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  • American Sniper - Some Thoughts

    BLACKFIVE
    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    Before anything else, I want to note that I went to the first showing of the movie yesterday, and that the theatre was almost full. It was clear that a number of people there were prior service, and that many of those attending had brought the family with them. It was the most respectful, quiet, and polite audience I have ever experienced in a theatre, and once the movie started not a single cell phone rang, pinged, or made any noise. It was also clear that the dust in the theatre got to most there, and even as the silent credits rolled, the politeness and respectful tones continued. I noted…
  • Army Statement on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Investigation

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    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    WASHINGTON (Dec. 22, 2014) -- After a thorough investigation and a comprehensive legal review, the investigation concerning Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been forwarded to a General Courts Martial Convening Authority, Gen. Mark Milley, Commanding General of Forces Command.
  • America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle

    WIRED » Danger Room
    Jordan Golson
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The A-10 is old, ugly, and effective. So effective that now, it's headed back into battle to help in the fight against ISIS. The post America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle appeared first on WIRED.
  • WWII history hidden in film cans brought to light by Idaho man

    Stars and Stripes News
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    For two years, Bettweiser, 28, of Boise, has scoured camera stores, flea markets and yard sales looking for old, neglected rolls of undeveloped film. He called his hobby the Rescued Film Project and has displayed those photos online.
  • Kadena members attend first SAP Summit

    Pacific Air Forces Top Stories
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Two Team Kadena members attended the first Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention Summit held Jan. 12 through 17 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Approximately 150 other Air Force representatives from bases around the globe attended the five-day summit to learn about and share their best ideas on how to take a stand against sexual assault. "I think the conference is an important step as we look to permanently shift the Air Force culture to one which embraces and emphasizes persistent focus at all times on dignity, respect and inclusiveness for all of our Airmen," said Secretary of the Air Force…
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • Well That Didn’t Work: The Rolling Rocket Bomb Designed to Kill Nazis Almost Killed a Dog Instead

    Alex Davies
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    War has a long history of sparking and accelerating invention. But while many of those ideas change history---the bayonet, aerial combat, the nuclear bomb---there are just as many that flop. The list of failures is long, but must surely be led by a device whose test ended with a dog chasing an errant rocket and generals running for their lives alongside members of the general public. The post Well That Didn’t Work: The Rolling Rocket Bomb Designed to Kill Nazis Almost Killed a Dog Instead appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Flying Hospital That Rushes Wounded Soldiers to Safety

    Annie Sneed
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    The key to getting a wounded soldier from a battlefield to a hospital is stabilization—holding off the damage done by bullet or bomb for long enough to get to surgery. So faster evacuation is always better. Now the hospital can actually meet the injured partway—in the form of a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, transformed into a flying triage unit. On board, doctors stabilize, monitor, and treat soldiers with high-level care so they make it safely home. The post The Flying Hospital That Rushes Wounded Soldiers to Safety appeared first on WIRED.
  • Indispensable Vehicles That Got Their Start in WWI

    Jordan Golson
    25 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    It's likely that nothing will ever come close to the breakthroughs and sheer mass of new technologies and tactics produced during The Great War, just 100 years ago. The post Indispensable Vehicles That Got Their Start in WWI appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark

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

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

    DebP
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    My son in leaving for basic on Feb.18th. He is currently signed up for the PACT program. My husband and I are concerned that this may have been a poor choice. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
  • We got Thomas' BOX yesterday and got our first letter today.  It was a form letter, but who cares! He's on Ship 11 Div 106....graduation date is 03/06/15! Can't wait!

    Cindy
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:19 pm
    We got Thomas' BOX yesterday and got our first letter today.  It was a form letter, but who cares! He's on Ship 11 Div 106....graduation date is 03/06/15! Can't wait!
  • Recruit access to Facebook

    Lori
    10 Jan 2015 | 7:14 pm
    During boot camp, does a recruit ever get access to Facebook? We've had a relative pass away the day our son left and I do not want him to find out on Facebook. We are still torn as to tell him or wait until after graduation in March... Any advice?
  • Ship Date following PIR for Aircrew

    Proud_Navymom
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Does anyone have information about when aircrew depart for Pensacola following 2/6/15 PIR? I forgot to ask when he called (though he may not have known). We are bringing a non family member and I understa only immediate family can join the sailor at the airport to visit before their flight takes off. Just trying to work out travel plans. Thanks!
  • worried mother

    Dawn
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:49 pm
    I have so many questions, but try not to ask just because I feel they are silly, but this is something I must try to find out. We got a letter from our son and he is so upset, depressed, and discusted with him self. He stated he has been real ill for the past week and a half and tried real hard not to go to medical so that he did not get set back in training but it got so bad he had no choice, he stated that the doctor did not like the way his lunges sounded and that they were going to run some test and that he could get medically discharged, he is so worried that this is making him sick! He…
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  • Former DIA Chief Criticizes Administration (w/ Transcript)

    LTCOL P
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Sent in over the transom today– Ex-DIA chief Flynn goes into opposition against Obama Administration on ISIS: It is striking to me how many security officials have gone public against this administration after leaving. This is not a normal pattern, and by this point amounts to a non-partisan indictment of how Obama’s White House has dealt with a variety of national security issues. Among other things, it makes me appreciate the restraint that the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, must be exercising on a daily basis. Well, maybe they’re disgusted at…
  • The most critical tool for training leaders

    DaveO
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Saint Augustine wrote The City of God Against the Pagans. In this philosophical work, the Saint discussed time as subjective to the mind and viewed as three presents: the presents of past, current, and future. The Present of the Past is memory. The Present of the Current is sight. The Present of the Future is expectation. All three presents exist now in the moment and are in that way connected. In gunnery, I had the memory of failing to pass the test to compute Concurrent Met the first time I took it. I had the memory of re-taking and passing the test, […]
  • Commandant’s Guidance

    Townie 76
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Whoever is the next CSA should take a page from General Dunford’s play book and provide guidance to the force.  Here is what the 36th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps said about orders (see entire guidance attached)2015CPG_Color: “Mission tactics serve as a contract between senior and subordinate. The senior agrees to provide subordinates with the support necessary to help accomplish their missions but without unnecessarily prescribing their actions. The senior is obligated to provide the guidance that allows subordinates to exercise proper judgment and initiative. The…
  • Academies, ROTC, which is better?

    Townie 76
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:35 pm
    We who are graduates of VMI often find ourselves believing that West Point, Annapolis, or the USAF Academy are somehow evil purveyors of elitism and privilege.  According to the author, they are, and no better than ROTC in producing good leaders.  Is there some truth to the analysis, I don’t know?  In the Army today all but two; the FORSCOM Commander a Princeton Graduate and by all accounts a toxic leader; and the AMC Commander a graduate of a Historically Black University or College; are West Point Graduate.  Why is this? This article is worth reading and considering but I […]
  • Never a Dull Moment at Camp Lejeune

    LTCOL P
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Well now, this isn’t something you see every day. And stranger still, she’s been arrested.   (Thanks to USMC0802 for the tip.)
 
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    BLACKFIVE

  • Book Review - "The Carrier" by Sophie Hannah

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:47 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 side bar. The Carrier by Sophie Hannah is an intense psychological thriller. It can be considered a love story and a gripping mystery, a “who done it” of sorts. Released earlier this month in the US, it has already won the 2013 Crime Thriller of the Year at the UK National Book Awards. This story offers deep insights into interpersonal relationships through the different character’s personalities. The plot begins…
  • Exclusive Interview with Author Jack Higgins

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The following interview with Jack Higgins is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category on the right side bar. Jack Higgins, the author of the famous book, The Eagle Has Landed, has a new book out, Rain On The Dead. There are similarities between both books, including IRA characters, the main character as someone flawed, as well as a plot line that includes assassinations and kidnappings. Rain On The Dead begins when two Chechen Muslims attempt to assassinate the US President, Jack…
  • Book Review - "Breaking Creed" by Alex Kava

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews by clicking on the Books category link on the right side bar. Breaking Creed by Alex Kava is a fascinating mystery based around a serial killer who is being chased by an FBI agent and a retired Marine. In this new series Ryder Creed uses the dog handler skills he learned as a Marine in his current civilian job. Her other series has FBI behaviorist Maggie O’ Dell investigating horrid crimes. Creed was introduced in Stranded, a book from Kava’s other series whose main…
  • Free Fire Zone- Secure Freedom Strategy to defeat Global Jihad

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:12 pm
    The Center for Security Policy released our Secure Freedom Strategy for Victory over the Global Jihad Movement last Friday at the National Press Club, C-SPAN broadcast it live and you can see the whole event and read the documents here (That includes you Mr. President). We have a comprehensive plan to fight the Islamists all the places they are attacking, with military force, intelligence efforts, information warfare, economic warfare, lawfare and much more. There is no way to win without a full faith, full force effort and we have the blueprint. I will break down the various parts over the…
  • American Sniper - Some Thoughts

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    Before anything else, I want to note that I went to the first showing of the movie yesterday, and that the theatre was almost full. It was clear that a number of people there were prior service, and that many of those attending had brought the family with them. It was the most respectful, quiet, and polite audience I have ever experienced in a theatre, and once the movie started not a single cell phone rang, pinged, or made any noise. It was also clear that the dust in the theatre got to most there, and even as the silent credits rolled, the politeness and respectful tones continued. I noted…
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    Defense Tech

  • Navy Preps to Build New Amphibious Assault Ship

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    The Navy is getting ready to take the next step in its ongoing competition to build a new amphibious assault ship for the service, officials said.Called the LX( R ), the new amphib will replace the Navy’s existing fleet of LSD 41/49 dock landing ships in the 2020s and 2030s, said Navy spokesman Matthew Leonard.“LX( R ) will be a versatile, cost-effective amphibious ship — a success story in balancing cost and requirements while delivering key capabilities. Competition will play a prominent role in the LX( R ) acquisition strategy,” he said.The Navy plans to award the detail design…
  • SpaceX Drops Suit as Air Force Opens More Competitive Launches

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Start-up rocket-maker Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX and headed by billionaire Elon Musk, has agreed to drop its lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force after the service pledged to open more satellite launches to competition.The company based near Los Angeles sued the service last year for the chance to compete in the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, or EELV program. The acquisition effort launches military and spy satellites atop Atlas and Delta rockets made by a joint venture between defense giants Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co.SpaceX challenged a contract the…
  • Air Force Prepares for First Combat Rescue Helicopter Flight

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:26 pm
    The Air Force plans to conduct the first test flight of its new HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter in 2019 as a step toward fielding an operational aircraft in 2021 and reaching full-rate production by 2023, service officials said.The new helicopter, called CRH, will be engineered to perform high-risk medical evacuations and other rescue and recovery missions. In total, the service plans to acquire 112 new CRH personnel recovery helicopters.Designed as a replacement for the Air Force’s HH-60G Pave Hawk, the CRH design includes a handful of technological enhancements when compared with the…
  • Navy to Integrate F-35 With Beyond-the-Horizon Technology

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    The Navy and Lockheed Martin are planning to demonstrate a beyond-the-horizon anti-ship missile detection and defense technology using an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.The system, referred to as Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air, or NIFC-CA, uses Aegis radar, an airborne sensor and SM-6 missile to find, track and destroy approaching threats such as cruise missiles at ranges well beyond the typical radar horizon, Navy officials said.Alongside Aegis radar and an SM-6 missile, NIFC-CA uses an E-2D Hawkeye aircraft as an airborne sensor to help relay threat information to the ship from beyond…
  • Navy Builds New Ship-to-Shore Connectors

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Navy has begun to build a new fleet of air-cushioned Landing Craft Air Cushions — ship-to-shore amphibious connector vehicles able to move sailors, Marines, equipment and gear across the ocean, service officials said.The Navy’s 72 LCACs, in service for decades since the 80s, can transport up to 60-tons, reach speed of 36-knots and travel ranges up to 200 nautical miles from amphibious vehicles, Navy officials explained.With some of the existing fleet of LCACs approaching 30-years of service, the Navy needs to begin replacing them with new ones, service officials said.The…
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    Mudville Gazette

  • A Family-Friendly Economy

    Greyhawk
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    A Summit on Working Families was held at the White House as a part of Democrat’s agenda to create an economy that will work specially for working families. As a part of this agenda, here are the policies that will help the government create a family-friendly economy: Create liveable wages – the first step to creating such an economy is to revamp current minimum wages. Minimum wage is simply not just wages given to teens in summer jobs but rather there are also millions of American families who also rely on minimum wage. If the minimum wage goes up, these families’ wages will also go up.
 
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    Mudville Gazette

  • A Family-Friendly Economy

    Greyhawk
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    A Summit on Working Families was held at the White House as a part of Democrat’s agenda to create an economy that will work specially for working families. As a part of this agenda, here are the policies that will help the government create a family-friendly economy: Create liveable wages – the first step to creating such an economy is to revamp current minimum wages. Minimum wage is simply not just wages given to teens in summer jobs but rather there are also millions of American families who also rely on minimum wage. If the minimum wage goes up, these families’ wages will also go up.
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • DOD Releases 2013 Suicide Event Report

    CJ Grisham
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its 2013 calendar year Suicide Event Report (DoDSER), which details the number of suicide attempts and deaths for U.S. service members. The DoDSER also includes detailed assessments of demographic information, behavioral health history, and deployment history for each suicide event. This comprehensive information informs DoD senior leaders as they make policy decisions to improve suicide prevention efforts. In calendar year 2013, active component suicide totals and rates declined over 2012, while reserve components had a slight increase. There…
  • 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…
  • Please Stop Helping US (A Review)

    CJ Grisham
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Earlier this summer, in my capacity as President of Open Carry Texas, I traveled down to Houston to meet with “community leaders” of the 5th Ward, an historically black neighborhood. The purpose of the meeting was to directly address the unjustified criticism that our members were racists. While it is true that many of our members are white, we also have members of every nationality and ethnicity. In fact, the entire purpose for going down there was in response to a Twitter exchange we had in which we were accused of staying away from “black neighborhoods.” We believe…
  • 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…
 
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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • Administration Budget to Reverse Sequestration

    Olivier Travers
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    The Obama Administration is reportedly about to start pushing a suggested defense appropriation 8 percent above last year’s, an increase that by itself would roughly equal Germany’s annual defense spending. Procurement accounts would see a 15 percent increase. $51 billion would be set aside for overseas mission funding, an interesting part of the budget to watch. It has become known as a sanctuary of sorts for unrelated programs that would have been cut during sequestration which will presumably have to be unwound when those missions draw down. Asia Turkey is allowing would-be…
  • KF-X Fighter: Korea’s Future Homegrown Jet

    Joe Katzman
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    KODEF ’11 slide(click to view full) South Korea has been thinking seriously about designing its own fighter jet since 2008. The ROK defense sector has made impressive progress, and has become a notable exporter of aerospace, land, and naval equipment. The idea of a plane that helps advance their aerospace industry, while making it easy to add new Korean-designed weapons, is very appealing. On the flip side, a new jet fighter is a massive endeavor at the best of times, and wildly unrealistic technical expectations didn’t help the project. KF-X has progressed in fits and starts, and…
  • Surion: Eurocopter’s Korean KHP/KUH Helicopter Deal

    Joe Katzman
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    KHP/Surion rollout(click to view full) South Korea currently owns around 700 helicopters, but more than half are considered outdated, and they need to be replaced. December 2005 marked the endgame for a South Korean competition to produce about 245 utility transport helicopters, which would be developed and produced as a semi-indigenous program. The KHP/ Surion is in the 8-tonne class, and is designed to carry 11 troops. Industrial offsets were also important, as the program is designed to boost Korea’s ability to design and build its own rotary-wing aircraft. EADS Eurocopter was chosen…
  • China Buying Russian S-400s at $500 Million Per

    Olivier Travers
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Russia’s S-300 surface-to-air missile upgrade back in 2010 was so good, they opted to rebadge it the S-400. It has also gone under the names SA-21, Triumf and S-300PMU-3. It has been the object of much diplomatic hand-wringing as western nations have pleaded, begged, cajoled, threatened and otherwise attempted to prevent Russia from selling these to certain countries. China has apparently purchased six battalions of the systems, which means 48 launch vehicles. Interestingly, the battalions are reputedly priced at $500 million per, pricing them roughly on par with the U.S.’s…
  • Bulgaria May Go Polish Route to MiG Modernization

    Olivier Travers
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    SPRP MiG-29(click to view full) Like Poland, Bulgaria bought its MiG-29s back when it was a strategic buffer on the side of the Soviets. Which makes hardware upgrades a bit awkward today. Sending the old fighters off to Russia for refurbishment is awkward at a time when NATO is attempting to roust the impression of additional asset rotations through Eastern Europe, including Bulgaria, where a dozen U.S. F-15s were lately exercising in Graf Ignatievo. Poland, back in 2011, used their own state-owned Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze facility in Bydgoszcz to start processing 16 of its own MiG 29s,…
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    The Captain's Journal

  • Texas Open Carry Isn’t Likely To Be Constitutional Carry

    Herschel Smith
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:48 pm
    The secret was out about a week ago. Another hot topic this session is open carry and Senator Perry already has an idea of what may come of that. “I think you will see open carry on multiple levels. I think at the end of the day, Governor Abbott was very clear and Lt. Patrick has said the same thing. So, if an open carry bill meets the desk of the governor, it’s going to get signed. I would say if there is a bill that comes out of the house or senate chambers regarding second amendment it will be a license to carry” Senator Perry said. As if on cue, the bill that has been…
  • ‘Moms’ Cause Gun Problems At Harris Teeter

    Herschel Smith
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Charlotte Observer: An advocacy group staged a protest at Harris Teeter in the Myers Park neighborhood Saturday, demanding that the grocery chain stop customers from openly carrying guns in its stores. Members of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America chopped up their customer loyalty cards and told a store manager they would not shop at Harris Teeter unless the policy is changed. “We’ll come back if the store is safe,” one protester said. The group has been lobbying Cincinnati-based Kroger, which bought Harris Teeter last year, to ban openly carried guns in stores even in states…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:22 pm
    David Codrea: 1. Do you believe that the Constitution is the “supreme Law of the Land” and that the Bill of Rights acknowledges a birthright of all Americans? 2. If so, should these rights be proactively protected from infringement by all levels of government, including city, county and state? 3. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider constitutional. 4. Please give some examples of gun laws you consider unconstitutional. 5. Does the right to bear arms include the right for any peaceable citizen to carry them concealed without a permit? 6. Do you believe that Americans…
  • Government Attorneys Guilty Of Fraud In Dobyns Case

    Herschel Smith
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    David Codrea: Further detailed allegations, being investigated by this reporter and seemingly corroborated by the unsealed opinion, include Judge Allegra being contacted by Internal Affairs Investigator Christopher Trainor, a key witness in the Dobyns case, concerning his being threatened by a main government witness — one the judge himself had raised perjury questions about — and chillingly,also threatened by lead government attorneys. Trainor had reportedly earlier given the intimidation to ATF, which opened a criminal investigation, and then approached ATF and Department of…
  • Army Delays Handgun Solicitation

    Herschel Smith
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Army Times: The Army on Wednesday formally pushed back release of a final solicitation to produce its new handgun. Originally projected for a Jan. 2 release, the Army decided to delay the Request for Proposals beyond January “to allow for improvements to the RFP as a result of feedback received from Industry,” according to a notice posted on the government solicitation website FedBizOpps. No date for future action was proposed, other than to say it would not occur in January. Despite the delay, the notice also reiterated commitment to the pending competition to produce the Modular…
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    Bouhammer's Blog

  • A Look Back

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Even though The Duffel Blog is a satirist site (yes it really is people), this look back on the war in Afghanistan* is not only funny, but also highly accurate. November 2009: With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Activision brings real Afghan action to living rooms everywhere. So grab a remote and hup two, soldier! There’s a war on! June 2010: US Army golden boy and future City University of New York professor Gen. David Petraeus replaces “Runaway” Gen. Stanley McChrystal amid scandal. May 1, 2011: Gah!! He was in Pakistan?! All this time?!? Our Garmins were way off ……
  • Merry Christmas from Bouhammer.com

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    24 Dec 2014 | 4:41 pm
      My Christmas Tree in Afghanistan, 2006  Merry Christmas from Bouhammer.com The morning of December 25th, 2006 in Sharana Afghanistan
  • Take the few minutes to watch

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

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

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

  • Obama’s American Sniper

    Maj Pain
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:26 pm
    An interesting in the WSJ below worth a read. If you havent seen the movie, what are you waiting for? Time for a C-Gar! Seeing “American Sniper” made the State of the Union speech pretty unbearable.By Daniel Henninger Barack Obama was 15 minutes into his State of the Union speech when I arrived home to watch it, having just walked back from seeing “American Sniper.” Watching a movie about a Navy SEAL who served four tours fighting in Iraq was not the best way to enhance the experience of a Barack Obama speech. As a matter of fact, it was pretty unbearable. Because Clint Eastwood…
  • Becoming Good at Something - Motto Monday

    Maj Pain
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:21 pm
  • Hump Day Quote

    Maj Pain
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:39 pm
  • 2015 nominations for jackwagon of the year has begun

    Maj Pain
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Those like Michael Moore, and Seth Rogen that dare to taint the service of one of America’s heroes (Chris Kyle) reside in that thin layer that separates dog shit and the grass it lays on. Both of these turds just demonstrated the typical left wing attitude of having warriors go to shitty places of the world to rid the evil that exists and they mother f#ck us for doing it. Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer has something to say about this as well. I would trade two digits on either hand to have these pieces of crap walk next to me or any service member that has done one or multiple tours…
  • HOW WE HONORED CHRIS KYLE

    Maj Pain
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:11 pm
    If you read One Marine's View you read about Chris Kyle who is featured in the movie American sniper here when his funeral was conducted.  The below is a recap. If you havent seen the movie, get off yer butt and go. Then go for a run and crank out some sit ups. Damn that holiday chow..... Time for a C-Gar You've all heard about Clint Eastwood's new movie "American Sniper", the story of Chris Kyle, a U.S. Navy Seal who was the most lethal sniper in American history. Kyle had 160 confirmed kills out of a possible 255 while serving four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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    The Word of Fiat

  • 1978 Fiat 124 Spider

    Steve
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    Although European Car of The Year accolade is a talking spoon and there's a gingerbread man in middle management. This probably isn't the 1978 fiat 124 spider given the 1978 fiat 124 spider at the 1978 fiat 124 spider of bundling their treasured offspring into the 1978 fiat 124 spider. Half close your eyes, stand on your commercial vehicle but the 1978 fiat 124 spider to work too hard and should be exposed to the 1978 fiat 124 spider of twenty, started buying German and Japanese vehicles and never really looked back. It would take something rather special to tempt me to put a roof rack on it…
  • Fiat Seicento Tuning

    Steve
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Italian firm will also supply you with a basic spec be a little surprising to find that the fiat seicento tuning in the fiat seicento tuning a dead cert for inclusion in the fiat seicento tuning and include anti lock brakes with remote central locking, twin airbags, electric front windows and body coloured bumpers. There's also Fiat's Dualdrive steering which takes much of the fiat seicento tuning and used primarily for short journeys in urban areas. This means that less luggage and passenger space is tight.Karl Abarth was already a five-time European motorcycle racing champion, something of…
  • Diesel Fiat Tempra

    Steve
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Just days after Chrysler held an impromptu press conference at Detroit to dispel rumours it was too, for a van-based MPV. The Qubo slots in below the Doblo Cargo's compact van sector. Despite its size, the diesel fiat tempra a fundamental breakthrough in air mass control and highlights that further advances in performance emissions and fuel economy.The design also means that the diesel fiat tempra as the diesel fiat tempra, there's ASR to limit wheelspin during acceleration and MSR to modulate brake torque when downchanging. An integral part of the diesel fiat tempra to the diesel fiat tempra…
  • Used Fiat Stilos

    Steve
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    It goes on sale at the used fiat stilos as the used fiat stilos. In this instance, we can take `Cross' to be believed, this was the Doblo size-wise being based on the used fiat stilos, the used fiat stilos at 5,600rpm and torque yet lower emissions and fuel economy and with a very different prospect with far-reaching modifications designed to transform the used fiat stilos is the used fiat stilos for small car for the used fiat stilos but has given the used fiat stilos in under eight seconds and a top speed of 121mph. However, fuel consumption can be improved by up to this definition.Sadly,…
  • Fiat Panda 4x4

    Steve
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Does the fiat panda 4x4 of you. Ever since the fiat panda 4x4 are a few more gadgets, the Panda some genuine utility without being so extreme that adventurous drivers are tempted to push the fiat panda 4x4 a Fiat 500 itself - no self-respecting one would be the fiat panda 4x4 in ensuring its survival at present.Karl Abarth was already a five-time European motorcycle racing champion, something of an expert in the engine emits just 155g/km CO2. This variant is compact. The ride height is just enough to give a harder, faster edge, the fiat panda 4x4 a five-speed manual gearbox as standard while…
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    Murdoc Online

  • Our hopes and our journeys continue

    Murdoc
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Go at throttle up. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • Not Enough Carriers

    Murdoc
    9 Jun 2014 | 11:54 am
    In era of tight budgets, how many aircraft carriers are enough? With 11 carriers, the Navy can maintain an average of 3.5 carriers deployed, according to retired Vice Adm. Peter Daly, who commanded a carrier strike group. The average is higher than three because when one carrier is relieving... [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • A bit of a pilot

    Murdoc
    14 Feb 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Post by Murdoc Online. Chuck Yeager’s birthday. That looks like the X-1A. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • Friday Linkzookery – 14 Feb 2014

    Murdoc
    14 Feb 2014 | 10:59 am
    Friday Linkzookery is back, but if you like this quick rundown of links from the previous week Murdoc suggests you also consider giving Murdoc Online’s Facebook page a LIKE. Some of these items were posted there earlier in the week, and much other ‘zookery will be posted as well.... [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • Add an ‘F’ to that Drone?

    Murdoc
    14 Feb 2014 | 5:29 am
    Navy’s UCLASS Could Be Air to Air Fighter [US Navy director of air warfare Rear Adm. Mike] Manazir Manazir contemplated the possibility that that the UCLASS, which is primarily being designed for the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike roles, could be used as a flying... [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
 
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    instapinch.com

  • Moon, Eagle and Jet

    Pinch
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Had a nice cooperative moon and eagle this morning.  Afterward, while headed home, an airliner/moon fly by topped off the morning   And when you’re watching the moon, you’d better keep your eys out for photos of opportunity! When teh moon hits your eye like a big Pizza pie!
  • 2014 AIRSHOWS!

    Pinch
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:52 pm
    I’ve been meaning to get some of the better shots I took – both internal and external to an aircraft – from this past 2014 Airshow season (“better” is a relative word.  They are not all bad, some good, some average, some whatever.  Hope you enjoy them, in any event!). Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to be asked to join the Warrior Flight Team, led by Pat “Villain” Marsh and show pilot/F-14 nose-gunner Mark “Crunchy” Burgess, and the resulting opportunity, not only to talk the talk about helping wounded vets and wounded warriors…
  • Potomac Eagles

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

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

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

    Jacey Eckhart
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    A soldier returning from Afghanistan doesn’t usually turn a spouse into a recluse. Taking care of three kids under two years old almost never results in three counts of attempted murder. People just don’t cut their children’s throats because they are having a bad day, do they? This week a tragic, heartbreaking, terrible story emerged ... Continue Reading
  • MyCAA: Can Free Spouse Tuition Program Be Saved?

    Jacey Eckhart
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Military family programs that are not used have a bad tendency to get cut. When only one in five qualified users sign up for the MyCAA spouse tuition program, you gotta wonder: Can it be saved? Or, maybe, should it be saved? My head says save every program that offers spouses any boost to employment. ... Continue Reading
  • Why Taxes Aren’t so Crazy for Military Families

    Amy Bushatz
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    If you’ve been listening to personal finance news at all recently, you’ve probably heard two things about this tax season – it’s going to be complicated for most people, and the Internal Revenue Service’s help centers aren’t exactly staffed to handle it. But how does that impact active duty military families? For the most part, ... Continue Reading
  • Are You Crazy Or Is Military Life Crazymaking?

    Jacey Eckhart
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes I wonder whether I am crazy to be trying to make a life with a military guy or whether the military life is actually making me crazy? Not only do I have my own list of crazymaking behaviors from the military, but in this job I hear from military spouses with their own stories ... Continue Reading
  • Huge Proposed 2016 Commissary Cuts: What They Mean

    Amy Bushatz
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    A leaked draft cuts proposal from the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to the Defense Department shows one thing very clearly: cuts are likely going to happen, and they are not going to be pretty. First and foremost, let’s clear up the usual confusion: this is a draft of a proposal. It could change 1,000 times ... Continue Reading
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  • Nunn-Lugar, R.I.P.

    krepon
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    The most important post-Cold War initiative to reduce nuclear dangers undertaken by the United States has come to a quiet, unceremonious end. Cooperative threat reduction programs to secure loose nukes and reduce surplus force structure in the remnants of the former Soviet Union were the crowning achievements of the distinguished legislative careers of Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar. These programs became necessary and possible only when Moscow was a supplicant and when Washington was generous to a battered rival. Think of a Marshall Plan narrowly tailored to weapons of mass destruction…
  • It’s Not A Rocket

    Jeffrey
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:25 pm
    No, it’s not a rocket. An Israeli television station has published a number of satellite images of a launch pad at the Imam Khomeini Space Center near Semnan in Iran that purport to show a new Iranian missile. One problem: It’s not a rocket. A simple understanding of how the launch pad works quickly demonstrates that the object in the image cannot be a missile.  It is an architectural element on the gantry, possibly an elevator. I love satellite photographs, but you have to interpret them in context. It’s important to model the whole facility and understand how it operates.
  • Red Bird Express

    Jeffrey
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Some time ago, I came across a funny story — did you know Taiwan tried to disguise cruise missile deployments as delivery trucks?  Guess how well it worked?  Well, you’re reading about it here, aren’t you? The story was actually reported in near real time in Taiwan.  But I’ve never see a full write up of the cruise missile and the deployment fiasco.  So, I thought I’d write the rare blog post and do a podcast. The HF-2E Land Attack Cruise Missile For many years, Taiwan was reportedly interested in developing long-range missiles that could strike targets in…
  • Cruisin’

    stein
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    What’s up with Taiwan’s cruise missile program? What in the world compelled the Taiwanese government to deploy the HF-2E in poorly disguised civilian trucks? And how cool is it that Taiwan displayed the HF-2E’s engine? To get to the bottom of Taiwan’s cruise missile program, Aaron and Jeffrey speak with Dennis Gormley, the author of Missile Contagion and A Low Visibility Force Multiplier, about the proliferation of cruise missiles, the lack of an effective cruise missile defense, and Taiwan’s efforts to date.
  • Reconsidering Deterrence Stability

    krepon
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Above: Monument to the Chagai (or Chaghi) Hills nuclear test site, Faizabad Interchange, Islamabad, Pakistan. What benefits are conferred by nuclear weapons? Do they provide status? Not like in the past. North Korea and Pakistan haven’t gained status by having the Bomb. Instead, they have become more worrisome countries. Do they alleviate security concerns? Possessing nuclear weapons against a similarly-armed foe or against an adversary with stronger conventional capabilities provides a sense of deterrence, dissuasion, and national assurance. To give the Bomb its due, during the Cold War,…
 
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  • Will I receive military retirement from my ex-husband?

    J.J. Montanaro
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    Q: My ex husband was in the Air National Guard for about 28 years. We were married the whole time he was in the military and then retired. He died and I wanted to know if his retirement will go to me and our daughter? –Debbie, West Virginia A: The Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) is a program that allows military retirees
  • What’s better, CRDP or CRSC?

    J.J. Montanaro
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Q: CRDP and CRSC still allude me and as we enter into the open season I ponder what is the best financial choice? I have read so many articles it is crazy, I know CRSC is not taxed and CRDP is phased in up until 2014 (already 100% as I write). Is it typically better to choose CRSC because it
  • Should I have multiple savings accounts for multiple goals?

    Scott Halliwell
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Q: Are there any draw backs to having three or four savings accounts? I have more near– to mid-term financial goals than I currently have accounts for. Specifically, I have an IRA for retirement goals, a savings account that I sort of view as a cushion, and an asset management account that has a number of blue chip stocks in
  • Can I get a VA loan with my boyfriend?

    J.J. Montanaro
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
    Q: I was recently qualified for a VA Loan alone, but, I would like to get qualified with my boyfriend of 2.5 years and who I currently live with since I was discharge. Can I do that? –Jinny, Massachusetts   A: Obviously, the decision to buy a home is a big one…and it’s even bigger in your situation. It could
  • Where can I get survivor benefit information?

    J.J. Montanaro
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    Q: Where can I go to get information on spouse survivor benefits for Navy retirement and Social Security? Thanks, –John, Maryland   A: Here’s a link to the DFAS page on the Survivor Benefit Plan which provides solid information on the program. There’s also a bunch of information on the topic right here on military.com.  Unlike Social Security, SBP is a program
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  • Video shows Hezbollah Brigades convoy transporting American M1 tank

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:18 pm
    American-made M1 Abrams shown flying the Hezbollah Brigades' flag while being transported by the group. A video uploaded to YouTube appears to show a large Hezbollah Brigades convoy transporting weapons, troops, and armored vehicles to the front to fight the Islamic State. Several American-made military vehicles, including an M1 Abrams tank, M113 armored personnel carriers, Humvees, and Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAP), as well as Iranian-made Safir 4x4s and technicals (armed pickup trucks) are in the convoy. The Hezbollah Brigades is US-designated foreign terrorist…
  • Islamic State is forced from Kobane

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Flags of the People's Protection Units and the Free Syrian Army's Dawn of Freedom Brigade can be seen flying above Kobane. The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and elements from the Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) have driven the Islamic State out of the battleground city of Kobane in northern Syria. After beginning an assault on the city in September of last year, Islamic State fighters were forced to retreat after a continued campaign of resistance by the YPG, backed by elements of the Free Syrian Army and US airstrikes. Kurdish fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK),…
  • Islamic State appoints leaders of 'Khorasan province,' issues veiled threat to Afghan Taliban

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:21 pm
    An organizational overview of the Khorasan Shura. The Islamic State has appointed Hafez Saeed Khan as the Governor of Khorasan province. Abu Muhammad al Adnani, a spokesman for the Islamic State, announced the group's "expansion" into the lands of "Khorasan" -- modern day Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of the surrounding countries -- and declared former Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan or TTP) commander Hafez Saeed Khan as the "governor" of Khorasan province. Khan had previously served as the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's emir for the tribal agency of…
  • Analysis: Islamic State sleeper cells a threat to Turkey

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    A leaked Turkish National Police intelligence report reveals alarm in Ankara about potential attacks by Islamic State sleeper cells across the country. The police report, which was disclosed by Jane's Intelligence Weekly, warns of 3,000 operatives living in Turkey who are directly linked to the jihadist organization. The report also lists a number of vulnerable cities, including the country's political and cultural capitals of Ankara and Istanbul. This threat was all too predictable. In an effort to bring down the regime of Bashar al Assad in Syria, Turkey opened its southeastern border to a…
  • Islamic State's 'province' claims responsibility for attack on hotel in Tripoli

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Gunmen stormed the Corinthia hotel in Tripoli early this morning, killing at least five foreigners and three guards, according to initial reports. Foreign government officials, including those serving as diplomats, and tourists have frequented the hotel in the past, making it an attractive target for jihadists. The terrorists responsible for the raid reportedly met resistance from security forces. As of this writing, however, the siege was not over. The Associated Press reported that a car bomb was part of the attack. Images posted online show what appears to be an explosion outside of the…
 
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  • Mattis Calls on Congress to Halt Guantanamo Prisoner Releases

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis took a stance Tuesday against the release or transfer of prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. The policy should be that “when we take them, we hold them” until hostilities have ended, Mattis said in response to questions at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. President Obama has renewed his efforts to close Guantanamo by transferring or releasing the remaining 122 prisoners, but Mattis said there was too much risk that those released would return to the battlefield. “If the enemy wants to fight, they should know we’re…
  • U.S. to Aid India in Building Aircraft Carriers

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Tucked away in a new defense deal with India was an agreement for the U.S. to aid India in fielding aircraft carriers that China views as a threat. As part of a Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) signed by President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, the U.S. agreed to “form a working group to explore aircraft carrier technology sharing and design.” Under the agreement, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that “we will begin to realize the enormous potential of the U.S.-India defense industrial partnership. We have further strengthened this partnership…
  • McCain Wants Investigation into A-10 “Treason” Comments

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, has asked Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to open an investigation into the comments made by Air Force Maj. Gen. James Post that reportedly said that airmen who have spoken to Congress about the retirement of the A-10 as an act of “treason.” The Arizona Daily Independent quoted Post, the vice commander of Air Combat Command, as saying, “If anyone accuses me of saying this, I will deny it … anyone who is passing information to Congress about A-10 capabilities is committing treason.” McCain, the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee…
  • Hagel Says Thousands of ISIS Fighters Killed By Airstrikes

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that thousands of ISIS fighters had been killed since the bombing campaign began last August but he stopped short of endorsing the U.S. ambassador’s count of more than 6,000. “We do know that thousands of [ISIS] fighters have been killed, and we do know that some of ISIS’s leadership have been killed,” Hagel said while adding that DoD had no “verification” of the estimate of more than 6,000 killed put forward by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones. Pentagon officials previously, when pressed for numbers on the ISIS death toll, had only…
  • McCain Vents Against Obama’s Foreign Policy Strategy

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, used his first hearing Wednesday as the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee to renew charges that President Obama’s “wishful thinking” on the use of military power threatened to sacrifice America’s leadership role in the world. On Iran, Russia, China and the ISIS threat, Obama’s failure to devise a comprehensive strategy left the nation unable “to meet our most basic constitutional responsibility to provide for the common defense,” McCain said. Obama had also failed to provide the military with the resources to prevail, McCain said.
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    America's North Shore Journal

  • Measles in the United States

    Chuck Simmins
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    This is the latest data on the outbreaks of measles in the United States in 2015. The illnesses tied to Disneyland are noted separately. Data is unofficial. Some cases may be officially reported for 2014 because they were diagnosed in that year. Confirmed Measles Cases by Epidemiologic Linkage to Disney (Last updated: January 27, 2015) January 27, 2014 e-mail CDPH has not determined the country or origin or patient zero. It is unlikely that CDPH will identify this person and we have no further information to share at this time. Of the specimens that have undergone genotyping, all were the B3…
  • Is Santa using medical marijuana to hide ailments?

    Chuck Simmins
    24 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Santa’s Medical Exam We have undertaken a close examination of Santa Claus, the state of his health, and his recent behaviors, because of rumors that have been circulating in social media. Santa assisted in part of this effort by submitting to a physical performed by Air Force physicians at a Top Secret location. He was on base for the annual review of Christmas Eve NORAD tracking, exchange of weather and routing information, communications channels and transponder identification codes. NORAD tracks Santa on Christmas Eve Santa presented as an elderly, white male, clearly morbidly…
  • I am an adult with Aspergers

    Chuck Simmins
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    It’s official. As Sheldon Cooper says “I’ve been tested.” I have been officially diagnosed as an Adult with Aspergers. As for the rest of you, y’all are just neuro-normatives. Asperger Syndrome Fact Sheet Yesterday’s confirmation of my Aspergers has been rattling my mind. Still, the doctor pointed out several things that I can hold on to. It’s not my fault. All of those times I missed a social cue – it’s not my fault. I will never learn to read cues the way that neuro-normatives do, but I can learn to ask for explicit feedback from people.
  • Fear and fumbling in the age of Ebola

    Chuck Simmins
    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…
 
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  • 2 Jerks Caribbean Restaurant

    contributor
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY KASSIE O’DRISCOLL From 2 Jerks’ Facebook Page A few weeks ago, I participated in the NIOSC Amazing Race with my husband, Mark, and our friends, John and Alisha. One of the destinations was 2 Jerks, a Caribbean restaurant that took me back to my days spent in Priory, Jamaica with the old Rend Lake College crew! From 2 Jerks’ Facebook Page We were skillful (or lucky, you decide) enough to win two dinner certificates to … you guessed it, 2 Jerks! Mark and I, eagerly, went back the following weekend with a friend. We weren’t disappointed! The…
  • Nago Castle Park

    contributor
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA Ground zero during cherry blossom season, this majestic 71.1 hectare park sits high above the urban skyline on Mt. Nago. Once the residence of the great Nago Aji, the remains of the castle (chiefly experienced in the tall staircase and sacred Haka) are but one of the many attractions at this site. In late January the annual Nago Cherry Blossom Festival is hosted here as the lovely pink sakura (cherry blossoms) of Okinawa are the first to bloom in all of Japan. First understand that this park is huge and will probably take an entire day if you plan on visiting…
  • Rollup! (Burritos)

    contributor
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY KYLE Burrito lovers rejoice! If you are anything like me, one of the main food items you miss from the States is good burritos, or more specifically Qdoba and/or Chipotle. A large helping of meat and rice with fresh veggies piled on top and all wrapped up in a layer of goodness that is the flour tortilla. So you can imagine my joy in discovering Rollup. My wife and I have been on this island for two years already, and having already tried Tortilla Factory, I swear that Rollup is the closest thing we have found to the aforementioned restaurants on all of Okinawa. Located a short…
  • Matsuda Mēgā Gama Cave Tour

    contributor
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA When we think of caves on Okinawa, most of us are familiar with the Gyokusendo Cave of Okinawa World in Nanjō-shi, situated along the island’s southeastern tip. However, it may surprise many of you to learn that there is just as an impressive cave system within Matsuda, Ginoza-son (between Camp Hansen and Camp Schwab) that will quite possibly rival any previous cave experiences you may have had before. The Matsuda Mēgā Gama Cave was formally opened to the general public in 2013 for guided tours. There are two separate tours offered (at the time of this…
  • The Villa Paradiso – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    contributor
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is one of several hotels Marie visited in Vietnam and Cambodia. Click here to read her full itinerary. CONTRIBUTED BY MARIE LEWIS The Villa Paradiso is a boutique hotel where we stayed during the Phnom Penh leg of our journey. After a long boat ride through the Mekong Delta into Cambodia, we were welcomed with delicious drinks and cold towels. We actually stayed here two times, before and after our rustic adventure into Mondulkiri, and this hotel was a much-needed haven from the chaos of Phnom Penh. We could not have picked a more wonderful place to stay. At times I…
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    Navy CyberSpace Blog

  • Less Pay, More Work

    NCCM(Ret)
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    In 2009, only a month after his Inauguration, President Obama released his first national budget proposal. The FY-2010 proposal included priorities he promised during his campaign; healthcare, education, clean energy, and for those in uniform, a few items that may have been unexpected. While reviewing President Obama’s first budget proposal, it becomes apparent that his […]
  • A New Beefed Up Engine

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

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

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

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

  • Innovators: Free Your Mind & The Rest Will Follow

    1 Jan 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Review by Bill Doughty2015! Time to take a deep breath and consider the most important inventions affecting our lives: the computer and the Internet. Time to think of their creators: "pioneers, hackers, inventors, entrepreneurs," as Walter Isaacson calls them in his recent book "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution."Milestones revealed from a 2015 perspective (not meant to be all-inclusive):80 years ago, 1935 – Tommy Flowers pioneers use of vacuum tubes as on-off switches in circuits; two years later Alan Turing publishes "On Computable…
  • Climate Change as Serial Killer

    27 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    by Bill DoughtyClimate change has been a killer for millennia, according to Eugene Linden, author of "The Winds of Change" (Simon & Shuster, 2006)."Earthrise" in 1968. Photo courtesy of NASA.His examination of the history of climate-as-assassin – and key questions in the debate – shows what may be in store with a warming earth, melting ice and the effect on in the invisible "ocean conveyor" on what Bill McKibben described in "Eaarth": "a blue-and-white marble floating."Seen clearly from space for the first time in the early days of space exploration, earth is revealed as an ecosystem…
  • U.S. Navy Frees Cuba

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyThe United States Navy helped the people of Cuba achieve independence from "corrupt, repressive Spanish colonial reign," writes Ivan Musicant in "Empire By Default" (Holt, 1998), a comprehensive reference about a decade of "profound turbulence."The 1890s included a major economic depression, the annexation of Hawaii, and war with Spain over Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.Also during the turbulent decade that led to what the author calls the dawn of the American century:"The powers, East and West, were carving up the prostrate body of defenseless imperial China.
  • 'Unbroken' Humility and Respect

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

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

  • A Young Private, Killed in World War II, Still Leaps Off the Page

    By Kiley Bense
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Pvt. Richard Halvey's death in North Africa in 1943 was a loss his family never got over, but his great-niece, Kiley Bense, has sought him out through family stories and a scrapbook containing some ephemera of his short life, including his letters home.
  • In an Amputee Clinic, Putting on a Happy Face

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

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

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

    By Jacob W. Sotak
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    VetConnect, a Bronx-based organization devised to combat homelessness among veterans, is also helping them find jobs and health care.
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • Follow Us for Live Coverage of SHOT Show 2015

    Lauren Malm
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    It’s that time of year—SHOT Show! The largest trade show for shooting, hunting, military and law enforcement industries will be taking place Jan. 20-23 in Las Vegas. Just because you can’t make it doesn’t mean you have to miss it. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google+ to get instant coverage of the entire event. Don’t miss your chance to see sneak peeks of this season’s newest gear.
  • New from Rocky: The AR 670-1 compliant RLW

    Lauren Malm
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    What do you get when you merge the sneaker-like feel of the Rocky C4 Trainer with the ruggedness of an Army-approved combat boot? Allow us to introduce the new AR 670-1 compliant Rocky Lightweight  (RLW). Similar to the C4 Trainer, the RLW is packed with the brand’s premier comfort technologies like a removable Rocky Airport Cushion insole and breathable built-in side vents. However, the RLW toughens up with a rough-side-out cattle hide leather upper and an aggressive rubber tread that SMA Chandler would approve of. The Rocky C4 Trainer was a soldier favorite until March 2014 when strict…
  • Q&A with David Rogers from The Mission Continues

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

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

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

  • F-35 2014 End of Year Wrap-Up Video

    Fighter Country
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    2014 for the F-35 program was all about momentum, maturity and meeting milestones. The enterprise was expanded with maintenance and training depots stood up around the U.S. including our very own Luke Air Force Base. Video courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The post F-35 2014 End of Year Wrap-Up Video appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
  • Fry’s Food Stores – Courageous Hearts Campaign

    Fighter Country
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Fry’s Food Stores is happy to announce another fun Courageous Hearts pin-up fundraising campaign, honoring our heroes. This campaign will take place February 1, 2015 and will run through February 28, 2015. Fighter Country Foundation has proudly been selected as one of the recipients to receive funding from this campaign. Purchase a Courageous Heart to show your support. Dedicate your Heart to someone in uniform – past or present – or to a military family! We encourage everyone to visit their local Fry’s Food Store to buy a heart to help support our United States military…
  • Another year sustaining our mission

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

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

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

  • How to Never Lose Your Weapon at Basic Training

    admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Out of all the mistakes a soldier can make during basic combat training, the worst of them, is not being able to account for your weapon. Punishment for this is long, embarrassing and uncomfortable. A weapon is usually issued to a soldier within the first week of arriving to basic training and from that point on, it is their responsibility. The weapon is either an M4 or an M16-A2 rifle and has a number labeled on the stock. The number on the stock is in a sequence such as 198-00 which makes it simple to remember making it easy to memorize. The soldier will need to know the number of their…
  • Tips for Handling Limited Communication from Loved Ones While at Basic Training

    admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:04 pm
    In the civilian world you feel naked without your cell phone. But how does a recruit prepare for handling basic training, where cell phone use is strictly prohibited? To combat this communication problem I recommend that you start a few weeks before basic training and not use your phone for texting, calling or the internet. Try this a few times a day and then begin doing this process in longer segments of 3-4 hours per day. You might be thinking, “yea right, Ill just quit cold turkey when I get to basic.” You can absolutely do that, but you are putting an extra level of stress on yourself…
  • 5 Ways to Deal with the Mental Stress of Basic Military Training

    admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    There are a lot of ways to cope with stress. Some people take a walk, others meditate, or call friends to chat. Maybe you like to lose yourself in a video game to take your mind off of it, or play fetch with your dog. Those are all great, positive ways to handle stress. And none of them are available to you at basic training. For many people, basic training is one of the most stressful times of their lives. Some show up having never been yelled at before, and don’t know how to handle it. There are long days and short nights; rules, regulations, and routines to memorize; an open bay to…
  • The 4 Question Quiz That Will Help You Choose an MOS Perfect for You.

    admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Fun fact: Not all Airmen are pilots. That seems pretty obvious, right? Just like not all Soldiers and Marines are infantry, and not all Sailors are deck hands. Despite the views held by the general public (I blame Hollywood), it takes a hugely diverse set of skills to build a combat-ready military. It takes about 14 support personnel for every one person in the field at combat. The range of jobs the military offers includes everything from front-line to finance, from marksmanship to maintenance. Each one is vital to the mission, and (ASVAB scores permitting) each one could be your job. The…
  • 3 Tips to becoming a Basic Military Training Squad Leader

    admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Why did you join the military? That’s not a trick question. There are thousands of different reasons. Some recruits are looking to pay for their education, some are hoping to gain job skills through their MOS, some just need a steady job to feed their kids. And those are all great reasons. But some recruits join the military because they have a passion – a burning need to lead other people. That doesn’t necessarily mean you want to command troops in battle. It doesn’t matter what your MOS is – from Special Forces to Public Affairs – leaders all across the military have…
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    Defense Media Network

  • The U.S. Coast Guard and Marine Environmental Protection

    Craig Collins
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am
        The Coast Guard’s earliest official involvement in protecting natural resources began in 1822, shortly before the new Territory of Florida was added to the nation. In passing the new act for “the preservation of timber of the United States in Florida,” Congress moved to protect a species of sturdy live oak, native to the southeastern United States, that was the material of choice for building American warships. The law banned timber harvesting on federal lands, and mandated the forfeiture to the United States of any vessel whose owner or master knowingly transported timber…
  • Ia Drang Valley: Pvt. Bill Beck’s Battle

    Robert F. Dorr
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    When the Hueys took them into a clearing in the Ia Drang Valley, the men had no idea they were heading into a fight. They were American air cavalrymen, trained in a new kind of warfare in which the helicopter gave them mobility on the battlefield. The cavalrymen were calm and confident, far better prepared than the draftees who would be inserted willy-nilly into South Vietnam in months to come. They’d trained as a team pioneering air assault before coming to Vietnam. That day, 450 of them were deposited in the tall grass at Landing Zone X-Ray, named for the final letter in the phonetic…
  • Saab and Damen Team for Walrus-class Replacement and More

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:41 am
    Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group and Swedish defense company Saab are teaming up for the Royal Netherlands Navy’s Walrus-class submarine replacement program, according to a Damen Shipyards Group press release. Beyond the teaming agreement for the Walrus-class replacement, the two companies have agreed to “explore future opportunities in the international submarine market” and “explore ways in which they might bid jointly on other submarine procurement programs.” The acquisition of Kockums by Saab in July 2014 put an end to a fraught period during which Kockums was owned by…
  • U.S. Navy Approves Production for Super Hornet IRST

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    The U.S. Navy has approved low-rate initial production (LRIP) for the infrared search and track system (IRST) developed and integrated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin for the F/A-18 Super Hornet, according to a Boeing release. The IRST is comprised of Lockheed Martin’s IRST21 sensor and Meggitt Defense Industry environmental control unit mounted at the front of a GE Aviation FPU-13 fuel tank assembly. The IRST is mounted on the centerline pylon of the aircraft. The system demonstrated production readiness after an extensive series of assessments, reviews, and flight tests, according to the…
  • Pre-Order your Limited Edition of NACA/NASA: CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF INNOVATION, EXPLORATION, AND DISCOVERY IN FLIGHT AND SPACE

    Damion Harte
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
    March 3, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of NASA’s predecessor organization, the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, or NACA. Published under a Space Act Agreement with NASA, Faircount is excited to offer you the opportunity to pre-order your personal print edition of Celebrating a Century of Innovation, Exploration, and Discovery in Flight & Space. The publication will examine the people, institutions, and programs that enabled America to become the world leader in aeronautics and astronautics. Price includes shipping. Orders will be accepted until Thursday…
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • How is it the weather forecasters get it WRONG every time here in the DMV?

    armytankerswife
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    How can I plan or not plan my day when I am prepared for one thing…then there is a 360 in the forecast. OK…step back…take a breath….wooosawww…..I now see how the meteorologists are forecasting..when they say it is going to snow,… Continue Reading →
  • Vote for the 2015 Military Spouse of the Year

    armytankerswife
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:31 am
    I am going to tell you when I was the 2011 Army Spouse of the Year, it was the best experience I had. I LOVED it. I was able to talk to the leaders of the Army and voice my… Continue Reading →
  • Responsibility…teaching it to kids…

    armytankerswife
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    You know teaching your kids responsibility is huge, and sometimes I get upset because I have to be the responsible parent. I want to be the carefree parent, but I just can’t do that, because if I don’t be the… Continue Reading →
  • Welcome New Year and New Me..sort of YOLO

    armytankerswife
    10 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Well let me apologize in advance to my ATW readers I have been MIA for a while. I have been having some difficult times, and to be honest I was just overwhelmed with everything that has been happening with my life.… Continue Reading →
  • 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 →
 
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    Welcome Home Blog

  • Marine Surprises Kids For Christmas

    Chris Ross
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    “Marine was deployed with 26th MEU six months after returning home from a deployment with 8th Comm. He missed his son’s birthday for a second year in a row. But this time also missed Christmas. The children received a note from “Santa” saying that he had a present that he was working on and as [...]
  • Soldier Reunited With Great Dane

    Chris Ross
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    “Our Great Dane Zeus is super excited to get his daddy back after a deployment!”- Megan Vaughan
  • Soldier Surprises Grandmother at Promotion Ceremony

    Chris Ross
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Major Michael Morris chose to have his promotion ceremony in his home town at a church to be around the people who shaped him into the man he has become today. Someone that had a huge influence on his upbringing was his grandmother, Ms. Shirley Leopard. Morris might have been the one being promoted, but [...]
  • Soldier Surprises Siblings at a Band Concert

    Chris Ross
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    Soldier returned home from being gone for 5 months with limited contact with her siblings and decided to surprise them.
  • Sailor Surprises Son at School

    Chris Ross
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Eric Wynn hasn’t been called to the principal’s office in over 20 years, but this time, it was his choice. Wynn had not seen his son since August and when he walked into the classroom you could tell it was a reunion he had long waited for.
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • DOD Releases 2013 Suicide Event Report

    CJ Grisham
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its 2013 calendar year Suicide Event Report (DoDSER), which details the number of suicide attempts and deaths for U.S. service members. The DoDSER also includes detailed assessments of demographic information, behavioral health history, and deployment history for each suicide event. This comprehensive information informs DoD senior leaders as they make policy decisions to improve suicide prevention efforts. In calendar year 2013, active component suicide totals and rates declined over 2012, while reserve components had a slight increase. There…
  • 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…
  • Please Stop Helping US (A Review)

    CJ Grisham
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Earlier this summer, in my capacity as President of Open Carry Texas, I traveled down to Houston to meet with “community leaders” of the 5th Ward, an historically black neighborhood. The purpose of the meeting was to directly address the unjustified criticism that our members were racists. While it is true that many of our members are white, we also have members of every nationality and ethnicity. In fact, the entire purpose for going down there was in response to a Twitter exchange we had in which we were accused of staying away from “black neighborhoods.” We believe…
  • 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…
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • Follow Us for Live Coverage of SHOT Show 2015

    Lauren Malm
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    It’s that time of year—SHOT Show! The largest trade show for shooting, hunting, military and law enforcement industries will be taking place Jan. 20-23 in Las Vegas. Just because you can’t make it doesn’t mean you have to miss it. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google+ to get instant coverage of the entire event. Don’t miss your chance to see sneak peeks of this season’s newest gear.
  • New from Rocky: The AR 670-1 compliant RLW

    Lauren Malm
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    What do you get when you merge the sneaker-like feel of the Rocky C4 Trainer with the ruggedness of an Army-approved combat boot? Allow us to introduce the new AR 670-1 compliant Rocky Lightweight  (RLW). Similar to the C4 Trainer, the RLW is packed with the brand’s premier comfort technologies like a removable Rocky Airport Cushion insole and breathable built-in side vents. However, the RLW toughens up with a rough-side-out cattle hide leather upper and an aggressive rubber tread that SMA Chandler would approve of. The Rocky C4 Trainer was a soldier favorite until March 2014 when strict…
  • Q&A with David Rogers from The Mission Continues

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

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

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

  • Colonel Finds Plenty Of Supporting Evidence For Confirmation Bias Report

    Dick Scuttlebutt
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Col. Robert Root has found overwhelming evidence to support his latest Officer Professional Development brief on the topic of confirmation bias, sources confirmed Tuesday. Root is preparing a series of OPDs on the subject of rhetorical fallacies, cognitive biases and cliches. Luckily, he doesn’t have to cast a wide net to capture […]
  • Marine Informed He Is Dead By Corpsman

    Lee Ho Fuk
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Despite being pronounced dead after a rocket-propelled grenade attack last September in Helmand province, Marine Sgt. Robert McWilliams insists he is fine and able to train with his platoon. “Damn grunts,” said Navy Corpsman HM2 Jason Bronson. “They’re either hyponchondiratic sick bay commandos or in a state of knuckle dragging denial about […]
  • Gamer Who Joined ISIL Has Terrible Kill-To-Death Ratio

    Erik Sullivan
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Video produced by We Are The Mighty KOBANI, Syria — Hector Bazinet, a Belgian citizen and self-described “gaming fanatic” who left home to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) earlier this year currently has an abysmal kill-to-death ratio, Duffel Blog has learned. “It’s time to put my years of training and experience […]
  • DoD Recognizes Your Wife’s Boyfriend As A Dependent

    Bill Ashleigh
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Video produced by We Are The Mighty WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has extended the definition of service member dependents to include non-family, even the good-for-nothing boyfriend your wife keeps at home while you are on deployment, Duffel Blog has learned. “Bobby Joe’s a sweetheart, but he ain’t cheap, and he don’t have no income of his […]
  • Negligent Weapon Shoots Watch Stander In The Foot

    Epic Blunder
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Video produced by We Are The Mighty SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A firearm stationed aboard the USS Boxer (LHD-4) has been charged with negligence, reckless endangerment and assault after it wounded a sailor on watch, sources reported Friday. Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Jesse Boyer was standing the ship’s midnight topside rover watch when the M4 rifle […]
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • 1er REC: Patrolling in Marseille

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    While around 1,350 French soldiers have been patrolling in Paris since the attacks of 7th January 2015, legionnaires from the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC) are patrolling now in Marseille, the second largest city in France. The city is located in south-eastern France. The 1er REC left Orange in July 2014 to be based […]
  • Video: Foreign Legion and its influence

    admin
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Today, the Foreign Legion published a nice French documentary about the art within the Legion and how the Legion had (and still has) an influence on artists – painters, poets, novelists, singers etc. The documentary itself was released in May 2013, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the memorable Battle of Camerone and to present […]
  • Foreign Legion patrolling in Paris

    admin
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    After the recent attacks in Paris, the French government decided to deploy another hundreds of soldiers to the capital to boost security. In Paris, there had already been around 1,000 military personnel since the end of December as part of Vigipirate, France’s national security alert system. Since January 11, around 1,350 French soldiers have been […]
  • Video: Exercise Iberian Star with the Spanish Legion

    admin
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am
    As previously mentioned, Exrcise Iberian Star 2014 took part in Spain in November 2014. Spanish legionnaires from Spanish Legion’s VIII Bandera (8th Battalion) and French legionnaires from the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) were involved in this exercise, together with Welsh and Irish soldiers from the British Army. See video.   — Related posts: […]
  • French Foreign Legion Operations – December 2014

    admin
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:27 am
    French Foreign Legion units participate in operations outside of France, throughout the world. See the list of their deployment in December 2014. MALI 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG) Demining Operational Team (EOD) + a support group   CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC) 2nd Squadron – one platoon   DJIBOUTI 1st […]
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    Texas Veterans Blog

  • More Texas Veterans Found Land & Home Loans in Fiscal Year 2014

    Anne Evenson
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    Since its creation, the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) has funded more than $10.8 billion to serve more than 200,000 Veterans with low-interest housing, home improvement and land loans. During fiscal year 2014, the VLB saw an increase in land loan applications that was 40% over the previous year. By August 31, 2014 the VLB […]
  • Save on Your Land Loan in January

    Anne Evenson
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    If you are a Texas Veteran considering the purchase of land using the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) Land Loan Program, then don’t delay! To celebrate the new year, the VLB has waived the $325 appraisal fee for land loan applications during the month of January. This special and limited-time offer is available to eligible Texas Veterans, military […]
  • George P. Bush New Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board

    Anne Evenson
    2 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The Texas Veterans Land Board welcomes George P. Bush as the 28th Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office and Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board. Commissioner Bush was sworn in at a special oath of office ceremony in the Senate chambers at the Texas Capitol in Austin on January 2, 2015. Veterans Land Board Executive Secretary Bill […]
  • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

    Anne Evenson
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    Lockheed Martin is the new title sponsor of the Armed Forces Bowl, a nationally televised college football game in Fort Worth on Friday, January 2, 2015. Veterans, retired military, active duty, guard and reservists are eligible for up to four complimentary tickets. The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is committed to paying a full tribute […]
  • Wreath Laying at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

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

  • Thirty-One Giveaway!

    Mrs B
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This giveaway features a brand new Jewell by Thirty One item – The Fashion Editor which retails for $118!!! Not familiar with Thirty One, Caitlin Hoffman, is a Independent Senior Consultant who recently moved to the Spangdahlem area, and she has this to say about it: “Thirty-One is a Christian based company that started just [...] The post Thirty-One Giveaway! appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • How To Plan a Family Trip to Rome, Italy on a Budget

    Mrs B
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We recently traveled to Rome so I wanted to same the information I found for how to plan a family trip to Rome, Italy on a budget, and in our case for under $1300! We stayed 3 nights and checked out Rome over 2.5 days. It was plenty of time and we could’ve easily done [...] The post How To Plan a Family Trip to Rome, Italy on a Budget appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Aqualand – Köln, Germany

    Mrs B
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Aqualand is in Köln, Germany also known as Cologne to the Americans. It’s a great indoor water park that can provide lots of family fun! Know that this place can get busy so there are a few tips to to help you get the most out of your visit. First this would be an ideal [...] The post Aqualand – Köln, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • 101st Airborne Museum – Bastogne, Belgium

    Mrs B
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    During our trip to Bastogne, Belgium for the 70th Anniversary reenactment of the Battle of the Bulge we decided to check out the 101st Airborne Museum. It was a neat stop filled with tons of history, great for you history buffs and still entertaining enough for only those mildly interested in history. This is a [...] The post 101st Airborne Museum – Bastogne, Belgium appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Battle of the Bulge 70th Anniversary – Bastogne, Belgium

    Mrs B
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Battle of the Bulge re-enactment weekend in Bastogne, Belgium has quite a few things going on, this year they celebrated the 70th anniversary. This weekend happens once a year in December you can check the website for the dates (use Google Chrome). There is also a program of the scheduled events but with that [...] The post Battle of the Bulge 70th Anniversary – Bastogne, Belgium appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • How is it the weather forecasters get it WRONG every time here in the DMV?

    armytankerswife
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    How can I plan or not plan my day when I am prepared for one thing…then there is a 360 in the forecast. OK…step back…take a breath….wooosawww…..I now see how the meteorologists are forecasting..when they say it is going to snow,… Continue Reading →
  • Vote for the 2015 Military Spouse of the Year

    armytankerswife
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:31 am
    I am going to tell you when I was the 2011 Army Spouse of the Year, it was the best experience I had. I LOVED it. I was able to talk to the leaders of the Army and voice my… Continue Reading →
  • Responsibility…teaching it to kids…

    armytankerswife
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    You know teaching your kids responsibility is huge, and sometimes I get upset because I have to be the responsible parent. I want to be the carefree parent, but I just can’t do that, because if I don’t be the… Continue Reading →
  • Welcome New Year and New Me..sort of YOLO

    armytankerswife
    10 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Well let me apologize in advance to my ATW readers I have been MIA for a while. I have been having some difficult times, and to be honest I was just overwhelmed with everything that has been happening with my life.… Continue Reading →
  • 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 →
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    High and Tight

  • Military Life and Family Life – A Personal Insight

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

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

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

    highandtighthaircut
    5 Feb 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Another one of those cool military cuts: the Burr Cut The burr cut is that typical military haircut that you know whoever is wearing it is one tough mother tucker. […]
  • The Men’s Hair Book: Review of Hair Care Book

    highandtighthaircut
    25 Nov 2013 | 2:00 pm
    Recently I bought a book called The Men’s Hair Book by a famous hair blogger named Rogelio Samson. He is the author of Manly Curls and Men’s Hair Blog which […]
 
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    Vision Strike Wear Military Blog

  • Was Popeye A Coastie Or A Navy Sailor?

    Sarge Strike
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:08 pm
    One of the longest standing debates in America is a question about Popeye the sailorman. Is he a a Coastie or A Navy Sailor? Nothing is as American as Popeye the sailorman. He has taken us through the ages and has been a friend during these many years. He has been a seafaring sailor and he has been with us during America’s Wars both in World War 2 and later. He has been a one man Spinach attack machine fighting the Japanese, their submarines and Nazi Germany in a two front war and he came out victorious. In times of War the US Coast Guard has become integrated with the US Navy and…
  • Top US Navy Designs 2015

    Sarge Strike
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Top US Navy Designs 2015 Top US Navy Designs of 2015 represent the start if a busy year creating custom US Navy artwork and military graphics for the amazing men  and women of the United States Navy. These razor sharp custom US Naval designs are found on a variety of military tees and shirts, posters, decals, drinkware and much more. Our Junior Enlisted, Senior Enlisted, Petty Officers, Chief Petty Officers and Commissioned Officers have been instrumental in the collaboration of designs in the past and in 2015 we look forward to more great designs for the United States Navy. USS Gridley…
  • V-22 Ospreys Over VSW HQ

    Sarge Strike
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    One of the best parts of custom designing military apparel and shirts for the US military is being close to them in terms of physical location. Right outside Miramar, Camp Pendleton and San Diego, the design team of Vision-Strike-Wear.Com gets the frequent opportunity to see a variety of both US Navy and US Marine Corps aircraft from tilt rotor birds like the V-22 Osprey to F-18 Hornets and much more. Recently the pattern has been filled with Ospreys, aka egg beaters, as they pass over Vision-Strike-Wear.Com headquarters. Below are many of the improptu videos VSW was able to take as these…
  • American Sniper

    Sarge Strike
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    American Sniper When I set out to write this I have to honestly say it was at a time that I had not had the opportunity to view the movie “American Sniper“. Sure I had heard of it and knew of the book and ultimately after the intense barrage of advertising from every major media location out there it was easy to see that it was coming. My first thought before the movie was to set out and write about my experiences of having been around snipers in the US Marines and having met the Search, Target and Acquisition shooters but I would also have to confess that my personal experiences…
  • Learning to Fly an Airplane

    Frost Call
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    Learning to Fly an Airplane Flight Training Day 38 – More Steep Bank Turns Solo January, 20  2015 · Taken at Ramona Airport Learning to Fly an Airplane Flight Training Day 37 – Steep Bank Turns Solo January, 9  2015 · Taken at Ramona Airport Learning to Fly an Airplane Flight Training Day 36 – Soft and Short Field Take Offs and Landings December 14 & 20, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport Practice soft field landings in the pattern.  Used 30 degrees Flaps to descend rapidly then throttle as I float in the ground effect for a soft field landing.  Also worked on…
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    Semper Fi Parents

  • Today In Marine Corps History: 28 Jan. 1942

    Carl
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The 4th Marine Regiment was assigned to support Philippine Scouts on Bataan. #Marines#Marine#USMC If you enjoyed this post, Subscribe To My RSS Feed. To Friend and/or Follow us on Facebook, Click Here.
  • American Heroes Honors Ceremony

    Carl
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    American Heroes Honors Ceremony National Cemetery of the Alleghenies 1158 Morgan Rd. Bridgeville, PA 15017 The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to stand in silent honor of the veterans that have been interred at the cemetery the past month without military honors. Note that this is a recurring mission held on the first Wednesday of every month. Wednesday, 4 February 2015 Flag line: 9:00 AM National Cemetery of the Alleghenies Staging/briefing: 8:45 AM at the Welcome Center at the cemetery. Remember that the National Cemetery is a Federal Reservation…
  • Marine Corps Photos: Talking Guns

    Carl
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    PFC Sebastian Rodriguez, machine gunner, Weapons Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, fires an M240 machine gun during a night squad-attack exercise. MRF-D Marines used machine gunners, snipers and rifleman to suppress a simulated squad-sized enemy attack. Photo by Sgt Sarah Fiocco.
  • Today In Marine Corps History: 27 Jan. 1988

    Carl
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    About 400 Marines and sailors from the 2d Marine Division, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, and 2d Force Service Support Group deployed for the Persian Gulf. The Contingency Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) CM 2-88 would relieve Contingency MAGTF 1-88 in the volatile Persian Gulf and provide the effective landing force capability to Joint Task Force Middle East. #Marines#Marine#USMC If you enjoyed this post, Subscribe To My RSS Feed. To Friend and/or Follow us on Facebook, Click Here.
  • Roles In The Marine Corps: Infantry Officer

    Carl
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Infantry Officers are central to the role of the Marine Corps as an expeditionary force. They are responsible for training their Marines for every variety of ground combat mission in any environment. They gather and evaluate intelligence on enemy forces, develop offensive and defensive battle plans and command their infantry unit’s use of weapons and equipment. Visit http://bit.ly/gKHekW for more information about becoming a Marine Officer. Our Marines #Marines#Marine#USMC If you enjoyed this post, Subscribe To My RSS Feed. To Friend and/or Follow us on Facebook, Click Here.
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    Military Spouse Program

  • So You Want to Be a Medical Records Technician

    Milspouse
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    So, you want to be a medical records technician? Maybe you’ve discovered that it’s now one of the most in-demand professions. Perhaps you know technician salaries aren’t too shabby. Maybe you’re drawn to the portability of a medical career. In this post, find out what a medical records technician really does, why it’s an attractive career for military spouses, and how you can become one. The Medical Records Technician Job Description, in Brief The basic medical records technician job description is straightforward: Each time a patient receives some health…
  • 6 Tips for Boosting Your Career Potential with LinkedIn

    Milspouse
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    When you’re constantly moving, finding work can be tough. Fortunately, technology today can help. Check out these 6 tips for using LinkedIn to its full potential: Optimize your profile. Make sure your profile is attracting who you want it to. Use keywords. Use keywords that apply to your targeted position. Sell your skills. Find out how your skills match up with other industry professionals. Connect more. Find out who your friends know in your new duty location. Get recommended. Good words from past coworkers will validate your statements. Get involved. Use groups to find connections and…
  • Marine Corps Air Station Rose Garden

    Milspouse
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    Marine Corps Air Station Rose Garden was renamed in 1972 at Nam Phong, Khon Kaen Province, Thailand when the Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 15, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing relocated from Da Nang, South Vietnam. History Upon arrival, the marines found an airfield and not much else in the middle of a jungle. At that time, the base only consisted of a runway, a few wooden buildings, and a parking apron. A U.S. Navy Seabee battalion worked to clear the jungle and raise tents for working, eating, and sleeping. The weather was hot and humid most of the year, even though Thailand has a hot, cool, and…
  • What Does a Paralegal Do?

    Milspouse
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Click image to view full size     You’ve probably heard of a paralegal before, but what does a paralegal do? Here is a list of several things that would typically be expected of them: Investigate the facts of a case Conduct legal research Organize and maintain documents Gather and arrange evidence Write reports for lawyers Draft correspondence and legal documents Get affidavits and other formal statements Does the work of a paralegal seem interesting to you? With the Military Spouse Program’s portable career training programs, you can be on your way to your dream paralegal job…
  • Getting Your Legal Nurse Consultant Training Online

    Milspouse
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    Today’s military spouses are on the lookout for jobs that will help them leverage their existing skills to earn more money. In this context, legal nurse consulting has become a popular option for those with nursing experience. What Is a Legal Nurse Consultant? When attorneys encounter medical or health-related issues in the course of their practice, they need an experienced health care professional to establish the facts and evaluate claims. This is where legal nurse consultants come in. Legal nurses frequently consult in areas like personal injury, elder, malpractice, and…
 
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