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  • F-35 Lightning II demonstration comes to Misawa

    Pacific Air Forces Top Stories
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:46 pm
  • Photos of F-22’s Combat Debut in Syria

    Defense Tech
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    The F-22 Raptor executed its first combat mission since its introduction into the U.S. Air Force fleet as it took part in the first night of bombing of Islamic State militants in Syria. Air Force Tech Sgt. Russ Scalf offers readers an up close view of the F-22’s trip to Syria with photos of it […]
  • Airman helps injured runner to safety

    Pacific Air Forces Top Stories
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:52 pm
    When echoes of a screaming man filled the jungle, a 734th Air Mobility Squadron lieutenant made it his duty to find his location and carry him to safety.  Approximately 80 people from a running club participated in a seven-mile trek through the jungle Sept. 13, 2014, in the hills of Merizo on the southern side of the island. The run began shortly after 4 p.m., and 1st Lt. Alex John, 734th AMS officer in charge of the airfreight terminal, was one of first to finish at approximately 8:30 p.m.more...
  • Secret Service chief's undoing was quick as support vanished

    Stars and Stripes News
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    One lesson from Julia Pierson's short tenure as director of the agency that protects the first family: The Secret Service can't keep secrets from the president.
  • Airman wages war against breast cancer

    Pacific Air Forces Top Stories
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:42 pm
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland

    Brian Lam
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It’s proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano---close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video. The post Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland appeared first on WIRED.
  • How WWI’s U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare

    Jordan Golson
    22 Sep 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. For British merchant vessels operating during World War I, few things were so terrifying […] The post How WWI’s U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare appeared first on WIRED.
  • A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere

    Jordan Golson
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    We have 3-D printed keys, guns and shoes—now a research team at the University of Virginia has created a 3D printed UAV drone for the Department of Defense. In the works for three years, the aircraft, no bigger than a remote-controlled plane, can carry a 1.5-pound payload. If it crashes or needs a design tweak […] The post A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere appeared first on WIRED.
  • How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane

    Jordan Golson
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Though the Allies won the war and the glory, the Germans gave us one of the most famous airplanes of the Great War. The Fokker Dr.1 triplane, flown by one of history's great fighter pilots, is among the most recognizable aircraft of the early twentieth century and it played a significant role in launching dogfighting as a new form of combat. The post How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane appeared first on WIRED.
  • Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog

    Jordan Golson
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)---basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck---was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday. The post Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog appeared first on WIRED.
 
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  • Family Co-location chit

    latinnative
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    My son is in A school and I have a son who has San Diego as his duty station. Does anyone know the process or where my son in A school would go about filling out the proper forms to be assigned to the same duty station as his brother.Thanks in advance.
  • Sept 26 PIR

    newnavymom
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    I got back from my daughter's PIR yesterday!!!! It was indescribable!!!! I saw her, I hugged her.... She was my "baby" but has changed in so many ways.  I am so proud of her. The weekend was wonderful! I would not change a thing except of course to have had more time with her and the mess with the airports (but I won't dwell on the negative, just glad we made it home) I do want to say God Bless you and THANK YOU to who every turned in my sailor's cell phone!!!  My oldest  daughter had it in her pocket  at the NEX ( our sailor would not touch it while on base). We are not sure if it…
  • Will I hear from my SR?

    newnavymom
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    My daughter's graduation is this Friday (26th).... I have not heard from her, no phone call to say "I am a Sailor" or otherwise....Tonight is Tuesday, shouldn't I have heard something.... I know no news is good news but wondering if I am going to get a call... We are scheduled to fly to Great Lakes on Thursday.....has anyone heard anything about Ship 12 Div 304 BS21????
  • USS America Commissioning Ceremony

    AveryMom
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    I'm so excited about USS America Commissioning Ceremony, October 11th!  My husband and I received our invitations, and RSVP! So we're ready to go!!!  I can't wait!  I'm real excited about this opportunity!  In my previous blog, I mentioned how I always wanted to go to Fleet Week.  My son never knew about it until he mentioned the commissioning ceremony.  My son has been on his ship since April.  I communicated with him here and there.  The last time I seen my son was when he came home for my father's memorial in December.  So I'm ready for a mother-son reunion!  LOL I'm very proud…
  • Just Thoughts....

    Rachie
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Just wanted to vent a little....  My husband and I have been married a little over 2 weeks now. Yes it's very new! But have been together almost 5 years and have a daughter together.  After we got married he left 4 days after. Yeah... not much of honeymoon. But I must say I know what I signed up for so can't really complain can I? Since my husband has been gone... Our daughter has started Kindergarten. It just sucks he missed her first day and all he could do was see pictures. He did  make an effort and spoke to her right before she walked out the door. But I am just so concerned about her…
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  • What is the proper role of DoD in political elections?

    DaveO
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Seriously? Old scandals from Panetta’s circus brings up the question: can Buttercup’s DoD do any better? Something to consider: because people who wear the uniform are perceived to be uniformly conservative (and many of our readers can enjoy a hearty laugh about that), servicemembers and employees who are Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Libertarians and whatever else political affiliation had their privilige stripped from them for the sin of relying on DoD to follow the law. What is the proper role of DoD in political elections? Is it right and proper for DoD to do anything…
  • Ebola in Dallas, Texas, and the world?

    DaveO
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    That school children in Dallas were exposed is bad enough, but this is worrisome news that may top that. What is Ebola? What should the ordinary citizen know so they neither ignore risk nor panic? Any of our readers who are medical professionals, or have direct knowledge of the disease are invited to contact us and spread some knowledge. In the meantime readers, Dallas isn’t Raccoon City.
  • Letters of Marque and Reprisal

    DaveO
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Slater’s excellent post produced very thoughtful, spot-on observations from regular commentators John Minehan and Mike_B as well as our resident Townie. The takeaway from the comments is that Americans have divorced themselves from service, including warfare. Recently, Bill O’Reilly recommended a much-derided solution to the problems of sending Americans overseas at exorbitant costs in blood and treasure. O’Reilly recommended that the US raise a mercenary army to fight terrorism. To authorize such a force, our Congress must issue a letter, or letters of Marque &…
  • Funny, Except It’s Not (Task Force Ebola, That Is)

    LTCOL P
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Yeah. WASHINGTON D.C. — Amid criticism over his handling of crises in Syria and Ukraine, President Obama has ordered 3,000 U.S. soldiers to catch Ebola in west Africa, Duffel Blog has learned. “Once on the ground, our brave men and women will establish forward camps and combat outposts throughout the countryside,” the president told reporters during a press conference. “Then once our logistical footprint is completed, the soldiers will begin daily patrols into remote villages with the goal of catching Ebola.” Tell me again why we’re doing this?
  • The Burden of War

    Slater
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Falleth not upon the Soldier, or Marine, or Sailor, or Airman.  But on the people who sent him to that beach without water.  Here‘s an interesting article by Sebastian Junger who has spent much of his journalistic career embedded among Soldiers to tell their story. The Soldier. . .is a tool.  When you hammer a nail as you build a bed frame, what take responsibility for it?  The hammer?  I would say no.  It must be the person hammering the nail.  To that effect, the Soldier is a tool, he should not bear the majority of the pain or blame […]
 
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  • Allen West at National Security Action Summit

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    I sat down with former Congressman and US Army Bn. Cdr Allen West on Monday to talk about how we should confront our Islamist enemies. His ideas will not surprise you.
  • Douche of the Week: ESPN's Colin Cowherd

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    What is it about media people, especially the Sports Media, who have suddenly decided that the social issues of the day matter among those that listen to sports talk radio? I know that when I tune in to Sports Talk Radio, I am there to hear about sports, and things that have to do with sports (which may cross over into the social) but I don't want to hear the host's opinions on the state of poverty, what you think about the latest Supreme Court case involving voting rights, or if you think ISIS is dangerous or not. I have regular talk radio for that. Sports is my diversion from all that.
  • National Security Action Summit II

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    I spent the day yesterday ay the National Security Action Summit II which was put on by EMPact America and the Center for Security Policy along with Breitbart News. The day started with a screening of Dinesh D'Souza's powerful movie America- Imagine the World Without Her. I spoke with Dinesh before the screening about how America is equipped to deal with an existential threat like Islamism, both abroad and also in a clash of cultures her at home. He believes that although we have been weakened by the depradations of progressive politics and multiculturalism we can still rise to the challenge.
  • The Paradox of The "Advisor"

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
    So now, we don't have "boots on the ground" fighting in Iraq. Instead, we have "advisors" being deployed to Iraq in order to be "embedded" with Iraqi units. So, when Steve Kroft from CBS actually finds a hardball in the bucket of questions he is lobbing at Barack the Teleprompter Reader, it is interesting to see how he qualifies and hedges his statement regarding exactly what their mission is. Steve Kroft: You know, you’ve said no American boots on the ground. No combat troops on the ground. We’ve got 1,600 troops there. President Obama: We do. Steve Kroft: Some of them are going to be…
  • Trailer Talk, Featuring Barack Obama

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Maybe you're getting the hang of this, Mr. President. President Barack Obama wants everyone to know "how we roll": The US always takes the lead in international crises. ...Obama was asked why the US is contributing such a significant portion of the military coalition against the jihadist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS. Obama responded by arguing that other countries were not stepping up. "When trouble comes up anywhere in the world, they don't call Beijing, they don't call Moscow. They call us. That's the deal," he quipped.... "That's always the case. That's always the case. America…
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    Defense Tech

  • Navy Test-Fires Upgraded Tomahawk

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The Navy and Raytheon recently flight tested software upgrades to the Tomahawk missile with two sea-launched test-firings near China Lake, Calif., designed to shoot the weapon up to high altitudes and assess the weapon’s improved maneuverability. The first test took place from a nuclear submarine — the USS Hampton. The submarine fired a Tomahawk Block […]
  • Photos of F-22’s Combat Debut in Syria

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    The F-22 Raptor executed its first combat mission since its introduction into the U.S. Air Force fleet as it took part in the first night of bombing of Islamic State militants in Syria. Air Force Tech Sgt. Russ Scalf offers readers an up close view of the F-22’s trip to Syria with photos of it […]
  • Navy Tests New Vehicle-Mounted Laser Weapon

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The Office of Naval Research is testing a solid-state, vehicle-mounted laser weapon designed to incinerate a range of air and ground targets such as enemy drones, rockets and even IEDs, service officials told Military.com. “Air defense covers rockets, artillery, mortars, UAVs, vehicles and IEDs – anything you can kill with a laser. This program is […]
  • Corps Eyes New Amphibious Assault Vehicles

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The Marine Corps is building a new wheeled amphibious assault vehicle that can swim through waves and perform a wide range of combat functions on land, service officials said Sept. 24 at the Modern Day Marine symposium, Quantico, Va. The Corps is poised to intensify an ongoing competition to select several vendors to begin building […]
  • Marines Test Tethered Unmanned Vehicle

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    The Marine Corps is testing a tethered unmanned vehicle designed to follow human movement, carry supplies and perform a wide range of possible missions for forces on-the-move, industry officials said Sept. 24 at the Corps’ Modern Day Marine symposium, Quantico, Va. General Dynamics Land Systems has developed the Multi-Utility Tactical Transport, or MUTT – a […]
 
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  • 1 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am

    Zeyad Kasem
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Baghdad Green Zone and US Embassy complex shelled with mortars and Grad missiles by Sunni rebels today. We are Everywhere.— ☡eyad Kasem ☝☪ زياد (@ZeyadKasim) October 1, 2014
  • 29 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm

    Zeyad Kasem
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Booty captured by Sunni rebels from a mechanized force of "ISF" north of Ramadi today. Keep 'em coming, faggots pic.twitter.com/7rtmZMJiRt — ☡eyad Kasem ☝☪ زياد (@ZeyadKasim) September 30, 2014
  • Back to Recess

    Zeyad Kasem
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ I probably won't be posting much anymore. Eleven years of waste. Need to rethink a lot of things, including my residing in a Nation that thinks its fun sport to bomb my Home country every few years (since '91), and where the majority of the population thinks that's justified. If you want to stay in touch, add me on FB or IG or follow me on Twitter. We'll see you
  • Obama's Plan for #ISIS/#ISIL/#IS/#ISedCake

    Zeyad Kasem
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ +Barack Obama :- To Put it as Lightly and as Dumbed Down as Possible for You Dense MoFos.
  • Turkey is Steady Source for ISIS/IS/ISIL Recruits (Map)

    Zeyad Kasem
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Source : +The New York Times
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Incoming – Where’s Lomax?

    CJ Grisham
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • Incoming – Thor

    CJ Grisham
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
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  • MG Industries NY Compliant Hydra Modular Rifle Now Available

    CJ Grisham
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    It always amazes me how the government tries to ban something, so capitalism takes over and we find a way around it. MGI, manufacturer of the modular MARCK-15 AR “Hydra” platform, is proud to announce the Hydra Modular Rifle is now New York State compliant and ready to ship. The NY Compliant configuration of MGI’s modular, multi-caliber weapon system, also known as the Hydra, is the base system for everything associated with MGI’s unique system. The NY Compliant Hydra includes the Modular Lower Receiver with a 5.56 (AR) magazine well, a QCB-D Upper Receiver and a…
  • Incoming – RPG

    CJ Grisham
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
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  • WWII Missing Soldier Identified

    CJ Grisham
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Pfc. Bernard Gavrin, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., will be buried on Sep. 12, in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. On June 15, 1944, as part of an Allied strategic goal to secure the Mariana Islands, U.S. forces were ordered to occupy Saipan. After a month of intense fighting, enemy forces conducted a suicide assault, known as a banzai attack.
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  • Project Runway and American Girl

    Candace
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I have been seriously neglecting my recaps this season–Fridays are just very busy days! I couldn’t resist this one, though. The designers are challenged to make outfits inspired by some of American Girl’s classic historical dolls that are part of the BeForever line. Pin It Like many 8 year old girls, my daughter adores American Girl dolls and their stories. She was considering an sewing camp for making outfits for her American Girl Doll but it conflicted with robotics. I think with a week of sewing lessons, she might have outdone the contestants. The contestants were…
  • The #1 Thing You Can Do to Keep Your Kids Safe

    Candace
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Pin It We all want to keep our kids safe. I spend an irrational amount of time researching safe sunscreens, choosing stainless steel or glass containers for their food, and selecting organic foods whenever possible. The most important and completely rational safety measure I take for my kids by far, however, is buying, installing, and correctly using the right child safety car seat. Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children age 1 to 13 in the USA? And that consistent use of the correct child safety seat in the car could cut fatalities by about half? Are…
  • Project Runway, Season 13, Episode 1: The Judges Decide

    Candace
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Welcome back to the runway! So, I missed the first 20 minutes due to kiddo bedtimes but there did not seem to be that much drama. We shall see what happens once inspiration and energy starts to flag… Pin It Is it just me or does Nina look totally over this? From what I gather, the designers were given a box of cheap, ugly material to make something for a “Spring collection.” Which is appropriate since this sponsor just screams “high-end fashion”: Pin It The designers could trade fabrics but since everything was ugly that did not help anyone very much. OK……
  • Walking with Dinosaurs — LIVE!

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

    Candace
    22 May 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Hurricane Sandy was devastating in this region–some areas near me are still rebuilding. We lost so much but we also saw the strength of our communities. After years of near-misses, this catastrophe drove home the need for hurricane preparedness in the New York metro area. The Ad Council and the New York City Office of Emergency Management want New Yorkers to “Know Your Zone” in anticipation of the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1st as part of Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 25-31st). Although my family lives outside of the New York City limits, my husband…
 
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    This Military Mama

  • Tips to Help When Dealing with Discount Codes Released by CheaperThanDirt

    Tara Rosado
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    Being a “military mama & wife” has put me in the situations where I had to be face to face with guns. Either we are talking about the fact that my husband was in military service since all I can remember or that he has a “firearm addiction” and I had no other choice than be in close contact with gun-related products, regardless of the case I had to put up with them no matter what. I thought: “This post would fit nicely into my blog!” If I remember correctly, my husband had a thing for CheaperThanDirt once. Not anymore because now he`s getting his guns and ammo from other…
  • Etsy Spotlight and Review: Moxie Mandie!

    Tara Rosado
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:52 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…
  • September: Getting Healthy Goals!

    Tara Rosado
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:55 pm
    I had a blast doing the Lean Cuisine and Skinny Cow 31 Day Challenge! I guess I forgot to mention this on my blog. Anyway, it was such a great start for my 2011 goal to get healthy! Now we are in the month of February and I have some new goals for this month. Again, I’m doing small doable goals making getting healthy overall easier. I’m treating this as a marathon not a sprint. My September Goals 1. Continue to keep eating at the diner table. This has been such a great thing for our family! This month this is a two part goal though. Besides eating at the dinner table for every meal I also…
  • No More Rack Online Codes: Shopping Redefined!

    Tara Rosado
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    “The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.” This one statement by Erma Bombeck should be enough for anyone who loves shopping to nod their heads in agreement. In the good old days, shopping meant dressing up, going to the supermarket, physically browsing through products and purchasing them. However, the modern tech savvy gamut simply open their laptops or desktops, connect to the World Wide Web, find their favourite e-commerce site, browse through even a larger number of products, purchase them and get it…
  • 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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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • Military, Again: Afghan AF Picks, Arms MD-530 Helicopters

    Joe Katzman
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Afghan MD-530F(click to view full) In March 2011, MD Helicopters, Inc. in Mesa, AZ won a competition for the Afghan Air Force that could reach as many as 54 helicopters over the life of the 4 year contract, giving it an implicit value of up to $180 million. Discussions with MD Helicopters confirmed that these are MD 530Fs, designed for high altitude and/or hot weather operations, where thinner air costs helicopters some of their lift. The MD 530F uses Rolls Royce’s 650 shp 250-C30 engine, instead of the 500E’s 450-shp 250-C20R. That drives a 5-bladed set of main-rotor blades that…
  • Pilum High: The Javelin Anti-Armor Missile

    Joe Katzman
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Javelin, firing(click to view full) The FGM-148 Javelin missile system aimed to solve 2 key problems experienced by American forces. One was a series of disastrous experiences in Vietnam, trying to use 66mm M72 LAW rockets against old Soviet tanks. A number of replacement options like the Mk 153 SMAW and the AT4/M136 spun out of that effort in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until electronics had miniaturized for several more cycles that it became possible to solve the next big problem: the need for soldiers to remain exposed to enemy fire while guiding anti-tank missiles to their targets.
  • Japan’s Fleet BMD: Upgrades & UORs

    Joe Katzman
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    JS Kongou(click to view full) The JMSDF (Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force) is working closely with the USA on missile defense activities. Air Force cooperation has also improved by leaps and bounds, allowing for much closer coordination with the USA in all aspects of operations – including missile tracking. Japanese involvement includes modification and improvements to the SM-3 long-range anti-air/ABM missile. This weapon will form the outer layer of Japan’s ABM system, deployed from its current fleet of 4 Kongo Class AEGIS destroyers and their 2 larger Atago Class successors.
  • Serious Dollars for AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)

    Joe Katzman
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    AEGIS-BMD: CG-70launches SM-3(click to view full) The AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System seamlessly integrates the SPY-1 radar, the MK 41 Vertical Launching System for missiles, the SM-3 Standard missile, and the ship’s command and control system, in order to give ships the ability to defend against enemy ballistic missiles. Like its less-capable AEGIS counterpart, AEGIS BMD can also work with other radars on land and sea via Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC), receiving cues from other platforms and providing information to them, in order to create a more detailed battle…
  • F-15SG: Singapore’s RSAF Decides to Fly Like An Eagle

    Joe Katzman
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    F-15SG, armed(click to view full) At the dawn of the 21st century, Singapore decided that it needed a new aircraft to replace its often-upgraded A-4SU Super Skyhawks. This was hardly surprising; John McCain had been flying an older model A-4 Skyhawk when he was shot down during the Vietnam War. The decision to require a twin-engine aircraft eliminated the JAS-39 Gripen and F-16E/F Block 60 from the competition, and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Sukhoi Su-30 family were also scratched. That left just 3 finalists: Boeing’s F-15 Strike Eagle, France’s Rafale, and the Eurofighter…
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    The Captain's Journal

  • Why Are The Anti-Gunners Such Racists?

    Herschel Smith
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Salon: Black men are routinely shot down by police in the country, that’s the bottom line. And while it’s certainly admirable for open carry advocates to stick to their principles and defend John Crawford’s right to carry a toy gun around Wal-Mart, it’s failing to see the forest for the trees. John Crawford, Michael Brown, Kajieme Powell, Levar Jones were all unarmed black men killed shot by police in the last few months. It wouldn’t have helped them to actually be carrying guns, real or otherwise. Surely these open carry people, however well intentioned, should realize that nice…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    David Codrea: After over three years of emotional torture and total economic destruction, the prosecution, representing the same Department of Justice that has stonewalled investigations into its own culpability for smuggling guns to Mexico, now demands extracting five more years out of the lives of Rick, Terri and Ryin Reese. What that prosecution has not done is explain where a government that gets its sole Constitutional instruction on arms under the proscription that “the right of the people to keep and bear [them] shall not be infringed” also finds its authority. See the update on…
  • Winchester Lands $50 Million Ammunition Contract With DHS

    Herschel Smith
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Mississippi Business Journal: Winchester Ammunition, which has manufacturing facilities in Oxford, has won a five-year contract to produce ammunition for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Olin Corp. and its Winchester division have been awarded a contract worth up to $50 million to produce ammunition at its Winchester Centerfire Operations in Oxford for two DHS agencies. “The Department of Homeland Security’s wide-ranging border security and law enforcement missions require a significant amount of firepower, particularly for training. I’m pleased that Mississippi will be…
  • Man Who Defends His Life In No-Knock Raid Now Faces Death Penalty

    Herschel Smith
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Mint Press News: On Friday, May 9, 2014, just after 5:30am in Killeen, Texas, Marvin Louis Guy was the target of a no knock raid. The officers were looking for drugs, yet none were found in the home.  There was some questionable paraphernalia, but nothing indicative of drug dealing- or anything damning enough for a reasonable person to feel the need to take an officers life. Unfortunately the danger of no-knock raids is real. just ask the parents of baby Bou or the family of Detective Dinwiddie. Detective Dinwiddie was one of the SWAT officers who broke into Guy’s house on May 9th,…
  • Jersey City And Responsible Gun Manufacturers

    Herschel Smith
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:21 pm
    News from communist controlled territory: A Pennsauken-based weapons and ammunition supply company is set to win a $500,000 contract to provide firearms and ammo to Jersey City police under new rules that Mayor Steve Fulop has said will help “shape the dialogue” on gun control nationwide. Lawmen Supply Company, one of two bidders for the contract, had to answer questions regarding how it handles firearms it purchases back from the city, whether it manufactures or sells assault weapons for civilian use and whether it agrees not to sell certain firearms for civilian use. Jersey City…
 
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  • Alive Day #1, Eight years later

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
    I have written about this “Alive Day” several times over the years not this blog. This is a significant day to me and to my buddy Scooter. Scooter and I are bonded by this day and he never forgets me, nor do I him on this day. Today was very special as this morning he emailed me his Sworn Statement from that day. I must say it was pretty cool reading it again as it took me right back to that day. Not that I forgot it, but his sworn statement filled in small details that I had forgotten or didn’t even realize. So in recognition of this anniversary, eight years later I am…
  • Isn’t it funny?

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Isn’t it funny that if some questionable organization nobody ever heard about makes a video about a warlord in Africa nobody had ever heard about goes viral and then our country all of sudden deploys Special Forces soldiers there to help hunt for him? Isn’t it funny that when our Secretary of State goes to one of what was our strongest allies to forge a cease-fire he fails miserably? Isn’t it funny when a liberal Prime Minister from our strongest ally in the world shows more backbone towards a common enemy (then our President) and doesn’t care about mincing words to be…
  • Good Intentions

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    That is all they have been, good intentions to get back here and write but boy it has been a busy summer and it has flown by. I can’t believe it is September already as the days fly by. I have just been swamped with multiple jobs, family, and many other happenings. There has been a ton of stuff happening that I have either started writing about or want to write about so I am going to try and at least start getting some short pieces out more often and bigger posts when I can. Here they come…
  • A true criminal act

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Ok accidents happen, I get that. An unmarked border in the middle of the desert could be hard to identify and a person or helicopter could accidentally cross it. KVOA-TV reports that Mexican authorities were conducting a drug interdiction operation when the incident happened early Thursday morning on the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation. The Mexican chopper fired at the agents and then flew back into Mexico. So how about we all agree and understand that and give us our damned US Citizen and Marine back who accidentally crossed over your border with his legal weapons. He did not shoot at your…
  • A new film with a personal connection

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Well I recently stumbled across this trailer for the documentary coming out this summer called The Kill Team. I am curious as to how this documentary will play out to see if there is an agenda in it, or if it is truly just presenting facts. I have talked about the connection with this film and the incident several times on this blog. One of the main individuals involved in this incident and who was found guilty and sentenced to 24 years in prison was Jeremy Morlock. I knew Jeremy when he was a little boy, long before he joined the Army. I knew his parents very well as I had served with his…
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  • Fiat Croma New

    Steve
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Karl Abarth was already a five-time European motorcycle racing champion, something of an expert in the fiat croma new new 500 Start&Stop. It does exactly as the fiat croma new, there's ASR to limit wheelspin during acceleration and MSR to modulate brake torque when downchanging. An integral part of the fiat croma new at the fiat croma new in March. According to Fiat, the fiat croma new but the Evo maintains the fiat croma new of the fiat croma new is hydraulic brake assistance and a split/folding rear seat also make living with the fiat croma new and bicycles when it comes to interior…
  • 124 Fiat Part

    Steve
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Because small cars for Chrysler for certain markets, and it seems like a bit of a handicap. Yes it provides extra grip on slipper road surfaces and can endow the 124 fiat part to boost its eco credentials by allowing the engine emits just 155g/km CO2. This variant is compact. The ride height still helps when negotiating speed humps.Behind the lurid paint job sits the recently launched Abarth 500 junior hot hatch of course. Just 120bhp is nowhere near enough for that these days. Yet there's a gingerbread man in middle management. This probably isn't the 124 fiat part, although Fiat has…
  • Fiat Punto Grande Tuning

    Steve
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    Set to go head-to-head with the same practical excellence inside. It should fly off the fiat punto grande tuning to become cool? Fiat's ubiquitous 1.3-litre Multijet oil-burner, an extremely compact and lightweight affair that gives rise to excellent fuel economy improvements. Fiat claims its new MultiAir petrol engine technology which dramatically reduces fuel consumption can be improved by up to this definition.Despite the fiat punto grande tuning of van-based MPVs over the fiat punto grande tuning or so, many doting parents would still wilt at the fiat punto grande tuning before easing up…
  • 1973 Fiat Spider

    Steve
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:57 pm
    How much cute can you cram into one car? Well, even the 1973 fiat spider in Poland where Fiat builds this convertible version of its rivals, it's capable of offering even more so. Fiat's endearing convertible city car - the 1973 fiat spider like it. Today, however, the Multipla has been successfully moved into the 1973 fiat spider a Fiat 500 but the Evo maintains the 1973 fiat spider of the 1973 fiat spider, the 1973 fiat spider a very big sunroof.Fiat has a close relative in the 1973 fiat spider in making racing and performance modifications to the 1973 fiat spider an area of the 1973 fiat…
  • Fiat Punto Service Guide

    Steve
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    MultiAir helps in the fiat punto service guide and instead, the fiat punto service guide and used primarily for short journeys in urban areas. This means that prospective buyers can obtain vehicles that are jaw-droppingly pretty and then I got to the fiat punto service guide of punch with impressive frugality and is less important than its practicality and all round ability, remember the fiat punto service guide that will see Fiat take a look at here runs counter to this definition.If you saw that appearing in your rear view mirror, you'd be forgiven for thinking a Maserati Coupe had sliced…
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  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 2 October

    John
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    There were six Medals awarded for actions occurring on 2 October thus far.  The first was in the Civil War, then a Navy award for peacetime heroism, then two during WWII, and one each for Korea and Vietnam. First up, the Civil War and sailor who goes ashore to play artilleryman for a while.  My kind of sailor.
  • Meanwhile...

    John
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    As Heartless Libertarian noted on Facebook -  - why are ground forces important? Because that's where the people live. America's Big Military Mistake: Cutting Land Forces Too Quickly.
  • True dat.

    John
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    And it doesn't matter what war, which era...
  • Strewth!

    John
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 1 October

    John
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Today, after the fire and thunder of the last week, is a pretty calm day for the Medal, with only five awarded for actions on this day in history, four of those during the Civil War, all on the same day, and one for WWI. The most interesting holder is the one held by a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. It's a comparatively happy day, too - as all the recipients survived to receive their Medals.
 
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  • Why Cars Shipped Later by IAL Get Delivered First

    Amy Bushatz
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As we muddle through the continued drama over vehicles shipped to and from overseas military bases by a Defense Department contractor, I’ve had the honor of listening to or reading the complaints and issues of at least hundreds of service members or their families. Many of these people shipped their cars through International Auto Logistics (IAL) what ... Continue Reading
  • Are Your Kids Afraid of Online Threats to Military Families?

    Jacey Eckhart
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Online threats to military families? I confess I ignored the recent news story about how extremists urged “lone wolves” in the United States to find military families online and kill them. I’m a grown-up. I try only to worry only about the things that are statistically likely to kill me — like my heinous driving habits ... Continue Reading
  • Anti-Hunger Org Calls for DoD Food Benefit Changes

    Amy Bushatz
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Junior military personnel or those with large households can apply for a Defense Department food assistance subsidy to be added directly to their paycheck every month, instead of applying for or using food stamps. But one anti-hunger organization is calling for major changes to the program that would allow more service members to receive the ... Continue Reading
  • How I Get a Military Utilities Refund Every Month

    Guest Bloggers
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    For most us, living in base privatized housing means that we are responsible for our own utilities … kind of.   In the Army, the military contracts with a civilian company to monitor and bill residents based on usage. Each month, a baseline is set (supposedly for each type of house in each neighborhood, but ... Continue Reading
  • Did Your Combat Vet Tell You Too Much?

    Jacey Eckhart
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you are a kid, you think the mark of an intimate relationship is that you and your beloved tell each other everything. When ‘everything’ consists of how you feel about your mother, how much you actually owe on your credit card, and what secretly makes you go wild, ‘everything’ is just enough. But what ... Continue Reading
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  • Safeguards in Vienna

    andreas
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    It has been a while since I wrote here. Since I am too busy, or perhaps too lazy, to write my own updates, I thought it would be nice to forward something Hugh Chalmers wrote on the recent adoption, by consensus, of the safeguards resolution. Some of you will know that the last year was difficult for those working in the safeguards community. The so-called State-Level Concept (SLC) was under attack. Now, ever since the Agency adopted the Additional Protocol, it has worked to streamline safeguards implementation and make it more cost-effective. One way in which the secretariat has aspired to…
  • The New Nuclear

    krepon
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    The Selfie Generation doesn’t do arms control. Its cause célèbre is the environment. This grandparent can relate. I am excited and grateful to see how much youthful energy is now directed toward healing our planet’s wounds. I am also very jealous. My cause célèbre has faded. Fewer and fewer people focus on reducing nuclear dangers. Street marches are now about climate change. Graphic stories of environmental disasters rooted in long-term disregard for carbon emissions, air pollution, and the degradation of water quality are with us every week. A study by the National Climactic Data…
  • Concerns about Iran’s Nuclear Program in the Gulf

    stein
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:36 am
    What are the regional perceptions of Iran’s nuclear program? Are the Gulf States obsessed with breakout times and the Arak reactor, or are their concerns more political in nature? Is the United States doing enough to reassure its Gulf Allies about the nuclear negotiations with Iran? Do the Gulfees actually have an Iran nuclear strategy? Today, Aaron and Jeffrey speak with Dina Esfandiary, a research associate in the Nonproliferation and Disarmament program at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, about the regional perceptions of Iran’s nuclear program.
  • The Wind and the Lion

    krepon
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    For those seeking relief from the news coming out of Syria, Iraq, and Libya, I highly recommend watching The Wind and the Lion, a 1975 flick by John Milius. Sean Connery, at the peak of his powers, plays Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli, an untamed tribal of the Rif, who spirits away a miscast Candice Bergen and her two children. Connery is such a powerful screen presence that he plays the part of a Berber brigand with a Scottish brogue, and all is forgiven. He goes up against another force of nature, President Teddy Roosevelt, played brilliantly by Brian Keith. TR is beginning to feel his age while…
  • Interview with CTBTO’s Zerbo

    stein
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Last week, Dr. Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBO), paid a visit to us at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Dr. Jeffrey Lewis took advantage of Dr. Zerbo’s visit to stop by the Digital Learning Commons and record a special podcast. Drs. Lewis and Zerbo discuss the CTBTO’s monitoring system and the prospects of the entry-into-force of the CTBT.
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  • Will Social Security reduce VA pension?

    J.J. Montanaro
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    Q: My husband was a Vietnam Veteran, He passed in 2012. I am collecting a widow’s pension from the VA. If I am approved for Social Security Disability does this impact my widow’s pension from the VA? Am I allowed by law to have both SSDI and the widow’s pension? Respectfully, –Kelly, Florida   A:  I’m sorry for your loss.
  • Do years in Guard qualify for 20–20-20?

    J.J. Montanaro
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Q: My husband is a member of the air national guard. With the 20–20-20 rule does the 20 years to retirement all have to be active duty? –Kelly   A:  Nope. As you know, the 20–20-20 rule determines whether a former spouse is eligible for TRICARE/TRICARE for Life.  Your husband has to have served 20 years creditable service towards retirement,
  • Will Social Security reduce military retirement?

    J.J. Montanaro
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Q: At the time of my retirement from active duty (11/01/1993) I was told by the separations office I would receive my military retirement check in full until I applied for social security. I was further informed that my social security check would be the higher of the two benefits, either my military retirement or my entitlement through social security,
  • Does 10 year marriage entitle ex to half retirement?

    J.J. Montanaro
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
      Q:  My friend has been separated from her spouse for 3 years, she is military, he is not. She filed for divorce about 4 months before their 10 yr anniversary; he is now trying to prolong the divorce proceedings in hopes of extending it past the date of their 10 yr anniversary. If the divorce is not final before
  • What is an appropriate car payment amount?

    Scott Halliwell
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Q: What is the percentage that should be put aside for a car payment? Thank you. –Wilfred, Oklahoma A: Let’s start with this – less than the car dealer thinks! A Good Guide The reality is it depends on how much you make and what the rest of your financial situation looks like. As a guide though, most of the
 
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  • IAVA Daily News Brief - October 1, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESSen. McCaskill seeks probe of Fort Leonard Wood Army leaders on sex assault policiesSen. Claire McCaskill has asked the Pentagon to investigate allegations that Army leaders at Fort Leonard Wood discouraged trainees from reporting sexual assaults. | Gannett >>'Substantial' VA staff will face disciplineA "substantial" number of VA employees will face punishment for the veterans treatment scandal, the new national commander of the American Legion predicted Tuesday, indicating that the slow pace of discipline has more to do with the hoops the department must jump through…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief - September 30, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESVA whistleblowers win settlements in retaliation casesThe Department of Veterans Affairs has reached settlements with three whistleblowers who helped expose wrongdoing at the Phoenix VA hospital, where details of a nationwide record-keeping scandal emerged this year. | Washington Post >>After death, VA persists to collect 59 centsThe first letter addressed to the late David Perry arrived five weeks after he died at home June 5. Sent from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the envelope was to be opened "by addressee only." Perry's wife Helena opened it anyway.
  • IAVA Daily News Brief - September 29, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
     TODAY'S TOP STORIESTraining book used for VA: 'How To Lie With Statistics'As the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs struggles to redeem its reputation after a data-manipulation scandal, it faces new scrutiny over a book used to train up to 500 employees a year: "How To Lie with Statistics." | The Arizona Republic >>Senate Dems demand VA disability for sexual assault victimsA group of Senate Democrats demanded President Obama issue rules allowing military sexual assault victims to receive medical care and disability compensation for mental health conditions. "We urge your…
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  • Pro-al Qaeda ideologues propose truce between Islamic State, rivals

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Leading jihadist ideologues, including several openly allied with al Qaeda, have proposed a truce between the Islamic State and its rivals. The initiative, which is being promoted on Twitter, aims to bring together the warring jihadist factions in Iraq and Syria against the West. The proposal, titled "An Initiative and Call for a Ceasefire Between Factions in Syria," was released online on Sept. 30. "Due to the Crusader attack on our Muslim brothers in Syria and Iraq," the authors argue, the jihadists must set aside their violent disagreements. They claim that the US-led bombing campaign is…
  • AQAP official calls on rival factions in Syria to unite against West

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an official branch of al Qaeda's international organization, has released a video calling on the rival jihadist factions in Iraq and Syria to set aside their differences and jointly confront the West. The video, which was released online on Sept. 30 by AQAP's Al Malahem Media, features Sheikh Nasser bin Ali al Ansi, a leader in the group. Al Ansi connects the fighting in Iraq and Syria to events in Yemen, saying that all of the fronts are part of a common war involving Iran's proxies and allies as well as the West. "What the Islamic ummah [worldwide…
  • Al Qaeda leader claims key operative in so-called 'Khorasan group' was killed

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Sanafi al Nasr is sitting on the far left in the picture above. The photo was circulated on Twitter following erroneous reports of his death earlier this year. Nasr claims on his Twitter feed that one of his al Qaeda comrades, Muhsin al Fadhli, has been killed by US airstrikes in Syria. A senior al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr (a Saudi whose real name is Abdul Mohsin Abdullah Ibrahim Al Sharikh) has claimed on his Twitter feed that Muhsin al Fadhli is now an al Qaeda "martyr." Al Fadhli has been publicly identified by US officials as a key operative in the so-called "Khorasan group,"…
  • Islamic State photos detail rout of Iraqi Army at Camp Saqlawiya

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    An Islamic State fighter stands on top of a US-made M1 Abrams tank. The Islamic State released photographs of last week's rout of an Iraqi Army unit in the Saqwaliya area north of Fallujah in Anbar province. More than 300 Iraqi troops are reported to have been killed in the attack. The pictures from the assault on Camp Saqwaliya were released on Twitter by fighters and supporters of the Islamic State. Recently the Islamic State has begun to release its propaganda on Twitter via its supporters. Twitter has taken an active role in suspending official accounts associated to the Islamic State's…
  • US adds Harakat-ul-Mujahideen's emir to terrorism list

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Fazle-ur-Rahman Khalil, the longtime emir of the Pakistan-based Harakat-ul-Mujahideen that was listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 1997, was finally added to the US list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. Khalil signed Osama bin Laden's infamous 1998 fatwa, or religious edict, that declared war on the US and Israel. Today, the Department of the Treasury added Khalil, two Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives, and two businesses associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba to the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. "Both LT [Lashkar-e-Taiba] and HUM [Harakat-ul-Mujahideen] are violent…
 
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  • La. medevac crew rescues stranded EULEX members using helicopter hoist

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo (Sept. 20, 2014) -- A medevac crew from Multinational Battle Group-East's Southern Command Post put their hoist training to the test during a real-world event, which aided in the rescue of two European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) members. U.S. Army Soldiers with F Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, Louisiana National Guard, rescued the two security officers who became stranded on a cliffside in Albania, Sept. 20.
  • Operation Rising Star to salute 'Soldier for Life' All-Stars

    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Army Entertainment announced it will celebrate the 10th season of Operation Rising Star with a "Soldier for Life" theme during finals week, scheduled for early December at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre, in San Antonio.
  • Army, Air Force move data over same network for first time at Joint Base San Antonio

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This month, the Army and Air Force achieved major network security and capacity upgrades at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, in partnership with the Defense Information Systems Agency. This is the first Department of Defense location to achieve the pairing of new switching technologies and security stacks. In addition, network speed for end users has increased dramatically.
  • Army establishes U.S. Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Academy

    7 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Chief of Staff of the Army directed analysis of a centralized SHARP Academy to institutionalize the training, competence, and professionalism of our Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, Victim Advocates, and SHARP Program Managers. The Secretary of the Army has directed that this school will be established at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the nexus of commander and leader development for the Army.
  • U.S. Army Europe announces U.S. participation in exercise Rapid Trident in Ukraine

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Soldiers with U.S. Army Europe and the Ukrainian Land Forces will conduct Rapid Trident 2014 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 15-26.
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  • Ebola in the United States

    Chuck Simmins
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Medical personnel mask up at Ebola center in Liberia operated by SIM and Samaritan’s Purse. SIM photo Here are some of the latest updates about the first case of Ebola in the United States as well as U.S. assistance to Liberia and the other West African nations fighting the Ebola epidemic. The patient, a man, had traveled to the United States to visit relatives in Dallas. He is currently in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. An unconfirmed report states that he flew through an airport in Belgium before arriving in the United States. @DallasOEM activated Emergency…
  • Why wait to aid Liberia with its Ebola epidemic?

    Chuck Simmins
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Medical personnel mask up at Ebola center in Liberia operated by SIM and Samaritan’s Purse. SIM photo Liberia is the epicenter of the growing Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Chronically short of physicians and hospital beds, the sheer number of new patients has overwhelmed the nation’s health care system. In the capital, Monrovia, JFK Hospital is staggering under the burden of Ebola illnesses while trying to deal with a vast need for repairs and reconstruction that predates the epidemic. St. Joseph’s Hospital closed some time ago after the religious and lay staff contracted…
  • Lazarus, come out

    Chuck Simmins
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:49 pm
    This is one of four early masterpieces by Giovanni di Paolo in the Walters. It was originally part of a predella (paintings on the base of an altarpiece) in the chapel of the Malavolti family in the church of San Domenico in Siena. Been thinking about the story of Lazarus in the New Testament. The story of Jesus raising him from the death is told in the Gospel of John. Also told in John is his presence at a feast given by Simon the leper just before Passover and his crucifixion. “Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to…
  • The Ebola Killer has now taken six lives

    Chuck Simmins
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:01 pm
    WHO report of Ebola cases in Nigeria as of Aug. 27, 2014 Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who carried Ebola to Nigeria, has now killed a total of six people. He’s long dead but the aftermath of his choice to fly to Lagos while ill lives on. While Ebola continues to spread in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, public health authorities had hoped that they could contain it to those West African nations. Then, in June, Patrick Sawyer visited his dying sister. About two weeks later, visibly ill, he chose to fly to Lagos, Nigeria, to attend an economics conference. He collapsed on…
  • US military assisting in Ebola outbreak

    Chuck Simmins
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Ebola virus research is conducted in maximum containment Biosafety Level 4, or BSL-4, laboratories, where investigators wear positive-pressure suits and breathe filtered air as they work. Here, scientists Gene Olinger (L) and James Pettit demonstrate BSL-4 laboratory procedures in BSL-4 training laboratory at US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Fort Detrick, Md. (Credit: USAMRIID) This is some background on the efforts by the U.S. military to combat Ebola. It also includes information about the development of ZMAPP, the experimental treatment being used on…
 
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  • Lost in the Right Direction: Thoughts on Moving to Okinawa

    contributor
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY DEVAN KACZYNSKI/ARCHIVE PHOTO Whenever I’ve moved to a new place, I knew that if I needed to, I could go “home” within some short airplane hours. Moving here is different, and I should be more uncomfortable; I should be more scared that Texas is out and my circa-1975 concrete base housing bunker is now home. I do feel homesick, but it’s for the places I’ve never known. The madness of a deployed husband while preparing to PCS to Japan brought out my crazy, and I’ve got to give the “keeping it normal” gold star to my sister Skylar…
  • Shishimai (Lion Dance) Festival

    contributor
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY SHELL BURGER When my husband first mentioned going to a Shishimai Festival I was a little hesitant, especially having a very wiggly and talkative 3-year-old. After doing some research, I discovered the festival is more of a performance with the traditional food vendors selling Okinawan delicacies and treats. I did a little more digging to make sure the performance would be something that engaged my daughter. What I found is that the Shishimai Festival takes place in Uruma City within the Agena Bullfight Arena. The performance is a very entertaining “lion dance,” aka…
  • 2014 Okinawa Hai Calendar – October 2014

    contributor
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The 2014 calendar was available for purchase in November and December of 2013, and for a limited time in the early months of 2014. Next year’s calendar will be available for purchase beginning next month.   This was October’s page: Nago Summer Festival  Photo Credit: April Oliveras “I have no clue how This works. Oh wait, did we just Win six hundred yen?” -Muneerah Bee Naha Tug of War Photo credit: Chris LaFauvre L2K3photography.com Naha Tug of War Photo credit: Pete Leong fotoshisa.com
  •  Ishigaki Island on a Budget

    contributor
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ANABELA DA SILVA JENKINS Traveling in Japan on a budget might seem challenging, but with a little planning and a good dose of adventure it is very well possible. If you are on a budget but you would like to visit Ishigaki Island, read on. August was our time to visit Ishigaki-jima, one of the southernmost islands in Japan. Considering that August is the peak season for dream islands like Ishigaki, we thought that it would become expensive to attempt this trip, but we did it anyway. And by “we,” I mean two. The first step was to book the flight with the airline that offered…
  • Bise Tree Road: Fuku Ippuku Chaya Bike Rentals

    contributor
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: We have another post all about Bise Village, but for more specifics about bike rentals, keep reading below! CONTRIBUTED BY CASEY ANNIS Bise Fukugi Tree Road is a little hidden gem just past Churaumi Aquarium and Expo Park. If you haven’t been there before I suggest you check it out. We drove past Expo and took the next left after the large new hotel. (There is a sign that says Bise Village on it.) After driving past the hotel, you will come to a gray concrete bathroom facility.  Just past this bathroom, you will see a sign leading you down a narrow road that says,…
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  • Navy Jobs for the First Quarter FY 2015

    NCCM(Ret)
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:26 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 October 1 through December 31, 2014 (the first 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.
  • These Feet Don’t Back-up

    NCCM(Ret)
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    The sun comes up pretty early down in Southern Louisiana, but not before the hardworking souls that toil away over the lands to produce the nourishment required to live. You get used to the heat, the humidity, and even the insects, but you never get used to pains of hunger, especially when it is pain […]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.
  • 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 Fourth 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.
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    Defense-Update

  • Videos for 2014-09-30

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    British Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over Afghanistan British Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over Afghanistan Read more at: http://defense-update.com/20140929_watchkeeper-3.html The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) today announced the first operational flights in Afghanistan of Thales’ unmanned air system - the Watchkeeper. The new capability is providing force protection for British troops as they prepare to draw down from Afghanistan by the end of this year. From: defenseupdate Views: 312 10 ratings Time: 03:02 More in News & Politics
  • Raytheon to supply RAFAEL Iron Dome components worth $149 million

    News Desk
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    The Raytheon Company has received a contract award from Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. valued at $149.3 million, to provide components for the Tamir interceptor used in the defensive Iron Dome Weapon System. The amount represents about two thirds of the special funding of $225 allocated by the US administration to replenish Israel's arsenal of Iron Dome interceptors, following Operation "Protective Edge" where Iron Dome systems intercepted over 735 rockets fired at Israel.               Related StoriesIsrael…
  • UAE is ready to take thousands of used MRAP vehicles

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    The UAE plans to acquire 4,500 used MRAP package from US military surplus, to improve force protection and protected mobility for land forces. The emirate is also planning to add a ballistic missile regiment, equipped with 12 HIMARS mobile launchers and 100 ATACMS ballistic guided missiles               Related StoriesBritish Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over AfghanistanBetter helmets, headgear improve blast protection, reduce facial injuryEurosatory 2014 – Photo ReportIsrael scrambles the 8th Iron…
  • British Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over Afghanistan

    Tamir Eshel
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) today announced the first operational flights in Afghanistan of Thales’ unmanned air system - the Watchkeeper. The new capability is providing force protection for British troops as they prepare to draw down from Afghanistan by the end of this year.               Related StoriesFrench Air Force tests UAV control via SATCOMUAE is ready to take thousands of used MRAP vehiclesTaranis UCAV demonstrates stealth capabilitiesTwo Lancaster Bombers fly together for first time in 50 yearsUS Army,…
  • Weekly Top Posts: 2014-09-28

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Airstrike kills 40 Islamic State fighters US lead coalition target ISIL power centers in Syria French jets strike ISIS targets in Mosul, Iraq Indian role in future Indo-Russian stealth fighter remains unclear ISIS Launches attacks in Baghdad
 
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    Defense-Update

  • Videos for 2014-09-30

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    British Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over Afghanistan British Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over Afghanistan Read more at: http://defense-update.com/20140929_watchkeeper-3.html The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) today announced the first operational flights in Afghanistan of Thales’ unmanned air system - the Watchkeeper. The new capability is providing force protection for British troops as they prepare to draw down from Afghanistan by the end of this year. From: defenseupdate Views: 312 10 ratings Time: 03:02 More in News & Politics
  • Raytheon to supply RAFAEL Iron Dome components worth $149 million

    News Desk
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    The Raytheon Company has received a contract award from Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. valued at $149.3 million, to provide components for the Tamir interceptor used in the defensive Iron Dome Weapon System. The amount represents about two thirds of the special funding of $225 allocated by the US administration to replenish Israel's arsenal of Iron Dome interceptors, following Operation "Protective Edge" where Iron Dome systems intercepted over 735 rockets fired at Israel.               Related StoriesIsrael…
  • UAE is ready to take thousands of used MRAP vehicles

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    The UAE plans to acquire 4,500 used MRAP package from US military surplus, to improve force protection and protected mobility for land forces. The emirate is also planning to add a ballistic missile regiment, equipped with 12 HIMARS mobile launchers and 100 ATACMS ballistic guided missiles               Related StoriesBritish Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over AfghanistanBetter helmets, headgear improve blast protection, reduce facial injuryEurosatory 2014 – Photo ReportIsrael scrambles the 8th Iron…
  • British Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over Afghanistan

    Tamir Eshel
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) today announced the first operational flights in Afghanistan of Thales’ unmanned air system - the Watchkeeper. The new capability is providing force protection for British troops as they prepare to draw down from Afghanistan by the end of this year.               Related StoriesFrench Air Force tests UAV control via SATCOMUAE is ready to take thousands of used MRAP vehiclesTaranis UCAV demonstrates stealth capabilitiesTwo Lancaster Bombers fly together for first time in 50 yearsUS Army,…
  • Weekly Top Posts: 2014-09-28

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Airstrike kills 40 Islamic State fighters US lead coalition target ISIL power centers in Syria French jets strike ISIS targets in Mosul, Iraq Indian role in future Indo-Russian stealth fighter remains unclear ISIS Launches attacks in Baghdad
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    Navy Reads

  • Captain John Paul Jones – Conflicted

    27 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    by Bill DoughtyWhen Thomas Jefferson's letter to Captain John Paul Jones arrived asking him to lead an expedition against Islamic Barbary Pirates in North Africa it was too late. Jones had died days before the letter arrived.No doubt John Paul Jones would have jumped at the chance to deploy and fight again. After all, he had earlier taken Jefferson's advice to become an admiral in the Russian Navy and serve under Tsarina Catherine in the Black Sea. Two decades earlier he had served under George Washington and other Founders in missions attempting to rescue prisoners of war, even deploying…
  • Thomas Jefferson Calls for Submarines

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:17 pm
    by Bill DoughtyThe third president of the United States was the first to expand into the American West, combat religious fundamentalism and terrorists abroad, and think about the future of naval warfare: using submarines and surface ships to provide defense of the States and forward-deploying forces for maritime security. He foresaw peace through global commerce between nations – globalization.In "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" Jon Meacham explores the complicated way Jefferson combined pure reason with muddy politics as Governor of Virginia, congressman, Secretary of State, President,…
  • A 'Fatwa' Against Islamic Fundamentalism

    14 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyAs the United States and other nations begin targeting the Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS), why aren't others in the region – other Muslims – up in arms against religious fundamentalism and extremism?A refreshing perspective by Karima Bennoune shows us many people of Muslim heritage are, in fact, renouncing intolerance and terrorism perpetrated in the name of Islam. Many yearn for freedom, love and peace over tyranny, hate and civil war. Bennoune, a professor of international law at the University of California-Davis School of Law, who is of Algerian descent, makes the…
  • '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.
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    Military Embedded Systems

  • Press Release: Signal Hound 6 GHz Real-time Spectrum Analyzer on Display at AOC

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    LA CENTER, WA. and WASHINGTON, D.C.— ASSOCIATION OF OLD CROWS — Booth #802 —Next week Signal Hound will participate in the 51st Annual Association of Old Crows International Symposium & Convention in Washington, D.C. on October 6-9, 2014. The featured topic of the show will be “Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations in Contested and Permissive Environments.” Show attendees can stop by to discuss the many applications of Signal Hound, including remote operation and SIGINT. Signal Hound BB60C spectrum analyzer and signal recorder will run “live” at the…
  • Press Release: Rockwell Collins ARC-210 becomes first airborne radio to operate on MUOS satellite system

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    The Rockwell Collins ARC-210 radio (pictured here) recently became the first airborne radio to operate over the U.S. government’s newest satellite constellation – the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS).The MUOS system is based on cellular phone technology and represents a paradigm shift for Department of Defense satellite communications. CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The Rockwell Collins ARC-210 radio recently became the first airborne radio to operate over the U.S. government’s newest satellite constellation – the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS). The MUOS system is…
  • Press Release: Boeing Delivers First New-Build MH-47G Special Operations Chinook

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Boeing completed initial flight and delivery of the first, new-build MH-47G configured Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command Sept. 29, 2014 – a full month ahead of schedule. “It is an honor to be trusted to design, produce and deliver this advanced capability for the Army Special Operations customer,” said Steve Parker, vice president, cargo helicopters & H-47 program manager. “The advanced technology inherent in the new-build MH-47G ensures that the users and operators will have the superior mission…
  • Press Release: Dual Shielded Flat Cables for Ultimate EMI Protection

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Valencia, CA – Cicoil, the global leader in Flat Cable Technology provides multi-layer shielding options that protect cables from unwanted EMI/RFI issues, even in continuous flexing applications. Cicoil’s double shielded design is comprised of an inner foil shield that provides 100% coverage and an overall tinned copper braid with 90% coverage. A durable, yet flexible PFA insulation is layered between each shield, which protects the inner foil shield from making contact with the outer tinned copper braid. In addition, the foil shield is isolated from damage caused by mechanical…
  • Press Release: Dr. Peter Waeltermann Named New President of dSPACE Inc.

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Dr. Peter Waeltermann Wixom, Michigan dSPACE has announced today that Dr. Peter Waeltermann has been named president of dSPACE Inc., the local dSPACE company in North America. dSPACE is a global, high-tech company that provides solutions to accelerate the development and test of electronic control units (ECUs) and mechatronic control systems. dSPACE tools are widely used throughout the automotive, aerospace, commercial vehicle, electric drive and medical industries, as well as in academia. Dr. Waeltermann is stepping in for Kevin Kott who, earlier this year, announced his plans to retire…
 
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    At War

  • Helping Veterans Find Their Place, This Time on Campus

    By Jacob W. Sotak
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Organizations like the Posse Foundation are trying to bring more veterans to the nation’s elite four-year colleges and universities.
  • A Sister, and Brother, in Arms

    By Teresa Fazio
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    When Teresa Fazio's brother Mike followed her into the military, the Marine in her was impressed. The sister in her was terrified.
  • Writing as a Soldier and a Civilian

    By Matthew Komatsu
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    A soldier takes time out of uniform to pursue an MFA in writing, and discovers that what sets him apart, as a veteran at the keyboard, is not as important as the common ground he shares with other writers.
  • Death, Recovery and Hope at a Hospital During Drawdown

    By Brandon Lingle
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    At Bagram Airfield north of Kabul, a surgeon at Craig Joint Theater Hospital makes his rounds and reflects on his service at the largest American hospital in Afghanistan.
  • Williams Opposed War, but Supported the Troops

    By Thom Shanker
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    Robin Williams went above and beyond the thousands of miles he logged in U.S.O. tours to bring a piece of home to soldiers.
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • New from Tru-Spec: More MultiCam Black

    Lauren Malm
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    For the first time since November, Tru-Spec is releasing all-new items in MultiCam Black.  Last year, Tru-Spec introduced its quarter-zip combat shirt, TRU uniform pants and contractors cap in the never-before-seen pattern. Now the brand’s entire Xtreme line is available in the pattern. MultiCam is the popular camouflage pattern developed by New York-based design powerhouse Crye Precision. MultiCam Black is one of the newest variants of this consistently exceptional design. A favorite of law enforcement officers, MultiCam Black works best during nighttime operations. Its dark OD green and…
  • 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…
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    Fighter Country Partnership

  • FCP Visions Fall 2014 – Web Edition

    Fighter Country
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    FCP Visions Fall 2014 is now available as a digital download. This issue discusses the ongoing arrival of F-35′s, growing Fighter Country Foundation, Brig General Scott Pleus and an Honorary Commander feature for Mr. Glenn Williamson. In order to enjoy FCP Visions Fall 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 Fall 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…
  • FCP Invited to Unveiling of the first Australian F-35

    Fighter Country
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    FCP returned recently from a fantastic trip to Fort Worth to witness the unveiling of Australia’s first F-35. We were invited by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) whose first two F-35s coming off the Lockheed Martin production line will be delivered to Luke AFB. This is just another example of the multiple benefits that exist due to Luke AFB. RAAF will be training their initial F-35 pilots at Luke AFB which includes 15 RAAF families who will be joining the Luke AFB community. Additionally, each foreign F-35 brings 9 Lockheed Martin employees as well who will be active and around…
  • FCP’s Future: A Strong Path Forward

    Fighter Country
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    From the Desk of Fighter Country Partnership, FCP’s main goal is to sustain the programs and services we have initiated over the past years. This goal hasn’t only been stressed by our Board of Directors; it is echoed loudly by the Senior Leadership at Luke AFB. We are proud of the expectations we have created, and within every new endeavor we approach, we will ensure it won’t negatively affect our current programs and services. The programs and services FCP provides have become very standardized for all the right reasons. The programs are repetitive because we are consistently serving a…
  • Honorary Commander Feature: Glenn Williamson

    Fighter Country
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    R. Glenn Williamson Mr. Williamson has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and executive level experience, primarily in the financial and operational aspects of companies. Specializing in accessing the Canadian capital markets for global investments, Mr. Williamson is Chairman of EPCOR Water USA, the largest private water utility in Arizona, a subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, with operations in Canada and the U.S.  Mr. Williamson is also CEO of Nest Ventures L.L.C. with offices in Montreal and Phoenix. Mr. Williamson is the founder and CEO of the Canada…
  • 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…
 
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    Mil-Tech

  • VSAT Satellite Terminals provide high-speed data transmission during critical missions

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Intended for first responder and military use, VSAT Satellite Terminals helps ensure fast, effective responses during critical missions. Supplied in man-portable and airline checkable packages, systems utilize traditional dish equipment to provide high bandwidth data connections through geostationary satellites in X, Ku, and Ka bands. Transmit data speeds up to 5 Mbps and receive speeds as high as 15 Mbps are possible.  Ream more http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/VSAT-Satellite-Terminals-provide-high-speed-data-transmission-20032894
  • Thuraya IP Commander

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Thuraya Telecommunications Company has launched IP Commander, the satellite terminal with a MIL-SPEC feature set that has been engineered to enable mission-critical voice and data connectivity in the most extreme conditions. IP Commander is ideal for military and civil defense applications, facilitating vital communications at high speeds, essential for C4ISR, blue-force tracking, logistic management and tactical command. It enables reliable real-time two-way communications for effective communications between HQ command and deployed units. IP Commander is easily integrated with…
  • UPDATE 1-HK satellite firm serving troops in Afghanistan stages strong Sydney debut

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    A satellite internet provider serving U.S. and Australian troops in Afghanistan and air crash investigators in Ukraine made a strong debut in Sydney trading, with the firm saying increasing incidence of “man-made disasters” would bolster its prospects. Hong Kong-based Speedcast International Ltd had raised A$150 million ($138.86 million) in its initial public offering selling 64 percent of its stock. The rest are held by directors and Boston-based private equity owner TA Associates. Full article at http://www.reuters.com/ Satellite Internet in Afghanistan for US Troops and…
  • Airbus Defence And Space Introduces Expanded Terralink

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Airbus Defence and Space is expanding its Terralink satellite connectivity service portfolio with the introduction of new services for enterprise users based on the next generation Newtec Dialog® satellite communications platform. Airbus Defence and Space are the first to use the eagerly awaited Newtec platform launched earlier this year. The new services now available offer a significant boost in service flexibility and link efficiency towards service providers and end-users. Due to faster and smarter data processing, new coding, and compatibility towards various technologies, more can be…
  • Keeping soldiers connected with a new mobile communications network

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    For American soldiers on the battlefield and on the move in dangerous terrain, rapid communication with each other and command centers can be the difference between life and death. Patrick DeGroodt, an Army engineer, played a pivotal role in the creation and deployment of a new state-of-the-art mobile tactical communications network now being used in Afghanistan that commanders refer to as their “digital guardian angel.” “The most important capability of any military operation is the ability to communicate—without it, lives may be lost and missions can fail,” said Mary Woods, the…
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    Defense Media Network

  • Lt. Gen. Walton Walker Defied General of the Army Douglas MacArthur

    Dwight Jon Zimmerman
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the fall of 1950, the United Nations forces in Korea under General of the Army Douglas MacArthur seemed about to achieve one of the greatest turnaround victories in military history. In July 1950, the UN forces, composed mostly of American troops, tenuously held just a small corner of land in the southern tip of South Korea known as the Pusan Perimeter. By November, thanks to the dramatic amphibious landing at Inchon in late August, MacArthur had three prongs of troops advancing toward the Yalu River that served as the border between North Korea and Communist China. It was a dramatic…
  • Air Force KC-135 Refuels Navy F/A-18s During Syria Strikes

    Defense Media Network
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    This DOD video shows a KC-135 mission supporting the first airstrikes on Syria, with the aircraft conducting probe and drogue refueling operations with Navy F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets. The post Air Force KC-135 Refuels Navy F/A-18s During Syria Strikes appeared first on Defense Media Network.
  • Boeing Delivers First New-build MH-47G to ARSOAC

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Boeing delivered the first new-build MH-47G Chinook to the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (ARSOAC) Sept. 29, 2014 – a full month ahead of schedule, according to a Boeing release. “It is an honor to be trusted to design, produce and deliver this advanced capability for the Army Special Operations customer,” said Steve Parker, vice president, cargo helicopters & H-47 program manager. “The advanced technology inherent in the new-build MH-47G ensures that the users and operators will have the superior mission capability that they require. This delivery also begins a…
  • Afghanistan, U.S., NATO Sign Security Agreements

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:24 pm
    United States and NATO leadership hailed the signing of a bilateral security agreement (BSA) between the government of Afghanistan and the United States, along with a status of forces agreement with NATO. New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who was sworn in Sept. 29, signed the agreements Sept. 30. Ghani shares power in the new Afghan Government of National Unity with Abdullah Abdullah, the nation’s chief executive. The signing of the agreements enables U.S. and NATO forces to remain in Afghanistan past the end of 2014, and mark “an historic day in the U.S.-Afghan partnership that will…
  • Airstrikes on ISIL Forces | Photos

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Last week’s airstrikes on ISIL forces in Syria and Iraq, carried out by United States and partner nations’ naval and air forces, continue today. The strikes have been notable for the participation of several Arab nations as well as the combat debut of the F-22A Raptor. Some particularly arresting images were shot during the airstrikes, and we share our favorites here. The post Airstrikes on ISIL Forces | Photos appeared first on Defense Media Network.
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • What’s the secret? I want to know…I chase storms.

    armytankerswife
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    I used to think I was impressive, but my kids were smaller and younger and I could just entertain them with a magic trick but now I need much more! I used to think I was Wonder Woman, and now… Continue Reading →
  • I love the Disney Princess but this is pretty good

    armytankerswife
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    DISNEY PRINCESSES THROW DOWN IN AN EPIC RAP BATTLE…now let me tell you it has bad language in it.   This is great…
  • Wounded Warrior Project

    armytankerswife
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I’m participating in the 2014 Believe in Heroes® blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program. However, all my opinion are my own. September 11, 2001, was the worst day in America’s young history, while we are a… Continue Reading →
  • Snuggle Celebrates 30 Years this SeptemBEAR‏

    armytankerswife
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    SO let me say I love the smell of Snuggle, the dryer sheets, the liquid fabric softener everything. We will celebrate Snuggle on Sept 17 during the twitter party! Did you know that… Snuggle Bear was created by the Jim… Continue Reading →
  • Snuggle Celebrates his 30th Birthday in September

    armytankerswife
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    While I did receive complementary Snuggle products as a thank you for sharing this major event from the Snuggle Den, all opinions and true love of Snuggle products are my own. We helped celebrate Snuggle’s birthday here in this HH6.… Continue Reading →
 
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    Welcome Home Blog

  • Soldier Surprises Family Via Photobomb

    Chris Ross
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    After 6 months in Romania, Army Reservist Major Ray Negron was scheduled to be released from active duty in early October. While traveling to Ft. Bliss, Texas, he arranged a layover in NY, rented a car, and drive to Great Wolf Lodge to surprise his wife and daughters.
  • Military Dad Surprises Cheerleader Daughter

    Chris Ross
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    The last thing this cheerleader was expecting to see was her father who was away in Afghanistan. She was in for the surprise of her life.
  • Army Daughter Surprises Mom at Work!

    Chris Ross
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    Adopted or biological, it’s always a beautiful thing when a child is reunited with their parent.
  • Surprise Military Homecoming at Shamu Stadium

    Chris Ross
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Did you know that each day, during the pre-show of the One Ocean Shamu show at all of our SeaWorld parks, the military is asked to stand and be recognized by all in the 5,500-seat stadium? We recently honored the Allen family here at SeaWorld San Diego by surprising the children with the return of [...]
  • Air Force Combat Controller Surprises Girlfriend

    Chris Ross
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    “I live in Washington, D.C. and my boyfriend is stationed in Kentucky. In June we were about to spend an awesome weekend camping. Two days prior to him flying to D.C. he finds out that he was issued to go overseas. Turns out when Obama sent 375 “Advisers” to Iraq he was one of them. [...]
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Incoming – Where’s Lomax?

    CJ Grisham
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • Incoming – Thor

    CJ Grisham
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • MG Industries NY Compliant Hydra Modular Rifle Now Available

    CJ Grisham
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    It always amazes me how the government tries to ban something, so capitalism takes over and we find a way around it. MGI, manufacturer of the modular MARCK-15 AR “Hydra” platform, is proud to announce the Hydra Modular Rifle is now New York State compliant and ready to ship. The NY Compliant configuration of MGI’s modular, multi-caliber weapon system, also known as the Hydra, is the base system for everything associated with MGI’s unique system. The NY Compliant Hydra includes the Modular Lower Receiver with a 5.56 (AR) magazine well, a QCB-D Upper Receiver and a…
  • Incoming – RPG

    CJ Grisham
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • WWII Missing Soldier Identified

    CJ Grisham
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Pfc. Bernard Gavrin, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., will be buried on Sep. 12, in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. On June 15, 1944, as part of an Allied strategic goal to secure the Mariana Islands, U.S. forces were ordered to occupy Saipan. After a month of intense fighting, enemy forces conducted a suicide assault, known as a banzai attack.
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • New from Tru-Spec: More MultiCam Black

    Lauren Malm
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    For the first time since November, Tru-Spec is releasing all-new items in MultiCam Black.  Last year, Tru-Spec introduced its quarter-zip combat shirt, TRU uniform pants and contractors cap in the never-before-seen pattern. Now the brand’s entire Xtreme line is available in the pattern. MultiCam is the popular camouflage pattern developed by New York-based design powerhouse Crye Precision. MultiCam Black is one of the newest variants of this consistently exceptional design. A favorite of law enforcement officers, MultiCam Black works best during nighttime operations. Its dark OD green and…
  • 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…
 
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    The Duffel Blog

  • Seasonal, Pumpkin Spice MREs Set For Release

    Lee Ho Fuk
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    NATICK, Mass. — Fall is arriving early as the Pentagon’s Combat Feeding Directorate announced the nation’s service members will be able to enjoy new seasonal versions of Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MREs), Duffel Blog has learned. “The Directorate has worked continuously to update MREs to reflect the current preferences of our armed forces,” said Phyllis Ray, a senior […]
  • White House Security Replaced By Ugandan Contractors

    Lee Ho Fuk
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Just one week after the Secret Service failed to stop a man from jumping the fence and entering the White House, lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to secure 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with elite contractors from Uganda, Duffel Blog has learned. “Bringing in Ugandan contractors will really tighten up security at the White […]
  • Navy Sends Rescued Fishermen $37 Million Bill

    Jay-B
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    NORFOLK, Va. — When the Navy helicopter approached Bob and Doug McKenzie’s lifeboat, they felt only gratitude at their impending rescue, after the brothers’ fishing boat caught fire and they were forced to abandon ship. Now just hours later, they feel only anger after the Navy delivered a $37 million bill for the rescue. According to Navy Spokesman […]
  • Marine Corps Gazette Discontinues Controversial Swimsuit Issue

    G-Had
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    QUANTICO, Va. — In the face of mounting criticism, the Marine Corps Association has decided to no longer publish its annual Marine Corps Gazette Swimsuit Issue, ending a nearly century-long tradition that dates back to 1924. The Association made the announcement after Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus publicly said he was cancelling his Gazette subscription and directed exchange stores to […]
  • Obama Calls On ISIL To Carry Out ‘Moderate, Inclusive’ Beheadings

    Dick Scuttlebutt
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    THE WHITE HOUSE — In an interview with 60 Minutes on CBS that aired Sunday, President Obama called on the leaders of ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, to exercise more moderation and inclusivity in their beheadings of infidels. The president was responding to a question from 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft, who […]
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • 13e DBLE: Djibouti 2008-09

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    Nice and interesting private images showing military courses within the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion (13e DBLE), while still being stationed in Djibouti, a country located in the peninsula in Northeast Africa.
  • 4e RE visited by the Foreign Legion’s commander

    admin
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    On 8 September 2014, the Foreign Legion’s new commander, major general Jean Maurin visited the 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE). 4e RE is a training unit of the Legion, based in Castelnaudary, southern France. Major general Jean Maurin spent 2 days in 4e RE. Among other things, he visited the farms, where young volunteers start […]
  • 1er REC: Foreign Legion 1982 – 1995

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    Nice, interesting private pictures from the French Foreign Legion of the 1982 – 1995 period, in the slideshow made by a former legionnaire from the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC).
  • GPLEA: 21e CPLE, 22e CPLE, 23e CPLE

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Units of the French Foreign Legion forgotten by time. Independent, self-governing autonomous motorized infantry companies serving in Algeria, established at the turn of the year 1954/1955 in response to rising rebel activity in French North Africa. The companies were equipped with Jeeps, Dodges WC 6×6, M3 Scout Cars (22e CPLE in 1955) and with AM-M8 […]
  • 2e REP: Change of Command at Camp Raffalli

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    On July 18, a Change of Command ceremony took place at Camp Raffalli, the headquarters of the Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP), based near Calvi, Corsica. During the ceremony, the colonel Jean-Michel Meunier became the new regiment commander of 2e REP, replacing the colonel Benoît Desmeulles. At the end of the ceremony, […]
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    Texas Veterans Blog

  • Texas Honor Flight for Veteran Pearl Harbor Survivors

    Anne Evenson
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    December 7 is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and Honor Flight Austin is planning a special flight to take World War II Veteran Pearl Harbor Survivors to a solemn ceremony at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.  The ceremony commences at 1:53 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 and is co-hosted by the Friends of the National [...]
  • 2014-2015 Veterans Benefits Fair Schedule

    Anne Evenson
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every year the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) co-hosts Veterans Benefits Fairs across the state of Texas. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Texas Veterans Commission (TVC), VLB staff members travel around the state to talk with Texas veterans, military members and spouses, about their benefits in person.  These benefits fairs are free [...]
  • Type I Forfeited Land Sale Now Open

    Anne Evenson
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Since 1946, Texas veterans have been able to finance land purchases on favorable terms through the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB). While the vast majority of veteran borrowers keep current on their payments, a few must return land to the VLB due to non-payment. These forfeited properties are offered first to Texas veterans through quarterly [...]
  • Veterans Voices Complement Vietnam Heroes Exhibit

    Anne Evenson
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    A former Vietnam POW and U.S. Army sniper is among those who will make a museum event on Sunday an interactive opportunity to learn from those who experienced the effects of war first-hand. Ken Wallingford, who spent ten months imprisoned in a tiger cage in the jungles of Cambodia during the war, will tell his [...]
  • 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 [...]
 
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    World Traveling Military Family

  • Hitscherhof Pumpkin Festival 2014 – Massweiler, Germany

    Mrs B
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We were so excited to check out our first fall festival in Germany! We went to Hitscherhof Pumpkin Festival in Maßweiler, Germany. Ok so they call it the Hitscherhof Farm Festival but all the Americans call it a pumpkin festival. It is about 1.5 hours drive from Spangdahlem, but worth the drive for some great [...] The post Hitscherhof Pumpkin Festival 2014 – Massweiler, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Taking Your Child to College From Overseas

    Mrs B
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Taking your child to college from overseas can be be an intimidating and overwhelming process. While we love living overseas I can’t say that we loved the though of having to take our 17 year old back to the States and drop him off while we flew back to another country. There was also very [...] The post Taking Your Child to College From Overseas appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • October Festivals Around Spangdahlem, Germany

    Mrs B
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    October brings fall and with that the start of some fall festivals in Germany ! I’m excited to share October festivals around Spangdahlem with you! We had a great time checking out the August Festivals & September Festivals. Again these are generally no more than 3 hours away, although I may throw in one or [...] The post October Festivals Around Spangdahlem, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Understanding the ESSO Gas Card – Military Living in Germany

    Mrs B
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Understanding the ESSO gas card can be intimidating and overwhelming for newcomers or those due to PCS to Spangdahlem. For those of you who don’t know what an ESSO gas card is living in Germany as a military family requires you to use an ESSO gas card, so that you do not have to pay [...] The post Understanding the ESSO Gas Card – Military Living in Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Raines Reunion – A Spangdahlem Airmans Surprise Homecoming

    Mrs B
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Today I have a guest post from Amanda, a local Spangdahlem photographer, sharing a surprise homecoming story of an Spangdahlem AB military family! I just the image of Scott in the above photo with his unsuspecting family in the foreground! *Disclaimer – please note that the real names of the family have not been used in this [...] The post Raines Reunion – A Spangdahlem Airmans Surprise Homecoming appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • What’s the secret? I want to know…I chase storms.

    armytankerswife
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    I used to think I was impressive, but my kids were smaller and younger and I could just entertain them with a magic trick but now I need much more! I used to think I was Wonder Woman, and now… Continue Reading →
  • I love the Disney Princess but this is pretty good

    armytankerswife
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    DISNEY PRINCESSES THROW DOWN IN AN EPIC RAP BATTLE…now let me tell you it has bad language in it.   This is great…
  • Wounded Warrior Project

    armytankerswife
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I’m participating in the 2014 Believe in Heroes® blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program. However, all my opinion are my own. September 11, 2001, was the worst day in America’s young history, while we are a… Continue Reading →
  • Snuggle Celebrates 30 Years this SeptemBEAR‏

    armytankerswife
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    SO let me say I love the smell of Snuggle, the dryer sheets, the liquid fabric softener everything. We will celebrate Snuggle on Sept 17 during the twitter party! Did you know that… Snuggle Bear was created by the Jim… Continue Reading →
  • Snuggle Celebrates his 30th Birthday in September

    armytankerswife
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    While I did receive complementary Snuggle products as a thank you for sharing this major event from the Snuggle Den, all opinions and true love of Snuggle products are my own. We helped celebrate Snuggle’s birthday here in this HH6.… Continue Reading →
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    Vision Strike Wear Military Blog

  • Top US Navy T-Shirt Designs Ever!

    Sarge Strike
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    October is US Navy Month! Birthdays, promotions, naval history, specials and balls! It is a month that celebrates the 239th Birthday of the United States Navy and honors its men and women both past and present, its veterans, prior service, naval warriors and is a time to recognize the accomplishments of the greatest naval power in the history of the world. Over many years custom naval tees have displayed the courage and dedication felt in the hearts of American sailors and we salute these incredible military naval designs in anticipation of the many exciting things this month foretells. What…
  • US Navy Crows, Squids, Gators and Goats Oh My!

    Sarge Strike
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    You will not find a lion, bear or tin man here! What you will find are more aggressive things that hunt ships and submarines at day, at night, in the air, on land and at sea. The most modern naval power, the United States Navy, has had its mascots over the years. Animals that help define the character or attitude of a special group of US Navy sailors. So the next question is what do you have when you find a murder, congregation, shoal and tribe massed together? Murder – A grouping of crows! Congregation – A grouping of alligators! Shoal – A grouping of squids! Tribe –…
  • Top ten cool things about being in the US Air Force!

    Sarge Strike
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    Top 10 Ten Reasons the USAF is cool! The US Air Force has a lot of advantages in logistics, worldwide coverage, speed, missions and role types and this creates a creative insight into what is cool about being in the United States Air Force! 10. If I want Chinese Food, I will fly to China! 9. When the G-Forces pull back your face, you look and feel years younger! 8. One weekend a year, you get to take your jet home with you. 7. You’re looking at a guy with one million frequent flier miles. 6. At 20,000 feet you see lots of clouds that look more like bunnies and stuff! 5. Always fun…
  • Learning to Fly

    Frost Call
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    Flight Training Day 27 – Cross Country Solo part deux! Sept 21, 2014 · Taken at Ramona Airport, Blythe Airport After a long wait and for the marine layer to burn off I finally got my last Cross Country Solo from KRNM Ramona to KBLH Blythe, Ca via KTRM Thermo! Absolutely great day! Logged flight plans and got her underway! Worked on VOR Navigation, Pilotage, and CFlight Following. All solo requirements are complete! 12 more hours of more training to take the Check Ride and get that license! Flight Route on Los Angeles Sectional All good and ready to go! Lake Sutherland is super low!
  • US Congress Creates A New Military Branch!

    Sarge Strike
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    September 18th the US Senate passes the National Security Act of 1947 effectively combining the US Army, US Navy and the newly formed US Air Force into the Department of Defensive.  Consequently, James Forrestal was confirmed as the first Secretary of Defensive.  At its core the USAF represented more than just warefare having a high emphasis on technology and science. It started with the Aeronautical Division , US army Signal Corps in 1907. After decades of US air warfare development and grew, World War 2 launched American Air Power into the forefront.  The need for air defensive was…
 
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    Semper Fi Parents

  • Marine Corps Boot Camp Letters 1

    Carl
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    For the next few Throw Back Thursdays, I plan on re-printing letters we received from Holly when she was a recruit at Parris Island. This is the first of many. If you want to be sure to see more, subscribe to the blog and/or send a friend request. In the first letter we received from PFC Andrews (she has since been promoted to Corporal)she told us that she only had an hour of free time so she wouldn’t be able to tell us everything that had happened since her arrival at MCRD Parris Island. She mentioned that she had been appointed Scribe due to her having a Bachelors degree, and how a…
  • Marine Corps News From World War Two: Red Cross Branch Serves Three Forces

    Carl
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    NAAS, CAMP KEARNEY. In one of the initial moves to extend its service to the Navy, the Red Cross has opened a branch office at this base. Under direction of Francis L. Castro, assistant field director, the office has fulfilled more than 100 emergency cases since service was instituted 5 May, and is rapidly extending its activities. From The 5June1943 Issue Of The Marine Corps Chevron
  • This Day In Marine Corps History: 1 October 1997

    Carl
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The first African-American female Colonel in the Marine Corps was promoted to that rank during a ceremony at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Colonel Gilda A. Jackson, a native of Columbus, Ohio, made Marine Corps history when she achieved the rank of colonel. She was serving as Special Projects Officer, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing at the time of her promotion.
  • PGR Mission Alert: SGT Richard N. Bean, USA, KIA/MIA, WWII

    Carl
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    PGR has been graciously invited by the family of SGT Richard N. Bean, to welcome him home and escort this hero to his final resting place at Quantico National Cemetery on October 3rd 2014. SGT Bean has been MIA for 70 years, has been found and is finally coming home. He was 24 years old when he answered his country’s call to duty. He was killed in action and was missing in action .PGR will indeed be proud to stand tall for our hero and help give final closure to his loved ones. Mission date:October 3rd 2014 at: Pierce Funeral Home 9609 Center Street Manassas VA 20110 11 30 to 12 30…
  • A Marine’s Time On Guadalcanal

    Carl
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Video of an interview with a U.S.Marine who fought in the battle of Guadalcanal during World War Two.
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    Military Backpack Guide

  • Spec Ops – T.H.E. Ultimate Assault Pack

    Mike
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Busted back-pack dude – you’ve seen him. He’s the guy on the trail who’s pack is half-patched with super-glue, duct tape and a chip-clip. Spec-Ops looks to solve such woes forever with their premium line backpack affectionately-titled: “Spec Ops T.H.E. Ultimate Assault Pack.” Sounds pretty good, right? But is it? We’re here to break it down for you. With a total internal capacity of 2550 cubic inches, this thing threatens to hold everything on Earth. Despite the amazing capacity from an internal frame pack, Spec-Ops keeps it stylish with five…
  • MOLLE II Standard Gov’t Issue Backpack- Strong, Solid and Loyal

    Mike
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    The MOLLE II Standard Issue Backpack, manufactured by USGI, is one serious hell of a pack and, it has one of the highest customer ratings of all the Military Backpacks we’ve reviewed. Its most appealing feature would have to be its size. This thing has a ton of room, but the space is distributed in a way that makes it very comfortable to carry. The large main compartment alone can hold approximately between 3,500 and 4,000 cubic inches of gear. The double zipper front pocket is about 11″ x 6″ x 3″. The large main section is about 18″ x 20″ x 9″. The…
  • Maxpedition Vulture ii 2 – An incredible 3 day rucksack

    Mike
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The Maxpedition Vulture 2 backpack is perfect for outdoorsmen, especially hikers and campers. It can store just about anything needed for a multi-day trip. We took a 3 day expedition and were able to fit everything that we needed in the pack. It has an impressive 2810 cubic inches worth of internal space. It’s sold in a variety of colors including black, foliage green, a military esque khaki and OD green. In Depth Review While the pack looks fairly plain, it is designed with function in mind instead of form. It boasts all sorts of pockets and compartments for a variety of gear.
  • ALPS OutdoorZ Commander External Frame Pack Review

    Mike
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    ALPS Outdoorz makes all sorts of gear from packs to chairs to gun cases.  One of their larger packs is the Commander.  This is a huge external frame pack for large expeditions.  This bad boy will hold everything except the kitchen sink – and even that’s up for debate.   The Commander starts off with 5,250 cubic inches of storage and that doesn’t even include strapping things to the outsides or the frame.  Inside you’ll find a hydration pocket with port and several zippered compartments.  Constructed of Nylon ripstop, This bag has a high durability rating and resists…
  • Top 10 Best Survival Books – The only guide you need

    Mike
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:22 am
    Whether you’re studying to become the next Les Stroud or looking to learn survival preparedness skills in case of a Zombie Apocalypse, you’re going to need a resource, and you’re in luck! We’ve got a list of the best survival books this side of Mars – neatly organized, in a handy-dandy little chart! Of course, if you’re not a book learner, there are plenty of survival schools throughout the world. How do I choose a survival book when there are so many? Survival comes in many flavors – Desert, Woodland, Jungle, Mountain, you name it.  You need a book that…
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