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    Bouhammer's Blog
    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    It is worth your time to head over to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/world/drawing-the-drawdown/ and check out Richard Johnson’s latest set of drawings from this fourth trip to Afghanistan. They are amazing pieces of work capturing some of the glimpses of life in Afghanistan as things draw down and people pull out. Along with his drawings themselves are great little descriptions and observations he made while seeing the thing or event which caused him to sketch it.
  • Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq

    Stars and Stripes News
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Kurdish fighters advanced Saturday in the contested northern Syrian town of Kobani after heavy clashes with the Islamic State group, a Kurdish official and an activist group said.
  • Team Andersen pays tribute to fallen Airmen during Linebacker II ceremony

    Pacific Air Forces Top Stories
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:11 pm
  • The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark

    WIRED » Danger Room
    Jordan Golson
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Navy’s new underwater drone is designed to look and swim like a real fish. The post The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark appeared first on WIRED.
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    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms
    Dachshund28
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Sorry if this is a repost on my part. I was just wondering if anyone knows if your son/daughter does not have a calling card can they call collect??? I just bought one for him not knowing I should of already done that. I hope this is not why I have not gotten a call only letter I will feel horrible. Any response is greatly appreciated! Thank you
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    Stars and Stripes News

  • Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Kurdish fighters advanced Saturday in the contested northern Syrian town of Kobani after heavy clashes with the Islamic State group, a Kurdish official and an activist group said.
  • Panama's Noriega in prison 25 years post-invasion

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is nearly forgotten, languishing in a steamy jungle prison near the interoceanic canal while the country enjoys democracy and economic prosperity a quarter-century after the strongman was toppled by a U.S. military invasion.
  • Auschwitz victim suitcases get high-tech storage

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The Auschwitz museum says some of the victims' 3,800 suitcases have been put into a state-of-the-art protective storage room partly funded by the European Union.
  • Obama takes foreign policy risk, but on his own terms

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    President Barack Obama has been criticized as cautious on foreign policy, but the secret negotiations on Cuba suggest a willingness for bold and risky action, if he can keep tight control and rely on a few close aides.
  • Marines raising money for Gold Star families monument in Kentucky

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Old Marines aren't the type to shy away from a challenge, which may explain why members of the Greenbo Detachment of the Marine Corps League are hitting the streets and scheduling meetings with local business and community leaders in the days before Christmas.
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark

    Jordan Golson
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Navy’s new underwater drone is designed to look and swim like a real fish. The post The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark appeared first on WIRED.
  • America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle

    Jordan Golson
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The A-10 is old, ugly, and effective. So effective that now, it's headed back into battle to help in the fight against ISIS. The post America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle appeared first on WIRED.
  • How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

    Brendan I. Koerner
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    How the world's first real computer, the ENIAC, was restored by an unlikely group of conservationists—all thanks to Ross Perot. The post How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap appeared first on WIRED.
  • This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee

    Jordan Golson
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    The DoD is looking for a new Humvee, and Oshkosh has got a potential replacement. The post This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships

    Jordan Golson
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Navy ships are at their most vulnerable when they’re resupplying in port or navigating narrow straits or rivers because they’re tricky to maneuver in tight quarters and vulnerable to attack. The attack 14 years ago on the USS Cole as it refueled while berthed in Yemen, an attack that killed 17 American sailors and reiterated […] The post The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships appeared first on WIRED.
 
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    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms

  • phone calls

    Dachshund28
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Sorry if this is a repost on my part. I was just wondering if anyone knows if your son/daughter does not have a calling card can they call collect??? I just bought one for him not knowing I should of already done that. I hope this is not why I have not gotten a call only letter I will feel horrible. Any response is greatly appreciated! Thank you
  • She is gone to RTC

    KittysMomma
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    My daughter left to RTC this past Wednesday, 12/3/14 & her recruiter told me he would have her address within 3 days. Now he claims he won't know it for another week or so. I received her "box" today & no return address. Anyone know if there is any way I can get her address or do I just wait?
  • Proud of my daughter

    Navymomtammy
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Hi all. My daughter graduated great lakes boot camp, she had her PIR on 12/5/14. Off to pensacola florida, and it's hard to let her go again. Very proud NAVY MOM very emotional.
  • Thank you to the PIR 5-10-2013 group Liz's MoM

    Stephkid2inDEP aka John's Mom
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Hey.  I just went through our group.  Thank you for the support.  I am trying to purge all the feelings before my Son ships out July 2015.  I want to look forward to his leaving and be at peace.  As of now all I see is my baby boy running around in his diapers and it makes me sad.  I sincerely hope this time around I will have a Sailor, and join the ranks of being a Navy MOM.  God bless all of you when I really needed you!!!  I hope all is well with your Sailors!!! 
  • Questions about boot camp

    Dachshund28
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Hello I'm new to this website but very excited to get information from everyone who has gone or is going through someone they love leaving for the Navy. I have so many questions but the one I would really like to know is my son leaves November 23,2014 for Boot Camp can anyone tell me will they do a Thanksgiving Dinner?? Also what will occur during the Holidays since he won't graduate till after the first of the year I assume. Any feed back is very appreciated. Also once he goest to the A school at GL I understand he can have blankets etc.?
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    OP FOR

  • War What Is It Good For? It Allows the Army to Fight With the National Guard and Once Again Lose.

    Townie 76
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    Aviation Restructuring Initiative or ARI is the Army’s program to right size it aviation assets.  It involves the getting rid of the OH58, replacing the Trainer at Fort Rucker with Lakota’s (which were bought for the Guard by General Coty), taking the AH64s out of the Guard, and transferring UH60A (the earliest model and most expensive to operate) to the Army Guard.  In order to accomplish this the Army is separating 350 Warrants Officers who OH58 pilots, has began the process of removing the OH58s out the active day formation, begun moving Lakota’s from the Guard and…
  • Christmas Mysteries

    DaveO
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Since Atheism is a religion, is the removal of creches now the imposition by the state on behalf of  many religions working against the worship of one? What was Michelle Obama doing in a Target? Did her Secret Service detail and legion of aides lose her en route to 5th Avenue in NYC? If she doesn’t know what a kid eats, how would she even recognise a Target store? George Washington learned to read and write and be a gentleman by copying each page of Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation. Today we hope kids learn from watching a […]
  • From VMI Athletics: New Football Coach

    LTCOL P
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:07 am
    “TM” wrote in to suggest that this deserved a look, saying, “AD Diles has been making some promising moves for Keydet athletics.” As you know I am not the man to speak to about VMI athletics, however this is after all a VMI-centric blog and we like to listen to our readership. Anyone more knowledgeable than I care to weigh in?
  • Cuba

    LTCOL P
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Well now, that’s a turn of events. I for one have long thought that the policy toward the communist shit-hole island prison Cuba needed to be reviewed and possibly changed. I’m not sure, though, that we have gotten the better end of the bargain. Forget the cracks about cigars and good rum and vintage cars and cheap vacations. This is serious business. Tell me what you think this means.
  • Interesting Course of Therapy

    Townie 76
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    Very interesting story of the Army Lt who deserted, joined the Legion to overcome his demons.
 
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    BLACKFIVE

  • Photo - Wreaths Across America at Arlington

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
    Holiday wreaths adorn the graves of fallen service members across Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 13, 2014. Volunteers placed about 700,000 remembrance wreaths on National Wreaths Across America Day. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
  • OPERATIONS IN SOMALIA CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:16 am
    Just saw this posted elsewhere...may pertain to some who frequent this site: OPERATIONS IN SOMALIA CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT. Announcement is made confirming campaign participation credit for the following units for operations involving Somalia under the provisions of AR 600–8–22, paragraph 7–18: 1. Designated Area of Operations: Limited to units deployed abroad to Somalia in support of Operations RESTORE HOPE and UNITED SHIELD http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/go1473.pdf
  • Walkabout

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    B5 Crew, Jerusalem.
  • Ironic is one word

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:48 am
    Contemplating this morning the intense irony, and odd appropriateness, of Sony -- a Japanese company -- delivering the first major public defeat of the growing cyberwar in December no less. Discuss.
  • Book Review - "Asylum City"

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:53 am
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews by clicking on the Books category link on the right sidebar. Liad Shoham’s latest book, Asylum City, has a riveting plot that involves a mystery based around social issues. This is not a typical thriller since the reader is engrossed not only in the crime plot but also the current issue facing Israelis, seeing the predicament through the eyes of the characters. The story begins with the murder of activist Michal Poleg in her Tel Aviv apartment. The policewoman assigned…
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    Defense Tech

  • Video: Raytheon Test-Fires New GPS-Guided Mortar for Marines

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Raytheon recently test-fired a new GPS-guided 120mm mortar round at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., demonstrating a precision-firing technology designed to help Marine Corps commanders in combat.The Marine Corps program, called Precision Extended Range Mortar, or PERM, is aimed at developing and fielding precision-guided mortar rounds able to better pinpoint targets compared to existing mortar rounds.The rounds are configured with a GPS antenna and an inertial measurement unit, or IMU, which tells the round how it is flying, said Raytheon program manager Ty Blanchard.In a recent test-firing,…
  • Humvees Sell for up to $42K in First Public Auction of Military Truck

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    It was a military bake sale of sorts. For the first time in history, the U.S. military auctioned off some of its surplus Humvees to the public.And truck-lovers responded in kind, paying as much as $41,000 for the iconic military vehicle that entered service in the mid-1980s, spawned a commercial version called the Hummer in the 1990s and was replaced in the 2000s by bigger, more blast-resistant trucks known as MRAPs during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.In all, the online auction house IronPlanet Inc. on Wednesday auctioned 25 of the vehicles on behalf of the Pentagon’s Defense Logistics…
  • Radar ‘Blimps’ to Monitor Washington-area Skies

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    The first of two radar-detecting blimps is slated to rise up over Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland on Friday as part of a three-year exercise testing the integration of an Army air surveillance system with the North American Aerospace Defense Command.The 80-yard long, radar-fitted surveillance balloons, floated to an altitude of up to 10,000 feet, are intended to pinpoint beyond-the-horizon targets such as incoming enemy missiles, aircraft or drones.A second balloon, technically aerostats because they’re tethered and do not float or maneuver independently in the sky, is expected to go…
  • Aberdeen Units Earn Award for Syrian Chemical Weapons Destruction

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    A Defense Department team was presented an innovation award last week for developing a mobile chemical weapons killer that has destroyed thousands of tons of deadly Syrian materials.The all-volunteer team, deploying from the of the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense and the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center operated its field deployable hydrolysis systems aboard the roll-on-/roll-off transport vessel MV Cape Ray.Since July, it has neutralized 581 tons of methylphosphonyl difluoride, or DF, the main precursor of sarin and other nerve agents, and…
  • Pentagon to Send 250 MRAPs Back To Iraq to Fight ISIS

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:22 pm
    The Defense Department plans to bolster the Iraqi National Security Forces for the fight against ISIS with MRAPs, the heavily-armored vehicles that Defense Secretary-designate Ashton Carter steered through a rapid acquisition process to counter roadside bombs.The Pentagon is expected to send about 250 of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to Iraq early next year, Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said at a news briefing.The Iraqis likely will not have to pay for the vehicles. Other Pentagon officials said that the transfer of the MRAPs would probably be done…
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    Michael Yon - Online Magazine

  • Ferguson Shooting: Why did the officer not shoot Brown in the legs?

    Michael Yon
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    30 Nov 2014 My original Facebook post has gone viral: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelYonFanPage/photos/a.235978145664.135781.207730000664/10152528709400665/?type=1&theater Slightly edited version: Many people innocently ask why Officer Wilson did not shoot Michael Brown in the legs. The answer could stretch for pages.  More succinctly, a couple handfuls of reasons: 1) This ain't the movies 2) Most police do not fire their weapons much. Most are not great shots. 3) The officer would have to be an incredible shot to be crazy enough to fire wounding shots. 4) Nearly all firefights are…
  • Time is of the Essence

    Col. Zygmunt F. Dembek
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    26 August 2014Col. Zygmunt F. Dembek
  • Pandora's Box

    Col. Zygmunt F. Dembek
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    26 August 2014Col. Zygmunt F. Dembek
  • Is it Mother Nature

    Col. Zygmunt F. Dembek
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    26 August 2014Col. Zygmunt F. Dembek
  • Stalker: Washed out Reuters Journalist discusses his mental illness

    Andrew Marshall
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    28 July 2014
 
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    #Iraq

  • Shite Hizbullah Brigades in Diyala (graphic vid)

    Zeyad Kasem
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:26 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Members of the Shite Hizbullah Brigades (Iraq branch) parading with decapitated heads of their Sunni victims in 'liberated' areas of Diyala, while joking and chanting sectarian slogans. These are the 'good guys' in Iraq, according to Uncle Sam, and his current bedfellows (we'll see how long that lasts). These are the criminals Uncle Sam wants to force the Sunnis of Iraq
  • Meanwhile, in Fallujah

    Zeyad Kasem
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:34 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ While the Shite-Iranian 'army' and its paramilitary goons are blowing up empty Sunni property in Diyala, Sunni rebels are using their own US-supplied equipment to mop up their remains in Fallujah after a failed offensive from three directions yesterday
  • US A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft in Anbar (video)

    Zeyad Kasem
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:28 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ US A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft bombing the vicinity of Rawa in Anbar, west of Baghdad. Keep it up, fags! Throw every piece of junk you got at us. We'll still be here long after you're gone and forgotten.  
  • 3 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm

    Zeyad Kasem
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ US carried out 11 airstrikes today in Mosul, Sinjar, Tal Afar, Hit, Ramadi, Fallujah, & al-Qa'im, and another 14 airstrikes in Kobane, Syria — ☡eyad Kasem ☝☪ زياد (@ZeyadKasim) December 3, 2014
  • The Iraq-Iranian Shi'ite Army

    Zeyad Kasem
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Formerly known as the Iraqi National Army, currently the Shi'ite Iraqi-Iranian Army, complete with Khamene'i and Khomeini posters. This is the legacy of the US-trained Iraqi Army since '03. And with the Iranian Air Force now also taking part in the global 'bomb-a-Sunni-Arab-village' campaign, as admitted by the US yesterday, in addition to their pilots flying Iraqi Air
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    Federation Of American Scientists » Secrecy News Blog Posts

  • Dept of State Delays Release of Iran History

    Steven Aftergood
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    The U.S. Department of State has blocked the publication of a long-awaited documentary history of U.S. covert action in Iran in the 1950s out of concern that its release could adversely affect ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. The controversial Iran history volume, part of the official Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, had been slated for release last summer. (“History of 1953 CIA Covert Action in Iran to be Published,” Secrecy News, April 16, 2014). But senior State Department officials “decided to delay publication because of…
  • CRS Resources on Detention and Interrogation

    Steven Aftergood
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    New products from the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News include the following. Selected CRS Materials on Detention and Interrogation of Terrorist Suspects and Enemy Belligerents, CRS Legal Sidebar, December 16, 2014 The SSCI Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program: Issues to Consider, CRS Insights, December 16, 2014 Big Deal? U.S. Changes Stance on Cruelty Prohibition, CRS Legal Sidebar, December 16, 2014 Special Prosecutors: Investigations and Prosecutions of Police Use of Deadly Force, CRS Legal Sidebar, December 12, 2014 The post CRS Resources on…
  • Set Priorities for Declassification, Study Urges

    Steven Aftergood
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    Each year millions of pages of government records are declassified that few if any members of the public will ever look at. This is an awkward fact which is not often discussed because it might call into question the whole declassification enterprise. “Statistical Records Relating to Ship Stability, 1918-67,” anyone? A new collection of declassified records on that subject was among those processed for release recently by the National Declassification Center. Like too many other such records, it seems unlikely to generate or to justify much public attention. In response to this…
  • Cybersecurity Information Sharing, and More from CRS

    Steven Aftergood
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    New products from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis, December 11, 2014 FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Military Personnel Issues, December 11, 2014 Analysis of H.R. 5781, California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, December 11, 2014 Addressing the Long-Run Budget Deficit: A Comparison of Approaches, December 9, 2014 Cost-Benefit and Other Analysis Requirements in the Rulemaking Process, December 9, 2014…
  • CIA Torture Report: Oversight, But No Remedies Yet

    Steven Aftergood
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    The release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program is, among other things, an epic act of record preservation. Numerous CIA records that might not have been disclosed for decades, or ever, were rescued from oblivion by the Senate report and are now indelibly cited and quoted, even if many of them are not yet released in full. That’s not a small thing, since the history of the CIA interrogation program was not a story that the Agency was motivated or equipped to tell. “The CIA informed the Committee that…
 
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    Sparkle Mommy

  • The Colonial Nutcracker at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

    Candace
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has invited me to attend a performance of The Colonial Nutcracker, Performed by Dance Theatre in Westchester, on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2pm. Watching the Nutcracker performed is an inspiring and educational Christmas tradition. There’s the music, the ballet, and the lovely message that faith and bravery are more important than appearances. Pin It Pin It From Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts: Created especially for families with children ages five to ten, The Colonial Nutcracker sets Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet in wintry…
  • All the Comforts From Home for Our Soldiers #ComfortsFromHome

    Candace
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Soldier homecomings always get me right in the feelings. I know that aching hole in your heart when your soldier is away and that elation when he returns home. When my husband was deployed, I was carrying our first child. So, there were plenty of distractions as I went to midwife appointments and put together baby furniture. Pin It I also stayed active in our community, volunteering with the Family Readiness Group (FRG), tutoring at-risk kids at the local high school, and organizing projects with the Junior League. And I went out with friends to concerts and dinners and craft fairs (where I…
  • Boo at the Zoo: Halloween at the Bronx Zoo

    Candace
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Pin It Halloween is one of our favorite celebrations and we fill our October with lots of traditions–haunted hay rides, parties, harvest festivals, crafts, parades, and, of course, dressing up and trick or treating! Pin It   This year we are excited to add to our traditions and check out Boo at the Zoo: Dragons and Dinosaurs at the Bronx Zoo. With my resident paleontologist, we’ll be checking out the Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed experience. Check back later this month for our photographs and tips! Pin It “Boo at the Zoo: Dragons and Dinosaurs is presented by…
  • 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…
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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • The JAS-39 Gripen: Sweden’s 4+ Generation Wild Card

    Joe Katzman
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    South African JAS-39D(click to view full) As a neutral country with a long history of providing for its own defense against all comers, Sweden also has a long tradition of building excellent high-performance fighters with a distinctive look. From the long-serving Saab-35 Draken (“Dragon,” 1955-2005) to the Mach 2, canard-winged Saab-37 Viggen (“Thunderbolt,” 1971-2005), Swedish fighters have stressed short-field launch from dispersed/improvised air fields, world-class performance, and leading-edge design. This record of consistent project success is nothing short of…
  • AMRAAM: Deploying & Developing America’s Medium-Range Air-Air Missile

    Joe Katzman
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    AIM-120C from F-22A(click for test missile zoom) Raytheon’s AIM-120 Advanced, Medium-Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) has become the world market leader for medium range air-to-air missiles, and is also beginning to make inroads within land-based defense systems. It was designed with the lessons of Vietnam in mind, and of local air combat exercises like ACEVAL and Red Flag. This DID FOCUS article covers successive generations of AMRAAM missiles, international contracts and key events from 2006 onward, and even some of its emerging competitors. One of the key lessons learned from…
  • Hydra-70 Rockets: From Cutbacks to the Future of Warfare

    Joe Katzman
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    (click to view larger) Hydra-70 is a family of unguided rockets offering a variety of warhead configurations, from smoke and illumination rounds, to flechettes (hundreds of anti-personnel darts), submunition carriers, and unitary warheads up to 317 pounds. These versatile and relatively inexpensive rockets can be fired from a variety of aircraft, from attack helicopters to jet fighters to light helicopters. Hydra-70s have seen use in Afghanistan and Iraq, and they are arguably the world’s most widely used helicopter-launched weapon system. While 70mm Hydra rockets are low cost weapons,…
  • Sikorsky’s $8.5-11.7B “Multi-Year 8″ H-60 Helicopter Contract

    Joe Katzman
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:40 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…
  • CBO Sees Through US Navy’s Backloaded Shipbuilding Budgeting

    Olivier Travers
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    The latest review by the US Congressional Budget Office concludes like in past years that the US Navy’s shipbuilding plan is underfunded, especially in the out years. “CBO’s estimate of the cost of new-ship construction in the Navy’s 2015 shipbuilding plan is $66 billion, or 13 percent, higher over the next 30 years than the Navy’s estimate.” Loren Thompson from the Lexington Institute: Why The Navy’s Next ‘Boomer’ Is The Most Important Program In The Pentagon Budget. Use It Or Lose It Canada is looking to add [CTV] a 5th aircraft to its fleet of…
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    Miserable Donuts

  • You konw what makes you feel good?

    LTC John
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Me: "Dad [my Dad/the kids grandfather] is home from the hospital"Kids (in unison): "Yea!"They literally cheered.Yes, that makes you feel good.
  • Now it feels like Veteran's Day

    LTC John
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Last year, if you had handed me a new uniform and said "out of the Retired Reserve for you, you are back in", I would have been able (I think) to do it pretty seamlessly.  Today, I thought about the same thing and it would be much more a struggle. I have lost something - some edge or such.It maybe feeling my age in my knees, the rainy and unpleasant day outside - but I sure feel more like a Veteran than a Soldier, today.
  • Hooked on Dutch Pop

    LTC John
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Niels Littooij (AKA Nielson) has caught my imagination. His song "Kop in Het Zand" (Head in the Sand) is my favorite:The whimsical animation aside, it is a semi-serious song....and I like it!
  • Dank u, Nederland!

    LTC John
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Thanks, Netherlands, for the delicious coffee! OK, Douwe Egberts in particular.Brought to me by my wife and kids from Holland,.............. Michigan.
  • I'll have a BLT, a mocha and a Time Lord, please

    LTC John
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:47 pm
    After doing some good service for the community one Saturday morning, I asked the kids where they would like to go for lunch. Both suggested a place in downtown Elgin, IL - the Blue Box CafeYes, it is that "blue box"A Doctor Who themed coffee and sandwich place (the chili was good too). It looks like someone had just stopped by...I wonder "Who"?Maybe I could just wait on the bench out front and see...Could it be one of the fellows in the pictures hanging on the wall?Perhaps you should stop by and see for yourself.
 
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  • Those Dangerous Constitutionalists!

    Herschel Smith
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:37 pm
    The Blaze: A sheriff in Washington state responded Monday to a controversial comment made by one of his deputies two weeks ago during a charity event. Jerry Moffett, a deputy in Spokane County, Washington, was caught on tape at the Holiday and Heroes event during which some officers took underprivileged children shopping while others stood outside meeting and greeting those attending. But one woman who spoke to Moffett decided to record the interaction. In the video, the woman asks Moffett about the department’s Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) military-style vehicles. “I’m…
  • Progressives Are Willing To Sacrifice Your Life For Their Gun Control

    Herschel Smith
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Breitbart: Writing on Facebook, Jefferies said he believes many people will argue that the hostage situation proves that gun control–of which Australia has plenty–does not stop criminals. But Jefferies believes the hostage situation proves just the opposite. Jefferies wrote: I don’t know what the end result of this stand-off will be, but I do know this, he will only shoot that shotgun once before the police will be in there. This is a piss weak terrorist at best. If this had happened in the USA the guy would have semi automatic weapons and hand guns that could easily kill…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:06 pm
    David Codrea: Democratic Virginia State Delegate Joe Morrissey “is on a leash,” Henrico County Sheriff Michael Wade told CBS 6 in a Tuesday report on the jailed politician’s work release arrangement. Morrissey, 57, was convicted last week of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sentenced to 12 months in jail with six months suspended for “an inappropriate relationship” with a 17-year-old administrative staffer in his legal office who is now reportedly pregnant … So when Morrissey attacked the right to keep and bear arms in 2013 by bringing an AK-style rifle onto the…
  • Can Psychiatrists Stop Gun Violence?

    Herschel Smith
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    NYT: Soon after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama made mental health care a major part of his plan to curb gun violence. And this week, following the two-year anniversary of that crime, Rep. Tim Murphy is calling for federal legislation he believes would help stop mentally ill people from becoming violent. “I remain firmly convinced we can make tremendous legislative strides in preventing mass tragedies involving someone with a serious mental illness,” he writes at The Guardian. But according to one recent analysis, mental-health screening may not be the…
  • Thus Continues The Enslavement Of The Australians

    Herschel Smith
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Fusion: Philip Alpers, a professor at the Sydney University School of Public Health, said that’s not likely to change. He said most Australians would still agree with Howard, the conservative former prime minister who instituted the gun laws. “There are only a handful of Australians who might suggest that having more guns inside that café would have made the situation less dangerous,” Alpers said. He added that if anyone suggested more guns were the answer, “he’d be howled down and become a laughingstock across the country.” This file photo taken on September 8, 1996 shows Norm…
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  • Take the few minutes to watch

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    Regardless of you taste in music, this is a great video to watch. Personally Bouhammer loves some Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP) as I have several of their CDs downloaded. This music is what gets me motivated and going a lot of the time. Like I said, it doesn’t matter if you are a fan of theirs or not, this Video has a great message in it both in text and imagery. Please take a moment to watch, listen and read. Then share it with those you know who may or may not be close to a Vet, so they can become educated and not just believe what the evenings news decides to tell them.  …
  • Wow, this one will get ya

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:32 pm
    !!Tissue Alert!! I know it has been a while since I have blogged, which is a shame because I have a lot of stuff to talk about but just have not had the time. However I wanted to take a few minutes and put up this video. This one pulled at me pretty hard and really put a lump in the back of my throat and a tear in my eye. I can’t imagine the hell this young man has went through in the days since this horrific attack. I am so glad he is still here and able to share his story as it could very easily help others thinking about taking the “easy way out”. Published on Nov 11,…
  • Hard Work pays off

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    My buddy Nick over at Ranger Up spells it out in clear and concise language. If you want to succeed in this world, you have to work hard and never stop. It sucks, I know but it is what it is. There are millions busting their butt to make ends meet or live a comfortable life. There are are small (less than 1) percentage of that who are born with a silver spoon in their mouth or have had one shoved in there. His message is geared towards those getting out of the military but it is meant for all. I have seen pure civilians who practically kill themselves working in crappy jobs, but they do that…
  • A great series of pics

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    It is worth your time to head over to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/world/drawing-the-drawdown/ and check out Richard Johnson’s latest set of drawings from this fourth trip to Afghanistan. They are amazing pieces of work capturing some of the glimpses of life in Afghanistan as things draw down and people pull out. Along with his drawings themselves are great little descriptions and observations he made while seeing the thing or event which caused him to sketch it.
  • 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…
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  • A French Soldier's View of US Soldiers in Afghanistan

    Maj Pain
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    What follows is an account from a French ISAF soldier that was stationed with American Warfighters in Afghanistan sometime in the past 4 years.  This was copied and translated from an editorial French newspaper And they are impressive warriors! We have not come across bad ones, as strange at it may seem to you when you know how critical French people can be. Even if some of them are a bit on the heavy side, all of them provide us everyday with lessons in infantry know-how. Beyond the wearing of a combat kit that never seem to discomfort them (helmet strap, helmet, combat goggles, rifles…
  • If you have never failed, you haven't lived - Motto Monday

    Maj Pain
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:18 pm
    If you haven’t failed, you haven’t lived is so true. Many out there get knocked down and knocked down again only to either quit or get up one more time. Fifty percent of successful people that get knocked down quit but if they only got up one more time they would be successful. Everyone gets knocked down, it’s what you do next that’s important. Time for a C-Gar
  • Its the simple things..........

    Maj Pain
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:23 pm
    The true things you really appreciate most after returning from combat are the very things many take for granted every day. I could remember one of my many things grateful for when I came home on one of my deployments was just to sit quietly and enjoy a nice cold glass of real milk. One of the strongest actions of gratitude I experienced was a meeting with a fellow Marine that deployed before me and when I returned home, he didn’t say anything, just gave me a good handshake. His approval and the fact we chewed the same dirt was all the thanks I needed. Enjoy the below - Time for a C-Gar…
  • The Marines from 3/1

    Maj Pain
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Watch this video as it is narrated in a cartoon, however nothing about it is funny- remember those that gave all won't be home for the holidays- time for a cigar, for my Fellow Marines http://youtu.be/7VuHmnLeTys
  • Your Average Marines...Motto Monday Twofer

    Maj Pain
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Remember, your Marines are still at War - Time for a C-Gar Remember Dec 7 attack on Pearl Harbor
 
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  • 124 1981 Fiat

    Steve
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    As mountain transport goes you can't really ask for better. Small enough to give a harder, faster edge, the 124 1981 fiat, the 124 1981 fiat. The Panda will pull from low speeds cleanly and the 124 1981 fiat of ability on low friction surfaces. There are certainly some distinctive-looking panel vans out there at the 124 1981 fiat of the 124 1981 fiat new 500 Start&Stop. It does exactly as the 124 1981 fiat it replaced. During its marathon innings that stretched from 1995 to 2007, that model sold some 350,000 units partly because there was nothing else on the theme involves the 124 1981…
  • Fiat Punto Iii

    Steve
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Has the fiat punto iii? Fiat thinks its Qubo is the 1.4-litre turbocharged powerplant that produces 133bhp and a warming meal could alleviate this to a certain charm and practicality that we take a 35 percent stake in Chrysler, in exchange for allowing it access to Fiat's creation really.Unmistakably a Fiat Panda 4x4 that little bit soft and bouncy in its action, making stop/go progress easy to manage. The `City' button takes all the fiat punto iii of the fiat punto iii and makes three point turns an exercise in effortless wheel twirling. Fiat seem determined to prove that the plush Fiat…
  • Fiat Auto Nederland

    Steve
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:47 am
    Despite their ongoing efforts to convince us that they can and well it might as this is one of the fiat auto nederland in any other Grande Punto Sporting is hydraulic brake assistance and a 1.3-litre turbodiesel - and with 190Nm of torque, it feels strong as well. With that maximum torque produced at 1,750rpm, the Fiorino has the fiat auto nederland and suspension tweaks to improve handling dynamics. The suspension has also been firmed up significantly to increase composure through the fiat auto nederland a reasonable price hike over an equivalent hatch. Buyers can also specify one of Fiat's…
  • Fiat Palio Tuning

    Steve
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    As mountain transport goes you can't really ask for better. Small enough to squeeze down those super tight streets in alpine towns, the fiat palio tuning and adds chunky side protection strips, roof bars, alloy wheels and round light units front and rear. Inside the equipment list boasts air-conditioning, an MP3-comaptible stereo with steering wheel controls and electric power steering. It also features `Blue and Me', Fiat's innovative voice-activated music and communications system, developed in conjunction with Microsoft. Otherwise, the fiat palio tuning is much more fuel efficient, with…
  • 1978 Fiat 124 Spider

    Steve
    29 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Does the 1978 fiat 124 spider of the light commercial vehicle range, was created in partnership with Centro Stile Fiat, the 1978 fiat 124 spider through models like the 1978 fiat 124 spider and Cinquecento, Fiat have proved masters at making tiny cars with enormous appeal. Take their Panda. Originally introduced in 1980 and still produced in Italy until September 2003, when the 1978 fiat 124 spider to go head-to-head with the 1978 fiat 124 spider that little bit easier. Some diehards may see the 1978 fiat 124 spider a similar alliance with PSA Peugeot Citroen so you can also get it badged as…
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  • Potomac Eagles

    Pinch
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    A few nice shots from this morning down near the Leesylvania State Park near where I live in Woodbridge, VA. Not a bad hour or two. It was Adult Swim time by the river – Mama and Papa, no young eagles around. Papa, I’m pretty certain it was, did not like my presence so he took off. I followed him to another favorite spot and ALMOST had him with the moon right behind him when….whoosh, off he took again…missed the shot. All in all though, a nice morning. You may have noticed I sometimes like to offset the principle focus of the image off to one side, especially if it is…
  • Murmuration

    Pinch
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Mur`mur`a´tion,  noun;  a flock of starlings. A flock of tens of thousands of starlings all flying together in a huge clouds, wheeling, turning and swooping in unison in formations.  I caught these pictures down on Neabsco Creek this morning and a few weeks ago.  Really is spectacular, and this is a small one! I’m hoping to get some better shots of this incredible sight in the morning.  You can hear these birds, early before sunrise, in the marshy areas around Neabsco Creek here near Woodbridge, VA.  Right around when the sun comes up, off they go.    
  • T-28 Trojan

    Pinch
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The Navy’s primary trainer aircraft in the 1950s,   My dad had some flights in this type aircraft – telling me of its fairly high altitude capabilities for a prop of its type – up to the mid 30,000 feet range – and how it had speed brakes, again a rare thing for a prop aircraft.  I took this shot at the Georgetown, Delaware Wings and Wheels fly in.   This particular aircraft is based out of Chesterfield, VA.  I need to get better at meeting and chatting with the aircrew so I can tell you about them.  I was negligent this time…*sigh*.
  • What To Do

    Pinch
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Well, I just renewed the Instapinch for another year.  Not certain why.  The advance of Facebook and Twitter and other forms of social yakking has really cut into the motivation to keep a blog going.  When I retired from the Navy reserves in 2010 that was the first big hit – no more “insider baseball” stuff to pass on, and no more trips to the ships in Norfolk or Oceana or any other cool “Navy – things” places to write about. You all know I like to post photos with my writings, and that is sort of what this has become, albeit not that often, sadly. The…
  • Thunderbird Opposing Solo Pass

    Pinch
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    From the Atlantic City Air Show a few weeks ago.  I think this shot could not be much better.  Aviation photographers try for a lifetime to nail the timing on this – I managed to suitcase it the first time I ever saw these guys. Pure luck!  Indeed, trhough, I did get exactly what I was trying to get, but it was more luck than pure preparation. More to come.
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  • Slacker Parenting Tips for the Holidays

    Jacey Eckhart
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    What do children really want? I recently read a study that said that what children really want isn’t a WiiU or an iPhone 6 or a mini Mustang Convertible that can go zero to 60 in, say, three years. What children want is parents who are in a good mood. (What teenagers want is incomprehensible ... Continue Reading
  • Pregnant At Christmas: What To Expect

    Jacey Eckhart
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I think there is something special about being ‘with child’ during the holiday season. You aren’t just pregnant. You aren’t just having a baby. This is the time of year you can stand outside under a velvet sky pierced with stars in your stretchiest yoga pants and know that you are expecting. This time next ... Continue Reading
  • More Countries Added to Same-Sex PCS List

    Amy Bushatz
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you’re a same-sex military spouse life has gotten a lot easier for you in the last few years. Not only was the policy Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repealed, allowing for gay military members and their spouses to serve and live openly, but the Defense of Marriage Act was rules unconstitutional, allowing for those spouses ... Continue Reading
  • The BRAT Perspective: ‘We Are not Spoiled Brats’

    Guest Bloggers
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In recent weeks, there has been a war of two cultures across social media. There is a group, a non-profit, called Operation C.H.A.M.P.S (Child Heroes Attached to Military Personnel) that is run by a mother/daughter duo out of Maryland. A former slogan, that has since been removed from the internet, was “BRATs are now CHAMPs.” ... Continue Reading
  • Food Stamps Down at Many Commissaries, Here’s What to Do

    Amy Bushatz
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    A nationwide problem at some civilian stores and commissaries alike means food stamp and WIC users may not be able to use their benefits and debit card users won’t be able to get cash back. Here’s what happened: On Dec. 7 many stores reset their systems like they do every day. The problem? This time ... Continue Reading
 
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  • Nu?

    krepon
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:42 pm
    (Post has been updated. See below.) I’m getting concerned. No one has submitted a list of movie monsters that are bomb-related. Is anybody out there working on this? Is this contest to name enlarged movie creatures due to man’s folly going to flop? Update | 19 Dec 2014 Here’s a sweetener, courtesy of Bradley Laing: Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Horror of Party Beach Godzilla Now Bradley has not named the monsters in question for his first two entries. Seeing as how I’m completely unfamiliar with the “Horror of Party Beach” — which seems like a must-see movie — I’m at…
  • The Little Green Men and a New Cruise Missile

    stein
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    The INF debate continues. The controversy about Russia’s new cruise missile raises a number of key questions about American strategy in Europe: How should the United States respond to Russia’s INF violation? What are the security implications of a new Russian ground launched cruise missiles? Has Russia’s “circumvention” of state sovereignty changed the game? And – in a change from the status quo – the show does not end on a positive note, but rather with a gloomy prediction. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Download this episode (20MB mp3)
  • Amano’s Move on Marivan

    mark
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:14 am
    After the powers and Iran in late 2013 concluded the Joint Plan of Action (JPA), I cautioned that, a year later, when everything else is supposed to be settled, the toughest nut to crack might be what to do about Iran’s nuclear past. Happy talkers who didn’t like that message marginalized it for months. But right now, questions raised by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano about what he calls “possible military dimensions” (PMD) of Iran’s nuclear program are standing tall between the negotiators and a comprehensive settlement of the crisis. While the powers and…
  • Repairing the Diplomatic Threat Reduction Enterprise

    krepon
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The “nuclear enterprise” – as the nuclear weapons complex and force structure in the United States have been successfully rebranded — is bloated and in need of paring. It is also in need of repair. The Pentagon commissioned two high-level studies to clarify particulars and remedies. Repair work on an aging command and control infrastructure and a broken security culture is not optional. Supporters of the nuclear enterprise also seek far larger expenditures to recapitalize all three legs of the Triad. Whatever sums are spent on strategic modernization programs will not reduce…
  • Reminder! Year-End Contest

    krepon
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:10 pm
    This year we’re switching things up. Instead of combing through lyrics about the Bomb, we’re doing movie monsters linked to the evils of nuclear testing. How many of these  creatures made it to the big screen? (Godzilla, in various permutations, counts as one.)  I’ll hold on to your lists until year’s end. The ACW reader who goes the extra mile and comes up with the longest list of bomb-related cinematic creations will receive the usual prize: a personally inscribed and autographed copy of one of my remaindered books.
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  • My income is about to go up a lot. How should I use it to fix my past mistakes?

    Scott Halliwell
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Q: I have recently gotten a new position at my job. My income will nearly double and I’m finally on a stable path to pay off my debts and rebuild my credit. I don’t know how to go about doing it? I have roughly $3000 in debts, not including monthly living expenses. I currently have one loan with about $1000
  • Should I use some of my Roth IRA to pay down my mortgage?

    Scott Halliwell
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Q: What are your thoughts on this? I recently bought a house on a VA Loan. Although I didn’t make a down payment, I was thinking about taking some money out of my Roth IRA and paying on the mortgage so that I can save a significant amount of interest payments. I do have an emergency fund and other investments
  • Can the government round my retirement check down?

    J.J. Montanaro
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Q: I have been retired since 2004 and I just got my new statement from MyPay with the 1.7% cola increase. The only problem is that a 1.7% increase according to my math is $37.60. DFAS rounded the amount down to a $37.00 increase. I went back and looked at several years of statements and Lord and behold, they have
  • I’m not a believer in the TSP. Are there other options out there?

    Scott Halliwell
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Q: I enjoy reading these posts and have learned some things, but I wanted to get some advice on my specific situation. I am 27, mil-to-mil, one child, have a Roth IRA that I’ve maxed since beginning two years ago ($11k), have some mutuals set up that I contribute to for a small business start up in about 10 yrs
  • Should I invest my TSP more aggressively?

    Scott Halliwell
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    Q: I currently have 10% ($292.23) of my monthly base pay going into the “G Fund” of TSP for my retirement. It is the safest fund available. I want to be a little more aggressive with my money. What do you suggest? Should I put my money in a different TSP fund or some other type of financial investment account?
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  • NORAD Tunes Up Santa-tracking System

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The North American Aerospace Defense Command has informed the Defense Department that every indication is that Santa Claus will arrive on time this year to deliver presents, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
  • President Signs National Defense Authorization Act

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    President Barack Obama has signed the National Defense Authorization Act, saying in a written statement that it provides vital benefits for troops and critical contingency authorities to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
  • South Carolina Guardsmen Recall Operation Just Cause 25 Years Ago

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Three South Carolina Army National Guardsmen who deployed in support of Operation Just Cause a quarter-century ago marked the anniversary by reflecting on the mission in Panama and their roles in that operation.
  • Hagel Authorizes Up to 1,300 Additional Troops to Deploy to Iraq

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Up to 1,300 additional U.S. troops will begin to deploy to Iraq in late January as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    U.S. and partner-nation military forces are continuing attacks against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
 
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  • US drones strike in jihadist stronghold in North Waziristan

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    The US launched a drone strike in the jihadist haven of Datta Khel in Pakistan's tribal agency of North Waziristan earlier today. The Pakistani military claimed it "cleared" Datta Khel in September as part of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, which was launched in mid-June this year. The CIA-operated, remotely piloted Predators or Reapers fired a pair of missiles at a compound in the village of Mada Khel in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan during the early morning, killing six jihadists, The News reported. A "high value target," who has not been named, is said to have been among those killed, Dawn…
  • Al Qaeda condemns Pakistani Taliban's attack on Peshawar school

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    The spokesman for al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Usama Mahmood, has released a statement condemning the Pakistani Taliban's attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar earlier this week. More than 140 people, mainly children, were killed during the assault. AQIS' four-page statement was released on Mahmood's official Twitter feed. In an accompanying tweet, Mahmood writes that the "massacre of innocent children" makes "our hearts burst!" Mahmood stresses in the statement that al Qaeda only learned of the attack through the media, and his statement is based on the assumption that…
  • The oppression of women and girls in the Islamic State's 'caliphate'

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:28 pm
    European officials estimate that about 300 women from the United States and Europe have joined the various jihadist groups fighting in Syria's civil war. Women from countries including Norway, Canada, the United Kingdom, Austria, France, the Netherlands, and the US are known to have joined the Islamic State. In October, three schoolgirls from Denver, Colorado attempted to travel to Syria to join the jihadist group in Syria, but were stopped in Germany and sent back home. But others have completed the journey, and stayed.
 On Dec. 2, a female claiming to live within the Islamic State posted…
  • AQAP claims 149 attacks in Yemen since late September

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Since the seizure of the Yemeni capital of Sana'a by Houthi rebels in late September, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has stepped up its terrorist attacks throughout the country, claiming credit for a total of 149 attacks in 14 provinces. These attacks have targeted AQAP's traditional enemy, the Yemeni government and military, and led to more frequent attacks on the Houthi rebels. At the same time, AQAP has also managed to carry out several attacks against American interests, including the US Embassy in Sana'a and the US Ambassador to Yemen. A few days after the Houthi sweep of…
  • Boko Haram fighters storm Nigerian village, kidnap over 100 women and children

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Insurgents from Boko Haram have reportedly kidnapped more than 100 people from a village in northeastern Nigeria. Details are still emerging on the raid in Gumsuri that occurred on Dec. 14. News of the attack has been slow to reach the media due to the remoteness of the region and the damage to telecommunication towers from previous attacks. Storming the village from two directions, the insurgents overwhelmed local vigilantes firing from machine guns. According to a local government official, "They gathered the women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village…
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  • Arab Allies Now Want U.S. to Call ISIS, ‘Daeshi’

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The debate over what to call the terror group trying to set up a state in Iraq and Syria just got more complicated. Army Lt. Gen. James Terry, commander of the newly-created task force to defeat the terror group, repeatedly used the Arabic acronym “DAESH” at a Pentagon news briefing Thursday. “DAESH” stands for al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham, or “the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham,” with “Sham’ being an Arabic term for Syria. “DAESH” is also similar to the verb “Das,” meaning to crush underfoot or to tread upon, Terry said. Arab opponents of the Islamic…
  • Pentagon Sets up F-35 Maintenance Plan in Asia

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The Pentagon’s F-35 program announced plans for the program’s maintenance and sustainment of the aircraft in the Asia Pacific — identifying Japan and Australia as locations for aircraft and engine work. The regional alignments, which will result in billions of dollars of work over the life of the aircraft, are part of what the Defense Department’s calls regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade, or MRO&U, for F-35 aircraft and engines. Aircraft maintenance in the Pacific is now slated to take place in Japan for the Northern Pacific and in Australia in the Southern…
  • Congress: Navy Needs More Money for 306-Ship Fleet

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:11 pm
    A new Congressional report found the Navy does not have enough money to deliver on its 30-year shipbuilding plan. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Navy is not likely to reach its goal of a 306-ship fleet without acquiring billions in additional funding in coming years. “If the Navy receives the same amount of funding for new-ship construction in each of the next 30 years that it has on average over the past three decades, it will not be able to afford its 2015 plan,” the report states. The CBO estimates that the Navy’s 2015 plan detailing ship purchasing and…
  • Army Opens Competition to Build Humvee Replacement

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    The U.S. Army has officially begun the next round of competition to build a replacement to the iconic Humvee. The service on Friday released a request for proposals, or RfP, from companies that want to manufacture production models of the so-called Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV. Under previous contracts signed in 2012, defense contracting giant Lockheed Martin Corp., truck-maker Oshkosh Corp. and Humvee-maker AM General LLC have each delivered 22 prototypes to the Army for testing. Now, the companies are competing against each other to build 17,000 of the vehicles under a much…
  • Critics: Congress Expands ‘Slush Funds’ in Defense Bill

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Congress passed the annual defense bill, setting the stage for the Senate to vote on a massive spending deal designed to keep the government — including the Pentagon — open through September. The Senate late Friday voted 89–11 to approve the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which sets policy and spending limits for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. The House of Representatives approved the measure last week. Now, it heads to the White House for President Obama’s signature. The passage of the NDAA means the Senate is free to vote, possibly by next week, on the spending bill,…
 
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  • Onna-son (Onna Village) Akama Athletic Park

    contributor
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA By far one of the nicest places on island to get one’s PT on is Onna Village’s Akama Athletic Park. The park features (at the time of this writing) all new facilities. In addition to a combined track and soccer stadium that sits separately from Onna Ball Park stadium, there is a wide soccer field overlooking the beautiful Onna coastline. Telephone poles aside, the view of Tancha Bay’s turquoise waters are breathtaking from several vantage points within the sports park. The scenic Sekiryo mountainside backdrop behind Onna-son Samsung Dome is equally…
  • 2015 Okinawa Hai Calendar Giveaway WINNERS!

    Local Manager
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The giveaway is over. Ten lucky Okinawa Hai readers have won a FREE 2015 Okinawa Hai calendar. If your name was among one of those lucky winners, we have emailed you with the address you provided. Please respond promptly so we can get it to you quickly. If you didn’t win a calendar, don’t panic! We still have more for sale. Order yours here before they’re gone.
  • Sweets Cafe O’Crepe

    contributor
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY KASSIE O’DRISCOLL About two months ago, my friend Manami introduced me to her friends, Wakako & Tsukasa. She told me about their dessert cafe in Naha and how it was famous for crepes. During our conversation, we had a pretty intense exchange about the difference between American cupcakes vs muffins. It was both hysterical and amazing, and by the end of the night I knew I had to find my way to their cafe. Picture this: A month or so later, I was exploring Naha for some handmade goodness and, naturally, I was completely lost. With hopes of finding the street that my…
  • Igokochiya Izakaya in Yaka

    contributor
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA Charming atmosphere, hospitable owners, and creative craftwork await you alongside some delicious meals at Igokochiya Izakaya. The restaurant is a new addition along the 329 in Yaka and stands out due to the in-house woodworked signs, décor, and furniture. Both times I have visited, I was warmly greeted by the owner, Mina-san who is very welcoming and speaks a decent amount of English. She is very attentive and is willing and ready to answer any questions about the menu or Izakaya in general. The other owner, Midori-san smiled and waved from the kitchen but is…
  • Bangasa 和食処ばん傘

    contributor
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ELIZA GROFF We worked up an appetite on our weekend expedition exploring the Nakagusuku Castle Ruins and Nakamura House. While those are both worthwhile cultural visits, our meal at Bangasa in the Plaza House Shopping Center was equally as impressive. Bangasa is a Japanese restaurant featuring both Western table seating and recessed tatami mat seating. We arrived just after 2:00 p.m., which is that weird time when restaurants close between serving lunch and dinner. We actually intended to go to Krishna next door, but they were closed for the 3-hour afternoon break. We got…
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    Navy CyberSpace Blog

  • A New Beefed Up Engine

    NCCM(Ret)
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    The Navy is in the process of ditching its 1968-design Nimitz-class carrier, a class near and dear to my heart, for the new and improved Ford-class supercarrier. While the new class is not equipped with lasers and a waterslide per my request, there are some pretty neat upgrades. One of these upgrades is a beefed […]
  • Army-Navy Football 2014

    NCCM(Ret)
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Our branches of the military work always work closely together with an earned mutual respect and a strong desire that each succeeds beyond even their wildest dreams; well, except during two events… budget negotiations and sports! Each year, the service academies will meet on the gridiron to see which academy will win the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, […]
  • No More Lopping Off the Locks

    NCCM(Ret)
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Over the years while serving as a member of Navy Recruiting Command, I have interviewed a large number of women with an interest in joining the military. Many times those same women chose a different service because for the Navy, once a woman arrived at Recruit Training Command, they were required to get their haircut […]
  • Initial 2016 Pay Raise Indicator Released

    NCCM(Ret)
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    This morning at 0830EST, the United States Employment Cost Index (ECI) was released. The releasing of the ECI by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics is an eagerly awaited quarterly economic indicator for those in the stock market and politics; but what makes this morning’s release important to our military it that one of […]
  • Coming Soon, A New Navy dot Com

    NCCM(Ret)
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    To reduce the cost associated with hosting and updating two Websites, Navy Recruiting Command will be shutting down navyreserve.com according to its Fiscal Year 2015 Business Plan published Thursday. The content from navyreserve.com will be incorporated into navy.com. When released, the new navy.com site is expected to allow for a better overall user experience by […]
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    Defense Update:

  • Taiwan publicize Hsiung Feng III supersonic anti-ship missile tests

    News Desk
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Taiwan unveiled test records of its new generation weapon systems, including the nation's latest supersonic anti-ship missile Hsiung Feng III and surface-to-air Tien Kung III missiles.
  • Partners in Europe and Asia Pacific gear up to support the F35 fleet

    Tamir Eshel
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    The US Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for airframes and engines for the European and Asia Pacific Regions. Participating nations were provided with requirements for Regional MRO&U, or "heavy maintenance" needs for both F-35 engines and airframes.
  • KMW upgrades former Dutch Leopard 2s for the German Army

    Tamir Eshel
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    The German Army has received the first modernized Leopard 2A7 Main Battle Tank (MBT) upgraded by the original manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. Delivered on December 10, 2014 , the tank was the first of a batch of 20 former Dutch MBTs to be upgraded for the German Army.
  • Seoul is buying US and Israeli drones

    Tamir Eshel
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    Seoul plans to spend 40 billion won (US$36.5 million) buying three Heron I MALE drones from Israel. The drones will support the frontline corps along the northwestern border with North Korea
  • Army, Marines invite proposals for a new light combat vehicle

    Tamir Eshel
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Joint Tactical Light Vehicle program moves forward on schedule - on Friday December 12, 2014 the US Army released to three potential suppliers a final version Request for proposal for the procurement of 55,000 armored vehicles, clearing the way for contenders AM General, Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh Defense to submit proposals.
 
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    Defense Update:

  • Taiwan publicize Hsiung Feng III supersonic anti-ship missile tests

    News Desk
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Taiwan unveiled test records of its new generation weapon systems, including the nation's latest supersonic anti-ship missile Hsiung Feng III and surface-to-air Tien Kung III missiles.
  • Partners in Europe and Asia Pacific gear up to support the F35 fleet

    Tamir Eshel
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    The US Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for airframes and engines for the European and Asia Pacific Regions. Participating nations were provided with requirements for Regional MRO&U, or "heavy maintenance" needs for both F-35 engines and airframes.
  • KMW upgrades former Dutch Leopard 2s for the German Army

    Tamir Eshel
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    The German Army has received the first modernized Leopard 2A7 Main Battle Tank (MBT) upgraded by the original manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. Delivered on December 10, 2014 , the tank was the first of a batch of 20 former Dutch MBTs to be upgraded for the German Army.
  • Seoul is buying US and Israeli drones

    Tamir Eshel
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    Seoul plans to spend 40 billion won (US$36.5 million) buying three Heron I MALE drones from Israel. The drones will support the frontline corps along the northwestern border with North Korea
  • Army, Marines invite proposals for a new light combat vehicle

    Tamir Eshel
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Joint Tactical Light Vehicle program moves forward on schedule - on Friday December 12, 2014 the US Army released to three potential suppliers a final version Request for proposal for the procurement of 55,000 armored vehicles, clearing the way for contenders AM General, Lockheed Martin and Oshkosh Defense to submit proposals.
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    Navy Reads

  • 'Unbroken' Humility and Respect

    14 Dec 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyLouie Zamperini and Laura Hillenbrand share a moment.Laura Hillenbrand writes with vivid power about the life of Louis Zamperini: troublemaker kid, redeemed brother, Olympic runner, Army Air Forces lieutenant, POW and veteran."Unbroken" is a true story of fearless determination in the face of death, hate and brutality of war. No wonder the story was made into a feature film. There are some surprising ties to the Navy, and a big part of story takes place at sea.In fact, as the preface opens, it's June 23, 1943 in the "endless expanse of the Pacific Ocean." Sharks rub…
  • What's on Pearl Harbor Survivor's Kindle

    30 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    by Bill Doughty Then-Lt. Edward Vezey Jr.Former Lt.Cmdr. Ed Vezey, a Pearl Harbor survivor who was aboard USS Oklahoma (BB-37) during the attack of December 7, 1941, told me recently his favorite author is James D. Hornfischer. Among the books on Vezey's Kindle are "Neptune's Inferno," "Last of the Tin Can Sailors" and his top pick, "Ship of Ghosts.""That book had the most impact on me," Vezey said. "The thing I like about it is how it goes from civilian life to what they did despite the inhumanity they witnessed. Hornfischer really knows how to show the brutality of naval combat. [USS]…
  • Haunting Defiance in 'Ship of Ghosts'

    30 Nov 2014 | 12:53 am
    Review by Bill DoughtyIn "Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors" by James D. Hornfischer (2006, Bantam Dell) the author takes readers to sea, to POW camps and into the jungle as he examines key chapters of World War II.FDR aboard USS Houston 1935.Ultimately, this book is about unspeakable horrors of war but also the triumph of the human spirit.Hornfischer begins by showing why USS Houston (CA-30) was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's favorite ship and how FDR knew many of the crew by name. The president would go fishing…
  • State of the Navy: New Jersey

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Review by Bill DoughtyEvery state in the Union has some tie to the Navy. New Jersey's connections include people like George Washington, Adm. "Bull" Halsey, Cmdr. Joy Bright Hancock, Ruth Cheney Streeter and Medal of Honor recipient Marine Sergeant John Basilone and places like Asbury Park, Camden, Princeton and Naval Air Station Wildwood.Henry Schnakenberg's "Indians Trading with Half Moon," Fort Lee Post Office."New Jersey: A History of the Garden State," edited by Maxine N. Lurie and Richard Veit (Rutgers University Press, 2012), is a history of the Garden State beginning with a…
  • Excerpts Like a Vegas Buffet

    2 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    On this "Day of the Dead" reading books is still alive and well. Recent Navy Reads posts about Thomas Jefferson, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Paine and Craig Venter – and on subjects like Jihad-Fatwa, hope vs. fear, the meaning of life, and history in context – led to the discovery of these delectable excerpts from related reads.from "Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie: Being Muslim in America" by Ranya Tabari Idliby:"Fear is not the American way, I remind my children. So although feel America's fear, and on some days even share its contempt or disdain, I do not believe that doing so reflects…
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    Military Embedded Systems

  • Eighth GPS IIF satellite now active

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
  • Satellite command and control capability demonstrated for GPS III and OCX

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
  • Press Release: New 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch for Flight Test Instrumentation by Curtiss-Wright

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    ASHBURN, Va. – Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced a new enhanced rugged 8-port Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch designed for use in airborne flight test instrumentation (FTI) applications. The NET/SWI/101 is designed to quickly and accurately interconnect FTI system elements over an Ethernet network. Designed and manufactured by Curtiss-Wright’s Avionics & Electronics Group, the NET/SWI/101 commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) subsystem is designed for use with the Company’s popular Acra KAM-500 data acquisition…
  • Press Release: Innovative 3U VPX ARM-Based Single Board Computer Offered for Cost-Free Evaluation by Curtiss-Wright

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    New rugged VPX SBC is first to address demand for low-cost, low-power ARM processing for Defense/Aerospace COTS Market ASHBURN, Va. – Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that its Defense Solutions division is offering its new cutting-edge ARM®-based COTS VPX3-1701 3U VPX single board computer (SBC) for evaluation at no-cost to select, qualified system developers. Purpose-built for size, weight, and power (SWaP)-constrained defense and aerospace applications, the VPX3-1701 is the industry’s first VPX COTS processing module to combine the excellent compute…
  • Press Release: Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Reappraised at CMMI Level 3

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    ASHBURN, Va. – Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that its Defense Solutions division’s Santa Clarita facility was reappraised at Maturity Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)®. CMMI® is a capability improvement approach that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance. The appraisal confirms that Curtiss-Wright has put in place improved management of technical processes, organized methods for process engineering, and established…
 
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    At War

  • In an Amputee Clinic, Putting on a Happy Face

    By Adele Levine
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Adele Levine, a former physical therapist in the amputee clinic at Walter Reed, writes that caring for wounded soldiers at the height of the Iraq and Afghan wars felt overwhelming at times. But she says clinic life was also happy, and surprisingly, funny.
  • ‘Basetrack Live,’ the Story of a Marine’s Deployment, and His Return Home

    By Teresa Fazio
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    Using authentic videos and images, the production offers a realistic perspective on the trials of relationships during deployment, and on how social media can be useful tools.
  • Marines Remember Falluja, 10 Years Later

    By Thomas James Brennan
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    On Nov. 6, 2004, NATO forces launched an assault on Falluja, a city north of Baghdad that had become a magnet for Sunni insurgent forces, and the resulting battle was one of the bloodiest for American forces since Vietnam. Thomas James Brennan fought there with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment; he and other veterans of the assault say that their memories of Falluja will never leave them.
  • Helping Homeless Veterans Locally, and Thinking Bigger

    By Jacob W. Sotak
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    VetConnect, a Bronx-based organization devised to combat homelessness among veterans, is also helping them find jobs and health care.
  • Lessons for a Grandfather, Unexpectedly Deployed to Afghanistan

    By James G. Bishop
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Deployed to Afghanistan at 53, as a grandfather, Lt. Col. James Gleason Bishop struggled with the training and the idea of going at all, but found purpose even in the mundane and dangerous parts of his job.
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • Q&A with David Rogers from The Mission Continues

    Lauren Malm
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    TacticalGear.com has been proud partners with The Mission Continues since 2012. When you checkout at TacticalGear.com, you are given the opportunity to donate to The Mission Continues. In the spirit of the season, we will matching every donation made through our site from now until Christmas. Help us spread some holiday cheer to the men and women who serve our country. Fulfilling veterans through service is such a simple concept, yet it was unprecedented until The Mission Continues was founded by a former Navy SEAL in 2007. Its programs utilize veterans’ specific strengths and skills by…
  • 10 Gear Picks From The Mad Duo

    Lauren Malm
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Tactically proficient and all-around entertaining, the Mad Duo really knows their stuff when it comes to gear. The team writes primarily for their blog, Breach Bang Clear, but they also contribute occasionally to other publications like Military.com, RECOIL Magazine, The New Rifleman, Concealed Carry, Law Enforcement Today, Monderno and numerous firearms/tactical magazines. We were lucky enough to have them utilize their incisive wit, comical insight and expert knowledge to put together their ultimate wish list. That’s 10 hand-picked pieces of gear with the Mad Duo stamp of approval. Check…
  • Contest: Win Streamlight For Life

    Lauren Malm
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We have some massive news! We’ve partnered with tactical light superpower Streamlight for a nation-wide contest. The winner will receive a free Streamlight light (up to $100) every year, for 20 years. Every Streamlight flashlight, key chain light, penlight, weapon light and lantern on our site qualifies. The details: Enter to win on our contest homepage: http://tacticalgear.com/sweeps Use the hashtag #Streamlight4Life on any social network to amplify odds of winning (every share gives one extra entry) Deadline to enter is November 16 Winner will be chosen November 18 About Streamlight A…
  • New Army Combat Uniform by 2015

    Lauren Malm
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    The Army Combat Uniform (ACU) is in the process of being reinvented with several design updates. Shortly after announcing a new camouflage pattern for the ACU, the Army released a list of improvements being made to the pants-and-coat combination. The current Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) ACU hasn’t changed since it’s unveiling in 2004. On July 31, the Army released an official statement announcing that a new camouflage pattern, known as Scorpion W2, will be named the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) and thus replace UCP as the official ACU pattern. News of further changes to the…
  • How to Prep for Ebola

    Lauren Malm
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Unless you’ve been avoiding all news outlets and social media or been living under a rock the past few days, you’re probably aware that the United States had its first diagnosed case of the Ebola virus. If you’re anything like us, your first thought might have been, “Oh crap. We’re all going to get Ebola and die.” Well slow your roll, hypochondriacs—that’s most likely not the case. After the recent confirmation of diagnosis of Ebola in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement on the control and prevention of the disease. “We do…
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    Fighter Country Partnership

  • Another year sustaining our mission

    Fighter Country
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    From the Desk of Fighter Country Partnership, During a recent “year in review” meeting I was asked what I was most proud of this year and I sat there silent. The more dumbfounding thing is that as I sat there in silence, I was literally saying to myself, “why are you not speaking, FCP has done more than ever.” My simple response was that it has been another great year and we have been able to sustain the success we have had over the past four years since I had the opportunity to lead FCP. I was still frustrated with myself because I couldn’t immediately highlight some of the…
  • FCP Visions Winter 2014 – Web Edition

    Fighter Country
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    FCP Visions Winter 2014 is now available as a digital download. This issue reviews the success of 2014 and expectations for 2015, issues surrounding the returning female veterans, upcoming community events and an Honorary Commander feature for Mr. Danny Ortega. In order to enjoy FCP Visions Winter 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 Winter 2014 (you may need to right click and “save file as”). This publication is made available with permission of Pueblo Publishers,…
  • Honorary Commander Feature: Daniel Ortega

    Fighter Country
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    Mr. Danny Ortega Daniel Ortega has been a Phoenix resident since 1981. He attended elementary through high school eventually finishing at Arizona State University. Along with his wife Chelley, he is raising two sons and resides in central Phoenix. In Daniel’s professional career, he is a commercial real estate broker with Colliers International specializing in retail properties. Mr. Ortega serves on the board of Northrise University Initiative which is a non-profit organization that raises funds and institutional partnerships for Northrise University, the first private Christian university…
  • Support the “Send-A-Vet” Challenge: Send our Vets to the Cactus Bowl

    Fighter Country
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    On Friday, January 2, 2015, the Cactus Bowl will host one team from the Big 12 and one team from the Pac-12. We want to make sure our veterans and active duty military members and a guest of theirs have the chance to attend to give thanks for all their dedication to our country. Our goal is to send 5,000 military members and veterans along with their guest to the game. This is a great holiday gift you can give to your family, friends, and neighbors. There are three packages you can purchase to “Send-A-Vet”: – For $65, you can send both a veteran and their guest (2 tickets…
  • We invite the Luke AFB Community to come support Operation Encore’s Release Party

    Fighter Country
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    On Saturday, November 8th, 2014, at the Wigwam Resort our friends from the musical group Operation Encore, will be hosting a party in celebration of their new album release. Tickets are now available For Sale Here. This is a gathering of Veterans from all over the nation, from all branches of the military. Operation Encore is a group of singer-songwriters, and their new album includes 16 original songs all relating to their experience in the military, and their lives now as Veterans. The core of the studio backing band are all former Luke Air Froce Base F-16 pilots, so we really want to…
 
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    Defense Media Network

  • An Infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge

    Robert F. Dorr
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    When Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945, Staff Sgt. Rocco J. “Rocky” Moretto was one of only two men in his infantry company who’d landed on D-Day and fought through to victory without being killed, wounded, or captured. Moretto belonged to Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, “The Big Red One.” He came ashore on Omaha Beach in the second wave during the June 6, 1944 Normandy invasion. A diminutive figure who looks barely larger than his M-1 Garand rifle, Moretto later remembered the war not so much for the pitched trauma of…
  • Fire Scout UAS Operating from Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf

    Defense Media Network
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    A Fire Scout UAS shown undergoing testing aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf near Los Angeles, Dec. 5 2014. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center has been testing UAS platforms consistently for the last three years. The Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate video was shot by Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Clayton. The post Fire Scout UAS Operating from Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf appeared first on Defense Media Network.
  • Interview With Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick

    Rhonda Carpenter (Editor)
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
        On May 22, 2012, Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick became the 53rd U.S. Army chief of engineers and commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Bostick serves as the senior military officer overseeing most of the nation’s civil works infrastructure and military construction. Developing leaders is the most important thing we do. We are investing in our talent to retain highly skilled, competent, innovative, and adaptive leaders to move the organization forward in this challenging environment. As the USACE commanding general, he is responsible for more than 33,000…
  • VA Research: Cancer

    Craig Collins
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    From the start of the VA’s cancer research program – the organization’s first centrally funded research laboratory was established in Hines, Illinois, in 1932 – its investigators have contributed to the world’s knowledge of how to prevent, detect, and treat cancer. VA researchers were among the first to identify, in the 1940s, the link between smoking and lung cancer; they also developed the nicotine patch, discovered the colonoscopy as a superior screening tool for colon cancer, conducted some of the first studies measuring the effects of radiation on cancer cells, and established…
  • Decima Flottiglia Mas and Operazione EA3: The Raid on Alexandria

    Dwight Jon Zimmerman
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    To even the most casual observer of global events in World War II, it was obvious the strategic situation during the first two weeks of December 1941 heavily favored the Axis powers of Germany, Japan, and Italy. “We are having shock after shock out here. The damage to the battleships at this time is a disaster… One cannot but admire the cold-blooded bravery and enterprise of these Italians.” -Adm. Sir Andrew Cunningham, commander in chief Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet Having conquered western continental Europe in 1940, in 1941 the armies of Adolf Hitler’s Germany turned…
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • TEst

    armytankerswife
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Test
  • My MODCLOTH fall style

    armytankerswife
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am pretty EXCITED when MODCLOTH emailed me asking about my expertise on fall fashion this year. I knew shopping with them paid off! Just think, it all started with the Fascinator hats! So, I created a few autumn layered… Continue Reading →
  • My #HelloKeurig is the best thing ever!

    armytankerswife
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    How do I #HelloKeurig? In the mornings I LOVE my machine I have it set to wake up to my favorite smelling brew, and GUESS what it is enough to share with my familia! First let me say I am really… Continue Reading →
  • Share your EXPERIENCE and Capture it for LIFE

    armytankerswife
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    OK so I was THRILLED to become part of the Best Buy WOLF (Women Leadership Forum) team, WOO HOO I LOVE BEST BUY. I go in that store and I just day dream. Look at all these awesome action shots.… Continue Reading →
  • 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 →
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    Welcome Home Blog

  • Soldier schemes with Browns to surprise family at game

    Bridgit Stoffer
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    There was a lot of disappointment after the Browns’ loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but one Akron family had tears of joy at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.
  • Soldier reunites with family in holiday surprise

    Bridgit Stoffer
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    Sergeant First Class Fae Prince was hoisted into a giant gift box waiting to pull off a holiday surprise for her husband James and 6-year-old daughter Tiana.
  • Military father grants daughter’s Christmas wish

    Bridgit Stoffer
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    It started out as a typical Monday for one sixth-grader at John F. Kennedy Elementary School. Little did Payton Stephen know, her father — Chief Warrant Officer Darrell Stephen — who just got back after serving eight months in Afghanistan, had plans to surprise her at school.
  • Soldier Surprises Daughter After School Play

    Chris Ross
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sgt. Jayson Shaw showed up at his daughter’s school 3 months early and wrapped up for Christmas; home from Afghanistan. During Kennedy’s, his daughter, 5th grade play for her school Tuesday they put the box backstage and, after the show wrapped, told students it was a special surprise to be given to a student randomly [...]
  • LtCol Weston Homecoming

    Chris Ross
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Camp Lejeune North Carolina. 1st Battalion 2nd Marines military homecoming.
 
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • Q&A with David Rogers from The Mission Continues

    Lauren Malm
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    TacticalGear.com has been proud partners with The Mission Continues since 2012. When you checkout at TacticalGear.com, you are given the opportunity to donate to The Mission Continues. In the spirit of the season, we will matching every donation made through our site from now until Christmas. Help us spread some holiday cheer to the men and women who serve our country. Fulfilling veterans through service is such a simple concept, yet it was unprecedented until The Mission Continues was founded by a former Navy SEAL in 2007. Its programs utilize veterans’ specific strengths and skills by…
  • 10 Gear Picks From The Mad Duo

    Lauren Malm
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Tactically proficient and all-around entertaining, the Mad Duo really knows their stuff when it comes to gear. The team writes primarily for their blog, Breach Bang Clear, but they also contribute occasionally to other publications like Military.com, RECOIL Magazine, The New Rifleman, Concealed Carry, Law Enforcement Today, Monderno and numerous firearms/tactical magazines. We were lucky enough to have them utilize their incisive wit, comical insight and expert knowledge to put together their ultimate wish list. That’s 10 hand-picked pieces of gear with the Mad Duo stamp of approval. Check…
  • Contest: Win Streamlight For Life

    Lauren Malm
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We have some massive news! We’ve partnered with tactical light superpower Streamlight for a nation-wide contest. The winner will receive a free Streamlight light (up to $100) every year, for 20 years. Every Streamlight flashlight, key chain light, penlight, weapon light and lantern on our site qualifies. The details: Enter to win on our contest homepage: http://tacticalgear.com/sweeps Use the hashtag #Streamlight4Life on any social network to amplify odds of winning (every share gives one extra entry) Deadline to enter is November 16 Winner will be chosen November 18 About Streamlight A…
  • New Army Combat Uniform by 2015

    Lauren Malm
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    The Army Combat Uniform (ACU) is in the process of being reinvented with several design updates. Shortly after announcing a new camouflage pattern for the ACU, the Army released a list of improvements being made to the pants-and-coat combination. The current Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) ACU hasn’t changed since it’s unveiling in 2004. On July 31, the Army released an official statement announcing that a new camouflage pattern, known as Scorpion W2, will be named the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) and thus replace UCP as the official ACU pattern. News of further changes to the…
  • How to Prep for Ebola

    Lauren Malm
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Unless you’ve been avoiding all news outlets and social media or been living under a rock the past few days, you’re probably aware that the United States had its first diagnosed case of the Ebola virus. If you’re anything like us, your first thought might have been, “Oh crap. We’re all going to get Ebola and die.” Well slow your roll, hypochondriacs—that’s most likely not the case. After the recent confirmation of diagnosis of Ebola in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement on the control and prevention of the disease. “We do…
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    The Duffel Blog

  • Point/Counterpoint: The Base Defense Siren Just Went Off Mid-Jack

    Erik Sullivan
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The following is a Point/Counterpoint argument presented by Sgt. Evan Lamson in regard to the observance of established force protection doctrine when faced with overwhelming and opposing personal motivators. Lamson will present the point and counterpoint as to whether to finish jerking off in the porta-shitter after those damn indirect fire sirens go off. POINT: Three long […]
  • Soldier Consumes More Than Two Beers At Unit Holiday Party, Dies

    Maxx Butthurt
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    KILLEEN, Texas — A soldier died at Fort Hood on Monday after he chose to ignore his chain of command’s explicit instructions and consumed a third beer at a unit barbecue before holiday leave, Duffel Blog has learned. “These young kids don’t understand that the orders we give are for their protection,” 1st Sgt. Will Thompson […]
  • Sailor On First Deployment Shocked Other Countries Have Cars, Electricity

    Drew Ferrol
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Now on his first deployment, Navy Fireman Donald Marks joined the military to see the world in all its primitive glory, but he’s been shocked to discover that countries outside the United States have roads, cars, and even running water. “Dubai is amazing!” wrote Marks in a recent letter to his mother. “I thought […]
  • North Korean Hackers Threaten 9/11-Style Attack On Basic Rules Of English Grammar

    Paul
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
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  • 1st. Sgt. Invokes ‘Primae Noctis’ On Christmas Care Packages

    Jack S. McQuack
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    KABUL — In the spirit of good order and discipline, 1st Sgt. Roger Bottom of Bravo Company, 2-502nd Infantry, invoked his right of jus primae noctis on Christmas care packages this past week. “If this is what it is going to take to keep soldiers from wearing faddish eye wear or ‘drive-on’ rags, then so be […]
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    SFTT: Best body armor, combat boots, helmets, sidearms and weapons for US frontline troops.

  • Enjoy Living Life and Put Depression Behind You

    Richard May
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    As Veterans returning from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan are discovering, the “silent wounds of war” persist. Returning home is not quite the same thing as changing a job and many men and women who have served in our Armed Forces are facing severe bouts of depression. Sadly, this depression affects both the Veteran and their extended family network. Research by Stand for the Troops (“SFTT”) suggests that there is no “silver bullet” to deal with depression and PTSD and we have long recommended a series of treatments and programs tailored to the…
  • Golf Tournament to Benefit SFTT

    sfttgrunt
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
  • STAND FOR THE TROOPS SEEKS 50 VETERANS FOR FREE AND EFFECTIVE TBI TREATMENT

    sfttgrunt
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Offers Hope to Vets Bearing ‘Invisible’ Battle Wounds “I got my life back,” Major Ben Richards US Army (Ret), Director, SFTT Warriors’ Task Force [Greenwich, CT – June 18, 2014) Eilhys England Hackworth, Chair of STAND FOR THE TROOPS (SFTT), announced today that a member of the SFTT PTS/TBI Rescue Coalition has 50 slots available to treat veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that have not responded to the standard counseling and medication. These candidates have an opportunity to receive free hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) as part of an FDA…
  • Bacon Brothers Rock for Veterans in DC

    Richard May
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:17 am
      Join SFTT at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington DC on Saturday, March 22nd where the Bacon Brothers pay tribute to Military Veterans. Order your tickets now. In addition to the Bacon Brothers we have a lot of great talent lined up and General Peter Chiarelli will be presenting a Purple Heart to Major Ben Richards.   Major Richards is a distinguished graduate of West Point and like many veterans serving in Afghanistan and Iraq he suffers from the “invisible wounds of war”:  PTSD.   Join us at Lisner Auditorium for a night of great music…
  • Major Ben Richard’s at Bacon Brothers Concert

    Warrior's Widow
    16 Mar 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Dear Friends, This is to reintroduce the amazing Major Ben Richards, a true hero for our time and an amazing American.  He led his men bravely and nobly in Iraq, then returned home only to have to continue fighting for his mental, physical and emotional health.  Which leads to my painful confession:  I read the NY Times – and first encountered Ben in a powerful op-ed piece by Nick Kristoff that spoke to the terrible truth:  22 Vets commit suicide every day.  I beg you to stop and think about it.  We are talking over 7300 American heroes a year killing themselves as a direct result…
 
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • From CRTRLE and 6e REG to 1er REG: History of the Legion’s first engineer regiment

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:14 pm
    See the history and images of the French Foreign Legion’s first engineering regiment, 1er REG. Being established in 1984, the regiment has continued in the Legion’s long history of military engineering. Participating in Operation Epervier, Gulf War, Operation Oryx, ex-Yugoslavia, War in Afghanistan, Operation Serval or Operation Sangaris, 1er REG provides engineering support for the […]
  • 2e REG: Sainte Barbe 2014

    admin
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    As stated before, the French Foreign Legion’s engineering units celebrated Sainte Barbe (Saint Barbara), the patron of military engineers, on 3 and 5 December 2014. While her feast day is on December 4, the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG) conducted a parade in honor of Sainte Barbe on December 3. The ceremony of 2e […]
  • 1er REG: Sainte Barbe 2014

    admin
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    On 3 and 5 December 2014, the French Foreign Legion’s engineering units celebrated Sainte Barbe (Saint Barbara), the patron of military engineers. While her feast day is on December 4, the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG) conducted a parade in honor of Sainte Barbe on December 5. The ceremony took place at Quartier général […]
  • 4e RE: Exercise at Caylus 2014

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    In the second half of November 2014, legionnaires from the 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE) of the French Foreign Legion were involved in a regimental exercise at the military camp of Caylus, located in the Midi-Pyrénées region of southern France. The training unit of the Legion, 4e RE, conducted the exercise to train its men […]
  • 1er REC: History of the Legion’s first cavalry regiment

    admin
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    See the history and pictures of the current French Foreign Legion’s only cavalry unit, 1er REC. Established officially in Tunisia in 1922, it remains the only active cavalry unit within the Legion and also its only unit (constituted before 1999) that has never changed its title. Participating in the Rif War, Great Syrian Revolt, World […]
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    Texas Veterans Blog

  • Wreath Laying at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

    Anne Evenson
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    On Saturday, November 29, 2014 over 6,000 people visited the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery to honor and remember our nation’s military heroes at the annual holiday wreath laying ceremony. This annual event was organized by the Friends of the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery (FCTSVC) who raised funds throughout the year to purchase 5,300 holiday wreaths. One […]
  • Type I Forfeited Land Sale Now Open

    Anne Evenson
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:57 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 […]
  • Korean War Veteran at the Bonham Festival of Flight

    Anne Evenson
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    The 3rd Annual Bonham Festival of Flight at Jones Field Airport in Bonham, Texas took place on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The Bonham Festival of Flight is a self-described “celebration of aviation” hosted by the City of Bonham and the Bonham Area Chamber of Commerce. This year the festival drew a record crowd of over […]
  • Veterans Day Service Honors Fallen Vietnam Hero

    Anne Evenson
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    An unfolding story of a heroic veteran was celebrated at a very special Veterans Day service on Friday, November 7, 2014. Texas General Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson assisted in re-folding and re-presenting a U.S. flag to the daughter of Capt. George Meerdink, a Vietnam War casualty. The flag belongs to the family of Jennifer Henry, the Budget […]
  • VLB Joins Effort to Support Veterans Health Initiatives

    Anne Evenson
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) has joined forces with the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help more Veterans obtain the medical care they need. Below, please find some options for Veterans and military members seeking access to health care through the VA system. Attend a Veteran […]
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    World Traveling Military Family

  • Trier Christmas Market – Trier, Germany 2014

    Mrs B
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This was our first year going to the Trier Christmas Market. Unfortunately I can’t say that I was super impressed but we went so I can check it off our list! I think the hardest part is the the Christmas markets are all pretty much the same and the few awesome ones we’ve seen make [...] The post Trier Christmas Market – Trier, Germany 2014 appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Hazelaid Giveaway!

    Mrs B
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Hazelaid Giveaway is for a $25 gift certificate! You can use it on any of the products that they offer on the website. They sell some awesome items like organic hazelwood jewelry & Authentic Baltic Amber jewelry! I wanted to try Hazelaid for 2 reasons: headaches & eczema. My kids get so many headaches, [...] The post Hazelaid Giveaway! appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • 7-Eleven OPERATION: TAKE COMMAND

    Mrs B
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 7-Eleven Franchising for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I have some exciting news to share! 7-Eleven is running OPERATION: TAKE COMMAND! It is a contest where one deserving U.S. Military Veteran will win a convenience store Franchise! The contest started 11/11/14 and runs through 1/25/15, [...] The post 7-Eleven OPERATION: TAKE COMMAND appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Military Overseas Free Flights for College Students to Visit – A Must Know!

    Mrs B
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Today I share with you information about Military Overseas Free Flights for College Students to visit! If you are stationed at an OCONUS assignment (Overseas including Alaska & Hawaii) then this perk applies to you! It’s also know an Student Dependent Transportation, Student Dependent Travel, or Dependent Student Travel, because apparently one name would be too [...] The post Military Overseas Free Flights for College Students to Visit – A Must Know! appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Karthalle Wittlich Go Karts – Wittlich, Germany

    Mrs B
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:40 pm
    On Bub’s birthday last month we decided to take him to Karthalle Wittlich to go Go-Karting. He had done it in Belgium with a friend and had fun but we are wanting to wait to go there while Boo is back for his Christmas break, so we decided to check this one out because it’s [...] The post Karthalle Wittlich Go Karts – Wittlich, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
 
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    Army Tankers Wife

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    armytankerswife
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
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  • My MODCLOTH fall style

    armytankerswife
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am pretty EXCITED when MODCLOTH emailed me asking about my expertise on fall fashion this year. I knew shopping with them paid off! Just think, it all started with the Fascinator hats! So, I created a few autumn layered… Continue Reading →
  • My #HelloKeurig is the best thing ever!

    armytankerswife
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    How do I #HelloKeurig? In the mornings I LOVE my machine I have it set to wake up to my favorite smelling brew, and GUESS what it is enough to share with my familia! First let me say I am really… Continue Reading →
  • Share your EXPERIENCE and Capture it for LIFE

    armytankerswife
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    OK so I was THRILLED to become part of the Best Buy WOLF (Women Leadership Forum) team, WOO HOO I LOVE BEST BUY. I go in that store and I just day dream. Look at all these awesome action shots.… Continue Reading →
  • 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 →
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    Vision Strike Wear Military Blog

  • American Sniper One Shot One Kill Designs

    Sarge Strike
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:24 pm
    American Sniper One Shot One Kill Designs Kris Kyle, An American Sniper, with his incredible mastery of ballistics, dedication to his brothers and his craft was the finest marksman and hunter in the United States military. These Sniper One Shot One Kill Designs were created as a testimony to this man’s skill and his unerving focus and abilities. We are grieved to this day about his passing but his legacy lives on and he is forever remembered.  God Will Judge Our Enemies. We’ll Arrange The Meeting! Sniper. One Shot. One Kill.   Help Heal Our Vets! Help Heal Our Vets in…
  • US Army Custom T shirt Designs 2014

    Sarge Strike
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    US Army Custom T shirt Designs 2014 The design team of Vision-Strike-Wear.Com was busy creating military art during 2014. US Army Custom T shirt Designs 2014 saw more detail and many more colorful ideas spring from the troops! It was a great year for art for US Army and its soldiers both at home and while on deployment. The Army had a chance to particpate in the creative aspects of Army military shirt design and spent time when not combating terrorism, having cool military design become the discussions to find more interesting than some of the routines of life while on deployment. 4-3…
  • US Marines Custom T shirt Designs 2014

    Sarge Strike
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:20 pm
    US Marines Custom T shirt Designs 2014 Jarhead. Leatherneck. Devildog. Grunt. These terms and literally thousands more are used to decribe the awesome Marine Corps and our United States Marines. Terms like these have developed from hundreds of years of dedication, winning, honor and traditions. These US Marines Custom T shirt designs 2014 represent several units that desired a custom design for the USMC unit and asked for the detail and razor sharp graphics that the United States Marines want and deserve. A sketch can start the whole process when it comes to a great USMC design. Marine…
  • Authentic Navy Chief Challenge Coins Set Sale

    Sarge Strike
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Authentic Navy Chief Challenge Coins Set Sale ! The first ever release of a brand new coin from Vision-Strike-Wear.Com! The original US Navy Chief Released for the United States Navy Chief’s! Only 100 made then these color coins get cased never to produced again with this design!  Get yours in time for the Holidays! Navy Chief “Anchored” Challenge Coin The most copied Navy Chief design in the United States Navy has now become a coin designed by the original artist, Frost Call, of Vision-Strike-Wear.Com! Years In The Making ~ For the last 2 years the artists of…
  • IYAOYAS Warheads On Foreheads

    Sarge Strike
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:49 pm
    IYAOYAS Warheads On Foreheads Without the men and women in red a US military aircraft might as well be a paper airplane! They can latch, lock, adjust, screw, bolt, turn, operate, fix, elevate, illuminate, translate but never agitate the weapons of devastation they strap to a mach going airplane with a full load of freedom bearing love for some enemy or terrorist organization. So IYAOYAS Warheads On Foreheads leaves a dent when their ordnance drops from an aircraft or weapons system. Now for the fun part. We get to present some of the Ordie designs created over recent months for the red…
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    Semper Fi Parents

  • Leslie (Les) B. Pletcher USMC

    Carl
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Leslie (Les) B. Pletcher US Marine Corps Veteran Law Enforcement Officer (Ret) Buena Vista, PA The family of US Marine Corps veteran and retired Elizabeth Township Police Officer Leslie B. Pletcher has requested that the Patriot Guard Riders stand in silent honor at their hero’s funeral services and escort him to his final resting place. Monday, 22 December 2014 Flag Line: 10:00 AM Ralph L. Johnson Funeral Home 3411 Wood St. Buena Vista, PA 15018 Escort: Immediately following the 11:00 AM funeral service to: Mt. Vernon Cemetery 2300 Greenock-Buena Vista Rd McKeesport, PA 15135 Watch the…
  • Today In Marine Corps History: 20 Dec. 1989

    Carl
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Operation Just Cause was launched in Panama to protect American lives, restore the democratic process, preserve the integrity of the Panama Canal Treaty, and apprehend dictator General Manuel Antonio Noriega. One Marine, Corporal Garreth C. Isaak, was killed and three other were wounded during the operation. #Marines#Marine#USMC If you enjoyed this post, Subscribe To My RSS Feed. To Friend and/or Follow us on Facebook, Click Here.
  • Ronald Reagan Christmas Address

    Carl
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This video is from over thirty years ago. Reagan asked all Americans to look back on everything the country had accomplished during the preceding year. #Marines#Marine#USMC If you enjoyed this post, Subscribe To My Feed. To Friend and/or Follow us on Facebook, Click Here.
  • Today In Marine Corps History: 19 Dec. 1972

    Carl
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Marine detachment of the USS Ticonderoga provided shipboard security for three U.S. astronauts, Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, Harrison Schmitt, and their Apollo-17 space capsule. The astronauts had successfully completed a (then) record lunar stay of more than 75 hours. #Marines#Marine#USMC If you enjoyed this post, Subscribe To My RSS Feed. To Friend and/or Follow us on Facebook, Click Here.
  • A Marine Comes Home For Christmas

    Carl
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Get the tissues ready. #Marines#Marine#USMC For a free subscription to our feed, Click Here. To Friend and/or Follow us on Facebook, Click Here.
 
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