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  • Suicide awareness is the goal of walk by carrier Roosevelt's crew

    Stars and Stripes News
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:31 am
    Sailors aboard the deployed aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt gathered on the ship's flight deck Sunday in support of the 10th annual "Out of the Darkness" Community Walk.
  • Learning

    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms
    Jenny
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Having a spouse who works in the oil field and travels state to state, I figured my daughter making her career in the NAVY would be a breeze...NOT! This has been the longest and hardest week. I've been writing her every other day and am patiently waiting to receive her form letter for an address. I received her box and never thought I'd be so ecstatic to receive dirty clothes LOL I have thrown myself into all the support I can find and am GRATEFUL for those that are educating and supporting me along the way.  Learning terminology, OPSEC and little things we throw out there every day that…
  • “What difference does it make”

    OP FOR
    DaveO
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia, are aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases — including security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms — to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents, U.S. officials said. At least one clandestine network of American engineers and scientists who provide technical assistance to U.S. undercover operatives and agents overseas has been compromised as a result, according to two U.S. officials. What difference does it make? Jimmy Carter pushed for and nearly succeeded in…
  • Book Review - "A Pattern of Lies" by Charles Todd

    BLACKFIVE
    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:04 am
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category on the right side bar. A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd has the main character Bess Crawford deeply involved in solving a “who done it.” As with all the books this strong female nurse is put in a situation where she has to help solve a case that is always surrounded in mystery. An added bonus is learning what it was like living during the World War I era. In this book readers are immersed in the culture of…
  • Big Week for China Watchers

    Defense Tech
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    This week will be a big one for China watchers as the People’s Liberation Army holds a massive parade on Thursday in Beijing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender during World War II. The parade comes the same week Taiwan released its a report warning that China will declare an Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ, in the South China Sea after it finishes building military facilities on the Spratly Islands, according to the aviation blog Alert 5. The PLA plans to showcase its increasingly capable weaponry, from guns and missiles to tanks and fighter jets. An…
 
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    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms

  • Learning

    Jenny
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Having a spouse who works in the oil field and travels state to state, I figured my daughter making her career in the NAVY would be a breeze...NOT! This has been the longest and hardest week. I've been writing her every other day and am patiently waiting to receive her form letter for an address. I received her box and never thought I'd be so ecstatic to receive dirty clothes LOL I have thrown myself into all the support I can find and am GRATEFUL for those that are educating and supporting me along the way.  Learning terminology, OPSEC and little things we throw out there every day that…
  • Casey'smom

    He's in the Navy
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    My son left August 3 , 2015 arrived at bootcamp on August 4, 2015. He has been gone for 18 days. I miss him so much. His division is 326.Has anyone heard from their boys?
  • My son is leaving

    Justin's Mom
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    I'm sitting with my son in MEPS. He leaves in a few hours for boot camp in Great Lakes. This is so hard already I can't imagine the next few months without hearing from him or knowing if he's ok. I have such mixed emotions. I'm so proud and excited for his new chapter but yet so sad that I won't have him by my side. His room will be empty, there will be no texts or calls. How do other moms make it through?
  • So, my son is leaving me on August 17 to go to boot camp. I am starting to get so sad and cry all the time. I look at him and still see a child but he is not. I am so proud of him. But this really hu…

    Angie
    8 Aug 2015 | 3:55 pm
    So, my son is leaving me on August 17 to go to boot camp. I am starting to get so sad and cry all the time. I look at him and still see a child but he is not. I am so proud of him. But this really hurts us parents.
  • Son left 7/29. My heart hurts.

    Cat33022
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    I put my baby boy on a plane to Great Lakes on Wednesday,July 29th.He hadn't slept for 2 nights and was so nervous he was throwing up. I haven't seen my son cry since he was little, always playing the tough guy role,but he cried so much that day that I truly thought he would be coming back home with us. I'm so very proud that he got on that plane and followed his dreams in spite of the pain he was feeling at leaving his friends and family behind to train to serve our country. My heart hurts so much with his absence yet swells with pride when I think of the amazing opportunities he has ahead.
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  • “What difference does it make”

    DaveO
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia, are aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases — including security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms — to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents, U.S. officials said. At least one clandestine network of American engineers and scientists who provide technical assistance to U.S. undercover operatives and agents overseas has been compromised as a result, according to two U.S. officials. What difference does it make? Jimmy Carter pushed for and nearly succeeded in…
  • Gun-Day Monday: Double-Barrel Bullpup Shotgun

    LTCOL P
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    Yep. I did not know that there was a market for such a thing, but I’m glad that companies out there are striving to experiment and innovate. I expect that it’d be a fearsome thing to face down a hallway or in a trench.  
  • America is Weak, and So are Her Leaders

    Slater
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    I can safely say that we are in the decline of Rome.  Instead of being overtaken from the interior by an enemy who joined the ranks of our military.  We are succumbing to something that our parent nation would find despicable. We no longer have a stiff upper lip, we no longer press for individuals to assert their responsibility and do everything they can to be someone.  Someone who will leave a mark.  This lack of back-bone can be ween with what happened in Charleston, say what you will, people became angry and emotional over a piece of cloth.  That […]
  • McDew ’82 Takes Command at TRANSCOM

    LTCOL P
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
    Congratulations to General Darren McDew ’82, now the commander of TRANSCOM! If I’m not mistaken, that would also make him the senior alumnus now in uniform, would it not? In any case, congrats to you General!
  • VMI’s 2014 Salaries

    Townie 76
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    Over at the Richmond Times Dispatch you can find Virginia State Salaries for 2014.  I of course pulled the VMI Salaries what I found interesting is that there are 54 Administrative-Lecture or Administrative-Professor positions, or what really is the great Smith Hall Bureaucracy. I did not include the Professional-Lecture which adds even more.  Even more interesting is that on the lower end of the scale, whomever has those positions is not getting a living wage and most likely is working a 2nd or 3rd job or they are summer help. Not sure what they all do, perhaps Slater can enlighten…
 
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    BLACKFIVE

  • Book Review - "A Pattern of Lies" by Charles Todd

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:04 am
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category on the right side bar. A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd has the main character Bess Crawford deeply involved in solving a “who done it.” As with all the books this strong female nurse is put in a situation where she has to help solve a case that is always surrounded in mystery. An added bonus is learning what it was like living during the World War I era. In this book readers are immersed in the culture of…
  • The 2015 Hugo Awards: Some Thoughts

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    There a few things in this world that truly make me mad. I'm not talking the things in life that can make us spark. There are lots of things in this world that can make me spark, and there is a reason that my nickname in early high school was "Spark Plug" and "Sparky." Those who truly knew me, however, knew that the problem was not when I sparked, which was soon over, but when I got very quiet and coldly precise. This morning, I awoke to very unsurprising news about the Hugo awards. I am disappointed, but honestly expected nothing less from the Social Justice Bullies and related ilk. Indeed,…
  • Photo - Show of Force

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:52 pm
    The USS Chung Hoon, USS Moble Bay and USS Russel follow the USS John C. Stennis during a show of force as they transit in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 11, 2015. Sailors from the John C. Stennis Strike Group are conducting composite training and joint task force exercises, the final step in certifying to deploy. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andre T. Richard
  • Book Review - "Deadline" by J.J. Livingston

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our author interviews and reviews by clicking on the Books category link on the right side bar. Deadline by J. J. Livingston, a pen name for Jennifer Greer, is a fascinating read. It explores many issues women face including their treatment in Middle Eastern countries, and the timely issue of stem cell research. But it is also a book that everyone can relate with, through the action packed plot and the issues of trying to cope with PTSD, hold onto a job, being a single parent, and empty…
  • Photo - Seahawk at Sea

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter prepares to land aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis as the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung Hoon follows behind during a show of force as they transit in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 11, 2015. The John C. Stennis Strike Group is undergoing composite training and joint task force exercises, the final step in certifying to deploy. The Seahawk is assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andre T. Richard
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    Defense Tech

  • Big Week for China Watchers

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    This week will be a big one for China watchers as the People’s Liberation Army holds a massive parade on Thursday in Beijing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender during World War II. The parade comes the same week Taiwan released its a report warning that China will declare an Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ, in the South China Sea after it finishes building military facilities on the Spratly Islands, according to the aviation blog Alert 5. The PLA plans to showcase its increasingly capable weaponry, from guns and missiles to tanks and fighter jets. An…
  • Lockheed Pitches UQ-2 or RQ-X for Future Spy Missions

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:37 am
    Six decades after it unveiled the U-2 Dragon Lady, Lockheed Martin Corp. is pitching a replacement spy plane called the UQ-2 or RQ-X. The world’s largest defense contractor recently discussed the idea with reporters at its Skunk Works advanced projects facility in Palmdale, California, which birthed not only the U-2, but also the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, F-117 Nighthawk stealth attack plane and the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet. The so-called UQ-2 or RQ-X, as the design is known within the company, would still carry many of the same sensors as the U-2, utilize the same…
  • Video: Russia Shows Off Stealth Fighter at MAKS Air Show

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    Russia showed off its fifth-generation stealth fighter this week at the MAKS air show outside Moscow, according to news reports. The T-50 is one of several prototypes developed by Sukhoi, a subsidiary of United Aircraft Corp., as part of the Russian air force’s PAK-FA program. The twin-engine fighter is designed to compete against such U.S. military aircraft as the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, both of which are made by Lockheed Martin Corp. The multi-role T-50 has been a regular at MAKS after making its first appearance at the biennial air show in 2011. Similar to previous…
  • Air Force to Expand Contracted Drone ISR Missions

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    The U.S. Air Force acknowledged it’s expanding the number of drone surveillance missions flown by contractors in response to a chronic pilot shortage in the service. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh discussed the issue Monday during a “State of the Air Force” briefing with reporters at the Pentagon. “What we’re talking about doing is expanding right now the use of contractors to actually operate government-owned systems for the near term until we can get our training pipeline mature enough that it can sustain the load over time,” he said. “That’s what we’re talking…
  • Air Force: F-35 Helmet is a ‘Workspace,’ Not a Helmet

    25 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    The U.S. Air Force wants to use another word to describe the expensive, high-tech helmet that can “see through” windowless parts of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. When asked about the price tag for the pilot gear — which has ranged from $400,000 to $800,000 apiece — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said he didn’t know its unit cost and that it won’t be finalized until the hardware enters production. But he did have this to say about the technology: “The helmet is much more than a helmet, the helmet is a work space,” he said. “It’s an interpretation of the battle…
 
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    Michael Yon Online

  • 慰安婦に関する米学者声明への日本の学者からの返答 事実に基づいた建設的な対話を求めて

    Japanese Scholars
    8 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    2015年(平成27年)8月6日  2015年5月5日、米国の日本研究者ら187名が慰安婦問題について「日本の歴史家を支持する声明」(以下、米学者声明)を出しました。その後、賛同者は460人程度に増えたといわれています。私たち日本の学者は、米学者声明の呼びかけに応え、以下の通り見解を表明します。
  • Japanese Scholars’ Reply to the American Scholars’ Comfort Women Statement: In search of a constructive dialogue based upon facts

    Japanese Scholars
    8 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    August 6, 2015 On May 5th, 2015, one hundred and eighty-seven American-based researchers of Japan issued a statement on the comfort women issue titled, “Open letter in support of historians in Japan” (hereafter, “American scholars’ statement”). It is our understanding that, subsequently, the number of signers increased to some four hundred and sixty people. In response to the challenge proposed by the American scholars’ statement, we Japanese scholars respond with the following views. <1> Complete agreement that events should be viewed in their historical context, and…
  • Ability, Not Disability: The Newest ICS Production Centre Develops Skills

    SNV
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    Article by SNV 17 July 2015 This week, construction was completed on the new Improved Cook Stoves (ICS) production facilities at the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre, located just outside the Vientiane city limits.  This partnership is part of the ADB’s Harnessing Climate Change Mitigation Initiatives to Benefit Women project, funded by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF).  The collaboration between these organisations will provide more skills and income-generating activities for disabled women in Laos, as well as expanding the market for Improved Cook Stoves in the…
  • Be a Palm Tree: Tobacco, Rebel Flag, 2nd Amendment

    Michael Yon
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    13 July 2015 A few palm trees remain standing in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the most powerful storm in history. Tacloban, Philippines. (1) Michael Yon Tokyo, Japan Opinion Across the globe and many cultures, the humble palm tree has been a symbol of wisdom, resilience, and the successful warrior. There is a reason why great banana farms are not found in areas prone to frequent typhoon strikes: Banana trees are soft and they bend too much and break and are flattened by a tropical sneeze. Likewise, harder trees such as pine are flattened by the thousands during storms, while the…
  • The Origins of the US Army's Korean Comfort Women

    Choi Kilsung
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    By Choi Kilsung, Professor at University of East -Asia, Professor Emeritus at Hiroshima University(2)  The Korean War As I Experienced It July 6, 2015 Mr. Michael Yon In this Chapter, the author vividly illustrates memories of what he experienced at the age of ten during the Korean War. The arrival of the UN Army  In summer of 1951, fighter planes came to attack the Chinese army which occupied the village the author lived and then UN army entered the village. Villagers welcomed its tall, smartly dressed soldiers. They waved at them as they passed by. Soldiers liberally distributed…
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    Blogs of War

  • The Linux Foundation’s Linux Workstation Security Checklist

    John W. Little
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Konstantin Ryabitsev’s high-level security recommendations for Linux Foundations systems administrators is probably not the kind of document that most of you would read. In fact, I’ve known a shocking number of SysAdmins who wouldn’t take the time to read something like this. But trust me it’s worth reading – even if you don’t understand it. Now you’re probably wondering […]
  • The Return of the Gold Dinar: What is ISIS Up To?

    John Little
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    ISIS is extremely proud of their latest video but, trust me, it’s a bit of a snorefest. But, it’s also very different. The horrific violence they’re known for is there but only in comparatively small doses. Instead they’ve opted to take a lot of fringe financial theory (the kind you might have heard already if you […]
  • William M. Nolte: Counterintelligence after Snowden

    John Little
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
  • Windows 10 Dogged by Privacy Concerns

    John Little
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    While developers are increasingly embracing encryption and building apps with privacy as a key selling point our operating systems are moving in the opposite direction: “Some users have even gone so far as to claim Windows 10 keylogs what you type and sends it back to Microsoft servers, with your machine ID in tow, every 30 […]
  • Writing for Blogs of War

    John Little
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:43 pm
    I haven’t accepted unsolicited guest posts for several years. I’ve preferred to work primarily with trusted contacts. The same goes for interviews. I tend to ignore pitches and reach out to people that I’m personally interested in. However, I’m shifting course a bit and am now encouraging you to submit complete articles for review via blogsofwar@protonmail.com. […]
 
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    #Iraq

  • A Day in Baghdad (video)

    Zeyad Kasem
    9 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Interesting video tour in HD through several districts of Baghdad (including my home district of Adhamiya near the end). Baghdad seems shockingly normal here. Of course the tour didn't include rundown and impoverished neighbourhoods, but still cool.  
  • 2 Aug 2015 | 4:39 am

    Zeyad Kasem
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:39 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ The record heat wave in #Iraq is doing wonders. Iraqis to turn off their cell phones for an hour today to protest 25% rate hike by @Zain — ☡ Kasem☝️☪ زياد (@ZeyadKasim) August 2, 2015
  • Ramadan in the ME

    Zeyad Kasem
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:48 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Two videos of common brutality against people who dared to be 'different' in a region ruled by political, social and religious conformity, both in supposedly 'secular' Muslim countries. The first video from Morocco from a few days ago, where a mob surround a taxi after they spot a homosexual man inside dressed in female clothing. Shouts of 'Allahu Akbar' as they
  • Latest situation map in Iraq and Syria

    Zeyad Kasem
    23 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ According to the Iraqi Army's official Facebook page. I added the color-coded map legend, in case it isn't clear.
  • Horrific lynching vid from Kadhimiya Hospital in Baghdad (graphic)

    Zeyad Kasem
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:40 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ (FB vid, extremely graphic) No one agrees on who this unfortunate man was, but apparently the crowd of attackers, visitors, policeman and hospital staff among them, seem to know for sure. Some say he was a Sunni refugee from Tikrit or the town of Al-Bu Ajil who was snitched by one of the janitors at the hospital. Others say he was an IS member caught and brought to
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • DOD Identifies Afghanistan Casualty

    CJ Grisham
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Master Sgt. Peter A. McKenna Jr., 35, of Bristol, Rhode Island, died Aug. 8, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds when he was attacked by enemy small arms fire. McKenna was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
  • The Dishonesty of Michael Yon

    CJ Grisham
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Now that I’ve made a decision to seriously take a look at running for state office, Michael Yon’s Google Alert on my name (it’s a stalker’s best friend) has been going haywire. Anytime I am mentioned, he can’t help himself but to say something (it’s a stalker thing). However, as I’ve done before, I’m again calling out Yon for his dishonesty and lack of integrity. On his personal propaganda page, Yon has stated on several occasions that in August of last year, I took a bunch of Boy Scouts out on a lake after dark alone. Here are few screen caps…
  • Chest Inflation

    CJ Grisham
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    My Service Pride has a great blog post focusing on the National Defense Service Medal. This is something I’ve seen often with Soldiers. “I was deployed twice to Afghanistan. I rate that star on the NDSM.” Or, ”But guys, I’m SURE I rate the American Defense Service Medal.” … That’s it; nothing more, nothing less. If you meet the requirements for any period, you rate the award. Even if you were in Recruit Training or OCS when the window closed, you rate the award. However, you can only receive the award 1 time per period. You don’t get a star each time you deploy to a…
  • Soldier Missing From WWII Accounted For

    CJ Grisham
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:58 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. John W. Herb of Cleveland, Ohio, will be buried June 18, in Arlington National Cemetery. On April 13, 1945, Herb was assigned to the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, 1st Air Division, as the pilot of an P-51D Mustang. His aircraft sustained damage while strafing German aircraft on the ground. During Herb’s…
  • Kalashnikov USA Launches New Website

    CJ Grisham
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Kalashnikov USA, manufacturer of Kalashnikov style firearms, has launched a new website at www.kalashnikov-usa.com, reflective of their new branding efforts under the “Russian Heritage / American Innovation” tag line. The new site allows users to effortlessly navigate to the various pages and Kalashnikov USA social sites. Users can quickly navigate between the Home page and other pages using the clearly defined tab buttons at the top right. The Firearms tab is a drop down design providing a choice of currently offered products. Each product page highlights the features, benefits…
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    Federation Of American Scientists » Secrecy News Blog Posts

  • OLC: President May Withhold WMD Info from Congress

    Steven Aftergood
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    Despite an explicit statutory requirement to keep Congress “fully and currently informed” about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the President may withhold proliferation-related information from Congress if he determines that doing so could harm the national security, according to a sweeping opinion from the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) that was prepared in 2003. The opinion, written by then-OLC deputy John C. Yoo, was released this week under the Freedom of Information Act. See Presidential Authority to Protect National Security Information,…
  • Security Assistance & Foreign Internal Defense

    Steven Aftergood
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    Through its international security assistance programs, the United States advances its foreign policy agenda, exercises influence, sometimes wreaks havoc or abets abusive conduct, and now and then does good things. Security assistance refers to a variety of programs involving arms sales abroad, military training of foreign security services, and other defense-related activities. A new non-profit website called Security Assistance Monitor presents “all publicly available data on U.S. foreign security assistance programs worldwide from 2000 to the present.” It is a project of the…
  • The “Cadillac Tax,” Congress 101, and More from CRS

    Steven Aftergood
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:42 am
    Several new reports from the Congressional Research Service examine the implications of the 40% excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health care coverage, known as the “Cadillac tax,” that will take effect in 2018. Excise Tax on High-Cost Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage: In Brief, August 14, 2015 The Excise Tax on High-Cost Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance: Estimated Economic and Market Effects, August 20, 2015 The Excise Tax on High-Cost Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage: Background and Economic Analysis, August 20, 2015 Other newly-updated CRS reports introduce the…
  • Intelligence Agencies Have a “Duty to Warn” Endangered Persons

    Steven Aftergood
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    Intelligence agencies that discover a threat to a person’s life or safety are obliged to alert the intended target in most cases as long as they can do so without compromising intelligence sources and methods, a new intelligence community directive instructs. A U.S. intelligence agency “that collects or acquires credible and specific information indicating an impending threat of intentional killing, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping directed at a person or group of people shall have a duty to warn the intended victim or those responsible for protecting the intended victim, as…
  • Intelligence Contractor Oversight, and More from CRS

    Steven Aftergood
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    Effective oversight of intelligence community contractors is a particularly difficult exercise since the reliability of official data on contractor activities is uncertain and most of it is classified and inaccessible to outsiders, a new report from the Congressional Research Service explains. “Contractors have been and are an integral part of the intelligence community’s (IC’s) total workforce (which also includes federal employees and military personnel). Yet questions have been raised regarding how they are used, and the size and cost of the contractor component.”…
 
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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • DoD HR Overhaul Getting the Squinty Eye | DARPA Saw Avengers; Ready for Airborne Carriers? | A-10/F-35 Competition Set for 2018 (If AF Hasn’t Already Ditched the ‘Hog)

    Editorial Staff
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Americas The on-again, off-again Air Force comparison test between the F-35 and the A-10 for close air support is back on again, according to the Washington Times. The F-35 doesn’t carry – and isn’t anticipated to carry – the sorts of weapons that have proven useful in the typical CAS mission. It has but a few seconds of canon ammunition and its weapons bay was once compared to a purse after the F-35C variant further infringed on internal storage. A test between the platforms would likely hinge on the scenario imagined by the Air Force brass, so a cynic might expect a…
  • Russia’s Ka-52 Alligator Scout-Attack Helicopters

    Joe Katzman
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Alligator, feet wet(click to view full) When Russia committed to a multi-year buy of Mi-28 attack helicopters in 2006, it appeared that the Mil design bureau’s Mi-28 (NATO code: Havoc) had eclipsed Kamov’s more radical Ka-50 (NATO code: Hokum) as Russia’s future attack helicopter. A critical loss in Turkey’s attack helicopter competition, and conflicting promises concerning the Kamov machine’s future in Russia, left the platform’s very future in doubt. Russia’s 2005 defense budget, for instance, was supposed to include 12 Ka-50 helicopters –…
  • AIM-9X Block II & Beyond: The New Sidewinder Missiles

    Joe Katzman
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:50 pm
    AIM-9X test, F-18C(click for close-up) Raytheon’s AIM-9X Block II would have made Top Gun a very short movie. It’s the USA’s most advanced short range air-air missile, capable of using its datalink, thrust vectoring maneuverability, and advanced imaging infrared seeker to hit targets behind the launching fighter. Unlike previous AIM-9 models, the AIM-9X can even be used against targets on the ground. These changes will help keep it competitive against foreign missiles like MBDA UK’s AIM-132 ASRAAM, RAFAEL of Israel’s Python 5, the multinational German-led IRIS-T,…
  • A Higher-Tech Hog: USAF A-10C Upgraded, Refurbished, Unloved

    Joe Katzman
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    A-10A over Germany(click to view full) The Precision Engagement modification is the largest single upgrade effort ever undertaken for the USA’s unique A-10 “Warthog” close air support aircraft fleet. While existing A/OA-10 aircraft continue to outperform technology-packed rivals on the battlefield, this set of upgrades is expected to make them more flexible, and help keep the aircraft current until the fleet’s planned phase-out in 2028. When complete, A-10C PE will give USAF A-10s precision strike capability sooner than planned, combining multiple upgrades into 1 time…
  • Halliburton/KBR Contracts Under Fire from Congress, DCAA

    Joe Katzman
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Headed for Iraq Pentagon auditors are questioning more than $108 million in costs claimed by Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown Root (KBR) under its $875 million “Task Order 5″ contract to provide fuel in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) also faulted KBR for the quality of the records it delivered to the investigation, citing discrepancies between reported actual costs and accounting records. Halliburton is asserting that no wrongdoing was involved, claiming that the costs stemmed directly from the strictures it was working under and the challenges…
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    The Captain's Journal

  • The Quote Of The Century

    Herschel Smith
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:10 pm
    WRSA: If you have a door on your home, you believe in borders. Especially if you lock it.
  • Adam Gopnik On Guns As Symbols

    Herschel Smith
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:28 pm
    The New Yorker: Away from the world for August, in a house without Internet or television and only spotty, the-satellite-must-be-passing-over phone reception, I was, until Wednesday, thinking more or less benign thoughts about gun owners, if not guns. As I chronicled last year, I have only just learned how to drive, and, license in hand, or in glove compartment, I’ve been driving for the first time on the little winding roads of the beach town where we’ve spent vacations for the past thirty years. Despite having been anti-car and ostentatiously pro-bike for all those years, I have to…
  • The Second Amendment And Illegal Aliens

    Herschel Smith
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Bob Unruh at WND: Americans are being warned that the danger from the porous United States borders has increased because of a federal appeals court’s determination that illegal aliens have a right to keep and bear arms under the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. “Just think: Illegal aliens who are about to be deported have standing to sue for gun rights, but the sheriff of the fourth largest county located near the border, Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, has no standing to sue Obama for violating the law and flooding his jurisdiction with illegal immigrants,” wrote Daniel Horowitz…
  • Here Is Your War On Drugs

    Herschel Smith
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:26 pm
    AlterNet: A Florida family seeks justice after their son Jason Westcott, was killed by members of a SWAT team, during a “drug raid” on his house which yielded only $2.00 worth of marijuana. An ‘internal investigation’ absolved officers of any wrongdoing though police only found .02 grams of marijuana in Westcott’s home. “They have IA, they have internal investigations but when you police yourself, you have that veil of concern by the outsider,” said attorney T.J. Grimaldi. On Tuesday, attorney T.J. Grimaldi, representing the family of Westcott, informed the city that family…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Please remember my oldest son Joshua in your prayers.  He’s having a rough go of it from back surgery. Via David Codrea: A college student was sexually molested at LaGuardia Airport by a uniformed TSA agent who demanded she go into a bathroom with him after she got off a flight so she could be searched for a weapon, sources told The Post. As I’ve said before, “the TSA is filled with goobers, hicks, pedophiles, perverts and criminals.” David Codrea: In other words, “gun control” doesn’t stop the bad guys and only serves to give them a killer advantage over the…
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    One Marine's View

  • Wrong side of heaven, somthing to think about - Motto Monday

    Maj Pain
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:20 pm
    ANY warrior out there even thinking suicide is the answer can contact me 24/7 to discuss, regardless of branch, service or war. I have your back. Time for a C-Gar Wrong side of heavi
  • Weekend humor - dont act tough..............

    Maj Pain
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:56 pm
    I proceed the below video with this quote as its fitting.... When you men get home and face an anti-war protester, look him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend, because she knows she's dating a pussy General James N. Mattis - Time for a C-Gar
  • 2 American Soldiers Killed By Militant In Afghan Uniform

    Maj Pain
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    You probably heard on your local news that two of Americas warriors were killed yet again by Afghanis traitors right? Not, because the news is focused on crap like how exciting the Mtv awards will be hosted by Miley Cyrus, wow, a direct reflection of America currently.  We get all focused on some moron chick who loves to stick her tongue out because daddy didn't give her any attention. Grow up. Because this administration has your warriors locked on FOBs, they are sitting ducks. We aren't taking the fight to the enemy, we are playing a waiting game. Nice change o voters, try…
  • Have you done your PT today? - Hump day

    Maj Pain
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    For the ladies......have you done your PT today?
  • Hero Americans Who Thwarted Train Attack Awarded Legion d'Honneur

    Maj Pain
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:51 am
    "Here are four men who with the help of others acted not just to save their own lives but who also came to help others and saved the lives of others," said Hollande, who added that the actions of the brave few helped prevent "true carnage" aboard the train carrying around 500 people. Read full story here 
 
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    Murdoc Online

  • Decoy Artillery

    Murdoc
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    Apparently decoys built by the Ukrainians. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • Navy man who returned fire to be charged?

    Murdoc
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
    This seems made up: Navy Lt. Cmdr Timothy White was shot by the Islamic radical in Chattanooga, Tennessee. White also fired back at the terrorist hoping to save lives and bring an end to this sensless tragedy which claimed the lives of 5 American patriots. White used his own firearm, which is not... [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • Friday Linkzookery — 31 Aug 2015

    Murdoc
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    Warthogs in Poland. Icebreakers and global warming. Replacing the Hawk missile. Shooting down drones in your backyard. And so much more. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • M3A3 at XCTC

    Murdoc
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    An M3A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle with Company D, 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment moves into position to support an assault while participating in an Exportable Combat Training Capability exercise at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, near Hattiesburg, Miss. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • F-35A GAU-22/A Test

    Murdoc
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    An F-35A Lightning II, tail number AF-2, fires a burst of rounds down range at the Edwards Gun Harmonizing Range July 17, 2015, on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
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    SpouseBUZZ.com

  • How to Update Information in DEERS

    Amy Bushatz
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:03 am
    Need to update your information in DEERS? It should be pretty easy, right? After all, you’ve done the hard work by registering to start with. Your kids are already registered, too. This should be simple. (Haven’t registered you or your kids? We’ve got help for that over here.) But it won’t be, because this is ... Continue Reading
  • Making the Right Moves to Maintain Your Career

    Amy Bushatz
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    My husband will rotate from his current assignment in about six months, but new orders are nowhere on the horizon. So how’s a girl supposed to plan the next phase of her career when we don’t even know where we that next phase will take place? As an attorney, it’s not as “simple” as finding ... Continue Reading
  • You Could Impact Spouse Federal Hiring

    Guest Bloggers
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s probably no surprise to you as a military spouse, but many in the civilian community don’t realize it: researchers at the National Defense Research Institute (RAND) uncovered differences in employment opportunities between average military spouses in comparison to civilian spouses. Military spouses are often employed at lower rates, earning less than civilian spouses. The ... Continue Reading
  • OCONUS? Using Move.mil Should Be Seamless

    Amy Bushatz
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you have done a permanent change of station (PCS) recently, you’ve probably used the military’s claims website Move.mil. Gone are the days of filling out forms through other means. It’s now all through this portal. But if you are using the system overseas, you may have experienced more frustrations than other users. And calling the ... Continue Reading
  • Commissary Eggs are Pricey, Chicken Headed Back to Korea

    Amy Bushatz
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    When it comes to chicken and chicken-related items at the commissary, there’s good news and there’s bad news. First, the good news. If you’re a chicken fan stationed in Korea, you’ll soon be able to once again buy cooked chicken products at the commissary, officials announced earlier this month. That means items like lunch meat, ... Continue Reading
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    Arms Control Wonk

  • A Normal Nuclear Pakistan

    krepon
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:26 pm
    The Stimson Center and the Carnegie Endowment published a 20,000-word essay on Pakistan’s nuclear program and diplomatic ambitions last week. My co-author Toby Dalton and I did not write this assessment to cause harm to Pakistan. We support Pakistan’s quest to be viewed as a normal state that possesses nuclear weapons, and we support Pakistan’s desire to gain entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group. We also agree with Pakistan’s view that the entry of new members that possess nuclear weapons ought to be criteria-based. Where we disagree with the Government of Pakistan – as well as…
  • Rumi on the Iran Deal

    krepon
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Reading Jalaladdin Rumi is a diversionary summer-vacation tactic to keep at arm’s length Congressional debate over the Iran deal, where arguments that are demonstrably weak are immune from rebuttal. Rumi knew a thing or two about the human condition – and ways to rise above it. So why not consult this Sufi mystic, born in Afghanistan in 1207, subsequently residing mostly in Anatolia, for counsel? There are good reasons to be in favor of this deal and to be wary of it. But these reasons fail to explain why so few of America’s elected representatives will cross party lines to vote on…
  • Sokov on Russian Cruise Missiles

    Jeffrey
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    I was discussing reports of a new Russian sea-launched cruise missile with my colleague, Nikolai Sokov.  He has a number of thoughts about what is going on, so I was delighted when he offered to write them up. There are a lot of really interesting things in Nikolai’s piece. One comment — I remain undecided about the idea that the alleged Russian INF violation arises from a ground-based test of a sea-launched cruise missile. The new information, though, does seem to bolster that case, at least a bit, but my intuition is that it is a new ground-launched cruise missile.  In any…
  • Mentoring: From South Asia to Washington, DC

    krepon
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:11 pm
    One way to try to have an influence on South Asia’s nuclear future is to mentor rising talent. Thanks to the Stimson Center’s funders — the Carnegie Corporation, the MacArthur Foundation and the NNSA — we do workshops with this cohort, we’re planning our first open, online course on regional nuclear issues, and my colleague, Julia Thompson, has been overseeing a website, South Asian Voices, to foster civil discourse between Indian and Pakistani bloggers. They own the content; Stimson controls the server and filters out noise pollution. We also offer fellowships for…
  • Pyongsan and Sillamäe

    Jeffrey
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    I am delighted that my article on the modernization of the uranium mill at Pyongsan is getting so much attention. I do, however, have to register a small reservation — partly about the  coverage but mostly about my own role in it.  I study nuclear weapons, so I am first and foremost interested in what the operation of the uranium mill means for North Korea’s nuclear programs.  It is natural that I would focus on the possibility that the modernization of the mill means more North Korean nuclear weapons, which is a definitely a bad thing. But it is also a speculative thing…
 
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    Personal-Finance.Military.com

  • Is it too late to contribute to the TSP?

    J.J. Montanaro
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Q: I am planning to retire from the military in a few years. I am already contributing to a Roth IRA. Is it worth it to start contributing to the TSP (Roth option), or since I can’t contribute to it after I retire, should I just start contributing to a traditional IRA that I can continue to build on after
  • VA prescriptions for spouse?

    J.J. Montanaro
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    Q: Can the wife of a military retiree obtain prescription drugs for herself at a VA Hospital? –James, US Air Force Retired In most cases, since family members are not eligible for health benefits, a spouse wouldn’t be able to use the VA prescription program.  Here is a link to the VA website covering some of the situations/programs in which
  • Should I cash in my annuities?

    J.J. Montanaro
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Q: My friend told me to cash out a lot of money from my IRA and other annuities, or ask them to just cash out all my interest earned; and buy more annuities with the interest earned from other annuities. Pay a lot of taxes now (fully retired 68) and have less later at 70 1/2. No, I don’t like
  • What benefits are there for widows of vets?

    J.J. Montanaro
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Q: I’m trying to get information on Widows Survival money can you help me. –Pamela, Tennessee A: Pamela, the VA has a number of programs that were created to help veterans and their survivors.  Here, I’m including a quick review (and link to the VA website) of three that might be applicable in your situation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. This
  • Is there a special loan for Vets starting a business?

    J.J. Montanaro
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    Q: Is there a fast-track loan program available to veterans and transitioning military families who would like to start a civilian business — especially a franchise? –Thomas, Ohio A: Sounds like you’re looking into an option that interests a growing number of Veterans.  Over the years, the Small Business Administration has had a number of programs that targeted veterans.  Currently,
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    DoD News Feed

  • Special Report: National Preparedness Month 2015

    alicia.brown
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:29 pm
    By preparing individuals, families, components and installations to respond to disasters and emergencies - from flooding to an active shooter - the Defense Department ensures the strength of the workforce and the ability to continue to safeguard U.S. security.
  • Watch Live at 9 a.m. EDT: Secretary to Host Worldwide Troop Talk

    alicia.brown
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter will hold a first-of-its-kind live, one-hour worldwide troop talk Sept. 1, taking questions from troops via Twitter, Facebook, email and Skype, as well as in-studio questions from an audience of service members. The secretary is scheduled to begin the talk at 9 a.m. EDT. Live coverage begins at 8:40 a.m. EDT to set the stage with an overview and locations around the globe where participants can join the conversation or simply watch the event.
  • Preparedness Vital to Defense Readiness, Official Says

    Terri Moon Cronk
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:18 pm
    As National Preparedness Month, September is a good time to remind DoD personnel and families to be prepared at all times to respond quickly to disasters and emergencies, the acting assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security said.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

    claudette.roulo
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
  • Face of Defense: Airman Author Brings Fictional, Real Heroes to Life

    Air Force Staff Sgt. Darren Scott
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    For storytellers, joy often comes from seeing the hero overcome the many obstacles placed in front of them to emerge strong and victorious against the odds. Air Force Senior Airman Brian McLean is the author of such stories. He is also, in his own way, the hero.
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    DoD Buzz

  • Senators Slam Pentagon Officials Over Faulty Bomber Estimates

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:32 am
    The leaders of the Senate Armed Service Committee blasted Pentagon officials over major discrepancies in recent cost estimates for the Air Force’s new bomber program. Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona and chairman of the panel, and Jack Reed, a Democrat from Long Island and the ranking member of the committee, on Monday said they sent a letter last week to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to air their grievances about the matter. In their letter, the lawmakers noted that a report accompanying the Pentagon’s fiscal 2016 budget request estimated the so-called Long Range Strike…
  • US Deploys Two MQ-1 Predator Drones to Latvia

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Two MQ-1 Predator drones and 70 airmen from the Texas Air National Guard have deployed to Latvia in the continuing buildup of forces on a rotational basis in Eastern Europe to guard against Russia and spillover from the crisis in Ukraine. U.S. European Command also announced that two of the four F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets that arrived in Germany last week had been flown to the Lask airbase in central Poland to join training exercises with NATO allies. “The U.S. is conducting reconnaissance of abilities of operating this type of aircraft at an allied airport,” Polish army spokesman…
  • Pentagon Awards Deal for Wearable Devices in Silicon Valley Push

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:09 am
    The Pentagon has awarded a $171 million contract to a California-based consortium to develop wearable electronic devices as part of a push to work more closely with Silicon Valley. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the award for the so-called FlexTech Alliance, a group of companies, nonprofits, labs and universities — from Apple Inc. to Boeing Co., from the Cleveland Clinic to MIT — during a speech Friday at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, which is also home to Google Inc. The Air Force Research Laboratory will manage the agreement, which combines $75 million in federal…
  • Boeing Lands $1.5 Billion Deal to Supply P-8s to US, Australia

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    Boeing Co., the world’s largest aerospace company, landed a $1.5 billion contract to supply P-8 Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. and Australia. The deal, announced Thursday evening by the Pentagon, calls for delivering 13 more of the maritime surveillance aircraft, including the first four for the Australian military and another nine for the U.S. Navy. That will bring the Navy’s fleet total to 62, of which Boeing has delivered 28 to date, according to a press release from Boeing. “By working together since the early stages of P-8A developmentthe U.S. and Australia have created one airplane…
  • Air Force Blames Mistaken Bomber Costs on ‘Human Error’

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    The U.S. Air Force blamed mistaken cost estimates for the new bomber program — one of the most closely watched defense acquisition efforts underway — in part on “human error.” As Bloomberg News reporter Tony Capaccio noted in a question to officials this week during a “State of the Air Force” briefing at the Pentagon, the service this year estimated the so-called Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRSB, would cost $58 billion over a decade, up from a previous estimate of just $33 billion — though the correct figure is closer to $42 billion. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said…
 
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    America's North Shore Journal

  • Are shade balls the answer to LA’s water problems?

    Chuck Simmins
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Los Angeles officials deploy shade balls at a reservoir. Shade balls are the chosen answer to several problems faced by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power with their open air reservoirs in the area. The EPA has mandated that such reservoirs be covered. Sunlight has been causing a reaction turning bromide in the water into bromate. a suspected cancer causing chemical. And, in the wake of multiple years of severe drought, open air reservoirs lose millions of gallons of water to evaporation. Shade balls are four inch diameter plastic balls. As used in LA, they will be partially filled…
  • DoD, National Guard Help Fight Western Wildfires

    Chuck Simmins
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Soldiers help extinguish a small fire while battling the Rocky Fire near Clear Lake, Calif., Aug. 12, 2015 By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2015, August 17, 2015 — More than 440 California National Guard soldiers and airmen have been activated to help the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, fight fires throughout the state, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said today. California is one of 10 states around the country reporting significant large-fire activity, Cal Fire said today on its website, noting that…
  • Lithuanian, US troops tackle Poland mission

    Chuck Simmins
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Service members of Gamble Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) and the Distribution Company, Grand Duke Vytenis Main Support Logistics Battalion, Lithuanian Land Forces refuel a truck while they discuss the day’s operations at a Polish military base near Wedrzyn, Poland, Aug. 14, 2015. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jarred Woods, 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Story by Sgt. Jarred Woods 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment RUKLA, Lithuania – Equipment is check and rechecked. Supplies are loaded up and secured. A distinctive scent…
  • Bulgaria-based Marine unit to deter Russian aggression

    Chuck Simmins
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:44 pm
    U.S. Marines now have tanks, artillery, and light-armored reconnaissance vehicles in Europe to support NATO allies and international partner countries. Story by Capt. Richard Ulsh U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa STUTTGART, Germany – U.S. Marines now have tanks, artillery, and light-armored reconnaissance vehicles in Europe to support NATO allies and international partner countries. The heavy equipment arrived in Bremerhaven, Germany, Sunday, and is bound for Bulgaria. The tanks, artillery, and light armored reconnaissance vehicles will be loaded on trains and moved across…
  • Animas River disaster grows

    Chuck Simmins
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:11 am
    EPA photo of the entrance to the Gold King Mine in Colorado. Mine waste from her has polluted the Cement and the Animas River and continues to flow downstream./ Nearly one week ago a work crew from the Environmental Protection Agency breeched a rockfall and released a torrent of water containing mine waste from the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado. Their initial reports aid that about a million gallons had be released but that figure was too low. The EPA now says that it believes that the surge released measured three million gallons after analyzing data from a stream gauge downstream…
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    Okinawa Hai

  • Kramp Coffee

    contributor
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. I have a lot of favorites on this island, and Kramp Coffee Store is one of them. As usual with the places I frequent, the atmosphere is clean, peaceful, and happy. The staff is personable, friendly and thankful for your patronage. The food and drinks are made to order, tasty and strong. So let’s talk details. Kramp Coffee Store serves hot & cold coffee, juices and sodas. This includes, but is not limited to espresso, pour overs, Americanos, lattes, mochas, smoothies and melon cream soda. They also have a variety of ways to have your drip coffee brewed: chemex…
  • 2015 Okinawa Hai Calendar – September

    contributor
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The 2015 calendar was available for purchase in November and December of 2014. This was September’s page. Kayo Beach Photo Credit: Melanie Dunn Melanie Dunn on Flickr   “Oh Okinawa Adventure, then chill at beach All in a day’s work” –Calyn Paquin   Uehara Upland Park Photo Credit: Kristy Wells His Hands For Life   Yomitan Photo credit: Stephanie Gonzalez
  • September 2015 Local Event Calendar

    contributor
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. Here you’ll find a variety of local events happening in the month of September. Events on the island are constantly being created and changed, so please make sure to use the contact info provided on each event to verify information. If you know of an additional event that you’d like to share with our readers, please add it to the comments below! September 3rd Ryukyu Kings vs Toyota Alvark Tokyo Okinawa City Gym, Okinawa City. Tickets vary from ¥900 to ¥4,000 per game. Season tickets available. Tickets can be purchased at Kadena ITT, MCCS Tours+, and box office.
  • Airport Transfer: Haneda to Narita

    contributor
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY SHANNON R. The following sentence in airline search engines has always struck fear into my heart: *Note- this itinerary has an airport change* This line of red letters has been enough of a concern to make me shell out a few hundred extra dollars just to avoid the chaos of picking up my luggage, finding a train or bus, getting checked in at another airport, and going through security again. However, when I found tickets back to the US for $1,028 (adults) and $822 (children), I knew I couldn’t justify convenience for the cold hard cash I’d be saving. The next…
  • My Blend

    contributor
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY MINDY MORRIS We discovered My Blend accidentally. (To be honest, I think accidentally is probably how most people find this place!) This awamori tasting shop is tucked away in the back corner of the HAPINAHA building, located on Kokusai Street in Naha. We’d ducked in to the very kid friendly HAPINAHA one afternoon to escape the rain, and there, hidden beyond the Pokemon store and souvenir food shop, this little treasure was just waiting to be discovered. My Blend is the first of its type on the island and a brilliant idea for those of us who balk at the shelves of awamori…
 
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    Navy CyberSpace Blog

  • Public Law and Military Pay History

    NCCM(Ret)
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:37 am
    Originating as purely a recruiting Web site designed to assist those with understanding the sometimes cumbersome and frustrating process of gaining a commission or enlistment into the United States Navy, having the site’s title as Navy Cyberspace leaves the potential growth in other areas. It is time to branch out a bit. Recently, I have […]
  • OSVET Enlisting Rules

    NCCM(Ret)
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    With the Army recently announcing a reduction in force, and due to the fact many have inquired over the years how an other service Veteran (OSVET) of another service can join the Navy, it is time to put the very basics out there on how to accomplish that. The information is taken from Commander, Navy […]
  • NAVET Reenlisting Rules

    NCCM(Ret)
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    First, what is a NAVET? According to OPNAVINST 1100.4C, “NAVETs are applicants whose last tour of active duty or active duty for training was in the United States Navy or Navy Reserve, have been discharged or released more than 24 hours, and who completed a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks of active duty or active […]
  • July 2015 SLRP and EB Update

    NCCM(Ret)
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    Effective 01 July 2015, the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is suspended as no ratings or programs are currently eligible. The Navy also reduced the number of ratings and programs currently eligible for an enlistment bonus from 13 to seven. For those who enlist into the Delayed Entry Program on or after July 1, […]
  • An Open Letter to Congress

    NCCM(Ret)
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    The following letter was written and submitted for publication by CTI2 (IDW) Courtney Swanson who is currently serving as a member of the active duty Navy. Senator/Representative, I am writing to you today in response to Secretary Mabus’s announcement to triple maternity leave for Sailors and Marines. While I applaud Mr. Mabus’s decision and consider […]
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    Defense Update:

  • Invisible Drones Could Become Reality with New Meta Material

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Electrical engineers at the University of California in San Diego have created a new design for a cloaking device, using an ultra-thin Teflon substrate, studded with cylinders of ceramic, that can 'bend' light weaves around objects coated with it, creating a cloak. This cloaking device would render unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) invisible, leaving no visual, electronic or infrared signature for an enemy to detect.
  • Russian Stealth Ship Killers Debut at MAKS 2015

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:27 am
    Among the aerospace technologies displayed at MAKS 2015 in Zhukovsky last week were quite a few missiles, presented by different divisions of the Tactical Missile Corporation, and independent manufacturers. Some of the new missiles on display are outlined below:
  • Oshkosh Wins JLTV Contract, to deliver 17,000 Combat Vehicles to US Army and Marine Corps

    Tamir Eshel
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Oshkosh, Wisconsin Based Oshkosh Defense company was awarded yesterday $114 million firm-fixed-price contract for two-year low-rate initial production of Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) for
  • Iran Doubles ‘Fateh’ Guided Missile’s Range to 500km

    Tamir Eshel
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    Iran unveiled yesterday a new member of the Fateh ballistic guided missile family. The new Fateh 313 missile has a range of 500 km - twice the range of the former Fateh 110 version. According to Iranian sources the new missile will enter production soon, following a recent successful test flight.
  • DARPA Awards $20 Million for Continued Development of a Military Space Plane

    Tamir Eshel
    8 Aug 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems have won additional funding from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to continue developing their concepts for the United States military's XS-1 robotic space plane under the program's second phase (Phase 1B).
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    Defense Update:

  • Invisible Drones Could Become Reality with New Meta Material

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Electrical engineers at the University of California in San Diego have created a new design for a cloaking device, using an ultra-thin Teflon substrate, studded with cylinders of ceramic, that can 'bend' light weaves around objects coated with it, creating a cloak. This cloaking device would render unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) invisible, leaving no visual, electronic or infrared signature for an enemy to detect.
  • Russian Stealth Ship Killers Debut at MAKS 2015

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:27 am
    Among the aerospace technologies displayed at MAKS 2015 in Zhukovsky last week were quite a few missiles, presented by different divisions of the Tactical Missile Corporation, and independent manufacturers. Some of the new missiles on display are outlined below:
  • Oshkosh Wins JLTV Contract, to deliver 17,000 Combat Vehicles to US Army and Marine Corps

    Tamir Eshel
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Oshkosh, Wisconsin Based Oshkosh Defense company was awarded yesterday $114 million firm-fixed-price contract for two-year low-rate initial production of Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) for
  • Iran Doubles ‘Fateh’ Guided Missile’s Range to 500km

    Tamir Eshel
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    Iran unveiled yesterday a new member of the Fateh ballistic guided missile family. The new Fateh 313 missile has a range of 500 km - twice the range of the former Fateh 110 version. According to Iranian sources the new missile will enter production soon, following a recent successful test flight.
  • DARPA Awards $20 Million for Continued Development of a Military Space Plane

    Tamir Eshel
    8 Aug 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems have won additional funding from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to continue developing their concepts for the United States military's XS-1 robotic space plane under the program's second phase (Phase 1B).
 
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    Navy Reads

  • Poisonous Legacy of China Mirage

    30 Aug 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyThe first shocker revealed in James Bradley's "The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia" (2015; Little, Brown and Company) is how much the Delano/Roosevelt family fortune was based on opium smuggling in China in the 1800s.Other revelations: President Theodore Roosevelt's strong ties with Japan and support for Imperial Japan's incursions in Korea; FDR's simultaneous support for the China Lobby and Japan (before Dec. 7, 1941); and the Nationalist Chinese connection threading through World War II, Korea War and Vietnam War.Bradley, author of "Flags…
  • Ten Sterling Insights in Life of Pearl Harbor Survivor

    23 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyAnother Pacific Historic Parks (2014) booklet focuses on "A True American: The Story of a Pearl Harbor Survivor, World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Veteran." Here are ten insights in a remarkable life of a member of the "Greatest Generation" narrated by Sterling R. Cale to his son Sterling V. Cale.1.  Medical: Cale served as a Pharmacist's Mate, forerunner to Navy Hospital Corpsman. Early in his career he passed out during a circumcision when the patient, supposedly anesthetized, started screaming. He thought of himself first as a farm boy from Illinois, but…
  • WWII Companion: How Peace Was Achieved 70 Years Ago

    9 Aug 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyStarting in the aftermath of the First World War, when the world lived in "interesting times" – economically, politically and socially – David M. Kennedy shows how the fumes of discontent and aggression exploded into war. How and why the Allies won in Europe and the Pacific in 1945 is explained in Kennedy's encyclopedic "The Library of Congress World War II Companion" (Simon & Schuster, 2007).Kennedy provides fascinating context alongside hard facts and historical photos in this 982-page book that shifts chronologically from East to West and back with…
  • A 'Chasm' Between Civilians and Their Military?

    2 Aug 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyIs the gap between the military and civilians growing? What are the lessons of wars in Korea and Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan? What are the changing roles for women in combat? What is the nature of future warfare?David M. Kennedy and more than a dozen contributors explore these questions and others in "The Modern American Military" (Oxford University Press, 2013), a volume of scholarly essays that looks into the All Volunteer Force and the history of evolving conflict in the world."The dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended World War II but ushered in…
  • How the Wright Brothers Got to the Moon

    18 Jul 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyWhen naval aviator and U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to step onto the moon he brought a physical piece of the Wright Brothers legacy with him. What the fellow Ohioan carried with him is revealed in David McCullough's latest work, "The Wright Brothers" (Simon & Schuster, 2015).McCullough, the author of 1776," "Truman" and "John Adams," explains how and why Wilbur and Orville were successful in inventing the airplane and demonstrating the first  human-operated, powered and sustained flight of a heavier-than-air machine in 1903.The…
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    Military Embedded Systems

  • Army JLTV contract won by Oshkosh

    John McHale, Editorial Director, OpenSystems Media
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    OSHKOSH, Wisconsin. Officials at the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) chose Oshkosh Defense to build the the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) under a $6.7 billion contract.
  • U.S. Navy works on design to create a centralized hub for aviation training

    Mariana Iriarte, Associate Editor
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. The Naval Aviation Training Systems Program Office (PMA-205) and Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division teamed up to design and demostrate the Navy Aviation Distributed Training Center (NADTC) prototype, a central hub for distributed aviation training. The NADTC’s goal is to provide daily training opportunities for naval aviation and is part of the Naval Aviation Vision for 2025.
  • Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation institute in Silicon Valley receives funding from DoD

    Mariana Iriarte, Associate Editor
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    SAN JOSE, Calif. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the Obama administration awarded a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics to a consortium of 162 companies, universities, and non-profits led by FlexTech Alliance. The goal of the institute is to advance U.S. leadership in manufacturing flexible hybrid electronics.
  • U.S. Army’s information management contract will support installations throughout the nation

    Mariana Iriarte, Associate Editor
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    STAFFORD, Va. The U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command selected Smartronix and fellow prime contractors for the Information Management Communications Services III (IMCSIII) contract to provide Network Enterprise Center classified and unclassified information technology (IT) support including Administrative Telephone Services (ATS), IT Services (ITS), and Land Mobile Radio (LMR) at installations throughout the nation.
  • Coast Guard and Marines team up to demonstrate UAS capabilities off of small boats

    Mariana Iriarte, Associate Editor
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. During an exercise near Camp Lejeune, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) teamed up to demonstrate the launch and recovery of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the Puma RQ-12A Wasp IV and the InstantEye.
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    At War

  • The Cost of Lower Standards for Women in Marine Recruitment

    By Kyleanne Hunter
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    By forcing women to adhere to a lower standard than men, and by effectively punishing them for exceeding their given standard, the Marine Corps is setting them up for failure, Kyleanne Hunter writes.
  • Before ISIS, a Resonant Image of a Captured Flag in Iraq

    By Joe Myers and Tim Hsia
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    For two veterans who served in Iraq in 2008, an image of their squadron commander holding a captured flag stands out from their experience. The flag is now used by the Islamic State extremist group.
  • Reactions to Article About Gender Integration in the Marine Corps

    By Rochelle Oliver and Shreeya Sinha
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
    The Times asked readers what they thought of Lt. Col. Kate Germano’s article where she argued for equal standards and expectations of training for Marines, whether male or female.
  • Lt. Col. Kate Germano on the Marines and Women

    By C. J. Chivers
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    Colonel Germano was relieved of command at Parris Island in June under circumstances that remain contentious, and then the Marine Corps Gazette decided not to print an article of hers that had been scheduled. It is now printed here.
  • A Jump to Honor a Fallen Marine

    By Matthew Komatsu
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Among Air Force pararescuemen and combat rescue officers, it’s standard practice to name drop zones for fallen brothers.
 
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • New Tactical Pant Alert: 5.11 Apex

    Lauren Malm
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    Not only did 5.11 manufacture the very first pair of tactical pants, it also makes some of the most recognizable tactical pants in the industry. The brand set out to reach all-new heights once again with its latest design, the 5.11 Apex Pants. The trousers are currently available in black, khaki, battle brown, TDU green and dark navy. Two more colors, storm and tundra, will be available come January 2016. We broke down the key components of the style so you know exactly what you’re in for with the Apex. Pockets What sets the Apex apart from other pants in the tactical market is that it’s…
  • Coyote Brown Boots: Order Now at TacticalGear.com

    Lauren Malm
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Earlier this year, the Army unveiled a new camouflage pattern, OCP, and along with it, a brand-new boot color. Gone are the desert tan boots, which are replaced instead by dark, sleek, stain-hiding coyote brown boots designed for more effective concealment. TacticalGear.com has an exclusive early release on some of these new boots. With AR 670-1 compliant styles from standout brands like NIKE, Propper, Reebok and more, these are the boots that will be dominating the battlefield. Check out a few of our favorites. Reebok Hyper Velocity We have an exclusive early release on this ultra-light…
  • What’s Propper B.Y.O.B.?

    Lauren Malm
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
      We’re proud to partner with Propper to bring you the B.Y.O.B. program. So what is it exactly? No, we’re not giving away free booze (although that’s not a bad idea). B.Y.O.B. stands for Build Your Own Bag, and with this program, you can get any Propper bag accessory 20% off on our site when you buy select Propper bags. Step One: Pick your shell From sling bags to rifle cases, there’s a bag for every role in Propper’s new bag collection. Check out all the eligible bags here: http://tacticalgear.com/propper-byob Step Two: Customize your kit Completely customize the kit by adding…
  • Bates’ Newest Release

    Lauren Malm
    22 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
      A day on duty is often unpredictable, but Bates’ newest release is equipped to handle it all. Allow us to introduce you to the brand’s biggest launch of the year, the fiercely aggressive Bates Strike boot. This style is the first to feature the Bates Endurance Performance System, a two-piece insole made up of dual-density EVA and open-cell memory foam. This combination footbed reduces overall fatigue in the foot, leg and joints so you can wear it all day comfortably.   The intimidating honeycomb upper isn’t just for show—the TPU mesh allows hot air to escape, keeping feet…
  • Introducing Condor Elite

    Lauren Malm
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    As its name suggests, Condor Elite gear was designed to be elite, for our country’s elite. This premium line of tactical gear was first announced by its parent brand Condor at SHOT Show 2015, and the highly anticipated line just hit our site. The initial launch includes five bag styles and two different tactical flashlight models, all made in the USA with American-made materials. What sets it apart from other Condor gear, and other gear in general, is that this branch takes expensive, high-quality materials and brings them to market at an unbeatable price. While the tactical lights in this…
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    Fighter Country Partnership

  • Honorary Commander Feature: Bill Pupo

    Fighter Country
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    Mr. Bill Pupo Fighter Country Partnership: Honorary Commander Alumnus: Blue Blazer Squadron and Blue Blazer Squadron Life Reserves Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Bill Pupo, Adjunct Faculty at Rio Salado College in Public and Business Administration. He is an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program and currently a member of the Blue Blazer Squadron of Fighter Country Partnership. Mr. Pupo was assigned to the 56th Operations Group at Luke Air Force Base from 2000-2002. Biography: • Over 30 years in city management including City Manager of Spokane, Wash., Surprise…
  • Chapel Back to School Bash

    Fighter Country
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Join the Luke AFB Chapel for a Back to School Bash at Fowler Park (on Luke Air Force Base) Wednesday, July 29 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Military identification required to access the base. Stop on by for a free back-to-school event for the entire family! We will be giving out 300 free backpacks complete with school supplies. Activities will include bounce houses, a magician, games, free food and door prizes! Questions? Contact the base chapel at 623-856-6211. The post Chapel Back to School Bash appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
  • Upcoming Military Discount at Fry’s, this Wednesday, July 8!!

    Fighter Country
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Come take advantage of your Military Discount this week at Fry’s! Save 10% off with an active military ID on your total grocery order. The post Upcoming Military Discount at Fry’s, this Wednesday, July 8!! appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
  • FCP Visions Summer 2015 Web Edition is now available

    Fighter Country
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    FCP Visions Summer 2015 is now available as a digital download. This issue takes a look at whats new with Fighter Country Foundation, the F-35 Pilot training courses, the Hall of Honor event honoring the Freedom Plaza veterans, and an Honorary Commander feature for Mr. Darrell Wilson. In order to enjoy FCP Visions Summer 2015 Web Edition you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application that will display the PDF file format. Click here to download FCP Visions Summer 2015 (you may need to right click and “save file as”). This publication is made available with permission…
  • Lt Col Michael “Jeb” Ebner completed his Fini-Flight at Luke AFB

    Fighter Country
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:21 am
    Lt Col Michael “Jeb” Ebner completed another historic event at Luke AFB yesterday. The 61st Fighter Squadron Commander had his “Fini-Flight”. To welcome Lt Col Ebner back was a large group of Luke representatives to congratulate him for his time as the first F-35 Squadron Commander at Luke AFB. Jennifer Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing’s Commander’s wife, and William Olson, the 61st Fighter Squadron Honorary Commander we part of the large group to welcome Jeb home!!!! Good Stuff, -Ron Sites The post Lt Col Michael “Jeb” Ebner completed his Fini-Flight…
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    Military Technologies News

  • Engility wins $14 million contract to support the U.S. Army's ability to track global assets

    admin
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    CHANTILLY, Va., Sept. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EGL), today announced it has been awarded a $14 million contract to provide technical, policy and program management support for the Army’s Product Director Automated Movement and Identification Solutions (PD AMIS) program. PD AMIS, a part of the Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Enterprise Information Systems (EIS), controls all aspects of Automated Identification Technology (AIT), which allows the Army to track assets and manage key elements of logistics, including the procurement, expertise, training,…
  • LISA Pathfinder set for launch site

    admin
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    LISA Pathfinder launch composite at IABG’s space test centre LISA Pathfinder set for launch site 1 September 2015 LISA Pathfinder, ESA’s demonstrator for spaceborne observations of gravitational waves, is ready to leave for Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Scheduled for launch on a Vega rocket later this year, the spacecraft was on display today at IABG’s test centre in Ottobrunn, near Munich, Germany, where final integration and extensive tests were performed over the past few months. This was the last chance for scientists, engineers and members of the media to see LISA…
  • Research and Markets: The Drones Report 2015: The Commercial Business Opportunities, Advances and Barriers

    admin
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:21 am
    DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/x6kmqt/the_drones_report) has announced the addition of Business Insider Intelligence’s new report “The Drones Report” to their offering. The fast-growing global drone industry has not sat back waiting for government policy to be hammered out before pouring investment and effort into opening up this all-new hardware and computing market. A growing ecosystem of drone software and hardware vendors is already catering to a long list of clients in agriculture, land management, energy, and…
  • Des jeunes militants du monde entier se réunissent à Hiroshima pour faire le serment de l'abolition des armes nucléaires

    admin
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:31 pm
    HIROSHIMA, Japon, 31 août 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Du 28 au 30 août, un Sommet mondial de la jeunesse pour l’abolition des armes nucléaires s’est tenu à Hiroshima, rassemblant 30 jeunes militant en faveur du désarmement nucléaire provenant de plus de 20 pays, de la Tunisie au Kazakhstan, en passant par l’Inde et les Etats-Unis. Les participants ont rencontré des survivants des bombes atomiques, discuté des futures stratégies visant à débarrasser la planète des armes nucléaires et prêté un « serment de la jeunesse » dans lequel ils désignent les armes nucléaires comme…
  • MundoMax, perteneciente al Grupo RCN, expande su asociación con Meruelo Media; la cadena asumirá la responsibilidad en cuanto a ventas y marketing para su estación insignia de Los Ángeles KWHY-TV, Canal 22 y la estación de Houston KUVM-CD, Canal 34

    admin
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:17 pm
    MundoMax Establece una Nueva Estructura de Ventas LOS ÁNGELES, 31 de agosto de 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —  MundoMax, la recién rebautizada cadena de televisión en Español basada en los Estados Unidos, perteneciente y operada en su totalidad por el Grupo RCN Televisión, y Meruelo Media, anunciaron hoy la expansión de su asociación en Los Ángeles y Houston. Además de proveer su ya reconocida programación, MundoMax asumirá las funciones de ventas y marketing en cooperación con la gerencia actual, para KWHY-TV, Canal 22, la estación bandera en Los Ángeles, así como…
 
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    Defense Media Network

  • F-22 Raptors Deploy to Europe

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:38 am
    F-22 Raptors have deployed to Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany to train with United States and allied air forces through mid-September, according to DOD and Air Force press releases. Four Raptors and approximately 60 airmen from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida’s, 95th Fighter Squadron, and a C-17 Globemaster III from the 60th Airlift Wing out of Travis Air Force Base, California, arrived over the weekend. “It’s important we test our infrastructure, aircraft capabilities, and the talented airmen and allies who will host 5th generation aircraft in Europe,” said Gorenc.
  • Two AFSOC Special Tactics Airmen Killed

    DOD News Release
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Two special tactics Airmen, who were deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, were killed near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan, Aug. 26. Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were at a vehicle checkpoint when two individuals wearing Afghan National Defense and Security Forces uniforms opened fire on them. NATO service members returned fire and killed the shooters. “The losses of Matt and Forrest are a terrible blow to everyone who knew them,” said Col. Wolfe Davidson, the 24th Special Operations Wing commander. “These two combat controllers were…
  • Oshkosh Defense Wins JLTV Contract

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) announced yesterday that Oshkosh Defense, LLC, has been awarded a $6.7 billion firm-fixed-price production contract for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), according to an Oshkosh press release. The contract, which includes both Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and Full Rate Production (FRP) as well as sustainment services, covers almost 17,000 JLTV vehicles for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps if all options are exercised. The production contract includes a base contract award and eight…
  • Turkey Agrees to Begin Airstrikes Against ISIL

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
      Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook announced today that Turkey will launch airstrikes and carry out other air operations in full coordination with the coalition fighting ISIL. “The United States and Turkey have finalized technical details for Turkey’s full inclusion in the counter-ISIL coalition operations. This includes full integration into the coalition’s air tasking order, which tracks, coordinates, and deconflicts all coalition air operations,” Cook said during a briefing with reporters today at the Pentagon. “It could take a few days to put these technical…
  • SOCOM Awards Polaris Defense New MRZR Contract

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
      SOCOM has awarded Polaris Defense a new $83 million sole-source, firm fixed-price contract for the MRZR off-road vehicle, with vehicle delivery having begun earlier this month, according to a Polaris Defense press release. The five year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract was signed in July and continues options on MRZR 2 and MRZR 4 tactical vehicles as well as contractor logistics support (CLS) for spares, training, and support as part of the Light Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (LTATV) program. Polaris Defense has been delivering MRZR vehicles under a GSA schedule…
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    Welcome Home Blog

  • Soldier Surprises Mom at School

    Ashley
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    This soldier managed to get the entire school staff involved to surprise his mom, who is a teacher and her daughter who attends the same school.  He told his family that he wouldn’t make it home for Christmas, but sneaked up on them just in time for the holidays.
  • Sailor Back in his Family’s Arms

    Ashley
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    This family was anxious to embrace their sailor after his 3 month deployment. Jamie hopping out of the sub and into the arms of his family was worth the wait. Thank you to Laura Pearl Photography for capturing this beautiful reunion.
  • Rams cheerleader steals the night when Marine Corps husband surprises her with early homecoming

    Todd
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm
    So we just gave @STLRamsCheer's Candace a really good surprise!! 😄 pic.twitter.com/98jlryTrdO — St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) August 30, 2015 The closer it gets to the regular season, the more excitement surrounds NFL preseason games. During Saturday night’s game between the Colts and the Rams however, it wasn’t Andrew Luck or Nick Foles that everyone […]
  • Sailor surprises younger brother on 21st birthday

    Bridgit Stoffer
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    In this birthday surprise, his younger brother never expected his present to be a return home from his big brother’s deployment for the big day!
  • Mom gifted with the surprise return of her son at birthday party

    Bridgit Stoffer
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    A Mom can hardly believe it and definitely cannot contain her excitement at the sight of her son surprising her at her birthday party.
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • DOD Identifies Afghanistan Casualty

    CJ Grisham
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Master Sgt. Peter A. McKenna Jr., 35, of Bristol, Rhode Island, died Aug. 8, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds when he was attacked by enemy small arms fire. McKenna was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
  • The Dishonesty of Michael Yon

    CJ Grisham
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Now that I’ve made a decision to seriously take a look at running for state office, Michael Yon’s Google Alert on my name (it’s a stalker’s best friend) has been going haywire. Anytime I am mentioned, he can’t help himself but to say something (it’s a stalker thing). However, as I’ve done before, I’m again calling out Yon for his dishonesty and lack of integrity. On his personal propaganda page, Yon has stated on several occasions that in August of last year, I took a bunch of Boy Scouts out on a lake after dark alone. Here are few screen caps…
  • Chest Inflation

    CJ Grisham
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    My Service Pride has a great blog post focusing on the National Defense Service Medal. This is something I’ve seen often with Soldiers. “I was deployed twice to Afghanistan. I rate that star on the NDSM.” Or, ”But guys, I’m SURE I rate the American Defense Service Medal.” … That’s it; nothing more, nothing less. If you meet the requirements for any period, you rate the award. Even if you were in Recruit Training or OCS when the window closed, you rate the award. However, you can only receive the award 1 time per period. You don’t get a star each time you deploy to a…
  • Soldier Missing From WWII Accounted For

    CJ Grisham
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:58 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. John W. Herb of Cleveland, Ohio, will be buried June 18, in Arlington National Cemetery. On April 13, 1945, Herb was assigned to the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, 1st Air Division, as the pilot of an P-51D Mustang. His aircraft sustained damage while strafing German aircraft on the ground. During Herb’s…
  • Kalashnikov USA Launches New Website

    CJ Grisham
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Kalashnikov USA, manufacturer of Kalashnikov style firearms, has launched a new website at www.kalashnikov-usa.com, reflective of their new branding efforts under the “Russian Heritage / American Innovation” tag line. The new site allows users to effortlessly navigate to the various pages and Kalashnikov USA social sites. Users can quickly navigate between the Home page and other pages using the clearly defined tab buttons at the top right. The Firearms tab is a drop down design providing a choice of currently offered products. Each product page highlights the features, benefits…
 
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • New Tactical Pant Alert: 5.11 Apex

    Lauren Malm
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    Not only did 5.11 manufacture the very first pair of tactical pants, it also makes some of the most recognizable tactical pants in the industry. The brand set out to reach all-new heights once again with its latest design, the 5.11 Apex Pants. The trousers are currently available in black, khaki, battle brown, TDU green and dark navy. Two more colors, storm and tundra, will be available come January 2016. We broke down the key components of the style so you know exactly what you’re in for with the Apex. Pockets What sets the Apex apart from other pants in the tactical market is that it’s…
  • Coyote Brown Boots: Order Now at TacticalGear.com

    Lauren Malm
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Earlier this year, the Army unveiled a new camouflage pattern, OCP, and along with it, a brand-new boot color. Gone are the desert tan boots, which are replaced instead by dark, sleek, stain-hiding coyote brown boots designed for more effective concealment. TacticalGear.com has an exclusive early release on some of these new boots. With AR 670-1 compliant styles from standout brands like NIKE, Propper, Reebok and more, these are the boots that will be dominating the battlefield. Check out a few of our favorites. Reebok Hyper Velocity We have an exclusive early release on this ultra-light…
  • What’s Propper B.Y.O.B.?

    Lauren Malm
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
      We’re proud to partner with Propper to bring you the B.Y.O.B. program. So what is it exactly? No, we’re not giving away free booze (although that’s not a bad idea). B.Y.O.B. stands for Build Your Own Bag, and with this program, you can get any Propper bag accessory 20% off on our site when you buy select Propper bags. Step One: Pick your shell From sling bags to rifle cases, there’s a bag for every role in Propper’s new bag collection. Check out all the eligible bags here: http://tacticalgear.com/propper-byob Step Two: Customize your kit Completely customize the kit by adding…
  • Bates’ Newest Release

    Lauren Malm
    22 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
      A day on duty is often unpredictable, but Bates’ newest release is equipped to handle it all. Allow us to introduce you to the brand’s biggest launch of the year, the fiercely aggressive Bates Strike boot. This style is the first to feature the Bates Endurance Performance System, a two-piece insole made up of dual-density EVA and open-cell memory foam. This combination footbed reduces overall fatigue in the foot, leg and joints so you can wear it all day comfortably.   The intimidating honeycomb upper isn’t just for show—the TPU mesh allows hot air to escape, keeping feet…
  • Introducing Condor Elite

    Lauren Malm
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    As its name suggests, Condor Elite gear was designed to be elite, for our country’s elite. This premium line of tactical gear was first announced by its parent brand Condor at SHOT Show 2015, and the highly anticipated line just hit our site. The initial launch includes five bag styles and two different tactical flashlight models, all made in the USA with American-made materials. What sets it apart from other Condor gear, and other gear in general, is that this branch takes expensive, high-quality materials and brings them to market at an unbeatable price. While the tactical lights in this…
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    The Duffel Blog

  • Soldier Commits Suicide By First Sergeant

    Dick Scuttlebutt
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    FORT HOOD, Texas — Army Criminal Investigation Division personnel at Fort Hood confirmed this morning that Pvt. 1st Class Wilson Jennings, Jr., committed “suicide-by-first-sergeant,” and his death will not be ruled a homicide. “This case displays all the classic suicide-by-proxy signs,” confirmed CID spokeswoman Allison LeMay. “Unbloused boots. Out-of-reg sideburns. Shamming out of work details and […]
  • Lockheed Upbeat Despite F-35 Losing Dogfight To Red Baron

    armyd
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    BETHESDA, Md. — A  spokesman for Lockheed Martin today denied that there is any reason to be alarmed about possible shortcomings of the military’s newest and most expensive fighter plane after reports surfaced this weekend that an F-35, piloted by a crack Air Force fighter pilot, lost a mock dogfight with a Fokker Dr.I Triplane similar […]
  • ISAF Orders Afghan-Theater-Wide Police Call For Spent Brass

    Addison Blu
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    BAGRAM — ISAF Commander Gen. John Campbell today ordered every single coalition member in Afghanistan to stop what they were doing and prepare to pick up brass from spent rounds used in combat and training there. Operation Hands Across Afghanistan is set to commence tomorrow at first light. Campbell was very specific with his orders. “I want […]
  • Army Too Busy To Play Navy This College Football Season

    Addison Blu
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    WEST POINT, N.Y. — With college football season drawing near, the United States Military Academy at West Point has released its schedule for the 2015 season without including any games against the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis for the first time in 85 years. West Point has claimed that the arrangement was an oversight, […]
  • Market Crash Linked To Odierno’s Peddling Of High-Risk Financial Instruments

    Jack S. McQuack
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    NEW YORK — Monday’s worldwide stock selloff was reportedly triggered after J.P. Morgan Chase announced that recent hire Raymond Odierno was let go, citing hundreds of complaints and multiple FTC investigations into the general’s high-pressure sales tactics, cold-calling, and down-playing of high-risk investments while executing his new role as financial adviser. Odierno, who accepted a position with the […]
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • 1er REC, 2e REI: Operation Sangaris in August 2015

    admin
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:46 pm
    See nice photos of legionnaires from the Foreign Legion’s 4th Squadron, 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC) and the 4th Company, 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) during Operation Sangaris taking place in the Central African Republic (CAR), in August 2015. The legionnaires from 1er REC and 2e REI have been placed in the CAR […]
  • 2e REI: Well-trained legionnaire

    admin
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:42 pm
    See a video with a well-trained legionnaire from the 4th Company of the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI), a unit based in Nimes, southern France, during a regimental challenge. Not knowing exactly what challenge it is and when did it take place (maybe 2e REI Christmas Challenge 2014), anyway, it must be said that […]
  • 3e REI: USAF general visited the legionnaires

    admin
    16 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    A few days ago, the French Foreign Legion launched an official video showing general Raymond from the US Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) during his visit to the Guiana Space Center (Centre spatial guyanais, CSG) located near Kourou, French Guiana and protected by the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI). General Raymond came to see […]
  • 13e DBLE will be stationed in France in 2016

    admin
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:31 am
    In 2016, the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion (13e DBLE) will move from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be stationed in France, for the first time in the regiment’s history. The 13e DBLE is one of the last two Foreign Legion’s regiments never based in Europe (together with 3e REI). The 13e DBLE […]
  • French Foreign Legion Operations: June – July 2015

    admin
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:57 pm
    The French Foreign Legion is always involved in operations outside of France, throughout the world. See the official list of its temporary deployments of June/July 2015. Operation BERKHANE (Mali, Chad, Niger…) 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC) 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG) 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG) […]
 
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    Texas Veterans Blog

  • Community Gathers to Commemorate 70th Anniversary of V-J Day

    Anne Evenson
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    Friday, August 14, 2015 was the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, a momentous day in history that marked the end of World War II. The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) Voices of Veterans Oral History Program and National Museum of the Pacific War hosted a ceremony in Fredericksburg to commemorate this historic event. People came […]
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    Jimmy
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:21 pm
  • Voices of Veterans Oral Historian Gets New Mission

    Anne Evenson
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    The National Museum of the Marine Corps has a new Texas ambassador— U.S. Marine Major James Crabtree. Crabtree was appointed to the position by Governor Greg Abbott. Crabtree coordinates the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) Voices of Veterans oral history program. His new duties as a member of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Governors Council will […]
  • How to Retire the American Flag with Dignity, Honor & Respect

    Anne Evenson
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    On July 8, 2015, a small group of people gathered at the Coastal Bend Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi to perform a U.S. Flag Disposal Ceremony. Those present included the Honorable Judge Gregory T Perkes, 13th Court of Appeals, Nueces County Veterans Service Officer, Mr. Toby Cross, and members of the community. Also […]
  • 73rd Anniversary of the WAVES of World War II

    Anne Evenson
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Women have supported the United States military during conflicts since the American Revolution, however, the first time that women served in the military in an official capacity was during World War II. July 30 marked the 73rd anniversary of the creation of Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service or WAVES, a WWII division of the U.S. Naval […]
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    World Traveling Military Family

  • Hallein Salt Mines – Bad Dürrnberg, Austria

    Mrs B
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When I started planning our Garmsich & Salzburg trip I knew we wanted to visit the Salt Mines. After lots of research (more about below) we ended up choosing to visit the Hallein Salt Mines, and it was a fantastic visit and we all really enjoyed it. I highly recommend a trip to the salt [...] The post Hallein Salt Mines – Bad Dürrnberg, Austria appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • September Things To Do Around Spangdahlem 2015

    Mrs B
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    September Things To Do Around Spangdahlem has lots of interesting things to go see during this month, fall to winter tends to be some of the busier months for festivals and activities. One of the most popular ones is one of my favorites, the Hitscherhof Pumpkin festival! Again these are generally no more than 3 [...] The post September Things To Do Around Spangdahlem 2015 appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Luge Sommerrodelbahn – Berchtesgaden, Germany

    Mrs B
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    If your visiting the Eagle’s Nest make sure to check out the Luge Sommerrodelbahn at Alpengasthof Hochlenzer which is super close, just follow the rodelbahn signs. It was about 2 km away and worth the quick stop for some fun before heading to the salt mines in Austria. It was neat for us because it [...] The post Luge Sommerrodelbahn – Berchtesgaden, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Eagles Nest – Berchtesgaden, Germany

    Mrs B
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Eagles Nest (Kehlsteinhaus) in Berchtesgaden, Germany was one of the top sites we visited on our trip to Bavaria in June 2015! Truthfully I was iffy about going or not and almost didn’t go, I did tons of research, talked to people who had been and we ended up deciding that if it was clear [...] The post Eagles Nest – Berchtesgaden, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Linderhof Palace – Ettal, Germany

    Mrs B
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    If your in the Garmisch area making a stop at Kind Ludwig’s Linderhof Palace is a great way to spend a few hours. I have found many people say that Linderhof is better than Neuschwanstin and overall I’d have to say that I agree. While both are much too gaudy for my liking I think [...] The post Linderhof Palace – Ettal, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
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    Vision Strike Wear Military Blog

  • Happy Birthday United States Air Force

    Sarge Strike
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:33 pm
      The youngest and almost smallest of military branches within the US military industrial complex and by far the most technologically advanced turns another year. Vision-Strike-Wear.Com has always made sure that it has focus with respect to all military branches specializing in designs and custom military art for all and this of course includes the USAF. It is terribly fun to design for a military branch with the level of sophistication that the US Air Force has. Not just the aircraft, the specialized units and training but the fact that it controls the highest playing field when it…
  • The Most Copied Military Design Company In The US

    Sarge Strike
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:20 pm
    It’s also called theft or stealing! Companies come and they go and often while they are still around we often see what they are up to. One of the many curious things that often happens with some companies is they go out and copy the artwork of other companies and then pawn it off as their own, profiting from their use  and not asking for permission to use the copyrighted artwork in the first place. These companies do what is often referred to as cheating and not-competing. Sometimes its because they don’t have an art department, don’t want to pay an artist or both. In their…
  • Stolen Valor Is A Common Thing With Military Coins

    Sarge Strike
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Taking credit for the work of others whether it be by someone that purposely wears the military uniform of a US military service person, impersonating them, is commonly referred to as stolen valor. Stolenvalor comes in many forms. Wearing the uniform of a service person is just one example. Take credit for the work of others and pawning it off as their own is another. Filing one excuse after another as to why they shouldn’t take responsbility for ripping off someone else’s artwork or design is another form of both cowardice and stolen valor. The military and copyrights ~ Our men…
  • Popeye Coins and Tin Can Sailor Shirts Are All American

    Sarge Strike
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    Heads Up Popeye Fans! The newest Popeye coin collectible about to be released by the military coin company Vision Strike Coins. Featuring the first ever two sided Popeye headed coin illustrates the long history and tradition Popeye had had with both the US Coast Guard and the United States Navy. Now depicted on the same coin the long debate is over. Popeye first a Coastie then a US Navy sailor ends the dispute over this closely debated argument that has spanned generations. Now he can be enjoyed by all! Popeye the Coastie!   Popeye the US Navy sailorman!       Popeye Navy…
  • Goatfellas Don’t Mess With Best

    Sarge Strike
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:27 pm
    The backbone of the US Navy. The Leadership from the Deckplates. This line in the sand you do not cross. The United States Navy Chief. Goatfellas the Navy Goats that you will never cross and when they take you down you will never hear them coming. Worse than a knife in the ear, heavier than cement shoes and hitting harder than a pipe to the knees comes this wise guy Goatfellas design that captures the look and feel of the Goodfellas movie that gave America a good look into the Costra Nostra, the Mob, Our Thing. US NAVY Chiefs Goatfellas Chief, Senior Chief, Master Chief watch over their…
 
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    Semper Fi Parents

  • Today In Marine Corps History: 31 August 1942

    Carl
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    3rd Marines leave San Diego bound for American Samoa. #Marines#Marine#USMC#United States Marine Corps As always, if you are seeing this post on Facebook, please SHARE it. Sharing helps the site grow. If you enjoyed this post, Subscribe To My RSS Feed. To Friend and/or Follow us on Facebook, Click Here.
  • Today In Marine Corps History: 30 August 1945

    Carl
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    4th Marines land at Kurihama Naval Base – Yokosuka. (First Leathernecks in Japan in WW II.) #Marines#Marine#USMC#United States Marine Corps As always, if you are seeing this post on Facebook, please SHARE it. Sharing helps the site grow. If you enjoyed this post, Subscribe To My RSS Feed. To Friend and/or Follow us on Facebook, Click Here.
  • Today In Marine Corps History: 29 August 1916

    Carl
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Marine Corps Reserve was founded. #Marines#Marine#USMC#United States Marine Corps As always, if you are seeing this post on Facebook, please SHARE it. Sharing helps the site grow. If you enjoyed this post, Subscribe To My RSS Feed. To Friend and/or Follow us on Facebook, Click Here.
  • Today In Marine Corps History: 28 August 1891

    Carl
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Marines defended American interests in Valparaiso, Chile. #Marines#Marine#USMC#United States Marine Corps As always, if you are seeing this post on Facebook, please SHARE it. Sharing helps the site grow. If you enjoyed this post, Subscribe To My RSS Feed. To Friend and/or Follow us on Facebook, Click Here.
  • Today In Marine Corps History: 27 August 1780

    Carl
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Marines guarding workmen cutting masts for the Navy pursued Indians near Reading, Pennsylvania. #Marines#Marine#USMC#United States Marine Corps As always, if you are seeing this post on Facebook, please SHARE it. Sharing helps the site grow. If you enjoyed this post, Subscribe To My RSS Feed. To Friend and/or Follow us on Facebook, Click Here.
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    Special Forces

  • Shocking moment when IDF soldier tried to arrest injured 12-year-old boy

    Eric SOF
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:12 pm
    http://www.special-ops.org Footage released on Friday showed an Israeli Defence Force (IDF) soldier pinning down an injured 12-year-old Palestinian boy. In one moment he holds his assault rifle near the cheek of his victim following protests in the West Bank. The boy seems to have been injured his arm is in a sling. Shortly after, IDF soldier The post Shocking moment when IDF soldier tried to arrest injured 12-year-old boy appeared first on Special Forces.
  • China reveals heaviest-yet drone

    Eric SOF
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:50 pm
    http://www.special-ops.org China’s heaviest-yet drone has made its maiden flight. Their newest military drone is comparable to US Reaper, according to Chinese media from Sunday. It can carry a payload of 3 tons and is said to have wall-penetrating radar. The new drone will be named the Caihong 5, or Rainbow 5. It was seen in the The post China reveals heaviest-yet drone appeared first on Special Forces.
  • Vietnam War photos unveiled after 47 years

    Eric SOF
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    http://www.special-ops.org Almost 47 years after America’s ugliest war, never seen before pictures emerged. These images show life on the front lines of the Vietnam war through the eyes of a young soldier, Christopher Gaynor, who rediscovered the valuable collection decades after the conflict ended. In the images by former artillery officer Christopher Gaynor, helicopters swoop down The post Vietnam War photos unveiled after 47 years appeared first on Special Forces.
  • The nuclear strike against Afghanistan was an option?

    Eric SOF
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    http://www.special-ops.org Shortly after 9/11 terrorist attacks, a nuclear strike against Afghanistan was on the table in Washington. That happened in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a senior German diplomat told Spiegel magazine. Michael Steiner was a foreign and security policy aide to then-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder at the time of the The post The nuclear strike against Afghanistan was an option? appeared first on Special Forces.
  • NYPD undercover cop fatally shot bystander

    Eric SOF
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    http://www.special-ops.org An NYPD undercover operation went terribly wrong when an undercover NYPD officer, who was threatened with a replica gun by a robber, shot and killed a 61-year-old passerby instead of disabling the ‘gunman.’ He was part of a weapons sting operation. The bystander, later identified as Felix Kumi, was struck by two bullets and died The post NYPD undercover cop fatally shot bystander appeared first on Special Forces.
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    Military Spouse Program

  • What is a Milspouse Friendly Employer?

    angmoore
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    Let’s face it. Military spouses, both male and female, often have a terrible time getting hired. Unless you luck out and get a job at the new installation, you may run up against some decidedly unfriendly employers. After struggling for a few months, you will likely give the title of Milspouse Friendly Employer to anyone who will give you any job. Take a Place at the Table One of the most common errors that job hopefuls commit is that they forget to interview the company. Just like employers sit you down for an in-depth interview if they are interested in your resume, you should do the…
  • Fort Wainwright

    angmoore
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    So, you have orders that will take you to Fort Wainwright to join the Arctic Warriors! If you are thrilled about seeing the Northern Lights for yourself or trying out some dog mushing, this is the posting for you. The outstanding natural beauty, the unusual weather conditions, outdoor sporting opportunities and, above all, the rewards of significant career challenges will make sure there is little time to be bored. Yes, the weather does get cold in the winter, but you can take comfort in temperatures in the 50s to the 70s in July. If you think you will be living in a rustic shack and your…
  • Your Husband Wants To Re-Enlist…Now What?

    angmoore
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:45 pm
      The time is here: re-enlistment. Maybe it’s the first time, or maybe it’s the second (or third…). Regardless, there’s always a sense of apprehension and a lot of questions going through your mind. What comes next? What is the best choice- for him, for you, for the kids? Is it best to stay in the military and with the security of what we know, or do we venture out and try to brave the civilian world, come what may? But your husband does want to re-enlist. He wants the security of a guaranteed paycheck and benefits, especially in this economy. He’s worked…
  • Popular Careers for Military Spouses

    angmoore
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    As a military spouse, your life is different, much different than the typical working spouse. You still have all the bills and the regular challenges but throw on an extra layer of moving, stress and being able to handle anything else that comes along and well you already know. Trying to find a career that “fits” your lifestyle can be a challenge. One of the benefits of the MyCAA program is that they pay for training for careers that will fit your lifestyle. These are careers that are considered, portable. Basically if you move, your career can move with you. It may be that you…
  • You have PCS orders… Now what?

    Milspouse
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Just when it starts to feel like home it’s time to move again. Being a military family means you move around a lot. Moving does not have to cause hair pulling anxiety and nail biting stress! Here are just a few tips to help you and your family have a smoother PCS move. Do your research. Moving to a new city can be very overwhelming. Talk to friends and family, find the people who have lived or visited your new city. Chances are someone in your military family has been stationed or at the very least been to training at your new duty station. Check your new post’s website, as well…
 
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