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  • Fake Army Ranger Befriended Former SEAL Marcus Luttrell

    Military Top Stories Center
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security

    Stars and Stripes News
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    One year after a pair of homemade pressure cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, turning a day of athletic triumph into one of tragedy, the Boston Marathon returns to the streets on Monday. For the 118th edition of the world's oldest annual marathon, security along the course will be tighter than ever.
  • Singer’s viewpoint: Air Force band performs at American Samoa

    Pacific Air Forces Top Stories
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:58 pm
  • The Silent Hybrid Motorcycles the Pentagon Will Use for Stealth Raids

    WIRED » Danger Room
    Allen McDuffee
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Special Forces teams are all about silently penetrating remote areas and executing complex, lightning-fast raids. Now DARPA is developing a new vehicle to soundlessly race commandoes to their missions: stealthy, hybrid-powered motorcycles.
  • New Member

    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms
    blond305
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:11 pm
    I am new to this site, got accepted into N4M today but not really sure how to navigate. My daughter Sam leaves for BC June 18. Worried,proud and feeling lost at her leaving home. Sam is my youngest and I will have a hard time when she leaves. Any suggestions?
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    Stars and Stripes News

  • After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    One year after a pair of homemade pressure cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, turning a day of athletic triumph into one of tragedy, the Boston Marathon returns to the streets on Monday. For the 118th edition of the world's oldest annual marathon, security along the course will be tighter than ever.
  • Japan PM Abe sends offering to war shrine

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals — long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea.
  • Soldier who may have killed Pat Tillman haunted by remorse

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Ten years after Pat Tillman’s death by friendly fire, it’s still not certain who shot the NFL player-turned-Army-corporal in Afghanistan. But one of the three Army Rangers who opened fire says he can’t shake the fact that he might be at fault.
  • Lost Union Army soldier honored with memorial

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    The story of an uneducated farmer from Anderson County was buried with him in an unmarked grave in Columbia until one of his descendants unearthed the truth and fought to have him recognized.
  • Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.
 
 
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    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms

  • New Member

    blond305
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:11 pm
    I am new to this site, got accepted into N4M today but not really sure how to navigate. My daughter Sam leaves for BC June 18. Worried,proud and feeling lost at her leaving home. Sam is my youngest and I will have a hard time when she leaves. Any suggestions?
  • Learning Disabilities

    NovaMom
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:04 pm
    My son is a "Depper", due to leave at the end of July.  I was wondering if anyone else has a child with learning disabilites in the Navy.  He's smart, but he learns just a little differently.  He's been working so hard, he must have lost at least 25 pounds in preparation!
  • Less than a Week to Go!

    Skooter64
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    PIR in six days! I just can't wait to see my sailor (as he will be).  They are wearing blues, not whites. I like that. There is nothing like a son in a great uniform to make a mama proud.  I'm packing extra tissues. I'm pretty sure I'm going to cry a lot of happy tears.
  • Having a very hard time....too much going on

    KemMomAPR14_SHIP 04_DIV 187
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:59 pm
    My son leaves for GLNS in 2 days. i just found out yesterday my only brother (59 y/o) was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. he has gone so downhill in only 2 weeks. talked to our son and he did say he doesn't want bad news while at BC. Totally understand. i just can't stop crying. i need to be strong for our son but i'm having such a hard time holding it together! this has been the worst weekend of my life.
  • Anxiety causing removal from Nuke Program

    shelliedorn
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    I am at a loss. I have a Navy Nuke who is basically losing it. I have posted about the issue before but now it has advanced to something far worse than I ever expected. My Navy Nuke is no longer a Navy Nuke. Was seen and evaluated...anxiety level is high, not sleeping, vomiting, headaches..basically states she cannot function in the Navy. I knew it was bad, I just didn't realize it was this bad. She has been discharged from Nuke program and is undergoing psych eval. My question is this...she tells me she feels hopeless and doesn't see her life "going anywhere" if she is in the Navy. I am…
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    OP FOR

  • Is This What 1860 Felt Like?

    LTCOL P
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    We’ve had some great posts and comments and counter-comments here in just the last little while– true unfettered rollicking debate. (And look, we don’t even need the Fairness Doctrine!) But it has me again asking the question I’ve asked myself over and over– Is this what 1860 felt like? Or 1775, for that matter. It would help to have statesmen in high office. Sadly, we have very few. THAT is what worries me most.
  • Power for Power’s Sake

    DaveO
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Thank you to Mike Burke for his comment that brought up the concept of power. America’s Legal, Expert and Coercive Powers are out of balance – beyond that which can be explained by which Personality is in vogue. Lawmakers out in the west are meeting to address a symptom of these phenomena.   Symptomatic of the growth of Coercive Power is the number of government agencies that have their own police forces, and the ever-growing up-gunning of LEO. Serving a warrant is now an operation not unlike arresting an AQI operative in Fallujah.   In response to this destabilizing…
  • How to Break An Officer-Bump

    Slater
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Young officers are like moldable clay; they take lessons to heart fast.  Some of them will be amazing, most will be good, and then you will have a lot of bad.  It is easy for them to become enraptured by their own image when they’re doing well; it is even easier for them to fall flat on their face.  How do I know this?  I’ve been there.  When a new officer comes into the FORCE/FLEET he needs to be embraced by the battalion and company level organizations he is a part of.  In the Army we tend to have a […]
  • Blurred Lines: Soldiers versus Police

    DaveO
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Bumped. The recent paramilitary activity in Nevada seems to be confusing people as to what legal, armed protest against a predatory force wearing LEO uniforms looks like. In an earlier post, there was a too-brief discussion on the on-going blending of US military and the police forces of our governments from Federal to municipal. With many Reservists and Guardsmen and women serving in the police, their skills and knowledge of the green blend almost seamlessly with the blue. However efficient that relationship is, Americans have an inborn fear of using the Army to police the People. Likewise,…
  • The Doolittle Raid

    LTCOL P
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    We missed it yesterday– fie on us– but the boys at XBRADTC were on it. The  surprise attack on the Japanese capitol shocked the Japanese, and gave an immense boost to American morale. Prior to the news of the daring raid, virtually everywhere the American public looked, doom and despair were to be found. It seemed the US might lose the war. The public was still steeled to fight on, but needed a sign that their faith in the war effort was well placed.
 
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    BLACKFIVE

  • Want Some Signed Books?

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    UPDATE: One $250 grand prize package has been claimed (19 April 14, 2100 hours app.). However, Mike is up to do one more, and so am I. So, be the next person to donate $250 and the books are yours. Update: One book is claimed; another has been put back for another to claim; and, the grand prize package still is not claimed. Could it be yours? Think about it, for a $250 donation you get books signed by Mad Mike, John Ringo, and even myself. Several books in the package, check it out. Putting full text of the FB post below. Michael Z. Williamson made an offer to anyone donating to help Mission:…
  • Free Book For You

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    UPDATE: You now can download it for free from Amazon! Regular readers are likely already familiar with LTC Tom Kratman (ret.) [trust me, you want to go read the quotes at the page linked, really] and his outstanding Carrera series of books. He's added to his non-fiction list of books with Training for War, and Baen Books is giving it away for free. Yes, you will have to register with Baen, but do I really have to point out that you can then download other books from them for free in a variety of e-book formats? I'm not finished reading it yet, but I think that anyone interested in the…
  • Photo: Arabian Sea Swim Call

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    U.S. Navy sailors and Marines participate in a swim call off the stern gate of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde to celebrate the 121st birthday of the chief petty officer rank in the Arabian Sea, April 1, 2014. The Mesa Verde, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Shannon M. Smith
  • Photo: Departure

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    U.S. Marines prepare and ready their vehicles to depart Forward Operating Base Delaram II in Nimroz province, Afghanistan, for the last time as they head back to Camp Bastion in Helmand province, April 8, 2014. U.S. Marines Corps photo by Sgt. Frances Johnson
  • Photo: Marine VBSS

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    Marines travel aboard a rigid hull inflatable boat in a visit, board, search and seizure training mission during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training off the coast of San Diego, April 11, 2014. Marines conduct amphibious operations, crisis response and contingency during the two-week predeployment training. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman
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    Defense Tech

  • Navy’s Bluefin-21 Drone Dives for MH370

    Bryant Jordan
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    One of the most advance undersea drones contracted by the U.S. Navy is getting the workout of its robotic life this week as it plunges ever deeper into the Indian Ocean in search of missing Malaysian Airline’s flight MH370’s locator. The Bluevin-21 has been on the scene in the Indian Ocean for about two weeks […]
  • Snowden Asks Putin if Russia Spies on Citizens

    Brendan McGarry
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Russian President Vladimir Putin responded on live television to a question posed by American fugitive Edward Snowden about whether Russia spies on its citizens using a mass surveillance program. Speaking during a broadcast of the state-owned RT television network, Putin denied that Russia has a clandestine government surveillance system similar to the one Snowden exposed […]
  • Pentagon Develops F-35’s 4th Generation Software

    Kris Osborn
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter officials are in the early phases of mapping out a fourth software drop designed to ensure the fifth generation fighter can counter threats and weapons expected to emerge in the mid 2020’s and beyond, Air Force officials said. “Block 4 will be that next block of software that we do. We […]
  • U.S. Plans to Build a Stealth Dirt Bike

    Mike Hoffman
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    U.S. military leaders have approved funding to develop a hybrid, stealth motorcycle to be driven by special operations teams in the not too distant future. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has issued a grant to integrate a multiple fuel, hybrid-electric power plant into a dirt bike built by BRD Motorcycles.  The hybrid electric engine will […]
  • Littoral Combat Ship: What Does the Future Hold?

    Kris Osborn
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The Littoral Combat Ship program was one of the leading topics at the Sea Air Space Exposition outside Washington D.C. last week as Navy leaders continued to protect it from critics who said the ship is not built for the correct mission sets. A government watchdog even reported that 7th Fleet officials told investigators that […]
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    Michael Yon - Online Magazine

  • Are Thai Protestors Violent?

    Michael Yon
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    20 April 2014 Witness to the 26 December 2013 fighting, Din Daeng, Bangkok The question is straightforward but the answer is not.  First, we must delineate the main participants. This dispatch will primarily discuss the Thai protestors known as "Whistleblowers."  The Red Shirts will be analyzed in a separate piece. In general terms: Anti-Government & Pro-Reform Groups: 1. PDRC – the largest group: Peoples’ Democratic Reform Committee: non-violent.2. Democrat Party – supports PDRC but with differences: non-violent.3. Yellow Shirts (PAD Peoples’ Alliance for Democracy) –…
  • Thai Turmoil: Some observations and thoughts

    Michael Yon
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:46 am
    Part 1 of about 10 20 March 2014 Starring: Abhisit, Buddha Issara, Burmese Fortune Teller, Democrats, Farmers, Journalists good and bad, KPT, Men in Black, PDRC, Puea Thai Party, Santi Asoke, Satish Sehgal Suthep, Thai Army, Thai Police, US Ambassador Kristie Kenney, Yellow Shirts, Yingluck, You Abhisit refused amnesty on 12 murder charges Abhisit Vejjajiva is a former Prime Minister of Thailand. There is a misconception that Abhisit and I are golf buddies, old pals who go way back.  This is the result of propaganda.  The truth of our relationship is that I took one trip with him to…
  • What’s So Civil About War Anyway

    Michael Yon
    23 Feb 2014 | 8:07 am
    Published: 23 February 2014
  • A Simple Man scores a Major Win

    Michael Yon
    22 Feb 2014 | 8:46 am
    22 February 2014 (It has been a long day, and tomorrow comes early. I rush to write these words with a single pass and no edit. Please forgive me.) We begin: This is a difficult struggle to overthrow an enormously corrupt Thai government. The struggle is marked by a series of independent victories. This afternoon I spent more than two hours with a well-known retired general discussing the matter, and then I spent more than three hours with farmers. All agree that Yingluck's days are growing shorter. One farmer is Ravee Roongraung. Khun Ravee is a rice farmer from Petchaburi. Khun Ravee has…
  • Letter from Thais to Dutch Government

    Thai Community in the Netherlands
    10 Feb 2014 | 10:56 am
    Published: 10 February 2014 This letter rendered in three languages: English, Thai, Dutch. Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie Laan Copes van Cattenburch 54 Utrecht, 30 January 2014 Dear Partyleader, Members of VVD and Friends of Thailand, We write this letter to explain why millions of people take to streets to demand reforms before the next election, as reported daily on the news. However, many western media sources have been misguided and show a lack of understanding of the Thai political crisis. The peaceful and non-violent protests began in October 2013, whose main goals are the…
 
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    Healing Iraq

  • 16 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am

    Zeyad
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Looks like the Washington Post finally picked up this two-month-old story: Called the Jaafari Personal Status Law, it would prohibit Muslim men from marrying non-Muslims, prevent women from leaving the house without their husband’s consent, automatically grant custody of children older than two to their father in divorce cases and legalize marital rape. The law, which proponents say will save
  • Maliki meets the Matrix

    Zeyad
    13 Mar 2014 | 3:31 am
    This is Nuri al-Maliki's (re)election poster.  It reads: "The world leader in fighting terrorism"  
  • Ja'fari Personal Status Law

    Zeyad
    6 Mar 2014 | 4:11 am
    The Iraqi Council of Ministers has just approved the controversial Ja'fari (Shi'ite) Personal Status Law and sent the bill to parliament, even after declaring just days ago that the matter would be decided after the elections. If this reactionary bill is passed, Iraqi men will be able to marry girls as young as nine 'lunar' years (a little under nine calender years), and a married woman won't be
  • Friday sermon Libyan-style

    Zeyad
    26 Nov 2013 | 3:38 am
    From Derna, Libya, last Friday
  • 10 year blog anniversary!

    Zeyad
    23 Oct 2013 | 11:57 pm
    It's been one crazy decade between dodging bullets and maneuvering militia checkpoints and concrete blocks to stealthily flying out of Iraq and achieving my lifelong dream of studying and living in the Land of the Free and getting reunited with family, relatives and friends in a better place, full of potential. I haven't blogged much about my experiences here in the US between New York and Texas
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Trident Smartphone and iPad Cases

    CJ Grisham
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    About a month ago, Trident Case sent me a couple of their Made In The USA products to try out. And try them out I did. I received the Military Edition Cyclops Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 (sadly, the Marine Corps version, lol) and the Military Edition – Kraken A.M.S. case for Apple iPad 3 (approvingly, the Army version, lol). The first thing I noticed right off the bat were that these things were rugged and fit perfectly on both my iPad and my S4. There was no need to make the cases snap properly or put up with a small misalignment. As soon as I attached the Cyclops to my phone, I…
  • Incoming Comics – Target Shirt

    CJ Grisham
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

    CJ Grisham
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    On May 13, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Kyle J. White, a former active duty Army Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Sergeant White will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on November 9, 2007. Sergeant White will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He…
  • LONE SURVIVOR Arriving on Blu-ray & DVD on 6/3

    CJ Grisham
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    I’m so looking forward to this movie coming out. Looks like the Blu-Ray and DVD will be loaded with extra goodies. Universal City, California, April 14, 2014 – Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative face an impossible, moral decision in Lone Survivor, the intense, action-packed story of heroism, courage and survival, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on June 3, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Lone Survivor will also be available on Digital HD two weeks…
  • About the Fort Hood Soldiers Killed Last Week

    CJ Grisham
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    Fort Hood officials have released the names of three Soldiers who were killed during a shooting here April 2. Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Michael Ferguson, 39, whose home of record is listed as Mulberry, Fla., entered active-duty service in July 1993 as a transportation management coordinator. He was assigned to the 49th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control), 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), where he served as a transportation supervisor. Ferguson’s deployments include serving in Kuwait from January to August 2003 and from October 2004 to September 2005;…
 
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    Secrecy News

  • History of 1953 CIA Covert Action in Iran to be Published

    Steven Aftergood
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    In 1989, the Department of State published a notorious volume that purported to document U.S. foreign policy towards Iran in the early Eisenhower Administration. The volume triggered an avalanche of criticism because it omitted any mention of the CIA’s role in a 1953 covert action that helped overthrow the government of Iran. Later this year, after the passage of more than two decades, the State Department will rectify that error by publishing a supplemental volume of declassified documents in its Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series that is expected to fill in the…
  • U.S. Prisons Are Bursting at the Seams, and More From CRS

    Steven Aftergood
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    The U.S. federal prison population has been growing steadily for decades, and it now exceeds the capacity of the prison system to properly house and maintain it, according to an updated report from the Congressional Research Service on the Bureau of Prisons [BOP]. “The number of inmates under the BOP’s jurisdiction has increased nearly eight-fold (790%) from approximately 24,600 inmates in FY1980 to nearly 219,300 inmates in FY2013. Since FY1980, the federal prison population has increased, on average, by approximately 5,900 inmates each year,” the report said. “The…
  • Countering CIA’s Conflict of Interest in Declassification

    Steven Aftergood
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Last week the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to submit the 480-page executive summary, findings and conclusions of its five-year investigation into the post-9/11 CIA Detention and Interrogation Program for declassification review. But in an obvious conflict of interest, the review is expected to be performed by the CIA itself. “The report exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation. It chronicles a stain on our history that must never again be allowed to happen,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chair the Senate Intelligence Committee, in an April…
  • CIA Agrees to Provide Softcopy Records to Requester

    Steven Aftergood
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    After the Central Intelligence Agency refused to release records requested under the Freedom of Information Act in softcopy format, requester Jeffrey Scudder filed a lawsuit against the Agency demanding that it comply, and he received a rather sympathetic hearing from the judge. (CIA’s Refusal to Release Softcopy Records Challenged in Court, Secrecy News, March 17, 2004). Yesterday the parties to the dispute reported that they found “a creative solution… that will render the issue moot.” “Defendant [CIA] has agreed to provide the 419 records that Plaintiff has…
  • Garwin: The Movie

    Steven Aftergood
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    Physicist and problem solver extraordinaire Richard L. Garwin is the subject of a new documentary film, Garwin. A screening of the film, sponsored by FAS and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will be held on April 22 in Washington, DC. The post Garwin: The Movie appears on Secrecy News from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy.
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    The Sandbox

  • THE GIFT

    David Stanford
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Name: RN Clara HartFormerly stationed in: a civilian military hospital in the U.S.Email: clarahart2@yahoo.com It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since I left my career as a civilian nurse in a military hospital. Nine years I spent caring for war wounded troops and their families. So many memories; wonderful, encouraging memories and others filled with deep, heartbreaking sorrow. The names of the dead float through my mind as I write. This story is a tribute to all those who have given their lives, for those they left behind, and to those who look in the face of their war-given…
  • MINeD JOURNEY

    David Stanford
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Name: Andrew KaufmannReturned from: IraqHometown: Montpelier, VAEmail: turtle@warriortalkradio.com   AUTUMN FALL Inside the tree's movementOf thought, it weaves new dreamsLike the spider spinningA silken threadFrom which he falls slowly in the wind From high branchesThe memories persistSome good, some badBut all intact - they conquer every spaceEvery synapse, every second As the branches swaySo does the spiderHis web, stretched from strainSnaps and recoils from pressure   THE BAG An ordinary object - longer and coloredIt hopes to stay emptyFor as long as possible Unfortunately…
  • CODA

    David Stanford
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Name: Major DanReturned from: AfghanistanMilblog: AfghaniDan Twitter: Mayordelmundo     Glamour shot, Mazar-e Sharif, 11/7/10     Right from the start, I wonder if I should prattle on about the myriad of reasons I don’t write anymore. About why such a significant period of my life, spanning two Operation Enduring Freedom deployments and beyond, will mostly remain boxed, gathering over time the type of dust and cobwebs that blur and warp the memories that aren’t already erased. I won’t prattle, not too much anyway. But I’ll restate something I’ve said before,…
  • THE PASS IN REVIEW

    David Stanford
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Name: Charlie SherpaPreviously embedded: with former unit in AfghanistanHometown: Boone, IowaMilblog: Red Bull RisingEmail: SherpaatRedBullRising.com Editor's note: The poems below are from the first issue of a quarterly magazine called The Pass In Review, which features stories, poems, paintings and photographs by veterans from all services. Edited by Alexander Zapata, it is based in Lindenhurst, Illinois. Its website home page explains that it is "focused on destroying stereotypes and misconceptions about the military veteran," and invites "veterans of all nationalities…
  • HEY BRAH

    David Stanford
    29 Mar 2014 | 6:13 am
    Name:  1SG James L. GibsonStationed in: AfghanistanHometown: Forest Grove, OregonMilblog: The Life of TopEmail: James.l.gibson@afghan.swa.army.mil On 17 May 1996 I arrived to my unit in Schweinfurt Germany. After pulling a slick one (story told in an earlier blog entry) I was assigned my room on the 3rd floor of building 9A, Conn Barracks. Everyone remembers their first roommate when they graduate from Basic and get to their unit, and I will never forget mine. Laid back surfer would be putting it mildly. He took me in and showed me the ropes like we had been friends for a lifetime. We…
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    The Stupid Shall Be Punished

  • Fair Winds And Following Seas

    Bubblehead
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    It's been almost 10 years, but it's time for me to say "farewell" to The Stupid Shall Be Punished and hang up my blogger's hat. Basically, I've run out of UNCLAS sea stories. Thanks to all the readers and commenters who have made TSSBP the great place it's been for Submariners to hang out, argue, and tell sea stories over the last decade. I think that communities like this are important, and I hope someone else picks up the baton and runs with it.I'll probably post again if there's some "lead story in the news" type of submarine story, or if I ever finish the short story I've been thinking…
  • Submarine Force Loses Two, Much Too Soon

    Bubblehead
    29 Mar 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Yesterday marked the formal decommissioning of USS Miami (SSN 755), destroyed by an arsonist in 2012.Past and present crew members, their families and other invited guests attended the event. "Admiral, the watch is secured," reported Miami's skipper Cmdr. Rolf Spelker to Submarine Group 2 commander Rear Adm. Ken Perry, marking the end of the ship's nearly 24-year journey......During more than a dozen deployments over the past two decades, Miami fully employed her capabilities while operating in maritime regions near North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Miami was America's first…
  • International Submarine Open Thread

    Bubblehead
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:48 am
    While I'm mourning the booting of my beloved Jaywalkshawks from the Tournament, I'll post an open thread for whatever you guys want to talk about, with a couple of international submarine news items:1) HMS Tireless (S88) was denied permission by the UAE to enter port for a planned port visit/crew swap in Dubai, waiting around for a week before heading off to Goa. Many family members, who had come to visit, were understandably disappointed. No reason was given. Have you ever had family members waiting for you for a port visit that was cancelled?2) Ukrainian Navy submarine Zaporizhzhia (U-01)…
  • USS Connecticut XO Relieved

    Bubblehead
    9 Mar 2014 | 3:06 pm
    From the Navy website: PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The executive officer of the Bremerton, Wash.-based fast attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) was relieved of his duties March 8 due to a loss of confidence in his ability to serve as executive officer. Lt. Cmdr. Brett J. Sterneckert was removed from his position by Rear Adm. Phillip G. Sawyer, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. An NCIS investigation into the circumstances leading to Lt. Cmdr. Sterneckert's relief is ongoing. Sterneckert, who had served aboard Connecticut since June…
  • Friday Facepalms

    Bubblehead
    7 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    Some news items about submarines (and those who wish they could be Submariners) from around the globe:1) In which a non-technical British "Defence" Minister attempts to explain to a bunch of non-technical MPs why a FEF in a prototype reactor will result in the early refueling of their boomer fleet. Hilarity ensues.2) Did you ever complain about the shipyard maintenance availability that seemed to go on and on? Just be glad you're not an Indian Submariner on this boat.3) In skimmer news, it looks like they want to start a "Top Gun"/"Perisher" type course for skimmer officers. I can imagine the…
 
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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • Australia’s Submarine Program in the Dock

    Joe Katzman
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    Buoy oh buoy…(click to view full) The January 2010 failure of a generator aboard HMAS Farncomb was just the latest in a long history of problems faced by its fleet of 6 Collins Class diesel-electric submarines – which have sometimes been reduced to just 1 operational vessel. That readiness issue presents an immediate financial headache for Australia’s government, and adds a longer-term challenge to the centerpiece of Australia’s future naval force. With just 6 submarines in its fleet, Australia’s current deployment set-up leaves little room for error. Even a…
  • The Rockets’ Red Ink: from EELV to a Competitive Space Launch Future

    Joe Katzman
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Boeing Delta IV Heavy(click to view full) The EELV program was designed to reduce the cost of government space launches through greater contractor competition, and modifiable rocket families whose system requirements emphasized simplicity, commonality, standardization, new applications of existing technology, streamlined manufacturing capabilities, and more efficient launch-site processing. Result: the Delta IV (Boeing) and Atlas V (Lockheed Martin) heavy rockets. Paradoxically, that very program may have forced the October 2006 merger of Boeing & Lockheed Martin’s rocket…
  • The JAS-39 Gripen: Sweden’s 4+ Generation Wild Card

    Joe Katzman
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    South African JAS-39D(click to view full) As a neutral country with a long history of providing for its own defense against all comers, Sweden also has a long tradition of building excellent high-performance fighters with a distinctive look. From the long-serving Saab-35 Draken (“Dragon,” 1955-2005) to the Mach 2, canard-winged Saab-37 Viggen (“Thunderbolt,” 1971-2005), Swedish fighters have stressed short-field launch from dispersed/improvised air fields, world-class performance, and leading-edge design. This record of consistent project success is nothing short of…
  • Sikorsky’s $8.5-11.7B “Multi-Year 8″ H-60 Helicopter Contract

    Joe Katzman
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    US Army HH-60Ms(click to view full) In July 2012, the US military signed another huge contract with Sikorsky. With production of the Army’s HH/UH-60M, and the Navy’s MH-60S and MH-60R helicopters, all in full swing, there’s no question about the need for future orders. In that environment, multi-year contracts allow efficiencies in purchasing, and security of staffing, throughout Sikorsky’s supply chain. These new helicopter types are also available to Foreign Military Sales class customers, under the American contract’s advantageous pricing and terms. The…
  • West, Russia Jaw-Jaw Another Toothless Agreement over Ukraine

    Olivier Travers
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    BBC: Ukraine crisis: Deal to ‘de-escalate’ agreed in Geneva. USA Today: Obama skeptical over Ukraine deal. FT: Russia’s Vladimir Putin still has friends in the west. A fact Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency is quick to highlight. CBS/AP: Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine thumb noses at interim deal. Kyiv Post: Security Service of Ukraine ramping up security operations in Kharkiv Oblast, plans to cordon off separatists in Donetsk. RIA Novosti: Russian Defense Ministry Placed $140M Order at Crimean Shipyard. Earlier this week the ministry had announced a $470M…
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    The Captain's Journal

  • The Admixture Of Military And Law Enforcement

    Herschel Smith
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    My son Daniel did a combat tour of Fallujah in 2007, but his other deployment with the Marine Corps was a MEU to the Gulf of Aden and Persian Gulf (which both he and I think is a horrible way to throw away money if we’re never going to use the Marine Corps for anything on these MEUs except for humanitarian missions – but that’s another topic). As the pre-deployment workup for this MEU, the Battalion underwent extensive training in evidence collection protocol and procedures.  At the time I dismissed this as an aberration and thought no more of it.  Then the Washington Post…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    David Codrea: Putting aside reader opposition to or support for the Bundy claims, and ignoring allegations of Reid’s (and his son Rory’s) personal interests in the disposition of the land in question, what must be examined is what the senator must mean if he seriously believes his accusation. Just another means to do what the collectivists have wanted to do all along.  Disarm us.  Bhaa.  Come and take them. Don’t miss Mike Vanderboegh’s speech in Nevada.  Mike reminds us that he’s a Yankee by birth, but given his current station in life, we’ll forgive him for…
  • How It Will Happen For Cliven Bundy

    Herschel Smith
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Newsmax: Ron Paul is happy that the standoff between a Nevada rancher and the Bureau of Land Management ended peacefully last week, but he fears the federal government may return in larger force. “Governments don’t give up their power easily, and they may well come back with a lot more force like they did at Waco with the Davidians,” the former Republican congressman and presidential candidate said Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” If it happens, that’s not the way it will happen.  It will be in the dead of night, 0200 hours…
  • I Registered My AR-15

    Herschel Smith
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Bob Lonsberry: Well, Andy, with a handful of minutes to spare, I have complied with your law. Your hateful, unconstitutional affront to my rights. After a year of thinking it over, of going back and forth, of deciding where duty and honor called me to be, this is where I am. I am ashamed to say that fear was one of the factors in my decision. I am a public person, it is well known that I own an AR-15. I wrote a newspaper column about it when I bought it 20 years ago. I have talked about it on the radio, on television and in web broadcasts ever since. Further, I’ve got a Democrat district…
  • David French Analysis Of Cliven Bundy Affair

    Herschel Smith
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    NRO Corner: Like Rich, I deeply respect the rule of law. As an attorney who practices in federal courts across the nation, I respect the rulings of those courts (indeed, much of my career is spent securing rulings from federal courts to protect individual liberties) and — having reviewed the pleadings in Bundy’s case — I do not fault the courts’ orders. John Hinderaker is right, “Legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on.” While rural America literally sustains life for urban America, many urbanites dislike large-scale farming (this parody is worth seeing), would like to…
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    Bouhammer's Blog

  • Sometimes the Demons win, DAMN THEM!

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    29 Mar 2014 | 3:04 pm
    A close friend of mine who has cared for more severely wounded warriors than most of us could count posted a link to this story. She took care of this brave warrior, but unfortunately he lost the battle, the battle against the demons that haunt so many of us. With tears in my eyes after reading it, I knew I had to share it. He rarely spoke of it. Not to his family or best buddies, fellow Marines or medical staff watching over him. But Cpl. Farrell Gilliam had endured far more by the time he died this year at age 25 than most people could comprehend. The Camp Pendleton infantryman survived…
  • Our Brothers in Arms are done

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Well it appears that our Brothers in Arms, the cousins from the North….Canada are now finished with their mission in Afghanistan. Canada ended military operations in Afghanistan on Wednesday, ending a 12-year mission as the international community winds down its role in the country ahead of an end-of-year deadline for foreign combat operations to end. The Canadians formally ended their combat role in southern Afghanistan in July 2011 but maintained a small training operation in Kabul. “Canada played a critical role in securing Kandahar Province and had a strategic impact across the…
  • Rusty Bradley- Special Forces’ terminal diagnosis

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    12 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    BOUHAMMER NOTE- I am pleased to welcome my good friend, Major Rusty Bradley (ret) as a new Guest Blogger here on Bouhammer.com. A Career Special Forces soldier with multiple deployments and an accomplished author, Rusty is a great addition to the list of guest bloggers here on this site.   As policy makers look to trim the Defense budget, they should start by cutting the dead weight around the Special Forces community and stop spending millions to train soldiers that would fail to meet the old standards. Special Forces live by five simple truths. Humans are more important than Hardware.
  • Thank God for good First Sergeants

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    18 Feb 2014 | 12:31 pm
    This video is making the rounds on the internet right now, and I wanted to share it here with some commentary. It shows a combat outpost in Paktika province (my old stomping ground) getting “accidentally hit by one of our own aircraft’s 500lb bombs.   There are several key things about this video I wanted to point out. The first is for those that think women “deserve” or “belong” in the infantry. I am not sure if this is an Infantry or Cavalry unit, but it does not matter. You can tell from this video and from movies like Restrepo this is no place for…
  • This should not take an “Act of Congress”

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Holding someone accountable and punishing them for doing a bad job or not doing their job is a facet of working in our society and should be natural. It should not take an act of congress to fire people who are not doing their job properly or doing it bad. Two Florida Republicans want to make it easier to fire senior Veterans Affairs Department employees for serious mistakes,but VA officials say what the plan will really do is scare away top talent. Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee, and Sen. Marco Rubio introduced legislation in their respective chambers…
 
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  • Shake & Bake - Motto Monday

    Maj Pain
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:08 pm
    There are some the American people will never really understand what their warriors do when the shit hits the fan in war. Sure, they will hear stories, they will see videos but the warrior that endures leaving his family, dealing with stress of a long deployment, being mentally and physically worn out for that period then has a group of people who would like to kill him, with all of that smashed into one person, well it’s a lot to imagine. This video catches some of that in a brief moment. Problem is, after the video, your day goes on. His, well, there is tomorrow and let’s just say we…
  • A cross for you - Happy Easter

    Maj Pain
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    I was on my second tour in Afghanistan and about half way through it. We had taken our share of wounded and KIA and I can tell you like any combat deployment, it had its challenging times. One day I was out and about I happen to look down and see the rock pictured above. Regardless of what you believe It’s more than a coincidence that I happen to look down at that moment. I believe everything happens for a reason and at that time of the deployment a nice spiritual boost was welcomed. There aren’t any atheists in fox holes, especially when things get ugly. It’s ok to be scared when…
  • Sergeant to receive Medal of Honor for 20-hour Afghanistan battle

    Maj Pain
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to a former Army sergeant for courageous actions in Afghanistan. Kyle J. White will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. White currently lives in Charlotte, N.C. and will receive the honor at the White House on May 13. White spent more than a year on a combat tour in Afghanistan. He's being honored for his actions as a platoon radio telephone operator during a Nov. 9, 2007 combat operation in northeastern Afghanistan's Nuristan…
  • A Soldiers story - I like to call him a hero....

    Maj Pain
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Warriors come in many shapes and sizes. They may be small but usually have a big fight. Some warriors get pretty torn up from the hell of war. Some will shun them when they return, some will stare, fellow warriors will help them however they can but all have to be strong. To be physically strong is tough; to be mentally strong is unstoppable. Time for a C-Gar
  • Believe - you can change things - Motto Monday

    Maj Pain
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Motto Monday – Ya, I think one person can make a difference. I’ve seen it happen. In business, in combat and in life. There are many of us who go through day after day and looking in and just barely making it one hour after the next. It doesn’t have to be like that, you don’t have to have a stress monster on your back you can change things by acting. Action is a decision to change things. It doesn’t have to be the absolute best action, just an action combined with determination and enthusiasm can make things happen. Then add education and belief, and then you are unstoppable. I will…
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    The Word of Fiat

  • New Fiat Ducato

    Steve
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    MultiAir helps in the new fiat ducato and superminis that are jaw-droppingly pretty and then I got to the new fiat ducato a new set of roof bars, alloy wheels and round light units front and rear. Inside the equipment list boasts air-conditioning, an MP3-comaptible stereo with steering wheel controls and electric power steering. It also has the new fiat ducato to its performance that's perfect for darting in and out of its vicious streak. Like its furry namesake, the new fiat ducato an area of the new fiat ducato. A factory of fun where the new fiat ducato and its raised ride height is just…
  • Fiat Punto Dealers Uk

    Steve
    5 Apr 2014 | 3:14 pm
    It's not a full convertible because, as you would expect from a car tipping the fiat punto dealers uk at 1,090kg in total. The Panda Cross is a very special one, worthy of its Punto supermini but its teeny load carrying capacity precludes it for many. The Fiorino delivers a reasonably spacious load bay coupled with micro dimensions that should make the fiat punto dealers uk and thrusts of metropolitan motoring that bit easier to avoid. The van, like the fiat punto dealers uk of product it needs to get overly excited about. It's a Fiat 500 but, at the fiat punto dealers uk? The Italian…
  • Fiat Punto Ecu Reset

    Steve
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:33 pm
    As mountain transport goes you can't really ask for better. Small enough to give a harder, faster edge, the fiat punto ecu reset a certain charm and practicality that we take a look at uprating the fiat punto ecu reset a series of rally-bred saloons nicknamed 'Evo'. That would have been upgraded to sportier items for more secure stopping.Unmistakably a Fiat 500 is the fiat punto ecu reset for small car for the fiat punto ecu reset and headroom is very good one. Since the fiat punto ecu reset of potent petrol-powered 1.4 T-Jet 120 variants however, all that's changed. The Grande Punto a…
  • Fiat Bravo Hgt Abarth

    Steve
    15 Mar 2014 | 2:06 am
    Next time someone tries to tell you that a car's styling is less important than its lovable standard sibling. With 133bhp from a handling and comfort perspective but they needn't worry. The Qubo's Fiorino donor van drives very neatly with decent ride quality. It's particularly good at negotiating congested streets and tight turning circle that operators want when space is tight.What has helped the car's airy interior ambience is retained, along with the fiat bravo hgt abarth in under eight seconds and on a foggy morning, you could almost be dropped from the fiat bravo hgt abarth and things.
  • Fiat Seicento Sporting Pictures

    Steve
    12 Mar 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Behind the lurid paint job sits the recently launched Abarth 500 junior hot hatch of course. Just 120bhp is nowhere near enough for me to buy something from the fiat seicento sporting pictures a fundamental breakthrough in air mass control and six airbags. It also features a different market than its practicality and all round ability, remember the fiat seicento sporting pictures that will see Fiat take a 35 percent stake in Chrysler, in exchange for allowing it access to Fiat's creation really.When you look at how small 4x4 vehicles like the fiat seicento sporting pictures of Fiat's alliance…
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    Argghhh! The Home Of Two Of Jonah's Military Guys..

  • I've turned off comments.

    John
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
     And I may go dark for a while, if this continues.  100K spam in the last 24 hours.  All you saw were the leakers that overwhelmed the system....
  • A little blast from the past...

    John
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    A B-25 bomber being moved to the apron for final inspection and fly-off from the North American factory in Kansas City during WWII. Some sources indicate that all the 75mm cannon-armed B-25s were built in Kansas City.
  • Argghhh!

    John
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:14 pm
     Meh. Nothing like Google Journalism to whip together slanderous tripe. Come visit my Rotary Club, the local Lions Club, the Kiwanians, VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, etc, and I'll show you a *lot* of veterans that you never notice, nor even think of as veterans, Ms. Belew. But then, I rather suspect you don't know many veterans in your personal circle (I could be wrong) but I bet you couldn't pick 'em out of a crowd if you wanted to. Bleah. Veterans slam New York Times piece linking vets to hate groups.
  • Mama warned me.

    John
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    This is what happens if you don't secure your stuff to something immovable. Marines steal it.
  • Another Medal of Honor

    John
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
     THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2014 President Obama to Award Medal of Honor On May 13, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Kyle J. White, a former active duty Army Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Sergeant White will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on November 9,…
 
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  • Push

    Pinch
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Please support our next Arlington Flyover in honor of the interment of USMC 1st LT Bruce Gutzloe on 22 April with a donation that will go to fuel and flight operation costs for the 7 aircraft involved. Below is a bit of what went on at our last flyover. Arlington Nat’l Cemetery Fly Over for MAJs Sizemore and Andre The Turn In. We’d been in holding for probably 20 minutes or so near the NOTTINGHAM (OTT) VORTAC (a VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) beacon and a tactical air navigation system (TACAN) ) in southern Maryland, along the Patuxent River near the town of Nottingham. Andrews…
  • Arlington National Cemetery Missing Man Flight

    Pinch
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    To an aviator being laid to rest, hearing those jets fly overhead and knowing one is headed to the heavens with you – that is what we want to do. We began an IndieGoGo funding campaign to get operational funds for our next planned Arlington flight.  Please consider contributing.  Every cent will go toward fuel for the 4 L-39s, the 2 P-51s and the F4U Corsair that will participate. http://igg.me/p/arlington-nat-l-cemetery-fly-over/x/6983336 or, you can visit the Warrior Aviation web site and read about the team there and contribute. http://www.warrioraviation.org/ Again, please…
  • Vandy 1 and Yak 9

    Pinch
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    Looking at some photos from the Manassas Air Show last year and I like this one.  Vandy1 with Mark “Crunchy” Burgess on the stick and a Yak 9 flown by Sean “Pinball” Carroll fly in formation. Dislike the frozen prop on the Yak.  Need to shorten the shutter speed and increase the f/ stop a bit to get the same exposure but also get the spinning disc of the props.
  • RADM Jeremiah Denton, RIP

    Pinch
    29 Mar 2014 | 3:10 am
    Rear Admiral and later Senator Jeremiah Denton has passed away.  As one of the senior prisoners of war during the Vietnam conflict, shot down in his A-6 Intruder attack aircraft.  RADM Denton displayed what could be called the absolute pinnacle of character, integrity and honor during his days of captivity and later as a Senator from Alabama.  Many of us remember his words as he and his fellow POWs arrived back on US soil after 7 and a half years in the Hanoi Hilton when he said: “We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve our country under difficult circumstances” I…
  • Warrior Flight Team to honor WW2 USMC Aviator with Arlington Flyover

    Pinch
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:52 am
    As they did in September of last year, the Warrior Flight Team will help provide flyover honors at Arlington National Cemetery for USMC 1st Lt Bruce Guetzloe, a WW2 Corsair aviator who passed away in August of last year. Mark the date – 22 April at 1300, Arlington National Cemetery. To help defray the cost of these absolutely essential missions to honor our departed heroes, if anyone would like to contribute to the self-borne expenses of these flights, head over to the Warrior Flight Team page where you can donate.  Thanks! News Release: Flyover of Arlington National Cemetery to Honor…
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    SpouseBUZZ.com

  • 4 Ways to Handle Adversity

    Guest Bloggers
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Whether you are rushing out the door to take the kids to school, or taking care of the house while your spouse is deployed, adversity can be a scary thing to experience. This is especially true when it seems like you have to experience it alone. As  a fellow military spouse, I understand the struggles ... Continue Reading
  • Top 10 Signs You’re a Complainer (And How to Fix It)

    Jacey Eckhart
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    I am not one to join a Quit Complaining campaign. I figure if you aren’t complaining about life just a little, you aren’t paying enough attention. But in military life where so many hold a “Ain’t It Awful?” club membership,  we can wear each other out with complaining. And, according to folks at our Military.com ... Continue Reading
  • 11 Ways To Calm Down (When Freaking Out!)

    Jacey Eckhart
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    During deployment, we don’t just worry about our service member’s safety, we worry about the house burning down for good measure. We don’t just worry about the deployment being extended, we worry about the freckle on our elbow that will probably turn into cancer. If that isn’t enough, we also worry that six hairs clogging the ... Continue Reading
  • Commissary Card Now Up for Android

    Amy Bushatz
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    If you’re an Android platform user you’re now in the money, or at least the mobile coupons, with the commissary. Eight months after the original launch of their rewards card app for iPhone, an app for Android users is now available. The app allows users to look at new mobile coupons, download them to their ... Continue Reading
  • Caregivers of Vets Deserve These Proposed Perks

    Guest Bloggers
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’re a caregiver of a veteran wounded before 9/11 you receive no stipend from the Veteran Affairs administration (VA), no health care and no mental health help. And if you receive the Defense Department’s monthly caregiver stipend for active duty service members, you are subject to taxes. But a new bill offered this month ... Continue Reading
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    Arms Control Wonk

  • Podcast: The INF and the Dismemberment of Ukraine

    stein
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    In the inaugural Arms Control Wonk Podcast, Jeffrey and I discuss the alleged “circumventions” of the INF Treaty, the situation in Ukraine, NATO’s security commitments to the Baltic States, and the nuclear weapons related issues associated with the renewal of East-West tensions.
  • A Few Words on Ed Snowden

    Jeffrey
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    If you follow me on Twitter or happen to be friends with me on Facebook, then you know I don’t think very much of Mr. Edward Snowden. From the beginning of this story, I have said that Snowden is more like Phillip Agee, than Daniel Ellsberg.  I do not consider him a whistleblower, but rather an agent of a hostile power, in this case Moscow. It occurred to me the other day, however, that I’ve never set down in writing the precise nature of my concerns about Snowden and his actions. Now that Snowden is doing propaganda shorts for the Russians and the Guardian has joined Walter…
  • Nuclear Weapon Accidents

    krepon
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Accidents happen. The least accident-prone nuclear weapons are the ones that are not in motion — but not always: see Eric Schlosser’s account of the Damascus incident in Command and Control. Nuclear weapons in transit are more accident prone. The dangers associated with transit multiply with the number of vehicles carrying weapons in transit, which can spike during a crisis. The most accident-prone nuclear weapons are those in motion when hostilities commence, when standard operating procedures are subject to change. In this event, the most accident-prone nuclear weapons are those…
  • Taiwan Research Reactor

    Jeffrey
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    Ever seen a picture of the Taiwan Research Reactor?  Me neither! Readers may know that I am very interested in the history of Taiwan’s nuclear weapons efforts, as well as the death of IAEA Inspector Pierre Noir (although I do not suspect foul play).  If you are interested in the history of Taiwan’s bomb program, I can’t highly enough recommend David Albright and Corey Hinderstein’s “Nuclear Nightmare Averted” in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, along with the two document troves released by the National Security Archive (1|2).  And, if Pierre Noir…
  • Syria, Forgeries and False-Flags

    Jeffrey
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Whoops, somehow I initially published my notes for this piece instead of the piece itself. Here is the correct post. Well, there are plenty of reasons to doubt Sy Hersh’s recent reporting implying that the chemical weapons attack on Ghouta was some sort of Turko-Saudi-Al Nusra false-front attack — I am rolling my eyes as I write it — and not a single one to buy any of it. Dan Kaszeta has explained all the technical problems with the scenario, while Aaron Stein provided a lot of the missing context here at ACW for things asserted about Turkey and Turkish foreign…
 
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    Personal-Finance.Military.com

  • How long will a credit line I co-signed continue to affect my credit?

    Scott Halliwell
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    Q: If you co-signed on a credit line and then closed it while there’s still a balance on it, will it still affect your credit score if the primary account holder doesn’t pay it off? –Linda, Columbia, South Carolina A: It depends on the rest of your credit profile but it could impact you for a long time.  Basically, as
  • Continue saving or pay down debt?

    Scott Halliwell
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Q: Should I save for emergency funds 3–6 months, pay off a student loan, or pay off 10K in debt? I’m not sure what I should do. I currently have 10K saved and my monthly expenses are 4,000 per month. So, I have 2.4 months of emergency savings. –Marcella, Cincinnati, Ohio A: Great question – thanks for asking it. A Nice
  • How much can I contribute to Roth?

    J.J. Montanaro
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Q:  I’m a government employee and trying to figure out how much I can put into the combination of my TSP, the Roth TSP, and a Roth IRA.  Also, how are all of these affected by the age 50+ catch-up amounts? For 2014, the TSP says that I can contribute a total of $23K ($17.5K TSP + $5.5K Catch-up) to
  • I’m medically retired, does my wife get benefits?

    J.J. Montanaro
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Q: I was deemed 100% disabled during the Iraq war in 2004. I am now fully retired as a result (at 30). I just got married two weeks ago. Is my wife eligible for any medical benefits as well? –Patrick, California A:  Congratulations on getting married!  I’m sure it’s an exciting time for you and your wife.  If I understand
  • Is my VA loan funding fee tax deductible?

    Scott Halliwell
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Q: Can I deduct my funding fee 100% on my 2013 taxes? My CPA cannot decide. We refinanced our home from builder-owner financed to a VA loan in 2013. Our funding fee from VA was $6300 and is lumped in with settlement costs (origination fee, etc) on our settlement sheet from the lender, although the second page indicates I believe
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  • IAVA Daily News Brief - April 18, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    SGT.MAP_.jpg TODAY'S TOP STORIES U.S. special forces struggle with record suicides - admiralSuicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, are at record levels, a U.S. military official said on Thursday, citing the effects of more than a decade of "hard combat." Reuters >>Outrage over NY Times op-ed linking veterans to hate groupsIAVA's CEO, Paul Rieckhoff talks to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly about veterans’ reaction to New York Times op-ed linking veterans to white supremacist groups. | Fox News >>US veterans: returning…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief - April 16, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    MOON.jpg TODAY'S TOP STORIES Medal of Honor recipient risked all for comradesThe voice from a distant mountain ambush in Afghanistan left U.S. commanders glued to their radios in 2007. A 20-year-old paratrooper, dead and dying Americans all around him, was telling the world what was happening and calling for help. Kyle White, who the White House announced Tuesday will receive the Medal of Honor in a ceremony May 13, was a key lifeline for those in his patrol still alive, scattered along a cliffside trail snaking along a river near the border with Pakistan. | USA Today >>The…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief- April 15, 2014

    Gretchen Andersen
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Petco Park.png TODAY'S TOP STORIES The Wars' Toll On Female Iraq and Afghanistan VeteransFemale veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have returned from war facing heightened family and emotional strains compared with their male counterparts. A report by The Washington Post’s Stephanie McCrummen about of a military sexual assault case highlights one of the unique challenges facing some female military service members, including family problems and worsened emotional health due to war. | Washington Post >>The US is Dragging Its Feet When It Comes To Helping Afghan TranslatorsAs…
 
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  • Head of al Qaeda's 'Victory Committee' survived battle in Syria

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    Sanafi al Nasr is sitting on the far left in the picture above. The photo was circulated on Twitter following reports of Nasr's death. However, Nasr has survived. A senior al Qaeda operative who was reportedly killed while fighting in the Latakia province of Syria last month is, in fact, alive. Sanafi al Nasr leads al Qaeda's "Victory Committee," which is in charge of strategic planning and policy for the terrorist group. He was previously stationed in Afghanistan or Pakistan, but is now working with the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria. On March 21, online jihadists…
  • US drone strike kills 16 AQAP fighters, 5 civilians

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:16 am
    The US killed 16 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters and five civilians in the first drone strike in Yemen in more than two weeks, according to reports from the country. Today's airstrike, which was carried out by the remotely piloted Predators or Reapers, targeted a pickup truck packed with AQAP fighters who were traveling on a highway in the Hazmiah area of Baydah province, Xinhua reported. The five civilians who were killed were traveling in a separate car that was also hit in the strike. Six more civilians in a different car are also reported to have been wounded. No senior AQAP…
  • Al Nusrah Front sharia official uses social media to condemn killing of fellow jihadist

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Not long after the Al Nusrah Front's leader in the Idlib province of Syria was killed two days ago, a senior sharia (Islamic law) official in the group condemned the killers on Twitter. Abu Sulayman al Muhajir, an extremist preacher from Australia who is now one of Al Nusrah's most senior sharia officials, described Abu Muhammad al Fateh as a "dear friend and brother," adding that his killers are "filthy animals." Fateh was the "gem of Idlib," Sulayman says. Although Sulayman did not publicly identify Fateh's killers, the first reports of Fateh's death said that the Islamic State of Iraq and…
  • ISIS' 'Diyala Division' lauds foreign suicide bombers, including Dane

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's "Diyala Division" recently praised 26 suicide bombers, including 24 foreign fighters who conducted suicide attacks in the province of Diyala over the past several years. The ISIS' Diyala Division publicized the 26 bombers by posting photographs of them and a brief description of their attacks on its Twitter feed on April 12. The suicide bombers executed their attacks between September 2012 and March 2014, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which obtained the information. Of the 26 suicide bombers who were identified, the noms de guerre of 24 of…
  • Al Qaeda's general manager threatens America in video of large gathering

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    A video released by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in late March has garnered renewed attention in the media. The video, entitled "The First of the Heavy Rain," features two AQAP leaders, as well as lower-level fighters who escaped from a Yemeni prison in February 2014. Nasir al Wuhayshi, who is both the emir of AQAP and al Qaeda's overall general manager, is shown speaking to a gathering of more than 100 people. "O brothers, the Crusader enemy is still shuffling his papers, so we must remember that we are always fighting the biggest enemy, the leaders of disbelief, and we have to…
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    America's North Shore Journal

  • U.S. Navy Assists in Korean Search and Rescue Efforts

    Chuck Simmins
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:15 pm
    An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after conducting search and rescue operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam D. WainwrightSEOUL, Republic of Korea (NNS) — The U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is engaged in search and rescue operations, April 17, near the site of Korean passenger ship Sewol that sank near the island of Jindo off the southwestern coast of the Republic of Korea. The Bonhomme…
  • Dahla Dam project to bring water to S. Afghanistan

    Chuck Simmins
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:06 am
    It is estimated about two million people will be affected by a project being overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to raise the earthen Dahla Dam by 25 feet, boosting reservoir holding capacity and increasing water for irrigation and consumption. The reservoir was created with the 1952 completion of the U.S.-funded, dam on the Arghandab River in Helmand province. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Bill DowellArmy Corps of Engineers Story by William Dowell KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Water is essential for survival, and in southern Afghanistan, survival hinges on the 250-mile-long…
  • Navy’s Laser Weapon Ready for Gulf Deployment

    Chuck Simmins
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    U.S. Navy prototype laser weapon system due to be deployed in the summer of 2014 for at-sea testing.Office of Naval Research By Eric Beidel Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer. The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), will be installed on USS Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf, fulfilling plans announced by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert at the 2013 Sea-Air-Space Expo.“This is a revolutionary capability,” said Chief of…
  • Army veterinarians improve health and morale in Sinai

    Chuck Simmins
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    U.S. Army Capt. Ashley Hydrick, a veterinarian assigned to the Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt, interacts with Lucky- a playful dog on North Camp April 6. Hydrick and her team are responsible for ensuring the animals on the various camps and outpost along the Egyptian and Israeli border are provided for. Photo by Sgt. Thomas DuvalTask Force Sinai Story by Sgt. Thomas Duval Throughout history, animals have helped comfort war-torn Soldiers, eliminate the threat of IED’s with a single sniff, and have even brought peace in the midst of chaos. But when these four-legged sidekicks…
  • Sick infant safely rescued at sea

    Chuck Simmins
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    Post by 129th Rescue Wing.Coast GuardA family with a sick infant safely boarded a Navy frigate Sunday morning, April 6, 2014, as part of a rescue by Coast Guard, Air National Guard and Navy personnel approximately 900 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Vandgrift arrived on scene at 1 a.m. and in an abundance of caution waited until first light to commence the rescue. At approximately 8 a.m., Sailors aboard USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) brought the infant, three family members and four California Air National Guard pararescuemen aboard using the ship’s rigid hull inflatable boat.The…
 
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    Okinawa Hai

  • Nago Citizen Beach

    contributor
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY EMILY BUREK Clearly marked with a sign in English before your turn off of 58, Nago Citizen Beach is a nice place to stop off and relax. Whether you are looking for an all-day experience or just a bathroom break, this beach is great for everything. You do not need to arrive very early to get a spot on this beach, because it is very long and continues along a tree line. When my husband and I went on a Friday afternoon, the only other people there were a mother and her two children. They were so far away we couldn’t even hear them playing and laughing. If you do have children it…
  • Geocaching on Okinawa

    contributor
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    For those of you who are new(er) to the island and looking for some great outdoor activities to help you explore the island – alone OR with a group -geocaching might be a great activity to look into.  This ‘Out of the Archives’ post was originally published on Okinawa Hai on February 8, 2013. CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Need an adventure?  Want to discover places you never imagined?  Care to join a world-wide treasure hunt?  Then Geocaching is exactly what you require!  With around 700 Geocaches (and more being placed weekly) currently in Okinawa, you are in luck. In…
  • Motobu Park

    contributor
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN We have enjoyed our excursions throughout Okinawa and discovering finding the local parks. But I was amazed again when I was taken to Motobu Park. This park is sure to be an enriching experience for all of those that visit. The playgrounds are very multi-functional. From rock-walls, to walls with ropes to climb up, to a wide variety of monkey bars, there is sure to be something for everybody to learn how to do. This playground is built to test the abilities of children, so don’t be surprised if your child acquires a few bumps and bruises while playing! Mine…
  • Monoca Cafe

    contributor
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY KASSIE O’DRISCOLL Yesterday, I went to dinner with Kacey. It’s great because we’re both trying to eat our way through our cool Okinawa Cafe Book … don’t judge! Kacey is one step ahead of me because she has the updated version, which is great because we are always finding and picking new places to try! Last night was no exception and we found our way to Monoca, an adorable little cafe in Kitanakagusuku. Upon arriving, the owner and chef told me that they had a really busy lunch so they were opening late for dinner. The reason? They were going to…
  • Organic Okinawa: Volunteers Keeping Okinawa Beautiful

    contributor
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY IRWIN DULAN II Recently while strolling through Urasoe Dai Koen I came across a friendly elderly gentleman. Dressed in a smart exercise jumper he greeted me cordially. He had been walking the park path for over fifteen years. “The sound of the stream’s rushing water is so relaxing,” he glowed. “Isn’t it,” I agreed. “But as for the view…,” he paused. I followed his gaze. The stream was strewn with plastic bags, bottles, cans, and other debris. A few weeks prior my family had been involved in trying to start an Earthship project on the northern part of the…
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    Navy CyberSpace Blog

  • Navy Distinguished Visitor Program

    NCCM(Ret)
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    Over the years, Navy Recruiting Command has sponsored Educator Orientation Visits (EOV) to give educators around the country an opportunity to visit our Navy. The visits can include various training commands and even ship visits. Below is a description of one such trip written by a High School Principal in San Francisco — it is […]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 SRB Guidance as of 10APR2014

    NCCM(Ret)
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Below is the latest Selective Re-enlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update. Released April 10, 2014 via NAVADMIN 081/14. This is the first such update in more than a year. UNCLASSIFIED// ATTENTION INVITED TO ROUTINE R 101942Z APR 14 PSN 533135H20 FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS ***THIS IS A 5 […]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 Third Quarter FY 2014

    NCCM(Ret)
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:49 pm
    As a reminder, any rating and program for which you qualify may be available when you go to MEPS to enlist, but those ratings and programs I will be listing below are reflected in the incentive program for recruiting personnel message that was released today, specifically, the Admiral’s Accelerator Award. The ratings and programs listed […]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.
  • Funeral Honors

    NCCM(Ret)
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    The funeral honors for those who served in our military is guaranteed by Section 1491 of Title 10, United States Code. For those eligible, the Department of Defense shall provide the following: “(c) CEREMONY.—A funeral honors detail shall, at a minimum, perform at the funeral a ceremony that includes the folding of a United States […]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.
  • 2015 Projected Active Duty End-Strength

    NCCM(Ret)
    9 Mar 2014 | 10:57 pm
    For FY-2015, the projected United States Navy active duty end-strength according to the Department of the Navy budget estimates. With minor adjustments at the various paygrades, the total active duty strength projection remains consistent with the one made for 2014. Commissioned Officers 0-10 Admiral 9 0-9 Vice Admiral 37 0-8 Rear Admiral (UH) 70 0-7 […]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:

  • Three Drone Attacks target AQAP Terrorists in Yemen

    News Desk
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    A number of al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP) militants were killed when an air strike hit their training camp in The post Three Drone Attacks target AQAP Terrorists in Yemen appeared first on Defense Update:.
  • Japan’s stealth fighter demonstrator on schedule for first flight this Year

    News Desk
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Japan’s defense ministry’s Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI) is planning to unveil the country’s advanced technology demonstrator-experimental (ATD-X) plane within months; The post Japan’s stealth fighter demonstrator on schedule for first flight this Year appeared first on Defense Update:.
  • After NATO withdrawal Afghanistan could slide into a regional proxy conflict

    News Desk
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    With the political situation in Afghanistan in flux and international forces due to leave the country by the end of the year, The post After NATO withdrawal Afghanistan could slide into a regional proxy conflict appeared first on Defense Update:.
  • North Korean mini-Drones are Made in China

    News Desk
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
    According to ‘Alert 5‘ news blog, these drones are commercial off-the-shelf SKY-09P models made in China, by Taiyuan Navigation Technology. Based on The post North Korean mini-Drones are Made in China appeared first on Defense Update:.
  • GAO tells Air Force: Improve Service Conditions for Drone Pilots

    News Desk
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Since 2008 the US Air Force has more than tripled the number of its active-duty pilots flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) – The post GAO tells Air Force: Improve Service Conditions for Drone Pilots appeared first on Defense Update:.
 
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  • Three Drone Attacks target AQAP Terrorists in Yemen

    News Desk
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    A number of al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP) militants were killed when an air strike hit their training camp in The post Three Drone Attacks target AQAP Terrorists in Yemen appeared first on Defense Update:.
  • Japan’s stealth fighter demonstrator on schedule for first flight this Year

    News Desk
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Japan’s defense ministry’s Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI) is planning to unveil the country’s advanced technology demonstrator-experimental (ATD-X) plane within months; The post Japan’s stealth fighter demonstrator on schedule for first flight this Year appeared first on Defense Update:.
  • After NATO withdrawal Afghanistan could slide into a regional proxy conflict

    News Desk
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    With the political situation in Afghanistan in flux and international forces due to leave the country by the end of the year, The post After NATO withdrawal Afghanistan could slide into a regional proxy conflict appeared first on Defense Update:.
  • North Korean mini-Drones are Made in China

    News Desk
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
    According to ‘Alert 5‘ news blog, these drones are commercial off-the-shelf SKY-09P models made in China, by Taiyuan Navigation Technology. Based on The post North Korean mini-Drones are Made in China appeared first on Defense Update:.
  • GAO tells Air Force: Improve Service Conditions for Drone Pilots

    News Desk
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Since 2008 the US Air Force has more than tripled the number of its active-duty pilots flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) – The post GAO tells Air Force: Improve Service Conditions for Drone Pilots appeared first on Defense Update:.
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    Navy Reads

  • How WWII Began in China

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyThe Second World War in the Pacific did not begin on December 7, 1941 and it did not begin at Pearl Harbor.Of course, that's when and where the United States entered the war after that Day of Infamy, but infamous acts of aggression had already been launched against America's key Pacific ally -- China -- in the ten years leading up to the attack on U.S. military installations on Oahu."Forgotten Ally: China's World War II 1937-1945" by Rana Mitter presents the history of China in  those volatile years. The book outlines Chinese resistance against Imperial Japan's…
  • March Madness 2: Giants

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:37 pm
    by Bill DoughtyIt was 1968. I was on a Brookhurst Junior High School eighth grade field trip to the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles when Lew Alcindor walked by.From http://kareemabduljabbar.comMy buddies and I had been looking down, amazed by the huge roots of trees that broke apart the sidewalk, when a human tree walked past. Lew Alcindor, 7 feet and 2 inches tall, one of the greatest basketball players of all time.Lew Alcindor. My buddies and I stopped and stared, open-mouthed, wide-eyed. The future Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had a serious look on his face and a huge…
  • March Madness -- Coach Reads

    23 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    by Bill Doughty"Did I ever tell you about..."That's how Red Auerbach's "Let Me Tell You a Story" opens, with one chapter devoted to his years in the Navy during World War II. Auerbach, son of a Russian emigrant, joined in 1943.  Lt. j.g. Arnold "Red" Auerbach in WWII.He did physical training at Great Lakes and served in Norfolk alongside fellow Sailors Phil Rizzuto and Yogi Berra before being assigned as a rehabilitation officer at Bethesda Naval Hospital where, in addition to his other duties, he played and coached basketball.Auerbach was never assigned overseas. For a while he coached…
  • In Shadow of ... America's Longest Wars

    8 Mar 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyWomen and men of the Class of 2002 may think they are in the shadow of their grandparents -- "The Greatest Generation" who beat fascism, crushed nazism and crossed the Pacific to avenge Pearl Harbor and win the war in the Pacific in less than four years."In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America's Longest War" is a compilation by or about members of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2002. Put together with love and appreciation by Joshua Welle, John Ennis, Katherine Kranz and Graham Plaster -- and including a foreword by David…
  • Women Who Don't Wait / dot Complicated

    1 Mar 2014 | 10:28 am
    Review by Bill DoughtyIt's complicated (but doesn't have to be) according to authors Randi Zuckerberg and Reshma Saujani in their books from 2013.  Be authentic to "untangle our wired lives" and "break the mold, lead the way."Zuckerberg's "dot Complicated" is filled with ideas for achieving tech-life balance in the brave new world of super-smart phones, instant communication, hyper connectivity and changing definitions of privacy.Like a lot of business books, "dot Complicated" has personal anecdotes and easy-to-find highlighted lists. You'll see tips for achieving tech-life balance with…
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    Military Embedded Systems

  • Mercury Systems receives order for DSP modules for unmanned SAR applications

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
  • Google beats out Facebook, acquires Titan Aerospace

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
  • Press Release: High-Speed Digital Materials for Sequential Lamination Technology Gain Momentum

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    CHANDLER, Ariz. Isola Group S.à r.l., a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs), announced today that I-Speed has been endorsed by two leading companies as the laminate of choice for PCBs using sequential lamination technology, requiring high conductive anodic filament (“CAF”) reliability and improved, cost effective signal integrity. Today’s PCBs requiring sequential lamination are increasingly complex to fabricate. This manufacturing process is necessary when the design…
  • Press Release: Cybersecurity Gets a Boost from U.S. CyberPatriot VI Competition

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    PALO ALTO, Calif. — VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, congratulates the winners of the 2014 CyberPatriot – The National Youth Cyber Education Program, the premier national high school cyber defense competition, designed to give students hands-on exposure to the foundations of cybersecurity. The program was established by the Air Force Association (AFA) to motivate high school students to pursue careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Kaiserslautern High School DoDDS (KHS), a…
  • Press Release: Announcing DTA-9590, Tunable Ultra-Wideband RF Transceiver

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    DTA-9590, Tunable Ultra-Wideband RF Transceiver Announcing DTA-9590, Tunable Ultra-Wideband RF Transceiver Ottawa, Canada – D-TA Systems Inc., a leading manufacturer of sensor processing solutions for demanding applications, today announced DTA-9590, a 500 MHz to 18 GHz Tunable RF Transceiver with an operating BW of 500 MHz. Targeted for the Radar ELINT and Ultra-Wideband communications markets, DTA-9590 includes an RF down-converter with an instantaneous BW of 500 MHz, a 12-bit 1.8 GSPS ADC, Virtex 6 FPGA based programmable DDC, an optional 12-bit 4 GSPS DAC, two 10 Gigabit optical…
 
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    At War

  • Days of Tea and Honey: Memories of a Quiet Iraq

    By BLAKE J. RICE
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    A look back at a time when Marines thought Iraq had finally achieved a tentative peace and were able to take time to simply share a meal with elders.
  • Despite Doubts, a Vote Worth Casting

    By ALI M. LATIFI
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    An Afghan journalist recalls his conflicted feelings toward the nation's first peaceful, democratic transition of power.
  • We Were Just Laughing: Days With Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon

    By CARLOTTA GALL
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    A reporter who was recently with Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon of The Associated Press, longtime fellow chroniclers of events in Afghanistan, reflects on the attack on them and the changing environment in the country.
  • A Reporter Clutches Life After a Loss That Hits Home

    By HABIB ZAHORI
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Habib Zahori on losing his friend Sardar Ahmed, a journalist who was killed along with his wife and two of their three children in a Taliban attack on a hotel in Kabul.
  • A Blast and a Wedding

    By THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:40 am
    A Marine deployed twice to Afghanistan found himself fighting once more as a double amputee to reclaim a life of normalcy.
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    Fighter Country Partnership

  • AZ Humane Society & Petsmart’s Military Pet Foster Program

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

    Fighter Country
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers presented 56th Fighter Wing Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein with a special coin he called his own version of “Key to the City.”  Rothstein was one of several supporters who received the coin during Weiers’ State of the City address Feb. 27 at the Renaissance-Glendale Hotel. In the fall 2013 issue of VISIONS, in his commentary, Weiers commented on the importance of the F-35 coming to Luke. He said, “In addition to the massive economic effect on our community, the mission of the F-35 will have a lasting impact with the defense of our nation. This fighter has…
  • In case you missed the F-35 unveiling ceremony

    Fighter Country
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:57 pm
    On Friday, March 14, the first F-35 Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing was officially delivered during a ceremony at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Glendale, Ariz.  In case you missed this historical event, below is the video that was played during the ceremony. Enjoy! Video courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The post In case you missed the F-35 unveiling ceremony appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
  • How you can support our military families

    Fighter Country
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:45 am
    Ron Sites President and Executive Director Fighter Country Partnership This is usually the opportunity I take to educate our partners, supporters and community about the great programs, services and unique experiences we have brought to the airmen and their families at Luke AFB.  But this time, I will not explain the Financial Saves Expo, Fiesta Bowl Parade, 56th Fighter Wing Annual Awards Dinner, Luke AFB Spouses Dining-In Event or the 2nd Annual Dorm Dweller Holiday Party and their respective successful outcomes. What I will do is explain once again “how we make these amazing things…
  • Recap Video of F-35 Unveiling Ceremony at Luke AFB

    Fighter Country
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    Recap of the F-35 Unveiling Ceremony at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., on March 14, 2014. The F-35 fleet at Luke will train the next generation of pilots for the U.S. Air Force and many of our international partner countries. The post Recap Video of F-35 Unveiling Ceremony at Luke AFB appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
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    Mil-Tech

  • Crucial military satellite systems are vulnerable to hacking, experts say

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:09 am
    A range of crucial satellite systems manufactured by some of the world’s biggest government contractors contain severe vulnerabilities that could be exploited to disrupt military operations and flight-safety communications, researchers have warned.   Security consultancy IOActive says it has uncovered various vulnerabilities in software and ground-based satellite systems manufactured by British suppliers Cobham and Inmarsat. US firms Harris Corporation, Hughes and Iridium were also said to have produced vulnerable kit, alongside Thuraya, a UAE provider, and Japan Radio Company.  …
  • SES Broadband Services (SBBS) and Gilat Expand Consumer Ka-Band Services to Germany and Italy over SES’s ASTRA 2E Satellite

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    Luxembourg / Israel, April 16, 2014 - SES Broadband Services and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: GILT) today announced the expansion of consumer Ka-band services to Germany and Italy over SES’s ASTRA 2E satellite.   SBBS’s ISPs have recently started offering the satellite broadband service on Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c platform, providing up to 20 Mbit/s and Voice-over-IP services to private households and small businesses across Germany and Italy over SES’s ASTRA 2E satellite. The ASTRA 2E satellite, which entered into the commercial service in the orbital arc of 28.2 degrees…
  • Jabiru-1, Australia’s first commercial Ka-band satellite

    admin
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:31 am
    NewSat presents Jabiru-1, Australia’s first commercial Ka-band satellite, will deliver over 7.6 GHz of “new” capacity, providing high-powered Ka-band coverage to meet the growing demands from government and enterprise sectors across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.   “Raw” capacity, not managed services Jabiru-1 will provide enterprise and government customers with “raw” capacity, not managed services (megahertz, not megabits). The open architecture enables Jabiru-1 customers to have complete control over their own network implementation, rather than having to constrain…
  • Inmarsat iSatPhone 2

    admin
    24 Feb 2014 | 11:25 am
    The Inmarsat IsatPhone 2 is to be released in spring 2014. Pre-Order Now http://satphones.eu/en/satellite-phones/8354-isatphone-2.html
  • Iridium Pilot Land Station for Soldiers

    admin
    11 Feb 2014 | 6:27 am
    Iridium Communications Inc. has expanded the reach of its cost-effective Iridium OpenPort service to offer broadband communications to terrestrial users with the launch of Iridium Pilot Land Station.  For the first time, many remote individuals and soldiers in off-the-grid locations can obtain reliable Internet connections and voice calling no matter where they are located.  Iridium Pilot Land Station is an easy-to-install communications platform that makes connections where no other choice exists.   Iridium Pilot Land Station provides pole-to-pole coverage and broadband data speeds,…
 
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    Defense Media Network

  • Growth of Foreign Fighters in Syria “A Credible Threat”

    Steven Hoarn
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    As the United States was contemplating a military strike last year in response to President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against regime opposition forces, much of the debate centered on the composition of those opposition forces. During a Pentagon news conference on June 26, 2013, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Syria “a constant process of assessment.” On April 16, the U.S. military commander of the area of operations that includes Syria continued that process. “If you kind of look at the elements of the problem, there’s chemical weapons involved, there’s…
  • Canada Joins NATO Air-Policing Efforts In Response to Situation in Eastern Ukraine

    Steven Hoarn
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    The continuing escalation of the situation in eastern Ukraine has prompted NATO to solicit military assistance for its members to contain Russia. Over the next several months additional assets will be deployed in member nations that have gotten increasingly jittery over what they see as Russian aggression at their doorstep. Among those assets contributing to ongoing NATO air-policing efforts in eastern Europe will be six Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets. “Along with our NATO allies, we recognize the need to enhance security and stability in central and eastern Europe. To this end,…
  • F-100 Versus MiG-17: The Air Battle Nobody Told You About

    Robert F. Dorr
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of the great fighters of the Cold War and the Vietnam conflict was the North American F-100 Super Sabre, from the same planemaker who gave us Mitchells, Mustangs, and Sabres. When new, the “Hun” flew faster, higher, and farther than its predecessors. It set speed records. It flew more individual sorties in Vietnam than any other fighter. It guarded against Soviet attack in times of tension. In fact, the F-100 Super Sabre did almost everything a modern fighter could do – except shoot down an enemy aircraft. Incredibly, despite its decades on the cutting edge of combat…
  • Marine Corps Update: The Frugal Force Faces More Cuts

    J.R. Wilson
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    For the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) smallest component, personnel and budget issues have been historic challenges, but few could match the current “perfect storm” of greater-than-expected reductions in force, ever-tighter budgets, sequestration, furloughs, and a three-week government “shut down” to start the fiscal year. All this has been taking place while the Corps has been responding to the administration’s “Pacific pivot” – focusing less on Europe and the Middle East and more on Asia and the Pacific, where a dearth of land bases is placing greater emphasis on naval…
  • Hope for Veterans with Military Service-Induced Tinnitus

    Jeff Carroll
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    As confirmed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), tinnitus has become the No. 1 service-connected disability among veterans, surpassing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While hearing loss gets the lion’s share of attention from VA audiologists, tinnitus is a disability that affects more than 841,000 vets, compared to 710,000 with hearing loss. Because military service members are exposed to aircraft, loud equipment, and explosive noises in training and combat that can exceed 160 decibels, they can suffer permanent damage to the auditory system. One blast can leave soldiers with…
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • Planning a Trip to Disney Series 1 of 5

    armytankerswife
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    Want to take a quick trip to the Orlando area?   If your family includes big Harry Potter fans, you’ll likely want to include Universal Orlando on your trip, since that’s the home of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And if people in your family care more about seeing animals than going on rides, you’ll want to include SeaWorld, too. If you’re new to Disney World, and just getting a feel for the parks, I’d suggest spending a full day at each park and saving a few bucks by skipping the “park hopper” option. But adding it gives you enormous…
  • The Hurricane Golf Tour for kids

    armytankerswife
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    The Hurricane Tour is comprised of four components: the Junior Tour, the Collegiate Tour, the Amateur Tour, and the Tour Shop (online). Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the Hurricane Tour administers over 150 events all across the country. With three different tours, golfers of any age and skill level are provided an opportunity to play the game. The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (#HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb…
  • Spring Sports and Summer Fun is starting

    armytankerswife
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The number one solution for labeling your belongings! Remember to label all the clothing, sports equipment and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, and other places. Label Daddy labels keep your belongings from getting lost or mixed up with others. These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels — they’re washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels! . . . Pick from many colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel…
  • Spring wear for the little girls

    armytankerswife
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    Whenever I get a chance to have a few minutes, I always love to put together out fits for my kids, and I have a few favorite stores I love, love, love, the Children’s place, Target, Gap Kids and Kohls. I also like Justice for my ‘tween. You can always find adorable girls clothing at affordable prices. Between these stores girls clothes are the latest styles that girls love to wear. I love getting a deal too, at one of these stores you can save on girls’ everyday essentials, athletic wear, dresses and more. Just check out my blog post about the Spring collection I did at…
  • A new garment to trim and shape your body

    armytankerswife
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:58 am
    Have you ever wanted to shape your body where it trims your shape and makes it smooth? Well now there is a garment that will do that. Shapeez is a seamless shape wear solution company based in the USA and is made here in North America. The materials are made from a breathable moisture-wick microfiber that draws moisture away from the body to keep you dry and comfortable. They have several different types that you can choose from, such as the Ultimate, The Shortee, Tankee Long, Tankee Short and the The Lacee. Which one do you prefer? I like two the ultimate and shortee. The Ultimate is a…
 
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Trident Smartphone and iPad Cases

    CJ Grisham
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    About a month ago, Trident Case sent me a couple of their Made In The USA products to try out. And try them out I did. I received the Military Edition Cyclops Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 (sadly, the Marine Corps version, lol) and the Military Edition – Kraken A.M.S. case for Apple iPad 3 (approvingly, the Army version, lol). The first thing I noticed right off the bat were that these things were rugged and fit perfectly on both my iPad and my S4. There was no need to make the cases snap properly or put up with a small misalignment. As soon as I attached the Cyclops to my phone, I…
  • Incoming Comics – Target Shirt

    CJ Grisham
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

    CJ Grisham
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    On May 13, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Kyle J. White, a former active duty Army Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Sergeant White will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on November 9, 2007. Sergeant White will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He…
  • LONE SURVIVOR Arriving on Blu-ray & DVD on 6/3

    CJ Grisham
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    I’m so looking forward to this movie coming out. Looks like the Blu-Ray and DVD will be loaded with extra goodies. Universal City, California, April 14, 2014 – Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative face an impossible, moral decision in Lone Survivor, the intense, action-packed story of heroism, courage and survival, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on June 3, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Lone Survivor will also be available on Digital HD two weeks…
  • About the Fort Hood Soldiers Killed Last Week

    CJ Grisham
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    Fort Hood officials have released the names of three Soldiers who were killed during a shooting here April 2. Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Michael Ferguson, 39, whose home of record is listed as Mulberry, Fla., entered active-duty service in July 1993 as a transportation management coordinator. He was assigned to the 49th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control), 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), where he served as a transportation supervisor. Ferguson’s deployments include serving in Kuwait from January to August 2003 and from October 2004 to September 2005;…
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    The Duffel Blog

  • Navy SEALs Find Jesus

    G-Had
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    JERUSALEM – In a recent boost for Middle Eastern peace efforts, the Defense Department confirmed that a raid by Navy SEALs in the West Bank had killed known extremist agitator Isa Ibn Yusuf. The 35-year old resident was facing a federal indictment on several counts of supporting terrorism and had been accused of recruiting young men for a violent […]
  • Loud Vibrators Are Causing Soldier To Lose Sleep

    Dick Scuttlebutt
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    FORT POLK, La. — Staff Sgt. Tina Lang, an Explosive Ordnance team leader taking part in pre-deployment mass war-game training at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Ft. Polk, needs her sleep. But according to Lang, it is impossible to sleep over the racket of multiple vibrators in her sleeping quarters. “It has been this […]
  • Iraqi Freedom Veterans Hold Reunion In Baghdad, At Least 42 Killed

    Paul
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Note: This story was originally published in Al-Daffla Blog, a joint media venture between Duffel Blog and Al Jazeera. BAGHDAD, Iraq — Mourners have descended upon the Martyrs Mosque to pay their respects to more than 42 dead following a reunion of Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans on Thursday. The reunion event — which brought OIF […]
  • Troops Discover Soviet-Era Forces Hiding Out In Afghan Cave Network

    John "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" Mittle
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    WARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Special Forces soldiers conducting operations to rid Afghanistan’s notorious cave network of Taliban fighters were astounded to discover a platoon of Soviet-era forces who were left behind during the Cold War. “It’s amazing these guys are still alive after all these years,” remarked one solder. “Usually we shoot now and ask […]
  • REPORT: 2.6 Million Americans Traveled To Iraq, Afghanistan To Fight Guerilla Wars

    Duffel Blog Staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    NEW YORK — Nearly three million Americans joined jihadist conflicts in the Middle East over the past decade, according to a massive joint investigation conducted by The Huffington Post, Salon and The New York Times. Traveling in large groups by plane and even by boat, extremist groups have apparently infiltrated various cities and provinces in […]
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • 1er REG: Hannibal exercise

    admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    On April 9, the 6th Light Armoured Brigade (6e BLB, composed of three Legion regiments and two “regular” regiments) participating in the Hannibal exercise. Its title refers to the well-known Punic Carthaginian military commander, who crossed the Pyrenees and the Alps into northern Italy during the Second Punic War. During that march, Hannibal crossed also […]
  • French Foreign Legion Operations – March 2014

    admin
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The Foreign Legion has always some of its units deployed outside of France. See the French Foreign Legion operations in March 2014. MALI 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG) a NEDEX group (explosive neutralisation) 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG) a team of the Intelligence and offensive action platoon (Section de renseignement et d’intervention offensive, […]
  • 2e REG: Young legionnaires becoming military skiers

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    During February and March of 2014, young legionnaires arriving to the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG), a mountain warfare regiment of the Foreign Legion, were participating in the course of basic mountain military skills to obtain the Military Skier Certificate (Brevet de Skieur Militaire, BSM) and its badge. The basic mountain warfare training for […]
  • 2e REI: Border Storm exercise in England

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    At the end of March 2014, legionnaires from the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) of the Foreign Legion, were taking part in the Border Storm exercise on the Otterburn Training Area in Northumberland of Northern England. The Otterburn Training Area is the largest firing range of the United Kingdom. The 3rd Company of 2e […]
  • 1er REC: Dissolution of a squadron

    admin
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:34 am
    Last week, on March 22, a military ceremony took part in the headquarters of the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC) of the Foreign Legion, to salute the flag of the 5th Squadron, for the last time in its history. The sqadron has been disbanded since March 2014, due to the reorganization of the French […]
 
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    Texas Veterans Blog

  • Free Film Screening for Veterans & Military Members at IMAX in Austin

    Anne Evenson
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Join the Bullock Texas State History Museum for a special screening of D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 on Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. The film brings the monumental landing of Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy, France, to the biggest screen in Texas for the 70th anniversary of this pivotal World War II event. Blending animation, [...]
  • Local Korean War Veteran Honored with Flight to D.C.

    Anne Evenson
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    A resident of the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home in Temple will be taken on an all-expenses-paid flight Friday and Saturday to honor his brothers in arms. The non-profit group Honor Flight Austin will provide a round-trip flight and motorcade escort for longtime Army veteran, Sgt. 1st Class Lawson Beard, a former resident of [...]
  • The Texas Economy & Housing Market

    Anne Evenson
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    “Over the past year, Texas added jobs in all of the 11 major industries, including professional and business services, trade, transportation and utilities, leisure and hospitality, education and health services, construction, mining and logging, government, financial activities, information, other services, and manufacturing,” says Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. “The Texas unemployment rate was [...]
  • Benefits for Veterans Who Are Buying Homes in Texas

    Anne Evenson
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    In 1983, the Texas Legislature created the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) Veterans Housing Assistance Program (VHAP) to assist Texas veterans in purchasing a home. The main goal of this program is to help Texas veterans and their families save money on their home mortgages and here are some of the ways the VLB and other organizations help [...]
  • Staff Members at State Veterans Home Receive CARES Certification

    Anne Evenson
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:14 am
    Some reinforcements have arrived for the 1,300 Texans who care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Thirty-nine staff members of the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home in Temple were honored as graduates of the CARES dementia certification program on February 21. The program is provided by HealthCare Interactive, a company which [...]
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    World Traveling Military Family

  • Eiscafe Dolomiti – Eating Eis in Germany

    Mrs B
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    So everyone here has been raving about eating Eis (ice cream) at Eiscafe Dolomiti in Speicher so we had to go try it out. They even offer ‘spaghetti’ ice cream that looks like spaghetti noodles. It’s located at Bahnhofstrasse 3 in Speicher right before City Grill. Just look for the blue sign, there is also [...] The post Eiscafe Dolomiti – Eating Eis in Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Our German Home

    Mrs B
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I know, I know…many of you have been waiting on pins & needles to see pics of our German home! I mean it only took us 2.5 months to find and 3 months to move in after our arrival here in Germany. I know curiosity abounds as to what house we got that we finally [...] The post Our German Home appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Manderscheid Castles

    Mrs B
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    A couple weekends ago we decided to go check out the Manderscheid Castle ruins, it is side-by-side ruins of two castles that were owned by a family. (The link is to a page that is in German, use Google Chrome to view and it will translate it for you) It’s only about 25 minutes from [...] The post Manderscheid Castles appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Phantasialand in Bruhl, Germany

    Mrs B
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Phantaisaland is an amusement park in Bruhl, Germany which is just outside of Cologne, Germany. It’s about 1.5 hours from Spangdahlem AB. It’s a neat park with themed areas; China Town, Mexico, Mystery, Fantasy, Africa, & Berlin. There are attractions, shows, food & shops in each area and are themed to that area. Our favorite [...] The post Phantasialand in Bruhl, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Must Have 220V Items for Living in Germany!

    Mrs B
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As you may know living in Germany presents some unique challenges for those of us who are living off base, such as having 220v outlets instead of the US 110v ones. Here is my list of my Must Have 220v Items for living in Germany, it may not be as many as your thinking…I’ve also [...] The post Must Have 220V Items for Living in Germany! appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • Planning a Trip to Disney Series 1 of 5

    armytankerswife
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    Want to take a quick trip to the Orlando area?   If your family includes big Harry Potter fans, you’ll likely want to include Universal Orlando on your trip, since that’s the home of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And if people in your family care more about seeing animals than going on rides, you’ll want to include SeaWorld, too. If you’re new to Disney World, and just getting a feel for the parks, I’d suggest spending a full day at each park and saving a few bucks by skipping the “park hopper” option. But adding it gives you enormous…
  • The Hurricane Golf Tour for kids

    armytankerswife
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    The Hurricane Tour is comprised of four components: the Junior Tour, the Collegiate Tour, the Amateur Tour, and the Tour Shop (online). Based out of Jacksonville, FL, the Hurricane Tour administers over 150 events all across the country. With three different tours, golfers of any age and skill level are provided an opportunity to play the game. The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (#HJGT) was founded in 2008 with the intention of providing junior golfers between the ages of 11-18 an opportunity to play exceptional courses in a competitive environment. The tour’s vision is to provide superb…
  • Spring Sports and Summer Fun is starting

    armytankerswife
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The number one solution for labeling your belongings! Remember to label all the clothing, sports equipment and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, and other places. Label Daddy labels keep your belongings from getting lost or mixed up with others. These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels — they’re washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels! . . . Pick from many colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel…
  • Spring wear for the little girls

    armytankerswife
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    Whenever I get a chance to have a few minutes, I always love to put together out fits for my kids, and I have a few favorite stores I love, love, love, the Children’s place, Target, Gap Kids and Kohls. I also like Justice for my ‘tween. You can always find adorable girls clothing at affordable prices. Between these stores girls clothes are the latest styles that girls love to wear. I love getting a deal too, at one of these stores you can save on girls’ everyday essentials, athletic wear, dresses and more. Just check out my blog post about the Spring collection I did at…
  • A new garment to trim and shape your body

    armytankerswife
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:58 am
    Have you ever wanted to shape your body where it trims your shape and makes it smooth? Well now there is a garment that will do that. Shapeez is a seamless shape wear solution company based in the USA and is made here in North America. The materials are made from a breathable moisture-wick microfiber that draws moisture away from the body to keep you dry and comfortable. They have several different types that you can choose from, such as the Ultimate, The Shortee, Tankee Long, Tankee Short and the The Lacee. Which one do you prefer? I like two the ultimate and shortee. The Ultimate is a…
 
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    Vision Strike Wear Military Blog

  • Let’s Talk Battle Rattle Custom Military Designs!

    Sarge Strike
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
      To begin with what is Battle Rattle? In a roundabout way it can be described as unique experience in custom shirt design, specifically military, where a customer can locate and find a military shirt or some form of military apparel, then select from different drop down menu options and watch their custom military item change right in front of their own eyes. Where does this unique experience of designing your own Battle Rattle shirt come from? When US soldiers gear up for missions they select the right equipment, the right weapons and then they set out accomplish their military objective.
  • Liquid Metal Signs Released At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com!

    Sarge Strike
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Vulcan at the base of his volcano pounds endlessly with his gargantuan hammer leaving precise cuts and grooves in his liquid metal sign. His skills have transcended the ages and it is only with his fiery might and magic poured in does he accomplish the greatest of metallic arts and produces the most amazing of hand crafted metal signs. But in all reality we do not need Vulcan, the Bat phone doesn’t have to ring, a phone booth and red cape aren’t needed, some highly secretive location where metal sign artisans pound cold roll steel into works of art. What is needed. Raw talent.
  • Oregon Startup’s Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

    Webmaster Matt
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    On the battlefield, emergency trauma treatments can be difficult and painful. Field Medics stuff gauze directly into a wound to stop bleeding coming from an artery. The process is agonizing and after three minutes, if the bleeding continues they must remove all the gauze and do the treatment again for it to be effective. It is so painful that they always ensure they disarm the patient before starting so that the patient does not try to defend themselves to stop the pain. (source: PopSci.com) Even with immediate field treatment, many soldiers still bleed to death. Hemorrhaging is a leading…
  • MPG Test Post

    Webmaster Matt
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Testing the MPG category in the blog. The post MPG Test Post appeared first on Vision Strike Wear Military Blog.
  • Military Decals Built To Last Or Are They?

    Sarge Strike
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:24 pm
    When it comes to military stickers and military decals the first question often asked is will they last? By lasting one often means will they survive outdoors? Will it adhere to the surface of my car, truck, ATV, boat or even my laptop computer? Is the military decal able to survive direct sunlight and is it resistant or will it whither and fade?   What are the critical things to note before purchasing a military decal? Size Color Shape Material Size How do you determine the size you need of if the military decal you are ordering is the correct size. Most companies that offer military…
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