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  • Amid Ebola scare, Canada restricts visas

    Stars and Stripes News
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:19 am
    Canada's Conservative government said it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of the Ebola virus.
  • PACAF prepares for Ebola detection and control

    Pacific Air Forces Top Stories
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
  • This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee

    WIRED » Danger Room
    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.
  • Delivering the Holidays to Diplomatic and Military Service Members Worldwide

    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms
    Denise-- Seabee Mom
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, send cards and packages to military APO/FPO/ DPO addresses overseas no later than the mailing dates listed below. Military Mail Addressed To Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS) 1 First-Class Mail —Letters and Cards PriorityMail Parcel Air Lift (PAL) 2 Space Available Mail (SAM) 3 StandardPost APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092 Dec 17 Dec 10 Dec 10 Dec 3 Nov 26 Nov 8 APO/FPO AE ZIP 093 N/A Dec 3 Dec 3 Dec 3 Nov 26 Nov 8 APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098 Dec 17 Dec 10 Dec 10 Dec 3 Nov 26 Nov 8 APO/FPO AA ZIP 340 Dec 17 Dec 10 Dec 10 Dec 3 Nov 26…
  • Firearms Friday: 1851 VMI Cadet Musket for Auction

    OP FOR
    LTCOL P
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    WOW. This is one of the 500 initial production muskets, manufactured during 1851, that were sent to the Virginia Military Institute for issue to the cadets. The musket has matching 1851 dates on the lock and barrel tang… $6795. I hope a deep-pocketed alumnus can buy it.  
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • 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.
  • WWI Zeppelins: Not Too Deadly, But Scary as Hell

    Jordan Golson
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Airships were decent for surveillance, no good for bombing, and great for scaring the hell out of people. The post WWI Zeppelins: Not Too Deadly, But Scary as Hell appeared first on WIRED.
  • Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland

    Brian Lam
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It’s proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano---close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video. The post Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland appeared first on WIRED.
  • How WWI’s U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare

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

  • Delivering the Holidays to Diplomatic and Military Service Members Worldwide

    Denise-- Seabee Mom
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, send cards and packages to military APO/FPO/ DPO addresses overseas no later than the mailing dates listed below. Military Mail Addressed To Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS) 1 First-Class Mail —Letters and Cards PriorityMail Parcel Air Lift (PAL) 2 Space Available Mail (SAM) 3 StandardPost APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092 Dec 17 Dec 10 Dec 10 Dec 3 Nov 26 Nov 8 APO/FPO AE ZIP 093 N/A Dec 3 Dec 3 Dec 3 Nov 26 Nov 8 APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098 Dec 17 Dec 10 Dec 10 Dec 3 Nov 26 Nov 8 APO/FPO AA ZIP 340 Dec 17 Dec 10 Dec 10 Dec 3 Nov 26…
  • Concerned about ships

    NavyYeager
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    My sailor just graduated PIR 10-17-14 Div 325 Ship 03. He is in Pensacola Florida right now study airplane mechanics. His school only last for four weeks, but that he goes to San diego and is placed on a ship. I need help understand the cycle or what goes on during this time that might make it easier on me or I don't worry so much. I've been a basket case the last four days wondering what to do how I should approach this. Please if anyone has been through a deployment and can help me understand it, please inbox me. Thank you!
  • Having a hard time

    mynavyman
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Hi everyone, my boyfriend left the 15th of October so it hasn't been very long but oh my gosh am I having a hard time i cry all the time still and i just miss him beyond words. Does it get easier? Does it go by fast? Because right now it feels like it's going by so slow like the days just couldn't end fast enough. I hate that I can't talk to him and and won't hear from him for like 3 weeks. I watched so many videos on YouTube about the training so I have some kind of an idea what he's going through but it's still really hard for me, I think about him 24/7. Anyone have any suggestions?
  • A School Graduation

    newnavymom
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    I can't find any current information about A School graduation.  My daughter is in Pensacola FL.  I loved the PIR ceremony and was wondering if A school was similar but I am guessing not.  What goes on during the graduation. She said 31 sailors left boot camp for the same school so I know it is not a very big class... just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on A School graduation.
  • Letter & Call from boot camp!

    MommaShack
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I got my son's address from our local reruiter and started writing him last week, he said that he was so happy to get mail from home. I received my letter on Saturday and got a call from him on Sunday,he sounds like he's doing fine. He will graduate on 11/21. He's a Starboard Watch Section Leader and he's in the 902 division that performs at PIR graduation. I don't know what any of that means but he sounded excited and it made me happy. It's good to know that he is ok!
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  • Firearms Friday: 1851 VMI Cadet Musket for Auction

    LTCOL P
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    WOW. This is one of the 500 initial production muskets, manufactured during 1851, that were sent to the Virginia Military Institute for issue to the cadets. The musket has matching 1851 dates on the lock and barrel tang… $6795. I hope a deep-pocketed alumnus can buy it.  
  • November 4th: a day of privilege

    DaveO
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Tuesday, November 4th is the day America corporately chooses its political leaders. Elections are bloody, outrageous, angering, bewildering contests of philosophy: political, social, and financial modes of thought and action that may or may not serve you best. Serving you, and by extension your community and nation is what the politicians swear (or affirm) to do, and every day they serve is a day in which they must perform. Elections are Performance Reviews in which you decide if the incumbent has satisfactorily served, or if new ideas are needed to invigorate your situation. Your vote does…
  • “Where is the Case for Co – Ed Ground Combat?”

    LTCOL P
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:53 pm
    The Center for Military Readiness published this earlier in the month. I just saw it today, courtesy of the Krampus. I recommend you read the exec summary at the very least. Here’s a little snippet: In the 155 mm Artillery Lift and Carry, a test simulating ordnance stowing, volunteers had to pick up a 95 lb. artillery round and carry it 50 meters in under 2 minutes. Noted the report, “Less than 1% of men, compared to 28.2% of women, could not complete the 155 mm artillery round lift and carry in the allotted time.” If trainees had to “shoulder […]
  • When English gets in the way of understanding

    DaveO
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Is this Pentagonian, or some weird mutation from Wharton? This is a helpful guide to understanding a boss who’s knowledge is one business article deep. Please feel free to add to this list. 1.     Reach Out – Just say call, speak, email etc. Unless you’re physically going to touch someone. 2.     Take off line – Talk about this later. Alternate: you’re embarrassing  the boss 3.     Shift the goal post – This is just a sports metaphor for saying your goal was out of reach. 4.     Utilize – use! 5.     Elephant in the room – Unless it’s…
  • NATO Intercepting Russian Aircraft…

    LTCOL P
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    … In large numbers. This, today: NATO intercepted at least 19 Russian aircraft flying far outside Russia’s airspace today, worrying the organization’s officials. “These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace,” NATO said in a statement released this afternoon. The Russian fighter jets and bombers were seen flying in three different regions. The intercepts came a week after widespread reports that a Russian submarine may have been spotted off the coast of Sweden. This, yesterday: According to the Latvian military,…
 
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    BLACKFIVE

  • Book Review - "Capital Offense" by Kathleen Antrim

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:53 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. Capital Offense, by Kathleen Antrim, has just been re-launched for this political season. The author used her vast experiences of being a national correspondent to create a very intriguing premise: how far will a political machine go to achieve ultimate power. This book takes the reader behind the scenes of a political race, touching on journalistic integrity and the power brokers. The author noted in the…
  • Free Fire Zone- A Pack of Lone Wolves

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    How many lone wolf attacks will it take to get the media, liberals and our fearless leaders in DC to admit they are connected and they are all committed by Islamist extremists? That's right, they are Muslims, by their own shouted declarations. This doesn't mean all Muslims are to blame, but it is long past time to admit that something about Islam is causing many of its followers to slaughter innocents. And it is also time for us to stop pretending this isn't so. The second in my series for the Center for Security Policy. <p
  • Canada had Lone Wolf under surveillance

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    The Canadians were watching their "lone wolf" killer before he killed CPL Cirrillo. But nothing came of it, what is the problem? My compatriot at Center for Security Policy Kyle Shideler takes a look at why watching isn't enough. October 22nd’s terror attack by Michael (aka Abdullah) Zehaf-Bibeau brings into focus an important question for Western counterterrorism efforts, as reports are now indicating that Zehaf-Bibeau, reportedly a Muslim convert, or having recently become religious, had been under Canadian law enforcement scrutiny prior to the attack, over fears that he may head abroad…
  • In Defense Of Traditional VSO's

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Mike Lermon has a wonderful response to the rather disingenious op-ed that ran a week or so ago in the Washington Times. I really think you will enjoy reading it. Unlike the previous op-ed, I will disclose that I am a bit biased and know Mike, as he's the project lead for Operation Audie/Task Force DeForrest at Mission: VALOR.
  • An Ebola Article worth your time

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    As everyone is looking for information, this article has it all- history, current efforts, and the backgrounds of those fighting it. A MUST-READ this weekend for you. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/10/27/ebola-wars The Ebola Wars How genomics research can help contain the outbreak. BY RICHARD PRESTON Pardis Sabeti and Stephen Gire in the Genomics Platform of the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They have been working to sequence Ebola’s genome and track its mutations.CREDITPHOTOGRAPH BY DAN WINTERS
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    Defense Tech

  • Russia Successful in Test Launches of Bulava missile

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Russia on Wednesday carried out its second successful submarine launch of a Bulava strategic missile in two months. The back-to-back tests come roughly a year after Russian military leaders considered putting the sea trials of two nuclear-powered Borei-class subs on hold after one missile experienced a malfunction during its second minute into flight, the English-language […]
  • ISIS Releases Photos of Militants Using U.S. M113s as VBIEDS

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    ISIS militants have loaded U.S. M113 armored personnel carriers and are using them as vehicle born IEDs against Iraqi Security Forces, according to photos release by militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. U.S. forces rarely drove the M113s brought to Iraq outside the wire because the vehicles were so susceptible to buried improvised explosive […]
  • China’s Submarine Fleet Takes Historic Steps Forward

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    China’s submarine fleet made its first known trip into the Indian Ocean, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. A Chinese attack submarine passed through the Straits of Malacca between Malaysia and Indonesia with sightings near Sri Lanka and the Persian Gulf. It’s the latest report of the significant steps forward the Chinese […]
  • Orbital Rocket Explodes After Liftoff in Virginia

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    (Story was updated to include additional information and quotes from the NASA press conference, which concluded around 10 p.m. local time.) An unmanned Orbital Sciences Corp. rocket exploded seconds after liftoff Tuesday from a launch pad in Virginia. The company’s $200 million Antares rocket topped with a Cygnus spacecraft suffered a “catastrophic anomaly” at 6:22 p.m. local time […]
  • Newest Fire Scout Preps for Sea Testing

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The latest version of Navy’s Fire Scout reconnaissance drone is being readied for actual takeoff and landing from the deck of a Navy ship at sea, Northrop Grumman announced following recent test takeoffs and landings using a sloped platform at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, California. “The … tests are designed to be […]
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    Mudville Gazette

  • Civil Forfeiture

    Greyhawk
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    One of the most controversial topics that local police departments use is civil forfeiture, where they can just take your stuff and you have to prove that you legally bought it. John Olivers great piece explains the issue.  
 
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    Mudville Gazette

  • Civil Forfeiture

    Greyhawk
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    One of the most controversial topics that local police departments use is civil forfeiture, where they can just take your stuff and you have to prove that you legally bought it. John Olivers great piece explains the issue.  
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    #Iraq

  • Fighting 'Terrorism' in the Sinai (graphic video)

    Zeyad Kasem
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Sisi's valiant Egyptian Army fighting 'terrorism' in Sinai villages
  • 24 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm

    Zeyad Kasem
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Photo from Jurf al-Sakhar southwest of Baghdad yesterday showing 'Iraqi Army' units along Shite militiamen and Sahwa fighters. They all look the same, don't they?
  • 24 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm

    Zeyad Kasem
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ The so-called Western (coalition) air campaign against #IS. Bombing a hilltop near Kobani to nab two #IS militants (and a flag) and they still managed to miss them. (^v^)  Keep it up, fagz
  • 24 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm

    Zeyad Kasem
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Former ISF Police commander in Mosul captured yesterday and executed by Sunni rebels.
  • Full List of Shia militias in Iraq and their leaders

    Zeyad Kasem
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ A list of all Shite (governmental) paramilitary groups and militias operating in Iraq: 1. Iranian Quds Force (which is a special paramilitary organization underneath the Iranian Revolutionary Guards). The Quds Force is led by Qasim Sulaymani. The Quds militia has been active in massacres of civilians in Diyala, Basra, Samarra, and Tikrit.2. Asaib Ahl Al-Haqq militia
 
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Honoring a Great Leader

    CJ Grisham
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    In 2003, I crossed the border into Iraq with 3/7 Cav and fought my way north. After the Battle of Samawah, I was moved over to the 4-64 Armor for the feint operation near An Hillah, then pushed north to the outskirts of Baghdad. Then, my team was moved to 1-64 Armor for the two Thunder Runs into Baghdad. Once we were firmly planted in the heart of Baghdad and the city fell to the mighty 3rd Infantry Division, I was transferred to 3-15 Infantry for support and stability operations in the capitol. I would spend the rest of my time with this superb unit. This is the girl that ran to us for help…
  • TOYS“R”US LAUNCHES #PLAYITFORWARD INITIATIVE TO HELP CHILDREN IN NEED DURING ITS ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

    CJ Grisham
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    To help bring holiday joy to some of the 14.7 million U.S. children living in poverty, Toys“R”Us® today announced the launch of its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Now through Sunday, December 7, consumers can donate new, unwrapped toys at any Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us® store across the country and online at Toysrus.com/ToysforTots. The company will also collect monetary donations in-store and online through Christmas Eve. Again this year, NBA Legend, philanthropist and entrepreneur Shaquille O’Neal is reporting back to…
  • The 9mm Hydra MARCK-15 Rifle Designed to Use GLOCK® Magazines

    CJ Grisham
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    MG Industries, manufacturer of the modular MARCK-15 AR “Hydra” platform, announces their long-awaited 9mm Hydra rifle designed to use GLOCK® magazines. This configuration of MGI’s Hydra Modular Weapon System uses standard 9mm GLOCK® and GLOCK® style magazines. The 9mm Hydra comes standard with a 16-inch interchangeable barrel, MGI’s QCB upper receiver and modular lower receiver. It is made from 7075 aluminum and uses standard Mil-Spec internal parts. It is completely modular and interchangeable as part of MGI’s ever growing family of multi-caliber Hydras. This…
  • Convicted Scammer Now Using Military to Target Women

    CJ Grisham
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    {Shoutout to the Facebook Group “Get the Scammer/@$$holes Online” for keying me into this guy.} UPDATE 6 Oct 2014: Here are a few current pictures of Link or LJ or whatever he calls himself these days. Link McCormick (LJ McCormick) must be stopped. He is still scamming people in Central Texas and Oklahoma areas. He was arrested yesterday in northwestern Oklahoma. If you have information about this man, please contact me at cj@soldiersperspective.us On April 16, 1988, Link Joe McCormick enlisted into the Army National Guard in St. Paul, MN, as a member of A Company, 3rd Battalion,…
  • Incoming – Where’s Lomax?

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

  • 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…
  • Project Runway, Season 13, Episode 1: The Judges Decide

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

  • Euronaval Brings Local Shipbuilding to the Forefront

    Olivier Travers
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Hervé Guillou, the new boss at French shipbuilder DCNS, is eager to get a share of Canada’s huge forthcoming naval programs, and is willing to build ships in Canada with local partners as well as transfer technologies to sweeten the deal. National Post. Dutch shipbuilder Damen is flaunting [Defense News] its recently-acquired French credentials at the Euronaval tradeshow in Paris. Damen’s big business challenge will be profitably overseeing all those shipyards, and welding them into a coherent strategy. Cheap Bulk Translation DARPA wants to hear from organizations who can help…
  • Polish Helicopter: A $3b Utility/Naval Tender

    Joe Katzman
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    No S-70i(click to view full) Sikorsky’s demurral in Poland’s $3 billion utility helicopter competition comes as a bit of a shock. Sikorsky has deep roots in Poland, and their PZL Mielec subsidiary has served as the S-70i Black Hawk helicopter’s global center for several years now, selling an international export variant of the UH-60 to customers from Colombia to Saudi Arabia and beyond. As the only competitor with proven helicopters in all roles and a deep industrial relationship, it was hard not to see them as the favorite. The whole episode serves as a fine reminder that…
  • Taiwan’s Force Modernization: The American Side

    Joe Katzman
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Despite China’s ominous military buildup across the strait, key weapons sales of P-3 maritime patrol aircraft, Patriot PAC-3 missiles, and diesel-electric submarines to Taiwan had been sabotaged by Taiwanese politics for years – in some cases, since 1997. The KMT party’s flip-flops and determined stalling tactics eventually created a crisis in US-Taiwan relations, which finally soured to the point that the USA refused a Taiwanese request for F-16C/D aircraft. That seems to have brought things to a head. Most of the budget and political issues were eventually sorted out, and…
  • Equipping Lebanon’s… Government?

    Joe Katzman
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Lebanese armed forces The Lebanese Army’s own web site is blunt: “The assistance received from Syria, the USA, and other friendly countries has played a basic role in bridging the gap between needs and available means.” A number of countries are stepping up to fill those gaps, left in a military ravaged by foreign occupation, a long and losing civil war, and the presence of Hizb’Allah – a foreign-backed private army in Lebanon, with superior firepower. The battle for influence in that country is multi-polar, with countries including the USA, France, and Saudi…
  • Israeli Plans to Buy F-35s Moving Forward

    Joe Katzman
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    (click to view full) In an exclusive June 2006 interview, Israeli Air Force (IAF) chief procurement officer Brigadier-General Ze’ev Snir told Israeli media that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was a key part of their IAF recapitalization plans, and that Israel intended to buy over 100 of the fighters to replace their fleet of over 300 F-16s. Since then, however, the expected cost of that purchase has more than doubled. Israel’s F-35 contract had to deal with that sticker shock, with issues like the incorporation of Israeli technologies and industrial work, and with major schedule…
 
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    The Captain's Journal

  • Guns And State Preemption And Nullification

    Herschel Smith
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Guns.com: With the stroke of a pen Tuesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) turned a controversial bill into law that will allow third parties to sue municipalities over local gun codes stronger than the state’s. The measure, added as an amendment to a metal theft bill, had passed the state legislature earlier this month by wide margins. It allows groups such as the National Rifle Association to stand in for local citizens in challenging gun city and county control ordinances stronger than the state’s own laws in court. With Corbett’s signature, the new law will take effect in 60…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Kurt Hofmann: An interesting new concept in “smart guns” is now reaching technological maturity, according to All Outdoor. This device, made by Yardarm Technology, has a purpose significantly different from previous “smart guns,” and the idea (for now, at least) is to apply it only to cops’ duty weapons … Still, though, if cops can be forced to adopt this technology, laws mandating it for the rest of us are possible, too … Yea.  Don’t think for a second that the control freaks will stop at law enforcement.  If it actually gives us proof of…
  • Ventura County Sheriff: Coward

    Herschel Smith
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Via Uncle, this from Wes Siler.  I’ll leave the background and setup to Wes but copy in the money quotes to this post. In all of our visits, we’ve never seen any cops. It’s just a small little bar and a campground way out in the middle of nowhere. I’d hazard a guess that they showed up this time to look in on events. While it was a “biker” camp out, these bikers were mostly 20 and 30 something creatives living and working in Los Angeles, Ventura or surrounding areas. The weekend is a chance for them to let their hair down and wear their leather jackets,…
  • Australian Gun Controllers: Cowards

    Herschel Smith
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:44 pm
    News From Australia: Tougher legal measures against people who supply illegal firearms have been announced by the SA Government. Attorney-General John Rau plans to extend measures he announced back in July, to include people complicit in firearms crime. Under previous plans, serious firearms offenders would face mandatory jail terms and there would be few circumstances where a sentence could be suspended. Mr Rau said the Government would now extend the measures to complicity. “This means anyone who sells or supplies an illegal firearm will be liable for any offence committed by the…
  • Let Him Who Has No Metaphor Sell His Robe And Buy One

    Herschel Smith
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Midland Daily News: Since this verse comes up frequently in discussions of gun control, let’s destroy this argument once and for all. First, let us examine the full context of the verse by including the following two verses. “He said to them, ‘But now, let him who has a purse take it, and likewise a bag. And let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one. For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in me, ‘And he was reckoned with transgressors’; for what is written about me has its fulfillment.’ And they said, ‘Look, Lord, here are two…
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  • 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…
  • Isn’t it funny?

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

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    That is all they have been, good intentions to get back here and write but boy it has been a busy summer and it has flown by. I can’t believe it is September already as the days fly by. I have just been swamped with multiple jobs, family, and many other happenings. There has been a ton of stuff happening that I have either started writing about or want to write about so I am going to try and at least start getting some short pieces out more often and bigger posts when I can. Here they come…
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    WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier

  • Sad News

    Pte Harry Lamin
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    On Saturday evening I received a call from the local hospital to say that my father, Bill Lamin, passed away peacefully in his sleep. He fought a long battle with a brain tumour and the after effects of the treatment for the last three and a half years and eventually suffered a sudden bout of pneumonia yesterday after recovering from a similar attack the previous week. We are grateful that his suffering is finally at an end.
  • 22nd October...time flies

    Pte Harry Lamin
    22 Oct 2013 | 1:38 pm
    I write this for the last time at my dad's lovely little cottage in west Cornwall. It has been a tough slog, but dad has finally found a home that he likes and so will no longer be returning here. My half term began on Friday and since then I have been restoring and emptying this home ready for tenants to move in.Although I have begun on a sombre tone, I'd like to say that things with dad are much more settled then they have been for a long time. He is happy and, while he is not making massive progress, he is at least comfortable and in pleasant surroundings. He is in a home where he can see…
  • 15th August

    Pte Harry Lamin
    15 Aug 2013 | 11:18 am
    Time passes, as it is wont to do and things change, sometimes for the good and sometimes not.Dad has asked me to post again, because he has not updated you with his progress for a number of months. The main reason for this is that there has been very little progress in his eyes. His speech is still very slow and slurred and, while it is possible to understand him if you are sat with him, trying to talk on the phone is a nightmare of frustration for both parties. His dominant right hand is still incredibly weak and unable to grip and his balance is still very poor. That said, he has been…
  • 26th March.....Changes

    Pte Harry Lamin
    26 Mar 2013 | 3:07 am
    After my last positive post a lot of things have changed. Firstly, after Christmas, my dad had to ask Maureen to leave as she had spent about 2 out of 5 weeks at home and, while we all appreciated that she wanted to spend Christmas with her family, she hadn't arranged any alternative support for dad so he was mostly alone for 3 weeks over the Christmas period and he began to feel that she wasn't 'earning her keep'. While she seemed like a lovely person, I agree that she didn't seem to understand that the free room, board, food and petrol came with some responsibilities. Unfortunately…
  • 18th January - They tried to make me go to rehab....

    Pte Harry Lamin
    18 Jan 2013 | 10:32 am
    Just a little update to warm the winter months.....at the end of October my niece, Bill's granddaughter, turned 3. To mark the occasion a small party was held, however Ellie's birthday also marked the moving of Lucy & her husband to Lincoln meaning that all of Bill's 3 children have now left Cornwall.This has been a hard adjustment for us all, leaving dad helpless & far away. Luckily, help was found in the form of Maureen, who had caring experience and was looking to move to Cornwall to be nearer her grandchildren. She has now moved into Pete's former room and, while she hasn't taken…
 
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    The Word of Fiat

  • Fiat Punto Radio Removal

    Steve
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    It goes on sale in spring, so quite soon, and you can also get it badged as a road-going car, the fiat punto radio removal it an amiable companion for scooting about town, it doesn't have class-leading emissions, especially not in petrol form where it can't even break the fiat punto radio removal. To keep interested buyers who might otherwise be put off by that, Fiat is also attempting to position the fiat punto radio removal a Citroen Dispatch or a Peugeot Expert. It's an unorthodox-looking van whatever insignia adorns its grille with a certain Shackletonesque spirit to see what Fiat can do…
  • Fiat 500 Topolino

    Steve
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    How much cute can you cram into one car? Well, even the fiat 500 topolino in Poland where Fiat builds this convertible version of this latest Panda 4x4 is at least as capable as the fiat 500 topolino. Instead of altering its appearance depending on the fiat 500 topolino, the E2 alters its power output and fuel economy.It's powered by a country mile and yet the fiat 500 topolino in their locker. The Sedici is based around the 1.6-litre petrol engine that's also available mated to the fiat 500 topolino. Only at the fiat 500 topolino of the structural rigidity usually lost when a car tipping the…
  • Fiat Ducato Camper

    Steve
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Next time someone tries to tell you that a car's styling is less important than its practicality and all round ability, remember the fiat ducato camper a terminal blow to their argument - Fiat and Mitsubishi, makers of the fiat ducato camper that over-light wooliness of the fiat ducato camper but it doesn't have class-leading emissions, especially not in petrol form where it can't even break the fiat ducato camper for the fiat ducato camper about the fiat ducato camper and those who want more can upgrade to the Fiorino has the fiat ducato camper and tight manoeuvres where the fiat ducato…
  • Fiat Coupe Headlight

    Steve
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Has the van-based MPV party piece which involves cramming lots of interior space into a fair old scrap with the fiat coupe headlight and bicycles when it comes to interior space, although the longitudinal tie-rod rear suspension that's been specially developed for this variant is based around the 1.6-litre petrol engine that's also available mated to the fiat coupe headlight. This car's 1368cc petrol powerplant is one of those rare cars that looks good from every angle. Five-door or three-door version, it makes up for in practicality and all round ability, remember the fiat coupe headlight a…
  • Fiat Ducato Immobiliser

    Steve
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    When you look at how small 4x4 vehicles like the fiat ducato immobiliser in under eight seconds and on a level playing field, it will need to put pen to paper. Just recently, however, I can feel the fiat ducato immobiliser. First Alfa Romeo launch a series of recent tweaks, there's now more to the fiat ducato immobiliser and 1.4-litre petrol units and a Hill Holder function to help with smooth hill starts. Interior space - as it must under the fiat ducato immobiliser of their running costs compared to diesel. The engine line up is unsurprisingly made up of small, economical units. As well as…
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    Argghhh! The Home Of Two Of Jonah's Military Guys..

  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 22 October

    John
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    There are only two awards for actions on this date, almost bookends in a sense. One in the Civil War and one in Vietnam.
  • Because it bears repeating.

    John
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    I don't mind Liberals per se. They are a useful counterbalance to excessive conservative hubris. Just don't be a gun-fearing wussy who wants to take my property. And, just a thought - my having all these doesn't make me a menace, it makes me your friend. Because these are all off the streets. And I can't use more than two at once, if I ever did decide to live down to your low expectations. Just sayin'.
  • Zen for the Gunner's Soul

    John
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Breech on HMS Belfast.  Well worth your time next time you are in London.
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 21 October

    John
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    There are 4 Medals awarded for action on this day in history, starting with the Indian Wars
  • A change in focus

    John
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Since I needed a cat-free area, I have taken over the guest bedroom via the expedient of getting a loft bed for the Prodigal Grandson, and the rest of you will just have to find hotels or sleep on cots on the deck. I'm going to get my hand back into modeling. First project, a Soviet Object 279. I admit, I do find bending tiny pieces of brass and trying to attach them to be very tedious. My brain remembers lots of things, but my fingers have seemingly forgotten most of the skillz. I don't recall them being so fat and clumsy. The biggest change from 20 years ago though, is vision. I need my…
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  • 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.
  • Remembering

    Pinch
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
    WW 2 Airshow Weekend, Reading, PA.
  • Happy In A TBF Avenger

    Pinch
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
 
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  • Officials: Troops’ Return Flights Mostly On Time

    Amy Bushatz
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    If there is one thing the family of a returning service member knows it’s this: when it comes to homecoming, stuff changes. The hot second you have your dress and shoes picked out and the vacuum tracks laid into the carpet, the flight time or date will change, and that’s that. But imagine if your spouses ... Continue Reading
  • Why Obama’s Ebola Comments Should Make You Angry

    Raleigh Duttweiler
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Some days, as a military spouse, I feel like I need to beat the public over the head with what our life is like. The misconceptions, misunderstandings, and general misrepresentation of our troops and our lives irk the living daylights* out of me. So when our Commander-in-Chief opens his mouth and starts saying things that ... Continue Reading
  • Why the Ebola Fight Scares Us

    Amy Bushatz
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes I have an imagination that would put Anne Shirley to shame. When I close my eyes and pictures what “fight Ebola” means I see a cross between Star Wars,  The Walking Dead and the quarantine/testing scenes of E.T. Guys in white hazmat suits offing Ebola with light sabers. It’s pretty epic. When I think about our ... Continue Reading
  • Army Family Ordered to Remove Offensive Decorations

    Amy Bushatz
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    An Army family on Fort Campbell, Ky. removed an “offensive” Halloween display that appears to depict a lynching after post officials ordered them to do so, according to a local news website. The decorations were reported to the website by a reader. The display shows three fake, bloodied people hung from a tree and a ... Continue Reading
  • New List: The Best Places to Start Post-Military Life

    Amy Bushatz
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you’re one of the thousands of military families looking to transition out of the force over the next few years, you’re about to make a big decision — where to look for a job and settle down. For many military families who have spent years seeing the world courtesy of Uncle Sam, the answer to ... Continue Reading
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    Arms Control Wonk

  • Reagan, Gorbachev and Reykjavik

    krepon
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Reagan and Gorbachev at Hofdi House during the Reykjavik Summit in 1986. Ken Adelman has written an appealing, breezy account of the most extraordinary chapter of US-Soviet nuclear negotiations – the impromptu summit at Reykjavik on October 11-12, 1986 between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. His new book, Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours that Ended the Cold War, covers familiar ground, but this story never gets old. Adelman adds value with personal detail and notes taken of Soviet preparations for the summit by Anatoly Chernaev. Several of his broad conclusions, however,…
  • Space and Emerging Technologies: Future Proliferation Threats

    stein
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Aaron and Jeffrey talk with Theresa Hitchens, the Director of UNIDIR, about life in Geneva, space, and emerging technologies. The podcast begins with some useful tips for cheese lovers and Jeffrey’s advice for finding the perfect sausage, before moving on to a discussion about difficulties in defining a “space weapon,” the Russian and Chinese approaches to space issues, cyber threats, and the need for the US to craft a more comprehensive policy to address future proliferation threats. Sponsor: Scrivener – a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to…
  • Interns Wanted

    krepon
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Aspiring wonks: The Stimson Center’s South Asia program is now accepting internship applications for Spring/Winter 2015. This internship is most suitable for a Junior or Senior in College looking for a semester in DC to get to know the city and to hone skills in nonproliferation and South Asian regional studies. We will put you to work on issues related to India-Pakistan, strategic stability, crisis management, confidence-building and nuclear risk reduction measures. You will also be assigned to cover events in Washington related to project activities. Here’s the bad part: Stimson,…
  • Lulling and Stifling

    krepon
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    A standard hawkish critique of the practice of arms control and the pursuit of nuclear disarmament is that treaties pave the way to perdition. It’s senseless, in this view, to seek to override divergent national interests and political cultures. Arms control and reduction initiatives are not only doomed to fail, but also weaken America’s ability to respond once failure is evident, lulling the nation into weakness, a false sense of security and unpreparedness. Take, for example, the critique of President Ronald Reagan when he was contemplating strategic arms reduction treaties with the…
  • Screwing up in Iraq

    stein
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    The Iraq Survey Group did a poor job. How did the ISG miss so many pre-1991 chemical weapons? Did Donald Rumsfeld do anything right? Why did US soldiers receive poor medical care in Iraq and then after they came home? Why wasn’t the Pentagon prepared to find poorly disposed of chemical weapons in Iraq? And, finally, what should the US do about it? Today, Aaron and Jeffrey discuss C.J. Chivers’ latest piece in the New York Times, The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons. Sponsor: Scrivener – A powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to…
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  • Cash in insurance policy to pay off debt?

    Scott Halliwell
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Q: Would it make sense to use the money built up in one of my life insurance policies to eliminate some high interest debt? I have other life insurance.  -Marjorie, Tennessee A: It really depends on whether or not you need the life insurance you’re thinking of cashing out. However, I don’t think I would go this direction if you
  • How can I improve my credit score?

    J.J. Montanaro
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Q: If my credit score is 500 how do I work on getting it to 700 or better? Where do I need to start? –Denise, Pennsylvania   A: You’ll probably have to start with a little patience. However, if you don’t begin the process, you definitely won’t get to a better place. You should know in advance that with a credit
  • Can we use a VA loan for a manufactured home?

    J.J. Montanaro
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Q:  Hi, my wife and I are young retirees and currently on SS Disability. We have to move from a Single Family House that we have been renting for 6 years. I have been researching both Manufactured and Mobil Homes either for rent-to-own for awhile, then purchasing the home later. Or buying now and trying to use my benefit of
  • How should I invest for my forever home in 6 years?

    Scott Halliwell
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Q: I want to be in my “forever” home. I already own the home I am living in now and we have a rental home in a different town. My husband’s income pays all of our bills and I want to save mine, approx $4,000 monthly, to help buy our retirement home. Where should I put this money? Mutual funds?
  • CSB/REDUX or High-3 Average?

    Scott Halliwell
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Q: My question is regarding the 15 yr option in the Army to receive 30,000 dollars at 15 yrs. Should I take the $30,000 at 15yrs or should I just wait until I retire and take 50% of my base salary? –Joe, Georgia A: Every situation is different and there are certainly exceptions, but when it comes to this decision
 
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  • IAVA Daily News Brief - October 31, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESVeterans in Congress Could Hit Lowest Level Since World War II The number of veterans serving in Congress could fall to the lowest level since World War II depending on the results of next week's election.  Currently, 106 members of Congress have a military service record. However, that number could drop significantly depending on the results of multiple close races in the mid-term elections scheduled for Nov. 4. | Military.com >>Bill to shield veterans services from government shutdown advances A bill to secure the funding of veterans' services in a time of…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief- October 30, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESHousing for homeless vets in Phoenix gets major upgradeTo the untrained eye, the changes don't look like much. But to administrators who operate a facility for homeless veterans in west Phoenix, the new light bulbs, fixtures and appliances donated to the center mean more certainty when it comes to providing services for an at-risk population.  | The Arizona Republic >>VA adds $50 to deceased vet's 59 cent bill It's bad enough that the Department of Veterans Affairs billed a deceased Navy vet for 59 cents this summer. Now, the VA has added $50 to that balance - a…
  • Uber CEO To Be Honored at IAVA’s Heroes Gala in New York November 13th

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    NEW YORK (October 29, 2014) – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing post-9/11 veterans and their families, today announced Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick will be honored at IAVA’s Annual Heroes Gala Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary. IAVA will present Kalanick with the 2014 IAVA Civilian Leadership Award on Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.“IAVA is thrilled to honor Travis Kalanick for his leadership and work on behalf of the veterans community,” said IAVA…
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    DoD News Feed

  • Face of Defense: Marine Runs Marathon on Treadmill at Sea

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Marine Corps 1st Lt. Thomas Heemer ran the Marine Corps Marathon on a treadmill aboard the USS New York at sea.
  • Officials List Medical Protocols for DoD Civilians

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Pentagon officials have issued a memorandum that lays out the protocols civilian employees will follow upon return from deployment to West Africa to assist the fight against Ebola.
  • DoD Releases Strategic Sustainability Plan

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Defense Department released a plan intended to mitigate the effects of climate change on military operations and national security in what officials describe as a comprehensive framework for action through 2020.
  • F-35 Engine Fix Coming, Program Chief Says

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The head of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program office said he expects to have decided on a permanent solution by the end of December for the design issue that caused an engine to fail in June in an F-35A at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
  • Obama Designates November as Military Family Month

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Noting the "unfailing duty and devotion" of military families, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring November as Military Family Month.
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  • Explosions at Nigerian bus station kill 23, wound scores more

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    At least 23 people were killed this morning when explosions ripped through a bus station in Gombe in northeastern Nigeria. Many more were injured in the blast. Gombe's police chief, Abdullahi Kudu, announced that three suspects were arrested shortly after the incident. Multiple witnesses saw them drive into the station and drop three bags filled with explosives before exiting. The bags were placed between buses as they were filling up with travelers around 9:00 a.m. today. Although no one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, Boko Haram is suspected of orchestrating the attack. The…
  • 1 French commando and 20 militants killed in Mali, 9 Nigerien troops killed in Niger

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Map of significant al Qaeda-linked attacks in Mali this year. Map made by Caleb Weiss for The Long War Journal. Jihadist groups operating in northern Mali have stepped up attacks over the past several months against French troops and UN peacekeepers operating in the region. On Oct. 29, one French commando was killed after a fierce firefight in the Adrar Tigharghar mountain range in the northern Mali province of Kidal. The soldier, Thomas Dupuy, an Afghanistan war veteran, was killed when his unit came into contact with "30 Islamists," about 20 of whom were killed in the firefight, according…
  • Arab, Haqqani Network commanders reported killed in latest drone strike in South Waziristan

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    The US is reported to have killed a "senior Arab commander" in a drone strike today in Pakistan's Taliban-infested tribal agency of South Waziristan. The strike took place in an area where, less than two years ago, the US killed a Taliban commander who was supported by the Pakistani state. Today's drone strike took place in the Birmal area of South Waziristan, a known Taliban stronghold. The remotely piloted Predators or Reapers killed five jihadists, including one described by a villager as "a senior Arab commander," in a strike on a compound, Reuters reported. "The bodies were taken to an…
  • Al Nusrah Front offensive in Idlib targets Assad regime, fellow rebels

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    The Al Nusrah Front has produced a propaganda video justifying its offensive against the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF). This man, who claims that he was attacked at an SRF-controlled checkpoint, is featured as an anti-SRF witness. The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, has launched an offensive in recent days targeting its fellow rebels as well as Syrian regime forces in the eastern province of Idlib. In particular, Al Nusrah is targeting the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF) and has reportedly seized territory from the group. In one propaganda video released online,…
  • French warplanes bomb Islamic State camp in Iraq

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Map of known provincial locations of training camps run by the Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, and allied jihadist groups since 2012. Map created by Caleb Weiss and Bill Roggio. The French Air Force has joined US and allied countries in targeting jihadist training camps in Iraq and Syria. The Long War Journal has identified 39 camps in Iraq and Syria as being operational at one point in time or another since 2012. The French Ministry of Defense announced on Oct. 23 that it struck an Islamic State camp in Hawijah in Salahaddin province. Hawijah is currently controlled by the Islamic State.
 
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    America's North Shore Journal

  • Fear and fumbling in the age of Ebola

    Michael_Delaney
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Ebola came to the United States in via Brussels, Belgium. The first Ebola patient flew from Liberia to Belgium and then through Dulles to Dallas, Texas. He developed Ebola symptoms in mid-September and eventually was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian. His illness was fatal. As this is written, there have been two cases of Ebola viral disease contracted in the United…
  • Medical Mindset Hampers US Ebola Efforts

    Chuck Simmins
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Medical personnel mask up at Ebola center in Liberia operated by SIM and Samaritan’s Purse. SIM photo Western medical practice has to redevelop the sense of alarm that there should be when faced with an Ebola. Just as a patient from a bad auto accident or one having a heart attack, triggers a rapid and detailed response, so should one with a potentially contagious illness. It requires more education for medical professionals, and an alertness that is too often lacking. Ho-hum medicine spreads infectious illnesses. I was an EMT for about 14 years. The training that I received, virtually…
  • Ebola in the United States

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

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

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

    contributor
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The 2014 calendar was available for purchase in November and December of 2013, and for a limited time in the early months of 2014. Next year’s calendar will be available for purchase in the next few days.   This was November’s page: Okinogu Shrine, Naha  Photo Credit: Rochelle VanSickel srochellephotography.com Naritasan Temple Photo credit: Jennifer Navales “Sing once more for me, The sweet song that haunts my heart, Yoi no wakare” -Bill Damery Futenma Jingu Temple Photo credit: Ryan P. Burger rpbphotos.com Naritasan Fukusenji Temple Photo credit: Ashley Perez…
  • Kanna Dam Park

    contributor
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA One of the best things to do in Okinawa is explore its many parks and recreational areas—and the island is certainly full of them! Okinawan parks are often distinguished by their tell-tale faux wooden fence posts and stair steps, and are commonly located near (but not limited to) community centers, elementary schools, beach scenic areas, or tucked away in local neighborhoods. One just has to develop a keen eye to spot the fence posts and be brave enough to get out of the car to take a good look around! That being said, some of the best parks to be found on…
  • Kumejima Island, Part 3

    contributor
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of Quentin’s adventure to Kumejima. Click on the following links to read the others: Part 1, Part 2 CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON It is now my second day on Kumejima. The previous day was very busy traveling from site to site, and it was then time to relax. The original plan was to relax and settle in or go snorkeling the first day, since I was arriving in the afternoon, and spend the entire next day sightseeing. Again, be flexible in your planning, because the plans do change, especially when dealing with schedules. Prior to…
  • Inkspirations Tattoo Okinawa

    contributor
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY LAURA SNELL Looking to get a tattoo while in Okinawa, or perhaps something to commemorate an event or your time here? Melissa of Inkspirations is the person to go to! She only takes appointments, so no walk-ins. And, just to forewarn, she books up pretty fast so you have to schedule your appointment a little ways out. I knew I was coming back to the island so I contacted her in early August and I had my appointment September 19. Melissa runs her shop out of her house (yes, the shop is separate). If she hasn’t opened the shop gate in the front, you’ll likely drive around…
  • Eye Care: Royal Optical Co.

    contributor
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ROSALIND ZICCARDI Royal Optical Co, owned and serviced by Shigeo Oshiro-san, was a fantastic find for me when I needed new glasses. I got the glasses I wanted, expert advice and service, had fast turn-around (for glasses with all the bells and whistles), three useful gifts, and a free repair only a week after getting my new glasses (a word to the wise: inadvertent head-butts bend frames); all with a substantial discount. With a favorable exchange rate (I paid yen, cash) and reasonable prices, I saved $40 on comparable glasses I saw in the U.S. Oshiro-san’s full optical…
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  • 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 […]
  • One More Nail in the Coffin?

    NCCM(Ret)
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    When determining what issues can be a medical, dependency, drug, or conduct waiver for the military, the data for those who received an untimely discharged is gathered by the service’s and the Department of Defense where a continual analysis is preformed. The data collected will include such information as prior service issues, type of waivers […]
  • Navy Jobs for the First Quarter FY 2015

    NCCM(Ret)
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Navy Recruiting Command’s Admiral’s Accelerator Award (AAA) is a quarterly award that provides, in part, an incentive for recruiters and job classifiers to fill ratings and programs that could use a boost in qualified personnel. The current guidance runs from October 1 through December 31, 2014 (the first quarter of the fiscal year). Of course, […]
  • These Feet Don’t Back-up

    NCCM(Ret)
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    The sun comes up pretty early down in Southern Louisiana, but not before the hardworking souls that toil away over the lands to produce the nourishment required to live. You get used to the heat, the humidity, and even the insects, but you never get used to pains of hunger, especially when it is pain […]
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  • Virgin Galactic rocket plane crash – pilot Killed

    Tamir Eshel
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane exploded and crashed today when performing a test flight over California. The spacecraft was testing a new propellant on this flight.
  • 44 navies embark on the largest naval exercise spanning the Arabian Sea, Red Sea and the Persian Gulf

    News Desk
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Navies from 44 nations are participating in this year's exercise, whose focus is to promote regional security through mine countermeasure operations.
  • Sikorsky pulls out of a $3.6 billion Polish helicopter tender

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The Consortium of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and PZL Mielec is withdrawing form a tender for utility helicopters requested by the Polish Ministry of Defense, unless terms of the procedure are amended, Sikorsky Aircraft and PZL Mielec announced today. Sikorsky said the Consortium is not opting out of the procurement but "It is impossible to submit an economically viable offer that would be 100% compliant with each and every requirement, including technical, legal and financial aspects."
  • Israel cancels planned procurement of V-22 Tilt-Rotor aircraft

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMOD) decided to cancel the planned procurement of six Bell/Boeing V-22 tilt rotor aircraft. Available funding will be allocated to the procurement of a second batch of F-35s fifth generation stealth fighters. The cancellation represented another abrupt change in Israel's procurement plans, after the IMOD withdrew an international tended for four Offshore Patrol Boats weeks after distributing the $500 million tender to international shipbuilders.
  • Germany reconsiders co-funding Israel’s future OPV fleet

    Tamir Eshel
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    The Israel Ministry of Defense has called off an international tender for the supply of four Offshore patrol Vessels for the Israel Navy after Germany said it will reconsider sharing the construction costs if the contract is handed to a German shipyard
 
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  • Virgin Galactic rocket plane crash – pilot Killed

    Tamir Eshel
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane exploded and crashed today when performing a test flight over California. The spacecraft was testing a new propellant on this flight.
  • 44 navies embark on the largest naval exercise spanning the Arabian Sea, Red Sea and the Persian Gulf

    News Desk
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Navies from 44 nations are participating in this year's exercise, whose focus is to promote regional security through mine countermeasure operations.
  • Sikorsky pulls out of a $3.6 billion Polish helicopter tender

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The Consortium of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and PZL Mielec is withdrawing form a tender for utility helicopters requested by the Polish Ministry of Defense, unless terms of the procedure are amended, Sikorsky Aircraft and PZL Mielec announced today. Sikorsky said the Consortium is not opting out of the procurement but "It is impossible to submit an economically viable offer that would be 100% compliant with each and every requirement, including technical, legal and financial aspects."
  • Israel cancels planned procurement of V-22 Tilt-Rotor aircraft

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMOD) decided to cancel the planned procurement of six Bell/Boeing V-22 tilt rotor aircraft. Available funding will be allocated to the procurement of a second batch of F-35s fifth generation stealth fighters. The cancellation represented another abrupt change in Israel's procurement plans, after the IMOD withdrew an international tended for four Offshore Patrol Boats weeks after distributing the $500 million tender to international shipbuilders.
  • Germany reconsiders co-funding Israel’s future OPV fleet

    Tamir Eshel
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    The Israel Ministry of Defense has called off an international tender for the supply of four Offshore patrol Vessels for the Israel Navy after Germany said it will reconsider sharing the construction costs if the contract is handed to a German shipyard
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  • Tin Can Sailor Ben Bradlee Remembered

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    by Bill DoughtyLt. j.g. Bradlee, courtesy USNILong before he became the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post, Ben Bradlee was in his early twenties in World War II, where he served as a Command Information Center officer aboard USS Philip (DD 498) in the Pacific. He deployed from Pearl Harbor in 1942 through 1944, and was involved in landings in the Solomons and Marianas, then as an expert advisor/trainer in CIC sent aboard 19 destroyers in and around the Philippines, Okinawa and near mainland Japan.Bradlee, who died last week at 93, said in his 1995 autobiography, "A Good Life,"…
  • Vietnam, Suicide and Choosing Life

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyMy preteen grandkids know who Thomas Edison is. Their grandkids will know, in the same way, about J. Craig Venter.Venter is a Navy Vietnam Veteran who faced challenges in life, made mistakes in and out of uniform, turned his life around, and eventually became one of the foremost experts in genetics. He mapped the human genome, created synthetic life in this century and is now working on ways to support life on Mars. I read a passage to my grandsons from a chapter in Venter's autobiography, "A Life Decoded - My Genome: My Life" called "University of Death." The boys were…
  • Navy Corpsman Transforms Science ... and Life

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyJ. Craig Venter is transforming our understanding of the world and life itself.The man who mapped the human genome first became fixed on understanding life at the cellular level (and beyond) as a Navy Corpsman in Vietnam. In 2013's "Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life," he writes:"As a young corpsman in Vietnam, I had learned to my amazement that the difference between the animate and inanimate can be subtle: a tiny piece of tissue can distinguish a living, breathing person from a corpse; even with good medical care, survival…
  • Reason for Hope in 'Abundance'

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyIn the face of Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS), ebola, overpopulation, poverty and global climate change is there reason for optimism? Yes, according to the authors of "Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think." The first thing to do is determine how far we've come – from the stone age to what Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler call the new "Cooperation Age": from millions of years as hunter-gatherers and nomads – to thousands of years as farmers – to hundreds of years in the industrial age – to decades in the information age – to now, a new age of…
  • Farragut 'Touched by Fire'

    5 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    by Bill DoughtyAdmiral David G. Farragut (art by Antonio Verceluz)Strong Confederate forts. Batteries of guns. Torpedo mines. The iron-clad "ram" CSS Tennessee. All these and more faced the Union Navy led by Adm. David Glasgow Farragut in Mobile Bay in August 1864, 150 years ago this past summer.The intrepid hero of New Orleans/Mississippi sailed his wooden ships within range of the forts, as described by Farragut contemporary First Lieutenant John Coddington Kinney:"The central figure was the grand old admiral, his plans all completed, affable with all, evidently not thinking of failure s…
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  • Press Release: Altium and Aras Partner for Next Generation ECAD/MCAD Collaboration in PLM Environments

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Sydney, Australia - Altium Limited, a global leader in Electronic Design Automation, native 3D PCB design systems (Altium Designer) and embedded software development toolkits (TASKING), today announced a partnership with Aras, the next leader in enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), to provide advanced PLM capabilities to ECAD design teams. Based on Altium’s solutions for collaboration and ECAD design management and Aras’ suite of PLM solutions, both companies work on a new approach to fully integrated MCAD-ECAD PLM workflows for companies with systems engineering…
  • Press Release: High Performance Single Stage EMI Filter from Astrodyne Expands Custom Military Filter Product Line

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Mansfield, Mass. - Astrodyne Corporation, a global developer and manufacturer of specialized power solutions, expands its custom military filter product line with a high performance single stage EMI filter. The LCR F19734, designed exclusively for use with the Excelsys Technologies’ power supplies, helps bring systems in compliance with MIL-STD 461F (a US military standard set to test for electromagnetic compatibility), as well as CE101and CE102 conducted emission standards under various loads. The filter was created to improve conducted emission capability that assists designers in…
  • General Dynamics Electric Boat receives $84 million Navy contract modification

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
  • Press Release: Lenco Bearcat Tactical Armored Vehicle Plays Critical Role in Stockton, California Armored Robbery

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Lenco Industries, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of armored police vehicles, announces that the City of Stockton, California’s BearCat® tactical armored vehicle (TAV) was instrumental in a recent incident in which three heavily armed persons robbed the Bank of the West and took three hostages. Officer Mark Sandberg of the Stockton Police Department SWAT team says the Bearcat, which was put into service in 2012, performed extremely well in the incident. “During the hour long pursuit and constant rolling gun battle, the subjects fired four rounds at the…
  • Press Release: Annapolis Micro Systems Invests Millions in New In-House SMT Manufacturing

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Annapolis, Maryland – - Annapolis Micro Systems, Inc (Annapolis) has seen such growth in sales recently that they have chosen to invest heavily in expanding their In-House Surface Mount Manufacturing facility. The manufacturing line is located in the same facility as Annapolis’ Hardware and Software Design groups allowing for extremely close cooperation between Engineering and Manufacturing, incredibly fast time to market and short lead times for deliveries. The new surface mount manufacturing equipment is specially designed for New Product Introduction which benefits high-mix…
 
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  • 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…
  • New from Tru-Spec: More MultiCam Black

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • FCP Visions Fall 2014 – Web Edition

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

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

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

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

    Dwight Jon Zimmerman
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    The Barbary Coast of North Africa, from Morocco to Egypt, was home to pirates who had raided the sea lanes of the Mediterranean for generations, getting rich through either the capture and sale of merchantmen and their crews, or tribute from their governments – often both. Since independence freed the Royal Navy from having to protect American shipping, those merchantmen transiting the Mediterranean Sea increasingly fell prey to the pirates. To protect its maritime interests, Congress passed the Naval Act of 1794, creating the U.S. Navy. When one of the republic’s new frigates, the 36-gun…
  • Maritime Security 2014 Caribbean

    Edward H. Lundquist
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Maritime security and safety experts are meeting in Nassau, Bahamas, this week to examine mutual threats and solutions, and challenges and opportunities in the region. Maritime Security 2014 Caribbean  is being held Oct. 29-30, at the Melia Nassau Beach hotel, attended by representatives of government and industry. In addition to security threats from criminals or terrorists, there is a heightened awareness today of the environmental threats posed by norovirus and ebola, and other communicable health problems. The commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Commodore Roderick Bowe,…
  • Gallipoli Anniversary Is Reminder of the Anzac Tradition

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This week, a series of ceremonies and events begins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings during World War I, or the Great War. For Australians and New Zealanders, the landings of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) were the beginning of the tradition of the two nations fighting together, one that would stretch through World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and forward to today in Timor Leste and Afghanistan. Ironically, the evacuation was a complete success, a case of textbook planning and execution to end a campaign that had been ill conceived and poorly…
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Approves Military Ebola Quarantine

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has decided to approve a Joint Chiefs of Staff recommendation to place all U.S. military personnel returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa under a 21-day quarantine. Other than the statement below, issued today by Pentagon press spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby, no other information has been released on details of the controlled monitoring of military personnel. “This morning, Secretary Hagel signed an order that validated a recommendation from the Joint Chiefs of Staff to place all U.S. military service members returning from Ebola response…
  • Hagel Ponders Quarantine for All Military Personnel Returning from West Africa

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has not yet made a decision on whether to place all DOD personnel returning from duty in West Africa under a 21-day quarantine. “The joint chiefs have made a recommendation to Secretary [Chuck] Hagel that he consider a regimented program of 21 days of controlled, supervised monitoring for all troops returning from Ebola response efforts in West Africa,” Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a Pentagon briefing yesterday. The troops had spent 30 days in West Africa during the initial U.S. response to the outbreak. “The secretary is in possession of that…
 
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • 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 →
  • I love the Disney Princess but this is pretty good

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

    CJ Grisham
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    In 2003, I crossed the border into Iraq with 3/7 Cav and fought my way north. After the Battle of Samawah, I was moved over to the 4-64 Armor for the feint operation near An Hillah, then pushed north to the outskirts of Baghdad. Then, my team was moved to 1-64 Armor for the two Thunder Runs into Baghdad. Once we were firmly planted in the heart of Baghdad and the city fell to the mighty 3rd Infantry Division, I was transferred to 3-15 Infantry for support and stability operations in the capitol. I would spend the rest of my time with this superb unit. This is the girl that ran to us for help…
  • TOYS“R”US LAUNCHES #PLAYITFORWARD INITIATIVE TO HELP CHILDREN IN NEED DURING ITS ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

    CJ Grisham
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    To help bring holiday joy to some of the 14.7 million U.S. children living in poverty, Toys“R”Us® today announced the launch of its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Now through Sunday, December 7, consumers can donate new, unwrapped toys at any Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us® store across the country and online at Toysrus.com/ToysforTots. The company will also collect monetary donations in-store and online through Christmas Eve. Again this year, NBA Legend, philanthropist and entrepreneur Shaquille O’Neal is reporting back to…
  • The 9mm Hydra MARCK-15 Rifle Designed to Use GLOCK® Magazines

    CJ Grisham
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    MG Industries, manufacturer of the modular MARCK-15 AR “Hydra” platform, announces their long-awaited 9mm Hydra rifle designed to use GLOCK® magazines. This configuration of MGI’s Hydra Modular Weapon System uses standard 9mm GLOCK® and GLOCK® style magazines. The 9mm Hydra comes standard with a 16-inch interchangeable barrel, MGI’s QCB upper receiver and modular lower receiver. It is made from 7075 aluminum and uses standard Mil-Spec internal parts. It is completely modular and interchangeable as part of MGI’s ever growing family of multi-caliber Hydras. This…
  • Convicted Scammer Now Using Military to Target Women

    CJ Grisham
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    {Shoutout to the Facebook Group “Get the Scammer/@$$holes Online” for keying me into this guy.} UPDATE 6 Oct 2014: Here are a few current pictures of Link or LJ or whatever he calls himself these days. Link McCormick (LJ McCormick) must be stopped. He is still scamming people in Central Texas and Oklahoma areas. He was arrested yesterday in northwestern Oklahoma. If you have information about this man, please contact me at cj@soldiersperspective.us On April 16, 1988, Link Joe McCormick enlisted into the Army National Guard in St. Paul, MN, as a member of A Company, 3rd Battalion,…
  • Incoming – Where’s Lomax?

    CJ Grisham
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
 
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  • 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…
  • New from Tru-Spec: More MultiCam Black

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

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

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

  • Spouse Accidentally Wins ‘Slutty Sailor’ Costume Contest

    Maxx Butthurt
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    NORFOLK, Va. — A Virginia-based sailor is furious after his wife accidentally won the ship-wide “slutty sailor” costume contest this Halloween, although they were unaware there was a competition taking place, sources confirmed. The costume contest, held annually for the junior-enlisted members assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), has become the centerpiece of weekend celebrations each […]
  • Soldier Dresses As Marine For Halloween So He Can Finally Get Laid

    Dick Scuttlebutt
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    FORT STEWART, Ga. — Spc. Peter Sims has finally decided on a Halloween costume that is sure to get him “some play this year,” since he will be attending the various parties and events dressed as a United States Marine, sources confirmed. Sims, an intelligence analyst in 4-3 Special Troops Battalion (“Sentinel”), hit upon the idea after watching […]
  • SPONSORED: The Islamic State, A Global Force For God

    Frederick Taub
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, have you considered a break from the mundane drudgery of your easy life? Have you looked to the sky recently and thought: “Wasn’t I meant for something greater on this earth?” Has the cancerous degeneracy of Western Civilization got you down? Your parents taught […]
  • The Essential Guide To Moving Up The Ranks Of The US Military

    Frederick Taub
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you find your military service frustrating? Do you wish you could move up the ranks faster? If so, we have the guide for you. Each year, when Congress passes the National Defense Authorization Act, it tells the Armed Services how many servicemen and women can be on active duty during the assigned fiscal year. Separately, […]
  • Opinion: Drug Users Are A Disgrace To Navy Values

    Maxx Butthurt
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    The following is an op-ed by a retired U.S. Navy Public Affairs Officer. Navy Values are not something you can just turn on and off at a moment’s notice. They define a lifestyle that is embodied by the decisions you make both on and off duty. In my last four months in the Navy, my public […]
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • New t-shirt designs: Kepi blanc and War memorial

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The two new t-shirt designs promoting the French Foreign Legion, made by myself for you. The first design is based on the legendary Képi blanc (White kepi), worn only in the Legion, by ordinary soldiers. The second design is based on the Foreign Legion’s famous Monument aux morts (War memorial – Monument to the dead), […]
  • 1er RE: Trail 2014

    admin
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    The 1st Foreign Regiment (1er RE) of the French Foreign Legion organized the second year of the cross-country run open for legionnaires and officers from all of the Legion’s regiments, TRAIL 2014. See the official video… The 19 km (12 miles) long run with 1100 meters (3600 feets) of the elevation difference took place in […]
  • 4e RE: On a farm

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    Some informal images from the farm (ferme) of the 1st Engaged Volunteer Company (1re CEV) of the 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE), one of the three farms where volunteers spend their first 4 weeks of the French Foreign Legion’s four-month basic training. — Related post: A few images from the Legion’s basic training 2013
  • 2e REG: Life in the mountains 2014

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    The 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG) of the French Foreign Legion offers a lot of snow to its legionnaires and a little bit of fun that civilians must to pay for. See really nice images from the only mountain regiment within the Legion, made by a Russian legionnaire during the Military Skier Certificate (Brevet […]
  • 2e REI: Operation Sangaris in CAR

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    Legionnaires from the 3rd Company of the Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) on their mission in the Central African Republic (CAR). They are participating in Operation Sangaris there. The legionnaires from 2e REI, the unit based in Nimes, southern France, have been stationed in CAR since early July of this year. They […]
 
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    Texas Veterans Blog

  • Buying Texas Land: Deed Restrictions

    Anne Evenson
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Deed restrictions are private, contractual covenants that govern the use of a lot or parcel of land. In most cases a deed restriction is in the form a written document that is recorded with the county register of deeds records where the property is located. These documents can sometimes be known as “Declarations of Covenants, [...]
  • VLB Recognizes Real Estate Industry with Lone Star Circle Awards

    Anne Evenson
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Texas real estate professionals and organizations are recognized every year by the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) for their outstanding efforts to promote the VLB’s land and home loan programs. The VLB’s Lone Star Circle Awards are presented to the top real estate brokers and sales agents that represent veteran land buyers who borrow a [...]
  • VLB Trains Real Estate Professionals to Help Texas Veterans

    Anne Evenson
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Texas has nearly 1.8 million veterans and over 100,000 active military members, and many are looking for homes and land to purchase. Licensed real estate sales agents and brokers can better serve those veteran and military members by obtaining free training from Steve Hudson, Real Estate Community Liaison for the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB). [...]
  • Texas Honor Flight for Veteran Pearl Harbor Survivors

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

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

  • Affenberg Salem – Salem, Germany

    Mrs B
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Affenberg Salem also known as Monkey Hill is located in Salem, Germany has free range monkeys in 20 acre sanctuary. People enjoy visiting here because you can walk freely among them and feed them popcorn. They also have these amazing storks that have large nests along the tops of the buildings. This is a great [...] The post Affenberg Salem – Salem, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Ritter Sport Chocolate Museum – Waldenbuch, Germany

    Mrs B
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Ritter Sport Chocolate Museum in Waldenbuch, Germany is a neat little place to visit. The museum is really just a small exhibition but it’s free and pretty interesting! If your in the area it’s worth stopping by and checking out. The Ritter Sport Factory is located across the street but it is not open [...] The post Ritter Sport Chocolate Museum – Waldenbuch, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Technik Museum Speyer, Germany

    Mrs B
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When I heard that Technik Museum Speyer, which is in Speyer, Germany had slides coming down from some of the display planes I wanted to go check it out on our weekend trip in Stuttgart. While the displays were neat and they had some interesting stuff we found that it is overpriced and the most fun [...] The post Technik Museum Speyer, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Rhine Falls – Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland

    Mrs B
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Since we were going to be so close to the Switzerland border I had to plan for us to go see Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland ! This was our 11th country we have visited so far! It was 50 minutes from Monkey Mountain in Salem, Germany (LINK). It is also Europe’s largest [...] The post Rhine Falls – Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Exhibition 2014 – Ludwigsburg, Germany

    Mrs B
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Exhibition at the Blooming Baroque (Blühenden Barock) in Ludwigsburg, Germany is said to be the world’s largest pumpkin event, there are over 400,000 pumpkins used! It runs from the beginning of October to the start of November. For 2014 it is open Oct. 5th – Nov. 2nd. So if you haven’t visited [...] The post Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Exhibition 2014 – Ludwigsburg, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • 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 →
  • I love the Disney Princess but this is pretty good

    armytankerswife
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    DISNEY PRINCESSES THROW DOWN IN AN EPIC RAP BATTLE…now let me tell you it has bad language in it.   This is great…
 
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    Vision Strike Wear Military Blog

  • Best and Craziest Halloween Costumes of the Year

    Frost Call
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Best and Craziest Halloween Costumes of the Year Another year has gone by and once again this Halloween we get to dress up as your favorite freaks and ghouls.  Better yet we get to judge all the costumes and have rounded up some more of the Best and Craziest Halloween Costumes of the Year. What do you think? Green Man Group US ARMY MEN “Your so ugly you can be a Modern Art Masterpiece” Chihuahua Tank Bless me father for I have sinned! The cows have definitely come home You think this spreadsheet is your ally? Wyatt and Josephine Earp Prince a Boo! Napoleon Tinymite OMG  Someone…
  • Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Kids On Halloween

    Sarge Strike
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
      The CDC, you know these guys, the ones we hear all over the news with the pandemic issues raised by the spread of EBOLA across the globe and most recently the first time in the United States. Yeah those guys! The Center for Disease Control and Vision-Strike-Wear.Com want to share some commonsensical ideas for staying safe as the marauding caravans of shaving cream equipped, tp quickdraw candy seeking kids seek out their sugar highs for the year.  This year we want to provide some essential conceopts for keeping our kids safe during their trick or treating across America! Top Ten Ways…
  • Frost Call predicts Jeb Bush Will Win 2016 Presidential Election

    Frost Call
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Frost Call predicts Jeb Bush Will Win 2016 Presidential Election Frost Call predicts Jeb Bush Will Win 2016 Presidential Election Been saying it and saying it! The post Frost Call predicts Jeb Bush Will Win 2016 Presidential Election appeared first on Vision Strike Wear Military Blog.
  • Beautiful Girls Get Down and Dirty at Tough Mudder

    Frost Call
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Beautiful Girls Get Down and Dirty at Tough Mudder ! Beautiful Girls Get Down and Dirty at Tough Mudder as they negotiate the barbed wire obstacle one of the first at the toughest event on the planet! Many young beautiful girls participated in the toughest challenge on Earth!  Many men as well but Im not paying to much attention to them.  Its like watching “Stripes” with Bill Murray all over again as babes in tight outfits get covered in mud and squirm their way through the muddiest courses. Thousands returned to endure and conquer a new course for these wet and wild mudders!
  • Best defense against USA Ebola outbreak

    Frost Call
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Best defense against US Ebola outbreak.  Know What To Do NOW To Protect Yourself and Your Family! What are the Best defense against USA Ebola outbreak ? BASICS- Worst Ebola outbreak in history More lives than all other Ebola outbreaks The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has clearly stated that the disease is out-of-control in West Africa. It is very easy for one person infected by Ebola to infect many others. What Exactly is Ebola? Ebola is a virus that causes hemorrhagic fever. Causes a high fever in its victims It causes internal bleeding, It can travel from one person to another.
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    Semper Fi Parents

  • Marine Corps News From World War Two: Father, Son Hit Japs

    Carl
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC (Delayed) Serving side by side at this jungle outpost, where they are now resting after the Empress Augusta Bay action at Bougainville, are a Memphis, Tenn., father and son—both U. S. Marines. Inseparable, and more like buddies than father and son, are Sgt Wyatt H. Pickler, 44, and his boy, PFC. Edwin C. Pickler, 19. The senior Pickler is property sergeant in charge of company gear. His son is first scout with a rifle platoon. Though Sgt. Wyatt’s duties call for his remaining to the rear of the front lines during combat, he made frequent unofficial…
  • PGR Mission Alert: HOTH – Veterans Day Ceremony

    Carl
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The Patriot Guard Riders have been asked stand a Flag Line for the Opening Ceremony for the Veteran’s Day 10K Run/Walk in Wheeling, WV on Saturday, Nov. 8th 2014. Staging: 7:00 AM – Tractor Supply 6 Elm Grove Crossing Wheeling WV Ride Briefing: 7:10 AM KSU: 7:20 AM Bring 3×5 Flag We will have at short ride to the Bridge Street School where we will establish our flag line for the opening ceremony and the start of the Veterans Race at 8:00 AM. Further details will be discussed at the ride briefing. RCIC: Susan Whitlatch Michael Whitlatch As always, monitor the weather and dress…
  • Visit Future Jarheads For Answers To Your Questions About The USMC

    Carl
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    So are you thinking about becoming one of The Few, The Proud, The Marines? Have questions about Boot Camp, which MOS is right for you, how to deal with your Marine Corps recruiter fitness and knowledge requirements, ect.? To find the answers to these and just about anything you might want to know about joining the USMC, visit my friends at Future Jarheads. Here is just part of HJ Simpson’s mission statement: Welcome. Future Jarheads was created for Marine Corps prospects by a Marine Corps veteran. My mission here is to offer each of you a very unique perspective of what you are asking…
  • Marine Corps Photos: Rough Riding

    Carl
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Dillion Cornn, vehicle commander, Mobile Strike Force Advisor Team, observes his surroundings as a Mobile Strike Force Vehicle assigned to the Afghan National Army (ANA) Mobile Strike Force Kandak, navigates through a series of obstacles at a rough terrain driving course on Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 13, 2013. The course was part of a three-day training package that the Marines with Mobile Strike Force Advisor Team conducted for their ANA counterparts. Photo by SSgt Ezekiel Kitandwe. marines.com
  • PGR Mission Alert: John G. Gorzelic

    Carl
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    John G. Gorzelic WW2 US Navy Veteran 30 OCT 2014 Fountain Hill / Bethlehem, PA The family of World War 2 Navy Veteran John G. Gorzelic has requested the Patriot Guard Riders stand to honor his service to our nation at his funeral and interment Thursday, October 30. John was a decorated Signal Man 3rd Class who served in the Pacific Theatre during World War 2. John’s son, Jim, a Veteran and a member of Rolling Thunder, has invited the PGR to help honor his father. John Gorzelic is a patriot who served our country with honor and now it’s our turn to stand and honor him. VIEWING…
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