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  • Is Obama White House Holding Bergdahl Report Hostage?

    01/21/2015 10:02:07 AM PST · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 21, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Taliban Swap: The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the report on the possible desertion of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be produced "fairly soon." Does it expose his trade for terrorists as another administration disaster? bfrrIt's bad enough that the Obama administration is conducting a clearance sale of al-Qaida detainees at Guantanamo, releasing the worst of the worst like a candy dispenser. But as the Islamic State spawns terror cells in Europe, and al-Qaida, the demise of which was greatly exaggerated, is linked to the terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris as revenge for...
  • Life for Captain Hannah Winterbourne, a transgender soldier in the British army

    A SOLDIER serving in the British Army has become the first and only transgender officer. Saying she was “living an act” Captain Hannah Winterbourne, 27, decided to become a woman while on tour in Afghanistan reported The Mirror. Winterbourne, an officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, began her transition in 2013 and is now the highest ranking trans soldier in the British Army.
  • Army commanders Order Removal Of 'God and Country' Recruiting Sign [America Under Obama? Congress]

    01/18/2015 7:50:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 18, 2015
    Army commanders Order Removal Of 'God and Country' Recruiting Sign January 18, 2015 An Army recruiting station has been ordered by higher ups to shelve a sidewalk sandwich board with the wording "On a mission for both God and country.” The order went out Friday to a recruiting station in Phoenix that had been displaying the outdoor sign since at least October. The sign board also shows an image of a Special Forces patch and Ranger, Airborne and Special Forces tabs. An inquiry from Army Times to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command prompted the sandwich board’s immediate removal.
  • Is nervous Obama White House holding Bergdahl report hostage?

    01/16/2015 9:08:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 16, 2015 | Lt. Col. Bill Cowan (ret.)
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Last Sunday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, indicated that he expected a decision “fairly soon” on whether the Army will court martial Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for allegedly deserting his post in Afghanistan, or has cleared him, paving the way for separation from the service and back pay in excess of $200,000. Moreover, a decision to clear Bergdahl may well open the door for him to be designated a former prisoner of war, ensuring him substantial monthly pay, medical and educational benefits for the rest of his life. To those who have followed all angles...
  • German police call into question validity of USAREUR license

    01/15/2015 5:18:44 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | January 14, 2015 | Jennifer Svan, Marcus Kloeckner, and John Vandiver
    Some German police say they will not recognize military-issued driver’s licenses if the bearer doesn’t also possess a valid stateside license, a situation that raises concerns about whether many U.S. troops and civilians could face penalties for driving illegally. U.S. Army Europe said Wednesday that the issue was “in dispute” and cautioned that there was misinformation circulating through the U.S. military community in Germany. However, German police officials said that the regulations were clear, that anyone driving without a valid stateside license would be violating the law, and that the USAREUR license alone was not valid. Across the U.S. military...
  • Body of soldier deployed to West Africa found in Killeen; hazmat on scene

    01/13/2015 11:53:54 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    Kxxv TV25 ^ | 1-13-2015 | Kxxv TV 25
    Authorities are investigating and hazmat crews are on scene after the body of a soldier who just returned from deployment in West Africa was found Tuesday morning in Killeen. The body was found in a home in the 3300 block of Cantabrian Dr. A Fort Hood official on scene confirmed the body found was a soldier who had just returned from deployment in West Africa.
  • Study Finds Most Infantrymen Want Females In Their Platoons (Satire)

    01/11/2015 11:36:06 AM PST · by Cry if I Wanna · 13 replies
    DuffleBlog ^ | 01/11/15 | Maxx Butthurt
    THE PENTAGON — A new gender integration study set to be released this week found that nearly 96 percent of infantrymen in the Army and Marine Corps would be “very excited” to have women integrated into their units, especially during combat deployments, Duffel Blog has learned. “Naturally there were some patterns we saw after issuing the surveys,” Maj. Rodrick Hamill, a spokesman for the Pentagon, told reporters. “Almost all soldiers who described themselves as ‘pro female’ insisted that the women inducted be in top physical condition, and disease-free.”
  • Cops and soldiers, and why they’re different

    01/11/2015 10:18:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The War Room ^ | January 10, 2015 | Tom Nichols
    There’s 35,000 of them, but they’re not an army. So, it’s a new year, and we’re already hip-deep in horrors. I can’t even begin to write about the Charlie Hebdo massacre; I’m not an expert on terrorism or on France, and in general I agree with Dan Murphy of the Christian Science Monitor, who’s made a good point recently on Twitter that there are too many of these “what’s it all mean” pieces and all far too soon. Instead, I want to go back to one of the stories we were all arguing about before the Paris massacre: the tension...
  • Former Army officer to remain in prison for slaying of 2 Afghan nationals

    01/11/2015 9:58:56 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 31 replies
    The Fayetteville Observer, via Stars & Stripes ^ | January 6, 2015 | Paul Woolverton
    A former Fort Bragg Army officer will remain in prison on murder charges for the slayings of two Afghan nationals in the Afghanistan war, Maj. Gen. Richard D. Clarke of the 82nd Airborne Division has decided. Clarke, the division's commander, was considering a clemency request from former 1st Lt. Clint Lorance. Lorance was court-martialed at Fort Bragg, N.C., in summer 2013 for ordering his soldiers to shoot at three Afghans while on patrol in summer 2012. Two of the men were killed, and the third ran away. Clarke cut a year off Lorance's 20-year sentence but otherwise upheld his convictions...
  • Court-martial for Bergdahl not too likely, some assert

    01/09/2015 8:53:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Killeen Daily Herald ^ | January 7, 2015 | Jacob Brooks
    Will the case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl — who was captured by the Taliban in 2009 and released in a prisoner exchange last summer — go to court-martial on a charge of desertion? That was the subject of this column last week, and I’ve heard some interesting comments since. Most notably, I spoke with Greg Rinckey, a former Army captain and judge advocate general officer. “It would surprise me if it was referred to a court-martial,” Rinckey said of Bergdahl’s case. First off, Rinckey pointed out, the White House and the military have put forth a lot of effort...
  • The M-4 Carbine Is Here to Stay

    01/06/2015 8:52:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 78 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 5, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    In the January issue of The Atlantic, retired Maj. Gen. Robert Scales slammed the United States Army’s M-4 carbine, and called for an entirely new weapon in the hands of the modern American soldier. Scales describes the 2008 Battle of Wanat—when the Taliban attacked a forward outpost defended by American troops—and his own experiences in Vietnam with faulty M-16 rifles.
  • Rangel: Never Moved By Dead Soldiers Until I Saw Ones That "Look Like Me"

    01/06/2015 5:51:15 AM PST · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | Jeffrey Poor
    In an appearance on Monday’s “The ED Show” on MSNBC, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) discussed the decision by officers of the New York Police Department to turn the backs on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the funerals of the two slain officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in recent weeks.
  • US Army Looks To 3D Print Food For Soldiers

    12/31/2014 2:39:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 31, 2014 | Jennifer Hicks
    Food researchers in the US Army are looking into ways to 3D print food for soldiers. According to a press release, Army food technologists say that 3D printed food could produce meals on demand for soldiers in the battlefield. With 3D technology, food can be tailored to a soldier’s nutritional needs. Because the Army’s Meal Ready-to-Eat (MRE) standard for food has a shelf life of three years, 3D printing creates new options that could make meals have longer and more stable shelf lives according to Lauren Oleksyk, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). Earlier this month in December...
  • How I Learned to Love the Draft

    12/29/2014 8:19:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 28, 2014 | Joseph Epstein
    A veteran of the Cold War–era draft argues that once again sharing the burden of defending the country would produce better foreign policy—and better Americans. The author doing his draft-time duty at a recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1960.As the struggle with the Islamic State, or ISIS, grows more intense and the Obama administration’s air-attack strategy—if the experts turn out to be correct—proves unavailing, the calls for boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq are likely to become more insistent. Despite the coalition of nations aligned against ISIS and other terrorist groups, no one doubts that any...
  • Stephen King: I Regret My Slam on the Military (Called On It by NewsBusters)

    12/27/2014 8:47:23 PM PST · by conservative98 · 50 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 20, 2014 | Scott Whitlock
    Liberal novelist Stephen King regrets asserting that if you don't learn how to read, you'll end up in "the Army, Iraq." The comment, widely seen as a shot at the military, was first publicized six years ago on NewsBusters. In an interview with the Huffington Post, King was asked if he stood by the remarks. The author lamented, "No. That was just a case of misspeaking and also having one of those brain cramps that you realize that you're no longer living in the world that you grew up in...If I could take one remark back, that would be the...
  • Watch: Hamas Shows Off Army 'Ready to Conquer Jerusalem'

    12/27/2014 3:35:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/12/14 | Dalit Halevi & Ari Yashar
    he propaganda unit of Hamas's "military wing", the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, kicked into overdrive recently with a new film, which attempted to portray the terrorist organization's Gazan fighting force as a modern Islamic army, exhibiting advanced weaponry training for a wide range of scenarios - and with its sights on Jerusalem. Video In the video a large unit of terrorists are shown with all the equipment of a modern army, from combat vests to advanced assault rifles. Several are seen bearing a flag reading "the army of Al-Quds (Jerusalem)." The Hamas "army" is seen conducting an array of operations modeled...
  • MILITARY COMMANDER TO DECIDED POTENTIAL BOWE BERGDAHL PUNISHMENT

    12/22/2014 4:27:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | 12/22/2014 | LUIS MARTINEZ
    The Army has forwarded the results of its investigation of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance to a four-star general who will decide if any disciplinary action is warranted. The general could decide on a number of possible outcomes, ranging from no further action to a possible court martial for the soldier held by the Taliban for five years after he left his post eastern Afghanistan. "After a thorough investigation and a comprehensive legal review, the investigation concerning Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been forwarded to a General Courts Martial Convening Authority, Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of Forces Command," the Army said...
  • Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq (3,000 now)

    12/18/2014 3:37:59 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    wo senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces. (snip) There are currently about 1,700 U.S. troops in Iraq, and President Barack Obama has authorized up to 3,000. More than 1,000 U.S. troops are expected to be deployed in the coming weeks to increase the effort to advise and assist Iraq units at the higher headquarters levels and also to conduct training at several sites...
  • Army surveillance over Maryland: Giant blimps to begin three-year test

    12/18/2014 10:07:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    One of the U.S. Army’s giant surveillance blimps will rise to 10,000 feet above Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland on Friday for a three-year test. A second aircraft will begin testing in January. The Army’s Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS), which is built by Raytheon, will be tested for its ability to identify incoming enemy aircraft. “This will enable senior defense officials to support a determination whether to transition JLENS capabilities to an enduring mission at the conclusion of the three-year operational exercise,” the North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement on...
  • The Great Draft Dodge: Karl Eikenberry and what Americans lost when they stopped fighting

    12/15/2014 10:06:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 13, 2014 | James Kitfield
    Karl Eikenberry couldn't understand why the staff sergeant insisted that he take a loaded pistol to patrol the barracks. The West Point cadet was in Hawaii for the summer, serving as a staff duty officer with the 25th Infantry Division, which had recently returned from Vietnam. It was his job on weekend nights to ensure good order. "Why would I take a sidearm?" Eikenberry asked. "In case you need it, that's why," replied the sergeant. As soon as he entered a darkened barracks building, Eikenberry says, he understood why his staff sergeant was so nervous. Soldiers were gathered in small...
  • U.S. Army Chaplain’s Constitutional Rights Violated

    12/15/2014 9:56:01 AM PST · by O. White · 15 replies
    December 15, 2014 | Timothy W. Linzey
    U.S. Army Chaplain’s Constitutional Rights Violated By Timothy W. Linzey Contact: lavonjusa@aol.com FORT BENNING, Ga., Dec. 14, 2014 -- In the United States Armed Forces, there are three types of special staff officers: 1) the Judge Advocate (JAG), 2) the medical doctor, and 3) the chaplain. These three officers enter the military with advanced degrees, and so come in at a higher rank than all other officers. No commander would dare tell a JAG how to do his job. No commander would dare tell a medical doctor how to do his job. Likewise, no commander has the authority to tell...
  • Nephew seeing the Army National Guard recruiter tomorrow. Vanity

    12/14/2014 9:33:49 PM PST · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 68 replies
    FR ^ | Dec 15, 2014 | Self
    My nephew is seeing the Army National Guard recruiter tomorrow. He has some questions and I'm going with him.
  • Army-Navy Game Thread 2014

    12/13/2014 11:30:06 AM PST · by twister881 · 108 replies
    12/13/2014 | self
    Army-Navy game 2014 discussion thread. All comers welcome!
  • Army vs. Navy 2014: 5 things you might not know about the rivalry

    12/10/2014 5:26:58 PM PST · by PROCON · 45 replies
    al.com ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | Creg Stephenson
    Army will be looking to snap a 12-game losing streak to Navy when the two service academies meet for the 115th time Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. CBS will broadcast the game at 2 p.m. Central, with live streaming available at CBSSports.com. The Black Knights are 4-7 this season, while the Midshipmen are 6-5. Here are five things you might not know about the Army-Navy rivalry:1. Few major-college rivalries are older Among rivalries between FBS schools, only three are older than Army vs. Navy, which was first played on Nov. 29, 1890. Only North Carolina-Wake Forest (Oct. 18,...
  • Chelsea Manning: I am a transgender woman and the government is denying my civil rights

    12/09/2014 9:51:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | December 8, 2014 | Chelsea E. Manning (aka Bradley Manning)
    We are told, by the legal system and the military, that we don’t belong. It’s time for trans people like me to tell the world something different: we exist Chelsea Manning was transgender ‘in secret’ while serving in US army“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice,” reads the oft-quoted line from Martin Luther King. I am a young trans woman. And I can attest to the “long” part, but I hope the bend toward justice will soon become more pronounced. There’s a lot of unfinished business when it comes to protecting civil rights for...
  • Army Welcomes First Openly Transgendered Military Working Dogs (Satire)

    12/08/2014 8:21:31 AM PST · by Cry if I Wanna · 9 replies
    DuffleBlog ^ | December 8, 2014 | Bravo
    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — Meet Tracker, a five-year-old, sixty-pound Belgian Malinois and a graduate of the Military Working Dog School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He’s also one of the Army’s first five openly transgendered military police dogs, assigned to the 42nd Military Police Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. “We took to each other pretty quickly,” said Spc. Jeffrey Grassley, a military policeman and dog handler partnered with Tracker. “I mean, it’s a little weird that they tell me to call him a ‘him,’ since he’s obviously a female dog, and there was that time last month when...
  • US Marine Corps Drill Instructor vs US Army Drill Sergeant (video)

    12/07/2014 5:21:10 PM PST · by lowbridge · 50 replies
    youtube ^ | july 20, 2011
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlNSPbfr5_g
  • Stolen Valor “Ranger” meets actual Ranger. Does not fare well

    12/06/2014 11:36:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 6, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    There are far too many of these stories each year and they really cause me to grind my teeth. People going around claiming the status of heroes, wearing the uniforms and badges of honor granted only to those who served our nation with distinction, while having either never served or not having been awarded those honors are among the lowest types of cretins. Sadly, if we tried to cover them all here, Hot Air would have no space for any other subjects. But this one was so jarring and seems to be heading for such a satisfying result that it...
  • DARPA Is Getting Closer to an Iron Man Suit

    12/06/2014 5:55:58 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 12/04/14 | Erik Schechter
    The Army doesn't have an Iron Man suit. Yet. But the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Warrior Web program is a step closer to developing a soft, low-powered exosuit that will augment the physical capabilities of soldiers. Worn under the uniform, the proposed suit will allow troops to carry 100-plus pounds of equipment without risking the joint and back injuries that typically accumulate in the field.
  • The U.S. Army Has Quietly Created a New Commando Division

    11/27/2014 4:48:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Medium's War Is Boring ^ | November 26, 2014 | Joseph Trevithick
    On Sept. 30, the U.S. Army unceremoniously stood up a new headquarters—the 1st Special Forces Command—at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The division-level unit brings together more than 15,000 Green Berets and other special troops in a single new organization. Previously, the Army’s Special Operations Command had directly controlled all of these troops plus others on a wide range of missions. The idea behind the new HQ is to assemble a force specifically tailored for dealing with what the Pentagon calls “hybrid warfare.” Simply put, hybrid warfare is a blend of straight-up traditional combat—with infantry, tanks and artillery—and secretive insurgency. Probably...
  • Saudi National Reportedly Crashes Car Containing Explosives Into US Army Post Fort Sam Houston

    11/24/2014 10:32:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 88 replies
    Latin Post ^ | November 24, 2014 | Rodrigo Ugarte
    Complete Headline: Saudi National Reportedly Crashes Car Containing Explosives Into US Army Post Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas A driver who rammed his car into the gates of U.S. Army post Fort Sam Houston in Texas is in custody after the ordeal on Sunday. Police have not provided much information about the situation or the suspect, but the military base, which had been placed under lockdown, has returned to normal operations. The suspect has been identified as a male Saudi national, according to KCEN TV. Authorities have not identified the man, but he is in custody. His car...
  • Army moves to discharge pilot who halted lesbian officers’ make-out session

    11/13/2014 6:32:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 13, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Army is moving to discharge a decorated combat pilot who intervened to stop two lesbian officers from showing what he considered inappropriate affection on the dance floor during a full-dress formal ball at Fort Drum, New York, in 2012. Lt. Col. Christopher Downey, who was once assigned to the White House and completed tours in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, ended up being convicted administratively of assaulting a soldier trying to videotape the kissing and grabbing. Col. Downey’s attorney, Richard Thompson, says his client merely pushed down the camera to prevent photos and video that could end up on...
  • Dempsey: US considering sending combat troops to help Iraqis fight Islamic State

    11/13/2014 11:59:09 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | November 13, 2014 | Jon Harper
    The U.S. military is considering sending a limited number of American ground forces to fight alongside Iraqi troops as they launch complex missions to regain territory lost to Islamic State militants, the country’s top military officer said Thursday. Thus far, American military personnel have been limited to serving as rear guard advisers to the Iraqi security forces and the Kurdish peshmerga. But Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said that could change as the campaign against the Islamic State becomes more difficult. “As it evolves there are certain operations that could be more complex than the ones in...
  • Cuts in Military Mean Job Losses for Career Staff

    11/13/2014 3:05:02 AM PST · by selfdefense · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11-12-2014 | Dave Philips
    "Forced to retire after 20 years of Army service, Capt. Elder Saintjuste, in Hope Mills, N.C., will receive a sergeant’s pension."....
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    11/11/2014 6:04:22 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 16 replies
    November 11, 2014 | Self
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services plus eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. Except for the Purple Heart and the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, recognition often eluded them because so few came through to testify to the valor of the many. The infantryman confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by...
  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    11/11/2014 10:01:49 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 8 replies
    Self | November 11, 2014 | Self
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services plus eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. Except for the Purple Heart and the coveted Combat Infantryman’s Badge, recognition often eluded them because so few came through to testify to the valor of the many. The infantryman confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by...
  • U.S. Army apologizes, removes 'Negro' as acceptable term for black service members

    11/09/2014 9:53:16 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 84 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | November 07, 2014 | Nina Golgowski
    The apology follows the dated term found in updated Army regulations policy as an acceptable classification for 'a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.' The newly revised policy now limits the acceptable terms to 'Black or African American.' The U.S. Army has backtracked with an apology after approving the term "Negro" as an acceptable reference for black service members. The decision comes two days after the dated term was found listed as an acceptable classification for "a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa" in section 6-2 of the...
  • Xi stresses CPC’s absolute leadership over army (Red China)

    11/08/2014 4:31:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Hsinhua News ^ | 2014-11-01 22:33:20
    Chinese President Xi Jinping said the army is under the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the principle should always be firmly upheld. “The Party commands the gun,” said Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and the Central Military Commission (CMC) chairman, at a military political work conference held in a former revolutionary base in the township of Gutian, Fujian Province on Thursday and Friday. The ideological and political development is the lifeline for military building and has safeguarded the CPC’s absolute command of the troops, Xi noted. …
  • ‘Negro’ Is An Acceptable Term for Black Soldiers, U.S. Army Says

    11/06/2014 2:59:25 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies
    NYDN ^ | November 5, 2014 | GINGER ADAMS OTIS
    ‘Negro’ is an acceptable term for black soldiers, U.S. Army says • Color it a confusing command update. One military official says using the word to describe ‘a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa’ might be for people who prefer to refer to themselves this way. But another calls it ‘the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. What year is it again? Army regulations still allow for black soldiers to be labeled Negro — a term that faded in the late 1960s. The archaic policy was spelled out as recently as Oct. 22, when the...
  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints

    11/01/2014 1:40:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 5:12 PM EDT | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.</p> <p>The survey is conducted every two years. But this year's version, developed by the Rand Corp., is unusually detailed, including graphically personal questions on sexual acts.</p>
  • Obama admin orders sensitivity training after Army bars man from woman’s restroom

    10/31/2014 9:50:17 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 57 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/31/14 | Ben Johnson
    The Obama administration has said the U.S. Army “discriminated” against a transgender male employee by not allowing him to use the female restroom, calling him “he,” and asking him to stop having uncomfortable and “unwanted” discussions with his co-workers about his upcoming surgical castration. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) found that the Department of the Army committed gender identity discrimination against “Tamara” Lusardi, a civilian quality assurance specialist who announced he wanted to become a woman. Lusardi, who has been a civilian employee since November 2004, announced his transition in April 2010 and began presenting himself as...
  • China Is Sending An Elite Army Unit To Ebola-Hit Liberia

    10/31/2014 5:18:38 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 10-31-2014 | Megha Rajagopalan
    Megha Rajagopalan, Reuters October 31, 2014 China will dispatch an elite unit from the People's Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to U.N. calls for a greater global effort to fight the deadly virus in West Africa. Washington has led the international drive to stop the spread of the disease that has killed nearly 5,000 people, sending thousands of troops and committing about $1 billion, but Beijing has faced criticism for not doing enough. The PLA squad, which has experience from a 2002 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), will build a...
  • U.S. troops from Africa isolated in Italy [11 Troops]

    10/27/2014 1:01:15 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/27/14 | PHILIP EWING |
    They are the first troops to be placed into what’s effectively a 21-day quarantine under a new Army policy that calls for isolating and monitoring the health of all soldiers who have deployed to the Ebola zone. Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, the head of U.S. Army Africa, and 11 of his staff members were put under “enhanced monitoring” when they returned to their headquarters after traveling to Liberia to help kick off President Barack Obama’s military response to the Ebola outbreak.
  • Green Berets reveal Afghan National Army soldiers’ incompetence

    10/27/2014 6:24:19 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 10-27-2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    Elite Army Green Berets are knocking the performance of the Afghan National Army, telling war tales of its soldiers hiding and quitting the fight.The Green Beret criticisms, contained in a U.S. Central Command “friendly fire” investigative file, provide a window into the flaws of a national army more than a decade in the making.The Special Forces soldiers gave poor marks to the institution that is supposed to keep Afghanistan’s democratically elected governments in power. The security force must rebuff an expected Taliban offensive, on its own, once all American troops leave after 2016.The soldiers gave statements to investigators after going...
  • Army Black Knights used alcohol, women to recruit football players

    10/26/2014 6:06:53 PM PDT · by chargers fan · 26 replies
    ESPN ^ | October 26, 2015 | ESPN
    Army has disciplined 20 cadets for promoting underage drinking and has self-reported a football recruiting violation to the NCAA stemming from an incident that took place earlier this year, according to a report by The Gazette of Colorado Springs. According to documents obtained by The Gazette, Army treated recruits to a party, dinner with female cadets, cash from boosters and VIP treatment on a party bus that included cheerleaders and a police escort in January.
  • 'Toxic' battalion commander returns to job despite recommendation of firing

    10/24/2014 4:39:14 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 25 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | October 23, 2014 | Tom Roeder
    The commander of a Fort Carson helicopter battalion objected when subordinates talked about a toxic command climate, according to documents obtained by The Gazette. "You want toxic? I'll show you toxic," Lt. Col. Tammy Baugh allegedly told soldiers in the 1st Battalion of the 25th Aviation Regiment, documents said. A 263-page Army investigation report released under the Freedom of Information Act portrays Baugh as a foul-mouthed boss who belittled soldiers, threw things during a meeting and sometimes stormed out of battalion gatherings. Baugh and the battalion's command sergeant major were temporarily relieved in July, but later placed back in command...
  • Ebola researchers frustrated by lack of support until outbreak hits

    10/22/2014 4:13:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 21, 2014 | Jim McElhatton
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Judith White, who runs a research lab at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, submitted a proposal to the National Institutes of Health to test potential countermeasures against Ebola in March — just as Liberia was confirming its first two cases of the deadly virus. The project, a collaboration of the university, the Army and a drug company, showed promising early results: Mice injected with two compounds — one used in a drug to treat female infertility, the other found in a breast cancer drug — showed immunity to Ebola. But a few months later, not...
  • Help to Fully Accept Sikhs in the US Military

    10/17/2014 6:50:07 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 75 replies
    Change.org ^ | 10/11/2014 | Vaishali Rana
    "The message of the Sikh faith, although peaceful, has a strong theme of justice and upholding human rights running through it." My dear friend's cousin, Major Kamaljit Khalsi, will be going in front of congress to fight for Sikhs Service in the US Military. We need 100,000 signatures but are only at 5700. Please sign the petition and please share with your friends and family to help everyone. This isn't only for Sikhs but anyone from different faiths that look to join and serve their country." To: We, the undersigned individuals, respectfully call on your Administration to give devout Sikh...
  • Army Secretary: 'I Certainly Would Not Suggest to Any Family, Don't Be Worried'

    10/16/2014 7:49:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Ebola is "a very concerning matter," Secretary of the Army John McHugh told reporters on Wednesday. "I certainly would not suggest to any family, don't be worried, don't be concerned. Every time a solider goes forward on any mission, there's concern. And -- and this is a very concerning matter." Hundreds of U.S. military personnel are now in Liberia to help that country deal with its raging Ebola epidemic. Thousands more are expected to arrive in the coming weeks and months. McHugh said the U.S. military has been working "very, very closely" with its own medical experts as...
  • Ebola: Sierra-Leone soldiers bound for Somalia quarantined

    10/14/2014 8:44:04 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    The News Nigeria ^ | 10-14-2014 | TNN
    A battalion of 800 Sierra Leonean soldiers awaiting deployment as peacekeepers in Somalia has been placed in quarantine after one of the members tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Military officials said in Freetown on Tuesday that the soldiers were due to relieve the country’s contingent already deployed with Somalia’s African Union peacekeeping mission, known as AMISOM. Col. Michael Samoura, Spokesman for the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, confirmed that a member of the battalion had tested positive for the disease. He said the soldier was infected after leaving the military camp where the force was based without...