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  • Army Fires Officers After Ordering Them to Move

    07/01/2014 8:31:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    Fox ^ | June 30, 2014 | Amy Bushatz
    The Army last week began notifying about 1,100 captains that they will be purged from the ranks. The same fate is awaiting about 500 majors, who beginning this week will be told their active-duty careers are over. They're among nearly 2,500 officers and NCOs who will be involuntarily separated this year as part of an ongoing drawdown of forces. ... some officers who were let go are scrambling to find a home, as well as a job. Thankfully for the captain who's expecting his first child, his landlord is allowing him and his wife to continue to rent the house...
  • Air Force Throws Out Bibles but Forces Observance of Ramadan

    06/30/2014 11:18:32 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 14 replies
    Eagle Rising ^ | June 30 2014 | Onan Coca
    The Air Force has decided to force our airmen serving in Bahrain to observe the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In case you think I must be making it up, read it for yourselves at Stars and Stripes, the official military news website.U.S. personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. It’s one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan.…For the 8,200 U.S. personnel living here, and those serving throughout the U.S. Central Command area of...
  • Military Bans Bibles But Forces Soldiers to Adhere to Ramadan Rules

    06/29/2014 11:28:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/29/14 | Jim Hoft
    It’s an Obama world.The US Air Force kicked Christian Gideon’s volunteers off base in March. The Bibles were too offensive and violated the separation of church and state rule.But US military personnel are expected to adhere Islamic practices during Ramadan.Stars and Stripes reported: U.S. personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. It’s one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan.Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Officials expect Ramadan to begin at sunrise...
  • SEAL Team 6 member becomes Pentagon’s poster girl in transgender recruiting

    06/26/2014 6:32:43 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 97 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 6/26/2014 | Bill Gertz
    A former member of SEAL Team 6 has become the poster girl for a Pentagon effort to include transgenders — people who have undergone sex-change operations — in the ranks. Kristin Beck, formerly Senior Chief Petty Officer Christopher Beck, spoke recently at several high-profile events at intelligence agencies and the Pentagon to promote the integration of transgenders. “Transgender service in the armed forces, yes it will happen soon,” she said on Twitter. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, among the most politically correct Pentagon chiefs of the past several decades, fueled the effort within the Pentagon to integrate transgenders in May when...
  • U.S. Navy and DoD Celebrate LGBT Month & Homosexuality

    06/19/2014 8:12:24 AM PDT · by Barry Cratus · 32 replies
    U.S. Navy website ^ | June 2014 | U.S. Navy
    The Department of Defense celebrates LGBT Pride month in June 2014. Here is the month-long announcement of this fact on an internal website at a U.S. Navy facility: In January 2014, the U.S. Navy celebrates homosexuality via the euphemism of rainbow-colored "diversity." Here is the several-week announcement of this celebration on an internal U.S. Navy facility: The Department of Defense celebrates LGBT Pride month in June 2013. Here is the month-long announcement of this fact on an internal website at a U.S. Navy facility:
  • Study Finds Women Don't Belong in Combat

    06/11/2014 12:21:35 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 48 replies
    Aruz Sheva ^ | 6/11/2014 | Gil Ronen
    New book shows women in combat suffer much more serious non-combat injuries, alleges IDF cover-up. A new book sums up 13 years of research on female participation in IDF combat units and declares the feminist experiment in the Israeli military a failure. “Lochamot Betzahal” by Col. (res.) Raza Sagi, a former infantry regiment commander, points to high rates of serious injury among women serving in combat units, and to involvement of radical political groups behind the scenes of the campaign for combat service by women. ..... "The study found that a particularly high percentage of women who served in combat...
  • Navy losing sailors and SEALs over emphasis on social issues

    04/28/2014 7:10:58 PM PDT · by armydawg505 · 59 replies
    www.allenbwest.com ^ | 4/28/14 | Allen West
    Hate to say “I told you so” but President Obama’s disinterest in enhancing our combat capability in favor of social egalitarianism and a warped sense of social justice is indeed having an impact on war readiness. According to the Washington Times, “A Navy F-18 fighter pilot and former Top Gun instructor is publicly warning admirals that retention is beginning to suffer from the military’s relentless social conditioning programs. Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass said sailors are becoming fed-up with the constant emphasis on social issues — an apparent reference to gays in the military, women in combat and ending sexual harassment.”
  • The National Disgrace of Ft Hood ... Mark Steyn

    04/13/2014 1:00:11 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 17 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 11 Apr 2014 | Mark Steyn
    In After America (available here, he pleads, and the profits of which go to support my free-speech pushback against Michael E Mann), I write inter alia about Fort Hood, and in particular the disgraceful statement by General Casey, and the Pentagon's absurd decision to classify what happened as "workplace violence": In the days after the slaughter, the news coverage read like a satirical novel that the author's not quite deft enough to pull off, with bizarre new Catch-22s multiplying like the windmills of your mind: If you muse openly on pouring boiling oil down the throats of infidels, then the...
  • 2010: Admiral: President Obama Gave Us Choice to Accept Gays in Military or Resign

    04/03/2014 12:20:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 318 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | April 1, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp said that in 2010 Obama told U.S. military leaders to accept his push for gays in the military, and that if they didn't, they could take the "opportunity to resign [their] commissions." Papp said these things in a video BuzzFeed obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The video shows a speech Papp delivered to Coast Guard Academy cadets during which he was asked how he would deal with enforcing an order with which he didn't agree. He used the story of his 2010 meeting with Obama as an example of how service...
  • Army looks to relocate Pentagon

    04/01/2014 8:48:01 PM PDT · by Marie · 20 replies
    Army.mil ^ | 1APR14 | Army News Release
    The proposed move will take the Pentagon from the banks of the Potomac River to northwest Kansas. WASHINGTON (April 1, 2010) -- Top Army officials unveiled plans early today to relocate the massive Pentagon building to the western part of Kansas sometime this summer. "This move will be a huge undertaking, but we determined it was a necessary step as we realign our force structure," said one of the Army's top generals. "Once we started investigating the possibility of the move, we determined that it was not only critical to our efforts, but that it would be good for our...
  • Sailors leaving Navy over stress on social issues, Top Gun instructor says

    03/26/2014 4:47:55 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 65 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/25/2014
    A Navy F-18 fighter pilot and former Top Gun instructor is publicly warning admirals that retention is beginning to suffer from the military’s relentless social conditioning programs. Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass, until recently a Pentagon speech writer for the chief of naval operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, said sailors are becoming fed-up with the constant emphasis on social issues — an apparent reference to gays in the military, women in combat and ending sexual harassment. “Sailors continue to cite the over-focus on social issues by senior leadership, above and beyond discussions on war fighting — a fact that demoralizes junior and mid-grade...
  • Hospital Ships to Be Counted in U.S. Combat Fleet

    03/17/2014 6:58:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/17/14 | SETH CROPSEY
    Earlier in March, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus revised how to count the size of the U.S.’s battle force inventory. The battle force inventory is important because it measures the size of the U.S. combat fleet. The new definition will make the U.S. combat fleet look larger than it really is. This provides a political shield against legitimate concerns that the Navy is shrinking. Ships included in the battle force inventory had been “warships capable of contributing to combat operations” or ships that contribute “directly to Navy warfighting or support missions.” Aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious ships, and submarines are...
  • Is the U.S. Air Force really necessary?

    03/17/2014 12:37:23 PM PDT · by xzins · 232 replies
    World ^ | March 17, 2014 | Michael Cochrane
    Robert Farley, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, wants to ground the U.S. Air Force, for good. In his book, Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the US Air Force, Farley argues the United States does not need an independent Air Force in order to effectively wield military air power. Farley, an assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, came to his conclusion after studying the conflict between the Army and the Air Force over which military branch was primarily responsible for winning the first Gulf War. “I slowly became more aware that these...
  • AIR FORCE: CHRISTIANS' RELIGIOUS SPEECH NOT LEGALLY PROTECTED RIGHT

    03/16/2014 7:01:44 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 64 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | KEN KLUKOWSKI
    Christians in the U.S. military are being told they must forfeit their First Amendment rights. Bible verses are being erased from cadets’ personal dorm-room white boards, and military lawyers claim that legal protections for religion only pertain to matters such as clothing and growing beards but do not extend to any religious expression such as talking about one's faith or posting a Bible verse. Last year Breitbart News broke the story of a campaign by anti-Christian extremists to suppress traditional Christian expression within the U.S. military. There were conflicting stories regarding the possible court martial of service members who share...
  • Marine Corps to create experimental task force with 25 percent women

    03/15/2014 2:11:50 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 97 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | March 13, 2014 | Jennnifer Hlad
    The Marine Corps will open new combat jobs to women, allow women to volunteer for combat specialty training previously closed to them and create a co-ed experimental task force to evaluate how female Marines perform as part of a ground combat unit, Marine officials said. The task force will be made up of about 460 Marines, and about one quarter will be women, said Capt. Maureen Krebs, a Marine spokeswoman. The task force will look like a small battalion landing team with attachments such as artillery, tanks and amphibious assault vehicles — similar to the ground combat portion of a...
  • Bible controversy hits Air Force base

    03/15/2014 3:07:48 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 31 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    For more than a decade new military recruits at Maxwell Air Force Base – Gunter Annex in Alabama have received a Bible from Gideons International volunteers. But that tradition has come to an end after volunteers said they were told by the military that they would no longer be allowed to personally distribute the pocket-sized Bibles to recruits. “They kicked us out,” Gideon’s volunteer Michael Fredenburg told me in a telephone interview from his home in Montgomery, Ala. “They told us, ‘get your Bibles out.’” Gaylan Johnson, is a public affairs officer for the Military Entrance Processing Command. He told...
  • Why Are Dozens Of High Ranking Officers Being Purged From The U.S. Military?

    03/14/2014 4:15:52 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 32 replies
    The American Dream ^ | January 16, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    Since Barack Obama has been in the White House, high ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented. Things have gotten so bad that a number of retired generals are publicly speaking out about the “purge” of the U.S. military that they believe is taking place. As you will see below, dozens of highly decorated military leaders have been dismissed from their positions over the past few years. So why is this happening? When I was growing up, my father was an officer in the U.S. Navy. And what is going on...
  • Gay, lesbian troops perform in drag at Kadena Air Base fundraiser

    03/11/2014 4:39:51 PM PDT · by 7thson · 33 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 2, 2014 | Travis J. Tritten
    KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Since the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, U.S. military bases have hosted gay marriage ceremonies and potluck gatherings. But on Saturday, servicemembers here may have been the first to take to the stage and perform as drag queens on a military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops. Drag queens and drag kings, to be precise.
  • Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard

    03/11/2014 6:36:15 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 37 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said. The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians read. Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage. "Had it been in his room - not a problem," Weinstein...
  • U.S. Military Hires Terror-Tied Muslim Chaplains

    03/07/2014 6:08:52 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 23 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | March 7, 2014 | newseditor
    The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is proudly announcing that the U.S. military is again using their chaplains.
  • Gay and lesbian troops perform in drag on American military base

    03/03/2014 8:43:06 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 65 replies
    This Week ^ | Narch 3 2014 | No Attribution
    Troops based at the Kadena Air Base in Japan know how to party. On Saturday, six gay and straight service members applied some of their finest makeup and lip synced to "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" in what is believed to be first drag queen and king show on an American military base. The show was thrown in support for the base's recently formed OutServe-SLDN chapter, a nonprofit advocacy group for the army's LGBT community.
  • General’s court-martial could shape the future of military justice system

    03/03/2014 5:09:32 PM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/3/2014 | Craig Whitlock
    A sordid account involving illicit sex in uniform will be aired this week in an austere courtroom at Fort Bragg, N.C., and the results could tip the scales in a high-stakes debate in Congress over the future of the military justice system. The defendant, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, is accused of carrying on a long affair with a junior officer and sexually assaulting her on two occasions, among other crimes. He is only the third Army general to face court-martial in more than a half-century. But after two years of investigation and preparation, the prosecution is in disarray. The...
  • Gay and lesbian troops perform in drag on American military base

    03/03/2014 11:17:23 AM PST · by barmag25 · 29 replies
    The week ^ | 3/3/14 | JORDAN VALINSKY
    Troops based at the Kadena Air Base in Japan know how to party. On Saturday, six gay and straight service members applied some of their finest makeup and lip synced to "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" in what is believed to be first drag queen and king show on an American military base. The show was thrown in support for the base's recently formed OutServe-SLDN chapter, a nonprofit advocacy group for the army's LGBT community.
  • It’s the War, You Dolt

    03/03/2014 6:43:03 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies
    PJMedia.com ^ | 3/2/2014 | Michael Ledeen
    No surprise that the intel guys, like their political bosses, reassured themselves that Russia wouldn’t invade. Even though they made the same mistake just a few years ago when the morsel was Georgia. Indeed, that kind of error, revolving around the phrase “rational actor,” is the trademark of Western confusion about the world. They refuse to see that our enemies are waging war against us, thus refuse to think about winning that war, thus lose many battles, and happily retreat. After all, if our enemies are rational actors, what could go wrong? We could even slash and burn our own...
  • GOP Governors Accuse Obama of Politically Motivated National Guard Cuts

    02/25/2014 1:00:37 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 35 replies
    TIME ^ | February 24, 2014 | By Zeke J. Miller
    Republican governors are accusing President Barack Obama of making politically motivated cuts to their states’ National Guard funding. Speaking to reporters after a meeting between the President and the National Governors Association, the GOP governors said they were deeply troubled by Obama’s tone when asked about planned cuts to the National Guard. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said Obama became ”aggressive” and that his tone “chilled the room quite a bit.” “He basically said, ‘Many people in this room have asked for cuts, and now you getting ’em,’” Haley said at a news conference across from the White House at...
  • Obama Consciously Engineering America’s Decline

    02/25/2014 12:41:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | February 24, 2014 | Peter Wehner
    In remarks today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said U.S. global military dominance can “no longer be taken for granted.” He said this even as he was in the process of announcing that the Obama administration plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup. (For context, the Army will go from a post-September 11 peak of 570,000 to between 440,000 and 450,000, the smallest Army since 1940.) Max Boot does an excellent job laying out the problems with this proposal here and here. I’d simply add that the fact that...
  • Super Hornet fights for survival

    02/20/2014 12:16:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flight Global Blogs ^ | 19 February, 2014 | Craig Hoyle
    Rejections by India and more recently Brazil – combined with the looming end to a multi-year procurement deal for the US Navy – mean that the pressure is mounting on Boeing to secure extra orders for its versatile Super Hornet. As things stand, the last F/A-18E/F or EA-18G Growler will roll off the line in St Louis, Missouri before the end of 2016, with the USN and Royal Australian Air Force the buyers so far. As you can read in my colleague Jon Hemmerdinger’s report on the situation, that’s not a major problem for the manufacturer for now, but Washington...
  • Pentagon relaxes rules on religious apparel, facial hair

    01/22/2014 12:35:18 PM PST · by maddog55 · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 22, 2014 | Fox News
    The Pentagon on Wednesday relaxed its rules governing the religious apparel and facial hair that troops can wear or maintain while in uniform, permitting in some cases tattoos, body piercings and other religious items. The Defense Department issued the changes via a directive Wednesday afternoon. As part of the military's changing approach to making religious accommodations, the new policy will allow service members to sport different kinds of religious garb and hairstyles so long as they don't have an "adverse effect on military readiness, mission accomplishment, unit cohesion, and good order and discipline." The changes create several new categories, besides...
  • Pentagon relaxes rules on religious apparel, facial hair

    01/22/2014 12:38:42 PM PST · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    fox news ^ | january 22, 2014
    The Pentagon on Wednesday relaxed its rules governing the religious apparel and facial hair that troops can wear or maintain while in uniform, permitting in some cases tattoos, body piercings and other religious items.  The Defense Department issued the changes via a directive Wednesday afternoon. As part of the military's changing approach to making religious accommodations, the new policy will allow service members to sport different kinds of religious garb and hairstyles so long as they don't have an "adverse effect on military readiness, mission accomplishment, unit cohesion, and good order and discipline."  The changes create several new categories, besides...
  • U.S. warships deploy for Sochi Olympics

    01/20/2014 5:31:38 PM PST · by EBH · 58 replies
    Washinton Times ^ | 1/20/2014 | Jacqueline Klimas and Cheryl K. Chumley
    The United States will deploy at least two warships into the Black Sea off the coast of Sochi, Russia, to respond to a potential terror attack during the upcoming Olympics, top officials said on Monday. The positioning of the ships would also enable the rapid evacuation of Americans in the event of an attack, CNN reported. The State Department would take the lead if evacuations became necessary. The ships will have helicopters that could fly Americans out of the country if needed. There are also aircraft on standby in Germany that could be at Sochi in about two hours if...
  • Keeping Wounded Vets Safe From Christmas Cards

    12/31/2013 9:06:36 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | December 30, 2013 | Donald R. McClarey
    From FNC (where there is also video): Boys and girls at Grace Academy in Prosper, Tex., spent most of last Friday making homemade Christmas cards for bedridden veterans at the VA hospital in Dallas. Fourth-grader Gracie Brown was especially proud of her card, hoping it would “make their day because their family might live far away, and they might not have somebody to celebrate Christmas with.” “I’d like them to know they’ve not been forgotten and somebody wanted to say thank you,” Gracie told Gracie’s card read, “Merry Christmas. Thank you for your service.” It also included an American flag....
  • Hagel Deployed to Press Egypt on Being 'Inclusive' Toward Muslim Brotherhood

    12/30/2013 7:01:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/30/13 | Bridget Johnson
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called his Egyptian counterpart, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on Sunday to again tsk-tsk the interim government for not being “inclusive.” It was the first such call in a month and comes after Egypt branded the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. That came in the wake of a bombing at the security directorate headquarters in Mansoura that killed 16, but Egyptians made clear that the designation was warranted by a long history of incitement and violence by the MB. “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Egyptian Minister of Defense General Al-Sisi today to discuss recent events in...
  • Marine Corps quietly delays pullup requirement for women

    12/29/2013 5:56:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/28/2013 | BY ASHE SCHOW
    The Marine Corps has delayed the requirement for female Marines to do three pullups because most women have so far been unable to pass the test. For 40 years, male recruits were required to perform three pullups to prove their upper body strength for combat, where they would need to carry heavy equipment and potentially lift themselves out of mud walls. Starting Jan. 1, female recruits would have been required to do the same. But 55 percent of female recruits could not complete all three pullups, compared to just 1 percent of male recruits who could not, so the requirement...
  • Female Marines not required to do one pullup

    12/28/2013 6:09:28 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 31 replies
    www.cnsnews.com ^ | 12/27/2013 | Barbara Boland
    (CNSNews.com) -- Females in the Marine Corps currently are not required to do even a single pull-up, and a deadline mandating that by Jan. 1, 2014, they be able to do at least 3 pull-ups as part of their training has been delayed for at least a year, the Corps quietly announced on social media. Unlike their female counterparts, male Marines have long been required to do at least 3 pullups as part of the Physical Fitness Test (PFT). That's the minimum requirement for males. - See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-boland/female-marines-not-required-do-1-pull#sthash.d11sA26X.dpuf
  • Army: Don’t say Christmas

    12/24/2013 5:41:06 AM PST · by Doogle · 57 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 12/24/13 | Todd Starnes
    Don’t say Christmas. That’s the message that was conveyed to a group of soldiers at Camp Shelby by an equal opportunity officer from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, according to a soldier who attended a recent briefing. “It’s unbelievable that the Army would ban ‘Christmas’ like it’s a bad word,” said Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, a legal firm representing the unidentified soldier. Two weeks ago, a routine meeting was held at the Mississippi base with various leaders of the 158th Infantry Brigade. During the meeting, they discussed an upcoming Christmas football tournament. The equal opportunity...
  • Fort Bragg chapel holds first same-sex ceremony

    12/22/2013 6:44:37 AM PST · by Salman · 96 replies
    The Fayetteville Observer ^ | Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 | Drew Brooks
    Three years ago, Maj. Daniel Toven couldn’t imagine being married, let alone having a ceremony in Fort Bragg’s Main Post Chapel. Like all gay soldiers at the time, he was living under the policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” — a policy that kept separated his personal life and his work. But after a whirlwind of changes that began with the repeal of the ban in 2011, Toven and his partner, Johnathan Taylor, have broken ground. The pair, who wed in Washington, D.C., in August, blessed their marriage before more than 100 people at Fort Bragg on Saturday. The ceremony...
  • Army to cut up to 4,000 captains and majors

    12/17/2013 6:25:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 87 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/17/13 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Army is sending roughly 19,000 active-duty captains and majors to a screening board for early separation this spring, the Army Times reported. Up to 20 percent of those screened — approximately 3,800 officers — could be scheduled to leave the service by the Officer Separation Board and Enhanced Selective Early Retirement Board. Officers with fewer than 18 years of federal active service will have their screening process done by OSB, and those with more than 18 years of service will see the E-SERB, according to the Army Times. “The Army’s drawdown plan is a balanced approach while maintaining
  • Twilight of the Aircraft Carrier?

    12/13/2013 11:57:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 79 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | December 13, 2013 | James R. Holmes
    Past fears that carriers were vulnerable to new technologies weren’t proven right… nor were they proven wrong. Over at The National Interest this week, former Naval Diplomat shipmate — U.S. Marines say there are no former Marines, just Marines; are there former shipmates? — Bryan McGrath wades into the debate over Tom Ricks’s Washington Post column urging the U.S. military to get smaller to get better. Let me wade in as well; the water’s fine. Ricks takes aim at the U.S. Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in particular. He cites the expense of CVNs, but Bryan zeroes in mainly...
  • End looms for US Air Force's 'Warthog' ground-attack jet

    12/12/2013 3:48:56 PM PST · by DemforBush · 84 replies
    AFP ^ | 12/12/13 | Mathieu Rabechault
    Washington (AFP) - Long disliked by the US Air Force, the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jet may finally be heading for the chopping block due to budget constraints...
  • Army Eyes New Standards for Women in Combat

    12/09/2013 12:08:31 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 61 replies
    Military.com ^ | November 27, 2013 | Matthew Cox
    The U.S. Army general in charge of training recently wrote about the service's examination of gender neutral standards to open the infantry and other combat-arms jobs to female soldiers. The piece by Gen. Robert Cone, commander of Training and Doctrine Command, appears in the November issue of Army Magazine, the same month three female Marines made history by graduating from Marine infantry training. Last January, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered all services to open combat-arms roles to women that so far have been reserved for men.
  • Obama Honors Pearl Harbor Dead with Picture of Himself

    12/08/2013 3:03:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 99 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/8/13 | William Bigelow
    President Barack Obama’s Facebook page on Saturday posted a message honoring the dead from Pearl Harbor—accompanied by a picture of Obama descending the stairs next to the Pearl Harbor Memorial. The picture barely fits the name of the Arizona Memorial so it can frame Obama in the foreground. The post's statement reads: Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served. President Obama
  • PT Standards in Question for Women in Combat

    11/18/2013 10:48:36 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 92 replies
    Military.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Matthew Cox
    The Marine Corps may have to change its physical standards in order to put females in positions to one day lead infantry platoons in combat. Both the Marine Corps and the Army continue to wrestle with the mandate that former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued in January, directing the U.S. military to open hundreds of combat-arms jobs that have been closed to female servicemembers. So far, the Marines have been out ahead.
  • Fanning: Air Force Having Trouble Keeping Pilots, and Pay Isn’t the Problem

    11/16/2013 9:13:16 AM PST · by Sequoyah101 · 55 replies
    Defense One ^ | 11-14-2013 | Tom Shoop
    The Air Force is offering big bonuses to keep its pilots in the service, but they’re not taking them because budget constraints are forcing the service to limit both current flying hours and opportunities to fly the next generation of aircraft,...
  • The Air Force is Quietly Killing Off the A-10—Over Congress’ Protests

    11/15/2013 5:31:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 58 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 15, 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    A bipartisan group of senators and congressmen is fighting back against the U.S. Air Force’s move to prematurely retire all 350 of its A-10 Warthog attack planes between 2015 and 2018. But the flying branch is already strangling the A-10 force with budget cuts, upgrade cancellations and a reduced contingent of new pilots. The battle is intensifying in Washington, D.C. over the legendary warplane, which was originally meant to destroy Soviet tanks and has flown thousands of missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, saving scores of American lives with its overwhelming firepower.
  • Military chaplains harassed, mocked for quoting Scripture during chaplain training

    11/12/2013 6:34:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 11/12/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From Citizen Link: Military Chaplains Sue Over Harassment, Attack on Christian Faith by Bethany MonkThose who serve our country often greet reveilles before the sunrise. They don the uniform. They represent our country, and they continue to make sacrifice after sacrifice. With the onslaught of government intrusion on religious freedom, some of them are dealing with egregious attacks on their personal faith.A legal group on Friday filed suit on behalf of two military chaplains. According to the suit, a supervisor with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mocked their Christian faith, repeatedly, during a chaplain training program.  [?!?]Retired U.S. Army...
  • The Great Purge (Of the US Military)

    11/12/2013 11:01:56 AM PST · by xzins · 38 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | November 11, 2013 | PETER FARMER
    During the years 1934-1939, Soviet dictator and Communist Party General Chairman Josef Stalin ordered what later became known to history as the "Great Purge" - a period of brutal political repression, torture, imprisonment and mass murder in the Soviet Union. Launched under the auspices of purifying the Communist Party of ideologically-unreliable elements and rooting out fifth columnists within its ranks, the purges focused initially on party leadership. However - fueled by Stalin's paranoia - they soon expanded into the military, government bureaucracy and wider Soviet society. Members of the intelligentsia, senior government bureaucrats (nomenklatura), professionals, land-owning farmers (kulaks), members of...
  • Another Military Commander Fired — That's 9 This Year

    11/07/2013 1:29:48 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 35 replies
    Newsma ^ | Tuesday, 05 Nov 2013 03:34 PM | By Courtney Coren
    Another top military commander has been given his marching orders, making the ninth general or officer that has been let go so far this year. The commander of the U.S. Army Garrison Japan, Col. Eric Tilley was dismissed for "lack of confidence" due to the findings of a recent investigation. He was suspended by Maj. Gen. James Boozer, commander of U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward), and replaced by Col. Joy Curriera, Stars and Stripes reported. Tilley's civilian deputy was reassigned, with a "misconduct" investigation pending according to World Net Daily. A spokesman for U.S. Army Japan, Maj. Kevin...
  • 'Purge surge': Obama fires another commander

    11/05/2013 9:19:14 AM PST · by rarestia · 67 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | F. Michael Maloof
    After multiple top generals described to WND what they regard as a full-scale “purge” of the U.S. military by the Obama administration, the commander of U.S. Army Garrison Japan was summarily relieved of duty and his civilian deputy reassigned, pending a “misconduct” investigation. Nine generals and flag officers have been relieved of duty under Obama just this year – widely viewed as an extraordinary number – and several sources put the total number of senior officers purged during the five years of the Obama administration as close to 200. In response, prominent retired generals – ranging from Army Maj. Gen....
  • Navy SEALs ordered to remove ‘don’t tread on me’ Navy Jack from uniforms

    11/04/2013 2:22:33 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 61 replies
    Daily Caller article copied and pasted onto Freedom Outpost ^ | 10:44 AM 11/01/2013 | Carl Higbie at the Daily Caller
    The Navy Jack is the flag flown by United States Naval Vessels. It's motto of "Don't Tread on Me" is emblazoned on a Red and White Striped background with a rattlesnake stretched across it. The flag has a long and revered history in America's Navy spanning back to the time of our country's fight for Independence. However, Navy SEAL commanders are now banning the historical symbol. The question is, who is behind the ban?
  • Navy SEALS ordered to remove ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ symbol from uniforms

    11/04/2013 7:55:09 AM PST · by kimtom · 31 replies
    http://www.bizpacreview.com ^ | November 2, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A new U.S. Navy directive mandates that SEALs replace the traditional “Don’t Tread On Me” Navy Jack on the sleeves of their uniforms with the American flag. The original Navy Jack was made up of 13 horizontal stripes — seven red and six white. A rattlesnake was later added diagonally across the flag, along with the words, “Don’t Tread On Me,” on the lowest white stripe. More recently, the jack was replaced with white stars on a field of blue, with the number of stars representing states in the union, like the American flag. After the 9/11 attacks, all U.S....