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  • Navy Replaces Amphibious Connectors

    Defense Tech
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The Navy is starting a modernization overhaul designed to replace its existing fleet of connectors in order to better transport personnel, equipment and weapons from ship to shore. The Navy and Marine Corps are now working to replace and recapitalize the existing fleet of Landing Craft Utility vessels, or LCUs, and Landing Craft Air Cushions, […]
  • How do I go about getting my money back from the TSP?

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    Scott Halliwell
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Q: How do I do this while paying the least amount of taxes and fees. I’m wanting to get into a Roth IRA. I have about 11,000 in it now. I think it gained something like 2.39%. Maybe $300. Maybe. –Troy, Georgia A: In short, I’m afraid you’re not going to be able to do what you’re hoping – but
  • The Burr Cut – A Classic Military Haircut

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    highandtighthaircut
    5 Feb 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Another one of those cool military cuts: the Burr Cut The burr cut is that typical military haircut that you know whoever is wearing it is one tough mother tucker. […]
  • US airstrikes and aid for Iraqi city under siege

    Stars and Stripes News
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:04 pm
    An international airdrop of food and water supported by U.S. airstrikes sought to bring relief to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night.
  • Yokota travel series: Tackling Mount Fuji

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    27 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
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  • US airstrikes and aid for Iraqi city under siege

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:04 pm
    An international airdrop of food and water supported by U.S. airstrikes sought to bring relief to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night.
  • Iraqi forces launch operation to free besieged town of Amerli

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Iraqi forces launched a ground operation Saturday to break a nearly three-month siege of a town encircled by Islamic State extremists as residents reported a delivery of humanitarian aid by what was widely described as a U.S. military cargo plane.
  • Could saffron help Afghanistan kick its poppy habit?

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    At the very time when many other farmers were going back to growing opium poppies, Nasir Ahmad made a contrarian business decision: He switched to growing saffron, the world’s most expensive spice. Made from the crimson stigmas plucked and dried from a type of crocus flower, saffron can sell for more than $1,200 a pound, and doesn't come with the same headaches that growing opium does.
  • Texas National Guard: No evidence that soldiers have gone to food bank for help

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    The Texas National Guard has identified 50 soldiers deployed to the Rio Grande Valley who might be in need of financial assistance — including food help — because of a gap in receiving their first paycheck since being activated, but neither the food bank nor National Guard officials said they had evidence that any soldiers have sought food assistance.
  • EU inches toward new sanctions on Russia

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    European Union leaders on Saturday were poised to impose new sanctions against Russia as Ukraine's president warned the conflict with Moscow threatens peace and stability for Europe as a whole.
 
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  • The WWI Battleships That Saved (And Doomed) the British Empire

    Jordan Golson
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. Aviation and the automobile were in their infancy when World War I started in […]
  • All the Stuff Soldiers Have Carried in Battle, From the 11th Century to Today

    Liz Stinson
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    A photo series documenting the complete inventory kits of British soldiers over the course of about 1,000 years.
  • The Humble WWI Biplane That Helped Launch Commercial Flight

    Jordan Golson
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the fours years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable planes, cars, tanks, zeppelins it helped bring about. Aviation was in its infancy at the start of World War I, but it had revolutionized […]
  • The Simple Tweaks Mercedes Used to Turn a Sedan Into an Armored Beast

    Alex Davies
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Some people don’t like riding in a car if they can’t literally put their feet up while ensuring the cabin has exactly the fragrance they desire. Others prefer cars that can stand up to terrorist attacks. For those who fall into both categories, Mercedes-Benz offers the new S600 Guard, the armored version of its flagship […]
  • This Puny French Vehicle Was the First Great Tank

    Jordan Golson
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Renault FT looks puny in comparison to the armored vehicles driving around today's battlefields, but 100 years ago, it was a big deal.
 
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  • Vulnerability; capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt

    Gayle
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Along with many of you, two weeks ago today was the last I saw/talked to my SR. He has known for awhile what he wanted to do. He just wasn't sure about the timing. In Feb., he went and saw the recruiter, then came DEP, and then summer happened (fast). I was so full of pride and happiness for him. I was even giddy. I couldn't even talk about him and what he was doing without a big stupid smile on my face.  Then the time came. It came too fast. I wasn't ready. It happened anyway. I hid my tears and poured love and encouragement all over him. I am a tough person. Well, at least I *thought* I…
  • The lump in my throat and the pride in my heart

    CodyCyleMum16
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    The count down began months ago when we received the news regarding my sons official "deployment" date...8/22/14.  10 months...seems like a decade of time versus "boot camp" and "underways" Underways prepare you ( somewhat ) for the periods of time you don't hear from your sailor. I became like a teenager with a school girl crush - watching and waiting for texts / emails or if I was lucky a PHONE CALL!! In my mind I knew he was never in harms ways since I assumed he was never that far of the coast of the US...safe zone. Now the date is upon us, the lump in my throat has grown from the…
  • Navigating the Navy...and being completely lost!

    Megara
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
     I recently started dating a submariner (further more to be referred to as Hercules) on the USS Alabama and he truly is the most wonderful man I have ever known...right after my father of course. I've never been seriously involved with a man in the Navy before and its all so new and shiny...and confusing!   He tries so hard to keep me updated on whats going on and explain things to me but it all gets lost in translation. Not to mention its barely been a couple of months and now its time for an underway soon. It's hard. So I read, and I learn, then I go somewhere else and I look for ideas…
  • Am I the Only Excited Mom? Why are There So Many Sad Moms??

    pattieg
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    On every site related to our recruits, I see post after post of parents who are so sad about their child being in boot camp.  I'm very close to my son but I'm beginning to feel abnormal.  It is hard not to be able to talk to him any time I want but I am so proud of what he is doing so it's hard to be sad.  I am so happy that he has made good decisions for his future and is creating a valuable life for himself.  Sure, I hang up the phone and cry when I do get those rare phone calls but what he is doing is so much more important than my emotions.  I just hang on to what he is…
  • Ache in a Mother's Heart

    Benita
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I feel everything that everyone is saying. I was able to talk to my son 2 wks and 4 days after he left. It broke my heart coz his voice was cracking. I can tell its hard on him. I had to be strong for the both of us and cheer him on. I need him to be strong. His daughter need him to be strong. I miss him. His room is soo clean coz I keep going in there. His daughter can't sleep. She's looking for her daddy. She's only one yr and 1 month. Today, she saw my son's picture and kissed it several times. Then she slept with my iPad. She woke up smiling. Be strong ladies. We have to be. We're Moms.
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  • Mindless Twit, Playing with Fire

    LTCOL P
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The Krampus sent this in, regarding a truly stupid airhead American girl. Watch what you wish for, little one, you have no idea! And also from the Krampus, this with the note, “Coming soon to America.” Only if we let it! The UK might be sunk, but we’re not yet.  
  • Good Pieces of Kit

    LTCOL P
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Laminated and taken to the field since 1066! This is really fascinating, and you could spend a lot of time– time well spent, I’d say– poring over the lists and the photos. (You’ll have to overlook some problems with the weapons terminology and description, such as calling the 7.62 L1A1 (the FAL) of Falklands War fame a “very light” rifle. But we’re dealing with Limey pinko journalists here, and what do they know about guns??) Still– a pretty nifty look at the Soldier’s Load.
  • The threat facing VMI (and every other college in America)

    DaveO
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Update: You can read the bills for yourselves at: S.2692 Campus Accountability and Safety Act (Introduced in Senate – IS) and the House version at HR.5354 Campus Accountability and Safety Act (Introduced in House – IH) In previous posts about VMI’s sexual assault problem, the threat of increased litigation was touched on. VMI, with it’s new reputation for preying on women now faces a new challenge: lawsuits for following the law. VMI will be watched very closely for its adherence to feminist doctrine (colleges as centers for rape culture). Remember the Bill of Rights?
  • Let the Fun Begin

    LTCOL P
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    Matriculation Day. To-day, at the Virginia Military Institute. :-) A thought came to me after I posted this– What general officers, or captains of industry, renowned surgeons, or governors might be among the honorable youths signing the book right now? Interesting to consider.
  • Who’s responsible?

    DaveO
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    With the dissolving of our southern border, and with ISIS threatening to blow up a major US city, who’s fault is it? Bush’s? The TEA Party’s? Or the designer of the golf course in Martha’s Vineyard? Is Jimmy Carter available to work the Situation Room?
 
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  • 5 People You Meet In The Army

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    This is a neat little article I saw this morning and thought I'd share. Although focused on the Army, I'm sure all 5 Services (yes, even the Coast Guard!) have these groups or variation on this theme. As you read this, I'm sure you'll look back and put names to each of these categories. Enjoy! Click here for "Five People You Meet In the Army"
  • Labor Day E-Book Sale

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    Do you like science fiction/fantasy books? Non-Fiction? Anthologies? Other? If so, you have a treat this weekend with a Labor Day Sale/Push for works that are $2.99 or less. Check them out!
  • Book Review: "Inside Marine One" by COL (ret) Ray "Frenchy" L'Heureux

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews by clicking on the Books category on the right side bar. Inside Marine One by Colonel Ray “Frenchy” L’Heureux offers insight into his personal interaction with Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. There are no political discussions but just glimpses of his personal stories, a behind the scenes with the Presidents. The first part of the book talks about his life as a US Marine. Because he was running low on college funds and saw a…
  • The Truth- Dead American Jihadis & ISIS Strategy

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    Busy dang day for the People's Press Secretary, held another round of true answers to media questions. Obama managed to chime in right as I was finishing this up today wearing a tan suit and that was the upside of his sorry little chat with the lapdog media. He also managed to tell the world, including our enemies, that we have no strategy for ISIS. That shouldn't surprise any of you, but to say it out loud and in public is stunningly naive and foolish even for him. I do a bit of interpretive dance debacle control for him. Also, here is my chat with the White House Press.
  • "We don’t have a strategy yet"

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:28 pm
    You're in luck. We have one. We're in week three of execution. Volunteers are working on several fronts. If anyone at the administration would like to discuss it, and how they can support it, the email is on the sidebar. No irony here -- we can help you. If any of you have been thinking about wanting to take the war to ISIS, and haven't yet reached out, drop me a line.
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    Defense Tech

  • Navy Replaces Amphibious Connectors

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The Navy is starting a modernization overhaul designed to replace its existing fleet of connectors in order to better transport personnel, equipment and weapons from ship to shore. The Navy and Marine Corps are now working to replace and recapitalize the existing fleet of Landing Craft Utility vessels, or LCUs, and Landing Craft Air Cushions, […]
  • Boeing Gets $9M More to Develop Phantom Swift X-Plane

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Boeing received a $9 million contract from DARPA to continue developing its Phantom Swift X-Plane, an experimental future vertical lift platform.  The Phantom Swift has two downward facing fans that allow for vertical take-offs and landings. The forward propulsion for the aircraft comes from wingtip thrusters that propel the Phantom Swift after the lift fans are […]
  • USS America Tours South America, Prepares for JSF

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    The Navy’s new big-deck America-class amphibious assault ship is making its way around South America as part of a mission to connect with allies in the southern hemisphere and prepare the ship for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The USS America, the first in a series of 11 planned America class amphibs for the Navy, […]
  • Wanted: Next-Gen Armored Vehicles With Less Armor

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    The Pentagon wants next-generation armored vehicles that are more mobile, maneuverable and survivable, but without more armor. In September, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will host a proposer’s day to give potential contractors a more clear idea of what the Defense Department wants in its Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program. “GXV-T’s goal is not just […]
  • Video: SpaceX Rocket Explodes over Texas

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    An experimental reusable rocket made by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. exploded over Texas on Friday, the company announced. The test booster, known as the F9R and a successor to the Grasshopper rocket, self-destructed several hundred feet over the company’s facility in McGregor after a problem was detected. There were no injuries. “Three engine F9R Dev1 […]
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  • Time is of the Essence

    Col. Zygmunt F. Dembek
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
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  • Is it Mother Nature

    Col. Zygmunt F. Dembek
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  • Stalker: Washed out Reuters Journalist discusses his mental illness

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    28 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
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  • INDEPENDENCE DAY GREETINGS

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

  • I Can’t Believe They’re All Butters

    CJ Grisham
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Butter [buht-er] noun. Defined as a “supporter of the 2nd Amendment” that claims, “I support the 2nd Amendment, but…” then proceeds to tell you what restrictions he supports on the 2nd Amendment. Over the past year, Open Carry Texas has been the subject of much “controversy.” What’s interesting is that none of the controversy really started here in Texas. I’m talking about, of course, all the media criticism involving Chili’s, Chipotle, Sonic, Target, Jack In The Box, etc. In fact, nearly every manufactured controversy originated in…
  • Incoming – Skeet Shooting

    CJ Grisham
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
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    24 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
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  • 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…
 
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    This Military Mama

  • Etsy Spotlight and Review: Moxie Mandie!

    Tara Rosado
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Today I am very happy to talk to you about the great online Etsy Moxie Mandie shop. Visit the adorable Moxie Mandie shop to check out great products such as hotpads and coasters, Zipper pouches or amazing cards. Tell me something random about yourself! I’ve moved 7 times in the last 10 years, and we’re not even in the military! How long have you been sewing? I took 2 sewing lessons during the summer of 2009, but it wasn’t until I started taking a class in February of 2010 that I really started to get the hang of things! I’ve been designing things in my head for years, but didn’t…
  • Review & Giveaway: Pretty Neat!

    Tara Rosado
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    I usually don`t review books. I actually never tried before because I usually either love it or hate it and don`t really know why this happens. However! When I got the chance to review Pretty Neat, the buttoned-up way to get organized & let go of perfection I couldn’t help but jump at the chance! The book is by Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch, the creators of Buttoned Up organizational products. So you know they know what they are talking about! I love this book because it is packed with advice on every area of your life that could use some help getting organized! Besides the book being…
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  • EA-18G Program: The USA’s Electronic Growler

    Joe Katzman
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    EA-18G at Pax The USA’s electronic attack fighters are a unique, overworked, and nearly obsolete capability. With the retirement of the US Air Force’s long-range EF-111 Raven “Spark ‘Vark,” the aging 4-seat EA-6B Prowlers became the USA’s only remaining fighter for radar jamming, communications jamming and information operations like signals interception [1]. Despite their age and performance limits, they’ve been predictably busy on the front lines, used for everything from escorting strike aircraft against heavily defended targets, to disrupting…
  • Saudi Shopping Spree: A Hardened, Networked National Guard

    Joe Katzman
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    LAV-25 in combat The Saudi Arabian National Guard is receiving a lot of investment. In July 2006, the Saudis formally tabled a multi-billion dollar request to buy LAV wheeled APCs and related equipment for its National Guard. October 2010 added a slew of added requests, covering a wide range of transport, scout, and attack helicopters. Other contracts in between and since have involved missiles, communications, and training. It all adds up to a fairly comprehensive modernization. Who is the SANG, and why are they a globally significant institution? A must-read article in the Tribune-Libanaise…
  • US Navy Issues RMMV Request for Proposal for LCS Modules

    Olivier Travers
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    USNAVSEA released the RFP [FBO] for the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV) which integrates with the LCS MCM Mission Module. Responses are due by October 27. They seek up to 18 vehicles with deliveries starting 30 months after the initial award. Middle East ISIL insurgents have shown a video [WaPo] featuring an American M198 howitzer and allegedly shot in Syria. They combine military know-how [NYT] with strong funding from illicit sources [WSJ]. It seems President Obama may get [The Hill] congressional support for strikes against ISIL in Syria were he to seek it, though some lawmakers doubt…
  • The Croatian Helicopter Swap Triangle: Mi-8s for UH-60s

    Joe Katzman
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    UH-60(click to view full) Croatia’s Jutarnji list reports that a proposed helicopter swap deal was discussed during an Aug 14/14 meeting between high-ranking Croatian defense personnel and a delegation from the US House of Representatives. The goal is to offer the Ukraine near-term assistance, while bringing Croatian forces closer to NATO standards. Under the deal… CAF Mi-8 MTV-1 Croatia’s 14 upgraded Mi-8 MTV-1 helicopters would be given to the Ukraine, in exchange for 20 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from US Army stocks. Those helicopters would likely be UH-60Ls, rather…
  • Raytheon’s Standard Missile Naval Defense Family (SM-1 to SM-6)

    Joe Katzman
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    SM-2 Launch, DDG-77(click to view larger) Variants of the SM-2 Standard missile are the USA’s primary fleet defense anti-air weapon, and serve with 13 navies worldwide. The most common variant is the RIM-66K-L/ SM-2 Standard Block IIIB, which entered service in 1998. The Standard family extends far beyond the SM-2 missile, however; several nations still use the SM-1, the SM-3 is rising to international prominence as a missile defense weapon, and the SM-6 program is on track to supplement the SM-2. These missiles are designed to be paired with the AEGIS radar and combat system, but can…
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    The Captain's Journal

  • U.S. Court Will Not Block Lawsuit Over Connecticut SWAT Raid

    Herschel Smith
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Reuters: A U.S. federal appeals court has ruled that Connecticut police cannot claim immunity to quash lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages from a botched 2008 raid by a SWAT team that severely injured a homeowner and killed his friend. The decision by the U.S. 2nd Court of Appeals in New York clears the way for a judge to decide whether five suburban Connecticut police departments violated the constitutional rights of homeowner Ronald Terebesi by using excessive force. On May 18, 2008, a heavily armed SWAT – or special weapons and tactics – team unit knocked down…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    David Codrea: The group, which has not endorsed Republican challenger Tom Foley at this writing, understands he is a far cry from a perfect candidate on guns. The choice they face is to decide which of their two options available to them — allowing a committed gun-banner to re-secure political power without significant opposition, or sending a message to anti-gun politicians that there is a price for undermining rights by supporting a moderate — is preferable. This is the question we all face in so many upcoming elections, isn’t it?  I’m not a single issue voter, but…
  • Christian Leaders Say No To Christian Militia

    Herschel Smith
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
    I have previously attempted to explain and rebuke the pacifist sickness that affects the Christian Church, but it seems that the examples of said sickness are sadly numerous and still surfacing.  Apparently, many Christian leaders would rather see their parishioners and congregants beheaded than defended. The Kurdish government wants to give weapons to Iraqi Christians so that they can defend themselves, but there are (not surprisingly) Christian leaders who are actually against the giving of arms. The lending of guns to the Christians is desired by President Masud Barzani of the Autonomous…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:59 pm
    David Codrea: “I know Gillespie and I will not support him or vote for him,” a frequent correspondent active in Virginia Second Amendment promotion and support told me. Part of that may be due to Gillespie’s refusal to personally commit to the issue, as illustrated by his failure to return a Virginia Citizens Defense League Candidate Survey. Part of it may be due to his consummate insider loyalties to the GOP establishment as a former Bush White House staffer and head of the RNC. Part of it may be that he established a “bipartisan” lobbying firm with a Democrat partner, and a former…
  • Precipitous Drop In Chicago Crime Rate As Concealed Carry Applications Surge

    Herschel Smith
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    The Washington Times: An 86-year-old Illinois man with a concealed carry permit fired his weapon at an armed robbery suspect fleeing police last month, stopping the man in his tracks and allowing the police to make an arrest. Law enforcement authorities described the man as “a model citizen” who “helped others avoid being victims” at an AT&T store outside Chicago where he witnessed the holdup. The man, whose identity was withheld from the press, prevented others from entering the store during the theft. Police said the robber harassed customers and pistol-whipped one. Since…
 
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    The Word of Fiat

  • 1978 Fiat 124 Spider

    Steve
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Fiat has reported an upsurge in requests for factory visits since launching its lovable standard sibling. With 133bhp from a car like the 1978 fiat 124 spider. Fiat's endearing convertible city car with a larger than average quota of kids and for these types of customers, cost is always high on the 1978 fiat 124 spider than the 1978 fiat 124 spider and include anti lock brakes with remote central locking, twin airbags, electric front windows and body coloured bumpers. There's also Fiat's Dualdrive steering which takes much of the 1978 fiat 124 spider to the 1978 fiat 124 spider. The 4x4…
  • 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…
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  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 30 August

    John
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Today we open with 2nd Manassas, and not a flag capture, but a few flag rescues. Sergeant Haight and Private Rhodes are cited for conspicuous gallantry on several occasions.  Not to mention the Adjutant leading the charge across the burning bridge. CONNER, RICHARD Rank and organization. Private, Company F, 6th New Jersey Infantry. Place and date: At Bull Run, Va., 30 August 1862. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Philadelphia, Pa. Date of issue: 17 September 1897. Citation: The flag of his regiment having been abandoned during retreat, he voluntarily returned…
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 29 August

    John
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    We open with two Medals today.  From the first and last August of the Civil War. SWEARER, BENJAMIN Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1825, Baltimore, Md. Accredited to: Maryland. G.O. No.: 11, 3 April 1863. Citation: Embarked in a surfboat from the U.S.S. Pawnee during action against Fort Clark, off Baltimore Inlet, 29 August 1861. Taking part in a mission to land troops and to remain inshore and provide protection, Swearer rendered gallant service throughout the action and had the honor of being the first man to raise the flag on the captured fort. WALTON, GEORGE W. Rank…
  • Saying Something Nice Department

    John
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    After my previous post... On the plus side of the President's martial credentials - while I haven't done the math, I do believe President Obama will hold the record for awarding Medals of Honor not earned on his watch, snatching that crown from President Bush the Younger. And might well be second only to FDR in total number of awards granted under his tenure. That's not snark, by the way, just observation. One reason this President has so many is his predecessor allowed his SecDefs to essentially hijack the award criteria to "The Medal of Posthumous Honor."
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, entering the arena now...

    John
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    ..I give you, the Junior Varsity team!   Give it up for the Scrubs! Sorry, Boss. This rises to the level of "reckless disregard" and "culpable negligence." If you were a CEO, the board would be asking you for recommendations as to your replacement. There's a lot of people who work in and around Washington in State and DoD and the Executive Office of the White House... To not have a strategy, at this point, simply means you guys are asleep at the switch. Time for a new SecState, SecDef, and quite possibly, Chairman of the JCS, and a change in the NSC composition if you…
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 28 August

    John
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    Today we open with the Civil War, and a horse soldier at Smithfield, Viriginia in 1864.  There is another Medal for the Civil War which cites actions on this day, but the Medal covers multiple days, and so we'll get to it on the day of the last cited action - which is only two days from now, so you can contain your excitement! HARRIS, MOSES Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Smithfield, Va., 28 August 1864. Entered service at: New Hampshire. Birth: Andover, N.H. Date of issue: 23 January 1896. Citation: In an...
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  • Thunderbird Opposing Solo Pass

    Pinch
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    From the Atlantic City Air Show a few weeks ago.  I think this shot could not be much better.  Aviation photographers try for a lifetime to nail the timing on this – I managed to suitcase it the first time I ever saw these guys. Pure luck!  Indeed, trhough, I did get exactly what I was trying to get, but it was more luck than pure preparation. More to come.
  • Remembering

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

    Pinch
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
  • 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.
 
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  • Top 10 Worst ManSpouse Stereotypes

    Guest Bloggers
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
      A few weeks ago SpouseBuzz ran another Lady List — this time on stereotypes military spouses hate the most. But what about us dudes? The list I have compiled is a familiar list, things you don’t say to a military spouse because we hate them and it shows that the inquisitor is uneducated. But ... Continue Reading
  • Hidden PTSD Symptoms You May Be Missing

    Jacey Eckhart
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    “I really couldn’t tell if it was me or the PTSD,” said Angela* an Army wife. “It didn’t matter. He wasn’t going to live here any more without seeing a therapist.” Angela told me that her husband had come home from his third combat deployment a few months ago. He didn’t have nightmares like you ... Continue Reading
  • How to Stay Close With Grandparents While Far Away

    Guest Bloggers
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Growing up I was very close to my grandparents. I was lucky enough to have four grandparents and three great-grandparents for most of my childhood. I lived close enough for weekend visits and overnights in the summer. But the summer before seventh grade, my parents moved us from New Jersey to Virginia, placing us six ... Continue Reading
  • Why Male Spouses Are Ignored

    Jacey Eckhart
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    What’s the biggest stereotype about military spouses? That we are all female. We totally missed it in our list of Military Spouse Stereotypes We Hate Most. Sociologists would have a field day with that one (not to mention the assumption that all milspouses are straight). They would probably say that unconscious social rules like these ... Continue Reading
  • Your Perfect Time for College? Try Now!

    Guest Bloggers
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    You want a degree and you have waited for the right time to get started. Supporting your spouse’s military career, raising children, a move on the horizon – it’s easy to postpone your goals when you’re taking care of others.  When will it be your turn? Now can be your perfect time for college, if ... Continue Reading
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  • Isodarco PSA

    harry
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    For the second year in a row, a PSA regarding the Isodarco conference! Isodarco since 1966 Italian Pugwash Group International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts 28th Winter Course on: “GLOBAL NUCLEAR GOVERNANCE: ACTORS, POLICIES AND ISSUES” ANDALO (TRENTO) – ITALY    -    7 – 14 January 2015 Directors of the Course: Paolo Foradori (School of International Studies, University of Trento, Italy) Tariq Rauf (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Sweden) Course Description: Contrary to ill-founded expectations, the end of the Cold War did not…
  • Uncommon Strategic Restraint

    krepon
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Our nuclear future would take a significant turn for the worse if Beijing and New Delhi begin to mimic Cold War thinking about the utility of nuclear weapons. So far, they haven’t. New Delhi waited 24 years in between nuclear tests, and Beijing took about as long to begin sea trials of second-generation ballistic missile-carrying submarines. Both have issued “No First Use” declarations, focused on economic metrics of national influence, and generally dealt with nuclear deterrence in ways that are hard for Washington and Moscow to comprehend. Their parallel nuclear postures are all the…
  • An Expensive Burden: Nuclear Weapons in Europe

    stein
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Are NATO based nuclear weapons an advantage in a dangerous world? Or are they an expensive and obsolete weapon that undermine NATO burden sharing? Is NATO divided about US nuclear weapons in Europe? Are the weapons secure? Are Euro-Hippies a threat to world peace? Today, Jeffrey and Aaron discuss Brent Scowcroft, Stephen Hadley, and Frank Miller’s recent op-ed in the Washington Post about US nuclear weapons based in Europe. Jeffrey and Aaron discussed a number of articles, videos, and images during the podcast: Brent Scowcroft, Stephen Hadley, and Frank Miller, “NATO-based nuclear…
  • Geolocating the Toksa Launch

    Jeffrey
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Give it a second to load the map. As I suspected, some of North Korea’s recent “MLRS” tests are more likely tests of the solid-fueled SS-21 Toksa SRBM.  The missile in question is an extended-range SS-21, that may eventually be dubbed the KN-10. The Chosun Ilbo reported that North Korea was developing such a missile in October 2013. Based on the images from the 14 August launch, I’ve geolocated both the launch and impact sites.  I’ve embedded the findings.  Tell me what you think.  
  • Brodie at the Beginning

    krepon
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Original Caption: “Professor Bernard Brodie conducting a class.” September 1946. Walter Sanders, photographer. It’s been awhile since I’ve steered aspiring wonks and ACW readers to the virtues of reading Bernard Brodie’s first take about the Bomb. Brodie made some incorrect predictions, but on the whole, nobody was more prescient about the nuclear future, and no-one wrote more gracefully about nuclear dilemmas. Brodie used the word “deter” before it became common parlance. Check out his essays in in The Absolute Weapon (1946), from which these quotes are taken: “Most of those…
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  • How do I go about getting my money back from the TSP?

    Scott Halliwell
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Q: How do I do this while paying the least amount of taxes and fees. I’m wanting to get into a Roth IRA. I have about 11,000 in it now. I think it gained something like 2.39%. Maybe $300. Maybe. –Troy, Georgia A: In short, I’m afraid you’re not going to be able to do what you’re hoping – but
  • Should I use a credit repair company?

    J.J. Montanaro
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    Q: I am thinking of hiring CRE Credit Repair to get my credit organized so I can make my first home purchase utilizing my VA loan.  My question is have you heard positive feedback regarding CRE? –Joseph, Texas A:  I won’t comment on that specific company, but if you’re interested in feedback check with the Better Business Bureau.  I think
  • What type of life insurance should I get?

    Scott Halliwell
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    Q: Do you recommend term or whole life? I’m confused about all the different types of life insurance. –Alisa, Missouri A: To me, the choice between term and permanent insurance (like Whole and Universal life) should be driven by your overall financial situation, your health, and your reasons for purchasing the insurance in the first place. When Term Policies Work If
  • Can a dependent get a VA loan?

    J.J. Montanaro
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
      Q: Can a dependent qualify for a VA loan? –Amber A: Although I can’t be sure, I’m going to assume that you’re asking if a child of a servicemember or veteran can use a VA loan.  Typically, the term “dependent” includes both the spouse and children.  As a spouse, you can set up a joint VA loan with your
  • Does making only minimum payments hurt my credit score?

    Scott Halliwell
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Q: Is it hurting my credit score to be making only the minimum monthly payments on a credit card? Basically the card had an intro rate of 0% for the lifetime of the balance for any purchases made in the first 6 months. I now only pay the minimum. –Andrew, Michigan A: Maybe. Utilization Ratio The answer heavily depends on
 
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  • IAVA Daily News Brief- August 22, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Note: The IAVA Daily News Brief will be dark from Aug. 25th- Sep. 1st. We will be back in your inbox on the morning of Sep. 2nd. Thank you for your continued support!TODAY'S TOP STORIESCentral Alabama VA leaders placed on administrative leave The Southeast Network Director of the Veterans Administration announced a leadership shakeup for the embattled Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System. | Associated Press >>'Isn't Losing An Eye Enough?' Battered Veterans Struggle To Restart Their Lives After WarLooking at him today, you would never know that in January 2008, a massive explosion…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief- August 21, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESLawmakers ask VA to support Gulf War boardA bipartisan group of lawmakers demanded Wednesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs improve its response to an independent board created to look at Gulf War illness. | USA Today >>Study links traumatic brain injury to increased dementia riskVast military research - aided by such new studies as a look at a sky-high brush with death - may help the many civilians suffering from PTSD, the often debilitating and sometimes lethal signature wound of American wars. NBC News >>Hospital system is having trouble reaching…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief- August 20, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESA fatal level of trust in Veterans Affairs careTerry Weirick had faith in the health care he was getting from the Department of Veterans Affairs almost until the day he died. The Army combat veteran who served nearly two years in Vietnam started feeling weak and nauseous about two years ago. His doctors at the VA in Fort Wayne, Ind., told him he had the flu. | Washington Examiner >>VA Sued for Denying Benefits to Gay SpousesA law firm representing gay and lesbian service members and veterans on Tuesday filed suit against the Veterans Affairs Department for failing to…
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  • Senior IMU leader captured by ISAF in 2011 now leads fight in northern Afghanistan

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:43 pm
    A senior leader of the Taliban and al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) who was captured by Coalition forces in the spring of 2011 is now leading more than 300 jihadists in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz. The IMU leader once served as the top commander of the jihadist group's network in Afghanistan. Qari Bilal, the IMU leader, was freed by the Afghan government at the direction of President Hamid Karzai, Afghan officials in Kunduz have told TOLONews, which identified Bilal as "a senior al-Qaeda leader who was released from prison on two separate occasions." He leads…
  • Islamic Front and Al Nusrah Front promote 'liberation' of border crossing

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    In a series of posts on their official Twitter feeds, the Islamic Front and the Al Nusrah Front are promoting the "liberation" of the Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled portion of the Golan Heights. The Islamic Front is a coalition of several rebel groups, including Ahrar al Sham, which is linked to al Qaeda. The Al Nusrah Front is al Qaeda's official branch inside Syria. Both organizations have produced video tours of Quneitra, showcasing the defeat of Bashar al Assad's forces and their control over the area. The alliance of Islamist and jihadist groups…
  • Ansar Jerusalem beheads 4 Egyptians accused of being Israeli 'spies'

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    A masked Ansar Jerusalem terrorist is shown standing behind four blindfolded Egyptian civilians, who were accused of being Israeli "spies." All four were beheaded later in the same video. Ansar Jerusalem, (also known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis), has released a video displaying the graphic beheadings of four Egyptian civilians the group accused of being "spies" for Israel. According to Ansar Jerusalem, Israel has supposedly killed the group's members in cross-border drone strikes launched in the Sinai, including an alleged bombing on July 23. Egyptian government officials have denied Israeli…
  • Analysis: Boko Haram focuses on seizing territory

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:11 pm
    As Boko Haram has continued to unleash its violence across northern Nigeria, the group seems to be gaining ground. Under the leadership of Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram has evolved from a terrorist group into an insurgency that seeks to establish an Islamic state. And Boko Haram's tactics have changed accordingly, from smash and dash attacks, killing thousands, into attempts to grab and hold territory. In a video obtained last weekend by Agence France Presse (AFP), Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau celebrated the group's recent successes and gave a warning to those opposed to him and his…
  • Islamic State documents takeover of Syrian airbase

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    The Islamic State released photographs that document its recent takeover of the Syrian Air Force's base in Tabqa in Raqqah province. The photographs, which were published yesterday on the Internet, show the aftermath of the Islamic State's latest conquest against the Syrian military. Islamic State fighters overran the Tabqa airbase last weekend. [See LWJ report, Islamic State fighters assault last Syrian stronghold in Raqqah.] Tabqa was the last bastion for Syrian military forces in Raqqah province, which is now fully under the control of the Islamic State. The photographs from Tabqa show…
 
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  • Patrick Sawyer – the Ebola Killer

    Chuck Simmins
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    Warning sign in Guinea about the Ebola outbreak. CDC photo / public domain Patrick Sawyer died from Ebola in Lagos, Nigeria, on July 24, 2014. He flew from Monrovia, Liberia to Lagos on July 20 and was ill upon arrival. Sawyer, age 40, was a consultant with the Liberian Finance Ministry. Those are the confirmed facts. Sawyer was the first Ebola case in Nigeria and its first fatality. As of Aug. 9, the World Health Organization reports 12 additional Ebola cases and one additional Ebola death. All the illnesses are linked to exposure to Sawyer in a Lagos hospital. UPDATE August 12, 2014 19:20…
  • Makin Island ARG evacuates NOAA researchers

    Chuck Simmins
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Sailors with the USS San Diego and Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit return to the USS San Diego on rigid inflatable boats with recovered researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as part of a recovery mission, Aug. 8, 2014. Marines and sailors from the 11th MEU and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group team recovered 11 personnel from three isolated islands more than 900 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii and directly in the path of Hurricane Iselle. MEU aircraft transported the researchers to Midway Atoll where they could seek shelter from the storm.
  • Why is Ebola spreading so fast?

    Chuck Simmins
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Headlines are screaming “Ebola is out of control!” The nightly news is filled with talking heads and sage advice. What is the real situation? How worried should the average person be? Let’s take a look. The World Health Organization has been recording the toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa since it first began in March of 2014. Every few days, it releases data on the number of cases and the number of deaths in the four nations affected. Here is the latest: Here is the WHO’s table of Ebola cases in West Africa as of July 27, 2014. Let’s look at Nigeria…
  • Recent Ebola reporting on video

    Chuck Simmins
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
  • Marines Go Gung-Ho for San Diego Comic-Con

    Chuck Simmins
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Marines and sailors from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., marvel in their passing of a costume player at the San Diego Convention Center, Saturday. Photo by Lance Cpl. James MarchettiDVIDS Story by Lance Cpl. James Marchetti SAN DIEGO – As part of a Single Marine Program volunteer opportunity, approximately 100 Marines and sailors from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., traveled to the San Diego Comic-Con International, July 24 – 27. Amid this bazaar-styled showcase – comprised of diversified fans and inestimable examples of heralded artistic mediums, including popular…
 
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  • Cambodia & Vietnam: An Epic Sister Trip, Part 10

    contributor
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is the 10th and final 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, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9 CONTRIBUTED BY KASSIE O’DRISCOLL So, what happened the next day was a bit of a shocker … we couldn’t get out of bed. Actually, it wasn’t shocking at all. The bed was like a big cloud that you could wrap up in and never have to leave. It was that good. The room had black out curtains, which definitely didn’t help…
  • Toyosaki Comprehensive Park

    contributor
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA Most experienced shoppers on the island are well aware of the mega outlet mall Ashibanaa. For those who may be looking for something other than the shop-until-you-drop experience in this area can find it in Toyosaki Comprehensive Park just west of the outlet mall. If you have ever taken the bridge over the ocean heading towards Ashibana mall, then you have likely seen part of the park. To pass this area off as simply another pretty beach with pavilions would be selling you short. There are many features of Toyosaki Park that are similar to parks popular with…
  • Dragon Tattoo

    contributor
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY KELSEY FEENEY Are you thinking about inking? With so many tattoo shops here on Okinawa, it can be hard to decide which one to choose! Many points factor in when choosing a tattoo studio, such as quality of work, price, and availability. But what if you were able to find a tattoo studio that had all of those qualities? I did, and that studio is Dragon Tattoo! Located right outside of Foster’s commissary gate, Dragon Tattoo is a newer tattoo studio with a few talented artists ready to help make your idea a beautiful, permanent piece of art. Hiroki is the owner and lead tattoo…
  • Reflow Aromatherapy Massage

    contributor
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY EMILY BUREK If you ever drive on Route 74, you may have seen a large Aromatherapy sign just east of Kadena Gate 3. This is the sign for Reflow Aromatherapy, located on the second level of the building. When you arrive they will have you remove your shoes and replace them with a pair of soft slippers. There is a small couch with lots of pillows is where you can sit and relax or you can look at all the different products they sell. They have a little bit of everything to be able to take the spa experience home with you – face masks, body oils, incense and more. Most of the…
  • Cambodia & Vietnam: An Epic Sister Trip, Part 9

    contributor
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is the ninth 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, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 10 CONTRIBUTED BY KASSIE O’DRISCOLL Against our guesthouse’s recommendation, we decided to try to make it all the way to Vinh Long because Tabitha’s 2009 Vietnam book said that was the best place to go for a Mekong Delta tour. The other option was Can Tho, but we’d heard that it was touristy and awful. So, Vinh Long it was!
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  • Condition ZEBRA is Set

    NCCM(Ret)
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    It dawned on me a couple of weeks ago that I may be putting people’s privacy at risk. Everyday, a good chunk of those seeking information about joining the military post questions to this blog. Their questions normally include personal information such as medical information, financial status, and even moral and conduct indiscretions. I redact […]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’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.
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  • Videos for 2014-08-24

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ghost Super Cavitating Vessel Ghost Super Cavitating Vessel Defense-Update http://wp.me/p3cRXG-dpO | GHOST is a combination aircraft/boat that has been designed to fly through an artificial underwater gaseous environment that creates 900 times less hull friction than water. GHOST technology adapts to manned or unmanned, surface or submerged applications. http://defense-update.com/20140824_super_ghost.html From: defenseupdate Views: 1160 19 ratings Time: 01:22 More in News & Politics F-35B - Wet and Wild F-35B - Wet and Wild One of the recent phases of the F-35B JSF flight testing was the…
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    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ghost Super Cavitating Vessel Ghost Super Cavitating Vessel Defense-Update http://wp.me/p3cRXG-dpO | GHOST is a combination aircraft/boat that has been designed to fly through an artificial underwater gaseous environment that creates 900 times less hull friction than water. GHOST technology adapts to manned or unmanned, surface or submerged applications. http://defense-update.com/20140824_super_ghost.html From: defenseupdate Views: 1160 19 ratings Time: 01:22 More in News & Politics F-35B - Wet and Wild F-35B - Wet and Wild One of the recent phases of the F-35B JSF flight testing was the…
  • Rudderless control could bring supersonic submarines from sci-fi to reality

    Tamir Eshel
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Chinese scientists are studying the applications of supercavitation to propel large bodies underwater at high speed. Scaled up into a full size 'supersonic submarine', such vessel could make the distance from Shanghai China to San Francisco, CA in less than two hours.               Related StoriesCould Super Ghost become the future Littoral Combatant?The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Showcases the UHAC During RIMPAC 2014Innovative robotic systems supporting Marines during warfighting experiment in HawaiiChina wants Swedish…
  • Iran claim to have downed an Israeli ‘stealth drone’

    News Desk
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Iran reported today its air defense forces have downed an Israeli unmanned aircraft possibly a previously unknown, stealth model. The aircraft was intercepted by a surface-to-air missile. "A pilotless Israeli spy plane was shot down after it was traced and intercepted by the IRGC Aerospace Force," a statement by the Iranian Republican Guards Corps' (IRGC) announced.               Related StoriesA miniature drone made of styrofoam help protects airbases in AfghanistanCyber Intelligence Report – August 1, 2014ARL:…
  • Could Super Ghost become the future Littoral Combatant?

    Tamir Eshel
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Could a stealthy, fast going corvette-sized 'super Ghost' vessel take on the US Navy Littoral Combat Ship and win? The people at Portsmouth' Juliet Marine Systems believe it can. They are proposing that, at a cost of a single LCS, the navy take six of Ghosts which will be able to assume many of the LCS' littoral operations either independently, or operating with oceangoing naval vessels as motherships, providing a more affordable, agile and survivable naval strike force.               Related StoriesOperating robots…
 
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  • Videos for 2014-08-24

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ghost Super Cavitating Vessel Ghost Super Cavitating Vessel Defense-Update http://wp.me/p3cRXG-dpO | GHOST is a combination aircraft/boat that has been designed to fly through an artificial underwater gaseous environment that creates 900 times less hull friction than water. GHOST technology adapts to manned or unmanned, surface or submerged applications. http://defense-update.com/20140824_super_ghost.html From: defenseupdate Views: 1160 19 ratings Time: 01:22 More in News & Politics F-35B - Wet and Wild F-35B - Wet and Wild One of the recent phases of the F-35B JSF flight testing was the…
  • Videos for 2014-08-24

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ghost Super Cavitating Vessel Ghost Super Cavitating Vessel Defense-Update http://wp.me/p3cRXG-dpO | GHOST is a combination aircraft/boat that has been designed to fly through an artificial underwater gaseous environment that creates 900 times less hull friction than water. GHOST technology adapts to manned or unmanned, surface or submerged applications. http://defense-update.com/20140824_super_ghost.html From: defenseupdate Views: 1160 19 ratings Time: 01:22 More in News & Politics F-35B - Wet and Wild F-35B - Wet and Wild One of the recent phases of the F-35B JSF flight testing was the…
  • Rudderless control could bring supersonic submarines from sci-fi to reality

    Tamir Eshel
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Chinese scientists are studying the applications of supercavitation to propel large bodies underwater at high speed. Scaled up into a full size 'supersonic submarine', such vessel could make the distance from Shanghai China to San Francisco, CA in less than two hours.               Related StoriesCould Super Ghost become the future Littoral Combatant?The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Showcases the UHAC During RIMPAC 2014Innovative robotic systems supporting Marines during warfighting experiment in HawaiiChina wants Swedish…
  • Iran claim to have downed an Israeli ‘stealth drone’

    News Desk
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Iran reported today its air defense forces have downed an Israeli unmanned aircraft possibly a previously unknown, stealth model. The aircraft was intercepted by a surface-to-air missile. "A pilotless Israeli spy plane was shot down after it was traced and intercepted by the IRGC Aerospace Force," a statement by the Iranian Republican Guards Corps' (IRGC) announced.               Related StoriesA miniature drone made of styrofoam help protects airbases in AfghanistanCyber Intelligence Report – August 1, 2014ARL:…
  • Could Super Ghost become the future Littoral Combatant?

    Tamir Eshel
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Could a stealthy, fast going corvette-sized 'super Ghost' vessel take on the US Navy Littoral Combat Ship and win? The people at Portsmouth' Juliet Marine Systems believe it can. They are proposing that, at a cost of a single LCS, the navy take six of Ghosts which will be able to assume many of the LCS' littoral operations either independently, or operating with oceangoing naval vessels as motherships, providing a more affordable, agile and survivable naval strike force.               Related StoriesOperating robots…
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    Navy Reads

  • 'Sisters' Debunks 'Weaker Sex' Myth

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:32 am
    Review by Bill DoughtyThe fight for women's equality in the United States began before the Civil War. Jean H. Baker's "Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists" pumps blood into the story of five key women who fought for women, especially after the war  leading eventually to the ratification of the 19th Amendment August 26, 1920. Baker takes us into the streets, the conference halls, minds and occasionally even the bedrooms of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, Lucy Stone and Alice Paul.Baker achieves her goal. She virtually brings to life the women who…
  • Wizard of Oz & Navy Core Values

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    by Bill Doughty"The Wonderful World of Oz," written by L. Frank Baum of Coronado, Calif. and first published in 1900, was popular with children in its time but is no match for the movie, first released in 1939. The movie celebrates its 75th anniversary this weekend.Both the movie and the film inspired a number of theories about its symbolism and allegory.Is Baum's story about the gold standard, geo-politics, religion, industrialization and/or populism? Or is it just a good story, as Baum claimed, written solely to bring happiness to children as a "modernized fairy tale"?In 2003 then Rear Adm.
  • 'Turn the Ship Around!' Emancipation Leadership

    9 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyHere's a paradox:More leadership creates more unthinking followership; less top-down leadership creates more engaged leadership – at every level of an organization.How can a Navy leader build trust, ownership, competency and passion in their workforce?  "Tap into the existing energy of the command, discover the strengths, and remove barriers to further progress." That's the advice of L. David Marquet, Captain, U.S. Navy (retired), author of "Turn the Ship Around: A true story of Turning Followers into Leaders," published in 2012 and added this year to the CNO's…
  • Is Singapore the Israel in 'Asia's Cauldron'?

    3 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyIn "Asia's Cauldron" Robert D. Kaplan combines insights from his "Monsoon" and "The Revenge of Geography" and shows where the future is unfolding, per his subtitle: "The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific."Kaplan gives us a priceless short history of the region. He describes the landscape and maritime environment in the context of global power politics as he draws parallels – for example, between Singapore, a key ally in the region, and Israel; both nations were created in the past century. In the case of the more ethnically diverse Singapore:"It was…
  • 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…
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  • New MicroTCA.1-compliant chassis from VadaTech for rugged applications

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
  • Press Release: New 1680 MHz VCO from Crystek Corporation

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Fort Myers, FL – August 28, 2014 – Crystek's CVCO55CC-1680-1680 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 1680 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -117 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +2.5 dBm. Engineered and manufactured in the USA, the model CVCO55CC-1680-1680 is packaged in the industry-standard 0.5-in. x 0.5-in. SMD package. Input voltage is 5V, with a max. current consumption of 20 mA. Pulling and Pushing are minimized to 2 MHz and 1 MHz/V, respectively. Second harmonic…
  • Press Release: Mercury Systems Receives $27 Million Order for Airborne Sensor Processing Application

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    CHELMSFORD, Mass. - Aug. 27, 2014 - Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), a leading provider of affordable, commercially developed, open sensor processing systems and services for critical commercial, defense and intelligence applications, announced it had received a $27 million purchase order relating to a sensor processing application. The order was booked in the Company’s fiscal 2015 first quarter and is expected to be shipped by its fiscal 2016 first quarter. The order follows on the heels of a $39 million order received in the Company's fiscal 2014 fourth quarter,…
  • RQ-4 Global Hawk showcases expanded mission capabilities

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
  • Press Release: Orbit Power Group announces that Behlman has received an additional power supply order for USAF RC-135 Rivet Joint Surveillance Aircraft

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    The Behlman COTS DMCA4000 power supply has special performance features that continue to make it the winning choice for use on the USAF RC-135 Rivet Joint all-weather surveillance aircraft. On board the RC-135 Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft, Behlman DMCA4000 COTS power supplies (P/N 94057) support the operation of key electronic equipment. Hauppauge, New York, — Behlman Electronics Inc., known for its leadership in providing power products for military, industrial, and commercial applications, has received another follow-on order for its COTS DMCA4000 power supply. The special…
 
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  • 4 New Boots You Need To Know About

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

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

  • Honoring Dorothy Rowe

    Fighter Country
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Dorothy Rowe, 56th Comptroller Squadron chief financial analyst, poses for a photo in 1979. The longest serving civil servant working for the Air Force. (Courtesy photo) Dorothy Rowe was a well-loved and admired civilian employee at Luke Air Force Base.  She has the distinction of being the longest-serving Federal civil servant in the Air Force.  She retired after serving 70 years for the Department of Defense–60 of which were at Luke Air Force Base with the 56th Comptroller Squadron as Chief of Financial Analysis. Dorothy’s retirement ceremony in November 2013 drew hundreds in…
  • FCP Visions Summer 2014 – Web Edition

    Fighter Country
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:24 pm
    FCP Visions Summer 2014 is now available as a digital download. This issue discusses the F-35′s vital role in Valley economy, includes an Honorary Commander feature for Mr. Ricky Lyons and much more. In order to enjoy FCP Visions Summer 2014 Web Edition you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application that will display the PDF file format. Click here to download FCP Visions Summer 2014 (you may need to right click and “save file as”). This publication is made available with permission of Pueblo Publishers, Inc. The post FCP Visions Summer 2014 – Web Edition…
  • Honorary Commander Feature: Mr. Ricky Lyons

    Fighter Country
    30 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    Ricky Lyons, Conductor and Enthusiast, Champion Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Ricky Lyons, Conductor and Enthusiast, Champion. He is an alumni member of the Honorary Commander Program, and a Blue Blazer of Fighter Country Partnership’s Blue Blazer Squadron. In 1999, Ricky commenced operations of Champion as a real estate development firm located and operating from Scottsdale, Arizona. He capitalized this new entity with a group of partners and a team who brought differing experiences to Champion, enhancing all of its experiences. Ricky started his career practicing law…
  • Shock & Awe Raffle Auction Items Request

    Fighter Country
    14 May 2014 | 11:09 am
    Dear Future Fighter Country Partnership Supporter: As you may know, Fighter Country Partnership (FCP) is the leading advocacy group supporting the men, women and families of Luke Air Force Base, as well as promoting Luke’s presence in the community. We are proud to host our 5th Annual Golf Tournament, where individuals like you generate awareness, as well as the much needed financial assistance for our organization. 2014 has already presented many challenges to base programs and the ability to extend some of the much needed support services to the Airmen and their families on base. That is…
  • AZ Humane Society & Petsmart’s Military Pet Foster Program

    Fighter Country
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The Arizona Humane Society (AHS) and PetSmart®, Inc. are pleased to announce the expansion of their Project Active Duty program. Project Active Duty, an AHS’ Alternative Placement program, provides temporary foster care for pets of active military personnel throughout their deployment. As the presenting sponsor of Project Active Duty, PetSmart has dedicated $30,000 over two years to the program. The partnership will raise awareness of the program while also dedicating the necessary resources needed to recruit foster families and increase the number of foster homes available for Project…
 
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    Defense Media Network

  • What Might Have Been: F-20 Tigershark

    Robert F. Dorr
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    When test pilot Russ Scott took off from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. on Aug. 30, 1982, he was making the maiden flight of a sleek and beautiful fighter, the Northrop F-20A Tigershark. With a General Electric F404-GE-100 turbofan engine rated at 17,000 pounds of thrust, the F-20A was 40 percent more powerful than the twin-engined F-5E Tiger II that preceded it. Northrop said the F-20A would have a low price tag, operate from short runways, and outfight the Soviet Union’s best. “We wanted hot, light airplanes that were just as stripped-down as possible.” Today, veterans of…
  • The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Today

    J.R. Wilson
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) synchronizes global security cooperation (SC) programs, funding, and efforts for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Joint Staff, Department of State (DOS), Geographic Combatant Commands (GCCs), the military departments and U.S. industry. Within the Department of Defense (DoD), it is responsible for effective policy, processes, training and financial management necessary to execute SC programs. These SC programs involve approximately 161 partner nations, 775 Security Cooperation Officers (SCOs) in 135 U.S. embassies, 391 Humanitarian…
  • Book Review – Always Faithful, Always Forward: The Forging of a Special Operations Marine

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Author Dick Couch has written an entire series of books about the making of those who serve in the nation’s special operations forces, including Special Forces (Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior); Army Rangers (Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger); Navy SEALs (The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident and The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228). Always Faithful, Always Forward: The Forging of a Special Operations Marine does the same for Marine Raiders, and according to Couch’s introduction, is the final book in the series. Marine…
  • World War II German Helicopters – Doblhoff WNF 342

    Mike Markowitz
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    In 1941, Friedrich von Doblhoff (1916-2000) a junior engineer at Wiener Neustädter Flugzeugwerke (Vienna-Neustadt Aircraft Factory, which assembled Bf 109 fighters,) built a static test rig on his own time from scrounged materials in order to prove his radical helicopter concept. He would eliminate the complex gearbox by spinning the rotor blades with tip-mounted jets. Factory compressed air was mixed with aviation gasoline and piped to rotor-tip combustion chambers fitted with car spark plugs. Luftwaffe officials were invited to witness a demonstration. With a roar and a burst of flame, the…
  • X6 Glasses at Enterprise Challenge ’14

    Scott R. Gourley
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this video from Scott R. Gourley, Tony Sanchez, director of special projects for Osterhout Design Group (ODG), describes the development of the X6 glasses for the Army. Please see the related story for more information. The post X6 Glasses at Enterprise Challenge ’14 appeared first on Defense Media Network.
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • Open Casting Call For All Event‏

    armytankerswife
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    *This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Fashion mavens, rejoice! ModCloth is inviting you to come showcase your unique style at their #FASHIONTRUTH Casting Call for ALL event in New… Continue Reading →
  • Which is your favorite T shirt?

    armytankerswife
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
     
  • My weekend with Cricut Explore

    armytankerswife
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Well this weekend has been anything but boring! I was recently introduced to the Cricut Explore, I already have a Cricut Expression, but let me see I wanted to ability to create my own designs and cut them out on… Continue Reading →
  • Upgrade your brush

    armytankerswife
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    *I participated in a campaign on behalf of Reach. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you for participating. As always, all opinions are 100% mine. Reach has always been known for it’s forward… Continue Reading →
  • Simplify laundry this summer and retire your iron

    armytankerswife
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    *I participated in a campaign on behalf of Downy. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you for participating. As always, all opinions are 100% mine. Being the mom of many talents, I am… Continue Reading →
 
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • I Can’t Believe They’re All Butters

    CJ Grisham
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Butter [buht-er] noun. Defined as a “supporter of the 2nd Amendment” that claims, “I support the 2nd Amendment, but…” then proceeds to tell you what restrictions he supports on the 2nd Amendment. Over the past year, Open Carry Texas has been the subject of much “controversy.” What’s interesting is that none of the controversy really started here in Texas. I’m talking about, of course, all the media criticism involving Chili’s, Chipotle, Sonic, Target, Jack In The Box, etc. In fact, nearly every manufactured controversy originated in…
  • Incoming – Skeet Shooting

    CJ Grisham
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
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    CJ Grisham
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
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  • 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…
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    DC Bureau » National Security News Service

  • Obama’s Iraq War – The Kurdish Connection

    Joseph Trento
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    On August 7, President Obama reluctantly authorized the use of force in Iraq. He said it was to protect U.S. personnel and the Yazidis under attack from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Obama’s return of U.S. forces to Kurdish Iraq was part of a massive lobbying effort by a series of high ranking former U.S. military officers and diplomats on the Kurds’ payroll. Like the generals and admirals who took to the airwaves to promote George Bush’s Iraq war, a similar cast of characters is urging U.S. support for the Kurds. General James Jones The two main Kurdish political families, the…
  • The Robert Levinson Case: The Cover-up Behind The Cover-up

    Joseph Trento
    24 Jan 2014 | 10:42 am
    Robert Levinson The fate of missing former FBI agent and CIA contractor Robert Levinson is rooted in a secret history that is buried in distraction and misinformation. Levinson, who disappeared on the island of Kish off of Iran in March 2007, is like so many other failed CIA cases: rooted in a culture of secrecy and tinged with massive incompetence. Everyone who enters this “wilderness of mirrors” never seems to escape. Levinson’s capture is a direct result of an amateur intelligence operation that no professional spy agency would ever authorize. But it is not a simple…
  • The Selling of The Pentagon 2013

    Joe Trento, Carrie Waltemeyer, and Becky Gaskill
    30 Sep 2013 | 12:52 pm
    “This will sound as if I am speaking large, but Mussolini said that the definition of fascism was when you couldn’t put a cigarette paper between corporate power and government power. I have watched veteran members of our intelligence establishment go seamlessly into these private defense contracting companies.” John le Carré to The New York Times The Department of Defense has turned its huge public affairs program into an offensive propaganda campaign being run by the same contractors that spy on the world through the intelligence agencies, according to a DCBureau-National Security…
  • Hungnam, North Korea: Delving into Pyongyang’s Long Nuclear Past

    Bill Streifer
    25 Jun 2013 | 11:53 am
    “Since V-J Day wisps of information have drifted into the hands of U.S. Army Intelligence of the existence of a gigantic and mystery-shrouded industrial project operated during the closing months of [WWII] in a mountain vastness near the Northern Korean coastal city of Konan [Hungnam]. It was near here that Japan’s uranium supply was said to exist.” David Snell journalist North Korea recently conducted their third underground nuclear test. Experts agree that the nuclear fuel used in the first two was plutonium, made from natural uranium in a Soviet-designed breeder reactor. More…
  • The Bomb Plant: America’s Three A.M. Nightmare

    Joseph Trento
    14 Nov 2012 | 8:55 am
    (learn more about this documentary) Aiken, S.C. – Tons of weapons grade plutonium and other nuclear materials, a target for terrorists, are not being properly protected by the National Nuclear Security Administration at the Department of Energy’s sprawling Savannah River Site, according to security consultants and U.S. counterintelligence officials. A secret security review underway at DOE and other government agencies after an elderly nun last summer breached a NNSA bomb-grade-uranium facility at the Oak Ridge Tennessee Y12 area reveals “harrowing problems in site management and…
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  • 4 New Boots You Need To Know About

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

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

  • I'm 29 and other things

    Karie
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Oh hey, I have a blog still...Before I begin writing about a bunch of things that have nothing to do with each other, let me show you where I'm at right now: I'm in Alaska with the parents and with the mountains and with (the) Nick. I celebrated, endured -- whatever you want to call it -- my 29th birthday, signifying the last year I will ever have to be in my twenties. It's a bit surreal, luring my wandering thoughts to go places I'd prefer them not, both in the future and in the past. I won't talk about the past since this blog is chock-full of it. Present: I'm enjoying this beautiful land…
  • There is no such thing as getting used to death

    Karie
    4 Jan 2014 | 11:19 pm
    I experienced another death recently. She was a friend from school. A poet. Someone younger than me, but someone I looked up to. I've been struggling with both the need to write about it and the fear of thinking about it at all. It is interesting how different deaths have different ways of affecting me. Of course losing a husband is devastating. It is expected that a wife who loses a husband be shattered. But what is a friend expected to do? How am I supposed to feel? She was not someone that I lived with. She was someone that I was getting to know and wanted to know so much more. She was…
  • Yes, I'm still writing-- just not in my blog.

    Karie
    3 Jan 2014 | 9:43 am
    As anyone who has been reading my blog over the years knows, I've really dropped the ball on keeping this thing updated recently. I've also gone back and forth with whether or not I should shut this blog down completely -- my opinion on that changes daily, though I'm not sure I could ever officially part with it. That being said, I promise you I have been writing. In fact, I probably write more than I ever did before, only the things I write are for school or for my memoir or are in the form of poetry. I've been getting into poetry recently, thanks to a professor I've become quite close to. I…
  • Where I came from, Where I'm going

    Karie
    31 Dec 2013 | 11:02 am
    I just finished my second year in college. A lot of changes took place since I began, one being a change of Majors. Instead of Communications, I decided I fit more comfortably in the English Department. Then I realized I needed to add Sociology -- I suppose that second Major comes from my need to understand the world and how it affects us. Most likely because I want to understand how my world affects me. How it molded me into who I am now and who it will mold me to be tomorrow. I've found English and Sociology complement me and each other beautifully. I'm happy here. Happiness is…
  • Hello, Hello

    Karie
    3 Apr 2013 | 8:02 pm
    I have been a terrible blogger and I apologize for this. I have been writing, though. I promise. In fact, I've been writing a lot. So much so that I simply do not have time to blog like I used to. It's a good thing. Everything is still going well. I'm ready for this semester to be over. I'm starting to feel a little burnt out. Spring is in the air and the 80 degree weather is demanding my attention. It's not my fault. It's Mother Nature. She's very pushy. I feel terrible. I'm not sure what to write about. I will say that I've been working on my memoir as much as I can. This summer  I…
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    The Duffel Blog

  • The Army’s Greatest Battle Will Be Waged Against Combat Leaders And Tattoos

    Maxx Butthurt
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The following is an opinion piece by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. My fellow soldiers. Brothers, sisters, and transgender warriors of all shapes, colors, creeds, and religions. The Army is in peril. After 13 years of persistent conflict we face a greater threat than any ever seen before. I speak of […]
  • REPORT: Witnesses Say Tragic Parachute Accident ‘A Hell Of A Way To Die!’

    Jay-B
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    FORT BENNING, Ga. — All parachute jumps have been temporarily suspended at Fort Benning while the Army investigates what witnesses are calling a “gory” death, Duffel Blog has learned. Sources say Pvt. Doug Atkins, 19, of Delta Co., 1-507th Parachute Infantry, was a rookie on a routine training jump. “He was so frightened, he was shaking,” […]
  • Russia Claims Ukrainian Border Inexplicably Jumped Over Its Paratroopers

    Frederick Taub
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    MOSCOW – In a surprising concession, the Kremlin announced Thursday that soldiers captured in Ukraine earlier this week were indeed from the elite First Airborne Division of the Russian Air-Landing Forces (VDV), but it was due to the Ukrainian border inexplicably jumping over them “out of nowhere,” sources confirmed. “This is all very simple misunderstanding comrades,” Defense Minister […]
  • Opinion: The Philadelphia Eagles Hate The Troops

    Drew Ferrol
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The following is an op-ed written by Robert Crane, an obese man who never served in the military but steadfastly supports the troops. When the Eagles cut Alejandro Villanueva, the organization showed its true, unpatriotic colors and its hatred of America. Villanueva was an Army Ranger and he has a Bronze Star with a V for valor so […]
  • Man Who Lived Through Cold War Says Terrorist Group ‘Imminent Threat’ To America

    Paul
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A 67-year-old man who as a young boy lived under constant fear the Soviets would launch nuclear missiles at his beloved country and wipe out everyone and everything he loved characterized a terrorist group as an “imminent threat to every interest we have” late last week, sources confirmed. The man, identified as Secretary […]
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • Foreign Legion for the first time in Peru

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Last month, the French Foreign Legion appeared for the first time in Peru (South America). On 29 July 2014, a detachment composed of legionnaires (mostly Senior corporals) from the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI) of the Foreign Legion, a regiment based in South America as well, participated in a large military ceremony conducted by […]
  • Legion’s youngest Saharan motorized company

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    An almost unknown unit of the French Foreign Legion. An independent, autonomous motorized infantry company formed in 1955 to serve in Algeria during the Algerian War. A few months later, it became the 4th Legion Saharan Motorized Company (4e CSPL). The youngest of the four legendary Saharan motorized companies of the Foreign Legion. Just as […]
  • 2e REP: 2nd “Mountain” Company Clip

    admin
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    See a nice, though unofficial, personally made video clip presenting the 2nd Company (called Mountain Company due to its mountain warfare specialization) of the Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP), its only airborne regiment, based on the island of Corsica. — Related post: 2e REP parachuting videos
  • 2e REI: Exercise with US Marines of July 2014

    admin
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Between 7 and 11 July of 2014, US Marines from a battalion of the 8th Marine Regiment, attached to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response (SP-MAGTF Crisis Response), trained with the Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) at Camp des Garrigues, an urban warfare military camp near Nimes, France. See […]
  • French Foreign Legion Operations – July 2014

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Mali, Central African Republic, French Guiana, New Caledonia near Australia… See the locations of units of the French Foreign Legion participating in operations outside of France, in July 2014. MALI 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG) Demining Operational Team (Equipe Opérationnelle de Déminage, EOD) - one 1er REG EOD’s legionnaire was killed in Mali in […]
 
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    Texas Veterans Blog

  • Buying Texas Land: Considering Your Utility Needs

    Anne Evenson
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    As a prospective land buyer it’s important to take note of which public utilities are available for the property you are considering for purchase. These utilities may include: water, electricity, telecommunications, natural gas, waste collection and sewage treatment. Accessing Water and Electricity When purchasing land, you may want to think about the availability of water and electricity [...]
  • Learning Opportunities for Veteran Entrepreneurs

    Anne Evenson
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    The Texas Comptroller of Accounts states that as of August 2014, there are 213 Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses in Texas under the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program. There are many resources available to existing and aspiring Texas veteran entrepreneurs. Please consider the following organizations who offer advice, information and education. A great place to start is [...]
  • New Type II Forfeited Land Tracts

    Anne Evenson
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) has added 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 land [...]
  • 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 your land 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
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    World Traveling Military Family

  • September Festivals Around Spangdahlem, Germany

    Mrs B
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Another busy month here in Germany for festivals! I’m excited to share September festivals around Spangdahlem with you! We had a great time checking out the August Festivals. There are actually quite a few more festivals this month too! Again these are generally no more than 3 hours away, although I may throw in one [...] The post September Festivals Around Spangdahlem, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Mosel Ballon Fiesta 2014

    Mrs B
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    After our trip to the Wittlich Pig Fest we decided to go check out the Mosel Ballon Fiesta in Föhren, Germany. It’s a hot air balloon festival with 80 balloon! Unfortunately for us weather in Europe can be persnickety and it was not cooperating on Saturday when we went. However with that being said we’ve [...] The post Mosel Ballon Fiesta 2014 appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Wittlich Pig Festival 2014

    Mrs B
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Remember that list of festivals going on around the area that I recently posted? We had several on our list to go see including the Wittlich Pig Festival or  Säubrennerkirmes. We wanted to see what the all the ‘hype’ was about and try the pork sandwiches. There was also a small arts & crafts market & parade [...] The post Wittlich Pig Festival 2014 appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Burg Schönecken – Schönecken, Germany

    Mrs B
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Burg Schönecken (also Burg Schonecken) located is Shönecken, Germany is castle ruins that loom over this small village town. It’s a great place to see some ruins and a great overview of the village. It’s also an ideal place to see ruins if you have family visiting or little ones who can’t walk far. While the [...] The post Burg Schönecken – Schönecken, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • August Festivals Around Spangdahlem, Germany

    Mrs B
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It seems like the next few months are busy months here in Germany for festivals! There are so many August festivals around Spangdahlem, Germany. We are excited to start checking them out, we arrived last year at the end of Nov in time for the Christmas festivals but missed all the fall ones. Since there [...] The post August Festivals Around Spangdahlem, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • Open Casting Call For All Event‏

    armytankerswife
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    *This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Fashion mavens, rejoice! ModCloth is inviting you to come showcase your unique style at their #FASHIONTRUTH Casting Call for ALL event in New… Continue Reading →
  • Which is your favorite T shirt?

    armytankerswife
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
     
  • My weekend with Cricut Explore

    armytankerswife
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Well this weekend has been anything but boring! I was recently introduced to the Cricut Explore, I already have a Cricut Expression, but let me see I wanted to ability to create my own designs and cut them out on… Continue Reading →
  • Upgrade your brush

    armytankerswife
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    *I participated in a campaign on behalf of Reach. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you for participating. As always, all opinions are 100% mine. Reach has always been known for it’s forward… Continue Reading →
  • Simplify laundry this summer and retire your iron

    armytankerswife
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    *I participated in a campaign on behalf of Downy. I received a promotional item to facilitate this review and as a thank you for participating. As always, all opinions are 100% mine. Being the mom of many talents, I am… Continue Reading →
 
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    High and Tight

  • The Best Army Haircut from a Military Barber

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

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

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

    highandtighthaircut
    24 Oct 2013 | 1:22 pm
    The military lifestyle is one passionate lifestyle, you’ll only like it if you truly enjoy a lifestyle of loyalty to your country and peers alike. No matter where you go, […]
  • High and Tight Haircut and Military Affiliation

    highandtighthaircut
    28 Sep 2013 | 2:08 pm
    The High and Tight haircut represents more than a haircut, the High and Tight is a way of life for military men as it shows affiliation to the same code […]
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    Vision Strike Wear Military Blog

  • USAF Blue Falcon Design Aims High for Labor Day!

    Sarge Strike
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
      Fly Into The Wild Blue Yonder! Not every day do you get a chance to serve in the most technologically advanced military branch in the United States arsenal but when you do you are part of the United States Air Force! The youngest of the military branches and recognized as a leader in the the tech that commands the skies from the heavens above to the land below you are part of an incredible team.   Why The Blue Falcon? The falcon is a predator. Blue is the color of the sky and the last thing you want to experience is a bird set on your 6 to devour you so the Blue Falcon seems…
  • Little Johny Goes Back To School This Year… Military Style: A WTF Guide

    Sarge Strike
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    In the famous words of Nike: Just Do it! Well try anyway and when you do remember its all about the kids. Now having said that we can really dig deeper into the maelstrom of activity also known as Back to School! Seemingly what has become a tradition of fighting to locate the endless list of back to school items from crayons to chalk, 3 ring hole punched paper to pens and the 12 pound glue sticks and endless lines at your local retail back to school store has transpired into a waltz of activity getting Little Johny ready for school. Now let’s examine our back to school experience:…
  • Back To School Hoodie Sale!

    Webmaster Matt
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Our annual BACK TO SCHOOL HOODIE SALE is on NOW!  Now until Midnight of Labor Day!  (Monday September 1st, 2014) Visit Vision-Strike-Wear.com now and use coupon code: FbHd30Off#BackToSchool #Hoodie #Sale at Vision Strike Wear!Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule The post Back To School Hoodie Sale! appeared first on Vision Strike Wear Military Blog.
  • Coast Guard Breaks the Ice for North Pole!

    Sarge Strike
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
      Break The Ice! Ever thought what it might be like to serve aboard a USCG ship sitting on hundreds of miles of ice shelf with only a forward gear to propel you through the waters of the North Pole? The Coast Guard and its guardsmen have done it. On this 20th anniversary “The Coast Guard icebreaker CGC Polar Sea and the CCCS Louis S. Ste Laurent became the first “North American surface ships” to reach the North Pole. An HH-65A from Aviation Training Center Mobile, detached to the Polar Sea, became the first U.S. (and also Coast Guard) helicopter to reach the pole…
  • Top 10 Custom Coast Guard T-Shirts

    Webmaster Matt
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    What is .  .  .  Quicker than the Goddess Nike? Driven by molten steel? Hammered with the force of a battalion of fire breathing horses? It’s the most geographically prepared military branch in the US arsenal: The United States Coast Guard! Here are the TOP 10 Custom USCG Designs from VSW (As determined by Frost Call, Sarge Strike and Webmaster Matt, arguing for a while about which ones are the coolest. It’s all very scientific!) 10. USCG Sector Long Island Sound http://www.vision-strike-wear.com/USCG-Sector-Long-Island-Sound-Shirt_p_1199.html The backbone of the United…
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    Semper Fi Parents

  • Today In Marine Corps History: 30 August 1945

    Carl
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    4th Marines land at Kurihama Naval Base – Yokosuka. (First Leathernecks in Japan in WW II.)
  • Becoming A Marine: Basic Requirements

    Carl
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Interested in age, education, tattoo, fitness, and other requirements that you must meet to become one of the Few and the Proud? Watch Marines explain what it takes to enlist in the Marine Corps, and get in touch with a recruiter at http://on.fb.me/uPbStA for more information.
  • Marine Corps Photos: Dust Up

    Carl
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A Marine with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Battalion Landing Team 1/4, fires the M777 howitzer during a battery defense battle drill at Arta Range, Nov. 3, 2013. A five-person gun crew can fire as many as five rounds per minute. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Photo by SSgt Staci Miller. marines.com
  • Marine Corps Moto Quotes

    Carl
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    “Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it were some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts to ungentlemanly lengths, worshipping their Commandant almost as if he were a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They’ll fight like rabid dogs at the drop of a hat just for the sake of a little action, and are the cockiest sons of bitches I have ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and drink well…
  • Today In Marine Corps History: 29 August 1916

    Carl
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Marine Corps Reserve was founded.
 
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