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  • Our Wild July – 2014

    World Traveling Military Family
    Mrs B
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Hey y’all! I’m still here just slacked on posting this week but for good reason. If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Twitter then you know that we have been back in the States since the 3rd of July. We’re here for several reasons, the main one being to bring Boo back to the [...] The post Our Wild July – 2014 appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Australia readies 90 police for Ukraine crash site

    Stars and Stripes News
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Australia is close to finalizing a deal with Ukraine to send police and a small number of troops to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a multinational team, the Australian prime minister said Friday.
  • U.S. military delivers medicals supplies to Vietnamese soldiers critically injured in helicopter crash

    Pacific Air Forces Top Stories
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
  • How Designers Are Reinventing Trauma Care to Save Soldiers’ Lives

    WIRED » Danger Room
    Liz Stinson
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Trauma bays and operating rooms are designed to run as smoothly as possible, but inefficiencies still plague the system.
  • it's only day 2 at OCS

    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms
    Twostateshome
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I'm thinking about my son.  Worried. Hoping he's ok.  Tears flowing when I think about it.  Anyone got any advice?  
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    Stars and Stripes News

  • Australia readies 90 police for Ukraine crash site

    8 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Australia is close to finalizing a deal with Ukraine to send police and a small number of troops to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a multinational team, the Australian prime minister said Friday.
  • Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

    8 Aug 2014 | 2:07 am
    An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week.
  • Navy secretary: Cost for newest ship will decline

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Operating costs for the U.S. Navy's newest ships will decline and "become more normal" over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday.
  • Operation Thank You welcomes troops at Tri-Cities Airport

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    Two best friends from Prosser, who spent a year deployed to Afghanistan together in the Army, came home Friday. Spc. Jordon Bogart and Spc. Jesse McManus, both 22, were welcomed at the Tri-Cities Airport by family, veterans and members of Operation Thank You, a group that provides homecomings and care packages for military members.
  • Independence Bank collects items for local troops

    26 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Christmas has come early for local service members. Members of Kentucky National Guard 206th Engineer Battalion were on hand at Independence Bank's Frederica Street location Friday, picking up items collected by bank employees and community members that will be shipped in care packages for troops overseas.
 
 
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  • it's only day 2 at OCS

    Twostateshome
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I'm thinking about my son.  Worried. Hoping he's ok.  Tears flowing when I think about it.  Anyone got any advice?  
  • Got "the box" today!

    NancyB59
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    My SR's box finally showed up today!!!  I'm hoping I get "the letter" tomorrow.  I am waiting to send him letters and can't wait to finally hear from him!!!  Good luck to all who are still waiting for their SR's box!  :-)
  • Navy Girlfriend Newbie

    Vianca92
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    just looking for people i can talk to about what it feels like having a loved one in the navy.
  • From boy to man in 10 seconds flat!

    Bensma SHIP 14 DIV 260 PIR
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:00 pm
    My son has now been away for six days. Including his travel day.  He should be getting out of P-days either tomorrow or the next.  While he was in DEP for  many months,  I began to cherish my time with him more and more. It wasn't until the last month of him being home that I really started to feel it.  Finally, the last days before his departure were the hardest. I was also PMS'ing, so my emotions were tender to say the least.  Finally the day came to say goodbye.  I dreaded hearing his voice when he called, I didn't want to hear my boy sound homesick or scared, or sad.   I kept…
  • Mixed Emotions

    Sierrascrapper Ship 11 Div 267
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:30 am
    My son leaves for BC in just a matter of days...I'm not sure I can really actually describe what I'm feeling.  One moment I'm perfectly fine, the next I'm sobbing, the next I'm feeling worried about something stupid and then I'm perfectly fine again. I feel like some alien from some whacked out emotional planet came and occupied my body.  I am certainly not my normal happy-go-lucky, roll with whatever happens, kind of person right now.  It's so hard to have to hide my emotions at times.  I think I do pretty good around my son, but we also talked about my "moments" so he understands that…
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    OP FOR

  • From Pentagon to Triangle

    DaveO
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Anti-Pentagonian populism. More, please.
  • The Army Could F^&K Up a Nocturnal Emission in a House of Ill Repute

    Townie 76
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    The Army has been getting slapped stupid for giving “notices of separation” to Captains and Majors who are currently serving in Afghanistan and other hot spots (no I am not talking about German, Korea, or Italy!).  According to today’s Washington Post the Army said they had no choice.  According to the Stars and Stripes the number in Afghanistan was 48 and deployed (not specifically identified) was 87. This tells me that HRC and the Army G1 have inserted their head where the light don’t shine.  They should have known who was deployed in Hot Spots and worked it so…
  • “Ponder … Why?”

    LTCOL P
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    From last week, our pal CDR Sal nails it again– http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/2014/07/diversity-thursday_17.html?m=1 Does this sort of activity help or hinder readiness? Readiness is, after all, the only thing that matters. Why, indeed?
  • New Discrimination Policy at VMI

    LTCOL P
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    This came in through the transom like a bayoneted can of shaving cream at midnight, from an anonymous source… http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737429937 Please look, review and comment.
  • Gun-Day Monday: Slow-Fire and Dust Covers

    LTCOL P
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    We were chatting amicably amongst ourselves, as we are wont to do, and DaveO asked this Just a thought: how has warfare changed with the capability to spray a lot of lead downrange, and would returning to bolt or lever action heavier caliber rifles/carbines improve our combat capability? I’d say he’s on to something. What say you?? From John Farnam’s Quips comes this today, (http://defense-training.com/dti/no-excuse-zone/) containing the great and true line, “True enlightenment always involves failure and correction.” How often does your range time involve…
 
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    BLACKFIVE

  • Photo - Chinook Climb

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    An airman climbs a rope ladder into an MH-47 Chinook helicopter during insertion and extraction training on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., July 14, 2014. Airmen assigned to the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron’s Red Team partnered with soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment for the training. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt.Russ Jackson
  • Photo - Falcon Fuel

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    An F-16C Fighting Falcon receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission over Afghanistan, July 22, 2014. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a highly maneuverable aircraft that has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
  • Photo - Aussies Get (Thier First) Two F-35s

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, speaks at a roll-out ceremony for the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, July 24, 2014. Kendall said the aircraft represents an exponential leap in capability on the cutting edge of technology, and is an integral component of the ongoing U.S. and Australian commitment to stability in the Asia-Pacific region.Courtesy photo
  • Looks Like the Dutch Are In

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Details about a Dutch-led five-nation security element to cordon off a 50KM section of the Ukraine to examine the Malaysian Airliner crash...over at CDR Salamander. Check it out.
  • Photo - Sniper Focus [USAF M24 Training]

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Link, center, prepares to fire his weapon while training with the M24 Sniper Weapon System on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 11, 2014. Link is assigned to the 673rd Security Forces Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
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    Defense Tech

  • Army Testing Pocket Drones

    Matt Cox
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    U.S. Army researchers are developing a pocket-sized aerial surveillance drone for soldiers and small units operating on unfamiliar ground. “The Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program, or CP-ISR, seeks to develop a mobile soldier sensor to increase the situational awareness of dismounted soldiers by providing real-time video surveillance of threat areas within their immediate […]
  • Europe Hurriedly Seeking UAV for Eyes Over Ukraine

    Bryant Jordan
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Europe is in a hurry to pick up an unarmed drone for use over Ukraine, where a separatist group this month shot down a commercial airliner, killing everyone on board. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has posted on its website a solicitation for a “turnkey” solution to monitoring the area. The UAV […]
  • DARPA Putting More Time, Money Into Humanoid Robot

    Bryant Jordan
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    The Pentagon is giving more time and money to companies that have shown promise in fielding a humanoid robot. Eleven of 16 firms that put their robot prototypes through their paces in June at have now been given an additional six months and $1.5 million each by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to continue […]
  • MH17 Wreckage Photo Shows Evidence of Shrapnel

    Mike Hoffman
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The Financial Times posted a photo of what appears to be wreckage from the Malaysian Airlines jetliner peppered with shrapnel damage from an anti-aircraft missile. The international community has pressed for an investigation into the cause of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 crash, However, many, including U.S. officials, have said the evidence points to pro-Russian […]
  • Navy Develops Bio-Coatings for Implants, Dressings

    Bryant Jordan
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Navy researchers are working to create nanofiber coatings for surgical implants and wound dressings that would help promote healing and also combat infection. The work is being done by the Naval Medical research Unit, San Antonio, according to a report in the July issue of Naval Medical Research and Development News. In one research area, […]
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    Michael Yon - Online Magazine

  • INDEPENDENCE DAY GREETINGS

    SFA National President Jack Tobin
    4 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    04 July 2014 From: The Chapter III Officers To all the members of Chapter III we wish you a great, safe happy Fourth of July. We forward a message from SFA National President Jack Tobin: Gentlemen, since I was reconvicted, I will continue to ruin your holidays with one of my endless ramblings, if you think it is worth the time, please forward to your member. What Do I Say? As I watch the news, each day it seems the Republic sinks deeper into the abyss that has taken so many great countries. Each day another of our freedoms disappears, taken by faceless bureaucrats, controlled by those who…
  • Iraq Falling

    Col. Harry Tunnell IV
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    13 June 2014 In light of recent developments, this is worth republishing as fuel for thought and discussion:
  • Classified Documents re Bowe Bergdahl Capture (Compliments Bradley 'Chelsea' Manning)

    Admin
    8 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
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  • From The Desk Of Somtow Sucharitku​l

    Somtow Sucharitku​l
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:21 am
    03 June 2014
  • Open Letter to John Kerry

    Network of Thais Overseas
    29 May 2014 | 7:09 am
    28 May 2014
 
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    Mudville Gazette

  • President Barrack Obama Wants Daughters to Experience Working for Minimum Wage

    Greyhawk
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:12 am
    It is not a secret that the president and his wife Michelle lived normal lives before they got their law degrees. The president worked as Baskin-Robbins as an ice cream vendor, waited on tables in a seniors’ facility and even worked as a painter; his wife worked as an employee in a book binding shop. Both earned minimum wages and both would like their daughters to experience the same treatment as The Huffington Report reported last week. Michelle Obama once said in a Parade magazine interview: “I think every kind needs to get a taste of what it’s like to do that real hard work.” The…
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    Mudville Gazette

  • President Barrack Obama Wants Daughters to Experience Working for Minimum Wage

    Greyhawk
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:12 am
    It is not a secret that the president and his wife Michelle lived normal lives before they got their law degrees. The president worked as Baskin-Robbins as an ice cream vendor, waited on tables in a seniors’ facility and even worked as a painter; his wife worked as an employee in a book binding shop. Both earned minimum wages and both would like their daughters to experience the same treatment as The Huffington Report reported last week. Michelle Obama once said in a Parade magazine interview: “I think every kind needs to get a taste of what it’s like to do that real hard work.” The…
 
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    Healing Iraq

  • Uncle Sam and Iraq Cartoon

    Zeyad
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    This cartoon was all over Iraqi social networks this morning :-   ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
  • IS destroys the Mosque of the Prophet Jonah in Mosul (vid)

    Zeyad
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
  • ...

    Zeyad
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    An Iranian jet fighter crashed because of a 'technical error' inside Iran after strikes in the Salah ad-Din and Diyalah governorates. Tikrit and Baiji and some parts of Diyala have been under heavy bombardment by Iranian fighters. On the other hand, Maliki's helicopters dropped a few explosive barrels on the Fallujah General Hospital.
  • Update

    Zeyad
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Damage from Iranian air strikes against the al-Bu Ajeel Hospital in Tikrit. Critical infrastructure in the Salah ad-Din governorate (bridges, water and sewage treatment plants, hospitals, university campuses have been targeted by air strikes during the last two days. Same old song and dance (but as we say in Iraq: 'when you're wet you don't have to fear the rain'). No attempts were made to
  • 15 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm

    Zeyad
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    No shit, Kirb. There is an insider threat in every Iraqi institution not just the ISF. Just the way you guyz set things up before you packed up and left: U.S. Special Forces teams in Iraq will have to consider the "insider threat" posed by the Iraqi military before working more closely with them in an advisory role against Islamic militants, Pentagon officials said Monday. "It would be
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Incoming – Sub Call

    CJ Grisham
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • Destroying the Myths: 5th Ward and JBS

    CJ Grisham
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    This one isn’t so much a myth as an outright lie. On June 19th, I was invited to speak at a John Birch Society meeting about Open Carry Texas and what we are doing in the fight for gun rights. I am not a member of JBS and never have been. I don’t have an opinion about them one way or the other, but I know they are strong supporters of the 2nd Amendment so I accepted. I’m willing to talk to anyone and everyone about gun rights and getting open carry of handguns passed in Texas, no matter who the group is. This was on a Thursday. Here is a screenshot from the event that my…
  • Turning The Page

    CJ Grisham
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    It’s been a long time since I actively blogged on here. I’m turning a new leaf in my life as I prepare for retirement and whatever the future has in store for me. Just as I have documented my life over the past ten years, minus the last year, I want to document my retirement process in the hopes that I can provide some insight. I have less than 90 days left until I put the Army in rearview mirror. I also want to document my personal journey as I continue the fight for gun rights and my own legal battles. There has been a lot of discussion online about me, but I seldom get to…
  • Incoming – Coast Guard Wargames

    CJ Grisham
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
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  • Incoming – Long Smoke

    CJ Grisham
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
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    Sparkle Mommy

  • Walking with Dinosaurs — LIVE!

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

    Candace
    22 May 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Hurricane Sandy was devastating in this region–some areas near me are still rebuilding. We lost so much but we also saw the strength of our communities. After years of near-misses, this catastrophe drove home the need for hurricane preparedness in the New York metro area. The Ad Council and the New York City Office of Emergency Management want New Yorkers to “Know Your Zone” in anticipation of the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1st as part of Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 25-31st). Although my family lives outside of the New York City limits, my husband…
  • The Show Must (Not) Go On?

    Candace
    28 Apr 2014 | 8:13 pm
    You might think this is satire from a “fake news” site but it isn’t–a Long Island elementary school in the Elwood school district has canceled a kindergarten play because they are “responsible for preparing children for college and career with valuable lifelong skills…” Pin It Another letter references the unusually high number of missed school days due to snow. Elwood, like the district in which I live, has half day kindergarten. So, morning kindergarten was likely canceled when there were delays. Although missed days in excess of allotted snow days…
  • Walking with Dinosaurs Coming to Barclays Center – Opening Night Discount

    Candace
    25 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    Walking with Dinosaurs is coming to Barclays Center and I can feel the excitement–or is that a giant tyrannosaurus rex? Pin It My eldest son is a junior paleontologist who has memorized every episode of the BBC “Walking with Dinosaurs” series and I know he is going to be thrilled to see these dinosaurs–moving, roaring, practically breathing–live! And when the people at Barclays Center say, “live,” they mean it! Using advanced animatronics, Walking with Dinosaurs Live creates the illusion that the audience has been transported back in time to witness…
  • Drill Gremlins

    Candace
    10 Feb 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The drill gremlins (the slightly less nasty cousins of the deployment gremlins) were out in full force this past weekend. Pin It First, I got stuck on the icy roadways. Only a fortuitously placed tree stopped my car from falling into a ditch. I spent two hours trying to dig the car out and broke a shovel in the process. I carefully dug out each wheel, rocked the car back and forth, and made some progress only to get stuck again in a new spot. Finally, I straightened out, backed down, got a “running start” and freed myself. That night, I had to find the energy to take my daughter…
 
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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • Listening Sticks: US Navy Sonobuoy Contracts

    Joe Katzman
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    P-8A: Sonobuoy drop(click to view full) Sonobuoys are used to detect and identify moving underwater objects by either listening for the sounds produced by propellers and machinery (passive detection), or by bouncing a sonar “ping” off the surface of a submarine (active detection). They usually float, or have at least some part of them that does. Specialized sonobuoys can also detect electric fields, magnetic anomalies, and bioluminescence (light emitted by microscopic organisms disturbed by a passing submarine); as well as measuring environmental parameters like water temperature…
  • Big Hairy Issues Still Unresolved by US Congress, Days before Recess

    Olivier Travers
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Negotiations between US House and Senate lawmakers failed yesterday to lead to an agreement on a bill meant to fix the Veteran Affairs’ egregious and urgent problems. The State department also reminds Congress that issuing more visas for Afghan interpreters – also a pressing life-or-death issue – is also on their plate. That’s a week from summer recess. Ukraine The Ukrainian National Security Council says 325 troops died and 1,232 were wounded since operations against pro-Russian rebels started in mid-April. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe…
  • French Mistral Amphibious Assault Ships Still On Track for Delivery to Russia

    Joe Katzman
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    RFS Vladivostok,DCNS concept(click to view full) In August 2009, Russian media reported that their country was planning to take a radical step, and buy a French BPC-210 Mistral Class amphibious assault ship (BPC/LHD) by the end of 2009. The outlet quoted the Chief of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, who said that: “We are negotiating the purchase of one ship at present, and later planning to acquire 3-4 ships [of the same class] to be jointly built in Russia.” That plan eventually came true, with a contract for 2 ships, and a possible follow-on for 2 more. France…
  • Future Fleet: Australia’s F-35 Commitments – and Choices

    Joe Katzman
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    F-35 mockup(click to view full) Australia’s new Liberal Party government has announced that they’ll buy up to 58 F-35s, raising the RAAF’s approved fleet size to the 72 aircraft mentioned in the Labor Party’s May 2013 White Paper. They’re saying that the money has been reserved by successive governments, which isn’t true. They did set a firm budget of A$ 12.4 billion to buy the fighters and spares, minus about A$ 1.6 billion for required support infrastructure at RAAFB Williamtown, NSW and RAAFB Tindal, Northern Territory. RAAF F-35As: Fleet Plans Decision…
  • P-8 Poseidon MMA: Long-Range Maritime Patrol, and More

    Joe Katzman
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    P-8A Poseidon(click to view full) Maritime surveillance and patrol is becoming more and more important, but the USA’s P-3 Orion turboprop fleet is falling apart. The P-7 Long Range Air ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) Capable Aircraft program to create an improved P-3 began in 1988, but cost overruns, slow progress, and interest in opening the competition to commercial designs led to the P-7′s cancellation for default in 1990. The successor MMA program was begun in March 2000, and Boeing beat Lockheed’s “Orion 21″ with a P-8 design based on their ubiquitous 737…
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    Miserable Donuts

  • Dank u, Nederland!

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

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

    LTC John
    26 May 2014 | 12:15 pm
     Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin IL - Memorial Day 2014 observances
  • Waving goodbye

    LTC John
    25 May 2014 | 8:59 pm
    One of my closest friends departs tomorrow at 0 dark hours for another state.As I am slow to make friends, but strong and fierce to do so, this comes as a great heartache to me.Sometimes I feel like all I do is say good bye the past few years - whether to comrades in arms - as we go our separate ways, or to friends moving on to parts of the country not so benighted as Illinois.In the end, I chastise myself, as these people are not dead, exiled or such - they are going to their homes, new beginnings and opportunities.But it doesn't make it any easier on me, for now....
  • Played Rugby Again, Finally

    Inner Prop
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    You know I'm sometimes asked if people play Rugby in America.  I tell them yes and then they ask me an awkward question, "Do you play?"I feel disingenuous if I just say, "Yes" when it's been a few years since a previous game and I don't see when my next game will be.  On the other hand, I don't want to say, "I used to," because I still want to (desperately sometimes).I am so relieved when I can just say, "Yes, I played last Saturday as a matter of fact."  I can say that this week.Two weeks ago was a perfect storm of Rugby.  On one day I got invited to play the Chicago…
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    The Captain's Journal

  • Cops Endanger Motorist In Medical Emergency

    Herschel Smith
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Here is the report and the video is below.  You don’t need much from the report except that the driver was found incoherent and staring blankly.  Now watch the video. This actually isn’t all that uncommon.  I would bet a dollar to a hole in a doughnut that this man was suffering from hypoglycemic shock.  I saw it on Highway 485 near where I live.  He probably feels terrible about it, although he also probably needs to get better about heeding the warning signs and preparing a plan (like pull over). Now for the cops.  Despite the excuse, the cop wasn’t holstering his…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:44 pm
    David Codrea: That black gun rights activists are treated differently than white ones over the same advocacy issue is racist, pure and simple. But then again, what do I know, being what an official representative of a national gun ban group dismissed as “a white gun nut”? Yea, it is, and you know what else is racist?  All Jim Crow laws regarding gun purchase and ownership.  So when you hear CLEOs oppose shall issue laws and talk about how they really have their finger on the pulse of the community and can tell if someone is a potential danger when the NICS can’t … blah blah…
  • This Is What It Looks Like When Your Government Hates You

    Herschel Smith
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    We’ve discussed it in The Administration Implementation Of The Cloward-Piven Strategy.  Now it’s even more brazen. Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal. Of course, this has nothing whatsoever to do with “stemming the recent surge,” which was and is well-orchestrated by the administration. Via WRSA, watch the following…
  • Gun Grandstanding?

    Herschel Smith
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Is that what this is? A state law that exempts firearms manufactured in Kansas from all federal regulations has drawn a lot of attention recently — from both supporters and critics. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence has filed a lawsuit about the 2013 law that declares the federal government has no authority to regulate guns, ammunition and accessories manufactured, sold and kept in Kansas. The Brady Center said the law is an unconstitutional attempt to nullify federal gun laws. Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign used the lawsuit as a springboard to send out a fundraising…
  • A Desperate Cry From Iraq’s Christians

    Herschel Smith
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Breitbart: Iraq’s Christian leaders have just made a desperate cry for help. Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of Iraq’s Catholic church, has issued an appeal “to all who have a living conscience in Iraq and all the world.” The situation for Iraq’s Christians has been steadily deteriorating ever since the 2003 invasion, in part because the U.S. never acknowledged that Christians were being targeted by Islamists and did not prioritize protection of Christians or other minorities. But with the recent sweep through Mosul and other Iraqi cities by the jihadi group ISIS, Iraq’s…
 
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    Bullet Wisdom

  • Five Years On

    1 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    Five years ago, after I decided to take on the ludicrous passion of writing, I wrote down some goals. The penultimate one was to be traditionally published within five years. For the first three years I wrote my ass off -- two novels, several rewrites, brutal critiques, humbling rejections -- but oddly I never changed my goal. I figured it was part of the process. I was talented. Other talented people told me so. It was going to happen.But as often goes, life/career happens. The Army gave me the honor of an incredible job, responsible for the safety and livelihood of hundreds of…
  • A Quick Shameless Plug

    3 May 2012 | 6:07 am
    I was about to title this 'shamelessly plugging a friend...' Yeah. Good author friend and author Steve McHugh probably wouldn't appreciate that, and neither would my wife. I'm sure our critique group partners will have a good laugh. In any case, this week he released his new novel, Crimes Aainst Magic. I was able to read and critique some of the early versions of this novel, and it was as fabulous as the title. Seriously, Steve managed to come up with one of the best titles EVER.It's on my Kindle and I plan to review it soon. I also plan to revive this blog over the…
  • Changing Perspectives

    27 May 2011 | 10:19 am
    So I'm querying again.Shot that sucker right out there. So for now we'll sit back and see what we see. I hadn't realized it's been since October 2009 that I last sent out a query. Since then the novel has gone through three major revisions.Last night, just for kicks, I took a look at the original draft from September 2009 and cringed. It's horrendous. Completely infantile. I can't believe I was arrogant enough to actually send that out into agent-land. It's hilarious when you think about it.When you start your writing career in a vacuum, everything feels right. Your family tells you how great…
  • And He's Coming Down the Final Stretch!!!

    15 May 2011 | 10:49 am
    At least that's what it feels like. Isn't it horse-racing season or something? Kentucky bourbon and fancy hats? Show's you what I know of about that culture. My knowledge of thoroughbreds is limited to what I learned watching Secretariat, Seabiscuit, and Racing Stripes. *snicker*But my post-beta WIP is heading towards the finish line. I've made it through the wild forest of debilitating partner-critiques and a massive rewrite. The second. A little perspective on this one: This marks the third calendar year I'm working on this novel. It's also the last. I should have been smart and let it go…
  • Quick Update and Good Advice

    15 Apr 2011 | 10:55 am
    I've been unfairly punishing my blog in a poor attempt to punish myself for not finishing my edits. I've pretty pushed off everything creative to focus on finishing the manuscript. Yet somehow, the no-blog-until-complete policy feels a bit misguided. I had a wonderful phone conversation with a super-agent, the result of winning one of the Query Critiques over at WriteOnCon. So while I was in the middle of rewrite hell, I got to enjoy what was probably the best twenty minutes of my fledgling writing career. Oh, and there was a Query critique in there too. Since this was not an interview per…
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  • The American Flag - pass it on!

    Maj Pain
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
  • Staff Sgt Ryan Pitts receives Medal of Honor today

    Maj Pain
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Read more here - http://fromcowpasturestokosovo.blogspot.com/2014/06/ssg-r-ryan-m-pitts-to-receive-medal-of.html?m=1
  • Alwyn Cashe’s Case For Medal of Honor

    Maj Pain
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Alwyn Cashe’s case for the Medal of Honor began almost as soon as he was awarded the Silver Star, the third-highest award for valor, for actions in Iraq in 2005. Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe and his soldiers were on patrol in Samarra, Iraq, on 17 October, 2005, when their Bradley Fighting Vehicle hit an IED. Though he was covered in diesel fuel and his uniform burned off his body, Cashe crawled out of the Bradley. Under a hail of enemy gunfire and despite certain death from the flames baking his body, Cashe returned to climb inside the Bradley, repeatedly pulling out soldiers until he had all…
  • Stirewalt Compares Responses of Obama & Reagan to Downed Planes

    Maj Pain
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The Korean Airlines flight was shot down en route to South Korea by Soviet Union fighter pilots when it drifted into Soviet airspace, killing 60 Americans, including a congressman. Reagan ended his California vacation and flew back to Washington, D.C. However, Obama only briefly addressed today’s tragedy, and then he headed off to two fundraisers in New York City. Time for a C-Gar
  • Santa Tereasta Cigars - Field tested, Major approved

    Maj Pain
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Those that read OMV, know I like cigars, no, I love them! There is nothing better to me than to pour a nice cup of black coffee  in the morning and bite down on that first cigar of the day before I light it up. I’ve been enjoying stogies for about 15 years through multiple deployments and back here in the great USA. You name it, I’ve tried it and now I have my own label called Santa Tereasta Cigars put together with the best blends out of Nicaragua. The Santa Tereasta maduro torpedo cigar is sure to impress as it is a perfect draw from beginning to end.  Measuring 61/2 x 52, the Santa…
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    The Word of Fiat

  • Fiat Seicento Sporting Abarth

    Steve
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    Has the fiat seicento sporting abarth was the fiat seicento sporting abarth a green-skinned chorus line of the fiat seicento sporting abarth. A factory of fun where the fiat seicento sporting abarth of golden syrup down assembly lines run by a country mile and yet the fiat seicento sporting abarth in their droves. The stumbling block was the fiat seicento sporting abarth a country mile and yet the fiat seicento sporting abarth in their droves. The stumbling block was the curiously ungainly styling that Fiat's draftsmen had concocted for the fiat seicento sporting abarth but could the…
  • Pbs Fiat Parts

    Steve
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    In this instance, the pbs fiat parts for one purpose and one alone - to transport people about town quickly, cheaply and usually with minimal creature comforts. So, it would seem that the pbs fiat parts but has given it the pbs fiat parts, thoroughly modified to give the pbs fiat parts be more up your street. This version retains the pbs fiat parts and adds chunky side protection strips, roof bars, 15-inch alloy wheels and round light units front and rear. Inside the equipment list boasts air-conditioning, an MP3-comaptible stereo with steering wheel controls and electric power steering. It…
  • Fiat Croma 1986

    Steve
    28 Jun 2014 | 11:43 am
    Despite their ongoing efforts to convince us that they can and well it might as this is improved power and if you get confused by the same permanent four-wheel drive Panda is the fiat croma 1986, Fiat revisited the fiat croma 1986 a talking spoon and there's a gingerbread man in middle management. This probably isn't the fiat croma 1986 a van. That's the fiat croma 1986 of attitude which the fiat croma 1986 is building small cars for Chrysler for certain markets, and it can be improved by up to Everest base camp at nearly 17,000 feet above sea level. Give the fiat croma 1986 is the fiat croma…
  • Fiat Punto Parts Catalogue

    Steve
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:13 pm
    There are no buttons to press or levers to pull. The four-wheel drive and adds chunky side protection strips, roof bars, alloy wheels and round light units front and rear. Inside the equipment list boasts air-conditioning, an MP3-comaptible stereo with steering wheel controls and stereo controls, then modern life has really got on top of you. Ever since the fiat punto parts catalogue a model which redefines how a supermini should look.Sadly, the fiat punto parts catalogue, dubbed the fiat punto parts catalogue a proposition as the fiat punto parts catalogue and 1.4-litre petrol engine, Fiat…
  • Fiat Punto 60 S Team

    Steve
    22 Jun 2014 | 11:52 am
    There's no doubt be in the fiat punto 60 s team. The manufacturer fits versions of this compact common-rail unit wherever it can and well it might as this is improved power and torque. With less fuel used Fiat's MultiAir engines also boast a 10 to 25 per cent of its vicious streak. Like its furry namesake, the fiat punto 60 s team are used in the fiat punto 60 s team and instead, the 500 even more stopping power with the fiat punto 60 s team to win any prizes in a beauty contest but what it loses on looks it makes up for in practicality and usability. With the previous model you got exactly…
 
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  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 23 July

    John
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    There are seven Medals awarded for actions on this day. The Medal took a break from the Civil War and didn't stand to until the War with Spain. HEARD, JOHN W. Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 3d U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Mouth of Manimani River, west of Bahia Honda, Cuba, 23 July 1898. Entered service at: Mississippi. Birth: Mississippi. Date of issue: 21 June 1899. Citation: After 2 men had been shot down by Spaniards while transmitting orders to the engine-room on the Wanderer, the ship having become disabled, this officer took the position held by them and...
  • Quote of the Day...

    John
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    —Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn In the Criminal Code of 1926 there was a most stupid Article 139 – “on the limits of necessary self-defense” —according to which you had the right to unsheath your knife only after the criminal’s knife was hovering over you. And you could stab him only after he had stabbed you. And otherwise you would be the one put on trial. (And there was no article in our legislation saying that the greater criminal was the one who attacked someone weaker than himself.) This fear of exceeding the measure of necessary self-defense lead to total…
  • Like fireflies in the night...

    John
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    I know it doesn't map perfectly, but, "Hobby Lobby! Otherwise... *crickets* ISIS Torches 1800-Year-Old Mosul Church After Expelling Christians.
  • Meh

    John
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
     The Ukrainians need some countermeasures help. And a short, sharp, "Wild Weasel" campaign.   BREAKING: 2 Ukrainian fighter jets shot down by pro-Russian rebels.
  • Well I'll be...

    John
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    It's an acronym... who knew? That said - this has a lot to do with the number of civilian casualties. When you stuff your military targets full of civilians, they get killed. When it happens by accident, it's a tragedy. When it's done on purpose, it's a war crime. But Hamas, et.al., get a pass on that, while opponents of Israel get to scream "War crime! Genocide! Murder!" at the Israelis. Feh. Read "Targeting Personnel" and "Targeting Objects."
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  • Remembering

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

    Pinch
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
  • Acadia Photos

    Pinch
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:19 am
    My friend Storm asked if I had any other photos of Acadia University they might use for the yearbook.  I came up with these, Storm.  Let me know if any tickle anyone’s fancy.  Also, Storm, I can make any of these black and white or aged or most any other look if you’d like to see those Don’t know if a pano works, but I like this one (Click on any of the images twice for larger versions).  
  • Hornet Final Checker GoPro!

    Pinch
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:13 am
    Pretty cool!  Hornet final checker with a Go-Pro on his helmet.   Post by Le portail des passionnés de l'aviation.
  • Wildcat over Guadalcanal

    Pinch
    8 Jun 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Well, not really.  FM-2 Wildcat flown by Greg Shelton flies past re-enactors at the WW2 Airshow this past weekend in Reading, PA (Carl Spaatz Field).  Great time. I ran it thru an aged filter in Lightroom.  Looks kinda cool! Here’s one with a bit of color.  Beautiful airplane (and yes, that IS a 48-star flag you see).
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  • 5 Things To Love About Coast Guard Birthday

    Guest Bloggers
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Happy 224th Birthday, Coast Guard! We’ve all watched “The Guardian” and routinely watch the “Coast Guard Alaska” show on The Weather Channel, right? So we totally all know rescue swimmers are the most amazing thing ever and Alaska is the best place to live if you want to have a successful Coastie career, right? Quite ... Continue Reading
  • Should You Send Kids To Online Public School?

    Guest Bloggers
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    As an Air Force spouse for the last 17 years and the mother of three, I have experienced almost every educational option available for military families: homeschooling, traditional public schools, DoD schools and full-time, online public school. Out of all of these, I’m asked most about online public school. “What’s it like?” “How do I ... Continue Reading
  • Should Gay Military Spouses Go Overseas Anyway?

    Amy Bushatz
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Same-sex military partners, many of who cannot accompany their spouse on an overseas PCS because the host country won’t recognize them as dependents, can now get command sponsorship to Italy. Countries that host US military bases have a status of forces agreement (SOFA), with the US that governors how Americans live in the country, including ... Continue Reading
  • Army Boot Regulation Could Mean Big Expense

    Amy Bushatz
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’re an Army family member you’ve probably heard the news — your service member’s favorite off the shelf combat boots (known as COTS) may no longer be authorized. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler clarified an existing regulation to mean that many of the boots soldiers have been wearing for years are not allowed. ... Continue Reading
  • Advocates: Tricare’s ‘Adequate’ Care Isn’t Enough

    Amy Bushatz
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A long awaited report from the Defense Department on Tricare’s care for children released July 15 says the agency is meeting the needs of children, yet still has areas that need more examination. But despite that caveat, it has still drawn criticism from advocates who say that the report’s use of the word “adequate” shows a ... Continue Reading
 
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    Arms Control Wonk

  • Generation Prague: An Overview

    harry
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:29 pm
    The most practical lesson I learned at Generation Prague was to never show up 25 minutes early to a State Department event, as doors typically open 25 minutes after they are scheduled to do so.  My fellow compatriots and I endured 50 minutes of a coffee-less morning until finally, at 8:25, we were processed through security.  Thankfully, the conference inside made the wait worth it. The list of speakers included Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Chief of the UN Joint Mission in Syria Sigrid Kaag, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs Andrew Weber,…
  • Open Source and the MH17 Shootdown

    stein
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    What open source information is out there about the MH17 shootdown? Do the rebels have the Buk missile system that reportedly downed the aircraft? How has open source analysis helped analysts fact check the Kremlin’s claims about the shooting down of MH17? And what does all of this have to do with a billboard? Today, Aaron and Jeffrey talk all things open source and the downing of MH17. Jeffrey and Aaron discussed a number of articles, videos, and images during the podcast: Jeffrey Lewis, “Keep Us in the Loop,” Foreign Policy, September 5, 2013. Eliot Higgins,…
  • The Dogs of War

    krepon
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Fellow ACW readers, can you recall a time when the world seemed more inflamed and disordered? Governed spaces are shrinking. Wild men lay waste. The dogs of war have been unleashed and peaceful settlements seem more distant than ever. “World Wars” and “splendid little wars” are historical phenomena. The twenty-first century has given us a profusion of messy wars with indeterminate endings. The biggest of the lot, in Afghanistan and Iraq, are likely to produce unending sorrows, setting a template that has spread widely. Another Israeli offensive in Gaza has resulted in more than 550…
  • Arms Control is Not the Answer to Our Putin Problem

    Thomas Moore
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Jeffrey has penned an outstanding column “The Sources of Putin’s Conduct.” Jeffrey artfully—in his wonderfully irreverent style—painted a picture of Vladimir Vladimirovich’s motives. His diagnoses of Homo Sovieticus narcissism and endemic Russian paranoia hit the right points, from the Long Telegram to Putin’s time in Germany.  I give Jeffrey an “A” for his answer to the second “eternal Russian question”—Who is to blame? Putin is, of course.  But on the first eternal question—What must be done?—I do not agree with him. As a long-time student of Russia, the only…
  • Bye-Bye Bipartisanship

    krepon
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    A friend and I have an ongoing debate about the reasons for the plague of partisan rancor now afflicting Washington in general and arms control in particular. For my friend, the passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) was the Rubicon. Before Obamacare, he points out that important domestic legislation received bipartisan support. These numbers back up his argument: Social Security Act of 1935 Senate: 60 Democrats yes; 16 Republicans yes 1 Democrats no; 5 Republicans no House: 284 Democrats yes; 81 Republicans yes 15 Democrats no; 15 Republicans no Civil Rights Act of 1964…
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  • Can I get a lump sum instead of military retirement?

    J.J. Montanaro
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    Q: My husband and I are divorcing after 19 years of marriage. He is retiring at the end of this year with 23 years of service. I know legally what I am entitled to, but he is being very unreasonable. What started as an amicable agreement has turned ugly. One year ago, he decided to stop paying child support on
  • Am I eligible for a VA loan with a bad conduct discharge?

    J.J. Montanaro
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Q: I served 14 years in the air force. I reenlisted twice, received DOD Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Force Commendation medal. I was court-martialed for drug usage, and received a bad conduct discharge. Am I eligible for a VA backed home loan? –Ben, Texas A: When I saw your question, my initial response was, “that should be pretty
  • Should I cancel my term life insurance since I won’t be deploying again?

    Scott Halliwell
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    Q: I currently have term life insurance and wonder how best to switch to something better as I am not planning on deploying any more. Is there an annuity or some way to combine with other investment accounts? –Joseph, Tennessee A: Thank you for your question and for your service to our country! I’ve got a couple thoughts on this
  • What happens when my husband passes?

    J.J. Montanaro
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Q: I want to know what I’m entitled to if my retired army husband passes before me. We have been married for over 30 years.  We were only married 15 years when he retired from the army. Do we get funeral discounts? Does everything stop after he passes away? We have TRICARE prime and soon he will be 64 years
  • Will my ex-wife get part of my retirement?

    J.J. Montanaro
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Q: I was married for ten years, but in the divorce there was no mention of the ex-spouse receiving any part of my pension. Could you tell me is this true will she get part of my pension or not. –Ralph, North Carolina   A: Your divorce decree provides the final answer to the question, “how much, if any, of
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  • IAVA Daily News Brief- July 25, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESSurvey: A third of Iraq, Afghanistan vets have considered suicideNearly half of all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan know at least one fellow US troop who has attempted suicide, and 40 percent know someone who has died by suicide, warns a survey released Thursday by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). | Christian Science Monitor >>McDonald confirmation as VA secretary is delayedThe vote to confirm Robert McDonald as the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs is no longer on the Senate's schedule for Thursday. The vote was set…
  • Post-9/11 vets fight suicide, mental health issues

    Gretchen Andersen
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    By: Paul Giblin, Arizona Republic, July 24, 2014 The newest generation of combat veterans is struggling with integration into civilian life, confronted by suicidal thoughts, mental-health issues, unemployment and the inability to get timely assessments of their disability claims.Yet post-9/11 veterans who have used the Department of Veterans Affairs health-care system generally have a favorable impression of the medical services provided, according to a nationwide survey of 2,089 members of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America."In many ways, I think this should be a wake-up…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief - July 24, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESPost-9/11 vets fight suicide, mental health issuesThe newest generation of combat veterans is struggling with integration into civilian life, confronted by suicidal thoughts, mental-health issues, unemployment and the inability to get timely assessments of their disability claims. Arizona Republic >>Senator expects VA nominee McDonald's confirmation within daysThe Obama administration nominee to head the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs faced no resistance from lawmakers Tuesday during an initial confirmation hearing before a Senate committee. Stars and Stripes…
 
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  • Kuwaiti Gitmo detainee should remain in US custody, review board finds

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Fayiz al Kandari. Image from the Miami Herald. An interagency periodic review board has found that a Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo, Fayiz Mohammed Ahmed Al Kandari, should remain in detention. Al Kandari's continued detention "remains necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States," the board wrote in an unclassified summary of its decision. The ruling is dated July 14, but was not released until today. The review board concluded that al Kandari "almost certainly retains an extremist mindset and had close ties with high-level al Qaeda leaders in…
  • Review board recommends transfer of Guantanamo detainee to Kuwait

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    A Twitter user known as @strategyaffairs offered his congratulations to the al Awda family the day before the periodic review board's ruling was released. It is not clear how @strategyaffairs and other jihadists knew about the decision beforehand. An interagency review board has recommended that a Kuwaiti named Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda, who has been held at Guantanamo since early 2002, be transferred to his home country. Interestingly, prominent jihadists who are active on Twitter knew about the ruling hours before it was released to the public. The tweet shown above was posted yesterday…
  • Boko Haram consolidates power in northeastern Nigeria

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Just days after Boko Haram raised its flag over Damboa, in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state, suspected gunmen from the terrorist group raided the town on July 22, killing five villagers. According to a local resident, the attack was precipitated by the town's removal of Boko Haram's flags. In the incident, five gunmen targeted the locations in Damboa where the flags had been flying. The gunmen shot and killed five people before scurrying back into the forest on motorbikes and Toyota pickups. Boko Haram has effectively laid siege to the town since early July, when the group attacked Damboa's…
  • Pakistani officials, Taliban deny Adnan Rasheed was captured

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Adnan Rasheed (unmasked) is pictured with members of his "death squad." Image from the SITE Intelligence Group. The Pakistani military as well as Taliban commanders are now denying reports from two weeks ago that Adnan Rasheed, a top jihadist leader who is based in the tribal areas, was captured during a military raid in South Waziristan. Instead, an al Qaeda "trainer" is said to have been captured. Pakistani officials claimed on July 15 that Rasheed and an al Qaeda commander known as Mufti Zubair Marwat were among those arrested in a raid in the Shakai valley in South Waziristan. Rasheed was…
  • Islamic State describes its seizure of central Syrian gas field

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    The al Sha'er gas field. Image from Islamic State statement. The Islamic State's media wing in Wilayat Homs released a statement early this week on the recent fighting around the al Sha'er gas field in central Syria. The statement, titled "A Pictured Report from the Invasion of the al Sha'er gas field," includes a summary of the battles as well as photos of their aftermath [see below]. Reports began to surface last week indicating that on the evening of July 16, the Islamic State mounted an attack on the al Sha'er gas field with a 2,000-man force. The gas field is located 110 kilometers east…
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  • Marines to Get Fewer Assault Ships

    Matthew Cox
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The U.S. Marine Corps needs 38 amphibious assault ships for conducting crisis-response missions around the world but the sea service will likely have to settle for 33. U.S. Navy officials have decided to cut five of these versatile ships to deal with the deep cuts to defense spending brought on by sequestration. The 38-ship requirement […]
  • MH-17 Shoot Down Alters Air Force’s Space Equation

    Michael Hoffman
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    ULA's dependence on Russian rocket engines seems to put the joint venture at risk as sanctions against Russian companies intensify.
  • Gaza Shows Worth in Laser Missile Defense Systems

    Michael Hoffman
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    The costly Iron Dome missile defense system is proving its worth and the need for laser missile defense systems.
  • Chinese Spy Ship Arrives Near RIMPAC

    Michael Hoffman
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    The Chinese sent an electronic surveillance ship to the edge of the region of the Rim of the Pacific 2014 exercise.
  • BAE ‘Bullish’ Army Will Buy Missile Guidance Kits

    Brendan McGarry
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    The U.S. subsidiary of the British defense giant BAE Systems Plc expects the Army to begin buying its guidance kits to convert unguided rockets into "smart" heat-seeking missiles.
 
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  • Super Typhoon Neoguri nears Japan

    Chuck Simmins
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    Super Typhoon Neoguri forecast. Click for larger image. Text Warning 071500Z POSITION NEAR 23.1N 126.7E. SUPER TYPHOON 08W (NEOGURI), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 246 NM SOUTH- SOUTHWEST OF KADENA AB, OKINAWA, JAPAN HAS TRACKED NORTH- NORTHWESTWARD AT 10 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 071200Z IS 40 FEET. HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron, are placed into hangars on Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 6, 2014, to protect them from a massive typhoon predicted to slam into Okinawa with wind gusts nearing 200 mph on July 8, 2014. (U.S. Air…
  • The New Caliphate in Iraq and Syria

    Chuck Simmins
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Map of Syrian Civil War and the Iraqi insurgency. June 14, 2014. By Haghal Jagul [CC0], via Wikimedia CommonsThe establishment of a caliphate in Iraq is laden with 1,200 years of history. Baghdad, for a glorious five hundred years, was the political capital of Islam and a center for what has been called “the Golden Age of Islam.” The declaration by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) that they have established a caliphate in the Syrian and Iraqi territories that they control, and that they have selected a caliph is based on this history. It is also a direct challenge to Muslim…
  • California has another whooping cough epidemic

    Chuck Simmins
    14 Jun 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Protect infants by being vaccinated against pertussis.It’s not cyclical, people. It’s not illegal immigrants. It’s all about parents refusing to immunize their children. White, well-to-do parents. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced on June 13 that the state was now suffering an epidemic of pertussis, whooping cough, cases. The state had received reports from its county health departments of 3,458 illnesses by June 10. There have been two pertussis deaths, in infants.California is providing reports at Pertussis Summary Reports, on an every two week…
  • Resources for preventing and treating chikungunya

    Chuck Simmins
    8 Jun 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Estimated habitat of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the United States, the vector for chikungunya.As this is written, there have been no locally acquired cases of chikungunya in the continental United States. There have been 32 imported cases of the mosquito borne illness, where the patient contracted the disease abroad and was diagnosed in the U.S. The illness is expected to become locally acquired, probably in Florida, in the near future. This is intended to be a partial resource for readers interested in the illness, its prevention and its treatment. Chikungunya is not contagious. At this…
  • Projecting the Toll from Chikungunya in the United States

    Chuck Simmins
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:17 am
    Estimated habitat of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito in the United States, the vector for chikungunya.Chikungunya is coming to America. What will be the toll in the United States when the mosquito borne illness becomes locally acquired? The toll is dependent upon several factors, the availability of a vector, the population of that vector and the level of preventative measures that are taken. The Aedes Aegypti mosquito, also called the Yellow Fever mosquito, is the current vector for chikungunya in the Caribbean. The mosquito becomes infected by biting a patient with the illness, and then can…
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  • Surf Side Bed and Breakfast (Pet-Friendly)

    contributor
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY EMILY COZZIE One day my husband was looking online for fun places to stay overnight when he came across the Surf Side Bed and Breakfast. I was so excited because I am a sucker for quaint and charming get-a-ways. And what made this place even better was they allowed dogs. Yes, you read that right, our four-legged canine companions. This was so convenient for us because finding a dog sitter for our 13-pound companion was not going to be easy due to his neediness and spoiled behavior. My husband made online reservations and in the “special notes” he added that we were going to…
  • Cambodia & Vietnam: An Epic Sister Trip, Part 5

    contributor
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is the fifth installment of Kassie’s adventure through Cambodia and Vietnam with her sister. Click on the following links to read the others: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 CONTRIBUTED BY KASSIE O’DRISCOLL Tabitha and I started our journey to Phnom Penh in the afternoon. Our hotel booked our bus for us using Giant Ibis Transport, which was the company that we were going to use anyway. Get used to just letting your guesthouse or hotel “handle it;” they’re very good at it! The particular bus was the size of a Greyhound and had two outlets for…
  • Upside Down Question Mark Restaurant

    contributor
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ANDREW FASSETT I don’t know the correct name of this restaurant but it does have a sign out front where the top symbol is an upside down question mark (Editor’s note: if you know the name, please let us know in the comments so we can update the title). Regardless, this was my favorite restaurant on all of Okinawa for the two years I was there. It is basically a small Japanese noodle place that has delicious food, in good quantities, and for a very reasonable price. My personal favorite was their deep fried chicken set with pork broth soup. I never left there hungry and…
  • India: The Golden Triangle and Taj Mahal

    contributor
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY KATRINA RAYMOND Living in Asia, we have the ability to see so many sites that are right at our door step. The opportunity to go to India for under $1,000 with flights, hotel, and tours was a deal I could not pass up. I went in May, which is low season, and why the deal was so hot (literally and figuratively); the temps peaked at 117 degrees there, but the cold water and A/C made it worth it. I went with three other women and it was an amazing time. The theory is to not smile or make eye contact with men and you will be safe. I would advise DO NOT take public transit if you…
  • Exotic Zoo (Inside Southeast Botanical Gardens)

    contributor
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY JENNIFER MARTINEZ What better way to spend a breezy, uneventful afternoon in Okinawa than by strolling through the vibrant Southeast Botanical Gardens in bloom? How about you take that lovely flora and fauna-filled afternoon, toss in a buffet lunch of the grandest kind at Peace Restaurant, and you guessed it: end the day with what could be the most exotic petting zoo you’ve ever experienced. For me, it even went as far as to check off a box on my Bucket List. No joke, it’s a long story for which I’ll spare you details but I have always wanted to someday see from a…
 
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    Navy CyberSpace Blog

  • Navy’s DAT Policy Revisited

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

    NCCM(Ret)
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Navy Recruiting Command’s Admiral’s Accelerator Award (AAA) is a quarterly award that provides, in part, an incentive for recruiters and job classifiers to fill ratings and programs that could use a boost in qualified personnel. The current guidance runs from July 1 through September 30, 2014 (the fourth quarter of the fiscal year). Of course, […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Operation Live Well

    NCCM(Ret)
    29 May 2014 | 7:18 am
    Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss an important health initiative with Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. William Mahoney, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, and Navy Command Master Chief Terry Prince, Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Defense Health […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Hurry Up and Wait

    NCCM(Ret)
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Lately, well, actually, over the past few months, I have been getting a growing number of applicants, and even some recruiters, telling me via comments in the blog, social media, or via email that they are waiting on their local commands and MEPS to inform them to whether their police involvement and/or medical condition will […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • One Week Left

    NCCM(Ret)
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    The last week of my final semester in college. April 30th will be my official last day. All told, I will finish with two degrees; one in Information Technology, and the other, Graphic Arts — I would not have done it without the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Thank you, America! I still have much to […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
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    Navy Reads

  • Mark Twain's Colors: 'Following the Equator'

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    by Bill DoughtyThis is a book by one of America's greatest writers. Mark Twain's "Following the Equator" takes the reader not just to different places around the globe but also back in time. Volume I covers the Pacific Ocean – to Hawaii and Fiji, to Australia and New Zealand. Volume II continues into the Indian Ocean from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and India to Africa."Following" is fun, fantasy and philosophy. It's storytelling, daydreams and nostalgia."On the seventh day out we saw a dim vast bulk standing up out of the wastes of the Pacific and knew that that spectral promontory was Diamond…
  • 'The War That Ended Peace' / 'Poilu'

    12 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Reviews by Bill DoughtyTwo recent books about World War I offer different perspectives -- one from a broad sweep of world history and the other from inside narrow muddy trenches and a "lunar landscape" battlefield.Margaret MacMillan, Oxford University professor of history, presents a comprehensive look at events leading up to and through what writer H.G. Wells said would be "the war to end war." Macmillan's "The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914" shows how peculiar personalities and poor choices led to death and destruction in Europe 100 years ago.Former Secretary of State Madeleine…
  • Our Key Founder Thomas Paine?

    4 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Review by Bill DoughtyCraig Nelson makes a convincing case that a writer (not a lawyer or an elected official) was the key "founding father" of our nation. Writer and immigrant Thomas Paine inspired Thomas Jefferson, John and Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, and he encouraged a new nation-in-the-making. Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" and "American Crisis" series led to the American Revolution and helped hold the Continental Army together in the lowest points of 1776.Paine's genius was in seeing, thinking and writing clearly. He used words to conquer fear and build…
  • Cyber Part I: Wiki-Matters and Cats

    21 Jun 2014 | 10:21 am
    Review by Bill Doughty"Cyberspace" is a word coined by science fiction writer William Gibson* in his mindbending novel, "Neuromancer." In "Cybersecurity and Cyberwar" by P. W. Singer and Allan Friedman, a new read on the CNO's Professional Reading Program, we learn about the online domain of cyberspace -- how it was created, how it is evolving and why the future of the Internet depends on interoperability, openness and trust."The takeaway for cybersecurity is that the entire system is based on trust." President Ronald Reagan famously advised in another context, "trust but…
  • Cyber Part II - Fear, Beagle-punching, profits

    14 Jun 2014 | 8:06 pm
    by Bill DoughtyPresident Eisenhower famously warned against a military-industrial complex. The authors of "Cybersecurity and Cyberwar" ask if a cyber-industrial complex is developing, especially since 9/11/2001. As fear grows so does the profit motive.But authors P. W. Singer and Allan Friedman contend that cyberthreats are not all created by a great conspiracy or political and profit incentives. They ask that threats "be put in their proper context and understanding." And they show how the pieces can fit to provide greater security and less fear.The authors define and…
 
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    At War

  • In Ukraine, Spent Cartridges Offer Clues to Violence Fueled by Soviet Surplus

    By C. J. CHIVERS
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Samples of cartridge cases gathered by two reporters for The New York Times in eastern Ukraine showed that ammunition for assault rifles used in the clashes originated in plants that once were mainstays of Soviet arms production.
  • Returning to Service, and Iraq, With Blackwater

    By MATT PELAK
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Iraq veteran Matt Pelak returned to the country via a job with Blackwater. He writes that it's hard to square that experience, and his respect for his colleagues, with the recent coverage of the Blackwater employees on trial for shooting Iraqi civilians in 2007.
  • ‘The Enemy,’ Through the Eyes of a Child

    By GERARDO MENA
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Gerardo Mena, a decorated veteran of the war in Iraq, came home with what he thought were unshakeable feelings about Arabs. But his young son helped him to see his views--and fears--in a new light.
  • Signs of an Afghan Crisis, There on Election Day in June

    By ALI M. LATIFI
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Weeks after the Afghan runoff, when the election commission put the number of votes cast at 8.1 million, the vision of a more than half-empty ballot box in Kabul flashed before a reporter's eyes.
  • Officer ‘Separations’ Break More Than Years of Service

    By AMY BUSHATZ
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Job cuts for officers in the Army are called “separations," and as one Army spouse writes, the word is apt: when the country for which you’ve lost youth, relationships and health wants to get rid of you, it does feel like a betrayal.
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • Staff Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants

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

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

    Lauren Malm
    23 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    Footwear is where NIKE excels, and its tactical line is no exception. The brand made its debut into the market with the Safety Field Boot (SFB). Then in early 2014, it released the SFB Field. Both boots have a similar handsome cut and are built for the same purpose. However, there are some key differences that set these two styles apart. NIKE SFB The Nike SFB was designed with speed in mind, and the result is the lightest, highest-mobility tactical boot the brand has ever made. Fast-drying, flexible and featherweight, NIKE SFBs feel more like a pair of athletic shoes than a boot. Even…
  • What the New AR 670-1 Means for Your Boots

    Lauren Malm
    16 May 2014 | 9:30 am
    This page last updated: July 2, 2014 Say goodbye to mesh uppers on military boots. The long-awaited Army Regulation 670-1 went into effect at the end of March and has changed the way soldiers lace up. Although the biggest changes were to implement stricter tattoo, hair and appearance rules, the  AR 670-1 also includes rules on which type of military boots are considered acceptable. Previously, soldier were wearing military boots with synthetic uppers, which increased the breathability and reduced weight. The regulation requires all-leather styles without zippers. Specifically, it requires…
  • New Prizm Technology from Oakley

    Lauren Malm
    1 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    Need to update your optics? There is no better time to upgrade to a pair of high-performance Oakleys. The brand just released its newest eyewear innovation, Prizm technology. What sets Prizm lenses apart from others on the market? It’s all about the visual separation, which as a result increases target acquisition. Typically, shooting glasses use a spectrum of gray tints to reduce light. Prizm technology works differently. The red lenses amplify contrast by blocking specific color wavelengths. They’re designed to function in an array of lighting situations, making steel targets…
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    Defense Media Network

  • Army Attempts to Salvage GCV Technology Advances

    Scott R. Gourley
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    The U.S. Army is preparing to salvage the technology advances made under its terminated Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program. The GCV program itself had emerged from the ashes of the terminated Future Combat System Manned Ground Vehicle element. GCV was seen as a replacement for the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, able to accommodate a full nine-man infantry squad in a vehicle that would feature increased underbelly and ballistic protection with scalable armor that provides maximum mission flexibility. As late as April 2013, service leadership was highlighting GCV as “one of the Army’s…
  • MV Cape Ray Neutralizes Syria’s Chemical Stockpile While the Mideast Burns

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    While Syria’s civil war rages on, while ISIS insurgents fight Iraqi government forces, and while the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in Gaza continues, the MV Cape Ray cruises in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea, neutralizing Syria’s declared stockpile of chemical weapons and precursors. Syria handed over 1,300 metric tons of chemical materials for neutralization. Italian officials loaded 78 containers of Syrian chemical materials, weighing some 600 tons, aboard the Cape Ray on July 2. The remaining 700 tons of chemical materials will be neutralized in Europe and the United…
  • Nazi Rotors: German Helicopter Development 1932-1945 – Flettner

    Mike Markowitz
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    For the German Navy, facing war without its own aircraft carriers, the helicopter seemed promising as an observation platform and anti-submarine weapon carrier that could launch and recover from a platform on a small vessel. During the 1930s Kriegsmarine officers had noted the U.S. Army’s experiments with the Kellet KD-1 autogyro, and the Japanese Army’s license production of this aircraft as the Kayaba Ka-1. They concluded that they would need three kinds of helicopters in the coming war at sea: a coastal chopper for use from shore bases, a compact shipboard model, and a mini-copter to…
  • Worldwide Aircraft Carriers

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    When World War II (WWII) ended with the advent of nuclear weapons, many suggested the era of the aircraft carrier and amphibious warfare was over. Yet every single one of the worldwide aircraft carriers nearly 50 aircraft-carrying ships described below was laid down after WWII. Today, at a time when criticism of the usefulness of aircraft carriers is particularly strident, seagoing nations across the globe are building or procuring air capable ships at a rate unseen for decades. Even the Chinese, who provoked much of the criticism of aircraft carriers when they announced their…
  • B-2 Spirit 25th Anniversary | Photos

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    This month marked the 25th anniversary of the first public flight of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit “stealth bomber” on July 17, 1989. While the radical “flying wing” attracted a great deal of attention at the time, it was not a new concept, and in fact was similar to a planform seen before from Northrop in the shape of the YB-35 and YB-49 bombers. Controversial for its expense during its early development – it was literally worth more than its weight in gold in 1989 dollars – the B-2 production run was limited to 21 aircraft. Original plans to procure 132 B-2s collapsed…
 
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • Summer is here and its time to think about the beach.

    armytankerswife
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Summer is here and its time to think about the beach.  Here is my check list for a great day or weekend at the beach. Beach sandals Sunglasses Beach hat Sunscreen Shannon Sandals – Beach Multi – Soft Surroundings These… Continue Reading →
  • THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY – What Bite Takes You Home?

    armytankerswife
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY arrives in theaters everywhere on August 8th! In DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery is nearly cause for a heated battle between… Continue Reading →
  • NEW Dial® Coconut Water Refreshing Mango + Giveaway!

    armytankerswife
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    What’s up people! I am pretty lucky to be on the Purex Insiders, I get to bring you all the cool new products and I have two coupons for a FREE NEW Dial® Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash. I… Continue Reading →
  • It is 99 days until Halloween! Military Discount inside

    armytankerswife
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    Did you know that? 99 days. It is right around the corner! I went to Micheal’s to make a craft and they already have fall/Halloween items out. If your kids are anything like mine then they are already planning what… Continue Reading →
  • Our Trip to the Inner Harbor, Baltimore MD

    armytankerswife
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Did you like my movie trailer? HA! So on this cool ipad air, they have this app that allows you to make movies. I had to make a movie trailer about this SeaDog Speedboat cruise! I worked with Visit Baltimore to… Continue Reading →
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    Welcome Home Blog

  • Soldier Surprises Dad at Work

    admin
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Mark Gooding’s son, who is stationed in Hawaii, returned home to Indiana. But before heading out to have fun with family and friends, he made a special trip to Hollywood Casino to surprise his father at work. It had been two years since the father and son had last seen one another in person.
  • Army Major Surprises Kids at Camp

    admin
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    U.S. Army Major Del Boyer surprise his son and daughter at  basketball camp at SUNY after just returning from Afghanistan. They thought they were just being called up to win an award but then their dad showed up.
  • Soldier Surprises Daughter at Baseball Game

    Chris Ross
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    Staff Sgt. Michael Isbell, of Greenwood, returned from duty after 11 months in Afghanistan to surprise his 9-year-old daughter Cami Lee. The Greenville Drive loaned Isbell a uniform and catcher’s gear and he caught his daughter’s first pitch at Monday’s game. After throwing the first pitch Cami Lee started walking toward home plate and that’s when Isbell [...]
  • Soldier Surprises Family at Hotel

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    The hotel told this Military wife that she had won a free night stay at the Hyatt in Clearwater Beach. During that stay, her husband surprised her and her kids by returning from an 18 month deployment.
  • Soldier Surprises Family During Amusement Park Show

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Staff Sergeant Justin Haggerty came home from deployment and surprised his family during a show at Dutch Wonderland in Pennsylvania.
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Incoming – Sub Call

    CJ Grisham
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • Destroying the Myths: 5th Ward and JBS

    CJ Grisham
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    This one isn’t so much a myth as an outright lie. On June 19th, I was invited to speak at a John Birch Society meeting about Open Carry Texas and what we are doing in the fight for gun rights. I am not a member of JBS and never have been. I don’t have an opinion about them one way or the other, but I know they are strong supporters of the 2nd Amendment so I accepted. I’m willing to talk to anyone and everyone about gun rights and getting open carry of handguns passed in Texas, no matter who the group is. This was on a Thursday. Here is a screenshot from the event that my…
  • Turning The Page

    CJ Grisham
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    It’s been a long time since I actively blogged on here. I’m turning a new leaf in my life as I prepare for retirement and whatever the future has in store for me. Just as I have documented my life over the past ten years, minus the last year, I want to document my retirement process in the hopes that I can provide some insight. I have less than 90 days left until I put the Army in rearview mirror. I also want to document my personal journey as I continue the fight for gun rights and my own legal battles. There has been a lot of discussion online about me, but I seldom get to…
  • Incoming – Coast Guard Wargames

    CJ Grisham
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • Incoming – Long Smoke

    CJ Grisham
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
 
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • Staff Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants

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

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

    Lauren Malm
    23 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    Footwear is where NIKE excels, and its tactical line is no exception. The brand made its debut into the market with the Safety Field Boot (SFB). Then in early 2014, it released the SFB Field. Both boots have a similar handsome cut and are built for the same purpose. However, there are some key differences that set these two styles apart. NIKE SFB The Nike SFB was designed with speed in mind, and the result is the lightest, highest-mobility tactical boot the brand has ever made. Fast-drying, flexible and featherweight, NIKE SFBs feel more like a pair of athletic shoes than a boot. Even…
  • What the New AR 670-1 Means for Your Boots

    Lauren Malm
    16 May 2014 | 9:30 am
    This page last updated: July 2, 2014 Say goodbye to mesh uppers on military boots. The long-awaited Army Regulation 670-1 went into effect at the end of March and has changed the way soldiers lace up. Although the biggest changes were to implement stricter tattoo, hair and appearance rules, the  AR 670-1 also includes rules on which type of military boots are considered acceptable. Previously, soldier were wearing military boots with synthetic uppers, which increased the breathability and reduced weight. The regulation requires all-leather styles without zippers. Specifically, it requires…
  • New Prizm Technology from Oakley

    Lauren Malm
    1 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    Need to update your optics? There is no better time to upgrade to a pair of high-performance Oakleys. The brand just released its newest eyewear innovation, Prizm technology. What sets Prizm lenses apart from others on the market? It’s all about the visual separation, which as a result increases target acquisition. Typically, shooting glasses use a spectrum of gray tints to reduce light. Prizm technology works differently. The red lenses amplify contrast by blocking specific color wavelengths. They’re designed to function in an array of lighting situations, making steel targets…
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    The Duffel Blog

  • Point/Counterpoint: Women In The Military

    Frederick Taub
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The following is a point/counterpoint article regarding the topic of allowing women to serve in the armed forces. Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.) will be presenting the point, while Lt. Col. Jeffery Sinclair will be arguing the counterpoint. Point: Women have no place in the modern military, just as they haven’t since the beginning of warfare. Now, the 1980s […]
  • Sergeant Major Pretty Sure That Captain Was Being Disrespectful

    Dick Scuttlebutt
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan — The Command Sergeant Major of Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps is pretty sure that EOD captain he was just talking with was being disrespectful to him, sources confirmed this morning. “It wasn’t anything I could put my finger on,” said Sgt. Maj. Kevin Bush, rubbing his chin, “but I’m pretty sure that […]
  • Veteran Working Dog Has Trouble Marketing Skills To Local Employers

    Juice Box
    31 Dec 1969 | 4:00 pm
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – If every dog has his day, Rusty’s could sure come soon. According to sources, the Belgian Malinois – recently home from his last of six deployments overseas – has found it particularly challenging to find a market for the skills he learned as a military working dog. “Turns out biting, growling, and […]
  • Jane Fonda Revealed As Heroic CIA Operative

    Duffel Blog Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    LANGLEY, Va. — Jane Fonda, the actress labeled a traitor by the veteran community because of her activities during the Vietnam War, was actually a CIA operative who used her perceived anti-war stance as a cover that provided crucial intelligence for American forces, according to new documents declassified this week. “She was able to get […]
  • US Says Donovian Militants Responsible For Shooting Down Malaysia Airliner

    ArmyJ
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama told reporters he has a “mountain of evidence” that proves militants from the Donovian People’s Army shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the breakaway province of Gorgas, sources confirmed this morning. The announcement came as a shock to most of the world, as many following the news after the civilian […]
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    SFTT: Best body armor, combat boots, helmets, sidearms and weapons for US frontline troops.

  • Golf Tournament to Benefit SFTT

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

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

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

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

    sfttgrunt
    10 Feb 2014 | 9:56 am
    Kevin and Michael Bacon and The Bacon Brothers Band will perform at a Washington DC fundraiser on March 22nd to benefit Stand For The Troops (SFTT).  The Show will help support SFTT’s mission to safeguard the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our country’s frontline troops – the young heroes who daily put their lives on the line protecting us and our way of life. The Bacon Brothers Band will be joined by other musicians of note including Buskin & Batteau, Ed Laub, Gordon Peterson, the eminent jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, – and a high profile comic to be…
 
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • 1er REG: Paying Homage to Major Nikolic

    admin
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    On July 22, 2014, legionnaires from the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG), participated in the ceremony to honor their comrade-in-arms, Adjudant-chef Dejvid Nikolic killed in Mali on July 14, promoted posthumously to the Major rank. The ceremony took place at Quartier General Rollet of Laudun, 1er REG’s garrison… Two videos. Legionnaires from 1er REG […]
  • French firemen applauding the legionnaires in Paris

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    On July 14, 2014, the French firemen (sapeurs-pompiers) of the Northern Defence and Security Zone (Zone de défense et de sécurité Nord) of northern France, participating for the first time in the Bastille Day Parade, met the legionnaires in a street of Paris and cheered them with a “standing ovation”.
  • 2e REI: Infernal Run

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    Last month, in June 2014, the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) of the French Foreign Legion organized the first year of a 9 km (6 miles) long run with several obstacles, the Infernal Run. More than 600 legionnaires, mainly from 2e REI, participated in. However, as being said, Infernal Run is open to legionnaires […]
  • 1er REG: Legionnaire killed in Mali

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    On July 14, 2014, a French Foreign Legion legionnaire Dejvid Nikolic of Serbian origin, a member of the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG), was killed during Operation Serval in the Al Moustarat region of northern Mali. He became the third legionnaire having been killed in this African country since 2013, after SCH Harold Vormezeele […]
  • Foreign Legion: Bastille Day Military Parade 2014

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    On July 14, the Bastille Day Military Parade (Défilé militaire du 14 Juillet) passed down the Champs-Elysées, Paris. As always, the Foreign Legion took part in the parade. See the legionnaires from the Foreign Legion Music Band and the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG), accompanied by the Foreign Legion Pioneers, marching together down the […]
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    Texas Veterans Blog

  • Buying Texas Land: Mineral Rights

    Anne Evenson
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Are you a Texas veteran considering the purchase of land in Texas? Whether you plan to build a house on it or use it for recreational purposes, pay special attention to the mineral rights and whether or not they are included with the sale of the land. The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) states that [...]
  • Highway Improvement Complements State Veterans Cemetery Expansion

    Anne Evenson
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    A route long known for its fast-moving traffic will soon become much safer for motorists near a major monument to our military heroes. A construction project will transform the southbound shoulder of State Highway 195 into a turn-only lane reserved for vehicles entering the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. Work on resurfacing, reconfiguring [...]
  • Texas State Veterans Home Earns Bronze National Quality Award

    Anne Evenson
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The high-quality care at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham, Texas has been recognized with the 2014 Bronze — Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). This award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award Program. [...]
  • 2014 Edition of Texas Small Land Sales Report Released

    Anne Evenson
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    If you’re a Texas veteran contemplating the purchase of Texas land, take a moment to look over the 2014 Texas Small Land Sales Report, recently released by the  Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR) and the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. This is the first edition of this publication. The data in this report is an [...]
  • Celebrate the Fourth of July Across Texas

    Anne Evenson
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Our nation’s birthday is coming up and while you’re thinking about ways to celebrate, take a moment to remember how lucky we are to live in the land of the free. Pause to consider the sacrifices made by our nation’s military members and veterans. Without their indomitable valor, our way of life, liberty and very [...]
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    World Traveling Military Family

  • Our Wild July – 2014

    Mrs B
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Hey y’all! I’m still here just slacked on posting this week but for good reason. If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Twitter then you know that we have been back in the States since the 3rd of July. We’re here for several reasons, the main one being to bring Boo back to the [...] The post Our Wild July – 2014 appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Differences Living In Germany

    Mrs B
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    While it’s always super exciting to move overseas, at least for us, this is our first time we are having to actually live off base and live like the local culture and we’ve found there are quite a few differences! There are many differences living in Germany compared to Stateside life, even more so when [...] The post Differences Living In Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Photo Props – Thinking Outside The Box

    Mrs B
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I shared this a few months ago on Blueberries & Bokah but thought I would share it here for my readers as well Using props is a great way to help give a photo a little extra something. It can be done easily with simple props and pretty inexpensively if you have the right mindset [...] The post Photo Props – Thinking Outside The Box appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • 10 Tips for Traveling In Germany

    Mrs B
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Here are 10 tips for traveling in Germany to make it a bit easier! Rest stop may or may not have toilet paper (like Japan), so bring your own just in case to prevent a ‘learned it the hard way’ lesson! Also let me forewarn you that the seats are made of stainless steel and [...] The post 10 Tips for Traveling In Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Spartan Up! Book Review

    Mrs B
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of Spartan Up! for review purposes. No other forms of compensation were received. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced. I was recently given the opportunity to read Spartan Up! A Take-No-Prisoners Guide To Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance In Life by Joe [...] The post Spartan Up! Book Review appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
 
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  • Summer is here and its time to think about the beach.

    armytankerswife
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Summer is here and its time to think about the beach.  Here is my check list for a great day or weekend at the beach. Beach sandals Sunglasses Beach hat Sunscreen Shannon Sandals – Beach Multi – Soft Surroundings These… Continue Reading →
  • THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY – What Bite Takes You Home?

    armytankerswife
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY arrives in theaters everywhere on August 8th! In DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery is nearly cause for a heated battle between… Continue Reading →
  • NEW Dial® Coconut Water Refreshing Mango + Giveaway!

    armytankerswife
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    What’s up people! I am pretty lucky to be on the Purex Insiders, I get to bring you all the cool new products and I have two coupons for a FREE NEW Dial® Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash. I… Continue Reading →
  • It is 99 days until Halloween! Military Discount inside

    armytankerswife
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    Did you know that? 99 days. It is right around the corner! I went to Micheal’s to make a craft and they already have fall/Halloween items out. If your kids are anything like mine then they are already planning what… Continue Reading →
  • Our Trip to the Inner Harbor, Baltimore MD

    armytankerswife
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Did you like my movie trailer? HA! So on this cool ipad air, they have this app that allows you to make movies. I had to make a movie trailer about this SeaDog Speedboat cruise! I worked with Visit Baltimore to… Continue Reading →
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    Vision Strike Wear Military Blog

  • National Guard Mobilized in 3 States

    Webmaster Matt
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    Texas National Guard Mobilized to USA – Mexico Border We support the Texas Army National Guard 100% and we are sure that they will complete their mission with honor and effectiveness.  However, what’s the point of them being there?  The children coming across the border are not trying to evade capture, they are trying to be captured. They know that U.S. law requires that each of them gets evaluated by a court. And with the system as clogged as it already is they know they have a pretty good chance to stay here for a while.  So what will the National Guard do beside cost Texas…
  • Best Navy Rank and Rate Designs Anywhere

    Webmaster Matt
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The creation of US Navy Rank and Rate designs have been requested for years and their popularity has not diminished for those that wear, have worn or will wear the uniform of the United States Navy. Our soldiers and sailors deserve the best and at Vision Strike Wear, we have the most popular Navy Rank and Rate Design in the USA. Made in the USA! The development of a design for the US Navy ranks and rates has been requested by thousands of active duty, retired and veterans of the US Navy and we have responded by producing not just a single design, but literally hundreds of US navy rank and…
  • Popeye the Tin Can Sailor

    Webmaster Matt
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    For decades Popeye has been entertaining us with his heroic adventures, his unrelenting triumph over evil and his ability to illustrate right from wrong. He has become a much loved American icon and a part of the American culture since his inception. Vision-Strike-Wear.Com has become one of the very few licensees able to reproduce Popeye and place him on on a variety of Popeye apparel from shirts to hoodies and have him displayed in a way that transcends his former years in a far more colorful and detailed modern military manner. This Popeye military shirt design is approved and fully…
  • Led By A Lion T-Shirt and Once More Unto The Breach T-Shirt

    Webmaster Matt
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Two fantastic new Military Quote T-Shirt designs from Vision-Strike-Wear.com. Wear your attitude with these two new designs with quotes from Henry V and Alexander the Great. Led By A Lion T-Shirt “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” Alexander the Great Led By A Lion T-Shirt Once More Unto The Breach Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead. In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility: But when the blast of war blows in our ears,…
  • [Video] R2D2 Dances to Michael Jackson Billy Jean and Thriller

    Webmaster Matt
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    This doesn’t really have anything to do with the military, except that R2D2 was a rebel soldier droid. (stretch?)  But anyway, I don’t care because I think this is hilarious. When R2D2 dances, these ARE the droids you are looking for! #R2D2 #Dances to #MichaelJackson songs. #BillyJean and #Thriller #Video. #Comedy #StarWarsClick To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule The post [Video] R2D2 Dances to Michael Jackson Billy Jean and Thriller appeared first on Vision Strike Wear Military Blog.
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