun. Calhoun was a powerful voice promoting the United States military in the War of 1812. Unfortunately, John C. Calhoun was…
  • Mark Twain's Colors II: Thug Life

    7 Jun 2015 | 10:36 am
    Review by Bill DoughtyThe original Thugs killed for the joy of taking lives, according to Mark Twain, author of "Following the Equator." One sees parallels with the self-proclaimed Islamic State or "Daesh" (aka ISIL/ISIS).Indian "thugs" from around 1865 in Peshawar, now part of Pakistan. (Photo from NPR)The word "thug" comes from an actual sect of religious extremist terrorists – the Thugee – who strangled and robbed men, women and children two hundred years ago in India. Murders were often carried out after the Thugs had gained the trust of their victims.Twain first heard about the Thugs…
  • Equator, Climate, Weather – Plans & Action

    5 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Solar filament. (Photo from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Solar Dynamics Observatory)Two separate studies by the journal Science report that global climate change and specifically warmer water in the world's ocean ecology is pushing ocean life and habitats away from the equator and toward the poles; fish are migrating and coral is being displaced by a warmer climate.Coral near Australia (Queensland Museum)A study from the University of Washington, Seattle studied affects in the Atlantic Ocean on the metabolism of several species of fish and crab. Researchers in Queensland, Australia…
  • Catching Up on Names, Namesakes

    30 May 2015 | 4:03 pm
    by Bill DoughtyNew Jersey, John Finn, Midway and Craig Symonds, Mary Roach, Jimmy Carter and John S. McCain – all in the news recently and each with featured spots in Navy Reads. Make the connections...A state of the Navy is New Jersey. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced this week that the newest Virginia-class attack submarine to be named after the Garden State would be SSN 796, USS New Jersey. A DOD story this week reminds us that the Navy’s first submarine, USS Holland, was designed and built in New Jersey in 1900.Medal of Honor recipient John Finn, Dec. 7, 2006.In Mabus's…
 
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    At War

  • A Jump to Honor a Fallen Marine

    By Matthew Komatsu
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Among Air Force pararescuemen and combat rescue officers, it’s standard practice to name drop zones for fallen brothers.
  • After Divorce, Losing Veterans’ Support Along With a Spouse

    By Jackie McMichael
    29 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    Once you are divorced from a veteran, resources such as counseling go away, and many women who were dependent on their spouses' incomes find themselves financially in shambles.
  • West Point and the Culinary Institute of America: An Exchange of Experiences

    By Terry Babcock-Lumish and Major Erin Hadlock
    15 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    In the past few years, the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Culinary Institute of America have grown closer and, in doing so, have reclaimed their common history, write former and current leaders of the partnership.
  • Testing a Few Good Women for Combat

    By Teresa Fazio
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    This month, the Marine Corps will experiment with a test of women's performance in combat arms. It's historic, but not a first: Teresa Fazio and seven other women took part in a similar test in 2000.
  • The Curious Draw of the Battlefield

    By Thomas James Brennan
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    A former Marine reflects on the news that another former Marine, Patrick Maxwell volunteered in northern Iraq to fight Islamic State militants.
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    Fighter Country Partnership

  • FCP Visions Summer 2015 Web Edition is now available

    Fighter Country
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    FCP Visions Summer 2015 is now available as a digital download. This issue takes a look at whats new with Fighter Country Foundation, the F-35 Pilot training courses, the Hall of Honor event honoring the Freedom Plaza veterans, and an Honorary Commander feature for Mr. Darrell Wilson. In order to enjoy FCP Visions Summer 2015 Web Edition you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application that will display the PDF file format. Click here to download FCP Visions Summer 2015 (you may need to right click and “save file as”). This publication is made available with permission…
  • Lt Col Michael “Jeb” Ebner completed his Fini-Flight at Luke AFB

    Fighter Country
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:21 am
    Lt Col Michael “Jeb” Ebner completed another historic event at Luke AFB yesterday. The 61st Fighter Squadron Commander had his “Fini-Flight”. To welcome Lt Col Ebner back was a large group of Luke representatives to congratulate him for his time as the first F-35 Squadron Commander at Luke AFB. Jennifer Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing’s Commander’s wife, and William Olson, the 61st Fighter Squadron Honorary Commander we part of the large group to welcome Jeb home!!!! Good Stuff, -Ron Sites The post Lt Col Michael “Jeb” Ebner completed his Fini-Flight…
  • Honorary Commander Feature: Darrell Wilson

    Fighter Country
    21 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    Mr. Darrell Wilson Darrell Wilson, Founder and Principal of Hilgart Wilson Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Mr. Darrell Wilson, founder and Managing Principal of HILGARTWILSON, and former Honorary Commander assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron, “Spikes,” Luke Air Force Base. As Founder and Principal of HILGARTWILSON, he shares responsibilities with co-founder Ron Hilgart for the operations and overall growth and success of the firm. As a Project Principal he also remains actively involved in many projects, including overseeing design concepts, quality control measures,…
  • Fighter Country Foundation Steps it up a notch

    Fighter Country
    11 May 2015 | 3:09 pm
    From the Desk of Fighter Country Partnership, We are excited to unveil a new initiative within the operations of Fighter Country Foundation…the “FAAR Fund” (Facility Advancement And Relief Fund). As FCP and FCF continue forward with sustaining its important role of providing programs and services that are geared towards Health & Human Services, Culture & Tradition and Mission Sustainability, we will also add to the resume of supporting “facilities” on the base directly. We recently got word from the Department of the Air Force that our request to “renovate Luke Fire…
  • March of the Fallen – Registration Remains Open

    Fighter Country
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    Registration remains open for the 4th Annual March of the Fallen on April 15th, 2015, but at this point will cannot promise that you will get a shirt on March Day. Please register and we will work to get you a shirt a soon as we can after the event. Click here for registration information. The post March of the Fallen – Registration Remains Open appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
 
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    Military Technologies News

  • MasterCard To Approve Online Payments Using Your Selfies

    samzenpus
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:34 am
    An anonymous reader writes: MasterCard is experimenting with a new program: approving online purchases with a facial scan. Once you’re done shopping online, instead of a password, the service will require you to snap a photo of your face, so you won’t have to worry about remembering a password. The Stack reports: "MasterCard will be joining forces with tech leaders Apple, BlackBerry, Google, Samsung and Microsoft as well as two major banks to help make the feature a reality. Currently the international group uses a SecureCode solution which requires a password from its customers…
  • Ipswitch Network and Server Performance Monitoring to Stage Pitch Perfect Operations at Roskilde Music Festival

    Satellite News
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:20 am
    WhatsUp Gold from Ipswitch gets set to enable 24/7 continuous network operations at Europe’s largest music and culture festival Denmark, July 3rd, 2015 – Ipswitch Inc. today announced that its WhatsUp Gold® network and server performance monitoring solution is being used at Roskilde Festival this weekend to ensure optimised performance and continuous availability of all mission critical ICT services for the duration of the event. One of Europe’s largest culture and music festivals, the annual Roskilde Festival in Denmark attracts an enormous audience of 135,000 festival goers. This…
  • Trolls No Longer Welcome In New Zealand

    samzenpus
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    An anonymous reader writes: Legislation designed to prevent cyber-bullying has passed its final hurdle in the New Zealand Parliament, making it a crime to send harmful messages or put damaging images online. The Harmful Digital Communications Bill passed 116 to 5. The Register reports: "The bill creates a regime under which digital communications causing 'serious emotional distress' are subject to an escalating regime that starts as 'negotiation, mediation or persuasion' but reaches up to creating the offenses of not complying with an order, and 'causing harm by posting digital…
  • Restrukturierung des Wachstumsplans – Neuer Untersuchungsbericht über die KION Group AG

    Satellite News
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    FRANKFURT, Deutschland, July 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — An die Redaktion: Weitere Informationen über diese Mitteilung finden Sie beim Herunterscrollen.   Heute veröffentlichte Performance Financial seine Research-Berichte über die KION Group AG (ISIN: DE000KGX8881, WKN: KGX888, KGX). Unseren ausführlichen Bericht über das Unternehmen finden Sie unter: http://register.performancefinancial.de/de/?c=KION%20Group&d=03-Jul-2015&s=DE000KGX8881 Die Analysten bei Performance Financial entwickeln gründliche Analysen, um die wichtigsten Situationen zu beschreiben, die sich in Echtzeit…
  • Russian Progress 60 Cargo Spacecraft Launches To Space Station | Video

    SPACE.com
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:32 pm
    A Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress 60 blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 3rd, 2015. It is carrying 3 tons of supplies, fuel, water, oxygen, and food to the International Space Station.
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    Defense Media Network

  • SSN 785 John Warner on Sea Trials

    Defense Media Network
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    As the Aug. 1, 2015 commissioning of USS John Warner (SSN 785) nears, Newport News Shipbuilding released this video of former SECNAV and U.S. Senator John Warner reading John Masefield’s Sea Fever over footage of his namesake submarine during successful sea trials. Note the dolphins riding the bow wave. The post SSN 785 John Warner on Sea Trials appeared first on Defense Media Network.
  • EA-6B Prowler Ends U.S. Navy Service | Photos

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    Last week, June 25-27, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CVWP), held a three-day Sunset Celebration honoring the retirement of the Navy EA-6B Prowler. More than 1,000 guests attended the celebration, including many who flew aboard the Prowler during its decades of service. The Prowler first flew in May 1968 and began operational service aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carriers in July 1971. Some 170 of the big, four-seat electronic warfare aircraft were built, and were continually modified throughout their long service with the fleet. The Prowler flew its last deployment with the…
  • Theodore Roosevelt’s Medal of Honor

    Robert F. Dorr
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    A century after his July 1, 1898, charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba, the nation awarded the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Col. Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. To some the award seemed overdue. To others, it was unearned. Roosevelt fought in his famous battle during the Spanish-American War, which lasted from 1898 to 1901. Although he served two terms as president, wrote 40 books, and earned the Nobel Peace Prize, Roosevelt called San Juan Hill his finest moment. He left little doubt in the minds of others that he fully expected to receive recognition. “I am entitled to the Medal of…
  • “Old Salt” Designation Passes to Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd

    Edward H. Lundquist
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:03 pm
        The ”Old Salt” designation, honoring the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) serving on active duty with the earliest Surface Warfare Qualification, passed from Adm. Sam Locklear to Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd at a June 22, 2015, ceremony at Washington, D.C. Locklear, the recent Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, retired on June 30, 2015. Tidd is currently the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Locklear has been the “Old Salt” since May 2014. “In the Navy, we have an expression for a respected, experienced and knowledgeable mariner. We call them ‘Old…
  • NACA: The Jet Age and Beyond

    Dwight Jon Zimmerman
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:35 am
      For survivors of the greatest conflict in history, the brave new post-World War II landscape could not have been more daunting. Battle-scarred nations throughout Europe and Asia lay prostrate. With an economy not only untouched, but actually strengthened by the conflict, the United States was in a unique position among all the great industrial powers to exploit in peace technological advances identified and created in war. The result was that the period from 1945 to 1958 ran the gamut for the NACA: beginning somewhat inauspiciously, coming from behind the technological curve, to…
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    Welcome Home Blog

  • Airman Surprises Mom at Work

    Chris Ross
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    This Airman comes home to surprise his mom at work after being stationed in Korea.
  • Beagle Welcomes Home Marine

    Chris Ross
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    This Marine comes home to his very excited Beagle named Buddy!
  • Marine Surprises Father in the Hospital

    Chris Ross
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    This U.S. Marine named Micheal drove from Calfornia to Massachusetts to surprise his father while he was in the hospital. Watch as this father and son enjoy each others company!
  • Marine Surprises Girlfriend at Movie Theater

    Chris Ross
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
    In this self-documented video, a Marine plans a Valentines Day surprise for his girlfriend who thinks he is still on deployment in Afghanistan. He waits for her to come out of the movie with a bouquet of roses, she had no idea he would be there!
  • Sailor Surprises Mom at Work

    Chris Ross
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    This Sailor surprises his mom at the hair salon that she works at, disguising himself with a wig. After a long deployment, she sure missed him!
 
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Soldier Missing From WWII Accounted For

    CJ Grisham
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:58 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. John W. Herb of Cleveland, Ohio, will be buried June 18, in Arlington National Cemetery. On April 13, 1945, Herb was assigned to the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, 1st Air Division, as the pilot of an P-51D Mustang. His aircraft sustained damage while strafing German aircraft on the ground. During Herb’s…
  • Kalashnikov USA Launches New Website

    CJ Grisham
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Kalashnikov USA, manufacturer of Kalashnikov style firearms, has launched a new website at www.kalashnikov-usa.com, reflective of their new branding efforts under the “Russian Heritage / American Innovation” tag line. The new site allows users to effortlessly navigate to the various pages and Kalashnikov USA social sites. Users can quickly navigate between the Home page and other pages using the clearly defined tab buttons at the top right. The Firearms tab is a drop down design providing a choice of currently offered products. Each product page highlights the features, benefits…
  • Sons of Liberty on Blu-Ray (A Review)

    CJ Grisham
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Not long ago, a miniseries aired on the History Channel that depicted the American Revolution through the eyes of the Founders. I made sure to DVR it so that I could watch it over and over if it turned out to be any good. It did! The series is an action-packed, no holds barred 5-hour long history of how America was born. As riots consume the streets of Boston, a dangerous game plays out between a British governor and ringleader Sam Adams, which escalates to extreme measures—street brawls, black market dealings, espionage and murder. A sizzling, romantic affair percolates against a backdrop…
  • Soldier Missing from Korean War Accounted For

    CJ Grisham
    19 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. soldier, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Cpl. Francis D. Knobel of La Crosse, Wisconsin, will be buried May 21, in Arlington National Cemetery. In December 1950, Knobel was a member of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, operating along the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. On Dec. 12, 1950, following the battle, Knobel was one of…
  • Airmen Missing From WWII Accounted For

    CJ Grisham
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced yesterday that the remains of U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Army Air Forces 1st Lts. William D. Bernier of Augusta, Montana; Bryant E. Poulsen of Salt Lake City, Utah; Herbert V. Young Jr. of Clarkdale, Arizona and Tech Sgts. Charles L. Johnston of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hugh F. Moore of Elkton, Maryland and Staff Sgts. John E. Copeland of Dearing, Kansas; Charles J. Jones of Athens, Georgia; and Sgt. Charles…
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • What’s Propper B.Y.O.B.?

    Lauren Malm
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
      We’re proud to partner with Propper to bring you the B.Y.O.B. program. So what is it exactly? No, we’re not giving away free booze (although that’s not a bad idea). B.Y.O.B. stands for Build Your Own Bag, and with this program, you can get any Propper bag accessory 20% off on our site when you buy select Propper bags. Step One: Pick your shell From sling bags to rifle cases, there’s a bag for every role in Propper’s new bag collection. Check out all the eligible bags here: http://tacticalgear.com/propper-byob Step Two: Customize your kit Completely customize the kit by adding…
  • Bates’ Newest Release

    Lauren Malm
    22 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
      A day on duty is often unpredictable, but Bates’ newest release is equipped to handle it all. Allow us to introduce you to the brand’s biggest launch of the year, the fiercely aggressive Bates Strike boot. This style is the first to feature the Bates Endurance Performance System, a two-piece insole made up of dual-density EVA and open-cell memory foam. This combination footbed reduces overall fatigue in the foot, leg and joints so you can wear it all day comfortably.   The intimidating honeycomb upper isn’t just for show—the TPU mesh allows hot air to escape, keeping feet…
  • Introducing Condor Elite

    Lauren Malm
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    As its name suggests, Condor Elite gear was designed to be elite, for our country’s elite. This premium line of tactical gear was first announced by its parent brand Condor at SHOT Show 2015, and the highly anticipated line just hit our site. The initial launch includes five bag styles and two different tactical flashlight models, all made in the USA with American-made materials. What sets it apart from other Condor gear, and other gear in general, is that this branch takes expensive, high-quality materials and brings them to market at an unbeatable price. While the tactical lights in this…
  • Boot Breakdown : The Salomon Forces Line

    Lauren Malm
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    From the wild to the field, Salomon boots are built to excel. Meeting end-user demand, the French company took existing boots in their expansive mountaineering and extreme sports repertoire and adapted them for tactical operations. From there, the Salomon Forces line was born. These boots caught on with first responders and quickly became some of our best-selling tactical boots. So what features make these boots stand out from the pack? Three Salomon technologies found in every Forces style come to mind immediately. Abrasion-Resistant Uppers While other brands have been leaning towards light,…
  • New Additions to the Oakley PRIZM Line

    Lauren Malm
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Winter is over, the sun is shining and Oakley has just what you need to ring in the new season. In 2014, the brand launched its initial lineup of glasses featuring PRIZM lenses. This proprietary technology was developed after decades of color science research. By blocking specific color wavelengths, PRIZM lenses increase the natural acuity of the human eye. This Spring, Oakley released new styles featuring never-before-seen PRIZM lenses intended for daytime operations. The new models feature PRIZM daily polarized lenses that reduce glare in bright-light environments while simultaneously…
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    The Duffel Blog

  • Pentagon to Rename Confederate Bases for Army Values

    Dirk Diggler
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    THE PENTAGON — As the controversy surrounding the flying of the Confederate Battle Flag in South Carolina swirls, Army officials have moved to rename installations currently named after slave-holding insurrectionists for the seven Army Values. Army spokesperson Col. Steve Warren announced that today, Forts Hood, Bragg, Lee, Gordon, Pickett, Rucker, and A.P. Hill would be known as Forts Loyalty, Duty, Respect, […]
  • SECDEF: This Canada Day, We Are Totally Over War Of 1812

    blondesoverbaghdad
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter On behalf of the United States of America and the Department of Defense, I wish our partners in North American defense a very Happy Canada Day. We have long stood on the same team, as allies, except for the War of 1812, which was 200 years ago and no […]
  • Iraqi Army Running Desperately Short of Deserters

    G-Had
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    BAGHDAD, IRAQ – A confidential Pentagon memo on the fighting in Iraq suggests that problems in the Iraqi Army have reached the point where it is now even running desperately short of deserters. The memo, written by the U.S. military’s Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, says that Iraqi desertion levels “have […]
  • Inaugural ‘State Of The Caliphate’ Address Met With Blank Stares From Pyramid Of Severed Heads

    Epic Blunder
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    RAQQA, Syria – Sources confirmed that today’s momentous first “State of the Caliphate” address was met with underwhelming indifference by both the audience in attendance and a handful of crickets. Despite the fiery rhetoric and impassioned delivery of Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the highly-anticipated speech marking the Islamic State’s first year as a worldwide Islamic caliphate […]
  • Fort Ho Chi Minh Opens, Hosts Reactivated 23rd Americal Division

    Maxx Butthurt
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    THE PENTAGON — A Department of Defense spokesman announced this week that the Army will be reactivating the 23rd Americal Division, most famous for its role in the Vietnam War. The division will be stationed at Fort Ho Chi Minh, currently under construction near Jackson, Miss. The 23rd will be the second reactivated division in recent […]
 
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • 4e RE: A few images from Corporals course

    admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:57 pm
    See a few images of legionnaires from the French Foreign Legion during their eight-week-long Corporals course (CME), which took place in the 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE), a training unit of the Legion based in Castelnaudary, southern France. The images were taken within the regiment and also on a training farm located near “Castel”. Note […]
  • 2015 French Foreign Legion Recruiting Video

    admin
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    Change your life – Change ta vie! View the French Foreign Legion new recruiting video launched today on its YouTube canal. For more information about the recruitment visit the official recruiting web page of the Legion (in French) or see how to join the Foreign Legion page on our website (in English).
  • 2e REI: Training for African deployment with US Marines

    admin
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Legionnaires from the Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) conducted an interoperability training exercise with U.S. Marine Corps membres from the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response – Africa (SPMAGTF-CR-AF, based in Spain), at the end of May 2015. Legionnaires and Marines trained together at Camp des Garrigues, a French military camp […]
  • 2e REI: 5th Company recreated

    admin
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Yesterday, on June 15, a ceremony conducted by the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) took place in Nimes (southern France) in honor to the re-establishment of the 5th Company. The 5th Company, a combat company of 2e REI, was established in 2000 and disbanded in 2014 due to the savings and reorganization of the […]
  • 1er REG: Wake up, comrade!

    admin
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:54 pm
    A funny video made by a Russian legionnaire serving in the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG), one of the two engineer regiments of the French Foreign Legion, showing young legionnaires of this unit during their military lessons. You can see that even a legionnaire is not a Terminator-type killing machine and that he also […]
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    Texas Veterans Blog

  • Celebrate the True Meaning of Freedom on Independence Day

    Anne Evenson
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:20 am
    For some, freedom means the right to vote, for others it represents the opportunity for an education. Two months ago the VLB Voices of Veterans Oral History Program launched a video project called “What Freedom Means” as a way to honor our Veterans and military members on this upcoming Independence Day. We asked Texas Veterans, military members and their […]
  • Free Job Training Available for Texas Veterans

    Anne Evenson
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    Earlier this year the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) partnered with local community colleges across the state to administer a grant program called the Veteran & Industry Partnership (VIP) that provided free training and job-placement assistance for qualified Texas Veterans. The TWC dedicated training dollars from the state’s Skills Development Fund to focus specifically on training Veterans in parts of the […]
  • 10th Anniversary Veterans Expo and Car Show in McAllen

    Jimmy
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
  • Come to the Texas State Capitol on Wednesday, June 17, and tell us what Freedom Means to You!

    Jimmy
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
  • Quarterly Online Land Sale Now Open to Texas Veterans

    Anne Evenson
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    Since 1946, Texas Veterans have been able to finance land purchases on favorable terms through the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB). While the vast majority of Veteran borrowers keep current on their payments, a few must return land to the VLB. These forfeited land tracts are offered first to Texas Veterans and military members through […]
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    World Traveling Military Family

  • Sommerrodelbahn Gutach – Gutach, Germany in the Black Forest

    Mrs B
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Sommerrodelbahn Gutach is an awesome summer toboggan run is located in the Black Forest! It’s only 7 mins from Dorothees Glass Hut in Wolfach, Germany. It’s also only 23 mins from Triberg, Germany. Also note it’s open on Sundays, which is great! We checked this out on a Sunday but it also happened to be [...] The post Sommerrodelbahn Gutach – Gutach, Germany in the Black Forest appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Dorothees Glass Hut – Wolfach, Germany in the Black Forest

    Mrs B
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Dorothee’s Glass Hut in Wolfach, Germany located in the Black Forest is a neat little place to stop and visit. We went on a Sunday, which is great that they are open on Sunday’s but it was also a German holiday weekend so I think it was a bit more crowded than it normally would [...] The post Dorothees Glass Hut – Wolfach, Germany in the Black Forest appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Chair Lift – Vianden, Luxembourg

    Mrs B
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Trying out the Chair Lift in Vianden, Luxembourg has been on my list for awhile now! When we first went to see Vianden castle it was during the winter season so the lift wasn’t running but we just went this week to check out Indian Forest Ropes Course, which was amazing and a post will [...] The post Chair Lift – Vianden, Luxembourg appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Ulm Cathedral – Germany

    Mrs B
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:13 pm
    The Ulm Cathedral (Ulm Münster) in Ulm, Germany is the world’s tallest cathedral. While that is amazing in itself you can walk clear up to the tippy top of it! It’s an amazing experience but not for the faint of heart or those out of shape. While checking out the cathedral is free it does [...] The post Ulm Cathedral – Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Anne Frank House – Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Mrs B
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Netherlands has been at the top of Bea’s bucket list since she found out we were moving to Europe. This spring break, April 2015, we were able to cross it off the list! It is a fascinating visit and worth it for both those who have read her [...] The post Anne Frank House – Amsterdam, Netherlands appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
 
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    High and Tight

  • High and Tight Hairstyle: A Sexy Men Haircut!

    highandtighthaircut
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:10 am
    A barber’s experience with sexy men’s haircuts I want to cover the topic of sexy men’s haircuts with a focus on the high and tight haircut. After all, most guys […]
  • Military Life and Family Life – A Personal Insight

    highandtighthaircut
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    As many of you know, I’ve said in the past that military life isn’t for everyone. Set aside the fact that is a very risky profession, there is more to […]
  • Undercut Hairstyle versus High and Tight Haircut

    highandtighthaircut
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    The undercut hairstyle is a mens haircut that is similar to the high and tight haircut. In fact, many of you won’t know that the undercut hairstyle is a military […]
  • The Best Army Haircut from a Military Barber

    highandtighthaircut
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    As a former military barber, it is my opinion that the High and Tight is the best army haircut. No doubts about it. The High and Tight haircut is simply […]
  • The Burr Cut – A Classic Military Haircut

    highandtighthaircut
    5 Feb 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Another one of those cool military cuts: the Burr Cut The burr cut is that typical military haircut that you know whoever is wearing it is one tough mother tucker. […]
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    Vision Strike Wear Military Blog

  • Cool US Army Custom T shirt Designs 2015

    Sarge Strike
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    US Army Custom T shirt Designs 2015 Get your US Army Custom T shirt Designs 2015 concepts now and move towards great art and great military shirts this year! Military design and artwork for US Army Custom T shirt Designs 2015 have already started off quickly with detailed and high level artwork for the Unite States Army! US Army NCO’s, units, artillery units, schools, Ranger’s to Infantry, logistics to transportation, bases to forts and much more requested custom USAR shirts and designs and Vision-Strike-Wear.Com is humbled to have the opportunity to support these amazing men and…
  • Navychief.Com Goes After Original Art Of Vision-Strike-Wear.Com Chief Design

    Sarge Strike
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Inspired by a Chief. Collaborated by a United States Navy Chief’s wife. Designed by Vision-Strike-Wear.Com. What do you get from a team like this? A shirt design originally created for the US Navy ship USS Louisville which then later became one of the most widely known and often copied designs in Navy Chief recent history. Now Master Chief Ruben Aguirre and his incredible and highly supportive spouse were instrumental in the development of an idea that would become the US Navy Chief Anchored design worn by more than a thousand Chiefs all over the US Navy. The original design was created…
  • Top US Navy Designs 2015

    Sarge Strike
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Top US Navy Designs 2015 Top US Navy Designs of 2015 represent the start if a busy year creating custom US Navy artwork and military graphics for the amazing men  and women of the United States Navy. These razor sharp custom US Naval designs are found on a variety of military tees and shirts, posters, decals, drinkware and much more. Our Junior Enlisted, Senior Enlisted, Petty Officers, Chief Petty Officers and Commissioned Officers have been instrumental in the collaboration of designs in the past and in 2015 we look forward to more great designs for the United States Navy. A design for…
  • Frost Call predicts Jeb Bush Will Win 2016 Presidential Election

    Frost Call
    14 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
    The Democratic Front runners and where their money comes from… Bernie Sanders VS. Hillary Clinton Obviously Hillary is supported by the hidden Elite. Hillary Clinton, from 1999 to 2015 (Backed by Banking) Bernie Sanders, from 1989-2015 (Backed by Groups) Canadian For US President! Ted Cruz?  I thought you had to be American born to be USA President.  This Canuck can run but Arnold couldn’t. (I guess that would be too apparent.) It took a while for a Black man to be president leaving a bad taste in everyone’s mouth so don’t expect a Hispanic for the sequel. Frost…
  • Navy Crows Call For 1st Class 2nd Class and 3rd Class Designs

    Sarge Strike
    14 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    US Navy Crow Shirts The United States Navy from the rank of 3rd class Petty Officer to Master Chief wear with pride on their sleeves what is affectionately known as crows. In actuality they are Eagles but like the many generations of tradition and excellence the US Navy and its sailors have adopted this long standing theme. After many years of working with hundreds of First Class Petty Officer associations, Second Class Petty Officer associations and Junior Enlisted Associations the request came in to the design team of Vision-Strike-Wear.Com that a design would be created for more…
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    Military Backpack Guide

  • REVIEW: Direct Action Gear – Ghost Pack

    Mike
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:49 pm
    A few months back, I tested and reviewed the Direct Action Gear “Dragon Egg” pack. Direct Action Gear is an interesting company to me, because until early this year, I -as a military backpack enthusiast and former US Marine- had never heard of them, and I’m surprised because their gear is absolutely “up to it” when it comes to the field. Not only that, but I have a feeling you’ll like their customer service as well. Overview As of the time of this review(June of 2015), Direct Action Gear has (3) military-grade backpacks. Their smallest is the…
  • REVIEW: Direct Action Gear – Dragon Egg Pack

    Mike
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Direct Action Gear started in Poland, and has since expanded into the US market with an office in New York. Their gear definitely has some unique features which I would simply categorize as “outside the box”. They’ve got three military backpacks, which range in size and available features. The smallest is the “Dust” model, while their 3-day offering is named “Ghost”. I’ll eventually review all three of these bags, but for now, I decided to have a look at Direct Action Gear’s mid-sized, best seller – the “Dragon Egg”.
  • Choosing a Military Backpack – What you need to consider before purchase

    Mike
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    If you’re in the market for a serious backpack, of course you’re going to be adding many military backpacks to your shortlist. We’ve got a ton of backpack reviews here on the site but there’s one common thread amongst them all: they’re all either some form of Government issue, or tactically equivalent. When I was in the US Marine Corps, we didn’t get a choice out of Boot Camp which gear we could use. However, once we landed at our first duty station, the options became available. Overview Military backpacks have a variety of uses that make them…
  • Everything you need to know about ALICE packs – neatly organized

    Mike
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Introduction It’s not always easy to find the right pack for your personal needs. While there are many pack systems available and many different aspects to consider, the ALICE system can be the perfect option for many people. Here’s a look at the history, the different types issued by the United States government and a quick guide to choosing the right ALICE system based on individual needs. History The ALICE system – which stands for All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment – was developed through the latter half of the 1960s for use in United States…
  • REVIEW: VISM Tactical Backpack

    Mike
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:57 pm
    The VISM Tactical Backpack is a small to mid capacity backpack manufactured by NcStar. The main compartment has an internal capacity of over 1,200 sq inches and there are six additional smaller compartments: two on each side and two on the back. It’s also fully adjustable to accommodate different sizes and is available either in solid black or a green digital camouflage print. When we review tactical backpacks, we’re looking for them to meet three criteria: durability, comfort, and what extra features does it have? The VISM performs amazingly in comfort with wide and well-padded…
 
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    Special Forces

  • He just forced police officers to kill him – Palestine PD released video

    Eric SOF
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
    http://www.special-ops.org Following fatal shooting on the evening of May 31, 2015, the Palestine PD, Texas released a video on Tuesday afternoon. It shows the video footage captured by body cam worn by one of police officers involved in fatal shooting of 47-year-old James Bushey. Video shows the final moments that led up to the fatal shooting. The post He just forced police officers to kill him – Palestine PD released video appeared first on Special Forces.
  • Brutality without borders: 13 ISIS militants executed on video

    Eric SOF
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    http://www.special-ops.org Often we were shocked by propaganda videos created by the Islamic State militants in which they usually used barbaric methods to shock the world. But this time, we were shocked but this time situation is opposite. A rebel group Jaysh Al-Islam battling ISIS in Syria has turned the tables on its enemies by capturing and slaughtering The post Brutality without borders: 13 ISIS militants executed on video appeared first on Special Forces.
  • Gruesome video showing ISIS gunmen executed Egyptian judges in drive-by shooting

    Eric SOF
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    http://www.special-ops.org Only a few hours after assassination of the Egyptian top prosecutor Hishaam Barakat, the new video emerged. This time, in grainy footage, it is shown a drive-by attack on three Egyptian judges. In the video, the militants approach in an unidentified vehicle with their guns ready. The driver speeds up near a silver car, driving in the opposite The post Gruesome video showing ISIS gunmen executed Egyptian judges in drive-by shooting appeared first on Special Forces.
  • First of 10 ex-USAF C-27J arrive in Australia

    Brian Hartigan
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:43 am
    http://www.special-ops.org The first of 10 C-27J Spartans arrived in Australia today. The aircraft were purchased by Australia from the US DoD after the United States Air Force Spartan fleet was axed in budget cuts. Australia’s Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown welcomed the first RAAF C-27J Spartan battlefield airlift aircraft in Australia at a ceremony The post First of 10 ex-USAF C-27J arrive in Australia appeared first on Special Forces.
  • Dutch order 12 new Aussie Bushmasters

    Brian Hartigan
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:19 am
    http://www.special-ops.org A dozen life-saving Bushmasters are going into production in Bendigo for export to the Netherlands, after the country’s Ministry of Defence ordered new vehicles from Thales Australia. The vehicles will complement the 86 Bushmasters previously purchased by the Dutch customer between 2006 and 2009, and will be delivered by the middle of 2016. Thales Australia The post Dutch order 12 new Aussie Bushmasters appeared first on Special Forces.
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    Military Spouse Program

  • You have PCS orders… Now what?

    Kellie
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Just when it starts to feel like home it’s time to move again. Being a military family means you move around a lot. Moving does not have to cause hair pulling anxiety and nail biting stress! Here are just a few tips to help you and your family have a smoother PCS move. Do your research. Moving to a new city can be very overwhelming. Talk to friends and family, find the people who have lived or visited your new city. Chances are someone in your military family has been stationed or at the very least been to training at your new duty station. Check your new post’s website, as well…
  • 5 Tips for Military Spouse Moms Returning to the Virtual Classroom

    Kellie
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    The sacrifices you make for your country and family are undeniable, and you’ve decided that it’s time to do something for you. Congratulations on taking a huge step toward achieving you dream career. Despite the difficulties the military lifestyle presents, Military Spouses from coast to coast are defining their idea of success every single day. Now… it’s your turn. Becoming a dedicated and focused virtual college student is not always an easy transition, especially when children (and summer vacation) are involved. These 7 tips will assist you in setting yourself up for success, as a…
  • Diploma Program Benefits

    Kellie
    19 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    Are you a Military Spouse seeking out a high-demand career path? Maybe you are just getting started, or maybe you’re ready for a career change. Well, if you’re considering returning to the classroom (even a virtual one), you should consider enrolling in an accredited Diploma program. These programs offer concentrated classes and practical skills, preparing you for a successful, portable career as a member of a top trending industry. Diplomas, or professional certifications, are a wonderful alternative to a traditional degree program. Click here for a list of diploma programs…
  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center- 29 Palms

    Milspouse
    5 May 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center History/Operations Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), also known as 29 Palms, is a United States Marine Corps base established in 1949. The mission includes live-fire arms training to support military forces and serves military and tenant units on the base. The base comprises one of the largest military training areas in the United States. The Mojave Viper program has become the model for advanced training prior to deployment. MCAGCC hosts a combat town constructed to simulate a Middle Eastern village with native role players and other…
  • 5 Things You May Not Know About Your Education Benefits

    Milspouse
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    Education benefits for military spouses – they’re confusing, subject to change, and constant fodder for the rumor mill. This state of affairs makes it important to spell out exactly what’s going on with education benefits for military spouses these days. Here are five things you might not realize about what’s up under the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) program. Military spouses: There is money set aside for your schooling. Many military spouses have heard of MyCAA, but don’t know much about it and fail to learn more. The unfortunate result is that they…
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    Max Security » MENA & Africa Intel Blog: Max Spotlight

  • Sinai Bedouins: A Regime Gambit against Islamic State in Egypt?

    jay.radzinski
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    By: Oded Berkowitz    Recently, media outlets throughout Egypt raved about the creation of a new paramilitary force in the Sinai Peninsula meant to help the Egyptian Armed Forces tackle the growing security threat of the Islamic State’s Wilayat Sinai (formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis). This new force allegedly united 30 Bedouin tribes on May 10, to form the “Sinai Tribal Federation”, or STF, and was meant to provide volunteer intelligence about the militant group’s activities.   The creation of the STF was preceded by several acts of animosity between Wilayat…
  • MAX Analysis Egypt: January attack by militant group Wilayat Sinai underscores increased capabilities February 24, 2015

    jay.radzinski
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    Executive Summary The January 29 coordinated and simultaneous attack against multiple targets in northern Sinai, by the militant organization Wilayat Sinai, highlights an ongoing shift in militant tactics, as well as an upgrading of their capabilities and the potential for additional attacks. Meanwhile, renewed accusations that the Muslim Brotherhood was involved in the attack and subsequent crackdowns on the group will likely continue to create a divide in the organization over the use of violence to “retaliate” against alleged police and military brutality. This divide will likely…
  • MAX Analysis India & Pakistan: Cross-border hostilities likely to continue as Islamabad seeks to intensify Kashmir debate January 23, 2015

    jay.radzinski
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:58 am
    Executive Summary Clashes on the border between India and Pakistan have escalated again since December, leaving around a dozen dead and tens of thousands displaced. Pakistan is likely seeking to increase pressure on India to renew negotiations over Kashmir through a controlled escalation. Despite both side’s efforts to ensure relatively localized hostilities, risk of more widespread border conflict remains. We advise against all nonessential travel to Pakistan given the ongoing threat of militancy, kidnappings and sectarian tensions throughout the country. We advise against all travel to…
  • MAX Analysis Nigeria: Chadian deployment records positive momentum against Boko Haram militants, February 3, 2015

    jay.radzinski
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:50 am
    Executive Summary Chad’s military deployment to northern Nigeria and Cameroon has yielded a quick succession of defeats for Boko Haram’s militants, given the Chadian soldiers’ superior training, discipline, and supplies. While Chad is focused on securing its border and interests along Lake Chad, longer term momentum against Boko Haram will necessitate an expansion of the commitment by regional forces to aid the Nigerian military’s counterinsurgency. Travel to Abuja and Lagos can continue while maintaining heightened vigilance and following heightened security measures regarding…
  • MAX Analysis Saudi Arabia & Iraq: IS attack against Saudi-Iraq border crossing January 6, 2015

    jay.radzinski
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:47 am
    Executive Summary An Islamic State-subgroup based in Iraq’s Anbar Province issued a statement on January 5 claiming responsibility for targeting the Iraqi side of Saudi Arabia’s Arar border crossing, which came under attack during the early morning hours of January 5. Three Saudi Border Guards were killed in the attack and two wounded, while four attackers were also killed. Despite an ideological interest in targeting Saudi Arabia, we do not assess that the January 5 incident represents an alteration in the security situation along Saudi Arabia’s border with Iraq, but rather a…
 
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