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  • Israel Deploys Robots to Clear Hamas Tunnels

    Defense Tech
    Brendan McGarry
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system isn’t the only high-tech hardware the country’s military is deploying in its latest fight against the Islamist militant group Hamas in Gaza. Israel Defense Forces have for the first time deployed an unmanned ground vehicle known as the Micro Tactical Ground Robot made by Tel Aviv-based Roboteam to scour underground […]
  • Photo - Blue Hole Dive

    BLACKFIVE
    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brent Draper, foreground, and other divers assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, dive with Belize coast guard members at Belize's Blue Hole in the Caribbean Sea, July 13, 2014. The divers are participating in Southern Partnership Station 2014, which focuses on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation forces. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brett Cote
  • Acadia Photos

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

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

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

  • The Iconic WWI Vehicle That Paved the Way for Modern Cars

    Alexander George
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by new vehicles—planes, cars, tanks, zeppelins—that fundamentally changed warfare. The conflict also pushed the development of those technologies and put them through some of the toughest tests imaginable, either proving their worth or forcing their proponents to abandon them for another new idea. One hundred years after the start of […]
  • How Designers Are Reinventing Trauma Care to Save Soldiers’ Lives

    Liz Stinson
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Trauma bays and operating rooms are designed to run as smoothly as possible, but inefficiencies still plague the system.
  • Have a Drone? Check This Map Before You Fly It

    Betsy Mason
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The popularity of drones is climbing quickly among companies, governments and citizens alike. But the rules surrounding where, when and why you can fly an unmanned aerial vehicle aren’t very clear. The FAA has tried to assert control and insist on licensing for all drone operators, while drone pilots and some legal experts claim drones […]
  • Turns Out It’s Pretty Easy to Shoot Down a Passenger Jet

    Alex Davies
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Whoever fired a missile at Malaysia Flight 17 could have learned to do so in less than a week.
  • Shape-Shifting Wings, From Soviet War Planes to Top Gun’s Tomcat

    Nick Stockton
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Take off. Rise. Soar. Bank. Turn. Stall. Swoop. Dive. Land. For each of the different kinds of flying an airplane has to do, there’s an ideal shape and configuration for its wings. Even though bird-like flappability isn’t feasible with struts and steel, engineers since the dawn of aviation have been trying to make wings that […]
 
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    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms

  • Our Daughter left for Bootcamp 2 days ago

    AzNavymom
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Our daughter left for bootcamp on Wednesday and will say this is one of the hardest things a mom/parent can go through.  My husband and I know it will get easier but these first few days are sooo hard.  She just graduated high school and now has left for a wonderful new experience.  We are grateful for our son that is still in high school and plays football.  This has helped as it keeps us busy.  I came to this page and so far am soo happy.  With everyones questions and responses, I already feel a little better.  So many of our little questions are answered and make the biggest…
  • it's only day 2 at OCS

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

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

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

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

  • Gun-Day Monday: Lubes and FPF Training

    LTCOL P
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Some interesting gun news ASIDE FROM THE STUNNING DC CARRY-LAW DECISION, to wit– Lube and corrosion tests (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/05/26/gun-lubricant-corrosion-tests/). Good ol’ CLP did pretty well as a corrosion control agent. How’d yours do? The Great John R. Murphy of FPF Training has overhauled his site (www.fpftraining.com); it’s now much simpler and easier to navigate. Note please the Alumni Shoot on 30 Aug. If you live in or near Northern Virginia and haven’t signed up for a Murphy course, you’re missing out. Anyone go to the gun…
  • Douglas MacGregor: Make the Army even smaller!

    Slater
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Col (R) MacGregor is arguing that the Army needs to get smaller.  Supposedly members of congress are listening.  One thing I don’t agree with is the dismantling of the Brigade Combat team.  That transformation that took place under Rumsfeld although done very painfully is a good thing.  Brigades are self-sustaining.  The negative with that in the last decade of war you have not seen Division headquarters actually have to maneuver the entire formation.  But what is even more fun is that MacGregor wants to eliminate divisions and make small formations of “Battle Groups,”…
  • General Dempsey finds a fight he can win

    DaveO
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    The original editorial here. And the hat tip goes to the Washington Free Beacon, who’s translation is found here. It is a reasonable attempt at saying something, but beyond having Captain Obvious write the filler for him, what is Dempsey saying? Help me Obi Wan, I don’t speak Pentagonian! Interest paragraph: It would be difficult enough if all we had to grapple with was what Naím calls the “decay of power.” But the waypower relationships are changing varies greatly from region to region across the globe.  
  • Cruzada de los Ninos II

    DaveO
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Updated with new links.   The Childrens Crusade of 2014 presents four issues that are being mashed together, by design. With the first issue, there is the tussle between one’s faith, and one’s religion. In Christianity, the prime commandment is to love one’s neighbor as Xt loved his disciples. The children who’ve been brought here are neighbors, and even the criminals among them.  The religious aspect is to respect the law and rule by law, rendering unto Obama what is Obama’s. These children were brought to America with evil intent, and the only way to…
  • From Pentagon to Triangle

    DaveO
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Anti-Pentagonian populism. More, please.
 
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  • Someone You Should Know- MG John Stark

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    I Posted this over the weekend, but most of us were out enjoying the Summer and MG Stark deserves your full attention. We are visiting Manchester, New Hampshire and spent a bit of time catching up with Someone You Should Know from the Revolutionary War. MG John Stark is an All-American bad ass both as a warrior and a wordsmith. He is best know for the New Hampshire state motto "Live Free or Die", which was the close to a letter he sent when he couldn't attend a reunion of his comrades. The full quote is "Live Free or Die. Death is not the worst of evils". Even Bettah! He fought with Rogers…
  • A Tribute Long Delayed

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I saw this interesting story out of Houston: LCPL Fred Maciel was among 31 Marines killed in a helicopter crash in Fallujah in 2005. He was laid to rest and the family (in Houston, TX area) received his effects...or at least they thought they did. In Hemphill, Texas, a couple walking through a flea market spied an American flag with writing on it. The wording: tributes to Maciel by his platoon mates. The couple ( Lanie Mae and Wally Brown ) undertook the search and found the Maciel family. The Initial Story The flag was presented to the Maciels yesterday (Saturday July 26) at the cemetary…
  • Castro's Cigar Shop, in America?

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    During a lovely visit to Manchester, NH I ran across something that caused me some consternation. There is a cigar shop right downtown called Castro's Back Room, WTF? They have a statue of Fidel that stands outside and his wretched bearded face is their logo. I did not consider this to be a good thing so I went in to ask the owner if I was missing something. Was he maybe donating money to charities that benefit the Ladies in White or some other group that protests the regime? "No", he said, "Castro is the King of cigars and that's all I care about". Really, I said, but Castro is a…
  • Photo - Blue Hole Dive

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brent Draper, foreground, and other divers assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, dive with Belize coast guard members at Belize's Blue Hole in the Caribbean Sea, July 13, 2014. The divers are participating in Southern Partnership Station 2014, which focuses on subject matter expert exchanges with partner nation forces. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brett Cote
  • Someone You Should Know- MG John Stark

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    We are visiting Manchester, New Hampshire and spent a bit of time catching up with Someone You Should Know from the Revolutionary War. MG John Stark is an All-American bad ass both as a warrior and a wordsmith. He is best know for the New Hampshire state motto "Live Free or Die", which was the close to a letter he sent when he couldn't attend a reunion of his comrades. The full quote is "Live Free or Die. Death is not the worst of evils". Even Bettah! He fought with Rogers Rangers in the French & Indian Wars and was a great leader during our War for Independence. He has another quote used…
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    Defense Tech

  • Israel Deploys Robots to Clear Hamas Tunnels

    Brendan McGarry
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Israel’s Iron Dome missile-defense system isn’t the only high-tech hardware the country’s military is deploying in its latest fight against the Islamist militant group Hamas in Gaza. Israel Defense Forces have for the first time deployed an unmanned ground vehicle known as the Micro Tactical Ground Robot made by Tel Aviv-based Roboteam to scour underground […]
  • Professor Touts Faster, Cheaper Way to Test for Explosives

    Bryant Jordan
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    A Vanderbilt University professor has come up with a faster and less expensive way to test for explosives residue on surfaces. Prof. Sharon Weiss has modified white gold leaf paper so that its surface provides signal amplification of 100 million times – so that a laser and detector to identify the chemical molecules of whatever […]
  • Army Testing Pocket Drones

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

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

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

  • VICE magazine: Iraq, a bird's view

    Zeyad
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:10 pm
    One of the highlights of my short-lived career in 'journalism' in NYC was collaborating with VICE magazine on their 2007 Iraq issue and writing a few articles and info graphics for them. They finally have the issue online for free in pdf.
  • Uncle Sam and Iraq Cartoon

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

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

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

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

  • Incoming – Sub Call

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

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

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

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

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

  • Walking with Dinosaurs — LIVE!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Brazil’s New-Old Maritime Patrol Aircraft

    Joe Katzman
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    FAB P-3AM(click to view full) The discovery of major deepwater oil finds off of Brazil’s coast changed its military priorities. The military’s mission has always been influenced by the land’s vastness, but until recently, that meant keeping a careful watch over the Amazon basin. The Marinha do Brazil had its own role policing the wide swathes of ocean around its long coast, but the air force’s construction was oriented toward supporting the army. Recent years have seen significant changes, as the Navy works to expand its surface fleet and field advanced submarines, and…
  • GAO Frets About Tax Liability of Security Clearance Holders

    Olivier Travers
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report stating that about 83,000 DOD employees and contractors who held or were eligible for security clearances (out of a total of about 5.1 million) had unpaid federal tax debt totaling more than $730M as of June 30, 2012. Though not technically illegal, that is an obvious vulnerability. The US Marines want samples from contractors bidding for its Diver Reconnaissance Vehicle (DRV) program, and while their initial intent was not to pay for these bid samples, they seem inclined to revisit their position, meaning they’d buy and…
  • Australia’s Next-Generation Submarines

    Joe Katzman
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Bridge to the future?(click to view full) In its 2009 White Paper, Australia’s Department of Defence and Labor Party government looked at the progress being made in ship killing surveillance-strike complexes, and at their need to defend large sea lanes, as key drivers shaping future navies. These premises are well accepted, but the White Paper’s conclusion was a surprise. It recommended a doubling of Australia’s submarine fleet to 12 boats by 2030-2040, all of which would be a new successor design that would replace the RAN’s Collins Class submarines. The surprise, and…
  • India Needs New Maritime/ASW Helicopters

    Joe Katzman
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Indian Ka-28(click to view larger) In September 2008, Flight International reported that India’s defence ministry has issued a tender for “advanced multirole naval helicopters” to several manufacturers around the world, including AgustaWestland, EADS and Sikorsky. The initial RFP reportedly covered 16 helicopters, with a potential expansion to 60 helicopters. The problem, as usual, is that nothing is happening, while critical Indian defenses rot. India’s naval sphere of influence is growing, and the country purchased long-range P-8i jets to improve its territorial…
  • C-130s for the Philippines

    Joe Katzman
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    PAF C-130H(click to view full) The Philippine Air Force has devolved in many ways since the 1980s, but China’s ongoing pressure is finally focusing high-level attention on the need to rebuild it. A country of islands means a special premium for sea and air transport, but the country’s aerial transport fleet has declined especially badly. At the high end, it has crashed from a high of 18 C-130 medium transports to just 3 aged C-130B and L-382 (converted civil C-130H) aircraft. Poor storage and practices mean that only 3 other PAF airframes can even hope for refurbishment now, and…
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    Miserable Donuts

  • Dank u, Nederland!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Gun Controllers In The Land Down Under And The Land Of The Maple Leaf

    Herschel Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    We fought that battle a couple hundred years ago, and there was no way that Lord Cornwallis was going to beat Francis Marion and his irregular warfare in South Carolina.  Marion bled them to the point of ineffectiveness, and the war for independence was essentially won. Australia and Canada are still subjects of the Queen, so to speak, and their system still recognizes the supremacy of the centralized government rather than innate human rights, granted by God.  That’s too bad.  We see the effects of this in their gun laws. Consider Australia: A SOUTHERN Downs farmer has lost his…
  • How To Lie About Guns

    Herschel Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Matt Valentine writing at The Atlantic: These new, high-capacity guns were hitting the street at the height of the crack epidemic and the era of the drive-by shooting, in a newly deregulated market—in 1986, Congress had passed the Firearms Owners Protection Act. “There was in essence a perfect storm,” Daniel Webster told me. “That legislation greatly decreased risks for people who were diverting guns to criminals. The standards for convicting someone of violating federal firearms sales laws were increased substantially, at the same time that the penalties for those gun sales…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:47 pm
    David Codrea: The use of “professional” opinions in this piece amounts to journalistic bait and switch when they are presented as subject matter experts on topics outside their accredited fields. They’ve never heard, they guess and, they have no opinion. Holy cow! Said by one commenter, menckenlite, “Control freaks love psychiatry, a means of social control with no Due Process protections. It is a system of personal opinion masquerading as science.”  Psychiatry is pseudoscience, and in this case a bunch of pseudoscientists are addressing a policy issue for which…
  • The Fully Loaded Ammunition Cartridge

    Herschel Smith
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Thus far, as loyal readers, you have been blessed to partake in the following. High Magazine Clips And The Shoulder Thing That Goes Up High Ammo Clips Automatic Bullets In Rapid Fire Magazine Clips And last but certainly not least, Duck Hunting With Bullets.  I am now proud to offer you the following. A fully loaded ammunition cartridge was left unattended on a picnic bench and would have remained there if a local resident had not brought it to the attention of the gun advocates as they were departing for home. The “fully loaded ammunition cartridge.”  You’re welcome.
  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheist Group To Monitor Sermon Content

    Herschel Smith
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:32 pm
    The IRS is apparently unrepentant in light of the recent debacle concerning conservative groups.  Just recently, another front has been opened in the war against America. The next time your pastor delivers a pro-life sermon or urges the congregation to stand up for pro-life values in the political or public arena, he could be taken to task by the IRS. Alliance Defending Freedom asked the Internal Revenue Service Tuesday to release all documents related to its recent decision to settle a lawsuit with an atheist group that claims the IRS has adopted new protocols and procedures for the…
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    The Word of Fiat

  • Fiat Seicento Sporting Abarth

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

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

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

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

    Steve
    22 Jun 2014 | 11:52 am
    There's no doubt be in the fiat punto 60 s team. The manufacturer fits versions of this compact common-rail unit wherever it can and well it might as this is improved power and torque. With less fuel used Fiat's MultiAir engines also boast a 10 to 25 per cent of its vicious streak. Like its furry namesake, the fiat punto 60 s team are used in the fiat punto 60 s team and instead, the 500 even more stopping power with the fiat punto 60 s team to win any prizes in a beauty contest but what it loses on looks it makes up for in practicality and usability. With the previous model you got exactly…
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  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 29 July

    John
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    This is a rare day for the Medal of Honor - all of the recipients of the Medal of Honor for actions on the 29th of July survived their fights. We open with the Civil War and the Battle of Brown's Mill, where Confederate (and later, during the SpanAm War, Federal) General Joe Wheeler's cavalry schooled Union cavalry under General Edward McCook near  Newnan, Georgia, bringing a disastrous end to Sherman's attempt to neatly snip Atlanta from it's logisitics, forcing a siege.  McCook lost over 1200 troopers killed or captured, to Wheeler's.... 50. HEALEY, GEORGE W. Rank and…
  • Roadside Kansas, northwest edition.

    John
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Friday through Sunday I took a trip to Denver, Colorado for some Rotary business. I chose to rent a car and drive, vice fly. It's marginally cheaper, I don't get groped by strangers, and... I like to look at the world. Friday, I drove out via I-70 and stopped at those places I've been driving by for years and said to myself, "Self, you really need to stop and take a gander at that someday." Well, Friday was that day. But this post isn't about that. It's about *yesterday, when I took US 36 home, and came through northwest Kansas - virgin territory for me. Apparently, the parking lot…
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 28 July

    John
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Today the show opens during the Civil War with four Medals awarded, including one tough Quartermaster and that Civil War classic, the flag capture. CLARK, JOHN W. Rank and organization: First Lieutenant and Regimental Quartermaster, 6th Vermont Infantry. Place and date: Near Warrenton, Va., 28 July 1863. Entered service at: Vermont. Born: 21 October 1830, Montpelier, Vt. Date of issue: 17 August 1891. Citation: Defended the division train against a vastly superior force of the enemy; he was severely wounded, but remained in the saddle for 20 hours afterward until he had brought his…
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 27 July

    John
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    The Medal makes it's first appearance during the War with Spain, with some sailors doing some mine-clearing. MORIN, WILLIAM H. Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 23 May 1869, England. G.O. No.: 500, 14 December 1898. Citation: On board the U.S.S. Marblehead at the approaches to Caimanera, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 26 and 27 July 1898. Displaying heroism, Morin took part in the perilous work of sweeping for and disabling 27 contact mines during this period. SPICER, WILLIAM Rank and organization: Gunner's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 28 May 1864, England.
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 26 July

    John
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    The Medal waits until 1876 to show itself, during the Interim Awards, 1871-1898 period, with a sailor saving a drowning shipmate.  This is another of those circumstances where today they would be awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism not involving combat.  I know for you regular readers that gets a little tiresome to read - but take one for the Googlers, who may read only one in the whole series. COREY, WILLIAM Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1853, New York, N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 215, 9 August 1876. Citation: On board the...
 
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  • Remembering

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

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    12 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
  • Acadia Photos

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

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

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

    Amy Bushatz
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Officials with a company newly responsible for shipping service member’s personal operated vehicles (POVs) too and from overseas locations say they have absolutely not lost any vehicles in the process. “Unequivocally we have not lost any vehicles,” the CEO told me July 28. “They are in the system somewhere.” But service members and their families worry ... Continue Reading
  • Poll: What Should be Done About Debt Collectors?

    Jacey Eckhart
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    A sailor and his money are lucky to get together in the first place. The same goes for Coasties and soldiers and airmen and Marines. So it isn’t surprising to find packs of people surrounding military bases trying to part a service member and his cash. While legislation has been put in place to protect ... Continue Reading
  • How To Be A Happy Marine Corps Wife

    Guest Bloggers
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Marine Corps wife?  This life was scary to me when I first encountered it. Sure it was fun to get dressed up for my first ball, but then came the reality of what being married to a Marine was really about. It’s about Semper Fi–Marines are always faithful to the each other, to the Corps, and ... Continue Reading
  • The Young Spouses Don’t Care?

    Amy Bushatz
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “The young spouses just don’t care anymore.” That’s what a friend told me last week as she related her problems with getting volunteers involved in the Family Readiness Group (FRG) in her husband’s Army unit. Once upon a time everyone wanted to be involved, she said. And then, all of the sudden, they didn’t. As ... Continue Reading
  • Moving Military Kids: It’s All About the Parents

    Jacey Eckhart
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Moving military kids is really dependent on the mom and the dad, the service member and the spouse.  That’s what the research on military families says. Adults who can keep a reasonably positive attitude while moving military kids have been shown to improve the outcome for the whole family. So hold the thought and pass ... Continue Reading
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  • Generation Prague: An Overview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    J.J. Montanaro
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Q: I was married for ten years, but in the divorce there was no mention of the ex-spouse receiving any part of my pension. Could you tell me is this true will she get part of my pension or not. –Ralph, North Carolina   A: Your divorce decree provides the final answer to the question, “how much, if any, of
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  • IAVA Daily News Brief- July 29, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESLawmakers Unveil $17 Billion Fix for Veterans AffairsHouse and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion package Monday to begin addressing long wait times and mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a down payment on a broader reassessment of how the agency provides care to veterans. | Wall Street Journal >> Negotiators predict easy passage of bill to overhaul Department of Veterans AffairsA sweeping proposal to revamp the Department of Veterans Affairs and the nation's medical care for military veterans should have enough support to pass the House and…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief- July 28, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESLawmakers reach tentative deal on plan to improve health care for veteransThe chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. | Associated Press >>Access to VA mental health services more difficult than at non-VA providersVeterans are twice as likely to have difficulty scheduling a mental health appointment at the VA versus those seeking care at a non-VA provider, a survey of recent veterans found.
  • IAVA Daily News Brief- July 25, 2014

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

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that controls significant territory in both Iraq and Syria, has posted an extremely brutal video. While most Muslims were celebrating the end of Islam's holy month, the Islamic State is celebrating mass executions. Warning: Some of the images below are graphic. The Long War Journal is posting these images because they highlight the depravity of the Islamic State and its followers. The Islamic State likely believes that these images will help intimate its opposition into submission and earn new recruits, especially among young jihadists and sympathizers…
  • Analysis: Mullah Omar addresses governance of Afghanistan, war against 'invaders' in new message

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    In a message celebrating the end Ramadan, Taliban emir Mullah Omar crows about the jihadists' recent gains in Afghanistan, says the exchange of the Taliban's five top leaders once held at Guantanamo for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a "spectacular achievement," and speaks of the Taliban's plans for governing Afghanistan. The "military situation is in favor of [the] mujahideen," Omar claims, because the "blanket of invasion has rolled back from vast areas." The mujahideen "are now more well-organized, active and unified in contrast with the past," Omar adds, and "vital centers of the enemy have come…
  • Boko Haram strikes across northeastern Nigeria and in Cameroon

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    Over the past three days, Boko Haram mounted attacks in Kano state in the north, Borno state in the northeast, Adamawa state in the east, and in neighboring Cameroon. Three of the attacks involved female suicide bombers. Celebrations marking the end of Eid al-Fitr were canceled in Kano after two bomb attacks occurred just hours apart. In the first attack in Kano, an improvised explosive device (IED) was thrown at the Saint Charles Catholic Church in Kano City, the state capital and the second-largest city in Nigeria. The explosion, which occurred as worshipers were exiting the building after…
  • Islamic State destroys tombs, mosques in Mosul

    26 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    The Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls large areas of both Iraq and Syria, continues to destroy religious sites in the city of Mosul in an effort to eradicate all competing religious groups and their symbols from the city. On July 24 the Islamic State destroyed the Nabi Yunus Mosque, which had housed the Tomb of Jonah, after destroying the tomb itself earlier this month. Islamic State fighters wired the mosque with explosives and detonated the religious site in broad daylight. Jonah is recognized as a prophet in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and his tomb was visited and…
  • Kuwaiti Gitmo detainee should remain in US custody, review board finds

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

    Chuck Simmins
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Medical personnel mask up at Ebola center in Liberia operated by SIM and Samaritan’s Purse. SIM photo Over this past weekend, Samaritan’s Purse announced that an American physician serving with that charity in Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola. Dr. Kent Brantly is the Medical Director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. He has been in the country since October and was doing post-doc work before the outbreak of illnesses began. Brantly is from Fort Worth, TX. He is 33, married and has two children. A partner charity in Liberia…
  • Soldiers continue western wildfire battle

    Chuck Simmins
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Guardsmen with the 1-303rd Cavalry Regiment review mopping techniques before continuing to clear an area recently affected by the Chiwaukum Complex fires near Leavenworth, Wash., July 23, 2014. Mopping is a technique used to clear areas of hot spots, smoldering embers that could potentially reignite fires by conducting land sweeps. (Photo by Washington Army National Guard Pvt. Brianne Patterson) By Terri Moon Cronk Defense Media Activity National Guard WASHINGTON – As fires rage in two states in the Pacific Northwest, Defense Department fire-suppression efforts are underway with two…
  • Marines secure departure of Tripoli Embassy personnel

    Chuck Simmins
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:20 pm
    A quick reaction force with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response prepares to depart Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, in support of a military assisted departure from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Maida Kalic) DVIDS Story by Capt. David David MORON, Spain – On Saturday, July 26, 2014, the Marines and Sailors of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF CR) provided support to a military assisted departure of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. A combination of ground…
  • Super Typhoon Neoguri nears Japan

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

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

    contributor
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY KATHRYN STRONG When I first arrived in the northern part of Okinawa three years ago, vegetarianism was a little known and often misunderstood concept. Since that time though, I’ve seen a remarkable transformation take place right in my backyard. Restaurants that previously had no meat-free offerings have added dishes to their menu or expressed a willingness to accommodate vegetarian requests. More than that, in the past year several veggie restaurants have popped up seemingly out of thin air. One of this new wave is Café Kokuu. Café Kokuu lives in a beautiful and airy pale…
  • Surf Side Bed and Breakfast (Pet-Friendly)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    NCCM(Ret)
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    The last week of my final semester in college. April 30th will be my official last day. All told, I will finish with two degrees; one in Information Technology, and the other, Graphic Arts — I would not have done it without the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Thank you, America! I still have much to […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
 
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  • Videos for 2014-07-28

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    IDF Forces Detonate Tunnel Network IDF Forces Detonate Tunnel Network Golani Brigade and Combat Engineering Corps Detonates Tunnel used for Terror in Gaza From: defenseupdate Views: 121 3 ratings Time: 01:18 More in News & Politics
  • Videos for 2014-07-27

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    IDF Soldiers Unveil Terror Tunnels in Gaza IDF Soldiers Unveil Terror Tunnels in Gaza http://defense-update.com/20140727_gaza_tunnels.html | Asymmetric underground manoeuvrability and operability is shaping the modern battlespace in urban and complex terrain, offering a clear benefit to the irregular side. The fierce fighting between Israel and the Palestinian terror organisations in Gaza is highlighting the growing need for technologies that can assist the regular military operating in the subterranean dimension. http://defense-update.com/20140727_subterranean_ops.html From: defenseupdate…
  • The military needs better technologies for subterranean operations

    Tamir Eshel
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Asymmetric underground manoeuvrability and operability is shaping the modern battlespace in urban and complex terrain, offering a clear benefit to the irregular side. The fierce fighting between Israel and the Palestinian terror organisations in Gaza is highlighting the growing need for technologies that can assist the regular military operating in the subterranean dimension.               Related StoriesOperating robots undergroundIsrael’s campaign directed at Gaza’s tunnel infrastructureARL: Bringing nano…
  • Israel’s campaign directed at Gaza’s tunnel infrastructure

    Tamir Eshel
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Operation 'Protective Edge' will be remembered as one of the first military operations where a modern army had to face an irregular enemy mostly in the subterranean operational environment. While irregular forces have exploited the underground dimension in the past, in Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Palestinians in Gaza relied on their subterranean tunnel network as a battlespace - gaining mobility, communications, force protection and survivability, and denying the enemy from its main advantage - dominance in intelligence and firepower.
  • Operating robots underground

    Tamir Eshel
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    As robots are assuming part of the roles performed by human operators, particularly in dangerous missions, it is obvious they will be used in subterranean environments. However, denied the basic attributes necessary for its operation - navigation, guidance and communications - most military robot are still awaiting some technological solutions when tasked with missions underground               Related StoriesThe military needs better technologies for subterranean operationsIsrael’s campaign directed at Gaza’s…
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  • Videos for 2014-07-28

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    IDF Forces Detonate Tunnel Network IDF Forces Detonate Tunnel Network Golani Brigade and Combat Engineering Corps Detonates Tunnel used for Terror in Gaza From: defenseupdate Views: 121 3 ratings Time: 01:18 More in News & Politics
  • Videos for 2014-07-27

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    IDF Soldiers Unveil Terror Tunnels in Gaza IDF Soldiers Unveil Terror Tunnels in Gaza http://defense-update.com/20140727_gaza_tunnels.html | Asymmetric underground manoeuvrability and operability is shaping the modern battlespace in urban and complex terrain, offering a clear benefit to the irregular side. The fierce fighting between Israel and the Palestinian terror organisations in Gaza is highlighting the growing need for technologies that can assist the regular military operating in the subterranean dimension. http://defense-update.com/20140727_subterranean_ops.html From: defenseupdate…
  • The military needs better technologies for subterranean operations

    Tamir Eshel
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Asymmetric underground manoeuvrability and operability is shaping the modern battlespace in urban and complex terrain, offering a clear benefit to the irregular side. The fierce fighting between Israel and the Palestinian terror organisations in Gaza is highlighting the growing need for technologies that can assist the regular military operating in the subterranean dimension.               Related StoriesOperating robots undergroundIsrael’s campaign directed at Gaza’s tunnel infrastructureARL: Bringing nano…
  • Israel’s campaign directed at Gaza’s tunnel infrastructure

    Tamir Eshel
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Operation 'Protective Edge' will be remembered as one of the first military operations where a modern army had to face an irregular enemy mostly in the subterranean operational environment. While irregular forces have exploited the underground dimension in the past, in Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Palestinians in Gaza relied on their subterranean tunnel network as a battlespace - gaining mobility, communications, force protection and survivability, and denying the enemy from its main advantage - dominance in intelligence and firepower.
  • Operating robots underground

    Tamir Eshel
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    As robots are assuming part of the roles performed by human operators, particularly in dangerous missions, it is obvious they will be used in subterranean environments. However, denied the basic attributes necessary for its operation - navigation, guidance and communications - most military robot are still awaiting some technological solutions when tasked with missions underground               Related StoriesThe military needs better technologies for subterranean operationsIsrael’s campaign directed at Gaza’s…
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    Navy Reads

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By LT. COL. JAMES G. BISHOP
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    A view from inside a NATO compound in Kabul, where though seven-day workweeks, bombs and dangerous checkpoints, people from all over the world are trying to stabilize Afghanistan.
  • In Ukraine, Spent Cartridges Offer Clues to Violence Fueled by Soviet Surplus

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

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

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

    By ALI M. LATIFI
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Weeks after the Afghan runoff, when the election commission put the number of votes cast at 8.1 million, the vision of a more than half-empty ballot box in Kabul flashed before a reporter's eyes.
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  • Staff Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants

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

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

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

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

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

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Iridium GO Iridium announced availability of first truly global mobile satellite hotspot. The new Iridium GO! connects to smartphones and tablets by creating a satellite-based Wi-Fi zone. This first of its kind product is also the lowest cost device and service offering that Iridium has ever made, making global connectivity more affordable than ever. Iridium GO! is well suited for uses ranging from adventure travelers to remote, off-the-grid workers in industries like aviation and maritime. Supporting a variety of specialty applications – such as customizable global weather forecasts…
  • Thuraya Introduces Atlas IP

    admin
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:20 am
    Thuraya Atlas IP is the second maritime-specific product launched by Thuraya in 2014, designed to complement the Thuraya Orion IP broadband terminal by offering a fully-featured voice and data product with additional functionality built in, not only for Military Customers. Thuraya Atlas IP is specifically designed to deliver added value to end-users seeking enhanced connectivity and greater operational efficiency on board ships. It provides merchant maritime, fishing, government and leisure users with a purpose-designed, fully-featured maritime satellite terminal that supports voice and…
  • The Significance of End-to-End Connectivity for Next-Generation UAVs

    admin
    30 May 2014 | 11:13 am
    As the sophistication and capabilities of UAVs continue to evolve, engineers need to pay greater attention to end-to-end connectivity to avoid performance bottlenecks. Many UAVs are long-endurance platforms capable of sustained flight measured in days, loitering to perform surveillance and strike missions. In their surveillance role, UAVs may carry multiple cameras and sensors to deal with a variety of frequencies, from visible light to infrared and thermal. In addition to the spectral challenges, an important issue is creating cameras that overcome low resolution and narrow fields of view.
  • US Air Force is looking for ways to drive down cost on protected military satellite communications

    admin
    26 May 2014 | 3:57 am
    “Our budgets are shrinking, the threats are getting harder and the requirement and need is getting greater,” warned David Madden, executive director of the service’s Space and Missile Systems Center (AFSMC). Madden said AFSMC’s budget has been cut from $10 billion to $5.6 billion without a drop in the services it must provide. That’s forced some creative thinking, and will likely lead to a greater reliance on the commercial industry. Read more at http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140524/DEFREG/305240021/Budget-Cuts-Drive-New-Concepts-Military-Satcom
  • Airbus Defence and Space has launched the global field-service alliance (GFSA)

    admin
    23 May 2014 | 6:34 am
    GSFA is designed to ensure fast, professional and cost-effective VSAT installation and service support for maritime VSAT satellite service providers. The objective of the GFSA is to bring together expertise of maritime field installation and equipment to enable 24/7 installations and maintenance in major ports worldwide. Each certified partner will provide the complete range of installation and technical service to ensure uninterrupted operation of Airbus’ VSAT services. This includes installation, demobilisation, repair, upgrade, replacement and maintenance of VSAT equipment. Read more…
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    Defense Media Network

  • First Australian F-35s Are Rolled Out

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Frank Kendall touted the F-35’s capabilities and explained the aircraft’s expense and lengthy development as due to “complexity” during the official roll-out ceremony for the first two Australian F-35s July 24. Kendall spoke to an audience of about 300 during the ceremony, held at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas facility. The two F-35As, AU-1 and AU-2, are scheduled for delivery to the Royal Australian Air Force later in 2014, and will operate out of Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to train Australian and…
  • NAVSPECWARCOM Concentrates on NSW’s Human Element

    Scott R. Gourley
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Within the mandate to man, train, and equip the elements of Naval Special Warfare (NSW) forces, NSW planners have been implementing a range of dynamic changes focused on the human element of naval special operations. Examples of these changes span recruiting, training, and the holistic support provided to SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC), enablers, and their families. Recruiting Directorate The NSW Recruiting Directorate was established in December 2005 with a mission to identify high-potential candidates for NSW training programs from both civilian and in-service…
  • Book Review – The German Aces Speak II: World War II Seen Through the Eyes of Four More of the Luftwaffe’s Most Important Commanders

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    The aphorism not to judge a book by its cover has never been more true than with The German Aces Speak II: World War II Seen Through the Eyes of Four More of the Luftwaffe’s Most Important Commanders. Why cover designs are only rarely reviewed by the writers or knowledgeable editors remains a mystery of the publishing world. In this case it’s not so much the bright red accent added to the armored glass windscreen of the Bf 109 on the front cover, but the photo of Finnish – not German – 109s on the back cover that call the book’s credibility into question. Such an error might make a…
  • Army Attempts to Salvage GCV Technology Advances

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

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

  • In a Different Skin — Exploring the Various Types of Skin Care Product

    armytankerswife
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Clear, soft and supple skin is one of the greatest beauty assets (some might say the greatest!). While your actual skin type is determined by your genes, there’s plenty you can do each day to ensure that it always looks… Continue Reading →
  • Protecting your online privacy

    armytankerswife
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Let’s face it, times are changing, burglars will always steal however they are given new title’s called hackers, phishers, etc. Have you ever thought that you weren’t safe? Of course not, when you go somewhere in your car, your home… Continue Reading →
  • Crystal & CO Bed and Breakfast

    armytankerswife
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    Sounds pretty catchy right? Do you own a hotel, Bed and Breakfast? I remember telling my mom that I wanted to one day own a Bed and Breakfast. I had it already planned out too, I was going to use… Continue Reading →
  • Summer is here and its time to think about the beach.

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

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

  • Airman Surprises Sister on Her Birthday

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Sylvia got an early birthday surprise from her brother Jose, who is an Airman that’s been stationed in the U.K. Her response to seeing him for the first time in 18 months speaks for itself. Enjoy!
  • Soldier’s Wife Surprises Him at Airport

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    The love of my life playing a trick on me with my whole unit and the lady at the counter all involved on her surprise for my last leg home from Afghanistan…Amazing…just watch!!!! -James
  • Sailor Surprises Mom on Her Birthday

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    Coming home to see my parents after a 7 month deployment. I Haden’t seen them for a year and half. It was myMmothers birthday weekend and she had no idea I was coming home. -John
  • Pitbull Goes Crazy When Soldier Returns

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Just came home from a year deployment to Afghanistan. My pittie was a baby. -Shannon
  • Soldier Surprises Dad at Work

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

  • Incoming – Sub Call

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

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

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

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

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

  • Staff Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants

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

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

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

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

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

  • Senator Blames Halitosis, Russian Mistress On PTSD

    ArmyJ
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    WASHINGTON — The troubling plagiarism scandal of Sen. John Walsh (D-Montana) grew stranger today, after he told reporters that in addition to post-traumatic stress disorder being a possible cause for his plagiarizing one-third of his Army War College master’s thesis, it may have also led him to seek out a Russian mistress, embezzle money, and cheat […]
  • What Kind Of Underwear Is Sergeant Jackson Wearing Under Her ACUs?

    Dick Scuttlebutt
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The following is a guest column written by your next SHARP case. Hey man, have you seen Sgt. Jackson? She’s walking around the PLL office without her blouse on. She is so hot. I wonder…what kind of underwear do you think she’s wearing? No, no, I’m not being gross. I’m just saying. What kind, do you think? […]
  • Man Charged With Stolen Valor After Failing To Recall Horrors Of Supply Checkout

    Paul
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    TAMPA, Fla. — A man claiming he was a Marine first sergeant was outed as a military faker after he was unable to recall the horrors of checking out of supply, sources confirmed this morning. The man, identified as 51-year-old Andrew Davidson of Lakeland, was confronted by a group of service members stationed at Central Command (CENTCOM) after […]
  • Point/Counterpoint: Women In The Military

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 1er REG: Paying Homage to Major Nikolic

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Type II Forfeited Land Tracts

    Anne Evenson
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) has added three new Type II forfeited land tracts to the Forfeited Land Sales program. These pieces of land are available for purchase by both veterans and non-veterans.   Tract #14422 Liberty County Tract #14448 Palo Pinto County Tract #14434 Randall County   The current interest rate for all [...]
  • Buying Texas Land: Mineral Rights

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

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

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

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

  • Flying Space A – On a Cargo Plane

    Mrs B
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We recently flew Space-A and it was our first time flying Space A on a cargo plane. I think this is an opportunity that many military families are hesitant to take advantage of because it is outside their ‘comfort zone’ because it’s not like flying on a ‘normal’ commercial plane. Don’t get me wrong you [...] The post Flying Space A – On a Cargo Plane appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Back in Germany!

    Mrs B
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    We are back in Germany! Sorry last week I didn’t get any posts up but the week did not go as planned. We flew back to Atlanta/Alabama on Tuesday and were planning on staying in Alabama until Saturday but as with the nature of flying Space-A we had to leave early. So on Thursday (a [...] The post Back in Germany! appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Our Wild July – 2014

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

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

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

  • In a Different Skin — Exploring the Various Types of Skin Care Product

    armytankerswife
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    Clear, soft and supple skin is one of the greatest beauty assets (some might say the greatest!). While your actual skin type is determined by your genes, there’s plenty you can do each day to ensure that it always looks… Continue Reading →
  • Protecting your online privacy

    armytankerswife
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Let’s face it, times are changing, burglars will always steal however they are given new title’s called hackers, phishers, etc. Have you ever thought that you weren’t safe? Of course not, when you go somewhere in your car, your home… Continue Reading →
  • Crystal & CO Bed and Breakfast

    armytankerswife
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    Sounds pretty catchy right? Do you own a hotel, Bed and Breakfast? I remember telling my mom that I wanted to one day own a Bed and Breakfast. I had it already planned out too, I was going to use… Continue Reading →
  • Summer is here and its time to think about the beach.

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

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

  • Happy Birthday Army Medical Corps! Happy Birthday Docs!

    Sarge Strike
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    It fell on Sunday and maybe a few noticed it and maybe for some a small smile crept across their face knowing what many who have been treated by an Army Doc may not understand is that today, July 27th, 2014 marks the Birthday of the United States Army Medical Corps! One of the most significant branches in the entire US Army! The United States Army Medical Corps! No better branch or part of the United States Army has the sole responsibility of treating our soldiers in times of war and peace than the doctors that comprise this important branch of the US Army. The Army Medical Corps or MC, of…
  • United States Investigative Services Bureau Taps Real-Heroes-Wear.Com For Custom K9 Shirts!

    Sarge Strike
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
        For several years the design group of Real-Heroes-Wear.Com has been designing for the first responders all over the United States. It has been their goal to design and create first rate, high-end custom graphics to be displayed on a variety of items from shirts to other forms of apparel and gift items like posters and coffee mugs. Since its inception RHW has been called upon to design crackerjack K9 shirts for local and regional law enforcement, city police and private corporations who work with, train with and support the investigative, law enforcement and correctional systems…
  • Hard Charger Tshirt Design Honors USCG 224th Birthday!

    Sarge Strike
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    Happy Birthday United States Coast Guard! 224 Years of Service and Dedication: Semper Paratus! The United States Coast Guard is celebrating its 224th birthday in August this year. America’s Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces, Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard, with its lineage tracing back to its inception on Aug. 4, 1790, when the 1st Congress authorized the building and construction of 10 vessels to create a force aiding in the enforcement of tariffs and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and the protect and collection of federal revenue. Responsibilities added over…
  • National Guard Mobilized in 3 States

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

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