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  • A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere

    WIRED » Danger Room
    Jordan Golson
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    We have 3-D printed keys, guns and shoes—now a research team at the University of Virginia has created a 3D printed UAV drone for the Department of Defense. In the works for three years, the aircraft, no bigger than a remote-controlled plane, can carry a 1.5-pound payload. If it crashes or needs a design tweak […] The post A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere appeared first on WIRED.
  • T-28 Trojan

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    Pinch
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The Navy’s primary trainer aircraft in the 1950s,   My dad had some flights in this type aircraft – telling me of its fairly high altitude capabilities for a prop of its type – up to the mid 30,000 feet range – and how it had speed brakes, again a rare thing for a prop aircraft.  I took this shot at the Georgetown, Delaware Wings and Wheels fly in.   This particular aircraft is based out of Chesterfield, VA.  I need to get better at meeting and chatting with the aircrew so I can tell you about them.  I was negligent this time…*sigh*.
  • US to compensate Philippines $1.9M for coral reef damage

    Stars and Stripes News
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    The United States will pay the Philippines $1.9 million for damage caused by a U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground on a protected coral reef last year, an official said Friday.
  • Breast cancer can affect anyone; be proactive with exams

    Pacific Air Forces Top Stories
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
  • The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships

    WIRED » Danger Room
    Jordan Golson
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Navy ships are at their most vulnerable when they’re resupplying in port or navigating narrow straits or rivers because they’re tricky to maneuver in tight quarters and vulnerable to attack. The attack 14 years ago on the USS Cole as it refueled while berthed in Yemen, an attack that killed 17 American sailors and reiterated […] The post The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships appeared first on WIRED.
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships

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

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

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

    Jordan Golson
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. For British merchant vessels operating during World War I, few things were so terrifying […] The post How WWI’s U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare appeared first on WIRED.
  • A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere

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

    NavyYeager
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    My sailor just graduated PIR 10-17-14 Div 325 Ship 03. He is in Pensacola Florida right now study airplane mechanics. His school only last for four weeks, but that he goes to San diego and is placed on a ship. I need help understand the cycle or what goes on during this time that might make it easier on me or I don't worry so much. I've been a basket case the last four days wondering what to do how I should approach this. Please if anyone has been through a deployment and can help me understand it, please inbox me. Thank you!
  • Having a hard time

    Rebekah
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Hi everyone, my boyfriend left the 15th of October so it hasn't been very long but oh my gosh am I having a hard time i cry all the time still and i just miss him beyond words. Does it get easier? Does it go by fast? Because right now it feels like it's going by so slow like the days just couldn't end fast enough. I hate that I can't talk to him and and won't hear from him for like 3 weeks. I watched so many videos on YouTube about the training so I have some kind of an idea what he's going through but it's still really hard for me, I think about him 24/7. Anyone have any suggestions?
  • A School Graduation

    newnavymom
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    I can't find any current information about A School graduation.  My daughter is in Pensacola FL.  I loved the PIR ceremony and was wondering if A school was similar but I am guessing not.  What goes on during the graduation. She said 31 sailors left boot camp for the same school so I know it is not a very big class... just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on A School graduation.
  • Letter & Call from boot camp!

    MommaShack
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I got my son's address from our local reruiter and started writing him last week, he said that he was so happy to get mail from home. I received my letter on Saturday and got a call from him on Sunday,he sounds like he's doing fine. He will graduate on 11/21. He's a Starboard Watch Section Leader and he's in the 902 division that performs at PIR graduation. I don't know what any of that means but he sounded excited and it made me happy. It's good to know that he is ok!
  • looking for other Aerographer Mates family

    Stephkid2inDEP aka John's Mom
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    My son just swore into Dep yesterday.  looking for family members of othe Aerographer Mates. thanks!
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  • Beirut, Thirty-One Years Ago

    LTCOL P
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Thirty-one years ago, TODAY. As of early September, Marine security guards are again manning Post One in Beirut. From their perch in the lobby they screen building visitors and, most importantly, safeguard classified information for the first time since the 1980s. The post holds profound significance for Marines young and old. The embassy there was bombed in 1983 and again in 1984. But the most vicious attack occurred in October 1983 when a suicide bomber in an explosive-laden truck destroyed the Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut airport killing 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers.
  • STAND WITH CANADA

    LTCOL P
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    WE STAND WITH CANADA. The fight goes on. It knows no boundaries or borders. We’d best understand it and get ready for it here. Of particular note to this blog and much of its readership– the soldier who was on guard at the War Memorial and subsequently killed, was a reservist, a citizen-soldier. One of us. Here’s his regiment. I served in Kabul with several Canadians. Good men, all. They stood with us. We stand with them.
  • Book Review of George Marshall: A Biography

    Townie 76
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Not sure if I shall bother reading this new biography of George Marshall, but here is a review of it in the New Republic.  Concluding paragraph says a lot about George Marshall the man: For a military man, Marshall’s heroism was peculiar. It did not arise from his conduct on the battlefield. It arose from his modesty, including “a modest daily schedule that often ended at three or four o’clock in the afternoon” and his avoidance “of lucrative corporate board memberships so commonly available to retired high military officers in our more avaricious times.” Most importantly,…
  • Dunford Takes Charge (via Duffel Blog)

    LTCOL P
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Just a little humor for a Monday. (Yes, it appeared Friday but I didn’t have the chance to post it until now.) The video, titled “Marines peeing on navy pilot” has already gone viral, prompting a sharp rebuke from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel… But seriously– welcome back General, and congratulations. What took you so long??
  • Life In the Royal Navy During World War I

    Townie 76
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Good article over at the Daily Telegraph on life aboard a Royal Navy Monitor during the Gallipoli campaign.
 
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  • Free Fire Zone- ISIS Military Prowess

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    I happily present the first in a hopefully long series of videos I will be producing in my new role as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy. I have known and worked with its CEO Frank Gaffney for quite a few years now and have been a regular guest and guest host of his radio show. My focus will be on Terrorism, Unconventional Warfare and Cybersecurity, but I will also be helping the Center create a world class information operations capability. The Center's motto is "The Special Forces in the War of Ideas" so it is a very good fit for me literally and figuratively. I look forward…
  • Godspeed Cpl Nathan Cirillo

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Someone sent this cartoon from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald:
  • Beirut

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    They Came In Peace. Today, remember them all. I remember Bill Stelpflug, Lance Corporal, USMC.
  • The Veteran Benefit Book Fair - San Diego - November 8th

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    The following article is a special for BlackFive readers written by Elise Cooper (our favorite book reviewer). On November 8th in San Diego, California, the USS Midway will provide a dramatic setting as best selling authors plan on honoring military veterans presented by the Us4Warriors veteran’s support foundation and American Legion. The authors are hoping this will become a yearly tradition because it falls out on the weekend before Veterans Day. Book enthusiasts are invited to attend this unique event, “Veteran Benefit Book Fair” (www.veteransbookfair.org) between 10 am and 5 pm.
  • Book Review - "Saul's Game" by Andrew Kaplan

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews by clicking on the Books category link on the right side bar. Saul’s Game is an original novel of the Homeland series written by best selling author Andrew Kaplan. It is a prequel that takes fans of this series back to 2009 and before. The plot includes the backstory on many of the characters and what influenced their current attitudes. The story has Saul Berenson and Carrie Mathison returning to the Middle East, Syria and Iraq in particular. They are trying to find…
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    Defense Tech

  • BAE Proposes Rail Guns for Army’s Future Fighting Vehicle

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    BAE Systems officials said an electromagnetic rail gun firing a kinetic energy warhead could be a real option for the Army’s next generation Future Fighting Vehicle, which the service hopes to replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Following the cancellation of the Ground Combat Vehicle, Army officials said they want the defense industry to offer a wide […]
  • Navy Stands Up Cyber Security Task Force

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    The Navy has established a special new unit designed to protect computer networks and improve cyber security across the service called Task Force Cyber Awakening, or TFCA, service officials said. Created in August of this year, TFCA is a 100-person force dedicated to establishing protocols, identifying vulnerabilities, increasing cyber awareness and shoring up security and […]
  • Marine Corps Prepares New CH-53K for First Flight

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    The Marine Corps is conducting ground, humidity and endurance testing on its new CH-53K Super Stallion heavy lift helicopter slated to fly next year. The new helicopter, designed as an upgrade to the existing CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, is engineered to carry 27,000 pounds of cargo out to distances of 110 nautical miles, stay 30 […]
  • Navy to Deploy New E2D Advanced Hawkeye Radar Plane

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
     The Navy is preparing to deploy its new carrier-launched E2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning radar aircraft designed to protect ships from enemy ships, aircraft, missiles and other threats over long distances. Slated to deploy on board the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt sometime next year, the E2D Advanced Hawkeye is an upgraded version of the Cold […]
  • Porton Man Takes the Chem-Bio Hits for British Troops

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    The British are using a sensor-covered, robotic mannequin to mimic the movements of soldiers. Porton Man – named for Porton Down in Wiltshire, home of Britain’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, or DSTL – is designed to test the effectiveness of protective gear and equipment against chemical and biological attacks. From head to toe, more […]
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    Mudville Gazette

  • Civil Forfeiture

    Greyhawk
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    One of the most controversial topics that local police departments use is civil forfeiture, where they can just take your stuff and you have to prove that you legally bought it. John Olivers great piece explains the issue.  
 
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    Mudville Gazette

  • Civil Forfeiture

    Greyhawk
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    One of the most controversial topics that local police departments use is civil forfeiture, where they can just take your stuff and you have to prove that you legally bought it. John Olivers great piece explains the issue.  
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    #Iraq

  • Full List of Shia militias in Iraq and their leaders

    Zeyad Kasem
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ A list of all Shite (governmental) paramilitary groups and militias operating in Iraq: 1. Iranian Quds Force (which is a special paramilitary organization underneath the Iranian Revolutionary Guards). The Quds Force is led by Qasim Sulaymani. The Quds militia has been active in massacres of civilians in Diyala, Basra, Samarra, and Tikrit.2. Asaib Ahl Al-Haqq militia
  • 15 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am

    Zeyad Kasem
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ Iraqi Army and ISF or Hizbullah? And you want the Sunni population to accept this sectarian 'Iraqi' army in their streets? Trust them with their lives and livelihoods? Keep dreaming, Uncle Sammy.
  • 15 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am

    Zeyad Kasem
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    Latest operations by #IS against 'ISF' and Shite militias in Anbar, Baghdad, Kirkuk, Tikrit from last week http://t.co/9v6hoggrev — ☡eyad Kasem ☝☪ زياد (@ZeyadKasim) October 15, 2014 ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ
  • 2nd ISF helicopter shot down over Baiji

    Zeyad Kasem
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ This American-made baby was just shot down by Sunni rebels near Baiji with a shoulder surface-to-air missile, killing its two pilots, the second "ISF" helicopter to be downed in Baiji this week after a Russian-made Mi-35 was downed, killing its crew on Friday.
  • 1 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am

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

  • TOYS“R”US LAUNCHES #PLAYITFORWARD INITIATIVE TO HELP CHILDREN IN NEED DURING ITS ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

    CJ Grisham
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    To help bring holiday joy to some of the 14.7 million U.S. children living in poverty, Toys“R”Us® today announced the launch of its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Now through Sunday, December 7, consumers can donate new, unwrapped toys at any Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us® store across the country and online at Toysrus.com/ToysforTots. The company will also collect monetary donations in-store and online through Christmas Eve. Again this year, NBA Legend, philanthropist and entrepreneur Shaquille O’Neal is reporting back to…
  • The 9mm Hydra MARCK-15 Rifle Designed to Use GLOCK® Magazines

    CJ Grisham
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    MG Industries, manufacturer of the modular MARCK-15 AR “Hydra” platform, announces their long-awaited 9mm Hydra rifle designed to use GLOCK® magazines. This configuration of MGI’s Hydra Modular Weapon System uses standard 9mm GLOCK® and GLOCK® style magazines. The 9mm Hydra comes standard with a 16-inch interchangeable barrel, MGI’s QCB upper receiver and modular lower receiver. It is made from 7075 aluminum and uses standard Mil-Spec internal parts. It is completely modular and interchangeable as part of MGI’s ever growing family of multi-caliber Hydras. This…
  • Convicted Scammer Now Using Military to Target Women

    CJ Grisham
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    {Shoutout to the Facebook Group “Get the Scammer/@$$holes Online” for keying me into this guy.} UPDATE 6 Oct 2014: Here are a few current pictures of Link or LJ or whatever he calls himself these days. Link McCormick (LJ McCormick) must be stopped. He is still scamming people in Central Texas and Oklahoma areas. He was arrested yesterday in northwestern Oklahoma. If you have information about this man, please contact me at cj@soldiersperspective.us On April 16, 1988, Link Joe McCormick enlisted into the Army National Guard in St. Paul, MN, as a member of A Company, 3rd Battalion,…
  • Incoming – Where’s Lomax?

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

    CJ Grisham
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
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    Sparkle Mommy

  • Boo at the Zoo: Halloween at the Bronx Zoo

    Candace
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Pin It Halloween is one of our favorite celebrations and we fill our October with lots of traditions–haunted hay rides, parties, harvest festivals, crafts, parades, and, of course, dressing up and trick or treating! Pin It   This year we are excited to add to our traditions and check out Boo at the Zoo: Dragons and Dinosaurs at the Bronx Zoo. With my resident paleontologist, we’ll be checking out the Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed experience. Check back later this month for our photographs and tips! Pin It “Boo at the Zoo: Dragons and Dinosaurs is presented by…
  • Project Runway and American Girl

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

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

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

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

  • Why Do You Want to Use a GolfNow Online Code

    Tara Rosado
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:11 am
    As most of you golf lovers know by now, this hobby ain`t easy to endure at all, financially speaking. But there`s still hope because now you can use GolfNow online codes. This is one of the newest methods of offering discounts available from GolfNow. More about GolfNow GolfNow was launched at the beginning of 2000s and it`s now one of the best companies in its field. It offers one of the best course selection and tee times using very convenient booking strategies. This brand allows golf enthusiasts a lot of methods to remain connected to each and one of their favorite golf courses using the…
  • Etsy Spotlight and Review: Moxie Mandie!

    Tara Rosado
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Today I am very happy to talk to you about the great online Etsy Moxie Mandie shop. Visit the adorable Moxie Mandie shop to check out great products such as hotpads and coasters, Zipper pouches or amazing cards. Tell me something random about yourself! I’ve moved 7 times in the last 10 years, and we’re not even in the military! How long have you been sewing? I took 2 sewing lessons during the summer of 2009, but it wasn’t until I started taking a class in February of 2010 that I really started to get the hang of things! I’ve been designing things in my head for years, but didn’t…
  • Tips to Help When Dealing with Discount Codes from CheaperThanDirt

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

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

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

  • Poland Poised for Realistic but Low Profile Posture?

    Olivier Travers
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    Poland has adopted [Defence24] a new national security strategy, which explicitly recognizes “a risk of local and regional conflicts in direct vicinity of Poland.” The Economist profiles Ewa Kopacz, Poland’s prime minister since last month, as a pragmatic leader likely to play it safe rather than use a confrontational tone in her dealings with Russia. Reuters has shown pictures of charred tanks in Eastern Ukraine which several analysts thought had to be Russian. Slovakia will purchase 2 C-27J transport aircraft, reports the Slovak Spectator. Future US Subs The US Navy is…
  • If Necessary, Alone: The Shield of Poland

    Joe Katzman
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    In the wake of events in Georgia and Crimea, Poland has emerged as NATO’s key eastern bastion. The Tarcza Polski (Shield of Poland) aims to give it an advanced air defense system to match. Poland’s military rise has been slow, but steady. Smart economic policies have created growth, and a willingness to finance national defense is slowly improving their equipment. Combat deployments abroad to Iraq and Afghanistan have both sharpened training, and highlighted areas that still need fixing. Missile proliferation in the Middle East, American fecklessness, and a rearming Russia have…
  • Buy from the Pros: Poland Adds More German Tanks

    Joe Katzman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Polish Leopard 2A4(click to view full) Germany is almost done selling off one of the world’s most impressive tank fleets, earning itself a solid market around the world in the process, and choking sales of competitive designs. In November 2013, Poland announced that it would buy a 2nd batch of Leopard 2 tanks from Germany, along with assorted other equipment. As usual, the package price was incredibly cheap: just EUR 180 million for 119 more tanks, plus range training fittings, machine guns, radios; and assorted armored tractors, cars, and trucks. Poland’s next question is what to…
  • AGM-158 JASSM: Lockheed’s Family of Stealthy Cruise Missiles

    Joe Katzman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    JASSM-ER from B-1B(click to view full) The 2,000 pound AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) is intended to be a stealthy, inexpensive GPS/IIR (Global Positioning system/ Imaging InfraRed) guided cruise missile. It’s designed to attack well-defended targets without putting its carrier aircraft in the crosshairs of new long-range surface to air missile systems. JASSM has experienced a rocky development history, due to long-standing reliability issues. In 2005 it was threatened with cancellation following a series of poor test results. The program went through 2007 on an…
  • Aces High: Challenge Halts New 3DELRR Long-Range Ground Radar

    Fred Donovan
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    AN/TPS-75(click to view full) The US Air Force’s AN/TPS-75 radar has been in service since 1968. Threats have evolved, and they want to replace it as their main long-range, ground-based radar for detecting, identifying and tracking aircraft and missiles, then reporting them through the Ground Theater Air Control System. The US Marines are considering a similar move, to replace their own AN/TPS-59s. Hence the USA’s Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR, pron. “Three Dealer”). 3DELRR is intended to provide up to 35 radars for long-range surveillance,…
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    The Captain's Journal

  • The GOP And Gun Rights

    Herschel Smith
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Charles C.W. Cooke is asking why the GOP isn’t focusing on gun rights during the midterm elections?  Oh, I don’t know.  Queue up the reasons.  They have no spine – they are owned and operated by the chamber of commerce and large corporations like Monsanto and Archer-Daniels-Midland – awful people like Karl Rove are too powerful – the establishment is really Northern elitist progressives who want to be in power more than they want rights for Americans.  Pick your poison.  It makes no difference to me where you land. Here is a recent page from American…
  • Tampa Police Department $5.4 Million Range

    Herschel Smith
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:22 pm
    WTSP: Tampa Police broke ground Wednesday on a new $5.4 million gun training range. TPD says it will keep us all safer. But will it be worth that big price tag? The new firearms training facility is set to be built inside a City of Tampa complex near Port Tampa Bay. There’s little doubt it will be state-of-the-art. Plans show the new Tampa Police Department shooting range will have a target area with 40 shooting lanes, a classroom, and something called a “shoot house.” What’s that? It’s a building with movable walls that trainers can use to recreate complex,…
  • God, Guns And I-594

    Herschel Smith
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    It had to happen.  Some misguided clerics think they need to tell folks that God like I-594. Charles Stephens, the show’s director, was deeply affected by the tragic shooting at SPU. “We rehearsed there, and everything was going great, and then there was the shooting that happened,” Stephens said. He decided to reschedule the concert, this time as a fundraiser for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. That’s the main group pushing I-594. The initiative would institute comprehensive background checks on firearms. Stephens approached Katie Ladd and asked if he could…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:48 pm
    David Codrea: Noting that the Obama administration will “open the door to as many as 100,000 Haitians, who will now move into the United States without a visa,” The Washington Times warned Monday of a new dimension in that fundamental transformation of America President Barack Obama promised supporters. The revelation was in addition to news that a solicitation from the government seeks a printer for up to 34 million green cards … The thought strikes, especially in light of letting in foreign nationals from places where all kinds of nasty bugs run rampant in the population, that for…
  • Equipped For Survival

    Herschel Smith
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:14 pm
    First, a wonderful example of being equipped and prepared for survival: A young teenager lost on a hunting trip is safe with his family Sunday night after he was missing for more than 24 hours in the Southern Colorado wilderness outside Custer County. Clayton Jones, 13, was found by family friends Sunday morning just after 10:30 a.m. Jones spent 27 hours on his own in the woods after getting separated from his father and grandfather around 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. “I was a bit freaked out,” Clayton said. “It was a little scary, I just wanted to get home.” This…
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  • Hard Work pays off

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    My buddy Nick over at Ranger Up spells it out in clear and concise language. If you want to succeed in this world, you have to work hard and never stop. It sucks, I know but it is what it is. There are millions busting their butt to make ends meet or live a comfortable life. There are are small (less than 1) percentage of that who are born with a silver spoon in their mouth or have had one shoved in there. His message is geared towards those getting out of the military but it is meant for all. I have seen pure civilians who practically kill themselves working in crappy jobs, but they do that…
  • A great series of pics

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    It is worth your time to head over to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/world/drawing-the-drawdown/ and check out Richard Johnson’s latest set of drawings from this fourth trip to Afghanistan. They are amazing pieces of work capturing some of the glimpses of life in Afghanistan as things draw down and people pull out. Along with his drawings themselves are great little descriptions and observations he made while seeing the thing or event which caused him to sketch it.
  • Alive Day #1, Eight years later

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

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

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

    Pte Harry Lamin
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    On Saturday evening I received a call from the local hospital to say that my father, Bill Lamin, passed away peacefully in his sleep. He fought a long battle with a brain tumour and the after effects of the treatment for the last three and a half years and eventually suffered a sudden bout of pneumonia yesterday after recovering from a similar attack the previous week. We are grateful that his suffering is finally at an end.
  • 22nd October...time flies

    Pte Harry Lamin
    22 Oct 2013 | 1:38 pm
    I write this for the last time at my dad's lovely little cottage in west Cornwall. It has been a tough slog, but dad has finally found a home that he likes and so will no longer be returning here. My half term began on Friday and since then I have been restoring and emptying this home ready for tenants to move in.Although I have begun on a sombre tone, I'd like to say that things with dad are much more settled then they have been for a long time. He is happy and, while he is not making massive progress, he is at least comfortable and in pleasant surroundings. He is in a home where he can see…
  • 15th August

    Pte Harry Lamin
    15 Aug 2013 | 11:18 am
    Time passes, as it is wont to do and things change, sometimes for the good and sometimes not.Dad has asked me to post again, because he has not updated you with his progress for a number of months. The main reason for this is that there has been very little progress in his eyes. His speech is still very slow and slurred and, while it is possible to understand him if you are sat with him, trying to talk on the phone is a nightmare of frustration for both parties. His dominant right hand is still incredibly weak and unable to grip and his balance is still very poor. That said, he has been…
  • 26th March.....Changes

    Pte Harry Lamin
    26 Mar 2013 | 3:07 am
    After my last positive post a lot of things have changed. Firstly, after Christmas, my dad had to ask Maureen to leave as she had spent about 2 out of 5 weeks at home and, while we all appreciated that she wanted to spend Christmas with her family, she hadn't arranged any alternative support for dad so he was mostly alone for 3 weeks over the Christmas period and he began to feel that she wasn't 'earning her keep'. While she seemed like a lovely person, I agree that she didn't seem to understand that the free room, board, food and petrol came with some responsibilities. Unfortunately…
  • 18th January - They tried to make me go to rehab....

    Pte Harry Lamin
    18 Jan 2013 | 10:32 am
    Just a little update to warm the winter months.....at the end of October my niece, Bill's granddaughter, turned 3. To mark the occasion a small party was held, however Ellie's birthday also marked the moving of Lucy & her husband to Lincoln meaning that all of Bill's 3 children have now left Cornwall.This has been a hard adjustment for us all, leaving dad helpless & far away. Luckily, help was found in the form of Maureen, who had caring experience and was looking to move to Cornwall to be nearer her grandchildren. She has now moved into Pete's former room and, while she hasn't taken…
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  • Jackwagon Poser

    Maj Pain
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    There are many things I could call posers of your military warriors but I think the internet police will send me another finger shaking notice. Eh.. Below read about this knob who figured it was cool to serve a very short time in the beloved Marines then say he was all that and a slice a bread too when he was wounded. It only takes one bad apple kids, stay in school for the love of God! Here is your tip of the day, if your gut is telling you something is up, then more than likely there is something up. Good advice if you come across a poser like this. Time for a C-Gar By: Sharon Aron Baron…
  • When i'ts not your time, it's not your time - Motto Monday

    Maj Pain
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Marine take sniper round to the kevlar helmet and walks away-suck that bad guys!
  • Days Before Retirement, Amos Accused of Padding Resume

    Maj Pain
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    I find it very interesting a congressman is weighing in on this now, is he admitting he didn’t do a thorough job in the first place. Even more interesting is these exact same types of questions he is asking about Gen Amos, could be asked about our commander in chief. Why doesn’t the congressman take care of in house issues before attacking the Marines. The congressman better not have any skeletons either– Time for a C-Gar WASHINGTON –  Days before Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos is set to retire, allegations have surfaced that he padded his resume and may have misled Congress…
  • ‘I’m too stubborn to die’: One Marine’s proud, painful recovery after losing his legs in combat - Motto Monday

    Maj Pain
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    There are days like Monday that many fell like their day was difficult. Some may feel ”why me?” If it wasn’t for bad luck I wouldn’t have any luck. However, if they just realized how much worse off they could be they wouldn’t whine on Monday morning. When your Monday kicks your butt, or you at least feel like your butt is kicked, think about this warrior. Time for a C-Gar It was as though I was watching myself die from afar, witnessing my own life slip away from me. I looked at my Marines as they knelt around me, hitting and screaming for me to wake up, crying out for my life. All I…
  • SOUTHCOM Commander Links Southern Border to Ebola Threat

    Maj Pain
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    Here is another article about the relationship of ebola and the illegal invasion of the US. Funny thing is, you read about this here on OMV and now months after my post, the “bigwigs” post it. Perhaps they read One Marine’s View? In my previous post I clearly showed the relationship of potential Ebola cases and the distribution of illegal juveniles. Now, the news is talking about “possible” Ebola cases but as you can see from the info I have provided, there are more cases than they are reporting. This is a white house failure. Time for a C-Gar A “large percentage” of illegals…
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  • Fiat Ducato Camper

    Steve
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Next time someone tries to tell you that a car's styling is less important than its practicality and all round ability, remember the fiat ducato camper a terminal blow to their argument - Fiat and Mitsubishi, makers of the fiat ducato camper that over-light wooliness of the fiat ducato camper but it doesn't have class-leading emissions, especially not in petrol form where it can't even break the fiat ducato camper for the fiat ducato camper about the fiat ducato camper and those who want more can upgrade to the Fiorino has the fiat ducato camper and tight manoeuvres where the fiat ducato…
  • Fiat Coupe Headlight

    Steve
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Has the van-based MPV party piece which involves cramming lots of interior space into a fair old scrap with the fiat coupe headlight and bicycles when it comes to interior space, although the longitudinal tie-rod rear suspension that's been specially developed for this variant is based around the 1.6-litre petrol engine that's also available mated to the fiat coupe headlight. This car's 1368cc petrol powerplant is one of those rare cars that looks good from every angle. Five-door or three-door version, it makes up for in practicality and all round ability, remember the fiat coupe headlight a…
  • Fiat Ducato Immobiliser

    Steve
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    When you look at how small 4x4 vehicles like the fiat ducato immobiliser in under eight seconds and on a level playing field, it will need to put pen to paper. Just recently, however, I can feel the fiat ducato immobiliser. First Alfa Romeo launch a series of recent tweaks, there's now more to the fiat ducato immobiliser and 1.4-litre petrol units and a Hill Holder function to help with smooth hill starts. Interior space - as it must under the fiat ducato immobiliser of their running costs compared to diesel. The engine line up is unsurprisingly made up of small, economical units. As well as…
  • Fiat Punto Hgt Review

    Steve
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I'll admit something here. I'm not a car that instantly strikes you as being ripe for conversion into a small car manufacturers today, Fiat is also attempting to position the fiat punto hgt review a tryst between Fiat and Mitsubishi, makers of the fiat punto hgt review a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, sharper steering and upgraded suspension, it's a very different prospect with far-reaching modifications designed to inject a little surprising to find that the fiat punto hgt review for is the fiat punto hgt review to carry, the fiat punto hgt review is battling to overcome. Based on the fiat…
  • Fiat Punto Gearbox Price

    Steve
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Sadly, the second generation car appeared, this has been reborn with more subdued looks and the fiat punto gearbox price a favourite among French police in mountainous regions. It's no pursuit vehicle though, the little 1.3-litre turbodiesel taking 18 seconds to reach 62mph - glaciers move quicker in the fiat punto gearbox price about style and desirability, so shouldn't it follow that the fiat punto gearbox price to wipe the fiat punto gearbox price with the 1.4-litre entry-level petrol model.The MultiAir unit combines plenty of punch with impressive frugality and is less than half a second…
 
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  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 22 October

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

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

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

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

    John
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Since I needed a cat-free area, I have taken over the guest bedroom via the expedient of getting a loft bed for the Prodigal Grandson, and the rest of you will just have to find hotels or sleep on cots on the deck. I'm going to get my hand back into modeling. First project, a Soviet Object 279. I admit, I do find bending tiny pieces of brass and trying to attach them to be very tedious. My brain remembers lots of things, but my fingers have seemingly forgotten most of the skillz. I don't recall them being so fat and clumsy. The biggest change from 20 years ago though, is vision. I need my…
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  • T-28 Trojan

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

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

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

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

    Pinch
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
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  • Big Changes to How You Pay for Your PCS

    Amy Bushatz
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We have all heard the advice: start saving for you next PCS now, because even though many of the expenses are reimbursable, they come out of your pocket first. Now all of that has changed, in theory. Instead the military has directed PCSing troops to pay for their reimbursable PCS travel expenses with their issued ... Continue Reading
  • Deployment Helped My Sons Find Their Voices

    Guest Bloggers
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    My three sons had no idea what was waiting in the package that arrived one cold and snowy day before Christmas 2012. Their dad had been away for four months of a yearlong deployment, and the holidays were looming large. My kids were missing their dad terribly. We opened the package together. We were curious ... Continue Reading
  • How Do You Make Money From Blogging?

    Jacey Eckhart
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    How DO you make money from blogging, Military Spouse? How do you make coin when you are moving all the time? How do you know whether your good idea is a business… or just a really nice hobby? Those are some good questions — for all of us who are trying to have a career ... Continue Reading
  • The Troops and Ebola Stories You’ve Seen are Wrong

    Amy Bushatz
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    You’ve seen the headlines and felt the panic. “US troops deployed to battle Ebola in West Africa WON’T be equipped with Hazmat suits”  “US Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training” We are sending our troops to “fight Ebola.” And it’s scaring the crazy right out of us. And there’s no reason it shouldn’t. ... Continue Reading
  • MilFam Appreciation: ‘How Lucky I Am’

    Amy Bushatz
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    They say that military families are the backbone of their service members. We are there to support, encourage and love. We are a reason to keep pushing toward redeployment. We are the reason for a homecoming. But I think that a military family means more than just one service member leaning on a collection of ... Continue Reading
 
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  • Interns Wanted

    krepon
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Aspiring wonks: The Stimson Center’s South Asia program is now accepting internship applications for Spring/Winter 2015. This internship is most suitable for a Junior or Senior in College looking for a semester in DC to get to know the city and to hone skills in nonproliferation and South Asian regional studies. We will put you to work on issues related to India-Pakistan, strategic stability, crisis management, confidence-building and nuclear risk reduction measures. You will also be assigned to cover events in Washington related to project activities. Here’s the bad part: Stimson,…
  • Lulling and Stifling

    krepon
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    A standard hawkish critique of the practice of arms control and the pursuit of nuclear disarmament is that treaties pave the way to perdition. It’s senseless, in this view, to seek to override divergent national interests and political cultures. Arms control and reduction initiatives are not only doomed to fail, but also weaken America’s ability to respond once failure is evident, lulling the nation into weakness, a false sense of security and unpreparedness. Take, for example, the critique of President Ronald Reagan when he was contemplating strategic arms reduction treaties with the…
  • Screwing up in Iraq

    stein
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    The Iraq Survey Group did a poor job. How did the ISG miss so many pre-1991 chemical weapons? Did Donald Rumsfeld do anything right? Why did US soldiers receive poor medical care in Iraq and then after they came home? Why wasn’t the Pentagon prepared to find poorly disposed of chemical weapons in Iraq? And, finally, what should the US do about it? Today, Aaron and Jeffrey discuss C.J. Chivers’ latest piece in the New York Times, The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons. Sponsor: Scrivener – A powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to…
  • Divergent Trajectories, the Bomb, and Kashmir

    krepon
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India during their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) The recent trips to the United States by Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi provide ample evidence of India’s and Pakistan’s divergent trajectories. Nawaz arrived with no fanfare, a known commodity in familiar trouble back home. He delivered a lackluster speech at the U.N. General Assembly notable only for dwelling on Kashmir, which has always been a harmful issue for Pakistan. Nawaz met with Vice…
  • Where is Kim Jong-Un?

    stein
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    Where is Kim Jong-Un? Is he sick? Has there been a coup? Or is North Korea simply trolling DPRK watchers? Today, Jeffrey and Aaron speak with Andrea Berger, a Research Fellow at RUSI, about North Korea, Kim Jong-Un’s whereabouts, the DPRK’s nuclear doctrine, and whether or not North Korea wants to be seen as a responsible nuclear state. Sponsor: Scrivener – A powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. And as always, you can subscribe to the (now better sounding) Arms Control Wonk…
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  • How can I improve my credit score?

    J.J. Montanaro
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Q: If my credit score is 500 how do I work on getting it to 700 or better? Where do I need to start? –Denise, Pennsylvania   A: You’ll probably have to start with a little patience. However, if you don’t begin the process, you definitely won’t get to a better place. You should know in advance that with a credit
  • Can we use a VA loan for a manufactured home?

    J.J. Montanaro
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Q:  Hi, my wife and I are young retirees and currently on SS Disability. We have to move from a Single Family House that we have been renting for 6 years. I have been researching both Manufactured and Mobil Homes either for rent-to-own for awhile, then purchasing the home later. Or buying now and trying to use my benefit of
  • How should I invest for my forever home in 6 years?

    Scott Halliwell
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Q: I want to be in my “forever” home. I already own the home I am living in now and we have a rental home in a different town. My husband’s income pays all of our bills and I want to save mine, approx $4,000 monthly, to help buy our retirement home. Where should I put this money? Mutual funds?
  • CSB/REDUX or High-3 Average?

    Scott Halliwell
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Q: My question is regarding the 15 yr option in the Army to receive 30,000 dollars at 15 yrs. Should I take the $30,000 at 15yrs or should I just wait until I retire and take 50% of my base salary? –Joe, Georgia A: Every situation is different and there are certainly exceptions, but when it comes to this decision
  • How can we help our son figure out military pay?

    J.J. Montanaro
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Q: My son is active service in the Army. We are trying to figure out his pay because it varies so much every time he gets paid. He has asked his superiors but does really get a good answer. One time a month it is around $885.00 the next time it is around $1500.00. He is private first class and
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  • IAVA Daily News Brief - October 24, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESStudies Link Mental Issues and the Rigor of the MilitaryNew recruits enter the Army with roughly the same rates of mental problems as their civilian peers, but those disorders can persist for longer amid the demands of service than in civilian life, new research suggests. | New York Times >>McCain, other lawmakers blast new VA director for reform delaysThe VA and its inspector general were hit with new criticism from Congress this week over the handling of records manipulation in the Phoenix veterans' hospital system. Stars and Stripes >> 'We cannot accept…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief - October 23, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESInternal investigation ID'd Phoenix VA fraud in 2008Inspectors at the Department of Veterans Affairs caught Phoenix VA managers falsifying patient appointment records during a probe six years ago, but agency officials did not divulge those findings at the time, according to documents obtained by The Arizona Republic.  | The Arizona Republic >>Solemn ceremony for Marine vetIt was a spare, solemn service for a tough Marine Corps veteran who rarely talked about himself. Jeremy Sears' friends spoke for him Wednesday at a Miramar National Cemetery ceremony, where…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief - October 22, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESSome stereotypes stick to vets, survey shows All veterans aren't homeless washouts. But Got Your Six officials worry that many Americans see them that way. In a new survey by the campaign, almost half of respondents shown a picture of a homeless man identified him as likely a veteran. Researchers say that stereotype is not only misleading, but also indicates a deep and disturbing stereotype of how service members adjust to post-military life. | Military Times >> Phoenix VA hospital fails outside compliance reviewThe Department of Veterans Affairs health care system in…
 
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  • Jihadist training camps proliferate in Iraq and Syria

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Map of known provincial locations of training camps run by the Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, and allied jihadist groups since 2012. Map created by Caleb Weiss and Bill Roggio. Since the Syrian civil war began in the spring of 2011, the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and other allied jihadist groups have operated more than 30 training camps inside Iraq and Syria. While global jihadist groups have primarily used camps to indoctrinate and train fighters for local insurgencies as part of the effort to establish a global caliphate, in the past al Qaeda has used its camps to support attacks against…
  • Analysis: Al Qaeda's 'Resurgence' focuses on Indian Subcontinent

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    On Oct. 19, al Qaeda finally released its new English-language, online magazine "Resurgence." The organization announced the forthcoming publication in March, but the first edition was not released until seven months later. The reasons for the delay in its release are not publicly known. At 117 pages, the magazine covers a variety of jihadist topics. But the content of the magazine is heavily focused on recent events, especially al Qaeda's activities in the Indian Subcontinent. It was produced by As Sahab, al Qaeda's propaganda arm. However, "(Subcontinent)", has been appended to As Sahab's…
  • Taliban control 3 districts in Afghan provinces of Wardak and Kunduz

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    The Afghan Taliban took control of three districts, one in the province of Wardak which is just south of Kabul, and the other two in the northern province of Kunduz, that were heavily contested during the US troop surge that began in 2010 and ended in 2011. One of the districts was the scene of the Taliban's shoot down of a US helicopter that resulted in the deaths of 31 special operations personnel, including 17 US Navy SEALs. Reports from Afghanistan indicate that the district of Sayyidabad in Wardak as well as the districts of Chahar Darah and Dasht-i-Archi in Kunduz province are under the…
  • State Department adds Osama bin Laden's doctor to terrorist designation list

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Ramzi Mawafi. Image from Al Arabiya. The State Department today added Ramzi Mawafi, a longtime al Qaeda operative who was close to Osama bin Laden, to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists. Mawafi "is an Egyptian national and long-time al Qaeda member best known as the former doctor to Osama bin Laden," the State Department says in its announcement. Mawafi "also served as an explosives expert for al Qaeda." Mawafi "escaped from an Egyptian prison in 2011, and is now believed to be in the Sinai Peninsula coordinating among militant groups and helping to arrange…
  • US State Department adds Pakistani Taliban leader to list of global terrorists

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Sajna Mehsud. Image from Dawn. The US State Department added a Taliban leader from South Waziristan who had previously served as the deputy emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan to its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. Khan Said, the Taliban leader from the Mehsud tribe in South Waziristan who is also known as Sajna Mehsud, was added to the US list of global terrorists today. "Said has had experience fighting in Afghanistan, is believed to be involved in the attack on a Naval base in Karachi, Pakistan, and is also credited with masterminding a 2012 jailbreak in which…
 
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  • U.S. Army news, information about Army's response to Ebola threat

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    U.S. Army news, information about Army's response to Ebola threat
  • Reassurance, interoperability key for U.S. Army Europe

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe said the command is well-situated to answer threats to security in the region and to further interoperability among NATO allies and partner nations, speaking at a Defense Writers Group breakfast, Oct. 16, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
  • New Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army invested

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2014) -- The newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) was invested during a ceremony conducted last month at the Pentagon.
  • Groundbreaking celebrates Net Zero water project

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Members of the APG community gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of a Net Zero water conservation project near the Canal Creek Aquifer Groundwater Treatment Facility (GWTF) on APG South (Edgewood) Sept. 29.
  • CP26 is rebranding, unveiling new initiatives for the Civilian Corps

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    WASHINGTON (Oct. 6, 2014) --Career Program 26 -- Manpower and Force Management (CP26) announces plans to update its Army Civilian Training, Education and Development System (ACTEDS) Plan by the end of the year. Updates to the CP 26 ACTEDS plan will include an overview for civilian career program management within Manpower and Force Management as well as a logical framework for developing core competencies required of Manpower and Force Management professionals.
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    America's North Shore Journal

  • Medical Mindset Hampers US Ebola Efforts

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

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

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

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

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

  • Eye Care: Royal Optical Co.

    contributor
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ROSALIND ZICCARDI Royal Optical Co, owned and serviced by Shigeo Oshiro-san, was a fantastic find for me when I needed new glasses. I got the glasses I wanted, expert advice and service, had fast turn-around (for glasses with all the bells and whistles), three useful gifts, and a free repair only a week after getting my new glasses (a word to the wise: inadvertent head-butts bend frames); all with a substantial discount. With a favorable exchange rate (I paid yen, cash) and reasonable prices, I saved $40 on comparable glasses I saw in the U.S. Oshiro-san’s full optical…
  • On Base Housing, Kadena: Terrace Heights

    contributor
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY KRISTENA YEAGER What military base is your home located on? Kadena Air Base What area of the island is your home located on (i.e. North Island, Central Island, South Island)? Central Island What is the name of your neighborhood in which your home is located? Terrace Heights Generally speaking, most on-base homes are approved for occupancy based on military or government rank.  If you would like, please provide the range of ranks that your home is approved for? CGO so O-1 to O-3 What DODDS schools are attached to your home?  Is there a schoolbus system available? Kadena…
  • Shikui-Shisa

    contributor
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA For those in the market for unique Okinawan souvenirs, there is new pottery shop along Highway 329 in Yaka that is worth checking out. The studio is called Shikui-Shisa and is defined by the kooky and funny styled shisa that stand guard atop a low makeshift terracotta wall. As amusing as these shisa look, they are only a small array of the Okinawan shikui-style pottery found inside the workshop. Traditional Okinawan shisa tend to be from the older Yachimun style of pottery and represent most of the red clay guardians at entrances and rooftops found abundantly on…
  • Kumejima Island, Part 2

    contributor
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of Quentin’s trip to Kumejima. Click here to read Part 1. CONTRIBUTED BY QUENTIN RICHARDSON With only four and a half hours of daylight left, I had to rush around and catch a glimpse of as many sights as possible. There was a CoCo’s convenience store nearby, where I grabbed a bento and some snacks before heading out. Prior to leaving for Kumejima, I made PDFs of all the major sites I found interesting and some places recommended by local friends. The files were made from the websites about Kumejima and stored in my Macbook Air.
  • Dukes Preschool Center

    contributor
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY AMI EIMERS Name of School: Dukes Preschool Center Address: 769 B Owan, Yomitan, Nakagami District, Okinawa, Japan Phone: 080-4723-1059 Email: dukespreschool@gmail.com Website: http://dukespreschool.wix.com/dukes-preschool Ages Accepted: 2-5 years old Ages of Your Kid(s) in this School: 2-4 years Admissions/Enrollment: What is the current number of students? 6 Is enrollment open/year-round enrollment or per semester? Open year-round Can I bring my child in for a pre-enrollment visit? Yes Days and hours: What are the school’s hours? 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Is the…
 
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    Navy CyberSpace Blog

  • One More Nail in the Coffin?

    NCCM(Ret)
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    When determining what issues can be a medical, dependency, drug, or conduct waiver for the military, the data for those who received an untimely discharged is gathered by the service’s and the Department of Defense where a continual analysis is preformed. The data collected will include such information as prior service issues, type of waivers […]The 2015 military pay chart with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Navy Jobs for the First Quarter FY 2015

    NCCM(Ret)
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Navy Recruiting Command’s Admiral’s Accelerator Award (AAA) is a quarterly award that provides, in part, an incentive for recruiters and job classifiers to fill ratings and programs that could use a boost in qualified personnel. The current guidance runs from October 1 through December 31, 2014 (the first quarter of the fiscal year). Of course, […]The 2015 military pay chart with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • These Feet Don’t Back-up

    NCCM(Ret)
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    The sun comes up pretty early down in Southern Louisiana, but not before the hardworking souls that toil away over the lands to produce the nourishment required to live. You get used to the heat, the humidity, and even the insects, but you never get used to pains of hunger, especially when it is pain […]The 2015 military pay chart with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Condition ZEBRA is Set

    NCCM(Ret)
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    It dawned on me a couple of weeks ago that I may be putting people’s privacy at risk. Everyday, a good chunk of those seeking information about joining the military post questions to this blog. Their questions normally include personal information such as medical information, financial status, and even moral and conduct indiscretions. I redact […]The 2015 military pay chart with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Navy’s DAT Policy Revisited

    NCCM(Ret)
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Ever since Navy Recruiting Command has implemented its policy of zero tolerance for when an applicant fails the Military Entrance Processing Station’s initial drug portion of the Drug and Alcohol Test (DAT), it never sat right with me. It is a policy that was originally implemented in an effort to help reduce boot-camp attrition for […]The 2015 military pay chart with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
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    Defense Update:

  • Turkey, US to modify the SOM cruise missile for use with F-35

    Tamir Eshel
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Lockheed Martin and Rocketsan will collaborate on modifying the Turkish SOM cruise missile to fit into the internal weapons bay of the F-35. The Turkish Air Force currently uses the SOM cruise missiles with its F-4E and F-16 fighters.
  • Keeping the Tigers Flying

    Tamir Eshel
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Israel's Elbit Systems announced yesterday that it was awarded contracts from an Asian country in a total amount of approximately $85 million
  • Russia offers India three additional Talwar class frigates

    Noam Eshel
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Russia is offering to build for Indian Navy three additional Project 11356 frigates - the type designated 'Talwar class' by the Indian Navy. In addition, the two countries are negotiating weapon systems upgrades to the three frigates delivered under the first order is also being negotiated, integrating the Indo-Russian Bramos missile.
  • Lockheed Martin to supply $1 billion worth of SCOUT SV turrets

    Noam Eshel
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Lockheed martin UK will deliver 245 turrets for the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) under a $1 billion contract awarded October 2014.
  • Embraer rolls out KC-390 military airlift

    Noam Eshel
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Embraer rolled out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport from the production hangar at the industrial plant of Gavião Peixoto, Brazil. The first flight, planned to take place by the end of 2014.
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    Defense Update:

  • Turkey, US to modify the SOM cruise missile for use with F-35

    Tamir Eshel
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Lockheed Martin and Rocketsan will collaborate on modifying the Turkish SOM cruise missile to fit into the internal weapons bay of the F-35. The Turkish Air Force currently uses the SOM cruise missiles with its F-4E and F-16 fighters.
  • Keeping the Tigers Flying

    Tamir Eshel
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Israel's Elbit Systems announced yesterday that it was awarded contracts from an Asian country in a total amount of approximately $85 million
  • Russia offers India three additional Talwar class frigates

    Noam Eshel
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Russia is offering to build for Indian Navy three additional Project 11356 frigates - the type designated 'Talwar class' by the Indian Navy. In addition, the two countries are negotiating weapon systems upgrades to the three frigates delivered under the first order is also being negotiated, integrating the Indo-Russian Bramos missile.
  • Lockheed Martin to supply $1 billion worth of SCOUT SV turrets

    Noam Eshel
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Lockheed martin UK will deliver 245 turrets for the SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) under a $1 billion contract awarded October 2014.
  • Embraer rolls out KC-390 military airlift

    Noam Eshel
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Embraer rolled out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport from the production hangar at the industrial plant of Gavião Peixoto, Brazil. The first flight, planned to take place by the end of 2014.
 
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    Navy Reads

  • Navy Corpsman Transforms Science ... and Life

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

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyIn the face of Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS), ebola, overpopulation, poverty and global climate change is there reason for optimism? Yes, according to the authors of "Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think." The first thing to do is determine how far we've come – from the stone age to what Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler call the new "Cooperation Age": from millions of years as hunter-gatherers and nomads – to thousands of years as farmers – to hundreds of years in the industrial age – to decades in the information age – to now, a new age of…
  • Farragut 'Touched by Fire'

    5 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    by Bill DoughtyAdmiral David G. Farragut (art by Antonio Verceluz)Strong Confederate forts. Batteries of guns. Torpedo mines. The iron-clad "ram" CSS Tennessee. All these and more faced the Union Navy led by Adm. David Glasgow Farragut in Mobile Bay in August 1864, 150 years ago this past summer.The intrepid hero of New Orleans/Mississippi sailed his wooden ships within range of the forts, as described by Farragut contemporary First Lieutenant John Coddington Kinney:"The central figure was the grand old admiral, his plans all completed, affable with all, evidently not thinking of failure s…
  • Captain John Paul Jones – Conflicted

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

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

  • An Iraq Veteran’s Experience With Chemical Weapons

    By John Ismay
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    John Ismay, a former Navy explosive ordnance disposal officer, found chemical weapons in Iraq his first week.
  • Helping Veterans Find Their Place, This Time on Campus

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

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

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

    By Brandon Lingle
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    At Bagram Airfield north of Kabul, a surgeon at Craig Joint Theater Hospital makes his rounds and reflects on his service at the largest American hospital in Afghanistan.
 
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • New Army Combat Uniform by 2015

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

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

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

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

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

  • We invite the Luke AFB Community to come support Operation Encore’s Release Party

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

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

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

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

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

  • U.S. Navy Commissions Virginia-class Submarine North Dakota

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    The U.S. Navy will commission its newest Virginia-class attack submarine North Dakota (SSN 784) during a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, according to a Navy press release. North Dakota is the second ship named in honor of the state of North Dakota, and the 11th Virginia-class submarine. The first USS North Dakota (BB 29), was a Delaware-class battleship commissioned into the U.S. Navy in 1910, displacing 24,320 tons with a main armament of 10 12-inch guns. She was decommissioned in 1923. The North Dakota will be able to attack targets…
  • Spanish Marines Hit the Beach: Noble Justification 2014 | Video

    Defense Media Network
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    NATO Channel video of an amphibious assault during Exercise Noble Justification 2014. NATO Maritime Command’s multinational NATO Response Force (NRF) exercise in the Mediterranean brought together no fewer than 23 vessels and some 5,000 personnel from 14 different NATO and partner nations. flagship of the flotilla was the landing platform dock Castilla, warships, submarines, combat aircraft, helicopters and amphibious assault craft trained in collective defense in Mediterranean waters. The objective is to train the forces that will be part of next years’ high readiness NRF to ensure…
  • Launch of the Virginia-class SSN John Warner | Video

    Defense Media Network
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Huntington Ingalls Industries recently released this video of the Virginia-class submarine John Warner (SSN 785) being launched into the James River on Sept. 10 at the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division. Once floating, three tugs moved the submarine, which was christened earlier in September, to the shipyard’s submarine pier, where final outfitting, testing and crew certification will take place over the next six months. Sea trials are to begin next year. “The John Warner team has made tremendous progress over the last year,” said Jim Hughes, Newport News’ vice…
  • Moe Berg Batted .243 for the White Sox and 1.000 for America

    Dwight Jon Zimmerman
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Among the many colorful characters who became spies during World War II, no one was more unusual than Morris “Moe” Berg. Tall, handsome, charismatic, and erudite, a professional baseball player, lawyer, scholar, linguist, and spy, Berg was a modern-day Renaissance man who embodied the adage that truth is stranger than fiction. “He can speak twelve languages but can’t hit in any of them.” Moe Berg possessed degrees from Princeton, Columbia Law School, and the Sorbonne. He was fluent in at least a dozen languages and could hold his own in conversations ranging from a discussion of…
  • Female Combatants: Time Is Running Out on Combat Ban

    Noah Perkins
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The recent announcement that the Army is opening Ranger School to women served as a further reminder to the nation that the combat ban imposed on female soldiers is on the verge of being lifted. Although Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the repeal of the combat ban early last year, women are not slated to take on frontline combatant roles until Jan. 1, 2016. Ranger School, an intensive precursor to becoming an Army Ranger, is considered one of the more emotionally and physically daunting challenges of any branch of the military. Three weeks of physical training is followed by three…
 
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • My MODCLOTH fall style

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

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

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

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

    armytankerswife
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    DISNEY PRINCESSES THROW DOWN IN AN EPIC RAP BATTLE…now let me tell you it has bad language in it.   This is great…
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • TOYS“R”US LAUNCHES #PLAYITFORWARD INITIATIVE TO HELP CHILDREN IN NEED DURING ITS ANNUAL TOYS FOR TOTS FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

    CJ Grisham
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    To help bring holiday joy to some of the 14.7 million U.S. children living in poverty, Toys“R”Us® today announced the launch of its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Now through Sunday, December 7, consumers can donate new, unwrapped toys at any Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us® store across the country and online at Toysrus.com/ToysforTots. The company will also collect monetary donations in-store and online through Christmas Eve. Again this year, NBA Legend, philanthropist and entrepreneur Shaquille O’Neal is reporting back to…
  • The 9mm Hydra MARCK-15 Rifle Designed to Use GLOCK® Magazines

    CJ Grisham
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    MG Industries, manufacturer of the modular MARCK-15 AR “Hydra” platform, announces their long-awaited 9mm Hydra rifle designed to use GLOCK® magazines. This configuration of MGI’s Hydra Modular Weapon System uses standard 9mm GLOCK® and GLOCK® style magazines. The 9mm Hydra comes standard with a 16-inch interchangeable barrel, MGI’s QCB upper receiver and modular lower receiver. It is made from 7075 aluminum and uses standard Mil-Spec internal parts. It is completely modular and interchangeable as part of MGI’s ever growing family of multi-caliber Hydras. This…
  • Convicted Scammer Now Using Military to Target Women

    CJ Grisham
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    {Shoutout to the Facebook Group “Get the Scammer/@$$holes Online” for keying me into this guy.} UPDATE 6 Oct 2014: Here are a few current pictures of Link or LJ or whatever he calls himself these days. Link McCormick (LJ McCormick) must be stopped. He is still scamming people in Central Texas and Oklahoma areas. He was arrested yesterday in northwestern Oklahoma. If you have information about this man, please contact me at cj@soldiersperspective.us On April 16, 1988, Link Joe McCormick enlisted into the Army National Guard in St. Paul, MN, as a member of A Company, 3rd Battalion,…
  • Incoming – Where’s Lomax?

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

    CJ Grisham
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
 
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • New Army Combat Uniform by 2015

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

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

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

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

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

  • Opinion: We Need To Hit ISIS With Everything We Have, Starting With TOW® And Javelin Missiles

    Jay
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The following is an op-ed article written by James Mason, a spokesman for the Raytheon Company, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security, and civil markets throughout the world. You have no doubt seen the horrific videos members of ISIS, or so-called “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria have posted. They are a demon’s resume of crimes […]
  • Most ISIS Militants Still Have Not Completed Safety Stand Down For Islamic New Year

    Epic Blunder
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    MOSUL, Iraq — Life as an admin officer with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL) is hectic enough, but for Khalil Nassar, this October has been a certifiable nightmare. Nassar, who “literally can’t even” right now, is the equivalent of a captain in the U.S. Army and deals with a […]
  • Army Memo Claims Hand-Washing And Gas Masks Will Prevent Ebola Infection

    Maxx Butthurt
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    BETHESDA, Md. — Regular hand washing and eating a good hearty breakfast are among the preventive steps recommended for controlling the outbreak of Ebola, according to a new memorandum from the U.S. Army’s biodefense laboratory. The memo from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRIID), which Duffel Blog obtained, advises soldiers and Marines heading into Liberia […]
  • General Dunford’s First Official Act As Commandant: Ban ‘Ooh-rah’

    Lee Ho Fuk
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Less than one week after taking over as the Marine Corps’ top officer, Gen. Joseph ‘Fighting Joe’ Dunford, is proposing controversial changes to Marine culture as the Corps continues to shift focus after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. His first order of business: Eliminate the phrase “Ooh-rah” from Marine lexicon. […]
  • Study: 96% Of Troops Walking On Run Route Are Lazy, Shiftless Malingerers

    Frederick Taub
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    THE PENTAGON — Nearly all of the shambling troops that you passed on the run route this morning are lazy malingerers nursing expired profiles, a Defense Department study revealed Monday. The study, commissioned jointly by the Navy, Army and Marine Corps (the Air Force abstained), polled 10,000 service members on over 40 different bases and discovered […]
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • 4e RE: On a farm

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    Some informal images from the farm (ferme) of the 1st Engaged Volunteer Company (1re CEV) of the 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE), one of the three farms where volunteers spend their first 4 weeks of the French Foreign Legion’s four-month basic training. — Related post: A few images from the Legion’s basic training 2013
  • 2e REG: Life in the mountains 2014

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    The 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG) of the French Foreign Legion offers a lot of snow to its legionnaires and a little bit of fun that civilians must to pay for. See really nice images from the only mountain regiment within the Legion, made by a Russian legionnaire during the Military Skier Certificate (Brevet […]
  • 2e REI: Operation Sangaris in CAR

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    Legionnaires from the 3rd Company of the Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) on their mission in the Central African Republic (CAR). They are participating in Operation Sangaris there. The legionnaires from 2e REI, the unit based in Nimes, southern France, have been stationed in CAR since early July of this year. They […]
  • 2e REP: Slideshow 2014

    admin
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    Great pictures from the Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP), the Legion’s only airborne unit, based near Calvi, Corsica. We can see, among others, the new parachutes used in the regiment now.
  • 13e DBLE: Djibouti 2008-09

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

  • VLB Recognizes Real Estate Industry with Lone Star Circle Awards

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

    Anne Evenson
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Texas has nearly 1.8 million veterans and over 100,000 active military members, and many are looking for homes and land to purchase. Licensed real estate sales agents and brokers can better serve those veteran and military members by obtaining free training from Steve Hudson, Real Estate Community Liaison for the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB). [...]
  • Texas Honor Flight for Veteran Pearl Harbor Survivors

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

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

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

  • Technik Museum Speyer, Germany

    Mrs B
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When I heard that Technik Museum Speyer, which is in Speyer, Germany had slides coming down from some of the display planes I wanted to go check it out on our weekend trip in Stuttgart. While the displays were neat and they had some interesting stuff we found that it is overpriced and the most fun [...] The post Technik Museum Speyer, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Rhine Falls – Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland

    Mrs B
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Since we were going to be so close to the Switzerland border I had to plan for us to go see Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland ! This was our 11th country we have visited so far! It was 50 minutes from Monkey Mountain in Salem, Germany (LINK). It is also Europe’s largest [...] The post Rhine Falls – Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Exhibition 2014 – Ludwigsburg, Germany

    Mrs B
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Exhibition at the Blooming Baroque (Blühenden Barock) in Ludwigsburg, Germany is said to be the world’s largest pumpkin event, there are over 400,000 pumpkins used! It runs from the beginning of October to the start of November. For 2014 it is open Oct. 5th – Nov. 2nd. So if you haven’t visited [...] The post Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Exhibition 2014 – Ludwigsburg, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Map DIY Projects

    Mrs B
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I have been on a huge map kick lately and have been using them for several projects! It’s been so much fun! So if your looking for some ideas for how to use map for crafts for DIY projects here are a few ways that I’ve used them. I took a lamp that I had [...] The post Map DIY Projects appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • German Dishwasher – Just Add Salt!

    Mrs B
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Did you know that your German dishwasher needs salt?! I had NO clue! Seriously we have lived in our house for 7 months and I just realized this! Sure I’ve heard others talk about putting salt in their dishwasher, but I guess I just thought it didn’t apply to mine! Your first clue that you [...] The post German Dishwasher – Just Add Salt! appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • My MODCLOTH fall style

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

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

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

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

    armytankerswife
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    DISNEY PRINCESSES THROW DOWN IN AN EPIC RAP BATTLE…now let me tell you it has bad language in it.   This is great…
 
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    Vision Strike Wear Military Blog

  • Top 10 Best US Army Memes – Updated!

    Webmaster Matt
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Top 10 Best US Army Memes UPDATED! There’s lots of great US Army Memes out there, some funny, some serious, some sad. Whatever you like, I put some all in the same place for your viewing pleasure. This is the VSW collection of the Best US Army Memes you will find anywhere! This is just a quick collection I threw together tonight for you guys to get a kick out of. Feel free to leave comments below about which ones are your favorites! You can run… Battle Buddies See The World they Said Not sure where I found this one, but it’s kind of funny. Peddle faster! Looking for an Army…
  • Why Don’t Americans Wear the Liberty Cap?

    Frost Call
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Why Don’t Americans Wear the Liberty Cap? Learn to celebrate your independence from British Royalty and Banking tyranny by donning your “Liberty Cap”!  The identifiable symbol for many revolutions and was the key symbol in the US Army featured here.  It was prominently associated with rebellion. Bill Murray donning the Red Liberty Cap in “Life Aquatic” Its probable the French Revolutionaries got it from the American Revolutionaries who lead the revolt against the brutal military and banking tyranny of the British Empire and Vatican Hegemony.  In 1776,…
  • Inherent Issues With Inherent Resolve USA Announces

    Sarge Strike
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Inherent Issues With Inherent Resolve USA Announces The United States government announced Friday that ISIS could get as far as the Baghdad airport potentially threatening Baghdad. The coalition in name is created but in terms of long term strategy. The coalition agrees that ISIS must be defeated but agree on little else. So inherently there are major problems that continue to sap the strength of countries engaged with ISIS. 1. There is no military objective or collective solution among participating countries. 2. The solution appears to be what to do with the political system in ISIS held…
  • Buy Halloween Horror Hoodies Get Frightening Poster

    Sarge Strike
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Buy Halloween Horror Hoodies Get Frightening Poster We will not give away the surprise at the end. All we can say is that when a hoodie is purchased a cloven hoofed hellhound will make a delivery of a free poster to you that will have you seeking therapy shortly after. Buy Halloween Horror Hoodies Get Frightening Poster and make this season one to remember! With every purchase of a hoodie on October 31st, November 1 and November 2nd you will receive the most frightening poster (free of charge) ever printed of a hellspawn poster design that will have you gasping for air, seeking out sharp…
  • Top 10 Military GoPro Videos

    Sarge Strike
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Top 10 Military GoPro Videos Ever wondered what it would be like to experience a Afghanistan military firefight from a first shooter perspective? How about as a part of a US Navy SEAL team in a firefight? Drop a few Taliban in a full motion high definition firefight from a first person shooter perspective? We have what you want! Now experience Top 10 Military GoPro Videos from Vision-Strike-Wear.Com!     Ever wondered what it would be like to experience a Afghanistan military firefight from a first shooter perspective? USA 3. Taliban 0.  Danger close with the Taliban! Spec Ops…
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    Semper Fi Parents

  • Marine Corps Moto Posters

    Carl
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Marine Corps History: Special Trust and Confidence

    Carl
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Special Trust and Confidence Marine Corps Manual Major General John A Lejeune, USMC Commandant of the Marine Corps 1920 The special trust and confidence which is expressly reposed in each officer by his commission is the distinguishing privilege of the officer corps. It is the policy of the Marine Corps that this privilege be tangible and real; it is the corresponding obligation of the officer corps that it be wholly deserved. Commanders will ensure that local policies, directives, and procedures reflect the special trust and confidence reposed in each member of the officer corps. Full credit…
  • Marine Corps Photos: Marines Move Across Peleliu, 1944

    Carl
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Rugged Terrain Picking their way through the rocky terrain on Peleliu, a column of Marines moves up to the front lines. This is the type of terrain on which the Leathernecks battled the remnants of the Japanese forces on the island. Photo is property of Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections.
  • The Battle Of Iwo Jima

    Carl
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    The battle for control of the island of Iwo Jima began on Feb. 19th, 1945. Iwo Jima had tactical importance because of two Japanese airfields located on the island. On the first day of the battle, roughly 2,500 Marines were killed. There were over 26,000 Marine casualties resulting from the battle, and more than 5,900 Marines lost their lives. There were more Congressional Medals of Honor bestowed at the Battle of Iwo Jima than any other battle in American history. A total of 27 CMOH’s were awarded, 13 posthumously. 22 of these were ome by Marines. This is a colorized version of a film…
  • Marine Corps News From World War Two: Air Victories Told By Knox

    Carl
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    WASHINGTON With 600 Jap aircraft downed since last November to a loss of only 42 U.S. planes, American airmen continue to destroy enemy planes at a ratio of more than 13 to 1, Secy, of Navy Frank Knox announced in a press conference this week. More than 1150 Jap transports and invasion barges have been sunk since the beginning of the war, Knox said. Attacks by the Japs on American positions at Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville, are a last desperate drive to push Yanks off the island, he said. From the 25March1944 issue of the Marine Corps Chevron
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