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  • 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
    Breitbart.com ^ | 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 Papers.org ^ | 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
  • As Pentagon mulls ending ban, transgender soldiers talk about serving country openly (+video)

    07/16/2015 1:58:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 15, 2015 | Harry Bruinius, Staff writer
    With an estimated 15,000 transgender soldiers now serving throughout the US military, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Monday called the military's ban 'outdated' and 'confusing.'When Kristin Beck was a Navy SEAL for 20 years, and known as a fighter named Christopher, her transgender identity was “maybe third or fourth or fifth down the list of things that were concerning me.” A decorated veteran of seven combat missions and a member of the famed special counterterrorism unit SEAL Team Six, Ms. Beck was part of the one of the most elite fighting forces in the world, the “toughest of the...
  • Fat Female Commander Intimidated Subordinates Into Letting Her Pass The Tape Test

    07/15/2015 10:39:25 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Col. Glenda Lock, commander of McDonald Army Health Center, was fired in late March. We now know the reason why. Apparently, Lock intimidated subordinates into letting her pass the tape test after she was found overweight. Initial reports in April indicated Lock was fired for “undue influence” and “command climate problems,” after receiving a suspension in February. Results from the investigation indicate that undue influence took the form of manipulating tape test results, Army Times reports. The tape test is used by all services to measure body fat in the neck and waist.
  • Overall, what do you think about the Army down- sizing in Hawaii: POLL

    07/11/2015 2:20:37 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 46 replies
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | July 11 , 2015 | Honolulu Star Advertizer
    Overall, what do you think about the Army down- sizing in Hawaii: 1,400 fewer troops and loss of the Stryker Brigade?
  • Hawaii's Schofield Barracks, Fort Shafter to lose 1,500 soldiers in Army drawdown

    07/09/2015 7:09:25 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    Pacific Business News ^ | July 9, 2015 | Lorin Eleni Gill
    The U.S. Army will reduce the number of soldiers stationed at Hawaii bases by 1,443 over the next two years, a reduction of 8 percent, rather than cutting most of the troops currently stationed on Oahu, Defense Department officials said Thursday. The cuts are part of a nation-wide cost-cutting move that will reduce the number of soldier positions by 40,000 by 2017.
  • Lindsey Graham Wants 10,000 Troops in Syria: Slammed Rand Paul & jabbed Ted Cruz in a hawkish speech

    07/08/2015 3:16:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | July 8, 2015 | David Catanese
    Calling Iraq and Syria a "single battle space," Sen. Lindsey Graham said he'd place around 10,000 troops in Syria today if he were president, in order to eradicate the heart of the Islamic State group's attempted caliphate. That call amounted to one of the most aggressive proposals by a 2016 presidential candidate regarding dealing with Syria, which has been engulfed in years of fighting between the government, rebels and Islamic militants. In remarks before The Atlantic Council on Wednesday, Graham, R-S.C., said half-measures like arming the Kurds to fight the Islamic State group were insufficient, and name-checked two of his...
  • Navy, Marines Ease Up on Transgender Policy

    07/08/2015 9:26:51 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 27 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | William Cole
    The Navy and Marine Corps have joined the Army and Air Force in making it harder to discharge transgender military members. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed a memorandum last Wednesday stating, "Effective immediately, separations initiated under the provisions of the reference for service members with a diagnosis or history of gender dysphoria, who identify themselves as transgender, or who have taken steps to externalize the condition, must be forwarded to the assistant secretary of the Navy (manpower and reserve affairs) for decision." The memo was directed to the chief of naval operations and commandant of the Marine Corps. Previously, discharge...
  • US Army plans to cut 40,000 troops over next two years

    07/08/2015 7:31:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/08/2015
    The U.S. Army is planning to cut more than 40,000 troops over the next two years, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News Tuesday. General Martin Dempsey announced at a Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing Tuesday that dwindling resources was a major factor in the decision to cut the number of active troops from 490,000 to 450,000. In addition to the troop cuts, 17,000 Army civilian employees will be laid off in a plan that is to be formally announced on Thursday.
  • U.S. Army to cut 40,000 troops over next two years: USA Today

    07/07/2015 1:56:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Rueters ^ | 7/7/15 | Sandra Maler
    The U.S. Army plans to cut 40,000 troops over the next two years, affecting all its domestic and foreign posts, USA Today reported on Tuesday, citing a plan it said was
  • DoD renames “unlawful combatants” in detainee manual to … ("Unprivileged Belligerents")

    07/05/2015 2:43:29 PM PDT · by Marie · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 26, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    In fact, captured terrorists went out of style a long time ago, so that’s not the actual change. Until recently — like, say, two weeks ago — the Department of Defense used the term unlawful combatant as the label for terrorists captured by American military and intelligence forces as a way to distinguish them from uniformed soldiers of a recognized state authority in a straight-up fight. Their new manual dispenses with that term, the Federation of American Scientists noticed today (via Steven Aftergood and Olivier Knox): When it comes to Department of Defense doctrine on military treatment of detained persons,...
  • It’s an Obama World… US Troops Put on Drinking, Eating Restrictions for Ramadan

    06/27/2015 12:39:15 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 56 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 06/26/2015 | Jim Hoft
    The Weekly Standard reported: A top commander in southwest Asia reminded U.S military personnel stationed in Muslim countries in the Middle East of the restrictions placed on them during Ramadan. According to a report by the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs, Brig. Gen. John Quintas, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing commander in Southwest Asia, said that the U.S. is “committed to the concepts of tolerance, freedom and diversity.” But he added that soldiers should “become more informed and appreciative of the traditions and history of the people in this region of the world… [R]emember we are guests here and...
  • West Point cadet found guilty of possessing child porn (homosexual pedophile)

    06/24/2015 8:35:10 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 51 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Stephen Rex Brown
    A West Point cadet was found guilty Tuesday of possessing a trove of violent child pornography in his dorm room at the storied military academy. Patrick Hester, 25, was taken into custody following the verdict in U.S. District Court in White Plains because the videos “depicted children being tortured,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. “In collecting and sharing these appalling videos, he contributed to the victimization of the most vulnerable members of our society, our children.” More than 1,200 images and videos were seized from Hester’s dorm room in December 2013. Hester told fellow pervs in emails he preferred...
  • Historic Decision: Sikh Turban victory against U.S. Army

    06/13/2015 10:46:10 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 32 replies
    Sikh Siyasat News ^ | 06/25/2015 | Sikh Siyasat Bureau
    A federal court ruled yesterday that a Sikh college student must be allowed to enroll in Army ROTC without shaving his beard, cutting his hair, or removing his turban. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson acted in the case of Hofstra University student Iknoor Singh, who had been barred by the U.S. Army from enrolling in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program because of his religious practices. The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a college-based program for training commissioned officers of the United States Armed Forces.
  • Army refuses to provide Honor Guard for church's July 4th celebration

    06/09/2015 4:22:05 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 35 replies
    fox news ^ | june 9, 2015 | todd starnes
    For nearly two decades, the U.S. Army has provided an honor guard for an Independence Day celebration at a Baptist church that predates the founding of the nation. But this year – that tradition has come to an end. Officials at Fort Gordon say they will not be able to send an honor guard to a July 5th service at Abilene Baptist Church because it violates a military policy banning any involvement in a religious service.  -snip So what changed? Fort Gordon’s Public Affairs Office pointed me to Army Regulation 360-1 – dated May 2011.  The lengthy regulation states Army participation must...
  • Army Gen. Randy Taylor introduces his husband at Pentagon Gay Pride event

    06/09/2015 12:51:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 151 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Updated: 3:14 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | By Rowan Scarborough
    A married Army general on Tuesday introduced his spouse at a Pentagon event that featured lots of top brass, including Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as the keynote speaker. What made this seemingly routine introduction noteworthy is that Brig. Gen. Randy S. Taylor introduced his husband, Lucas. “My husband Lucas is sitting up front here,” Gen. Taylor said of the man in the same row as Mr. Carter, Army Secretary John McHugh and other senior officials. He said Lucas has subjugated his own career to support the general’s frequent moves over an 18-year relationship.
  • McHugh (unexpectedly) stepping down as Army secretary, will leave before Nov. 1

    06/09/2015 6:46:24 AM PDT · by pabianice · 8 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 6/9/15 | Tritten
    "... The department provided no reason for McHugh’s departure but said he might stay on as the Army’s top civilian until November to give the Obama administration a smooth transition as it searches for his successor. His departure comes as Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno also plans to retire, closing a page on the era of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and ushering in new leadership as the service faces growing unrest around the world and defense budget caps in Washington. “There will be much time in the coming months to appropriately celebrate his many accomplishments, but for...
  • Army's Public Website Hacked by Unknown Intruders

    06/08/2015 12:48:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 06/08/15
    Defense officials confirm the official public Army website has been hacked by unknown intruders demanding the U.S. stop training rebel fighters inside Syria. Unlike the massive hack into Office of Personnel Management records, the officials stress the website contains no official classified information or private personal data of any Amy personnel, military or civilian. The messages reportedly proclaimed "YOU'VE BEEN HACKED" and added "YOUR COMMANDERS ADMIT THEY ARE TRAINING THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE SENT YOU TO DIE FIGHTING." It's not clear yet whether the Army or the hackers shut down the website. The officials say the website is for general...
  • Military dad surprises his Killian high school graduate

    06/01/2015 6:36:38 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | June 1, 2015 | By Christina Veiga
    On tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Army Staff Sgt. Jose Garcia missed his oldest daughter’s high school graduation. Stationed in Germany, an ocean away from his family in west Miami-Dade County, he watched his son accept his diploma through a live stream on the Internet. This time, Garcia wanted it to be different. With his youngest set to graduate from Miami Killian Senior High on Monday, it was his last chance to watch one of his children graduate from high school. He was determined to give his daughter, Samantha, “something to remember.” “She’s the baby of the house,”...
  • Bergdahl Teammates Asked to Stay Quiet About Desertion With Non-Disclosure Agreements

    05/29/2015 1:15:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 29, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    According to a new report from Fox News' Catherine Herridge, teammates of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl were asked to sign non-disclosure agreements years ago after discussing his desertion with the Joint Chiefs Chairman in Afghanistan. According to Herridge's reporting and General Bob Scales, asking soldiers to sign non-disclosure agreements is unprecedented. "I can't remember, ever, have an enlisted soldier sign a non-disclosure agreement for anything. This is completely unprecedented," Scales said. "These non-disclosure agreements have got nothing to do with military justice." Further, new information shows Bergdahl not only deserted, but started planning for his departure by sleeping on the...
  • Forgotten WW2 soldier, lost more than 70 years, is finally honored

    05/25/2015 2:37:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It’s difficult to describe anything as a “feel good story” on a day when we are commemorating the Honored Dead, but I suppose this story comes as close as any. CBS News is providing the details of a tale which took place long ago in a small village a bit to the north of where I live, in Gowanda, New York. They have a war memorial in their town just like so many other places around the country. But for the lifetime of most of the current residents, one name has been missing. Carroll Heath was a young boy born...
  • Special Report U.S. military and civilians are increasingly divided

    05/24/2015 10:39:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 151 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | May 23, 2015 | David Zucchino and David S. Cloud
    Jovano Graves' parents begged him not to join the Army right out of high school in 2003, when U.S. troops were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.. But their son refused his parents' pleas to try college. He followed them both into the Army instead. Last June, 11 years later, Staff Sgt. Jovano Graves returned home from Afghanistan, joining his mother, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Sonia Graves-Rivers, for duty here at Ft. Bragg. "My family, going way, way back, has always felt so proud to be Americans," said Graves-Rivers, who comes from a family in which military service spans six generations,...
  • U.S. Army Raising “Concerns” Over CMP Transfers

    05/24/2015 12:41:01 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 125 replies
    FPC Blog ^ | May 24, 2015 | Evan Gillespie
    U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) made headlines recently when he introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1735). The amendment allows for the transfer of surplus 1911A1 handguns to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) for sale to the general public. Last week, in response, the U.S. army released a white paper voicing “concern” over this amendment and claimed that there would be “potential negative impacts on public safety from the large amount of semi-automatic and concealable pistols that will be released for public purchase.” These concerns included the traceability of the firearms after sale, and...
  • Army weighs if ex-Green Beret hero should be dismissed

    05/17/2015 4:12:41 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 17 May 2015 | EMERY P. DALESIO
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Army officer stripped of a medal for heroism under fire and his right to call himself a Green Beret is fighting for his military career after accusations he tracked down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan. Though a criminal investigation failed to find remains of his alleged victim and didn't result in charges against Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, he's been targeted for possible dismissal from the Army and the consequent loss of veteran's benefits with a less-than-honorable discharge. A Fort Bragg hearing before three, higher-ranked Special Forces officers could meet later this month to weigh...
  • None from first-ever group of female soldiers training to be Army Rangers advance through 1st round

    05/11/2015 7:03:26 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 9, 2015
    None from first-ever group of female soldiers training to be Army Rangers advance through first round: officials BY Rachelle Blidner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, May 9, 2015, 5:24 PM The first-ever female soldiers allowed to train to be Army Rangers did not make it through the first round of the course, officials said Friday. Eight women and 101 men who made it through the first tests of the 20-day Crawl Phase will have to try again to pass the last few at one of the toughest soldier training schools, officials said.
  • Special Ops Leaders Praise Women's Role in Ranger Raids

    05/09/2015 4:44:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 11 replies
    Military.com ^ | May 8, 2015 | Matthew Cox
    A new book about a young, female Army officer who routinely accompanied Ranger units on raids in Afghanistan is shining a light on a select group of American women who have made history in modern warfare. "Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield" focuses on 1st Lt. Ashley White, an incredibly physically fit soldier who joined the Special Operations Command Cultural Support Team effort in 2010. The pilot program was designed to train women and have them serve with Army Ranger and other special operations direct-action units so they could gather...
  • Our goal is an EU army says Germany's defence chief:

    05/08/2015 1:11:33 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 4 May 2015 | Jack Doyle
    An EU army is Germany’s ‘long term goal’ according to one of its ministers. Ursula von der Leyen called for defence cooperation to be strengthened so that the continent can respond quickly to international crises.
  • Women Soldiers Make History in First Gender-Integrated Ranger School

    04/24/2015 12:25:44 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 62 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 23, 2015
    A group of women soldiers made history this week after earning a place in the first gender-integrated Ranger Course Assessment at Fort Benning in Georgia. The U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning opened Monday to a class of 19 women and 380 men, according to Stars and Stripes. Over the last four months, 20 women had secured a spot in the course assessment after passing one of four sessions of gender-integrated Ranger Training Assessment Courses (RTAC). One female soldier chose to withdraw. Only eight women and 184 men successfully completed the first four days of Ranger School, after a...
  • Army HUMILIATES Male Soldiers, Forces Them To Wear Women’s Clothing As Part Of Mandatory Training

    04/21/2015 12:01:59 PM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 87 replies
    As part of the Army’s mandatory Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention (SHARP) training, some units are requiring Soldiers to participate in a Walk a Mile In Her Shoes event, in order to bring awareness to rape and sexual assault, and “stop men’s sexualized violence against women.” Sounds positive, right? Well there’s just one little detail that is causing quite the controversy, as these male Soldiers will all be forced to cross-dress, wearing red high heeled shoes during the 1.26 mile walk. One cadet from Arizona ROTC said that any personnel who refused to participate in the event, would receive a...
  • SECURITY ALERT: What I witnessed today at an Army Reserve Center was deplorable.

    04/18/2015 2:32:54 PM PDT · by don-o · 38 replies
    allenwest.com ^ | April 18, 2015 | Allen West
    snip And so it was when I drove onto the Army Reserve Center at Grand Prairie for a visit yesterday, I was met by a lone unarmed female contract security person who did not even take my ID and match it to my face. She came out of the shack and waved me right onto this military installation. Yes, the Army Reserve Center at Grand Prairie is a military installation. Not only is the Army based there but also a U.S. Marine Reserve artillery unit — and the majority of their equipment is located on this installation. But, as I...
  • Paratrooper takes fish on parachute jump

    04/17/2015 6:38:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 62 replies
    A paratrooper who was preparing to leave the US army decided that he would make his last parachute jump more memorable by taking along a fish. The day before his final jump on April 11, Spc. Matthew Tattersall went out and purchased a Siamese fighter, which he called 'Willy Makeit'. He placed the fish in a water bottle and poked a few holes into it to allow air to get in. Then he hid the bottle in his pocket as he knew he wouldn't be allowed to jump from the plane with the fish. "That's my pet fish named Willy...
  • Army morale low despite 6-year, $287 million optimism program

    04/17/2015 7:24:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 17, 2015 | Gregg Zoroya
    More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show. Twelve months of data through early 2015 show that 403,564 soldiers, or 52 percent, scored badly in the area of optimism, agreeing with statements such as "I rarely count on good things happening to me." Forty-eight percent have little satisfaction in or commitment to their jobs. The results stem from resiliency assessments that soldiers are required to...
  • Bergdahl’s Biggest Worry Is Rare ‘Misbehavior Before the Enemy’ Charge

    04/16/2015 1:38:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Foreign Policy Magazine's The Cable Blog ^ | March 30, 2015 | Kate Brannen
    n addition to desertion, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faces an unusual charge: misbehavior before the enemy. Of the two, it is the far more serious charge, carrying with it a maximum punishment of life behind bars, a dishonorable discharge, a reduction in rank, and the loss of the tens of thousands of dollars of pay and benefits Bergdahl earned after joining the military over six years ago. The misbehavior charge is so rare that there aren’t many examples of how the military justice system has handled it in the past. The Army said that it had such a case in...
  • Inside The Army’s Spectacular Hidden Treasure Room

    04/16/2015 1:36:23 AM PDT · by shove_it · 33 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 20 Feb 2014 | Benny Johnson
    Remember that ending scene out of Indiana Jones where the Ark of the Covenant is boxed up and wheeled through an endless government warehouse? Did you know that that place actually exists? It is called the Center of Military History. It is located 30 minutes outside Washington, D.C., at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. The building itself is very nondescript… The room consists of dozens of collapsable “hallways” filled with the richest American firearm collection on the planet...
  • Artillery: The Wonder Weapon That No One Wants

    04/12/2015 9:18:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    StrategyPage ^ | April 11, 2015
    A Swedish firm has successfully tested using an American SDB smart bomb fired from a MLRS (multiple launch rocket system). Called this hybrid weapon GLSDB (Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb) the rocket propelled bomb has a range of 150 kilometers. MLRS was designed to fire a 309 kg (680 pound) 227mm rocket. The latest version is (GMLRS) is GPS guided with a max range of 85 kilometers (and the ability to land within ten meters/31 feet of its intended target). The GLSDB guidance system was able to function despite the rapid acceleration of a rocket launch. The GLSDB provides more...
  • Transgender in the military: A Pentagon in transition weighs its policy

    04/11/2015 6:55:24 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 9, 2015 | By Juliet Eilperin
    Over the past decade, Sgt. Shane Ortega has served three combat tours: Two in Iraq, one in Afghanistan. Two as a Marine and one in the Army. Two as a woman and one as a man. Ortega is a helicopter crew chief in the Army’s 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. He was born female and would like to serve the rest of his career as a man. That would require a significant change in Pentagon rules, which require that transgender troops be discharged from military service, usually on medical grounds. Last summer, medical tests showed Ortega had elevated testosterone levels...
  • Kansas man accused of plotting to detonate bomb at Fort Riley military base

    04/10/2015 1:15:12 PM PDT · by VR-21 · 23 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10 April 2015
    A 20-year-old Kansas man plotted to kill American soldiers with a vehicle bomb at the Fort Riley military base, an attack he planned to carry out on behalf of the ISIS terror group, prosecutors announced Friday. John T. Booker, also known as Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, was arrested as part of a lengthy FBI investigation. Federal authorities said he was arrested near the army base in Manhattan, Kansas, as he completed final preparations to detonate the bomb, which had, in fact, been rendered inert while he was under FBI surveillance. “As alleged in the complaint, John Booker attempted to attack U.S....
  • Panel to decide if former Special Forces officer Matt Golsteyn will be thrown out of Army

    04/08/2015 3:25:56 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 8, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    A former Green Beret officer who was stripped of one of the military’s top awards for heroism by the Army secretary will soon face a panel of officers that can throw him out of the service, according to the officer’s lawyer and Army officials. Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn will face an administrative hearing known as a board of inquiry the week of May 18, according to a memorandum sent March 26 by the panel’s top officer, Col. Stuart Goldsmith. It is believed the board will review evidence against Golsteyn in the 2010 death of a Taliban bomb maker that...
  • Six More Female Soldiers Qualify for Army Ranger School

    04/08/2015 1:39:17 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 64 replies
    Military.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    Six more female soldiers have qualified to attend Army Ranger School later this month after passing the same physical fitness standards as men, including six pull-ups, 49 push-ups in two minutes, 59 sit-ups in two minutes and a five-mile run in 40 minutes, Army officials said Wednesday. The six additional women, all of them officers, will join at least six other female soldiers who have passed the Ranger Training Assessment Course that qualified them to attend the first gender-integrated Ranger School course that will begin April 20 and last for two months.
  • Fort Bragg paratroopers deploying to Iraq for 9 months

    04/08/2015 10:41:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | April 8, 2015
    Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve this summer. About 500 paratroopers from the division headquarters will leave in June for a nine-month deployment, Fort Bragg said in a news release. Paratroopers will have a contingent in Iraq. Other paratroopers will be based outside Iraq in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The division will serve as the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq and provide command and control of coalition troops who are training, advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces. The 1st Infantry Division of Fort Riley, Kansas, is...
  • Army Soldiers Lectured About White Privilege During “Equal Opportunity” Briefing

    04/05/2015 11:04:01 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 04/05/2015 | John S. Roberts
    White privilege is not a thing.Mentioning those two words in a time when America is more diverse than it has ever been is a red herring. White privilege is a topic so easily defeated that liberals simply entertain the notion just to bring up how racist white America still is in their eyes.It’s a deflection of the real problems we currently face – illegal immigration, 93 million not in the workforce, Iran, etc.The left wants it to be true, but their failed attempts on the subject never manifest into coherent logic. It’s the victim mentality. “Oh poor me, I can’t seem to...
  • Boeing's Big Attack Chopper In A Tiny Package Is Heading To Saudi Arabia

    04/05/2015 6:24:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 04/02/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Some designs are just too good to die. The Hughes 369, or the OH-6 Cayuse when in uniform, is one of them. After 50 years of production, the “Little Bird” as it is known in Spec Ops circles, has reached a new level of capability with the AH-6i, which may soon get its baptism by fire at the hands of Saudi pilots in the skies above Yemen. The AH-6i is one smart, nimble, observant, and heavily armed little battle chopper. It takes the best parts of the AH-6M Little Bird operated by the 160th SOAR 'Nightstalkers' and infuses it with...
  • Chelsea Manning Joins Twitter From Prison

    04/04/2015 11:28:05 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4 April 15 | Unattributed
    Chelsea Manning, the transgender Army private imprisoned for exposing national security secrets, has joined Twitter with the help from a communications firm. The company, Fitzgibbon Media, confirmed that it is handling Manning's account, @xychelsea, posting messages she dictates by phone and telling her about the responses. Her introductory post went up Friday afternoon. She finished the day with seven more, thanking friends and supporters, expressing the effort it takes to Tweet by phone from prison, and promising "I don't want this Twitter feed to be a one-way street/conversation." By Friday evening she had more than 20,000 followers. Manning revealed her...
  • Bergdahl faces little-known, rarely used misbehavior charge

    04/02/2015 4:12:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 4/02/15 | Nancy Montgomery
    If Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl were convicted of “misbehavior before the enemy” a century ago, he might also have been subject to a humiliating send-off. His sword might be broken or his insignia ripped from his uniform in front of his unit. Along with desertion, Bergdahl was accused last month of violating the little-understood Article 99 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice — misbehavior before the enemy — for abandoning his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and thereby endangering his unit. Although desertion cases are not uncommon, few military lawyers have ever prosecuted, or defended, a misbehavior before the enemy...