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Military/Veterans (General/Chat)

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  • The Magnificent Infantry of WW II

    05/29/2017 8:46:16 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 19 replies
    Self | May 29, 2017 | Self
    The Army deployed 65 infantry divisions for the Second World War. Each was a small town with its own equivalents for community services within eight categories of combat arms. Units such as artillery, engineering, and heavy weapons engaged the enemy directly. Yet of all categories, the foot soldier faced the greatest hazard with the least chance of reward. These civilians become warriors confronted the most dismal fate of all whose duty was uninterrupted by missions completed or a fixed deployment time. The infantryman was enveloped within a most deranged, barbaric, and brittle existence against a resolute enemy where victory often...
  • 'Space Aggressors' Train US Forces for Extraterrestrial Conflict

    05/29/2017 7:23:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | 05/24/2017 | Greg Walters, Seeker
    "We play the bad guys," said Captain Christopher Barnes, chief of training for the 26th Space Aggressor Squadron. "Our job is to not only understand the different types of threats and potential enemies, but also to be able to portray them and replicate them for the good guys, our Air Force." The 26th and 527th Space Aggressor Squadrons are headquartered in a two-story warehouse at Colorado's Schriever Air Force Base, stocked with advanced radio and satellite equipment and nicknamed "the barn." Behind the building, antenna dishes trace the sky. While attacks by the Space Aggressors are simulated, senior US military...
  • We all remember the fallen...they deserve to be remembered

    05/28/2017 7:56:36 PM PDT · by Meadow Muffin · 7 replies
    Mallon, Bishop, Moreland, John, Brown, Jones, Norbut, Sherbone, Cleghorn, Pflasterer, Neuss, Francis, Hazzard. 50 years ago seems like yesterday.
  • Remembering the lost platoon [Short Video]

    05/28/2017 7:55:37 PM PDT · by blueplum
    CBS Sunday Morning ^ | 28 May 2017 | Producer: Christine Weicher
    Clifford Rountree, Kenny Barker and Victor Renza were three American soldiers in Vietnam whose platoon was ambushed in May 1967. Twenty-two of their comrades were killed. John Blackstone reports on how that battle shaped the lives of the survivors, and how some of them spent the anniversary of that battle, fifty years later.
  • Dems try to enlist military vets in fight for House majority

    05/28/2017 4:24:46 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 65 replies
    AP ^ | May 28 | BILL BARROW
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight - for majority control of the House. Looking ahead to next year's elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen military veterans to challenge Republican incumbents. Democrats say candidates with military on their resumes appeal to independent voters and can help the party break the GOP grip on Washington.
  • The Eagle's Watch (Memorial Day 2017)

    05/27/2017 1:24:47 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 3 replies
    A Tribute and thanks to those who have heeded the call and especially to those who paid for our freedom by the giving of their the last full measure of devotion. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
  • Memorial Day Song

    05/27/2017 1:19:15 PM PDT · by RiverDrifter · 1 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwo_Sn41WUw
    Memorial Day, 2017
  • President Trump Gives Remarks to United States Military Personnel at Naval Air Station Sigonella

    05/27/2017 1:06:54 PM PDT · by Stalwart · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 27, 2017 | The White House
    Full speech by President Trump including Melania's introductory remarks. 29 minutes.
  • JUST A COMMON SOLDIER (A Soldier Died Today)

    Just A Common Soldier, also known as A Soldier Died Today, is one of the most popular poems on the Internet. Written and published in 1987 by Canadian veteran and columnist A. Lawrence Vaincourt, it now appears in numerous anthologies, on thousands of websites and on July 4, 2008 it was carved into a marble monument at West Point, New York. ... Please enjoy this tribute to the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen who have given so much for our country. http://vaincourt.homestead.com/common_soldier.html
  • Marine officers are drugged, robbed after Bogotá pub crawl and could face charges

    05/27/2017 3:41:38 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 71 replies
    miamiherald.com ^ | MAY 26, 2017 | CAROL ROSENBERG
    Three married U.S. Marine officers have found themselves under investigation for a night in February that went off the rails in Bogotá, involving allegations they went drinking with some local women, were slipped illicit drugs, robbed of U.S. property and landed in a local hospital emergency room.
  • Heads-up display to give Soldiers improved situational awareness

    05/26/2017 9:51:05 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    U.S. Army ^ | May 19, 2017 | David Vergun
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service) -- A novel technology called "Tactical Augmented Reality," or TAR, is now helping Soldiers precisely locate their positions, as well as the locations of friends and foes, said Richard Nabors. It even enables them to see in the dark, all with a heads-up display device that looks like night-vision goggles, or NGV, he added. So in essence, TAR replaces NVG, GPS, plus it does much more. Nabors, an associate for strategic planning at U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, spoke about TAR at the Pentagon's Lab Day,...
  • Warfare vs. ‘lawfare’

    05/26/2017 8:50:31 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 7 replies
    World Magazine ^ | May 27, 2017 | Lynn Vincent
    In today’s wars, American troops face not one enemy, but three: jihadists, infiltrators, and lawyers. Today, our soldiers and Marines are held not just to the laws of warfare, but to unprecedented standards of criminal law, even though they are operating in a combat environment,” said John Maher, a former Army attorney and current reserve lieutenant colonel who specializes in the defense of military accused. Incidents that in the past would have been viewed as collateral damage in the ‘fog of war’ are now being prosecuted as war crimes. Texas defense attorney Colby Vokey, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel, considers...
  • Unusual activity at NAS Ft. WORTH

    05/25/2017 9:15:50 PM PDT · by fella · 32 replies
    vanity | 25 May 2017
    Lots of jets firing up afterburners at 11 pm. Still going. Is there an exercise going on? Or an alert.
  • Switzerland takes step closer to military conscription for women

    05/23/2017 9:54:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 23 May 2017 10:12 CEST+02:00
    Young Swiss women will be obliged to attend an “information day” about military service from 2020 in order to encourage more to join the army, according to reports. Currently, military or civil service is compulsory for all Swiss men over 18, who must pay an exemption tax if they are excluded due to health reasons or refuse to serve. It is not compulsory for women, but they may choose to volunteer. Last year, only around 65 women out of 7,600 recruits began their service. In February this year, army commander Daniel Baumgartner said in an interview that he wanted to...
  • MEGAN LEAVEY Official Trailer (2017) Kate Mara, War Dog, Drama Movie HD (video)

    05/23/2017 5:09:31 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 41 replies
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  • Hackers Unlock Samsung Galaxy S8 With Fake Iris

    05/23/2017 12:45:55 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    motherboard.vice.com ^ | May 23 2017, 7:13am | Joe Cox
    Biometric locks for phones are just getting more and more elaborate. Not content with fingerprints, some devices now offer facial recognition tech for accessing a device, and in the Samsung Galaxy S8's case, an iris scanner too. Despite Samsung stating that a user's irises are pretty much impossible to copy, a team of hackers has done just that. Using a bare-bones selection of equipment, researchers from the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) show in a video how they managed to bypass the scanner's protections and unlock the device. "We've had iris scanners that could be bypassed using a simple print-out," Linus...
  • Russian paratroops move to Syrian border triangle

    05/21/2017 9:43:27 AM PDT · by PIF · 6 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | May 21, 2017, 5:07 PM (IDT) | DEBKAfile Special Report
    Military tensions on Syria’s borders with Iraq, Jordan and Syria jumped another notch Monday, May 21, on Day 2 of Donald Trump’s foreign trip, with the arrival of the first Russian ground troops in southern Syria for taking up position opposite US and coalition elite units ... Saturday, as debkafile reported, the Syrian-pro-Iranian-Hizballah force in southern Syria renewed its advance on the Iraqi border, two days after sustaining heavy casualties from a US air strike on its convoys. Syrian military sources reported the captured the Suweida region and another 60 square kilometers. This brought them closer to the strategic Al-Tanf...
  • US Military Is Close to Selecting Builder for XS-1 Space Plane

    05/20/2017 4:50:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    space.com ^ | May 18, 2017 07:30am ET | Leonard David
    In Phase 1 of the XS-1 program, DARPA awarded prime contracts to three companies, each of which will work with a commercial launch provider: Boeing (working with Blue Origin), Masten Space Systems (working with XCOR Aerospace) and Northrop Grumman (working with Virgin Galactic). However, the Phase 2 contractor won't necessarily be chosen from the three Phase 1 participants, according to the Air Force Magazine report. The XS-1 space plane will consist of a reusable booster vehicle and an expendable upper stage. According to the DARPA website, the XS-1 program has four primary technical goals: + Fly 10 times in a...
  • Rand Paul Will Attempt to Block Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal

    05/20/2017 12:44:58 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 51 replies
    big league politics ^ | Fri 19th, 2017 5:05 pm EST | Cassandra Fairbanks
    Senator Rand Paul is promising to file a resolution of disapproval to block an arms deal with Saudi Arabia as soon as the administration formally notifies congress, Senate sources tell Big League Politics. On Friday, it was reported that Trump is planning to announce the arms deal during his trip to the nation over the weekend. The terms have not been officially announced, and value ranges from being reported as $100 billion to as much as $300 billion. The action by the Kentucky senator will force a congressional vote on the executive action. He will reportedly be citing the war...
  • Battling to be the best NETCOM competition tests top soldiers

    05/20/2017 10:36:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Soldiers from around the the globe participated in a grueling week-long competition on Fort Huachuca from May 15 through 18. The U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) Best Warrior Competition tests soldiers in a series of tasks, including the army physical fitness test, obstacle course, M4 rifle marksmanship, day and night land navigation, army warrior tasks, battle drills and much more. “These soldiers are exhausted,” Master Sgt. Richard Torres said on Thursday while watching competitors advance through different drills. “This is their eighth day of testing and these drills are grueling,” added Torres who is the...