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  • House bill requires women to sign up for draft

    02/05/2016 1:42:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Stars and Stripes ^ | February 4, 2016 | Travis J. Tritten
    WASHINGTON -- Two House Republicans introduced a bill Thursday requiring eligible women in the United States to sign up for the military draft, just days after it was recommended by the Marine Corps and Army. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a Marine veteran, and Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Minn., a retired Navy SEAL, filed the Draft American's Daughters Act to stoke debate over the military's historic move to fully integrate female troops into all combat roles. If passed, women from 18-26 years old would for the first time have to join men in registering with the Selective Service program and potentially be...
  • Would-be Fort Riley (Kansas) bomber pleads guilty

    02/03/2016 12:20:08 PM PST · by Zakeet · 3 replies
    WIBW News ^ | February 3, 2016 | Greg Palmer
    A 21-year-old man has pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts in connection with a plot to plant a bomb outside an Army post in northeast Kansas. John T. Booker Jr., of Topeka, aka Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, changed his pleas to guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to use an explosive device to damage government property.
  • Army rejects appeal from soldier discharged after confronting accused Afghan rapist

    01/30/2016 7:25:44 AM PST · by kindred · 24 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics ^ | 09/22/15 | Judson Berger
    Decorated soldier being kicked out of Army after shoving Afghan police commander accused of raping boy Army axing Green Beret who stood up for Afghan rape victim EXCLUSIVE: Even as the U.S. military denies reports that American troops were told to ignore Afghan child abusers, an 11-year Green Beret who was ordered discharged after he confronted an alleged rapist was informed Tuesday that the Army has denied his appeal. Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland earlier this year was ordered discharged by Nov. 1. He has been fighting to stay in, but in an initial decision, the U.S. Army Human Resources...
  • Army Command Recommends Green Beret Be Kicked Out for Confronting Afghan Child Rapist

    01/28/2016 1:04:35 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 66 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/27/16 | Morgan Chalfant
    Army Human Resources Command has recommended that the Green Beret who confronted an Afghan police commander for raping a young boy be kicked out of the service. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.), who has pushed back against the Army’s decision to punish Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, revealed the development in a letter to Sen. Pat Roberts (R., Kansas) Wednesday. “Recently, a decision within Army Human Resources Command recommended that the Army uphold the judgment that Martland be removed from service, although a final decision has yet to be made about his future,” Hunter wrote. While serving in Afghanistan in...
  • Swedish army prepares for war as police flee mob of Muslim ‘migrants’

    01/27/2016 7:24:45 AM PST · by rktman · 46 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/27/2016 | Carol Brown
    According to an internal military document, the Swedish army is preparing for war. Per a Breitbart report, "the chief of the Swedish army General Anders Brannstrom told men under his command they could expect to be fighting a war in Europe against skilled opponents 'within a few years'." The 28-page document was directed to soldiers, civil servants, politicians, and guests who will be attending next week's military demonstrations that will focus on the army's ability to fight and survive a winter war.
  • ANHA: Turkish army has entered Jarablus

    01/20/2016 5:04:39 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    ANF ^ | 01/19/16
    Hawar News Agency (ANHA) has reported that Turkish troops have entered Syrian territory through Jarablus border crossing Tuesday evening. Hawar News Agency (ANHA) has reported that Turkish troops have entered Syrian territory through Jarablus border crossing Tuesday evening. According to the ANHA report which is grounded on local sources, the Turkish force of military vehicles and heavy equipment accompanied a mine detection and removal device. After crossing the border, Turkish soldiers moved westwards within the Syrian territory. Sources reported that ISIS gangs in the area were all unresponsive to the activity of Turkish soldiers, and just watched them as they...
  • John McCain Finally Ready To Advance First Openly Gay Army Secretary

    01/18/2016 10:03:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Gay Voices ^ | January 18, 2016 | Jennifer Bendery, White House and Congressional Correpondent
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) finally set a confirmation hearing for Eric Fanning, who President Barack Obama nominated months ago to be the secretary of the Army. Fanning will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which McCain chairs, on Thursday. If confirmed by the full Senate, he will make history as the first openly gay person to fill the post. Fanning has served in a number of senior positions at the Defense Department, and he had been filling in as acting Army secretary since he was nominated in September. But last week, the Pentagon announced Fanning was pulling...
  • Army Paratrooper Tree Landing and Climbs Down Reserve [video]

    01/18/2016 5:14:36 AM PST · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 12-19-2014 | Matt Wilson
    The world's most interesting paratrooper known exclusivly as "HURD BLACK" performs an emergency tree landing and then climbs down his reserve to continue the mission. AIRBORNE!!!
  • The Ted Cruz Iowa staffer who's living in his RV

    01/15/2016 3:22:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 15, 2016 | Kylie Atwood
    In August, U.S. Army veteran Spence Rogers sold his house in Tampa, Florida and bought an RV, and set off with his wife and three children for a cross-country adventure. "We wanted to go to the mountains, wanted to go maybe check out Montana, wanted to check out different states -- just enjoy ourselves," Rogers explained. Instead, they found themselves parking semi-permanently on flatter land. Rogers, his family and the RV ended up in Iowa -- a state he had never before visited -- and instead of sightseeing, he signed on to be Cruz's deputy director for Iowa. Rogers, who...
  • An Army Marches on its Lactation

    01/11/2016 8:39:13 PM PST · by pboyington · 25 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | January 11, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Today, my former boss, a retired Army Intelligence officer sent me a copy of a memorandum for record concerning the US Army’s most recent lactation and breastfeeding policies, signed by the new Secretary of the Army, Eric K. Fanning and dated November 10, 2015. My first reaction was to pop a couple Tums even before starting to read it. As I scanned the document, I realized how far the Army has fallen on its sword. The sword of feminism, the sword of lunacy has completely eviscerated the lean green machine, so that it is the US Army in name only...
  • What a US Military Veteran Learned From Serving in the IDF

    One year later, as I reflect upon my service to Israel, I am so proud as an American to say that I have stood alongside both the defenders of the United States and the defenders of Israel. As a result of this military service, I have learned a great deal about myself, our two countries, and why we are — as I learned to say in Hebrew — brothers. The first thing that struck me as I donned the dark green uniform of the Israeli Defense Forces, and for the first time since my own injury while serving in the...
  • Gun Sales Surge In Switzerland As Army Chief Warns "Arm Yourselves"

    01/01/2016 11:53:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/01/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Hillary Clinton says that her "not-so-secret weapon" is her husband Bill and has asked the former president to campaign for her in New Hampshire after the New Year. Bringing in Bill to rescue a flailing Hillary actually sounds like a pretty decent strategy. It appears that she's trying to cash in on the curious but nonetheless real phenomenon of Clinton nostalgia--Bill Clinton nostalgia, that is. People genuinely like the former president even if they can't name a single thing he accomplished while in office. Even so, Bill's rescue operation reflects poorly on Hillary. It's as if she's saying "Yes, I...
  • SEAL: How a Failed Mission to Rescue Bergdahl Caused Irreparable Loss

    12/28/2015 5:56:10 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 54 replies
    Military.com ^ | December 24, 2015 | Dianna Cahn
    The juxtaposition of two American military men who could stand in the same courtroom in the coming months couldn't be set in more stark relief. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faces a general court-martial for walking off of his base in eastern Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl spent five years in Taliban captivity, where he was tormented, before being freed in a controversial prisoner exchange last year. Jimmy Hatch, a Navy SEAL senior chief who led a platoon into a fierce battle to try to rescue Bergdahl, was shot and badly wounded on that mission. Beside him, service dog Remco lay mortally wounded,...
  • Weapons of Mass Deception [WW2 Ghost Army]

    12/22/2015 11:19:50 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 13 replies
    Works That Work ^ | 2015 (Vol. 6) | Rick Beyer
    Imagine being assigned to create a massive trompe l’oeil, and not just a painting, but a complex, 3-D, multimedia installation spread out over many kilometres. Imagine that it must convince an attentive and discerning audience to believe in and interact with something that is not really there. Further imagine that your workspace is in the middle of a war zone, and that thousands of lives depend on your success. Also, imagine that next week you will be asked to do it again. That, in a nutshell, was the mission given to the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, also known as the...
  • How an angry tirade led to the investigation of a top Special Operations general

    12/19/2015 6:39:00 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 41 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | December 18, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    Army Lt. Gen. John Mulholland was apoplectic. Seated at the head of a table in a staff meeting, the veteran Special Operations general was furious that a briefing for him at U.S. Special Operations Command did not follow the directions that he and the top officer in the command, Adm. William McRaven, had provided. In a profanity-laced tirade, Mulhulland told the staff members they had "all failed me" as a commander, and they should all go "shoot themselves right now," according to later accounts of the meeting. He promised that if they tried to brief their work to McRaven he...
  • BOMB Disposed of by British Army in Popular Shopping Mall

    12/17/2015 2:34:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 12/17/15 | Pamela Geller
    Another test. Another form of terror — “Preston shopping centre bomb alert: Police say device was planted deliberately to endanger life,” British Army News, December 17, 2015 (thanks to Armaros): Preston’s Fishergate Shopping Centre remains closed as bomb disposal experts examine device Police have confirmed a device that went off at a shopping centre in Preston was planted deliberately and was intended to endanger life. Army bomb disposal experts are on the scene after the “suspicious device” went off in bin. It caused no real damage and no injuries.
  • Sikh Soldier Allowed to Keep Beard in Rare Army Exception

    12/14/2015 9:44:31 AM PST · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Dec 2015 | Dave Philipps
    On his first day at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Simratpal Singh sat in a barber chair where new cadets get their hair buzzed short, forced to choose between showing his faith and living it. Cadet Singh had grown up a Sikh. As part of his faith, he had never cut his hair or beard. But his faith also encouraged protection of the oppressed, which inspired him to join the Army. The Army would not allow a soldier with long hair or a beard, so that day he watched his locks drop to the floor. “Your self-image,...
  • TN: Lt. Cmdr Tim White honored for his actions during July 16th shootings

    12/13/2015 12:18:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    WSMV ^ | 14 October, 2015 | Kelly McCarthy
    CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - The American Red Cross honored local heroes during the 8th annual Heroes Luncheon. Among the brave men and women recognized, Lt. Cmdr Tim White gave his first TV interview describing his experiences during the July 16th shootings. Lt. Cmdr Tim White says the community has been so supportive since the attacks. White wants to thank everyone for donating their time and money to help the victims and their families, and for showing the local military their support. "We've been receiving cards, and letters, and gifts to the units and it's been overwhelming, it's been really amazing,"...
  • Vet's mom forced to sell Obama letter to cover VA failures he promised to fix

    12/08/2015 9:44:37 AM PST · by detective · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/8/15 | By Paul Bedard
    The mother of an injured Army veteran of the Iraq war is selling a rare letter from President Obama to cover her son's medical and personal expenses despite the president's handwritten promise to do "everything we can over the next four years to support your family." Cherry McKimmey told Secrets, "Something good might as well come out of that. It is doing no good lying in my drawer. It means absolutely nothing to me."
  • Video: Is Israel the world’s most moral army? Yes, says this British Observer of the 2014 Gaza War

    12/08/2015 11:34:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/08/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    To quote Vincent Vega, “That’s a bold statement.” It’s a claim that Col. Richard Kemp, commander of British forces in Afghanistan and an observer to the 2014 war in Gaza, defends in this latest video from Prager University. Kemp makes his argument based on two factors — the reason Israel goes to war (self-defense) and its conduct of war when conflict erupts. Despite claims of widespread war crimes and atrocities, Kemp insists that the IDF’s actions saved lives at risk of their own:CLICK ABOVE LINK FIR THE VIDEO After repeated warnings from Israel to stop, the Israeli Air Force...
  • National Coalition for Men suing to require women to register for the draft

    12/04/2015 5:39:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | December 4, 2015 | Leada Gore
    A federal court in California will hear a case next week that could pave the way for women to be required to register for the draft. The hearing involves an existing suit from the National Coalition for Men against Selective Service, which oversees the process by which men age 18 and above register for the military. The case is set to be heard Dec. 8 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Pasadena, California. The hearing will take place just days after Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced all military combat positions would be open to...
  • Wounded Vet Was Getting Bullied By The VA, So He Talked To Trump- 2 Weeks Later, He Was Stunned…

    12/04/2015 9:09:30 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 127 replies
    Donald Trump made a promise and he delivered. In October, the Republican presidential candidate made a commitment to U.S. Army First Sgt. Todd Landen (Ret.) very, very personal. In front of a large crowd at a Sioux City, Iowa, event, he promised the wounded veteran and his family that he would get action to end the runaround Landen was getting from the Veterans Administration. "I am going to put pressure on the VA like you won't believe," Trump said then. "As president, I can guarantee it. As Trump I can say, 'I'll probably be able to pull it off anyway.'"...
  • Soldier Faces Possible 58 Year Sentence As Pentagon's Sexual Assault Witch Hunt Seeks New Victim

    12/03/2015 9:22:06 PM PST · by seekthetruth · 15 replies
    Bob McCarty.Com ^ | December 4, 2015 | Bob McCarty
    Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin is an Army Ranger and master Army aviator with some 1,000 hours of combat flying time, including 500 while using night-vision gear. Though he’s been to war and back three times, fighting both on the ground and in the air, nothing prepared the 47-year-old for the battle he’s fighting now, trying to avoid becoming another victim of the Pentagon’s sexual assault witch hunt that could send him to prison for 58 years* for something he did not do.
  • Pentagon To Announce Women Are Allowed In Frontline Ground Combat Positions

    12/03/2015 9:19:39 AM PST · by Theoria · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | 03 Dec 2015 | Bill Chappell
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to announce Thursday that women in the U.S. military – including the Army and Marines – can now serve in combat posts. It's the most emphatic step taken in a process to open combat jobs to women that began in January of 2013. Carter is making an announcement at noon Thursday; we'll update this post with news from the event. Women are being cleared to play a greater role in combat — and vie for thousands of jobs — after the military conducted an internal review of how they might perform in artillery, armor,...
  • Military helicopter crashes in Tennessee during routine training mission

    12/02/2015 10:13:09 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 10 replies
    FoxNews Online ^ | December 3, 2015 | A/P Contributed
    A military helicopter crashed outside Fort Campbell Ky. Wednesday night near the Tennessee border, officials said. Maj. Allen Hill, a spokesman for the 101st Airborne Division, said in a statement that crew members were flying an AH-64D Apache during a routine training mission. The aircraft went down about 12 miles south of Fort Campbell. The Tennessean reports the aircraft was found in a rural area of Montgomery County, Tenn. Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency Director Jerry Buchanan told the newspaper the helicopter was found crashed in a river bottom and was on fire when emergency personnel arrived.
  • Christianity, Western History Deemed “Incredibly Offensive”

    11/29/2015 5:03:44 AM PST · by blueyon · 13 replies
    rightwingnews ^ | 11/27/15 | Dave Blount
    Our own heritage is considered to be “incredibly offensive” by the leftist ruling class: A religious-freedom advocacy group has filed its second grievance in as many weeks with the Army, again demanding that imagery featuring a red crucifix be removed from Army signage — and this time, insisting the aviation unit involved change its logo and its nickname. We truly are living in George Orwell World. By “religious-freedom advocacy,” they mean “devoted to the eradication of Christianity.”
  • West Point Bans Annual Pillow Fight After 24 Cadets Found to Have Concussions

    11/26/2015 8:07:49 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 26, 2015 | JULIA JACOBO
    What started as a lighthearted tradition meant to build camaraderie, transformed into chaos on Aug. 20 when the United States Military Academy at West Point’s annual pillow fight turned bloody, leaving 30 freshmen injured, investigators said Wednesday. Nicknamed “plebes,” first-year students are responsible for organizing the pillow fight, held almost every year since 2001.
  • U.S. and Chinese troops connect in first-ever exchange at JBLM (Washington State)

    11/21/2015 5:01:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | November 20, 2015 | Adam Ashton
    80 soldiers from China’s People’s Liberation Army are visiting Joint Base Lewis-McChord It’s the first time Chinese troops have been invited to train in the continental United States Troops are all smiles, but mindful of revealing too much
  • What is the Purpose of Government? [And its Primary Duty?]

    11/19/2015 1:37:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    catholicculture.org ^ | Aug 05, 2011 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    In my latest In Depth Analysis (The Question of Government Size and Scope), I discussed four issues that should be kept very much in mind before we reflexively turn to government, especially the highest level of government, to solve our problems. But one thing I deliberately avoided in that essay was a consideration of the purpose of government in the first place. I’d like to address that briefly here. .... But in the midst of all these attitudes, predispositions, and mood swings, we really ought to stop to ask ourselves: What, in the abstract, is the actual purpose of government?...
  • Police searching for man in connection with Worcester armory break-in (Massachusetts)

    11/16/2015 5:46:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WHDH-TV ^ | November 16, 2015 | Jennifer Eagan and Kelli O'Hara
    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Police are searching for a man after an FBI spokeswoman said weapons have gone missing following a break-in at an Army Reserve center in Worcester on Sunday. The man is wanted in connection with the theft of 16 weapons from the Lincoln Stoddard United States Army Reserve Center. The break-in and thefts occurred between 6 p.m. on Saturday and 1 a.m. on Sunday, according to Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus, Jr. The Army Reserve said 10 9mm pistols were recovered, along with six high-powered rifles....
  • Army Football Team Brings French Flag Onto Field At West Point

    11/14/2015 5:52:56 PM PST · by Kozy · 21 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/4/2015 | Ron Dicker
    The Army football team on Saturday made a winning play for solidarity with France following the attacks in Paris the night before. One player carried the French flag onto the field before the team's game against Tulane, according to USA Today's For The Win blog. Defensive back Caleb McNeill did the honors at West Point's Michie Stadium. The United States Military Academy tweeted that it "stands with the French people following the #ParisAttacks - liberté, égalité, fraternity. #DutyHonorCountry."
  • In a First, Army to Open JBLM for Exchange with Chinese Troops

    11/13/2015 2:45:59 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 3 replies
    Military.com ^ | November 13, 2015
    Last month the Pentagon sent a tough signal to its fastest-growing rival in Asia when a U.S. Navy warship sailed close by an artificial Chinese island in the contested waters of the South China Sea. The message: The U.S. will stand by its allies as they confront China's increasingly muscular military. This month, the Defense Department picked Joint Base Lewis-McChord for a friendlier exchange between the two world powers. The Army is opening up the South Sound base for a weeklong exercise with its Chinese counterpart, the People's Liberation Army. It's fairly small compared with some of the standard engagements...
  • Veteran’s Day: The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    11/11/2015 5:46:30 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 8 replies
    Self | November 11, 2015 | 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...
  • Veteran’s Day: The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    11/11/2015 10:31:41 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 11 replies
    Self | November 1, 2015 | 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...
  • Chelsea Manning suing because she 'feels like a freak and a weirdo' over two-inch prison haircut

    11/09/2015 4:20:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2015 | Hannah Parry
    * Manning has been fighting for two years to be able to grow her hair to fit her female identity * Military has agreed to allow her hormone treatments and speech therapy but draws a hard line on her hair * Lawyer says Chelsea is caused 'significant anxiety' by having to wear her hair short * Manning says being forced to keep her hair a 2 inches makes her feel like a 'freak and a weirdo' * The former intelligence analyst is now planning to sue the army over the decision * Manning was sentenced to 35 years in jail...
  • As A Veteran, I know Integrity is Central to My Life, and Ben Carson Lacks It Entirely

    11/08/2015 1:35:43 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 100 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/7/2015 | Richard Allen Smith
    As the Republican candidates life story comes under increasing scrutiny, it has become clear that Carson is missing an essential value I learned in the army. As a private in basic training, I learned the Army Values. We were issued a plastic card, on which they were listed: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. For any inspection, until I left the military as a sergeant, that card was a required item. The US army still teaches the Army Values to every soldier. Its a cheesy, motivational speaker esque acronym that spells 'LDRSHIP'. But it is also...
  • Hillary Clinton Tried to Join the Army (Or Was it the Marines?)

    11/06/2015 3:06:53 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 31 replies
    Outside the Beltway ^ | April 3, 2008 | James Joyner
    Hillary Clinton Tried to Join the Army (Or was it the Marines?) James Joyner April 3, 2008 Bill Clinton says his wife, Hillary, tried to join the Army in the mid-1970s but was turned down. “I remember when we were young, right out of law school, she went down and tried to join the Army and they said ‘Your eyes are so bad, nobody will take you,'” he said, after heralding her record on issues of concern to the military, such as body armor and access to health care. I assume this is a version of the “Hillary Clinton tried...
  • Battle joined: Army panel backs WWII vet’s posthumous bid for Medal of Honor

    11/04/2015 2:35:30 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 4, 2015 | Greg Wilson
    The true story of Garlin Murl Conner’s heroism in the face of a Nazi onslaught might have gone to the grave with the soft-spoken Kentucky farmer if not for a chance phone call from another military man trying to piece together the last days of his uncle’s life. ***snip*** The bravery of Conner, who died in 1998 at the age of 79, is well-documented. The first lieutenant, who was wounded seven times, earned an incredible four Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his World War II heroism. But it was what he...
  • Inside the Pentagon’s Fight Over Russia

    11/03/2015 12:34:19 PM PST · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/2/15 | Mark Perry
    For those villagers eagerly snapping pictures on the side of a road in the Czech Republic in late September, the appearance of the line of U.S. “Stryker” armored fighting vehicles must have seemed more like a parade than a large-scale military operation. “We are demonstrating operational freedom of maneuver across Eastern Europe,” Col. John V. Meyer III told a reporter. But not everyone is convinced. “This Stryker parade won’t fool anyone in Moscow,” says retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor. “The Russians don’t do many things well, but they have been subverting, destabilizing, invading and conquering their neighbors since Peter the...
  • India Staging Biggest Air Exercise To Prepare For 2-Front War

    10/29/2015 10:21:40 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    Arming India ^ | Thursday, October 29, 2015 | Arming India Correspondent
    NEW DELHI, OCT.29, 2015: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is staging its biggest exercise, codenamed 'Live Wire', to test its preparedness to fight a two-front war in case of a simultaneous armed conflict with China and Pakistan. This exercise, which begins on Oct 31, involves the simultaneous activation of all airbases across the country from Leh in Jammu and Kashmir to Car Nicobar in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for about 15 days. "The most important part of Exercise Live Wire is to rehearse quick movement of air assets from one theatre to another," a top IAF officer explained to Arming...
  • Runaway U.S. military blimp wreaks havoc in Pennsylvania

    10/29/2015 2:35:35 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:27am EDT | Joe McDonald and Phil Stewart
    A high-tech U.S. military blimp designed to detect a missile attack came loose on Wednesday and wreaked havoc as it floated from Maryland into Pennsylvania while dragging more than a mile of cable and knocking out power to thousands.
  • Army Gen: Obama Is Destroying Military From Within

    10/24/2015 10:06:38 AM PDT · by xzins · 59 replies
    Downtrend ^ | OCTOBER 22, 2015 | ROBERT GEHL
    President Obama is trying to destroy Americas military from within and its not an accident. These are the words of Army Maj. Gen. Robert Dees. Dees said its all part of a massive social engineering experiment and the end result will destroy the nations ability to defend itself. Not only are we losing physical readiness to fight, we have to fix the problem of moral readiness, he said on a panel chaired by Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (US Army-Ret.). I think the moral readiness of our forces is even more important than the physical readiness, which is very low, Dees...
  • General: Army can't investigate anonymous claims against Ranger School

    10/18/2015 7:49:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | October 18, 2015 | Chuck Williams
    Maj. Gen. Scott Millers voice held frustration late Friday afternoon during a quickly arranged media roundtable on the fourth floor of McGinnis-Wickam Hall, headquarters of the Armys Maneuver Center of Excellence. The commanding general of Fort Benning has been fighting allegations for months that female soldiers were given special treatment to pass Ranger School, the most physically and mentally demanding training offered by the Army. Four hours after the third woman graduated, Miller sat front and center with Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Metheny to his right and four members of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, including the commander, Col....
  • Congressman continues push for females' Ranger School records

    10/16/2015 1:44:33 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    Ledger-Enquirer ^ | October 14, 2015 | Chuck Williams
    An Oklahoma congressman has sent a second letter to the Secretary of the Army demanding access to Ranger School records for the classes that have involved female soldiers. Republican Rep. Steve Russell, an infantry battalion commander who is Ranger qualified, has continued his quest as a third woman prepares to graduate from the Armys most demanding combat leadership school Friday at Fort Benning. In a second letter to Secretary John McHugh dated Oct. 7, Russell said he is concerned that some of the documentation he has requested has been destroyed. I was somewhat puzzled by the Army officials informing me...
  • Army Sec: American Women Could Be Required to Register for Draft if Combat Jobs Integrated

    10/13/2015 7:20:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 12, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday that opening up all combat roles to women would push lawmakers to engage in an emotional discussion and debate about whether or not women should also be required to enter the draft. If your objective is true and pure equality, then you have to look at all aspects and at some point Selective Service will have to be one of those things considered very carefully, McHugh said at the U.S. Armys annual meeting in Washington, D.C., according to the Washington Examiner. McHugh said that Congress would have to decide to require women to sign...
  • Last remaining woman in Army Ranger School, 37, likely to graduate

    10/12/2015 4:36:02 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | October 11, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    On Friday, a 37-year-old Army major with two children is likely to become the third woman ever to graduate from the Army's grueling Ranger School, according to three people with knowledge of her status, including a senior official. Maj. Lisa Peplinski Jaster would join Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, as the only three women to graduate from the school, which is considered among the most difficult in the military. It was opened to women for the first time in April as part of the military's ongoing research on how female service members should be integrated...
  • General took desertion investigation to Lewis-McChord for better look at Bergdahl

    10/11/2015 6:27:43 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | October 11, 2015 | Adam Ashton
    Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl could have had a desk waiting for him in the Pentagon in the summer of 2014 when the Army asked him to figure out why Bowe Bergdahl deserted his combat outpost in Afghanistan. Dahl passed on the offer. He thought he had a better chance of finding the truth by taking his work back to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where he was the deputy commanding general of its I Corps headquarters. That decision was the first step in a two-month investigation at JBLM during which he interviewed 57 people and pulled together a team of 22 soldiers...
  • U.S. colonel: Tapes show Bergdahl joined Taliban

    10/10/2015 1:41:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | September 22, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    A retired military colonel, now a Fox News analyst, has dropped a bombshell in the case of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant held for five years by the Taliban who is charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy. Retired Col. David Hunt says Bergdahl actually joined the Taliban, and recordings prove it. Further, he notes the U.S. government has failed to make use of that evidence in the case against Bergdahl, who was returned to the U.S. in a stunning trade for five top terrorists held at Guantanamo. Appearing on Bill OReillys Fox News show, Hunt said the...
  • Army agrees to postpone discharge of Green Beret

    10/07/2015 10:42:55 AM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/6/2015 | Kristina Wong
    Army Secretary John McHugh on Tuesday agreed to postpone discharging an Army Green Beret for his role in beating an Afghan police official who was sexually abusing an Afghan boy. The decision was announced after Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, asked McHugh to give Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland time to prepare an appeal. "Out of respect for Chairman Thornberry's continued strong support for our military, and his personal appeal, Secretary McHugh has agreed to postpone Sgt. First Class Martland's discharge from the Army for 60 days to allow him to file an appeal...
  • Army Puts Green Berets Charles Martland in Discharge

    10/09/2015 6:39:53 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 18 replies
    Barb Wire ^ | 10/8/2015 | Tony Perkins
    In the Obama military, you can celebrate immorality but you cant confront it. Thats the lesson the Army is trying to teach the Green Berets Charles Martland. A hero by both record and reputation, Sergeant First Class Martland is about to lose his career over something that any parent or decent American would have done: intervene in the violent rape of an innocent boy. When Martland confronted the attacker (a member of the Afghan police), the rapist laughed off the soldiers horror, insisting it was just a boy. Shocked and outraged, the Sergeant and a fellow Green Beret said...