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Military/Veterans (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Today in US military history: the second-bloodiest battle of the Civil War

    09/19/2017 8:28:01 AM PDT · by fugazi · 37 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 19, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1777: The Battle of Freeman's Farm — the first engagement in the Battle of Saratoga — opens between Continental forces under the command of Gen. Horatio Gates and British forces under Gen. John "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne. The Brits carry the day, but suffer heavy losses. 1863: On the border of Georgia and Tennessee, fighting begins in earnest between forces commanded by Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans and Gen. Braxton Bragg. After two days of fighting, the Confederate Army of Tennessee inflicts 18,000 casualties on the Army of the Cumberland, driving Rosecrans from the battlefield, but Union soldiers kill, wound, and capture...
  • Who loves a parade? Trump wants to showcase military might

    09/19/2017 5:10:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    WFMZ-TV ^ | September 18, 2017 | Darlene Superville, The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) - Who doesn't love a parade? To a city that already offers many, President Donald Trump wants to add one that showcases U.S. military might. It would take place on July 4 in Washington with, as Trump envisions it, tanks and planes rolling down and streaking above Pennsylvania Avenue. Trump talked up the idea Monday as he sat down with French President Emmanuel Macron, who hosted the president and first lady Melania Trump for France's military parade in the center of Paris on Bastille Day in July. Trump said the two-hour procession was a "tremendous thing for...
  • Today in U.S. military history: happy birthday to the US Air Force and CIA

    09/18/2017 8:53:19 AM PDT · by fugazi · 3 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 18, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1862: Following the bloody Battle of Antietam, Gen. George B. McClellan blows an opportunity to capture Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, – perhaps ending the Civil War. Lee abandons his invasion of Maryland as McClellan allows the significantly outnumbered Confederates to withdraw his significantly outnumbered forces to Virginia without pursuit. 1906: As revolution sweeps Cuba, the auxiliary cruiser USS Dixie (AD-1) disembarks a battalion of Marines at Cienfuegos to help protect American-owned plantations. 1941: In preparation for World War II, 19 divisions of soldiers – 400,000 troops – participate in a massive exercise in Louisiana. In light...
  • Saw a few Ospreys in Brooklyn, NY (local)

    09/17/2017 6:20:45 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 16 replies
    wastedyears | 9/27/2017 | wastedyears
    So yeah, I saw a few Ospreys while walking a couple hours ago. They were pretty damn low for military planes. Anybody know if the Marines are doing maneuvers around here, or if someone is visiting?
  • Latest North Korea missile test renews US talk of military option

    09/17/2017 3:56:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 16, 2017 | Barbara Starr, Pentagon Correspondent
    North Korea's latest ballistic missile test has renewed discussion at the highest levels of the Trump administration about how military force could be used to stop Kim Jong Un's development of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles. "For those who have said, and been commenting about a lack of an military option, there is a military option," national security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters Friday, adding: "Now, it is not what we would prefer to do." At the same press briefing, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley acknowledged that if sanctions and diplomatic pressure don't work, the UN may not be able to...
  • Dereliction of Duty

    09/16/2017 10:19:44 PM PDT · by pboyington · 14 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | September 16, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    Original title - Dereliction of Duty – The Feather Merchants, Duds and Perfumed Princes that Sold out the US Military to Political Correctness Dereliction of duty is a specific offense under United States Code Title 10, Section 892, Article 92 and applies to all branches of the US military. A service member who is derelict has willfully refused to perform his duties (or follow a given order) or has incapacitated himself in such a way that he cannot perform his duties. Article 92 also applies to service members whose acts or omissions rise to the level of criminally negligent behavior....
  • Grease was the Word – the M3 Grease Gun

    09/15/2017 7:58:55 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 38 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/15/2017 | R Reed
    The M3 ‘grease gun’ was a rude, crude, effective submachine gun that saw service from the Korean War through the late 1990s. The M3 “grease gun” was one of the simplest, ugliest, and cheapest personal weapons ever fielded by the U.S. military. But, as one U.S. Marine combat veteran recalled, what this crude submachine gun lacked in looks, it more than made up for that with brutal effectiveness. “The first time I went to use my rifle, it went 'click', so I busted it over a rock and picked up a dead Marine’s grease gun,” said USMC Korean War veteran...
  • The Clinton Book Tour Is Largely Ignoring the Vital Role of Endless War in the 2016 Election Result

    09/14/2017 10:28:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Intercept ^ | September 13, 2017 | Glenn Greenwald
    To pitch her book, Hillary Clinton is sitting down this week for a series of media interviews, mostly with supportive TV personalities, such as Rachel Maddow, to discuss her views of “What Happened,” the book’s title. Calls for Clinton to be quiet and disappear are misguided for all sorts of reasons, including the fact that she is a very smart, informed, and articulate politician, which means her interviews — especially when she’s liberated from programmed campaign mode — are illuminating about how she, and her fellow establishment Democrats who have driven the party into a ditch, really think. An hourlong...
  • Today in US military history: first helicopter flight, and Bush at Ground Zero

    09/14/2017 7:17:21 AM PDT · by fugazi · 5 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 14, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1901: Eight days after being shot by the assassin Leon Czolgoszan, President William McKinley dies of his wounds, and Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as the 26th President of the United States. Before being named vice president, Roosevelt served as McKinley’s Assistant Secretary to the Navy until USS Maine explodes in Havana, inspiring Roosevelt to form the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment – the “Rough Riders.” Following McKinley’s assassination, Congress tasks the U.S. Secret Service with protecting the president. 1939: At the controls of his Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 prototype, Igor Sikorsky makes a 10-second tethered flight – the first successful flight...
  • ISIS Recruits Fighters for the Philippines Instead of Syria

    A video released by ISIS asks would-be fighters to go to the Philippines instead of Syria and Iraq, the latest sign that the terror group is shifting its recruiting tactics as it loses ground to coalition forces in the Middle East. The seven-minute, English-language video, released by the official ISIS media operation late last month, includes messages from several fighters in the Southern Philippines, and scenes from battles with government troops near the city of Marawi, including the pillaging of a Catholic church. One of the fighters calls on Muslims in “East Asia, specifically those in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand,...
  • Back in the Trenches – Ithaca M37 Trench Gun

    09/13/2017 10:22:17 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 27 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/13/2017 | Frank Jardim
    The Army’s best combat pump shotgun is back: Inland’s reissue of Ithaca’s M37 Trench Gun.Two top-shelf Ohio-based firearms manufacturers have partnered to bring collectors and shooters a fine reissue – I hesitate to call it a replica – of the vintage U.S. Army Ithaca M37 Trench Gun. This retro military model is made by the Upper Sandusky-based Ithaca Gun Company for their Dayton neighbor, Inland Manufacturing. The latter is best known for their excellent reproductions of World War II M1 carbines. It was during World War I that you might say the Army got serious about shotguns. It was, after...
  • Rods from God?

    09/13/2017 9:04:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 71 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 9/13/17 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Was the top secret space coast launch late this past week really carrying components of "Rods from God," the nickname of a doomsday weapon known as "Project Thor" that can rain hell on North Korea in an attack traveling at Mach Ten? In an exclusive feature, the National ENQUIRER describes America's possible deployment of satellite arsenals of tungsten, non-nuclear rods the size of telephone poles, "the equivalent of a meteor crashing into the Earth's crust." The tabloid explains that deployment of this weaponry by the US military awaits only the President's "GO" order. "Unlike a nuclear weapon, the Rods from...
  • Today in U.S. military history: from the halls of Montezuma, and the Battle of Edson's Ridge

    09/12/2017 8:14:12 AM PDT · by fugazi · 10 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 12, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1847: "From the halls of Montezuma..." Gen. Winfield Scott's army of Marines and soldiers begin their attack on the castle Chapultepec, sitting 200 feet above in Mexico City. During the battle, 90 percent of Marine commissioned and non-commissioned officers are killed by snipers, memorialized by the "blood stripe" on the Marine Corps' Dress Blue trousers. Participating in the engagement are many young officers - such as Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson - who will face each other in the Civil War. 1918: The Battle of Saint-Mihiel, the first and only U.S.-led and executed operation of...
  • Today in US military history: military response to 9/11, and the Benghazi attack

    09/11/2017 7:27:36 AM PDT · by fugazi · 3 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 11, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1776: After the British capture Long Island, Continental Congressional delegates Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge meet with British Adm. Lord Richard Howe for a peace conference at Staten Island. Hoping to bring a quick end to the conflict, King George granted Howe the authority to discuss peace terms, but not including the recognition of American independence. When Howe states that the loss of America would be like losing a brother, Franklin replies that "we will do our utmost endeavors to save your lordship that mortification." 1814: New York is saved from a possible invasion by British forces when...
  • John McCain threatens North Korea with 'EXTINCTION' if it continues 'aggressive' actions

    09/10/2017 9:29:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Daily Express ^ | September 11, 2017 | Matt Drake
    The statements come as South Korea’s defence minister has called for the re-establishment of nuclear missiles as a response to Pyongyang’s nuclear tests. Speaking to CNN, Senator McCain said: “Washington needs to make sure that Kim Jong-Un knows that if he acts in an aggressive fashion, the price will be extinction. "The Korean defence minister just a few days ago called for nuclear weapons to be redeployed, it ought to be seriously considered....
  • Today in US Military History: Marine Raiders on Guadalcanal, and a landing at Inchon

    09/08/2017 7:21:24 AM PDT · by fugazi · 7 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 8, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1740: Some 800 volunteers from the American colonies board transports to take part in the disastrous British/American colonial expedition to capture the Spanish territory of Cartagena (modern-day Colombia). 1781: 2,000 Continental soldiers commanded by Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene meet with Lt. Col. Alexander Stewart's 2,200-man force of British troops near present-day Eutawville, S.C.. Although both sides claim victory in the Battle of Eutaw Springs, the British must abandon much of their previously gained ground in the south. 1863: When the Union attempts an amphibious invasion in Texas to prevent the Mexican government from supplying the Confederacy, well-trained artillerymen at Fort...
  • The Navy – It’s Not a Job, It’s a Total Cluster

    09/07/2017 7:38:15 PM PDT · by pboyington · 55 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | September 7, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    The US Navy, the mighty and heroic service that beat the tar out of America’s enemies for 240 years; the force that won brilliant victories at Midway, Manila Bay, Leyte Gulf, Lake Erie and a thousand other places is no more. The US Navy that refused to surrender and ‘had not begun to fight’ under the leadership of John Paul Jones, is now too incompetent to fight anyone; and every American should be seriously concerned. To paraphrase Oliver Perry, “We have met the enemy and it is cultural Marxism and social engineering.” The latest debacle to engulf the Navy was...
  • Today in US Military History: First flight of the Raptor, and the first submarine attack

    09/07/2017 6:05:34 AM PDT · by fugazi · 3 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 7, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1776: Sgt. Ezra Lee silently makes his way down the Hudson River in an 8-ft. long submersible named Turtle towards British Adm. Richard Howe's flagship, HMS Eagle, anchored just south of Manhattan. Turning two hand cranks for propulsion, Lee reaches the ship but is unable to drill into the hull in order to attach a "torpedo." While Lee's attack is unsuccessful, the craft designed by inventor David Bushnell marks the first-ever submarine attack. 1864: As he prepares for his March to the Sea, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman orders an evacuation of Atlanta. When the mayor protests, Sherman replies with...
  • Today in U.S. military history: the Munich Massacre, and a Soviet pilot defects

    09/06/2017 2:39:04 PM PDT · by fugazi · 3 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 6, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1918: U.S. Navy railroad artillery crews conduct their first attack - a German rail center in Tergnier. The five massive 14"/50cal Mark 4 guns, normally mounted to a battleship, are transported by train and can hit targets well over 20 miles downrange. 1972: During the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, Palestinian terrorists storm the apartment housing Israeli athletes, killing two and taking nine hostage. The terrorists demand the release of over 200 Israeli-held Palestinian prisoners, but the Israelis refuse to negotiate. Five terrorists - and all hostages - are killed when German police attempt to ambush the kidnappers at the...
  • Free program helping veterans create jobs (Florida)

    09/05/2017 6:14:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WEAR-TV ^ | September 5, 2017 | Kristie Henderson
    PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — A free program is helping veterans create their own jobs. This week the University of West Florida (UWF) is hosting their Veteran Entrepreneurship Program. The UWF Military and Veterans Resource Center is one of six networking partners around the state similar to this one. Veterans interested in starting their own business can get help from the university through workshops and even online classes. Next spring the Military and Veterans Resource Center will be having intensive classes at UWF to teach those interested in having a good business concept and more. If you're worried that you don't...