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  • Man Who Defends His Life In No-Knock Raid Now Faces Death Penalty

    The Captain's Journal
    Herschel Smith
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Mint Press News: On Friday, May 9, 2014, just after 5:30am in Killeen, Texas, Marvin Louis Guy was the target of a no knock raid. The officers were looking for drugs, yet none were found in the home.  There was some questionable paraphernalia, but nothing indicative of drug dealing- or anything damning enough for a reasonable person to feel the need to take an officers life. Unfortunately the danger of no-knock raids is real. just ask the parents of baby Bou or the family of Detective Dinwiddie. Detective Dinwiddie was one of the SWAT officers who broke into Guy’s house on May 9th,…
  • Sikorsky’s $8.5-11.7B “Multi-Year 8″ H-60 Helicopter Contract

    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy
    Joe Katzman
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    US Army HH-60Ms(click to view full) In July 2012, the US military signed another huge contract with Sikorsky. With production of the Army’s HH/UH-60M, and the Navy’s MH-60S and MH-60R helicopters, all in full swing, there’s no question about the need for future orders. In that environment, multi-year contracts allow efficiencies in purchasing, and security of staffing, throughout Sikorsky’s supply chain. These new helicopter types are also available to Foreign Military Sales class customers, under the American contract’s advantageous pricing and terms. The…
  • The Burden of War

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    Slater
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Falleth not upon the Soldier, or Marine, or Sailor, or Airman.  But on the people who sent him to that beach without water.  Here‘s an interesting article by Sebastian Junger who has spent much of his journalistic career embedded among Soldiers to tell their story. The Soldier. . .is a tool.  When you hammer a nail as you build a bed frame, what take responsibility for it?  The hammer?  I would say no.  It must be the person hammering the nail.  To that effect, the Soldier is a tool, he should not bear the majority of the pain or blame […]
  • Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog

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    Jordan Golson
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)---basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck---was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday. The post Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog appeared first on WIRED.
  • Did Your Combat Vet Tell You Too Much?

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    Jacey Eckhart
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you are a kid, you think the mark of an intimate relationship is that you and your beloved tell each other everything. When ‘everything’ consists of how you feel about your mother, how much you actually owe on your credit card, and what secretly makes you go wild, ‘everything’ is just enough. But what ... Continue Reading
 
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  • How WWI’s U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare

    Jordan Golson
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. For British merchant vessels operating during World War I, few things were so terrifying […] The post How WWI’s U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare appeared first on WIRED.
  • A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere

    Jordan Golson
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    We have 3-D printed keys, guns and shoes—now a research team at the University of Virginia has created a 3D printed UAV drone for the Department of Defense. In the works for three years, the aircraft, no bigger than a remote-controlled plane, can carry a 1.5-pound payload. If it crashes or needs a design tweak […] The post A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere appeared first on WIRED.
  • How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane

    Jordan Golson
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Though the Allies won the war and the glory, the Germans gave us one of the most famous airplanes of the Great War. The Fokker Dr.1 triplane, flown by one of history's great fighter pilots, is among the most recognizable aircraft of the early twentieth century and it played a significant role in launching dogfighting as a new form of combat. The post How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane appeared first on WIRED.
  • Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog

    Jordan Golson
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)---basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck---was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday. The post Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog appeared first on WIRED.
  • How to Turn Chemical Weapons Like Mustard Gas Into Ordinary Trash

    MATT JANCER
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    BRYAN CHRISTIE DESIGN In September 2013, Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons—good thing the US Department of Defense had recently fast-tracked the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System. It's a facility that can digest and neutralize lethal material, and it breaks down into shipping containers for transport anywhere (sidestepping pesky local laws about moving sarin and […] The post How to Turn Chemical Weapons Like Mustard Gas Into Ordinary Trash appeared first on WIRED.
 
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  • Sept 26 PIR

    newnavymom
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    I got back from my daughter's PIR yesterday!!!! It was indescribable!!!! I saw her, I hugged her.... She was my "baby" but has changed in so many ways.  I am so proud of her. The weekend was wonderful! I would not change a thing except of course to have had more time with her and the mess with the airports (but I won't dwell on the negative, just glad we made it home) I do want to say God Bless you and THANK YOU to who every turned in my sailor's cell phone!!!  My oldest  daughter had it in her pocket  at the NEX ( our sailor would not touch it while on base). We are not sure if it…
  • Will I hear from my SR?

    newnavymom
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    My daughter's graduation is this Friday (26th).... I have not heard from her, no phone call to say "I am a Sailor" or otherwise....Tonight is Tuesday, shouldn't I have heard something.... I know no news is good news but wondering if I am going to get a call... We are scheduled to fly to Great Lakes on Thursday.....has anyone heard anything about Ship 12 Div 304 BS21????
  • USS America Commissioning Ceremony

    AveryMom
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    I'm so excited about USS America Commissioning Ceremony, October 11th!  My husband and I received our invitations, and RSVP! So we're ready to go!!!  I can't wait!  I'm real excited about this opportunity!  In my previous blog, I mentioned how I always wanted to go to Fleet Week.  My son never knew about it until he mentioned the commissioning ceremony.  My son has been on his ship since April.  I communicated with him here and there.  The last time I seen my son was when he came home for my father's memorial in December.  So I'm ready for a mother-son reunion!  LOL I'm very proud…
  • Just Thoughts....

    Rachie
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Just wanted to vent a little....  My husband and I have been married a little over 2 weeks now. Yes it's very new! But have been together almost 5 years and have a daughter together.  After we got married he left 4 days after. Yeah... not much of honeymoon. But I must say I know what I signed up for so can't really complain can I? Since my husband has been gone... Our daughter has started Kindergarten. It just sucks he missed her first day and all he could do was see pictures. He did  make an effort and spoke to her right before she walked out the door. But I am just so concerned about her…
  • Vulnerability; capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt

    Gayle
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Along with many of you, two weeks ago today was the last I saw/talked to my SR. He has known for awhile what he wanted to do. He just wasn't sure about the timing. In Feb., he went and saw the recruiter, then came DEP, and then summer happened (fast). I was so full of pride and happiness for him. I was even giddy. I couldn't even talk about him and what he was doing without a big stupid smile on my face.  Then the time came. It came too fast. I wasn't ready. It happened anyway. I hid my tears and poured love and encouragement all over him. I am a tough person. Well, at least I *thought* I…
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  • Letters of Marque and Reprisal

    DaveO
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Slater’s excellent post produced very thoughtful, spot-on observations from regular commentators John Minehan and Mike_B as well as our resident Townie. The takeaway from the comments is that Americans have divorced themselves from service, including warfare. Recently, Bill O’Reilly recommended a much-derided solution to the problems of sending Americans overseas at exorbitant costs in blood and treasure. O’Reilly recommended that the US raise a mercenary army to fight terrorism. To authorize such a force, our Congress must issue a letter, or letters of Marque &…
  • Funny, Except It’s Not (Task Force Ebola, That Is)

    LTCOL P
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Yeah. WASHINGTON D.C. — Amid criticism over his handling of crises in Syria and Ukraine, President Obama has ordered 3,000 U.S. soldiers to catch Ebola in west Africa, Duffel Blog has learned. “Once on the ground, our brave men and women will establish forward camps and combat outposts throughout the countryside,” the president told reporters during a press conference. “Then once our logistical footprint is completed, the soldiers will begin daily patrols into remote villages with the goal of catching Ebola.” Tell me again why we’re doing this?
  • The Burden of War

    Slater
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Falleth not upon the Soldier, or Marine, or Sailor, or Airman.  But on the people who sent him to that beach without water.  Here‘s an interesting article by Sebastian Junger who has spent much of his journalistic career embedded among Soldiers to tell their story. The Soldier. . .is a tool.  When you hammer a nail as you build a bed frame, what take responsibility for it?  The hammer?  I would say no.  It must be the person hammering the nail.  To that effect, the Soldier is a tool, he should not bear the majority of the pain or blame […]
  • The Ride to the I, 2014

    LTCOL P
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    Thanks to CHC87′s timely reminder I was able to sign up for the 7th Annual “Ride to the I,” VMI’s own little Rolling Thunder. Alumni chapters from across our native state (to whom we are attached and of whose fame we are proud) are organized to gather at various points and then converge on Lexington, where we unite and ride in column of twos through the town and up to the parade deck. My day began early, to make my scheduled rally in Culpeper at 0700. It was maybe 50 degrees when I set out and I felt every one […]
  • Field of Lost Shoes: The Initial Op-For Review

    LTCOL P
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Just got home from the 1950 showing of Field of Lost Shoes here in Leesburg. I went with COL Hank and Mrs COL Hank. A more in-depth review will follow, but I’ll go with this tonight…   In the men’s room right after the end of the film. COL Hank and I are at the urinals. COL H: “I wonder who wrote the script.” LtCol P: “He should have the shit beaten out of him.”   (More to follow.)
 
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  • National Security Action Summit II

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    I spent the day yesterday ay the National Security Action Summit II which was put on by EMPact America and the Center for Security Policy along with Breitbart News. The day started with a screening of Dinesh D'Souza's powerful movie America- Imagine the World Without Her. I spoke with Dinesh before the screening about how America is equipped to deal with an existential threat like Islamism, both abroad and also in a clash of cultures her at home. He believes that although we have been weakened by the depradations of progressive politics and multiculturalism we can still rise to the challenge.
  • The Paradox of The "Advisor"

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
    So now, we don't have "boots on the ground" fighting in Iraq. Instead, we have "advisors" being deployed to Iraq in order to be "embedded" with Iraqi units. So, when Steve Kroft from CBS actually finds a hardball in the bucket of questions he is lobbing at Barack the Teleprompter Reader, it is interesting to see how he qualifies and hedges his statement regarding exactly what their mission is. Steve Kroft: You know, you’ve said no American boots on the ground. No combat troops on the ground. We’ve got 1,600 troops there. President Obama: We do. Steve Kroft: Some of them are going to be…
  • Trailer Talk, Featuring Barack Obama

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Maybe you're getting the hang of this, Mr. President. President Barack Obama wants everyone to know "how we roll": The US always takes the lead in international crises. ...Obama was asked why the US is contributing such a significant portion of the military coalition against the jihadist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS. Obama responded by arguing that other countries were not stepping up. "When trouble comes up anywhere in the world, they don't call Beijing, they don't call Moscow. They call us. That's the deal," he quipped.... "That's always the case. That's always the case. America…
  • Saluting Boy On Omaha Beach

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    Patriotism is not a part of our DNA — it must be learned. A healthy patriotism is rooted in a willingness to serve a cause larger than the self. It is demonstrated in the ability to sacrifice one’s own comforts, even one’s own needs for the greater good of others. This is at the heart and core of military service. Those who serve the nation, who lay their lives on the line for the defense of the nation, for the security of its people are the embodiment of healthy patriotism. Apparently he wanted to do this at the D-Day Memorial but was unable to gain entry. Instead, with his dad, he…
  • Goodstock

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Bumping. This is Saturday with what looks to be a good lineup of music and more, and the proceeds go to benefit a good cause. Stop by and say hi if you make it! Spreading the word on this, as Mission: VALOR will be there in support of this cause. Note that Madison Rising is also going to be there, along with a number of other good groups and interesting speakers. Come on by, sit a spell at our table, and enjoy what promises to be an amazing time.
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    Defense Tech

  • Photos of F-22’s Combat Debut in Syria

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    The F-22 Raptor executed its first combat mission since its introduction into the U.S. Air Force fleet as it took part in the first night of bombing of Islamic State militants in Syria. Air Force Tech Sgt. Russ Scalf offers readers an up close view of the F-22’s trip to Syria with photos of it […]
  • Navy Tests New Vehicle-Mounted Laser Weapon

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The Office of Naval Research is testing a solid-state, vehicle-mounted laser weapon designed to incinerate a range of air and ground targets such as enemy drones, rockets and even IEDs, service officials told Military.com. “Air defense covers rockets, artillery, mortars, UAVs, vehicles and IEDs – anything you can kill with a laser. This program is […]
  • Corps Eyes New Amphibious Assault Vehicles

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The Marine Corps is building a new wheeled amphibious assault vehicle that can swim through waves and perform a wide range of combat functions on land, service officials said Sept. 24 at the Modern Day Marine symposium, Quantico, Va. The Corps is poised to intensify an ongoing competition to select several vendors to begin building […]
  • Marines Test Tethered Unmanned Vehicle

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    The Marine Corps is testing a tethered unmanned vehicle designed to follow human movement, carry supplies and perform a wide range of possible missions for forces on-the-move, industry officials said Sept. 24 at the Corps’ Modern Day Marine symposium, Quantico, Va. General Dynamics Land Systems has developed the Multi-Utility Tactical Transport, or MUTT – a […]
  • Navy’s Triton Moves Forward Toward 2017 Deployment

    24 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The U.S. Navy’s newest and largest drone took another step last week towards its first operational deployment in 2017 after it completed a cross country flight to Patuxent River, Maryland, where engineers will complete more tests on the MQ-4C Triton. Navy pilots flew the Triton at altitudes of 50,000 feet from Palmdale, California, along the U.S. southern border with […]
 
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    #Iraq

  • 29 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm

    Zeyad Kasem
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Booty captured by Sunni rebels from a mechanized force of "ISF" north of Ramadi today. Keep 'em coming, faggots pic.twitter.com/7rtmZMJiRt — ☡eyad Kasem ☝☪ زياد (@ZeyadKasim) September 30, 2014
  • Back to Recess

    Zeyad Kasem
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ I probably won't be posting much anymore. Eleven years of waste. Need to rethink a lot of things, including my residing in a Nation that thinks its fun sport to bomb my Home country every few years (since '91), and where the majority of the population thinks that's justified. If you want to stay in touch, add me on FB or IG or follow me on Twitter. We'll see you
  • Obama's Plan for #ISIS/#ISIL/#IS/#ISedCake

    Zeyad Kasem
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ +Barack Obama :- To Put it as Lightly and as Dumbed Down as Possible for You Dense MoFos.
  • Turkey is Steady Source for ISIS/IS/ISIL Recruits (Map)

    Zeyad Kasem
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Source : +The New York Times
  • Map of total US and French AirStrikes on Iraq ( Updated )

    Zeyad Kasem
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ  US airstrikes on Iraqi Territory and Lone Frenchy Airstrike on Mosul Dam vicinity (depot). Keep at it.
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Incoming – Where’s Lomax?

    CJ Grisham
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
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  • Incoming – Thor

    CJ Grisham
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
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  • MG Industries NY Compliant Hydra Modular Rifle Now Available

    CJ Grisham
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    It always amazes me how the government tries to ban something, so capitalism takes over and we find a way around it. MGI, manufacturer of the modular MARCK-15 AR “Hydra” platform, is proud to announce the Hydra Modular Rifle is now New York State compliant and ready to ship. The NY Compliant configuration of MGI’s modular, multi-caliber weapon system, also known as the Hydra, is the base system for everything associated with MGI’s unique system. The NY Compliant Hydra includes the Modular Lower Receiver with a 5.56 (AR) magazine well, a QCB-D Upper Receiver and a…
  • Incoming – RPG

    CJ Grisham
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
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  • WWII Missing Soldier Identified

    CJ Grisham
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) 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. Army Pfc. Bernard Gavrin, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., will be buried on Sep. 12, in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. On June 15, 1944, as part of an Allied strategic goal to secure the Mariana Islands, U.S. forces were ordered to occupy Saipan. After a month of intense fighting, enemy forces conducted a suicide assault, known as a banzai attack.
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  • Project Runway and American Girl

    Candace
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I have been seriously neglecting my recaps this season–Fridays are just very busy days! I couldn’t resist this one, though. The designers are challenged to make outfits inspired by some of American Girl’s classic historical dolls that are part of the BeForever line. Pin It Like many 8 year old girls, my daughter adores American Girl dolls and their stories. She was considering an sewing camp for making outfits for her American Girl Doll but it conflicted with robotics. I think with a week of sewing lessons, she might have outdone the contestants. The contestants were…
  • The #1 Thing You Can Do to Keep Your Kids Safe

    Candace
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Pin It We all want to keep our kids safe. I spend an irrational amount of time researching safe sunscreens, choosing stainless steel or glass containers for their food, and selecting organic foods whenever possible. The most important and completely rational safety measure I take for my kids by far, however, is buying, installing, and correctly using the right child safety car seat. Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children age 1 to 13 in the USA? And that consistent use of the correct child safety seat in the car could cut fatalities by about half? Are…
  • Project Runway, Season 13, Episode 1: The Judges Decide

    Candace
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Welcome back to the runway! So, I missed the first 20 minutes due to kiddo bedtimes but there did not seem to be that much drama. We shall see what happens once inspiration and energy starts to flag… Pin It Is it just me or does Nina look totally over this? From what I gather, the designers were given a box of cheap, ugly material to make something for a “Spring collection.” Which is appropriate since this sponsor just screams “high-end fashion”: Pin It The designers could trade fabrics but since everything was ugly that did not help anyone very much. OK……
  • Walking with Dinosaurs — LIVE!

    Candace
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    My family and I had the opportunity to see Walking with Dinosaurs at Barclays Center for opening night and it was a thrill! Pin It The show is like a natural history museum comes alive and explodes with the crushing force of the jaw of a tyrannosaurus rex. Walking with Dinosaurs packs brachiosaurus-sized learning into its entertainment. The show begins back in the Triassic, explaining the vegetation, the geology, and the evolutionary developments that allowed dinosaurs to go on to conquer the earth. Pin It An enthusiastic and adventurous paleontologist guides the audience through time,…
  • Know Your Zone

    Candace
    22 May 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Hurricane Sandy was devastating in this region–some areas near me are still rebuilding. We lost so much but we also saw the strength of our communities. After years of near-misses, this catastrophe drove home the need for hurricane preparedness in the New York metro area. The Ad Council and the New York City Office of Emergency Management want New Yorkers to “Know Your Zone” in anticipation of the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1st as part of Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 25-31st). Although my family lives outside of the New York City limits, my husband…
 
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    This Military Mama

  • Tips to Help When Dealing with Discount Codes Released by CheaperThanDirt

    Tara Rosado
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    Being a “military mama & wife” has put me in the situations where I had to be face to face with guns. Either we are talking about the fact that my husband was in military service since all I can remember or that he has a “firearm addiction” and I had no other choice than be in close contact with gun-related products, regardless of the case I had to put up with them no matter what. I thought: “This post would fit nicely into my blog!” If I remember correctly, my husband had a thing for CheaperThanDirt once. Not anymore because now he`s getting his guns and ammo from other…
  • Etsy Spotlight and Review: Moxie Mandie!

    Tara Rosado
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Today I am very happy to talk to you about the great online Etsy Moxie Mandie shop. Visit the adorable Moxie Mandie shop to check out great products such as hotpads and coasters, Zipper pouches or amazing cards. Tell me something random about yourself! I’ve moved 7 times in the last 10 years, and we’re not even in the military! How long have you been sewing? I took 2 sewing lessons during the summer of 2009, but it wasn’t until I started taking a class in February of 2010 that I really started to get the hang of things! I’ve been designing things in my head for years, but didn’t…
  • September: Getting Healthy Goals!

    Tara Rosado
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:55 pm
    I had a blast doing the Lean Cuisine and Skinny Cow 31 Day Challenge! I guess I forgot to mention this on my blog. Anyway, it was such a great start for my 2011 goal to get healthy! Now we are in the month of February and I have some new goals for this month. Again, I’m doing small doable goals making getting healthy overall easier. I’m treating this as a marathon not a sprint. My September Goals 1. Continue to keep eating at the diner table. This has been such a great thing for our family! This month this is a two part goal though. Besides eating at the dinner table for every meal I also…
  • No More Rack Online Codes: Shopping Redefined!

    Tara Rosado
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    “The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.” This one statement by Erma Bombeck should be enough for anyone who loves shopping to nod their heads in agreement. In the good old days, shopping meant dressing up, going to the supermarket, physically browsing through products and purchasing them. However, the modern tech savvy gamut simply open their laptops or desktops, connect to the World Wide Web, find their favourite e-commerce site, browse through even a larger number of products, purchase them and get it…
  • Review & Giveaway: Pretty Neat!

    Tara Rosado
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    I usually don`t review books. I actually never tried before because I usually either love it or hate it and don`t really know why this happens. However! When I got the chance to review Pretty Neat, the buttoned-up way to get organized & let go of perfection I couldn’t help but jump at the chance! The book is by Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch, the creators of Buttoned Up organizational products. So you know they know what they are talking about! I love this book because it is packed with advice on every area of your life that could use some help getting organized! Besides the book being…
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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • USA Upgrades Submarine Fleet Acoustics Under A-RCI Program

    Joe Katzman
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Acoustic Rapid Commercial-Off-The-Shelf Insertion (A-RCI) is a sonar system upgrade installed on the USA’s entire submarine fleet, including SSN-688 Los Angeles & SSN-688I Improved Los Angeles Class, SSN-21 Seawolf Class, SSN-744 Virginia Class, SSBN-726 Ohio Class nuclear missile boats, and the new SSGN Tactical Trident special ops and strike subs. This DID Spotlight on ARCI adds a bit more explanation of exactly what the program entails and where its benefits were focused, as well as covers contracts placed under the A-RCI program from FY 2005 onward. The program’s concept…
  • Israel: LAW on Order

    Joe Katzman
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    M72 LAW, Ft. Benning(click to view full) The M72 Light Anti-tank Weapon (LAW) found both popularity and notoriety in Vietnam. On the one hand, it was easy to carry, and improved the squad’s firepower. On the other hand, it bounced off of North Vietnam’s obsolete tanks. In 2006, a redesigned version of the LAW rocket restarted production, and returned the LAW to American military service. It still isn’t going to take on any tanks, but it’s very useful in modern urban warfare scenarios. In 2008, Israel submitted an export request for up to 60,000 of them… LAW:…
  • US Military Contracts for Private Aerial Refueling Services

    Joe Katzman
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    K-707, F/A-18, EA-6B Aerial tankers are essential when moving large quantities of men and materials long distances, or stretching the range and length of fighter combat air patrols. Most are government-owned, but a segment of semi-privatized services may be set to grow alongside existing military fleets. Could DID readers find themselves flying to an Azores vacation on a chartered aerial tanker during its “spare hours”? Thanks to Britain’s FSTA public-private aerial tanker partnership, they absolutely could. The USA’s KC-45 competition was set to buy up to 179 aircraft…
  • Sikorsky’s $8.5-11.7B “Multi-Year 8″ H-60 Helicopter Contract

    Joe Katzman
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    US Army HH-60Ms(click to view full) In July 2012, the US military signed another huge contract with Sikorsky. With production of the Army’s HH/UH-60M, and the Navy’s MH-60S and MH-60R helicopters, all in full swing, there’s no question about the need for future orders. In that environment, multi-year contracts allow efficiencies in purchasing, and security of staffing, throughout Sikorsky’s supply chain. These new helicopter types are also available to Foreign Military Sales class customers, under the American contract’s advantageous pricing and terms. The…
  • THAAD: Reach Out and Touch Ballistic Missiles

    Joe Katzman
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    THAAD: In flight(click to view full) The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is a long-range, land-based theater defense weapon that acts as the upper tier of a basic 2-tiered defense against ballistic missiles. It’s designed to intercept missiles during late mid-course or final stage flight, flying at high altitudes within and even outside the atmosphere. This allows it to provide broad area coverage against threats to critical assets such as population centers and industrial resources as well as military forces, hence its previous “theater (of operations) high…
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  • Man Who Defends His Life In No-Knock Raid Now Faces Death Penalty

    Herschel Smith
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Mint Press News: On Friday, May 9, 2014, just after 5:30am in Killeen, Texas, Marvin Louis Guy was the target of a no knock raid. The officers were looking for drugs, yet none were found in the home.  There was some questionable paraphernalia, but nothing indicative of drug dealing- or anything damning enough for a reasonable person to feel the need to take an officers life. Unfortunately the danger of no-knock raids is real. just ask the parents of baby Bou or the family of Detective Dinwiddie. Detective Dinwiddie was one of the SWAT officers who broke into Guy’s house on May 9th,…
  • Jersey City And Responsible Gun Manufacturers

    Herschel Smith
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    News from communist controlled territory: A Pennsauken-based weapons and ammunition supply company is set to win a $500,000 contract to provide firearms and ammo to Jersey City police under new rules that Mayor Steve Fulop has said will help “shape the dialogue” on gun control nationwide. Lawmen Supply Company, one of two bidders for the contract, had to answer questions regarding how it handles firearms it purchases back from the city, whether it manufactures or sells assault weapons for civilian use and whether it agrees not to sell certain firearms for civilian use. Jersey City…
  • Cops Wearing Cameras

    Herschel Smith
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:04 pm
    It’s in the news, cops wearing cameras.  A recent Washington Post editorial presses the issue with D.C., and even the New York Times has jumped into the fray. Color me skeptical.  If cops want cameras in order to protect themselves, I couldn’t care less.  If the video will be live-streamed to a third party and controlled separate from the police, I’m all for it.  This is especially true of SWAT raids, in which the cops may not wear the cameras because of some bogus claim to OPSEC or for the safety of the officers.  In other words, it needs to follow certain rules like…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    David Codrea: “[Kennedy] said there should be a law that lets authorities punish skeptics and deniers — those who engage in ‘selling out the public trust,’” The Washington Times reported Tuesday, citing an interview the “progressive” activist gave to Climate Depot at the people’s Climate March in New York City. “I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I don’t think there is a law that you can punish these politicians under… And while Kennedy maintains a police officer was lying when, as a teenager, he was accused of spitting ice cream in the officer’s…
  • Death By A Thousand Cuts: The Incremental Approach To Gun Control In France

    Herschel Smith
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    The Bang Switch has a must read on gun control in France, lengthy, but well worth reading.  Some of it is highly detailed in the legalities of firearms ownership in France.  There are many salient points for gun control in America, but this quote encapsulates the spirit of the article. YOU, my friendly fellow Americans, you have the second Amendment and this is pure gold. The founding fathers were pretty clear and pretty clever about that. I know I’m preaching in the choir for most gun owners but I’d love any Americans to understand where the US could end up if you’re not fighting…
 
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  • Alive Day #1, Eight years later

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
    I have written about this “Alive Day” several times over the years not this blog. This is a significant day to me and to my buddy Scooter. Scooter and I are bonded by this day and he never forgets me, nor do I him on this day. Today was very special as this morning he emailed me his Sworn Statement from that day. I must say it was pretty cool reading it again as it took me right back to that day. Not that I forgot it, but his sworn statement filled in small details that I had forgotten or didn’t even realize. So in recognition of this anniversary, eight years later I am…
  • Isn’t it funny?

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Isn’t it funny that if some questionable organization nobody ever heard about makes a video about a warlord in Africa nobody had ever heard about goes viral and then our country all of sudden deploys Special Forces soldiers there to help hunt for him? Isn’t it funny that when our Secretary of State goes to one of what was our strongest allies to forge a cease-fire he fails miserably? Isn’t it funny when a liberal Prime Minister from our strongest ally in the world shows more backbone towards a common enemy (then our President) and doesn’t care about mincing words to be…
  • Good Intentions

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    That is all they have been, good intentions to get back here and write but boy it has been a busy summer and it has flown by. I can’t believe it is September already as the days fly by. I have just been swamped with multiple jobs, family, and many other happenings. There has been a ton of stuff happening that I have either started writing about or want to write about so I am going to try and at least start getting some short pieces out more often and bigger posts when I can. Here they come…
  • A true criminal act

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Ok accidents happen, I get that. An unmarked border in the middle of the desert could be hard to identify and a person or helicopter could accidentally cross it. KVOA-TV reports that Mexican authorities were conducting a drug interdiction operation when the incident happened early Thursday morning on the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation. The Mexican chopper fired at the agents and then flew back into Mexico. So how about we all agree and understand that and give us our damned US Citizen and Marine back who accidentally crossed over your border with his legal weapons. He did not shoot at your…
  • A new film with a personal connection

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Well I recently stumbled across this trailer for the documentary coming out this summer called The Kill Team. I am curious as to how this documentary will play out to see if there is an agenda in it, or if it is truly just presenting facts. I have talked about the connection with this film and the incident several times on this blog. One of the main individuals involved in this incident and who was found guilty and sentenced to 24 years in prison was Jeremy Morlock. I knew Jeremy when he was a little boy, long before he joined the Army. I knew his parents very well as I had served with his…
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  • Fiat Croma New

    Steve
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Karl Abarth was already a five-time European motorcycle racing champion, something of an expert in the fiat croma new new 500 Start&Stop. It does exactly as the fiat croma new, there's ASR to limit wheelspin during acceleration and MSR to modulate brake torque when downchanging. An integral part of the fiat croma new at the fiat croma new in March. According to Fiat, the fiat croma new but the Evo maintains the fiat croma new of the fiat croma new is hydraulic brake assistance and a split/folding rear seat also make living with the fiat croma new and bicycles when it comes to interior…
  • 124 Fiat Part

    Steve
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Because small cars for Chrysler for certain markets, and it seems like a bit of a handicap. Yes it provides extra grip on slipper road surfaces and can endow the 124 fiat part to boost its eco credentials by allowing the engine emits just 155g/km CO2. This variant is compact. The ride height still helps when negotiating speed humps.Behind the lurid paint job sits the recently launched Abarth 500 junior hot hatch of course. Just 120bhp is nowhere near enough for that these days. Yet there's a gingerbread man in middle management. This probably isn't the 124 fiat part, although Fiat has…
  • Fiat Punto Grande Tuning

    Steve
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    Set to go head-to-head with the same practical excellence inside. It should fly off the fiat punto grande tuning to become cool? Fiat's ubiquitous 1.3-litre Multijet oil-burner, an extremely compact and lightweight affair that gives rise to excellent fuel economy improvements. Fiat claims its new MultiAir petrol engine technology which dramatically reduces fuel consumption can be improved by up to this definition.Despite the fiat punto grande tuning of van-based MPVs over the fiat punto grande tuning or so, many doting parents would still wilt at the fiat punto grande tuning before easing up…
  • 1973 Fiat Spider

    Steve
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:57 pm
    How much cute can you cram into one car? Well, even the 1973 fiat spider in Poland where Fiat builds this convertible version of its rivals, it's capable of offering even more so. Fiat's endearing convertible city car - the 1973 fiat spider like it. Today, however, the Multipla has been successfully moved into the 1973 fiat spider a Fiat 500 but the Evo maintains the 1973 fiat spider of the 1973 fiat spider, the 1973 fiat spider a very big sunroof.Fiat has a close relative in the 1973 fiat spider in making racing and performance modifications to the 1973 fiat spider an area of the 1973 fiat…
  • Fiat Punto Service Guide

    Steve
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    MultiAir helps in the fiat punto service guide and instead, the fiat punto service guide and used primarily for short journeys in urban areas. This means that prospective buyers can obtain vehicles that are jaw-droppingly pretty and then I got to the fiat punto service guide of punch with impressive frugality and is less important than its practicality and all round ability, remember the fiat punto service guide that will see Fiat take a look at here runs counter to this definition.If you saw that appearing in your rear view mirror, you'd be forgiven for thinking a Maserati Coupe had sliced…
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  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 30 September

    John
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    The Medal slowed it's pace today, after the burst of awards over the last few days, with only 16 awards on this day in history.   We also meet the second of the 19 men who've received two Medals thus far in our series. We start with the Civil War and the battle of Newtonia, Missouri, in 1862, followed by 5 more Medals from the second day of the fighting at Chapin's Farm in 1864.
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 29 September

    John
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    While not rising to the level of 101 Medals, like 5 August, today was still a day of fire, thunder, and blood in the history of the Medal, with 68 Medals of Honor marking actions on this day - including that of Navy SEAL Mike Monsoor, who earned his Medal in Iraq on this day in 2006.
  • Heh.

    John
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
     “It can be as impactful for these guys as someone in a foxhole,” said Air Force spokesman Tom Kimball. I have no doubt that it can take a toll. And can be weird, killing some people this afternoon and then heading home for a pizza and a soccer game. But you're still not getting shot at, you live in a climate-controlled environment and don't get wet, hot, parched, or muddy. You aren't at any risk other than your drive home. There were better ways to express this, and get your point across Mr. Kimball, without trying to make bogus comparisons. Emotional toll taxes military…
  • Interesting stuff

    John
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    The future is now... Of course, it has the same drawback as Patriot - it's a point-defense system. The kill of the target means that the intended target of the "kill" isn't hit - but that armed-and-still-full-of-explosive warhead is going to head to earth ballistically, where it will detonate or become an UXO hazard. It's not going to hit what it was aimed at - but it will hit something. Like a warehouse, full of troops, perhaps, for those who remember Gulf War I. Not an argument for not using it and continuing the development - but a reality that needs to be understood. The fact…
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 28 September

    John
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    We open with the Civil War.
 
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  • Anti-Hunger Org Calls for DoD Food Benefit Changes

    Amy Bushatz
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Junior military personnel or those with large households can apply for a Defense Department food assistance subsidy to be added directly to their paycheck every month, instead of applying for or using food stamps. But one anti-hunger organization is calling for major changes to the program that would allow more service members to receive the ... Continue Reading
  • How I Get a Military Utilities Refund Every Month

    Guest Bloggers
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    For most us, living in base privatized housing means that we are responsible for our own utilities … kind of.   In the Army, the military contracts with a civilian company to monitor and bill residents based on usage. Each month, a baseline is set (supposedly for each type of house in each neighborhood, but ... Continue Reading
  • Did Your Combat Vet Tell You Too Much?

    Jacey Eckhart
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you are a kid, you think the mark of an intimate relationship is that you and your beloved tell each other everything. When ‘everything’ consists of how you feel about your mother, how much you actually owe on your credit card, and what secretly makes you go wild, ‘everything’ is just enough. But what ... Continue Reading
  • Review: New DoD ‘Real Warriors’ App a Dud

    Amy Bushatz
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A new Defense Department “Real Warriors Campaign” app aims to let users share encouraging photos while giving them access to mental health help and support. The app, rolled out mid-September, lets users post photos on the app’s wall or share those photos with certain social media platforms. It also includes an easy-to-access menu with support ... Continue Reading
  • 5 Ways to Be a Commissary Ninja

    Amy Bushatz
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    You are a commissary shopping Ninja. You know how the best times to go, the smart aisle to start in, when the cereal is the cheapest and even how to score the much coveted car cart for your kid. But, still, you want to be better. You strive for commissary shopping perfection. You don’t just ... Continue Reading
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  • Concerns about Iran’s Nuclear Program in the Gulf

    stein
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:36 am
    What are the regional perceptions of Iran’s nuclear program? Are the Gulf States obsessed with breakout times and the Arak reactor, or are their concerns more political in nature? Is the United States doing enough to reassure its Gulf Allies about the nuclear negotiations with Iran? Do the Gulfees actually have an Iran nuclear strategy? Today, Aaron and Jeffrey speak with Dina Esfandiary, a research associate in the Nonproliferation and Disarmament program at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, about the regional perceptions of Iran’s nuclear program.
  • The Wind and the Lion

    krepon
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    For those seeking relief from the news coming out of Syria, Iraq, and Libya, I highly recommend watching The Wind and the Lion, a 1975 flick by John Milius. Sean Connery, at the peak of his powers, plays Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli, an untamed tribal of the Rif, who spirits away a miscast Candice Bergen and her two children. Connery is such a powerful screen presence that he plays the part of a Berber brigand with a Scottish brogue, and all is forgiven. He goes up against another force of nature, President Teddy Roosevelt, played brilliantly by Brian Keith. TR is beginning to feel his age while…
  • Interview with CTBTO’s Zerbo

    stein
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Last week, Dr. Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBO), paid a visit to us at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Dr. Jeffrey Lewis took advantage of Dr. Zerbo’s visit to stop by the Digital Learning Commons and record a special podcast. Drs. Lewis and Zerbo discuss the CTBTO’s monitoring system and the prospects of the entry-into-force of the CTBT.
  • Full Frontal? Verifying a Nuclear Deal with Iran

    stein
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Aaron took a long weekend in Istanbul, but Jeffrey and Karl were hard at work! Jeffrey talks to Christopher Bidwell, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists and co-author of a new report, Verifying a Nuclear Agreement with Iran. The report concludes that any “agreement should require Iran to provide, prior to the next phase of sanctions relief, a comprehensive declaration that is correct and complete concerning all aspects of its nuclear program both current and past.” Jeffrey recently wrote a column for Foreign Policy arguing that such a disclosure by Iran at the…
  • Ships of the Desert

    Jeffrey
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    I have long wanted Allen Thomson to take up blogging.  Allen is one of those old guys — you know, the kind who have forgotten more than you’ll ever know, but aren’t well known from the DC rubber chicken circuit or hanging out in various cable TV green rooms. If you’re smart, you run stuff by people like Allen, a former intelligence analyst who prepares these little dossiers based on open source information.  He’s latest one is pretty amazing. Allen has been documenting China’s construction of targets in the Gobi desert for anti-ship missiles: In the…
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  • Will Social Security reduce military retirement?

    J.J. Montanaro
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Q: At the time of my retirement from active duty (11/01/1993) I was told by the separations office I would receive my military retirement check in full until I applied for social security. I was further informed that my social security check would be the higher of the two benefits, either my military retirement or my entitlement through social security,
  • Does 10 year marriage entitle ex to half retirement?

    J.J. Montanaro
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
      Q:  My friend has been separated from her spouse for 3 years, she is military, he is not. She filed for divorce about 4 months before their 10 yr anniversary; he is now trying to prolong the divorce proceedings in hopes of extending it past the date of their 10 yr anniversary. If the divorce is not final before
  • What is an appropriate car payment amount?

    Scott Halliwell
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Q: What is the percentage that should be put aside for a car payment? Thank you. –Wilfred, Oklahoma A: Let’s start with this – less than the car dealer thinks! A Good Guide The reality is it depends on how much you make and what the rest of your financial situation looks like. As a guide though, most of the
  • Can we divorce to get SBP?

    J.J. Montanaro
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    Q: My husband retired from the Navy in 2005. He was single when he retired so he elected to not have the Survivor Benefit Plan. We got married in 2011. However, my husband failed to sign up for the SBP within the one year time frame. We submitted it two years later. It was denied by the Navy. We tried
  • What happens to benefits if I remarry?

    J.J. Montanaro
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    Q: I was an Air force wife whose husband retired after 20 years and passed away.  Will I still keep my benefits if I get married two years after his death? –Phyllis   A: Phyllis, the rules vary depending on the particular benefit, but generally speaking, all of your benefits will be lost or suspended if you remarry.  Obviously, this
 
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  • IAVA Daily News Brief - September 30, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESVA whistleblowers win settlements in retaliation casesThe Department of Veterans Affairs has reached settlements with three whistleblowers who helped expose wrongdoing at the Phoenix VA hospital, where details of a nationwide record-keeping scandal emerged this year. | Washington Post >>After death, VA persists to collect 59 centsThe first letter addressed to the late David Perry arrived five weeks after he died at home June 5. Sent from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the envelope was to be opened "by addressee only." Perry's wife Helena opened it anyway.
  • IAVA Daily News Brief - September 29, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
     TODAY'S TOP STORIESTraining book used for VA: 'How To Lie With Statistics'As the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs struggles to redeem its reputation after a data-manipulation scandal, it faces new scrutiny over a book used to train up to 500 employees a year: "How To Lie with Statistics." | The Arizona Republic >>Senate Dems demand VA disability for sexual assault victimsA group of Senate Democrats demanded President Obama issue rules allowing military sexual assault victims to receive medical care and disability compensation for mental health conditions. "We urge your…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief - September 26, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESArmy: It's good news that sexual assault reports are upReports of sexual assaults in U.S. Army Europe jumped 131 percent in fiscal 2013. That sounds bad, but Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., who heads the command, sees it as a sign of progress in the service's fight to put a stop to sexual violence in the ranks. | Stars and Stripes >>New electronic form to streamline chaotic VA claims processThe Department of Veterans Affairs is changing the way veterans file disability claims, in the hopes of speeding up the process. Stars and Stripes >> U.S. Funds Studies of…
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  • Al Qaeda leader claims key operative in so-called 'Khorasan group' was killed

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Sanafi al Nasr is sitting on the far left in the picture above. The photo was circulated on Twitter following erroneous reports of his death earlier this year. Nasr claims on his Twitter feed that one of his al Qaeda comrades, Muhsin al Fadhli, has been killed by US airstrikes in Syria. A senior al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr (a Saudi whose real name is Abdul Mohsin Abdullah Ibrahim Al Sharikh) has claimed on his Twitter feed that Muhsin al Fadhli is now an al Qaeda "martyr." Al Fadhli has been publicly identified by US officials as a key operative in the so-called "Khorasan group,"…
  • Islamic State photos detail rout of Iraqi Army at Camp Saqlawiya

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    An Islamic State fighter stands on top of a US-made M1 Abrams tank. The Islamic State released photographs of last week's rout of an Iraqi Army unit in the Saqwaliya area north of Fallujah in Anbar province. More than 300 Iraqi troops are reported to have been killed in the attack. The pictures from the assault on Camp Saqwaliya were released on Twitter by fighters and supporters of the Islamic State. Recently the Islamic State has begun to release its propaganda on Twitter via its supporters. Twitter has taken an active role in suspending official accounts associated to the Islamic State's…
  • US adds Harakat-ul-Mujahideen's emir to terrorism list

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Fazle-ur-Rahman Khalil, the longtime emir of the Pakistan-based Harakat-ul-Mujahideen that was listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 1997, was finally added to the US list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. Khalil signed Osama bin Laden's infamous 1998 fatwa, or religious edict, that declared war on the US and Israel. Today, the Department of the Treasury added Khalil, two Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives, and two businesses associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. "Both LT [Lashkar-e-Taiba] and HUM [Harakat-ul-Mujahideen] are violent…
  • Islamic State ambushes Iraqi military column near Ramadi

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    A photograph of an abandoned Iraqi military column with the Ramadi Teaching Hospital, which is just across the Euphrates River, in sight. Fighters from the Islamic State in Anbar Province ambushed and destroyed a large Iraqi Army column in a village north of Ramadi. The successful attack occurred despite almost eight weeks of airstrikes by the US military on Islamic State forces throughout Iraq. Pictures from the recent fighting in the village of Albu Aytha, which is just north of Ramadi, across the river, have been disseminated on Twitter by fighters and supporters of the Islamic State. The…
  • Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent claims attacks on Pakistani ships were more audacious than reported

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    The banner above advertises the latest statement by AQIS explaining its attacks on two Pakistani frigates on Sept. 6. The man pictured on the right is purportedly Zeeshan Rafique, whom AQIS says was a second lieutenant in the Pakistan Navy. He is pictured giving a "briefing" to the "leadership of the mujahideen on the plan of the operation." Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the newest official branch of al Qaeda's international organization, has released a nine-page "press release" explaining its "targeting of [the] American and Indian Navies" on Sept. 6. The group says the…
 
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  • La. medevac crew rescues stranded EULEX members using helicopter hoist

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo (Sept. 20, 2014) -- A medevac crew from Multinational Battle Group-East's Southern Command Post put their hoist training to the test during a real-world event, which aided in the rescue of two European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) members. U.S. Army Soldiers with F Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, Louisiana National Guard, rescued the two security officers who became stranded on a cliffside in Albania, Sept. 20.
  • Operation Rising Star to salute 'Soldier for Life' All-Stars

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Army Entertainment announced it will celebrate the 10th season of Operation Rising Star with a "Soldier for Life" theme during finals week, scheduled for early December at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre, in San Antonio.
  • Army, Air Force move data over same network for first time at Joint Base San Antonio

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This month, the Army and Air Force achieved major network security and capacity upgrades at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, in partnership with the Defense Information Systems Agency. This is the first Department of Defense location to achieve the pairing of new switching technologies and security stacks. In addition, network speed for end users has increased dramatically.
  • Army establishes U.S. Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Academy

    7 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Chief of Staff of the Army directed analysis of a centralized SHARP Academy to institutionalize the training, competence, and professionalism of our Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, Victim Advocates, and SHARP Program Managers. The Secretary of the Army has directed that this school will be established at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the nexus of commander and leader development for the Army.
  • U.S. Army Europe announces U.S. participation in exercise Rapid Trident in Ukraine

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Soldiers with U.S. Army Europe and the Ukrainian Land Forces will conduct Rapid Trident 2014 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 15-26.
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  • Ebola in the United States

    Chuck Simmins
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Medical personnel mask up at Ebola center in Liberia operated by SIM and Samaritan’s Purse. SIM photo Here are some of the latest updates about the first case of Ebola in the United States as well as U.S. assistance to Liberia and the other West African nations fighting the Ebola epidemic. The patient, a man, had traveled to the United States to visit relatives in Dallas. He is currently in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. An unconfirmed report states that he flew through an airport in Belgium before arriving in the United States. @DallasOEM activated Emergency…
  • Why wait to aid Liberia with its Ebola epidemic?

    Chuck Simmins
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Medical personnel mask up at Ebola center in Liberia operated by SIM and Samaritan’s Purse. SIM photo Liberia is the epicenter of the growing Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Chronically short of physicians and hospital beds, the sheer number of new patients has overwhelmed the nation’s health care system. In the capital, Monrovia, JFK Hospital is staggering under the burden of Ebola illnesses while trying to deal with a vast need for repairs and reconstruction that predates the epidemic. St. Joseph’s Hospital closed some time ago after the religious and lay staff contracted…
  • Lazarus, come out

    Chuck Simmins
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:49 pm
    This is one of four early masterpieces by Giovanni di Paolo in the Walters. It was originally part of a predella (paintings on the base of an altarpiece) in the chapel of the Malavolti family in the church of San Domenico in Siena. Been thinking about the story of Lazarus in the New Testament. The story of Jesus raising him from the death is told in the Gospel of John. Also told in John is his presence at a feast given by Simon the leper just before Passover and his crucifixion. “Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to…
  • The Ebola Killer has now taken six lives

    Chuck Simmins
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:01 pm
    WHO report of Ebola cases in Nigeria as of Aug. 27, 2014 Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who carried Ebola to Nigeria, has now killed a total of six people. He’s long dead but the aftermath of his choice to fly to Lagos while ill lives on. While Ebola continues to spread in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, public health authorities had hoped that they could contain it to those West African nations. Then, in June, Patrick Sawyer visited his dying sister. About two weeks later, visibly ill, he chose to fly to Lagos, Nigeria, to attend an economics conference. He collapsed on…
  • US military assisting in Ebola outbreak

    Chuck Simmins
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Ebola virus research is conducted in maximum containment Biosafety Level 4, or BSL-4, laboratories, where investigators wear positive-pressure suits and breathe filtered air as they work. Here, scientists Gene Olinger (L) and James Pettit demonstrate BSL-4 laboratory procedures in BSL-4 training laboratory at US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Fort Detrick, Md. (Credit: USAMRIID) This is some background on the efforts by the U.S. military to combat Ebola. It also includes information about the development of ZMAPP, the experimental treatment being used on…
 
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  • Shishimai (Lion Dance) Festival

    contributor
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY SHELL BURGER When my husband first mentioned going to a Shishimai Festival I was a little hesitant, especially having a very wiggly and talkative 3-year-old. After doing some research, I discovered the festival is more of a performance with the traditional food vendors selling Okinawan delicacies and treats. I did a little more digging to make sure the performance would be something that engaged my daughter. What I found is that the Shishimai Festival takes place in Uruma City within the Agena Bullfight Arena. The performance is a very entertaining “lion dance,” aka…
  • 2014 Okinawa Hai Calendar – October 2014

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    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The 2014 calendar was available for purchase in November and December of 2013, and for a limited time in the early months of 2014. Next year’s calendar will be available for purchase beginning next month.   This was October’s page: Nago Summer Festival  Photo Credit: April Oliveras “I have no clue how This works. Oh wait, did we just Win six hundred yen?” -Muneerah Bee Naha Tug of War Photo credit: Chris LaFauvre L2K3photography.com Naha Tug of War Photo credit: Pete Leong fotoshisa.com
  •  Ishigaki Island on a Budget

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    28 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ANABELA DA SILVA JENKINS Traveling in Japan on a budget might seem challenging, but with a little planning and a good dose of adventure it is very well possible. If you are on a budget but you would like to visit Ishigaki Island, read on. August was our time to visit Ishigaki-jima, one of the southernmost islands in Japan. Considering that August is the peak season for dream islands like Ishigaki, we thought that it would become expensive to attempt this trip, but we did it anyway. And by “we,” I mean two. The first step was to book the flight with the airline that offered…
  • Bise Tree Road: Fuku Ippuku Chaya Bike Rentals

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    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: We have another post all about Bise Village, but for more specifics about bike rentals, keep reading below! CONTRIBUTED BY CASEY ANNIS Bise Fukugi Tree Road is a little hidden gem just past Churaumi Aquarium and Expo Park. If you haven’t been there before I suggest you check it out. We drove past Expo and took the next left after the large new hotel. (There is a sign that says Bise Village on it.) After driving past the hotel, you will come to a gray concrete bathroom facility.  Just past this bathroom, you will see a sign leading you down a narrow road that says,…
  • Toytoy Bakery

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    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ELIZA GROFF Like any lady, I’m a sucker for chocolate. And boy have I found a great place to get my fix! After a tasty meal at Chakashiya, the restaurant next door, I stop to pick up the cutesiest, most decadent chocolate mousse cake I’ve ever tasted at the artisan sweet shop named Toytoy in Yomitan. This chic French-Japanese fusion bakery offers gorgeous and delectable desserts from cake, chocolates, cookies and other sweets. My chocolate mousse treat comes in the form of Anpanman, a popular Japanese anime character, with colorful sugar wafers as the nose and earmuffs. A…
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    Navy CyberSpace Blog

  • Navy Jobs for the First Quarter FY 2015

    NCCM(Ret)
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Navy Recruiting Command’s Admiral’s Accelerator Award (AAA) 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 October 1 through December 31, 2014 (the first quarter of the fiscal year). Of course, […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • These Feet Don’t Back-up

    NCCM(Ret)
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    The sun comes up pretty early down in Southern Louisiana, but not before the hardworking souls that toil away over the lands to produce the nourishment required to live. You get used to the heat, the humidity, and even the insects, but you never get used to pains of hunger, especially when it is pain […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Condition ZEBRA is Set

    NCCM(Ret)
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    It dawned on me a couple of weeks ago that I may be putting people’s privacy at risk. Everyday, a good chunk of those seeking information about joining the military post questions to this blog. Their questions normally include personal information such as medical information, financial status, and even moral and conduct indiscretions. I redact […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Navy’s DAT Policy Revisited

    NCCM(Ret)
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Ever since Navy Recruiting Command has implemented its policy of zero tolerance for when an applicant fails the Military Entrance Processing Station’s initial drug portion of the Drug and Alcohol Test (DAT), it never sat right with me. It is a policy that was originally implemented in an effort to help reduce boot-camp attrition for […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Navy Jobs for the Fourth Quarter FY 2014

    NCCM(Ret)
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Navy Recruiting Command’s Admiral’s Accelerator Award (AAA) 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 July 1 through September 30, 2014 (the fourth quarter of the fiscal year). Of course, […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
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    Defense-Update

  • Raytheon to supply RAFAEL Iron Dome components worth $149 million

    News Desk
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    The Raytheon Company has received a contract award from Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. valued at $149.3 million, to provide components for the Tamir interceptor used in the defensive Iron Dome Weapon System. The amount represents about two thirds of the special funding of $225 allocated by the US administration to replenish Israel's arsenal of Iron Dome interceptors, following Operation "Protective Edge" where Iron Dome systems intercepted over 735 rockets fired at Israel.               Related StoriesIsrael…
  • UAE is ready to take thousands of used MRAP vehicles

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    The UAE plans to acquire 4,500 used MRAP package from US military surplus, to improve force protection and protected mobility for land forces. The emirate is also planning to add a ballistic missile regiment, equipped with 12 HIMARS mobile launchers and 100 ATACMS ballistic guided missiles               Related StoriesBritish Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over AfghanistanBetter helmets, headgear improve blast protection, reduce facial injuryEurosatory 2014 – Photo ReportIsrael scrambles the 8th Iron…
  • British Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over Afghanistan

    Tamir Eshel
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) today announced the first operational flights in Afghanistan of Thales’ unmanned air system - the Watchkeeper. The new capability is providing force protection for British troops as they prepare to draw down from Afghanistan by the end of this year.               Related StoriesFrench Air Force tests UAV control via SATCOMUAE is ready to take thousands of used MRAP vehiclesTaranis UCAV demonstrates stealth capabilitiesTwo Lancaster Bombers fly together for first time in 50 yearsUS Army,…
  • Weekly Top Posts: 2014-09-28

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Airstrike kills 40 Islamic State fighters US lead coalition target ISIL power centers in Syria French jets strike ISIS targets in Mosul, Iraq Indian role in future Indo-Russian stealth fighter remains unclear ISIS Launches attacks in Baghdad
  • LCS 4 fires the Norwegian Naval Strike Missile

    Tamir Eshel
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    LCS 4 Littoral Combat Ship demonstrates flexible weapon mounting applications, firing the Norwegian Naval Strike Missile from the aft deck               Related StoriesManned and unmanned helicopters demonstrate joint operations with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)Raytheon to supply Iron Dome components worth $149 millionUAE is ready to take thousands of used MRAP vehiclesBetter helmets, headgear improve blast protection, reduce facial injuryIsrael scrambles the 8th Iron Dome unit with David’s Sling elements 
 
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    Defense-Update

  • Raytheon to supply RAFAEL Iron Dome components worth $149 million

    News Desk
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    The Raytheon Company has received a contract award from Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. valued at $149.3 million, to provide components for the Tamir interceptor used in the defensive Iron Dome Weapon System. The amount represents about two thirds of the special funding of $225 allocated by the US administration to replenish Israel's arsenal of Iron Dome interceptors, following Operation "Protective Edge" where Iron Dome systems intercepted over 735 rockets fired at Israel.               Related StoriesIsrael…
  • UAE is ready to take thousands of used MRAP vehicles

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    The UAE plans to acquire 4,500 used MRAP package from US military surplus, to improve force protection and protected mobility for land forces. The emirate is also planning to add a ballistic missile regiment, equipped with 12 HIMARS mobile launchers and 100 ATACMS ballistic guided missiles               Related StoriesBritish Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over AfghanistanBetter helmets, headgear improve blast protection, reduce facial injuryEurosatory 2014 – Photo ReportIsrael scrambles the 8th Iron…
  • British Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over Afghanistan

    Tamir Eshel
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) today announced the first operational flights in Afghanistan of Thales’ unmanned air system - the Watchkeeper. The new capability is providing force protection for British troops as they prepare to draw down from Afghanistan by the end of this year.               Related StoriesFrench Air Force tests UAV control via SATCOMUAE is ready to take thousands of used MRAP vehiclesTaranis UCAV demonstrates stealth capabilitiesTwo Lancaster Bombers fly together for first time in 50 yearsUS Army,…
  • Weekly Top Posts: 2014-09-28

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Airstrike kills 40 Islamic State fighters US lead coalition target ISIL power centers in Syria French jets strike ISIS targets in Mosul, Iraq Indian role in future Indo-Russian stealth fighter remains unclear ISIS Launches attacks in Baghdad
  • LCS 4 fires the Norwegian Naval Strike Missile

    Tamir Eshel
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    LCS 4 Littoral Combat Ship demonstrates flexible weapon mounting applications, firing the Norwegian Naval Strike Missile from the aft deck               Related StoriesManned and unmanned helicopters demonstrate joint operations with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)Raytheon to supply Iron Dome components worth $149 millionUAE is ready to take thousands of used MRAP vehiclesBetter helmets, headgear improve blast protection, reduce facial injuryIsrael scrambles the 8th Iron Dome unit with David’s Sling elements 
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    Navy Reads

  • Captain John Paul Jones – Conflicted

    27 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    by Bill DoughtyWhen Thomas Jefferson's letter to Captain John Paul Jones arrived asking him to lead an expedition against Islamic Barbary Pirates in North Africa it was too late. Jones had died days before the letter arrived.No doubt John Paul Jones would have jumped at the chance to deploy and fight again. After all, he had earlier taken Jefferson's advice to become an admiral in the Russian Navy and serve under Tsarina Catherine in the Black Sea. Two decades earlier he had served under George Washington and other Founders in missions attempting to rescue prisoners of war, even deploying…
  • Thomas Jefferson Calls for Submarines

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:17 pm
    by Bill DoughtyThe third president of the United States was the first to expand into the American West, combat religious fundamentalism and terrorists abroad, and think about the future of naval warfare: using submarines and surface ships to provide defense of the States and forward-deploying forces for maritime security. He foresaw peace through global commerce between nations – globalization.In "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" Jon Meacham explores the complicated way Jefferson combined pure reason with muddy politics as Governor of Virginia, congressman, Secretary of State, President,…
  • A 'Fatwa' Against Islamic Fundamentalism

    14 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyAs the United States and other nations begin targeting the Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS), why aren't others in the region – other Muslims – up in arms against religious fundamentalism and extremism?A refreshing perspective by Karima Bennoune shows us many people of Muslim heritage are, in fact, renouncing intolerance and terrorism perpetrated in the name of Islam. Many yearn for freedom, love and peace over tyranny, hate and civil war. Bennoune, a professor of international law at the University of California-Davis School of Law, who is of Algerian descent, makes the…
  • 'Sisters' Debunks 'Weaker Sex' Myth

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:32 am
    Review by Bill DoughtyThe fight for women's equality in the United States began before the Civil War. Jean H. Baker's "Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists" pumps blood into the story of five key women who fought for women, especially after the war  leading eventually to the ratification of the 19th Amendment August 26, 1920. Baker takes us into the streets, the conference halls, minds and occasionally even the bedrooms of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, Lucy Stone and Alice Paul.Baker achieves her goal. She virtually brings to life the women who…
  • Wizard of Oz & Navy Core Values

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    by Bill Doughty"The Wonderful World of Oz," written by L. Frank Baum of Coronado, Calif. and first published in 1900, was popular with children in its time but is no match for the movie, first released in 1939. The movie celebrates its 75th anniversary this weekend.Both the movie and the film inspired a number of theories about its symbolism and allegory.Is Baum's story about the gold standard, geo-politics, religion, industrialization and/or populism? Or is it just a good story, as Baum claimed, written solely to bring happiness to children as a "modernized fairy tale"?In 2003 then Rear Adm.
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    Military Embedded Systems

  • Press Release: New Smart Thermal Camera from SightLogix Increases Performance and Lowers Costs

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    Atlanta, GA – SightLogix, the technology leader for smart thermal camera systems, is displaying the third generation of the company’s innovative SightSensor thermal camera here at ASIS 2014. The new SightSensor provides the most accurate security solution for outdoor applications while solving a fundamental economic challenge for the industry. At one-third the size and with reduced power consumption from prior generations, the new SightSensor avails solar and wireless capabilities that vastly reduce infrastructure requirements often needed for outdoor security projects. “Our…
  • Press Release: Rockwell Collins successfully demonstrates Pro Line Fusion's distributed flight management system with an optionally piloted vehicle

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    During the demonstration, Brian Wolford, senior software engineer for the Advanced Technology Center, is using the Pro Line Fusion® based ground control station to direct the aircraft to a new waypoint. CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion® has been selected for 17 aircraft, including military, rotary wing and business jet flight decks. Now it has been successfully demonstrated for use as a ground control station and airborne avionics for unmanned aerial system (UAS) applications. Successful experimental flights were recently conducted using the Pro Line Fusion…
  • Press Release: Exploring the oceans: EvoLogics is partner of the SUNRISE project connecting swarms of AUVs into the "internet of things"

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    The SUNRISE project, supported by the EU within the 7th Framework Programme, focuses on wireless underwater networks that enable cooperation between different underwater devices. Partners of the project, led by Professor Chiara Petrioli of University of Rome La Sapienza (IT), are NATO Science and Technology Organisation - Centre for Maritime Research & Experimentation (IT), EvoLogics GmbH (DE), University of Porto (PT), University of Twente (NL), SUASIS (TR), The Research Foundation of State University of New York (US) and Nexse (IT). Project collaborators combine their expertise and…
  • Press Release: Curtiss-Wright Launches Family of Integrated Systems Pre-Qualified to MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461 and DO-160 Standards

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Family of Integrated Systems Pre-Qualified to MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461 and DO-160 Standards ASHBURN, Va. – Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that its Defense Solutions division has debuted a new family of rugged, open architecture Pre-Qualified Subsystems, certified to meet the demanding MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461 and RTCA/DO-160 military and aviation environmental engineering standards at no additional cost to the customer. Responding to increasing demand from customers to help identify ways to reduce costs and speed time to deployment, Curtiss-Wright has developed an…
  • Press Release: Tech Source Condor VC102x XMC Card Alleviates Video Relay Bandwidth Hurdles

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Tech Source Condor VC102x XMC H.264 compression and raw video capture card Altamonte Springs, Florida, September 30, 2014 – Tech Source, Inc., an independent supplier of high performance embedded video, graphics, and high end computing solutions, has introduced its ultra-low power, rugged Condor VC102x XMC H.264 compression and raw video capture card. The card provides a novel solution to the video relay bandwidth hurdles and latency issues experienced by developers of manned and unmanned avionics solutions and other military and industrial video streaming applications. The Condor…
 
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    At War

  • Helping Veterans Find Their Place, This Time on Campus

    By Jacob W. Sotak
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Organizations like the Posse Foundation are trying to bring more veterans to the nation’s elite four-year colleges and universities.
  • A Sister, and Brother, in Arms

    By Teresa Fazio
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    When Teresa Fazio's brother Mike followed her into the military, the Marine in her was impressed. The sister in her was terrified.
  • Writing as a Soldier and a Civilian

    By Matthew Komatsu
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    A soldier takes time out of uniform to pursue an MFA in writing, and discovers that what sets him apart, as a veteran at the keyboard, is not as important as the common ground he shares with other writers.
  • Death, Recovery and Hope at a Hospital During Drawdown

    By Brandon Lingle
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    At Bagram Airfield north of Kabul, a surgeon at Craig Joint Theater Hospital makes his rounds and reflects on his service at the largest American hospital in Afghanistan.
  • Williams Opposed War, but Supported the Troops

    By Thom Shanker
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    Robin Williams went above and beyond the thousands of miles he logged in U.S.O. tours to bring a piece of home to soldiers.
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • New from Tru-Spec: More MultiCam Black

    Lauren Malm
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    For the first time since November, Tru-Spec is releasing all-new items in MultiCam Black.  Last year, Tru-Spec introduced its quarter-zip combat shirt, TRU uniform pants and contractors cap in the never-before-seen pattern. Now the brand’s entire Xtreme line is available in the pattern. MultiCam is the popular camouflage pattern developed by New York-based design powerhouse Crye Precision. MultiCam Black is one of the newest variants of this consistently exceptional design. A favorite of law enforcement officers, MultiCam Black works best during nighttime operations. Its dark OD green and…
  • 4 New Boots You Need To Know About

    Lauren Malm
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Brands are releasing new boot styles just in time for fall. Loaded with ground-breaking technologies and lightweight innovations, these styles are ones you won’t want to miss. Four new styles immediately stand out. One of these could be your new go-to pair. 4. 5.11 Skyweight New from 5.11, the Skyweight boots were built with two goals in mind–less weight, more mobility. A durable outsole features arch lugs, self-cleaning forefront lugs and a rear heel break. The outsole, along with an integrated nylon shank, adds aggressiveness without weighing the boot down. To top it off, the 8-mm…
  • Staff Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants

    Lauren Malm
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    At TacticalGear.com, we’ve seen, studied and worn just about every type of tactical pants on the market. (Have you seen our Tactical Pants Guide?) Not only that, but we also carry so many brands and styles. Which ones do we wear on the regular? Our lead designer, Corey Schaaf, has deemed Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants the best of the bunch. Staff member: Corey Schaaf Job Title: Senior Designer His Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants Our Price: $24.99 Colors: Black, Khaki, LAPD Navy, Olive “I’ve tried on a lot of tactical pants, and these are by far the best…
  • Army’s New Camouflage Pattern Leaked

    Lauren Malm
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    Want real-time updates on this development? Check out our comprehensive Scorpion ACU page for photos, news updates and extensive links to learn more. The Army might have finally reached the end of its extensive quest to select a new standard-issue camouflage pattern for combat uniforms. More than four years ago, it began an intensive research and testing process in order to replace the highly criticized Universal Camouflage Pattern. Late this May, Military.com broke the news that the Army has selected the Scorpion pattern. Currently, there is no official statement confirming the selection. As…
  • Boot Breakdown: The NIKE SFB and NIKE SFB Field

    Lauren Malm
    23 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    Footwear is where NIKE excels, and its tactical line is no exception. The brand made its debut into the market with the Safety Field Boot (SFB). Then in early 2014, it released the SFB Field. Both boots have a similar handsome cut and are built for the same purpose. However, there are some key differences that set these two styles apart. NIKE SFB The Nike SFB was designed with speed in mind, and the result is the lightest, highest-mobility tactical boot the brand has ever made. Fast-drying, flexible and featherweight, NIKE SFBs feel more like a pair of athletic shoes than a boot. Even…
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    Fighter Country Partnership

  • FCP Visions Fall 2014 – Web Edition

    Fighter Country
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    FCP Visions Fall 2014 is now available as a digital download. This issue discusses the ongoing arrival of F-35′s, growing Fighter Country Foundation, Brig General Scott Pleus and an Honorary Commander feature for Mr. Glenn Williamson. In order to enjoy FCP Visions Fall 2014 Web Edition you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application that will display the PDF file format. Click here to download FCP Visions Fall 2014 (you may need to right click and “save file as”). This publication is made available with permission of Pueblo Publishers, Inc. The post FCP…
  • FCP Invited to Unveiling of the first Australian F-35

    Fighter Country
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    FCP returned recently from a fantastic trip to Fort Worth to witness the unveiling of Australia’s first F-35. We were invited by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) whose first two F-35s coming off the Lockheed Martin production line will be delivered to Luke AFB. This is just another example of the multiple benefits that exist due to Luke AFB. RAAF will be training their initial F-35 pilots at Luke AFB which includes 15 RAAF families who will be joining the Luke AFB community. Additionally, each foreign F-35 brings 9 Lockheed Martin employees as well who will be active and around…
  • FCP’s Future: A Strong Path Forward

    Fighter Country
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    From the Desk of Fighter Country Partnership, FCP’s main goal is to sustain the programs and services we have initiated over the past years. This goal hasn’t only been stressed by our Board of Directors; it is echoed loudly by the Senior Leadership at Luke AFB. We are proud of the expectations we have created, and within every new endeavor we approach, we will ensure it won’t negatively affect our current programs and services. The programs and services FCP provides have become very standardized for all the right reasons. The programs are repetitive because we are consistently serving a…
  • Honorary Commander Feature: Glenn Williamson

    Fighter Country
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    R. Glenn Williamson Mr. Williamson has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and executive level experience, primarily in the financial and operational aspects of companies. Specializing in accessing the Canadian capital markets for global investments, Mr. Williamson is Chairman of EPCOR Water USA, the largest private water utility in Arizona, a subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, with operations in Canada and the U.S.  Mr. Williamson is also CEO of Nest Ventures L.L.C. with offices in Montreal and Phoenix. Mr. Williamson is the founder and CEO of the Canada…
  • Honoring Dorothy Rowe

    Fighter Country
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Dorothy Rowe, 56th Comptroller Squadron chief financial analyst, poses for a photo in 1979. The longest serving civil servant working for the Air Force. (Courtesy photo) Dorothy Rowe was a well-loved and admired civilian employee at Luke Air Force Base.  She has the distinction of being the longest-serving Federal civil servant in the Air Force.  She retired after serving 70 years for the Department of Defense–60 of which were at Luke Air Force Base with the 56th Comptroller Squadron as Chief of Financial Analysis. Dorothy’s retirement ceremony in November 2013 drew hundreds in…
 
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    Mil-Tech

  • VSAT Satellite Terminals provide high-speed data transmission during critical missions

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Intended for first responder and military use, VSAT Satellite Terminals helps ensure fast, effective responses during critical missions. Supplied in man-portable and airline checkable packages, systems utilize traditional dish equipment to provide high bandwidth data connections through geostationary satellites in X, Ku, and Ka bands. Transmit data speeds up to 5 Mbps and receive speeds as high as 15 Mbps are possible.  Ream more http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/VSAT-Satellite-Terminals-provide-high-speed-data-transmission-20032894
  • Thuraya IP Commander

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Thuraya Telecommunications Company has launched IP Commander, the satellite terminal with a MIL-SPEC feature set that has been engineered to enable mission-critical voice and data connectivity in the most extreme conditions. IP Commander is ideal for military and civil defense applications, facilitating vital communications at high speeds, essential for C4ISR, blue-force tracking, logistic management and tactical command. It enables reliable real-time two-way communications for effective communications between HQ command and deployed units. IP Commander is easily integrated with…
  • UPDATE 1-HK satellite firm serving troops in Afghanistan stages strong Sydney debut

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    A satellite internet provider serving U.S. and Australian troops in Afghanistan and air crash investigators in Ukraine made a strong debut in Sydney trading, with the firm saying increasing incidence of “man-made disasters” would bolster its prospects. Hong Kong-based Speedcast International Ltd had raised A$150 million ($138.86 million) in its initial public offering selling 64 percent of its stock. The rest are held by directors and Boston-based private equity owner TA Associates. Full article at http://www.reuters.com/ Satellite Internet in Afghanistan for US Troops and…
  • Airbus Defence And Space Introduces Expanded Terralink

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Airbus Defence and Space is expanding its Terralink satellite connectivity service portfolio with the introduction of new services for enterprise users based on the next generation Newtec Dialog® satellite communications platform. Airbus Defence and Space are the first to use the eagerly awaited Newtec platform launched earlier this year. The new services now available offer a significant boost in service flexibility and link efficiency towards service providers and end-users. Due to faster and smarter data processing, new coding, and compatibility towards various technologies, more can be…
  • Keeping soldiers connected with a new mobile communications network

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    For American soldiers on the battlefield and on the move in dangerous terrain, rapid communication with each other and command centers can be the difference between life and death. Patrick DeGroodt, an Army engineer, played a pivotal role in the creation and deployment of a new state-of-the-art mobile tactical communications network now being used in Afghanistan that commanders refer to as their “digital guardian angel.” “The most important capability of any military operation is the ability to communicate—without it, lives may be lost and missions can fail,” said Mary Woods, the…
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    Defense Media Network

  • Afghanistan, U.S., NATO Sign Security Agreements

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:24 pm
    United States and NATO leadership hailed the signing of a bilateral security agreement (BSA) between the government of Afghanistan and the United States, along with a status of forces agreement with NATO. New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who was sworn in Sept. 29, signed the agreements Sept. 30. Ghani shares power in the new Afghan Government of National Unity with Abdullah Abdullah, the nation’s chief executive. The signing of the agreements enables U.S. and NATO forces to remain in Afghanistan past the end of 2014, and mark “an historic day in the U.S.-Afghan partnership that will…
  • Airstrikes on ISIL Forces | Photos

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Last week’s airstrikes on ISIL forces in Syria and Iraq, carried out by United States and partner nations’ naval and air forces, continue today. The strikes have been notable for the participation of several Arab nations as well as the combat debut of the F-22A Raptor. Some particularly arresting images were shot during the airstrikes, and we share our favorites here. The post Airstrikes on ISIL Forces | Photos appeared first on Defense Media Network.
  • DSCA: Foreign Military Financing

    J.R. Wilson
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    The Foreign Assistance Act authorizes the President to furnish military assistance for the procurement of defense articles, defense services, and design and construction services to partner countries and international organizations using Foreign Military Financing (FMF) when that assistance will strengthen the security of the United States and when the assistance will promote global stability. FMF funds are a powerful funding option available to eligible partner nations to purchase U.S. defense articles, services, and training, either through the FMS infrastructure or, for a limited number of…
  • Coast Guard Retires Last HU-25 Aircraft

    Rhonda Carpenter (Editor)
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    The U.S. Coast Guard’s HU-25 will fly no more. The service retired its last operational Falcon, also called the Guardian, in a ceremony held Sept. 23, 2014, in Hangar 41 at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. The commemoration also included a flyover. “For over 32 years the Falcon has stood the watch. The HU-25 has brought every aircrew home safely.” In service since February 1982, the HU-25 medium-range fixed-wing surveillance aircraft has been removed from the Coast Guard’s inventory. Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi, which is co-located at Naval Air Station Corpus…
  • F-22 Raptors Conduct Debut Strikes On Syria

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    The U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor conducted its first reported airstrikes against ISIL facilities in Syria Sept. 23, the DOD acknowledged. The overnight strikes consisted of three waves, said Joint Staff Director of Operations Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville, U.S. Army, in a DOD briefing. “In the first wave strikes, the USS Arleigh Burke in the Red Sea and the USS Philippine Sea in the northern Arabian Gulf launched more than 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles in eastern and northern Syria,” Mayville said. The F-22 Raptors participating in the raid, according to Mayville, were assigned to take out…
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • What’s the secret? I want to know…I chase storms.

    armytankerswife
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    I used to think I was impressive, but my kids were smaller and younger and I could just entertain them with a magic trick but now I need much more! I used to think I was Wonder Woman, and now… Continue Reading →
  • I love the Disney Princess but this is pretty good

    armytankerswife
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    DISNEY PRINCESSES THROW DOWN IN AN EPIC RAP BATTLE…now let me tell you it has bad language in it.   This is great…
  • Wounded Warrior Project

    armytankerswife
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I’m participating in the 2014 Believe in Heroes® blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program. However, all my opinion are my own. September 11, 2001, was the worst day in America’s young history, while we are a… Continue Reading →
  • Snuggle Celebrates 30 Years this SeptemBEAR‏

    armytankerswife
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    SO let me say I love the smell of Snuggle, the dryer sheets, the liquid fabric softener everything. We will celebrate Snuggle on Sept 17 during the twitter party! Did you know that… Snuggle Bear was created by the Jim… Continue Reading →
  • Snuggle Celebrates his 30th Birthday in September

    armytankerswife
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    While I did receive complementary Snuggle products as a thank you for sharing this major event from the Snuggle Den, all opinions and true love of Snuggle products are my own. We helped celebrate Snuggle’s birthday here in this HH6.… Continue Reading →
 
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    Welcome Home Blog

  • Army Daughter Surprises Mom at Work!

    Chris Ross
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    Adopted or biological, it’s always a beautiful thing when a child is reunited with their parent.
  • Surprise Military Homecoming at Shamu Stadium

    Chris Ross
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Did you know that each day, during the pre-show of the One Ocean Shamu show at all of our SeaWorld parks, the military is asked to stand and be recognized by all in the 5,500-seat stadium? We recently honored the Allen family here at SeaWorld San Diego by surprising the children with the return of [...]
  • Air Force Combat Controller Surprises Girlfriend

    Chris Ross
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    “I live in Washington, D.C. and my boyfriend is stationed in Kentucky. In June we were about to spend an awesome weekend camping. Two days prior to him flying to D.C. he finds out that he was issued to go overseas. Turns out when Obama sent 375 “Advisers” to Iraq he was one of them. [...]
  • Big Brother Surprises Little Brother In Last Class

    Chris Ross
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Chris Russell was told that his big brother PFC Scott Russell would not be returning home from a year long deployment until November 1. Along with Chris’ parents, his middle school, and his teacher, Chris was surprised during his last class of the day.
  • Pledge of Allegiance Surprise Visit

    Chris Ross
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    At the end of the Pledge of Allegiance, the classroom was met with a surprise guest which made one little girl particularly happy
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Incoming – Where’s Lomax?

    CJ Grisham
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • Incoming – Thor

    CJ Grisham
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • MG Industries NY Compliant Hydra Modular Rifle Now Available

    CJ Grisham
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    It always amazes me how the government tries to ban something, so capitalism takes over and we find a way around it. MGI, manufacturer of the modular MARCK-15 AR “Hydra” platform, is proud to announce the Hydra Modular Rifle is now New York State compliant and ready to ship. The NY Compliant configuration of MGI’s modular, multi-caliber weapon system, also known as the Hydra, is the base system for everything associated with MGI’s unique system. The NY Compliant Hydra includes the Modular Lower Receiver with a 5.56 (AR) magazine well, a QCB-D Upper Receiver and a…
  • Incoming – RPG

    CJ Grisham
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • WWII Missing Soldier Identified

    CJ Grisham
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) 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. Army Pfc. Bernard Gavrin, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., will be buried on Sep. 12, in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. On June 15, 1944, as part of an Allied strategic goal to secure the Mariana Islands, U.S. forces were ordered to occupy Saipan. After a month of intense fighting, enemy forces conducted a suicide assault, known as a banzai attack.
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • New from Tru-Spec: More MultiCam Black

    Lauren Malm
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    For the first time since November, Tru-Spec is releasing all-new items in MultiCam Black.  Last year, Tru-Spec introduced its quarter-zip combat shirt, TRU uniform pants and contractors cap in the never-before-seen pattern. Now the brand’s entire Xtreme line is available in the pattern. MultiCam is the popular camouflage pattern developed by New York-based design powerhouse Crye Precision. MultiCam Black is one of the newest variants of this consistently exceptional design. A favorite of law enforcement officers, MultiCam Black works best during nighttime operations. Its dark OD green and…
  • 4 New Boots You Need To Know About

    Lauren Malm
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Brands are releasing new boot styles just in time for fall. Loaded with ground-breaking technologies and lightweight innovations, these styles are ones you won’t want to miss. Four new styles immediately stand out. One of these could be your new go-to pair. 4. 5.11 Skyweight New from 5.11, the Skyweight boots were built with two goals in mind–less weight, more mobility. A durable outsole features arch lugs, self-cleaning forefront lugs and a rear heel break. The outsole, along with an integrated nylon shank, adds aggressiveness without weighing the boot down. To top it off, the 8-mm…
  • Staff Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants

    Lauren Malm
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    At TacticalGear.com, we’ve seen, studied and worn just about every type of tactical pants on the market. (Have you seen our Tactical Pants Guide?) Not only that, but we also carry so many brands and styles. Which ones do we wear on the regular? Our lead designer, Corey Schaaf, has deemed Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants the best of the bunch. Staff member: Corey Schaaf Job Title: Senior Designer His Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants Our Price: $24.99 Colors: Black, Khaki, LAPD Navy, Olive “I’ve tried on a lot of tactical pants, and these are by far the best…
  • Army’s New Camouflage Pattern Leaked

    Lauren Malm
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    Want real-time updates on this development? Check out our comprehensive Scorpion ACU page for photos, news updates and extensive links to learn more. The Army might have finally reached the end of its extensive quest to select a new standard-issue camouflage pattern for combat uniforms. More than four years ago, it began an intensive research and testing process in order to replace the highly criticized Universal Camouflage Pattern. Late this May, Military.com broke the news that the Army has selected the Scorpion pattern. Currently, there is no official statement confirming the selection. As…
  • Boot Breakdown: The NIKE SFB and NIKE SFB Field

    Lauren Malm
    23 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    Footwear is where NIKE excels, and its tactical line is no exception. The brand made its debut into the market with the Safety Field Boot (SFB). Then in early 2014, it released the SFB Field. Both boots have a similar handsome cut and are built for the same purpose. However, there are some key differences that set these two styles apart. NIKE SFB The Nike SFB was designed with speed in mind, and the result is the lightest, highest-mobility tactical boot the brand has ever made. Fast-drying, flexible and featherweight, NIKE SFBs feel more like a pair of athletic shoes than a boot. Even…
 
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    The Duffel Blog

  • Navy Sends Rescued Fishermen $37 Million Bill

    Jay-B
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    NORFOLK, Va. — When the Navy helicopter approached Bob and Doug McKenzie’s lifeboat, they felt only gratitude at their impending rescue, after the brothers’ fishing boat caught fire and they were forced to abandon ship. Now just hours later, they feel only anger after the Navy delivered a $37 million bill for the rescue. According to Navy Spokesman […]
  • Marine Corps Gazette Discontinues Controversial Swimsuit Issue

    G-Had
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    QUANTICO, Va. — In the face of mounting criticism, the Marine Corps Association has decided to no longer publish its annual Marine Corps Gazette Swimsuit Issue, ending a nearly century-long tradition that dates back to 1924. The Association made the announcement after Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus publicly said he was cancelling his Gazette subscription and directed exchange stores to […]
  • Obama Calls On ISIL To Carry Out ‘Moderate, Inclusive’ Beheadings

    Dick Scuttlebutt
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    THE WHITE HOUSE — In an interview with 60 Minutes on CBS that aired Sunday, President Obama called on the leaders of ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, to exercise more moderation and inclusivity in their beheadings of infidels. The president was responding to a question from 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft, who […]
  • Marine Hopes For ‘Boots On The Ground’ In Syria To Leave Wife, Serve Country

    Paul
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A U.S. Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton is reportedly praying that the president commits to “boots on the ground” in Syria so that he can get away from his wife as well “answering his nation’s call or whatever,” sources confirmed. “I’ve been deployed now to Iraq twice, Afghanistan once,” said Sgt. […]
  • BIDEN: ‘Let’s Bomb Those Camel Jockeys Back To The Stone Age’ In Iraq And Syria

    Dick Scuttlebutt
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    WASHINGTON, DC — Vice President Joe Biden, known for his occasional gaffes when speaking to groups, used what some have called an egregious racial slur during a meeting of the National Security Council, sources confirmed Friday evening. The meeting of the NSC was a normal meeting for the President’s top advisors on matters of national […]
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • 4e RE visited by the Foreign Legion’s commander

    admin
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    On 8 September 2014, the Foreign Legion’s new commander, major general Jean Maurin visited the 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE). 4e RE is a training unit of the Legion, based in Castelnaudary, southern France. Major general Jean Maurin spent 2 days in 4e RE. Among other things, he visited the farms, where young volunteers start […]
  • 1er REC: Foreign Legion 1982 – 1995

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    Nice, interesting private pictures from the French Foreign Legion of the 1982 – 1995 period, in the slideshow made by a former legionnaire from the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC).
  • GPLEA: 21e CPLE, 22e CPLE, 23e CPLE

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Units of the French Foreign Legion forgotten by time. Independent, self-governing autonomous motorized infantry companies serving in Algeria, established at the turn of the year 1954/1955 in response to rising rebel activity in French North Africa. The companies were equipped with Jeeps, Dodges WC 6×6, M3 Scout Cars (22e CPLE in 1955) and with AM-M8 […]
  • 2e REP: Change of Command at Camp Raffalli

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    On July 18, a Change of Command ceremony took place at Camp Raffalli, the headquarters of the Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP), based near Calvi, Corsica. During the ceremony, the colonel Jean-Michel Meunier became the new regiment commander of 2e REP, replacing the colonel Benoît Desmeulles. At the end of the ceremony, […]
  • 1er REG: 30-year-old regiment

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    On July 1, the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG) of the French Foreign Legion celebrated its 30th aniversary. 1er REG is one of the two engineering regiments of the current Legion. Its legionnaires are deployed in the Central African Republic (CAR) right now. Established as the 6th Foreign Engineer Regiment (6e REG) in July […]
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    Texas Veterans Blog

  • Texas Honor Flight for Veteran Pearl Harbor Survivors

    Anne Evenson
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    December 7 is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and Honor Flight Austin is planning a special flight to take World War II Veteran Pearl Harbor Survivors to a solemn ceremony at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.  The ceremony commences at 1:53 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 and is co-hosted by the Friends of the National [...]
  • 2014-2015 Veterans Benefits Fair Schedule

    Anne Evenson
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every year the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) co-hosts Veterans Benefits Fairs across the state of Texas. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Texas Veterans Commission (TVC), VLB staff members travel around the state to talk with Texas veterans, military members and spouses, about their benefits in person.  These benefits fairs are free [...]
  • Type I Forfeited Land Sale Now Open

    Anne Evenson
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:31 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 due to non-payment. These forfeited properties are offered first to Texas veterans through quarterly [...]
  • Veterans Voices Complement Vietnam Heroes Exhibit

    Anne Evenson
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    A former Vietnam POW and U.S. Army sniper is among those who will make a museum event on Sunday an interactive opportunity to learn from those who experienced the effects of war first-hand. Ken Wallingford, who spent ten months imprisoned in a tiger cage in the jungles of Cambodia during the war, will tell his [...]
  • Buying Texas Land: Considering Your Utility Needs

    Anne Evenson
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    As a prospective land buyer it’s important to take note of which public utilities are available for the property you are considering for purchase. These utilities may include: water, electricity, telecommunications, natural gas, waste collection and sewage treatment. Accessing Water and Electricity When purchasing land, you may want to think about the availability of water and electricity [...]
 
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    World Traveling Military Family

  • Taking Your Child to College From Overseas

    Mrs B
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Taking your child to college from overseas can be be an intimidating and overwhelming process. While we love living overseas I can’t say that we loved the though of having to take our 17 year old back to the States and drop him off while we flew back to another country. There was also very [...] The post Taking Your Child to College From Overseas appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • October Festivals Around Spangdahlem, Germany

    Mrs B
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    October brings fall and with that the start of some fall festivals in Germany ! I’m excited to share October festivals around Spangdahlem with you! We had a great time checking out the August Festivals & September Festivals. Again these are generally no more than 3 hours away, although I may throw in one or [...] The post October Festivals Around Spangdahlem, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Understanding the ESSO Gas Card – Military Living in Germany

    Mrs B
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Understanding the ESSO gas card can be intimidating and overwhelming for newcomers or those due to PCS to Spangdahlem. For those of you who don’t know what an ESSO gas card is living in Germany as a military family requires you to use an ESSO gas card, so that you do not have to pay [...] The post Understanding the ESSO Gas Card – Military Living in Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Raines Reunion – A Spangdahlem Airmans Surprise Homecoming

    Mrs B
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Today I have a guest post from Amanda, a local Spangdahlem photographer, sharing a surprise homecoming story of an Spangdahlem AB military family! I just the image of Scott in the above photo with his unsuspecting family in the foreground! *Disclaimer – please note that the real names of the family have not been used in this [...] The post Raines Reunion – A Spangdahlem Airmans Surprise Homecoming appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Historisches Burgenfest – Manderscheid, Germany

    Mrs B
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Historisches Burgenfest in Manderscheid, Germany is the closest medieval festival to Spangdahlem AB. It takes place among the two Mandersheid Castles that we have visited. We heard about it shortly after we arrived in Nov of 2013 so it was on the top of the list to check out this August. If your wanting to [...] The post Historisches Burgenfest – Manderscheid, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • What’s the secret? I want to know…I chase storms.

    armytankerswife
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    I used to think I was impressive, but my kids were smaller and younger and I could just entertain them with a magic trick but now I need much more! I used to think I was Wonder Woman, and now… Continue Reading →
  • I love the Disney Princess but this is pretty good

    armytankerswife
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    DISNEY PRINCESSES THROW DOWN IN AN EPIC RAP BATTLE…now let me tell you it has bad language in it.   This is great…
  • Wounded Warrior Project

    armytankerswife
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I’m participating in the 2014 Believe in Heroes® blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program. However, all my opinion are my own. September 11, 2001, was the worst day in America’s young history, while we are a… Continue Reading →
  • Snuggle Celebrates 30 Years this SeptemBEAR‏

    armytankerswife
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    SO let me say I love the smell of Snuggle, the dryer sheets, the liquid fabric softener everything. We will celebrate Snuggle on Sept 17 during the twitter party! Did you know that… Snuggle Bear was created by the Jim… Continue Reading →
  • Snuggle Celebrates his 30th Birthday in September

    armytankerswife
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    While I did receive complementary Snuggle products as a thank you for sharing this major event from the Snuggle Den, all opinions and true love of Snuggle products are my own. We helped celebrate Snuggle’s birthday here in this HH6.… Continue Reading →
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    Vision Strike Wear Military Blog

  • Top 10 ISIL Strikes!

    Sarge Strike
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Top 10 ISIL Strikes!   You have got to admit that when they come out of their holes to fight we seem to answer them back with hot lead and we serve it seconds and thirds! Now for the top 10 ISIL strikes! Do you have any more personnel in the area? Damn good question!   Say Goodnight Gracie!     Not exactly moving fast enough to get out of the way of an airstrike!   Light’em up! US Air strike 1. ISIS Storage facility 0. Not much left to discuss?   Never liked that truck anyway! In not so living color! Just when you least expect it. Here I was just coming…
  • US Navy Crows, Squids, Gators and Goats Oh My!

    Sarge Strike
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    You will not find a lion, bear or tin man here! What you will find are more aggressive things that hunt ships and submarines at day, at night, in the air, on land and at sea. The most modern naval power, the United States Navy, has had its mascots over the years. Animals that help define the character or attitude of a special group of US Navy sailors. So the next question is what do you have when you find a murder, congregation, shoal and tribe massed together? Murder – A grouping of crows! Congregation – A grouping of alligators! Shoal – A grouping of squids! Tribe –…
  • Top ten cool things about being in the US Air Force!

    Sarge Strike
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Top 10 Ten Reasons the USAF is cool! The US Air Force has a lot of advantages in logistics, worldwide coverage, speed, missions and role types and this creates a creative insight into what is cool about being in the United States Air Force! 10. If I want Chinese Food, I will fly to China! 9. When the G-Forces pull back your face, you look and feel years younger! 8. One weekend a year, you get to take your jet home with you. 7. You’re looking at a guy with one million frequent flier miles. 6. At 20,000 feet you see lots of clouds that look more like bunnies and stuff! 5. Always fun…
  • Learning to Fly

    Frost Call
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    Flight Training Day 27 – Cross Country Solo part deux! Sept 21, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport, Blythe Airport After a long wait and for the marine layer to burn off I finally got my last Cross Country Solo from KRNM Ramona to KBLH Blythe, Ca via KTRM Thermo! Absolutely great day! Logged flight plans and got her underway! Worked on VOR Navigation, Pilotage, and CFlight Following. All solo requirements are complete! 12 more hours of more training to take the Check Ride and get that license! Flight Route on Los Angeles Sectional All good and ready to go! Lake Sutherland is super low!
  • US Congress Creates A New Military Branch!

    Sarge Strike
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    September 18th the US Senate passes the National Security Act of 1947 effectively combining the US Army, US Navy and the newly formed US Air Force into the Department of Defensive.  Consequently, James Forrestal was confirmed as the first Secretary of Defensive.  At its core the USAF represented more than just warefare having a high emphasis on technology and science. It started with the Aeronautical Division , US army Signal Corps in 1907. After decades of US air warfare development and grew, World War 2 launched American Air Power into the forefront.  The need for air defensive was…
 
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    Semper Fi Parents

  • A Marine’s Time On Guadalcanal

    Carl
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Video of an interview with a U.S.Marine who fought in the battle of Guadalcanal during World War Two.
  • Marine Corps Poems: The Great Generation

    Carl
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The called us the “great generation” After we fought the war. We came home to A grateful nation That promised We’d fight no more. Our nation stands Always ready To fight for Rights we adore, And soon we were Back in the foxholes Defending those rights Once more. The nation that We fought for Was small, Had little to give. Robert L Cook They only wanted assistance To give them the lives That they lived. We spent days Without number In cold and blistering heat, We conquered the foe ‘Twas not easy To make a A tactical retreat. We felt no shame in our doing, We were left…
  • Marine Corps Photos: Remote Marathon

    Carl
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Runners compete in the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon Forward at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan Oct. 27. More than 300 runners participated in this year’s marathon. This is the fifth year a satellite marathon has been held at Camp Leatherneck. Photo by Sgt Bobby J. Yarbrough. marines.com
  • Today In Marine Corps History: 30 September 1945

    Carl
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Marines of III Amphibious Corps, commanded by Major General Keller E. Rockey, began landing in North China to assist the Chinese Nationalist government in accepting the surrender of Japanese forces and repatriating Japanese soldiers and civilians.
  • Marine Corps Movies: To The Shores Of Tripoli

    Carl
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    An excerpt from the 1942 movie, To The Shores Of Tripoli with Randolph Scott and John Payne.
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    Military Backpack Guide

  • Spec Ops – T.H.E. Ultimate Assault Pack

    Mike
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Busted back-pack dude – you’ve seen him. He’s the guy on the trail who’s pack is half-patched with super-glue, duct tape and a chip-clip. Spec-Ops looks to solve such woes forever with their premium line backpack affectionately-titled: “Spec Ops T.H.E. Ultimate Assault Pack.” Sounds pretty good, right? But is it? We’re here to break it down for you. With a total internal capacity of 2550 cubic inches, this thing threatens to hold everything on Earth. Despite the amazing capacity from an internal frame pack, Spec-Ops keeps it stylish with five…
  • MOLLE II Standard Gov’t Issue Backpack- Strong, Solid and Loyal

    Mike
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    The MOLLE II Standard Issue Backpack, manufactured by USGI, is one serious hell of a pack and, it has one of the highest customer ratings of all the Military Backpacks we’ve reviewed. Its most appealing feature would have to be its size. This thing has a ton of room, but the space is distributed in a way that makes it very comfortable to carry. The large main compartment alone can hold approximately between 3,500 and 4,000 cubic inches of gear. The double zipper front pocket is about 11″ x 6″ x 3″. The large main section is about 18″ x 20″ x 9″. The…
  • Maxpedition Vulture ii 2 – An incredible 3 day rucksack

    Mike
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The Maxpedition Vulture 2 backpack is perfect for outdoorsmen, especially hikers and campers. It can store just about anything needed for a multi-day trip. We took a 3 day expedition and were able to fit everything that we needed in the pack. It has an impressive 2810 cubic inches worth of internal space. It’s sold in a variety of colors including black, foliage green, a military esque khaki and OD green. In Depth Review While the pack looks fairly plain, it is designed with function in mind instead of form. It boasts all sorts of pockets and compartments for a variety of gear.
  • ALPS OutdoorZ Commander External Frame Pack Review

    Mike
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    ALPS Outdoorz makes all sorts of gear from packs to chairs to gun cases.  One of their larger packs is the Commander.  This is a huge external frame pack for large expeditions.  This bad boy will hold everything except the kitchen sink – and even that’s up for debate.   The Commander starts off with 5,250 cubic inches of storage and that doesn’t even include strapping things to the outsides or the frame.  Inside you’ll find a hydration pocket with port and several zippered compartments.  Constructed of Nylon ripstop, This bag has a high durability rating and resists…
  • Top 10 Best Survival Books – The only guide you need

    Mike
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:22 am
    Whether you’re studying to become the next Les Stroud or looking to learn survival preparedness skills in case of a Zombie Apocalypse, you’re going to need a resource, and you’re in luck! We’ve got a list of the best survival books this side of Mars – neatly organized, in a handy-dandy little chart! Of course, if you’re not a book learner, there are plenty of survival schools throughout the world. How do I choose a survival book when there are so many? Survival comes in many flavors – Desert, Woodland, Jungle, Mountain, you name it.  You need a book that…
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