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  • China Is Building a 100,000 Strong Marine Corps

    03/26/2017 12:16:34 PM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    Diplomat ^ | March 24, 2017 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is set to increase the size of its Marine Corps from about 20,000 to 100,000, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on March 13. According to unnamed PLA insiders and experts interviewed by SCMP, elements of the expanded Marine Corps would be stationed abroad, including Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and Gwadar in southwest Pakistan.
  • Army chaplain awarded Soldier's Medal for tackling machete-wielding soldier to end hostage situation

    03/22/2017 5:02:04 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 13 replies
    KRTV-TV, Great Falls, Montana ^ | 3/21/2017 | Ariana Lake
    MISSOULA - Captain (Chaplain) Matthew Christensen, a 1992 graduate of Flathead High School, was awarded the Soldier's Medal last week for his actions that resulted in saving the lives of two soldiers. When Christensen went to counsel a soldier who was having a hard time, he didn’t realize it would escalate into a dangerous hostage situation. Christensen spent much of the night counseling the soldier. Later, the soldier's roommate and another chaplain showed up at the barracks. Things got worse. The soldier called some family members, cursing them for abusive situations in the past. Christensen said, "And then he just...
  • US soldiers train for jungle warfare in Hawaii rainforest

    03/16/2017 8:23:46 PM PDT · by fidelis · 57 replies
    WTOP ^ | March 16, 2017 | Associated Press
    HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Army soldiers finished wading across a stream in a rainforest in Hawaii, and they were soaked. Their boots and socks were water-logged and their clothes, hair and ears were caked with mud. The soldiers were going through training at the first jungle school the Army has established in decades. The course is part of a program to train soldiers for exercises and potential combat on terrain that looks more like islands and nations in the Pacific than arid Afghanistan and the deserts of the Middle East. Brig. Gen. Stephen Michael, deputy commander of the 25th...
  • US to deploy missile-capable drones across border from North Korea

    03/15/2017 1:01:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | March 14, 2017 | Julian Borger in Washington
    The US has declared it will permanently station missile-capable drones in South Korea in the latest round of military escalation in north-eastern Asia. The drone deployment comes a week after North Korea carried out a test salvo of four missiles that landed off the coast of Japan, and a day before the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, embarks on a tour of a region widely regarded as the most dangerous corner of the world. The US military in South Korea took the unusual step of publicly announcing the deployment of a company of Grey Eagle drones, which it said...
  • The U.S. is sending 2,500 troops to Kuwait

    03/12/2017 7:15:16 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 48 replies
    Army Times ^ | March 9, 2017 | Charlsy Panzino and Andrew deGrandpre
    The U.S. military is sending an additional 2,500 ground combat troops to a staging base in Kuwait from which they could be called upon to back up coalition forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The deployment will include elements of the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. About 1,700 soldiers from the same unit are overseas now, spread between Iraq and Kuwait.
  • No More Task Force Rogue Ones: A Tactical Analysis of the Raid on Scarif

    03/03/2017 9:16:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    The Angry Staff Officer ^ | February 27, 2017 | PPTSAPPER
    Disclaimer: this should not be read as not wanting more Rogue One-type movies; we need more Star Wars films like this. Also: SPOILERS. There’s a common phrase that you’re apt to hear in discussions on Army readiness: “No more Task Force Smiths.” For reference, Task Force Smith was a rapidly cobbled together unit of infantry and artillery that was shipped to Korea in the opening phase of the Korean War. Intended to show the North Koreans that America wasn’t messing around, TF Smith instead demonstrated that the U.S. Army had completely misread the resolve of the North Koreans. TF Smith...
  • Revealed: China might be developing monstrous new tanks as pictures of fearsome vehicles [tr]

    03/01/2017 6:21:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 1, 2017 | Tracy You
    A leaked picture of two fearsome Chinese tanks has sparked speculation that China is developing new military vehicles. State media China.com reported that the vehicle at the front is thought to be the new heavy infantry tank while the yellow vehicle could be the second-generation paratrooper fighting vehicle. The news came after tension had risen between China and the United States over the issues on the sovereignty of Taiwan and the control of the South China Sea.
  • Army Makes History by Putting Muslim in Charge of 14,000 US Soldiers’ Spiritual Needs

    02/28/2017 9:12:45 PM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 31 replies
    McClachy DC Bureau ^ | February 27, 2016 | Hannah Allam
    Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz will become the first Muslim division-level chaplain in the history of the U.S. military – a Muslim spiritual leader for more than 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers [I am re-posting to include information on Shabbazz's connection to Ft. Hood terrorist Nidal Hasan. (Link and information in comment below).] Original Post
  • Army Makes History by Putting Muslim in Charge of 14,000 US Soldiers’ Spiritual Needs

    02/28/2017 11:19:33 AM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 63 replies
    McClatchy DC Bureau ^ | February 27, 2017 | Hannah Allam
    In January, Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz received the call every Army chaplain dreams of, the call that validates years of intense study and hard work toward keeping the U.S. military in good spiritual health. He was offered the job of chaplain for an entire division, an honor for anyone in his field but a milestone in his case. After a ceremony this summer, Shabazz will become the first Muslim division-level chaplain in the history of the U.S. military – a Muslim spiritual leader for more than 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers. He’d like to think his transition will be as smooth...
  • National Guard memo is ‘reminiscent of what led up to World War II,’ a top House Democrat says

    02/17/2017 6:42:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post's PowerPost ^ | February 17, 2017 | Mike DeBonis
    The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus said Friday that reports that the Trump administration had considered deploying tens of thousands of National Guard troops to apprehend undocumented immigrants were “outrageous” and “very reminiscent of what led up to World War II.” Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) made the statement in an interview for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program shortly after the Associated Press broke news of the draft Department of Homeland Security memo. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the memo was “not a White House document” and that “there is no effort at all to round up, to utilize the...
  • U.S. Helicopters Arrive in Germany to Boost Combat Presence

    02/13/2017 7:52:17 AM PST · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 13, 2017 | Breitbart
    BERLIN (AP) — The U.S. Army has begun unloading dozens of Chinook, Apache and Black Hawk helicopters at a port in northern Germany so the aircraft can be moved to a base in Bavaria. German news agency dpa reported Sunday that 94 helicopters and several trucks from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade in Fort Drum, New York were sent to the port of Bremerhaven.
  • Lt. General Hal Moore....An Amazing American Hero

    02/11/2017 6:26:59 PM PST · by ICE-FLYER · 5 replies
    Stripes ^ | 11 Feb 2017 | Iceflyer
    I am greatly saddened today at the passing of Lt General Hal Moore. I would never have thought that in my Air Force career that it would be an Army General who would leave the greatest impression on me. This post is to reflect on that impact. In 2006 I attended Air Command and Staff College. After interviewing with 75+ others for 17 coveted slots on the Gathering of Eagles team I was selected to be one and could not believe my fortune. Through several weeks of work as a team we had selected our “Eagles” to come to the...
  • Chinese Man Trapped in India Goes Home After 50 Years

    02/11/2017 11:24:31 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    A Chinese man who was trapped in India for more than 50 years has finally been reunited with his family. The BBC had reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the country. Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who told him efforts were being made to take him back. Mr Wang was met by family members when his flight landed in Beijing. Later, in his home city of Xianyang, crowds met him with banners reading "Welcome home, soldier, it's...
  • Army Lifts Ban on Dreadlocks, and Black Servicewomen Rejoice

    02/10/2017 12:56:21 PM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 10, 2017 | Christopher Mele
    Black women serving in the United States Army are cheering revised regulations that permit hair locks, ending what critics said were years of scrutiny and confusing enforcement of rules about their appearance.
  • U.S. Army: 95% of Brigade Combat Teams Unprepared to Fight Immediately

    02/08/2017 5:15:59 PM PST · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 2/8/17 | Edwin Mora
    Only three of the 58 U.S. Army Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) are capable of immediately joining the fight in the event of a major conflict, Gen. Daniel Allyn, vice chief of staff of the Army, told lawmakers.According to the general, about one-third of the 58 BCTs in the Army, the largest U.S. military branch, are deemed ready, but “only three” of those “could be called upon to fight tonight in the event of a crisis.”The rest would require about 30 days to prepare. That means only about five percent of brigade combat teams are ready to engage in immediate combat...
  • Army Preps for Urban Warfare in MegaCities: “Mass Migration, Disaster and Inner-City Turmoil”

    02/08/2017 9:41:22 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 47 replies
    SHTFplan.com ^ | 2/7/17 | Mac Slavo
    There will be war in the streets of America. Things have been engineered that way. The scenarios are many, the issues are complex. The current anger from the left, who are violently protesting against President Trump, is just one aspect of it. But the Pentagon and the U.S. national security structure is increasingly looking towards the shifting demographics around the globe – people have moved from rural areas, and shifted into cities. Where ever conflict stirs, there will be a need for military and SWAT response to the call. Entire cities will be locked down; door to door sweeps will...
  • Trump's Army secretary nominee Viola just backed out

    02/03/2017 7:35:43 PM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/3/17 | Anna Giaritelli
    President Trump's nominee for Army secretary, Vincent Viola, withdrew his name for the position late Friday. Viola said he backed out because he was not able to navigate Defense Department rules regarding his family businesses. The nominee is the first Trump nominee back out after being named. "I appreciate the confidence President Trump showed in me," Viola said. "I offer my continued support for President Trump and his administration, and look forward to redoubling my efforts to support the Army and its veterans as private citizens," he told the Military Times. Trump nominated Viola to the post in mid-December. Since...
  • It’s Time to Create a Megacities Combat Unit

    01/31/2017 6:43:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Modern War Institute ^ | January 31, 2017 | John Spencer
    Every year, more and more of the world’s population moves into cities. The number of megacities is growing exponentially. Both of these global patterns and their inevitable consequences for military operations are well documented. Yet we still do not have units that are even remotely prepared to operate in megacities. If we want to find success on the urban battlefields the US Army will inevitably find itself fighting on in the future, that needs to change.
  • The Curious Case of the U.S. Army's M551 Sheridan Light Tank

    01/30/2017 10:02:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    National Interest ^ | January 27, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    The M551 Sheridan light tank is largely remembered as a curiosity, an innovative weapon system that proved an overcomplicated failure in action. However, several hundred Sheridans provided useful service in three wars, and left behind a small but noticeable gap in the force structure since being withdrawn in the 1990s that the Army has struggled to fill. That’s because the Sheridan was easily transported by air and could even be dropped by parachute.
  • Army Confirms 9mm for Modular Handgun System

    01/27/2017 11:58:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 98 replies
    Military.com ^ | January 26, 2017 | Matthew Cox
    The Army today confirmed the caliber for its new Modular Handgun System will be 9mm, one week after the service announced it selected a version of Sig Sauer’s P320 to replace the M9 service pistol. Army officials sent out a press release with additional details on the MHS but did not explain why the service chose 9mm, a decision that Military.com asked the Army to explain its reasoning behind.
  • U.S. Army Tanks Arrive in Europe With Dead Batteries

    01/26/2017 12:40:05 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 66 replies
    Freebeacon ^ | Jan. 25, 2017 | Morgan Chalfant
    U.S. Army tanks recently deployed to Europe arrived at a port in Germany, some of them with dead batteries and without sufficient fuel. The Wall Street Journal reported this week on logistical challenges that the U.S. military faced when sending an armored unit of 4,000 soldiers and 90 tanks to Europe in order to protect NATO member states and deter Russian aggression.
  • Tanks Are An Easy Target For Trump To Upgrade Army And Create U.S. Jobs

    01/26/2017 12:33:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 26, 2017 | Loren Thompson
    Franklin D. Roosevelt's "arsenal of democracy" that helped win World War II has been gradually withering away for two generations. This isn't just a story about other countries stealing U.S. jobs, it also reflects a failure of federal leadership in protecting the industrial foundations of America's military might. Washington is the main customer for U.S. weapons output, so if it doesn't manage the defense industrial base wisely, the base decays. Consider tank production. Tanks have been the premier expression of land warfare since the first primitive armored vehicles appeared on the Western Front a hundred years ago. But even though...
  • The Battle Hymn Of The Republic - Trump's Pre-Inauguration Jan 19th 2017 (Video only)

    01/24/2017 8:45:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 1-19-2017 | dimb9
    The Battle Hymn Of The Republic, verses 1,2 and 5, as performed at 45th President of the United States, Donald J Trump's pre-inauguration party, January 19th 2017, to fireworks.
  • Army: Your new handgun will be a Sig Sauer

    01/20/2017 7:09:32 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 55 replies
    Army Times ^ | 1-19-17 | Meghann Myers
    SIG SAUER, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Army has selected the SIG SAUER Model P320 to replace the M9 service pistol currently in use since the mid-1980’s. Released in 2014, the P320 is a polymer striker-fired pistol that has proven itself in both the United States and worldwide markets. The P320 is the first modular pistol with interchangeable grip modules that can also be adjusted in frame size and caliber by the operator. All pistols will be produced at the SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire. The MHS Program provides for the delivery of both full size and compact...
  • Army, local police probe recent mystery deaths of 11 Fort Hood soldiers

    01/16/2017 5:08:08 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 34 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 16, 2017
    <p>The Army and local police are investigating the deaths of 11 Fort Hood soldiers who have died on and off the large Texas base in the past three months under mysterious circumstances, according to reports.</p> <p>Taylor’s awards ... include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Aviation Badge and Air Assault Badge, among others....15th Military Intelligence Battalition...</p>
  • Trump team discussing border wall with Army Corps, Interior Department

    01/14/2017 12:18:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 13, 2017 | Rene Marsh
    President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is engaged in active discussions with the US Army Corps of Engineers and Interior Department to begin planning a wall along the Mexican border, including how specific environmental laws could get in the way, CNN has learned. A US official with knowledge of a visit last last month to the Interior Department -- which oversees most federal lands and major environmental laws -- said the transition team was particularly interested in finding out "how long it would take" to build the wall given potential legal obstacles. "It seems clear they were trying to size up...
  • Army Leaker Chelsea Manning on Obama's 'Short List' for Commutation

    01/11/2017 8:14:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 11, 2017 | Cynthia McFadden, Kevin Monahan, William M. Arkin and Tracy Connor
    President Obama has put Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified material, on his short list for a possible commutation, a Justice Department source told NBC News. A decision could come as soon as Wednesday for Manning, who has tried to commit suicide twice this year and went on a hunger strike in a bid for gender reassignment surgery. "I have more hope right now than I have the entire time since she was sentenced," Manning's aunt, Deborah Manning, told NBC News....
  • Family: Soldier attacked after Mummers Parade (Philadelphia, Pa.)

    01/04/2017 12:19:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WTXF-TV ^ | January 2, 2017
    PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - A soldier’s mom is speaking out after a brutal attack on her son. The serviceman became a target for a violent group after the Mummers parade. He is now in the hospital with a long recovery ahead of him. "He's such a good kid. He did not deserve this." Lori Freni was supposed to see her 19-year-old Army serviceman son Austin head back to base after the holidays....
  • Army Builds New Lightweight .50-Cal Machine Gun

    01/03/2017 11:12:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 87 replies
    Scout.com ^ | January 2, 2016 | Kris Osborne
    The Army is creating a new, lightweight version of its iconic .50-cal machine gun designed to better enable Soldiers to destroy enemies, protect convoys, mount weapons on vehicles, attack targets on the move and transport between missions. The new weapon, engineered to be 20-to-30 percent lighter than the existing M2, will be made of durable, but lighter weight titanium, Army officials said.
  • Army Gen. David Haight demoted three ranks for 'swinger lifestyle'

    12/18/2016 10:54:33 AM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 65 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, December 16, 2016, 3:04 PM | CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN
    The Army general fired after an investigation into his “swinger lifestyle” has suffered a major demotion as a result of his indiscretions.
  • U.S. Army Returns Tanks to Europe as NATO Eyes Assertive Russia

    12/16/2016 7:45:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/16/16 | ANDY ECKARDT, CARLO ANGERER
    EYGELSHOVEN, Netherlands — The U.S. and its NATO allies are taking no chances amid a build-up of military force on Europe's eastern frontier with Russia. Three years after the last American tank left Europe, they are being brought back "as part of our commitment to deterrence," Gen. Frederick "Ben" Hodges told NBC News. Hodges, who is commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, welcomed a batch of tracked and wheeled support vehicles to a depot in the Netherlands on Thursday.
  • [Vanity] GOTTA VENT BADLY OR I'M GOING TO LOSE IT! The Army is nearly gone.

    12/15/2016 10:12:33 PM PST · by fightin kentuckian · 43 replies
    http://www.fertilemind.com ^ | 12/16/2016 | Fightin Kentuckian
    No shit there I was......I'm an Army contractor on Ft. Huachuca. Today I had to attend annual Anti Terrorism Training, woohoo. I reported to Greely Hall auditorium for the briefing and was informed that it was moved to another location. As I'm leaving the auditorium for the new briefing location I see the topic of the briefing that is being held in that auditorium, "Army Policy on Transgender Soldiers". WTF, omg. I roll my eyes and move out. I arrive at the briefing and there are about 40 people in the large conference room and the briefer begins. After a...
  • Exclusive — President-Elect Highlights Sacrifice of America’s Armed Forces at Army-Navy Game

    12/11/2016 4:55:21 PM PST · by usafa92 · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/10/2016 | Matthew Boyle
    President-elect of the United States of America Donald J. Trump emerged on Saturday as a Commander-in-Chief-in-waiting at the annual Army-Navy football game, unifying the country—and her armed forces—behind his incoming administration. “Yesterday was the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency. It was Reagan-esque in that it grasped the importance of symbolism,” David Urban, a West Point graduate and senior adviser to the president-elect’s campaign whose box Trump sat in for the first half, told Breitbart News. “Donald Trump not only understood the significance of the Army-Navy game and all it stands for in America, but he understands those visual images...
  • Donald Trump Full Interview - Army vs. Navy Game 12-10-2016

    12/11/2016 7:39:42 AM PST · by usafa92 · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-11-2016 | CBS Sports
    Great interview with PE Trump. Gary was being a bit condescending, but Verne seemed to have a good rapport with Trump. Crowd starts chanting MAGA near the end of the interview.
  • TRUMP CHEERED BY FANS AT ANNUAL ARMY-NAVY GAME

    12/10/2016 8:38:52 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 36 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | DECEMBER 10, 2016 | KEN THOMAS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Donald Trump was greeted with cheers on his arrival at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday, basking in one of the nation's most storied football rivalries as he prepares to enter the White House. The future commander in chief, protected by panes of bulletproof glass, waved to the crowd and pumped his fist as he arrived during the first quarter of the 117th game between the military academies at West Point and Annapolis. The game, on a sunny but chilly day, was being held on relatively neutral ground, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.Trump, in an interview...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Asks Obama For Pardon Before Trump Takes Office

    12/03/2016 3:01:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post Politics ^ | December 3, 2016 | Doina Chiacu, Reuters
    U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who is charged with desertion for walking away from his combat post in Afghanistan in 2009, has asked President Barack Obama for a pardon, the White House said on Saturday. Obama will relinquish office on Jan. 20 to Republican President-elect Donald Trump, who made caustic comments about the sergeant during the presidential campaign that drew complaints from Bergdahl’s defense team. Trump savaged Bergdahl as “a no-good traitor who should have been executed” and criticized the prisoner swap in 2014 that won his release....
  • What Will Happen to Chelsea Manning Under President Trump?

    11/30/2016 6:44:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The New Republic ^ | November 30, 2016 | Megan Carpentier
    Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst who is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking diplomatic and military documents to WikiLeaks, has had a tough run: She’s already served more time behind bars than any other whistleblower in history; she was held in solitary confinement for 11 months before her trial, which she likened to torture; and it took Army officials nearly 18 months after she sought treatment for gender dysphoria to approve her for hormone treatments, but she is still required to conform to male military dress standards. The military’s decision in September 2016 to allow her to receive...
  • OSU Student Leaks Unbelievable Thing Military Classmates Did During Attack

    11/28/2016 9:36:50 PM PST · by vannrox · 36 replies
    Mad World News ^ | 28NOV16 | Dom the Conservative
    OSU Student Leaks Unbelievable Thing Military Classmates Did During Attack November 28, 2016 Dom the Conservative Cops & Criminals, Religion Share ThisTweet This While most students stacked chairs against the doors and huddled together in a corner, military classmates took a much different approach during Monday morning’s Ohio State University attack. America is reeling as details of an apparent Islamic terrorist attack at the Ohio State University campus are still breaking. However, while everyone is trying to figure out who the attacker is and if they were affiliated with ISIS, one student shocked the nation when she revealed what...
  • Army Corps to close protest camp near Dakota Access Pipeline

    11/26/2016 6:03:40 PM PST · by Cheerio · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 26, 2016 | John Sexton
    The public land where hundreds of protesters have been camping out as they protest construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline will be closed on December 5th. That announcement was made in a letter sent by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe on Friday. The Associated Press reports: The letter, provided by the tribe, says: “To be clear, this means that no member of the general public, to include Dakota Access pipeline protesters, can be on these Corps lands.” It says anyone on land north of the river after Dec. 5 will be trespassing and...
  • Gold Star family booed on flight as they headed to meet their soldier’s remains

    11/20/2016 6:57:48 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 59 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | Nov 19, 2016 | Nicholas Filipas
    Gold Star family booed on flight as they headed to meet their soldier’s remains Staff Sgt. John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, Calif., died Nov. 12 of injuries sustained from an apparent suicide bomber in Bagram, Afghanistan. Department of Defense Nicholas Filipas The Record (Stockton, Calif.) The father of a soldier who was killed last weekend in Afghanistan was disappointed and hurt after airline passengers booed him and his family as they flew to meet his son’s remains. Stewart Perry, an ex-Marine who lives in Stockton, said the ordeal left him feeling disrespected. “It was really disgusting on the passengers’...
  • Army Band Not Allowed To Play Holiday Music At Christmas Show By Fox News Because Event Is Religious

    11/19/2016 11:13:53 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/18/16 | KALHAN ROSENBLATT
    Todd Starnes penned an article for Fox News saying he asked an Army band to play as a part of his annual Fox Radio Christmas showStarnes said he asked U.S. Army’s Six-String Soldiers to perform at eventThe band turned him down because the show is a 'religious event' Starnes said the Army should be able to play his show regardless of religious affiliation and blamed the Obama administration Others said they believe a Trump presidency will be less politically correct  A Fox News Corner of the World host has expressed outrage after an Army band said it would be unable to play at his Fox Radio...
  • The U.S. Army’s Solution to Urban Warfare Problems Aim Bazookas at Them

    11/07/2016 5:26:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 6, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    In 1946, two Swedes named Hugo Abramson and Harald Jentzen designed the Carl Gustaf, which at the time appeared to be just another recoilless rifle. Many of these weapons fell out of use in the following decades as anti-tank missiles took over. But the Carl Gustaf stuck around — and for a different role than Abramson and Jentzen had planned in the 1940s. For one, it’s now just as much an anti-infantry weapon owing to its range, low cost and types of ammunition.
  • Army Knowlege Online (AKO) bans guns????

    11/02/2016 11:20:07 AM PDT · by fightin kentuckian · 24 replies
    Fightin Kentuckian fertile mind ^ | 11/2/2016 | Fightin Kentuckian
    As a US Government contractor and retired US Army Soldier with 23 years of service I’m allowed an account on the US Army’s social portal, AKO, Army Knowledge Online. AKO is an employee portal for all Soldiers and Army Civilians to collaborate, exchange, and find information about their unit, the Army and the US Government. Recently I attempted to load a picture on my AKO profile page. The picture shows a close up of me shooting an M1 Garand. Shortly after the upload AKO informed me via email that Response Via Email: “(Janet C.) - 11/02/2016 07:53 AM Your recently...
  • Army enters new era: 10 women pass first gender-integrated infantry officer course

    10/27/2016 11:56:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 27, 2016 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Army’s first gender-integrated infantry office course has been completed by 10 of 12 women who took the challenge. A graduation ceremony was held Wednesday in Fort Benning, Georgia, to celebrate 166 officers who attained the infantry’s iconic blue cord. Many of the female officers will now move on to challenges that include Ranger school and Airborne school.
  • Army Evaluates New Shoulder-Fired Rocket Tech

    10/21/2016 6:50:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | October 20, 2016 | Matt Cox
    The U.S. Army is testing new recoilless rifle technology designed give soldiers shoulder-fired rockets that are lighter and more ergonomic and in future, make them safe to fire in tight urban spaces. Testers at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland are evaluating upgrades to the M3 recoilless rifle, also known as the Multi-role Anti-armor Anti-personnel Weapon System, or MAAWS. The improvements will make it more ergonomic, six pounds lighter and shorter.
  • The Rise and Fall of the Army Surplus Store

    10/13/2016 4:19:09 PM PDT · by vannrox · 76 replies
    The Art of Manliness ^ | Oct 11, 2016 05:05 pm | By Brett and Kate McKay
    The Rise and Fall of the Army Surplus StoreBy Brett and Kate McKay on Oct 11, 2016 05:05 pm You’ve probably been to an army surplus store.They all look pretty much the same wherever you live. Surplus stores can be found in strip malls in the rough part of town or as stand-alone warehouse-style buildings with corrugated metal roofing and very few windows. They’re easy to miss while driving because they typically only announce themselves with a small yellow sign emblazoned with “Army Surplus” in black lettering.When you walk in, your nose is met with that distinct army surplus...
  • Forgotten story of Polish nuns gang-raped and made pregnant by advancing Soviet troops [tr}

    10/02/2016 10:16:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 80 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 2, 2016 | Darren Boyle
    As Hitler's troops withdrew from Poland in 1945, Stalin's Red Army advanced towards Berlin. Instead of liberation, the Soviet troops raped and pillaged as they followed the retreating Nazis.  In January 1945, as the war continued, French authorities sent Dr Madeleine Pauliac to Moscow to assist with the efforts to repatriate any French prisoners of war discovered by the Soviets.
  • Two Army generals have been relieved of their duties

    09/24/2016 5:03:41 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 53 replies
    washington post ^ | Sept 23 2016 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    An Army National Guard brigadier general assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a major general in charge of a Kansas-based infantry division have been recently relieved of their duties, according to a report in USA Today and an Army statement released Friday. Brig. Gen. Michael Bobeck is accused of having an extramarital affair — a violation of military law if proven true — and is being investigated, according to the USA Today report. Bobeck has been reassigned from his post on the Joint Chiefs pending the results of the investigation. The report also indicated that Bobeck had a...
  • First female soldier in Green Beret training fails to complete the course

    09/15/2016 12:22:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2016 | Alex Quade
    The first female soldier to participate in the Army’s initial training program for the Green Berets — side-by-side with men — has failed to complete the course this week, The Washington Times has learned. The enlisted soldier is the first woman to attend the U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), the first step toward earning the Special Forces tab and the coveted Green Beret. The Times reported in July that two female officer candidates have been accepted to attend an SFAS class that begins in the spring.
  • VIDEO: Discovery Shares First Look at 5-Part War Documentary TAKING FIRE

    09/13/2016 8:45:47 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    Broadway World ^ | Sep 13, 2016
    VIDEO: Discovery Shares First Look at 5-Part War Documentary TAKING FIRE September 13,2016 by BWW News Desk Discovery's five-part war documentary series TAKING FIRE premieres September 13th at 10/9c. Check out a first look below! TAKING FIRE is a five-part series bringing viewers into the hearts and minds of American soldiers, a captivating experience like nothing ever seen on film. The series is the story of a band of brothers deployed to defend one of the United States' farthest flung outposts at the gateway to one of the deadliest places on earth: the mouth of the Taliban-held Korengal Valley in...