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  • Marines Remember Falluja, 10 Years Later

    At War
    By Thomas James Brennan
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    On Nov. 6, 2004, NATO forces launched an assault on Falluja, a city north of Baghdad that had become a magnet for Sunni insurgent forces, and the resulting battle was one of the bloodiest for American forces since Vietnam. Thomas James Brennan fought there with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment; he and other veterans of the assault say that their memories of Falluja will never leave them.
  • Sisi's Army

    #Iraq
    Zeyad Kasem
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
    The (once professional) Egyptian army under the reign of pharaoh Sisi boy demonstrating their battlefield skills.  Expect a swift crumbling of this Arab army too not so far in the future. ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ
  • Pope calls for Muslim opposition to Islamic State in Turkey

    Stars and Stripes News
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Pope Francis is visiting Turkey at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group as its fighters grab chunks of Syria and Iraq across Turkey's southern border.
  • Accepting follow-on forces the Wolf Pack way

    Pacific Air Forces Top Stories
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
  • The World’s First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected

    WIRED » Danger Room
    Brendan I. Koerner
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    How the world's first real computer, the ENIAC, was restored by an unlikely group of conservationists—all thanks to Ross Perot. The post The World’s First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected appeared first on WIRED.
 
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  • The World’s First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected

    Brendan I. Koerner
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    How the world's first real computer, the ENIAC, was restored by an unlikely group of conservationists—all thanks to Ross Perot. The post The World’s First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected appeared first on WIRED.
  • This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee

    Jordan Golson
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    The DoD is looking for a new Humvee, and Oshkosh has got a potential replacement. The post This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships

    Jordan Golson
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Navy ships are at their most vulnerable when they’re resupplying in port or navigating narrow straits or rivers because they’re tricky to maneuver in tight quarters and vulnerable to attack. The attack 14 years ago on the USS Cole as it refueled while berthed in Yemen, an attack that killed 17 American sailors and reiterated […] The post The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships appeared first on WIRED.
  • WWI Zeppelins: Not Too Deadly, But Scary as Hell

    Jordan Golson
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Airships were decent for surveillance, no good for bombing, and great for scaring the hell out of people. The post WWI Zeppelins: Not Too Deadly, But Scary as Hell appeared first on WIRED.
  • Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland

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

    Twins21
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Hello I'm new to this website but very excited to get information from everyone who has gone or is going through someone they love leaving for the Navy. I have so many questions but the one I would really like to know is my son leaves November 23,2014 for Boot Camp can anyone tell me will they do a Thanksgiving Dinner?? Also what will occur during the Holidays since he won't graduate till after the first of the year I assume. Any feed back is very appreciated. Also once he goest to the A school at GL I understand he can have blankets etc.?
  • no letter about his address yet!

    Julie-Jake
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    My son went to Great Lakes on Nov. 6.  I got the "box" but no letter in it.  So sad.  What does this mean??
  • My daughter left on November 5th

    Kaila's mom
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    My daughter left on November 5th for boot camp.  She was so excited to go because she had never been on a plane.  We text back and forth up until she reported to boot camp. It made me feel better to hear the excitement and confidence  in her voice, I know she made the right choice!  I am still waiting on her package they send home and the information on graduation ceremonies. I worry about her as all moms do and it's the not knowing that driving me crazy.  
  • letters

    mynavyman
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I've read alot of different things about writing letters and the recruits being able to write. So I was wondering if anyone knew for such. Are the recruits only able to write on Sundays? And do they receive mail everyday? And when they get mail can they read it when they get it?
  • Delivering the Holidays to Diplomatic and Military Service Members Worldwide

    Denise-- Seabee Mom
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, send cards and packages to military APO/FPO/ DPO addresses overseas no later than the mailing dates listed below. Military Mail Addressed To Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS) 1 First-Class Mail —Letters and Cards PriorityMail Parcel Air Lift (PAL) 2 Space Available Mail (SAM) 3 StandardPost APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092 Dec 17 Dec 10 Dec 10 Dec 3 Nov 26 Nov 8 APO/FPO AE ZIP 093 N/A Dec 3 Dec 3 Dec 3 Nov 26 Nov 8 APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098 Dec 17 Dec 10 Dec 10 Dec 3 Nov 26 Nov 8 APO/FPO AA ZIP 340 Dec 17 Dec 10 Dec 10 Dec 3 Nov 26…
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  • Thanksgiving 2014

    LTCOL P
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:47 am
    Happy Thanksgiving to all, especially those who have to put the tray down and grab the binos… (Lifted from FB.)
  • Draftee Retires After Forty-Two Years

    LTCOL P
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    This is a great story. We salute you, sir. Well done.
  • Finland Walks the Line: “They Were Testing How We’d React…”

    LTCOL P
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The WaPo interviewed Finland’s President and Foreign Minister recently, and the discussion is one of the most diplomatic yet frank and realistic exchanges I have read in some time. I recommend the whole thing to you, especially the clear assertion– devoid of posturing– that Finland can and will stand up for herself, and an implied admission that despite her neutrality she is not averse to cooperation with NATO. And yet, always the balanced realism of life as the nextdoor neighbor to The Bear.
  • “Did You Kill Anybody While You Were in the Military?”

    LTCOL P
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    Courtesy of Mike B ’73, a piece on the “Complexity of Student Vets” from Inside Higher Education. … The question is one that young veterans on college campuses routinely face, McBain said Friday during a presentation on student veterans at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education here. Read and comment, if you would, please.
  • With National Security in near ruins, Obama finally listens to GOP

    DaveO
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Buttercup has been fired. This may be the only good news. The POTUS always triples down with anti-war and/or left of left politicians. Is tax-dodger John Kerry next?
 
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  • New Book: ADV: DJ, Doura, and Arab Jabour

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    A Different View: DJ, Doura, and Arab Jabour is now published, and can be purcased at CreateSpace (an Amazon company). You can also get it on Amazon proper and Kindle . I will note that the Kindle version has a bunch of blank pages added in odd spots, but it's a small price to pay to have the photos actually show up as I wanted. I want to thank former Playboy staff photographer (and amazing mentor) David Mecey (warning: link may or may not be work safe) for the foreword, and author Sarah A. Hoyt for her incredible introduction. Below are some cover/promo blurbs you may enjoy: “Blake Powers…
  • Free Fire Zone- China hacks our Power Grid

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:44 am
    NSA Director ADM Mike Rogers said China could take out the US electrical grid. At a hearing of the House intelligence committee, Rogers said U.S. adversaries are performing electronic "reconnaissance" on a regular basis so that they can be in a position to disrupt the industrial control systems that run everything from chemical facilities to water treatment plants. "All of that leads me to believe it is only a matter of when, not if, we are going to see something dramatic," he said. If this doesn't give you a chill, you are not paying enough attention. Our country would start to deteriorate…
  • Book Review - "Woman With a Gun" by Phillip Margolin

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews by clicking on the Books category link on the right side bar. Woman With A Gun, the latest by New York Times Bestselling author Phillip Margolin is a very unique crime novel. What inspired this riveting thriller is the photograph seen on the cover of the book, which works as the focal point for this mystery. This book is really a story within a story as Margolin takes his personal experience and transfers it to Stacey Kim. She wants to become a writer and sees this…
  • Book Review - "The Burning Room" by Michael Connelly

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews by clicking on the Books category link on the right side bar. Harry Bosch is back with Michael Connelly’s novel, The Burning Room. Readers will not be disappointed in this thrilling story that has Bosch at the twilight of his LAPD career mentoring a “mod squad” cop, full of ambition, vim, and vigor. As with his previous novels Connelly has Bosch being the victim’s advocate and always thinking “Everybody counts or nobody counts.” This book differs a bit in…
  • "The Notebook" - Starring Tim Kennedy and Mat Best

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    The latest from the guys at Ranger Up (Timmay!) - with a special guest, Mat Best of Article 15 Clothing.
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    Defense Tech

  • Pakistan in Talks to Buy China’s FC-31 Stealth Fighter

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Pakistani officials have reportedly begun talks with their Chinese counterparts to buy the FC-31 stealth fighter jet, according to a news report.Pakistani Defense Production Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain confirmed the discussions were underway, according to an article published by Asia News International, a news agency based in Delhi, India.The fourth-generation aircraft was unveiled earlier this month at the biennial Zhuhai Air Show. It was the event’s star attraction, marking the first time Chinese authorities allowed a plane that was still in development to be displayed to the public.The…
  • F-35Bs No Louder than F/A-18 Super Hornets

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Residents who live near bases where F-35s are stationed appealed to the Pentagon saying they feared the F-35 would be too loud and disturb neighborhoods.However, the Joint Strike Fighter program office released results on Oct.31 that found the F-35B is no louder than the F/A-18. The tests results were released ahead of the beginning of training for F-35B pilots at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina.The tests were done in 2013 at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Testers found that the takeoff noise made by the Marine Corps variant of the F-35 is only two decibels higher than…
  • Video: Look Inside LCS 3 USS Fort Worth Before its Deployment

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    A Military.com reporter and videographer went aboard the USS Forth Worth, also known as Littoral Combat Ship 3, ahead of its deployment to the Pacific to learn about the ship and get a taste of everyday life aboard.Capt. Ken Bridgewater, commanding officer of the Fort Worth, offered a first hand walking tour of the inside of the ship before it’s deployed 16 months, mostly out to Singapore. Video link.
  • Pentagon Satellites to Persistently Stare at Targets in 10 Years

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Over the next decade, the Pentagon plans to launch satellites that offer a revolutionary leap in surveillance technology by persistently staring at targets from space for long periods of time, an official said.Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers gave the estimate at a defense conference this week in Washington, D.C.The Defense Department is at a “pivotal moment for intelligence” due to the rapid technological and geopolitical change underway throughout the world, he said. Adapting to the environment requires both short– and long-term investments, he said.“In…
  • Navy Plans for Fighter to Replace the F/A-18 Hornet in 2030s

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:06 pm
    The Navy is beginning to work on a a next-generation carrier-launched fighter jet to replace the existing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Growler aircraft by 2030 and supplement the F-35C the Pentagon is still developing, service officials said.The Navy effort, called the F/A-XX study, includes early work on the desired technological capabilities for the new aircraft. The idea is to have a new aircraft ready and producible by the time existing F/A-18s reach their end-of-service dates. Navy officials emphasize that the early work is in the very early stages and purely a conceptual effort to explore…
 
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    #Iraq

  • Sisi's Army

    Zeyad Kasem
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
    The (once professional) Egyptian army under the reign of pharaoh Sisi boy demonstrating their battlefield skills.  Expect a swift crumbling of this Arab army too not so far in the future. ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ
  • Sunni vs. Shi’ite: Why the U.S. plan to save Iraq is doomed to fail

    Zeyad Kasem
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    A kool blog post from some former US State Department official in #Iraq, detailing Uncle Sammy's pipe dreams. Some empires never learn their lessons, I guess. ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Present Iraq strategy delays, at great cost — in every definition of that word — the necessary long-term tristate solution. It is time to hasten it. The United States must use its influence with the Shi’ites to
  • 23 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am

    Zeyad Kasem
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Those 'moderate' Syrian rebels. LeL. Keep those airstrikes coming, Uncle Sammy. ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Fighters from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamic military groups are joining forces with Isis, which has gained control of swaths of Syria and Iraq and has beheaded six western hostages in the past few months.  Some brigades have transferred their allegiance to Isis, while others
  • 23 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am

    Zeyad Kasem
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    Crooks and war pigs on both sides of the ocean rubbing their hands gleefully at the prospect of fresh arms deals to line up their pockets. One day you'll be forced to choke yourself on all that blood money, when it's worthless. ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Congress has approved several batches of arms sales to Iraq. The U.S. delivered the first batch of 140 refurbished Abrams tanks in 2012 in a
  • Sinai Wilayet operations

    Zeyad Kasem
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ ٍSawlat al-Ansar, full video of rebel operations in the Sinai Wilayet against Sisi's army http://t.co/nqe2Idw672 فيديو صولة الانصار في سيناء — ☡eyad Kasem ☝☪ زياد (@ZeyadKasim) November 17, 2014
 
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    Federation Of American Scientists » Secrecy News Blog Posts

  • NARA Backs Away from CIA Email Destruction Proposal

    Steven Aftergood
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    The National Archives and Records Administration told the Central Intelligence Agency last week that it was withholding approval of a CIA proposal to allow the destruction of the email records of all but 22 senior Agency officials. “NARA intends to reassess the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) proposal for the disposition of non-senior email accounts,” wrote Paul M. Wester, Jr., Chief Records Officer at NARA in a November 20 letter to Joseph Lambert, Director of Information Management Services at CIA. “Based on comments from Members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on…
  • DoD Updates Doctrine on “Detainee Operations”

    Steven Aftergood
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    When it comes to Department of Defense doctrine on military treatment of detained persons, “unlawful enemy combatants” are a thing of the past. That term has been retired and replaced by “unprivileged enemy belligerents” in a new revision of Joint Publication 3-13 on Detainee Operations, dated November 13, 2014. Among other changes, the revised Publication adopts Article 75 of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions which provide minimum standards for humane treatment of detained persons. It also presents expanded discussion of biometric capabilities…
  • Some State Secrets Cases Are a Secret, Govt Says

    Steven Aftergood
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    The government has occasionally invoked the state secrets privilege in a legal proceeding without ever publicly revealing that it had done so, government attorneys disclosed in a pending state secrets case this week. Last September, observers were surprised when the government intervened and asserted the state secrets privilege in a private defamation lawsuit brought by Greek businessman Victor Restis against the anti-Iran advocacy organization United Against Nuclear Iran. (“Private Lawsuit Jeopardizes State Secrets, US Says,” Secrecy News, September 14).  When the government…
  • Internships in the Federal Government, and More from CRS

    Steven Aftergood
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    New products from the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News include the following. Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015: Provisions, Status, Intelligence Community Framework, November 20, 2014 U.S. Family-Based Immigration Policy, November 19, 2014 Yemen: Background and U.S. Relations, November 19, 2014 Natural Gas for Cars and Trucks: Options and Challenges, November 19, 2014 State Minimum Wages: An Overview, November 18, 2014 Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange: Legislative History, Litigation, and Current Issues, November 18, 2014 Internships,…
  • Rep. Moran Urges Presidential Pardon for John Kiriakou

    Steven Aftergood
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    Rep. James P. Moran this week called on President Obama to pardon John Kiriakou, the former CIA officer who was convicted of disclosing the name of an undercover intelligence officer and who is currently serving a prison sentence in the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania. “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to ask for a Presidential pardon for John Kiriakou,” said Rep. Moran (D-VA), who is retiring from Congress, in a statement entered in the Congressional Record. “Mr. Kiriakou is an American hero.” “John Kiriakou is a whistleblower, as well. The…
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  • Thanksgiving 2014

    Joe Katzman
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    It’s that time of year again. For those of you celebrating American Thanksgiving: if you’re deep-frying your turkey (otherwise known as “doing it right”), be safe. Hundreds of years ago, boiling oil was a weapon we would have covered. Treat it accordingly. Common tips include making 100% sure that adding the turkey to the oil will not cause an overflow or near-overflow. The turkey has displacement, and on top of that, oil will boil up a bit when the moisture of the turkey skin hits it. So test displacement first to figure out the fill line, then make sure the bird is…
  • Leaked FAA Draft Rules Would Curtail Commercial UAV Potential

    Olivier Travers
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    According to the WSJ the FAA plans to introduce rules that will drastically limit practical use of commercial UAVs in the US. For one, drone operators would have to be certified pilots of manned aircraft. Chuck Hagel may not have been the most decisive or effective US defense secretary in history, but there seems to be a broad consensus that he was operating under the the White House thumb: WaPo | NYT | WSJ/Brookings | National Interest/AEI | UT San Diego. Gregory J. Hayes, so far CFO at UTC, has replaced Louis R. Chenevert as the company’s CEO. Bloomberg points to growth challenges…
  • Procurement Nadir: India’s Murky, Messed-Up Howitzer Competitions

    Joe Katzman
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    FH-77Bs, Kargil War(click to view full) India has marked over $4 billion worth of artillery projects to purchase several hundred new 155mm howitzers. They are intended to supplement India’s dwindling artillery stocks, while out-ranging and out-shooting Pakistan’s self-propelled M109 155mm guns. It seemed simple enough, and in the main towed artillery competition, BAE Systems Bofors had been competing against systems from Israel’s Soltam and Denel of South Africa. Unfortunately, India’s 2 towed howitzer competitions, and its 2 self-propelled artillery procurements, have…
  • JDAM: A GPS-INS Add-on Adds Accuracy to Airstrikes

    Joe Katzman
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    B-2 drops JDAM(click to view full) Precision bombing has been a significant military goal since the invention of the Norden bomb sight in the 1920s, but its application remained elusive. Over 30 years later, in Vietnam, the destruction of a single target could require 300 bombs, which meant sending an appropriate number of fighters or bombers into harm’s way to deliver them. Even the 1991 Desert Storm war with Iraq featured unguided munitions for the most part. The USAF some laser and TV-guided weapons like Paveway bombs and Maverick missiles, but they were very expensive, and only…
  • Korean Air Refueling: Competition In Flight

    Joe Katzman
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    KAL A330-200(click to view full) South Korea is moving to buy 4 long-range aerial refueling tankers with secondary transport capabilities, with a budget of WON 2 billion (about $1.8 billion). That capability isn’t a huge priority on the Korean peninsula itself, but it’s very useful for international operations. It’s useful as a way of projecting regional power, as territorial disputes flare with China. As Asian economies grow and militaries modernize, these factors have made long-range aerial refueling a growing regional priority. China, India, Pakistan and China deploy the…
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    Miserable Donuts

  • Now it feels like Veteran's Day

    LTC John
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Last year, if you had handed me a new uniform and said "out of the Retired Reserve for you, you are back in", I would have been able (I think) to do it pretty seamlessly.  Today, I thought about the same thing and it would be much more a struggle. I have lost something - some edge or such.It maybe feeling my age in my knees, the rainy and unpleasant day outside - but I sure feel more like a Veteran than a Soldier, today.
  • Hooked on Dutch Pop

    LTC John
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Niels Littooij (AKA Nielson) has caught my imagination. His song "Kop in Het Zand" (Head in the Sand) is my favorite:The whimsical animation aside, it is a semi-serious song....and I like it!
  • Dank u, Nederland!

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

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

    LTC John
    26 May 2014 | 12:15 pm
     Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin IL - Memorial Day 2014 observances
 
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    The Captain's Journal

  • Opinions On Single Point Slings

    Herschel Smith
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Mountain Guerrilla: Single-points have been popular for a long time, and I’ve been a fan. I ran one for a long time. I think the biggest selling point for single-point slings, for most people, is the cool-guy CDI (chicks dig it) factor. Guys see Chris Costa, or Travis Haley, or Kyle Defoor running them, and want one. The reality is, I HATE single-point slings. Every time I drop the gun, whether to transition to my sidearm (doesn’t happen nearly as often as a lot of training courses make it seem like does), or to go hands-on with someone, the f****** rifle nails me in the nuts. Kyle Lamb,…
  • Happy Thanksgiving 2014

    Herschel Smith
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:52 pm
    I’m late with this wish because of connectivity problems.  But I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving. I know that I am thankful for so many things – family, health, work, sustenance, and all good things which come from God – but most of all that He loves me and is my savior.
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:47 pm
    David Codrea: Time was, the turkey was considered a game bird. The Pilgrims at Plymouth feasted on them. Generations later, Ben Franklin considered it such a useful fowl that he nominated it for the national bird. Of course, this was in the days when the right to bear arms was taken for granted, when free people hunted turkeys for sustenance, all the while honing marksmanship that would serve them well in time of need. Fast-forward to present-day Boston, a place of sacred tradition, the literal forge for our heritage of individual liberty. Except Boston is now a place where traditions have…
  • Don’t Shoot Crappy Guns Or Ammunition

    Herschel Smith
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Opposing Views: An unidentified woman pulled the trigger on her rifle and witnessed the gun explode in her hands in video footage uploaded to LiveLeak over the weekend. Although the woman appeared to be unharmed, her exact condition is not known. The location of the incident is also unknown. ConcealedNation.org, a website focused on firearms, suggested a reason for the explosion, since the woman in the video seemed entirely surprised by the accident. “It seems that she experienced a squib load on the 2nd to last shot. While she cleared the casing from the rifle, she did not check for barrel…
  • The Link Between Mental Health And Gun Violence

    Herschel Smith
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I’ve previously cataloged mental health professionals and their reaction to the notion that their patients perpetrate violence more frequently than others. Clinicians treating patients hear their fears, anger, sadness, fantasies and hopes, in a protected space of privacy and confidentiality, which is guaranteed by federal and state laws. Mental health professionals are legally obligated to break this confidentiality when a patient “threatens violence to self or others.” But clinicians rarely report unless the threat is immediate, clear and overt. Mental health professionals…
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    The Word of Fiat

  • Fiat Punto Headlight Bulb

    Steve
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    There are certainly some distinctive-looking panel vans out there at the fiat punto headlight bulb as the fiat punto headlight bulb and 1.4-litre petrol engine, Fiat has installed its acclaimed 75bhp 1.3-litre diesel or the fiat punto headlight bulb and then I got to the 1.9-litre Multijet diesel powerplant was a diesel - albeit a very thorough revision of the fiat punto headlight bulb a model from the fiat punto headlight bulb a fundamental breakthrough in air mass control and highlights that further advances in performance emissions and economy will be made as other technologies like direct…
  • Fiat Doblo 1.3 Multijet

    Steve
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    Despite the fiat doblo 1.3 multijet of van-based MPVs over the fiat doblo 1.3 multijet or so, many doting parents would still wilt at the fiat doblo 1.3 multijet of the fiat doblo 1.3 multijet and the fiat doblo 1.3 multijet. The stereo system merits a mention as it's MP3 compatible, comes with a whole heap of practicality. If you saw that appearing in your rear view mirror, you'd be forgiven for thinking a Maserati Coupe had sliced through the fiat doblo 1.3 multijet and the fiat doblo 1.3 multijet an engine calibration that is much more fuel efficient, with Rinspeed quoting an improvement…
  • Fiat Forum Repair

    Steve
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    Many suspected that Chrysler would be the fiat forum repair of engines, with the fiat forum repair and black - and the body gets two unique colours - brilliant red and yellow crest and lone scorpion of Abarth. This is clearly a Fiat 500 but, at the fiat forum repair a handicap. Yes it provides extra grip on slipper road surfaces and can endow the car - the fiat forum repair like it. Today, however, the fiat forum repair of two unique shades of red or grey.Because small cars for Chrysler for certain markets, and it seems like a canny access strategy to exactly the fiat forum repair about style…
  • Fiat Punto 1.1

    Steve
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    For most people, a bleak, windswept and snowy mountain pass at 5,000 feet above sea level isn't their idea of a 1.3 16v Multijet turbodiesel, producing 70bhp and 145Nm of torque from 1,500rpm should endow the fiat punto 1.1 for is the fiat punto 1.1 a curiously British affliction to recoil in horror from any passenger vehicle that shares its roots with a certain charm and practicality that the fiat punto 1.1 is the fiat punto 1.1 a Fiat Panda citycar operates at the fiat punto 1.1 of the Qubo might give some prospective buyers cause for concern from a car like the fiat punto 1.1 a…
  • Fiat Seicento Accessories

    Steve
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    There's no doubt that this Multipla is a very different prospect with far-reaching modifications designed to inject a spark of creativity into the fiat seicento accessories on the fiat seicento accessories like the fiat seicento accessories of Fiat's alliance with Nissan, in which the fiat seicento accessories is building small cars for Chrysler for certain markets, and it seems like a sporty supermini. So it was too, for a mid-range family hatchback but family buyers will find the fiat seicento accessories of Fiat's light commercial vehicle range, was created in partnership with Centro Stile…
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    Argghhh! The Home Of Two Of Jonah's Military Guys..

  • Rednecks of Argghhh!

    John
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    [Don't get too excited - the Muse has still abandoned me like a 20-dollar hooker after the money runs out.  I'm just reconstructing a post that was wiped from the database. This originally posted in February 2006, back when I was an actual gun-blogger.]As SWWBO noted in her post yesterday, it was a very Red State day at Argghhh! Buying large animal supplies, taking care of the horses, late breakfast at Waffle House, 400 rounds downrange in the afternoon. And of course it was a Castle Argghhh! Range Day, with two WWII vets providing the fun. SWWBO is getting more...
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 22 October

    John
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    There are only two awards for actions on this date, almost bookends in a sense. One in the Civil War and one in Vietnam.
  • Because it bears repeating.

    John
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    I don't mind Liberals per se. They are a useful counterbalance to excessive conservative hubris. Just don't be a gun-fearing wussy who wants to take my property. And, just a thought - my having all these doesn't make me a menace, it makes me your friend. Because these are all off the streets. And I can't use more than two at once, if I ever did decide to live down to your low expectations. Just sayin'.
  • Zen for the Gunner's Soul

    John
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Breech on HMS Belfast.  Well worth your time next time you are in London.
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 21 October

    John
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    There are 4 Medals awarded for action on this day in history, starting with the Indian Wars
 
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  • Murmuration

    Pinch
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Mur`mur`a´tion,  noun;  a flock of starlings. A flock of tens of thousands of starlings all flying together in a huge clouds, wheeling, turning and swooping in unison in formations.  I caught these pictures down on Neabsco Creek this morning and a few weeks ago.  Really is spectacular, and this is a small one! I’m hoping to get some better shots of this incredible sight in the morning.  You can hear these birds, early before sunrise, in the marshy areas around Neabsco Creek here near Woodbridge, VA.  Right around when the sun comes up, off they go.    
  • T-28 Trojan

    Pinch
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The Navy’s primary trainer aircraft in the 1950s,   My dad had some flights in this type aircraft – telling me of its fairly high altitude capabilities for a prop of its type – up to the mid 30,000 feet range – and how it had speed brakes, again a rare thing for a prop aircraft.  I took this shot at the Georgetown, Delaware Wings and Wheels fly in.   This particular aircraft is based out of Chesterfield, VA.  I need to get better at meeting and chatting with the aircrew so I can tell you about them.  I was negligent this time…*sigh*.
  • What To Do

    Pinch
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Well, I just renewed the Instapinch for another year.  Not certain why.  The advance of Facebook and Twitter and other forms of social yakking has really cut into the motivation to keep a blog going.  When I retired from the Navy reserves in 2010 that was the first big hit – no more “insider baseball” stuff to pass on, and no more trips to the ships in Norfolk or Oceana or any other cool “Navy – things” places to write about. You all know I like to post photos with my writings, and that is sort of what this has become, albeit not that often, sadly. The…
  • Thunderbird Opposing Solo Pass

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

    Pinch
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
    WW 2 Airshow Weekend, Reading, PA.
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  • She Turned Her Grief to Giving. Let Her Inspire You.

    Amy Bushatz
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    Twelve days before Christmas 2011, Kryste Buoniconti had to tell her three children their dad was gone forever. Last week she gave away his old uniforms and other clothing to the homeless in her community. In one of the pockets she put this note: Killed with three other soldiers in a Kiowa training accident at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wa., CW3 ... Continue Reading
  • May the Military Make You Truly Thankful

    Jacey Eckhart
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The military offers spouses plenty of chances to be profoundly grateful. I don’t just mean being grateful for the direct deposit that shows up in your account on the first and the fifteenth. I don’t just mean the appreciation you have for the doctor who looks into your child’s ears for the umpteenth time without a ... Continue Reading
  • Are TDY Reimbursement Cuts Hurting You?

    Amy Bushatz
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    You may get less back from the government after your spouse’s next TDY, thanks to new DoD rules. But are they hurting your pocket book? The cuts, which were designed to save the DoD money while spurring government travelers to find cheaper lodging, food and vehicles options for long-term TDY assignments, fall into two categories. ... Continue Reading
  • Pet Surgery Must now be Done Off-Base

    Amy Bushatz
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    A change to on-base veterinary clinics that is reported as “temporary” means you’ll need to take your pets off-base for routine surgeries, at least for now. The command that oversees veterinary clinics on bases across all services has halted the surgeries, including neutering and spaying, as a means of reigning in service options and getting ... Continue Reading
  • Poll: How to Handle ‘Home for the Holidays’

    Amy Bushatz
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Thanks to my pal Uncle Sam, my family and I live far away from all of our family. My mother and other immediate family live in Idaho, a 27-hour drive and $500 non-holiday season per-person flight (wowza) from our current duty station. My husband’s family is eight hours away. Getting up there is doable and ... Continue Reading
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  • The Redline: Iran and the January Deadline

    stein
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    7 months! Really? 7 Months! Is it over? After the recent extension of the JPOA, Jeffrey and Aaron felt it necessary to hold an emergency podcast (Jeffrey is speaking from an undisclosed parking lot in Northern California) to discuss the future of the Iranian nuclear negotiations. Tune in to hear our take on the future of the JPOA and the threat posed by new US sanctions and Iran’s IR-5. The Iran Nuke Extension Is a Death Sentence – Jeffrey’s article in Foreign Policy Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Download this episode (16MB mp3)
  • Caging the Bomb

    krepon
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    During this Thanksgiving season, let’s try something different: Rather than focus on doom and gloom, what hasn’t been accomplished and what irreconcilables are trying to undo, let’s focus on an improbable success story. Despite the odds, prolonged efforts to cage the Bomb have been surprisingly successful for major powers. No one confidently predicted this success when the Bomb made its surprise entrance, and certainly not when early attempts at nuclear abolition quickly failed. And yet, after decades of hard work, the utility of nuclear weapons for major powers has been progressively…
  • Negotiating with Tehran

    stein
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    After sitting poolside for two weeks, Arms Control Wonk podcast co-host Aaron Stein returns to talk with Jeffrey and Shashank Joshi about the P5+1’s negotiations with Iran. In it, we discuss the current state of the negotiations, the prospects for an extension to the JPOA, Iranian centrifuge research, and conclude, as always, on a positive note. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes
  • Turing and Oppenheimer

    krepon
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    J. Robert Oppenheimer and Ernest Lawrence were worthy of a dual biography. Oppenheimer and Edward Teller will be forever intertwined. So why haven’t Oppenheimer and Alan Turing been joined at the hip? Both were brilliant pathfinders — Turing in mathematics, Oppenheimer in physics. Their actions shortened World War II, saving countless lives — Turing because of his code-breaking skills, Oppenheimer by leading the Manhattan Project’s work at Los Alamos. Both were tragic figures. Turing’s homosexuality was criminalized, leading to his suicide. The British government never came…
  • Monitoring Missile Proliferation with Open Source Tools

    stein
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    How does Jeffrey find time to podcast? He has super talented staff to do the real work! Jeffrey talks with Melissa Hanham and Catherine Dill, research associates at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, about their latest work modeling North Korean missiles and eyeballing Chinese military bases. A collection of missile models produced by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Download this episode (13MB mp3)
 
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  • Can I pay off my house overseas with a VA loan?

    J.J. Montanaro
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
      Q: Is it possible to get a VA loan to pay off your home that you bought in Europe (The Netherlands)? –Michael, U.S. Army   No, unfortunately that won’t be an option in your particular situation. While it’s definitely possible to pay off and refinance a non-VA loan, with a VA loan you have to meet the basic VA
  • Will my second wife be eligible for SBP?

    J.J. Montanaro
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
      Q: My father in law is getting remarried and is wondering if his new wife would receive his retirement if he passes? He has been retired for over 20 years and is now getting remarried. –Michelle, Arkansas   A: Your father-in-law’s new wife could be eligible for a portion of his retirement under the military’s Survivor Benefit Plan, but
  • Trying to use my raise to fix my credit. Is consolidation smart?

    Scott Halliwell
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    Q: Is taking out a personal loan a smart decision when trying to get out of credit card debt? I have racked up some credit card debt, but have recently gotten a raise and want to focus on getting back in good credit standing. Is taking a loan out to pay off two credit cards, and consolidating my debt into
  • How does taxable compensation work regarding Roth IRA contributions?

    Scott Halliwell
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    Q: Sir, I came across this in a Q & A article of yours can you expound on it a little? The pen­sion income does not meet the IRS stan­dard for tax­able com­pen­sa­tion and as such can­not, by itself, be used to fund a Roth IRA. Does this mean I can’t continue to contribute to the ROTH IRA anymore using
  • Am I eligible for military retirement?

    J.J. Montanaro
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Q:  I was 10 years active duty and I entered the reserves. I was bouncing around the country for my work and I did not get to do all of my reserve time. The let me go from the reserves after 14 years off and on but according to my DD214 I have 24 years of total time. I don’t
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  • Deputy Secretary Visits Deployed Troops in Afghanistan

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work traveled to Afghanistan Nov. 27-28 to visit U.S. service members during the Thanksgiving holiday and thank them for their service, according to a DoD news release.
  • President Makes Holiday Calls to Service Members

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with deployed members of the U.S. armed forces to offer his profound gratitude for their service, according to a White House press release.
  • Hagel Calls Service Members on Thanksgiving to Express Gratitude

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called service members taking part in operations around the world to thank them for their service and sacrifice, and to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving, according to a DoD press release.
  • Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria using bomber and fighter aircraft, U.S. Central Command officials reported.
  • Face of Defense: Native American Vets Celebrate Heritage

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As the smell of white sage wafted through the air, the spiritual adviser blessed the circle and the drummers took their place at the Native American Veterans Association's annual heritage day pow-wow in South Gate, Calif.
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  • Jihadists tout training camps for children in Iraq and Syria

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    Map of known provincial locations of training camps run by the Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, and allied jihadist groups since 2012. Map created by Caleb Weiss and Bill Roggio. The Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and Junud al Sham have been showcasing camps in Iraq and Syria that are being used to indoctrinate and train children to wage jihad. The groups have recently advertised a number of training facilities for children, including one located in Ninewa province in Iraq and others in Aleppo, in and around the Islamic State's self-proclaimed capital of Raqqah, and…
  • Pakistan condemns drone strike that targeted 'good Taliban' and foreign fighters

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    The Pakistani government condemned a US airstrike in North Waziristan that is reported to have killed members of two Taliban groups favored by the Pakistani establishment. The attack also killed several "foreign militants," a term often used to describe members of al Qaeda or other terrorist groups. Today's strike, which was carried out by CIA-operated, remotely piloted Predators or Reapers, took place in the village of Garga in the Shawal Valley in North Waziristan, Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted in a press release. Two missiles were fired at a compound in the village, killing…
  • AQAP releases biography of American jihadist Samir Khan

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    A Twitter account linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) today posted a biography of slain AQAP operative Samir Zafar Khan, founder of the terror organization's English-language Inspire Magazine. The biography describes him as a "Pakistani-American mujahid" known in jihadist circles as Qa'qaa' Al-Amriki. An American citizen, Khan was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen on Sept. 30, 2011 along with Islamist American cleric Anwar al Awlaki, who served as AQAP's operational commander at the time. The biography claims that Khan was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1985 and later spent…
  • Haqqani Network launched suicide attack at soccer game, Afghan intel claims

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan's intelligence service, accused the Pakistan-supported Haqqani Network of executing yesterday's mass-casualty suicide attack at a soccer match in Paktika province. The accusation has been made just as the US has extended the US military's combat mission in Afghanistan for one year. The NDS has "evidence that shows the Haqqani network was behind the attack in Paktika," Haseeb Sediqi, the intelligence organization's spokesman, told AFP today. The Paktika suicide attack killed at least 57 people and wounded scores more. Many children are…
  • More jihadist training camps identified in Iraq and Syria

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Map of known provincial locations of training camps run by the Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, and allied jihadist groups since 2012. Map created by Caleb Weiss and Bill Roggio. Four new terrorist training camps in Iraq and Syria, three of them operated by the Islamic State, have been identified by The Long War Journal. The identification of these camps, three in Syria and one in Iraq, brings the total number of jihadist-run camps identified in the two countries to 46. On Nov. 14, US Central Command issued a statement noting that US or coalition airstrikes targeted an Islamic State…
 
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  • Is White House Micromanagement Scaring Off Likely Defense Secretaries?

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Michele Flournoy, the front-runner to replace Chuck Hagel as the next U.S. Secretary of Defense, wasted no time in removing herself from the race. Just one day after Hagel announced his resignation, Flournoy bowed out of contention. As the co-founder and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C., think-tank Center for a New American Security and a former undersecretary of defense for policy, she would have been the first female to take the helm at the Defense Department had she been confirmed. In a letter this week to President Barack Obama, Flournoy cited “family concerns” as a…
  • Navy LCS Replacement Hangs in Limbo with Hagel Resignation

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    The Navy’s plan to replace the last 20 littoral combat ships with a new, more survivable small surface combatant hangs in a balance of uncertainty amid Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation. Pentagon sources confirmed Hagel has made a decision about the direction of the new ship following his review of recommendations from the Navy’s specially-configured Small Surface Combatant Task Force, or SSCTF. In January of this year, Secretary Hagel directed the Navy to explore options for a new, more survivable, lethal and robust LCS variant – citing several criticisms of the existing…
  • Hagel’s Successor Could Be First Female Pentagon Chief

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Now that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation is final, all eyes are on a handful of candidates capable of leading the Pentagon through a minefield of fiscal challenges and unpredictable threats to national security. A new defense secretary could give the Obama administration new strategies for dealing with determined enemies such as extremists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Hagel’s successor will also need the experience to ensure the defense-spending cuts under sequestration don’t damage readiness in a shrinking U.S. military. Much of the discussion about potential…
  • Pentagon Finalizes $4.7 Billion for 43 More F-35s

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have finalized a $4.7 billion deal for 43 F-35 Lightning II aircraft including new fighters for the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy along with five planes for international partners. The contract includes production and delivery of the aircraft, avionics, sensors and component technologies for the aircraft. The F-35 engines are procured separately through a Pentagon deal with Pratt & Whitney. The new deal, called Low Rate Initial Production Lot 8, includes 19 F-35A airframes for the Air Force at $98 million each, six short-take-off-and-landing F-35Bs for…
  • Army, Marine Corps Finish Testing JLTV Prototypes

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    The U.S. Army and Marine Corps have finished testing prototypes of the Humvee replacement known as the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle. But results of the evaluations haven’t been released and manufacturers are still waiting for the program office to issue a request for proposals — initially expected this month — to begin the next round of competition. Defense contracting giant Lockheed Martin Corp., truck-maker Oshkosh Corp. and Humvee-maker AM General LLC each delivered 22 JLTV prototypes to the Army for testing under engineering and manufacturing development contracts signed in 2012.
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    America's North Shore Journal

  • I am an adult with Aspergers

    Michael_Delaney
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    It’s official. As Sheldon Cooper says “I’ve been tested.” I have been officially diagnosed as an Adult with Aspergers. As for the rest of you, y’all are just neuro-normatives. Asperger Syndrome Fact Sheet Yesterday’s confirmation of my Aspergers has been rattling my mind. Still, the doctor pointed out several things that I can hold on to. It’s not my fault. All of those times I missed a social cue – it’s not my fault. I will never learn to read cues the way that neuro-normatives do, but I can learn to ask for explicit feedback from people.
  • Fear and fumbling in the age of Ebola

    Michael_Delaney
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Ebola came to the United States in via Brussels, Belgium. The first Ebola patient flew from Liberia to Belgium and then through Dulles to Dallas, Texas. He developed Ebola symptoms in mid-September and eventually was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian. His illness was fatal. As this is written, there have been two cases of Ebola viral disease contracted in the United…
  • Medical Mindset Hampers US Ebola Efforts

    Chuck Simmins
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Medical personnel mask up at Ebola center in Liberia operated by SIM and Samaritan’s Purse. SIM photo Western medical practice has to redevelop the sense of alarm that there should be when faced with an Ebola. Just as a patient from a bad auto accident or one having a heart attack, triggers a rapid and detailed response, so should one with a potentially contagious illness. It requires more education for medical professionals, and an alertness that is too often lacking. Ho-hum medicine spreads infectious illnesses. I was an EMT for about 14 years. The training that I received, virtually…
  • Ebola in the United States

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

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

    contributor
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ELIZA GROFF If you’re looking for a fun atmosphere and some real Okinawan cuisine, check out Cha-Bira Dining on 58 near Nago. The colorful awning is painted with jovial drinking shisa dogs. My husband and I got out of our car in the main parking lot to be greeted by lively Okinawan music. The sign of the restaurant is impossible to miss due to its bright orange colors, and serial accent lights lining the top of the entire front of the building. Inside, it is very casual. The wooden tables and chairs are clean and nicely kept, but there is nothing much in the way of…
  • Black Friday Flash Sale on 2015 Oki Hai Calendars!

    Advertising Manager
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    A quick sale on our awesome Oki Hai Calendars!  Just for today, the price will be moved back to the pre-delivery price — $16 for Oki Delivery, $20 for US delivery. Order NOW!  Price will go back to regular price at midnight, Friday night EST. Order 2015 Okinawa Hai Calendar
  • Phone Numbers – 2014 Updates, PLUS How To Make Calls From DSN or Cell Phones

    contributor
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY KACEY A. click photo for image source Early in 2014, a few of the bases on Okinawa changed their telephone policies, preventing people direct dialing from Japanese commercial phones to on-base DSN lines. Here is an updated list of instructions to call each military base on Okinawa. I’ve also included important military emergency numbers for quick reference. To call a DSN from Off-Base Substitute the following DSN numbers to direct dial from off-base including cell phones. DSN 622-xxxx, dial 098-954-xxxx DSN 622-xxxx, dial 098-954-xxxx DSN 623-xxxx, dial 098-969-xxxx DSN…
  • Dining ON the Sunabe Seawall

    contributor
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY NATASHA GARRIDO Without a doubt, Okinawa has a wide array of restaurants to choose from. A diligent individual could have his or her choice of what to eat and how much to spend on any given night. But what if you happen to have a few rugrats running around and are on a tight budget? A weekend out isn’t always a possibility. Until now. Living along the seawall, it was awesome to watch people go about their way doing their own special things. Fishing, jogging, or just enjoying the view. Then one evening, as we were walking along the seawall, we noticed a group of friends…
  • Kin Okawa Spring

    contributor
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA In the town of Kin there is a natural spring that bubbles and pours forth from the confines of a shrine-like structure where children are found often at play in its gentle waters and the surrounding park area. The park—Kin Okawa Spring—is a favorite attraction amongst the residents of Kin who frequent its grounds for bocce ball and croquet; catching tadpoles with nets and buckets; and frolicking in water fountains near a charming jungle gym and slide. Though the park is not quite as large as others found on island, Kin Okawa Spring offers visitors a respite…
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  • Offsetting US Sanctions, Kalashnikov expanding to the Asia Pacific

    Tamir Eshel
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    The Russian arms conglomerate "Kalashnikov" has partnered with distributors in Malaysia and Thailand as part of the group expansion into the Asia-Pacific region. Expansion into Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America will help neutralise the the negative impact of the US imposed sanctions
  • Facing a wave of terror attacks, Egypt is concerned over ISIS precence on its borders

    David Eshel
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    As it seems, Egypt is already involved in a “full-fledged war” against Islamist groups. President al-Sisi enhanced his anti-terrorism narrative to enforce brutal crackdowns on the Muslim Brotherhood opposition. The Egyptian government actually declared the group a terrorist organization earlier this year -- but Egypt is still facing an escalation of extremist activity.
  • British F-35B Begins Weapons Testing in the US

    Tamir Eshel
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    The tests are a step towards full inter-operability between the current force of Typhoon and Tornado GR4s and future fifth-generation jets that will be used by the RAF and the UK’s Royal Navy from 2018.
  • ATLAS North America acquires US based sonar company MSTL

    Tamir Eshel
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    ATLAS North America LLC. (ANA) has acquired the business of Marine Sonic Technology (MSTL), Ltd., based in Yorktown, Virginia, USA, via an
  • GD to produce Singaporean airburst grenades for the US military

    News Desk
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:32 am
    Singapore based Advanced Material Engineering Pte Ltd (AME) is teaming with US industry giant General Dynamics to produce manufacture 40mm Air Burst
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    Defense Update:

  • Offsetting US Sanctions, Kalashnikov expanding to the Asia Pacific

    Tamir Eshel
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    The Russian arms conglomerate "Kalashnikov" has partnered with distributors in Malaysia and Thailand as part of the group expansion into the Asia-Pacific region. Expansion into Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America will help neutralise the the negative impact of the US imposed sanctions
  • Facing a wave of terror attacks, Egypt is concerned over ISIS precence on its borders

    David Eshel
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    As it seems, Egypt is already involved in a “full-fledged war” against Islamist groups. President al-Sisi enhanced his anti-terrorism narrative to enforce brutal crackdowns on the Muslim Brotherhood opposition. The Egyptian government actually declared the group a terrorist organization earlier this year -- but Egypt is still facing an escalation of extremist activity.
  • British F-35B Begins Weapons Testing in the US

    Tamir Eshel
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    The tests are a step towards full inter-operability between the current force of Typhoon and Tornado GR4s and future fifth-generation jets that will be used by the RAF and the UK’s Royal Navy from 2018.
  • ATLAS North America acquires US based sonar company MSTL

    Tamir Eshel
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    ATLAS North America LLC. (ANA) has acquired the business of Marine Sonic Technology (MSTL), Ltd., based in Yorktown, Virginia, USA, via an
  • GD to produce Singaporean airburst grenades for the US military

    News Desk
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:32 am
    Singapore based Advanced Material Engineering Pte Ltd (AME) is teaming with US industry giant General Dynamics to produce manufacture 40mm Air Burst
 
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    Navy Reads

  • State of the Navy: New Jersey

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Review by Bill DoughtyEvery state in the Union has some tie to the Navy. New Jersey's connections include people like George Washington, Adm. "Bull" Halsey, Cmdr. Joy Bright Hancock, Ruth Cheney Streeter and Medal of Honor recipient Marine Sergeant John Basilone and places like Asbury Park, Camden, Princeton and Naval Air Station Wildwood.Henry Schnakenberg's "Indians Trading with Half Moon," Fort Lee Post Office."New Jersey: A History of the Garden State," edited by Maxine N. Lurie and Richard Veit (Rutgers University Press, 2012), is a history of the Garden State beginning with a…
  • Excerpts Like a Vegas Buffet

    2 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    On this "Day of the Dead" reading books is still alive and well. Recent Navy Reads posts about Thomas Jefferson, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Paine and Craig Venter – and on subjects like Jihad-Fatwa, hope vs. fear, the meaning of life, and history in context – led to the discovery of these delectable excerpts from related reads.from "Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie: Being Muslim in America" by Ranya Tabari Idliby:"Fear is not the American way, I remind my children. So although feel America's fear, and on some days even share its contempt or disdain, I do not believe that doing so reflects…
  • Tin Can Sailor Ben Bradlee Remembered

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    by Bill DoughtyLt. j.g. Bradlee, courtesy USNILong before he became the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post, Ben Bradlee was in his early twenties in World War II, where he served as a Command Information Center officer aboard USS Philip (DD 498) in the Pacific. He deployed from Pearl Harbor in 1942 through 1944, and was involved in landings in the Solomons and Marianas, then as an expert advisor/trainer in CIC sent aboard 19 destroyers in and around the Philippines, Okinawa and near mainland Japan.Bradlee, who died last week at 93, said in his 1995 autobiography, "A Good Life,"…
  • Vietnam, Suicide and Choosing Life

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyMy preteen grandkids know who Thomas Edison is. Their grandkids will know, in the same way, about J. Craig Venter.Venter is a Navy Vietnam Veteran who faced challenges in life, made mistakes in and out of uniform, turned his life around, and eventually became one of the foremost experts in genetics. He mapped the human genome, created synthetic life in this century and is now working on ways to support life on Mars. I read a passage to my grandsons from a chapter in Venter's autobiography, "A Life Decoded - My Genome: My Life" called "University of Death." The boys were…
  • Navy Corpsman Transforms Science ... and Life

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyJ. Craig Venter is transforming our understanding of the world and life itself.The man who mapped the human genome first became fixed on understanding life at the cellular level (and beyond) as a Navy Corpsman in Vietnam. In 2013's "Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life," he writes:"As a young corpsman in Vietnam, I had learned to my amazement that the difference between the animate and inanimate can be subtle: a tiny piece of tissue can distinguish a living, breathing person from a corpse; even with good medical care, survival…
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    At War

  • ‘Basetrack Live,’ the Story of a Marine’s Deployment, and His Return Home

    By Teresa Fazio
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    Using authentic videos and images, the production offers a realistic perspective on the trials of relationships during deployment, and on how social media can be useful tools.
  • Marines Remember Falluja, 10 Years Later

    By Thomas James Brennan
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    On Nov. 6, 2004, NATO forces launched an assault on Falluja, a city north of Baghdad that had become a magnet for Sunni insurgent forces, and the resulting battle was one of the bloodiest for American forces since Vietnam. Thomas James Brennan fought there with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment; he and other veterans of the assault say that their memories of Falluja will never leave them.
  • Helping Homeless Veterans Locally, and Thinking Bigger

    By Jacob W. Sotak
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    VetConnect, a Bronx-based organization devised to combat homelessness among veterans, is also helping them find jobs and health care.
  • Lessons for a Grandfather, Unexpectedly Deployed to Afghanistan

    By James G. Bishop
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Deployed to Afghanistan at 53, as a grandfather, Lt. Col. James Gleason Bishop struggled with the training and the idea of going at all, but found purpose even in the mundane and dangerous parts of his job.
  • An Iraq Veteran’s Experience With Chemical Weapons

    By John Ismay
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    John Ismay, a former Navy explosive ordnance disposal officer, found chemical weapons in Iraq his first week.
 
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • 10 Gear Picks From The Mad Duo

    Lauren Malm
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Tactically proficient and all-around entertaining, the Mad Duo really knows their stuff when it comes to gear. The team writes primarily for their blog, Breach Bang Clear, but also contribute to publications like Soldier Systems, Kit Up! and Officer.com. We were lucky enough to have them utilize their incisive wit, comical insight and expert knowledge to put together their ultimate wish list. That’s 10 hand-picked pieces of gear with the Mad Duo stamp of approval. Check ‘em out. Product: Vertx A-Range Bag Mad Duo says: We like Vertx apparel the way Germans love David Hasselhoff,…
  • Contest: Win Streamlight For Life

    Lauren Malm
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We have some massive news! We’ve partnered with tactical light superpower Streamlight for a nation-wide contest. The winner will receive a free Streamlight light (up to $100) every year, for 20 years. Every Streamlight flashlight, key chain light, penlight, weapon light and lantern on our site qualifies. The details: Enter to win on our contest homepage: http://tacticalgear.com/sweeps Use the hashtag #Streamlight4Life on any social network to amplify odds of winning (every share gives one extra entry) Deadline to enter is November 16 Winner will be chosen November 18 About Streamlight A…
  • New Army Combat Uniform by 2015

    Lauren Malm
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    The Army Combat Uniform (ACU) is in the process of being reinvented with several design updates. Shortly after announcing a new camouflage pattern for the ACU, the Army released a list of improvements being made to the pants-and-coat combination. The current Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) ACU hasn’t changed since it’s unveiling in 2004. On July 31, the Army released an official statement announcing that a new camouflage pattern, known as Scorpion W2, will be named the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) and thus replace UCP as the official ACU pattern. News of further changes to the…
  • How to Prep for Ebola

    Lauren Malm
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Unless you’ve been avoiding all news outlets and social media or been living under a rock the past few days, you’re probably aware that the United States had its first diagnosed case of the Ebola virus. If you’re anything like us, your first thought might have been, “Oh crap. We’re all going to get Ebola and die.” Well slow your roll, hypochondriacs—that’s most likely not the case. After the recent confirmation of diagnosis of Ebola in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement on the control and prevention of the disease. “We do…
  • New from Tru-Spec: More MultiCam Black

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

  • Support the “Send-A-Vet” Challenge: Send our Vets to the Cactus Bowl

    Fighter Country
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    On Friday, January 2, 2015, the Cactus Bowl will host one team from the Big 12 and one team from the Pac-12. We want to make sure our veterans and active duty military members and a guest of theirs have the chance to attend to give thanks for all their dedication to our country. Our goal is to send 5,000 military members and veterans along with their guest to the game. This is a great holiday gift you can give to your family, friends, and neighbors. There are three packages you can purchase to “Send-A-Vet”: – For $65, you can send both a veteran and their guest (2 tickets…
  • We invite the Luke AFB Community to come support Operation Encore’s Release Party

    Fighter Country
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    On Saturday, November 8th, 2014, at the Wigwam Resort our friends from the musical group Operation Encore, will be hosting a party in celebration of their new album release. Tickets are now available For Sale Here. This is a gathering of Veterans from all over the nation, from all branches of the military. Operation Encore is a group of singer-songwriters, and their new album includes 16 original songs all relating to their experience in the military, and their lives now as Veterans. The core of the studio backing band are all former Luke Air Froce Base F-16 pilots, so we really want to…
  • FCP Visions Fall 2014 – Web Edition

    Fighter Country
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    FCP Visions Fall 2014 is now available as a digital download. This issue discusses the ongoing arrival of F-35’s, growing Fighter Country Foundation, Brig General Scott Pleus and an Honorary Commander feature for Mr. Glenn Williamson. In order to enjoy FCP Visions Fall 2014 Web Edition you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application that will display the PDF file format. Click here to download FCP Visions Fall 2014 (you may need to right click and “save file as”). This publication is made available with permission of Pueblo Publishers, Inc. The post FCP…
  • FCP Invited to Unveiling of the first Australian F-35

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

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

  • Global MilSatCom 2014

    admin
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    This year’s conference – Europe’s largest military satellite communications events – will focus on how to overcome operational challenges faced by military satellite communications end-users, such as the difficulty of establishing satcom capability when troops have just been deployed, managing MilSatCom on difficult terrain and securing cost-efficient connectivity. Speakers will be discussing how to tackle these issues through international cooperation on military and civil projects. The conference and exhibition brings together over 400 of the industry’s key senior military…
  • VSAT Satellite Terminals provide high-speed data transmission during critical missions

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

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

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

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

  • Face and Hand Transplant Advances

    Gail Gourley
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    When the first face transplantation surgery was performed in Paris, France, in 2005 on a female victim of a dog mauling, it marked a medical milestone. The scope of transplantation surgery expanded, and nearly a decade later, 28 face transplantation procedures have been done worldwide, seven of which have occurred in the United States. In recent years, the Department of Defense (DOD) has provided funds to civilian centers for face and hand transplantation surgeries and research in an effort to benefit war-injured soldiers who have suffered catastrophic injuries to the face or limbs for which…
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Resigns

    Defense Media Network
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Earlier today, President Barack Obama announced the resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Shortly after, Hagel issued the statement below to the men and women of the Department of Defense: To the men and women of the Department of Defense: I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that this morning, President Obama accepted my letter of resignation. I have agreed to continue to serve as Secretary of Defense until my successor is confirmed by the United States Senate. You should know I did not make this decision lightly. But after much discussion, the President and I agreed…
  • Nuclear Power in Aircraft Carriers

    Norman Friedman
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    It has been a little over half a century since the first nuclear-powered warship, the submarine USS Nautilus, signaled that she was under way on nuclear power in 1955. Carriers like USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) are among the main beneficiaries of the naval revolution she represented. Nuclear power can drive such a ship at full speed for years on end. It provides the sort of electric power needed for modern electronics and, in the next carrier generation, for new devices like electric catapults and, possibly, lasers for self-defense. As a side benefit, a nuclear carrier does not suffer from…
  • DARPA Seeks Drone-carrying Airborne Mothership

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    DARPA recently released a Request for Information (ROI) on “concept feasibility, unique and enabling platform technologies, system architectures, concepts of operation, modeling and simulation, potential demonstration platforms and approaches, and reusable low-cost delivery vehicle (UAS) platform concepts” for an airborne mothership for small unmanned aerial vehicles. The agency wants to look at proposals that would employ an existing large aircraft “that, with minimal modification, could launch and recover multiple small unmanned systems from a standoff distance,” according to the…
  • U.S. Armor Developments: After Abrams

    J.R. Wilson
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The follow-on to the Abrams was to have been part of the Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS), a family of vehicles designed together to function in a highly networked battlespace. When FCS was canceled by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in 2009, individual components were split off as independent programs. Among those was the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV), the first component of which will be an advanced Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). At this point, the GCV program office has no directive to design a new tank, but some of the development efforts going into the IFV may be adaptable to a…
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    Army Tankers Wife

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    23 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
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  • My MODCLOTH fall style

    armytankerswife
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am pretty EXCITED when MODCLOTH emailed me asking about my expertise on fall fashion this year. I knew shopping with them paid off! Just think, it all started with the Fascinator hats! So, I created a few autumn layered… Continue Reading →
  • My #HelloKeurig is the best thing ever!

    armytankerswife
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    How do I #HelloKeurig? In the mornings I LOVE my machine I have it set to wake up to my favorite smelling brew, and GUESS what it is enough to share with my familia! First let me say I am really… Continue Reading →
  • Share your EXPERIENCE and Capture it for LIFE

    armytankerswife
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    OK so I was THRILLED to become part of the Best Buy WOLF (Women Leadership Forum) team, WOO HOO I LOVE BEST BUY. I go in that store and I just day dream. Look at all these awesome action shots.… Continue Reading →
  • What’s the secret? I want to know…I chase storms.

    armytankerswife
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    I used to think I was impressive, but my kids were smaller and younger and I could just entertain them with a magic trick but now I need much more! I used to think I was Wonder Woman, and now… Continue Reading →
 
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • 10 Gear Picks From The Mad Duo

    Lauren Malm
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Tactically proficient and all-around entertaining, the Mad Duo really knows their stuff when it comes to gear. The team writes primarily for their blog, Breach Bang Clear, but also contribute to publications like Soldier Systems, Kit Up! and Officer.com. We were lucky enough to have them utilize their incisive wit, comical insight and expert knowledge to put together their ultimate wish list. That’s 10 hand-picked pieces of gear with the Mad Duo stamp of approval. Check ‘em out. Product: Vertx A-Range Bag Mad Duo says: We like Vertx apparel the way Germans love David Hasselhoff,…
  • Contest: Win Streamlight For Life

    Lauren Malm
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We have some massive news! We’ve partnered with tactical light superpower Streamlight for a nation-wide contest. The winner will receive a free Streamlight light (up to $100) every year, for 20 years. Every Streamlight flashlight, key chain light, penlight, weapon light and lantern on our site qualifies. The details: Enter to win on our contest homepage: http://tacticalgear.com/sweeps Use the hashtag #Streamlight4Life on any social network to amplify odds of winning (every share gives one extra entry) Deadline to enter is November 16 Winner will be chosen November 18 About Streamlight A…
  • New Army Combat Uniform by 2015

    Lauren Malm
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    The Army Combat Uniform (ACU) is in the process of being reinvented with several design updates. Shortly after announcing a new camouflage pattern for the ACU, the Army released a list of improvements being made to the pants-and-coat combination. The current Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) ACU hasn’t changed since it’s unveiling in 2004. On July 31, the Army released an official statement announcing that a new camouflage pattern, known as Scorpion W2, will be named the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) and thus replace UCP as the official ACU pattern. News of further changes to the…
  • How to Prep for Ebola

    Lauren Malm
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Unless you’ve been avoiding all news outlets and social media or been living under a rock the past few days, you’re probably aware that the United States had its first diagnosed case of the Ebola virus. If you’re anything like us, your first thought might have been, “Oh crap. We’re all going to get Ebola and die.” Well slow your roll, hypochondriacs—that’s most likely not the case. After the recent confirmation of diagnosis of Ebola in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement on the control and prevention of the disease. “We do…
  • New from Tru-Spec: More MultiCam Black

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

  • Survey: Basic Training Now Easier Than When You Were There

    Dirty
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    FORT MEADE, Md. — A study shows that basic training has become drastically easier in the years since you attended boot camp, resulting in a crop of new service members who are younger, less mature, and generally less disciplined than older, more experienced veterans. The Rand Corporation polled thousands of service members across all four […]
  • Pardoned White House Turkey Defects To ISIS

    G-Had
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Video produced by We Are The Mighty WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior U.S. officials are literally calling “fowl” after the Thanksgiving turkey pardoned by President Obama publicly defected to the Middle Eastern terrorist group ISIS. Popcorn the Turkey, now calling himself Babakurn al-Turki, was pardoned from the dinner table only yesterday by President Obama in a public ceremony at the White House. Normally the […]
  • REPORT: Ashton Kutcher On Short List For Secretary Of Defense

    Jay-B
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announcing his resignation on Monday, rumors and speculation about possible successors have gripped beltway insiders. Sources tell Duffel Blog that President Obama may be seeking a Hail Mary to deflect attention from executive action on immigration and problems in the middle east. The latest rumor that has congressional […]
  • Afghan Amusement Park Lasts Almost 13 Hours

    Maxx Butthurt
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    KABUL — Christmas came early to Afghanistan’s capital city this week, as the war-weary local populace enjoyed the opening of the City Park amusement center. The park lasted an unprecedented 13 hours before being ripped apart by a wave of violence, including Taliban suicide bombers and a subsequent three-day battle that wiped out the remaining die-hard insurgents, along with all the […]
  • Opinion: How Many Defense Secretaries Do I Need To Fire To Strengthen Our Military?

    Frederick Taub
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    The following is a guest article written by the President Barack Obama. My fellow Americans, thank you for sharing your time with me today. It is with profound and sad joy that I am announcing the departure of the last dissenting voice from my cabinet, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Now, we all know Chuck. I […]
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • Slideshow: 5 years in the Foreign Legion 1987 – 1992

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    A very nice photo slideshow made by an Italian ex-legionnaire who served in the French Foreign Legion between August 1987 and August 1992, in the majority in the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP). The legionnaire made his instruction within the 3rd Engaged Volunteer Company (3e CEV), 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE). Thereafter he stayed […]
  • 2e REG: River Crossing Training

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Young legionnaires who just joined the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG) of the French Foreign Legion after finishing their 4-month-long basic training, are obliged to pass the Basic Specialty Training (Formation de Spécialité Initiale, FSI) conducted by their new regiment, to get initial combat engineering skills. Among other combat engineering skills, young legionnaires must […]
  • French Foreign Legion Operations – October 2014

    admin
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:20 pm
    French Foreign Legion units participating in operations outside of France. See the list of their location in the world in October 2014. MALI 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG) Demining Operational Team (Equipe Opérationnelle de Déminage, EOD) 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG) Demining Operational Team (EOD) + Support group   CHAD 2nd Foreign Engineer […]
  • 4e RE: Remise de Képi blanc in Paris

    admin
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    On October 19, in front of the Arc de Triomphe (Arch of Triumph) at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, 58 young volunteers from the 1st Platoon, 2nd Engaged Volunteer Company (2e CEV), 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE) of the French Foreign Legion, obtained their Képi blanc and became the legionnaires during the Remise de […]
  • Central African Republic: 2e REP, 2e REI

    admin
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    Videos launched by the French Foreign Legion, captured in the Central African Republic (CAR) in September 2014. They show legionnaires from the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) and 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) doing their job during Operation Sangaris, taking place in this African country. In the first video we can see legionnaires […]
 
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    Texas Veterans Blog

  • VLB Joins Effort to Support Veterans Health Initiatives

    Anne Evenson
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) has joined forces with the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help more Veterans obtain the medical care they need. Below, please find some options for Veterans and military members seeking access to health care through the VA system. Attend a Veteran [...]
  • Veterans Day Service Honors Fallen Vietnam Hero

    Anne Evenson
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    An unfolding story of a heroic veteran was celebrated at a very special Veterans Day service on Friday, November 7, 2014. Texas General Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson assisted in re-folding and re-presenting a U.S. flag to the daughter of Capt. George Meerdink, a Vietnam War casualty. The flag belongs to the family of Jennifer Henry, the Budget [...]
  • 2014 Veterans Day Events Across Texas

    Anne Evenson
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Show our Veterans the respect and appreciation they deserve. Attend a Veterans Day parade, ceremony or tribute in your area. Texas Land Commissioner and Texas Veterans Land Board Chairman, Jerry Patterson, will be the keynote speaker at the 4th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Fallen Warrior Memorial in Pflugerville, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The following [...]
  • Buying Texas Land: Deed Restrictions

    Anne Evenson
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Deed restrictions are private, contractual covenants that govern the use of a lot or parcel of land. In most cases a deed restriction is in the form a written document that is recorded with the county register of deeds records where the property is located. These documents can sometimes be known as “Declarations of Covenants, [...]
  • VLB Recognizes Real Estate Industry with Lone Star Circle Awards

    Anne Evenson
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Texas real estate professionals and organizations are recognized every year by the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) for their outstanding efforts to promote the VLB’s land and home loan programs. The VLB’s Lone Star Circle Awards are presented to the top real estate brokers and sales agents that represent veteran land buyers who borrow a [...]
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    World Traveling Military Family

  • Happy Thanksgiving – 2014

    Mrs B
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Happy Thanksgiving from our Family to Yours! We have a lot to be thankful for this year! We have officially been in Germany for 1 year. Last year we spent Thanksgiving at the Chow Hall (DFAC) this year we ate a delicious homemade Thanksgiving meal shared with some friends, credit for the meal goes to [...] The post Happy Thanksgiving – 2014 appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Commonly Asked Newcomers Questions for Spangdahlem, AB

    Mrs B
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:40 pm
    If your headed to Spangdahlem AB I bet you’ve been on the computer putting in some research time. I’ve decide to do a post about commonly asked newcomers questions for Spangdahlem, AB. I know I spent many hours researching before we headed this way. Over the past year I’ve been helping answer newcomers questions, so [...] The post Commonly Asked Newcomers Questions for Spangdahlem, AB appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Schinderhannes – Sohren, Germany

    Mrs B
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Schinderhannes found at Hotel Landgasthaus in Sohren, Germany is a great lunch treat after shopping at Kaefer’s. They offer some yummy daily lunch specials and we found them to be quite delicious! It’s literally a minute drive down the street from Kaefer’s. The best thing is that for lunch they offer a 3 course meal [...] The post Schinderhannes – Sohren, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Kaefers Das Porzellenhaus – Sohren, Germany

    Mrs B
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Kaefer’s Das Porzellenhaus or (Kafer’s Porcelin house) in Sohren, Germany is a must see shopping spot! It’s great for shopping for yourself as well as gifts for family! It’s mainly known as Kaefer’s to the military community. It’s well worth the 1 hour drive especially if you combine with the lunch specials at Schinderhannes (blog [...] The post Kaefers Das Porzellenhaus – Sohren, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Kelley Barracks Hotel – Stuttgart, Germany

    Mrs B
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Kelley Barracks Hotel is a great place to stay if your hanging out in the Stuttgart area. Unlike typical billeting you also get a free complimentary breakfast here! While it’s not a huge selection (more further down) it is decent and better than the none you get at most billeting Reservations can be made 7 [...] The post Kelley Barracks Hotel – Stuttgart, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
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    Army Tankers Wife

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    23 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
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  • My MODCLOTH fall style

    armytankerswife
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am pretty EXCITED when MODCLOTH emailed me asking about my expertise on fall fashion this year. I knew shopping with them paid off! Just think, it all started with the Fascinator hats! So, I created a few autumn layered… Continue Reading →
  • My #HelloKeurig is the best thing ever!

    armytankerswife
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    How do I #HelloKeurig? In the mornings I LOVE my machine I have it set to wake up to my favorite smelling brew, and GUESS what it is enough to share with my familia! First let me say I am really… Continue Reading →
  • Share your EXPERIENCE and Capture it for LIFE

    armytankerswife
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    OK so I was THRILLED to become part of the Best Buy WOLF (Women Leadership Forum) team, WOO HOO I LOVE BEST BUY. I go in that store and I just day dream. Look at all these awesome action shots.… Continue Reading →
  • What’s the secret? I want to know…I chase storms.

    armytankerswife
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    I used to think I was impressive, but my kids were smaller and younger and I could just entertain them with a magic trick but now I need much more! I used to think I was Wonder Woman, and now… Continue Reading →
 
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  • Top 10 Viral Thanksgiving Posts (updated for 2014!)

    Webmaster Matt
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Thanksgiving is a time of family and friends and food. A harvest celebration holding long family traditions and the start of the holiday season in the United States. It’s also a time when people start sharing all the tweets and Facebook posts about Thanksgiving. Here are the most shared ones for you to amaze and astound your friends with or just to get an idea of what is trending in Cyberspace this year. 1. WKRP In Cincinnati – Turkeys Away! “As God as my witness, i thought turkeys could fly.” All the way back on October 30th, 1978, WKRP In Cincinnati, a show about a…
  • Looking for kickass custom USAF t shirts

    Sarge Strike
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Looking for kickass custom USAF t shirts ? United States Air Force Designs  Air Force designs at Vision-Strike-Wear.Com are created in support of our men and women in uniform, their family, friends and those that support the freedoms of our country, America. Vision-Strike-Wear.Com takes design to another level with its unique and innovative Battle Rattle military design system. You can have the design the way you want it and watch it change in front of you as you select from a variety of different options. Sleeve art along with custom front left chest graphics turns these incredible…
  • US Navy Custom T shirt Designs 2014

    Sarge Strike
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:50 pm
    US Navy Custom T shirt Designs 2014 It has been a pleasure to custom design for the the United States Navy and over the course of 2014 we have been honored to have worked with a variety of CPOA’s, FCPOA’s, SCPOAs, SCAs and USN Commands all over the world, warships of the line, Naval Air Stations, VBSS Teams, SEAL teams, Navy Seabees from Gulfport, MS and around the world, deployment designs for US Navy personnel serving in remote destinations from Souda Bay to Andros Island, Bahamas. This year has been filled with with colorful and detailed designs and motivational pride building…
  • How I Survived Marine Corps Bootcamp

    Sarge Strike
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    How I Survived Marine Corps Bootcamp Of course there was the week after week sweating out what was coming next, learning my primary orders, figuring out what the hell a blouse was, what a whiskey locker was, what a squad bay was and ultimately who the hell these three Smokey the Bear wearing, muscle bound, khaki wearing, 3 and 4 stripe sleeve donning Drill Instructors  were and why they feel the constant need to yell out me? I mean dang I heard them loud and clear and everytime they yelled I heard 50 kid’s tonsils clicking in platoon formation. Dang. I mean seriously. Memory Lane- The…
  • Shellbacks Making a Comeback in the US Navy

    Frost Call
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Shellbacks Making a Comeback in the US Navy Hazing has been a part of the “Shellback” ceremonies in the US Navy for years, but the new Hazing Prevention task force is trying to end that. Hazing is classified as any and all actions that are, “cruel, abusive, humiliating, oppressive, demeaning or harmful.” It is nice ot knwo that Shellbacks Making a Comeback might be at hand. SECNAV Instruction and the new task force say that their mission is clear, and that mission is to end hazing. However, the Navy does not want to stop the comradery and team building associated with these…
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  • Marine Corps Recruiting Posters

    Carl
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    #Marines#Marine#USMC
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    Carl
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
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  • Marine Corps News From World War Two: Maj. Foss Unit Arrives Overseas

    Carl
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    SOUTH PACIFIC Maj. Joe Foss of Sioux Falls, S. D., who downed 26 Japanese planes during the Guadalcanal campaign, and who has returned to the South Pacific as leader of a Marine fighter squadron, declared that his main concern is not records but just to “bring all these kids home safely.” Foss’ new squadron, trained as a unit in the U. S. by the major himself, includes four other Henderson field veterans. The squadron also numbers a half-dozen filers under 21. “We’re not out for records,” Foss said. “I just want to do our job well and bring all these…
  • Marine Corps Photos: Hit the Ground Running

    Carl
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    U.S. Marines evacuate the area as an MV-22B Osprey comes into land at Hat Yao, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 18 during Exercise Cobra Gold 2014. Cobra Gold, in its 33rd iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective response to regional crises by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region. Photo by Cpl Zachary W. Scanlon. #Marines#Marine#USMC marines.com
  • Marine Corps Recruiting Posters

    Carl
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
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