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  • U.S. colonel: Tapes show Bergdahl joined Taliban

    10/10/2015 1:41:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 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 O’Reilly’s 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 Beret’s 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 can’t confront it. That’s the lesson the Army is trying to teach the Green Beret’s 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 soldier’s horror, insisting it was “just a boy.” Shocked and outraged, the Sergeant and a fellow Green Beret said...
  • SAS deploy 'mannequin army' of shop dummies to lure ISIS jihadis into ambush

    10/08/2015 11:43:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Daily Express ^ | October 4, 2015 | Marco Giannangeli
    BRITISH Special Forces have used a “mannequin army” of shop dummies to lure dozens of Islamic State (ISIS) fighters into an ambush in eastern Syria, military sources have revealed. The operation targeted an ISIS unit that had been making repeated strikes on Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The top-secret mission took place two weeks ago near the town of Bussayrah, close to the Euphrates River, and involved a joint force of UK and American troops. At least a dozen shop mannequins were dressed in Kurdish combat uniforms before being flown in by members of the SAS. Some were posed holding weapons, as...
  • Army postpones planned discharge of Green Beret who confronted accused Afghan rapist

    10/06/2015 7:01:54 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 24 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Oct 6, 2015 | N/A
    The U.S. Army has postponed the planned discharge of an 11-year Green Beret who confronted an alleged child rapist in Afghanistan in order to give him a chance to appeal. An army spokesman said Tuesday that Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland will be given 60 days to file an appeal with the Army Board for the Correction of Military Records. “While the material in Sgt. Martland's file required that he be considered by the QMP (Qualitative Management Program) board, it is our desire to ensure every soldier receives fairness and due process and we continue to act accordingly,” the spokesman...
  • Army Vet Charged Oregon Gunman,Said "It's My Son's Birthday Today"

    10/02/2015 2:38:18 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies ^ | October 2, 2015 | Awr Hawkins
    During the October 1 attack that left 10 dead at Umpque Community College, Army veteran Christ Mintz blocked the door to a classroom with his body, then lay on the floor saying, “It’s my son’s birthday today.”
  • Oregon gunman was Army dropout who studied mass shooters

    10/02/2015 1:36:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | October 2, 2015 | Jeff Barnard and Martha Mendoza
    ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The 26-year-old gunman who opened fire in a community college English class, killing nine, was an Army boot camp dropout who studied mass shooters before becoming one himself. A day after the rampage in an Oregon timber town, authorities said Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer, who died during a shootout with police, wore a flak jacket and brought at least six guns and five ammunition magazines to the school. Investigators found another seven guns at the apartment he shared with his mother. The weapons had all been purchased legally over the past three years, some by him, others...
  • Shocking: New U.S. Army Patch Closely Resembles ISIS Logo

    10/01/2015 5:37:15 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 38 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-01-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    A new combat patch worn by U.S. soldiers fighting against ISIS in Iraq is drawing flak from service members because it closely resembles logos of the very same jihadists they’re fighting. [IMAGE OF PATCH] Soldiers serving in Operation Inherent Resolve have worn the patch since April of this year. There is even a medal version that soldiers can wear on their Army Service Uniform, reports. On its Facebook-page, Army Times explains that the patch is “meant to symbolize the twin goals of the U.S.-led coalition: to defeat the militant group and to restore stability in the region, according to...
  • Congressman Asks for Documents to Find Out Whether Women Got Special Treatment at Ranger School

    09/30/2015 1:27:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    People Magazine ^ | September 22, 2015 | Susan Keating
    A congressman who is a combat veteran and Ranger graduate has asked the Pentagon's top Army leader to produce documents related to the performance of the females who began Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia earlier this year, PEOPLE has learned. In a letter obtained exclusively by PEOPLE, Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., gave outgoing Army Secretary John McHugh until September 25 to produce documents revealing the women's test scores, evaluations, injuries, pre-training and more. The letter was delivered to McHugh's Pentagon office on September 15. "The training of our combat warriors is paramount to our national defense," Russell wrote to...
  • Putin requested the Russia's Federation Council for a permission to use the army abroad

    09/30/2015 12:50:24 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 39 replies
    TASS (in Russian) ^ | 09/30/2015
    MOSCOW, September, 30, by TASS The President of Russia Vladimir Putin submitted to the Federation Council [upper house of the parliament] a proposal to issue a bill to allow him using abroad the Russian Armed Forces on the basis of "universally recognised principles and regulations of the international law" as the Kremlin's press centre has informed. [...] The Upper House's speaker Valentina Matviyenko [Mut-vee-yEn-koh] said the Federation Council was considering the issue in a closed session.
  • Why Our Commanders Look The Other Way During Child Rape

    09/29/2015 11:06:24 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 54 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 28, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    The revelation that our generals expect Americans solders to allow screaming young boys to be sodomized and not stop it is simply the latest manifestation of the utter moral bankruptcy infecting the senior ranks of the U.S. military. The problems with America’s military—which has now failed to win three wars in a row against backward fanatics whom the nineteenth-century Brits would have handily dispatched to hell in time for tea—are not merely budgetary. You can’t buy real leaders, leaders with strategic competence and moral courage. Aging equipment, while a problem, is nothing compared to the incompetence and moral cowardice of...
  • Cephalopod Surprise

    09/29/2015 6:52:38 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 24 replies
    Skippy's List ^ | July 9th, 2007 | skippy
    ... Early on in my military career, way back when I was a PFC, my Battalion would occasionally have “Fun Runs”. A Fun Run is just like running for several miles. Except that it’s fun. Because people that outrank you say so. This is pretty much the Army equivalent to declaring “Our office is so much fun! On Friday we get to wear Hawaiian shirts!” It’s awesome if you happen to love Hawaiian shirts, but just kinda sucks if you have taste. One of the features of the Fun Run was that afterward the Battalion would gather together and hold...
  • Army Veteran Takes Mother to Cardinals Game – Is Robbed, Shot in the Back and Paralyzed

    09/28/2015 1:22:50 PM PDT · by CodeJockey · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Sep 28th, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Army Veteran Robbed, Shot and Paralyzed as Violent Crime Spirals Out of Control in St. Louis Around 10:30 p.m., Chris Sanna and his girlfriend were walking to their vehicle near Walnut Street and Memorial Drive when a black sedan pulled up to them. Two male suspects were inside the black sedan. The driver of the sedan exited the vehicle and demanded the victims’ property at gunpoint. “After she gave him her purse, he pulled a gun,” Candis said. “That’s when they turned to run, and he shot at them twice.”
  • Why Can’t the Secretary of the Army be a Veteran?

    09/25/2015 6:16:12 PM PDT · by Twotone · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Sept. 23, 2015 | Aaron MacLean
    Looking at the results you would think the results of the Military Times survey of troop morale couldn’t possibly be accurate. Released last December, the numbers were brutal. In response to the statement, “The senior military leadership has my best interests at heart,” only 17% agreed, down from 53% in a previous survey conducted in 2009. As for, “Overall officers in the military are good or excellent,” only 39% agreed, down from 78% in the 2009 survey.
  • Army Discharges War Hero Who Blew Whistle on Afghan Rape (Soldiers Raping BOYS)

    09/24/2015 6:31:48 PM PDT · by lbryce · 43 replies
    WASHINGTON Beacon ^ | September 24,2015 | Morgan Chalifant
    Rep. Vern Buchanan (R., Fla.) is demanding that the decorated Green Beret who blew the whistle on U.S.-allied Afghan forces raping boys be reinstated by the Army immediately. Buchanan labeled war hero Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland’s dismissal from the force a “national disgrace.” Martland stood up for an Afghan rape victim in 2011. “Driving Sgt. Martland out of the Army is a national disgrace,” Buchanan said in a statement. “He stood up for American values and should be commended, not punished.” This week, reports surfaced that U.S. soldiers and Marines have been instructed to ignore suspicions of Afghan forces...
  • Here's the US Army's shoulder patch for the war against ISIS

    09/24/2015 8:17:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 97 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 9/24/15 | Jeremy Bender
    The US Army has debuted a new shoulder patch that soldiers in Iraq can wear to represent their role in the ongoing fight against ISIS, USA Today reports. The patch features crossed scimitars, three stars, and a palm wreath. According to USA Today, the three stars denote the US land, air, and sea forces involved in the fight against ISIS. The palm wreath is meant to symbolize honor, while the crossed swords evoke the twin goals of the ongoing operations: the defeat of ISIS and the restoration of stability in the region. Currently, there are over 3,000 US Army personnel...
  • Obama's 'Gay' Army Affirmative Action Plan

    09/23/2015 6:59:25 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 35 replies ^ | September 23, 2015 | Mark Alexander
    The Washington Post headline says it all: “Obama Nominates the First Openly Gay Service Secretary.” According to the Post, “Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services. … Fanning’s rise to one of the Pentagon’s toughest and most prominent jobs also reflects the Obama’s commitment to diversity.” “Eric brings many years of proven experience and exceptional leadership to this new role,” said our nation’s worst-ever commander in chief. “I am confident he...
  • GOP lawmaker questions test scores of female Army Rangers

    09/22/2015 3:52:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 22, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    A House Republican is investigating the test scores and supporting documentation for the two women who last month became the first female graduates of the Army's elite Ranger School. Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.), a Ranger graduate who served in Iraq, sent a letter to outgoing Army Secretary John McHugh last week asking for documents on the two graduates' test scores, injuries, evaluations and other materials, according to People magazine. "The training of our combat warriors is paramount to our national defense," Russell wrote to McHugh, according to the magazine. "In order to ensure that the Army retains its ability to...
  • The Spirit of America 2015

    09/20/2015 8:08:48 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/20/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    For our U.S. Army and its unrivaled soldiers, this year marks 240 years of selfless service to the nation A crowd of 7,500 patriotic Americans attended the U.S. Army’s 2015 Spirit of America show, a performance highlighting our proud history through the eyes of the American Soldier. Aptly named, the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, was brimming with excited men, women, and children who came to pay their respects to our elite soldiers who have sworn to uphold our Constitution and to defend our country so that we may enjoy the freedoms that...
  • Huckabee Rips Obama’s Choice for Army Sec.: ‘Homosexuality Is Not a Job Qualification’

    09/19/2015 2:09:17 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 59 replies
    mediaite ^ | September 19th, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Mike Huckabee isn’t happy with President Obama‘s decision to appoint an openly gay man as the next Secretary of the Army. Eric Fanning, the current acting Under Secretary of Army, was selected by Obama this week, which would make him the first openly gay man to lead any branch of the U.S. military. And while The Washington Post notes his sexuality isn’t really a big deal to the Army or to even some Republicans in Congress, leave it to Huckabee to crank up the outrage-ometer with this statement today: It’s clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America’s homosexuals...
  • Army Allegedly Issued ‘gag order’ to Silence Green Berets

    09/19/2015 8:27:31 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | September 19, 2015 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    FOXNEWS was the first to publicly report the Army’s decision to kick out 11-year Green Beret Sgt First Class (SFC) Charles Martland. On September 11, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif a member of the House Armed Services Committee, blasted Army leadership for issuing an alleged “gag order” forbidding them talking about the discharge of SFC Martland. The congressman said “more troubling” is that he’s learned “Army leadership has pushed a ‘gag order’ … prohibiting both the Chain of Command and soldiers from speaking to anyone regarding the case.” If true such a gag order would be a gross violation of 10...
  • Obama to nominate first openly gay service secretary to lead the Army

    09/18/2015 3:48:03 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 60 replies
    Washingtin Post ^ | September 18
    President Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services.
  • Army investigates injuries suffered in out-of-control, excessively violent . . . pillow fight?

    09/07/2015 4:01:12 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/07/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Weaponized pillows. That's a new one. I’m not much for “spirit events” - and I’ve never been in the Armed Forces - so don’t take my lack of familiarity as disdain for the idea in general. I suppose a bunch of soldiers-in-training standing around a courtyard whamming each other with pillows could be fun. It’s probably not the sort of thing that makes the Russians cower in fear, but then again maybe they watch it with envy because they only “spirit” in their army is the one of fear over being sent to the gulag if they screw something up....
  • Prayer request for family. My Father passed away Monday.

    09/03/2015 4:38:13 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 71 replies
    03 SEP 15 | dcbryan1
    Jim Bryan III, 75, of Longboat Key, FL, died Sep. 1, 2015 at Arkansas Hospice from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was born in Harrison, AR in 1940 to the late J.W. and Jane Bryan of Bellefonte, AR. He was preceded in death by his son Joey (who died of a brain tumor in 1981 at age ten) and grandparents Witt and Zula Burns Bryan and Noah and Myrtle Eoff Dearing. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Ann, son Jim, IV and his wife Ann, son Chris and his wife Jennifer, grandchildren Laura and her newlywed...
  • Female Rangers – How General Odierno Saved the Ranger Program and Army’s Warrior Culture.

    08/31/2015 8:37:24 AM PDT · by Bill Russell · 54 replies ^ | 8/31/2015 | Bill Russell
    OVERCOMING CYNICISM AND GIVING A FAIR SHOT AT SUCCESS AND FAILURE Since the August 21st graduation of two women from the Army’s Ranger School there has been an out pouring of commentary on the notoriety of the moment. Writing this article through the lens of a graduate of the Ranger Course (Class 10-87), I want to join those who are congratulating Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver on their achievements. What is particularly notable, is the lengths the Army and the Airborne Ranger Training Brigade (ARTB) went through to ensure the women were treated fairly and that the...
  • U.S. Army Kicking Out a Hero After He Confronted an Afghan Pedophile/Rapist

    08/29/2015 8:20:29 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | August 29, 2015 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    In a FOXNEWS exclusive the U.S. Army is planning to kick out Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland for shoving an Afghan pedophile who just happened to be an Afghan police commander. The alleged pedophile rapist, identified as Abdul Rahman, has not yet been charged with a crime. The American trained Rahman was said to be practicing the ancient Afghan act of “Bacha Bazi” and beating up the mother of the victim after she reported the rape. In Afghanistan, “Bacha Bazi” is a term attached to any activity that involves an adult sexually preying on a child. It includes child pornography,...
  • Raytheon looks to add Army air-defense role to Sidewinder

    08/28/2015 5:05:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | August 26, 2015 | David Wichner
    The Army and Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems have test-fired the latest version of the company’s venerable Sidewinder air-to-air missile from a ground launcher to down an unmanned aircraft target, the company said Wednesday. WHAT HAPPENED Raytheon said that an AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missile was launched from a prototype Multi-Mission Launcher, a new ground-based launch system under development by the Army. The test was performed in March at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, and details were announced by the company Wednesday. The AIM-9X missile locked onto an unmanned aircraft before launch and then intercepted and destroyed the drone,...
  • Army picks new vehicle to replace the Humvee

    08/27/2015 9:38:44 AM PDT · by PROCON · 55 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | Tal Kopan
    (CNN)—The Army this week selected the company to build its much-anticipated new vehicle to replace the Humvee -- a multibillion dollar contract. Oshkosh Corporation, located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, won the $6.7 billion contract to produce the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, which will also be used by the Marine Corps. The initial order will be for 17,000 vehicles, with production set to begin next year. The Army expects to have its first JLTV unit ready to go in fiscal year 2018, according to a release from the Army. Oshkosh beat out two competitors for the final contract: defense giant Lockheed...
  • Video: Three Americans awarded Legion of Honor by French president

    08/24/2015 7:13:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/24/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Three Americans received France’s highest honor from its President this morning after risking their lives to stop a terror attack on a train before it could get in motion. The three quick-thinking Americans, joined by a British businessman who helped in rendering the terrorist immobile, received high praise from Francois Hollande. “We are giving you the highest distinction of the country to show you how much we appreciate what you did,” declared François Hollande:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Three Americans who helped thwart an attack by an AK-47-toting gunman on a high-speed train received France’s highest honor on...
  • US Troops Mobilized in South Korea After North Korea Threatens War

    08/21/2015 4:34:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Grasswire ^ | August 21, 2015
    The Facts US troops have been mobilized in South Korea after Kim Jong-un ordered his military generals to ready for a state of war. US troops' vehicles were mobilized in the South Korean town of Paju, bordering North Korea. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un ordered military generals to ready for a state of war from 5:00 p.m. local time Friday. By 4:30 PM local time, the North Korean leader said preparations were complete, declaring a "quasi-state of war." South Korean news agency Yonhap says satellite imagery shows North Korea moving missiles in preparation for possible launch. South Korea's defense ministry...
  • First 2 Women Complete Army Ranger Training

    08/20/2015 4:15:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    One of the first women to graduate from the Army's notoriously grueling Ranger School says she hopes her success will go toward proving that women in the military are capable of doing what men do. Capt. Kristen Griest of Orange, Connecticut said her successful completion of the elite, two-month program show that women "can deal with the same stresses and training that men can." Griest and First Lt. Shaye Haver of Copperas Cove, Texas, will graduate at Fort Benning, Georgia, along with 94 men on Friday. Out of 19 women who began the program, Haver and Griest are the only...
  • Ohio veteran, 91, gets France's highest civilian honor for his military service in WWII

    08/19/2015 7:17:03 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/12/2015 | AP
    Clarence Devore Jr. was presented with his Legion of Honor medal Tuesday. About 93,000 people have received that honor over more than two centuries.
  • The Army is broken

    08/18/2015 10:25:56 AM PDT · by NRx · 66 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 08-15-2015 | Robert H. Scales
    ...Sadly, the Army that stayed cohesive in Iraq and Afghanistan even after losing 5,000 dead is now being broken again by an ungrateful, ahistorical and strategically tone-deaf leadership in Washington. The Obama administration just announced a 40,000 reduction in the Army’s ranks. But the numbers don’t begin to tell the tale. Soldiers stay in the Army because they love to go into the field and train; Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently said that the Army will not have enough money for most soldiers to train above the squad level this year. Soldiers need to fight with new weapons; in the...
  • Ben Bernanke: being in the military won't actually help you in the real world

    08/17/2015 7:24:08 PM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 85 replies
    Foreign Policy magazine ^ | 08/17/2015 | John Hudson
    The U.S. military has spent tens of millions of dollars on TV advertising promoting the armed forces as a great way to acquire skills and training that will pay dividends in the private sector. But on Monday, one of the country’s most respected observers of the U.S. labor force, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, directly contradicted that message.
  • 2 parachutists seriously injured in Chicago Air & Water show

    08/16/2015 4:38:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Fox via AP ^ | August 16, 2015
    CHICAGO – Two parachutists were seriously injured Saturday during the Chicago Air & Water Show after colliding midair while performing a stunt, a parachute team spokeswoman said. Witnesses say at least one of the men clipped the top of a high-rise apartment building before falling to the ground in the city's Gold Coast neighborhood. The two men were taken in serious-to-critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Saturday morning, Fire Department spokesman Juan Hernandez said. The Army Golden Knights and Navy Leap Frogs parachute teams were performing a stunt known as a "bomb burst," Golden Knights spokeswoman Donna Dixon told...
  • Lightning Strikes 44 Soldiers and Instructors at Army Ranger School

    08/14/2015 11:22:50 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 62 replies
    Military dot com ^ | Aug 13, 2015 | Matthew Cox
    Forty students and four Ranger instructors in the swamp phase of Ranger School were struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon. All 44 were evacuated to a local hospital, but many were discharged, according to a press release from Fort Benning, Georgia, home of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. Eleven soldiers remained hospitalized Thursday evening, according to a news report. “At the time of the incident, they were conducting lightning-protection protocols when lightning struck nearby,” the release states.
  • Whatever Happened to the Wild Camels of the American West?

    08/09/2015 9:18:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 8-6-15 | Chris Heller
    Initially seen as the Army's answer to how to settle the frontier, the camels eventually became a literal beast of burden, with no home on the range. In the 1880s, a wild menace haunted the Arizona territory. It was known as the Red Ghost, and its legend grew as it roamed the high country. It trampled a woman to death in 1883. It was rumored to stand 30 feet tall. A cowboy once tried to rope the Ghost, but it turned and charged his mount, nearly killing them both. One man chased it, then claimed it disappeared right before his...
  • MILITARY UPDATE: Commissary reformers eye repeal of ‘cost-plus-5%' pricing

    08/09/2015 8:22:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Herald/Review
    Defense officials appear ready to ask Congress to repeal a law that commissaries must sell products at cost plus 5 percent, a formula that for decades has ensured commissary shoppers everywhere pay the same prices. Officials have drafted a replacement formula that would allow prices to vary from store to store to meet a new twin goal: reducing taxpayer support for commissaries while maintaining still attractive savings for patrons. Variable pricing would seek to keep savings consistent across the commissary system by pegging local commissary prices for a market basket of goods at some target percentage level below prices of...
  • Obama stonewalls probe into deadly SEAL Team 6 helicopter crash, watchdog says

    08/05/2015 6:15:00 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 08/05/2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Obama administration is violating a judge’s order to turn over documents in the Aug. 6, 2011, shootdown of a U.S. helicopter — call sign Extortion 17 — that killed members of SEAL Team 6 in Afghanistan, a watchdog group is charging. On the fourth anniversary of the worst one-day loss of military life in the war on terror, families of the dead say they are aghast that the government will not honor basic requests under the Freedom of Information Act. “It has now been four years since Extortion 17 was shot down,” said Doug Hamburger, whose Army air crew...
  • Sheriff: 2 men fire at soldiers in Mississippi; none hurt

    08/04/2015 4:50:56 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 3 replies
    AP ^ | August 4, 2015 | AP
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Authorities are searching for two men who fired gunshots from a vehicle at soldiers at a military facility in Mississippi, although no one was reported wounded, a sheriff said Tuesday. Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith told WDAM-TV ( ) that the soldiers were training at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center near Hattiesburg.
  • General: The Army Is Breaking Down

    08/03/2015 2:56:22 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 34 replies
    WeeklyStandard ^ | 8/3/2015 | Geoffrey Norman
    It happened after World War II and it happened after Vietnam. Now, after years of repeated deployments, the Army, as Robert H. Scales writes the U.S. Army is breaking down. The Obama administration just announced a 40,000 reduction in the Army’s ranks. But the numbers don’t begin to tell the tale. Soldiers stay in the Army because they love to go into the field and train; Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently said that the Army will not have enough money for most soldiers to train above the squad level this year. Soldiers need to fight with new weapons; in the...
  • Army is breaking, let down by Washington

    08/03/2015 8:33:51 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 45 replies
    Stars And Stripes ^ | Aug 2, 2015 | Robert H. Scales
    Last month, Gen. Ray Odierno, outgoing Army chief of staff, and Gen. Mark Milley, his successor, testified to the difficulties faced by the Army. I’d like to make the same points by telling a story. **********snip************ The Obama administration just announced a 40,000 reduction in the Army’s ranks. But the numbers don’t begin to tell the tale. Soldiers stay in the Army because they love to go into the field and train; Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently said that the Army will not have enough money for most soldiers to train above the squad level this year. Soldiers need to...
  • Bowe Bergdahl detained after Mendocino County marijuana raid

    07/26/2015 11:41:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Weather Space ^ | July 26, 2015 | Chelsea West
    He was charged March 25 with one count of desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty, and one count of misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place. The Sheriff said "Bergdahl was "above politeness" as several people from the home where Bergdahl was visiting were taken into custody". Bowe Bergdahl, the Army soldier-turned-prisoner who was released by the Taliban after President Barack Obama released five terrorists from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, was unexpectedly spotted at a California marijuana farm this week. Bergdahl, who is awaiting military court martial,...
  • Army To Recruiters: Avoid Civilians Who Volunteer To Guard, Report Them

    07/24/2015 3:17:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies ^ | July 24, 2015 | Awr Hawkins
    On July 20, a policy letter from the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) instructed recruiters to avoid contact and/or conversation with armed “law-abiding” civilians who volunteer to guard recruitment centers and to report said volunteers to law enforcement “if the recruiter feels threatened.” Stars and Stripes responded to the letter with a July 22 headline that read, “Army To Recruiters: Treat Armed Citizens As Security Threat.”
  • Bowe Bergdahl Spotted Hanging Out at Illicit Mendocino County Marijuana Farm During Raid

    07/23/2015 4:47:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Bowe Bergdahl — the once-missing U.S. soldier in Afghanistan who was accused of desertion — was spotted hanging out at a Mendocino County marijuana farm during a raid. According to the The Anderson Valley Advertiser, Bergdahl was an "unexpected visitor" in Mendocino County, where he was visiting old friends when the "local dope team arrived on a marijuana raid." Bergdahl arrived Friday at the farm, which is located in a remote part of Redwood Valley. Bergdahl, who is awaiting military court martial, had an Army pass allowing him to be in Mendocino County, the Advertiser reported, adding he was "not...
  • Army Says Armed Citizens Are “Security Threat” At Recruiting Stations

    07/23/2015 6:15:16 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/22/15 | Michael Strickland
    As private citizens stand guard at military recruiting centers across the nation, the Army has released a warning to its personnel and recruits, stating that armed citizens should be treated as a “security threat”. Travis Tritten of Stars & Stripes reports: The Army has warned its recruiters to treat the gun-toting civilians gathering at centers across the country in the wake of the Chattanooga, Tenn., shooting as a security threat. Soldiers should avoid anyone standing outside the recruiting centers attempting to offer protection and report them to local law enforcement and the command if they feel threatened, according to a...
  • Army to recruiters: Treat armed citizens as security threat [WHAT?????]

    07/22/2015 6:08:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 74 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 7/22/15 | Travis J. Tritten
    The Army has warned its recruiters to treat the gun-toting civilians gathering at centers across the country in the wake of the Chattanooga, Tenn., shooting as a security threat. Soldiers should avoid anyone standing outside the recruiting centers attempting to offer protection and report them to local law enforcement and the command if they feel threatened, according to a U.S. Army Recruiting Command policy letter issued Monday. Armed citizens — some associated with activist groups and militias — were standing vigil outside recruiting centers in Wisconsin, Georgia, Tennessee, Idaho and elsewhere this week, saying they want to provide protection to...
  • Incoming Army Chief of Staff: ‘Increased Risk’ From Military Cutbacks

    07/21/2015 3:40:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | July 20, 2015 | Thomas Novelly
    Gen. Mark A. Milley testifies that troop drawdown and global threats make for bad combinationresident Barack Obama’s next choice for Army chief of staff said during a nomination hearing on Tuesday morning that the proposed military cutbacks introduced at the beginning of the month would increase national security risks. General Mark. A Milley testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee ahead of a confirmation vote on his nomination as the new Army chief of staff. During the questioning, Milley said the recent decision to reduce the armed forces could have a damaging impact on national security given the uncertainty...
  • Pentagon Army cuts: Citizens to be cut, but illegal aliens recruited?

    07/20/2015 10:22:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 8, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    resident Barack Obama and Pentagon officials confirmed on Tuesday their plans to cut 40,000 troops from the United States Army over the course of the next two years, which is expected to affect domestic and foreign Army bases and installation. However, there has been no mention of cuts to the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program initiated to enlist immigrants including those enjoying the benefits of Obama's executive order creating DACA. The force reductions will mean that the active-duty Army will experience cuts from its current size of about 490,000 soldiers to about 450,000. It will become...
  • What do you think about these new food rules for sailors?

    07/17/2015 9:42:19 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 32 replies
    The Federlist ^ | July 17, 2015 | The Federlist Papers
    Seriously, they are only allowing a choice between skim milk and soy milk? These people clearly don’t know much about nutrition