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  • 3 NATO Warships Patrol Black Sea Near Ukraine

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    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • Our German Home

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

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    LTCOL P
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    We reluctantly pass on this release from VMI: VMI Cadet Dies LEXINGTON, Va., April 22, 2014 – A Virginia Military Institute cadet died unexpectedly in Rockbridge County Tuesday evening. The body of Eric B. Alter, 22, of Centreville, Va., was found by Rockbridge County Sheriff’s deputies near Goshen. Local law enforcement and emergency agencies responded. He is survived by his parents, Bruce and Beth Alter of Centreville, and his sister, Betsy. Funeral arrangements are pending. The VMI Corps of Cadets was informed of Alter’s death early Tuesday evening. Counseling and pastoral care is…
  • Medal of Honor Recipient Given Brand New House

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    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    “Medal of Honor recipient SFC Leroy Petry, stationed at JBLM in Lakewood, Washington was just given a house.  After 8 deployments, we can’t think of a better way to say welcome home.” -Megan H.
  • Saint Etienne Cathedral – Metz, France

    World Traveling Military Family
    Mrs B
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Saint Etienne Cathedral was built from 1220 to 1552, it has one of the highest Gothic edifices in Europe. I was way more impressed with this cathedral than Saint Martin’s Cathedral (The Dom) in Mainz that everyone says is a must see. While walking through Saint Etienne the enormity of this cathedral from its vaulted [...] The post Saint Etienne Cathedral – Metz, France appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
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    Stars and Stripes News

  • Ex-commissary chief warns defense cuts could topple resale system

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, backed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wants DeCA’s annual appropriation of $1.4 billion cut to $400 million by 2017. Average shopper savings of 30 percent would fall to 10 percent as commissaries become self-supporting like the military exchange systems.
  • Last rebel bastion in Syria’s Homs expected to fall soon

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Syrian regime tanks and artillery shelled rebel positions Thursday in the central old city district of Homs, according to rebels and anti-government activists, who said they believe that the last rebel bastion will be overwhelmed by government forces in the coming days.
  • Sense of shame haunts South Korea after ferry disaster

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    For South Korea, a country that pulled itself out of abject poverty to become the world’s 15th largest economy, the most stinging accusation about last week’s ferry sinking is that it looks like a third-world disaster.
  • Turkish leader offers condolences to Armenians over massacre

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered condolences to Armenian descendants of massacre victims in a message ahead of the 99th anniversary of the atrocity that Turkey still refuses to describe as a genocide.
  • Palestinians’ Hamas and Fatah factions say they have a unity deal

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Wednesday announced a reconciliation deal to end their seven-year schism, in a further blow to U.S.-led efforts to broker a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis.
 
 
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    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms

  • Survived the first night

    Linda
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    I had no idea how hard this was going to be.  We took our son to the recruiters office yesterday morning.  He did manage to give me a call last night from the hotel.  This morning he will be officially swearing in and off to the Chicago.  I know in my head this is a wonderful journey we are on .  He is living his dream but my heart is so sad.  I hope he gets a chance to call me while traveling today.  Waiting for the scripted call tonight. 
  • New Member

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

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

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

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

    LTCOL P
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    We reluctantly pass on this release from VMI: VMI Cadet Dies LEXINGTON, Va., April 22, 2014 – A Virginia Military Institute cadet died unexpectedly in Rockbridge County Tuesday evening. The body of Eric B. Alter, 22, of Centreville, Va., was found by Rockbridge County Sheriff’s deputies near Goshen. Local law enforcement and emergency agencies responded. He is survived by his parents, Bruce and Beth Alter of Centreville, and his sister, Betsy. Funeral arrangements are pending. The VMI Corps of Cadets was informed of Alter’s death early Tuesday evening. Counseling and pastoral care is…
  • The Lieutenant Says-Draw Down

    Slater
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:29 pm
    So the draw down will affect morale, so say some company grade officers.  The reality is that the draw down, which any of us knew was coming has had little effect on the Officer Corps.  And in reality, the scare once brought via the Army Times hasn’t occurred.  The OER has changed, honestly more in favor of the rated officer.  The Army has not gotten serious about the draw down by any means.  For the last two years the Marine Corps has offered a a voluntary severance package to their officers in the ranks of captain and major for specific […]
  • (Speaking of Police and Soldiers…)

    LTCOL P
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:31 pm
    By way of WRSA, this from Herschel at The Captain’s Journal: The implications of this are perhaps enormous.  Quiet Man at WRSA points out that there are formal Army field manuals and doctrine and training documents for site exploitation, and remarks that “virtually everything they do will be ‘”joint” in the agency sense.”  Yes, and in the intra [sic, inter]-agency sense as well.  The military is looking more like law enforcement, and law enforcement is looking more like the military.  For those who have been watching, this is likely not accidental, and is an evolution that…
  • Going to war with the Army you have

    DaveO
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    While some national leaders focus on big defense issues, Mr.  Putin has taken a personal interest in one of the smallest: the rifle. Last  year, his government consolidated rifle manufacturing into one new firm, the  Kalashnikov Corp., named after the AK’s famous inventor, Mikhail  Kalashnikov. “Putin actually goes out and shoots  these things,” Gen. Scales said. More here
  • Is This What 1860 Felt Like?

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

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:53 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 far right sidebar. Andrew Gross has written another intriguing book with his latest, Everything To Lose. As with most of his books he explores the question of how someone’s life can change in a brief moment. These random acts and their resulting consequences lead to dire penalties. The plot takes off from page one when a down on her luck mother, Hilary Cantor, witnesses an accident while driving along a suburban road she…
  • Massachusets National Guard Provide Security at the Boston Marathon

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    Army Spc. Brandon Smith provides security at the start of the 2014 Boston Marathon, April 21, 2014. About 600 Massachusetts National Guardsmen assisted local authorities to ensure the event would be as safe as realistically possible. Due to a record number of runners, Guardsmen from numerous states augmented the Massachusetts Guard's specialized units. Smith is assigned to the 169th Military Police Company, Rhode Island Army National Guard. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Saslav Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan Cunningham, center, provides security during the start of the 2014 Boston Marathon in…
  • Photo - Free Fall Tracking

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class John Delong tracks with another parachutist during free fall training on Naval Station Rota Spain in Rota, Spain, April 14, 2014. Delong is assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Nathaniel Spencer
  • Book Review - "The Auschwitz Escape" by Joel C. Rosenberg

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:25 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 far right sidebar. The Auschwitz Escape is a riveting novel by best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg. Using the Holocaust as a backdrop it becomes a psychological, political, and historical thriller intertwined with the mystery of how the concentration camp victims escape and whether they will survive. As Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 28th is observed, readers can reflect on this powerful story that is about the choices…
  • Book Review - "American Spartan" by Ann Scott Tyson

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:23 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 far right side bar. American Spartan by Ann Scott Tyson, wife of former Major Jim Gant, can be read as three different chapters in their lives. The policy chapters concentrate on what is needed for a successful strategy in Afghanistan; the cultural section is seen through her eyes regarding the Afghan villagers, and the last part of the book deals with Gant’s feeling of betrayal by his commanders. In order to best…
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    Defense Tech

  • Australia Buys 58 More F-35s

    Mike Hoffman
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Australia announced Tuesday it will buy 58 more F-35s at a cost of $12.4 billion to build their fleet of fifth generation fighters to 72. The purchase agreement offered a boost to the Joint Strike Fighter program a week after it was announced the costs increased by $7.4 billion at a time the U.S. expect […]
  • U.S. and Russian Dolphins May Meet in Black Sea

    Mike Hoffman
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    Forget frigates or destroyers, the next show of force between the U.S. and Russia in the Black Sea could be the fleet of military dolphins trained by the two navies. The U.S. Navy had planned to include dolphins in the upcoming training exercises planned for the Black Sea. Tom LaPuzza,  spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s marine mammals […]
  • U.S. to Test Seabed Resupply Systems by 2016

    Bryant Jordan
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The Pentagon wants to set up a network of seafloor-bedded “nodes” that would include anything from supplies to weaponry to be called to the surface for military action when needed. The Defense Department could begin field testing its “Upward Falling Payloads” anytime after October, according to the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency. The system will […]
  • Navy’s Bluefin-21 Drone Dives for MH370

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

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

  • Whistleblowers: a Meta-Organization

    Michael Yon
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    22 April 2014 PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban: PDRC crowds are easy to spot by the whistles and Thai flags. To understand this dispatch in context, please read the previous dispatch: Are Thai Protestors Violent? We begin: PAD and UDD crowds are easy to spot: PAD = Yellow Shirts.  UDD = Red Shirts. Yellow is the King’s color.  PAD is strongly pro-Monarchy.  UDD leadership is sharply anti-Monarchy, though many individual Red Shirts do love the Monarchy. Again, Yellow Shirt and Red Shirt gatherings are easy to spot: large numbers of people wear Yellow or Red shirts.  It can…
  • Are Thai Protestors Violent?

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

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

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

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

  • Letter from Iraq: What was left behind

    Zeyad
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    An interesting exposé on PM Maliki and his rise to power in the New Yorker by Dexter Filkins (NY Times Baghdad bureau chief 2003-2006).  In the summer of 2012, a mysterious man walked into the office of Rafe al-Essawi, then the finance minister, and handed him a sheaf of documents. The man, who identified himself as Mohammed Abdullah, said that they were government contracts, totalling seven
  • 16 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am

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

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

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

    Zeyad
    26 Nov 2013 | 3:38 am
    From Derna, Libya, last Friday
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Incoming Comics – Taking a Selfie

    CJ Grisham
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • Trident Smartphone and iPad Cases

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

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

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

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

  • Intelligence Directive Bars Unauthorized Contacts with News Media

    Steven Aftergood
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    The Director of National Intelligence has forbidden most intelligence community employees from discussing “intelligence-related information” with a reporter unless they have specific authorization to do so, according to an Intelligence Community Directive that was issued last month. “IC employees… must obtain authorization for contacts with the media” on intelligence-related matters, and “must also report… unplanned or unintentional contact with the media on covered matters,” the Directive stated. The new Directive reflects — and escalates…
  • Iran-North Korea-Syria Cooperation, and More from CRS

    Steven Aftergood
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    The executive branch today provides less unclassified information to Congress concerning proliferation of weapons mass destruction than it used to do, a new report from the Congressional Research Service observes. “The number of unclassified reports to Congress on WMD-related issues has decreased considerably in recent years,” the report said. “Congress may wish to consider requiring additional reporting from the executive branch on WMD proliferation.” That suggestion appeared in a new CRS report entitled Iran-North Korea-Syria Ballistic Missile and Nuclear…
  • History of 1953 CIA Covert Action in Iran to be Published

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

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

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

  • THE GIFT

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fair Winds And Following Seas

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

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

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

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

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

  • Australia’s Submarine Program in the Dock

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

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

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

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

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

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

    LTC John
    8 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
    For various reasons, including overall governmental slowness, the best NCO in Illinois took a little extra time being promoted to the top spot.  I present to you, Command Sergeant Major Mark Bowman, Illinois State Sergeant Major:Want to see a few qualifications?  How about a whole bunch...CSM Bowman enlisted in the Army in October 1979 as a tank driver. He attended basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. CSM Bowman served overseas in Germany for nearly four years. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2004 to 2005 and again with the 33rd IBCT as part…
  • Ludophilia IV!

    LTC John
    17 Feb 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Northern Illinois' best gaming convention is set and scheduled - find the details HERE
  • Take V-Day Like a Man

    Inner Prop
    14 Feb 2014 | 6:21 am
    Speaking of love, Happy St. Valentine's Day.Head on over to Illini6 for my suggestions for manly romances and let me know which ones you prefer.You mean Inner Prop is going to show me a better way to get the girl, I accept
  • Fun with an insurance commercial

    LTC John
    11 Feb 2014 | 1:06 pm
    No, it is not "Mayhem" or the gecko. Zurich Insurance has a new advertising campaign "For those who truly love"...Here is a Swiss commercial I found quite amusing - sorry about the German, but it starts "No love" then "Some love" then "True love"... "You love ice hockey, so do we"  "Zurich Insurance, Official Sponsor of Swiss Ice Hockey".
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  • North Carolina Deputies Raid Wrong Home

    Herschel Smith
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Times-News Burlington: The Burlington police officer who obtained a search warrant for the wrong house in a drug investigation was present when the warrant was executed, but wasn’t able to stop deputies before they entered the house, police officials said Tuesday. Burlington Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe called into Talkline, a local morning radio show on AM station WBAG, on Tuesday to discuss the incident, which occurred April 4 at a Mebane house outside of the police department’s jurisdiction, thus requiring the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office to execute the warrant. Though the…
  • Harry Reid: “Something Will Happen” To Cliven Bundy

    Herschel Smith
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Communist Harry Reid: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says “something is going to happen” to get Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to stop letting his cattle graze on federal land. “It’s obvious that you can’t just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to what’s going to happen next,” Reid told KSNV-TV. “But I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen. We are a nation of laws, not of men and women.” Reid called militias staying at Bundy’s Bunkerville ranch “domestic violent…
  • Trying To Find Your Dope In Combat

    Herschel Smith
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:59 pm
    It was recently the anniversary of the fighting in al Najaf, and Travis Haley does an after action report on his engagement (the only one I think I’ve seen from him on this epic fire fight).  Take note of what he says: “Trying to find your dope in combat” is the last thing you want to do.  Practice, know your weapon, know yourself, and practice some more.
  • The Admixture Of Military And Law Enforcement

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

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

  • Sometimes the Demons win, DAMN THEM!

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

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

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

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

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

    Maj Pain
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Shwew, some communist regime tried to bring down “Typepad” which hosts One Marine’s View. They failed. Go figure. Glad that cluster screw is over. What a gaggle. Nothing like having a shit ton of great ideas for the blog, low crawl to your computer, set your cigar down only to find out your host is fighting off terrorists as well. Oh well, one team, one fight! The good guys won. To celebrate our small victory, here is a motivating video showing how you should go to work!!! Time for a C-Gar!! http://www.frequency.com/video/airborne-in-60-seconds/150080295
  • Shake & Bake - Motto Monday

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

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

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

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

  • New Fiat Ducato

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

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

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

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

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

    John
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
  • Small Town 'Murica...

    John
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Last Saturday I provided weapons for the militaria display at the Patriot's Day Parade in McLouth All I provided was a sampling of weapons from 1903 -2013, to cover all the veterans likely to show up (and a bit beyond, since no.one.showed.up. from the Philippine Insurrection or WWI, go figure...) The more interesting part was the memorabilia from local families. The visitors were predictable - the boys were drawn to the firearms, but the ladies, girls, and older men were drawn to the memorabilia, as they knew the men and women (we had a WAC represented) who's stuff was set out on the tables.
  • As an aside...

    John
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    BTW, these Redlegs needed to understand chemistry, physics, math, meteorology, and cartography. And be able to schlep 95lb projectiles. Think about it.
  • Don't even get me started on those...

    John
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    ...two old ladies lying in bed. If you can complete this sentence, "Napalm sticks to little..." you are probably an Auld Soldier, or hang out amongst 'em.
  • Still flying, after all these years...

    John
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    Still serving after all these years - the U2. We've probably got pilots flying these birds that were flown by their Grandfathers. The same tail-number... The U-2 Dragon Lady is a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft flown by the U.S. Air Force.
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  • Push

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

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

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

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

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

    Guest Bloggers
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sexual Assault Awareness Month isn’t just for service personnel. It’s for all of us, including military spouses. Life isn’t always happy, and just like there is support for families with a deployed member, there is help for military spouses who are going through the process of healing from sexual assault. In fact, military spouses and ... Continue Reading
  • Should She Go To Crazy Family Wedding?

    Jacey Eckhart
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Amy is supposed to be a bridesmaid in her little sister’s wedding. Her son is lined up to be the ring bearer. And now Amy’s husband is scheduled to come home from a nine month deployment and start leave at that time. He could go to the family wedding, too. Amy’s secret? She doesn’t really ... Continue Reading
  • Military Life is Socialism and I Love It

    Amy Bushatz
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Military life is a perfect example of socialism in action says Daily Beast columnist and Iraq and Afghanistan vet Jacob Siegel. Other than a few key ways it’s not actually socialism at all (example: we are an all volunteer force), which Siegel’s article does point out, and a few statements I find inaccurate (like his ... Continue Reading
  • ‘We Can Live Without the Commissary’

    Amy Bushatz
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Next to the camp of service members, military families and retirees who rely on the commissary as a must-have benefit is another less vocal but just as important group of people: those who are fine with getting rid of it. Last week we highlighted the comments of some readers who couldn’t do without it. This ... Continue Reading
  • Drawdown and Other Things That Are Too Good to Be True

    Amy Bushatz
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    “The military is drawing down. Deployments are slowing. Your service member will be home more.” Someone please tell me I’m not the only person who reads those words and thinks “I’ll believe THAT when I see it.” Military leaders claim that my spouse is going to spend more time in my house and less time ... Continue Reading
 
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    Arms Control Wonk

  • A Normal, Nuclear Pakistan

    krepon
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    Mark Fitzpatrick is a highly respected, careful chronicler of nuclear proliferation. His monograph of A.Q. Khan’s activities is required reading. So, too, is his latest, Overcoming Pakistan’s Nuclear Dangers, in which he recommends that Pakistan be treated as a normal nuclear state if it facilitates the entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, negotiation of the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty, and helps reinforce other nuclear norms. Mark correctly identifies an intensified nuclear competition on the subcontinent as a grave danger. He reasons that by bringing India and…
  • Looking Back at Brazil’s Boreholes

    mark
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    On September 18, 1990, long-held suspicions about Brazil’s nuclear intentions seemed to be officially and dramatically confirmed. Brazil’s first popularly elected President in 29 years, Fernando Collor, on the scene of what his aides suggested was a nuclear test site, terminated a covert nuclear weapons project which had been steered by the military. The New York Times reported it out from Brazil: In a first step to dismantle the bomb project, Mr. Collor flew photographers and officials to a previously off-limits air base in the Cachimbo mountain range of remote central Amazon.
  • Podcast: The INF and the Dismemberment of Ukraine

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

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

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

    Scott Halliwell
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    Q: Should I use money from my TSP to pay off high interest credit cards? –Joseph, Columbus, Ohio A: I wouldn’t recommend it.  As a matter of fact, I’d even go as far as to discourage it. Real Feelings Don’t get me wrong, I get the issue.  On one hand, having a bunch of high interest rate debt can be
  • How long will a credit line I co-signed continue to affect my credit?

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

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

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

    J.J. Montanaro
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Q: I was deemed 100% disabled during the Iraq war in 2004. I am now fully retired as a result (at 30). I just got married two weeks ago. Is my wife eligible for any medical benefits as well? –Patrick, California A:  Congratulations on getting married!  I’m sure it’s an exciting time for you and your wife.  If I understand
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  • IAVA Daily News Brief - April 23, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    CHEKCINGMARINES.JPG TODAY'S TOP STORIES U.S. sending troops to Eastern EuropeThe U.S. is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe this week to “reassure” allies there as Washington resumes its campaign of pressure on Russia over the Ukraine standoff. About 150 soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), based in Italy, are heading to each of four countries — Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia — in rotational deployments that the Pentagon says will be sustained until further notice. | Politico >>Less silent suffering: Veterans’…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief- April 22, 2014

    Gretchen Andersen
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    unnamed.png TODAY'S TOP STORIES As Army Shrinks, Young Officers Being Pushed OutAfter the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq. Many of them now are officers in the Army with multiple combat deployments under their belts. But as the wars wind down and Pentagon budgets shrink, a lot of them are being told they have to leave. | Associated Press >>10 years on, Pat Tillman's widow at peace with pastMarie Tillman is sitting at her parents' dining-room table, waiting for…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief - April 21, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    2ATTACK.jpg TODAY'S TOP STORIES Sen. Walsh and Tarantino on mental health in the militaryToday on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Sen. John Walsh (D-MT), the first Iraq War combat veteran to serve in the United States Senate, and Tom Tarantino, Chief Policy Officer at IAVA and former Army officer, spoke to CNN about veteran suicides, the cost of war, and Walsh’s bill, the Suicide Prevention Act for American Veterans. CNN >>"Ugh. I miss it."  Transitioning from military to civilian life, and from camaraderie to isolationThe fifth article in the ongoing…
 
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  • Afghan policeman guns down 3 Americans at hospital in Kabul

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    An Afghan police officer opened fire on American medical personnel at a hospital run by a Christian charity in Kabul, killing three Americans and wounding another. The motive for the attack has not been disclosed, but given its nature, the Taliban is likely involved. The policeman, who is a member of the Afghan Public Protection Force, opened fire on the American medical personnel at the CURE hospital in the capital. A pediatrician and two other medical workers are thought to have been killed and a nurse was injured in the attack, US military officials told The Long War Journal. The police…
  • Afghan Taliban confirms death of shadow governors for Kunar, Kandahar

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    Noor Qasim Sabari, the shadow governor for Kunar province, from a Taliban video released in 2012. The Afghan Taliban confirmed that its shadow governors for Kunar and Kandahar provinces were killed during combat over the past month. The Taliban noted the deaths of Noor Qasim Sabari (or Noor Qasim Hayderi) and Abdul Wasi' Azzam, the shadow governors of Kunar and Kandahar respectively, in a statement that was released on April 22 on Voice of Jihad, the group's official website. Sabari and Azzam were described as the "Jihadi in-charge" of their provinces. Sabari was killed "in a cowardly enemy…
  • Zawahiri discusses infighting in Syria, opposition to Egyptian goverment

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    Al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri discusses the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria and his opposition to the Egyptian government in a newly released audio interview. As Sahab, al Qaeda's propaganda arm, produced the interview, which is titled "Reality Between Pain and Hope." Zawahiri is asked about the state of al Qaeda's jihad against the US, specifically in the wake of high-profile losses in al Qaeda's leadership, including the killing of Osama bin Laden. Zawahiri says that despite the demise of some of the group's leaders, al Qaeda is still winning the long fight against the US.
  • US targets AQAP master bomb maker in 2 strikes in Yemen

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    The US targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's top bomb maker in one of two strikes that took place in Yemen over the past two days. Unnamed Yemeni officials have speculated that Ibrahim Hassan Tali al Asiri, who has built innovative bombs for the Yemeni terror group, may have been killed, but the reports are unconfirmed. The strike that targeted Asiri took place after midnight last night on a highway between the districts of Markhah and Bayhan in Shabwa province, according to Barakish. The unmanned Predators or Reapers targeted a car as it traveled on the highway, and killed four AQAP…
  • Head of al Qaeda's 'Victory Committee' survived battle in Syria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands: Book Review

    contributor
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY MARIE LEWIS Editor’s Note: Local author Robert Walker provided a complimentary copy of his book to Marie so that she could take a look inside and share the highlights with our readers.  The opinions below are all hers.  We hope you find the information helpful! Having almost reached my two-year mark on Okinawa, I felt pretty satisfied that I’d seen all the local guidebooks had to offer.  I devoured everything I could get my hands on in the first few months of living here, and I have admittedly become somewhat complacent in my search for new information. What…
  • Nago Citizen Beach

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

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

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

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

  • One Week Left

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

    NCCM(Ret)
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    Over the years, Navy Recruiting Command has sponsored Educator Orientation Visits (EOV) to give educators around the country an opportunity to visit our Navy. The visits can include various training commands and even ship visits. Below is a description of one such trip written by a High School Principal in San Francisco — it is […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Navy SRB Guidance as of 10APR2014

    NCCM(Ret)
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Below is the latest Selective Re-enlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update. Released April 10, 2014 via NAVADMIN 081/14. This is the first such update in more than a year. UNCLASSIFIED// ATTENTION INVITED TO ROUTINE R 101942Z APR 14 PSN 533135H20 FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS ***THIS IS A 5 […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Navy Jobs for the Third Quarter FY 2014

    NCCM(Ret)
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:49 pm
    As a reminder, any rating and program for which you qualify may be available when you go to MEPS to enlist, but those ratings and programs I will be listing below are reflected in the incentive program for recruiting personnel message that was released today, specifically, the Admiral’s Accelerator Award. The ratings and programs listed […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Funeral Honors

    NCCM(Ret)
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    The funeral honors for those who served in our military is guaranteed by Section 1491 of Title 10, United States Code. For those eligible, the Department of Defense shall provide the following: “(c) CEREMONY.—A funeral honors detail shall, at a minimum, perform at the funeral a ceremony that includes the folding of a United States […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
 
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    Defense-Update

  • Egypt interested in buying 24 MiG-35s from Russia

    News Desk
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Russia has acknowledged an Egyptian request to procure a squadron of MiG-35 advanced fighter aircraft, to include up to 24 fighter jets at a cost of US$3 billion. The post Egypt interested in buying 24 MiG-35s from Russia appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesRussian Air Force to Receive More MiG-29SMTTwo Drone Attacks Kill at least 13 AQAP Terrorists in YemenJapan’s stealth fighter demonstrator on schedule for first flight this YearJordanian Fighter Jets Attack Repel Terror Raid from Syria,…
  • Norwegian Battle-Lab Drive M-113 Via Oculus Rift Augmented Reality Goggles

    Tamir Eshel
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Norwegian Army is evaluating the use of commercial off the shelf (COTS) augmented reality goggles, enabling troops to look through the armour protecting their vehicles. In a recent test troops were able to drive an M-113 armoured personnel carrier using the Oculus Rift gaming-goggles. The post Norwegian Battle-Lab Drive M-113 Via Oculus Rift Augmented Reality Goggles appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesThe Ukrainian crisis – a cyber warfare battlefieldBoeing P-8A Begins Advanced…
  • Israel opens military service to the Christian minority

    News Desk
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    In a new program to make information and voluntary military drafting options available to the Christian population of Israel, the Israel Defense The post Israel opens military service to the Christian minority appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesTension is mounting along Israel-Gaza borderIsrael Launches OFEQ 10 Spy SatelliteNew ‘Samson’ C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft Lands in IsraelEgypt interested in buying 24 MiG-35s from RussiaCyber Intelligence Report 
  • Videos for 2014-04-21

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Defexpo 2014: An Israeli Perspective Defexpo 2014: An Israeli Perspective Defexpo, one of the world's leading international defense exhibitions was held in New Delhi, India in February. With ever increasing military spending and Indian reliance on foreign military equipment, the International presence at the biennial exhibition has grown 57 percent from the past event. Defexpo also provided an opportunity for small and medium companies to showcase anything from electronics and electro-optics systems to air conditioning, filtration, to lifesaving first aid kits for the warfighter. The…
  • Tension is mounting along Israel-Gaza border

    News Desk
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tension along the Israel-Gaza border has mounted in recent days, after a series of attacks from the Gaza Strip, On Sunday April 20th an IED was activated against Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers patrolling the security fence along the southern Gaza Strip. 12 hours later; on 07:15 Monday, Palestinian militants fired a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) at an IDF patrol along the security fence in the same area. The post Tension is mounting along Israel-Gaza border appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related…
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  • Egypt interested in buying 24 MiG-35s from Russia

    News Desk
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Russia has acknowledged an Egyptian request to procure a squadron of MiG-35 advanced fighter aircraft, to include up to 24 fighter jets at a cost of US$3 billion. The post Egypt interested in buying 24 MiG-35s from Russia appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesRussian Air Force to Receive More MiG-29SMTTwo Drone Attacks Kill at least 13 AQAP Terrorists in YemenJapan’s stealth fighter demonstrator on schedule for first flight this YearJordanian Fighter Jets Attack Repel Terror Raid from Syria,…
  • Norwegian Battle-Lab Drive M-113 Via Oculus Rift Augmented Reality Goggles

    Tamir Eshel
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Norwegian Army is evaluating the use of commercial off the shelf (COTS) augmented reality goggles, enabling troops to look through the armour protecting their vehicles. In a recent test troops were able to drive an M-113 armoured personnel carrier using the Oculus Rift gaming-goggles. The post Norwegian Battle-Lab Drive M-113 Via Oculus Rift Augmented Reality Goggles appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesThe Ukrainian crisis – a cyber warfare battlefieldBoeing P-8A Begins Advanced…
  • Israel opens military service to the Christian minority

    News Desk
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    In a new program to make information and voluntary military drafting options available to the Christian population of Israel, the Israel Defense The post Israel opens military service to the Christian minority appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related StoriesTension is mounting along Israel-Gaza borderIsrael Launches OFEQ 10 Spy SatelliteNew ‘Samson’ C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft Lands in IsraelEgypt interested in buying 24 MiG-35s from RussiaCyber Intelligence Report 
  • Videos for 2014-04-21

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Defexpo 2014: An Israeli Perspective Defexpo 2014: An Israeli Perspective Defexpo, one of the world's leading international defense exhibitions was held in New Delhi, India in February. With ever increasing military spending and Indian reliance on foreign military equipment, the International presence at the biennial exhibition has grown 57 percent from the past event. Defexpo also provided an opportunity for small and medium companies to showcase anything from electronics and electro-optics systems to air conditioning, filtration, to lifesaving first aid kits for the warfighter. The…
  • Tension is mounting along Israel-Gaza border

    News Desk
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tension along the Israel-Gaza border has mounted in recent days, after a series of attacks from the Gaza Strip, On Sunday April 20th an IED was activated against Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers patrolling the security fence along the southern Gaza Strip. 12 hours later; on 07:15 Monday, Palestinian militants fired a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) at an IDF patrol along the security fence in the same area. The post Tension is mounting along Israel-Gaza border appeared first on Defense Update:.               Related…
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    Navy Reads

  • How WWII Began in China

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

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

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

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

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

  • BAM Blog: Back to Basics: Why a legitimate Certificate of Conformance (C of C) matters

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
  • Press Release: 4DSP Brings High-Performance Software Defined Radio to PCI Express Form Factor with the PC722.

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    PC722 Side PC722 Front AUSTIN, TX – 4DSP today announced the release of a new PCI Express® product featuring the Xilinx® Kintex®-7 FPGA. The PC722 is a high-performance commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) card that features advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) capabilities. It is designed for a variety of applications, including Software Defined Radio and RADAR/SONAR. The PC722 is an excellent choice for applications that require large-band signal digitization or generation through the use of accelerated frequency-domain algorithms. “The Kintex-7 device has proven…
  • Press Release: Morgan Advanced Materials Introduces New Heat Transfer Calculator

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Morgan Advanced Materials (Morgan) announces the launch of Heat Flow, a completely enhanced online steady-state heat transfer calculator. The Heat Flow application allows users to simulate an unlimited number of heat transfer scenarios using Morgan’s market leading insulation and refractory products, as well as other user-defined materials. Users can register to create and manage their own material databases and calculations, by visiting morganheatflow.com. The Heat Flow application comes pre-loaded with nearly 400 products in ten categories offered by Morgan’s Thermal Ceramics…
  • Weather satellite’s Solar Ultraviolet Imager payload delivered by Lockheed Martin

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
  • Press Release: Robust and Flexible - Rugged COM Express with Intel Core i7

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    Rugged COM Express® with Intel® Core™ i7 Rugged COM Express® or VITA 59 is a new standard which is based on the proven PICMG COM Express® standard. Due to mechanical modifications, the modules are now also able to meet the high requirements of critical markets regarding temperature, shock and vibration, EMC compatibility and resistance against dust and humidity. The Intel® Core™ i7 processor family with a core frequency of up to 2.1 GHz and a Turbo Boost frequency of 3.1 GHz makes it possible to choose between 1, 2 or 4 processor cores. As many as 16 GB…
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    At War

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Fighter Country
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    Recap of the F-35 Unveiling Ceremony at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., on March 14, 2014. The F-35 fleet at Luke will train the next generation of pilots for the U.S. Air Force and many of our international partner countries. The post Recap Video of F-35 Unveiling Ceremony at Luke AFB appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
 
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  • Crucial military satellite systems are vulnerable to hacking, experts say

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

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

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

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

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

  • NATO Minesweepers Deploy to Baltic Sea to Reassure Allies

    Steven Hoarn
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    A year ago, the deployment of five NATO vessels to the Baltic Sea on a mission of port visits and the hunting of undisposed World War I and World War II ordnance would be unlikely to draw statements from Supreme Allied Commander Europe or the presence of the deputy chief of staff of Allied Maritime Command. The situation in Ukraine has changed that and brought about an urgency by NATO to strengthen its support for member nations who lie along NATO’s eastern border. The deployment of the five ships that compose Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group One (SNMCMG1) on April 22 is the latest…
  • Intelligence Agencies, USSOCOM Signal Support for Higher Resolution Commerical Satellite Imagery

    Steven Hoarn
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    U.S. government agencies have long resisted allowing commercial satellite companies to provide high-resolution images from their satellites to the public. That may be beginning to change. Officials representing a range of government and military organizations voiced their support for overturning the regulation, which currently bars the release of imagery with a resolution of less than 50 centimeters. “We have reached intelligence community consensus on allowing higher resolution for commercial providers.” At the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF’s) GEOINT…
  • A “Bradley/Stryker Combo” Concept for AMPV?

    Scott R. Gourley
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of the remaining bright spots among the shrinking category of U.S. Army acquisition programs is the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV), a service effort to replace its obsolete and tactically vulnerable fleet of M113-based vehicle platforms with approximately 2,900 more survivable and maintainable platforms in five different variants: mission command; medical evacuation; medical treatment; mortar carrier; and general purpose. What’s new about AMPV is an emerging discussion focused on a vehicle combination that would optimize platform selection based on tactical role and mission while…
  • Interview with Capt. Mark Vandroff, DDG 51 Program Manager, PEO Ships, Naval Sea Systems Command

    John D. Gresham
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Capt. Mark Vandroff is the DDG 51 program manager, PEO Ships, Naval Sea Systems Command. Vandroff graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in physics. In December 1989, he graduated from Johns Hopkins with a Master of Science in applied physics. 
He reported to Pre-Commissioning Unit Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) in July 1990. He served in a variety of division officer roles and deployed to the Mediterranean and Red seas in support of operations in the Balkans and Iraq. During a department head tour on USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), Vandroff served as combat systems officer…
  • Growth of Foreign Fighters in Syria “A Credible Threat”

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

  • All Good April with Carrington Farms

    armytankerswife
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    I was personally extend an invitation to participate in “All Good April,” a month long celebration of all things “good & healthy” hosted by healthy food brand, Carrington Farms. I received organic milled flax seeds and unflavored coconut cooking oil to try out in some recipes. This year, Carrington Farms is celebrating the springtime by offering special deals and discounts on healthy product favorites. I am an official “All Good April” Ambassador for #CarringtonAllGoodApril farms. Please visit their facebook page Facebook page and a you can find “All Good April”…
  • Labor Day the Movie

    armytankerswife
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    YEAH!  I was able to get guys and gals over to watch this. I had 7 adults and 3 teens to come-over for a Friday Night Viewing Party. We had popcorn, soda, and just regular junk-food. I hooked up my HD TV to my laptop and it turned out GREAT!  We met in the clubhouse and then came over to my to watch the movie. Thanks to Paramount Pictures and Influenster, I received a code for a free digital download of ‘Labor Day‘ starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. I googled the movie before hand to see how it and what it was about. By looking at the cover of the movie, which is now available…
  • Planning a Trip to Disney Series 1 of 5

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

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

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

  • Soldier surprises his daughters on Live Television

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    These two little girls think they’re at Z-TV for an interview about military families. They have no idea their dad is home from Afghanistan and about to surprise them LIVE on the newscast.
  • Marine and his sister surprise family during holidays

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    We know this is a couple months late, but we finally got this video put together and we are so excited to share. Pfc Taylor Paz graduated from MOS in Lejeune, NC in November of 2013 and told the family that he was being shipped off to Okinawa, Japan immediately after. Most of the family [...]
  • Father surprises daughters with Easter homecoming

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    FC1 Laverty coming home from deployment with the USS San Jacinto Easter weekend 2014. The girls didn’t know he was coming home and get quite the surprise when he is the one under the Easter bunny.
  • Woman Surprised By Military Boyfriend at Hair Salon

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    “LP came home early from his deployment and surprised Elizabeth at work!” -Brittany Johnson
  • Medal of Honor Recipient Given Brand New House

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    “Medal of Honor recipient SFC Leroy Petry, stationed at JBLM in Lakewood, Washington was just given a house.  After 8 deployments, we can’t think of a better way to say welcome home.” -Megan H.
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Incoming Comics – Taking a Selfie

    CJ Grisham
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • Trident Smartphone and iPad Cases

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

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

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

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

  • Troops Say Generals Understand Need For Cuts To Aides, Personal Drivers, And Golf Courses

    Lee Ho Fuk
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Troops from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force told Congress on Wednesday that general officers were willing to sacrifice portions of their caviar rations, personal assistants, limousine drivers, and golf courses if it meant improving training and equipment needed for the rest of the military. “We feel these cuts will provide […]
  • Veteran Goes Crazy After Reading Another Goddamn Article On Veterans Going Crazy

    Dirk Diggler
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    WATERTOWN, N.Y. — Watertown police have arrested Michael Dumont, a former Fort Drum soldier, after he ran through city streets on an expletive-filled rampage. “We’ve always been a little apprehensive about Mike,” Samantha Winegrass, one of Dumont’s coworkers, told reporters. “He seems friendly, but you know, he’s a veteran.” Coworkers say that Dumont served at Fort […]
  • There’s A Piss Test This Morning

    Epic Blunder
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    YOUR ROOM — Your buddy, Private First Class William Jenkins, is frantically pounding on your door, yelling something about a piss test first thing this morning. “I heard from Spc. Jones who overheard Staff Sgt. Sweeney tell Sgt. Jensen to be on hand for meat-gazing this morning,” he huffed. “Man, that Easter grass was such a bad […]
  • Army Establishes ‘Excellency Excellent Center of Excellently Excelling Excellence’

    Frederick Taub
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    WASHINGTON D.C. – With much fanfare, the Chief of Staff of the Army announced the opening of the latest cross-branch U.S. Army School designed to indoctrinate officers and crush any dissenting thinkers, sources confirmed today. The Excellency Excellent Center of Excellently Excelling Excellence — or E2CE3 because this is the Army — is the logical […]
  • Navy SEALs Find Jesus

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

  • Have you ever heard of the GPLEM?

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The GPLEM is an acronym of a very little-known independent motorized infantry unit of the French Foreign Legion, the Moroccan Foreign Legion Motorized Group. The group served in Morocco (Africa) for 10 years, after the end of World War II. The GPLEM originated in the autonomous mounted and motorized Legion units being left in Morocco […]
  • 1er REG: Hannibal exercise

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

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

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

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

  • Resources for Restoring Your Texas Land

    Anne Evenson
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    Whether you currently own land, or plan to buy land in the future, you may want to give some thought to how you can restore and maintain the ecological health of your little piece of Texas. In celebration of Earth Day, here are some considerations and resources for current and future landowners: Promote Biodiversity  According [...]
  • Free Film Screening for Veterans & Military Members at IMAX in Austin

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

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

    Anne Evenson
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    “Over the past year, Texas added jobs in all of the 11 major industries, including professional and business services, trade, transportation and utilities, leisure and hospitality, education and health services, construction, mining and logging, government, financial activities, information, other services, and manufacturing,” says Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.“The Texas unemployment rate was 5.7 [...]
  • Benefits for Veterans Who Are Buying Homes in Texas

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

  • Metz, France

    Mrs B
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    On our way drive to Paris we decided to make a stop in Metz, France. It’s only 1.5 hours from Spangdahlem and has the gorgeous Saint Etienne Cathedral as well as many other things to see and explore. Note if you plan on seeing the museum, Centre Pompidou-Metz, it is closed on Tuesdays. This is [...] The post Metz, France appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Saint Etienne Cathedral – Metz, France

    Mrs B
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Saint Etienne Cathedral was built from 1220 to 1552, it has one of the highest Gothic edifices in Europe. I was way more impressed with this cathedral than Saint Martin’s Cathedral (The Dom) in Mainz that everyone says is a must see. While walking through Saint Etienne the enormity of this cathedral from its vaulted [...] The post Saint Etienne Cathedral – Metz, France appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Eiscafe Dolomiti – Eating Eis in Germany

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

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

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

  • All Good April with Carrington Farms

    armytankerswife
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    I was personally extend an invitation to participate in “All Good April,” a month long celebration of all things “good & healthy” hosted by healthy food brand, Carrington Farms. I received organic milled flax seeds and unflavored coconut cooking oil to try out in some recipes. This year, Carrington Farms is celebrating the springtime by offering special deals and discounts on healthy product favorites. I am an official “All Good April” Ambassador for #CarringtonAllGoodApril farms. Please visit their facebook page Facebook page and a you can find “All Good April”…
  • Labor Day the Movie

    armytankerswife
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    YEAH!  I was able to get guys and gals over to watch this. I had 7 adults and 3 teens to come-over for a Friday Night Viewing Party. We had popcorn, soda, and just regular junk-food. I hooked up my HD TV to my laptop and it turned out GREAT!  We met in the clubhouse and then came over to my to watch the movie. Thanks to Paramount Pictures and Influenster, I received a code for a free digital download of ‘Labor Day‘ starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. I googled the movie before hand to see how it and what it was about. By looking at the cover of the movie, which is now available…
  • Planning a Trip to Disney Series 1 of 5

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

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

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

  • Let’s Talk Battle Rattle Custom Military Designs!

    Sarge Strike
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    What is Battle Rattle? When US soldiers gear up for missions they select the right equipment, the right weapons and then they set out accomplish their military objective. Battle Rattle is all the gear needed to get the job done!   What is a Battle Rattle Military Shirt? Exclusive to Vision Strike Wear, Battle Rattle is a unique experience in custom shirt design where a soldier or sailor can select from different drop down menu options and see their unique military item design in real time. Where does this unique experience of designing your own Battle Rattle shirt come from? The…
  • Liquid Metal Signs Released At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com!

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

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

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

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