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  • The Great Draft Dodge: Karl Eikenberry and what Americans lost when they stopped fighting

    12/15/2014 10:06:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 13, 2014 | James Kitfield
    Karl Eikenberry couldn't understand why the staff sergeant insisted that he take a loaded pistol to patrol the barracks. The West Point cadet was in Hawaii for the summer, serving as a staff duty officer with the 25th Infantry Division, which had recently returned from Vietnam. It was his job on weekend nights to ensure good order. "Why would I take a sidearm?" Eikenberry asked. "In case you need it, that's why," replied the sergeant. As soon as he entered a darkened barracks building, Eikenberry says, he understood why his staff sergeant was so nervous. Soldiers were gathered in small...
  • U.S. Army Chaplain’s Constitutional Rights Violated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    10/13/2014 10:17:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire blog ^ | October 13, 2014 | Julian E. Barnes
    The Army’s top general said Monday that an increase in threats around the world requires that the U.S. rethink plans to cut the size of the American military’s ground force. The Army agreed – reluctantly — to cut the size of its force to 490,000 under the budget reductions originally approved in 2011. But as a result of subsequent White House-Congress spending battles and military budget reviews, Pentagon leaders said the Army has had to make plans to shrink even further, to 450,000 or even 420,000. But Gen. Ray Odierno, the chief of staff of the Army, said Monday that...
  • U.S. Army Says it Faces Huge Equipment, Training Risks with Budget Cuts

    10/13/2014 11:56:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/13/14 | Andrea Shalal, Rueters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army warned on Monday that mandatory budget cuts due to resume in fiscal 2016 would be devastating to a service that is already facing huge risks as it tries to keep forces ready for battle, replace aging equipment and respond to crises around the world. “We have to have a national security debate … because there is too much going on,” U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno told reporters at the annual Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) conference. Odierno said the Army had agreed to further reduce the size of its active...
  • Army Will Not Release Bergdahl Investigation Report (Friday News Dump)

    10/10/2014 3:53:35 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies
    The Army has no plans to release the results of an investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance and capture by the Taliban in 2009, a spokesman said Friday. "We recognize the importance of the media and the public understanding of our investigative process, and look forward to future discussions on this issue. However, the Army's priority is ensuring that our process is thorough, factually accurate, impartial, and legally correct," Army spokesman Wayne Hall said in a statement.
  • Why did Wisconsin's Jordan Matson go to Syria to fight terrorists?

    10/07/2014 8:49:01 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 14 replies
    Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel ^ | 10/07/2014 | Gina Barton
    Jordan Matson, 28, of Racine, was tired of seeing Christians killed and wanted to help conquer the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, he told USA Today from a hospital room in Syria, where he is recovering from a shrapnel wound to the foot. He found the Kurdish People's Protection Unit on Facebook via a Google search and posed as a doctor to get into Syria and help them, said Matson, who now uses the name Sadar. Matson doesn't speak Kurdish and communicates with his fellow anti-terrorist fighters mostly through sign language, he told the news organization. To pay...
  • Army could close Moncrief hospital at Fort Jackson ( South Carolina )

    10/05/2014 9:35:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    The State ^ | October 3, 2014 | JEFF WILKINSON
    COLUMBIA, SC — The U.S. Army may close Moncrief Army Community Hospital at Fort Jackson, according to Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker, the fort’s commander. Becker said that the Army medical command contacted him this week and told him that it is considering closing the hospital or drastically cutting back service at the facility, which is the main health care provider for the 72,000 soldiers who are trained there each year and the fort’s 7,000 military and civilian employees. The State reported a year ago that Moncrief had roughly 700 employees. Medical care for the recruits would be transferred to local...
  • Army Warns US Military of ISIS Threat

    10/02/2014 7:13:05 PM PDT · by mouse1 · 7 replies
    An Army intelligence bulletin is warning U.S. military personnel to be vigilant after Islamic State militants called on supporters to scour social media for addresses of their family members – and to “show up [at their homes] and slaughter them." The assessment, obtained by Fox News, came from the Army Threat Integration Center which issues early warnings of criminal and terrorist threats to Army posts worldwide. The advisory warns military personnel and their families about the Islamic State, or ISIS, calling on supporters to target their homes.
  • Russia-Egypt Arms Deal: Major Breakthrough as US Middle East Policy Faces Another Set Back

    09/23/2014 9:33:08 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Strategic Culture Foundation ^ | 21.09.2014 | 00:02
    Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on August 12, 2014. It was his first official visit to the Russian Federation as President. And Vladimir Putin was the first leader to invite him for a visit outside the Arab world since his swearing-in as head of state. The agenda included introduction to a selection of Russian military hardware for sale. (1) The two leaders agreed to expand cooperation in the field of arms exports to Egypt in addition to studying the establishment of a logistics center Masri on the Black...
  • 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 · 49 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 · 31 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...