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  • Fort Carson locked down after shooting incident [Colorado]

    09/22/2014 10:01:25 PM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies
    ABC News - The Denver Channel ^ | September 22, 2014 9:20pm | Wayne Harrison
    (no print outlets covering at this time cannot exerpt TV station) Summary: Shots were reportedly fired on Fort Carson, Colorado this evening at approx 8pm. Base is on partial lockdown. Entry allowed with ID, exit prohibited. Gate 1, Filmore and (downtown) Colorado Springs are involved. Ambulance at gate 1 but no reports of injuries. No active shooter reported at this time. Traffic snarled. El Paso County Sheriff and Colorado Springs scanners were/are down. Developing...
  • White House intruder identified as Army veteran

    09/21/2014 10:34:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 9/21/14 | josh lederman - associated press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The man accused of getting inside the White House after scaling a fence is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq and retired due to disability, the Army said Sunday. Authorities have identified the intruder from Friday night's shocking incident as Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, and the Army said he had served from 1997 to 2003, when he was discharged, and then again from 2005 to December 2012, when he retired. The military does not provide details about a soldier's disability due to privacy considerations. The Secret Service...
  • Is Obama whitewashing a traitor?

    09/20/2014 4:04:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    NYP ^ | September 20, 2014 | Paul Sperry
    Three and a half months have come and gone and the Pentagon has offered no clarity on what happened to alleged Army deserter and Taliban collaborator Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Fellow soldiers and other critics fear the military’s now-delayed investigation is shaping up to be a whitewash. The case has become a political powder keg for President Obama. Since he traded five imprisoned Taliban leaders for Bergdahl, the US Government Accountability Office has declared the swap illegal, and nearly two dozen House Democrats have joined Republicans in officially condemning the move for making “Americans less safe.” ... His platoon mates... “Bergdahl...
  • Army chief: More ground troops headed to Iraq

    09/19/2014 12:28:53 PM PDT · by what's up · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sept 18, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    Army chief of staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said Friday that more U.S. ground troops would likely deploy to Iraq to train local forces fighting Islamic militants. "We are going to increase a little bit," he said. "As we do that, I think we have to do an assessment of how well that's going."
  • Army worried too many white men

    09/16/2014 10:21:22 AM PDT · by ABN 505 · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/11/14 | Doug Ernst
    sociologists are worried that a lack of black officers leading its combat troops will have detrimental effect on minorities and lead to fewer black officers in top leadership posts. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/11/army-concerned-with-number-of-white-men-leading-co/#ixzz3DV4KWZEr Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • GERMAN ARMY IN WW2 - (IN COLOR)

    09/16/2014 9:50:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 09/14/14
    The title of this video is the German Army in WW2 (IN COLOR). However, it’s the British, the Russians, the U.S. and the Germans. I’ve seen a lot of WWII real life footage, but it amazes me that I still see new footage. Watch it in full screen mode (just left click the bottom right square in the video when it's playing) seems to make it more real vs. just looking at the current smaller size.
  • The High-Tech Case For Bringing Back The Draft

    09/15/2014 7:16:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    io9 ^ | April 3, 2014 | Mark Strauss
    As drones, cyberattacks and other high-tech developments change the nature of war, two prominent scholars argue that we must also rethink who fights our wars: the time has come, they say, to bring back the draft. The article, "Universal Conscription as Technology Policy," appears in Issues in Science and Technology, a journal published by the National Defense University. The authors are Mark Hagerott — a distinguished professor of cybersecurity studies at the U.S. Naval Academy, who was cited by Foreign Policy as one of "The Top 70 Military Thinkers "— and Brad Allenby, President's Professor of Sustainable Engineering, and Lincoln...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Controversy Overblown (Looks like he was promoted again)

    09/15/2014 2:27:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Las Vegas Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | September 11, 2014 | Jillian Moyet
    Staff Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left captivity to be catapulted into an overgrown spotlight of controversy and reckless speculation in May of this year. What should have been a flood of relief to see the American POW return home was replaced with, oddly enough, outrage, mostly from the Right. Angry tweets accused Obama of endangering U.S. soldiers by exchanging five prisoners from Guantanamo for Bergdahl. Twitter filled with frothing accusations against not only the President but the POW himself, as well as his family, who even received death threats. Bergdahl was a Taliban sympathizer, it was decided, and so was his...
  • New Army Commercial Sends Pitiful Message to the World

    09/14/2014 2:41:41 PM PDT · by publius321 · 136 replies
    http://www.dailyLambaste.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Scott Ryan
    When I saw this commercial, I honestly thought perhaps the Army is now making ads specifically targeting homosexuals. (We all know that it's just a matter of time.) I'm definitely ---not--- saying that graphic artists are all homosexuals. However...
  • Medal of Honor: Lawrence Joel, Specialist 6, United States Army

    09/13/2014 7:20:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Arlington National Cemetery ^ | March 2006 | Michael Robert Patterson, webmaster
    Born at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, February 22, 1928, he earned the Medal of Honor in Vietnam while serving as a Medical Corpsman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade on November 8, 1965. In spite of being wounded himself, he saved the lives of many members of his unit. He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Johnson on March 9, 1967 at the White House. He was the first living black American to have received the Medal of Honor since the Spanish-American War in 1898. He died on February 4, 1984 and was...
  • Army is worried too many white men lead combat units; racial diversity lacking

    09/12/2014 5:26:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/11/14 | Douglas Ernst
    U.S. Army sociologists are worried that a lack of black officers leading its combat troops will have detrimental effect on minorities and lead to fewer black officers in top leadership posts.
  • Projects at fort entry sure to impact traffic. Construction will span months at the Ea Gate.

    09/11/2014 1:18:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — A much needed traffic project at the post’s East Gate will begin Monday, which will impact traffic flow and cause delays, Fort Spokeswoman Tanja Linton said. The project will last into next year with work coming to a stop in November, as winter temperatures delay the repairs, she said. Starting Monday, two lanes will be open for inbound traffic, which means drivers will be rerouted through the outbound lanes. During that time, traffic will be inbound from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Linton said. From 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. outbound traffic will have...
  • Lawyer: Army reneged on Eisenhauer plea deal in PTSD shooting case

    09/11/2014 11:39:11 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 1 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | September 11, 2014 | Greg Barnes
    The parents of Fort Bragg Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenhauer have been fighting for the Army to take jurisdiction of their son's case since he was charged in January 2012 with shooting at civilian police and firefighters from his Fayetteville apartment. Now, Eisenhauer's parents say, the Army is leaving their son behind. Fort Bragg has set a Sept. 17 hearing to push Eisenhauer out of the Army, and the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office has given him a March 16 trial date. If convicted, Eisenhauer could spend the rest of his life in prison. Eisenhauer's lawyer, Todd Conormon, said he thought...
  • Lawyer: Army reneged on Eisenhauer plea deal in PTSD shooting case

    09/11/2014 9:40:09 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | September 11, 2014 | Greg Barnes
    The parents of Fort Bragg Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenhauer have been fighting for the Army to take jurisdiction of their son's case since he was charged in January 2012 with shooting at civilian police and firefighters from his Fayetteville apartment. Now, Eisenhauer's parents say, the Army is leaving their son behind. Fort Bragg has set a Sept. 17 hearing to push Eisenhauer out of the Army, and the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office has given him a March 16 trial date. If convicted, Eisenhauer could spend the rest of his life in prison. Eisenhauer's lawyer, Todd Conormon, said he thought...
  • Army officer is told not to enter his daughters high school because he's wearing his uniform

    09/10/2014 5:36:01 AM PDT · by Abathar · 154 replies
    MyfoxDetroit.com ^ | Sep 10, 2014 | Fox 2 News Staff
    ROCHESTER, Mich. (WJBK) - Lieutenant colonel Sherwood Baker was just a father trying to help his daughter find her way at her new high school. Sherwood who has served in the Army for 24 years was told by Rochester Adams high school security that if he wanted to get into the high school with his daughter he was going to have to go home and change his clothes. Baker's wife Rachel Ferhadson says, "before he was allowed in, the security guard stopped him and said sorry you're not allowed in the school. Security told him men and women in uniform...
  • Army loses track of spending on program designed to track spending

    09/06/2014 4:42:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/06/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    For Saturday night, a classic tale which apparently could only happen in Washington, brought to us by our friends at Outside the Beltway. Our Army… our troops and equipment, are the finest in the world, ideally suited to fulfill their mission when called upon to fight in defense of the nation. But any operation of such a massive size requires a mountain of paperwork to manage things in the background and lots of money to keep it running. And that, my friends, is a job for a different sort of army… a battalion of bureaucrats.What could possibly go wrong?...
  • Army can't track spending on $4.3b system to track spending, IG finds

    09/04/2014 10:05:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    wa ex ^ | September 4, 2014 | Mark Flatten
    More than $725 million was spent by the Army on a high-tech network for tracking supplies and expenses that failed to comply with federal financial reporting rules meant to allow auditors to track spending, according to an inspector general’s report issued Wednesday. The Global Combat Support System-Army, a logistical support system meant to track supplies, spare parts and other equipment, was launched in 1997. In 2003, the program switched from custom software to a web-based commercial software system. About $95 million was spent before the switch was made, according to the report from the Department of Defense IG. As of...
  • IDF Returns Fire at Syrian Army Position as Mortar Hits Golan

    09/04/2014 9:27:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    inn ^ | 9/4/14
    The IDF returned fire at a Syrian army position along the northern border Thursday afternoon, after a mortar shell struck Israeli territory. Sirens were heard throughout throughout the Golan Heights earlier, as a mortar shell had struck in an open field in the northern Golan. No damage or injuries were reported. A military spokeswoman told AFP it hit an open field without causing any damage or harm to anyone. Nevertheless, Israel has vowed to take a zero-tolerance approach to any fire into Israel. "Initial reviews suggest that this was a result of errant fire from the internal fighting in Syria,"...
  • Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine

    08/29/2014 3:08:23 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 19, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    A competing rifle outperformed the Army’s favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report. The report also says the Army changed the ammunition midstream to a round “tailored” for the M4A1 rifle. It quoted competing companies as saying the switch was unfair because they did not have enough time to fire the new ammo and redesign their rifles before the tests began. Exactly how the eight challengers — and the M4 — performed in a shootout to replace...
  • Army Hypersonic Missile Fails in Second Test (Chinese Hypersonic Weapons Worked.)

    08/25/2014 8:27:59 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 40 replies
    Washington Free Beacon, Drudge Report ^ | August 25, 2014 5:00 am | Bill Gertz
    Advanced Hypersonic Weapon test aborted shortly after launch (linked at Drudge Report) The Army’s test of an advanced hypersonic weapon failed shortly after takeoff early Monday, the Pentagon said in a statement. The failure is a setback for a key part of the Pentagon’s strategic weapon program of building arms that can attack any point on earth in 30 minutes. The missile carrying the weapon was intentionally blown up shortly after launch, the Pentagon said. “Due to an anomaly, the test was terminated near the launch pad shortly after liftoff to ensure public safety,” the Pentagon said in a brief...
  • Army Hypersonic Missile Fails in Second Test

    08/25/2014 12:43:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 08/25/2014 | Bill Gertz
    The Army’s test of an advanced hypersonic weapon failed shortly after takeoff early Monday, the Pentagon said in a statement. The failure is a setback for a key part of the Pentagon’s strategic weapon program of building arms that can attack any point on earth in 30 minutes. The missile carrying the weapon was intentionally blown up shortly after launch, the Pentagon said. “Due to an anomaly, the test was terminated near the launch pad shortly after liftoff to ensure public safety,” the Pentagon said in a brief statement. “There were no injuries to any personnel.” “Program officials are conducting...
  • ‘All clear’ issued after earlier ‘active shooter incident’ at Fort Lee in Virginia

    08/25/2014 6:49:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 79 replies
    Fox 8 ^ | 8/25/14
    <p>An “active shooter incident” has been reported at the Army base in Fort Lee, Virginia, according to multiple reports.</p>
  • Report: Simon & Schuster imprint rejected book about Bergdahl because it might hurt Obama

    08/13/2014 2:01:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 13, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via the Daily Caller, you would think an eyewitness account of the disappearance of the last American POW in Afghanistan would be easy money for a publisher. But sometimes there are higher considerations. While the U.S. Army weighs whether to bring charges against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed earlier this year after spending nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, six of his former platoon mates are shopping proposals for a book and movie that would render their own harsh verdicts… “I’m not sure we can publish this book without the Right using it to their ends,”...
  • Lawsuit: Soldier forced out of Army for serving Chick-fil-A, reading Hannity book

    08/06/2014 1:06:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-6-2014 | Todd Starnes
    A member of the U.S. Army Band said he was forced out of the U.S. Army for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his personal car, serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at a party and reading books written by conservative authors like Sean Hannity, a federal lawsuit alleges. Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers, a 25-year veteran of the military and a decorated soloist in the U.S. Army Band Chorus, claims he was forcibly retired from the Army due to his religious and conservative political beliefs. I first told you about Sommers last year in a series of exclusive Fox News reports. John Wells, an...
  • Army Staff Sergeant’s Home Demolished While Stationed In Iraq

    08/04/2014 1:20:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WFOR-TV ^ | July 28, 2014 | Cynthia Demos
    A federal judge has slammed Miami-Dade County for knocking down the home of an active United States soldier. The county sent a number of violation notices. The US Army Staff Sergeant said he was doing what he could while fighting overseas, but the county demolished his home anyway. All that is left is an empty field with a tattered American flag and a sign that says: “This is how the U.S. Government thanks the service of an active army soldier.” CBS4 spoke with Sergeant First Class Jesus Jimenez who’s now stationed in Texas about what happened to his home. “That...
  • Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan

    08/03/2014 6:11:34 AM PDT · by Innovative · 50 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service. Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, acknowledged Friday that telling troops in a war zone that they're out of a job is a difficult task
  • Army announces new camouflage uniform pattern (again!)

    08/02/2014 7:57:33 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 107 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | August 1, 2014 | Chris Carroll
    The Army has selected a new camouflage pattern to begin fielding next year, an unidentified senior Army spokesperson announced in a statement late Thursday. “The Army has confirmed through testing that the pattern would offer exceptional concealment, which directly enhances force protection and survivability for Soldiers,” according to the statement from the Army. The pattern will be used in all combatant commands, including Afghanistan, the Army said. Uniforms and equipment with the existing pattern won’t be discarded, but replaced only as they wear out. The pattern was developed by the Army under the name Scorpion W2 to replace the much-maligned...
  • Obama Places German Foreign Commander As Chief Of Staff For U.S. Army Europe

    08/01/2014 8:50:15 PM PDT · by Baynative · 47 replies
    nowtheendbegins ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | newsdesk
    A German Army brigadier general who recently served with NATO forces in Afghanistan is assuming duties as the chief of staff of U. S. Army Europe, the first time a non-American officer has held that position.
  • German officer will serve as US Army Chief of Staff in Europe. First non-American Officer.

    07/31/2014 3:19:28 PM PDT · by machogirl · 180 replies
    army times can't post | July 31, 2014 | Me
    A German Army General has been appointed to Chief of Staff of U.S. Army Europe. This is the first time a non-U.S. officer has held this position.
  • Army to Force out 550 Majors; Some in Afghanistan

    08/01/2014 2:34:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 1, 2014 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR - AP
    The Army says it will soon notify 550 majors that they must leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service. Some of those soldiers will get the bad news while they are on the front lines in Afghanistan. The Army has close to 514,000 soldiers now, but due to budget cuts must be down to 510,000 by October, and down to 490,000 by October 2015.
  • Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds

    08/01/2014 1:47:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said Thursday that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. The National Defense Panel called on the president to dump a major section of his 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and write a broader strategy that requires the military to fight on multiple fronts at once. It also said the shrinking U.S. armed forces, which are being downsized to fit that strategy and budget cuts, is a “serious strategic misstep on the part of the United States.” The forces’ numbers spelled out in...
  • German Officer To Serve As U.S. Army Europe’s Chief Of Staff

    08/01/2014 5:25:00 AM PDT · by Fighter@heart · 17 replies
    Stars And Stripes ^ | July 31,2014 | Jim Tice
    A German Army brigadier general who recently served with NATO forces in Afghanistan is assuming duties as the chief of staff of U. S. Army Europe, the first time a non-American officer has held that position.
  • Army officials on ‘pink slip’ controversy: We don’t have a choice

    07/25/2014 4:25:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | Dan Lamothe
    For weeks, the Army has been taking a verbal beating for sending “pink slips” to officers while they were deployed. It was no joke or Internet rumor, either: About 1,100 captains received notice last month that they would be required to leave active duty within a year as the service shrinks, and some of them were in Afghanistan and other volatile areas. Reaction was swift. It was a “stunning display of callousness,” one Army veteran wrote earlier this month in the New York Daily News. It was an “outrageous and and heartless way to ‘thank’ combat veterans,” responded one writer...
  • Army: Of 1,100 captains pink-slipped, 48 were in Afghanistan

    07/25/2014 4:21:14 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | July 23, 2014 | Chris Carroll
    Of the more than 1,100 Army captains notified last month their military careers would soon end, 87 were deployed worldwide and 48 were serving in Afghanistan at the time, Army officials said Wednesday. The Army has been talking for months about the need to separate the captains as well as more than 500 majors this summer as part of the broad Army drawdown, but it’s the first time details have emerged about the sobering business of delivering pink slips to troops in harm’s way.
  • Bowe Bergdahl's Grandstanding Attorney Vilifies Fox News

    07/22/2014 11:45:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | July 22, 2014 | John Nolte
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, has apparently been retained to launch a hyper-partisan political campaign against Fox News. The Army has not charged Bergdahl with anything. According to some news reports, the Army hasn't even begun investigating Bergdahl. Nonetheless, one of Fidell's first media appearances was with the Huffington Post where he vilified Fox News for vilifying his client: “It’s very unfortunate that Fox News has an opportunity to use this case in an effort to stir up the base, use this in an effort to vilify my client, who everybody knows has gone through a terrible five-year long...
  • WATCH: Marines Confront a Man Impersonating An Army Sergeant Major (Video)

    07/21/2014 8:34:49 PM PDT · by montag813 · 1 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-21-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsAt a military funeral this weekend in Florida, a couple of Marines confronted a man dressed in a U.S. Army dress uniform. The back-and-forth, in West Palm Beach on Sunday, started off well enough, with polite questions about his medals and ribbons.  Then the Marines started to real suspicious of the self-proclaimed “sergeant major.” WATCH:
  • Watch Some Marines Confront a Man Impersonating An Army Sergeant Major

    07/21/2014 8:33:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    IJReview ^ | 7/23/14 | Kevin Boyd
    At a military funeral this weekend in West Palm Beach, Florida, a couple of possibly retired Marines confronted a man dressed in a U.S. Army dress uniform. At first the conversation, posted on the Facebook page U.S Army W.T.F! moments, is cordial, then the Marines started to get suspicious of the alleged “sergeant major.” During the conversation, the Marines catch him in one too many lies about everything from violating uniform code to wearing the wrong ribbons and medals. The man also called himself a sergeant major, a military policeman, and a special forces operator. He also claims to have...
  • On this Day in 1962: Infantry Nuke Test

    07/18/2014 2:02:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WeaponsMan blog ^ | July 17, 2014
    The USA fired its last above-ground nuclear test at a test site in Nevada on this day, 17 July, in 1962. The operation was a culmination exercise that brought together nuclear warhead tests (code-named Little Feller, as a nod to the W54 warhead’s light weight and low yield) and nuclear weapons employment maneuvers code-named Ivy Flats. The test was a pretty-much full-spectrum test of an actual tactical nuke, and a very unusual one — a nuclear infantry weapon called the Davy Crockett. A lot of tripe is written about the Davy Crockett, including that it could not fire a projectile...
  • Army to replace 9mm pistol with more reliable gun packing better 'knock down’ power

    07/13/2014 2:21:40 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 109 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 12, 2014 | Joseph Weber
    The Army wants to retire its supply of 9mm handguns and replace it with a more accurate and user-friendly model that also will provide soldiers with more “knock-down” power. Army officials say their inventory of more than 200,000 semi-automatic Beretta M9 and Sig Sauer M11 pistols has become outdated, worn out and needs to be replaced with an updated model that also offers more reliability and durability.
  • GOP's Ernst of Iowa to Give Party's Radio Address

    07/11/2014 9:04:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | July 11, 2014 | Thomas Beaumont
    Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst will take a break from campaigning for two weeks to take part in active-duty training for the Iowa National Guard. But before lacing up her boots, Ernst was to record the Republicans' national radio address, the Republican National Committee said Friday. Ernst, a lieutenant colonel and state senator from southwest Iowa, recorded the speech Thursday evening just hours before she was scheduled to report for duty at 6 a.m. From central Iowa Ernst was leading a convoy to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, where for the next two weeks she will drill with her transportation battalion....
  • Sending pink slips to a war zone

    07/10/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/9/2014 | Jonathan Hendershott
    In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed. Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army. The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are...
  • The Army Wants a More Potent Sidearm

    07/05/2014 12:47:51 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 135 replies
    "Soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have complained that the 9mm round is not powerful enough to be effective in combat. “The 9mm doesn’t score high with soldier feedback,” said Easlick, explaining that the Army, and the other services, want a round that will have better terminal effects — or cause more damage — when it hits enemy combatants. One of the major goals of the MHS effort is to adopt a pistol chambered for a more potent round than the current 9mm, weapons officials said. ..."
  • Bowe Bergdahl starting to venture out in public

    07/03/2014 11:01:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/02/14
    HOUSTON - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been allowed to venture off the Texas military base where he is receiving care as part of his "reintegration process" into society, a U.S. Army spokeswoman said Wednesday. Bergdahl has been allowed to go, with supervision, to a grocery store, restaurants, shopping centers and a library as part of the process of getting him comfortable with being out in public, Army spokeswoman Arwen Consaul said. **SNIP** He has not commented publicly on the circumstances of his disappearance, and the Army has made no...
  • How Climate Change Affects Terrorism (Say What???)

    07/02/2014 9:31:41 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 15 replies
    Defense One ^ | July 3, 2014 04:11 GMT | Jon Gensler
    According to the Obama Administration’s newly released National Climate Assessment, climate change is already impacting communities in every corner of the country, with an increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events – storms, floods, and droughts – and rising sea levels destabilizing the everyday lives of Americans. Worse, the impacts of these changes are accelerating, and they are affecting communities around the world. The Pentagon’s most recent Quadrennial Defense Review warns that “climate change may increase the frequency, scale and complexity of future missions.” Some of the least stable states in the world will face changing weather patterns that...
  • Soldiers who served with Bowe Bergdahl not yet contacted by military investigators

    07/02/2014 10:04:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    U.S. Army soldiers who were serving with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when he left his post and wound up in the hands of the Taliban say no one has contacted them, even though military brass are currently conducting a new investigation into the case. Several soldiers who immediately came forward after Bergdahl was released on May 31, in a swap for five Guantanamo Bay detainees, have accused the 28-year-old Idaho native of deserting. But even though the Army is probing that very charge, investigators have not reached out to at least two former Army sergeants — including the platoon’s leader —...
  • Army Fires Officers After Ordering Them to Move

    07/01/2014 8:31:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    Fox ^ | June 30, 2014 | Amy Bushatz
    The Army last week began notifying about 1,100 captains that they will be purged from the ranks. The same fate is awaiting about 500 majors, who beginning this week will be told their active-duty careers are over. They're among nearly 2,500 officers and NCOs who will be involuntarily separated this year as part of an ongoing drawdown of forces. ... some officers who were let go are scrambling to find a home, as well as a job. Thankfully for the captain who's expecting his first child, his landlord is allowing him and his wife to continue to rent the house...
  • Bergdahl cleared of misconduct during captivity (Huh?)

    06/30/2014 10:23:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Idaho Mountain Express and Guide ^ | June 30, 2014 | Gregory Foley
    The U.S. Army has reported that it has found no evidence that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey engaged in any misconduct during his five years in captivity of the Taliban. The report stated that there is no evidence Bergdahl helped his captors while he was held after going missing from his Army outpost in eastern Afghanistan five years ago today, June 30, 2009. However, the Army has not concluded its investigation into the Bergdahl case. Officials still plan to invetsigate the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture by enemy forces. That investigation is expected to last several weeks or more. Bergdahl reportedly...
  • Disgrace for 'Lawrence of Afghanistan': Decorated Green Beret Major lived in Afghan village

    06/29/2014 3:43:17 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 06/24/14 | James Nye
    Major Jim Gant was thrown out the military unceremoniously in March 2012 after his secret affair was discovered Had been living with former Washington Post reporter Ann Scott Tyson for a year The pair had 'gone native' with the Pashtun tribe living in Magwel, in the north of Afghanistan Gant and Tyson both were married with four children when they become involved Green Beret Gant had been serving continuously for 22-months Was respected and praised by then General David Petraeus - US commander in Afghanistan The former general encouraged Gant's unconventional tactics and called him 'Lawrence of Afghanistan' Gant was...
  • Recruits' Ineligibility Tests the Military

    06/28/2014 9:11:18 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 64 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 27, 2014 | Mariam Jordan
    More than two-thirds of America's youth would fail to qualify for military service because of physical, behavioral or educational shortcomings, posing challenges to building the next generation of soldiers even as the U.S. draws down troops from conflict zones. The military deems many youngsters ineligible due to obesity, lack of a high-school diploma, felony convictions and prescription-drug use for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. But others are now also running afoul of standards for appearance amid the growing popularity of large-scale tattoos and devices called ear gauges that create large holes in earlobes.
  • ‘No reason to believe’ Bergdahl collaborated with Taliban captors, Army officials say

    06/26/2014 11:13:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    West Hawaii Today / The Washington Post ^ | June 26, 2014 | Stephanie McCrummen
    The Army has “no reason to believe” that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl collaborated with his Taliban captors during his five years as a prisoner, as some have speculated, and he has not said anything that might incriminate him in other misconduct, Army officials said Wednesday. A two-star Army general is currently investigating the exact circumstances of Bergdahl’s 2009 disappearance from his post in Afghanistan, which led to his capture by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network. Investigators have not yet interviewed Bergdahl, who was released May 31 as part of a controversial prisoner exchange with the Taliban. He is now living at a...