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  • Deserter Bergdahl says Taliban more 'honest' than US Army

    10/22/2017 11:00:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 21, 2017
    Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant who pleaded guilty Monday to deserting his post in Afghanistan in 2009, says his Taliban captors were more “honest” with him than the Army has been since his release three years ago. “At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, ‘I’m the guy who’s gonna cut your throat,’ ” Bergdahl tells British TV journalist Sean Langan in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine of London headlined "The Homecoming from Hell." Langan, too, is a former Taliban hostage. Bergdahl, 31, from Hailey, Idaho, says he never quite knew where he stood with the...
  • Army Sgt. Bergdahl pleading guilty to desertion, misbehavior

    10/16/2017 11:09:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 16, 2017 | Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told a military judge on Monday that he's pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. "I understand that leaving was against the law," said Bergdahl, whose decision to walk off his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009 prompted intense search and recovery missions, during which some of his comrades were seriously wounded. "At the time, I had no intention of causing search and recovery operations," Bergdahl said, but he added that now he does understand that his decision prompted efforts to find him. Bergdahl, 31, is accused of endangering...
  • Army to Deploy Israeli Trophy Armor System on Tanks: Battle-tested wonder weapon impresses DoD

    10/12/2017 7:21:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 10/12/2017 | Ari Lieberman
    On March 1, 2011 an Israeli Merkava IV tank on patrol along the Gaza periphery was fired upon by Hamas terrorists from concealed positions within Gaza. Using a deadly RPG-29, a more advanced version of the RPG-7, the terrorists waited for impact. But their moment of glory never transpired. As the anti-tank projectile neared its target, a revolutionary platform – the Trophy Armor Protection System (APS) – deployed on the Merkava IV detected the threat and instantly fired a number of pellets at the deadly menace, destroying and rendering it inert yards from the tank. Barely three weeks later, Hamas...
  • The Rise and Fall of the US Army

    10/06/2017 9:29:04 PM PDT · by pboyington · 44 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 6, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone is a sign of the times. Spenser Rapone is a tenfold beacon in the night, a thousand blaring klaxons showing the nation and the world just how far our glorious army has fallen. Spenser Rapone is a disgrace to the army, to the famous 10th Mountain Division where is currently assigned and to the United States of America. His continued presence in the US military is a slap in the face to every grunt, tanker, zoomie, swabbie and gyrene that gave their lives for this country. Rapone literally came out of the gulag last week, when...
  • MI Corps Band can’t accept community support requests after Oct. 15

    10/06/2017 7:59:51 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tanja Linton, media relations officer for the Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office
    FORT HUACHUCA — As part of approved changes to the Department of the Army's overall music support structure and due to ongoing reduction in personnel and music support capability, the band will no longer accept new requests for music support for off-post and community events effective Oct. 15, 2017. The U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Band (62nd Army Band) will inactivate no later than Oct. 15, 2018. The MI Corps Band will continue to provide music support to events currently on the commitment calendar through December 2017. Music support for military events on post and memorial or funeral support will...
  • West Point grad behind pro-communist photos reportedly was flagged to superiors in 2015

    10/05/2017 11:22:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 5, 2017
    A West Point cadet whose pro-communism messages on social media were reported to his superiors in 2015 still managed to graduate from the military academy and currently serves in the field with an Army combat team, a new report says. The social media activity of 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone was concerning, retired Army Lt. Col. Robert Heffington, who taught history that year at the Academy, stated under oath, The Daily Caller reports . “I cannot reconcile the image of a first class cadet at West Point with the things he has posted online for the world to see,” Heffington said...
  • Marine Corps CH-53 Sea Stallion training at Fort Huachuca

    10/03/2017 5:46:35 AM PDT · by SandRat · 27 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tanja Linton, media relations officer for the Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office
    FORT HUACHUCA — Fort Huachuca supports the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One's training exercise here 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 6. The exercise is conducted annually in April and October as the final training event for CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters based in Yuma. During the exercise, CH-53s fly into Libby Army Airfield and Hubbard Landing Zone. Marines exit the helicopters, secure selected areas and return to their aircraft. On LAAF, the group conducts a Forward Air Refueling Point event, refueling a couple of the helicopters from a KC-130. This is done while the aircraft's engines are on. Additionally, several C-130s...
  • West Point Army Officer Says ‘Communism Will Win’ While Giving Communist Salute on Twitter

    09/26/2017 2:26:25 PM PDT · by Rufus Shinra · 104 replies
    Trump Conservative ^ | 09/26/2017 | Rufus Shinra
    An active duty Army officer who recently graduated from West Point showed his disdain for capitalism by revealing a hidden message written under his hat (often referred to as a “cover” in the military) that said “communism will win” in a picture spreading across social media. Over the weekend Spenser Rapone, an officer with the United States Army, posted a picture from his Twitter account (@punkproletarian) featuring a picture of himself in his military dress attire showing a hand written message saying “COMMUNISM WILL WIN”, while also holding up his clenched fist in a well known communist salute. The tweet...
  • US Army Infantry Officer Supports Kaepernick With ‘Communism Will Win’ Message

    09/26/2017 3:42:58 AM PDT · by grayboots · 63 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/26/17 | Carter
    A photo of U.S. Army infantry officer and West Point graduate Spenser Rapone was making its rounds online Monday due to the fact that – while in his uniform – Rapone had the words “Communism will win” scrawled inside of his cap. In the wake of the recent NFL protests, a West Point graduate and infantry officer tweeted out the following image with the caption: “#VeteransForKaepernick” – a disgusting display from an officer. LawNewz verified the legitimacy of the photograph with Rapone himself. He is currently in the field until Friday and unable to answer detailed questions. One Twitter user...
  • After Backlash, Kennedy School Withdraws Manning's Fellowship ["Transgender" traitor]

    09/15/2017 4:19:28 AM PDT · by Enchante · 80 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | September 15, 2017 | GRAHAM W. BISHAI and DEREK G. XIAO
    Facing backlash from high-ranking current and former CIA officials, the Dean of the Kennedy School of Government withdrew an invitation for Chelsea Manning to serve as a visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics in late-night reversal Friday. “I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a Visiting Fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility,” Kennedy School Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf wrote in a statement posted to the school’s website shortly after midnight. The school withdrew the invitation to Manning—a transgender activist and former U.S. Army soldier who was imprisoned after disclosing over 700,000 classified government documents— after...
  • Syrian Army Flattens ISIS Positions, Will Enter Deir Ez-Zor ‘within 48 hours’

    09/04/2017 9:07:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    R.T. ^ | 09/04/17
    Syrian troops are now at the gates of the Islamic State-besieged city of Deir ez-Zor, the governor of the province said, as the government forces continue to press forward, obliterating terrorist positions in the vicinity and on the outskirts of the city. “The heroes of the army will arrive at Deir ez-Zor in 24-48 hours at the most,” the governor of Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province, Mohammed Ibrahim Samra, told Reuters, adding that the Syrian Army was only 18-20 kilometers (11-12 miles) away from the city. Earlier, an elite unit of the Syrian Army, called the Tiger Forces, came within 18...
  • Annual exercise may delay fort access Full scale force protection exercise

    08/30/2017 7:13:59 AM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies
    SierraVista Herald ^ | Tanja Linton, Fort Huachuca media relations officer
    FORT HUACHUCA — In order to be trained and ready for an unexpected emergency event, Fort Huachuca conducts its annual Antiterrorism and Force Protection Full-Scale Exercise Sept. 7. All personnel and visitors should be aware of possible increased security measures and delays at access control points, to include Fort Huachuca gates, during the exercise. There may be traffic delays. Everyone is asked to plan accordingly and give full cooperation. While we make every effort to limit the amount of disruption to organizational missions and services to our customers, knowledge gained through this exercise is critical to the installation remaining prepared...
  • Young Chinese are 'too fat and masturbate too much to pass army fitness tests'

    08/24/2017 8:12:52 PM PDT · by tellw · 122 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | Tom Powell
    A rising number of young Chinese people are failing fitness tests required to join the army because they are too fat and masturbate too much, state media has proclaimed. The high rejection rate has triggered concerns that there are not enough youths in good physical condition to fill the ranks of the Chinese army. A poor diet and frequent masturbation, leading to abnormally large testicular veins, are believed to be behind falling fitness levels, according to a report published in state-run military newspaper the People’s Liberation Army Daily.
  • Army Vet Gets Medal Earned Decades Ago

    08/16/2017 2:29:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Vietnam vet Ed Hill earned the Bronze Star but never received it. Now after all this time, Hill received the medal he so rightly deserved.
  • 5 missing after Army helicopter goes down off Hawaii

    08/16/2017 12:43:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 16, 2017 | by Audrey Mcavoy, AP
    HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard and military crews are searching the ocean off Hawaii for five people aboard an Army helicopter that went down during a training exercise, authorities said Wednesday. Officials at Wheeler Army Airfield near Honolulu reported losing communications around 10 p.m. Tuesday with the crew of a UH-60 Black Hawk, the Coast Guard said in a news release. Responding teams spotted a debris field about 2 miles (3 kilometers) west of Kaena Point, Oahu.
  • Jury orders blogger to pay $8.4 million to ex-Army colonel she accused of rape

    08/12/2017 7:51:32 AM PDT · by ptsal · 106 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 11, 2017 | Tom Jackman
    Col. David “Wil” Riggins, after a highly decorated Army career that included multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was on the verge of promotion to brigadier general in July 2013 when he got a phone call at the Pentagon from the Army’s Criminal Investigative Division to come in for a meeting. Once there, he learned that a blogger in Washington state had just accused him of raping her, when both were cadets at West Point in 1986. An investigation was underway.Then, Riggins sued Shannon for defamation, claiming that every aspect of her rape claim on the West Point campus was...
  • U.S. Army refuses to take Confederate general names off Fort Hamilton streets

    08/08/2017 10:43:50 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 22 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 8/7/17 | Jason Silverstein, Kerry Burke, Ginger Adams Otis
    The U.S. Army has shot down demands to rebrand two Brooklyn streets that bear the names of famous Confederate generals at the city’s only active military post. The streets at Fort Hamilton — General Lee Ave. and Stonewall Jackson Drive — honor fighters who were “an inextricable part of our military history,” the Army wrote in a rejection letter to the New York Congressmembers who had demanded the change.
  • Venezuela: Soldiers Attack Army Base, Declare ‘Legitimate Rebellion’ in Viral Video

    08/07/2017 1:17:45 PM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Aug 2017 | Frances Martel
    A group of men identifying themselves as Venezuelan soldiers published a video on social media calling for an overthrow of the socialist regime of dictator Nicolás Maduro, shortly before the government announced it had quelled an uprising in Carabobo state on Sunday. The incident, which Maduro claims was orchestrated by the American Department of State and unspecified Colombian agents, has added more intrigue to the increasingly chaotic situation in what was once Latin America’s wealthiest state, following Maduro’s imposition of a parallel socialist legislature tasked with drafting a new constitution more favorable to his regime.
  • Trump awards Medal of Honor to Army medic 48 years later

    07/31/2017 2:40:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31, 2017 | Darlene Superville, The Associated Press
    An Army medic who "ran into danger" to save wounded soldiers during a Vietnam War battle despite his own serious wounds on Monday became the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Donald Trump, 48 years after the selfless acts of bravery for which James McCloughan is now nationally recognized. McCloughan mouthed "thank you" as Trump placed the distinctive blue ribbon holding the medal around the neck of the former Army private first class. As the president and commander in chief shook McCloughan's hand, Trump said "very proud of you" and then pulled the former soldier into an embrace. "I...
  • 99 YEARS: Warrant Officer Cohort celebrates legacy

    07/28/2017 1:07:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Army Flier ^ | July 13, 2017 | Nathan Pfau
    The Warrant Officer Cohort consists of today’s Army’s technical experts and, in celebration of that expertise, the cohort commemorated nearly a century of service with the generally accepted thing worthy of any birthday celebration – cake. The cohort turned 99 Sunday, and many Fort Rucker members celebrated with a cake cutting ceremony at the Warrant Officer Dining Facility July 6 to commemorate the ongoing service and leadership that warrant officers provide, said CW5 John D. Howze, U.S. Army Warrant Officer Career College deputy commandant. “Warrant officers have been a critical part of militaries around the world,” he said during the...